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FEATURES 44 How Kiko Keeps His Mojo Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso stays in tip-top shape—here’s how.

48 Hunting for Healthy? The busiest pros we know reveal where and what they eat to stay healthy.

52 Working Vacation Activate and rejuvenate at the BodyHoliday in St. Lucia.

And be chic at the same time, in the season’s best athleisure-inspired pieces.

On the Cover Photograph of Kiko Alonso courtesy of Miami Dolphins.

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Tracksuit by Koza. Crop top by Titika Active Couture. Shoes by Axel Arigato. Bag by MCM. Earrings by AUrate New York. Bracelet by AUrate New York. Bar bracelet by Lulus.com.

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What’s going on in town & its surrounds… LYNYRD SKYNYRD

Rock-tober IS Here A roster of rock legends is set to

Get ready to “Surrender” to the relentelectrify the stage at the Second Annual less rock royalty line up set to ignite South Florida this fall for the Second Annual Rock- ROCKFEST 80’s in Pembroke Pines. fest 80’s. A total of 16 bands will grace the Rockfest stage at this fan-favorite two-day festival event at C.B. Smith Park on Saturday, November 4, and Sunday November 5. This year’s lineup features rock-and-roll hall of famers Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, plus Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Foghat, Lita Ford, The Outlaws, Little River Band, Steelheart, Jack Russell’s “Great White,” Quiet Riot, South Florida’s Mr. Nice Guy and Coral Springs rockers Stellar Revival. Two more bands will join the line-up through a statewide Battle of the Bands search sponsored by Reverbnation, Revolution Live and Extreme Action Park, which was taking place as this issue went to press. Doors will be open noon to 10:30 p.m. each day; tickets are on sale at rockfest80s.com. JOAN JETT

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Signature Grand’s annual Grand Ghoul is all about fun and fundraising.

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The 16th Annual Signature Grand Ghoul Presented by Calvin Giordano & Associated benefiting 2-1-1 Broward will take place on Monday, October 30, from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., when the Signature Grand will be transformed into a haunted mansion for the evening and guests are invited to come in their most creative costumes to enjoy a night of entertainment and spooky surprises, a costume contest, an open bar, and the opportunity to mingle with NFL alumni and other local notables. Former Miami Dolphin O.J. McDuffie will emcee alongside cohost Kavita Channe. To purchase tickets, visit 211-broward.org.

Sheila Smith, Kavita Channe, Gavin Gaukroger and O.J. McDuffie at last year’s Grand Ghoul.


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Door Prize Catered Fit delivers fresh, healthy meals to your home five nights a week.

Fitting Together The famous and fabulous Fit Expo heads east to Florida for the first time this month.

TheFitExpo, the West Coast’s largest and most-celebrated fitness expo, is holding its first East Coast event with a two-day expo at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22, 2017. Those who come out can meet fitness celebrities, including bodybuilder Kali Muscle, Internet sensation and health coach Massy Arias, fitness model Valeria Orsini, and founder of PumpFit Club Hannah Eden, among others, and discover over 150 health and wellness products and services, enjoy free fitness classes and cooking demos along with powerlifting contests, dodgeball, a Healthy Living Pavilion, children’s activities and a fitness model search. Tickets are $25 for one day and $40 for a weekend pass. Admission for kids 12 and under are $10 a day at the door; children 6 and under get in free. For more information, call 818-545-0290 or visit thefitexpo.com.

New, fabulous, fresh food delivery service alert: Catered Fit is already among the nation’s best, but it’s the only one of its kind to deliver fresh meals five nights a week. The company’s creatively designed meal plans offer a variety of options that are balanced, cooked fresh with the highest-quality ingredients and cater to a wide range of lifestyles: classic, meatless, paleo/gluten-free and combo meal plan options are all available. Meals are delivered to a customer’s door ready to heat and eat. How easy—and appetizing—is that? Weekly and monthly plans are available, offering from three to five meals per day for as low as $26 per day. All ingredients used are non-GMO, free of hydrogenated oils, modified starches, high fructose corn syrups, man-made dyes, preservatives, white flour, white sugar & table salt. Meats are all locally sourced, hormone- and antibiotic-free, humanely raised and never frozen. Produce is always local and comes in to the Catered Fit kitchen fresh daily, and the seafood is always wild-caught. Delivery to Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

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Download Sworkit and get the entire family in on the fitness act. Here’s an app both you and your kids can get into: Sworkit Kids compiles a playlist of exercises demonstrated in real time for users to follow along with. The app features fun and creative exercises such as the crab crawl and “tightrope” walking, among other kid-friendly exercises. Sworkit Premium offers a Workout Builder, which gives users the power to filter their workouts by difficulty, category, stance, impact level and focus area, along with the ability to share their workouts with others. Try it by using their free seven-day trial. The app is available on iOS and android systems, including iPhones, Androids, iPads and other web-based devices. For more information, visit sworkit.com.

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all well & good

By Alison Ryan

Food Fight Eat to beat disease: Dr. Sonali Ruder can show you how.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Dr. Sonali Ruder, a Broward physician who’s been dubbed the “Foodie Physician,” is here to tell us that what we eat plays an important role in the fight against the disease. “While there is no one specific food that can prevent breast cancer, there are certain foods to boost your immune system, fight inflammation, and help keep your risk as low as possible.” Ruder touts studies that show a plant-based diet can reduce the risk of breast cancer; as well, a Mediterranean diet of fish, fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes and olive oil may reduce the risk of estrogen-receptor-negative breast cancer. So, which foods hold the power of prevention?

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, arugula, and cauliflower are rich in phytochemicals that fight cancer. Use quick-cooking methods like stir-frying or sautéing to retain as much of the phytonutrient concentration as possible.

Orange foods—think sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, cantaloupe and mango— are rich in carotenoids, which have a preventative effect on breast cancer.

Red foods such as tomatoes, watermelon, guava and red bell peppers are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps stop cancer cell growth.

Drink green tea. It’s known to boost the immune system, and although the exact mechanism is unknown, researchers believe that the high level of polyphenols in tea helps kill cancer cells.

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PHOTO CURTESY OF THE FOODIE PHYSICIAN

Add turmeric to your food. The yellow spice has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may limit the growth of breast cancer cells.


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Pour Some Sugar on Me Harper +Ari offers

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There They Grow Harpke Family Farm’s known for its fresh, organic produce—but book a visit and you’ll find much more.

While others around the country are enjoying fall fun at farms, we can do the same—minus the major drop in temperatures. Check out the hidden gem Harpke Family Farm, an urban farm located in Dania Beach that’s run by Tamer and Claire Harpke, a young couple known for supplying their fresh, organic products to many of Dade and Broward counties’ hottest restaurants. While South Florida doesn’t have the growing season that many cities around the country have, you’ll find 30 varieties of live microgreens and micro herbs, hydroponic gem lettuces, petite root veggies such as heirloom carrots, turnips, radishes and tomatoes. Bring the kids and enjoy your bounty under their Seminole Indian chickee hut at the fully shaded farm table or take a monthly yoga class with nature as your backdrop. Farm visits are by appointment only. 2781 SW 36th St., Dania Beach; harpkefamilyfarm.com.

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From hair blowouts to massages, on-demand mobile apps have made life easier for everyone—bringing vetted pros right to your home or office. An app called PRIV recently launched in Miami offering customized beauty and wellness experiences for both men and women. In addition to massages, spray tans, nails, makeup and hair, you can also have a personal trainer on-command for a tough workout. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance, but those who are on-the-go, can book PRIV within the hour. Downloading the app on iTunes or Google Play is free, and all prices include tip. gopriv.com

Looking to refresh your skin after a rough season of basking in the South Florida sun? Try The Discovery Kit by beauty newcomer Harper + Ari, an adorable set of six exfoliating sugar cubes. One cube, made of shea butter, aloe and natural sugars will exfoliate and nourish the entire body—and the cubes come in delicious scents like coconut, peach, blue raspberry, apricot, tangerine and lemon. While showering or bathing, gently massage the cube over wet skin, concentrating on any rough patches. While the company’s warehouse was previously located in Doral, the aloe comes from the island of Aruba. When you open the box, you’ll be captivated by the fragrance, and while they look and smell good enough to eat, stick to pampering the body. The Discovery Kit, $10.; at harperari.com.


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KIKO Dolphins linebacker

Kiko Alonso fits right in

here in South Florida— and find his new(ish)

home the ideal place

to stay in tip-top shape. Here’s how he does it. By Linda Marx

Keeps His Mojo

The son of Hispanic parents, Kristian “Kiko” Alonso, aka “El Bravo” to his 82,800 followers on Instagram, is thriving in his career as a linebacker with the Miami Dolphins. He also loves his Spanish culture and its influences, which run rampant in South Florida. Even though he was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, spent years growing up in Los Gatos, California, and played college football for the Ducks at the University of Oregon, he has recently taken a serious interest in his Spanish roots. Alonso’s mother is from Colombia, where he spent summers growing up; his father was born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico. “I like to visit my family in Colombia and Puerto Rico,” says Alonso, 27, who is bilingual and practiced Spanish over the years with both of his parents. “Out of everywhere I travel, I like to go to those inWESTON MAGAZINE

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“Alonso’s speed and talent are recognized by everyone. He also happens to bring a hero factor to South Florida’s huge Cuban fan base.” BILL NEWGENT, HOST OF SOUTH FLORIDA’S CITY VOICE PODCAST

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trates more on running and lifting. He also enjoys the beach when he has a rare pocket of spare time. And, he adds, “California has a lot more mountains than Florida, so I like to go hiking.” Alonso is also strictly disciplined when it comes to diet. He endeavors to eat healthfully at every single meal. “I stay away from cheat

meals, although it’s really hard when you are on the road,” he says. “I like to eat vegetables, fruits, good grains and lean proteins.” His role models are his father, a computer engineer; his mother, a retired Spanish teacher; and his brothers and grandparents, because he admires the way they conduct their lives. “I am around them the most, and I see my values in them,” he says proudly. But the early influence from his revered Los Gatos High School head football coach, Horace “Butch” Cattolico, has reigned supreme over the years and taken him from college into the pros with aplomb. “He taught us what it takes to play at a high level,” says Alonso. “He is like a legend in California. And he was just a great coach.” These days, in addition to football and fitness, Alonso loves life in South Florida, where he enjoys the weather and being in the thick of his Hispanic culture. In many ways, it has reconnected him with his roots after his NFL stints in New York and Pennsylvania. “The weather here is great,” he says. “The food is great. The beach is great. And since I speak Spanish, I definitely feel right at home.”

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places the most. While I have some cousins, some aunts, and a great aunt in South Florida, most of my family lives in Colombia and Puerto Rico.” Excited for this NFL football season, Alonso was traded to the Dolphins in 2016 from the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played for one year after leaving the Buffalo Bills. The 6’3”, 233-pound star, who often starts as middle linebacker, signed a whopping four-year, $28.9 million contract with the Dolphins, including a $7 million signing bonus. Last year, in his first season with the Dolphins, Alonso started 15 games with 115 total tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and a defense touchdown against the San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers in week 10. In these NFL years, he has tried to take the upper hand mentally, getting down to business with no nonsense. “A linebacker is a linebacker,” is how he simplifies it. “You run and you hit.” “The addition of Kiko to the Dolphins linebacker corporation brought speed and aggressive spirit back to what historically had been a position of strength for Miami’s defense,” says Bill Newgent, host of South Florida’s City Voice Podcast and a sports information pro. “Alonso’s speed and talent are recognized by everyone. He also happens to bring a hero factor to South Florida’s huge Cuban fan base.” Alonso grew up in an environment that was all about sports. All of his family members and friends played something, whether baseball, soccer, basketball or football, or a combination. “Sports was basically what we did,” he recalls. “My brother Carlos and I played football and baseball. Carlos migrated toward baseball while I went to football. We always supported each other. We were really competitive as kids, and I think that carried on when we grew up.” Admittedly, Alonso favored football over baseball because he had more opportunity to “smash guys” and “make them think.” He told Philadelphia magazine when he played for the Eagles that he “got bored with baseball because I can’t hit anybody.” The ultra-fit Alonso is also totally smitten with mixed martial arts and boxing. Laid-back and chill in demeanor, he uses some of the training he has had in these combat sports to enhance his football performance. “I am a big fan of combat sports,” he says. “I like to train; I like to watch combat sports. It’s a great workout. It’s also just something I love to do. It’s good cardio. It’s also good for hand-eye coordination.” He has been a devotee of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the American mixed-martial-arts organization based in Las Vegas that is becoming more and more popular today with sports fans and athletes everywhere. They utilize this discipline to boost their performance levels and cross train. To that end, Alonso and his two brothers, Carlos and Lucas, have frequented Boxeo Cubano in Hialeah, boxing and cross-training there. Alonso says he doesn’t get hit much and likes to shadowbox and do some sparring. His overall fitness regimen is one that’s well rounded. In addition to the mixed martial arts, he follows a brutal regimen that would collapse an ordinary mortal. “I like to do different stuff,” he explains. “Weight training, running, crossfit, swimming, hiking—I am pretty active. I spend from two to five hours all day training.” During the off-season, he increases his variety, doing “everything,” from field work to weights, surfing, swimming and yoga to boxing and ultimate frisbee. This differs from in-season work, when he concen-


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CLASSIC GREEK SALAD

Hunting Healthy? FOR

Local health-conscious professionals reveal where they go for a healthful meal, including mainstream restaurants and diners where you can still have a good-for-you dish—even pizza. BY ALISON RYAN

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THE CHEESE COURSE

Lynette Miller Physician Assistant {WESTON}

“My favorite place to get a healthy meal is The Cheese Course in Weston Town Center, a charming place with fresh and delicious salads, sandwiches and soups. My go-to healthy dish is the Classic Greek salad, which includes tomato, cucumber, green peppers, red onion, Kalamata olives, and feta on a bed of fresh greens served with dolmas and a fresh baguette. It has a variety of healthy ingredients that are light, yet satisfying. It’s big enough to share and you still feel as though you have indulged yourself.” The Cheese Course, 1679 Market St., Weston; 954384-8183; thecheesecourse.com


Dilip Singh

WATERMELON ARUGULA SALAD

Finance Director, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits {FORT LAUDERDALE}

ELLA CAFE

Elvira Santamaria

“Although I work in Miramar, my go-to place is First Watch in Pembroke Pines because it has so many healthy options for breakfast and lunch, so it makes eating healthier easy. My favorite dish is the Avocado Toast, which is a creamy avocado spread on whole grain bread that’s served with a side of eggs, which you can also substitute with egg whites. These days, no matter where you go, you can always find something healthy; it’s just the choices you make.” First Watch, 12598 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines; 954-5891295; firstwatch.com AVOCADO TOAST

Administrative Assistant, Vacation Village Resorts {PLANTATION} “There’s this hidden gem in a Plantation shopping center called Ella Cafe that serves a variety of foods, like cold strawberry soup, sandwiches served with a small vegetable mix, and Caprese and Greek salads. My go-to healthy meal is the Watermelon Arugula Salad, as it has yummy and refreshing ingredients like cucumbers, mint, feta cheese, watermelon and arugula that’s served with balsamic dressing. They also recently opened a second location in Cooper City.” Ella Cafe, 9743 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; 954-530-4264; ellaplantationcafe.com

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Lauren Berger Account Director, Boardroom PR {WESTON}

FALAFEL WRAP

“I love My Organic Corner in Weston because they have different organic specials each day, and since I don’t eat meat, I enjoy all the vegan and vegetarian options on the menu. My favorite items are the House Salad—it’s packed with tons of veggies and the Dijon dressing is so good—and the Falafel Wrap is amazing. Most falafel is fried, but they bake it, so I don’t feel guilty, and it’s served with a scoop of creamy hummus, cucumber, carrot and greens on a whole wheat wrap.” My Organic Corner, 127 Weston Rd., Weston; 954-888-4700; myorganiccorner.com inWESTON MAGAZINE

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BERRY HEMP BANANA AÇAI BOWL

Carolina Sanchez

Owner, Weston Yoga & Wellness Center {WESTON}

Heath Eskalyo

CFO and Principal Partner, Kelley Kronenberg {WESTON} “I’m a triathlete who trains six days a week. I lead a healthy lifestyle and diet is a key component. I usually stop by Raw Juce in Weston after my morning workout and grab one of their açai bowls, like the Berry Hemp Banana Açai Bowl or the Power Bowl, because they’re packed with fruits, protein, hemp and flax seeds, so it’s good postworkout nutrition. I’m also a member at Midtown Athletic Club in Weston, and their café offers healthy organic foods and good smoothies like the Chunky Monkey, which is my recovery drink after workouts.” Raw Juce, 1360 Weston Rd., Weston; 954-272-8161; rawjuce.com | Midtown Athletic Club, 2300 Royal Palm Blvd., Weston; 954-384-2582; midtown.com

Marcus Amos Business Relations Manager, ARC Broward {WESTON}

“My favorite go-to place for a healthy meal is Ally’s Comfort Cafe in Davie. I love breakfast food at any time of day and they serve meals made-to-order from scratch. I order an omelet with egg whites stuffed with fresh baby spinach, mushrooms, avocados, roasted red peppers and mozzarella cheese served with fruit and wheat toast. I love it because their portions are generous and pretty healthy at the same time.” Ally’s Comfort Café, 13674 West State Road 84, 954-476-4343; allyscomfortcafe.net

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“A few years ago, I discovered Juice Therapy Cafe in a little plaza in Davie and I was immediately hooked on their wheatgrass shots and the lemon ginger wheatgrass shots, which are like healthy espressos that offer a lot of energy and boost the immune system. Since I don’t eat animal protein, I love the Black Bean Burger with vegan mayo and their house dressing that’s made from scratch—and I like that they don’t charge extra for the avocado like many places do. The dish is light, but you still feel satisfied, and I believe that your body uses less energy to digest the plant protein.” Juice Therapy Cafe, 8220 Griffin Rd., Davie, 954-990-4735; juicetherapycafe.com


Julie Durda Meteorologist, WPLG {WESTON}

“My favorite go-to restaurant for a healthy meal is Giardino Gourmet Salads. I eat there at least twice a week after my workouts. My top salad is the Caprese in the Mix, made with romaine greens, luscious ripe plum tomatoes, fresh mozzarella that melts in your mouth, crisp red bell peppers, capers, and topped with fresh pesto balsamic vinaigrette and baked croutons. Eating there absolutely helped me lose my baby weight after having my son Dillon, while fulfilling the protein and carbs needed for strength.” Giardino, 1390 Weston Rd., Weston, 954-446-6677; giardinosalads.com

CAPRESE IN THE MIX

Andrew LeMasters

Strength and Health Coach, LeMasters Fitness {DAVIE} “I’m a pizza fanatic, so finding a place that serves a healthier option than traditional pizza is a big deal for me. Power Pizzeria bakes whey protein into their crust, doesn’t add sugar, cuts their meat and veggies in-house, uses organic sauces and natural skim cheese, and always has fresh natural toppings. The result is a pizza with less carbs, calories and fat, and more protein. Since you can customize your pizza to your liking, I go with a thin crust to cut carbs even more, load up on my favorite veggies, and add some meats. The best part is that it’s some of tastiest, most savory pizza I’ve ever eaten.” Power Pizzeria, 2246 Weston Rd., Weston, 954-218-5975; powerpizzeria.com SALMON WITH MOZZARELLA SALAD

Candy Woolley Fashion Accessories Designer, Candy Woolley {PEMBROKE PINES}

“Roasting Buddies is one of those spots that when you discover them, you’re immediately hooked. I enjoy the Salmon with Mozzarella Salad paired with the Detox Drink, a green juice made with a variety of fresh veggies and a touch of ginger—it tastes so delicious that you forget that you’re drinking veggies. The reason I love the salmon dish is because you have the choice of ordering it on whole wheat bread or with brown rice mixed with quinoa, and it comes with greens and onions.” Roasting Buddies, 18457 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954-441-2441; roastingbuddies.com inWESTON MAGAZINE

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Working Vacation BY BOB CURLEY

St. Lucia’s BodyHoliday is a working vacation for your body and your mind.

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Nearly every resort in the Caribbean has the words “beach” or “spa” in its name. Not St. Lucia’s The BodyHoliday, even though it has both a gorgeous beach and one of the best spas we’ve ever seen. It’s not that the resort is overly modest—it just knows its priorities: making you feel better about yourself, inside and out. People talk about taking the “trip of a lifetime,” but a stay at The BodyHoliday can literally change your life, and how many resorts can legitimately say that? Honestly, you could make a typical Caribbean beach vacation out of a trip to this St. Lucia resort—the dining and drinks are also excellent—but that would be kind of missing the point. What makes the BodyHoliday special isn’t just that daily spa treatments are part of the resort’s all-inclusive package—although that’s pretty awesome— but that the resort offers an unmatched variety of wellness-enhancing programs, classes and services. A typical day’s schedule is packed with activities ranging from vinyasa yoga, tai chi and aqua fitness classes to skill-building archery, swimming, and sailing lessons. If sports are your preferred path to wellness, you can join


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a volleyball game in or out of the pool, learn the fundamentals of cricket on the beach, or take part in a tennis tournament. The spectrum of activities is wide and varied, from the ease of a morning walk to nearby Pigeon Island, table tennis or a round of golf (also inclusive) to the challenge of a one- or 2.5-kilometer ocean swim, a 6.5K run to Cotton Bay, or the resort’s unique Quadrathalon—a four-stage adventure that includes a 10K mountain-bike ride, a 4K run, rappelling down a 100-foot cliff, and kayaking for 2.5K along the island’s north shore. You can take it all at your own pace, of course, but the BodyHoliday is the kind of place that makes you want to push your limits. And while you don’t need to be an athlete when you arrive, you’re likely to feel more like one by the time you leave. That’s especially true if you go down during one of the resort’s Wellfit Families programs, week-long programs offered at no extra cost and led by world-class athletes like future NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss and Olympic sprinters, swimmers and rowers. True to the overall BodyHoliday vibe, our week spent with Moss was less about fanboy moments than learning about fitness from someone who spent years keeping his body in peak physical condition— and is still finely toned as a 40-year-old retiree. The daily boot camp led by Moss was no day at the beach—entailing a mix of running through the sand, pushups, crunches and burpees— but the plunge into the surf at the end was exhilarating, and the week

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also offered plenty of opportunity for one-on-one time with a sports legend, including pickup football and volleyball games and a hike to the top of Gros Piton, one of St. Lucia’s postcard peaks. Even if you’re not visiting with a world-class athlete, The BodyHoliday will keep you active with all kinds of excursions, including a weekly sunset cruise, Land Rover adventure tours and a chartered private sail onboard the resort’s new X-Treme 26 racing sailboats (take out two and race a friend!). The resort’s “equine journey” lets you work on your emotional health by communicating with horses and painting temporary messages on the sides of your steed for the day. If all this sounds a bit exhausting for a vacation, the resort’s spectacular spa stands poised upon a hilltop overlooking Cariblu Beach, ready to soothe your sore muscles and clear your cluttered mind. A dozen treatments are included in the price of your BodyHoliday stay, including two types of Swedish massage, facials, wraps, aromatherapy and a body rub designed especially for mothers-to-be. A true sanctuary, the Indian-inspired Wellness Centre has two floors of 33 treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, a fitness center and a separate Ayurvedic Temple arrayed around a sunny courtyard. Once you climb the stairs to the spa you’ll be tempted to linger for hours despite the temptation of the beach below—the Wellness Centre has the most comprehensive menu of services we’ve ever seen, and if you hang around for


Randy Moss

a while a therapist is likely to recruit you into trying something new, like the complementary bamboo massage we got on an outdoor table beside the pool one afternoon. If you’re really serious about making a BodyHoliday trip a life-changer, the resort’s BodyScience program takes pre-trip planning to a whole other level with a comprehensive health and wellness assessment that begins before you even leave home. Combining Eastern and Western philosophies, the program is supervised by the resort’s on-site medical staff and can be tailored to individual health needs, including stress-relief, physical fitness, digestive health and healthy aging. The BodyHoliday has an entire wing of singles rooms for travelers who want to make the journey to self-improvement a solo trip, with no extra supplement charged. While the resort’s facilities are widely spaced around 32 acres of tropical grounds, guestrooms are mainly concentrated in a single building stretching along the north side of the beach, with easy access to the ocean, pool and dining areas. Oceanfront rooms feature standalone soaking tubs surrounded by gossamer curtains that let in the light from spacious balconies with views out to the Caribbean and Pigeon Island, a St. Lucian national park. What you put into your body is also part of what you take out of a BodyHoliday vacation, and the resort makes it easy to support all that wellness work with healthy eating, including fruit and veggie smoothies at the beachfront deli, lots of grilled fish and locally sourced produce, and vegetarian entrées on every restaurant menu. Gluten-free, low-fat, lowcarb, diabetic and Ayurvedic menus can also be custom-designed for the length of your stay. That said, The BodyHoliday won’t hesitate to tempt you with indulgent desserts and a seven-course, wine-paired tasting menu at the Cariblue Windows restaurant: our savory nibbles of seared foie gras, sprinkled with sea salt and paired with a Tokaji dessert wine from Hungary, were pure heaven, but so were the refreshing (and far healthier) grilled watermelon and citrus kebabs served alongside a New Zealand sauvignon blanc from Tindall Vineyards—well worth the $85 upcharge for dinner. And when it’s time to celebrate all that you’ve accomplished during your stay, you can choose a special bottle from the resort’s wine salon, or salute yourself with something rummy and fruity at the beach bar. Because the BodyHoliday isn’t about denying pleasure; it’s taking joy in building a healthier, happier you.

What you put into your body is also part of what you take out of a BodyHoliday vacation, and the resort makes it easy to support all that wellness work with healthy eating.

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BE A SPORT And be chic at the same time, in this season’s all-star athleisure-inspired pieces.

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Keith Major / THE WILLIAMS IMAGE GROUP

STYLIST: Catherine Peridis

MAKEUP: Janice Kinjo Using Glossier

HAIR: Iyana Winfield

MODEL: Brooke Kosinski


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Dress by Lacoste. Bag by Melie Bianco at Lulus.com. Shoes by Sam Edelman. Earrings by Catherine Weitzman. Bar ring by Smith + Mara. Petal ring and Branch ring by Catherine Weitzman.

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Sweatshirt by Nike. Track pants by T by Alexander Wang. Bracelet by AUrate New York. All rings by Lulus.com.

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Top by Tory Burch Sport. Skirt by Lacoste. Shoes by Gucci. Earrings by Lulus.com.

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Sweatshirt by Lulus.com.

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Lounge pants by Madeleine Thompson. Sweatershirt by Adidas. Crop top by Titika. Active Couture Earrings by AUrate New York. Bracelet by Lulus.com.

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Jacket by Stone Row x GMJ. Sports bra by Nike. Tennis Dress by Nike. Choker by Jennifer Fisher Jewelry. Earrings by CPC.

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Matters of Style Swoosh Style For the ultimate #Fitspo, slip on pair of pink Nike Free mesh sneakers. Their sock-like design hugs your foot, allowing natural movement. Just do it. $110; available at net-a-porter.com.

sweat, self-care, repeat Ditch that worn-out T-shirt. Same goes for those hole-riddled sweatpants. These stylish workout essentials and brilliant beauty breakouts will get you on your way to becoming the best version of you. By Maria Tettamanti

Platinum Parka When weathering the elements, slip on this metallic Tory Sport parka. Rain or shine, the coat makes a (shiny!) fashion statement. $298, available at www.torysport.com

Prick Me Up

A Grand Slam Hit the gym or tennis courts with this Tory Sport packable duffle bag. Roomy enough to store all your essentials, it also folds into a key fob for easy storage. Love! $95, available at torysport.com.

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At-home microneedling is now possible, compliments of the GloPRO device. The easy-to-use tool features microneedling (tiny needle pricks to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process) and red LED light therapy for radiant, firmer and smoother skin. You glo, girls and guys! $199; available at gloprobeauty.com.


Hello, Gorgeous Revive and enhance your skin for a more youthful-looking you with a little help from Nurse Jamie. Comprised of 24 tourmaline quartz stones, the Instant UpLift Beauty Roller temporarily energizes and lifts your skin with its unique rhythmic rolling action. $69; available at net-a-porter.com.

Haul-elluah! Beauty buffs, there’s a new place to stock up on the newest lippies and creams. Luxury cosmetics giant Bluemercury recently opened its first South Florida-based brick-and-mortar store on Lincoln Road. Scoop up coveted labels such as NARS, Tom Ford, Smith & Cult and their proprietary paraben-free skin and makeup lines, M-61 Skincare and Lune+Aster. Bluemercury, 1109 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

Don’t Sweat It If the thought of using natural deodorant makes you sweat (pun intended), look no further than paraben- and aluminum-free Native Coconut & Vanilla deodorant. This line of green deodorant works hard to keep you smelling like a tropical beach all day long. Promise. $12, available at nativecos.com.

Stellar Style Proving you can work out without losing your cool are these silky-soft, star-print Ultracor crop top and leggings. $188 for leggings, $125 for top; available at INTERMIX stores and intermixonline.com.

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health profiles

YOGA MASTERS

The well-known and widely respected Yoga Factory & Fitness offers state-of-the-art instruction as well as kids’ yoga, workshops, teacher training and private sessions that promote personal growth and transformation. BY JOHN BUCHANAN Yoga Factory & Fitness offers a full schedule of classes and is the largest heated studio in the West Broward area. The facility is the only one of its kind that has a unique infrared heating system, which offers many positive benefits in conjunction with your yoga practice. Their team of highly qualified instructors will guide you through at any level. They also offer nonheated yoga and have plenty of parking. Jenna Bey, one of Yoga Factory’s lead teachers, is a certified 200 E-RYT and 500 RYT yoga instructor. Yoga Factory & Fitness is located at 15481 SW 12th Street, Suite 300, Weston. For more information, call 954-370-6869 or visit YogaFactoryFitness.com.

A LEAD TEACHER AT YOGA FACTORY & FITNESS

What is your message about the benefits of yoga? Yoga is not just about working out. It’s about a healthy lifestyle. The practice of yoga allows students to find stillness in a world consumed by chaos. Yoga’s deep breathing and meditation practices help foster an inner shift from to-do lists, kids and spouse’s needs, financial concerns, and relationship struggles to something a little bit bigger than the issues you face. Yoga helps relieve stress and unclutters the mind, helping you to become more focused. ¶ What are the most important benefits of yoga? At its core, yoga is an exploration of the body and mind. A regular practitioner is able to develop an in-depth knowledge of the body’s biomechanics, including a greater understanding of exactly how it functions, and the changing nature of its limitations. Over time, yoga works with the body’s inevitable changes and allows the practitioner to live a more balanced life. ¶ What are the specific benefits of hot yoga? Yoga Factory’s hot yoga, with infrared heating, provides many healthy benefits. Once committed to the practice, you will see yourself transform. After a few regular sessions, your skin will be clearer, you’ll feel more energetic and you’ll sleep better. There will be noticeable changes in your body. Hot yoga will aid with weight loss, healing and repair of injuries. And best of all, it brings peace of mind.

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DENTISTRY FOR CHILDREN

Over the past two decades, Dr. Yedda Gomes-Ruane has built a solid reputation as Weston’s most experienced and successful pediatric dentist. BY JOHN BUCHANAN For more than 20 years, Dr. Yedda Gomes-Ruane has operated the most respected pediatric dental clinic in Weston. Dentistry for Children at Weston offers a comprehensive range of dental care services, from infancy through adolescence, to help children maintain optimal oral health and wellness. Dr. Gomes-Ruane holds a faculty position in the postdoctoral pediatric dentistry program at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Dental Medicine. She also holds a staff position at Miami Children’s Hospital. Dentistry for Children at Weston is located at 1608 Town Center Boulevard, Suite B, Weston. For more information, call 954-384-4560 or visit DentistryforChildrenatWeston.com.

DENTISTRY FOR CHILDREN AT WESTON

What services do you offer? We offer all of the important pediatric dental services. A very important service is the age-1 dental visit, during which we check the baby teeth for early cavities, show parents how to care for a young child’s mouth properly, and discuss the importance of good oral hygiene. We also offer 24-hour-a-day emergency services to treat traumatic injury. ¶ What are some other important pediatric treatments? We offer a variety of treatments for the prevention of tooth decay or to save or repair teeth when that is necessary. They include topical fluoride, which makes teeth more resistant to decay. Dental sealants are a plastic coating that can be applied to prevent cavities by sealing the little grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth known as pits and fissures. We also perform root canal treatments that can help save an injured or severely decayed tooth. ¶ You also specialize in special needs dentistry. What is that? Children with special needs can be divided into two groups. The first group includes children with dental problems such as congenital anomalies of the oral structures, severe skeletal malocclusion, cleft lip or palate or both, and the many syndromes that include defects of the oral cavity. The second group includes children with specific pediatric problems such as bleeding disorders, heart disease, cerebral palsy, autism and other neurological conditions. We specialize in treating both groups.

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A UNIQUE HISTORY

Two decades ago, Dr. Steven L. Singer arrived in Broward County as its only pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor. Today, he is the area’s only independent practitioner. BY JOHN BUCHANAN Dr. Steven L. Singer is a board certified pediatric otolaryngologist—an ear, nose and throat doctor, and head and neck surgeon—with more than 20 years of experience. He earned his medical degree at the UCLA. He completed his internship and residency at University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. He completed his fellowship at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. Dr. Steven Singer is located at 2900 Commerce Parkway, Weston. For more information, call 954-987-5430. A Hollywood office is located at 1150 North 35th Avenue, Suite 395.

PEDIATRIC OTOLARYNGOLOGIST

What is your history in South Florida? I arrived in 1996, as the only fellowship-trained children’s ear, nose and throat doctor in Broward County. And I held that distinction for 15 years. I served as chief of surgery at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital for nine years. And that history makes me unique, because I brought my specialty to Broward County. And even today, there are only three other doctors that are competitors of mine. ¶ What most sets you apart from the other doctors? We treat children from the day they are born through their teenage years, for issues from breathing problems to ear problems and tumors. We provide all pediatric ear, nose and throat services. General ENT practitioners often do not handle the more complex medical issues. We handle everything. That allows to bring a lot of new techniques to the community. That kind of experience is why parents whose children have more complicated needs tend to gravitate toward us. ¶ What other factors set you apart? Because I was the only doctor doing what I do when I came to the area, I have always been an independent. Today, I am the only independent pediatric otolaryngologist in the area. That means I am not beholden to any particular hospital or entity. My focus is always on whatever is in the best interest of the patient, not on any “affiliation.”

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THE EYE EXPERT At Correct Vision Laser Institute, Dr. Marc Bosem uses the latest technologies to offer top-notch laser vision correction and cataract surgery. BY JOHN BUCHANAN Correct Vision Laser Institute, opened in 1996, is a full-service eye clinic that specializes in laser vision correction and cataract surgery. Medical director Marc Bosem, M.D., P.A., is a board certified ophthalmologist. He graduated from the University of Miami Medical School in 1990. He completed his internship at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami and his residency at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Today, he is considered one of the leading laser refractive surgeons in the U.S. He was among the first to perform many of the most advanced techniques in LASIK, PRK and cataract surgery. He is active in research about the effects of corneal laser treatment and presents his findings at conferences around the world. Correct Vision Laser Institute is located at Broward Health Weston, 2300 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 201, Weston. For more information, call 954-442-1133 or visit CorrectVision.com. Additional offices are located in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF CORRECT VISION LASER INSTITUTE

What distinguishes you from other eye doctors in South Florida? What sets me apart is that I am a highly skilled laser refractive and cataract surgeon that tailors each result to the individual needs of each patient. I have been involved in many clinical trials. I have also taught other doctors the latest advancements in vision correction, including laser and implant technologies. ¶ What’s new in ophthalmology and vision correction? In laser vision correction, the new treatments include the latest LASIK surgery techniques, such as the Femtosecond laser for cataract surgery and toric lens technology for astigmatism correction. Other new techniques include the new HD-LASIK and SMILE procedures. In addition, cornea inlays are used to help people who only need reading glasses. ¶ What is most important for prospective patients to understand about your practice? I want to emphasize that I individualize all treatments to the age, lifestyle and visual needs of each patient. I also deliver very personalized service to each and every patient.

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A PERSONAL TOUCH

At the Advanced OB/ GYN Institute, Dr. Kompal Gadh, Dr. Adriana Luciano DelValle and their staff provide highly attentive, individualized care through every stage of a woman’s life. BY JOHN BUCHANAN The Advanced OB/GYN Institute, opened in 2005, with offices in Weston and Pembroke Pines, is a state-of-the-art obstetric and gynecologic practice that delivers exceptionally personalized service. Kompal Gadh, M.D., is a board certified OB-GYN practitioner and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her philosophy is to tailor each woman’s care to her specific needs and desires, because pregnancy, birth and the care of one’s health are unique and special to each woman. Advanced OB/GYN Institute is located at 2771 Executive Park Drive, Suite 1, Weston. For more information, call 954-499-4570 or visit OBGYNWeston.com. A Pembroke Pines office is located at 601 North Flamingo Road, Suite 307. Website is OBGYNPines.com.

OF ADVANCED OB/GYN INSTITUTE

What sets you apart from other OB/GYN practices? My practice is a small one. We provide very personalized, individualized attention to patients. We take the time to really pay careful attention to each and every one of our obstetrics patients, every step of the way, as they travel the path to the wonderful experience of the birth of their child. We also treat women through every stage of their lives. We are fluent in English, Hindi and Spanish. ¶ What obstetrics services do you offer? We offer a complete range of pregnancy and prenatal care. We provide comprehensive care, from conception through delivery and the postpartum period. Prenatal care is one of the most important aspects of our care. Other services we provide include prenatal genetic screening and testing, in-office ultrasound, antenatal testing, amniocentesis, high-risk pregnancy assessment, and family planning. ¶ What about gynecological care? One of the things we focus on is wellness consultation. We provide annual pelvic examinations and Pap smears, both of which are very important. We also screen for infection, inflammation and other abnormal cells that might indicate disease. Early detection is critical to the treatment of any kind of disease. We also provide infertility treatment.

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REJUVENATION ON DEMAND The new Rejuvchip Doral Clinic, operated by Dr. Jabal Uffelman, specializes in anti-aging medicine. Its premier service is natural hormone replacement for men and women. BY JOHN BUCHANAN Rejuvchip Doral, opened a year ago and operated by gynecologist and wellness specialist Jabal Uffelman, M.D., focuses on cosmetic and anti-aging medicine. Its most popular therapy is Rejuvchip, a minimally invasive procedure for natural hormone replacement in both men and women. Born in South Florida, Dr. Uffelman is a graduate of the University of Florida School of Medicine. He did his residency at University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. He and his staff are fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Rejuvchip Doral is located at 9582 Northwest 41st Street, Doral. For more information, call 786-563-0171 or visit Rejuvchip.com. A Fort Lauderdale office is located at 2000 South Andrews Avenue.

OF REJUVCHIP DORAL

What is the Rejuvchip procedure? As part of the normal aging process, our body’s hormonal function slowly declines. Restoring hormonal function naturally using the Rejuvchip procedure is a safe and effective way to reverse aging. The Rejuvchip procedure inserts natural testosterone pellets, which are bio-identical and are made using a botanical source. The testosterone from the pellets enters the body in its natural molecular form and therefore doesn’t disrupt normal physiology, as in the case of synthetic hormones. ¶ What are the specific benefits of testosterone therapy? Both men and women who use the Rejuvchip procedure enjoy an array of health benefits. The symptoms of low testosterone are universal, and they affect both men and women. Benefits of Rejuvchip therapy include increased mental and physical energy, improved libido and sexual satisfaction, a healthier physique and a better sense of well-being. Women, in addition, also benefit from relief of hot flashes and PMS, vaginal rejuvenation, increased bone density and improved sleep. ¶ How long does a chip last? For men, the benefits last for about six months. For women, it’s about four months. It’s up to the patients whether they choose to replace the chip and continue the therapy. Because of the benefits they get, more than 80 percent of both men and women choose to continue the therapy over an extended period of time.

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At The Vera Medical Institute in Weston, Dr. Carolina Vera offers the latest non-invasive, non-surgical anti-aging procedures and medical weight-loss programs. BY JOHN BUCHANAN The Vera Medical Institute is an aesthetic medical practice operated by Dr. Carolina Vera. It offers anti-aging procedures, skin care, laser services such as hair and vein removal and skin resurfacing, weight loss, hair restoration and body contouring. Dr. Vera earned her medical degree in osteopathic medicine in 2005 from Nova Southeastern University. She began her career as an emergency room doctor and is a board certified emergency room physician. She later pursued additional education in aesthetic medicine. She opened The Vera Medical Institute four years ago. The Vera Medical Institute is located at 1500 Weston Road, Suite 207, Weston. For more information, call 954-401-0039 or visit TheVeraMedicalInstitute.com. An additional office is located in Plantation at 1531 South University Drive, Suite 105.

OWNER AND MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE VERA MEDICAL INSTITUTE

How did you become interested in aesthetic medicine? My medical journey actually started with my own mother having plastic surgery done but not getting optimal results. That ignited my interest in offering patients non-invasive, non-surgical alternatives for anti-aging treatments that require no down time. That is now the entire focus of my practice. ¶ How has your approach evolved? We are working to steer the practice toward more of a holistic approach. For example, we do a lot of medical weight loss management and body contouring. But we start with a full evaluation of the patient in terms of what they want to accomplish in an overall way, and then we address the entire patient rather than just a specific issue, like weight loss. ¶ What comes after the weight loss? Once a patient reaches his or her weight loss goal, they often realize they have loose skin, or a little “pooch”’ somewhere on their body, so they ask what they can do about that. We then focus on those issues, with things like skin tightening, or body contouring, or Botox or fillers, as the next steps in creating the new you.

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UNIQUE TRAINING Among South Florida’s evergrowing population of plastic surgeons, Dr. Nathan Eberle of Weston Center for Plastic Surgery has a rare background and expertise. BY JOHN BUCHANAN Weston Center for Plastic Surgery, previously owned by Dr. Barry Schwartz for three decades, is the oldest plastic surgery practice in Weston. It is now owned and operated by Dr. Nathan Eberle, who graduated from the University of Florida School of Medicine in 2010. He did his maxillofacial and general surgery residencies at the University of Florida and his plastic surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic. He completed dental school and trained as a dental surgeon before he attended medical school. He began his plastic surgery practice one year ago, specializing in cosmetic surgery. Weston Center for Plastic Surgery is located at 17160 Royal Palm Boulevard, Suite 4, Weston. For more information, call 954-228-6052 or visit PlasticSurgeryWeston.com.

OWNER OF WESTON CENTER FOR PLASTIC SURGERY

What sets you apart from other plastic surgeons? My background and training are unique. There are fewer than 100 plastic surgeons in the U.S. who have gone through dental school and then maxillofacial and plastic surgery training. Most plastic surgeons go through medical school and train in general surgery, then plastic surgery. So the most unique thing about me is the nature and comprehensiveness of my education and training. ¶ What procedures do you specialize in? I do a lot of facial cosmetic surgery. But because I’m a young plastic surgeon, a lot of younger female patients find me because they come for breast and body surgery. So, I perform the full gamut of cosmetic plastic surgery on the face and body. I’ve actually been very fortunate, because of my background, to do as much facial surgery as I have, because it usually takes years to develop a facial cosmetic practice. ¶ What is the message you want to get out to prospective patients? In South Florida, it’s important to seek out and find a properly trained and fully qualified plastic surgeon. And to do that, you need to do your research and see the surgeon’s training and background, including where they went to school.

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EYEBROW DESIGN

Brazilian entrepreneur Antonio Teixeira and his partner have brought one of the world’s hottest and most innovative beauty treatments to Weston. BY JOHN BUCHANAN Founded in Brazil, Eyebrow Design offers the world’s most unique and effective eyebrow treatments for women. The company operates more than 420 individually owned boutiques around the globe. On July 1, Antonio Teixeira, a Brazilian entrepreneur who emigrated to the U.S. in 2014, and his partner, Cyro Bandeira, debuted an Eyebrow Design franchise outlet in Weston. As evidence of its innovation, Teixeira notes that Eyebrow Design has won several awards in its home country. Eyebrow Design is located at 282 Indian Trace, Weston. For more information, call 754-2237244 or visit EyebrowDesign.com

OWNER OF EYEBROW DESIGN

What sets Eyebrow Design apart from other eyebrow salons? We use an exclusive technique that helps our clients achieve the most gorgeous, naturallooking eyebrows possible. We start by outlining the brows based on the unique symmetry of each face. We then clean the top and middle of the brows with our organic, anti-bacterial thread, which is infused with Vitamin E. Then we remove the hairs below the brows with sterilized tweezers. ¶ How is the treatment completed? We apply our exclusive Jojoba Color Treatment, which provides nutrients to the brows, promotes hair growth, conditions the hairs and hydrates the skin. This treatment is pigmented, so it will offer a tinted look to the brows and fill in any gaps or sparse areas that you may have. To finalize the process, we define your brows even more by applying our clear mascara to hold your hairs in place. We follow that with an application of our highlight pencil underneath your brows, then a subtle amount of our highlight eye shadow. ¶ You also sell makeup products, correct? Yes. We have developed an exclusive line of makeup products based on our knowledge of women’s needs and desires. We offer the best and most unique eyebrow makeup in the world. Our Serum Plus promotes growth. Our Pencil 4X1 enhances your design. Our Toning Gel aligns and holds your design.

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ORTHOPEDIC VISIONARY

Fort Lauderdale’s Leone Center for Orthopedic Care has developed a national reputation as one of the most innovative and respected facilities in the U.S. BY JOHN BUCHANAN Dr. William A. Leone, Jr., founder and director of The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care at Holy Cross Hospital, is one of the world’s most acclaimed orthopedic surgeons. He is particularly celebrated for his ability to correct and improve the results of knee or hip replacement surgery from other doctors that has left patients unhappy or in chronic pain. He is a universally recognized expert in the most innovative orthopedic technologies. The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care is located at Holy Cross Hospital, 1000 NE 56th Street, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-489-4575 or visit HolyCrossLeoneCenter.com.

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DIRECTOR OF THE LEONE CENTER FOR ORTHOPEDIC CARE

How does your practice differ from other orthopedic surgeons? We are more of a “destination practice.” For example, patients come to us after they have been to other orthopedic doctors, but did not get their problem solved. We are also known for providing the best of personalized care from a staff that is very attentive. We are very much an old-fashioned medical practice. And that’s what many patients are seeking today. ¶ In terms of the surgeries themselves, what sets you apart? What sets me apart is that I am so experienced and that I do so many surgeries. Because of that, surgeries that are often considered very complex have become routine for me. I also use the latest techniques and newest technologies available for hip and knee replacement surgeries. That means that rather than guess at things like angles and pressures, I’m actually measuring very precisely. For example, for knee replacement surgery, I use kinematic sensor technology to do a better job of ensuring the best results. ¶ What are the latest innovations in orthopedic surgery? They include, on the knee replacement side, taking devices like the kinematic sensors and using the data they provide to help understand why some people who have already had a knee replacement are not happy with the results. And then that data also provides a road map of what we need to do to fix the problem.

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DIRECTOR OF MAROONE CANCER CENTER AT CLEVELAND CLINIC FLORIDA

How does multidisciplinary cancer care benefit patients? Multidisciplinary care is the backbone of excellent quality cancer care today. That’s because each type of tumor requires special resources and support. Every type of cancer requires a particular type of expertise that includes oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists and so on. They all specialize in treating specific types of cancers. For example, in the treatment of breast cancer, we have dedicated oncologists who only treat breast cancer and the same is true for our surgeons and radiologists. Patients can be exposed to all of those specialties in one day, in one place. ¶ What is so important about the recognition Cleveland Clinic gets from hospital rating publications such as U.S. News & World Report? U.S. News & World Report annually names the best hospitals in the country. Cleveland Clinic Florida was recently rated as a highperforming cancer center. To give that rating, the magazine looks at eight standards. We were rated highly for all of them, such as nurse-to-patient ratio, the lowest mortality rate within 30 days after surgery, and support services. ¶ What are the complimentary services you offer and why are they important? We provide social workers and patient navigators, as well as nutritional counseling, massage therapy, art therapy and music therapy. We support the patient in many different ways to help them deal with the stress of having cancer.

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ELITE MEDICAL CARE EliteHealth, which grew out of a timehonored, highly respected cardiology practice, now specializes in state-ofthe-art health and wellness services. BY JOHN BUCHANAN EliteHealth, originally founded in 1991 as South Florida Cardiology Associates, operates four health-and-wellness clinics in Florida, with locations in Pembroke Pines, Davie, Miami Beach and Sarasota. New locations in North Bay Village and Venice will open later this year. As the company has evolved, changing its name to EliteHealth seven years ago, it has expanded its focus from cardiology to the burgeoning health-and-wellness movement and primary care. Co-founder Dr. Perry Krichmar is board certifieed in both internal medicine and cardiology, with more than 25 years of experience. EliteHealth is located at 1380 South Hiatus Road, Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954-432-1511 or visit EliteHealth.com

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF ELITEHEALTH

What factors make EliteHealth unique? We believe EliteHealth represents the future of medicine. Its essence is a health-and-wellness program that focuses on achieving optimal health through prevention. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, which is why our primary care doctors strongly focus on the prevention of heart disease. We pride ourselves in providing an elevated and personalized patient experience, in a modern and technology-forward environment.. ¶ What else sets you apart from other medical practices? EliteHealth’s patients have access to the latest advances in testing, specialty treatments, and on-site dietitians; providing an in-depth picture of their health, and just as importantly, an action plan to improve it. All of our diagnostic testing are completed in-house, including labs, x-rays, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and so on. In addition, we are able to further hone in on a patient’s health by offering specialized lab testing; screenings such as cancer-marker, genetic mutation, micronutrient, telomere and food allergy nutritional testing that are not found in your typical doctor’s office. ¶ What is your “Elite VIP wellness regimen”? We treat all of our patients as VIPs, from premium coffee selections to educational lectures. For those looking for an even more enhanced and personalized experience, we offer a Concierge Membership. This extravagant VIP program includes access to a private waiting room, 24/7 direct access to your Physician, dedicated healthcare advocate for all your healthcare needs, and many more additional concierge services. And lastly, for our Medicare population, we have an exclusive Senior VIP program that offers complimentary transportation, exercise classes, 24/7 patient care coordinator, at-home doctors visits, and much more.

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The Nicklaus Children’s Dan Marino Outpatient Center provides comprehensive pediatric physical therapy services that focus on sports injuries. BY JOHN BUCHANAN Nicklaus Children’s Dan Marino Outpatient Center offers comprehensive evaluation and medical treatment of children with special needs. Developed as a partnership between Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and the Dan Marino Foundation, the facility is a not-for-profit organization fully owned by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. It provides neurological and developmental services to children, from birth through age 21. The Center combines a staff of top pediatric specialists with a full spectrum of support services on an outpatient basis. Its services include comprehensive physical therapy. Nicklaus Children’s Dan Marino Outpatient Center is located at 2900 South Commerce Parkway, Weston. For more information, call 954-385-6200 or visit Nicklauschildrens.org/DanMarino.

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PHYSICAL THERAPIST AT NICKLAUS CHILDREN’S DAN MARINO OUTPATIENT CENTER

What physical therapy services do you provide? We specialize only in the pediatric population, from ages 10 to 21. Most of our patients are from eighth grade through high school. We provide comprehensive care for young athletes that have been injured, whether that means a sprain or a strain or something more serious. We provide the full spectrum of rehabilitation services, from post-injury through someone’s return to sports activities. We also provide services for special cases such as scoliosis and patients with chronic pain conditions. ¶ What types of patients do you typically treat? Sports injuries account for a lot of our patients. The most common types of injuries that we see are ACL-related knee injuries. Most come from football, soccer or gymnastics. But they come from all sports. We typically treat patients both before and after ACL-reconstruction surgery is performed. We also do what we call “return-tosports testing,” to make sure it’s safe for a young athlete to return to sports. ¶ What factors are most important in the successful treatment of sports injuries? How quickly they seek treatment after the injury is very important. Another factor that is important is one-on-one, individualized treatment with a physical therapist for 45 minutes to an hour at each session.

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CONVENIENT CARE Broward Health Weston offers hospital-quality, state-of-the-art imaging and urgent care services at significantly lower cost than a hospital. BY JOHN BUCHANAN The 80,000-square-foot, Mediterranean-style Broward Health Weston complex features an imaging center, urgent care center and women’s center. The locally owned facility is operated by the Broward Health system, which is part of the Community Public Healthcare System created as a special act of the state legislature. Its staff features radiologists and urgent care physicians. All three departments offer the advantage of significant cost savings over a hospital. The center has added a new ultrasound system because of growing demand for that service. Broward Health is also extending its evening and weekend hours for radiology and women’s center services. The urgent care has hours mon-sun 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Broward Health Weston is located at 2300 North Commerce Parkway, Weston. For more information, call 954-217-5000 or visit BrowardHealth.org.

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AT BROWARD HEALTH WESTON

What’s new or noteworthy at Broward Health? One thing that is new, something we have not had for a while, is breast MRI examinations. That is an important complement to our women’s center. That means if their visit shows they need additional testing done, such as after mammography, everything can be done in a single location. And MRI capability is also something that has been a frequent request from our patients in the women’s center. ¶ What else is new with your testing and diagnostic capabilities? In addition to adding breast MRI, we also updated all of our MRI capabilities. For example, we updated all of our MRI coils so that we can get clearer images. We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on that. We also brought in a new mammography machine and we upgraded our ultrasound equipment. ¶ What comes next? There is still more equipment that we want to replace. Our effort is now expanding even further into the women’s center. We’re going to upgrade our second mammography machine. We also plan to upgrade two other ultrasound machines. And at that point, everything we have will pretty much be brand new.

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EXPERT THERAPY FOR CHILDREN

Therapies4Kids provides advanced physical and behavioral therapy for children with serious neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy and autism. BY JOHN BUCHANAN Therapies4Kids is a nationally acclaimed provider of Pediatric Intensive Fitness programs for children and adults with neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, autism and stroke. Founded in 2005 by Eileen de Oliveira after her young son contracted cerebral palsy, the organization features board certified behavior analysts and specializes in therapy that uses the PediaSuit Protocol for intensive treatment of cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental delays, autism, and traumatic brain injuries. The organization also provides general physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, specific therapies for ABA/ autism, chiropractic services and after-school programs. Therapies4Kids offers free evaluations and assessments for families without health insurance. Therapies4Kids is located at 1495 North Park Drive, Weston. For more information, call 954-356-2878 or visit Therapies4Kids.com and check out their other locations in Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Coral Gables and Boca Raton.

FOUNDER AND OWNER OF THERAPIES4KIDS

How do you treat children with autism? We offer an intensive applied behavioral analysis (ABA) program. We also specialize in early intervention. Children between the ages of 2 and 4 can be helped more quickly and more effectively than older children. A therapist works with a child one-on-one, with activities designed to promote skills such as group or individual play, independent living skills, mealtime and feeding skills, motor skills, toilet training and communication. ¶ How do you treat children with cerebral palsy? We offer an intensive physical therapy program that uses the PediaSuit Protocol, which uses an orthotic device that is fitted to the child so he or she can learn movements and exercises that they have not been blessed to know how to do, such as sitting, crawling, standing and walking. The program requires four hours a day, five days a week, for four weeks. The program is conducted by licensed physical and occupational therapists. ¶ What kinds of after-school programs do you offer? We offer after-school programs that are designed to promote generalization of skills. We have target goals for each child, such as communication, social skills, readiness for school, academic skills or independent functioning.

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YOUR BEST SMILE Dr. Laura Gonzalez, purveyor of South Florida’s top designer smiles, blends art, science and technology in order to create life-changing smile makeovers. BY JOHN BUCHANAN Dr. Laura Gonzalez is a highly educated dentist. She graduated first from la Facultad de Odontologia de la UNAM, and subsequently also graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine. She underwent postgraduate training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, The Misch Implant Institute, GIDE Institute PIKOS Institute and I.V. Sedation training at USC/University of Southern California. . Her professional memberships include the Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Best Smile/Dr. Laura Gonzalez is located at 500 North Hiatus Road, Suite 109, Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954-431-8484 or visit BestSmile.us. A new, additional office is located in Miramar.

BEST SMILE

What sets you apart from other dentists? I have more than 20 years of experience combining health and beauty with incredible results, utilizing the latest techniques in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. For anyone looking for the best dental care, we offer full-service dentistry from the finest experts and specialists to provide complete continuity of treatment in one convenient location. ¶ What dental services does Best Smile Cosmetic Dentistry offer? Best Smile Cosmetic Dentistry is a multispecialty practice with a periodontist, endodontist, orthodontist and an oral surgeon. We provide a full range of dental services, including full-mouth rejuvenation, dental implants, MAC Veneers, LANAP laser gum therapy, CEREC crowns, All-On-4, sedation dentistry, orthodontics, MicroEndodontics and Invisalign. ¶ Why do you consider dentistry a form of art? I always say that I “enhance lives, one smile at a time.” A beautiful smile is a work of art, a bright window into the soul, and a key instrument for enjoying a fuller, richer life. I believe a positive change in your smile has a dramatic effect, helping you personally, socially, and professionally. My practice focuses on cosmetic and restorative treatments in harmony with relaxing spa amenities.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Partner with the Y to protect your health. Upper body movement is important to restoring blood flow and improving lymphatic function for those who have undergone treatment for breast cancer. The Y offers the following exercise options to help you restore upper body function: · · · ·

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THE YOGA EXPERTS

The Prana Lab, founded by one of South Florida’s most respected expert instructors, offers topnotch classes, as well as meditation and healing services. BY JOHN BUCHANAN The Prana Lab, opened in January 2104, is a beautiful, serene lakeside sanctuary for yoga, meditation and healing. It offers an extensive roster of yoga classes in all major disciplines, as well as holistic nutrition, numerology, sound meditation, workshops, international retreats, children’s programs and Yoga Alliance teacher certification. Prana Lab was founded by RoseAnn Sbona, who was a well-known local yoga instructor for more than a decade before she decided to create Prana Lab as the first serious, dedicated yoga studio in West Broward. The Prana Lab is located at 16614 Saddle Club Road, Weston. For more information, call 954-888-9008 or visit ThePranaLab.com.

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What distinguishes you from other yoga studios? We offer very high-level, expert instruction, which is provided by a team of 10 highly trained and very well-versed teachers. The most important things for people to know about us are the experience of our instructors and the extremely high level of instruction we offer. Our team also covers the full range of disciplines in yoga, not just a single type. ¶ What healing services do you offer? We offer Reiki, which helps restore your body’s energy centers to their natural state of flow. It also improves your overall health. The chakras, or energy centers of the body, are used to help diagnose and heal you physically, mentally and spiritually. So-called “Prana” healing matches a custom blend of yoga asanas specific to your needs, followed by Thai bodywork. The session closes with a healing Reiki practice that helps harmonize and promotes healing on all levels. ¶ What instructor certification do you offer? We offer an intensive, 200-hour, Yoga Alliance-certified teacher training program in Hatha yoga. Our program starts in September and runs until May. But it’s not just for people who want to actually become teachers. It’s also for beginning students who really want to build a better foundation from the beginning for their practice of yoga.

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Improvements in Breast Cancer Treatment Help Patients at Cleveland Clinic Florida Breast cancer is a topic that concerns so many of us and needs greater attention. In the last few years several high-profile women and men including Good Morning Margaret Thompson, MD America anchor Breast Surgical Oncologist Robin Roberts have been diagnosed with the illness. Her public bravery in post-operative photos added to her popularity. Did you know that Dame Maggie Smith, Diahann Carroll and Richard Roundtree (better known as “Shaft”) also battled breast cancer? The state of the science in breast cancer is promising. However, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women and the chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37. We can do more to prevent it and indeed, we must do more. For instance, mammograms, previously done by two-dimensional equipment, are now being replaced by 3D equipment, called tomosynthesis. With better screening and improved technology, we have better diagnostic capabilities. Tomosynthesis has reduced the “call-back rate.” Meaning, we are more accurate in diagnosing a spot that is likely to be cancerous, thus eliminating other unnecessary procedures.

“From a surgical aspect, treatments are changing continuously and patients are benefiting from new therapies,” said Margaret Thompson, MD, breast surgical oncologist. “We’ve found that patients who required the removal of all lymph nodes can now be spared this invasive treatment option, and only have a few lymph nodes removed. Radiation can now take its place, safely, and with fewer troublesome side effects.” According to Dr. Thompson, “Every day, we understand how important a team approach is in conquering cancer. At Cleveland Clinic Florida, our patients typically see a multi-disciplinary team that includes not just a surgeon but also a radiologist, pathologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, plastic surgeon and ancillary staff,” she commented. For our patients who require reconstruction, a cohesive team approach is critical too. One of our most noteworthy innovations involves using fat injections during the plastic surgery portion of treatment. Our team removes the excess fatty tissue from the abdomen or thighs, and injects it into the breast during reconstruction. Cancer care is complicated and overwhelming, but Dr. Thompson comments that Cleveland Clinic Florida helps ameliorate the non-medical issues, too. “We provide navigators, genetic counselors, support groups, plus massage, art and music therapists to help patients undergoing treatment. There’s even a boutique to help patients look their best by supplying wigs/hats, post-mastectomy bras and makeup seminars,” she said.

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For a consultation call 800.639.DOCTOR, or for more information please visit clevelandclinicflorida.org/breastcancer.


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GASTRO HEALTH PHYSICIANS

Gastro Health is Florida’s largest physician group specializing in digestive health and is committed to top quality care and an exceptional healthcare experience. BY JOHN BUCHANAN Gastro Health, founded in 2006 by the merger of three long-running medical practices, is the largest operator of gastroenterology clinics in Florida, including 26 in South Florida. The company acquires and then manages existing practices and provides the infrastructure and support necessary for physicians to succeed in the current and ever-evolving healthcare environment. Consolidated ownership of clinics also increases the company’s ability to deliver high quality, value-based care. Gastro Health is headquartered at 9500 South Dadeland Boulevard, Suite 200, Miami. For more information, call 855-Gastro1 or visit GastroHealth.com. 

CEO OF GASTRO HEALTH

How does Gastro Health position itself in the medical world? Gastro Health’s board certified physicians, allied professionals, nutritionists and administrative staff all seek to exceed our patient’s expectations. Our mission is to provide outstanding medical care and an exceptional healthcare experience. The experience aspect is particularly important because patients generally know when they have gotten good care, because they feel better. But the experience is also important because patients today are generally paying a higher portion of their healthcare costs, and they have more healthcare options. ¶ Why is Gastro Health growing so fast? The reality is that there are a lot of complexities in the business of healthcare, whether those are constraints from the government or from insurance companies. Historically, most physician’s offices started out as small enterprises, and the constraints are hard on them. So, in order for them to survive, they have to join with other physicians to share economies of scale and to expand their range of services. For example, we have both adult and pediatric gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, anesthesiologists and pharmacists all working together to provide care for the entire family. ¶ Why is that size and scope so important? Whether you’re a child, a young adult, or you’re age 50 and need a colonoscopy, or if you have any of the chronic diseases like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, Gastro Health can address your needs. We provide excellent, ongoing care throughout every stage of your life.

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PERFECT FITNESS

Weston’s Midtown Athletic Club offers the area’s finest fitness and tennis facilities, which are supported by an acclaimed staff of trainers and coaches. BY JOHN BUCHANAN Midtown Athletic Club ranks as the premier health-and-fitness venue in Weston for individuals, families, professional athletes and celebrities. It is the only resort-style private club in the area. The complex, which completed a $2 million upgrade of its fitness facilities in 2015, features more than 12,000 square feet of state-of-the-art exercise equipment, 25 outdoor tennis courts, four dedicated fitness studios, three outdoor pools and a full-service spa. It offers more than 100 group fitness classes weekly. M Cafe serves healthy fare for lunch and dinner. Midtown Athletic Club is located at 2300 Royal Palm Boulevard, Weston. For more information, call 954-384-2582 or visit Midtown.com/weston.

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR OF MIDTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB

What’s new with tennis at Midtown Athletic Club? We are the premier tennis club in the area. For over 30 years, we’ve provided our coaching and development program, delivered by our acclaimed coaches. We are now in the process of a $4 million renovation of our facilities. Our new courts will feature PlaySight “smart court” technology, specialized HydroCourt irrigation systems, and major upgrades, such as LED lighting and video monitors. ¶ What sets Midtown apart as a fitness club? What really sets us apart is our concept, which is that all of our members have what we call a “slash.” That means you’re a foodie/yogi, or a social butterfly/butterfly swimmer. Your unique combination of slashes makes you who you are. You’re multifaceted, and your fitness club should be, too. ¶ How is Midtown used as an event venue? We have developed a reputation as a venue for corporate and private events, such as weddings, bar or bat mitzvahs, or anniversaries. We do everything, from concerts and charity events to teambuilding and corporate wellness experiences. We can host events for 50 to 3,000 people. Larger events are held on our pool deck. All of our events are catered in-house by our exquisite chefs.

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CROHN’S & COLITIS FOUNDATION’S COMEDY NIGHT A favorite on both The Tonight Show and Late Night, comedian Mark Schiff is set to bring his hilarious blend of humor as headliner for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s 8th Annual Comedy Night on October 19, 2017 at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. “Our Comedy Night has become one of the most successful and anticipated events of the year with guests knowing they will spend an evening of laughter together while raising awareness and vital funds to support our mission of finding a cure for the more than 1.6 million people who suffer from digestive diseases,” says event chair Sabrina Kurzman. This year’s Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Comedy Night begins with a complimentary reception serving wine and beer, passed hors-d’oeuvres, Tito’s Handmade Vodka signature drink, food stations and a fabulous silent auction from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. with the show following. The fun-filled evening takes place October 19, 2017 at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek located at 5550 NW 40th St, Coconut Creek. Tickets are on sale now for $75 general admission and $125 for V.I.P. tickets which include an exclusive cocktail reception at 5:30 pm and preferred seating. Funds raised from this event will support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s ongoing efforts towards finding a cure for digestive diseases and improving the lives of the children and adults suffering from them. For more information, or to sponsor this event, contact the South Florida office at 561-218-2929 or kkeohane@crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

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THE SPEAKER SERIES Temple Dor Dorim’s Speaker Series has quickly grown and gained a steady fan base in just one year. The Speaker Series that began last year with Marcela Topf and Lara Baker was born from a desire to bring content that was inspiring and thought-provoking regarding topics that can be considered by some as taboo. These two busy moms wanted to create a forum where people could walk away with incredible value.  This is why they always have more than one hand-picked, expert speaker deliver their best golden nuggets for each program.  At the conclusion of each Speaker Series program, the audience has the opportunity to interact in a live Q&A. “In my life, I felt incredibly blessed by life-changing talks I went to, which were either free or very affordable. One good conversation can change the course of your life”, Marcela Topf, Speaker Series Co-Chair.  The Speaker Series has been a reflection of contemporary issues with a diverse range of speakers, from experts to celebrities contributing to conversations that are building a better life for us all. Stay tuned for more provocative events such as Sex, Love and Lies with two time TEDx speaker & author Dawn Maslar & our favorite Clinical Sexologist Dr. Stacy Friedman. On a more serious note October 24, (Suicide Prevention month) we will talk about the impact Hollywood and social media has had on the glamorization of suicide and how to protect our youth. For more information please visit dordorim.org/speaker-series

The Broward Center is pleased to announce its first sensoryfriendly performance specially designed for individuals with Sensory Processing and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as Slow Burn Theatre Company presents Tarzan the Stage Musical on Saturday October 28, at 1:00 p.m. The adaptive production will include special seating arrangements, reduced noise levels, removal of flashing lights/sudden lighting changes and dimmed house lights that do not go out completely. A quiet room for those experiencing sensory overload will be available. Based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure about a boy raised by gorillas, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend Phil Collins (including the Academy Award-winning hit “You’ll Be in My Heart”) and a book by Tony Awardwinning playwright David Henry Hwang. It is recommended that the request for seating for wheelchair access, sign-interpreted or open-captioned performances be made when purchasing tickets. For more information visit BrowardCenter.org/Visit/Accessibilityinformation. Buy tickets online at BrowardCenter.org or Ticketmaster. com; by phone at 954-462-0222; or in person at the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office.

THE FASTEST WAY TO DIFFERENTIATE YOUR PROPERTY IN AN INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE MARKETPLACE LIVFUSION is the leading commercial & residential innovator in the wellness & fitness industry. We provide all-inclusive project solutions to enhance the overall aesthetic and to ensure optimal results. Our experienced team will be there throughout the entire process: from the initial concept, design, construction, materials, acoustical and smart system selection, and final installation. State of the art equipment is selected based on the unique specifications and preferences of the clientele. The demand for “smart” fitness equipment is increasing rapidly for those who want the convenience of having a highly interactive and personalized workout located on the same property. Our facility’s atmosphere has a significant impact on a potential resident’s and client’s decision and we guarantee to maximize value by supplying innovative spaces that will exceed any experience and help you attract new residents while preserving the loyalty of existing ones. For more information please visit livfusion.com or call 754-7770301. 218 South Dixie hwy. Hallandale Beach FL 33009.

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Bobbi Ocean 954-684-1793 | bobbioceansells@gmail.com Las Olas River House provides 5 star luxury high rise living in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale and famous Las Olas Blvd. Located on the banks of the New River and within blocks of Broward Center for the Performing Arts this landmark tower brings a dynamic urban lifestyle to those that call it home. With eight different floor plans and private elevators leading you to your own foyer there is something for everyone. Take a minute and imagine walking out your front door to the restaurants, shops and art events on Las Olas Blvd. Gorgeous Fort Lauderdale Beach is an exciting and exhilarating 1.5 mile walk to the east. With its stunning award winning contemporary architecture, world class amenities and services this remarkable residence is in a class of its own and will provide you with the ultimate South Florida lifestyle. Please call for a private showing.

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Eric and Meri Solomon 954-384-8546 | www.solomonhomes.info Committed and passionate, Eric and Meri Solomon are key players in the South Florida real estate market. Their passion for family, friends, and the South Florida lifestyle makes them familiar members of the community from Weston to the Beaches. Solomon Homes is a one-stop shop for all your real estate needs. They are offering all types of financing in house and have teamed up with a wholesale lending firm to offer the best rates around. In addition, they have also created a niche with private money lending to help investors fund projects throughout the State of Florida. “Eric, Meri and the whole team are amazing. We have recommended them to friends, family and co-workers and have heard the same positive reviews. They want what is best for you and appreciate the emotional impact of buying a home. They are experts in the field AND they care.” -Shari & Kurt Wasser

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By Michelle Payer | Photographs by Ricardo Mejia

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And it’s right around the corner at Panarea Sea Grill.

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lose your eyes. Think back to your last vacation. Perhaps it was locals you met that told stories of the destination, or indigenous flavors that created the most enduring memories. If you yearn to replicate that feeling and are thinking about the warmth of the Mediterranean, its convivial conversation and authentic cuisine, make your way to Panarea Mediterranean Sea Grill on Miami’s Biscayne Boulevard. Intimate, cozy and worth the drive, this new restaurant is named after the second-smallest island of Italy’s Aeolian chain of picturesque volcanic islands. Notably famous for its large capers, the flavorful morsels are served as a welcome, perched on a glass of refreshing gazpacho to dinner guests every night. It’s a way for owner and trained sommelier Luca Delogu to welcome people into his “home” of 110 indoor seats, 15 of them outdoors on a beautifully lit garden patio and a charming, villa-like private room that seats 46 people (with its own audio-visual, in case you’re thinking of a good excuse for an off-site meeting). Delogu, who was born in Rome, grew up in the sea, diving for octopus and plucking sea urchin off the rocks in Sardinia. He nearly died diving for octopus when the tentacled creature wrapped itself around his neck and face mask, but a Sardinian cousin saved him with a quick maneuver. Yes, octopus is on the menu, no doubt recalling adventurous childhood pursuits. Delogu and Italian master

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ABOVE: Chef Claudio Sandri and owner Luca Delogu. BELOW: Pinsa Classica.


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table hopping chef Claudio Sandri (who with 40 years of culinary experience beat Chef Morimoto in an Iron Chef rematch) spent months formulating the menu, which covers 15 of 20 Mediterranean countries from southern Spain to France, Italy, Turkey, Israel and Northern Africa. “We want to take diners on a journey that covers the true flavors of the diverse and vast coastlines of the Mediterranean,” says Delogu. The voyage on which Delogu and Chef Sandri lead guests is flavorful and reminiscent of a personal invitation into a local home, with rustic wood décor, framed art and hanging lights adding to the charming ambience. For dinner, it might be tempting to start with spreads like Greek Tzatziki or Egyptian Hummus, but we recommend going straight to Pejerreyes Fritos from Spain, little fried sand smelts that are considered “street food” in the country’s coastal towns and are served here with sage leaves and zucchini in a brown paper cone with grilled lemon. Then head to “Sea to be Sin” where seafood appetizers live, and try the Pulpo a la Valenciana (Spain), fresh grilled octopus served with potatoes, chick peas, mint, lemon and marinated olives, or the melt-inyour-mouth, not-to-be-missed Crudo di Branzino (Italy), a Mediterranean sea bass crudo served with radish-fennel salad and pops of crunchy pink peppercorns. Panarea is purportedly the only restaurant in Miami to make a spirulina pasta, which is original even for Italy and contains the healthy algae that is rich in beta-carotene and iron, and is simply served with

TOP: Pejerreyes Fritos from Spain. ABOVE: Grouper ravioli.

The voyage on which Delogu and Chef Sandri lead guests is flavorful and reminiscent of a personal invitation into a local home. fresh vegetables, tomatoes and olive oil to allow the spirulina flavor to shine through. Other noteworthy entrées include Ravioli Di Cernia (Italy), three large, housemade ravioli filled with fresh grouper and eggplant in a light, flavorful tomato sauce. Served on delicate floral plates from Spain, the presentation adds to the mood of being in the private home of a great local chef. From Morocco, Chef Sandri serves a hearty khroufe, an authentic lamb stew with a subtle mixture of apricots, chickpeas, potatoes, carrots, cinnamon and herbs. The authentic Pinsa Romana (Roman-style pizza) is a must to share and comes in myriad combinations, while the fresh fish (caught locally and flown in from the Mediterranean) can be served Italian- or Moroccan-style or simply with extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. The dessert presentation is, in a word, charming, and comes as a treasure trove of individual postcards with authentic stamps, descriptions and wine pairings, and a “note” from the sender to the chef, as though Nonna were sharing her family recipe with the world. While they are all exquisite, our hands-down favorite was Moroccan Ma’ancha—meaning “snake”—made with rolled phyllo pastry and filled with dates, figs, walnuts and honey. The wine list deserves special attention and mention for its uncommon selection, as Delogu, who is both owner and sommelier, has scoured the Mediterranean to offer some of the most exceptional

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under-the-radar boutique wines grown and bottled at the source, many available by the glass, and all presented on a colorful map, allowing guests to pinpoint their origins. “Our wine program is about originality,” explains Delogu. “We want to ensure that customers discover new gems and find a perfect match for their meal that will further enhance the flavor profiles from that region.” The wine is so extraordinary, we recommend ordering a different glass with each course. La Cattura, which we had with the grouperstuffed pasta, is made from the only Teroldego grape that grows in Tuscany and is blended with 15 percent Syrah. At $11 a glass, it is a steal for such a rare find, and this is reportedly the only Miami restaurant that offers it by the glass. The Grillo from Sardinia and Raboso Rosé from Venice are new to the Miami market; the Manto Negro only grows on Mallorca. A treat for any oenophile, 80 percent of Panarea’s wine selection is small-production and bio-organic. As if all this weren’t enough, grab a friend and learn how to make Chef Sandri’s house-made mozzarella the last Wednesday of every month. The convivial gathering is more than just cheese-making. It’s an evening with family. Panarea Mediterranean Sea Grill is located at 11052 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida 33161. For more information, call 305-640-5580 or visit panareaseagrill.com.


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BMW’s 6-Series takes on “Gran” new forms, and we’re here to sort out any Gran confusion. By Steve Siler

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ack in my youth, BMW’s nomenclature made sense. There were three basic lines of sedans—denoted by numbers 3, 5, and 7—and a sexy, shark-nosed 6-Series coupe. Each car’s number series was followed by two additional numbers signifying the displacement of the engine. So a 525i, for example, was a mid-size 5-Series model powered by a 2.5-liter engine that was fuel injected (hence the “i” in 525i). Then the 2000s happened, and BMW assigned its various coupe models even number names like 2-series and 4-series, and its new SUV models “X” names that corresponded roughly to the car model with which it shared its platform components. Things started to get confusing when BMW’s four-door “Gran Coupes,” its so-called “Gran Turismo” 5-door hatchbacks, and fastback “coupe” versions of its SUVs came along right about the same time that BMW’s new turbocharged and hybrid powertrains rendered the two engine-size numbers irrelevant. Which leads us to today. The 6-Series two-door coupe is dead—long live the Six!—to be succeeded by a saucy new 8-Series coupe line in the future. For now, the 6-Series is still available as a convertible and as a four-door Gran Coupe, and also as a 5-door Gran Turismo hatchback, which is basically the successor to last year’s geeky 5-Series Gran Turismo. Lighter and sleeker than before, the new 6-Series Gran Turismo has almost nothing in common with the other Sixers, but it’s a fine car, whatever it’s called. After all, especially at BMW, what’s in a name?

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2018 BMW 6-SERIES GRAN TURISMO

If you think of the 6-Series Gran Turismo as more or less a 5-Series hatchback and not a variant of the current 6-Series lineup, you’re spot on. That said, it’s no mere fastback version of the Five; it sits a bit higher and has a higher-pitched roof than that car, which results in a look that’s a bit controversial and, well, butt-heavy, but it’s certainly more attractive than last year’s 5-Series Gran Turismo, which was taller still. The payoff comes in the form of a very roomy rear seating area and a tremendous amount of cargo space behind its split folding rear seatbacks. Based as it is on the new 5-Series, not the previous model, it benefits from that car’s newfound premium-ness inside, which cannot be overstated. It also has lost a massive amount of weight—some 330 pounds—compared to its predecessor, benefitting handling, brake performance, and efficiency.


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For now, the only model we will get in the U.S. is the 640i Gran Turismo xDrive, powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 335 hp and a snappy eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, with all-wheel drive standard. Base prices start at a heady $70,695, which is nearly $11,950 more than a 540i xDrive sedan and $6500 over the outgoing 535i xDrive Gran Turismo.

2018 BMW 6-SERIES GRAN COUPE

The 6-Series Gran Coupe is essentially a 6-Series coupe—may it rest in peace—stretched into a slinky sedan body but which retains the coupe’s low-roof look, frameless door glass, and yes, snug rear seats. Under the skin, it’s little more than a comparably powered 5-Series sedan—the previous generation 5-Series model, that is. The 6-Series Gran Coupe has been out there beautifying our roads for a few years now, and it’ll probably remain with us for at least another year or two until BMW either renews its lease on life under the 6-Series moniker, or more likely, migrates the Gran Coupe models to the 8-Series family, adopting its saucier look and, yes, higher price point. For the U.S., the base model is the 640i, powered by a 315-hp turbocharged six-cylinder engine with a snappy eight-speed transmission, with a 445-hp turbocharged V-8 available as an upgrade. If that’s not enough, BMW is happy to sell this car to you in M6 or Alpina B6 form, each with

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2018 BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo

2018 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe

• Successor to 5-Series Gran Turismo

• Sleek and sexy, but graying at the temples

• Spacious interior

• Based on previous 5-Series

• Powerful turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive

• Cramped but stylish interior

(BASE PRICE: $70,695)

• Surprisingly pricey

(BASE PRICE: $82,395)

• Available in standard or sportier M6 and Alpina B6 forms

up to 600 hp and performance envelopes bordering on the obscene. Pretty though they may be, the 6 Gran Coupes are as cramped inside and impractical as the Gran Turismo is roomy and practical. And at over $82K to start, they’re even more expensive. But compared to the more domesticated sedan on which it’s based as well as the new Gran Turismo, it strikes me as more special inside and out, just as a coupe should. It may be old, but it’s no less Gran. To test drive the BMW 6-Series, stop by Lauderdale BMW of Pembroke Pines, 14800 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.


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Dr. Leone and his entire team provide good, old-fashioned patient care with emphasis on the doctor/patient relationship. His entire staff is involved in each patient’s care, from the first phone call through post-operative visits. The mission for Dr. Leone and his staff is to restore quality of life and make every step count for every patient, by combining the latest proven technology and surgical expertise with compassionate care.

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The latest proven technologies, including computer navigation, kinematic sensors and robotics for knee replacements, as well as Dr. Leone’s own invention, the Pelvic Alignment Level, used during total hip replacements, help him achieve precise implant positioning and balancing. Each patient’s surgery is tailored to his or her specific needs and goals.

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patient must make and much more important than the particular approach or prosthesis. My advice is to choose your surgeon based on personal reputation, experience and the feeling of trust and personal connection you get from that individual and the entire support team. Choosing a hospital with a reputation for superior care and results in joint replacement is also important.”


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Joe Young, Karina Cristancho, Kat Martin and Justin Nepola.

Athena Dion and Manny Simone.

Signature Grand Ghoul Kick-Off More than 150 guests attended the Kick-off Party for the 16th Annual Signature Grand Ghoul benefiting 2-1-1 Broward at Signature Grand. The event was a preview and welcome party for the annual Halloween-themed bash, to be held on Monday, October 30. VIP guests in attendance included event emcee and former Miami Dolphin O.J. McDuffie; NFL alumni including Randal “Thrill” Hill and Kerry Glenn; 2-1-1 Broward board members and other South Florida notables. Sheila Smith, pesident and CEO of 2-1-1 Broward, and Shelley Eichner, senior vice president at Calvin, Giordano & Associates, took the stage to thank sponsors and guests for supporting the event and shared important information about the 16th Annual Signature Grand Ghoul. Last year, Signature Grand, along with sponsors, supported the event with numerous in-kind donations, helping to raise almost $55,000 for 2-1-1 Broward.

John and Sandy Benz with Kip Hunter-Epstein and Joey Epstein.

Jim Fondo, Jen Klaassens and Darlene Eddy.

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Shelly Eichner, Deanna McCutcheon, OJ McDuffie and Sheila Smith.


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Walk Like MADD Wrap Party “Ultimate Software and Salah Foundation Present the La Croix, South Florida Ford & Florida Panthers Foundation Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K Brought to You by ADT and Allegiance Crane” celebrated another successful year of fundraising with a wrap party hosted by Greenspoon Marder Law. The event, which took place at Greenspoon Marder’s Fort Lauderdale law office, celebrated raising more than $300,000 this year, bringing the seven-year total to over $1.25 million. The 8th Annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Adriana Ficano, Maggie Gunther and Kara Perkins.

David Pinsker and Stephan Greco.

Heather Geronemus and James Robertson.

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Lilia Ciciolla, Robert Farenhem and Ana Guardarrama.

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