Month: May 2015

Dr. Kathleen Hands: At the forefront of thyroid care

Dr. Kathleen Hands’ Practice Focuses on Thyroid Disorders. One of the first things you notice upon entering Dr. Kathleen Hands’ office is a long hand-written chart posted on an inside door. It contains the record of her patients’ weight loss progress over a period of a year, with the collective sum of pounds lost, 2517, prominently underlined. “A lot of people come in here complaining of fatigue, daytime drowsiness and weight gain, and they blame their thyroid,” says the doctor, who is an endocrinologist specializing in thyroid disorders. “Many are on thyroid medication, and they shouldn’t be. Eighty percent...

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Mothers & Daughters Echoing Each Other

From generation to generation. The myth that we become our mothers can be infuriating, but in some ways it’s true. Daughters shape their own lives while mothers watch their daughters grow into beautiful young women. Wrinkles begin to map the mothers’ faces, the power lines of age and wisdom. Then one day the daughter grows into a woman. When she reaches her mother’s age, she realizes what her mother saw and felt, and while she is certainly not her mother, she is looking at life from the same vantage point. A mother’s life, thoughts, experiences, what she makes of...

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Shaping San Antonio’s Home Interiors Business

Four Entrepreneurs Shaping San Antonio’s Home Interiors Business. Striking out on your own in business is scary and exciting. What does it take to make it a success? We asked four of the leading entrepreneurs in San Antonio’s home interiors arena how they got their start. These women are not only established names in shaping unique aspects of home environments but also share common themes about how they made their enterprising dreams come true. Learning the business, getting help from mentors, leaning on family and friends to shape their team, and embracing trends came up time and again. Key...

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Role Model Rachelle Simpson, Cliff Diving Women’s World Champion

Titleholder shares her journey to become world-class athlete. As a young home-schooled child, Rachelle Simpson aspired to be an Olympic gymnast. She gave up that dream at age 10, she says, adding, “I was a fair gymnast; not great. But I had the mentality.” Now her dream to be an Olympian may be possible in a way she could never have imagined — as a high diver and one of four American women on the USA National High Diving team for Federation Internationale De Natation (FINA). High dive is now an official discipline, and FINA is making strides toward...

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A Woman of Many Talents: Christie Beckham loves the theater

Actress/director Christie Beckham believes in the power of the Tsar Bell. That 20-foot-high bronze bell sits on a pedestal inside the Kremlin for tourists to admire and touch if they want to return to Russia. “I touched the bell,” says Beckham, who first visited Russia with fellow theater students from Texas Christian University. The magic worked. Nine months later, she was back in Moscow, this time thanks to an intensive acting program organized by the National Theater Institute. While there, the young actress spent a semester studying at the famed Moscow Art Theater. “I was able to study with...

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