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Spa Avania - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Spa Avania, Xona Resorts Suites Gain Exposure

Ahhh, Spas: One Scottsdale spa destination — Spa Avania — gains national exposure, while another — Xona Resorts Suites — strives for more with marketing efforts

National Exposure: One of the Best

Spa AvaniaSpa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa has been named by Travel + Leisure Magazine readers, in its 16th Annual World’s Best Awards 2011 Readers’ Survey, as the No. 1 hotel spa in Arizona based on its ambiance, treatments, service and values, as well as ranking 14th overall among hotel spas in the U.S. and Canada.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be honored, and the people who rated us, more than anything else, have experienced Spa Avania and realized how special a spa it is,” says Angee Smithee, director of Spa Avania. “There are so many spas in the Valley of the Sun and there are so many great ones, but I think that the philosophy that Spa Avania was built upon really makes it special, and those kind of honors … you can’t buy them.”

Spa Avania offers various unique spa treatments, mineral water therapy — a 16,290-gallon outdoor heated mineral pool that helps enhance the immune system, among other benefits — seven different music zones to match specific body rhythms, a range of exotic and classic teas, natural lighting and more.

“The ambiance combines the best elements of indoor-outdoor experiences,” Smithee says. “When you talk about ambiance and treatment, and the service and value, when you put all these elements together, you create an experience, and that’s what makes us unique.”

While Smithee says Spa Avania & Hyatt Regency experienced a great summer by “building up the local market and embracing the Arizona residents,” it’s during the fall and winter seasons when they receive out-of-state visitors.

“You start seeing the east coast travelers from New York and Chicago,” says Ann Lane, senior director of advertising and public relations. “We always have stays from our California neighbors, but you’ll start seeing the East Coast factoring in a lot more. You will also start to see from a group-travel standpoint more incentive travel, more corporate travel, where in the summertime they tend to go to other locales.”

For more information about Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa, visit scottsdale.hyatt.com or call (480) 444-1234.

Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa

7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd.
(480) 444-1234

Gaining Exposure: Becoming a Competitor

Xona Resort SuitesWith the many other resorts in the area, competing can be tough, especially for an independent, boutique hotel. According to Bruce Pittet, general manager of Xona Resorts Suites, a 14-acre Scottsdale hotel resort, this can be considered “a competitive disadvantage in the North Scottsdale marketplace as the majority of the hotels (in the area) have some sort of brand affiliation.”

This is why Xona has joined forces with Ascend Collection and its membership program. The program is an upscale network of historic, boutique or unique hotels located in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Xona is the first Arizona hotel to become a part of the program.

“(The program) was designed specifically for travelers who appreciate an upscale hotel with strong local flair,” Pittet says. “We believe it’s a perfect fit for Xona.”

With more than 13 million members in Choice Privilege network, Pittet says, “Ascend Collection will help Xona increase its visibility and introduce us to a new customer base.”

With this membership, Pittet anticipates Xona increasing the number of guests staying at the hotel in both the short- and long-term, allowing them to broaden their reach and effort in attracting new guests.

The Ascend Collection helps Xona increase its online visibility, too, with the hotel now found on Ascend’s website, which is one of the most visited websites in the hotel industry, Pittet says. Xona also hopes to increase its advertising on Ascend’s various online sales channels.

Xona Resorts Suites has recently undertaken a renovation project, enhancing the technology available, along with other improvements and additions. Xona offers four pools, 7,500 square feet of meeting space, suites ranging from one  to four bedrooms, comfortable pricing, with quick access to championship golf courses, shopping and fine dining.

Xona Resort Suites of Scottsdale

7677 E. Princess Blvd., Scottsdale
(888) 222-1059

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Assisted living - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Talking With Aging Parents About Moving Into Assisted Living Facilities

The toughest decision: How to talk with aging parents about moving into an assisted living facility

It’s an expected shift, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy task.

The roles are reversed. Parents who have raised their children are now being cared for by the adult children they raised. And if you’re in the “Sandwich Generation,” you’re not only caring for your aging parents, but you’re still supporting your own children

Knowing when the time is right for your parents to consider transitioning into an assisted living facility is a big decision, said Dr. Dina Evan, a Valley executive and relationship coach. Evan said the first thing to look for are signs that indicate aging parents are having a difficult time managing.

“These signs can include an inability to care for the living space, an inability to prepare for meals or manage medications safely,” Evan says.

Once you feel it’s time to consider assisted living, explore and investigate available options. This will allow you to approach the situation with more information and offer solutions that don’t necessarily mean an aging parents has to move into another home.

“Being knowledgeable is the key,” says Barbara Molmod, general manager of El Dorado of Sun City. “There are financial considerations, location of facility, and, of course, deciding on what level of care is needed now and for the future.”

One way to approach the situation with aging parents is by discussing the perks of the possible change.

“Instead of discussing why they need to have further assistance, discuss how having further assistance — whether it be in their home or in a facility — can reduce loneliness and increase the quality life of each day.

“For the most part, it is important for a parent to know they are loved and that is why this decision is being made,” Molmod says. “A decision made out of love and concern for a parent’s welfare will be a good decision.”

Evan and Molmod also stress the importance of working together as a team, where everyone involved in the decision has equal say.

“As much as possible, allow elderly parents to make as many of the decisions as they can,” Evan says.

You should also be knowledgeable about your parents’ wishes before decision-making is too difficult for them, Molmod adds.

When the kids start “(taking) power away from parents who have had it their entire lives and are adjusting to diminished power in multiple ways already,” difficulty arises, Evan says. Discuss the choices, and give them time to digest.

In addition to being cognizant of your parents’ sense of loss of control and offering the choices, don’t forget the third “C” — compassion. This transition is something virtually everyone goes through. It’s a normal process, so when things get touchy, take a step back and relax. Remember this: someday you’ll be going through the same situation with your kids.

“Make sure that you laugh together about the odd circumstances, discomforts and difficulties that arise in the process, and there is less blame and shame assigned to anyone,” Evan says. “The mantra is: more choice, more laughter, more compassion.”

Another way to avoid conflict and arguments is to not only avoid taking control, but avoid trying to convince your parents, too.

“Explain that although none of the options may feel ‘good,’ some are better than others,” Evan says. “If none of the choices appeal to the parents, align with them about the difficulty in making these decisions.”

It’s a tough transition, but with the right preparation and approach, you can avoid turning it into a negative experience.

“Not only are our parents facing uncertainty of their own mortality, but they are being asked at the moment of their deepest feelings of fragility to accept major changes in their life,” Evan says. “Most of all, remember that this aging is a natural and normal process, and everyone in it needs to breathe. After a bit of time has passed, and new surroundings get more familiar, everyone will start getting comfortable with the changes and a sense of normalcy will return.”

For more information about how to speak with your parents about moving into an assisted living facility:

Dr. Dina Bachelor Evan
(602) 997-1200

El Dorado of Sun City
10330 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Sun City

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Breast Cancer - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Develop Strategies To Detect Breast Cancer Early

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the U.S, making breast cancer the second-most-common cancer among American women, after skin cancer.

Despite those gloomy statistics, there are strategies women can use to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.

“It is important to detect breast cancer early because survival and recurrence are stage dependent,” says Dr. Michael Sapozink, a radiation oncologist at Southwest Oncology Centers.

Arizonan physicians seem to agree that there are no reliable ways to prevent breast cancer from developing. However, there are several methods doctors recommend for detecting breast cancer early.

One breast cancer detection method doctors recommend is self-examination. When self-examinations are started early in life and performed monthly, they provide a good knowledge base for what healthy breast tissue feels like. That way, if tissue becomes cancerous, women can feel the difference within their breasts and schedule an appointment with their doctor to check it out.

Women should perform self-examinations while they are menstruating, says Sapozink. Women should divide the breast they are examining into four quadrants for examination. While immobilizing the breast with one hand, women should use their other hand to slowly examine the breast, checking for any irregular-feeling tissue.

Mammograms are another method to detect breast cancer. Mammograms are images of the breast taken through X-rays, and can be a way to detect breast cancer much earlier than self-examinations. Generally, doctors recommend women get their first mammogram at age 40, and yearly after age 50.

Women who are deemed “high risk” for developing breast cancer may receive their first mammogram earlier in life, says Sapozink. Although there are no known causes of breast cancer, women who have a strong family history of breast cancer, who have undergone hormone replacement therapy, who had their first menstruation cycle later in life, or who are obese, may be at a higher risk for developing breast cancer.

Women who have had a strong family history of breast cancer may also opt to be screened for genetic mutations that are linked to breast cancer.

“Genetic mutations are responsible for a very small percentage of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, but up to 85 percent of patients with (the genetic mutation) will develop breast cancer,” says Dr. Linda Benaderet, an oncologist at Arizona Oncology.

If patients are found to have a genetic mutation linked to breast cancer, they can then speak with their doctors to set up a plan that outlines how often they should receive a mammogram.

Depending on the density of a woman’s breast, as well as what a mammogram is able to show, a patient may get an ultrasound or MRI as well as a mammogram to inspect the breasts more closely before a biopsy is taken to test suspicious tissue.

If a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer, the next step would be to visit an oncologist to discuss treatment options, says Benaderet. Treatment options include chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, breast surgery or a mastectomy. Women should discuss their options with their doctor to find out which treatment, or combination of treatments, is best for them.

For more information about detecting breast cancer, visit arizonaoncology.com or swoncologycenters.com.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Green living tips - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Green Living Tips From Desert Star Construction

Save Money by Saving the Planet: Tips for incorporating sustainable and green living elements into our homes

Living green has been a priority for Americans for more than a decade as we strive to improve the environment and preserve our natural resources.

During these tough economic times, living green is also important when it comes to saving money. So what better way to go green than to incorporate it into the homes in which we live?

Experts from Desert Star Construction, which commits itself to green building as a standard, explains some of today’s most popular ways to make your house green:

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Living in Arizona, we have one of the best natural resources available — sunlight. The Arizona sun fuels solar electric and solar water heating systems at little or no cost. It also makes our new — and retrofit — green homes 40 percent to 70 percent more efficient, resulting in similar reductions in monthly bills.

Breathing easy

Blowing dust is common in Arizona, especially during the monsoon season. Homeowners are installing air purification systems that work wonders on indoor air quality. Most choose an advanced electronic system or a premium particle filter. Others opt to install geothermal heating and cooling systems that offer significant energy savings.

Lighting the way

When it comes to lighting, green living embraces everything from LEDs to advanced home automation systems. Some of these systems even feature room motion detectors and provide the ability to program lighting to double the life of your bulbs.


Back in the day, we called this “recycling.” By salvaging and reusing, we’ve brought building waste on our green construction sites down significantly. Homeowners are following that lead as they decorate with old stones, salvaged bricks and antiques. It’s a great, sustainable way to create that coveted and comfortable look. And it keeps a substantial amount of material out of landfills.

Sustainable standards

Products that embrace green standards are very popular these days. They include low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, sustainable fabrics, Energy Star appliances and hard-surface floors that avoid chemical emission that some carpets produce. They also reduce  allergens in the air.

Going with the (low) flow

What’s the one thing we really need to conserve? That’s right, water. Low-flow faucets and toilets continue to top the most-popular lists, and are an increasingly affordable way to add to a cumulative positive impact.

Intelligent irrigation

Here in the desert we love our gardens — whether they include native plants or not. Efficient watering systems keep yards green and drastically reduce outdoor water use, which the EPA says accounts for 30 percent of domestic U.S. water consumption.

Interested in sustainable and green living when it comes to your home? Visit Desert Star Construction at desertstarconstruction.com or call (480) 951-4425 to schedule a SMART audit that will evaluate your home’s energy and water use.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Backyard Paradise - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Transform Your Backyard Into A Paradise

Backyard Paradiso: Transform your backyard and entertain your guests outdoors.

Any patio can be turned into luxurious space given the right attention. But as you’re looking over your backyard, and possibly underwhelmed by its charm, try focusing on these three areas to create a fresh experience for you and your guests.

Relaxing Scents

There is nothing like the right amount of green and color to transform a desolate space into an inviting garden. Jay Harper, co-owner of Harper’s Nursery, says when looking at your little plot of paradise, think about bringing in plants that harmonize your senses of sight and smell.

“Jasmine and gardenias are fragrant,” Harper says. “Rosemary and lavender also smell good when touched. One thing to consider when entertaining at night, white flowers show up better than dark colors. White hibiscus are wonderful around a patio.”

When tackling the landscaping question, Harper suggests asking yourself what you like, whether it’s xeriscaping with low-water plants or creating a lush, green area. Another question to ask yourself if what fits with your lifestyle.

“Take into account future uses for your yard,” Harper says. “Perhaps you will want a pool later or have plans for children play areas.”

Two common mistakes to avoid are purchasing plants that will grow too big for the location or placing them in the wrong sun exposure. To prevent unsatisfactory results or dying plants, Harper says, “The best investment is to have a landscape architect or designer do a plan for you, whether you intend to do the project yourself or have it done for you. It will prevent you from having to do landscape in stages and won’t look like it was piecemealed together.”

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Photos: Kristine Deininger

Water Elements

If you think your pool needs a little refurbishing, Tim Maas, chief design consultant for Backyards Unlimited and Pool Jewelz, says to focus on the basics.

“The pool interior, deck and pool line tile are the standard ingredients of a pool,” Mass says. “If any one of these is shot, start there. Many people will not consider these low cost improvements, but it’s important to take care of these before adding water features, fire effects, boulder-scaping and lighting.”

If the inventory of your pool is looking good, then try dressing it up by adding accessories. Maas says the most popular elements are “glass tile interiors for pool, spa and fire features combined in one element.”

Other pool features include adding slides to pools and swim-up bars leading to gazebo and outdoor kitchens. “The new pool designs include 360-degree perimeter overflows where it appears you step right from the edge of deck into water without a cantilever edge,” Maas says.

For decks, Maas suggests natural stone such as travertine and Marbella. It will cost a little more but save you future maintenance problems.

As you plan to redo your deck, pool and outside entertainment area, Maas has a few tips when working with licensed contractors: “Get a few bids … remember the contractor and homeowner are entering into a marriage of sorts. You and the contractor should be able to talk things out. The last thing you want is for both parties looking for a divorce before the project is complete. This always adds to additional costs, so choose wisely.”

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Photos: Backyards Unlimited

Furnishing Touches

Creating a place to sit and breathe in the fresh air on your patio is easily done with the right furniture pieces. For a cozy and comfortable, Nancy Djariri, owner/designer of Sunset Patio, says, “Cabana styles are fabulous with full swags or valences and inviting deep seating pieces that say you must lounge here.”

If you’re going for elegance, she suggests finding pieces that fit your space. In determining what furniture works best, Djariri says to consider total space, views, color schemes and décor themes.

Some furniture faux pas include choosing too much furniture, improperly placing it or adding old and new pieces together without cohesion. Djariri says you can correct your mistakes by looking through outdoor magazines to get ideas.

However, if you’re still spatially and décor-challenged, call a designer.

“When you walk through your house into your backyard, the key is to make the backyard an extension of your home, so it is inviting and comfortable,” says Djariri. “Everybody can achieve outdoor resort style living on any budget by putting a little time and thought into it.”

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For more information about transforming your own backyard, the following companies can help you out:

Harper’s Nursery
2529 N. Hayden Road
(480) 946-3481

Backyards Unlimited and Pool Jewelz
19120 N. Pima Road
(480) 941-4663

Sunset Patio
15020 N. Hayden Rd
(480) 203-2711

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Dolce Salon & Spa

Dolce Salon & Spa's Hot Chocolate Stout Shave Rejuvenates

How Sweet It Is: An afternoon at Dolce Salon & Spa has this guy relaxed and rejuvenated

OK, men. Let’s sack any talk that spending an afternoon at a spa is well … unmanly.
After all, in these tough times, aren’t all we all a bit more stressed out than say, 10 years ago?

That was my mindset recently when I visited Dolce Salon & Spa in Scottsdale. I had an appointment for a 40-minute spa manicure and the “Hot Chocolate Stout” shave.

Dolce Salon & SpaThe timing of my visit couldn’t have been better. Things were pretty hectic at work, and although the week was winding down (my appointment was on a Thursday), I still had a lot to do at the office.

Leah was the nail specialist who did my manicure. She said that recently she has noticed more men coming in for spa services, including manicures. What surprises her, she said, is that men don’t have all those bad habits of which we’re accused, such as biting our nails and not really taking care of them.

Mine were in decent shape, so her suggestion was a trim, buff, cuticle procedure and hand scrub.

Leah proceeded with the manicure, constantly massaging my palms and making me feel at ease. After a wonderful scrub, she wrapped my hand all the way up to my forearms in hot towels. It was a blistering 108 degrees outside, but you don’t know just how nice those hot towels felt.

After Leah removed the towels, I was treated to a pleasant massage with cucumber and melon lotion. I could have opted for the more “manly” spice lotion, but I let Leah select her favorite … and a fine choice it was.

Totally relaxed from the manicure, I was ushered to the … Relaxation Room. I was greeted by soothing music, comfy sofas with over-sized pillows, muted lighting and the gentle sound of a waterfall. I was tempted to take a quick snooze, but then Katie, my stylist, walked in and took me upstairs for my shave.

Now guys, check this out. Here’s what the “Dolce Menu” says about the “Hot Chocolate Stout” shave: “Drink from the King’s cup with this hot chocolate shave that not only cleanses, but energizes as well.”

OK, there were no cold beverages included in this package, but to sit in a relaxing chair and have someone give you a scintillating, straight razor shave … well, it was downright intoxicating.

Katie first applied a layer of hot lather to seal in moisture and protect my skin. The lather was then painted on one more time before a warmed, straight razor worked its magic. (Incidentally, I didn’t shave for two days prior to my appointment so that Katie could have something to work with).

Once she was done with the shave, Katie applied a hot towel to my face. This was followed by soothing lotion in a cool towel to relax and seal my pores.

Because my appointment was right after lunch, I returned to my office to finish out the day. However, I went back to work relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for anything — even the stress and grind of what was left of the week.

Dolce Salon & Spa

6166 N. Scottsdale Road
(480) 722-9100

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Regency Custom Homes - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

A Wisconsin Lake House In Scottsdale By Regency Custom Homes

The Great Escape: The Roesches, with the help of Regency Custom Homes, build a Wisconsin lake house in Scottsdale

Instead of wishing it was summer every day, the Roesches made it happen, and brought their Wisconsin lake house to the Scottsdale desert. Yes, it’s possible — save the lake, of course — and the Roesches are living proof of it, with an awe-inspiring home comprised of a greet room boasting large, wooden beams, a powder room make of a stone ceiling and stone walls, and dark hues throughout, capturing the cabin-cozy feel to which they retreat every summer.

“In the greet room, there’s a massive wooden mantel, and we had that custom carved by an Indian carver who was able to carve in a scene reminiscent of their time,” says Steve Wiggins, president of Regency Custom Homes. “We had him go on and further distress the beams, carve them and give them that rustic look.”

While the home is reminiscent of a mountain retreat, the home is also comprised of a multi-zone, electronically-controlled climate system and energy efficiency. Wiggins and the Roesches ensured the home was still Scottsdale appropriate, embracing the Scottsdale “climate and lifestyle.”

Wiggins says the backyard was important to the Roesches, including “a putting green, a big fountain that doubles as a wading pool for all of the grand kids, a huge outdoor bar with a refrigerator, a fire conversation pit, and the walk deck upstair, as well as a deep patio with heat lamps above to embrace the indoor-outdoor lifestyle.”

Wiggins stresses it’s not about the size (with three bedrooms at 3,800 square feet) as much as comfort and included amenities, drawing inspiration from past homes and memories created within said homes.

“It was a lot of fun blending two styles that don’t readily go together, being the north woods of Wisconsin and Scottsdale,” Wiggins says. “I think, in the end, we were able to strike a good balance between the two.”

The Roesches favorite part of the home? The powder room, also called “the cave,” with the entire room covered in stone, including the walls and ceiling, and a piece of glass holding up the vessel, giving the room a “very minimal, rustic look.”

“I always tell my clients the powder room is the room everyone is going to see in your house, so do something fun, do something different,” Wiggins says.

For more information about Regency Custom Homes, visit regencyhomes-az.com or call (480) 367-1959.

View photos of the Roesches’ custom home:

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Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

ScoWhiten Your Teeth - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Tips To Whiten Your Teeth — And Keep Them White

Two Scottsdale-area dentists give tips and advice about how to whiten your teeth — and keep them white.

Dr. Jeffrey D. Clark of Scottsdale Dental Excellence has some advice about how to whiten your teeth. For the best results, here is what he recommends:

1. Whitening immediately after your dental cleaning.
2. If you need a power boost of whitening, I recommend bleaching at home first. The bleach will be applied to whitening trays and should be worn for 30-60 minutes once per day for 5-7 days.
3. Then, I also recommend an in-office visit for a whitening power boost session. We use a specially-formulated, concentrated whitening solution that we put on the isolated teeth.
4. We also recommend that you do not consume any stain-causing foods, such as tomato sauce, red wine, coffee, tea, etc. for at least 48 hours after.

Once your teeth are whitened, here is what Clark and Dr. Mark Peck of Dental Studio 101 recommend you do to maintain that Tom Cruise sparkle:

1. It is best to stay away from stain-causing foods and drinks. If you are not able to avoid them, be sure to brush within an hour of consumption. Plaque, which causes discoloration, begins to form within an hour of eating. If you stop plaque before it forms, you stop discoloration.
2. We don’t recommend whitening toothpaste because they can be very abrasive and can cause tooth recession and sensitivity.
3. Whitening strips are also not as ideal because they are not custom made to fit your teeth and can move around and cause gingival irritation, and you will swallow the bleaching solution, which can be irritating to your throat and stomach.
4. Hand brush your teeth once a day and brush with a Sonicare toothbrush twice a day. In addition, Peck recommends using Sonicare AirFloss as an added measure to keep your teeth and gums looking their best.
5. If you have your teeth professionally whitened, be sure to use the custom whitening trays that the dentist sends home with you at least once a month to maintain whitening.

For more information or more tips to whiten your teeth and brighten your smile, visit the following websites:


Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Smile Makeover - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Brighten Your Look With A Smile Makeover

Sometimes, those daily affirmations in front of the full-length mirror or a new shade of lipstick aren’t what you need for that extra boost of confidence. What might have a bigger impact and a longer lasting effect on your physical and emotional state is a smile makeover.

When you pair your beauty products with a beautiful smile, experts say, it not only improves your self-confidence and appearance, but your social life and business life, too.

“Anybody will tell you that not only in business, but in everyday life, people are constantly looking at your smile and making mental evaluations based on how attractive your smile is,” says Dr. Jeffrey Clark of Scottsdale Dental Excellence.

“We’ve had patients come back telling us they have received promotions and raises at work, or met new dating partners, or have renewed their existing relationships by making over their smiles,” he says.

A smile makeover can consist of minimal and simple procedures, such as teeth bleaching, or as procedures as complex as full mouth restoration. Procedures include:

  • Cosmetic bonding: An enamel-like material is applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted into shape, hardened and polished.
  • Cosmetic gum lifts: Have short teeth or, as Clark puts it, “gummy smiles?” This is for you.
  • Invisalign clear braces: Avoid metal, and wear these clear, thin retainers all day, every day — except when you eat or brush. Invisalign helps correct the position of teeth due to poor alignment.
  • Procelain veneers or crowns: Ideal to rebuild broken-down teeth, normally due to grinding of the teeth.
  • Whitening or bleaching: Removes all dark aspects, dark spot and lines on the teeth, giving whiter, healthier-looking smiles.
  • Tooth-colored fillings: This procedure for those who need tooth restorations.

In order to determine whether you should consider a smile makeover, patients should start with a thorough diagnosis with photos taken of the mouth and teeth. The dentist can then fully evaluate every nook and cranny, determining if you need one or a combination of procedures to complete your makeover package.

Once you’ve taken a look at a simulated image of your smile-to-be, most smile makeovers can be completed in two visits or less. “The first visit is to make the necessary preparations, impressions and temporaries,” Clark says. “The second is to bond the veneers or crowns in place.”

As for side effects following the two-day makeover, Clark says the patient is helped through the changes with custom-fitted night-guards that will help prevent grinding.

Looking for a quicker route to a smile makeover? Opt for a two-hour visit to the dentist and have your teeth professionally bleached, says Dr. Mark Peck of Dental Studio 101 in Scottsdale.

The procedure can cost up to $700, Peck says, but the two-hour investment lets you leave the office with a smile that outshines Julia Roberts. You also take home the trays built from an impression of your teeth and you can use them for at-home bleaching and maintenance.

“Whatever route you choose to take, the key to making your smile makeover last in hygiene,” Peck says. “Plaque is what stains your teeth and plaque starts to develop within an hour after you eat. So if you brush after eating and keep that plaque from developing, you can eat whatever you want and your teeth are going to stay white.”

Once you have a brand new smile, the only other side effect you have to worry about include “sore facial muscles from excessive smiling,” Clark says.

Dental Studio 101
33739 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 488-4852
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8765 E. Bell Rd., Suite 201
(480) 585-1853


Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011


Transform Your Bathroom — Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Transform Your Bathroom With A Lot Of Imagination And Little Money

From boring to breathtaking: All it takes is a lot of imagination and a little money to transform your bathroom into a relaxing space

Transform Your BathroomSpending time de-stressing at spas can get expensive. Luckily, you don’t need to travel to a resort to unwind and relax.

There are several ways that homeowners can turn their lifeless bathrooms into a relaxing refuge, so they can stay stress-free for a fraction of the price of a trip to the spa.

One amenity that is seen in hotels and spas, but rarely in homes, is a television in the bathroom. With all of the technology available today, it is easy for a homeowner to install a television in the bathroom. This simple addition instantly makes the bathroom modern and user-friendly because homeowners can watch the news in the morning while getting ready for work, or watch a favorite TV show while taking a long soak in the tub.

For homeowners that don’t like to waste time with baths, but still want a relaxing experience, try expanding the shower. A larger shower creates a feeling of openness, similar to a spa.

Mary Wild from Wild Development in Scottsdale has seen an increasing number of homeowners doing away with the bathtub completely. “The elimination of the bathtub allows for a larger shower space,” she says. “More people want to have a nice big shower and are willing to sacrifice a tub they never use.”

Expanding the shower also provides space to install multiple shower heads. Wild recommends installing several bathroom add-ons that are unique to women. A small corner bench is a useful addition to a shower. It spruces up the look of the shower and also allows women to more easily shave their legs.

“It’s a simple thing that makes life so much easier,” Wild says.

Keeping the bathroom organized is key to creating a spa-like feeling. Adding recessed niches in the shower walls for shampoos and soap can clear clutter. Homeowners can also install outlets in the cabinets so the hair appliances can stay plugged in all the time, but be out of sight.

To have the same freshness that spas have, install heated towel bars or warming drawers for your towels to ensure you always have fresh, warm towels after stepping out of the bath.

While some installations – like having dryers in the shower to air-dry – may seem over the top, other types of installations, including a refrigerated drawer for makeup or additional lighting, may give your bathroom the unique personalized touch that turns your bathroom into a sanctuary for relaxation.

For more information about how you can transform your bathroom, call Wild Development at (480) 227-3813 or visit wild-development.com.

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Personalized Remodels - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Homeowners Opt For A Personalized Remodel To Enjoy For Years

Investing thousands of dollars into sprucing up a room or two in a home may seem fruitless when the housing market is down and people aren’t buying. However, homeowners are continuing to remodel their homes, but for different reasons than in the past.

Personalized RemodelA personalized remodel can create a home people will love and enjoy for years to come. Whether it is a total redo of the kitchen or expanding and updating the master bathroom, homeowners at all ends of the economic spectrum are opting to remodel, local home builders and remodelers say.

“Several years ago, people felt like they could put money into their homes and get it back out easily,” says Michael Daniel, president of Legacy Design Build Remodeling. “Today … they don’t care if they’re going to get their money back. People that are remodeling now have the need for it or have been saving and have the money for what they want.”

Most people who decide to complete a remodel expect to live in their home for many years to come. They want to enjoy the remodel, so they design the room or entire home of their dreams. Daniel says the most popular rooms to get remodeled are the rooms that get the most use: kitchens and bathrooms. “It’s the time-tested, proven things of the past that people are doing,” Daniel says. In their kitchens, homeowners are focused on the cabinets, counter tops and appliances.

What’s trending? Hiding appliances is a new trend that has become popular with homeowners. “They think there is too much clutter,” Daniel says. “People like to have pretty things on the counter tops, and appliances are clutter.” Legacy recently completed a kitchen where the homeowner didn’t want the refrigerator seen. Daniel and his team eliminated the main refrigerator and installed smaller refrigerators disguised as cabinets. The dishwasher and microwave were also hidden as cabinets.

Another popular kitchen trend is making the island the focus of the kitchen.

Personalized Remodel“Kitchens are a place for entertaining, so the island is really important,” Daniel says. Legacy completed a kitchen remodel for a chef who installed a 9-by-9-foot island in her home, so it could accommodate 16 students for her home-based cooking classes.

For bathroom remodeling, many people choose to remove the bathtub and install a larger shower or add storage space.

As for counter tops, Daniel says homeowners are using onyx, a translucent material that allows light to shine through it. Different backlighting, such as LED lights, can change the look or effect of the counter top.

Homeowners looking to create extra space in rooms can install pocket sliding doors. When opened, they slide into a deep pocket in the wall, creating a more polished look.

Heading outdoors. Homeowners aren’t limiting themselves to the inside of the house. “Exterior projects are normally popular,” Daniel says. “Some of the whole house remodels do a lot outside.”

Pools, grills, gazebos and fireplaces are common installations in backyards.

Legacy is working on a home remodel on Moon Mountain that adds a guesthouse, fire pit, barbecue, garage extension, and gazebo. The designers are remodeling both the pool and the landscape, which will include a pit for the children’s trampoline.

Legacy Design Build Remodeling
7750 E. Gelding Drive, Ste. 4
(480) 991-1993

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Skin Care - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

10 Anti-Aging Skin Care And Beauty Tips

Fight the wrinkles

Retinol – a form of vitamin A – is one of the most potent anti–aging skin care ingredients on the market, promoting normal cellular turnover. EmerginC Vitamin C + Retinol Mask removes dead skin cells and renews skin, leaving it looking younger instantly. With an additional boost of vitamin C, wrinkles don’t stand a chance.

Hydrate, inside out

Beauty starts from the inside out, and optimal hydration is key. Drink and consume plenty of water each day. Raw fruits and veggies deliver more water to cells than the liquid itself.

Morning wash

Start your morning off right. Begin each day with a calming, moisturizing wash. Avoid cleansers that contain harsh or foaming ingredients such as laurel sulfates, as these can strip natural oils and leave skin vulnerable to the elements. Dermatologist-recommended Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser is a great non-soap formula that adds back moisture without leaving a filmy residue that can clog pores.

Nighttime cleansing

In the evening, remove makeup with products containing natural oil extracts that eliminate makeup build-up with ease and help to condition skin, leaving your complexion soft and hydrated. Purity Made Simple by Philosophy is an award-winning daily face wash formulated to gently cleanse, tone and remove all face and eye makeup in one step.

Protection from the sun

Most signs of aging are caused by overexposure to the sun, so the first line of defense against lines, wrinkles and discoloration is to wear sunscreen. An easy way to always stay protected is to apply a moisturizer with UV protection built in like Olay Regenerist UV Defense Regenerating Lotion SPF 15 every morning after cleansing.

Hydrating masks

Treat skin to a hydrating or brightening skin care mask once a week. These work especially well on dehydrated, irritated and sensitive skin. Juice Beauty Green Apple Hydration Mask is a nutrient-rich mask that blends an alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) complex of organic apple, grape and lemon juices with age-defying peptides and vitamin C to help replenish your complexion.

Antioxidant serums

Refining antioxidant serums such as Rhonda Allison Grape Seed Hydrating Serum offer rich blends of vitamins and necessary antioxidants. Apply one under your favorite night cream to heal and restore dry skin while boosting its efficacy.

Protect your hands

Your hands will likely be the first part of your body to show signs of aging, so don’t forget to protect them. Niacin, found in NIA24 Sun Damage Repair for Décolletage and Hands, is one of the best ingredients for repairing damaged skin.

Whiten your smile

Maintaining a glistening grin as you age is essential. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96 percent of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing. LUSTER 1-Hour White is the only at-home whitening device cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In just one hour, you’ll have a brighter smile
without unwanted tooth/gum sensitivity.

Replace your primer

Tired of your foundation giving you a polka-dot look, even when applying a primer first? Try Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher in place of a primer to smooth skin and render pores virtually invisible.


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Photo Genesis - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Changing Your Spots With Photo Genesis and Photofacials

Photo Genesis and Photofacials help even your skin tone and make you look younger.

After three months of chasing the kids through water parks, lake outings, afternoons lounging by the pool and daily outdoor exposure, sun damage is inevitable for many of us in the Valley. And with the holidays nearing, this means having to endure family portraits and family reunions — times when looking your best is important, especially when you are being captured in photographs that will be around for years to come.

Plus, the amount of sun damage present in one’s skin has a direct effect on “skin age,” says Dr. Suneil Jain, NMD, of Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics in Scottsdale. “The more sun damage a person has, the older he or she looks.”

Instead of using Photoshop to correct the damage after the photo is taken, you zap away the imperfections with skin rejuvenation treatments before the photo is taken.

Two types of treatments that can make your skin look younger are Photo Genesis and Photofacials. But how are they different, and how do you know which treatment is right for you?

Photo Genesis – which costs between $150 and $700, depending on the area treated – reduces uneven pigmentation in your skin, including brown spots, sun damage and redness or rosacea. It uses a series of gentle pulses of light that are delivered deep into the skin. The light is selectively absorbed only by those areas that are pigmented spots, evening out the tone of the skin. Photo Genesis is considered when patients are “looking for a quick, safe and effective way to have a beautiful radiant complexion,” Jain says.

However, Photo Genesis does more than just clear complexion and even skin tone. According to Jain, it can help to repair and remove small blood vessels, treat acne, reduce the redness of rosacea, improve skin tone and texture, and even stimulate collagen growth.

“The fall and winter are the best times of the year to do Photo Genesis treatments because sun exposure is at its most minimal level,” Jain says. “The holidays are also a time when patients desire to look their best.”

Another type of skin rejuvenation treatment is a Photofacial. Jain says the difference between the two treatments is comfort level.

“The Photo Genesis is a safe and easier procedure,” Jain says.

Photofacials, which cost between $250 and $750, also consist of short pulses of visible light — Intense Pulse Light — that are focused on “hyper pigmented areas and red pigmented areas to break up and remove it,” says Dannielli Marcelino, senior
medical laser technician and esthetician of Suddenly Slimmer Medical Spa.

While Photofacials also treat discoloration and evens out and tones the skin, the procedure also rids skin of sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles, liver spots, freckles, melasma, rosacea and
spider veins.

However, Marcelino says patients need to know the procedure is not for all skin types. It is only recommended for light- skinned individuals.

“(With) darker-skinned individuals, there is less of a contrast between overall skin color and pigmented spots,” Marcelino says. “So (Photofacials) can increase the risk of having an adverse reaction.”

Both Photo Genesis and Photofacial procedures have a shared benefit, though. Both treatments only take 20 to 30 minutes, and patients can resume their normal activities after the procedure is completed.

Marcelino says Suddenly Slimmer’s patients include not only women, but men. The number of men receiving Photofacials is “without a doubt increasing,” including many golfers, Marcelino says.

Photofacial is one of the most popular treatments in Scottsdale for correcting sun damage,
according to Marcelino, considering the city of one of the top in the nation for sun damage and pre-mature aging.

“Although Photofacial is a popular treatment used to correct the skin on the face, it is also great for removing sun spots all over the body,” Marcelino says. “When you even out the skin tone on the neck, chest, shoulders, back, arms, hands and legs, you can look 10 years younger!”

For more information about Photo Genesis or Photofacials, contact Rejuvena or Suddenly Slimmer.

Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics
9977 N. 95th St., Ste. 101
(480) 551-9000
werejuvenate.com Suddenly Slimmer Medical Spa
3313 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
(602) 952-8446

Kitchen Remodel - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Easy Kitchen Remodel With Details In Mind

It doesn’t take a lot for a family-friendly kitchen upgrade; keep these improvements in mind.

The kitchen has always been a focal point for connecting with your family, so it’s important to transform your kitchen into a food- and family-friendly haven. But this doesn’t mean you have to completely remodel the room.

There are a variety of easy options to consider. The first and easiest way to upgrade is changing the hardware and knobs. It is very simple and inexpensive to replace the cabinet jewelry to create an updated look. Replacing the knobs can also enhance other changes or additions that are made to other areas in the kitchen.

Paint is another effective way to revive a kitchen. Layer a new coat of paint to freshen the room, or try out a new color to change the kitchen’s style completely.

If you want to stay away from paint, add a tile backsplash on a wall. Kym Davis, senior interior designer from Premier Kitchen & Bath in Scottsdale, recommends backsplash for homeowners who aren’t interested in a complete kitchen remodel. This is a unique way to enhance the color schemes already in existence.

“If the intent is that they just want to dress the kitchen up and aren’t planning to change anything else, then tile is a nice backsplash,” Davis says.

There are a variety of tile types to choose from, including glass, glass mixed with stone, mosaics and linear tiles.

As for cabinets, those looking to for a change without installing new cabinets can consider refacing the existing cabinets. Use paint to change the outside of cabinets or remove cabinet panels on the cupboard doors and replace them with glass for an updated look.

Ultimately, you want to personalize your kitchen to make it meet your family’s need and fit your family’s style. One unique trend Davis has seen surface recently is departmentalizing the kitchen. For some people, this means having a special section of the kitchen dedicated for food preparation or having sections designated for kids only.

One kitchen Davis worked on included a special breakfast area for kids ages 5 to 8. The kids routinely made their own breakfast in the morning, so Davis worked to make a section of the kitchen kid-friendly.

The breakfast area was in a space that was reachable for the children and included a mini refrigerator under the kitchen counter that contained milk and juice. The toaster and microwave were also in the designated area.

“It worked because the kids could make their own breakfast or mess in one area,” Davis says.

Rearranging appliances and making simple upgrades can also dress up an aged kitchen and make it a more inviting room.

For more information about Premier Kitchen & Bath:
4856 E. Baseline Road, Suite 108
Mesa, Arizona 85206


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Tummy Tucks Tips - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Tummy Tucks Tips: What You Need To Know

Thinking about getting a tummy tuck? Here’s what you need to know about tummy tucks as well as some tummy tucks tips.

What happens during tummy tuck surgery?

Step 1 – Anesthesia

The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision

A full tummy tuck procedure requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured while excess fat, tissue and skin is removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.

Step 3 – Closing the incisions

Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.

Step 4 – See the results

Your abdominoplasty procedure will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. But within a week or two, you should be standing tall with a new. slimmer profile.

Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Tummy Tucks Tips

If you’re considering a tummy tuck, make sure you’re prepared for both pre- and post-surgery. We asked Dr. Sumer Daiza, double board-certified plastic surgeon and owner of the Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale what tummy tuck clients should ask their doctors before a tummy tuck, as well as what they need to know post-tummy tuck.

Here’s what Dr. Daiza had to say:

Top 5 questions to ask before a tummy tuck:

1. Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
2. How many tummy tuck surgeries have you completed?
3. Do you have hospital privileges to perform tummy tucks?
4. Can I see your “before and after” photos?
5. When can I get back to my normal routine?

Top 5 things one must do post-tummy tuck:

1. Adhere to recovery instructions from your doctor.
2. Be prepared for post-operation pain.
3. Have the appropriate help arranged during your recovery period.
4. Be aware of the risks and complications of your tummy tuck.
5. Long term: Continue to maintain diet and exercise regiment.

For more information about tummy tucks, visit scottsdalebody.com or call (480) 585-0011.

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Tummy Tucks Surgery - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

The Skinny On Tummy Tucks

With three different procedures available, local surgeons discuss everything you need to know about tummy tucks

Post-pregnancy mommies and extreme weight loss patients love it when they reach their goal weight because it’s the moment when they realize that all their hard work paid off.

Their goal has been realized.

What they don’t love, though, is the loose, sagging skin that significant weight loss can leave behind. Even though most of the belly is gone, the stubborn skin that dangles around the waist often sticks around, no matter how many times or how intense they work the core.

This is why many people looking to get rid of that little bit extra are turning to abdominoplasty plastic surgery, also known as a tummy tuck, to reshape their abs and get their rockin’ core back. More than 144,000 tummy tucks were performed in 2010, making it the 4th most popular cosmetic surgical procedure, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

There are three common types of tummy tuck surgeries: the mini, the traditional, and the extended tummy tuck.

Traditional Tummy Tucks

The traditional, or full tummy tuck, targets the entire abdominal area, both above and below the belly button.

Liposuction is frequently performed at the same time as a tradition tummy tuck to improve contouring and provide better cosmetic results. The traditional tummy tuck is most commonly performed on post-pregnancy or weight-loss patients to reshape the entire abdominal area, says Dr. John Williams of John Williams MD Plastic Surgery in North Scottsdale.

Mini Tummy Tucks

The mini tummy tuck targets the area below the belly button — the lower abdomen.

It is mainly targeted for a “very specific patient” that has some excess skin below the belly button, according to Dr. Williams, an American Board of Plastic Surgery certified plastic surgeon for more than 15 years.

Extended Tummy Tucks

The extended abdominoplasty covers the entire abdominal area, improving the waist and smoothing the shape of the upper lateral thigh as well.

An extended tummy tuck is a more extensive procedure that is often used for extreme weight loss patients because this procedure reshapes the abdominal area as well as the waist and the upper lateral thigh areas in many cases, says Williams.

Current Trends

Valley doctors are finding that many abdominoplasty patients are now opting for combination procedures, where they get an abdominoplasty and another surgery — such as breast augmentation  —  performed simultaneously to save money and share downtime for the procedures.

One way this is gaining popularity is with the “Mommy Makeovers” for post-pregnancy women.

According to Scottsdale double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sumer Daiza, who owns the Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale, the Mommy Makeover series of body contouring procedures is currently the most popular cosmetic surgery package.

The Mommy Makeover includes a package of cosmetic surgeries that address areas that pregnancy can impact, including the abdomen and breasts.

“(The Mommy Makeover) is popular with my patients because they have multiple surgeries done at one time,” says Daiza, who has been practicing for nine years.

Daiza’s Mommy Makeover patients often end up getting tummy tucks and breast augmentation at once to lessen the cost of anesthesia fees. Also, multiple surgeries at one time means only one period of recovery time for busy moms who are looking to get their pre-baby bodies back, she says.

Williams says that his take on the Mommy Makeover, the Total Body Rejuvenation, is also very popular with his patients. This typically includes a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and some liposuction.

Another popular option that Williams offers is his high-lateral-tension tummy tuck.

“My high-lateral -tension tummy tuck is very popular because it creates much more tension to really define the abdominal muscles,” Williams says. “I am one of the only ones in the Valley doing this.”

Downtime and Risks

As with any surgical procedure, certain risks or potential complications are possible with an abdominoplasty. Some of the risks associated with tummy tuck procedures include blood clots, infection and anesthesia risks, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Both Daiza and Williams agree that the most important thing you can do to ensure your safety is to research the doctor you want to perform your surgery.

“The plastic surgeon should be board certified,” Williams says.

Daiza suggests using the resources available to patients, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website, www.plasticsurgery.org, to check out potential doctors. It is important for the doctor to have the proper credentials.

She also suggests you ask the doctor about their hospital privileges for tummy tuck procedures.

“The key is it is all about educating yourself,” Williams says. “Potential patients have to do their homework.”

For more information about tummy tucks:

Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale
18325 N. Allied Way, Phoenix
(480) 585-0011

John Williams MD Plastic Surgery
9377 E. Bell Road
(480) 502-5755

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Trending Products from Thingz, Think Art - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Trending: New Products From Thingz And Think Art

Finding Nimah

 Nimah at Thingz
Want a chandelier that brings a little sparkle into your life? If you’re looking for an elegant chandelier with a modern look and feel, the Nimah is the perfect choice. A perfect blend of style and sophistication, the Nimah offers brilliantly lucid jewels that are encased with chrome circles, and dangle with sophistication. Priced at $999, the Nimah is available at Thingz in Scottsdale and Tempe.


Penchant at Thingz
A shimmering midnight-black drum shade elegantly supports a waterfall of sparkling crystal teardrops in the Penchant, available for $659 at Thingz in Scottsdale and Tempe.

Uno Chair

Uno Chair, Thingz
The retro feel of the Uno Chair fits any sleek contemporary space. Shown in Mocha leather, which is 100% top grain leather, the chromed metal arm and base rails finish the modern look of this chair. Available for $1,289 at Thingz in Scottsdale and Tempe.

Steel sculptures

Cory Fuhr, Think Art
Sculptures always make great conversation pieces. And Canadian artist Cory Fuhr’s steel sculptures make an exceptional centerpiece to any room. From intimate representations of musical instruments to life-size human forms, his works show both depth and strength. To see more of Fuhr’s work, visit Think Art in Scottsdale.thinkfineart.com
(480) 998-9790

The Picasso

The Picasso, Thingz
The Picasso is a classically styled retro sofa with a chrome rail frame and top grain leather. A tufted seat adds to the mid-century modern feel. Expect to pay $2,569 for this amazing piece at Thingz in Scottsdale and Tempe. A matching chair is available to complete the set.For more information, call (480) 368-8111 or visit thingzcontemporary.com.
Solatube - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Solar Concepts’ Solatube Reduces Home Energy Use

Solar Concepts’ Solatube reduces home energy use and your electricity bill

For those looking to help save energy and preserve our environment, the switch to natural lighting systems is a bright idea.

Current trends show more people are switching from light bulbs to natural lighting, with one popular product being tubular skylights. They offer bright, natural light in your home that will reduce your energy use and, more importantly, your electricity bill.

Tubular skylights are installed in the ceilings of any room and capture light through a dome in the roof. An internal reflective system then channels the light, moving it through the tubing system to be emitted through the diffuser on the ceiling that spreads the light evenly throughout the room.

These skylights have benefits beyond energy saving and money saving, though. They offer a light much brighter than the 100-watt bulbs frequently purchased for kitchens and living rooms. Numerous studies have also shown that in naturally-lit settings, workers are more productive, students are more academically successful, and consumers buy more from businesses.

One increasing popular product of natural lighting is Solatube, a daylighting system originally created in Australia in the late 1980s that arrived in the U.S. in 1992. The products are sold at various locations across the country, and Solar Concepts is the premier distributor of Solatube products in Arizona.

While there are numerous skylights available, Solatube offers a unique product with distinct features from its competitors. When asked what sets this tubular skylight apart from others, Scott Lawrence, manager of Solar Concepts says, “The technology. We have it, and others don’t.”

He says their product emits two to five times as much white light, not blue or yellow like most skylight models.

“Solatube is the only product that provides this natural lighting without also bringing into your home heat, UV rays, and leaks,” Lawrence says.

He adds most skylights come with these three unwelcome guests, but not Solatube. The technology is so advanced, the product blocks heat and UV rays from coming into homes. All Solatube products also come with a 10-year warranty to ensure quality satisfaction.

Solar Concepts has proven to be a customer-friendly and efficient business. The Better Business Bureau rated it an A+ company, and Angie’s List granted it the Super Service Award for Best Customer Service Company in 2010.

Lawrence says he has “never before worked with a product that customers love so much.” The only struggle the company has encountered over the years is that there are still many people unaware of Solatube, he says.

The purchase and installation price for Solatube skylights starts at $579, but customers can get one-third off that payment back in tax credits. Solar Concepts also offers a year-round bundle sale, so if you buy three products, you get $150 off your purchase.

While the initial price of the tubular skylight isn’t inexpensive, the product can save you thousands of dollars a year on electricity costs.

To learn more about Solatube products or Solar Concepts, visit solarconceptsaz.com or call (480) 968-1777.

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Scottsdale Weight Loss Center - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Avoid Weight Gain With Scottsdale Weight Loss Center Tips

Scottsdale Weight Loss Center’s Dr. Rob Ziltzer Dishes Out Some Weight Loss Tips

The holidays are the time to connect with family and friends, which means more parties, more food, late-night shopping and a lot less sleep.

After the festivities are over, you open your closet to find that all of your clothing has magically shrunk, and the days to achieve your beach body are slipping through your fingers.

Make your New Year’s resolutions easier by preventing holiday weight gain with some advice from Dr. Rob Ziltzer of the Scottsdale Weight Loss Center.

Q: What can be done to maintain one’s weight over the holiday season?

A: I’m a strong advocate of making changes now to prevent the weight gain.
The average person puts on four to six pounds during the holidays and that’s for a number of reasons. There are many more meals and in-between meal food opportunities, whether it be holiday meals or buffets, more cocktail parties, or cookies that people bring into work. All of those things ultimately mean more calories eaten.

When you compound that with people being out more and sleeping less, sleep deprivation also leads to weight gain. Getting a full seven to eight hours of sleep can help burn the equivalent of 400 more calories.

Q: Do you have suggestions for healthier options or substitutions if you are hosting a party or dinner?

A: Skewered beef, chicken or shrimp kabobs are going to be much more filling and nutritious with far fewer calories and carbs. If made properly, deviled eggs are a good choice because they are filled with protein.

If you are making cookies, you can use apple sauce instead of oil or butter. It changes the flavor a little bit, but it will certainly reduce the amount of calories. Personally, I recommend you eat a really good cookie you really like and just eat less of it.

Q: Alcoholic beverages are known for empty calories. With the increase of holiday cocktail parties, do you have any suggestions for low-calorie options?

A: One important fact is to stay well hydrated. Instead of having two alcoholic drinks back to back, have a glass of water or a diet soda in between. You will reduce your overall amount of alcohol intake. If you really want to drink, light beer is the best choice followed by wine.

Q: What do you think about pre-mixed, low-calorie drinks such as the Skinny Girl Margarita?

A: It only has 110 calories and five grams of sugar. Less sugar means fewer calories, so that’s actually a good choice.

Q: What do you suggest if people overeat or have too many rich items during a meal?

A: Prevention is key. Once you’ve overeaten, it’s too late. Don’t go into a meal hungry. We recommend pre-loading. Have a small meal, snack bar, a salad or 16 ounces of water before you get there.

Listen to your body. We use the 1-10 hunger scale — 10 being famished and 1 being totally full and bloated. Start eating when you are a 6 or 7, and stop when you are about a 4. Then, you will feel satisfied.

Q: The holiday rush usually means skipping exercising. Do you have tips to help boost energy and maintain weight without exercise?

A: Simply wearing a pedometer to track how many steps you are taking can be really effective. Try to do something every day, even if it’s only for five or 10 minutes. Take a brisk walk, go to the gym, or go dancing — anything to get you moving.

Even doing housework counts. It doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym if you are busy. If you are cleaning, preparing for a holiday party or putting a tree together, those are all physical activities and should be counted.

For more information about the Scottsdale Weight Loss Center:

Scottsdale Weight Loss Center
9989 N. 95th St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 366-4400


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Club SAR, Benefits of Boxing - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Club SAR, Mountainside Fitness Instructors Discuss Benefits Of Boxing

Club SAR, Mountainside Fitness Discuss Benefits Of Boxing

Road rage, workplace stress and a slow recovering economy are fueling hooks and uppercuts at boxing gyms across Scottsdale. Men and women of all ages are lacing up their gloves and reaping the sport’s payoffs in mental and physical health.

With a one-hour class burning approximately 400 to 800 calories, those who hit the boxing gyms are slimming down, building muscle and strengthening their minds and hearts.

“Boxing provides total body conditioning that includes strength, endurance and flexibility without having to focus on any one particular area,” says Tabitha Citro, athletic director at Mountainside Fitness, which offers boxing and kickboxing classes in Scottsdale. “It becomes a total package, an all-in-one sport.”

Dating back to 688 B.C. in ancient Greece, boxing has served as an outlet for those with combative tendencies. But for those who would prefer to not be hit, boxing conditioning can be accomplished without sparing.

“Some people are looking for the cardio benefits,” says Diedra Nietz, instructor at Club SAR in Scottsdale. “They don’t want to fight in the ring, but want to learn about self-defense and get in great shape. Many of our classes have people working at their own pace, on their own bag.”

Boxing conditioning classes often involve learning basic punches like jabs, hooks, uppercuts and footwork. Conditioning classes also include training to increase speed and strength using sprints, push-ups, sit-ups, squats and other grueling exercises that work the shoulders, core and legs.

The Great De-Stressor

Andrea Mijak, a school psychologist, started boxing to improve her performance in mixed martial arts. She fell in love with the sport and found that it helped reduced stress.

“When you are stressed, boxing can become a release,” Mijak says. “If you channel it, after the workout, the aggression is gone.”

Mijak says boxing has the ability take the negative energy that stress or anger creates and transforms it into something positive.

“Many of the boxers I’ve talked to say that boxing helped them to channel their aggression in a more positive way,” Mijak says. “It also empowers people. For some women, they might come in more timid, but after they get into it, they find they enjoy throwing a punch.”

Instructors say boxing is a workout that evolves into a skill set of fighting moves with increased coordination, confidence and strength. For those bored with going to the gym, boxing provides a workout with purpose, says Jonathan Couvdos, Club SAR instructor and former amateur boxer.

“It’s fun to work out when you have a goal,” Couvdos says. “At the end of it, you’re learning a technique and a sport. You forget you’re working out. Instead of running on a treadmill, when you do boxing conditioning, you’re getting a better workout, and it’s interesting.”

The Sweet Science

One of the great skills that boxing develops is the ability to respond to the unexpected. Boxers have to decide in split seconds on how to counter an opponent’s tactics.

Thomas Harrison, Club SAR manager/instructor and former amateur boxer, says boxing is called “the sweet science because it’s somewhat of a chess game. Yes, it is a fight, but there is thought involved. There is a method to fighting, such as counter-punching. You want to use your opponent’s moves against him. Hit without being hit. Accomplishing that requires a lot of study and practice.”

Learning to leverage one’s body to deliver heavy-hitting punches while maintaining balance and speedy responses also gives the brain a good workout.

“You’re working on your coordination, so it keeps you sharp,” Nietz says.  “You’re focusing on movements and what you do next. It teaches you to be quick on your feet.”

Self-Defense for Beginners

For people wanting to learn how to box for self-defense, boxing offers some basic building blocks. While it gives people confidence in throwing punches and taking hits, Citro says it’s just the beginning of learning to protect yourself.

“It provides a foundation for self-defense movements that could be applied to potentially dangerous situations,” Citro says. “It prepares the body to take a defensive mode in unexpected dangerous circumstances. But boxing should not be considered a substitute for a complete self-defense program. However, it provides great fundamental skills.”

Out of the Ring

Learning a sport and consistently exercising can also benefit your career. A study from the University of Bristol in England showed that 79 percent of people who exercised on days that they worked improved their professional performance.

“I think employers like the fact that people know a sport well,” Harrison says. “They know how to work hard, be regimented, disciplined and put themselves on the line to accomplish goals. All of that can be used in the corporate world.”

But for those who just want to punch something after a day at the office, taking it into the ring will serve as a stress-reliever and a big calorie-burning fitness program.

“(Boxing is) for people with different athletic abilities, from (those who weigh) 300 pounds to professional athletes who want to stay in shape during the off-season,“ Couvdos says. “It’s for anyone who wants to be challenged.”

For more information about Club SAR and Mountainside Fitness:

Club SAR
8055 E. Camelback Rd.
(480) 312-2669

Mountainside Fitness
11611 E. Sahuaro Dr.
(480) 889-8889

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011