The Women's Journal

People In Profile First Quarter 2020

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Kristina Alibrando, The Permanent Cosmetic Studio & Lash Lounge

Kristina Alibrando, SPCP, AAAM, is a licensed cosmetologist specializing in Permanent Cosmetics as well as Eyelash Extensions. Kristina specializes in Volume Eyelash Extensions, an advanced certification she acquired from one of the industry’s most reputable trainers in New York City. With this certification, Kristina is skilled at customizing a client’s individual lashes by volume, curl, and length. Clients travel from all over the East Coast to have Kristina custom design their Eyelash Extensions for their everyday life or special events. Kristina specializes in making woman feel beautiful and confident for their wedding and special events. Kristina can be contacted at: 

The Permanent Cosmetic Studio & Lash Lounge   

140 Commons Court Chadds Ford, PA     call/text 484-844-1462 


Lois Hoffman
Lois Hoffman is the author of The Self-Publishing Roadmap: A step-by-step guide to publishing the book of your dreams and Write a Book, Grow Your Business: Build credibility, establish expertise and develop trust with your ideal client. She is a writer, speaker, workshop facilitator, and coach for new and experienced writers.Combining her lifelong passion for teaching with her expertise in writing and self-publishing, Lois founded The Happy Self-Publisher to encourage writers to become authors and aspiring writers to put their thoughts on the page. She recently celebrated five years in business ushering writers through the writing, publishing, and book marketing process with enthusiasm. Her online course, Adventures in Writing Nonfiction: How to write a book people want to read, challenges aspiring authors to imagine what is possible and helps them realize their vision of success. Also, as a professional juggler and entertainer, Lois and her husband Michael elicit countless smiles performing as The Juggling Hoffmans. She admits that shared laughter is the secret sauce to their sometimes quirky 27 years together. Her experience as an event planner and participant in many years of birthday parties lead Lois to write about successfully, although perhaps not perfectly, planning a birthday party for children in her first book, The Almost Perfect Birthday Party: A sanity-preserving guide to planning a party your child will love.In a desire to pay it forward, Lois is launching a program to support writers and the next generation of writers by donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of her online course. She is excited to promote writing in underserved populations and encourage diverse voices in various writing forms starting in 2020.Lois lives with her husband in Newark, Delaware where she juggles her creative pursuits with enthusiasm and joy.


Paula Ament
Paula Ament is a Vice President in the Commercial Lending Division at Artisans’ Bank, and is primarily responsible for managing an existing commercial loan portfolio and generating new business throughout the State of Delaware.  Paula has over 27 years of diverse banking experience in a variety of commercial settings. She started her career with Wilmington Trust Company (now M&T Bank) in the Retail Banking Group, and initially joined Artisans’ Bank in 2004 working in the Commercial Lending group for several years. She was subsequently employed by WSFS Bank as a Commercial Real Estate Lender but rejoined Artisans’ Bank in 2014 specializing in all aspects of business lending. Working at a community bank like Artisans’ provides her the opportunity to work with a wide group of clients such as commercial developers, family owned and operated businesses, medical professionals, non-profit organizations, and much more. Her leadership, knowledge of the industry, and organizational skills have helped businesses grow over the years and, more importantly, established long-term business relationships. These bonds with her clients are, in her opinion, the most rewarding aspect of her career.  Paula is a graduate of Wilmington University and a lifelong resident of Kent County, where she has served on several boards and fundraising committees over the years. She resides in Camden, DE with her husband of 31 years. In her spare time she can be found at the beach, walking in the local park or visiting her adult daughter in Pennsylvania.  

Artisans’ Bank Commercial Lending Office 1537 S. Governor’s Avenue, Dover, DE   302-674-3897      [email protected]


Albert Miller
A&E Properties is owned and operated by Albert & Elmina Miller. They reside in Dover, DE with their two wonderful daughters, Kayla and Ashlie. Over the years they have built their family on a strong foundation of faith, generosity, and integrity, and they strive to incorporate these principles into all that they do.Albert and Elmina Miller started this company back in 2007, but it wasn’t until January of 2017 that Albert decided to take the leap of faith and go all in with the real estate business. He was raised in the Amish community in Dover, Delaware and at age twelve began working in the construction field with his family. By the time he turned sixteen, he was a full-time bricklayer and from there continued in the masonry field for the next three years. After turning twenty, he started his own business framing houses for big developers throughout Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. That same year, Albert & Elmina made the hard decision to leave the Amish community. This decision was tough, but they remain forever grateful for the hard-working and committed foundation that they were raised in.A&E Property Solutions is a real estate investment and rental property company, and its sister company, A&E Building Service, is a home building and renovation company. Together, they make up A&E Properties, a full-service real estate development + investment company. Albert looks forward to many years ahead of fulfilling A&E Properties’ mission, “We build partnerships to create beautiful properties with integrity.” 

A&E Properties     302-632-2445


Laura Dougherty, DDS
Dr. Laura A. Dougherty chose her career path at age seven when she found herself at the orthodontist, speech therapist or general dentist too many times to count growing up. She finds that the most rewarding aspects of her career are being able to help ensure patients have a comfortable dental experience and seeing her patients gain confidence when they see their newly restored, beautiful smiles as her dental providers gave her growing up.  Born and raised in Delaware’s Sussex County, “Dr. D” earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Delaware in 2001 before going on to study dentistry at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, achieving her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 2006. After completing her General Practice Residency with the Christiana Care Dental Residency Program, she went into private practice for 11 years prior to opening Dougherty Dental Solutions in 2018. Dr. D, is a proud and active member of the Delaware Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the Delaware State Dental Society, as well as a Delaware Top Dentist for the past three consecutive years.  Dougherty Dental Solutions is a small family friendly general and cosmetic dental office maintaining and creating beautiful smiles for over 35 years. Dr. Dougherty and Dr. King are active members of the community, dedicated to providing families in their area with a lifetime of dental health and beauty. “DDS” is proud to offer some of the most advanced technology in order to make sure their patients are as comfortable as possible during their treatment. 

Laura Dougherty, DDS        Dougherty Dental Solutions      302-475-3270   


Dr. Andrew Swiatowicz, DDS, FAGD
A native of upstate New York, Dr. Andrew Swiatowicz ended up in the first state for his undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware. After earning a B.A. in Biological Sciences, Dr. Andy went on to receive his DDS from the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery — the first dental school in the world. He then completed a General Practice Residency at Christiana Care Health Systems.Dr. Andrew Swiatowicz is a dentist in the Pike Creek Area with a focus on treating sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD) such as sleep apnea and snoring. Dr. Andy is also known for his work with special needs patients, including patients with intellectual disabilities, the medically compromised, and the severely dental phobic. He is one of the only dentists in Delaware credentialed to provide care to patients under general anesthesia, which allows him the opportunity to treat this often-underserved population in the operating room. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Swiatowicz enjoys Crossfit and traveling to Disney World with his husband.His practice, Delaware Dental Sleep Medicine, was Delaware’s first practice dedicated to treating these conditions. He has two offices where he treats SRBDs; his main location in Pike Creek and a satellite office in Dover. It is one of the only offices in the country recognized as an accredited facility by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.Dr. Andy was the state’s first dentist to receive a Diplomate status with the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He has completed hundreds of hours in dental sleep medicine and also teaches other dentists across the country on how to help patients overcome SRBDs.By making simple retainer-like appliances to wear while you sleep, the patient’s airway can remain open all night so they can get the uninterrupted sleep that they need. Dr. Andy treats both children and adults with SRBDs. Working closely with physicians and sleep specialists, Dr. Swiatowicz helps patients manage their sleep breathing problems so they can sleep better and get healthier.

302-384-7801    [email protected]     1211 Milltown Road Wilmington, DE 19808


Tara Surowiec
Tara Surowiec was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. In 2004 she moved to Dover, DE, where she now resides with her husband and two children.Being the parent of two children with autism has led her to be an advocate for her own children as well as other families affected by autism. She manages a community support group through Facebook for Delaware families and also assists in setting up monthly Autism Parent Coffee Hours with Autism Delaware. She has found her calling as a Professional Network Marketer, currently promoting CBD products, and coaching others on how to work from home to have more time with their families. What originally started as a personal journey to find relief for her family from areas such as extreme anxiousness, debilitating head discomfort, joint discomfort, and more, has now become her passion and helps to provide a stable future for her family. She finds great joy in helping others find relief in a natural way and learning to live their best life!When she’s not shuttling her kids to and from school, therapies, theater and swim lessons, she can be found at home with her husband and kids, enjoying quality family time.    [email protected] / 302-241-3000

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Nadiv Shapira, M.D., FACS, FACPh

Dr. Nadiv Shapira is the founder of First State MedSpa, an established practice known for personalized, leading-edge treatments that help women look and feel their very best. Dr. Shapira and his team of experienced, compassionate professionals provide clients with a wide range of services from Botox and Filler Injections, Thread lifts, Skincare, Body Sculpting, to Liposuction and Vein treatment.

Dr. Shapira, a Cardiac Surgeon for over twenty years, has expertise in Electrophysiological Cardiac Surgery, including implantation of cardiac defibrillators, ablation of atrial fibrillation and cardiac re- synchronization. He helped develop the Christiana Care Arrhythmia Center and also focused on thoracic surgery and interventional pain management of chest trauma.  

First State Vein Laser Center opened in 2011, when Dr. Shapira recognized the need to improve the care of venous disease in the community. His new practice offered in-depth vein evaluation and intervention for Phlebology. In 2013 clients began to request additional cosmetic treatments, so Dr. Shapira was one of the first in the area to add the “MedSpa” concept to his practice.

Dr. Shapira and his excellent staff offer laser ablation for varicose veins, treatment for spider veins and a variety of anti-aging and body sculpting cosmetic procedures. These cutting-edge treatments include PDO Thread Lifts, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections, microneedling and laser for skin and hair rejuvenation, Botox and facial fillers, fat reduction, skin tightening and hair removal. Dr. Shapira has great expertise in the mini-invasive Smartlipo procedure and is one of a handful of surgeons in the U.S. offering a lymph-preserving liposuction that is the only known method for the treatment of Lipedema, a hereditary fat disorder.

Dr. Shapira is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery, certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and a Member of the American College of Phlebology, American Venous Forum and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. 

Dr. Shapira     First State Med Spa      302.294-0700     [email protected]


Thank You . . .

To Our Photographer

I would like to thank Debra Zeccola of Debra Zeccola Photography of Newark, DE for being our photographer for our photo shoots in New Castle, Chester, and Delaware County PA. Debra has over 25 years of experience as a licensed professional photographer. Debra provides her clients with outstanding photography services for weddings and events, family and individual portraits, baby photos and so much more. Debra was an absolute joy to work with, and I couldn’t have asked for a more professional and prompt photographer than Debra.

Debra Zeccola Photography     302-239-7193



To Our Stylist

I would also like to thank Lori Zaiss, Owner of Fusion Salon, and her wonderful team of stylist and makeup artists for providing hair and makeup for our shoot in New Castle & Kent. As always it was a pleasure working with Fusion.

Lori Zaiss     Fusion Salon

3444 Naamans Road, Wilmington, DE



To Our Location

We would like to thank Artisans’ Bank for allowing us to have our 1st Quarter 2020 Photo Shoot at their beautiful Little Falls Branch Office, located at 2961 Centerville Road, Wilmington, DE 19808. Phone 302-884-6800.  

Artisans’ Bank continues meeting the financial needs of working men and women, retirees, students, small businesses, developers and craftspeople: the “Artisans.” A strong, local and independent financial institution serving its community: Artisans’ Bank.