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Departments

A beach of a workout

OpenDoor

BY JULIA REIS PHOTOS BY CHARLES RUSSO

Q&A

On the Coastside, there’s no reason to limit your exercise to the gym.

Seal Saviors

Montara couple is dedicated to keeping marine mammals safe. BY JULIA REIS

Remodeled kitchen takes on Italian flair. 28

Hot yoga. Cool guy. Stephen Hill talks about a positive state of mind. 30

DayTripper

Wildlife viewing at Año Nuevo topped off with artichoke soup from Duarte’s. 36

Words on a word

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Two-wheeled paradise

Whether you prefer a carbon fiber road bike or a California cruiser, you can always find your own ride on the Coastside. BY MARK NOACK PHOTOS BY CHARLES RUSSO

We ask Coastsiders to weigh in on a chosen word. This month: California 35

CoastsideCanines Ben is more than just handsome Anatolian. 34

Publisher’s Note 4 Contributions 6 Real Estate 38

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Linda Grace Frost practices yoga on Miramar Beach. Photo by Charles Russo BILL MURRAY

Health and wellness professionals from the Coastside and Peninsula. 40

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Tip of the Month

When cutting or juicing vegetables, save all of your scraps and pulp to re-use. Stick them in a freezer bag to use later. You can use it for stocks, in muffins or in homemade veggie burgers. Think of it as nose–to-tail cooking for vegetables. For more great ideas on this, check out the book of the month!

Hit the Refresh Button!

If you’re like us, you may find that the New Year is a good time to regroup. Life slows down a bit after the holiday season and it’s nice to use this to one’s advantage. It might even be a good to refresh the kitchen! Go through those cabinets…just how long have you had those spices that are on your lazy-Susan? If you agree that it’s time for some new recipes and new ingredients, come in and check out the new food selections on our food wall and the new cookbook releases too. Happy New Year from Toque Blanche!

Question of the Month? What’s the difference between a slow juicer and a regular (centrifugal) juicer? A slow juicer uses an auger style press going about 80 rpm to extract the juice. A centrifugal juicer spins at about 1200 rpm and uses blades to get the juice out. A slow juicer is actually more efficient and the pulp comes out very dry. The upside of the centrifugal juicer is price – good ones are about half the price of a comparable quality slow juicer. We carry both kinds and are here to walk you through the process to find the right one for you.

Book of the Month Root to Stalk Cooking – The Art of Using the Whole Vegetable

Reduce your impact on the environment in nutritious and delicious ways using this no-waste approach to cooking vegetables. Turn your corn cobs into smoky chowder, your apple peels into cocktails and your chard stalks into hummus. A couple of recipes that immediately caught our eyes are Potato Skin-Bacon Fat Chips and Broccoli Stalk Oreccheitte with Anchovies and Garlic Breadcrumbs. Yum!

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Publisher’s Note

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elcome to the 2014 version of the Half Moon Bay Magazine. The Bay Area is truly a special place, but if you ask Peninsula residents where the most beautiful spot in the county is, chances are many will pick Half Moon Bay and our surrounding areas. This is exactly why we are now bringing our Half Moon Bay Magazine to our friends “over the hill.” They might not travel through the tunnels or brave Highway 92 every day, but when they are looking for a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley or the mid-Peninsula, they will often choose the majesty of the coastal redwoods, open spaces of Montara Mountain, or the 5-mile stretch of Half Moon Bay beach. It’s not easy to get here, which is exactly why we like it. This is a magazine for those who enjoy the Coastside and the Coastside lifestyle — locals and visitors alike. If you are a frequent reader of Half Moon Bay Magazine, you will notice some changes. We’ve added some new departments, increased the number of pages and refreshed the design and typography. If you are a first-time reader, we hope you continue to enjoy our magazine every month. You’ll find it free at dozens of locations throughout the Coastside and Peninsula or, if you prefer, we’re happy to mail it to you directly. Even if you can’t visit the Coastside all the time, you can now at least enjoy it via the pages of this magazine. In this January edition, we acknowledge the time-honored resolution of getting fit to stay healthy. But, if you’re like me, you’d rather put in the miles on the beach or on a trail through the forest than on a treadmill. Take a look at Julia Reis’ and Mark Noack’s stories for some inspiration to get started. Also be sure to take a look at our Day Tripper to plan a quick trip, our unique Words on a Word essays and take a peek into some Coastside homes in Open Door. Also new will be a contributor’s page. We will be honored to publish your photos and letters. Just send them to me at bill@hmbreview.com. All the best to you and your family in 2014.

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COPY EDITOR Julie Gerth

Business Office Barbara Anderson

Editor Clay Lambert

Photographer Charles Russo

Writers Mark Noack Stacy Trevenon Julia Reis

design Bill Murray Mark Restani

Circulation Catherine Zurak Advertising Sales Linda Pettengill Louise Strutner Joanne Wright Barbara Dinnsen

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Contributions Spectacular sunsets Winter on the Coastside is famous for its propensity for jawdropping sunsets. While many welcome clear skies, it is the evenings with interesting cloud cover that make for the most beautiful photographs. Here are some we received from December. Right, Pillar Point Harbor by Mavericks Surf Shop.

Top left, the harbor by Martha Ransom. Above, Fitgerald Marine Reserve by Debi Fernandez. Left, Pigeon Point by Darius Dunlap.

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Upcoming

Año Nuevo Island / Charlie Russo

~ The season for the seals

Jan. 18, 24; Feb. 1, 8 Again this year, Año Nuevo State Reserve welcomes photographers for a special event coinciding with the height of the northern seal season: Sunrise Photography Tours. From 6 to 9:30 a.m. on those dates, photographers will be escorted by a park ranger to optimal viewing points in the reserve, where they can set up cameras and capture the spectacular sight of the huge seals. This is the point in the season when the beaches are crowded with up to 1,500 seals including families with pups and breeding and established males maintaining their harems — which can number up to 70 females — by chasing away younger usurping males. The tours are limited to eight photographers each, and due to the limited space should sell out quickly. The cost is $200 per person, with an additional $10 per vehicle parking fee or day-use pass. The Sunrise Photography Tours are sponsored by the California State Parks Association and California State Parks, and raise funds to support interpretive and educational programs at Año Nuevo and other San Mateo County coastal state parks. To reserve a space in a tour, go to www.CoastsideStateParks.org and for further information, email info@coastsidestateparks.org. 8 9

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~ Sample some new wines

Jan. 9 Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay’s 2014 Vintner Series gets underway starting at 6 p.m. with a four-course vintner dinner at Navio that highlights coastal cuisine with wine pairings for all four courses. This month Beringer Vineyards from Napa Valley is featured and a Beringer vintner will explain the wines and the pairing. Vintner Dinners are $125 per person; reservations are required. Call 7127000.

~ Tons of talents

Jan. 10-12 Singers, instrumentalists, dancers, acrobats, comedians, and novelty acts — many of which will be performed by Coastsiders — will abound in the 22nd annual Community Talent Show presented by Coastal Repertory Theatre. It’s set for 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, and Saturday, Jan. 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan 12, at the theater at 1167 Main St. in Half Moon Bay. Tickets are $30 per person. Coastalrep.com.

~ Anime

Jan. 11 The Half Moon Bay High School Anime Club will present a selection of their favorite Anime, or works in the contemporary cartoon style, at 6 p.m. at the Half Moon Bay Library. Free. 712-7200.

~ Jazz for a good cause

Jan. 12 Pianist Larry Vuckovich will lead vocalize Kim Nalley and a dozen Bay Area musicians for a jazzy, annual fundraiser for the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society at the intimate, storied beachfront venue. Tickets are $50, for this all-star salute to the venue that has hosted many of these players. 726-4143.

~ A needlework extravaganza

Through Jan. 31 The Half Moon Bay Library presents an exhibit of the work of students of the Royal School of Needlework in London. The school has a studio in San Francisco where students have been studying a variety of techniques; it is their work that will make up the exhibit. Free. 7262316.


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Jan. 20 The Coastside branch of the American Association of University Women presents “Gardening on the Coast” from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church at 777 Miramontes St. in Half Moon Bay. The speakers are Pacifica master gardeners Wendy Santiago (who is also a landscape architect) and Susan Miller, and their theme will revolve around gardening on the coast. There will also be a slide presentation. The event is free. Call Gael Erickson, 726-4416.

~ Make the coast shine

Jan. 25 The public is invited to help make the Coastside sparkle at a beach cleanup sponsored by the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. today. Meet at the Venice Beach parking lot at 9 a.m. Bring friends, family members and a “grab” bar for picking up things; gloves and bags will be provided. Additional cleanups are planned for the new year, including in May. Call Elizabeth Schuck at 712-7106.

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Jan. 30 The Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau presents the 2014 Recognition Awards Dinner saluting and thanking local businesses, at 5:30 p.m. at the Oceano Hotel and Spa at 280 Capistrano Road. Awards to be given include a volunteer award, civic achievement award, and awards for a new business, green business, innovative business, and the Mayor’s Award and Citizen of the Year. Tickets are $75 per person, $90 after Jan. 20. Reservations are required at 726-8380.

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“Doing yoga on the beach takes us away from whatever our daily cares and worries are.” — Linda Grace Frost

Yoga instructor Linda Grace Frost strikes a Half Moon on a sunny December afternoon at Miramar Beach.

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lright guys, we are on in two, one, go!” The end of the instructor’s countdown cues a flurry of activity on the beach in Princeton. Women situated at stations marked by orange cones in the sand begin pulling their arms up and down with resistance bands. Others run up and down a section of the beach. A couple women crab-walk through the sand, their palms on the grainy ground. The women in this beach workout class put on by Empowered Fitness, a studio located in Princeton, are among many Coastsiders who exercise with the beach as their backdrop. Sometimes this means bundling up and running through the fog, while other times it means a barefoot stroll in the sand at sunset. El Granada resident Michelle Cleave has participated in Empowered Fitness classes four times a week for two years, including the studio’s beach workouts that take place once or twice a month, depending on the weather. “The coast is our backyard, and to not go out and play in our backyard is to waste this wonderful place you live in,” Cleave said. “Working out outside feeds the body and soul. It’s so much more rewarding than going to a gym.” For some Coastsiders, beach fitness relaxes the mind while it strengthens the body. t


George Miller of Half Moon Bay jogs in the sand below the bluffs at Francis Beach on a December morning.

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“Some people go to church; I like to go to the beach.” — Wendy Brown t Montara resident Wendy Brown has walked to Montara State Beach from her home at least three mornings a week for more than 10 years. She uses Instagram to post photos of her walk using the hashtag “#montarabeach.” “I like to get there early,” Brown says. “I like to be one of the first people putting my footprints on freshly blown sand. There’s something wonderful about that. “It’s more than just for the exercise; it’s a meditation … it’s almost like my spiritual experience for the day. Some people go to church; I like to go to the beach.” Linda Grace Frost, a yoga instructor at Studio 4 Pilates in Half Moon Bay, has a similar spiritual connection with the beach. The 14-year Coastside resident holds several classes on the beach each year, including one on her birthday that she calls “my gift to the community.” “Doing yoga on the beach takes us away from whatever our daily cares and worries are,” Frost said. “We can focus on something much larger than ourselves. … Some of the students feel like it’s their sacred duty to come and offer healing thoughts, chants and prayers to the water.” Half Moon Bay resident George Miller lives within a stone’s throw of Half Moon Bay State Beach and has run on the coast since moving here in 1981. While he has had to scale back to twice a week for his hour-long runs, he enjoys running in the sand and on the cliffs. He carries a seven-foot-long stick along with him to help stretch out his shoulders. “There’s a very primal feeling to (running),” Miller said, noting that it connects him to his ancestors who ran for food or protection thousands of years ago. “There’s something pretty special about it.” HMB

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Some people find that exercise on the beach can also be a chance for personal expression. Wendy Brown of Montara chronicles her daily walks on her nearby beach with Instagram photos.

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Running down a beach Benefits of sand running ~ Running on sand makes you work harder and will result in burning around 30 percent more calories.

~ Regular sand running can help to prevent injuries by strengthening stabilizer muscles. ~ Landing on soft sand increases the time in which our feet sink into it. The overall stress of pounding on the lower joints, such as ankles and knees, is reduced. ~ After-run wading in the cold water will work wonders to soothe your hard-worked muscles and leave you refreshed. ~ Solitude and beautiful scenery will inspire you to keep going! Some tips: ~ Run on flat, wet sand where possible to avoid ligament injuries or tendon strains. Continuous running on a slanted slope can strain back muscles. ~ If running barefoot, watch out for sharp shells or broken glass. ~ Do not expect to run at your normal pace. Sinking in the sand as you run will slow you down. Take it easy, be sensible and build up your stamina steadily. — therunningbug.co

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Seal saviors By Julia Reis

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Montara couple is dedicated to keeping marine mammals safe

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usty Rosenberg stands at the top of the bluffs at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, peering through a pair of binoculars. It’s a clear, chilly, autumn afternoon in Moss Beach, and Rosenberg and his wife, Sue Hawley, have come

out to look at the harbor seals sprawled out on the sand below.

A juvenile harbor seal is spotted on the beach near the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve with a flying disc wedged around its body.

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For the Montara couple, keeping an eye on the local crowd of harbor seals isn’t a pastime, it’s their job. They are volunteers for the Marine Mammal Center’s stranding department, the sector that responds to calls of distressed marine mammals. On this particular day, they’re trying to spot a juvenile harbor seal with a red Aerobie, a large Frisbee with a center hole, stuck behind its front flippers. Volunteers attempted a rescue of the animal on Dec. 1 but were unsuccessful. “We got really close,” Sue Hawley said. “We thought it was going to happen.”


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The Marine Mammal Center trains volunteers to aid entangled marine animals like this harbor seal in distress in Moss Beach.

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On that day, volunteers went into the water in wet suits with 10-foot-long nets, wading through choppy waters as they tried to keep a low profile. Harbor seals are known to be skittish and will often “flush” the beach, meaning they return to the water, when humans get within 100 feet of them. “This colony of harbor seals commonly rests on the reef out there,” said Shelbi Stoudt, stranding manager for the Sausalito Marine Mammal Center. “Whether it’s high or low tide, the surf in that area is very sketchy, and the trenches between the reefs are very hazardous for putting people in the water.” That triumphant moment for rescuers when an animal is freed of its entanglement or released back into the wild after a necessary hospital stay is preceded by a lot of thoughtful planning. When a decision is made as to how to approach an entangled animal, agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have to be notified first. It is also a moment that is made possible by the stranding volunteers who make up the Marine Mammal Center’s 1,100-person volunteer force. Hawley and her husband became volunteers in 2009, inspired by a walk at Pillar Point with their dogs during which they encountered two sick sea lions on the beach. Two Marine Mammal Center volunteers were attempting to take them back to the hospital but needed a hand to move the animals. “I held the dogs and he helped the volunteers,” Hawley said. “They said, ‘You guys can do this,’ and we

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Trained as a volunteer through the Marine Mammal Center, Rusty Rosenberg of Montara puts his skills to work attempting a stranded sea lion near Surfer’s Beach in 2011. 21 0

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See a sick seal? The Sausalito Marine Mammal Center primarily rescues and cares for sick and injured sea lions, elephant seals and harbor seals. If you encounter a stranded marine mammal, the center asks that you take the following steps:

~ Stay 50 feet away and do not touch the animal. ~ Note the animal’s physical characteristics such as size, fur color and presence of external earflaps. ~ Take notice of its condition, such as if it appears weak, underweight or has open wounds. ~ Determine the animal’s location. ~ Call the Marine Mammal Center’s hotline, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In San Mateo County, the hotline number is (415) 289-SEAL (7325).

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to net the seal but ultimately succeeded. “We got the animal in the carrier, and all these people there were saying, ‘Yay!’” Hawley said. Now, the Sausalito Marine Mammal Center is hoping for a similar happy ending for the Fitzgerald harbor seal with the toy disc behind its flippers. As of the day this article was sent out for publication, volunteers had not yet made a second rescue attempt. “With entangled animals, often they keep the entanglement on for months, or even a couple years, where it affects them enough to impede their natural behavior,” Stoudt said. Hawley believes time is of the essence with the entangled animal. She said she hoped the seal would be released of the Frisbee before January, because human closeness to the colony could disturb the seals. “We’ve got to get it done before January,” she said. “We can’t have a whole bunch of females stressed and miscarrying for the benefit of one (harbor seal).” Hawley says situations like the toy entanglement could be avoided with more consideration from beachgoers. “Take your trash with you, and make sure your plastic beach toys don’t wind up in the water,” she said. “You come out here to enjoy this beauty, so help to make sure the beauty survives — and the animals survive.” HMB

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Cyclists from all over the Bay Area come to the Coastside to ride uncrowded roads and trails. Occasionally, cycling races, including the Amgen Tour of California populate those roads as competitors speed through.


Phil Plath of Half Moon Bay insists he’s not a natural athlete, but he’s ridden more miles than he can count on a mountain bike he picked up for $200.

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His advice to the world: grab a bike, don a “geeky” helmet, and take a ride.

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or Half Moon Bay resident Phil Plath, a lifelong obsession began in 1992 when he purchased a secondhand mountain bike on the cheap. It was a 24-speed Marin bicycle, and he bought it literally out of the back of a truck from a friend of a friend of his dad’s. At $200, it was a “screaming” bargain, Plath said, and since then he’s certainly gotten his money’s worth out of the ride. For him, his cycling life started with pleasure trips up Higgins Canyon Road, out of Half Moon Bay and up to the Skyline summit. From there, he kept pedaling farther. More than 20 years later, the 51-year-old Plath still pumps the pedals on the same trusty mountain bike with an obsession for cycling that borders on the religious. Over those years, Plath has taken the hobby further than most would dare to go. He’s participated in countless century rides, several races across the continent and more than one attempt to break the human-powered speed record. Nonetheless, he claims not to be a natural athlete, and he insists that pretty much anyone could mimic his adventures. His advice to the world: Grab a bike, don a “geeky” helmet, and take a ride.

“I always just liked the workout, but I’ve never been a very talented athletic guy,” he said. “The thing I love about cycling is I can open my garage and head out. I never have to put my bike on my car.” On any fair-weather day, the sparsely populated rural roads of the Coastside are swarmed by packs of two-wheeled warriors. Kings Mountain, Tunitas Creek Road, La Honda, Highway 1 and

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“What’s great about the Coastside is you can get off the beaten path and really be out in the middle of nowhere.” — Dave Mell Skyline Boulevard each carry special resonance as destination spots for cycling groups across the nation. Avid cyclists say that each year more and more riders are pedaling out to enjoy the serene scenery and lack of cars on the back roads of the coast. “What’s great about the Coastside is you can get off the beaten path and really be out in the middle of nowhere,” said Montara cyclist Dave Mell. “And you can do this so close to the population centers of the Bay Area.” Like many adherents on the coast, Mell shifts between road cycling and mountain biking. For the latter, a favorite destination is right in his backyard, Montara Mountain, one of the coast’s most popular trails. For road riding, he prefers to head south through Half Moon Bay and zigzag through the web of roads on the South Coast. For some stretches, it can be more than an hour before he sees a single car, he said. Conversely, on popular treks like Skyline Boulevard, he’s often sharing the road with packs of motorcycles and sport cars. The wide-open terrain of the rural side of the Peninsula attracts many cyclists from all around the Bay Area. Every Wednesday, dozens of cyclists meet near the Stanford campus for what is known as the “Noon Ride,” a strenuous trek up Old La Honda Road and back in the span of a lunch hour. Springtime and warm days typically draw scores more bike enthusiasts out to ride. The 1,000-member Western Wheelers Bicycle Club, headquartered in Palo Alto, hosts at least a dozen rides to the coast each year. The


group tends to attract recreational riders, usually older in age, and of varying skill levels, said Guy Shuman, one of the ride coordinators. “When I moved here 25 years ago, I remember driving out on these roads, and I thought I’d never want to ride my bike here. There’s not much room,” he said. “Then I became a bike rider, and I got used to it.” “After all, why would you want to ride your bike around the city when you can head out to the country?” he said. For the most part, drivers in the region have a reputation for being relatively courteous to cyclists, giving them a wide berth on the road. Nonetheless, the worst consequences of any collision won’t fall on the motorist, so it behooves bike riders to take extra precautions. The latest reminder of the dangers came in September when a former top executive of Amazon.com was killed after colliding with a minivan near Skyline Boulevard. By all accounts, experienced riders say a helmet is a necessity. Some riders go even further. Plath has equipped his glasses with side mirrors, giving him an ample rear view without having to turn his head. It’s more important to be safe than fashionable, he reasoned. “It’s casting aside your vanities and being properly equipped, even though you look bright and geeky,” he said. HMB

“After all, why would you want to ride your bike around the city when you can head out to the country?”

Sweet spots Montara Mountain The 1,898-foot mountain, on the northernmost edge of the Coastside, makes for some of the most strenuous mountain biking on the Peninsula. This is not an easy ride, and anyone attempting it should expect sore muscles from a grueling climb. The main trail up to the summit runs for a steep 7.5 miles, but the reward is an unparalleled panoramic view of the Bay Area. The other bonus of the uphill battle is miles of downhill coasting to enjoy. Anyone attempting this ride will need plenty of water and probably a snack. Good brakes are also a necessity as plenty of hikers are also on the same trail. The Bike Hut Need a place to relax during your ride? Head out to the Bike Hut off Tunitas Creek Road. Run by the Potrero Nuevo Farm, the Bike Hut offers a watering hole and cozy refuge for cyclists to rest and regroup. The small stand with picnic area offers coffee, tea, water, snacks and plenty of tools to patch a leaky tire. The hut operates on the honor system: Cyclists are asked to leave enough money to cover the cost of whatever they take. Old La Honda Road This ride through the dense redwoods has become a popular benchmark run for cyclists to test their mettle. The three-mile run up to Skyline Boulevard is gorgeous and serene, but also a notoriously strenuous uphill slog. Cyclists essentially own Old La Honda Road — most motorists use better maintained, wider routes up to the summit. On sunny days, dozens of cyclists can be seen on this challenging run.

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“Their dream kitchen became a reality, and it was functional in six weeks, which is pretty quick for a kitchen remodel.”

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Homeowner: Dave and Pat Lea Designer: Spaces Within Contractor: Coastside Cabinets Goal: Modern Italian Constuction time: 6 weeks Approx. cost: $50,000-70,000

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ave Lea built his Half Moon Bay home in 1980 before he met his future wife Pat. Though their family grew over the past few decades, one thing that didn’t was the kitchen — until now. “(Dave) built a nice kitchen that worked, but it wasn’t fabulous,” says Lauren Shelby, owner of the Half Moon Bay interior design business Spaces Within. “It was a fine-looking kitchen, but it was really tiny and really dark.” Pat and Dave enlisted the help of Shelby and Bob Collihan of Coastside Cabinets for their remodel, which took 6 weeks to complete and cost in the range of $50,000 to $70,000. “They were wanting an Italianflavored kitchen, but they wanted it to be a 21st-century take on it,” Shelby said. “It’s a nice blend of some traditional Italian elements with kind of a 21stcentury California perspective.” The Italian touches are evident, from the marble backsplash to the tray of olive oils and the “cucina” sign, which is the Italian word for kitchen. “My objectives were to modernize it to give me room for multiple people in the kitchen at the same time,” Pat Lea said. “I do a lot of cooking and entertaining, off and on. This is a great space for entertaining and a really great space for cooking.” Because this was the kitchen’s first remodel, there was a to-do list ranging from changing out the window to allow for more light to adjusting the ceiling to adding updated appliances. Still, the remodel took less time than a kitchen remodel normally takes. “Their dream kitchen became a reality, and it was functional in six weeks, which is pretty quick for a kitchen remodel,” Collihan said. “Most are eight to nine weeks.” Pat Lea said she is pleased with the results and advises anyone looking to remodel their kitchen to consult an interior designer first. “I’d caution somebody from walking into a Home Depot if you don’t really know what all the options are,” she said. “You could really miss out.” HMB — Julia Reis

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tephen and Amanda Hill and their four children have lived in El Granada for about a year. This month, the couple plans to open a hot yoga studio. While Amanda Hill will teach beginning

classes and handle the business particulars, Stephen will focus on meditation and other aspects of better life management. He is also an electrician who works in San Francisco. They can be reached at Amanda@iamcoastside. com. Stephen sat down with Editor Clay Lambert to discuss the studio, Stephen’s evolution and Clay’s waistline. t

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Clay Lambert: Why am I so fat? Stephen Hill: The thoughts that you put in your head create your reality. CL: So it’s just the fact that I said it … SH: The fact that you said it was error No. 1. You can’t do that. It creates your reality. CL: So it’s not overeating or over-sitting or a lack of discipline? SH: It’s lack of self-awareness. It’s lack of self-realization. CL: How did you reach this self-realization? SH: Suffering. I was drinking, smoking — not overweight, but not healthy. I was a father, but I put myself last. CL: Why are so many kids overweight? Do they make the same mistake I made? SH: They are completely identified with form and its ego. It’s a misperception and identification through matter — I am this shirt, I am this toy.” CL: How do you fight that? SH: I don’t have to fight that. I don’t identify myself through my phone, nor my house, nor my car.

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Stephen Hill does not identify himself through his possessions, rather suggests that selfawareness is the key to health and happiness.

“Change the self. Be the change.” CL: So you are modeling that behavior for them? SH: That’s the only way to change. Change the self. Be the change. Two years ago I had a big old list of things to change in the house — everything but myself. My wife, my mother-in-law…” CL: How did hot yoga play into that? SH: I started doing hot yoga and that was the catalyst. It was definitely an evolution, though. CL: How do you envision your own yoga studio? SH: You know, what is going on there is a seed almost. It is evolving, and I’m not going to have any doors shut on that evolution of what is happening. I can see things going down a direction of personal coaching. CL: I’ve seen this video of you online doing some crazy stuff. (See that video at http://youtu.be/Gt02bL-ZB_I.) The title on YouTube says something about American Ninja Warrior. Was that an audition of some kind? SH: It was and they did not call me back, at all. I believe it was sent the final day. They may have not even got it. It doesn’t matter. It was not the right time. I no longer worry about those things, but it was a great thing to do. I did it in three days with four kids. I’ve heard from old friends and it’s opened doors.” HMB

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CoastsideCanines

Ben Great Pyrenees/Anatolian shepherd mix Age: 5 Walk into the Half Moon Bay Veterinary Hospital and you’ll see orange-and-white domestic shorthair cats Jethro and Cheetoh snoozing in baskets on the reception desk, or Ben, the snowy Great Pyrenees/Anatolian shepherd mix, gazing at you with soulful brown eyes from behind the front desk. While these three make anxious pet owners feel comfortable, just as importantly, if a four-legged patient needs a transfusion, they’re whom the hospital staff turn to. The cats live there but Ben comes by a few days a week with hospital owner Dr. Laurie McKinney, who says it is common in her experience to see vets keep furry friends on hand to donate blood. If doggy patients need blood, the staff takes up to 500 ccs from Ben, and if a kitty needs blood he or she can count on 20 to 60 ccs from Cheetoh or Jethro just as they did with their beloved predecessors Abner and Tarzan. The staff try not to call on Ben more than every three to six weeks, and some of the hospital’s clientele bring their large dogs by to give blood. The furry, personable trio always welcome a pat or offer comfort to bereaved pet owners. “They’re part of the hospital, and everyone loves them all,” said receptionist Maryrose Bagatan. 35 4

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Wordsonaword The word: California

We asked three Coastsiders — all California experts in their own way — to tell us what the Golden State means to them.

Tom Mattusch

Allison Silvestri

Wendy Lama

came to California right after high school. I sailed San Francisco Bay and did a lot of salmon fishing out the Golden Gate. The ocean has always been a powerful draw — scuba and skin diving, underwater hockey, blue water hunting. The Channel Islands were Mecca to me — they had fish, lobster — islands whose rocky outcrops looked like something prehistoric. There were no roads, no buildings, no traffic. I got a license to operate boats for hire and started at Capt. John’s. What little part of the coast I didn’t dive, I traversed on vessels of many sizes and shapes. I also learned winemaking in Santa Cruz County, between corporate jobs. Now I’m into conservation, research and sustainable use. I fish, I hunt and helped design the Marine Protection Areas. To drive to Lake Tahoe, leaving here in a T-shirt and ending up in snow, is still special. … Seeing the diversity of landscape from bay to valley to mountains. I love California.

t 17, I decided to leave the Golden State for adventure on the East Coast. As an all-knowing teenager, I believed that a three-hour plane ride was the minimum distance I would travel to college so as to prevent my parents from frequently invading my adult life. The Midwest perplexed me, and so I chose Boston for the coastline. (Knowing that the coast was always to the east saved the directionally challenged part of myself.) After suffocating amid the humid summers of work on Boston College’s campus, I returned home before moving abroad to teach English in a poor, rural village in Costa Rica. Those four months back in San Mateo before the trip changed my life forever. I finally acknowledged the beauty of Northern California. It is no surprise that this state boomed with the Gold Rush and is now the hub of technology and innovation. The Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Transamerica Pyramid, Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39 surely are five of the seven wonders of the modern world. From the rugged coastline to the Sierra Nevada, we should never forget that we live in the greatest state in the nation.

am a native Californian — born and raised. I grew up in Southern California and moved to Half Moon Bay in the 1970s when my job led me to the Bay Area. To me, California is one of the most beautiful and resourcerich places on earth. I never tire of its grandeur, from the spectacular lakes, meadows and granite peaks of Sierra Nevada to the world-class coastline that is so accessible. California has always attracted and nurtured independent thinkers and creative genius. Oddly, when living for a brief period on the East Coast, folks would rant on California as a land of hedonism, as if the entire state were Venice Beach. I scoffed at their ignorance. (It must be jealously, I thought.) California leads the country, the world, in so many ways. Nowadays when I travel to remote parts of the world, people I encounter sometimes think that California is a city. When I explain the breadth of California — were it an independent country, it would have the fifth largest economy in the world — they are wowed. California wows! I love it!

Allison Silvestri is principal of Half Moon Bay High School. She graduated from St. Ignatius Preparatory School in San Francisco. She has master’s degrees from Boston College and Notre Dame de Namur.

Wendy Lama is a Half Moon Bay resident and principal with KarmaQuest Ecotourism and Adventure Travel.

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PLACE TO GO

Año Nuevo State Park

Near the southernmost end of San Mateo County, a low, rocky, windswept point juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The Spanish maritime explorer Sebastian Vizcaino sailed by the point on Jan. 3, 1603. His diarist and chaplain of the expedition, Father Antonio de la Ascension, named it Punta de Año Nuevo (New Year’s Point) for the day on which they first sighted it. Duarte’s Tavern

Today, the point remains much as Vizcaino saw it from his passing ship. Lonely, undeveloped, wild. Elephant seals, sea lions, and other marine mammals come ashore to rest, mate, and give birth in the sand dunes or on the beaches and offshore islands. It is a unique and unforgettable natural spectacle that thousands of people come to witness each year. Año Nuevo State Park is one of the largest mainland breeding colony in the world for the northern elephant seal. A natural preserve has been established to protect the elephant seals along with many other animals such as otters, California sea lions, coyotes, cormorants, turns and more. Elephant seals can be observed here year-round either on a docent-lead tour or through a self-guided permit system.

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Elephant Seat Guided Walks - December 15 to March 31 During the breeding season, daily access to the natural preserve is available only via guided walks. This is the time when male elephant seals battle on the beaches for the right to mate, and the females give birth to their pups on the dunes. Most of the adult seals are gone by early March, leaving behind the weaned pups who remain through April. Special Event - Seal Adventure On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25 and 26, 2014, the Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks will host Seal Adventures, a special fundraising event that supports educational and interpretive programs at Año Nuevo State Park. With a ticket, visitors will have extraordinary access to linger for an entire morning or afternoon to view the elephant seals at the peak of the breeding season. This is a rare opportunity, one that can be enjoyed by everyone from first-time visitors to marine mammal enthusiasts to avid wildlife photographers. Tickets for the Seal Adventure may be purchased online for $60/person at coastsidestateparks.org — California State Parks

Duarte’s Tavern

After working up an appetite viewing wildlife, consider stepping back in time and visiting the historic Duarte’s Tavern in nearby Pescadero. Though they are famous for their artichoke soup and berry pie, don’t let that prevent you from trying other staples on the menu like the pork chops or calamari. In business since 1894, when Frank Duarte sold shots of whiskey from a barrel for a dime, the eatery is popular with locals and visitors alike. If not in a hurry, head back to Highway 1 via Stage Road for a beautiful country drive. 202 Stage Road, Pescadero. 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily

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RealEstate RECENT SALE ddress 2130 Vallemar St., Moss Beach A Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2.5 Single Family 2,690 sq ft Lot 6,969 sqft Year Built 1930 Sale Price $1,299,000 Last Sold Nov. 2000 for $1,300,000

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This home is among only a dozen or so built on the magnificent west side of Vallemar St. in Moss Beach. The focal point is certainly the sweeping ocean views and opportunity to whale watch from your living room sofa.

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Kevin Kepple

138 Del Monte Road, El Granada

John J. and Mee Y.M. Hahn

undisclosed amount

Emelda Pasion-Gordon, Trustee et. al.

276 Ave. Alhambra, El Granada

Seth S. and Geralynn Casini

$1,070,000

Peter M. and Natasha Martin, trustees

170 Correas St., Half Moon Bay

Philip W. Kim D. G. Schiller, trustees

$2,000,000

Theodore R. and Brijida H. Morris

461 5th Ave., Half Moon Bay

Kyle T. Sarah A. Wilhelms

$780,000

Scott A. Menary

84 Laguna Dr., La Honda

Michael T. and Vanesia E. Menary

$160,000

Gunilla Hayward

139 Wurr Road, Loma Mar

Daniel Periat, trustee

$220,000

Junhua Wang

vacant land, El Granada

Harmony Land Development

$282,000

Benedict P. Vines

150 Vallejo St., El Granada

David C. and Nicole R. Smithson

$617,000

John D. Foley

vacant land, Half Moon Bay

Robert and Betina Moules

undisclosed amount

Suzanne C. Baccaro

180 Amesport Landing, Half Moon Bay

Nancy E. J. Mullins

$468,000

Thomas M. and Anne Niesen, trustees

30 River Oaks Road, Half Moon Bay

Margaret A. Fried, trustee

$1,075,000

US Bank, trustee

623 Church St., Half Moon Bay

Neale D. Jr. and Beverly J. Wade

$610,000

Fracesco and Concettiana Carrubba

448 Main St., Half Moon Bay

BDK Holdings

$500,000

James E. and Teresa B. Goetz

142 Cypress Point Road, Half Moon Bay

John Stebel, Jr.

$1,135,000

Estate of Frederick W. Sarabia

172 Amesport Landing, Half Moon Bay

U.K. Sward

$451,000

Michele Greco

369 Burning Tree Court, Half Moon Bay

Gus S. and Jeanne Stamates

$850,000

Campbell Avenue Portfolio

4020 Campbell Ave., Montara

4020 Amber LLC

undisclosed amount

Nancy Craig, Trustee

611 Farallone Ave., Montara

Melissa Dubois; William K. Gutoff

undisclosed amount

Carol C. Irvine, trustee

422 Lighthouse View Road, Pescadero

A. White Birch Tree LLC

$2,850,000

Pescadero Beach House LLC

1201 Cabrillo Hwy, Pescadero

1201 Cabrillo Highway LLC

undisclosed amount

Timothy and Maureen Stanfield and Ashley M. Newman

455 Coronado St., El Granada

WCB El Granada LLC

$225,000

Ester V. Hudson

Office, Half Moon Bay

Thomas J. McGuirk and Patrick F. McGuirk

$1,200,000

Susan B. Waters

62 Patrick Way, Half Moon Bay

Jay M. Thompson

$699,000

Roy A. and Marinia J. Salume, trustees

419 Correas St., Half Moon Bay

Luisa Stamm and Kenneth Gray

$1,020,000

Kathryn E. Reed and Derek Andrews

425 Virginia Ave., Moss Beach

Kimberly S. Sanders

$850,000

Brian C. Bergen and Susan C. Brillault-Bergen

307 Ferdinand Ave., El Granada

Lisa D. Fagan

$825,000

Piero J. and Rosemary C. Cerruti, trustees

46 Columbus St., El Granada

Michelle L. and Joe E. Lewis

$840,000

Benjamin M. and Rachel R. Sleeter

422 Magellan Ave., El Granada

Kathleen Oden, trustee, et. al.

$1,425,000

Marc L. and Monica Rosoff, trustees

507 Highland Ave., Half Moon Bay

Anthony and Stacy Sprotti

$680,000

Barry R. Canty, trustee

421 Magnolia St., Half Moon Bay

Carol J. Legg

$670,000

Marta Drury, trustee

grazing land, Half Moon Bay

James B. and Amy L. Ramsey, trustees

Undisclosed Amount

Stephanie T. and Sofia M. Freer, trustees

984 Pilarcitos Ave, Half Moon Bay

Marta J. Drury, trustee, Kerryann Lobel

undisclosed amount

T. C. and Rosalie M. Blomberg, trustees

17 Fairway Place, Half Moon Bay

Robert and Kristie Jonsen

$1,210,000

R.V. and Patricia A. Bernheisel

1026 Suzanne Ct., Half Moon Bay

Thomas and Jenny M. Bour

$415,000

Gladys A. Callan, trustee

vacant land, Half Moon Bay

TDR Properties

$550,000

Patricia G. Cavanaugh, trustee

2905 Pullman Ave., Half Moon Bay

Scott C. and Kimberly A. Powell

$899,000

Dianne M. Dougherty

200 Laguna Dr., La Honda

Robert J. Dougherty

undisclosed amount

Lada Eriec

1210 Audubon Ave., Montara

David B. Snodgrass and Molly A. Ward

$800,000

Albert D. Robinson and Susan J. Chittenden, trustees

220 Redwood Ave., Pescadero

Rosa A. Jones, trustee

$700,000

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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 21 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 acquired the ability of 3-D x-rays, 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 • www.randollertondds.com

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HEARING

“Your hearing is vital to your connection to the world in which you live. At Precision Hearing, we are dedicated to maximizing your hearing potential. You’ll be surprised at how invisible, simple and affordable better hearing can be.”

— Dr. Kimberly Jennings

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any people suffer the consequences of hearing loss, uncertain of where and when to go for help. At Precision Hearing, we empower you to make an educated choice about how to maximize your hearing potential. You will never get a sales pitch here. We believe you should decide for yourself whether to pursue better hearing. In addition to providing you with the latest invisible technology, we are dedicated to teaching your loved ones how to support you on your journey toward better hearing. We know it can be difficult for friends and family to understand what it’s like to struggle with hearing loss. Since no one can see your hearing loss, you may feel misunderstood or left out. The choices can be daunting and confusing. Bring clarity to your health. Come and learn what you hear, what you miss, and what can be done to make your life a lot easier. See for yourself what our patients are saying about Precision Hearing at http://www.yelp.com/biz/precision-hearing-burlingame.

Dr. Kimberly Jennings 1860 El Camino Real, Suite 304, Burlingame www.precisionhearingca.com, 650.477.9794 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

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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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FAMILY MEDICINE

“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

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r. Dan McMillan and Dr. Jill Pavliscak are Board Certified Family Medicine Physicians and Julianne Zimlich is a Family Medicine Physician Assistant. We treat newborns through Geriatrics, with an emphasis on building lasting relationships. Our office speaks Spanish and uses electronic health records to provide care for chronic illnesses, women’s health care, well childcare, and same day urgent visits. We 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.

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

“We are extremely pleased to introduce to you two dentists whom we absolutely believe are the right choices to assume our practice, Drs. Johannes and Stephanie Knueppel”

— Drs. Gwen anD ChuCk halterman, CoastsiDe Dentistry

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r. Johannes and Dr. Stephanie Knueppel both have additional training and experience in many areas of general dentistry, including oral surgery, endodontics and pediatric dentistry. The doctors offer children’s and adult dentistry. Children are seen from one year old to make sure their dental development is normal and get them accustomed to going to the dentist in a kid-friendly treatment area. Adult dentistry includes cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers, implants, root canals and wisdom teeth extractions. We are interested in forming long-term relationships with our patients and helping them maintain optimal oral health. The incredible staff of Cory and Denise, as well as hygienists Maryam and Julie, have been working at Coastside Dentistry for over 20 years. Drs. Johannes and Stephanie both trained at UCSF School of Dentistry. In their free time they enjoy the outdoors and spending time with new baby Lukas.

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OPTOMETRY

“Our goal is to provide you with an environment with friendly, caring, and experienced staff that use the latest digital optometric technology for vision examination and medical diagnostics, complimented with best eyewear products.”

— Neda Moshasha, od

HMB Optometry Family Eye Care

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r. Moshasha has been practicing adult and pediatric Primary care optometry for more than thirteen years, and is proud to be a member of American, California, and San Mateo county Optometric Society. She opened her office in November 2013 with the objective to serve the coastside with eye care services, medical and surgical co-management, contact lens services as well as providing quality frames and sunglasses for all ages.

Neda Moshasha, OD 80 N. Cabrillo Hwy, Suite J, Half Moon Bay www.hmboptometry.com DENTISTRY

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

— From a patient’s internet review

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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. Cabrillo takes pride and care in all phases of dentistry including cosmetic dentistry, routine fillings, dental implants and root canals. The skilled, friendly staff is happy to care for you and your smile. Dr. Ryan Henspetter has been treating Pacifica and Coastside patients since July 2001. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two young children and enjoys playing music and spending time traveling with his family. Dr. Henspetter’s former partner, Dr. William Kirkham retired at the end of 2011 after forty years of dedication to dentistry. Dr. Diana Dizik joined the practice in mid 2011 and both Dr. Dizik and Dr. Henspetter are dedicated to providing the highest level of comfortable professional care. Generations of Coastside families, from grandparents to three year olds on their first visit, have entrusted Cabrillo Dental with their oral health. Cabrillo Family Dental Care continues a long tradition of treating patients like family.

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

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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.

James Newman, MD 625 Miramontes #105, Half Moon Bay 650.560.4842 | PremierPlasticSurgery.com MEDICAL CLINIC

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

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

Immediate Care

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ndependently owned and operated, Immediate Care was started in 1983 by Independent Family Practice Physicians to provide services to patients who do not have a regular doctor, whose regular doctor is unavailable, or who have no primary care physician, and need to be seen for an acute problem. We provide an alternative to the Emergency Room for patients with coughs, colds, sinus infections and acute health issues. Immediate Care is operated as a walk-in with no appointment needed. We are open Monday thru’ Friday 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday 9 am to 4 pm. Closed Sundays. We accept Medicare and most major insurances, but we are not contracted with Med-i-Cal, Healthy Families of San Mateo or HMOs. For patients who have not established themselves with a primary care physician, we are happy to provide a list of primaries in our community on request. Immediate Care is committed to supporting physicians in our community.

Immediate Care

60 N. El Camino Real, San Mateo www.immediatecare.org | 650.570.2273

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GERONTOLOGY

ASSISTED LIVING

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

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

— ERIC SHAPIRA, DDS, MA, MHA AGING SPECIALIST

Aging Mentor Services

Three Bells of Montara

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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 Strategic Elder Planning, Care Management, and counseling/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”.

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

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e are a locally owned and operated assisted living community 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 community 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 community. 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

Three Bells of Montara 1185 Acacia Street, Montara | Community #415600502 (650) 728-5483 | www.threebellsofmontara.com

HEALING ARTS

HEARING

“It’s not just the quality of your hearing. It’s the quality of your life!”

“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.””

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

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 47 6

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• Dementia and Hospice Care • A Wellness Nurse on Staff

Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid Center

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iracle-Ear has been helping people hear better for almost 65 years! Sue Chamberlain is the local franchise owner and her office is conveniently located by the Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo. She has personally been providing quality hearing healthcare on the Peninsula for almost 20 years. Ms. Chamberlain is a Nationally Board-Certified Hearing Aid Specialist. She feels that it is important for a person to get their hearing tested once they reach the age of 60, if not before, since statistics show that two out of every three people over the age of 60 have a hearing loss. “Just like any health evaluation, you should get a baseline test for your hearing,” Ms. Chamberlain tells her clients. Our goal at MiracleEar is to help people obtain a lifetime of hearing better!

Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid Center

2907 S. El Camino Real San Mateo, CA 94403 650-341-9111


PEDIATRIC

CHIROPRACTIC

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

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

— MARK HEATH

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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.

Dr. Lu, the only private pediatrician in Half Moon Bay, is Boardcertified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. His practice provides quality, personalized care in a small setting where families will find their concerns and questions addressed with ease and comfort. Same day appointments are available. In an effort to stay current, the office is outfitted with an electronic health record and office management system. Dr. Lu offers comprehensive pediatric care from birth to 18 years of age. Dr. Lu looks forward to providing quality pediatric care as he builds lasting relationships with his current patients and welcomes new ones into his practice.

Celebrating 6 years of quality pediatric care. Humphrey Lu, MD 640A Purissima, Half Moon Bay 650.560.9137 | www.HMBabies.com

Heath Family Chiropractic 339 Main Street, Half Moon Bay 726-5265 DENTISTRY

DENTISTRY

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

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

— ROBERT MOODY, DMD

— John C. Moon, DDS

Cosmetic and General Dentistry

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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.

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

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ishing our Coastside Community a Happy and Healthy New Year 2014! e would like to thank our patients for their kindness and loyalty to our dental practice.

r. Moon and his staff welcome all new patients who would like to join their dental family. John C. Moon, DDS, Inc. 611 Church St., Half Moon Bay 650.726.7597 dentistshalfmoonbay.com JANUARY

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PRIMARY CARE & OBGYN

Gary S. Toig, MD, M Ali Parsa, MD, Diana Aldape, MD

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ur philosophy is to provide state of the art medical care for women, men and adolescents. Choosing a primary care physician, gynecologist or obstetrician is often about balance. Dr. Toig, Dr. Parsa, and Dr. Aldape’s guiding philosophy of compassionate care coupled with their expert training in the latest surgical and preventative techniques provide the balance that patients seek in their doctor. We recognize that treating each patient as an individual and understanding how to provide them with excellent care is the cornerstone of an exceptional practice.

Mid Peninsula Healthcare, INC

401 Warren St., Suite #300, Redwood City, CA 94063 Tel: 650-365-9997 Fax: 650-365-9782 248 Main St., #110, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 Tel: 650-440-4697 Fax: 650-440-4696 SKIN CARE

DENTISTRY

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

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

— KENNETH L. STASUN, DDS

Kenneth L. Stasun, DDS

— LISA WIMSETT

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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 49 8

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


HealthNote

Exercise benefitsthe brain,too

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egular exercise can benefit the body in many ways, helping men and women maintain healthier weights and lower their risks for developing potentially deadly diseases. Though many people are quick to associate exercise with its physical benefits, those hours spent on the treadmill also can boost brain power. According to Dr. Barry Gordon, professor of neurology and cognitive science at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and coauthor of “Intelligent Memory: Improve the Memory That Makes You Smarter,” exercise has a direct impact on the brain. That’s because exercise works directly on brain tissue, improving the connections between nerve cells, creating new synapses, growing new neurons and blood vessels, and improving cell energy efficiency. So while many people may begin an exercise regimen with a goal of trimming their waistlines or toning their bodies, they might be happy to know that those physical benefits are accompanied by several cognitive benefits as well. Many people feel great after exercising, especially if that exercise comes at the end of a particularly stressful day. However, those extra laps on the track or those hours spent on the treadmill don’t just pay short-term dividends. In a controlled trial overseen by Duke University researcher and clinical psychologist James Blumenthal, sedentary adults with major depressive disorder were assigned into one of four groups: supervised exercise, home-based exercise, antidepressant therapy, or a placebo pill. Those in the exercise and antidepressant groups had higher rates of remission than those in the placebo group, and Blumenthal concluded that exercise was generally comparable to antidepressants for men and women with major depressive disorder. In addition, in following up with patients a year later, Blumenthal found that those who continued to exercise had lower depression scores than those participants who were less active. Regular exercise benefits the human body in numerous ways, not the least of which is its impact on the brain. More information on the link between exercise and improved mental health is available at www.apa.org.

PODIATRY

“When I relieve people’s pain... I know I’ve done my job!”

— IrwIn D. Cohen, DPM

Irwin D. Cohen, DPM ABPS

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r. Irwin Cohen has been practicing Podiatry on the Coastside since 1975 and in Palo Alto since 1973 and he is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. His practice includes the treatment of foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes and the treatment of skin and nail problems of the foot including diabetic foot and wound care. He uses custom made orthotics to treat other ailments such as plantar faciitis and sports related problems. He gives special attention to the timid and has a light touch with kids and he is on staff at Mills, Sequoia, Stanford and Seton hospitals.

Irwin D. Cohen, DPM ABPS 585 Kelly Street, Half Moon Bay, 650.726.3338 3200 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650.494.1101

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