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Resident Business Partners
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Resident Contributor
Dr. Megan Carmichael
Tetherow Healthful
Living Contributor
Megan Tormey
Owner of Dog Pack
Collars and
Pet of the Month Sponsor
Sarah Rafail
Resident Contributor
Emily Alper
High Desert
Living Photographer
The Burrus Family
Tetherow Residents
Joseph Mansfield,
CLU, ChFC
Financial
Fitness Contributor
High Desert Living Would Like To Thank Our Entire
Staff and Our Resident Contributors For Their
Valuable Contributions To The Magazine
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HIGH DESERT
STAFF AND RESIDENT
CONTRIBUTOR TEAM
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publisher’s note
Tetherow residents,
As I was preparing a message for our Thanksgiving issue, the
first thing that came to mind was: “Thankful!” For so many
reasons I am thankful. Thankful to be a ‘Bendite’ and live in
such a beautiful community. Thankful for the continued health
and safety of my family, friends, and High Desert community.
Thankful to our frontline workers who continue to make us
safe, day in and day out. Each November I try and slow down
and appreciate all the little things that get missed throughout
our hectic and busy schedules.
One of the things I am most grateful for is the opportunity to
bring High Desert Living to each of you, each and every month.
Many of you tell me how “unique”, “personal”, and “touching”
High Desert Living is and that you love reading about your neigh-
bors and community. Well, my joy is connecting, listening, and
sharing your stories. I am grateful for your emails, texts, phone
calls, and recommendations. There are a lot of magazines that
come to your mailbox and vie for your attention. I think we would
all agree there is a big difference between receiving something
and actually reading something. I want to say thank you for mak-
ing us a one you choose to read.
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As you turn the pages of the November issue, a thankful voice
reads throughout. Michelle Davis, a beautiful writer and author
in Tetherow, shares what she is grateful for in Tetherow and
beyond. Aaron Myrha, owner of Optimal Living and Functional
Medicine, shares what he is thankful for, what changed his life,
and has ultimately launched his success in helping others. And
Sarah Rafail, a natural Tetherow nurturer, shares her grate-
ful story of becoming a Doula and helping pregnant women in
Central Oregon have wonderful birth experiences.
As always, if you enjoy receiving and reading High Desert Living,
please thank our trusted local business partners. This magazine
would not exist without their partnership and support. The best
way to thank them is to consider their company when choosing
products or services for your family. Shop Local!
With gratitude,
Lindsay Resendez
541-219-1670
lindsay.resendez@n2pub.com
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AND
MEETYOUR NEIGHBORS,
November 13th (4-6pm)
Kick Off the Holiday Season with
Happy Hour at BoXiT Fitness
Tetherow resident and BoXiT Fitness owner,
Shannah Werner, and her team, invite our
wonderful community to kick off the holiday
season and visit their refreshed studio.
All ages welcome!
When: November 13th from 4-6pm
Where: BoXiT Fitness Studio
345 SW Cyber Drive
Suite 104
RSVP to lindsay.resendez@n2pub.com
to reserve your spot in the RING!
We can’t wait to see you there!
welcome to high desert living
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pet of the month
POPPY Story content by Sarah Fraser
The Frasers (Keith, Sarah, Hannah, Josephine and Alexander)
have lived in Tetherow almost 10 years with the newest addition,
Poppy, a mini–Australian Shepherd, just turning 7 months. “She
is a red merle with stunning blue eyes,” Mama Sarah dotingly
shares. “We got her from a breeder in Moscow, Idaho, whom we
met as our last Aussie was slowing down. We picked Poppy late
February from a litter of nine and collected her in the middle of
March. Thankfully she likes car rides!”
Poppy is very attached to her humans and will go anywhere
the Fraser family goes. She loves to play in the water with her
favorite walk being Shevlin Park. Recently, Poppy experienced
her first rain puddle after a nice overnight rain. She was very
cautious of it at first, but once she splashed the water, there was
no stopping her from puppy puddle stomping!
Poppy has completed two levels of training. “By no means was
she top of the class,” Sarah laughs. “Halfway through each
session she would lie down, cross her paws, and watch the other
dogs. Her favorite part of class was running and playing catch.
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She can jump with ease, so we are thinking about continuing her
education and attending agility class. However, we are not sure
that’s such a good idea.”
Poppy is a great cuddler and will sit on your knee for hours. She
also likes to spend a lot of her day sitting and watching the golf-
ers. “She never makes a noise! She also loves to go for ice cream
and is one very spoiled puppy. She doesn’t destroy things, but is
known to hide socks and shoes under her bed!”
“If you see us out walking, please don’t hesitate to talk to us.
Australian Shepherds are known to be quite shy, so the more
people/dogs she meets, the better.”
Thank you, Fraser family, for sharing your story and introducing us
to your newest addition! She is such a doll and represents the High
Desert community well. Thank you, Megan of Dog Pack Collars, for
making the ideal collar for Poppy. Her puppy energy and beautiful
markings match the “Glamour Ribbons” print perfectly.
THE PUPPY
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high desert elevation
GRATITUDE
by Michelle Davis, Author and Tetherow Resident
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns
denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...
It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a
vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
Living in a world where each
week brings about a new uncer-
tainty, I am beyond grateful to be
residing in the Tetherow com-
munity. Whenever life’s events
become a bit too much, all I need
to do is step outside and within
moments, I find solace. Mother
Nature certainly graced this high
desert region with incredible
vistas, endless trails, bountiful
wildlife, and a majestic river. Even
when inside, watching graceful
deer nibbling on nearby bushes, spying a delicate hummingbird
searching for nectar, or enjoying the exquisite glow of a lingering
sunset, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be here.
In fact, it would be easy to solely base this blog on how grateful
I am for the high desert land. But there’s more to Bend … and
Tetherow … much more. I’ve come to realize the true splendor of
this community lies in the people who live here.
Ok, I know it’s not like it used to be … before so many of us moved
here. Nevertheless, what I find most unique is the acceptance I’ve
felt since our first trip to Bend. Maybe it’s because most residents
are transplants, making it natural to reach out to others. After
all, isn’t that true of many small towns turned big? But what if
Bend were special? Could it be that unique and caring people are
drawn to this town? Is it a place where people feel free to shine
their light?
As I’ve gotten to know more “Bendites,” I realize a common
thread exists which exceeds fitness and love of the outdoors.
It’s a commitment to excellence. This is more than achieving
personal greatness—it’s a quest for growth in all aspects of life.
People in Bend want healthy lifestyles, conservation, respect,
freedom, and peace. And they want to feel comfortable in their
own skin, uninhibited to be who they are.
I’ve heard it’s our volcanic
rock that draws certain
people to Bend. If so, that
might explain things. The
moment I walk off the plane
in Redmond or drive into
the city limits on Route 20,
my body senses some-
thing different. It’s hard to
explain, but I feel the pull,
hear the call to step up and
elevate into my higher self.
And for that, I am beyond
grateful to live in Bend and
to be inspired by many in
this amazing community.
We each have a unique rea-
son for being here, whether
it’s riding epic trails, fishing
the Deschutes River, attend-
ing concerts at Les Schwab,
or enjoying the impressive
breweries and restaurant
scene. Why are you in Bend?
How is Bend special for you?
What makes you grateful
about this community?
As humans, it’s natural to focus on what we don’t have, the injus-
tices in our world, and the pain and sorrows experienced by other
or ourselves. While it’s important to honor these emotions and
continue to strive to make humanity stronger, safer, and kinder,
we cannot stay stuck in the negative. For us to make a change, it
must start within, at the individual level. When we find gratitude
and appreciate the many gifts bestowed upon us, we take one
step closer to rising. And in doing so, we light the way for those
around us.
Elevate. Shine your light.
Be grateful.
“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark
from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep
gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” –
Albert Schweitzer
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THANKFUL
OPTIMAL ANTI-AGING AND
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
By Aaron Myrha
In 2018, a few months away from turning 45 years old, Aaron
Myhra, managing partner at Optimal Anti-Aging and Functional
Medicine, found himself 50 pounds overweight and tired all the
time. “I didn’t eat terribly and got at least eight hours of sleep
most nights, but found myself constantly exhausted. Looking at
beginning the second half of my life, I decided to get a complete
physical exam. The results were great, other than needing to
lose some weight. Happy for the results, but still extremely tired
all the time, I kept searching for answers and stumbled onto
Hormone Replacement Therapy. I had another blood lab test
specifically for hormone panels and found my testosterone levels
were in the low 400s (typical range is 250-1,200).”
While Aaron was grateful to have found the reason why he had
been struggling to manage his weight and energy levels, he also
found himself frustrated that none of his health providers had
mentioned testing his hormone panels while getting blood work
done. “I found a specialized clinic that offered HRT (hormone
replacement therapy), and after a couple months, my life began
changing in a very positive way. As my energy levels and stamina
increased, the weight started coming off.” Aaron began research-
ing deeper into hormone replacement therapy online and after
talking to several medical professionals around the region, he
learned that hormones and their consideration in primary care
was extremely rare. “It then became my mission to make sure
other men and women had access to primary care specializing in
hormone replacement therapy in the Pacific Northwest.”
In October of 2020, Aaron started Optimal Alternative Medicine
in beautiful downtown Redmond, Oregon. In April 2021, he part-
nered with Leah Sullivan, FNP-PC, board-certified Family Nurse
Practitioner and member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging
Medicine. Aaron and Leah decided to change the clinic name to
Optimal Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine and now offer hormone
replacement therapy as well as primary care services to patients in
Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, both in person and via tele-
medicine. “With the current pandemic, we felt it important to be able
to offer access to primary care and Hormone Replacement Therapy
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schedule to operate at their highest level.”
“Our mission is to help people feel their absolute best
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I had no sex drive, and my weight kept climbing upwards, no
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Did you know it is just as important as estrogen and progester-
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this year, and before I knew it I was feeling amazingly better! So
much more energy, and a positive outlook, after feeling so low
and depressed! Now, the weight is coming off, and as for my sex
drive… Wow! I’m up and running again – even better than when I
was in my 20s. I encourage you to check out Optimal Anti-Aging
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MOVEMENT
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and quality of life during and after cancer. We also provide
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Jenna Anne | 9th grade
Addison | 6th grade
Kennady | 8th grade
Cascades Academy
tetherow
kids
Back-to-School
A very special THANK YOU to our wonderful
teachers, school administrators and faculty
for their hard work and continued support of
our students and High Desert Community.
Teddy and Haley
5th and 7th grade | Seven Peaks
Noah | 2nd grade |
Miller Elementary
Isaac and Lexi | 6th and 7th grade | Pacific Crest
Colton | 7th grade | Pacific Crest Micah | 3rd grade |
Miller Elementary
Bella and Frank | 9th grade | Summit High School
Kaia | 4th grade | Miller Elementary
Cole | 3rd grade |
Miller Elementary
Allia | 7th grade | Pacific Crest
Jackson | 4th grade | Miller Elementary
FIRST DAY
PICTURES,2021
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Introducing
Bend Life Acupuncture 
Integrative Medicine
by Dr. Megan Carmichael DACM, LAc
I’d like to formally introduce myself
to the High Desert Community.
I’m Dr. Megan Carmichael DACM,
LAc. I’ve lived here in Bend Oregon
since 2006. In between now and then
we ventured to Southern California for
a few years, before quickly realizing
that the best mountain bike and moto
trails are in Bend, so we moved back.
In 2015 I shared a clinic space in an
established acupuncture clinic on the
eastside of Bend. In no time, I moved
to my own clinic on the southwest
side and by 2020 I’d outgrown the
clinic, but experienced a brief time off
through 2020. When we opened back
up, it was as if we didn’t miss a beat
and it was time to expand.
As of October 2021, I am happy
to announce the expansion and
rebranding of my clinic to Bend Life
Acupuncture  Integrative Medicine,
formally known as Acupuncture w/
Dr. Megan Carmichael. Not only has
the business name changed, we also
Bend Life Acupuncture  Integrative Medicine front
staff greets you with a warm, nurturing atmosphere. I
specialize in two techniques called Balanced Method
and Electro-Acupuncture. Issues that I specialize
in, but not limited to are; Allergy Elimination, pain
management, nutrition, women’s health, toxicity,
and gut health. Prior to this I was a behavioral health
counselor and massage therapist. Additional acupunc-
turists are being added to the team with specialties in
chiropractic, physical, emotional health, pain manage-
ment, oncology care, women’s health, and more.
Our massage therapists specialize in deep tissue,
medical massage, pain management,
decreasing depression/anxiety, physical training/
therapy studies, and more. We have a sound
therapist who specializes in biomedicine ailments,
such as increasing athletic outcome through
sound wave treatments. He also has years of work-
ing with PTSD, emotional care, meditation
and other biomedicine issues. Since our skin is our
biggest organ absorbing all of the outside
world, Bend Life Acupuncture  Integrative
Medicine has added a licensed esthetician.
Please feel free to stop by our clinic and visit our
new location. We would love to talk more with you
about your healthcare goals and building improve-
ment for enjoying more of life and longevity.
1291 N.W. Wall Street Bend, OR 97703
541-728-3481
https://bendlifeacu.com
have a new location in the heart of
downtown Bend Oregon.
Our vision is to be a balanced center of
holistic healthcare, providing you with
a variety of practitioners and healing
modalities.We also believe in the benefit
of reaching outside our walls to build a
multifaceted approach to healing and
communication with other community
providers.The new location has six
treatment rooms and ample parking
and soon we’ll host multiple lectures to
the community of Central Oregon.
There are many spokes on a wheel,
all of these spokes need balance
and attention for precision, as do
the many facets of good health and
longevity. We all see that diseases like
autoimmune, insomnia, infertility,
gut health, depression, addictions,
chronic pain, cancer, etc are on the
rise. To treat these conditions we’ll
need healthcare practitioners to come
together and share their knowledge
and experience to help each case as
unique as the individual.
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26 27
meet your neighbors
Story content by the Burrus Family | Photos by Em’s Lens Photography
Meet your neighbors, the Burrus
family. David, Elise, Ivan (3), Sage (18
months) and Otto the VW bus (50)
have been residing in Tetherow for
the past three years. “We feel very
fortunate to live in Tetherow and take
advantage of the golf course, swim-
ming pool, biking/walking paths and
playground with our kids. The close
proximity to Mt. Bachelor is amaz-
ing! We also love Phil’s Trails and
the Wanoga trail system for mountain
biking, and often ride to the trails
directly from our neighborhood!”
You may recognize their timeless,
unique VW bus in the neighbor-
hood. Affectionately named Otto,
and celebrating a 50-year anniver-
sary this year, he is the mascot for
their business, Pediatric Dental
Associates, and is part of their
signature advertisement around
town, including High Desert
Living. “We love going on family
road trips with Otto! He’s great
for local camping and cruising
around town.”
When the Burruses are not camping with Otto, they
often travel to the Oregon Coast to go surfing. Their
favorite spots are Pacific City, Otter Rock and Agate
Beach. “We love having family traditions with bon-
fires and beach time on the Oregon coast with our
kids.” When they can travel out of state, they love
Hawaii. The Burruses also like skiing/snowboard-
ing, biking, hiking, surfing the river wave, and fish-
ing. Music is also a huge passion. “We love music!
Our favorite band is Pearl Jam and have seen 50
shows in the U.S. and internationally. We have a
‘gallery’ in our home that showcases our Pearl Jam
concert posters.” They also like the Rolling Stones,
B F A M I L Y
T H E urrus
Grateful Dead, Phish, The Black Crowes and like
the genres of Outlaw/Cosmic Country and Reggae.
David grew up in Creswell, Oregon, and Elise grew
up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For their undergrad-
uate education, David attended Eastern Oregon
University, and Elise went to Boston College. They
met in Wisconsin while at Marquette University
School of Dentistry. They both shared the passion
of working with children and pursued residency
training in pediatric dentistry. David and Elise
married in 2009 and moved to Bend in 2012. David
was particularly attracted to Bend because he was a
wildland firefighter before dental school, and spent a
lot of time in Eastern and Central Oregon. He loved
the beauty of the Cascade mountains and also the
snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor! He encouraged his
Midwestern wife to move out west, even though she
had only been to Bend once before, during a snow-
storm. Now, they could not imagine a better place
to raise their family. “We had the fortunate oppor-
tunity to join the pediatric dental practice of David’s
childhood dentist. A short time after moving here,
we were able to purchase the practices in Bend and
Redmond. In 2016, we built out a new Bend office
in the COPA Center for Pediatrics in Northwest
Crossing. Our Bend office features a real 1976 VW
bus, named ‘Pearly’ that was converted into a two-
story playhouse. We take pride in giving kids a posi-
tive, fun experience at the dentist at an early age!”
Their dental practice sponsors many local schools
and sports teams and are mentors for students
at COCC. Elise also served on the board for the
Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic.
Over the last year and a half, they have done a lot of
take-out and family dinners at home. “We feel lucky
to have so many good food options in Bend.” Some
of their favorite restaurants include: Wild Rose,
Trattoria Sbandati, Washington, Zydeco, all of the
local breweries.
When they are at home, relaxing, the Burrus family
likes to read, spin some vinyl records, sit by the
fire, and watch their favorite sports teams: Green
Bay Packers and the Oregon Ducks.
When asking what their favorite part of living in
the Tetherow community was, they kindly replied,
“Our wonderful neighbors, the beautiful nature and
scenery, and the close proximity to Mt. Bachelor
and the Cascade Lakes! We have a bobcat and a
great horned owl that often visit our property. Bend
is a wonderland in all seasons!
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and risk tolerance (how comfortable you are with swings in your
portfolio’s value). Based on your responses, your advisor can help
build a portfolio designed to help reach your goals as efficiently
as possible.
Asset allocation cannot eliminate the risk of fluctuating prices
and uncertain returns.
SP 500 comprises 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity,
and industry group representation. It is a market-value-weighted
index; each stock’s weight in the index is proportionate to its
market value. It is one of the most widely used benchmarks of
U.S. equity performance.
The indices are provided for informational purposes only; inves-
tors cannot directly purchase an index. Past performance is not
indicative of future results.
This article was written by/for Wells Fargo Advisors and pro-
vided courtesy of Joseph Mansfield, Financial Advisor in Bend at
541-633-1927.
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tetherow financial fitness
IS YOUR
As
Provided by Joseph Mansfield
When you look at an investment’s historical
price performance, note its volatility—how
frequent and how extreme the ups and downs
have been. This is significant because volatil-
ity is the most commonly used measurement of
an investment’s risk. The greater the volatility,
the riskier the investment is considered to be.
If you viewed a chart comparing the stock
market’s versus the bond market’s performance,
you’d see stocks have been significantly more volatile
than bonds. Logically then, a 100% bond portfolio
should be less risky than one including both bonds
and stocks. Right? Not so fast.
In fact, according to a Morningstar study for the
years 1970 through 2019, a portfolio comprising 67% bonds
(measured by the 20-year U.S. government bond) and 33% stocks
(using the SP 500 Index) offered less risk and better returns
than a 100% bond portfolio. In other words, the former was more
“efficient” than the latter, which leads to a concept investors
should be aware of: the efficient frontier.
Start with the basics
Having a grasp of the efficient frontier begins with understanding:
•	 The relationship between risk and return
•	 How diversification can help manage risk and return
In general, risk and return go hand-in-hand. As an investment’s
risk increases, so should its return. If you buy a Treasury bond,
the return will probably be low because the risk of default is low.
If you buy a stock, however, the potential risk can be signifi-
cant—think back to what happened to stocks at the beginning of
the COVID-19 pandemic—and you should expect a greater return
potential as “compensation” from the market for accepting that
additional risk.
Diversification is simply blending different investments in a
portfolio in an effort to manage risk and return. The result is your
“asset allocation.” A very simple asset allocation might include
stocks, which tend to be risky but offer growth potential, and
bonds, which have been more stable and provide income (interest).
You can help manage your risk and return by how much you allo-
cate to each type of investment. For example, if you have a 75%
stock/25% bond portfolio, it should offer a greater risk and return
potential than one that’s 25% stocks/75% bonds.
Getting to an efficient frontier
Of course, there are lots of other investments for you to choose
from, and there are an infinite number of portfolios you could
construct from the stocks, bonds, and other assets available.
Each of these blends has a unique overall risk and return level. If
you plotted them all on a chart, you’d likely see what’s shown in
the hypothetical graph below. The “pies”—representing different
asset allocations—farthest to the left and highest up are the ones
with the best expected risk/return tradeoffs. If you connected
those “dots,” you would have it: the efficient frontier.
PORTFOLIO
As It
Could Be?
Efficient
That’s what the efficient frontier is, but what does it
mean for investors?
It means that if your risk/return tradeoff doesn’t land along the
frontier, your portfolio is not as efficient as it could be. You’re
taking on too much risk for the level of return you’re getting, and
you probably need to make adjustments to decrease risk, improve
return, or both.
Finding help
Determining whether your portfolio is as efficient as it could be
may require help from a professional financial advisor. He or she
will likely ask about your goals (what you’re investing for), time
horizon (how long until you need to tap into your investments),
Connecting The Dots To The
Determine An Efficient Frontier
Chart is conceptual and does not reflect any actual returns or represent any specific
asset classification Chart is conceptual and does not reflect any actual returnes or
represnt any specific asset classification
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30 31
INSPEC TIONS SERVICES
Bend Brothers Inspection Services has been servicing Central
Oregon since 2020. While visiting Bend on their honeymoon in
2019, Dana and Ross fell in love with Oregon. They moved to Bend
in 2020 and along the way convinced Ross’s brother, Ryan, to move
with them. Ross and Ryan came from similar backgrounds. Ross as
a real estate agent and Ryan as a home inspector.
The brothers decided to start a home inspection company that
focuses on client and agent relationships while providing the
most thorough inspection possible.
Their mission is to help homebuyers make informed decisions
when purchasing a home. “We are committed to providing the
highest level of customer service and maintaining a level of pro-
fessionalism that is unmatched. We offer 24/7 scheduling and
support for our clients and agents. We provide all reports in 24
hours or less, and we even offer a buyback guarantee!”
To further their mission of encouraging homeownership and
home maintenance, Bend Brothers Inspection Services would
like to offer their Home Maintenance Inspection to the resi-
dents of Tetherow for a discounted rate. If you schedule a Home
Maintenance Inspection with them and mention High Desert
Living, they will give you 20% off their normal price.
When asking Bend Brothers if they had any advice for the
Tetherow community, they honestly replied, “Our advice to all
homeowners is to maintain their home as diligently as possible.
Most of the deficiencies that we identify on a daily basis are
caused by deferred homeowner maintenance. The big three,
as we like to call them, consists of: the roof, HVAC, and sid-
ing. These three systems should be evaluated and maintained
yearly to ensure longevity. We offer a yearly Home Maintenance
Inspection to assist our customers with maintaining their home
and protecting their investment.”
“At Bend Brothers, we will always be a family-owned and
operated business dedicated to our customers. When we are not
inspecting you may find us out enjoying the Cascades or grabbing
a beer at a local brewery. We love the Central Oregon lifestyle and
are humbled to be a part of this great community.”
BendBrothers
business sponsor spotlight
Call: 541-362-6379
Visit: bendbrothersinspections.com
Email: admin@bendbrothersinspections.com
Thank you, Dana, Ross, and Ryan, for providing excellent
customer service to our High Desert community. The Bend
Brothers recently came to my home for a Home Maintenance
Inspection. Their professionalism and attention to detail were
unmatched! They explained every evaluation thoughtfully and
truly cared about providing solutions to areas that needed to be
fixed. And all within 24 hours! I highly recommend their excellent
service! Thank you, Bend Brothers Inspection Services, for being
a valued and founding partner in High Desert Living.
THE BROTHERS DECIDED TO START
A HOME INSPECTION COMPANY
THAT FOCUSES ON CLIENT AND
AGENT RELATIONSHIPS
High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living
32 33
Doula
Your Neighborhood
L O V I N G H A N D S D O U L A S E R V I C E S
high desert highlights Content provided by Sarah Rafail
If you have the pleasure of meeting Sarah Rafail, one thing you will immediately notice is her
calm and nurturing nature. It is certainly no surprise that her career has been in caregiving.
While living in Newport Beach, California, Sarah was a critical care nurse at the Hoag Hospital
for two years. After moving to Bend five years ago, Sarah found her passion as a doula and has
been caring for pregnant women in Central Oregon for nearly three years.
Sarah is generally hired at the beginning of the second trimester and builds a relationship with
the mother and their support group for the remainder of their pregnancy. “I’m an employee of
the parents and surrogates,” she lovingly admits. “Doulas provide education (I provide evi-
denced-based research) and physical and emotional support during labor. We also advocate for
our clients when we see that they aren’t being given the best care by staff. I am their support
role. I find out what their needs are and am there in case something happens.”
Oftentimes, Sarah is the mother or sister role for pregnancies that don’t have family in town
and is on call two weeks before and after every due date.
As a mother of four, Sarah’s first birth in the hospital didn’t go as planned. “My first baby
was born in a hospital with an OB as my provider. My goal was an unmedicated birth. From
the start, my OB didn’t support this type of birth, and the hospital staff did not make it easy
for me either. I was not “heard” and did not feel supported throughout the whole pregnancy
and birth. My second, third, and fourth babies were born at home with a midwife and doula
present. These were entirely better experiences. My midwife and doula listened to me and
my wishes for the type of birth that I wanted. They empowered me by creating a safe and
As Sarah looks into the future, her goal is to start midwifery
school online, next summer. This will be about a three-year
commitment and will become a midwife for at-home births.
“Midwives are assisting the woman with the medical part of her
pregnancy. She is medically trained to provide prenatal care for
women and to deliver babies.”
When asking Sarah if there was one thing she would want preg-
nant women to know, she thoughtfully replied, “Find a provider
supported environment. I went into
birth work because of this experience.
No matter where you birth, women
need to feel safe, supported and
heard. This is what I provide for my
clients. I have found that women need
someone who can fill the role of their
mother or sister but in a non-judg-
mental way. I have a true passion for
helping women achieve the birth that
they desire.”
Following her client’s birth, Sarah
does an after-care check-in to make
sure all is well with the new mom and
baby. As a trained placenta specialist,
she can also encapsulate the placenta
for her client to ingest. “It is the life
source between you and your baby.
What better way to nourish your
body than by something you and your
baby made together.” The placenta is
full of nutrients and hormones that
can replenish your postpartum body
and has many benefits, including:
•	 Inhibits postpartum blues
•	 Restores lost hormones
•	 Reduces postpartum bleeding
•	 Restores iron levels
•	 Increased milk production
•	 Increased energy
In addition to capsules, Sarah also
enjoys making:
•	 Tinctures: Last indefinitely, can be
used to ease PMS symptoms and
used for menopause
•	 Herbal Salve: C-section scars,
diaper rash, eczema, sore nipples
from breasting
•	 Placenta prints: Made with food-
grade dyes
that is on board with the type of birth that you desire, ask ques-
tions, and if you don’t like their answers, it’s ok to switch. Also,
educate yourself about childbirth and the postpartum period.
Read books, not Google.”
Visit lovinghandsbend.com to learn more and follow Sarah’s
doula journey on Instagram at lovinghands.doula.bend.
meet
Sarah and her doula baby, Archer
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High Desert Living - November 2021

  • 1. Burrus Say Hello to The Family November 2021 Our Stories · Our Community · Our Publication A Social Magazine Exclusively For The Residents Of Tetherow living HIGH DESERT
  • 2. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 2 3 TheVandenbornGroup.com 650 SW Bond St | Suite 100 | Bend, OR 97702 Natalie Vandenborn Nvandenborn@gmail.com 541.508.9581 TheVandenbornGroup.com 650 SW Bond St | Suite 100 | Bend, OR 97702 Natalie Vandenborn Nvandenborn@gmail.com 541.508.9581 Your Next Level Lifestyle. We know that Bend offers everyone the next level lifestyle they are looking for. The Vandenborn Group is here to help you purchase a new home or sell your current home. It is time to begin living your best life! Our vast knowledge and experience allow us to assist you in all situations. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, moving up, downsizing or purchasing an investment property we are here to help you. Our professionalism, integrity and negotiation skills shine, showing that we are committed to you. Buying or selling a home can be a stressful time and we recognize this. This is especially true in today's market. Our dedication to working for you helps create a seamless process and an enjoyable experience. Let Us Be Your Trusted Advisor and Partner!
  • 3. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 4 5 Straight Teeth Last Longer. Straight teeth provide much more than cosmetic benefits. There are medical benefits as well. Crooked and crowded teeth are harder to clean, as it is easier for food to get trapped between the teeth. This means a higher risk of tooth decay and tooth loss, leading to costly procedures to correct. Have you considered Invisalign®? Call today to find out if you are a candidate. Eric Alston, DMD | Michael Longlet, DDS 775 SW Bonnett Way, Suite 100 Bend, OR 97702 541-388-0078 millpointdentalcenter.com *Financing is available and insurance may cover a portion of the cost. There is a big difference between A GOOD DETAILER AND A GREAT DETAILER Come experience the difference! 541-598-6193 460 NE HEMLOCK AVE #F REDMOND, OR The Ultimate Protection Package 5 YEAR INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR CERAMIC COATING FREE CERAMIC PAINT COATING with any exterior detail or paint polishing service. Tetherow FOR ADVERTISING INFORMATION, CONTACT:  Lindsay Resendez · lindsay.resendez@n2pub.com DISCLAIMER:The N2 Company d/b/a“N2 Publishing”is not affiliated with or contracted byTetherow Owners Association, Inc. (the“Association”).This publication, including the content of articles and advertisements contained herein, is not authorized or endorsed by the Association. Any articles included in this publication and/or opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the views ofThe N2 Company but remain solely those of the author(s).The paid advertisements contained within HighDesertLiving magazine are not endorsed or recommended byThe N2 Company or the publisher. Therefore, neitherThe N2 Company nor the publisher may be held liable or responsible for business practices of these companies. NOTE:When community events take place, photographers may be present to take photos for that event and they may be used in this publication. IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS Emergency And Non-Emergency Police/Fire/Ambulance Fire and EMS Poison Control Bend Police and Fire-non-emergency number Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Community and Utility Central Electric Cooperative Bend Garbage and Recycling Cascade Disposal Bend Utilities Department/Water/Sewer Bend Parks and Rec-Park Services Bend Parks and Rec-Facility and Rental Information U.S. Post Office Bend, OR Jessica Anderson -neighborhood State Farm agent   Schools Bend La Pine District Office Summit High School Pacific Crest Middle School High Lakes Elementary School William E. Miller Elementary School Seven Peaks School Cascades Academy The Montessori Center 911 541-322-6300 800-222-1222 541-693-6911 541-388-6655 541-548-2144 541-382-2263 541-382-6660 541-388-5515 541-388-5435 541-389-7275 800-275-8777 541-797-7041 541-355-1000 541-355-4000 541-355-7800 541-355-1700 541-355-2500 541-382-7755 541-382-0699 541-383-5163 OWNER | PUBLISHER AD MANAGER CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Lindsay Resendez Tania Lee Emily Alper emslensphotography.com Note: When community events take place, photographers may be present to take photos for that event and they may be used in the publication. www.n2pub.com Turning Neighborhoods Into Communities © 2021 Neighborhood Networks Publishing, Inc. Resident Business Owners Are you a Tetherow Business Owner? Please reach out to lindsay.resendez@n2pub.com to see how you can become a sponsor of High Desert Living. We are on Instagram @highdesert_living  Be sure to “like us” and follow us so you are in the know regarding upcoming events, announcements, contests, and more!
  • 4. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 6 7 Sponsor Neighborhood I N D E X This section has been created to give you easier access when searching for a trusted neighborhood vendor to use. Take a minute to familiarize yourself with the businesses sponsoring the publication. These local businesses are proud to partner with you and make this magazine possible. Please support these businesses and thank them for supporting the publication! ACUPUNCTURE/ HEALTH Dr. Megan Carmichael (541) 647-0569 acuwmegan.com ARTIST / PAINTINGS Cooper Art and Abode Kristine Cooper (509) 844-2641 cooperartandabode.com AUTO SALON Perfection Plus Auto Salon (541) 598-6193 ceramiccoatmycaroregon.com BLINDS Budget Blinds Bob Hughes (541) 788-8444 budgetblinds.com CLEANING: RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL Muddy Paws Residential Cleaning Services Patrick Sherman (541) 280-8736 muddypawscleaners.com COWORKING & EVENT SPACE The Haven CoWorking (541) 323-9675 worklifehaven.com CUSTOM GARAGE FLOORING Superior Garage Floors (541) 549-4040 superiorgaragefloors.com CUSTOM HOME BUILDERS Artisan Homes and Design (541) 318-9987 artisanhomesanddesign.com CUSTOM WOODWORKING & DESIGN Nathan’s Custom Wood and Steel, LLC Nathan Wismer (541) 588-2817 bendcws.com DENTISTRY Mill Point Dental Mike Longlet (541) 388-0078 millpointdentalcenter.com DESIGN AND REMODELING Buffalo Ridge Builders Aaron Ribble (541) 977-1824 buffaloridgebuilders.com FINANCIAL ADVISOR Joe Mansfield CLU, ChFC (541) 633-1927 wfadvisors.com/joseph.L.mansfield FITNESS STUDIO Boxit Fitness (541) 706-0210 www.boxitfit.com FRAMING/CUSTOM Eastlake Framing (541) 389-3770 eastlakeframing.com HOME INSPECTION Bend Brothers Inspection Services (541) 362-6379 bendbrothersinspections.com HOME WATCH & CONCIERGE SERVICES 4 Seasons Home Services (541) 593-8037 4seasonshomeservices.net INDOOR CYCLING CycleBar (541) 797-0490 cyclebar.com/location/bend INSURANCE AGENCY State Farm Insurance Jessica Anderson (541) 797-7041 sfagentanderson.com INSURANCE AGENT Country Financial Austin Northup (541) 390-0543 countryfinacial.com LANDSCAPE/DESIGN Desert Sun Landscapes (541) 408-6309 bendlandscapes.com LANDSCAPE/ IRRIGATION/HARDSCAPES Native Habit Landscapes (541) 420-8517 nativehabitbend.com LUXURY REAL ESTATE The Vandenborn Group Natalie Vandenborn (541) 508-9581 Thevandenborngroup.com MEDICAL AESTHETICS & HORMONE THERAPY Optimal Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine (541) 728-0700 OptimalRXMeds.com MORTGAGE LENDER Directors Mortgage Jake Murray (541) 385-6112 x2310 Directorsmortgage.com/bend NATURAL MEDICINE Terrain Natural Medicine (541) 797-0013 terrainnaturalmedicine.com NON-PROFIT MountainStar Family Relief Nursery (541) 322-6820 mtstar.org PAINTING SERVICE Marc Riverman Painting, LLC Marc Riverman (541) 280-6073 PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Pediatric Dental Associates (541) 312-2490 pediatricdentistco.com PHOTOGRAPHER Em’s Lens Photography Emily Alper (510) 418-2501 emslensphotography.com PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER Tidy and Flourish Melissa Jean (541) 480-1681 tidyandflourish.com REAL ESTATE BrundageSmith Real Estate Team Molly Brundage (541) 280-9066 brundgagesmith.com SHORT TERM PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Avid Wanderer Carol Domme (541) 797-3433 avidwanderer.net SOLAR ENERGY/INSTALLATION National Solar (800) 808-1955 nationalsolarusa.com TRAVEL CONSULTANT/ PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Avid Wanderer Carol Domme (541) 797-3433 avidwanderer.com VETERINARIAN Blue Sky Veterinary Clinic (541) 383-3833 blueskyvet.com WINDOW COVERING Bend Window Works Andy Brookman (541) 383-2455 bendwindowworks.com WINDOW TINTING AND STONE RESTORATION Custom Tint (541) 419-9578 custom-tint.com WINE BAR / SHOP / DELIVERY Good Drop Wine Shoppe (541) 410-1470 gooddropwineshoppe.com BRINGING WOOD AND STEEL TO LIFE Craftsmanship and detail like no other. NATHAN'S CUSTOM WOOD AND STEEL, LLC 541-588-2817 • NathansCustomWoodworking.com
  • 5. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 8 9 LANDSCAPE SERVICES • Full service landscape installation • Customized landscape maintenance plans • Irrigation activation/ winterization (541) 408-6309 BendLandscapes.com Since 2003 We work closely with your design to create a beautiful and sustainable outdoor space. FAMILY OWNED IN BEND OREGON LCB #9536 Poppy Tetherow Resident Tania Lee Ad and Design Manager Bend Brother’s Inspection Services Resident Business Partners Michelle Davis Resident Contributor Dr. Megan Carmichael Tetherow Healthful Living Contributor Megan Tormey Owner of Dog Pack Collars and Pet of the Month Sponsor Sarah Rafail Resident Contributor Emily Alper High Desert Living Photographer The Burrus Family Tetherow Residents Joseph Mansfield, CLU, ChFC Financial Fitness Contributor High Desert Living Would Like To Thank Our Entire Staff and Our Resident Contributors For Their Valuable Contributions To The Magazine living HIGH DESERT STAFF AND RESIDENT CONTRIBUTOR TEAM
  • 6. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 10 11 publisher’s note Tetherow residents, As I was preparing a message for our Thanksgiving issue, the first thing that came to mind was: “Thankful!” For so many reasons I am thankful. Thankful to be a ‘Bendite’ and live in such a beautiful community. Thankful for the continued health and safety of my family, friends, and High Desert community. Thankful to our frontline workers who continue to make us safe, day in and day out. Each November I try and slow down and appreciate all the little things that get missed throughout our hectic and busy schedules. One of the things I am most grateful for is the opportunity to bring High Desert Living to each of you, each and every month. Many of you tell me how “unique”, “personal”, and “touching” High Desert Living is and that you love reading about your neigh- bors and community. Well, my joy is connecting, listening, and sharing your stories. I am grateful for your emails, texts, phone calls, and recommendations. There are a lot of magazines that come to your mailbox and vie for your attention. I think we would all agree there is a big difference between receiving something and actually reading something. I want to say thank you for mak- ing us a one you choose to read. HOPE STARTS HERE Since 2001, MountainStar has services for 5,000 local babies and toddlers. Visit mtstar.org to support your community’s children for many years to come. Together, we keep kids safe! Ready to start your next project? We take the headaches out of the building process so that you can sit back and enjoy life. 541.604.1534 BuffaloRidgeBuilders.com Color Flake System Polished Concrete CCB#173851 As you turn the pages of the November issue, a thankful voice reads throughout. Michelle Davis, a beautiful writer and author in Tetherow, shares what she is grateful for in Tetherow and beyond. Aaron Myrha, owner of Optimal Living and Functional Medicine, shares what he is thankful for, what changed his life, and has ultimately launched his success in helping others. And Sarah Rafail, a natural Tetherow nurturer, shares her grate- ful story of becoming a Doula and helping pregnant women in Central Oregon have wonderful birth experiences. As always, if you enjoy receiving and reading High Desert Living, please thank our trusted local business partners. This magazine would not exist without their partnership and support. The best way to thank them is to consider their company when choosing products or services for your family. Shop Local! With gratitude, Lindsay Resendez 541-219-1670 lindsay.resendez@n2pub.com
  • 7. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 12 13 save the date MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND MEETYOUR NEIGHBORS, November 13th (4-6pm) Kick Off the Holiday Season with Happy Hour at BoXiT Fitness Tetherow resident and BoXiT Fitness owner, Shannah Werner, and her team, invite our wonderful community to kick off the holiday season and visit their refreshed studio. All ages welcome! When: November 13th from 4-6pm Where: BoXiT Fitness Studio 345 SW Cyber Drive Suite 104 RSVP to lindsay.resendez@n2pub.com to reserve your spot in the RING! We can’t wait to see you there! welcome to high desert living WELCOME OUR NEW BUSINESS PARTNERS OUR SPONSORS HELP US BRING YOU THIS PUBLICATION EACH AND EVERY MONTH. CHECK OUT OUR NEW PARTNERS! As a COUNTRY Financial Representative, Austin Northup, is trained to listen to your needs, and find solutions. He is a local agent who lives, works, and plays in the same community as his clients and can help you select the right insur- ance policies to protect your future. “Six words I stand by: “Real People. Real Answers. Real Quick.” My mission is to use those six words as a guide to meeting the lifetime insurance needs of my clients. I provide personalized advice, competitive products, and superior service. COUNTRY Financial consistently receives the highest ratings for financial strength, operating performance, and customer satisfaction. Everyday I continue to strive for the highest customer satisfac- tion, by speaking to my clients about their policies in plain lan- guage – not jargon. I’m committed to providing each client with an annual review to make sure the policies and coverage they have in place meet their needs and protect them year after year.” 525 NE Greenwood Ave, Bend 541-382-4935 email: austin.northup@countryfinancial.com website: representatives.countryfinancial.com/austin.northup
  • 8. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 14 15 pet of the month POPPY Story content by Sarah Fraser The Frasers (Keith, Sarah, Hannah, Josephine and Alexander) have lived in Tetherow almost 10 years with the newest addition, Poppy, a mini–Australian Shepherd, just turning 7 months. “She is a red merle with stunning blue eyes,” Mama Sarah dotingly shares. “We got her from a breeder in Moscow, Idaho, whom we met as our last Aussie was slowing down. We picked Poppy late February from a litter of nine and collected her in the middle of March. Thankfully she likes car rides!” Poppy is very attached to her humans and will go anywhere the Fraser family goes. She loves to play in the water with her favorite walk being Shevlin Park. Recently, Poppy experienced her first rain puddle after a nice overnight rain. She was very cautious of it at first, but once she splashed the water, there was no stopping her from puppy puddle stomping! Poppy has completed two levels of training. “By no means was she top of the class,” Sarah laughs. “Halfway through each session she would lie down, cross her paws, and watch the other dogs. Her favorite part of class was running and playing catch. Curate. Choose Joy. Live in Gratitude. Specializing in Home and Business Organization + KonMari Method Services Text/Call Melissa at 541.480.1681 to discuss your project • TidyAndFlourish.com home tidying • pantry organization • moving in She can jump with ease, so we are thinking about continuing her education and attending agility class. However, we are not sure that’s such a good idea.” Poppy is a great cuddler and will sit on your knee for hours. She also likes to spend a lot of her day sitting and watching the golf- ers. “She never makes a noise! She also loves to go for ice cream and is one very spoiled puppy. She doesn’t destroy things, but is known to hide socks and shoes under her bed!” “If you see us out walking, please don’t hesitate to talk to us. Australian Shepherds are known to be quite shy, so the more people/dogs she meets, the better.” Thank you, Fraser family, for sharing your story and introducing us to your newest addition! She is such a doll and represents the High Desert community well. Thank you, Megan of Dog Pack Collars, for making the ideal collar for Poppy. Her puppy energy and beautiful markings match the “Glamour Ribbons” print perfectly. THE PUPPY
  • 9. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 16 17 high desert elevation GRATITUDE by Michelle Davis, Author and Tetherow Resident “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity... It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie Living in a world where each week brings about a new uncer- tainty, I am beyond grateful to be residing in the Tetherow com- munity. Whenever life’s events become a bit too much, all I need to do is step outside and within moments, I find solace. Mother Nature certainly graced this high desert region with incredible vistas, endless trails, bountiful wildlife, and a majestic river. Even when inside, watching graceful deer nibbling on nearby bushes, spying a delicate hummingbird searching for nectar, or enjoying the exquisite glow of a lingering sunset, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be here. In fact, it would be easy to solely base this blog on how grateful I am for the high desert land. But there’s more to Bend … and Tetherow … much more. I’ve come to realize the true splendor of this community lies in the people who live here. Ok, I know it’s not like it used to be … before so many of us moved here. Nevertheless, what I find most unique is the acceptance I’ve felt since our first trip to Bend. Maybe it’s because most residents are transplants, making it natural to reach out to others. After all, isn’t that true of many small towns turned big? But what if Bend were special? Could it be that unique and caring people are drawn to this town? Is it a place where people feel free to shine their light? As I’ve gotten to know more “Bendites,” I realize a common thread exists which exceeds fitness and love of the outdoors. It’s a commitment to excellence. This is more than achieving personal greatness—it’s a quest for growth in all aspects of life. People in Bend want healthy lifestyles, conservation, respect, freedom, and peace. And they want to feel comfortable in their own skin, uninhibited to be who they are. I’ve heard it’s our volcanic rock that draws certain people to Bend. If so, that might explain things. The moment I walk off the plane in Redmond or drive into the city limits on Route 20, my body senses some- thing different. It’s hard to explain, but I feel the pull, hear the call to step up and elevate into my higher self. And for that, I am beyond grateful to live in Bend and to be inspired by many in this amazing community. We each have a unique rea- son for being here, whether it’s riding epic trails, fishing the Deschutes River, attend- ing concerts at Les Schwab, or enjoying the impressive breweries and restaurant scene. Why are you in Bend? How is Bend special for you? What makes you grateful about this community? As humans, it’s natural to focus on what we don’t have, the injus- tices in our world, and the pain and sorrows experienced by other or ourselves. While it’s important to honor these emotions and continue to strive to make humanity stronger, safer, and kinder, we cannot stay stuck in the negative. For us to make a change, it must start within, at the individual level. When we find gratitude and appreciate the many gifts bestowed upon us, we take one step closer to rising. And in doing so, we light the way for those around us. Elevate. Shine your light. Be grateful. “At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer CENTRAL OREGON’S FULL SERVICE PV SOLAR INSTALLATION CONTRACTOR FINANCING AVAILABLE STARTING AT 2.99% OAC 2709 NW CROSSING DR BEND, OR 97703 541-213-8062 | NATIONALSOLARUSA.COM 3 4 5 S W C Y B E R D R . S U I T E 10 4 B E N D , O R 9 7 7 0 2 @ B O X I T F I T I N F O @ B O X I T F I T. C O M G E T I N T O U C H
  • 10. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 18 19 THANKFUL OPTIMAL ANTI-AGING AND FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE By Aaron Myrha In 2018, a few months away from turning 45 years old, Aaron Myhra, managing partner at Optimal Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine, found himself 50 pounds overweight and tired all the time. “I didn’t eat terribly and got at least eight hours of sleep most nights, but found myself constantly exhausted. Looking at beginning the second half of my life, I decided to get a complete physical exam. The results were great, other than needing to lose some weight. Happy for the results, but still extremely tired all the time, I kept searching for answers and stumbled onto Hormone Replacement Therapy. I had another blood lab test specifically for hormone panels and found my testosterone levels were in the low 400s (typical range is 250-1,200).” While Aaron was grateful to have found the reason why he had been struggling to manage his weight and energy levels, he also found himself frustrated that none of his health providers had mentioned testing his hormone panels while getting blood work done. “I found a specialized clinic that offered HRT (hormone replacement therapy), and after a couple months, my life began changing in a very positive way. As my energy levels and stamina increased, the weight started coming off.” Aaron began research- ing deeper into hormone replacement therapy online and after talking to several medical professionals around the region, he learned that hormones and their consideration in primary care was extremely rare. “It then became my mission to make sure other men and women had access to primary care specializing in hormone replacement therapy in the Pacific Northwest.” In October of 2020, Aaron started Optimal Alternative Medicine in beautiful downtown Redmond, Oregon. In April 2021, he part- nered with Leah Sullivan, FNP-PC, board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Aaron and Leah decided to change the clinic name to Optimal Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine and now offer hormone replacement therapy as well as primary care services to patients in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, both in person and via tele- medicine. “With the current pandemic, we felt it important to be able to offer access to primary care and Hormone Replacement Therapy without having to come in physically or rearrange a patient’s busy schedule to operate at their highest level.” “Our mission is to help people feel their absolute best and not have to sacrifice the things they enjoy in life because of the natural course of aging. You don’t have to age hard or accept a decreased ability to enjoy your life to the fullest physically, mentally, or spiritually. At Optimal Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine, we can bio identically replace hormones our bodies have depleted or stopped producing, while slowing and even reversing the aging process so you can be your most active life and feel better, look better, and live better.” A thankful testimonial from Bonnie V.: “I am a 55-year-old, post-menopausal woman who was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired! I literally felt terrible all the time! I had no sex drive, and my weight kept climbing upwards, no matter the diets or healthy eating. Then I discovered Optimal Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine. I had a blood test done that showed I was very low in testosterone! As low as -5, on a scale where normal for a woman is in the range of 120. Who knew! My doctor had never discussed testosterone as an issue for women! Did you know it is just as important as estrogen and progester- one for us ladies? I started taking testosterone in February of this year, and before I knew it I was feeling amazingly better! So much more energy, and a positive outlook, after feeling so low and depressed! Now, the weight is coming off, and as for my sex drive… Wow! I’m up and running again – even better than when I was in my 20s. I encourage you to check out Optimal Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine. Their staff are very knowledgeable and will treat you like family. It will change your life!” Call: 541-728-0700 Email: info@optimalrxmeds.com Website: optimalrxmeds.com OPTIMAL ANTI AGING and FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE 753 SW 11th Ave. Suite A Redmond, OR 97756 541-728-0700 FEEL SAVAGE NOT AVERAGE IV THERAPY • Performance Recovery • Rehydration AMINO ACID INJECTIONS • Glutathione Injection • G.A.C. (Glutamine Arginne Carnitine) OPTIMAL THERAPY BENEFITS Reduce Anxiety Athletic Muscle Recovery Strengthen Immune System Rehydration Combat Fatigue Hangover Flush Pain Management Weight Loss Reduce Inflammation Promote Healthy Skin Improve Mood For more info or to schedule an appointment OPTIMALRXMEDS.COM
  • 11. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 20 21 WE LOVE WHAT WE DO and we love your pets too! “I love that Patrick shows up with a cleaning crew of 3 or 4 people. They can get thru my house in an hour. They are always on time and can squeeze me in last minute if necessary. They practice Covid mask wearing. They bring their own supplies and use natural cleaning products. They are always happy and asking for feedback so they can improve their services. I highly recommend them!!” (541) 280-8736 muddypawscleaners@gmail.com SPECIALIZING IN RESIDENTIAL HOUSEKEEPING AND COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICES tetherow nonprofit spotlight MOVEMENT Live well. Feel good. Choose joy. KICKcancER is a nonprofit dedicated to helping fami- lies with cancer thrive. We educate families on nutrition, natural detox methods + essential oils to boost well-being and quality of life during and after cancer. We also provide KICKstart Kits for families who are interested in exploring and integrating some of these methods with their children undergoing treatment and post treatment. We host a 30 Day THRIVE Program that will provide you with a customized DONATE | CONNECT | VOLUNTEER kickcancermovement.org EMPOWERMENT THROUGH EDUCATION We teach the importance of REAL food and REAL health for REAL life. NO ONE FIGHTS ALONE WE OFFER FREE KICKSTART KITS to families with children undergoing treatment. 30 DAY THRIVE PROGRAM Customized meal plan and protocol to specifically help you THRIVE KICKCANCER ATHLETES PROGRAM Providing sponsorships for our cancer fighting athletes kick cancer 30 day protocol, ongoing support and weekly training to help you THRIVE through cancer. We empower cancer fighting athletes through our KICKcancER Athlete’s Sponsorship Program to help them take their dreams to the next level. We appreciate your support and encourage you to check out our website (kickcancermovement.org) to learn more about our programs, events, and sponsors.
  • 12. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 22 23 Jenna Anne | 9th grade Addison | 6th grade Kennady | 8th grade Cascades Academy tetherow kids Back-to-School A very special THANK YOU to our wonderful teachers, school administrators and faculty for their hard work and continued support of our students and High Desert Community. Teddy and Haley 5th and 7th grade | Seven Peaks Noah | 2nd grade | Miller Elementary Isaac and Lexi | 6th and 7th grade | Pacific Crest Colton | 7th grade | Pacific Crest Micah | 3rd grade | Miller Elementary Bella and Frank | 9th grade | Summit High School Kaia | 4th grade | Miller Elementary Cole | 3rd grade | Miller Elementary Allia | 7th grade | Pacific Crest Jackson | 4th grade | Miller Elementary FIRST DAY PICTURES,2021
  • 13. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 24 25 Dr. Megan Carmichael 541-728-3481 • info@bendlifeacu.com • 1291 NW Wall St, Bend, Oregon 97703 A Holistic Health Center To a joyful present and a well remembered past. Best wishes to the upcoming Holidays and a prosperous New Year. TYLER DAY, Owner Operator LANDSCAPING • HARDSCAPING • IRRIGATION NATIVEHABITBEND.COM @NATIVEHABITLANDSCAPES LCB# 9861 S U S T A I N A B L E • 99.9 UV Rejection • Sun Glare Management, Dual Pane safe with Glass Warranties • Cost-Effective, Energy-saving solution Call today for more information! 541-419-9578 | www.custom-tint.com Transitional window tinting healthful living Introducing Bend Life Acupuncture Integrative Medicine by Dr. Megan Carmichael DACM, LAc I’d like to formally introduce myself to the High Desert Community. I’m Dr. Megan Carmichael DACM, LAc. I’ve lived here in Bend Oregon since 2006. In between now and then we ventured to Southern California for a few years, before quickly realizing that the best mountain bike and moto trails are in Bend, so we moved back. In 2015 I shared a clinic space in an established acupuncture clinic on the eastside of Bend. In no time, I moved to my own clinic on the southwest side and by 2020 I’d outgrown the clinic, but experienced a brief time off through 2020. When we opened back up, it was as if we didn’t miss a beat and it was time to expand. As of October 2021, I am happy to announce the expansion and rebranding of my clinic to Bend Life Acupuncture Integrative Medicine, formally known as Acupuncture w/ Dr. Megan Carmichael. Not only has the business name changed, we also Bend Life Acupuncture Integrative Medicine front staff greets you with a warm, nurturing atmosphere. I specialize in two techniques called Balanced Method and Electro-Acupuncture. Issues that I specialize in, but not limited to are; Allergy Elimination, pain management, nutrition, women’s health, toxicity, and gut health. Prior to this I was a behavioral health counselor and massage therapist. Additional acupunc- turists are being added to the team with specialties in chiropractic, physical, emotional health, pain manage- ment, oncology care, women’s health, and more. Our massage therapists specialize in deep tissue, medical massage, pain management, decreasing depression/anxiety, physical training/ therapy studies, and more. We have a sound therapist who specializes in biomedicine ailments, such as increasing athletic outcome through sound wave treatments. He also has years of work- ing with PTSD, emotional care, meditation and other biomedicine issues. Since our skin is our biggest organ absorbing all of the outside world, Bend Life Acupuncture Integrative Medicine has added a licensed esthetician. Please feel free to stop by our clinic and visit our new location. We would love to talk more with you about your healthcare goals and building improve- ment for enjoying more of life and longevity. 1291 N.W. Wall Street Bend, OR 97703 541-728-3481 https://bendlifeacu.com have a new location in the heart of downtown Bend Oregon. Our vision is to be a balanced center of holistic healthcare, providing you with a variety of practitioners and healing modalities.We also believe in the benefit of reaching outside our walls to build a multifaceted approach to healing and communication with other community providers.The new location has six treatment rooms and ample parking and soon we’ll host multiple lectures to the community of Central Oregon. There are many spokes on a wheel, all of these spokes need balance and attention for precision, as do the many facets of good health and longevity. We all see that diseases like autoimmune, insomnia, infertility, gut health, depression, addictions, chronic pain, cancer, etc are on the rise. To treat these conditions we’ll need healthcare practitioners to come together and share their knowledge and experience to help each case as unique as the individual.
  • 14. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 26 27 meet your neighbors Story content by the Burrus Family | Photos by Em’s Lens Photography Meet your neighbors, the Burrus family. David, Elise, Ivan (3), Sage (18 months) and Otto the VW bus (50) have been residing in Tetherow for the past three years. “We feel very fortunate to live in Tetherow and take advantage of the golf course, swim- ming pool, biking/walking paths and playground with our kids. The close proximity to Mt. Bachelor is amaz- ing! We also love Phil’s Trails and the Wanoga trail system for mountain biking, and often ride to the trails directly from our neighborhood!” You may recognize their timeless, unique VW bus in the neighbor- hood. Affectionately named Otto, and celebrating a 50-year anniver- sary this year, he is the mascot for their business, Pediatric Dental Associates, and is part of their signature advertisement around town, including High Desert Living. “We love going on family road trips with Otto! He’s great for local camping and cruising around town.” When the Burruses are not camping with Otto, they often travel to the Oregon Coast to go surfing. Their favorite spots are Pacific City, Otter Rock and Agate Beach. “We love having family traditions with bon- fires and beach time on the Oregon coast with our kids.” When they can travel out of state, they love Hawaii. The Burruses also like skiing/snowboard- ing, biking, hiking, surfing the river wave, and fish- ing. Music is also a huge passion. “We love music! Our favorite band is Pearl Jam and have seen 50 shows in the U.S. and internationally. We have a ‘gallery’ in our home that showcases our Pearl Jam concert posters.” They also like the Rolling Stones, B F A M I L Y T H E urrus Grateful Dead, Phish, The Black Crowes and like the genres of Outlaw/Cosmic Country and Reggae. David grew up in Creswell, Oregon, and Elise grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For their undergrad- uate education, David attended Eastern Oregon University, and Elise went to Boston College. They met in Wisconsin while at Marquette University School of Dentistry. They both shared the passion of working with children and pursued residency training in pediatric dentistry. David and Elise married in 2009 and moved to Bend in 2012. David was particularly attracted to Bend because he was a wildland firefighter before dental school, and spent a lot of time in Eastern and Central Oregon. He loved the beauty of the Cascade mountains and also the snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor! He encouraged his Midwestern wife to move out west, even though she had only been to Bend once before, during a snow- storm. Now, they could not imagine a better place to raise their family. “We had the fortunate oppor- tunity to join the pediatric dental practice of David’s childhood dentist. A short time after moving here, we were able to purchase the practices in Bend and Redmond. In 2016, we built out a new Bend office in the COPA Center for Pediatrics in Northwest Crossing. Our Bend office features a real 1976 VW bus, named ‘Pearly’ that was converted into a two- story playhouse. We take pride in giving kids a posi- tive, fun experience at the dentist at an early age!” Their dental practice sponsors many local schools and sports teams and are mentors for students at COCC. Elise also served on the board for the Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic. Over the last year and a half, they have done a lot of take-out and family dinners at home. “We feel lucky to have so many good food options in Bend.” Some of their favorite restaurants include: Wild Rose, Trattoria Sbandati, Washington, Zydeco, all of the local breweries. When they are at home, relaxing, the Burrus family likes to read, spin some vinyl records, sit by the fire, and watch their favorite sports teams: Green Bay Packers and the Oregon Ducks. When asking what their favorite part of living in the Tetherow community was, they kindly replied, “Our wonderful neighbors, the beautiful nature and scenery, and the close proximity to Mt. Bachelor and the Cascade Lakes! We have a bobcat and a great horned owl that often visit our property. Bend is a wonderland in all seasons!
  • 15. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 28 29 Exterior Interior Painting | Stain Lacquer Cabinet Refinishing | Interior Doors Trim Deck Fence Staining | Epoxy Garage Floor Coatings Color Consultations MarcRivermanPainting.com Licensed • Bonded • Insured CCB#175732 Serving Central Oregon Since 2003 Before After and risk tolerance (how comfortable you are with swings in your portfolio’s value). Based on your responses, your advisor can help build a portfolio designed to help reach your goals as efficiently as possible. Asset allocation cannot eliminate the risk of fluctuating prices and uncertain returns. SP 500 comprises 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity, and industry group representation. It is a market-value-weighted index; each stock’s weight in the index is proportionate to its market value. It is one of the most widely used benchmarks of U.S. equity performance. The indices are provided for informational purposes only; inves- tors cannot directly purchase an index. Past performance is not indicative of future results. This article was written by/for Wells Fargo Advisors and pro- vided courtesy of Joseph Mansfield, Financial Advisor in Bend at 541-633-1927. Investments in securities and insurance products are: NOT FDIC-INSURED/NOT BANK- GUARANTEED/MAY LOSE VALUE Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo Company. ©2017-2021 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved. tetherow financial fitness IS YOUR As Provided by Joseph Mansfield When you look at an investment’s historical price performance, note its volatility—how frequent and how extreme the ups and downs have been. This is significant because volatil- ity is the most commonly used measurement of an investment’s risk. The greater the volatility, the riskier the investment is considered to be. If you viewed a chart comparing the stock market’s versus the bond market’s performance, you’d see stocks have been significantly more volatile than bonds. Logically then, a 100% bond portfolio should be less risky than one including both bonds and stocks. Right? Not so fast. In fact, according to a Morningstar study for the years 1970 through 2019, a portfolio comprising 67% bonds (measured by the 20-year U.S. government bond) and 33% stocks (using the SP 500 Index) offered less risk and better returns than a 100% bond portfolio. In other words, the former was more “efficient” than the latter, which leads to a concept investors should be aware of: the efficient frontier. Start with the basics Having a grasp of the efficient frontier begins with understanding: • The relationship between risk and return • How diversification can help manage risk and return In general, risk and return go hand-in-hand. As an investment’s risk increases, so should its return. If you buy a Treasury bond, the return will probably be low because the risk of default is low. If you buy a stock, however, the potential risk can be signifi- cant—think back to what happened to stocks at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic—and you should expect a greater return potential as “compensation” from the market for accepting that additional risk. Diversification is simply blending different investments in a portfolio in an effort to manage risk and return. The result is your “asset allocation.” A very simple asset allocation might include stocks, which tend to be risky but offer growth potential, and bonds, which have been more stable and provide income (interest). You can help manage your risk and return by how much you allo- cate to each type of investment. For example, if you have a 75% stock/25% bond portfolio, it should offer a greater risk and return potential than one that’s 25% stocks/75% bonds. Getting to an efficient frontier Of course, there are lots of other investments for you to choose from, and there are an infinite number of portfolios you could construct from the stocks, bonds, and other assets available. Each of these blends has a unique overall risk and return level. If you plotted them all on a chart, you’d likely see what’s shown in the hypothetical graph below. The “pies”—representing different asset allocations—farthest to the left and highest up are the ones with the best expected risk/return tradeoffs. If you connected those “dots,” you would have it: the efficient frontier. PORTFOLIO As It Could Be? Efficient That’s what the efficient frontier is, but what does it mean for investors? It means that if your risk/return tradeoff doesn’t land along the frontier, your portfolio is not as efficient as it could be. You’re taking on too much risk for the level of return you’re getting, and you probably need to make adjustments to decrease risk, improve return, or both. Finding help Determining whether your portfolio is as efficient as it could be may require help from a professional financial advisor. He or she will likely ask about your goals (what you’re investing for), time horizon (how long until you need to tap into your investments), Connecting The Dots To The Determine An Efficient Frontier Chart is conceptual and does not reflect any actual returns or represent any specific asset classification Chart is conceptual and does not reflect any actual returnes or represnt any specific asset classification
  • 16. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 30 31 INSPEC TIONS SERVICES Bend Brothers Inspection Services has been servicing Central Oregon since 2020. While visiting Bend on their honeymoon in 2019, Dana and Ross fell in love with Oregon. They moved to Bend in 2020 and along the way convinced Ross’s brother, Ryan, to move with them. Ross and Ryan came from similar backgrounds. Ross as a real estate agent and Ryan as a home inspector. The brothers decided to start a home inspection company that focuses on client and agent relationships while providing the most thorough inspection possible. Their mission is to help homebuyers make informed decisions when purchasing a home. “We are committed to providing the highest level of customer service and maintaining a level of pro- fessionalism that is unmatched. We offer 24/7 scheduling and support for our clients and agents. We provide all reports in 24 hours or less, and we even offer a buyback guarantee!” To further their mission of encouraging homeownership and home maintenance, Bend Brothers Inspection Services would like to offer their Home Maintenance Inspection to the resi- dents of Tetherow for a discounted rate. If you schedule a Home Maintenance Inspection with them and mention High Desert Living, they will give you 20% off their normal price. When asking Bend Brothers if they had any advice for the Tetherow community, they honestly replied, “Our advice to all homeowners is to maintain their home as diligently as possible. Most of the deficiencies that we identify on a daily basis are caused by deferred homeowner maintenance. The big three, as we like to call them, consists of: the roof, HVAC, and sid- ing. These three systems should be evaluated and maintained yearly to ensure longevity. We offer a yearly Home Maintenance Inspection to assist our customers with maintaining their home and protecting their investment.” “At Bend Brothers, we will always be a family-owned and operated business dedicated to our customers. When we are not inspecting you may find us out enjoying the Cascades or grabbing a beer at a local brewery. We love the Central Oregon lifestyle and are humbled to be a part of this great community.” BendBrothers business sponsor spotlight Call: 541-362-6379 Visit: bendbrothersinspections.com Email: admin@bendbrothersinspections.com Thank you, Dana, Ross, and Ryan, for providing excellent customer service to our High Desert community. The Bend Brothers recently came to my home for a Home Maintenance Inspection. Their professionalism and attention to detail were unmatched! They explained every evaluation thoughtfully and truly cared about providing solutions to areas that needed to be fixed. And all within 24 hours! I highly recommend their excellent service! Thank you, Bend Brothers Inspection Services, for being a valued and founding partner in High Desert Living. THE BROTHERS DECIDED TO START A HOME INSPECTION COMPANY THAT FOCUSES ON CLIENT AND AGENT RELATIONSHIPS
  • 17. High Desert Living • November 2021 November 2021 • High Desert Living 32 33 Doula Your Neighborhood L O V I N G H A N D S D O U L A S E R V I C E S high desert highlights Content provided by Sarah Rafail If you have the pleasure of meeting Sarah Rafail, one thing you will immediately notice is her calm and nurturing nature. It is certainly no surprise that her career has been in caregiving. While living in Newport Beach, California, Sarah was a critical care nurse at the Hoag Hospital for two years. After moving to Bend five years ago, Sarah found her passion as a doula and has been caring for pregnant women in Central Oregon for nearly three years. Sarah is generally hired at the beginning of the second trimester and builds a relationship with the mother and their support group for the remainder of their pregnancy. “I’m an employee of the parents and surrogates,” she lovingly admits. “Doulas provide education (I provide evi- denced-based research) and physical and emotional support during labor. We also advocate for our clients when we see that they aren’t being given the best care by staff. I am their support role. I find out what their needs are and am there in case something happens.” Oftentimes, Sarah is the mother or sister role for pregnancies that don’t have family in town and is on call two weeks before and after every due date. As a mother of four, Sarah’s first birth in the hospital didn’t go as planned. “My first baby was born in a hospital with an OB as my provider. My goal was an unmedicated birth. From the start, my OB didn’t support this type of birth, and the hospital staff did not make it easy for me either. I was not “heard” and did not feel supported throughout the whole pregnancy and birth. My second, third, and fourth babies were born at home with a midwife and doula present. These were entirely better experiences. My midwife and doula listened to me and my wishes for the type of birth that I wanted. They empowered me by creating a safe and As Sarah looks into the future, her goal is to start midwifery school online, next summer. This will be about a three-year commitment and will become a midwife for at-home births. “Midwives are assisting the woman with the medical part of her pregnancy. She is medically trained to provide prenatal care for women and to deliver babies.” When asking Sarah if there was one thing she would want preg- nant women to know, she thoughtfully replied, “Find a provider supported environment. I went into birth work because of this experience. No matter where you birth, women need to feel safe, supported and heard. This is what I provide for my clients. I have found that women need someone who can fill the role of their mother or sister but in a non-judg- mental way. I have a true passion for helping women achieve the birth that they desire.” Following her client’s birth, Sarah does an after-care check-in to make sure all is well with the new mom and baby. As a trained placenta specialist, she can also encapsulate the placenta for her client to ingest. “It is the life source between you and your baby. What better way to nourish your body than by something you and your baby made together.” The placenta is full of nutrients and hormones that can replenish your postpartum body and has many benefits, including: • Inhibits postpartum blues • Restores lost hormones • Reduces postpartum bleeding • Restores iron levels • Increased milk production • Increased energy In addition to capsules, Sarah also enjoys making: • Tinctures: Last indefinitely, can be used to ease PMS symptoms and used for menopause • Herbal Salve: C-section scars, diaper rash, eczema, sore nipples from breasting • Placenta prints: Made with food- grade dyes that is on board with the type of birth that you desire, ask ques- tions, and if you don’t like their answers, it’s ok to switch. Also, educate yourself about childbirth and the postpartum period. Read books, not Google.” Visit lovinghandsbend.com to learn more and follow Sarah’s doula journey on Instagram at lovinghands.doula.bend. meet Sarah and her doula baby, Archer
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