Monday, November 30, 2009

Pierce Rucker Remains In President Role At Sands Anderson Marks & Miller Law Firm

Pierce Rucker Remains In President Role At Sands Anderson Marks & Miller Law Firm

Richmond, Virginia lawyer M. Pierce Rucker has been re-elected President of the law firm of Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, P. C., by the members of the Board of Directors, Board member L. Lee Byrd reported today.

Richmond, Virginia (PRWEB) March 24, 2009

Richmond, Virginia lawyer M. Pierce Rucker has been re-elected President of the law firm of Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, P. C., by the members of the Board of Directors, Board member L. Lee Byrd reported today.

Rucker was tapped in late January for another one-year term leading the firm's management team.

"With his excellent leadership skills, understanding of our firm's strategic goals and effective management style, the Board continues to believe that Pierce is in the best position to shepherd the firm's attorneys and staff as the firm continues its progress toward becoming one of the premier mid-sized law firms in the Mid-Atlantic region," said Byrd.

Rucker practices principally in the healthcare law group at the firm, where he represents physicians and other health care professionals and entities in administrative and legal actions. He also represents businesses and their executives in litigation and other business disputes and assists service professionals with issues of professional malpractice defense law. His entire legal career has been spent at Sands Anderson, where he has served a number of terms on the Board of Directors and in a variety of other leadership roles.

Rucker is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and, for the last four years, has been listed in Virginia Business' Legal Elite for his health law experience. Rucker received his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from Washington & Lee University.

"Sands, Anderson has been experiencing tremendous growth in both the nature and scope of our practices, and I am excited about continuing to help our lawyers and staff meet the challenges this growth presents," Rucker said.

Founded more than 150 years ago, Sands Anderson has 78 lawyers practicing among its offices in Richmond, Blacksburg, Fredericksburg and McLean, Virginia, and the Research Triangle of North Carolina. In 2008, it was ranked 9th in the Virginia Lawyers Weekly annual listing of the state's largest law firms. Sands Anderson provides a full range of legal services to corporations and businesses, healthcare providers, financial institutions, state and local governments, the insurance industry and individuals. For more information, visit http://www. SandsAnderson. com (http://www. SandsAnderson. com)

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

New Research Imparts Industry Expertise on How to Empower Enterprises and Customers with Knowledge

New Research Imparts Industry Expertise on How to Empower Enterprises and Customers with Knowledge

CRM Industry Thought Leader Examines How to Access and Capitalize on Corporations’ Most Overlooked and Abundant Commodity.

Indianapolis, IN (Vocus) June 5, 2009

Consona Corporation (Consona), a worldwide leader in providing customer relationship management (CRM (http://www. consona. com/CRM/home. aspx)) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services for companies of all sizes, today announced the general availability of two white papers entitled, “Thinking Outside the (Search) Box: Powering Enterprise Search with Knowledge” and “Do You Want to Help Customers with Knowledge? (Or Do You Just Want to Buy a Knowledgebase?)” written by Tim Hines of Consona CRM. The research shines a light on best practices for capitalizing on knowledge through collaboration, integration, proper management and technology.

Access “Powering Enterprise Search with Knowledge” now at http://www. consona. com/CRM/LearnMore/KMandSearch (http://www. consona. com/CRM/LearnMore/KMandSearch) and “Do You Want to Help Customers with Knowledge?” at http://www. consona. com/CRM/LearnMore/KMvsKB (http://www. consona. com/CRM/LearnMore/KMvsKB), or read below for further details on the contents of these papers.

The case for enterprise search is clear: enterprises are overflowing with valuable information that has the potential be used by support and service employees, as well as customers and prospects. However, in many organizations, this information is not gathered or organized into a reusable format that lends itself to search and capture. Indeed, in order to capitalize from this untapped potential, enterprise search demands effective knowledge management (http://www. consona. com/crm/Solutions/KnowledgeManagement. aspx) (KM). In “Powering Enterprise Search with Knowledge”, Hines lays out guidelines on how enterprises can build upon their own existing knowledgebase through enterprise search that is complemented by KM.

“Enterprises are drowning in unstructured information, and search can help employees collaborate, reuse existing work and get the specific facts they need to do their jobs,” wrote Hines. “To be truly valuable, enterprise search must be paired with capabilities for capturing, maintaining, and continuously improving the content that it serves. Enterprise search demands effective knowledge management. Search alone isn’t enough.”

Industry experts agree that implementing knowledge management has risen to be a top priority of leading service and support providers. However, too often organizations equate implementing KM with buying, installing and training agents on a knowledgebase tool. While technology is a critical component of success, KM is an ongoing program that comprises people, process and technology, and supports healthy practices for capturing, maintaining and improving knowledge for service and support. In “Do You Want to Help Customers with Knowledge?”, Hines unveils the holistic picture of knowledge management, summarizing the common traps to avoid when launching an initiative, and offering best practices on how to steer around these pitfalls and realize the benefits of truly effective KM.

“Knowledge is power. Service and support knowledge that’s shared with staff and customers is a uniquely powerful driver of internal efficiency and customer success,” Hines stated. “But organizations will only reap the benefits of knowledge when they go beyond thinking about implementing a knowledgebase project and truly embrace integrating knowledge into the entire service delivery process.”

“Every day, our experts at Consona CRM are in the field with enterprises seeking to maximize their return on investment from knowledge management initiatives—these organizations have the foundation of a knowledgebase and the motivation to build upon it, but often lack the proper set of tools and guidelines,” said Tom Millay, general manager of Consona CRM. “In this research, Tim Hines offers solid expertise for enterprises looking to take advantage of perhaps their greatest asset: knowledge.”

About Consona Corporation and Consona CRM
Consona Corporation is a worldwide leader in providing customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and services for companies of all sizes. Consona is dedicated to becoming a valued business partner by helping each and every customer continuously improve business processes over time. Toward this mission, Consona invests in the people, processes, technology and tools needed to provide its customers with a unique combination of customer care; product fit; a broad range of consulting, IT and business services; and industry expertise. Consona serves more than 4,500 customers worldwide and across a variety of industries. Battery Ventures and Thoma Bravo jointly own Consona. Consona CRM is a product line and operating division of Consona Corporation. For medium to large enterprises with customer service or technical support operations who need to both improve customer satisfaction and reduce costs, the Consona CRM software product suite facilitates effective and efficient customer interactions and resolution of customer issues across all channels and communities. For further information on Consona, visit www. consona. com, e-mail info@consona. com, or call (888) 8 CONSONA.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Lake Austin Spa Resort's Healing Sounds of Music Program Promotes Wellness through Sound Therapy

Lake Austin Spa Resort's Healing Sounds of Music Program Promotes Wellness through Sound Therapy

Lake Austin Spa Resort has designed a program to promote wellness through sound therapy. This 5 day music vacation includes singing workshops and performances from some of Austin's top musicians.

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) April 22, 2009

In the "Live Music Capital of the World" of Austin, Texas, music fills the souls of musicians and artists throughout this eclectic city. Guests of Lake Austin Spa Resort can capture the spirit of the song and find their voice, write song lyrics, receive vocal coaching, learn the mental and emotional health benefits of music therapy and of course enjoy local live music during the very first "Healing Sounds of Music" program June 10-14, 2009. This music vacation, and the others set for September and November, will include workshops with some of Austin's finest artists and musicians:

Thursday, June 11, 2009
Sangria & Salsa Tasting and Live Performance with Special Guest: Jean Synodinos
A fearless and exuberant performing songwriter, Jean Synodinos has a voice that has been hailed as a veritable force of nature. Critics have called it "big-league," "blues smoky and rich" and "show-stopping" and she performs in complete defiance of the sixth grade music teacher who told her to do anything with herself but sing.

Friday, June 12, 2009
Lyric Writing Workshop with Special Guest: Jean Synodinos
Great songs are the soundtracks of our lives; a great lyric can drop us to our knees or convince us we can move mountains. In this workshop, Jean will teach essential techniques to songwriting practiced by some of the most skilled lyricists of the last fifty years. Listen to Jean's soulful sounds at http://www. myspace. com/jeansynodinos (http://www. myspace. com/jeansynodinos)

Connecting Music with Emotion through Nia Dance
Nia is a body-mind-spirit program incorporating cardiovascular wellness through kinesthetic dance/movement patterns. Masterful at guiding people to move, our workshop teachers specialize in providing a transformative movement experience.

Finding Your Voice with Special Guest: Hillary Hight Daw
Learn the personal empowerment that comes from finding and releasing your true speaking/singing voice. Everyone has a powerful, beautiful voice waiting to be released and in this singing workshop, guests will receive an introduction into the joys and health benefits of vocal expression.

Italian Wine Tasting and Live Italian Aria Performance with Hillary Hight Daw
Singer and actress Hillary Hight Daw has performed in opera, theater, commercials, television and film. She is currently Visiting Scholar in Voice and Opera at San Francisco State University. Her recent musical appearances range from the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony to an appearance on the hit television show Law and Order, SVU.

Saturday, June 13, 2009
Using Music Therapeutically to Affect Change with Special Guest Music Therapist - Susan Bednar-Haynes, MA MT-BC
Music has been a source of spiritual and mental healing since the beginning of time. Currently, clinical research has demonstrated that many therapeutic benefits are experienced when music is used, along with other modalities, such as guided imagery and diaphragmatic breathing. In this program, guests will experience the benefits, applications, tools and techniques that lead to healing and life changing experiences when music is used therapeutically.

Nationally known, Certified Music Therapist and Author, Susan Bednar-Haynes, MA, MT-BC (Master of Arts, Music Therapist, Board-Certified) offers unique opportunities for personal growth through music therapy.

Nia Dance - The Ultimate Nia Experience! Music, Movement, Magic with Julie Wylie
Julie Wylie is a Certified Nia Green Belt who attended the University of New Mexico on an academic honors scholarship studying business, accounting and dance.

The Healing Power of Sound with Jan Blevins
The use of sound therapy dates back thousands of years and is gaining considerable attention. Jan Blevins, sound pioneer, teaches the healing benefits of music, tones and instruments. Guests will learn how sound therapy is used to treat a wide range of challenges physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, including the treatment of stress and chronic pain. In this participatory program, she will guide guests through a sound meditation using Tibetan Singing Bowls.

Drumming Workshop: Rhythm is the Soul of Life with Special Guest: Sherry Gringas
Drumming is a very powerful and positive way to connect to our own hearts and spirits while connecting and honoring the hearts of all those in our circle and in our world. Come learn the language and vocabulary of the drum, hand technique, a West African rhythm and song, as well as our own spontaneous in-the-moment music piece we create together. Listen to the Sounds of the Drums at http://www. drumzaustin. net/drumz_front. htm (http://www. drumzaustin. net/drumz_front. htm).

Jazz/Folk Fusion Performance - Sapphire & Jeremy Bell
Sapphire Bell doesn't get caught up in labels, but loves to share her love of music. Sapphire spent most of her years in Tucson, Arizona and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She won the Tucson Area Music Award for best solo musician. Sapphire currently performs her original music in Austin, Texas with saxophonist & husband Jeremy Bell. Listen to Sapphire and Jeremy at http://sapphireandjeremy. com/Discography. html (http://sapphireandjeremy. com/Discography. html).

Sunday, June 14, 2009
Voice Lessons-Personal Complimentary Vocal Coaching with Hillary Hight Daw
Receive personalized individual vocal coaching from acclaimed singer and teacher, Hillary Hight Daw. Whatever your level of experience, Hillary will help you learn to speak and/or sing with strength and confidence in this vocal workshop.

About Lake Austin Spa Resort:
Nestled along the shores of scenic Lake Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Lake Austin Spa Resort offers guests the sanctuary of a world-class spa and the warmth of a best friend's lake house. Lake Austin Spa Resort offers all-inclusive vacation packages, which include accommodations in one of 40 charming lakeside guest rooms, three gourmet meals daily, indoor and outdoor fitness activities and classes, and a selection of spa and body treatments.

The resort has received numerous awards from prestigious national travel and spa magazines since its multi-million dollar renovation and expansion in 2004. Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Allure, the Zagat Survey, Health, Garden Design, SpaFinder Lifestyle, Spa Magazine and American Airlines' Celebrated Living magazine have recently honored Lake Austin Spa Resort as one of the best in the country and in the world.

For additional information and reservations, call 800-847-5637, or visit www. lakeaustin. com.


Alternative Therapies And Their Growing Popularity

Alternative Therapies And Their Growing Popularity

Alternative Therapies and Medicine Expert Genie James, M. M.Sc. Discusses the Causes of this Growing Trend

Jacksonville, Fla. (Vocus) August 19, 2009

A recent National Institute of Health and Center for Disease Control survey (http://www. usatoday. com/news/health/2009-07-30-alternative-medicine_N. htm) of 23,000 Americans has revealed results regarding the growing popularity of alternative therapies (http://www. alternative-therapies. com/) for both healthcare treatment and prevention. The study found that $34 billion is being spent annually on alternative therapies, a 25 percent growth over the previous decade. These expenditures account for 11 percent of out-of-pocket spending on personal healthcare. Medical experts, while not surprised by this study, are looking deeper into the causes of these results.

One expert, Genie James, M. M.Sc. (http://www. geniejames. com/), co-founder of the Natural Hormone Institute and author of the soon to be released In the Mood Again: Use the Power of Healthy Hormones to Reboot Your Sex Life at Any Age (Simon & Schuster 2010), is a national leader in the field of natural alternative therapies. As a leading voice in recognizing what the traditional medical community has largely ignored, misdiagnosed and mistreated, James points out that both men and women are looking for science-based research that supports alternative therapies. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) (http://www. oprah. com/article/oprahshow/20090112_BHRT_FAQ), organic eating, herbal medicines and the positive affects of maintaining an active, healthy sex life are becoming increasingly recognized alternatives. These successful and proven methods, based on scientific research, have helped thousands of patients who have suffered from symptoms of hormone imbalance, like weight gain, low sex drive, fatigue, hot flashes, foggy thinking and depression.

"Today, broadly defined alternative therapies are medically proven to be safe and effective," said James. "It is interesting to note that 38 percent of the adults surveyed in this study have used these alternative methods in the past year, making them more mainstream than ever before."

The study also found that $22 billion of the total $34 billion spent is classified as "self-care", or therapies utilized before seeking the advice of a doctor. According to James, women represent a significant portion of this movement.

"Women make 80 to 90 percent of healthcare decisions and they are looking for less expensive proven alternatives to living a healthier lifestyle. With nearly 38 million women in the U. S. going through menopause, we are finding that they are not willing to simply sit tight and suffer through," says James. "They are turning to alternative methods such as BHRT, yoga, herbal medicine, organic eating (http://www. organiceating. com/), and even recognizing the health benefits of and partaking in a healthy and active sex-life."

And, women aren't the only ones moving the needle when it comes to the growth in the use of alternative therapies. James says men too are turning to alternative options. For example, two of the most popular pharmaceutical treatments for erectile dysfunction (http://www. webmd. com/erectile-dysfunction/) (E. D) are Viagra (http://www. viagra. com/) and Cialis (http://www. cialis. com/index. jsp). But even these popularly prescribed drugs are being reevaluated for their across the board effectiveness notes James.

"The use of these drugs is considered by some to be a temporary fix. Viagra, for instance, stimulates blood flow to the penis, but does not work over time to restore sexual arousal," says James. "Alternative therapies, such as herbal medicines and exercise, work to fix E. D. naturally, and over a period of time a stimulant therapy may no longer be needed."

Despite the fact that the study reveals an increase in the number of Americans utilizing alternative therapies, James maintains the belief that these therapies alone may not be the solution for everyone.

"It may be that a cancer patient can't go without chemotherapy, but it's important to educate Americans on alternative therapies, and how they may assist in the overall treatment and healing process," says James. "Hopefully this study will inspire more research and investigation into the use of alternative therapies and will continue to reveal their true capacity as part of the overall continuum of care."

About Genie James, M. M. Sc: Genie is nationally acknowledged as a change-agent for improved women's health. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Natural Hormone Institute of America and has co-authored From Belly Fat to Belly Flat (http://www. amazon. com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=from+fat+belly+to+flat+belly&tag=googhydr-20&index=stripbooks&hvadid=1153143581&ref=pd_sl_4qzxsvnr0k_b) and From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well (http://www. amazon. com/Hormone-Hell-Well-Straight-PossiblyTheir/dp/0757313906/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250609831&sr=1-4), with her husband, C. W. Randolph, Jr., M. D. Dr. Randolph is an internationally renowned expert in the field of bioidentical hormone replacement. He is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist and compounding pharmacist. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine and a member of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists.

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Jacksonville, FL 32202


Cosmetic Surgery: Choose Wisely …It’s Your Body and Your Life!

Cosmetic Surgery: Choose Wisely …It’s Your Body and Your Life!

Dr. William Hall, Scottsdale, Arizona, Cosmetic Surgeon Advises Prospective Cosmetic Surgery and Liposuction Patients to Research Surgeon Credentials and Follow Pre and Post-Surgery Rules

Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) June 26, 2010

Liposuction, otherwise known as lipoplasty is the most popular non-invasive cosmetic surgery procedure performed. But with every surgery, there are risks. After recent news reports of patient deaths who sought liposuction surgeries abroad, such as Lourdes Trinidad, the Chula Vista woman who died after getting liposuction in Tijuana, Dr. William Hall, Founder and Chief Surgeon of Infini Cosmetic Associates is reaching out to educate patients about the importance of verifying surgeon credentials and following the pre and post-surgery rules and guidelines to avoid complications.

More than a decade ago, Dr. William Hall opened his unique cosmetic specialty clinic and focused on the safest liposuction techniques to ensure patient safely. Hall has remained true to his mission – to become a lipo expert and specialist, and offer unparalleled surgical care for every patient.

Because of the refined micro-instruments and laser-assisted technologies introduced, liposuction surgeries have changed dramatically over the past ten years. Surgeries are now much safer and complication rates remain extremely low.

Regardless of the low number of incidents correlated with liposuction surgeries, recent death reports create a sense of urgency for prospective patients looking to improve their image in facilities located outside the USA.

“Let’s face it, the Internet has changed the way we seek everything from dating companions to surgeons,” Hall explains. “But you cannot always judge a mate or doctor by what you find online.”

For prospective patients who wish to save money by having a surgery done outside of the country, Hall offers some sound advice.

“When it comes to your body and your well-being, money should not be the main issue," he says. “People and patients do not only gamble with their bodies, they gamble with their lives when they decide to go to another country to save a few bucks – there is just so much more to it than that."

Hall is a disciplinarian when it comes to his practice and to the code of ethics that applies to being a surgeon. He explains that doctors have to put the capitalistic aspects aside and focus on the humanistic philosophies.

“To put it bluntly, as cosmetic surgeons, we are dealing with human vulnerabilities and their flaws, and the perceptions that come with it, and as surgeons we are supposed to offer safe solutions, while marketing physical perfection. It is so important for cosmetic surgeons to review every case as an individual surgery and to go over all of the precautionary measures, which includes pre and post-operation instructions.”

Hall disapproves of lipo assembly line operations and clinics that manufacture cosmetic procedures. He states that some clinics hire new physicians and surgeons who do not have the credentials or the experience to guide patients through the pre and post operative procedures. In addition, many larger cosmetic surgery clinics use patient care consultants to do most of the selling and closing.

Hall explains that patients must consider several crucial items before getting any cosmetic surgery procedure, including:
 This is a no-brainer – money should never dictate your surgeon. You are hedging a bet on your body and your life if you cross borders to have surgery. Patients need to do their research. Make sure the surgeon has the proper credentials and experience. With travel and hotel expenses, calculate how much you are actually saving.  Typically any patient is required to have a person escort them to the surgery and pick them up after the surgery is performed. This is standard procedure and it is in the best interest of the patient. He or she should provide the name of at least one person to contact in case of an emergency and that person should be the one caring for the patient after the surgery. In addition, it is always wise to provide the assigned caregiver with the post-operative care instructions, so everyone is informed and on the same page.  Always – always inform relatives and loved ones of your intentions to have a surgery and let them know the specifics, date and location of the surgery.  Before signing the consent form, read it carefully and realize that any time you are introducing anesthesia and substances (even Lidocaine) into your body, you are taking a risk, so educate yourself on the complications.  Any time you go abroad or to another country for a surgical procedure, you should investigate laws that would apply in case of an emergency or an unexpected outcome. They vary and may not be in your best interest, depending.  Cosmetic procedures are typically elective, which means they are an out-of-pocket expense for the patient, but there are many legal implications, especially when performed out of the country. If, in fact, malpractice is an issue, the same laws and rules do not apply outside of the United States, which is very difficult and painful for family members and loved ones in the case of an emergency or wrongful death. There may be no recompense for patients or family members if there are complications after surgery.  Finally, every patient must be healthy and meet the medical criteria before having surgery. Most surgeons will be able to tell through a consultation and proper testing if a patient is in good-standing health – enough to have a surgical procedure. There are warning signs – and a good surgeon will take heed and decline the surgery if the patient is not healthy enough to endure the procedure.

Dr. Hall urges all prospective patients to consider all of the implications before any surgery, whether they decide to have the surgery locally or out of the country.

“As a care-giver, it breaks my heart to hear the bad stories, because I made my decision to go into this industry to improve lives and to make patients happier with the outcome,” Hall says. “I just ask people to apply the same principles and research with any big decision – whether deciding to by a house or a car or make improvements to your body. I mean, is there anything more important than you, your appearance and your health? The answer should be an unequivocal ‘No’!”

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Launch of Providence Film and Video Production Facility Brings Innovations

Launch of Providence Film and Video Production Facility Brings Innovations

Providence, RI (PRWEB) November 14, 2005

With the opening of TANGO PIX, a media development and production services company, Providence raises the bar of the New England digital media marketplace.

TANGO PIX is an exciting, new resource and facility providing media services, production and development for the film and video industry. Based in a creative, collaborative environment, Tango Pix brings together today’s most contemporary production tools and highly skilled talent to tell stories, deliver messages and bring value to clients’ goals.

“We offer a full spectrum of media resources, including High Definition capabilities, to anyone producing or using digital content,” said TANGO PIX CEO and President, Curt Worden. “TANGO PIX also provides clients new marketing alternatives that include interactive, targeted video campaigns and messaging on the Internet, pod-casting, and multi-channel content distribution.”

"The Rhode Island Film & Television Office is very pleased to have Tango Pix and their sensational team located here in our Ocean State, adding to our growing media infrastructure,” said Steven Feinberg, Director, Rhode Island Film & TV Office. “This is a cutting edge company determined to explore the boundaries of entertainment production and we enthusiastically welcome this visionary group to our neighborhood."

“The presence of this high-end company is the most recent evidence that Providence has become the film, television, and digital media production industry’s hottest market,” said Providence Mayor, David Cicilline. “Tango Pix is an exciting addition to the city’s business, arts and cultural landscape.”

TANGO PIX works with individuals and companies that engage in media based communications, entertainment and product development, including Hasbro, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Lifetime Television and the flagship PBS program, “American Experience.”

The TANGO PIX creative team is a collective of highly experienced, media professionals who have produced for Nightline, Discovery Health and Travel Channel, among others, and provide media development and services for broadcast television networks, cable, corporations, non-profit organizations and academic institutions.


Digital Media Leaders to Speak at DeSilva+Phillips Media Dealmakers Summit February 5

Digital Media Leaders to Speak at DeSilva+Phillips Media Dealmakers Summit February 5

DeSilva+Phillips, Media Investment Bankers, announces that its seventh annual Media Dealmakers Summit, taking place at The Pierre, New York City, on February 5th, will feature half-a-dozen leading figures from the digital media industry - most of them active in last year's M&A market. Speakers include leaders and key dealmakers from Comcast Interactive, IDG Ventures SF, LBi International AB Softbank Capital, Rho Capital Partners, and Waterfront Media, who will be addressing a by-invitation-only audience of the most active strategics and financials in the media industries.

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 29, 2009

DeSilva+Phillips, Media Investment Bankers, announces that its seventh annual Media Dealmakers Summit, taking place at The Pierre, New York City, on February 5th, will feature half-a-dozen leading figures from the digital media industry - most of them active in last year's M&A market:

Brian Berger, VP Strategy & Development, Comcast Interactive Media (bought DailyCandy, Fandango and Plaxo)
Thomas Gensemer, Managing Partner, Blue State Digital (which managed the online Obama campaign)
Eric Hippeau, managing partner of SoftBank Capital (a member of the Yahoo board and of the CNET board until the company was sold last year to CBS Interactive for $1.8 billion)
Habib Kairouz, Managing Partner, Rho Capital Partners and General Partner, Rho Ventures (current and former board seats include iVillage (sold to NBC), Tripod (sold to Lycos), Tacoda (sold to Time Warner), Intralinks, and ReachLocal)
Pat Kenealy, Managing Director, IDG Ventures SF (IDG's investment in SideStep was merged into Kayak. com)
Luke Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, LBi International AB (the Sweden-based digital marketing agency and holding company which acquired New York-based Special Ops Media last year)
Ben Wolin, CEO, Waterfront Media (merged with Steve Case's Revolution Media in a deal that valued it at $100 million)

For a complete agenda, go to DeSilva+Phillips Summit Agenda (http://mediabankers. com/PDF/f66df51f-412b-459d-b3d3-cb37d9c7070a/Agenda%20-%20DeSilva+Phillips%20Media%20Dealmakers%20Summit%202009.pdf)

As always, the DeSilva+Phillips event is the leading gathering place for the leaders of the media and digital media industries most active in the mergers and acquisitions market. The by-invitation-only audience is equally divided between owners and C-level executives of operating companies and the leaders of the private equity sector.

In addition to digital media, panels will address B2B Media, Consumer Media, Healthcare Media, and Marketing Services. The leaders of the following companies will be panelists and interviewees:

Barron's and SmartMoney; Reed Exhibitions, Investcorp (which bought Randall Reilly for $180 million); PR Newswire (United Business Media); The Economist Group (bought Capital Advantage for The Economist's Roll Call subsidiary for $43 million; Spire Capital Partners (owner of SkyMall and the Professional Bull Rider's Association); TV Guide (acquired by OpenGate in a deal valued over $50 million); Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia(acquired Emeril Lagasse's businesses); Halyard Capital (which bought HCPro); Wolters Kluwer (bought UpToDate in a $400 million deal); Diversified Agency Services, a division of OmnicomGroup (continue to acquire last year, making a total of 130 acquisitions in all, building DAS into the world's largest group of marketing services companies with almost $5 billion in revenues); WPP Group plc (which acquired TNS for WPP for $1.9 billion).

The panel moderators and interviewers are:
Henry Blodget, CEO, co-founder and editor-in-chief, Silicon Alley Insider
Roger C. Holstein, Managing Director, Vestar Capital (former CEO, WebMD)
Lorne Manly, Film Editor, The New York Times
Richard Morgan, Assistant Managing Editor, The Deal
Andrew Ross Sorkin, Chief M&A Reporter, The New York Times

Attendance is $1,095 and space is strictly limited. Registration begins at 7:45 AM; the program begins at 9:00 AM and concludes at 4:45 PM. Those who interested in receiving an invitation may contact Sam Schulman, Managing Director (sam@mediabankers. com).

About DeSilva+Phillips, Media Investment Bankers:
DeSilva+Phillips is a New York-based investment bank specializing in the media, digital media and healthcare communications industries. The firm provides M&A services and private placements of debt and equity to the media industries. It also offers operational restructuring services to improve financial results. Its clients include leading companies in the traditional and digital media industries, including B2B, consumer, medical and healthcare media, newspaper, book publishing, trade shows & events, information, educational, and marketing-services sectors. DeSilva+Phillips has completed more over 200 transactions since 1996. DeSilva+Phillips Corporate Finance LLC is a member of FINRA and SIPC. For more information visit www. Mediabankers. com.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Video Available: Jack Shapiro Speaks about the Future of Healthcare

Video Available: Jack Shapiro Speaks about the Future of Healthcare

In a recent speech to members of the healthcare services industry, Jack Shapiro, an internationally-known healthcare marketing consultant, futurist, broadcast journalist and public speaker, spoke about the future of healthcare.

Maywood, NJ (PRWEB) January 5, 2005

In a recent speech to members of the healthcare services industry, Jack Shapiro, an internationally-known healthcare marketing consultant, futurist, broadcast journalist and public speaker spoke about some of the evolving long-term trends in American healthcare. His speech focused on:

• Why we are fast-becoming the healthcare economy;

• Why the mounting cost of healthcare will force important personal and social trade-offs;

• The cost-saving significance of enhanced information technology to the future of American healthcare.

A portion of Mr. Shapiro’s speech is available in streaming video on his website: www. JackShapiro. com (click “video and audio gallery” and then click “listen”).

Mr. Shapiro is available to speak at your next meeting as well as to write columns and articles for publications. To receive a press kit (including a video cassette of his recent speech), please contact him at:

Jack M. Shapiro

P. O. BOX 1025

Maywood, NJ 07607

Phone: (201) 441-9815

E-mail: jshealth@Aol. com

Website: www. JackShapiro. com

This man knows about the future of Healthcare.

Jack M. Shapiro, an internationally-known healthcare marketing consultant, futurist, broadcast journalist and public speaker.

Jack includes among his clients major pharmaceutical and insurance companies, advertising agencies, hospitals and manufacturers of medical equipment supplies and devices. Often quoted in the healthcare industry, general business, and lay publications, Jack has been a frequent guest on national television (ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX, PBS and abroad on BBC and ITN) and radio as a commentator on healthcare trends and politics in the United States and overseas.

From 1997-1999, he was the host of “Medi-Politics,” a nationally-syndicated radio show focusing on the politics and future of healthcare as well as key legal and ethical issues. The show reached more than 40 markets in 26 states and an audience of 31 million people.

Jack has spent more than 35 years in the healthcare field, both in the U. S. and abroad. Before forming his successful research and consulting company, he held high-level management positions in marketing and market research with healthcare giants such as Wyeth and Pfizer.

He is currently writing a book about the future of American healthcare based on his long experience in the healthcare industry, in-depth interviews with leading experts who appeared on his radio show as well as on-going poll results generated by his market research company.

Recently Jack was the event host of the “Global Pharma R&D Summit” in Scottsdale, Arizona (September 13 – 15, 2004), attended by over 250 top pharmaceutical scientists from around the world.

Jack is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Arrange an Article/Column, Keynote Speech or Interview with Jack Shapiro on these topics:

. WhatÂ’s the future of American healthcare?

. What are the latest clinical trial trends?

. Who are the uninsured and the underinsured?

. WhatÂ’s driving up the cost of healthcare?

. What can people do to save on healthcare costs?

. Healthcare in BushÂ’s second term agenda and implications for 2006 and 2008 elections 

. Why is ours the “Healthcare Economy?”

. WhatÂ’s the future for employer provided healthcare?

. TomorrowÂ’s breakthroughs in biotechnology and surgery: will we be able to afford them?

. Why are so many people turning to “alternative” healthcare?

To see other Press Releases from Jack Shapiro regarding healthcare trends, please visit his website at www. jackshapiro. com.


Monday, November 23, 2009

St. LukeÂ’s Medical Center Named One of NationÂ’s 100 Top Orthopedic Hospitals

St. LukeÂ’s Medical Center Named One of NationÂ’s 100 Top Orthopedic Hospitals

(PRWEB) February 23, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Meridell Sloterbeek

 (602) 251-8156

 PHOENIX, Arizona – February 17, 2000 – St. LukeÂ’s Medical Center, Phoenix, has been recognized by HCIA Inc., a leading healthcare information company, as a recipient of the 1999 100 Top Orthopedic Hospitals Award.

The hospital was recognized for its excellence in hip replacement surgery. St LukeÂ’s orthopedic surgeons performed more than 200 hip replacements during the base year of the study. In addition, they performed revisions to more than 100 hip replacements which had originally been performed utilizing earlier techniques or at other facilities.

 100 Top Hospitals: Orthopedic Benchmarks for Success, conducted by HCIA, is a purely objective study, based on quantitative data that are consistent and complete across the United States. This methodology ensures that the focus is on statistical, rather than anecdotal, evidence of top performance. The measures for the study stress quality of care, efficiency of operations and sustainability of overall performance.

 Â“Our study shows clearly that the winners of the 100 Top Hospitals Orthopedic award are providing orthopedic care with significantly fewer complications and significantly fewer deaths than other hospitals,” said Jean Chenoweth, Senior Vice President, HCIA Inc.

“For consumers, our study also provides clear guidance: Orthopedic services, such as those in the 100 Top Orthopedic Hospitals, that treat large numbers of patients tend to produce better results than programs that treat small numbers of patients and/or which are trying to grow at a very fast pace.”

 This yearÂ’s ranking is based on the following six measures of clinical quality practices, operations and financial management:

 Mortality rate, risk-adjusted for severity of illness

 Complications rate, risk-adjusted for severity of illness

 Count of unique patients receiving orthopedic services

 Average length of stay at the hospital, adjusted for illness

 Cost per patient, adjusted for illness severity and local wage differences

 Percentage of patients who came from, and were discharged to, home

“St. Luke’s performance, especially relating to our low incidence of complications, reflects the hard work and dedication of our medical staff and employees,” said Meridell Sloterbeek, COO and interim CEO of St. Luke’s Medical Center.

  “St. LukeÂ’s has long been recognized by the medical community as a provider of excellent orthopedic services and it is gratifying to know we are among the select group recognized in this study for excellence in hip replacement procedures,” Sloterbeek continued.

 Anthony K. Hedley, M. D., F. R.C. S. (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons), Chairman of St. LukeÂ’s Department of Orthopedics and President of the Institute for Bone and Joint Disorders said, “I have been associated with St. LukeÂ’s Hospital for 18 years. In the course of that time, St. LukeÂ’s has maintained a constant standard of excellence in orthopedic surgery. We have consistently been leaders in the volume of elective orthopedic surgery done in the Valley.

 Â“St. LukeÂ’s has developed an international reputation,” adds Hedley, “as being one of the preeminent joint replacement hospitals. Our surgeons performed more than 800 joint replacements last year. The hospital staff brings a high level of expertise and is well supported by St. LukeÂ’s administration and staff. This has been an excellent cooperative venture and continues to grow.”

 Theodore P. Firestone, M. D., F. A.C. S. (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons), Vice Chairman of St. LukeÂ’s Department of Orthopedics, who, along with Hedley, performs the majority of hip procedures at St. LukeÂ’s said, Even though Dr. Hedley and I perform a large volume of complex revision surgeries, weÂ’ve kept our complication rate to a minimum.”

 The other current medical staff orthopedic surgeons whose procedures contributed to St. LukeÂ’s recognition by the Top 100 study include Dr. Neal Rockowitz, Dr. Bruce Mallin, Dr. Harry Sirounian, Dr. Charles Creasman, Dr. Dana Seltzer, Dr. Alexander McLaren, Dr. Janet Whirlow, Dr. Robert White, Dr. Anthony Yeung, Dr. Karl Hamson, Dr. Jeff Martin and Dr. Charles Gauntt.

 A summary version of the study, 100 Top Hospitals: Orthopedic Benchmarks for Success, can be found on HCIAÂ’s 100 Top Hospitals web site (100tophospitals. com).

 HCIA Inc. collects, manages and distributes comparative health information worldwide. ItÂ’s customers manufacture, purchase and/or deliver healthcare products and services. By combining the industryÂ’s leading databases, methodologies and analytic services, HCIA creates information assets that help customers manage healthcare costs and improve patient care.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Market America Program Uses Individual's DNA to Create Customized Nutritional Supplements

Market America Program Uses Individual's DNA to Create Customized Nutritional Supplements

Nutri-Physical ™ Gene SNP DNA Screening Analysis program. The innovative project allows consumers, through DNA analysis, to discover opportunities for health optimization based on diet and lifestyle choices through a customized nutritional supplement program.

Livingston, NJ (PRWEB) February 3, 2005

Market America, a leading product brokerage and Internet marketing company, today announced the introduction of the Nutri-Physical ™ Gene SNP DNA Screening Analysis program. The innovative project allows consumers, through DNA analysis, to discover opportunities for health optimization based on diet and lifestyle choices through a customized nutritional supplement program.

Since 1989, scientists worldwide have been engaged in mapping the sequence of the tens of thousands of genes that comprise human DNA. These scientists have found that slight variations in the genetic code, called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) play an important role in maintaining health.

Because of this new understanding of the human genome, Market America has developed the Nutri-Physical Gene SNP DNA Screening Analysis program, an affordable way for the average person to manage key aspects of health and well-being before they affect their lives.

"Market America has been and will continue to lead the charge into the future," said James H. Ridinger, president and CEO, Market America, Inc. "By using this cutting-edge technology, our customers will be able to use their own DNA to create a customized supplement and lifestyle program to address potential health concerns. DNA analysis is the future of modern medicine. That future is here and we are bringing it to the public."

The Nutri-Physical Gene SNP DNA Screening Analysis consists of a DNA sample collection kit, including a cotton swab to collect the sample by rubbing it on the inside of the cheek, along with a lifestyle questionnaire. After a complex analysis of the sample and questionnaire, consumers will receive a personalized report that will suggest possible lifestyle changes and a nutraceutical regimen designed to address identified health concerns.

About Market America
Headquartered in Greensboro, N. C., Market America is an Internet marketing company that provides product solutions through the power of One-to-One Marketing and Mass Customization. Founded in 1992, the company has experienced explosive growth and achieved more than $1 billion in suggested retail sales. Market America has more than 100,000 distributors worldwide and has recently expanded its operations into Australia.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Three Bay Area Businesses Earn World-Class Kudos

Three Bay Area Businesses Earn World-Class Kudos

International Competition Honors LabVelocity and Eastly Arts for Excellence in Corporate Web Sites with Life Science Innovator Guava Technologies

(PRWEB) April 4, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — April 2, 2002 — GuavaTechnologies. com was recently awarded highest honors in MerComm, Inc’s international corporate Web site competition. The Grand Award winner in the healthcare division of MerComm’s 2001 iNova awards, www. guavatechnologies. com bested 17 other industry-specific category champs, earning the title “Best Corporate Web Site”. One of 3,500 entries that the prestigious MerComm awards draw from around the globe every year, the world-class site combines the strengths of three San Francisco Bay Area businesses. This exemplary Web site presents Guava Technologies’ own corporate and customer-focused information using custom Web content-management software powered by life science technology leader LabVelocity, Inc. (www. labvelocity. com) and an aesthetic experience designed by the creative talent at Eastly Arts (www. eastlyarts. com).

The winning trio — comprising client, full-service solution-provider and designer — developed Guava Technologies, Inc.’s site to manage and present wide variety of product data and company information. Targeted to the life science research community, the site leverages Eastly Arts’ creative savvy and intimacy with Guava’s brand with LabVelocity’s technical skill and expertise in the life science industry. The result is a corporate Web site that is both a user-friendly, content-rich marketing tool and a valuable resource for industry researchers.

As a leading provider of software and technology services for the life science industry, LabVelocity was the ideal candidate to architect and deploy a customized Web content-management solution for Guava. LabVelocity’s scientist-designed technologies enable Guava’s customers to easily find the product information they need, while LabVelocity’s user-friendly Web-based tools enable Guava to maintain all of its own Web content — from product information to press releases and promotions — in real-time. LabVelocity’s tools dynamically publish Guava’s content to a front-end presentation art-directed and produced by Eastly Arts.

As the communication arts firm responsible for launching GuavaÂ’s visual brand in 2000 and sustaining it across corporate collateral, advertising and other brand expressions, Eastly Arts translated GuavaÂ’s compelling look and feel into a memorable and engaging experience for site users. Clarity prevails in this feature-packed site, with Eastly ArtsÂ’ front-end artistry matching the sophistication of LabVelocityÂ’s science-driven back-end solution.

The work of these local enterprises enables scientists around the world to easily find information on Guava TechnologiesÂ’ innovative offerings, including its proprietary cell analysis systems. As iNova judges have determined, www. guavatechnologies. com sets the gold standard for excellence in corporate Web sites around the world.

About Guava Technologies

Founded in 1998, and based in Hayward, Calif., Guava Technologies is a biotechnology company whose core technologies are in cell-based research and drug discovery. Its first commercial product is a proprietary, microliter scale bench top cellular analysis system, and the Guava Viacount®, Guava NexinTM and Guava ExpressTM cell analysis solutions. Guava develops and manufactures its proprietary systems and sells them to the life science research and development markets. Privately owned, Guava has raised $27 million of funding to date. More information about the company and its products is available at www. guavatechnologies. com.

About LabVelocity

LabVelocity is a leading provider of information management software and technology services for the life science industry. The company’s Catalyst Technology Platform™ includes two suites of products —MarketCatalyst™ for suppliers of laboratory research products and ResearchCatalyst™ for research institutions, pharmaceutical and biotech companies. LabVelocity’s applications are available as Web-based application services and as enterprise solutions. The company's public Web site, www. labvelocity. com, showcases the powerful technology supporting LabVelocity’s products and services. The privately held company is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

About Eastly Arts

San Francisco-based Eastly Arts (www. eastlyarts. com) helps businesses powerfully express their unique contributions to their clients, constituents and communities. An award-winning creative services firm, Eastly Arts specializes in developing strategic visual communication programs that align a businessÂ’ internal resources with its mission and values. With an approach that remembers that spirit is as important to work as mind and body, Eastly ArtsÂ’ unique combination of arts creates results for clients, while seeking to return joy to its natural place alongside labor.


Alison Martin 

LabVelocity, Inc. 

(415) 901-8009 

Elka Eastly

Eastly Arts

(415) 837-1809

Thursday, November 19, 2009

EDEN® Wild Rice: Best Go-To Grain Vegetarian Times, Sept. '09

EDEN® Wild Rice: Best Go-To Grain Vegetarian Times, Sept. '09

EDEN Wild Rice received an award from Vegetarian Times September 2009 after readers cast more than 36,000 votes identifying 125 worthy food purchases and their top 25 picks. It is announced in their October magazine issue.

Clinton, Michigan (Vocus) September 24, 2009 –

EDEN Wild Rice received an award from Vegetarian Times September 2009 after readers cast more than 36,000 votes identifying 125 worthy food purchases and their top 25 picks. It is announced in their October magazine issue.

In the PANTRY PLEASERS Go-To Grains category readers voted EDEN Wild Rice No. 1 saying, “If plain brown rice is your only go-to grain, it’s time to branch out. EDEN Wild Rice takes first place for its unique earthy flavors, and fabulous texture.” 

EDEN Wild Rice is hand harvested in canoes from northern Minnesota lakes by the Leech Lake band of Ojibwe. Wood fire parching imparts a mild nutty flavor and offers the experience of true wild rice – light, fluffy, and sweet. It cooks in 30 to 35 minutes.

Eden considers it No. 1 too, because it’s the best we have tasted or found anywhere.

EDEN Wild Rice is rare authentic wild rice. State and tribal law distinguish authentic wild rice as Native harvested using the non-mechanized methods that have been handed down through generations for over a thousand years. Authentic wild rice is in danger of contamination from domesticated, hybrid strains. EDEN Wild Rice supports the traditional culture and helps preserve this age old crop and harvesting style.

EDEN Wild Rice is 100 percent whole grain, Wheat and Gluten Free, and is a good source of quality vegetable protein and healthy fiber. It's packaged in protective resealable 7 ounce standing pouches. k kosher pareve.

Eden Foods is a 41 year principled manufacturer of natural food offering more than 250 authentic, organic, traditional, k, Pure foods. All are superb pantry fare. Information and over 900 free recipes are at www. edenfoods. com]. Retailers, institutions, and co-ops, please visit us at access. edenfoods. com (http://access. edenfoods. com/).


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hostetler Great Lakes Capitol, Inc., located in the Great Lakes region of lower Michigan, just announced plans to build an enormous organization with Plan B For Health

Hostetler Great Lakes Capitol, Inc., located in the Great Lakes region of lower Michigan, just announced plans to build an enormous organization with Plan B For Health

David Hostetler, with a MasterÂ’s degree in Marketing, has been a successful marketer on and off the Internet since 1977. Having built other successful businesses in the past, he is now well on the way to building a million-dollar business and has chosen www.2.Planbforhealth. com as the leading product. Do you want to come along? He is looking for entrepreneurs who want to team up with marketers under a specialized and unique Internet marketing system to deliver much needed Healthcare protection that will be affordable to everyone protection for the entire family for $99.95.

Detroit, MI. (PRWEB) July 26, 2004

David Hostetler, entrepreneur and Internet marketer with a MasterÂ’s degree in Marketing, is again involved in another successful business.

It is not very crowded when you are at the top. The industry of Health and Nutritional Wellness is a very large and lucrative business, especailly for professional Internet Marketers who know how to market. But if you are at the bottom of the pile in the network marketing arena, trying to capture a small piece of the pie, it can be a real rat race.

If you've been wanting to kick up your income a couple of notches and you're willing to change your thinking about marketing, then you're the person we want on our team.

Having had lots of experience in creating successful businesses, both on and offline, he chose www.2.planbforhealth. com because of the depth and integrity of that company's leadership. "I am building a system that will be the envy of every MLM distributor on the planet, one that everyone will want to emulate," he stated.

If you're an MLM distributor or salesperson, you're in a service related industry, or you're a student in school (whatever you are doing right now), this is an opportunity for you to improve your financial position. Even if you are not interested in a full-time career on the Internet, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn just how much money you can make by investing just a couple of hours of your time every other day. It sounds easy because it is easy. We have changed the way marketing works, and this is the new way to do business on the Internet. The world is no longer flat.

The quality of products with which David associates himself and the other people in his organization is always top of the line. They are good solid products from good solid companies with an established and proven track record. "Any company I represent must be people oriented and must have a good compensation plan," he said. "In my profession, I can pick and choose any company I wish to associate myself with. Back in 1977, I was not as incredulous as I am today. Being more ambiguous has its rewards."

If you would like more information about our organization, please visit our website: http://www.2.planbforhealth. com (http://www.2.planbforhealth. com)

You may also get more in depth information about our premier product at the following, grtlkscap@comcast. net

If you think you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and you want to be on a winning team, then you now have a choice. The first rule of success is simply to show up!

David P. Hostetler MA.

206 888 4518

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Top DTC Marketers Choose Obama Over Romney and Palin

Top DTC Marketers Choose Obama Over Romney and Palin

Top DTC Marketers polled at the recent 2010 DTC National Conference in Washington, D. C., agreed 2-1 that they would re-elect President Obama over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Florham Park, NJ (PRWEB) April 27, 2010

DTC Perspectives, Inc (http://www. dtcperspectives. com/index. php)., the leading conference, training and publishing company for direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing, today revealed that top DTC marketers polled at the recent 2010 DTC National Conference (http://www. dtcperspectives. com/website/Conferences/DTC-National/DTC-National-Main. html), April 7-9, in Washington, D. C., agreed that they would re-elect President Barack Obama over possible 2012 Republican party nominees, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Marketers polled at the DTC National would vote to re-elect Obama in 2012 over Romney or Palin.

Would you re-elect Obama over... 
Gov. Mitt Romney?  Yes - 67%  No - 33%
Gov. Sarah Palin?  Yes - 81%  No - 19%

In addition, marketers at the DTC National Conference where polled on such topics as Obama’s healthcare bill, FDA regulation of DTC advertising and growth of DTC advertising spending in 2010.

Marketers polled a the DTC National think Obama’s healthcare bill will raise overall cost of healthcare and increase drug industry sales.

The new healthcare bill will… 
Increase overall costs.  Yes - 73%  No - 27%
Help increase pharma sales.  Yes - 75%  No - 25%

Marketers polled at the DTC National expect heavier FDA regulation of DTC.

Will the FDA… 
Have tougher regulations in 2011?  Yes - 79%  No - 21%
Make social media more accessible?  Yes - 65%  No - 35%
Be more vigilant under Obama?  Yes - 69%  No - 31%

Marketers polled at the DTC National expect modest growth in DTC spending in 2010.

Which do you expect to be closest final tally for pharma spending in 2010?
Down 0 to 5% - 11%
Flat - 19%
Up 1% to 3% - 49%
Up 5% to 10% - 20%
Up more than 10% - 1%

For complete polling results please contact the DTC Perspectives, Inc. offices at (973) 377-2106.
The DTC National Conference is designed to provide DTC marketers with an opportunity to learn from industry thought leaders and discuss the latest innovations in DTC marketing. Over the three-day conference, the more than 550 attendees will benefit from case studies, new market research, media & marketing gurus and networking opportunities. Attendance is recommended for all industry members, including pharmaceutical brand team members, agency executives, media buyers and planners, market researchers, media partners and solution providers.

For more information on the DTC National Conference, please visit www. DTCPerspectives. com or call Debra Sander at (973) 377-2106 ex 221.

DTC Perspectives, Inc. is the leading conference, training and publishing company specializing in the analysis of direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical product marketing. It is our goal to serve as the premier information exchange forum for DTC marketing thought leaders with the publication of DTC Perspectives magazine as well as through attendance at our highly respected Conference Series.

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Health Benefits Direct Announces Extension of Expiration of Rights Offering to March 26, 2010

Health Benefits Direct Announces Extension of Expiration of Rights Offering to March 26, 2010

Health Benefits Direct Corporation today announced that it has extended the expiration of its rights offering to 5:00 p. m., New York City time, on Friday, March 26, 2010, unless further extended by the company.

Wayne, PA (PRWEB) March 12, 2010

Health Benefits Direct Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: HBDT), a leading technology innovator in the marketing, sales and administration of a range of insurance technology products, today announced that it has extended the expiration of its rights offering to 5:00 p. m., New York City time, on Friday, March 26, 2010, unless further extended by the company. The rights offering was previously scheduled to expire at 5:00 p. m., New York City time, on Friday, March 12, 2010.

As more fully described in the company’s prospectus dated January 22, 2010, Health Benefits Direct Corporation distributed, at no charge to the holders of its common stock and preferred stock, non-transferable subscription rights to subscribe for units consisting of 250 shares of the company’s Series A preferred stock and a five-year warrant to purchase 5,000 additional shares of the company’s common stock at an exercise price of $0.20 per share. The company’s stockholders received one subscription right for every 12,256 shares of Health Benefits Direct Corporation’s common stock and 613 shares of Health Benefits Direct Corporation’s preferred stock held of record as of 5:00 p. m., New York City time, on January 1, 2010. Each subscription right entitles the holder to subscribe for one unit at the subscription price of $1,000 per unit.

Health Benefits Direct Corporation has appointed Georgeson Inc. as information agent for the rights offering. Any questions regarding the rights offering or requests for additional copies of documents may be directed to Georgeson Inc. at (800) 334-9843 Monday through Friday (except bank holidays), between 9:00 a. m. and 11:00 p. m., and Saturdays, between 10:00 a. m. and 4:00 p. m., New York City time. Copies of the prospectus are also available on the website of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission located at www. sec. gov or from the company by request via e-mail at rightsoffering@hbdc. com.

Subscription rights for the offering will expire if they are not exercised and fully paid for prior to 5:00 p. m., New York City time, on March 26, 2010. The exercise deadline is a receipt deadline, not a mailing deadline, and accordingly, subscription documents and subscription payments that are not received by Health Benefits Direct Corporation by the expiration deadline will not be honored.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities mentioned in this press release in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. The rights offering will be made by means of a prospectus.

About Health Benefits Direct Corporation
Through its subsidiary, InsPro Technologies, LLC, Health Benefits Direct Corporation offers InsPro software, an internet-based marketing and administration system used by insurance carriers and third party administrators. Through its subsidiary, Insurint Corporation, Health Benefits Direct Corporation provides a proprietary, professional-grade, web-based agent quote engine portal that aggregates real-time quotes from more than 100 health insurance carriers, life insurance carriers and carriers of related insurance products. www. healthbenefitsdirect. com

Forward-Looking Statements
In addition to historical facts or statements of current condition, this press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “Safe Harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the expiration date of the rights offering. Forward-looking statements provide Health Benefits Direct’s current expectations or forecasts of future events. Moreover, Health Benefits Direct cautions readers that forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made, including risks described in Health Benefit Direct Corporation’s prospectus, dated January 22, 2010. This prospectus is available on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at www. sec. gov. Health Benefits Direct Corporation does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in expectations.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Canidae Pet Foods to Attend West Michigan Pet Expo, Make Donation to Local Rescue for Senior Dogs

Canidae Pet Foods to Attend West Michigan Pet Expo, Make Donation to Local Rescue for Senior Dogs

Continuing its mission of helping animals in need, Canidae Pet Foods will donate a supply of its all natural senior canine diet to local Michigan animal shelter Golden Years Alaskan Malamute Rescue

San Luis Obispo, CA (PRWEB) April 12, 2010

CANIDAE Pet Foods, Inc. (http://www. canidae. com (http://www. canidae. com)), a manufacturer of all natural holistic pet foods that are fed and recommended by thousands of certified breeders and rescue organizations throughout North America, will attend the 5th annual West Michigan Pet Expo on April 24-25, 2010 at the Deltaplex Arena and Conference Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Continuing the Canidae Pet Foods mission of fostering Responsible Pet Ownership and helping animals in need, Canidae Sales Manager James Brown has arranged for one of the show's animal shelter attendees, Golden Years Alaskan Malamute Rescue, to receive a donation of Canidae Platinum formula dog food. Canidae Platinum is specially formulated to provide senior and over weight dogs a diet with reduced calories, fat and protein while still providing the important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients needed to maintain health. Made with high quality chicken, turkey, lamb, and fish meals, this all natural formulation contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin to promote better joint health, and Psyllium for fiber intake to help with digestion.

Canidae Pet Foods has arranged for independent pet food retailer Agard's Lawn & Garden in Muskegon to make the donation of Canidae Platinum available to the Golden Years Alaskan Malamute Rescue. Upon learning of the assistance to their shelter animals, Carol Januszewski of GYAMR stated, "We are all too aware of the importance of nutrition and are extremely grateful for the chance to feed our seniors a superior food. Thank you so much."

Expected to draw in excess of 8,000 attendees over two days, the West Michigan Pet Expo features a large display area for pet products companies, and an adoption area manned by a number of West Michigan area animal shelters and rescues including the Golden Years Alaskan Malamute Rescue. There are also two entertainment stages that feature seminars and animal entertainment designed to appeal to the entire family. This year's entertainment lineup features the '2003 Animal Planet Pet Star' winner Johnny Peers and Muttville Comix, the premiere dock jumping group Ultimate Air Dogs, Mark Rossenthal's world famous Animal Magic, and Russell Morris with his 'Creepy Crawlers' show.

Attendees may visit the Canidae booth were James Brown and his staff of dedicated pet lovers will offer free samples and coupons for the complete line of Canidae Pet Foods products including Canidae for dogs, Felidae for cats, and nutritionally complete Snap-Biscuit and Snap-Bits treats for dogs. Tickets for the show are $6 for adults, $4 for children under 13, and free for children under 6.

About Canidae All Natural Pet Foods

Founded out of love for pets and animals, Canidae Pet Foods manufactures and distributes a complete line of healthy meat-based, holistic, all natural dog food, cat food, and gourmet pet treats sold worldwide through independent pet food retailers including over 6,500 locations throughout the United States and Canada. For the most recent information about Canidae and its line of healthy pet products, visit http://www. canidae. com/ (http://www. canidae. com/).

About Responsible Pet Ownership

In accordance with its philosophy of promoting Responsible Pet Ownership through proper nutrition and care, Canidae All Natural Pet Foods is the title sponsor of the Responsible Pet Ownership blog which provides helpful tips and advice for caring pet owners. This daily RPO blog exists as a free service to all pet owners, offering articles from a range of professional pet authors on topics such as natural nutrition, training and exercise, veterinarian care, planned breeding, spaying and neutering, and supporting reputable breeders and rescue groups. Pet owners can subscribe to these informative daily articles at http://canidaepetfood. blogspot. com/ (http://canidaepetfood. blogspot. com/).

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Precise Leads Announces Redesign of PreciseLeads. com, Allows Agents to Redeem Rewards Points and Retrieve Their Leads Quickly

Precise Leads Announces Redesign of PreciseLeads. com, Allows Agents to Redeem Rewards Points and Retrieve Their Leads Quickly

Precise Leads, a leading provider of health insurance leads, offers new functionality to its agents through the award-winning website PreciseLeads. com.

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 14, 2009

Precise Leads, a leading insurance lead generation provider, has re-launched its award-winning website PreciseLeads. com, with a fresh new design that allows agents to retrieve their leads and redeem Precise Rewards points for free leads faster than ever before.

"The most important piece of this re-design is ease of use for our agents," said Avigdor Susana, head of design and development at Precise Leads. "We conducted months of research and usability studies to ensure that our agents saved time when using their self-service account on the site. We are certain that our streamlined site allows agents to spend more time doing what they do best - selling insurance policies."

Susana notes that key features of the re-design include:
 A re-designed homepage with a cleaner design and user interface.  New functionality to allow agents enrolled in Precise Rewards to manage their Points online, including redeeming points for free insurance leads.  A new research section where agents can download whitepapers and other best research about best practices.  Additional content, including information about LiveLeads ™, Precise Leads' new, exclusive live transfer offering.

Susana, who designed and architected every update of the site since its inception, adds that Agents now enjoy a full range of self-service options not previously available online. "We are excited that agents can now manage every aspect of their relationship with Precise leads through the website. Of course, agents can call our toll-free customer support line any time. But many of our clients choose to manage their account, update their billing information, return leads, and redeem points for free leads on their own. We're certain agents will be pleased with the service."

Precise Leads connects agents with customers looking for health insurance, group health insurance, life insurance, Medicare insurance, home insurance and auto insurance.

About Precise Leads, Inc.:
Precise Leads, Inc. has quickly become a force to be reckoned with in the lead generation arena. Thousands of agents have bought health insurance leads over the last six years and the company continues to experience strong growth.

For additional information on their lead generation and marketing services, call 1-866-532-3489 or visit PreciseLeads. com.

Precise Leads, Inc.
Www. PreciseLeads. com

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Burt’s Bees® Natural Skin Care Is Offering the Gift of Well Being this Holiday Season

Burt’s Bees® Natural Skin Care Is Offering the Gift of Well Being this Holiday Season

Presents with purpose and gifts with purchase

Durham, NC (PRWEB) December 15, 2009

Stockings are hung with care, but are they filled with care? Treat loved ones to a present with purpose AND delicious natural ingredients. Burt’s Bees has something to make everyone on your list smile. Whether it’s their well-loved lip balms and shimmers, sampler kits, or custom holiday gifts, the perfectly natural stocking stuffer awaits the whole family. Wrap up your holiday shopping and enjoy these great gifts with purchase*.

 Spend $25 get a free Replenishing Lip Balm ($3 value)  Spend $50 get a free Tips N' Toes Hands & Feet Kit ($8.50 value)  Spend $75 get a free Head to Toe Starter Kit ($15 value)  Spend $100 get a free Recycled Tote ($20 value)

Here are just a few of the special gifts from Burt’S Bees® Natural Skin Care you can find at burtsbees. com:

A Few Favorite Things ($19.99)
This festive holiday kit includes the classic favorites - from its quintessential Beeswax Lip Balm to it’s award-winning Lemon Butter Cuticle Crème – this gift is sure to please.

Bee Keeper ($9.99)
Featuring favorite lip balms housed in a reusable lip tin, the Bee Keeper kits let you stock up on your must-have balms in a fun, festive way.

Polka-Dot Perfect Mani-Pedi ($19.99)
Burt’s Bees’ Polka-Dot Perfect Mani-Pedi offers everything you need to pamper and prep for the season’s festivities. The collection fits neatly in one adorable, practical polka-dot bag for natural beauty anytime, anywhere.

Lip Balm Purse Packs ($9.99)
Burt’s Bees’ Lip Balm Purse Packs are the perfect stocking stuffers for the holiday season—each adorable keepsake cloth purse includes four lip favorites.

Tingling Treats ($19.99)
Get in the spirit of the season with the fresh scent of peppermint with Burt’s Bees’ Tingling Treats gift set. The kit includes a collection of the brand’s head-to-toe peppermint products, from lip balm to foot lotion.

Burt’s Bees® natural skin care products are found in retailers such as Target as well as select drug, grocery and natural health food stores nationwide and online at www. burtsbees. com.
*Order totals are before taxes and shipping. Your order must be placed before 11:00 p. m. E. S.T. on December 31, 2009 and there’s a limit of one free gift per order.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Tobacco Retailers Challenge News Reports on Roll-Your-Own, Pipe Tobaccos

Tobacco Retailers Challenge News Reports on Roll-Your-Own, Pipe Tobaccos

The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association came out swinging today by challenging news reports regarding the labeling switch of some roll-your-own tobacco brands to pipe tobacco by their manufacturers and claims that pipe tobaccos, which have been flavored for more than five centuries, are designed to appeal to minors.

Columbus, GA (PRWEB) November 19, 2009

The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association came out swinging today by challenging news reports regarding the labeling switch of some roll-your-own tobacco brands to pipe tobacco by their manufacturers and claims that pipe tobaccos, which have been flavored for more than five centuries, are designed to appeal to minors.

"The anti-smoking forces once again are getting their underwear in a twist by reaching for straws in their attempts to besmirch our mom-and-pop members," said Gary Pesh, president of the IPCPR. Pesh also is owner of a chain of retail tobacco stores in Virginia. "We the retailers didn't make the marketing switch and we never market to or sell any kind of tobacco products to children."

The Associated Press and other news sources have reported that some small producers have relabeled their RYO products as pipe tobacco to avoid having consumers pay newly increased tobacco taxes at the much higher RYO level.

Among other increases on tobacco products, the new RYO taxes jumped 2,000 percent per pound. RYO tobacco sales have plummeted while pipe tobacco sales are on the rise. Pesh believes it is due, in small part, to the label switch but mostly because many consumers who roll their own cigarettes are simply using pipe tobacco, which, because of lower taxes, is less expensive than RYO tobacco.

"The IPCPR is comprised of some 2,000 tobacconists, largely small, neighborhood businesses that maintain very high standards of ethics and professionalism. We didn't support these tax increases but, now that they are here, we abide by the letter of the law," Pesh said.

Pesh is particularly concerned with the well-funded anti-tobacco organizations claiming in the reports that his organization's membership sells any kind of tobacco products to children, including flavored pipe tobacco.

"Pipe tobacco is marketed strictly to adults - as are all of the tobacco products we sell. It's against the law to sell tobacco to minors. Period. As for pipe tobacco, it has been infused with a wide range of flavors to enhance and provide variety in its taste and aroma for the adult pipe smoker since the 1500s," he said.

The new tax increases on tobacco products went into effect earlier this year to fund SCHIP, the government's expanded children's health insurance program.

"These tobacco taxes are never going to be enough to pay for SCHIP. If more people smoked, they might be enough, but we all know that smoking overall is on the decline, largely due to these very same increased taxes. In a way, the government is throwing out the baby with the bath water by over taxing tobacco," said Pesh.

As for the news reports, Pesh emphasized that pipe tobacco and RYO tobacco are different products for different uses; that pipe tobacco has been flavored for five hundred years and has never been marketed to children; and that the IPCPR fully supports children's healthcare but believes it should be funded by sources other than tobacco.

"Taxes aimed at modifying behavior have a way of backfiring. And the last thing we need is for government to further intrude on our businesses and personal lives," he said.


At-Risk Teens Get Help From Theatre Company

At-Risk Teens Get Help From Theatre Company

A non-profit organization of professional artists, the Unusual Suspects Theatre Group, gives at-risk kids across Los Angeles life-saving theatre experience.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 26, 2006

Every year, the Suspects guide 100 young people, ages 12 – 21, from various backgrounds including: gangs, foster homes, juvenile halls and mental-health facilities, through a 12-week intensive theatre program where the teens are taught how to release their destructive, violent behavior, through plays written and performed by the teens themselves. To get more information about the Unusual Suspects Theatre Group, visit www. theunusualsuspects. org.

The program was launched in 1993 and has had remarkable success. “It’s not like a hierarchy where we’re the teachers and they’re the kids. It’s their play. We’re guiding them so it gives them a sense of their own value and importance,” said Sally Fairman, executive director of the Unusual Suspects. The program introduces the teens to acting games and improvisation exercises through which story lines are developed. After the teens have compiled enough material for a story, a professional script supervisor hammers out a draft based on the teens’ own words.

“A lot of our kids are excellent readers and writers, and a lot are illiterate,” Fairman said. But illiteracy doesn’t prevent anyone from participating. One student was unable to read and a volunteer took it upon herself to record the text and play it back for the teen. The teen has since learned to read and write and is now studying theatre in college.

Volunteers must be flexible, interested in working with kids, and able to follow instructions. It is also very important for all volunteers to stay committed for the entire 12-week program. Most of the kids come from difficult environments and are very tentative. Once a child opens up – and most of them do – it’s very important to keep the support system in place. To learn more about programs within the entertainment business in the Los Angeles area, go to www. exploretalent. com or www. auditionsauditions. com.


Friday, November 13, 2009



The White Center Community Development Association has hired David Schraer as Executive Director and Lisa Phounsavath as Summer Program Manager. The new nonprofit has opened a temporary office at 1725 Southwest Roxbury in downtown White Center. “I am exceptionally pleased and excited to be working in a community that has so many superb leaders and strong external support,” said David Schraer, new Executive Director of the WCCDA. “White Center has two amazing assets – a richness and vitality generated by cultural diversity and a climate in which everyone wants the community to succeed.”

(PRWEB) June 9, 2002

For Immediate Release

Contact White Center Community Development Association:

David Schraer, Executive Director david@inplainair. com  206-412-5376

Tim Healy, President tim@SeattleJustice. com 

Peggy Weiss, Vice-President wcgt@mindspring. com 



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The White Center Community Development Association has hired David Schraer as Executive Director and Lisa Phounsavath as Summer Program Manager. The new nonprofit has opened a temporary office at 1725 Southwest Roxbury in downtown White Center. “I am exceptionally pleased and excited to be working in a community that has so many superb leaders and strong external support,” said David Schraer, new Executive Director of the WCCDA. “White Center has two amazing assets – a richness and vitality generated by cultural diversity and a climate in which everyone wants the community to succeed.”

After nearly two years of community planning, the White Center Community Development Association is open for business and ready to launch its first programs. The organization is initially charged with revitalizing downtown White Center and improving the quantity and quality of affordable housing in the neighborhood.

White Center is the most diverse community in metropolitan Seattle and its large refugee and immigrant population brings a vital, entrepreneurial and cosmopolitan feel to a relatively small, unincorporated community of 22,000 people. The population includes people from Latin America, Southeast Asia, East Africa and Eastern Europe who speak dozens of languages. Among the challenges White Center residents face are crime, poverty, health, and education. Relative to King County as a whole, White Center has twice the rate of violent crime, twice the number of families living in poverty, twice the number of mothers who fail to receive timely prenatal care and almost twice the number of seniors who drop out of High School. The isolation and financial insecurity of refugee and immigrant groups contributes to these challenges. WCCDA’s community and economic development efforts will address the underlying physical and social factors that constrain residents and businesses from thriving. For instance, WCCDA will work to revitalize the downtown business district by conventional means – and may also work to help business owners overcome obstacles unique to people who are not native English speakers and who don’t understand U. S. business practice.

The WCCDA begins its operations in the midst of a flurry of positive activity in diverse White Center. Park Lake Homes, a King County Housing Authority project east of downtown White Center, is being redeveloped with 769 new housing units, many for market rate rental or sale, and King County has commissioned a major retail market study of the downtown core. The Highline School District recently passed a bond issue that will result in the essential reconstruction of the abandoned White Center Heights Elementary School and other schools in White Center.

WCCDA has received $105,000 in start-up funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Seattle Foundation and Impact Capital. Many additional government and nonprofit agencies are providing indirect support.

New Contact Information

White Center Community Development Association

1725 Southwest Roxbury, Number 7

Seattle, Washington 98106


David@inplainair. com

David Schraer

David Schraer, Executive Director, is a commercial architect with twenty years of professional experience, a former Peace Corps volunteer and the founder and first Executive Director of Queen City Community Development, a community development corporation devoted to SeattleÂ’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Queen City has over 50 nonprofit organizational members recently opened the Seattle LGBT Community Center.

Lisa Phounsavath

Lisa Phounsavath, Summer Program Manager, is an MBA candidate at the University of Washington working with the WCCDA as an intern through the Business and Economic Development Program. Lisa has extensive retail business experience in customer service, store management and merchandising. Lisa will be coordinating the White Center International Market, assisting in WCCDA's business planning process and consulting with individual merchants on business issues.

Annie E. Casey Foundation

The AECF granted WCCDA $50,000 in 2002 operating support. The AECF also provided funding for King County staff who assisted in organizing the WCCDA. AECF is a national foundation committed to helping build promising futures for millions of disadvantaged children at risk for poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes.

The Seattle Foundation

The Seattle Foundation granted WCCDA $30,000 in 2002 operating support. Founded in 1946, The Seattle Foundation is the oldest community foundation in Washington State. Over the years, its endowment has grown to over $305 million. The Seattle Foundation makes grants to the people and organizations that are working every day to enrich the greater Seattle area, now and for the future.

Impact Capital

Impact Capital granted WCCDA $25,000 in 2002 operating support. Impact Capital is a non-profit organization that provides below-market housing and community development loan products and grants, as well as technical and leadership training to Community Development Corporations in Washington State. In addition to a cash grant, Impact Capital is also supporting WCCDA with technical assistance.

About Community Development Organizations

The White Center Community Development Association (WCCDA) is a nonprofit organization run by a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Directors from neighborhood residents, business and property owners, service groups and human service providers. Like other Community Development Corporations around the country, the WCCDA will address pressing social, political and economic needs in the community. Unlike a for-profit business, the WCCDA will maintain a different “bottom line.” Rather than focusing on profits as the primary motive, the WCCDA will seek to develop a flourishing community – economically, politically, and socially. Unlike a for-profit business that answers to shareholders, the WCCDA will answer to the community.

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A State-of-the-Art Naperville Dentist Takes Illinois Back to Yesteryear: dentalroots Practice Opens

A State-of-the-Art Naperville Dentist Takes Illinois Back to Yesteryear: dentalroots Practice Opens

Relaxing Comforts, Flat Screen TVs, Bose© Headphones, WiFi and personalized attention offer patients of Dr. Nitu Singh the best of modern dentistry…with old fashioned service.

Naperville, IL (PRWEB) August 25, 2010

Dr. Nitu Singh, a general and cosmetic dentist in Naperville, Illinois, invites patients to experience something different with the grand opening of her modern practice called dentalroots. Following an outstanding reception by Plainfield and Naperville dental patients, Dr. Nitu Singh now announces the latest feature of her five-star patient experience with the launch of a brand new dental practice website.

After receiving her DMD degree, Dr. Singh pursued world-class restorative training from around the country. She has completed Aesthetic Continuum courses at UCLA, occlusion (or TMJ) courses from the Hornbrook Group in Chicago, and hands-on courses from the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). After providing services beside other Naperville area dentists, she went on to open her new practice founded on a unique concept.

“The philosophy of dentalroots is to take dentistry back to the roots of treatment and patient care. It’s bringing modern comforts and techniques together with excellent service, without cutting corners or cutting short the time we take to provide the proper care. It’s offering each person the same level of quality that we provide to our own families,” explains Dr. Nitu Singh.

This dedicated dentist envisioned a different kind of practice website as well. She personally oversaw the development of each original page to realize her vision of an interactive online experience, and to address the exact concerns of Naperville and Plainfield dental patients.

Readers can access a number of new features designed to save time, cost, eliminate anxiety, and increase their level of oral education. “Our custom website combines modern tools with the latest in knowledge and genuine communication. It’s easy to use, and easy to find what you’re looking for. Patients can get to know me and my team so they feel comfortable when they arrive. They can also see a checklist of what to expect with our personalized new patient experience, and learn about the high-tech amenities we have on hand for them when they get here,” says Dr. Singh.

Readers can review testimonials, see high quality before and after cases, make financial arrangements and even fill out health history forms at their convenience. Original articles have also been provided to empower her readers from Plainfield and beyond, with topics like “Effective Oral Health Hygiene Habits,” and “Make Sure Your Dentistry is Pain-Free & Affordable.”

A fresh, up-close look at her actual approach is provided on each service page, and pre and post-operative instructions are provided where helpful. Those considering cosmetic solutions will be interested to see more than 20 different factors are considered in her smile design process, to bring out the best of each patient’s appearance naturally. Readers can also become experts on periodontal treatment, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, crowns, dentures, night guards and other solutions.

The dentalroots website was created by dental-industry experts at Roadside Multimedia, the leading custom website and dental marketing firm known for ‘beautiful, living, breathing websites.’ For nearly a decade, they have helped top cosmetic dentists, dental labs, and specialists including Hollywood makeover dentists, to help patients overcome anxiety and find the most qualified services available to them.

“Dr. Singh wanted a high end dental website that met the budget and created the best online experience possible. We are very excited to see it completed, with new Web 2.0 functionality and a beautiful Flash design that brings the dentalroots concept to life. It also offers some of the best dental information available anywhere,” says Shannon Mackey, Roadside Multimedia’s marketing director.

With an advanced Content Management System, readers can also expect to see the website updated frequently. New topics will cover over-the-counter products, affordable dental options, the immune system, children’s dentistry and more. This Naperville dentist and her team encourage everyone to stop by for a virtual visit today.

Media contact:
Nitu Singh, DMD
4015 Plainfield-Naperville Rd
Suite 106
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 219-1868
Dentalroots. com


Doe Run Supports CDC Recommendations For La Oroya

Doe Run Supports CDC Recommendations For La Oroya

The Doe Run Company said Thursday it was encouraged by findings of a Centers for Disease Control report on health conditions in La Oroya, Peru, where Doe Run subsidiary Doe Run Peru operates a metallurgical plant.

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) August 11, 2005

The Doe Run Company said Thursday it was encouraged by findings of a Centers for Disease Control report on health conditions in La Oroya, Peru, where Doe Run subsidiary Doe Run Peru operates a metallurgical plant.

In the report the CDC said the top health-related priority was reducing lead emissions and called on all parties involved to work together to address current lead exposure issues as well as the historical contamination that predates Doe Run's 1997 purchase of the 80-year-old smelter.

A PowerPoint presentation on the agency's findings is available at http://www. doerun. com/uploadfile/La_Oroya_appendix_g. pdf (http://www. doerun. com/uploadfile/La_Oroya_appendix_g. pdf). The full report can be viewed at http://www. cdc. gov/nceh/ehs/ (http://www. cdc. gov/nceh/ehs/).

“We believe that the findings of the CDC's report validate our efforts to reduce emissions and address the concerns of our neighbors,” said Barbara Shepard, The Doe Run Company's vice president of human resources and community relations.

Shepard also noted that, in cooperation with the Peruvian government and the La Oroya community, Doe Run Peru has made significant progress on addressing health and environmental conditions in the Andean town. Much of it has been completed since the CDC's 2004 visit to La Oroya.

Advancements include reducing lead emissions from the main stack by more than 35 percent since 1998 and reducing total lead released into the nearby Mantaro River by more than 90 percent compared to 1994. In addition, she said, the company is working to complete eight of nine environmental projects on time, including a wastewater treatment plant and solid waste repositories.

Updates on Doe Run Peru's ongoing environmental progress are available at: http://www. doerun. com/uploadfile/peruprogressupdate-env. pdf (http://www. doerun. com/uploadfile/peruprogressupdate-env. pdf).

“We support the CDC's recommendation that 'building the environmental public health infrastructure needed to develop and implement a comprehensive and integrated plan' is the first step in finding solutions,” Shepard added. “We also support the Peruvian Government's authority and expertise in making health policy and decisions, while acknowledging the government's responsibility for historical contamination. At the same time, more needs to be done and we are committed to doing so.”

The Doe Run Company, along with its subsidiaries, is a privately held natural resource company focused on environmentally sound mineral production, recycling and metals fabrication. Based in St. Louis, the company and its subsidiaries serve as North America's largest integrated lead producer and third-largest total lead producer worldwide, employing more than 4,000 people. The company and its employees are committed to practicing environmental stewardship while producing essential raw materials – lead, zinc, copper, gold and silver – that are needed for everyday life. Doe Run and its subsidiaries have U. S. operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona, and South American operations in Peru.

For more information on Doe Run visit http://www. doerun. com (http://www. doerun. com).


Sarah Fuhrmann

877-835-8362 ext. 2006

Http://www. doerun. com (http://www. doerun. com)

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O. C. Practice Expands Staff and Services to Accommodate Community and Local Businesses in Tough Economic Times

O. C. Practice Expands Staff and Services to Accommodate Community and Local Businesses in Tough Economic Times

Insight Psychotherapy Group (IPG) welcomes Dr. Lesley Davis, Ben Quitarte, MFT and Dawn Beechner, LCSW to its staff roster to help provide continuing quick access to services for the surrounding community. The addition of more staff and the accompanying infrastructure ensures IPG can field requests for consultations (counseling, testing/assessment and business consultations) with a "same business day" response goal. Additionally, IPG has added career counseling services and increased its business consultation capabilities to meet local demand.

Los Alamitos, CA (PRWEB) April 26, 2010

Insight Psychotherapy Group (IPG) is a multidisciplinary counseling and assessment group in Los Alamitos, CA, providing services to families, couples, children, adolescents and adult/geriatric individual clients from the surrounding communities and school districts. Recently, in addition to adding neuropsychological testing services with Dr. Charlotte Modahl, IPG has added to their staff roster and product lines to be able to continue providing quick access to services. The addition of more staff and the accompanying infrastructure ensures IPG can field requests for consultations (counseling, testing/assessment and business consultations) with a "same business day" response goal.

Dr. Nicole Stelter, PhD, MFT (Founder and CEO of IPG) coordinates the business consulting product lines. This includes employee assistance programming, organizational development and assessment projects and career counseling and assessment for individual clients and as a part of business outplacement activities secondary to a layoff or reorganization. "It's important to be able to address our clients' work and career issues with so much tumult in the general occupational environment. We're fortunate in that we can include workplace and individual career assessment and intervention in our clinically oriented treatment planning as counselors and psychotherapists" says Dr. Stelter. "Being able to offer these services in addition to adding to our wonderfully talented and diverse clinical staff can only improve our ability to serve our community's mental health and business support needs."

In addition to offering more workplace and business focused services, IPG is adding three experienced clinicians to its clinical staff roster:

Dawn L. Beechner, LCSW (MSW, California State University, Long Beach) is a supervising clinician for LA County Mental Health and a private consultant for an Adult Day Health Care center. She works with adult clients focusing on women’s issues, grief and loss, anxiety, depression and personality disorders.

Ben Davis-Quirarte, MFT (Master's degree, clinical psychology from Vanguard University, Costa Mesa) works with all age groups and with families and couples. He specializes in play therapy techniques working with children, psycho-spiritual issues, anxiety, depression, men’s issues, abuse and trauma, “dream work” and relationship issues.

Lesley Davis-Quirarte, PsyD, MFT (PhD, Clinical Psychology and a Master’s degree, Theology both from Fuller Theological Seminary; Master’s degree, clinical psychology from Vanguard University) specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, expressive art and play therapy, mindfulness and Humanistic-Existential therapy techniques. She works with children, adults and adolescents on abuse and trauma issues, eating disorders, spirituality issues, anxiety, depression, and women’s issues. Dr. Davis also does family and couples therapy in addition to her work with individual clients.

To learn more about our practice and services, please visit www. insightgroup. org or call us at (562) 431-8822.

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