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The George Town Club is Back!

October 6, 2013

"We wanted to keep it relevant without an ounce of trendy," interior designer Andrew Law told The Georgetown Dish.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Imagine an historic venue famous for entertaining diplomats, socialites and leaders in business, government and academia, a place where art, politics, design, technology, wine, food and passionate people all come together - updated for the 21st century. 

That's what Bo Blair, Debbie Winsor, Elizabeth Miller and Andrew Law, The George Town Club's Dream Team, have done.

Elena Tompkins, Andrew Law and Elizabeth Miller (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Elena Tompkins, Andrew Law and Elizabeth Miller

A few months ago, we showed you what was in the works, and Friday was the big reveal for members and friends. The first thing you notice is that the inner door has been moved to the right, so as you enter, your vision is unobstructed to Volta Place across the street, three rooms away.

Jacob Kainen in the library (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jacob Kainen in the library

Old and new members have joined together to reinvent and reenergize this Washington institution centered around a lively new programming schedule, an updated menu (and new chef), and an openness to new ideas.  Now the spaces reflect that vision.

GTC President Sharon Casey and VP Lynn Doran (Photo by: Judith Beermann) GTC President Sharon Casey and VP Lynn Doran

With the objective of retaining the rich carved millwork, upholstered seating bones (but slipcovered in ticking) and The Club's centuries old coziness, designers Andrew Law and Debbie Winsor went to work.

First things first."We took down the draperies and opened up the windows," explained Law. They moved paintings and antique prints, long stored away, and brought them out to rooms floored in sisal and washed in sunlight (and into a refurbished bathroom). Against a backdrop of white painted walls and brick, and grey trim, the art now dazzles.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Thanks to George Hemphill and Hemphill Fine Arts, a stunning retrospecitve of American abstract expressionist painter, Jacob Kainen, graces the salon and library. Consider this art exhibit the first of many for the salon/club.

You'll find Janus et Cie wicker blending seamlessly with a Restoration Hardware sideboard. Add a dash of palmetto  and driftwood, and the decor is elegant, inviting, modern, and ... relevant.

A world-class club for the neighborhood.

Karen & Rick Murphy with Robin & Jeff Jones (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Karen & Rick Murphy with Robin & Jeff Jones

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Prints in the loo (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Prints in the loo

Miguel Izquido and Bo Jonsson (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Miguel Izquido and Bo Jonsson
Andrew Law and Lenore Winters (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Andrew Law and Lenore Winters

The new door (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The new door

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Georgetowners Come Out in Force to Support Jack Evans for DC Mayor

September 29, 2013

Two hundred Georgetowners came to The Powerhouse Sunday afternoon for a Bluegrass and BBQ fundraiser to support their neighbor and city council member, Jack Evans in his run for DC Mayor.

Jedd Wilder with John and Chris Evans (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jedd Wilder with John and Chris Evans

There was fun for the whole family, with toddlers crawling around inside a cardboard house, tattoos for all with 'Jack Evans for Mayor' a popular design choice, and a photo booth for family portraits.

Nancy Taylor Bubes, Michele Evans and Davis Camalier (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Nancy Taylor Bubes, Michele Evans and Davis Camalier
To the music of the Joe Marton Band, long-time friends and business leaders mingled, and congratulated the candidate in the historic warehouse along the C& O Canal, the former office of Western Development Corporation, now a multi-level events space.

Greg Casten, Julie Chase and Paul Cohn (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Greg Casten, Julie Chase and Paul Cohn

Jack Evans thanked his supporters, hosts Herb and Patrice Miller, and his family.

Joe Marton Band (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Joe Marton Band

Evans, representing Ward 2 since 1991, is the longest serving lawmaker on the DC City Council.

Noting the enormous changes that have occured over the last 22 years, he said, "The city was in free-fall ... In 1993, this was the murder capital of the country. After the Federal Goverment took over in 1995, and Anthony Williams became mayor ..." the city's reputation slowly changed, and now"is the most vibrant in America."

Jack addresses his supporters (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jack addresses his supporters

"We have a 1.5 billion record surplus, more cranes than any other city, and we've come a long way since we were known as the city with exploding manhole covers."

Noting that the Millers have now moved to 14th and P Street, Evans told the enthusiastic guests about the profound changes that have occured downtown, from a place of drugs and crime to one with block after block of new restaurants. The 14th Street Whole Foods is now the company's highest grossing store.

Vowing to bring equal access to jobs and prosperity throughout the district, Evans plans to bring his message to every ward in the city.

This event was hosted by Jennifer Altemus, Nancy Taylor Bubes, Lynda & Davis Camalier, Kristen & John Cecchi, Colleen & John Girouard, Nancy Jacobsen, Deb & Ben Johns,  John Lever, Eileen McGrath,  Patrice Miller, Dale & Melissa Overmeyer,  Ginger & Stuart Pape, Elizabeth Miller & Dan Sallick, George & Frederica Valanos.

Jennifer Altemus leaves with a sign for her lawn (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jennifer Altemus leaves with a sign for her lawn

Paul Cohn, Linda Roth Conte and Rob Wilder (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Paul Cohn, Linda Roth Conte and Rob Wilder

Dan Sallick and Elizabeth Miller (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dan Sallick and Elizabeth Miller

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)


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Meet Elliott Alpher

September 23, 2013

Many times it’s difficult to find the right specialist to treat chronic pain or a disorder without drugs or surgery.

Until I met Dr. Elliott Alpher, I had never connected the fields of sleep and jaw disorders. For the former, I thought Ear Nose Throat (ENT), for the latter, a dentist, and maybe add a massage or two for good measure. Turns out, native Washingtonian, Dr. Alpher, has made these conditions his life’s work, practicing oral medicine and diagnostics in the District for a quarter century.

Myotherapy Room (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Myotherapy Room

“Elliott Alpher is one of the foremost temporomandibular disorder (TMD)/sleep practitioners,” says Dr. Richard Klein, of the Michigan Head & Neck Institute. “He recognized the need for dentists to get involved in sleep disorders over 25 years ago. He realized you could not treat sleep disorders without first understanding TMD/craniofacial pain and joined The American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, where he is now a Diplomate and member of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Alpher explains, “Patients with sleep apnea don’t want to wear a big cumbersome sleep mask (CPAP) and oral appliances are an effective alternative in many cases. The same goes for snoring. And what patients and many physicians don’t realize is the relationship between sleep disorders, the jaw, jaw pain and even migraine headaches. So often, we treat all three with many serious medications, and do not even consider the effective oral appliance. It’s fascinating to see how quickly a patient can get back to a normal life when their jaw is in the correct position!”

Dr. Alpher in his office (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dr. Alpher in his office

How does he do it? By treating (TMJ), snoring and sleep apnea with a conservative, non-invasive approach combined with computerized and verifiable diagnostic methods.

Raising awareness about TMD and sleep disorders, not only with other physicians, but with patients, is something Dr. Alpher has made a practice of doing throughout his career, lecturing throughout the United States, and in Europe and South America. He’s also co-authored and published many studies.

Hanging prominently in Dr. Alpher’s office are photographs of his mentor, Dr. Irving Kittay. In 1981, Dr. Alpher attended a world conference where he first met Dr. Kittay who was to become Dr. Alpher’s mentor.  It was only then that Dr. Alpher realized how much more there was to learn. Combining bio-technology with physiology was the key. Together, these two pioneers continued to developed new technologies in bio-physiological dentistry.

With the only office customized for his unique approach, Dr. Alpher can offer patients myotherapy, laser therapy, and accurate measurable diagnostics, also utilizing many other technologies and services.

Together with his colleague and friend, Dr. Oliver Roberson, a highly respected D.C. Atlas Orthogonist, Dr. Alpher recently presented a two-hour paper on, “Cervical-Atlas Relationship to Sleep Disordered Breathing” at a meeting of the Dental Division of the American Academy of Sleep and Breathing in Scottsdale, Arizona.  

“Our audience was truly captivated. Very few have connected the dots between the spine and the jaw and their affect on sleep disorders and craniofacial pain. Dr. Roberson and I have been treating patients together for years and they’re getting better faster!”

The event was sponsored by David Gergen, executive director of The American Sleep and Breathing Academy and President of the Pro Players Health Alliance, two related organizations committed to increasing awareness and education of sleep apnea especially in retired National Football League (NFL) players.  The presentation explores the relationship between posture, neck and spine injuries, growth issues and sleep and breathing disorders.

Dr. Alpher (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dr. Alpher

Currently, Dr. Alpher is working with the NFL on a variety of initiatives including sports performance mouth guards.  Pro athletes are using these neuromuscular mouth guards to maximize their endurance, strength and flexibility. Dr. Alpher is one of the few qualified dental specialists in the District who provides customized sports mouth guards and performance enhancement appliances, and is also on the Otolaryngology and Surgery staff at George Washington University Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital.

Dr. Alpher founded, and currently chairs, the Capitol Multidisciplinary Focus Group five years ago.  In their quarterly meetings they review the latest developments in all specialties of medicine represented in the group and by the guest speakers.  Earlier this year, in addition to the Alpher Center for Sleep Disorders & Jaw Pain, he founded the Alpher Center for Dental Sleep Medicine, a non-profit research institute. 

Dr. Alpher’s office is located at 1133 20th Street, NW.

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