Retreat at the Ranch

October 5, 2017 by  
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Rancho la Puerta, a luxury wellness resort in the Baja region of Mexico, revives and reboots the mind, body and spirit, making for an unforgettable getaway with memories that will last a lifetime.

by Nicholas Nguyen

After months of back-to-back deadlines, you could say that I needed a vacation. Badly. So when I got an invitation to visit Rancho La Puerta, a resort nestled in the hills and valleys in Tecate, Mexico, it was just the ticket I was hoping for.

Little did I know just how different Rancho La Puerta was from the average Mexican getaway. Instead of the usual crowded pools and long buffet lines, the intimate resort is dedicated to wellness, to helping guests relax and recharge through a variety of classes and workshops (that of course, includes plenty of spa time and delicious cuisine). Lovingly dubbed by guests as “the Ranch,” Rancho La Puerta attracts visitors from all across the country, and from Houston, it’s a short flight to San Diego and a quick bus ride across the border.

I would never have known that the city existed around the Ranch unless I hadn’t passed through on the drive in. The lush, green grounds house hacienda-style villas, which are newly renovated and complete with gorgeous views of the hills or one of the resort’s four pools. Immediately, I was truly able to unplug from the rest of the world, especially since the resort only offers Wi-Fi and television in a few select lounges and the lobby.

On that first day, I received a folder that detailed the week’s activities and events; I had chosen to visit during a special Pilates Week. Every single day, there were activities from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; there were so many options that often I wished I had a time machine so I could try them all. Since science hasn’t made my Back to the Future dreams a reality yet, I took a deep breath and reminded myself that I was also supposed to take this time to slow down. Here’s how I reinvigorated my mind, body and spirit in just one week.

MIND

Spend the early morning relaxing in your room before taking off for some exercise.

It’s always hard for me to shut my mind off, but at the Ranch I only had myself to focus on—and no smartphone in sight—so it felt a little easier to let go. Being an artist by nature, I loved the creative outlets at the ranch, which complemented all of the physical activity.

MEDITATION AND HEALING At Rancho La Puerta, there’s no shortage of activities for decompressing and clearing your head. Guided meditation and yoga are obvious choices, but for a unique and tranquil experience, try Sound Healing. A guide plays sounds from large, resonant crystal bowls to help you completely relax and lull you into a stress-free state. At least half of the class participants dozed off midway through the session (which is fine as long as you have a friend who will poke you if you start snoring), but everyone came out of it feeling rejuvenated.

ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS The ranch invites artists and writers to help guests flex their creative muscles. Take a watercolor, sketch, jewelry-making or sculpture class to create your own custom souvenir, which is a nice break from physical activities midday or a good way to unwind after dinner. While I visited, memoirist Larry Grobel (known for his books Conversations with Capote, Al Pacino and The Art of the Interview), led writing workshops that helped attendees dig deep and jot down short, but poignant pieces about their lives.

LIFESTYLE LECTURES During my stay, a few other special guests gave talks on a variety of health-related subjects. Dr. Rubin Naiman, a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona, lectured on how to overcome sleep problems and opened our minds on the science and psychology of dreams. Professor Emerita Beverly Whipple spoke about sexual health and intimacy in a really relatable way.

BODY

On the trail for the breakfast hike, which leads to the ranch’s organic farm and breakfast to boot.

In 2016, I started a fitness journey that included learning Pilates to stay healthy and prevent any issues that may come up as I age. Choosing to visit during Rancho La Puerta’s Pilates Week—offered several times throughout the year—was a no-brainer. In addition to the numerous Pilates classes offered, there were so many other workout options—some of which I’d never even heard before! To fuel my active schedule, I ate delicious food, and didn’t skip breakfast once (like I’m guilty of doing at home).

SWEAT SESSIONS There are too many cardio-centered classes to name, but if you want to get your heart rate pumping, Zumba, Cycling or Cardio Drum Dance—where you work your entire body while banging on giant barrels to energizing music—are some great options. After all of that action, cool off in the pools for a few laps, or take it further with a challenging water aerobics class. Even though I had trouble staying afloat and splashed around quite a bit, it was fun because I had taken it with a new friend, Ann Eshabarr, a dance teacher from San Francisco. She summed the exercise program up at the Ranch quite nicely: “The Ranch is like a well-oiled machine. They have made it very easy to navigate the classes even though the property is huge. I learned to take off in the morning with clothing for hiking, swimming, dance and Pilates so I was prepared for everything. I would be walking around and see a class I liked and drop right in!”

MIND/BODY BLISS Jennifer Lee Ho, a teacher trained in many different movement modalities from the Bay Area, led Pilates Week. I took two mat classes from her every morning—she, like many of the instructors at the Ranch, exuded a motivating, warm energy—and learned a lot about pelvic stability. (The Pilates studio at the Ranch also offers classes on the Pilates Reformer and other equipment.) A lot of my fellow Ranch-goers attended classes dedicated to stretching and tried Feldenkrais, which, similar to Pilates reinforces the mind-body connection.

ON THE MENU The Ranch’s all-inclusive program provides breakfast, lunch and dinner, all made with fresh, local ingredients; they even offer cooking classes. Like me, Jennifer has a love for food: “Though fitness is a priority in my life, eating properly (most of the time) is my other joy,” she told me. “It was fantastic to sit down for three organic and tasty meals a day with other interesting guests from all over the world.” Breakfast and lunch are buffet style, while dinner has service. At dinner, Ranch veterans let us in on a secret—you can sample both of the entrée options instead of choosing just one. I’m still dreaming about the fresh fish tacos we had for lunch one day and an amazing eggplant parmesan that was served for dinner.

SPA SERVICES There are separate spas for both women and men, along with two other treatment centers, so there’s no excuse not to treat yourself after a couple days of working out. The spa offers a wide range of massages and facials; I tried the classic Ranch massage with some aromatherapy one late afternoon, a perfect prelude to dinner. The women’s and men’s centers also have lockers for reservation so you can stash your belongings instead of lugging things around or having to return to your room.

SPIRIT

Dinner time is a joyous occasion every night.

I think the reason the Ranch has been thriving for so long is because of its lingering effect on you, even long after you’ve left. I met so many people who make it a tradition to visit every few years, and even make it a spot for special occasions like weddings, anniversaries and reunions. Mothers who visited the Ranch decades ago return with their daughters to relive the magic all over again. Here’s why.

THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY I think all the classes, from creative to fitness, help people open up. There isn’t a feeling like you’re being judged or a reason to feel self-conscious, like the way you might feel at a large gym, for example. Everyone is there to learn and share. Ann agrees: “I loved the sense of community with my fellow Ranchers. This took place mostly at mealtime, and I found it very interesting and humorous how most guests would tell you how many years they’ve been coming. It was a source of pride. Just for the record, five was a low number. Since I was a rookie, everybody was happy to help me acclimate.”

BONDS THAT LAST I traveled alone, but it was easy to make fast friends like I did with Ann and Jennifer. Many visitors travel with a friend or spouse, but I also met some larger groups, like 13 women who came together to celebrate a friend’s 50th. What was most surprising to me at first was meeting people who first met at the Ranch and now make it their tradition to come back together. Now that I’ve experienced what Rancho la Puerta offers, I understand it better—it’s an experience unlike any other that can tie you to strangers, and together, you forge something new. I will never forget all the laughter with Ann and trying so many new classes with her, nor will I forget the wisdom Jennifer generously imparted. See you soon at the Ranch, Ann and Jennifer! H

Houston: The Melting Pot

October 5, 2017 by  
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Not to mention the humidity.

by Lynn Ashby

Tan Tan, Dynasty Plaza, Fu Fu, lots of signs in Chinese that I can’t read. No, this is not downtown Hong Kong or Shanghai. It’s that wild and exotic bastion of mystery, noted for its international intrigue, crossroads of the world and multi-dialects: Bellaire Boulevard. In other neighborhoods you can see signs and hear languages in Vietnamese, Spanish, Arabic and even English. Austin may host the University of Texas. Houston hosts the Diversity of Texas, and the world. We have heard so much about our city’s diversity, maybe it’s getting to be old hat—or sombrero, yarmulke, Stetson. We have almost 12,000 Indians and Eskimos. Okay, to be PC, they’re Native-Americans and Alaska Natives, plus 304 Hispanic Hawaiians and Hispanic Pacific Islanders. Eleven of our 32 skyscrapers are fully or partially owned, or financed by foreign investors. We have more Muslims than Jews; at home 5,895 of us speak Tagalog (Filipinos).

Not to get bogged down by statistics, but Houston leads the Southwest with 19 foreign banks from nine nations. In addition, 14 foreign nations maintain trade and commercial offices here. We have 32 active foreign chambers of commerce and trade associations. Almost a quarter (24 percent) of Harris County residents were born not in a different Texas county, not in a different state, but in a different country. In this eight-county region, almost half of the foreign residents are relative newcomers, having entered the U.S. in the 1990s.

They have to live somewhere, so our new arrivals can search the Houston Assn. of Realtors’ properties database (har.com) in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Vietnamese. The association’s more than 5,600 multilingual members can even tell you that if the house is dry, it’s underwater, a fixer-upper or on a fault line, and tell you that in 99 different languages. Students in the Houston school district speak 124 native languages at home, and at Bellaire High School, a language magnet school, the students can be taught any of 11 languages from Arabic to Hebrew, from Japanese to Mandarin Chinese. The main campus of UH last fall had 3,995 temporary foreign students. Of the total enrollment, 25 percent were white and 31 percent were Hispanic, and although Houston is 6 percent Asian-American, they make up 20 percent of the UH student body. Another good example of Houston’s role in the international scene is the Texas Medical Center. People come from all over the world to die in Houston. And most of them need translators to say, “Yes, I have health insurance.”

One reason for so many foreigners coming to Houston is that refugees like it here, and have for a long time. They arrive from everywhere: Syria, Nigeria, Brooklyn, Buffalo. Some 75,000 refugees have come to Houston in the past 35 years, which makes Houston the number-one city in the nation for these newcomers. Among the States, Texas leads the nation in refugee resettlement. It is home to 2,677 refugees who have been settled in the state since October 2015. Of these, a third were settled in Houston. Indeed, Houston is the U.N. General Assembly South. During a visit here in early June, Kelly T. Clements, of the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, called Houston’s open-arms approach, “a testament to the diversity and progressive nature of Houston.”

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Harris County received refugees from 40 different countries in the fiscal year of 2014. We don’t have any current data, since Texas ended its participation in the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program in 2016 due to Gov. Greg Abbott’s fear that the feds couldn’t adequately guarantee that none of the newcomers would pose a security threat. To our surprise, the number of terrorist suicide bombings, lethal truck drivers and nightclub shootings within the Loop has been held to a relative minimum. Gov. Abbott released his statement withdrawing from the refugee program with a financial plea: “Will you support my campaign with a contribution to help fight the attacks on me coming from Washington?” So much for the state motto: friendship. One aspect of all this internationalism that’s especially appealing is the restaurant scene. It used to be the closest we could get to foreign food was the International House of Pancakes. Now in the Houston area there are 10,286 eating and drinking establishments, with 70 national categories. Houston is not so much a melting pot as a cafeteria.

LICENSED TO PARK FREE                                   

What with the Port of Houston, NASA, the Texas Medical Center and the awl bidness, Houston hosts the nation’s third-largest consular corps—behind New York City and Los Angeles—with 94 nations represented. The diplomats deal with their worried fellow citizens, more so now that the Trump Immigration Doctrine is in play. Some nations have full-time, career diplomats, and 43 are represented by noncareer, or honorary, diplomats. This brings us to all those consular license plates we see on cars around town. If the owner of the vehicle is a career diplomat then he or she files the proper papers with the U.S. State Dept., which authorizes the plate. Honorary consuls go through the Texas Dept. of Transportation. In either case, they pay what our diplomats pay in the country the consul represents. It’s called reciprocity. Sporting theses license plates does not give the consuls immunity from traffic tickets, but one benefit is they can park free at the short-term airport parking lots.

Over the years foreign counsels have said that Houston is considered good duty, although the job is mostly commercial work. There had long been a rumor that the British government considered Houston to be a hardship post because the city’s temperatures were similar to those of Bombay (now Mumbai), India, and Accra, Ghana. Actually, the diplomats here did not get hardship pay, but three years in Houston counted as four toward retirement. I broached this matter some time ago with the British consul general who said, “That’s true until I called Whitehall and said, ‘My, God. Haven’t you people ever heard of air conditioning?’” Incidentally, the British consulate here would put up a little sign in late June each year, “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will be closed on the Fourth of July.” 

Finally on this international matter, adopt a consul. You may need the protection. When Houston was the capital of the Republic of Texas, across from where the Rice Lofts now stands was the U.S. Embassy. On Christmas Eve 1837, the town received a bulletin: 1,500 Mexican soldiers had retaken Bexar. Invasion was imminent. Mrs. Mary Austin Holly wrote: “We were at the house of Mr. Labranche (the U.S. minister), a good cabin—he promised us the protection of the flag if necessary.” The invaders never appeared, but you never know when you’ll need to flee to the safety of a foreign consulate, as I was telling Julian Assange.

Closer to home, it’s estimated that 250,000 Katrinians fled to Texas, mostly to the Houston area. Today, 40,000 of them are still here. Meanwhile, immigrants from south of the border have always come—and stayed. But Texas holds a particularly warm spot for youngsters from ravaged lands. They have fled the gangs, the drug lords, extortion, the midnight shootings and kidnappings, to ford the river and arrive in Texas. I wouldn’t want to live in Chicago, either. Youngsters also poured in from Central America, and of the estimated 58,000 who came to the U.S. in recent years, 40 percent arrived in Texas.

COWBOYS AND INDIANS

We like to call this sleepy fishing village on the bayou a “World Class City,” but maybe a “World City with Class” is better. Where else does the mayor’s office rent out flags for another country’s national day, or the birthday of your spouse from Croatia or maybe a visiting Saudi sheik? Daily fee rental is $10 per flag, or you can rent all of them for $500. “Please treat the flags with respect and courtesy,” the mayor warns, otherwise you will be hunted down by the French Foreign Legion, Scotland Yard or Canadian Mounties, depending on which nation you offend. When you drive along Will Clayton Parkway to the George H.W. Bush Intercontinental Airport and Trans-Galactic Star Terminal, can you spot the speed limit signs: “50 mph,” and below that, “80 km.” A nice touch for that visiting sheik anxious to make the last Emirate flight to Dubai.

WHO WAS THAT MOSQUE MAN?

An interesting sideshow of our changing population is our religions. Stephen L. Klineberg, founding director of The Kinder Institute for Urban Research, reports in his latest survey: “In all of the 35 consecutive surveys, the percentage of Protestants in the Harris County population has dropped from almost two thirds (63 percent) in 1982 to less than half (46 percent) in the most recent years.” Our Catholic percentage—bolstered by the influx of Hispanics, Filipinos and Vietnamese—has grown from 25 percent in the early 1980s to 31 percent. In recent years, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus have also grown. Despite these many different sounds, smells and religions, we tend to get along. Sometime after World War I Houston Post columnist Hubert Mewhinney wrote, “Houston is a whiskey and trombone town.” Today Houston is more like a full bar and a multiethnic orchestra, all playing the same song. H

Sources: Kinder Houston Area Survey, U.S. Census, Houston Facts and my own ethnic restaurant hopping.

Ashby is 100 percent at ashby2@comcast.net.    

Alvin L. Zimmerman & Gary J. Zimmerman

Alvin L. Zimmerman & Gary J. Zimmerman
Family Law

Dealing in divorce, custody modifications, traditional and collaborative divorce, and premarital agreements.

Alvin L. Zimmerman

(J.D. – University of Houston Law Center)

Former district judge: 269th (Civil), 309th (Family). Past Chair Houston Bar Association: Family Law, ADR Sections. Board Certified Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Gary J. Zimmerman

(Fluent Spanish, J.D. – University of Texas Law School)

Volunteer for Child Advocates, Inc. Honors graduate: St. John’s School and Claremont McKenna College.

Zimmerman, Axelrad, Meyer, Stern & Wise, PC
3040 Post Oak Boulevard, Ste. 1300
Houston, TX 77056
713-552-1234
www.zimmerlaw.com

Travers & Travers

Travers & Travers | Family Law, Appellate Law, Mediation

Clockwise from left to right: Annilee Travers Reed, Sherrie Haussner Travers, Allison Travers Hamilton, Mack J. Travers

“Our goal is to help clients through the most difficult times of their lives,” says Sherrie Haussner Travers.

Providing superior legal representation in divorce and family law matters, Travers & Travers is a family of family lawyers.

These dynamic lawyers are family law leaders throughout Harris and Fort Bend Counties. From divorce, complex property cases, and custody disputes to mediation and appellate practice, Travers & Travers is experienced in all aspects of family law.

Travers & Travers is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Both Mack and Sherrie are Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Lawyers. Sherrie is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mack & Sherrie Travers
Travers & Travers
20501 I-10 West, Ste. 124
Katy, TX 77450
281-492-2166
www.katylawyer.com

Marcela Halmagean

Marcela Halmagean
M Halmagean PLLC
Attorney at Law

Marcela Halmagean focuses her law practice on the individual needs of each one of her clients. “I’m innovative, creative, daring and I do my homework,” she says. Her commitment to learning the law and endorsing close client communication, full availability and aggressive representation has earned her clients’ respect.

Her general practice revolves around business and family law, whether such practice involves litigation, mediation, or “collaborative law” and she is committed to bringing high-quality legal services to each sector.

During her professional tenure, Halmagean has worked for large corporations, representing corporate entities in legal matters, including white-collar crime cases, breach of contract and partnership disputes. However, because of her background, her passion lies with family law cases, especially representing fathers in custody modifications and divisions of complex estates.

Marcela Halmagean is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) but has practiced law for almost 19 years during which period, she has built a bond with each and every one of her clients. “I work with them directly as opposed to assigning them to an associate attorney or a legal assistant,” she says. “Especially in family law, clients need a whole lot of support and a periodic reality check to complement the legal advice for which they are paying. When you combine that with full access and availability, it makes for long-lasting relationships.”

Trained right here in Houston, Halmagean immigrated to the United States from Romania in 1983 at the age of 19, where she quickly learned English and graduated from the University of Houston in 1988 with her Bachelors of Science in accounting. Then, she went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of St. Thomas in 1992, and securing her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in May of 1997. Before she graduated law school, she passed the Bar Exam under the Rule of 86, which allowed her to sit for the Bar Exam before she graduated law school.

While attending law school, Halmagean clerked with Harris County District Attorney’s office in the Special Crimes Division, assisting with the prosecution of white-collar crime cases. Later, she worked on the criminal defense side as a law clerk for a Houston criminal-defense law firm.

After she passed the Bar Exam in May of 1997, she acted as Project Counsel in Zurich, Switzerland, for one of the “Big Five” Accounting Firms on what today, is largely referred to as the “Holocaust Project.” During this period, Halmagean served as the legal liaison on banking and privacy-law issues while supervising the risk-management and compliance functions for the project. In 2002, she decided to leave the corporate arena and start her own practice. She never looked back.

Currently, Halmagean is a member of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, The State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association and an Alumnae of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston–Business & Professional Women’s Association. “I’m one of the few attorneys out there who love their work. I wake up every morning grateful for the opportunity I have been given to help people,” she says.

 

Marcela Halmagean
M Halmagean PLLC
1800 Bering Dr., Ste. 280
Houston, TX 77057
713-975-1202
www.halmagean.com

Ike Eni, MD

May 23, 2017 by  
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IKE ENI, MD
Internal Medicine

Finding the right Internal Medicine/ Primary Care Physician who’s equally experienced and compassionate isn’t always easy. That’s why Dr. Ike Eni and his team at Eni HealthCare are renowned for consistently providing excellent, individualized, comprehensive, whole patient care—something patient reviews continually emphasize. From preventative screenings, hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, weight management, allergies, acid reflux and anxiety disorders, their goal is to help you achieve optimal health.

It is no surprise that Dr. Eni is a recipient of numerous coveted awards including Physician of the year nominee by CHI St. Luke’s The Woodlands, Houston’s Top Professional 2016, Houston’s Top Doc 2015-2016. Dr. Eni is Board Certified and has more than 26 years of experience making patients enjoy a healthy life. Let us be your primary care physician.

IKE ENI, MD
9319 Pinecroft Dr., Ste. 120
The Woodlands, TX 77380
936-321-1946
www.doctoreni.com

Bill K. So, DDS, PA

May 23, 2017 by  
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Westway Park Dental

One of Houston’s top dentists, Bill So, DDS, PA, knows a little something about service. Dr. So proudly served his country for 12 years, serving in the United States Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008 and 2010. Back in Houston now, Dr. So is dedicated to ensuring the best dental care for his patients. Having stepped away from his patients for long periods of time for army duty deployments, he felt leaving the army was necessary in order to make his patients top priority—what he strives for since he began his career—although he will always be honored to have served the country for the time he did.

By successfully completing continuing-education classes, Dr. So remains at the forefront of advancements in dental healthcare. He specializes in cosmetic and general dentistry, including Zoom Whitening, Invisible Braces, veneers, crowns, fillings and dental checkups. His office is equipped with the latest in dental technology, such as digital x-rays, which are beneficial in educating his patients. In addition, Dr. So is certified in intravenous sedation to allow patients further relaxation during procedures.

“My primary concern is for the health and well-being of my patients. I want them to feel relaxed and comfortable from the beginning of their treatment and into recovery,” says Dr. So. “Our team works hard to build relationships with our patients so that they feel comfortable, not only in the dental chair, but also with the decisions they make regarding their dental healthcare.”

Dr. So received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and his Doctorate of Dental Science from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. He is currently a director on the Board of Houston Academy of General Dentistry and is a member of a number of national and local dental organizations.

Bill K. So, DDS,PA
Westway Park Dental
4410 Westway Park Blvd., Ste. 600
Houston, TX 77041
www.westwayparkdental.com
info@westwayparkdental.com
713-690-1900

Charles Campbell, DDS, MAGD

Charles Campbell, DDS, MAGD
General Dentistry

When you pay a visit to the warm offices of Charles Campbell, DDS, MAGD, you immediately feel at ease. The industry veteran, with more than 26 years of experience in general dentistry, leads a small staff and together, they have treated generations of families, specializing in complete patient care.

Dr. Campbell attended the University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston, as well as a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and Master of the Academy of General Dentistry.

“I love keeping my patients healthy and making lives better one smile at a time,” says Dr. Campbell.

CHARLES CAMPBELL, DDS, MAGD
2426 Center St.
Deer Park, TX 77536
281-479-0852
www.charlesecampbelldds.com

David Dennison DDS, MS, PhD

David Dennison DDS, MS, PhD
Periodontist

Dr. Dennison welcomes patients to a practice where caring and compassion combine with education and experience to provide the best in dental care. With the support of his hand–picked, knowledgeable team, Dr. Dennison creates excellence in both patient care and clinical results. Building a relationship of trust with each patient, he realizes that every individual has unique needs and concerns. If you are not happy with your smile, are missing teeth, or are concerned about health matters, Dr. Dennison will educate you so that you have a complete understanding of your condition and are informed about options for treatment.

Life Changing! Fifty percent of the adult population is missing at least one tooth. Dr. Dennison was one of the first to offer solutions for replacing missing teeth in hours. He says, “New implants therapies such as the All-On-4 technique can change your life.” This technique uses strategically placed implants to support a prosthesis which replaces your teeth. Dr. Dennison provides periodontal therapy to give you healthy teeth and gums and state-of-the-art implant therapies to restore your smile utilizing in-office sedation to control anxiety during treatment. Dr. Dennison’s treatment can help you change your life, rejuvenate your smile or just be healthy.

Dr. Dennison remains dedicated to advancing his own expertise as well as educating others about the latest technologies and techniques in order to provide optimal patient care. He works closely with dentists throughout the Houston area to provide the most comprehensive care possible. He is the founder of the University Dental Study Club of Houston, a branch of the nationally recognized Seattle Study Club. Dr. Dennison says, “The ultimate goal of University Dental Study Club is to provide an innovative venue for continued learning that will enhance the excellent care we currently provide our patients.”

Dr. Dennison is a Board Certified Periodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He is a graduate and former faculty member of the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston, and he received his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Dr. David K. Dennison
3100 Richmond, Ste. 509
Houston, TX 77098
Office 713-523-9040
www.gums-houston.com

Frances M. Jones DDS, MAGD

Frances M. Jones DDS, MAGD
General & Cosmetic Dentist

A beautiful smile radiates confidence. Let Dr. Frances Jones give you an awesome smile. Dr. Jones is one of the foremost dentists in the country as a “MASTER IN THE ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY,” having completed more than 2,500 hours of advanced continuing education. Recently she was recognized with the AGD’s prestigious Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition symbolizing her dedication to dentistry and the fulfillment of her responsibility to give back to the dental profession and her community through volunteer efforts. Less than 400 dentists hold this distinction. Dr. Jones holds degrees from the University of Virginia and the West Virginia School of Dentistry.

Dr. Jones has been featured as a “TOP DENTIST” and “TOP DOC” in H Texas magazine, and as a “SUPER DENTIST” in Texas Monthly. She was voted the “Reader’s Choice Winner as Best Dentist” in the Rivers Oaks, West University and Bellaire Examiners. Dr. Jones has been recognized in the Guide to America’s Top Dentists. She has appeared on CBS-TV‘s American Health Front and on CBS radio. In her downtown Houston office, Dr. Jones has provided over 20 years of quality cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry.

Dr. Jones has completed thousands of cosmetic makeovers consisting of Porcelain Veneers, Bonding, Whitening, INVISALIGN, Implant and Full Mouth Restorations. She offers SEDATION DENTISTRY for those who experience dental anxiety.

Dr. Jones’ goal is to provide high quality dentistry in a comfortable and caring environment while restoring the teeth to their ideal form and function, thus giving the patient a confident smile. Dr. Jones is committed to changing lives by changing smiles! Call 713-655-1633 and make your appointment today!

FRANCES M. JONES, DDS, MAGD
919 Milam, Ste. 110
Houston, TX 77002
713-655-1633
www.drfrancesjones.com

Terry K. Scarborough, MD | Sherman C. Yu, MD

Terry K. Scarborough, MD
Sherman C. Yu, MD
Texas Laparoscopic Consultants

scarborough_yuWhen looking for the top physicians in the field of weight-loss surgery, Drs. Terry Scarborough and Sherman Yu bring excellence and expertise. They are both board-certified general surgeons with fellowship training in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.

Drs. Yu and Scarborough offer the entire spectrum of weight-loss procedures. They have been recognized as Houston’s top doctors for weight-loss surgery. Drs. Yu and Scarborough’s top priorities are safety, satisfaction and excellence in patient outcomes. And, First Surgical Hospital is TLC’s leading choice in a surgical care facility, where patients will find outstanding services in the most comfortable of settings.

In addition to patient care, both doctors are champions for local charities, Kids Meals and Cycle Kids. Kids Meals goal is to end childhood hunger, and Cycle Kids aims to strengthen healthy lifestyle habits.

At TLC Surgery, we have an entire practice dedicated to helping patients succeed with your weight-loss goals via surgical and non-surgical techniques. What sets TLC Surgery apart from other practices is their dedication to helping patients live longer, healthier and happier lives.

Texas Laparoscopic Consultants offer: Medically Supervised Weight-loss Program • Single Incision Surgery • Gastric Balloon • Weight-loss Surgery Revision • Adjustable Gastric Band • Anti-Reflux Procedures • Gastric Sleeve • General Laparoscopic Surgery • Gastric Bypass • Duodenal Switch

TEXAS LAPAROSCOPIC CONSULTANTS
1200 Binz, Ste. 950
Houston, TX 77004
713-493-7700

www.tlcsurgery.com

Anthony E. Brissett, MD, FACS

Anthony E. Brissett, MD, FACS
Facial Plastic Surgery

We are pleased to recognize Dr. Anthony E. Brissett, for the ninth consecutive year as one of H Texas magazine’s Top Docs. Recognized as an international expert in facial plastic and cosmetic surgery of the face, certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomat of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Dr. Brissett is the Division Chief of Houston Methodist Hospital Facial Plastic Surgery Associates.

With specialized training at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, and credentialed in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Brissett is committed to providing personalized, meticulous care to his patients, offering the most advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments, with skillful attention to detail and aesthetic care. “I balance art with science, while maintaining a collaborative working relationship with each of my patients, in order to achieve an enhanced natural appearance.”

Dr. Brissett is frequently invited to lecture both nationally and internationally. He remains committed to conducting clinical research to advance the science of his practice and to the ongoing training of surgeons. He has published numerous articles and scientific papers and makes frequent national and local media appearances.

Along with his thriving clinical practice, Dr. Brissett is active in his church and volunteers his personal time, expertise and surgical skills to aiding many local and global charitable causes and medical missions. He often travels to Europe, Africa, South America and the Caribbean to meet the needs of those less fortunate, teach other doctors and provide compassionate care.

ANTHONY E. BRISSETT, MD, FACS
Houston Methodist Facial Plastic Surgery Associates   
Smith Tower, 6550 Fannin St., Ste.1703
Houston, TX  77030
713-441- FACE (3223)

www.drbrissett.com

Anthony Perri, MD

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Anthony Perri, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist

What is a dermatologist? A dermatologist is a physician that is trained to evaluate and treat benign and malignant disorders of the skin.

Dr. Perri is one of Houston’s top dermatologists. He has been selected to H Texas magazine’s Top Doctors issue for the past six consecutive years and listed in Super Doctors Rising Stars for 2012–2016 and Super Doctor 2015–2016. “Having a father that is a melanoma survivor has certainly influenced my commitment to the early detection of skin cancer. I am dedicated to ensuring the community has accessibility to a board certified dermatologist,” says Dr. Perri. He has been voted Living Magazine’s Best of The Woodlands Reader’s Choice 2015 and again in 2016.

As a board certified dermatologist, Dr. Perri treats many different skin conditions and is committed to ensuring that patients do not have to wait months for an appointment. Dr. Perri has eliminated many of the traditional barriers to dermatology access. He is very pleased to announce that Melissa Shearer, PA-C has joined his team of dermatology professionals. She has over 6 years of experience and previously practiced in Kingwood. She is accepting new patients and is located in The Woodlands office. Visit us at our two convenient locations: Conroe and The Woodlands.

He is committed to educating the public about dermatology and maintains a current blog on his website at www.PerriDermatology.com and www.Facebook.com/TheWoodlandsDermatology.

Anthony Perri, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist

9305 Pinecroft Dr., Ste. 305
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-943-2749

4015 I-45 (at League Line Rd.)
Conroe, TX 77304
936-522-4966

www.ConroeDermatology.com

www.TheWoodlandsDermatology.com

Camille George, MD

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Camille J. George, MD
Texas Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center

As a former NCAA Division 1A college athlete in both football and track, Dr. Camille J. George knows first-hand how important maintaining an active lifestyle is for his patients. Specializing in sports medicine and general orthopedics, Dr. George utilizes state-of-the-art arthroscopic, microscopic, and minimally invasive open procedures to prevent scarring and to maximize recovery time, allowing his patients to return to their usual activities within the shortest and safest length of time possible. Dr. George provides operative and non-operative treatments for both general orthopedic and sports medicine conditions to all age groups as well as in office physical therapy. He is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Having treated athletes of all ages from little league to professional sports for nearly 20 years, Dr. George has garnered a wealth of experience in the field of sports medicine. He has worked with the medical team of physicians for the Houston Energy, Houston Cyclones, Houston Rockets and the former Houston Oilers.

Conveniently located near The Galleria, Dr. George and his highly competent and considerate staff are within reach from every part of the city. In addition to providing patients with individualized attention and personalized care, Dr. George’s office staff is bilingual in Spanish and is always ready to assist patients with all of their orthopedic needs.

Education: Tulane University, BS; Tulane University School of Medicine, MD; Baylor College of Medicine, surgical internship, orthopedic residency, and sports medicine fellowship

CAMILLE GEORGE, MD
TEXAS ORTHOPEDIC & SPORTS MEDICINE CENTER
4126 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 800
Houston, TX 77027
713-572-0030

www.sports-med.com

The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery

The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery

Dr. Rolando Morales, MD, FACS, Dr. Christopher Patronella, MD, FACS, FICS, Dr. Henry Mentz, MD, FACS, FICS, Dr. Kristi Hustak, MD, FACS, Dr. German Newall, MD, FACS, FICS, Dr. Paul Fortes, MD, FACS, FICsS

With six plastic surgeons holding more than 200 awards collectively, The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) is one of the most awarded cosmetic plastic surgery groups in the nation. The practice was named the Best Aesthetic Practice in Texas and the nation’s five-state South Central region winner at the 2016 My Face My Body Awards in Beverly Hills, California, based upon the evaluation of an elite international judging panel.

ACPS surgeons perform more than 6,000 face, breast and body cosmetic plastic surgery procedures a year—a testament to the group’s finesse in blending artistry with surgical precision, advanced technology and research in a caring environment. They offer the most advanced surgical and nonsurgical procedures to improve all areas of the body.

Their work has been spotlighted in numerous plastic surgery journals and textbooks, and they have been invited to present their expertise at hundreds of plastic surgery conferences in more than 30 countries.

ACPS’s new, expanded surgery center and spa, opening April 2017, will feature a state-of-the-art private surgery center and the upscale Spa and Rejuvenation Center. Guests are invited to savor the ambience of the spa’s modern Italian decor, while relaxing and renewing in the Serenity Room before and after receiving one of the spa’s many effective nonsurgical treatments. In this cozy oasis, you can slow down, sip some herbal tea, put your feet up, gaze at the beautiful chandelier and artwork, or simply close your eyes and take in the peaceful scents and sounds.

The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery
713-799-9999

www.mybeautifulbody.com

Memorial/Town & Country
12727 Kimberley Ln., Ste. 300
Houston, TX 77024
713-799-9999

Galleria/River Oaks
4400 Post Oak Parkway, Ste. 2260
Houston, TX 77027
713-799-9999

Asif Chaudhry, MD

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Asif Chaudhry, MD
Houston Pain and Spine

asifchaudry“Being in the medical field for the past 10 years, I understand that some doctors are better at certain practices than others. This is why I decided to see Dr. Asif Chaudhry for my back condition. After my consultation and procedure, I am back to my old self again. His reputation is second to none and now I understand why.”C. Dagenais, a patient of Houston Pain and Spine.

Neck and back pain can be debilitating and cause deterioration in one’s life. Asif Chaudhry, MD and his professional interventional spine team work to alleviate and eliminate pain through minimally-invasive surgical and non-surgical techniques in order to get you back to your normal activities quickly.

Dr. Chaudhry is board certified in interventional pain management and graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He went on to complete his fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Anesthesia, one of the top three training facilities for pain management in the country. In addition to his excellent education and understanding of pain management, Dr. Chaudhry is also well-loved by his patients for his compassionate care.

“We treat patients like family, taking the time to listen and understand the origin of their discomfort,” says Dr. Chaudhry. “We understand that dealing with pain is not easy, so we pride ourselves on trying to get patients seen as quickly as possible.”

Houston Pain & Spine treats patients dealing with neck pain, lower and upper back pain, sciatica, and nerve pain, as well as other less common, painful disorders.

Asif Chaudhry, MD
Houston Pain and Spine
P: 832-436-4040
F: 832-436-4050

www.houstonpainandspine.com

Bellaire Location
5420 W. Loop South, Ste. 2100
Bellaire, TX 77401

The Woodlands Location
3117 College Park Dr., Ste. 210
The Woodlands, TX 77384

Wilberto Cortés, MD

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Wilberto Cortés, MD
Cosmetic Surgery

dr-cortesDr. Cortes, also known nationally and internationally as Dr. Hourglass, is a top Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Houston. His practice not only serves the Houston area but he routinely see patients from all around the world that are seeking his expertise. “The key for a successful and beautiful result is attention to detail,” says Dr. Cortés, and he is very critical of his own work. For this reason, he has developed unique cosmetic procedures that provide consistent results. Among some of those procedures are the hourglass tummy tuck, hourglass hips, hourglass butt augmentation, the wonder breast lift and the wonder breast reduction. He is not only a plastic surgeon, but also a lipoSculptor.

Wilberto Cortes, MD is also well known for his expertise in buttock sculpting procedures. His practice has expanded over the years by applying a simple principle: provide the best surgical results for his patients. He has earned respect among his peers and admiration from his patients through his outstanding surgical results and patient care.

According to Dr. Cortes, “about 40 percent of his practice is from out of town patients.” His philosophy is to ensure the utmost results expected by his patients and provide them the best patient care service.

Dr. Cortes has one office in Texas located in the Galleria area of Houston. He specializes in restoring the women’s hourglass shape and also performs other cosmetic procedures including facial, breast, and body, as well as buttock enhancement, which is one of the most highly demanded surgeries today.

WILBERTO CORTÉS
RejuVenus Aesthetics, PA
50 Briar Hollow Lane, Ste. 100
Houston, TX 77027
713-234-6244

www.rejuvenusaesthetics.com

Michael L. Eisemann, MD

Michael L. Eisemann, MD
Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center

dr-eisemannDr. Michael Eisemann is Houston’s premier triple board certified plastic surgeon, former president of the Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons and listed in the “GUIDE TO TOP DOCTORS” as a top-rated plastic surgeon in Texas. He has been practicing in the heart of the Medical Center for over 20 years. Dr. Eisemann performs advanced techniques in body contouring, liposuction, tummy tuck and breast enhancement procedures. In addition to Plastic Surgery, he is also Board Certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Head and Neck Surgery, making him uniquely qualified for facial rejuvenation procedures. He has come to be known for keeping Houston’s elite looking their best by raising eyebrows and eyelids, tightening the face and neck, contouring the lips and cheeks, and reshaping the nose while improving breathing.

Dr. Eisemann uses the latest technology in video imaging, morphometric analysis and uses Anatomic Form Stable breast implants for breast augmentation with custom trial sizes. Patients may visualize their new look before surgery. Most procedures are done in his state-of-the-art, national certified Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center inside Smith Tower, conveniently connected to the Marriott Medical Center Hotel for out of town patients.

Dr. Eisemann is an assistant clinical professor at Baylor College of Medicine and Weil Cornell Medical School and is on the teaching faculty of the Methodist Hospital and Baylor Plastic Surgery Residency Programs. He was trained at Johns Hopkins in Head and Neck Surgery, Yale in General Surgery and Baylor in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is Fellowship trained in craniofacial surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Canada. These are among the top national residency training programs.

MICHAEL L. EISEMANN, MD
Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center
6550 Fannin, Ste. 2119
Houston, TX 77030
713-790-1771

www.cosmeticsurgeryhouston.com

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD, FACS

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD, FACS
Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery

Over 25 years ago, renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Vitenas, founded Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery. Focusing on natural-looking results for the breast, body, and face, Dr. Vitenas has become widely known for his meticulous attention to detail. He has cultivated a safe, welcoming space, ensuring every patient will feel relaxed and confident in their decision to seek out aesthetic procedures. Rigorous training and decades of hands-on experience, as well as an innate artistic eye, give Dr. Vitenas his distinctive skill in creating natural-looking proportions and contours in his patients.

In late 2014, after outgrowing his original space, Dr. Vitenas moved his office to a sleek, stand-alone clinic close to downtown Houston. No detail was overlooked during construction of this state-of-the-art, three-story building, which boasts modern architecture and glass walls in a serene color palate. The building, winner of the 2015 Healthcare Design Award from the American Institute of Architects and the Academy of Architecture for Health Healthcare, features a private surgical center and a luxurious overnight recovery-suite. With a secluded rear elevator and secret passages for discretion, patients can maneuver unseen throughout the clinic for ultimate confidentiality.

The upper floors are dedicated to Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery treatment rooms, surgical center, and recovery bays, while cloistered on the ground level is Dr. Vitenas’ Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique. Here patients can quickly stop by for non-invasive medical spa services including CoolSculpting, Laser Hair Removal, Ulthera, Botox Cosmetic and dermal fillers. Mirror Mirror also carries Houston’s largest selection of exclusive and hard-to-find, physician-grade skincare products.

Today, Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery has accumulated over 2000 online reviews and patient testimonials, as well as more than 5000 Before and After Photos. Contact Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery to see why so many people choose Dr. Vitenas for their desired aesthetic goals.

EDUCATION: Tulane University, BS; Tulane University School of Medicine, MD; Tulane Medical Center, Residency in general and plastic surgery; University of Miami and Paris, France Fellowship

AWARDS: 2015 Best Single Physician Practice, Patients Choice Award, 2010-2015; distinguished member National Council of Leaders in Breast Aesthetics; RealSelf.com 100 Award 2013 and 2015, Vitals.com – Most Compassionate Doctor, 2011-2015, Castle Connelly Top Doctors, Texas Super Doc 2015-2016

Paul Vitenas, Jr., MD, FACS
Vitenas COSMETIC Surgery
4208 Richmond Ave.
Houston 77027
281-484-0088

www.drvitenas.com

Wayde Fawcett, DDS

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Wayde Fawcett, DDS
Cosmetic Dentistry & Dental Implants

fawcettThe Art of Dentistry

Dr. Fawcett has been providing a wide range of services in general dentistry in his hometown for more than 30 years, with a special focus on cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and full smile makeovers.

One of the most popular procedures he offers is Teeth-In-One-Day, a groundbreaking alternative that allows patients to receive dental implants and a full set of new teeth all in the same day. “We provide dentistry that changes people’s lives, and in doing so, we change our own, “ says Dr. Fawcett. “Our commitment to quality governs every aspect of our work and ensures that we always exceed our clients’ expectations.”

In 2007, Dr. Fawcett was among 157 dentists to be honored with the title “Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD),” considered to be one of the most respected designations in the profession. Most recently, in 2015, Dr. Fawcett received the prestigious Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition from The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a distinction held only by 274 of the ADG’s 39,000 members, recognizing his commitment to continuing education, community service and mentorship.

Clients of Dr. Fawcett appreciate the personal attention, warmth and genuine concern he shows each individual. His fun-loving personality and compassionate chairside manner have nurtured long-lasting relationships and loyal patients from all over the world.

SERVICES: Teeth-In-One-Day • Implants • Cosmetic Dentistry • Full Mouth Rejuvenation • Smile Makeovers • Porcelain Veneers & Crowns • Porcelain Bridges & Partials • Sleep Dentistry • Gum Disease & Hygiene Programs • TMJ /Neuromuscular Dentistry • Sleep Apnea

EDUCATION: University of Texas Dental School Houston, TX

ACCREDITATIONS: Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) • Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (FICOI) • Graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI)

Wayde Fawcett, DDA
13956 Cutten Road
Houston, TX 77069
281-440-6648

www.DrFawcett.com

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