Our South Bay - September-October 2017

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers, San Pedro & Torrance

Mary Kingston Chief Executive

Back row, L to R: Richard Glimp, MD, Melissa Baker, Uriah Melchizedek, Michael Jongsma, Ted Wang Front row, L to R: Anne Lemaire, Steven Brass, MD, Mary Kingston, Colleen Wilcoxen, Garry Olney Not pictured: Rick Fridrick4101 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance | 310-540-7676 | Providence.org/torrance Mary Kingston is the chief executive of Providence Little Company of Mary (LCM) Medical Centers in San…

Terranea Resort

Catering Team

100 Terranea Way Rancho Palos Verdes 310-265-2883 terranea.com Terranea Resort, an events destination boasting panoramic views of the coastline and Catalina Island, is the site of special events for groups of two to 900+. The resort’s team of catering and culinary experts manages activities that take place throughout the resort for clients, including corporate meetings, bar/bat mitzvahs, anniversaries, birthdays, celebrations…

Steven K. Okamoto, DDS, Inc.

Dr. Michelle Okamoto Associate General Dentist

22330 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite E Torrance 310-373-1120 okamotodds.com Associate dentist Dr. Michelle Okamoto has worked for the past 16 years with her father, Dr. Steven Okamoto. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology at Pepperdine University and her doctorate degree in dental surgery at UCLA. The dental practice of Dr. Steven Okamoto is a 2,500-square-foot, state- of-the-art center featuring advanced…


Palos Verdes Estates

24 Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes Estates | 310-373-0954 | travelstore.com TravelStore is an employee-owned company established in 1975. Their nine locations offer leisure and business travel arrangements. The 32 professional travel consultants located in the Palos Verdes office have a combined average of 24 years experience. The company has won numerous awards and is a top member of the…

South Bay Nannies

Susan Mazzella General Manager

1611 S. Catalina Suite L-42 Redondo Beach | 424-247-8507 | southbaynannies.com South Bay Nannies is a nanny referral agency founded in 2008. Owner Nigel Thomas and General Manager Susan Mazzella work together in the Redondo Beach office. Susan was a nanny both in Denver and Manhattan Beach before joining the South Bay Nannies team in 2016. “We have fun doing…

Women’s Council of Realtors®

South Bay Network

L to R: Jessica Kalkin, Wendy Holt, Elizabeth Harris, Keli Meyer, Marcie Gutierrez, Courtney Self, Joanne Galin, Michele Brown, Jaclyn Tallon, Ursula Mix, Traci Horowitz, Carly SaltzmanManhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, The Peninsula Women’s Council of Realtors® started in the 1930s when the National Association of Real Estate Boards (NAREB) witnessed increased participation of women. In 1938 Joseph Catherine, president…

The Women of Moon Tide Media

El Segundo

L to R, back row: Janet De La Cruz, Angela Akers | 2nd row: Danielle Price, Robin Sanders, Sue Williams, Erika Carrion, Kelsey Elliott, Hannah Lee, Emily Stewart Baker | 3rd row: Linda Grasso, Michelle Villas, Brody, Cherice Tatum, Christine Georgiades, Amy Tetherow | Front: Rachel Gotko, Huck | Not pictured: Peggy Jo Abraham, Marcie Gutierrez, Allison Jeackjuntra, Laura Watts200…

Summer Orthodontics

Summer L. Blake, DDS, MS Orthodontist/Owner

451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite D-224, Manhattan Beach | 310-545-0770 | summerorthodontics.com Summer Orthodontics specializes in creating smiles for children and adults. Dr. Summer Blake and her team employ the latest in proven, cutting-edge technology, such as invisible braces, metal braces, clear braces and digital imaging. Dr. Summer completed dental school at UCLA and earned her master’s and her post-doctoral…


Lauren Alexander Owner

1219 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach 310-545-8990 | dachainteriors.com @dachainteriors DACHA is a design and retail business that offers new and vintage home accessories, furniture, pillows and throws, plants, art and gift items. The store also offers interior design, staging, event planning, floral design and holiday decorating. Owner Lauren Alexander, who grew up in Marin County and graduated from UCLA, opened…


Sarah Martz Owner

2403 N. Sepulveda Blvd. | Manhattan Beach 704 Deep Valley Dr. | Rolling Hills Estates 310-546-2880 | CoreologyFitness.com As a professional dancer earlier in her career, Sarah Martz naturally fell in love with fitness. After the birth of her daughter, she opened Coreology in 2010 and opened a second location in 2015. Coreology recently released its own line of hybrid…

Hutchinson Dental

Christina L. Hutchinson, DDS Owner

512 Main Street, #4, El Segundo 310-640-2025 | hutchinsondds.com Hutchinson Dental is a family dental practice that offers cosmetic dentistry, general restorative procedures and management of sleep disorders. Owner Dr. Christina Hutchinson practiced in Oklahoma before moving to California for a general dentistry residency. She bought her practice from another dentist in 2015. “My approach with patients has always come…

Vista Sotheby’s International Realty

Barbi Pappas Realtor®

3300 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach | 310-266-3300 | barbipappas.com Ranked in the top 1% of agents nationwide and annually honored as a Top Solo Producing Sales Agent, Barbi Pappas been a local Realtor for more than 25 years. Specializing in residential and income/investment property and affiliated with Vista Sotheby’s International Realty, Barbi holds the unique distinction of closing one of the highest-priced residential sales in…

Premier Bank of Palos Verdes

Palos Verdes Estates

Debbie J. Richardson, Senior Vice President, Director of Retail Banking, Carol Lowry, Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking & SBA Division Manager, Julia Parton, Vice President, Corporate Development, Kim Edwards, Vice President, Branch Manager36 Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes Estates | 424-212-8000 4A Peninsula Center | Rolling Hills Estates | 310-698-8400 700 S. Flower St., 20th Floor | Los Angeles |…

The Urban Clothes Horse

Amy Wilkens Owner

1901 S. Catalina Ave Redondo Beach | 424-247-8948 | UrbanClothesHorse.com The Urban Clothes Horse is a lifestyle brand and boutique featuring exclusive apparel for men and women. Owner Amy Wilkens started the company in 2015. She has worked in the fashion industry for 20 years as a celebrity stylist, professional wardrobe consultant, clothing designer, buyer and business owner. “We provide…

Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC

Kathleen Adams, CFP® CPWA® Senior Associate

1815 Via El Prado, Suite. 100, Redondo Beach | 310-712-2322 | seia.com/bio/kathleen-adams Kathleen Adams of Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC, focuses on lifestyle preservation solutions through a process that includes a highly customized blueprint for creating an income stream when the business revenue stops. Senior associate Kathleen Adams has worked in the finance industry for 17 years. “Successful people…

Artiano & Associates

Linda Artiano & Joanne K. Leighton

3828 Carson St. #102, Torrance | 310-543-1240 | artianolaw.com Artiano & Associates is a South Bay law firm that has represented individuals and businesses in a variety of legal areas since 1984. Owner/managing partner Linda Artiano has been an attorney since 1989; associate Joanne Leighton has worked in the legal field for 20 years, joining Artiano & Associates in 1992….

Caroline Burke Designs & Associates

Caroline Burke Owner/President

1020 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite 210 Manhattan Beach 310-546-6862 | carolineburkedesigns.com Caroline Burke Designs & Associates (CBD) is a full-service residential interior design firm. CBD offers interior design packages for new build homes, home renovations, interior decorating and furnishings. “We make the process easy, fun and efficient while giving our clients individual homes that represent them and their lifestyle,” says…

Audrey Judson


1300 Highland Ave., Suite 208 Manhattan Beach | 310-902-3234 | AudreyJudson.com Realtor Audrey Judson has lived in Manhattan Beach since she graduated from USC with a degree in mechanical engineering. She and her husband, Jeff Drandell—a building contractor, have raised their family here. Their son recently graduated from CU Boulder, and their daughter is a junior at Mira Costa High…

Hamilton Butler Jewels

Joni Hamilton & Shelia Butler

200 Pier Avenue, Suite 301 Hermosa Beach | 310-374-7700 | hamiltonbutlerjewels.com Joni Hamilton and Shelia Butler—both avid collectors of jewelry—combined their extensive experience in design and fine jewelry and opened their own store, Hamilton Butler Jewels, one year ago in Hermosa Beach. The business was recently named one of “America’s Coolest Stores” by INSTORE magazine—a leading jewelers trade publication. “We…

DuBunné Spa

Jessica Palmer Spa Director

23725 Arlington Ave., Torrance 310-326-9062 | dubunne.com DuBunné Spa Club & Massage Centre offers spa services such as facials, massages, body wraps, nail services, waxing and chemical peels. The boutique also features spa parties and a Spa Club membership program. Spa director Jessica Palmer has worked in the beauty industry for 15 years and joined the DuBunné team more than…

KCM Interiors

Kimberly Colletti Principal Designer

715 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach 310-735-1991 | 602-330-7818 | kimberlycolletti.com When she was growing up, Kimberly Colletti’s father built custom homes for the family, while her mother designed their interiors. Kimberly found herself immersed in the aesthetics of art, architecture and design at a young age and went on to establish her own design firm 16 years ago….

Lynn Kim Real Estate

Lynn J. Kim

608 Silver Spur Road, Suite 103 Rolling Hills Estates | 310-741-2642 | lynnk2luxury.com The team at Lynn Kim Real Estate helps individuals fulfill their real estate goals. Realtor Lynn Kim and has worked in the real estate industry for 15 years and is a top-producing agent with Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. She grew up in the South Bay, attending schools…

Town Social Events, Inc.

Jessica Lococo President

Manhattan Beach | 310-529-8686 | townsocialevents.com Town Social Events is a full-service event-planning company based in Southern California. Before starting her own firm in 2013, owner Jessica Lococo worked for a red carpet event production company, producing high-profile awards show after-parties. “Town Social is different than other event planning companies because our goal is to create an experience—not just a…

NW Real Estate Brokers

Lizabeth Walker Realtor®

1215 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach | 310-880-8453 | SouthBayBeachBuyer.com Realtor Lizabeth Walker grew up on the East Coast and graduated from NYU’s Washington Square College of Arts and Science. She then moved to the West Coast and earned a master’s degree from UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture. After graduation Lizabeth worked for 10 years in various Los Angeles architectural firms…

West Coast Living Thomasville


L to R: Rosalinda Dattola, interior designer Stephanie Draffen, interior designer Bonnie Thomas, interior designerCarol Ehrke, store manager Leslie Raguse, owner Kelly Cole, interior designer23036 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance | 310-896-0120 | westcoastlivingoc.com West Coast Living Thomasville is a full-scale furniture and design store that carries more than 50 lines of furniture and accessories, including the most famous brands in the…

Vista Sotheby’s International Realty

Rachel Ezra Broker Associate

916 Manhattan Ave. Manhattan Beach  310-400-0297 | rachelezra.com Rachel Ezra is a native of Tel Aviv, Israel. She moved to Los Angeles in 1987 and has worked in commercial and residential real estate for more than 15 years. For the past year she has been a broker associate with Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. “My clients know that I have their…

23rd Street Jewelers

Mary Kelley Owner

L to R: Ana Petcov, Mary Kelley, Sara Moore, Tina Cyre1009 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach | 310 374-9923 | 23rdstreetjewelers.com Owned by sisters Mary Kelley and Diane Allen, 23rd Street Jewelers is a fine jewelry retail store specializing in handmade and custom-made fine jewelry as well as original designs. Mary and Diane opened their first location in Santa Monica in…

West Coast Living Thomasville

Grace Kim Design Trade Manager

23036 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance | 310-896-0120 | westcoastlivingoc.com Grace Kim, design trade manager for West Coast Living Thomasville, has worked in art and architecture for her entire career—and even before. Growing up, she was fascinated with her artist mother’s drawings, and she became familiar with color theory at an early age. Grace earned her BFA in fine art from UCI…

Edward Jones

Audrey A. Stansbury Financial Advisor

1230 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 155 Manhattan Beach 310-725-7034 | edwardjones.com | Edward Jones, Member SIPC As a financial advisor for Edward Jones, Audrey Stansbury helps local families meet their financial goals, including retirement plans, insurance needs, education savings and estate considerations. Audrey joined Edward Jones in 2004 and recently earned her CFP® designation. Edward Jones has exceeded 14,000 financial advisors…

Constance Curtis Events

Constance Curtis Founder/Event Producer

Manhattan Beach | 520-591-0312 | ConstanceCurtis.com Constance Curtis Events is a Manhattan Beach-based event production company that offers complete solutions for personal and corporate events. Founder Constance Curtis graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in business management and an emphasis in media arts. She has worked in the wedding planning industry for more than a decade and…

Aqua Salon

Kathy Snyder Owner

1000 Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach | 310-371-7010 | AquaSalonMB.com Aqua Salon is a boutique salon located in Downtown Manhattan Beach offering haircuts, environmentally-friendly Davines color, balayage, smoothing treatments, blow-dry, hair extensions, manicures, pedicures and waxing. Celebrating 10 years in this location, the ocean-view salon is owned by stylist/colorist Kathy Snyder. She trained at Christophe Salon in Beverly Hills for more…

Manhattan Tax & Accounting

Sylvia Gayed Founder & CEO

1020 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite 103 Manhattan Beach | 310-546-3800 | manhattantaxandaccounting.com Manhattan Tax & Accounting is a full-service tax and accounting firm established by Sylvia Gayed in 2005. The firm’s areas of specialty include individual, corporate, partnership and LLC tax preparation; tax planning; bookkeeping; and payroll services. After graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting,…

RE/MAX Estate Properties

Colleen Johnson & Monica Fujiwara

23740 Hawthorne Blvd., Second Floor, Torrance 310-350-2738 | 310-773-1429 | LiveLovePlaySouthBay.com For the past two years, real estate agents Colleen Johnson and Monica Fujiwara have worked together representing clients through RE/MAX Estate Properties. Together the two have more than 20 years experience in the industry. Colleen is a certified International Property Specialist and is the director of career development and…

The Rosenkranz | Friedman Group

550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 359 Rolling Hills Estates 310-717-8767 (George) 310-504-4690 (Cheryl) TheRFgroup.com

L to R: George Rosenkranz, JD, owner; Cheryl Friedman, owner; Vita Masellis, JD, Realtor550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 359 Rolling Hills Estates | 310-717-8767 (George) | 310-504-4690 (Cheryl) | TheRFgroup.com The Rosenkranz | Friedman Group is a full- service real estate team of experienced professionals at Keller Williams Palos Verdes. Owners George Rosenkranz and Cheryl Friedman have more than 40…

Shine Studio

Yaya Margarita & Hillary Lewis Co-Owners

730 S. PCH, Suite 105, Redondo Beach | 310-316-0997 | ShineStudioRB.com Shine Studio is a boutique fitness studio that offers a wide variety of workout formats, from Cardio Dance to Barre to Pilates. Owners Hillary Lewis and Yaya Margarita opened the business in 2016 and have both been involved in dance and fitness most of their lives. “Our #1 motivation…

Prestige Team Homes – Keller Williams Realty

Karen Anderson Broker Associate

28901 S. Western Avenue #139 Rancho Palos Verdes | 310-251-2883 | PrestigeTeamHomes.com Karen Anderson has enjoyed a well-rounded career. She has established and managed her own businesses for more than 30 years, and she recently marked her 20th year in real estate. Karen earned her real estate license in 1997 and her broker license in 2001. When she’s not working,…

Up in Smoke

Plaids, khaki and a flash of flesh pepper our fall fashion dreams at Smoky Hollow Studios in El Segundo.

STYLED BY TANYA MONAGHAN | PHOTOGRAPHED BY ERIC GARCIA-MARCH | HAIR & MAKEUP BY JENNY KARL Tartan belted blazer by Raquel Allegra, $686, black lace bralette by Les Coquines, $110; Wrights in Manhattan Beach. Crop Step Fray denim by Mother Denim, $228, charcoal velvet mules by Dolce Vita, $102; The Beehive in Manhattan Beach. Fishnet stockings by Asos, $5; asos.com.  …

Sister Act

Redondo Beach homeowner Deb loves to bake and wanted a kitchen that was both functional and eye-catching. With the help of interior designer Marilynn Taylor and her general contractor sister, Allison Allain, the condo got a fresh makeover that’s both beachy and chic.

  COPPER TONES The copper metal lights and fixtures complement the richness of the design with feminine modernity.   WALL POWER A tile backsplash offers color, pattern and texture.   BALANCING ACT White paint and cabinets give the room a breath of fresh air.   SECRET STASH Cat and dog feeders are cleverly hidden.   TRENDING PALETTE Soft blush and…

The Sworn Writer

In her first book, Manhattan Beach-based fashion writer-turned-novelist Kristopher Dukes finds a willing muse from a far-off place and time.

INTERVIEWED BY DARREN ELMS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY ANNIE DEPTULA Kristopher Dukes turns heads when she walks into a room. Chic and comely in the best classical sense, she also reverberates a confidence and grace you either have or you don’t. Now she’s putting that inherent charisma into historical fiction with the debut of The Sworn Virgin. We sat down for…

Paint the Town

PHOTOGRAPHED BY TARYN ANDERSON When Hermosa Beach artist Maggie Lochtenberg posted a photo of a mural she created for a business in El Segundo, it caught the eye of Nicky Rising—a design showroom owner who lives in Redondo Beach. Turns out Nicky’s daughter, Haley, went to school with Maggie at Mira Costa, and she was impressed with the young muralist’s…

Life Lessons

INTERVIEWED BY DARREN ELMS Roseanney Liu is a South Bay Renaissance woman. In addition to publishing two books—with a third in the works—she’s a mom, a teacher, a Walk with Sally mentor, a member of South Bay Business Women’s Association, an alumni ambassador with Loyola Marymount and a frequent volunteer around town. She decided to put her experiences to paper,…

Just A Doll

The story of how Madame Alexander almost ruined my life

WRITTEN BY KATHLEEN LACCINOLE | ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES She set me up. And I’m exhausted. The doll-maker, originally named Bertha, was born to immigrants in New York’s Lower East Side. She attached the title of “Madame” to her name as a marketing ploy … and it stuck. In truth, she was a wife, mother, businesswoman and a ballbuster. She…

Triumph from Tribulation

After surviving Stage IV cancer, Judith Opdahl makes it a personal mission to transform suffering patients into a hopeful community.

WRITTEN BY MADISON REYNOLDS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY MONICA OROZCO Why me? We all ask ourselves this question at some point in our lives when challenged with obstacles. While some might dwell or retreat when faced with the pain of unexpected misfortune, others refocus their energy to overcome it. Judith Opdahl, executive director of Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach, is a…

Lion + Hearted

Some people are heroes for the masses, while others are champions for one. JJ Hendershot shatters that prototype as she impacts the lives of thousands while remaining forever committed to improving the life of one she loves.

Some people are heroes for the masses, while others are champions for one. JJ Hendershot shatters that prototype as she impacts the lives of thousands while remaining forever committed to improving the life of one she loves.

Rich Craft

South Bay artist Giuliana Torelli spreads joy through jewelry.

WRITTEN BY SUZANNA CULLEN HAMILTON | PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY Artist Giuliana Torelli has been creating wearable art her entire life. From jewelry to embroidery to scarves to fashion, she has an eye for beautiful creations combined with the passion and patience it takes to create them. Today her work is represented in the Museum of Latin American Art in…

Heart & Soul

With Four Daughters Kitchen in Manhattan Beach, Clint Clausen became a familiar face in the South Bay. A passionate family man with a lust for life, he singlehandedly built the local eatery with a healthy attitude from scratch. In 2014 a sudden heart attack took him way too soon. Now, in her husband’s memory, Kori Clausen advocates for early heart screenings and paves a way for her children’s futures … full of love and resilience.

Clint Clausen was a family man with a lust for life, who singlehandedly built Four Daughters Kitchen in Manhattan Beach from scratch. In 2014 a sudden heart attack took him way too soon. Now, in her husband’s memory, Kori Clausen advocates for early heart screenings and paves a way for her children’s futures … full of love and resilience.

(Pretty) Radical, Smart and Inspiring

By the time she was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame by rocker Joan Jett in 2016, local legend Cindy Whitehead had ridden many, many miles. But more than 40 years after she first burst onto the scene—and despite her feats and those of countless other female skaters—it’s still the men of the sport who get most of the attention. That’s about to change. Cindy is on a mission to empower the next generation of female skaters to share their stories with the world.

By the time she was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame by rocker Joan Jett in 2016, local legend Cindy Whitehead had ridden many, many miles. Cindy is on a mission to empower the next generation of female skaters to share their stories with the world.