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Written by Jorrie Johnson

Who do you love? What do you love? What do you love to do? In this January/February 2018 issue of Rochester Women magazine, delve into desires and passions of your heart. Read  “The Passion Test” (page 10) and “Desire Mapping” (page 12).  

Last winter, for my soul and social life, I gathered a group of women from church at Dunn Brothers Coffee one evening a month. I looked forward to getting out with other women for stimulating conversation, coffee or wine. (Yes, they serve wine at Dunn Brothers Coffee.) Developing a community of women is what I love doing with Rochester Women magazine as well. See “Community Begins with Coffee” (page 40).



The Passion Test

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Written by Emily Watkins


Getting out of your head and into your heart.

The Passion Test is a process that helps people identify their top five priorities and use them as guidelines for decision-making in their lives. It is a philosophy, a way of life, focused on living those things you care about most. 


LuAnn Buechler, master trainer, coach and transformational speaker, was introduced to “The Passion Test” book in 2007. She fell in love with the concepts and became certified as a Passion Test facilitator in 2010. 

Buechler now helps people live their lives with intention and purpose to find joy and fulfillment. She says, “I wanted to live the philosophies of the Passion Test, and I knew teaching it to others was the perfect way to implement it for myself.” During the training she found “peace of mind, a true state of calm and peace with myself. I finally knew who I was and what I wanted to do with my life.” 



Desire Mapping

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Written by Gina Dewink . Photography by Fagan Studios

Bring Back Who You Were Before the World Told You Who You Should Be

In 2014, Danielle LaPorte wrote a book that caught the attention of so many women, even Oprah noticed. The book, “The Desire Map,” suggests we are setting goals in the wrong order. Instead of creating to-do lists, completing our tasks and hoping to feel accomplished, Desire Mapping recommends we first figure out how we want to feel. By repositioning our feelings to the top of our priority list, LaPorte claims decisions will be less stressful to make, it will be easier to say no and we can all be a little more open-minded and optimistic. Simply put, Desire Mapping is a method for framing your life around your desires. 


Heather Ritenour-Sampson is the owner of Yoga Tribe, a boutique urban yoga studio located in heart of downtown Rochester. “I discovered the Desire Map process when working with a business coach from California,” Ritenour-Sampson explains. “When my coaching began, I couldn’t even say what I really wanted for my life. As a wife and mother, I felt like my primary role was to make sure everyone else was happy, not to focus on myself. I also didn’t believe what I wanted mattered, because I couldn’t have it anyway.” 



I Am A Beautiful Rochester Woman: CaSandra White

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Written by Emily Watkins

Mom, Entrepreneur and Fun-lover

The first thing you notice about CaSandra White is her gigantic smile and infectious laugh. She says that it’s important to have a sense of humor. “I think I’m funny, and I like people who also think I’m funny. I believe laughter really is the best medicine. I do something unbelievably silly every day, so I have to be able to laugh at myself.”


This was White’s first makeover, and she really enjoyed the personal attention. She says, “I was so honored to be recognized. You move through life doing your everyday thing; you never think about someone noticing or thinking you are a beautiful Rochester woman. It makes you feel proud of the work you do, and it motivates you to do more.”

She says it was a “wonderful experience. I just could not comprehend, and I had to keep asking myself, ‘I’m doing what today?’ I was ready to get my Fergie on after the photoshoot.”



More than Skin Deep

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Written by By Trish Amundson

Cosmetic services restore and rejuvenate the mind, body and skin.

Cosmetic procedures are not only for the rich and famous. Several options are less invasive—and less costly—than the “nip and tuck” procedures of the past. According to 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, specialists around the country perform an astonishing 17.1 million surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures each year. At Mayo Clinic in Rochester, patients receive the same high quality of care for cosmetic procedures as is the standard for all care provided by the clinic. 

Caring Environment and Services

“I begin with a comprehensive consultation with my patients to discuss their cosmetic goals and how best to achieve them—everything from skincare to surgery,” says Rachel Miest, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology and medical director of aesthetic dermatology at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Miest’s practice includes providing personalized services at Rejuvenate Spa. Located within the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, the spa’s tranquil environment is the perfect venue for therapies and treatments that improve wrinkles, scars, brown spots and more. For example:

  • Botox improves the look of forehead wrinkles, frown lines between eyebrows and crow’s feet.
  • Chemical peels improve fine lines, wrinkles, skin discoloration and mild acne.
  • Soft tissue fillers add volume to facial tissues and smooth wrinkles and folds.
  • Laser therapy improves the appearance of skin or minor facial flaws.

“We accommodate same-day services whenever possible,” says Dr. Miest, who works closely with an esthetician to provide recommendations for skin care products and spa services. “If a surgical approach is most appropriate, I refer patients to one of my surgical colleagues.”

Healing with Passion and Inspiration 

Dr. Miest is trained to diagnose and treat diseases of the skin, hair and nails. With a special interest in women’s health, her passion for aesthetic dermatology grew naturally in response to the different needs of patients. She has trained with aesthetic physicians nationally and internationally. In a field where there is a significant art to approaching aesthetic patients and performing these procedures, this invaluable experience allows her to incorporate the techniques of leaders in the field into what she does for patients at Mayo Clinic each and every day.

Her inspiration is her patients. “Something that attracted me to dermatology was the ability to heal all parts of a person—body and mind,” she says. “I understand the emotional impact our outward appearance can have, and the opportunity to help patients feel better about themselves is incredible.”

Real Patients, Real Experiences

From prevention to correction, Dr. Miest enjoys every aspect of what she does. She aims for natural-looking results and sees firsthand the significant benefit to patients of all backgrounds and ages. There’s no question, her patients are her best advocates: 

  • An 80-year-old woman wanted to reduce wrinkles around her mouth so her treatment plan included Botox to the upper face and soft tissue fillers to the mid and lower face. She returned three weeks after her treatment and said her close friends noticed her improved appearance but couldn’t tell what she had done. 
  • A 39-year-old woman sought consultation after the stress of caring for an ill child had aged her significantly in a short period of time. With an improved skin care regimen and regular Botox treatments, Dr. Miest restored a more youthful appearance.
  • A 37-year-old breast cancer survivor wanted to decrease wrinkles and improve skin texture after chemotherapy. With beautiful results, an improved skin care regimen was initiated, along with regular Botox treatments. 

Now is the time to consider cosmetic services to restore and rejuvenate your mind, body and skin, and revitalize your soul.

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Patients may call the Dermatology appointment office (507-284-2536) or Rejuvenate Spa (507-293-2966) to schedule a consultation. 

Trish Amundson is a Rochester-area freelance writer.



A Day in the Life of Dr. Carol Reid

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Written by Emily Watkins

Olmsted Medical Center’s new Otolaryngologist 

Otolaryngology is “the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained to diagnose and manage diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, sinuses, larynx (voice box), mouth and throat, as well as structures of the neck and face. They are commonly referred to as ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) physicians,” according to American Academy of Otolaryngology website.


With the addition of Carol M. Reid, M.D., Olmsted Medical Center’s ENT department doubled from one to two doctors in 2017. Reid and Christopher Dennis Frisch, M.D. treat adults and pediatric patients for both acute and chronic conditions. If necessary, OMC’s ENT department partners with their plastic surgery department when septorhinoplasty (nasal repair) is needed as part of treatment.



From the Ground Up

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Written by Tori Utley

Women Are Re-wiring the Electrical Industry

From low to high voltage electricians to leaders of large public utility companies, the electrical industry literally powers our daily lives. And while the industry has been historically male dominated, more and more women are finding their place in the field. 

According to the National Science Foundation, women represent half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, yet only 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce is female. Even more surprising is that of the more than 660,000 electricians across the U.S. workforce, only 1.5 percent is female.

For the women working in the electrical industry, no matter the role, they share one common belief: There is a place for women in the field.


Meet Andrea Tarpenning, an electrician and low voltage installer at Foster Electrical a Premier Company in Rochester. A former correctional officer of 16 years, she pursued her interest in the electrical field after a lifetime of being curious about how things work. “When I was a kid I was always interested in taking things apart and putting them back together. I wanted to know how and why things work the way they do,” she says. 



Natural, Neutral New Home

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Written by Bob Freund

Delight for the Long Run

When Kate Jacobsen talks about “timeless neutrality,” she’s not discussing politics; she’s describing her family’s new home. Kate and her husband, Jeff, wanted to build a lasting look and function into their new home on Rochester’s far south side. “I wanted it to be timeless—not get tired in 10 years,” Kate says. 

The Jacobsens chose a blend of neutral colors to tie together the three levels of the 4,950-square-foot house. Neutral doesn’t have to be bland, as many homeowners have discovered. Patterns, shades of color and even sparkle can add interest. The Jacobsen house incorporates all three.


Kate Jacobson, a nurse anesthetist, and Jeff, a teacher for Stewartville Public Schools, lived in a house in northwest Rochester for 12 years before moving last fall to live closer to Jeff’s job. Kate kept in touch with RyMark Homes after being impressed by the features in a model home. “We worked with (RyMark co-owner) Ryan (Ruskell) intermittently for over two years before we committed to him,” Kate says. 



Red Decor

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Written by Cindy Mennenga



Red is one of those colors that gets noticed! Bold, bright and beautiful—red is the color of passion and power. The color most frequently associated with love and romance, red is also a stimulating color that grabs our attention. It’s no mistake that red is used on stop signs and fire engines. Red even has its own special day: Valentine’s Day!


Indeed, red is the predominant color theme at Red44, a new luxury apartment community located a stone’s throw from Apache Mall in Rochester. Red44 boldly utilizes red strategically throughout its common areas by incorporating the color in some of its accent pieces, while in other areas an entire wall has been washed in red. Their interior designer even chose to include paintings with a splash of red here and there, to tastefully pull the various design elements together without overpowering the space. As a result, the overall look is tasteful, sophisticated and elegant. 



Handy Gal's Guide to Home Maintenance

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Written by Cindy Mennenga

What You Can Do This Winter

The concept of home maintenance makes a lot of people wonder where to start. Often stereotypically thought of as men’s work, women shy away from getting involved in the upkeep of their home. Truly, there is nothing about home maintenance that makes it a man’s job, any more than cleaning the house and doing laundry should be women’s work. If you live in a house, it’s in your best interest to ensure it is well cared for and all components are in tip-top condition.

Home maintenance can be shrouded in mystery, so we will be creating a series of articles brimming with tips. We’ll help remove some of the confusion and give you suggestions on how to care for your home—inside and out—as the seasons change.   


One of the most important things you can do to keep your family healthy is to make sure the air in your home is fresh and clean. Indoor air quality is especially important during the winter months because we spend most of our time indoors. One of the easiest things you can do to maintain good air quality is to change your furnace filter. 


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