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Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. To contact Sara, send her an email at selliott@cincychic.com.

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A stay-at-home mom took her passion for designing children’s clothes and made it a reality. Read on to learn more about the local lady behind the “Ruffles N Buttons.”

Ruffles N Buttons is run by Krystine Turner, a stay-at-home mom who designs and makes infant gowns.
Ruffles N Buttons is run by Krystine Turner, a stay-at-home mom who designs and makes infant gowns.

Cincy Chic: What is Ruffles N Buttons?
Krystine Turner, Owner of Ruffles N Buttons: Ruffles N Buttons is a home-based boutique run by me, a stay-at-home mom with a mind and heart for design and creativity.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind your boutique?
Turner: I started making infant gowns a little over a year ago when I was just about due with baby No. 4. I loved that my baby could be comfy and stylish at the same time, how I could be creative and how it brought out the designer in me. I started getting asked if they could be ordered and it has just snowballed like crazy from there.

Cincy Chic: When did you launch Ruffles N Buttons?
Turner: I realized I’d found a niche and made it “Etsy official” and got a logo and such in April 2014.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
Turner: I’m the only one at this point. I am also a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of four, so if Ruffles N Buttons keeps expanding as it has this far, I’ll soon have to look into adding on helpers.

Cincy Chic: What types of infant clothing do you sell?
Turner: I make infant gowns of all styles for baby boys and girls. Name gowns, dedication gowns, cutesy gowns, fancy gowns. My gowns are used a lot for baby shower gifts, going home outfits for new babies, outfits for fancy occasions and pretty much any time you want your baby to be comfy and dressed to the “T” at the same time.

Cincy Chic: Can you give us price points for the gowns?
Turner: My normal gowns range from $30 to $45 while dedication gowns range between $60 and $95.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Ruffles N Buttons?
Turner: I always have new designs and ideas rolling around in my mind and try to get them out and available to order as fast as possible in between fulfilling orders.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more or order a gown for a little one?
Turner: I have an Etsy shop and I’m on Facebook and Instagram. I am most active on Instagram with behind the scenes posts and giveaways along with normal business postings.

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    Looking for fun things to do this Mother’s Day? Cincy Chic has you covered. Read on as we outline fun events, activities, specials going on around the Tri-State to help you celebrate the leading lady in your life - Mom!

    Mother's Day is just around the corner a Cincy Chic has created a list of what's going on around the city!
    Mother’s Day is just around the corner a Cincy Chic has created a list of what’s going on around the city!

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Have you planned something special for that leading lady in your life? Or are you the take-charge mom who wants to plan her own big day? Either way, the team at Cincy Chic curated a list of the best things to do around the city this Mother’s Day!

    Outdoor Adventures
    The Cincinnati Reds take on the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, May 10. This is the perfect chance for you to take your sports-loving mom out for a cold one at the ball game! Mother’s Day packages at Great American Ball Park are $75 each. They include four seats of your choice in the Sun & Moon Deck, Terrace Line, View Level Box or Mezzanine. The package also comes with four wristbands for the Pregame Parade on the warning track. If the tickets sell out before you can get them, individuals seats are still available for the game!

    Families with little ones will love taking the day not only for mom, but to see the animals at the Cincinnati Zoo. Mother’s are admitted free to zoo on Mother’s Day. Moms will get no better joy than watching their children or grandchildren run around the zoo having the time of their life, so why not take a day to celebrate mom with the zoo’s animal moms too?

    The newest attraction on the Riverfront is opening May 9, just in time for Mother’s Day. The Grow Up Great Adventure Playground is an innovative, fully accessible playground next to the Roebling Suspension Bridge. Moms can watch little ones frolic on the playground, climb a rock climbing canyon, play on log climbs, go down twin racing slides, take the ultimate test of balance across a rope bridge, relax with a picnic in the granite seating amphitheater and cool off under the fog mist.

    Brunch With Mom
    BB Riverboats is selling seats for a Mother’s Day Cruise. Brunch will be served from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mom will enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline as well as delicious food and a souvenir photo to remember the day by. Those interested in attending brunch or dinner on the boat will pay $43 for adults and $22 for children.

    Head over to Winton Woods for Mother’s Day Brunch in the Park. This is the perfect event if you want to enjoy the beautiful outdoors while celebrating the mom or grandma in your life. There’s a tasty buffet that’s sure to satisfy every taste bud. The menu includes carved dry-aged prime rib, smoked Virginia ham, scrambled eggs, Belgian waffles and French toast to name a few of the delicious items available. Check out the buffet at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m (the noon brunch is sold out). Advanced registration is required and the buffet is $16.95 for adults and $8 for those between the ages of 2 and 12 (tax not included).

    Artistic Endeavors
    For the theatre-loving families, check out 2nd Sunday Family Showtime at Playhouse in the Park. Doors for the play, about a kindhearted woodcutter who discovers a nest of freezing birds and decides to give them a new home, open at 1:00 p.m., with the performance beginning at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children up to age 12.

    If you want to see great art, check out the Cincinnati Art Museum for the “Family ARTventures” exhibit. There are multiple tours on May 10, with free admission. The tour on Mother’s Day is an interactive art cart that boasts hands-on activities for the whole family. The Mother’s Day stop is the Ceramic Art Cart.

    The 46th Annual Appalachian Festival is back at Coney Island Mother’s Day weekend. The festival is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. General admission (adults ages 12 and up) is $10, Senior Citizens are $5, children 4-11 are $2 and children 4 and under are free. Parking for the festival is $6. Special guests at the festival include The Wayfarers, Rick Elliott, P’s in a Pod, Nightflyer, Hannah Sue Cooper and Omope Carter Daboiku.

    There are tons of things going around in the city on Mother’s Day, so be sure to find something special to enjoy with your mom, grandma and aunts!

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    Learn about the ultimate “Mommy & Me” event coming up, complete with face painting, princess visits, a fashion show, photo booth, crafts, shopping, visiting with cute pets, and more — all for a great cause!

    Girls' World will be hosting a Mommy & Me event full of shopping, pampering and four-legged friends.
    Girls’ World will be hosting a Mommy & Me event full of shopping, pampering and four-legged friends.

    Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. That’s when Girls’ World will be hosting its first Mommy & Me fundraiser and fashion show alongside Cincy Chic to welcome summer and celebrate a good cause!

    According to Sarah Brooks and Justine Foster at Girls’ World, the Mommy & Me Preview is supporting Animal Friends Humane Society to raise funds for their shelter in Butler County. “The Mommy & Me event is a fun-filled, family event where the community can come together and make a difference,” says Foster.

    Brooks says that businesses from Montgomery have been uplifting and supportive of the event as the big day approaches, adding that they’re really excited to see the community come together at the event.

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    “The support that we’ve seen from Montgomery business owners and local families stopping in just to see what we have has been fantastic, whether they’re walking to the park with their family or just stopped in on their lunch break,” says Brooks. community with the community is something that we feel very passionate about.”

    Girls’ World will be having an event special of additional 20 percent off on regular price and sale items throughout the day of the event, so you can add to your summer wardrobe while out and about with your little ones.

    On the day of the event, the PetMobile from Animal Friends Humane Society will be there with their four-legged, adoptable friends. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the humane society. “We’re excited to help in their effort to raise money for the shelter and even to help find forever homes for pets with some great families,” says Foster. Additionally, Girls’ World will be matching in-store sales that day and donating them to the Animal Friends Humane Society.

    Aside from shopping with your little fashionista (or the whole gang), families can enjoy face painting, painting with a local artist, playing with the pets as well as the main event – the summer fashion show. “To keep the party going we’ll have a DJ playing upbeat music the entire family will enjoy,” says Brooks.

    The cost to attend the Mommy & Me event is $2, kids are free.

    To learn more, click here. You can also visit the Girls’ World Facebook page and look under events. Click here to register for the Mommy & Me event.

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    Make Mother’s Day memories — and handmade lotion! Learn more about the Mother’s Day Workshop at Northside Farmers Market where you can learn the craft from experts and then make a bottle of hand lotion to take home.

    The Northside Farmers Market will host a Mother's Day Workshop where attendees will learn more about and make their own lotion.
    The Northside Farmers Market will host a Mother’s Day Workshop where attendees can make their own lotion.

    It seems that once you become a mother, the hours turn into days and days into weeks before you realize how much time has passed. Between all the wonderful moments with your children, you don’t always make time for yourself to relax.

    To help mothers unwind and learn a new skill (other than how to dress a toddler running down the hall), the Northside Farmers Market is hosting a Mother’s Day Lotion Workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., where participants can make their own bottle of hand lotion.

    According to Northside Farmers Market Manager Ana Bird, the workshop was inspired one of the the Northside Farmers Market’s great soap and body care makers, Karen Blocher, who launched the business Green Grrrl Wisdom.

    “Karen is dedicated to sustainably sourced, natural, healthy body care items, and a handcrafted soaps, lotions, balms and salves,” says Bird. “She wants to share her knowledge with others in this fun workshop.”

    During the event, attendees will learn about soap and lotion making and gain new knowledge about sustainably sourced ingredients before making a bottle of lotion of their own. Bird says iced or hot local tea will be served during the workshop as well as a snack. She adds that you’ll want to wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy.

    “It’s a perfect outing for you and your friends,” says Bird.

    The cost to attend the workshop is $15, and you can register on the Northside Farmers Market’s website. Of course, the workshop isn’t limited just to mothers. Bird says anyone is welcome to join in on the pampering fun. Keep in mind that the class is limited to 10 participants, so that everyone attending gets individual attention.

    The Lotion Making Workshop will be held at the Northside Farmers Market, at its indoor location in the auditorium of North Presbyterian Church at 4222 Hamilton Avenue in Cincinnati. For those who arrive early, the market, which features 20 local food producers, is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    To learn more or register for the Mother’s Day Workshop, click here.

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    Find your inner balance with mind, body and strength exercises at Project Yoga events held across the Tri-State. Read on for more!

    Project Yoga Cincinnati will be putting on multiple free events for yogis over the next several weeks.
    Project Yoga Cincinnati will be putting on multiple free events for yogis over the next several weeks.

    This past Saturday, on May 2, the Athleta Retail Store at the Kenwood Mall held a mother/daughter yogi event in partnership with Project Yoga Cincinnati.

    The event was inspired as a special event to celebrate mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, aunts, grandmothers and the wonderful bond women hold between one another, explains Project Yoga Program Manager and Simply Power Yoga teacher Amy Banfield.

    Amy Banfield and her mother
    Amy Banfield and her mother

    “Through the practice of yoga, treating yourself afterwards and maybe even winning an Athleta gift card were all a great precursor to celebrate Mother’s Day,” says Banfield.

    During the event, guests participated in a soothing yet fun-filled one hour vinyasa-inspired class led by Banfield herself. After the class, she says participants enjoyed treats, mini makeovers compliments of Sephora, opportunities to win a gift card as well as other goodies.

    The free yoga event to celebrate Mother’s Day isn’t the last that will be put on by Project Yoga.

    Beginning on Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, donation classes at Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters in Blue Ash will take place every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. A cash donation of $5 to $10 is requested, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Project Yoga. These classes will be taught by Project Yoga volunteer instructors.

    On June 6, 13 and 20, Project Yoga’s teachers will be a Lululemon in Hyde Park Square for free 50-minute yoga classes. These Saturday morning classes from 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. will be held at the Luluemon retail store in Hyde Park Square.

    Project Yoga is partnering up with City Silence to host free meditations in Ault Park beginning June 14. The free meditation Sundays will begin at 4:00 p.m. Banfield says that people can come for 5 minutes, 10 minutes or for the entire session, “people are free to come and go as they please.” Banfield adds the exact location of them within Ault Park will be determined as it gets closer.
    The yoga studio will once again partner up with Atleta at the Kenwood Mall for the Solstice Event on June 21, also Father’s Day. Banfield says she will teach the free one-hour yoga class to help celebrate the start of summer, adding that all are welcome to join.

    To learn more about Project Yoga and their upcoming events, visit projectyogacincinnati.org.

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    From a parent-run consignment boutique to bilingual storytime with kids, see how this local center is bringing parents - and families - together.

    The Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center is a play cafe that offers programs for adults and children.
    The Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center is a play cafe that offers programs for adults and children.

    Cincy Chic: What is the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center?
    Sharon Said, Co-founder of the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center: The Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center (CFEC), located in a cozy Victorian house, offers more than 20 parent-child enrichment classes, weekly playgroups, story times and a breastfeeding resource center. Parents can browse our consignment boutique or socialize before and after classes while enjoying locally-made refreshments in our play cafe, while their children enjoy our open play spaces (indoors and out). Enter the center – feel the love!

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the center?
    Said: Parents of young children can feel isolated and frustrated, whether they’re a new mom or dad learning how to parent, or simply looking to connect with other parents at the same stage of parenting as they are. The CFEC offers a wide range of support in the form of parenting workshops, parent/child enrichment classes and fun family events. The center is housed in a beautiful Victorian home, creating a cozy, warm atmosphere. The center’s goal is to promote community, friendships and parenting encouragement, support and empowerment.

    Cincy Chic: When did the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center open?
    Said: The CFEC opened in July 2008.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the center?
    Said: I, along with Renate Wuebker, founded the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center.

    Cincy Chic: What types of programs, events and workshops do you offer families in Cincinnati?
    Said: The center offers weekly parenting workshops, weekly bilingual story times, over 20 parent/child enrichment classes from birth through age 5, a breastfeeding resource center, new parent support groups, bilingual playgroups, a parent-run consignment boutique, birthday parties and a play cafe.

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for the center?
    Said: We just opened a breastfeeding resource center run by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant!

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center?
    Said: Check out www.theplaceforfamilies.com.

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      Busy schedules and hectic lives don’t always have to result in unhealthy habits. See how one single mother of two turned her mother’s illness into an opportunity to inspire others to stay fit.

      Amy Smith, founder of Game On Fitness
      Amy Smith, founder of Game On Fitness
      Amy Smith wanted to bring a wellness studio to Cincinnati that provides fitness classes and personal training with energetic trainers, nutrition assistance with licensed dietitians, and kids’ fitness programs and on-site babysitting with teachers and nannies – all while also being affordable.

      Smith did all of this when she launched Game On Fitness after 22 years in the fitness industry. She says that fitness has been a passion of hers since she was a teenager, but it took life changing events along the way to help her achieve her dream.

      “My mother was diagnosed with Primary Peritoneal Cancer in 2012 and I felt completely helpless,” explains Smith. “I decided to use my passion of fitness and love for my mother to raise money for cancer research. I started a cancer foundation called Strengthening HOPE.”

      Smith also produced a fitness DVD and donated all the proceeds to cancer research, adding that the DVD had such a massive response that Bonnie Matthews from the Dr. Oz Show awarded her national recognition.

      All of this work with cancer research helped Smith gain a large following. It was at that moment that she knew it was her chance to reach more people and help them live healthier, happier lives.

      The single mother of two was venturing out on her own in life for the first time. When she was developing her business plan for what would become Game On Fitness, she says that she knew that exercise and fitness was a huge challenge for busy parents like herself. She questioned how she would own a business and care for her children — both full-time jobs on their own — and wondered how other single parents do it all, too.

      Fast forward to June 23, 2014, which Smith says was the scariest and most amazing day of her life. “There was a moment on June 23 where I turned around and wept,” she says. “My place was packed and my family was happy. My dream became a reality.”

      At Game On Fitness there are more than 22 group fitness classes held every week. There’s a class called “Little Black Dress,” which focuses on a woman’s body and the areas most of like to tone. There’s also A Better Barre with cardio-infused Ballet Barre exercises. Other classes at Game On Fitness include Yoga Burn, Club Cardio Kick (Kick Boxing) and several boot camps.

      While you typically see women at group fitness classes, Smith says men and even children attend them too. The classes are taken by people who diversify the classes with their athletic abilities. Smith adds there are beginners and trained athletes participating in group fitness classes.

      Game On Fitness also offers TRX training, Early AM Boot Camp, kids summer dance and speed and agility classes.

      The best part about the fitness classes offered at Game On Fitness? No membership is needed to participate, Smith says. You can take a drop-in class for $10 or sign up for the Unlimited Monthly autopay for $55 per month. There is separate pricing for TRX, nutrition, personal training and the kids programs.

      To learn more, visit www.gameonfitness.org, check out Game On Fitness’ free app at Mind Body Connect, or call 513-592-0355.

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      Learn about the upcoming event that’s aiming to improve the health of you and your family with product giveaways, shopping and demos. Read on for all the details.

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      If you’re a mommy-to-be, already have a bouncing bundle of joy, or are planning to grow your family, you’ll want to check out the Cincinnati Baby & Beyond Expo on August 1 and 2 at the Sharonville Convention Center.

      Behind the scenes, Vicki Hart and her team at Hart Productions, Inc., a family business that’s been putting on consumer trade shows in Cincinnati for nearly 60 years, are busy behind the scenes preparing for this always popular event.

      “Whether you’re expecting your first child or adding to a growing home, the Cincinnati Baby & Beyond Expo is your guide to everything family,” says Hart. “Mom, dad, brothers, sisters, grandparents and the extended family and friends can all enjoy discovering new products and services, join in demos and learn from the experts.”

      At the expo you can meander through rows of approximately 200 vendors from child care professionals to health care experts. Additionally, Hart says there will be several interactive and educational activities on-site including The Active Child, Wellness & Education, Pre- and Post-Pregnancy Fitness & Yoga and resources for Pre- and Post-Pregnancy such as birthing centers, OB physicians, pediatric dentists and more.

      Also at the expo will be children’s boutiques that specialize in the latest and greatest in new products, clothing and accessories. The event will be the perfect chance for you to bring along your little fashionista or stylish little man to expand their adorable wardrobe. “No expo would be complete without shopping,” laughs Hart. “Crazy Cravings, when you gotta have it! and On the Go Products and Nurseries with Style will be in attendance as well.”

      Product sampling and giveaways will be going on throughout the duration of the event, so you’re guaranteed to go home with not only a plethora of new information about children, but also free products.

      For the kids, there’s plenty to enjoy. “The Interactive Demo stage will have a cooking with kids demo with 10 kids, karate demo with Michelangelo the Ninja Turtle, hands on parent and child music demos and more,” adds Hart.

      You can purchase tickets for the expo for $5 at any area Kroger store or for $6 online at www.cincinnatibabyandbeyondexpo.com.

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      We chat with a local green guru who launched an online resource with easy and practical ways to live a more environmentally-conscious lifestyle.

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      It’s not easy being green. That’s where Gradually Going Green can help. It’s a new online resource dedicated to all things eco-friendly.

      “Gradually Going Green is a guide for easing yourself into living a more conscious and greener lifestyle,” explains Stephanie Bacher, founder of Gradually Going Green. “It’s also a place for me to share my green ideas with an attentive and interested audience.”

      Bacher says she launched Gradually Going Green in May 2014, about a month after she left her career in the corporate world to follow a life and career in the green world. “I needed a place to share my ideas and activities and mostly to reassure myself that there was local interest in what I’m so passionate about,” explains Bacher.

      She launched Gradually Going Green because she’s a lifelong recycler, conservationist and a green-living advocate. “I believe in karma and kindness to all things living and that have energy,” says Bacher. “I am gradually going green and the point of it all is to show people that I understand that these ideals aren’t things that everyone is born with, like myself, but that a person can slowly but surely learn the behavior and make it a lifestyle.”

      Bacher adds that with Gradually Going Green she also wants people to understand just how important it is to life a green lifestyle, and that it’s OK to struggle during the transition.

      Although there’s nothing new immediately on the horizon for Bacher and Gradually Going Green, she says that she’s continuing work on the Cincinnati Recycles project, which aims to encourage Cincinnati residents to up their recycling game. The goal of Cincinnati Recycles is to conserve enough energy to power every home in Cincinnati for six days, reduce more greenhouse gas pollution than if every household in Cincinnati didn’t drive a car for more than three weeks and save 127,627 trees from being harvested.

      With the one year anniversary of Gradually Going Green, Bacher says she plans to do a “favorite things” post to commemorate the following and success of the page.

      To learn more, “like” Gradually Going Green on Facebook, or follow @bachzilla on Twitter or @graduallygoinggreen on Instagram.

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      From nutrition and weight loss to aesthetics and medispa services, see how one local gynecologist is offering a wide variety of services to be a one-stop-shop for women’s health needs.

       

      Dr. Amy Brenner
      Dr. Amy Brenner

      From childbirth to menopause, hormone malfunctions to weight gain, being a woman can be a bumpy ride – but it doesn’t have to be.

      At Dr. Brenner and Associates, overall women’s healthcare is treated with an integrative and functional approach through gynecological care, bio-identical hormones, scientifically developed skin care, weight loss and wellness solutions and minimally-invasive surgical options.

      “At our practice, we seek for the root cause of conditions that many women experiences such as heavy bleeding, hormone imbalance, weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, etc.,” explains Dr. Amy Brenner, the physician at Dr. Brenner and Associates. “We are proud to be a one-stop shop for women’s care.”

      Brenner says that she’s always been interested in healthcare and surgery, adding that women’s care and child-bearing has always been easy to relate to as a woman. She is certified in both obstetrics and gynecology but currently focuses on women’s care that mirrors the stage that she’s currently in in life.

      “I, too, experience the symptoms that seem to start as soon as you turn 40,” she says. “I didn’t want to accept life-intruding symptoms as the norm and I certainly don’t want that for my patients either.”

      She’s continually inspired to continue the work she does when women she’s treated come back to her office and tell her how they no longer feel tired, have their libido back, lost weight and can keep up with their children.

      “Whether it be about our providers, in-office procedures, bio-identical hormones, weight loss and wellness or our medispa, we truly have options for the needs of all women,” says Brenner. “Our staff is also extremely knowledgeable and ready to answer any questions you may have.”

      Dr. Brenner and Associates is located at 6413 Thornberry Court in Mason, off the Tylersville Road exit on Interstate 75. To learn more, visit www.dramybrenner.com, call 513-770-0787 or “like” the practice on Facebook.

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