SmartFem’s fashion and beauty expert Annette Loertscher gives tips on how to make the best first impression when interviewing for a new job. She meets with SmartFem expert Dr. Brown to get his input on non-surgical options to look your best for your next career.
When we are little, we dream big. We dream of what we want to do when we grow up, who we will be, and where we will live. Then we grow up, find a job and sometimes find out that what we thought we wanted to be or do just isn’t cutting it. What do you do if you are seeking change in your professional life?
Changing careers takes focus, commitment and most of all, courage. You will evolve inside and out and will likely find yourself stepping out of your more familiar comfort zone. But, there are other steps that you can take to prepare yourself for this transition: you can take assessment tests to determine your talents and the jobs that fit them, do research in your chosen industry, network and create a perfect resume, and then there are the changes you should make to put your best face forward (literally).
This is the perfect time to refresh and polish your image. So what is a 30-, 40- or 50-something to do?
A great place to start is by working with a professional who has experience helping people reinvent themselves. Hire an image consultant or personal shopper. Invest in a professional makeup lesson. A newer current hairstyle or color will give you that polished, professional look. Annette Loertscher, owner of ALL Transformations, adds, “You have 7 seconds to make your initial impression on a potential employer…you had better make sure you are at your absolute best.”
Dr. Richard Joseph Brown “Dr. Rick” is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving the Phoenix, AZ area with practices located in Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as Sun City West. Dr. Rick is an expert in the field of plastic surgery and frequently contributes to SmartFem.
Your first step should be to brighten and tighten. You can’t paint on a canvas that has cracked and peeling paint, right? Taking care you your skin, the largest organ in the body, is vital to your overall appearance. Having a facial and peel is a great start to prime the face. Photo facials can address sun damage, and peels and glycolic acids can help with fine lines. Don’t forget your hands, which show age as much as our faces.
There are many non-surgical options that can help you look more refreshed including Botox and fillers for lines and hollowness. A good plastic surgeon should be able to recommend non-surgical interventions and the best treatments to address specific skin concerns.
“Adding more volume to the face is key for a more youthful look,” says Dr. Richard J. Brown, a Scottsdale plastic and reconstructive surgeon. “I prefer to take a more subtle approach, maybe by adding some fullness to the cheeks and around the lip area, without giving you that pouty look. When done right, it can give you a refreshed appearance.”
Loertscher states how important it is to call the HR department of the company you are interviewing with and find out their dress code and then to dress appropriately – wear a professional suit, sensible heels, if you wear a skirt you must wear hose (nude or natural color), carry a briefcase…ditch the purse and of course, turn your cell phone off, or better yet, leave it in your car during the interview to avoid the distraction. Most importantly…exude self-confidence.
Putting your best face forward will project confidence, a great attitude and professionalism. For more great tips on making your career transition a success, visit alltransformations.com.
Eat Clean. You have heard it said, and read an article or two, but what does that mean? To many it seems like there is no room for fun, however if you are serious about changing your body from the inside out, your food choices at each meal are the key.
When a person ingests food, the body immediately begins a cascade of chemical reactions designed to break down the food (or food-like substance) into nutrients that can be absorbed and utilized by the body to nourish and repair each cell in the body. The human body fights to stay in a chemical balance called homeostasis at all times. Each time a cell dies, it needs to be eliminated quickly and replaced with a new one. It happens all day long, every moment of your life, and your nutrition plays almost 100 percent at how effectively the cells can regenerate.
Check out Jerny’s previous Rules For Eating articles here:
Quick fact: When cells die faster than they are repaired, it is called “aging.” In addition, dead cells oxidate and create toxic byproducts that need to be eliminated immediately. They are sent through the blood stream, where they can attach to other dead cells and create an ugly buildup and actually become rancid (acidic). This is why the pH levels of the blood are so vital in health and disease prevention! Metabolic acidosis is the number one cause of all lifestyle related disease and cancer.
So where does diet come in? Anything that your body has no use for (that does not nourish or provide energy) must be eliminated quickly. If it cannot be eliminated right away, it will be stored in the fat cells. As we age, we build up more and more fat to protect us from the toxins, and our fat does a wonderful job as a safe harbor for all the junk we ingest. The more ‘food like’ substances with little or no nutritional value that we take in, the more likely we are to be carrying around extra pounds. Even if it seems like you don’t eat a lot.
Eating clean burning fuels, full of nutrients, fiber, and phytochemicals provide our bodies with the tools necessary to “clean up” the garbage and eliminate it safely. Healthy forms of protein provide our cells with what they need to repair and replace what has been damaged and lost. Adaptogens, anti-oxidants, trace minerals, and vitamins (in the correct forms and amounts), keep our systems functioning at optimal levels, balance our blood pH, and strengthen our immune systems. Clean, whole, organic, nutrient dense foods should be our primary source of nutrition at each meal. That way, when we do indulge in toxic laden treats, our bodies will be able to cope and adapt quickly to the stress response, and keep our bodies in the beautiful, harmonious balance they were designed to be in.
Your clean fuel list includes:
- Organic cheese, eggs, and meat that has been raised cage free whenever possible.
- Organic, locally grown, fresh fruits and veggies. Substitute frozen or freeze your own when necessary.
- Nuts and nut butters from reputable sources
- Fish that is wild caught only (if it says farmed, put it back!)
- Whole grains, brown rice, sweet potatoes as primary carbohydrate sources. If you have a gluten sensitivity, rice and sweet potatoes are your best bet
- Nutritional supplements from companies that are GMO, gluten, soy free, and pure organic certified.
- Organic wine as your alcohol choice. In moderation of course!
Yes, you will pay more at the grocery store, but if you add up the cost of prescription medications, and healthcare insurance premiums and deductibles, it becomes quite clear that you are the economic winner over a lifetime.
Attention all food addicts: you are not alone!
All my life I have had a food problem and as I got older it morphed into a weight problem. A good amount of my family has a terrible relationship with food, whether it be they cannot get enough of it or they don’t eat at all. I learned at a young age how to binge eat, but always thought it was normal since it was what my family did. I was active as a child and so none of it truly caught up with me until now. For almost two years I have been gaining over 100 pounds even after losing 100 pounds previously. Clearly, working out and eating right isn’t the only thing I need to do in order to be free of this disease. Emotions are hard for me because I spent most of my life observing others harbor them and so I figured food could be my therapist and fill my void.
I have always been an out-going person but once my addiction got the best of me, I found myself living on my couch in front of the television watching The Office marathons on Netflix every single day. I work two jobs and am a full-time student studying Education. The idea of standing in front of a classroom with young children and teaching them to become successful people became hypocritical to me. Finally, I did what most daughters hate to do, I listened to my mother. I decided to try O.A. (Overeaters Anonymous). I was energized and ready but that quickly died down. Months later I was in an even worse place and the heaviest weight I have ever been. I decided to give O.A. another shot. I found out about a winter retreat that was being held here in Arizona and I knew this was my last chance since diets and therapists haven’t worked for me. I went. I saw. I fell in love with everyone! I have never felt so at peace and it was incredible to be surrounded by people who had the same problem as I do! My whole life I have felt like an outsider or misfit, especially when in company of my family. This amazing group of people helped me. I found a sponsor and for weeks now I haven’t binged (as opposed to my daily binges for two years) nor do I want to. I feel more confident and I truly don’t miss my couch days. The greatest part of all is the fellowship.
A week before my O.A. retreat I never received calls from people unless it were my mother. Days after the retreat I was receiving text messages and calls from tons of people! I have never felt so loved and every day I am a step closer to loving and accepting myself. I may have two jobs and go to school but there is no excuse for not making time for myself.
So, here it is food addicts who have yet to find their niche. I’m not saying this is a happy ending because my journey has just started, but this is a happy ending to those couch days. Put down the donut and join me! Let’s fight this together and show ourselves how strong we truly are!
Overeaters Anonymous has changed so many lives, don’t be afraid to let it change yours.
A recovering food addict
The 2014 Grammy Awards was a night for the year’s biggest music stars to come together in celebration of song. Nominees for categories such as Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and more arrived at Staples Center hopeful to take home an award. In addition to honoring stand-out music, the Grammys are also a time to honor stand-out fashions seen on the red carpet. This year, we saw bright colors, dazzling gold and sheer looks that, like the winners of the infamous awards, will go down in history.
Rather than continue to stand aside while the stars shine, Giuliana Rancic opted for such a bright color at the Grammy Awards, there was no way she could be missed. The bold orange color choice paid off as the feminine Alex Perry gown flattered the television personality’s toned body, with a haltered neckline showing off her arms.
Singer Natasha Bedingfield showed up ready to compete with the red carpet as well, in a similar orange hue. Bedingfield paired her Christian Siriano caped dress with straight-across bangs and bangles to accessorize.
It wouldn’t be a proper red carpet without Taylor Swift showing up in a perfectly-fitted shiny metallic gown. The country star stuck to tradition at the 2014 Grammys, appearing on the red carpet in a golden Gucci Premiere floor-length gown with short sleeves. Swift later changed for her performance of “All Too Well” during the show, but remained with the golden theme.
Meanwhile, John Legend’s plus one, Chrissy Teigen, proved to us what a true “trophy wife” means in her stunning Johanna Johnson dress, complete with a revealing strapless neckline and slit that made her look simply statuesque. Despite the distractingly shiny hue of the gown, Teigen stood out on the red carpet.
White Hot Sheer
Dresses that leave little to the imagination are surely not foreign to the red carpet, but the looks featured at the Grammys took a whole new take on an old trend. Beyoncé wowed in a Michael Costello gown, with pretty white lace showering the successful singer from head to toe. Her edgy blonde bob only added to the intriguingly sexy yet romantic look. But we already knew Beyoncé can pull off just about anything!
Katy Perry went for it on the carpet this year in a risky make-it-or-break-it look. Lucky for her, Perry was able to make the sheer Valentino gown work. The dress was made entirely of tulle, and the full skirt with sheet music printed on it paid tribute to what the night was all about. After all, who doesn’t love a good music-fashion mashup?
One of the most common mistakes I see in American eating behavior is our impatience with food. Let’s face it, as a society, patience is not a strong point. Many will argue that our inability to wait has spawned thousands of products and services that fuel our need for speed in all areas of our lives, and some of them have been a wonderful addition to our lives. Take our cell phones, for example.
Our bodies, however, haven’t gotten the memo. If you want to increase your health, lose weight, manage stress, sleep better, and enjoy a more fulfilling life, I recommend slowing down. As a high energy, over-achiever myself, I can assure you that there is some value in creating time for things that matter. Like most behavior change, it is a work in progress, but well worth the focused effort.
When not to wait: As a general rule, we tend to wait until we are famished to prepare and eat our meal. Poor meal choices are most commonly caused by our lack of preparation and not eating often enough throughout the day. This results in eating the wrong foods too quickly, and many times without even tasting them. Getting too hungry sends out stress signals, which raises cortisol and leads to a cascade of digestive distress and weight gain. If this is a regular habit, my guess is you are struggling with an expanding waist line. The rule of thumb here is to eat every 3 to 4 hours. They don’t have to be full meals, but they definitely have to involve protein, phytonutrients and fiber. If you get into the habit of eating regularly throughout the day, you can be assured of making better choices and not over consuming your meal and beverages.
When to wait: Below is a list of suggestions on how to increase satisfaction and decrease digestive distress, fatigue and weight gain. Although these exercises may take some practice, the results are well worth it!
1. Sit down when you eat. The body digests food better in a relaxed state. Leave the multi-tasking alone and have a seat!
2. Before digging in, take a moment to say thanks. Take the extra second to pay homage to the blessing. There are people starving all over the world, including right here in the US. Appreciation is good for digestion.
3. Drink a glass of water before consuming anything. Begin while preparing your meal, and finish the glass within the first couple bites. This will reduce the “starving” feeling, and decrease your need to drink a high calorie beverage quickly because you are thirsty.
4. Breathe between bites. Finish what is in your mouth (that’s just good manners) and take a moment to swallow. Take a deep breath and then reach for that next mouthful.
5. Make it special. Take smaller bites. Actually take the moment to chew slowly and TASTE the food. Europeans aren’t “fat,” because eating is an “experience.” I also recommend using nice dishes, an attractive table setting and good company wherever possible.
6. Stop before you are stuffed. The body will turn hunger signals off when it is satisfied, however, there is a delay in the response time. The above suggestions will help assist you in becoming more aware of when the body has had its fill. Over-consuming also triggers a stress response that leads to a cascade of hormonal changes and signal the body to store fat.
Each person should walk away from a meal happy and satisfied. There is no such thing as indigestion and heart burn with folks who follow the above recommendations on a regular basis. We are all busy, but with some planning and some focus, it is possible to create better eating habits that lead to a new appreciation for food, and the miracle of digestion. Try sitting back and relaxing through your next meal. You will be amazed at how much less you eat, and how much better you feel for the next several hours!
I am always elated when I find a new beauty regime that not only works, but doesn’t break the bank either. I recently decided to try micro-needling at the suggestion of a friend of mine. This is something I have known about for a while but I wasn’t too sure about it, as there are a few different methods of this procedure. Micro-needling is collagen induction therapy which includes non surgical skin tightening that creates controlled injury underneath the skin’s surface, therefore causing the body to create new tissue layers of elastic and collagen fibers.
I went to the Face Place in the Biltmore area and met with esthetician Donna Scelza who explained to me that they use the Derma Pen and not the Derma roller. She explained that the Derma Pen can be controlled and the needles are only used once, whereas the Derma rollers are used multiple times and the depth cannot be controlled. I believe it is important to have a skilled technician who can control such things. I have also heard that the derma rollers can dull occasionally, and they aren’t as sanitary since they are used more than once.
My experience was a relaxing one as I was pleasantly greeted by Augustina and Donna of the Face Place in the Biltmore area. After Donna explained everything to me and cleansed my face, she then began to derma plane my face which she said would maximize the results of my micro-needling Derma planning removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells and fine vellus hair.
After my face had been prepped, a numbing cream was applied to my face for several minutes. Donna then carefully removed the numbing cream and began the procedure. She applied the facial serums and they absorbed into the microscopic little punctures. There was absolutely no pain or discomfort as she worked on my fine lines and a surgical scar on my right check. Micro-needling has been extremely beneficial for people who suffer with acne scars, I don’t have any of those but I was pleasantly surprised with the minimization of my surgical scar. After she finished the procedure she loaded me up with a fabulous post care package, something that I know most places don’t do.
I was a little red and swollen that night, but woke up in the morning the find my face a little pink but very hydrated and supple. The fine lines around my eyes and lips were noticeably softer. This procedure stimulates your body’s own production of collagen so I will continue to see improvement in the upcoming months. Micro-needling needs to be spaced out for six weeks but you can bet that I will be going in again as I want to keep the momentum.
This was a really fabulous experience and the prices are so reasonable, especially since they do so much prep work to maximize your benefits. In addition, the post care kit was so nice. I am usually given some instructions and told to go buy some Arnica.
To find out how you too can get pampered check out their website at www.faceplaceaz.com
Chambers Clinic in North Scottsdale recently acquired Integrated Medical Specialists, and the two locations merged as one January 1, 2014.
Dr. Keith Chambers of Chambers Clinic in North Scottsdale, the number one naturopath clinic in the Scottsdale area, recently acquired the Integrated Medical Specialist. The two practices will now be located in one convenient office at Dr. Chambers’ Grayhawk office in North Scottsdale.
Not only will the revamped Chambers Clinic have more doctors available, but the number of services offered will increase. Instead of offering colonics two days a week, Chambers Clinic will now be performing this procedure five days a week to best cater to the patient and customer. Physician staff numbers have increased from four on call staff members, to ten. Chambers Clinic in Scottsdale opens earlier than ever so patients will have more flexibility throughout their day.
With a larger staff, more advanced technology, and with one of the only naturopathic cardiologists in the country, Chambers Clinic is one of the fastest growing naturopathic practices in Arizona. Dr. Chambers and all of the naturopathic physicians at Chambers Clinic North Scottsdale will provide expanded procedures and its usual exceptional patient care, as it continues to grow.
SmartFem’s Phoenix plastic surgery expert Dr. Richard Joseph Brown “Dr. Rick” continues our series on plastic surgery with the topic of consultations.
Kati Walker is the Patient Care Coordinator with Dr. Richard J. Brown’s plastic and reconstructive surgery practice. Kati writes about what a patient can expect during a consultation with a plastic surgeon.
So, you have made the decision to get plastic surgery. Or maybe you are just considering it and want to speak with a professional first.
Going to see a plastic surgeon might be a scary thought for you. Hopefully we can ease those anxieties by explaining what happens at a plastic surgery consultation and what you can expect.
By now, you should have already filled out your new patient packet, which tells us your medical history, insurance information, etc. If not, we will have you fill out some forms with basic demographic information in the main office. You will then be called back to meet with Dr. Brown’s nurse, and then Dr. Brown.
The Exam Room
You will be brought back to a comfortable examination room, where you will get to relax until until Dr. Brown’s nurse, Laura Gregg, comes in to see you. We are very prompt and strive to keep our wait times to a minimum.
Meeting Dr. Brown’s Registered Nurse
Laura will first discuss your reason for visiting the office. She will then go over your medical history, including medical conditions, current medications, past surgeries and allergies. She will also need to take down your vitals, including height, weight and blood pressure.
Meeting Dr. Brown
Dr. Brown has a policy of professionalism, warmth and genuineness! Dr. Brown will take the necessary time to ensure he really understands your goals. He will also educate you on the benefits and risks of undergoing surgery.
Together, the two of you will outline expectations for your surgery as well as the results you are likely to receive.
Pricing and Scheduling
If this is a consultation for a cosmetic procedure, you will meet with me, the Patient Care Coordinator. I will sit down with you, answer any questions you have and present you with a custom quote.
The consultation should take about an hour. Dr. Brown is an educator first and foremost, and will spend ample time going over your options and outlining a surgical procedure designed to meet your goals.
“When we meet at your consultation I will listen to your concerns and questions,” Dr. Brown said. “I will spend as much time as needed to evaluate your situation and give you the best plan to reach your goals. I do my best to inform you of your options so that we can make the best treatment plan together.”
Dr. Richard Joseph Brown “Dr. Rick” is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving the Phoenix, AZ area with practices located in Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as Sun City West. Dr. Rick is an expert in the field of plastic surgery and frequently contributes to SmartFem.
With breast cancer diagnosis becoming more common, it is scary to think that you might be next, especially if you have family history of the disease.
Thanks to science, a new finding from research on a known breast cancer drug could help prevent breast cancer in post- menopausal women who are at higher risk of developing it.
Dr. Mazen Khattab from Arizona Oncology shared a lot of important information on the drug.
“There is clear evidence that it works for primary prevention, which means preventing cancer before it happens,” said Dr. Khattab.
Some of the candidates for this drug would be women who have strong family history of breast cancer or have certain pathological finding in their breast or mammogram results.
Dr. Khattab uses this drug with his patients, and while he believes it can be successful, he also believes the patients that are candidates for the drug have to be selected carefully. “We use it all the time, for the active treatment of cancer,” he said. Like any other drug, anastrozole has certain side effects that need to be monitored and addressed. Some of its biggest side effects are hot flashes and bone related issues such as joint pain.
This is another option to add to the other breast cancer prevention drugs that have already been used to prevent breast cancer in women at higher risk. For the mean time, he encourages screening, especially if you have family history of breast cancer. Bring it up with your primary care physician.
“This is not a drug that a primary care physician can prescribe, this is a drug that can be prescribed by a medical oncologist who knows the data,” said Dr. Khattab.
He also made it very clear that this drug is not an alternative to surgery for BRCA1 and BRCA2 patients.
Dr. Khattab wanted to convey a strong message of hope to all women. “Cancer is not what it used to be. The treatment is not what it used to be. We have a lot of options for treatment, and people do a lot better now than they used to before,” said Dr. Khattab.
Originally from Damascus, Syria, Dr. Khattab is a member of the American College of Physicians and is a member of the American Society of Hematology, and American Society of Clinical Oncology. In 2003, he won the Intern of the Year Award, in 2005; he won the Patient Care Award and received the NEOUCOM Certificate of Appreciation. Dr. Khattab served as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at North Eastern Ohio Universities, College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH between March 2006 until June 2010. Outside of practicing medicine, Dr. Khattab enjoys playing soccer and travelling.
We have all heard that stress and worry can wreak havoc with your life but studies show that it can also create long term health issues. It is important for people to realize that embracing positive thinking and changing certain behavioral patterns can transform your whole life in areas such as health, wellness, business and relationships.
Recently I had the opportunity to meet someone who not only talks about the possibilities, but has the experience to back it up. I met Suzie Gasparovic and she shared her story. We all know negative people in our lives… people who are so negative we can only deal with them in small doses. So talking with Suzie was a nice change of pace for me. She is so much more authentic and different from the many self proclaimed “Life Coaches,” that contact me.
Suzie was very candid about her story and the issues she had to overcome. Challenges in life are something we all face, but to lose your mother to suicide at the tender of age of four is something that I can’t even imagine. She also went on to say that her father turned to gambling which resulting in her family losing her home at a young age. How on earth does someone so young cope? She shared with me some of her darkest moments and clearly her life was a difficult journey she had to endure.
I was drawn to her positive happy attitude despite her earlier circumstances. Her earlier dark thoughts had wreaked havoc with her health creating issues including depression and Hashimoto, which is an autoimmune disorder. She briefly told me how her negative thoughts had created her health issues as well as attracted negative and unhealthy relationships in her life. The underlying message throughout her story was bad things happen to everyone. What matters is how you process the negatives and react to them. Susie has had an interesting life and is a fantastic story teller and I found that her Australian accent was a delightful bonus. She has had such a troublesome personal history but shows others how they can change their lives by changing their thoughts and habits.
Suzie Gasporavic will be speaking at the Women of Strength Forum being held at the Scottsdale Hilton on January 9th at 8:30am.
You can register for the event at www.WomenofStrengthEvent3.eventbrite.com