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interview by Heather McKinnley| Writer More than three decades ago, Alberto Zizzi found himself reading at The Vatican about a very special diet based on greens, wheat grass and the benefits it held. Little did he know that 35 years later he would build a successful business from the passion seeded on that Italian morning.

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insiders view by Heather McKinnley| Writer When trying to figure out where to put your money, you literally have dozens of local (and even not local) options. From mega banks like Bank of America, to community banks like Floridian Community Bank; there are some very clear-cut differences between a larger financial institution with hundreds of branches across the country and those that have one branch in your county. What are the important factors when selecting where you will invest your time and financial resources? For the purpose of this report, there are no right or wrong answers, there are only options.

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5 Tips To Eat Way To Happy

Who’s new in the field and why you need to know them

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How and what you eat is effecting your mood

From dentist to something much bigger, advancing his practice

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Big Bank vs Small Bank

Sprouting Success Alberto Zizzi is making a healthy lifestyle more accessible

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feature by Heather McKinnley| Writer Will Wellington be ready to expand where and how it needs to, ensuring it goes beyond providing services and becomes a regional leader in the healthcare industry? We talk to Village Planner Bill Nemser about the importance of the industry and the community.

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The importance of estate planning to your family’s future

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Dolce’s New Direction

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Welcome to the Inaugural Issue of Living Wellington Magazine. Our Board of Directors agreed that we needed a vehicle not only to showcase our Health and Wealth professionals and industry, but also aid in the venture to make Wellington a premier destination for these services. It is our pleasure to offer you a glimpse of the diverse village that we live, work and play in while touting our exceptional Medical and Financial professionals. Wellington has grown into one of the most sought- out towns in the country. As you review Living, you will find that the Village of Wellington is one of the most desirable places to live, work, play and stay healthy! The Wellington Chamber of Commerce has taken a leadership role in bringing the diversity of our village to current residents and businesses as well as the thousands of relocation requests we get each year. If you already reside in our boundaries we hope you will use this guide to assist in your selection of a qualified professional. If you are picking this up as a visitor, we hope you will do the same, while you enjoy all Wellington has to offer. In addition, we have included helpful articles, tips for a healthy lifestyle, and interesting stories about what is going on in the industries across the community.


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Health Who’s New | Need to Know | New Gadgets | Inner View

What’s New we bring you the insider scoop

After weeks of interviews and research, we bring you some of the most interesting things happening in local health. Here are some of the most compelling new stories we wanted to bring you.

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Getting to Know some of the new people in the health industry around wellington By Jordan Miller Photos by Seth Roberts

[With growing trends in massage, Patti Gilliano saw an opportunity to bring a unique concept in the health and wellness to the community. When she learned about La Vida Massage, she knew it was a match both for her and the area. “We were attracted to the concept that it is a total body holistic approach to wellness,” said Gilliano. The business, which specializes in therapeutic massage and skin-care services for the family, goes beyond massage with an educational approach to feeling great. After nearly three decades in nursing, Gilliano understood the importance of balancing mind, body and soul to achieve optimum output. “Without that, the body struggles to keep up with your everyday,” she said. A comfortable, elegant yet friendly atmosphere that everyone can enjoy - we say check it out.

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David and the team at Start Living recognize the challenges you will encounter while on the journey of weight loss. They focus on your progress, with an emphasis on your emotional, physical and mental well-being. They help you to make strides in progress, not perfection, resulting in a healthy lifestyle. They understand that the idea of losing weight can feel overwhelming and seem like a difficult task to accomplish, especially when you attempt it alone. Start Living are there to guide you in overcoming the challenges of weight loss. They do this in a private, confidential and safe one on one environment.

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Dr. Jonathan Chung received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University in Atlanta, GA. He received his undergraduate training at the University of Central Florida and received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology/ Molecular Biology.

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Everyone loves a great new gadget, here are our picks for healthy must haves By Manuel R. Bornia Provided Photos | Various

[You know the shelf life of your favorite gadget gets shorter every year. However, there are a few new things on the market that we think are must haves. Here is our overview on those essential tools for staying healthy this season. 1. Nike + Fuel Band SE | This refreshed edition of the ultimate fitness wearable looks nearly identical to its predecessor but now comes in colors. Allowing you to track your daily activity and monitor your fuel rate. It is a must have.


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2. OSKAR Humidifier | When rooms should bear optimal humidity with the least possible energy consumption, this is the best gadget on the market.

Brookstone Wellington Green | $160 4. LumoBack | This electronic belt worn around the waist, constantly monitors your posture, gently vibrating when you slouch so you can straighten your back on cue. | $150


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3. iHealth Wireless Smart Gluco Gives patients a way to measure their blood glucose levels on the road and reports back to their iPhone storing up to 500 tests.

Everyone knows posture is everything Not only does it help,but it reports directly to your smart phone and tracks your posture over time.

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Dolce’s New Direction One of the area’s most prominent health care providers re-imagines his practice and the patient experience

By Jordan Miller Photo by Seth Roberts

When Dr. Vincent Dolce opened his practice in the Dolce Advanced Esthetiques will feature state-of-the-art Wellington area in 2008, he became one of the region’s techniques and services in all facets of enhancing the way most celebrated and successful dental care providers. 5 a patient feels, looks and maintains their health as they years later, Dolce is now embarking age. “We are a community of baby boomers on the most significant expansion of that have more energy, fuller lives and more services in his practice and a complete ahead of us than any generation before us, re-imagining of his offerings. why not work to ensure that we always look and feel our best?” said Dolce. “It has always been my passion to change peoples lives for the better, A firm believer in continuing to educate now we get to do it on an entirely new himself and his staff, Dolce has explored level,” Dolce said. “When people feel the latest sciences in the complete better and look better, they do better rejuvenation of the face. In addition to the at their jobs, better in their family lives, latest techniques in dental work, Dolce is lead better lives overall; that is what we now certified by the American Academy are going to do here at the new Dolce of Facial Esthetics in the latest treatments. Advanced Esthetiques.” This means new services in Botox, fillers and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) facial Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, rejuvenation, which has been used in Dr. Vincent Dolce graduated Dental specialized industries for years and is now School in 1983 from Boston University quickly becoming recognized one of the and received a Masters Degree in Nutrition in 1984. His most effective treatments for skin rejuvenation. “If people studies include doctoral research in Nutrition which only knew how amazing the results of PRP can be with a have always been a part of his approach to dentistry. “I few simple treatments - they would be amazed.” believe that a critical component of proper dental health is a holistic approach not just for the mouth, but one that A complete list of services and new programs will fully extends to the entire body,” said Dolce. That concept be announced soon through Dolce’s new website is now coming to life as Dolce prepares to unveil his new Stay tuned for opening dates collection of services this season. and more from the new Dolce Advanced Esthetiques. LW health, wealth + happiness




Story by Heather McKinnley Illustrations by Jordan Miller Health care has been making headlines for the last few years. Regardless of your politics, by now we all know the industry is changing across the entire country and demand for services is going to grow. With this dynamic shift in policy, an aging population and plenty of growth opportunities - will Wellington be ready to expand where and how it needs to, ensuring it goes beyond providing services and becomes a regional leader in the industry? We talk to Principal Planner for the Village of Wellington, Bill Nemser. 20

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“When we are looking at long term strategy and economic sustainability, the medical industry is a no brainer”

Bill Nemser, Village of Wellington Situated between two state-of-the art regional hospitals, a massive cluster of medical offices and impressive collection of diagnostic centers, Wellington has become a health hub for the region. What began nearly two decades ago has boomed into an enviable economic engine that shows no signs of slowing. With both Wellington Regional Medical Center and Palms West Hospital injecting tens of millions of dollars into infrastructure and technology – there are those who see the opportunity for the medical industry to drive the future economic strategy of the region. “We are looking at ways to make land use zoning changes, as we have had a lot of demand for conversion of office space to medical office space.” Since the Village of Wellington currently makes a distinction between the two types of space they are currently studying the best way to address the demand. “This is something that is very interesting to us because it means that we are attracting interest in that area. To me that is promising and something to build on,” said Nemser.

synergies between the equestrian industry, medical arts, and retail sectors. True innovation lies in the junction of these unique resources. Creating high-paying jobs through medical arts and life sciences is important for the economic future of Wellington.” For Nemser, the study emphasizes the importance of making sure that health care and health related industries have a place at the table when planning for long-term strategic growth for the local economy. “Since economic sustainability is a moving target, if you have strong foundation like the medical industry, you are investing in an industry that is not going anywhere,” he said. In the study, FAU compares Wellington to like-size communities in South Florida and examines various components such as demographics, education levels and other important factors in identifying economic potential. The goal of the study was to clearly outline available assets and assess future pockets of growth for the Village.

While demand for space is a good indicator, the Village points to a recent study conducted by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) as the basis for the potential in health care and health related industries impacting the local economy.

“Our demographics tell us that our population is aging,” said Nemser. “We are going to need medical services for that population. For us, that is a very high priority in terms of service which in turn creates it’s own economic development.”

In the report, the FAU team concludes that its analysis demonstrates “that in order to seize on growth opportunities, Wellington has to creatively utilize its unique economic assets by creating

In cities across the country, one can find example after example of how medical clusters changed the local economy. Positive growth, higher paying jobs, better-educated work forces; all

working together for higher property values. Experts point to areas like Orlando’s Lake Nona, which similarly has two hospitals and the University of Central Florida College of Medicine working in conjunction to build a “medical city”. Already, 650-acres have been dedicated and developed for a health and life sciences park. While Wellington may not have the population concentration of a city like Orlando, proportionally it has over 200 acres set aside for the goal of expanding its current footprint into a much bigger health care cluster. “What we are looking for is a research and educational component which would be great,” said Nemser. From primary care physicians to veterinarians, there is no doubt that Wellington has an enviable collection of health industry related assets. With Wellington High School already producing students studying Equine/Pre-Veterinary courses and higher education institutions nearby who provide degrees and programs of study in these fields, it seems many of the pieces are in place for continued growth. “Our whole medical community has some unique opportunities for development,” said Nemser. One thing is for sure, our local economy needs it. LW health, wealth + happiness



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how this vet has advanced techiniques, and the applications that may be what your pet needs By Jordan Miller Photo by Seth Roberts

The benefits of acupuncture have been recognized in humans and in animals for centuries. Relics and antiquities show that nearly 7,000 years ago it was already being employed in the east. While it’s use in humans is well established, it may surprise you to know that it is also used in the treatment of dogs and horses. “The real benefit of the procedure is that it is harmless and in most cases 90% effective in treating your pet,” said Dr. Tom Griffith. Certified in pet acupuncture and veterinarian orthopedic manipulation, which his team uses to complement traditional treatment, Griffith has developed techniques that are focused on providing your pet a total wellness plan. “It is amazing that people just don’t know how effective it can be for their dog,” said Griffith.


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Dr. Griffith also uses Erchonia Medical lasers, which is a cold laser FDA approved for humans that uses varying frequencies to treat pain, wounds, muscle and orthopedic pain increasing blood flow. “We are about whole body treatment which includes diet, supplements, preventative care and these techniques - it really is amazing to see how it helps older dogs,” he said. Dr. Griffith has been an equine practitioner in South Florida for many years with his business, Equine Wellness Concepts. He is certified in both acupuncture and chiropractics. He has brought his knowledge of alternative medicine into Palm Beach Animal Hospital and treats dogs and cats who benefit from alternative therapies. LW

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the conversation no one wants to have (but the 5 reasons you really need to) SHERRON PERMASHWAR - the cpa -

With over 20 years experience we sit down with this Wellington certified public accountant to discuss her views on what you should expect from a contemporary cpa. on service:

Clients should receive personal service beyond plugging in numbers. golden rule:

All CPA’s are not created equally, the difference is communication. loves about wellington:

The close knit community, everyone knows everyone and there is still a small town feel in her words:

“I am a numbers person who likes to help people understand their business, their tax situation and how to plan properly for their future.” who she is:

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[Nobody likes talking about their own mortality; we are invincible right? We will always be here for our kids or partners and we know that if anything were to happen - they would all be civilized in handling our affairs. If you chuckled at that last statement, you are right to do so. Estate Planning is an important part of any family’s financial plan. It can provide stability and a clear road map for you and your assets at the time that your loved ones need it most. “I talk to people and together we determine what they have, where they have it and who they want to have it and who they want to make sure gets it there,” says local attorney Alec Domb who specializes in Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship Law. “Planning is more than just how you get your wealth from point A to point B, paying as little taxes as possible. It is about covering everything you need to have in place if you are not able to manage your affairs.” Domb recommends everyone, no matter what level of economic assets, have this conversation with a professional. “Many times, people don’t realize the importance of this process until it’s too late” said Domb. LW

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If you have never dealt with probate, it is never an easy process. Simply avoiding a lengthy legal process is one of the top reasons to plan.

2 control who decides

Appointing someone you trust, who you know will have your best interest and the interest of your beneficiaries at heart is priceless.

3 guardianship for kids

Without planning, the State will be left to decide who your children are raised by.

4 who gets what

Kids, relatives, charities and anyone else you consider worthy. It’s not only for money - heirlooms and everything else counts too.

5 reducing difficulty

Loss of a loved one is hard enough, setting a legal road map does help.


Editor’s Picks Financial gadgets are becoming a big trend in tech, here are some of our favs


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[You know you want to get the most bang for your buck (and maybe show off a little bling). Here are the new things on the market that we think are must haves for this season if you happen to be a financial guru. 1. iPhone 5s | With an improved processor, better camera, and the new fingerprint scanner, the new IPhone 5s takes Apple to another level. Apple Store Wellington | $199


2. Chromecast | This dirt-cheap wireless video dongle that streams Netflix and YouTube to your TV using Android or iOS tablets as remotes. There goes the cable bill.


Best Buy | $35 3. Morning App | Morning is a completely customizable app where you can choose from your alarm clock to traffic reports to your schedule for the day-all on one screen. iTunes Store | $3

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big bank vs. little bank we sit down with two local bankers who share their view on the pros and cons of each Story by Heather McKinnley When trying to figure out where to put your money, you literally have dozens of local (and even not local) options. From mega banks like Bank of America, to community banks like Floridian Community Bank; there are some very clear-cut differences between a larger financial institution with hundreds of branches across the country and those that have one branch in your county. 28

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Illustrations by Jordan Miller So how do you decide? What are the important factors when selecting where you will invest your time and financial resources. For the purpose of this report, there are no right or wrong answers there are only options. It’s only by answering a series of questions which we will explore, that you will be better educated to make a decision.

To do so, we sit down with two leading local bankers and ask them about their organizations, philosophy and the benefits of banking with their organizations. With diverse points of view, they both agree on one thing – it all boils down to the kind of service you will receive. The Community Bank Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, Floridian Community Bank started in 2003 with a single branch in Davie, Florida. In 2008, the bank board decided it was time to grow and expanded into new markets including Wellington. In 2009, the branch opened and the bank immediately sought to get involved in the community. “We love Wellington and wanted to grow with the community and expand as quickly as we could,” said Lee Frankhouser, Floridian Community Bank President.

“We love Wellington; it has been our most successful branch.” lee frankhouser

Having expanded in the middle of the financial crisis of the last few years, Frankhouser stresses the fact that the only way their bank has been successful is through maintaining a conservative approach. “We are fortunate to make decisions on the ground with our board of directors and managers who have direct

access to me,” he said. “We were not burdened by problematic lending, so at a time when banks were pulling back –we saw opportunity. There were still good borrowers out there” With total assets of $272 million for the period ending December 2012, the community bank has a strong foundation. Currently the only community bank in Wellington, the local branch is one of three branches now in Palm Beach County. Having been a part of National City, Frankhouser brings an interesting perspective to his role at Floridian. “I’ve worked in both size banks and generally we offer the same things but compete on one thing – service,” he said. The National Bank With over $2 trillion in assets, Bank of America is one of the country’s largest financial institutions. With a nationwide network of banking centers and professionals that are committed to the small businesses in their local communities, Bank of America is a big player in the banking system. Like many of the mega banks, Bank of America had its struggles during the recession, but those issues did not generally impact service or customers on the local branch level. Through its massive collection of services and network of partners, Bank of America offers nearly every facet of financial support you could need. Having extended over $5 billion in new credit to small businesses across the country, they have expanded lending by 26% with nearly 86% of applicants having been approved for loans according to a recently released report. “We hope that this trend persists and that loan demand continues to increase and credit will be available for those seeking loans,” said Nikki Loachamin from the Wellington branch.

“We are committed to community and being visible in Wellington.” Nikki Loachamin

“Clients are looking for more than just the basics of banking—and they turn to me as a trusted resource when it comes to the whole range of concerns relating to their business,” said Loachamin. “I’ve had clients say they haven’t had a human contact for their small business banking in a long time, and our in-market presence is a big reason they’re with Bank of America. They appreciate having a local financial counselor who is also able to access the breadth of Bank of America’s services.” Big Vs. Small Both capable, both well funded and on stable financial footing - which should you put your trust and assets in? The answer to that question really lies in the details of your personal preference. Considering coverage, access to locations: One of the advantages of the large bank is sheer coverage. There are three Bank of America branches in the general Wellington area, while only one Floridian Community Bank. Leaving the local market there are only a handful of Floridian branches in Miami-Dade and Broward county, where Bank of America can be found in nearly every city in the country. With this, ATM access seems to be the biggest concern. Living 29 29

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Banks Cont. While Bank of America has dozens of ATMs readily available in the area, Floridian Community has three official ATM machines in Palm Beach County. However, here is a perk. Floridian debit card holders are able to access their funds, free of charge, on any Allpoint network ATM in all 50 states across the country. A quick internet search pulled up nearly 50 ATM locations between the Turnpike and A1A. So on that point – equals Considering Lending: There is no competing with bigger banks larger pool of assets to pull from when applying for a loan. However, there is something to be said for directly shaking the hand of the person who will make the decision on your loan, will listen to the nuances of your business model and get to know you personally. Depending on your needs, there may be programs at either style bank that could work for you. It all depends on what you are looking for. On this point - it is a draw Personal Service: While the natural thought process would be that bigger banks automatically lose points on personal service, there are plenty of branch managers and associates who make personal connections with their clients. However, more often than not, a call into a big bank will lead you to an automated message answering service. In this segment, community banks truly shine. At a bank like Floridian, you will never speak to a machine and should you accidentally overdraft your account or have something come up that is outside the normal operation of your account they will call you. On this point - it’s personal preference While there are many other factors that should go into your banking decision, those highlighted will cover the needs of most consumers. Bottom line, go into a branch and meet the people that will be handling your account. It all boils down to whether or not relationships can be built at that level. LW 30

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Can Eating Make You Happy? | The Happy Place | Featurette

Eat Happy

the cookin yogi and her happy way to eat We talk to a local yogi and learn about how eating can be one of the most effective ways to maintain overall health and happiness (which is a huge factor in every other facet of your life).


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The Cookin’ Yogi teaches us how to cook your way to happy with healthy everyday meals By Jordan Miller Photo by Seth Roberts

Sherri Mraz, better known as the Cookin’ Yogi is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, who has been teaching healthy cooking and working with clients, both individual and groups, since 2007. Recently, we spent an afternoon in her kitchen making salsa, laughing and learning about the importance of food and its effects on our everyday. Mraz, who trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC and is certified through Teachers College Columbia University and by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), believes that people educating themselves is the first step. “People don’t realize how important what they consume is to their overall health,” she said. “I don’t just mean weight; eating is an essential part of how you function and how effective you are which can effect everything down to your income.” Mraz teaches that the wrong foods in your diet cause inflammation in the body and the blood becomes acidic. “The right foods reduce inflammation, thus helping to reverse arthritis, lower cholesterol, reverse type 2 diabetes, and prevent heart disease,” she says. “The right foods also turn the blood from acidic, which is a breading ground for cancer and disease, to alkaline.” While traditionally yogi’s are vegetarian, Mraz teaches a diet called flexitarian (which is a vegetarian that occasionally eats meat). “It is all about balance and making good choices,” she says. For Mraz, the most important concept she wants to make sure people understand is food has an incredible effect on your life. “Food is powerful. It can heal you or it can kill you,” she said. “It’s amazing to think how much control you have if you just educate yourself.” Mraz runs several different programs and offers classes all over South Florida. From consulting with you in your home to scheduling a cooking party for your friends, she provides an entertaining concept which ensures you eat your way to happy. LW

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Four times a day at four hour intervals

2 Do not skip breakfast

It is the most important meal of the day

3 Do not drink water

With your meal – drink water 30 minutes before a meal

4 fresh matters

Eat things that are healthy but most importantly freshly cooked

5 eat calmly

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More than three decades ago, Alberto Zizzi found himself reading at The Vatican about a very special diet based on greens, wheat grass and the benefits it held. Little did he know that 35 years later he would build a successful business from the passion seeded on that Italian morning. The book, which is claimed to have been translated from an ancient manuscript found in the Vatican’s secret archives, presented a certain way of eating by a people called the Essenes. Research shows that the Essenes were people who lived in a Judaistic way from around the 2nd century B.C. until the 1 st century A.D. and consumed wheat grass. The translation by Edmund Bordeaux Szekely, which resulted in the formation of the Biogenic Society, can still be readily found at health food stores and online.

Over the centuries, wheat grass consumption has continued to come in and out of fashion with some praising its properties and others disregarding its potential. Recently, studies have shown that there may be more to this idea than originally accepted by modern medicine and for Zizzi that has meant a sprouting business. We met with him for this interview inside his expansive greenhouse in The Acreage.

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green beyond sprouts, it is a booming business. “The business is growing so much that we have made our growing rows taller, adding 30% more space due to demand,” said Zizzi. Currently processing 1,500 lbs of sprouts per week from the 2,500 square foot facility, Universal has seen demand spike and is planning for continued growth and new distribution channels.

Long before coming to Florida, Zizzi was perfecting his organic growing techniques in Canada, while growing sprouts in his garage. He remembers how quickly word spread about his sprouts. “I really only started to grow for myself,” he recalls. “Then one day a neighbor asked me what it was, tried it and wanted to order it from me. One neighbor turned into two, three and more until I was contacted by a local health store. It was really a surprise for me and grew entirely from word of mouth.”

With free delivery to 10 locations across the western communities, Zizzi is proud of the fact that sprouts are picked up by patrons the day they are cut. “There is no transfer time, people can consume their sprouts the same day we take them off the racks,” he said.

Zizzi moved from Canada following a series of lectures presented by the Hippocrates Health Institute. Founded in Boston, Massachusetts by Ann Wigmore after allegedly healing herself of colon cancer using Wheat grass therapies, the institute is now based in Palm Beach County. “I had no idea that a place like this existed and when I saw it, I knew I had to be there,” said Zizzi. While at Hippocrates, Zizzi witnessed first hand the transformational power of wheat grass. Both in the patients at the institute and through his own healing, he knew that he had to do more and set his sights on building a place where he could cultivate his passion. Five years later, Zizzi left the institute to establish Universal Living Sprouts. “I knew exactly what I wanted to do on the property,” says Zizzi as he walks us towards a giant greenhouse he built with his small team. “I wanted to create a space where I could control all of the elements and produce a truly organic and clean product.” In that aspect, Zizzi has succeeded. It is an interesting structure to tour, impressive for it’s towers of grass and cleanliness that is palpable in the air. Amazingly, you can truly tell the difference between the air inside and outside the climate controlled facility, it is extraordinary.

Now Zizzi and his team are focusing their attention on a new project they expect to bring forth this season. “We want to invite people to the greenhouse, we want them to see this,” he said. For that purpose, Universal is launching the Afternoon at the Greenhouse Series - a special event featuring tours, talks and tastes.

“We grow everything here in 7 days. What you eat is alive and that makes all the difference” Alberto Zizzi

From this facility, Zizzi and his team offer a collection that features wheat grass, pea sprouts, sunflower sprouts, buckwheat lettuce and more. “Most importantly, we grow everything here in 7 days,” he said. “What you eat is actually alive and that makes all the difference. Cooked food is dead, you must know what that does to your body - to your health.” Now in his 11th year growing at Universal, Zizzi has begun growing

As Zizzi and Universal Living Sprouts continue their growth, his mission remains unchanged from the original purpose that motivated him. “All I want to do is give people access to something that is going to make them healthy and educate them. If we do that, we have been successful.” LW if you


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the local

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Medical | Financial | Personal Services in and around Wellington

The Local Best chamber members featured in listing

As a part of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, we are excited to launch this new local guide to health and wealth services. Featuring our fine collection of members, we invite you to explore the diversity of services offered in this great community.

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health guide

Alcohol & Substance abuse treatment


Angel’s Recovery Treatment Center

1710 Tiffany Drive East West Palm Beach, FL 33407 561-848-7200

11576 Pierson Rd # K5 Wellington, FL 33414 561-795-0018 animal sanctuary Panther Ridge Conservation Center

14755 Palm Beach Point Blvd. Wellington, FL 33414 561-795-8914 Good Earth Farm

2141 B Road Loxahatchee, Fl 33470 561-792-2666 Association Non-Profit Hospice By The Sea

1531 W. Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, FL 33486 561-416-5011


Association Southeast Florida Chapter

3333 Forest Hill Blvd West Palm Beach, FL 33406 800-861-7826 x 220 Blooming with Autism

125 South State Road 7 Ste 104-213 Wellington, FL 33414 561-251-3964 Children,Hope & Horses

4255 NW 25th Way Boca Raton, FL 33434 561-997-6693 40

Wellington is fortunate to have a vibrant medical industry to take care of our growing community. Here are our members.

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Goodwill Industries

Hospice of Palm Beach County

5300 East Ave West Palm Beach, FL 33407 561-848-5200 Paws 4 Liberty, Inc.

8939 Palomino Drive Lake Worth, FL 33467 561-644-6292 American Cancer Society

621 Clearwater Park Rd. West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561-650-0139 Palm Healthcare Foundation

1016 North Dixie Hwy. West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561-833-6333 Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc

13300 6th Court N. Loxahatchee, FL 33470 561-792-9900

Chiropractors The Wellness Experience Of Wellington

9180 Forest Hill Blvd Wellington, FL 33411 561-333-5351 Keystone Chiropractic

8808 Palomino Drive Lake Worth, FL 33467 561-247-0044 Weiss Family Chiropractic Center

11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd Ste # 13 Wellington, FL 33414 561-753-6077 cosmetic plastic surgeon Jeffrey Wisnicki, MD

13005 Southern Blvd, Ste 133 Wellington, FL 33470 561-798-1400 Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach

10115 Forest Hill Blvd, Ste 400 Wellington, FL 33414 561-935-4761 RSJ Plastic Surgery

13005 Southern Blvd, Medical Mall 2 Suite 212 Loxahatchee, FL 33470 561-249-0390


General Practicioner

Aesthetic & Family Dentistry

Premier Family Health and Wellness

12788 W. Forest Hill Blvd, ste 2001 Wellington, FL 33414 561-798-8023

1037 State Road 7, Ste 211 Wellington, FL 33414 561-798-3030

Dr. Vincent Dolce

Gourmet Markets

9897 Lake Worth Rd, Ste 108 Lake Worth, FL3 3467 561-966-2000 Perfect Smile Dentistry

12300 South Shore Blvd., Ste. 208 Wellington, FL 33414 561-204-4494 Wellington Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

10111 Forest Hill Blvd, Ste 331 Wellington, FL 33414 561-798-0825 Dermatologists Rodan & Fields Dermatology

4820 Polo Club Road Lake Worth, FL 33467 561-713-4011 Rodan & Fields Dermatology

2257 Fawn Drive Loxahatchee, FL 33470 561-797-6212 Equine Clinics Palm Beach Equine Clinic

13125 Southfields Road Wellington, FL 33414 561-793-1599

Joseph’s Classic Market

10479 Southern Blvd Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411 561-204-4405 Greenhouse Universal Living Sprouts

6238 Royal Palm Beach Blvd Royal Palm Beach, FL 33412 561-795-2554 Grocery-specialty The Fresh Market

10640 Forest Hill Blvd . Wellington, FL 33414 561-753-9861

Whole Foods Market

2635 State Rd. 7 Wellington, FL 33414 561-904-4000

Shaklee By Odell

10794 Pelican Dr. Wellington, FL 33414 561-795-1718 kimsfit4life

11070 Cobblefield Road Wellington, FL 33414 561-307-0595 Health & Wellness AdvoCare Independent Distributor

15240 Meadow Wood Drive Wellington, FL 33414 561-373-1900 Arbonne International

20354 Monteverdi Circle Boca Raton, FL 33498 561-251-0500 Boresha International

11124 Narragansett Bay Court Wellington, FL 33414 561-514-1510

Health & Fitness


YouFit HealthClubs


13865 Wellington Trace Wellington, FL 33414 561-839-1925 Ultima Fitness-Xtreme Tae Kwon Do

12799 West Forest Hill Blvd Wellington, FL 33414 561-795-2823

4847 Fred Gladstone Drive West Palm Beach, FL33417 561-687-5743

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healthcare consulting Pin Point Strategic Solutions


15870 Edgefield Road Wellington, FL 33414 561-644-5391

1021 N. State Road 7 Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411 561-333-0331

home health care Golden Girls Nurse Registry

12230 Forest Hill Blvd, Ste 180 Wellington, FL 33414 561-515-0841 hospitals Palms West Hospital

13001 Southern Blvd. Loxahatchee, FL 33470 561-798-6030 St. Mary’s Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s

901 45th Street West Palm Beach, FL 33407 561-840-6131 Wellington Regional Medical Center

10101 Forest Hill Blvd. Wellington, FL 33414 561-798-8500 medical Lake Worth Pain Center

10115 Forest Hill Blvd, Ste 102 Wellington, FL 33414 561-333-8460 42

Medical Imaging

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Urgent Care

Medical Specialists of the Palm Beaches

3918 Via Poinciana Lake Worth, FL 33467 561-964-3700 Palm Beach Surgical Associates

1397 Medical Park Blvd, Ste 100 Wellington, FL 33414 561-798-1515 Primary and Urgent Care Center

6447 Lake Worth Road Lake Worth, FL 33463 561-433-1700 www.healthcenters.ed

Independent Imaging

3347 State Rd. 7, Ste. 100 Wellington, FL 33414 561-795-5558 Diagnostic Centers of America

2565 South State Road 7 Wellington, FL 33414 561-727-2300 medical supply Prescriptions Plus

3361 Fairlane Farms Rd. Wellington, FL 33414 561-795-1636 medical/urgent care Wellington Event Staffing

8178 Montserrat Place Wellington, FL 33414 561-722-7713

Seetal Mewar, MD

3918 Via Poinciana Ste 1 Lake Worth, FL 33467 561-439-4682 South Florida Skin and Laser Centers

1447 Medical Park Blvd, Ste 107 Wellington, FL 33414 561-798-3494

Mental Health/ Psychology Peace of Mind Counseling Services

12773 W. Forest Hill Blvd, Ste 209 Wellington, FL33414 561-729-6092 Psychological

Palm Beach Medicine

3319 State Road 7 Ste 207 Wellington, FL 33449 561-753-1101

Wellness Center

12008 South Shore Blvd, Ste 207 Wellington, Fl 33414 561-207-7625

nutrition & yoga


The Cookin’ Yogi

My Community Pharmacy

1305 Mystic Way Wellington, FL 33414 561-791-6455 optomitrist Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute

1397 Medical Park Blvd, Ste 380 Wellington, FL 33414 561-305-5605 Seaview Eyecare 2545 State Road 7, Ste 10 Wellington, FL 33414 561-790-7290 family vision Center

6802 Forest Hill Blvd Greenacres, FL 33413 561-439-2020 orthodontist Shullman Orthodontics

9859 Lake Worth Rd. Ste. 21 Wellington, FL 33467 561-868-5050

orthopedic surgeon Wellington Orthopedic Institute

1397 Medical Park Blvd, Ste 260 Wellington, FL 33414 561-670-2010

2615 State Road 7 Wellington, FL 33411 561-753-6768 massage spa La Vida Massage

129 South State Rd. Ste 403 Royal Palm Beach, FL 33414 561-792-0-7755 sports vitamins & nutrition

Muscle Works Supplements

Start Living More Than just Weight Loss

12230 Forest Hill Blvd Ste 163 Wellington, FL 33414 561-444-9422


Palm Beach Animal Hospital

9184 Forest Hill Blvd Ste 202 Wellington, FL 33411 561-249-1071 South Shore Animal Hospital

12160 South Shore Blvd, Ste 101 Wellington, FL 33414 561-296-7724

10220 Forest Hill Blvd Ste 130 Wellington, FL 33414 substance abuse Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches

631 US Hwy One North Palm Beach, FL 33408 561-615-6664 swim school British Swim School

3141 Fortune Way, Units 21-22 Wellington, FL 33414 561-855-7043 weight loss Dr. G’s Weight Loss and Wellness

2615 State Road 7 Suite B-540 Wellington, FL 33414 561-370-6484 health, wealth + happiness



finance guide

If you are looking for business or personal financial services, our community has world-class offerings. Here are our members.


financial services

Bank of America

BMP Tax &


13850 Wellington Trace Wellington, FL 33414 561-613-2635


Financial Group

125 South State Road 7 Ste 104-230 Wellington, FL33414 561-306-0775


Dale W. Grimm & Co., P.A.

12400-B South Shore Blvd Wellington, FL 33414 561-795-9156

119 South State Rd. 7 Royal Palm Beach, FL33411 561-615-1656 Floridian Community Bank

1314 Greenview Shores Blvd Wellington, FL33414 561-333-5773 TD Bank

12280 South Shore Blvd Wellington, FL33414 561-227-2001 Consulting Healthcare Source

12230 Forest Hill Blvd, Ste 179 Wellington, FL 33414 561-227-1546 cpA

12230 Forest Hill Blvd., Ste. 185 Wellington, FL33414-5757 561-684-2498 Hack Tax and Accounting Services

12230 Forest Hill Blvd, Ste 110 A-1 Wellington, FL33414 561-214-6171 Estate settlers The Estate Settlers

1375 Gateway Blvd Boynton Beach, FL 33426 561 328 2824 finance Merrill Lynch

101 N. Clematis Street, # 200 West Palm Beach, FL33414 561-514-4803 Nicholas Milana

Arthur M. Lichtman P.A.

12773 W Forest Hill Blvd., Ste. 203 Wellington, FL33414 561-792-2008

12230 Forest Hill Blvd., Ste. 207 Wellington, FL 33414 561-868-2640

Primerica Financial Services

500 NE 5th Avenue, Ste. 2E Delray Beach, FL33483 888-241-9417

Prudential Insurance Company of America

560 Village Blvd, Suite 100 West Palm Beach, FL33409 561-427-4475 Newtek ( The Small Business Authority)

12230 Forest Hill Blvd., Ste. 171 Wellington, FL33414 561-227-1542 Cypress Financial Group, an office of Metlife

5900 North Andrews Ave., Ste. 900 Ft. Lauderdale, FL33309 954-331-5041 Morgan Stanely Jennifer Williams

777 South Flagler Dr Sutie 700 E. Tower West Palm Bach, FL 33470 561-650-7555

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Raymond James Financial Services Connor Financial Group

insurance & investents

about us

First Investors- A For-

8461 Lake Worth Rd., Ste. 178 Wellington, FL33467 561-713-1333

esters Company

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce in Wellington, Florida was founded by a group of local business professional in 1996, one year after the Village of Wellington itself was formed.

Synaptiq Life, Inc.

8221 Pelican Harbour Drive Lake Worth, FL 33467 561-289-3124

3200 Fairlane Farms Rd., Ste. 4 Wellington, FL33414 561-963-5101

investment management

Insurance agents

1 North Federal Highway - Ste 500 Boca Raton, FL 33432 866-928-0928

AllState Insurance

12788 W. Forest Hill Blvd, Ste 1004 Wellington, FL 33414 561-798-0230

Dawson James Securities

Geneva Investment

Daniel and

of Chicago

Henry Company

12230 Forest Hill Blvd, Ste 154 Wellington, FL 33414 561-951-1492

2691 Twin Oaks Way Wellington, FL33414 847-971-4327



Insurance Agency


583 105th Ave North, Suite 2 Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411 561-966-8883

Merrill Lynch

Risk Insurance Group & US Equestrian Insurance

13125 Southfields Rd Wellington, FL 33414 786-355-9231 We Insure Florida 12230 Forest Hill Blvd, Ste 206 Wellington, FL 33414 561-227-9015

249 Royal Palm Way Palm Beach, FL 33480 561-650-7363 Northern Trust

3100 N. Military Trail Boca Raton, FL 33431 561-912-4013

The Wellington Chamber was created to focus on what makes Wellington unique from surrounding communities by emphasizing the differences, to bring a competitive advantage to Wellington merchants, and to protect those differences for all residents. In fact, it was a return to the idea that chambers of commerce best serve their communities when they are local and when they do not try to be all things to all people. It was also felt that local chambers must look to the betterment of their communities in all facets of community life and not just the business aspect of the communities. The following mission statement embodies these two thoughts:

“The Wellington Chamber of Commerce is organized to advance the general welfare and prosperity of the Village of Wellington so that its residents and all areas of its business community shall prosper. All necessary means of promotion shall be provided and particular attention and emphasis shall be given to the economic, civic, commercial, cultural, industrial, security and educational interests of the village.�

Educators Premier Ins.

12230 Forest Hill Blvd, Ste 103 Wellington, FL 33414 561-214-6164

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