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The Bennett family trusted the most experienced level III NICU in the Western Communities – three times

Three babies, born years apart … what were the chances all three of the Bennett children would need the specialized care available at the Western Community’s most experienced level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit? Staffed 24/7 with neonatologists and specially trained nurses, the Kevin DiLallo NICU provides care for a wide range of newborn conditions, from the critically-ill babies to those born with the lowest birth weights or in need of just a few days of support. The NICU is here for babies like Asher, Preston and Neriah Bennett

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Shoulder injuries treated with arthroscopy heal faster with less pain

New surgical techniques and better pain management enable easier recovery. Remember Operation, that electronic board game in which one wayward movement causes other body parts to spasm and a loud buzzer to sound? Just like in the board game, an injured rotator cuff can wreak havoc with other body parts – and everyday activities like writing and eating – because it’s the rotator cuff that allows us to lift and rotate the arm. The rotator cuff is composed of four muscles plus attached tendons and other tissue in the shoulder. It holds the arm in the joint and helps attach the humerus (long bone in the upper arm) to the elbow, neck and torso. Rotator cuff tendons can tear from age, overuse, traumatic injury or a fall. When it is injured, even reaching for a book can be painful, and a tennis match or golf outing would be nearly impossible. Understandably, shoulder injuries used to be among the most dreaded by weekend warriors and professional athletes alike. In fact, a rotator cuff injury was often a career-ending incident in sports. “Shoulder patients can experience much quicker recovery and much less pain using the arthroscopic techniques developed in recent years,” said Peter J. Evans, MD, PhD, chair of the Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute in Florida and orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty training in shoulder, hand

and upper extremity surgery. “Today, my patients return to their preferred activities quickly.” Instead of a large incision circumventing the shoulder, Dr. Evans uses an arthroscope, a pencilsized instrument with a tiny camera at the tip, to examine and repair the tissues in the joint. Recovery is quicker and less painful when compared to an open procedure. Using arthroscopy also minimizes swelling and allows patients to begin their post-operative rehabilitation sooner. In the last few years, other innovations have made the recovery process easier, including surgical improvements and better postoperative pain management. According to Dr. Evans, sutures today use new materials that do not require intra-operative knots. Overall, the procedures are less abrasive to the tissue. New, long-acting pain medications used following surgery last for 72 to 96 hours. Often patients need little or no pain medication after their initial recovery due to the new techniques. A painful shoulder condition or injury can impede writing, eating, dressing, hair brushing and other activities of daily living. With newer techniques and appropriate rehabilitation, arthroscopic surgery can fully restore movement in the shoulder. “Prior to arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair required months of post-operative rehabilitation and many patients avoided the surgery,” said Dr. Evans, who sees patients in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Palm City and Hobe Sound. “Using arthroscopy, we can help our patients return to a fuller life without constant pain.”


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MOTHER GRATEFUL FOR SON’S EXPERT NICU CARE AT WELLINGTON REGIONAL When Brianne Sater thinks about her son’s premature birth and subsequent stay at Wellington Regional Medical Center’s Kevin DiLallo Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, she can’t help getting emotional with gratitude. Born at 27 weeks in September 2019, her son Connor spent six months in the hospital’s NICU. BY ALLEN POSTON



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Serving patients in Palm Beach County since 1959, Bethesda Hospital has been at the forefront of healthcare over the past six decades. In 2013, the hospital opened its second campus, Bethesda Hospital West, and philanthropy from Wellington supports the exceptional care at the growing western campus.


POLO FOR LIFE SUPPORTS FAMILIES AT JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Brandon Phillips and PJ Rizvi both know firsthand the trauma of childhood cancer and its impact on families whose sole focus becomes how to save a life. That’s what recently brought the two to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington, armed with an oversized check for $100,000.


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When you walk through the front doors of central Wellington’s newest fitness club, you will be “inspired to perspire.” The club is called Crunch Wellington, and it officially opened its doors on June 3 with a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 11. BY MIKE MAY


UNDERSTANDING ALL OF THE LATEST ADVANCEMENTS IN BREAST CANCER CARE If you are one of the nearly 287,850 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, or one of the additional 51,400 diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer, understanding your options can be empowering. Local experts Dr. Kishore Dass and Dr. Alicia Gittleman answer common questions about this important topic in this month’s issue.


WELLINGTON-BORN ENTREPRENEUR AIMS TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE BANKING SYSTEM Born and raised in Wellington, 26-year-old entrepreneur Jake Seltzer might be the person who changes the way the entire world banks. His blockchain financial technology startup company, Finance Blocks, aims to digitize rural financial institutions in emerging markets. BY JULIE KHANNA


BONEKARE IS QUICKLY MAKING ITS MARK IN WELLINGTON’S EQUESTRIAN COMMUNITY BoneKare, first made popular by breeders and equestrians in Europe, is an edible bone health and soft tissue vitamin supplement suitable for horses of every age and discipline. The supplement is gaining in popularity among local equestrians.

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Young NICU survivor Connor with his parents, Brianne Sater and David Rook Jr. PHOTO BY RYAN MERRILL

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Wellington Rotary Hosts Fun Family AutoFest At Village Park TAP Brings ‘Addams Family’To The Wellington Amphitheater Pooches, Pearls & Prosecco Helps Find Homes For Dogs In Need Wellington Hosts Annual Memorial Day Parade And Service

51 WELLINGTON TABLE Sweeten your life with rich flavors wrapped inside a warm blanket of deliciousness at the newly opened creperie, Keywa’s, in the Mall at Wellington Green. Keywa’s features fresh-made crepes, smoothies and much more. BY MELANIE KOPACZ

56 WELLINGTON REAL ESTATE Presented by Mark Norman of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, we visit a beautiful, spacious courtyard-style home featuring a warm, modern look in the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club.

61 WELLINGTON SCHOOLS Our Wellington Schools series continues with a profile of Emerald Cove Middle School Principal Dr. Eugina Smith Feaman, who comes from a family of educators. BY DEBORAH WELKY wellington the magazine | july 2022


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On the cover of our annual Health & Wellness issue this month, we meet young Connor, a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) labor of love. When Brianne Sater thinks about her son’s premature birth and subsequent stay at Wellington Regional Medical Center’s NICU, she can’t help getting emotional with gratitude. Born at 27 weeks in September 2019, Connor spent six months in the NICU and is now a thriving toddler with the world ahead of him. Also on our Health & Wellness theme, we learn about the many important advancements in breast cancer treatments from Wellington’s Dr. Kishor Dass and Dr. Alicia Gittleman of GenesisCare. Many women are faced with a daunting breast cancer diagnosis each year, and understanding your options can be empowering. After much anticipation, Crunch Fitness has finally arrived in Wellington, opening at the site of the former Ultima Fitness. The new, state-of-the-art, 30,000-square-foot facility is filled with top-of-the-line equipment and offers popular classes, such as cycling, hot yoga and more. Surely, working out and getting fit has never been easier. We also hear about how philanthropy here in Wellington has been crucial to the success of the Bethesda Hospital West, which has long had the support of local community leaders such as Marie and Steve Bedner. Meanwhile, the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington recently had a visit from representatives of the nonprofit Polo For Life, who brought a big check for $100,000 to support local families battling cancer. Healthcare is also for our four-legged friends, and this issue we share information about BoneKare, a health supplement for horses that has been growing in popularity among equestrians. Moving off of healthcare, we profile 26-year-old entrepreneur Jake Seltzer this month, who aims to change the way the entire world banks through his company Finance Blocks. Wellington Table visits Keywa’s, which has brought its signature crepes, smoothies and more to the Mall at Wellington Green. Stop by to enjoy rich flavors wrapped inside a warm blanket of deliciousness! Wellington Home tours a relaxing dream retreat in the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club neighborhood presented by Mark Norman of Douglas Elliman. Finally, our Wellington Schools series continues with a profile of Emerald Cove Middle School Principal Dr. Eugina Smith Feaman, who comes from a family of educators. As we begin to travel more, attend outdoor events and return to a somewhat normal pace in life, we still proceed with caution and hope that the measures put in place protect us all. We hope that you and your family enjoy your time together and truly take advantage of the beautiful South Florida weather. Here’s to a happy, healthy and safe summer!

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(Left) Wellington Rotary President Tom Carerras, Caroline Pena, Chris Levy, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Scott Armand, Walter Imperatore, Randy Pfeiffer, Leslie Pfeiffer and Larry Bouchan. (Right) Frank Martinez Jr. won three awards for his 1934 Ford Coupe: Best Paint, People’s Choice and Best in Show.

The Rotary Club of Wellington held its first Wellington Family AutoFest at Village Park on Sunday, June 5. The family-friendly event raised money for local charities and included 20 different vehicle categories for people to enter. The club plans to hold additional car show events regularly starting in the fall. Learn more at www. facebook.com/familyautofest.

(Left to right) The triple award winner 1934 Ford Coupe owned by Frank Martinez Jr.; Judith Berk (aka the Queen) with her chauffer Fred Fishback; Councilman Michael, Luca and Cyndi Napoleone; Michelle and Councilman John McGovern; and Kresha Suniga, Karla Bedard, Samantha Rubin and Allen Poston of Wellington Regional Medical Center.

(Left to right) Rick Klotz’s 1931 Ford Model A Roadster Deluxe won Best 30s Car; Luke Zeller gets a snake painted on his arm by Maureen Dibble of Face Art by Daisy; Rick Baker’s 1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang won Best Engine; and 1991 Indy Lights Racecar driver Shawn Cunningham.

(Left to right) Liz LaMorte and Darian Testoni received coloring books from Jeff Zirulnick of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; a Captain America-themed 1989 Corvette Hatchback Coupe owned by Robert Glanzman; a 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe owned by Tony Tammaro of Wellington; a 1985 Chevy Silverado owned by Joey Boyd and a 1935 Cadillac owned by Neil O’Neal; and Robert Nealis with his fan favorite 1983 Cadillac.

(Left to right) Frank Conrad won Best Interior for his Camaro; Tom Thompson and Melissa Payne with an unusual, pewter-colored 2001 Trans Am Firehawk; Apex Automotive members gather around the Queen; and Rotarians gather for the festivities at Village Park.

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Theatre Arts Productions (TAP) staged The Addams Family at the Wellington Amphitheater on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. It was a comical feast that embraced the wackiness in every family. TAP is led by Artistic Director Jaycie Cohen. For more information, call (561) 568-8659 or visit www.tapstars.org.

(Left to right) Sydney Bator as Morticia, Gabriella Farrell as Wednesday, Macie Dietz as Lucas and Daryan Lyew-Ayee as Gomez; the cast gathers on stage; the tech crew included Devon, Ash, Heather, Director Jaycie Cohen, Nashya, Jester and Eva; and Daryan Lyew-Ayee as Gomez takes center stage for a scene that features the family’s ancestors.

(Left to right) Gomez (Daryan Lyew-Ayee) and Morticia (Sydney Bator) dance; Morticia (Sydney Bator), Lurch (Anthony Osario) and Wednesday (Gabriella Farrell) at center stage; aunt Sofia Stanley gives Daryan Lyew-Ayee flowers; Gage Rankin gives his girlfriend Gabriella Farrell flowers; and mom Debra Cane, Dean Cane and grandma Marilyn Hasfurther.


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(Left to right) Stephanie Edison and Keily Herd; Danielle Freeland, Erica Scheir and Erica Gillespie; event sponsor Dawn Cirone, owner of Spark Boutique, models a floral kimono, body suit and jeans; and Wellington Chamber Director Lisa Banionis models a white dress from the Spark Boutique and unique jewelry by sponsor La Enovesé Designs.

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On Memorial Day, May 30, the Village of Wellington and American Legion Post 390 continued the tradition of honoring those lost in service to the nation. The day began with a parade from the Wellington Municipal Complex to the Wellington Veterans Memorial. After the procession, local veterans and their families, village officials and many others attended a ceremony that included placing wreaths on behalf of the fallen.

(Left to right) Members of American Legion Post 390 take part in the parade; the Palm Beach County Fire Fighters Pipes & Drums march along Forest Hill Blvd.; Vice Mayor Michael Drahos gave the opening and closing remarks; and the nonprofit Unified Dream is dedicated to helping veterans find their purpose and peace of mind.

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MOTHER GRATEFUL FOR SON’S EXPERT NICU CARE Young Connor Is Now Thriving After Six Months At Wellington Regional Medical Center STORY BY ALLEN POSTON | PHOTOS BY RYAN MERRILL

When Brianne Sater thinks about her son’s premature birth and subsequent stay at Wellington Regional Medical Center’s Kevin DiLallo Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, she can’t help getting emotional with gratitude. Born at 27 weeks in September 2019, her son Connor spent six months in the hospital’s NICU. Her pregnancy had proceeded normally until about a week before Connor’s birth, when Sater said she felt as if her water broke. Contractions began, but she thought they were Braxton Hicks contractions, also known as false labor. Sater became concerned when the contractions began to arrive closer together. “I called my mom, and she told me that I was in labor and to get to the hospital. My boyfriend picked me up, and we went to Wellington Regional Medical Center,” Sater recalled. When she arrived, Sater was immediately taken to labor and delivery. “I was hooked up to monitors, and the doctor came in and told me they could see my baby’s bottom. In minutes, Connor was born breech, weighing just 2 pounds, 1 ounce, and he was 13.5 inches long,” Sater said. “The doctor let me quickly see him, but then they took him to the NICU, telling me they were 22

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Brianne Sater with her son Connor, who is doing well after a six-month stay in the NICU.

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“Connor would get better, then get worse, then better. It was like a roller coaster. But the NICU nurses were there for us every step of the way. They did not let us down, and they did not let Connor down.” — Brianne Sater

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Young NICU champ Connor with his parents, Brianne Sater and David Rook Jr.

going to take the best care of him there.” Wellington Regional’s 25-bed NICU provides care for a full range of newborn conditions, from the most critically ill babies to those born with the lowest birth weights, or newborns in need of just a few days of support.As the only Level III NICU in the region, the hospital’s unit specializes in the tiniest and sickest newborns — babies like Connor. It took doctors a while to stabilize Connor because his lungs were not fully developed, and he had swallowed meconium, a substance that lines a baby’s intestines during pregnancy. He was given antibiotics for possible infection and put on a ventilator to help him breathe. “The doctor told my boyfriend there were a lot of uncertainties,” Sater said. “We did not know what to expect when they told us we could finally see him. It was heartbreaking. He had wires, tubes and IVs connected to him, and he was not yet stable enough for skin-to-skin contact. I did not get to hold him for three weeks.” Sater started pumping breast milk, but things remained stressful for months. 24 july 2022 | wellington the magazine

“Connor would get better, then get worse, then better. It was like a roller coaster,” she said. “But the NICU nurses were there for us every step of the way. They did not let us down, and they did not let Connor down.” At one point, they were preparing for discharge, but Connor continued to have issues with his oxygen and blood pressure levels.When the pandemic hit, COVID-19 meant visitation was more difficult. But Sater said they worked through all of it, and with the support of his nurses, they were able to manage. “The nurses felt strongly they could stabilize him. And they were right — his oxygen was finally regulated,” she said. When it was finally time to take Connor home, Sater and her boyfriend stayed in the NICU for two weeks so nurses could show them how to properly care for him in a home environment. “They let us take care of Connor while they supervised. We were very nervous when it came time to actually go home. We were so concerned we would mess something up. But we had all of the doctors’ and nurses’ numbers in case there was an issue,” Sater said. “They were all amazing and such a huge help. It was definitely emotional having to say goodbye to the NICU team.” Today, Connor is catching up to other children his age developmentally and is very active. He started walking a little late, but once he learned, there was no slowing him down. He goes to therapy twice a week to work on speech and feeding. He is also monitored by a pediatric pulmonologist and was recently cleared by a pediatric cardiologist for hypertension. Despite being hospitalized twice over the winter for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), Sater said physicians have told her that Conner should be through with surgeries, and she could not be happier.“Overall, we are very lucky,” she added.

Sater said if a family is going through something like this, never give up hope. “These babies are fighters, and they work hard to not give up — they become resilient,” she said.“It has made us stronger and better parents. The NICU staff at Wellington Regional does an incredible job in supporting parents in their journey with caring for their child. We really can’t say enough good things about the great patient experience we had with Wellington Regional and its NICU. If I ever have another baby, I am going to have it at Wellington Regional, because I know they are going to take the best care of us.” Wellington Regional Medical Center is a 235-bed acute care hospital celebrating more than 35 years of treating residents in Wellington and the surrounding community. WRMC offers a wide range of services, including comprehensive stroke care, a comprehensive lung program, minimally invasive services, cardiac services, a birthing center and Level III NICU, a comprehensive women’s center, hepatobiliary surgical procedures, intraoperative radiation therapy, interventional procedures, and a wellness and weight loss center. To learn more about the hospital, visit www.wellingtonregional.com.

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DONOR INVOLVEMENT FUELS COMMUNITY SUPPORT Philanthropy From Wellington Supports Exceptional Care At Bethesda Hospital West Serving patients in Palm Beach County since 1959, Bethesda Hospital has been at the forefront of healthcare in an area that has expanded rapidly over the past six decades. In 2013, the hospital opened the doors of its second campus, Bethesda Hospital West, to meet the needs of a growing population in western Boynton Beach. Bethesda Hospital West is an 80-bed, state-of-the-art, medical/surgical and ICU community hospital, with a 24-hour emergency department for adults and children. The facility provides general medical, surgical and intensive care services, as well as diagnostic imaging and rehabilitation. It offers all private rooms; a 10-bed intensive care unit; advanced cardiac CT imaging; and an advanced endovascular and interventional surgical suite for minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures. “We are very proud of the range of

services we provide at Bethesda West,” said Nelson Lazo, CEO of Bethesda Hospital.“But it’s the personal, compassionate care we give our patients that makes this hospital such a valued part of the community.” Bethesda Hospital West is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, 25,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians, and more than 150 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. A notfor-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faithbased charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Longtime Bethesda Hospital West supporters Marie and Steve Bedner. PHOTO BY CAPEHART PHOTOGRAPHY

From its inception, Bethesda Hospital West has been designed for growth, and the hospital can eventually expand to become a 400-bed facility in the future. This expansion will help support the wide-ranging healthcare needs of the county’s growing western suburbs in Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and beyond. wellington the magazine | july 2022 27

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“Few things matter more than the health of our loved ones and friends, along with the well-being of the community where we live. That’s what prompted us to step forward and fully support Bethesda Hospital West.” — Marie Bedner

Philanthropy has always played an essential role at Bethesda Hospital. Donors have supported the development of new facilities, state-of-the-art equipment for minimally invasive cardiac procedures, COVID-19 emergency response needs, education programs at the Bethesda College of Health Sciences and much more. “Philanthropic support is absolutely vital for us,” said Barbara James, vice president of development and development support at the Baptist Health Foundation. “As more people move to the county, there is a growing need for premium healthcare. Fortunately, we’ve been able to expand our donor base over the past several years, for which we are very grateful.” This dedicated community of donors includes Marie and Steve Bedner of Wellington, who are among South Florida’s leading vegetable growers. They are owners of an 80-acre farm that produces about 50 different types of vegetables, as well as three Palm Beach County farmer’s markets. 28

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The couple, who have been supporting Bethesda Hospital West since 2011, were part of the hospital’s initial building campaign. Marie is a former foundation board member and a current hospital trustee who is an enthusiastic advocate for her community. “Few things matter more than the health of our loved ones and friends, along with the well-being of the community where we live,” she said.“That’s what prompted us to step forward and fully support Bethesda Hospital West. We need to keep nurturing this first-rate facility and continue to support its mission.” As any business owner knows, a company’s success is largely based on the dedication of its employees. Marie has been impressed with how Bethesda Hospital West has been able to recruit and retain its exceptional staff. “In my first year as a trustee, I was asked to give out the five-year pins at the employee appreciation party,” she recalled.“They didn’t warn me ahead of

time not to wear heels — I stood there for so long! There were so many team members who had been there five years and longer. It says a lot about an organization that people want to stay, and that they’re well taken care of.” The Bedners are also helping support the hospital’s caregivers with vegetable giveaway days, which began during the early days of the pandemic and are still greatly appreciated. Marie believes that the involvement of donors like herself and Steve is having a positive impact on philanthropic support for Bethesda Hospital West, which will continue to build in the future.“It puts a face on the hospital, and people in the community respect that,” she said. “Therefore, they’re happy to lend their support — and that makes a big difference.” For more information about the Baptist Health Foundation and supporting Bethesda Hospital West, visit www.baptisthealth.net/giving, e-mail giving@baptisthealth.net or call (561) 737-7733, ext. 84445.

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Polo for Life’s Barbara Bell Cook, Brandon Phillips and PJ Rizvi with the big check. PHOTO COURTESY JDCH

NO CHILD OR FAMILY LEFT BEHIND Local Nonprofit Polo For Life Teams With Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital To Support Families Battling Cancer Brandon Phillips and PJ Rizvi both know firsthand the trauma of childhood cancer, the hardships it causes, and the impact on families whose sole focus becomes how to save a life. Phillips, founder and president of the Wellington-based nonprofit Polo for Life, was diagnosed with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 14 and underwent months of grueling treatment.

Rizvi, a member of Polo for Life’s board, helped her sister, Penny, battle leukemia before her sibling succumbed to the disease. Both carry the scars of their childhood experiences to this day but use those memories to fuel a philanthropic spirit aimed to ensure that others don’t suffer as their families once did. That’s what recently brought the

two, along with Polo for Life Executive Director Barbara Bell Cook, to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington. Armed with an oversized check for $100,000, representing some of the proceeds from the nonprofit’s “Polo for a Purpose” fundraiser, the group was all smiles making the contribution to the patient and family assistance fund at the Joe DiMaggio wellington the magazine | july 2022 31

wellington | health causes since then. Given his history with cancer, it was important for him to find programs that would help kids and families in the same situation he once was. “We did our research a few years ago, started to find beneficiaries, and made some determinations about who we wanted to help,” said Phillips, a professional polo player. “Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital really popped out as one of the top pediatric facilities in the country, and it’s right here in our backyard, so we wanted to be a part of what they were doing. They have some great programs, and we really like what is happening here, so it was a no-brainer for us to get involved and keep this relationship going.” Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital representatives accept the big check from Polo for Life. PHOTO COURTESY MCKENNEY MEDIA While the oncology and hematology teams at “Joe D.” handle the clinical Children’s Hospital Foundation. The aspects of a child’s cancer treatment, money will go to families of oncology it’s the role of the hospital’s nonprofit patients requiring financial help during foundation to identify and assist those their child’s treatment. in need, as Rizvi’s family once was. Now, “When a child is diagnosed with canthanks to Polo for Life and its generous cer, it’s a life-changing event for the famidonation, there will be at least one less ly, and not just in the medical sense,” said thing that already overwhelmed famiDon Eachus, director of development lies will have to worry about.This leaves at the foundation. “At least one parent more time and energy for what’s most becomes a full-time caregiver, and that important: making sure the patient can loss of income means that there may get back to being a kid again. not be enough money to pay mortgagJoe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is es or rent, electric or phone bills.That’s one of the nation’s leading pediatric hoswhere our assistance fund comes in to, pitals, offering a comprehensive scope at least temporarily, cover those costs.” The financial struggles her family hind-the-scenes devastation many aren’t of healthcare services and programs in a endured while her sister was in treat- aware of. “My mom quit working, and caring, compassionate setting designed ment are ones Rizvi would not wish even though my dad worked two jobs, specifically for children.A level one trauon anyone.“We would drive four and a we fell behind on the day to day-to-day ma center, it combines advanced techhalf hours a day to visit my sister, and af- bills,” she said. “I don’t want to see that nology, the expertise of board-certified specialists, and a patient and family-center a while it was just too long to drive happen anymore.” home, so we slept in the car because When she was older, Rizvi would do- tered approach to heal the body, mind we couldn’t afford a hotel room,” she re- nate anonymously to cancer research. and spirit of those it touches. The hospital’s nonprofit foundation called.“My mom wanted to spend every That all changed nine years ago after waking moment and every sleeping mo- conversations with Phillips, when it focuses on philanthropy to positively ment with my sister.” was decided a more public philanthrop- impact patients, families, and underwrite programs, facilities and equipment that While most people are empathetic to ic approach would yield better results. the plight of a family coping with canPhillips founded Polo for Life about support the facility’s mission. To learn more, or make a donation, cer, and the time and energy it takes to that time, and the organization has dohelp a child survive, Rizvi said it’s the be- nated more than $2 million to charitable visit www.jdch.com/give.

“We did our research a few years ago, started to find beneficiaries, and made some determinations about who we wanted to help. Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital really popped out as one of the top pediatric facilities in the country.” — Brandon Phillips


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WORKING OUT HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER Crunch Fitness Arrives In Wellington With A 30,000-Square-Foot State-Of-The-Art Facility BY MIKE MAY

When you walk through the front doors of Wellington’s newest fitness club, you will be “inspired to perspire.” The club is called Crunch Wellington, and it officially opened its doors on June 3 with a grand opening celebration and ribboncutting ceremony on June 11. Crunch Wellington is located at the site of the former Ultima Fitness in the Wellington Plaza, but the facility has been completely renovated from top to bottom. 34

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The ambiance and atmosphere inside Crunch Wellington — which features 30,000 square feet filled with state-of-the-art fitness equipment — is refreshing and invigorating. The big messages on the walls will get your attention:“Perspire to Greatness” … “Raise the Barbell” … “Join the Fun” … “We Got This” … and “Do More Today.” At Crunch Wellington, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding where you should begin your

workout. Is it one of the 25 treadmills by Star Trac, one of the 20 Roc Abs machines by Hoist Fitness, one of the 10 steppers by StairMaster, or one of the five multi-tool towers by Nautilus? Perhaps you’re more interested in lifting free weights, enjoying a hot yoga studio session or being a participant in a spin class in the Ride Studio? There’s much, much more, including two hydration stations, where you can get a drink of water when you are thirsty.

Members looking for diversity in their workouts can utilize the HIITZone, a proprietary high-intensity interval group training program that has seven different stations, such as tires, sleds, medicine balls and more. According to Crunch Wellington General Manager Jake Noble, he and his associates want to help every member take the “work” out of the workout. Everybody should feel welcome, and every member should enjoy the overall experience. “We want our members to feel that Crunch Wellington is their home away from home,” Noble said. “Anybody, literally anybody, can work out here — and have fun doing it.” The fitness club’s inaugural members are enjoying the benefits of belonging to Crunch Wellington. “I’m here to tone-up my muscles and

burn calories,” member Kaila Taylor of Wellington said. “I lost four pounds in the first week.” “We have fun here,” member Jerry Fo-

gel of Lake Worth said.“The people and the employees are great. This place is kept very clean. I come here six to seven days a week.”

(Above and below) The completely renovated, state-of-the-art Crunch Fitness location in Wellington is now open to help local residents get fit and stay fit.

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At Crunch Wellington, you have plenty of choices when it comes to deciding where you should focus your workout. Would you prefer a treadmill or the free weights? When you’re done, take a visit to the “Relax & Recover” center.

While people are lifting, pulling, pushing, walking, running, jumping, cycling, climbing and enjoying fierce, fun workouts, they can also watch any of the 21 television sets that are hanging from the ceiling. Most of the TVs are tuned to some type of competitive game or athletic event, which complements what’s happening at any given time at Crunch Wellington. One of those TVs plays commercial messages featuring local businesses that provide services which might be of interest to those getting a workout. It’s called the Perks Partner Program and features message therapists, chiropractors, meal preps and other outlets that are often professional services needed by fitness enthusiasts. Crunch Wellington opens early every day at 5 a.m. from Monday to Saturday and at 7 a.m. on Sundays.The place stays open late, too, closing at 11 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, 10 p.m. on Fridays, and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The only days when Crunch Wellington will not be open is Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. “We often have a group of members ready to walk in the door at 5 a.m.,” Noble said. “We have a good mix of members — young and old, male and female.” If you need assistance in what machines to use and how to use them, Crunch Wellington’s staff will be happy to provide help and instruction. One of those instructors is Rachel Braverman, 36 july 2022 | wellington the magazine

who is a functional fitness instructor. In addition to providing helpful hints on exercise, she also offers guidance on nutrition. According to Noble, a big goal for Crunch Wellington is to fuse fitness with entertainment, in order to make serious exercise fun and affordable.“We encourage, empower and entertain,” he explained. Working out to the upbeat music that is always in the air also doesn’t cost an arm and leg. In fact, Crunch Wellington is providing discounts on memberships to people who work with some of Palm Beach County’s biggest employers, such as the School District of Palm Beach County, Costco, Publix and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Crunch Wellington serves an en-

gaged fitness community that features all kinds of people, with all types of goals, who exercise in different ways, yet enjoy working out at the same place together. “We are extremely excited about sharing the unique experience of the Crunch brand with the residents surrounding our newest location in Wellington,” Crunch Wellington owner Tony Scrimale said. “We hope our ‘no judgments’ mentality and memberships starting as low as $9.99 a month will bring a new energy to the community.” The new Crunch Wellington fitness center is located in the Wellington Plaza at the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. For more information about membership opportunities, visit www.crunchwellington.com.

(Front row) Kyle Epstein and Jake Noble; and (back row) Gregg Giannamore, Jaci Petrock, Charlotte Rogers, Walter Jaramillo and Jeremy Colon. PHOTO BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN

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ADVANCEMENTS IN BREAST CANCER CARE Understanding All The Options Can Be Empowering For Patients

Dr. Kishore Dass and Dr. Alicia Gittleman at the GenesisCare Radiation Oncology Center in Wellington.

GenesisCare’s Dr. Alicia Gittleman completed her internship at Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center, her residency at NYU Medical Center and her fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College. Practicing in Wellington and Palm Beach County for the past 27 years, Dr. Kishore Dass was chief resident at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and furthered his training at the University of Pennsylvania, NIH.

If you are one of the nearly 287,850 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year, or one of the additional 51,400 diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer, understanding your options can be empowering. Here, local experts Dr. Kishore Dass and Dr. Alicia Gittleman, board-certified radiation oncologists with GenesisCare, answer common questions about this important topic. What is the general outlook on breast cancer today? Being diagnosed with breast cancer today is not what it once was.Thanks to advancements in treatment, patients are living longer, healthier lives than ever before.According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer death rates have decreased between 2013 to 2018, likely due to treatment advancements and diseases caught earlier. wellington the magazine | july 2022 39

What are today’s treatment options? In general, today’s breast cancer treatment typically includes a combination of therapies, such as breast surgery, medical oncology (chemotherapy or hormonal therapy) and radiation oncology. If the tumor is related to one of the known gene mutations that cause breast cancer, such as BRCA, doctors may recommend full removal of the breast (mastectomy) and possibly other surgeries to decrease the risk of developing future cancers.

Treatment Options Surgery

Nearly all women will require surgery as part of their breast cancer treatment. Many times, surgery is done first, after a diagnosis has been made, but there are also times where systemic therapies can be used first to help shrink the tumor. Common types of surgery include: • Breast-conserving surgery, sometimes called a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, which removes the tumor and some surrounding tissue. • Mastectomy is a surgery where the entire breast is removed. While surgery can sound overwhelming, there are certain procedures that, if appropriate, can help spare the nipple or reconstruct the breast following removal.

Medical Oncology

Systemic therapies may be recommended before or after surgery. This includes chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted agents and/or immunotherapy. Chemotherapy, when provided prior to surgery, may help shrink the tumor and allow for a less-invasive procedure. When chemotherapy is given after surgery, it may help kill cancer cells that were left behind and help prevent recurrence. Depending on the genomic and genetic makeup of a person’s cancer, targeted therapy or immunotherapy may be prescribed as well. And in many instances, hormonal therapy, which blocks the effects of estrogen on breast cancer cells, is offered at the end of treatment to help reduce the risk of recurrence.

Radiation Oncology

In addition to systemic therapies, radiation therapy is often administered. Over the past several years, radiation therapy has evolved, allowing for a more targeted and precise approach that spares surrounding healthy tissue. Radiation therapies for breast cancer include: • External beam radiation therapy (EBRT), which aims a carefully shaped x-ray beam from multiple angles directly toward the treatment site. • Accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI), which can be delivered externally. It can also be delivered internally, where a catheter is placed in the cavity post-operatively. Radiation is then delivered when a radioactive source is placed in the catheter. Treatment is usually delivered in one week, making it a convenient option for women with early-stage disease. • Intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), which is delivered at the time of surgery, is also a convenient type of treatment offered for early-stage invasive cancers. • Surface Guided Radiation Therapy (SGRT), which supports unique body positioning technologies to enable unprecedented accuracy and efficiency using three-dimensional stereo camera units and skin surface tracking to detect slight movements and automatically pause treatment if shifting occurs during treatment. This method also offers tattoofree or mark-free treatments, meaning no lasting reminder of treatment; protection of the heart for patients with left-sided breast cancer when using the Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) technique; and a reduced risk of side effects by precisely delivering the required dose of radiation to the disease while motion management ensures doses to surrounding tissue is limited.

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Are clinical trials only for advanced breast cancer? Clinical trials help to develop new treatments, interventions and tests at any point in the treatment journey. Patients who participate in clinical trials play an important role in advancing care for future patients and may be among the first to benefit from some of the latest treatments. GenesisCare offers 150-plus clinical trials worldwide. Ask your physician what clinical trials are available for your specific cancer type.

What about genomic testing and precision medicine? Advancements in precision medicine allow clinicians to understand what makes a person’s individual cancer behave the way it does at a genomic level.This allows patients to feel fully informed in treatment options that may work best for their unique diagnosis. Understanding a patient’s genomic makeup utilizing technologies, such as DCISionRT (or DCIS) for patients with early-stage breast cancer, helps physicians deliver precise treatment plans that balance benefits with risk of side effects.

The GenesisCare Approach Physicians and care teams at GenesisCare work together to offer personalized breast cancer treatment and improve patient outcomes through evidence-based care plans. Key features of the program include: • Quick access: Immediate appointments, with a 24hour turnaround goal from referral to plan of care. • A personalized, team approach: GenesisCare providers, including radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgeons, psychologists and nutritionists, collaborate on a personalized care plan that focuses on each patient’s personal needs and goals. • Advanced treatment options: GenesisCare invests in modern techniques and clinical trials to help patients achieve the best possible outcomes. • Exceptional care, close to home: Clinicians and centers with high patient satisfaction ratings and are conveniently located throughout Palm Beach County. GenesisCare is located at 3343 State Road 7 in Wellington. To learn more about GenesisCare, call (833) FORMYGC or visit www.genesiscare.com/us.

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FROM OUR VILLAGE TO THE WORLD Wellington-Born Entrepreneur Jake Seltzer Aims To Revolutionize The Banking System STORY BY JULIE KHANNA | PHOTOS BY ABNER PEDRAZA

Jake Seltzer might be the person who changes the way the entire world banks. Born and raised in Wellington, the 26-year-old entrepreneur first realized how his extensive futuristic knowledge of blockchain, cryptocurrency and web3 could change the world during a visit to India in 2019. While there attending his best friend’s wedding, Seltzer took notice of the disparity in banking services offered abroad. He ended up extending his trip by a month to further survey the banking process, to better understand systems in low and middle-income countries and assess financial literacy. The day he returned, Seltzer got right to work on his blockchain financial technology startup company, Finance Blocks, and now the Wellington native finds himself at the forefront of worldwide impact. Seltzer and his family have longevity in the Village of Wellington. His late father, Jerry Seltzer, served as president of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce and the American Heart Association, while his mother, Lisa Seltzer, spent her

time working with the PTA and Temple Beth Torah. During his own time volunteering at soup kitchens and with the Special Olympics and watching his parents serve the community, Seltzer believes that’s where he learned the importance of helping others and realized that his purpose was bigger than himself, and Wellington. Self-described as an empathetic and driven person who believes in karma, Seltzer enjoys finding ways to connect with people from all walks and places of life. He feels these traits and his experiences growing up play a key role in his business. “My greatest memories in life happened here,” he said. “Like during my senior year as runner up in Mr. Wellington, or playing roller hockey at Village Park with the lifelong friends I made. Wellington shaped who I am and how I think. No matter how far I travel, it will forever be my home.” wellington the magazine | july 2022 43

The Wellington High School graduate always wanted to study politics or government. But perhaps it was his experience in DECA, a club that prepares emerging leaders in marketing, finance, hospitality and management, combined with his parents’ example for helping others, that best prepared him for his role today. Having won districts and representing Wellington in state competitions three times, Seltzer began to imagine his future as the CEO of a company that would make a global impact. He co-founded Finance Blocks to digitize rural financial institutions, known as RFIs, in emerging markets and promote accessibility, transparent banking services and financial inclusion, especially for the 25 percent of the world’s total population that does not have access to basic financial services, known as the “unbanked.” The unbanked face exploitative repayment terms from informal moneylenders and lack credit

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“Blockchain technology plays a crucial role in lifting people out of poverty and providing better services to the populations of low and middle-income countries.” — Jake Seltzer Users, or the formally unbanked or underserved, have an app that helps them stay instantaneously updated about their financial activity, like withdrawals, deposits, transactions, loans and interest. Based on the age of their account and financial activity, users are given smart credit scores computed by blockchain-powered smart contracts. Blockchain technology is an integral component of the solution Finance Blocks presents. “Blockchain technology plays a crucial role in lifting people out of poverty and providing better services to the populations of low and middle-income countries,” Seltzer explained. “It is a system of recording information that makes it difficult or impossible to change, hack or cheat the system.Think of blockchain as an incorruptible digital ledger of transactions that is duplicated and distributed across the entire network of computer systems on the blockchain. This process can be transformative for low and middle-income countries, as corruption is the single largest issue affecting the unbanked.” Seltzer believes this technology will directly impact the global economy by way of the youth. Referring to them as “innovators of tomorrow,” Seltzer thinks financial and investing literacy will encourage higher education and break generational debt while creating new generations of the middle class all over the world. The future of Seltzer’s company is also soaring. Finance Blocks recently got the attention of GEM Digital Limited, a Bahamas-based digital asset investment firm

that actively sources, structures and invests in utility tokens globally. They committed a capital investment of $25 million to help propel Seltzer’s company into even the most rural corners of the globe, such as India, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya and Ghana. “These funds will allow us to continue developing our technology, expand our development team, onboard over three million users, raise awareness about financial products and services, and allow charitable contributions of water and power to the areas in which we operate,” Seltzer said. The path in getting Finance Blocks to the forefront of the global banking landscape wasn’t without its challenges. Seltzer faced institutional red tape, a lack of identity documents, insufficient resources, corruption, illiteracy and geographical barriers. However, everything paled to the sudden death of his father, Jerry, who was his mentor and best friend. Still, in his father’s name, Seltzer found strength during his grief to build and innovate, and it is paying off. Seltzer predicts that Finance Blocks will become the world’s largest rural financial banking platform and enable financial inclusion for up to five million users within the next 36 months. “I see us becoming a top 200 crypto project. But, more importantly, I see us changing the landscape of rural finance and creating change around the world,” Seltzer said. Learn more about Seltzer’s company Finance Blocks at www.financeblocks. io.

What Is Blockchain? A blockchain is a digital ledger, essentially a book or other record of financial accounts, of transactions maintained by a network of computers in a way that makes it difficult to hack or alter. The technology offers a secure way for individuals to deal directly with each other, without an intermediary like a government, bank or other third party. Blockchain technology has been compared to a Google document. When a document is created and shared with a group of people, the document is distributed instead of copied or transferred. This creates a decentralized distribution chain that gives everyone access to the document at the same time. No one is locked out awaiting changes from another party, and all modifications to the document are being recorded in real-time, making changes completely transparent. wellington the magazine | july 2022 45

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BoneKare on one of his annual trips to Europe, believes the supplement to be the “holy grail” of horse health products, which isn’t recognized as much as it should be. Golding is the United States’ sole distributor of BoneKare, where he has developed a stellar roster of equestrian ambassadors across a variety of disciplines and continues to advocate for the

value of BoneKare for every horse. Jennifer Papiernik is a lifelong horsewoman whose business completely changed when she was introduced to BoneKare. Papiernik trains out of ToKalon Farm in Wellington, where she has had her horses on BoneKare since the beginning of the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival season, when she ran into Golding. wellington the magazine | july 2022 47

Jennifer Papiernik rides Constellation.

Jennifer Papiernik aboard Sundown. Jennifer Papiernik’s Baby Maker Hanover driven by Kevin Wallis. PHOTO BY JESSICA HALLETT

After incorporating the BoneKare supplement into her barn’s nutrition program, Papiernik strongly believes in the power of the product and has seen significant improvements to her horses’ health.

“I’m currently using it on my show horses who are having some down time right now, my racehorses, young and growing babies, and broodmares with foals at their sides,” Papiernik said.“This season, I have had two horses with soft

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plimentary feedback on some of her younger horses after starting them on BoneKare. “We have two young colts — a yearling and a two-year-old,” she explained. “I hadn’t seen them through the winter season, and after two months of being on BoneKare, they looked like mature horses. The first thing everybody says when they see them is,‘Wow, great bones on these babies!’” So, what’s in the secret sauce? The answer is BoneKare’s advanced formula that consists of a blend of nutritious supplements and vitamin K1, given to horses orally in their grain. K1 is an important vitamin that horses absorb when they are allowed 10 to 12 hours of pasture grazing, and hay is not necessarily the solution for a lack of pasture grazing. When grass is cut and made into hay bales, they are left to cure in the sun. As a result of the UV rays, the K1 com-

pound is almost completely degraded, leaving horses without natural access to the much-needed vitamin. That’s where BoneKare comes in, backed with the right science and studies to prove it really works. Not only has Golding witnessed BoneKare’s efficacy through first-hand experience, but veterinarians in both the United States and Europe have submitted multiple case studies demonstrating the success of the product. “When I see a significant difference in multiple horses for different reasons, I’m a true believer in the product. I don’t use a lot of supplements, but when I see something that works, I use it,” Papiernik said.“I knew I was missing something. I just couldn’t pinpoint it. With BoneKare, I think I’ve found the missing link.” Visit www.bonekareusa.com to try out BoneKare on your horse or in your program.

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Sweeten your life with rich flavors wrapped inside a warm blanket of deliciousness at the newly opened creperie, Keywa’s in the Mall at Wellington Green. “We specialize in sweet crepes,” owner Julian Sierra said. “We’ve created our own recipes.” An array of colorful pictures are displayed along the menu wall, featuring mouth-watering creations that are sure to satisfy anyone’s taste buds.The menu ranges from a number of sweet and savory crepes to a tasty variety of boba teas, smoothies, thick milkshakes and an assortment of frozen drinks. “We try to give customers something they can’t forget.” Sierra said. “If they always remember, then they always want to come back for it.” Sierra knows what customers love to come back for, as his recipes have turned into cravings for many who frequent the original Keywa’s location in the Boynton Beach Mall, which opened last fall. Less than one year later, co-owner Tania Eifert, Sierra’s wife, feels blessed to have this opportunity to be a part of the Wellington community. “We appreciate the friendships we make with our customers. It’s not like you pick up your food and leave,” she said.“We really like to have a relationship with the clients.”

(Clockwise from top left) A warm Vienne crepe is filled with Arequipe, brownie and sliced strawberries, topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, and drizzled with caramel; the Dubai smoothie is made with peaches, passion fruit and pineapple; this fresh-made Chocó crepe has M&Ms, brownie, chocolate and caramel syrup topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream; the extensive drink menu from boba teas to smoothies and milkshakes are all made fresh to order; and a “rozell” is used to spread the crepe mixture while customers can watch the mesmerizing technique.

Situated near the mall’s food court entrance, the freestanding location sits alongside the sunroom of the main dining area. A portrait of their beloved border collie Keywa, the eatery’s namesake, greets customers at the register.The mascot’s name means “one of good spirit,” and it’s that spirit Sierra wants the crepe-

rie to exude onto others, with its friendly staff and delicious, comforting flavors made with fresh ingredients. “The general idea is crepes. Not many places have them,” Eifert said. “Little by little, we’ll keep adding more when we see what our customers like.We’ll listen to their ideas and grow with them.” wellington the magazine | july 2022 51

Keywa’s owner and menu creator Julian Sierra makes a Vienne crepe filled with Arequipe, brownie, sliced strawberries and vanilla ice cream.

Customers can grab a beeper for when their food is ready, but many prefer to watch the mesmerizing crepemaking process, as the batter is quickly spread and spun as it cooks.Then the layering of the fillings begins. To start your crepe journey, you will choose one of three bases: Nutella, Arequipe (a caramel/dulce de leche spread) or cream cheese. An assort-

ment of fresh-cut fruit comes next with a choice of chocolate or caramel syrup, then topped with vanilla, chocolate or strawberry ice cream and a dollop of whipped cream. The Vienne crepe is a popular choice, filled with Arequipe, brownie, sliced strawberries and vanilla ice cream with caramel syrup drizzled on the folds topped by whipped cream.

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The Alaska crepe uses cream cheese for its base, filled with peach chunks and graham crackers, and topped with vanilla ice cream melting into the warm crepe. For a richer-tasting dessert, try the Chocó crepe. It’s made with M&Ms inside and out, along with some brownie, then drizzled with both chocolate and caramel syrup, topped with both vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. For a nutty flavor, there’s the Rome crepe. It’s made with walnuts and chocolate ice cream, drizzled with caramel and chocolate syrup.The London crepe is layered with Nutella, banana slices, vanilla and chocolate ice cream with whipped cream, while the Paris crepe also uses Nutella and banana, but mixes it up with graham crackers and vanilla ice cream. For a chocolatey fruit combo, check out the Monaco crepe, made with Nutella, strawberries and blueberries. Not looking for dessert? A savory option is

the America crepe. It’s made with ham and cheese, either Swiss or cheddar, and butter. Complement your crepe with one of several smoothie options. The Dubai is a rich and filling choice made with sweet peach slices, passion fruit and pineapple.The Sidney has blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, making it nutrient-rich on top of really tasty. The Colombia — where Sierra hails from — features a mix of blueberries, strawberries and a twist of pineapple, while the Peru — which is Eifert’s heritage — has fresh-cut chunks of watermelon, passion fruit and banana. If crepes and smoothies aren’t enough choices, there’s even more. Rich, thick, handmade milkshakes feature flavors from strawberry and cookies and cream, to chocolate with drizzled syrup or classic vanilla. Boba tea is also on the menu. Create your own delicious mix with either

bursting balls or tapioca balls. Frozen drinks round it all out with some spectacular flavors. Pineapple, passion fruit and mint make for a flavorful mix in the Hawaii drink. A different twist on a classic is the Coconut Lemonade with lemon, coconut cream, condensed milk and coconut milk. For that coffee craving, try the Frappé made with coffee, chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Still looking for more choices? There are tasty waffles on the menu, too! The signature Banana Split waffle is made with Nutella, banana slices and strawberries, while the Tartufo features Arequipe and strawberries. Both come with vanilla ice cream. It’s a personal indulgence of sorts for Sierra to turn his passion into a profession after leaving an accounting job and side work to help his parents who became ill. After only six years in the United States, he has learned English, got married and just welcomed a new baby boy. He’s living the American dream, work-

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Keywa’s is located in a freestanding kiosk near the entrance to the Mall at Wellington Green’s food court near the sunroom dining area and fountain.

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Dr. Eugina Smith Feaman has been the principal at Emerald Cove Middle School since 2014.

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Emerald Cove Middle School opened in 2007 as Wellington’s third middle school. Located at the intersection of State Road 7 and Stribling Way, it serves Wellington’s eastern neighborhoods, such as the large Olympia community it borders. Since 2014, Dr. Eugina Smith Feaman has served as principal at Emerald Cove, arriving there after three years in the top position at Wellington Elementary School.

Feaman is a self-described “product of Palm Beach County schools.” When she graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Suncoast High School, she already knew she was aiming for a career in education. “Both my parents were educators in middle school, and I always had very influential teachers,” Feaman recalled. One in particular, her John F. Kennedy Middle School math teacher Helen Brown, was particularly inspiring.

“She was firm but fair as a teacher,” Feaman said.“In fact, her teaching style is one I started adopting when I became a teacher. She was clear and caring. Her students always knew that she cared about their success.” Yet it was Feaman’s parents, Virginia and Ulysses Smith, who first encouraged Feaman to follow their footsteps into the field of education. It was the same for her sisters, who are also educators. wellington the magazine | july 2022


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“They wanted us to help others,” Feaman said. “They wanted for us to be people who gave back to our community and to be role models, as they were. They were staunch believers in the importance of education and doing well in school, and they instilled that in us.They always talked about education being that key to success.They were our biggest supporters.”

Feaman attended Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, majoring in elementary education and English. Upon graduation, she returned to Palm Beach County and began working as a teacher at Bear Lakes Middle School, where they were looking for someone for their new intensive reading program. But Feaman continued her studies, later earning specialist and doctor-

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a technology-based choice program at the school, as well as becoming an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) school. “Those are two high points, added to support our students academically,” Feaman said. “We also have very successful visual and performing arts classes. For the first time in the school’s history, our band has received a Superior rating, which was determined by a panel of judges comprised of other band directors.” Moving forward, Feaman plans to continue her work helping her middle school students thrive. “I hope to help as many children be academically successful as possible,” Feaman said.“I would like to grow some of our culturally aware programs to make sure we have a welcoming and inclusive environment, and I’d like to guide and support my teachers and staff members so they can do the best for their students.”

Emerald Cove Middle School is the seventh recipient of the “Our Schools” Arts Program Grant 2022, a new Wellington Community Foundation initiative. Shown below is Emerald Cove Middle School Assistant Principal April Morphesis with the check.

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