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Gina V Physical Therapy Leads With Faith

Gina V Physical Therapy in Papillion

4-3-2017_2_LargeGina Vanderheiden is all smiles in her Papillion physical therapy clinic. 

It’s no coincidence Gina V Physical Therapy found its way to the Golden Rule Plaza in the historic downtown Papillion business district at 114 East 1st Street and has experienced a highly successful start in its first 15 months.

 Our goal is to bless others as we have been blessed, everything that happens at Gina V Physical Therapy is a true testament to our faith in God. ~ Gina V

“Our goal is to bless others as we have been blessed, and everything that happens at Gina V Physical Therapy is a true testament to our faith in God,” said Gina Vanderheiden, DPT, ATC, whose practice moved into the renovated century-old former Golden Rule grocery store building near the corner of 1st and Jefferson Streets, a block east of North Washington Street.

Establishing Gina V Physical Therapy was a leap of faith, Gina conceded, when she and her husband, CEO Mark Vanderheiden, opened the practice in January 2016. “Never more in our lives were we ever trusting that God would guide us down this journey of business ownership,” Gina said. “It took a lot of prayers and a strong faith to muster the courage that we could make this work. By God’s grace, the timing was right. We wake up every day simply astounded by the number of God’s blessings we have received since the day we opened our doors.”
Gina holds a physical therapy degree from the Creighton University School of Medicine. She also is Athletic Trainer Certified. While connecting with patients of all ages, she is a relationship-builder who considers her clients to be like family. Pointing out that she loves challenges, Gina explained: “We don’t want someone living with physical problems, grinding it out and giving up their hobbies because of a sore back, leg, arm, neck or other affliction they may be suffering.”

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Gina started Gina V Physical Therapy to create an atmosphere where patients enjoy coming to therapy and feel comfortable to do so. In addition to handling all medical ailments, including sports injuries and orthopedic care, Gina is also one of the few metro-area physical therapists who is certified to perform Functional Dry Needling®. Functional Dry Needling is an innovative new treatment that focuses on certain trigger points in the body that will help relieve acute and chronic pain and help accelerate an individual’s rehabilitation.

While excelling in Functional Dry Needling, orthopedic disorders, and athletic injuries, Gina V Physical Therapy’s services include joint rehabilitation, manual therapy, traumatic conditions, work injuries, aquatic therapy, balance programs, postural deviations, fitness programs and work conditioning.

Gina wanted to locate her clinic in Papillion so she could work in the same community in which she lives. “My husband Mark and I are small-town folks at heart and community-driven. We support local businesses, including the local eateries within walking distance. We also support the schools in the Papillion-La Vista school district and cheer on the Monarchs and Titans, no matter what sport or activity,” said Gina, whose clinic also supports the Chariots4Hope charity and the Papillion Race Series.

“It hurts us to see our patients hurting,” Gina said. “We promise to use our God-given skills and expertise to their fullest with each patient. It’s truly a blessing to see people leave with a smile and with the confidence that recovery is within sight or complete.” ~ Gina V.

For more information, check out the Gina V Physical Therapy website at http://ginavpt.com or call (402) 933-2010.

Gina V Physical Therapy is located at 114 East 1st Street in Papillion, at Suite 105 in the Golden Rule Plaza.

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The Pink Store Celebrates in Omaha

By Brian Lahm

Pretty in Pink: Beka Celebrates Red-Letter Anniversary

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Beka Doolittle, CEO of The Pink Store, strategizes with local social media experts 316 Strategy Group.

E-commerce small business, The Pink Store, and owner Beka Doolittle’s special one-year anniversary will be a pink-letter day. In late December 2014, corporate giant Victoria’s Secret backed off on its legal opposition to the trademark for Beka’s business, The Pink Store.

Conversely, a two-year anniversary Beka would like to forget was anything but a red-letter day. Well, Code Red, maybe. Beka admits shedding tears in late December 2013 when she received a stunning demand from a Victoria’s Secret lawyer to drop the trademark on her everything-in-pink retail business. As mysteriously as the legal threat surfaced, it disappeared in the same way in 12 months’ time.

Relief For The Pink Store

“Having something of that magnitude hanging over my head for a year was a bit daunting to say the least,” said the 41-year-old Elkhorn-area resident. “Being able to walk away from that without the worry of losing all I’ve worked for has been a relief. Knowing I can continue to move forward with my company and allow it to evolve leaves me feeling thankful. It was very freeing when Victoria’s Secret relented. No money was exchanged. They dropped it as quickly as they started it. If I may say so, getting the ‘bragging rights’ is pretty cool.”

bekadoolittle-pinkstoreVictoria’s Secret, America’s largest lingerie retailer, petitioned the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel Beka’s trademark for thepinkstore.com after she had received it in May 2013. Her business includes a wide-ranging variety of pink-colored items: from children’s tricycles to handbags, cuff links and dog accessories, but she does not sell any line of products that competes with Victoria’s Secret. She has one employee – herself.

Victoria’s Secret challenged Beka’s trademark because the mega business claimed it was concerned the trademark could cause consumers to confuse her online store with its pink-branded apparel. Victoria’s Secret Pink stores sell its Pink­brand lingerie and loungewear, marketed to teenagers and young women. The company has more than 120 stand­alone Pink stores in the United States and Canada.

Many observers were impressed with Beka’s persistence and faith during her yearlong ordeal. Some even said they believed Beka’s battle with Victoria’s Secret had biblical overtones, not unlike those detailed in 1 Samuel 17, where David prevailed against Goliath in the paramount against-all-odds story of the Old Testament.

David prevailed against Goliath! 

When asked how her faith helped her endure the struggle, Beka said: “The first Bible passage that comes to mind is Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, submit to Him and He will direct your path.’ I am a firm believer that everything happens at the right time and for the right reason. We don’t always see the reasons in the moment, but eventually, they will play out.”

Describing her gratitude for what many business experts called “an improbable victory,” Beka said: “On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m going with an 11! But I will say this: For every experience, there’s an instrumental element of wisdom worth infinite value. I wouldn’t give up a single day of my entrepreneurial journey no matter how difficult it may seem at times. Without those experiences, I wouldn’t be who I am today. Each and every obstacle we face or every victory we experience is a part of who we become. That is, in fact, the best life story each of us has to hand down to the next generation. It’s an amazing life circle.”

I wouldn’t give up a single day of my entreprenurial journey. ~ Beka Doolittle

In the year since Victoria’s Secret pulled out of the challenge, life has changed for Beka and her family. Beka took time away from The Pink Store so she could focus on her youngest child and husband Brad. Along the way this past year, she also married off her oldest son and became a grandma. Beka enjoyed watching two of her children tour the country with their Christian band Unscene Patrol. “It brings me great joy to know they are bringing God’s Word to people across the country. The boys are incredibly talented,” Beka said.

Omaha-area entrepreneur Joseph Kenney, a business and nonprofit consultant, as well as the founder of Christian businesses 316 Strategy Group and 316 Marketplace, has watched Beka’s saga unfold. Joe and 316 Strategy Group jumped into the fray and provided spiritual support as well as access to their business acumen. Joe and his associates savored the good times with Beka and Brad.

“I have been impressed with Beka’s attitude toward her situation,” Joe said. “She is a fun-loving person who is a bright spot on the horizon. She did not wish Victoria’s Secret any ill will nor denigrated them in any way, shape or form; she’s a very forgiving person who is full of grace.

“I can tell that she was puzzled and hurt by their actions. I also know that she is a fighter – she’s spunky. She absolutely loves what she’s doing. In my view, it would be difficult for anyone in her shoes if it was all taken away. She and her attorney knew that most of the time, businesses simply close down from fear when legal threats like this happen to them.”

Joe said Beka is an idea person who had dreams and never stops looking ahead – a characteristic of a natural-born entrepreneur. One vision is to keep her online store, which continues to reach consumers nationally while adding a local warehouse for fulfillment and a small storefront for local pink lovers.

Joe said despair had never set in for Beka and her family, and she knew whatever happened would be part of God’s plan. “She was fine with that,” Joe said, “and you can’t help but admire her deep faith in God and His will.”

You can’t help but admire her deep faith in God and His will. ~ Joseph Kenney

During one of their summer meetings, a severe weather watch was posted for the Omaha area, and Beka commented that she needed to shave her legs and paint her toes pink before any potential storm arrived. “I asked why, and she said she simply wanted to be ready for heaven ‘if tonight’s the night,’ ” Joe said with a laugh.

Beka and The Pink Store praised Joe and 316Marketplace.com for coming to her aid. “Ah, yes,” Beka said, “316Marketplace.com has been invaluable. Having their mentorship is by far more than I expected or could have asked for. As a result, my focus is getting better each day because of this team effort. I simply cannot say enough good things and I cannot express enough gratitude for the time invested into my company as well as my personal journey. The vested interest is truly a work of God and I’m blessed to be part of the 316 family!”

For more information about The Pink Store, contact owner Beka Doolittle at (402) 740-6891 or toll-free at (877) 991-PINK. Check out the business website at www.thepinkstore.com. For more information about how 316marketplace.com can help your business or entrepreneur efforts, visit http://316marketplace.com/ or call (402) 415-9842 or stop by our offices at 17117 Burt Street, Omaha, Nebraska, in the Nebraska Realty building.

Rejuvenating Women's Banquet Successful

Rejuvenating Women’s Banquet Successful But Challenges Are Certain to Grow

By Brian Lahm

The inaugural “Beautifully Broken” banquet was a success in providing attention and support for Rejuvenating Women, but there’s much more work to be done. The challenges of battling human trafficking and helping the victims in the Omaha area are not expected to diminish.

“Bottom line, we have to continue to educate the public. Joseph Kenney and 316 Strategy Group have been helpful in that role, and we can count on Joe and his organization for assistance because they understand the importance of continuing this fight,” said Rejuvenating Women President Julie Shrader whose non-profit organization held an Oct.1 banquet that drew 385 people to A View on State at 13467 State Street in northwest Omaha.

We need continued steady support with prayers. We also welcome contributions and volunteerism, whatever the Lord puts on your heart for this ministry if He is leading you in this direction. Even more specifically, we are looking for medical partners, professionals we can call night or day for help with victims. We need assistance from doctors and clinics. Most of the calls we make on behalf of victims come at ‘normal’ times such as 2 in the afternoon, but not always,” Julie added.

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“I am trying to get into hospital emergency rooms to speak to directors and personnel so we can have discussions that are beneficial to helping victims. For instance, when you see guys bringing in women for ER treatment and they seem to be over-the-top with a controlling attitude, that is one possible red flag and a situation that needs to be evaluated.”

Joe, founder and president of 316 Strategy Group, confirmed his commitment to helping Julie and Rejuvenating Women. “We need to provide tips on how people can recognize when women and girls are caught in trafficking. Most of the time, they just can’t walk away without support or assistance. Everything Julie and Rejuvenating Women offer is Bible-based.

“I know a situation where a mother talked about how her 16-year-old was ‘stolen’ – probably ‘kidnapped’ is a better word for it – and prepared and marketed elsewhere. The mother was just sick about it, as you can imagine. She dearly loves her daughter, and it was a painful experience not knowing what happened to her.

“We are appreciative for those who have taken notice of the situation and want to help, including churches, businesses, and individuals. Law enforcement and prosecutors have worked closely with Rejuvenating Women as well.”

With contributions, Rejuvenating Women runs a safe house, provides extensive one-on-one mentoring and counseling – all free of charge – to women and girls. The group also helps others deal with forgiveness, abortion, teen pregnancy, bullying, infidelity, physical and mental abuse, addictions, molestation, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, grief and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“My way of helping people understand this situation is asking someone, ‘What if it was your daughter?’ ” Joe said.

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Christopher Slater and Joseph Kenney of 316 Strategy Group pictured with Julie Shrader of Rejuvenating Women. 316 remains committed to the long-term success of the organization.

Support can be offered by calling Julie at (402) 522-6811 or by email at julieshrader3@gmail.com. For more information, visit http://rejuvenatingwomen.com. The group’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/rejuvenatingwomen?fref=ts.

Brian Lahm is founder and President of GML Communications, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska. GML Communications, Inc. offers more than 25 years of experience in communications and public relations content development. They help organizations craft and deliver messages that define their mission and position them as industry experts with an important story to tell. www.gmlcommunications.com 

'Beautifully Broken' to Provide Support In Battle Against Human Trafficking

Rejuvenating Women Receiving Strong Show of Support From Local Christian Business

By Brian Lahm

An Omaha-area Christian business, 316Marketplace.com, is providing strong ongoing support for Rejuvenating Women and its upcoming fundraising banquet, “Beautifully Broken,” and is encouraging others in the Omaha community to do the same.

Joseph Kenney, founder and president of 316Marketplace.com, points out that Rejuvenating Women is holding “Beautifully Broken” to draw attention to human trafficking in the Omaha area and support Rejuvenating Women’s efforts to help entrapped women and girls through the love of Jesus Christ and Scriptures. The three-year-old non-profit organization needs more backing to battle a scourge to the metro area that is seldom discussed and often goes undetected.

Above all, Rejuvenating Women President Julie Shrader is seeking prayer support during the group’s inaugural fund-raiser Thursday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at A View on State at 13467 State Street in northwest Omaha.

“We want to educate the public about what is behind the heart and mind of this insidious criminal conduct that has tragic outcomes unless these women and girls can be helped. There is still an outdated and inaccurate mentality that prostitution is done by choice. Most often, it is an activity that comes out of desperation and circumstances and then ends up in enslavement,” said Julie, who started Rejuvenating Women and is ramping up efforts to provide many forms of assistance to those who are attempting to leave the lifestyle that is forced on them.

“Our emphasis on human trafficking came along only a year and a half ago,” explained Julie, whose organization’s mission is focused on rejuvenating women by journeying together on the road to freedom with love, healing and restoration.

How severe is the problem of human trafficking?

“An estimate on girls and women who have been forced into sex trafficking might number between 300 and 500 in the most saturated area of activity in Omaha, but the problem is widespread and growing,”

“An estimate on girls and women who have been forced into sex trafficking might number between 300 and 500 in the most saturated area of activity in Omaha, but the problem is widespread and growing,” said Julie, whose organization has received the solid backing and endorsement of city, county, state and federal law enforcement and prosecutorial authorities.

How does Rejuvenating Women impact human trafficking? “We provide one-on-one mentoring, and have eight of those situations going on now. Mentoring lasts for about a year as we go through a book, “One-on-One Discipleship,” that is so powerful,” Julie explained. “The women learn about the love of Christ and obedience, which is the key to daily living for Christ. This approach benefits those who are new to Christianity or even have been acquainted with Jesus Christ for many years. We learn about the Bible and how to read it. Forgiveness is a piece of the study, including forgiving yourself, and getting rid of the shame.

The group also helps girls and women deal with forgiveness, abortion, teen pregnancy, bullying, infidelity, physical and mental abuse, addictions, molestation, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, grief and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“There is also counseling at no charge. We have about three to four girls going through counseling now, but there are probably more than that because some of them come back for counseling infrequently. We try to help everyone who needs it.”

Asked how people can help, Julie said: “Prayer, and lots of it. We need prayer cover for our spiritual and physical protection and to allow God’s spirit to break through and help the victims. You would not believe the amount of demonic oppression that has surfaced to our efforts.”

There also is a monetary need. Rejuvenating Women operates a safe house. “We found immediately that we really need a bigger safe house and one that is more isolated,” Julie said. “Since the stay is free, we need help with the expenses related to having a safe house.”

Julie Cornell of KETV, Channel 7, is master of ceremonies at the event that will include a dinner with a silent and live auction. “Beautifully Broken” also will include a survivor’s story, a testimony of forgiveness and healing and an Omaha Police officer’s presentation, “A Reality of Human Trafficking on Nebraska.” Stephanie Fast is the keynote speaker, and singer-songwriter Jessica Angelique will provide the entertainment.

Julie Shrader said she hopes to accommodate all of those who might decide at the last moment to attend “Beautifully Broken.” For those who had hoped to attend and cannot, Julie said, they can help Rejuvenating Women by providing prayer, donations and volunteerism. “It will be a blessing to us to receive any kind of support,” Julie added.

For more information, visit http://rejuvenatingwomen.com/rejuvenating-women-banquet/. The group’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/rejuvenatingwomen?fref=ts.

Many businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals already have stepped forward to help Rejuvenating Women. Julie pointed out 316Marketplace.com as one such faithful, dedicated backer that has made a huge difference.

“Joe Kenney and 316Marketplace.com have been great in getting whole groups of people to support us,” Julie said. “They have been extremely supportive with resources and people. 316 put together a crew who did a video that we could afford. They also market for us and get the word out for us through many avenues, including social media. We are very thankful to him and 316Marketplace.com.”

Brian Lahm is founder and President of GML Communications, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska. GML Communications, Inc. offers more than 25 years of experience in communications and public relations content development. They help organizations craft and deliver messages that define their mission and position them as industry experts with an important story to tell. www.gmlcommunications.com 

Chariots 4 Hope

Restoring Lives One Amazing Gift At a Time

Through a tremendous amount of hard work, good will and prayer, Jason and Michelle Hurt founded Chariots 4 Hope while seeking to make an impact on behalf of those in need in the Omaha/Metro area.  The not-for-profit restores vehicles and provides them to individuals who may have fallen on hard times, or who have otherwise been through insufferable circumstances.  For such individuals and families, reliable transportation is often one of the most important pieces of the puzzle as they are working so hard to put their lives back together.  The organization’s goal is for everyone to own reliable transportation that allows them to maintain independence and to be self sufficient in their communities..

Answering A Call To Serve Others

The Hurts are doing far more than restoring cars through Chariots 4 Hope…They are restoring lives, and are answering a calling to serve others.  Originally from St. Louis, the Hurts moved from Long Island to Omaha nearly two years ago, and have wasted little time in making an impact on the Omaha/Metro.  Successful business owners, they share a passion for serving the Lord, and in turn, their new community.  Jason and Michelle, never ones to shield their faith, have founded Chariots 4 Hope on four Core Values; Faith, Honesty, Stewardship and Family.  They both exude a remarkable passion for helping others and have partnered with local organizations that do the same, such as the Open Door Mission, Rejuvenating Women and the Cross Training Center.  It is through these organizations that candidates are presented to Chariots 4 Hope.  Choosing one person at a time, or even a few, is so very difficult.  This is why the Hurts aspire to grow the organization to a point that they are able to keep up the with demand.  Jason stated very matter-of-factly  “We plan to be in a position to where we can provide gifts of reliable vehicles to 10 to 15 people each month… or more…”.   “It is a ministry…” Michelle added.  “…to learn what many of these families have been through is heartbreaking, and we are blessed to have the ability to help”.

Chariots 4 Hope Delivers First Gift

Chariots 4 Hope’s first gift was a 2003 Ford Escape, which was delivered to April  Baker, a single mother with a three year old son.  April was taken completely by surprise on October 20th as the Hurts delivered the vehicle to her, complete with a giant bow on the hood.  Until this amazing gift had been delivered, April had been without transportation, and without a trusted support system around her, she had very little options.  As a sex trafficking survivor, April has been working to rebuild a foundation for she and her son and described the gift from Chariots 4 Hope as “…a blessing from God…”. April further explained that she had never felt worthy of good things in life, particularly from people she did not even know.  “…I feel like I’m on my way to feeling normal again..” she added.

Julie Schrader, of Rejuvenating women had nominated April to Chariots 4 Hope.  “Jason and Michelle are truly two of the most compassionate and honest people I have met.  They have a passion and desire to do Christ’s work and to help others in need…” Shrader said.  “My hope is that people and even dealerships will donate vehicles and funds to help them with this amazing ministry that God has given to them… this is a fantastic organization.”  Chariots 4 Hope is definitely a bright spot within the Omaha Town Square.

Chariots 4 Hope is seeking community partners to help further their mission, whether it may be mechanics, repair shops, auto dealers or individuals who would like to help.  You can contactChariots 4 Hope at 402-516-8302, or at info@chariots4hope.org.  For more information, you can also visit their website at www.Chariots4Hope.org, where you can also find links to make donations.