Mornings with Macie… What you see is what you get!

By Kim Hollett, The Women’s Journal

NewsChannel 5 morning co-anchor Macie Jepson and I met at Panera Bread in Berea at 10:30 on a warm and muggy morning in March. A warm and muggy morning in March in Cleveland is astonishing enough. Macie, looking fresh and alert after already putting in a full day of work, was even more so.

“Co-anchor Mike Dunston and I are completely involved in the process of executing the newscast,” explains Macie. “We arrive around 1am (meaning she gets up at 11p) and the entire team goes to work as one. One of the reasons I took this job is that I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves and go to work. I actually love it.” As luck would have it, WEWS management specically looked to recruit an anchor team who develop and write stories, push the creative envelope of the newsroom staff , and in Macie’s case, provide perspective to Cleveland’s culture and clarity on things like pronunciation.

Macie returned to Cleveland television news in February this year after a 12 year absence. McInnis (her maiden name) first called Cleveland home 17 years ago in 1994. She and husband Gary Jepson arrived here from Shreveport, Louisiana to debut Fox 8’s Good Day Cleveland with co-anchor Bill Martin. Macie and Gary arrived as newlyweds, and six
years later had their family well under way.

Fast forward about a dozen years to last June. Then living in the Dallas area, Macie noted her incoming phone call showed a 216 Cleveland area code. It was WEWS News Director Jill Manual. “Macie, would you ever consider coming back to Cleveland?”, asked Ms. Manual. Without missing a beat, Macie replied, “As a matter of fact, if I were to move my
family anywhere in the country, it would be for Cleveland.” And so began the second chapter in Cleveland, Ohio for the Jepson family.

I asked Macie why Cleveland? Without hesitation she answered me. “This was a family move first; a career move second. Our six years here the frst time introduced us to wonderful friends, to a city proud of its history and heritage, and to a medical community second to none. In 1997 I nearly lost my life and the life of my unborn ? rst daughter.
University Hospitals saved our lives.”

Macie quickly lightens the mood as she remembers and wipes a few tears from her eyes. “By the way, my husband Gary was not at all keen about being in Ohio back then. Although both our daughters were technically born in Cleveland, Gary was determined to honor his home town roots and have his children born on ‘Texas soil.’ He placed a big bag of Texas soil under my delivery bed…for both girls.”

Yours truly, the author of this article paused and asked, “You want me to print that?” “Heck yes,” says a smiling Macie. “I tell that story to anyone who will listen.”

According to Macie, Gary’s indifference towards Cleveland was more bark than bite. “While still in Cleveland the first time, and in 2000, I received a job offer from WFAA in Texas. The time was right to make a career move and I accepted. In the 11th hour – and much too late to change our plans – Gary admitted that leaving Cleveland might be a
mistake. Now we are back and don’t intend to repeat that mistake.”

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Modern Technology is Making Treatment of Leg Veins Easier and More Effective Than Ever

Venous insufficiency is one of the most common medical conditions with roughly one in five Americans affected by the condition to some extent. While the most common form of the condition is varicose veins, it can appear in other forms, such as leg swelling, the development of smaller spider veins, and multiple symptoms such as aching, throbbing, heaviness, tiredness, muscle cramps, and restlessness of the legs.

Traditional medicine has often taken the approach that the only time that leg veins justify treatment is when large bulging varicose veins are present, or if the patient has some combination of the most severe symptoms listed. In this sense, only around half of patients with documented venous insufficiency and symptoms would have been referred for any degree of treatment. If they were lucky, they might just be told to wear stockings for the rest of their lives, but often they were told that nothing could be done for them, or that it “just goes with being a woman,” and that for some reason they are obligated to just “put up with it”. Why is this?

One of the primary reasons that doctors have been hesitant to refer their patients for treatment of their leg veins is that until the past decade, the standard traditional approach to treating the condition was surgical— vein stripping, or some variation thereof. This meant the surgical removal of the troubled veins, forcing the patient to undergo general anesthesia and a procedure of one to three hours’ length. While the veins were generally removed successfully, the recurrence rate for the procedure typically ranged from twenty to fifty percent over the following five years. In some cases, patients have reported that their veins actually looked and felt WORSE at some point after going through all of that!

Today, modern medicine is now providing treatment that is more efficient, safer, less painful, and more convenient than ever before. Once an accurate diagnosis is made via a vascular ultrasound, only then can an appropriate treatment path be outlined for a patient.

One particular treatment known as endovenous laser ablation, or EVLA, has become a standard approach to treating valve leakage in the saphenous veins and other large branch veins in the legs. This approach allows the patient to undergo an extremely safe office procedure that is often only 20 minutes or so in length, with only local anesthesia and no hospital time needed. The patient is back on their feet immediately, with no down time, an immediate return to most activities, and minimal post-treatment discomfort.

Again, when performed by a physician who is qualified and skilled in the procedure, the results of EVLA are highly effective, with a success rate typically above 97% nationally. At the Circulatory Centers, where we have been dedicated to vein treatment for more than 30 years, we have been using this particular approach to treating leg veins for nearly a decade, and our results have been better than ever, with patients seeing better clearing of their leg veins, better resolution of their symptoms and fewer recurrences of their veins than ever before. None of this would be possible without the advances of modern technology!



Chicago Pike Inn and Spa

A Great Getaway and Event Location

Summer travel this year will probably not include destinations that require purchasing of airfare. Airlines have already pushed through two price increases this year, and it’s only March, when leisure travel is slow. It’s a sign of things to come. “You’ll see gradual increases and then a much bigger jump in April and May when people start shopping for the summer travel season,” says Rick Seaney, CEO of travel website About 75 percent of leisure travel is not essential,” says George Hobica of the travel website “I think you’ll see more people stay at home, or they’ll drive to closer locations.”
Just three hours away in Southwest Michigan is the award winning Chicago Pike Inn & Spa. This unique historical getaway offers Victorian furnishings and décor with many modern conveniences such as air conditioning, wireless internet, cable television and DVD players. Delicious meals prepared by Nancy and served in the well appointed formal dining room gives you the sense of luxury in a comfortable homelike setting. The beautiful rural area also offers many attractions from golfing to antiquing.

History of the Inn
Morris G. Clarke built his home at 215 East Chicago Street in 1903. Mr. Clarke hired a Chicago Architect, Ashbury Buckley, who had designed many of the homes in Mackinac Island in the late 1800’s. Mr. Clarke, who was a Coldwater merchant, built a Colonial Reform style, with massive Greek Revival columns. When the Clarke mansion was fi nished, it had cost him a
total of $15,000.00. In 1936 after Mr. and Mrs. Clarke deceased, sons Charles and Edwin sold the property to a family that turned it into a rooming house.
Harold and Jane Schultz bought the Clarke home in the fall of 1988, and completely restored it to the splendor you see today. On June 20, 1989, the beautiful Clarke mansion was opened as a Bed & Breakfast, known as the Chicago Pike Inn. The six guest rooms in the main house have all been furnished with antiques and each one has a special elegance. The two suites in the Carriage House were built in 1995 and have in-room jacuzzis.
In 2005 Nancy Krajny purchased the Inn and renamed it Chicago Pike Inn & Spa, now including an on sight beauty salon and massage room. The Inn & Spa is great for a quaint anniversary or birthday, showers or bridal party getaway, with special spa packages available.

Ideal Destination Wedding Location
The Inn is a perfect setting for an indoor or outdoor wedding. Nancy can take care of all the details. The Inn’s layout and ambiance is perfect for the ceremony as well as the reception. For that added touch, she also can provide a horse and carriage.
A three hour drive from Cleveland makes the Chicago Pike Inn & Spa a convenient getaway destination for any family reunion, girls weekend retreat, birthday or anniversary getaways.

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Goodbye Turkey Neck!

By Cindy Marx, Practice Manager, Raj Plastic Surgery

Men and women both suffer from one of the most tell tale signs of aging: sagging skin of the neck. If you fi nd you are buying more turtle necks, wearing more scarves and shying away from photographs it may be the right time for you to say goodbye to the turkey wattle!

Nora Ephron, director of Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail and When Harry Met Sally, understands the plight of women as we age. Her book of essays, “ I Feel Bad About My Neck,” speaks well to how once the neck goes there is little one can do to camoufl age that loose skin – there is no skin care product or skin tightening “treatment” that can do the “trick” of minimizing the hanging skin, loose muscles and neck banding like a neck lift surgical procedure.

I was tired of looking tired and defl ated and decided, instead of investing in more scarves and turtle neck sweaters, I would invest in myself and have a neck lift procedure to tighten the muscles and remove the excess skin that causes the “wattle effect.” I thought it was the best time to add upper and lower eyelid procedures while having my neck lift which would allow me to recover from both surgeries at one time. Voila! – My profile is transformed and I appear more youthful without the looking like I had cosmetic surgery.

There is no one best time for a neck lift procedure, young and old can benefit from a neck lift. If one is unhappy with the appearance of his or her neck one should seek a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss surgical options to reduce turkey wattle neck, excess fat, or hanging skin.

If you, too, would like to refresh your appearance, call our office to schedule a consultation to discuss your goals so that we can offer you options to help you invest in yourself. I am happy to share my experiences with you.
Please call our office at 440.808.8030 to schedule a complimentary
consultation by mentioning this article in The Women’s Journal.