Health & Fitness

Jamaica Hospital Designated as a Trauma One Center

Photo by Naeisha Rose

Photos by Naeisha Rose

On Oct. 23, 2014, NYPD Officer Kenneth Healey was attacked by a hatchet-wielding man on Jamaica Ave. on 162nd St. in Queens by Zale Thompson.

After his fellow officers shot the would-be terrorist, who was reported to have acted alone according to the Daily News, they saw the rookie bleed and fall unconscious not knowing if he would make it.

Healey was quickly sent to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for care. It was there that he received treatment for his traumatic brain injury after his skull was cracked open. A little over a year later Healey went back to work.

Kenneth Healey (right)

Kenneth Healey (right)

While already a Level One Trauma Center, and the only one in south Queens, Jamaica Hospital was officially verified by trauma experts from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at 11 a.m. today for its amazing work.

Trauma Medical Director, Geoffrey Doughlin, had this to say at the ceremony:

Trauma care is also family care. In a perfect world no one would get sick, text while driving or respond to conflict with violence… but we don’t live in a perfect world so we must be prepared to accept everyone that goes through the door. In 2014, we were able to help Officer Healey and then thank him for his service.

Doughlin went on to say that the designation for Jamaica Hospital will last for the next three years.

When they come back for they will be more stringent. We want to maintain what we accomplished. Critical areas are trauma research and community education. The specialists that we have, the neurosurgeons, the anesthesiologist, the blood bank all need to be maintained.

One of the problems that we have for trauma is that there is very poor funding for it nationwide. We need support from the administration because there is staff that is here 24/7. It’s expensive, but the community needs it.

If you look at the history of the hospitals in Queens you will find multiple closures. We are one of the many hospitals that remain. Recently, Mary Immaculate closed, so without that trauma center someone has to be willing to pick up the slack. We have a vital role in the health and well being of the residents of Queens.

Dr. Geoffrey Doughlin

Dr. Geoffrey Doughlin

Trauma Program Manager Beverly Brown couldn’t agree more.

We need to continue to make sure that we provide the care that the community needs because of everything going around the community. We want them to know that we are always going to give them the best care that they need. I want them to say ‘I went to Jamaica Hospital and I got the care I need.”

Trauma is what we do. Trauma is in our DNA. We live and breathe trauma. We were designated already, but to be verified by ACS and have them say that we meet the 300 standards necessary to be a Trauma One Center without deficiency speaks to our standards. This puts us out there and says they are doing the right thing.

Personally this is a huge accomplishment. I oversee the program hand in hand with Dr. Doughlin and to have this is amazing.

Beverly Brown

Trauma Program Director Beverly Brown

Brown also elaborated on Jamaica Hospital’s process on treating patients.

In medicine, you must use a holistic approach. You have to involve the family whatever you are doing. When a family member gets hurt, it’s not just that one person that is hurting, the entire family is hurting. You have to look at it as like ‘is the family happy, am I meeting their needs.'”

One person that is truly happy with Jamaica Hospital’s care is Officer Healey who is alive and well.

Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company’s Grand Opening

Picture provided by Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company

Picture provided by Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company

On Saturday, July 30th on 70th East 4th Street,  the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company will have a grand opening.

Alpha Omega has been providing a platform for dancers and choreographers of color to showcase their love of the art for over 44 years. However, since 1972, the dance company did not have its own studio, until now. Thanks to new leadership under its new Artistic Director Enrique Cruz DeJesus, the company was able to raise over $ 4 million dollars towards having its own building.

We use to rent space from different locations. We were a struggling organization that tried to do good for the community, for kids and we are a professional dance company,” said DeJesus.

After joining the Fourth Art Block, a 13 organization art coalition, the different members were able to set aside seven buildings for their different programs.

We did an average of two to three fundraisers a year, we wrote grants to the Department of Cultural Affairs, Rosie Mendez, Margarita Lopez, and the Mayor’s Office,” he adds.

At the new studio, choreographers will teach salsa, Argentine tango, and musical theater. Wellness classes include yoga and pilates. There will be educational classes for kids and teens. There will also be something for adults that want to become professional dancers too.

Thirty years ago, before DeJesus became the artistic director of Alpha Omega he was just a young man that was encouraged to go to one of their dance classes by a friend.

I was a short order cook working at a restaurant, the Bonfire Grill in Forest Hills, and my friend named Lamont was a dancer,” says DeJesus.

After joining dance classes with Lamont, DeJesus knew that he was meant to be a dancer. Since that first dance class, he has been in shows like “Jesus Christ Super Star, ” and toured in “Dreamgirls.” As a choreographer, he has created over 60 pieces. He was even nominated for a Drama Desk award.

Artists art not born. They are chosen. They are chosen in a way that you see this as the thing that you are going to be doing. I’ve been a part of that community, I’ve been a part of that family. I feel that I have found my calling and I have not ever looked back since.

DeJesus and his dance company will continue to make waves this summer by closing out the first ever Jamaica Dance Festival in Rufus King Park on August 13th. The festival is free and open to the public.



The great Roberto “manos de piedra” Duran and a look at the art, science & viciousness of Boxing

The great Roberto “manos de piedra” Duran and a look at the art, science & viciousness of Boxing

Roberto Durán (born June 16, 1951) is a Panamanian former professional boxer, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. A master in-fighter in the ring, he was nicknamed “Manos de Piedra” (“Hands of Stone”) during his career.

He finally retired in January 2002 at age 50 (having previously retired in 1998) following a bad car crash in October 2001, with a professional record of 119 fights, 103 wins with 69 knockouts. Up until his fight with Wilfred Benítez in a light middleweight title clash in 1982, he was trained by legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel

How great was Roberto Duran? He was a master of the “sweet science” of boxing. considered as the best lightweight (135 pounds) ever. Roberto was ferocious and highly intelligent fighter that could do it all. The video exemplifies this perfectly. It shoes in different segments his mastery of the ring and his mastery of the sweet science ( along with the animal like killer instinct that made him great).



Highlights of what you will see in this video of Duran below, will reveal that the way Duran moved was in fact artistic… a vicious art, perhaps, but there was also a science (precision) behind him and his every move. For those of you that are into boxing this video will show you or remind you what boxing truly is… a tough, but beautiful sport, which brings out the best in men…and now women also, BUT, to those of you who are just casual fans or who are contemplating taking up the sport as a way to exercise, to get in shape and or deal with stress, you should 100% take it up, its one of the best all around sports to partake in for mental and physical conditioning. You don’t have to spar (box) and get hit if you don’t want to, there are many boxing programs today that are safe in that way. However, I must WARN YOU! once you start to feel in some type of boxing shape, you may very well want to try it for REAL in the ring with a practice opponent AKA a sparring partner. if you do decide to try it Have fun…but before you begin get the docs approval, based on your physical. at the end of this article I have included some gyms in New York which you may want to try.

What you will see in this video “The Tao of Roberto Duran”

  1. Fainting..(make them believe one thing, but give them another)
  2. The art of slipping, ducking & rolling with lunches…(a la Mayweather)
  3. Ducking, weaving & counter punching…(making your opponent miss & make them pay for it)
  4. Turning & pivoting…(take away your opponents balance & momentum…use all you got to keep them confused and frustrated)
  5. Shifting ( as in baseball, the change up pitch confuses the batter. Keep em confused)
  6. putting with the jab…( an illusion to give them something else)


Check out this country song about Duran, called “The eyes of Roberto Duran” by Chris Gaffney


Roberto Duran singing Salsa ( with his own band) in the early 90’s…he wasn’t too bad.
but its best that he stuck with boxing…

Where to go for a boxing workout or training in NY

Mendez Boxing Midtown NYC:

Church Street Gym downtown NYC:

Gleasons Gym, downtown (DUMBO) Brooklyn: :



Dr. Rafael Alexander Ortiz – A Brain Surgeon and a Trendsetter!

Dr. Rafael Alexander Ortiz – A Brain Surgeon and a Trendsetter!

Chief of Neuro-Endovascular Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Ortiz will receive the 2016 Latino Trendsetter Award in the Health category.


About the event
The Fourteenth Annual Latino Trendsetter Awards, a landmark celebration of excellence in enterprise, arts, entertainment, health, education and community leadership, will be held at on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 from 6-10 P.M. at The Symphony Space Theater in New York City. The event is sponsored in part by New York Presbyterian HospitalInca Kola and CUNY. Media (sweepstakes) partners are; La Mega 97.9 & Amor 93.1 and presented by LatinTRENDS.  It will commence with a VIP red carpet reception, attended by awardees, influencers and media.The award presentation will be partially open to the public and special guest and will start at 8PM.  It will feature a musical performances by Frankie Negron , a multi-cultural dance performance featuring tango, flamenco, salsa and bachata music. Emerging urban Tropical musician, Doñé, will perform live as well.

The Event will be co-hosted by Actress, speaker and author, April Hernandez Castillo and Luxury Real Estate Broker and star of Bravo’s Emmy-Nominated Million Dollar Listing New York, Luis D. Ortiz


Get to Know Dr. Ortiz
Rafael A. Ortiz, MD is the Chief of Neuro-Endovascular Surgery and Interventional Neuro-Radiology at Lenox Hill Hospital and is Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology and Radiology at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Upon his arrival to Lenox Hill Hospital in 2012, Dr. Ortiz spearheaded the creation and rapid development of a comprehensive, innovative and safe program of endovascular neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology Lenox Hill Hospital.


Dr. Ortiz completed his residency in neurology and fellowship in stroke/neuro-critical care at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. In 2006 he moved to New York City to complete fellowship training in interventional neuro-radiology and endovascular surgery at the Hyman-Newman Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Roosevelt Hospital, were he served as attending physician and director of the fellowship program until June of 2012.

Among his numerous accolades, Dr. Ortiz was honored with a Proclamation by the New York State Senate in 2012 for his dedication to community education and outstanding patient care. In 2010 he received The American Heart Association’s Young Heart Award for achievements in Cardiovascular Science and Medicine and also the American Heart Association’s Tu Corazon Latino Award for dedication to patient education and community health. More recently, in 2013, he was recognized as one of the Men of the Year in the City of New York by El Diario La Prensa newspaper. In 2014, he received the Leadership and Vision Award of the American Heart and Stroke Association.

Dr. Ortiz is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart and Stroke Association and is the Co-Chair of Tu Corazon Latino, an innovative health movement that brings physicians, executives, public servants and community leaders together to explore health issues and solutions for at risk populations.

Dr. Ortiz specializes in endovascular (interventional) treatment of cerebral aneurysms, embolization of brain tumors and vascular tumors of the head and neck region, cerebral and spinal arteriovenous malformations, treatment of craniofacial vascular lesions (venous, lymphatic, AVMs, hemangiomas) in adults and children, stenting of carotid artery stenosis, as well as revascularization procedures for acute stroke. He is known for his dedication to community education, patient satisfaction and outstanding patient care.


About LatinTRENDS
LatinTRENDS is a multi-media and marketing company that connects with the acculturated Hispanic community via its flagship monthly print magazine, weekly e-newsletter, daily content on and events. The brand’s content is bi-lingual, covering the latest trends in entertainment, travel, technology, wellness, business and cuisine, including featured Hispanic professionals & entrepreneurs.  Content also covers exclusive interviews with celebrities and innovative people that influence trends in pop culture.

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Natalia Bonilla – Brains, Beauty & Body



Originally published in the May 2015 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine

By Eddie Olmo

Currently Miss New York, NY for Swimsuit USA International, Natalia Bonilla is not just another swimsuit model. Natalia, a native New Yorker of Dominican descent, is in the process of acquiring her Master degree in the field of Emergency and Disaster Management in hopes of opening her own non-profit organization to help women in less fortunate situations.  Aside from modeling and working toward her career, Bonilla is also very passionate about acting. Currently, Natalia is working on “The Familia” directed by John Damroth and Noel Torres.

When did you start modeling?

I’ve been doing it since I was 17 years old. Although I was a tomboy and wasn’t into the whole looking like a diva thing, I joined a pageant, actually Miss Latina NY, USA and I won. So then I went to Las Vegas to participate in Miss Latina USA. From that moment on my career started. After that I worked with many different photographers and appeared in various magazines.

What diet plan do you do to maintain your weight?

I eat the right foods. Usually I have my green drinks on the weekend because of my fast metabolism. I’ll do something like fresh kale, cucumber, ginger, celery and apple to give it a sweet taste to it. And during the week I like to eat foods that are high in protein like salmon or chicken. In the morning I’ll have something like a white egg veggie omelet.

What daily routine do you do to stay fit?

I go to the gym, but when I don’t have time to go to the gym I do Capoeira [Brazilian martial arts]. I dedicate at least 45 minutes a day working out at home.

What motivates you?

I have a good team behind me, Tracey Smith who has been my manager for 5 years, Jason Artiga who shot my Capoeira pictures, but I think what motivates me is that I come from a place where we are very humble. I am the first in my family to graduate from college and will be the first to get a Masters. I also want to be able to help people. I want to be a positive role model for my people and all women.

An Ice Cube a Day. Keeps the Doctor Away

Presentation1An Ice Cube a Day. Keeps the Doctor Away.

WEPA! Here’s some news we all can use! We’re not saying you should do this instead of going to see the doctor, if your condition calls for it. Now, go get an ice cube…

Did you know that you can heal yourself and promote better health with  one ice cube?!! Using a Chinese method called Feng Fu, you can place an ice cube on the back of your neck in-between the two tendons where your head and neck merge. It is best to lie on your stomach and place the ice cube in that position for around 20-30 minutes. If you find that you don’t have the time to lie around for that long, you can also secure it there with a scarf or something and continue on with your daily activities.

The results are  amazing! You will see that you become more rejuvenated after doing this. This procedure will provide you a better sleep. It will help you increase overall vitality and mood, strengthens the immune system, works wonderfully against colds, normalizes the digestive system’s work, and removes headaches, toothaches, and joint pains.

This method also helps when it comes to dealing with the following diseases and health conditions:

– Cardiovascular system related diseases

– Neurological diseases with degenerative changes in the spine

– Respiratory diseases

– Arthritis, hypertension and hypotension

– Cellulite

– Acute, gastrointestinal and sexual transmitted diseases

– Obesity, malnutrition and other digestive tract related problems

– Disordered function of the thyroid gland

– Psycho-emotional disorders, stress, fatigue, depression and insomnia


Demi Lovato Campaigns Mental Health Awareness As Latinos Fall Short Seeking Help

Demi Lovato

It is huge that the megastar Demi Lovato has come out to speak about mental health awareness, especially when the majority of Latinos don’t seek help from a mental health professional.

Lovato, who is known for being upfront with her struggles with being bullied when she was a child, bulimia, drug addiction and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, is now an advocate for mental health awareness.

“Yeah, I’ve been very open about my story because I know that the more honest and open that I am the more people that I’m going to reach,” says Lovato on the “Today Show”.

“Growing up, I felt very, very depressed,” says the chart-topping singer to the Associated Press. “Even though I was playing concerts and living out my dream, I couldn’t tell you why I was upset.”

Lovato, who is encouraging others to tell their stories on mental health, joined a new campaign called “Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health” with a pharmaceutical company, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other mental-health advocacy groups. The campaign aims to develop better treatment options and abolish the negative connotation of the word mental illness.

Because of that stigma the Latino community, unfortunately, falls short when looking for help from a mental health professional. According to a report by the American Psychiatric Association’s Office of Minority and National Affairs, only 1 in 11 Hispanics contact a mental health specialist for help.

The AP reports that Lovato, whose father is of Mexican and Spanish descent, was actually relieved when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which is a chemical imbalance that creates mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.

“I remember smiling and thinking great, OK, so there’s not anything wrong with me as a person,” she said. “It’s actually just a condition that I have and I can do something to fix it. I don’t have to be like this forever.”


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WHAT: The annual Cielo galaDesigning a World Without AIDS” will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Latino Commission on AIDS with a star-studded event that will commemorate all the work the Commission has done to help eradicate HIV and AIDS and help raise funds to support the cause.

WHO: President, Latino Commission on AIDS: Guillermo Chacon
Honorary Co-Chairs: Rosie Perez, Actor and Mondo Guerra, Fashion Designer
Madrina: Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega
Honorees from the Busines and Entertainment Worlds:

  • Delta Air Lines, Business Leadership Award
  • Dan O’Connell, Director, NYS AIDS Institute, Esperanza Award
  • Justin Toro, Dennis De Leon Voz de Compromiso Award

Fashion Presentation by: Mondo Guerra
Music by: Spanish Harlem Orchestra led by Oscar Hernandez
Dance Performance by: Baila Society
Master of Ceremonies:
• Sibilia Vargas, Co-anchor, NBC News New York
JW Cortes, Award-winning Actor

WHEN: Friday, May 15, 2015, 6:15-7:30PM Red Carpet

WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street 55 Wall St., New York NY 10005

click here to purchase tickets


  • The Cielo gala is the largest fundraising event for HIV and AIDS in the Latino community, and has raised millions for the initiatives and operations of the Latino Commission on AIDS over the last 20 years.
  • This year’s 25th Anniversary of the Latino Commission on AIDS marks an important milestone in the organization’s history.
  • Each year, Cielo mobilizes a leadership network of concerned members of the health, business, government, entertainment, fashion and philanthropic sectors, and individual donors, to support the Commission’s vision – to create a world without HIV and AIDS.
  • Over 220,000 Latinos in the U.S. and Puerto Rico have been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS. Latinos represent 16% of the U.S. population but account for 21% of all new HIV infections.
  • Today is International Happy Day. Be Happy! Here is How!

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    Five Tips for Happiness by Laura Posada

    1. Be your number one fan and love yourself no matter what
    For other people to start appreciating you, you have to value and appreciate yourself first. Once you discover how much you’re worth everyone else will see it.

    2. Forgive and move one, leave the past behind
    Holding grudges and resentment holds you back from achieving happiness. You can’t change the things that happened in your life, but you can decide how you interpret and respond to them. Don’t cling to negative feelings, you need to let go in order to move forward.

    3. Be in control of your mind! Remind yourself every day you are strong and stay positive
    A positive attitude and mindset attracts success. Reinforce positive thoughts and behaviors and don’t focus on the negative. Tell yourself you are doing a great job at work, raising your children or whatever you do. Appreciate your hard work and remind yourself you can achieve anything you want.

    4. Stop thinking and start doing, lose fear
    See challenges as stepping stones to overcome your fears and obstacles. Many times we don’t do the things we want because of fear of failing. Understand that failing is learning and an opportunity to improve and do better next time.

    5. Appreciate the journey and enjoy life. Choose happiness, you deserve it
    In order to find happiness you have to find balance in your life, find time for yourself and discover what fulfills you. Those who believe don’t deserve happiness will sabotage their own efforts to achieve it. Remind yourself every day the steps you need to take to achieve the happiness you deserve.

    I’m Livin’ La Vida Loca for Ricky!


    Ricky Martin
    been considered to be one of the Latin music industry’s hottest commodities. The obligations of Martin as a father to twins, Matteo and Valentino, his busy work schedule, I don’t see when he has the time to become available for himself.

    When he is free he loves to be at peace. In a tranquil atmosphere and partaking in exclusive beauty treatment. Enduring a deep pampering with a facial mask, and a purification moisturizer on his lips and hands are just a few of his masculine routines Ricky embarks in to please not only himself but his fans.

    What can we say about Ricky. His debonair facial expressions and piercing eyes are just the beginning of what we begin to fantasize about seeing him on stage. Can you relive in your mind his sexiness at the World Cup? Can you feel the sweat? I don’t care if its sweat, its Ricky’s! Every choreographed step whether ‘PG’ or ‘R’ made me want to be on stage so he can sing to me ‘She Bangs‘ after the world cup that is.

    From his stardom in Menudo, Ricky has always had this aura that made him stand out from the rest of the talented artists in the group. Whether it was his vocals or the way he would caress his hair when it would go into his eyes, his touch became magnetic. His successful career as an entertainer, ambassador, entrepreneur, actor and also being a devoted father is truly commendable and his look is scrumptious to his fans.

    Although it remains to be seen whether all his desired wishes came true for Ricky; to have the body of a Greek God and face of an angel, I can testify that his spectacular silhouette is something I think even his shadow will envy.