by Kyley Kornegay
At the very tip of the Baja peninsula in Cabo San Lucas sits The Resort at Pedregal. This luxury resort is hidden away, and built into the side of the mountains. With fine dining restaurants, a world-class spa, and endless amenities, this resort has it all. Each guest is provided with a personal concierge, a room tour, and complimentary chips and guacamole every afternoon. Each room includes an indoor fireplace and an infinity pool.
The most amazing dinner can be found at El Farallon – an ocean-side fine dining restaurant. Chef Gustavo Pinet creates the most amazing food, which is all made with only the freshest of ingredients and the catch of the day. Live music softly plays in the background while you enjoy drinks and the great food next to the Pacific Ocean.
Luna y Mar Spa is the world-renowned spa at The Resort at Pedregal. With 10 private treatment rooms and an endless variety of relaxation options, this spa is a must. The spa is centered on the four phases of the moon, and each spa treatment starts with a Mexican folk healing foot cleansing. You will absolutely look and feel your best after your spa escape. The day of your treatment, you are free to enjoy the amenities of the spa – which includes a mineral pool, a relaxation room, a sauna, steam & ice rooms, and more – at your leisure.
When in Los Cabos, it is a must to go snorkeling. The water is crystal clear and water is just the right temperature. Hearing the water crash on the shore and on to the mountains is such a relaxing sound when paired with the ocean breeze. RMC Events took us out on a yacht to see the shore alongside the beautiful Sea of Cortez, get a breathtaking view of the famous El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and to snorkel in the clear waters. The arch is home to many sea lions, and we even got to see a manatee! Manta rays fly out of the water, and dolphins swim with the wake of the boats. You get to swim with so many types of colorful fish when snorkeling – it is a blast!
This resort is the perfect vacation relaxation getaway for a honeymoon, bridal party, or even a destination wedding. The views are beautiful and the weather is great, so if you are looking for that clear blue water and luxury getaway, look no further than The Resort at Pedregal.
Papa M. Dieye
For more than a decade, attorney Papa M. Dieye has worked tirelessly to secure justice for his clients. “All my clients fully understand what is going on with their case and have complete access to me and my staff. They get my cell number and can call whenever,” says Dieye, who specializes in both family and personal injury law. Staying on top of the law is a priority for the attorneys at The Dieye Firm. “We attend way more than the required continuing legal education classes mandated by the state bar. Our goal is to always be as prepared for our clients as we can be.”
Papa M. Dieye
The Dieye Firm, PLLC
112 West 4th St.
Houston, TX 77007
Alvin L. Zimmerman & Gary J. Zimmerman
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 by TBLS. 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
Scott M. Brown
At Scott M. Brown and Associates, success in the courtroom is not something that’s taken lightly. Whether it’s a matter of family law, including high-asset divorce and complex child custody battles, criminal law, probate and wills, or personal injury, Scott M. Brown and his team are steadfast in their commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for their every client. “Our number-one goal is to help our clients achieve success with their legal problems,” says Brown, who’s board certified as a family law specialist through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction held by less than one percent of the attorneys in Texas. A 2016 Texas Super Lawyer, Brown also holds the highest possible Avvo rating.
Scott M. Brown & Associates
17210 Mercury Dr.
Houston, TX 77058
A. Michelle Fulton
Values are the heart of The Fulton Law Firm, PLLC, which prides itself on being Christian. Specializing in divorce and family law, A. Michelle Fulton, who knows firsthand how devastating a divorce can be, believes these sensitive matters are best resolved outside the courtroom, through mediation. “We treat our clients like family. Our motto is ‘Providing and Protecting Your Peace of Mind is Our Number One Goal,’ and we truly strive to achieve that,” says Fulton.
Throughout her career, Fulton, a fellow of Texas State Bar College, has received numerous awards, having been voted Top Family Lawyer by Houstonia Magazine and AVVO Top Choice Rated Family Lawyer.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, Fulton graduated cum laude from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
A. Michelle Fulton
The Fulton Law Firm, PPLC
319 South Austin St.
Webster, TX 77598
It’s all about the client’s best interest for Daniel Lee. With more than nine years of trial experience in commercial litigation, personal injury and family law, Lee is strategically positioned to create a vantage point for his every case. He strives to lower his client’s stress level not only with competent representation, but also with a compassionate approach to a highly emotional situation.
Not your typical family law attorney, Lee is also a real estate investor and a successful restauranteur. He utilizes his business acumen in applying a successful formula to all his cases and to anticipate issues business owners face in a divorce. No matter how complex or contentious your divorce, child custody or child support case, Lee always works hard to obtain the best results in negotiations and in the courtroom.
C.Y. Lee Legal Group, PLLC
1305 Prairie St., Ste. 300
Houston, TX 77002
Cathy Herrington Hale
Family Law and Civil/Probate Litigation
Cathy is the founder of The Herrington Law Firm and has represented hundreds of clients in the last 18 years in personal injury and family law disputes. She is committed to providing quality legal representation to her clients and obtaining the best outcome through trial or mediation. Clients often note her passion for the law, respect in the legal community and accessibility of her firm. At The Herrington Law Firm, you will receive personal service and experienced advocates in the courtroom.
Catherine Herrington Hale
The Herrington Law Firm, PC
10190 Katy Freeway, Ste. 440
Houston, TX 77043
Family Law & Mediation
The art of Mediation is to find the things most important to each party, help them to achieve it and to dissuade each from harmful mistakes. Having over 25 years of experience in litigation helps Larry Chamberlin expose wishful thinking that simply would not hold up in a court of law. Fair and equitable results is always the aim.
In addition to being a stellar mediator, Chamberlin is a respected litigator, known for advocating his client’s position by use of numerous repertoires; he knows that some cases require finesse while other require forcefulness. He is well-known among his peers for effective skills, handling contested cases since 1988. Board Certified in Family Law, he is also well seasoned in providing estate planning, probate, criminal defense, and civil litigation.
Larry Chamberlin knows the law, is highly articulate, and can make all the difference in the world.
“I explain my clients’ legal options and their consequences. I listen to understand their needs and desires. If they are unrealistic, I help formulate a reasonable alternative. I help articulate their experience.”
Before earning his Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School, where he was elected to the National Order of Barristers in 1988, Mr. Chamberlin received a Masters of Arts in International Business Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also a member of Mensa and in 2006 while in the Juvenile Forensic Psychology Masters program, he was elected to Psi Chi, the prestigious psychology honor society.
Mary E. Ramos
At the helm of the Ramos Law Group, PLLC, which specializes in all aspects of family law, Mary Ramos is known for keeping client stress to a minimum. From adoptions, divorce litigation and child custody to high-asset property division and more, the firm provides exceptional service and insight to each and every client. “From the first time I stepped into a family courtroom, my role as a family law attorney was clarified. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else with my life. Few people get the opportunity to do what they love every day, and I am blessed in being able to pursue my dreams as an advocate,” says Ramos, who’s Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization with more than 12 years of experience.
Together with her seasoned associates, Julie Rosete and Lindsey Lewis, Ramos is a firm believer in continuing education. To that end, the team is active in various legal organizations, with Ramos maintaining membership in the Texas Bar College, which warrants four times the education requirement for all attorneys. Membership is an honor bestowed to less than 10 percent of Texas attorneys.
Mary E. Ramos
Ramos Law Group PLLC
1214 Miramar St.
Houston, TX 77006
Travers & Travers
Family Law, Appellate Law, Mediation
“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
Thea M. Fabio
As a family law board certified specialist with over 37 years of legal experience, Thea Marie Fabio is devoted exclusively to the practice and litigation of family law matters. Divorce proceedings can be heart-wrenching and painful for clients, and she is determined to help ease the stress that occurs during this trying time. Her philosophy is to listen carefully to her clients before recommending the best course of action. She is sensitive to the needs of the children, and offers common sense advice. Frequently, she wears the “counselor” hat as often as the “lawyer” hat in helping to carve creative solutions to difficult issues. She has the expertise and toughness to handle complicated property issues, such as separate property tracing, business evaluations, and retirement benefits, as well as the compassion and intuition to help the client deal with the psychological stress of the divorce or modification.
Ms. Fabio has practiced with general civil lawyer, Richard Merrill, for more than 27 years. This is the 9th year that she has been named an H Texas Top Family Lawyer. She is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, College of the State Bar of Texas, and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, as well as a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts. She is actively involved in community issues and consistently volunteers with the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program. Ms. Fabio is AV rated (highest rating) by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
Thea M. Fabio
Fabio & Merrill
12 Greenway Plaza, Ste. 101
Houston, TX 77046
When Regan Armstrong opened her family law practice, Regan Armstrong & Associates, she was deliberate in choosing its location. “We are a suburban law office in the Cypress area because I wanted to help families through really hard times,” she says. Although Armstrong, who’s been in the field for 14 years, specializes in all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody and support, property division, mediation, estate planning, wills and probate, she’s firm that all cases require specialized attention. “I try to look at everyone as an individual. No two people are the same—and each needs a unique plan.”
Regan Armstrong & Associates PLLC
12777 Jones Rd., Ste. 150
Houston, TX 77070
M Halmagean PLLC
Attorney at Law
Marcela Halmagean is distinguished as one of the most aggressive attorneys in Houston. “I’m innovative, creative, daring, and I do my homework,” she says. Her success is attributed to her long term professional relationship with Stephanie Clarke Davis, of Counsel, as well as her close client communication, full availability, and aggressive representation.
Her practice is focused on family, business, and commercial litigation. She is committed to bringing high-quality legal services to each sector. During her professional tenure, Halmagean worked for large corporations representing corporate entities in legal matters including white-collar crime cases, breach of contract, and partnership disputes. However, her passion lies with family law cases, especially representing fathers in custody modifications and divisions of complex estates. For example, Halmagean tried and won jury trials where she successfully represented fathers in their pursuit for modification of custody. In one case, her client was awarded sole managing conservatorship of his child; in the other, the father won custody of his three children.
Halmagean has practiced law for 18 years during which 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 emotional support and a periodic reality check to complement the legal advice they’re paying for. When you combine that with full access and availability, it makes for long-lasting relationships.”
M Halmagean PLLC
1800 Bering Dr., Ste. 280
Houston, TX 77057
Terrence C. O’Keefe DDS, PC
Cosmetics, Implants & General Dentist
For more than 30 years Dr. O’Keefe’s West Houston practice has been helping his patients achieve beautiful smiles through dedication to quality and detail. With expertise in Cosmetic Dentistry and Implant Restoration as well as all phases of General Dentistry, Dr. O’Keefe maintains his place on the cutting edge of dental technology. With a reputation of excellence, Dr. O’Keefe provides knowledgeable care and excellent customer service. An avid golfer and sports fan, Dr. O’Keefe also enjoys helping in the community by donating his time to Boys and Girls Country.
Terrence C. O’Keefe, DDS, PC
11757 Katy Freeway Ste. 200
Houston, TX 77079
Purvi Pandya, DDS, PA
Are you proud of your smile? Let Dr. Purvi Pandya make you feel healthy and beautiful. A member of the ADA, TDA, GHDS, AGD and American Dental Implant Association, Dr. Pandya graduated from Texas A&M University before earning her doctorate at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. At her Prava Dental practice, her team uses the latest patient-care technologies, such as Kor Whitening, dental implants, Invisalign, cosmetic dentistry and in-depth oral cancer screening protocols. Comfort care, including painless dentistry, iPods and aromatherapy, are also offered. Dr. Pandya believes that enhancing your smile enhances your life.
10300 Louetta Road, Suite 132
Houston, TX 77070
DAVID C. RAINWATER, DDS
TMJ, Orofacial Pain and General Dentistry
“The foundation for our success has always been creating a relationship of trust and care for each patient while providing exceptional customer service and quality dentistry,” says Dr. David C. Rainwater, DDS, of his successful general dentistry and orofacial pain practice.
While Dr. Rainwater, a 34-year industry veteran, is known for building beautiful smiles in the realm of cosmetic dentistry, as well as his work with implants, root canals and dentures, he also has a special interest in treating sleep apnea and face pain of the head and neck, including TMJ disorder. Dr. Rainwater holds the esteemed distinction of being a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and Fellow of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.
In 2012, Dr. Rainwater received the Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry, one of the profession’s most distinguished honors awarded to less than 2 percent of dentists in the U.S. and Canada.
David C. Rainwater, DDS, Pllc
12929 Gulf Freeway, Ste. 204
Houston, TX 77034
Letitia Plummer, DDS
General & Cosmetic Dentistry
For many of us, a beautiful smile isn’t something we’re born with, but thankfully, there’s Dr. Letitia Plummer. For the past 15 years, Dr. Plummer has been the chief executive of smiles at Maxwello Dental and Orthodontics, where she offers the full gamut of dental treatments and the latest techniques to restore and cosmetically enhance your pearly whites. “My greatest reward is making my patients feel better and smile brighter. I believe the true love and appreciation that we have for our patients allows them to have a wonderful experience,” she says.
Dr. Plummer is the founder of CareerSmiles Inc., a nonprofit dental organization that provides dental education and services and financial assistance for low-income adults. A member of the American Academy of Dentists and the Greater Houston Dental Society, she has also been nominated as a fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
5009 Caroline St., Ste. 201
Houston, TX 77004
10009 Broadway St., Ste. 107
Pearland, TX 77584
BRETT MURPHEY, DDS
Woodlands Family Dental
Dr. Brett Murphey, Houston’s premier cosmetic dentist, is on a mission to provide the most exceptional dental experience possible. His quest began when he was invited to participate on a dental mission trip to Mexico as a college student. “I realized that I had to be a dentist on the trip. Making people feel comfortable and cared for has always been very important to me,” he says. The stage was set for what has become a lifetime of service in our community and abroad.
For the past 10 years, Dr. Murphey and his team at Woodlands Family Dental have been offering world-class service in a world-class atmosphere. Attention has been paid to every details, the team is friendly, and everything is the latest in technology. “We routinely perform the most complex procedures that patients can imagine. If it involves preventing disease to remodeling an entire mouth, we do it,” says Dr. Murphey, a Fellow of the Academy of Dentist International.
Fittingly, Woodlands Family Dental, which offers the best in dental care, is also known for their unrivaled management and customer-driven service. “We are one of the most community-awarded dental offices because of the customer experience that we provide,” says Dr. Murphey. “Hands down, patients are treated with value, dignity and respect. They truly feel this, and it is an honor to serve them.” And that’s something to smile about.
Brett A. Murphey, DDS, FADI
1400 Research Forest Dr. #120
The Woodlands, TX 77381
• Research Forest
• West University
• Creekside Village
Satvi Pinnamaneni, DDS
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Oral health is a crucial component of overall health and well-being, says Dr. Satvi Pinnamaneni. Known by her patients as Dr. P, she’s an advocate of comprehensive dentistry, focusing on not just the cosmetic aspect of the restorations, but the functional longevity. “My staff and I treat patients in a calm and anxiety-free environment. We strongly believe that allows us to achieve the highest success rate for the procedures we perform. We offer multiple sedation options, as well as ample time to listen and address patients’ questions and concerns,” says Dr. P, a strong proponent of continuing education. Dr. P’s dedication to providing high-quality care with the latest advances in dentistry, combined with her compassionate chair-side manner, are just two of the many reasons patients trust her and travel to Houston to see her.
Satvi Pinnamaneni, DDS
26281 Northwest Freeway, Ste. 700
Cypress, TX 77429
Bill So DDS, PA
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.