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Now Open in El Granada! Devin and Francisco, two Bay Area natives, set out on a journey.... From an early age and growing up in households where meals were a time for laughter and family bonding; daily events were shared, recent gossip was spread, and relationships were made and strengthened. It was at this time, Flavor’s fun and friendly food philosophy was born. Many thanks to our wonderful parents! We believe that reasonably priced “American Comfort Food” is a rapidly disappearing culinary culture in the Bay Area. We decided that we

would not let this culture vanish. Our journey began with our first restaurant endeavor Sally’s After Dark. Providing a fine balance of basic tasty foods and exquisite culinary delights where comfort and creativity collide, we proudly present El Granada with our latest venture. As our parents used to say, “Eat well, Share with friends, and Always finish your veggies!” We invite you to sit back, relax, and Get Your Grub on!

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Live long and prosper


canning over an online list about how to live a longer life, I find that some tips are far easier to implement than others. Under the heading “Consume antioxidants,” eating one piece of dark chocolate and drinking one glass of red wine daily seems a lot more doable than the also-advised five cups of green tea and five servings of fruits and vegetables. The advice to “Reduce stress” by smiling, laughing and looking on the bright side seems relatively simple compared to another bullet point under that same heading, which tells us all to “Keep working.” Ouch. Supposedly, people who stay active by working long into their golden years tend to live longer, but the thought of working another 20 years actually causes me stress. Further down the list, there are bits of advice that seem to be contradictory. “Watch out for problems” advises us to think before we leap, to avoid dangerous activities, look both ways before crossing, and to see the doctor often to avoid deadly health problems through early detection. But the next line tells us “Don’t be afraid” because the worst stress is caused by fear. Then the list gets easier. Don’t smoke. Wear sunblock. Drink lots of water. Exercise regularly. Get plenty of sleep. Avoid simple carbohydrates — I suppose the dark chocolate and wine are considered exceptions. So there’s your basic list to start on this January if you want to live long and prosper. One other thing to consider: I heard an interview with a darling, healthy, spunky 97-year-old this past week. When asked for her secret to living such a long life, she didn’t hesitate. “Love,” she answered. “Just love everybody.” It doesn’t get simpler than that.

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The Health+Fitness Issue.









new Leaf Community Markets co-owner talks about health and commerce


THE OTHER SIDE OF HEALTH Local spiritualists discuss the mind-body connection



Trim budget, bulging class sizes make P.e. a challenge


GETTING THE GOLD OUT OF THE GOLDEN YEARS Active lifestyles, busy social calendars cited as key to longevity








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New year. New experiences.

A new year dawns for Half Moon Bay 1/8 As a new year dawns, so does something new in Half Moon Bay, when Project Knew Groove holds its first fundraiser of 2011. Scheduled from noon to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Old Princeton Landing, it is planned to raise funds toward building a new studio for classes and display of arts and music in Half Moon Bay. The plan is to have a place for students of all ages to come and record music and learn how to, or learn to paint, or learn to do photography, or more. “We want to encourage all types of media, a studio for all ages,” said Knew Groove member Michael Denning, who explained that the name Knew Groove comes from roots in hip hop, which he feels is the growing dominant genre of music for Coastside youth today. Reaching out to all ages, there will also be children’s activities such as face painting and beer for adult seniors. And there will be a raffle of artwork by local artists and vendors selling jewelry, artwork of glass, and photography. Live entertainment will be provided by San Jose reggae band Aivar and Something Left Unsaid, a metal band with roots in Pacifica, Half Moon Bay and Mountain View. Yet to come in 2011, from Knew Groove, is also a poetry slam and battle of the bands for intermediate and high school youth. Tickets to this first fundraiser are $5 donations at the door. For information, visit

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Come see nature close-up with a visit to Año Nuevo State Reserve. It’s the breeding season for the elephant seals, and docents will lead guided walks to the oceanfront grounds where huge male elephant seals battle for mates. Advance reservations are required. 879-0227.

Taste of all talents


Coastal Repertory Theatre presents its 19th annual talent show with all ages of Coastsiders performing all manner of song, music, dance, comedy, novelty acts and much more, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the CRT theater at 1167 Main St. in Half Moon Bay. 569-3266.

Trade for a new favorite book


Ink Spell Books, at 500 Purisima St. in Half Moon Bay, will hold its next Book Swap, to which all are invited to bring a book you’ve enjoyed and are ready to pass along. Similarly to speed dating, the evening involves small-group discussion about favorite books with quick shifts into new groups, and refreshments served. The event is directed toward adults. 726-6571.

Experience other cultures in music


Linda Tillery and the Grammy-nominated Cultural Heritage Choir will present music rooted in the deep South, West Africa and the Caribbean, telling the stories of those regions with stick, song, dance and story at 4:30 p.m. at the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society on Miramar Beach. $30. 726-4143.

Aim for the baskets


Both Half Moon Bay High School basketball teams will host a quadruple-header when the girls’ team plays Westmoor and the boys’ teams hosts Oceana. All four teams are in the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division. For the first game, the girls’ frosh-soph starts at 3:15 p.m., followed by the boys’ frosh-soph, girls’ varsity and boys’ varsity. There is a slight admission charge. 712-7200. HMB January 2011 7


New Leaf owner talks about health and commerce Local food outlet blooms despite troubled times By Lily Bixler


ew Leaf Community Market came to the Coastside in 2008, three months before the financial meltdown, but you’d never know it walking into the alternative supermarket at the intersection of highways 1 and 92. The Coastside community has taken to New Leaf, something the store’s books reflect in its steady growth margin. The Half Moon Bay location was the sixth New Leaf Community Market store for Santa Cruz health nuts-gone-entrepreneurs Scott Roseman and Rex Stewart. New Leaf has its roots in a neighborhood food co-op. In 1985 Roseman was running the Westside Community Market in a 3,000-square-foot store in a warehouse in Santa Cruz. A few years later, Stewart, who was working as a natural foods business consultant, partnered with Roseman to expand the business and rename it New Leaf Community Market. The company took off in the 1990s and several more stores opened. Two and a half years ago the health-food chain opened a store in the old Albertsons building, the first expansion outside of Santa Cruz County. The Review’s Lily Bixler talked with Stewart about New Leaf ’s co-op roots, the local and slow food movements, Coastsiders’ purchasing patterns, and operating a specialty market in a recession.

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New Leaf no longer operates as a co-op market, but can you explain how the co-op mentality has shaped the kind of store we have today? My business partner, Scott Roseman, embraced a lot of the values that the co-op had, like community giving and community involvement — we give over 10 percent of our profits each year to community organizations. We also had involvement of the employees in the governance of the store at that time, and we kind of operated as a natural foods store growing out of the co-op roots but with more of an entrepreneurial bent. So we still embrace those same values with regards to com-

munity giving and our (local) involvement. That’s why it’s important for us to pick towns where we think we can kind of make a difference with what New Leaf means to the community, instead of getting lost in the big city. This is a tough time for small businesses. What challenges do grocery stores face today? The biggest challenge for being a grocery store, of course, is that there’s a lot of competition. It’s not rocket science. There are a lot of grocery food stores out there. Each one’s trying to fill a little niche or differentiate themselves in a certain way. So part of the biggest challenge is defining how you can be different and fit into the community and make that connection with the community you’re in and offer them the food they’re looking for. That experience makes you feel you’re more a part of the town and not just operating a business there. We already have a couple of large grocery stores on the Coastside — we have a Safeway and Cunha Country Grocery. What was your thought process in picking this specific location? We differentiate ourselves in two ways: Basically with the products we sell — we try to sell a lot of local and organic products to support the community — so we feel we sell better quality products than the competition does. And then secondly, we also try to integrate ourselves into the community itself by finding out who are the nonprofits, who are the organizations that can benefit from us being there that we could give back to. Half Moon Bay for us was a natural extension because it’s the next town up the coast. We also looked five or 10 years ago when they were speaking about developing the properties across the street from the current New Leaf. They were going to build a shopping center there for a while, so we were very interested in being a part of that. We always looked at Half Moon Bay as being a good market for us. So when Albertsons became available it was a natural move for us. What are the challenges of running this kind of operation on the Coastside? In the beginning, since it was the first store out of Santa Cruz County, we had to feel our way along to see what was different in Half Moon Bay because we just started the store out with a template of what we do here. And then we had to adjust out product line to meet the needs of our community … You have to make your connections with the farmers and get that going. So that was a different community for us up there, too, so we had to start from scratch. You opened in a tough time, right around the time that the economy tanked. Since then we’ve faced a pretty different world. One of the major impacts of the recession is that people are changing their spending habits. People cook more, eat out less. Are you seeing different sales patterns resulting from the recession? It’s hard to measure the Half Moon Bay store because

it’s only been open since the recession. We weren’t open during the boom times. I think the store has been embraced by the community — we’ve seen steady sales growth at that store since we opened. Even during the worst of the recession we were still posting positive growth numbers. I imagine there is great fluctuation in what people buy and how much they buy based on the time of year. Can you provide some insight into what kind of purchasing occurs in the beginning of the year, in January? Of course the holidays are always busy. But I think in January we fill a certain niche — at least New Leaf always has — as people start to think positively about the ways they might want to change some of their behaviors. They are always known as New Year’s resolutions. We can meet a lot of those needs. What kinds of products do people buy more of? We have an extensive organic program, gluten-free program, sugar-free program — you know, a healthier meat department — all the kinds of things people want to do to make changes or adjustments to their diets I think we offer a lot of solutions to that. And also our nutrition and body care department, too, as far as supplements. We usually see some pretty steady business from January up through May. Summer is actually a slower season due to people traveling and kids being out of school, so routines get broken up a little bit. Grocery stores really can’t depend on tourists’ business; we really need people who live in town and can be regular customers. Are people more or less conscious of the things they eat? As the media puts a spotlight on health concerns and people become more aware of social and environmental issues regarding food and supply, more of the population is becoming conscious of what they buy and eat. Also, as the baby boomer generation gets older, they are more careful around issues surrounding their health, which leads to more conscious diet choices. What do you think of the local food and slow food movements? Both movements are positive steps in getting more people in tune with their food sources. Supporting local growers and food manufacturers has always been a cornerstone of New Leaf ’s buying and sourcing programs. We feature local products in all our stores and try to foster and assist small local businesses by giving them a place to sell their food. Finally, what kinds of things do you eat? I eat an eclectic bunch of food. I try and focus on lots of fresh produce, organic of course, simple proteins like fish, some red meat. I have a weakness for cheese and chocolate that I probably indulge more than I should. We usually shop every day and prepare a fresh meal and stay away from processed and packaged foods. 1 HMB January 2011 9

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The other side of health

Local spiritualists discuss the art of healing


itting cross-legged on pillows, a group of six people, with calm temperaments and softened eyes, sits in a circle with a glowing candle, tarot cards and mugs of tea scattered about. The group encircles a larger bed of pillows on which members will take turns lying, while the others funnel their concentrated energy toward the individual in the center. “The idea is to be in touch with your heart,” explained Laurel Lewis, who learned this meditation ritual during a trip to Thailand and is visiting Stillheart Institute, a sanctuary and educational center off of Skyline Boulevard. Lewis is one of roughly 38 percent of American adults who use complementary and alternative medicine approaches such as meditation, yoga and acupuncture, according to a 2007 study from the National Institute of Health. Physical health is often thought to be about blood pressure, hormone levels, weight and other markers of physical well-being. While spiritual health, on the other hand, focuses on emotional and spiritual vitality. Some shun the bifurcated view of physical versus spiritual health and instead think in terms of a Mark Takata, holistic condition acupuncturist where caring for

“Breathe, rest and drink water.”

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A large Brazilian crystal greets guests arriving at the Stillheart Institute, where stones and geodes help to focus energies.

“I believe being with yourself and being reflective — being in the now — is all nurturing the spirit.” Sarah Rubin, marriage and family therapist

the spirit is integral to the healing process. Perhaps the epitome of mind-body connection — and modern theme song for alternative health — is yoga. The ancient meditative discipline isn’t just about stretchy pants and funny poses. Yoga has five pillars: movement, breathing, eating, relaxation and positive thinking. Ultimately the practice of yoga is the admittance that we have a soul, said Enso yoga teacher and Half Moon Bay resident Courtney Woodrow. “The physical body has to be well to carry out the soul’s journey,” she said. What fuels that journey, Woodrow explained, is the breath. Can you keep a balanced breath while going through all of these strengthening poses? What about while zipping through a busy supermarket? El Granada-based acupuncturist Mark Takata echoed Woodrow’s concern with staying centered during stressful times, noting how, as a society, we’re moving way too fast and spiraling out of balance. Takata uses acupuncture, an “energy medium” that utilizes needles, touch and sound to help induce healing in the body. However, Takata doesn’t consider himself a healer; for him that’s a process that needs to happen internally. “For healing to really take place, the physical, spiritual and emotional need to be addressed,” he said. People often come to Takata after trying traditional Western medicine to no avail. Takata’s favored approach is integrated medicine, or what he describes as collaborating all forms of medicine — traditional Western medicine with centuries-old Eastern healing practices like yoga, meditation and, of course, acupuncture. As far as spirituality goes, Takata suggests keeping things simple. “Breathe and get present,” he said. To heal the mind and body, people also turn to qigong, neuroemotional technique, hypnosis, therapeutic massage, biofeedback and flower essence therapy. Another route is good, old-fashioned psychotherapy. Coastside marriage and family therapist Sarah Rubin focuses on art therapy. Rubin specialized in teenagers as well as addiction. In her office in downtown Half Moon Bay, two sand trays are set up for her patients to use during their therapy. 14 January 2011 HMB

Youths and some adults seen by therapist Sarah Rubin create worlds and play out scenarios in sand trays that can provide interesting insight into subconscious ideas and memories.

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During the sessions, young patients play in the sand with little figurines while Rubin watches as part of her diagnostic process. Rubin describes the sand trays, play therapy, narrative therapy, art therapy and traditional talk therapy all as “symbolic languages to access the conscious.” Making art, she said, brings the individual out of the intellectual and back into the body. Her patients use art therapy, in particular, “to externalize the internal process.” The approach was born out of occupational therapy, but the healing practice really emerged as a profession in the 1940s when psychiatrists became interested in the artwork created by patients with mental illness. “It’s often thought of as airy fairy,” conceded Rubin. “It’s taken a long time to get the backing of the scientific community.” Something Rubin notices about her young patients is that they aren’t encour-

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particular to you that feels more authentic,” she said. The power of reflection was evident several years ago. Rubin was working with a troubled boy who was retaking the eighth grade after the first time around. When he first came into Rubin’s office, tears would inexplicably pour from his eyes but he would show no affect. “He’d just be talking and tears would be rolling down his face,” but when asked why he was crying he said he wasn’t and that this just always happened to him. After working with him for about six months, Rubin said his emotions were no longer pent up inside. He began to talk about his feelings, and he even improved in school. “I believe being with yourself and being reflective — being in the now — is all nurturing the spirit.” she said. “As a therapist, I provide (patients) a safe space to do that and let down their guard allowing them the space to be in touch with their psyche.” 1 HMB January 2011 17

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Gym classes keep kids moving On a rainy Wednesday morning, Half Moon Bay High School students stretch out in the gym.

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n a rainy Wednesday morning, a crowd of 40 boys in gym shorts and T-shirts ran laps reluctantly inside the gymnasium at Half Moon Bay High School. It was a first-period P.E. class — a mental cakewalk — so the students were cracking jokes, chatting loudly and seeing who could make the loudest squeak on the waxed floor with their sneakers. Two boys broke from the group and began running the opposite way, laughing and bumping into everyone as they went against the tide. “Knock it off !” barked gym coach Matt Ballard, calling his class to go down on the floor for a round of push-ups. The chatter continued echoing in the gymnasium as the students continued counting out each push-up. But the commotion tapered off around push-up No. 20, and it was replaced by the sound of grunting and groaning. The exercises were a warm-up, getting the students ready both physically and mentally to continue pushing their limits. “There’s always going to be those kids that don’t take exercising seriously,” said 17-year-old Agustin Arroyo as he headed to the weight room. “For kids who don’t have sports, I think P.E. is the little extra exercise they need.” Each weekday, about 2,000 students are instructed to jog, swim, exercise and exert themselves

in the rudimentary P.E. classes offered at Coastside schools, making the courses perhaps the best pulse on the health and fitness of the community. Sometimes chaotic, often unstructured and usually repetitive, P.E. classes have a simple goal: to promote the basics of regular exercise. The days are long gone when exercise and physical activity were left up to students, said Ballard, himself a Half Moon Bay High graduate. “The old idea was you just threw a ball out to the students and they hung out for a halfhour,” he said. “There’s a lot more to it now.” P.E. classes have existed for decades in California and have gradually become stricter over the years. Under California law, elementary school students are required to have an average of 20 minutes of P.E. each day. That requirement doubles in middle school and high school to 40 daily minutes of P.E. on average. Obviously, the most significant goal of P.E. classes is to ensure students have the fundamentals to live healthy lives. But school officials note that a regular regimen of exercise carries a host of other benefits for adolescents. A string of studies found that schools with varied athletic opportunities generally have students who can concentrate and perform better academically. Cabrillo athletic instructors have used a variety of techniques over the years to bring students


Above, students take turns lifting weights and spotting weights for each other on a rainy day. Below, a second-period P.E. class takes a quick jog under the overhangs in the school courtyard.

regular exercise. P.E. teacher Susan Steach started instructing at the high school 30 years ago and recalls the classes basically being an hour-long hodgepodge of sports. Over the years, local P.E. has steered toward individual activities, like jogging, swimming and even yoga and Pilates. Local instructors have come to believe that most students as they enter adulthood probably won’t have the time or social networks to continue the standard organized sports, like soccer, baseball or football. But teaching students individual exercises establishes a pattern they might actually use later in life, Steach explained. “The biggest switch is we’ve gone from sports to exercises that make you fit,” Steach said. “Students are 22 January 2011 HMB

simply less physically active than 15 years ago.” Perhaps counterintuitively, the growing importance of P.E. activities has not translated to healthier students. Nearly 40 percent of California children are considered to be physically unfit — the highest percentage ever recorded — according to a 2009 study by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. Every two years, state officials test the physical fitness of all students in six categories, including aerobic capacity, body composition, abdominal strength, trunk extensor strength, upper body strength and flexibility. At Cabrillo schools in 2008, the most recent school year on record, approximately 42 percent of students met standards in all six criteria. About 15 percent of students failed in three or more criteria. A survey of school boards across the state found that the biggest hurdle to implementing stronger P.E. classes and athletics has been the cost. P.E. classes don’t face the same class-size constraints as other courses, and usually consist of 40 or more students. About 45 students fill out most sections of P.E. at Half Moon Bay High. Tougher state standards and large class sizes don’t necessarily affect P.E. programs at private campuses like the Coastside’s Sea Crest School. Like their counterparts in the Cabrillo district, students at Sea Crest receive daily P.E. instruction that mixes individual exercise with team sport play. But Sea Crest does have the advantage of having smaller gym classes, usually around 25 students. Athletics instructor Craig Strong said that helps and sometimes hinders the P.E. program at Sea Crest. “It’s a double-edged sword. We do what we believe is developmentally and pedagogically correct,” he said, explaining that the small number of students usually means the school’s sport teams are the underdog in any matchup against the larger public school. The Coastside’s high school has some very nice athletic facilities, including a new weight room installed five years ago, upgraded baseball diamonds and even a roller hockey rink. Having to lead that many students in exercises for less than an hour each day makes it very difficult to provide any instruction to individual students, Ballard said, as he walked around the weight room keeping an eye on his class. “If anything, having smaller class sizes, like 25 students, that would be the nicest. I could do so much more,” he said. “With 45 students, you’re really just running around putting out fires.” 1

Half Moon Bay High School P.E. instructor Matt Ballard oversees a group of students in the weight room. He said large classes sometimes force him into a disciplinary role, whereas if he had fewer students he would act as more of a personal trainer.

“Students are simply less physically active than 15 years ago.” Susan Steach, high school P.E. instructor HMB January 2011 23

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Local Therapy and Counseling CAROLINE MORTON, M.F.T., A.T.R.-B.C. (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 PHILIPPA BARR, LCSW 2510 Cabrillo Highway North HMB 650-393-9331 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, 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. JANE KINGSTON, PSY.D., MFT 625 Miramontes St., #202 Half Moon Bay CA 94019 650-726-6774 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.

EMILY C. MCCORMICK M.S.W., L.C.S.W. (LCS 22117) 799 Main Street, Suite N Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 650-773-4303 The focus of my practice is building stronger families, with specialty in issues affecting children and adolescents. I also enjoy working with individuals and couples, and offer premarital counseling. ROBERTA GELT, MFT LICENSE MFC32166 144 North Claremont, San Mateo 650 558 9605, Specializing in, above all, helping you have a happier, healthier life in all areas: emotional, intellectual and spiritual. My clients come to me with a range of challenges from depression and anxiety, chronic pain and illness, relationship issues, grief and loss, and a desire to be more fully present in their daily lives, cleared of old baggage. RUSSEL KAYSER, PSY.D., PSY 23066 (650) 276-3100 625 Miramontes Street #202, Half Moon Bay Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Mind care for depression, anxiety, chemical dependency, bipolar, psychosis, and bereavement, in adults, seniors and adolescents. SHIRLEY D. MADDEN, LMFT 700 Mill St., Half Moon Bay 650.361.0302 Shirley offers short and long-term psychotherapy for individuals and couples; support and problem-solving; communication skills, personal growth and healing. ILY C. W., L.C.S.W. (LCS 22117) VICTORIA Z. WOODROW, M.A., A.T.R. 650-726-6722 I have been a Marriage and Family Therapist and Art Therapist at 745 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, for fifteen years, helping people understand and make progress with their problems. I have a sliding scale fee, and the first session is free. Please call 650-726-6722 for an appointment REBECCA C. MANDEVILLE, M.A., M.F.T., M.H.R.S. (MFC 43860) (650) 575-9151 751 Kelly Street, Half Moon Bay Licensed Psychotherapist. Relationship Counseling; Addiction Intervention and Recovery; Codependency; Attachment Disorders; Family Systems; Diversity Issues; Psychospiritual Guidance. Workshops on “Realizing the Power Within” and “Creating Life Flow”. HMB January 2011 25

Jackie Thomas, 88, stands in the backyard of her Montara home where she has lived with her husband for almost 40 years.

Getting the gold out of the golden years Active lifestyles, busy social calendars cited as key to longevity By Stacy Trevenon | photos by lars howlett

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Half Moon Bay native, Rina Pacini blows out the candles on her 99th birthday. She celebrated with friends and family at the Miramar Beach Restaurant.


he stereotype of the senior, taking life easy alone on the front-porch rocker, is just that — a stereotype. That is hardly the picture that emerges from Coastside seniors — those making the “golden years” fulfilling and lasting. Instead, appropriate exercise, a positive outlook toward life and toward oneself, and a thriving social network all figure in healthy senior years, say Coastside geriatric professionals and the seniors themselves.

Some would say that longevity is a matter of genetics. Lina Ghilardi Ormonde, of Half Moon Bay, lost her father and sister at age 52 respectively, and her brother at 78, all due to illness. But her mother worked in her garden until the age of 95 and died at 103. At 80, asked about her own longevity, Lina Ormonde suggests that it’s because she does not serve meals that are bought or prepared in advance. “I cook everything practically from scratch,” she said. So did Rina Pacini, of Half Moon

Bay, who just celebrated her 99th birthday. She started young to help her husband in the fields and cultivated carrots, cabbage broccoli, sprouts, potatoes, peas, beans and artichokes in her garden. “I cooked all those vegetables,” she said. “We didn’t put no stuff on them.” Others say there is more to it than that, like quality of life at any age. According to Montara clinical gerontologist Eric Shapira, aging and longevity are 70 percent genetics and 30 percent environment. How a person handles stress and change,

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how positive his or her attitude, the of “A New Wrinkle: What I Learned her “Little Miss Sunshine.” That was mental stimulation he or she takes are from Older People Who Never Acted how Thomas would live her life. “I’m all important factors. So are exercise, Their Age.” just happy. I think I came into the hydration and steering clear of risks to As a clinical gerontologist, he world happy,” she said. life and limb. counsels families and individuals in Her tips on making the joy last? “I think (genetics) is probably a facthe challenges of aging. His tips for “More than anything else, I think it’s a tor, but I think you need to do other promoting health into later years range love of life and wanting to do everythings to stay happy,” said Dorothy from the pragmatic to the philanthrop- thing you want to do,” she said. “What Coverdell, 88, of Half Moon Bay. “Get ic: staying socially active, stimulating makes you keep going is staying alive out, keep going and get your interests the mind, being creative, exercising, so you can get more happiness.” up. Keep interested in things and in getting rest — and helping others. She is a vegetarian, but says that people. I think you make your own When it comes to diet, both experts counts more toward animals having happiness by the attitude you have and echo Ormonde and Pacini. long lives. She danced in ballet from the things you do.” Diet plus exercise and mental her youth, saw the effects of World War Geriatric clinical nurse Jennifer Mer- stimulation “is kind of a package deal,” II on her homeland, and stayed active rilees, of Half Moon Bay, and Shapira said Merrilees. “If you’re (mentally) in theater in the Bay Area after she and would probably agree. stimulated, physically active and have Ron, her husband of 68 years, moved Merrilees, who just got her doctorate a good social network, I think it’s more here in 1963. The tough spots, like the in nursing with an emwar, did not daunt her phasis in dementia, has for long. “Try to find the worked for 10 years in happy side of the worst, the memory and aging I suppose,” she said. center at the UniverTo others, spirituality sity of California, San plays a role. Francisco. It conducts “I believe in God,” research into aging, said Pacini. “I’ve got a she said, by monitorlot of faith. That’s my ing seniors over time, secret.” and promotes physical “My philosophy is, the activity, exercises for Lord takes care of me Jennifer Merrilees, geriatric clinical nurse mental stimulation and and I put myself in his healthy social interachands,” said Coverdell. tion as ways to protect “I trust in him and I’ve the brain. never been let down.” While Merrilees points out that there likely that you’ll pay attention to what To others, it’s a matter of making a is much science does not yet know you eat, too.” clear decision. Ken Ormonde is pragabout the brain and its functioning, she Shapira stresses drinking plenty of matic, saying that “when it’s your time, says there are ways to promote brain water — over time, brain functions it’s your time,” but points to a clear-cut function into the later years. slow down including those that tell life philosophy from the start, when “We get a lot of calls from people you you’re thirsty, he said, and resulthe and his siblings had little chance to wanting to know if they should be ing dehydration leads to other troubles play because work called. “It’s what doing brain exercises,” she said. “Our like kidney failure — and eating fresh you make it. Keep your nose clean, do answer is, the more you can do, the berries full of antioxidants that keep your work, stay out of trouble. better.” cells healthy. “We didn’t think about anything else That applies, she added, to not just He also gives a nod to a low-fat, low- other than survival and supporting the mental but physical work. sugar diet with minimal red meats, but family. We lived day by day, did our “Research shows that you can have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. work, raised the crops,” he said. “You better cognitive functioning if you’re “Eat like a bushman, like you’re supdidn’t buy happiness; if you wanted physically and socially active,” she said. posed to eat, like the cave people,” he something, you had to earn it yourself.” Shapira, who practiced dentistry said. Consequently, he said, he believes in Half Moon Bay until a back injury To some seniors, like Jackie Thomas, “you gotta commit to what you want to prompted him into gerontology 10 88, of Montara, it’s just “the luck of the do in life. You gotta set your priorities.” years ago, has taught in the fields of draw.” And one of those was involvement dentistry and gerontology in the UnitBorn in Yorkshire, England, Thomas in life’s bigger picture. “You gotta have ed States and beyond. He is the author was raised by an aunt who christened something to involve yourself with,” he

“Research shows that you can have better cognitive functioning if you’re physically and socially active.”

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Rina Pacini attributes her longevity to eating healthy foods, a practice that includes growing and cooking her own vegetables.

said. “It’s what keeps you going.” If you’re involved with things you love to do, and other people, all the better, say the seniors. Coverdell loves games like Scrabble and puzzles. She pursued hiking, skiing and snowmobiling until she was 81. She loved to knit, but when arthritis made that impossible, she still visited her knitting friends to chat. “I think keeping young and active, being with younger people and continuing to do the things you love to do,” is a secret for a healthy and long

Jackie Thomas believes that love and happiness are the keys to her longevity.

life, she said. “Keep your body going in mind and in spirit. Once you enjoy them, they keep you going.” Staying socially active plays no small role, said Shapira. “I promote open and honest communication, so you’ll have a fulfilling life,” he said. “Do meaningful work and support each other. If you do, you’ll live longer.” “If you’re retired, you need to be productive, giving your gifts,” added Shapira, who has taken part in humanitarian work in developing

countries. He pointed out that starts with the self. “When we make a difference to others, we’re making a difference in our own psyche,” he said “We don’t know how many gifts we have until we give them away. People who feel satisfaction and a sense of self-worth usually live longer.” Thomas summed it up this way: “I’ve had a wonderful time and don’t want to leave. I just want to go on and on until it’s not fun. But it’s always fun.” 1

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Fashion and Fun at Milano’s

Unique Clothing, downtown Half Moon Bay’s premier women’s clothing boutique, presented an evening of fun and fashion at Milano Sport Bar and Grill Thursday, Dec. 9. The fashion show included local models Charise McHugh, Jillian Sherwood Butler, Patti Gallinetti and Elisabeth Demaria. Milano owner Steve Urlich provided savory hors d’oeuvres, Urlich’s wife Bella was the emcee, and Unique Clothing owner Margo Christiansen worked behind the scenes keeping the models moving and making the fashion show a success. Photos submitted by Marilyn Johnson.

Jeanne Kearns, Johnny Two Feathers

Bella Erlich, Margo Christiansen, Patti Warshauer

Jay Warshauer, Karl Williams, Kevin Frink

Patti Warshauer, Rocky Law

Jackie Acosta, Liz Sarabia

Teresa Adam, Kirby Burnside

Jan Andrus, Dorothy Higgins, Rosalie Whitlock, Adrienne Foran

Bella Erlich, Rose Rygie, Carmen, Jillian Sherwood Butler, Charise McHugh, Patti Gallinetti

Sylvia Spohr, Daisy Burton

Marina Fraser, Jack McHugh

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CLT Holiday Party

The Coastside Land Trust’s Holiday Party was hosted by John and Chris Dicker on December 4th. The annual year-end party was an opportunity for supporters of the Coastside Land Trust to get together for food, drink, and good company, and to hear an update on the Coastside Land Trust’s accomplishments for the year, as well as its plans for the coming year. Photos and names submitted by Jo Chamberlain.

April Vargas

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Katheryn Slater-Carter, Mike Ferreira

Chris Dicker, John Dicker, Patrick Ryan

Don Horsley, Jo Chamberlain

Dave Pine, Katheryn Slater-Carter, Ed Carter

Joe Ramos, April Ramos, Don Horsley, Patrick Ryan, Mike Kimsey

John Dicker, Sally Randal, Paul Fearer

Peter Martin, Sophia Freer, Steve Freer

Shari Deghi


Mic Jim

Lanc Jon


The Jay at Mavericks opens

A party was held Monday Nov. 29 at Oceano Hotel and Spa to celebrate the opening ceremony of The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational. Event organizers, sponsors, contestants, and fans gathered to mix and mingle and celebrate the opening of the contest window — Dec. 1 through Feb. 28. Under a big white tent at Oceano, the invited guests rang in the 2010-2011 contest with drinks, a buffet dinner and general merry making. The excitement of the night peaked as the contestants drew golf balls numbered one through 24 to determine their heats for the upcoming competition. Children seemed to enjoy roaming the tent to track down their favorite surfers for autographs. Photos and names submitted by Katherine Kelly Clark.

Kelly Scherf, Ryan Seelbach

Darlene Ward Williams, Bridgette Olsen, Kim Moriarity, Russ Ward-Williams, Katherine Kelly Clark

Michael Perone, Grant Washburn, Dave Wassel, Ken “Skindog” Collins, Jim Zaslow, Zach Wormhoundt

Lance Harriman, Monique Labaschagne, Jon Kitamura

Quinn O’Hara, Jeff Clark

Unidentified, Grant Washburn, Michael Perone, Emily Washburn

Colin Dwyer, Travis Payne, Steve Dwyer, Kelly Dwyer, Ila Dwyer

Chris Bertish, Cole Christianson, Joao DeMacedo, Shelley Michaelis, Emile Hawley and Nina Pereuz

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From dentists to dermatologists, pediatricians to podiatrists, these local practitioners are here to help.


Profiles A showcase of health care professionals on the Coastside



“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.”


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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!

Dr. Rand Ollerton, D.D.S.


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 17 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 HMB January 2011 35


“The RIGHT CHOICE when you need a caring and experienced psychologist to talk with about all the important dimensions of your life” — A FORMER CLIENT

Trusted for 40 Years The trusted host of the first Psychological Call-in Radio Show in the Bay Area, Dr. Bonnie Ring’s pertinent questions and caring led to the sharing of common life stories that benefited the caller and the thousands who listened daily. Her outreach to others through offices in San Francisco, Berkeley and now the Coastside has involved adults of all ages and ethnic groups. Dr. Ring has taught at UC Santa Cruz and UC Irvine, the University of San Francisco, the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the American Management Association. She is licensed as a Psychologist #4205 and is a Member of the California Psychological Association, the National Register of Health Service Providers and Spiritual Directors International.

The Dr. Bonnie Ring 40 years of experience as a Psychologist and 20 years as Spiritual Director has enabled me to understand and empathize with many different individuals and couples. I find that the way we see and judge ourselves often leads to painful and negative beliefs that need to be revised. My therapeutic response is guided by the needs of each unique client. I begin with your history to help you understand the formative events in your life. By carefully exploring your current circumstances in an informal and collaborative way, I am able to interweave the interpersonal, cognitive and behavioral techniques that will help you attain greater self understanding and take positive steps toward becoming all you can be. With trust and openness, your therapy can be life changing! Flexible appointment days and hours, including evenings and weekends.

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“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…”


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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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“If there’s anything you’re NOT doing because something hurts... I’d like to help so you can work or play the way you want to.”


Leighanna Murphy, CMT since 1989


friend was concerned his shoulder might feel good during the “massage hour” but hurt again after. I assured him that some massage feels good, but clinical bodywork is more about releasing and stretching muscles to restore strength and pain-free flexibility afterward. Maybe you have shoulder, knee or joint pain. Maybe your headache will subside with triggerpoint release and stretching of the offending muscles. Maybe your neck needs to turn or your low back is in spasm. Maybe you want to improve your posture and flexiblity. I specialize in deep tissue, sports massage, Reiki, counseling & more. There’s no need to let it hurt until it goes away. My schedule and hourly rates are flexible and you may be reimbursed by your insurance. Call for an appointment, even a half-hour session can help considerably.

Balancenter for Massage, Movement & Education Main Street, Half Moon Bay, (650) 333-1433 HMB January 2011 37


“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


hea Fandel brought Brain State Technologies to Pacifica three years ago. Founded by Lee Gerdes, this program focuses on defining the client’s desired changes and seeing how the client’s brain patterns stand in the way. While Fandel says they don’t diagnose or cure anything, they do strive to bring balance and harmony to the brain on an individual case-by-case basis. An assessment is performed on the intitial visit to gather brain-wave data from different parts of the brain, and an individualized training plan is developed. Next, a series of training sessions is set up which involves a computer translation of brain waves into sounds that represent optimal patterns for the client’s brain. This program can help eliminate anger, anxiety, eating disorders, chronic pain and fatigue, sleeping difficulites and more.

“ 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.


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 |

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


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


Cabrillo Family Dental Care


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, 38 January 2011 HMB


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


Half Moon Bay Dermatology


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 |


“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.”


Specializing in Facial Plastic Surgery


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, 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 | HMB January 2011 39


“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.”


Drs. Sam Ahani, Sepi Vafi, Debby Piccolotti


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 |


“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


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, 40 January 2011 HMB



“ I value a preventative and individualized approach to health care. Education is a huge part of every patient visit, as I encourage you to take an active role in your own health. I live and love what I do and strive to help guide you towards optimal health.”

“I am here to provide superior acupuncture services and supportive herbal therapies in a relaxed, comfortable, professional environment. Please call and let me know how I can help you.”



Pacifica Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

Dr. Sarah Anne Rothman



hil Cusick has a very “hands-on” approach to healing. During his 10+ years in professional practice Phil has received advanced training in the following healing practices: Trigger Point Acupuncture, Muscle Energy Technique, Myofascial Release, Visceral Manipulation, Pilates, Chen style tai ji quan. Phil integrates the strengths of Asian, orthopedic and osteopathic healing arts as tools towards attaining balanced health. His goal is to not only treat your symptoms, but to address the underlying disharmonies and structural imbalances to allow the body to self-regulate and balance itself. Accepting most PPO insurance plans and qualifies for flexible health spending. Senior discounts available.

r. Rothman is Coastside’s first Naturopathic Doctor and loves working in this community. She sees everyone from pediatrics to geriatrics with a wide array of health conditions. She has a focus on Women’s Health, Hormone Balance, Digestive and Metabolic Health but welcomes anyone with a desire to live healthier and happier. Her assessment involves a 1.5 hour initial visit where she focuses on finding the underlying causes of illness and imbalances rather than treating symptoms. She offers therapies including Clinical Nutrition, Botanical Medicine, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Lifestyle Counseling, Homeopathy and Hydrotherapy. She is a Board Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in both BC and California, a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified as a WTS Physician. She strives to make your healing journey fun, educational and sustainable and looks forward to working with you towards optimal health.

Pacifica Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine 310 Eureka Drive, Pacifica 650.359.6046 |

Pacifica Naturopathic Medicine 310 Eureka Drive, Pacifica 650.380.0089 |


Purisima Family Medicine


rs. Dan McMillan, Jill Pavliscak and Vanessa Oppenlander practice medicine at the newly opened Purisima Family Medicine. They are all Board Certified Family Practitioners treating newborns through geriatric patients. All three providers speak Spanish, bike to work most days and are fans of Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA). “Seeing the whole family is always a plus for the three of us,” explains Dr. Oppenlander. “Daily exercise, eating wisely and approaching medical care in a preventative way are some of our priorities.” Purisima Family Medicine accepts most insurances and can provide same day appointments Monday through Friday.

“Good health involves a partnership between the patient and his or her doctor.” — DR. VANESSA OPPENLANDER

Purisima Family Medicine 575 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay 560-0216 HMB January 2011 41



“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.””


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.

“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


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.

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

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



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

“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.”


Kenneth L. Stasun, DDS


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 • 42 January 2011 HMB

Three Bells of Montara


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

• Dementia and Hospice Care • A Wellness Nurse on Staff

Three Bells of Montara 1185 Acacia Street, Montara (650) 728-5483 |



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

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



Irwin D. Cohen, DPM

Mark T. Takata MS, LAc


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.

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.

Irwin D. Cohen, DPM 617 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, 650.726.3338 3200 Middlefield, Palo Alto, 650.494.1101

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



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


Pure Skin Therapy


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 |


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


Coastside Eye Care Optometry


r. Gould moved to Half Moon Bay in 1978 and started Coastside Eye Care Optometry in 1985. Dr. Yee joined the practice in 1997 and Dr. Lam in 2001. The Office has new technology to digitally scan the eyes and patients receive complete eye care in state-of-the art facilities, including Lasik surgery evaluations, vision therapy, ultra-thin lenses, specialty contacts and a large selection of frames to fit everyone’s needs. Dr. Gould, Dr. Yee and Dr. Lam are upstanding members of the American Optometric Society and the San Mateo County Optometric Society. For the Past 20 Years Dr. Gould has been very active in the Half Moon Bay Lions Club and she regularly volunteers at Samaritan House in San Mateo.

Bette Gould, OD 210 Main St., Half Moon Bay 650.726.5265 HMB January 2011 43



“I treat a wide range of family and parenting concerns, including individual and marital issues. I offer expertise, empathy and respect.”

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



Shirley D. Madden, LMFT

Aging Mentor Services



hirley is a licensed family therapist with many years of private practice in San Jose and now in Half Moon Bay. As a mother and grandmother she has taken care of children for most of her life, and working with parents is a big part of her practice. She meets with individuals and couples to discuss family concerns, as well as self care. To couples she offers services to strengthen their relationship on a day to day basis. Communication skills can often be strengthened, intimacy explored, and unresolved tensions addressed. Shirley often works with individuals who may be seeking more satisfying relationships, more personal fulfillment, or healing from trauma. Feel free to call if you would like to talk about how psychotherapy can be useful to you.

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 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

Shirley D. Madden, LMFT 700 Mill St., Half Moon Bay 650.361.0302



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

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



Peak Performance Pilates

Dr. Moody


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 • 44 January 2011 HMB


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. | 650.726.1657



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

“I firmly believe in complete psychiatric care — that one cannot separate the mind from the body — and I use all my medical and treatment skills to improve the lives of my patients.”



Humphrey Lu, MD

Nanette H. Orman, MD, MPH

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.


New location in Spring 2011!

r. Nanette Orman is a psychiatrist with 18 years of practice experience who recently moved her office from Los Altos to the Coastside, where she has lived for 14 years. She not only can provide thoughtful diagnostic consultation and skilled treatment via both psychoanalytic psychotherapy and expert medication management, but also can employ her training in behavior therapy, cross-cultural psychiatry, management of complex phobias and anxiety, and appropriate use of medical hypnosis. Dr. Orman tailors care individually for each patient and provides total confidentiality. Dr. Orman is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Humphrey Lu, MD 319 Church St., Half Moon Bay 650.560.9137 |

Nanette H. Orman, MD, MPH 700 Mill St., Half Moon Bay 415.722.3471



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

“We want our offices to be a confidential and personal experience.”



Pamela Carrington, DO Dr, Carrington has 17 years of practice experience in family medicine. She treats patients of all ages for a variety of medical conditions. Encouraging preventative health is an important part of her practice. She takes a holistic 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 holds an undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University and attended Western University of Health Sciences and is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine since 1994.

Pamela Carrington, DO 725 Main St., Half Moon Bay 650.726.1200

General Practice Dentistry


utting edge technology is delivered in a warm, friendly manner.

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

C. Ray Sheppard, D.M.D. 890 Main Street, Suite A, Half Moon Bay 650.726.3355 | HMB January 2011 45



“It’s a joy seeing more and more people taking charge of their own health and wellness.”

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



Newbold Chiropractic Office

Heath Family Chiropractic


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 are celebrating 25 years of practice on the coastside. 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.


r. Newbold has provided care to Coastside families for more than 26 years with Dr. Bolton joining the office in 2004. At Newbold Chiropractic, they not only see people for chiropractic care, craniosacral, exercise and rehab advice, they also use homeopathic and nutritional supplementation. Newbold Chiropractic offers nutritional testing and guidance through various means such as muscle testing, neurotransmitter urine test, saliva hormone test and blood chemistry lab results. Patients will also find Cold (low intensity) Laser Therapy used to manage pain, reduce inflammation, increase mobility, and help speed recovery. This has been a big hit with soft tissue injuries, sprains and chronic neurological pain. “We see the body as a whole, and sometimes you need to look further to see what else is not working well in the body before you can heal a musculoskeletal issue.”

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

Nancy Newbold, D.C, Angela Bolton, D.C 455 Avenida Alhambra, El Granada 650.726.3300 | Administrators & Certified Activity Leaders



“We’ve created an Assisted Living Care Home that’s special for our moms and the other wonderful people who get to join our family. Compassionate care for your aging loved one.”

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


Lisa Cresson



Ginny Burgos-Law, B.A. & Sheila Burgos-Law, M.S.Ed. Lotus Law Home LLC, 555Ginny VermontBurgos-Law, Ave, Moss Beach, B.A. Ca 94038-0914 & Sheila Burgos-Law, M.S.Ed. Mailing P.O. Box 914 & Phone 650.563.9772 & Fax 650.563.9357

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.”

otus Law Home LLC is a private six-bed non-medical elder care facility licensed by the Department of Social Services. We’re near Half Moon Bay in an elegant and spacious retreat home with several gardens. We’re proud to offer a full-service assisted living and respite/vacation home, with two live-in Administrators who are certified Activity Leaders. Quality programming, computer training, cultural events, many special amenities, and excellent food service are some of what we have to offer. We support meaningful activities and human interactions that lead to a quality of life that is peaceful, enjoyable, healthy, and safe. We welcome open minded and open hearted people of all spiritual paths. We celebrate cultural diversity. Please visit our website and call us to schedule a visit in person. RCFE Lic. #415600666.

Lisa Cresson, MFT, ATR, SoulCollage© Facilitator 415-244-9252 | 300 Main Street, Suite 29, Half Moon Bay,

Lotus Law Home 555 Vermont Ave, P.O. Box 3095, Moss Beach Phone 650.563.9772 & Fax 650.563.9357

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Get out your Felco No. 2! T

his month is the time for pruning your roses. Any time between mid-December and mid-January is optimum. Even if some of them have buds or flowers on them, you still need to do it soon. (It’s time for them to rest!) The only time I would skip pruning a rose this time of year is if it had a bounty of beautiful hips. These look lovely in a winter garden and you can harvest them in a month or two, if you want, and put them inside in a vase. Different types of roses are pruned differently (like climbers or hedge roses), but I’m just going to focus on a general pruning technique that is appropriate for Hybrid Teas, English roses and the like. So, how to go about this? t Arm yourself with a good pair of gardening gloves and some Felco No. 2 hand pruners (or similar); t Remove any canes (branches) that are: dead, sickly (yellowing or diseased), weak or very small, or crossing (keep the stronger of the two); t When removing canes, be sure to make the cut all the way back to wherever it originates; t Choose a height to reduce your rose to (usually a half to a third of its current height); t Cut each remaining cane to near that chosen height, ¼-inch above an outward-facing bud. These just look like little bumps on the canes; t Remove any remaining leaves left on the plant; t Thoroughly clean up and discard all cuttings and leaves from around the rose;



t Enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done! Remember “Fair Bianca” from last month? She looked a little worse for wear, if you’ll recall. Here’s how she looks now, freshly shorn! Next month: ‘Fair Bianca’ looking lovely. If you need more detailed advice on pruning your roses, or if you’d like me to come do it for you, please e-mail me at or call at (650) 996--5168 to make an appointment

The trees in my garden have been staked ever since I moved into the house about five years ago. Some of the stakes look tight around the trees, and other are loose. How do I know when to remove the stakes form the trees? — Josh M. Half Moon Bay

ood question! Nothing bothers me more than to see a tree staked/strangled by a stake and tie. In short, I would remove all the stakes on your trees, no matter whether they are loose or tight. The reason we stake trees in the first place is pretty obvious — to make sure it doesn’t break or get knocked down in the wind, and to help the tree to grow straight. In my opinion, the best way to plant and stake a tree is to buy a tree that already has a fairly mature trunk (15-gallon size or larger) and to loosely stake it to two large stakes that are not going to effect the roots. So, don’t put the stake too close to the tree itself, since this is counterproductive. Then after a year or so, assess the tree. Does it look straight and feel strong? If so, remove the stake. If not, make sure the stake it doing it’s job and still feels strong to you. It’s important to let the tree have a good amount of movement whether staked or not — since movement will promote calcium in the tree’s trunk, thus making the tree stronger and healthier.

Contact Jennifer Segale, Wildflower Farms, 726-5883 and Carla Lazzarini, Earth’s Laughter, (650) 996-5168.

— JLS HMB January 2011 47


Showing your work

n When: 6:30 p.m., Dec. 3, 2010 n Where: The Coastside Gallery & Wine Bar n Exposure: 1/15 of a second at f/3.5, ISO 400 n Photographer’s Notes: In the days of film, photographers would often make prints or slides of all the rolls they developed and have them at the ready to share with others. Today, however, it’s easy for images to pile up on a computer or the camera itself without much of a second look. For art to live it needs an audience, and it’s a good exercise to go back through old work with fresh eyes to see what continues to resonate. In December I hung a show of framed and canvas prints along with Review front pages of some of my favorite photos taken on assignment. Creating an exhibition, giving a slideshow, or printing a book takes a lot of effort, but it’s invigorating to present work in a new format and continue to hear feedback from others.

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Lars Howlett is the Half Moon Bay Review’s photographer. You can reach him at

C. Ray Sheppard, DMD CEREC



(650) 726-3355


890 Main Street, Ste. A, Half Moon Bay

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