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Description: October 2013 - The Breast Cancer Issue

HERLIFE MAGAZINE KEEPING WOMEN CONNECTED MAKING STRIDES FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS CARING FOR SURVIVORS A PINK STRYDE AFFAIR HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM OCTOBER 2013 DR. LISA LEARN PLASTIC SURGEON WITH VISION & RESULTS HERLIFE welcome NOT JUST IN OCTOBER I have to admit like so many women I always knew there was a chance. But like so many women I never thought it would be me. I never thought I d hear those devastating words You have breast cancer. Debbie Wasserman Schultz I t seems that the only time most people think about breast cancer awareness is in the month of October. With all of the pink ribbons the kick-off events and the pink bras it makes me a little sad that this activity is not seen all year long. We need to have fundraising activities year-round for cancer research so a cure can be found. There are many emotions a woman goes through when she decides to remove her breasts for others there is no choice at all. For a person who has been diagnosed with breast cancer it is a year-long journey and it can be a very financially devastating experience on the family. With this in mind I am happy that we selected Dr. Lisa Learn as our October cover girl. In the month of October Dr. Learn is gifting a select few women who are unable to pay for their reconstructive surgery. She deserves a huge round of applause for stepping up and giving back to her community. In this issue we also learn about the CEO of Sebastian River Medical Center Steven Salyer who is Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Vanessa Robinson of the Pink Strydes Foundation who allows survivors and caregivers to strut their stuff down the runway and lastly Mederi CAREtenders a leading provider of home health and nursing services that offers at-home care for those undergoing treatment for cancer and has nurses who are also cancer survivors. My wish for others suffering from cancer is to celebrate another birthday--not just one but many more. So please don t wear your pink ribbons just in October. Help is needed all year. Help another person--and yourself. I hope you never have to wear my shirt that says These are fake. My real ones tried to kill me. pho to by dana fr ance of s u gar bel l e ph ot ogr aph y Have an inspirational woman in your life If you or someone you know has a great story that you think should be told please email me at karen Karen Alleyne-Means 4 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM ShopFor A Cure ruth Lingerie shop A Medicare Approved Facility - Restore confidence asymmetry & cover scar tissue - Beautiful Mastectomy bras swimsuits & forms - Ruth has 46 years of fitting experience. 10 30 - 5 30 Monday - Saturday Call for appointment - 561-741-7257 2119 S. 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HERLIFE Magazine is owned by HERLIFE Magazine LLC and is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. 17 000 copies are distributed in Broward Palm Beach Martin and St.Lucie counties. It is available in selected specialty stores doctor and dental offices medical spas hair and nail salons tanning salons public libraries and numerous other high traffic locations. Please call for a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas articles and feedback. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are available for 26 (for 12 issues). Please go to or mail a check made out to HERLIFE Magazine to the above address. 6 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE contents DR. LISA LEARN Skill and compassion for her patients female and male guide Dr. Lisa Learn in her specialty of breast reconstruction. This plastic surgeon with a special touch believes in education and emotional support not only for those she serves but for the community as well. Her story in our Inspirations pages provides an insightful glimpse of her impact on the women of South Florida. 14 Finding a therapist who is a good fit is so essential for therapy to be beneficial. If there s a particular type of therapy desired it is good to be up front in asking whether therapists have such expertise. contents Welcome Health Beauty Inspirations Culinary Mother s Perspective Recipes 4 8 10 14 18 20 23 24 26 30 32 36 37 38 40 42 44 46 48 7 8 First comes love then comes marriage then comes so-andso with a baby carriage At least that s how the old playground song goes but are those sentiments true for you Spotlight Trendsetter Spotlight Working Women Finance Mind Matters Real Estate 20 When we face dealing with a lousy leader we must develop strategies to keep our own work and behavior on track. Six strategy suggestions are discussed here. Spotlight Tie The Knot Travel In the City 32 Scene and Be Seen HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE health FINDING THERAPY & A THERAPIST FOR YOUR NEEDS A beneficial. b y he a t he r no b le p hd while back a dear friend of mine called and asked for advice on finding a good therapist. She was in tears and she was unsure why and what needed to happen to help her feel better. She was definitely depressed but also she was quite dissatisfied with her marriage. Was it just her isaged my friend to check with her insurance on eligibility for mental health benefits. What might she have for a deductible or co-pay and are there limits on the services provided If she was not using insurance and planned to pay out-of-pocket I suggested she inquire about slidingscale fees in which the cost is usually based upon income. While money can be an awkward conversation it is more than fair to be clear on this before initiating services. Therapists are used to getting these questions. Furthermore if cost was especially concerning I suggested she look into local universities with community clinics staffed by graduate students in training who are supervised by licensed staff. Community mental health centers are also good options. Third therapists have very different approaches for how they view the process of growth and change in their clients. This is good because people are very diverse when it comes to what is helpful. However this also means that not every therapist is a good fit for every client. For instance one therapist might explore in-depth the way my friend thinks about things including herself. This focus on cognitions would assist her in becoming more aware of what she tells herself and consequently how that impacts her feelings and behaviors. It might be determined she has detrimental self-critical thinking that could be replaced with more selfcompassionate thoughts. Another therapist might instead focus on her earliest relationships. These would be viewed as formative for how she understands relationships and expects them to work. It would be explored how she attached to her parents along with how she perceived her parents relating to each sue and she needed to find a way to happiness Did she need to change something in regard to her marriage It was clear she was overwhelmed and I shared with her that a therapist could be just the kind of support that would help her sort through these concerns and guide her in finding some relief. She lives a few states away from me so I couldn t be of assistance by sharing names I know as a psychologist. However I still had some ideas for her to find a good fit which is so essential for therapy to be First if there s a particular kind of issue to address or type of therapy desired it is good to be up front in asking whether therapists have such expertise. For instance while all therapists should be trained to have good listening skills and to support their clients some have additional training for treating specific concerns such as trauma or eating disorders. It never hurts to ask a therapist if he she has worked with individuals who have similar concerns. Additionally it could make a big difference if my friend wanted therapy just for her or couple s therapy that included her husband. Some therapists have training and experience to work with couples others do not. I encouraged her to be an educated consumer and ask before scheduling an appointment. Second consider how the cost of therapy will be covered. I encour- 8 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM other and how those early views of relationships remain influential in her marital relationship. Yet another therapist might focus on better symptom management by exploring times when she feels better and what is different then. Therapy would be a process of reconnecting her with personal strengths and resources that have been helpful in the past and that can be used again. There are countless other approaches that therapists might utilize and in reality many therapists blend multiple approaches anyway. Nevertheless I encouraged her to ask therapists how they view the change and development process that their clients undergo in therapy. I also encouraged her to pay close attention to whether the therapist s response resonated with what she personally felt might be helpful. Most importantly and consistently evidenced by research conducted on therapy it is essential that the client feels comfortable sitting and talking with the therapist. The relationship between the client and therapist is often a major vehicle for change. Only with strong rapport can trust be formed to share deeply personal information take a close look at it and courageously move forward with healing and growth. I suggested to my friend that she pay close attention to the connection she forms (or doesn t form) during her initial contacts with the therapist. My friend did find a therapist who was a good fit and provided helpful support and guidance. As her depression lightened her marriage strengthened. For more information on this topic visit and Doctor Lawrence Weinstein Dear Dr. Weinstein My mother is quite ill. When should I consider hospice M.C. Dear M.C. We all want our loved ones to live forever. In reality we know this can t be true. Despite that fact Medicare data shows that more than 25 percent of Medicare spending goes toward the 5 percent of patients who die each year. ( http Research-Statistics-Data-andSystems Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems.html) It would be one thing to prove that all this spending made a difference in the lives of these patients but often all we succeed in doing is prolonging the death and suffering of the ones we love. This is not an issue of money or death panels. This is an issue of compassion and dignity. What good does it do for a family member to add six months to their loved one s life if the individual is sick and unable to function for five of them While the time to enter hospice may be within the last six months of life the decision to choose hospice should occur earlier. Patients should fill out a living will to let others know what treatments they would choose in the event they are unable to make a decision due to their illness. This is also known as an advanced directive. When a patient suffers from a major illness and continues to be treated for it they may also benefit from palliative care. Palliative care is delivered alongside the patient s regular therapy by a different set of specialized health care professionals. Their job is to improve a patient s quality of life by dealing with the symptoms pain and stress of their illness. Care is directed to the patient and their family. Palliative care can be requested at any time during a major or chronic illness. When it becomes clear that your loved one has reached the last six months of life hospice can be initiated. Hospice is focused on providing comfort care. Most hospice care is done at home. The hospice team is available 24 7 to address the needs of the patient and their family. They provide social workers spiritual care caregiver support and naturally grief counseling after the loss of a loved one. Patients in hospice can have a greater quality of life and avoid receiving treatments that add nothing to their survival. In fact hospice patients live longer when compared to non-hospice patients. In my personal experience hospice has added hope and comfort at a time when all seems lost. Lawrence Weinstein MD is a Board-certified cardiologist and Chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Bethesda Hospital. His office is located at 10301 Hagen Ranch Road Suite B-4 in Boynton Beach. Please phone (561) 200-3583 for additional information or an appointment HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 9 HERLIFE beauty CHOOSING A HANDBAG FOR YOUR BODY TYPE AND CAREER by hallie sawyer P vocation. etite curvy pear-shaped tall inverted triangle hourglass and apple-shaped are all body types you have heard of but did you know they also dictate what type of handbag you should carry Turns out not everyone can rock the hobo bag. It s all about balance proportion distraction and attraction. women. A bag like this will fall between hip and natural waist making the shoulders look broader therefore balancing out these figure types. This bag also works for many different professional paths from publishing and marketing to photography. Tote This bag works well for those who are apple-shaped distracting the eye from the top-heaviness of this body type. It s prac- Along those same lines fashion experts say there are handbags to match your career as well. Your handbag can reveal your level of professionalism as well as your attention to detail. Here are some tips for choosing the right handbag for your body type as well as your Crossbody Messenger This handbag works for those who have wider shoulders than hips (called Inverted Triangle) giving the illusion of balance. This type of handbag also works for the curvy or hourglass-shaped ladies as long as the bag is proportionate. When it comes to the career since the crossbody bag has such a casual feel this one isn t a fit for the executive professional wardrobe. This works best in the occupation the name describes as a messenger. Hobo This bag is versatile fitting inverted triangles hourglass petites or those with a leaner rectangular shape. It works because it adds curve where it s needed most. Not all hobos are created equal and they can look slouchy if not chosen wisely. For a work setting look for one that has more structure (more rare but they exist ) and without a lot of detail. One that is simple and sleek with supporting structure will also function for carrying documents in style. Satchel This handbag has been around since the 17th century and for good reason. It s a flat-bottomed bag with a short strap or handle giving shape where it s needed most. This is great for rectangular or hourglass figures and especially good for pear-shaped 10 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM tical as well as functional for the workplace and is great for carrying big items such as a laptop camera and notebooks. However it s best to invest in a nice leather tote for the office keeping the more casual one for the pool. The hobo is versatile fitting inverted triangles hourglass petites or those with a leaner rectangular shape. It works because it adds curve where it s needed most. Not all hobos are created equal and they can look slouchy if not chosen wisely. For a work setting look for one that has more structure (more rare but they exist ) and without a lot of detail. Shoulder bag These can come in a variety of sizes but they all come with a long strap for looping over the shoulder. This is one of the most popular styles of handbags for good reason. They usually have multiple compartments and hit at the natural waist just above the hip. Inverted triangles rectangular athletic and hourglass are great shapes for this type of bag. Smaller in shape it s an everyday style that gives you the chance to make a great first impression at a job interview. Briefcase While this one isn t really able to mask any body type flaws or distract the eye from any less-than-desirable body parts it does say a lot about a person s level of professionalism. It s a classic handbag that lawyers have used for years to carry documents. A briefcase offers the utmost functionality and nothing says has it together better than this type of high-quality leather handbag. When shopping for the best bag for your shape keep these tips from in mind. The size of a handbag should be proportional to the person s body type. Short and petite women appear taller with small handbags and shorter with large handbags. Tall and slim women appear larger with small handbags and look best with midsize large and oversized styles. The shape of a handbag should be opposite of the person s body type Short women look taller carrying a long rectangular hand- WHAT TO DO AFTER A SLIP & FALL by s a le s ia v. s m it h -g o rd o n e s q uire M ost people do not think about their safety when they enter a grocery store mall restaurant or apartment complex. Folks assume that businesses taking their money will also take reasonable precautions to ensure their customers safety. After a slip and fall most people feel embarrassed and if pos- sible quickly get up. Often after a fall folks feel Oh that hurts but I m okay believing it s just a little pain but it ll go away. Sometimes the pain is brief. Other times the fall is more damaging than initially believed and results in great injury that did not go away but persisted. Just because you feel okay does not mean that you are okay. You may not realize how hurt you are until hours or even days later. Do not exaggerate your injuries but don t understate them either. Don t blame yourself for the negligence of a person or business that caused you to fall and become significantly injured. You are most likely not a klutz. Business or property owners must ensure the safety of those they invite into their premises from hazards such as a slippery or wet floor rug hand railings steps or improper lighting. Legal action is a remedy not solely to compensate the injured victim but also to hold the perpetrator accountable and to prevent the danger from harming others. Injuries from slips and falls often involve the knee wrist hip head foot toe elbow low back and in extreme instances may result in death. If you are a slip and fall injury victim consider doing the following Get medical attention Report the incident to the business or property owner or manager. Collect evidence gather witness accounts and contact information. Take photographs of the scene. Record your own account of the cause of your fall. Call an experienced lawyer Salesia Smith-Gordon Esq. at (561) 655-9279 or inquiry after obtaining urgent medical attention to discuss your legal options. Salesia V. Smith-Gordon is a registered pharmacist and lawyer with 20 years of experience who has dedicated her work to representing injured victims throughout Florida seeking justice against people and businesses whose negligent behavior has caused serious injury or death from prescription error or personal injury. Attorney Smith-Gordon has a private practice main office in West Palm Beach Florida and in Belle Glade Florida. Call (561) 655-9279 for an appointment or email your questions or comments to inquiry HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 11 bag. Slim and tall women benefit from a round handbag. The length of a handbag where the bottom hits the body emphasizes that area. Short handbags make busts appear larger so choose styles with longer straps to divert attention. Most women look good wearing handbags that hang to the mid-torso. Size and comfort are just as important when it comes to purchasing the right handbag. It s important to make sure it has enough compartments for your items and is comfortable to carry. Also a handbag is a great way to accessorize an outfit. Consider seasonal colors to spice up your wardrobe and neutral tones to avoid clashing with a busier outfit. Make sure the bag is durable for its intended use and has proper closures for your security needs such as commuting or airport travel. Finding the right handbag for your body shape and your career is not as hard as you may think. After all it may be the hardest working part of your wardrobe as you use it every day. Why not take the time to pick one that is functional yet flattering Sources 12 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Daniel Man M.D. P.A. Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon and Reconstructive Surgery Specialist Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Winner 2013 Aesthetic Show Best Overall Patient Enhancement Winner 2012 Aesthetic Show Best Overall Surgical Make Over Nominee 2012 Aesthetic Show for Innovative Skin Rejuvenation - Best Non Surgical Procedure DOES SKIN CARE CHANGE ACCORDING TO SKIN COLOR T he short answer is yes. But when you look at different skin colors and skin types there isn t much of a difference between them whether they are light or dark due to their similar structure. nin. The epidermis of dark skin is more effective at protecting the skin from UV light due to an increased content of epidermal melanin. As much as our skin color and type are different we are very similar in structure and function of our skin. Common skin problems seen in dark skinned patients include dyschromias (changes in skin pigmentations) post inflammatory hyperpigmentation acne scarring melasma pseudofoliculitis barbie (in grown hair) textural changes oily skin. Treatment Although the use of light chemical peels is relatively straight forward great care needs to be given to minimize possible side effects. Superficial peels generally affect the top layer of the skin and usually cause no risk of scarring. They are usually done weekly or monthly for maximum efficiency. Patients need to be cooperative and use home care products to get the best out of these treatments. The treatments do not go too deep allowing dark skin patients to continue with daily activities without significant down time. Our main goal when treating dark skin is to decrease inflammation as in acne or ingrown hair. By doing so we can achieve improvements in skin texture and superficial uneven shades of skin pigmentations sometimes called melasma. Patients with very dark skin have a greater risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. In these complicated cases lower concentration of superficial peels must be used and some persistent areas of darkness require the use of additional chemical agents. Some of these dark areas come from deeper dermal pigmentations that do not respond to current treatments. Some of these dark pigmentations can develop later in life and may be aggravated by early sun exposure or hormones such as Estrogens that occur during pregnancy. They can also be affected by the use of certain birth control pills. The use of broadspectrum sunscreen is very helpful in these cases. For more information please visit www. or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Man call (561) 395-5508 Skin is our largest organ and as such one needs to be familiar with its daily care sun damage prevention and age management protocols. Ethnic black brown yellow or white skin types are terms used to describe skin of color by way of pigmentation level. Three pigments are responsible for different skin colors Melanin Carotene and Hemoglobin. Melanin is a naturally occurring sun protector that shields us from the sun s harmful UV it is produced from the amino acids in special cells called melanocytes. There is an important enzyme called Tyrosinase that is responsible for creating these pigments. The sunlight serves as a stimulant to make more of these dark pigments. It is a mistake to think that darker skin is darker because it holds more melanocytes. There is actually the same amount of melanocytes in white and dark skin. The difference is that in darker skin the cells hold more of the darker pigment. Skin color is darker when there is more melanin. It will also be sent up to the skin s surface faster. Although the skin types and colors are different the skin itself is built similarly. The melanocytes of darker skin produce more epidermal (superficial level of skin) mela- BEFORE AFTER Dr. Daniel Man is a board-certified plastic surgeon with 30 years of experience who has dedicated his life s work to helping people look younger and improve their appearance through cosmetic surgery. He is a noted author artist inventor and educator. Dr. Man has been featured on major television networks as well as national and local magazines and newspapers for his work as both a plastic surgeon and an artist. Dr. Man has a private practice in Boca Raton Florida. Email your questions or comments to info or call (561) 395-5508 for an appointment. HERLIFE inspirations DR. LISA LEARN by kathleen krueger photography by dana france woman to woman G 14 oing through a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer can often add more trauma to the psyche of a woman who has already been devastated by the diagnosis itself. Even when the cancer has been brought into remission the loss of one or both breasts can leave many women feeling robbed of a sylvania Dr. Learn s breast cancer survivors were often referred to her by their treating physicians. These women needed to feel whole again said Dr. Learn. Psychological studies have shown that some women feel better following reconstructive surgery knowing that they are progressing and that they are on their way to recovery. Since 1999 breast cancer reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy has become a federally-mandated inclusion in most medical insurance policies. This provision has made it much easier for women to make this choice without financial repercussions outweighing their personal preferences. During her time of practice in Pennsylvania she encountered a few cases in which a breast cancer survivor was without the financial means to cover the costs involved with reconstructive surgery. For those women with the most desperate need Dr. Learn was privileged to include her services in a collaborative offering of the medical community there. part of their femininity. Advances in reconstructive surgery for the breast and a federal mandate for inclusion in insurance coverage have meant the number of women choosing this option after a mastectomy is now more than 82 000 each year according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This number is almost double what it was in 1996. Dr. Lisa Learn a specialist in breast reconstruction surgery encourages women to research their options thoroughly when making a decision about reconstructive surgery following a battle with breast cancer. Dr. Learn is a plastic surgeon who recently moved her practice from Pennsylvania to South Florida. During her 11 years of practice in PennHERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Not every woman who goes through a mastectomy will choose to have reconstructive surgery. Almost half of the women who undergo a mastectomy choose to have reconstructive surgery afterward. However a study by Anthony Polednak an epidemiologist with the Connecticut Department of Public Health showed large variations in those statistics based on location. Although several factors are suspected in these statistical variations two possible reasons cited were a lower ratio of skilled plastic surgeons in some areas of the country and the negative influence of attending physicians and others within the personal circle of breast cancer patients. Areas with a higher ratio of plastic surgeons skilled in the latest techniques for breast reconstruction showed a much higher percentage of women taking advantage of the option than areas with a lower skilled physician ratio. Women living in rural areas were also less likely to choose the option which may be influenced by the need to travel to urban areas and make multiple visits to the plastic surgeon over a period of three to four months. Regarding negative physician or personal influence some general surgeons and many individuals are not aware of the advances that have been made in breast reconstruction surgery. This makes it important for mastectomy patients to seek out additional counsel and information if they should be advised to forgo breast reconstruction surgery. It is a personal decision that should be made based on the most current information available and not on past procedures and experiences. There are primarily two different ways to approach reconstruction of the breast according to Dr. Learn. The surgeon can use tissue from other areas of the patient s body for the restructure or implants can be inserted to form the structure under the skin. When using tissue from other locations of the patient s body the recovery process is lengthier than the implant process. Both can provide excellent results but whether or not a woman has had radiation treatment will factor into which options are available for her. It is also important to understand that breast reconstruction can be done at any time following the completion of a patient s cancer treatments. The creative nature of plastic surgery drew Dr. Learn to change her original focus from laparoscopic general surgery to this more specialized field. The deep appreciation she experiences from her patients is one of the most rewarding factors of her profession. Although the male gender still greatly outnumbers females in this area of medicine Dr. Learn is seeing the number of women entering the field continuing to grow. In Pennsylvania Dr. Learn was the only female plastic surgeon in the area something HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 15 Women are generally more comfortable with a female during the exam process Dr. Learn asserted and having the same anatomy does help Dr. Learn has been on the patient side of plastic surgery herself which gives an even greater understanding of what her patients can expect to experience. I tell my patients that whatever I would not do for myself I will not suggest for my patients. I treat my patients as I would my own family members. that is not true here in Florida. When asked whether she felt her gender was an asset when working with her female patients Dr. Learn affirmed that it is a benefit. Women are generally more comfortable with a female during the exam process Dr. Learn asserted and having the same anatomy does help Dr. Learn has been on the patient side of plastic surgery herself which gives an even greater understanding of what her patients can expect to experience. I tell my patients that whatever I would not do for myself I will not suggest for my patients. I treat my patients as I would my own family members. There appears to be a trend toward less-invasive procedures and a more natural look among her patients according to Dr. Learn which is a direction she welcomes. However she does offer some clarification regarding the difference between receiving cosmetic procedures from a certified plastic surgeon versus receiving them through a med spa. Surgeons have years of training in anatomy and the procedures themselves she noted. We are much more qualified to deal with problems that could arise than most practitioners in a med spa setting. In addition the surgeon can provide you with a full range of options available to accomplish the results you are seeking rather than the limited options available in a med spa setting. An often-overlooked aspect of plastic surgery is that plastic surgeons work with many patients who require their skills due to the effects of skin cancer diabetes injuries and birth defects. For these patients the artistic skill of surgeons like Dr. Learn often provides hope along with the advantage of avoiding some of the emotional scarring that can result 16 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM from living with physical scars and defects that can affect their selfperception. It was the invitation of a friend living in Florida that prompted Dr. Learn to move her practice from Pennsylvania to Florida. With her only daughter now attending college and no other family in the state there really wasn t anything tying her to that location. After having been here for just more than a year she has found the warm climate with the cool ocean breezes even more enjoyable than she had expected. She loves being able to hit the golf course all year or take her three dogs for a walk on the beach. Snowboarding is one sport she and her daughter especially enjoy together that doesn t fit with the Florida climate. But that hasn t kept them from meeting each other at a mountain ski resort to enjoy their fun in the snow. Dr. Learn has become fully involved in the community during her first year here in Florida. She is part of the Starfish Circle for Women in Distress which helps raise awareness and financial support for this vital resource assisting women and families in crisis. She was also honored with a nomination from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for the 2013 Woman of the Year even though the title was bestowed on another worthy candidate. South Florida can count it a blessing that Dr. Learn has chosen to take up her residence and medical practice among us. We anticipate that her positive impact and influence among the women of South Florida will continue to grow. Dr. Learn sees patients at her office in the North Shore Medical Center in Oakland Park Florida. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 17 HERLIFE culinary TOOLS AND GADGETS EVERY KITCHEN SHOULD HAVE b y s he rry l. g ra na d er The cooking process and presentation to a whole new level while making cleanup a breeze. There are ten must-haves in the kitchen that will yield more professional results. Your family and friends will be so impressed with your meals they will think you have attended culinary school. Here is a checklist of tools and gadgets that will make your life easier in the kitchen. S tocking your kitchen with the right tools makes cooking any meal so much easier. When it comes to gadgets take a walk through your local gourmet kitchen store and you will find some of the most innovative inventions for solving any kitchen preparation issue imaginable. Both can bring your make it easy to transport all the cut-up food into a bowl or pan. You can reserve one for rolling out biscuit or bread dough. Collapsible Measuring Cups If space is limited in your kitchen it can be frustrating having all the different sizes of measuring cups taking up space in a kitchen drawer. Look for the collapsible rubber measuring cups that are easy to use and lie flat in the drawer. They come in measurements from one-eighth cup to one cup. A good tip is to measure any dry ingredients first then liquid ingredients and you won t have to wash the cups in between measuring. Paring Knife Chef s Knife A good set of knives is essential in any kitchen but a chef s knife makes chopping slicing or mincing of vegetables herbs and meats a pleasure. The most popular size is between 6 and 8 inches however choose a size that is most comfortable for you. A paring knife can be used for all those small jobs like slicing mushrooms or hulling cherries. Look for a sturdy stainless-steel blade with a sturdy handle. Many of them come with a plastic shield to store the knife in which also makes it easy to take with you on a picnic for cutting up an apple or cheese. Microplane Grater This tool came from the woodworking world and cooks soon discovered it works efficiently for grating nutmeg ginger cheese and chocolate. It works perfectly for grating garlic cloves in recipes that require finely-chopped garlic. Silicone Spatula This utensil will replace the use of all other spoons and can be used for scraping stirring saut ing and scooping. Most are heat-resistant to very high temperatures and are strong yet flexible. They come in different colors but consider purchasing a red one that won t show stains from ingredients like tomato sauce or tomato paste. Flexible Cutting Mats Practicing good sanitation in the kitchen is a must and can be accomplished easily by using flexible cutting mats that come in different colors. For example use a green one for cutting vegetables only a yellow one for cutting poultry a blue one for fish and so on. Plus they 18 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Kitchen Shears A good pair of scissors is a must in any kitchen for opening up packages trimming vegetables cutting the stems of flowers and more. Some come with handy tools built-in like a row of teeth between the handles that can be useful for opening difficult lids on bottles or jars. Others come with a bottle opener on one side that can be used when needed. One of the easiest ways to chop herbs or green onions is with a clean pair of kitchen shears the clippings can go right into a bowl or pot through easy snips. Stainless Steel Whisk You may have seen some bright-colored whisks in the gourmet kitchen store that are made with flexible rubber. You would think they would be an added bonus to your kitchen however they do not stand up to a standard stainless steel whisk. Use it for beating eggs whisking liquids or mixing dry and wet ingredients efficiently. Glass Custard Cups A set of glass custard cups will be used for more tasks than you can list. Many chefs use them to measure ingredients out before firing up the stove or preparing a recipe. They are also a perfect choice for serving condiments dipping sauces or grated Parmesan cheese on the table. If you slice a lemon and want a place to put the other half for later use they make a perfect storage container or they can help organize ingredients like minced garlic chopped herbs vinegars or olive oil. If you like to bake biscuits or cookies when inverted they are the perfect size to cut out the dough. Electric Wine Opener Granted this is a luxury item but if you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or entertain quite a bit this gadget is worth every penny. It makes it easy to remove the cork of any size wine bottle simply by pushing a button. Look for them at gourmet food stores or wine shops. You will reach for these tools and gadgets over and over again making your jobs in the kitchen a breeze with a professional touch. Sources The writer s personal experience in Culinary School University of Montana and HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 19 HERLIFE mother s perspective HOW TO KNOW WHEN YOU RE READY TO START A FAMILY b y lis a t a ra n t o b u t le r F irst comes love then comes marriage then comes so-and-so with a baby carriage At least that s how the old playground song goes but are those sentiments true for you Do you daydream about family life or think you need a little more time on your own a child. Decide if your finances can handle the added demands and take a thorough look at your budget. Will you need a bigger home Will you have two incomes or one Have you considered the costs of daycare or babysitting Do you have baby equipment and clothing If not where will you get it Are you breastfeeding or feeding with formula These are all factors in family finances. Does the sound of a crying infant make you want to rock-a-bye baby or buy a pair of ear plugs Deciding to start a family is exciting but requires much thought and consideration. Before you take the plunge into parenthood tread the shallow waters to see if the baby pool is for you. Career Conclusion Children and jobs each require time. How will raising a child affect your career or your partner s career Make sure to realistically consider how having a child will change your livelihood. Will one or both of you continue to work Is working part time an option Do you need to keep the income at or above what you are currently making What about maternity or paternity leaves Is your workplace supportive of families and children s needs Having a child means sick children doctor s appointments school functions and daycare pick-up at specific times. If your job doesn t offer a flexible schedule the ability to work from home or daycare benefits you may want to reconsider your options. However if the pay is substantial then you may be able to reconsider the lack of family emphasis. Partner Harmony Unless you are starting a family on your own when it comes to having children no one plays a bigger part than your significant other. Although you may have agreed that children would someday be in the picture your partner may be on a different timeline than you. Make sure to have an open honest conversation about your family visions. Deciding to have a baby is a major life decision and if someone isn t quite ready for parenthood things can go awry. Keep the lines of communication open be honest and address any concerns that one or both of you may have. Assess Your Finances From toddlers to teens kids cost cash. Carrying a baby for nine months is different than carrying all the expenses that come with having 20 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Time Whether it is time alone with your honey or just time for yourself Children are full of energy and can zap you of yours so consider how much get-up-and-go you have now and multiply that by a hundred. That s about how much energy you will need when kids come into the picture. kids take up a bunch of it. Babies require diapering feeding bathing and soothing in 24-hour increments. Housework organization and free time take a back seat to babies but making time for you and your partner is important so including this in your parenting plans is crucial to family success. Energy Children are full of energy and can zap you of yours so consider how much get-up-and-go you have now and multiply that by a hundred. That s about how much energy you will need when kids come into the picture. Nurturing a child takes quite a bit of effort not to mention endurance. Consider your current health status. Do you eat right exercise and HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 21 generally feel good If not maybe holding off on kids and tending to your own needs may be the better option for now. Try recharging your battery by exercising daily. Studies continually show regular exercise is better than a nap for boosting energy levels. Once a baby is born it is easy to tend to his or her needs and forget your own but that isn t good for any family. The Daily Grind The day-to-day life of a parent is ever-changing. What happens one day may not be anything close to what happens the next but following a schedule is important to keeping things on track. Think of your life right now. Are you a Sally Scheduler or Willy Nilly If being able to go out a lot and sleeping late are important to you then having a family now may not be the answer. Babies and toddlers need a schedule to make sure they are eating and sleeping enough and getting adequate stimulation. Parents need a schedule to maintain cohesiveness and to keep our sanity. Surprise You can plan and prepare for having a child but when it comes right down to it everything from pregnancy and labor to life after baby is unpredictable and erratic. No one truly knows how they will feel after taking a look at that brand new face but gut instincts are usually right on the money. Sources 22 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM HERLIFE recipes SAUSAGE LASAGNA ROLLS rec ipes and ph otograp hy b y v er y cu l i n ar y. com Makes 8 rolls Prep time 20 minutes Cooking time 25 minutes Ingredients 8 lasagna noodles 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 1 pound ground pork 2 cloves garlic minced 1 cup ricotta cheese 1 egg 1 3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 3 cup grated mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons milk tablespoon Italian seasoning salt and pepper 2 cups traditional or marinara spaghetti sauce Directions 1. Bring a large pot of water to boil add a pinch of salt and lasagna noodles. Cook until al dente. Drain drizzle with a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking set aside. 2. While the pasta cooks warm oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and garlic cook for about 3 minutes until no pink remains. Drain and set aside. 3. In a large bowl stir together ricotta and next five ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Add sausage and cup spaghetti sauce mix until just combined. 4. Preheat oven to 375 . Spread one cup of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a 9 13 baking dish. Spread 1 3 cup of the sausage mixture on each lasagna noodle and roll up like a jelly roll. Arrange rolls seam side down in the baking dish. Top with remaining spaghetti sauce. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 25 minutes. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 23 HERLIFE spotlight AFFAIR by k a th l een kr ueger pho to graphy by photos by roos ev el t A PINK STRYDES M aking other people happy is what satisfies me most affirmed Vanessa Robinson owner of Salon Voila and the founder of A Pink Strydes Affair a fashion event which promotes and raises funds for breast cancer awareness. ing from her initial Stage 3 diagnosis to Stage 4 Vanessa refuses to focus on the negative. Planning for A Pink Strydes Affair is therapeutic for her. I get lots of support from my brother Joel Battle as well as my 20-year-old daughter and her dad Vanessa assured us. Last year A Pink Strydes Affair raised about 2 000. This year they have already surpassed that in contributions from sponsors including Bryan Boysaw & Associates and Pink Me prior to the event. This is a strong indication that A Pink Strydes Affair is gaining momentum. A portion of the funds that are raised will go to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure South Florida. This year s event will also pay special tribute to two of last year s participants who are no longer with us. The women who model for the event are all survivors of breast cancer. They come in all different shapes and sizes. They are various ages and at different stages in their battles. One of the participants last year was only 22 years old and been diagnosed when she was 20. It is a true representation of the wide spectrum of lives that are touched by the disease. Men also can develop breast cancer so including men on the runway is quite fitting. However it was out of support for the women in their lives that men first came to Vanessa and asked if they could walk in honor of the survivors they love. Although the funds raised are valuable it is the awareness that Vanessa feels is most crucial. As Vanessa s own story attests regular self-examination is still important even when you are having annual mammograms. For younger women who may not yet receive regular mammograms physical awareness becomes even more crucial to catching the The event to be held October 19 at the Palm Beach County Conven- tion Center follows the strong success of the inaugural runway show in October of 2012. Special guest comedienne and actress Cocoa Brown from the TBS sitcom For Better or Worse will again serve as the Master of Ceremonies. Fashions by Ashley Stewart House of Meyon Y-elan Couture and Creations by Aneesha will be worn by breast cancer survivors serving as models for the evening. Anthony Phillips will provide the fashions for the men who have chosen to walk the runway in honor of a mother sister or other family member. Vanessa s motivation and commitment to this event comes from a very personal level she is currently battling Stage 4 Breast Cancer and was going through chemotherapy last year while she organized the first A Pink Strydes Affair. It was what got me through my chemo treatments last year Vanessa said. I made phone calls and did my planning for the show while sitting in chemo. Vanessa s mother is a breast cancer survivor too which meant that Vanessa was vigilant about regular mammograms and self-examination. It was 11 months after having a clear and normal mammogram that Vanessa discovered a lump during a regular self-examination of her breasts. Her particular cancer is invasive and progresses rapidly. In spite of transition24 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM signs early. Any changes in your nipple or breast tissue should be reason to consult with your doctor. It may not be breast cancer but if it is the earlier it is caught the better the prognosis. Even though her mother had experienced breast cancer there were many things that Vanessa never understood or learned about the disease and its treatment until she was diagnosed herself. The issue of hair loss from chemotherapy is something that is fairly common knowledge but chemotherapy can affect women in many other ways that are less visible. It can cause nausea affect your sense of smell and taste and can also cause neuropathy which is nerve pain in your extremities. It is important for family members co-workers and friends to educate themselves on these facts. The more we know the more support and assistance we will be able to provide for the survivors in our midst. Pink Strydes is a platform for survivors. I want to glorify these women who have gone through so much asserted Vanessa. Listening to Vanessa speak with such passion about her sister survivors it would be easy to forget that she is still fully engaged in her own battle. Her determination to make a positive difference with every moment and every action she chooses is a true inspiration to all of us. She is a radiant beacon of hope to the women in Palm Beach County. Tickets for A Pink Strydes Affair can be purchased at Salon Voila located at 2161 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd Suite 206 West Palm Beach Florida or online at event 7132532597 efblike. Visit their facebook page at Facebook pinkstrydes for updates. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 25 HERLIFE trendsetter THE WICK THEATRE & COSTUME MUSEUM shot on location at the wick theatre and costume museum photography by models adam plese adriana anderson and julia vega from bmg models maria badino and kara mullins of mega model management 26 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM costumes from the wick costume museum collection makeup by christine rose for kellie watts of miami face and body art makeup and hair by jessica brand of instyle beauty boutique assisted by michelle del rio retouched by christine rose and gustavo wijeweera HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 27 dracula the musical 2004 catherine zuber 28 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM king and i 1996 roger kirk HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 29 HERLIFE spotlight BREAST CANCER b y kat h l een kr u eger ph otogr a p hy b y s ebas ti an r i v er m ed ic a l c e nt e r S T E V E N S A LY E R H E L P S M A K I N G S T R I D E S AG A I N S T B reast cancer is still the number one cancer found in women but the American Cancer Society is Making Strides to decrease its impact. One of the ways they are doing that is through their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. Locally ily. And as new generations of young girls mature into women they need to be reminded of the importance of early detection through mammograms and breast exams. Steven has his own personal reasons for involvement in the fight against breast cancer. I have four women in my life my wife Katy and my three daughters Ellie 11 Evie 7 and Emma 3 years old Steven shared. With 1 in 8 women experiencing breast cancer the odds that one of my immediate family members will be diagnosed with breast cancer are quite high. Each year the Indian River Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign has gained in momentum. This year the executive planning committee which includes Dr. Nancy Baker as Income-Vice Chair and Kim Ellis of Kim Ellis Agency Inc. as Operations Chair in addition to Steven Salyer as the Chairman have set goals to exceed every statistic from last year s campaign. They set a goal of registering 90 teams for this year s event a goal they are on track to meet much earlier than expected. They would like to see that happen in every area from the number of volunteers to total funds raised which has a goal of 125 000 for the 2013 campaign. For those who are not able to walk in the event serving as one of the 30 volunteers needed to facilitate the event can be another great way to contribute your support to this important cause. Individuals are needed to staff the registration tables to serve as route marshals and man the water stations. Setup and cleanup for this event which typically draws about 3 000 participants always requires many hands to accomplish a multitude of tasks in a short amount of time. Survivors of breast cancer are provided special honor during the event. You ll see a tent set up at the event site that is clearly marked as the Survivor Tent where breast cancer survivors can the Making Strides of Indian River Florida campaign is in its ninth year with Sebastian River Medical Center continuing its support as the lead sponsor for the event. Making Strides has traditionally been and continues to be the major event for our community in regard to breast cancer awareness stated Steven Salyer CEO of Sebastian River Medical Center and this year s chair for the event. Teams and individuals take pledges for donations to the American Cancer Society in support of their 5K Walk scheduled for Saturday October 19 at the Riverview Park in Sebastian Florida. Many of those walking are breast cancer survivors themselves others walk in honor of loved ones and many walk simply to be a part of the fight against this disease. As the CEO with years of experience in the healthcare industry Steven is well aware of the devastating affects that breast cancer can have. Current statistics however remind us what a big differ- ence awareness and research funding campaigns like Making Strides have made in the outcome of this disease. With early diagnosis and treatment the survival rate for women with breast cancer is now at 98 percent. Women whose breast cancer has advanced before they are diagnosed and treated have only a 26 percent survival rate. All the pink we ve been seeing during October Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been paying off. In spite of the improved survival rates being diagnosed with breast cancer remains a traumatic event for any women and her fam- 30 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM The American Cancer Society recommends that women without symptoms who are 40 years of age or older have a mammogram once a year and women younger than that to have clinical breast exams from a physician at least every three years. Breast self-examination is also encouraged but with the caveat that a mammogram can usually detect cancer long before a woman can actually feel a lump in her breast. register and receive special recognition for their courage and encouragement to continue the fight. Survivors are warriors that never quit and you ll find many of them serving as volunteers for this event as well as joining the walk. The American Cancer Society recommends that women without symptoms who are 40 years of age or older have a mammogram once a year and women younger than that to have clinical breast exams from a physician at least every three years. Breast self-examination is also encouraged but with the caveat that a mammogram can usually detect cancer long before a woman can actually feel a lump in her breast. Other signs of breast cancers include a discharge other than breast milk soreness of the nipple or a nipple than is turned inward dimpling or irritation on the skin of the breast and redness or scaling on the surface of the nipple or the breast. Any of these symptoms should be examined by a doctor right away. In many cases these symptoms are not cancer-related but this is something that should be determined by a physician. Join the American Cancer Society in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on October 19 at Riverview Park in Sebastian Florida. Register or make donations online at IndianRiver. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 31 HERLIFE working women by mar i l yn isamin ger HOW TO HANDLE LOUSY LEADERS and encourages she respects and listens to others she is proactive in planning setting goals and exploring new ways to do business. But what occurs when these skills are lacking in a person with whom or for whom you work According to Dr. Laurence J. Peter author of The Peter Principle People tend to be promoted up to their level of incompetence...The cream rises until it sours. During the path of promotion the potential leader missed acquiring basic skills that promote teamwork and the achievement of the organization s goals. Nevertheless when we face dealing with a lousy leader we must develop strategies to keep our own work and behavior on track. Here are some of the most common ineffective styles and suggestions for turning them to your advantage. W The Bully hat is effective leadership Each of us whether working woman mom spouse or volunteer instinctively has several responses to this question. An effective leader influences and enlists the help and support of others to accomplish a common goal she motivates inspires manager can be a helicopter keeping a tight leash and constantly looking over shoulders to manage every detail. This leader has a lack of trust in coworkers and their abilities. Create and build trust by doing your job more than well achieve or exceed deadlines pay attention to details communicate with your leader continue to act proactively. The Poor Communicator When tasks and responsibilities are assigned it s important for the leader to provide enough direction to allow the coworker to get the job done. If he does not provide adequate information or direction the task may need to be completed or redone at the last minute. Head off the poor An executive needs to be assertive and occasionally just plain pushy but the bully takes it to a toxic level publicly or privately threatening and humiliating coworkers. Your response Take the high road don t bully back become loud or angry. Take the emotion out of it. Calmly stand up for yourself and explain your position. Be the voice of reason tactfully firmly and repetitively if necessary. Stress that you are part of the team and will work to achieve the goals of the organization. The Micromanager Doing the job yourself ensures that it s done correctly but the micro32 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Head off the poor communicator by gathering as much information as you can at the outset. Ask specific questions in a neutral manner be diplomatic and not aggressive. Remain flexible to the ideas or tasks you are asked to work on and continue to respectfully communicate your concerns or questions. communicator by gathering as much information as you can at the outset. Ask specific questions in a neutral manner be diplomatic and not aggressive. Remain flexible to the ideas or tasks you are asked to work on and continue to respectfully communicate your concerns or questions. If you stay focused on the quality of the tasks at hand even a poor communicator will eventually divulge more information or rationale for the assigned responsibility. The Saboteur This leadership style destroys organizations and businesses. He undermines the work and professionalism of others. He doesn t give credit when due or may take credit himself for the ideas or work of another. But wait until something goes wrong and see who he blames. To overcome the saboteur make him look good provide outstanding ideas and work product. Nevertheless keep your own career advancement in mind. Document every idea you provide and its sources. Keep copies of reports maintain a paper trail of memos and emails. If at some point your job is on the line you will have the evidence to demonstrate your performance and worth. The Fickle Boss This leader may be pleasant but may lack clarity and decisiveness. His changeable directions and mood swings can create confusion within the organization. If you don t know who he will be on any given day productivity goes into the shredder. Don t take this behavior personally there may be forces at work you know nothing about. Limit contact or communication Adrenal Thyroid & Sex Hormones Finding Balance Do these hormonal imbalances describe you Progesterone Deficiency decreased libido insomnia mood swings Adrenal Dysfunction anxiety fatigue feeling overwhelmed Estrogen Deficiency food cravings hot flashes palpitations Metabolic Syndrome weight gain heartburn infertility problems At Boca Raton Weight & Wellness Institute we specialize in managing hormones to help clients age gracefully with optimal health. Testosterone Deficiency fatigue weight gain aches & pains Thyroid Dysfunction swollen eyelids ringing in the ears constipation Cecilia Lacayo M.D. Advanced Fellow in Anti-Aging Regenerative and Functional Medicine 2300 Glades Rd 260W Boca Raton FL 33431 Tel. 561.955.1633 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 33 to urgent matters keep your nose in your own work stay out of office politics and keep your comments and opinions about the behavior to yourself. This will encourage your coworkers to see you as a leader. You can help finish the fight against breast cancer g alk.or MakingStridesW The Unprepared Pilot This executive flies by the seat of her pants. She makes decisions based on personal whim not statistics or research. She often operates in crisis mode. Frequently you will see this leader when you have been with the organization for a short time and it may have already reached the tipping point. Counter with doing your own research and if possible delve into company history and statistics to see trends so that you can assist her with developing plans for the company s future. Anticipate crises and have strategies in mind to overcome the worst outcomes. If your proactive nature can t turn the tide the company itself may be history. Practicing these responses to less-than-effective leadership will develop your own skills. In the end though you can t change or improve another person you can only change yourself. It may be time to brush up on your other skills networking communication technological interpersonal update that resume and leave these lousy leaders behind. Sources and the experience of the writer. The American Cancer Society invests in groundbreaking breast cancer research and helps women in every community. In fact one in two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer turns to us for everything from information about clinical trials to getting rides to treatments. Together we can create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. Join Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and let s finish the fight. LOOK FAB WITH A FREE WAX OFFER ENDS OCTOBER 31 ST FOR FIRST-TIME GUESTS. CALL TODAY Meyer Amphitheater Registration 7 30 A.M. Program Starts 9 00 A.M. Questions Contact Sarah McKenzie at Sarah.McKenzie or (561) 650-0129 palmbeach europeanwax ThAnk you To our SponSor BOYNTON BEACH 561 600 4758 1000 N Congress Ave. Boynton Town Center 2013 EWC Must be state resident. Saturday October 19 2013 ROYAL PALM BEACH 561 333 5200 11021 Southern Blvd. Southern Palm Crossing 2013 American Cancer Society Inc. 34 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 4027_Boynton-Beach-Boynton-Town-Center_Her-Life-Magazine_D.indd 1 5 14 13 3 25 PM BROOK BUTLER COMMUNITY YOUTH RESPECT HER PARENTS ADORE HER T by b. smith photography by juan gonzales ake three sticks of TNT place them in a pint-sized carton add stilettos and what do you get Meet attorney Brook Butler the Pat Benetar of the courtroom. Brook works a case like a rock star dynamic and powerful. Legally blonde Maybe at first glance but this one is as sharp as a tack. Adorable (mother s perspective) and growing up with a house full of brothers tough as nails. Another lawyer in town firmly said I wouldn t want to be on the other side of the courtroom against her and he is from a prominent local law firm and twice her age. But never confuse power with heart. This woman of honor has a dedicated loyalty to defending removing the political barriers that often sway a judge and creating reformation for the youth in our community. She honestly does care. As a young girl Brook had dreams of the excitement of being a profiler perhaps a government agent. Her thoughts would sway as young thoughts do but she wasn t considering becoming a lawyer. She began studying Forensic Psychology. Her accreditations include the University of North Carolina Wilmington (BA) St. Thomas University (Jurist Doctor) and the Seal of the Supreme Court. But Brook was destined to release that energy in a court of justice. She began her career at the public defender s office in Ft. Pierce where she learned quickly the ins and outs good and bad of the legal system. Today she has a long record of rescuing the wrongly-accused and misunderstood. Society is a better place with attorneys such as Brook Butler. Brook admits her biological clock is ticking. What a fantastic mother Brook will make. And what a welcome addition to our community if this little one follows in those stilettos Attorney Brook Butler is a criminal defense lawyer with offices in the Regus Executive Suites 601 21st Street Suite 300 in Vero Beach. Butler has been practicing family and criminal law since 2006. For more information please visit her website at She can be reached at 772-453-2820. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 35 HERLIFE finance HOW TO DEVELOP A BUSINESS PLAN b y j odi cros s and why consumers would want to buy your service or product. A good plan is a living document that shows viability and growth and should be updated on a regular basis. There are multiple websites and templates on the internet that help organize the process. In addition the Small Business Association offers some good resources to guide you through your journey. There are various types of business plans used for different stages of growth. Stages include start-ups post launch line of credit needs and expansion and growth. Determine what stage of your business lifecycle you are facing and tailor your plan accordingly. Consider the audience are you looking for investors partners stakeholders or a line of credit Regardless of your lifecycle a business plan sets you up for success. Business plans should answer a litany of what who why and how questions What is the problem that your business is solving Why do consumers want your product or service What are your key features How much capital is required What challenges could impede growth What is your Unique Selling Proposition These questions should be answered in sections and clearly articulated for the reader to understand and process. Whether looking for capital 36 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM W riting a business plan can be a daunting task. Just like anything else in life a plan is an essential tool for success. We have all witnessed an under-capitalized business shutter up soon after opening. A business plan should tell a compelling story about what you do or seed money defining business objectives and goals in a logical and disciplined way will make the difference between success and failure. There are several standard sections that must be included the outline provided illustrates a framework to get started. Business Plan Framework Executive Summary This section provides a concise overview and tells the reader investor where your business is today and where it is heading in the future. Use your vision to grab the interest of the reader immediately. Include key facts about your business mission vision founders and functions products or services growth projections and future plans. Why do you think your business will succeed Market Analysis Identify who you are targeting as customers. List any industry trends existing customers and current customer needs. Describe the purchasing cycle. Why would someone buy your product Do you have multiple customers Outline what need you are trying to meet or problem you are solving. Describe potential changes in your market size. How do you compare to your competitive set Company Description Outline any high-level accomplishments. What makes your business a success Why are you in business List milestones and benchmarks. HERLIFE mind matters Management Include an organizational overview of your team and structure. Who does what in your business Do you need more employees Who are the owners what is the legal structure Provide profiles of team members and background information. Why are you hiring and what skill set is missing How can funding help you secure key talent Sales & Marketing This section is about creating and keeping customers. Outline your growth strategy. Do you have partnerships or strategic alliances you can leverage Sales activities and processes should be included. What channels of distribution are you using How are you raising awareness Do you have a marketing plan Services & Products Include details about your product line what are you selling What is your advantage Do you have any R & D needs technology or manufacturing to support What are the key features of your services or products What is their lifecycle Are there patents or copyright issues Financials Show a complete financial snapshot. Include sources both historical and current. Include three to five years of projections. Thread expenses to growth. Is this a viable and scalable business Provide income statements balance sheets and cash flow statements. Illustrate what the capital would be used for. Use graphs to show visual trends. Funding Why should a bank or investor help you How much do you need When will you be able to pay it back What is the investor going to get out of the deal How long will the cash or requested funding you receive last What will it cover in terms of growth What type of funding are you requesting debt equity or angel Appendix This is an as needed section but you should have it organized in case a lender asks. Include legal paperwork letters of reference customer testimonials permits contracts leases attorneys accountants and your business manager. Now that the framework is in place start writing and don t stop until the plan is done. When presenting to investors tell a story that sells your business idea simply and succinctly. Describe how you make money and what the best thing about your product or service is. The foundation you establish today will be rewarded tomorrow. AGING AND UNDERSTANDING by dr. phil heller photography by karen alleyne-means ax a retired physician came in one day to share some thoughts. He has planned a comfortable retirement income he and his wife visit their children regularly and recently returned from a cruise through the Orient. Recently a close friend took ill and passed away. This event exploded a realization that his time was limited. Max now feels that he might have another 10 or 15 years left not the streams of time with many goals to achieve. Although he feels fulfilled he wants more. As the Baby Boomers age a greater awareness of aging appears on the horizon. Some parents have unselfishly given to their children but in their Golden Years may be taken for granted. Jean a retired educator with impressive credentials has been living alone since her divorce. Being a cancer survivor she devotes herself to a healthy lifestyle of nutrition and exercise. At 75 she remains attractive and those around her see her as a model of youth. While her adult children see her as fit and active Jean knows her time is limited. Periodically she experiences bouts of loneliness and anxiety. Jean s children are not aware of her private thoughts. When she discusses an issue she is often spoken to as a contemporary with little compassion or understanding. To her when she asked if she could visit for Thanksgiving she was told It s not your turn this year. If she should remind her children of the sacrifices she made as a single parent she would be told That is what a parent is supposed to do If you are fortunate enough to have grandparents in your family recognize that their perspective on life is different not only because they came from another generation but also in their time remaining. Sometimes they may like to feel a little special. Sometimes they want to matter in the family. They may be unable to express their feelings but it is up to us to simply listen. In today s spinning world grandparents may get overlooked or considered to be a burden when there are so many other things that need to be done. Grandparents Day is September 8. This can be a time for celebration and understanding. Dr. Phil Heller is a licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who has testified in many high profile criminal cases. He has conducted Social Investigations for Family Court and provided Parenting Plans. Dr. Heller has commented in various media on forensic and psychological issues. He has practiced in Boca Raton Florida for more than 32 years working with children and adults. Please visit his website at or call (561) 994-4565 for an appointment. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 37 M Source HERLIFE real estate DOWNSIZING 101 THE ART OF MOVING TO A SMALLER LIVING SPACE b y g a il s ilve rs t e in loved one kids moving out of the family home remarriage or financial reasons downsizing can be downright daunting and outright emotional. But instead of feeling overwhelmed just take a deep breath and move...forward For all you soon-to-be empty-nesters or those who are renting and need to relocate here are the top ten tips to total trimming transformation. Make a list of all the items you absolutely can t live without then stick firmly to that list. Enlist the advice of a trusted friend or family member if you absolutely can t make up your mind. They ll be sure to remind you that you don t fit into those bell-bottom jeans from high school any more. Start in your kitchen. Why No one sheds a tear over discarding one more plastic container or stained measuring cup. If you experience success downsizing in this unsentimental area you will be more motivated to move on to the rest of the house. Separate your stuff into three categories Keep Throw Away and Donate Sell. Yes it s that easy. And you can actually make a profit holding a garage sale consigning high end items or trying your hand at eBay. Also some moving companies offer clients waste disposal 38 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM A house is just a place for our stuff exclaimed comedian George Carlin in his classic 1986 standup routine. No statement could ring more true especially when you re trying to downsize your home in preparation for a move. Whether due to loss of a services and will take care of discarding hazardous chemicals and old paint. Consider giving away books video tapes and other useful stuff to a neighbor a charity or a library. De-clutter areas at least three months before the big move. If you re like the rest of us that means paper clutter in particular. Do you really need to hold onto tax returns from 18 years ago Paper is the real killer says Jennie Davidson a Toronto-based moving planner and co-owner of Wren Designs. She adds photographs to her list. Scanning your photos and saving them to your computer or to disk is a space-saving solution. Size up your new living space. Get a floor plan with measurements if possible to assess if all your furniture will fit. There s free software online available for those of us who need visual help with this useful suggestion. This tip is also the perfect dose of reality for those of us (yes me) who can t part with sentimental items like my son s preschool papers and my daughter s baby clothes. Check out the storage in your new digs and believe me there s never enough storage. Which brings me to the next tip... Storage. To quote comedian George Carlin again There s a whole industry based on where to put your stuff So if you have to move in a hurry consider storing some of your larger or pricey items in a storage facility until you can decide what to do with these valuable pieces. Get help. Whether it s family or good friends don t downsize alone. Order a pizza and ask everyone to pitch in. If you don t have family nearby or you re too emotional to do the deed hire a professional organizer. Many organizers are experienced with downsizing and are sensitive to the emotional impact of the process says Karen Kingston author of Clear Your Clutter with FengShui. Get organized. Once you have sorted stored and sold your stuff make sure to label all of your boxes by room or area you may also use a numbering system for identification. That way unpacking in your smaller living space will be a cinch. Move and unpack items that you ll need right away like bathroom toiletries. Furniture first. Once you have the big bulky items in the proper place you ll be able to unpack the small stuff without delay. Be sure to arrange furniture on a floor plan first there s nothing more draining than rearranging furniture when you re already tired from the big move. Refer to tip number five and know ahead of time where each piece of furniture will be going. Then you can enjoy your pizza and even sit down in the furniture you just settled. Relax and enjoy your new living space Don t forget to send out new address cards or email and inform the post office. Host a housewarming party or invite a few friends over to celebrate your new digs. Life is a journey so share it with those you love. Sources and HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 39 HERLIFE spotlight Blvd. Port St Lucie Florida. Like Betsy she is a breast cancer survivor. Two of the nurses on her in-home care staff Mary D. and Lisa A. are also breast cancer survivors. Their experiences have strengthened their passion for reaching out to women dealing with breast cancer. Not every woman has the wonderful support system at work that these ladies have through Mederi CAREtenders. Betsy has also become a volunteer with the Reach to Recovery visitation program through the American Cancer Society. Because of her personal experience she can help patients and their family members to be mindful of the many little changes in daily life that can come with a mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. For example wearing buttonup blouses rather than shirts that slip on over the head may be easier and using a small pillow to provide padding and protection when driving or doing other activities that could irritate your sensitive areas might be helpful. Catherine Mary and Lisa are all active in breast cancer support groups and breast cancer awareness programs as well. They will always encourage breast cancer survivors to become involved in a cancer support group particularly one for specifically dedicated to breast cancer survivors. Everyone has a different experience Betsy reminded us. Some Survivors Caring for Survivors b y k a thle en kr ueger ph otogr a p hy b y m eder i caretend e rs mother an aunt and cousins were all personally familiar with the disease. Since Betsy s diagnosis two more of her five sisters have joined the list of breast cancer survivors in the family. Betsy is a registered nurse and account executive with Mederi CAREtenders located at 1285 36th Street Suite 201 Vero Beach Florida. She has been serving in home health care for more than twenty years and has been with Mederi CAREtenders for more than eight years. Her leave of absence following her double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery provided her an opportunity to experience the support and caring nature of this organization from an entirely new perspective. Mederi CAREtenders takes care of their staff and truly cares about their patients Betsy told us. She is very proud of the organization she works for. When Betsy was initially diagnosed she was told that she would need only a lumpectomy. She chose to seek a second opinion before making a decision on treatment. The second doctor felt a full mastectomy would be required to completely remove all the cancer. Due to her family s history with breast cancer Betsy didn t want to take any chances. She opted to have a double mastectomy. She was not required to undergo chemotherapy which came as a great relief to her. At her five-year anniversary Betsy was declared cancer free. Catherine Griffin serves as an account executive in the Port St. Lucie office of Mederi CAREtenders located at1800 SE Port St. Lucie 40 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM W women have gone through chemo and radiation others have not. Some hen Betsy McMahon was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago her world came to a grinding halt. She was not the first in her family to receive that diagnosis nor was she the last. Betsy s mother had died from breast cancer. Her maternal grandhave had mastectomies others have not. Some are young with children and others are middle-aged or retired. Mederi CAREtenders has supported its staff members in reaching out to breast cancer patients and their families in a very substantial way. Although their primary focus is and always will be serving as senior advocates the needs of women dealing with breast cancer regardless of age have been added to their agenda. They ve even provided me with pink bags and small support pillows to pass out to my breast cancer patients Betsy smiled. Mederi CAREtenders is a Medicare-certified home health agency Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations-accredited and member of the Home Care Elite. It is just one branch of Almost Family Inc. a publicly-traded senior advocacy organization that operates in 11 different states. Almost Family Inc. has set themselves apart through their focused elderly care training for their in-home caregivers. They also provide several different specialty programs that help provide HERLIFE tie the knot Victoria & Louis TIED THE KNOT ON MAY 25 2013 ph o t o g r a ph y by g in a b a rc a leaning to football and baseball as her favorites. She is a huge Miami Dolphins fan and loves to watch football games with Lou and friends on Sundays. Louis (Lou) Ragone is originally from Bronx New York. Lou has a traditional Italian background and loves food family and sports. As a retired sheriff s deputy he now spends his time traveling to spring training games and watching many sports games with Vicki and friends. Vicki and Lou both work in law enforcement and met through work. Their first date was at a local restaurant Brewzzi s and they have been together now for 12 years. A typical night at home with Vicki and Lou is watching sports or movies in their home theatre room or relaxing with a glass of wine. Lou had a true surprise for Vicki when he proposed. He threw Vicki a huge fortieth birthday bash and planned every detail including flying in family members from out of town to be there. They partied the night away and finally presented Vicki with her big birthday cake. Afterward Lou insisted Vicki open her gifts and handed her a bag with a wine bottle inside. The bottle was equipped with a scrolling LED message that read Happy Birthday my Pooh I love you will you marry me She was shocked and of course said yes. Vicki realized afterward that everyone knew except for her. 42 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM V ictoria Roberts Ragone is a true Florida girl born and raised. Vicki is a sweet Southern girl who can be described as outgoing silly and super crafty. She made many of the details for the wedding herself. Her favorite color is purple and she is an avid sports fan Vicki and Lou tied the knot on May 25 2013 at the lush Poinciana Country Club in Lake Worth Florida with a wedding party of five bridesmaids five groomsmen three ushers and three flower girls. The theme of the affair was sparkly elegance since Vicki likes all things that bling. The primary color of the d cor table settings and bridesmaids gowns was black. Lou and the groomsmen wore traditional black tuxes and accented their look with turquoise Converse sneakers. Everything was adorned with either rhinestones crystals or mirrored glass. The afternoon ceremony was intimate and simple just the way they wanted it to be. After they were officially married a dinner reception took place in the main ballroom. The bridal party started the celebration by performing a special choreographed dance. Vicki and Lou mingled and danced with their 100 guests under mirrored tiles sparkling over the dance floor. BUSINESSES THAT SHARED IN THE LOVE BRIDAL GOWN Angelus Bridal BRIDESMAIDS GOWNS Angelus Bridal TUXEDOS Tux Shop PHOTOGRAPHY Barca Designs HAIR Christina Galani MAKEUP Jennifer Khan VIDEOGRAPHY Epic Media Events FLORIST Kobasko s Market DJ Skip Kelly Productions Entertainment CATERER Panache CAKE Johnson s Custom Cakes and More VENUE Poinciana Country Club OFFICIANT David Donnally HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 43 HERLIFE travel CULINARY TRAILS b y k e lly j o m c d o n n e ll theme fish wild rice wild berries and any o natural food fare that you can catch. Traveling a northern trail sampling culinary delights sounds easy. Traveling north with three boys in tow all under the age of ten is quite another thing. But an interesting culinary challenge presents itself. Exploring northern Minnesota bites that appeal to both adults and kids--now that s an intriguing challenge. The journey s goals were for both kid and adult sample north woods fare all the way up to the Canadian border with the final destination being Crane Lake in Voyageurs National Park known for its fishing and fish cuisine. Charming little towns salt and pepper the highway many located in the heart of wild rice country. Even with the first stop in Hinckley Minnesota it was easy to find the goods. Hinckley population 1 400 is known for its white pine trees logging history and Grand Casino Hinckley run by the Mille Lacs Band of 44 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM W hen one thinks about the North Woods several images may come to mind--pine trees lakes and of course fishing. Naturally the culinary trail that follows along a north woods trail specifically northern Minnesota up to the border of Canada consists of a similar Ojibwa. Tobie s was an easy pit stop on the menu was the Northwoods Walleye Breakfast lightly hand-breaded then deep-fried. Served on the side Jam made from a nearby berry farm. The bakery had Wild Rice Cheese and Onion bread The boys didn t quite like that you could see the wild rice slivers in the bread ( but it doesn t LOOK like rice ) but its organic rich grainy texture more than passed the adult taste test. As we passed Sandstone and Moose Lake the scenery morphed into a lumberjack s dream. In Cloquet located by the Fond Du Lac Indian Reservation it was time to test the palate again. Cloquet s long history begins with the fur trade in the 1700s and the lumber industry in the 1800s. According to locals a favorite was Gordy s Hi Hat serving spectacular burgers and fish sandwiches. However we were on the hunt for a savory wild rice soup and we found it at The Avenue Coffee House. They had cooked down a creamy chicken wild rice soup for the day which sounds like it s the soup for every day as there s a Wild Rice Lake seven miles from Cloquet. There s a Tribal Rice Harvester listed if you need connections for purchasing your own hand-harvested wild rice. While the younger crowd preferred the burgers at Gordy s (it seems wild rice may be more popular with the adult palate overall) the wild rice soup deserved a blue ribbon. It was creamy yet still rooted in a raw grainy taste which seems to be wild rice s forte in dishes. Wild rice the state grain is grown all over in these marshy areas. The Ojibwa consider wild rice an important ingredient of social and ceremonial life. It became the state s symbol in 1977 and it s actually an aquatic grass unrelated to common rice. Winding northward we drove until the road ended. Literally. Crane Lake opened up as the road ended at its banks. The fishy part of the challenge was about to begin. Crane is the closest entry point to Voyageurs for almost all visitors. To the east Crane Lake is a gateway to the lakes of Superior National Forest including the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park. From Crane you can travel by water about 60 miles in several different directions. And if you re up for a few portages you can go at least 1 000 miles. Portages aside this crew was focused on fish. On our species list walleye northern pike bass and any pan fish we could catch off the docks with cane poles. Crane Lake is home to all of them. And the first night there the lake didn t disappoint. The fishing boat sat tied up to the dock as grownup and child pulled fish after fish right off the dock. Perch walleye blue gill and bass were the species of choice until a monster northern pike was snagged by a ten-year-old with a cane pole and immediately went in the to eat basket. Cleaning the fish is part of the culinary experience with the help of other experienced fisherman and guides the northern pike s Y bone is tricky we had our catches cleaned and filleted in no time. The menu included fresh fried walleye and perch and baked northern pike. The verdict Entire group couldn t eat enough. Turns out there s nothing like eating fresh fish that you caught yourself. Lessons learned by all ages Sometimes the best destinations and food are at the end of the road. Ya you betcha HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 45 HERLIFE in the city OCTOBER 4 Lipstick Lounge DATE October 4 TIME 7 00pm - 10 00pm LOCATION Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino inside Passions 1 Seminole Way Hollywood DETAILS Tickets are now available to South Florida s signature fashion event the Lipstick Lounge at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Cost per ticket 45. MORE INFORMATION Visit to learn more. 13 Glam Doll Strut DATE October 13 TIME 11 00am - 3 00pm LOCATION Esplanade Park 400 S. W. 2nd Street Fort LauderdaleDETAILS Strap on your stilettos build a team and join the world s largest STRUT to benefit local breast cancer initiatives through GlamA-THONTM Tickets are 45. MORE INFORMATION has all the details. 5 Invisalign Day DATE October 5 TIME By appointment LOCATION Perfect Smile Dentistry 12300 South Shore Blvd. Suite 206 Wellington and 7593 Boynton Beach Blvd. Boynton Beach DETAILS Join us for this special event for teens and adults to see if Invisalign is right for you MORE INFORMATION RSVP to perfectsmiledentistry to make your appointment or call (561) 204-4494 or visit the to learn more. South Palm Beach s Fall Event DATE October 16 TIME 6 00pm - 8 00pm 16 Women s Executive Club of LOCATION Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort 2096 NE 2nd Street Deerfield Beach DETAILS Relax enjoy food drink and networking on the Patio Bar. Bring a gift and receive a gift. Both members and guests attend the event free of charge when you bring a gift valued at 20 otherwise 20 at the door. MORE INFORMATION RSVP to PatRoseboom3 11 WPN 6th Annual Prosperity Un-Conference 19 Making Strides of Palm Beach DATE October 19 TIME 9 00am LOCATION Meyer Amphitheatre 104 Datura Street West Palm Beach DETAILS Why do you walk Your reason for participating in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Walk is as unique as the story that motivates you. By joining our family of walkers you continue helping those who suffer from breast cancer today. Join the HERLIFE Magazine team and help us find a cure. MORE INFORMATION site TR fr_id 55741&pg team&team_id 1459569 has all you need to know. DATE October 11-13 TIME 7 00am LOCATION West Palm Beach Marriott 1001 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach DETAILS This is The UN-Conference...UN-Like any other conference...UN-Like any other event you ve attended Why do we call it The UN-Conference Because this event is about YOU getting what you want and need to grow your business your relationships and your life WPN s signature mastermind formula will be experienced throughout the event giving you the opportunity to create lasting change and sustained success. The UN-Conference...Higher & Higher We Grow Interactive energizing engaging and fun MORE INFORMATION Visit for more. Pink Strydes Annual Fashion Show for Breast Cancer Survivors DATE October 19 LOCATION Palm Beach County Convention Center 650 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach TIME 8 00pm DETAILS This is our second annual fashion show for breast cancer survivors. Celebrity comedian Cocoa Brown from Tyler Perry s For 46 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM Better or Worse will be the host of the evening. Former Commissioner Addie Greene will be among our survivors this year. Come out for a night of fashion laughs and most importantly a celebration of life. MORE INFORMATION Call Vanessa Robinson at (551) 308-4595. 23 Pink for a Cause DATE October 23 TIME 6 30pm LOCATION Black Box Theatre 117 South Second Street Ft. Pierce DETAILS Come out and paint the town pink for breast cancer There will be food music and shopping help someone celebrate more birthdays by beating breast cancer. Vendors and sponsorships are available. Entrance fee is 5. MORE INFORMATION RSVP to sflsales 24 Celebrating Breast Cancer Survivors DATE October 24 TIME 10 00am - 6 00pm LOCATION 320 S. Quadrille Blvd. West Palm Beach DETAILS Join in for complimentary services to Breast Cancer Survivors including spa facials massages light bites and refreshments. Reserve space by October 21 MORE INFORMATION Call (561) 655-6325 or e-mail Christina at christina for details. 25 South Florida Women s Expo DATE October 25 TIME 6 30pm - 9 30pm LOCATION South County Civic Center 13027 Jog Road Delray Beach DETAILS One special night where women can shop be pampered watch a fashion show sample great food and have an amazing time Tickets are 15. Vendor opportunities are available. MORE INFORMATION Call April at 888-295-2526 or go to deals south-florida-women-s-expo for details. All calendar events must be submitted by October 30th for consideration in our December issue. Please include event location date details and contact information and email to karen Events considered for publication are normally limited to community wide charity events or events hosted by our advertisers. We cannot guarantee that all events submitted will be published. HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 47 HERLIFE scene and be seen Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk pho to graphy by luci en capeh ar t ph ot ogr aph y he American Cancer Society kicked off its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on August 22 at B.B. King s in CityPlace. More than 200 people were in attendance and notable guests included speaker Liz Quirantes from CBS 12 News John Couris president and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center Senator Joseph Abruzzo and Beth Kigel president and CEO of the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and the 2013 Event Chair. We were overwhelmed by the community s turnout at the Kickoff Party and their support for the 2013 Making Strides said Kigel. The presence of so many passionate survivors truly underscores why we are tirelessly working to finish the fight against breast cancer. The Palm Beach 2013 Pink Premier Sponsor is Jupiter Medical Center the Silver Sponsor is CityPlace and the media partner is CBS 12 News. For more information or to sign up for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on October 19 call Sarah McKenzie at (561) 650-0129 or visit palmbeach. T Royal Palm Beach Rotary pho to graph y by deni s e f l ei s ch m an n Saturday June 29 the Royal Palm Beach Rotary held its annual installation dinner at Mayacoo Country Club. The evening began with cocktails friendship and a photo booth provided by Outgoing president Scott Armand began the dinner meeting by asking Boy Scout Troup 222 to present the colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. After dinner was served awards were presented and Joan Scherer received the President s Citation award. Chief Deputy Mike Gauger installed the all-female board the first time in the club s 23-year history this has happened. Incoming president Selena Smith was installed by her father Gus Samios. Once installed Selena recognized the new committee chairs. The evening concluded with a belly dancer dancing and music provided by Tony the Tiger DJ. The new board consists of President Selena Smith President-Elect Diane Smith Vice President Des Romm Treasurer Terri Wescott and Secretary Joan Scherer. 48 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM O Junior League of Boca Raton WVOY Kickoff pho to graphy by down tow n ph oto f t l au derdal e he Junior League of Boca Raton held its 26th Annual Woman Volunteer of the Year kickoff at the Dubliner in Mizner Park. WVOY will be held November 8 2013 at the Boca West Country Club and celebrates local women in the community and their pledge to outstanding voluntarism. The luncheon Co-Chaired by Linda Gunn Paton and Jan Kucera and Honorary Chair Lynn Holcomb recognizes nominees from non-profits throughout Palm Beach County. Crystal McMillin President of the Junior League of Boca Raton commented The WVOY Luncheon offers us an opportunity to honor not only the nominees but all volunteers who contribute their time and talent to make our community a better place . For the fifth consecutive year Boca Raton Regional Hospital will serve as Award Sponsor and Neimans Marcus will once again serve as Fashion Show Sponsor. To learn more visit wvoy. T Have HERLIFE delivered to your home all year 26 SUBSCRIPTIONS SUBSCRIBE ONLINE AT southflorida OR MAIL A CHECK TO 2875 S. Ocean Blvd. Ste. 200 Palm Beach FL 33480 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 49 50 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM DR. LISA J. LEARN HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM 51 52 HERLIFEMAGAZINE.COM