Dr. Sepi Fatahi: Valencia Dentist Lives a Childhood Dream

By Stephen K. Peeples

As a precocious Santa Clarita Valley third-grader in the late 1980s, Sepi Fatahi became fascinated with dentistry after a female dentist visited her school on a Career Day.

The eight-year-old decided that day she wanted to be a dentist and own a dental office when she grew up, so she could help people in her new hometown of Valencia keep their teeth clean and healthy.

Fast-forwarding to August 2017, Dr. Sepi Fatahi, D.M.D finally achieved her dream – to become a general dentist and own and operate a multi-specialty practice in her hometown. Continue reading “Dr. Sepi Fatahi: Valencia Dentist Lives a Childhood Dream”

Aging with Power: Myles McNamara, Comfort Keepers In-Home Care Help Seniors Stay Home

“If you needed somebody to take care of your mom so she could stay in her own home, would you want to just Google somebody and get some stranger?” Myles McNamara, Comfort Keepers In-Home Care owner-president, asked rhetorically. “Of course not. You’d rather say, ‘Wait, I know Myles. He owns Comfort Keepers. He’s hands-on, they’ve been engaged in our community for almost 20 years. Let’s call him.’” Continue reading “Aging with Power: Myles McNamara, Comfort Keepers In-Home Care Help Seniors Stay Home”

All in the Family: Nola Aronson, Advanced Audiology Help the Peeples Hear Better

Two Peeples’ Experiences with Advanced Audiology’s Free Hearing Checkup and 45-Day Hearing Device Test-Drive

Nola Aronson, the award-winning Santa Clarita Valley audiologist, entrepreneur, teacher, philanthropist and author, recently invited this writer to her Advanced Audiology office in Valencia for a free, no-obligation hearing checkup. Continue reading “All in the Family: Nola Aronson, Advanced Audiology Help the Peeples Hear Better”

Time is Running Out for SCV Teen with Deadly Genetic Disorder

Update on Sebastian Velona Foundation’s Race to Cure Batten Disease CLN8

Story and Photos by Stephen K. Peeples

There’s good news and bad news in our third update on a Santa Clarita Valley family’s race to find a cure for Batten Disease CLN8.

As detailed in our last issue, the neurological disorder strikes children, including 14-year-old Sebastian Velona (nicknamed Sebi). It degenerates their nervous systems and is usually fatal by Sebi’s age. Continue reading “Time is Running Out for SCV Teen with Deadly Genetic Disorder”

Life Coach Marguerite Berg: For Each Person in Life, it’s ‘My Shoes, My Journey’

By Stephen K. Peeples

“Effective coaching involves thought, strategies and action. In my personalized sessions, I focus on the present and the future, with client-defined goals, well-thought-out strategies and step-by-step action plans.”

Walking into Marguerite Berg’s cozy Santa Clarita office as she welcomes you with a big smile and warm embrace feels like finding shelter from a storm. Continue reading “Life Coach Marguerite Berg: For Each Person in Life, it’s ‘My Shoes, My Journey’”

Douglas Furniture: An Evergreen Family Business Grown in the SCV

Co-Owner Doug Green Looks Back on Four Decades, Ahead to the Next Generation

By Stephen K. Peeples

Furniture retailers may come and go, but not Douglas Furniture, a well-appointed fixture in Newhall since 1975.

Owners Doug Green and his wife Pat Green were in their early 20s when they opened with a single 1,500-square-foot storefront in downtown Newhall. Continue reading “Douglas Furniture: An Evergreen Family Business Grown in the SCV”

Aviator CPA Gives Overview of New Tax Law’s First Year

It’s All About Finding the Balance

Story & Photos by Stephen K. Peeples

When Wealth | Wisdom | Wellness last spoke with Valencia’s Aviator CPA, Jorge Perazzo, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act passed by Congress had just been signed into law by the president.

As we neared the end of the second quarter since the law took effect in January 2018, we checked back with Perazzo and his wife and partner Peggy for a mid-year update. Continue reading “Aviator CPA Gives Overview of New Tax Law’s First Year”

Beyond FANG: IBD’s Amy Smith Spotlights Four High-Performing Stocks

By Stephen K. Peeples

What do Netflix, SolarEdge, Etsy and Shake Shack Have in Common?

Former host of Investor’s Business Daily’s Market Wrap, Amy Smith also co-hosted IBD’s “How to Make Money in Stocks” radio program and wrote the companion book “How to Make Money in Stocks Success Stories” (McGraw-Hill, 2013).

Smith is a frequent speaker and panelist at major IBD events, where she shares her prescient views of current and future market conditions. A keynote speaker at Wealth | Wisdom | Wellness’ inaugural Santa Clarita Family Wealth Summit in May 2017, Smith was profiled in 3W’s premiere issue and her tips featured in our second and third issues as well.

In this edition, Smith spotlights four stocks that were major movers in the tumultuous first two quarters of 2018. Continue reading “Beyond FANG: IBD’s Amy Smith Spotlights Four High-Performing Stocks”

Dr. Craig J. Helm Takes a Closer Look at Summer Eye Injuries

A Conversation with Stephen K. Peeples

“I’ve seen everything from ice picks to drills, weed- whackers to blow darts, broken Christmas ornaments to gunshot wounds – the whole gamut.”

Summer’s here and the time is ripe for – accidents, including mishaps involving our eyes and eyesight. We take our vision for granted until we, or a loved one, suffer some traumatic injury.

Fortunately for Santa Clarita Valley residents, Dr. Craig J. Helm is an expert in treating severe eye trauma, so help is not far away. Continue reading “Dr. Craig J. Helm Takes a Closer Look at Summer Eye Injuries”

Publisher’s Note: Welcome to the Latest Edition of Wealth | Wisdom | Wellness

Welcome to the latest edition of Wealth | Wisdom | Wellness (3W), a magazine of collective wisdom on family wealth and health featuring in-depth showcase interviews with select business owners.

Like others who live and work in and around the Santa Clarita Valley, these business owners have helped create this platform to connect with our readers by sharing the success stories of their businesses. They want you to get to know them beyond price points and carnival-barking ads.

On the cover of this issue, we are proud to feature Myles, Sepi and Marguerite. We found them to be truly inspiring professionals dedicated to perfecting their businesses and bringing satisfaction to their customers. Continue reading “Publisher’s Note: Welcome to the Latest Edition of Wealth | Wisdom | Wellness”