Best of the Bay Winners

May 1st, 2018

The Best of the Bay Awards were announced at a highly attended and anticipated ceremony at Water’s Edge Venue on March 22. The 2017 winners, voted by you, are:

Best Asian Cuisine: Merlion
Best Auto Repair: Space Center Auto
Best Bank: Allegiance Bank
Best Bartender: Sarah – Volcano Room
Best BBQ: Dickinson BBQ
Best Breakfast: Pelican Grill
Best Brunch: Sundance Grill II
Best Burger: Tookie’s
Best Cajun: Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar
Best Car Dealer – domestic: Norman Frede Chevrolet
Best Car Dealer – foreign: Ron Carter Hyundai
Best Credit Union: JSC FCU
Best Café: Seabrook Classic Cafe
Best City to Live: League City
Best Contractor/Remodeler: Maverick Remodeling
Best Dentist: Tie – Dr. Farid Noie and Dr. J. Derek Tieken
Best Entertainment Spot – Jackie’s Brickhouse
Best Entertainment Venue: Kemah Boardwalk
Best Family Restaurant: T-Bone Tom’s
Best Gift Shop: Spruce Flowers and Home
Best Hair Salon: Brazil N Drops
Best Hair Stylist: Bonnie Wolcott – Heist
Best Hospital: Houston Methodist St. John
Best Italian: Grazia Italian Kitchen
Best Local Entertainer: Tie – Mickey Hobbs and Claudio Sereni
Best Luxury Car: Ron Carter Cadillac
Best Margarita: El Tiempo Cantina
Best Marina: South Shore Harbour
Best Mexican: El Tiempo Cantina
Best Oysters: Gilhooley’s
Best Pizza: Dan’s Pizza Co.
Best Pub: Scotty’s Pub
Best Realtor: Kimberly Harding
Best Resale Shop: Assistance League of the Bay Area
Most Romantic Restaurant: Opus Bistro
Best Seafood: Topwater Grill
Best Steak: T-Bone Tom’s
Best Sushi: Michiru Sushi
Best Web Design: Big Splash Web Design
Best Wine Bar: Chelsea Wine Bar
Best Women’s Apparel: The Clotheshorse
Best Women’s Boutique: Back Bay Boutique
Best Yacht Club: Lakewood Yacht Club

Houston Methodist St. John cancer team gets new doctor

August 1st, 2017

Dr. Jitesh Joshi recently joined Houston Methodist St. John hospital, advancing the hospital’s growing cancer program. Joshi is board certified in both medical oncology and hematology and is a member of the Houston Methodist Cancer Center.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Joshi lead our oncology team at Houston Methodist St. John in developing a highly advanced and collaborative cancer program that ensures local residents have a close-to-home option for their care,” said Dan Newman, CEO of Houston Methodist St. John Hospital.

“Houston Methodist hospitals across Houston are doing fantastic work in cancer prevention and treatment and St. John will serve to expand and strengthen that network.”

The multi-disciplinary cancer care team at Houston Methodist St. John includes:

  • Board-certified physicians
  • Hematologists and oncologists
  • Pathologists
  • Dedicated breast radiologists
  • Specialized surgeons
  • Patient navigators
  • Case managers

“I’ve seen and heard so many positives about Houston Methodist Cancer Center and Houston Methodist St. John Hospital, and I am very excited to be a part of this elite team,” said Dr. Joshi. “We have an incredible patient-centric program in a convenient location that can help to reduces stress for both patients and their family members, allowing them to focus on beating cancer.”

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 832.783.1190.

Houston Methodist St. John seminar focuses on metabolic syndrome risks and treatment

January 31st, 2017

Are you at risk for developing metabolic syndrome – a serious medical condition that can lead to heart disease, stroke or diabetes? Nearly 20 percent of American adults have metabolic syndrome – and some may not even know it.

That’s why Houston Methodist St. John Hospital is offering a free seminar on metabolic syndrome causes and treatments on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the hospital’s Main Lobby.

Primary care physicians from the hospital will be on hand to discuss risk factors such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol numbers and abdominal fat, as well as share insights into the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome.

“Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that often work together to create serious health issues,” says Dr. Rosemary Eseh-Logue, M.D. “All of these risk factors can be related to lifestyle or excess weight and a lack of physical activity, and while each one is serious, together they raise the stakes and make it even more likely that an individual will develop heart disease or diabetes or suffer a stroke.”

As part of the discussion on metabolic syndrome, Dr. Kyle Stephens, a bariatric surgeon with Houston Methodist St. John Hospital, will provide an overview of bariatric weight-loss surgery and how it can help individuals lose weight – and keep it off – to avoid the common health issues related to obesity. Stephens specializes in minimally invasive gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgeries, which allow for less discomfort, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries for patients.

To register for this informative and engaging seminar, go to houstonmethodist.org/events or call 281.333.8899.

For a physician referral, visit houstonmethodist.org/find-a- doctor or call 281.333.8899.

Houston Methodist St. John celebrates opening of new clinic

September 13th, 2016

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The League City Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting kicked off the festivities at the new office of Houston Methodist Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates at St. John. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are clinic physicians Sri Gottimukkala, MD; Asia Mohsin, MD; Michael Magliolo, MD; and Francoise Vandaele, MD; as well as Houston Methodist St. John Hospital CEO, Dan Newman.

Members of the community helped celebrate the grand opening of the Houston Methodist Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates at St. John new clinic in Nassau Bay on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

“We are thrilled to have a new home in this beautifully appointed space on the Houston Methodist St. John campus, which will provide a comfortable, convenient location for our patients and allow us to collaborate even more effectively on patient care,” said Dr. Michael Magliolo, gynecologist.

Clinic physicians include obstetrician-gynecologists Sri Gottimukkala and Asia Mohsin; gynecologists Michael Magliolo and Francoise Vandaele; and urogynecologist Tristi Muir.

The clinic is located on the Houston Methodist St. John Hospital campus, in Physicians Medical Center II at 2060 Space Park Drive, Suite 410.

To learn more about the specialists at Houston Methodist Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates at St. John, visit houstonmethodist.org/find-a-doctor.

Houston Methodist St. John, Friendswood High extent pact

July 1st, 2016

Houston Methodist St. John Hospital and Friendswood High officials celebrate the continuation of their partnership and the hospital’s commitment to Friendswood High School Athletics and student athletes. They are, from left, Mark Griffon, Friendswood High principal; Jonathan Utsey, athletic trainer; David Montz, school board member; Dr. Daniel O’Neill, orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist and team doctor; Trish Hanks, Friendswood ISD superintendent; Cathy Supak, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine athletic trainer; Jason Tindall, physician liaison; and Thad Roher, Friendswood ISD deputy superintendent.

Houston Methodist St. John Hospital and Friendswood High officials celebrate the continuation of their partnership and the hospital’s commitment to Friendswood High School Athletics and student athletes. They are, from left, Mark Griffon, Friendswood High principal; Jonathan Utsey, athletic trainer; David Montz, school board member; Dr. Daniel O’Neill, orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist and team doctor; Trish Hanks, Friendswood ISD superintendent; Cathy Supak, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine athletic trainer; Jason Tindall, physician liaison; and Thad Roher, Friendswood ISD deputy superintendent.

Houston Methodist St. John Hospital and Friendswood High School Athletics have extended their successful partnership to 2022.

As the Official Health Care Provider for Friendswood High School Athletics, Houston Methodist St. John Hospital provides a wide range of sports medicine services, including a licensed athletic trainer and support staff for all high school athletes and physician sideline coverage for varsity football games.

“We are thrilled to continue this very successful program that enables us to provide top-quality sports medicine care to Mustang athletes,” says Daniel O’Neill, M.D., the board-certified orthopedist and sports medicine specialist who serves as Friendswood High School’s team physician. “Working to keep these young athletes healthy and at their best is an important component of high school sports, and we are proud of our long relationship with Friendswood ISD.”

The competitive nature of high school athletics means that young players sometimes suffer aches, pains and even serious injuries. When that happens, the hospital’s sports medicine professionals are on hand to help.

“We are the first line of support for athletes who are injured, whether it’s in practice or at a game,” says Megan Duncan, head athletic trainer for Friendswood ISD. “Being able to see an experienced sports medicine trainer quickly can make a big difference in terms of identifying the seriousness of an injury and determining the best course of action. I love working with Mustang athletes and I’m excited that our partnership is continuing.”

The agreement between the hospital and Friendswood High School Athletics also helps keep the cost of quality medical care low for both the district and parents.

“Houston Methodist St. John Hospital provides a wide range of services for Mustang athletes,” says Friendswood ISD athletic director Robert Koopman. “In addition to on-site coverage and preventive taping, they also educate our athletes about proper training techniques, how to avoid injury and how to recover more quickly if they do get hurt. Being embedded with the Mustang sports teams provides a clear advantage to Friendswood athletes.” To find a Houston Methodist St. John Hospital physician, visit houstonmethodist.org/spg or call 281.333.8899.

Medicine Men

January 1st, 2016

Dr. Amedeo, Dr. Joe, Dr. Adolph, Grandpa Andrew, Dr. Albert and Dr. Andrew.

Dr. Amedeo, Dr. Joe, Dr. Adolph, Grandpa Andrew, Dr. Albert and Dr. Andrew.

From Sicily to Houston Methodist St. John – the Magliolo family history of health care

By Susan Neuhalfen

“My dad always taught me to take care of people the way you take care of your family,” explains Dr. Mike Magliolo. Though new to the Houston Methodist St. John Hospital team, Dr. Mike (as he is called by his patients) is a well-known gynecologist in the Bay Area who just happens to know a thing or two about family.

A second-generation American doctor, Dr. Mike comes from a long tradition of family health care. His father and four uncles were all doctors in practice before he joined them in 1980. It’s hard to believe that such a rich history of medicine started in a humble barbershop in Sicily before the turn of the century.

Dr. Mike’s grandfather, Andrew Magliolo, began work as a barber in Sicily at age nine by standing on a box crate to cut hair. At that time, people would visit a barber to have their teeth pulled, wounds sutured and other minor medical procedures done. Andrew dreamed of owning his own barbershop and in 1905, he boarded a steamer ship to Galveston with the $50 he saved and the promise of a job.

When he arrived in Galveston, he knew only two words in English:  “thank you.” He began working in a barbershop and learning his new language. His boss at the barbershop soon became his brother-in-law and before long, Andrew started his own family and his own barbershop on the corner of 25th and The Strand in the Panama Hotel in Galveston.

Andrew and his wife had seven children, two girls and five boys. Four boys graduated from UTMB medical school. Dr. Mike followed in their footsteps, graduating from UTMB Medical School in 1976. The fifth son chose a dental health career and graduated from UT dental school. Only Dr. Joe, the oldest, was spared from WWII as he was the only doctor in Dickinson and considered essential to the community. All of the other boys were drafted and served their country. They all returned home safely and together opened the Magliolo Clinic in Dickinson.

Dr. Mike followed in his father’s footsteps and became the second obstetrician-gynecologist in the office. Debbie Davila, Dr. Mike’s office manager, has enjoyed seeing the many generations of moms, daughters and now granddaughters that have come through for care.

“Many of his father’s patients are now grandparents and great-grandparents,” said Davila, remembering Dr. Amy’s legacy (short for Amedeo). “We’ve gotten to see many generations of babies delivered here so the patients are like extended family to us.”

Dr. Mike married his high school sweetheart, Diane Dues, whom he’d known since he was 2-years-old. One of his favorite stories is when Diane’s mother went into labor while giving a baby shower for another one of Dr. Mike’s family members. She drove herself to the clinic where Dr. Mike’s dad, Dr. Amy, met her. As this was her fifth child he knew the delivery wouldn’t take long. He drove her directly to the hospital to deliver the baby.

“Her husband (Diane’s dad) owned a service station and had to find someone to open the shop for him so he couldn’t come right away,” recalled Dr. Mike. “So dad drove her to Galveston County Memorial Hospital, which is now Mainland Medical Center, and delivered Diane’s little sister, Julie.”

Back in those days insurance wasn’t required and patients didn’t always have the cash, so the Magliolo’s were used to bartering as a form of payment. Mr. Dues paid Dr. Amy with a set of new tires for safely delivering his baby girl. To this day, Julie Dues-Masters is the longest running mayor of Dickinson, but Dr. Mike and Diane like to humble her by reminding her of her beginnings.

“When she gets out of line we like to remind her she’s just worth a set of tires to us,” laughs her older sister Diane.

Dr. Mike and Diane have two grown boys. Corey lives in Dickinson and is a financial advisor and Paddy owns his own meat processing company in Schulenburg. When asked if he’s disappointed that his boys didn’t go into medicine, Dr. Mike was quick to answer.

“They both love what they do, just as I do,” Dr. Mike said. “Honestly, I couldn’t be any more proud of my children.”

He is also glad that both of his children have continued the Magliolo tradition of involvement and support for their communities.

“It’s important that people in a community are there for each other,” said Dr. Mike.
It’s a family thing.