Awkward Moments We Must Choose to Embrace

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Written by Amy Brase

Backrubs are my love language. Flowers are nice. Letters are sweet. Help with the dishes is glorious. But the key to my heart? The secret to my swoon? A good old-fashioned shoulder rub from my hubby. Add a foot rub, and it’s an extra special night. If a little head massage comes into play? Melt! 

Men, roll your eyes and groan if you must, but you have got to trust me on this one. Women, you know it’s true. A massage without expectations? Tenderness just because? Priceless. 

Maybe it’s the comfort level. There’s no one who knows me as well as my man, and there’s nowhere as comfy as our own living room. Or maybe my aching body just needs the attention. After all, hundreds of research studies boast of the health benefits of massage. Or maybe, I just sort of like to be pampered. 



Kari L. Douglas of Ameriprise

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Written by Tessa Slisz



Financial Advisor | Echelon Wealth Partners 

A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.


Kari Douglas of Echelon Wealth Partners is a Financial Advisor who strives everyday to inspire the clients she works with to help them plan to achieve all of their dreams, goals and aspirations by providing a comprehensive approach with creative solutions and strategies in wealth creation and preservation. She possesses the capabilities and resources to provide customized recommendations and support for tax strategies, estate planning strategies, investments and retirement income planning. Through this comprehensive approach, she helps her clients feel more confident in their financial future and well-being. She translates her clients' dreams into plans with purpose. Whether you are focusing on retirement income planning, protection needs, or small business planning, she will work with you to find the right financial solutions to help you bring your own unique goals and dreams more within reach.

If you are the type of person seeking an inspirational, life-changing collaboration with a financial advisor, please call Kari to schedule an appointment. 


4115 26th Street NW, Suite 100 | Rochester, MN 55901 | 507-281-4341 | 800-396-8363

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Ameriprise Financial cannot guarantee future financial results. Ameriprise does not offer tax or legal advice. Consult your tax advisor or attorney. Investment advisory services and products are made available Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2017 Ameriprise Financial, Inc., all rights reserved. 






Dr. Katie Layden of RAK Chiropractic

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Written by Tessa Slisz


Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Katie Layden, Doctor of Chiropractic, owns RAK Chiropractic with her husband Dr. Ryley Layden. The dynamic duo specializes in Sports Chiropractic, Pre/Postnatal care along with Pediatric Chiropractic.

Dr. Katie's passion is pregnancy and children. She has achieved great success helping many children with an array of conditions from colic and fussiness to ear infections and bed wetting; overall promoting a healthier and stronger immune system.

Dr. Katie has helped many women achieve a successful birth through the power of the chiropractic adjustment. She is Webster Technique certified which helps position the baby for the best possible birth.

Although Dr. Katie enjoys working with mothers and children, she is interested in helping any individual wanting to improve their overall health and obtain their nutritional goals.

Call today to find out about specials RAK Chiropractic is offering!

3411 22nd Ave. NW | Rochester, MN 55901 | 507-208-4305 | 




Dr. Lucy Gores of Lakeside Dentistry

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Written by Tessa Slisz


Doctor of Lakeside Dentistry

Lucy Gores is a general dentist practicing at Lakeside Dentistry. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2010 with her undergraduate degree, she finished dental school at Creighton University in 2014 and moved back to Rochester. Lucy is a 3rd generation dentist - after her grandfather and father. She keeps her focus on comprehensive care and patient comfort, and enjoys seeing patients of all ages. 

For a pleasant dental experience, call Lakeside Dentistry! 


24 W. Silver Lake Dr. NE | Rochester, MN 55906 |507-282-8222 |






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Written by Jorrie Johnson

In December, I got to participate in the BeYou Renew women’s weekend retreat hosted by LuAnn Buechler at the lovely Holy Spirit Retreat Center about an hour west of Rochester. On that particular Friday evening, after the sun had long gone down, I drove anxiously into the darkness. The wind swirled around my vehicle, carrying me through the cold blizzardy night. At about 7:30 p.m., I arrived at the retreat center lit with warm lights. I found a blazing wood fire and a small group of women who were listening to a Sister explain the house rules. We sat in a circle, opening our hearts and minds to each other. 

Throughout the weekend, I became calm as I identified and prioritized my professional passions and markers for 2017. I am passionate about earning what I am worth, being creative, problem-solving, project management, work-life balance and making a difference in the world. What makes me happy are living my passions and purpose.



Health, Wealth and Happiness: Your Guide to Getting What You Want

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Written by Emily Watkins Photography by Mike Hardwick Photography

What do you really want in life? That’s a hard question. We are so busy taking care of others that we lose sight of who we really are and what we truly desire. Rochester Women magazine wants to change that for you in 2017. This series will provide expertise from local professionals and give you “homework” that will guide you to DISCOVER your best self. 


How do you know what you want? LuAnn Buechler, certified facilitator of the Passion Test, coaches by “helping people to reach deep inside and determine what is most important to them in their life.” She helps people identify their top five passions and then provides them with tools to stay on track. 

LuAnn works with individuals and organizations to do goal setting and planning. This is great for someone who needs help getting started. The S.Y.S.T.E.M. (Saving Yourself Time, Energy & Money) LuAnn uses can be used for any challenge or obstacle that you are facing. She says her coaching “comes from the heart with love and support, to help people make the changes they want in life.”



Changing the World One Girl at a Time

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Written by Terri Allred Photos by Dawn Sanborn Photography

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." –Margaret Mead

A small group of thoughtful, committed citizens is working to change the world in Rochester, one girl at a time. They are volunteers of Justice and Opportunity for Youth (JOY), a Rochester nonprofit working to inspire and empower young women to improve quality of life for themselves and their community.

JOY was founded in 2012 as an organization dedicated to helping Rochester youth who were considered high-risk for drug use, truancy, teen pregnancy and victimization. The volunteer staff and board of JOY believe that through community support, positive adult role models and transformational relationships, every child can create an upward trajectory for her life. Research on resiliency in children shows that sometimes the only difference between a child who “makes it” and one who doesn’t is the presence of a single supportive adult in their life. JOY volunteers aim to be that adult.


2016 was the year of changing faces. We saw celebrities plump their pouts, nip those noses and tuck tummies. Sometimes we noticed, and other times changes were done so well that it just looked like a fantastic Snapchat filter. Things aren’t slowing down in 2017, and we have the resources and expertise to make sure we look our best right here in Rochester.


I sat down with Dr. Jacobson of Jacobson Plastic Surgery—the first private practice surgery center in Rochester—to discuss facial injections. Dr. Jacobson has a unique approach to aesthetics and strives to be efficient and easy and go beyond all patient expectations. He says, “Really well-performed plastic surgery doesn’t look like it happened; you just look better.”

Aging gracefully on our own terms has never been easier. There are several options for people looking to boost their confidence and enhance their appearance. You can be in your 20s and want to slow down the aging process or in your 50s and want to add youthful volume. Plastic surgery enhances the features that already make us so uniquely beautiful. 


Our intention for I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman this year is to help women feel beautiful. Rochester Women magazine partnered with Katie Kirckof, owner of Glam Beauty Lounge formerly BB Makeup and Cosmetic Bar, Dawn Sanborn Photography and Tracey McGuire Photography to give women mini-makeovers and their own photo shoots. We WILL share a Beautiful Rochester Woman in each issue of Rochester Women magazine throughout 2017.


Renee Thoreson is the daughter of Maxine and Orlo Thoreson. She says she was almost born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where her dad was stationed, but they made it back to Minnesota for her birth. She has lived in Minnesota since the early 1960s. 

Renee has been working for Mayo Clinic for 31 years. She is a prospect researcher in the Mayo Clinic Development Department. She says about her work, “I love research, writing and my wonderful
co-workers. I am inspired by the generosity of grateful patients who want to make things better for others seeking healing and answers.”      

Renee enjoys Norwegian artisan crafts of fine hardanger embroidery and rosemaling (see “Uff-da! The Sons of Norway” on page 19 of this issue). She finds pleasure in making Norwegian desserts and attending Scandinavian festivals. She loves singing and is a member of the choir at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.



Uff-da! The Sons of Norway Cherishing the Past While Looking to the Future

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Written by Renee Thoreson Photography by Jorrie Johnson

Many who were raised in Scandinavian-settled areas of the country, such as the upper Midwest, are or have relatives who are, members of the Sons of Norway. The organization is not just for Norwegians; it’s for all who enjoy the Scandinavian culture.  


In January 1895, a small group of Norwegian immigrants living in Minneapolis formed a mutual assistance organization much like what they had known in Norway. Members paid a weekly fee and received support when need, illness or death made personal resources inadequate. The program became known as the Independent Order of the Sons of Norway. To qualify for membership, “One had to be male, either Norwegian or of Norwegian descent, give proof of being morally upright, in good health, capable of supporting a family, at least 20 years old and no more than 50.” 


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