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Amy Scalia

Amy Scalia
Publisher & CEO - Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at From growing up in the cornfields of Harrison and getting a Mass Communications B.A. degree in the bubble of Oxford, to living on the NKY side of the river in Newport and then Ft. Thomas, Amy Scalia has embraced Cincinnati with her presence. Her major life accomplishments include: being a mom of two girls and a boy, a 2010 "40 Under 40" recipient from the Cincinnati Business Courier, winning the "Best New Product/Service of the Year" Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and a national Web-writing award from ASHPE in 2007, a national feature writing award from ASBPE in 2006, and running three Flying Pig Marathons.

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Not feeling like yourself lately? We chat with a local doctor about how she can help and her personal battle with hormone imbalance that makes her so passionate.

logoTired, overweight, and feeling like you’ve lost your mojo? No one understands more than Dr. Magdalena Kerschner, a board certified Anesthesiologist and board certified Interventional Pain specialist. She understands because she’s been there.

Dr. Kerschner completed her medical school education, at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan and subsequent anesthesiology residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.

After many years of practicing traditional medicine and treating illness after it has already developed, Dr. Kerschner realized that preventing disease before it starts results in healthier and happier patients. That’s what inspired her to launch her own business, Victory Weight Loss & Wellness.

Dr. Magdalena Kerschner, founder of Victory Weight Loss & Wellness
Dr. Magdalena Kerschner, founder of Victory Weight Loss & Wellness

“Through my own personal journey, I became very interested in the concept of prevention of illness through weight management and bio-identical hormone replacement therapies as a modern way to promote physical and emotional wellness,” Dr. Kerschner explains. Today, through Victory Weight Loss & Wellness, she offers several services and programs for weight loss and bio-identical hormone replacement — for both men and women.

For weight loss, programs include a Prescription Drug Program, HCG Diet Program, Low Calorie Program and Modified Program, all physician-assisted and directed by Dr. Kerschner.

For the bio-identical hormone replacement, she prevents and treats not only the symptoms, but also the causes of hormonal imbalances in men and women. “By obtaining simple blood test, I know exactly which hormones to put back into your body to feel youthful again,” Dr. Kerschner says. “There is a good reason for all the bio-identical hormone hype on Susanne Summers, Dr. Oz and Oprah: Results!”

Dr. Kerschner holds a certificate of training from Dr. Neal Rouzier – a nationally recognized authority in bio-identical hormone replacement therapies and preventive medicine as well as a certificate of training from Canyon Ranch Health and Wellness Program. Dr. Kerschner is a member of numerous medical societies including American Medical Association, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Cincinnati Academy of Medicine, Ohio Medical Association, Academy for Anti-Aging medicine, and Society of Bariatric Physicians.

Victory Weight Loss & Wellness is located at 9600 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45242. To schedule an appointment, visit or call 513-936-3065. Watch the exclusive webcast below to learn more about Victory Weight Loss & Wellness as well as Dr. Kerschner’s personal journey with hormone imbalance and bio-identical hormone replacement.

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For our annual Men's Issue, our Editor in Chic writes a letter to her daughter about the superman who lives with them.

11406828_10153524618546282_3505204440919648601_nI have to share a little secret with you: Superman lives here.

Yes, I know you’ll hear that Clark Kent lives in Metropolis and works for the Daily Planet. I’m talking about a different Superman, though. The one you call daddy.

Your daddy has absolutely amazed me over the past two years. He has been through so much with his RA-related double hip and double knee replacements, and all the therapy that goes with it. There were several times we both wondered if this was it. Was this all the disease left behind? Damaged joints, scarred body, and atrophied muscles?

Pete after his two mile walk to Venice Beach
Pete after his two mile walk to Venice Beach

These were questions that no science book or doctor could answer. It was really up to your dad to answer. Through his actions, dedication, and perseverance. He was the one to decide what was left of his body. How he would rise up from these ashes. How he would fight to make the most of what he has.

Over the past three weeks, your dad has absolutely shocked me with how far he’s come. About a month ago, he mentioned that a friend of his – Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson – invited him to a charity poker tournament at her house in LA. This is something he’s been invited to several times over the past few years, but hasn’t been able to go because of pain, surgeries or recovery. But this year, he actually could. I wasn’t able to go though, so if he went, he’d need to travel alone.

Pete and Nancy Cartwright
Pete and Nancy Cartwright

This is a man who just a few months ago needed help getting into the shower, dressing himself, and had to be hoisted into his car every morning for work. Could he carry his own bags, get them in and out of his car, be walking and on his feet all day like travel often requires? Neither one of us were sure, but figured there was only one way to find out so he booked the trip.

Next thing I know, not only did he have no issues with bags and travel, he’s texting me a picture of him on Venice beach, where he walked TWO miles. I about fell over. Overwhelmed with pride for how hard he was pushing himself to get better, and joy that we could travel again — something we haven’t been able to do for two years.

I know you won’t know or remember any of the pain or difficulty he’s been through in the past couple of years. In a way, that’s a good thing. He wants to be strong and active for you — you’ve been such a huge inspiration for him to recover so quickly.

But I want you to know that he’s our Superman. He’s doing the impossible. Making miracles happen. All right under our roof. Oh, and judging from how you get anything you want from him already, I can see that you’re his kryptonite. 🙂

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Make a splash this summer and dive into big winnings with Dearborn County Indiana’s Super Summer Giveaway. Click to learn more!


Dearborn County Indiana wants to brighten up your summer with wowing winnings. From June 9-July 13, they’re giving away the following five prizes:

Week #1: Great Crescent Brewery Experience for six
Week #2: $100 McCabe’s Greenhouse Gift Card, $25 Whisky’s Restaurant Gift Card, and Two Tri-State Antique Market Admissions
Week #3: Night a the Races Package, including four general admission tickets and a $25 Speedway gift card.
Week #4: Girls Day Out Package, including a Paint Party + Wine Tasting Party for four, Hillforest Victorian House Museum Admission for four, $60 Riverwatch Restaurant Gift Card
Week #5: Red Carpet Package, including overnight stay for two, breakfast for two, and $165 Final Cut Steakhouse Gift Card

To enter, beginning June 9, just “like” the Dearborn County Indiana Facebook Page.

This is a special advertising supplement paid for by Dearborn County Indiana.

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We chat with Missy Kirkpatrick, the owner of Lindale Golf Course, to learn about her women’s workshops and what makes the club unique.

Melissa Kirkpatrick, Owner of the Lindale Golf Club

For Melissa Kirkpatrick, golf is more than just a game. It’s full of life lessons, and she hopes to share the sport and knowledge with other women interested in learning golf basics while supporting them as they discover much more than just the game of golf.

Since purchasing the course six years ago, Lindale Golf Club has established itself as a well-maintained course at an affordable price, according to Kirkpatrick. In addition to the day and evening leagues, special events and outings, they are now offering the golf academy for beginner women golfers.

She hosts a Women Golfers Academy that’s a six-week training package that can be one-on-one ($649) or with groups of three ($449 per person). The instruction includes the on-the-course play as well as training materials. Following completion of the training, course packages and discounts will be offered to participants.

“I’ll be the leader in the training offered both on course and off-course instruction,” says Kirkpatrick. “This program is to offer women who are new to the game, or feel they want to develop the confidence of playing, hands on guidance and instruction.”

She also offers free, two-part Women Golfers Workshops for women new to the game.

The environment of the sessions will be on the 18-hole public course and will be broken up into instruction categories such as: Speak the Lingo, Find your Swing, Feel Confident, Trust Yourself (on the course and off!), and Let Go and Have Fun.

“My mission is to give women the experience of finding their game and discovering the relationship between golf and life,” says Kirkpatrick. “Women playing golf is slow growing and I want to take it to the next level for women by bringing laughter, relationships, and finding an outlet from their day-to-day activities by allowing them to take time for themselves and finding self-care in playing golf.”

Kirkpatrick says it’s unique to make women the focus on the golf course like they are at Lindale. “We know this area is saturated with golf courses, but where does one start if they have never played or only played a few times? How many times are women offered to play but feel reluctant because of this? We are going in unchartered territory by taking the leap of faith to branch out from our traditional clientele of male golfers and find those women golfers who want to achieve personal growth,” says Kirkpatrick. “Women are the leaders in most families, so their passion for the game will trickle down to their children, which are the future of the sport.”

According to Kirkpatrick, her female-focused sessions build confidence, not unlike business and sales training courses. “We are building that confidence and finding our own game on the field,” she explains. “We invest in training programs all the time, so what better way than investing in ourselves for an opportunity to grow and develop ourselves, as well as with others?”

To learn more, visit, “like” them on Facebook or e-mail Kirkpatrick at to schedule a session. “Don’t be concerned if you don’t have clubs, shoes or golf attire – we can assist you,” says Kirkpatrick. Watch the exclusive webcast below for more.


This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by Lindale Golf Course

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This Cincinnati-based on-location makeup artist is a licensed cosmetologist, too -- a winning combo that makes for a flawless finish. Learn more about her bridal services and makeup lessons.

Summer Mazion, Founder of A Touch of Summer Makeup Artistry

It all started with a simple shopping trip. “I have been fascinated with makeup since I was 13 years old when my mother took me to a cosmetic counter for my birthday,” says Summer Mazion, founder of A Touch of Summer Makeup Artistry. “Not knowing then what path my life was going to take me, I moved away from a small town to fulfill my lifelong passion of becoming a licensed certified makeup artist.”

She earned her Associate Degree in Business Management in 2001, became a Licensed Managing Cosmetologist through the Aveda Frederic’s Institute in 2002, and a certified makeup artist through Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts in Burbank, California, in 2003.

“I have been very fortunate to have a wide range of experience to help me along the way, working from high end cosmetic counters to a facial plastic surgeon,” she says. “I pride myself on professionalism by listening to make sure we create a look that is customized especially just for you.”

Her background is what makes her different, Mazion says. “I know the background and anatomy of skin. How to correct skin through skincare,” she explains. “That, combined with expert makeup application, creates for a flawless finish.”

While she specializes in on-location bridal makeup, she also offers makeup artistry services for special occasions, pageants, or themes like Halloween. “Being an on-location makeup artist,” Mazion explains, “it’s more convenient and time efficient for my clients.”

General rates are $175 for bridal makeup, which includes a consultation prior to wedding and artificial eyelash application, as well as a flawless, long-wearing, water resistant airbrush makeup application. Each additional person at the same location is $75 with airbrush makeup application with artificial eyelash application included.

Mazion also offers Makeup Lessons for $100 per person. “I will travel to any location and teach a one-on-one interactive makeup application,” she explains. “We will start off with a day time look, then transform into something more dramatic for evening.” Lessons last at least two hours per session and include artificial eyelash application instruction.

“For more than 20 years, I have been educating and beautifying my clients as an on location makeup artist,” Mazion says. “I look forward to showing you the amazing gifts I’ve been blessed with by making you feel your outer beauty is rivaled only by your inner beauty.”

To learn more, click here, call 740-550-7588, or “like” A Touch of Summer Makeup Artistry on Facebook.

This is a special advertising supplement paid for by A Touch of Summer Makeup Artistry.

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In honor of her first Mother’s Day, our editor in chic shares a special poem she wrote to her daughter years before her arrival.

Amy Scalia and daughter Lola
Amy Scalia and daughter Lola

Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, and now (thanks to you!), I get to celebrate as a mom for my first time this year! As I look around the room with baby toys everywhere, a burp cloth over my shoulder, and you cooing to yourself in your jumper — it’s hard to imagine what life was like without you.

But I remember one time in particular when I finally realized I wanted just this – burp cloth and all – more than anything in this world. Being the writer that I am, I had to put my feelings on paper and this poem is what I wrote. I go back and read it often to remind myself of those feelings. How much I wanted you and loved you, years before you entered this world. I hope you revisit it, too. When you’re ready, of course.

I’m Ready for You

It hasn’t always been this way
But I realized today
I’m ready for you
I want to see your smiles
Overcome all your trials
For the rest of my miles
I’m ready for you
I want to wipe all your tears
Calm all your fears
For the rest of my years
I’m ready for you
I see your face
Feel your embrace
But, for now, it’s just a trace
I’m ready for you
I want you in my arms
Shelter you from harms
Succumb to your charms
I’m ready for you
For worse or for better
Turn my back on you never
Give you my forever
I’m ready for you
You’re just in my imagination
But I pray for your creation
Making my dream a realization
I’m ready for you