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Publisher Bill Murray Editor Clay Lambert Writers Lily Bixler, Mark Foyer, Mark Noack, Stacy Trevenon, Carina Woudenberg Photographer Charles Russo design Bill Murray, Mark Restani Business Office Barbara Anderson Circulation Sonia Myers Advertising Sales Linda Pettengill, Louise Strutner, Marilyn Johnson, Barbara Dinnsen Find us 714 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (650) 726-4424 HALF MOON BAY is published the first week of every month and inserted in the Half Moon Bay Review. The entire contents of the magazine will also be available online at hmbreview.com.

or the last few years, we have been featuring illustrations on the cover of this magazine. Fellow designer Mark Restani and I have been swapping off the drawing duties. And, for the most part, it has been a ton of fun. Proud of many, nonplussed by some, downright embarrassed by a few, the biggest challenge for me is always the October issue — how to illustrate the energy, the Reproductions of Margaret Lindsey’s heart hustle, the ‘orangeness’ of the Coastside at Halloween time without painting are available being trite or repetitive. The ideas were not only hard to come by, online. Proceeds go to the Wicks family to help pay but would usually wait to arrive until just hours before deadline. for their daughter’s Inspiration never seems to keep a schedule. ¶ This year we are ongoing medical treatment. trying something new. Inspired by the bounty of talented artists that use our fair coast as subject matter for their art, we thought it would be interesting to feature, on the cover, a different take of the Coastside as seen through the eyes of a dozen artists. Some of the artists live in the area, some will be from around California, or further — the beauty of the coast is appreciated by all! The point is that the Coastside is inspiring; for artists, for visitors, for those lucky enough to live or work here. This is a hats off to those who find beauty on the Coastside and take the time to interpret it in their art for the rest of us to enjoy. ¶ For this month’s magazine, our cover art was painted at Dunes Beach, looking across to the bluffs near the Sweetwood campground. I love the feel of the trail leading to the tangle of cypress trees — and the rust colored edges of the ice plant. I’ve revisited this spot again since Kim Lordier sent in the image. It’s no wonder she chose it. ¶ There is other artwork worth taking a look at in this issue. The inset is an image that Margaret Lindsey painted in response to the ordeal that the Wicks family has gone through. I hope you get a chance to read this inspirational story about courage and hope ... certainly something we can all use more of at the beginning of a new year. — Bill Murray, Publisher

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The art of Mavericks, Coastside Talent Show, Knew Groove, Pilc Moutin Hoenig, basketball quadrupleheader. Page 7

HAVING A HEART �iracle baby teaches others to open their hearts. Page 8

TIPS FROM THE PROS We asked six fitness professionals to share some advice on how to stay fit and healthy. Page 14

MIXING MARTIAL ARTS WITH DISCIPLINE Practitioners of Eastern traditions say their work goes beyond exercise and benefits their whole lives. Page 22

ON SCENE Visit a holiday party hosted by the Coastside Land Trust and the Celebrity Bartender Night at It’s Italia Restaurant featuring the former Review publisher, Deb Hershon. Page 31

MEDICAL PROFILES Take a look at our special section featuring a showcase of health care professionals on the Coastside. Page 35

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The 20th annual Coastside Talent Show will show your neighbors as you don’t usually see them — performing vocal or instrumental music, dancing, acrobatics, comedy, novelty acts or other forms of talent, at Costal Repertory Theatre at 1167 Main St. in Half Moon Bay. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 through 8. Master of Ceremonies Michael Lederman and Ken Crowell and musicians from his big band Chops will lead the fun. Admission is $25. 569-3266.

A tone of art and music is set for a new year with the second Project Knew groove new year’s event, a 12-hour event from noon until midnight at the Old Princeton Landing. Over two stages, there will be live art — artists creating artwork on the spot — a variety of live music, and performance art, all from Bay Area and local artists. Proceeds will benefit the develop ment of Project Knew groove. Info: (650) 488-8161.

Critics use the word “engagement” to define the sound and performance of Pilc Moutin Hoenig, but Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society owner Pete Douglas just uses a simple phrase — “simply serious” — to describe this distinctive contemporary mainstream jazz ensemble that he says exemplifies the art of the jazz trio. Find out for yourself in their appearance at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Bach on Miramar Beach. Admission $35. 726-4143.

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The Wicks family in their Montara home.Parents Dayna and Scott play with Aliya, left, and Dyllan.

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“We certainly couldn’t do this by ourselves as a family unit,” said Scott Wicks, a videographer. “A lot of people stepped up.” “It’s been very humbling to be so lovingly supported by so many,” said his wife, Dayna Wicks, a counselor and bodyworker in private practice who left work to take care of her daughter. As they speak, older daughter Aliya, now 5, snuggles up to play with little sister Dyllan. At 18 months old, with a cherubic smile and sparkly blue eyes under a fringe of soft brown hair, Dyllan exudes calm friendliness and curiosity. Scars across her chest and tummy are the only reminders of odds she continues to beat. Arriving without complications on Feb. 21, 2010, Dyllan Kianna Wicks spent six carefree weeks with her family before her doctor, concerned by her failure to gain weight, began a monitoring program. But within three months, things had not improved, and one morning Dyllan showed increased sweating and difficulty breathing. Her parents scooped her up and started for the local clinic but changed their minds and headed instead for the University of California, San Francisco emergency room. Dyllan was rushed into intensive care where her parents were given her status: a literally one-in-a-million condition called left ventricular noncompaction cardiomiopathy. In this genetic but nonhereditary condition, the left ventricle of her heart could not adequately pump blood to the rest of her body. The attending physician told the Wicks she probably would not make it through the night and called the hospital chaplain. “It was like being hit with a fast-moving train,” her parents wrote in a statement about their experience. “We could barely keep our balance.” But when Dyllan did make it through that hellish night, her parents set about learning their options. Only one seemed feasible: a heart transplant. Less than two weeks later, Dyllan was transferred to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, where she spent

the next nine months in intensive care. “She was flat on her back for so long that she missed a lot of critical milestones,” said her mother. But she did not miss out on any love. Her mother or father, other relatives or a neighbor, were with Dyllan 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “It was very important for us to keep someone there for emotional support for her,” said Scott. “The nurses got to know the changes in our shifts as well as we got to know theirs.” On Aug. 6, 2010, Dyllan was put on the donor list. By late August, with her own heart failing, she had to have open-heart surgery to install two external heart pumps, known as “Berlin hearts.” Medical staff checked them frequently to guard against blood clots. Twice the pumps had to be changed out, requiring Dyllan to be taken “offline” for a few minutes each time. But to doctors’ and her family’s amazement, no major damage was caused. “Dyllan touched death more times than we care to remember,” wrote her parents. “She ‘crashed’ and was ‘brought back’ many times by an amazing team of doctors. To their surprise she continued to hang in there.” Her parents did the same, one minute at a time. “We were in emergency mode,” said Dayna. “One foot in front of the other, walking though a nightmare, hoping it would end soon.” What kept the parents going was their “very deep faith,” which Dayna explained drew from indigenous beliefs and ways and faith in God. Blending realism with regard for their daughter as a conscious being in her own right, Dyllan’s parents did not exclude her from what went on, but “let her lead the way,” said Dayna. “We tried to talk with her as best we could and include her in decisions,” said Scott. “We would talk to her and pray. “It was her will to be here now on this earth as I see it,” he continued. “She had several chances to check out (of life) and go back home. We took that as her way of saying she wants to remain here, that she has something to do here.” “We prayed a lot, talked a lot, surrendered to the process and the belief that ‘thy will be done,’” said Dayna. “She’s a conscious being, even though she is a baby,” said her husband. “She had deep awareness of what was going on.”

n Oct. 17, 2010, a donor heart became available. Once again little Dyllan was rushed into what became 12 hours of surgery fraught with complications. Again her parents were warned she might not make it. But she did. Swollen and with more than a dozen IV medications in use, she began to rally. “She was, by far, the sickest child in the unit,” wrote her parents. “To all of our amazement, she continued to fight for life and hang in there.” Triumph reigned when, three days before Dyllan’s first birthday in February 2011, she came home. She joined big sister Aliya

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“whose world has also been turned upside down throughout this process,” wrote her parents. But home just means continuing vigilance for the Wicks family. A regimen of 24 medications at threehour intervals around the clock has now been reduced to eight medications. Physical and occupational therapists help Dyllan improve strength, flexibility and gross and fine motor skills. Wary of infections, her parents provide sterilizing hand lotions to visitors as they enter the house.

yllan’s major challenge now is to adjust to normal life, to eat normally so she can abandon her feeding tube and sustain herself, and continue the development that began with scooting across the floor. “Once she crosses the hurdle of food, we expect to be more normal as a family,” Dayna said happily. “We’ll catch up. It’s just a matter of time.” Big sister Aliya is “extremely happy to have Dyllan home and all of us home on a full-time basis,” Dayna added. It’s “good!” being a big sister, little Aliya chirped. But besides the medical regimen, ongoing medical and maintenance bills remain for the family. That’s where longtime friend, Coastside artist Margaret Lindsey, comes in. A friend of the Wicks since before Scott and Dayna were married, Lindsey calls the couple “a second family to me” and is “Auntie” to Aliya. Lindsey already understood helping loved ones through illness. When her mother was hospitalized, she said, “there was nothing I could do to help other than to love, to express my own love and care and embrace” through art. In 2006 she created a 20-inch-by-20inch acrylic painting on canvas of a heart, drawing on historical depictions of hearts designed in geometric patterns that symbolize eternal beating. “The heart is essentially a spiral,” said Lindsey. “There are many levels of meaning to this.” She hung that original painting in her mother’s hospital room. And she hung a reproduction of it in little Dyllan’s hospital room. Now, inspired by recent NPR fundraisers that involved giving donors “thank-you gifts,” she launched, in mid-November, an

ongoing online fundraiser centered on the print. It includes different levels of giving with giclee reproductions of the original painting as gifts to donors. Donors of $75 or more will receive 15

enhancement by the artist, plus a set of 15 greeting cards. The funds will go directly to the family for ongoing expenses, Lindsey said. “I really liked the idea of making it sweet for givers.” Copies of the donation form can be found at Bamboo Body & Soul on Main Street. Forms can also be found on the Web at artransforms.com. A link to Caring Bridge, at www.caringbridge.org/visit/dylanwicks continues to blog Dyllan’s story. From high places, little Dyllan has received several salutes for her pluck. June 9, 2011, was proclaimed Dyllan Kianna Wicks Day by San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, and she received a certificate of honor from then-Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. And her parents continue to receive inspiration from her.

5-by-7-inch “heart spiral” greeting cards with envelopes. Donors of $108 or more will receive a 9-by-9-inch archival quality canvas print of the heart spiral, suitable for framing. Donors of $365 or more will receive a 12-inch-by-12-inch-by-2-inch mounted archival quality canvas print with painted enhancement by the artist. Donors of $700 or more will receive a 24-inch-by24-inch-by-2-inch mounted archival quality canvas print of the spiral with painted

“We said goodbye in so many ways over the course of these very long months, and have prayed daily that her suffering would end,” they wrote in their statement. “We are learning how to open our hearts more fully and embrace this incredible spirit who, against all odds, continues to choose life. “We do not know what tomorrow may bring, and just try to enjoy each moment, each day, with the profound realization of how precious life truly is.” 

“We do not know what tomorrow may bring, and just try to enjoy each moment, each day, with the profound realization of how precious life truly is.”

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We asked six fitness professionals to share some advice on how to stay fit and healthy. What to eat, and to avoid, how to exercise, how to stay motivated, how to think about exercise. Here are their words of wisdom. photos by charlie Russo

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ooking to make a healthy, simple change to your eating habits this year? eat more often! The key to weight loss and stabilizing blood-sugar levels is to eat five or six smaller meals per day. One important reason to eat smaller portions more frequently is hunger management. Research has found that people who eat only two or three large meals per day tend to eat more calories than people who break up their calories into five or six smaller meals. eating meals five or six hours apart leads to overeating because you are so hungry that you eat more calories than are necessary to satiate your hunger. This overeating leads to increased calorie intake and subsequent weight gain. Another benefit of eating smaller portions more frequently is stabilizing blood-sugar levels. Blood sugar, derived from broken-down food, 1 4

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is essential in giving you energy and stamina. When it’s low, we reach for caffeine, sweets and other processed carbs. eating five to six small meals leads to a steady supply of blood sugar and you are less likely to reach for sugary foods and coffees to boost your energy. Large meals give your body a huge dose of blood sugar all at once. This surge tells our body to stop burning fat and start storing it, and this is the exact opposite of what most of us are looking to have happen! Our goal is to burn fat, not store it. So, make it a point to have three smaller main meals per day with two to three healthy snacks in between. Load your meals with produce, lean proteins and complex carbs. This healthy eating pattern can make a significant difference in the results you are looking for. you will likely also feel more energetic and vital during the day. — Mike and diana inglis, empowered fitness

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MAKe YoUR WoRKoUt MoRe efficieNt

ractice sloppy piano scales, and you will get very skilled at sloppy playing. the same principle works for exercise and movement.

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ou get good at what you practice. Practice sloppy piano scales and you will get very skilled at sloppy playing. The same principle works for exercise and movement. And getting good at your workout translates to greater calorie burn, increased strength and flexibility, improved coordination, along with exponential increases in all of the other benefits of exercise, which include improved cardiovascular function, reduced stress, enhanced mood, and more. Try incorporating these four elements of efficiency to optimize the time you spend working out to ensure that you get those great results. (The four elements of efficiency were detailed by Dr. eric Cobb of z-Health Performance Solutions.) Perfect form: enlist the help of a skilled personal trainer, a knowledgeable teacher, an honest friend with a good eye, or even a good mirror. Insist on maintaining perfect form on every repetition, which translates to fewer repititions and a deeper level of concentration and precision. dynamic Postural alignment: Proper posture increases spinal stability, decreases your risk of injury, and provides the perfect torque converter to transfer power from your trunk to your limbs. Here, a teacher or personal trainer can help, but even more important is developing awareness of your own posture and understanding ways to improve it from the inside out. Practicing good posture on a daily basis has the added benefit of making you look thinner, more confident, and even more attractive. synchronized breathing: Focusing on the harmony of breath and movement in your workout is critical to efficiency by ensuring that you are, in fact, breathing, which delivers needed oxygen to the muscles. Take some time before your workout to observe your breath, and then keep the breath as an underlying rhythm for your session. balanced tension and relaxation: Think of a great running back or an Olympic gymnast. What we perceive as grace is really their ability to balance the tension and relaxation in their bodies, thus creating optimal efficiency. To work on this in your own body, try observing your body in the middle of a movement. Where are you holding unnecessary tension? Can you release everything but what you need to accomplish the movement? you can then use that energy toward performing the task. These four tips are practical advice for any activity whether it’s lifting weights, riding horses, running, or even sitting at a computer. Focusing on efficiency can improve the quality of your workout, reduce pain, and take you to the next level! —Amy hoffman and catherine Anderson, studio 4 pilates J A N U A R Y

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Know basics of core training

he “core” is a buzzword that has caught much attenThe outer unit — the muscles that run from the ribs down to the tion over the last several years in the fitness community. However, it is pelvis allow forward and backward movement as well as rotation of the hardly a new concept. trunk. They stabilize the position of the pelvis so that we maximize Professional athletes have focused on developing strength in their power and minimize injury. midsection for decades. The reason is quite simple. In order to be The sling muscles — the ones that run from the lower limbs, conmore powerful in your legs and arms, you must be able to transfer nect through the outer unit, and intermesh with the muscles of the power through your center. Many exercisers seek the upper limbs. They connect the upper and lower body and cosmetic benefits of having a strong midsection. Yet, dictate how much power we deliver. having a “six pack” is just the icing on the cake! Athletes You should include both isolated and integrated exerand general exercisers alike need to develop functional tips from the pros cises in your routine. An example of an isolated exercise strength in the midsection. For athletes, a strong core is the abdominal “crunch.” It allows us to achieve a burst can dictate winning or losing an event. For the general of intensity within the targeted muscle group. Integrated public, a strong core means better daily function, sound posture, exercises use a larger series of muscles and provide functional trainincreased flexibility, a strong sense of balance, and lower incidence of ing for the midsection. Try the hover, also known more commonly as back injury or pain. the “plank.” Get down on your elbows, come up to your toes holding Let’s define the term. Remove the arms and legs from the body, and your body in a straight line from head to heels, and brace the midsecnearly everything left in between is part of your core. Your back, hips, tion without moving. See what you feel. Not only will your heart rate butt, and muscles of the trunk and abdomen are all a part of your core. increase due to the demand to deliver blood supply to more working To train effectively, you must work: muscles, but you will feel intensity and challenge every second of the The inner unit the deepest muscles closest to the spine. They act way! as a brace, or sleeve of support, around the spine keeping it stable. — Jodi Miller, Fit Fitness Studio 1 6

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Fitness is a journey

tips from the pros hat does the word “fitness” mean to you? If you are currently drinking the Kool-Aid and depending upon what your individual favorite “flavor” happens to be, this term likely brings about visions of hiking, biking, bending and flexing. If you have yet to require the necessity of a 10-step program with regard to moving your body, then this seemingly unassuming term probably brings up images of grunting, groaning, sweating, aches, pains, struggle and strife. So, which is it going to be? In my estimation, I would have to say neither. The word “fitness” literally means “health.” I believe that fitness should not be an action, but rather a result. I prefer to think of the definition as, “the degree to which you may enjoy life at an elevated level.” In simple terms, you move better, feel better and even look better, all while focusing on the truly important aspects of life such as laughing, loving, playing, singing and dancing with wild abandon. It has long been my belief that life is not a spectator sport. Your body is crying out every day for you to actively participate in your well-being. Our bodies were never intended to sit still, let alone sit down for extended periods. By our very architecture we were designed to move. In most cases the formula is quite simple; move more and you will live better and live longer. No matter what impassions you, fitness is a vehicle that will most certainly allow you to do it for longer and at a higher level, so get out there and start moving. Life, as they say, is a journey, and the healthier you are, the greater your ability to enjoy your travels. Life is no more about the destination than is fitness. The road is endless and everchanging, and the ability to love every minute of it to the fullest is what fitness means to me. — Joseph Chlubna, Coastal Lifestyles Health & Fitness

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ow are you going to end up where you want to be if you don’t know where you want to go? Goals will focus your efforts and keep you moving in the right direction. All important achievements will consist of many smaller achievements, or mini goals. Goals must be smart. Goals must be specific, written, exciting and achievable. They must be specific and written so that they are real to you, and so that you can see them and refer to them. They must be exciting. You should be energized when you think about accomplishing a goal. Finally, your goals must be realistic and believable to be effective.  Don’t confuse disappointment with disaster. It is very likely that you will not follow your exercise and weight loss plan perfectly. People tend to make a small mistake and end up throwing it all away. It’s only a small disappointment. Just get back on track and you’ll soon be well on your way.  — Laura Burkman, Half Moon Bay Curves J A N U A R Y

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am often asked the question – “If I want to lose body fat, why should I lift weights?” The human body is extremely adaptive. That is, it is designed to adapt to specifically imposed demands and stresses. There is a misconception that lifting weights is only for bodybuilders, or those simply looking to increase the size of their muscles to achieve a certain cosmetic look. Reducing body fat requires following the simple principle of burning more calories than you consume. The best way to increase the calories burned is to move more. Weight training provides an extremely potent means to accomplish this. Weight training used to mean moving a weight in one plane of motion (i.e. sitting in front of a mirror with a barbell and flexing your biceps). An effective weight-training regimen emphasizes efficient muscle recruitment in different planes of motion at different speeds. So, instead of simply sitting, think about standing on one leg and performing the same bicep curl, at an extremely slow pace. Performing such a movement requires the body to recruit a large number of muscles in the lower body to stabilize itself while simultaneously reacting to a stress placed upon the upper body. Because the body has now recruited more muscles, it is now burning more calories. A person who decides to begin resistance training places his or her body under the stress of increased amounts of force on his or her muscles, connective tissues and nervous system. This creates a need for the body to increase oxygen and blood supply to the right areas in his or her body. In addition, the body is now forced to establish connections with and recruit muscle fibers to respond to the demand placed upon it. To accomplish all of this, the body has no choice but to increase its cardiac output and rate of metabolism. Stay Fit and Be Well! — vishal punj, snap fitness

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Local mixed martial arts teacher Raul Castillo instructs his students in the particulars of ground technique during evening classes.

t’s no secret that the body was meant to move. Take it for a run, twist it like a curly fry or teach it to tap dance, and you’re on your way to better health. Each form of exercise brings a unique set of benefits, but perhaps none offers more variations than martial arts. On the Coastside, you have the option of taking Brazilian Jiu Jitsu one day and then Thai boxing the next — both at Raul Castillo Martial Arts. From there, walk a few blocks up Main Street and you can jump into the traditional Korean martial arts at Kuk Sool Won. Want to see what China has to offer? The United Studios of Self Defense in Strawflower Village offers a taste with Shaolin Kempo and Kung Fu along with other fitness classes such as yoga. Continue your China experience in Moss Beach where you can learn, among other arts, Qigong and Thai Chi at the Wind Warrior Energy Center. Then, just a couple doors over is the Coastside Mixed Martial Arts location where instructor James Pendergast offers kickboxing and self-defense classes along with a more modernized, streamlined take on some of these traditional arts. You could say, for a small community, the Coastside really kicks 2 4

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butt. But then many instructors would tell you that’s not the point. Many people have the mistaken idea that martial arts is “about learning different ways to hurt people,” says Master Paul Carmody of Kuk Sool Won. “It really is about health and fitness.” Similarly, Castillo says opposing fighters generally have a lot of respect for each other and, in a way, they learn to fight so they don’t have to fight — a last resort in real-life situations. In addition to respect, those who practice martial arts say they gain discipline, confidence, greater awareness of their own bodies and a natural high from attending class — even if they felt drained of energy before coming in.

uring a recent evening class at Kuk Sool Won, participants of all ages started off with stretches and warm-ups before splitting into groups to practice techniques. In pairs, assembled in two lines, one group bows and shakes hands with the other before engaging in what appears to be a clumsy form of ballroom dancing. Jim Coughlin watches on the sidelines as his son-in-law and

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Students of the Wind Warrior Energy Center in Moss Beach practice their forms.

The ABCs of MMA

☞Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Uses balance, momentum and leverage in a way that can put the attacker’s own energy against him. Also utilizes grappling techniques such as trapping, throwing, joint locks, holds, kicking and striking. ☞Judo – Japanese art of throwing, it uses angles, leverage and manipulation. Smaller opponents have a slight advantage. ☞Karate – Translates to “way of the empty hand.” It is a Japanese weaponless defense system originating in the 17th century. ☞Kuk Sool Won – “Kuk” translates to Korea or Korean people, “Sool” to “martial arts” and “Won” to “association” or “house.” Together the phrases can be understood as the “Association of Korean Martial Arts.” In Half Moon Bay, this “house” is located next to Cunha’s Country Grocery on Main Street where both traditional and new training techniques are practiced. ☞Kung Fu – The Chinese martial arts form perhaps best known in popular culture for the 1974 hit song sung by Carl Douglas, Kung Fu actually translates to “Great Achievement.” That is no doubt because it’s thought of as one of the most difficult martial arts to learn. ☞Tai Chi – Master David Theroff says he gets a good chuckle when people stop by the Wind Warrior Center expecting a Chinese restaurant. Instead, Tai Chi utilizes movements to promote relaxation and healing. “When you can put yourself in that 10-day vacation in Hawaii no matter where you are,” Theroff says. ☞Qigong – “Is an art that evolved from watching a rice cooker steam,” Theroff said. This practice uses movement, breathing and awareness to best utilize the existing energy known in China as “Qi.”

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“MMA has kind of gotten a bad rap because of a lot of the stuff people see on TV." grandson engage in the activity with other children and adults. “I think it’s really encouraging that my son-in-law joins his son in participating,” Coughlin said. “They’ve been putting on quite a bit of muscle.” Coughlin says he sits in on the classes on a fairly regular basis and, over a period of several months, has seen his grandson grow in confidence and physical ability. “It’s really amazing the number of push-ups my grandson can do,” he added. Student Stephen Kruger used the class time to work with another student on some self-defense techniques. Kruger says, combined with improving his diet, participating in the Korean arts helped him lose about 60 pounds of excess weight. He says he was depressed before taking the classes and Kuk Sool Won helped with that as well. Kuk Sool Won instructor Christian Duvall also changed his life around. After breaking bad habits like the smoking and drinking that the 39-year-old started in high school, he decided to revisit the Korean art forms his uncle had taught him several years before. His lifestyle and his physical job as a tree surgeon had been hard on his knees. After going for a five-mile run with his sister-in-law one day, he said his knees became so sore he had to walk on the way back. However, the next day he noticed marked improvement and realized movement was the key to staying flexible.

astillo, 27, says his lifelong involvement with martial arts has kept him in shape and out of trouble. He started with karate at age 5 but became interested in Jiu-Jitsu after a JiuJitsu-trained fighter, weighing a hundred pounds less than he did at the time, was able to beat him with these new moves. Castillo says he values discipline and that’s apparent in the way he teaches his classes. “You guys need to be able to listen to my instructions,” Castillo tells a group of

Kuk Sool Won Master Paul Carmody pictured in his martial arts studio on Main Street in Half Moon Bay.

elementary school-aged kids during a recent Jiu-Jitsu class. “Keep your cup empty. I can’t fill your cup if it’s already full.” The class then does warm-ups involving movements that look like leap frogs and flopping around the floor like fish. Ava Shaw, now 11, says she’s been attending classes with Castillo for five years. “It really helps you get over your fears,” she said. Ava said she used to be “scared of everything,” and participating in martial arts was something a younger version of herself would have never imagined. She was inspired to try it, however, by her nanny at the time, martial arts instructor Charlene Coats. “She’s really cool,” Ava said. “She’s one of the coolest people I’ve met.” Castillo says the center has become a bit of a hangout, where students come

to do their homework before class, and parents might watch their children while catching up on their knitting. The United Studios of Self-Defense operates on a similar philosophy. “We’re trying to cover all our bases, so it’s a one-stop shop,” said the owner and chief instructor Sherre England. England explained that many of the classes center on focus and discipline but they don’t start until around 5 p.m. Students can put those skills to good use on their homework. At the Coastside Mixed Martial Arts Center, Pendergast — who has worked as a police officer for several years — gives self-defense instructions. “Keep that chin down,” he said, while demonstrating the correct defensive stance to take with another student. “Protect it! “MMA has kind of gotten a bad rap because of a lot of the stuff people see on TV,” Pendergast said later, referring to the

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Students of the Wind Warrior Energy Center in Moss Beach practice their forms.

heated disrespect the fighters seem to have for each other. Pendergast himself brings to his classes pieces of Karate and Kung Fu along with traditional fitness and self-defense, “stripped down to all the stuff that works,” he said. Student David Talley described it as “physical chess” because it’s “remembering patterns and seeing what they’re going to do.” At the Wind Warrior Energy Center, Master David Theroff says it takes longer to master the Chinese art forms than some of the others because the movements are more intricate and difficult. He says he definitely has seen the benefits in his personal life.

“It changed my life,” Theroff said. “I do Tai Chi because I had to.” Though he’s been practicing the Chinese martial arts for about 40 years, Theroff injured his back through a career of computer work and aggravated the injury when he tried to move the center’s large wooden dummy. His doctor told him to cut back on the Kung Fu, but through using Tai Chi and Qigong, Theroff says he has been able to manage the injury. Theroff ’s daughter and son are brown belts in Kung Fu and can demonstrate the moves for other students. Several instructors said the benefits of their disciplines go beyond physical fitness. “There’s a saying that energy can’t be destroyed or created,” Theroff said. “It can only be changed into something else.” Duvall of Kuk Sool Won says the art forms and philosophy behind them help

Parks and Rec The Half Moon Bay Recreation Services Department peri-

odically offers martial arts classes as well. Here’s what’s on the schedule for the winter session: Tai Chi Chih Qigong (Ages 18 and up) According to the listing in the city’s recreational guide, “the purpose of Tai Chi Chih is to circulate, balance and ground the chi – one’s intrinsic energy. Learning and practicing the flowing moves brings a variety of benefits, including better balance, improved range of motion, and a feeling of well-being.” It’s a beginning class and everyone’s welcome. For more info: www.taichichih.org and 728-7406

There’s a saying that energy can’t be destroyed or created. It can only be changed into something else.” practitioners grow deep below the layers of skin, bone, fat and muscle. “We think of fitness in shallow terms,” he said. “We think of the body.” But there is a spirit-like component that can be polished as well, Duvall noted. “It’s what you glow with when you love or have a child, ” he said. 

Instructor: Lois Arrigotti Fee: $95 for residents, $111 for non-residents – 8 classes From 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 11 through Feb. 29 at the Train Depot. Yang Tai Chi (Ages 18 and up) Learn the basics of the Yang style of Tai Chi long form. Proponents say it increases blood flow, balance and reduces stress. For more info: www.taichichih.org and 728-7406 Instructor: Bob Wong Fee: $63 residents, $73 non-residents – 6 classes From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 18 to Feb. 22 at the Ted Adcock Community Senior Center.

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Local conservation enthusiasts gathered on Dec. 3 for a holiday party hosted by the Coastside Land Trust. The event was an opportunity for the nonprofit organization to celebrate and announce the progress in preservation, protection and enhancement of the open space environment of the San Mateo coast. During the year, the Coastside Land Trust acquired an additional 47 parcels of land along the San Mateo County bluff tops, which the organization will now protect and maintain for present and future generations. The event featured a dinner catered by Casey’s Café, a silent auction, and a gallery of art by local photographer Beau Gill. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the first annual “Like a Hawk” award to board member Mike Kimsey for his effort and dedication in 2011 that helped the organization further fulfill its mission statement.

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Jim Harvey, Mike Kimsey

Deborah Meckler, Brandon Varr

Nicholas Calderon, Patrick Ryan

Mary Jo, Rick Rodrigues

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Bill Murray, Martha Jenkins, Mark Foyer

Colleen Haupt, Charise Hale McHugh, Kendall Flint

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George Piegaia, Betsy del Fierro, Lorraine Piegaia

Celebrity Bartender Night at It’s Italia

Retired Review Publisher Debra Hershon and her husband, Marc, were hosts of Celebrity Bartender Night at It’s Italia Restaurant on Nov. 17. The specialty drink was the “One Mortini” and proceeds from the evening benefited Senior Coastsiders. The retro theme “Everything Old is New Again” included classics from Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Friends, Review employees, locals and visitors all bellied up to the bar and joined in the fun of the evening ordering vodka or gin martinis, shaken and stirred. It’s Italia hosts Celebrity Bartender Night once a month, usually the last Thursday. Marc and Debra Hershon

Lisa Parks, Coley Nishkian, Carrie Drew

Mollie Stickney, Shayna Bright, Elsa Roth

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he next time you need to recharge, take 10 and go out and visit your favorite tree. First, take a long view of it. Is the shape symmetrical? Does its shape remind you of something else? Take a close look and memorize the shape of the leaves. Find details in the leaves that you’ve never noticed before. examine the bark. Is it rough, fairly smooth, shaggy, or does it resemble paper or cork? Look down at the ground beneath the tree. Does the earth that is shaded by the tree differ from the earth farther out? Is the grass thinner, any difference in what’s growing there? If possible, lie down under the tree, look up at the branches and feel calmness wash over you. If “your” tree is in a parking lot, just give it a big, long hug. If I see you, I’ll know exactly what you’re up to! CML

ere it is that time of year again. Time to tuck your roses in for a couple of months so they can come back in top form this spring. Last year I was lazy/naughty/busy/ experimenting (take your pick) and didn’t get my roses taken care of until early March. It turned out to not be the best plan... Well, it’s a new year and a new chance to do better (for me, anyway)! So, let’s do it together. ☞ready! Arm yourself with a pair of clean, sharp hand pruners. (Felcos are great.) get a good pair of gloves, a hand rake and a bucket before you head out to the garden. ☞Prune! First cut out all dead, diseased, weak and/or crossing branches (otherwise known as canes). Make these cuts all the way back, as far as possible, to where the branch comes from the trunk. next, cut the remaining, healthy canes back so that the overall height of the bush is reduced by about half. Make these cuts at an angle (angling toward the inside of the bush) just above an outward-facing bud. ☞clean up! Make sure all the leaves are off the bush. Remove them by hand if necessary. Rake up the leaves and any other refuse from under each bush. Be meticulous. The fallen leaves harbor diseases like rust and black spot that will spend the winter there and re-infect the new leaves when they emerge if you don’t get all of them. (That means even the stems and small pieces.) Don’t put this refuse in your compost; dispose of it in your green waste container. ☞relax. no need to feed them or apply any organic fungicides until the leaf buds start to swell in March. you have just effectively put your roses into hibernation. now sit back and let them sleep! CML

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Therapyand Counseling CAROLINE MORTON, M.F.T., A.T.R.-B.C.

JANE KINGSTON, PSY.D., MFT

(MFC 44169) (650)455-2547 131 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Art Therapist specializing in issues related to grief, loss, trauma, mood disorders, life transitions and parenting challenges. Works with adults, adolescents and children providing individual, family and couple therapy. For more information please visit her website at www.cmortonmft.com

625 Miramontes St., #202 Half Moon Bay CA 94019 650-726-6774 www.janekingstontherapy.com I see individuals, adults, teens, kids, couples, families. In these times of stress, anxiety, and school bullying, I focus on your optimal functioning. You will find that your problems begin to fade away, and you will feel better emotionally and physically. I have effective techniques to address pain and other chronic physical problems stemming from trauma. I also specialize in ADHD. Call for a free consultation.

PHILIPPA BARR, LCSW 2510 Cabrillo Highway North HMB 650-393-9331 www.coastsidepsych.com Individual, couples and small group psychotherapy for men and women in a safe, nurturing environment. Specializations include addiction, trauma, relationships, loneliness, and attachment issues. Empowering people to find the answers that they seek, to connect authentically with themselves on the inside and with others on the outside,

SARAH RUBIN, MA, LMFT, MFC 45221 799 Main St, Half Moon Bay (650) 635-6888 www.srubintherapy.com Adults • Teens • Children • Families. Licensed Psychotherapist and Art Therapist specializing in treating Addiction, Anxiety, Anger Management, Depression, Trauma, and helping people live healthier, happier lives.

PHYLLIS L. NEUMANN, MS, MFT (MFC 5508) 625 Miramontes #202 Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (650) 726-8199 I enjoy working with individuals and couples who are dealing with personal, marital/relationship and parenting issues. My therapy is in-depth, dealing with the emotional connections between childhood and adulthood patterns that keep us from enjoying our lives to the fullest. I have also had training in Hypnotherapy and EMDR. 3 4

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A SHOWCASE OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ON THE COASTSIDE

Medical Profiles from dentists to dermatologists, pediatricians to podiatrists, these local practitioners are here to help. check out the following 12 page directory of professionals and find those that meet your needs.

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DENTISTRY

Dr. Rand Ollerton and family

Emphasizing Convenience and Comprehensive Care

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ur goal is to provide comprehensive dental treatment in an atmosphere of honesty, integrity and commitment in order to promote life long health and happiness for our patients. We strive each day to render services and treatment of the highest level. Through our education and care we hope that our patients will value optimal dental health and appearance and will feel that the time and resources invested therein as fortuitous and worthwhile. Through our efforts and education, continual growth occurs that makes our jobs enjoyable. Satisfaction comes from doing our best!

“We believe that a smile is an invitation to friendship and thus, the oral health of our patients not only affects their physical health, but their happiness also.” — RAND R. OLLERTON, D.D.S.

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r. Ollerton provides services often referred to specialists out of town. To make it more convenient for his patients, most areas of general dentistry and also root canals, extractions, gum treatments and implant dentistry are commonly provided in his office. His emphasis is comprehensive care, including implant and reconstructive dentistry. Dr. Ollerton has been placing and restoring dental implants for 18 years. Additionally, the office offers laser periodontal (gum) treatment which involves no cutting or stitching. For those who avoid dental treatment due to anxiety, Dr. Ollerton offers a variety of sedation techniques: Oral sedation (pills), inhalation sedation (laughing gas) and I.V. sedation. His office also tries to combine as many treatments as possible so that fewer appointments will be necessary and less time away from work or home will be required. More recently, in an effort to offer the best technological advances for his patients, Dr. Ollerton has aquired the ability of 3-D xrays, computer bite analysis, CAD/ CAM crowns made in one visit, and a dental laser for the treatment of advanced gum disease. Dr. Ollerton is heavily involved in providing people with dental assistance through his church network.

Rand R. Ollerton, D.D.S. 780 Purissima St., Half Moon Bay 650.726.2156 3 6

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DENTISTRY

“When you visit our office, your smile is our top priority. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve.”

—SAM AHANI, DDS

Drs. Sam Ahani, Sepi Vafi, Debby Piccolotti, Michael Nguyen

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rofessional, kind, considerate” is what our patients say about us. We are trusted dentists who take time to listen and explain, and offer state-of-the-art, lifetime dental excellence to our patients. We offer: • Sedation Dentistry • Pediatric Dentistry • Crowns in one visit with Cerec® System • Long lasting, mercury-free dentistry • Extractions and root canals • Sealants and flouride to prevent decay

• TMJ (jaw pain) relief • Cosmetic care: bleaching & veneers • Comfortable, removable Invisalign braces • Emergencies accepted • Most local insurance welcome • Professional, caring and courteous staff

Our gentle, private-practice dentists are continually educating themselves and their staff on the newest dental techniques and approaches to provide you and your family with advanced, state-ofthe art personalized dental care.

Shoreview Dental 731 Oceana Blvd., Pacifica | 650.738.2100 | www.shoreviewdental.net

OTHODONTICS

“Our mission is to provide affordable, quality orthodontic care, in a fun, family friendly environment.”

— PETER TRINH, D.D.S, M.S.

Peter Trinh, D.D.S., M.S.

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r Ahani and Dr Vafi are honored to have Dr Trinh at their Pacifica Orthodontic office. Dr. Trinh was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He earned his dental degree at Columbia University and finished his Orthodontic residency at the University of California San Francisco. He is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and received the Greater New York Dental Society Award in Excellence. Dr. Trinh is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. His own experience with braces has led him to understand the importance of a healthy, beautiful smile and how it contributes to self-esteem and wellbeing. He is kind and compassionate and his main priorities are patient comfort and providing the best care possible. Dr. Trinh is happy to join our team and continuing the excellent standards that have made the practice so reputable.

Pacifica Orthodontics 1301 Palmetto Ave Ste F www.pacificaorthodontics.com, (650)898-8951

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“I believe that all physical aspects of someone’s health need examining and, if needed, adjusting if a person is to attain true health and vitality. These aspects include structural, chemical, neurological, functional and cerebral components.”

— KENNETH A THOMAS, DC, DACNB

Kenneth A Thomas, DC, DACNB

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hat makes Dr Thomas’s clinic unique is his advanced training. He is certified as a Diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology, and is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner. His training in nutrition and exercise goes back 25 years. He uses his skills to diagnose and effectively treat a wide number of problems. His certified massage therapists are available 7 days a week for spa-type massage or doctor-guided aggressive rehab therapy. Common patient issues include headaches, vertigo, pain, extremity issues, poor health and fatique. Each person is evaluated and treated as an individual in a warm, safe setting. His late hours, convenient location, free consultations and affordable pricing make his office a valuable resource.

Kenneth A Thomas, DC, DACNB 320 Eureka Dr., Pacifica 650.738.2225, pacificachiro.com

ORTHODONTICS

“Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for our patients by providing a level of care that is unequaled in the practice of orthodontics…”

— ALEXA ALBORZI, DDS, MDS

Alexa Alborzi, DDS, MDS

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he fantastic, confident smile that you’ve always dreamed of awaits you at Dr. Alborzi’s office. Patients will find several types of comfortable and almost undetectable braces. Custom, computer-generated designs make it possible to complete precision treatment in less time. Using the latest technology through Damon Braces and Invisalign, visits are significantly fewer, more comfortable, with superior results. The friendly Alborzi Smiles staff is specially trained to assist patients and answer many questions they may have about their orthodontic treatment. The funloving atmosphere gives patients and their families a feeling of comfort and confidence every time they visit. In addition to practicing orthodontics, Dr. Alborzi also volunteers at Sonrisas Clinic and does pro bono work for the needy.

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Purisima Family Medicine

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rs Dan McMillan, Jill Pavliscak, and Vanessa Oppenlander are Board Certified Family Medicine physicians who treat newborns through Geriatrics, with an emphasis on building lasting relationships. All speak Spanish and use electronic health records to provide care for chronic illnesses, women’s health care, well child care, and same day urgent visits. They feel that quality healthcare is the achievement of optimal physical and mental health through accessible, cost-effective care that is based on best evidence, and respectful of patients’ families, personal values, and beliefs.

“Daily exercise, eating wisely, good quality sleep, and approaching medical care in a preventative way are some of our priorities.” — DR. JILL PAVLISCAK

Purisima Family Medicine 575 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay 560-0216 www.purisimafamilymedicine.com

DENTISTRY

“Dr. Henspetter is the best! His chairside manner is great, he is very gentle!”

— FROM A PATIENT’S INTERNET REVIEW

Cabrillo Family Dental Care

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entle, friendly care with state-of-the art techniques has kept families coming to Cabrillo Family Dental Care for over forty years. From cosmetic dentistry to simple restorations and sealants, we take pride and care in all phases of dentistry. Our skilled, friendly staff will be happy to care for you and your SMILE. Dr. Ryan Henspetter has been treating Pacifica coastside patients since July, 2001 while, his partner, Dr. Bill Kirkham has practice in Pacifica since the mid seventies. Joining Dr. William Kirkham in practice on Crespi Drive, Ryan met several generations of Coastside families from grandparents to three year olds on their first visit to have their ‘teeth counted’. In 2008, Doctors Henspetter and Kirkham partnered and became Cabrillo Family Dental Care. In his off-time Dr. Henspetter enjoys playing in a rock band, spending time with his wife and year old baby boy and practicing Muay Thai, a martial art. Their partnership allows Dr. Kirkham time for travel and painting. Many of his paintings brighten the walls at Cabrillo.

Cabrillo Family Dental Care 669 Crespi Drive, Pacifica (right off Highway 1) 650-359-1646, PacificaDentist.com

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HOLISTIC HEALING

“Our mission is to help individuals achieve ongoing positive changes in their lives. Our brains have learned old patterns, and there are habits and behaviors which need to change.”

— THEA FANDEL

Thea Fandel

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ntroducing the Chiren, Biophoton light technology for health and emotional issues. Created by Johan Boswinkel. Biophotons are the faint light waves emitted by cells, to help the body heal. As seen in Odd Magazine, July/August 2011. The Chiren has had successful results with issues such as, neck tension, lyme disease, immune dysfunction and many other diseases and conditions. Using light treatment at a cellular level, the body restores the foundations of health. Thea brings thirty years of experience using Dr Chang’s, Forgotten Food Herbs, as well.

“Don’t stop until you find the answer or the solution. There is no health or emotional issue that is too big to handle in a way that creates a major healing”. — SUSANNE LABARGE, L.AC.

Susanne LaBarge, L.Ac.

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usanne has practiced Chinese Medicine for 25 years, including acupuncture, herbs, and diet/nutrition. She specializes in: digestion, anti-aging, women’s health, chronic pain, injuries, depression/anxiety, cancer, HIV/AIDS and addictions. She also teaches Tai Chi Chuan, which enables her to work with clients on movement, stretching and exercise to benefit overall health. She is thrilled to be part of a clinic where the whole person is addressed.

Susanne LaBarge, L.Ac. 1305 Palmetto Ave., Suite A, Pacifica 415.577.7127 | LaBargeAcupuncture.com

Brain State Balance 1305 Palmetto Ave., Suite A, Pacifica 650.557.1559 | BrainStateBalance.com

PLASTIC SURGERY

“My goal is to achieve excellent surgical outcomes with the least invasive techniques by providing you with expert counseling and taking an active role in your recovery process with assistance from my supportive staff.”

— JAMES NEWMAN, MD

Specializing in Facial Plastic Surgery

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r. James Newman specializes in all aspects of facial plastic surgery and laser therapy and is proud to be part of the coastal medical community. He is on the clinical faculty at Stanford University where he also completed his specialized training. Dr Newman performs office based procedures in downtown Half Moon Bay with his Medical Aesthetician, Lisa Wimsett. As the director of Premier Plastic Surgery, Dr Newman also operates in San Mateo in the Mills Medical Arts building and has expanded to Palo Alto with a new office on El Camino Real, across from the Stanford Campus. He is able to provide personalized care with the latest minimally invasive procedures and laser treatments. To see a full listing of services offered, visit the newly updated web site, PremierPlasticSurgery.com. Dr. Newman donates his expertise to Humanity United in Giving, providing medical care to orphaned children around the world.

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MASSAGE

“Advanced BODYWORK and MASSAGE... What IS the difference?”

— LEIGHANNA MURPHY

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runner called needing Bodywork for a post-surgical knee so she could run again, as soon as possible. She asked why our Massage rates were higher than some spas. Great question! Sometimes we need Massage, to relax, pamper, relieve soreness… Swedish, Hot Stone, Reiki, pregnancy, shiatsu, medium to firm pressure... Massage typically runs $70 to $140 per hour. Other times we need Bodywork to restore pain-free movement, to improve sport performance, or rebalance our posture. Whether it’s a knee or shoulder, a headache, a new or old injury, bodywork addresses the core muscles, fascia & triggerpoints that cause our pain. Bodyworkers combine Massage with Deep Tissue and other therapies, evaluate movement restrictions, teach us stretches and exercises to improve range of motion and and usually run $100 to $200/ hour. Sometimes you want a restorative Massage. Other times you need Bodywork to overcome pain or to improve sport or work performance. Balancenter has both at $100 and $120 per hour.

Balancenter for Massage, Movement & Education COME SEE OUR NEW OFFICE! 785 Main Street, Half Moon Bay www.Balancenter.com, (650) 333-1433

DERMATOLOGY

“I treat patients as family members. I view the doctor as a teacher with an emphasis on explaining their condition and treatment.”

— MICHAEL HUIE, M.D., PH.D.

Half Moon Bay Dermatology

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r. Michael Huie’s dermatology practice arose from his experiences at University of California, San Francisco where he practices medicine and teaches as an assistant professor of dermatology. He also sees patients at San Francisco General Hospital and researches antibody engineering and melanoma. About a year ago, he began to develop his small practice in Half Moon Bay so that he could spend more time with his patients. His surgical, medical practice specializes in skin cancer, skin diseases and some cosmetic procedures. He considers the personal attention and the time he spends with each person very important and does not schedule more than two or three patients in an hour. “I treat patients as family members,” said Dr. Huie. “I view the doctor as a teacher with an emphasis on explaining their condition and treatment.” Dr. Huie is passionate about teaching. He volunteers his expertise in dermatology, teaching doctors in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.

Michael Huie, M.D., Ph.D. Now at Purisima Family Medicine: 575 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay 650.712.1200 | halfmoonbaydermatology.com

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BODY WORK & MOVEMENT

“Rosen Method Bodywork-Reclaiming the Forgotten Self and Rosen Method Movement-a path to Somatic Self-Awareness.”

— JETTA VAN HEMERT, PT, RBW, CMT

Jetta Van Hemert, PT, RBW, CMT

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Jetta Van Hemert, PT, RBW, CMT www.rosenonthecoast.com 650.863.2451

GERONTOLOGY

ACUPUNCTURE

“The approach I take with my clients is one of compassionate listening and the desire to facilitate their healing.”

“My mission is to help people stay mentally and physically healthy and live longer, more productive lives. I can help.”

— ERIC SHAPIRA, DDS, MA, MHA AGING SPECIALIST

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hat do you do when mom or dad is losing their memory? How do you protect them from elder abuse? How do you manage their care? Are you prepared as a family for the transitions of aging? These are just a few of the questions I hear on a daily basis from families and individuals in crisis. I provide counseling and support to help families work through these transitions. I hold Masters degrees in Clinical Gerontology and Health Administration as well as a Doctorate in Dental Surgery. I remain involved with seniors and their families by continuing to teach Geriatric Dentistry and Gerontology. My new book discusses these issues and more; available from www.newwrinklebook.com and bookstores, titled “A New Wrinkle: What I Learned From Older People Who Never Acted Their Age”.

ark Takata offers comprehensive wellness care that encompasses numerous modalities for addressing the body, mind and spirit. He provides support for the multi-faceted human being in times of change through acupuncture, bodywork, life coaching, clairaudient sound work and deep listening. Mark’s method of co-creative intuitive healing is rooted in Eastern, Western, and cross-cultural traditions, with a multifaceted base in Resonant Sound Therapy, including Native American Flute, Acutonics®, and Sacred Chant. Mark is a licensed Acupuncturist, a Transformational Life Coach, a graduate and former facilitator at the Kayumari Center for Healing, and was the first Acupuncturist/Athletic Trainer for the NFL, serving 11 years with the SF 49ers. He is currently a faculty member at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, teaching Sports Medicine Acupuncture.

Eric Shapira, DDS, MA, MHA Montara, CA, 650-728-5827 agingmentorservices.com

Mark T. Takata MS, LAc 455 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada 650.726.5179 | www.marktakata.com

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THERAPY

SKIN CARE

“I specialize in helping parents and teenagers survive and thrive during the teen years.”

“Alpha hydroxy acids, retinols and good sun protection are your basics. Your aesthetician can help you find the right combination with the highest concentrations.”

— LISA CRESSON, MFT, ATR, SOULCOLLAGE© FACILITATOR

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dolescence can be a difficult time for everyone in the family. Sometimes it’s the teen that needs a safe place to talk about their life experiences and gain perspective and support. At other times, the family benefits from counseling in order to reduce chaos and increase family harmony. I specialize in providing individualized counseling to families and teenagers. I find that my additional training as an art therapist benefits families and teens because adolescence is a time of great creativity and self expression. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, registered art therapist and trained SoulCollage© facilitator. I integrate complementary methodologies and creative techniques to offer treatment tailored to your family’s specific needs. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. Check my website for more information and upcoming groups and workshops.”

— LISA WIMSETT

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t Pure Skin Therapy, aesthetician Lisa Wimsett is passionate about her profession. She attends regular science-based meetings to keep current on the latest findings in skin care. She sifts through the hype to bring the best the industry has to offer in treatments and products to her clients. Being affiliated with plastic surgeon James Newman gives her clients the prescription products they may need to complete the package.

Lisa Cresson, MFT, ATR, SoulCollage© Facilitator 415-244-9252 | 300 Main Street, Suite 29, Half Moon Bay lisa@lisacresson.com, www.lisacresson.com

Lisa Wimsett, Medical Aesthetician 625 Miramontes St., Suite 105, Half Moon Bay 650.560.4842 | premierplasticsurgery.com

FAMILY & GERIATRICS

HEALING ARTS

“Good medical care is about asking the right questions and listening carefully to their answers. It is about being present with each patient, caring enough to call the next day. Good medicine is about good relationships.””

“I believe committing time for each patient to fully explain their symptoms and concerns, yields more accurate diagnosis, prompt recovery and better health preservation”

— CHARLES QUEST, MD

— LISA MANDELBAUM, MS, L.AC, DIPL OM, NAET CERTIFIED

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s a long-time practitioner on the coast, Dr. Charles Quest is able to employ a full set of resources in the Bay Area to make sure his patients receive the best possible medical care. He enjoys the small town environment of Half Moon Bay in which he meets and interacts with his patients on a daily basis. His patients know that he is always available and when appropriate, he makes house calls. “If they need me, they can call me any time of the day,” said Dr. Quest. In keeping with his care of the community, Dr. Quest volunteers at Coastside Rotocare where he treats people who have very little resources.

Charles Quest, MD 416 Johnston St., Half Moon Bay 650.726.0409

Coastside Healing Arts

Fabulous, relaxed, and balanced” are words heard as patients leave Coastside Healing Arts, a full service Chinese medical clinic. Founded by Lisa Mandelbaum, who is both a California licensed acupuncturist and a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine, our clinic’s mission is to provide a caring environment where acupuncture coupled with Chinese herbal therapy is used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. “From back pain to the common cold, pregnancy to menopause, I enjoy working with my patients, teaching them methods in which they can begin to empower their own lives and play an active role in their own health and well-being.” Lisa specializes in women’s health.

Lisa Mandelbaum, MS, L.Ac, Dipl OM, NAET Certified 625-D Purissima St., Half Moon Bay 650.726.2900 • www.coastsidehealingarts.com

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DENTISTRY

ASSISTED LIVING

“If you are looking for a facility that will care for you or your parents as you would, Three Bells of Montara is just the place.”

“We have a warm, friendly office and welcome new patients.”

— C. RAY SHEPPARD, D.M.D. — BRIAN D. SHEPPARD, D.D.S.

Three Bells of Montara

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e are a locally owned and operated assisted living facility in Montara, providing Excellent Senior Personal Care, Assisted Living, Dementia and Hospice services. Whether you are looking for short-term or long-term care, our facility is dedicated to assisting seniors by providing additional care when your family cannot. We encourage all residents to continue already established relationships with their personal physician, hospital and other healthcare providers. Our team of professionals screens all potential residents before admission, to promote harmony for all who reside and work at our facility. We have a beautifully equipped large rooms, pretty green gardens and patios. Our staff is trained, courteous and attentive to all our residents. Three Bells of Montara offers the following: • 24-Hour Personal Care • Nutritious Meals and Snacks • Private or Shared Rooms

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our comfort is our first concern. From preventative treatment to the smile of your dreams, our goal is to give you and your family exceptional dental care.

• Dementia and Hospice Care • A Wellness Nurse on Staff

C. Ray Sheppard, D.M.D. Brian D. Sheppard, D.D.S. 890 Main Street, Suite A, Half Moon Bay 650.726.3355 | halfmoonbaysmiledesign.com

Three Bells of Montara 1185 Acacia Street, Montara (650) 728-5483 | www.threebellsofmontara.com

DENTISTRY

OPTOMETRY

“Our goal is to provide superior dental care with the highest level of comfort resulting in healthy, happy patients.”

“Our purpose is to give eye care with satisfaction to all our patients.”

— ROBERT MOODY, DMD

— BETTE GOULD, OD

Coastside Eye Care Optometry

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r. Gould opened her practice in Half Moon Bay in 1985. Dr. Yee and Dr. Lam joined the practice several years later. The office has state of the art technology to insure patients get the most comprehensive eye examination. We specialize in contact lenses and vision therapy for children and adults. We prescribe the newest advancements in lenses and carry a large selection of frames to fit everyone’s needs. Dr. Gould is a long standing member of the American Optometric Society, the San Mateo County Optometric Society, the Half Moon Bay Lions club and she regularly volunteers at the Samaritan House in San Mateo.

r. Moody and his staff welcome you to his practice of family dentistry, where their goal is to help you achieve optimal dental health through quality dental treatment and preventative dentistry practices. Working here on the Coastside since 1982, Dr. Moody emphasizes the importance of regular cleanings and exams and also provides full-mouth restorative treatment. He also performs a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures including bonding, porcelain veneers, bleaching and porcelain crowns. Dr. Moody starting practicing general dentistry in 1978 and is a member of the California and American Dental Associations, as well as the San Mateo County Dental Society.

Bette Gould, OD 210 Main St., Half Moon Bay 650.712.1234

Robert Moody, DMD 538 Main St., Half Moon Bay 650.726.9046 • www.drmoody.com

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FAMILY MEDICINE

MASSAGE

“I customize each massage to fit your needs. I work out of my studio and also offer in-home massage for a small traveling fee.”

“I love the variety of people I meet as a family doctor. I like being a part of their lives.”

— ROSLYN RAMSEY LICENSED AND CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST

— PAMELA CARRINGTON, DO

Pamela Carrington-Tribble, D.O.

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Dr. Carrington has 21 years of practice experience in family medicine. She treats patients of all ages for a wide variety of medical conditions. Encouraging preventive health is an important part of her practice. She takes a holisitic view of her patients, listening to what’s important to them as well as informing them on their medical issues. In addition to standard medicine, she is open to alternative treatments. She is Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (since 1994). Dr. Carrington lives on the Coastside with her family.

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have been practicing massage therapy for over 12 years and have lived on the Coastside for 40 years. I provide a very deep and/or relaxing, therapeutic massage and have over 750 hours of massage training in a variety of modalities. Massages tailored to your unique needs. I can work with your schedule to find a time that fits for you. What I offer: • Swedish • Shiatsu • Tui Na • Pre-natal • 4 Handed Massage (2 therapists)

• Acupressure • Jin Shin Do • Deep Tissue/Sports Massage • Reiki • Couples massage (2 therapists)

Massage Therapy in Miramar 650.726.2422 www.MassageTherapyinMiramar.com

CHIROPRACTIC

“I believe that when patients come into our office they experience a true sense of hope”

— MARK HEATH

PEDIATRIC

“I am truly grateful for the trust and opportunities Coastside families have given me to take care of their children.”

— HUMPHREY LU, MD

Heath Family Chiropractic

Humphrey Lu, MD

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t is clear that Dr. Heath is quite passionate about his profession. “The joy I experience helping people get well is hard to put into words,” he explains. Dr. Heath and his wife Kathy have served the coastside for over 25 years. Dr. Heath is also the Pastor of Worship at Mariner’s Community Church. “It is my faith in God that drives my life,” he says. “God has blessed me in so many ways. To be a part of such an awesome community is wonderful.” Dr. Heath is a graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic West.

Visit us in our new location. Heath Family Chiropractic 339 Main Street, Half Moon Bay 726-5265

Humphrey Lu, MD 640A Purissima, Half Moon Bay 650.560.9137 | www.HMBabies.com

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DENTISTRY

DENTISTRY

“I attempt to time the start of orthodontic care with the patient’s growth spurt. This usually allows for treating the patient once.”

“Our mission is to provide the highest quality dental care with compassion and joy.”

— JOHN C. MOON, DDS

— KENNETH L. STASUN, DDS

Cosmetic and General Dentistry

Kenneth L. Stasun, DDS

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r. Kenneth Stasun, Half Moon Bay’s orthodontic specialist is friendly, gentle, and exclusively practices in Half Moon Bay. He is known for his personal attention, performing all wire adjustments and appliance placements himself . He uses bands and brackets, lip bumpers, palatal expanders and functional appliances that allow the patient’s musculature to direct growth direction and tooth movement. His staff tries to schedule appointments around early dismissal days, teacher in-service days, and after-school sports. Don’t travel over the hill; orthodontic records including orthodontic x-rays can be performed in Dr. Stasun’s office.

Kenneth L. Stasun, DDS 423 Johnston St., Half Moon Bay 650.726.7523 • www.bracesbystasun.com

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ishing our Coastside Community a Happy and Healthy New Year 2012!

John C. Moon, DDS, Inc. 611 Church St., Half Moon Bay 650.726.7597

PHYSICAL THERAPY

“We need to stop treating patients like commodities. That’s what is wrong with our health care system.”

— CHRISTINE ELY, MPT

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Christine Ely, MPT 785 Main St., Suite A, Half Moon Bay 650.712.8400 | www.elypt.com 4 6

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Thank you. Thanks for reading the Half Moon Bay magazine. Look for the next issue inserted in the February 1st issue of the Half Mooon Bay Review newspaper or on news racks all over town.

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PILATES

PILATES

“Hit the ball farther and straighter with reduced risk of injury. Take care of the body that swings your club.”

“We design personal programs for individuals of all ages and fitness levels”

— JENNIFER STACEY, M.S

Peak Performance Pilates

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ounded in 1989 by Jennifer Stacey, M.S., Peak Performance Pilates (also in SF) is one of the first Pilates’ centers in the Bay Area, and has longtime dedicated clients. We design personal programs for individuals of all ages and fitness level to transform their bodies and lives. Doctors refer clients to overcome injury, improve posture, gait, ergonomics, lifestyle and nutrition. Jennifer Stacey, M.S., Pilates’ exercise physiologist, conducts teachers’ courses in the USA, Europe and Asia, and is author of Pilates books, including the new Roller book. Susan Whipp, M.A., M.F.A., SFSU Dance Department Coordinator, and Kim Salera, B.S., both Qualified Fletcher Pilates Teachers have been teaching for many years. Visiting professionals: Dr. Chady Wonson, D.C., LAc., C.T.N., C.N.C. works with clients during Pilates, using techniques from Chiropractic and Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Naturopathy and Nutrition. Jeff Smith offers M. Feldenkrais inspired sessions.

Jennifer Stacey, M.S 717 Main Street, Half Moon Bay. www.peakperformancepilates.com | 650.726.1657

— MARTHA HUDDLE

Martha’s Golf Conditioning

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artha’s Golf Conditioning trains your body to do what a great golf swing requires. I’ve analyzed the biomechanics of five keys aspects of your swing: address, backswing, downswing, follow through and putting. I teach you specific pilates exercises designed to improve those areas. We work together to increase your core strength and flexibility and to improve your balance, stamina and mental focus.

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Martha’s Golf Conditioning

Martha Huddle: Certified Golf Fitness Instructor Licenced Ron Fletcher® Pilates Instructor www.marthasgolfconditioning.com, mh@marthasgolfconditioning.com 415.822.7581

We care.

Coastside Adult Day Health Center

Compassionate Care for Seniors, Respite for Families Coastside Adult Day Health Center is excited to celebrate our 25th year of providing health care services to our frail, elderly,

and disabled. We are especially proud that we were the 1st Adult Day Health Center in San Mateo County. Over the years we have continued to assist coastside families and their loved ones in an effort to keep the elderly in their own homes, near family

and friends, and in the community they helped build, preserving their dignity and choice. One of the biggest fears a senior has is to be placed in a nursing home. Our services offer a cost effective alternative to premature placement.

650.726.5067 • 645 Correas Street, Half Moon Bay • coastsideadultdayhealth.org

Compassionate Care for Seniors Respite for Families

650.726.5068

645 Correa, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 coastsideadultdayhealth.org

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he word silhouette is derived from the name of 18th-century French Finance Minister — Etienne de Silhouette. In mind of the backlit style of image the word is used for today, historians have long wondered whether Etienne was known as a shadowy sort of character or just liked this style of portrait. Whatever the case, silhouettes make for great photographs, particularly here on the Coastside, when the winter sun hangs low in the sky over the ocean. Head to the harbor or along the Coastal Trail in the late afternoon and the opportunities are numerous: workers along the docks, fishermen on the jetty, or surfers unknowingly re-enacting the “Endless Summer” film poster. There are two tricks to making a good silhouette: Meter on a bright point behind your subject and shoot to render distinguishable forms. Stick to that and you’ll create photos that would make the shady French minister proud. Charles Russo

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Please submit inquiries and offers to Farris Hix Real Estate, Montara, CA (650)728-5926 Email: farris@farrishix.com Only Qualified and Serious written offers with a minimum of 20% down and approved financing

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