Infinite Hearts

A woman’s heart is an incredible gift of nature. With every beat, it pumps out an infinite amount of love, warmth and strength to fuel the various roles she plays in life—as a mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt and friend. But what happens when that infinitely giving heart starts to falter, eventually giving in to the grasp of heart disease?…

Love, Laughs and Lollipops

On Sunday afternoons Darlene Shephard packs her bag with lollipops and card games before heading to Florence Crittenton for visiting hours with the girls. They sit around tables in the café; talking, laughing and playing games. It’s a cheerful place canvased with colorful walls and sunlight pouring through its many windows. There’s a drink station against the wall with sugar-…

Healthy Spirits

For most of us celebrating the New Year, it may result in a hangover the next day or multiple yawns. But for approximately 45 million Americans it could lead to debilitating headaches and missed work days that result in 13 billion dollars of lost wages to their employers each year. Most have tried home remedies and prescription medicine to rid…

Hitting a High Note

Phoenix’s Musical Instrument Museum, or the MIM Center, offers visitors what many museums don’t: interaction. Catch a show at their on-site venue, designed so there isn’t a bad seat in the house, or bang on some drums on the first floor before heading up to the second floor for a first-hand look at colorful instruments from around the world. When…

House Call

How did you get your start as a veterinarian? I started working for a corporate veterinary clinic right after graduating from veterinary school. While I can say that corporate medicine wasn’t my cup of tea, I did learn a lot in those first two years working solo.

Claudia Partovi

I grew up in west Los Angeles and used to bike past beautiful homes all the time. Since then, I have always wanted to work with homes in some manner, but chose to go into civil engineering instead. Years later, here in Arizona, and once my children were in high school, I decided to revisit my passion and entered the…