E-Smoke Signals

Illustration by Chris Gash. Breaking up is hard to do. Just ask a smoker. Jackie Kotlarek, 44, has tried everything to kick her 26 1/2-year smoking habit, from going cold turkey to undergoing hypnosis. But any attempts to live a life apart from her cigarettes were short-lived. That is, until she swapped her pack of cigarettes for an e-cigarette.  “When I started [in August], I started at 12 milligrams,” Kotlarek says, referring to the strength of nicotine in her e-cigarette, a level common for people who are used to smoking “light” cigarettes. “Today, I’m already at a six or a zero.”…

Suite Spot

Illustration by Elizabeth Baddeley Tammy Stone, on a break from her job as program manager at GE Healthcare, steps into a cozy, warmly lit room at GE Healthcare’s North American headquarters in Waukesha. The sounds of birds chirping and wind rustling through trees fill the space. On the wall, a flat-screen monitor displays a series of soothing waterfall images and lush forest scenes.  If you think Stone stepped into a spa, you’re not entirely wrong.  GE’s SensorySuite aims to reinvent the mammography experience by bringing a spa-like environment to a clinical procedure that commonly induces fear and anxiety in patients.…

Mane Attractions

Love your hair (who’s your stylist?) or hate it (we have solutions), stressing over our tresses is a part of our daily routine, especially when it comes to finding the right person to cut, color and style them. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Find a stylist for your ’do, and you’ll make bad hair days a thing of the past. Among the names we found on the cutting edge are the tried-and-true Milwaukee favorites (Brian Houston Salon, Erik of Norway, Gee’s Clippers & Hair Design, to name a few), specialty salons (Dart Salon & Spa caters to…

Top Dentists 2014

Dental care today reaches far beyond the mouth. Dentists are consistently screening for more than just cavities and tooth decay. They’re disease detectives, serving on the front lines of prevention of numerous ailments, from cancer to diabetes or even depression. Many of them are also focused on helping the underprivileged, regularly reaching out to ensure disadvantaged communities get the services they need.  And they’ve also earned the respect of their peers and the loyalty of their patients. For our latest installment of Milwaukee’s Top Dentists, we reached out to more than 1,000 dental professionals to discover the dentists who give…

Serving the Underserved

For years, three words summed up Laurie Hodnik’s approach to dental care: Just pull it. A fixed income and a reduction in hours at work during the Great Recession made it too difficult for Hodnik to pay for dental services. Past dental visits made her fearful of scheduling regular exams. Instead, when a painful tooth forced her into the dentist’s chair, she would elect to have the damaged or diseased tooth removed because the financial costs associated with the treatment options were outside her budget. “I didn’t have insurance, so the cheapest thing [to do] was to pull it,” the…

Dentists- Your Health’s First Line of Defense

“I had to force myself to get out of bed … to do everything.” That’s how Linda Small remembers life in 2011, when exhaustion made even simple daily activities seem insurmountable. “Something just wasn’t right,” she recalls. Her primary care physician advised Small to get more rest, eat healthier and exercise regularly. She did as told, but still couldn’t shake her feeling of fatigue. It wasn’t until she visited Dr. Glenn Gequillana’s office for a routine dental cleaning that she finally found the source of her ailments. While examining Small’s throat, a standard procedure for Gequillana’s dental exams, he felt…