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contents November - December 2011 Volume 7 • Issue 12 wv event

5 KIDSTOCK - November 12 One Day of Family & Music. wv features

9 Our Little Farm A local all-natural farmer, new to the scene has made it their objective to sustainability.


10 Beauty Changes Lives This event raises awareness about cosmetology, hair, and fashion industries, advocating beauty careers.

13 Navigating the Real Estate Market Positive indicators that things are looking up now.

wv fashion

14 Phoenix Fashion Week The event was a huge success. The talent that was showcased was nothing short of spectacular. wv on the town

16 Death of a Job Seeker Be prepared for the answers, and remember the rules: always stay professional.


wv family focus

17 Your Business - Sink or Swim? What results do you require and desire for your business and your Self?

19 Renovating PIR 10 million dollar repaving and remodeling project.

wv financial

24 What Are YOU Thankful For This Year? Reflect back on the things you should be thankful for. wv live life

32 Excellence in Health Care Awards Shellie Clayton and Madhu Murthy

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he late sixties, Woodstock changed the music world forever. It was the music festival that gave people solace and community. The meaning of music was much more than instruments and sound; it provided creative expression and had a message that needed to be heard. Greg Drejza who plays guitar in the children’s music, contemporary Christian songs and spiritual music in ‘The papaGG Band’ has been highly influenced in music throughout his life. Playing guitar since the age of nine and writing and composing music, Drejza had the idea to bring a music festival locally to the west valley, get children excited about the arts. Arizona KidStock is modeled after Houston Children’s Festival which is the largest children’s festival; the idea is to provide a fun and educational family festival experience. Drejza has joined up with West Valley Magazine, Wildlife World Zoo, FastSigns, La Kreme, AZ Culture, Funtastick, Kids Eat Free Guide, PBS Channel 8, and Music Together to bring this event alive. Kathy Rowe from Music Together stated she was “Very excited for the event.

By Kristy Matsuda

Children of all ages are welcome, it will be a family affair so bring your friends, family, neighbors and enjoy the one day event from 10am to 6pm on November 12, 2011. For further information regarding the event or about volunteering and ticket purchase, visit

Seems like a very special event for the kids, by the kids for all different ages.” Music Together is an early childhood development program and they are a big part of the festival. They will be holding an interactive event at the concert with the children and parents from 0-5 years of age, playing with instruments. “It will be a lot of fun” commented Rowe. PBS is a big partner with Arizona Kidstock, they are widely known for their educational programs. PBS will presenting some of the popular children characters such as Sid the Science Kid, Chris and Martin the Kratt’s Brothers from ‘Wild Kratts, Kratt’s Creatures, Zaboomafoo, and Kratt Be The Creature’, and Maya & Miguel. Other known performances will be the dance crew from America’s Got Talent ‘Elektrolytes’ and Super Why. There will be ten activity kid zones booths, each modeling a name towards Woodstock, some local talents, many art related talents from cultural dances to arts and science related presentations, plenty of food and hands on creativity will be available. • November • December 2011 | 5

contents November - December 2011 Volume 7 • Issue 12

36 Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis The Complete Mind Therapy approach to weight loss without the surgery.


37 The Great American Smokeout If you need a little extra incentive to quit smoking November 17, 2011 is Great American Smokeout day.

wv biggest loser

40 Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming Zero gravity environment which will let your cardio-respitory system focus on doing it's job.

wv green living

44 RECYCLE The valuable benefts of shredding and recycling. wildlife world zoo

46 What a CROC!


Dragon World comes to Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium. through the lens

56 Photographer Michael Jordan A Photographic Exposé.

58 Calendar The who, what, when and where for November. wv dining

60 The Best Restaurants in the Valley Nakama - Goodyear’s “Circle of Friends”. wv entertainment

63 Movie Review The HELP.

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editor’s letter

I believe that stress is the major cause of disease and illness which is why I am always interested in learning more about how to remove it from my life. So when my good friend Charlie Blackmore invited me to join her in taking a course with Dr. Matt Mannino called the Ultimate Wellness Experience, I eagerly accepted and I am so grateful for the “experience”. Dr. Matt looks at health from the mind, body and spirit perspective. What

Connecting our Communities NOVEMBER • DECEMBER • 2011 VOLUME 7 • ISSUE 12

manifests in our physical reality is the result of our beliefs and our beliefs EDITOR

are the result of our conditioning. Conditioning is a culmination of our

Trish Arana

experiences from childhood and perhaps even as far back as when we were in the womb up until about the age of 8 to 10 years old. We were exposed


Kim O’Leary

to experiences without the shield or coping skills necessary to respond to negative energy or experiences directed at us. Dr. Matt teaches methods to help identify some of that conditioning and


Jane Gridley

change the energy associated with it. Stress is the #1 cause of all human suffering and there are two types of stress. Situational


stress is what you feel

Candice Mathon 702.281.4003

when a bear is chasing you. It’s temporary and designed to keep you out of



stress is the killer. Stress caused by emotions like fear,


rejection and humiliation Photographs by Cathy Bruegger



Wade Lee, Marilyn M. Brougher, Sherry Anshara, Dr. Grey Stafford, Edwin H. Smith, Bob Purtell, Shannon Dodge, Millie Gorichs, Michelle Arana





Jonathan Reyes, Kristy Matsuda

conditioning. The great news is…we can choose to change as Jill Bolte explains in her video called “Stroke of Insight”. Jill got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions, such as motion, speech, self-awareness…shut down one by one. It’s an astonishing story and as Jill puts it “I believe that the more time we spend


Michael Jordan, Melody Golden, Paul Michael Reklaitis, Steven Segura, Jesse Paulk, Yucel Yalim

choosing to run the deep inner-peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world, and the more peaceful our planet will be. And I thought that was an idea worth spreading”. On the final day of our Ultimate Wellness Experience, Dr. Matt took 17 of us to the Mud Run at Rawhide. I have to say this was way too much fun. Slipping around in the mud, helping others up slippery hills of mud, floating around in muddy water. The whole weekend was an incredible experience…thank you Dr. Matt and Charlie. If you’re interested in learning more about Dr. Matt’s trainings you can find him at

Trish Arana

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ComingNextMonth Holiday traditions and food. What’s cook’n in the West Valley? We’ll bring you holiday recipe ideas from some of our top chefs.

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on the cover: Phoenix Fashion Week was a huge success. This year showcased the talent of ten designers. Designer: Veronica Brett Model: Lexi Frieswyk Photographer: Michael Jordan

By Kristy Matsuda Crawford’s





Lazzarotto’s, Tonopah Rob’s Vegetable Farm A



as part of his “Grow A Farmer Program”

farmer, new to the

(apprenticeship campaign to take part in

scene has made it their sustainability.








program), last year. The program gave them

Having not

the inspiration to convert their entire yard to

grown up farm-influenced, both Karen

growing for the market. Currently, all of

and Larry had the tools of gardening. Larry,

their vegetables are grown on their 9000

being familiar through his childhood from his

square foot residential lot and all of their

mother and Karen taking up gardening when

citrus is from trees that belong to family and

she moved to Arizona in 1998.

friends inside of Litchfield Park.


A big

Crawford’s, being a ‘do-it-yourself’ type of

success for Our Little Farm is the mastering

people, was resolute towards the importance

of composting, as said by Larry Crawford, “A

of the food’s origins. It is important to the

garden is, of course, only as good as its soil”.

Crawford’s to distinguish where their food

The selling at local markets enables for their

came from and make sure that the produce

farm to care for their crops on an individual

was made without the use of pesticides or


herbicides. You can find Our Little Farm’s vegetable and Larry gave me a brief education of the

citrus produces on Sunday’s at The Wigwam

difference between organic and all-natural

Farmers Market and the first and third

produce. Our Little Farm is all natural using

Saturday of each month at Tonopah Rob’s


Vegetable Farm in Arizona Traditions




fertilizers and chemical washes. The smaller

Pepper plants basking in the sun!


Farmers Market located in Surprise.

Bok choy against the farm truck.

A beneficial "pest". Dragonflies eat mosquitos!

goes into their compost and handle their

The Wigwam Farmers Market located: 300 E.

produce directly as some of the larger

Wigwam Blvd. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

distribution farms are limited to do so as

Arizona Traditions Farmers Market located:

they oversee a much larger farm and

17221 N. Citrus Rd. Surprise, AZ 85374

distribution. Organic produce is considered chemical free. What is the difference of

For more information on Larry and Karen

“100% Organic” and “Organic” labels you


ask? A certified “100% Organic” allows 25

chemical pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and chemical washes, very little but not truly without and “Organic” is 95% organic, five percent traces of chemicals. So the question arises, “Is the packaged produce with an organic label truly chemical free”?





Yummy salad greens, just before a harvest.

local farmers are able to be aware of what • November • December 2011 | 9


O u r L i t t l e Fa r m

F E AT U R E . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By Kristy Matsuda

Beauty Changes Lives American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) headquarters located in Scottsdale currently represents 1100 beauty schools and 200 product sales and services in the country. About a year and half, AACS formed a nonprofit foundation called Beauty Changes Lives. The event’s purpose is to raise awareness about cosmetology, hair, and fashion industries, advocating beauty careers. In addition, the event will be highlighting on beauty wellness and how the profession has impacted and integrated into lives personally and professionally. Sassoon and P&G Beauty are sponsoring the event and a fashion show will be held to showcase beauty school student’s skills. This year will be BCL’s fourth event, the first event was held in November 2009 at the Orpheum Theater where this year’s Beauty Changes Lives Event will be held at in Phoenix. The event is to celebrate all the diversity. Special guests of beauty professionals and educators of beauty school graduates will be sharing their stories and journeys toward career opportunities, including Richard Dalton the hairdresser for twelve years of the late Princess Diana. The BCL wishes to promote careers and showcase the benefits coming from beauty schools, sharing inspirations and opportunities their passion has taken them. Some taking them to the corporate world, Jim Cox shared two stories of beauty graduates with me. A nail technician, with her education and drive she built an entire empire, founding and creating a brand, and a 2009 graduate who had a dream of a product (hairdresser capes) and is now producing and selling her products and will have a booth at the convention.

To purchase tickets for Beauty Changes Lives Event for November 7, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, visit . Event will be held at the Orpheum Theater at 203 West Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003.

Beauty Changes Lives philanthropic main cause is not only to spotlight the beauty world and how it impacts the communities, but the organization is adamant about giving back to the community. They will also share stories of the impact the industry has for the communities with charitable deeds with the people in the beauty industry. The organization allows for the raise of funds and fight for domestic causes such as breast cancer, missing and exploited children, and much more. AACS trains what to look for in their clients, not in any way of intrusion or counseling as they are not professionals but to be aware for a cry for help and refer to a safe place as more often than not, a natural relationship is formed with your hairdresser or beauty consultant. Proceeds will go to Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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Whether you’re new to the West Valley or grew up with the cotton fields, you probably wonder what’s happening in our local housing market? It’s been a wild ride since we peaked at the end of 2005. . . but there’s some positive indicators that things are looking up now.

At the same time, many big Banks are slowing down loans by raising their mortgage qualification standards. They often require detailed documentation about credit “red flags” that come up, and this wears down one’s patience with the lending process. Yet, it’s well worth your time in the long run—for a mortgage to be paid over a 20 to 30 year period.

The good news is: People are still buying and selling houses! In our West Valley area, strong demand for low-priced homes under $100,000 caused those prices to rise 1.4% in August. While those in the $200,000 to $400,000 level are up just a tad(0 .5%) , the luxury homes over $800K are lagging and going for 10-12% less than the previous year.

For those on the other side trying to sell a house, it’s a different story now. Buyers are extremely fussy— “Morris the Cat” finicky types—and notice even the tiniest of details. This is aided by the rise of Internet resources and the popular “Home & Garden” TV shows. Any property


Another positive sign is that fewer foreclosures (known as Bank-owned REO’s) are coming on the market. Generally, those homes are in poor condition and may drive prices down in some neighborhoods. But there’s still a large number of Short Sales— where the house is worth less than what is owed, so the Seller requests the Lender to accept a sale going for less than the mortgage amount. This is a very complicated process, as the Seller is losing his equity and the Bank is losing money, so it takes a long time(3 to 6 months) to complete such a transaction. For homebuyers who need a mortgage, rates are incredibly low—at 4% as of this writing. Add all these factors up and it’s the ideal time to buy! First-time Buyers enjoy a unique opportunity to get into the market and stop wasting money on rent. It’s also an opportunity for the “move-up” owner –those who have built-up enough equity over the years to move into a bigger place-- or the “downsizing” seller, who wants a smaller place for the retirement years. For example, you can find newer houses in Buckeye with 3-4 bedrooms selling for $60,000 to $80,000. With an FHA government-sponsored loan, you can get into such a property for just 3.5% down…that’s just $2,100 if buying a $60K property. And, some folks with adjustable rate mortgages (ARM), have gotten notices of reductions below 3% --if your credit is excellent.

has to stand out above the competition, to sparkle and appeal to the senses and look “staged” like a model home. Otherwise, the house may sit on the market many months, and you and end up making one or more price reductions. If you’re sitting on the fence trying to decide whether to sell or buy, it helps to get an outside expert opinion. Your CPA or accountant is still taking tax deductions for mortgage interest you pay; rumors are that Congress wants to eliminate this, but no legislation has been passed. Also, talk to an attorney about your ownership changes and the best way to take title for beneficiaries. The key to any action you take in our local real estate market is to have the right Realtor who will work hard for your interests. Make sure you find an experienced, full-time professional to give you in-depth guidance and clear explanations every step of the way—whether you are buying or selling in a “traditional” or normal sale, or one for a distressed property.


Sources: Arizona Regional Multiple Listing System(ARMLS) and The Cromford Report. ID: Marilyn Brougher, Realtor with CRS, e-PRO, GRI and SFR designations, has spent over 15 years with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and is now located at their Goodyear office, phone (623)344-1000. Or e-mail her at:

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What to wear and whwre to find ways to improve your style

Photography by Michael Jordan

PHOENIX Fashion Week By Wade Lee

Talking Stick Resort

As the year is coming to an end, I have to look back with amazement how through social media I was able to put The House of Wade Lee on the map in the Fashion world. Through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube local and national buzz was created by a unique and innovative way of sharing my passion for fashion and all things beauty. In February 2011 The House of Wade Lee was invited to Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week to beauty blog backstage at the Academy of Art University fashion show where I was able to meet and interview celebrities such as Alex McCordReal House Wives of New York, Bravo's Launch my Line Star and NYC Fashionista "the dandy" Patrick, McDonald, and Jon Reyman head fashion stylist for Aveda. Attending NY Fashion Week was an honor and a dream come true, little did I know my involvement with the fashion world was just beginning.

Fashion Week it was that you couldn’t be timid when it comes to interviewing and capturing footage, so I arrived prepared with my entire equipment ready to document every moment. The event was a huge success, and I was pleasantly surprised at the talent that was showcased by the ten designers which included bright colors and denim by Blue Bird denim, love conscious apparel by Deeds of Love, quirky animated characters by Sebastien Millon, street wear with couture elements by Dejamone, fashionable easy travel wear by inDi, fabulous feminine designs by Hour Glass Apparel, classic pieces by Mabella Chic, glamour Hollywood inspired apparel by Diary of Joli, distinct and custom tailored menswear by Jones Select, and flirty couture by Silvia Bours.


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Shortly after arriving home to Phoenix, I was invited to attend a Phoenix Fashion Week event at the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum) where they would be announcing the ten 2011 PHX Fashion Week Emerging Designers. If I learned anything at NY

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.............................................. After posting the Emerging Designer video to The House of Wade Lee T.V. Youtube Channel, I had the attention of PHX Fashion Week designers, photographers, and models. The next three months I had the incredible opportunity to work hair and make up for designers look books, model portfolios, exclusive interviews with designers and PFW Executive Director Brian Hill, videography for PHX Fashion Week's Model Makeover Challenge, and blog the PHX Fashion Week meet ups.

The second night included Blue Bird Denim winner of the Emerging Designer contest who stole the show with her "vitamin girl" inspired looks filled with bright colors and cool comfortable spring wear. Indi showcased her comfortable couture ready for the jet setting fashionista. Indi's apparel is designed with geometric shapes and breezy beautiful fabrics. Mabella Chic closed the night with her unique vintage inspired pieces made for the contemporary woman.

Through my insolvent with PHX Fashion Week and the relationships I built because of the organization it was such a treat to be at The Talking Stick Resort opening night of the designers showcases. It felt so cool to watch with pride to see the growth of so many of the emerging designers who through the summer worked so diligently to create and market their brands.

The last four designers to hit the runway the third night was Hour Glass Apparel, which was definitely one of my favorite shows this season, who's love for the woman's body was displayed with flowing fabrics and gorgeous silhouettes. Diary of Joli showcased a glamourous old Hollywood collection with rich colors and textures. Jones Select, another one of my favorite designers this year, had the crowds attention the minute the first model walked out. His custom designs which are uniquely tailored to fit an individual’s lifestyle and fashion cause you to Stand out, when others are merely fitting in. The show by Silvia Bours, which ended PHX Fashion Week 2001, was the talk of the evening and brought drama and fashion together as her collection whimsically moved across the runway. She closed the night with a bang, with Marie Antoinette inspired hair and makeup, angelic opera, and breath taking couture.

Deeds of Love opened the Emerging Designers showcase Thursday night with a powerful message about love capturing the spirit of Martin Luther King. Designs included "Love is Key", "Love over Hate", and "Love is all you need". Dejamone was the next designer of the evening showcasing his amazing denim couture pieces in which he has mastered the skill of using denim to drape and contour the woman's body. It was also an honor to have Dejamone Dezyns provide my wardrobe for the night. Ending the night was Sebastien Millon's show full of color and crazy antics of his characters, which he brought to life through his t-shirt designs, which included "drunky bear" and "little owlie who loves a fat beat".

To view pictures and video of my experience with Phoenix Fashion Week please visit The House of Wade Lee T.V. on Youtube at or

PFW 2011

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Places and events going on in the West Valley

Death of a Job Seeker: Let’s face it- right now competition for jobs is fierce. They are out there, people are searching, but so many are discouraged because they aren’t sealing the deal. I know from experience just how frustrating it can be for both the job seeker and the employer. Up until May of this year, I had a comfy chair in a nice office supporting a financial institution as a recruiter. Like all of the financial field, my company took hits through the economic down slide, however I held on during all of the ups and downs until my Home Equity division finally took another hit and I was displaced from my role. Seven years of resume review, interviews, reference checks, and policy have given me a unique insight into corporate America’s staffing practices. Now, as an unemployed recruiter on severance, I see the difficulty of the market and feel the clenching of your chest when you realize that a job must be found or your family will suffer. I know all too well the fear of a job seeker and the dread of the employer. Yes, dread of the employer. As an employer in a time of economic slump, you realize very quickly that there are so many who can do the job you are hiring for, who need the job, but you can’t hire them all. Furthermore, you probably need the person ASAP but the hiring process with so many qualified candidates is going to take time; more time than you can spare. You also come to realize that with an influx of overly qualified, qualified, and under qualified candidates is going to bring desperation and anger to you or your recruiter. As a job seeker, your frustration and desire for a job is so great that many times a line is crossed that will inevitably cross you off the list.

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By Shannon Dodge

10 Don'ts When Looking for a Job As a previous recruiter, and now job seeker, I present to you the top ten things you should NEVER do during a job search: 1. Criticize: If a stranger walked into your home and began harassing you about how you clean your floors, discipline your children, and cook your food you would immediately put up a defense shield, right? Right - employers are the same. As a job seeker, an outsider to their group, when you come in guns blazing about how horrible the company is or how crappy they do business, that employer has already put up a wall of defense, wondering are you even going to be happy to work here. Changes do not happen over night in any company, large or small, and hearing all of your fantastic changes that should be made will put the employer on the defense. 2. Pad your resume: Let’s just say that over the years I have seen some impressive resumes, but the people haven’t always lived up to the paper they created. A resume should be a snapshot of your work experience, NOT a place to exaggerate your experience and add things you haven’t done. 9 times out of 10 an employer will see through it during an interview or reference check. Once it is out in the open that you probably aren’t as fantastic as you said you were, that employer has just seen you as a potential integrity issue waiting to happen. 3. Be unprofessional: I know this should go without saying however you would be surprised at the number of unprofessional individuals I encountered on a day to day basis; and every level of experience too. Not just entry level workers, but seasoned “professionals” also took the step over the line into unprofessional territory. Most notably the unprofessionalism hits when they find out they did not get the job. It is never OK to raise your voice, send snide emails, CC the president and CEO, name call the HR rep or hiring manager. Being a sore loser never gets you anywhere but on the black list of individuals who are not expressing the culture and attitude the company wants its people to posses. If you truly feel that the decision was unethical or against equal opportunity employment seek the proper channels to dispute. 4. Be a flake: Time and time again I encountered individuals who could not keep an appointment, follow up, or follow directions to save their life. If the recruiter has to reschedule your interview more than 1 time (things happen, we know) due to your error, or call you for the millionth time to ask you to complete the background form you have probably moved into that group of people that the hiring team asks, “Is this worth it? I don’t think they care”. If you get an appointment or make a commitment – keep it.

The best advice I can give you about interviewing: • Be professional • Be original, but yourself • Always be prepared • Know the company and the job • Dress to impress and bring a good, positive attitude • Always be polite

The best advice I can give you about job searching: • Hang in there, it is a tough market • Network, network, network • Think about transferable skills – how can you use what you use to do in a new field • Get a solid resume – no need to pay for one, just look for good examples on the web • Network, network, network

5. Be vague: With the market flooded with applicants, the worst thing you can do is not express your skill and talent fully. So when you go into an interview (or write your resume) and leave out important information, answer in two words, or stumble around for answers you could potentially be losing your shot at the job. 6. Be unprepared: Once I was doing a phone interview for a role in the company's bankruptcy department. The job entailed a lot of paperwork, follow up, and limited interaction with customers. Upon starting each phone interview, I always ask “can I answer any questions for you about the job?” and this particular candidate said no, they knew all about it. Half way through my interview I was able to determine that this person had no idea what this job entailed. They told me that they were a people person who loved phones, hated to file paperwork, and really wanted apposition where they could be a go getter. I stopped the interview and explained the details to the person, after a long pause, some stuttering, and confusion they tried to back track and fix the mistake they made. Damage was done. Know the job, know the company, be prepared at all times. Nothing is worse than someone who doesn’t know what the heck they are talking about. 7. Dress Inappropriately: Wow. This is one that never ceases to amaze me. Please do not wear your street clothes to an interview. We don’t need to see your belly button piercing, your tattoos, and your breasts. We do not need you to wear clothing two sizes too small, too short, too baggy, or splashed with inappropriate paraphernalia. Please don’t wear flip flops. Please don’t go to the club the night before and roll into your interview with makeup smeared, dress askew, and reeking of alcohol. And yes… I have seen all of these, many times. Just be plain and presentable. 8. Smack your gum and talk in slang: When interviewing it is very important to put your best foot forward. So if you show up popping your gum and chewing like a horse it is very difficult for the interviewer to focus on what you are saying, we are too busy focusing on your disgusting habit. Furthermore, do not bring outside slang into the interview and keep the “like, um, you know, so you see, you know, cuz” to a bare minimum. Peppering your speech with so many fillers and slang will present an unpolished impression. 9. Undue attention and flattery: Flattery will get you no where in a job hunt. If you are hounding the recruiter and manager, showering them with praise, adoration, and gifts you are setting yourself up for a rude awakening. We don’t like it. Please don’t start off looking like a butt kisser, the job doesn’t need one. What it needs is a professional individual who is qualified and your gift of a goldfish in a glass bowl isn’t going to push you to the top of the list.

Oh, did I say network? Networking is going to be key in this economy; getting your name out there, knowing the players, knowing the industry news and changes, and being adaptable. I highly suggest using a job search string to locate key players. Log into,, or and search for jobs you are interested in, just like you would with looking for a job. Make a list of all of the companies that come up as having potential roles available. Begin using platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to seek out individuals who work for those companies, ask to connect with them as a networking opportunity. Sites like LinkedIn are amazing platforms for professional networking. Groups are listed for every facet of every field imaginable, with people in them that share commonalities to you. Stay active, ask questions, and network as much as possible. Get fuel for your job search fire! The more you know, the better equipped you will be to hit the interview at full speed. Really, when all else fails – just ask. When you link up with a recruiter or staffing coordinator don’t be shy. Ask them if they have time after the interview/hiring process to answer questions about resume building, job searching, the company, etc… they are a wealth of knowledge that rarely gets tapped. But if you ask, be prepared for the answers, and remember the rules: always stay professional.

10. Be rude: This one is all important. Never, under any circumstance, is it OK for you to raise your voice, say racial or inappropriate comments, or be demeaning. If you receive that from a potential employer, do not reciprocate, it might be time to scratch that company off your list. But know that it is a small world out there and companies network, the last thing you need is to create a name for yourself.

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Keep up to date on new developments and business concepts

- Your Business Sink or Swim? By Sherry Anshara

In the current fear-state of the economy, it is a challenge not to feel overwhelmed and over burdened; however, there is more than light at the end of the tunnel. When you are coming from an unburdened, creative, free-flowing consciousness, there is no tunnel; only laser-focused direction - without the turmoil of impending disaster. Letting go of the “Titanic Mentality” and having an open perspective allows you to find and attract avenues for doing business from many directions. Right now, the timing is perfect to see the opportunities that are available through your normal channels and to look for brand new opportunities.

You’ve heard the old axiom, “Two heads are better than one.” Well, let’s consider, “More clear minds with clear intentions are better than one!” Ponder the old and new paradigms: This is not the time to sink or swim in the survival mentality of “the w a y

Old Paradigm

What’s in it for me? Separation rules! Rigid – It has always been this way Boxed in and limited

Consider this option:


Instead of the usual networking groups with the same 30second elevator speeches, consider inviting five of your best clients, or five of your best associates for a brain storming think tank. Share your cumulative wealth of knowledge with each other. This valuable exchange of experience can generate new ideas for increasing each others’ business. The time is right to invent new ways of doing business and new business relationships. Even in the Titanic there were survivors; although, survival is not the place to put your energy. Survival drains your life force. Practical creativity with the focus on achievable business and financial results is the only place to infuse your energy. Survival is not a consciousness of growth; it is just fear based status quo, and status quo is flat line! The energy of focused creativity, especially when fueled by a laser-focused group consciousness invested in multidirectional expansion automatically achieves successful results.

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New Paradigm What’s in it for us?! Connection works Fluid – Creating the flow Expansive and unlimited

things were.” Instead, focus on what you can do more of that works now, and let go of what is not working. Don’t belabor the “what isn’t working!” Be open to new ideas and new ways of doing business. Free yourself from survival thinking and look for new ways to create group synergy as a power source to move you and your business forward to create the results you require.

What results do you require and desire for your business and your Self? The answer is in the question.


ie hard race fans and Valley Residents take note, Arizona's legendary 47 year old racetrack Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) is coming back, and in force. Since March PIR has been closed due to a 10 million dollar repaving and remodeling project aimed at not only replacing the cracked existing track, but enhancing virtually every aspect of the race from spectating to driving. The projects coordinator Martin Flugger is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Civil Engineering. Flugger has seventeen years of experience and has already worked on repaving six other racetracks including the famous Daytona 500. On average any given track is replaced every 15-20 years depending on weather and maintenance conditions. However this is more than just a repave it's a complete remodeling. Virtually none of the original course is being left unchanged and with good reason. According to Flugger, "if you would have repaved this, and got all the bumps and wrinkles out of it, and you paved it back the way it was, it would have turned into a single file race for years to come." The wear and tear of the previous track while making the course a lot bumpier leveled the playing field and allowed for "side by side" racing because there was no longer a "sweet spot" that a driver could utilize to win a race.

Additional changes that are as follows:

- Widened the front stretch from 52 to 62 feet

- Reconfigured pit road and installed concrete pit stalls

- Pushed the dog-leg back 95 feet

"Most of what we were doing with the geometry changes was first geared towards getting the race competitive, and getting the side by side racing from day one. The second part of that was after we got the geometry set we then took a look at the sight lines and essentially began to raise the platform that the track was sitting on." In a sport where drivers can swap places in the blink of an eye it's important to facilitate this sort of racing from day one, however viewpoint from the stands is equally important. The repaving process has taken into consideration viewpoints from the grandstand and raised the track two feet to provide an unobstructed view. According to Flugger "turn one, and two, had an eleven degree banking before, it's now ten and eleven" while this seems miniscule it really makes all the difference when it comes to ensuring higher speeds and unobstructed viewpoints for spectators. At the same time RV stands have been lowered to give a better view to give the spotters on the roof a better view. Safety too has been raised to the racetracks new standards as new impact walls are being placed around the course of the entire track to ensure driver safety in total around 4000 feet of protective barriers are being placed, just under a mile. To christen the new track PIR is coming back with a bang. Tuesday October 4th PIR will be hosting Sprint Cup Series. Fans will not only be able to come see as drivers test out the new track, but they'll be able to do so for free. General admission seating will be available at the Bryan Grandstand and infield. Gates open at 8 A.M. and the event goes on until 5 P.M. Concessions will be available throughout the day as well as PIR's Fan Experience Team, who will be giving out gifts and prizes to fans. For anyone, not just NASCAR enthusiast, this is a great opportunity to see what a great job all the people involved in keeping the racetrack running have done and enjoy the day free of charge.

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Melissa Holdaway

Dr. Leonard Kirschner

Ed Gerak

Claude Mattox

Todd Aakhus

Dr. Ernie Lara

Jennifer Barber

Ginny Solis

Lance Undhjem


he West Valley is filled with remarkable people. From July 2011 through July 2012, we will profile 24 who have not only achieved distinction, but have

made a real and lasting difference in our community. Narrowing down a region of close to 1 million people to 24 isn’t an easy chore. That’s why we let a committee, made up Dana Campbell Saylor

Leatha Martin

O.K. Fulton

of members from the West Valley 24 (some of them pictured to the left), identify the people they believe are helping define the West Valley in the 21st century and making it the place to live, work and play. On one side of the equation will be the Shakers, those people that have invested much of their lives in making the tran-

Randy Edington

David Schwake

Julie Richard

sition of the West Valley. On the other side will be the Movers, the people who are positioned to become the major difference makers in years to come. From educators to public officials to other members of the community, West Valley 24 recognizes and celebrates the pro-

Bridget Binsbacher

Mimi Rogers


fessionals who are moving the West Valley ahead.

For more information on the West Valley 24 or to nominate someone you think is a Mover or Shaker, contact Landis Elliott at Neil Terry

John Dover

Jennifer Martyn

Robert McGeorge

Beverly Hurley

David Iwanski

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Robert Handy

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moving up in business or the community


Robert Handy lives in Phoenix with his Wife, Jennifer and two daughters, Caitlyn (19) and Madalyne (17). In 2008 he oversaw the construction of the new Estrella Mountain police precinct. In addition, he also oversaw the re-drawing of all of the police precinct boundaries, meeting with dozens of neighborhood and community groups throughout the City of Phoenix. Handy is currently President of Arizona Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates: a 350 member

professional development organization for local law enforcement leaders. He is also the creator and Director of Arizona Leadership Education and Development Academy (ALEAD) which is a youth leadership program held every summer for youth from all over Arizona. The development of the ALEAD is one of the projects he is particularly proud to have been a part of. Handy was the founding director and has been very involved since its inception. The idea started with a brainstorming session on where to put some of the professional organization’s community service resources. From the original idea, a week long inresidence youth academy was developed in Flagstaff for teenage kids from across Arizona. The program was fully funded by the ALEAD so students did not have to pay. It was a life changing experience for some of the kids who attended. ALEAD just completed their third year and are already preparing for the summer of 2012. Handy serves a variety of community organizations in Maryvale: Maryvale YMCA, Maryvale Revitalization Corporation, Maryvale Association of Churches, McDowell Corridor Community Alliance His favorite cause is The 100 Club of Arizona. They provide assistance to the families of public safety officials who are killed or injured in the line of duty, providing dozens

of scholarships and money for safety equipment to cash strapped police and fire departments. When asked how the West Valley has affected him, Handy responded, “I believe the West Valley has helped keep me grounded and keep life in perspective. The diversity and richness of the community combined with the commitment and character of the people I have met in the West Valley are truly amazing. It is my hope that in some small way I help to improve the quality of life for those who live in the West Valley. The most significant challenge I face at work is the erosion of personal values. Much of the negative side of police work stems from the erosion of basic values. We constantly deal with people who have lost the most basic respect for themselves and others. The current recession is the most significant issue facing the West Valley. The dramatic slow down of business and residential relocation and development threatens the future prosperity of the West Valley. Public safety is the most basic need for future development. The area must continue to see decreasing crime rates and an increased quality of life in order to be successful. The men and women of the Maryvale Precinct work tirelessly everyday to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for our residents and visitors.”

[Q&A] Years in West Valley: 17

Most overrated virtue: Patience

Who are and have been some of your mentors? I have been very fortunate to have had many terrific leaders at the Phoenix Police Department who have provided mentorship to me over the years.

What would your super power be? Batman Describe yourself as a child: Always dirty and full of mischief.

By Kathy Knecht, Executive Director Leadership Favorite quote: “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I have” What keeps you up at night? Thomas Jefferson Worrying about the safety of the men and women who patrol our streets. Who in history would you most like to have dinner with? One phrase you wish people wouldn’t say, Ronald Regan or would say more: I wish people would not say somebody What’s your favorite book? “got lucky” when they achieve success. All of Tom Clancy’s novels. What’s your favorite food? What’s your favorite musical group? Mexican food U2 What is your biggest pet peeve? What you miss most? Mediocrity Being young What would you choose to do, career wise, What’s your biggest inspiration and why? if you weren’t in your current career? My daughters, because they talented, driven, and Lawyer destined for great things. What would you do if you won the lottery? What do you know about life that you wish you Retire and become a rancher. had known 10 to 20 years ago? Life goes way too fast, children grow up way too soon, What do you do during lunchtime? and you should never stop learning. Eat too much. What is your favorite place/feature in the West Valley? The variety of sporting venues. Most coveted: Maryvale Ballpark

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Greatest Extravagance: Hunting and fishing trips. Tell us something about you that perhaps the average person wouldn’t know? I grew up in Phoenix and graduated form both U of A and ASU.

What originally drew you to the West Valley? I grew up in what was the west valley at the time. I returned as an adult with my family because we enjoy the amenities of the West Valley and the casual working class atmosphere. How did you get into your current career field? I got a “C” in biology in college and began looking for an West easier vocation. What drives you? Meeting new people and taking on new challenges. What are your goals (career, personal or for the West Valley)? I would like to be able to be in a position with regard to time and finances to assist my children when they are ready they start their families. What is the secret to your success? A supportive wife and family. What would you recommend to people looking to make a difference in the West Valley? Get involved! There are so many organizations and opportunities to make a difference, just do it! Who was an influence in your life/career, and how did they affect what you do? My parents who have physically worked hard their entire lives were a tremendous influence on my career. They taught me a strong work ethic and low tolerance for laziness.


Norman J. Davis SHAKERS Judge Davis, a West Valley resident for the past 35 years, and currently the Presiding Judge of Maricopa County has quite a bit under his belt. Not only does he have a wife and four children, but 11 grandchildren all vying for his attention, but has to ensure the protection of freedom within the court. He received his B.S. degree in accounting from Brigham Young University in 1972; and his J.D. degree for Arizona State University in 1975, where he served as Managing Editor of the Arizona State Law Journal.

Since Judge Davis has served in not only the family, but, civil, criminal, probate, and juvenile departments of the court. Judge David was even given the honor of acting as Presiding Judge of the Northwest Regional Court from July 2002 to January 2004, as well as Presiding Judge of Family Court from June 2004 to June 2007, and Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court from June 2009 until March, 2010.

Judge Davis is very active in the community as well, he is a past member of the Agua Fria High School Board that got excellent Academic Excellence A+ Awards. He is also a past member and President of the Litchfield Elementary School Board and was even a member of the Estrella Rotary Club. Judge Davis also developed a pilot project to streamline family court procedures to reduce litigation and stress in family court disputes. His favorite place in the whole West Valley is Litchfield Park where he spends his time participating in the community, and with his wife. “I have a great fondness for the West Valley where my wife and I raised our family in a tranquil and supportive environment, where I started my legal career, and where I’ve come to develop friendships with a great number of wonderfully genuine

and caring people.’ said Judge Davis. “My wife has been incredibly supportive and influential and made it possible for me to focus on my career. My maternal grandparents taught me the skills to be personally and professionally successful and demonstrated them with their incredible example.”

[Q&A] Years in West Valley: 35 years Family: Wife: Sherry; 4 adult children; 11 grandchildren. Who are and have been some of your mentors? My maternal grandparents, Judge Kimball Rose, Justice Charles E. Jones, Judge Barry Schneider.

Name a project in which you took a leadership role in that you are particularly proud of and why? While serving at the Northwest Regional Court Center in Surprise I developed a pilot project to streamline family court procedures to reduce litigation and stress in family court disputes that was subsequently adopted court-wide, and its concepts included in new statewide rules of procedure. Favorite quote: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” --Abraham Lincoln Who in history would you most like to have dinner with? My father who passed away when I was 2-years-old. What’s your favorite book? “The Count of Monte Cristo” because it opened my mind to the importance of reading and learning as a teenager. What you miss most? Political civility and cooperation.

What do you know about life that you wish you had known 10 to 20 years ago? Life seems to accelerate as you get older, and it is important to make good use of every day and hour. What is your favorite place/feature in the West Valley? Litchfield Park where my wife and I raised our 4 children in association with great friends and neighbors. What is your favorite cause? Helping to preserve our freedoms by working to provide fair and equal justice to every person. We have a judicial and governing system that exists to serve the people, and it is extremely important that everyone is protected by and subject to the rule of law. Most overrated virtue: No true virtue can be overrated. What would your super power be? The ability to leap tall curbs in a single bound. Describe yourself as a child: I was very shy and mischievous. What keeps you up at night? Bad food and creeping age, but not much else. What’s your favorite food? Whatever my wife fixes. What is your biggest pet peeve? Narcissism. What would you choose to do, career wise, if you weren’t in your current career? I would have loved to be in the garage with Steve Jobs.

What would you do if you won the lottery? Continue to do what I’m doing now. Greatest Extravagance: Probably our cabin up north. Tell us something about you that perhaps the average person wouldn’t know? Several years ago, I persuaded my family to assist in building a cabin. Being only able to work on it on Saturdays, holidays and vacations, it took the better part of 4 years, but we completed it. The best part is every member of the family, including the young grandchildren, have taken ownership in what they built and all look forward to spending time there. What originally drew you to the West Valley? I moved to the West Valley to start a law firm. How did you get into your current career field? After 20 years of the general practice of law in the West Valley, I applied through the merit selection process and was fortunate to be selected by the Governor for an appointment to the Superior Court bench in 1995. What drives you? Somewhere in my DNA is the need to strive for excellence and make a difference. Probably a result of the tremendous legacy taught to me by my grandparents. What are your goals (career, personal or for the West Valley)? As Presiding Judge of the 4th largest trial court in the nation, I work in an environment that expects, and frequently achieves, excellence. My goal is for out court to continue to be the best trial court in the country, make the court system accessible and userfriendly to everyone, and through the use of technology and innovation, streamline court processes and reduce their cost wherever possible. What is the secret to your success? Hard work, collaboration, consensus building, and a willingness to take risks. • November • December 2011 | 23

long established change agent/builder

What are some of the leadership positions directly you have taken on in the West Valley and what did you accomplish? Northwest Regional Superior Court Presiding Judge; assisted in planning and opening of new regional superior court center in Surprise & served as judge at that court; President & Member of Litchfield Elementary School District Board; New middle school built during this time, and schools received academic A+ excellence awards. Also member, Agua Fria Union High School Board, and involved in church leadership and scouting for many years.

What’s your biggest inspiration and why? My maternal grandparents. My grandmother taught me how to read at a young age and the importance of giving my best in everything I did. My grandfather taught me the meaning and joy of hard work. Both left an incredible legacy of honor, integrity and industry in the way they lived their lives that I envy.

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Davis practiced general law for 19 years in the West Valley prior to his appointment to the Maricopa County Superior Court bench in June 1995 for Davis & Layton, P.C. of which he was a founding partner. His focus was in the areas of civil litigation, family law, bankruptcy, criminal law, estate planning, probate, real estate and commercial transactions

Judge Davis has served on numerous court committees, including the Court’s Pro Tem Committee, Commissioner Nomination Committee, Chair of the Self-Service Center Advisory Committee, and the eCourt Development Team. He was also a member of the Court’s Executive Committee from July 2002 to June 2007. Additionally he has served as a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Superior Court, Committee on Rules of Procedure in Domestic Relations Cases, Family Law Rules Review Committee, and the Child Support Committee. Despite


Advice on a financial fitness, investments, loans and other components to help create a healthy lifestyle

By Edwin H. Smith

What are YOU thankful for this year? It is Thanksgiving time and it’s traditional to reflect back on the things you should be thankful for. Here are a few things you could be thankful for when it comes to personal and national finances.




RICH West Valley Magazine’s Grow Wealthy,

Not Rich program brings you useful information from community partners in the areas of financial fitness, investments, loans, and other components to help create a healthy lifestyle - no matter what stage of life you are in. Take the journey as we venture through different areas that lead us to a healthy and wealthy lifestyle.

We lost track a long time ago of how many times the Financial Panic of 2008 was called the “worst crisis” of the modern era. Stocks plummeted and household named firms disappeared overnight. The word coming from the white house was that we were headed to another Great Depression. The great recession never sank into a Great Depression. Mortgage modifications never work. There would have been a calamity had there been a run on the money markets, but there was no run on money market funds. The banking system tottered but never collapsed. There are still too many unemployed but GM never went into liquidation that could have put hundreds of thousands out of work instead of only 9.6%. They now build more competitive cars. We are still better than the over 25% unemployment of the 1930’s. Be thankful you have a steady job and are still employed, despite the country’s economic situation. As tough as it has been the last few years our financial lives could have been a lot worst had a basic faith in the stability of the financial system not been restored and you should be thankful for that. Many could not bring themselves to stick to a diversified portfolio with rebalancing as they go along when the market was collapsing around them. Those that stuck to it have just had the most graphic illustration that doing the right thing with your money works even in a worst case scenario. Be thankful for good financial health. Strive to have minimal credit card debt, around $500, and a 0% interest car loan. Top it off with a low interest mortgage rate and you can be more thankful. A financial crisis can occur at any time so a healthy emergency fund account should cover 6 months worth of expenses in case of such an emergency, be thankful to have it. Continue to build it up with monthly contributions. Be thankful for good health. Sure, you may have some medical issues, but if they’re not life-threatening they are manageable. While the future of the health insurance industry teeters in uncertainty be thankful you have health insurance. Whereas the co-pays seem a bit high, it’s still a million times better than having no insurance at all. A scary proposition is trying to bring a child into this world with no insurance. The hospital could charge up to $40,000 to have a baby. With insurance cost is as low as $0! The crushing weight of the mortgage debt has been brought to the forefront of everyone’s thinking and the great “American Dream” started to become a nightmare. You should be thankful that now we are more skeptical of the value of housing and understand the true cost of ownership. Remember your home is a lifestyle expense and not an investment.

This month, being prepared for unexpected life changes. I

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throughout the years. Be thankful for family and friends who support through thick and thin.

There is always one smart investment. A 401(k). With a company match of 50 cents on the dollar on up to 6% of your salary, that means a 50% return instantly on your money with no risk. Correct, that a 401(k) on its own is not adequate for your retirement plan alone but if you still have one, be thankful for the free money.

The latest foreclosure mess finishes the job of major money-center banks destroying their name with hidden fees and questionable lending practices. A simpler, less greedy alternative is the credit union with the most generous savings and CD offers. Due to the message received from the major crisis that has occurred people were scared into saving. The average saving rate for the typical household has increased to around 4%, but it should be closer to 12%. Those that had invested in bonds within the last 10 years managed this financial crisis pretty well. I hope that new bond buyers understand the value of having a bond discipline in their portfolio and stick with it. We should be thankful for the fact we are spending less and saving more and planning more towards retirement. Through all the actions of the feds and the treasury that they said kept the economy from completely sinking it was actually the selfcorrecting nature of the free market itself that rebounded with an 80% rally in 2009 as corporate American companies found ways to make money. Companies have shown that they know how to survive through a major crisis. Be thankful that small business has shown it purpose for existence and is growing and strengthening the financial structure of the future. Things are not perfect with unemployment still high and uncertainty prevalent. Republicans want tax cuts and democrats want more spending. While politicians are using this economic weakness to argue their cases, this “vacuum of political optimism” is damaging to economic confidence. Be thankful the process of invention and entrepreneurship is alive and well so the economy is in good hands. Individual Americans and their companies remain resilient and are still moving forward. A certain large online retailer created an app to scan prices at a brick and mortar store and compare them to online prices. This type of rivalry may not be liked by retail shops but competition always helps consumers. For all of our self-inflicted wounds we have a lot to look forward to. We can still squander what we have, refuse to fix debt and fail to educate the next generation. We are however, paying more attention to the issues of debt, both personal and national, and more willing to start a conversation about it to consider reversing the trend. The bottom line is we’ve made some progress. What is there to be thankful for? Now you can see there are several things to be thankful for not only during this month but throughout the years. Be thankful for family and friends who support through thick and thin. Here’s hoping you have a great holiday season and that you are thankful to live in such an amazing country. • November • Decemberr 2011 | 25

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Dr. Barry Hamp

Michael Hilgers

Dr. Marc Wasseman

Mari Valle

Dr. Pankaj M. Jain

April Esch

Dr. Tawnya Pfitzer

Loraine Gonzalez

Nancy Jobin

Dr. Daniel MacLeod

Alan R. Swain

Daniel Smith

Dr. Daniel Charous

Dr. Troy Peters

Sharon Day

elcome to The West Valley Magazine’s Top


Doctors and Health Care Professionals. Each month an outstanding physician and health care

professional from the West Valley who has been nominated by their peers will be featured in the West Valley Magazine. These Dr. Thomas Kotoske

Karny Stefan








achievement and excellence in a variety of health care specialties and fields. All those featured for the next year will be acknowledged and recognized at the Live Life Expo Excellence in Health Care Awards Gala in February, 2012. Shellie Clayton

Madhu Murthy

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Practice Administrator Shellie Clayton Specialty: Responsible for providing programmatic, planning, direction and operational management for an outstanding group of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Hometown: Glendale, Arizona

University/Degree: University of Phoenix, B.S. Healthcare Management

Name of Practice: Valley Orthopedics

What inspired you to pursue a career in health care? I have always been intrigued by the human mind and body and with the resources, education and learning opportunities available, the path is endless. What would you recommend to someone wanting to pursue a career in health care? Healthcare is a very fluid environment so be patient yet diligent to achieve your goals. It can also be very demanding so maintaining a healthy balance personally and professionally is critical.

Is the practice that you work for working on any developments/projects in their field of specialty that you would like to tell us about?

Valley Orthopedics has four locations:

We are currently experimenting with our technology tools via apps to make us more efficient and effective with documentation, coding and billing.

13555 W. McDowell Rd #203 Goodyear, AZ 85395

What is your role development/project?


Delivering excellent patient care and maintaining high employee retention rates. Developing and maintaining programs and services that are cutting edge and market leaders in the industry.

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18404 N. Tatum Blvd #201 Phoenix AZ 85032


Research, implementation and ongoing management to ensure we are achieving our desired short and long term goals. What differentiates you from your peers?

What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career?

9250 N. 3rd Street #2030 Phoenix, AZ 85020

Having the pleasure of being exposed to and educated with both the clinical and administrative side of healthcare. My background experience allows me to have an appreciation for what is needed to maintain and grow a successful practice, in addition to being able to assist patients and providers clinically when the need arises.

41125 N Daisy Mountain Drive #109 Anthem, AZ 85086 Phone: 623-882-1292


Infectious Disease Specialist Madhu Murthy MD, MHSA Specialty: Infectious Diseases

Hometown: Mysore, India

University/Degree: University Of Mysore, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Master of Health Administration, University of South Dakota School of Medicine, Internal Medicine Internship and Residency, Creighton University and University of Nebraska, Infectious Diseases Fellowship What inspired you to become a doctor? My father is a physician who practiced in smaller communities and later in his career became a medical school faculty. This helped me realize the opportunities in the medical field where you can not only provide health education but also address health care needs of the community and have a positive influence on the quality of life. Why did you pursue your specialty? Infectious diseases specialty represents a large part of medicine with infectious conditions affecting the population of all ages, genders and ethnicities. This provides an unique opportunity to provide education, prevention of illness with immunization and treatment of variety of infectious conditions. Infectious diseases impact globally and the challenges associated with controlling the spread of illness, providing education and the antimicrobial clinical research opportunities make it an exciting field. What is your advice to others pursuing a career in this field? With the emerging challenges in the health care field, it is important to maintain the passion for the art of practicing medicine, focus on the health care needs of the

community and achieve personal goal of quality outcomes.

are able to provide care to a diversified population.

What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career? Having graduated from medical school in India, I decided to pursue higher education in USA. This opportunity to obtain quality education helped me understand the population diversity and their unique health care requirements, develop an interest in clinical research and apply evidence based guidelines in the medical practice.

What are the elements that make your patient/doctor relationship top notch? My personal belief in respect and kindness helps achieve an excellent relationship between patient and healthcare provider, which again translates to successful medical outcome.

Are you working on any developments/ projects in our field of specialty that you would like to tell us about? My clinical research interest includes review articles and meta-analysis of randomized drug clinical trials. This kind of research provides an opportunity to pool a number of well designed studies to analyze the overall outcomes. What differentiates you and your practice from your peers? In our practice, we strive to adopt evidence based medical guidelines with a focus on quality outcomes impacting the overall health of our patients. We also work closely with different hospital systems and

Why did you bring your practice to the West Valley? Being an international medical graduate, I had the opportunity to serve in medically underserved area. West Valley being one of the designated underserved areas, along with support from the West Valley hospital and the medical staff helped me become a part of successful West Valley practice. What do you see as the future of the West Valley as it relates to the health care field? West Valley area has a great growth potential to meet the health care needs of the community. With the growing population, the expansion of the local hospital systems will continue to help establish the West Valley as an area of health care excellence. • November • December 2011 | 33

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Certified Hypnotist Wilma Vance tried different ways to lose weight, but success was always short lived because of the hunger and cravings. Then she tried GASTRIC LAP-BAND HYPNOSIS and started seeing results. She was so desperate, she had even seriously considered the weight-loss surgery. Wilma wanted the benefits of Gastric Lap Band surgery without going under the knife, so she tried a new innovative technique called GASTRIC LAP-BAND HYPNOSIS.

By Millie Gorichs

Gastric Lap Band Weight Loss

The technique works by the subconscious accepting the belief that the body has had the surgery. In traditional gastric lap band surgery, doctors reduce the size of the stomach with a band so patients can’t eat as much. With the Gastric Lap Band Hypnosis weight loss system, clients are guided into a dream-like state that allows the client to be more open to suggestion. Then the client is taken through the process of having the lap band surgically fitted on the stomach. They experience the images, sounds and feelings of being in the operating room. Because the mind believes this has taken place, the stomach reacts to food as if it has

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actually been banded. Virtual Gastric Lap Band surgery is done in the mind, and if the mind believes it, then it is so. The purpose of Gastric Lap Band Hypnosis is to help overweight persons achieve long term weight loss and keep it off just as if they had the actual gastric lap band surgery. Weight loss is much easier when the stomach feels full and the cravings are gone. The virtual surgery experience is much like dreaming. It is a relaxing and comfortable experience. There are no side effects and it is perfectly safe. This new weight loss system is for you if you are seriously overweight, committed to losing the weight and see this as a tool to help that happen.

Without The Surgery?

Several days later, Wilma said she felt changed. “Now the size of my stomach is like a golf ball so I won’t be eating, large amount of food,” Wilma said. The first month Wilma lost 28 pounds. She continues losing steadily and so far has gone from a size 22 to a size 16.

You can read more about the Gastric Lap Band Hypnosis program at Contact Millie Gorichs at or 623-451-5331

LIVELIFE The difference between inhaling nicotine and clean air is that smoking is just a band aid and once the nicotine wears off the feelings of stress and anxiety are still there. Years ago Marlboro and Camel used fun catchy or seductive ads to entice customers to start smoking or to continue to smoke especially young adults. They also had incentive gifts for continuing to smoke such as saving up and sending in part of the carton or package for prizes such as clothes, and other memorabilia. Due to stricter laws tobacco companies can no longer run such promotions.

Heath Issue Besides death the two major health factors of smoking is cancer and heart disease. According to the Center of Disease Control more deaths are contributed to smoking than HIV, drugs and alcohol, suicide, murder and car crashes combined. Smoker’s arteries narrow due to plaque buildup causing problems with blood flow to the body and the brain. The risks of having a heart attack or stroke is 3 times more likely in smokers than non smokers. Cancer is another health factor of smoking. The most common type of cancer due to smoking is lung cancer. Other cancers include throat, mouth, esophagus, and stomach. Quitting a bad habit or an addiction is hard to do but it can be done with a little determination, support, and a lot of willpower. One of the first things to do is committing to quitting. That’s the easy part. The hard part is actually following through.

By Jennifer Olson


e all know that it’s bad for us, yet and estimated 44 million US Adults smoke according to the Center for Disease Control. Why do people still smoke when there is ample evidence that smoking increases heart disease, death and some forms of cancer. There have been many studies why people smoke even though they know they shouldn’t. Some people started smoking as teens to look mature, their friends are doing it, or to experiment. T hose that started smoking at a young age continue through adulthood. The reasons that Adults continue to smoke are: alleviate stress, pain relief, use as a reward, see others doing it, and enticed by tobacco ads.

If you need a little extra incentive to quit smoking November 17, 2011 is Great American Smokeout day. It is when millions of people decide not to smoke for 24 hours. Some use this date as their day to quit smoking for good. The American Heart Association has some great tools and resources to quitting, Here are some great steps to get started. Set a quit date Choose a method for quitting Decide if you need medicines to help you quit

One of the biggest reasons why Adults smoke is to reduce stress and anxiety. When people are stressed they feel that smoking is a way to calm them and to put unpleasant feelings to the side. Also the inhaling and exhaling mimics the same breathing as non smokers who performs the practice of yoga to release stress.

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FAMILY PRACTICE Sun Valley Family Practice offers comprehensive family care to the West Valley of the Phoenix Metro Area. We are committed to bringing the highest level of care to our patients, tailored to their needs. Our health care providers are board certified in family medicine.

ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS • SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE • Personalized healthcare tailored to you • Physical exams for all ages • Immunizations for all ages • Asthma • Diabetes

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URGENT CARE Sun Valley Urgent Care, P.C. will provide treatment for many illnesses and occupational medicine services. The following list describes many of the illnesses or injuries we treat, including the additional services we offer at our facility.

ILLNESS & INJURY • Cold, cough, flu, and sinus infection • Upper respiratory problems, asthma, and bronchitis • Sore throat, earache, or headache • Abdominal pain • Back pain • Rash or skin infections

• Eye infections • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea • Urinary tract infection • STD's • Limb fractures, sprains, and strains • Lacerations or wound care • Burns


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• Immunizations • On-site digital x-ray 7 days per week • On-site lab services


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Follow the contestants as they shed pounds and inches


uch wise advice given by a bright blue fish - thank you Disney for providing us a perfect perseverance quote in Finding Nemo. West Valley’s Biggest Loser is on the path of perseverance towards their weight loss goals and to get there they just keep swimming. Literally. I caught up with Stephanie Fogelson, founder of West Valley’s Biggest Loser, to discuss the current challenge the women are facing: swimming the equivalent of a 5K. My first question: Why swimming? “Change!” Fogelson stated. “Change is great when it comes to maximizing results. Our bodies are very efficient at knowing what to expect. When you change up the workouts you keep your muscles, metabolism and hormones guessing. Swimming is great for folks carrying extra weight because it provides a weightless environment. It

allows you to relieve the pressure on joints in a zero gravity environment which will let your cardio-respitory system focus on doing it's job. It helps you to become stronger and avoid the limitations of the weight from the rest of the body.” My second question for Fogelson: What are the best exercises to do in the water? “Just keep moving! Like any cardiovascular workout the key is heart rate recovery. Our routine’s stress the heart and respiratory systems and let them recover, by doing this over and over again we create a healthy body that will last us years to come.” For myself, swimming is a good option that I have incorporated into my routine. If you remember, I struggle with fibromyalgia and exercise is a very difficult and touchy subject. I began to focus my efforts on pain management and exercise in June

“Just keep swimming, swimming, By Shannon Dodge

What are the best exercises to do in the water? “Just keep moving! Like any cardiovascular workout the key is heart rate recovery.

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and my results are slow going. Constant pain plus exercising equals more pain. I know that there are many people out there who live with pain and discomfort, not having the ability to exercise or the means to push through the pain. I know that finding the balance and the right path can be difficult. Sometimes all we can do is “just keep swimming, swimming, swimming”. The second challenge of the month was in relation to climbing. The Losers faced a goal to climb four miles high in a two week time frame and approached it with determination and focus. “It’s an opportunity to get on these beautiful Arizona mountains now that you won’t be exposed to dangerous heat!” Fogelson explained. My mind immediately hit on the theme song for Disney’s Hannah Montana Movie, “The Climb” by Mylie Cyrus. The song is all about the struggles you encounter as you reach for your over all dream/goal of your life. Very appropriate as these women are moving closer and closer to their weight loss goal and lifestyle changes. “It’s important to get out of the gym and breathe the fresh air. This program is about quality of life and feeling good.” So how do you reach the goal of climbing 4 miles? “In order to realistically meet the climbing benchmarks on time you need to be climbing a little bit every day. Try taking the stairs to the top of the building on lunch breaks or on an exercise step. Then take friends or family out on a good elevation hike over the weekend.”


When I connected with Fogelson I asked what other people, who cannot climb such strenuous amounts, do to help with their weight loss goals. “Start on the stairs at home. Staircases in houses tend to be smaller steps, however if this is not an option the curb on the street works just fine too! You can walk or run up that step 100 times on each leg and you get all the benefit without even leaving home! If you look out your window in Phoenix, you can see a mountain. Have you ever stopped for one minute and wonder; what would it feel like to be standing right on that peak? If you can let that enter into your mind you're already on track to changing your life.” Results will come as you keep swimming and taking those extra steps. Sometimes you have to “just keep swimming” and in the end you will see your over weight loss journey bring you to your goal. Looking back, you will see that “it’s all about the climb”. Fogelson is committed to helping you reach your goals, “I am your biggest fan and walking right behind you with 200 balloons, one step at a time we will get to the top.”

Alyson; 7.3% body weight loss, 11 inches, 27 pounds, 6.4% body fat, Sally; 1.4% body weight loss, 5 inches, 6.4 pounds, 7.9% body fat Audition and follow the WVBL at: • November • December 2011 | 41

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Must-read news and advice on protecting our planet

RECYCLE Shredding and recycling has so many valuable benefits. sensitive documents via a secure, locked container and shred them in their 24 hour monitored facility. These are all things to consider when destroying important documents or personal information. Once the information is destroyed, or shredded, the material must then be recycled. Most recycling centers do not provide certified document shredding and may only bundle the paper material as it is received, so working with a certified document destruction company is ideal, as they offer both.

“Environmentally friendly,” “green,” and “eco-friendly”

Shredding and recycling has so many valuable benefits. Let’s avoid information theft, spend less and participate in the eco-friendly movement!

are phrases we hear almost daily and tend to dictate how many of us do business. Taking care of our environment has become a priority for many of us and what we do with our records, files, bank statements and personal data has a big impact on our community and environment. Record Center Innovations, Inc. (RCI) in Phoenix, an off-site records management, document storage, imaging and certified destruction facility; places strong emphasis on the importance of proper shredding and recycling of information. Whether you are a big business, small business or individual looking for peace of mind, secure document destruction provides a variety of benefits including those to our environment. Document shredding of course reduces the risk of identity theft, information leaks, and breaches of security as well as reducing storage costs. However, shredding is also a means of being environmentally friendly. “There are so many benefits to shredding your documents,” confirms Erika Peterson, Vice President of Operations for RCI. “In addition to keeping your information private, companies save money on storage costs and protect the environment. Also, by engaging a document destruction company, businesses are saving their employee’s time as well as keeping their company safe from information theft.” Shredded documents can be recycled which diverts the amount of solid waste from our landfills and saves energy and water since manufacturing new products from recycled paper uses less of both. Many products we use every day are made from recycled paper including coffee filters, diapers, egg cartons, shoe boxes, napkins, etc. Shredded paper can also be composted or used as packaging material rather than Styrofoam. It is important to consider how you go about shredding your documents and what is done with the paper after it is shredded. Documents that are shredded by a notable document destruction company such as Record Center Innovations can offer great advantages. For example, RCI ensures the secure destruction of all records, documenting the exact date and offering a certificate of destruction. In addition, you can watch the destruction of your documents securely over the Internet. RCI will transport your

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RECORD CENTER INNOVATIONS, INC. Receives 2011 ACHIEVEMENT in OPERATIONS EXCELLENCE AWARD By International Industry Leader, O’NEIL SOFTWARE Record Center Innovations Selected From More Than 500 Records Management Companies Worldwide Arizona’s solution for off-site records management, storage and document imaging and secure document destruction , has just received the 2011 Achievement in Operations Excellence Award by O’Neil Software, the leader in records storage management software. At the annual O’Neil Strategic Partner Conference, held September 14th – 16th, 2011 in Huntington Beach, CA; RCI was selected from a group of over 500 International record centers to receive this award. The award is given each year to a company that displays a thorough knowledge of the software, utilizes its capabilities to the fullest and demonstrates a superior level of customer service and streamlined operations to their customers. • November • December 2011 | 45


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What a Croc!

B Y D R . G R E Y S TA F F O R D

Dragon World Comes to Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium Coming in November is an exciting new display of animal exhibits featuring giant ectotherms—living “dragons” that, like all reptiles, use the environment to control their body temperature. One of the featured species descending upon Dragon World, a large saltwater crocodile, is the first of its kind in Arizona. This species of croc from Australia and Southeast Asia is the largest and one of the most fearsome varieties of crocodilian in the world. While many smaller crocodilians including, the Nile croc, the African Dwarf croc and one of the planet’s most rare reptiles, the albino alligator, already call Wildlife World home, none compare to the size and strength of a “salty.” As recent news reports suggest, this species can weigh over 1 ton and exceed 20 feet in length. This means at about 10-11 feet, our newest arrival is only half its potential size! Rounding out the list of dragons will be giant Aldabra tortoises, smaller lizards, and several varieties of monitor and iguana lizards. The longest of these, the crocodile monitor, can reach up to 10 or more feet in length. Up to two thirds of the croc monitor’s body is made up of its long, whip-like tail. This long appendage provides balance for this arboreal animal as it spends much of its time in the trees searching for prey. On the other end of the spectrum will be a group of impressive looking but gentle rhino iguanas. These largely vegetarian Caribbean Island animals are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss, pollution and over hunting. Their name stems from the chocolate chip shaped horns at the end of their snouts. Of course, no reptile exhibit would be complete without a giant snake, like the man-sized, 200-pound, 20-feet long reticulated python also planned for Dragon World this fall. Best of all, each exhibit features large acrylic panels, including some with underwater viewing that will provide close-up views of these amazing animals for visitors of all ages to enjoy! So this November, check out Arizona’s largest and always growing collection of wild animals and the all-new Dragon World.

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Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ. We’re open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 5:00 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Daytime admission includes access to the zoo and aquarium. Special reduced evening admission to Aquarium-Only is available after 5:00 p.m. For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit Get the latest news, photos, videos, and special offers about Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium on Facebook ( • November • December 2011 | 47 • November • December 2011 | 49

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Connecting Women

in the West Valley

November 1, 2011

Spirit of Philanthropy

December 6, 2011

Holiday Luncheon

January 10, 2012

New Director & Ambassadors


11:30 to Noon ~ Reception Noon to 1:15 pm ~ Luncheon


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By Mia James

Healthy Holiday Choices

Make This Holiday Season Delicious and Nutritious HOLIDAY FOOD TEMPTATIONS are as inevitable during the festive season as sleigh bells, gift giving, and family gatherings. For those of us committed to a healthy diet and lifestyle, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve can be loaded with challenges, as every event seems to revolve around food and drink. Jasmyn Walker, MS, RD, CSO, LD, a dietitian at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Tulsa, explains that the holiday season is laden with circumstances that challenge the resolve of even the most dedicated health nut. At this time of year, she says, “We’re often more tempted by traditions and social events.” Whether we’re serving up cherished family recipes or hopping from one social event to the next, the pitfalls are similar: we’ll likely be presented with calorie-rich food and beverages that offer limited nutrition, Walker explains. Common sources of these “empty” calories include desserts, cocktails and nonalcoholic drinks, and processed foods— all of which make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight. So-called hidden calories, or foods that are more caloric than expected, are another concern during the holidays. A common source of hidden calories is restaurant meals, which can be more calorie-heavy than comparable dishes prepared at home. Eating out, says Walker, is something to watch for during the holidays when our busy schedules make it difficult to plan and prepare our own meals. HEALTHY HOLIDAYS MATTER Given the focus on rich food during the holidays, it can seem tempting to let yourself stray from your healthy lifestyle sometimes a little and sometimes a lot. Excuses like “It’s only once a year” and “I’ll start eating well after New Year’s” are tempting to make. The consequences of giving in to holiday indulgence, however, may outweigh the momentary pleasure.

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Walker explains that straying from a healthy lifestyle, even temporarily, can result in weight gain, fatigue, fluctuation in blood sugar (a particular concern among diabetics), a weakened immune system, and raised cholesterol and blood pressure. Each of these consequences can lead to serious and sometimes long-term medical issues, including increased risk of infection (weakened immune system), cardiovascular disease (weight gain and raised cholesterol and blood pressure), and a decrease in quality of life. STAYING ON TRACK Despite the challenges, keeping your commitment to health during the holidays is not only possible but, with the right strategies, also easier (and tastier) than you may think. And you don’t need to go hungry—with a few tricks you can enjoy filling, delicious holiday meals that support your healthy lifestyle. In some cases you can prepare yourself for success before you meet your caloric adversary, says Walker. She offers the following tips to prevent giving in to temptation at holiday gatherings: • “Never arrive at a gathering hungry.” Fill up on sensible snacks or a meal before you go out so that hunger won’t weaken your resolve. • Offer to bring a nutritious dish that you enjoy to ensure that you’ll have a healthy option. • Don’t forget to exercise on the day of a gathering; physical activity is a great way to stay on track and support overall health. • If you do get hungry during an event, look for nutritious options such as fruits and vegetables and keep portions small.

If you do give in to temptation, don’t be discouraged. Get back on track as soon as possible. • Don’t linger near the food, circulate through the crowd, or “work the room,” as Walker suggests. • “Limit sipping,” Walker says, and be aware of potentially high calories in alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and sweetened coffees and teas. Water is always a sensible alternative and will also keep you hydrated an essential component of any healthy diet. You can give yourself another opportunity to keep your holidays healthy when you cook and bake at home. Even sweets such as cakes, cookies, and pies can be prepared with less fat, fewer calories, and greater nutritional value than traditional recipes. Tips that Walker offers include using two egg whites for each egg called for in a recipe, replacing butter with applesauce, and using whole-wheat flour in place of white flour. She also says that adding nuts or dried fruit to baked goods can provide some nutritional value and that nonfat vanilla yogurt can be an alternative to whipped cream. SOMETIMES THE COOKIE WINS Even with real determination to stay healthy during the holidays, you may find yourself indulging in a little something you wouldn’t normally allow on your plate. As mentioned earlier, it’s a challenging season. Keeping this in mind, know that that dessert, second helping at dinner, or extra glass of wine doesn’t mean you’ve strayed from your commitment and goal. If you do give in to temptation, don’t be discouraged. Get back on track as soon as possible. Walker encourages renewing your commitment to healthy eating immediately. “Focus on making the next meal where you’re going to start anew,” she says, rather than looking to the next week or the New Year for a turnaround. As well, maintaining physical activity, even in small amounts, can help you stick with your commitment.

A Healthy Alternative to your Holiday Favorite Recipes by Michell Janah, pastry chef at CTCA

Autumn Apple-Cranberry Crisp Makes 8 servings 3 to 4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 2 cups fresh cranberries 1 cup applesauce 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 3 tablespoons softened butter Preheat oven to 375º. In a large bowl, toss apples, cranberries, applesauce, and cinnamon. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour, walnuts, pumpkin pie spice, and butter. Place apple mixture in a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture on top of fruit. Bake until apples and cranberries are bubbly and tender, about 30 minutes. Serve warm. Nutritional information per serving: calories 255; protein 4g; carbihydrates 42g; fat 10g; dietary fiber 5g

Knowing that indulgence does happen, Walker says that if you truly want to enjoy something special, do so in moderation. “If you are going to indulge, maybe have half a portion versus the entire piece,” she suggests. YES, YOU CAN With the right approach, you can have your holidays and your health. When faced with a food-related decision, consider the options and the strategies discussed here and remember that most decadent foods and ingredients can be replaced with lighter, more nutritious fare. “It seems like there’s always a healthier alternative,” Walker says. If you’re at a loss for a healthy choice, make your own. “Don’t be afraid to experiment with traditional dishes,” she says. You just might create your own healthy tradition! 888.214.9488 • November • December 2011 | 55


................................. CAPTURES THE WEST VALLEY ONE PHOTO AT A TIME.




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Photographed by Michael Jordan Photography


lthough there were fewer entries than organizers expected, the fifth annual Pebble Creek Autofest Charity Car Show and Food Drive at Goodyear Ballpark drew about 2,000 people on Sunday. "Everything went really well," said Landis Elliot, a show coordinator, adding that organizers on Monday were still tallying how much food was donated for the Agua Fria Food Bank. "It usually takes them a couple of days to get back the exact tonnage that we raised as far as canned goods are concerned, but it was a pretty full truck again." The show, organized by the Pebble Creek Car Club, attracted 50 vendors and nearly 200 automobiles."I was thinking there would be more cars," said Charlie Miller, car-club president. "I don't know why it was a little off."

. Each year, a panel of PebbleCreek Car Club members judges the classes of cars. Awards are given to the first- and second-place cars in each class, and awards were presented for President's Choice and Mayor's Choice. The Mayor's Award went to Danny Hoctor, owner of 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle. The President's Award was given to Robert Gonzales, owner of a 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster "We did not do a best of show this year because it's impossible," Miller said. "When you get the quality of cars that we have there, you almost start flipping a coin so instead we made these two the big ones and they'll be on the (promotional) T-shirt next year. We gave out about 50 other awards in classes."

Organizers expected their biggest show ever, perhaps 200 to 250 cars, from Valley clubs. The show attracts some of the nicest cars in the West Valley, organizers believe.This year the show included DIRECTV so car buffs could watch football. There also was a rock-climbing wall."We went up a level this year on what was there," Miller said. "We had a lot more auto-related vendors, which really made it good."There also was live music and a disc jockey."I just wish it would have been a tiny bit cooler. That would have been helpful," Elliot said. Vehicles included street-rod roadsters that date to pre-1950, sports cars and muscle cars. The show mainly benefits the food bank, and last year the club collected 5,400 pounds of food. New Life Center and the YMCA Youth Leadership program also benefit from the show. Registration of cars was $25. Each owner was also asked to donate three canned/non-perishable food items. S p e c t a t o r admission was free with donation of two cans of food. Landis said the organizers were still doing bookkeeping Monday to determine how much money will be donated to charity. • November • December 2011 | 57


The who, what, where and when in the West Valley

Arts in the Park LIVE - FREE Concert Series For those looking for some quality entertainment while also trying to save money The City Litchfield Park's Arts in the Park Concert Series may be just what you're looking for. Starting October 23rd and going on all the way until April 20th the Wigwam Resort and Spa will be hosting monthly concerts on its grounds, the best part, admission is free. All you have to do is show up at the resort, bring a lawn chair, and listen to the easy tunes of a variety of music. The show itself is very relaxing, children are playing games in the grass, while adults can lounge in chairs and grass listen to 50's music from bands like Come Back Buddy, a tribute band to Buddy Holly. Drinks and snacks are on sale at the event, but attendees are more than welcome to make a picnic out of the event. The next performance in line for the Arts in the Park Concert Series is Sunday, November 20th from 3-5 P.M. featuring The Rave. The Rave will be playing the top 40 hits from the 1950's all the way to present day. Everyone, whether you're from Litchfield Park or elsewhere is encouraged to participate in an evening at the park with live music, community, and relaxing. Wigwam Resort and Spa is located on 300 East Litchfield Park Blvd. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340. For more information go to for more information on the concert series as well as additional community events for The City of Litchfield Park. Upcoming Shows: The Rave: Top 40 hits from the 1950's, November 20th, 3-5 P.M. Rondavous: Recently voted "Best Country Band that's Everywhere," January 22nd, 3-5 P.M. Mary Hoffman: Always a Litchfield Park Favorite, February 19th, 3-5 P.M. Night Groove Band: Playing your favorites from R&B, Rock, Motown, and more, March 18th, 4-6 P.M. Thaddeus Rose Band: High Energy from Begining to End, April 20th, 7-9 P.M.

November 5 & December 3 Goodyear’s City Market 9:00am to 10:00pm. Goodyear Ballpark Vist this outdoor market for produce, specialty foods, unique gifts and more.

November 25 through December 29 Arizona Broadway Theatre Miracle on 34th Street

9:00am to 10:00pm. Goodyear Ballpark For more information or to purchase tickets visit

Show starts at 7:30 p.m. 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, AZ 85382 This hilarious andcharming show brings about a genuine “Miracle on 34th Street” as a wave of love spreads throughout New YorkCity (including rivals Macy’s and Gimbels) and convinces a divorced, cynical single mother and her somber daughter that there really is a Santa Claus. For tickets call 623-776-8400 or log on to

Though November 17 Arizona Broadway Theatre A Chorus Line

November 28 - December 2 Herberger Theatre - The Kax Stage Holidazed - Lunch Time Theater

November 12 KIDSTOCK One Day of Music & Family

Show starts at 7:30 p.m. 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria, AZ 85382 Few musicals make their way into the American mainstream the way A Chorus Line has since its Broadway debut in 1975. The show provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and choreographer as they describe the events that shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. For tickets call 623-7768400 or log on to

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Hop aboard the HOLIDAZED Express! A brand new holiday cabaret full of swinging songs and high-spirited stories is speeding your way. Just imagine Laugh-In with a sweet sounding seasonal slant. Join us as we travel the distance from Hallmark to harebrained with our fondest and funniest holiday tales. $6.00 (additional fees may apply)

December 10 Christmas in the Park 9:00 am until 4:00 pm Santa and friends will be stopping in Litchfield Park for our hometown holiday event - Christmas in the Park. Bring your family and friends here for a day filled with fun activities. Arts and craft vendors will be selling beautiful items that are ideal for gift giving. At 10AM our parade begins. Local marching bands, dance groups, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and others will display their members and their floats. Santa will be part of the parade, and kids can take their pictures with him throughout the day. After the parade, kids can play in Elf’s Alley, where bouncers, games and real snow will be available. There will be entertainment all day long, as well. Be sure to include this free event as one of the things your family does this year to get into the Holiday Spirit! This year’s presenting co-sponsors are Hilgers Orthodontics and Hilgers Pediatric Dentistry. Bring out the family and enjoy the fun. Events/Calendar submissions are welcome. Please email to • November • December 2011 | 59


The best restaurants in the West Valley

by Bob Purtell

Nakama– Goodyear’s “Circle of Friends” When Rey and Becky Maldonado were growing up in the West Valley, they had to travel to Scottsdale to enjoy sushi with their friends. They decided, in 2007, to venture into opening their own restaurant and provide a comfortable, affordable place for people to gather and enjoy Pan-Asian fusion cuisine. NAKAMA, (which means, “circle of friends”), is more than just a trendy sushi restaurant & lounge. It is a family owned and operated business that gives back to the community. Staffed entirely with locally hired employees, NAKAMA serves the local economy of Goodyear & Avondale with superb food, excellent service and a comfortable haven for social engagement.

We give this restaurant



13215 West McDowell Road, Suite D-3, Goodyear, AZ. 85338 in the Palm Valley Cornerstone.

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Located in Palm Valley Cornerstone just west of Dysart and south of McDowell, this treasure is easily accessible from I-10. The menu extends far beyond the fare found at traditional sushi restaurants. Please see their well crafted website for a complete listing. NAKAMA is an excellent choice for special events, such as corporate meetings, rehearsal dinners and modest-sized wedding receptions with its 125 person indoor dining room and 25 person outdoor patio seating. A full liquor license assures your favorite beverage will be waiting for you including Asian beers, hot and cold sakes and domestically produced draught beers. Rueben Maldonado, the restaurant manager, assures a wonderful dining experience that will have you coming back time after time. Military discounts are offered to our service personnel and fund raisers are encouraged for local schools and community groups. NAKAMA can also cater your next dinner party or business event with a simple call to 623 935-3809. Happy hour runs daily from 4-7pm and ALL DAY Sunday. Features include $2.50 (16 oz)Domestic Drafts, (12 oz) Domestic Bottles, $5.75 Sake Bombers and $5.00 Gran Centenario Rosangel Margaritas to name a few. $5.00 starters include Edamame, Egg Rolls, Stuffed Mushrooms, Tempura Shrimp, Tempura Garden, Edamame Hummus, NAKAMA Wings and Lettuce Wraps. Each month, you can try out your sushi rolling skills while sipping sake in NAKAMA’s “Sushi & Sake 101” class. Ask your server or consult the website for details. $20 per person. Monday’s specials include $1.00 draughts, $2.00 Cali Rolls and $5.00 Wings. Daily lunch specials include $5.00 rice bowls for the diner on a short meal break; quite a value for dine-in patrons. Vegetarian alternative menu items assure everyone in your party will enjoy their dining experience. The circular design of the restaurant offers a warm and comfortable environment. Bold colors and well thought out décor are part of the signature appeal of this establishment. The menu includes basic and special rolls. Be sure to try the “Lotus Roll”, NAKAMA’s signature dish. Also featured are starters, soups, salads, noodles, sashimi, traditional “Bento Boxes”, desserts and a NAKAMUNCHKINS children’s menu. The fish is superb and prepared daily for ultimate freshness of taste. NAKAMA should be on your primary radar for places to dine in Goodyear. Comfortable, affordable, easily accessible and delicious, you will want to tell your family and friends all about. Make it a date to treat yourself to a special lunch or dinner, soon.

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9744 W. Northern Ave., Peoria, AZ



Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar


Blu Burger Grille 623.877-3200

Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria


Sandbar 623.877-6444





Mexican Grill

Stylish, contemporary dining is the hallmark of Fleming's. As our name implies, our menu features the finest in prime beef, augmented by a tempting variety of chops, seafood, chicken, generous salads, inventive side orders and indulgent desserts. Our celebrated wine list, known as the Fleming's 100, boasts some of the finest wines in the world, all available by the glass.

Blu Burger Grille, was built on the need for a truly unique, high quality, hamburger experience. Our burgers are prepared to your specification and are made with the freshest Certified Angus ground beef. We believe that everyone should be able to enjoy quality hamburger creations, and thus strive to maintain reasonable menu prices without sacrificing quality.

A taste of NY in the West Valley. With over 100 years of pizza making traditions, Grimaldi’s serves NY-style, coal fired brickoven pizzas and calzones, freshly prepared salads and house made desserts in an upscale yet casual and family oriented pizzeria. Come enjoy “The Pizza that made the Brooklyn Bridge Famous.”

Ice cold cervezas, sand beneath your feet, and some fresh Mexican food. Whether you are looking for a night out on the town or want to relax with a couple of cool cocktails, Sandbar is the destination for the best beach fun!


Wine Styles 623.872.7900 • Feel like you have traveled back in time to an old world wine cellar where the ambiance is perfect for browsing through our world class wines at affordable prices. Our wines are separated into eight tasting styles and our knowledgeable staff will help you find the style right for you. We also offer unique gifts, a large selection of American craft beer and Kana Cuban Coffee. Whether you join our wine club, visit us for weekly wine tastings, stop in for a glass of wine or shop for a gift basket, we are sure you will not be disappointed.

See’s Candies 623.772.7256 •

Located at 99th Avenue and Northern • Just west of the Loop 101

We s t Va l l e y ’s P l a c e s t o G o, T h i n g s t o D o a n d P e o p l e t o M e e t

By Michelle Arana

Movie Review:

Don’t Miss Out On

“The HELP”


very year, hundreds of movies are made. Out of those hundreds, there are only about a dozen that really stand out and are considered a ‘must-see.’ Well for 2011, one of those definite must -sees is The Help. During the 1960’s civil rights movement, a lot of white families were known to hire African Americans to be their maids and nannies. Not all of the maids and nannies would be treated very well by the white families that they worked for. Hardly any of the families would offer a ride home for the maids, and a lot of the families would not even allow the maids to use the same toilets in their house as they use. A lot of the white women were basically having children and the maids were practically raising them. One aspiring author known as Skeeter (played by Emma Stone, also known as Olive in Easy A) noticed what was going on in her community and how maids were not being treated right. So she decided, with the help of a few maids that secretly came forward, to write a book about the fair mistreatment of maids who were also known as The Help. Writing this book was not easy at all and Skeeter as well as the maid Aibileen (played by Viola Davis, also known as Delia in Eat Pray Love) and the other maid that came forward, Minny (played by Octavia Spencer, also known as Madame Nora-Pet Psychic in Dinner for Schmucks) had to hide everything that they were doing from every single person. At times, the three of them questioned what they were doing, but the more terrible things that were happening to other maids, the more fueled they were to move forward to get their story out there. This is a fantastic movie that will make you want to even read the book by Kathryn Stockett right after whether you are a reader or not. The movie will make you remember what people in the 60’s had to go through in order to stand up for what is right and how sometimes all it takes is one person-one voice to make all the difference. If you want to laugh, cry, and have a movie impact your life in a positive way, go and see “The Help” today!



Exercise your mind and get lost in a puzzle


Across 1. U.S.N. officers 5. Archaic forest 10. Word said before "time" and "place" 14. Toy on a finger 15. ___ Hoffman of the Chicago Seven 16. "When You Wish ___ a Star" 17. Mealtime summoner 19. Ginseng herb 20. Bargain 21. Golf ball brand 23. Cologne that sounds improper 26. Signaled a hack 27. Deer Park rival 32. Bogie's "Barefoot Contessa" co-star 33. Syrian sectarian 34. 67 Signal of disdain 38. Straight-to-curly transformation, informally 40. ___ Mrs. 42. Video 43. Pricing phrase 45. Rock's ___ John 47. French wine 48. Gossip source 51. Dish-shaped gong 54. Island neckwear 55. Shuffle the staff 58. Exasperated cry 62. Tool 63. Nuclear-explosion hot spot 66. Surrender possession of 67. Homophone for I'll 68. Small fight 69. "The corn __ high..." 70. Rock singer Patty who is married to John McEnroe 71. Police radio messages, for short


SUDOKU HOW TO PLAY SUDOKU? Sudoku requires no calculation or arithmetic skills. It is essentially a game of placing numbers in squares, using very simple rules of logic and deduction. It can be played by children and adults and the rules are simple to learn. SUDOKU OBJECTIVE The objective of the game is to fill all the blank squares in a game with the correct numbers. There are three very simple constraints to follow. In a 9x9 square Sudoku game: * Every row of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in * Every column of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order * Every 3 by 3 subsection of the 9x9 square must include all digits 1 through 9.

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Down 1. Dancer Charisse et al. 2. "Just ___": Nike slogan 3. Former Cub ___ Sandberg 4. "Moonlight," e.g. 5. Hawks support it 6. Weaken 7. Help along 8. "___ & Stitch": 2002 film 9. Greek oracle site 10. Source of vitamin D 11. "... to fetch ___..." 12. "Le ___ d'Arthur" 13. Through 18. Largest living antelope 22. Pre-air conditioning coolers 24. Place to sleep in an apt. 25. Shylock 27. ___Doc Duvalier 28. Baking site 29. Tub of ___ 30. Song of David 31. Tuxedo option 35. Shankar 36. ___ the air: uncertain 37. Chromosome unit 39. You can't miss them 41. Old Venetian V.I.P. 44. School grps. 46. Young mayfly 49. Some computers 50. A Gabor sister 51. Actress Lords or Bingham 52. Dangerous mosquito 53. Honda rival 56. Ghastly 57. Apt to pry 59. Corded fabric 60. Impolitely take 61. Romantic attraction, slangily 64. Maximum: Abbr. 65. Book after Ezr. • November • December 2011 | 67

West Valley Magazine November 2011  

West Valley Magazine's November issue features Phoenix Fashion Week and trends in the loca Real Estate market.

West Valley Magazine November 2011  

West Valley Magazine's November issue features Phoenix Fashion Week and trends in the loca Real Estate market.