The Low Bar Squat

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Low Bar Squat

An accomplished dermatologist, Dr. Steven Armus has seen tens of thousands of patients over his more than 15 years in the field, operating as the principal physician at two different practices. Outside of work, Dr. Steven Armus is committed to maintaining physical fitness through activities such as weightlifting.

The low bar squat is a fundamental lift for those wanting to get stronger. It works muscles throughout the entire body and engages the posterior chain, all the way from the foot, up the legs, into the hips, and up the spine. When performed incorrectly, however, it carries the potential for injury, just like every other barbell lift.

Before pulling the bar out of the rack, ensure that it’s resting on top of the rear deltoids. This is different than the high bar squat, in which the bar rests on the trapezius muscles. Before unracking the back, take in a deep breath and brace your core so that you can stabilize the weight. Then lift the bar up using the back and hips and step away from the rack.

Maintaining a neutral spine, the torso should be leaning forward a bit in order to keep the bar aligned over the middle of the foot. During the squat movement, the bar should maintain a vertical path, always staying over the ball of the foot. To begin the squat, take in a deep breath, brace the core again, and move the hips back while simultaneously bending the knees outward toward the feet. Lower the hips so they are just below the knees. Then drive the hips and chest upward at the same time (not forward) to bring the bar back to the top position.

That describes the essential movements of the low bar squat. This lift is perfect for those who want to build more explosiveness and strength in their core and lower body.

The Difference between Prairie Restoration and Reconstruction

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Prairie Restoration

The owner of Dermatology Consultants of Wisconsin, Steven Armus is a dermatologist who holds over a decade of experience in practice. In addition to his work in medicine, Steven Armus serves as the owner and biologist of Native Prairie Restoration, where he works to remediate ponds and prairies.

Prairie restoration is the process of restoring a prairie that has been exposed to invasive plants that affect its native ecosystem. Typically, restoration involves the removal of these invasive plant species and the seeding and management of native plants. Restoration is not to be confused with a prairie remnant, which is an untouched section of prairie that was part of a larger area in the past.

In addition to restoration, some prairies may be in need of reconstruction. Reconstruction, which is sometimes necessary to restore land plowed for crops, is the most work-intensive form of prairie development. It includes replanting of native species and regrading of soil to mimic the original groundwork of the prairie. When replanting a prairie, seeds used typically include native varieties of grass and broad leaf plants.

The Counseling Clinic at the Guest House of Milwaukee

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Counseling Clinic

Dr. Steven Armus provides dermatological services as the owner of Dermatology Consultants of Wisconsin LLC in Franksville. Outside of work, Dr. Steven Armus gives back through his support of the Guest House of Milwaukee. This organization provides a range of services for individuals experiencing homelessness.

One of the most important resources that individuals have access to at the Guest House of Milwaukee is the Counseling Clinic. Through this clinic, individuals can undergo alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) counseling and address other mental health concerns that could contribute to their homelessness. Ultimately, mental stability is a prerequisite for sustainable housing.

The clinic takes a client-centered and trauma-informed approach to counseling that is sensitive to the needs of different genders and gender presentations. Each counseling sessions is based on the needs of the client and helps move toward identified goals. This approach seems to be working. According to a 2013 survey, less than 10 percent of guests reported feelings of self-satisfaction before coming into the center but 50 percent said that they felt more satisfied with their life upon leaving.

Key Orchid Growing Tip – Mimicking the Natural Environment

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Orchid Growing

A physician with Dermatology Consultants of Wisconsin LLC, Dr. Steven Armus is also the owner of Native Prairie Restoration. Recreationally, Dr. Steven Armus maintains a strong interest in gardening and is particularly fond of growing orchids. Extremely beautiful flowers, orchids are notoriously difficult to grow and keep thriving.

One of the most important fundamentals to consider when growing orchids is that they are primarily tropical plants. Many people have circulated the tip of using ice cubes to water orchids, but this strategy is almost guaranteed to take time off the plant’s life. To mimic the natural environment, individuals should get a good potting mix that contains both bark and perlite. This sort of mix allows air to get to the roots, which is critical for orchid health.

Instead of using ice cubes, individuals should water liberally once a week and ensure that the bark becomes soaked. Over the week, the bark will release the moisture and create a humid environment like the tropical one that orchids prefer.

Typically, natural orchids are soaked daily with warm tropical rains and allowed to dry out in between. When growing them at home, it is important to let them get dry, a process that usually takes about a week. While the soil should not be bone dry, it should be free of excess moisture to the center of the pot.

Cream City Gardens at the Guest House of Milwaukee

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Cream City Gardens

Dr. Steven Armus, a dedicated physician and prairie restoration technician, is the owner of Dermatology Consultants of Wisconsin and Native Prairie Restoration, both in Franksville. In addition to helping his patients and the environment, Dr. Steven Armus supports his community through involvement in charitable organizations such as the Guest House of Milwaukee.

Committed to providing shelter and education to individuals who are homeless, the Guest House of Milwaukee maintains numerous programs, including Cream City Gardens, an urban garden that provides home-grown produce to Friedens Community Ministries and the Guest House.

Consisting of 56 raised garden beds, half an acre of planting rows, and a rainwater harvesting pavilion, Cream City Gardens grows everything from carrots to watermelons. In 2015, the gardens raised more than 4,400 pounds of produce. The plants are watered with rainwater that has been collected in the harvesting pavilion. Each time it rains, the pavilion collects up to 500 gallons of water.

The Guest House of Milwaukee also provides job training services through Cream City Gardens. The gardens host the Urban Agriculture Training Program for people who have been homeless. In the program, participants learn about gardening and the green industry and become prepared for jobs at a farmer’s market or in the urban farming field.

When to Visit Costa Rica


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Costa Rica

Dr. Steven Armus divides his career between serving as the physician/owner of Dermatology Consultants of Wisconsin and working as the prairie technician/owner of Native Prairie Restoration. When he’s not busy with his professional responsibilities, Dr. Steven Armus enjoys traveling to countries around the world such as Costa Rica.

There are only two real seasons in Costa Rica: the wet season and the dry season. The wet season lasts from May to mid-November, when the country experiences average rainfall between 8 and 13 inches per month.

Although the rain can limit visitors’ ability to explore remote areas of Costa Rica, the weather highlights the country’s natural flora and fauna. In addition to great views of wildlife, visitors can enjoy fewer crowds and cheaper accommodations during the wet season.

Costa Rica’s dry season lasts from December through April and sees less than two inches of rain in its wettest months. Temperatures at this time hover in the 70s, and most tourists spend time at the beaches and rain forests.

The dry season is the country’s high season for tourists, especially around the holidays in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Both prices and crowds increase during the dry season, yet it remains one of the best times to visit Costa Rica due to the good weather and events held in these months.

Cream City Gardens Provides Fresh Produce to Milwaukee Community

Steps For Successfully Caring For Orchids

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Orchid Growers

Based in Franklin, Wisconsin, Dr. Steven Armus owns and operates a well-established dermatology practice. Concerned about the environment, he also owns and operates Native Prairie Restoration and provides conservation-focused horticultural services. In his free time, Dr. Steven Armus enjoys activities such as gardening, and he grows orchids indoors.

Known for being high maintenance, orchids are not difficult to care for properly as long as basic parameters are met. Originally from the tropics, they must be kept at room temperature, comfortably above freezing. Orchids respond only to north facing light and dislike wind and indoor drafts. The aerial roots they put out may not be aesthetically pleasing, but should never be cut. In addition, they should not be removed from the container in which they originally took root.

Another aspect of orchid care involves using soft water. Those who live in areas with hard water will want to boil the water first (and let it cool) before using it on the plants. Watering can either be done sparingly once a week or in one torrential drenching, which mimics the tropical rain storm. When drenching, use a bucket and quickly remove the orchid after the watering is through, wiping off excess water on leaves.

Once the orchid completes its eight week flowering cycle, trim the stem down to the lowest node from which flowers can emerge, which will stimulate new stem growth.

Four Tips for New Orchid Growers

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Orchid Growers

Steven Armus owns Native Prairie Restoration in Franksville, Wisconsin. Outside of work, Steven Armus enjoys working in the garden and growing orchids, a complex but rewarding pastime resulting in natural works of art.

Here are four tips for those just starting out.

1. Do the proper research. The most important step is to make sure that the orchid being grown is exactly what it appears to be. If it’s not clear what genus or alliance the plant is, it doesn’t hurt to take it into a local greenhouse or orchid society to double check. It’s hard to take care of a plant without knowing how it will react to temperature or light.

2. Choose orchids that will thrive in the local climate. It’s important not to choose a plant that will grow best in cold weather, if the environment is hot and muggy. Even if conditions can be simulated, it’s best to choose an orchid that will work best with what can be provided simply.

3. Use the proper amount of water. Unlike other plants, which can often withstand overwatering, orchids can easily die if given too much water. Water once a week, and allow the plant to dry out a bit to increase air circulation, which is vital for proper growth.

4. Keep an eye out for pests. When purchasing the orchid, ask a local grower or orchid society about what to look for in an unhealthy plant. The faster a problem is caught, the easier it is to treat.

The Common Symptoms of Skin Cancer


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Skin cancer

Bringing over 10 years of experience to his work as a physician at Dermatology Consultants of Wisconsin, Dr. Steven Armus is responsible for patient care at the facility. In addition to creating business strategies that have allowed the numerous clinics he has operated to save over $1 million per year, Steven Armus also created a treatment facility for skin cancer, which is the first of its kind to also offer post-treatment cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in-house.

Skin cancer presents a number of symptoms, the most common of which are spots or sores. In most cases, such blemishes will disappear from the skin fairly quickly; however, those that persist for over four weeks are a cause for concern.

Moles also have the potential to develop. While most of these are natural consequences of exposure to the sun, you should be wary of any that feel consistently tender and are strangely shaped. Most moles are approximately circular in shape and fairly small, so look for any that are bigger than the eraser of a pencil.

In some cases, small, shiny lumps with a red or pink hue may also start to appear on the skin.
If you notice any of these symptoms you should consult a physician, who will decide whether or not you need tests.