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A Time of Renewal
It’s May, and this is usually the time when everything is starting to
come back to life, especially in our local communities. But this May
we are all faced with something much different; a reality that is
riddled with uncertainty. Most of us either own or work for a small
business, and we have all witnessed firsthand how challenging
things have become. We are only as good as our community
and the support we receive from each other. It is the fabric of
the community that binds us together and keeps us all living in
harmony with one another. There are no substitutes. It is “us”
that makes the 253 such an amazing place to live. Which leads
me to the multi-billion-dollar corporations that have flooded our
airwaves and social media channels with their mantra of “We are
all in this together,” which makes me think, “Are we?” Are we really
“in this together”?
Let us not be fooled and remember the people who live, breathe
and work here are the ones who are “in this together.” We are the
ones who have each other’s backs, and we are the ones who will
figure out how we create our new normal. And one thing I am
certain of is that we will figure it out and make it happen! And while
we are all waiting for the “go” from our leaders, embrace the time
we get to have with loved ones. These are precious moments, and
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A Reflection of Self: Creating your
A Camper’s Paradise: Top spots to pitch a
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Safe Sleep Training Center: Claire Bear
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a reflection of self
CREATING YOUR HOME SANCTUARY
BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER
If these last few weeks have taught us anything, it is that our home truly is our sanctuary from the outside world. As
I write this, I am cozied up on the couch with my 9-year-old, who is adjusting to her new version of “normal,” the
center of which is our home. So, what can we do to make our home more inviting, comfortable and reflective of who
Whenever I feel my home is in need of a bit of sprucing up, I try to look at it with clear eyes. What would a stranger feel
when they walk into our space? Would they see clutter, old magazines, newspapers or schoolwork? Would they smell the
salmon that we cooked for dinner last night? Would our home be welcoming or off-putting? Think of the sense of calm
you experience when you walk into a spa or luxurious hotel. At this time in the world, we could all use a little more ‘calm’
in our lives and our environments.
One of the first things I do when I walk into a new space is to assess the clutter. Clearing clutter is essential for having a
welcoming, inviting home. Now, this does not mean that you need to have to subscribe to spare minimalism; it just means
that everyday detritus is not on view for all to see. As William Morris said, “Have nothing in your home that you do not
know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” So, if you believe your china bunny collection to be beautiful, then by all
means, keep it! Stylists display collections all together so that it reads as a whole and not as a lot of competing items.
Another key element is our sense of smell. I love walking into a spa and breathing in that healing scent of essential oils
and expensive candles. Diffusers, candles, incense, all of these have the potential to help create a lovely environment, but
they can also overwhelm. I love pairing fragrances together, but I always try to use good-quality candles and stick with
natural-smelling options like lemon, mint, grapefruit or evergreen. Overly perfumed scents can be difficult as they do
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not necessarily read as relaxing. When choosing scented products for your
home, ask yourself if it’s something you might experience in a high-end
spa. If not, put it back!
In creating our home as a sanctuary, one of the most important elements
is self-expression; having art on the wall that you love, colors that speak
to you, and furnishings that are specific to your needs and wants. All of
these are important, but we can take it one step further. If you love to cook,
make sure that your kitchen is stocked with beautiful dishes, good-quality
pots and pans, and most of all, is clear from clutter! If you love to read,
make sure you have adequate shelves and storage space for your collection
of books. If you love to paint, set up a space in your home that allows you
to indulge in your passion. If you meditate regularly, set up a space of calm
specifically for this practice.
The most important thing to remember in creating our own sanctuary is
that our home is our own. Arrange things how you like them. Don’t model
your home after the latest Better Homes and Gardens issue. Also, bear in
mind that sprucing up can be done on any budget. It might take some
persistence, but wonderful quality things can be found at thrift stores,
garage sales and even church rummage sales. Build your home slowly; it
does not have to be done overnight.
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Top spots to pitch a tent
in the PNW
By Abigail Thorpe
Spring is here, the stars are out, and we’re all ready
for some outdoor adventure. The Northwest
boasts some of the country’s most beautiful
spots to camp—from craggy oceanside haunts
to peaceful lakefront retreats, there are great adventures
to be had within an easy day’s drive. Here are some of
the best the PNW has to offer.
Paradise Creek Campground
Situated where Paradise Creek and Wind River come
together near Carson, Washington, Paradise Creek
sits in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The old
growth trees create a peaceful environment, and the
campground is fairly remote. The Falls Creek Falls
trailhead is only 5 miles away, and the campground
serves as a prime base for exploring trails and viewpoints
around Mount Saint Helens and Mt. Adams. FS.USDA.
Priest Lake State Park
A 19-mile-long pristine lake 30 miles from the
Canadian border, Priest Lake boasts pristine crystal
waters and various campgrounds situated on various
parts of the lakeshore. Priest Lake is considered one
of North Idaho’s most beautiful lakes, nestled in the
Selkirk Mountains. With boating, fishing and hiking
right at hand, there is plenty to do. Natural rock slides
are a drive and short hike north of the lake, and there
are plentiful trails and day trips around the area to
choose from. Keep in mind camp spots often sell out
months in advance, so plan ahead.
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The Northwest boasts some of the
country’s most beautiful spots to camp—
from craggy oceanside haunts to peaceful
Moran State Park
Situated on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands off the coast of
Washington, this state park is a favorite of many. Miles of woodland,
lakeside hiking trails and several campgrounds on the shores of Cascade
Lake make this a camper’s dream. Mount Constitution rises above
nearly half a mile, with views of Mount Baker, the North Cascades and
the islands of the San Juan Archipelago easily visible from the 1930’s
watchtower that sits on top. MoranStatePark.com
White River Falls
A remote forest service campground along the White River, this spot
is worth the drive. Situated about 11 miles north of Lake Wenatchee in
the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the campground is fairly
small—only five spots. It doesn’t have RV hookups or potable water
and only boasts two vault toilets, but the setting right near the falls is
beautiful. Two more campgrounds back down the road a few miles
offer alternative stays if the campground is full.
Heyburn State Park
Three lakes and acres of meadows and Ponderosa Pines mark the oldest
state park in the Pacific Northwest. There are three campgrounds in
the park, located just over 30 miles south of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Hawleys Landing Campground and Chatcolet Campground are
available for reservations, and Benewah Campground is first come,
first served. Many hiking and biking trails are easily accessible from the
park, including the “Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes,” which runs directly
through the park. ParksAndRecreation.idaho.gov/parks/heyburn
Lake Chelan State Park
A family favorite destination in Central Washington, this 139-acre
campground offers lots of lake access, sandy shoreline and activity.
Amenities like showers, restrooms and picnic areas make this an easy
summer camping spot for the whole family. Paddleboard and kayak
rentals are available if you don’t have your own—or want to haul it. Set
out to explore the North Cascades or relax by the lakeshore and enjoy
some fun in the sun. Parks.State.wa.us/531/lake-chelan
Farragut State Park
This 4,000-acre park was once a naval training station during WWII.
Situated on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille in the Coeur d’Alene
Mountains, it is a breathtaking location with ample opportunities for
camping, fishing, swimming and boating.
Stop by the Museum at the Brig for a history of the place, then head
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out for a hike on some of the more than 40 miles of trails the park offers.
A hike up Bernard Peak offers a spectacular view of the park and lake.
Cape Disappointment State Park
A 2,023-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, Cape
Disappointment State Park sits on the Pacific Ocean near the mouth of
the Columbia River. This place is steeping in history, like Captain John
Meares’ first thwarted voyage to find the Columbia River, Lewis and
Clark’s explorations, and crumbling WWII defenses. You can explore the
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center with its interactive exhibit, gaze at old
lighthouses or hike the many trails in the area. The coastline presents
its own attractions, including clam digging and salmon and crab fishing.
Deception Pass State Park
Three freshwater lakes and 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline make this
a water lover’s paradise. Deception Pass is Washington’s most popular
state park, and for good reason. Situated along two islands—Fidalgo and
Whidbey—it is a breathtakingly beautiful location, boasting incredible
sunsets, fresh and sea water activities, jagged cliffs and peaceful coves.
Note: A two-year project to restore and repair the Deception Pass Bridge
and Canoe Pass Bridge is still underway, so expect increased traffic and
construction noise. Parks.State.WA.us/497/deception-pass
* Due to the COVID-19 virus, as of press time, many campgrounds are
temporarily closed. Make sure to verify the park is open before planning
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CLAIRE BEAR FOUNDATION ADVOCATES FOR INFANT
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Foundation and Shayna Raphael
best way that we feel that we can honor Claire
is to give every child the best chance they have
at life,” says Shayna Raphael, mother of Claire.
Shayna and her husband Justin are the founders of a foundation
called the Claire Bear Foundation; a foundation that provides
resources and information to promote safe sleep and prevent
sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). As founders, they are
responsible for a lot of activities, funding and promotion. More
recently the foundation is in the process of rolling out a mobile
safe sleep training unit, bringing resources and education to a
greater and harder-to-reach audience. Shayna and Justin are also
working as advocates to bring about much-needed legislation
and state funding for preschoolers across the state.
There’s a lot of work to be done. There’s a lot of conversation,
activities, information, fundraisers and outreach. The Claire
Bear Foundation has its origin in grief, which makes every
interaction heavy with purpose. Every activity carries the weight
of a greater responsibility; a responsibility that so many can
relate to at a basic level: the responsibility of family. The loyalty
and immeasurable depth of love and vulnerability that we feel
for our children, the joyful and heavy task of loving like a parent,
is something that none of us takes lightly. The Raphael family
is tasked by what that means when being the parents of Claire.
Claire was just 10 months old when she died in the care of her
daycare facility. She was put down to sleep in the bedroom of
the in-home care worker, instead of in her crib. She rolled on
her side, creating a pocket of air that she continually recycled in
and out, slowly putting her into a deeper and deeper sleep. She
did not recover.
The specific details of Claire’s death were not immediately
apparent to Shayna and Justin. All they knew was that Claire
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had died en route to the hospital. There was no immediate investigation
or questioning of the childcare worker. Business went along as usual for
the daycare, while the family was left reeling with emotions and feelings
that they weren’t sure how to process. Through the efforts of friends and
hospital staff, Claire’s family did eventually receive closure through the
details of her death; details which made them wonder why the daycare
facility was allowed to continue to function several weeks after Claire’s
It would be understandable if after the loss of Claire that the Raphael
family might feel immobilized. Stuck. Unable to move forward. It would
also be understandable if the family felt angry. I think all of us can relate to
a feeling of wanting justice. This is not, however, how the Raphael family
responded. Their response was one of love. After losing Claire, every action
came from a desire to preserve something beautiful. Every step an effort to
shield other families from having to lose what was most precious to them.
They were interested in honoring their daughter’s memory, not tarnishing
It is this personal love, grounded in experience, that has made Shayna such
a perfect advocate. Safe sleep can be a tough subject. It can be difficult to
admit that there are some practices that we grew up thinking were good
that might be, or were, dangerous for our children. Shayna approaches
parents from a place of trust and a desire to share, expanding resources
and information available to parents to prevent infant death. In other
words, she’s relatable.
Through the advocacy
and partnership of the
Raphael family, more
families have access to
resources for child safety.
In that spirit of advocacy,
Shayna and Justin Raphael
have used settlement
funds from Claire’s
death to honor her life
through the work of the
Claire Bear Foundation.
Two years ago, some of
those funds were used to
create an infant and child
trauma training center in
Mary Bridge for doctors
and nurses. It is one of two
that exist in community
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hospitals across the nation. The training room is equipped with up-to-date
CPR technology so that staff can practice life-saving scenarios on childsized
mannequins. The hospital was recently remodeled, and the training
room was relocated. It reopened in April in commemoration of Claire’s
death of the same month.
Along with the more practical resources such as education and health-care
advantages, the Raphael family is working with legislators through Child
Care Aware of America as parent advocates. Through their advocacy work
they hope to put in place Claire’s Law, which would increase non-punitive
punishment for daycare facilities where a child dies under care. They are
also on a mission to see the state contribute more of the annual budget
toward quality preschool care. Currently it is a low 1 percent. One of the
greater accomplishments thus far toward that goal has been getting law
enforcement, legislators and prosecutors in one room to discuss all the
different angles of what Claire’s Law will do.
This year will see a lot of success for the Claire Bear Foundation as they
continue in that same vein. Next spring, the Raphael family will hold a gala
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fundraiser on April 24, which will be the sixth anniversary of Claire’s
death. Funds will go toward the mobile unit and other partnerships
fostered through Mary Bridge. The gala will be held at the Clover Park
Technical College Sharon McGavick room.
Until then donations can be made through their website at
ClaireBearFoundation.org. Connections can be made through their
online resources such as Facebook and the Safe Infant Sleep Evidence
Based Group. All donations and resources go toward creating a stronger
foundation of support; an essential factor in creating resolution for the
bereaved and preventative care for the thriving.
As the training room in Mary Bridge reopens this spring, the Raphael
family is reminded of their mission: to support, educate and advocate.
To see every family receive the same level of care that they did, and
more. Care and support that comes from the highest levels of the
nation. Support from state law through funding and legislation. Support
through hospitals that have the newest research at their fingertips. And
through us, the community that engages without shame for a greater
level of awareness.
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Bernie Garcia grew up in the
restaurant business starting out
at his parents’ restaurant, the first
Moctezuma’s on South Tacoma Way,
as a dishwasher because his dad
wanted him to learn the value of hard work.
He was so young he needed a stool to reach
the sink. He worked his way up through every
position in the business and realized he was a
natural entrepreneur. Bernie loves the challenge
of adding innovations that set Moctezuma’s apart
from their competitors. Moctezuma’s has always
been a family affair, and his parents are still
essential to the brand and have plenty of input
on the creative and culinary side of things.
Q. The restaurant has been open for over 40
years, and you have received numerous “Best
Of ” awards. What does it mean to you to have
the local community embrace your business?
A. The only reason that we exist is because of
our loyal customers. After serving our amazing
guests for over 42 years, we don’t take that for
granted. Every single day our goal is to ensure
that each of our guests has the best Mexican
restaurant and hospitality experience. To
maintain exceptional service, food and drink
consistently, we employ and retain the best
teams by providing them with an ideal work
environment to be able to execute to our high
To quote my dad, “It’s not difficult to get to
the top, but staying there is the real challenge.”
My teams and I do not rest on our laurels. We
are humbled and proud of what we have been
able to accomplish in this industry, but we are
constantly on our toes, working to sustain our
success and maintain a quality presence in a
Q. How did you come up with the in-house
branded liquor “Grandeza”?
A. After the launch and success of our
Coronarita (the margarita with the inverted
Corona beer in it), we introduced an innovation
in which we used a mini bottle of orange liqueur
to create an elevated Cadillac margarita. Its
popularity was impressive. However, one issue
that we had was not being able to maintain a
consistent supply of clips, and secondly, with the
high cost of the minis, it was a challenge to make
a decent profit.
After much brainstorming, a bottle design with
an integrated clip came to mind. A year later we
were granted the utility patent for our innovative
clip bottle. We tested our first prototype in our
restaurants and were amazed at the popularity.
That was when we realized that we were on to
Then we set out to create the ultimate orange
liqueur for margaritas, one that would
complement tequila and not overpower it the
way cognac or brandy-based orange liqueurs do.
After months of testing and sampling, we arrived
at our final Grandeza recipe, which included
organic Mexican agave nectar, orange peels and a
hint of vanilla for balance. It’s 40 percent alcohol
and neutral grain spirit based. It beautifully
complements the tequila, instead of masking its
It has been two years, and now Grandeza is
distributed by the largest distributor of spirits in
the country, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.
Grandeza was recently honored with a double
gold medal at the SIP awards, which was the
highest medaled orange liqueur. We couldn’t be
Q. What is your inspiration for your recipes?
A. My mother inspires our recipes immensely
and is essential to our culinary process. She
blesses every new addition to our menu and
has influenced many of the dishes that we have
created. With the culinary experiences and skills
of our talented executive chef, my mother, and
myself, we make a great team in creating the new
items for the restaurants.
Since I have a passion for traveling, I appreciate
how my world explorations and sampling
of some of the finest dishes and drinks have
inspired me and been infused into some
of our new menu items and innovations at
Q. How do you contribute to the local
A. Our parents instilled volunteering into my
siblings and me at a very young age. Every year,
during the holidays, my dad would take our
family to serve homemade meals at homeless
shelters. Serving those in need was ingrained in
us, and so I feel a deep sense of responsibility
within me to give back to my community.
We currently have a fundraising program
where we invite groups to host events at our
restaurants, and they receive a portion of the
sales they bring in.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, we have been
offering free children’s meals (with the purchase
of a lunch or dinner entrée) to ease the burden
of parents. We’re also providing heavy discounts
and, in some cases, complimentary meals to
health-care workers and hospitality industry
workers during the shutdown. Our team even
donated and delivered hot meals to our frontline
workers at St. Joseph Hospital, and other local
hospitals as well.
We are honored and proud of our charitable
efforts and will continue to make a difference
wherever we can. When our community needs
us, we will always be there.
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Trends are always changing, gaining popularity
and even going out of style. That is the beauty of
the fashion world—it is always moving forward
(sometimes at lightning speed). You’ve seen bell
bottoms and flare jeans return from the ‘60s and crop tops
paired with hair scrunchies return from the ‘90s. While
some of you may not be so fond of these recycled fashion
trends, here is a new one you should know about—and how
to style it.
Monochromatic (adj.) containing or using only one color.
Contrary to popular belief, monochromatic does not
mean black and white. Monochromatic outfits are styled
wearing one specific color, or even different shades of the
same color. So yes, the monochromatic trend can be black
or white, but not black and white. A good rule of thumb
for a monochromatic outfit is to have three-plus pieces of
the same color. I’m talking about a top, bottoms and shoes.
Black is an easy place to start on putting one together. You
likely have multiple black pieces in your wardrobe already.
Look for a top and a pair of bottoms that are both black. As
I mentioned before, they can be different shades of black,
so do not think because they aren’t perfectly matching that
it will not work. The third piece could be a jacket/blazer,
cardigan or sweater. You could also make the third piece an
accessory like a scarf, belt, hat or headband. Black shoes are
required to complete this outfit. Put them all on together,
and you now have yourself a monochromatic outfit. Also,
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colors this spring
and summer include
pistachio green, scarlet
red, orange peel and
do not get the idea that a monochromatic outfit
has to be bottoms and a top. It could very well be
a dress paired with accessories or layering pieces
of the same color.
White is another easy place to start on putting
together a monochromatic outfit. If you feel
confident enough, try out a bold color. Personally,
I organize my closet by color. Organizing in this
way makes it easy for me to see what color I have
most of. I have a lot of pink in my wardrobe
since it is my favorite color. I was easily able to
put together a pink monochromatic look that is
fun and bright for summer. Other trending colors
this spring and summer include pistachio green,
scarlet red, orange peel and faded blue.
If you are wanting to go shopping for the
monochromatic trend, many stores sell pieces
that were made to go together. Two-piece sets
make easy monochromatic outfits, since you
already have two of the three items you’ll need.
Keep in mind that your shoes are important too in
this monochromatic trend. If you have a specific
pair of shoes you want to color coordinate with,
then bring them along shopping.
Need help putting together your monochromatic
outfit? Pinterest and Like to Know It are two good
sites to look at for inspiration! You can also find
me on Instagram @oliviamichelle.h, and I’d be
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ACIDS IN SKIN CARE
SOUND SCARY? THE TRUTH ABOUT ACIDS AND THE HEALTH
BENEFITS TO YOUR SKIN
BY KRISTIN CARLSON, MEDICAL ESTHETICIAN
any people wrinkle their nose or cringe
when I mention acid treatments for treating
certain skin conditions. They imagine skin
melting or psychedelic narcotics. The acids
I’m recommending are medical-grade products containing acid
solutions used in aesthetic treatments for various benefits. I am a big
fan of chemical peels and at-home skin-care regimens containing
acids. They keep my acne-prone skin clear and (now at the age of
40) keep those pesky wrinkles to a minimum.
Let’s discuss a few, what they are used for and, if used properly, what
the benefits are to your skin.
Hyaluronic Acid: Also called hyaluronan or HA, hyaluronic acid is
a water-binding carbohydrate cell found in the body. It attracts and
retains water, keeping your skin moist and supple. Sun exposure is
the main culprit for the reduction of the body’s natural production
of HA, leaving the skin to appear wrinkled and dehydrated. You can
increase the HA in your skin by ingesting it in supplement form,
applying topically to the face, neck and decollete, or via injection by
your aesthetic provider. The results are hydrated, plump, firm and
Alpha Hydroxy Acids: AHAs are water-soluble acids, derived
from fruits, which dissolve or peel away the outermost layers of
the epidermis, which is mostly composed of dead skin cells. This
process allows the skin to breath and generate new, healthy skin
cells. Skin conditions treated with alpha hydroxy acids include age
spots, melasma, texture, fine lines and enlarged pore size. Examples
of AHAs include glycolic acid, lactic acid and malic acid. The result:
smoother, brighter and more even skin tone.
Beta Hydroxy Acids: BHAs are oil-soluble acids, which penetrate
deeper into the skin, dissolving dead skin cells and excess sebum
buildup. Because of the composition of BHAs and their ability to
penetrate deeper into the skin, they are good options for oily or
acne-prone skin. The most common BHA is salicylic acid, a great
ingredient for combating acne. The result: a clearer, brighter and
Quite often, acids are used in combined
treatments to remedy multiple skin
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Quite often, acids are used in combined treatments to remedy
multiple skin concerns. For instance, maybe you have combination
skin and are experiencing hormonal breakouts along the jawline,
but the skin on your cheeks and under-eye area are dry and sun
damaged. A combination of AHAs and BHAs could be used during a
chemical peel treatment with a post treatment and at-home regimen
containing hyaluronic acid for moisture retention.
There are many options for the use of acids in your skin-care
routine. Talk to your skin-care provider about which combination or
treatment is right for you. Keep in mind, many acid treatments make
you sensitive to sun exposure, so additional SPF and protection is a
must. Peels are not recommended while pregnant, nursing or when
using any oral or topical acne medications. Talk to your health-care
provider or dermatologist if you have questions.
Don’t be afraid to try new products, even if they sound scary. The
results can lead to a healthier complexion and a happier you.
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YOUR MEDICAL INSURANCE QUESTIONS ANSWERED
What you need to know when it comes to your coverage
ARTICLE COURTESY OF SOUNDBRIDGE DENTAL ARTS AND SLEEP THERAPY
It is important that patients are keenly aware of their insurance
benefits. Insurance is an important factor in our patients’ care. In
our practice, we utilize dental insurance if you are having any type
of dental treatment completed by Dr. Bloomquist and medical
insurance if you are seeing Dr. Iregui for an oral sleep apnea appliance.
In the second part of this two-part series, we address some of the most
common medical insurance-related questions we are asked.
Is oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea covered under
my medical or dental insurance?
Oral appliance therapy is covered under your medical plan only.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition and therefore it is
your medical insurance company that will provide benefits for this
treatment. Your insurance coverage is a contract between you and the
company supplying your coverage, and to receive the benefit you are
entitled to, you should know the specifics about your plan.
Are all medical insurance companies the same when it comes to
No, all insurance companies are not the same. There are even numerous
plans within the same insurance company. The company that holds
your insurance plan and the plan within that company that covers
your medical treatment is either chosen by you or your employer. It
is your specific plan that dictates your coverage and out-of-pocket
expense for any medical procedure.
Are in-network benefits the same as out-of-network benefits?
An in-network provider is a provider who has signed a contract with
your insurance company that they will provide treatment/services at
a reduced cost. This means that the insurance company dictates what
services are covered and at what reimbursement. An out-of-network
provider, however, is still able to treat patients but, because they are
out of network, the fee schedule and treatment provided is set by the
Each insurance has different policies regarding in- and-out-of-network
benefits. Some plans do not even have out-of-network benefits.
However, it is important to know that in some circumstances you can
request a waiver, called a PPO waiver, in order to be seen by an outof-network
provider but receive in-network benefits. The PPO waiver
must be approved by your insurance company prior to you moving
forward with treatment. This waiver does require some leg work on the
part of the insured, but most patients find that it is worth it.
What is secondary insurance?
Secondary insurance is the insurance plan that will possibly cover a
medical visit or service after your primary insurance has been billed
for your medical service and submitted their payment amount. Some
secondary medical insurance plans do have deductibles that need to
be met prior to them reimbursing your provider. There are also some
plans that carry co-insurance as well. Patients need to check with their
plans in order to get this information.
What is the difference between deductibles, co-insurance and copays?
A deductible is how much the insured person must pay out of pocket
before insurance will start to pay for medical treatment. Co-insurance
is a percentage of a medical charge that you pay with the remaining
amount being paid by your insurance company. Co-insurance does not
go into effect until your deductible is met. Copays are a fixed amount
for a covered service. This is paid by the patient to the provider prior
to or immediately after receiving a service. The amount of an insured
person’s copay is defined by their policy.
It is important that patients are keenly
aware of their insurance benefits.
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‘Home Away from Home’
SOCIAL DISTANCING DID NOT REDUCE THE
OBLIGATION TO THOSE WHO SACRIFICED
BY DAN AZNOFF
PHOTOS COURTESY OF FISHER HOUSE JBLM
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Like every element of normal life, the shelter-in-place order for residents of Washington state to prevent the spread of COVID-19
impacted the mission of a local nonprofit group that was organized to provide a safe haven for veterans and their families to stay while
the soldier receives treatment at the medical facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
In compliance with guidance and restrictions ordered by the Department of Defense, the national offices of Fisher House in Rockville, Maryland,
closed during the second week of April. That left the task of helping the families of injured and disabled veterans of the military up to the staff,
which currently rotates and is in the home once a week to restock the home and check on the families at each location.
The Fisher House that serves military families stationed at JBLM established strict guidelines for accepting donations that included holding
all items in quarantine for a minimum of 48 hours to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus. The guidelines are part of the national
program to contain the virus through the federal government.
“We are not in a position to turn away donations, and we certainly do not want to give the impression that we are not grateful, but the health of
the soldiers, their families and members of our staff have to take precedence,” said one volunteer.
Families who inquired about what assistance was available during one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history were directed to The
Friends of Fisher House Puget Sound (FisherHouseVAPS.org), where volunteers responded to an unusually high number of emails and phone
“We continue to keep our nation’s promise and obligation to those who have sacrificed for our nation’s freedom,” another volunteer added. “With
a little help we will continue to raise funds and increase awareness of the quiet trauma that wounded veterans face every day.”
The Friends of Fisher House Puget Sound was established in 2006 “to ease the burden of past and present military and veteran families during
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The VA Puget Sound Fisher House in Seattle, which
opened its doors in 2008, is managed by Carrie
Booker. She oversees the operation of the temporary
home for veterans while they receive treatment in a
quiet home-like setting adjacent to the medical center.
In Booker’s words, love is good medicine. Fisher
House receives only a small percentage of its operating
budget from the federal government, the majority
of its funding comes from individual donations and
organizations like the Friends of Fisher House Puget
Volunteers who work throughout the year to reduce
the anxiety that comes with having a loved one in the
hospital have continued to provide love and support
for the families at Fisher House. Veterans like Andy
Fairchok have answered the call in the best way he
Fairchok was in the military for 27 years and now
operates the Old Soldier Distillery. He donates all of
the tips he collects from the tasting room on Puyallup
Avenue in Tacoma to the JBLM Fisher House and adds
them to donations from patrons and business owners
“There is so much more we can do to help such a great
cause. It’s just a matter of getting the word out, and
people are eager to help,” said Fairchok.
The distillery proprietor used by-products from his
operation to make hand sanitizer that was distributed
throughout the community early in the month. Later
in April, Fairchok and his staff delivered $1,500 worth
of diapers and baby formula to families at Fisher
For Fairchok, reaching out to help veterans has been
a family affair. His wife, Mary, served 14 years as a
doctor at the Madigan Army Medical Center, located
on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Other members of his
family were employed to frame the newest addition to
the Fisher House.
He was reluctant to reflect how much Fisher House
has impacted any individual soldier over the years he
has been associated with the facility, but noted one
veteran of the war in Afghanistan was so inspired
by the kindness she received that she returned to the
facility on Gardner Loop to volunteer hours of her
own time to help others.
“WE CONTINUE TO KEEP OUR
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“There is so much more we can do to help such a
great cause. It’s just a matter of getting the word out,
and people are eager to help.”
The local Fisher House in Tacoma has served almost 21,000 families. Staff at the facility have served
168 coalition families from 27 countries for an average stay of five days. More than 2,800 of the
individuals who have received care at the local facility have been veterans of the fighting in either
Iraq or Afghanistan.
The Tacoma complex typically provides home to seven families at Fisher House I and 10 families at
Fisher House II. They average 10 families a month, and occupancy is around 70 percent.
The task of remaining open and available to serve active duty, reserve/guard and veterans and their
families requires dedication from a small army of volunteers. Since it opened, the Fisher House that
serves JBLM has remained open with help from almost 30,000 volunteers who have donated almost
92,000 hours of time, according to the Friend’s website.
The Joint Base Lewis McChord Fisher House opened in 1992 in order to provide a space for military
families receiving treatment at Madigan Army Medical Center, with a second Fisher House on JBLM
opening its doors in 2015.
“We use the one we have now just about every day to capacity,” said commander of the Madigan
Army Medical Center Col. Michael Place at the dedication ceremonies for the second residential
The second Fisher House at JBLM was dedicated to the memory of Gen. John Shalikashvili,
the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who retired to nearby Steilacoom and
served on the Fisher House Board of Trustees.
The Fisher House program was established in 1990 by Zachary Fisher, a New York real
estate investor and major philanthropic benefactor for the men and women in the United
States Armed Forces, as well as numerous other not-for-profit organizations, and his
wife, Elizabeth. There are currently 86 Fisher Houses located on 25 military installations
and 37 VA medical centers, with many more
houses under construction or in design.
Their stated goal was to provide “a loving safe
place for families to call home while their loved
ones received care in the hospital.”
Zachary Fisher was awarded the Presidential
Medal of Freedom in 1998. One year later
President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 106-
161 that honored the philanthropist status as an
honorary veteran in the U.S. Armed Forces.
“Zachary Fisher was a kind man,” recalled Vivian
Wilson, who managed the first Fisher House
near the Navy base in Bethesda Naval Hospital
in Maryland. “When we first opened, he called
weekly to find out if there was anything that was
needed and wanted to know what the families
thought about the house.”
Wilson said Fisher always asked what else could
be done to make the veterans more comfortable.
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“People brought him joy,” said Wilson. “And he especially
loved to help those who protected his freedom.”
Each Fisher House has between seven and 21 suites
that can accommodate 16 to 42 family members. Every
location features a common kitchen, laundry facilities,
spacious dining rooms and a living room with library
and toys for children. The newest houses are handicap
accessible that include elevators.
Since first being established nearly 30 years ago, Fisher
houses across the country have gained a reputation for
developing a sense of community among families during
dark times. The bonds are enhanced with common areas
that provide space for families to care for each other while
they share common experiences.
According to the organization’s website, Fisher houses
across the country have saved military families an
estimated $282 million in out-of-pocket lodging and
transportation expenses. When they are at capacity,
new applicants are given vouchers to local hotels to save
their money for other expenses that can occur during an
Guest rooms at Fisher House have a maximum capacity
of four persons. According to a statement released by
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Fisher House, referrals with more than four guests cannot
be accommodated. A separate program titled “Hotel for
Heroes” places eligible patients and their families in local
hotels and is available when the number of patients and
their families exceeds the capacity of the Fisher House.
The residences have been designed to provide temporary
housing and are not a treatment center. The residential
units are available to active and retired military personnel,
active duty reservists and members of the National Guard
as well as anybody receiving inpatient treatment at the VA
Exemptions can be made for soldiers and their families
who live more than 40 miles from a medical treatment
facility. House managers at each site have the authority to
allow families of patients in Intensive Care or the Palliative
Care units of the hospital on a case-by-case basis.
A Wishlist of Needs
The JBLM Fisher House posts a Wishlist of items most
needed by families in the facility. The current list includes
an extensive catalog of food items that ranges from basics
like personal hygiene items, flour, cereal and bread to
single-sized snacks and coffee. It also includes items that
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The full Wishlist is available at FisherHouse-JBLM.org.
Despite assurances from Fairchok that their identity would be
protected, no current residents would agree to be interviewed for
this article. However, Staff Sgt. Ken Lambes did agree to be quoted
in a military publication about the four times he and his family
utilized the Fisher House.
Lambes is a member of the JBLM ‘s 42nd Military Police Brigade
who took his teenage son to the military hospital.
“The Fisher House really makes the nightmare of special treatment
easier for families,” he said. Lambes was apparently so overwhelmed
by the treatment he and his family received at Fisher House that
he returned during the same year to invite many of the families at
Fisher House to his own home for Thanksgiving dinner.
The family of an Oregon National Guard soldier wounded in Iraq
more than a dozen years ago described Fisher House as “a beautiful
bridge that makes bringing together a family so much easier even
in heavy hearted moments of life.”
The obligation to care for service members and their families who
have sacrificed to defend the freedom that Americans enjoy remains
the top priority for the caregivers at Fisher House and the scores
of volunteers committed to making veterans and their families’
stay as pleasant as possible. As a precaution, mail addressed to
patients currently receiving treatment is not being delivered. “Mail
will be processed once restrictions are lifted and staff members
can safely report to work,” said a statement released by the Fisher
House.“Thank you for your support as we navigate this challenge.”
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SOUTH SOUND STRONG
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
Life continues on here in Washington state as we learn ways
to manage our new “normal.” Many of us find ourselves trying
to work from home while also realizing our new roles as teacher,
tackling the challenges of remote learning head on. We’re
adjusting to living somewhat in isolation, surrounding ourselves
with only those whom we live with, in order to do our part to keep
ourselves, families, friends and members of our community safe.
And as busy as we all are during this challenging time, or for those
looking to fill their unexpected “free” time, there are many in our
community who are dedicated to do what they can to help keep
the South Sound strong—and healthy.
From stores adjusting their hours to make it safer for the older
folks in our community to shop for their essential needs, sack
lunches being made and delivered, free of charge, to children
and families in need, to everyday people contributing their
time and talents to make masks for our health-care workers and
those most vulnerable in the community, it’s a beautiful thing to
witness. Even though the community is encouraged to stay apart,
men and women, teenagers and children alike, continue to come
together and unite, though not in a way any of us would have ever
This soon will pass, and before we know it, our lives will carry on
as they once did. We will be back to our daily routines and out
enjoying the community, its businesses and people. I am sure we
can all agree that we will all have a newfound appreciation for the
wonderful lives we’ve created and know, if we didn’t already, and
how blessed we all are.
Thank you, South Sound, for making this a wonderful place to
live, work and play.
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SPRING COBB SALAD WITH
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Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Tina VanDenHeuvel, NTP
Yields: 4 servings
4 hard-boiled eggs
4 slices cooked bacon
8 asparagus spears, blanched
8 cups butter lettuce
1 cup canned in water artichoke hearts
8 sugar snap peas
1 small carrot, sliced
2 medium red radishes, sliced
½ cup cucumber, sliced
½ cup crumbled blue cheese
• Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover them with cool water by 1 inch.
Bring water to a boil over high heat. Once the water has reached a rumbling
boil, remove from heat and cover pot with a fitted lid. Set timer for 10 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to a large bowl with cold ice water
immediately and let them cool down for a couple of minutes before peeling.
Slice whole eggs in half and set aside.
• Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until crispy,
about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Place bacon on a plate with a paper towel to
soak up the rendered grease. Set aside.
• Fill a medium saucepan with water and set over high heat. Bring to a boil. Add
asparagus spears (woody stems removed). Let cook (blanch) for 15 seconds.
Remove from heat and submerge asparagus in ice water to stop the cooking
process. Immediately transfer to a paper towel. Set aside.
• Time to assemble the salad! Lay the pieces of butter lettuce over a large platter.
Season the lettuce with salt and pepper. Have fun adding each ingredient to the
lettuce. I like to make little individual spreads so that it’s displayed beautifully
over the lettuce.
• You may drizzle dressing over the entire lettuce and serve immediately or keep
on the side for individuals to serve themselves.
AVOCADO DRESSING INGREDIENTS:
1 large avocado
1 small clove garlic
1 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
½ tsp. Himalayan salt
Dash of fresh cracked pepper
4 tbsp. olive oil, extra virgin
2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. brown mustard
• Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop the flesh out into a food
processor or blender.
• Add garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and pulse for 30 seconds.
• Add olive oil, vinegar and mustard and blend until smooth. (You may add more
lemon juice if the dressing is too thick.)
• Store in a glass jar with a fitted lid in the refrigerator for up to one week.
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BRITISH COLUMBIA’S OKANAGAN AND THE INTERNATIONAL SELKIRK LOOP
BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
There is nothing like a good road trip during the summer, especially
when the scenery is so lovely. This trip begins at the Oroville-Osoyoos
Border Crossing into British Columbia’s Okanagan for part one of
this two-part series. The second part of the trip continues onto the
International Selkirk Loop through the Kootenay Rockies before crossing the
border at the Porthill-Rykerts Border Crossing into Idaho and visiting the towns
of Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry.
When planning a road trip, make a detailed itinerary mapping out how far you
want to drive each day and make reservations for where you are going to stay
each night. Use online resources (see some suggestions in The Specifics at the
end of the article) and determine any places or activities for the day. Have a plan
but be open to spontaneous stops. Often a local may recommend a hidden gem
that is not well known, so you want to take advantage of those opportunities. The
nice thing about a road trip is you can pack extra comfort items. Throw in a few
portable chairs for stargazing, a blanket or two for chilly evenings, some beach
towels for the many lakes on this trip, and be sure to pack a cooler and picnic
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Have a plan but be open to
spontaneous stops. Often a
local may recommend a hidden
gem that is not well known, so
you want to take advantage of
Day 1: Osoyoos
Once across the border, continue to the town of Osoyoos—your destination
for the night. The Nk’Mip Resort, set in the heart of Canada’s only desert, has
a variety of interesting activities. Start at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, a
natural history museum from the perspective of the indigenous peoples. The
Osoyoos Indian Band are members of the Okanagan Nation, and more than
400 members live and work on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve. Plan to spend a
few hours here exploring both the indoor and outdoor exhibits. The centre is
housed in an eco-friendly building using native and modern techniques. Allow
time to take the loop trail outside the museum to explore the desert while
viewing an Osoyoos village.
For lunch visit Nk’Mip Cellars for an alfresco lunch overlooking Osoyoos Lake.
The cellars are the first winery in North America owned and operated by an
indigenous band. Enjoy tasting some award-winning wines. Make sure to try
Mer’R’iym, the Nk’Mip word for marriage. This red blend is a perfect meld of
merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and malbec.
The Nk’Mip Resort has a lovely beach at the campground. Check out Wakepilot
Wakeboarding for a 90-minute Sea-Doo experience or rent a stand-up
paddleboard to enjoy some time on the lake.
The Safari Beach Resort is a lakefront retreat, the type families return to year
after year. This is an older resort, but it is spotlessly clean and comfortably
furnished. Amenities include a sandy beach and gorgeous lake views. After a
long day of travel and activities, consider picking up takeout for dinner or check
out one of the restaurants within walking distance of the resort. The front desk
can give you recommendations.
Day 2: Olivier
Start your day with a visit to Covert Farms Family Estate. This unique farm tour
takes place in a vintage 1952 Mercury truck, which will traverse the vineyards
and farm stopping for plenty of photo opportunities on this scenic property.
Stops also include the chance to try farm fresh produce from the fields. Children
and adults enjoy feeding the llamas and other livestock. The tour ends with a
wine tasting on the patio overlooking a lawn with plenty of games and activities
Olivier is in the midst of the Okanagan wine region with so many great wineries
it is hard to choose. Hester Creek Estate Vineyards is a must see with some of
the oldest vines in the area. The on-site restaurant Terrafina is a culinary delight,
with locally sourced ingredients a highlight of the Mediterranean-style menu.
After lunch, drive to Peachland to try out ziplining at the ZipZone Adventure
Park. It is a scenic drive up to the top of the canyon. The lines zigzag back and
forth across a canyon for some particularly exhilarating rides. There is a trail for
those who prefer to observe with views of the landing platforms. The staff is fun
and energetic and works well with children.
Drive back down into Kelowna for the night. The historic Hotel Eldorado and
Resort is located on the banks of Okanagan Lake and provides exceptional
sunset views. The hotel is filled with vintage features from the antique cars
greeting you at the entrance to the ambiance of the rooms with luxurious
bedding and upscale features while maintaining an old-fashioned feel. Enjoy an
afternoon swim at one of the pools or use the waterslide. The on-site marina has
a variety of watercraft available for rent.
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THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A GOOD
ROAD TRIP DURING THE SUMMER.
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PHOTO BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
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PHOTO BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
PHOTO BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
Dining at the Eldorado is a delight. Start off by enjoying a pre-dinner drink at
the Eldorado Lounge or the Whiskey Room for one of their famed martinis or
a barrel-aged whiskey cocktail. Lakeside Dining is the hotel’s award-winning
restaurant with sunset views over the lake. The menu is sourced with organic
local ingredients as well as AAA Angus beef. A truly memorable meal.
Day 3: Kelowna
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Myra Canyon for an incredible outdoor
experience exploring the Myra Canyon Trestles by bicycle. Make a reservation
with Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental & Tour Inc., which rents bikes at the start
of the Historical Kettle Valley Railway Trail. If you haven’t been on a bike in
a while, this is the perfect trail with just a slight elevation change. There are
18 trestle bridges and two tunnels to traverse while exploring Myra Canyon.
Although the trail is narrow at some points there are plenty of spots to pull over
After you have worked up an appetite, the Home Block at the Cedar Creek
Estate Winery is the perfect stop for lunch. During the warmer months, the
restaurant is open air on one side with views of the vineyard and Okanagan
Lake in the distance. Liberal use of local fare and a wood-fired grill which uses
fruit wood and wine barrel staves helps create a memorable meal.
It is a three-hour drive to your final stop in the Okanagan, the Christina Lake
Community. The Sunflower Inn B&B is just lovely. Owner Kathleen Smythe
welcomes you into her home on the banks of Christina Lake. She is friendly but
allows privacy as well. Enjoy the kayaks and other lake toys. This is the place to
get your Zen on. The small, sleepy town has a few local places to eat. Take some
time to just enjoy the atmosphere of this cute bed and breakfast. Smythe also
runs Alpine’s Holistic Healing, located at the Sunflower, and she is a certified
healing touch practitioner in both traditional and holistic forms of patient care.
She gives a great hot stone massage.
Stay tuned for next month’s travel article to join us on our tour of the Kootenay
Rockies and portions of the International Selkirk Loop.
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THE PEOPLE AND PLACES OF TACOMA INSPIRE US TO GROW, SHARE, AND BUILD.
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EVERYTHING YOU AND YOURS CAN
DO IN TACOMA AND MORE.
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