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Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS, Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center

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A couple of months ago a potential patient called and explained that it was time to try hearing aids again. The patient’s previous attempts with amplification including mail order devices and hearing aids from an ENT had not been successful. The patient had given up as the devices were not helping to understand speech better and oxygen tubing behind the ears made the style of devices the patient was wearing uncomfortable and at times painful. The patient had gone years without hearing well, but could no longer tolerate the frustration, miscommunication and misunderstandings that were happening with family and friends.

As is customary with each patient, during our initial consultation we discussed the difficulties the patient was having, as well as possible solutions. After our conversation, the size and shape of the patient’s ears and ear canals were evaluated, ear wax was removed, and a comprehensive audiometric evaluation (hearing test) was performed. We then discussed what would be the best solution given all the variables specific to the individual patient.

After considering the pros and cons of each option, we decided a completely-in-canal (CIC) device that fit deeply in the ear canal would be the best solution. We then made earmold impressions, had the devices manufactured, and at a later appointment, fit the hearing aids to the patient. Once the initial fit and follow up visits were completed, the patient was very happy and for the first time in many years, was able to enjoy conversations with family and loved ones during Thanksgiving dinner.

At Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center, similar situations occur on a daily basis as we work with each individual patient to ensure they are able to achieve the best hearing possible. In order to achieve optimal results, we work with multiple manufacturers and have every type and style of daily wear hearing aid available. Each patient’s hearing loss and other factors are unique and as such every solution is unique and customized. If you or a loved one is struggling with hearing or understanding, or with hearing aids, call today to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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Offered by Willy Strohmeier, Colorado Karate Club

“Ya Me Puse Furioso” – Now I am Furious! Was my battlecry, which my brothers coined off me, as I got ready to unleash my fury on them. Yeah, I was an angry kid. One of my first memories from the first grade is of me rolling on the gravel at the school yard, punching and wrestling some kid of whom I have no other memory than that he was older than me; and that he had done something to make me angry enough to deserve my wrath.

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Being “deserving” of my wrath, was a very low standard at that time. As a first grader, my nickname was “Fosforito” (little match), that’s what my family and schoolmates called me because of my explosive temper. I guess I just had a short fused nature, or maybe it was that being the youngest of three boys, I was always trying to assert myself against my brothers, and generally got the short end of the stick.

I recall my parents coming to get me from the principal’s office, and how I did not care much for the incident, as it was normal, and almost expected of me. It is scary to think what may have become of me, had I continued to grow up, unchecked, as such an angry, short fused individual.

Around that time, my parents enrolled my brothers and I in Karate, which on paper sounds like such a terrible idea. I mean, why would you teach an angry kid how to fight better? Right? Wrong. Experience taught me, and I have seen it in others as well, that if taught properly, the opposite is true.

You see, something changed within me. The training, the structure, the discipline, the higher expectations, or the combination of all these things had a transforming effect. So much so, that by the second grade, the nickname of which I was once so proud, had fallen into disuse and was pretty much forgotten, except as an anecdotal family joke.

So, am I saying that all of the sudden, I went from an angry kid to a mild mannered gentleman? By no means. I cannot say that my natural instinct to get upset went away immediately (that took years), however, I did begin to better manage those emotions and to control my actions toward others. And as time passed, it did become part of my nature.

Back then, where some just saw a quick tempered kid, my Karate instructor saw a kid with a fire in his belly, and he put that energy to better use. Now, as an instructor and a father myself, I see too the wonderful potential in our youth, beyond the surface. Like the rough block of marble must have looked in the mind of Michelangelo before a single strike of the chisel; when a new student comes through our doors, I envision already a wonderful masterpiece of a person; and years later I am often pleased to see it realized.

My brothers still make fun of my “fosforito” days. For me, though, it is a reminder of how (with a little help) we are able to defy our negative stereotypes, and overcome our natural flaws.

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Offered by Janine Lechleitner, CPNP – Premier Pediatrics

One of the most common concerns presented to a pediatric provider is that of speech and language development. So how can a parent know if their child might be delayed? Following are some basic speech milestones according to age:

  • Birth-3 Months: cooing, has different cries for different needs, starts to smile.
  • 4-6 Months: coos and babbles, starts to laugh.
  • 7 Months – 1 Year: strings together multiple babbling sounds, points and waves, imitates sounds, says 1 or 2 words even if not clear.
  • 1-2 Years: uses multiple new words, starts to ask questions, says two word sentences, uses the sounds “p, b, m, h, and w” in words.
  • 2-3 Years: talks about objects/people not in direct sight, puts three words together, is understood by family and close friends, uses the sounds “k, g, f, t, d, n” in words.
  • 3-4 Years: uses pronouns, rhymes, uses some plural words, puts four words together, most people can understand your child, talks about his/her day.
  • 4-5 Years: uses all letter sounds but may make mistakes on harder sounds such as “l, r, s, v, z, ch, sh, th”, names letters and numbers, tells a short story, can keep a conversation going.

Each child develops at their own speed and even if all skills are not mastered it does not mean there is a problem. However if you answer “no” to most of your child’s age skills or if you have other concerns, please talk to your child’s provider.

Reference: https://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/

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Offered by Dawn M. Dycus, M.D., – Brighton Pediatrics

Winter is here, bringing with it freezing temperatures and snowy weather. This means bundling up against the cold weather outside. However, those bulky winter coats and snowsuits do not fit close enough to the body underneath the straps of a car seat. In a car crash, the padding of the coat or suit can compress down quickly, leaving extra space under the straps of the harness. This extra space can mean too much body movement during the crash (causing injuries) or allow the child to slip out from under the straps and be thrown around the car. This is why bulky clothing, including winter coats and snowsuits, should not be worn underneath the harness straps of a car seat.

The AAP has some tips to help keep children both warm AND safe in the car seat. These include:

  • Dressing your child in thin layers. Start with close-fitting layers such as tights, leggings, or bodysuits on the bottom, followed by a layer of pants and a warmer top. A thin fleece jacket as a third layer is OK, as long as it is not too bulky. Try to dress infants (children < 1 year old) in 1 extra layer than older children and adults.
  • Don’t forget hats, mittens, and extra socks or booties.
  • Check the tightened straps of the car seat. If you can pinch the strap between your fingers at all, then it is too loose.
  • Place a coat or blanket over the straps after your child is buckled in.
  • Use a car seat cover only if it does not have a layer underneath the infant or child.
  • Get an early start. Driving in wintry conditions will slow you down and require you to be extra cautious with driving.

Stay safe in the car seat this winter! More information can be found at www.brightonpeds.com

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Offered by: Rachel Eng – Eng Orthodontics

At Eng Orthodontics, it’s all about you, your confidence, and your happiness. We are passionate about creating beautiful, straight, and healthy smiles for each of our patients.

Our three outstanding doctors and our friendly team are dedicated to providing an exceptional patient experience. You can be sure that while you are at Eng Orthodontics you will be surrounded by our amazing team who is diligently striving to create a comfortable, fun, and personable environment.

We are inspired to create beautiful smiles so we can increase the overall happiness of our patients. Our greatest joy is seeing a patient complete treatment and gain not only an amazing new smile, but also a more positive self-image and increased confidence. There is nothing that brings us more happiness than witnessing a patient as they see their new smile for the first time.

We are dedicated to offering exceptional orthodontic treatment. We are committed to continually learning the most current techniques and technology so we can offer superior care. Our doctors attend continuing education courses regularly, and our team is always up to date on the newest techniques for patient care.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a part of the Eng Orthodontics team is building relationships with our wonderful patients and their families. We love our Eng Ortho patient family!

Eng Orthodontics would love to meet with you to discuss how we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Call us today to schedule your complimentary initial exam.

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Offered by: Thomas Gierwatoski, Pharmacist – Platte Valley Pharmacy

Chances are if you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, migraine headaches, loss of motor control, depression/anxiety, or insomnia, CBD may be a safe alternative or addition to other medications that you are currently taking. Over the past several years there has been a mounting body of clinical evidence to suggest that CBD can significantly improve the symptoms related to each of these conditions

CBD is short for cannabidol, an all natural supplement derived from the cannabis plant. Cannabidol along with the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients found in hemp work in concert with our internal Endocannabinoid Receptor System to maintain healthy cellular functions. Unlike its cousin Medical Marijuana, CBD is an all natural non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can improve your overall health but cannot get you “high.

One of the biggest concerns in the medical community has been the lack or regulation or quality control that exists in the market. Numerous patients have reported inconsistent responses to the products that they buy or in more extreme cases serious illness have come from taking impure products. The other issue our patients face has been the lack of medical knowledge by those selling the products. While CBD is generally considered safe there are certain medications that can interact with it and you should always ask if it is safe to take with your normal regiment.

At Platte Valley Pharmacy we carry Ananda Professional, an FDA-inspected manufacturer that produces a safe and consistent full spectrum hemp product that you can count on every time. Our specially trained pharmacists can answer the questions that you may have regarding its use and safety in helping you.

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Offered by Wes Bear, Owner/Instructor – Concealed Carry Workshop

Yes, you can refuse to be a victim. The “Refuse To Be A Victim” seminar is a nationally recognized and constantly improving program to show you how to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.

Through situational awareness and preparedness, you can avoid most situations that could place your life in danger and offer you the opportunity to learn about ways to respond to situations that sometimes cannot be avoided. This is not a self-defense class or firearms course, but a seminar on what is out there in the world to help you. You decide what is best for you.

Typically, the Refuse To Be A Victim seminars are only available to larger groups, often sponsored by companies or organizations. Unfortunately many people, including possibly yourself and your family, do not belong to these companies or organizations. Although I am available to host those larger groups as well, I can also provide presentations catered towards smaller groups such as families and friends that can come together for a 2 – 4 hour seminar.

The 2-hour “Basic” seminars will be highly personalized to the needs of the participants and can be done in a single evening. The 4-hour seminar will cover all topics in the Refuse To Be A Victim presentation and must be held on a weekend.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a seminar, please call me directly at 303-548-4646.

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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

It’s hard to believe that it’s already 2019, but here we are – Happy New Year! So, what’s on the real estate horizon for 2019? According to Realtor.com®’s 2019 National Housing Forecast report, buying a home is only going to get more expensive due to mortgage rates continuing to climb and home prices increasing. The good news is that buyers who can afford to buy will have less competition. This will be most evident in the entry-level homes where new inventory has slowed as builders put more focus on the mid to higher-end price tier homes.

If you are thinking of selling, it’s still considered a seller’s market, but that said, there is a change from the past few years. Pricing strategy is key as too high of an initial asking price can cause it to linger on the market longer. Additionally, for the mid to higher-end properties, the projected increase in available inventory means a probable end to bidding wars and multiple offers. This will most likely lead to longer sales time and could even mean the need to offer incentives.

Worth noting in 2019, according to Realtor.com®, Millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) continue to make up the largest segment of buyers, accounting for almost half of all mortgages. Understanding the priorities of the buyers in that age range when it comes to amenities can help you with wise decision making for any planned improvements prior to placing your home on the market.

For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at (303) 520-4340

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It addresses a significant financial risk.
Offered by: Magi McEntire, Worth Financial Partners

If you buy a home and you have no life insurance, there may be a financial risk. It may not be immediately evident, but it should be acknowledged and addressed.

What if you die, and your spouse or partner is left to pay off the mortgage alone? This possibility may seem remote, and it may be hard for you to contemplate. It deserves consideration regardless.

Imagine your loved one having to handle that 15-year or 30-year debt by themselves. (Or the debt on an adjustable-rate loan or jumbo mortgage.) Additionally, how would that heavy financial burden come to impact your children’s lives? These tragedies do occur and do bring these kinds of emotional and financial challenges. A life insurance payout may provide some help for a homeowner in the event of such a crisis.

When you buy life insurance, the coverage amount should reflect your mortgage debt. You will need enough coverage to help your spouse, partner, or heirs deal with the outstanding home loan balance, should you pass away prematurely.¹,²

Term life insurance may meet the need. If you are the typical homeowner, you will stay in your current home for about ten years. (Back in 2006, the average homeowner tenure was just six years.) As you may move up, move to another region with different home values, or even rent in the future, a term policy that lets you renew or modify coverage could suffice.¹

On the other hand, permanent life insurance may be more suitable. The reality is that inflation decreases the value of term life coverage over time. Suppose you buy a 20-year term policy offering $250,000 of coverage today. At just 4% annual inflation, that coverage will be worth 56% less in 2038 – and your home may be worth much more in 2038 than it is now.²

Moreover, the cost of term life insurance rises as you age. A term life policy may be inexpensive when you are young, but if you want a new one after your initial term policy sunsets, you may find the premiums dramatically more expensive. In contrast, premiums on a permanent (whole) life policy are locked in, effectively becoming more manageable as time goes by. You may want permanent life for other financial reasons as well, reasons that have nothing to do with your home. A permanent life policy has the potential to accumulate cash value in the future; a term life policy does not.²

A homeowner should carefully consider life insurance coverage options. If you lack coverage today, talk to a qualified insurance professional about your options, so that you can insure yourself for tomorrow.

Magi McEntire may be reached at (303) 558-0214 or Magi.McEntire@LPL.com, WorthWealthManagement.com

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Citations.
¹ – themortgagereports.com/26307/homebuyer-tenure-how-long-are-people-staying-in-their-houses [3/17/17]
² – entrepreneur.com/article/310731 [3/22/18]

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Offered by Melissa Rippy, Rippy Insurance Agency / Allstate

“Before you cross the street, take my hand. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” ~ John Lennon

squirrelThis was the first Christmas without my dad. This past December 27th, marked one year since we lost him to Acute Myleoid Leukemia.

For the past 20 years, Dad was the one that picked me up from the Phoenix airport and would take me back to the town of Payson, where I grew up. This last time, a shuttle driver named Howarth drove me to my mom’s instead. For an hour and a half, I listened to an opera and gazed at cloud covered hills as we climbed out of the Saguaro laden desert into the mile-high mountain town in which I was raised.

It was a beautiful day in Payson, Arizona. There was a squirrel eating corn out on the deck. Dad handfed his little buddy for years and he even named him, “Rocky.” The trees have overgrown and the majestic Mogollon Rim is surrounding us but still in the distance, hidden by foliage. The only thing that was missing was Dad.

As we all start this year anew, I hope that whatever the new year brings you, it is also accompanied with peace and kindness. I hope you find what you love and love what you find. I hope that you surround yourself with those you love and those that love you.

The days are long but the years are short, and “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

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