For many Americans, coffee is an everyday ritual for helping you get up, get out the door, and get to work. But if you’ve ever looked at your cup of coffee and wished it could do more than help you get going, you’re not alone. Our patient Brad and the people at VitaPerk did, and they decided to do something about it. They developed the world’s first “Nutrient Coffee Enhancer.”
What the Heck Is a Nutrient Coffee Enhancer?
Brad doesn’t take it personally that you don’t know exactly what this is. As a pioneer, he’s used to having to explain.
VitaPerk is a powdered energy and nutrition boost that can be easily added to any cup of coffee. It contains 15 different nutrients, including a boosted dose of vitamin B6 and B12. It also includes guarana, a natural plant-based stimulant that can help you get a little more perk from your daily cuppa.
VitaPerk comes in three flavors: original (does it count as a flavor if it’s flavorless?), vanilla, and hazelnut. The original flavor has zero calories, and zero flavor. It’s not like that waitress who always adds more coffee just after you get the mix perfect–you can enjoy your java just the way you like it.
The flavored varieties are a better choice for flavoring your coffee than those creamers and syrups. They add just 5 Calories to your coffee as well as all the bonus nutrients.
The Best Part of Starting Up
Although Brad and his colleagues love the opportunity to work with coffee–they’re all aficionados who find that their habits have only deepened since starting the company–that’s not the best part of being in a startup.
No, the best part is taking an idea and turning it into a product that is not just something people buy, it’s something they love. They love getting phone calls, emails, and reviews from people who have tried VitaPerk and found how much it’s improved their daily routine. The reward of being a positive influence in so many people’s lives is worth all the hard work, ups, and downs that makes start-ups such a challenge.
We have to say that we’re happy for this product, too. We love that it has so many vitamins that are essential for oral health, including vitamin C, folate, and, of course, vitamin D. Vitamin D is especially crucial because it helps our body process and utilize calcium. Although our bodies can produce vitamin D with sunlight exposure, people in Detroit are often vitamin D deficient (because we’re often sunlight deficient in the winter!)
Local Boy Made Good
Brad lives in Rochester Hills with his wife Kim and their two children Kailey and Kiera. He enjoys outdoor activities like running marathons, skiing, and travel, but he’s also a big fan of TVs and movies. He has a DVR full of programs and films he hasn’t had a chance to watch because he’s been so busy getting VitaPerk started.
Now that the product is out and doing so well, we hope he has time to sit down and enjoy some of those shows, hopefully with a cup of joe.
Meet our patient Sarah, owner of “Little Honey Prints” in Oakland Township, Michigan. Originally from Ohio, Sarah earned her degree from Bowling Green State University then moved to Michigan in 2005.
Sarah’s artistic touch and creativity combined with her love for graphic design fueled her desire to create a virtual store where shoppers can combine their ideas with Sarah’s expertise to create a truly unique product.
As a mother of three, Sarah quickly realized how creating custom designs for birthday parties, graduations, weddings and other lifetime events, can add enriching personalization to make the event even more unique and memorable.
Little Honey Prints is a one stop shop for popular items such as Banners, Birthday items, Wedding invitations, Digital design downloads, Character props and Customized vinyl tumblers, all tailored to very specific and unique ideas. Make your child’s first day of school picture memorable with a personalized Chalkboard poster or make her first birthday cake smash photo unique by adding a high chair banner featuring his or her favorite colors. Whatever the occasion, make it extra special by visiting Little Honey Prints Personalized Invitations, Prints and Unique Party Decor by LittleHoneyPrints for all your custom graphic design desires.
Sarah takes pride in her excellent rating on Etsy and all the great comments shared by thousands of followers and delighted customers and looks forward to sharing her experience with you. Little Honey Prints can also be found on Facebook at Little Honey Prints by Sarah.
Some of the beautiful products from Little Honey Prints!
Ben Jones is a patient at Rochester Advanced Dentistry as well as a famous figure in the bowling and family entertainment center (FEC) industry. In a career that’s spanned 40 years, Jones has transitioned from freestyle skiing to bank loan evaluator, but no matter what industry he’s in, he’s always been considered a leader.
Rochester Advanced Dentistry patient Ben Jones, then and now!
From Freestyle Skiing to Family Entertainment
In the mid 1970s, Jones helped originate the sport of freestyle skiing. He was one of 40 or 50 individuals in the world who were participating in the sport, and they pioneered the sector of the skiing industry. Although Jones participated in the 1975 finals of the World Freestyle skiing championship, there wasn’t much money in the sport, so, like many of the other pioneers, Jones entered a related industry.
In Jones’ case, this was the hotel industry, where he was doing reasonably well when he became interested in mini golf. A piece of property became available next to his hotel, and he began investigating the mini golf industry. He did his due diligence, sitting in parking lots and observing the business that mini golf centers were doing. When he had learned how to make a successful go of it, Jones developed the property into a mini golf course and it turned out to be a great success.
Ben freestyling a back flip at the 1975 finals of the World Freestyle skiing
Consulting, Conferences, and Business Loans
As he was operating his first mini golf course, Jones worked to design others, as well as helping to design entertainment centers.
He started talking about customer service at other people’s courses, and was sometimes asked to speak to the staff. At first he was just helping out, but it began to be such a demanded service that he decided to make it into a business and founded Recreation and Entertainment Consultants (REC).
As this consulting business took off, he joined the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). He developed many connections through them, and under their auspices he put on the first FEC conference that was oriented toward experienced managers. Then he developed his own conference called F2FEC that focused on specific themes in a large group setting.
Ben and his extended family
Then he was approached by a friend about Live Oak banks, which was seeking to develop niche financing divisions, including a division oriented toward loans to FECs. After showing that he truly understood the industry with a state of the industry prospectus and a tour of various FECs, Jones was tapped to be the face of this loan program.
He now helps FECs understand what their business needs to do to become finance-able. This helps them escape the trap that many face: they are local institutions and are unable to expand because all their financing is local. He also advises the bank on which businesses are good investments and should be granted a loan.
At Rochester Advanced Dentistry, we are happy to have Jones at our practice and we always enjoy the visits of this skilled raconteur and successful businessman.
We like to occasionally highlight one of our patients who have local businesses on our website and Facebook page. Today’s Patient Spotlight is about Lauren Yacteen…
Patient Spotlight: Lauren Yacteen
Lauren (right) and her family
I’m from Ohio but have called Rochester MI my home for the past 24 years. I am a registered nurse and work at Beaumont hospital in Maternal Child Health (Labor & Delivery and NICU). That is where this business was born out of necessity you could say.
My coworkers and I would not take long enough breaks to go the cafeteria for lunches and dinners so therefore we brought food from home to work. I would bring my homemade hummus and fattoush salad and they fell in love with them. My nurse and doctor friends encouraged me to bring it to work and sell it. So I did and it took off. I leased a space, built a commercial kitchen and prepare and package everything myself.
My company, Bekka Valley, was born right in the labor and delivery department at Beaumont hospital! My husband and kids help out and they are so supportive. Bekka Valley is named after the region in Lebanon where our family is from. A beautiful area between the mountains where the soil is rich and fertile.
Married to my hubby and love of my life, Hamoudy, for 25 years. I have 4 children ages 21,19,16 &13 who all help out at Bekka Valley in various rolls from helping cook, package, and deliver goods to manning the farmers market booths.I continue to work at Beaumont a couple of shifts a month because i love it so much but I work 5-7 days a week at my commercial kitchen.
You can check out our website at Bekka Valley Mediteranian Foods (www.bekkavalley.com) for further info on our company, where you can purchase products or order. We also cater events and lunches. you can like us on Facebook, and follow us on instagram.
We were recently featured on WXYZ news Mom’s a Genius” segment with JoAnne Purtan. Click here to view, or watch below!
Neil and Carie started dating in 1996 at the tender age of 14. While many of us can’t even remember the names of our high school flames, Neil and Carie found true love. They were married in a beautiful June wedding in 2004 on a little island in Grand Ledge, Michigan.
As a young married couple, they moved to the Detroit Metro Area in 2006, and joined the Kensington Community Church. Alone in a new city, they joined a young married group at the church and found it more than a social group–it deepened their appreciation of love and especially marriage.
Since joining that small group, they have been studying marriage as one of the most important and beautiful aspects of life. When two people commit their lives to one another, it’s an impossibly romantic statement against all the potential disasters in life. And from that blessed union come so many other beautiful aspects of a relationship: the deepening enrichment of love with time, the creation of a family, and the endless riches that are children.
Following a Passion for Photography
Carie has always had a passion for photography. She studies Photographic Imaging at Lansing Community College, and began taking on side photographic projects, with Neil’s help. Neil encouraged her to pursue her dreams, so in 2009 they founded Coscarelli Photography.
With a mediocre day job in insurance and a true passion in photography that was turning into a viable business, Carie felt God was encouraging her to leave her day job and pursue her passion. She was also encouraged in her calling by Neil and friends who supported her decision to pursue an extraordinary life as a photographer.
Coscarelli Photography does a full range of professional photographs for all occasions, such as engagements, family portraits, graduating seniors, professional portraits, real estate, and corporate photography. But, of course, their true passion is wedding photography, and they feel blessed whenever they are able to take part in this loving, joyful occasion.
Follow Your Passion
As dentists who are passionate about our calling, we can definitely recognize the drive that Carie feels and appreciate the support that Neil and others have given her. We encourage people to pursue their own passions, and to always work with passionate professionals whose craft and care comes not just from their hands, but from their heart as well.
If you are looking for a passionate dentist in Rochester, we invite you to visit our office. Please call (248) 656-2020 for an appointment at Rochester Advanced Dentistry.
Rochester Advanced Dentistry is happy to announce that one of our former patients, Kelsey Rose Andridge, will be coming through Rochester with the ArtsPower National Touring Company’s production of Are You My Mother? Performances will be at the Meadowbrook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University, on Saturday April 2 at 10 am and 1pm. Click here to purchase tickets. People who are interested can also investigate performances in Clinton County, MI, on Wednesday, March 30.
A Rising Star
Kelsey is a Rochester, MI native who moved to New York to attend New York University. Recently graduated, she has been working with the ArtsPower production company. In the fall, she starred in the company’s production of Madeline and the Bad Hat, playing Madeline.
Now Kelsey is happy and proud to return to her hometown in the production of Are You My Mother? She plays the lead role of Baby Bird, a role that showcases her acting, singing, and exuberant spirit.
Although Kelsey is now based in NYC, we still consider her part of our extended dental family and expect to see her career grow.
A Fun and Inspirational Production
We’re also excited to see Kelsey in this production. Are You My Mother? Is based on the picture book of the same name by author P. D. Eastman. The book has been named one of the 100 best children’s books of all time, and the production expands and enriches its simple premise while staying true to the spirit of this classic.
The basic plot is that Baby Bird hatches from her egg to find that her mother is not in the nest. Baby Bird doesn’t realize that her mother has gone to look for food, and the spirited little bird decides to go look for her. Although Baby Bird can’t fly, she can walk, and as she walks in search of her mother she encounters a Kitten, a Hen, and a Dog. This literally and figuratively colorful cast of characters helps Baby Bird find her mother.
This performance is specifically directed at children who are preschool-aged to second graders. Full of delightful songs, important lessons, and challenging puzzles that kids can help solve, the performance is both uplifting and educational. For parents who wish them, appropriate educational materials are available for download here.
A Great Smile Is a Great Start
We were so delighted to have Kelsey as our patient, and we are proud of what she has accomplished. We know this is just the beginning of her career and that with a smile as warm, friendly, and attractive as hers, we expect to see more great things in the future from Kelsey.
Potential patients who are interested in joining our dental family should call (248) 656-2020 today for an appointment at Rochester Advanced Dentistry.
Wanderlust Boutique opened its doors to the public in October 2013 to the charming community of Rochester, Michigan. Co-owners Ally and Denise Martin are a mother /daughter team with a dream of owning and operating a whimsical fashion boutique offering unique and trendy fashions for women and men at affordable prices. They feel that their variety of inventory provides their customers with a complete ensemble for a one stop shopping experience. Wanderlust forms respectful relationships with their customers, getting to know their personal styles to ensure their fashions meet the needs of their customers.
Meet our patient Scott, who recently launched a new business called Pure Food Company. His first product is a plant-based, all-natural protein powder called Pure Food Probiotic Protein. Here are three reasons Scott says his product is better than any protein powder on the market!
1. The Ingredients. 100% raw, organic, vegan, real food ingredients. No highly processed fillers, GMOs, “natural flavors,” artificial sweeteners, corn, soy, dairy, etc. 20 grams of clean, organic plant protein (brown rice, pea, and hemp). It’s the cleanest, healthiest protein powder you’ll find.
2. The Probiotic. The first and only vegan probiotic of its kind with FDA GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status. This patented strain survives stomach acid (94% of probiotics do not), is backed by 17 clinical studies, and can help support a healthy gut and immune system.
3. The Impact. Pure Food Company five meals to hungry families in need for every bag sold through their partnership with Feeding America and Forgotten Harvest.
Scott grew up in Rochester and went to Brewster Elementary, Van Hoosen Middle School, Rochester Adams High School, and Michigan State University. He currently lives in Rochester Hills with his wife of 6 years Julie and their 10-month old baby boy, Matthew. Scott's been a patient at Doolin-Haddad for over 25 years.
Please take a moment and visit our patient Bob's KICKSTARTER site and learn about his Michigan start-up company BRITEDROPS!
With a lot of anticipation, I announce to you the launch of our 45 day KICKSTARTER crowd funding campaign for my new Michigan start-up company BRITEDROPS! We are launching a unique line of decorative lighting products for the home. It is a fun and low cost consumer product that instantly decorates the open light bulb fixtures in your garages, basements, hallways and closets. They install in seconds without any tools!
By clicking this link: KICKSTARTER-BRITEDROPS CAMPAIGN you will enjoy:
– My Video where I explain the BriteDrops product line.
– The Story, Pictures and Goals of our project.
– The Rewards (1st generation BriteDrops products) you can purchase with a donation.
– A Comment section where you can give us feedback.
Meet our patient Jacqueline, an independent travel consultant for Kingdom Magic Vacations. Jacqueline moved here from Ohio over 15 years ago. She is happily married and has two wonderful children. Since she and her family love traveling and she already had an extensive background in sales and a degree in communications she decided to open her own independent travel business. In 2014, after living in Italy for 2 years, she joined forces with Kingdom Magic Vacations.
Many destinations that most people want to visit she has experienced first hand. The important aspect of travel is to become fully immersed in the enjoyment of the trip and not be concerned about anything. When you book with Jacqueline you know you have a consultant who can assist you before, during and after your trip. In addition Kingdom Magic Vacations has phone assistance in the event that she is not personally available – their professional team will ensure that any concern is resolved quickly.
If you are considering Disney, Universal, Sandals/Beaches, the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii or cruising she is available and excited to help you. Please contact her and tell her your dreams and desires. She will then work hard to match up your expectations with the best the travel industry has to offer!
Disney just released the free dining plan special – here are the details. If you are interested call or email me and I can give you more information.
Get a Free dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 6-night/7-day Magic Your Way package that includes a room at a select Disney Resort hotel and tickets with Park Hopper or Water Park Fun & More Option.
Book by July 10, 2015.
Offer valid at select Disney Resort hotels for the following arrival dates:
August 28 – October 2, 2015
October 25 – October 31, 2015
November 8 – November 19, 2015
December 15 – December 21, 2015
I started going to Dr.Doolin and Dr. Haddad in 2006 when i needed some dental work done and also wanted to have my teeth whitened for my upcoming wedding (to Dr. Haddad's cousin,Eric). I love the comforts of the office, the welcoming staff, and that coffee is always a few steps away. When it was time to take our kids for their checkups, the choice was obvious. Katie was more like a long time friend than our dental hygienist. We knew our son and daughter were in good hands with her, Dr. Haddad and the rest of the staff.
While I work full time as a speech pathologist in Chippewa valley, I was looking for a way to bring in residual income for some extras in life. After using Rodan + Fields for a few short months with impressive results, I decided to become a consultant.Rodan + Fields was founded in 2002, Originally available only at high-end department stores. Now as a direct sales company, prescription for change is available to everyone. From wrinkles, fine lines, and hyper pigmentation to rosacea, acne, and scars, Rodan+ fields has a product to fit the needs of everyone, all with a 60 day money back guarantee. Their products have been featured in allure, Elle, In Style, Self, the Today show and Ellen, just to name a few.
Meet our patient, David, owner of 586 CrossFit Asylum. David has been an exceptional patient of Rochester Advanced Dentistry for almost 15 years! Dr. Haddad became involved in CrossFit at David’s recommendation. Davidhad his amalgam fillings replaced with ceramic material at Dr. Haddad’s recommendation.
586 CrossFit Asylum is Shelby Township’s premier elite fitness training facility. The training philosophy at The Asylum is to use a broad, inclusive and general approach for people of all athletic abilities to obtain their personal pinnacle of fitness.
586 CrossFit Asylum is as much about developing a positive community as about getting into great shape. The Asylum fosters a family atmosphere including organizing and participating in philanthropic activity, providing children and teens classes, and hosting local competitions.
As a pressure free enterprise, 586 CrossFit Asylum offers an “On Ramp” series that consists of three FREE sessions. The On Ramp introduces athletes to the functional movements of CrossFit. After completing the On Ramp, individuals are invited to become a part of their fitness community.
Meet our patient Toni, owner of The Books Connection of Shelby.Toni and her family transferred herefrom Chicago over 15 years ago. Since her children were both in college and graduated she decided it was timeto find something new to devote her time to.Toni’sdegree is in design and when she wasn’t finding any opportunity in that field she went hunting for other possibilities. Since she had always enjoyed reading the book store seemed like a perfect fit-she opened her store 15 years ago.
The Books Connection of Shelby is a small neighborhood bookstore that has the ability to fill your reading needs just like the major chains. The Books Connection has access to new releases, best sellers, not to mention about every book in print. The difference is that they offer discounts on everything. They can assist you with the answers to all your questions with friendly personal care. They also offer out of print book searches.
Mary and her husband Scott have been patients at Rochester Advanced Dentistry for three years. They came to the practice wanting a family-oriented dental office, especially one that works well with children. Mary has two children, who were not fond of the dentist. The staff and doctors were so kind and gentle that now her children feel it is a treat visiting the office. Last month, her son asked "Miss Val" to join him for hot chocolate from the Kuerig machine in the waiting room! (She kindly declined.)
Mary was a stay-at-home mom until a few years ago when she launched her part-time jewelry business with Silpada Designs. Silpada allows her to contribute to her family's budget and still be available at home when needed. She loves the balance of being able to work when she wants and be home for her family. Silpada jewelry has been in business for 16 years. It is hand-crafted, high quality .925 sterling silver. Also has a life-time guarantee. Women who know Silpada, LOVE Silpada. Mary has met so many wonderful women with her business and has so many great relationships because of Silpada. She loves what it has to offer women in all situations.
If you need a quick holiday gift or would like to earn the jewelry for free by hosting a casual ladies' night, feel free to contact her. Free jewlery is the best way to get your favorite pieces while having fun. If you too are looking for extra income and flexibility, Silpada offers that as well! Fee free to contact her for any jewelry and business inquires.