Thursday, December 25, 2008

Velashape, cellulite buster?

We're looking into Velashape for our plastic surgery practice in Modesto. It seems to be very user dependent and requires some careful patient selection for the cellulite and fat reduction.

We're also looking at Ultrashape as a possibility fo cellulite and fat reduction using focused ultrasound. The ultrashape company is completely separate from the velashape company.

The Velashape company is syneron who also makes lipolite.

Velashape Modesto

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Websites that need increased page rank

I need to work on:

Plastic Surgery Modesto this currently has a page rank of 1. This is the website that is currently linked with google local.

Modesto Blog webpage this is currently at page rank of 1 as well.

Also Modesto Piano Blog webpage

All in all, the webpages to work on are:


We'll see what we can do.

Friday, August 8, 2008

prevelle silk from mentor esthetics

We were visited yesterday by our esteemed mentor rep Tom, who brought us lunch from Picasso's Modesto Sandwich Shop (downtown).

We sat as a group and talked about hyaluronic acid fillers and especially about prevelle which is a new filler, recently FDA approved which includes Lidocaine in the mixture. There are several pros and cons to consider. We're going to be carrying this filler (prevelle - silk) as there are many patients whom we feel would benefit.

Nothing here is considered specific plastic surgical advice. Please visit your plastic surgeon in person to discuss your particular plastic surgery needs, or visit us.

You can visit our Modesto Plastic Surgery web page.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Modesto Utilities

From Modesto Utility websites I've gathered these telephone numbers:

Water Garbage and Sewer: 209-577-5395 (call after 8:30am), another number is 577-5200
MID: 209-526-7373 8am-5pm
PGE: 1-800-743-5000

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Updated website on acupuncture

Included an article on fertility acupuncture and also more information regarding back pain modesto.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Update on the drop in stock prices for Laser companies who sell to cosmetic dermatologists and other docs.

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Plastic Surgery in Modesto
Skin Care in Modesto
Lasers for Veins in Modesto

Friday, June 27, 2008

Firefox, roboforms, waverevenue found on my server in Modesto, ca

Today 6-28-08, I found two new programs on my server:

1. Firefox - which is a browser, like internet explorer.
2. Roboforms - a fill in the blank program, helps to remember passwords.

There's also another thing that's been discovered on my program which is waverevenue.

I'm still exploring what these programs do, and I'm not sure why there are on our Plastic Surgery Server.

Monday, June 9, 2008

icontact vs constant contact vs doing it myself

I have the ability to manage my own mailing list to manage bounces and duplicate emails and such - importing and exporting as well.

I was toying with the idea of making it even easier for email marketing, if I let another company help with templates and archiving newsletters at icontact and constant contact. These are two companies that offer these services for around $15 dollars a month.

The drawback is the limited number of images and templates one can have.

I'll have to think about this and stay tuned... if you want to sign my mailing list that I'm testing out: try out: there's a mailing list feature on the bottom.

- Calvin Lee

Apple IPHONE 2.0? Just some comments

the Apple iphone 2.0 is about to come out. I currently use the most basic phone - I don't even know how to text message.

As for the Iphone, it has less of a market share than the blackberry. They say that the upgrade uses a even better network from AT&T - miles better...

We shall see. (a random web page that popped into my mind) (more of what we do)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Modesto Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market is now open for the summer!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Save the Date: April 25, 2008

Just a quick note to save the date!
Surgical Artistry's 2 year Party! April 25, 2008 12-6pm (Friday).
Yes we're 2 years old now.
Surgical Artistry Inc is the home of Modesto Plastic Surgeon Dr. Tammy Wu, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Dr. Calvin Lee, Board Certified General Surgeon.
We offer a full array of cosmetic surgeries, vein procedures (legs, face, more), esthetician, skin care products, and acupuncture services.
Bring your friends to our 2nd year open house: Free gifts, raffles, and lots of information.
For more information call our office at 209-551-1888. We're located next to the Post Office on Sylvan Ave.(2336 Sylvan Ave, Modesto, CA 95355)
Two of our websites are or Vein Center Modesto
Put it on the calendar: Surgical Artistry's 2 year Party! April 25, 2008 12-6pm (Friday).

Sunday, March 30, 2008

3 phantoms performed in Modesto - at Gallo Center for the arts

This links to my discription of Surgical Artistry's Role in this performance of the 3 phantoms in Modesto.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Charles Schwab Modesto

Charles Schwab Modesto

1700 Mchenry Ave Ste 2EModesto, CA 95350-4300Phone: (209) 557-2858

They close at 5pm Mon-Fri from what I can gather.

I needed this info for managing 401K accounts for the employees of the practice.

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Often called "adult acne" but potentially far more serious, rosacea is a condition that primarily affects the skin of the face and typically first appears between the ages of 30 and 60 as a transient flushing or blushing on the nose, cheeks, chin or forehead, and is usually discovered at its early and mildest stages. Because the early symptoms often masquerade as a sunburn, rash or allergy, many rosacea sufferers fail to realize they have a condition that can be treated. If left untreated, the disease may eventually progress to inflammatory rosacea, with its papules and pustules. These are small, red, pus-filled bumps that resemble pimples. In some cases, the eyes may also be affected in varying degrees, resulting in discomfort and a bloodshot appearance — sometimes including swollen blood vessels and small, hard bumps on the eyelids. This condition is known as ocular rosacea and could eventually lead to impaired vision if left untreated. In severe cases, the nose may become red and swollen from excess tissue, a condition called rhinophyma, which gave the late comedian W.C. Fields his trademark

Small Business websites.

Small Business Web Sites To Visit Today: Besides, the Internet has some fantastic small business web sites that offer information, advice and answers. Here are a few that stick out in our minds.
Use's free archive to create and manage a professional e-business web site to sell and market your business online.
Modesto's geographic information systems maps: For detailed instructions on how to use the system, Click on the question mark.
From The Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, this site offers resources for starting, growing and supporting your business
A site to get help finding seed money for your small business, helps entrepreneurs and investors build great businesses.
Modesto Chamber Of Commerce
Factfinder for U.S Census 2000
Patent CafĂ©® provides patent research tools.
Stanislaus County Economic Development Corp.
Find information about the U.S. Small Business Administration's guaranteed loan programs, government resources and legislation relating to small businesses on this site.
If you're self-employed, a home-based business owner, a free agent, an e-Iancer, a telecommuter, or other independent professional then this site's for you.
The CCH Business Owners Toolkit offers small business tax information a small office/home office guidebook and more.
Merced county geographic information systems maps: includes zoning government buildings, parcel numbers
Get tips and tools for building and growing your web site, attracting customers, making money and managing operations.
This is the official site of the United States Patent and Trademark Office it will address nearly every question you have regarding patent and protecting.
Invent Now is a non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate and foster the spirit and practice of invention.
“The magazine for idea people”
San Joaquin County's GIS map

Our website:

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis is a lesion of the skin – it feels like a dry little patch, but it is actually a pre-cancerous lesion (meaning if untreated it can or will become cancer). If we see Actinic Keratosis we usually recommend removing the lesion or using a topic prescription cream called efudex.

What is Actinic Keratosis (more specifically)?

A skin disease also known as solar keratoses. These lesions are the result of years of unprotected exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Although you may have been extra careful about sun protection in the recent past, if you spend time in the sun when you were younger, you have put yourself at risk for developing AKs. Many adults have AKs

AKs (actinic keratosis) actually represent the earliest stages of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Since the 1960s the incidence of the SCC has been increasing 4%-8% per year. SCC affects about 100,000 Americans each year and 2,000 to 2,500 Americans die each year due to SCC of the skin. At Surgical Artistry, Inc, we hope to take part in reducing this rate of increase, if not halt the increase all together and lead to a decrease in skin cancers.

What is Efudex and how does it work?
AK and sBCC lesions multiply at a faster rate than normal cells. Fluorouracil, the active ingredient in EFUDEX®, is believed to interfere with a cell's ability to reproduce. As a result, the unhealthy cells absorb the fluorouracil in EFUDEX® faster than healthy, normal cells. Efudex requires a prescription and is available at most pharmacies.

It is believe that Efudex lowers the expression of P53.

How is this relevant to our practice - we carry CE Ferulic.

The connection here is P53!
In the latest study (Pinnell) we see that CE Ferulic also prevents and the activation of the P53 gene in live human skin which leads to actinic keratosis (pre-cancers) as well as some forms of skin cancer. CE Ferulic Serum is not only an important cosmetic product, but has also proven to be important for overall skin health. The healthier skin is, the better it looks cosmetically.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Our new Robes at Surgical Artistry

We aquired a bunch of velveteen robes. Velveteen is a cotton cloth made in imitation of velvet. They are in a multitude of colors. They are not for sale, but they would be in place of some of the patient gowns we have used.

Here's a picture of one of the internet stores that carry this robe:

Lunares is the company that makes these robes: Has another color: Avocado color.

This luxurious thick velveteen robe comes with a matching silk bag.
Size: ample for a guy, "boyfriend fit" for a woman.Machine washable.Available in your choice of six rich colors.

We have the following colors:


Embroidery my be the next step.

Our home:

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Seo Modesto Brain Dump 3/11/08

BRAIN DUMP 3/11/2008
Site Architecture: Domain Info Lookup
Whois Domain Info Lookup
NetCraft “What is that site Running?”
http header viewer:
Google Webmasters – diagnostics, statistics, to improve traffic, see what Googlebot sees and how pages are indexed:
From Google: “Submit a Sitemap to help Google discover pages our crawlers might not otherwise find. Once you create and submit a Sitemap listing the URLs on your site, we'll provide you with data on how Google is indexing those pages.”
Google Webmaster Help Center:
Link AnalysisSEO link analysis:
How to use HTML META tags:
Offloading script and style sheet code, read “Optimizing Pages with JavaScript and Style Sheets for Search Engines”:

Beginners’ Questions
What is the META Robots tag for?
How do I add site search capability? (Google search?)
How do I get my access log?
What should I use instead of Flash sound files since they are not search engine friendly?
How do I perform auto generation of site map?
Third party programs
Upon running HTML code validator at, the report indicated a lot of errors but they are JavaScript code and not HTML errors, is there a way to have the validator skip the JavaScript code segments? Is there a way other than offloading code into separate files.
TerminologiesSpider foodSpider block
Surgical Artistry, Inc. Irene Lai-Chan, M.S., REALTOR

Site Author: Calvin Lee,M.D. Irene Lai-Chan. All rights reserved. 2008

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Yahoo details for site: for the 50 inlinks

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Yahoo site: feature

Yahoo shows 16 pages, and 50 inlinks.

1. Modesto Symphony
2. Only one listing of Surgical Artistry Mind Transfer - Modesto Plastic Surgery

And much more but the big thing here is that there is only one inlink from this blog...

The research continues.

Modesto Smith Barney - Financial Advisors

I was once asked what is Smith Barney. I don't use them, but here's some info from the web.

Wealth Management

Financial Advisement



Estate Planning

So, you know who you are who asked me about this:

Here's the Modesto address and contact info for Smith Barney in Modesto:
1020 10th StreetSuite 200Modesto, CA 95354
tel: 209.576.3209 toll free: 800.752.3215 fax: 209.576.3297

Good luck!

And don't for get us:

April and May is our biggest months in 2007

So.. I wonder if it would be our biggest Months for us in 2008.

Plastic Surgery World tends to be cyclical every year, as I've discussed with several plastic surgeons.

Visit our Plastic Surgery place in Modesto.

Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto

I have this thought that I would try to play at the Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto. Perhaps piano and violin....

For now: Gallo Center for the Arts

Friday, March 7, 2008

Modesto Symphony Orchestra

Modesto Symphony Orchestra
3 phantoms is coming up at the end of March.

It is being sponsored by us: Surgical Artistry Plastic Surgery

McHenry Medical Group

McHenry Medical Group

Frequently asked question I get: When was your last day with the McHenry Medical Group?

My last day with the McHenry Medical Group was May 24, 2006.

Hopefully that answers any questions.

My current web page: Modesto Surgery and Vein Questions

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Modesto SMSA Hearts and Flowers event at Del Rio Country Club, Modesto

Surgical Artistry, Inc attended and donated prizes to Modesto SMSA Hearts and Flowers event at Del Rio Country Club, Modesto on February 22, 2008.

Modesto Plastic Surgery - Surgical Artistry, Inc. - Dr. Tammy Wu.
Running with Breast Implants
Golf in Modesto
Modesto Chinese Restaurants Review

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Modesto Skinceuticals

We just got onboard Skinceuticals - a great skin care line.

check our websites for updates:

Breast augmentation and Running is a recently updated website

Thursday, February 28, 2008

It has been 2 years!

I can't believe it. But Surgical Artistry is now two years old. We have had our free standing plastic surgery office in north east part of Modesto for two years. Time flies. What have we accomplished? So much in the world of plastic surgery world/ vein world/ acupuncture world. But on the non medical side: Websites got diversified:
Bacchus Restaurant
Galletto Restaurante
Vito's restuarant - Modesto
includes Imperial Garden

Golf in Modesto

Airport Modesto

Where is Modesto, CA

Visia Webinar (Canfield)

Webinars for the Visia machine at our Plastic Surgery Modesto Office.

updated to include free icons from the web

Free Computer Programs and tools on the web that integrate into our medical practice is a website that has a listing of great computer tools that we use to run our plastic surgery office. These programs are available free on the web. We just updated this page to include a listing of free icon websites. These icons are useful in making webpages and for our computer systems to separate out important files.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


Stay tuned for "generic" botox - botulinum toxin.

Briefly - more info at

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Advice to a budding Plastic Surgery PA (Physician Assistant)

My advice to a budding Plastic surgery PA to learn before graduation (whether you want it or not):

Learn lasers, learn injections, learn skin care/facial rejuventation (retin A, Hydroquinone, UVA UVB), learn about spider vein treatments (sclerotherapy and lasers), and of course learn about how to do plastic surgery procedures, especially the ones that have two sides:
Tummy Tuck, Breast Aug, Breast Reduction.
Learn how to sew really nicely and fast.
Your best stitches will be an interrupted deep dermal stitch, and a running subcuticular stitch.
You have to have a goal of sewing better and faster than the surgeon you're watching when you're a student PA.
Learn to wear a headlight.
Learn both instrument and hand ties (for sutures). The instrument tie will be more important for you as a plastic surgery PA. You will eventually tie with the instrument faster than some can tie with their hands.
If you want to do much micro surgery or ocularplastics, you'll need to get used to and buy surgical Loupes (but this is low on the priorities right now).
Learn about the muscles of the face, abdominal wall, and chest wall. Learn about their nerve supply and blood supply. Also learn about the muscles / nerves / blood supply of the upper extremities. Many plastic surgeons are also hand surgeons.

Ask Dr Wu Plastic Surgery General Surgery Leg/Face Veins Expert Skin Care Acupuncture

Friday, February 22, 2008

Director of Development - Modesto Symphony

Director of Development - Modesto Symphony
Reply to: job-554061629@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-01-28, 8:28AM PSTDIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT JOB DESCRIPTION Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association JOB TITLE: Director of Development DATE: January 1, 2008 REPORTS TO: President & CEO SUPERVISES: MSOA Development Administrative Support Staff & Volunteers JOB SUMMARY: The Director of Development is responsible for the development, management, implementation and evaluation of an overall fund-raising program consistent with the Association's needs and goals. To that end, the Director of Development manages staff and volunteers in planning and executing all annual, sponsorship, capital, endowment, and planned giving programs, as well as fund-raising events and benefits. The Director of Development is also responsible for making grant applications to federal, state, and local government agencies that provide arts funding; and researching and applying to private foundations and corporations that provide arts grants. The Director of Development will recommend fund-raising policies and procedures to the President & CEO and Board with the goal of building a year-round development program that demonstrates the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct. JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Fund Raising •Plan, manage, and implement all phases of the Annual Fund campaign; oversee the solicitation and acknowledgment process, maintenance of records, and establishment and disclosure within IRS guidelines of donor benefits; monitor progress and make adjustments as needed. •Develop a comprehensive case statement for support of the Association, based on long-range plan; update annually. Work with Board to develop and direct year-round program to cultivate new prospects and seek out new funding opportunities. •Develop and implement a corporate sponsorship program; research and identify potential sponsors; prepare proposals and work with Board to identify matches between Association's program and each company's interests. •Prepare grant applications for corporations, foundations, and government agencies that provide arts funding; research all grant possibilities and write reports and back-up materials to support each application; follow up on each proposal. •Work with volunteers to plan all special fund-raising events and benefits; participate in establishing the budget and oversee the execution of each event. •Oversee the development and production of all materials used to support the Association's fund-raising events and campaigns. •Develop an ongoing planned giving program; work with Board to identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects. •Provide strategic guidance and planning to all committees of the Endowment campaign; develop campaign prospect list; organize and participate in leadership solicitations; meet with volunteers to review strategies and track progress; attend committee meetings as needed. Budgeting and Planning •Assist the President & CEO and Board in establishing appropriate goals for the Annual Fund and all other fund-raising campaigns deemed necessary (endowment, capital, planned giving, etc.) each year. •Develop a plan for achieving those goals and establish a master calendar that outlines all fundraising events and campaigns; coordinate all activities with the Association's master calendar. •Develop budgets for each event and campaign; monitor the progress of each, and adjust plans when necessary. •Work closely with the President & CEO and other designated staff in long-range planning for the Association; prepare budget projections as needed. Board of Directors •Staff the Development Committees of the Board and other volunteers enlisted to participate in the development program. •Report to the Board and Executive Committee on progress of all fund-raising events and campaigns; provide other reports and statements as requested. •Develop Board and volunteer leadership through participation in Board committee meetings and ongoing donor cultivation efforts; participate in identifying and recruiting new leadership. •Recommend fund-raising policies and procedures to the President & CEO and Board with the goal of building a year-round development program that demonstrates the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct. Administrative •Organize staff and volunteers to carry out all fund-raising campaigns and events; evaluate effectiveness of each campaign. •Oversee the maintenance of all donor files and records; develop and administer all donor benefits programs in accordance with IRS guidelines. •Provide periodic progress reports on all campaigns; prepare listings and financial statements as needed by the Board and staff. •Serve as part of the senior management team to assist the President & CEO in setting and implementing administrative and artistic policies established by the Board. •Hire, train, manage, and evaluate the performance of all development staff, including interns and volunteers. Other •Develop and maintain internal and external contacts to optimize fund-raising efforts. •Maintain ongoing contact with contributors, corporate sponsors, and business and community leaders. •Support Board and staff efforts to solicit in-kind contributions. •Keep abreast of recent research on fund raising; maintain a collection of current fund-raising resource materials. •Attend other civic and cultural events in the community; represent the Association by speaking at public events as requested. •Perform other duties as assigned by the President & CEO. ABOUT THE MODESTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION: The mission of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Association is to serve as a professional organization that constantly strives to provide the highest standards in musical performances to attract the broadest audience from the region. The vision of the MSOA is to attract the most extensive audience demographic by aggressively eliminating the financial, cultural, and social barriers that have existed in the orchestra industry. Established in 1931, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra became a fully professional ensemble in 1977 and currently celebrates its 77th Season of service to the region with a progressive 40-member Board of Directors and a nationally recognized management team. Including the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the MSOA presents over 40 concerts and events that encompass Classics subscription programs, education concerts, Friends & Family concerts and a new Pops series. The current MSOA budget is $2.2 million. Additionally in 2007-08, the MSOA celebrates its inaugural season with our new Music Director, David Lockington, within our new home at the Gallo Center for the Arts. ABOUT MODESTO: The birthplace of George Lucas, his classic movie American Graffiti and home of the internationally renowned E & J Gallo Winery, Modesto is the 15th largest city in California and the seat of Stanislaus County which boasts a population of over 500,000. Water, Wealth, Contentment and Health describes Modesto; known as one of the greatest agricultural areas in the nation which also offers the diversity and facilities of a metropolitan city. Centrally located on Highway 99 and easily accessible throughout California, Modesto rests halfway between San Francisco and Yosemite National Park, nestled in the hear
Compensation: $45,000-55,000 Full health benefits and generous Paid Time Off
This is at a non-profit organization.
Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
Please, no phone calls about this job!
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Friday, February 15, 2008

San Ramon - a passing dreamy moment

East bay, California. Cities include Danville, San Ramon, and more. We were thinking about a satelite Plastic Surgery office out there: Imagine: San Ramon Plastic Surgery... Well, we did the research and the drive is just too much. I think it would be a nice place to live, or a nice place to have a second home, etc.

San Ramon Plastic Surgery Research that we did into the town/location/housing.
Dr. Tammy Wu
San Ramon Key words: ie: San Ramon Valley Times

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Breast feeding after Breast Reduction Surgery

I found this in a heap of answers that Dr. Wu had answered before. These are of course in general terms are are not designated for specific patients or readers.

While the ability to breastfeed may be decreased with the surgery, reports in the plastic surgery literature has shown that women are still able to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery should they choose to do so.

More breast surgery (mainly augmentation) answers at:

Monday, February 11, 2008

Study: Acupuncture may boost pregnancy

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Medical Writer - Fri Feb 8, 3:14 PM PST

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Please contact us: Modesto Acupuncture

Study: Acupuncture may boost pregnancy

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Medical Writer - Fri Feb 8, 3:14 PM PST

It sounds far-fetched — sticking needles in women to help them become pregnant — but a scientific review suggests that acupuncture might improve the odds of conceiving if done right before or after embryos are placed in the womb.
The surprising finding is far from proven, and there are only theories for how and why acupuncture might work. However, some fertility specialists say they are hopeful that this relatively inexpensive and simple treatment might ultimately prove to be a useful add-on to traditional methods.
"It is being taken more seriously across our specialty," and more doctors are training in it, said Dr. William Gibbons, who runs a fertility clinic in Baton Rouge, La., and is past president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. "I have not seen proof ... but we wouldn't mind at all" if it turned out to work, he said.
The analysis was led by Eric Manheimer, a researcher at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and paid for by a federal agency, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Results were published Friday in the British medical journal, BMJ.
Acupuncture involves placing very thin needles at specific points on the body to try to control pain and reduce stress. In fertility treatment, it is thought to increase blood flow to the uterus, relax the cervix and inhibit "fight or flight" stress hormones that can make it tougher for an embryo to implant, Manheimer said.
The analysis pools results from seven studies on 1,366 women in the United States, Germany, Australia and Denmark who are having in vitro fertilization, or IVF. It involves mixing sperm and eggs in a lab dish to create embryos that are placed in the womb.
Women were randomly assigned to receive IVF alone, IVF with acupuncture within a day of embryo transfer, or IVF plus sham acupuncture, in which needles were placed too shallowly or in spots not thought to matter.
Individually, only three of the studies found acupuncture beneficial, three found a trend toward benefit and one found no benefit. When results of these smaller studies were pooled, researchers found that the odds of conceiving went up about 65 percent for women given acupuncture.
Experts warn against focusing on that number, because this type of analysis with pooled results is not proof that acupuncture helps at all, let alone by how much. IVF results in pregnancy about 35 percent of the time. Adding acupuncture might boost that to around 45 percent, the researchers said.
The authors include doctors from the Netherlands and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. One is an acupuncturist but had no role in any studies that were analyzed.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has no policy on acupuncture. "There's been a lot of conflicting research" on its usefulness, said spokeswoman Eleanor Nicoll.
"It looks like, from the body of evidence out there, that some patients benefit," said Dr. James Grifo, head of the infertility program at New York University.
However, Dr. Zev Rosenwaks, director of infertility treatment at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, said other studies, reported at recent medical meetings and not included in the published analysis, did not find it helped.
"The jury is still out," he said, but added, "It's unlikely that acupuncture does any harm."
Dr. Ann Trevino, a 37-year-old family physician who recently moved to Houston, is pregnant, and a believer. She had three unsuccessful pregnancy attempts with intrauterine insemination before trying acupuncture with IVF at a fertility clinic in San Antonio where she used to live.
"I had been reading about acupuncture, probably like every other patient on the Internet. I was just willing to do anything possible to improve our chances," she said. With acupuncture, "I just felt very warm and relaxed" when the embryos were placed.
Dr. Francisco Arredondo, who runs Reproductive Medicine Associates of Texas where Trevino was treated, said he started offering acupuncture in October, after patients requested it and because some studies suggested it helped.
Acupuncturist Kirsten Karchmer said she places about a dozen needles in the ears, hands, feet, lower legs, abdomen and sometimes the lower back. It costs $500 a month for treatments twice a week, and patients typically go for three months, she said.
IVF costs around $12,000 per attempt, so a treatment that improves its effectiveness might save money in the long run, Manheimer said.
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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Huge list of popular piano sheet music (popular music)

Popular music - sheet music - free sheet music. All within a click.

includes some broadway tunes / show tunes / and even some video game sheet music.

thank to the link Lilianna.

Modesto Symphony Romantic Overtures Modesto Review (Friday Night Concert)

This is copied directly from the Modesto Bee
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Orchestra's 'Romantic Overtures' impressive
last updated: February 09, 2008 03:58:27 PM

Before opening this weekend's concert, Maestro David Lockington and the Modesto Symphony took a moment to honor Donelle Page, long-time harpist and personnel manager for the symphony who recently passed away. They did so with an unscheduled performance of Ralph Vaughn Williams' "Greensleeves" featuring one of Donelle's students, who performed the prominent harp part in the piece with confidence and elegance. Donelle will be sorely missed by music lovers in our region for a long time to come.
Violinist Lara St. John took the stage next to begin the printed program with a performance of Tchaikovsky's much-loved violin concerto. That Ms. St. John is a soloist of great individuality and fiery technical skill was immediately evident from the opening bars of the first movement. As the piece progressed, however, I began to feel distracted by her apparent need to impose sometimes gimmicky quirks to her interpretation which did not always serve the music well. While her tone could often be rich and beautiful, it was just as often suddenly scraping or whispering. She often traded a sustained musical line in her phrasing for a sudden dropping off of sound in the name of spontaneity, losing in the process a necessary sense of organic architecture.
I can't blame her for wanting to do something different from the crowd of violinists who play this iconic work, but by the end of the first movement I was not convinced that her efforts were producing an entirely sincere or effective musical result. I hoped perhaps the simple melody of the Canzonetta might encourage more linear continuity, and though there were many intimate moments, I still wished for more natural phrasing as a matter of course.
Ms. St. John's approach to the third movement, however, evoked a playfulness and sense of "hide and seek" that worked quite effectively. I had to smile when the concert patron sitting next to me let out a giggle at one point when the violin part was particularly coquettish. Music is ultimately about helping people access and understand human emotion, and undoubtedly, Ms. St. John accomplished that for many in the audience on many occasions throughout the performance, not least with the sheer excitement of her virtuosity.
For me, however, the really impressive aspect of the violin concerto, was the orchestra's unfailingly tasteful sound and appropriate balance. Credit is due both to the players and to Maestro Lockington, who managed nearly flawlessly the soloist's many capricious tempo changes. They provided a reliable foundation for Ms. St. John's more flamboyant and idiosyncratic interpretation.
The orchestra continued to shine in the second half with the Brahms Symphony No. 2. Here the sound was rich and warm, never forced, and evoked the sense of being embraced in a "sonic hug." The tone welled effortlessly from the celli in the famous lyrical theme of the first movement that sounds like the famous lullaby, and invited that sense of semi-sweet melancholy so often present in Brahms. There were many notable solos in the wind parts, particularly Roy Pollock's horn offerings, which warmed the soul. As Romantic symphonies go, the Brahms doesn't rely on the big brass sound that often ramps up the drama, but when called upon, the brass delivered the goods in this performance. The whole finale builds up in one long march to the final trombone chord that our symphony's players nailed dead on for a thrilling conclusion.
The "Romantic Overtones" concert will be performed today at 8 p.m. in the Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. Tickets are $30 to $65. 338-2100.


Surgical Artistry is a proud sponsor of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra

Sutter-Gould Insurances

Just to clarify. Surgical Artistry takes Sutter Gould insurance for Plastic Surgical work which falls under insurance related coverage.

Details of Sutter-Gould Insurances (click the link)

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Juvederm vs. Restylane. A question asked by one of our patients.

Is Juvederm safe? I recently saw some commercials on Juvederm. Can you tell me if you offer Juvederm?

We do not have any exclusive contracts with any products that we use in the office. Restylane and Juvederm are the same product, which is hyaluronic acid. Restylane came out first, and had a proven track record to be safe and effective. Juvederm came out recently, within the last few years, and we had attended a seminar on Juvederm when it first came out.

The difference between the two is in the molecular structure of the hyaluronic acid; with Juvederm, it is slightly more “water-thirsty” than Restylane. It therefore appears to have a longer half life and duration of effect.

We wanted to wait and make sure that Juvederm is just as effective and safe as Restylane, and it appears that It is. I have already contacted the Juvederm rep and have ordered some Juvederm for the office, so I will be offering Juvederm in the future in our Modesto Plastic Surgery office.

Juvederm is offered by Allergan

Restylane is offered by Q-med

for more information about us: Plastic Surgery Modesto - by Dr. Tammy Wu, Board Certified Modesto Plastic Surgeon.

We also offer facial rejuvenation acupuncture: Acupuncture Modesto (more information about facial rejuvenation acupuncture is pending)

Diablo magazine reports on Berkeley University Youtube lectures

UC Berkeley is the first university to post entire courses on the internationally popular website, says Ben Hubbard, comanager at Cal’s Educational Technology Services.

Diablo Magazine is a magazine of the San Francisco East Bay

Our home page: Plastic Surgery Modesto

Things to do in Modesto

Berkeley Free Lectures online on Youtube

Taking courses at UC Berkeley via

Not everything on the internet is bad.

Features courses on Physics for Future Presidents, Integrative Biology, and Search Engines.

there are other universities that have lectures online for example Vanderbuilt University:

Home page:

Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Marysville news station CBS 13

For those of us who rather watch the internet rather than watch TV. We can watch these news videos on CBS13 collections of videos.

Stockton Lightning tryouts

Cheerleader tryouts:

MacBook Air Mixed Feelings

Cons of the MacBook Air:

Lack of firewire port
Inability to replace battery without disassembling the computer laptop
Only one usb port
No optical drive built in
High price

Well, these are the prices to pay for a very thin and portable computer: The MacBook Air.

Plastic Surgery Modesto Home:

Thursday, January 24, 2008


HUMIRA® (adalimumab)

HUMIRA is a medicine called a Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) blocker. It is used to reduce the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adults. HUMIRA can be used alone or with methotrexate or with certain other medicines. HUMIRA may prevent further damage to your bones and joints and may help your ability to perform daily activities. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA). HUMIRA can be used alone or with certain other medicines. HUMIRA may prevent further damage to your bones and joints and may help your ability to perform daily activities. ankylosing spondylitis (AS) moderate to severe Crohn’s disease (CD) in adults who have not responded well to conventional treatments. HUMIRA is also for these adults who have lost response or are unable to tolerate infliximab.
Treat moderate to severe chronic (lasting a long time) plaque psoriasis (Ps) in adults who have the condition in many areas of their body and who may benefit from taking injections or pills (systemic therapy) or phototherapy (treatment using ultraviolet light alone or with pills).

Disclaimer: Everything on this web page is considered "in general" info. Nothing is deemed to be specific medical information for specific patients.

Yellow Pages Scam from Carrollton TX 75011

I've been a victim of this scam as well, and they recently billed me again on my credit card as an annual renewal without our consent or notification.

Two links show that other people other than myself fell for this:

Yellow Pages DirectoriesPhone: 972-466-9015 PO Box 111455Carrollton, Texas, 75011Physical address:1325 Capital ParkwaySuite 123Carrollton, TX 75006-3645

The company that owns 'Yellow Pages Directories' is ADTEL AMERICA located in Carrollton, TX 75006.

They list Fed Tax ID # 71-090174- this number does not show up as being issued.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Edirol R-09

Edirol R-09

Introducing the latest addition to Edirol’s red-hot portable recorder lineup: the R-09. Building on the success of the R-1, the R-09 takes many of the most desired features — 24-bit uncompressed recording and a built-in stereo mic — and shrinks it all down into a more streamlined, stylish, and affordable package.

24-bit/48kHz (or 44.1kHz) uncompressed recording

Up to 320kbps MP3 playback and recording

Records to SD card (64MB card included)

High-grade stereo condenser microphone built in

Mic and Line audio inputs; USB 2.0 I/O

Easy operation, user-friendly graphic display

Ultra portable, half the size of the R-1

Long battery life

My take on this device: I've waited for a long time. The price hasn't changed and the item hasn't been recreated. It costs around $350-$400, can be found on .

My current recorder is a Zoom and I just dispise it. I dispise it so much I've lost it.

Here's something on the New zoom which Id don't have: The Zoom H4:

The Zoom H4 Handy Digital Recorder fits in your palm and is ideal for recording live musical performances, interviews, podcasts, meetings, classes and seminars. The H4 allows you to record 24-bit/96 kHz digital audio as well as in MP3 format with bitrates up to 320kbps.
The H4 features two studio-quality electret condenser microphones configured in an X/Y pattern for true stereo recording. It also includes 2 combination XLR-1/4-inch input jacks with phantom power for use with any external microphones of your choice. And the H4 is loaded with onboard studio effects such as compression, limiting and mic modeling. An 1/8-inch headphone jack is also provided for monitoring.
The H4 records on to Secure Digital (SD) media, a 128MB SD card is included with the unit. With a 2GB SD memory card, the H4 provides up to 380 minutes of recording in 16-bit mode (CD Quality), and 34 hours in MP3 stereo mode. And to move your recordings to a PC or Mac, the H4 includes a USB mass-storage interface.
The H4 provides four hours of continuous recording operation from 2 AA batteries. A back-lit, 128?4 pixel LCD provides the visual interface. An AC adapter, USB cable, windshield cover and tripod adapter are also included.

MacBook Air - the new M.B.A

Have pockets? are they deep enough? Check out these prices:

1.6GHz, 80GB MacBook Air - $1,799.00
1.6GHz, 64GB SSD - $2,798.00
1.8GHz, 80GB MacBook Air - $2,099.00
1.8GHz, 64GB SSD - $3,098.00

Also, the MacBook Air doesn’t ship with an optical drive. If you want one you have to buy the optional MacBook Air SuperDrive ($99).

No Ethernet, no built in optical drive, only one USB drive...

13.3-inch widescreen TFT panel capable of 1280 by 800 native resolution.

Get ready to spend some time in line: Less than two weeks this item will be available.

Dr. John Anastasatos' Myspace page - you could be his "friend"

Our friend John Anastasatos, Beverly Hills Board Certified Plastic Surgeon on Myspace. Has his clips from TV.

Social Networking Websites (life beyond MySpace)

I came across a webpage:

2008 social networking websites report

as I was contenplating if there was life beyond MySpace.

Surprisingingly on this list I had not heard of Zorpia, Aol People Connection, Hi5, My Yahoo, Tickle, Everyones Connected or Backwash. What surprized me was that MySpace is still #1. I thought there would be a slide down from #1 for Myspace.

Here's the rank (all of them are free):

1. Myspace
2. Zorpia
3. Aol People Connection
4. Friendster
5. Hi5
6. My Yahoo
7. Facebook
8. Tickle
9. Everyone's Connected
10. Backwash

This ranking isn't by most popular social networking websites.

One of my favorite sites is it allows me track trends. Let's look at some of these items on this list:

As we can see, facebook is on a rise, with myspace taking a gradual decline from it's peak in mid-year 2007.

As a side note, I've always been interested in the rise of and wanted to document the growth here:

As you can see, the growth of is such that it is catching up to

Saturday, January 19, 2008

How to register for MJC Course (Modesto Junior College Course) for current students

MJC Current students (If you had signed up for a course before):
Modesto Junior College Registration Website
Click on Pirates' Net
Click on Current Students
Click Log In
If this is your first time logging in:
Your user number is the ID # on your ID starts with "w"
Then your password is your 6 digit birthdate.

The beginnings of Surgical Artistry ACADEMY

Surgical Artistry Academy - One of the many branches of Surgical Artistry.

Surgical Artistry Academy (SAA) strives to become a medical educational powerhouse located in Modesto, CA. Powered by two UC Davis Assistant Professors of Medicine: Dr. Calvin Lee, and Dr. Tammy Wu. Both award winning scientist physicians from Brown University.

Dr. Calvin Lee brings in expertise as a top 0.5% graduate at Brown University, graduating with a degree in Neuroscience and has formal teaching certification from Brown University. As a teaching assistant, he has taught Pscyhoneurobiology and Human Anatomy at Brown University. He has also worked as a hospital X-ray tech, waiter, actor, musician, computer programmer, web designer, and computer consultant. He has soloed with and been concertmaster of orchestra around the United States as a Violinist in the past and now is working on becoming a worthwhile Pianist. He is on the board of directors of two musical organizations in Modesto: Friends of Music (MJC) and Modesto Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with great musicians such as Dave Brubeck (Jazz) and Rachel Barton Pine (Violinist). Medically, he graduated from Brown University undergraduate (He was also accepted to Harvard and Stanford, but went to Brown University) and medical school after 8 years of study. Then he went on to Case Western Reserve in Cleveland for his Surgical Studies, and completed them in Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois. He came to Modesto in 2003, and was appointed assistant professor for UC Davis, teaching surgery to residents in the family practice program. He was awarded community teacher of the year in 2006 for this UC Davis teaching program.

Dr. Tammy Wu graduated as the #1 student from Brown University Medical School. She has expertise in languages as evident in her ability to speak perfect English, Taiwanese, and Mandarin Chinese. She has won awards in her ability to speak French in a high school competition. She also attended Brown University Undergraduate where she worked in the admissions office and participated in FM radio station activities. She graduated with honors with a degree in Biochemistry. After graduation from Brown University Medical School, she went to study at her first choice institution of Southern Illinois University. The university debatedly the best place to learn plastic surgery. Many Chairmen and Plastic Surgery Presidents have graduated form that program.

We give talks around Modesto which help students decide on a medical career and gives a broad overview on Plastic Surgery and General Surgery. We call the program Beyond Nip Tuck.

Another program is designed for aestheticians to shadow our practice. This program is just in it's infancy:

Our Regular Telephone number UPDATED on these Web Pages

Our current telephone number is 209-551-1888 for Surgical Artistry, Tammy Wu, MD

I've deleted our old number which was 209-918-0188 (which still works, but rings a cell phone instead - which hides in our office). We've called this phone our office Plastic Surgery cell phone. We started our practice off on this telephone back in 2006.

The websites that received the new updated telephone number are:

Breast augmentation tracy:

Generic Dr. Tammy Wu Plastic Surgery Modesto Female Plastic Surgeon web page #1

Generic Dr. Tammy Wu Plastic Surgery Modesto Breast Specialist web page #2

Partial Listing of Other Procedures in Modesto Plastic Surgery

We still have all those 500-600 mugs that we gave out with the old telephone number. I gave all these mugs to many of the doctors in town. This was the mug with black and burgundy on it and had the cello logo, before we solidified on the woman logo.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Discipline in Music. Goals, and concentration in Music. From EB/AC

First: Think, reflect, and try to understand. THEN play!

Music: It's a hard, good fight. In this profession the more you know and achieve, the higher the mountain gets. There is no end.

Question yourself, your playing… all the time! How's my: Balance? Direction? Shape? Pulse? Sound? Articulation? Breathing? Hand Position?

Go for the subtleties, sophistication, and detail… not cheap thrills!
Your musicality should not be merely accidental or intuitive. How can you be so musical and yet do so many unmusical things?

You are intelligent and talented. That is NOT enough.

Know yourself, your talent, and especially, your weaknesses. Develop your instincts and use your talents.

Be careful not to become a slave of your fingers. Always make sure that your mind controls your fingers and not the other way around. Technique should always be subservient to the musical idea.

Attitude is everything. Yes, the psychological pressure is difficult. But you knew that, and you chose to be here. Give yourself a chance and believe that you can. Otherwise, you will be on stage and think, "MY GOD! WHAT AM I DOING HERE!" There are many psychological factors on performance. Everyone has ghosts to deal with, but the moment you know them, they cease to exist! Try to understand why you feel nervous. Be grateful for life, for the opportunity to play.

Trust what you know. If we get 80% of what we practice when we perform, we are lucky. Don't try to play better than you can (it can happen, but not usually!) and don't allow yourself to play worse than you should!

To check if something is right, try both extremes: right and wrong. You must know wrong to recognize right.

Music and sound are not equal. Don't go for sound. Go for music. Sound is physical and note-by-note. Music is thinking in advance (intellectual) and emotional.

Fight your reflexes and THINK more! Your brain is incredibly lazy when it comes to participation in what you're doing. It is a spectator of the ballet made by your fingers.
Be aware of the relationship between what you want and what you actually are doing.
Anticipate your intentions. Connect all the wires before you play; know exactly what you are going to do.

Use your brain always, not only "on demand."

You cannot become a great musician through money, through miracles, or through your teacher. You could study with Horowitz... you could study with God!... without the work and effort on your part, nothing will happen.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

G Spot Amplification

The G-SHOT® (clinical description: G-Spot Amplification® or GSA®), is a simple, nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily augment the Grafenburg spot (G-Spot) in sexually active women with normal sexual function. GSA is a patent pending method of amplifying or augmenting the G-Spot with a human engineered collagen, specifically, an FDA approved collagen. To make this collagen, it is carefully treated and preserved, and is then supplied to physicians in a form that can be injected. The collagen is a natural, biological substance. The collagen is typically processed gastrocnemius fascia. The FDA approved collagen is a specially developed and processed collagen which doesn’t require pre-injection skin testing like most available collagen products on the market. G-Spot Amplification was invented and developed by a gynecologist David Matlock, MD, MBA, FACOG. In a pilot study, 87% of women surveyed after receiving the G-Shot reported enhanced sexual arousal/gratification. Results do vary. The affect can last for up to 4 months, and does vary. So why not ask your doctor if G-Spot Amplification is right for you?

The G-Shot® is a painless office procedure performed in your doctor’s office under local anesthesia. The actual injection usually takes less than 8 seconds and the total office visit time is usually less than 30 minutes. A specially designed speculum is used to assist in the deliver a specified amount of human engineered collagen directly into the G-Spot after local anesthesia. The G-Shot® augments (enlarges) the G-Spot. This results in a G-Spot about the size of a quarter in width, and one fourth of an inch in height (meaning the projection into the vagina). Note that results do vary.

G-spot Amplification FAQ

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

New Glasses

I bought new Alain Mikli Glasses!

Yes, they are available in Modesto

Perhaps I'll post the picture up at when I get them back from Sylvan Eye.