ATHENA 2018

Join us to Celebrate these Women of Medina County on October 10, 2018 at Williams on the Lake in Medina. The Medina County Women’s Journal will honor these exemplary women leaders from our community at this sixth annual signature celebration award dinner ceremony.

Register at www.Womens-Journal.com/athena or call 888-749-5994 to reserve your seat.

Meet the 2018 The Women of Our Community Award Recipients and ATHENA Award Nominees

Beth Kereszturi

Beth Kereszturi has spent her 20+ year career with marketing agencies in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio. It’s been her passion helping other businesses grow their brands and realize the true value in a marketing strategy investment. Utilizing her creative strengths, love of writing and art of conveying value, Beth has enjoyed evolving along with the online buyer landscape. For the last 15 years, she has concentrated on digital marketing with her colleagues at Proximity Marketing in Brunswick. As the VP of Digital Strategies, Beth creates the long-term online plans for the agency’s clients and leads Proximity’s team of web specialists. Her drive to help the business community is what pushed Beth to become more involved with the Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance, and their programming committee. Through educational sessions with the chamber, Medina County’s empowHER event and the United Way of Medina County – Beth has enjoyed sharing her online marketing expertise with local businesses and non-profits. She is also a member of the Medina County Economic Development Corporation, and 2018 graduate of Leadership Medina County. Recently moving her family to Wadsworth, Beth looks forward to deepening her roots in her home community, sharing her time, skills and leadership.

Mauri O’brodo

Community, faith and family are Mauri’s top priorities. Mauri resides in Wadsworth and is co-owner of Sherman Provision Meats and International Grocery with her husband Michael. Mauri believes businesses have a responsibility to give back to the community and she volunteers with the Wadsworth Drug Free Coalition, Barberton Park system and her local church. She is responsible for community outreach, marketing and enjoys helping customers create the perfect meal. Mauri updated the company website to include a weekly blog featuring easy to follow, healthy recipes for busy families.

Elizabeth Orley

Elizabeth Orley is a 2002 graduate of the University of Arizona on the International Deans List. In 2003 Elizabeth started Elizabeth Ink, and over the years it has evolved into a boutique digital marketing company the deploys strategic marketing for businesses nationwide. She was recognized as a Global Ambassador for MOGUL an international platform for women. Elizabeth believes that to improve the world you must start within your community first, as an advocate for supporting local charities that impact our Northeast, Ohio community like Project Ed Bear, Heroes Home Project, the Greater Cleveland Chapter of American Field Service and many other local causes. Her role as Household Engineer has been the most rewarding position of her life, the support of her husband Andrew, and their children inspire her daily to be her best. She would not be able to do what she does without the love and support of her entire family.

Ann Plazek

Ann Plazek is the Outreach Services Manager for the Medina County District Library where she thrives on the opportunity to take the library beyond the walls. Ann supervises the bookmobile and oversees a team providing personalized home delivery for over 160 Medina County residents. Fueled by Ann’s passion and drive for early literacy, the library resumed story time visits to 27 daycares and head start programs where over 1,000 children are reached each month. Ann also secured grant funding from United Way to expand the Brunswick ROCKS program, and from the Office of Criminal Justice Services for Project READ: Inside to Outside which provides early literacy education to incarcerated parents and records them reading a book, they have selected for their child.   She is a member of Leadership Medina County Class of 2014, a recipient of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers Award, and the Ohio Library Council’s John Philip Award. She is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services and has presented at several state and national library conferences.

Cathy Posner

Cathy Posner is the owner of Transition Consulting and Coaching, a career coaching and small business/organization development firm that helps individuals and organizations improve processes and achieve goals. Cathy has strived to make coaching and mentoring the core of her work. To stay true to that belief, Cathy is involved in multiple organizations as a volunteer, board member, and occasional consultant. She is past President and a current member of Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, actively serving on MCWEF’s grants review committee for ten years. Cathy also currently serves as a board member with Feeding Medina County, a member of the Farmers Market Advisory Committee, a member of Main Street Medina, a member of Medina City Schools PTO, a member of the Medina Diversity Project, PR Chair for Kids First Medina, a member of Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio, 100+ Women Who Care and the Medina Chamber of Commerce, where she serves on the EmpowHER committee. Cathy believes that everyone has gifts to share with the world and is passionate about helping others identify and grow them!

Michelle Powell

Michelle Powell is the founder and director of Let’s Make a Difference, a summer program for underprivileged kids in Medina and ACE, an after-school mentoring /tutoring program at Claggett Middle School. Michelle was born and raised in Medina by a single mother of five and graduated from Medina High School. She has remained active in her community where she also serves as a licensed minister. In 2000, Michelle, a single mother of two, began a journey that would change her life and positively impact the lives of many children in need. Michelle’s first vision for Let’s Make a Difference was formed using only her limited resources – a simple meal and a game of kickball at the park, but the positive feedback from the children inspired her to realize her vision.   Michelle has persevered in overcoming obstacles. She has organized a board of directors, oversees a volunteer team that provides daily summer activities, and remains the caring inspiration for Medina’s underprivileged kids. Michelle has received numerous awards including induction into the Medina Hall of Fame.

Denise “Nisi” Pozderac

Denise “Nisi” Pozderac is President/Administrator of Transitional Living Centers (TLC), providing homes for developmental and intellectually disabled residents in Northern Medina County. Growing up in a family dedicated to providing long-term care services, Nisi has more than 40 years’ experience in the healthcare field. She and her late husband, Patrick, envisioned a way to provide a better quality of life for individuals with disabilities by creating small, personalized group homes. They founded TLC in 1990, and later she initiated the TLC “Riverside Habilitation Center” to provide day programming to their clients. Nisi is a 2013 Ohio Health Care Association Honoree receiving the “Pioneer Award” and has served as chairperson on the OHCA’s (Ohio Health Care Association) DD/ID constituency. Nisi’s commitment to her local community shows in the various organizations she volunteers; Chairman of the Buckeye Education Foundation, board member of the Valley City Community Group, board member of the NMCCA, member of Leadership Medina County, past Board member of the Westfield Bank advisory board, to name a few. Nisi’s philosophy, “Do the right thing, always, regardless of the consequences” sums up her successful career and life path.

Krista Wasowski

Serving as the Medina County Health Commissioner since 2012, Krista Wasowski has been in public service her entire professional career. An awareness of emerging needs led her to create a newly designed health center to serve the needs of low to moderate income residents and has led her efforts as the co-chair and founder of the Medina County Trauma Informed Care Collaborative and the Medina County Opiate Task Force. Krista is a member of the Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio, 100+ Women Who Care Medina, the Medina County Economic Development Corporation, and is a Class of 2014 graduate of Leadership Medina County. Krista was recognized as the 2015 Medina Noon Kiwanian of the Year for her service to children and she was actively involved with both E4 Youth Summits for Medina County. Krista serves on the Medina County Job and Family Services Advisory Board, the Medina County Career Center Advisory Council, and the SHC Board. She also serves as the weekend coordinator for Operation Homes at St. Francis Xavier. In addition to being a leader in her field, Krista has actively encouraged other women to pursue advanced careers in public health management.

2018 ATHENA Young Professional Nominees

Kristin Baum

Kristin is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management. Kristin is an Associate Broker at RE/MAX Omega and resides in Brunswick with her husband Trace. She has completed additional training and has obtained certifications in pricing strategy, negotiation, and property staging to better serve her clients. She has a passion for running and volunteers her time with Girls on the Run, the Special Olympics and the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Nicole Perch

Nicole is an entrepreneur, starting her own business, Party N’ With Plants in 2015. She is a graduate of Akron University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Her business has grown beyond expectations and she has helped over 3,500 people create fairy gardens and has two franchises. Nicole has partnered with Akron Children’s Hospital to provide patients and their families the opportunity to make fairy gardens. She also volunteers her time as a Legal Volunteer Guardian for the elderly. She resides in Wadsworth with her husband and two young children.

YP Award Sponsored by the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce

“We are honored to sponsor the ATHENA YP Award. The recipient is a rising leader that demonstrates initiative and dedication in their profession and serves as role model for young women in our community. I look forward to presenting the award to one of the nominees at the dinner program ~ Jaclyn Ringstmeier, Executive Director

Register at www.Womens-Journal.com/athena or call 888-749-5994 to reserve your seat to attend and support these fabulous women! 

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These Block Your Fitness Results

By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness

There are many complex reasons that make getting healthy and fit a challenge, reasons that go deeper than simply calories-in versus calories-out. I’m talking about the life issues that get in the way of your success. Here are five things that block fitness results, along with the solutions to unlock your optimal health and fitness.

You are crazy busy.
Let’s face it, you work too much, commit yourself to too much, and don’t even get enough sleep most of the time. The fast-paced way you live leaves you exhausted, stressed and hungry for comfort food. You even begin to feel too busy to take care of your health. It’s time to reprioritize. Let go of your perfectionist standards and remove a few commitments from your schedule so that you are able to cook healthy meals, exercise and get a good night’s sleep. Remind yourself that taking care of your health is not a luxury—it’s a necessity.

You don’t want to wait for the good stuff.
Just as you wish to avoid pain, you are also an expert in seeking out pleasure—namely food. This served the cavemen well, but these days it ends up as extra pounds around your waist and thighs. There’s good news: extra calories are not your only option to stimulate the pleasure center of your brain. Find an activity or two that makes you smile and indulge in those regularly.

• A walk
• A good book
• A night out to the movies or theater
• A spa day

You can also retrain your brain to crave the pleasure of exercise-induced endorphins. Talk about weight gain kryptonite!

You don’t want to be bothered.
It’s in your DNA to avoid pain and seek out pleasure. Unfortunately, this works against you when trying to get fit. In your mind, its painful (or at least uncomfortable) to deny yourself the tasty food that you crave and to exert yourself with exercise. There’s a simple way to work around this obstacle: find something painful about being out of shape to motivate yourself towards healthy eating and exercise. Focus on the negative impact your current shape has on your health, self-esteem and lifestyle. Convince yourself that the pain of being out of shape is much greater than the discomfort of getting into shape.

You don’t deserve it.
I don’t agree with it, but you sure act like you don’t deserve to live the good life in the body of your dreams. Take a moment to think back on all the times you have self-sabotaged your health and fitness efforts. If you don’t believe deep down that you are worthy, then you’ll never give yourself a chance at a fit body. I believe that you deserve to have a healthy body and I urge you to dig deep down to uncover why you don’t. Once you conquer your feelings of unworthiness, getting on an exercise and healthy eating plan will be easy. Take the time to take care of yourself. You DO deserve it.

You are afraid.
You’re afraid to start because you just might fail, and wouldn’t that be embarrassing? You’re also afraid to start because you just might succeed, and change makes you uncomfortable, even if it’s change in the right direction. When you decide to get fit you will need to go through a bunch of changes:

• New diet
• New exercise routine
• New friends at the gym
• New clothes
• New self-image

Focus on all of the ways that shaping up will make your life better. Envision that better life everyday so that it goes from being new and scary to familiar and comfortable.

I want to personally help overcome every obstacle standing between you and your ideal body. Request your FREE Initial Consultation and demo workout today at www.maxstrengthfitness.com to get started on a program that will change your life and body forever…in the best way!

 

Salt Can Improve Your Overall Health

Bringing a salt therapy room to Northeast Ohio started with Linda Machalicek’s vision and two years of researching, planning and remodeling a building to create a beautiful salt room located in Dolcé Organic Salon Med Spa & Salt Room. The Dolcé Salt Room is a beautiful tranquil room with 8,000 pounds of pure, white Himalayan Brick Salt. Dry salt therapy, also known as “halotherapy,” is a growing trend across the country. Around 275 dry salt therapy rooms have opened in the U.S. and Canada, up from about a dozen in 2010. (CBSNews.com)

What is Salt therapy/Halotherapy?

“Halos” literally means “salt” in Greek. Halotherapy, better known as salt therapy, is the therapeutic use of natural salt in a simulated microclimate, like a salt room, which simulates the effects of actual salt mines. Salt therapy is specially used to help relieve and support clients with respiratory and skin ailments but provides so much more.

How Does Salt therapy Work?

During a salt session, dry salt aerosol micro-participles are dispersed into the salt room. The salt aerosol is then inhaled and penetrates deep into the lungs, nasal cavities, sinuses and bronchial tubes with normal breathing. Salt is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and mucolytic by nature. It reacts with the mucus in the respiratory system and helps to loosen the mucus. is environment is also very beneficial to exposed skin. The non-inhaled salt particles fall onto the skin, and with its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help improve circulation to the surface of the skin.

What Type of Clothing Should I Wear?

Comfortable clothing is best. The salt will not harm your clothes, and if you are coming for skin conditions, it is recommended to wear clothing that will expose as much of the area of concern as possible.

For more information contact Dolcé Organic Salon Med Spa & Salt Room.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host National Alzheimer’s & Caregiver Educational Conference in Cleveland

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) national Educating America Tour will visit Cleveland on Friday, September 21 for a free Alzheimer’s and caregiver educational conference.  The conference is open to family and professional caregivers,
individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and the general public, and will be held at the InterContinental Cleveland Hotel, located at 9801 Carnegie Avenue, in Cleveland, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The conference is designed to connect people with information about Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, healthy aging and caregiving, as well as to give them a place to have their questions answered. Guests will hear from leading dementia and caregiving experts who will share their research, services and stories and teach attendees about dementia, practical steps on how to be a better caregiver, and improving quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Knowledge is a powerful tool.  We want to equip as many people as possible with important information that will help them,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  “With more than 220,000 people in Ohio living with the disease, and many more serving as caregivers, we aim to help individuals understand Alzheimer’s disease and improve their quality of life through education and empowerment.”

The keynote speaker will be Dr. James Leverenz, the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and the Joseph Hahn, MD Endowed Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute.  Prior to his current position, he was a Professor of Neurology at the University of Washington, where he was an investigator in the NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.  His primary clinical and research interests are aging-associated neurological disorders, with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.  Dr. Leverenz will provide an update on Alzheimer’s research and clinical trials, and what we can expect on the horizon.

The next session will feature a presentation by Jean Makesh, President and CEO of The Lantern, an assisted living and memory care facility, with three locations in Ohio.  He will talk about disrupting Alzheimer’s and dementia care.  He will talk about dementia, why it is not a normal part of aging, and what people can do to combat cognitive decline.  He will provide strategies on how to facilitate healthy living and provide superior services consistent with the needs of the elderly.

There will be a panel discussion on long-term care options led by Larry Mason, President of Senior Helpers Cleveland.  He will review the different types of care plans available, and their benefits, and which one is the best option for you.  He will discuss how to ensure a better quality of life for your loved ones by providing dependable and affordable care.

The conference will conclude with a session on ensuring the safety of our aging parents who drive.  The discussion will be led by Matt Gurwell, the Founder and CEO of Keeping Us Safe.  He will provide a game plan on how to help overcome the challenges of an older driver’s safety.  He will review older driver demographics, understanding the fears of an older driver and their family, vision, hearing and memory concerns, vehicle adaptations, and other precautions to take.  Matt and his team have devised programs that provide senior drivers and their families with direction in helping to ensure a smooth transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger’s seat.

Free, confidential memory screenings will be conducted throughout the day.

For more information or to register, please visit: https://alzfdn.org/event/afa-educating-america-tour-cleveland/.

About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA):

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide in the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a National Toll-Free Helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, the National Memory Screening Program, educational conferences and materials, and “AFA Partners in Care” dementia care training for healthcare professionals. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn

One Mom’s Battle

Founder Tina Swithin to Host Retreat for Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse

The common denominator in most high-conflict custody battles is Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) or other Cluster B personality disorders such as antisocial and borderline personality disorders. When a person finds themselves in the midst of a custody battle with a narcissist, there are a variety of fears and concerns related to the court process, the children, marital assets, and finances. Many times, the victim of narcissistic abuse is left operating in survival mode, and their own health and well-being is placed on the backburner.

Author Tina Swithin is no stranger to the trials and tribulations of high-conflict custody battles. Her books “Divorcing a Narcissist” and “The Narc Decoder: Understanding the Language of the Narcissist,” delve deep into the psyche of a partner who uses (and abuses) their significant other (and the family court system). In 2015, Tina began offering annual retreats affectionately known as The Lemonade Power Retreats. Tina created this retreat in an effort to share not only her own experiences, but to create a safe, healing place for attendees to share their own journeys with like-minded individuals. “I have dedicated my life to providing resources and support to survivors of narcissistic abuse through my books, coaching services, and advocacy in the family court system,” Tina explains. “The Lemonade Power Retreat is where my heart is – these women are amazing and the connections that are formed during the retreats will last a lifetime. This is such an isolating journey that few understand. We are taking lemons and making lemonade – together.”

The retreat also emphasizes the importance of sisterhood; the idea that “Lemonade Sisters” provide a sympathetic ear was resonant among many attendees. “The camaraderie we shared in a very short time period of time created a very strong bond among us,” the Lemonade Power Retreat attendee explained. “When we left the retreat, each of us was stronger and better equipped to deal with what our ex-husbands would be throwing our way in only a matter of time.”

“Each of us left with a long-awaited sense of peace and renewal,” explained one Lemonade Power Retreat attendee. “As with any trauma in life, unless someone has actually experienced it, the people around them just don’t get it. Each of us who attended were victims of either emotional, physical, sexual or financial abuse. Each of us could relate to something in everyone’s journey.”

The 2018 Lemonade Power Retreat takes place September 21st (4:30pm) -23rd (11:30am) in Sedona, Arizona, and the retreat will feature a host of activities that will help any struggling parent feel like they are standing on more solid ground. Some topics covered at Tina’s retreats include the NPD relationship, custody battle tips and strategies, PTSD and coping strategies, boundaries, communication, documentation, healing and empowerment. Retreats are limited to groups of 20 attendees which allows for each attendee to feel equally heard and supported.

Bio: Tina Swithin survived a Category Five Divorce Hurricane while acting as her own attorney in a custody battle that turned her family’s life upside-down. While divorces are never easy, Tina quickly learned that a divorce involving an individual with Narcissistic Personality Disorder takes the term “high-conflict” to a level that few can comprehend. In an effort to articulate what was happening in her life and custody battle, Tina took shelter from the storm by chronicling her journey in her (now) internationally recognized blog, “One Mom’s Battle.” Tina’s battle came to an end in October 2014 when she prevailed and the courts acted in the best interest of her daughters by revoking all visits and contact with her ex-husband.
SOURCE One Mom’s Battle

Fatigue Named Top Health Concern for Women

You are not alone! Worn out and weary, women across the country named fatigue among their top five health concerns. (webmd.com) Dr. Sharma shares several possible causes of fatigue and suggestions to put the spring back into your step.

  1. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck and produces the hormones that regulate how your body burns fuel for energy. It can be overactive or underactive, but either way you’ll feel sleepy.
    An underactive thyroid can make feel like you can’t get your engine going. With an overactive thyroid your engine’s on overdrive and you start to burn out. A simple test can determine if there is an issue.
  2. When your heart isn’t pumping efficiently, it can’t get enough blood out to your body, and that can make you tired. Fatigue is one of the most common complaints of women with heart disease. If you have heart risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and a family history of heart conditions, have your heart checked out. Measuring your blood pressure and other simple tests such as an electrocardiogram or an echocardiogram can pinpoint whether your heart is the source of your weariness.
  3. There’s been an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency over the last few decades because we’ve been avoiding the sun. Too little of this essential vitamin can sap your bone strength, and some research links a deficiency of vitamin D to chronic fatigue syndrome.

    A blood test can determine whether you’re getting enough of your daily D. If not, a supplement can get you to the amount you need each day. The Institute of Medicine, which published new guidelines in 2010, recommends that most adults get 600 international units a day.

    Dr. Priyanka Sharma specializes in really listening to her patients and she is trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems. Dr. Sharma is trained and equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings, no matter how common or rare or how simple or complex. She is specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time.

If It Doesn’t Hurt…..

By Dr. Scott L. Rose

I am not sure who came up with that saying, but whoever did is probably partly responsible for a lot of pain and misery. The human body is an amazing thing, but one perceived flaw is that when something is wrong it may not always cause pain, illness, or discomfort. I don’t think this is a flaw, but really part of a very well thought out design. If every time something hurts we would just react to that situation, there would be little reason to do otherwise. No pain can be a dangerous illusion.   Understanding this should lead one to be an active participant in their health. We should always be working towards leading a healthier life with the key words of “working towards.” Health is not a destination, it’s an ongoing journey. And one of the best things you can do for yourself is preventative care.

Concerning oral health, there are so many things people CAN do, but unfortunately don’t. Many people think that absence of discomfort is absence of dental issues, until something painful happens. By that time, treatment options become limited, more expensive, and more time consuming. It’s sad, but I see this every day. What I suggest to patients is an Oral Wellness Plan. A plan that sees what is good and builds upon that; a plan that looks for potential problems and stops them from beginning. And a plan that takes existing problems and fixes them before they become larger issues.

Choose a dentist/healthcare provider who is willing to work not only on you, but with you; someone who will take a holistic approach and a wholistic approach is an important step in the right direction. I think a good ending to the opening phrase would be:

“If it doesn’t hurt…it’s a good time to make a plan to keep healthy and pain free.”

Flower Power

Ask any bride what their favorite part of wedding planning is and nine times out of ten they’ll give the same response: flowers, flowers, flowers! Whether you’re picking out the bouquets or designing the centerpieces, choosing the right flower arrangements is a fun but crucial part of planning a wedding. And have you seen the hottest floral trend of 2018?

Floral hoops and wreaths are the latest trend taking the wedding world by storm, and we have one word for it: Yes! For years weddings have been subjected to the same format of floral arrangements, but this new trend brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘flower power’! Use these hoops as chandelier decorations on the ceiling, bridesmaids’ bouquets, or even as an alternative to a boutonniere for the men. The possibilities are endless! Using this modern design technique will bring a fresh, trendy vibe to your wedding.

Not planning a wedding? These hoops can be used in a number of ways for other events as well. They make for cute centerpieces at dinner parties or wall decorations at brunch! How would you use these floral wreaths at your events?

Interested in learning more about hiring an event planner? Check out Creative Transformations at www.ctstyling.com.

Simple, Safe, Natural Solution for Sugar & Nicotine Addiction

By Jennifer LaRiccia

Luciana McCartney is no stranger to working hard. The daughter of immigrants from Calabria, Italy, she’s always known the value of a strong work ethic. McCartney, the owner and clinical director of AcuLaser Treatment Centre has built a reputable business from the ground up, working with diverse clients from all over the world. It’s hard not to be surprised upon meeting this 5’1” bundle of energy. As beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, one quickly senses how dedicated she is to helping others find solutions to their addictions. McCartney, a striking brunette with a smile the size of Montana, grew up in Middleburg Heights, the oldest child of three. She graduated from Ashland University and married her college sweetheart. They are proud parents of two high school aged sons.

Whether it is smoking cessation, weight loss, or reducing stress, McCartney is someone who has the answers to many who struggle with these lifelong issues. For one thing, she is passionate about holistic, alternative and integrative health. “I believe that healing does not come from a pill alone. It comes from within; our energy, our soul, our mental health and the foods we eat.”

So what exactly does her treatment center do? Aculaser Treatment Centre, located in Broadview Heights and an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, has successfully assisted hundreds of people to quit smoking, lose weight and manage stress without the use of medication. Laser therapy has developed into the safest, most effective way to surrender addictions of our time. Similar to the principals of acupuncture, an ancient art of healing, it is the application of an FDA approved, cold, low level laser to specific pressure points on the body. is includes the outer parts of the ears as well as the hands and wrist. is can reduce tension, increase circulation, and enable the body to relax more deeply allowing the person the control needed to succeed. The procedure takes place in a calm and comfortable room. It is safe and painless with no side effects. The results are almost immediate.

In simple terms, this process stimulates the natural endorphins which are responsible for our general sense of well-being. Just ask client Sheri Bement. She’s a true believer. “Look,” she says bluntly, “this was a last resort. After forty years of smoking and having close family members with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) I knew this was a matter of life and death. My parents had been begging me to quit and get healthy. I simply did not have the strength to do it on my own. I had tried everything and was desperate for a solution. Initially, I kept canceling my appointment out of fear, but she was patient and flexible and worked around my anxiety about making the first step. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that this treatment was non-invasive and painless. When I met Luciana, I immediately felt at ease. She was caring and empathetic, an angel from heaven. After one 45 minute session of lifestyle coaching and the light therapy itself, I was cured. I know it seems hard to believe, but I suddenly had no cravings, not one. I still don’t to this day. AcuLaser made such a difference in my life that I decided to go back and work on other issues. I am a believer in the process and the center so much, that I have sent all my family and friends there for treatment. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner,” she says wistfully.

Make an appointment at AcuLaser Treatment Centre today by dialing 440-740-1020. You are only a step away from changing your life.

PRESSING ON: Life After the Unexpected Death of a Child

PRESSING ON: Life After the Unexpected Death of a Child

By Mindy & Mitchell Rivas, M.S. – Founders and President Maryssa’s Mission Foundation

“If anyone ever told us we would transform tragedy into triumph after losing our beautiful twin daughter Maryssa, we’d think they were crazy.” says Mitchell Rivas, Co-Founder of The Maryssa’s Mission Foundation. The unexpected trials following the death of a child seemed to include isolation, depression, family division, and most frightening, fighting for our marriage. We knew the Congenital Heart Defect statistics were scary but NEVER did we think those statistics would strike our home.

Maryssa was born a 29-week premature twin with complex congenital heart issues. Her parents Mitch and Mindy were thrust into the chaotic reality of raising a medically fragile child. It began with their twin’s premature birth at Fairview Hospital; within minutes Maryssa would need to be separated from her twin to undergo life-saving heart surgery hours after being born. The chaos continued for five months while Maryssa stabilized in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Cleveland Clinic Children’s main campus. After much uncertainty, the Rivas Family found themselves seeking a second opinion at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. From the moment they met Cardiologist Dr. Russel Hirsch, they knew this would be the hospital that would treat their daughter’s heart condition. For two years, the Rivas’ would travel back and forth, often left displaced in Cincinnati when Maryssa’s routine appointments turned into hospital admissions.

Mitch and Mindy recollect, “All we could do is pray and journal our hearts desires.” These journal entries ranged from financial needs, to basic needs such as hygiene products. Luckily, the Rivas’ were introduced to Drs. Ana and Nelson Soto. These Cincinnati area educators took the Rivas family under their wing so they could have access to amenities, meals, and even a place to stay. Dr. Nelson Soto knew Mitch was a Marine Corp Veteran and began encouraging him to use his Veteran Education GI Bill Benefits to supplement their dwindling savings and paychecks. Little did he know that invitation would change the lives of many families in the medically fragile community.

Maryssa passed away unexpectedly after an emergency open-heart procedure in November 2015. Picking up the pieces of their shattered life and scattered journals, the entire Rivas family wanted to do something to help families who endure the traumatic experiences of raising a medically fragile child. The Rivas’ founded The Maryssa’s Mission Foundation in December 2015. They envisioned a platform where they can advocate, educate, and assist the medically fragile community. In February 2016, they secured their first five-figure donation to launch their Home Away from Home Initiative, a project credited with keeping displaced families in temporary lodging for over three consecutive months. They also serve the medically fragile community by traveling to various children’s hospitals across the state bringing in love and food. Their signature blessing bags provide basic hygiene products and other things to help families during their unexpected hospital stay. They also bring delicious catered meals and activities to both the hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses/Rooms so families do not have to use their personal and often over stretched resources to sustain them during their difficult times.