07/01/17

Dallas Curtis (left) and Michael Huggins have helped thousands of amputees find the right fit.

by Bobby Anderson, Staff Writer

If you get the right fit, then everything else will take care of itself.
It’s the driving motto at Patriot Prosthetics in Yukon where Dallas Curtis and Michael and Michele Huggins have literally given thousands of Oklahomans a new lease on life.
In any given year, Oklahoma ranks either first or second nationally in the number of amputations.
There’s a host of health reasons behind it but what’s left every time is a person facing one of the most emotionally and physically draining experiences of their life.
That’s where Patriot comes in.
The pieces of steel, plastic and carbon fiber Huggins and Curtis create aren’t just works of art but art that truly works.
“They become one with the patient,” said Huggins, whose father had a prosthetic clinic on Oklahoma City’s south side for 16 years. “After awhile it becomes them so you take it and you work with it just like that. This is part of this patient so you carry it and work with that in mind.”
THE RIGHT FIT
Huggins knows that every prosthetic clinic in America orders parts from the same handful of manufacturers.
In that respect, most shops are the same.
But what Huggins and Curtis pride themselves on is taking the extra time to ensure the right fit.
“No matter what we put on underneath that socket it doesn’t matter,” Curtis said. “If the fit’s not good who cares if you have microprocessor-controlled knees or power ankle and feet systems. There’s so much technology out there now in our field it’s ridiculous, but it’s how you apply it.”
Growing up, prosthetics was close to home for Huggins.
He was around 10 when his father lost his leg above the knee following a car accident.
He watched his dad literally learn to walk again and often times regrets having to do so.
He saw the look on his dad’s face most mornings before he had to strap on the 16-pound apparatus that was allegedly his new leg.
After years of fit issues and being told ‘that’s the best we can do’ his father compressed four years of school into two before teaming with the legendary Ray Buddin – a below-the-knee amputee.
THE PROCESS
Patriot offers mobile, on-site, care for many of its patients. Staff can team up with your physician, therapist, or other healthcare provider to coordinate appointments near you or at your home.
Huggins says clients appreciate not having to spend the day driving across Oklahoma City for a single visit while many still enjoy coming to Patriot’s Yukon office.
The steps taken to be fit with a prosthesis or orthotic device vary from patient to patient. Commonly, patients are referred by a physician or therapist early in the healing process for an initial free evaluation to discuss their needs in detail.
Measurements and/or a casting may also occur during this initial visit.
It was while playing football at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Curtis found his way into the world or prosthetics.
While spearheading several community service programs with NSU athletes he literally uncovered his niche.
Spending time with a nursing home resident one day, Curtis saw a man come in, raise the man’s pant leg and uncover a prosthetic limb.
“I didn’t even know he was an amputee. He functioned really well,” Curtis said. “I had no idea until that prosthetist showed up. I was just hanging out, chatting and playing checkers.”
A new major followed for Curtis as did a career as a prosthetist.
“Back then everybody wanted it covered,” Curtis said of the stigma amputees carried. “Everybody wanted to disguise it as much as possible.”
Before opening Patriot, Curtis was the prosthetic supervisor at the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System.
Now he and Huggins have become the go-to clinic for those who have been told “that’s the best we can do.”
Huggins said the rule has and always should be “if it hurts then something’s wrong.”
THE RIGHT TECHNOLOGY
“The function of this is unbelievable,” Curtis said, holding a microprocessor prosthetic knee that has bluetooth connectability.
After fitting a client with the technology Curtis can connect wirelessly via his laptop and make a host of adjustments to match the client’s natural gait.
Patients are taught how to reprogram the joint for different activities through their smart phone.
Carbon technology allows energy to be returned to the client through rebound technology on some prosthetics.
But technology isn’t their passion.
“This stuff is not about us. This is about the amputee,” Huggins said. “We play a small part by casting and knowing how to modify and make that socket work throughout the day. The amputee takes it and does the rest.
“I don’t feel like I can take credit for a lot of what they do. That’s up to them.”

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Mother/daughter duo Karen Jobe and Stacy Jobe Lea have built the Indie Trunk Show into a crafting success.

story and photo by Bobby Anderson, Staff Writer

A mother and daughter’s leisurely stroll through a craft fair has turned into a unique opportunity for thousands of Oklahoma craft lovers and businesses alike.
Karen Jobe had crafted all through her daughter’s childhood before finally getting her to join in on the fun.
A few years back, they found themselves at a craft show one day talking to each other like mothers and daughters often do.
“We were telling each other what we would do differently because it wasn’t like the best one,” Jobe said. “We decided we were on the wrong side of this and we could do this really well. That’s basically how we started.
“We decided we would go big or go home.”
Going big has turned into the Indie Trunk Show, which has grown to more than 200 Oklahoma vendors and 2,500 in average attendance, the largest and only one of its kind in the state.
Daughter Stacy, a former financial analyst in the natural gas industry, and Karen, a former Reading Specialist, have found their niche promoting local artisans.
The duo rented the smallest building they could at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in 2014. Eighty-five vendors showed up for the inaugural event with a waiting list for more.
Bigger and bigger buildings were rented at the fairgrounds until a lease was finally inked on the 71,000-square foot building known as The Pavilion.
“We made it and we never really intended on getting outside of Oklahoma City but some of our vendors who started with us and have done every show with us felt like they had good exposure in OKC and asked us to do August,” Jobe said.
Eight Oklahoma City Shows and two Tulsa shows have been held to date.
The duo will debut a new offering on September 24 with the Indie Bride Bridal Show and Market at OKC Farmer’s Market.
Florists, wedding favors, calligraphers, wedding decor, bridal party wear, bakeries, jewelry, photographers, gifts for the bridal party, dress makers/designers, stationary, rentals, musicians, caterers, and more expected.
There will be samples from wedding caterers and even a cash bar.
Food trucks are also expected.
“We are different,” Jobe said of the Indie Trunk Show.. “We don’t have to try really hard. It’s hard to explain how we’re different but when people walk into our show they totally get it.”
Along the way, Stacy had a child while working as a financial analyst with OG&E.
The Indie Trunk show has allowed her to stay home and raise her son.
“That’s the best thing in the world,” Jobe said. “We both have our strengths and we work together well. Since we are mother and daughter we know what the other thinks. There’s a trust there that I don’t think you can have with another person unless you’re related like we are.”
The rules are simple: you have to be from Oklahoma and you have to be independently owned to get into the Indie Trunk Show..
“There’s a lot of different kinds of shows. There’s lots of junk and vintage and we found a huge group of people who don’t really feel like … that’s not their target audience.”
Shopping local and shopping with independent business has always been the driving force behind the Indie Trunk shows.
More than 200 vendors showed up when the Indie Trunk Show resurfaced in Oklahoma City in June.
The success has spawned opportunities for workshops to teach others how to market themselves and their products. This September the Indie Girl Boss Workshop Retreat will spring up in downtown Oklahoma City. Topics ranging from visual merchandising to Social Media for Creative Businesses are scheduled to be covered.
Karen and Stacy will cover several topics as will guest speakers.
“The thing we want people to know is that everyone there is an independent business and that’s how they’re making a living,” Jobe said of the shows. “We have so many vendors that everything they have is hand-made, one-of-a-kind and we have the boutique shopping.
“You can buy every kind of gift or anything for yourself you can possible find and it’s all in one place. There’s very few places where you can go and do that.”
And few places with a mother and daughter can bond so well.

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Left to Right: Nikki Buckelew, Rex Lawrence - Spanish Cove resident, Carolyn Merritt - Spanish Cove resident, Jill Huff - Spanish Cove, Julie Davis - Concordia, Harriette Boatright - Concordia resident, Chris Buckelew.

There is no guidebook or manual covering all the complexities associated with getting older. The self-help section of every bookstore boasts several topics ranging from helping aging parents and financing retirement, to health and wellness advice or dealing with those ever returning boomerang kids, but there is no one-size-fits-all model for aging successfully.
It is with this in mind that Nikki and Chris Buckelew and their real estate team’s mature moves division launched the “Senior Living Truth Series” back in 2016. The series includes a monthly educational program made up of seminars and expert panels dealing with topics important to mature homeowners.
“Because our team specializes in helping people who have lived in the same home for many years, we field questions daily on a range of topics. It’s important to be aligned with highly competent professionals we can recommend,” says Nikki Buckelew. “We introduce seminar attendees to these professionals through our expert panels.”
Seminar attendees are often either looking ahead to prepare for their own post-retirement lifestyle or are caring for an aging relative or friend. They are seeking answers to questions like what types of 55+ housing options are available, where to get support, how to pay for long-term care needs, ways to simplify and de-clutter, and more.
“Our attendees are smart people and when they have the resources they need, they feel more capable of making decisions. We all feel that way and that’s why we developed the series,” adds Buckelew.
Those attracted to the seminars appreciate the professional and organized fashion in which the seminars are delivered.
“The seminars are well-organized and well presented,” said Frank Andrews, a retired corporate trainer.
Frank and Carol are familiar faces at the truth series events and began attending after seeing an article in the paper.
“It’s about learning that you have to plan early and about understanding what you need and what you don’t,” added Carol. Jennifer Forrester, Community Relations Director with Oklahoma Hospice Care, a regular sponsor of the event, said the series has a way of helping people deal with the hard questions a lot of people tend to avoid.
“Nikki is the only Realtor I know who has a background in both counseling and gerontology, and as the moderator she has a way of taking hard topics and making them lighter and easier to talk about,” Forrester said. “She just says it like it is and doesn’t apologize for it.”
The Buckelews and their specialized team have made it their personal and professional mission to educate and guide consumers about best practices related to post-retirement living.
“People are doing the best they can and credible information is hard to find. Our attendees tell us they appreciate meeting local people with whom they can have a personal conversation without feeling pressured or rushed,” says Chris Buckelew.
James and Joan DonDero began attending the seminars a year ago.
“We attend frequently and chose to meet with the Buckelews personally to talk about downsizing in the future. It was just what they said – no pressure and no sales pitch,” said James.
The seminars serve to empower, equip, and educate by providing information to help people think about what their next steps might be and the timing to begin taking them.
“Going to the seminars helped us realize we had some things to think through,” added Joan.
The next event is titled “The Truth About Successfully Aging in Place” on July 13th from 10:00am – 11:30am and from 2pm – 3:30pm. The morning event has reached capacity and reservations are being accepted for the afternoon event.
“We know that people prefer to remain in their own homes and neighborhoods for as long as possible. The challenge is many have not prepared and need information on best practices for ‘staying put’,” Buckelew said.
The August event is titled “The Truth About De-cluttering Your Home.” With morning and afternoon sessions starting at 10am and 2pm.
Events are held at the MAPS3 Senior Health & Wellness Center located at 11501 N Rockwell in Oklahoma City. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission is free for those 55 or older and their guests. Professionals pay $25. Go to www.seniorlivingtruthseries.com or call 405-563-7501 to register.

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Megan Gorham, RN, Kaci Brosh, RN, Christine McMurray, RN and Integris Canadian Valley Hospital’s Council of Nurse Excellence recently held an animal fundraiser to benefit their community.

by Bobby Anderson,
Staff Writer

Food drives, donations and bake sales run rampant in hospitals when it comes to raising money for community service projects.
But a group of nurses at Integris Canadian Valley Hospital took something near and dear to their hearts and their community to make a difference recently.
“The Council of Nurse Excellence is a committee made up of all of the nurse of the year winners each year and during National Nurse’s Week we always do a community project that week,” said Kaci Brosh, RN and one of the organizers. “We are all animal lovers and this was something we thought would be fun and a little different.”
So the group decided to raise awareness and supplies to help combat the growing population of dogs and cats in the community.
Christine McMurray, RN, explained the mission of the Council of Nurse Excellence is to improve the health of the people and the community the hospital serves.
During Nurse’s Week, a pet donation drive collecting puppy pads, food, toys, bowls, collars and other items was also held at ICVH with staff bringing items each day.
At the end of the drive, local rescue agencies were invited to come and select items that they needed.
“They were so appreciative,” said McMurray, who has a rescue puppy of her own at home courtesy of fellow coordinator Megan Gorham, RN.
The event also culminated with an adoption event on a Saturday where people could come and add a member to their family.
Megan walked away from the event with a little something special.
“I’m a crazy animal person,” said Gorham, who adopted a Chiweenie mix named she named Koda.
Gorham swore she had no idea she would be coming home with a new baby.
“Oh, we did,” McMurray laughed. “I think she had to pretend she was in denial because of her husband.”
Gorham and her husband already have two large dogs and Koda, which means little bear, spoke to both their hearts.
The week went so well the group has plans for the future.
“We’re hoping to make this an annual event and get bigger. We learned about more agencies for the future to make it better,” McMurray said.
The group found out that national pet adoption week immediately precedes National Nurses Week.
A new cat rescue called Nine Lives was able to accept donations of cat supplies.
“We’re a pathway to excellence hospital so part of our designation is really focused on what the nurses do and their input,” McMurray said. “We don’t just do things here. We like to get out and volunteer and help the community.”
The nurses agreed that the fundraiser spoke both to their hearts and to the community they serve.
“I heard someone say nursing is the most trustworthy profession,” McMurray said. “When you’re sick, depressed or whatever you turn to your nurse and you turn to your pets.”
Bosh said people just showed up to help or donate during the process including Big D’s Barbeque in El Reno and Kona Ice.
Volunteers showed up from the hospital along with their family members.
“It was very laid back,” Bosh said. “It was a fun day. The weather was beautiful. It was just perfect.”
“I think the great part about our hospital is it felt just like you were at a picnic with your family,” Gorham said.
When she’s not adopting animals Gorham is a house supervisor at ICVH. Bosh is a lead nurse in the Women’s Center in labor and delivery.
Formerly a house supervisor, McMurray is transitioning to ICU and Telemetry clinical nurse manager.
Brosh, who has a 10-year-old Chihuahua at home, said it’s not a rare sight to see service dogs brought to the hospital for therapeutic support on a regular basis.
Gorham said the council promotes continuous improvement throughout the hospital.
“It’s to let nurses have a voice in the way things happen and the things that are changing based on what we hear from our patients and co-workers,” Gorham said. “It’s to allow nurses be heard.”
And it’s a great way to bring home new family members.

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Jan Smith, OAI, Kay Oliver, executive director of philanthropy for Mercy, and Dr. Richard V. Smith, medical director of Mercy NeuroScience Institute.

A local art show raised more than $3440 for Mercy’s stroke education, treatment and prevention programs. The benefit, which was organized by Oklahoma Artists Invitational (OAI), featured original works from 24 artists, including Mercy’s Dr. Dustan Buckley. To date, OAI has donated more than $16,617 to Mercy’s stroke center.
Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City is currently home to the state’s largest group of neuroscience specialists in the southwestern United States, and the state’s largest number of neurohospitalists – physicians dedicated solely to providing neurological care for patients admitted into the hospital. In February, Mercy was named a top stroke center in the nation.

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Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists Ray Rezaie, Ph.D., and Magdalena Bieniasz, Ph.D., have received grants from the National Institutes of Health combining for nearly $2.1 million.

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has received a pair of grants totaling nearly $2.1 million from the National Institutes of Health. The projects will focus on mechanisms that underlie proper blood coagulation and ovarian cancer.
OMRF scientist Ray Rezaie, Ph.D., received a four-year, $1.74 million grant from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that will allow him to continue research on a protein called antithrombin, which inhibits coagulation of blood.
Rezaie joined the foundation’s Cardiovascular Biology Research Program in 2017 from the St. Louis University School of Medicine. He studies blood clotting and inflammation, including how clotting factors work together to stop bleeding and how they regulate inflammatory responses when blood vessels are injured.
Antithrombin, which is located in blood plasma, is an inhibitor necessary for regulating coagulation and inflammatory pathways that are essential for maintaining healthy processes in blood vessels. “We know that antithrombin binds to molecules in the vascular system to initiate an essential anti-inflammatory response to keep vessels intact and healthy,” said Rezaie. “But we still don’t know how it works.”
Through better understanding this process, scientists ultimately hope to develop new therapeutic agents to control thrombosis, clotting and inflammatory diseases, primarily heart disease and atherosclerosis.
The second grant was awarded by the NIH’s National Cancer Institute to Magdalena Bieniasz, Ph.D. Over three years, it will provide $339,000 to study the underlying mechanisms of a receptor called sfRon, which has been implicated in aggressive ovarian cancer progression.
“This sfRon receptor actually makes the cancer aggressive and resistant to standard treatments, and that’s why we need to know how it works,” said Bieniasz, a scientist in OMRF’s Functional and Chemical Genomics Research Program.
She will also be testing drugs that inhibit this receptor in order to search for therapies that will work in targeting the receptor present on cancer cells.
Bieniasz became a principal scientist at OMRF in 2016 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah. She receives funding support for her research from the University of Oklahoma’s Stephenson Cancer Center, where she is also a member.
In her lab at OMRF, Bieniasz studies how ovarian cancer grows and spreads in the body, as well as the genetic changes in cancer cells that can lead to chemotherapy resistance.
This grant from the National Cancer Institute is tailored to provide new investigators with the early support to help them generate more data to be highly competitive for future grants.
“There are not many grants out there that do this,” she said. “Now I have assets to hire people for my lab and do more experiments. It’s a really great boost for this research in its early stages.”
Rezaie’s NHLBI grant designation is 2R01 HL062565-19A1 and Bieniasz’s NCI grant is1K22 CA207602-01. OMRF Vice President of Research Rodger McEver, M.D., said these grants speak volumes about the quality of research being done by these scientists in an increasingly tough climate for funding.
“The NIH is the major funder of biomedical research in the U.S. and applications for NIH grants are rigorously reviewed and highly competitive,” said McEver. “Awards like these are a testimony to the rigor and creativity of their research.”

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Members of the Golden Swans – Oklahoma City Ballet’s outreach program for elderly and Alzheimer’s sufferers – practice their skills. Oklahoma City Ballet is one of Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s most recent grantees. The nonprofit organization received a $10,000 Services for the Elderly iFund grant to provide ballet classes to help improve senior mobility.

 

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation recently awarded $97,500 to six charitable organizations in central Oklahoma providing services for elderly citizens.
“Seniors are in need of programs that help them to live happy, healthy lives,” says Whitney Moore, development director for recent grant recipient Oklahoma City Ballet. “Remaining active as seniors age is very important in maintaining their independence and health.”
The Community Foundation’s Services for the Elderly iFund program supports organizations that provide direct services for our community’s older citizens who still live in their homes. By supporting wellness and exercise activities, this program helps to allow independent living to continue and provides positive social and recreational opportunities improving their quality of life.
“Oklahoma City is continually listed as one of the nation’s least healthy cities. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is actively working to change this by creating a culture of health and wellness in central Oklahoma,” Oklahoma City Community Foundation President Nancy B. Anthony said. “We are pleased to work with charitable organizations that share our vision and provide creative solutions to improve the lives of citizens in our community.”
The following grants were awarded through the Services for the Elderly iFund:
American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma – $12,500 for a campaign to prevent home fires among elderly residents.
NewView Oklahoma – $20,000 for a medication management program for seniors who are vision-impaired.
Oklahoma City Ballet – $10,000 for the Golden Swans program providing ballet classes to help improve senior mobility.
Rebuilding Together OKC – $20,000 to provide critical heating, cooling and electrical repairs to low-income seniors allowing them to remain safe, warm and dry in their homes.
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma – $20,000 to provide nutritious food and healthy living resources to low-income seniors.
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command – $15,000 to support the Senior Watch program that provides immediate, short-term assistance for seniors in need of additional household, emotional or spiritual support.
An initiative of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation Trustees, the iFund program utilizes gifts from donors to support services for children and elderly, as well as provide access to health care. Since 2011, the iFund program has awarded more than $2.5 million to charitable organizations serving central Oklahoma. For more information, visit www.iFundokc.org.
Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future. To learn more about the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit www.occf.org.

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Darlene Franklin is both a resident of a nursing home in Moore, and a full-time writer.

By Darlene Franklin

“I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places.”
Whoa. Isaiah’s words brought me to an abrupt halt. My life in a nursing home often felt like an empty place.
Literally speaking, my half of a shared room in a nursing home was far from empty. The essence of six decades of life was crammed into a few square feet. Correspondence, presents, toiletries, clothes, doo-dads filled my dressers to overflowing. Family pictures and framed poetry by my daughter brightened my walls. The fifty-plus books I’d written strained my six-foot bookshelf, and my clothes crowded my half of the rod.
When we added a hospital bed, bi-pap machine, oxygen generator, walker, and laptop, my roommate and I could barely wheel through the room. My wheelchair spent the night in the hallway because it blocked my path to the bathroom. My bedtable doubled as work space and dining room.
The crowded room reminded me of what wasn’t here. My beloved cat. Shelves of family photographs. Family recipes. Daily routines varied little. How often did I get outside? How many meals excites my palate? Whom could I chat with, with a speech-impaired roommate and aides busy working?
So when I read that God wanted to give me a full life in an empty place, I jumped to attention. How could I find a full life in this place?
The answer was both simple and complex. I could have a full life because God was infinite. My circumstances didn’t limit Him.
Yesterday I expected a very empty day. My daughter should have celebrated her thirty-second birthday. Instead, she died at her own hand eight years ago.
In my quiet time, I read a quote by Cecil Murphey in Knowing God, Knowing Myself, “No matter how many times I examine the past, there’s nothing I can do to change it.” I needed that reminder to let the guilt go, and to rejoice that Jolene is waiting for me in heaven.
Running late for our mid-week Bible study, I fought the urge to get flustered and agitated-my go-to reaction when I’m stressed. Instead of muttering complaints, I stayed calm. On the way down the hall, an aide asked us to pray for her mother at our meeting. The short contact expanded my sense of belonging. Cheers greeted my arrival, since I’m the pianist. Accompanying hymns has been a life-long joy, something that cheers myself as well as others.
The pastor’s youngest daughter rushed to hug me before the song service started. Of the hymns we sang, I only knew half. But I had developed my God-given talent by playing through dozens of hymnals. Sight-reading a new one came fairly easily, and the fellow musician’s testimony touched me.
My arthritic fingers made more mistakes than they used to, but the congregation loved having the instrument. The piano made the music stronger.
The sermon, on God’s love. spoke to me more powerfully than usual. In a few recent failures, I chose anger over trusting God. Since God loved me, and I claimed to love God, my life should show it.
After the service, the little girl returned with her three sisters and all four hugged me. I returned their embrace, reminded of my own grandchildren across the country enjoying spring break. The love, freely given by the pastor’s children, met my need for human touch.
After lunch, I jumped into work, final edits on my next novella. Recently I sold another novella to a “traditional” publisher, keeping my work schedule full.
Not to mention the fact that I could work at all. There were very jobs one could do from inside a nursing home. Author happened to be one of them.
My latest order from a clothing store arrived and I got to touch and feel the soft robe and see the exact pattern of the pink and white checks. Now I can walk modestly from my room to the shower.
If the day wasn’t already full enough, I had restorative therapy for the first time in over a month. Arms and legs, back and forth, up and down, working for those “firm muscles and strong bones” that God promised in another passage.
If one day could be that full, what about tomorrow? God’s love, flowing in, through, and out of me filled my life even in empty places.
Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. This year she expects to reach fifty unique titles in print and she’s also contributed to more than twenty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears in four monthly magazines.

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Kaitlan Kenworthy, associate of The Fountains at Canterbury, poses with residents Jess Franks, left, and Ann Forester, right.

The Fountains at Canterbury, in northwest Oklahoma City, is known for its thriving campus of residents keeping busy with new, exciting activities and programs.
While brainstorming fresh, extraordinary outings for her residents, The Fountains at Canterbury associate Kaitlan Kenworthy came up with an idea for a delicious notion to add to the group’s famed bucket list outings, something she fondly calls ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Canterbury-style.’
“I wanted to create new, exciting, fun excursions for residents,” said Kenworthy.
The inspiration for her delicious idea was derived from the hit Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with host Guy Fieri, and specifically the nine locations he visited in Oklahoma. The group has been to nearly all of the featured locations, including Clanton’s Café in Vinita, Eischen’s Bar in Okarche, the Rock Café in Stroud and Oklahoma City culinary legends Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, Ingrid’s Kitchen, Leo’s BBQ and Mama E’s Wings and Waffles.
Their most recent excursion was to Nic’s Place Diner and Lounge. The new location offered natural light cascaded into a large, dark-wood room as several residents waited eagerly to order. They commented on the lovely décor, discussed who wanted to split the large portions with whom and reminisced on their previous outings.
“I’m excited to try [Nic’s]. We’ve been to a little bit of everything,” said Ann Forester, resident of The Fountains at Canterbury. “I have not missed a trip since we started making them to various restaurants.”
As Forester finished the first bite of her ‘Old School Burger’ she remarked, “It’s very good.”
Kenworthy said the program has been a hit with residents and she hopes to continue taking them to new places, even after they’ve completed the current series of outings.
“I think the residents have really enjoyed getting out, visiting new places and trying new food.” said Kenworthy. “It would be amazing if Guy Fieri would come back to Oklahoma and go to a restaurant with our group to give them a live rendition of his show!”
As the residents of The Fountains at Canterbury are approaching the last outing in their ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Canterbury-style’ series to The Diner in Norman this July, they are excited about the location, but sad to see the series come to a close. However, residents should not fear boredom as Kenworthy is already planning their next adventure.
The Fountains at Canterbury is dedicated to being the first choice in senior living, providing a continuum of care including independent living, assisted living, memory care, innovative rehabilitation therapies and skilled care. The Fountains at Canterbury is managed by Watermark Retirement Communities and is committed to creating an extraordinary community where people thrive. To learn more, please call (405) 381-8165 or go online to www.watermarkcommunities.com.

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