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Staying close while getting away at Orange County’s most luxurious resort

With all the preparation and waiting that travel requires, sometimes vacationing can be more exhausting than relaxing. After planning an itinerary, arranging papers, booking tickets, prepping sundries, hauling luggage and staying “alert” per the TSA, CHP, FRA, the PA and all the other acronyms – not to mention your better senses – by the time vacation ends it is not uncommon to feel as though you need a vacation from your vacation.

When your goal is to unwind, there is always a strong case for a stay-cation, which means there is always a strong case for the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Since a weekend at the Ritz offers OC locals all the “away-ness” a vacation promises without the attending hassle, it’s an especially attractive option for an uncomplicated getaway for girlfriends seeking a short respite from the obligations of home, husbands and little ones. Within a half hour, you’re in paradise, with no need to leave it until you’re headed home.

RCLAGUN 00378Of course, if you find yourself at any Ritz, you find yourself in luxury; but our Ritz has some special advantages. Most rooms offer breathtaking ocean views from private patios or balconies, and the entire southwest side of the property is ocean-facing, with nothing but sand interrupting the space between building and water. This factor alone transports you; but then it’s all the ritzy little things that make it a getaway.

CloseUpKingBedEvery guest, and every group of girlfriends, at the Ritz-Carlton has a multitude of ways to vacation. Yoga or Pilates classes and an ocean-front fitness center start your days off in wellness; free use of the sauna and steam room at the Ritz-Carlton Spa settles you in for rejuvenation; a Beach Butler Service provides beach recreation equipment including fins, towel service, umbrellas, and beach chairs; access to tennis courts, including rackets, is unlimited.

56473457 7 RF naplesA girlfriend getaway to the Ritz-Carlton arguably would not even be one without a rendezvous with relaxation at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, where therapeutic excellence meets an ocean-inspired approach, using rich minerals, sea salt, algae and water as common treatment elements. The broader resort is an energetic place; stepping into the Spa, the outside world – even the lively Ritz, even the best of friends – fades away to quiet personal peace. The therapists at the Spa are second to none, providing therapeutic and beauty treatments as extensive as the whole body, or as specific as hands, face or feet. The relaxation massage I received was one of the best I’ve ever experienced.

Dining at the Ritz-Carlton is itself a worthy reason to pay a visit any day of the week, but for a girlfriend getaway, you could have a different experience for every meal, each appropriate to the moment: a light, casual breakfast at the Market Place (try the quinoa bowel for a guiltless treat); a poolside snack while lounging midday (the fresh pita and house-made hummus from the Dana Pool Cafe is surprisingly finger-licking); a late drink at the outdoor, oceanfront lounge, 180blũ (the Tequila Sangria is a specialty). Raya, however, is the dining experience that mustn’t be missed.

Raya showcases Chef Richard Sandoval’s signature Pan-Latin coastal cuisine, prepared with sustainable seafood, local produce, and natural and organic meats. You can find breakfast and lunch here, but we opted for an indulgent dinner overlooking the Pacific as the sun set brilliantly. At Raya, every detail of each dish is lovely to the eye as well as the palate, and every detail of table service is expertly executed – all a fitting counterpoint to nature’s exquisite display just on the other side of the glass.

Over chardonnay we shared the lobster tacos, Hamachi tiradito (served on a jicama “tortilla”) and petite lamb lollipops, all succulent ways to start a slow meal with good friends. One of us ordered the miso Alaskan black cod, one of Chef Sandoval’s most popular offerings, and all of us benefitted – it’s a dish that should not be skipped. The halibut and New York prime were delicious, too, accompanied a la carte by the Dungeness crab mashed potatoes (a special recommendation by our server that was the perfect complement to all our main courses). Dessert was an adventure – the churros were an obvious choice, but we were also glad our server suggested the pineapple upside down cake with homemade coconut ice cream, which was like Maui on a plate.

The cod at Raya, the ocean-inspired spa experience, the floor-to-ceiling views, and the prime beach location are all uniquely OC; but take away the “Laguna Niguel” and you still have “Ritz-Carlton,” which is always a compelling option for a vacation-away-from-vacation – with girlfriends, or otherwise.


This Summer at the Ritz-Carlton

You don’t have to stay overnight to enjoy the beauty of the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel this summer.

Live Music & Sushi
@ 180blU
Fridays and Saturdays, music from 5–8pm, sushi from 6–9pm.

Yappy Hour
Thursday, July 27, 5–8pm
Thursday, August 24, 5–8pm
Thursday, September 28, 5–8pm

For people and their pooches! Haute hounds enjoy lapping up libations, thanks to water in his favorite flavor – bacon, chicken, beef or vegan – while human guests relax with a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, or Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon. Cocktails, beer and a selection of barbecue items available for purchase. Proceeds support The Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.

Italian-Inspired Seafood Celebration
Friday, July 28, 6–9pm

Along with the fresh seafood, a cheesemaker will hand select cheese, as well as educate guests about different cheeses and how to incorporate them into a menu. A selection of wines will complement the evening. $95/person.

A Taste of Baja Experience
Friday, September 8,
11am–2pm

This food and wine experience will highlight tapas-style tasting dishes along with 15 boutique wineries from the Baja region of Mexico. $95/person.

Germano’s
300 South High Street (at Fawn St.)
(410) 752-4515

A few years ago, a friend of mine mentioned that she’d stayed in something called an “affittacamere” when she and her husband were travelling through Italy. Living like locals, Airbnb style, except that the apartments were actually owned by locals, and there was no way to find them on Airbnb. Having an authentic Italian experience outside of the hustle of Rome is difficult to find, but Germano’s Piattini is one of those places. Created as a “terzo”, or a home away from home and work, the restaurant’s signature dishes - like Polpette alla Nonna, come straight from your Italian grandmother’s recipe book. Including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, Germano’s restaurant, bar, and cabaret is ready to welcome you home.


Miss ShirleyMiss Shirley’s
750 E. Pratt St.
(410) 528-5373

It is tough to find someone who adores breakfast food more than I do. However, established in 2005 by restaurateur and Baltimore native Eddie Dopkin, Miss Shirley’s Cafe is a tribute to an inspirational employee and personal friend, Miss Shirley McDowell. It is also the cafe equivalent to my love for breakfast, brunch, and lunch - and apparently everyone else’s in the Inner Harbor. With lines out the door (and sometimes around the block) on weekend mornings, Miss Shirley’s has established its reputation as a Maryland landmark. House specialties like Benne Seed Chicken n’ Waffles, or the Gravy Train Southern Skillet are just enough to get your day going right. And if you just want to bask in the brunch all day? Fix your sights on a house made morning cocktail, and say sayonara to dinner - why should the last meal of the day have all the fun anyway?


Modern Cook Shop

Modern Cook Shop
901 S. Wolfe St.
(443) 627-8032

We always have a go to list, those few places to pull from when you need a standby classic that feels like new - where you take friends for drinks, your spouse for anniversaries, your parents when they come into town and you want to impress them. Modern Cook Shop is all of those places. With a team dedicated to creating a menu that speaks for itself, it’s no wonder that Modern Cook checks off all the boxes on the go-to list. Seasonal, local produce prepared on site every day, and paired with delicious draft beers, modern cocktails, or barrel aged favorites, Modern Cook is the place to go for breakfast, lunch, a quick bite on the run, or the happiest hour with your family and friends.


Rusty Scupper

Rusty Scupper
402 Key Hwy.
(410) 727-3678

Let’s be clear: there is absolutely nothing rusty about the Rusty Scupper. In fact, from the city’s best brunch to the uber-attentive staff and majestic harbor view, perhaps the only rusty item to be found at the table is your sense of dining at the highest level of elegance. Located above the Inner Harbor, with a 275-person seating capacity, the Scupper is the perfect place for after dinner drinks with your coworkers, or the quintessential Sunday brunch, complete with jazz and a complimentary seasonal drink. A menu that can only be described as the “seafood lover’s dream”, the Rusty Scupper takes the guesswork out of finding a local gem for all types and tastes.


FrenchKitchenThe French Kitchen
20 W. Baltimore St.
(410) 539-8400

It has been a number of years since Julia Child made Beef Bourguignon famous. Yet slow cooked beef, bacon lardon, baby carrots, and parsnip puree are gathering up at The French Kitchen in the Lord Baltimore Hotel and presenting themselves, along with other magnificently contemporary imaginings of classic dishes and captivating taste buds all over the city. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the top of the lobby’s grand staircase, The French Kitchen is focused on market-driven interpretations of bistro fare, and tabling it in the historic mirrored Versailles Room, ensuring a culinary experience like no other.

A couple of years ago, Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, California was named “The Coolest Block in America” by the Editors of GQ Magazine. A valid qualification for a street that boasts some of the hippest retail locations in LA, on top of “niche-cool” boutiques and a “contemporary look” at beach gear: (think: mirrored sunglasses). You can even buy a retrofitted beach cruiser and receive a hip haircut on the street named after a late 19th century millionaire entrepreneur and visionary. More than a hundred years after he spent a fortune creating a replica of his favorite city, Venice, Italy, history is still in the making on the street GQ named a clear community mainstay.

Similarly, down the road in sunny Orange County, California, history continues to be made at Bud and Bloom. Established in 2016 under the city of Santa Ana’s Measure BB, the dispensaries’ owners had a “very precise vision.”

bnb display“We wanted to create an exquisite, professional environment where mature, discretionary patients felt welcome and at home,” says Aaron Herzberg, CalCann holdings partner and founding member of Bud and Bloom. Making the list of Top 10 Most Beautiful Cannabis Dispensaries in America, one might consider that vision attained. Together with a group of extraordinary storefronts across the nation, Bud and Bloom is on its way to creating a one-of-a-kind experience for their discerning customer.

“Demonstrating just how far we’ve come in a few short years of legal cannabis,” notes Brett Konen, author of Leafly’s Top 10 list, Bud and Bloom has found its place among dispensaries such as Serra, in downtown Portland, and Barbary Coast, a beauty of “exposed brick, mahogany accents, and brass-studded bar stools” on Mission Street in San Francisco.

BudandBloom078So, for a moment, forget what you know about cannabis dispensaries. Gloomy, garish neon signs abounding. Imagine instead a quietly chic industrial space, featuring exposed brick and reclaimed wood. White marble countertops. Sleek Edison bulbs hanging from the rafters. Unmistakably Californian, Bud and Bloom has taken the stereotype and turned it on its archaic head. And that’s just the atmosphere. Offering top notch products, and an eager, warm, and engaging staff, B & B is ready for your every need - be it medicinal or holistic.

“We’re here to redefine the cannabis retail experience”, says Herzberg. “Our approach is to create an inviting selection and cultivate the customer experience with educated wellness advisors and high quality medicine.

bnb wall displayWe carry an extensive selection of products that ranges from Kosher Flower, CBD Flower, biodynamic farmed flower, to vapes, tinctures, pills, topicals, oils, and exclusive product like 1964 Supply Co. flower and prerolls.”

Reviewing all products for pesticides, dosing, taste, and effects ensures the highest quality service and product, to give the customer the highest quality medicinal care. “Upscale” and “cannabis” no longer have to be mutually exclusive, and with a tailored experience such as Bud and Bloom is willing to offer, the dispensary is at the forefront of the push to create passionate, holistic care in a legal environment for the members of the medical marijuana community to access the medications they need. Sounds like the top of the top to me.

Bud & Bloom is located at 1327 E. St. Gertrude Place in Santa Ana. For more information, call (714) 576-2150 or visit www.budandbloomoc.com


 

The Individual Patient Consultations are an opportunity to get educated on a one-on-one basis from a Medical Cannabis Specialist. They will guide you on what product(s), dosing and route of administration might be right for you.

Patients who will benefit most from an individual consultation include those who are new to medical cannabis, senior citizens, cancer and pain patients.

Your Medical Cannabis Specialist will cover the following:

  • Your medical history
  • Your past experience with cannabis and present medications.
  • Information about CBD vs THC
  • Delivery methods including the medicinal effects vs duration.
  • Product options found at Bud and Bloom that will address you unique needs and goals.

Appointments are 45 minutes long and the fee is normally $65, but waived during the month of August. If you would like to make an appointment you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714-928-9129 to speak to Kandice who can send you the intake form and schedule you.

Yappy Hour, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions, returns this season for tail wagging fun. Dapper dogs, haute hounds and classy canines are invited to party with other pups and pooches and lap up libations such as bacon, chicken, and beef-infused water and the ever popular house-made dog biscuits, while their companions relax with a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, or Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cocktails, beer and a savory selection of barbecue items are also available for purchase. As part of the resort’s Community Footprints program, proceeds from Yappy Hour will once again benefit The Veterans Initiative™ of Canine Companions for Independence.

With a dramatic increase in wounded veterans, The Veterans Initiative™ provides an opportunity for veterans to regain their independence through the support of Canine Companions for Independence assistance dogs.

Situated atop a seaside bluff with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and more than three miles of sandy beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is continues to redefine the guest experience by creating distinctive and unforgettable moments that instill memories that last a lifetime. For more information, call the hotel directly at 949-240-2000 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaNiguel.


2017 Yappy Hour Dates
Thursday, May 25 | 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 22 | 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 27 | 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, August 24 | 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, September 28 | 5 to 8 p.m.

Trusted, tried and true. That’s the reason why United American Mortgage has been successful for over 25 years. Since 1993, UAMC specializes in providing mortgage-financing solutions to homeowners and homebuyers.

You’re almost tired of reading about it but it’s true: the mortgage meltdown hurt more than a few and people are still trying to recover. It’s hard to know whom to trust. With many mortgage companies competing and failing, UAMC has found itself expanding into 9 states. Originally formed to provide for the specific needs of Southern California borrowers seeking mortgage products tailored for them, UAMC has made it their personalized business to get to know and help you.

Hensling DStylePhoto 23 1 3“We’ve grown substantially because we have the ability to adapt to the ever-changing marketplace,” says UAMC President Al W. Hensling. “We are in the home business, the helping-people business. Yes, it requires us to at times work around the clock. Yes, we have to keep up-to-date on the latest products and regulations. We take our clients and what we do seriously because at the end of the day, everyone should either be in the home of their dreams or keep the one they love so much. To some people, it’s just paperwork and numbers. But to us, it’s personal. It’s home.”

Their incredibly impressive, rare, referral-only business model may also be the key to understanding their success, as customers flock just to see if UAMC truly walks the walk. To them, offering you efficient, cost-effect and timely service is just a day’s business.

These days, most companies feel the need to plaster those words all over their advertisements. UAMC doesn’t need to express that they go above and beyond, they just think that it should come standard. “I guess you could say we just want to help how we can. Since our business is referral based, we truly get to know your family and friends.

happy wht familyUAMC continues to evolve with new products and financing solutions to the ever-changing Southern California real estate market. While many have given up the idea of owning a home or even refinancing, UAMC holds to the knowledge that today’s new and innovative programs are making it easier than ever to purchase or refinance.

“After a period of time in which it was extremely difficult to obtain a mortgage, things have started to normalize and lending guidelines are starting to loosen,” says Al. “The ‘Mortgage Meltdown’ created a great deal of uncertainty in the marketplace and made it difficult for so many to secure financing. We understand that a lot of people are scared to see where they stand and that’s ok. We just want you to know that it doesn’t have to be this way. Most of our clients feel the same way. Some people tell us they didn’t even want to find out about their options in the first place because they didn’t understand the jargon. Well, we aren’t the company that just explains things once. We’re with you step by step, no matter what.”

“If you’re considering anything in our sector then consider us the right team for the job,” Al says. “Call us, visit us online, or stop by the office anytime. We’re always on standby to see how we can help you. Don’t let the mortgage meltdown of yesterday affect where you’re at today. We’ve got the cutting edge techniques and knowledge to help your unique situation. We’re ready to meet your challenges and assist you into getting or keeping your home!

As the economy continues to grow and we experience job growth, more families will have an opportunity to experience the ben- efits of home ownership.

“As the Economy continues to grow and we experience job growth, more families will have an opportunity to experience the benefits of home ownership. Clients always ask what is going to happen to interest rates. I really wish I had that crystal ball to answer them accurately. It is difficult to say what rates will do, as markets have not reacted to this economy as they had previously. I counsel clients to borrow based on need and what they can afford. Loan programs are changing almost daily. As we move farther away from the mortgage meltdown of 2008, more and more programs and financing options will open up. But always be wary of the deal that sounds too good to be true. Even though recent changes have cleaned up the lending industry, there are still people out there that are not looking out for the client’s best interest. Families should always determine the experience level of their mortgage professional, along with checking references from previous clients.”

Al Hensling is President of United American Mortgage of Irvine. Connect with Al and his team by calling (800) 708-5626 x110 or by emailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Visit www.uamco.com to view their mortgage calculators to get a head-start. You can also apply online, get a custom quote and read more about the loan programs they offer. If you’ve never had a loan before, consider their handy ‘Loan Process’ tool. They take you step-by-step through what you can expect when applying for and receiving a loan.

Pacifica Quartet with Johannes Moser • Pavel Haas Quartet • Emerson String Quartet & Calidore String Quartet • Ebène Quartet Brentano Quartet with Dawn Upshaw

The Chamber Series, with its world-renowned artists and ensembles, represents the Center’s commitment to providing an array of great music and musical experiences that inspire and engage its classical music audience. The artists and their works are selected to complement each other and to provide a memorable and carefully led journey through the chamber repertoire. This year’s series includes two works by Pulitzer Prize-winning American women composers: the West Coast premiere of a piece by Julia Wolf commissioned for the Center by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting and a work by Caroline Adelaide Shaw. In addition, performances will feature beloved soprano Dawn Upshaw performing with the Brentano Quartet and cellist Johannes Moser with the Pacifica Quartet. Author, composer and professor Dr. Byron Adams will offer preview talks one hour prior to each concert. All performances will be in the intimate and acoustically ideal Samueli Theater.

Season ticket packages for the Chamber Music Series are $369. Visit the Center’s website, www.SCFTA.org for more information about the 2017 – 2018 Season.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts welcomes Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company in an exclusive West Coast engagement performing Giselle, July 28 – 30, 2017 in Segerstrom Hall.

One of the finest examples of romantic ballet, Giselle is the tale of love, betrayal and redemption between the peasant girl Giselle and Prince Albrecht. It was a triumph at its world premiere in 1841, and its beloved choreography in La Scala’s elegant production, especially, continues to thrill audiences. The opening night cast for this Center engagement includes ballet superstar Misty Copeland in the title role with Roberto Bolle, making his Center debut as Prince Albrecht. The music, by Adolphe Adam, will be performed by the renowned Mikhailovsky Orchestra. The Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company tour is being arranged through Ardani Artists. The La Scala star Roberto Bolle, will also perform with the Royal Ballet’s acclaimed Marianela Nuñez for the Saturday, July 29 evening performance and the Sunday, July 30 matinee. La Scala’s principals Nicoletta Manni and Claudio Coviello, recently starring in Giselle for the La Scala tour in China, will dance the lead roles for the Saturday, July 29 matinee.


Tickets start at $29 and are available at Segerstrom Center for the Arts Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 556-2787 or visit www.scfta.org

As an admitted hopeless romantic, those of us who love our 1950’s and early 60’s Rock & Roll and Doo Wop music cannot get enough of the nostalgic sounds of the era. There is something magical in the music.

There is something magical in the music. The groups, artists and duos of the fifties wormed their way into our hearts and have been embedded in our memories, our friendships, associations and our lives. For two minutes, it is like reviewing a photograph or an old movie. It is replaying the scene in our mind that transforms us to that simpler time. The lyrics of many of the songs have helped shape a generation of personal values that continue today. That is why I always end my radio show with a song to remember that moment. Because it is all in the memories.

As you read the lyrics of some of the songs included in this, Part Two, close your eyes and remember where you were, whom you were with, and how you felt at that time. The prose or poetry is better than a greeting card because it keeps being repeated every time the song is played or sung. After all, the memories are in the music!

IT SEEMS WE’VE STOOD AND TALKED LIKE THIS BEFORE

WE LOOKED AT EACH OTHER IN THE SAME WAY THEN, BUT I CAN’T REMEMBER…
WHERE OR WHEN.
SOME THINGS THAT HAPPEN, FOR THE FIRST TIME.
DION AND THE BELMONTS – WHERE OR WHEN

SINCERELY, OH YES, SINCERELY
CAUSE I LOVE YOU SO DEARLY.
PLEASE SAY YOU’LL BE MINE
OH, YOU KNOW HOW I LOVE YOU, I’LL DO ANYTHING FOR YOU!
THE MOONGLOWS – SINCERELY

I’M THINKING OF OUR LOST ROMANCE, AND HOW IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.
OH, IF WE ONLY COULD START OVER, AGAIN.
OH, HOW I LONG TO DO THE THINGS WE USED TO DO.
OH, IF WE ONLY COULD START OVER, AGAIN.
LEE ANDREWS AND THE HEARTS – TEARDROPS

ONLY YOU, CAN MAKE THE WORLD SEEM BRIGHT, ONLY YOU, CAN MAKE THE DARKNESS BRIGHT. ONLY YOU, AND YOU ALONE, CAN THRILL ME LIKE YOU DO.
ONLY YOU, CAN MAKE THIS CHANGE IN ME, FOR ITS TRUE, YOU ARE MY DESTINY
WHEN YOU HOLD MY HAND, I UNDERSTAND, THE MAGIC THAT YOU DO
THE PLATTERS – ONLY YOU

I REMEMBER, THAT NIGHT IN MAY, THE STARS WERE BRIGHT ABOVE.
I’LL HOPE AND I’LL PRAY, TO KEEP, YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE
PROMISE I’LL NEVER, EVER LET YOU GO! IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT.
THE FIVE SATINS – (I REMEMBER) IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT

YOU’VE GOT TO GIVE A LITTLE, TAKE A LITTLE, AND LET YOUR POOR HEART BREAK A LITTLE.
THAT’S THE GLORY OF LOVE.
THE VELVETONES – GLORY OF LOVE

COME TO ME WHEN I AM LONELY. KISS ME WHEN YOU HOLD ME TIGHT.
KISS ME SWEET AND GENTLE, WHEN WE SAY GOODNIGHT.
OH, HOW HAPPY WE SHOULD BE, WHEN, WE KEEP THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LOVE!
HARVEY AND THE MOONGLOWS – THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF LOVE

YOU’RE A THOUSAND MILES AWAY, BUT I STILL HAVE YOUR LOVE TO REMEMBER YOU BY
ON MY KNEES EVERY DAY, ALL I DO IS PRAY
BABY JUST FOR YOU, LOVE YOU ALWAYS.
DADDY’S COMING HOME SOON.
Wally Roker & THE HEARTBEATS – A THOUSAND MILES AWAY

The prose and poetry could go on and on with lyrics and memories but, you get the idea. There is an agonizing awareness that transforms, not because they may be corny or even sophomoric, they are ours. The songs, artists and lyrics called out to us, the audience. One cannot repress what has been learned about ourselves listening to this music. It is in the artistry of this romantic music that causes a response in a mystical and magical way. It is a music to feel, not just listen to.
“Joe D, The Doctor of Doo Wop”tm


Joe D 1Making Your Memories is a commentary on the music of the 1950’s and early 60’s. “Joe D” is an on-air talent for Orange County based KSBR FM 88.5 and is host of “MAKING YOUR MEMORIES” Sunday nights at 10PM. He is also author of “Making Your Memories with Rock & Roll and Doo Wop - -The Music and Artists of the 1950’s and early 60’s.” website: www.making-your-memories.com

The first thing you notice about Dr. Alan Beyer is his energy. He walks fast –trekking miles every day, as he makes rounds in the hospital and in the orthopedic clinic. He thinks fast. Ask him a current sports question – about any team or individual sport – and he has a passionate opinion, complete with a well-thought rationale. Besides his talented hands and medical mind, perhaps that’s why sports fans, professional athletes and weekend warriors have been drawn to him for his entire medical career.

“I have always loved sports since I was a child, but my athletic skills never matched my desire,” he stresses. “So having a career in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery was my way of still being in the sports game. Keeping people active, doing what they love, became my life’s work.”

DrBeyer4And his life’s passion. He prepares extensively for his weekly live sports medicine radio show, Doctor in the Dugout, that airs each Saturday at noon on KLAA Angel’s radio. He studies the “back-story” for insights into each guest and the week’s sports and injury news. He then prepares his opening monologue, typically a hot topic in sports medicine such as concussions or a professional athlete injury report. He then relates his own experience with the subject, offering up anecdotal stories that bring the human factor into focus.

“I think it’s his gift of language and personal experience with his own surgery that makes him such a great doctor, surgeon and radio talk show host,” said Dr. James T. Caillouette, an orthopedic surgeon colleague at Hoag Orthopedic Institute. “He knows what it’s like not to be able to do the things you love, such as golf or just being active. He’s lived it and he’s honest and candid about sharing the struggles of his own health issues.”

Keeping people active, doing what they love, became my life’s work.

A few years ago, Dr. Beyer had his own left hip replaced. “Walking, golfing and standing for sometimes 10 hours a day in the operating room took their toll on my hip, causing arthritis and intense pain,” he shares. So now I’m the patient, having the same fears and anxieties as all my patients do.”

Dr. Beyer shared with the world his own hip surgery, taping a video diary of his pre-op, operation and post-op experience. The videos are available online at www.orthopedichospital.com/video-center. “Self-recording myself after surgery was surreal,” he recalls. “But I wanted to share with others my point of view of the experience as both a patient and a surgeon. Patients have told me that my videos helped them and reduced their fears of having joint replacement surgery. It’s what we try to do each week on the radio show – share human stories about overcoming health obstacles and keeping our bodies active.”

Besides his busy orthopedic practice schedule and his weekly live talk show, Dr. Beyer also finds time to volunteer to the community. “During football season for most of my career, I was on the sidelines of University High each Friday night as a volunteer, ensuring high school players were in good hands if they were injured,” he says. He’s also been medical director for the Maccabee Games held in Orange County as well as the Orange County Breakers, professional tennis team. He currently lives in Newport Beach with his wife and two daughters.

He also been honored by the local Arthritis Foundation for his contributions to the community and has been actively involved in their Walk to Cure Arthritis event held at Angels Stadium each year.

Alan H. Beyer, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon on Hoag Orthopedic Institute’s medical staff specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and total knee replacement. He has been interviewed numerous times for his insights on sports-related injurie by outlets like The Los Angeles Times, The Daily News, ESPN Radio, NBC Sports Radio and many others. His weekly live radio show Doctor in the Dugout airs each Saturday at noon on KLAA Angel’s radio. Dr. Beyer graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. During his residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York, he became the Chief Resident of Orthopedics and completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles before joining Newport Orthopedic Institute in Newport Beach.

Many residents of Laguna Woods are the perfect example of “healthy aging” – whether it’s participating in competitive sports, working out at the gym, or a simply going for a walk every day. Today’s older adults are much more active than their parents ever were, and the unfortunate side effects of a more active and healthy lifestyles can be sports-related injuries and living in pain. To address this common issue in active, older adults, Dr. Alan Beyer, medical director of the Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, and host of the popular Saturday afternoon AM830 KLAA Angel’s radio show Doctor in the Dugout will be appearing regularly on Channel 6’s This Day.

DrBeyer2Dr. Beyer, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and total knee replacement, discusses the causes of various sports injuries, joint and bone issues affecting the older adult, and prevention, among other topics. His Channel 6 segments will include interviews with leading Orange County physicians and surgeons who will share their insights to empower patients to make better health care decisions.

“Education is a crucial ingredient in preventing injuries for older adults,” Dr. Beyer says. “We see older adults in our medical offices every day and they are often dealing with many of the same joint and bone issues as younger athletes. We want to help Laguna Woods residents prevent injuries and remain active. I know how much it means for many to play golf or tennis regularly and to do it without pain or suffering. We aim to help them with good, sound education on the show.”

A longtime resident of Orange County, Dr. Beyer began hosting his radio show four years ago. Each Saturday, he drives to Angel’s Stadium to the broadcast booth of KLAA AM 830, the flagship station for Angel’s baseball games, for his live, one-hour show at noon. The show is the only sports medicine radio show based in Orange County and has generated a loyal listening audience. Each week he chats with sports stars from the NFL, PGA, NBA and MLB and shares insights into what is new and trending in the treatment of orthopedic injuries.

“We get calls and emails at the radio show from many residents of Laguna Woods asking good questions about various orthopedic injuries tied to golf, tennis or other activities,” Dr. Beyer said. “So we thought it would be a good idea to bring our radio show concept to Channel 6 so we could spend more time talking about health issues that can help residents remain active, healthy and happy. For older adults, the social and mental health benefits of being active are so overwhelmingly positive that I think it’s important to ensure they can continue doing what makes them feel like themselves.”

Humorous, talkative and enthusiastic about educating others about injury prevention, Dr. Beyer is the perfect guest host for Channel 6’s This Week, especially considering his own personal experiences. “I’m an active person who also had a hip replacement a few years ago,” he shared. “I know what it is like on both sides of the surgical table and exam room. I also know what it was like to live and try to be active when you are in constant pain. Empathy is a great teacher and I like to share my own experiences with my audience.”

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