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ities, and one of the best soccer academies in the region — a role model program designed to maximize youth players’ capabilities and teach good sportsmanship. Top-rated public and private schools can be found within a short distance, and an adventurous children’s play area. When it comes to family fun, there are endless activities to enjoy and all the components that make for an ideal active lifestyle. Whether an avid cyclist, a recreational biker, or using a bike to get to and from school, Weston’s 46 miles of marked bike lanes assist cyclists in getting where they are going safely. With all of its beauty, tranquility, and access to nature, Weston is acclaimed for its exceptional quality of life.

“We seek to ‘build better,’ enhancing the best parts of a neighborhood to create a foundation for an exceptional community.” – David Martin

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BUILD A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES IN THE MOST INVITING LANDSCAPE Ranked no. 15 of the Best Places to Live in America, Weston offers an exceptional place to make a home. Situated in an idyllic setting, Botaniko Weston brings nature right to your doorstep — dense greenery unfolds around a multitude of stunning lakes and bodies of water. A cozy picnic area overlooks the surrounding lakes, making it the perfect place to pack a lunch and take in the sights and sounds that can only be found in such a pristine natural habitat. Botaniko Weston puts the world at your fingertips, and makes enjoying the dynamic surroundings second nature for its fortunate residents. With a culturally diverse population, the town of Weston is composed of the

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44 Reaching His Goals Florida Panther Derek MacKenzie has mastered the balance it takes to keep fit, succeed at his sport and enjoy life.

54 All in Fine Form inWeston contributors share the secrets of their healthy lifestyles.

60 Escape to Wellness Relax, recharge, renew, repeat— while staycationing less than an hour away by car.

66 Model Citizen Adriana Lima is more than just a tall drink of water with a gorgeous face.

70 Making Waves Inspired by yacht design, the Ocean Residences at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort are modular and adaptable to any lifestyle.

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Two of the area’s top overachievers are tapped to lead a night of fun and laughs as Wizard Creations’ Luke Freeman and Mickey Wirtz serve as Honorary Chairs for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s (CCFA) 7th Annual Comedy Night on October 20 at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

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Sarah Silverman’s coming to Hard Rock Live later this month. Emmy Award-winning comedian, author, actress, writer and producer Sarah Silverman will perform at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. In 2013, Silverman debuted her hour-long, critically acclaimed HBO standup special Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, which earned her the 2014 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, but you may also have seen her appearances in hit shows like The Good Wife, The Larry Sanders Show, Seinfeld and Mr. Show with Bob and David. Tickets cost $70, $50 and $40 and are available at or by phone at 800-745-3000. Doors open one hour prior to show start time.




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reaching HIS goals Florida Panthers alternate captain Derek MacKenzie was virtually born on the ice. After three decades of playing hockey, the Canadian-born star still loves every chill-inducing moment.

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barely remembers a time when he wasn’t working on ice. Skating at age 2 and hitting the puck by age five, this Sudbury, Ontario raised National Hockey League (NHL) star has spent his life practicing and playing ice hockey. “This is normal for Canadians,” says MacKenzie, 35, a forward and alternate captain for the Florida Panthers. “Winters were spent skating on outdoor rinks. Everyone plays hockey there.” Like football or basketball in the U.S., playing hockey is a natural way of life for aspiring athletes in Canada. With the country’s long and freezing winters, living on ice is de rigueur—as it was for MacKenzie, who lives in Parkland during the hockey season with his Sudburybred wife and their two children, a 5-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter. “I didn’t really know how talented I was while growing up,” says MacKenzie, who played junior hockey in Sudbury, the Canadian town that has turned out more NHL players than almost any other small city there besides Thunder Bay. “I was as good as the others, and I was committed.” Since MacKenzie’s father, Ken, was a hockey player (left wing) who became a coach and assistant general manager of the Sudbury Wolves, there wasn’t much wiggle room in his family. He balanced school and friends with hockey, while playing soccer and baseball during the short summer season. “I missed a lot of other things because of my dedication to hockey,” he says. “But I was happy with the sport and turned pro at age 20.” Standing 5’11” and weighing 175 pounds, ­MacKenzie began his professional career with the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. (He was drafted 128th overall.) He played in that organization from 2001-2007 before joining the Columbus (Ohio) Blue Jackets. He stayed there until he signed with the Panthers on July 1, 2014. During the 20142015 season with the Panthers, he ranked fifth in the NHL for hits, played in all 82 games and recorded 11 points. In last year’s season, he led the Panthers in faceoff win percentage (54.8), led all Panthers forwards with 154 hits and ranked second on the team overall. He recorded 13 points in 64 games. And he has served as alternate captain since 2014.   In July, he signed a two-year extension with the Panthers worth a cool $2.75 million. His daily life is busy, and he knows he has to stay in fighting shape for such a rough-and-tumble sport. (According to ESPN statistics, ice hockey is the second-roughest sport in the area of difficulty after boxing. Football and basketball



come next.) As one hockey pundit put it in an online report, “Ice hockey is figure skating in a war zone.” And die-hard fans can’t get enough of the shoving, hitting, stitching and overall brutality the players can show toward each other in the heat of a game. While most players try to keep a game face and continue to play even after being struck by a puck, they all know how important it is to keep in good form to survive such a combat zone. To keep in shape, MacKenzie adheres to a nononsense exercise regimen. During the off-season, he starts slowly by unwinding and relaxing away from the ice. He spends time socializing with his friends and family before heading home to Sudbury for the summer. But once he’s back on track in his hometown, MacKenzie heads for the gym every morning and lifts weights for 90 minutes before mixing in cardio, alternating between time on the bike and time on the track.

{ “While I eat in moderation, I do enjoy ice cream and pizza once in a while, especially when I am out with the kids,”

MacKenzie also has a healthy nutritional routine, which includes eating often to sustain his energy level. He starts the day with a big breakfast that includes eggs for protein. He usually has lunch at the arena, which can be foods like chicken salad or pasta. Dinner at night is always solid and nutritious, with salmon or steak, vegetables and pasta. “We are encouraged to get what we need in our meals,” says MacKenzie. “Especially on game days. The Panthers organization provides us with great food.” While he is pretty strict during the season, the jock says summer with his children is when he can let loose and have more fun with food. “While I eat in moderation, I do enjoy ice cream and pizza once in a while, especially when I am out with the kids,” he admits.  MacKenzie advises others to eat in moderation and find a specific exercise or sport that they enjoy doing. He suggests they work hard at repetitions and make it a regular part of the day. “For the best fitness, find something you


“I get into the best hockey-playing shape until late July,” MacKenzie explains. “Then I begin skating until training camp starts on Sept. 24 and the season routine begins.” This includes MacKenzie’s first days back in Florida, where he undergoes physical exams from the team’s doctors. Those are followed by physical testing, with exercises like chin-ups, pushups, the Windgate Test on a bike that measures peak anaerobic power and anaerobic capacity, and vertical jumps to raise his center of gravity higher on the vertical plane with his own muscles. This functions to see how high he can jump off of the ground from a standstill position. After completing these tests, he heads for the ice and practices each day. The first game of the season is Oct. 9, beginning a long and intense hockey season with the Panthers. “In-season mornings consist of my going to the rink, doing a workout and staying on the ice for 90 minutes,” he says. “After that, I see a video, then I go home.”



{ “For the best fitness, find something you like so you will stick with it. It takes work, consistency and moderation. But it’s also important to have fun and enjoy what you are doing.”

things about summer in Canada.” In addition to spending time with family and friends who still live in Sudbury, the MacKenzies love to go to Lake Wanapitei, which occupies a meteorite crater in an area around the town. They have a cottage on the lake where their summers consist of swimming, boating, skiing and fishing. Another summer highlight is MacKenzie’s charity, Hats for Heroes, which benefits the Northern Ontario families of children with cancer. It helps the kids as well as their families and aims to ease the financial stress for parents so the children can get better. For the past seven years, MacKenzie has hosted a warm-weather golf tournament to raise money for the charity, sometimes earning more than $50,000 a year. “It is all about the children and making them comfortable from day to day,” he says. “We spend time with them in the hospital, and also suit them with hockey equipment.” MacKenzie is grateful so many people support the golf tournament and make it a success each summer. (During the winter season in Florida, he goes out into the community to show people that he is more than just a “physical and fighting larger-than-life character” while supporting other charities.) He also knows that at age 35, he doesn’t have too many more years to play professional hockey in such a big way. But he never wants to leave the game. He would like to stay in hockey management or do something significant with the sport. “I want to stay involved when playing comes to an end,” MacKenzie says. “I hope to work in hockey in some way.” For this well rounded pro, that would be the icing on the cake.


like so you will stick with it,” he says. “It takes work, consistency and moderation. But it’s also important to have fun and enjoy what you are doing.” MacKenzie has mastered a life of hard work and fun. He’s a happy hockey player. Not only does he excel and love the sport, but hockey has also enriched his life. He’s met interesting players along the way and remains friends with many of them, including fellow Canadian Mike Fisher, the Nashville Predators star and husband of singer Carrie Underwood. The hockey pros played together for the Sudbury Wolves earlier in their careers. Other pals include former Wolves stars like Andrew Raycroft and Taylor Pyatt, who have both played in the NHL. “I’m fortunate to have great friends I met through hockey over the years as well as new friends in the league,” he says. “We are all busy with our families but we keep in touch.” MacKenzie also feels blessed to have traveled the world with hockey, attacking the ice in Russia and Europe, including countries like Holland, Germany and Sweden, and all over Canada and the U.S.  “Seeing so many places has been a bonus for me, in addition to making a living at something I love,” he says. He adds, “But we have lived in so many places, it’s been hard on my wife and kids, so I am happy to be settled in Florida.” While in Parkland, MacKenzie and his wife like to take the kids, who are both American citizens, to Orlando theme parks, the Keys and the Gulf of Mexico, where they especially like the beaches and laid-back atmosphere of Marco Island. “We take advantage of living in Florida,” he says of the winter season. “Then we enjoy the best






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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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write—a good game. They walk the walk…

and run, surf, stretch and eat their way to optimum health. Meet the fab faces and fit

bodies behind the by-lines you’ve come to know and get to know the secrets to their success.



Katina Taylor with sons Mason and Isaiah and daughter Zoe.

Katina Taylor

Columnist, “All Well & Good”; founder of Camp Katina: Cartwheels to Character PREFERRED WORKOUT ­REGIMEN:

Weight training and tennis. I love to be active everyday. When the “workout stars” align with my busy schedule, I prefer three days a week of weight training/body weight exercises in the gym for no more than an hour and two days a week of tennis for my fun-filled cardio. HOW SHE JUST DOES IT:

Ha! You just do it. Easier said than done; however, if you’ve made exercise a priority, it can’t be an option to skip. Remind yourself how great it makes you feel. When I’m not feeling up to it, I just tell myself to go for a walk or get to the gym and do something. Anything is better than nothing. ABSOLUTE MUSTS:

Water, water and more water! It is so important to stay hydrated and something that I always have to remind myself to do: drink. So many times you think you are hungry, but you are just dehydrated. I try to stay stocked with lean proteins like fish and chicken to add to my salads or have with a side of veggies that I usually roast with a little olive oil. I also love avocados. WILLPOWER GOES OUT THE WINDOW FOR…

My homemade salsa kills me every time. I can make a half-gallon and it won’t last two days. Also, Nutella or Oreos stay at Walgreens, and when I really want chocolate I have to drive to get the individual servings because I’ve never had Oreos or Nutella longer than two days in my house. I will eat the entire box or container—no doubt. MOTIVATION TO KEEP MOVING:

My age—40!—and my children. The older I get, the younger I want to feel. I’ve learned so much over the years and I need muscle to help not have injuries and to keep up with my sports and active children for a long life. I feel my best when I get proper sleep, nutrition and exercise.



Shayne Benowitz Freelance travel writer and Wanderlust Chameleon travel blogger; www. PREFERRED WORKOUT REGIMEN:

I try to work out at least four times a week and if I can do more, great! I’ve become a pretty devoted yogi and feel my best if I practice two to three times a week. I’m always mixing it up, though, and I love running on South Beach. I usually do 3.5 miles. Anything outdoors or in the water makes me happy: paddle boarding, surfing, swimming. And I love Pilates. HOW SHE JUST DOES IT:

Sometimes I just give myself a break and I don’t beat myself up about it. It’s not the end of the world if you miss a workout or if you’re routine is off. If I’m busy or on the go, I have a 20-minute Pilates routine that I can do. It’s easy to squeeze in and makes me feel like I’m not being completely lazy.   ABSOLUTE MUSTS:

I make a large batch of green smoothie at home that lasts for about three days: 7 cups kale, 6 cups romaine, 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 banana, 1.5 cup celery, lemon juice. It’s a no-brainer, nutrient rich breakfast/snack that’s always in my fridge. WILLPOWER GOES OUT THE WINDOW FOR…

All of them! I always joke that I could go totally vegan, but I need pizza and cheeseburgers. MOTIVATION TO KEEP MOVING:

The body is such an amazing tool. I just always want to feel healthy, strong and able. And yeah, I want to look as good as I can in a bikini for as long as I can.



Steve Siler

Columnist, “Wheel Life”; auto journalist, Car & Driver, et al PREFERRED WORKOUT REGIMEN:

My favorite workout is exactly what we do at Barry’s Bootcamp: a fun group setting, with half of the time spent doing interval runs and the other half doing exercises on or around a bench. I find the energy of others to be energizing to me, so while I push myself pretty hard when I work out on my own, I push myself even harder in the presence of others. I also love a good outdoor run in a new place; I travel so much for my automotive journalism; it’s a great way to check out the places I land. HOW HE JUST DOES IT:

I admit I’m not always successful at this, and there are many workouts I plan early in the day that I postpone until later in the day. But again, I think about 1) the friends I know will be at the gym, and 2) the results, of course, and if I’ve had too many cheat meals that day, and that usually gets me there. ABSOLUTE MUSTS:

I also start the day by pouring a cup of pasteurized egg whites and a cup of blueberry-açai Goodbelly juice into a bottle and downing it. Sounds gross, but you don’t taste the egg whites, and you get 25 grams of protein along with a load of probiotics and vitamins all at once. WILLPOWER GOES OUT THE WINDOW FOR…

Lucky Charms. There. I said it. MOTIVATION TO KEEP MOVING:

Two things: 1) I like tight clothes, and 2) I have hot friends. Both are very motivating.



Maria Tettamanti Columnist, “Matters of Style”; freelance writer & fashion and style blogger at www. PREFERRED WORKOUT REGIMEN:

Pilates—because who doesn’t love working out lying down? Seriously, Pilates changed my body…I have abs now! I also have a love/hate relationship with running, but it’s my go-to regimen for cardio. HOW SHE JUST DOES IT:

After the birth of my son, I put on 15 pounds and I looked so bloated in my face, particularly. I never want to look that way again! When I’m not inspired to workout, I’ll sign up for classes beforehand—that way, I’ve paid up front and am forced to go. #LifeHack ABSOLUTE MUSTS:

I live a low-carb lifestyle. I eat the same breakfast every morning: one poached egg. B-o-r-i-n-g! For snacks, I always have raw almonds or cashews in my handbag like a squirrel. I’m also a fan of Justin’s peanut butter on-the-go packets from Whole Foods. Smoothies have too much sugar and protein bars are loaded with processed stuff, so I avoid them like the plague. WILLPOWER GOES OUT THE WINDOW FOR…

My Achilles heels are Misha’s cupcakes and Houston’s spinach dip. If they’re around, it’s game over. MOTIVATION TO KEEP MOVING:

Two words for you: Mental sanity. Working out gets my blood flowing and those endorphins moving— working out is like insta-Prozac for me. 



escape wellness TO

South Florida is a place of

indulgence. We’re spoiled with world-class beaches, restaurants, bars and entertainment—not that anyone’s complaining. But the non-stop action can wreak havoc on your lifestyle. Whether you need to get back on the fitness track or simply get away to someplace quiet and soothing where you can recharge your batteries, these wellness retreats are for you.

By Ana Connery



relax, recharge, renew, repeat— and all without traveling more than an hour away (in traffic!).


When You Fall Off the Wellness Wagon and It’s Going to Take More Than Lean Cuisine…

The Carillon You’re normally diligent about eating right and exercise, but sometimes mounting deadlines, one too many happy hours and other occurrences derail even the best intentions. Enter The Carillon (formerly known as Canyon Ranch). Available both with and without suite accommodations, 3- and 6-day detoxifying Carillon Cleanse staycations are designed for those in need of expert help to reboot their wellness plan (read: eliminate nasty stuff, make room for the good stuff).


Personalized consultations with leading fitness and nutrition experts yield a custom program that includes healthful meals filled with fresh herbs and seasonal ingredients designed to boost metabolism. Access to an oceanfront state-of-the-art fitness center and more than 40 fitness classes means the odds are high you’ll find something to motivate you. It’s not all sweat and tears, though. A detox massage as well as one-on-one exercise and nutrition consults are also part of the experience.


Showers that allow you to experience both a polar mist and a Caribbean monsoon, hydrospas with soothing massage jets and the only Igloo in Miami—these are just a few of the nine hot and cold hydrotherapy experiences the Carillon offers. Designed to reduce stress and increase circulation, the invigorating circuit is key to the wellness experience. Visit




When You’re Looking for a Spiritual Experience…

Tierra Santa Healing House at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach

Forget sugar scrubs and Spinning classes. In fact, forget everything you know about health resorts and spas. Taking up an entire floor of the new oceanfront Faena Hotel, Tierra Santa Healing House takes a fantastical, theatrical approach to the spa resort experience. Floral murals, paper installations and lavish, jewel-toned furnishings worthy of a Baz Luhrmann film are on full display here (the famous director and his wife, Catherine Martin, led the interior design), so expect the extraordinary.


Come for the massages and meditation and stay for the sound bowl treatments that use vibrations to q ­ uiet the mind and restore balance, as well as the shaman purification rituals. The latter is a tribute to the Mexican art of copaleada, which is all about cleansing and purifying the body. Plan a day or weekend escape around a treatment or two, and expect to arrive at least an hour early in order to allow ample time to explore the marble-laden wet spa, the largest of its kind in South Florida. A therapist will guide you to a giant block of Tierra Santa soap and show you how to carve a piece before taking you through a series of aquatic healing rituals at various temperatures. From an invigorating shower in a hydrotherapy chamber to a detox ritual in an herbal steam room, the journey culminates in a sprawling marble hammam, which offers both shared and private spaces for quiet meditation. Through September, renowned teacher Tim Feldman from Miami Life Center is taking over the Movement Studio with a selection of Ashtangastyle yoga classes for devotees and b ­ eginners alike. As if you needed a reason to spend the night, all guest rooms come with dedicated butler service.


When a mini escape is in order, the hotel welcomes locals to its Power of Wellness series every second Tuesday, the perfect antidote to a brutal workweek. Visit




When You Need to Get Out of the City to Reboot…

Vita Vie Retreat at

the Seagate Hotel & Spa Combining the Italian and French words for life— vita and vie, respectively—Vita Vie’s retreats at the elegant Seagate Hotel & Spa in Delray Beach are perfect for city escapees looking to reboot their wellness program, take it to the next level or simply learn (once and for all) how to de-stress right.



When You Find Yourself Competing with Your Friends on the Regular…

Fort Lauderdale Marriott

Harbor Beach Resort & Spa Nestled on South Florida’s largest private beach—an eyebrow-raising distinction in these parts—the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa is the ultimate sports haven for those who think breaking a sweat is the sign of a good day.

Part fitness boot camp and part mind-body retreat, Vita Vie’s 3-, 5- and 7-day Bella Boot Camp sessions make full use of the seaside town’s breathtaking location, holding fitness classes and activities both on the beach and in local parks. Guests are placed into groups of no more than 10, so you can count on personalized attention if and when you need it. From tossing medicine balls on the sand to Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and Zumba, you’ll have access to five fitness classes and activities per day. Three healthy meals and your choice of a health coaching session or a spa treatment are also included. Of course, you can always lie by the beach or pool with a good book, too.


If you prefer something more intimate, private fitness retreats can be arranged and feature one-on-one fitness training, nutrition counseling and, thankfully, spa treatments, too. Visit


Bring a few of your most competitive friends and the resort will gladly customize organized activities, such as Beach Olympics complete with obstacle courses and old-fashioned tug-of-war games, flag football or beach tennis tournaments (the latter not as easy as it sounds). When all that outdoor activity leaves you tired and achy, visit the spa for treatments that make the most of the area’s natural resources. From detoxifying body wraps featuring fresh coconut and mango to the resort’s signature body treatment, the citrus bodyglow, the scents alone will remind you this is most definitely South Florida.


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When You Want to Have Your Butt Kicked…

WSouth Beach and W Fort Lauderdale

Boot camp classes are still the rage—in some cases, they’ve been renamed and rebranded—but the sense of accomplishment that accompanies having your butt kicked is still in demand. The W Fort Lauderdale gets it—so much so that it partnered with Vlaun Lifestyle Management to create a Beach Boot Camp program that offers a menu of different workouts free to all guests. Activities take place right on the beach, so you can challenge yourself with a butt-busting workout while enjoying the ocean views and the sounds of waves crashing on the shore.


At the W’s sister property in South Beach, celebrity trainer Simone Cavalletti offers 3- and 5-day getaways that include one-on-one personal training, daily workouts and preplanned menus. You’ll also walk away with a personal health evaluation and customized tips so you can keep up with your routine once you’re home. Outdoors lovers can pick up a game of basketball or tennis with an ocean view on the rooftop Swish and Swing courts, or explore South Beach on a colorful Martone bicycle, available free for overnight guests. Visit or


When You Want to be Surrounded by Glitz and Glamour…

Biltmore Hotel With its marble floors, statue-lined pool and elegant tower modeled after Sevilla’s Giralda, this national historic landmark is as regal as it gets. Its award-winning restaurants and service have lured luminaries the world over, but it’s the world-class spa and that famous Sunday brunch that keeps the locals coming back.


Derived from the Italian word meaning “well-being,” the Biltmore’s Benessere program combines healthy cooking and fitness classes with healing treatments and wellness activities, so you can relax and recharge at the same time. Choose from dozens of fitness classes or join a guided walk of the resort’s historic neighborhood. Themed cooking classes (vegan and Mediterranean are popular) with resort chefs at the Biltmore Culinary Academy will arm you with tricks and tips as well as new dishes to try at home when you need to convince your partner to get on the wellness wagon, too. When it’s time to actually eat, the restaurants throughout the resort have health-conscious Benessere menus featuring fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.


Benessere Wellness Days are ideal for busy bodies who only have a day to themselves. Packages change by the season but days generally begin with yoga or other fitness classes designed to boost energy and release stress, followed by a stop at the Succo Juice and Smoothie Bar for a fresh concoction. Next, it’s time to detox with Ayurvedic spa treatments before joining an interactive cooking class designed to introduce you to flavorful, healthful recipes. Visit




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Inspired by yacht design, the Ocean Residences at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort are modular and adaptable to any lifestyle. By Linda Marx

The living room of the studio residence in the Ocean Resort Residences by Conrad on Fort Lauderdale Beach is dominated by a comfortable, high-quality vinyl with a suede sofa bed. The Italian porcelain floor looks like wood. The wool throw rug is custom and adds subtle elegance to the nautical setting.



it’s a perfect location for Weston residents

who want to downsize or add an oceanfront apartment in Fort Lauderdale to their real estate holdings. It’s an exotic location for international denizens who are eager to make Fort Lauderdale a part-time home. But whatever your reason, the Ocean Residences at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort offer sexy and modular interior design with smashing ocean views. Created to resemble a boat in a nod to the city’s emphasis on yachting and water sports, the oceanfront residences are flexible for all kinds of South Florida lifestyles. The various units are spread out among floors six to 24, with 109 decorator-ready and 181 fully furnished. When Andreas A. Ioannou, CEO of Orchestra Hotels and Resorts, and a long-time general manager with Hilton Hotels, decided to develop his own properties, he wanted to buy this Michael Graves-designed building on Fort Lauderdale Beach. He loved the look, location and potential for development into lovely residences. In 2013, when Ionnaou’s company finalized the acquisition of the building and signed a management agreement with Hilton’s Conrad, the interiors and the exterior were 90 percent finished. But he wanted to put his own nautical mark on the rooms and began to institute the many changes that were needed. “We wanted the interiors of the residences to look like a luxury yacht,” says Ioannou, who has worked at the Waldorf Astoria in New York and the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. “We also liked the porthole windows and sixth-floor pool.” He had a lot to work with. So he thought more about it and sought advice from design professionals in South Florida. “We looked at the interiors, then changed the design three times,” he says. “It seemed too much like a big-city luxury hotel. We wanted a sexier, beach-inspired vibe for the residences. So we brought in Steven G to design the interiors. We agreed that all of the furnishings and accessories would come from Artefacto.” Because Artefacto is known for its sleek and modern



The large balcony is indoor-outdoor with chairs and table for enjoying the view of the ocean. The screen by the drapes is 110 inches and has a blackout screen. “This is a unique feature that works electronically,” says Andreas A. Ioannou, CEO of Orchestra Hotels and Resorts, owner of the residences.



The design team created a varietyvanity table for multi-functions in the modular space. FROM LEFT: The built-in bedroom dresser is an all-wood unit with drawers that allow for storage and a 50-inch custom television; the gray and white Italian marble bath offers a double vanity, separate shower and tub, and a glamorous mirror with contemporary lighting; the galley kitchen has a nautical-looking aqua glass wall tile, Waterworks faucet and shiny wood laminate cabinets. “We wanted a contemporary and clean look,” says Ioannou.



indoor/outdoor furnishings with an emphasis on design, function and value, the contemporary look worked well with the developer’s vision. Ioannou also believes that residents of these kinds of oceanfront units—people who are downsizing or who are used to staying in the finest hotels in the world—want to be pampered in their new homes. So he has added that component to the mix. The developer knows that people covet their own style. Yet, in many cases of couples or families, they also like the amenities and services of a hotel, similar to what they have enjoyed while vacationing. So he put these ideas together, determined that the residents of the Conrad will have the best of everything. In fact, the residences are part of the first Conrad Hotels & Resorts residential resort property in North America. The studio apartments and the larger units resonate everything the interiors are supposed to exhibit: nautical and luxurious furnishings with the feel of a top-of-theline yacht. There are at least seven different designs in the various residences, all within the nautical theme and all with exquisite finishes and furnishings. “Steven G. is known for leather, high-end materials and wood, so everything worked out as we had envisioned,” says Ioannou. “We are very pleased with the look and feel of the interiors.” In one of the studio (640 square feet) designs with its multi-use spaces, a media projector and blackout window shades that double as film screens convert the room to a cozy home theater. In another residence, a home office can change quickly into a woman’s vanity. And in another, coffee tables in the living areas can transform to dining tables for family meals or larger dinner parties. Ioannou and his team designed a variety table that can be used for several different functions to please all family members. The designers also used white leather couches in the studio’s living space that could double as a guest’s place to snooze. And a “fighting” chair for easy lounging indoors can be used for fishing. “We like multifunctional spaces and the idea of indoor-outdoor living to take advantage of the oceanfront location as well as the nautical theme, which we keep contemporary and light,” says the developer, who worked closely with the design team. Residents and guests enter the space via the marble foyer. Throughout the home, Italian porcelain floors look like wood. Leather panels with stitching resemble the decor of boats. Kitchens are open and light, with Sub-Zero refrigerators, Wolf cooktops and Bosch microwaves, cabinets made of wood with shiny laminate, aqua glass wall tiles and modern pendant lights. In the larger residences, the kitchens feature breakfast bars so families can have coffee together and enjoy the water views from morning until sunset. Bathrooms are sleek, with walk-in showers, marble Kohler double vanities with Waterworks faucets and separate soaking tubs by Kohler. And the bedrooms repeat the built-in themes with simple yet functional pieces that look like they belong where they are placed. European-style beds from Artefacto in pale gray or brown-beige are appointed with Ralph Lauren linens. For the exterior, the architect and engineers created a glass enclosure to connect the sixth-floor swimming pool, which creates an oasis with a lounge and cabana area. Picture a movie billboard with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant catching some rays before driving their sports car along the ocean. “I want the cabana and pool area to look like Monte Carlo or Cannes in the south of France,” says Ioannou. “This building will be very alive with happy residents who enjoy a total lifestyle. With our nautical design and the very best finishes, the interiors are the finest and most luxurious in South Florida.”





WITH MARIANN MARINBERG, club manager of Midtown Athletic Club

Weston’s Midtown Athletic Club offers the area’s finest tennis facilities, which are supported by a newly renovated, state-of-theart fitness complex. By John Buchanan MIDTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB reigns 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-theart 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. Their catering and event services are known as some of the best in Weston. M Cafe serves healthy fare for lunch and dinner. Midtown Athletic Club is located at 2300 Royal Palm Boulevard, Weston. For more information, call 954-3842582 or visit



What fitness and personal training programs do you offer? “Midtown offers a wide variety of group classes per week, held in state-of-the-art fitness studios and dedicated cycling studios. With so many classes to choose from, we also make sure to include all the trendsetting new workouts. Our group classes, including Zumba, Pilates, yoga and cycling, are tiered by level of difficulty. And each class offers a different benefit, whether your goal is to burn calories, tone up or boost cardiovascular endurance.” How is Midtown used as an event venue? “We have developed a reputation as a venue for exceptional corporate and private events, such as weddings, bar or bat mitzvahs, or anniversaries. We also do concerts and charity events. We can host events of from 50 to 3,000 people. Large events are held on our pool deck. All of our events are catered from our in-house capabilities. We have four chefs who all specialize in different cuisines and styles.”


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What sets Midtown apart as a tennis facility? “We are part of the Tennis Corporation of America (TCA). For 30 years, we have provided the best instruction by leading coaches in the premier playing environment in the area. We are now looking forward to a $4 million renovation of our tennis facilities. The new courts will use the HydroCourt irrigation system. That means they will be in perfect shape 24 hours a day. We are also adding a video monitoring system to several of the courts.”

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Q&A WITH ALAN PHILIPSON, founder of Anatomical Architects and Dr. Spencer Baron of NeuroSport Elite

The Cervifit® is a revolutionary device developed by a South Florida sports trainer and a local chiropractor to strengthen the neck and align the spine. By John Buchanan CERVIFIT® IS A REVOLUTIONARY neck-strengthening system that improves vertebral alignment, blood flow, muscle tone and performance. The patented device was conceived and developed by Alan Philipson, an American College of Sports Medicine trainer with 24 years of experience. Manufactured in South Florida, each CerviFit® was developed to help with Philipson’s recurring migraine headaches and address prior injuries to his children. Chiropractor Dr. Spencer Baron, founder of Davie-based NeuroSport Elite and a former team doctor for the Miami Dolphins, has also been involved in the development and marketing of CerviFit®. Anatomical Architects, Inc., is located at 3860 West Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 800597-1410 or visit



Why is neck strength so important? Dr. Baron: “It reduces degeneration of the spine because it keeps the neck balanced. If the neck is imbalanced, it’s like the tires on your car. Your spine will wear down faster because it is out of alignment. We all degenerate. But some people do faster or more unevenly than others. And the faster your neck and spine are degenerating, the more helpful the CerviFit® will be to you.” How does CerviFit® work? Philipson: “It uses weighted resistance. It’s an ABS nylon plastic frame that derives its resistance from proprietary weights that come with the device. It uses the natural movement of the neck and the resistance from the weight to strengthen the neck. Ideally, it is used daily for five minutes.”


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Why did you create CerviFit®? Philipson: “I was suffering from horrible migraine headaches, which were attributed to a poorly aligned cervical spine. And I discovered I could use a device that would help improve the alignment of cervical discs. Then I learned there was nothing on the market that would do exactly what I had in mind the exact way it needed to be done. The only alternative was specialized exercises. But I wanted to create something that could deliver a measured outcome, a defined result.”


Q&A WITH TIANA BLOUNT, director of operations at Broward Health Weston

Broward Health Weston offers hospitalquality, state-ofthe-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 12 radiologists and eight urgent care physicians. All three facilities offer the advantage of cost savings over a hospital. The center recently added a new ultrasound system because of growing demand for that service. Broward Health also expanded its evening and weekend hours. Broward Health Weston is located at 2300 North Commerce Parkway, Weston. For more information, call 954-217-5000 or visit



What about your urgent care center? “Our urgent care center is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. It’s also open after hours during the week and on weekends. It’s also much less expensive than going to a hospital emergency room. In addition, you’re also not going to be exposed to the long waits and turnaround times that are typically associated with a hospital emergency room. We also partner with many local Weston businesses to provide occupational health benefits to their workers and be their partner from a Worker’s Compensation viewpoint.” What is the significance of your women’s health center? “What’s significant is that we have a separate and distinct women’s center. It’s a private suite and it has an all-female staff. And within it, we provide mammography, ultrasound and bone density testing. There are other women’s centers in the area. But they are all hospital-based. So this is really the only hospital-owned, freestanding women’s center. And again, that means the tests are significantly less expensive.”


Medical Benefits

What factors distinguish your imaging center? “The first thing is that even though we are part of the Broward Health system, we are licensed as a freestanding imaging center. That means the facility is less expensive than a hospital. Many of the insurance companies also have now created incentives for their members to go to these freestanding imaging centers because they are less expensive. We do X-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds.”










Natural Eyes of Weston is more than an optometry clinic. It helps patients have a broad understanding of eye health and master nutritional support. By John Buchanan NATURAL EYES OF WESTON, founded in 2012 by the husbandand-wife team of Dr. Nathan Schramm, SSLS, and Dr. Julie Abraham, is a modern optometry practice with a nutritional focus and a spa-like atmosphere. It’s known for its very thorough eye exams and unique eyewear collection. In addition to their traditional expertise as boardcertified optometric physicians, Drs. Schramm and Abraham also discuss with patients the kinds of dietary changes and lifestyle adjustments that can help prevent or slow down eye diseases such as dry eyes, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma.   Natural Eyes of Weston is located at 2863 Executive Park Drive, Suite 103, Weston. For more information, call 954-217-2992 or visit



What can I do to prevent my child’s eye from getting worse? Dr. Abraham: “One thing is to have them get outside at least 12 hours a week or an hour and a half a day. Another thing is to consume less sugar in their diets and eat fewer processed foods. And another important one is for every 45 minutes they spend on the computer, they should take a five- or 10-minute break.” Can a person wear contact lenses if they have allergies or dry eye? Dr. Schramm: “Yes. Allergies in the eyes are quite common. Most people don’t know that tear production is cut in half when an oral histamine such as Claritin is used. So the best option for patients is daily disposable contact lenses, because you wear a fresh pair every day and the allergens do not build up on them. A triglyceride-based Omega-3 fish oil supplement is usually helpful for dry eye.”


Healthy Eyes

What differentiates you from other eye doctors? Dr. Abraham: “One thing is the way we treat our patients. I think that makes a huge difference for patients in South Florida, where customer service is often not a real priority. It’s part of our mission statement that we’re a modern optometry practice with a nutritional focus, but also that we want to be recognized in Weston as a real leader in customer service. “













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Top Gun Orthopedist Dr. Alfred DeSimone is a top orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports injuries and complex reconstructive knee and shoulder surgery. By John Buchanan DR. ALFRED A. DESIMONE is one of South Florida’s most renowned board-certified orthopedic surgeons. He is Fellowship-trained in sports medicine and is director of sports medicine at Sports Medicine Associates of South Florida. He treats professional, collegiate and community athletes and specializes in complex reconstructive knee and shoulder surgery. One of his subspecialty interests is arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in the pediatric, adolescent and adult populations. Sports Medicine Associates of South Florida is located at 1600 Town Center Boulevard, Suite C, Weston. For more information, call 954389-9178 or visit He also has offices in Pembroke Pines and Plantation.




WITH DR. AL DESIMONE, director of sports medicine at Sports Medicine Associates of South Florida What is one of the most common injuries you treat in your practice? “Over the last several years, I have focused on ACL reconstructive surgery. This has become a much more common injury in sports as the degree of competition and participation in high demand athletics has increased over the last few years.” Have you noticed any trends in this type of procedure? “I have seen numerous patients with surgical failures from prior ACL reconstructions that have been referred to my office for further consultation. I remain convinced that this procedure is extremely technical and should be treated with attention to detail utilizing state-of-the-art surgical techniques. While re-injury may be a common cause of failure subsequent to ACL reconstruction, technique-related failures are commonly seen and can often occur from improper graft selection, tunnel placement, graft tension and/ or methods of fixation. Timing of surgery and proper postoperative instructions, including about returning to athletics, also play a significant role in prevention of re-injury.” What are your expectations for your athletes after performing this procedure? “The goal of treatment is to return the athlete back to his/her prior level of activity, including competitive sports. Treatment of an ACL rupture continues to be a challenging problem for high school, collegiate and community athletes. It is imperative that young individuals and their parents understand the importance of pursuing treatment by an experienced surgeon, preferably with a subspecialty interest in knee ligament reconstruction. Failure to do so may predispose an athlete to additional surgery and prevent return to sports in a timely manner.”



Breast Cancer and Heart Disease The nationally acclaimed Cleveland Clinic Florida is doing groundbreaking work that focuses on decreasing the risk of heart disease after breast cancer treatment. By John Buchanan CLEVELAND CLINIC FLORIDA (CCF), perennially ranked as one of the top hospitals in the Sunshine State, is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. With facilities in Weston, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Parkland, CCF has a staff of 230 physicians with expertise in 35 specialties. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cleveland Clinic is focusing on “Heart Disease After Breast Cancer.” Thomas Samuel, M.D., a breast oncologist and interim director of the Maroone Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic, and Diego Sadler, M.D., F.A.C.C., a cardio-oncologist, will host a web chat on the topic at noon on October 19. To participate, visit the facility’s website. Cleveland Clinic Florida is located at 2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard, Weston. For more information, call 954-659-5000 or visit




WITH DR. THOMAS SAMUEL AND DR. DIEGO SADLER of Cleveland Clinic Florida What’s most important to understand about developing heart disease after breast cancer? Dr. Samuel: “In patients who have cancer, and especially among those who have breast cancer specifically, many of the therapies we use, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormonal therapy, actually do impact a patient’s long term cardiac risk. For example, some of the agents we use in chemotherapy increase future risk of heart failure. So, because of those issues, we have worked hard to develop a formal cardio-oncology program, which means cardiologists who have a special interest in managing patients with cancer.” How significant are the risks of heart disease as a result of breast cancer treatment? Dr. Sadler: “Fortunately, the percentage of patients affected by those treatments is relatively small, and there are now sophisticated imaging modalities that allow early detection and treatment of potential cardiac toxicity from those treatments. Oncologists and cardiologists collaborate in the treatment and allow patients to complete their potentially life-saving cancer treatments with minimal effects on their cardiovascular health.” What is most important for breast cancer patients to be aware of? Dr. Samuel: “We know that women who are obese or who have other risk factors such as a high-fat diet or sedentary lifestyle are at higher risk for both breast cancer and heart disease. The other important issue for women who do have breast cancer is what we call the ‘survivorship’ period—what happens after they survive the cancer. And a very important part of the survivorship issue is awareness of the risk of heart disease.”





WITH CHRISTINA RUSSILLO, spa director at aLaya Spa

Weston’s aLaya Spa, located within the Bonaventure Resort, is a state-of-the-art complex that is now offering annual memberships to local residents. By John Buchanan ALAYA SPA, located within The Bonaventure Resort & Spa, is a state-of-the-art wellness center. The 48,000-square-foot facility, which was transformed into an aLaya Spa four years ago, features 31 treatment rooms and dedicated yoga, cardio and training studios, as well as a heated outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. A full range of spa services includes body treatments and facials, including innovative and popular CO2 lifts. aLaya is now promoting annual memberships to local residents of the Weston area. aLaya Spa is located at The Bonaventure Resort & Spa, 250 Racquet Club Road, Weston. For more information, call 954-389-3300 or visit



What is the cost of a membership and what is included? “The cost of a local membership is $150 per month with an annual contract. Members get 24-hour-a-day access to our BB3 Fitness and Nutrition Center, owned by Billy Beck. You also get unlimited fitness and yoga classes. And we offer an amazing yoga program, which includes an amazing Hot Yoga studio. You also get one massage or facial per month. We have a newly renovated locker room, with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, as well as a heated outdoor swimming pool.” What other benefits do members receive? “We offer a variety of spa services and products that would attract the savvy spa-goer and treatments that take inspiration from our lush tropical surroundings, cutting-edge facial services that incorporate carboxyl therapy, essential oils and clinical ingredients, day spa packages, couples’ services, and a nails and hair boutique. We recently opened a Choices Café, which offers a healthy, 100 percent organic, plant-based menu.”


Health And Wellness

Why are you promoting local memberships? “aLaya is a full-service wellness center designed to meet the health and wellness needs of local residents in the Weston area. The facility offers everything residents are looking for—a state-of-theart gym, massages, a variety of group classes, organic and healthy food—for a balanced, healthy lifestyle.”


Q&A WITH DANIELLA PAEZ, community store leader at Fitlife Foods

Fitlife foods offers a fresh take on prepared meals that are healthy and nutritious and are supported by free wellness coaching services. By John Buchanan FITLIFE FOODS, founded in South Tampa just over five years ago, operates retail storefronts in Plantation and Fort Lauderdale that provide fresh, never frozen chef-prepared meals that are free of preservatives, hormones and antibiotics. The company offers a range of meal types, from low carb/high protein to “classic cravings” such as mac ‘n’ cheese to pasta dishes, in various sizes.

Fitlife Foods is located at 1043 South University Drive, Plantation. For more information, call 954-666-0672 or visit The company operates a second South Florida location at 2414 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-666-0796.



What does Project U do? “It empowers you to work one-on-one with a wellness coach and talk about your goals or needs. You get to use our BIA machine, which tells you things like your basal metabolic rate, which is how many calories you need just to stay alive. It also tells you about your lean body mass and fat mass, cellular health and hydration levels. That information, combined with your goals and activity levels, allows the coaches to tell you exactly what size and type of meal you need.” How can people learn more about Fitlife Foods? “There’s a huge amount of information on our website. We’ll also be hosting an instore event in our Plantation store on November 1 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can try out some of our healthy snacks and sweets and participate in a miniwellness session.”


Healthy meals on the run

What makes FitlifeFoods different from other prepared meal providers? “Unlike typical meal delivery services, you’re not locked into any kind of plans. It’s all about how we fit into your life. You can stop by and grab one meal or stock up for your entire week on a Sunday or a Monday, as the meals have a 5- to 6-day shelf life. You’ve got quality control over your food. We also offer a completely free wellness coaching service called ProjectU.”



WITH DR. YEDDA GOMES-RUANE of Dentistry for Children at Weston

Over the past two decades, Dr. Yedda Gomes-Ruane has built a reputation as Weston’s most experienced and successful dentist for children. By John Buchanan FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, Dr. Yedda Gomes-Ruane has operated the most respected pediatric dental clinic in Weston. Opened in 1995, 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 medical 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



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.”


Pediatric Dental Care

What services do you offer? “We offer all of the important pediatric dental services, such as standard braces, clear aligners, and appliances like palatal expanders. Another important service is the age-one 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-aday emergency services to treat traumatic injury.”

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Top Medical Care For Children The Nicklaus Children’s Dan Marino outpatient center provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art pediatric services for children with neurological disorders. By John Buchanan NICKLAUS CHILDREN’S DAN MARINO OUTPATIENT CENTER offers comprehensive evaluation and 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. Since the center’s inception, it has grown rapidly and is now providing 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. Nicklaus Children’s Dan Marino Outpatient Center is located at 2900 South Commerce Parkway, Weston. For more information, call 954-385-6200 or visit




WITH SIMONE SELLIER, regional director of ambulatory services at Nicklaus Children’s Dan Marino Outpatient Center

How does the Center differ from other healthcare providers? “It is more of a multi-disciplinary facility. We are the only licensed specialty hospital dedicated to children in South Florida. We provide evaluation and treatment for children with neurological disorders. Our medical staff consists of top pediatric specialists from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. And as an outpatient center based at the hospital, we bring a wealth of knowledge and resources to the community.” When did the center open and how has it evolved? “We opened in March 1998, so we will be 20 years old in two years. Over the past few years, we have added some sub-specialty practices, such as genetics, endocrinology and rheumatology. We have also increased our aquatics program, which includes swim instruction and in-pool therapies for children, such as physical therapy and occupational therapy. And within the last year, we have begun to offer sleep studies.” What types of services do you offer? “What really makes us different as a children’s facility is the multidisciplinary approach. We are an all-inclusive, one-stop facility for treating neurological disorders in children. For example, our sub-specialties include allergies, immunology, genetics and rheumatology. We also offer rehab services such as physical therapy and speech and language therapy. We also offer a complete diagnostic center that includes EEG and video EEG, MRI, EKG and walk-in X-ray services.”




Q&A WITH DR. ARUNA MANI, breast oncologist at Sylvester Plantation

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the country’s top cancer treatment and research facilities, featuring the latest breakthroughs in care. By John Buchanan SYLVESTER COMPREHENSIVE CANCER Center is part of the University of Miami Health System. Its staff includes more than 250 physicians and scientists devoted exclusively to cancer care and research. All are faculty members at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Its main campus is located in downtown Miami, with satellite campuses located in Plantation and Hollywood, as well as four additional sites. A new Coral Gables facility will open in the future. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is located at Crossroads Business Park, 8100 SW 10th Street, Building 3, Plantation. For more information, call 954-210-1000 or visit The facility’s main campus is located at 1475 NW 12th Avenue, Miami. For more information, call 305-243-5302.



What exciting new treatment options are on the horizon? “There are a lot of things to be excited about now. From a patient perspective, what they are most interested in is immunotherapy. Because of improvements in treatment, it’s also becoming harder and harder to define what exactly is chemotherapy, which we think of traditionally as IV drips, which have a lot of toxicity. Many of the newer medications have fewer side effects.” Once diagnosed with breast cancer, how should a patient select a treatment center? “One of the most important things is whether your doctor is constantly educating himself or herself about the newest and best available treatments. It’s also important they offer you multiple good choices, even if not all are offered in that facility. For example, for some patients, the best option for some patients might be a clinical trial that is not open at your facility.”


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How are patients with breast cancer being treated today? “We really question what we should be doing with each individual patient rather than broadly applying protocols. Today, we still use evidencebased medicine and apply the best protocol for a particular patient. However, we are also doing a lot more testing of the tumor’s genome to understand what might be driving each tumor.”

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WITH DR. WILLIAM A. LEONE, JR., director of The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care

Fort Lauderdale’s Leone Center for Orthopedics has developed a national reputation as one of the most respected and renowned facilities in the U.S. By John Buchanan

What sets you apart from other orthopedic surgeons? “Our patients come to us because of our very personalized approach to consultation and treatment. They also come to us because of our reputation. They know that they will be well taken care of and achieve good outcomes. My many years of experience are also important. I know what I’m doing and I do it consistently well. But it’s equally important that my staff also treat people well. That’s a combination that’s hard to find in today’s world, unfortunately.”

WILLIAM A. LEONE, JR., M.D., F.A.C.S., is perennially ranked as one of the top orthopedic surgeons in the country. He is particularly celebrated for his ability to improve the condition of knee or hip surgery from other doctors that has left patients unhappy or in chronic pain. He is the founder and director of The Leone Center for Orthopedic Care at Holy Cross Hospital. He is a universally acclaimed expert in the most innovative orthopedic technologies and has also developed his own new technology that makes hip replacement surgery more accurate.

In terms of the surgeries themselves, what sets you apart? “We use the latest techniques and newest technologies available in orthopedic surgery. For example, for knee replacement surgery, by using computer navigation and specifically by using kinematic sensor technology, we are able to do a better job of ensuring that patients are satisfied with their results. We also use the latest robotic technology, which is another example of our innovation.”

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




What are your most recent innovations in hip replacement surgery? “I’ve created a device called the Pelvic Alignment Level (PAL) that allows me to achieve a greater level of implant precision when performing total hip replacements. It allows me to eliminate the ‘assumptions’ that most surgeons are required to make. It also allows me to be very precise with regard to what I’m doing. And that leads to better results for the patient.”




Q&A WITH PEGGY BROWN, regional executive director of Center for Hearing and Communication

The 106-year-old Center for Hearing and Communication provides a range of free services for children and adults that are hard of hearing or deaf. By John Buchanan THE CENTER FOR HEARING AND Communication is a nonprofit organization that provides hearing, healthcare and human services to the hard of hearing, deaf, and deaf/blind. Founded in 1910, it is the oldest and largest nonprofit assisting the hard of hearing in the U.S. Two of its primary areas of service are programs for children and senior citizens. It is the only agency funded by Broward County to provide adult mental health services to people with hearing loss. It is also the largest distributor of free amplified phones for seniors with hard of hearing. Its funding partners are Broward County, United Way of Broward County, Community Foundation of Broward County, Children’s Services Council of Broward County and Florida Telecommunications, Inc., as well as private donations. Center for Hearing and Communication is located at 2900 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 3, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954601-1930 or visit



What is most important about the senior programs? “The entire country, not just our area, is facing a challenge with providing seniors with independence and good quality of life. Our new program is called HEAR, which stands for ‘hearing loss education and advocacy resources.’ It’s for seniors aged 80 and older in their homes. We provide case management, outreach, mental health and audiological services.” What audiological services do you provide? “We have a doctor of audiology who provides hearing examinations and evaluations, as well as treatment and counseling about hearing aids and other devices. We’re continuing to expand into more of a boutique style of service. That means proving unbiased hearing-related healthcare and excellent service.”


Hearing Services

What’s most important about your children’s program? “We are the only agency that provides after school programs and summer programs year-round for hard of hearing and deaf children in cluster sites in Broward County Schools. We provide elementary, middle school, and high school programming. We work with the county and the School Board. Our staff entire is ASL sign-skilled, meaning they speak the first language of the children in American sign language.”




The Advanced OB/ GYN Institute takes a progressive approach to its services. It listens to women and does things the way they want them done. By John Buchanan THE ADVANCED OB/GYN INSTITUTE is a state-of-the-art obstetric and gynecologic practice that delivers exceptionally personalized service. Founder Kompal Gadh, M.D., is a board certified OBGYN practitioner and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Adriana Luciano, M.D., joined the practice in August 2015. They offer a full range of basic and more comprehensive OB/GYN services. Advanced OB/GYN Institute is located at 2771 Executive Park Drive, Suite 1, Weston. For more information, call 954-499-4570 or visit A Pembroke Pines office is located at 601 North Flamingo Road, Suite 307.



What is minimally invasive laparoscopy and why do you do it? “It is a way to do surgery with smaller incisions. The biggest one is just 10 millimeters. And the surgical instruments are introduced into the incisions. The benefits of that technique are lower risk, reduced recovery time and less pain. Of the common procedures we perform that way, one is tubal ligation, which means sterilization. We also laparoscopic hysterectomies and diagnostic laparoscopy.” What is Nexplanon(R) and why do you recommend it? “Nexplanon(R) is a type of long-acting, reversible contraception. It is a small match-sized device that is placed under the skin of the upper arm. It contains progesterone and lasts for three years. It is especially good because women do not have to remember to take a pill every day. It is also the most effective type of contraception available in the U.S. The risk of pregnancy is just 0.03 percent.”


Patient Rights

What sets you apart from other OB/GYN practices? “We encourage patients to really communicate with us and tell us what they want. For example, we encourage patients to tell us their idea of a birth plan. It is not ‘doctor mandated’ by us, unless there is an emergency. We are very open to natural birth. We want the patient to have the kind of experience she envisions and wants. We don’t want to dictate what that is. And our patients are very thankful for that.”

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Q&A WITH DR. DARREN HAMM, D.C., founder and owner of Cryo954

Cryo954 uses Cryotherapy, or brief freezing of the body, to aid in recovery from sports injuries, autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, or weight loss. By John Buchanan CRYO954, a new division of the NeuroSpinal Institute of Broward, uses cryotherapy, or a brief freezing of the body from the neck down in a special chamber cooled by nitrogen, to aid high school, college and pro athletes with their recovery after training or injuries. It is also used for relieving symptoms of autoimmune diseases and for cosmetic purposes, such as weight loss. A typical session lasts two to three minutes. The facility is owned by chiropractor Dr. Darren Hamm, who also operates NeuroSpinal Institute of Broward, which specializes in treating chronic back pain. Cryo954 is located at 2853 Executive Park Drive, Suite 102, Weston. For more information, call 954-607-5555 or visit



How is cryotherapy beneficial to athletes? “Cryotherapy disrupts the chronic inflammation process in the body that is caused by tissue damage. The cryotherapy shuts off that inflammation process and blood also gets rushed to your body’s core and then gets nourished and oxygenated because the body thinks it is freezing and acts to protect itself. Then once you step out of the chamber, blood rushes back to your extremities and nourishes and revitalizes the tissues that have been damaged.” What are other uses of cryotherapy? “It also helps people with chronic inflammation such as arthritis or other autoimmune diseases that have trouble lowering their inflammation. For example, it is often effective for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or severe skin conditions. The cold therapy also helps shut down the inflammation information process and relieve symptoms. It also gives a huge boost of energy to your system, which enhances a feeling of well being.”


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How does cryotherapy assist in weight loss? “A cryotherapy session burns 500-800 calories and assists in dieting. So, coupled with a diet program that people will actually stick with, patients can lose weight over 15-20 sessions over a three-week period. But the thing to stress is that cryotherapy alone, without having the discipline to stick to a diet plan, is not going to cause any significant weight loss. If you are adhering to your diet, cryotherapy can accelerate your weight loss.”


Q&A WITH DEE HOULT, owner of Applause Your Paws

Applause your paws trains dogs and their owners to visit facilities such as hospitals and schools and bring joy and comfort to adults and children. By John Buchanan APPLAUSE YOUR PAWS is a professional dog training center that specializes in the training and certification of therapy dogs. Therapy dogs are trained to provide joy to people by being invited into hospitals, nursing homes or schools. They are brought in by their owners to comfort adults and children. Dogs who complete the training are certified by Therapy Dogs International. Founded and owned by professional dog trainer Dee Hoult, Applause Your Paws also offers comprehensive dog training. Options include boarded training and day training. Applause Your Paws is located at 4423 SW 74th Avenue, Miami. For more information, call 786-529-7833 or visit



What types of dogs can become therapy dogs? “All breeds of dogs can become therapy dogs. But they must have remarkable temperaments. They must be calm and socially engaged with people. They must be the type of dog that naturally wants to meet new people and make new friends. And people are surprised to learn that pitbulls often actually make great therapy dogs. They tend to be highly social.” What is the process for becoming a volunteer with your dog? “The training with us costs about $300 and takes 8 to 10 weeks. Once you and your dog have completed the training, the process of finding places to volunteer varies by facility. Once you and your dog are a certified therapy dog team, you contact whatever facilities you are interested in visiting and they will tell you what their policies and guidelines are. And demand for therapy dogs is growing steadily. It’s a great form of public service.”


Therapy Dog Training

What is a therapy dog? “A therapy dog specially is trained to perform what is called ‘animal-assisted therapy.’ That means they visit places like hospitals, schools or libraries in order to comfort people. The most common use of therapy dogs is in hospitals. And the dog owners who have their dogs trained to do this then go out and do it as volunteers invited in by the facilities.”

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WITH SALLY BREVIG, wellness instructor at Weston YMCA Family Center

Weston YMCA Family Center is launching a new cancer support group that aims to combine fitness training and community suport to aid recovery. By John Buchanan THE WESTON YMCA FAMILY CENTER is a 42,500-square-foot wellness center that provides an extensive array of facilities, including an aquatics center with an Olympic-size swimming pool. The complex features a state-of-the-art wellness center, a gymnasium, an aerobics studio and a spinning studio. It also offers a child care center and after school care programs. The Weston YMCA is currently developing a cancer support group. Its second annual “Pink Tea Party,” held on September 30th and designed to bring awareness to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, highlighted those plans. Weston YMCA Family Center is located at 20201 Saddle Club Road, Weston. For more information, call 954-424-9622 or visit



What is happening as a result of your initiative? “We are launching a cancer support group that will help patients with cancer and also cancer survivors. We hope to host our first public meeting in October. We plan to meet once a month, in the evening. The group will be open to both YMCA members and non-members.” How do physical activity and fitness training relate to cancer survivorship? “Going through any form of cancer treatment, especially surgery, is very wearing on the body. So if you can continue physical exercise, and in particular things like yoga, you can help your body remain strong. Exercise also helps maintain your range of motion. And exercise that maintains your upper body strength is also very good for you. Meditation is also helpful for the emotional struggle. All of those things aid in your survival and recovery.”


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How did you become involved with the issue of breast cancer? “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 at the age of 40. I was already a fitness professional. And I found during my treatment that what really helped me, in addition to my medical treatment, was my exercise program and yoga and swimming. Being active and staying fit really aided my recovery. So I decided that in my role here, I would like to bring that same message and opportunity to the community.”

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Q&A WITH IVELISSE CASILLAS, founder and president of PharMaHealth Group

Weston-based Pharmahealth Group provides state-of-the-art communication and marketing services to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. By John Buchanan PHARMAHEALTH GROUP, based in Weston and founded by former pharmaceutical executive Ivelisse Casillas, is a marketing and communications firm that specializes in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. The company is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. Casillas began her career at pharmaceutical giant Merck and later served as a marketing director at GlaxoSmithKline before forming two independent healthcare-related companies in her native Puerto Rico. She arrived in Weston with her family in 2011 to seek better medical care for her autistic son. “Weston welcomed and embraced me with open arms,” Casillas says. “So I am proud to have based my new marketing company here.” PharMa Health Group is located at 2751 Executive Park Drive, Suite 203, Weston. For more information, call 954-218-5627 or visit



Who can benefit from your services? “Our name, PharMaHealth Group, says it all. We serve the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. We offer communication and marketing services for pharmaceutical companies and develop complete programs for patients in which we market a product as well as educate about diseases. We help physicians promote their practices effectively to drive patients into their offices while also educating about related health conditions through different media vehicles with advertising and public relations efforts.” What makes you different? “Our background, our track record, where we come from, makes us different. As a strategist, my strength comes from my beginnings as a market analyst. We also know how to effectively communicate to the physician, the patient, the nurse, the pharmacist, the hospital administrator and other related stakeholders.”


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Why do you focus on health? “Health is a fundamental element of life. It not only relates to the body, but also to the mind and to society. Without health, there is no life. My passion for health was born when I began my professional career in the pharmaceutical industry, seeing it from an illness/treatment perspective. The ability to contribute to a person’s quality of life through the work we do gives me immense satisfaction.”

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buon appetito! Ciao Cucina and Bar in Coconut Creek is what authentic Italian fare—sometimes with a twist—is all about.

separated into sections to encourage mixing, matching and lots of sharing. All well-priced, sharing plates range from $4 (warm citrus marinated olives) to $16 (meat and cheese board with ever-changing selections, from fontina and gruyere to pecorino and gorgonzola). The grilled octopus with parsley sauce

Vintage light fixtures, charming rustic décor, and exposed wood panels make this restaurant cozy and convivial. BELOW: Grilled octopus with parsley sauce and peppadew is fresh, light and flavorful.

and peppadew ($14) is fresh, light and flavorful. Parmesan polenta fries ($7) are not fries at all, but shaped like enormous croquetas and stacked two-upon-two, like chubby little Lincoln Logs. Served with a truffle maionese for dipping, this is one of the gastropub items for which Ciao is known. The Crostini Board offers three options of Eggplant Caponato, Prosciutto & Fontina or Porketta cooked sousvide for 24 hours to ensure the meat is most tender and flavorful ($9).

By Michelle Payer





s unlikely as a “destination restaurant” is within a mall, that’s precisely what the owners of Ciao Cucina and Bar are creating with their new Italian gastropub inside the open-air village of Promenade at Coconut Creek. “Our vision was to create a unique restaurant concept, something that embraced the spirit of an Italian restaurant and wasn’t ‘Italian,’ per se, with a different approach to classic Mediterranean cuisine,” says co-owner George Pappas, who conceptualized Ciao and also co-owns Ethos Greek Bistro in the same plaza. That fresh approach to Italian fare takes the form of standout menu items that are

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While no self-respecting Italian restaurant could be without pizza or pasta, Ciao’s bread, pizza and pasta dough is made fresh daily inside a glass-walled pasta studio, with pizzas cooked to Neapolitan-style perfection within brick ovens in full view, giving diners an entertaining look at how meals travel from kitchen to plate. What emerges from the talented culinary artists are masterful combinations such as the Underground Pizza ($12) topped with potato, gruyere and sweet onion, and Morning Sunshine ($13) that features Benton’s Bacon, soft egg, leeks, arugula and sour cream. The Rigatoni with braised short rib, mushrooms and asparagus ($19) is a must-order for the flavor combination and tenderness of the slow-braised rib. Main courses range from Chicken Positano ($20), a lightly breaded chicken cutlet topped with eggplant, melted cheese and marinara sauce to the Dorade Portofino ($21) with Swiss chard, pilaf rice and Cioppino sauce. Highly recommended is the grilled dry-aged pork porterhouse ($20) with mushrooms, arugula, olive and caper salsa, which is so mouthwatering, so flavorful, so divine that it alone is worth a drive to Ciao…especially from close-by Weston. The restaurant features a carefully curated wine menu with several Italian selections and excellent wines by the glass, a fantastic assortment of beers including Sea Dog Wild Blueberry, Islamorada Ale and Kona Big Wave, local Hollywood Brewing Company draft selections and cocktails that put a spotlight on Italian liqueurs. The Fig Fling with Wild Turkey Bourbon, orange liqueur, fresh




LEFT: Its name in lights: part of the charm of Ciao. BELOW: Underground Pizza is topped with potato, gruyere and sweet onion.

lemon and fig jam is light and surprisingly enjoyable for non-bourbon drinkers, while the Cucumber Basil martini with its fresh lemon, cucumber juice, basil and raw sugar tastes like you should be frolicking in a happy Tuscan garden. Don’t miss the housemade Limoncello, which features a family recipe straight from Sorrento, Italy, courtesy of Ciao manager Antonio. Along with Ciao’s menu selections, it speaks volumes about the restaurant’s care for exceptional ingredients, quality and authenticity. Open for lunch, Ciao’s menu features a well-priced mix of soups, salads, pizzas and paninis, and a special “Ciao Board” ($10) that comes with a pasta salad with a choice of protein and a house salad side. The restaurant turns up the volume at Brunch (not too loud… you can still have conversations) with a DJ that spins familiar ‘80s and ‘90s tunes alongside creative takes on brunch classics including a Waffle BLTE with Nueske bacon, lettuce, tomato and egg ($12), waffle and Nutella with caramelized banana ($10) and a Brussels sprouts and pancetta omelet ($12).

Popular sharing items from the dinner menu, as well as hand-crafted pizzas, panini, pastas, soups and salads round out the substantial brunch menu. Vintage light fixtures, charming rustic décor, exposed wood panels and the restaurant’s name illuminated in bright lights against the back wall make this 5,000-square-foot restaurant cozy and convivial, despite its size. Well-priced menu items, an imaginative selection of hand-crafted pizza, pasta and lots of sharing plates, plus flavorful and fresh main courses make Ciao restaurant a go-to destination for quality Italian gastropub fare that doesn’t disappoint. Ciao Cucina and Bar is located at 4443 Lyons Road at The Promenade at Coconut Creek and is open Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Happy Hour is offered daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., with Happy Hour After Dark Friday-Saturday from 9 p.m. to close. Sunday Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For reservations, call 954-601-1234.

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t s e n i Survival F ——— of the— Fittest Fire the chauffeur! Rolls-Royce’s bold, sexy two-doors are to be driven, not be driven around in.

By Steve Siler


o invoke Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in a car review is borderline cliché—Look! A thing evolved!—but when said products come from a company that—how do we say this politely?—has evolved as slowly as Rolls-Royce has during more than a century in business, this whole “survival of the fittest” thing is worth bringing up. On one hand, Rolls-Royces can be seen as timeless, unquestionably superlative, each one an instant classic as soon as it leaves the Goodwood factory. On the other hand, the very idea of luxury has evolved: no longer is bigger necessarily better, so biggest is not always best. Baroque flourishes and opera lights are no longer in vogue, so how could cars that wear the veritable façade of the Parthenon on their noses reflect modern luxury? Well, toss the ascot, Jeeves. Rolls-Royce is sexing it up with these lavish and lovely two-doors.


Rolls-Royce considers the all-new Dawn convertible to be the sexiest car it has ever built, and we’re hard-pressed to disagree. The long, broad hood, gleaming grille, slab-sided body and rear-hinged “coach” doors instantly identify it as a Rolls, but with its gently rising rear fenders—which Rolls calls “the feminine hips of Dawn”—the Dawn appears less formal and more sensuous than other Rolls-Royces, including the Wraith coupe with which it shares its underpinnings. Should storm clouds fill the sky, the six-layer fabric roof rises in utter silence at speeds



up to 31 miles per hour, sealing the cabin in 22 seconds. Even better, the roof ’s low silhouette subtracts exactly none of its innate beauty. While most convertibles compromise rear seat space to make room for their folding roof, the Dawn is a true four-seater, welcoming fully grown adults in any of its four deeply padded seats. The buttery hides, gleaming aluminum, polished metal and book-faced wood veneers are arranged almost exactly as in the Wraith, with a similar suite of infotainment features offered as well. But whereas the Wraith’s sloping roof and thick rear pillars keeps its cabin private, the Dawn puts its opulence on full display once that top goes down, even extending the wood veneers beyond the rear seats to the tonneau cover. Underneath that long bonnet (that’s Brit-speak for hood) is a 563-hp V-12 that can whisk the nearly three-ton convertible to 60 mph in under five seconds in near silence. It’s a lovely creature that will be RollsRoyce’s only convertible, now that the larger, more old-school Phantom Drophead Coupe has been discontinued.

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With its fixed, thickly styled fastback roofline, the recently refreshed Wraith is a far more intimate and personal vehicle than the Dawn, though much of what’s under the skin is the same. The side windows are large and pillar-less, creating that oh-so-sexy full window opening when all side glass is lowered, but close �em and all other cars on the road might has well be in another universe. A subtly restyled nose gives the Wraith a slightly cleaner look than before, and its interior architecture is nearly identical to the Dawn, thus presenting customers with the same almost infinite design opportunities. That said, only the Wraith is being offered with Rolls’ new “Black Badge” treatments for 2017, featuring dramatic interior and exterior color combinations such as black with deep blue or purple interiors. The Wraith is also offered with Rolls’ trick “Starlight” headliner, which embeds tiny fiberoptic lights in the padded ceiling in the arrangement of one’s choice, no matter how complex. The Wraith is powered by the same V-12 found in the Dawn, only goosed to 624 hp. It is, ostensibly, the sportiest Rolls-Royce in the lineup, and, as such, must be the most powerful. The exhaust note is somewhat more audible in this car than the Dawn, if only on account of better insulation allowing the sound to come through in a more deliberate way. It also allows a bit more road feel than Rolls’ sedans, more in keeping with the tastes of today’s drivers, who generally like to know what sort of road surfaces they’re traveling over. And being somewhat lighter than the Dawn, it’s a bit more nimble, too. With strong performance, a modicum of road feel and sleek styling, these two-door Rollers signify that Rolls-Royce is indeed adaptable to a changing environment. Darwin would be proud.



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Surviving Breast Cancer From diagnosis and beyond – a roadmap for life.

Thomas Samuel, MD Breast Oncologist

Joylene Sutton-Aransevia, ARNP Nurse Practitioner

“You are cancer free.” These are words that not only bring a wave of relief, but also the desire to get back to life as you knew it, before breast cancer. But, as a breast cancer survivor, you still need to think about your long-term health and well being. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Survivorship Care Program offers the much-needed ongoing support, along with a roadmap to your future. Whether you have just completed treatment or are a long-term survivor, under the direction of breast oncologist, Thomas Samuel, MD, and Joylene Sutton-Aransevia ARNP, the Survivorship Care Program offers the support you need to become empowered and take charge of your life going forward. “First, a treatment plan summary is provided, so patients can see the journey they have traveled to beat breast cancer,” explains Dr. Samuel. “Then, we add a

roadmap that will guide them through the next several years. This outlines standard screenings, follow-up care for physician visits, as well as necessary lab work. In addition, the program educates patients about the possible long-term effects of their treatments, identifying signs and symptoms to be aware of, and how to seek help if they occur.” This provides survivors the opportunity to think about how they want to live going forward. “Being diagnosed with breast cancer and going through the rigorous treatment is a life-changing experience,” explains Joylene Sutton-Aransevia, ARNP. “Many patients adopt a new lifestyle and look forward with a better outlook on life. Our program helps patients reconstruct, rebuild and redeem their lives.” Just as Cleveland Clinic’s approach to the treatment of cancer includes a multidisciplinary team method, the survivorship care team is also comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, nutritionists and other support groups. By providing a comprehensive overview plan, the Survivorship Care Program guides patients as they continue their journey along the pathway to wellness, looking forward to life as a survivor.

PATIENT-CENTERED FEATURES AND AMENITIES Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Maroone Cancer Center includes an on-site lab, satellite and infusion pharmacy, a patient resource center, a wig and healing studio, as well as special facilities for pain management, physical and occupational therapy, and diagnostics. Support services include: • Kline Family Studio, offering complimentary wigs to cancer patients • Art Therapy Group • Breast Cancer Book Club • Caregiver Support Group • Look Good Feel Better with the American Cancer Society • Music Jam Session Group • Nutrition Group • Survivorship Group • Yoga Group • Rieki and Massotherapy

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Jamie Alan Cole, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Commissioner Toby Feuer.

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City of Weston 20th Anniversary The City of Weston celebrated its 20th anniversary with a festive celebration at Weston Hills Country Club that brought out a mix of luminaries and visionaries who have all played a role in the city’s incorporation, including the original members of the Indian Trace Development District Board of Supervisors, the Steering Committee and former elected city officials. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and music throughout the evening.

Pam Solomon and Daniela Cediel.

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More than 300 influencers and community leaders came out to the VIP Luli Fama Swim Chic Pop-Up Fashion Show at the Botaniko Weston Sales Gallery, which showcased the label’s 2017 collection from Miami Swim Week. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and bid on a selection of high-end items in a silent auction benefiting Cleveland Clinic. Shirley Ryan, Lara Robertson and Marie Carrasquillo.

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