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resource guide 2018

GULFCOAST

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Reader’s Choice Award WINNERS REVEALED! • • • •

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WHY NEUROFEEDBACK? BECAUSE IT WORKS! Without drugs and using nationally recognized brain mapping techniques, we quickly establish brain function and initiate positive outcomes using non-invasive, customized neurofeedback training programs. We combine brain training with traditional cognitive behavioral therapies and nutrition programs.

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Gregg Sledziewski, Executive Director 941.552.4500 | 1440 Main Street, Sarasota, FL


We offer a fun and educational learning environment for your dance-loving child. Classes start at just 2 years old!

NEW STUDIOS

We are looking forward to opening our new building in the Rosemary Square Arts district in downtown Sarasota. We will now have a purpose-built home, including 2 studios and a waiting area for parents. Construction is underway and we will have a Grand Opening very soon! We know you and your children will enjoy being a part of the future of The Sarasota Ballet School.

NEW CLASS FOR TODDLERS

We are excited to launch our new Hand in Hand class for children ages 2-3 and their parents. This class introduces children to the wonderful world of dance while developing their physical skills and coordination in a fun-filled, lively environment.

PERFORM

FREE TICKETS

All students receive 2 complimentary tickets to see The Sarasota Ballet perform at the Sarasota Opera House and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

ONGOING ENROLLMENT

We accept students at all levels throughout the year. To arrange a free trial class, contact our Education Administrator.

Sarasota Ballet School students have the wonderful opportunity of performing at our annual showcases and other community events throughout the year.

CONTACT US

Lauren Taylor, Education Administrator: education@sarasotaballet.org or 941-225-6520 Photos By: Vutti Photography , Š Wes Roberts, SRQ Magazine and Frank Atura


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EDITOR & PUBLISHER Beth Winkle beth@floridafamilyliving.com CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jaclyn Smither adtraffic@comcast.net COVER PHOTOGRAPHER Katie Johnson Photography COVER KID Camila Rogier WRITING CONTRIBUTORS Kathryn Kvols Marlene Siegel, D.V.M Gregg Sledziewski, The Brain Wave Center Sarasota County Health Department Rachael Moshman SALES & MARKETING COORDINATOR Elizabeth Winkle elizabeth@floridafamilyliving.com Phone: 941.922.5437 x1001 Cell: 941-323-2013 Julie Mackie julie@floridafamilyliving.com Phone: 941.922.5437 x1004 Cell: 773-704-1438 CORPORATE OFFICE 1840 Glengary Street Sarasota, FL 34231 Phone: 941.922.5437 creative@floridafamilyliving.com www.floridafamilyliving.com

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Best Friends - Pets!

The Dual Connection

Sponsored by The Brain Wave Center of Sarasota. The ability to pay attention equals better learning, reducing stress and better test results. Calming behavioral issues improves social interactions. Let’s explore three approaches that might help.

Pets teach our children valuable life long lessons.

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They provide additional love, protection, and

Readers Choice Winner for Best Family Dentist is

enjoyment for our children. Here are 10 reasons why

Dentistry for Children & Adolescents!

pets are great for your kids!

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The Best in Education

The Best in Health & Wellness

The Best in Health & Wellness

Readers Choice Winner for Best Pediatric Care is Weiss Pediatric Care!

Readers Choice Award Winner for Best Private

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School is Out-of-Door Academy!

Readers Choice Winner for Best Ophthalmologist

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is Coastal Eye Institue!

The Best in Education

The Best in Health & Wellness

Readers Choice Award Winner for Best Charter

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School is Sarasota Academy of the Arts!

Readers Choice Winner for Best Orthodontist is

The Best in Health & Wellness

Dr. Freeman!

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The Best in Education

... plus a detailed list of the Readers Choice for

Readers Choice Award Winner for Best Pre-School

Best Allergist, Chiropractor, Dentist, Dermatologist,

is Sarasota Christian School!

Family Practitioner, Family Therapist, Fitness Center,

... plus a detailed list of the Readers Choices for Best

Hospital, OB/GYN, Orthodontist, and Pediatrician.

Public, Private, Charter, Exceptional, Montessori,

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PreSchool/VPK Schools and Tutoring.

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After School Activities

Remember Vaccines

Sponsored by Sarasota County Health Department. Many diseases today are targeting the younger

Most schools and communities have an abundance

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of choices for children to be involved in after school.

vaccinations recommended by our friends at the

But how do you tell when they are involved with too

Sarasota County Health Department.

much? Read these six tell-alls.

family fun

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The Best in Summer Camp

Readers Choice Award Winner for Best Summer Camp is Sarasota Ballet!

20 The Best in After School Readers Choice Award Winner for Best After School Program is Mystical’s Dance Company! ... plus a detailed list of the Readers Choices in Acting and Singing, Arts, Clubs, Dance, Learning, Equestrian, Fitness, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Music, Sports and Swimming.

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The Best in Family Fun

Readers Choice Winner for Best Birthday Party Place is Bounce Down Under & Sky Zone!

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Almond Crusted Salmon over Braised Greens Activate brain power! Salmon and almonds are rich in healthy unsaturated fat, a crucial nutrient for optimal brain health. Try this delicious dinner recipe that is nutritious as well as tasty.

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BEST

friends why pets are good for kids ...

By Marlene Siegel D.V.M. and Kathryn Kvols

Some of our fondest memories of being a child are about pets ... I remember dressing up our patient cat for hours on end, putting him in long baby doll gowns and bonnets. Pets can be extremely valuable to your children. They don’t talk back like siblings do and they don’t boss you around like adults do. Here are 10 good reasons why pets are good for kids. 1. They are there for your child unconditionally. Whether your child is in a good mood or a bad mood, that pet doesn’t care. The pet still makes itself available to be petted, carried, played with and sometimes sat on! 2. They are almost always available. With parents being so busy, sometimes children come home to a parentless environment. A pet can make it feel like the child is not coming home to an empty house. They can provide hours of healthy entertainment and companionship for your child. 3. A pet teaches responsibility. Responsibility may include feeding, bathing, medicating, preventative health care, exercising, grooming and of course, cleaning up their messes. 4. Pets have a way about them that unites the family in a common love. 5. The life long lessons your child will learn include giving and receiving unconditional love, nurturing, and honoring all other lives.

6. Pets teach children the cycles of life and death. Often the first death a child experiences is the death of a pet. 7. Pets can be educational. The selection of a pet should include research into the personality, management, and the requirements necessary for sustaining the pet. Let your child assist in the investigation of the pets natural environment and diet. The library, internet, local veterinarians, and pet stores are good resources for gathering information. 8. Pets are similar in size or sometimes smaller than children. They are therefore a less threatening than looking up at adults or older siblings all day. 9. Pets are excellent for sharing at “show and tell.” Volunteering with their pet at hospitals and nursing homes is an excellent way to give back to your community. 10. Pets can provide a healthy arena for your child to learn about sportsmanship and teamwork through group organization like horse and dog shows. For children in cities, apartments etc., popular pets now include lizards, snakes, various reptiles, birds, fish, ferrets, hedgehogs, and even frogs. Although some of these may not give the tail wagging, warm fuzzy love, they do provide hours of fun and enjoyment. Knowing common problems specific for that species may help decide if that pet will be suited for your household. Too many times people purchase pets based on emotional whims without

fully understanding the responsibility associated with that particular pet. Taking the time to properly research your pet to be sure it fits into both your family’s physical life style and economic situation is important. An improper selection could be disastrous. Certain species are high medical maintenance. For example, Sharpei dogs have a high incidence of eye, ear, and skin disease. Iguanas often suffer from metabolic bone disease as a result of inadequate sunlight and calcium. A little research can save your family money and heartaches. Pets teach our children valuable life long lessons. They provide additional love, protection, and enjoyment for our children. Some of their hilarious antics are well worth taping and sending into the world most funniest video program. !

Marlene Siegel is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She has a private practice in Lutz, Florida limited to small animals/ exotics. And in addition, she is a certified instructor of the “Redirecting Children’s Behavior” parenting course. Kathryn Kvols is the author of the best selling book and popular parenting course, “Redirecting Children’s Behavior.” She is an international speaker and the president of the International Network for Children and Families. She can be reached at 877-375-6498 or you can view other helpful articles at the website www.incaf.com

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OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY

PRIVATE SCHOOL WINNER: The Out-of-Door Academy 444 Reid St. Siesta Key The Out-of-Door Academy 5950 Deer Dr. Sarasota (941) 349-3223 www.oda.edu

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Bradenton Christian School 3304 43rd St W, Bradenton (941) 792 - 5454 www.bcspanthers.org Brickhouse Academy 3552 Webber St, Sarasota (941) 924 - 7681 www.brickhouse-academy.com Cardinal Mooney High School 4171 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota (941) 371- 4917 www.cmhs-sarasota.org Center Montessori School 6024 26th St W, Bradenton (941) 753 - 4987 www.centermontessori.org Community Christian School 5500 18th St E, Bradenton (941) 756 - 8748 www.communitychristianfl.com Community Day School Hershorin Schiff Community Day School 1050 S. Tuttle Ave, Sarasota (941) 552 - 2770 www.gfasarasota.org Epiphany Cathedral School 316 Sarasota St, Venice (941) 488 - 2215 www.ecstigers.com

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The Out-of-Door Academy is an independent, college preparatory school educating 740 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 at two campuses in Sarasota. Our teaching philosophy is defined by the pursuit of excellence and a commitment to build character through a balanced program of academics, the arts and athletics.

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Each year, 100% of our graduates are accepted to fouryear colleges and universities across the country. Our superior academics are defined by unique programs that cultivate the development of the whole child. The School has continuously implemented new strategies to meet the emerging educational needs of the next generation while staying true to the mission of its founders.

Continued curricular enhancements and investments in state-of-the-art facilities and technology promotes hands-on, student-centered learning. At ODA, we provide learning opportunities that transcend the walls of the traditional classroom to better prepare our students to live, learn, lead, and succeed in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.

Incarnation Catholic School 2911 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota (941) 924 - 8588 www.incarnationschool.edu Inspiration Academy 7900 40th Ave. W., Bradenton (941) 795-5466 www.inspirationacademy.com Julie Rohr Academy 4466 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota (941) 371-4979 www.julierohracademy.com New Gate School 5237 Ashton Rd. Sarasota (941) 922-4949 www.newgate.edu


Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School 315 W. 41st St., Bradenton (941) 746-2121 www.saintstephens.org Sarasota Christian School 5415 Bahia Vista St. Sarasota (941) 371-6481 www.ourchristianschool.org St. Joseph Catholic School 2990 26th St. W. Bradenton (941) 755-2611 www.sjsfl.org St. Martha Catholic School 4380 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota (941) 953-4181 www.stmarthaschool.net St. Mary Academy Dreams Are Free 4380 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota (941) 366-4010 www.stmarthaschool.net Tabernacle Christian School 4141 DeSoto Rd. Sarasota (941) 365-1050 wwwthetabsarasota.org Venice Christian School 1200 Center Rd. Venice (941) 408-8362 www.venicechristianschool.org CHARTER SCHOOL WINNER: Sarasota Academy of the Arts 4466 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota (941) 371 - 4979 SarasotaAcademyOfTheArts.com

Imagine Lakewood Ranch 10535 Portal Xing, Bradenton (941) 750 - 0900 ImagineSchools LakewoodRanch.com Imagine North Port 1000 Innovation Ave (Gds K-5) 2757 Sycamore St (Gds 6-11) (941) 426 - 2050 ImagineSchoolAtNorthPort. com Imagine Palmer Ranch 6220 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota (941) 923 - 1125 ImagineSchools PalmerRanch.com Manatee Charter School 4550 30th St. E Bradenton (941) 465 - 4296 www.manateecharter.org Manatee School For the Arts 700 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto (941) 721- 6800 www.msfta.org

Sarasota School of Arts & Sciences 645 Central Ave, Sarasota (941) 330 -1855 www.ssas.org Sarasota Military Academy 801 Orange Ave, Sarasota (941) 926 -1700 SarasotaMilitaryAcademy.org

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”

Sarasota Suncoast Academy 8084 Hawkins Rd, Sarasota (941) 924 - 4242 www.suncoastacademy.org SKY Academy 705 Center Rd, Venice (941) 244 -2626 www.swflymca.com PUBLIC SCHOOLS Sarasota County Public Schools www.sarasotacountyschools.net Manatee County Public Schools www.manateeschools.net Exceptional Education WINNER: Oak Park School 7285 Proctor Rd, Sarasota (941) 361 - 6428 sarasotacountyschools.net/ schools/oakpark

Middle & High School

BRICKHOUSE ACADEMY OFFERS... Full Accreditation for Grades 6 -12 Low Student-to-Teacher Ratios Step Up For Students and McKay Scholarship Participant

The ABA Academy, Inc 365 Braden Ave, Sarasota (941) 896 - 7431 www.abaacademysarasota.org The Florida Center for Early Childhood 4620 17th St, Sarasota (941) 371- 8820 www.thefloridacenter.org The Gap School 133 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota (941) 552 - 9090 www.thegapschool.edu The Lily School for Child Development 350 Braden Ave, Sarasota (941) 355 - 7637 www.thelilyschool.com Pine View School 1 Python Path, Osprey (941) 486 - 2001 sarasotacountyschools.net/ schools/pineview The Pinnacle Academy 6215 Lorraine Rd, Bradenton (941) 755 - 1400 ThePinnacleAcademy.com Sea of Strengths Academy 7313 International Pl Suite 90, Sarasota (941) 538 - 6822 www.sosaschool.com

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MONTESSORI SCHOOL

SARASOTA ACADEMY OF THE ARTS

NewGate School 5237 Ashton Rd. Sarasota (941) 922-4949 www.newgate.edu Center Montessori School 6024 26th St W, Bradenton (941) 753-4987 www.centermontessori.org

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Island Village Montessori North Campus 11011 Clark Rd, Sarasota (941) 954-4999 www.islandvillage.org Island Village Montessori South Campus 2001 Pinebrook Rd, Venice (941) 484-4999 www.islandvillage.org TUTORING WINNER: The Thinking Center of Lakewood Ranch 5949 Approach Rd, Sarasota (941) 924-6373 www.thinkingcenter.com Kid Potential of Sarasota 2477 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota (808) 744-2867 www.kidpotential.net Therapy and Reading Center of Lakewood Ranch 6215 Lorraine Rd. Lakewood Ranch 941-758-4707 www.pinnacletherapy.net

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Sarasota Academy of the Arts is a Tuition Free Public Charter School in Sarasota County serving kindergarten through 8th grade students. SAA provides students with the academic skills required for current and future academic success in line with the Florida Standards of Education. However, SAA believes that success is measured in a

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PRE-SCHOOL / VPK

multitude of ways beyond only academics. The emphasis on the visual and performing arts, as well as other enrichment classes, allows students opportunities for success in other areas. All students in elementary school receive art, music, PE and recess, Spanish, and computer instruction daily. Middle school students may elect from a wide variety of

visual and performing arts, advanced placement classes, PE, Spanish, TV/Video Production, and more, to round out their academic day. The goal of SAA is to prepare students to become well-rounded, confident, academically-prepared, and innovative adults who are able to reach their full potential as caring and responsible citizens.

WINNER: Sarasota Christian School 5415 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota (941) 371 - 6481 www.sarasotachristian.org Ascension Lutheran School 800 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota (941) 371 -5909 www.ascensionwels.org Bradenton Christian School 3304 43rd St W, Bradenton (941) 792 - 5454 www.bcspanthers.org


Bright Futures Daycare & Preschool 1617 26th Street W, Bradenton (941) 251-5436 www.BrightFuturesDP.com

Siesta Key: PRE-K - GRADE 5 Lakewood Ranch: GRADES 6-12

CapoKids Martial Arts Preschool 11534 Palmbrush Tr, Lakewood Ranch (941) 922 -4520 www.capokids.com Center Montessori School 6024 26th St W, Bradenton (941) 753 - 4987 www.centermontessori.org The Classical Academy 8751 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota (941) 925 - 2153 www.tcasarasota.com

excellence

Inspiring

Community Day School Hershorin Schiff Community Day School 1050 S. Tuttle Ave, Sarasota (941) 552 - 2770 www.gfasarasota.org

From coding in kindergarten to engineering in Upper School, ODA students are encouraged and empowered to pursue their intellectual passions.

Discovery Days Preschool 1773 Morrill St, Sarasota (941) 366 - 7890 www.discoverydays.net

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Early Childhood Center at Church of the Palms 3224 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota (941) 924 - 1323 www.palmspreschool.com

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Epiphany Cathedral School 316 Sarasota St, Venice (941) 488 - 2215 www.ecstigers.com

THE SMILEWORKS DIFFERENCE

AT THE DENTIST!

First Presbyterian Preschool 2050 Oak St, Sarasota (941) 955 - 8119 firstpressarasota.org

Dr. M&M’s Mini Molars, Ages 1-3

SPECIALISTS IN PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Designed to delight & warmly engage children from 1-18 years old, Sarasota’s most modern & unique pediatric dental office will entertain & invite your kids to learn about their dental health!

Forty Carrots Preschool 1500 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota (941) 365 - 7716 www.fortycarrots.org The Gan School at Temple Sinai 4631 S Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota (941) 924 - 1802 www.thegansarasota.org

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The Goddard School 14534 Arbor Green Trail, Lakewood Ranch (941) 752 - 6600 www.goddardschool.com Good Shepherd Lutheran School 5651 Honore Ave, Sarasota (941) 921 - 3673 goodshepherdsarasota.org

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Julie Rohr Academy 4466 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota (941) 371 - 4979 www.julierohracademy.com JUMP Preschool of the Arts 11005 Passage Dr, Lakewood Ranch (941) 747- 8900 www.jumpdancecompany.com

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The Lily School for Child Development 350 Braden Ave, Sarasota (941) 355 -7637 www.thelilyschool.com Little Explorers PreSchool 8490 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota (941) 926 - 4777 www.covenantlifepca.com Little Disciples Preschool 4835 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota (941) 924 - 9290 littledisciplespreschool.org Little Pilgrims Preschool 1031 S Euclid Ave, Sarasota (941) 955 - 7411 littlepilgrimpreschool.com NewGate School 5237 Ashton Rd, Sarasota (941) 922 - 4949 www.newgate.edu The Out-of-Door Academy 444 Reid St, Sarasota (941) 349 - 3223 www.oda.edu Palma Sola Academy 7315 1st Ave W, Bradenton (941) 795 - 0788 www.palmasolaacademy.com

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For 60 years, the Sarasota Christian School experience has focused on cultivating Christian values and a heart for Christ through exceptional academics for students in Pre-K through 12th grades. Biblical truths and character development are seamlessly integrated into all classrooms, extracurricular activities and athletics. Our students are equipped to

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Stage Door Preschool of the Arts 3755 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota (941) 921 - 3149 stagedoorpreschool.com

develop critical thinking and communication skills and to collaborate with others through varied learning opportunities. At the heart of the SCS experience, you’ll find a team of caring, highly qualified, and passionate faculty and staff. Dedicated to each child’s academic, emotional and spiritual growth, they teach

both in class and by example. From the moment you step onto our inviting 25-acre campus, you are welcomed into a friendly, nurturing and Christcentered community. Come discover how Sarasota Christian School provides students with the opportunity to discover their passions, develop their talents, and seek God’s direction in their life!

St. Boniface Preschool 5615 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota (941) 349 - 5616 ext. 330 www.bonifacechurch.org St. Paul’s Early Childhood Learning Center 2256 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota (941) 955 - 6479 www.stpaulsarasota.org Temple Emanu-El 151 S. McIntosh Rd, Sarasota (941) 377-8074 TempleEmanuElSarasota.org


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Bradenton Christian School

(H-3)

3304 43rd Street W. | Bradenton 34209 941.792.5454 • www.bcspanthers.org

Grades:PreK - 12th Grade Enrollment: 714 Class Size: 1:18 Year Established: 1960 Affiliation: Christian

Brickhouse Academy

(K-10)

3552 Webber Street | Sarasota, FL 34239 941.924.7681 • www.brickhouse-academy.com

Grades: 6th Grade - 12th Grade Enrollment: 40 Class Size: 1 :4 Year Established: 1992 Affiliation: Non - Denom.

The Gan at Temple Sinai

(K-11)

4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Rd. | Sarasota, FL 34231 941.926.9462 • www.thegansarasota.org

Grades: 15 months - 5 years old Enrollment: 60 Class Size: Varies Year Established: 2007 Affiliation: NAC - All faiths welcome

The Lily School for Child Development

(I-7)

350 Braden Ave | Sarasota, FL 34243 941.355.7637 • www.easterseals-swfl.org

Grades: 6 weeks - 5 years old Summer Camp: 5 - 12 years old Enrollment: 94 Class Size: School - Varies Summer Camp - 25 per week Year Established: 2012 Affiliation: Non - Denom.

NewGate School

(L-11)

5237 Ashton Road | Sarasota, FL 34233 941.922.4949 • www.newgate.edu • Lic.# 58-51-00077

Grades: 18 month - 6th Grade Enrollment: 200 Class Size: Toddler - 1:6, Primary 1:12 Year Established: 1984 Affiliation: A Montessori - IB World School

NewGate School

(N-8)

5481 Communications Pkwy | Sarasota, FL 34240 941.222.0763 • www.newgate.edu • Lic.# 58-51-00077

Grades: 7th Grade - 12th Grade Enrollment: 200 Class Size: Upper - 1:29 Year Established: 1984 Affiliation: A Montessori - IB World School

Out-of-Door-Academy

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Out-of-Door-Academy

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Sea of Strengths

(N-8)

444 Reid Street | Siesta Key, FL 34242 941.349.3223 • www.oda.edu

5950 Deer Drive | Sarasota, FL 34240 941.349.3223 • www.oda.edu

7313 International Pl, Suite 90 | Sarasota, FL 34240 941.538-6822 • www.sosaschool.com

Grades: PreK - 5th Grade Enrollment: 250 Class Size: 1: 16 Year Established: 1924 Affiliation: Non - Denom.

Grades: 6th Grade - 12th Grade Enrollment: 500 Class Size: 1: 16 Year Established: 1924 Affiliation: Non - Denom.

Grades: 6th Grade - 12th Grade Enrollment: 25 Class Size: 1: 8 Year Established: 2009 Affiliation: Non - Denom.

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705 Center Road | Venice, FL 34285 941.244.2626 • www.SKYattheY.com

Grades: 6th Grade - 8th Grade Enrollment: 250 Class Size: 1: 15 Year Established: 2001 Affiliation: Venice YMCA

SKY Academy

(O-20)

881 South River Road | Englewood, FL 34223 941.999.4775 www.SKYattheY.com

Grades: 6th Grade - 8th Grade Enrollment: 225 Class Size: 1: 15 Year Established: 2001 Affiliation: Englewood YMCA

St. Martha Catholic School

(L-9)

4380 Fruitville Road | Sarasota, FL 34232 941-953-4181 • www.stmarthaschool.net

Grades: PreK - 8th Grade Enrollment: 447 Class Size: Varies Year Established: 1950 Affiliation: Catholic Diocese of Venice, St. Martha Catholic Church

Good Shepherd Lutheran

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5659 Honore Ave | Sarasota, FL 34233 941.921.3673 www.GoodShepherdSarasota.org

Grades: 6 weeks - VPK Enrollment: 100 Class Size: Small Year Established: 1983 Affiliation: Lutheran

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AFTERSCHOOL activities is your child involved in too much? By Rachael Moshman

Back to school means a return to extracurricular activities for many families. Some children are out of the house nearly every night of the week. I have worked with children and families as a resource coordinator and mentor for many years.

When parents come to me with academic or behavioral concerns regarding their children, I quickly ask what they are involved in after school. If the list is long, my advice is usually to scale back and see if things turn around.

are just a few of the options available to children in my small town. My daughter brings home a flier for a new activity every day. We all want our children to be well rounded, successful and enjoy their brief time as school children.

Most schools and communities have an abundance of choices for children to be involved in after school. Football, cheer leading, dance, gymnastics, lacrosse, horseback riding, art, drama, Scouting, ecology clubs and language lessons

Enrolling them in enrichment activities seems harmless – and it usually is. However, moderation is key. Children also need time to focus on their homework, socialize with friends informally, spend time with family and just relax. So how do you know if your child is doing too much? Here are five signs that it’s time to cut back on after school activities. YOU SEE A CHANGE IN YOUR CHILD’S BEHAVIOR OR EMOTIONS.

Overwhelmed children often show they are stressed through their behavior. Is your usually compliant child suddenly defiant? Does your formerly happy-go-lucky child now burst into tears for seemingly no reason? Take a week off from activities and spend quiet evenings at home instead. Does the situation improve? If so, too many activities are probably the culprit. 16

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THEY DON’T SEEM TO BE ENJOYING THE ACTIVITY.

Kerrie’s eight-year-old daughter was rude and argumentative on the days she had dance lessons. She realized that her daughter didn’t enjoy the twice a week, two hour lessons and didn’t know how to tell her. She was relieved when Kerrie gave her permission to stop. YOUR CHILD SEEMS EXHAUSTED.

Signs that their activities are getting in the way of their rest include: • Falling asleep at mealtime • Difficulty waking up in the morning • Napping on the way to activities • Nodding off in class • General sluggishness THEIR GRADES DROP.

I always advise parents to take a look at what has changed whenever grades plummet. An increase in after school activities is a frequent contributor. Sometimes a child simply needs time to figure out how to balance their new schedule. Don’t allow so much time that they get into a pit they can’t dig out of, though. THEY ARE VISIBLY WORRIED.

Stephanie’s son decided to play soccer in addition to participating in the marching band when he entered high school. He maintained his honor roll status, but he was always panicked about having enough time to study and do homework. The next school year, Stephanie told him he could do either band or soccer, but not both. He opted for band and was much more relaxed. IT BEGINS TO IMPACT THE REST OF THE FAMILY.

Are you exhausted and overwhelmed? Mom and Dad often do a lot of

running around to various practices, meetings and activities during the school year, especially when they have more than one child. If you find yourself cranky and bitter that you never have time to accomplish tasks or spend quality time with your kids, reevaluate your family’s activities. Everyone needs to be comfortable with the schedule, including you. So what do you do if you determine your child is doing too much? Sit down with your child and prioritize their activities. I had to do this with my daughter. She was involved in gymnastics, Girl Scouts and guitar lessons. We were out of the house four evenings a week, plus Saturday morning. It was too much. I told her something had to go. She was reluctant at first, but after a lengthy discussion she admitted that she didn’t really enjoy guitar lessons and found the social aspects of Girl Scouts to be overwhelming. She asked if she could drop both activities and add a second session of gymnastics instead. Now she has gymnastics one evening a week and on Saturday mornings. This schedule is much more relaxing and enjoyable for both of us. !

Rachael Moshman is a freelance writer, educator and family advocate. She loves watching her daughter twist and turn through the air in gymnastics lessons. Find her at rachaelmoshman.com

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ACTING & SINGING Drama Kids  (941) 922 - 8121 www.dramakids.com Ovation School of Musical Theatre  (941) 400 - 4854 ovation-musicalschool.com Players Performing Arts School  838 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 365 - 2494 www.theplayers.org Sarasota Youth Opera  61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota (941) 366 - 8450 ext. 249 www.sarasotaopera.org Venice Theatre  140 Tampa Ave W, Venice (941) 488 -1115 www.venicestage.com ARTS The Artful Giraffe  1861 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota (941) 388 - 3700 www.theartfulgiraffe.com Arts Center Sarasota  707 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota (941) 365 - 2032 www.artsarasota.org Carla’s Clay  1733 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota (941) 359-2773 www.carlasclay.com

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Renaissance School of Art  40635 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 330 - 6865 www.yeliseyevstudio.com

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2 free tickets to see The Sarasota Ballet and get to regularly dance in performances throughout our local community. The Sarasota Ballet School is proud to be your choice for your child to discover dance. Contact Us: Lauren Taylor education@sarasotaballet.org 941.225.6520 www.SarasotaBallet.org

Ringling College of Art & Design  (941) 955 - 8866 www.ringling.edu/SummerArt CLUBS Boy Scouts  6220 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota Southwest Florida Council 88 (239) 936 - 8072 www.swflcouncilbsa.org Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County  North Port: 6851 S Biscayne Dr Venice: 920 Gulfcoast Blvd Sarasota: 3100 Fruitville Rd Newtown:1790 21st Street (941) 953 - 9549 www.bgca.org

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Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County  201 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota (941) 366 - 6646 www.girlsincsrq.org Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast  Florida, Inc. (800) 478 - 7248 www.girlscouts.org Just for Girls Manatee County Girls Club  3809 59th St W, Bradenton (941) 792 - 2137 1500 10th St W, Palmetto (941) 722 - 8988 1110 21st St E, Bradenton (941) 747- 3337 DANCE AFTER-SCHOOL WINNER:

School  501 N. Beneva Rd Ste 700, Sarasota (941) 365 - 8400 sarasotacubanballetschool.com Sarasota Dance Academy  1100 N Tuttle Ave #17, Sarasota (941) 465 - 3230 sarasotadanceacademy.com School of Russian Ballet  8029 Cooper Creek Blvd, University Park (941) 962 - 6664 www.schoolofrussianballet.com Stage Door Studios  4001 Cattleman Rd, Sarasota (941) 921-1600 www.stagedoorstudios.com Starz Choice Dance Academy  348 S. Seaboard Ave, Venice (941) 485-7450 www.starzchoiceacademy.com

Mystical’s Dance Company  5664 Swift Rd, Sarasota (941) 400 - 4854 MysticalsDanceCompany.com

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Forty Carrots Family Center  1500 S. Tuttle Ave, Sarasota (941) 365 - 7716 www.fortycarrots.org

Sarasota Ballet  5555 North Tamiami Trl, Sarasota (941) 359-0099 www.sarasotaballet.org Allegro Academy Music, Dance and Etiquette  241 Whitfield Ave, Sarasota (941) 358 - 8511 allegromusicacademy.com Dance Artistry Inc  4412 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota (941) 371-0453 DanceArtistrySarasota.com Diane Partington Studio of Classical Ballett  7030 US-301, Ellenton (941) 729 - 9388 partingtonclassicalballet.com Dynasty Elite  2076 58th Ave Circle E, Bradenton (941) 753 - 5483 www.dynsastyeliteallstar.com

Camp ODA  (941) 554 - 5955 www.oda.edu

The Gap School Social Skills-Sensory Integration Summer Camp  133 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota (941) 552 - 9090 www.thegapschool.org Julie Rohr Academy  4466 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota (941) 371- 4979 www.julierohracademy.com

A Sarasota County Public Charter School Why Sarasota Academy of the Arts? A Sarasota County Public Charter School serving Kindergarten - 8th grade Small Family Atmosphere Strong Academics Visual & Performing Arts Programs with various performances throughout the year

Music, Spanish, Computer, and PE Daily “Out of the Classroom” Learning Experiences Sports Teams

Little Disciples Preschool  4835 S. Beneva Rd, Sarasota (941) 924 - 9290 littledisciplespreschool.org Mote Aquarium  (941) 388 - 4441 www.mote.org Sarasota Christian School  5415 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota (941) 371 - 6481 www.sarasotachristian.org

Jump Dance Company  11005 Passage Dr, Bradenton (941) 400 -4854 JumpDanceCompany.info

Sarasota Jungle Gardens  3701 Bayshore Rd, Sarasota (941) 355 - 5305 sarasotajunglegardens.com

Ovation School of Musical Theatre  (941) 400 - 4854 ovation-musicalschool.com

Temple Beth Sholom Schools Summer Camp  (941) 954 - 2027 www.tbsschools.org

Reflex Arts Dance  6260 N Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota (941) 355-3600 www.reflexartsdance.com

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InStride Therapy Inc.  1629 Ranch Rd, Nokomis (941) 412-9333 www.instridetherapy.org Rosaire’s Riding Academy  901 East Rd, Sarasota (941) 356 - 3993 www.rideapony.com FITNESS & FUN

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dance just for fun and exercise, or to join the competitive teams. Located across from Ace Hardware off of Clark and Swift, the facility features two beautiful studios equipped with proper dance flooring, mirrors, fenced in backyard, camera system, waiting area, and more. Students from various levels, i.e. elementary to advanced, will learn different aspects of dance including technique, proper training, choreography,

terminology, and musicality in various forms of dance: Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Acro, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Leaps & Turns, Modern, Children’s Classes, Adult Classes, Zumba, Strength & Conditioning, Aerial Dance and more! It is their goal to provide an affordable dance experience, and to touch the life of every child and help them realize that they have something unique to offer the world!

Kickin' It Karate  6815 E State Rd 70, Bradenton (941) 755-6000 www.kickinitkarate.com Lee's Traditional Taekwondo  2100 Proctor Rd B, Sarasota (941) 923-7752 martialartssarasota.com Nokido Ju-Jitsu, Judo & BJJ  1050 Innovation Ave Unit B109, North Port (941) 258 - 5652 www.nokido.net Red Tiger Martial Arts  4581 Ashton Rd, Sarasota (941) 922 - 2530 www.redtigerma.com


Sung Cho’s Taekwondo  2345 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota (941) 927 - 3847 www.sungchostkd.com Tae Kwon Do Bradenton 4955 State Road 64, East Bradenton (941) 202-2306 bradentontaekwondo.com

Sarasota Orchestra  709 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 953-3434 www.sarasotaorchestra.org

MUSIC Allegro Academy Music, Dance and Etiquette  241 Whitfield Ave, Sarasota (941) 358 - 8511 allegromusicacademy.com AllStar Music Academy  4010 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota (941) 321- 2983 www.allstarmusicacademy.org Music Compound  1751 Cattleman Rd, Sarasota (941) 379-9100 www.musiccompound.com Fogt’s Gulf Coast Music  4209 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 929 -1595 www.fogtsmusic.com Let’s Rock Sarasota  1355 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota (941) 400-5079 www.letsrocksarasota.com

Ovation School of Musical Theatre  9122 Town Center Pkwy #102, Lakewood Ranch (941) 400-4854 ovation-musicalschool.com

Sarasota Youth Opera  61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota (941) 366 - 8450 ext. 249 www.sarasotaopera.org Suzuki Institute  3100 Southgate Circle, Sarasota (941) 330 - 9930 www.sarasotasuzuki.org SPORTS Celsius Tennis Academy at Bath and Racquet Club  2170 Robinhood St, Sarasota (941) 921- 6675 www.celsiustennis.com Central Sarasota Little League Baseball  (941) 924 - 0209 www.srqlittleleaque.com The First Tee of Sarasota Manatee  (941) 993 - 0046 thefirstteesarasotamanatee.org

IMG Academy  5500 34st W, Bradenton (941) 755 -1000 www.imgacademy.com i9 Sports  (941) 926 -1484 www.i9Sports.com Manatee County Y  5100 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton (941) 782 - 0220 3805 59th Street W, Bradenton (941) 792 - 7484 www.manateeymca.org Premier Sports Campus  Lakewood Ranch (941) 757-1582 PremierSportsCampus.com Sarasota Racquet Club  3600 Torry Pines Blvd, Sarasota (941) 922 -1591 sarasotaracquetclub.com Sarasota Y  Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Branch (941) 955 - 8194 Evelyn Sadler Jones Branch (941) 922 - 9622 Babe Weiller Branch (941) 366 - 6778 www.sarasotaymca.org Sarasota Redskins Football  2900 17th St, Sarasota

(941) 953 - 6560 leaguelineup.com/redskins Sarasota Scullers  125 Bayview Dr, Osprey (941) 966 - 2244 www.sarasotascullers.org Sarasota Crew  343 Palmetto Ave, Osprey (941) 966-9791 www.sarasotacrew.com Sarasota Youth Sailing  (941) 504 - 4236 www.sarasotaysp.com SWIM Arlington Aquatic Complex  (941) 861- 5000 www.arlingtonpark.net Sarasota Family Y Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch 8301 Potter Park Dr (941) 922 - 9622 Frank G. Berlin Sr. Branch 1075 S Euclid Ave (941) 955 - 8194 www.sarasotaymca.org Swim Gym of Lakewood Ranch  (941) 753 - 7459 www.swimgymlwr.com Swimtastic Swim School 8502 Cooper Creek Blvd Sarasota (941) 244-4226

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School year is in full swing, and 1st quarter report cards have come and gone. For some it was easy and for others - a challenge. Improved mental performance and the ability to pay attention equals better learning and reducing stress develops better test results. Calming emotional and behavioral issues improves social interactions. Consider how this combination may result in better prospects for the future. How can you and your family achieve these goals? Let’s explore three areas which might help. THE BENEFITS OF NEUROFEEDBACK Neurofeedback has multiple benefits. It focuses on building new neural pathways, strengthening the brain, rather than patching up

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symptoms. Re-training unhealthy brainwave patterns can improve and often eliminate symptoms of ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma/ PTSD, and more. In our experience, Neurofeedback appears to be especially effective for children. We see the most remarkable benefits when working with young and flexible brains, before habits take hold and become a person’s template in adulthood. Neurofeedback is quite simple. Brain cells interact, creating thoughts, sensations, actions and emotions; detectable as brain waves. Neurofeedback specifically monitors brain waves, looks for irregularities and then produces a signal that is designed to correct and guide brain waves back into a healthy pattern.

WOULD NEUROFEEDBACK BE RIGHT FOR ME? Seemingly unrelated issues such as stress, anger, depression, bad habits, and small injuries can take a toll on our brains, not just our bodies. Like the body, the brain needs exercise and rest to operate at peak performance. By re-training irregular brain wave patterns, we assist the brain in functioning better. This is similar to a computer that, over time, starts storing data that slows it down, and then needs a reboot. Neurofeedback gives the brain that reboot by using a safe, drug free, non-invasive procedure. Research articles indicate that outcomes are typically superior when Neurofeedback is used with traditional treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, better nutrition, pharmaceuticals, etc.


NEW TOOLS FOR THERAPY? We all realize the importance psychotherapy can provide. Children and adults can benefit greatly by a licensed therapist. Now how about connecting it to the brain? The concurrent use of research supported qEEG brain mapping with talk therapy provides a new combination for growth and healing. It is a dual therapy that allows clients a freedom to break free from the trauma of old wounds and handling the current situations of life more effectively. With a brain map and the range of data points it provides, pinpointing functionality in the brain, the therapist has a new cutting edge tool which may advance overall quality of care and effectiveness. In addition, your therapist may also suggest Neurofeedback to assist in improving brain functionality. This combination has been shown to allow the client to respond and process talk therapy at a more efficient level. The Brain Map along with the therapist’s biopsychosocial conducted during the first few sessions assists in developing an appropriate treatment

plan for the client. Talk therapy and Neurofeedback can be used alone or in tandem. We do not recommend that everyone needs to use the dual therapy; it is more of a case by case basis which will be assessed with your health care provider.

PROPER NUTRITION Like the body, the brain needs proper nutrition to operate at peak performance. Over time fast food, poorly balanced diets, chemicals, preservatives and the like take a toll on our brain, just like our bodies. As parents, we all realize this and often struggle balancing our families’ nutritional needs with the reality of life. Websites and endless articles are a good start, but often we need some help. Enlist the help of a registered Dietitian Nutritionist. With nutrition counseling, you’ll develop tools and strategies so you’re not staring blankly into the refrigerator thinking “what the heck am I supposed to eat?” Find someone who takes a holistic approach, taking into account all aspects of your family’s life. Your schedule, relationships, work life, stress levels, environment, and genetic predispositions are unique to YOU and influence the nutrition your body needs. Some Dietitian Nutritionists may include the following in addition to Nutrition Counseling:

• Meal Planning • Testing – food sensitivities, potential metabolic issues, etc. • Pantry/Refrigerator Makeover – just like our closets, sometimes the cupboards need to be cleaned out.

Consider the philosophy of “food as medicine” and that the food at the end of our forks is either promoting or preventing disease. The pursuit of the perfect diet is difficult and sometimes it is impossible to get the vitamins and minerals we need solely from the foods we eat. Many articles and researchers suggest the following for brain health: • Multivitamin/Mineral • Magnesium • Vitamin D3 • Methylated B-complex vitamins • Omega-3 fats (EPA & DHA from fish or algae oil) Our Dietitian colleague also agrees with the above suggestions as a good foundation. However, with a guide, there can be a more targeted approach customized for you and your family. All recommendations by a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist are supported by peer-reviewed research and the clinical experience of experts in the field of nutrition. WHAT IS THE CONNECTION? Both Neurofeedback and therapy are processes that allow the brain to rewire itself in ways that feel and work better. Now imagine how much more impactful supplying your brain with the nutrients it needs to support that rewiring process can be. Choosing the right foods provides the building blocks and fuel for a healthy brain. Talk therapy or psychotherapy also is enhanced by the brain functioning at its peak. Overall, the goal is to get your brain functioning at its best. ! For more information on this cutting edge approach call 941-552-4500 or visit their website at brainwavecenters.com. Follow on Facebook and Instagram.

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Put vaccines between your child and serious diseases. Protect them from whooping cough, measles, meningitis, HPV, and the flu.

Dr. Erin Long Intercoastal Surgery Center 3333 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota (941) 379 -1799 www.intercoastalmedical.com Dr. Morgan O’Donoghue 1952 Field Rd, Sarasota (941) 926 - 7546 www.dermatologyexperts.com Dr. Michelle Pennie 3355 Clark Rd #A, Sarasota (941) 921-4131 699 S. Indiana Ave, Englewood (941) 474-8811 www.penniedermatology.com Dr. Jennifer D. Stroble First Physicians Group 5350 University Pkwy Ste 200, Sarasota (941) 917- 8300 www.firstphysiciansgroup.com FAMILY PRACTITIONER WINNER: Dr. Alan King First Physicians Group 929 S Tamiami Trail Ste #101, Osprey (941) 917- 4700 firstphysiciansgroup.com Dr. Briggs Carroll MD Comprehensive Childcare Assoc 2020 Cattlemen Rd, STE 600, Sarasota (941) 955 - 5191 www.ccapeds.com

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Dr. Elzbieta Wozniak 3800 Clark Road, Sarasota (941) 921 - 9771 FAMILY THERAPY WINNER: Forty Carrots Preschool 1500 S Tuttle Ave, Sarasota (941) 365 - 7716 www.fortycarrots.org Dr. Charles Davenport Psy.D 1525 Tamiami Trail S, Venice (941) 321 - 1971 www.drcharlesdavenport.com Tim Hallinan, Ph.D. 2477 Stickney Point Rd Ste 319b, Sarasota (941) 921- 2423 Inspired Therapy Services 3231 Gulf Gate Dr, Suite 201 Sarasota (941) 538 - 8000 www.AnitaFloresTherapy.com Jewish Family and Children’s Services of The Suncoast, Inc. 2688 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota (941) 366 - 2224 www.JFCS-CARES.org Manatee Glens Counceling Services 379 6th Ave West, Bradenton (941) 782 - 4299 www.pinnacletherapy.net Pinnacle Pediatric Therapy Group 4440 26th St W, Bradenton (941) 752 - 0408 www.pinnacletherapy.net Ellen Stahr Mary, LCSW 3653 Cortez Rd W Ste 110, Bradenton (941) 758 - 1636 Dr. Emily Sheets 4370 S Tamiami Trail, Ste 164 Sarasota (941) 924 - 0123 www.dremilysheets.com FITNESS CENTERS WINNER: Sarasota Family Y Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch 8301 Potter Park Dr (941) 922 - 9622 Frank G. Berlin Sr. Branch 1075 S Euclid Ave (941) 955 - 8194 Babe Weiller Branch 1991 Main St Ste 200 (941) 366 - 6778 www.sarasotaymca.org

Crunch 8440 Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota (941) 355 -1908 www.crunchsarasota.com Health Fit 5880 Rand Blvd, Sarasota (941) 917- 7000 www.smhfit.com LA Fitness 8502 Cooper Creek Blvd Sarasota (941) 926-6282 4057 Cattleman Rd Sarasota (941) 225-4772 www.realfitnesssarasota.com Manatee County Y 3805 59th St W, Bradenton (941) 792 - 7484 www.manateeymca.org South County Family YMCA 701 Medical Blvd, Englewood (941) 475 -1234 701 Center Rd, Venice (941) 492 - 9622 www.veniceymca.org Real Fitness 4728 S. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota (888) 737- 9348 www.realfitnesssarasota.com HOSPITALS WINNER: Sarasota Memorial 1700 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 917- 9000

www.smh.com All Children’s Specialty Care of Sarasota 5881 Rand Blvd, Sarasota (941) 927- 8805

OBG/YN WINNER: Assoc in Gynecology & Obstetrics Dr. Wayne Cohen, MD Dr. John Suliiven Jr. MD 2449 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota (941) 923 - 4042

www.agosarasota.com First Physicians Group Sarasota Dr. Michael Finazzo MD 1921 Waldemere St, Sarasota (941) 917- 7888

www.firstphysiciansgroup.com Dr. Kelly Hamel, MD First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St #802, Sarasota (941) 917-7888

firstphysiciansgroup.com Manatee Gynecology 2310 60th St. Ct. W., Bradenton (941) 792 - 4993

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Schindel Orthodontics 9090 58th Dr E, Bradenton (941) 755 - 6990

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Dr. Shawn M. Stephens, MD University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology, LLC 2401 University Parkway Suite 201, Sarasota 411 Commercial Court Suite F, Venice (941) 359 - 8300

Dr Scott Featherman MD Comprehensive Childcare Associates

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Dr. Jennifer Swanson, MD Lakewood Ranch OB/GYN 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd Suite 140, Bradenton (941) 907- 9298

Blake Medical Center 2020 59th Street W, Bradenton (941) 792 - 6611

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota 5731 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 3, Sarasota (941) 342 - 1100

Sarasota Orthodontics 2477 Stickney Point Rd #214A, Sarasota (941) 923 - 3181

3300 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 953 - 7500

Dr. Enas Sallam, MD First Physicians Group 5350 University Pkwy Ste 101, Sarasota (941) 917- 4675

www.firstphysiciansgroup.com Dr. Katherine Keeley MD Pediatric Associates of Sarasota

Above & Beyond Frank J. Pazulski, D.D.S. P.A. 3982 Bee Ridge Rd. Bldg. H Unit B, Sarasota (941) 927- 8395

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Dr. Jacqueline Kelly, MD 1428 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota (941) 365 - 9222

Ehrlich and Sallapudi Orthodontics 140 Indian Ave, Venice (941) 485 - 7006

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Manatee Pediatrics 712 39th St W, Bradenton (941) 748 - 4602 Dr. Ted Meyer, MD Meyer Pediatrics 1666 Mound St, Sarasota (941) 365 - 5898

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www.wholechildpediatrics.com West Coast Pediatrics 1414 59th St. West, Bradenton (941) 761-0663 www.wcpmd.com PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGIST WINNER: Scott Silverman, M.D. Coastal Eye Clinic Sarasota 1427 South Tamiami Trl 2020 Cattlemen Rd Suite 500 (941) 366 - 4777 Bradenton 217 Manatee Ave East (941) 748 -1818 Lakewood Ranch 6310 Health Parkway #340

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Choosing Dr. Scott Silverman to treat your child’s vision problems means teaming up with pediatric professionals who truly care about their patients, no matter how small in size! Dr. Silverman specializes in pediatric eye care and eye muscle surgery. He is a staff member at All Children’s Hospital, where he lectures to training physicians.

Dr. Silverman graduated with honors from Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Doheny Eye Institute of the University of Southern California. He then completed specialty fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology and eye muscle surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital of the Baylor College of Medicine.

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www.srqeye.com Jacqueline Burkhardt, OD 2111 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota (941) 923 - 2020

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Dr. Freeman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (Board Certified) and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists as well as the American Dental Association. Locally Dr. Freeman has served in multiple leadership positions with the Sarasota County Dental Association and has volunteered his dental services at a multitude of community service events.

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These myths should not deter you from vaccinating your child. Children who are not fully immunized can get sick suddenly and infect family members, such as grandparents and younger siblings who may be too young to be immunized. Vaccine preventable diseases like whooping cough and meningitis can spread quickly in early care learning centers and schools.


Local health officials ask that as parents weigh the decision to fully vaccinate their children, they review scientific information from reputable sources such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These sources address a wide variety of parental concerns about vaccines and other health issues. Your pediatrician can also share scientifically accurate and up-to-date information about vaccines with you. “We have a dialogue with parents seeking reassurance about the value of vaccines. We discuss the risks to their child and others if their children are not vaccinated,� says Donna Keith, Immunization Program Manager at the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota (DOH-Sarasota). Whooping cough or pertussis is an example where those not vaccinated can put an infant at risk. Adults who get whooping cough may dismiss it as a nagging cough associated with the common cold. They can unknowingly spread it when they

cough. But pertussis can be lifethreatening in infants and young children. Health officials urge parents, grandparents and caregivers of infants and small children to get immunized against whooping cough by requesting the Tdap (tetanus diphtheria acellular pertussis) vaccine. Vaccines are one of public health’s greatest success stories because they prevent serious disease, disability or worse. “It is easy to think diseases like polio, whooping cough, and measles are diseases of the past. However, the measles outbreak on our nation’s west coast that spread to several states shows us these diseases do return when we let our guard down,� states Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) Medical Director William Heymann, M.D. Parents with questions are asked to call the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County at 941-861-2900 or visit sarasotahealth.org. Below is a link to key websites: American Academy of Pediatrics: www.aap.org AAP: www.aap.org

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