Healthy Concepts
Kimberly Byrne

Kimberly Byrne

Friday, 01 December 2017 02:18

How families can cut screen time

No matter where you look, screens are everywhere. The proliferation of easily portable tablets and smartphones means many people, adults and children alike, are never too far from the nearest screen. While that accessibility has dramatically changed the way many people live their lives, excessive exposure to screen time can produce a host of unwanted side effects.

Steven Gortmaker, a professor of the practice of health sociology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has studied the negative effects of excessive screen time on children since the 1980s. According to Gortmaker, such effects include higher rates of obesity among kids who watch too much television and difficulty sleeping among youngsters with access to small screens, such as the screens of smartphones. In addition, a 2012 study published in the journal Psychiatry Research linked screen time with impaired cognitive function in young males.

But adults are not immune to the effects of excessive screen time, either. Spending significant time being sedentary and staring at screens can increase adults’ risk for cardiovascular disease. An Australian study published in the December 2012 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that, compared with persons who watch no television, those who spend a lifetime average of six hours per day watching television can expect to live 4.8 fewer years.

So what can families do to cut back on their screen time? While it likely won’t be easy to put down smartphones and tablets and turn off laptops and televisions, the following are a handful of ways for families to spend less time staring at screens.

Remove televisions from bedrooms. Parents may find it impossible to gauge, much less control, how much time their kids spend watching television when youngsters have TV’s in their bedrooms. Though this will likely be met with considerable resistance, remove televisions from bedrooms in your home. Set a positive example for kids by removing your own bedroom television as well. Come kids’ bedtimes, make sure all devices, including smartphones and tablets, are left in common areas of the home rather than bedrooms so kids are not tempted to watch videos instead of falling asleep.

Institute a “no screens” rule during meals. Many parents grew up in households that did not allow televisions to be on during meals, and while the times might have changed with respect to the technology, similar rules can still prevail today. A “no screens” rule during meals gives parents and their kids time to catch up, bond and foster stronger relationships.

Do not use the television for background noise. Turn the television off when it’s serving as just background noise. If you need background noise, turn on some music instead.

Log screen time. Logging screen time for each member of the family can provide an estimate of just how much time the whole family spends staring at screens. Encourage each member of the family to spend as much time being physically active as he or she spends staring at screens. Set goals for each member of the family to reduce their screen time, even rewarding those who reach their goals.

Reducing screen time can improve overall health and help family members reconnect with one another. 

Source: MetroCreative Connection.

Friday, 01 December 2017 02:12

Komorebi & Co.

In the lower level of a modest-looking office building, directly next to the Appleton Post Office and just a few blocks behind the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, you will find a 3,000 square foot subterranean oasis called Komorebi & Co., a new massage therapy, bodywork, waxing, and esthetics studio. While Komorebi & Co. is a new player in the Fox Cities wellness scene, they are already making their footprint in the community as an establishment committed to natural and organic ingredients, and dedicated to a culture of inclusivity.

“What makes Komorebi & Co. different is the fundamental character of our business. All body types, all gender identities, all skin colors, all sexual orientations, all beliefs and all backgrounds are invited to use Komorebi & Co. services and products. We believe everyone deserves access to serenity and health in a judgement-free environment,” the company’s founder, Michelle Vandeyacht, says.

As an ingredient enthusiast with a deep-rooted commitment to animals and the environment, Vandeyacht, a successful massage therapist and esthetician in her own right, is well-qualified to bring you the absolute best that this industry has to offer.

“Another major difference that we are proud of is that all of our products are 100 percent vegetarian, free from chemicals and gluten, and nothing is ever tested on animals. We can also tailor nearly every service to a vegan lifestyle and successfully work around allergies and sensitivities. We carefully select product lines of the highest quality after extensive research into each product brand, as well as the ethics and business practices of the particular company. We are keen on partnering with companies who share a common ethos, all while taking the guesswork out for our clients.”

Komorebi’s approach to skin care starts with ingredients that clients can pronounce. “We believe in achieving results without added ‘garbage’ ingredients. Our skin care line, ilike Organics, was chosen because of sustainable farming and harvesting practices, ecological and social responsibility, and their cruelty-free affirmation. The entire line uses whole, raw fruit and vegetable pulps, and is free from GMOs, synthetic preservatives, artificial coloring, synthetic thickening agents or other controversial ingredients. We think ingredient transparency is of unequivocal importance.”

Komorebi & Co. offers distinctive services and products available at a price point consistent with that which can be expected in the Fox Cities. The facility has five treatment rooms, a dedicated together/couples massage room, as well as a large classroom space available for public events. As the new year approaches, Komorebi & Co. will be expanding their product and service menu to include a variety of organic body wraps, an all-natural Australian wildflower makeup line called Zuii, an infrared sauna, and more educational and wellness classes and offerings for the community.

Other amenities include: free off-street parking, gift cards, easy online booking, and corporate and special event on-site chair massage.

All of the services at Komorebi & Co. are provided by licensed, insured and well-qualified staff. The massage therapy team alone has amassed over 40 years of experience and dedication to their field. They care, listen and treat you with respect for the duration of your visit and are big on client education. Komorebi & Co. is an Appleton Downtown, Inc. business, is a member of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and looks forward to partnering and making connections with other area organizations and businesses.

“I am proud to serve the community through this entrepreneurship, and humbled to do so while surrounded by some of the Valley’s best therapists,” Michelle says. 

All new clients to Komorebi & Co. can enjoy $10 off their first massage or organic facial service!

Komorebi & Co.

500 W. Franklin Street, Appleton


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Friday, 01 December 2017 02:08

Jane uses thermography to dispel concerns

Back when I was 30, I answered most of my medical history questions with a “no.” Does anyone in your immediate family have a history of diabetes? No. Does anyone in your family have a history of breast cancer? No. Fast forward 20 years and now the answer is “yes.”

It’s funny, as my parents got older and my siblings and I grew up all of a sudden the things they hid from us all those years started to come out. I know now I have a history of alcoholism, diabetes, stroke and cancer running in my family. It all started when my father, who has since passed away from cancer, thought it best to inform me that I should really heed my doctor’s suggestion that I get a colonoscopy at age 50 since both grandparents on my mother’s side had colon cancer. That was surprise number one. He then let it slip that my aunt (his sister) had breast cancer followed by a stroke. Surprise number two. Of course, that was when I pressed him for more dirt on the rest of the family lineage and all the other surprises came out. I took my notes, and wasn’t really too concerned until my mother found a lump in her breast in 2011 and passed away in 2013, possibly from complications of breast cancer and the other health issues. This was closer to home for me than some distant relative in another state that I never knew.

Since I have always been an avid reader, I was aware of thermography as a viable means of detecting the early stages of breast cancer. Thermography uses infrared thermal imaging, which finds thermal abnormalities in the area being scanned. For instance, cancer cells multiply faster than normal cells and cancer has a blood supply, which shows elevated heat. There is an increase of temperature in those areas that will show up in a scan before the cells would be discovered by a self-exam or mammogram. It sounded only logical to me to give it a try.

I scheduled my appointment with Chris Haase, a certified clinical thermographer and the owner of Valley Thermography in Appleton. Chris informed me over the phone what to expect at my appointment and what not to do before a breast scan: things like applying deodorant, oils or participate in brisk exercise, which would raise my core body temperature.

At my appointment I filled out a brief health history form. Then I was given privacy to change into a gown, and sat still for about 10 minutes to allow my body to adjust to the room’s temperature. After that, all I had to do was sit on a stool behind a curtain and either put my arms on my hips or raise them, sometimes pivoting the stool for side images. Chris took her time making sure she was getting good, accurate images and then in no time at all it was over. She then took time to show me the images and go over what the doctors would be looking for.

It was noninvasive, pain free and easy. The best part was not being exposed to unnecessary radiation, which actually increases the risk of breast cancer in the first place! There were no awkward poses, cold machines, painful compressions or standing topless in front of a stranger. I was quite pleased with the total experience. Especially when my results were emailed to me the next day and showed my results were “within normal limits.” Anyone who has ever read a medical report knows that it can be impossible to understand the terminology used, but this report was easy to read.

I will be making thermography a part of my preventative care to years to come! 

Valley Thermography

1111 N Lynndale Dr #202, Appleton


When it comes to financial services providers, people in northeast Wisconsin are met with no shortage of options. That’s why Thrivent Financial — a Fortune 500, not-for-profit financial services organization — treats finances differently. Thrivent guides its members to be wise with money and live generously, which results in healthier money habits and stronger communities.

Thrivent first opened its doors in 1902. More than 100 years later, it continues to serve its Christian members with a wide range of insurance, annuities, personal retirement accounts and investments.

To make the best possible plans and recommendations for his clients, Thrivent Financial Representative Troy Beck believes it starts with understanding a person’s unique goals.

“I have a passion for educating people and making sure they understand the ‘why’ behind the decisions they are making,” Beck says. “No matter what your financial goals are, achieving them requires preparation. I’ll take time to understand your values and identify what’s most important to you, then I’ll provide financial guidance that connects those values with your finances.”

In addition to building strong relationships, Thrivent cares for its members by supporting their most passionate causes. Thrivent provides members with seed money for generosity-based projects through the Thrivent Action Teams program, donates charitable outreach dollars to churches and nonprofits through Thrivent Choice® and builds and repairs homes through a special partnership with Habitat for Humanity called Thrivent Builds*.

According to Thrivent Financial Representative Dan Voss, a fear of not having enough money can sometimes get in the way of generous giving. He says this same misconception can also hold back a person from meeting with a financial representative.

“It’s not about how much money you make, it’s about how you manage it,” Voss says. “Building an invaluable relationship with a financial representative is not an end goal — it’s a starting point and support system to help you reach those goals.”

As a question of time, Voss and his colleagues say that it’s never too early to start that relationship. Instead of waiting until an emergency arises, they recommend planning ahead for them.

“Financial decisions should never be made under stress or distress,” Thrivent Financial Representative Stacie Patchett says. “Make a long-term plan with a representative when life is running smoothly. Then, when life deals you a tough hand, you already have a good relationship in place with someone you trust to make decisions together.”

Beck, Voss and Patchett welcome in anyone who wishes to feel more secure in their financial future. To get started, you can reach out to these financial representatives with the contact information below, or find a financial representative near you at

Troy Beck

W2719 Brookhaven Dr. Ste. C1 Appleton, 920-423-3898

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Stacie Patchett

4321 N. Ballard Rd. Appleton, 920-628-3700

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Dan Voss

4321 N. Ballard Rd. Appleton, 920-628-5500

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* Thrivent member activities, such as Thrivent Action Teams, Thrivent Builds and Thrivent Choice, engage Thrivent members and Thrivent Member Networks in charitable activities, furthering Thrivent’s mission and its purposes under state law. You should never purchase or retain any insurance or annuity products simply to be able to participate. Participation is subject to applicable Terms and Conditions. Terms and Conditions available at Thrivent.

Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent Financial, the marketing name for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. For additional important information, visit

Thursday, 30 November 2017 05:33

The benefits of regular exercise

It is likely you have been told to exercise more, and you know there are benefits to regular exercise. But what exactly are those benefits, what types of exercises should you focus on and just how much exercise are we really talking about?

When you begin to exercise regularly, your body starts to experience changes. You become stronger, lose weight, your endurance increases and your clothes begin to fit better. But these external changes are not the only benefits of regular exercise, internally your body is experiencing changes as well.

Your body begins to use oxygen better and the heart uses oxygen more efficiently. More blood is getting to and from your muscles so your heart doesn’t have to work as hard as it used to. Your body can recover faster after a workout and you may start to notice an increase in energy levels. Regular exercise can also improve your good cholesterol and decrease your bad cholesterol. These changes affect your chance of mortality from coronary artery disease. It also means that you decrease your chance of cardiovascular disease or a heart attack.

Regular exercise also decreases your chance of stroke, colon cancer and breast cancer. It reduces anxiety, depression, inflammation and improves cognitive function as well. Exercise is so important that doctors encourage people who have cancer to continue to exercise even while going through treatment.

So what type and how much exercise should we be aiming to accomplish? The Athletic College of Sports Medicine recommends that a healthy adult, 18-65 years of age, should work toward a minimum of 150 minutes per week, or 30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise five days a week. This is the equivalent of a fast-paced walk. Another minimum option is 20 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity three days a week. This would be a jog, fast run or a slow paced swim. In addition to aerobic activity, resistance training is recommended two to three days a week. Resistance training is important for everyone because it improves bone strength, and can reduce the likelihood of a bone fracture from osteoporosis later in life.

It has been shown that the benefits are more notable if a person can work their way up to 300 minutes a week, or 60 minutes five days a week. The best thing about aerobic activity is that it can be split up into 10-minute sessions all week; 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes at lunch, and 10 minutes in the evening adds up to the minimum 150 minutes a week. For some people, this may be an easier way to fit regular exercise into their daily routine.

The best advice is to start slow, and work your way up to 150 minutes a week. Once you have reached that goal, your next goal could be to start working toward 300 minutes a week to reach the full benefits of exercise. You can make small changes in your daily routine to include exercise, and you may begin to experience all of the benefits, both external and internal, that regular exercise can bring.

If you are concerned about exercise duration interacting with any preexisting conditions, remember to consult your health care professional before starting any exercise program. 

Reference: “ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.” American College of Sports Medicine. Linda Pescatello et al. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Health. 2014.

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 00:41

Wise Woman Wellness — The hormone experts

In 2009, when nurse practitioner Randi Mann decided to open Wise Woman Wellness, she had already spent several years working in the traditional health care system and she had experienced the frustrations many providers feel when trying to treat their patients. There was not enough time and resources to treat the individual as a whole and get to the root problem causing the symptoms. It felt more like disease management as opposed to wellness care. Her specialty has always included women’s health care and she saw many women suffering and knew there had to be a better way.

Randi opened Wise Woman Wellness in De Pere, and started treating women who were suffering with hormone imbalances, utilizing treatments and resources not readily offered in traditional health care systems. Women started to feel better and the word began to spread. The practice addressed other pillars of good health, such as nutrition, exercise, supplements, lifestyle interventions and life coaching. Today, Wise Women Wellness is a thriving center for wellness dedicated to improving the lives of women through a blend of functional, holistic and conventional medicine. At the center of it all is Randi’s dedication to being the leading hormone expert in this area and helping as many women as possible.

A woman doesn’t have to accept the unpleasant symptoms of hormone imbalances like hot flashes, weight gain, irritability, fatigue and low sex drive. There are safe, effective treatments available to alleviate these symptoms, such as low-dose, customized, bioidentical hormones. The practitioners at Wise Woman Wellness have been successfully treating women for years with bioidentical hormones and other treatment options.

Randi has also had great success in the diagnosis and treatment of thyroid issues. She is affiliated with one of the top thyroid experts in the world and utilizes his protocol and testing methods as part of her multi-pronged approach to thyroid treatment. In fact, Wise Woman Wellness is the first in this area to provide Thyroflex testing for patients suffering with thyroid issues. This FDA-approved machine is 98 percent accurate and has provided a much clearer picture of a patient’s thyroid function than traditional blood tests. Thyroid sufferers are often the most frustrated when they arrive at Wise Woman Wellness because they have been told over and over again that everything is “normal” based on their TSH levels. This is not an accurate representation of how the thyroid is functioning, but has been the standard of testing for years and years.

Wise Woman Wellness is dedicated to being the hormone experts. A woman cannot feel her best or reach her optimum health if her hormones are out of balance. Every system in our body, every cell, relies on hormones to function properly. This is why it is so important to find an expert in the field, and if you can find one who is dedicated to the health and happiness of each woman who walks through the door, then you have found Wise Woman Wellness. 

”I feel so strongly about what you do for women and the way I feel now that my hormones are balanced. I am a walking testimony, feel great and look great, better than many of my friends the same age, and want all other women to know about Wise Woman Wellness and the great care they offer!” - Diane, age 55, Green Bay

Wise Woman Wellness

1480 Swan Road, De Pere


Wednesday, 01 November 2017 00:39

Jane uses Reiki to soothe her body and mind

I am on a journey. Not a “pack your bags” journey across the miles but a physical and spiritual journey to discover different modalities of healing for my well-being. Having had a fairly long and at times bumpy life, there are times I wonder: why did I do that, say that or think that?

As I spent time prayerfully considering my next step, I found myself drawn to Christa Chantelois, founder of Wisdom Within Healing LLC. I admit that the name struck a chord with me; after all, who doesn’t want to find wisdom within themselves? Christa believes that each of us has a divine light within us, and that we come from light and love so we are light and love. In this busy world, it is easy to lose focus of that.

After some research, I made an appointment for a Reiki session. I have heard much about Reiki over the years but didn’t fully understand what it really involved. I knew it originated in Japan (the land of my ancestors) and is a healing technique where energy is channeled to the patient by means of touch or “laying on hands.” This helps to activate the body’s natural healing process, which can restore not just physical but emotional well-being. This is especially true if there are blockages in certain areas.

With Christa’s background as an intensive care unit nurse, crisis advocate, community health educator and licensed professional counselor, she has unique qualities of compassion and empathy that I was looking for as well as being a trained Reiki master. Although I was very intrigued that she offers in-nature settings for therapy/counseling, I opted for the traditional office setting for my first visit.

My appointment started out with me lounging in an oversized comfy recliner, sipping sparkling water and talking with Christa like she was a long lost friend. She is one of those people you can just talk with easily, especially when she opens up about her own life situations so you don’t feel like you are the only one exposing your vulnerable side. She explained that during a session she starts at the feet and works her way toward the head. Sometimes she will use direct touch and at other areas her hands just hover over your body.

After getting comfortable with pillows and a blanket, and firing up relaxing flute music, I was ready for my session. I still have a hard time trying to explain how soothing and healing Reiki felt. I felt like I had finally been able to turn off my brain and all the “noise” in my head had finally been quieted so I could fully relax. I’ve noticed that on my own, it is much easier to relax my body than my mind, which made my time at Wisdom Within Healing that much more special.

After my session, Christa and I sat and talked about what she learned. As a healer, Christa is very intuitive of things that come to her as she is trying to unclog areas of the body with low energy, or life force. She mentioned a few things to me to see if I associated anything with it. She was especially mystified by the fact that when she was working on the area around my kidneys and liver she could not stop picturing a lemon. She laughed that she could not get the thought of a lemon being squeezed out of her mind. I mentioned to her that in the past I had tried to add lemon juice to my water, but my dentist had noticed tooth decay so I stopped. Because I primarily drink water and it gets a little boring, as of several weeks ago I had begun adding Young Living Essential Oil’s Lemon Vitality drops to my water for flavor. I found it to be such a treat I practically doubled my water intake. Both of us got a huge laugh out of that one.

After my time with Christa, I felt more relaxed and refreshed. She is a great listener and reminded me that I have worth and a purpose to live every day with enjoyment. While I did not come to Christa with the depth of personal traumas that some do, I know she is exactly the kind of person to help someone with more troubling issues. Anyone who is experiencing distress or discomfort and is looking for insight from a compassionate professional would benefit from visiting Christa at Wisdom Within Healing. Her mission, after all, is to ensure “that all people may remember their absolute worthiness of love, and thereby live their authentic sacredness, know the connectedness of all beings and care for Earth.” 

Wisdom Within Healing

103 West College Avenue, Suite 1005, Appleton


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There are several health food stores in the Greater Green Bay area, all serving a wide demographic of health conscious individuals. There also seems to be a pharmacy popping up on every corner of the city! There are many reasons to visit both kinds of stores, but how does one decide which one to go to? What if there was a store that combined natural health with traditional medicine? There is!

Streu’s Pharmacy Bay Natural: a locally owned and operated pharmacy that has been actively serving the community for over 60 years.

Streu’s consists of three businesses beautifully combined into one; a long-term care pharmacy, a retail pharmacy and a natural health store. The long-term care pharmacy provides prescription services to nursing homes and many assisted living facilities. The retail pharmacy has services for the public, including durable medical equipment (both pharmacies offer free delivery!). The natural health store focuses on serving the health-conscious individual, no matter what stage of their journey they’re on. The integration of natural health with traditional medicine is a concept that has helped many understand the importance of both practices and how they equally contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

Streu’s offers several services other pharmacies do not, like a community classroom, which offers monthly educational classes to community members and health care professionals. Classes vary in topics such as diabetes, heart health, benefits of essential oils, whole body cleansing, weight loss, etc. Streu’s also offers state Community Based Residential Facilities (CBRF) courses, which make getting education credits for health care facilities easier and more convenient. Streu’s also has the knowledge and convenience for patients needing long-acting antipsychotic injections, including flexible hours on evenings and weekends, and a team of trained nurses and pharmacists who are available to administer injections. It’s currently flu season, and Streu’s has the tools to stay protected. We carry a preservative-free flu shot in both regular and high dose. Our nurses can do immunizations at Streu’s (via appointment or walk-in) or they can travel to companies and assisted living facilities. The retail store staff can also help with immune-boosting vitamins, minerals and supplements, which encourage the body’s natural ability to fight back — ask the nutritionist for more information.

Streu’s mission statement is “to serve the community by achieving positive outcomes in health and wellness and making a difference in people’s lives.” Streu’s is a pharmacy that is revolutionizing the way pharmacies can help patients in all stages of their lives. Many progressive decisions have been made within the 63-year history of Streu’s, and the pharmacy’s reputation for quality services continues to grow throughout the Green Bay area. In addition to the marriage of traditional medicine and natural health, Streu’s prides itself on their customer service and ensuring their patients feel they’re being heard, acknowledged and helped. This is just one reason Streu’s has been a trusted partner in health care for over 60 years — the genuine interest they have for their clientele and community.

Take a trip downtown and tucked along the East River will be Streu’s Pharmacy Bay Natural at 635 Main Street. Many will be pleasantly surprised to learn that inside the building are about 80 employees loyal to serving the community, including: pharmacists, nurses, nutritionists and health coaches, pharmacy technicians and delivery drivers. Streu’s has continued to grow and maintain a wonderful reputation throughout the years since its inception and its leadership, high professional standards and innovations have earned the company high recognition throughout the state.

Stop in today and let Streu’s have the pleasure of being your hometown pharmacy and natural health store! 

Streu’s Pharmacy Bay Natural

635 Main St, Green Bay

Store: 920-437-4750 • Pharmacy: 920-437-0206

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 00:30

Holistic Dentistry of Port Washington

At Holistic Dentistry of Port Washington, we recently celebrated a landmark: our one-year anniversary. Even before we opened our doors last September, Dr. Laura Railand was at work building the new practice from the ground up, giving a complete face-lift to the former site of Dr. Steve Carini’s practice in a beautiful storefront in downtown Port Washington.

We take a unique whole-body approach to oral health care, combining sound dental science, modern technology and years of experience with a deep concern for our patients’ physical and emotional well-being and comfort. Our goal is to bring your mouth, teeth and related structures back into harmony with the rest of your body. We look at underlying causes in order to end progressive destructive processes and bring your health back into balance. This does not always mean an easy fix, but we are committed to working with you through all stages of treatment until you reach your goal.

For us, the goal is a healthy body exemplified by healthy gums and soft tissues of the mouth, and the elimination of bad bacteria that can destroy teeth and bone. We know that when chronic infection is removed, the body is relieved of a burden that impacts overall health. We also understand that not all dental materials are created alike, and that you deserve to have high-quality restorations that will improve your health rather than harm it. Dr. Railand follows the International Academy of Oral Medical Toxicology protocol when removing amalgam fillings, and our office strives to be BPA-, fluoride-, and mercury-free (amalgam/silver filling-free). We practice healthy dentistry with an emphasis on total health, using the best in state-of-the-art and traditional dentistry in conjunction with highly effective, less invasive treatment options.

Our team recognizes the importance of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of health. We believe that we are not merely treating a body; we are treating a person. We have made it our mission to share information about all aspects of dental wellness with our patients so they can be active, educated participants in the decision-making process. Dentistry can bring up negative emotions and stress for people, so we work to maintain a comfortable, safe, nurturing environment and to provide all patients with positive experiences. We strive to make dental appointments something you’ll actually look forward to.

Dr. Railand is committed to offering minimally invasive, health-centered dentistry, and she has dedicated thousands of hours to her dental education to better serve you. Her unending enthusiasm for the well-being of her patients sets her apart from the rest. At Holistic Dentistry of Port Washington, we are always looking for patients who share our goal of achieving total health. 

Holistic Dentistry of Port Washington

222 N Franklin St, Port Washington



Wednesday, 01 November 2017 00:28

Bortolotti’s Cin Cin

One of the most fun aspects of traveling for me — whether near or far — is undoubtedly finding and researching restaurants. About 2.5 hours north of Green Bay, Eagle River is a great getaway spot during every season. During our recent visit, my friend and I couldn’t help but exclaim how serene and picturesque the changing autumn leaves were at every turn, and pointed out the cross-country skiing areas and beautiful wildlife that surrounded us on our drive.

We stopped for a late lunch at Bortolotti’s Cin Cin, a new wine bar and bistro. We knew it was an Italian restaurant but didn’t know exactly what to expect. Walking into the establishment, we wouldn’t have guessed that it had just opened in June. It was beautifully and elegantly decorated with a quaint lounge area to the right and comfortably laid out tables to the left. Our server, Keith, was friendly and attentive, and knowledgeable about both the food and extensive wine selections. (His favorite dish is the Jambalaya!)

My guest and I were fortunate to speak extensively with the owner, Jessica, who after having much success with her growing catering company, Jessica’s Cucina, opened the kitchen area for a more spacious work area. Bortolotti’s Cin Cin naturally followed, and we’re so glad it did! While there, we discovered “Cin Cin” means “A toast to life” in Italian, and now having spoken with Jessica, heard her philosophy and tasted her food, can’t imagine a more fitting name.

When you spend time at Bortolotti’s Cin Cin, you know it’s different — in the best sense of the word. Jessica believes in using organic produce from local farms as much as possible, and has banned two things from her kitchen: a deep fryer and a microwave. Instead, there’s a focus on fresh ingredients and partnering with other area businesses to create a truly unique and authentic menu that’s far from the typical Italian American eatery. She also encourages guests to savor their time eating in her dining room, spending hours laughing and connecting over food and wine just as is customary in Italy.

We began our meal with Patatine Avocado (Avocado Crisps), fresh cut avocado sautéed in coconut oil and dipped in garlic bread crumbs. As avocado enthusiasts, my guest and I were curious about how this technique would affect the taste of one of our favorite foods. It was delicious! The dish was very light and crispy, and the familiar smooth texture of the avocado was perfectly intact.

Our second appetizer, the Bistecca Crostini (Steak Crostini), was crostini topped with cherry tomatoes, Italian parsley, cream cheese and chive spread, and marinated steak. The steak was incredibly tender and was complemented perfectly by the smooth and slightly sweet spread. The tomatoes were fresh, and the components together created a very satisfying dish. The Insalate Di Giardino (Garden Salad with shrimp) was colorful, fresh and delicious! Jessica chose their homemade Honey Balsamic dressing to accompany it, which brought the ideal amount of sweet to pair with vegetables like cucumber, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and more.

We then enjoyed the Coure Interrottore (Heart Breaker), which Jessica let us know won the 2017 People’s Choice award in the “Taste of the North” café/grill category. We can see why! This vegetarian dish combines artichokes, hearts of palm, roasted chickpeas, cilantro and onion in a creamy house dressing stuffed in pita bread. Flavorful but not overwhelming, the mixture in the toasted pita bread was just the right texture and lunch choice. Kettle chips were on the side and added great crunch and a salt component.

When the Panino Uovo (Egg Sandwich) — two farm fresh eggs, sautéed peppers, onions, tomatoes, arugula and cheddar — came out we were beginning to get full, but we stopped to ooh and ahh over how attractive it was (the presentation of all of the dishes was impeccable!). The sandwich was simple but done so well that we felt like we were eating something made exclusively for us.

I’m still thinking about our last entrée, the Basil and Sundried Tomato Chicken Breast, marinated in balsamic vinegar and olive oil, baked with a basil and sundried tomato rub. I’ve never had a more tender or melt-in-your-mouth chicken, and the flavor of the sundried tomato elevated it to a level that I can only describe as delectable. It came with roasted cauliflower, one of my favorite side dishes done just right.

My guest and I tried a lot of different items on the Bortolotti’s Cin Cin menu, but at the end, we realized we weren’t overly full, but delightfully so in a way that made us feel satisfied because we had eaten quality, thoughtful food. We were struck by the amount of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items on the menu. In fact, four of the six dishes we enjoyed fit into those categories, and we both remarked about how special it was to find such a restaurant in the area. We can’t wait to go back! 

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