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Contents February|March 2017




MetroLife 8

The Publisher’s Notes

10 Style


Pantone’s Color Of The Year: Greenery

12 Entertainment Gasparilla Music Festival

14 Arts Tampa Museum of Arts: Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present

16 Spotlights Events, Business & Promotions

24 Scene The Bay Area Social Scene


26 Party Rooftop Eve 2017

MetroHome 52 Home Tour Contemporary Home of Dr. Randy and Kelly Feldman

60 Hot Property Grand Penthouse at Skypoint

62 Home Details Greenery

MetroGuide 78 Weekender Clearwater Beach’s New Wyndham Grand Hotel

80 Foodie The Birchwood’s New Executive Chef, Luke Decker

82 Latitude Unique Sightings Around Tampa Bay

Features 28

Special Sections

Heart Matters Increasing awareness of heart disease and stroke with the American Heart Association

35 Doctors of Distinction Professional Profiles of Area Physicians

44 Summer Camp Guide


Gasparilla International Film Festival GIFF returns to Tampa with a roar BY MARY LOU JANSON

A Variety of Camps For Summer Fun

63 Faces of METRO Tampa Bay Celebrating Powerful People in Tampa Bay

77 Health + Beauty Guide


The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Catch the exhilirating laps from the lap of luxury BY MARY LOU JANSON


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Discover The Latest Trends And Products

81 Metro Dining Guide A Guide To Area Restaurants

Publisher’s Notes Filled with Passion and Heart.

METRO is once again proud to support the American Heart Association and its community leaders who are Leading With Heart. February is heart month and AHA says that 80 percent of heart disease can be prevented with simple lifestyle changes. It is a great time of year to get outside and enjoy all the activities that continue to surround Tampa’s Gasparilla Festivities. From the Gasparilla Distance Classic, to arts, music and movies, there is something for everyone. On March 2-9, the Gasparilla International Film Festival hosts eight days of movies, director chats, networking events and parties. It is a great time to enjoy the creative works of the talented filmmakers, directors and actors. The 8th annual Gasparilla Music Festival is two-days (March 11 - 12) of music, with over 40 talented bands and musicians taking the stage in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park. In St. Petersburg, the streets of downtown turn into a mini Monte Carlo, as the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg kicks off the Indy Series at the first race of the season (March 10 - 12). Writer Mary Lou Janson discovers a few ways to enjoy the race, VIP style in Catch the Exhilarating Laps From The Lap of Luxury. Also, we catch up with local St. Pete resident, Susie Wheldon, who is opening a women’s and men’s clothing boutique on Central Avenue in the Arts district. Dr. Randy & Kelly Feldman open their home to METRO for a look at their newly remodeled Davis Islands stunner in METROHome Tour. The contemporary design and décor blends both style and comfort. METRO is part of the community and we support many local charities and their upcoming events. We hope you will support their great works and we’ll see you there!

Publisher / Editor-in-Chief Stephen Parag II Publisher / Managing Editor Ronda M. Parag Associate Publisher Patricia Vorbrich Executive Art Director Chad Vorbrich Contributing Writers Mary Lou Janson Contributing Photographers Michael Blitch Mike Dupre Carla Ten Eyck John Kantor Stacy Larsen Stehlik Photography

President / CEO Stephen Parag II Vice President / CFO Patricia Vorbrich


Vice President Ronda M. Parag

Stephen Parag II Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief

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METROLife Style

Inspired by ‘Greenery’ A reconnection with nature and the pursuit of personal passions and vitality, are reflected in Pantone’s Color of the Year – Greenery. To add a pop of color in the latest fashions, from shoes to accessories, METRO’s discovered a few must-have pieces from local boutiques and shops.

Jeweled Gems These green sparkle earrings and NY hidden crystal bangle by Kate Spade will add the perfect finishes to any outfit. $38 earrings, $58 bangle. Available at Macy’s.

Step In Style These Prada suede platform corkheel mule sandals are as comfortable as they are stylish. $750. Available at Neiman Marcus. www.NeimanMarcus. com.

In The Tropics The colorful print dress with pockets and big leafy green pattern will say it is time to think about a relaxing trip to the Caribbean. $75. Available at Cerulean Blu,

Spring Time Perfect for the next social event is the beautiful, ruffled cold-shoulder dress in tropical mint green by Etro. $1,930. Available at Neiman Marcus. www.NeimanMarcus. com.

Perfectly Nailed The bright Neon green by Essie will bring plenty of attention to the current color of the year. $8. Available at Macy’s.

Top It Off The Ovi Sheer Feathered Blouse pairs nicely with a favorite pair of jeans or leggings. The hint of greenery is right on trend this season. $48. Available at The Haute Shop.


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METROLife Entertainment

Stephen Marley performing in 2016

Ryan Adams headlines GMF 2017

The 2-day festival held on Tampa’s Riverwalk, will offer music and activities for the entire family. The festival will feature more than 40 bands along four stages. “GMF 2017 will feature the biggest acts to date in our lineup including Ryan Adams and Cage the Elephant,” said David Cox, GMF’s Executive Director. “And we are taking our fan experience to a whole new level with enhancements such as concierge service in our exclusive Higher Ground areas, expanded bike valet service and a new stage in the Glazer Children’s Museum.” New this year will be a wellness kickoff with the first ever Dubb Tenn Yoga and Ride the Park, a stationary bike ride fundraiser sponsored by SOHO Cycles. The fundraiser ride raises funds for GMF’s Recycled Tunes program. The festival organizers have also partnered with Cigar City Brewing to create an exclusive brew, the Gasparilla Music Festival Pilsner, which will be released and available at the festival. In addition to the


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Cage The Elephant headlines GMF 2017

great music, the popular Kids Fest offers special activities each day from Noon – 2 p.m. for children 12 and under, and an expansion to the Glazer Children’s Museum. “Whether it’s getting to see a band you love, discovering new music, or just finding a groove, GMF offers music lovers intimate experiences within a fun festival setting,” said Cox. “This year promises to deliver a lot of memorable moments.”

Gasparilla Music Festival Curtis Hixon Park In Downtown Tampa Saturday, March 11 – Sunday, March 12 For more information on the festival and band lineup and schedule, visit Tickets may be purchased at

Photos Credits: Badu Crowd, Dan Schuman; Marley Performance, Caesar Carbajal; Ryan Adams, Rachael Wright

Music is Alive in Downtown Tampa at the 6th Annual Gasparilla Music Festival

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Serena Williams, © Bob Martin

On Exhibit at Tampa Museum of Art Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present The exhibition currently on display at the Tampa Museum of Art was created in hopes to bring a new audience to the museum. The 217 photographs by more than 154 photographers showcase different sports from around the globe. “The Tampa Museum of Art is honored to be able to bring to the Tampa Bay community this incredible exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, as the TMA is committed to educating, discussing, and collecting photographs from the mid-19th century forward,” said Michael Tomor, TMA’s Executive Director. The museum also exhibits Lens on Tampa Bay Sports, which showcases the local talents of eight local sports photographers, with 40 images of memorable sports moments of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning and others. METRO had the opportunity to interview curator, Gail Buckland, Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Printed is a partial interview. For the complete interview with Gail Buckland, visit


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Gail Buckland, Exhibit Curator

METRO: What was your inspiration for this exhibition and book? GAIL BUCKLAND: My previous exhibition and book Who Shot Rock And Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present (Knopf, 2009), was a huge success. The exhibition was on view at 10 art museums. One of the most meaningful aspects of doing the project was bringing people into art museums who don’t normally come. Rock and roll is one of the greatest social revolutions the world had ever known. Once I began thinking about what other photographers have been left out of the history of photography, I realized that the men and women who have photographed sports with such professionalism, skill, imagination and commitment have also been excluded.

M: Are you a sports buff? GB: I am definitely not a “sports buff.” I am a photography “buff,” — actually, more than that. I have dedicated my professional life to looking at and thinking about photographs. M: How does art/photography transcend or overcome the lack of knowledge on subject matter? GB: A good photograph is a good photograph, regardless of the reason it was made. The critical skills I developed over 40 years apply to sports photographs as they apply to other types of pictures. M: Photographers are much like athletes on the field and in the moment. Tell us more. GB: Sports photographers are highly competitive. They all want the shot that will be remembered after the game finishes or the Olympics end. They train physically because sports photography is very demanding. Sports photographers often say they have the best job in the world. Sports is about being in the moment – whether you are the athlete, spectator or photographer. Still photographers are masters of moments. M: Which images are your favorites? GB: All the pictures are my favorites, as I looked through thousands to make the final selection. Ultimately, each picture in the exhibition and book was chosen because it is a wonderful photograph in itself that helps carry the story of the men and women who have given sports its indelible image. Two favorites include: Nat Fein’s photograph of Babe Ruth saying farewell at Yankee Stadium, in 1948, and Neil Leifer’s photograph of Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston, Lewiston, Maine, 1965.

Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present will be on display at the Tampa Museum of Art through April 30. For more information and hours, call 813.274.8130 or visit

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METROLife Spotlight

Tampa Hosts Association of the Junior Leagues International Winter Conference The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), chose Tampa to host its Winter Leadership Conference in mid January. Nearly 400 leaders from Junior Leagues all over the country gathered in Tampa to learn best practices in leadership, governance, management, membership, and more to help improve communities nationwide. “We are honored to have been chosen to host the Winter Conference this year,” said JLT President, Nicole Hubbard. “This is an exciting year for The Junior League of Tampa (JLT), as we celebrate our 90th anniversary with decades in developing women as civic leaders creating demonstrable community impact.” The JLT had an active role in the Winter Conference and planned several special events for the attendees, showcasing Tampa traditions and history. Guests rode on traditional Tampa Trolleys to the Welcome Reception hosted in Hyde Park Village, which featured the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla appearances, delicious food catered by Timpano’s, live music, and local vendors. The Junior League of Tampa also presented to attendees a panel luncheon program on the issue of Human Trafficking. The program “The Abolish Movement: From Ideas to Impact: Creating Change through Advocacy and Community Collaboration” showcased the Abolish Movement, a campaign to increase awareness of child sex slavery in our community and bring an end to the

Human Trafficking Panel: Jenay E. Iurato, Nicole Hubbard, Mary Ellen Collins, Mandy Eyrich, Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz, Ross Spano.

Taylor Jones, JTL Membership Manager (left) and Brandy Waltzer, JLT AJLI Conference Chair welcome guests at the Welcome Reception in Hyde Park.

epidemic through education, prevention, and legislative advocacy (an initiative of The Junior League of Tampa in partnership with the FREE Network). “We chose to showcase the Abolish Movement at the conference to educate roughly 400 Junior

League leaders from all over the country on this serious issue. Three years ago we created a unified marketing campaign for this movement with the goal of making it available for other organizations to use,” said Hubbard.

Best Selling Author Speaks Out The sold-out event at Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater, hosted author Glennon Doyle Melton much to the delight of the women, and a few men, in attendance. Co-chaired by Katie Blaxberg and Becca Tieder, the event was inspirational and enlightening as


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Glennon shared her message of hope, love and forgiveness. Glennon also spoke of support to each other through a construction term of “sistering.” Glennon Doyle Melton (left) answers questions and shares the triumphs and struggles of her life and moderated by Katie Blaxberg.

Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and curated by Gail Buckland, Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

On view

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Ken Geiger (American, born 1957). Nigerian Relay Team, Olympics, Barcelona, 1992, printed 2016. Inkjet print, 17 7/16 x 19 5/8 in. (44.3 x 49.9 cm). Courtesy of Ken Geiger/The Dallas Morning News

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METROLife Spotlight

28th Annual Georgette’s Holiday Fashion Show More than 700 fashion savvy guests turned out to support St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital during the 28th Annual Georgette’s Holiday Fashion Show, held at the Hilton Downtown Tampa. The spectacular runway show and elegant luncheon, co-chaired by April La Cava and Lisa Gari, featured musical entertainment, professional dancers, celebrity models, 50/50 raffle drawings and live and silent auctions. Kelly Ring served as the event emcee and Russell Rhodes was the live auctioneer. Celebrity models on the runway included American Idol finalist Melissa McGhee, Mary Delgado from The Bachelorette, three-time Olympic champion Brooke Bennett, and local media anchors Veronica Cintron, Jennifer Epstein, Walter Allen, and Debra Schrills. The event raised more than $125,000 for the newborn resuscitation room at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital.

Tampa Bay Film Commission & Tampa Theatre Hosts Reception and Film Preview

Photo by Ashlee Hamon


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Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan, Film Tampa Bay Commissioner Dale Gordon, and WWE star Titus O’ Neil, enjoyed the private Advanced Screening of Ben Affleck’s Live By Night Premiere held at Tampa Theatre. Guests enjoyed appetizers from Columbia Restaurant, and a signature cocktail in celebration of the film about prohibition-era Ybor City.

Carrollwood Day School Students Host Prom For Seniors As part of the school curriculum at Carrollwood Day School, all students must participate and perform a community service project. CDS student Katie Reed and five of her friends decided to host a Senior “Citizen” Prom. They raised funds to host the event by creating and selling t-shirts. Attending the prom were 44 residents of Aston Gardens who enjoyed music, decorations and snacks at the two-hour dance. Chris Bruillo of Florida Live Sound sang Elvis and Tony Bennett songs, as well as, current favorites. Those in attendance were thrilled with the experience saying “My parents were really

strict, and this is the only senior prom I’ve ever attended,” and another said “I knew I’d better attend, it might be my last prom.” Katie, along with her friends and Aston Gardens event

coordinator, Tammy, even selected a Prom King & Queen. Visit to learn more.








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Santaella Studios for the Arts Hosts Open House & Art Show The annual community event was co-chaired by Stacy Larsen, Stephanie Ong and Theresa NeSmith, who all have studio space in Santaella Studios. Guests enjoyed live music, Cigar City beer, food trucks and wandering through the various working artists studio. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children’s Cancer Center, who had special artwork created by the children through their art therapy programs, on display. Event sponsors included: Cigar City, FH Weddings & Events, Kate Ryan Linens, DJ Jacob Towe and Tampa Bay METRO.

Photos: Artist Stephanie Ong; Gray Eliis, Owner of Santaella Studios of the Arts building; Children’s Cancer Center team with children’s artwork that was for sale at the show; Photographers Theresa NeSmith, Justin DeMutiis, Stacy Larsen

Tampa Museum of Art VIP Patron Reception Patrons and invited guests enjoyed a VIP reception and preview of the new exhibition, Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present. Tampa Museum of Art’s Executive Director Michael Tomor, PhD, thanked and welcomed everyone and TMA’s Seth Pevnick and exhibition curator, Gail Buckland, discussed the images and thoughts of the exhibition.

Photos: VIP exhibition preview; Mark & Cynthia Carron, Bill Gruman; Michael Tomor, PhD, Executive Director, Kenneth Pages; Tom Hochhausler, Sandy Juster, Mark Anderson, Elise Lippincott; Bill Goede, Ann Schaler Photography: Stehlick Photography


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Compass Land & Title Hosts Fourth Friday Friends and guests of Compass Land & Title found a great way to kick off the Gasparilla weekend with cocktails along The Riverwalk at Sono CafĂŠ. The networking event brings together local professionals to meet and wrap up a week of hard work with tasty and handcrafted cocktails. One lucky winner received a bottle of rum at the business card drawing. Photos: Mike Dupre

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12 LAMPLighters 27th Annual Silver Coffee 2016: LAMPLighter’s President Connie Gage welcomed guests into the home of third-time hostess, Teresa Armas at the annual event to benefit the children at Metropolitan Ministries. Members and guests enjoyed delicious handmade hors d’oeuvres and desserts created by the members and sang along to holiday carols. | 8th Annual Ryan’s Rockin’ Holiday Party: Presented by the DeBartolo Family Foundation, guests enjoyed a fun-filled night with a silent auction, dancing to the Josh Walther & Phase 5 Band, playing Plinko open bar and delicious bites from local restaurants at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre. Former Tampa Bay Buc Ryan Nece welcomed guests, along with former friends and players including Michael Clayton, Alex Smith, Mike Alstott and


Vinny Testaverde. All proceeds benefitted Power of Giving programs at the Ryan Nece Foundation. |


Beach Park Women’s Club Annual Silver Coffee: Held at the home of Molly and Jim Resch, the Beach Park Women’s Club hosted the Silver Coffee to raise donations for the charity, New Life Village. More than 100 women enjoyed delicious bites made by members and sipped champagne while enjoying a fashion presentation by Kit Stewart of Kit’s Well Dressed. | JLT’s Gasparilla Invasion Party: The Junior League of Tampa’s annual party raises money to help fund the nonprofit’s mission. The event was chaired by Sarah Balmer and included catered breakfast and lunch, open bar, adult and children’s entertainment and a raffle. Guests enjoyed a front row water view of the flotilla invasion from the League’s headquarters on Davis Islands. | Philanthropic Women of St. Joseph’s Luncheon: More than 250 people attended the annual luncheon at the Tampa Yacht Club. The event was emceed


by Gayle Sierens and featured an entertaining keynote speech by actress, radio host and author, Marilu Henner. Philanthropic Women of St. Joseph’s is a leadership network of community-minded


women whose gifts support health care for women, children and families at St. Joseph’s Hospitals.

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Rooftop Eve 2017 2017 began with a brilliant display of fireworks seen from the sold-out Roof Top Eve gala in downtown Tampa. The theme “In the Sky with Diamonds,” presented by Continental Wholesale Diamonds, allowed for lots of glitz and glam in décor and fashions. Guests danced throughout the night to Phase 5 Band and DJ Papi of Wild Out Entertainment. Proceeds from Rooftop Eve will benefit the DeBartolo Family Foundation.

Photographer: Michael Blitch Photography


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FRONT ROW (left to right): Mindy Grossman, HSNi; Mark Anderson, Tampa General Hospital; Katie Pemble, Baldwin Pemble Advisors, Inc.; RenÊe Vaughn, Williams Consulting; Kathy Gillette, Bayfront Health; Susan Hopkins, AHA Metro Board Member; Lori Derrico, Florida Hospital Tampa; Mike Gorsage, AHA Metro Board Member; Amy Rettig, Nielsen; Melanie Williams, Frontier Communications; Trey Traviesa, Fort Brooke Merchant Partners. MIDDLE ROW (left to right): Bill Muir, Jabil; Dr. Alfred Asante-Korang, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital; Kevin Hourigan, Bayshore Solutions; Dr. Javier Cuevas, USF Health; Ronda Parag, Tampa Bay Metro Magazine; Connor Lewis, Ryan Companies; Ernie Garateix, Heritage Insurance; Stacie Schaible,

WFLA News Channel 8; Scott Smith, BayCare; Linda Simmons, R.R. Simmons; Bob Dutkowsky, Tech Data; Allen Brinkman, SunTrust Bank. BACK ROW (left to right): Peter Marmerstein, HCA - West Florida Division; Lee Arnold, Colliers International Tampa Bay – Central and Southwest Florida; David Ridel, Greystone Health Network; Jeff Eakins, Hillsborough County Public Schools; Dr. Charles Sand, St. Joseph’s Hospital; Scott DeThomas, GTE Credit Union; Dr. Arthur Labovitz, USF Health; Chuck Sykes, Sykes Enterprises, Inc.; Seth Miller, Transamerica; John Koch, PODS; David Moore, Bank of Tampa; Paul Reilly, Raymond James. — Photography and layout courtesy of Tampa Bay METRO Magazine

Local Women Live The American Heart Association Go Red For Women Mission Go Red For Women® is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Research shows that nearly 90% of women involved

Susan Collins

Renée Vaughn

Trish Messina

Senior Director of Administration for the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute, Circle of Red Member

President of Williams Consulting Group, Circle of Red Chair

Director of Client Service at Resources Global Professionals, Circle of Red Member

“I think about the heart health of my pediatric patients every day, but meeting with and listening to the powerful Go Red women who are taking a stand against heart disease has inspired me to take a proactive approach to reducing my own risk for heart disease. I have changed my diet to decrease my blood sugar and I’ve increased my exercise to build a healthier heart muscle. My favorite exercise time is walking with my dogs.”

“When I agreed to Chair the Circle of Red, I already had a pretty heart healthy routine. But as chair, I challenged myself to step it up. I increased my exercise and started a food diary to assess my daily intake of calories, protein, carbohydrates and saturated fat. My fat to muscle ratio has improved significantly. While I have inherited a cholesterol problem, my recent blood test revealed that every metric improved and my “high risk” lipid and lipid protein values moved to moderate risk and optimal!”

“In 2016, I was diagnosed with heart disease after ignoring the symptoms for four years. Go Red For Women absolutely inspired me. I’ve been talking about women’s health at work and with my girlfriends. I’ve been doing more research and I’ve increased my exercise. I now wear an activity tracker and I take the proper medications. My goal is if I exercise enough that maybe I won’t have to take this medication forever.”

Ruby Hope

Amy Rettig

Principal at B2 Communications, Circle of Red Member

RN, Heart Attack Survivor, 2017 National Go Red For Women Ambassador

“The Go Red For Women campaign is an inspiration for me and since my heart attack, I have been motivated to live a healthier lifestyle. I now realize that God did not mean for me to change people but to encourage them to make a change. I’ve stopped starting a diet every Monday then going off it by Thursday. I exercise five days a week. I know and track my numbers. The American Heart Association Tampa Bay social networks have encouraged and uplifted me, and connected me with others who are living through similar experiences.”


with Go Red have made at least one healthy behavior change, and we’re seeing proof of that in Tampa Bay with these local volunteers.

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Missy MacFarlane SVP of Public Affairs at Nielsen, 2016 Go Red For Women Chair

“I’ve learned in my time working with the American Heart Association that women often tend to take on the caretaker role and put others before themselves. In 2016, my family and I faced a lot of difficult, emotional times and my health took a backseat. But I am now playing catch-up because I know that's not the right thing to do. More than ever we are made aware of how our health is important to us. The American Heart Association can only do good for ourselves and those we love. Healthy living should be a priority for everyone.”

“Since getting involved with Circle of Red, I’ve been inspired to make my health a priority. I rediscovered my love of fitness, and I’ve made a commitment to healthy eating. I’ve switched to mostly eating lean meats and I’ve cut out a majority of sugar and increased the amount of fruits and vegetables in my diet. I had convinced myself that I was too busy to find time to work out. Now I schedule the time on my calendar for a month at a time, and treat it like a commitment that I can’t miss. I’ve lost about 20 pounds over the past year, but more importantly, I feel better.”

American Heart Association | Special Section

Championing Heart Health From The Top Down

Bill Muir and his son Nick at an obstacle 5K

Strong leadership is essential to the success of all aspects of business, and workplace health promotion is no exception. The American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable “Employee Health Survey Topline Results,” presented by Nielsen, revealed that employees who feel encouraged by senior management to participate (in workplace health activities) are more likely to report positive outcomes. Two local leaders embracing this approach, as well as physical activity — personally and professionally — are Bill Muir, COO of Jabil, and Jeanne Tate of The Law Offices of Jeanne T. Tate, P.A. “I really enjoy cycling, running and spending time in the gym,” said Muir. “I’m blessed to live on Davis Islands, which has awesome cycling and running groups. And the view from Bayshore is hard to beat! Being active gives me greater energy for work. I’m more productive and happier when I’m working out hard.” Jabil is an ardent supporter of the American Heart Association, and a commitment to health and wellness is highly encouraged in the workplace. “Jabil has a very active culture. Many of our employees have competed in triathlons, running races and mud runs,” Muir said. “Our folks across the globe have done arduous cycling climbs. Many of these are done as a team.”

Jeanne Tate and her daughter Mandi, who received a heart transplant at 8 years old

Tate’s commitment to physical activity, and her motivation to integrate healthy living with her professional life, is inspired by her family’s experiences and understanding of heart health. “Because my daughter had a heart transplant at the age of eight, it’s really brought into sharp focus the importance of cardiovascular health, particularly since heart disease is the number one killer of Americans including women,” said Tate. “We actively promote the American Heart Association at our place of employment. We get out and walk for Heart Walk and National Walking Day.” Tate doesn’t stop there. She has expanded her efforts to include other Tampa Bay area lawyers. “I’ve been very committed to involving lawyers in the Tampa Bay Heart Walk,” said Tate. “We’ve brought American Heart Association education into law firms, and into the Hillsborough County Bar Association. People are getting their blood pressure checked, they know their cholesterol, and they know their risk factors for heart disease.” Exercise has been an integral part of Tate’s life since she was a child. Tate played intramural sports in college — from basketball and volleyball to softball and flag football — and she was honored as the outstanding intramural athlete of the year when she

graduated from the University of Florida. Tate’s schedule is hectic but whether it’s yoga, running with her dog or engaging her core on an exercise ball, she makes time for exercise. “I have four children and I’m a busy businessperson managing my law firm and two adoption agencies. Every day brings a different challenge for how to stay active so I make conscious efforts to move throughout the day,” said Tate. “We all have 24 hours a day. You need to make physical health an important part of your day. Five or 10 minutes here and there adds up and keep you feeling good. Stand up on a phone call, swing your arms, bend side to side — stay engaged.” If you’re struggling to make exercise a regular part of your routine, Tate and Muir share similar advice on overcoming the first hurdle: “The hardest part is getting started. It’s hard to go from doing nothing to trying to do too much. Start with baby steps and with smaller buckets throughout the day,” said Tate. “I read a Dutch proverb recently which stuck with me: ‘He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him’. Once you take that first step, it gets easier every time and becomes habit forming,” said Muir.

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Check. Change. Control. For Better Heart Health At Work If you visit the Clearwater campus of Bouchard Insurance, you might find a lot of empty desks. That’s because this health conscious worksite embraces walking meetings. The importance of staying active during the workday recently received a healthy boost when the company signed up for the American Heart Association’s Check. Change. Control. program. Sponsored by BayCare, this initiative helps employees identify, lower and maintain healthy blood pressure levels. “High blood pressure is a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease that’s too often ignored in the absence of structured monitoring opportunities,” said Ed Rafalski, BayCare Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer. “We’re in the business of saving lives. Providing participants with the knowledge to track and manage their blood pressure significantly reduces their chances of dying from either a heart attack or stroke.”

Nearly half of all Bouchard employees committed to participating in the Change. Check. Control. program, which consisted of taking two blood pressure readings a month for a total of four consecutive months. Program participants also enjoyed a series of heart-healthy lunch and learn workshops and received text messages reminding them when it was time to check their blood pressure. “I truly feel as though the American Heart Association saved my life, as I had no idea as to how high my blood pressure was prior to attending this program,” said one grateful Bouchard employee. Awareness sparks change. Today, top management reports that more Bouchard employees are making heart-healthy choices than ever before. From prioritizing fitness to simply paying more attention to their diet and stress levels, Bouchard who completed the

Longtime Bouchard employee Angie Eisele checks her blood pressure

program collectively reduced their systolic blood pressure by an impressive 12 points, more than twice their baseline goal. “The numbers were staggering,” said Doug Bishop, Chief Executive Officer of Bouchard Insurance. “Fifteen percent of our staff reduced their chance of death by 30 to 50 percent. When you put those numbers out in front of anyone, I don’t care who you are; you recognize that this is a program that produced life for our organization.”

The Sunshine City Has Heart think the Sunshine City would make the cut. Under the administration of Mayor Rick Kriseman and Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, the city has taken incredibly progressive steps to improve the health of all St. Pete residents. In June of 2016, Mayor Kriseman announced that all city employees would receive full CPR certifications. According to the American Heart City of St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin Association (AHA), about 90 percent and Mayor Rick Kriseman on the steps of City Hall of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. Bystander CPR can double It’s no secret St. Petersburg has officially or triple a victim’s chance of survival. been put on the map as a desirable place to visit “Learning CPR is a small individual and live. National lists continue to rank St. Pete commitment being made by each of our team as a top contender: from best small businesses members that could make a world of difference (No. 19) to a best place to live for an active for someone in need. It is an ambitious but lifestyle (No. 6). worthwhile endeavor that furthers our goal of If there was a “best list” for cities dedicated creating a culture of health in St. Petersburg,” to their residents’ heart health, we’d like to


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said Deputy Mayor Tomalin. “In 2016, we have had more than 2,000 team members take the training, and one life saved by a team member only three days after receiving his training.” Just two months after announcing that more than 3,000 city employees will become equipped with the lifesaving skill of CPR, Mayor Kriseman signed a policy that requires all food and beverage vending machines on city-owned property to comply with the AHA’s guidelines for healthy vending. This stance on better vending selections is unprecedented in the state of Florida, and the announcement positioned the city as a national leader in promoting healthy choices. “At the City of St. Petersburg we try to lead by example, which is why we implemented the heart healthy vending policy,” said Mayor Kriseman. “We are committed to building a culture of health internally because we believe it will inspire a culture of health in the community as well.”

American Heart Association | Special Section

life is why*

for women

THANK YOU FLORIDA HOSPITAL FOR SUPPORTING THE 2017 AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION GO RED FOR WOMEN CASTING CALL The Casting Call provides our community with a storytelling platform that honors and celebrates lives touched by heart disease and stroke, and educates and empowers all women to make their health a priority.

Hillsborough County Public School Leaders Encourage Heart-Health Programs

Dr. Alberto Vasquez – Chief of Staff, Jeff Eakins – Superintendent, Cindy Stuart – School Board Chair

If you walked into Rampello Downtown Partnership School on Dec. 16, 2016, around 3:30 p.m., you would have found yourself enveloped with positive energy and enthusiastic chatter as a press conference announcing Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) increase in graduation rates by 3.1% was winding down. In the county’s press release, HCPS

Superintendent Jeff Eakins was quoted as saying, “This is why we are here. Our job is to prepare students for life.” Eakins and other HCPS leadership have been noticeably making their mark on Tampa Bay’s youth. And they’re not just in the business of preparing students for life, they’re also in the business of saving lives. In the past year, HCPS leadership has been dedicated to working with the American Heart Association (AHA) on numerous heart initiatives. The district team is one of only several in the country that has a groundbreaking partnership with the AHA: The AHA is written into the district’s strategic plan, falling into the service learning pillar of their eight-pillar model of building strong school culture. “I recognize how the actions of our students, families and staff can positively impact the overall heart health of a large metropolitan community

like Hillsborough County,” said Cindy Stuart, HCPS School Board Chair. One of the most impactful achievements on the heart health front in 2016 was the school board’s adoption of local policy that requires all Hillsborough County public high school students to learn hands-on CPR before graduating. This effort was championed by Physical Education Supervisor Steve Vanoer and former School Board Member Carol Kurdell. This local policy ensures an estimated 13,000 new lifesavers are trained in Tampa Bay each year. More than 70,740 local students have also been impacted by Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart, and Superintendent Eakins has set a goal of 100% participation by 2017. “There is a huge collective impact when student service-learning projects like AHA programming and CPR training are used to support a healthier, stronger quality of life,” said Eakins.

Your heart deserves the best, and you can find it all in one place.

We continue to expand our cardiovascular services at Northside Hospital. Last year, we brought the life-saving cardiac care option of TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) to St. Petersburg. In order to provide the residents of St. Petersburg the very best in cardiac care, we are proud to now offer The Outpatient Heart Failure Clinic and The Structural Heart Program at Northside Hospital. At Northside Hospital we have a specialized heart team dedicated to providing immediate and individualized treatment options for each patient’s needs, giving direct access to the comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services at Northside Hospital. Northside Hospital is uniquely-equipped for patients to conveniently complete all testing and advanced cardiovascular imaging under one roof. To learn more about The Outpatient Heart Failure Clinic and The Structural Heart Program at Northside Hospital, please call 888-598-9586.

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Doctors of Distinction

James Ronzo, D.O. and Frank Bono, D.O.

Doctors of Distinction

BIOSPINE INSTITUTE Specialties: Orthopedic Spine Surgery

The BioSpine Institute is a private spine surgery practice that provides relief from neck and back pain through advanced minimally invasive surgery. The outpatient surgery center and new patient clinic, both in Tampa’s Westshore District, are the realized vision of two pioneers in the field, Dr. Frank Bono and Dr. James Ronzo. They were committed to building an institute dedicated to a singular purpose: to improve the lives of patients by perfecting the art and science of minimally invasive spine surgery, while providing an unparalleled experience made memorable by attention to every detail, comprehensive communication, and outstanding surgical results.

The vision began almost 15 years ago when, after medical school and additional fellowship training, Dr. James Ronzo and Dr. Frank Bono started a very successful practice in Central Florida, where they made the decision to focus exclusively on minimally invasive spine surgery. This was at a time when the huge majority of spine surgeons were still performing back surgery using the traditional, open method, a highly invasive procedure which led to a long and painful recovery. This new minimally invasive approach meant the entire procedure could be performed through a tiny ž'' incision, which led to less pain, less scarring, and a much faster recovery. Dr. Frank Bono and Dr. James Ronzo have now treated over 35,000

patients and performed over 14,000 minimally invasive surgical procedures. This places them among the most accomplished spine surgeons in the country. Minimally invasive spine surgery is certainly a field where experience matters. In addition to their extensive experience, Dr. Ronzo and Dr. Bono quickly realized through their participation in organizations such as the North American Spine Society that their surgical outcomes were among the best in the nation. They felt compelled to bring this standard of excellence to a new and larger population of patients in Greater Tampa Bay, and so is born the BioSpine Institute, a place where the experience makes all the difference.

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Doctors of Distinction

JOSEPH J. CASTELLANO, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.C.S. Castellano Cosmetic Surgery Center Specialties: Body and Facial Cosmetic Surgery

To be an excellent cosmetic surgeon it takes an artist’s eyes and precision, a strong medical understanding, surgical skills and excellent interpersonal abilities in order to approach every patient with compassion, acceptance and understanding. Dr. Castellano has a reputation among patients as being kind, skilled and competent. He establishes a personal consultation with each patient, involving careful discussion of the patient’s options — whether the desired procedure is breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, liposuction, abdominoplasty,

face lift, or eyelid surgery. Dr. Castellano and his friendly staff will guide you throughout the decision making process, and help you make an informed decision on which treatment will give you that “just beautiful” feeling you’ve been imagining. The private practice has two surgical suites on site that are certified by the State of Florida. These surgical suites allow for the privacy, comfort and ease of access that can’t be found in a traditional hospital setting. The specialists at Castellano Cosmetic Surgery bring you the

best in cosmetic procedures in a beautiful, serene setting. Fellowship-trained cosmetic surgeon Dr. Manik Bedi specializes in rhinoplasty, otoplasty (ear pinning) and other facial cosmetic surgeries. Esthetics specialist Rashae Doyle MPAS, PA-C offers traditional injectable treatments as well as a vast array of non-surgical specialty treatments for the body and face. And esthetic laser specialist Caroll Delo, CCE, CME offers multiple FDA-approved lasers for hair removal, tattoo removal and anti-aging in addition to medical-grade skin care services.

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Doctors of Distinction

FRONT ROW: Paul Benfanti, M.D.; Drew Warnick, M.D.; Gregory Hahn, M.D.; Jeffrey Neustadt, M.D. BACK ROW: Lee Phillips, M.D.; Scott Beck, M.D.

CHILDREN’S ORTHOPAEDIC & SCOLIOSIS SURGERY ASSOCIATES Specialties: Pediatric & Adolescent Orthopaedic Surgery

Children’s Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Surgery Associates, LLP is a patient-based center of excellence for the treatment of all orthopaedic conditions in children and adolescents, and is proud to be listed in Doctors of Distinction and on the Best Doctor’s List again this year. We strive to provide care using the latest cutting edge technology, resulting in the safest and most accurate outcomes. Drs. Neustadt and Hahn have been treating scoliosis for more than 20 years and perform more than 120 scoliosis surgeries annually, utilizing specialized computerized navigation technology that increases the precision and accuracy of the surgeries. Drs. Warnick and Benfanti blend their skills in sports medicine and their unique knowledge of pediatric growth

and development to provide comprehensive care for the young athlete who has sustained an injury. Dr. Beck is trained in the Fassier Duval Nail treatment of long bone fractures in patients with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Dr. Phillips treats a wide range of conditions affecting the hand and upper extremity of children of all ages. Our physicians are committed to joint-preserving treatment options for the hip. Not only do our physicians possess an abundance of experience, but they also have knowledge in pediatric-based orthopaedic medicine that has led to a well-earned reputation within the Tampa Bay medical community. Their accomplishments have been recognized on both a local and national basis. Johns Hopkins All Children’s, in collaboration with

Children’s Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Surgery, is recognized as a top Children’s Orthopedic Program in Florida by US News & World Report 2016 -2017. At some point, most children will require the attention of an orthopaedic surgeon — either because of a broken bone, sports injury, or other condition. Treatment should concentrate on the child’s specific needs, allowing them to heal and return to what they do best — being children! Integrity, credentials, commitment, and the use of advanced technology are what make our physicians distinct and the best choice for your child’s orthopaedic needs! For more information, please visit or call (727)898-BONE (2663), or (813)879-BONE (2663).

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Doctors of Distinction

GEOFFREY M. KWITKO, M.D. F.A.C.S., F.A.A.O., F.I.C.S., F.I.S.O.D., F.N.O.S.S. Specialties: Cosmetic and Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery, Thyroid Eye Disease

For more than 26 years Geoffrey M. Kwitko, M.D. has brought world class cosmetic eyelid surgery to the Tampa Bay area. Dr. Kwitko is board certified and fellowship trained in Oculoplastic, orbital, and neuro-ophthalmology. He is the former chief of surgery at Memorial Hospital and former chief of ophthalmology at St. Joseph’s Hospital as well as a clinical assistant professor at the University of South Florida. Dr. Kwitko has lectured extensively in the USA and abroad teaching other ophthalmologists his techniques of cosmetic eyelid surgery and orbital surgery and regularly teaches courses at the prestigious

American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. Dr. Kwitko was awarded the American Academy of Ophthalmology honor award in 2003 and had been elected a “Best Doctor” by his peers every year since 2003. Dr. Kwitko also specializes in thyroid eye disease, tearing problems, dry eye, and reconstructive surgery including eyelid and orbital cancers. Dr. Kwitko is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology, International College of Surgeons, International Society of Orbital Disorders, and the Neuro-ophthalmic

Surgical Society. Dr. Kwitko had been in practice in south Tampa since 1991 and has earned a reputation for solving difficult ocular problems in his area of expertise. Dr. Kwitko has been married to Paula for 32 years and has 2 sons Michael 29 and Daniel 27. In his spare time Dr. Kwitko enjoys skiing and playing competitive ice hockey and is fortunate enough to be able to play hockey with both his sons. One day he hopefully will be able to play hockey with his grandchildren, but not too soon! Dr. Kwitko’s office accepts most insurance and will file your insurance for your convenience.

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Doctors of Distinction

LARRY WILLIAMS, M.D. AND MINDI GIGLIO, D.O. Tampa Bay Surgical Group Specialties: General Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Breast Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Endovascular Diagnosis and Surgery, Wound Care Dr. Larry Williams and Dr. Mindi Giglio offer comprehensive advanced surgical techniques, coupled with personalized, friendly care in their St. Petersburg practice. Together, they treat a wide spectrum of general surgical issues including hernias, gallbladder disease, wounds and colon and breast cancer, with a focus on minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Williams also brings to the practice expertise in the vascular surgical field treating aortic aneurysms, carotid artery and peripheral vascular disease, with emphasis on endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), and stents for occlusive disease of the legs.

Dr. Williams graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He went on to his General Surgery residency at University of Illinois and completed his Vascular Surgery training at Northwestern University. He is board certified in General and Vascular Surgery. Dr. Williams is the Medical Director for the Wound Healing Center at St. Anthony’s Hospital and Director of Wound Care at Kindred Hospital. He resides with his wife in St. Petersburg, where they raised two daughters, who have also gone on to become physicians. Dr. Giglio joined Dr. Williams in

practice in 2014. After completing medical school at Nova Southeastern University, she went on to General Surgery residency at Largo Medical Center. She served as chief surgical resident from 2013-2014. She serves on the Breast Leadership Committee at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Dr. Giglio and her husband live in St. Petersburg with their two dogs. Dr. Williams and Dr. Giglio operate and care for patients at St. Anthony’s Hospital and Kindred Hospital. They welcome you to their St. Petersburg practice and look forward to becoming trusted partners in your medical care.

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Doctors of Distinction



Dalton Dental

Jain Gynecology

Specialties: Board Certified – Laser Gum Disease Treatment, No Scalpel – No Sutures

Specialties: Da Vinci Robotic Surgery, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Insterim Implants and Cosmetogynecolgy, MonaLisa Touch

Gum Grafts, Cosmetic Gum Lifts, Adult Invisalign, Cosmetic Smile Rejuvenation.


Dr. Hilary Dalton is a native of Tampa. She graduated from Tufts University-School of Dental Medicine in Boston with an award in Excellence for Outstanding Leadership and for Extraordinary Clinical Achievement. She continued another 3 years of specialization in periodontology as well as master in science in regeneration at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center. She finished earning a certificate of Excellence from Dr. & Mrs. Kramer scholarship for Excellence. She is Board-Certified in Periodontics, microsurgery certified, Laser proficiency certified, and invisalign certified. She was voted by her peer dentists for Super Dentist 2006, and received the President’s Bronze Award for her volunteerism that same year. She was selected by Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2008 for Up & Comers Award, Doctors of Distinction by NCOHF in 2011, and selected as a Clinical Evaluator for the Clinicians Report by Dr. Gordon Christensen’s CR Foundation and voted GOLD Winner Best of South Tampa 2012, SILVER Winner Best of South Tampa 2013, GOLD Winner Best of South Tampa 2014, 2015 Bay Area Best for The Tampa Tribune, Amiga Award 2015 – Tampa Hispanic Heritage Festival, and Semi-Finalist 2015 and Finalist 2016 Small Business of the Year for Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Dalton Dental has a state-of-the-art facility featuring new treatment rooms with the latest technologies that is better designed to serve the entire Bay area. Dr. Dalton and her amazing team will continue to educate and treat patients on advanced oral health with a relaxed neighborhood ambience. Dalton Dental is the go-to place! Your Healthy Gorgeous Smile – Our Passion!

Meenakshi Jain, M.D., FACOG, demonstrates professionalism and expertise at every level. Dr. Jain is an Epicenter surgeon teaching robotics at St. Pete General, one of two epicenters in the state of Florida, and of of twenty six epicenters devoted to teaching robotics to surgeons in the whole country. She has done more than 2,000 Robotic cases in the last 5 years and has done TV interviews on the benefits of Robotics. Dr. Jain is a Board Certified Gynecologist and has been a practicing OB/GYBN for over 25 years in the St. Petersburg area. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology (FACOG). She is an honorable member of American Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Pinellas County Medical Society, American Laparoscopic Society, Who’s Who in America, the Top 100 Gynecologists in the United States. Dr. Jain uses the DaVinci Robot for minimally invasive outpatient surgeries like hysterectomies, fibroid removal, Endometriosis management, etc. She also specializes in management of Chronic Pelvic Pain, Endometriosis and Interstitial Cystitis. She specializes in Interstim Neuromodulation Therapy for urinary and fecal incontinence, and urinary retention. She offers cosmetic gynecological procedures like Labioplasty and Vaginal Rejuvenation. She is now offering MonaLisa Touch Therapy, which is an innovative FDA approved laser procedure for painful sex, vulvovaginal atrophy, vaginal dryness in post-partum and menopausal women, who either cannot take estrogen, or choose not to use hormone therapy. It is a pain free, quick procedure with patients noticing a marked improvement in a few days, which lasts for a long time. For more details go to

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TOWER RADIOLOGY CENTERS Setting the Standard in Radiology

Drs. Tarantino, Goodman, McCormick, Yeko Specialties: Infertility, InVitro Fertilization, Laparoscopy/Hysteroscopy,

Specialties: MRI, CT, PET/CT, Mammography, Breast Biopsies,

Tubal and Vasectomy Reversal, Sperm and Oocyte Cryopreservation

X-Ray, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Cardiology

The Reproductive Medicine Group (RMG) is the Tampa Bay area’s trusted leader in providing comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of infertility and reproductive endocrine disorders. For more than 30 years, the RMG team has assisted thousands of couples to overcome their infertility and achieve their dream of becoming parents. The group continues to introduce and utilize cutting-edge technologies and scientific advancements in the field of reproductive medicine. The physicians have consistently been chosen as “Best Doctors in America”, and are proud to be named again for this distinction. RMG’s four office locations provide physician services as well as on-site laboratory and radiology testing. Adjacent to the North Tampa office is RMG’s unique IVF/Surgery Center, which houses two fully certified, anesthesiology staffed operating rooms, a state-of-the art IVF (in vitro fertilization) laboratory, comprehensive endocrine/andrology laboratories, and radiology testing. Advanced procedures include: ICSI, preimplantation embryo genetic testing, fertility preservation, egg freezing, embryo cryopreservation, and donor egg. Advanced laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, tubal reversal and vasectomy reversal are offered at the RMG IVF and Surgery Center. The Reproductive Medicine Group is Tampa Bay’s exclusive IVF fertility center offering a 100% IVF refund option* and the “Serving Our Veterans” program. For more information, call 813-914-7304 or visit and Join us on Facebook at

Congratulations to our radiologists, Bruce Zwiebel, MD, FACR, FSIR; Gregg Baran, MD, FACR; and Krishna Nallamshetty, MD; who continue to be featured in Tampa Bay Metro’s Doctors of Distinction by making the Best Doctors® List year after year. Tower Radiology Centers are affiliated with the radiologists of Radiology Associates of Florida, PA and Florida Interventional Specialists. Tower’s team of radiologists is comprised of 70 plus board-certified radiologists who sub-specialize in Neuroradiology, Musculoskeletal, Cardiac, Thoracic, Nuclear Medicine, Breast Imaging, Vascular & Interventional, Neurointerventional, Pediatric, Body and Emergency Radiology. Tower’s radiologists participate in the academic missions of research and teaching by serving as the primary teaching faculty for USF, Radiology. In addition to the radiologists’ array of certifications, Tower’s 14 full-service centers hold accreditations in multiple modalities, is a designated CT Lung Cancer Screening Center and Tower’s Norsthside center is a designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, all by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Tower is proud to announce the addition of 3D Mammography, a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic technique with higher cancer detection rates and most recently, the opening of two new full-service centers in Brandon and Sun City. Tower utilizes a number of safety protocols to make imaging safe for patients. This includes a utilization review system to tailor CT imaging, decreasing radiation exposure and by joining the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging by pledging to “Image Gently” when caring for children. Tower Radiology Centers offer patients the full package of efficiency, reliability, expertise and convenience with the goal to offer the highest possible quality of care.

*to those who qualify. Call for details.

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Carrollwood Day School Summer Day Camps CDS Summer Day Camps offer all-day themed camps running from 9am until 3:30pm for students entering grades 1 through 8. These camps provide opportunities for children to explore their imagination and develop skills during the summer weeks. Each week of camp the campers will attend one field trip and visit an off site pool. Before and after care is also available. For more information, visit

CAMP IDS at Corbett Preparatory School For nearly two decades, CAMP IDS has been one of Tampa’s most popular summer camp programs offering 60+ different full- and half-day camps. All welcome. PreK3 – high school. Camps offered June 12 - July 28. Before & aftercare. Bus service. Performing & Visual Arts. Sports. Academics. Technology. Engineering. Languages. Cooking. More. Call 813-961-3087 or visit

Tampa Preparatory School Tampa Preparatory School Summer Programs include a variety of Sports Camps and courses in Robotics, Academics and Enrichment, as well as Camp Terrapin – our sports and fine arts camp for students in grades 1 – 8. Structured activities and theme days provide friendship and fun in downtown Tampa. Sign up at

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“IF YOU'VE EVER SAT THROUGH THE CREDITS ON PURPOSE, YOU GET IT.” — Gasparilla International Film Festival

The Gasparilla International Film Festival Returns To Tampa With A Roar By Mary Lou


and their crews that can lead to bigger Roberts, features a family in emotional For one week in early March, eager and better projects, help resurrect turmoil taken by surprise when a boy film fans from throughout Tampa Bay, floundering careers or give a fledgling has an existential epiphany. It stars and beyond, will re-arrange their daily actor or director a chance to show the Vera Farmiga, Marton Csokas and routines to take advantage of a curated public their potential. Virginia Madsen. selection of more than 100 films from Not all of the action takes place on • Closing night features the film around the world that are showcased the big screen during GIFF. The host “Unleashed,” directed by Finn Taylor. during the 11th Annual Suncoast Credit city takes on the role of a supporting A cosmic event turns a dog and cat into Union Gasparilla International Film actor who is auditioning for his, or her, two perfect guys. Festival (GIFF). next big break. Tampa and Ybor City • Other scheduled films include Along with the movies scheduled to hope to catch the eye, spark the “Country Crush” with Sophie Simmons be shown in downtown Tampa and imagination and win the heart of some in a country musical that centers on an Ybor City theaters March 2 - 9, film industry leader looking for new talent aspiring singer and “First Round Down,” buffs will also have a chance to meet and new locations. It may take months, which features a former hockey player filmmakers, spot celebrities and learn or even years, but eventually, that turned hitman. from industry leaders during panel disaudition can definitely pay off. “Film festivals are where movies cussions, Q & A sessions, networking “We have a lot of people that have been made by big budgets events and parties held in conjunction representing all aspects with the film festival. of the film industry GIFF has presented coming through here in world premiers, USA March,” said Varner. premieres and Florida “Some may be visiting premieres throughout here for the first time, the years, that have spotso we want them to see lighted emerging to what Tampa has to offer established talents in and to meet people who largely independent live here and who are films, ranging from docutrying to create a mentaries to dramas and career in movies.” feature-length to short As festival details formats. are finalized, movies Among the high scheduled and celebrities profile and highly confirmed, the best anticipated movies complace for updates is ing this way at GIFF are: the festival web site. • A world premier Advance planning is of “Danger Close,” a milinecessary to ensure tary documentary from getting tickets to movies the directors of “Citizen and events before they Shoulder,” the story of sell out. “a National Guard unit’s This year’s event features get equal billing along with those funded hellish Afghan deployment.” new ticket packages offering VIP by family and friends,” said Monica • World premier of “All Nighter” experiences and special screenings. Varner, GIFF executive director. “We with J.K. Simmons, Emile Hirsch and Weekday, daily and weekend passes feature independent films that stand Shannon Woodward. This is the story are also available, as well as tickets out, not based on how much they cost of a “workaholic father who attempts to to opening and closing night or what award-winning star or director visit his daughter during a layover in parties. There’s even a free Family was tied to the picture, but for their L.A. and is forced to team up with her Fun Day Sunday, March 5, at originality and the creative effort awkward ex-boyfriend, to find her over Centennial Park in Ybor City that invested in making these movies.” the course of one transformative night.” features screenings of “Zootopia” Festivals have become critical • The opening night film, “Burn and “Trolls.” M proving grounds for films, their casts Your Maps,” directed by Jordan

Catch the exhilirating laps

from the lap of luxury Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg | By Mary Lou Janson

Some may argue the streets of St. Petersburg see their fair share of fast cars throughout the year, but the return of the Firestone Grand Prix on March 10 - 12 officially transforms downtown into a professional course, hosting what is billed as “the fastest racing series on the planet.” The 1.8-mile, 14-turn waterfront track provides race fans with lots of great vantage points to view the high speed action from the grandstands, nearby high rise buildings and even the expansive waterfront. But what about those race enthusiasts who want to watch these sleek racing machines speed through the laps while they enjoy reveling in the lap of luxury? Fortunately, there are VIP options that can place discriminating fans close to the action, providing behind-the-scenes access and still keep them feeling fully pampered. While the boat slips exclusively reserved for the Firestone Grand Prix Yacht Club St. Petersburg sold out weeks before the event, there is a waiting list in case of cancellations. The private floating docks where sailboats, powerboats and yachts can drop anchor, offer


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Photos: Race fans enjoy a view of the track from the grandstands; The water offers great racing vantage points from a docked yacht; Select VIP packages offer food and beverages throughout the weekend; The living room at the Presidential Suite at the Renaissance Vinoy.

heart-stopping views of the always exciting to watch Turns 10 & 11. However, there’s more than one way to secure a waterfront seat from the deck of a posh yacht. Tampa Bay Yacht Charter ( of St. Pete’s fleet, includes a 43‘ Viking motor yacht which is certified and inspected for up to 20 passengers. The rental rate, which includes the master captain and first mate, runs $2,700 for eight

hours. Catering packages are available for an additional fee. To get a real feel for the race, forego setting sail and take your pick of two VIP ticket options, ideal for individuals. A three-day VIP Club Pass allows entry to the VIP Club suite and the IndyCar Series Paddock, where race crews scramble to keep their cars running and their drivers competing for the win. Daily food and beverage service is included for a cost of $850 plus tax. A three-day Trackside Club pass offers access to the Trackside Club, IndyCarSeries Paddock and provides continental breakfast and lunch plus two drink tickets, all for $495 plus tax. For the really high rollers, there is an option to get together a group within the comfort of a private suite,or from an above-thecrowd rooftop spot. The first gives a group of up to 40 people three day access to a pit lane suite that goes for $25,000, plus tax and catering. The second option offers the height of hospitality in a 50 person rooftop chalet that’s going for $15,000 plus. And when the racing is over and it’s time to rest? Why not call it a night in one of the Presidential Suites at the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel? The spacious comfort afforded by these elegant 1,420- and 1,600-square-foot suites is typically available for $1,800 per night. M

This year marks the seventh consecutive year that the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has served as the opening race for the Verizon IndyCar Series season. For tickets or information, go to

From finish lines to finished looks, Susie Wheldon knows about winning with style. Susie Wheldon celebrated first Wheldon. “And he was a great influence place victories with her late husband, on my fashion sense. He always had IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, who was impeccable style and taste.” among an elite group of racing Attracted by the up-and-coming professionals achieving more than area’s “good energy,” Wheldon one Indianapolis 500 victory. worked with Elaine Pauley of Urban Style With the opening of her new Interiors of Indianapolis, to transform the venture, Verve Boutique, the St. 2,350-square-foot space previously Petersburg resident and mother of two occupied by Paper Street Market. The boys, introduces a fresh mix of leading result is a store with an interior as stylish designer lines to this market that she as its inventory. describes as elevated streetwear. Area rugs made from Brazilian cow “I am a t-shirts hides partially cover and jeans girl and the original hex I’m a mom, so I block tile floor. Walls have to wear feature ship lap pine clothes that work darkened with a well on the go,” she walnut stain and said. The premium the cash counter, denim and readydesigned in collaboto-wear men’s and ration with women’s apparel Clearwater’s stocked in her shop Spacewerks Inc., is are both practical smartly wrapped in and edgy. The merfaux black leather. chandise should fit One very personal right in at 915 focal point of the Central Avenue, store is a painting which is within the commissioned by city’s eclectic Edge local artist Michael District. Vahl, that covers an Boutique owner Susie Wheldon honors “I am now a entire wall. her late husband, Dan, with a mural true small business Enamored by the created by local artist, Michael Vahl. owner,” said district’s outdoor art Wheldon. “This is a whole new venture exhibited on building exteriors, and I am really embracing that.” Wheldon wanted to incorporate that With a soft opening set for Feb. 21 same creativity into Verve in a way and grand opening March 9, the that would also honor her late business debuts during a significant husband. “His nickname was Lion time for Wheldon, it coincides with the Heart, so I wanted a big mural-sized return of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. lion,” said Wheldon. “It will be really Petersburg, a race that Dan Wheldon profound when you walk in and feel won in 2005. his presence, but there will be a “Dan was a big inspiration to the gentleness about the demeanor. It’s store and what I am doing here,” said my little nod to Dan.”

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METROHome Tour

Impressive. Inviting. Impactful. Designing an ideal home for entertaining and escaping By Mary Lou Janson | Photography by John Kantor

Homeowners, Kelly and Dr. Randy Feldman


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ocated on a prominent, half-acre pinnacle of land offering enviable views of the nearby Davis Island Yacht Club, landmark Peter O. Knight Airport, Seaplane Basin and surrounding neighborhood, the single-family home had long ago lost its luster due to time and neglect. The original, custom home

of car magnate Bill Newman built in 1990, was once quite state-of-the-moment and still sported “good bones.� When a high profile Tampa couple, Dr. Randy and Kelly Feldman, expanded their house hunting efforts beyond Hyde Park and Palma Ceia to include Davis Islands, they looked past the problems,

saw true potential and purchased the dwelling with grand plans in mind. Nearly two years later, after stripping the two-story structure down to the studs and rebuilding, replacing or refining almost every element, a stunning, stylish space emerged that is as inviting as it is impressive.

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“Randy and I wanted a place that was comfortable for our family but conducive to hosting and entertaining,” said Kelly Feldman, whose background in interior design and ability to research global resources, came in quite handy in her quest to create the warm and welcoming décor, occupying nearly 5,000 square feet of living space.

Boasting a floor plan that encompasses a formal dining room, a large kitchen with hand-cut, mirrored backsplash tiles and two islands, one carved from a single 1,500-pound slab of marble that comfortably seats six, a cozy, corner wet bar as well as a hidden room resembling an upscale nightclub lounge, the first floor offers lots of ways for the Feldman’s to host cocktail parties for personal friends, or formal banquets for the numerous philanthropic causes they support. Also suitable for entertaining are the spacious backyard pool and patio, as well as the approximate 2,000 square feet of upper level, open-air spaces that can accommodate intimate dinner parties, rooftop gatherings, or provide private vantage points for enjoying sunsets. The massive amount of work needed to update and upgrade the four-bedroom, five-bathroom home, took longer than expected and required the owners to take on a much larger role managing the transformation than originally anticipated.


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“I had to schedule subcontractors months in advance and make sure everything kept moving along. It was a bit like babysitting,” Kelly Feldman recalled.

As challenges arose, solutions were found. Removing a wall separating the billiards room and wet bar was complicated by the fact it was a load bearing wall, connecting trusses supporting the second floor. By safely dismantling the maximum amount of wall possible and commissioning a custom piece by renowned artist Alex Turco, the former barrier became a breathtaking focal point entitled, “Woman in Silver.” Also among changes to the interior and exterior, were the installation of more than a dozen windows in an eastern facing first floor wall to allow more natural light inside, plus take advantage of spectacular views. A solid entryway interior wall was remade into recessed, lighted cubical shelves that showcase antiques, artworks and collectibles acquired during the couple’s worldwide travels. State-of-the-art Smart Home technology installed throughout the house make security, lighting, shades, drapes and climate control conveniently accessible on or off the premises, using wall-mounted iPads placed throughout the interior or smart phones. High tech touches also incorporated an LED TV screen into a master bathroom mirror.

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The result is an aesthetically pleasing and highly impactful interior blending white, black and grey shades, incorporating materials ranging from travertine to slate and wall treatments featuring velvet to glass beads, highlighting big, bold ceiling-mounted light fixtures to marble steps, lined with motion sensor lights and accenting with Italian cabinetry to one-of-a-kind artworks. Even the family pet was addressed in the planning. A dedicated room for their dog, Noel, is covered in custommade, velvet-flocked dog-inspired wallpaper and overlooks an adjoining Asian-influenced yard and walkway. Not all that was original to the house was obliterated. Still in place is a curved staircase with metal railings that apparently had been lowered in place before the ceiling was installed. Alongside it is a glass encased elevator that moves between the main room and the 25-foot high ceiling. Both have been refurbished and burnished to complement the current aesthetic. M

“I wanted it to be glam but also cozy. The house lended itself to a contemporary look that is a little Miami-like. We go there often. It’s one of our favorite cities,” Kelly Feldman said. “However, it was even more important to us that our home also felt like our most favorite city, Tampa.” 58

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METROHome Hot Property

High Life Living in Downtown Tampa Grand Penthouse at Skypoint | By Ronda M. Parag


eel the vibe of the city and escape the suburbs with one of the most unique properties currently available in downtown Tampa. The two-story, two bath Grand Penthouse is on the market at Skypoint. The 1,926 square foot condo is fully furnished and has 270 degree views of the city. Be in the heart of Tampa with stunning views from either of the two balconies and overlook the Curtis Hixon Park and Riverwalk, Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children’s Museum and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. The large family and dining rooms feature custom box beam ceilings with built-in lighting, tile wrapped posts and floor to ceiling windings, allowing plenty of natural light to flood the space. The gourmet kitchen features state-of-


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the-art stainless steel appliances with a Subzero refrigerator, Wolf cooktop, convention oven, range hood, dishwasher and microwave. The dark stained cabinets pair nicely with the speckled granite countertops. A built-in wine refrigerator holds up to 150 favorite bottles. The open kitchen space is wonderful for entertaining, as guests can be in the heart of the home while meal preparation is underway. The guest suite has floor to ceiling windows, with north facing views and an oversized Carrera tile shower and updated marble vanity with open storage underneath. The master suite is on the second floor and features two custom closets and a separate office area. Located inside the closet are the front loading washer and dryer. The master bath has

duel sinks and a large glassed shower. Relax and unwind with a glass of wine on the second balcony off the master suite. The building offers assigned garage parking, a card entry community club room, fitness center and pool and hot tub. At the base of the building are two restaurants that offer great food and cocktails. Nearby are other downtown amenities including the library, museums, Tampa Theatre, hospital, Channelside, and restaurants and bars. If you have been yearning to live downtown, it might be time to call this luxurious condo home. M This Signature Collection home is currently offered at $1,125,000 through Smith & Associates Real Estate. Presented by Mitzi Gill & Dina Sierra Smith, call 813.839.3800 or visit

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METROHome Details Color of the Year: Greenery Symbolizing new beginnings, the newest color trend in home décor and design is a bright, fresh burst of Greenery. Inspired by nature and bringing the great outdoors in, METRO’s found a few pieces to freshen up any room in the house. Light It Up Add style to any room in the house with this classic shape and stunningly beautiful Vintner Chandelier from Currey & Company. The pieces are cut from recycled wine bottles in varying shades of green. $2,444. Available at Clayton Gray Home,

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Cozy Home Table

Fabrics by Taylor King, with the lime green base and textural blue, will add a pop to any room on a pair of Lollipop Ottomans. $1,095 each. Available at Interiors Trading Company or Design Interiors West.

Cozy occasional table bringing the outside in using the 2017 color of the year Greenery by Pantone... now that’s bohemian. $185. Available at All Boho Chic,

Photo: Stacy Larsen Photography

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Emerald Vase Using centuries-old techniques, Lucira is crafted by talented artisans whose skill and attention to detail make each piece an original. Large Lucira Emerald Vase, $199. Available at Ethan Allen,


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A stylish addition to any décor with a cheerful lime green lacquer finish, this Campbell Side Chair adds a pop of color to the living room, family room or office. $1,375. Available at Clayton Gray Home,

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The Face of Interior Design

CRESPO DESIGN GROUP Unconventional ideas and distinctive style are what define Enrique Crespo as one of the top designers in the area. A native of South Tampa, Enrique attended the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design which has the number one interior design program in the country. With 16 years of professional experience and projects spanning from New York City to Malibu and the Caribbean, success is evident in his continuously growing and diverse body of work. 3119 Bay to Bay Blvd. Tampa, FL 33629 813-831-0949


The Face of Culinary Dreams

KRISTIN WITTS MCKINNEY After 23 years of catering, it’s evident that Kristin Witts McKinney’s new passion is in helping others. She now owns a franchise in South Tampa and Seminole Heights with a unique twist. A 24-hour shared commercial kitchen where entrepreneurs in the food industry have an opportunity to start and grow their business without the huge overhead of their own kitchen. She assists with the State licensing, Servsafe Certification, Marketing and Branding their business. Kristin also provides professional space for tastings, classes and team building. 5224 South Dale Mabry Hwy. Tampa, FL 33611 727-244-5368 FB & IG: YourProKitchenTampa


The Face of South Tampa's Custom Clothier

DAN SHREEVE, BESPOKE & CO Dan Shreeve, is the premier custom clothier in South Tampa with 28 years of experience and a showroom full of unique fabrics for one-of-a-kind apparel. Dan dresses the Bay area’s most influential men and women based on their worklife, taste, and individual style. No matter the profession, Dan believes one should ‘dress well ... you can’t afford not to.’ Dan Shreeve Bespoke & Co 3305 W Bay to Bay Blvd. Tampa, FL 33629 813-728-6572


The Face of Bohemian Style

AMY BAY Discovering eclectic, one-ofa-kind items and bringing new life to them through paint or a new purpose, free of limitations, is what Bohemian Style is all about. Amy Bay, longtime resident of the Tampa Bay area and proprietor of a new local haunt in South Tampa, All Boho Chic HOME, continues to discover new ways to share her custom jewelry, up-cycled accessories and repurposed goods that speak to everyone a little differently. With something always “new” in the shop, Amy looks forward to providing the Bohemian Style that has a place for everyone … where life and ideas are always bohemian. All Boho Chic HOME 4111 Henderson Blvd. Tampa, FL 33629 813-220-0561

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The Face of Family Law

MICHAEL LUNDY OLDER, LUNDY & ALVAREZ Michael Lundy is one of Tampa Bay’s leading marital and family law attorneys. He has built a superb reputation as both a tenacious trial attorney and a highly skilled collaborative attorney, which is a rare combination. His background in mergers and acquisitions and securities law has given him a unique ability to handle complex financial and business matters in his family law cases. A Yale graduate and Florida native, Lundy and his partner have built one of the largest family law practices in Florida. The firm’s success in marital and family law also has lent itself to expansion into other areas of law, including personal injury, business litigation, real estate, corporate, tax and estate and probate. Older, Lundy & Alvarez 1000 West Cass Street Tampa, FL 33606 813-254-8998


The Face of Real Estate Transformations

EQUIALT While some can’t visualize converting distressed properties into valuable assets, EquiAlt — Brian Davison, Tony Kelly, Bertram Nkya and Gabe Caldwell — provides the expertise to make reality out of things developers haven’t even dared to dream. From transforming Tampa’s oldest home (1842) into a livable/workable condition to improving neighborhood home values by buying/renovating neighboring foreclosed homes to building new homes on abandoned lots, EquiAlt uses the power of “inspired vision” to transform real estate like no other. 720 E. Henderson Avenue Tampa, FL 33602 855-378-4258


The Face of Contemporary Art

CASS CONTEMPORARY In May of 2014, Jake and Cassie Greatens opened CASS and officially put Tampa on the map as a major destination for contemporary art. Focusing on modern, collectible art pieces from local and international artists alike, CASS presents a variety of exhibitions on a rotating basis throughout the year. Jake and Cassie work with prestigious collectors from around the world, but have stayed true to their mission of enriching the art community where they live. From artist lectures to hands-on workshops, CASS provides members of the community an opportunity to view and appreciate art and a chance to engage in the growing art scene in South Tampa. 2722 South MacDill Avenue Tampa, FL 33629 813-839-7135


The Face of Interior Design

ROB BOWEN DESIGN GROUP The creative talents of Rob Bowen and his team create spaces that delight and inspire his clients environments. Each project, whether residential or commercial, is an expression of each clients vision and style. Bowen is an intensely processoriented designer and truly listens and understands the purpose of design and creates a lifestyle look for each client. With his outstanding people skills, Bowen orchestrates a team of architects, contractors, and fabricators to create a visually appealing outcome sourcing unique and custom elements. Each client becomes a friend and those that work with him say he is artistic, sophisticated, collaborative, positive and generous. 300 Beach Drive NE, Suite111 St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 O: 727-822-8200 F: 727-822-8299


Face of Hospitality & Public Relations

BROOKE PALMER KUHL RSBP EVENTS+PR Brooke Palmer Kuhl and her team at RSBP Events+PR, are pros at garnering attention for their clients whether it is a simple event or a grand gala. She leaves a trail of glitter wherever she goes ... and that is certainly true of this PR pro and event maven. She will make your business shine. Whether it’s a star-studded VIP grand opening, celebrity gala fundraiser, or dream wedding, RSBP Events+PR creates the magic and newsworthy buzz with diligent planning and execution. A full service event, wedding planning and public relations firm specializing in the details of hospitality and lifestyle brands to take your event or business to the next level. 204 37th Ave. NE #221 St. Petersburg, FL 33703 727.528.9544

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The Face of Fitness

ZACK AND HOPE BELL ORANGETHEORY FITNESS The dynamic duo of husband and wife certified personal trainers, Zack and Hope, have over 25 years of fitness experience. Zack is the Regional Fitness Trainer and Hope coaches in South Tampa for Orangetheory. Zack and Hope met at a gym near Zack’s university and it was love at first sweat! The Bells enjoy all things active, spending time with their growing family, and spreading their love for all things wellness. Orangetheory’s heart-rate based workout has been named the "best one hour workout" in the country by leading publications, and is one of the fastest growing fitness trends in the world. 21 Tampa Bay Area Locations. Visit


The Face of Mortgage Lending

DANIEL LARIOS GUARANTEED RATE Daniel Larios, is the Branch Manager and VP of Mortgage Lending for Guaranteed Rate, a top 10 national lender. In 2014, Daniel opened Guaranteed Rate’s Tampa office in a small executive suite. Today, GR is the fastest growing residential lender in the Tampa market, expanding offices in St. Petersburg and Lakeland. A well-known expert in the mortgage field, Daniel’s success comes from his incomparable work ethic, honesty, and the ability to execute. A native of Chicago, Daniel has resided in the Bay area for 16 years. 1408 N. Westshore Blvd., Suite 450 Tampa, FL 33607 813-389-2557


Face of Cosmetic Gynecology

JENNIFER S. HAYES, DO, FACOOG Dr. Hayes is the only Cosmetic Gynecologist in Tampa Bay/ Sarasota. In 2008, after years of providing excellent ob-gyn care, she opened Visionary Centre for Women to further her passion helping women achieve optimal health and sexy vibrance. She is the expert for Vaginal Rejuvenation, Labiaplasty, THERMIva速, O-Shot速, G-Shot速, BioTE速 pellet hormone balancing and liposculpture. She offers options for dryness, looseness, leakage and sensation/libido changes. Dr. Hayes uses innovative, caring techniques for women to regain their youth, vitality and confidence. Visionary Centre for Women 2695 Ulmerton Road Clearwater, FL 33762 727-403-0573

METROGuide Showcase

A Premiere Gathering Of Talent, Resources And Style For The Sophisticated Bride

The Elegant Wedding Showcase Returns to Tampa


etro Life Media, Inc., publishers of Tampa Bay METRO and Tampa Bay Weddings magazines offers an intimate and upscale event for a select group of vendors, to showcase their products and talents to a special group of sophisticated and discerning brides. The next Elegant Wedding Showcase will be held in Tampa at the Tampa Marriott Westshore.

There will be opportunities to meet some of the top Bay area experts in the wedding industry to create the magic and memories of a lifetime for your special day. From catering trends to the latest in bridal fashions and makeup, don’t miss the chance to discover the talented people to make your bridal dreams come true.

The Elegant Wedding Showcase Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM Tampa Marriott Westshore | 1001 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607 |


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Microblading Now Available At Pia Day Spa



Microblading is a “semi-permanent” makeup technique done with a tiny angled blade, made of a row of even tinier needles in delicate strokes, mimicking hair. • Wake up with fabulous brows, no filling necessary • Fill scar gaps • Realistic hair strokes • Semi-permanent • Safe • Restore/improve the shape of your eyebrows • No downtime • Hypoallergenic non-toxic pigments and materials • Swim and work-out with no smearing

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Next generation beauty brand Orenda Skin Care, created by Tampa-born sisters Jane and Renee Delo, inspires beauty through plant-powered products sourced with the purest and most coveted natural ingredients from around the world. As part of Orenda Skin Care’s commitment to ethical practices, the brand nor any of its suppliers engage in animal testing and their packaging is manufactured to reduce environmental impact. All products are free from synthetic ingredients, parabens, sulfates, gluten, GMO and soy. No fillers. No dyes. No mysteries. No toxic ingredients. S. Tampa: 813-831-2418 | Westchase: 813-854-6424 St. Pete: 727-346-6740 | Orlando: 407-767-7100

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METROGuide Weekender

Crown Jewel On The Beach Opens Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach | By Ronda M. Parag

Beachside pool area includes full bar and grille services

Beachside views from a King Guestroom


ver the years, Clearwater Beach has transformed from a mom and pop vacation destination to a world-class destination with luxurious hotel accommodations. Opened in January, on what has been called the “best beach in the U.S,” Dr. Kiran Patel and his team have constructed and opened the spectacular Wyndham Grand. The two-tower resort, with 343 rooms and suites, offers stunning beachfront and intracoastal water views with spectacular sunsets nightly. Most of the rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies to take advantage of the views.


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24-hour fitness center with pool and beach views

Spa Pallavi treatment room

The open-air lobby and breezy entrance welcome guests to relax and be wrapped in the “approachable luxury.” The contemporary design hotel offers décor colors of bright greens, yellows and blues to bring nature in. The continuous lobby bar (eSKPades) offers both cocktails and a barista bar, where guests can savor a handcrafted cocktail or a cup of joe. Enjoy a lunch or dinner at the Ocean Hai, the only Asian Fusion dining in Clearwater Beach. Beach goers are welcome to grab lunch at Dock’s, the poolside bar and grille. The hotel also offers a full-service

Spa Pallavi and 24-hour fitness center. The hotel is conveniently located near Pier 60 and within 30 minutes of Tampa International Airport. There is also a space dubbed “Pinellas County’s largest ballroom,” The Dunes, which offers over 22,000 square feet to host charity, wedding or business events equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology. This is the 14th Wyndham Grand location in the U.S. and the third in Florida. M

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METROGuide Foodie

Passionate, Creative and Intense The Birchwood’s New Executive Chef, Luke Decker | By Ronda M. Parag


here are many new and exciting things cooking up in the kitchen at The Birchwood. First, is the announcement of their new Executive Chef, Luke Decker, who will oversee all culinary operations at the property. Second, is the announcement of the new Chef de cuisine, Anthony Decker, Chef Luke’s brother. The new duo will be marketed as the “Brothers on Beach” as The Birchwood sits on scenic Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg, overlooking the beautiful waters of Tampa Bay. Upon being appointed, Decker quickly created and implemented a new menu that offers a variety of new choices for brunch, lunch and dinner at The Birch & Vine Restaurant, located inside The Birchwood. Decker has been working at the restaurant since its opening in 2013, and his familiarity of the kitchen and staff allowed for him to move quickly in executing the delivery of the new menu. Chef Luke’s intense work ethic, technical skills and love of cooking,


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fuels his excitement to bring his culinary skills to guests. Combining the experience of his brother Anthony, who brings years of experience at Felidia in NYC working as Chef de cuisine under owner, Lidia Bastianich, the culinary experience at The Birchwood continues to rise. “There are lots of options on the menu and I feel like there is something for everyone,” said Decker. When asked what dish on the new menu is most exciting, Decker offered, “My favorite dish to make and present is the tuna, because I think it has the best wow factor when it’s brought to the guest, however, if I were a guest in the restaurant, I’d order either the carbonara or the ribeye.” METRO: When did you know you wanted to be a Chef ? DECKER: Originally, I worked in retail, but my brother, Chef Anthony, convinced me to come work with him at Bella Brava. I’ve loved it ever since.

M: What is your favorite cuisine to cook? D: At home, I like to cook steak or shrimp on the grill. At work, I love to cook fish and use the great local produce that is available such as heirloom tomatoes, radishes, and citrus. M: Favorite kitchen equipment? And advice for a home enthusiast? D: One must have a good chef’s knife and don’t be afraid to use salt. M: We saw you compete in the Epic Chef Competition last summer. Tell us more. D: The mystery basket challenge benefitting Feeding Tampa Bay was a wonderful experience. The mystery ingredients were maraschino cherries and bologna in one basket and the other was ground turkey and baked beans. I had never competed in the challenge before and the experience took me out of my comfort zone, and made me a lot more comfortable cooking for an audience. M: What do you do for fun? D: I love to go to sporting events, play with my kids and sleep. My wife and I have two boys, Sean, 6 and Michael, 2. M

Metro Dining Guide Some of Chef Luke’s new dishes:

Anise Global Gastrobar Duck Duo Seared Duck Breast, Confit-Potato Hash, Baby Carrots, Pickled Onion, Blackberry-5-Spice Sauce. Gluten-free.

Anise Global Gastrobar centers around internationally inspired bites, masterfully crafted cocktails, and carefully selected wines. Located in the heart of Downtown Tampa, our location serves as the perfect spot for your next event or celebration. 777 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL 33602 813.225.4272 |

Sesame Seared Tuna Pan Seared Ahi Tuna Sesame Noodles, Edamame, Broccolini, Enoki Mushroom, House-made Sriracha, Togarashi.

Rococo Steak It’s hard to keep from bragging when you have been a Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” winner three years running in St. Petersburg. With more than 650 labels, every wine lover will find a bottle to adore—whether it’s a Caymus, an Aloft or a 1962 Vega Sicilia ‘Unico.’ Not that we’re name-dropping. 655 2nd Ave. S., St Petersburg, FL 33701 727.822.0999 | Blackened Local Day Boat Fish Sandwich Tomato-Olive Caponata, Lettuce and Pickled Onions, Citrus Remoulade, Toasted Kaiser Roll, Fresh Cut Fries.

RumFish Grill Fresh sustainable Florida seafood. A massive fish tank built on Animal Planet’s hit TV Show, “Tanked.” Indoor and outdoor bars with live music nightly. Watch your favorite sports team on a 14’ flatscreen. Shop from the largest selection of Guy Harvey merchandise. Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, Basil Dust, Balsamic. Gluten-free.

6000 Gulf Boulevard., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 844.786.3474 |

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METROGuide Latitude

Three Graces 27°55'41.83"N, 82°28'58.93"W

Tucked along Howard Avenue in Tampa is Bern’s Park, with a soothing fountain centered with three life-size cast figures by the artist Karoy. The park honors Bern Laxer, who founded the legendary Bern’s Steak House. M


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