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WELLINGTON RUNNERS CLUB HELPS KEEP COMMUNITY FIT When you are running, you’re exercising, you’re moving, your heart is pumping, your blood is flowing and you’re relieving all that stress. Running makes you feel good, makes you look good and keeps you healthy, according to members of the Wellington Runners Club. By Jason Stromberg

COMPREHENSIVE CARE AT SOUTH FLORIDA SKIN & LASER At South Florida Skin & Laser Centers, with offices in Wellington and Margate, Dr. Brad Glick and Dr. Denise Guevara work with a team of highly skilled healthcare practitioners who provide comprehensive and state-of-the-art care for a wide array of skin conditions, including cosmetic procedures. By Jason Stromberg


ROBOTIC SURGERY EXPERT JOINS PALM BEACH UROLOGY Although the basics of urology remain the same, technology has changed by leaps and bounds since Dr. Edward Becker began Palm Beach Urology Associates. That is why the newest member of Becker’s team is Dr. Fred Muhletaler of Palm Beach Advanced Robotics, who specializes in utilizing robotic surgery to treat urologic cancers. By Julie Unger

ADVANCES IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY HELPING PATIENTS Astounding technological advances are being made in the medical field, and changes brought by this technology span all healthcare specialties. Wellington The Magazine spoke to local experts in the fields of orthopedics, ophthalmology and plastic surgery about the changes that are helping patients today. By Deborah Welky



In this special health and wellness issue, we visit several local hospitals to learn about their unique specialties. At Palms West Hospital, we learn about the Children’s Hospital at Palms West, the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the western communities. At Bethesda West, we learn about new treatments for kidney cancer. Finally, we learn about the Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center, a leader in treating brain, spine and nervous system disorders.

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WELLINGTON SOCIAL SCENE Wellington Community Foundation Hosts First Fundraising Event Keller Williams Presents ‘Realtors Take The Runway’ Fashion Show Wellington Honors Memorial Day With Parade And Observance Wellington Art Society Hosts Installation Dinner At Mayacoo Lakes Wellington Rotary Club Hosts Annual Installation & Awards Dinner





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Wellington Home visits a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath townhome in Wellington’s Coventry Green neighborhood this month. The home offers the unique charm of a seaside cottage, thanks to 10 years of upgrades made by its owners. Reclaimed atrium space make it surprisingly spacious for a townhome property. By Deborah Welky Romeo’s Italian Cuisine started out as a pizzeria, but has evolved into a full-scale Italian restaurant offering brunch, lunch and dinner. The new menu reflects the focus on specialty foods with mussels, lobster, grilled eggplant, seasonal vegetables, intricate salads and sophisticated meal combinations, such as the signature Tuna Tacos. By Julie Unger


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ON THE COVER Wellington Runners Club coach Jon Pagalilauan. The club is profiled in this month’s issue. PHOTO BY ABNER PEDRAZA

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Welcome To Our Annual Health & Wellness Issue

This month brings our annual Health & Wellness issue, an effort designed to give Wellington The Magazine readers useful fitness tips and important medical information to help you take control of your health. One way you can do that is to get moving with the Wellington Runners Club. When you are running, you’re exercising, you’re moving, your heart is pumping, your blood is flowing and you’re relieving stress. Running makes you feel good, makes you look good and keeps you healthy, explained Wellington Runners Club coach Jon Pagalilauan. We caught up with Pagalilauan, featured on this month’s cover, along with Jennifer Leeds, the club’s president, as they reach out to other community members looking to take advantage of the fitness benefits associated with running. We sat down with Dr. Brad Glick and Dr. Denise Guevara of South Florida Skin & Laser Centers to find out how these board-certified dermatologists provide comprehensive care for a wide array of skin conditions, from advanced skin cancer treatments to cosmetic procedures designed to make patients feel better about themselves. At Palm Beach Urology Associates, we learn how robotic surgery is revolutionizing urology — so much so that robotics expert Dr. Fred Muhletaler recently joined the practice. Advanced technology is changing the way healthcare is delivered across the medical specialties. That is why we visit with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Harvey Montijo, ophthalmologist Dr. Jason Gorscak and plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Wisnicki to learn about the latest medical advances in their respective fields. Also this issue, we profile the members of the Medical & Wellness Committee of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Keeping with the health and wellness theme, we visit several local hospitals to find out about their unique specialties. At Palms West Hospital, we learn about the Children’s Hospital at Palms West, the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the western communities, which treats sick children with the unique care and attention they need. At Bethesda West, we learn about new treatments for kidney cancer, including radiofrequency ablation (RFA), one of the image-guidance technologies that is leading to dramatically improved outcomes. Finally, we learn about the Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center, a leader in treating brain, spine and nervous system disorders, where a specially trained staff uses the most advanced surgical and medical treatments available. Wellington Designer this month chats with equestrian design visionary Dougie Mutch, who has been bringing her unique touch to Wellington for decades. Our Wellington Education series continues with a profile of Anita Kane, co-founder of #1 Education Place, while Wellington Real Estate visits with Bowen Realty’s Diane Widdick. Wellington Home tours a surprisingly spacious townhome in the Coventry Green neighborhood, and Wellington Table checks out the newly expanded menu at Romeo’s Italian Cuisine. We hope your summer is going well, and be sure to keep an eye out for our August issue, with its back-to-school theme.

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Wellington Community Foundation Hosts First Fundraising Event

(Left to right) Wellington Community Foundation board members Jim Sackett, Tom Wenham, Robbin Lee, Karen Cavanagh, Maria Becker, Maggie Zeller, Mickey Smith and Barry Manning; Terrie Mooney and Maggie Zeller; and Dr. Edward and Maria Becker with Robert and Robbin Lee, Lori and Dr. Arthur Hansen, and Seema and Dr. Kishore Dass.

The newly revitalized Wellington Community Foundation held its first fundraiser Thursday, June 2 at the home of Dr. Edward and Maria Becker. Dozens of supporters enjoyed the private party and helped the foundation raise money for school supplies to give to Wellington students in need. Wellington children will receive backpacks with school supplies at the village’s annual block party on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Tiger Shark Cove Park. For more info., visit www.

(Left to right) Larry and Suzanne Falk with Paula and Jim Sackett; Tracee and Nick Sama with Pam and Anthony Tahan; Dr. Jeffrey and Charlene Bishop with Gigi and Henrik Nordstrom; Wellington Community Foundation Chair Tom Wenham with Wellington Community Services Director James Poag and Councilman Michael Napoleone; and Bobby Ewing with host Dr. Edward Becker.

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(Left to right) Keller Williams Wellington owners Tom and Linda Shea with Operating Principal Diane Harbison; event chairs Maureen Gross and Nancy Jennings with WPTV news anchor Kelley Dunn (center); and Realtor/models Holly Chaney, Paula Castro, Linda Brennan and Ann Angotti.

Keller Williams Realty of Wellington presented its “Realtors Take the Runway” luncheon and fashion show on Wednesday, June 8 at the Wellington National Golf Club. The event raised money for the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. Dillard’s from the Mall at Wellington Green provided all of the fashions that the models wore. Dillard’s also donated a leather Coach handbag and a cosmetic basket that were raffled off at the luncheon.

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Wellington Honors Memorial Day With Parade And Observance

(Left to right) Local veterans gather at the Wellington Veterans Memorial; Mark Piven and Vice Mayor John McGovern with the U.S. Marine Corps wreath; and Jerry Kline, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Maxwell Nelson and Dr. Carmine Priore with the U.S. Army wreath.

The Village of Wellington and the American Legion Chris Reyka Memorial Wellington Post 390 held a Memorial Day Parade and Observance on Monday, May 30. The parade started at the Wellington Municipal Complex and ended at the Wellington Veterans Memorial, where those who lost their lives were honored during the ceremony. American Legion members joined village officials to lay wreaths in honor of the military service branches.

(Left to right) Councilman Michael Napoleone and Mike Pancia with the U.S. Navy wreath; Tom and Regis Wenham and Al Ziker with the U.S. Air Force wreath; Ernie Zimmerman, Councilwoman Tanya Siskind and Bob Dugre with the POW/MIA wreath; Councilman Michael Drahos and James Napuli with the U.S. Merchant Marine wreath; and John Isola and Wellington’s J.C. de los Reyes with the U.S. Coast Guard wreath.

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Wellington Art Society Hosts Installation Dinner At Mayacoo Lakes

(Left) Incoming board members for 2016-17 are installed. (Right) Susan Mosely, Joanne Baker MacLeod, Kathy Morlock and Ruth Dawson.

The Wellington Art Society held its annual installation dinner on Friday, June 10 at the Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. Members were recognized for their artistic achievements and successes over the past year, while sponsors were recognized for their generous support in helping the group bring art to the community. The incoming board of directors was installed. Sandy Axelrod will serve another term as president of the Wellington Art Society. For more info., visit

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Wellington Rotary Club Hosts Annual Installation & Awards Dinner

(Left to right) The outgoing board toasts a successful year; Henrik Nordstrom hands over the gavel to Tom Neumann; and Dr. Carmine Priore recognizes Debbie Sanacore with the Frank T. Gladney award.

The Wellington Rotary Club held its installation and awards dinner on Saturday, June 18 at the Wanderers Club. Awards were given to members while they enjoyed an elegant dinner. Dr. Juan Ortega installed the 2016-17 board, including president Tom Neumann, who is returning to the post following Henrik Nordstrom’s term with the gavel. For more info., visit

(Left to right) Henrik Nordstrom recognizes Herta Suess and Tiffany Rodriguez with a Service Above Self award; Rookie of the Year Dr. Jon Chung and Rotarian of the Year Larry Kemp with Henrik Nordstrom; Henrik and Gigi Nordstrom with Carla and Tom Neumann; Dr. Juan Ortega pins Tom Neumann; and Henrik, Gigi and Bradley Nordstrom.


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When you are running, you’re exercising, you’re moving, your heart is pumping, your blood is flowing and you’re relieving all that stress. Running makes you feel good, makes you look good and keeps you healthy. Those are some of the positive effects running can have on your mind and body, and that’s what it’s like being a part of the Wellington Runners Club. “We all want to feel good, so that we look good,” Wellington Runners Club coach Jon Pagalilauan said. “To look good and feel good, you’ve got to run. And at one point, instead of running


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being painful, it actually becomes pleasurable. It gives me more pleasure. If I don’t do it, if I don’t run, I feel worse.” The Wellington Runners Club was founded in 2004 and currently has about 140 active members, featuring runners “from top to bottom” — meaning from beginners to elite runners. There are two organized group club

runs and official club meetings on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. Those are Pagalilauan’s favorite days of the week. “Running is what I do. It defines me. It makes me look good; it makes me feel good, health wise and mental wise,” said Pagalilauan, who is in his fifth year as the club’s coach. “If you say running is the key to a happy life, then that’s what you want.” Running brings a smile to the face of Jennifer Leeds, who is in her fourth year as president of the Wellington Runners Club. She doesn’t just go for a club run

to burn calories. She goes to laugh, talk and have a great time with her friends. “That camaraderie, those friendships you make when running with a group, gives you a positive outlook on life,” Leeds said. “It improves your overall health and your ability to make new friends when going for a run… Some people think we’re crazy in a good way, because you’ll only hear a runner say, ‘I only ran 10 miles.’ And people will say, ‘Gosh, you only ran 10 miles? I can’t even do one,’ or ‘Oh, I won’t run until somebody is chasing me.’ We laugh about that.”

When Leeds has put in a full day of work, her mindset is geared toward burning off all that stress. “Running is a great way to reduce stress. It improves your health and improves your aerobic capacity,” Leeds said. “I have a stressful job, so when I’m running with my friends, and all we are doing is talking about running and racing, that’s a great way to improve your health.” Pagalilauan, a USA Track & Field certified coach, agreed with Leeds that running reduces stress. “It’s a stress reliever. That’s a big part

of it. All the demons in your head go away when you run,” he said. “You could be in a bad mood when you start running, but as happy as a clam when you finish because all the endorphins are kicking into your brain. Endorphins are good pain and stress relievers.” Pagalilauan, also the physical education teacher at the Renaissance Charter School at Cypress in West Palm Beach, recommends that new runners start slowly, to help build up endurance and stamina. “The biggest mistake new runners make is they try to run like Usain Bolt,”

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Pagalilauan said, referring to the record-holding Jamaican sprinter. “It’s not a sprint. You start slow, do a short run and walk, or walk and then run. That’s perfect. Wake up early and watch a race. If you go and see a race happen, it really motivates you to do it yourself.” On Wednesday nights throughout

“Having a group, or a partner, to run with is good advice. You get to talk to people, and you get to hang out with people. You form bonds and relationships.” WELLINGTON RUNNERS CLUB COACH JON PAGALILAUAN (BELOW)


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the year, the Wellington Runners Club does speed workouts in the local area. On Sunday mornings, club members meet in Wellington for a long run. When participating, the duration and length of a run depends on the person. Some run for six miles, others run up to 18 miles. “Another great part of our club is the social aspect. Having a group, or a partner, to run with is good advice,” Pagalilauan said. “You get to talk to people, and you get to hang out with people. You form bonds and relationships.” Most members of the Wellington Runners Club are your standard runners, not ultra-runners. “The ultrarunners are the ones who are running 50 miles or 100 miles,” Leeds said. “Our running community is very small. We all know each other, and a lot of our runners are triathlon athletes.” That includes Pagalilauan. He loves the Iron Man races and the triathlons. Pagalilauan has finished four Iron Man races, his last being his best finish, when he placed third overall in the Great Floridian Triathlon in Clermont. An Iron Man is a 2.4-mile swim, 112 miles biking and 26.2 miles running. Such endurance events keep Pagalilauan healthy and at the top of his game, but it’s not for everyone. In the Wellington Runners Club, members like going at their own pace. “With our long runs, we form small groups. Some people are really, really fast and have to go with a certain group,” Pagalilauan said. “Time goes by pretty quickly… You don’t realize how many miles you have finished because of the social aspect of it. The beauty of it is you can run whatever you

want. We have training cycles where we have marathons and a 5K. Me particularly, I enjoy doing the triathlons. I like the long-distance running.” Another important aspect to healthy running is keeping a good diet. “If you don’t keep a good nutritional diet, you’re not going to run well,” Leeds said. “You’re not going to put bad fuel into your gas tank. Food is fuel for your body. If you put good fuel into your body, you’ll perform better. Eat good, common-sense foods, like lean protein like chicken and fish. Fruits and vegetables are instrumental to good running, too. And then there are healthy fats, like avocado, olive oil, seeds and nuts.” If Leeds is going on a short run, she doesn’t put anything into her system. “I just have some water. It’s very individual and specific,” Leeds said. “If I’m going to go and run 13 miles, I’m going to have peanut butter toast, one piece of bread that is 100 percent whole wheat, with peanut butter mixed with honey. I’ll take one or two gels with me to eat while I’m running, while having water and an electrolyte drink like Gatorade.” About an hour after her run, Leeds has a scrambled egg sandwich with avocado. Pagalilauan brought up another aspect. “Running makes you healthy if you do it right, like wearing the proper shoes and having the proper hydration,” Pagalilauan said. “If you do the simple stuff correctly, you’ll have a good time with it. Going to a local running store would be a step in the right direction by getting the right comfort shoe. The only protection you have against the pavement is the proper sneaker.” Visit for information on joining the Wellington Runners Club. “Everyone is welcome, whether they are an elite runner or a beginner,” Leeds said. “It’s a great club. I love being a part of it. And honestly, it’s not any one person who makes it a good club. It’s everyone put together.”

(Above left to right) Physician assistant Allan Snyder, Dr. Brad P. Glick, Dr. L. Zaulyanov Scanlan and Dr. Denise M. Guevara of South Florida Skin & Laser Centers.

South Florida Skin & Laser Centers Provide Comprehensive Care For A Wide Array Of Skin Issues Wellington dermatology practice offers the latest, state-of-the-art skin treatments.


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aking care of families has become the cornerstone of Dr. Brad Glick and Dr. Denise Guevara’s practice. At South Florida Skin & Laser Centers, with offices in Wellington and Margate, Glick and Guevara work with a team of highly skilled healthcare practitioners. The board-certified dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons provide comprehensive care for a wide array of skin conditions. “I think that we provide a very nice service,” said Glick, the founder, owner and operator of South Florida Skin & Laser Centers since 1995. “We have a tremendous number of families that we take care of as part of our practice. From en-

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try to exit, our desire is for the patients to have a very positive experience.” Guevara agreed. “It’s very rewarding to see a patient come back and say, ‘I’m better. Thank you. I’m so grateful,’” Guevara said. “In general terms, it’s a great field. I love what I do. Having the opportunity to work and help make each patient feel better about themselves and about their appearance is wonderful.” Along with comprehensive dermatologic care, Glick and Guevara offer specially formulated products for use as part of a physician-supervised skin care regimen. Each doctor also performs a blend of dermatologic, surgical and aesthetic procedures. They treat a wide variety of dermatologic disorders. One such condition is pruritus, also known as severe itching.

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“Some of the new trends in medical dermatology include treatment options for inflammatory skin diseases, specifically psoriasis. We provide many available options for our patients, which include newer generation medications, known as biologic therapies.” DR. BRAD GLICK OF SOUTH FLORIDA SKIN & LASER CENTERS (BELOW)


“Once we establish that the problem is pruritus, we take care of it,” Guevara said. “The patient frequently returns saying the itch has resolved. This is extremely gratifying.” There are also cosmetic procedures, such as the injectable delivery of Botox. “The patients say, ‘I feel amazing. Those lines aren’t there anymore. I feel so much younger. I can see better because my eyes are open,’” Guevara said. “That’s the cosmetic aspect of our business.” Keeping up with state-of-the-art treatments in dermatology is very important, Glick said. “Some of the new trends in medical dermatology include treatment options for inflammatory skin diseases, specifically psoriasis,” Glick said. “We provide many available options for our patients, which include newer generation medications, known as biologic therapies. On the cosmetic side, we make sure to meet the needs of our patients, providing all the available, new and minimally invasive procedures.” South Florida Skin & Laser Centers stays current on the latest techniques to carry out procedures, such as fillers, Botox, laser therapies and tightening procedures. “One of the keys in our practice is that we are one of the few providers of the newest minimally invasive procedure, known as the Instalift,” Glick said. “This cosmetic procedure utilizes the newest absorbable sutures to gently lift the facial skin.” With new technology being introduced for skin tightening, Guevara noted how important new lasers and radiofrequency devices are to the practice. “I think a lot of new lasers that are being introduced, featuring new technology for skin tightening and removing sun-damaged skin, are important,” she said. “There’s so much in dermatology. What an amazing specialty.” Guevara particularly enjoys treating patients with pigmentation disturbances (brown spots) and removes these skin lesions with peels and both non-ablative and superficially ablative procedures, such as CO2 fractional laser resurfacing. At South Florida Skin & Laser Centers, Glick and Guevara treat and perform surgery

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South Florida Skin & Laser on individuals with chronic sun exposure. This includes the surgical removal of skin cancers, such as basal and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as malignant melanoma. “When the patient comes in for a complete body check, it is not uncommon that we find a mole that they didn’t see previously. The mole may appear to be changing in color, or its symmetry is not the same,” Guevara said. “You can look at the mole both visually and with a hand-held magnifying device known as the dermatoscope, and confirm for the patient the need for a skin biopsy. If the pathologist confirms the diagnosis of skin cancer, it is typically removed right here in the office.” Glick received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in music, as well as a master’s degree in public health, at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Nova

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Surgical assistant Haydee Rodriguez with Dr. Edward Becker and Dr. Fred Muhletaler.

Palm Beach Urology Associates Raises The Bar In Robotic Surgery Dr. Fred Muhletaler, a specialist in the da Vinci Surgical System, has joined the Wellington-based urology practice. lthough the basics of urology remain the same, technology has changed by leaps and bounds in the 31 years since Dr. Edward Becker began Palm Beach Urology Associates. Originally a solo practice, Palm Beach Urology Associates has grown substantially, with several doctors on staff serving four locations. In 1990, Dr. Rafael Lopez joined the practice, followed by Dr. Damian Portela and Dr. Georgis Patsias. “Several years ago, the robotic aspect of urol-


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ogy came into the picture, and at one point, Dr. Portela and I both got trained to do robotics,” said Becker, a longtime Wellington resident. “During that time, I realized that in order to really do robotics the way it needs to be done, it needs to be somebody who has a lot of experience and a lot of training.” Their results were good, but it took Portela and Becker a long time in the operating room. They decided it was time to bring a robotics specialist into the practice, especially since there wasn’t, at the time, anyone in the county who was a fellowship-trained robotics surgeon, Becker explained. One of the newest members on Becker’s team is Dr. Fred Muhletaler, of Palm Beach Advanced Robotics, who specializes in utilizing robotic

Palm Beach Urology Associates surgery to treat urologic cancers such as bladder, prostate and kidney, and reconstructive procedures to reestablish function. “I was very interested in the robotic technique since I first came into contact with it in 2001,” Muhletaler explained. “I was a medical student, and I decided to rotate at Henry Ford Hospital — and all of a sudden I saw a robot in the operating room. I just thought that was going to be the way major surgery in urology, and in general, was going to be done in the future.” In 2006, Muhletaler joined the department as a clinical research fellow before completing his residency and spending two fellowship years working in urologic oncology. The team he worked with truly was pioneering the field, and Muhletaler has had involvement with more than 1,200 robotic cases, of which approximately 900 were radical prostatectomies for prostate cancer, during his approximately 10 years at Henry Ford Hospital. “My chairman in Detroit, his name is Dr. Mani Menon, is the guy who did the first radical prostatectomy in the United States,” Muhletaler said. “He is the guy who really pioneered robotics in the field. He’s my mentor, and he is regarded as the father of robotics in urology. He pushed the field forward. He pioneered and standardized surgical techniques in all of the commonly done surgeries done in urological cancer.” Muhletaler joined the Palm Beach Urology Associates team in August 2015 after meeting them and learning about the need for minimally invasive robotic surgery in the area. He has primary privileges at four nearby hospitals with robotic systems — Palms West Hospital, Wellington Regional Medical Center, JFK Medical Center and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. “We’re able to do major surgeries, specifically for urologic cancer, but also for reconstructive procedures, with hospital stays of one or two nights at the most, with very minimal pain and being very successful with controlling the cancer and reestablishing function within the urinary system,” Muhletaler said. A common misconception, he explained, is

A common misconception is that people think robotic surgery is programmed and the doctor just sits back and watches. That couldn’t be further from the truth. that people think robotic surgery is programmed and the doctor just sits back and watches. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The da Vinci Surgical System robot — the only one approved by the FDA — acts as an extension of the doctor’s hands. Imagine taping skewers to your fingers and then trying to type — it isn’t an easy task, and is one which requires skill, precision, specialized training and hours upon hours of practice. “It’s something you really have to be doing every day,” Becker said. The kidneys and prostate are deep organs that are difficult to get to and require larger in-

(Below) Dr. Fred Muhletaler working with the da Vinci Surgical System robot.

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Palm Beach Urology Associates cisions in traditional open surgery, Muhletaler explained. In robotics, by utilizing small holes in the abdomen, doctors are able to have the view of open surgery, with minimal cuts that cause less pain. Typically, with a prostate removal, the patient will be in the hospital between three and five days with open surgery. With robotics, it is only one night. Patients are able to return to work within a few weeks rather than six to eight weeks. “It makes a significant difference,” Muhletaler explained. “The surgical pain, that is a large part of the surgical recovery, is greatly improved.” Having a great team is also important to excelling. “Before Dr. Muhletaler got here, this practice already did very big surgical procedures; we just did them open,” Becker said. “In order to do big surgical procedures, you need a good assistant. Haydee Rodriguez, RN, joined our practice Dr. Fred Muhletaler and surgical assistant Haydee Rodriguez with the robotic system.


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nine years ago, and she is the primary surgical assistant for this practice… Palm Beach Urology really is a comprehensive urologic practice. There’s really nothing that we don’t do, and in order to be able to do something like that, the surgical assistant is key.” Rodriguez, Becker’s niece, is now Muhletaler’s surgical assistant in robotic surgery. “It’s very interesting, the views that you get, and being able to reach everything without having to cut the patient open with a big incision. Just seeing the recovery is amazing,” she said. “It’s just really amazing, the technique, and seeing Dr. Muhletaler work with it — it’s amazing, the things he can do with it.”

TO FIND OUT MORE Palm Beach Urology Associates has locations in Wellington (3347 State Road 7, Suite 101), Palm Springs (1620 S. Congress Ave., Suite 202), Boynton Beach (8198 Jog Road, Suite 209) and Belle Glade (1100 S. Main St.). For more information, call (561) 790-2111 or visit

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That patient was able to take advantage of the latest technology in hip replacements — the anterior (side) approach to hip surgery. “This is now possible due to the Hana table,” Montijo said, referring to a state-of-the-art fracture table that features unique patient positioning capabilities, enabling the surgeon to replace the hip through a single incision without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur. “The classical posterior surgery left the patient with a limp for the first four or five weeks,” Montijo said. “Now, there’s no limp, and the patients leave the hospital the next day. Soon, anterior hip replacement will be done on an outpatient basis.” Because the procedure no longer needs to cut through half the muscle, there is significantly less pain. “There is less of a need for narcotics and, therefore, less of a problem with narcotic side effects like constipation and hallucinations,” Montijo said. “My patients can go to rehab within 24 to 48 hours. Before, it took several days to get to that point.” Montijo uses the anterior approach on about 50 percent of the hips he works on. Unfortunately, the method is not possible for revision work. “The anterior approach is a little more labor-intensive for the surgeon,

but it’s worth the effort for the patients,” he explained. “It’s delightful to see my patients recover so quickly.” In addition to hip replacements, the Center for Bone & Joint Surgery offers specialized orthopedic treatments that include arthroscopy, joint reconstruction, ankle replacements, knee and shoulder replacements, as well as trauma and fracture repair. The center also treats sports-related injuries of the hand, wrist, foot and ankle, as well as injuries involving the musculoskeletal system. Montijo is also the medical director of the Total Joint Center at Wellington Regional Medical Center and member of the hospital’s board of directors. In addition, he is the founder of the Optimal Wellness & Longevity Institute. A U.S. Army veteran, he trains orthopedic surgeons throughout the United States and around the world.

• • • Dr. Jason Gorscak of the Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute (www. is one of the first ophthalmologists in South Florida to offer bladeless cataract surgery using lasers, a technological advance that he has been able to offer since January. “As far as technology, it’s the hot

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They could not be more satisfied with the quality of vision that they obtain following surgery. I am extremely happy that we now have this technology available for our patients.” While Gorscak diagnoses and treats cataract conditions, he also focuses on glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, and specializes in diagnosing and removing both benign and malignant tumors of the eyelids. He’s part of the team at Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute, which includes a staff of more than 75 professionals, from board-certified physicians to nurses and medical technicians. Together, they offer a full range of comprehensive ophthalmologic care — routine eye care and examinations, pediatric eye care, pediatric and adult strabismus care, and dry eye treatments, as well as advanced corneal, retinal and cataract procedures.

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• • • Dr. Jeffrey Wisnicki of the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center (www. is a western communities pioneer who is now known as one of the top plastic surgeons in Florida. Chosen by his peers, he is featured in the nonprofit consumer research book, Guide to Top Doctors, which lists those specialists who other doctors would want to care for one of their loved ones. “Breast enlargement with implants has consistently been one of the top cosmetic surgical procedures among women,” Wisnicki said. “Over the past 20 years, the number of women having the procedure has more than tripled. It is estimated that 5 percent of the female population of the United States have breast implants. The rise in its popularity has been attended by innovation in both the quantity and quality of implant options.”

Breast implants fall into two categories — those filled with silicone gel and those filled with saline or salt water. Both have a silicone wall which contains the fill material. Wisnicki explained that the first silicone gel-filled implants were placed in a patient in 1962, followed two years later by the clinical use of the saline-filled implants. Both procedures have now been perfected, he said. “Shell strength has improved for all breast implants. The silicone gel currently used has greater cohesiveness, meaning it has less of a liquid characteristic. What are referred to as fourthand fifth-generation silicone-filled implants are now used depending on the particular needs of the individual, and these are designed to reproduce the feel of breast tissue,” he said, noting that manufacturers offer a selection of sizes, shapes and profiles never before available. “Many women may opt for enhancement with saline-filled implants for a variety of reasons, including a

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“An attempt to reduce the potential mechanical stress of implants on the body may be found in the B-Lite Lightweight Breast Implants, which are used in Europe but are not approved for use in the United States at this time,” he said, noting that clinical studies are ongoing. “Tiny hollow spheres, or microspheres, are suspended within a cohesive gel to reduce implant weight by up to 30 percent.” Wisnicki recommends that potential breast implant patients meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon to learn more. “With so many alternatives available, a thorough consultation with a boardcertified plastic surgeon becomes all the more important, as the best approach for the individual patient may not always be clear,” Wisnicki said. “What is clear is that breast implant technology continues to improve under the umbrella of careful basic and clinical science.”

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amilies in the western communities can take comfort in knowing that exceptional pediatric healthcare is located right in their own backyard. The Children’s Hospital at Palms West — the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the western communities — offers a full complement of healthcare services and is a hub of specialized pediatric services for a five-county area. The Children’s Hospital at Palms West is essentially a hospital within a hospital. All hospital services offered for adults are also available for children. Palms West Hospital knows that medical treatment affects children differently than adults. Even if they suffer from the same illness or injury, children are not just small adults. Growing children have different bodies than grownups. A routine procedure for an adult may have serious implications for a developing child. Not only do children require specialized pediatric care from practiced professionals who identify a young patient’s immediate medical needs, but also recognize the long-term effects of pro-

cedures and treatments on a child. In addition, caring for a child requires that “special touch” — to be able to communicate with the child at his or her level and inform the parent or family member regarding the child’s condition. Palms West Hospital has specialized pediatric services in the emergency room, inpatient care, the intensive care unit, hematology/oncology, imaging and rehabilitation. The medical staff includes 128 pediatric specialists covering 22 sub-specialties, such as pediatric cardiology, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric neurosurgery and pediatric oncology. With this breadth and depth of specialists on staff, area families do not have to travel outside of the community for treatment. In fact, patients come from as far away as Coral Springs and Okeechobee to receive pediatric care at Palms West Hospital. Palms West Hospital’s pediatric emergency room treats nearly 19,000 children annually, which accounts for 35 to 40 percent of the total ER volume per year. When a trip to the ER is needed, hospital staff members know how important it is to make children feel comfortable and put their fears to rest. That is why they offer a dedicated pediatric emergency room, where sick and injured kids receive emergency medical wellington the magazine | july 2016


The Children’s Hospital at Palms West treatment in a separate, child-focused environment. This includes a bright, colorful area with murals, a movie theater, toys and games, staffed by boardcertified physicians specializing in pediatric emergency care. Pediatric floor staff members Caren Bock, Jeanine Winsness, Josette Adner, Toni Harris and Jennifer Toppin.

Pediatric services also include a child life specialist who helps children and families cope with the hospital environment, focusing on what a child needs emotionally in order to be treated medically. This often takes the form of diversionary activities, such as games, toys, books or even a new teddy bear. The pediatric in-patient department features 22 all-private beds and 10 pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) beds. Patients in this area are cared for by pediatric intensivists, specialized in the care of critically ill young patients. Palms West Hospital has a serviceoriented philosophy that puts the needs of children and their families first. The Children’s Hospital at Palms West reflects a theme that is child-friendly, bright and cheerful, which keeps spirits up and tensions down. A very important part is the environment created for the children. Each pediatric room reflects an outer space theme, named for a planet, star or constellation, and is

furnished with kid-friendly décor. Even in the hospital, a child’s room should be a safe haven. That’s why Palms West has separate treatment rooms where children can be transferred for any specialized treatment their condition may require. Afterward, they can return to the cozy familiarity of their own private rooms. The Children’s Hospital at Palms West includes an interdisciplinary team comprised of dedicated pediatric professionals, such as physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers and clinical dietitians. All members of the healthcare team have been specially trained to care for children of all ages — from toddlers to adolescents. A large focus in the pediatric unit is the playroom, where children can feel safe and comfortable while taking a needed break from their treatment schedule, as well as a teen room with computers and internet access. Just as

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icated infusion area. Caring for children with cancer and blood diseases is complex and requires emotional sensitivity, something that the caregivers at Palms West truly understand. In 2004, Palms West Hospital developed the first pediatric residency program in the area, the only one north of Miami and south of Orlando. To this day, it is the only pediatric training program in the area. Many of the program graduates continue working in the local community. Throughout the year, Palms West offers a number of family friendly community events focused on topics like summer safety, healthy habits or just good holiday fun. There are also teddy bear clinics, which allow children the opportunity to become familiar with a hospital environment, while they are healthy, so it is not such a scary environment should they require a trip to the ER. The Children’s Hospital at Palms

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Bethesda Hospital West Offers Trusted Kidney Care Image-guided radiofrequency ablation therapy delivers advanced targeting for many kidney tumors.


ince the mid-1990s, kidney cancer, also called renal cell carcinoma, has been on the rise. According to the American Cancer Society, newer imaging tests are detecting solid renal masses at an earlier stage, partly contributing to the increase in renal cancer diagnoses. At the same time, however, there has been a marked decrease in death rates from kidney cancer. This welcome news is likely due to improvements in image-guidance technologies that empower radiofrequency ablation (RFA). RFA is a minimally invasive procedure in which a very thin needle electrode is inserted

directly into the tumor’s cancer cells. Highfrequency electrical currents pass through the needle, creating heat that destroys cancer cells without harming surrounding healthy tissue. Specific to a cancerous renal mass, imageguiding technology adds real-time, GPS-like guidance to help a trained radiologist or urologic surgeon place the needle directly into the kidney tumor’s cancer cells, while avoiding healthy tissue. Bethesda Hospital West is the sole medical institution in Palm Beach County that offers patients one of the most advanced image-guidance technologies, called the Artis Q by Siemens Healthcare, as well as Florida’s only urologic surgeon who performs advanced image-guided RFA for renal cell cancers — Dr. Raymond J. Leveillee, director of the Bethesda Center for wellington the magazine | july 2016


BETHESDA HOSPITAL WEST Advanced Robotics & Urologic Care. The Artis Q is a ceiling-mounted Xray imaging system, with a C-shaped arm that connects to the X-ray source. It is commonly used for interventional

angiography or oncology procedures. During the procedure, the patient lies on the specially designed table, and the C-arm is moved to different settings based on the imaging needs.

Bethesda Hospital West, part of the non-for-profit Bethesda Health system, is located in western Boynton Beach at the corner of Boynton Beach Blvd. and State Road 7.

The quantum leap in this technology relates to a flat-panel detector that rotates around a patient in a two-second sweep, resulting in more efficient, realtime, CT-like medical imaging. There is also greater imaging accuracy when compared to traditional X-ray devices. In addition, the semi-open C-shaped arm gives the radiologist or surgeon more room to work. An advanced image-guided RFA procedure requires a general anesthesia so that the patient stays perfectly still. “From the patient’s perspective, this therapy is virtually painless,” Leveillee explained. “It’s almost an acupuncturestyle approach to solid renal masses.” With Leveillee’s 15 years of experience in image-guided RFA, he often finds the technique as effective as a partial nephrectomy, the gold standard for treating solid renal masses measuring less than 4 centimeters (about 1.5 inches). “When it’s the right candidate, im-

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BETHESDA HOSPITAL WEST age-guided RFA accomplishes the same high level of cancer cure for small renal or kidney masses as cutting the tumor out, but there is a minimal amount of trauma to the patient, virtually no blood loss and maximal preservation of kidney function,” Leveillee said. Leveillee cites two primary factors for image-guided radiofrequency ablation’s acceptance. First, enhanced guided-imaging capabilities remove the guesswork as to where the needles should be inserted. With real-time, CT-like imaging, a radiologist or urologic surgeon can see on a monitor precisely where to insert the needles — whether performing a biopsy or targeting cancer cells. With the ability to better target only cancer cells, as much normal tissue as possible can be preserved without compromising the tumor treatment. “The needles go exactly where I want them, instead of my guessing where they should go and then having to con-

firm placement with a CT scan,” Leveillee said. “With fewer required CT scans, I reduce the patient’s exposure to radiation.” Second, a better understanding of candidates for this procedure has increased positive outcomes. “The proper candidate is somebody with a solid, enhancing renal mass that’s less than four centimeters, which we also refer to as stage T1a,” Leveillee said. “In the past, this therapy, if offered at all, was reserved for elderly patients or those who were not surgical candidates. However, more radiologists and urologic surgeons, like myself, now believe that if the procedure works on someone 75 years old, it will work on someone 65 or 55. So I discuss this option with every qualified patient who comes in the door.” Recovery from image-guided radiofrequency ablation is quick. “About 98 percent of patients return home the day of the procedure. Within three or four

days, patients are off pain medications and back to driving or work,” Leveillee said. As Bethesda Hospital West continues to stay ahead of the curve in image-guided radiofrequency ablation, Leveillee points to yet another benefit — experience. “In the early days, there was a higher rate of complications, such as bleeding and obstruction of urine flow from the kidney or skin burns,” he noted. “Those things rarely happen now. We’re selective about choosing the right candidates for this procedure, and we know our limits. That all adds up to improved outcomes, few complications or risks, and high patient satisfaction.”

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Dr. Teresita Casanova, medical director of neuroscience and stroke, reviews a CT scan of a stroke patient to learn which vessels within the brain are affected.

JFK Medical Center’s Neuroscience Institute Leads The Way In Treating Complex Disorders The neuroscience team at JFK is committed to using the most advanced surgical and medical treatments.


Dr. Abraham Obuchowski reviews the films of a coiling procedure.

he Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center is a leader in treating brain, spine and nervous system disorders. Collaboration is key in caring for such complex issues, and JFK’s team of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuro-interventional radiologists and specialty trained staff team up to provide the best care possible for patients. The neuroscience team is committed to using the most advanced surgical and medical treatments, as well as the most cutting-edge technologies to treat all disorders of the nervous system, which are classified as: • Vascular disorders such as stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hemorrhage and hematoma; • Infections such as meningitis, encephalitis and epidural abscess; • Structural disorders, such as brain or spinal cord injuries, Bell’s palsy, brain or spinal cord tumors, peripheral neuropathy and GuillainBarré syndrome; • Functional disorders, such as headache, epilepsy, dizziness and neuralgia; and

• Degeneration, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Physicians who treat nervous system disorders may have to spend a significant amount of time working with a patient before making a specific diagnosis. Often, this involves performing a number of tests to eliminate other conditions. JFK Medical Center is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and is known as one of the best-equipped hospitals in the state to treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication. The hospital receives a large number of transfers from surrounding primary stroke centers. The main goal for stroke patients is to stop the area of the brain where the stroke occurred from dying by restoring blood flow as quickly as possible. Fast treatment is critical. Dr. Teresita Casanova, medical director of neuroscience and stroke, said the key to remember during a stroke is that “time is brain.” The chances of survival are best if a stroke is identified and treated immediately. In 2015, JFK Medical Center treated more than 600 stroke patients, of which 87 percent had an ischemic stroke, which occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain. wellington the magazine | july 2016


JFK Medical Center The remaining 13 percent had a hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by a ruptured blood vessel, aneurysm or abnormal tangle of blood vessels (AVM). The only FDA-approved treatment for ischemic stroke is a tissue plasmino(Below) Neurosurgeon Dr. Ramin Abdolvahabi performs spine surgery at JFK Medical Center.

gen activator (tPA), which works by dissolving the clot and improving blood flow to the part of the brain that needs it. If administered within three hours, tPA can improve the chances of recovering from a stroke. Unfortunately, a significant number of those who experience a stroke do not get to the hospital in time for tPA treatment. This is why it is so important to identify a stroke immediately. Round-the-clock access to minimally invasive catheter procedures to treat a stroke, as well as neurosurgical availability to perform complex neurovascular procedures, are also available at JFK Medical Center. Neuro-interventional radiologists specialize in the minimally invasive, endovascular approach of navigating microcatheters through the blood vessels under X-ray guidance. This procedure might be used in the case of a stroke, cerebral aneurysm, or brain and spine arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). Coiling is one type of procedure per-

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formed by neuro-interventional radiologists Dr. Abraham Obuchowski and Dr. Nana Amiridze. This procedure is used to treat aneurysms in the brain. A catheter is introduced into the femoral artery in the groin, passed up through the arteries of the body, inside the head, and into the aneurysm. The aneurysm is then packed off from the inside with wire coils, which are very pliable, soft platinum coils. Conditions that would have required open surgery in the past can now be considered for this type of minimally invasive treatment. In some cases, it is too difficult to pass a catheter through the carotid artery to reach the aneurysm. If this is the case, alternative treatments such as surgery are performed by a neurosurgeon. Surgery could include a craniotomy and clipping of the aneurysm in which it is sealed off with a clip. The neurosurgeons at JFK Medical Center are highly trained and skilled in the most modern treatment options.

JFK Medical Center Their comprehensive capabilities, advanced surgical techniques and collaboration with experts in the field of neurosciences enable them to manage a wide array of conditions. Procedures can range from a straightforward insertion of a lumbar drain to the very complex removal of a malignant brain tumor. The most common procedures performed by a neurosurgeon are clot removal, aneurysm repair, tumor removal, brain bleed stoppage, shunt insertion/ revision and endovascular procedures. One of the most recent neurosurgery programs begun at JFK is the Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Program. Skull base surgery, a procedure performed not within the brain, but at the skull base behind the nose, uses minimally invasive techniques that can replace open surgery in many cases. Neurosurgeons can remove tumors using the openings of the face instead of through incisions. Tiny endoscopes are used to navigate to the tumors.

Minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery is often an option for pituitary tumors, which are often inaccessible through open surgery. Diagnosing and treating anterior skull base conditions and tumors require the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists all working together. At JFK, this team of physicians includes Dr. John Cantando (neurosurgery), Dr. Alfredo Archilla (ENT) and Dr. Abraham Obuchowski (neuro-interventional radiology). Also included within JFK’s Neuroscience Institute is spine surgery. JFK Medical Center has neurosurgical and orthopedic fellowship-trained spine specialists on staff. There are also pain management consultants, who work closely with physicians, nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists to help determine an accurate diagnosis and develop a plan of care designed specifically for each patient to bring quicker recovery with less pain and complications.

With such an in-depth neuroscience program, it is important to have a dedicated neuroscience intensive care unit, as well as a specialized neuroscience inpatient unit. Staff members who work within these areas receive specialized training to care for patients with neurological disorders. (Below) Neurosurgeon Dr. Steven Dutcher reviews a patient’s radiology images prior to the removal of a spinal tumor.

TO FIND OUT MORE To learn more about the services offered at the Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center, visit or call (561) 548-4535.

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(Left to right) Dr. Max Cohen of MaxHealth Chiropractic, Dr. Lori Mazza of Family Vision Center, John Goodfellow of Healthcare Source, Dr. Stephanie Lippman of the Psychological Wellness Center, Johnny Meier of My Community Pharmacy, Tiffany Rodriguez of Coast to Coast Pharmacy, Lisa Banionis of Palm Beach Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine and Dr. Andrew Savin of Bethesda Health Physician Group.

Chamber’s Medical & Wellness Committee Helps Make Wellington A Healthier Community Top industry professionals are working with the Wellington Chamber of Commerce on this effort to help local residents.


he Wellington Chamber of Commerce has put together a Medical & Wellness Committee to represent the community’s vibrant medical, health and wellness industries. Each of the committee’s professionals have committed to donate four hours each month to serve Wellington by providing outreach, consulting services, and health and wellness assistance through nutritional advice, mental health advice, stretching out a local sports team, pharmaceutical consulting, or providing wellness services to atrisk youth or local seniors. Committee Chair Lisa Banionis has worked professionally in marketing, education and the health industry. As a certified health coach, she is able to follow her passion for health and wellness and provides health coaching to patients. She also uses her business and marketing expertise to provide guid-

ance to Florida Interventional Pain Management and Palm Beach AntiAging & Regenerative Medicine as business and marketing director. She is also a member of the Women of the Wellington Chamber. Dr. Max Cohen of MaxHealth Chiropractic graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2010, becoming a third-generation chiropractor. His drive for treating musculoskeletal conditions and sport-related injuries began in 2001 as a licensed massage therapist. Cohen regularly attends seminars to keep up to date on the latest information and technology. His model of care is centered beyond passive care alone. This results in better movement, improved function and faster pain relief. Her work with MorseLife has afforded Judy Gelpey the opportunity to promote and raise awareness of senior services in Palm Beach County. She serves on the healthcare committees of

the Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. For the past 15 years, Gelpey has been the co-chair of the Professional Resource Network, a networking group of healthcare marketing professionals. John Goodfellow of Healthcare Source LLC has more than 35 years of experience in diverse and complex mid-to-senior-level executive positions in large and nationally acclaimed real estate development firms. He founded and continues to manage multiple small business ventures. Goodfellow possesses an active Florida certified general contractor license as well as a real estate license and a nurse registry license. A licensed pilot, Goodfellow also serves on the chamber’s Business & Economic Development Committee. Dr. Stephanie Lippman is a Florida licensed clinical psychologist and cofounder at the Psychological Wellness Center. She has extensive experience conducting psychotherapy and psychowellington the magazine | july 2016


logical evaluations with couples, families, adults, children and adolescents. Lippman has served as a parent educator and has facilitated therapy groups with all age ranges. She also serves as a consultant devising and implementing training programs for other mental health professionals, and has served as a media consultant for local media outlets, including WPTV and WFLX. Dr. Lori Mazza of Family Vision Center graduated as valedictorian from Nova Southeastern University in 1995. Her education included a four-month rotation at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, where she was trained under some of the top ophthalmologists in the country. She then completed a one-year residency in ocular disease. She is an active member of the Palm Beach County Optometric Association, the Florida Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. In 2008, Johnny Meier and his wife Meroe founded My Community Pharmacy to provide superior patient care

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in their new hometown. The business is now located near Whole Foods Market on State Road 7, where it serves an increasing volume of patients. The immediate past president of the chamber, he has worked hard to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Wellington Relay for Life and is also a member of the American Legion. Tiffany Rodriguez of Coast to Coast Pharmacy started working for Frank and Herta Suess 14 years ago as a customer service manager at Prescriptions Plus. She has worked her way through the ranks and is the current general manager of several pharmacies. She has also been very active in the Wellington Chamber, where she is the current vice president of the chamber’s board of directors and a member of the Women of the Wellington Chamber. Dr. Andrew Savin of Bethesda Health Physician Group graduated from Rush Medical College in 1988. He completed two years of general surgery residency at Michael Reese Hospital

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Design Visionary Dougie Mutch Roots Herself In Wellington’s Timeless Equestrian Lifestyle By Allyson Lagiovane

M. Douglas Mutch — affectionately known as Dougie Mutch — spent her childhood coloring pictures and daydreaming of fairytales, but she was also obsessed with horses. Unlike most kids’ creations, her drawings were designs for barns, her fairytales involved no princes, and it was her passion for horses that guided her on a journey she never thought she’d take. That same passion turned her life into a whirlwind of success in the interior design industry. “I still remember, my entire childhood when I was supposed to be doing my homework, I’d be designing barns,” Mutch recalled. “And I remember, my mom would say, ‘Are you doing your homework?’ and I would say ‘Yes Ma’am!’ But you know, I wasn’t.” Mutch followed her passion for interior design to Virginia Commonwealth University, where she graduated as a licensed interior designer. She made the move to Wellington in 1981 and immediately delved into her career at a local design firm. From working at Palm Beach Design, located at Palm Beach Polo & Country Club, where she designed a field-side VIP tent for Prince Charles using her grandmother’s furniture, to opening her very first firm, M. Douglas Mutch Interiors, (Right) Interior designer Dougie Mutch.


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Designs for a Florida room, a patio and a rustic kitchen by Dougie Mutch.

Mutch’s functional and timeless equestrian designs caught on fast in the Wellington community. “I have a blessed life, I really do,” she said. “But it’s only because I feel like I have a wonderful work ethic, and one of the things I truly believe is that you are only as good as your last job. It’s about being able to do the best you can for your customer.” Mutch always dreamed of opening her own interior design company, and at an imperfect time, the perfect partner walked into her life. Despite the fact that she was in no position to hire anyone, the fairytale played out, and Susan Elhilow became Mutch’s trusted business partner. “Beautiful lady, bright, smart, vivacious and energetic, the whole deal,” Mutch said of her. “I wasn’t in a position to hire, but she wasn’t going to say no, and it’s the best relationship I could ever imagine, truly a fairytale story.”


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With Elhilow by her side, the pair started Gracie Street Interior Design, Mutch’s current interior design firm in downtown West Palm Beach. Gracie Street prides itself in the ability to design for the equestrian lifestyle, creating an aesthetically pleasing space while maintaining its functionality. “The lifestyle really comes down to the same thing at the end of the day,” Mutch said. “I really learned that when it comes to doing interior design for people who are passionate about horses, whether it’s a farm or a house, you don’t have to explain the lifestyle because it’s something I know.” Mutch also knows how to spend her time giving back to the industry that has done so much for her. From the very beginning of her career, Mutch worked alongside Winter Equestrian Festival founder Gene Mische, designing the VIP

wellington | designer tent at the Polo Club, completely pro bono. She later teamed up with longtime friend Mason Phelps Jr. when the National Horse Show moved to Wellington, and they designed the first-ever, and now iconic, Jockey Club. She continued to give back through her work at the United States Hunter Jumper Association, bringing in donations for the new USHJA headquarters in Lexington, Ky. She brought the history of the USHJA to Kentucky in a modern style, incorporating posters and paintings donated on permanent loan by people across the country. When the National Horse Show made the move to Kentucky, it was Mutch who headed the design operation. “I was challenged with the task to bring the history of the National Horse Show to Lexington, and bring Lexington to the National Horse Show,” she said. The entertainment areas were the work and vision of Mutch, designing the rider’s club, the Taylor Harris VIP Club, and the one-of-a-kind Gracie Street Garden. “At Madison Square Garden there was the MSG Club. I was joking when I brought up calling it the GSG,” she said of the Gracie Street Garden. “Then when it actually stuck; I was greatly humbled by that. It’s huge to me. I do all this pro bono, because it’s my way to give back to this industry.” Mutch has been in Wellington for 35 years and has rooted herself in the warm climate and the rich equestrian culture. These days, she spends her free time riding her 10-year-old

Thoroughbred gelding, Gracie Street’s Yes I Fly. After years of hard work, she has finally been able to add her passion for riding back into her life. “I’ve been in this industry for so long, and I am blessed to be able to do what I do for people who do what I love the most,” she said. “My two passions are combined, and it’s just so rewarding.” For more information about Dougie Mutch and Gracie Street Interior Design, visit Gracie Street’s Yes I Fly with Dougie Mutch.


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The life of local educator Anita Kane, co-founder of #1 Education Place in Wellington, has come full circle. Growing up in a private school setting, she has now created an educational institution to meet the unique needs of today’s students. As a child whose entire youth was spent on the 25-acre campus of one of the largest private day schools on the East Coast, located in the outskirts of Washington, D.C., Kane was exposed daily to the educational world her parents occupied full-time. They owned and ran the Potomac Country Day School in Maryland, founded four years before she was born. “We also ran one of the largest summer day camps on the East Coast,” Kane recalled. “I grew up with a lot of that stuff, a lot of involvement, and I think that’s probably why I thought I wanted to get away from it.” Growing up, the school was always a large part of life. “People would forget their books at school, and they had no problem just coming up to the house and knocking on the door while we were eating dinner and saying, ‘I need you to go unlock the school building.’ It was a real community, and I thought I wanted to get away from that.” So, she left for Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Then it was off to law school at George Mason University. “I told myself that I wasn’t going to do the education thing; I was going to go to law school,” Kane said. “Until I had a child, and then I decided I needed to be involved in that.” She got married while attending law school and had her son, Sean Joseph Kane. “But I was a single mom from the time my son was 2,” Kane said. “So I went back and got several levels of


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Montessori teacher training, and I got a master of arts in teaching from Trinity College in Washington, and then started working at the school in Maryland that my son went to.” She came to Florida when she was recruited by a private school in Palm Beach in the mid-1990s to help establish a new program. “After three years, we agreed that things weren’t working out,” Kane said. “I found myself without a job and with six horses, three dogs and a child. I walked away from a job for the first time in my life.” So, years after she had left behind the educational community she grew up in, Kane joined with a former colleague to establish #1 Education Place. “Interestingly enough, that’s what we’ve really tried to create here — a community,” she said. Now located in the original Wellington Mall, #1 Education Place grew in large part out of her and her son’s connections in equestrian circles. “I had been involved in the horse-show world my whole life,” she said. “We were supposed to go to the Charleston Summer Classic that summer.” It was 1999. “Everybody said, ‘Oh… go ahead anyhow, you can groom for me, and you can do this…’ Then people started asking me to tutor their children. From tutoring children over the summer, it got to be doing school with children in their homes during the school year. Then, after a year or so, it got so big that I couldn’t handle it.” That is when she partnered up with co-founder Judy Blake. “For about two

years, we did this school from our cars,” Kane recalled. “We traveled around, and it just kept getting bigger and bigger, between circuit clients and yearround students.” That’s when #1 Education Place got a permanent location, just across the street from where the school currently resides. “What we thought originally was just going to be a tutoring service wound up turning into a private school,” Kane said. “The need became apparent very quickly for a private school that would serve children who have different needs than a child who can go to school from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.” Many of their clients are either professionals or athletes, as are a good number of the students. “Many of our students are athletes, not just equestrians, but we’ve also had race car drivers and models and ice skaters,” Kane said. “What happens with those children, who really have a profession basically at the tender age of 15, is that they can’t really go to school on that kind of a regular schedule.” #1 Education Place, which serves students in first through 12th grades and sometimes beyond, now is going into its 16th year. It has around a dozen faculty members, serving between 40 and 60 students at any given time during the year, and a dozen or more during the summer. Kane went on to earn certificates from Independent School Management (ISM) in school policy design and implementation, and now is teaching mostly English at her school. She has also taught business communication, English, professional development and computer skills to adults in the past, but is now concentrating on her duties at the school.

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Part of that is deciding which students to accept. “About 20 to 30 percent of our students are just those for whom traditional school doesn’t really work,” she said. “We accept something called the McKay scholarship, and it’s for students who have any kind of learning need from an undiagnosed one to those who have muscular dystrophy or other disorders that make it very difficult for them to be in the public school system.” Yet the school remains very well known for its connections to the horse community. “It began through the horse connection, and still, I would say, it’s a very strong connection,” Kane said. “This school is really a microcosm inside of that community. We get a lot of repeat people, and friends and family. We’ve had all the Gracida kids.” Her personal reward from her fullcircle career has changed, though, since she first started the school. It’s partly because last year she lost her son, who taught math at the school. He went to sleep after a normal day last fall and never woke up. She has started a scholarship in his name. “So yeah, my focus has changed now. It keeps me alive; it keeps me happy. Always my focus has been, I get great joy out of giving to these children,” Kane said. What she gets out of it is a lot of gratitude and the joy of seeing their success. “To have a child who couldn’t succeed someplace else, or who everybody else thinks is a pain in the pitfeathers, and to be able to connect with that child, to be able to be a participant in somebody’s transformation, that’s my reward,” Kane said. For more information, call (561) 7536563 or visit

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Diane Widdick’s backstory is as American as apple pie. “I was born in the small town of Peckville, Pennsylvania, where everyone knows everyone else,” she recalled. “My mother and father were very politically active, and I was raised with the belief that family and community are important.” It only gets better from there. “I married my childhood sweetheart, Bob Widdick. We have two great kids and four beautiful grandchildren,” Widdick said. “Bob is a Vietnam veteran, and when he got out of the service, he went to work for an automotive company in Peckville. He was offered a position as a body and fender man with a major automobile retailer in South Florida. The money was good and the benefits were excellent, so we relocated our family to sunny Florida.” How she became a Realtor is another story. “Being a people person, I decided to get my real estate license in 2001,” she said. “I currently work for Bowen Realty. We serve several locations: Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach and Port Saint Lucie. Bowen is under the leadership of Darell Bowen, whose philosophy, like mine, is ‘people first.’ From the time a client walks into the office until they sign on the dotted line for their new home, they receive one-on-one service. There are never too many questions or too many phone calls.” Widdick has never been one to settle for the status quo. She constantly pushes herself to stay ahead of the curve and hone her skills. “By taking various educational classes in real estate, property management, mortgage financing and more, I have been able to offer my clients a full-service Realtor,” she said. “Many of my clients have compared me to a concierge in an upscale hotel because I make sure their needs are a priority. My educational background includes certification in Short Sale CDPE, as well as being active in the IRES, which serves the international marketplace.” Widdick concentrates on doing business in Wellington and the surrounding areas. That said, she does not restrict herself geographically and will go wherever the best match between home and buyer exists. “I am a major Realtor in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach and The Acreage,” Widdick said. “However, I will work in any area that meets the needs of my clients and their families. Every family is No. 1 on my client list, and each receives my in-

dividual and undivided attention. Personal customer service is mandatory, and meeting a client’s needs is a top priority with me and my staff.” You don’t have to be a Wellington resident to benefit from Widdick’s expertise and experience. “Many of my clients live out of state and, once I know their needs, I can put them in their dream home or sell their home without the need for them to be in Florida,” she said. “When a condo or villa or house is priced right, it will sell quickly.” Widdick is based out of the Bowen Realty office at 1168 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. For more information, call her at (561) 247-5478 or visit wellington the magazine | july 2016


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David Bias comes to the Wellington Design Center with more than 32 years of decorating and design experience. With a background that ranges from major department store visual merchandising to residential design, David has a unique and varied perspective to help you fulfill your design dreams.

David spent more than 13 years working with a prominent Palm Beach design firm. Starting with the nuts and bolts of space planning and logistics, and moving to having regular design clients, he was also heavily involved in the firm’s participation in charitable events. David has installed multiple Red Cross Designer Show Houses, the Veranda Show House at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, the Adamsleigh Estate for the Junior League of Greensboro, N.C. (where his personal artwork was also shown), and even personally produced pet clothing and table linens for the Broward County Humane Society PAWS To Help fundraiser at DCOTA in Dania. Having a keen eye for line, balance and color, David was also the stylist for all of the firm’s photography for publication. “At the end of the day, design should be fun,” he explains. “The client needs to enjoy the process. My job is to take the frustration away and replace it with a sense of joy and accomplishment. The Wellington Design Center is the perfect environment in which I can make this happen for my clients.”

Summer is here and school is out. Now is the time for fun, sun, family and friends. Let’s take a look at our spaces and see how we can make them low maintenance, beautiful, fun to live in and a place you’d like to show off. Start with organization. Being organized can make life so much easier, freeing up more time to spend having fun. If you have the privilege of having a pool, get the area ready for fun. Have a large pretty basket with all of your beach towels rolled up and ready to use. This keeps everyone from dripping all over your floors and rugs when they forget to take a towel out with them. Install fun, decorative hooks above the basket so that damp towels can be hung to dry. Not only does this keep people from draping wet towels on your furniture, but wet towels piled up in the laundry will start to get a little aromatic if you forget to do the laundry right away. Shop sales and sample bins for a selection of outdoor skincare and sunscreen products. Keep these out in the cabana bath or on the patio in a large clam shell so that you and your guests can always be protected from the Florida sun. Inside the house, remember: the more you have, the more there is to clean. Get all of your remotes in one decorative box to reduce clutter. Get all of your summer reading into magazine racks or baskets — not laying all over counters and table tops. Do you need to edit all of the accessories that

cover every surface in the house? By rethinking the clutter of “decoration,” you give the space a clean and fresh look. Are your silk florals tired, dusty or drab? Clean them with compressed air or replace them with something that is bright, cheerful and “summery.” A quick way to give a fresh look to a space is to replace your pillows. Deeper colors have a very fall/winter feel to them. Swap them for a more vibrant and cheerful pattern and color. This is instant change for very little investment. Are the decorative soaps and accessories in the bathrooms getting a little “fuzzy” from the dust build-up? Then it is time to use the fancy soap and replace or, at least, scrub the accessories. Hairspray and perfumes cause everything in the bathroom to get a little sticky… and dust loves sticky. If you want to freshen your bedroom and give it a spa feel, swapping out your comforter or spread for a crisp white or cream coverlet and shams is a quick fix. By putting your dark or heavily patterned comforter in a great matelassé duvet for the season, you change the feel of the entire room. Add matching pillows, and you have completely changed the look of the bed. When the season changes, remove the duvet and you are back to your original look. These are just a few simple solutions for making your spaces fun to live in and great to look at. W

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Dining Area: Removing an atrium from the center of the home allowed the owners to create a “four poster� island in a horseshoe shape downstairs, as seen here from the dining area. Off camera to the left, a coffee/tea/latte/cappuccino station along one wall ties the kitchen and dining area together.

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Located in Wellington’s Coventry Green neighborhood, this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath townhome has the unique charm of a seaside cottage, thanks to 10 years of upgrades made by its owners. For example, removing an atrium from the center of the 2,100-square-foot abode allowed the owners to create a “four poster” island downstairs and a third bedroom/office upstairs. Extending the living space onto the patio by bumping out sliding glass doors added another 200 square feet, creating a home that feels much larger, open and airy than your standard townhome.

Family Room: Just a few steps down from the dining area and the adjoining kitchen, this family room is strategically placed next to the Florida room, giving those seated here the perfect perch from which to watch the game, observe nearby activity and contribute to interesting conversation.

Office: This office/bedroom commands the center of the upstairs in space that was reclaimed when the atrium was removed. Inspiration, research and a plan were the keys to the homeowners’ success with their DIY remodel.

Florida Room: One of the owners is a yoga instructor, so the Florida room was designed with a feng shui sensibility. In a departure from the rest of the home, the floor is patio block laid in a bishop’s hat pattern. Hurricane-rated sliding-glass doors lead to a patio with an unobstructed view of the green space beyond. wellington the magazine | july 2016


Under Stair Area: Hardwood floors both upstairs and down replaced outdated tile all the way to the Florida room. This hideaway under the stairs can be used for a rollaway bar or, as shown here, provide a cozy getaway for the owners’ cat and dog. Guest Bath: The deluxe guest room bath features a sink console with a separate two-seat vanity, a jetted tub, slate tile flooring and wall tile reminiscent of sea glass. Half Bath: It took the homeowners six months to find a unique sink to use as the focal point in the alcove of the small half bath located downstairs. This single-sheet glass sink fit the bill with style, and allows for rotating seasonal displays underneath. Guest Bedroom: All three bedrooms are located upstairs, and this guest bedroom is no exception. Unlike traditional bare bones guest rooms, this one offers a walk-in closet and a private bath.


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Nestled in the Wellington Marketplace at Greenview Shores Blvd. and Wellington Trace, Romeo’s Italian Cuisine started out as a pizzeria, but has recently evolved into a full-scale Italian restaurant offering brunch, lunch, sunset and dinner. Glittering lights and soothing music create a warm and inviting atmosphere as the smell of classic Italian cuisine emanates from the kitchen. Much has changed about Romeo’s in its nine-year history, with a grand re-opening in November 2015. Co-owners Tony Manglaviti and Sebastian Romeo expanded the operation from a 40-seat pizzeria to a 200-seat restaurant with a bar, outdoor dining, a soon-to-open private event room, tapas, brunch, lunch, dinner and entertainment. Now, the menu includes pizza, seafood and fresh pasta. “We do everything from scratch, starting with the pasta and pizza dough. We use fresh,

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Signature Dish A signature dish at Romeo’s, the Tuna Tacos, is available both in a lunch serving (two tacos) and a dinner (three tacos) with bigeye tuna paired with pico de gallo stuffed tortillas. “I’ve been working on this lunch menu with the chef,” Manglaviti said. “I had him buy the best quality he could find for all the fish. This particular fish is bigeye tuna. He seasons it, he sears it, and then he puts it over tacos with a special sauce.” Tuna Tacos were added to the menu in the beginning of May when Romeo’s began opening for lunch, and has been the bestselling meal since. Bigeye tuna,

Manglaviti said, is a high-quality tuna that often comes with a big price tag. Romeo’s sells the dish for $7, when similar dishes sell elsewhere for more, he explained, because they want their customers to enjoy the best and have the opportunity to taste something special. Chef Joshua Flores perfects the dish using fresh tuna that comes in several times a week, cutting up the loin, cubing it, preparing it, cooking it and assembling the Tuna Tacos. “This dish, for me, is very special because it’s a new item for the restaurant,” Flores said. “The tuna we’re using is very high quality. A lot of restau-

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wellington | calendar Friday, July 1 • The West Palm Beach Antique & Collectibles Show returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center from Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3. For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Happy Birthday, America!” for ages 6 to 12 on Friday, July 1 at 3 p.m. Celebrate Independence Day and create a patriotic lantern. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Monday, July 4 • Wellington’s Independence Day Celebration begins at noon on Monday, July 4 with a Patriotic Pool Party at the Wellington Aquatics Complex. The celebration continues from 6 to 10 p.m. at Village Park (11700 Pierson Road) with live music, food trucks and lots of activities for kids, capped by a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. Shuttle service to Village Park will be available from the Palm Tran bus stop by Nordstrom at the Mall at Wellington Green. Visit for more info. Tuesday, July 5 • The Western Business Alliance will hold a Business Over Easy breakfast event on Tuesday, July 5 at 8 a.m. at the Wild West Diner (12041 Southern Blvd.). For more info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Clay Creations for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, July 5 at 6 p.m. Make some cute figurines to share or keep. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Wednesday, July 6 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Not Your Grandma’s Bingo for ages 5 to 12 on Wednesday, July 6 at 3:30 p.m. Create a card and see if luck is on your side. Have fun and win a prize. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, July 7 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive)

will host Olympic Crafts for ages 6 to 12 on Thursday, July 7 at 2:30 p.m. Learn, create and celebrate the upcoming Olympics with symbolic crafts. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks on Thursday, July 7 at 5 p.m. with live music from Cecilia Lauren and the Ocoee River Band at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Friday, July 8 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will hold a free screening of the movie Pan on Friday, July 8 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, July 9 • The Florida Gun & Knife Show returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. Visit for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free Jimmy Buffett tribute concert on Saturday, July 9 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Monday, July 11 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Tween Gaming for ages 8 to 12 on Monday, July 11 at 2:30 p.m. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host its Chess Club for Adults on Monday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Practice strategy skills with other players. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, July 12 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Family Container Gardening Fun for ages 5 and up on Tuesday, July 12 at 2:30 p.m. The easiest way to begin growing your own food is with containers. Learn all the steps, from choosing a con-

tainer size to harvesting your crop. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Anime Nation for ages 12 to 17 on Tuesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit for more info. • Wellington will hold a Family Game Night on Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. at the Community Services Office (1092 Wellington Trace). Call (561) 791-4764 or visit for more info. Wednesday, July 13 • The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will hold Networking & Poker at the Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach) on Wednesday, July 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “Better Than the Movie?” for adults on Wednesdays, July 13 and July 27 at 6:30 p.m. The library continues its series of book versus movie discussions by watching and talking about the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Thursday, July 14 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host “I Love Art!” for ages 6 to 12 on Thursday, July 14 at 3 p.m. Dress to get messy. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks on Thursday, July 14 at 5 p.m. with a free concert by the NattyBos at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Scrabble for Adults on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a fun evening of word-play with the classic board game. Basic game knowledge is required. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register.

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wellington | calendar Friday, July 15 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will hold a free screening of the movie Everest on Friday, July 15 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, July 16 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Wonderful Weather for ages 2 to 6 on Saturday, July 16 at 11 a.m. Prepare for stormin’ stories, songs and a craft about weather. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. Monday, July 18 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Being Fit, Being Well for adults on Monday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will integrate four wellness resources to provide information on keeping the body in natural balance. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, July 19 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Cirque du Library for ages 6 to 12 on Tuesday, July 19 at 3 p.m. Learn how to juggle, walk the tight rope and play circus games. Call (561) 7906070 for more info. Wednesday, July 20 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Kids’ Music Circle for ages 2 to 11 on Wednesday, July 20 at 3 p.m. Sing, shake and play along with music specialist Noam Brown. Come ready for singing, rhythm-making and creative movement. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. Thursday, July 21 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks on Thursday, July 21 at 5 p.m. with a free concert by the Orange Sunshine Band at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info.

• The Western Business Alliance will hold a social event Thursday, July 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Oak Bistro & Wine Bar (11051 Southern Blvd.). For info., visit • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host a Hand Lettering Workshop for adults on Thursday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. Practice simple and easy techniques to make hand lettering pop and impress. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Friday, July 22 • The music entertainment of Decades Rewind will be at the Kravis Center on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23. Visit for tickets. • The Village of Royal Palm Beach will hold its second annual Senior Free Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 22 at the Royal Palm Beach Cultural Center (151 Civic Center Way). For more info., call (561) 790-5149 or visit www.royalpalmbeach. com. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of movie The Good Dinosaur on Friday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Saturday, July 23 • The Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest returns to the South Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 23. Visit for more info. • Sean’s Dance Factory will present SDF Big Bang XX at the Kravis Center on Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m. Visit for tickets. Monday, July 25 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Craft-a-Palooza for ages 2 to 8 on Monday, July 25 at 3 p.m. Create multiple crafts from fun selections. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Coloring for Grown-Ups on Monday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. Express your creative side with this











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calming activity. Coloring pages and colored pencils will be provided. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. Tuesday, July 26 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Balloon Frenzy for ages 8 to 12 on Tuesday, July 26 at 2:30 p.m. Dodgeball and soccer meet balloons in this fun activity. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • Wellington will hold a Family Game Night on Tuesday, July 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Primrose Park. Visit or call (561) 791-4764 for more info. • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Line Dancing for adults on Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. Learn a few line dances to keep you moving. Call (561) 790-6070 to pre-register. • The Wellington Village Council will meet Tuesday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington Municipal Complex. Visit for more info. Wednesday, July 27 • The Western Business Alliance will hold a Summer Lunch Event on Wednesday, July 27 at noon at Tree’s Wings & Ribs (603 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.). For info., visit Thursday, July 28 • The Wellington library (1951 Royal Fern Drive) will host Lego Bricks for ages 6 to 12 on Thursday, July 28 at 3 p.m. Create vehicles or buildings with Lego bricks. Call (561) 790-6070 for more info. • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host food trucks on Thursday, July 28 at 5 p.m. with a free concert by Bobby G. at 6:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info. Friday, July 29 • The Wellington Amphitheater (12100 W. Forest Hill Blvd.) will host a free screening of the movie Spectre on Friday, July 29 at 8:30 p.m. Call (561) 753-2484 for more info.


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Local Realtor On TV — Realtor Mindy Sepinuck hosted a premiere party Tuesday, June 21 at Suri West in Wellington for an episode of House Hunters on HGTV that she was featured in. Sepinuck gathered with family and friends to watch the TV show, which filmed last September. Sepinuck worked with Shawn and Astrid Mitcham, who purchased a home in Boynton Beach. Shown above is Sepinuck (center) with Nancy Jennings and Nappy Tranter.

Father’s Day 5K — The Purple Chicks held their fourth annual Wellington Father’s Day 5K Run to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Sunday, June 19 at Village Park on Pierson Road. The run has raised more than $30,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, not including this year’s race. Shown here are the Purple Chicks, Sheryl Esquilin, Barbara Matthews and Robin Lingenfelder.

New Rabbi — Temple B’nai Jacob of Wellington is welcoming a new spiritual leader. Rabbi David Sislen, shown above, will become the temple’s fulltime rabbi, cantor and education director starting Friday, July 1. Sislen takes over for Rabbi David Abrams, who announced his intention last year to step down as the Conservative Jewish congregation’s spiritual leader.

TWBA Social Event — Members of the Western Business Alliance gathered for a networking social event on Thursday, June 16 at the Men’s Wearhouse store in Wellington. Italian food was catered by Mario the Baker in Royal Palm Beach. Several lucky guests won prizes in raffles. Shown above, TWBA board members gather at Men’s Wearhouse.

Helmet Fitting Event — Wellington’s Community Services Department, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Safe Kids Palm Beach County and Wheels of Wellington, hosted a bicycle helmet fitting on Saturday, June 11 at the Wheels of Wellington store. Approximately 50 helmets were given out so kids could be safer on their bicycles.

(Above left) Stan Kilbas fits Logan Przybylowicz with a helmet. (Above right) Melany and Guiliana Quartarolli with their new helmets.

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July 2016 | ON THE COVER Wellington Runners Club coach Jon Pagalilauan. The club is profiled in this month’s issue. photo BY Abner Pedraza...