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20 | THE MIX
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22 | FROM THE EDITOR Privileged to be in the presence of stars.
PULSE 24 | SPOTLIGHT Meet the filmmakers and young actors who make The Florida Project an unforgettable, bittersweet tale of kids finding fun amid hardship.
28 | THE FIND Look no further for the best holiday accessory: one of these luscious perfumes.
30 | BODY & SOUL You put on your cozy slippers and settle into the sofa with a good book. You're right on trend with the Danish concept of hygge.
32 | GETAWAY
The Space Coast is a great escape for a day or a week, with exciting exhibits at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and fun times at the Cocoa Beach Pier.
Chef Tim Keating has a new home at Urbain 40, where he is putting his own artful touches on the "American Brasserie."
210 | REVIEW The Oviedo strip mall exterior may be unimpressive, but don't be fooled. Yuki Hana serves up inventive and delectable sushi and Japanese fusion cuisine.
212 | RECOMMENDED EATING Restaurants to put on your must-try list.
SCENE 228 | ON THE TOWN What’s happening in the area this month in theater, film, music, art and more.
244 | RSVP Headdress Ball, Hats & Heroes Ball, Central Florida Community Arts Breakfast.
ETC. 248 | EXTRA PULP Laura Anders Lee believes in the magic and wonder of the season.
34 | STORY OF A… Santa Claus.
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n the summer of 1993, I had been arts and entertainment editor at the Orlando Sentinel for only a few months when I received an invitation from Civic Theatre of Central Florida, then the premier community theater group in town. Would I be able to attend an afternoon performance by Civic Kids, its new troupe of young performers? I gladly accepted, taking in an enjoyable medley of mostly show and film tunes delivered by a group of energetic, talented youngsters before an enthusiastic audience of mostly family and friends.
Only later would I learn that among those singers was 9-year-old Mandy Moore, an Orlando resident who would achieve pop music superstardom in just six short years. Today after an impressive singing and film career, Moore is part of the ensemble cast of NBC’s This Is Us, the family drama that’s one of the most popular shows on television. Which goes to show that you never know when you might be watching a future star at work. Then again, sometimes you do. As I viewed The Florida Project at the Enzian theater recently, I was watching a star whose future is now: Brooklynn Prince is only 7 years old, but her performance as the leader of a group of impoverished kids trying to eke out an existence on the fringes of Orlando’s tourist mecca is generating a lot of awards buzz. The remarkable thing is that Prince is acting like a kid, but she’s also a great actor, who knows exactly what she’s doing. Whether the Central Florida native can become the youngest performer ever nominated for an Oscar remains to be seen (nominations will be announced January 23). But while you’re waiting, read Roger Moore’s fascinating interview with The Florida Project director Sean Baker and screenwriter Chris Bergoch, beginning on page 24. Also part of the package is
a delightful Q&A with Prince and co-star Valeria Cotto in which they dish on the excitement (and boredom) of shooting a film, along with an outrageous critique of jelly sandwiches, among other things. Also is this issue, we showcase another group of stars—the more than 600 community healers who appear on our annual Finest Doctors list. We’ve asked 10 of the doctors to share with readers some memorable moments in their careers. Writer Susan Jenks looks at advances in robotics, and we have a large Premier Doctors section in which local physicians and practices outline their specialties and services. Another perpetual star—Santa Claus—gets some ample ink this month. Writer Cheri Henderson actually got an interview with the jolly guy, and you’ll find that in our “Story of a...’’ feature. Meanwhile, “Extra Pulp” columnist Laura Anders Lee offers her take on a “White Christmas Lie” that we can all buy into. On the culinary front, Dining Critic Joseph Hayes assesses the huge local impact of Chef Tim Keating, who has been a star on our restaurant scene for many years. Consider yourself privileged if you’ve sampled his creations. Finally, it’s time once again to vote for your favorites in our annual Dining Awards poll. Just go to orlandomagazine.com and fill in the ballot. The categories range from barbecue to brunch, Latin to late-night dining. And you also get to make your picks for Best Restaurant, Best New Restaurant and Best Chef. Deadline to vote is Feb. 1, and your name will be placed in a drawing to win dinner for two at a top local restaurant just for voting.
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S P OTLI G HT • TH E FI N D • B O DY & SO U L • G E TAWAY • S TO RY O F A …
WILD BLUE YONDER
A visit to Central Florida’s Space Coast can include a trip to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex—where you might see a rocket launch—a stop at the Brevard Zoo, and time spent at the revitalized Cocoa Beach Pier.
Christopher Rivera, Brooklynn Prince and Varleria Cotto play kids scratching out mischief amid misery.
A Bittersweet Adventure
IRLO BRONSON HIGHWAY, U.S. 192 HEADing into Kissimmee, is the Greater Orlando that most tourists rarely see and locals often avoid.
We might venture to one of the established non-Disney attractions, but along the way we joke about the tacky architecture, the the congested roads and the naked commerce of the Disney-driven strip just west of the city. But few of us take a hard look at the garishly painted fifth-hand motels, often the haunts of Central Florida’s poor, some of whom might find work catering to the tourist trade peddling T-shirts or “discounted” theme park tickets. Many spend their nights, weeks and months in living quarters that could be called Cinderella’s Slums. That’s the setting of The Florida Project, a much-praised and honored indie film that tells the story of at-risk but resilient and enterprising “welfare motel” kids, growing up in the seedy borderlands of Orlando theme
parks they never enter. The film opened in early fall—enjoying an extended run at Maitland’s Enzian theater—and has generated awards buzz that should magnify its impact as nominations for the Oscars, Critics’ Choice, Golden Globes and Independent Spirit Awards are announced. Director Sean Baker (Tangerine) says he’s wanted to do “a modern Little Rascals,” a movie about poor kids finding rude, mischievous fun where they can in the New American Depression, just as the original “Rascals” were children of the Great Depression. And his frequent collaborator—screenwriter Chris Bergoch—had just the place in mind, a place not too far from where his mother relocated from New Jersey a dozen years ago. “Visiting her and then hitting the theme parks, I’d drive up and down 192,” Bergoch says. “There was one day where I hit a red light, and I noticed these kids over in a vacant lot next to a motel playing Wiffle Ball.
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They didn’t look like tourists to me. This was their day, their entertainment. “What’s going on over there? Why would they play there? “I had no idea they lived there. Then, you notice it once, you notice it every time you drive that highway. There was one time we went by this bus stop covered with kids. They looked like they were having so much fun, and they weren’t even waiting for the bus. They were treating the shelter like a playground fort.” Bergoch did some online research and found news stories about the families trapped in “welfare motels.” “While homelessness is everywhere, something about it being kids in the shadow of Cinderella Castle, the ‘most magical place on Earth,’ being so close and being unable to go there, yet still having so much fun because that’s what kids do—playing hide and seek, exploring, playing ‘vampire’ tag—struck me.” Baker was sold.
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Willem Dafoe (above). Right, at Enzian theater premiere, Brooklynn Prince, Christopher Rivera, Valeria Cotto in front of Bria Vinaite and Sean Baker.
“We tell this story here because the contrast is so striking,” the director adds. “Millions of visitors, the tourist capital of the world, and they never see this. It’s kept just out of sight.” The Florida Project follows Moonee, the ringleader of a gang of mouthy 6-year-olds forced to fend for themselves and find their own fun at the Futureland Inn (actually the closed Paradise Motel) and adjacent bright purple Magic Castle Motel. She’s played by instant indie film sensation Brooklynn Prince of Winter Springs, “our movie’s Spanky McFarland,’’ Baker says. Her closest bud is Scooty, played by Kissimmee native Christopher Rivera. Jancey, played by Davenport native Valeria Cotto, is the newcomer Moonee initiates into their group and her world. Their parents are either underemployed or unemployable, so they live off low-paying jobs, government assistance, handouts and side hustles. And Moonee has learned a few hustles of her own—how to beg for free ice cream from the nearby Twistee Treat, where to see Disney’s fireworks for free. Baker and Bergoch settled on their concept back in 2012. Financing came more easily after their cellphone-shot transvestite street comedy, Tangerine, became an indie phenomenon in 2015. They landed a “name” to get the production off the ground. Willem Dafoe plays the motel manager, inspired by several local men including an America’s Best manager named John Manning. Dafoe’s Bobby is torn between the job—which may force him to evict these families that have nowhere else to go—and his protective affection for the kids. Baker and Bergoch “lucked out” in finally finding their “Little Rascals” locally. After landing Dafoe and the kids, it was a race against time—securing locations before the Continued on page 26
SMALL TALK The 7-year-old stars of “The Florida Project’’ dish on friendship, scene-shooting drudgery and jelly sandwiches. BY ROGER MOORE
There’s an art, a trick to interviewing very young children and child actors. And after 30 years of doing it, as soon as I figure it out, I’ll pass that wisdom on to you. Promise. Because often the only strategy is to turn them loose as they free-associate their way to Great Truths about their “work” (which can seem like play) or their latest project. Brooklynn Prince is a Winter Springs veteran of TV commercials and other local acting work. Valeria Cotto is from Davenport, was “discovered” by director Sean Baker in a local Target, and is Brooklyn’s new pal off-screen and on-screen—in The Florida Project. Brooklynn was cast “as our Spanky McFarland,” the leader of the pack of kids Baker envisioned for his “Little Rascals” film set in the welfare motels just outside of Disney World. She’s talkative and outgoing, and picked out the tattooed discovery Bria Vinaite to play her mom “by just jumping into my lap when I came to audition,” Vinaite laughs. Valeria, playing Jancey, the new kid to whom this new way of life is explained by Brookynn’s character, Moonee, is new to this business but smart and diplomatic about it. The girls enjoyed one of their first “press days” of interviews recently at Winter Park’s Alfond Inn. And when they weren’t playing rock-paper-scissors to de-
cide who would answer a question first, or debating their favorite thing about Disney World—”Meeting PRINCESSES!” “Pirates of the Caribbean for me!”—or singing “Yo ho ho, the pirate’s life for me” in 7-year-old harmony, they talked about improvising for the movie, for instance. Valeria: “When we were on the picnic table (in one play scene), Sean just said ‘Do whatever you want.’ So we started dancing.” Brooklynn: “That was OUR idea. My idea was that the floor we were dancing on was LAVA!” On why kids their age are so good at making friends in an instant: Brooklynn: “We DIDN’T like each other!” She giggles. “Just KIDDING!” Valeria: “Kids make friends because they will not kidnap you. Because they’re KIDS. They can’t hurt you. Because they’re KIDS.” Brooklynn: “I’m not shy. I’ve been a happy girl all my life. My first word was ‘HI!’ I knew we’d be like sisters.” Valeria: “Like my character, I’m shy. We were all shy. Well, not Brooklynn. But I am, just like Jancey. And my first word was ‘LOVE.’” On life in a welfare motel: Valeria: “Living in a motel would be really rough. You can’t go anywhere. You’re stuck there, which is the worst thing ever.” Continued on page 26
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The “Florida Project” kids find trouble at an abandoned house. Right, Orlando premiere night at the Enzian.
businesses closed, changed hands or fell into such disrepair it wouldn’t serve the filmmakers’ purposes. “I feel like I’ve been location-scouting for this movie since I was four,” Bergoch jokes, recalling the first time his family visited Disney World. While he was able to get such sights as the “Giant Mermaid” and “Big Orange” gift shops into the movie, often as not he was thwarted by the ever-changing real estate of 192. “I stopped at the closed Xanadu: Home of the Future, and there were homeless living in it. What irony that was. ‘The Home of the Future,’ falling apart and filled with squatters. Then it was torn down. And I had this beautiful sequence in mind for Splendid China. We snuck in long after it had closed and was rotting away. It would have been perfect. Moonee takes Jancey to her special place, playing in the ruins” of this scale model of the famous sights of China. “The month before we started shooting (June 2016) Jimmy Buffett stepped in” and bulldozed it to make way for his Orlando Margaritaville development. The locations give the film a gritty Orlando that is sure to shock, even if you’ve seen the comparable Oscar-winning Orlando drama Monster or the Orlando housing-bust tragedy 99 Homes. Its realistic, amusing and sometimes alarming depictions of children
and childhood are earning The Florida Project substantial buzz, with The Daily Beast naming it “one of the greatest films of the year” and The Hollywood Reporter calling the movie “a fabulous mosaic” of homelessness in America’s Vacationland. The cast and crew hope this buzz draws an audience that might not otherwise check out a film about Orlando’s dark side and homelessness. Because even the actors were shocked at the movie’s portrayal of something they never knew existed. Brooklyn-based dancer and actress Mela Murder plays one of the minimum-wage moms in the movie, and thought she knew all about Theme Park Orlando from her visits here as a child. “I read the script and thought, ‘Is this an actual thing? Or did they just make this up?’ “ she says. “I saw the conditions, the children, the families...That hurts me. That hurts my heart. “It puts into perspective the issues that this country has with the haves and havenots. These families are in the shadows, forgotten. Uncared for. We need to know about them. We need to care for them. That’s the message I hope this film gets across.”
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Brooklynn: “Yeah, but WE were in charge. Girls RULE!” On the “boring” nature of movie work—sitting around, waiting to film, trying to entertain yourself: Brooklynn: “We’d have sleepovers! What’s better than a sleepover? NOTHING.” Valeria: “We had card games like Uno, board games. We’d just...’’ Brooklynn: “CHILLAX.” On their least favorite thing about making movies: Brooklynn: “I hate re-takes. One time in the movie we had to eat a jelly sandwich for a scene. Over and over and OVER again. Take after take! I couldn’t eat lunch. I couldn’t even eat dinner. I was full. I was DEAD!” Valeria: “I could. I LOVE to eat. I love jelly sandwiches!” Brooklynn: “I was DEAD, girl. I POOPED jelly.” On their future: Brooklyn: “I want to keep acting. I love this. And someday, I want to DIRECT. Because directors get to YELL!” Valeria: “I want to act, but only in movies with Sean Baker. And Elle Fanning.” (They both have a thing for the younger Fanning sister child star.) Brooklynn: “Girl, you’ll not go anywhere fun. You’ll NEVER work. I mean, just with Sean? And only when Sean makes a movie with Elle Fanning? What about auditions?”
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A Case For Coziness Say hello to hygge: A Danish lifestyle trend where the focus is on enjoying the simple things in life.
BY MADDY ZOLLO RUSBOSIN IF CURLING UP on the couch
with a good book, a fluffy blanket and a mug of hot cocoa sounds like an ideal evening, you may be living a hygge-inspired life without even knowing it. Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish term used to describe life’s simple pleasures. Recently, it’s grown into a full-blown lifestyle movement. However, unlike other wellness trends, hygge doesn’t require buying fancy equipment, following a handbook, or depriving oneself. There are no rules: Just do whatever makes you feel cozy, safe and comfortable. “We are all looking for a sense of connection within ourselves, which is why it’s become so popular,” explains Hillary Straus, psychotherapist and executive
director of the Maitland Wellness Center. Between daily stressors and 24/7 connectivity, hygge is a way to hit the reset button, especially during the hectic holiday season. “You can create the feeling [of hygge] anytime by being mindful,” furthers Straus. “Try working it into your daily routine—whether it’s meditating for five to 10 minutes, powering down your phone at night and leaving it off till you’re out the door in the a.m., or taking time to sit with your cup of tea.” These small acts impart an immediate sense of calmness. There are also many ways to channel hygge throughout your home. While there’s no “right way” to do it, make a space that’s pleasing, stress-free and tailored
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to your tastes. “Create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere by limiting the amount of clutter and accessories throughout your home. Clean and simple is the way to go,” says Meredith Summersgill, senior designer at Soco Interiors in Winter Park. But don’t make it too minimal: “Incorporate personal family photos or photography as artwork with large mats and simple wood or light textured frames. Seeing your photos and memories you’ve created over the years allows you to reflect on happy moments and creates that homey and pleasant feeling.” Other design tips to consider: Lots of soft throw blankets and pillows, monochromatic color schemes, texture play (think: a faux fur rug layered over
a fiber one), and pops of green using succulents and other plants. Shades of purple are known to have a relaxing effect as well, so consider using lavender or eggplant as an accent color. “Lighting plays a big role in our mood and comfort,” adds Summersgill. “Soft lighting is best. Incorporate some candles into your living and sleeping spaces— this will soothe and relax you by creating a sense of warmth.” If you’re more in tune with your sense of smell, spread scented candles around your home. When you light them, the scent of your favorite aroma will instantly put you at ease. Or start a nightly ritual to unwind: Try using a scented essential oil in a diffuser or apply perfumed hand lotion. Another way to play into your senses is through sound and taste. For auditory lovers, turn on soft music or even a white noise machine to reach your zen. If food and drink are your thing, don’t just choose recipes that please your palate, but also take time to really savor that sip of wine or that bite of creamy Camembert cheese. “And it’s nice to just have people come over for coffee or dinner,” says Straus. “It’s all about slowing down, being present and not rushing all the time.”
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Create an atmosphere of hygge, or that cozy feeling, alone or with friends to enjoy a sense of wellbeing.
We Have Liftoff Central Florida’s Space Coast is fired up with new attractions for visitors and residents alike. BY MEGAN PADILLA
IF YOU DIDN’T grow up going to the Space Coast beaches, there’s a chance you haven’t visited the coastal region just an hour east of Orlando since the last space shuttle launch in 2011. But with the opening of the muchtouted Heroes & Legends exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex late last year, a new display at the Brevard Zoo that features kangaroos and Komodo dragons, and the revitalized Cocoa Beach Pier, now is the time to linger and explore. HEROES & LEGENDS. What is a hero? The
first major attraction at KSCVC since the awesome Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit debuted in 2013 delves into the successes and failures of our early space missions—the Mercury, Apollo and Gemini—and the character traits of our pioneering astronauts. With the addition of Heroes & Legends, KSC has organized its mission zones based on each era of the space program, from its fledgling flights and beyond with top-secret SpaceX and Boeing projects underway in the hightech garages formerly used by shuttle orbiters. Orlando-based, themed entertainment company Falcon’s Creative Group helped bring the attraction to life with their deft use of technology. The 4D movie is virtual reality, with the glasses, and it is designed to make audience members feel as if they are reliving the astronauts’ experiences through their eyes. Afterward, explore the nine interactive pods, each incorporating interviews with astronauts and their families with personal memorabilia to illustrate a character trait attributed to heroes: passionate, curious, tenacious, confident, inspirational, disciplined, selfless, courageous and principled. Another technological feat is a hologram
exhibit that brings to life the peril of Gene Cernan’s spacewalk on the Gemini 9A that led to astronauts being trained underwater to experience weightlessness. The visit ends in the all-new Astronaut Hall of Fame, relocated from its former off-site location, where you can take a selfie with your choice of a life-size projection of any of the Mercury 7 astronauts listed on a control console. There’s more than you can possibly visit, explore, learn and experience at KSCVC in one day, making an $89 annual pass (which includes free parking) a bargain, and giving you a reason to return to the Space Coast again and again. BREVARD ZOO. Did you know that you can kayak around Africa? That is, you can at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne. For 30 minutes, you can paddle past grazing giraffes and curious lemurs at this independent, community-built zoo that is small enough to see everything, but large enough to enjoy a wide range of animals that represent different regions of the world. In South America, a jaguar may laze overhead on a wooden bridge between enclosures; in Africa, a mob of meerkats frolic above and below ground. Their entertaining antics are enchanting to watch. The newest addition is Land of Change, which opened Memorial Day weekend. Here, visitors follow a path within the kangaroo enclosure, where the marsupials have free range to hop along the path, too. On a hot day, though, they’ll likely be content to relax in the shade near their barn. Best of all, the entire complex is so lushly planted that even on a summer day it is relatively cool. Kids can blow off steam at the Indian River Play Lagoon, an exceptional
splash pad that is self contained within the zoo and included in admission. COCOA BEACH PIER. Most Orlandoans love a beach day but may not know that the iconic Cocoa Beach Pier is better than ever, with new dining options, resort-style services and even surf lessons to make a day at the beach completely seamless. Westgate Resorts bought the aging pier in 2014 and has spent millions of dollars to stabilize the 1962 structure and enhance visitors’ experiences. Forget schlepping your gear. Now, you can rent chairs in the shade and order lunch (even cocktails) from roving servers. The pier also has brought on local company Cocoa Beach Surf School by Flohana to offer surf lessons from instructors who are commited to helping newbies catch waves. For those who prefer their ocean views without their feet in the sand, head out on the pier, which extends 800 feet into the Atlantic. The shops, bars and restaurants have all been refreshed with some notable upgrades such as the floor-to-ceiling windows at Pelican’s Bar and Grill, which make waiting for a window-front table worthwhile. (A buzzer system makes waiting painless.) The old tiki bar at the end of the pier has been completely replaced by the Rikki Tiki Tavern, which opened in May and is a family friendly perch for a casual bite and for watching surfers, cruise ships and even a rocket launch if the timing is right. You may want to save the beach for last because with all the pier improvements, you may not make it anywhere else.
The Courtyard Marriott is a comfortable base for exploring Space Coast attractions (though it’s not directly on the beach). Plan your adventures at visitspacecoast.com
DINOSAURS Want to see the largest predatory dinosaur skeleton in the New World? A full cast made from fossils found in Argentina is one of endless treasures housed in the Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures on the upper two floors of the Dinosaur Store. Admission is $14. dinosaurstore.com
ROCKET LAUNCH The closest public viewing for a rocket launch is at Kennedy Space Center; it requires an admission fee on top of a regular ticket (kennedyspacecenter. com/blog). Find a list of prime viewing areas that includes specific parks and beaches at visitspacecoast.com/launches/ launch-venues.
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NIGHT PADDLE Dip your paddle in the water on a dark summer night to see the water light up with bioluminescence—a natural phenomenon that occurs when warm water produces an algae bloom that is activated by movement. Kayak trips run from Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt Island. Cost is $40 per person. kayakcocoabeach.com
WILDLIFE FESTIVAL Photographers, birders and wildlife will flock to the annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival January 24-29 in Titusville. Workshops, field trips and street parties are just some of the activities to enjoy when not viewing rare birds and other Florida wildlife. spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org
JAGUAR, KAYAKERS, KANGAROO: BREVARD ZOO; ROCKET LAUNCH: KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR COMPLEX; SURFER, COCKTAILS: COCOA BEACH PIER; ASTRONAUT HALL OF FAME: MEGAN PADILLA
(Clockwise from top left) At the Brevard Zoo, a jaguar may pass overhead on a bridge between enclosures, or you can paddle down a river in the Africa exhibit as giraffes graze on the shore; rocket launches can be viewed from all along the Space Coast; kangaroos share the path with visitors at the Brevard Zoo; take a surfing lesson and catch some easy waves alongside the Cocoa Beach Pier; KSCâ€™s Astronaut Hall of Fame is now part of the new Heroes & Legends exhibit; enjoy the view and a tropical cocktail at the Rikki Tiki Tavern at the end of the Cocoa Beach Pier. PULSE | DECEMBER 2017 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 33
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Santa Claus The jolly old elf who is “older than Methuselah” admits the best present can’t be put under the tree. BY CHERI HENDERSON Has Christmas become too commercial? Santa laughs at the notion. “Christmas has always been about giving. As long as you focus on giving and not receiving, the spirit of Christmas is never lost.” Outsourcing toy manufacturing. “So few children appreciate handmade toys anymore.” As a result, Santa has had to outsource some of the high-tech products. “But never assume my elves don’t oversee every assembly line,” he says with a wink. Choose to believe in magic. Though technology has affected toy manufacturing, toy delivery continues to occur through the same age-old, mysterious process. So how does he do it? “I have a list, which I check twice, and a team of fast reindeer. What else do I need?” What happened to coal in stockings? Santa won’t admit to pressure from coal industry lobbyists but says, “It didn’t seem fair to paint coal in a negative light in these times.” The alternative: “Maybe those people who would have received coal just don’t get their favorite gift,” he says with a slightly raised bushy eyebrow. Consider yourselves warned. Tips for snack time. Santa (mostly) fasts from sugar throughout the year in preparation for his annual cookieeating marathon. “Nothing tastes as good as homemade cookies,” he says with a twinkle in his eye. A Coke and a smile. An icon for The Coca-Cola Co. since the 1920s, Santa hints that the company might have sweetened the deal. “I have been known to carry a case or two packed in snow on Christmas Eve,” he confesses.
Behind-the-scenes assistance. Each of Santa’s helpers is carefully screened and reports, directly or indirectly, to the big guy in charge. “I’m very busy preparing for Christmas Eve, so I’m grateful for the help. But I have been known to make an appearance here and there.” Greatest presence. Sometimes Santa works behind the scenes. “Back during the great war, a little girl asked me to bring her daddy home for Christmas,” he recalls. “I’ve since managed to do that a few times. It brings more joy than any toy.” He pauses and smiles. “But they still get toys, of course, like all good girls and boys.” Cozy time with the missus. Each Christmas season, Santa and Mrs. Claus take a break with a bowlful of homemade kettle corn (one of his favorite treats) and watch the classic holiday movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. “George Bailey learns the greatest gift is life itself. That’s something even I can’t give.” Happiness equals longevity. “I spend every day of my life doing things that make other people happy. That’s worth sticking around for, don’t you think?” 34 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER SEPTEMBER2017 2016 | | PULSE PULSE
ROBERTO GONZALEZ/SANTA PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE MALL AT MILLENIA PHOTO CREDIT
Elves can be pranksters. Santa admits there’s a lot of truth to the legends about impish elves and that he often must remind them who’s in charge. “Maybe it helps that I’m always the biggest guy in the room,” he laughs as he pats his round belly.
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Guerlain’s Palette Gold for eyes, lips and cheeks, defines holiday glam. $80. Neiman Marcus at The Mall at Millenia. neimanmarcus.com Sonia Kashuk's Smoky Swirls Brush Set is a chic addition to any vanity. $39.99 for set of 10. target.com
One bag, endless styles— Dress For Cocktails' Clutch has interchangeable bows. $228. dressforcocktails.com
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend when they’re on a David Yurman Bracelet. Shown: Solari Center Station bracelet, $2,700 and Solari bracelet, $2,900. David Yurman at The Mall at Millenia. davidyurman.com
Fragrance, shower gel, body lotion and more, L’Occitane Terre De Lumiere Collection brightens any bath. $79. usa.loccitane.com
Time to bring on the bubbly with Kate Spade’s Champagne Bucket Crossbody Bag. $358. Kate Spade New York at The Mall at Millenia. katespade.com
Steve Madden’s Goldie Boots were made for party-hopping. $129.95. stevemadden.com
You'll be a hit during the holidays wearing a Smathers & Branson Party Animals Needlepoint Belt. $165. smathersandbranson.com
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Throw a party on your lobes with HAN Design’s Iridescent Dangling Earrings. $74. HAN Design in Winter Park. 407-960-4780.
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Stay warm during Florida’s “winter” with Williams Sonoma’s Red Hot Chocolate Pot and Hot Chocolate Mix. $69.95. williams-sonoma.com
21 Drops’ Revive and Thrive Mini-Trio of essential oils keeps stress levels in check. $27 for the set. 21drops.com
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Say namaste any time, any place with a colorful Manduka Eko Lite Yoga Mat. $72. manduka.com
Put your coziest foot forward with Mossimo Supply Co.’s Plaid Slippers. $17.99. target.com
Pom poms aren’t just for cheerleaders—they’re also for 8 Oak Lane’s Navy Herringbone Throw. $44. The Grove in Winter Park, thegrovewp.com
Diptyque’s Constellations Carousel spins in circles when the candle is lit. $64 for candle, $50 for carousel. diptyqueparis.com
Saje Natural Wellness’ The Head Duo Kit sends pain packing. $22.95. saje.com
Draper James’s Gingham Travel Set infuses Southern comfort into any type of travel. $48. draperjames.com
Snooze in style wearing a playful print from The Cat’s Pajamas. $84. The Grove in Winter Park, thegrovewp.com
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Spread holiday cheer (and snacks) using Draper James’ Trinket Tray. $18. draperjames.com Corkcicle’s Cigar Glass keeps whiskey cold and your hands free. $19.95. corkcicle.com
Get cheesy with HAN Design’s Decorative Serving Board and Knife. $90. HAN Design in Winter Park. 407-960-4780.
Satisfy your caffeine cravings with a gallon of Foxtail’s Cold Brew. $35. shop.foxtailcoffee.com
Outfit your bar cart with Kara McKean Designs for Lettermade’s Embroidered Cocktail Linens. $48 for a set of four. shoplettermade.com
Toast to the holidays and The City Beautiful with Uncommon Green’s Orlando Map Stemless Wine Glass. $17. theuncommongreen.com
Who needs holiday cards when you can send warm greetings with Speak Wines instead? $25. speakwines.com
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Satisfy your sweet tooth, calorie-free, with 8 Oak Lane’s donut ornaments. $36 for set of three. The Grove in Winter Park, thegrovewp.com
Talking Table’s Prosecco Pong gives a fun twist to a favorite college pastime. $25. Bloomingdale's at The Mall at Millenia. bloomingdales.com
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Spongellé’s Zodiac Body Buffers are conveniently soapinfused. $20 each. spongelle.com
Take your favorite beverage to go in 8 Oak Lane's Red Plaid Travel Mug. $14. 8oaklane.com Yes To’s Charcoal Mask has your complexion’s needs covered. $2.50. target.com
Mountaineer Books’ "Don’t Die Out There!" Card Deck provides life-saving advice to any adventurer. $7.95. REI in Winter Park. rei.com
Sugarfina’s “Green Juice” 7-Day Gummy Bear Cleanse is just what the doctor ordered. $23 for a set of seven. sugarfina.com
Taking notes has never looked better thanks to Rifle Paper Co.’s Gold Foil Pocket Notebooks. $10 for two. Rifle Paper Co. in Winter Park. riflepaperco.com
Bring the force to happy hour with Williams Sonoma’s Star Wars Ice Mold. $19.95. williams-sonoma.com
You can give Taylor Swift blue hair in Colour Me Good's Celeb Coloring Books. $13 each. Bloomingdale's at The Mall at Millenia. bloomingdales.com
Forget the nuts and crack open a beer using the Project 62 Nutcracker Bottle Opener. $9.99. target.com
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There’s nothing sweeter than Mindware’s DIY Lip Balm Lab. $29.95. Lighten Up in Winter Park. 407-644-3528. PlayWheels’ Heel Wheel Skates snap easily onto the backs of shoes. $19.99. target.com
The Micro Kickboard transforms into three different scooters that can grow along with your child. $125. Tugboat and the Bird in Winter Park. tugboatandthebird.com
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Every budding musician needs Kala Brand Music Co.'s Waterman Ukulele. $49.95. Lighten Up in Winter Park. 407-644-3528.
Jax and Bones’ Dog Toys are (almost) too cute to chew on. $20. Shown: octopus. The Grove in Winter Park, thegrovewp.com
Wondershop Cat Toys are purrfect. $12.99. Shown: holiday cat-scratcher cabin. target.com
Smashmitton replaces the standard birdie with a super bouncy ball. $24.95. Lighten Up in Winter Park. 407-644-3528.
Your kids will love seeing themselves in the pages of their very own I See Me! Personalized Storybook. $34.99. iseeme.com
Fill Milestone’s Baby’s Keepsake Ornament with memories from each year. $19. milestone-world.com
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Count down the holidays with The Body Shop’s Advent Calendar, which is stocked with fair-trade beauty goodies. $85. thebodyshop-usa.com
Trim the Christmas tree with Ten Thousand Villages’ fair-trade Chilly Penguin Ornament. $10.99. Ten Thousand Villages in Winter Park. tenthousandvillages.com/winterpark
All sales from Disney x Kiehl's Special Edition Scented Hand Cream Trio support Feeding America. $35. Kiehl's at The Mall at Millenia and at Disney Springs. kiehls.com
TOMS’ Lenox Sparkly Sneakers are chic and charitable. When you buy a pair of shoes, they give a pair to a person in need. $89. toms.com
This Alex and Ani (PRODUCT)RED Heart Of Strength Charm Bangle supports the Global Fund to fight AIDS. $38. Alex and Ani in Winter Park. alexandani.com/winter-park
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The MacKeen Beanie from Sh*T That I Knit provides industry and income for Peruvian women. $125. shitthatiknit.com
Sales from Williams Sonoma's Gift Crate help the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. $99.95. williams-sonoma.com
Songa Design’s Aurora Clutch is woven by female artisans in Rwanda, who are supported and empowered. $48. songadesigns.com
Each pair of socks in Conscious Step's Collection Box benefits a different nonprofit organization. $44.95. consciousstep.com
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A must-have utensil for every grill master: the Natural Born Griller Barbecue Multi-Tool. $50. Frank in Winter Park. 407-629-8818.
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Fitbit’s Iconic lets you wear your motivation on your wrist. $299.99. verizonwireless.com
You'll fly like the wind on the water in Tiwal 3.2’s inflatable sailboat. $5,200. tiwal.com
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Check out Backcountry Trails of Florida for ideas for statewide excursions. $19.95. REI in Winter Park. rei.com
A Funboy Float turns any day in the pool into a party. A variety of shapes and styles are available. $79 for red lips (shown). funboy.com
When you burn Skeem Design’s Citronella Candles, you can say bye-bye to bugs and avoid irritating bites. $44. skeemshop.com
Next time you get together, challenge your family to some friendly backyard competition with Rollors. $49.95. rollors.com
Glam up digging in the dirt with Laura Ashley’s Kimono-Patterned Garden Tool Bag. $29.99. Orchard Supply Hardware in Orlando. osh.com
Show your school spirit at the next tailgate party with Yeti’s Collegiate Coolers. $249.99-$449.99. yeti.com
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Jane Chen Orlando VA Medical Center Section of Cardiology 13800 Veterans Way Orlando 407-631-1040 Mark R. Milunski Orlando VA Medical Center Section of Cardiology 13800 Veterans Way Orlando 407-631-1040
Michael Anthony Nocero, Jr. 616 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 202 Altamonte Springs 407-262-0966 Hall B. Whitworth, Jr. Cardiology Consultants 2320 N. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-896-0054
Critical Care Medicine Marcia Katz UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627
Dermatology Clifford W. Lober 505 W. Oak St. Suite 201 Kissimmee 407-846-7166
Endocrinology and Metabolism Carlos A. Pacheco Central Florida Endocrine and Diabetes Consultants 635 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-629-4901 Victor Lawrence Roberts Endocrine Associates of Florida Lake Emma Professional Center 766 N. Sun Dr., Suite 2060 Lake Mary 407-936-3860 Steven R. Smith Florida Hospital Orlando Translational Research Institute for Metabolism
and Diabetes 301 E. Princeton St. Orlando 407-303-7100
Jan C. Parrillo Family Medical Center 2863 S. Delaney Ave. Orlando 407-843-1528
Pinkal P. Patel Oviedo Family Health Center 6012 Aloma Woods Blvd. Oviedo 407-366-7455
Richard Baxley The Baxley Center for Executive Health Assessment College Park Family Practice 2629 Edgewater Dr. Orlando 407-246-7001 Martin M. Berger Primary Care Specialists 4711 Curry Ford Rd., Suite B Orlando 407-275-9014 Deanna L. Carr Orlando Health Physician Associates 1134 Kelton Ave., Suite A Ocoee 407-306-6355 Daniel G. Goddard Orlando Health Physician Associates 9679 Lake Nona Village Pl. Suite 103 Orlando 407-245-1437 Lara D. Hitchcock 7932 W. Sand Lake Rd. Suite 201 Orlando 407-578-3303 Gerald Joseph Kivett Primary Care Specialists 4711 Curry Ford Rd., Suite B Orlando 407-275-9014 Gideon G. Lewis 650 N. Wymore Rd. Suite 202 Winter Park 407-647-0199 Joan Martich Orlando Health Physician Associates 3100 S. Conway Rd. Orlando 407-380-2216 Douglas Griffiths Meuser UCF Student Health Services 4098 Libra Dr. Orlando 407-823-2701
Francis "Frank" Pellegrino Aegis Medical Group 1745 E. Hwy. 50, Suite C Clermont 352-394-8060 James E. Quinn North Seminole Family Practice 2209 French Ave. Sanford 407-321-4230 John W. Treharne Florida Hospital Medical Group Tuscawilla Family Practice 1340 Tuskawilla Rd. Suite 101 Winter Springs 407-699-1160 Jane Zivalich Orlando Health Physician Associates 5540 E. Grant St., Suite A Orlando 407-367-4703
Gastroenterology Robert H. Hawes Florida Hospital Orlando Center for Interventional Endoscopy 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-2570 Philip Styne Florida Hospital Medical Group Medicine Specialists 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 235 Orlando 407-303-2096
Infectious Disease Edwin DeJesus Orlando Immunology Center Infectious Disease Consultants 1707 N. Mills Ave.
Orlando 407-647-3960 Vincent M. Spoto Infectious Disease Associates 1400 S. Orlando Ave. Suite 205 Winter Park 407-629-9400
Internal Medicine Maria L. Cannarozzi UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando 407-882-4800 Donald M. Collins 1109 Lucerne Terrace Orlando 407-843-4251 Vipin P. Popat Orlando Health Inpatient Medicine Group 9400 Turkey Lake Rd. Orlando 321-843-2584 Daniel J. Tambunan Florida Hospital Orlando Medicine Specialists 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 235 Orlando 407-303-7270 Paul Edward Ziajka Florida Lipid Institute 2828 Casa Aloma Way Suite 600 Winter Park 407-671-8598
Medical Oncology and Hematology Carlos Alberto Alemany Florida Hospital Medical Group Cancer Institute of Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 689 Orlando 407-303-2024 Said M. Baidas Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center Medical Oncology and Hematology Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-648-3800
Sarah K. George Florida Hospital Medical Group Cancer Institute of Florida 7975 Lake Underhill Rd. Suite 150 Orlando 407-303-6772 Steven C. Goldstein Florida Hospital Orlando Blood and Marrow Transplant Center Medical Office Bldg. 2415 N. Orange Ave. Suite 601 Orlando 407-303-2070 William B. Grow Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Hematology and Oncology Consultants 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 381 Orlando 407-898-5452 Julio Hajdenberg Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center Medical Oncology and Hematology Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. 2nd Floor Orlando 321-841-1869 Omar Kayaleh Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center Medical Oncology and Hematology Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-648-3800 Tarek Mekhail Florida Hospital Medical Group Cancer Institute of Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 689 Orlando 407-303-2024 David Charles Molthrop, Jr. Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Hematology and Oncology Consultants 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 381 Orlando 407-898-5452 Jose E. Sarriera Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center
Medical Oncology and Hematology Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-648-3800 Nikita Shah Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center Breast Care Center Ambulatory Care Center 3rd Floor 22 W. Underwood St. Orlando 321-843-8370 Sonalee Shroff Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Hematology and Oncology Consultants 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 381 Orlando 407-898-5452 Mark Anthony Socinski Florida Hospital Medical Group Cancer Institute of Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 689 Orlando 407-303-2024 Jennifer E. Tseng Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center Head and Neck Center Ambulatory Care Center 4th Floor 22 W. Underwood St. Orlando 321-841-1882 Lee M. Zehngebot Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Hematology and Oncology Consultants 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 381 Orlando 407-898-5452
Neurology Nicholas G. Avgeropoulos Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center Brain and Spine Tumor Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. 2nd Floor Orlando 321-841-1869
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MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. MARK SOCINSKI
Medical Oncologist, Executive Medical Director, Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, Florida Hospital Medical Group
I had a patient several years ago with metastatic lung cancer. She was in her 60s, the beloved matriarch of a large family, and very involved in her community. We came to a point where we had exhausted the standard options to treat her cancer. She was understandably depressed and started withdrawing from her active life. Looking for a new avenue, we performed molecular testing and found a rare mutation. She agreed to try an experimental drug that was ultimately effective. A year later, I asked her to tell me the biggest difference in her life since starting the treatment. She said: "Hope." For the first time since being diagnosed, she felt hopeful, like she had a future. Still on the medication today, she's reengaged with the people and hobbies she loves. As an oncologist, I know one of the most powerful things I can provide is that simple: hope.
Richard S. Finkel Nemours Children's Hospital Division of Neurology 13535 Nemours Pkwy. 5th Floor Orlando 407-650-7250 Ira Jay Goodman The Compass Clinic 100 W. Gore St., Suite 406 Orlando 407-210-1320 Daniel Harry Jacobs Neurological Services of Orlando 3849 Oakwater Circle Orlando 407-704-8524 Herbert B. Newton Florida Hospital Medical Group Cancer Institute of Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 286 Orlando 407-303-2770 Ramon L. Rodriguez Orlando VA Medical Center Neurology Services 13800 Veterans Way Orlando 407-631-1000 Stephen Rosenberg Orlando Health Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center 32 W Gore St. 3rd Floor Orlando 407-352-5434 Bennett Rosenthal 10000 W. Colonial Dr. Suite 496 Ocoee 407-296-1940 Navin Verma Neurological Services of Orlando 3849 Oakwater Circle Orlando 407-704-8537
Obstetrics and Gynecology Nicholas Abrudescu Women's Care Florida Partners in Women's Healthcare 2809 Corrine Dr. Orlando 407-898-9922 52 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2017
Aman S. Bhullar Orlando Health Physician Associates 9679 Lake Nona Village Pl. Suite 104 Orlando 407-277-9242 Michael Cacciatore Florida Hospital Orlando OB Specialists 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-975-0406
Orlando 407-303-1444 Robert W. Holloway Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida Hospital Cancer Institute 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 786 Orlando 407-303-2422
Theresa Carducci Women's Care Florida OB & GYN Specialists 1551 Clay St. Winter Park 407-644-5371
Frederick Hoover Florida Hospital Medical Group GYN Hospitalists 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 411 Orlando 407-303-0410
Pranav B. Chudgar Orlando Health Physician Associates 867 Outer Rd., Suite A Orlando 407-898-6588
Sharon Beth Jaffe Center for Reproductive Medicine 1500 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park 407-740-0909
Kyle M. Crofoot Florida Hospital Orlando Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Women's Tower, 1st Floor 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-1606
Marnique H. Jones Women's Care Florida OB & GYN Specialists 7200 Stonerock Circle Orlando 407-644-5371
Ronald A. Eason Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies OB/GYN Hospitalist Group 83 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-5560 Jessica Feranec Orlando VA Medical Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 13800 Veterans Way Orlando 407-631-4010 Thomas Gibbs 820 Lucerne Terrace Orlando 407-648-5101 Jose Gutierrez Orlando OB/GYN 6001 Vineland Rd. Suite 101 Orlando 407-352-0573 D. Ashley Hill Florida Hospital Medical Group Loch Haven ObGyn 235 E. Princeton St. Suite 200
Lori K. Lambert 7051 Dr. Phillips Blvd. Suite 5 Orlando 407-363-2000 Jorge J. Lense Florida Hospital Orlando OB Specialists Women's Tower, 1st Floor 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-1606 Sheryl Logan Womenâ€™s Care Florida OB & GYN Specialists 1551 Clay St. Winter Park 407-644-5371 Randall A. Loy Center for Reproductive Medicine 1500 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park 407-740-0909 Steven D. McCarus Florida Hospital Medical Group McCarus Surgical Specialists for Women 400 Celebration Place Suite A310 Celebration 407-303-4190
Jeannie M. McWhorter Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies OB/GYN Hospitalist Group 83 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-5560 Alfred H. Moffett, Jr. Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida Leesburg Medical Plaza 601 E. Dixie Ave., Suite 401 Leesburg 352-787-1535 Melissa M. Moore Women's Care Florida Winter Park OB-GYN 100 N. Edinburgh Dr. Suite 200 Winter Park 407-645-5565 Sejal P. Dharia Patel Center for Reproductive Medicine 1500 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park 407-740-0909 Terrence Peppy Orlando Health Physician Associates 7243 Della Dr., Suite M Orlando 407-381-7336 Frank Riggall Center for Reproductive Medicine 1500 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park 407-740-0909 E. John Serrao 2905 McRae Ave., Suite 1 Orlando 407-897-2230 Judith Seline SimmsCendan Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Clinic 89 W. Copeland Dr. 3rd Floor Orlando 321-841-5530 Stephen P. Snow Women's Care Florida Delaney OB-GYN 525 S. Magnolia Ave. Orlando 407-316-8550 Louis Stern Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies Center for Obstetrics and
Gynecology 21 W. Columbia St. Suite 100 Orlando 321-841-5560 Keith C. Van Dyke 9161 Narcoossee Rd. Suite B209 Orlando 407-316-0156 Melissa M. Yates Advanced Reproductive Specialists of Orlando 2100 Aloma Ave. Suite 100 Winter Park 407-339-2229
Ophthalmology Andrew A. Aziz Affiliated Eye Specialists 331 N. Maitland Ave. Suite B2 Maitland 407-740-0331 Brian Haas Boutique Eye Orlando 415 Briercliff Dr. Orlando 407-841-1490 Miguel Lugo 661 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 223 Altamonte Springs 407-260-2255 George Brock Magruder, Jr. 120 E. Par St., Suite 2000 Orlando 407-843-5665 John C. Olson Central Florida Retina 44 Lake Beauty Dr. Suite 300 Orlando 407-425-7188 Jerry N. Shuster Eye Physicians of Central Florida 790 Concourse Pkwy. S. Suite 200 Maitland 407-767-6411
Orthopaedic Surgery J. Dean Cole Trauma Physicians Service 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 340 Orlando 407-895-8890
Reginald L. Tall Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic 1285 N. Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-647-2287
Otolaryngology Jeffrey E. Baylor The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 Bruce H. Haughey Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida ENT Surgical Specialists 410 Celebration Place Suite 305 Celebration 407-303-4120 Henry N. Ho The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 Barry S. Kang The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 Jeffrey Jay Lehman The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 Judith C. Milstead Lake Ear, Nose, Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery Associates Leesburg Medical Plaza 601 E. Dixie Ave., Suite 901 Leesburg 352-728-2404 Aftab H. Patni The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 Michael D. Seidman Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida ENT Surgical Specialists 410 Celebration Place Suite 305 Celebration 407-303-4120
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Brian Spector The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883
Eugene B. Freid JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200E Maitland 407-667-0444
Kiran Tipirneni The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883
Eric Kunichika JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct. Suite 200E Maitland 407-667-0444
Hao Tran The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883
Pathology Diane D. Davey University of Central Florida College of Medicine Department of Clinical Sciences Health Sciences Campus 6850 Lake Nona Blvd. Suite 406M Orlando 407-266-1100 Madeleine Kraus Nemours Children's Hospital Department of Pathology 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-567-4000
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Judith Seline SimmsCendan Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Clinic 89 W. Copeland Dr. 3rd Floor Orlando 321-841-5530
Pediatric Anesthesiology Don Felix The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-843-3294
Pediatric Cardiology Susan desJardins The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital 1222 S. Orange Ave. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-649-6907 Steven B. Fishberger Nemours Children's Hospital Division of Pediatric Cardiology 13535 Nemours Pkwy. 4th Floor Orlando 407-650-7715 Craig E. Fleishman The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital 1222 S. Orange Ave. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-649-6907 Rodrigo Nehgme The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital 1222 S. Orange Ave. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-649-6907 David G. Nykanen The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital 1222 S. Orange Ave. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-649-6907 Elise F. Riddle The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital 1222 S. Orange Ave. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-649-6907
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Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesia Eugene B. Freid JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200E Maitland 407-667-0444 Eric Kunichika JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct. Suite 200E Maitland 407-667-0444 Fred M. Mansfield JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200E Maitland 407-667-0444 Joseph M. Sroka Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Orlando Health Pediatric Anesthesia Consultants 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-4607
Pediatric Critical Care Mary Majella Farrell Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Division of Critical Care Medicine 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 407-841-5104
Lawrence David Spack Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Division of Critical Care Medicine 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 407-841-5104
Pediatric Endocrinology Richard A. Banks Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Endocrinology and Diabetes Center 60 W. Gore St. 2nd Floor Orlando 321-841-3303 Mauri Carakushansky Nemours Children's Specialty Care Division of Endocrinology 1717 S. Orange Ave. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-650-7210 Paul Michael Desrosiers Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Endocrinology and Diabetes Center 60 W. Gore St. 2nd Floor Orlando 321-841-3303
Eugene B. Freid JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200E Maitland 407-667-0444
Jeffrey Arthur Bornstein Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition 60 W. Gore St., 1st Floor Orlando 321-841-3338
Aaron Godshall Florida Hospital for Children Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-8967
Devendra I. Mehta Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition 60 W. Gore St., 1st Floor Orlando 321-841-3338
Ann Marie LeVine Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care 11325 Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando 407-398-6702
Shaista S. Safder Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition 60 W. Gore St.
1st Floor Orlando 321-841-3338
Pediatric HematologyOncology Vincent F. Giusti Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children The Haley Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders 92 W. Miller St., 2nd Floor Orlando 321-841-8588 Ramamoorthy Nagasubramanian Nemours Children's Hospital Division of Hematology and Oncology 13535 Nemours Pkwy. 4th Floor Orlando 407-650-7230 Amy A. Smith Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children The Haley Center for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders 92 W. Miller St., 2nd Floor Orlando 321-841-8588
Pediatric Infectious Disease Kenneth A. Alexander Nemours Children's Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases 13535 Nemours Pkwy. 4th Floor Orlando 407-650-7000
Pediatric Interventional Radiology Craig M. Johnson Nemours Children's Hospital Division of Interventional Radiology 13535 Nemours Pwky. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-567-3468
Pediatric Nephrology Carlos E. Araya Nemours Children's Hospital Division of Nephrology 13535 Nemours Pkwy. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-650-7240 Robert S. Mathias Nemours Childrenâ€™s Hospital Division of Nephrology 13535 Nemours Pkwy. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-650-7240 Brenda S. Montane Nemours Children's Specialty Care Division of Nephrology 1717 S. Orange Ave. 3rd Floor Orlando 407-650-7240 Norman Dale Pryor Central Florida Kidney Center 203 Ernestine St. Orlando 407-843-6110
MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. SONALEE SHROFF
Medical Oncologist/Hematologist, Florida Cancer Specialists
Oncology is truly a unique area of medicine. The diagnosis and treatment of cancer is a journey for both the patient and me. The process is an emotional rollercoaster. Initially, we discuss diagnosis, treatment and outcomes. We bond through the years together. They know my good days and bad days and I know theirs. I learn not only about their cancer, but also celebrate their milestones. Years ago, I met a young college student and diagnosed her with stage IV Hodgkin's disease, a type of cancer of the lymph system. Despite feeling poorly from her treatment, she continued to study and ultimately became a physicianâ€™s assistant. She is now married, and a mother, and continues to do well. It amazes me that her life path was redirected by our care and now she is changing the lives of other patients with her care. Our patients are courageous people. They inspire me every day to want to come to work. Their fight is my fight and we walk this path together.
Jorge Antonio Ramirez Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Hewell Kids' Kidney Center 92 W. Miller St. 8th Floor Orlando 321-841-7970
Pediatric Neurological Surgery Eric R. Trumble Florida Hospital Medical Group Neurosurgeons for Kids 615 E. Princeton St. Suite 540 Orlando 407-236-0006
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MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. STEVEN HOFF
Cardiovascular Surgeon, Orlando Health Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Practice
If laughter is the best medicine, humility is the best way to practice medicine. I learned this lesson in medical school. Working alongside a world-renowned cardiac surgeon during a bypass surgery, I saw firsthand the expertise of one of the giants in cardiac surgery. But there was more. He was the most humble, kind, respectful gentleman I had ever met. In the 1980s, this was a unique combination, in contrast to the more hardened perception of surgeons. Seeing his interactions with others has been a lasting influenceâ€”motivating me to combine clinical excellence with compassion to patients I care for and team members I work with each day. Beyond the lessons learned from textbooks, lectures, and experiences in the operating room that summer, I learned the importance of offering support in a stressful work environment, and showing genuine concern to patients facing difficult medical conditions. It made me a better surgeon.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Jonathan H. Phillips Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Orthopedics 1222 S. Orange Ave. 5th Floor Orlando 321-841-3040
Pediatric Otolaryngology Cheryl S. Cotter Children's Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd. Suite 103 Orlando 407-253-1000 Joshua Gottschall Children's Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd. Suite 103 Orlando 407-253-1000 Eric Jaryszak Children's Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd. Suite 103 Orlando 407-253-1000 Izak H. Kielmovitch The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 James R. Kosko, Jr. Children's Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd. Suite 103 Orlando 407-253-1000 Julie L. Wei Nemours Children's Hospital Division of Otolaryngology 13535 Nemours Pkwy. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-650-7715
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Pediatric Pulmonology Jason E. Lang Nemours Children's Hospital Division of Pulmonary Medicine 13535 Nemours Pkwy. 4th Floor Orlando 407-650-7715 Carlos E. Sabogal Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Center 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-6350 Shatha W. Yousef Nemours Children's Hospital Division of Pulmonary Medicine 13535 Nemours Pkwy. 4th Floor Orlando 407-650-7715
Pediatric Rheumatology Terri H. Finkel Nemours Children's Hospital Division of Rheumatology 13535 Nemours Pkwy. 4th Floor Orlando 407-650-7715
Pediatric Specialist/ Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Shannon C. Brown Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies Pediatrix Medical Group 83 W. Miller St. 3rd Floor Orlando 407-841-5218 Ana Diaz-Albertini Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies Pediatrix Medical Group 83 W. Miller St. 3rd Floor Orlando 407-841-5218 Brian Lipman Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies Pediatrix Medical Group 83 W. Miller St. 3rd Floor Orlando 407-841-5218 Angel A. Luciano Florida Hospital for Children Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-2528 Eduardo J. Lugo Florida Hospital for Children Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-2528 Michael McMahan Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies Pediatrix Medical Group 83 W. Miller St., 3rd Floor Orlando 407-841-5218
Gregor Alexander Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies Pediatrix Medical Group 83 W. Miller St. 3rd Floor Orlando 407-841-5218
Angelina Pera Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies Pediatrix Medical Group 83 W. Miller St. 3rd Floor Orlando 407-841-5218
David A. Auerbach Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies Pediatrix Medical Group 83 W. Miller St. 3rd Floor Orlando 407-841-5218
Jose A. Perez Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies Pediatrix Medical Group 83 W. Miller St., 3rd Floor Orlando 407-841-5218
Pediatric Specialist/ Neurology, Epilepsy Ronald Gerard Davis Epilepsy Center of Central Florida 7485 Sandlake Commons Blvd. Orlando 407-293-1122
5th Floor Orlando 407-650-7250
Pediatric Specialist/ Neurology, General
Andre Hebra Nemours Children's Hospital Division of General Surgery 13535 Nemours Pkwy. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-650-7622
Ronald Gerard Davis Epilepsy Center of Central Florida 7485 Sandlake Commons Blvd. Orlando 407-293-1122
David Miller Children's Surgical Associates 1814 Lucerne Terrace Suite A Orlando 407-540-1000
Richard S. Finkel Nemours Children's Hospital Division of Neurology 13535 Nemours Pkwy. 5th Floor Orlando 407-650-7250
Ross Allan Morgan Children's Surgical Associates 1814 Lucerne Terrace Suite A Orlando 407-540-1000
Jasna Kojic Child Neurology Center of Orlando 6000 Turkey Lake Rd. Suite 205 Orlando 407-649-1848
Pediatric Specialist/ Neurology, NeuroOncology Nicholas G. Avgeropoulos Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center Brain and Spine Tumor Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. 2nd Floor Orlando 321-841-1869
Pediatric Specialist/ Neurology, Neuromuscular Disease Richard S. Finkel Nemours Children's Hospital Division of Neurology 13535 Nemours Pkwy.
Donald Plumley Children's Surgical Associates 1814 Lucerne Terrace Suite A Orlando 407-540-1000 W. Raleigh Thompson Florida Hospital Medical Group Advanced Pediatric Surgical Specialists 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-7280
Pediatric Thoracic Surgery Andre Hebra Nemours Children's Hospital Division of General Surgery 13535 Nemours Pkwy. 2nd Floor Orlando 407-650-7622
Pediatric Urology Michael A. Keating Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida Center for Pediatric
Urology 615 E. Princeton St. Suite 310 Orlando 407-303-5781 Mark Alan Rich Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Urology Center 89 W. Copeland Dr. 2nd Floor Orlando 321-843-9017 Hubert S. Swana Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Urology Center 89 W. Copeland Dr. 2nd Floor Orlando 321-843-9017
Pediatrics/General Brooke C. Britton Pediatric Associates of Orlando 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 Alix G. Casler Orlando Health Physician Associates 9679 Lake Nona Village Place Suite 101 Orlando 407-261-2934 Gregory J. Coffman Pediatric Associates of Orlando 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 David F. Cowan Primary Care Specialists of Orlando 3615 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-855-2526 Mark B. DiDea Pediatric Associates of Orlando 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 Robert Erhart Orlando Health Physician Associates 1132 Kelton Ave. Ocoee 407-381-7360
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Angela Fields Orlando Health Physician Associates 63 Riley Rd. Celebration 407-930-6900 Barbara J. Gans Pediatric Associates of Orlando 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 Mark Gilchrist Premier Pediatrics 10000 W. Colonial Dr. Suite 390 Ocoee 407-290-2394 Gregory D. Gordon Pediatric Associates of Orlando 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 Amber M. Hoffman Nemours Children's Hospital Medically Complex Care Clinic 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Stuart H. Janousky Orlando Health Physician Associates 855 Outer Rd. Orlando 407-893-7377 Lucyna Lagod Pediatric Associates of Orlando 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 Miles Mayer Landis Florida Hospital Medical Group Lake Mary Pediatrics 410 Waymont Ct. Lake Mary 407-323-3550 Deborah M. Marcus Orlando Health Physician Associates 7243 Della Dr. Suite M Orlando 407-381-7326 Sandra D. Morales Orlando Health Physician Associates 12780 Waterford Lakes Pkwy.
Suite 135 Orlando 407-380-5888 Robert L. Quigley Florida Hospital Medical Group Centre for Family Medicine 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 200 Winter Park 407-646-7070 Sunita Raj Orlando Health Physician Associates 9964 University Blvd. Orlando 407-261-2930 Gabriela Roitman-Geller Interlachen Pediatrics 846 Lake Howell Rd. Maitland 407-767-2477 Sabiha S. Siddiqui Florida Hospital Medical Group Centre for Family Medicine 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 200 Winter Park 407-646-7070 Margaret Gail Silver Orlando Health Physician Associates 17325 Pagonia Rd. Clermont 407-905-6014 Maxine L. Silverman Personal Pediatrics 7051 Dr. Phillips Blvd. Suite 1 Orlando 407-345-9929 Neal T. Silverstein Florida Hospital Medical Group Pediatric Care of Altamonte 661 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 217 Altamonte Springs 407-339-3030 Samuel Norman Smith Interlachen Pediatrics 846 Lake Howell Rd. Maitland 407-767-2477 Patricia Solo-Josephson Nemours Children's Hospital Children's Urgent Care 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 904-697-3600
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Jennifer Thielhelm Orlando Health Physician Associates 800 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-660-7000 Jill P. Watson Orlando Health Physician Associates 17325 Pagonia Dr. Clermont 407-905-6014 Lloyd Neil Werk Nemours Children's Hospital Consultative Pediatrics 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7219
Pediatrics/Hospital Medicine Robert D. Karch Nemours Children's Specialty Care Division of Hospitalist Medicine 1717 S. Orange Ave. 3rd Floor Orlando 407-650-7715 Ira Pinnelas Pediatrix Medical GroupHospitalist Services 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 407-468-7230 Matthew A. Seibel Pediatrix Medical GroupHospitalist Services 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 407-839-2048
400 Celebration Place Suite A320 Celebration 407-409-8000 Kendall Peters Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 801 N. Orange Ave. Suite 815 Orlando 407-898-1436 D. Scott Rotatori 800 W. Morse Blvd. Suite 5 Winter Park 407-628-5476
Psychiatry Ryan C. W. Hall 2500 W. Lake Mary Blvd. Suite 219 Lake Mary 407-322-8199 Dennis E. Platt Orlando VA Medical Center Mental Health Crossroads 5201 Raymond St. Orlando 407-621-2653 Earnest Edward Seiler III Orlando VA Medical Center Viera VA Outpatient Clinic Department of Psychiatry 2900 Veterans Way Viera 321-637-3788
Pulmonary Medicine Marcia Katz UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627
Plastic Surgery James L. Baker, Jr. Mid Florida Institute of Plastic Surgery 390 Maitland Ave. Suite 1000 Altamonte Springs 407-960-6936 Clifford P. Clark III 701 W. Morse Blvd. Winter Park 407-629-5555 Richard O. Gregory Florida Hospital Celebration Health Institute of Aesthetic Surgery
Radiation Oncology Daniel J. Buchholz Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center Center for Advanced Radiation Therapy 1400 S. Orange Ave. 1st Floor Orlando 321-841-1869 Alan R. Forbes Mid-Florida Cancer Centers 658 Oviedo Medical Dr. Oviedo 407-901-9076
Steven Gerard Lester Central Florida Cancer Care Center Radiation Oncology Consultants 2200 W. 1st St. Sanford 407-321-3040 Michael D. Sombeck Winter Park Cancer Center 1561 W. Fairbanks Ave. Suite 100 Winter Park 407-478-4920
Radiology Joseph Andriole Radiologists' Doctor 8816 Bay Hill Blvd. Orlando 407-832-0175 Christopher M. Brady Florida Hospital Medical Group 2600 Westhall Lane 4th Floor Maitland 407-303-8178 Frank R. Hellinger, Jr. Orlando Neurosurgery 1605 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-975-0200
Rheumatology Pamela Gail Freeman Rheumatology Associates of Central Florida 3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd. Suite 30 Orlando 407-859-4540
Surgical Oncology Juan Pablo Arnoletti Florida Hospital Medical Group The Center for Specialized Surgery 2415 N. Orange Ave. Suite 400 Orlando 407-303-7399 Eleftherios P. Mamounas Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center Breast Care Center Ambulatory Care Center 3rd Floor
22 W. Underwood St. Orlando 321-843-8370 Mark Stephen Roh Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center Gastrointestinal Cancer Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. 2nd Floor Orlando 321-841-5134
Thoracic Surgery R. Duane Davis, Jr. Florida Hospital Orlando Transplant Institute Medical Office Bldg. 2415 N. Orange Ave. Suite 700 Orlando 407-303-2474 Steven Jeffrey Hoff Orlando Health Heart Institute Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Group 1222 S. Orange Ave. 4th Floor Orlando 321-841-7700
MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. STEVEN MCCARUS
Gynecologic Surgeon, McCarus Surgical Specialists for Women, Florida Hospital Medical Group
In my 18 years with Florida Hospital Medical Group, I've taken care of thousands of women. It has always been my great honor to serve these patients. When the tables turned and my wife— who is also a gynecologist—needed specialized health care, I found myself on the other side of the equation in our system. Beyond the excellent medical care she received, I was humbled by the support and comfort provided by her team to our family. We felt lifted up in what, as it would be for anyone, was a stressful time. It was an "ah-ha moment" for me, to be reminded of the significant difference a physician can make in a patient's life—not just in their disease. I continue to be mindful of this and am committed to providing the same level and quality of health care to my own patients.
Tomas D. Martin Cardiovascular Surgeons 217 Hillcrest St. Orlando 407-425-1566
Urology Thomas Cangiano Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida Urology Associates 270 Northlake Blvd. Suite 1008 Altamonte Springs 407-834-3300 Vipul Patel Florida Hospital Global Robotics Institute 410 Celebration Place Suite 200 Celebration 407-303-4673
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ROBOTREVOLUTION Above, from left, Drs. Muhammad Jawad, Luis Herrera and Veronica Schimp are three physicians who employ robotic surgery at Orlando Health.
GIVEN THE MANUAL dexterity needed for robotic surgery, it’s surprising, perhaps, that many surgeons lack video-gaming skills. But not only have several research studies shown little correlation between the two, one of the most prolific practitioners of the technology in the Orlando area admits he’s “lousy at video games, but very good at robotic surgery.” Robotic systems bear little resemblance to the cinematic robots of Disney’s Wall-E or Isaac Asimov’s I. Robot—at least, so far. Instead, surgeons use machines with four robotic arms they control from a console in the operating room to fit miniaturized instruments inside the body. Three of the arms carry the instruments they need, while a fourth
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holds a 3-D camera that provides uncanny images of onceinaccessible areas of the human anatomy. According to Intuitive Surgical, the Sunnyvale, California, manufacturer of the da Vinci system, a dominant player in the marketplace, more than 700,000 robotic surgeries were performed worldwide last year. These minimally invasive procedures have replaced in many cases the older, laparoscopic “keyhole" surgeries—improving visualization, offering better hand-eye coordination and making technically difficult or undoable operations in the past now feasible. “When the robot first came on the scene, it was a tool looking for an application,” says Roger Smith, PhD, chief technology officer of the Nicholson Center at Florida
Robotic surgeries are in the spotlight for treatment of early prostate cancers and many gynecologic conditions. BY SUSAN JENKS
Hospital in Celebration. Its earliest uses, he says, were in the prostate gland where “it really took off” about five or six years ago, and then migrated into gynecologic procedures, where a high percentage are done this way today. However, in cardiac interventions, general surgery and to treat most cancers, robotic surgeries remain largely investigational, lacking sufficient patient data or long-term results, Smith and others say. While Florida Hospital, for example, does not perform robotic-assisted procedures in the heart, a spokesman says, at Orlando Health, interventional cardiologists only began using the CorPath system in the catherization examination room (but not the operating room)—last year. The CorPath system, made by Corindus, a vascular robotics company in Waltham, Massachusetts, is designed specifically to improve the accuracy and precision of angioplasty to open clogged arteries and restore blood flow to the heart. Other companies are developing robotic systems for the spine, knees and hips, and even for hair transplants, says Smith, though just how many companies are working on the technology is tricky to assess. And in children, the robotic systems currently available have instruments considered too large for their bodies, especially those of newborn babies. “So far, we’ve been unable to demonstrate robotic surgery is superior, better or even equivalent to conventional laparoscopic surgery” in children, says Dr. Andre Hebra, chief medical officer at Nemours Children’s Hospital in
A doctor seated at a console guides a da Vinci robot being used on the operating table in the background.
Orlando. Hebra describes himself as biased toward the technology and before moving to Orlando in 2016, in fact, created a robotics program at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, primarily for adults. But, at Nemours, he says, the hospital reserves robotic surgery for complicated conditions in children, such as Hirschsprung disease, an inborn error in the large intestine, while still performing hundreds of cases laparoscopically each year. Whether or not to purchase a robotic system for the Orlando campus, he says, will depend on the technology’s further development and whether one emerges with smaller instruments. “Then, we may revisit the discussions about how best to use hospital resources,” Hebra says, adding that, given the $1.5 million price tag or more for a single robot, “it’s difficult to justify the cost.” In the meantime, in adults, robotic surgeries have moved closer to the “gold standard,” or the preferred method of surgery, in at least two medical areas: the treatment of early prostate cancers, as well as many gynecologic conditions. Some 85 to 90 percent of prostate cancer surgeries are performed robotically today, according to Dr. Vipul Patel, medical director of the Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital in Celebration. A pioneer in his field, Patel recently reached a significant milestone, performing over 10,500 robotic-assisted procedures in the prostate (see accompanying story) since 2012. “There are two straightforward requirements for robotics in the prostate,” Patel says. “The cancer has to be localized to the prostate, and the patient has to be healthy enough to live another 10 years.” DECEMBER 2017 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 61
In gynecology, robotic surgeries also account for a high percentage of procedures, though the exact percentages are unclear. But at the same time, surgeons still do a fair amount of laparoscopic procedures as well, says Dr. Veronica Schimp, chief of gynecologic oncology at Orlando Health, UF Health Cancer Center. In fact, she defines the term “gold standard” more liberally to include both minimally invasive procedures. The two systems share comparable complication rates, Schimp says, even though the robot yields better visualization, the operative time can be somewhat better and for certain operations, such as a hysterectomy, the recovery time is “way better." Still, much depends on the competence and comfort level of the surgeon and “if a surgeon prefers a laparoscopic approach, then they should do it,” she says. Others agree. Surgeon preference, not patient choice, dictates which procedure a patient ultimately gets, says Dr. Muhammad Jawad, medical director of Orlando Health’s Bariatric and Laparoscopy Center. His own preference for weight-loss surgeries: the robotic system. “Absolutely,” he says. Not only does the robotic system provide a clearer view of the operating site, he says, it relieves surgeon fatigue, a major issue in laparoscopic surgery due to the torque or twisting power often needed to burrow through fat layers. Jawad estimates that roughly 10 to 15 percent of surgeons across the country use robotics in bariatric surgeries today, but
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A robotic surgery setup at Orlando Health. Robotics are used in a wide range of areas, including gynecological procedures and bariatric weight loss surgery.
more might embrace the technology, he feels, if insurers, including Medicare, loosened recent restrictions. The new rules require proof that patients undergo six months of dieting before coverage kicks in, along with certain weight goals. And, if patients fail to meet these yardsticks, the six-month requirement begins anew. “These are people who have been dieting all their lives,” Jawad says, “and now insurers want them to diet again before they’ll approve a surgery that might help them.” In lung cancers, a slightly higher percentage of operations are done robotically, around 20 percent. But most still involve open surgery, says Dr. Luis Herrera, medical director of the Rod Taylor Thoracic Care Center at Orlando Health, UF Health Cancer Center. Where robotics help, he says, is in removing large lung tumors, even when the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. And, compared with open surgery, hospital stays after a robotic procedure are shorter, two or three days compared to four or five, while the risk of pneumonia drops dramatically from 15 percent to around 3 percent, Herrera says. The data does not yet support robotics as better than open surgery, however, he says, and no head-to-head comparisons have been done in clinical studies. “But if the robot continues to allow us to convert from open surgery to less invasive procedures, it’s a welcome technology.” Unlike his colleagues, Herrera describes himself as a good video-gamer, a skill he thinks does improve his eye-hand coordination. He predicts the next generation of surgeons, raised on these fast-paced games, may emerge as even better robotic surgeons, despite the few studies suggesting otherwise. And he also sees a time, perhaps within a decade, when a true “Doctor Robot” will enter the operating room, as the technology continues to evolve. “Robots are already learning how to see and interpret under our control,” he says, adding, “This is a very reliable system.” Florida Hospital’s Smith shares a similar vision. “Someday there definitely will be robot surgeons,” Smith says. “Other robots make your cell phones, put together your automobile and make most of your electronics, so the technology exists.” But he adds a caveat. “When you start bringing robots into medicine, it becomes really personal and there’s a trust issue [between patient and machine] that needs to be bridged,” he says. “Robots can do some basic things, but I think they will continue to work alongside humans.”
SETTING THE PACE
Dr. Vipul Patel is a worldwide leader in performing robotic surgeries for prostate cancer.
NORMA LOPEZ MOLINA
BY SUSAN JENKS
IN FEBRUARY OF this year, Florida Hospital’s Dr. Vipul Patel crossed the 10,000 mark in the number of robotic-assisted prostate cancer surgeries he’s performed since 2012. He’s now at 10,500 procedures, he says, a milestone he’s clearly proud of and one establishing him as a world leader in robotic treatments for this cancer. Patel’s office on the Celebration campus is full of family photos, numerous awards and gifts from grateful patients, such as a foot-high, bronze statue of Don Quixote from Mexico adorning one of his office tables. Also prominently displayed: a photo of basketball great Oscar Robertson, the “Big O,” a prostate cancer survivor who traveled to Patel for treatment shortly after diagnosis; and another photo of Patel in front of London’s Big Ben with Dr. Patrick Walsh, a pioneering figure in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. On a recent day, staff at the nearby Nicholson Center was preparing for a training session with 600 to 900 surgeons from around the world, but not just for robotics. The ultra modern glass building, housing over 54,000 square feet of space, is the training site for all types of surgeries—open surgery, robotics and laparoscopy, a forerunner to the robotics revolution. At the forefront of that revolution is Patel, a softspoken physician with an easy manner, who graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1995 and completed his residency and a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Miami (FL). As director of Florida Hospital’s Global Robotics Institute today, he speaks passionately about robotics, the minimally invasive system that uses miniaturized tools to slip inside the body, as well as the difficult cancer that he treats. Over 161,000 cases of prostate cancer will be newly diagnosed this year in the United States, while 26,730 men are expected to die of their disease, according to the American Cancer Society. In the five years Patel has been using robotics to treat prostate cancers, he says, “Blood loss is no longer an issue,” operating time to remove a diseased gland is shorter and complication rates generally run around 5 percent. Only one patient has died, he says, and that was from a heart attack, unrelated to the surgery. On a typical operating day, Patel does four to five of these procedures, the robotic system enabling him to navigate each patient’s anatomy from a video console inside the operating room. Most patients go home the next day without narcotics, he says, so their recovery is quicker than open surgery, usually a few weeks vs. many months. There can be delayed bleeding “and we do have to watch for that,” Patel says, although it occurs in only one or two patients in 200. And it takes time for the bowels to go back to normal, he says, so some patients experience a lot of gas. But the robotic technology offers significant tradeoffs in patients whose prostate cancers are detected early and local-
ized to the gland and whose life expectancy is at least 10 years, according to Patel. In this group of men, robotics’ superior visualization with a three-dimensional camera and better instrument control can mean less impotence and sexual dysfunction afterward, he says. Still, the surgeon’s skill, not the technology, makes the difference in any operation’s success, including robotic surgeries, Patel emphasizes. Not only should doctors providing robotics for prostate cancer be board-certified in urology, he says, they also need at least several days of training. Because no national standards exist for how many hours or credits a surgeon must accrue before doing these procedures, however, what should consumers look for? “They should ask how many of these surgeries a doctor has done and what are their outcomes,” Patel says.
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Allergy/Immunology Harleen Anderson Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates of Central Florida 1890 State Road 436 Suite 215 Winter Park 407-678-4040 Michael Anderson Anderson Allergy & Asthma 63 W. Underwood St. Orlando 407-872-1110 Jose Andrade Allergy, Asthma, Immunology Care of Central Florida 5412 Curry Ford Rd. Orlando 407-658-7882 Jose Arias, Jr. Allergy Asthma Specialists 7758 Wallace Rd. Suite J Orlando 407-351-4328 Andrew Bagg Allergy Asthma Specialists 7758 Wallace Rd. Suite J Orlando 407-351-4328 Boyce Hornberger Allergy & Asthma Center of East Orlando 3151 N. Alafaya Trl. Suite 103 Orlando 407-380-8700
Carlos Jacinto Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates of Central Florida 1890 State Road 436 Suite 215 Winter Park 407-678-4040 Santiago Martinez Mid Florida Dermatology 733 S. Goldenrod Rd. Suite A Orlando 407-672-0060 Pragnesh Patel Allergy Asthma Specialists 661 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 315 Altamonte Springs 407-339-3002 Steven Rosenberg Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates of Central Florida 1890 State Road 436 Suite 215 Winter Park 407-678-4040 Peter Ruggiero Altamonte Medical Group 1200 W. State Road 434 Suite 112 Longwood 407-644-1111 Eugene Schwartz Allergy & Asthma Consultants of Central Florida 793 Douglas Ave. Altamonte Springs 407-862-5824
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Jordan Smallwood Nemours Children's Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7000 Bernard Zeffren Allergy & Asthma Consultants of Central Florida 793 Douglas Ave. Altamonte Springs 407-862-5824
Anesthesiology Mark Anderson JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct. Suite 200E Maitland 407-667-0444 Kevin Angert JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct. Suite 200E Maitland 407-667-0444 Steven Appelblatt Gulf-to-Bay Anesthesiology Associates 500 Winderley Place Suite 115 Maitland 407-581-9180 Carlos Archilla Nemours Children's Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Noah Babins Anesthesiologists of Greater Orlando 83 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-843-9792
Jeffrey House JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct. Maitland 407-667-0444
Karen Bender Nemours Childrenâ€™s Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-567-4000
Robert London JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct. Maitland 407-667-0444
Ravi Bissessar JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct. Maitland 407-667-0444
W. Jerry Merrell JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct. Suite 200E Maitland 407-667-0444
Paul Finer Gulf-to-Bay Anesthesiology Associates 500 Winderley Place Suite 115 Maitland 407-581-9180 Barry Foley JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct. Maitland 407-667-0444 Emilio Gallo 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-667-0444 Louis Guzzi Florida Hospital Medical Group Critical Care Specialists 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-228-6573 Jamal Hakim Anesthesiologists of Greater Orlando 83 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-843-9792
Robert Michaels III JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct. Maitland 407-667-0444 Roger Murbach Gulf-to-Bay Anesthesiology Associates 500 Winderley Place Suite 115 Maitland 407-581-9180 Morris Negrin 2275 N. Central Ave. Kissimmee 407-870-0573 Chad Pritts JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct. Maitland 407-667-0444 Matthew Stewart Gulf-to-Bay Anesthesiology Associates 500 Winderley Place Suite 115 Maitland 407-581-9180
Edward Stockton Gulf-to-Bay Anesthesiology Associates 500 Winderley Place Suite 115 Maitland 407-581-9180 Norman Warner JLR Medical Group US Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct. Maitland 407-667-0444 Rebecca Welch 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-4607
Cardiac/Thoracic Surgery Kevin Accola Cardiovascular Surgeons 217 Hillcrest St. Orlando 407-425-1566 Jeffrey Bott Orlando Health Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-7700 Joseph Boyer, Jr. Florida Hospital Medical Group Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgical Specialists 2320 N. Orange Ave. Suite 201 Orlando 407-228-7373 William Decampli Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children The Heart Center 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-843-3294
Mark Sand Orlando Health Heart Institute 1222 S. Orange Ave. 4th Floor Orlando 321-841-7700
Cardiology Rohit Bhatheja Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida Heart Group 1613 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-894-4474 Enrique Chapman Orlando Health Heart Institute 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-650-1300 Susan Desjardins Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children The Heart Center 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-649-6907 Brian Dublin Central Florida Cardiology Group 1745 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7151 Aurelio Duran Orlando Health Heart Institute 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-650-1300 Arnold Einhorn Orlando Health Heart Institute 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-351-5384
Luis Herrera Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-648-5384
Francis Fahey Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida Heart Group 1613 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-894-4474
George Palmer III Cardiovascular Surgeons 217 Hillcrest St. Orlando 407-425-1566
Bernard Gros UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627
Patricia Guerrero Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida Heart Group 1613 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-894-4474
Arsenio Ralph Rodriguez Central Florida Cardiology Group 1745 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7151
Thomas Blake III Orlando VA Medical Center 5201 Raymond St. Orlando 407-646-5500 Samuel DeJesus Colon & Rectal Clinic of Orlando 110 W. Underwood St. Suite A Orlando 407-422-3790
Marcos Hazday Central Florida Cardiology Group 1745 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7151
Rajesh Shah Orlando Cardiac & Vascular Specialists 251 Maitland Ave. Suite 116 Altamonte Springs 407-915-5643
Pradip Jamnadas Cardiovascular Interventions 1900 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-894-4880
Bruce Stein Central Florida Cardiology Group 1745 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7151
Joseph Gallagher Colon & Rectal Clinic of Orlando 110 W. Underwood St. Suite A Orlando 407-422-3790
Anil Kumar Central Florida Cardiology Group 1745 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7151
Mark Steiner Orlando Health Heart Institute 1222 S. Orange Ave. 4th Floor Orlando 407-650-1300
Jacqueline Kaiser Winter Park Colon & Rectal Specialists 255 N. Lakemont Ave. Suite 100 Winter Park 407-628-1718
Adam Waldman Orlando Health Heart Institute 100 N. Dean Road Suite 202 Orlando 407-380-6020
Renee Mueller Colon & Rectal Clinic of Orlando 110 W. Underwood St. Suite A Orlando 407-422-3790
Irwin Weinstein Orlando Health Heart Institute 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-650-1300
Mark Soliman Colon & Rectal Clinic of Orlando 110 W. Underwood St. Suite A Orlando 407-422-3790
Parimal Maniar Orlando Health Heart Institute 10000 W. Colonial Dr. Suite 484 Ocoee 407-290-3050 Patrick Mathias Cardiovascular Associates 4529 Edgewater Dr. Orlando 407-846-0626 Mark Milunski Orlando VA Medical Center 13800 Veterans Way Orlando 407-631-1040 George Monir Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida Heart Group 1613 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-894-4474 Amish Parikh Premier Cardiology 670 N. Orlando Ave. Suite 1003 Maitland 407-622-0793 Neel Patel Central Florida Heart Care 541 S. Orlando Ave. Suite 301 Maitland 407-790-7860
Hall Whitworth, Jr. Cardiology Consultants 2320 N. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-896-0054
Colon & Rectal Surgery Matthew Albert Florida Hospital Medical Group Center for Colon & Rectal Surgery 661 E. Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs 407-303-5191 Sam Atallah Florida Hospital Medical Group Center for Colon & Rectal Surgery 242 Loch Lomond Dr. Winter Park 407-599-9705
Dermatology Allison Arthur Sand Lake Dermatology Center 7335 W. Sand Lake Rd. Suite 200 Orlando 407-352-8553 Vitaly Blatnoy Orlando Dermatology Center 7250 Red Bug Lake Rd. Suite 1020 Oviedo 407-706-1770 Christopher Crotty Sand Lake Dermatology Center 7335 W. Sand Lake Rd. Suite 200 Orlando 407-352-8553
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MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. JENNIFER THIELHELM Pediatrician, Orlando Health Physician Associates
It is such a blessing to be a pediatrician and witness so many moments that take my breath awayâ€”from the first encounter with a newborn to the ultimate compliment and trust in the return of a former patient bringing in their own new miracle for that first checkup. One of my most memorable moments is an experience of true strength and courage I saw in an 11-year-old girl dying of a malignant brain tumor. As she sat on the exam table in my office, she told me, "God needs a new angel now and I am ready to go but I worry how sad my parents are." This young person believed she had an amazing life and had only thankfulness in her heart. Moments like these have inspired me to strive to be a better person and doctor, focused on the beauty and goodness in everything and the importance of every day.
Alfredo Gonzalez Central Florida Dermatology 201 N. Lakemont Ave. Suite 800 Winter Park 407-645-2737 William Grisaitis Dermatology Center of Maitland 331 N. Maitland Ave. Suite A5 Maitland 407-644-9030 Michael Henner The Dermatology Group 515 W. State Road 434 Suite 210 Longwood 407-332-8080 Jeannette Hudgens Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center 4750 The Grove Dr. Suite 280 Windermere 407-704-7546 Jerri Johnson Altamonte Dermatology 411 Maitland Ave. Suite 1001 Altamonte Springs 407-260-2606 Kathleen Judge Central Florida Dermatology Associates 700 E. Michigan St. Orlando 407-481-2620 J. Matthew Knight Knight Dermatology Institute 801 N. Orange Ave. Suite 520 Orlando 407-992-0660 Ronald Knipe Knipe Dermatology 70 W. Gore St. Orlando 407-581-2888 Erica Mailler Comprehensive Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery 201 N. Lakemont Ave. Suite 100 Winter Park 407-339-7546 John Meisenheimer 7300 Sandlake Commons Blvd., Suite 105 Orlando 407-352-2444
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Jeffrey Moskowitz Moskowitz Dermatology 1000 W. Broadway St. Suite 206 Oviedo 407-542-0100
Mark Clark Emergency Physicians of Central Florida 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-5236
Dimitry Palceski Reflections Dermatology 875 Outer Rd. Orlando 407-895-8818
Steven Corbett Sand Lake Emergency Physicians 9400 Turkey Lake Rd. Orlando 407-351-8500
Tace Rico Florida Hospital for Children Florida Center for Pediatric Dermatology 615 E. Princeton St. Suite 416 Orlando 407-303-1687 Amy Witt Derrow Dermatology Associates 146 Orange Place Maitland 407-389-2020
Emergency Medicine Jeffrey Backer Sand Lake Emergency Physicians 9400 Turkey Lake Rd. Orlando 407-351-8500 Scott Barron Nemours Children's Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Timothy Bullard Emergency Physicians of Central Florida 1720 S. Cook Ave. Orlando 321-841-5236 David Cassidy Emergency Physicians of Central Florida 1414 Kuhl Ave. Orlando 321-841-5236 Leonardo Cisneros Florida Emergency Physicians 500 Winderley Place Suite 115 Maitland 407-875-0555
Jay Falk Emergency Physicians of Central Florida 1414 Kuhl Ave. Orlando 321-841-5236 Todd Glass Nemours Children's Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 David Goldman Florida Emergency Physicians 500 Winderley Place Suite 115 Maitland 407-875-0555 Gary Goodman Central Florida Regional Hospital 1401 W. Seminole Blvd. Sanford 407-321-4500 Dennis Hernandez Florida Emergency Physicians 500 Winderley Place Suite 115 Maitland 401-875-0555 Sean Isaak Emergency Physicians of Central Florida 555 W. State Road 434 Longwood 321-841-5236 Shiva Kalidindi Nemours Children's Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Omayra Mansfield Florida Emergency Physicians 500 Winderley Place Suite 115 Maitland 407-875-0555
Mitchell Maulfair Florida Emergency Physicians 500 Winderley Place Suite 115 Maitland 407-875-0555 Vanessa Peluso Florida Emergency Physicians 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-875-0555 David Sarkarati Florida Emergency Physicians 500 Winderley Place Suite 115 Maitland 407-875-0555 Paul Spreitzer Emergency Physicians of Central Florida 555 W. State Road 434 Longwood 321-841-5236
Endocrinology Sohail Ali Central Florida Endocrine and Diabetes Consultants 635 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-629-4901 Richard Banks Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-3303 Julie Bauer Orlando Diabetes & Endocrine Specialists 6150 Metrowest Blvd. Suite 105 Orlando 407-293-2150 Kimberley Bourne Orlando Diabetes & Endocrine Specialists 6150 Metrowest Blvd. Suite 105 Orlando 407-293-2150 Robert Constant Diabetes and Endocrine Center of Orlando 3113 Lawton Rd. Suite 100 Orlando 407-894-3241
Jorge Daaboul Florida Hospital for Children Florida Center for Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism 615 E. Princeton St. Orlando 407-896-2901 Paul Desrosiers Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-3303 Penny Glickman Central Florida Endocrine and Diabetes Consultants 635 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-629-4901 Carlos Pacheco Central Florida Endocrine and Diabetes Consultants 635 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-629-4901 Victor Roberts Endocrine Associates of Florida 766 N. Sun Dr. Suite 2060 Lake Mary 407-936-3860 Damon Tanton Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute 2415 N. Orange Ave. Suite 502 Orlando 407-303-2801 Joshua Yang Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-3303 Maha Zikra Diabetes and Endocrine Center of Florida 7300 Sandlake Commons Blvd., Suite 112 Orlando 407-248-9990
Family Practice Richard Baxley The Baxley Center for Executive Health Assessment 2629 Edgewater Dr. Orlando 407-246-7001
Michael Bougoulias Orlando Health Physician Associates 725 Rodel Cove Lake Mary 407-302-3115 Adrian Burrowes CFP Physicians Group 985 State Road 436 Casselberry 407-831-5252 Christopher Caggiano Orlando Health Physician Associates 725 Rodel Cove Lake Mary 407-302-3119 Robin Creamer Florida Hospital Centre for Aging & Wellness 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 200 Winter Park 407-646-7070 Perri Dumbacher Florida Hospital Medical Group Oviedo Family Medicine 7560 Red Bug Lake Rd. Suite 2048 Oviedo 407-366-8856 George Elias Elias & Oakley 63 E. 3rd St. Apopka 407-889-9800 Patrick Gonzales Southwest Orlando Family Medicine 7400 Docs Grove Cir. Orlando 407-352-9717 Lara Hitchcock Hitchcock Health Institute 7932 W. Sand Lake Rd. Suite 201 Orlando 407-578-3303 Amy Jackson Orlando Health Physicians Maguire Family Medicine Group 2731 S. Maguire Rd. Ocoee 407-877-1990 Richard Janovitz Family Medical Center 2863 S. Delaney Ave. Orlando 407-843-1620
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Seth Johnson Maitland Avenue Urgent Care Family Practice 411 Maitland Ave. Suite 1002 Altamonte Springs 321-207-0002 Andrew Krupitsky Altamonte Family Practice 249 Maitland Ave. Suite 1000 Altamonte Springs 407-332-6366 Suvy Kuriakose Orlando Health Physicians Maguire Family Medicine Group 2731 S. Maguire Rd. Ocoee 407-877-1990 Robert Law Comprehensive Health Care Center 3151 N. Alafaya Trl. Suite 101 Orlando 407-207-5000
Theresa Oakley Elias & Oakley 63 E. 3rd St. Apopka 407-889-9800
Eddie Waldheim, Jr. Maitland Family Practice 402 Lake Howell Rd. Maitland 407-628-4312
Jan Parrillo Family Medical Center 2863 S. Delaney Ave. Orlando 407-843-1620
Max Watzman Barimo Family Medicine 483 N. Semoran Blvd. Suite 206 Winter Park 407-678-2400
Ramesh Patel Advance Family Practice 1910 N. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-898-1451 Varesh Patel Advance Family Practice 1910 N. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-898-1451 Pinkal Patel Oviedo Family Health Center 6012 Aloma Woods Blvd. Oviedo 407-366-7455
James Louttit Maitland Family Practice 402 Lake Howell Rd. Maitland 407-628-4312
Timothy Pursley Maitland Family Practice 402 Lake Howell Rd. Maitland 407-628-4312
Douglas Meuser University of Central Florida Student Health Services 4098 Libra Dr. Orlando 407-823-2701
Steven Selznick CFP Physicians Group 985 State Road 436 Casselberry 407-831-5252
Daniel Monette North Seminole Family Practice 2209 S. French Ave. Sanford 407-321-4230 Melodie Mope Orlando Health Physicians Summerport Family Medicine Group 5151 Winter Garden Vineland Rd. Winter Garden 407-614-8320 Kar-Yee Ng Florida Hospital Medical Group Oviedo Family Medicine 7560 Red Bug Lake Rd. Suite 2048 Oviedo 407-366-8856
Mitul Shah Family Medical Center 2863 S. Delaney Ave. Orlando 407-843-1620 William Silverman Lake Howell Family Medicine Associates 590 Ruby Ct. Maitland 407-677-4867 Gary Visser PremierMED | Family & Sports Medicine 2658 Maguire Rd. Ocoee 407-581-9065 James Voirin Orlando Health Physician Associates 7408 Red Bug Lake Rd. Oviedo 407-381-7387
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Mark Weigley 685 Palm Springs Dr. Suite 1A Altamonte Springs 407-339-5959
Gastroenterology Rohitas Agarwal 126 Goodrich Ave. Suite B Apopka 407-464-2130 Matthew Apter Florida Hospital Medical Group Apter Gastroenterology Center 100 E. Sybelia Ave. Suite 327 Maitland 407-644-2525 Sangeeta Bhargava Pediatric Gastroenterology of Central Florida 615 E. Princeton St. Suite 510 Orlando 407-898-1210 Jeffrey Bornstein Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-3338 Anthony Coppola Gastroenterology Specialists 515 W. State Road 434 Longwood 407-260-6000 Robert Dorff 1925 Mizell Ave. Suite 204 Winter Park 407-629-6644 Samuel Giday Center for Digestive Health 1817 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-896-1726
Robert Hawes Florida Hospital Orlando Center for Interventional Endoscopy 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-2570 Maryam Kashi Florida Hospital Medical Group Central Florida Hepatology & Gastroenterology 2415 N. Orange Ave. Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-1812 Barry Katz Digestive Disease Consultants Palm Endoscopy Center 623 Maitland Ave. Altamonte Springs 407-830-8661 Ivelisse Lopez Orlando VA Medical Center 5201 Raymond St. Orlando 407-646-5500 William Mayoral Center for Digestive Health 1817 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-896-1726 Sanjay Reddy Digestive Disease Consultants Palm Endoscopy Center 623 Maitland Ave. Altamonte Springs 407-830-8661 William Ruderman Center for Digestive Health 1817 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-896-1726 Ira Shafran Shafran Gastroenterology & Research Center 701 W. Morse Blvd. Winter Park 407-629-8121 Robert Shultz Gastroenterology Services 2572 W. State Road 426 Suite 1000 Oviedo 407-478-0882 Richard Straker Digestive Disease Consultants Palm Endoscopy Center 623 Maitland Ave. Altamonte Springs 407-830-8661
Philip Styne Florida Hospital Medicine Specialists 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 235 Orlando 407-303-2096
General Surgery Andrew Braunstein 661 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 216 Altamonte Springs 407-339-4324 Danelle Chambers The Surgical Group of Orlando 801 N. Orange Ave. Suite 640 Orlando 407-730-3627 Timothy Childers Surgical Associates of Central Florida 1181 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-647-1331 Jeffery Cryar Florida Surgical Group 661 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 323 Altamonte Springs 407-834-6965 Michael Freeland The Surgical Group of Orlando 801 N. Orange Ave. Suite 640 Orlando 407-730-3627 Michael Kahky Orlando Health Surgical Group 14 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-843-5001 Charles Koller Winter Park Hernia Center 2055 Glenwood Dr. Winter Park 407-478-5060 Marc Levy Children's Surgical Associates 1814 Lucerne Terrace Suite A Orlando 407-540-1000
Thomas Mahan Surgical Associates of Central Florida 1181 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-647-1331 Ross Morgan Children's Surgical Associates 1814 Lucerne Terrace Suite A Orlando 407-540-1000 Alberto Padron The Surgical Group of Orlando 801 N. Orange Ave. Suite 640 Orlando 407-730-3627 Roberto Posada Surgical Associates of Central Florida 1181 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-647-1331 John Robertson Florida Hospital Medical Group Advanced Surgical Care Specialists 4106 W. Lake Mary Blvd. Suite 330 Lake Mary 407-833-9195
MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. FORTUNE ALABI
Pulmonologist, Florida Lung, Asthma & Sleep Specialists
Twenty years ago, as a young doctor, I suddenly found myself on the other side of the fence. I had received sad news from my sister that my niece was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a kind of brain tumor. I felt overwhelmed and helpless, as if all of my medical knowledge had suddenly disappeared. It was a trying time for my family, with lots of questions that needed immediate answers. Thankfully, the team of physicians at Texas Childrenâ€™s Hospital was very knowledgeable. They were also extremely kind, compassionate and caring, and I learned a very valuable lesson that cannot be taught in medical schoolâ€”that care must be provided with compassion. This was a turning point for me and forever changed the way I perceive patient care. Compassionate care is the cornerstone of my practice, and deeply rooted in who I am as a doctor. Our patients are our family, and that is how we should treat them.
Ivan Rosado Citrus Surgical Group 661 E. Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs 407-830-8787 Jeffrey Smith Orlando Health Surgical Group 14 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-843-5001 Daryl Wier Orlando VA Medical Center 13800 Veterans Way Orlando Joseph Yurso Florida Surgical Group 661 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 323 Altamonte Springs 407-834-6965
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Genetics Lynda Pollack Arnold Palmer Hospital Division of Genetics 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 407-648-7802 Patricia Wheeler Arnold Palmer Hospital Division of Genetics 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 407-648-7802
Geriatrics Ariel Cole Florida Hospital Centre for Aging & Wellness 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 200 Winter Park 407-599-6060 Robin Creamer Florida Hospital Centre for Aging & Wellness 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 200 Winter Park 407-646-7070 Mariana Dangiolo UCF Health 9975 Tavistock Lakes Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627 John Fleming Florida Hospital Centre for Aging & Wellness 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 200 Winter Park 407-599-6060 Rosemary Laird Florida Hospital Medical Group Centre for Senior Health 1933 Dundee Dr. Winter Park 407-644-1241 Gary Lehman Dr. Gary Lehman & Associates 2881 S. Bumby Ave. Orlando 407-894-0005 Venkatesh Nagalapadi CFP Physicians Group 985 State Road 436 Casselberry 407-831-5252
Marla Richardson-Price CFP Physicians Group 985 State Road 436 Casselberry 407-831-5252 David Smuckler Orlando Health Internal Medicine 21 W. Columbia St. Suite 201 Orlando 321-841-6600
Gynecologic Oncology Lorna Brudie Florida Hospital Gynecologic Oncology 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 800 Orlando 407-303-1700
Neil Finkler Florida Hospital 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 786 Orlando 407-303-2422 Robert Holloway Florida Hospital Gynecologic Oncology 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 800 Orlando 407-303-2422 James Kendrick IV Florida Hospital Gynecologic Oncology 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 800 Orlando 407-303-2422 Veronica Schimp Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 105 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-8393
Hematology/ Oncology Carlos Alemany Florida Hospital Medical Group Cancer Institute Of Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 689 Orlando 407-303-2024
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Don Eslin Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 92 W. Miller St. 2nd Floor Orlando 321-841-8588 Maria Flores Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 70 W. Gore St. Suite 100 Orlando 407-426-8484 Ralph Gousse Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 601 E. Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs 407-303-2305 William Grow Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 381 Orlando 407-898-5452 Julio Hajdenberg Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-7219 Fouad Hajjar Florida Hospital for Children Children's Center for Cancer & Blood Diseases 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 589 Orlando 407-303-2080 David Molthrop Jr. Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 381 Orlando 407-898-5452 Rebecca Moroose Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-843-8370 Gregory Ortega Mid Florida Cancer Centers 2776 Enterprise Rd. Suite 100 Orange City 386-774-1223
Robert Reynolds Florida Hospital Medical Group Cancer Institute of Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 689 Orlando 407-303-2024 Sonalee Shroff Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 381 Orlando 407-898-5452 Jennifer Tseng Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-1882 Lee Zehngebot Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 381 Orlando 407-898-5452
Infectious Disease Kenneth Alexander Nemours Children's Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7000
Christopher Cooper Infectious Disease Consultants 685 Palm Springs Dr. Suite 2A Altamonte Springs 407-830-5577 Timothy Cooper Infectious Disease Consultants 685 Palm Springs Dr. Suite 2A Altamonte Springs 407-830-5577 Antonio Crespo Orlando Health Infectious Disease 9430 Turkey Lake Rd. Suite 108 Orlando 407-370-8720
Juan Diaz Infectious Disease Consultants 685 Palm Springs Dr. Suite 2A Altamonte Springs 407-830-5577 Jose Giron Orlando Infectious Disease Center 4401 S. Orange Ave. Suite 118 Orlando 407-888-5980 Federico Laham Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-7360 Carmelo Licitra Orlando Health Infectious Disease 1012 Lucerne Terr. Orlando 407-423-1039 James McClelland 3000 N. Orange Ave. Suite A Orlando 407-896-9660 Wilfred Onyia 3000 N. Orange Ave. Suite A Orlando 407-896-9660 Phillip Sanchez Infectious Disease Care of Central Florida 650 N. Wymore Rd. Suite 102 Winter Park 407-644-9002 Archana Shah Premier Infectious Disease Care 132 Benmore Dr. Winter Park 321-422-3660 Jason Sniffen Infectious Disease Consultants 685 Palm Springs Dr. Suite 2A Altamonte Springs 407-830-5577 Vincent Spoto Infectious Disease Associates 1400 S. Orlando Ave. Suite 205 Winter Park 407-629-9400
Javier Tello Infectious Disease Associates 1400 S. Orlando Ave. Suite 205 Winter Park 407-629-9400
Infertility Sharon Jaffe The Center for Reproductive Medicine 1500 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park 407-740-0909 Randall Loy The Center for Reproductive Medicine 1500 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park 407-740-0909 Sejal Dharia Patel The Center for Reproductive Medicine 1500 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park 407-740-0909 Mark Trolice Fertility CARE: The IVF Center 5931 Brick Ct. Winter Park 407-672-1106
Internal Medicine Michael Akpeke Delta Internal Medicine Center 220 E. Gore St. Suite 201 Orlando 407-985-1940 Steven Attermann Florida Hospital Medical Group East Orlando Medical Group 7975 Lake Underhill Rd. Suite 220-B Orlando 407-303-6285 Lucille Belnick Lake Howell Internal Medicine 5558 Lake Howell Rd. Winter Park 407-679-3400
Christopher Buddendorff Central Florida Hospitalist Partners 515 Wekiva Commons Cir. Apopka 407-774-0455 Maria Cannarozzi UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627 Zulma Cintron Oviedo Internal Medicine 7560 Red Bug Lake Rd. Suite 2080 Oviedo 407-365-9999 Donald Collins 1109 Lucerne Terrace Orlando 407-843-4251 Boris Coronado Orlando Health Physician Associates 800 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-660-7150 Glen Davis Florida Internal Medicine 4106 W. Lake Mary Blvd. Suite 301 Lake Mary 407-333-2503 Martin Derrow Orlando Health Physician Associates 800 N. Maitland Ave. Suite 103 Maitland 407-660-7100 Neha Doshi Winter Park Primary Care 942 Lake Baldwin Ln. Orlando 321-285-6363 Anthony Douglas Florida Hospital Medical Group Maitland Internal Medicine 670 N. Orlando Ave. Suite 204 Maitland 407-644-7551 George Everett Florida Hospital Medicine Specialists 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 235 Orlando 321-303-7270
Deborah Fairchild Harding Harding Medical Institute 6200 Metrowest Blvd. Suite 105 Orlando 407-210-2101
Quan Nguyen Altamonte Springs Internal Medicine 350 Maitland Ave. Suite 1001 Altamonte Springs 407-339-7682
Manuel Galceran Southwest Internal Medicine 5979 Vineland Rd. Suite 310 Orlando 407-345-0005
Annapurna Pattisapu 3464 Avalon Park E. Blvd. Orlando 407-425-1131
Tanya Haber Florida Hospital Medical Group Central Florida Internal Medicine 401 N. Mills Ave. Suite C Orlando 407-893-6225 Aparna Hernandez Southwest Internal Medicine 5979 Vineland Rd. Suite 310 Orlando 407-345-0005 Jesse Johnson, Jr. Primary Care Center at Lake Mary 4106 W. Lake Mary Blvd. Suite 100 Lake Mary 407-333-2273 Benjamin Kaplan Orlando Health Internal Medicine 21 W. Columbia St. Suite 201 Orlando 321-841-6600 Mario Madruga Orlando Health Internal Medicine 21 W. Columbia St. Suite 102 Orlando 407-841-5145 John Mancini Winter Park Internal Medicine 1855 Hollywood Ave. Winter Park 407-645-2334 Victor Mikhael Central Florida Inpatient Medicine 525 Technology Dr. Suite 109 Lake Mary 407-647-5431
Kevin Pressley 4474 Edgewater Dr. Orlando 407-297-8007 Rajnish Puri University Medical Care 471 N. Semoran Blvd. Suite A Winter Park 407-678-5656 Samanaicker Ranganathan 1250 W. State Rd. 434 Suite 1004 Longwood 407-260-8227 S. Tracy Rhodes Lake Howell Internal Medicine 5558 Lake Howell Rd. Winter Park 407-679-3400 John Ryan Florida Internal Medicine 4106 W. Lake Mary Blvd. Suite 301 Lake Mary 407-333-2503 Sergio Salazar UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627 David Smuckler Orlando Health Internal Medicine 21 W. Columbia St. Suite 201 Orlando 321-841-6600 Vinay Srivastava Sanford Medical Group 1621 W. 1st St. Sanford 407-322-4431 Juan Suarez 1900 N. Mills Ave. Suite 103 Orlando 407-843-0151
Raul Tamayo 1325 S. International Pkwy. Suite 2241 Lake Mary 407-636-9663
Nephrology Fuad Afzal Mid-Florida Kidney & Hyptertension Care 631 Palm Springs Dr. Suite 104 Altamonte Springs 407-265-2540 Vasudeva Bommineni Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 685 Palm Springs Dr. Suite 1-B Altamonte Springs 407-339-4447 Jeffrey Cohen Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 3885 Oakwater Cir. Orlando 407-851-5600 Uday Desai Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 537-N Orlando 407-894-4693 Mark LaGatta Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 4100 Metric Dr. Suite 200 Winter Park 407-681-8720 Jorge Larranaga Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 1101 N. Central Ave. Kissimmee 407-933-2210 Timothy Prince Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 3885 Oakwater Cir. Orlando 407-851-5600 Jorge Ramirez Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Hewell Kids' Kidney Center 92 W Miller St. Orlando 321-841-7970
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MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. MILES LANDIS
Pediatrician, Lake Mary Pediatrics, Florida Hospital Medical Group
Seeing my patients grow and thrive each year is the most fulfilling part of my job as a pediatrician. Whether it's a new mother who masters feeding her baby, a sick child who thinks I am a real-life "Doc McStuffins," or a lifelong patient heading off to collegeâ€”these are all moments I cherish. Recently, I saw a three-week old baby for his first doctor's visit. He was obviously a good eater and energetic. He had gained weight from his previous visit, but not quite to the level I would have expected. I performed the same well-baby exam that has become automatic after 30-plus years. This time, something was differentâ€”I could not feel the baby's femoral pulses. A visit to the cardiologist confirmed severe narrowing of his aorta. Delay in catching this would have meant heart failure and perhaps organ damage. Instead, surgery allowed blood to flow and a lifetime of memories to start.
Uday Ranjit Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 537-N Orlando 407-894-4693 Joaquin Rosario Cacho Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 3885 Oakwater Cir. Orlando 407-851-5600 Howard Sackel Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 537-N Orlando 407-894-4693 Joseph Warren Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 537-N Orlando 407-894-4693
Neurological Surgery Donald Behrmann Orlando Neurosurgery 1605 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-975-0200 Melvin Field Orlando Neurosurgery 1605 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-975-0200 Max Medary Greater Orlando Neurosurgery & Spine 7340 Stonerock Circle Orlando 407-355-0575 Nizam Razack Spine & Brain Neurosurgery Center 7460 Docs Grove Cir. Orlando 407-903-9360 Paul Sawin Orlando Neurosurgery 1605 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-975-0200
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Eric Trumble Florida Hospital for Children Neurosurgeons For Kids 615 E. Princeton St. Suite 540 Orlando 407-236-0006 Joseph Wehman Wehman Neurosurgery 80 W. Gore St. Orlando 407-254-0005
Neurology Carl Barr Florida Child Neurology 615 E. Princeton St. Suite 225 Orlando 407-897-3544 Alicia Cabrera Neurology of Central Florida 982 Douglas Ave. Suite 102 Altamonte Springs 407-790-4990 Ronald Davis Pediatric Neurology 7485 Sandlake Commons Blvd. Orlando 407-293-1122 Richard Finkel Nemours Children's Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Ira Goodman The Compass Clinic 100 W. Gore St. Suite 406 Orlando 407-210-1320 Bruce Hoffen Florida NeuroHealth 515 W. State Road 434 Suite 205 Longwood 407-332-5141 Arnaldo Isa Neurology Associates PA 301 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-647-5996
Daniel Jacobs Neurological Services of Orlando 3849 Oakwater Cir. Orlando 407-240-1762 Mark Klafter Neurological Services of Orlando 3849 Oakwater Cir. Orlando 407-240-1762 Jasna Kojic Child Neurology Center of Orlando 6000 Turkey Lake Rd. Suite 205 Orlando 407-649-1848 Ki Hyeong Lee Florida Hospital for Children Florida Epilepsy Center 615 E. Princeton St. Suite 540 Orlando 407-303-8127 Ronald Oppenheim Neurology & Electromyography Consultants 1400 S. Orlando Ave. Suite 301 Winter Park 407-645-3151 Hal Pineless NeuroCare Institute of Central Florida 1890 State Road 436 Suite 255 Winter Park 407-657-7900
Obstetrics/ Gynecology Amanpreet Bhullar Orlando Health Physician Associates 9679 Lake Nona Village Pl. Suite 101 Orlando 407-277-9242 Bruce Breit Women's Care Florida Winter Park OB-GYN 100 N. Edinburgh Dr. Winter Park 407-645-5565 Kyle Crofoot Florida Hospital Orlando Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-1606
Lori Lambert 7051 Dr. Phillips Blvd. Suite 5 Orlando 407-363-2000 Sheryl Logan Women's Care Florida OB & GYN Specialists 1551 Clay St. Winter Park 407-644-5371 Jorge Londono Orlando Health Physician Associates 7243 Della Dr. Orlando 407-381-7336
Virgil Davila Orlando Health Physician Associates 7416 Red Bug Lake Rd. Oviedo 407-381-7387
Melissa Moore Women's Care Florida Winter Park OB-GYN 100 N. Edinburgh Dr. Winter Park 407-645-5565
Steven Dukes Women's Care Florida Winter Park OB-GYN 100 N. Edinburgh Dr. Winter Park 407-645-5565
Elizabeth Nelson Women's Health Specialists of Orlando 100 W. Gore St. Suite 400 Orlando 407-422-2641
Dennise Durkee Women's Care Florida OB & GYN Specialists 1551 Clay St. Winter Park 407-644-5371
Stephen Rosenberg Orlando Health 32 W. Gore St. 3rd Floor Orlando 407 352-5434
Emma Fritz Women's Care Florida Delaney OB-GYN 525 S. Magnolia Ave. Orlando 407-316-8550
Thomas Gibbs 820 Lucerne Terrace Orlando 407-648-5101
James Wilson Florida Hospital Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355
Marnique Jones Women's Care Florida OB & GYN Specialists 7200 Stonerock Cir. Orlando 407-644-5371
D. Ashley Hill Florida Hospital Medical Group Loch Haven OB/GYN 235 E. Princeton St. Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-1444
Terrence Peppy Orlando Health Physician Associates 7243 Della Dr. Orlando 407-381-7336 E. John SerrĂŁo SerrĂŁo Rejuvenation Center 2905 McRae Ave. Orlando 407-896-3772 Judith Simms-Cendan Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 89 W. Copeland Dr. 3rd Floor Orlando 321-841-5530 Jon Sweet Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida Women's Center 661 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 318 Altamonte Springs 407-303-5204
Jennifer Swoboda Florida Hospital OB Specialists 1801 Lee Rd. Suite 165 Winter Park 407-975-0406 Michael Tortorella 7300 Sandlake Commons Blvd., Suite 320 Orlando 407-363-1003 Leigh White WomanCare 930 Lake Baldwin Lane Orlando 407-898-1500
Ophthalmology David Auerbach Eye Physicians of Central Florida 790 Concourse Parkway S. Suite 200 Maitland 407-767-6411 Andrew A. Aziz Affiliated Eye Specialists 331 N. Maitland Ave. Suite B-2 Maitland 407-740-0331 John Beneke Magruder Eye Institute 1911 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-893-8200 Louis Blumenfeld Eye Physicians of Central Florida 790 Concourse Parkway S. Suite 200 Maitland 407-767-6411 Richard Cohn Cohn Eye Center 260 Lookout Place Suite 105 Maitland 407-647-7227 Elliot W. Cooperman 311 Evans St. Orlando 407-898-6091 Airaj Fasiuddin Nemours Children's Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
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Robert Gold Eye Physicians of Central Florida 790 Concourse Parkway S. Suite 200 Maitland 407-767-6411 Brian Haas Boutique Eye Orlando 415 Briercliff Dr. Orlando 407-841-1490 Robert Hered Eye Physicians of Central Florida 1781 Park Center Dr. Suite 220 Orlando 407-398-7730 Lynda Kleiman Eye Physicians of Central Florida 790 Concourse Parkway S. Suite 200 Maitland 407-767-6411 Rebecca Kurzon Winter Park Ophthalmology 200 Benmore Dr. Winter Park 407-637-2033 Miguel Lugo 661 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 223 Altamonte Springs 407-260-2255 Jaime Membreno Retina Macula Specialists 100 Park Pl. Blvd. Kissimmee 407-931-1510 Osama Omar Advanced Vision Institute 773 Douglas Ave. Altamonte Springs 407-389-0800 Parul Pal Orlando Eye Consultants 1206 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-228-4035 Harry Pappas Florida Eye Clinic 160 Boston Ave. Altamonte Springs 407-834-7776 Keshini Parbhu Parbhu Oculofacial Plastic Surgery 4750 The Grove Dr. Suite 230 Windermere 407-401-9695
Ross Parks Florida Eye Clinic 2225 N. Central Ave. Kissimmee 407-834-7776 Margaret Poulos Ramirez & Poulos 115 W. Columbia St. Suite E Orlando 407-843-2020 Deepak Raja Orlando Eye Institute 4750 The Grove Dr. Suite 230 Windermere 407-704-3937 Jerry Shuster Eye Physicians of Central Florida 790 Concourse Parkway S. Suite 200 Maitland 407-767-6411 Catherine Wang Florida Eye Clinic 10131 W. Colonial Dr. Suite 201 Ocoee 407-834-7776
Orthopedics Brian Barnard Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic 1285 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-647-2287 J. Dean Cole Florida Hospital 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 340 Orlando 407-895-8890 Michael Jablonski Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic Stirling Center 701 Platinum Point Lake Mary 407-599-1681 Craig Jones Orlando Orthopaedic Center 25 W. Crystal Lake St. Suite 200 Orlando 407-254-2500
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Dennis Knapp, Jr. Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Orthopedics 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-3040
George White Orlando Hand Surgery Associates 801 N. Orange Ave. Suite 600 Orlando 407-841-2100
James Kosko Children's Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd. Suite 103 Orlando 407-253-1000
Kenneth Krumins Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic 1285 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-599-1681
Raymund Woo Florida Hospital for Children Florida Center for Pediatric Orthopaedics 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 514 Orlando 407-303-5687
Jeffrey Lehman The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883
Stephane Lavoie Florida Orthopaedic Associates 740 W. Plymouth Ave. DeLand 386-734-9122 Craig Mintzer Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd. Orlando 407-916-4120 Steve Nguyen Optimotion Orthopaedics 5979 Vineland Rd. Suite 101 Orlando 407-355-3120 Jonathan Phillips Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Orthopedics 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-3049 Stephen Reed Florida Orthopaedic Associates 1337 International Pkwy. S. Suite 1341 Lake Mary 407-333-4507 Bryan Reuss Orlando Orthopaedic Center 25 W. Crystal Lake St. Suite 200 Orlando 407-254-2500 Jeffrey Rosen Orlando Orthopaedic Center 25 W. Crystal Lake St. Suite 200 Orlando 407-254-2500 Randy Schwartzberg Orlando Orthopaedic Center 25 W. Crystal Lake St. Suite 200 Orlando 407-254-2500
Otolaryngology Michael Bibliowicz Orlando Ear Nose & Throat Associates 5830 Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando 407-658-0228 Cheryl Cotter Children's Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd. Suite 103 Orlando 407-253-1000 Joshua Gottschall Children's Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd. Suite 103 Orlando 407-253-1000 Dale Harrington Orlando Ear Nose & Throat Associates 5830 Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando 407-658-0228 Eric Jaryszak Children's Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd. Suite 103 Orlando 407-253-1000 Izak Kielmovitch The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883
Michael Mokris Florida Otolaryngology Group 1781 Park Center Dr. Suite 210 Orlando 407-351-0675 Aftab Patni The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 Kavita Pattani Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-841-7171 David Rabaja Orlando Ear Nose & Throat Associates 5830 Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando 407-658-0228 Devang Shah Atlantic Ear, Nose & Throat 1301 S. International Pkwy. Suite 2011 Lake Mary 407-774-9880 Brian Spector The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 Kiran Tipirneni The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883
Hao Tran The Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 Julie Wei Nemours Children's Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Pain Medicine Kayvan Ariani JLR Center for Pain Medicine 851 Trafalgar Ct. Suite 200E Maitland 321-422-7111
MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. ALEXANDRA OSORIO Diagnostic Radiologist, Sand Lake Imaging
I'll always remember the special day of my birthday several years ago. I was dining out with my family and after the waiters came out with a small piece of cake and sang “Happy Birthday,” a woman came over and said to me: "Dr. Osorio, right?” I was shocked and nodded as I looked at my family. She proceeded to tell me, "I want to thank you! You found my breast cancer. You spoke to me and answered my questions. Thanks to you I can also celebrate my birthday with my family." It was an amazing moment that still today brings tears to my eyes. Even though our encounters with patients as radiologists is brief or at times non-existent, it matters and should never be disregarded.
Juliet Burry Pain Management Institute & Aesthetics 499 E. Central Pkwy. Suite 115 Altamonte Springs 407-671-5115 Michael Creamer Central Florida Pain Relief Centers 100 W. Gore St. Suite 500 Orlando 407-649-8707 D. Brian Jager JLR Center for Pain Medicine 851 Trafalgar Ct. Suite 200E Maitland 407-422-7111 Anand Patel JLR Center for Pain Medicine 851 Trafalgar Ct. Suite 200E Maitland 321-422-7111
Pathology Paul Baekey Central Florida Pathologists 2855 N. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-303-1932
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MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. DANIEL J. PODBERESKY Radiologist-in-Chief, Nemours Children's Health System
The most memorable days in my career have been those when, in the midst of interpreting dozens of routine radiology exams, I discover something completely unexpected. It could be a subtle finding that requires further investigation, or an unexpected, major abnormality that has life-changing consequences and needs immediate attention. As a pediatric radiologist, I spend a lot of time reviewing exams for patients across our entire enterprise, and I rarely see the direct impact on children and families when I find an unexpected abnormality. In that moment, when I flag something serious on a scan, I know that everything about this familyâ€™s life will be turned upside down. However, despite knowing the ripple effects of my discovery, it is precisely those moments that are the most rewarding for me because now the family can get proper treatment for their child, and I know I have made a positive, perhaps lifesaving, difference.
Diane Davey University of Central Florida 6850 Lake Nona Blvd. Orlando 407-266-1100 Raymond Franklin Pathology Specialists 84 W. Jersey St. Suite 1 Orlando 407-422-1377 Orlando Gonzalez Pathology Specialists 84 W. Jersey St. Suite 1 Orlando 407-422-1377 Luis Guarda Central Florida Pathologists 2855 N. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-303-1932 Darian Kameh Central Florida Pathology Associates Celebration Health Laboratory 400 Celebration Place Celebration 407-303-4490 M. Joe Ma Central Florida Pathology Associates 2855 N. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-303-7683 Gary Pearl Pathology Specialists 84 W. Jersey St. Suite 1 Orlando 407-422-1377 Michael Radi Central Florida Pathologists 2855 N. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-303-1932 Robert Randell, Jr. Central Florida Pathologists 2855 N. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-303-1932 Deborah Thoni Central Florida Pathologists 2855 N. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-303-1932
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Pediatrics Akinyemi Ajayi The Children's Lung, Asthma And Sleep Specialists 2660 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-898-2767 Brooke Britton Pediatric Associates of Orlando 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 Robert Chong Florida Hospital Medical Group Lake Mary/College Park Pediatrics 410 Waymont Ct. Lake Mary 407-323-3550 Laritssa Cobian RDV Sportsplex Pediatrics 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd. Orlando 407-916-4522 Gregory Coffman Pediatric Associates of Orlando 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 Mark Didea Pediatric Associates of Orlando 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 Gregory Gordon Pediatric Associates of Orlando 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 Ben Guedes Florida Hospital Pediatric Intensivists 1801 Lee Rd. Suite 165 Winter Park 407-303-6729 Mary Janarious Pediatrics of Central Florida 801 W. Oak St. Suite 101 Kissimmee 407-846-3455
Lucyna Lagod Pediatric Associates of Orlando 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290
Maxine Silverman Personal Pediatrics 7051 Dr. Phillips Blvd. Suite 1 Orlando 407-345-9929
Miles Landis Florida Hospital Medical Group Lake Mary/College Park Pediatrics 410 Waymont Ct. Lake Mary 407-323-3550
Neal Silverstein Florida Hospital Medical Group Pediatric Care Of Altamonte 661 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 217 Altamonte Springs 407-339-3030
Michael Middleton Middleton Pediatrics 200 E. Marks St. Orlando 407-284-6460 Ayodeji Otegbeye Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care 5900 S. John Young Pkwy. Orlando 407-434-81871 Ira Pinnelas Pediatrix Medical GroupHospitalist Services 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 407-839-2048 Rachel Prete 92 W Miller St. Orlando 407-649-9111 Robert Quigley Florida Hospital Centre for Family Medicine 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 200 Winter Park 407-646-7070 Marla Robbins Personal Pediatrics 7051 Dr. Phillips Blvd. Suite 1 Orlando 407-345-9929 Joseph Savona 2572 W. State Road 426 Suite 1048 Oviedo 407-365-4499 Denise Serafin Windermere Pediatrics 7635 Ashley Park Court Suite 501 Orlando 407-297-0080
Samuel Smith Interlachen Pediatrics 846 Lake Howell Rd. Maitland 407-767-2477 Andrew Summers Orlando Health Physician Associates 800 N. Maitland Ave. Suite 102 Maitland 407-660-7010 Jennifer Thielhelm Orlando Health Physician Associates 800 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-660-7000 Pamela Trout Doc PAM Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine 201 N. Lakemont Ave. Suite 200 Winter Park 321-203-4410 Dolly Ubhrani CFP Pediatrics 1385 W. State Rd. 434 Suite 206 Longwood 407-644-9970 Shahid Usmani Ocoee Pediatrics 1551 Boren Dr. Suite A Ocoee 407-395-2037 Lloyd Werk Nemours Children's Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7219 Barry Yarckin West Orlando Pediatrics 10125 W. Colonial Dr. Suite 102 Ocoee 407-290-9355
Clifford Clark III 701 W. Morse Blvd. Suite 220 Winter Park 407-629-5555
Luis Allen Florida Hospital Medical Group Center for Behavioral Health 1685 Lee Rd. Suite 100 Winter Park 407-896-8097
Arthur Debaise Florida Hospital GYN Hospitalists 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 411 Orlando 407-478-0517 Richard Gregory The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery 400 Celebration Place Suite A320 Celebration 407-409-8000 Brian Joseph Park Avenue Plastic Surgery 340 N. Wymore Rd. Winter Park 407-673-3223 Richard Klein Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-7090 Kenneth Lee Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-7090 Kendall Peters Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 801 N. Orange Ave. Suite 815 Orlando 407-898-1436 George Pope Orlando Plastic Surgery Center 3872 Oakwater Cir. Orlando 407-857-6261 D. Scott Rotatori 800 W. Morse Blvd. Suite 5 Winter Park 407-628-5476
Juan Balaguer Orlando Behavioral Healthcare 260 Lookout Place Suite 202 Maitland 407-647-1781 Denise Barnard Orlando Behavioral Healthcare 260 Lookout Place Suite 202 Maitland 407-647-1781 Ricardo Bernal 8751 Commodity Cir. Suite 3 Orlando 407-226-2777 Alan Berns Psychiatric Interventions 3272 W. Lake Mary Blvd. Suite 1820 Lake Mary 407-330-7393 Rex Birkmire Ashlawn Consulting 650 S. Central Ave. Oviedo 386-960-4104 John Blankemeier 2180 N. Park Ave. Suite 320 Winter Park 407-629-6440 Susanna Chyu APG Health 736 N. Magnolia Ave. Orlando 407-423-7149 Jeff Danziger Psychiatric Affiliates PA 2300 Maitland Center Pkwy. Suite 230 Maitland 407-679-6400 Scott Farmer The Healing House 417 E. Jackson St. Orlando 407-701-4500
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Robert Goldstein 2180 N. Park Ave. Suite 324 Winter Park 407-647-8825 Ryan Hall 2500 W. Lake Mary Blvd. Suite 219 Lake Mary 407-322-8199
Herndon Harding, Jr. Florida Hospital Medical Group Center for Behavioral Health 1685 Lee Rd. Suite 100 Winter Park 407-896-8097 Linda Harper CNS Healthcare 618 E. South St. Suite 100 Orlando 407-425-5100 J. Roderick Hundley 1177 Louisiana Ave. Suite 113 Winter Park 407-629-4466 Sonny Joseph 9430 Turkey Lake Rd. Suite 204 Orlando 407-354-5290 Andrew Kleiman 2180 N. Park Ave. Suite 320 Winter Park 407-339-3338 Jeffrey Krotenberg Lake Mary Psychiatry and Counseling 305 Waymont Ct. Suite 111 Lake Mary 407-324-0405 Morteza Nadjafi APG Health 736 N. Magnolia Ave. Orlando 407-423-7149 Praveen Pathak Glory Psychiatric & Medical Center 1836 Woodward St. Orlando 407-894-6980
Jose Quinones 2252 Winter Woods Blvd. Winter Park 407-681-6003 Carlos Ruiz Florida Hospital Medical Group Center for Behavioral Health 1685 Lee Rd. Suite 100 Winter Park 407-896-8097 Lillian Saavedra Orlando Psychiatric Group 7300 Sand Lake Commons Blvd. Orlando 407-849-0227 Marcia Verduin Orlando VA Medical Center 5201 Raymond St. Orlando 407-646-5500
Pulmonary Disease Akinyemi Ajayi The Children's Lung, Asthma And Sleep Specialists 2660 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-898-2767 Fortune Alabi Florida Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists 2940 Mallory Cir. Suite 204 Celebration 407-507-2615 Sigfredo Aldarondo Pulmonary Care of Central Florida 1110 N. Kentucky Ave. Winter Park 407-539-2766 Francisco Calimano Central Florida Pulmonary Group 610 Jasmine Rd. Altamonte Springs 407-841-1100 Richard Feibelman Orlando Health Pulmonology 515 W. State Road 434 Suite 203 Longwood 407-265-7775
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Ruel Garcia Central Florida Pulmonary Group 1115 E. Ridgewood St. Orlando 407-841-1100 Daniel Haim Central Florida Pulmonary Group 1115 E. Ridgewood St. Orlando 407-841-1100 Juan Herran Pulmonary Practice of Orlando 717 E. Michigan St. Orlando 407-515-8585 Shirish Kirtane Kirtane and Associates 210 N. Westmonte Dr. Suite 1000 Altamonte Springs 407-788-7844 Daniel Layish Central Florida Pulmonary Group 1115 E. Ridgewood St. Orlando 407-841-1100 Floyd Livingston Jr. Nemours Children's Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7000 Thomas O'Brien Pulmonary Disease Specialists 1121 N. Central Ave. Suite B Kissimmee 407-933-1221 Carlos Sabogal Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-6350 Raza Shah 7319 Stonerock Cir. Suite 106 Orlando 407-248-9800 Mark Vollenweider Orlando Health Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Specialists 1222 S. Orange Ave. 2nd Floor Orlando 321-841-7856
Radiologyâ€” Diagnostic Peter Bove Center for Diagnostic Imaging 1295 N. Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-628-5051 Stephen Bravo Sand Lake Imaging 9350 Turkey Lake Rd. Orlando 407-363-2772 Wei-Shen Chin Medical Center Radiology Group 20 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-423-2581 Charlotte Elenberger Sand Lake Imaging 9350 Turkey Lake Rd. Orlando 407-363-2772 Gary Felsberg Florida Hospital Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355 Nicholas Feranec Florida Hospital Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355 Terrence Gross Medical Center Radiology Group 20 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-423-2581
Jeffrey Kurzon Orlando VA Medical Center 5201 Raymond St. Orlando 407-646-5500 Gregory Logsdon Florida Hospital Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355 Alexandra Osorio Sand Lake Imaging 9350 Turkey Lake Rd. Orlando 407-363-2772 Daniel Podberesky Nemours Children's Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7000 Marc Shapiro Neuro Imaging Winter Park 2111 Glenwood Dr. Suite 101 Winter Park 407-478-1550 James Wilson Florida Hospital Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355 Diana Wilson SimonMed Imaging 51 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-999-9925
David Harding Medical Center Radiology Group 20 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-423-2581
Peter Bove Center for Diagnostic Imaging 1295 N. Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-628-5051
Michael Hayt Center for Diagnostic Imaging 1295 N. Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-628-5051
David Diamond Florida Radiation Oncology 483 N. Semoran Blvd. Suite 107 Winter Park 407-539-0722
Matthew Hesh SimonMed Imaging 51 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-999-9925
Joe Franklin Medical Center Radiology Group 20 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-423-2581
Richard George Medical Center Radiology Group 20 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-423-2581 Maneesh Gossain Central Florida Cancer Care Center 2200 W. First St. Sanford 407-321-3040 Frank Hellinger, Jr. Orlando Neurosurgery 1605 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-975-0200 Craig Johnson Nemours Children's Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-567-3870 Jeffrey Kurzon Orlando VA Medical Center 5201 Raymond St. Orlando 407-646-5500
MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. DON ESLIN
Pediatric Oncologist and Hematologist, Haley Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Almost 7 years ago, a 2-year-old boy in California was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. He unfortunately relapsed and, after several experimental treatments failed, his mother was told there was nothing else that could be done. Her options were to either seek hospice care or look for another hospital with a clinical trial. Not willing to give up, she drove across the country to Arnold Palmer Hospital to enroll her son in one of our neuroblastoma clinical trials. Another mom at our hospital who had recently lost her child to cancer “adopted” this family, comforting and even housing them during this challenging time. Today, almost 5 years after starting this trial, this boy is not only alive but thriving! It’s been amazing to play a role in his journey, and his story reminds me why I do what I do—to help children live better, happier lives.”
Steven Lester Central Florida Cancer Care Center 2200 W. First St. Sanford 407-321-3040 Alberto Mansilla Florida Hospital Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355 Christopher Rush Florida Hospital Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355
Rehabilitation Nicholas Bagnoli Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 505 Orlando 407-898-2924
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Michael Creamer Central Florida Pain Relief Centers 100 W. Gore St. Suite 500 Orlando 407-649-8707 Mitchell Freed Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 505 Orlando 407-898-2924 Geeta Narula Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 505 Orlando 407-898-2924 David Portee Orlando VA Medical Center 5201 Raymond St. Orlando 407-646-5500 Mark Tracy Florida Hospital Medical Group Inpatient Rehab Specialists of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 401 Orlando 407-303-6648
Rheumatology Shazia Beg UCF Health 9975 Tavistock Lakes Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627 Howard Buchoff 825 Douglas Ave. Altamonte Springs 407-788-3381 Jeffrey Elston 616 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 203 Altamonte Springs 407-265-1109 Terri Finkel Nemours Children's Hospital 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7806
Pamela Freeman Rheumatology Associates of Central Florida 3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd. Suite 30 Orlando 407-859-4540
Daniel Cohen Urology Center of Winter Park 111 N. Lakemont Ave. Suite 2-D Winter Park 407-622-2030
Caryn Hasselbring Rheumatology Associates of Central Florida 3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd. Suite 30 Orlando 407-859-4540
Michael Keating Florida Hospital for Children Florida Center for Pediatric Urology 615 E. Princeton St. Suite 310 Orlando 407-303-5781
Sanjiv Kapil Florida Arthritis Center 147 Parliament Loop Suite 1005 Lake Mary 407-688-9446
Allan Klaiman Klaiman Urology 668 N. Orlando Ave. Suite 105 Maitland 407-774-2431
Gary Sladek Florida Hospital 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 538N Orlando 407-894-8696
Marshall Melcer Orlando Urology Associates 41 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-843-6645
Laura Summers Rheumatology Associates of Central Florida 3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd. Suite 30 Orlando 407-859-4540
Albert Ong Orlando Urology Associates 41 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-843-6645
Urology Stephen Baker Orlando Urology Associates 41 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-843-6645 Jeffrey Brady Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida Urology Associates 1812 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-897-3499 Thomas Cangiano Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida Urology Associates 270 Northlake Blvd. Suite 1008 Altamonte Springs 407-834-3300
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Rakesh Patel Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida Urology Associates 1812 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-897-3499 Mark Rich Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Pediatric Urology Center 89 W. Copeland Dr. Orlando 321-843-9017 Inoel Rivera Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida Urology Associates 1812 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-897-3499 Jordan Steinberg Florida Hospital Medical Group Florida Urology Associates 218 Strathy Ln. Winter Park 407-628-3073
Stan Sujka Orlando Urology Associates 41 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-843-6645 Jeffrey Thill Orlando Health Urology Physicians Group 865 Oakley Seaver Dr. Clermont 877-876-3627 David Vaughan, Jr. Orlando Urology Associates 41 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-843-6645 James Welch Orlando Urology Associates 41 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-843-6645 Charles Witten Central Florida Urology Associates 4106 W. Lake Mary Blvd. Suite 250 Lake Mary 407-332-9749
Vascular Surgery G. Kendrix Adcock Florida Vascular Consultants 400 S. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-539-2100 Delos Clift Florida Hospital Medical Group Vascular Institute of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 402 Orlando 407-303-7250 Adam Levitt Vascular Specialists of Central Florida 80 W. Michigan St. Orlando 407-648-4323 Samuel Martin Vascular Vein Centers 1200 Edgewater Dr. Orlando 407-244-8559
Manuel Perez-Izquierdo Florida Hospital Medical Group Vascular Institute of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 402 Orlando 407-303-7250 Charles Thompson Vascular Specialists of Central Florida 80 W. Michigan St. Orlando 407-648-4323 David Varnagy Florida Hospital Medical Group Vascular Institute of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 402 Orlando 407-303-7250 Jon Wesley Vascular Specialists of Central Florida 80 W. Michigan St. Orlando 407-648-4323 Robert Winter Florida Vascular Consultants 400 S. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-539-2100 Alan Wladis Florida Hospital Medical Group Vascular Institute of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 402 Orlando 407-303-7250
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GASTROENTEROLOGY ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY 100
ENDOCRINOLOGY Central Florida Endocrine and Diabetes Consultants
Colon & Rectal Clinic of Orlando
Endocrine Associates of Florida
Colon & Rectal Clinic of Orlando: Dr. Mark Soliman
Florida Hospital Medical Group: Diabetes & Endocrinology
Digestive & Liver Center of Florida
Digestive Disease Consultants
Dr. Richard Dumois
Florida Hospital Medical Group: Colorectal Surgery
Florida Hospital Medical Group: Gastroenterology
Winter Park Colon & Rectal Specialists
Central Florida Cancer Care Center
Dr. Julio J. Hajdenberg
Florida Hospital Medical Group: Cancer Specialists
EYE & VISION CARE
Florida Hospital Medical Group: Radiation Oncology
Affiliated Eye Specialists
Boutique Eye Orlando
Florida Radiation Oncology
Central Florida Retina
Mid Florida Cancer Centers
Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center
Eye Physicians of Central Florida
Florida Eye Clinic
Southwest Cancer Center
Florida Eye Clinic: Dr. Catherine Wang
Florida Eye Clinic: Dr. Harry Pappas
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Dr. Darian Kameh
The Compass Clinic
DERMATOLOGY & DERMATOLOGIC SURGERY 185
Associates in Dermatology
Dr. John Meisenheimer
Sand Lake Dermatology Center
EAR, NOSE & THROAT CARE 101
Atlantic Ear, Nose & Throat
Florida Hospital Medical Group: Head & Neck Surgery
Center for Digestive Health
Allergy Asthma Specialists
HEART, VASCULAR CARE, ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY, & PULMONARY CARE 106
Florida Eye Clinic: Dr. Ross Parks
Central Florida Cardiology Group
Florida Retina Institute
Dr. Raza Shah
Magruder Laser Vision
Orlando Eye Institute
Florida Hospital Medical Group: Cardiovascular Care
Vision Health Institute
Florida Vascular Consultants
Heart and Vascular Care
Gowani Medical Associates
Vascular Specialists of Central Florida
FAMILY, WELLNESS & REGENERATIVE MEDICINE 98
Advance Family Practice
Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine
CFP Physicians Group
Orlando Immunology Center
Dr. Gary Lehman & Associates
Premier Infectious Disease Care
Family Medical Center
Florida Hospital Medical Group: Primary Care
North Seminole Family Practice
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INFECTIOUS DISEASE 94, 96 Infectious Disease Consultants
INTERNAL MEDICINE 192
Florida Arthritis Center
Dr. Vipin Popat
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MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS 130
Florida Hospital Medical Group: Medical and Surgical Weight Loss
NEUROLOGY, NEUROSURGERY & REHABILITATION SERVICES 112 131
Central Florida Neurosurgery Institute Florida Hospital Medical Group: Neurology & Behavioral Health
NeuroCare Institute of Central Florida
Orlando Epilepsy Center
Spine & Brain Neurosurgery Center
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American Spine & Orthopaedic Institute Florida Orthopaedic Associaties: Dr. Stephane Lavoie Florida Orthopaedic Associates: Dr. Stephen Reed Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic: Dr. Brian Barnard
Spine Center at Orlando Orthopaedic Center
PAIN, HEADACHE & SLEEP MEDICINE 113
Central Florida Pain Relief Centers
Florida Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists
Florida Hospital Medical Group: Specialized Surgery
Surgical Group of Orlando
Florida Hospital Medical Group: Robotic Surgery for Urologic Cancer
JLR Center for Pain Medicine
Orlando Sleep Medicine Center
Florida Hospital Medical Group: Urology
Orlando Urology Associates
Urology Center of Winter Park
PEDIATRICS/PEDIATRIC SPECIALTIES 117
Children’s Ear, Nose Throat & Allergy
Children’s Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists
Florida Hospital for Children: Neurosurgery
Florida Hospital Medical Group: Pediatric Specialists
Pediatric Hospitalist Service
RDV Sportsplex Pediatrics
WOMEN’S HEALTH & FERTILITY
PLASTIC & COSMETIC SURGERY 109
Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. James L. Baker
Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic: Dr. Craig Mintzer
Dr. Kapil Saigal
Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic: Dr. Kenneth Krumins
Institute of Aesthetic Surgery
MD Plastic Surgery Specialists
Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic: Dr. Michael Jablonski
Orlando Plastic Surgery Center
Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic: Dr. Reginald Tall
Newman Plastic Surgery
Orlando Hand Surgery Associates
Park Avenue Plastic Surgery & Spa
Orlando Orthopaedic Center: Dr. Jeffrey Rosen
Orlando Orthopaedic Center Sports Medicine
Blessings Woman’s Care & Medical Spa
Center for Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Christoper K. Quinsey
Dr. Jorge L. Londoño
Florida Hospital Medical Group: Women’s Health
Reproductive Medicine Associates
Serrão Rejuvenation Center
Women’s Care Florida: Delaney OB-GYN
Women’s Care Florida: OB & GYN Specialists
Check out these profiles and more in our searchable database of Orlando’s Premier Doctors at orlandomagazine.com
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THE CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE (CRM)
RANDALL A. LOY, MD; SHARON B. JAFFE, MD; SEJAL DHARIA PATEL, MD; FRANK C. RIGGALL, MD; ALBERT ASANTE, MD OUR PRACTICE: The Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM) has been providing patients with individualized fertility treatment options in Orlando and Central Florida since 1985. Combining more than one and one-quarter centuries of physician experience and state-of-the-art technologies, CRM has achieved some of the highest success rates in the Southeast. CRM is known for providing compassionate patient care, customized treatment plans, and affordable pricing options to give patients every possible chance of success to conceive. OUR DOCTORS: CRM’s five reproductive endocrinologists and infertility specialists, Randall A. Loy, MD; Sharon B. Jaffe, MD; Sejal Dharia Patel, MD; Frank C. Riggall, MD; and Albert Asante, MD, are locally and nationally recognized as leaders in the field of reproductive medicine. WHAT SETS US APART: Whether helping to conceive Central Florida’s first IVF baby, performing robotic and minimally invasive repro86 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2017
ductive surgeries or preserving fertility via elective egg and sperm freezing, CRM has always been on the leading edge of technology and is part of an elite category of infertility clinics that are equipped with on-site embryology, laboratory and surgical facilities, providing patients with the highest quality of fertility care and convenience. In addition, CRM is a founding partner in My Egg Bank (MyEggBank.com), the world’s most successful egg-freezing program with hundreds of successful deliveries and many more patients currently pregnant. CRM physicians are also consistently recognized as Orlando Top Doctors and Best Doctors as well as being named to the U.S. News & World Report list of Top U.S. Reproductive Endocrinologists. SERVICES PROVIDED: If you are in need of the most sophisticated IVF technology available or less complex fertility therapies to help you conceive, CRM’s dedicated physicians and staff offer a full range of diagnostic and treatment
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services for both men and women. From ovulation induction, to the most advanced reproductive technologies (ART), such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and screening (PGD and PGS), third party reproduction via egg donation,
or fertility preservation, CRM will work together with you to provide a customized treatment plan based on your physical, emotional and financial needs. Please contact us today to schedule an initial appointment at one of our offices in Winter Park or Celebration.
BEST DOCTORS: Sharon B. Jaffe; Randall A. Loy; Sejal Dharia Patel; Frank C. Riggall
TOP DOCTORS: Sharon B. Jaffe; Randall A. Loy; Sejal Dharia Patel
ADDRESS: 1500 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789
PHONE: 407-740-0909 or 800-343-6331 407-740-7262 (Fax)
410 Celebration Place Suite 205 Celebration, FL 34747
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MEDICAL CENTER RADIOLOGY GROUP Sitting: Left to right: M. Kathryn Garrett, MD, David R. Harding, MD, FACR, Wei-Shen Chin, MD, Kimberly Cousins, ARNP Standing: Left to right: J. Daniel Jones, MD, Alexander Azbel, MD, Richard W. George, MD, Joseph Foss, MD, Frans vanDijk, MD, Terrence M. Gross, MD, Nishith Patel, MD. Not Pictured: Joe F. Franklin, MD ABOUT US: The centerpiece of Medical Center Radiology Group’s practice has been to improve the health of the community we serve by offering the highest quality and most cost-efficient delivery of medical imaging throughout Central Florida. Since 1949, our Radiologists have been recognized as the leading providers of imaging and imaging-guided therapies in the region. MCRG’s standing as one of the most clinically advanced practices in the country has earned our group affiliation with Strategic Radiology, a prestigious consortium of geographically diverse and forward-thinking practices representing more than 1,300 radiologists dedicated to ensuring that quality initiatives, data and best practices are shared. MCRG began as Drs. Curry, Harding, George and Eliscu practicing at Orange Memo88 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2017
rial Hospital and has grown with this community. Currently, our physicians utilize state-of- the-art technology to deliver caring and thoughtful patient services along with careful physician consultations. WHERE WE PRACTICE: The physicians of MCRG are the sole providers of diagnostic and interventional services for Orlando Health, including ACC, OHHI, Orlando Regional Medical Center, the UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Health Central Hospital, Southlake Hospital and South Seminole Hospital. We also cover facilities affiliated with Orlando Health, including St. Cloud Regional Medical Center. This past year, MCRG launched a joint venture with Orlando Health to provide dedicated outpatient
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imaging through Orlando Health Imaging Centers. WHAT SETS US APART: The physicians of MCRG specialize in every aspect of imaging-driven diagnostic and interventional medicine. We are dedicated to fulfilling our mission, to optimize diagnostic imaging for compassionate patient care through integrity, professionalism, teamwork and financial responsibility. We are
extremely proud of the dedicated, best-practice Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology services provided to our patients and referring physicians for the past 68 years. MCRG BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Wei-Shen Chin, MD; Joseph N. Foss, MD; Richard W. George, MD; Michael S. Gurian, MD; Frans vanDijk, MD; David E. Panzer, MD; Alexander Azbel, MD.
TOP DOCTORS: Wei-Shen Chin, MD; Richard W. George, MD; Terrence M. Gross, MD; David R. Harding, MD, Joe F. Franklin, MD ADDRESS: 20 W. Kaley St. Orlando, FL 32806
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ORLANDO EPILEPSY CENTER, INC. AHMED SADEK, MD—MEDICAL DIRECTOR ABOUT US: “Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for our epilepsy patients,” says Dr. Sadek. He adds, “We strive to achieve our goals of unparalleled epilepsy services to our patients not only through our clinical team but also by providing one of the most sophisticated centers for epilepsy monitoring.” As a specialist and thought leader in the field of epilepsy, Dr. Sadek believes that medical and surgical approaches for managing epilepsy should be tailored to each patient according to their epilepsy type, functional needs and their goals. In addition to highly advanced epilepsy management approaches, Dr. Sadek and his team emphasize compassion and patient advocacy as a core philosophy for their patient care. EDUCATION: Dr. Sadek is an Ivy League-trained neurologist with extensive training in the field of epilepsy management. He had two years of training in epilepsy in one of the premier institutions and leading epilepsy centers in the country—the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He received his residency training at 90 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2017
Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition to his epilepsy fellowship, Dr. Sadek also completed a two-year neuroimaging research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and has written numerous publications and several book chapters. MEMBERSHIPS AND ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Sadek is a member of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS), and American Academy of Neurology (AAN). He is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology at University of Florida-Shands in Gainesville. CERTIFICATIONS: Dr. Sadek is Board Certified in the field of Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy. IN THE COMMUNITY: Dr. Sadek is the Medical Director of Orlando Epilepsy Center, as well as the Medical Director of the clinical neurodiagnostic section at Orlando Health. He also is a member of the board of directors of the Epilepsy Association
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of Central Florida (EACF). EPILEPSY SERVICES: “We provide a comprehensive approach to managing refractory epilepsy patients,” he says. This includes options for long-term video EEG studies, ambulatory recordings, and different prolonged and routine EEG studies as indicated. His services include patient selection for epilepsy surgery and VNS management. In his practice, Dr. Sadek treats different types of epilepsy in
adult and pediatric populations. CHARITABLE WORK: A number of cases are seen as charity every month. FREE MEDICAL ADVICE: If you have epilepsy and your seizures are not very well controlled, you need to consult with an EPILEPTOLOGIST (a neurologist who specializes in the field of epilepsy). Evaluation by an epileptologist will help you achieve the highest likelihood of getting your seizures under control.
OFFICE: 3849 Oakwater Circle Orlando, FL 32806
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ORLANDO HEALTH UF HEALTH CANCER CENTER THE MARJORIE AND LEONARD WILLIAMS CENTER FOR PROTON THERAPY INNOVATION FOR PATIENTS: The Marjorie and Leonard Williams Center for Proton Therapy is driving innovation in Central Florida. The physicians at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center are saving lives today, using proton therapy â€“ a highly advanced form of radiation treatment which deposits substantially less radiation into normal tissue surrounding tumors compared to other techniques. Proton therapy allows for treatment of tumors adjacent to sensitive structures such as the spinal cord, brainstem, heart, bladder, and rectum, with fewer side effects for patients. The very first patient treated at the facility was a young woman with a brain tumor behind her eye which grew rapidly during pregnancy. She was treated by Dr. Ramakrishna, Director, Proton Therapy, immediately after giving birth to a healthy baby. Her proton treatment saved her 92 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2017
vision and she has had an outstanding post-treatment recovery. Dr. Nanda has used proton therapy for numerous prostate cancers, with proton therapy expected to result in fewer long term treatment-related complications involving bowel and bladder function. Dr. Dvorak has treated challenging breast cancer cases with protons, where other treatments might have resulted in excessive dose to the heart and lungs. His patients are expected to have a lower risk of post treatment cardiac events and damage to the lungs. The physician team has also treated numerous complex pediatric cancers, lung tumors, sarcomas, and head and neck cancers. This is the only proton center in the Central Florida area and is a great asset for our area patients. INNOVATION FOR BUSINESS: Orlando Health has a long history of working with local companies to bring innovative,
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Left to Right: Patrick Kelly, MD, PhD; Akash Nanda, MD, PhD; Kendra Harris, MD, MSc; Justin Rineer, MD; Tomas Dvorak, MD; Naren Ramakrishna, MD, PhD; Eric Saunders, MD; Rafael Mañon, MD; Daniel Buchholz, MD life-saving treatments to patients and high-tech jobs to the Central Florida community. Sanford based company, .decimal LLC, for example, has manufactured and delivered all of the over 1,800 proton beam shaping devices that have been used to treat patients at the proton center. Additionally, the local start-up company, ProKnow LLC, is working with Orlando Health physicians to develop new data analytics tools that “will change the way we select, compare, and approve treatment plans for all our radiotherapy patients,” says Dr. Patrick Kelly.
INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE: The next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians are being trained through relationships with the UCF College of Medicine and Department of Physics, as well as the UF Department of Neurosurgery, in collaboration with the Florida High Tech Corridor (FHTC). The proton center has spurred these new relationships and brought in over $500,000 in investments by .decimal, ProKnow, and the FHTC, most of which has been used to support local graduate students in completing their degrees.
ADDRESS: Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center The Marjorie and Leonard Williams Center for Proton Therapy 1400 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806
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INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONSULTANTS
JASON C. SNIFFEN, DO, FACOI, FACP, FIDSA CHRISTOPHER D. COOPER, MD OUR DOCTORS: Dr. Sniffen is in his 17th year with the group and serves as IDC president. Dr. Cooper has been with the group since 2013 and serves as an officer with the group. BACKGROUND AND SPECIALTIES: Both Dr. Sniffen and Dr. Cooper were trained in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa and are both board-certified in Infectious Disease. Dr. Sniffen is also board certified in Internal Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine and has acquired a substantial amount of expertise in treating multi-drug resistant infections, infectious colitis and is helping to refine antibiotic stewardship efforts within the Orlando area. Dr. Cooper sub-specializes in the infectious disease care of thoracic organ transplants, LVAD, ECMO patients and other immune-compromised patients. Additionally, he has acquired substantial expertise in treating and preventing of cardiac device infections and has lectured on these topics internationally. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: Although based in Orlando, both Dr. Sniffen and Dr. Cooper continue their work as clinical assistant professors at the Department of Infectious Diseases at the USF College of Medicine in Tampa. Dr. Cooper has used
his knowledge of infectious diseases and his faculty position at the university to contribute to the university’s Department of International Medicine. This innovative program facilitates collaboration among infectious disease specialists in the U.S. and South America. He also is past Chair of Infectious Disease at Florida Hospital. Dr. Sniffen is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Osteopathic Internists and has earned the prestigious title of Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. At the national level, Dr. Sniffen is immediate past chairman of the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine, immediate past chairman of the Infectious Disease Section and is the current representative from that board to the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. WHAT SETS US APART: Kristin Woolard, ARNP is the clinical manager of Infectious Disease Consultants Extended Care (IDC-EC). This division creates continuity of care for patients who have been discharged from an inpatient hospital setting to an outpatient skilled nursing setting. Notably, IDC-EC has assisted in the early detection of potentially adverse clinical events and the implementation of effective interventions that help prevent re-hospitalizations.
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TIMOTHY W. COOPER, MD, FACP INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONSULTANTS ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Dr. Cooper grew up in Central Florida (Lake Wales, Polk County). He left Florida in 1969 at the age of 17 for the challenge of attending the Air Force Academy. There he majored in medical sciences but wasn’t sure that being a physician was his calling. For this reason, he trained in Laboratory Medicine and was eventually deployed to Udorn Air Base in northeast Thailand for a one-year assignment. This was the most important year of his life because after observing health care in Thailand, he decided that he should become a physician and initiated his interest in tropical medicine. In addition, he met his future wife, Wasana, who was working as a secretary/translator for the American Red Cross. After a 24-year career, he retired from the Air Force in 1997 and moved back to Florida. EDUCATION: BS-Medical Sciences US Air Force Academy; MA Healthcare Administration Central Michigan University; MD F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. CERTIFICATIONS: Internal Medicine (residency
at Keesler USAF Medical Center, MS), Infectious Disease (fellowship at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, TX) and Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health (Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, DC), Flight Surgeon rating (USAF School of Aerospace Medicine). GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHEIVEMENT: Director of the Phase II Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program Region 6 at Wright-Patterson USAF Medical Center, OH. Selected by the USAF Surgeon General to present clinical data to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) and to be the DoD’s expert on the similarity of Gulf War Illness to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: Fellow, American College of Physicians, Infectious Disease Society of America, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, American Society of Microbiology. PHILOSOPHY: Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do. OFF HOURS: Dr. Cooper plays baritone/euphonium and enjoys playing with bands/brass ensembles.
TOP DOCTORS: Timothy W. Cooper, MD, FACP ADDRESS: 685 Palm Springs Drive, Suite 2A Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
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INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONSULTANTS ABOUT US: The physicians at Infectious Disease Consultants, MD, PA (IDC) provide patients in the Orlando metropolitan area with state-of-the-art care in a relaxed and compassionate environment and have done so for over 40 years. We offer cutting-edge infectious disease care. Our Board Certified infectious disease physicians specialize in viral and bacterial infections, hyperbaric medicine, wound care, HIV, Hepatitis, Travel medicine and Immigration physicals. Along with our Orlando Immunology Center (OIC) division we are the largest infectious disease private practice in Central Florida. We care for patients in both Orange and Seminole counties. IDC also provides outpatient infusion services in the comfort of our office-based infusion center where patients can receive multi-disciplinary infusions for antibiotics, Immunoglobulin therapy, iron infusions and total parental nutrition. Our infusion center is staffed with an excellent care team that includes the physician, pharmacist
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and nursing staff working together to evaluate, treat and monitor our patients to ensure their continued treatment success. WHAT SETS INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONSULTANTS APART: We are an independent practice that prides itself on providing comprehensive care to our community with a personal touch and the expertise of our 14 physicians, pharmacist, 9 nurse practitioners and a multilingual professional staff. Our physicians are proud members of the Association of Independent Doctors and the Integrated Independent Physician Network. OUR IDC PHYSICIANS: Timothy Cooper, MD; Fernando Alvarado, MD; Jason Sniffen, DO; Christopher Cooper, MD; Juan Diaz, DO; Anibal Maldonado, MD; Alexander Velazquez, MD; Javier Marinez, MD; Joseph Katta, DO; Liliana Rios, MD; Luis Junco Noa, MD; Jaime Carrizosa, MD, Emeritus; and Carlos Ruiz, MD, Emeritus. OUR OIC PHYSICIANS: Edwin DeJesus, MD; Federico Hinestrosa, MD; and Laura Armas, MD.
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JUAN DEJESUS DIAZ, DO, FACP INFECTIOUS DISEASE CONSULTANTS ABOUT DR. DIAZ: Dr. Juan DeJesus Diaz joined Infectious Disease Consultants in 2007. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine and also has specialized training in Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care. EDUCATION: He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Houston in Houston, TX and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University, in Des Moines, IA. Dr. Diaz completed his Internship, Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of South Florida School of Medicine in Tampa, FL. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Diaz is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and member of the American Osteopathic Association, the Florida Infectious Disease Society, and the Infec-
tious Disease Society of America. He serves as Affiliate Professor, Volunteer Faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa and also the University of Central Florida in Orlando. SPECIALTIES: Dr. Diaz sub-specializes in infections in immunocompromised hosts, specifically with cancer patients and liver/kidney transplantations. He is a consultant for the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine Infectious Disease Board certification examinations. He is currently Chairman of Infection Prevention at Florida Hospital in Orlando and works with the LTAC hospitals implementing Antimicrobial Stewardship programs. His greatest accomplishment is being a father to his children (Katherine on the left is 10, Mason in the middle is 7 and Alec on the right is 13).
TOP DOCTORS: Juan DeJesus Diaz, DO, FACP ADDRESS: 685 Palm Springs Drive, Suite 2A Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
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ADVANCE FAMILY PRACTICE Left to Right: Ramesh M. Patel, MD; Mathew Viera-Briggs, ARNP; Varesh R. Patel, DO; Lindsay Piet, PA-C ABOUT US: Drs. Ramesh M. Patel and Varesh R. Patel are a father and son team who have proudly served Central Florida for over 35 years. Their main focus is prevention, which enables them to provide exceptional patient care. If there is an issue the doctors are unable to manage, they will coordinate your care through their network of local specialists. Another focus is cardiovascular health, as they utilize advanced lipid panels to check for increased risk markers for heart disease. In addition, they are able to check for increased risk for certain cancers via blood, and they offer genetic pharmacology testing to determine which medications would work best for the patient. Recently they incorporated allergy testing along with immunotherapy treatment if needed, all completed in the office! Both physicians offer opioid dependency treatment options for their patients. More recently, Dr. Varesh Patel started a new
company, Medical Cannabis Physicians of Florida, offering qualified patients even more options for the health care needs. EDUCATION: Dr. Varesh Patel: BS in Finance, FSU College of Business; Medical Degree, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Family Medicine Residency at Florida Hospital. Dr. Ramesh Patel: Medical Degree, Grant Medical School in Mumbai, India. Residency Training in the UK and Canada. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Dr Varesh Patel: Medical Director, Blackstone Medical Services; President of Indian American Chamber of Commerce; board appointments: Florida Physician Trust–ACO, Blackstone Medical Services, Indian American Chamber of Commerce. GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Dr. Varesh Patel served as a Major in the U.S. Army for nine years. Dr. Ramesh Patel has practiced medicine on four continents, and both of his children pursued careers in medicine.
TOP DOCTORS: Ramesh M. Patel, MD; Varesh R. Patel, DO CONTACT INFORMATION: Advance Family Practice 1910 N. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32804 Phone: 407-898-1451 Website: adv-fp.com
Family Practice of Winter Park 1400 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 Phone: 407-647-4008 Website: fpofwinterpark.com
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Medical Cannabis Physicians of Florida 1400 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 Phone: 407-647-4008 Wesbite: mcpfl.com
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AKINYEMI O. AJAYI, MD, FAAP, FCCP, FAASM, D-ABSM
THE CHILDREN’S LUNG, ASTHMA AND SLEEP SPECIALISTS (CLASS) AND THE CHILDREN’S SLEEP LABORATORY ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Dr. Ajayi was born in London, England. He received his training in Pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then went on to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he received his subspecialty training in pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine. Dr. Ajayi is the Founder of The Children’s Sleep Laboratory and The Children’s Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Going to medical school at 15 was nice. “I have been in medicine since I was a baby and absolutely love it! I can’t imagine anything more fun or fulfilling than being a doctor who takes care of children. They are the most rewarding patients and you can’t help but feel satisfied every day.” Secondly, building a pediatric pulmonary and sleep
medicine practice that can offer exceptional care to children in over 20 counties and five children’s hospitals from Tampa, through Orlando to West Palm Beach, allowing continuity of care in both the inpatient and outpatient area from the east to west coasts of Florida. DR. AJAYI’S PHILOSOPHY: To provide the best care possible and to provide that care to as many children as we possibly can. As pediatric specialists we have an obligation to make our services available to all the children of Central Florida as we have something special to offer. In keeping with that philosophy, we care for patients with commercial insurance, Medicaid plans and self-pay and give all the same level of service always. I also believe all new patients should be seen by us within 1 to 2 weeks of when they are referred.
TOP DOCTORS: Akinyemi O. Ajayi, MD, FAAP, FCCP, FAASM, D-ABSM ADDRESS: 2660 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789
OTHER OFFICE LOCATIONS: South Orlando, East Orlando, Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Lakeland, Leesburg, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Ocala, Orange City, Port St Lucie and Wellington
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ALLERGY ASTHMA SPECIALISTS, PA Pragnesh H. Patel, MD; Jose R. Arias, Jr., MD; Andrew S. Bagg, MD; Andrew J. Cooke, MD; Sonya Saini, PA-C; Ilana Stone, ARNP-C OUR PHILOSOPHY: Our goal is to improve quality of life for children and adults suffering from Allergy, Asthma, and Immunologic diseases. OUR SPECIALTY: Our practice manages and treats: allergic diseases, asthma and other respiratory conditions, skin diseases, food allergies, food sensitivity, drug allergies, insect allergies, angioedema, and immune system diseases. We diagnose and treat through: skin testing, blood testing, breathing capacity tests, patch testing, skin biopsy, tympanogram, nasopharyngoscopy, venom testing, oral food challenges, and allergy injections or allergy drops. WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US: We are well-trained professionals who are committed to providing quality care in a timely manner. We accomplish this by listening to our patients’ concerns and offering them state-of-the-art treatments. Our providers work hard to take care of our patients’ needs, while maintaining current knowledge in the practice of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. For this reason, every year our physicians are
awarded Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors in Central Florida. EDUCATIONAL INVOLVEMENT: Our physicians are affiliated with the University Of Central Florida College of Medicine. This allows medical students, medical residents, physician assistants and nurse practitioners to rotate with us and learn from our team. NEW TREATMENT OFFERED: We now offer sublingual (under the tongue) allergy drops or immunotherapy. This is available for children as well as adults and offers the flexibility of being able to do the allergy drops treatment or immunotherapy at home. You can receive the drops for dust mites, mold, pet allergies, grasses, trees and weeds. NEW DOCTOR: Introducing Dr. Andrew J. Cooke. Seeing children and adults with various allergy and immunology conditions. Trained at University of South Florida, Tampa. OUR OFFICES: We have five convenient office locations throughout Central Florida, along with extended evening hours for busy adults and children in each of our offices.
BEST DOCTORS: Andrew S. Bagg, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Pragnesh H. Patel, MD; Jose R. Arias, Jr., MD; Andrew S. Bagg, MD
PHONE: 407-339-3002 (Altamonte Springs, next to Florida Hospital) 407-351-4328 (Orlando/Dr.Phillips) 407-219-3620 (Ocoee, Lake Bennett Medical Center) 352-243-6767 (Clermont/Lost Lake area) 100 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2017
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ATLANTIC EAR, NOSE & THROAT DEVANG SHAH, MD; DANIEL ROTHBAUM, MD SPECIALTY: Otolaryngology—Adult & Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat Physician/Surgeon. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Dr. Shah and Dr. Rothbaum both completed their surgical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, consistently ranked as one of the country’s best training programs. They are board certified in Otolaryngology. Before becoming a physician, Dr. Shah attended M.I.T. as an undergraduate and designed medical products as a biomedical engineer for Hewlett-Packard. Dr. Rothbaum attended Harvard University and Yale School of Medicine. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Shah is a Clinical Assistant Professor at FSU College of Medicine. INNOVATIONS: Fast and thorough SINUS diagnosis using in-office lower dose CT scans. Quicker recovery from in-office Balloon Sinus Dilation treatment with 3-D image-guided navigation, under local anesthesia. Effective and convenient at-home ALLERGY treatment using physician-directed cutting-edge sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), which eliminates weekly visits for shots. Bluetooth-enabled and “app” programmable
digital HEARING aids are popular with hearing loss patients. Real-time imaging of VOICE and SWALLOWING difficulties guide targeted goal-oriented therapy. WHAT SETS US APART: Thoughtful doctors who recommend appropriate treatment, whether it is surgery, therapy, or medications. They help patients evaluate side effects and risks. Patients appreciate our policy of seeing them on time and access to our online portal. PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Dr. Shah founded Atlantic Ear, Nose & Throat in 1999, and Dr. Rothbaum joined in 2006. Together they have built a team-oriented practice where patients receive state-of-the-art comprehensive treatment for concerns such as sinus, allergy, voice and swallowing, hearing loss, balance, snoring, thyroid, facial plastics, pediatric surgery, and head and neck tumors. OFF HOURS: Dr. Shah enjoys bicycling, along with kayaking and hiking during high-adventure scouting campouts with his three boys. Dr. Rothbaum loves hiking, camping and soccer with his two sons. He is also fluent in Spanish.
TOP DOCTORS: Devang Shah, MD PHONE: Call for an appointment Lake Mary: 407-774-9880 Orange City and DeLand: 386-774–9880
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PRADIP BAIJU, MD, FACC, FSCAI HEART AND VASCULAR CARE, PA ABOUT THE PRACTICE: Heart and Vascular Care, PA, owned and managed by Dr. Pradip Baiju, provides a comprehensive range of services for the prevention, diagnosis and management of peripheral vascular and cardiac diseases. Dr. Baiju has been a physician for more than 30 years, helping patients in the Orlando area since 2004. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Dr. Baiju completed his undergraduate and postgraduate medical degree in India, Internal Medicine residency (MD) at Wayne State University in Detroit, and Cardiovascular and Interventional Cardiology fellowships at Michigan State University. He is a double board-certified Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Fellow of the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. Dr. Baiju has more than 21 years of experi-
ence as an endovascular specialist and interventional cardiologist. WHAT SETS HIM APART: Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is Dr. Baiju’s passion and his primary area of expertise. He is skilled in sophisticated and complicated interventional procedures directed toward limb salvage or prevention of leg amputations in patients with PAD. Dr. Baiju takes pride that he and his committed team have the expertise to provide the highest quality of compassionate care. It is extremely important to Dr. Baiju that every patient who consults with him receives personalized care and leaves the office with complete understanding of the diagnosis and treatment plans for the resolution of their potentially limb or life threatening conditions. Our motto is for everyone to have a “Strong Heart and Walk Free.”
LOCATIONS: Waterford Lakes Winter Park Lake Nona Lake Mary
PHONE: 407-730-8970 407-730-8971 (Fax)
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JAMES L. BAKER, JR., MD, FACS SPECIALTY: Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Baker performs cosmetic Breast Augmentation, Rhinoplasty, Short Scar Facelifts, Eyelid Surgery, Brow Lifts, Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, Botox, Juvederm, Volbella, Vollure and Voluma. EDUCATION: Florida Southern College - B.S.; University of Amsterdam, Netherlands - M.D. HONORS: Best Doctors in America yearly since 2004, America’s Top Doctors, twice named Best Plastic Surgeon in Orlando, Orlando magazine, appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Phil Donahue, The Oprah Winfrey Show and was recognized as one of the “Top Cosmetic Surgeons in the U.S.” by Town & Country magazine. PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Past President, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Florida Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons; Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery, USF; Professor of Surgery, UCF College of Medicine. CONTRIBUTIONS: He published the Baker Scale of
Capsular Contracture, used by surgeons worldwide to measure the firmness in an augmented breast, published over 40 articles for scientific publications, contributed to 13 textbooks and produced 16 films about plastic surgery. INNOVATIONS: Dr. Baker uses ERCHONIA’s Low Level Lasers to help speed post-surgery recovery and to treat capsular contracture. He and his staff recently moved to a beautiful new office (only 10 minutes from his Winter Park location). WHAT SETS HIM APART: To Dr. Baker, his patients’ safety is paramount. He only performs surgery at certified outpatient facilities using Board Certified MD Anesthesiologists. He quickly puts new patients at ease, truly cares for his patients and has a dedicated staff who have been with him as long as 27 years. BEST ADVICE: Make sure your plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, has completed a plastic surgery residency and has hospital privileges for all of the procedures they perform.
BEST DOCTORS: James L. Baker, Jr., MD ADDRESS: Mid Florida Institute of Plastic Surgery 390 Maitland Ave., Suite 1000 Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
PHONE: 407-960-6936 (Se habla español)
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BRIAN K. BARNARD, MD JEWETT ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC
SPECIALTY: Dr. Barnard focuses his practice on the orthopaedic management of upper extremity problems, which includes acute trauma and sports injuries, as well as the often complex reconstruction of chronic arthritic conditions. He is often asked to take over the care of problems that require joint replacement of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: He is a graduate of Creighton University Undergraduate and Medical School. Dr. Barnard received his orthopaedic training at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA, and his Hand Fellowship training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Union Memorial Hospital. He has gone beyond his Board Certification in Orthopaedics and has earned the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery. DEVOTION TO LEARNING: Dr. Barnard has challenged himself to add to his recognition of upper extremity problems and has strived to continually update and improve care, seeking to achieve the very best outcomes of treatment. Dr. Barnard draws on experiences he has gathered while serving 11
years in the U.S. Army, treating high-energy war wounds of active duty soldiers, and has added to this wealth of experience accumulated over 24 years of dedicated work in Central Florida at the Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic. Having built a practice in reconstructive surgery and being blessed with patients who themselves have strong roots in Central Florida and thus provide feedback on the long-term success of treatment, Dr. Barnard is asked to share his experiences in lecturing at national and international conferences. This interaction with many other world-class authorities has also helped to expose him to some of the most current advances in orthopaedic care. BEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Dr. Barnard surrounds himself with qualified individuals he can trust and rely on, working with his son, Oliver at Physicians’ Surgical Care Center as an Assistant Surgical Tech. Included in the picture is Dr. Barnard’s staff at The Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic including: Surgery Scheduler Mindi Lape-Harris, Clinical Assistants David Gutierrez and Sarahi Rodriguez and Administrative Assistant, Donna Schofield.
TOP DOCTORS: Brian K. Barnard, MD ADDRESS: 1285 Orange Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789
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BOUTIQUE EYE ORLANDO
BRIAN D. HAAS, MD, FACS EDUCATION: BA (Honors), Harvard University; MD, Columbia University; Training, Columbia University; Board Certified, Ophthalmology (lifetime). AWARDS: Surgical Teaching Award USF School of Medicine; Navy Achievement Medal (twice); Lifetime Teaching Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology. ACADEMIC: Clinical Associate Professor, UCF College of Medicine. PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS: Fellow, American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Ophthalmology; Selected to both best doctors lists in Orlando Magazine 3 years in a row. INNOVATIONS: Dr. Haas has 30 years of experience injecting Botox in over 7,000 patients and he was the first surgeon in Orlando to inject fillers (Restylane). He performs state-of-the-art laser-assisted cataract surgery and pioneered techniques in small incision cosmetic eyelid surgery for which he is known around the country. HOBBIES: Dr. Haas spent 2 weeks last year in East Africa, trekking for mountain gorillas in Rwanda and attending the Easter Festival in Ethiopia. CHARITABLE WORK: Volunteers as the ophthalmologist for the Orlando Ballet (3 years). HIS FOCUS: Delivering the best outcomes possible for his patients. Every oculoplastic or eye surgery he performs is customized based on a thorough examination, detailed patient discussion, and advanced testing. Seeing Better + Looking Better = Living Better BEST DOCTORS: Brian D. Haas, MD, FACS TOP DOCTORS: Brian D. Haas, MD, FACS ADDRESS: 415 Briercliff Drive Orlando, FL 32806
PHONE: 407-841-1490 407-841-6464 (Fax)
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CARDIOLOGY CONSULTANTS Robert B. Boswell, MD; Hall B. Whitworth, Jr., MD, FACC; Robert L. Rothbard, MD; Egerton K. van den Berg, Jr., MD; Peter Norton, MD OUR PRACTICE: Cardiology Consultants was founded in 1980 and remains dedicated to the highest quality of personal, physician lead care for all types of heart and vascular disease. OUR DOCTORS: All physicians are board certified with many years of clinical experience and almost 150 years of combined experience working in cardiac and vascular catheterization. Our doctors have trained at some of the finest medical centers in the United States, including Cornell, Duke, Emory, Ohio State, University of Florida, University of Rochester and Vanderbilt. OUR SERVICES: A full range of cardiac services are conveniently available in our office including echo, vascular mapping, pacemaker analysis, nuclear spect imaging and PET myocardial imaging cardiac testing. Our state-of-the-art cardiac and vascular catheterization laboratory is one of the very few outpatient facilities in the Orlando area that is certified by the state of Florida as a Level II Licensed Surgical Center. This facility is utilized for diagnostic cardiac catheterization, including the new radial
approach technique. Peripheral artery vascular disease diagnosis and intervention utilizes the most advanced techniques, including ultrasound-guided technology along with available treatment options of laser atherectomy, rotational atherectomy, and both drug-eluting balloon and stent technology. Peripheral venous disease, including May-Thurner syndrome and venous compression conditions, are treated and superficial vein ablation therapy is offered. OFFICE LOCATIONS: The primary office is located adjacent to Florida Hospital Orlando, where inpatient cardiac consultative services are also provided. Other offices in the Central Florida region are located in Eustis, Sebring and Okeechobee. OUR COMMITMENT: Despite the many advances in cardiovascular disease management and technology, it has always been the goal of the physicians at Cardiology Consultants to maintain the importance of the patient-physician relationship, and to apply their many years of clinical experience and judgment to meet the individual needs of each patient.
BEST DOCTORS: Hall B. Whitworth, Jr., MD
TOP DOCTORS: Hall B. Whitworth, Jr., MD
ADDRESS: 2320 N. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32804
PHONE: 407-896-0054 407-898-4463 (Fax)
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CENTER FOR DIGESTIVE HEALTH William Mayoral, MD; William Ruderman, MD; Marlon Ilagan, MD; Jason Korenblit, MD; Samuel Giday, MD; Henry Levine, MD Not Pictured: Jacqueline Larrea, ARNP; Rose Ray, ARNP; Irisbelsy Lomelli, ARNP ABOUT US: Founded by Dr. Henry Levine in 1982, the Center for Digestive Health (CDH) has grown to six physicians, six offices and a state-of-the-art surgical center. The CDH offers worldclass health care in a uniquely specialized setting, providing the highest-level diagnostic care. Our physicians are on the cutting edge of digestive care delivery and technology, having trained at Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Mayo Clinic, Georgetown, Albert Einstein, and Thomas Jefferson. SERVICES: A full range of endoscopic services, utilizing a highly skilled anesthesia team for outpatient upper endoscopy and colonoscopy Propofol-assisted procedures. Video Capsule technology, Bravo
Esophageal PH studies and carbohydrate breath testing are provided in the office. The onsite infusion center delivers therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Colitis and Infectious Hepatitis. WHAT SETS THEM APART: Seasoned diagnosticians, nursing staff and caring professionals. Offices in Orlando, Lake Mary, Clermont, Sand Lake, Kissimmee and Oviedo. INNOVATIONS: Experienced in newer cutting-edge technologies of Barrx Ablations for Barrett’s Esophagus; endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) for definitive diagnosis and management of thoracic and abdominal cavity abnormalities; ERCPs; and SpyGlass endoscopy of the liver and bile ducts.
TOP DOCTORS: Samuel A. Giday, MD; William Mayoral, MD; William Ruderman, MD ADDRESS: 1817 N. Mills Ave. Orlando, FL 32803
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CENTER FOR NATURAL AND INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE
KIRTI KALIDAS, MD, ND; THOMAS MORACZEWSKI, MD; AMAR KALIDAS, DO; ROMIE MUSHTAQ, MD; ANITA KALIDAS, RPH, CCN WHAT SETS US APART: The Center is a leading proponent of blending the best of conventional medical practices with scientifically validated alternative and natural therapies. We identify and remove the root cause of disease, instead of merely controlling the symptoms with medications. We prefer safe, effective, non-invasive supportive therapies to treat a patient as a whole person to restore their natural balance. With our unique training, we may use any of the treatment modalities available, including Bio-Identical Hormone replacement for men and women, detoxification, chelation, intravenous and oral nutrition, homeopathy, and even traditional prescription therapy if necessary. REGAIN YOUR HEALTH: The Center specializes in managing and healing often misdiagnosed and chronic conditions such as recurring infections, irritable bowel syndrome, digestive problems, auto-immune conditions, inflammation, allergies, anxiety, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart
disease, diabetes, weight issues and lost vitality. We offer IV high dose vitamin C for cancer support and ozone therapy for chronic infections. We are in a unique position to offer a personalized approach and provide a â€œBridge to Health, Hope and Healing.â€? Dr. Kirti Kalidas is a Board Certified Internist and a Naturopathic Physician with dual doctorate degrees. He is also an associate professor at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Thomas Moraczewski is Board Certified in both Obstetrics-Gynecology and Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine. He is Fellowship trained in Advanced Metabolic Endocrinology and has been in practice for over 30 years. Dr. Amar Kalidas is Board Certified in Family Practice with additional training in Functional Medicine. Dr. Romie Mustaq is a neurologist with Board Certification in Integrative Medicine and is a mindfulness teacher and speaker on stress management. Anita Kalidas is a Registered Pharmacist and a Certified Nutrition Educator.
ADDRESS: 6651 Vineland Road, Suite 150 Orlando, FL 32819
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CENTER FOR PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
KENDALL PETERS, MD, FACS; KRISTEN NEILSON, MMS, PA-C OUR PRACTICE: The Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (CPRS) has provided over 38 years of plastic surgery expertise in Central Florida. Dr. Kendall Peters and his team continue CPRS’ tradition of excellence by offering 5-star patient care. From our beautiful office in downtown Orlando, which includes a state-of-the art surgery center, our mission is to provide you with the highest quality of service in a private, luxurious setting. SPECIALTY: Dr. Kendall Peters is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in all aspects of cosmetic surgery of the breast, body and face. Our practice also offers the latest nonsurgical procedures to enhance your image through its full service Med Spa. Our Med Spa, led by board-certified physician assistant, Kristen Neilson, and aesthetician Shana Singleton, focuses on skin care, laser treatments, Botox®, and injectable fillers. EDUCATION: Princeton University (BA), University of Central Florida (BS), University of Florida College of Medicine (MD), UAB Medical Center (General Surgery), Emory University Medical Center (Plastic Surgery). PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Peters is an Assistant Profes-
sor of Plastic Surgery at the UCF College of Medicine. He is on the board of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons and is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. WHAT SETS US APART: Our unmatched standard of care has repeatedly earned us recognition by physicians and patients as one of the leading plastic surgery practices in Central Florida. Our practice prides itself on utilizing the most advanced surgical techniques combined with a commitment to every patient’s comfort and complete satisfaction. INNOVATION: Dr. Peters selectively chooses the latest and most effective technology the cosmetic industry has to offer. We offer VASER® ultrasonic liposuction for faster recovery with less down time. He uses the Keller funnel to minimize scarring with breast augmentation and Exparel nerve blocks to decrease pain after a tummy tuck. We offer multiple laser treatments with our industry-leading Cynosure® laser as well as skin rejuvenation with the award winning HydraFacial®.
BEST DOCTORS: Kendall Peters, MD, FACS
TOP DOCTORS: Kendall Peters, MD, FACS
ADDRESS: 801 N. Orange Ave., Suite 815 Orlando, FL 32801
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CENTRAL FLORIDA CANCER CARE CENTER, RADIATION ONCOLOGY CONSULTANTS, PA RICHARD J. LEE, MD; MANEESH GOSSAIN, MD; STEVEN G. LESTER, MD, FACRO GENERAL INFORMATION: At Central Florida Cancer Care Center (CFCCC), we are proud to offer radiation therapy in two comfortable and convenient freestanding facilities. What makes us unique is that our primary focus is Radiation Oncology services—nothing else. We are dedicated to being leaders in the Radiation field. OUR PRACTICE: In 2004, partners Dr. Lester and Dr. Looper (Emeritus) founded CFCCC with the mindset to provide compassionate care to all our patients with state-of-theart radiation treatments in their local community so patients no longer had the daily stress of long drives to receive care. CFCCC understands that the diagnosis of cancer and its treatment can be extremely stressful for patients and their families. We make it a priority to educate patients about their illness and their treatment options, so that they can make an informed decision that is best for their individual diagnosis. OUR DOCTORS: Dr. Steven G. Lester, co-founder of the practice, received his medical degree from Louisiana State University and completed his residency in radiation oncology at Indiana University Hospi-
tals. Dr. Maneesh Gossain joined the CFCCC team in 2007. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University Medical School and completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Richard J. Lee joined the practice in 2014. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency training as chief resident at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. CENTER INFORMATION: Our physicians combined have more than 60 years of experience. At CFCCC, we pride ourselves in providing patients with convenience. Our board-certified medical physicist and dosimetrist are on site, and work closely with our radiation oncologists to formulate calculated treatment plans. OUR SERVICES: CFCCC offers same-day appointments. We proudly provide External Beam Radiation, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, Image Guided Radiation Therapy, Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation, LDR Brachytherapy, Electron Beam Therapy, CT Simulation, High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy, and Stereotactic Ablative Radiation.
BEST DOCTORS: Steven G. Lester, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Maneesh Gossain, MD; Steven G. Lester, MD
ADDRESS: 2200 W. First St. Sanford, FL 32771
PHONE: 407-203-2700 (Orlando Office) 407-321-3040 (Sanford Office)
52 W. Gore St. Orlando, FL 32806
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CENTRAL FLORIDA CARDIOLOGY GROUP, PA ABOUT US: A trusted independent cardiology practice since 1948, Central Florida Cardiology Group prides itself in being on the cutting edge of technological and medical advances to treat and diagnose heart disease. As the first cardiology group in Central Florida, CFCG and its 10 board-certified cardiologists, five physician extenders, and highly trained clinical support staff provide comprehensive adult cardiology services, including noninvasive and invasive diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions. With over 69 years of experience, the Group remains committed to staying on the leading edge for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. WHAT SETS US APART: Providing positive experiences and outcomes for patients is a priority. CFCG offers the best medical services in a professional and courteous manner. Despite a changing health care landscape, CFCG remains independent, striving to provide patient-centered care. WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US: Our four convenient Central Florida locations include state-of-theart diagnostic equipment. The Orlando location includes a cardiac catheterization laboratory, nuclear imaging department and an arrhythmia and device clinic. OUR MISSION: To provide
leadership in patient care to our community. By being an independent practice, the physicians will determine care decisions in partnership with the patient and family. INNOVATIONS: CFCG helped establish the third coronary care unit in the country at Florida Hospital, along with the Florida Heart Institute, and was one of the first in Central Florida to use the external defibrillator, the external pacemaker and the endocardial pacemaker. CFCG has also led innovations in the use of echocardiography, venous insufficiency, angioplasty and stents, catheter ablations for atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia studies, nuclear cardiology, peripheral vascular disease and mitral and aortic balloon valvuloplasty. CFCG continues to pursue the latest in treatment options. CFCG physicians are among the most experienced in the Southeast in performing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and Non-Surgical Mitral Valve Repair. RECOGNITION: CFCG is recognized as a leader in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy as well as a Center of Excellence in diagnosing and treating the condition. The American Heart Association has recognized CFCG’s commitment to health care by labeling the practice as a Gold Fit Friendly Company.
TOP DOCTORS: Bruce C. Stein, MD, Brian K. Dublin, MD, Arsenio Ralph Rodriguez, MD, Anil Kumar, MD, Marcos S. Hazday, MD ADDRESS: 1745 N. Mills Ave. Orlando, FL 32803
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CENTRAL FLORIDA NEUROSURGERY INSTITUTE Hunaldo J. Villalobos, MD, FAANS, FACS; Pedro M. Ramirez, MD; Jeffrey D. Lingo, PA-C OUR PHYSICIANS: Hunaldo J. Villalobos, MD, FAANS, FACS, is a board-certified neurosurgeon who completed his neuro-surgical residency at the University at Buffalo, New York. Pedro M. Ramirez, MD, is a neurosurgeon who completed his neurosurgical residency and fellowship at the University of New Mexico. OUR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT: Jeffrey D. Lingo, PA-C, is our PA both in the office and Operating Room and has been working in the field of neurosurgery for ten years after receiving his degree from The University of Florida. They all consider it a privilege to practice Neurosurgery and help their patients recover from life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. SPECIALTIES: Neck & Lower Back Pain (Cervical, Lumbar Discs and Degenerative Disorders); Spinal Column Reconstruction (Spinal Fusions and Instrumentations); Kyphoplasty (Procedure for Thoracic & Lumbar Fractures), which is now being performed in
our office under conscious sedation as this minimally invasive procedure offers our patients great relief from pain and a rapid recovery; Trigeminal Neuralgia; Neuroendoscopic Procedures; Gamma Knife Skull Base Lesions; Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures; Brain Tumors with a specialization in Pituitary Tumors; Primary & Metastatic Brain Lesions or Mass. INNOVATIONS: Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery for Spine and Brain. We use Robotics and Image Guidance combined with Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Techniques, which allow for greater precision, smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and less discomfort. Endoscopic Surgical Techniques are used for brain tumor resections and can also be combined with Image Guidance; we perform Radiosurgery for Brain Tumors and Spinal Surgery with Motion Preservation Technology (i.e., Cervical Disc Replacement).
ADDRESS: 801 N. Orange Ave., Suite 720 Orlando, FL 32801
2440 Hooks St. Clermont, FL 34711
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CENTRAL FLORIDA PAIN RELIEF CENTERS Back row (L to R): Nilusha Fernando, DO; Daren Subnaik, DO; Rick Ramos, MD; LaMisa Rayside, ARNP Front row (L to R): Daniel Prieto Romero, ARNP, NP-C; Michael Creamer, DO; Dayna Vecchione, ARNP OUR PRACTICE: Welcome to Central Florida Pain Relief Centers, a diverse group of compassionate professionals at the forefront of pain medicine, specializing in comprehensive treatment for the management of acute and chronic pain syndromes in the Greater Orlando area. Our providers utilize years of experience, sound medical knowledge, and cutting-edge procedures to find the most effective solutions for acute and chronic pain. We believe a multi-disciplinary approach is the best way to care for each individual. All forms of pain care including the latest state-of-the-art implantable technologies are tailored conscientiously for each patient’s best possible recovery. Our goal is to provide a full range of treatments and services for patients suffering from headaches, neck pain, back pain, nerve related pain, failed surgeries, cancer pain, spasticity and sports-related injuries. Based on our experience, we
know the right treatment can dramatically improve quality of life. WHAT SETS US APART: All of our physicians are board certified in Pain Medicine. We pride ourselves in establishing the standard for pain management modalities such as musculoskeletal ultrasound, regenerative therapy, electro diagnostic evaluation, image guided pain blocks, implantable medication pumps, spinal cord stimulation, among many other therapies. Through these methods we may help patients avoid undergoing more invasive surgery. Our accredited physicians are focused on relieving patients’ pain efficiently through a unique combination of advanced interventional procedures and medication management. Our personalized approach to comprehensive pain management is carefully developed to assist patients in taking that critical first step toward living a more functional, pain-free life.
TOP DOCTORS: Michael Creamer, DO ADDRESS: 100 W. Gore St., Suite 500 Orlando, FL 32806
ADDRESS: 683 Douglas Ave., Suite 101 Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
PHONE: 407-649-8707 407-649-8373 (Fax)
PHONE: 407-478-1510 407-478-1512 (Fax)
ADDRESS: 7350 Sandlake Commons Blvd. Suite 2212 Orlando, FL 32819 PHONE: 407-363-9668 407-363-9965 (Fax)
ADDRESS: 325 Waymont Court, Suite 111 Lake Mary, FL 32746 PHONE: 407-302-4770 407-936-3352 (Fax)
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CENTRAL FLORIDA RETINA & THE MACULAR DEGENERATION CENTER John C. Olson, MD; Karl E. Waite, MD; Suzanne M. Demming, MD; Gokul N. Kumar, MD ABOUT OUR PRACTICE: Our vision depends upon the retina. When macular degeneration and other retinal or vitreous problems occur, patients and eye care professionals turn to Central Florida Retina (CFR). Our expertly trained physicians stay on the leading edge of the field and offer the latest techniques and innovation through surgery, clinical trials and research. For over 35 years, our vision has been to provide the most advanced and compassionate retina care. WHY CHOOSE US: CFR is a patient-focused retina practice. We believe in treating our valued patients like family and pay close attention to every detail throughout each visit. Our physicians and certified staff seek every available resource to preserve our patients’ vision. OUR SPECIALTIES: We manage conditions that affect the retina in the back of the eye such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disease, retinal tears and detachments and uveitis. OUR DOCTORS:
Our four vitreoretinal specialists are board certified through the American Board of Ophthalmology. JOHN C. OLSON, MD, completed his retinal fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He has extensive clinical and surgical experience and has served as principal investigator in many national clinical trials. SUZANNE M. DEMMING, MD, has over two decades of experience as a retina surgeon in Daytona Beach and is a graduate of the University of Miami. KARL E. WAITE, MD, was born and raised in Daytona Beach. He joined CFR in January 2015, after practicing in Hawaii. GOKUL N. KUMAR, MD, received his BS in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, and MD and MBA from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Washington University and retinal fellowship at Emory University. PROUDLY SERVING AT FOUR CENTRAL FLORIDA LOCATIONS: Orlando, Daytona Beach, Palm Coast and New Smyrna Beach.
ADDRESS: 44 Lake Beauty Drive, Suite 300 Orlando, FL 32806
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ADRIAN BURROWES, MD, FAAFP; VENKATESH NAGALAPADI, MD; MARLA RICHARDSON-PRICE, MD; STEVEN SELZNICK, DO, FAAFP, CMD SPECIALTY: Family Medicine/Geriatrics. ABOUT US: CFP Physicians Group is dedicated to providing a lifetime of complete health care to all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics and everything in between. In addition to our four offices in Casselberry, Orlando, Apopka and Melbourne, we also provide care to our frail elderly in more than 50 rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake and Brevard counties. ABOUT DR. BURROWES: CEO of CFP Physicians Group. Education: University of Miami School of Medicine. Greatest Professional Achievement: Winning the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching-UCF College of Medicine. Greatest Personal Achievement: “Having Aidan, my incredibly kind and intelligent son.” ABOUT DR. NAGALAPADI: President of CFP Physicians Group. Certifications: Board Certified in Geriatrics & Family Medicine.
Greatest Professional Achievement: “Earning the trust and affection of my patients while helping to improve the standards of Geriatric care in Central Florida.” Greatest Personal Achievement: “Being a dad to my son, Aarya, and spending family time.” ABOUT DR. RICHARDSON-PRICE: Graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Greatest Professional Achievement: “Earning the respect of my peers.” Greatest Personal Achievement: “Giving my life to Christ and being blessed to raise my bright, handsome and loving son.” Off hours: Traveling. ABOUT DR. SELZNICK: Graduate of Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine & Surgery. Greatest Professional Achievement: Founding CFP Physicians Group. Greatest Personal Achievement: “Having my wife, Karen, by my side for the past 37 years, raising our two beautiful daughters and enjoying our grandson.” Philosophy: “Treat people as you would want them to treat you.”
TOP DOCTORS: Adrian L. Burrowes, MD; Steven Selznick, DO; Venkatesh Nagalapadi, MD; Marla Richardson-Price MD ADDRESS: 985 State Road 436 Casselberry, FL 32707
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COLON AND RECTAL CLINIC OF ORLANDO Paul R. Williamson, MD; Andrea Ferrara, MD; Joseph T. Gallagher, MD; Samuel DeJesus, MD; Renee J. Mueller, MD; Mark K. Soliman, MD; Joshua R. Karas, MD OUR PRACTICE: The physicians at the Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando (CRC) have been treating patients for more than 40 years in Central Florida. The CRC is one of the largest colorectal surgical private practices in the country—all seven surgeons are board certified in both colon and rectal surgery as well as general surgery. We specialize in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases of the colon, rectum and anus with an emphasis on curing colorectal cancer, alleviating diverticulitis, and improving the lifestyles of those with inflammatory bowel disease. Our surgeons have expertise in benign and malignant disease and sphincter-saving surgery for rectal cancer. We offer endoscopic, laparoscopic, robotic, transanal minimally invasive (TAMIS), and transanal endoscopic microscopic (TEM) surgeries. INNOVATIONS: A major component of our specialty is the treatment of anorectal disorder where we offer a complete and dedicated diagnostic center for evaluation of all anorectal and pelvic floor abnormalities (such as fecal incontinence or consti-
pation). Furthermore, the CRC is nationally recognized as being one of the most prominent programs in advanced minimally invasive robotically assisted colorectal operations. Surgeons from all over the United States travel to the CRC to attend biweekly lectures to learn how to implement these innovative robotic procedures. EDUCATIONAL INVOLVEMENT: The CRC is an approved ACGME-accredited training program for general surgeons interested in furthering their education in colon and rectal surgery. Through our affiliations with Orlando Health, the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and Florida State University College of Medicine, we participate in clinical and basic science research, regularly publish peer-reviewed literature, and teach other surgeons the practice of colon and rectal surgery. OUR MISSION: We strive to be advocates for our patients, tirelessly working to offer the highest quality surgical care, and educate ourselves and others regarding state-of-the art techniques and diagnostic procedures.
TOP DOCTORS: Samuel DeJesus, MD; Renee J. Mueller, MD; Joseph T. Gallagher, MD; Mark K. Soliman, MD DOWNTOWN: 110 W. Underwood St., Suite A Orlando, FL 32806
WINTER PARK AREA: 308 Groveland St. Orlando, FL 32804
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS: 661 E. Altamonte Drive, Suite 120 Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
DR. PHILLIPS: 7301 Stonerock Circle, Suite 1 Orlando, FL 32819
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CHILDREN’S EAR, NOSE, THROAT & ALLERGY Joshua Gottschall, MD; Eric Jaryszak, MD, PhD; James Kosko, MD; Cheryl Cotter, MD OUR PRACTICE: At Children’s Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy, our mission is to provide the best care to infants, children and adolescents with conditions affecting the head and neck. CENTA is the only otolaryngology practice in Central Florida with physicians exclusively trained in pediatric otolaryngology fellowships and who have been voted Top Doctors since 2006. ABOUT THE DOCTORS: Dr. James Kosko and Dr. Cheryl Cotter have practiced together in Orlando since 1996. They bring to Central Florida expertise gained in their training at Johns Hopkins and Harvard Medical Schools. In 2010 and 2011, Dr. Jaryszak and Dr. Gottschall joined the practice, bringing additional expertise from their fellowships at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. The CENTA physicians are members of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and are fellows of the American College of Surgeons. OUR SERVICES: As part of our commitment to the children of Central Florida, CENTA has brought services never available locally before, including cochlear implantation and programming, microtia repair,
bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHA), EarWell application and complex airway reconstruction. We have also been instrumental in the development of specialty clinics for voice and swallowing disorders, cleft lip and palate and craniofacial disorders. As pediatric otolaryngologists, we treat conditions such as allergies, ear infections, hearing loss, microtia and malformed ears, snoring, cleft lip and palate, sleep apnea, abnormal voice and swallowing, abnormal breathing, sinus infections, masses of the head and neck and many other ailments. Our three state-of-theart offices provide a full range of audiology services including newborn hearing screenings, hearing aid fitting and programming, cochlear implant service and programming, auditory processing disorder (APD) testing and advanced hearing testing. Our offices are staffed with two nurse practitioners and three doctors of audiology exclusively dedicated to the care of children with head and neck disorders. We care for children at Arnold Palmer Medical Center and Florida Hospital for Children and often partner with other pediatric specialists to give our patients comprehensive medical care.
BEST DOCTORS: Joshua Gottschall, MD; Eric Jaryszak, MD, PhD; James Kosko, MD; Cheryl Cotter, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Joshua Gottschall, MD; Eric Jaryszak, MD, PhD; James Kosko, MD; Cheryl Cotter, MD
ADDRESS: Metro West Professional Plaza 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd., Suite 103 Orlando, FL 32835
PHONE: 407-253-1000 407-253-1010 (Fax)
Maitland Medical Center 790 Concourse Pkwy. S., Suite 110 Maitland, FL 32751
Lake Nona Village 9676 Lake Nona Village, Suite 105 Orlando FL 32827
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MICHAEL DIAZ, MD KAETE ARCHER, MD MD PLASTIC SURGERY SPECIALISTS ABOUT OUR PRACTICE: Dr. Michael Diaz and Dr. Kaete Archer comprise MD Plastic Surgery Specialists, located in Melbourne. Dr. Diaz specializes in breast and body cosmetic and plastic surgery, while Dr. Archer specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, neck and nose as well as skin cancer reconstruction. Together they provide a one-stop solution for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Dr. Diaz completed his training in plastic surgery at the University of Massachusetts and was board certified in 2003. He moved to Melbourne in 2008 to establish a practice focusing on innovation and compassionate care. Dr. Archer joined Dr. Diaz in 2016 after completing her training at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Head and Neck Surgery and a Facial Plastic Surgery fellowship. INNOVATIONS: Both Dr. Diaz and Dr. Archer are bringing advances to Central Florida. Dr. Diaz utilizes Exparel®, a longer-acting pain control injection. He was also interviewed about using Strattice®, a tissue reinforcement that can act as an
internal bra. Dr. Archer offers the Silhouette Instalift™, a suture procedure that lifts and repositions facial tissues with minimal downtime. She is trained in the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques for total facial rejuvenation. THEIR COMMITMENT: Both Dr. Diaz and Dr. Archer are passionate about giving back to the community as well as the advancement of their specialties. Dr. Diaz is a volunteer faculty member at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and enjoys teaching medical students rotating through his practice. He also participates in local charities and efforts for the economic development of Brevard County. Dr. Archer is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is invited to speak at national meetings. She participates in organizations that fight domestic violence. She traveled to Vietnam twice with the Face to Face mission trips to give lectures and operate on children with congenital and traumatic deformities.
ADDRESS: MD Plastic Surgery Specialists 1513 S. Harbor City Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901
WEBSITE: diazplasticsurgery.com archerfacialplastics.com
PHONE: 321-951-2639 321-914-0938 (Fax)
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DIGESTIVE AND LIVER CENTER OF FLORIDA ENDO-SURGICAL CENTER OF FLORIDA Left to Right: Harinath Sheela, MD; Megan Delimata, MD; Srinivas Seela, MD; Seela Ramesh, MD; Sergio W. Larach, MD; Jessica Narváez-Lugo, MD THE PRACTICE AND SURGICAL CENTER: Digestive and Liver Center of Florida has been a part of the Central Florida community since 2005 and was founded with a mission of providing compassionate, caring and sophisticated gastroenterology care. Dr. Jessica Narváez-Lugo is the newest addition to the practice, and she is passionate about diagnosing and treating irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. The center has grown to five gastroenterologists and one colorectal surgeon with multiple locations and a state-of-the-art surgical center. ENDO-SURGICAL CENTER OF FLORIDA: ESCF offers patients a safe, affordable, beautiful and convenient option to undergo procedures in an outpatient setting. The center is accredited by The Joint Commission, and it is recognized by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for quality and safety, providing a full range of endoscopic services, including colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, and radiofrequency ablation for Barrett’s Esophagus. ESCF has a fully equipped operating room offering availability for multiple specialty surgeries.
OUR SPECIALTIES: Swallowing Disorders, Unexplained Abdominal Pain, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Unexplained Pelvic Pain, Fecal Incontinence, Complex Liver Diseases, Colon Cancer Screening. GI MOTILITY CENTER: Worldrenowned, board-certified colon-rectal surgeon Dr. Sergio Larach, assistant professor at FSU, UCF and NOVA University, directs the GI motility center. The center assists patients with management of bowel control, including the latest procedures available with the Medtronic’s Interstim Therapy for fecal incontinence. Dr. Larach also provides medical and surgical treatments for anorectal diseases. EDUCATIONAL INVOLVEMENT: Faculty at residency programs at Florida Hospital, NOVA University, LECOM University, and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU). WHAT SETS US APART: Award-wining, internationally recognized, board-certified physicians. Office visits are available Monday through Saturday. On-site endoscopy center, on-site GI motility center, on-site Colorectal Surgeon. Center of excellence for teaching medical students and residents.
ADDRESS: Digestive and Liver Center of Florida 100 N. Dean Road, Suite 101 Orlando, FL 32825
ADDRESS: Endo-Surgical Center of Florida 100 N. Dean Road, Suite 102 Orlando, FL 32825
721 W. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32804
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DIGESTIVE DISEASE CONSULTANTS FROM LEFT: SANJAY REDDY, MD; RICHARD STRAKER, MD; BARRY KATZ, MD; HARRY SHEPHARD, MD; RAAJ POPLI, MD OUR PRACTICE: Digestive Disease Consultants has been a part of the Orlando community for almost 30 years and honored numerous times in the pages of Orlando magazine. Our diverse and bilingual staff pride themselves in making a patient’s experience as pleasant and efficient as possible. Palm Endoscopy Center routinely scores among the top outpatient facilities in the country in patient satisfaction and cost-effective care, with a focus on safety. THANKS TO: Our patients & colleagues, for your kindness, recognition, and confidence in our ability. We wish to highlight some local organizations we have come to know and respect in our own lives. GRACE MEDICAL HOME: Local physicians, returning home from a mission trip, saw a need to provide quality and continuous health care to the underserved in their hometown. Since 2008, hundreds of volunteers, community leaders and physicians have generously donated time, talents and treasure to the vision of Grace. gracemedicalhome.org AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY:
The nation’s largest voluntary health organization, it is dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, advocacy and service, with 2 million volunteers saving lives daily in every community. Call for help or to join the fight, any time day or night at (800) 227-2345, or visit cancer.org SHEPHERD’S HOPE CLINICS: Since 1997, Shepherd’s Hope has partnered with faith community, school or facility partners, and hospitals to operate five medical clinics. Using a faith-based model that can be replicated in local communities across the country, they bring hope & healing to many in need. shepherdshope. org CROHN’S & COLITIS FOUNDATION: A volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding cures, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Founded in 1967, it serves more than 600,000 patients annually through 40 chapters, as well as national education and support programs. crohnscolitisfoundation.org
TOP DOCTORS: Barry Katz, MD; Sanjay Reddy, MD; Richard Straker, MD ADDRESS: 623 Maitland Ave., Suite 2200 Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
8000 Red Bug Lake Rd., Suite 226 Oviedo, FL 32765
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RICHARD DUMOIS, MD, FACG BOARD-CERTIFIED GASTROENTEROLOGIST ABOUT THE PRACTICE: Dr. Dumois offers comprehensive services in gastroenterology, specializing in the prevention of colon cancer and the diagnoses and treatment of diseases of the digestive tract. He and his physician assistant, Tina Bruefach, PA-C, treat gastrointestinal conditions, such as GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, Celiac, constipation, diarrhea, hepatitis, pancreatitis, and hemorrhoids. FAMILY TIES: Dr. Dumois’ family was a major influence on his career. His father was attending medical school in Cuba when he was forced to flee during the Cuban revolution and unable to pursue his dream of a medical career. WHAT SETS
HIM APART: Dr. Dumois, who speaks both English and Spanish, and his office team strive to deliver the personalized care you expect for your family. He feels the most gratifying aspect of being a gastroenterologist is taking part in the effort to reduce the death rate for the No. 2 cancer killer in America: colorectal cancer. EDUCATION/AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Dumois studied at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, and earned his medical degree in 1992 at the University of Seville. He has privileges at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, ORMC, and Health Central, and serves as P.I. Chairman of the Central Florida Surgical Center.
ADDRESS: 6735 Conroy Road, Suite 214 Orlando, FL 32835
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EYE PHYSICIANS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Left to Right: Jerry N. Shuster, MD; Robert W. Hered, MD, FAAP; Lynda Z. Kleiman, MD; Larry S. Lewis, OD; Robert S. Gold, MD, FAAP; David B. Auerbach, DO; Rebecca J. Adams, MD, FAAP; Andrew J. Schneier, MD; Louis C. Blumenfeld, MD, FAAP; Victor B. Thomas, MD WHAT SETS US APART: At Eye Physicians of Central Florida, we care for patients from birth through adulthood and can treat virtually any eye condition. We have nine ophthalmologists and one optometrist who offer complete eyecare from examinations to surgery. Our ophthalmologists have subspecialty training in pediatric ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma, corneal diseases, and oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery. We also specialize in small-incision refractive, laser-assisted cataract surgery. OUR PHILOSOPHY: From offering access to the latest treatment options to comforting a nervous child, we treat our patients with respect, warmth and compassion. Every member of our team provides patients with the one-on-one attention they deserve. EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Our physicians have trained at many of the country’s top eye centers, including Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Wills
Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Columbia University’s Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, New York University Medical Center/ Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Louisiana State University in New Orleans, Indiana University, and Washington University in St. Louis. INNOVATIONS: We provide patients with the latest technologies and procedures in eye care, including laser-assisted cataract surgery. We also offer AcrySof ReSTOR, TECNIS multifocal and toric intraocular lenses. These are designed to improve vision at all distances, often eliminating the need for bifocals or reading glasses. In addition, our scanning laser ophthalmoscope detects the very early stages of glaucoma and retinal diseases. COMMUNITY: We have supported numerous community organizations over the years, including Lighthouse Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank. Many of our physicians also serve as assistant professors at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.
BEST DOCTORS: Robert W. Hered, MD; Jerry N. Shuster, MD
TOP DOCTORS: David B. Auerbach, DO; Louis C. Blumenfeld, MD, FAAP; Robert S. Gold, MD, FAAP; Robert W. Hered, MD; Lynda Z. Kleiman, MD; Jerry N. Shuster, MD
MAITLAND OFFICE: 790 Concourse Parkway South Suite 200 Maitland, FL 32751
METRO WEST OFFICE: 1781 Park Center Drive Suite 220 Orlando, FL 32835
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LEFT TO RIGHT: E. FRANK DELGADO, MD; KANEITRA WILLIAMSON, PA-C; JAN PARRILLO, MD; DORIE GOLDBERG, PA-C; CRISTINA GARCIA, MD; RICHARD JANOVITZ, MD; MITUL SHAH, MD; GRACE ROSARIO, PA-C. NOT SHOWN: RACHEL AZZARELLI, PA-C ABOUT US: Our group of five primary care physicians and three physician assistants has provided full-service care for over 45 years. We treat young children through geriatrics, offering quality care with the highest level of courtesy and professionalism. Many of our staff have been with us for over 30 years and know our patients well, treating them with compassion and respect. We have many patients for whom we have provided care for multiple family generations. FOCUS OF PRACTICE: With an eye toward preventative care, the providers at FMC spend a lot of time with patients, offering ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, maintain ideal body weight, form good eating habits and control stress. We help patients with chronic diseases such as hypertension, elevated cholesterol and diabetes to manage those conditions. We pride ourselves on always allowing plenty of time for the patient to discuss all concerns. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Dr. Janovitz, entering his 39th year
in practice, received his medical degree from the University of Miami. Dr. Parrillo, entering his 30th year in practice, received his medical degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Delgado, in his 26th year of practice, received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Garcia, in her 12th year of practice, graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Shah, in his 10th year of practice, graduated from Shah Medical College of India and did his residency at Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center. All physicians are board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Our three physician assistants are also board certified. WHAT SETS US APART: We offer on-site lab, X-ray and bone density testing, as well as late evening and Saturday hours. For weight management, we offer the ITG diet program, which has proven very successful for a large number of our patients. We offer aesthetic services including laser hair removal and skin care.
BEST DOCTORS: Jan Parrillo, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Richard Janovitz, MD; Jan Parrillo, MD; Mitul Shah, MD
ADDRESS: 2863 S. Delaney Ave. Orlando, FL 32806
PHONE: 407-843-1620 407-843-5243 (Fax)
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP CANCER SPECIALISTS Back Row, Left to Right: Shahram Mori, MD; Rushang Patel, MD; Carlos Alemany, MD; Nathalie McKenzie, MD; Robert Reynolds, MD; Sarfraz Ahmad, PhD; Sherif Makar, MD; Robert Holloway, MD; Ahmed Zakari, MD; Herbert Newton, MD Front Row, Left to Right: Steven Goldstein, MD; James Kendrick, MD; Roxanne Sylora, MD; Sarah George, MD; Qamar Khan, MD Not pictured: Asim Aijaz, MD; Adnan Akhtar, MD; Raul Castillo, MD; Olga Ivanov, MD; Tarek Mekhail, MD; Mark Socinski, MD ABOUT OUR ONCOLOGISTS: Our physicians are award-winning, widely published and heavily involved in the latest cancer research, always staying on the cutting edge of disease detection, prevention, treatment and cures. These leading oncologists have made significant strides in breast, colorectal, urologic, gynecologic, blood and marrow transplant and lung cancer research, early diagnosis and positive patient PHONE: 407-599-6111
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outcomes. Additionally, our world-class hematologists provide aggressive, comprehensive treatment of all types of blood cancers and other blood diseases through advanced therapies. Each physician is affiliated with the Florida Hospital Cancer Instituteâ€”the largest cancer care provider in the state, seeing more newly diagnosed patients annually than any other hospital system.
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP CARDIOVASCULAR CARE Left to right: Khurram Shahzad, MD; Mohammad Abbasi, MD; Mark Ranson, MD; Delos Clift, MD; Alan Wladis, MD; Hector Lozano, MD; David Varnagy, MD; Lina Vargas Abello, MD; Francis Fahey, MD; James Tarver, MD; Charles Curry, MD; Manuel Perez-Izquierdo, MD Not pictured: Gary Allen, MD; Jose Arias, MD; Rohit Bhatheja, MD; Chandra Bomma, MD; Joseph Boyer, MD; Puxiao Cen, MD; Alejandro Franceschi, MD; Patricia Guerrero, MD; Chin Kim, MD; Carol Ma, MD; James Miner, MD; George Monir, MD; Pavan Patel, MD; Carlos Saenz, MD; Hani Seifein, MD; John Ververis, MD; Thomas Walsh, MD; Curtis Weaver, MD; Linus Wodi, MD ABOUT OUR PHYSICIANS: Florida Hospital Medical Groupâ€™s board-certified cardiologists, cardiovascular and vascular surgeons provide the most advanced surgical and non-surgical treatments for patients living with coronary artery disease, heart valve defects and other cardiovascular disorders. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to heart health, using PHONE: 407-599-6111
the latest tools to diagnose and monitor a wide range of complex conditions. With a focus on leading-edge technologies and techniques, including cardiac catheterization, minimally invasive bypass options, and robotic cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, our world-renowned specialists provide expert care.
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP COLORECTAL SURGERY Left to right: Jeremy Drake, MD; Teresa H.deBeche-Adams, MD; George Nassif, DO; Matthew Albert, MD; John R. T. Monson, MD; Sam Atallah, MD ABOUT OUR PRACTICE: Our multidisciplinary team of colon and rectal surgeons uses the most advanced diagnostic technology to properly identify and effectively treat a broad spectrum of colorectal diseases, with special interest in minimally invasive techniques for treating colorectal cancer. Additionally, we treat a high volume of patients with inflammatory bowel disease, pelvic floor disorders, fecal incontinence, and PHONE: 407-599-6111
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related disorders. Along with providing excellent patient care, each of our physicians is actively involved in surgical innovation, with unique expertise in rectal cancer care and colostomy avoidance, most notably, the pioneering of TransAnal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS) and Robotic TransAnal Surgery (RTS) â€” techniques which have now been adopted by leading institutions around the world.
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP DIABETES & ENDOCRINOLOGY Left to Right: Juan Varon, MD; Andrew Martin, MD; Carmina Charles, MD; Louise Owen, MD; Damon Tanton, MD; Parkash Bakhtiani, MD; Robert Coleman, MD; Francisco Correa, MD Not pictured: Richard Pratley, MD ABOUT OUR PRACTICE: Florida Hospital Medical Groupâ€™s endocrinologists and diabetologists provide advanced clinical management of diabetes, and other metabolic and endocrine disorders, to patients of all ages. Committed to compassionate care, our physicians provide individualized, patient-centered treatment that focuses on healthy lifestyles and the PHONE: 407-599-6111
prevention of complications. In collaboration with the Florida Hospital Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes, our multispecialty team combines the efforts of scientists, clinical researchers and physicians to discover new therapies to diminish the complications associated with diabetes and other endocrine disorders.
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP HEAD & NECK SURGERY Left to right: James Bekeny, MD; J. Scott Magnuson, MD; Bruce Haughey, MD; Michael Seidman, MD ABOUT OUR PRACTICE: Florida Hospital Medical Groupâ€™s world-class team of board-certified ear, nose and throat physicians specialize in head and neck surgery and treatment of the neurological disorders of the ear. They devote their advanced skills to helping patients across Central Florida and around the world to overcome serious medical issues ranging from complex cancers of the head and neck, to hearing loss, voice problems, thyroid tumors, and skin cancers. We provide the most specialized and effective surgical treatments available today in the technologically advanced environment of Florida Hos-
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pital Celebration Health. Our medical team understands the unique physical and emotional challenges that our patients and their families are confronting. They focus on creating a health partnership that provides not only the most sought-after treatment options but also a clear communication channel with with patients and caregivers. Experts in robotic, reconstructive and endocrine surgery, our surgeons take a confident and compassionate approach at every level of patient care, treating cancers of the mouth, throat, vocal cords, sinus cavity, salivary glands, tonsils, thyroid and skin with innovation and skill.
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP GASTROENTEROLOGY Left to Right: Mike (Mangesh) Shukla, MD; Basher Atiquzzaman, MD; Maryam Kashi, DO; Irteza Inayat, MD; Ilan Aharoni, MD Not pictured: Matthew Apter, MD; Ji Young Bang, MD; David Elijah, MD; Muhammad Hasan, MD; Robert Hawes, MD; Ahmad Idris, MD; Moin Kola, MD; Udayakumar Navaneethan, MD; Shyam Varadarajulu, MD ABOUT OUR PHYSICIANS: Florida Hospital Medical Group’s multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, hepatologists and endoscopists use the most advanced diagnostic technology to properly identify and effectively treat a broad spectrum of digestive, gastrointestinal, esophageal and liver disorders—from common PHONE: Phone: 407-599-6111
reflux to complex cancers. Each of our physicians is affiliated with Florida Hospital, providing an array of comprehensive, therapeutic treatments, including, but not limited to: radiofrequency ablation, bile duct stone management, Bravo pH monitoring, colonoscopy, diagnostic/therapeutic endoscopy, ultrasound and video capsule.
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP MEDICAL AND SURGICAL WEIGHT LOSS Left to right: Indira Abraham-Pratt, PhD; Keith Kim, MD; Dennis Smith, MD; Angela Fals, MD ABOUT OUR PHYSICIANS: Florida Hospital Medical Groupâ€™s medical and surgical weight loss specialists offer a multidisciplinary approach to weight loss. We treat patients of all ages and degrees of obesity with tailor-made programs and lifestyle therapies, along with a variety of medications and surgical soluPHONE: 407-599-6111
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tions, as appropriate. Our team includes physicians, surgeons, dietitians, psychologists and exercise physiologists, providing comprehensive weight management with a focus on the overall health of our patients. Subspecialties include pregnancy weight management, and pediatric healthy weight and wellness.
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP NEUROLOGY AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Left to right: Anthony LoGalbo, PhD; Rekha Gandhi, MD; Michael Westerveld, PhD; Catherine Longa, PhD; Benjamin JohnsonMarkve, PsyD; Jodi Nadler, PhD; Charles Lammers, PhD; Diana Balsalobre, MD Not pictured: Michelle Dolske, PhD; Richardo Villalobos, MD ABOUT OUR PRACTICES: Our fellowship-trained neurologists, neuropsychologists and licensed clinical psychologists are highly trained in treating a wide variety of brain health conditions, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, tremors, learning disPHONE: 407-599-6111
abilities, and psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders. The medical team is skilled in providing treatment for patients of all ages for conditions affecting movement, memory, learning, language, perceptual and motor abilities, emotions, and behavior and personality.
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP PEDIATRIC SPECIALISTS Back Row, Left to Right: Daniel Won, MD; Eric Trumble, MD; Frank Pigula, MD; Satish Agadi, MD; Jorge Garcia, MD; Elakkat Gireesh, MD; Ki Hyeong Lee, MD; Kelvin Lee, MD; Michael Westerveld, PhD; Regino Gonzalez-Peralta, MD; Catherine Longa, PhD; James Baumgartner, MD; Matthew Zussman, MD Front Row, Left to Right: Aditi Dagli, MD; Tace Rico, MD; Lina Hernandez, MD; Nitzmari Melendez-Vazquez, MD; Joo Hee Seo, MD ABOUT OUR SPECIALISTS: Florida Hospital Medical Group delivers comprehensive and specialized pediatric care in nearly 20 specialties. Our physicians provide advanced diagnostic techniques and surgical procedures to young patients of all ages, with the utmost compassion and support for the whole family. 132 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2017
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Back Row, Left to Right: Dennis Borrero, MD; David Shook, MD; Raymund Woo, MD; Sean Keyes, DO; William Thompson, MD; Fouad Hajjar, MD; Agustin Ramos, MD; Pablo Gomez, MD; Deogracias Pena, MD; Bhavya Trivedi, MD Front Row, Left to Right: Heather Allewelt, MD; Susan Kelly, MD; Katerina Backus, MD; Monique Kumar, MD; Emilie Sy-Te, MD; Emily Forrest, MD Not pictured: Christopher Anderson, MD; Rachel-Marie Cazeau, MD; Jorge Daaboul, MD; Michael Keating, MD; Constantine Mavroudis, MD; Kathryn Nardell, MD; Konda Reddy, MD; Holly Skinner, DO PHONE: 407-599-6111
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP PRIMARY CARE Back Row, Left to Right: Richard Brandsdorf, MD; Matthew Rensberry, MD; Nathan Falk, MD; Robert Chong, MD; Natesha Ambs, MD; Brian Browning, DO Middle Row, Left to Right: Christopher Buelvas, MD; Robert Quigley, MD; John Needham, MD; Robin Creamer, DO; Matthew Newberg, MD; Elizabeth Sasse, MD Front Row, Left to Right: Tadeusz Nowicki, MD; Sabiha Siddiqui, MD; Danuta Deeb, MD; Carlos Dumois, MD; Zeena Cortes, MD; Ann Klega, MD; Jennifer Keehbauch, MD; Dwayne Gordon, MD; Thomas Alber, MD ABOUT OUR PRACTICES: Florida Hospital Medical Group primary care physicians strive to be partners in their patientsâ€™ health care decisions throughout every stage of life. With a strong passion for treating the whole patient, not just the disease, we provide comprehensive care for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. Our foundation is a commitment to PHONE: 407-599-6111
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healing the mind, body and spirit with a dedicated focus on chronic disease management and preventive medicine. Our primary care practices are conveniently located throughout Central Florida to best meet your needs, with many physicians offering online appointment scheduling, extended hours and same-day appointments.
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Back Row, Left to Right: Diahann Alleyne, MD; Hyrum Brodniak, DO; Randi-Ann Rodrigues, DO; Marcus Merriweather, MD; Samuel Shay, MD; Mark Roque, MD; Vincent Hsu, MD Middle Row, Left to Right: Shing-Yu Lin, MD; Joyce Cortes, MD; Michelle Norden, MD; Arlene Oâ€™Donnell, DO; Umair Majeed, MD; Karen Echeverria-Beltran, MD; Daniel Tambunan, MD Front Row, Left to Right: Cheryl Oh, MD; Yekatherine Rasmussen, MD; Tanya Haber, DO; Erdem Aydur, MD; Analise Casey, MD Not pictured: Melanie Albors-Mora, MD; Sadia Ali, MD; Rose Appel, DO; Andrew Asbury, DO; Steven Attermann, DO; James Badman, MD; Daniel Bedney, MD; Sarah Bendel, DO; Kristina Berger, MD; Thomas Chambers, DO; Daniel Cochran, MD; Ariel Cole, MD; Eileen Conaway, DO; Gregorie Constant-Peter, MD; Joan Coupland, MD; Andrew Dauer, DO; Akilah De Aza, MD; Pallavi Deliwala, DO; Amit Desai, MD; Anthony Douglas, MD; Perri Dumbacher, MD; Heather Elizondo Vega, MD; George Everett, MD; Ashley Falk, MD; William Felix-Rodriguez, MD; Alexander Fishberg, MD; John Fleming, MD; Jason Florimonte, MD; Joseph Gallagher, DO; Naz Gandikal, DO; Kamini Geer, MD; Deborah Greaves, MD; Amir Guirguis, MD; George Guthrie, MD; Victor Herrera, MD; Karen Hillock, MD; Kirk Hutjens, MD; Fatima Imtiaz, MD; Edward Jackson, MD; Gigi Kwok, MD; Rosemary Laird, MD; Miles Landis, MD; Catherine Loe, MD; Manoucher Manoucheri, MD; Richard Margaitis, DO; Lana Massaro, MD; Dominick Mastroianni, MD; Stacey McConkey, MD; Raj Mehta, MD; Justin Menezes, MD; Dan Moldoveanu, MD; Anita Moorjani, MD; Hossam Naguib, MD; David Nerness, MD; Kar-Yee Ng, MD; Denyce Nichols, MD; Jaquelyn Nystrom, MD; Lauren Pedersen-Buck, MD; Elina Petrosova, MD; Bernice Pritchett, MD; Kashif Qureshi, MD; Sonia Rico, DO; Rae Ringenberg, MD; Victor Rivera, MD; Robert Rodgers, MD; Ledy Rojas, MD; Leyberth Rosendo, MD; Monisha Seth, MD; Neal Silverstein, MD; Jin Soh-Urbano, MD; Alyaz Somji, DO; Shawn St. Marie, DO; Philip Styne, MD; Jasvant Surani, MD; Tiffany Tamse, MD; Joshua Trabin, MD; John Treharne, MD; Estrella Vega, MD; Asoka Wijetilleke, MD; Gary Young, MD; Craig Yunk, MD DECEMBER 2017 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 135
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP RADIATION ONCOLOGY Left to right: Kunal Saigal, MD; Catherine Hwang, MD; Afshin Forouzannia, MD; Aamir Hussain, MD; Matthew Biagioli, MD; Wes Hodge, MD; Mark Harvey, MD; Samir Sejpal, MD; Ravi Shridhar, MD Not pictured: Luis Carrascosa, MD; Shravan Kandula, MD ABOUT OUR PHYSICIANS: Florida Hospital Medical Group boasts some of the region’s most outstanding radiation oncologists applying advanced techniques—such as brachytherapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), image-guided radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and intensity-modulated radiation therapy. Our mission is to treat and eliminate a wide variety of cancers and to help reduce the risk that cancer may return following surgery or PHONE: 407-599-6111
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chemotherapy. We also conduct clinical trials of new treatment paradigms that are aimed at improving patient outcomes, and are constantly seeking ways to raise the bar in terms of survival rates and patient satisfaction. Our program features the most sophisticated diagnostic imaging and treatment tools, including TrueBeam® linear accelerators for the comfortable, effective and safe delivery of radiation therapy to our patients.
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP ROBOTIC SURGERY FOR UROLOGIC CANCER Vipul R. Patel, MD, FACS (front center) and Team OUR PROGRAM: Having helped over 10,000 patients with prostate cancer, our comprehensive and personalized program led by Dr. Vipul Patel is dedicated to the battle against urologic cancer. Our unparalleled outcomes place us at the forefront of innovation and have helped the program develop a worldwide reputation for excellence. Our comprehensive research team follows patients for years after surgery, collecting data that allows us to author landmark publications. Our Blueprint for Menâ€™s Health program provides a guide for prostate cancer patients to achieve a healthy lifestyle, offering consultations on everything from diet and exercise to smoking cessation. Our program prides itself on our dedication to creating a continuum of care. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Dr. Patel is fellowship trained in laparoscopy and endouADDRESS: Center for Urologic Cancer 410 Celebration Place, Suite 200 Celebration, FL 34747
rology, and board certified by the American Urological Association. As a global leader in robotic surgery, Dr. Patel is the Founding Editor and Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Robotic Surgery; authored the well-respected textbook Robotic Urologic Surgery; and has been named an Honorary Professor of the Russian Academy of Science. TITLES: Founder of the Center for Urologic Cancer and Medical Director of the Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. Dr. Patel also serves as the Director of Urologic Oncology for Florida Hospital Cancer Institute and is a Professor of Urology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He is the current President of the Society for Robotic Surgery, and an honorary professor at the University of Milan and Korea University.
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP SPECIALIZED SURGERY Back Row, Left to right: Nathan DeAngelis, DO; Creighton Fiscina, MD; Jay Redan, MD; Steve Eubanks, MD; Scott Bloom, MD; Eric Rideman, DO Middle Row, Left to right: John Robertson, MD; Juan Omana, MD; Carlos Ortiz-Ortiz, MD; Lisa Minton, MD; Joseph Portoghese, MD; Jay Bornstein, DMP; William Huether, MD Front Row, Left to right: Alric Simmonds, Jr., MD; Francisco Couto, MD; Rhonda Harmon, MD; Enrique Vega, MD; Sebastian de la Fuente, MD Not pictured: Juan Pablo Arnoletti, MD; Jeffrey Chiu, MD; Alexandros Coutsoumpos, MD; Farid Gharagozloo, MD; Kamy Kemp, MD; Timothy McElveen, MD; Christopher Olukoga, MD; Eduardo Parra-Davila, MD; Chetan Patel, MD; Bernadette Profeta, MD ABOUT OUR PHYSICIANS: Our highly skilled, board-certified surgeons are dedicated to exceptional treatment and care. Sub-specializing in a wide variety of conditions and procedures, Florida Hospital Medical Group surgeons stay on the leading-edge of minimally invasive, robotic, single-site and laparoscopic procedures. We are focused on innovations in disease research and early diagnosis, and take a multi-disciPHONE: 407-599-6111
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plinary approach to surgical treatments that greatly improve patient recoveries, reducing recovery time and discomfort. Our physicians are nationally and internationally recognized for surgical expertise, and not only practice the latest techniques, but design instrumentation and procedures to deliver compassionate, comprehensive care to patients of all ages.
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP UROLOGY Left to Right: Steve Williams, MD; Rakesh Patel, MD; Inoel Rivera, MD; Jordan Steinberg, MD; Mark Swierzewski, MD; Jeffrey Brady, MD Not pictured: Thomas Cangiano, MD; Stephen Dobkin, MD; Dennis Donahue, MD; Justin Emtage, MD; Eduardo Hernandez, MD; Edward Kata, MD; Michael McDonald, MD; Zamip Patel, MD; Robert Weaver, MD ABOUT OUR PHYSICIANS: Florida Hospital Medical Groupâ€™s world-class urologists offer a multitude of advanced diagnostics, minimally invasive procedures and revolutionary treatments for a variety of urologic conditions affecting male and female patients. Using the latest robotic surgical techniques and advanced medPHONE: 407-599-6111
ical devices, our physicians provide patients with non-invasive options and permanent solutions, often with same-day service. Our urologists are board-certified, fellowship-trained leaders in their respective subspecialties, including robotic surgery, urogynecology, reconstructive surgery and cancer treatment.
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL MEDICAL GROUP WOMEN’S HEALTH Back Row, Left to right: Scott Boone, MD; Angel Gonzalez, MD; Ashley Hill, MD; Mark Crider, MD; Jon Sweet, MD; Mark Wehrum, MD; Jill Johnson, MD Front Row, Left to right: Lynda Balint, MD; Gargey Patil, MD; Rachel Humphrey, MD; Lindsay Maggio, MD Not pictured: Jessica Auffant, MD; Pedro Cruz-Torres, MD; Thomas Enyart, DO; John Kim, MD; Bela Kudish, MD; Mary Langenstroer, MD; Steven McCarus, MD; Kristell Valverde, MD ABOUT OUR PHYSICIANS: Florida Hospital Medical Group’s advanced gynecology and obstetrics practices provide complete health care to women in every stage of life. Delivering comprehensive treatment, from diagnostics to minimally invasive gynecological surgery and obstetrics—including individualized high-risk pregnancy and midwifery care—our providers are leaders in the field. PHONE: 407-599-6111
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With a multidisciplinary team that includes obstetricians, gynecologic surgeons, urogynecologists, and perinatologists, we are able to treat general and complex gynecologic and maternal-fetal conditions, such as: bleeding disorders, endometriosis, fibroids, normal and high-risk pregnancy, incontinence, multiple-pregnancies, pelvic floor disorders, pelvic organ prolapse, vestibulitis and vulvodynia.
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FLORIDA LUNG, ASTHMA AND SLEEP SPECIALISTS [FLASS] Back row, L to R: Donald Elton, MD; Nelson Medina, MD; Fred Umeh, MD; Bassam Doujaiji, MD; Claudia Romero, ARNP; Fortune Alabi, MD Front row, L to R: Japheth Omwenga, ARNP; Irtza Sharif, MD; Miriam Carnemolla, ARNP; Jenniffer Bates, ARNP; Maximo Lama, MD ABOUT OUR PRACTICE: FLASS is celebrating 11 years of providing comprehensive, compassionate and quality pulmonary and sleep medicine services in Central Florida. Our seven board-certified pulmonary and critical care physicians practice at four office locations. We are affiliated with Florida Hospital, Orlando Health, Lake Wales Regional Medical Center, and Poinciana Medical Center with offices located in close proximity to all 4 hospitals. OUR SPECIALTIES: We treat the full scope of pulmonary and sleep medicine at our clinics and also provide comprehensive critical care services at the hospitals we are affiliated with. We see patients with asthma, COPD, shortness of breath, pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, sarcoidosis, pulmonary hypertension, lung lesions, lung cancers, pleural effusions, cough, sleep apnea and insomnia. We also perform the following procedures: bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma, right heart catheterization, navigation bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound, PleurX catheter placement and thoracentesis. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: All of our physicians are board-cer-
tified. Dr. Fortune Alabi completed his training at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Fred Umeh completed his training at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Don Elton completed his training at the University of South Carolina. Drs. Nelson Medina, Irtza Sharif and Maximo Lama completed their training at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Dr. Bassam Doujaiji completed his training at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. WHAT SETS US APART: We believe that at the core of medicine is a special gift from God to use our hands to make a difference in the lives of people that need God’s healing. We see this as a special blessing that needs to be taken seriously. At FLASS, we are blessed with outstanding office professionals that make our services more efficient, including four Nurse Practitioners: Claudia Romero, Jenniffer Bates, Miriam Carnemolla and Japheth Omwenga. We are where we are today because of their commitment and dedication to our patients. OUR COMMITMENT: At FLASS, we sincerely care about our patients. They are not just patients to us but an extension of our FLASS families.
TOP DOCTORS: Fortune O. Alabi, MD ADDRESS: 2940 Mallory Circle, Suite 204 Celebration, FL 34747
OFFICE LOCATIONS: Celebration, Orlando, Poinciana, and Lake Wales
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FLORIDA RADIATION ONCOLOGY DAVID A. DIAMOND, MD, FACRO, DABR; AND KELLY E. LAFAVE, MD, DABR ABOUT US: Florida Radiation Oncology is an independent, state-of-the-art radiation oncology center dedicated to delivering the best, most cost-effective cancer care in a warm and caring environment. WHAT SETS US APART: Independence— As an independent center, we can work with all the physicians throughout our community, not just those affiliated with one particular hospital system. Technology—Our Varian TrueBeam® treatment machine is the most advanced in the region, allowing for the most precise treatment available. Experience—Together, Dr. Diamond and Dr. LaFave have 25 years’ experience in Central Florida and have been privileged to care for some 13,000 members of our community. OUR SERVICES: Stereotactic body radiotherapy, frameless stereotactic brain radiosurgery, image-guided radiotherapy, highdose rate brachytherapy for breast and gynecologic cancers, and radiopharmaceutical therapy. OUR DOCTORS: Dr. Diamond and Dr. LaFave have earned the trust of hundreds of our
fellow physicians. Both are diplomats of the American Board of Radiology with board certification in radiation oncology. They are the co-medical directors of Florida Radiation Oncology. EDUCATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS: Dr. Diamond graduated from Princeton cum laude and earned his medical degree with research honors from the University of Florida. He completed his medical internship at Yale and his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Diamond is a past board member of the American College of Radiation Oncology. He formerly served as an advisor to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Dr. LaFave earned her undergraduate with honors and medical degree from Michigan State University. She completed her radiation oncology residency at the University of Miami. Dr. LaFave has conducted oncology research, published in scientific journals, presented at national meetings, and authored textbook chapters. Over her career, she has served in leadership roles on several hospital committees.
TOP DOCTOR: David A. Diamond, MD, FACRO, DABR ADDRESS: 483 N. Semoran Blvd, Suite 107 Winter Park, FL 32792 Located inside the Medical Village at Winter Park
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FLORIDA RETINA INSTITUTE
LEFT TO RIGHT: S.K. STEVEN HOUSTON III, MD; THOMAS A. BARNARD, MD; ELIAS C. MAVROFRIDES, MD; WILLIAM J. DUNN, MD, FACS, CHE; AND MATTHEW A. CUNNINGHAM, MD FLORIDA RETINA INSTITUTE: Was founded in 1979 by James A. Staman, MD. Since then we have grown tremendously with 19 locations throughout Central Florida, North Florida and Southeast Georgia. We have proudly delivered Excellence in Patient Care for over 35 years. Our Retina Specialists focus on the highest quality patient care and best individual treatment plans, applying the latest advances and most sophisticated methods in vitreoretinal medicine. TOP DOCTORS: Florida Retina Institute’s 10 ophthalmologists are a team of renowned doctors who are all board-certified, fellowship-trained retinal specialists. Dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases and surgery, our doctors are consistently recognized as national leaders, selected by their peers as Cas-
tle Connolly’s Top Doctors, ranking best in the U.S. and their region. TOP EDUCATION: Our physicians completed their ophthalmology residencies and vitreoretinal fellowships at some of the most prestigious, top-rated hospitals and universities in the U.S.: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Miami, Wills Eye Hospital, University of Iowa, and Baylor College of Medicine. TOP HOSPITALS: Being affiliated with the leading hospitals in our regions, we participate in continuing medical education, research and clinical trials to further understand each diagnosis, condition and treatment. The physicians and staff of Florida Retina Institute strive to provide excellence in patient care with knowledge and compassion, all while earning your trust and confidence.
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IRA J. GOODMAN, MD THE COMPASS CLINIC
ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Ira J. Goodman, MD, is a board-certified neurologist specializing in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and memory loss. His private practice, The Compass Clinic, is located in downtown Orlando. Dr. Goodman graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Orlando Health, followed by his Neurology Residency at Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida. PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS: Dr. Goodman is an Associate Clinical Professor in the departments of Medicine and Neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine as well as an Associate Professor of Neurology at the UCF College of Medicine, including directing an elective course
in Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Research for fourth-year medical students. He is also the founder of the state-funded Memory Disorder Center of Central Florida. Dr. Goodman has also researched and published numerous articles on the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease with emphasis on the use of biomarkers. He is very actively involved as a research physician, including being Principal Investigator in multiple clinical pharmaceutical trials involving patients with cognitive disorders, movement disorders as well as motor neuron disease. Dr. Goodman has also been recognized as one of the top neurologists in Central Florida for 18 consecutive years by his peers on the Best Doctors and Top Doctors lists published by Orlando magazine.
BEST DOCTORS: Ira J. Goodman, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Ira J. Goodman, MD
ADDRESS: 100 W. Gore St., Suite 406 Orlando, FL 32806
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GOWANI MEDICAL ASSOCIATES SHERALI GOWANI, MD, FACC
SPECIALTY: Interventional Cardiology and Peripheral Vascular Disease. ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Dr. Gowani is double board-certified in cardiovascular diseases and nuclear cardiology and fellowship trained in interventional cardiology and peripheral vascular diseases. With more than 25 years of experience he has been servicing the Central Florida community since 1992. He completed his cardiology fellowship at Deborah Heart and Lung Center and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. Thereafter he went to Oklahoma to subspecialize in Interventional Cardiology and Peripheral Vascular disease at Oklahoma Heart Center. After fellowship he moved to Central Florida and has been serving the Central Florida community. He, along with his wife, is the founder of Gowani Medical Associates MD PLLC. Since the inception of the practice his mission is to provide personalized medical care in a friendly and family oriented environment. WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US: Dr. Gowani’s sub-specialty allows him the unique opportunity to treat not only the cardiac aspect
but also the vascular needs of the patient. Our practice offers a wide range of options for treatment of Peripheral Vascular disease to include Radio-frequency ablation for chronic venous insufficiency, vascular stent placement, atherectomy as well as treatment of coronary artery disease with angioplasty and stent placements, pacemaker implants and congestive heart failure in our CHF clinic. DR. GOWANI’S GOAL: Is to leave a positive and healthy footprint in the Dr. Phillips community. To help us achieve this goal in early 2005 we invested in a highly efficient electronic health record system that helps us garner better health data. We want to focus the trend of our practice on prevention of cardiovascular disease with the help of evidence based medicine. OUR CONCEPT: Is to understand each patient as if they are our family members. Our practice’s devoted and faithful staff continues to share many personal journeys with our patients. We strive to provide not just medical care, but moral support with care and compassion to help patients navigate the maze of medicine.
ADDRESS: 7224 Stonerock Circle Orlando, FL 32819
PHONE: 407-345-4999 407-352-6450 (Fax)
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JULIO J. HAJDENBERG, MD TOMAS DVORAK, MD
ORLANDO HEALTH UF HEALTH CANCER CENTER & CONSYSTENT AI GENERAL INFORMATION: Innovation drives Dr. Julio Hajdenberg, Chairman of the Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology, at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center. He is currently evaluating the integration of companion robots into a clinical team. To explore the effectiveness of robotic team members, he and radiation oncologist Dr. Tomas Dvorak have partnered with UCF’s Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab to deploy a prototype robot that interacts with patients via vocalization and a touch screen. THE PROJECT’S GOALS: The team is studying whether patients are more willing to describe their symptoms and emotions while interacting with a nonjudgmental robot than they are in a sterile clinical environment. Team members also want to learn how effective a robotic platform may be in monitoring and mod-
ifying health related behaviors. ABOUT THE PRACTICE: Dr. Hajdenberg joined Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center in 2004 where he treats patients with blood disorders, and urological cancers, including prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancers. He received his training in Medical Oncology and Hematology at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Tomas Dvorak is Chief of Breast and Gynecologic Malignancies Radiation Oncology at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center. Dr. Dvorak earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He completed his residency and served as chief resident in the joint department of radiation oncology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Brown University in Rhode Island.
BEST DOCTORS: Julio J. Hajdenberg, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Julio J. Hajdenberg, MD
ADDRESS: 1400 South Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32805
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THE INSTITUTE OF AESTHETIC SURGERY
RICHARD O. GREGORY, MD; ROXANNE L. SYLORA, MD; DONOVAN T. ROSAS, MD RICHARD O. GREGORY, MD: Dr. Gregory is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Indiana School of Medicine, and completed residencies in general surgery, plastic surgery/maxillofacial surgery and hand surgery at Duke University. Among Dr. Gregory’s numerous awards for plastic surgery are Best Plastic Surgeon in Orlando, Top Doctors (as voted by peers) and recognition in the Best Doctors in America. ROXANNE L. SYLORA, MD: Dr. Sylora is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She graduated from the University of Illinois and received her training in plastic surgery at Wayne State University. Dr. Sylora completed additional fellowship training for cosmetic surgery in Nashville, Tennessee, with world-renowned faculty. She has been recognized as a Top Doctor (Consumers’ Checkbook as
voted by peers) and America’s Top Doctors for many years. DONOVAN T. ROSAS, MD: Dr. Rosas is a board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon whose expertise spans the whole of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. An Ivy Leaguer and transplant from the Northeast, he brings with him a wealth of experience earned at the nation’s premier institutions of higher learning including Princeton University, Brown University and Harvard University. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/ AFFILIATIONS: Our doctors are members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and were recognized as Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Gregory is also a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.
BEST DOCTORS: Richard O. Gregory, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Richard O. Gregory, MD
ADDRESS: Celebration Health Office 400 Celebration Place, Suite A320 Celebration, FL 34747
SOCIAL MEDIA: facebook.com/InstituteOfAestheticSurgery Instagram.com/iasurgery twitter.com/iasurgery
Altamonte Springs Office 661 E. Altamonte Drive, Suite 312 Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Lake Nona Office 10920 Moss Park Road, Suite 224 Orlando, FL 32832
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MICHAEL V. JABLONSKI, MD
JEWETT ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC SPECIALTY: Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon. Fellowship trained, specializing in surgery of the shoulder and knee, including joint replacement and sports medicine. Dr. Jablonski is the President and Partner at Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic. EDUCATION: Dr. Jablonski graduated valedictorian from the University of Florida where he also received his Doctor of Medicine degree. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Shands Hospital at UF and earned his fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. AWARDS/HONORS: Valedictorian at UF; Phi Beta Kappa; Outstanding Resident, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/ AFFILIATIONS: Team physician for the University of Central Florida, Orthopaedic surgeon for the Orlando Ballet, Associate Professor for UCF College of Medicine and Florida State University Medical School. Board of Councilors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Board of Directors for the Florida Orthopaedic Society, and member of the American Sports Medicine Fellowship Society. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Raising two wonderful children, Christopher and Nicole, with his wife, Dr. Christine Jablonski. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: As a boy, he always had aspirations to follow in the footsteps of his mentor and father, Dr. Donald Jablonski. He earned an invitation to train as a fellow with world-renowned Dr. James Andrews and Dr. William Clancy. He also trained with Dr. Peter Indelicato, and Dr. Keith Meister. “It was a great honor that ultimately paved my way to be able to fill the role of team physician for the Orlando Magic for three years, and currently for the University of Central Florida athletics.’’ Dr. Jablonski is also honored to be the elected President of Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic. WHAT SETS HIM APART: “I understand the importance of a solid patient-physician relationship, and enjoy sharing the treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical. My patients are partners in their success.” OFF HOURS: At 6’3”, Dr. Jablonski always enjoyed basketball and football, so the after-hours time he dedicates to the UCF basketball and football teams is a great mix of personal and professional time. He also enjoys golfing, spear fishing, and spending time with his family. CHARITABLE WORK: He is proud to assist with medical care for the Orlando Ballet. TOP DOCTORS: Michael V. Jablonski, MD ADDRESS: Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic— Stirling Center 701 Platinum Point Lake Mary, FL 32746
PHONE: 407-599-1681 407-829-2563 (Fax) WEBSITE: jewettortho.com
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JEWETT ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC REGINALD L. TALL, MD SPECIALTY: Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic’s Dr. Reginald Tall is a board-certified orthpaedic surgeon with a subspecialty in Spine Surgery. Dr. Tall treats a variety of spine disorders in children and adults, treating the entire spine, from spinal deformities to correction of scoliosis to slippage of the spine. EDUCATION: Dr. Tall is a graduate of Dartmouth College and earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He performed his fellowship at the Minnesota Spine Center and his residency at Saint Luke’s Hospital Case Western Reserve University. PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS: Dr. Tall is the first African American orthopaedic spine surgeon in the state of Florida and is humbled to have been named by his peers to Best Doctors® for 2017. He enjoys the diversity of his practice, treating patients of all ages, pre-schoolers to seniors, for all types of spinal conditions. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS: The joy brought by a love and dedication to God, his wife a nurse scientist PhD candidate at UCF, and their family including six children and a grandson. WHAT SETS HIM APART: Dr. Tall works to ensure each patient has a clear understanding of their problem and what options are available. If surgery is required, Dr. Tall is confident in his ability to provide a successful outcome, although he prefers when non-surgical means can provide relief for his patients. “When a patient comes to me, I know that they can leave my office with a good feeling about their options. Surgery is always the last resort,” he says. “ I make sure I take the extra time spent to really educate and counsel my patients.” BEST DOCTORS: Reginald L. Tall, MD ADDRESS: 1285 Orange Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789
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JLR CENTER FOR PAIN MEDICINE
EVANS AMUNE, MD; KAYVAN ARIANI, MD; JENNY CHANG, MD; DIEGO GUERRERO, MD; D. BRIAN JAGER, MD; SURESH KANNAN, MD; ANAND PATEL, MD; MICHAEL RUBEIS, MD; LAURA EDRIDGE, ARNP; KRISTY KELLY, ARNP; GIGI LYNCH, ARNP; MEGAN MUNCY, ARNP; AIMEE WORZALLA, ARNP ABOUT US: JLR Center for Pain Medicine is dedicated to alleviating chronic and acute pain brought on by injury or illness. Our practice is one of the largest pain medicine groups in Central Florida, with multiple comprehensive pain management centers conveniently located throughout the area. We proudly serve Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. OUR GOAL: Our physicians develop individualized treatment plans designed to assess and heal patients using an interdisciplinary approach to care, while providing direct access to interventional, behavioral, rehabilitative and medical therapies. Our goal is to provide therapy and recovery that improves patients’ ability to function and enhances their quality of life. CERTIFICATIONS: All eight of our physicians are certified by the American Board
of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine. SPECIALTIES: JLR Center for Pain Medicine treats the following conditions: Facial & Head Pain; Neck, Shoulder and Arm Pain; Mid-Back Pain; Lower Back, Buttock & Leg Pain; Hip & Knee Pain; Cancer Pain; and Nerve Pain. WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US: Because no two patients experience pain the same way, we believe in taking a customized approach to help reduce pain and maximize function. Our physicians fully evaluate each patient individually and tailor a treatment plan to your specific needs. We also design our treatment plans so that they can be adjusted based on your progress. This allows us to work in partnership with you to achieve the best possible long-term pain management results.
TOP DOCTORS: D. Brian Jager, MD; Kayvan Ariani, MD; Anand A. Patel, MD ADDRESS: 851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 200E Maitland, FL 32751
LOCATIONS: Altamonte Springs, Celebration, East Orlando, Ivanhoe Village, Lake Mary & Winter Park
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BRIAN JOSEPH, MD, FACS PARK AVENUE PLASTIC SURGERY & SPA SPECIALTY: Dr. Joseph specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast and body, including breast augmentations/lifts, abdominoplasty, face/neck lifts, eyelid surgery, mommy makeovers, arm/thigh lift and body lift after weight loss. In his practice, he and his P.A., Aileen Trauger, perform injections of Botox, Belotero, Juvederm, Voluma, Sculptra, Restylane Define/Refine, Restylane Lift and Radiesse for non-invasive facial rejuvenation. He also offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections for facial rejuvenation and hair growth. His med-spa offers medical-grade peels, laser hair removal and massages. EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS: Tulane University (BS), University of Miami School of Medicine (MD). He served as an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Kentucky before opening his practice in Winter Park. Dr. Joseph is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of Plastic Surgery at Orlando Health. He is also a committee member on the board of the American College of Surgeons. AWARDS/HONORS: America’s Top Plastic Surgeon (2008-present), Vitals Patients
Choice Award (2008-present) Castle Connolly Top Doctor (2008-2013), America’s Top Surgeon (2004-2005), Consumer Research Council Top Plastic Surgeon 2012, Voted one of Orlando’s Best Plastic Surgeons in Orlando magazine (2015, 2016). INNOVATIONS: Dr. Joseph’s practice serves as a national training center for Cynosure’s Palomar Icon laser and Sculpsure laser as well as the Inmode laser. These lasers have many applications, utilizing both fractionated ablative and non-ablative modalities for skin rejuvenation, wrinkle reduction, laser hair removal, skin tightening of the face, neck and body as well as non-invasive fat removal and cellulite reduction. Sculpsure is a breakthrough non-invasive laser body contouring treatment. It permanently reduces fat by 25% in only 25 minutes with no downtime or surgery. WHAT SETS HIM APART: For Dr. Joseph, cosmetic surgery is a delicate balance of art and science. His ultimate goal is to refine and enhance his patients’ beauty with results that are elegant, graceful and completely natural-looking. He treats each patient individually, and is personally available throughout every phase of his patients’ care.
TOP DOCTORS: Brian Joseph, MD, FACS ADDRESS: 340 N. Wymore Rd. Winter Park, FL 32789
PHONE: 407-673-FACE (3223) 407-772-FACE (3223) (Fax)
EMAIL: INSTAGRAM: email@example.com drbrianjoseph WEBSITE: brianjosephmd.com
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KENNETH KRUMINS, MD JEWETT ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC
SPECIALTY: When meeting Dr. Kenneth Krumins, you can instantly identify with his passion to do great work. “You must love what you do, and nothing is more rewarding than seeing my patients feeling great and getting back to their active lifestyle.” As a knee specialist, he performs minimally invasive knee replacement using quad-sparing approach, TKA revisions, ACL reconstruction, arthroscopy, and robotic arm assisted surgeries as well as treatment of lower extremity trauma. Dr. Krumins is an honest team player, humbled to be a partner with the world-renowned Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic. EDUCATION/ AWARDS/HONORS: Dr. Krumins graduated magna cum laude from DePauw University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and completed his orthopaedic residency at State University of New York in Syracuse. Board certified in orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Krumins completed an additional year of sports medicine and knee surgery training under Dr. James Barnett in the J. Allen Lacey, MD, Fellowship at Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic. Dr. Krumins is being honored by his peers for the 7th year in a row as a “Top Doctor” in Orlando
magazine. COMMUNITY: Dr. Krumins has a clear passion for the sports community. As the head team physician at the University of Central Florida, he expresses a sincere connection with the student athletes. Having been awarded “Sports Medicine Person of the Year” by the Athletic Training Association of Florida, he has gained tremendous respect among those who work alongside him to care for the athletes. He is also team physician for Winter Park High School. Dr. Krumins has found his niche by sharing his expertise with students aspiring to get into the sports medicine field. He is a clinical associate professor at University of Central Florida and Florida State University. In addition, he is the Chairman of Orthopaedics at Winter Park Memorial Hospital and Medical Director of the Florida Hospital Orthopaedic Institute. PHILOSOPHY: Dr. Krumins’ philosophy is simple – his family always comes first while he maintains a continued commitment to his patients and their care. His wife, Sharon, is the Medical Team Lead Physician at Walt Disney World. They are proud parents of two sons in college. Dr. Krumins is an avid off shore marlin fisherman, having won several tournaments in recent years.
TOP DOCTORS: Kenneth Krumins, MD ADDRESS: 1285 Orange Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789
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DR. GARY LEHMAN & ASSOCIATES GARY G. LEHMAN, MD YEARS IN BUSINESS: 32. SPECIALTY: Family Practice. INNOVATIONS: Proving you can accomplish all things with God’s help. ABOUT US: My practice has the greatest group of medical providers and support staff in town! Most of my team has been with my practice for over 15 years. Together we continue to provide the highest quality healthcare available. WHAT SETS US APART: Care and concern for our patients and their families. Every person is made in God’s image. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: University of Miami School of Medicine; U.S. Navy Medical Corps; ABFP certified in Family Practice and Geriatrics; AAHPM certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. AWARDS/ HONORS: Teaching awards from FSU and UCF. Orlando Health Attending Physician of the Year for multiple years. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Teaching medicine to a new generation of doctors who will care for the people I love. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Being married to my high school sweetheart and after 41 years we are still in love. OFF HOURS: Tennis, wood-carving, traveling and volunteering. PHILOSOPHY: Endeavor to Persevere. FREE ADVICE: 3 John 2. TOP DOCTORS: Gary G. Lehman, MD ADDRESS: 2881 S. Bumby Ave. Orlando, FL 32806 PHONE: 407-894-0005 DECEMBER 2017 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 153
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STEPHANE LAVOIE, MD
FLORIDA ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATES, PA SPECIALTY: Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon. EDUCATION: Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Spine Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Member, North American Spine Society. AFFILIATIONS: Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, Florida Hospital DeLand, Central Florida Regional Hospital, Blue Springs Surgery Center. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: I am particularly proud of having gained the trust of my colleagues for the treatment of their patients with neck and back problems. Patients also have continued to see me for new problems and even bring in family and friends for treatment. The ability to help people has been very rewarding. INNOVATIONS: I have had the opportunity to work with leading companies on the development and design of advanced instrumentation for the treatment of spinal conditions. Some of those new implants are being used now to improve patients’ surgical outcomes. WHAT SETS HIM APART: The only Fellowship-trained Spine Surgeon in West Volusia County. I have developed an expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery. Spending time with my patients allows me to better know them, make sure they understand their conditions and to recommended treatment. OFF HOURS: Traveling, fishing, running, tennis, and spending time with my family. TOP DOCTORS: Stephane Lavoie, MD ADDRESSES: 740 W. Plymouth Ave. DeLand, FL 32720 386-734-9122 1053 Medical Center Dr. Suite 101 Orange City, FL 32763 386-774-2500
1337 International Pkwy S. Suite 1341 Lake Mary, FL 32746 407-333-4507 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: fl-ortho.net
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MAGRUDER LASER VISION G. BROCK MAGRUDER JR., MD
GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: This year marks 21 years of vision correction in Central Florida for Magruder Laser Vision. Dr. Magruder is honored to be chosen by his peers as a Best Doctor in Orlando magazine for 11 consecutive years. SPECIALTIES: Magruder Laser Vision specializes in surgical vision correction, including LASIK, Implantable Contact Lenses, Refractive Lens Exchange, Laser Corrective Cataract procedures, and Corneal Inlays. This year the practice welcomed surgeon Dr. Michael Shumski, MD. He brings years of training and clinical experience, in addition to a biomedical engineering background, to MLVs vision correction services. Dr. Jennifer Gonzalez, OD, provides specialized eye examinations and measurements as well as expert pre- and post-operative care. INNOVATIONS: Magruder Laser Vision has brought many groundbreaking refractive technologies to Central Florida. Some of these are the first eye-tracking laser, the first wavefront-guided LASIK treatments, the first implantable contact lenses, the first corneal inlays for presbyopia, novel incision and lens fragmentation for laser lens corrective
procedures, and the first Contoura topography-guided LASIK. ADVICE FOR SELECTING A DOCTOR: Especially in the refractive surgery realm, consumers find research about technology to be very challenging, with a lot of conflicting and biased information online. Find a doctor you trust, be thoughtful and honest about your needs, and take their advice. HISTORY: Dr. Magruder grew up in Central Florida, graduating from Trinity Preparatory School in 1976. He completed college and medical school at Emory University in Atlanta. He chose to stay at Emory for his internship and ophthalmology residency, serving as Chief Resident for a year. He moved back to Central Florida in 1989, joining his father, Dr. G. Brock Magruder Sr., to form the Magruder Eye Institute. In the mid-1990s, Dr. Magruder Jr. fully dedicated his practice to vision correction surgery at LaserVue, the area’s first refractive surgery center. Dr. Shumski also trained in ophthalmology at Emory, after a Johns Hopkins biomedical degree and Penn Medical School. OFF HOURS: Dr. Magruder enjoys bicycling, which often involves commuting to work, along with Orlando City Soccer, wine and travel.
BEST DOCTORS: G. Brock Magruder Jr., MD - Refractive and Cataract Surgeon CEO ADDRESS: 120 East Par St. (Par & I-4), Suite 2000 Orlando, FL 32804
PHONE: 407-843-5665 407-872-7939 (Fax) 407-308-0086 (Español)
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JOHN (LUCKY) MEISENHEIMER, MD ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Doc “Lucky” Meisenheimer this year celebrated three decades of serving Central Florida. In 1987 he opened his solo dermatology practice, specializing in skin cancer, in the Medplex building next to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital. SPECIALTY: Dr. Meisenheimer is a board-certified dermatologist, Mohs Surgeon, and owner and director of The Meisenheimer Clinic and Day Spa, where the Doctor sees all patients, and a human, not a computer, answers the phones. As a skin cancer surgeon he has diagnosed and treated over 30,000 skin cancers; however, he also offers a full line of cosmetic services, including Laser Facial Rejuvenation, Botox®, Juvederm, chemical peels and a Day Spa specializing in customized facials and micro needling. PUBLISHING: An award-winning author, his novel The Immune won the 2012 International Book Award for Science Fiction as well as several other national literary awards. His first book, Lucky’s Collectors Guide to 20th Century Yo-Yos, is preserved in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History Collection. His most recent book, The Zombie Cause Dictionary, and associated short films have developed a cult-like following. COMMUNITY: For over a quarter of a century thousands of swimmers from all over the world have joined Lucky in his daily morning swim. Known simply as “Lucky’s Lake Swim,” it was proclaimed in 2016 as a Central Florida Historic Event by the Historical Society of Central Florida. The World Open Water Swimming Association ranks the swim as one of the Top 100 open-water swims in America, and his efforts have helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for local charities. The swim has even generated its own associated 501c charitable organization, the Lake Cane Restoration Society, which helps to clean up and preserve our natural bodies of water in Florida. An American Swim Coaches Association certified, Level 5 coach, Doc Lucky has been an Orange County Special Olympics Coach since 1993. He has been on the board of the YMCA Aquatic Center since 1992 and is a founding member of the YCF Underwater Hockey team and has served as a national team physician. FILM: An actor, director, and screenwriter, he has been involved in multiple film projects. TOP DOCTORS: John “Lucky” Meisenheimer, MD ADDRESS: 7300 Sandlake Commons Blvd. Suite 105 Orlando, FL 32819 PHONE: 407-352-2444
WEBSITES: OrlandoSkinDoc.com DocLucky.com TheImmune.com LuckysLakeSwim.com ZombieCause.com
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CRAIG M. MINTZER, MD, MBA JEWETT ORTHOPAEDIC CLINIC
SPECIALTY: Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and one of the first in the country to earn a subspecialty certificate in orthopedic sports medicine, Dr. Mintzer is fellowship- trained, specializing in outpatient advanced arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder. Dr. Mintzer serves on the Executive Committee and is a Partner of Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic. EDUCATION: Dr. Mintzer received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Molecular Biology and received the First Honor Prize for highest class standing. He attended Harvard Medical School and completed the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program in Boston. His advanced sports training fellowship was done at New England Medical Center. Dr. Mintzer has also earned a Masters in Business Administration from Florida State University. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS: Head Team Physician for the Orlando Magic, Head Team Physician for Rollins College, Orthopaedic consultant for the PGA/LPGA,
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics for the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, active member of the NBA Team Physicians Society. PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS: Named “Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Sports Medicine” nationally for multiple years by Castle Connolly and appeared in the New York Times for the honor. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS: Balancing a busy sports filled orthopedic practice and raising two high-achieving and successful children, (Samantha, Wake Forest 2017 and Brandon, Princeton 2020) with Debbie, his wife of 25 years. WHAT SETS HIM APART: He understands that everyone wants to be the healthiest that they can be to achieve their own highest level of performance and success. Dr. Mintzer says, “My goal is to get each person I treat into the best position to achieve their own personal goals.” CHARITABLE WORK: President of the Jewett Orthopaedic Foundation which supports local home grown charities in Orlando.
TOP DOCTORS: Craig M. Mintzer, MD, MBA ADDRESS: 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd. Orlando, FL 32810
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NEWMAN PLASTIC SURGERY
CHARLES E. NEWMAN, JR., MD, AND DZI-LONG NEWMAN, PA-C SPECIALTY: Dr. Newman is trained in all facets of plastic surgery but specializes in cosmetic procedures for the face, breast, and body. He also finds gratification in performing reconstructive surgery for skin and breast cancer patients. “The restoration of form and function is critical to all patients, and it is very rewarding to be a part of this transformation.” EDUCATION: Graduated from Davidson College and received his medical degree from the University of South Florida. His residency and plastic surgery training was completed at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has practiced in Orlando for over 10 years. BALANCED BEAUTY PHILOSOPHY: By combining established plastic surgery principles with modern advances, we are able to restore, rejuvenate, enhance, and refine. Each patient is unique and care is tailored to meet specific goals. A balanced and proportionate result is achieved on the foundation of compassionate care, patient comfort, open communi-
cation and patient safety. When all these elements are present, excellence will flourish. SERVICES: In addition to surgical services and cosmetic anti-aging injectable treatments, Newman Plastic Surgery offers innovative treatments such as Halo Laser resurfacing, MiraDry, Kybella, the Time Machine Procedure, spa services, and skin care to accommodate all skin types and needs. WHAT SETS HIM APART: Dr. Newman works alongside his wife, board certified physician assistant, Dzi Newman. The dynamic of the two is an asset to each patient’s experience. “Having her with me ensures every last detail is attended to. Many patients find additional comfort in her presence, both during the consultation and during surgery. In the operating room, we are able to perform multiple procedures safely and effectively.” The Newmans want every patient to feel respected and comfortable, and that attitude is reflected in each staff member and in every facet of care. DURING OFF HOURS: Dr. Newman can be found working on his golf game or helping his wife chase after their four young children.
ADDRESS: 444 N. Mills Ave. Orlando, FL 32803
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ORLANDO HAND SURGERY ASSOCIATES BRIAN WHITE, MD; ANUP PATEL, MD, MBA; GEORGE WHITE, MD; JASON PIROZZOLO, DO MEDICAL SPECIALTY: Orlando Hand Surgery Associates specializes in treating all issues of the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. Specialties include surgery of the upper extremity, hand and microvascular surgery, sports medicine, and plastic surgery. Our physicians now offer nonsurgical regenerative medicine procedures, such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy. Offices in Dr. Phillips, Deltona and downtown Orlando. ABOUT THE DOCTORS: Dr. George White is president of Orlando Hand Surgery Associates, serving the Orlando area since 1991. He received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. White completed his fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at the Curtis National Hand Center. He was named “Best Doctor” by U.S. News & World Report, “Top Doctor” by Consumers’ Checkbook, one of “America’s Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., and one of the top ten shoulder surgeons in the U.S. by Becker’s ASC Review. Dr. Jason Pirozzolo is our Director of Sports Medicine
and Trauma. He comes to us after attending Ohio State and Duke University, where he served as one of the team physicians. He is President of The American Regenerative Medicine Society and serves on the Board of Governors at the Florida Medical Association. Dr. Brian White completed his orthopedic training at the University of South Florida. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at the University of Southern California. The Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation has recognized his distinguished research in the field of orthopedics. Dr. Anup Patel completed his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training at Yale University, followed by a Hand/Microsurgery fellowship at the NYU Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Dr. Patel’s training allows him to treat beyond the upper extremity including aesthetics, burns, craniofacial trauma, and peripheral nerve compressions. His work has been featured in The New York Times, on NBC’s The Tonight Show, and in USA Today.
TOP DOCTORS: George M. White, MD ADDRESS: Downtown Orlando 801 N. Orange Ave., Suite 600 Orlando, FL 32801
Dr. Phillips 7940 Via Dellagio Way, Suite 142 Orlando, FL 32819
Deltona 1565 Saxon Blvd., Suite 301 Deltona, FL 32725
APPOINTMENTS: 407-841-2100 WEBSITE: orlandohandsurgery.com
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ORLANDO IMMUNOLOGY CENTER Hepatitis, STDs, HIV and Prevention Specialists Edwin DeJesus, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Federico Hinestrosa, MD, FACP; Laura Armas Kolostroubis, MD, FACP; Charlotte Rolle, MD, MPH; Dan Cruz, MD, DABFM ABOUT US: Dr. Edwin DeJesus, along with Dr. Federico Hinestrosa, Dr. Laura Armas, Dr. Charlotte Rolle, and Dr. Dan Cruz are board-certified physicians at Orlando Immunology Center (OIC), the Hepatitis, STDs, and HIV and Prevention Specialists division of Infectious Disease Consultants. They are assisted by a team of nurse practitioners that include Terry Wilder, Jeffrey Garrett and Stephanie Skipper, helping to provide excellence and comprehensive care. OUR MISSION: To bring cutting-edge specialized treatment of viral hepatitis, STDs, HIV and prevention (PrEP) to Central Florida, incorporating the latest therapeutic innovations and research options with compassionate and individualized patient care. WHAT SETS US APART: OIC is known for its patient-friendly atmosphere. We are passionate about the care we provide. Our clinic and research setting is welcoming, and our staff is responsive and empathetic. CURRENT PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY: All of our staff members are certified members of the American Medical
Association and the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Both Dr. DeJesus and Dr. Hinestrosa are assistant professors of medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. ACHIEVEMENTS: We have devoted most of our careers to the treatment of viral hepatitis, STDs, HIV and prevention. We remain deeply involved in clinical research for these diseases. Our providers have subsequently published multiple papers in major medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA, among many others. We understand the complex scientific and social aspects of the diseases we treat and are dedicated to helping our patients succeed in their battle against viral hepatitis, STDs, HIV and prevention. OUR IDC PHYSICIANS: Fernando Alvarado, MD; Jason Sniffen, DO; Christopher Cooper, MD; Juan Diaz, DO; Anibal Maldonado, MD; Alexander Velazquez, MD; Javier Marinez, MD Joseph Katta, DO; Liliana Rios, MD; Luis Junco Noa, MD; Jaime Carrizosa, MD, Emeritus; Carlos Ruiz, MD, Emeritus, Timothy Cooper, MD, Emeritus.
BEST DOCTORS: Edwin DeJesus, MD, FACP ADDRESS: 1707 N. Mills Ave. Orlando, FL 32803
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ORLANDO NEUROSURGERY Standing, left to right: Donald L. Behrmann, MD; Ravi Gandhi, MD; John A. Jenkins, MD; David S. Rosen, MD; Michael Bellew, MD; Frank R. Hellinger, Jr., MD. Seated, left to right: Paul D. Sawin, MD; Melvin Field, MD; Christopher J. Baker, MD ABOUT OUR PRACTICE: Orlando Neurosurgery is the largest, most comprehensive neurological surgery practice in Central Florida offering neurosurgical and interventional neuroradiological services. Our group offers the latest, most cutting-edge surgical and endovascular technologies and techniques for disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves. Our physicians are recognized both locally and
nationally for their skills and provide individualized care with a team approach for our patients. We provide compassionate inpatient care at both Orlando Regional Medical Center and Florida Hospital Orlando. We accept Medicare and most major insurance plans. For more information or to request an appointment please visit our website at OrlandoNeurosurgery.com.
TOP DOCTORS: Donald L. Behrmann, MD; Melvin Field, MD; Frank R. Hellinger, Jr., MD; Paul D. Sawin, MD
BEST DOCTORS: Frank R. Hellinger, Jr., MD
ADDRESS: 1605 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789
PHONE: 407-975-0200 407-975-0209 (Fax)
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ORLANDO ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER SPORTS MEDICINE BRADD G. BURKHART, MD; BRYAN L. REUSS, MD; RANDY S. SCHWARTZBERG, MD EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS: Dr. Burkhart graduated with honors in Orthopaedics from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Reuss graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Schwartzberg graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. After completion of medical school, Drs. Burkhart, Reuss and Schwartzberg performed their Orthopaedic Surgery residencies in Orlando. They each then pursued their subspecialty interests and completed sports medicine fellowship training programs. Each is one of only a handful of orthopaedic surgeons who are Board Certified in Sports Medicine. Their passion for taking sports medicine to another level in Central Florida has brought them together to lead the OOC sports medicine team. WHAT SETS US APART: These surgeons have focused their efforts on caring for and helping the youth athletes of Central Florida. In doing so, they serve as team physicians for 17 local high schools, Seminole State College, Bethune-Cookman University, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. They are also involved with youth club sports, including football, soccer, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and lacrosse. Regarding profes-
sionals, these doctors have served as team physicians for the NFL, UFL Florida Tuskers, the Orlando Predators, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba. In addition, they provide expert local coverage for the athletes at the newly created U.S. Tennis Association facility in Lake Nona and ESPN Wide World of Sports. ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS: Drs. Burkhart, Reuss and Schwartzberg serve as clinical faculty for the UCF College of Medicine and have served as clinical faculty for the Orlando Health Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. In addition to instructing orthopaedic surgeons in training, they teach advanced sports medicine surgical skills to practicing orthopaedic surgeons and regularly give sports medicine educational talks to other health care professionals such as athletic trainers and physical therapists. They also perform and publish clinical research studies to help advance the field of sports medicine. Further, they started the Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation, which serves the community through research, education, injury prevention and assisting underserved children’s participation in quality youth sports programs through the “Give Kids Sports” campaign.
TOP DOCTORS: Bryan L. Reuss, MD; Randy S. Schwartzberg, MD ADDRESS: 25 W. Crystal Lake St., Suite 200 Orlando, FL 32806
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ORLANDO UROLOGY ASSOCIATES, PA Dr. James Welch; Dr. Stan Sujka; Dr. Marshall Melcer; Dr. Stephen Baker; Dr. Albert Ong; Dr. David Vaughan, Jr. HISTORY: The physicians and staff of OUA are justifiably proud of our continuous 60+year tradition of patient-centered urologic care provided to individuals and families here in Orlando and the surrounding communities. We are an independent private practice not affiliated with any regional health-care system. This allows us the flexibility to provide customized and cost-effective care. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: All six physicians are board certified and members of the American Urologic Association and the Florida Urological Society, and are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. INNOVATIONS: Since performing the first minimally invasive laparoscopic kidney removal for cancer done in Central Florida over 15 years ago, OUA has continued to lead in the implementation of innovative surgical procedures. Our physicians provide the latest available techniques in robotic and other minimally invasive treatments, as well as a full range of office-based diagnostic testing and outpatient surgery. We continue to provide
the complete range of urologic services, including treatment of all urologic cancers, benign prostate disease, kidney stones, incontinence, female pelvic floor prolapse, infertility and urinary tract infections. WHAT SETS US APART: When you come to our office, your appointment will be conducted from start to finish by a board-certified urologist. Our doctors will take the necessary time to listen and discuss your problems fully before making recommendations for your further evaluation and treatment. We possess full in-office diagnostic capabilities, including CT scanning and ultrasound for same day evaluation of patients’ symptoms. WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US: Individualized care is provided by dedicated doctors who will do their best to find a solution for you based on the latest information and treatments available. We are especially proud of our “Rapid Stone Care” service where patients who need immediate treatment for acutely painful kidney stones can receive the necessary procedures on the same day.
TOP DOCTORS: Dr. James Welch; Dr. Stan Sujka; Dr. Marshall Melcer; Dr. Stephen Baker; Dr. Albert Ong; Dr. David Vaughan, Jr. ADDRESS: 41 W. Kaley St. Orlando, FL 32806
ADDRESS: 9430 Turkey Lake Road Suite 106 Orlando, FL 32819
PHONE: 407-352-8151 WEBSITE: ouamd.com
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OSCEOLA GYNECOLOGY ANTHONY GYANG, MD YEARS IN BUSINESS: Since 2013. SPECIALTY: Chronic pelvic pain management, Minimally Invasive Gynecology. INNOVATIONS: We use modern techniques in the management of chronic pelvic pain, which includes use of stem cell therapy, Botox, pudendal nerve block, trigger point injection. ABOUT US: Dr. Gyang believes that no woman should suffer from chronic pelvic pain, vaginal prolapse or urinary incontinence without any help. We use the most up-to-date and modern technology in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecological conditions. All surgical procedures he performs are with minimally invasive techniquesâ€”robotic, laparoscopic or vaginal surgeries. WHAT SETS US APART: We are one of the few Gynecology practices that incorporates chronic pelvic pain management and minimally invasive techniques in the care of our patients. The most recent therapy we have incorporated in the care of chronic pelvic pain conditions is the use of stem cell therapy in the treatment of pudendal neuralgia and interstitial cystitis. EDUCATION: Dr. Gyang received his medical degree from the University of Ghana. He has a postgraduate certificate in gynecology ultrasound from the University of Cardiff, UK. His internship was at Howard University Hospital and residency in obstetrics-gynecology at Franklin Square Hospital, Baltimore. His fellowship in chronic pelvic pain and minimally invasive gynecology was from Florida Hospital Orlando. We are involved in the training of residents from the University of Central Florida, and research activities. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/ AFFILIATIONS: Fellow, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Fellow, American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists; Member, International Pelvic Pain Society; Member, International Academy of Pelvic Surgery. ADDRESS: 2877 Delaney Ave. Orlando, FL 32806 505 W. Oak St., Suite 102 Kissimmee, FL 34741
PHONE: 407-483-7777 WEBSITES: osceolagynecology.com orlandopelvicpain.com
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KESHINI PARBHU, MD DEEPAK RAJA, MD
ORLANDO EYE INSTITUTE and PARBHU OCULOFACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY ABOUT US: With the belief that vision, comfort, and appearance of the eyes play a great physical and emotional role in one’s life, Dr. Deepak Raja and Dr. Keshini Parbhu of Orlando Eye Institute continually strive to provide their patients with cuttingedge eye care. In order to bring increased awareness to her subspecialty training in oculoplastics, Dr. Parbhu has introduced Parbhu Oculofacial Plastic Surgery. As an ophthalmologist, Dr. Parbhu is trained specifically in the delicate details of the eye and ocular anatomy and has completed years of study and practice devoted to this. Having completed an oculoplastic surgery fellowship, she has also honed her surgical skills of the eyelid, nasolacrimal system and orbit. This gives her a unique vantage point, with the advantages of both an ophthalmologist and a plastic surgeon. Dr. Raja continues to provide comprehensive ophthalmological services including cataract, glaucoma, and cornea surgery. As a vision correction specialist, he provides customized cataract surgery to bring spectacle independence
to his patients. Drs. Parbhu and Raja both also have an interest in dry eye management with the most comprehensive dry eye center in Central Florida. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Dr. Parbhu completed a subspecialty fellowship training in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Alabama- Birmingham while Dr. Raja finished a cornea fellowship at the University of Minnesota. They both currently are Assistant Professors at the UCF College of Medicine and are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Parbhu is also certified by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: Drs. Parbhu and Raja are both members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Raja is also a member of the Cornea Society and formerly served as the Department Chairman of Ophthalmology for Orlando Health. Dr. Parbhu is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
TOP DOCTORS: Keshini Parbhu, MD; Deepak Raja, MD ADDRESS: 4750 The Grove Drive, Suite 230 Windermere, FL 34786 EMAIL: email@example.com
ORLANDO EYE INSTITUTE PHONE: 407-704-3937 407-704-3920 (Fax) WEBSITE: orlandoeyeinstitute.com
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GEORGE PATOUNAKIS, MD, PHD, FACOG
REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF FLORIDA ABOUT US: RMA-FL provides the highest quality patient care across our entire spectrum of fertility treatment options. We strive to continuously improve our processes and methods in keeping with the latest breakthroughs in assisted reproductive technology. Care isn’t just limited to a physician—our team includes nurses, counselors and liaisons—trained to focus on being mindful of each patient’s unique physical and emotional needs while building families in the safest and most effective ways possible. Each is dedicated to helping you reach your personal fertility goals. INNOVATIONS: RMA-FL benefits from cutting-edge infertility treatment pioneered by Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey and other clinics in the IVIRMA Global network. This includes extended embryo culture to blastocyst, which offers better judgment of an embryo’s development; and preimplantation genetic testing, which lets us determine if genetic disorders are present in embryos (PGD) and which embryos are most viable (PGS/SelectCCS). WHAT SETS US APART: I serve as Medical Director of RMA-FL, and as an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology with the UCF, College of Medicine. My research interests include statistical IVF cycle modeling, fertility preservation, and diminished
ovarian reserve. EDUCATION/HONORS: B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University’s College of Engineering. Masters of Philosophy and Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering, Columbia University. Doctorate in Electrical Engineering with Distinction. M.D. from Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School earning numerous academic excellence awards, including the Stanley S. Bergen Medal of Excellence. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: After receiving masters and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering, I was at the top of my class and received a U.S. patent through my doctoral thesis work on low-cost integrated DNA microarray platforms. That changed my direction, and I wanted to have a direct impact on health. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Florida Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and the Florida Medical Association. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: As the child of two Greek immigrants who never completed formal schooling, I’m proud that I achieved academic excellence from some of the best schools and greatest teachers in the country. It’s a reflection of the work ethic instilled in me by my parents and in-laws.
ADDRESS: 400 Colonial Center Parkway Suite 150 Lake Mary, FL 32746
PHONE: 407-804-9670 407-804-9671 (Fax)
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PEDIATRIC HOSPITALIST SERVICE Standing, Left to Right: David Sunnenberg, MD; Kathleen Crick, MD; Sedi Ebadi, MD; Matthew Seibel, MD; Ira Pinnelas, MD; Rachel Prete, DO; Christine Bessett, DO; Chelsea Monserrate, ARNP Sitting, Left to Right: Christina Burzynski, MD; Dianna Brozyna, MD; Thida Tanpattana, DO; Summer Denmark, ARNP; Lauren Tabila, MD; Irissa Rosario, MD ABOUT US: The Pediatric Hospitalist Service, a division of Mednax Medical Group, specializes in the care of hospitalized pediatric patients at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. All of the pediatricians in this practice are board certified in Pediatrics. EXPERIENCE: This team of 12 Hospitalist Physicians and two Nurse Practitioners has over 150 years of experience in pediatric and newborn medicine. It is led by founding partners Ira Pinnelas, MD, and Matthew Seibel, MD, along with Medical Director Dianna Brozyna, MD. The Pediatric Hospitalist Service, or PHS,
also includes nine Rounding Nurses and has been providing high-quality care at Arnold Palmer Medical Center since 1999. OUR COMMITMENT: PHS has provided unwavering dedication, strong leadership, and a “patient first” culture since its first day in practice many years ago. The group considers it an honor to serve the Central Florida pediatric community physicians who entrust their patients to them, and the amazing group of professionals who make up the teams at Arnold Palmer Medical Center. For all of us, it is, and always will be, about the kids!
BEST DOCTORS: Ira Pinnelas, MD; Matthew Seibel, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Ira Pinnelas, MD
ADDRESS: 92 W. Miller St. Mail Point 356 Orlando, FL 32806
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VIPIN P. POPAT, MD, FACP ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Dr. Popat has been a dedicated, active practicing Internist to the residents of Orlando since 1991. He takes care of patients admitted to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and is proud to work alongside some of the best doctors in Orlando. EDUCATION: Dr. Popat was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and went to medical school at the prestigious University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He did his U.S. residency with the Georgetown University program at D.C. General Hospital, Washington, D.C. COMMUNITY SERVICE: DR. Popat has volunteered with Shepherd’s Hope for the past 17 years and counting. He was given the organization’s Volunteer Physician of the Year award in 2007. He also received the Exemplary Physician Colleague Award in 2014 from Orlando Health. PERSONAL: He is married to Dr. Darlene Go, MD, FACC. She is an accomplished and compassionate Cardiologist who has practiced in Orlando since 2000. She did her Cardiology Fellowship at the State University of New York (SUNY), Brooklyn. She is in solo practice and prides herself on giving one-on-one care to her patients. She and Dr. Popat have four children. For travel, they try to alternate between South Africa and the Philippines to renew and maintain ties with family and friends. BEST DOCTORS: Vipin P. Popat, MD, FACP ADDRESS: Darlene Go, MD, FACC Cardiology of Metro Orlando 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd, Suite 115 Orlando, FL 32835
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GEORGE POPE, MD ORLANDO PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER SPECIALTY/FOCUS: I enjoy performing all cosmetic surgery procedures, but I am doing more and more breast surgery for women, including augmentation, reduction and lift, as well as male breast reduction for gynecomastia. My expertise as both an ENT physician and a plastic surgeon gives me special capabilities in rhinoplasty. Many difficult revision cases are referred to me, and all my patients enjoy the privacy of our licensed, accredited in-office surgery center. Anesthesia services are provided by the great Florida Hospital anesthesiologists of JLR Medical, Inc. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, residencies in Otolaryngology at Tulane Medical Center and Plastic Surgery at University of Louisville, double board certified in Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery. AWARDS/HONORS: Voted as a Best Plastic Surgeon by Orlando magazine readers for several consecutive years, and Top Plastic Surgeon by my peers for several years. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: Certified by American Board of Plastic Surgery, member of
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and American Society of Plastic Surgeons, fellow of the American College of Surgeons. I am also the chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Orlando Health. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: My wife and I have raised three wonderful children, who are all on their way to successful careers and lives. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: I enjoy teaching residents and medical students and am proud to be on the clinical faculty of UCF College of Medicine. We are in the top 2% of medical practices in the U.S. to achieve Diamond Level status with Allergan, Inc., manufacturer of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Kybella and Volbella. INNOVATIONS: We’re excited about offering our first noninvasive fat reduction treatment. We love new products and techniques but adopt them only after we are convinced they really work, and this one, SculpSure, delivers impressive results and the treatment takes just 25 minutes. It’s the first one I’ve seen that I felt comfortable bringing to my patients, and the fat removal is permanent.
TOP DOCTORS: George Pope, MD ADDRESS: 3872 Oakwater Circle Orlando, FL 32806
PHONE: 407-857-6261 407-857-6241 (Fax)
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PREMIERMED | FAMILY & SPORTS MEDICINE GARY VISSER, MD, FAAFP; ADAM LANGLEY, MD; HEATHER SHELDON, ARNP; CAROLYN KNOPFLE, ARNP YEARS IN BUSINESS: 5. SPECIALTY: Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. ABOUT US: During their time in training, Dr. Visser and Dr. Langley saw a desire by patients to be treated on a more personal level. They decided to start a practice that doesn’t rush patients through their visit, but allows the time to connect, inspire and grow together. EDUCATION: Dr. Visser and Dr. Langley both went to the Florida State University College of Medicine and completed their Family Medicine Residency at the University of South Florida/Morton Plant Mease. Dr. Visser completed his Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at USF. Heather Sheldon is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida. Carolyn Knopfle, also an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, has a Master of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University. AWARDS/HONORS: Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: American Academy of Family Physicians. Florida Academy of Family Physicians. Florida State
University College of Medicine assistant professors. PHILOSOPHY: We strive to practice what we preach, focusing on eating well, exercising, and emotional strength. By encouraging each other, we know that we can achieve great things. One of our goals is to create a great environment in which people feel understood and inspired. FREE ADVICE: Joint pain can affect a person’s activity level and, in turn, overall health, including blood pressure, sugar level, cholesterol and emotional state. We recommend a daily stretching routine along with staying well-hydrated to help prevent muscle and joint problems from developing. OTHER: Our logo was carefully crafted to display our emphasis on your family’s health and our love for sports medicine. The timeless staff of Aesculapius was merged with the Olympic torch, whose flames gracefully change into leaves of a family tree, inspiring us to carry the torch along with you in the marathon of life. We wanted our brand and reputation to reflect our strong values and devotion to physical, mental and spiritual health.
TOP DOCTORS: Gary Visser, MD, FAAFP ADDRESS: Current Address: 2658 Maguire Rd. Ocoee, FL 34761
New Address in February 2018: 2940 Maguire Rd. Ocoee, FL 34761
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CHRISTOPHER K. QUINSEY, MD FLORIDA WOMAN CARE, LLC
SPECIALTY: Obstetrics and Gynecology. ABOUT US: We pride ourselves on providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive health care for all stages of a womanâ€™s life, including adolescence, pregnancy, infertility, sexual health, surgery and menopause. With over 20 years of providing quality care to the women of Central Florida, we plan on continuing for many years to come. EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS: Received undergraduate degree from Florida State University in 1989 and medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1993. Completed residency
in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in 1997. Board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. AWARDS/HONORS: Former Department Chairman for OB/GYN, Central Florida Regional Hospital. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. PHILOSOPHY: Our practice strives to be the paradigm in obstetrics and gynecology care in a traditional one-on-one, physician/ patient environment.
ADDRESS: 2500 W. Lake Mary Blvd. Suite 204 Lake Mary, FL 32746
PHONE: 407-688-9898 407-688-9229 (Fax)
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JEFFREY P. ROSEN, MD ORLANDO ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: BS, University of Maryland; MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York; Internship in General Surgery, Residency in Internal Medicine, Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, all at Emory University, Atlanta. ABOUT THE DOCTOR: I grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and met my wife, Lisa, when I was an intern at Emory and she was a nursing student. I have just completed my 31st year with Orlando Orthopaedic Center, specializing in joint preservation procedures as well as reconstructive surgery of the knee and hip. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: Robert P. Kelly Orthopaedic Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. WHAT SETS US APART: Orlando Orthopaedic Center is a practice of 24 physicians specializing in all aspects of musculoskeletal care. We have eight offices throughout Central Florida. We are a patient-oriented practice, where each physician has a dedicated patient care support team. The patient care coordinator and my staff provide individualized attention, whether it’s making appointments, scheduling tests, procedures or surgery, or helping patients navigate the complex
landscape of insurance authorizations and reimbursements. We provide prompt phone and email access to the patient care team for any issues that patients or their families may have related to their orthopaedic care. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT/INNOVATIONS: While my practice has traditionally emphasized joint replacement, more recently my focus has evolved toward joint preservation. We employ a variety of surgical and non-surgical methods for arthritic hip and knee joints with the goal of improving function, eliminating pain, preserving or restoring cartilage, and maintaining the joint rather than replacing it. This includes stem cell therapy, orthobiologics, cartilage and meniscus transplantion, and a number of hip and knee outpatient arthroscopic procedures. As a consultant to several joint implant manufacturers, I have been involved in ongoing continuous improvement in surgical implants, as well as the education of other surgeons in minimally invasive techniques for hip and knee replacement surgery. I have spearheaded and developed innovative pain management protocols and pathways, and, more recently, a highly successful program for outpatient hip and knee replacement.
TOP DOCTORS: Jeffrey P. Rosen, MD ADDRESS: 25 W. Crystal Lake St., Suite 200 Orlando, FL 32806
PHONE: 407-254-2548 407-423-9512 (Fax)
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KAPIL SAIGAL, MD, FACS OTOLARYNGOLOGY - FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY
SPECIALTY: Dr. Saigal is a Double Board-Certified Otolaryngologist and Facial Plastic Surgeon specializing in functional nasal airway and sinus disorders (Rhinology) as well as aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose and face. ABOUT THE DOCTOR: A native of Winter Park, Dr. Saigal has practiced in New York since 2008. He returned to Orlando last year to serve our community, while traveling monthly to New York to perform complex surgeries for a group of 30 ENT surgeons. MISSION: To provide high quality, personalized care with excellent, natural-looking and functional results, and the fastest recovery possible. EDUCATION: University of Miami School of Medicine (BS/MD), Thomas Jefferson University (Residency), Mount Sinai Medical Center (Fellowship). Double Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Fellow, American College of Surgeons. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Assistant Professor, UCF College of Medicine. Partner, ENT Associates of New York, PC, and ENT Associates of Orlando, PLLC. Medical Director, Windermere Medical Spa. WHAT SETS US APART: As a subspecialist, Dr. Saigal offers medical management as well as cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical techniques in a comfortable, boutique-like professional environment. His expertise is Endonasal, or Closed/Scarless Rhinoplasty concurrently or independent of minimally invasive interventions such as balloon sinus dilation, CT-guided surgery, turbinate reduction, septoplasty and nasal valve repair. Following Mohs surgery, he performs reconstruction of facial defects. We also offer comprehensive facial rejuvenation, including chin implant, deep-plane facelift, blepharoplasty, and facial fillers for lip, cheek and tear trough augmentation, as well as non-surgical nose job. OFF HOURS: I am fortunate to be back in my hometown. My wife, Anu Saigal, is a Breast Cancer Surgeon with Womenâ€™s Care Florida and we have 3 boys. ADDRESS: 1035 N. Orlando Ave. Suite 205 Winter Park, FL 32789
PHONE: 407-636-5384 407-636-5385 (Fax)
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SAND LAKE DERMATOLOGY CENTER, PA
CHRISTOPHER P. CROTTY, MD; ALLISON K. ARTHUR, MD EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS: Dr. Christopher Crotty and partner Dr. Allison Arthur are Mayo Clinic-trained and board certified in both Dermatology and Dermatopathology. Their practice offers the full spectrum of dermatologic care, including general medical dermatology, Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery, and dermatologic cosmetic procedures, including dermal fillers, lasers, Botox/Dysport and skin rejuvenation procedures. WHAT SETS THEM APART: “Our training and experience, as well as our commitment to continuing medical education, gives us the ability to care for our patients with difficult skin conditions. When it comes to aesthetics, we take a gentle, conservative approach. I am also a strong proponent of
‘pre-juvenation’—starting preventative care at a young age to maintain healthy skin for life” says Dr. Arthur. GIVING BACK: Featured as one of Orlando’s Top Doctors, Dr. Crotty received the Physician Volunteer of the Year award from Shepherd’s Hope, where he has volunteered regularly since its inception. He has been involved in medical missions in American Samoa, India and, for over 10 years, a clinic in rural Jamaica. He conducted clinics for dermatology residents at USF for 20 years, and worked on the dermatology curriculum for the medical school at UCF. Drs. Crotty and Arthur are committed to providing the best care to their patients, which Sand Lake Dermatology Center has proudly delivered for 29 years.
TOP DOCTORS: Allison Arthur, MD; Christopher Crotty, MD ADDRESS: 7335 W. Sand Lake Road Suite 200 Orlando, FL 32819
PHONE: 407-352-8553 407-351-8412 (Fax)
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RAZA SHAH, MD, FCCP PULMONARY SPECIALIST
SPECIALTY: Pulmonary medicine. ABOUT US: Private practice since 2000. As a board certified Pulmonologist, Dr. Raza Shah specializes in caring for patients with pulmonary diseases and sleep disorders, including but not limited to: Asthma, Allergy, COPD, Pulmonary Hypertension, Lung Cancer, Interstitial Lung Disease. EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS: Medical Doctor degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. Internal Medicine residency at University of Connecticut. Completed his Pulmonary Fellowship at University of Miami. AWARDS/HONORS: Chairman, Department of Medicine at Doctor P. Phillips Hospital. Medical Director, Pulmonary Department at Doctor P. Phillips Hospital. Care plan leader for COPD and Pneumonia at Orlando Health Medical Center. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: American College of Chest Physicians, American Sleep Academy. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Dr. Shah
has been nominated Top Doctor by his peers in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and also recognized by Who’s Who for expertise in Pulmonary Medicine. INNOVATIONS: Dr. Shah likes to keep up with the latest treatment and technology including but not limited to Bronchial Thermoplasty Procedure for the treatment of severe asthma patients to reduce asthma exacerbations. OFF HOURS: Gym, squash, tennis and spending time with his family. PHILOSOPHY: We believe in giving our patients excellent full-time care. In many cases medicine has become so restrictive; however, we give each patient the time he or she deserves. We want patients to fully understand their conditions and prognosis and work closely with patients who have struggled to find a diagnosis. Dr. Shah’s office is conveniently located by Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, and is equipped with the latest testing technology equipment. His staff is very professional, efficient and always caring for his patients.
TOP DOCTORS: Raza Shah, MD, FCCP ADDRESS: 7319 Stonerock Circle, Suite 106 Orlando, FL 32819
PHONE: 407-248-9800 407-248-9807 (Fax)
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MARK SOLIMAN, MD, FACS, FASCRS COLON AND RECTAL CLINIC OF ORLANDO
YEARS IN BUSINESS: 7. SPECIALTY: Colon and Rectal Surgery. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Dr. Soliman is Board Certified by both the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American Board of Surgery. He attended the University of Florida and was a part of the Junior Honors Medical Program, graduating with his Bachelor’s and Medical Degrees by the age of 23 as magna cum laude. He did his surgical residency at Baptist Health in Birmingham, Alabama, and completed his fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando. Dr. Soliman is the Chairman of Surgery at Florida Hospital Altamonte and is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Central Florida. He is also the Program Director of the Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgical Fellowship and Associate Program Director of the Colon and Rectal Surgical Residency at the Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando. INNOVATIONS: On a national level, Dr. Soliman helped develop the standardized training curriculum used by the Association of Program Directors of Colon and Rectal Surgery (APDCRS) and is lead faculty in training courses for robotic certification of colorectal surgical residents. Dr. Soliman is nationally recognized as one of the foremost leaders in advanced robotic colorectal surgery. Surgeons from all over the United States travel to attend biweekly lectures that Dr. Soliman delivers to learn how to implement these innovative robotic procedures in their own practices. He is also a specialist in surgery for benign and malignant disease, evolving techniques in transanal minimally invasive surgery for sphincter preservation, colonoscopy, and surgical and non-surgical management of common and uncommon anorectal ailments. OFF HOURS: In his spare time, Dr. Soliman enjoys life with his wife and two children, is an avid photographer, and is very active in his church. TOP DOCTORS: Mark Soliman, MD, FACS, FASCRS ALTAMONTE SPRINGS: 661 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 120 Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 DOWNTOWN ORLANDO: 110 W. Underwood St., Suite A Orlando, FL 32806
PHONE: 407-422-3790 WEBSITE: crcorlando.com EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOUTHWEST CANCER CENTER Thomas J. Katta, MD; Sarah F. Katta, DO; Kalpesh B. Barot, MD; Carlos Acevedo, MD; Ritesh Patil, MD ABOUT OUR PRACTICE: Southwest Cancer Center is the only Independent Group of Medical Oncologists practicing here in Orlando. Started in 1984, we are now a group of five excellent Board-Certified Oncologists who serve hospitals affiliated with Florida Hospital and Orlando Health. We are affiliated with all major Insurance plans and are always accepting new patients. Southwest Cancer Center has two established offices in
Orlando—one in Downtown and the other in Dr. Phillips—and we are about to open a third office in Celebration to accommodate patients who reside on that side of town. Our physicians treat all solid tumors and hematological malignancies. OUR MISSION: For the last 33 years we have been committed to helping both patients and their families. Our physicians are dedicated and compassionate and remain extremely community-oriented.
DOWNTOWN ADDRESS: 922 Lucerne Terrace Orlando, FL 32806
SAND LAKE ADDRESS: 7436 Docs Grove Circle Orlando, FL 32819
NEW OFFICE AT CELEBRATION OPENING SOON AT VILLAGES AT HUNTERS CREEK
PHONE: 407-426-8660 407-426-6884 (Fax)
HOURS: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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SPINE & BRAIN NEUROSURGERY CENTER Nizam Razack, MD, JD, FACS, FAANS; Diana Hussain, MD, FAAPMR, DABPM Not pictured: German Montoya, MD, FAANS;Michael LaFleur, PA-C; James Piotrowski, PA-C; Jacqueline Mendoza-Lu, NP ABOUT US: Spine & Brain Neurosurgery Center’s mission is to offer the best in medical care by combining a multidisciplinary team of specialized providers with the latest technologies for improved quality of life. We are committed to educating patients about their choices, stand by them as they exhaust less invasive options and offer expert surgical care when it becomes necessary. OUR SERVICES: Minimally invasive and complex spine procedures, Deep Brain Stimulation, MRI, EMG/ NCV testing, non-opioid pain management, spinal injection therapies, BOTOX treatments and joint injections. OUR DOCTORS: Dr. Nizam Razack is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He completed his Neurosurgical Residency at
The University of Miami. He went on to obtain fellowships in Neuro-Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, and in Complex Spine Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Razack is board certified by The American Board of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Diana Hussain earned her medical degree in Colombia before completing an internship in General Surgery and residency in Physical Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She is double board certified by The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and The American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. German Montoya obtained his medical degree in Colombia before completing his residency and fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He is board certified by The American Board of Neurological Surgeons. OFFICE LOCATIONS: Orlando/Dr. Phillips area and Lake Mary.
TOP DOCTORS: Nizam Razack, MD, JD, FACS, FAANS ADDRESS: 7460 Doc’s Grove Circle Orlando, FL 32819
PHONE: 407-903-9360 407-423-9505 (Fax)
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THE SPINE CENTER AT ORLANDO ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER SPECIALIZING IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY STEVEN E. WEBER, D.O.; G. GRADY MCBRIDE, M.D.; STEPHEN R. GOLL, M.D.; RAVI R. PATEL, M.D. ABOUT US: The fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeons at Orlando Orthopaedic Centerâ€™s Spine Center offer patients advanced spine surgery technology, including minimally invasive spinal and neck reconstructions, nerve decompression, artificial disc replacement surgeries, fusions, micro-endoscopic surgery and newly developed stem cell therapies. WHAT SETS US APART: Our surgeons focus their practice on spinal surgery, which helps them provide some of the highest levels of successful outcomes in the area with minimal downtime for patients. They use the latest minimally invasive and technologically advanced surgery techniques. Each physician has a dedicated Patient Care Team to handle all patient questions, concerns and surgery scheduling. We
offer convenience and complete care available under one roof from initial consultation, through surgery and our in-office rehabilitation clinics. All four of our spine surgeons were recently recognized in an Orlando Health survey as being in the top 10% nationally for patient satisfaction. ADVICE ON SPINAL HEALTH: If traditional approaches have left you with chronic bothersome back or neck pain, turn to the physicians of The Spine Center at Orlando Orthopaedic Center. Since 1972, our spine specialists have been getting Central Floridians back to work and play, and back to making an impact in our community. Practice locations include downtown Orlando, Lake Mary, Lake Nona, Oviedo, Sand Lake, Winter Park, Casselberry and Winter Garden.
ADDRESS: Orlando Orthopaedic Center 25 W. Crystal Lake St., Suite 200 Orlando, FL 32806
PHONE: 407-254-2500 407-423-2789 (Fax)
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THE SURGICAL GROUP OF ORLANDO, LLC Board Certified General Surgeons: Alberto F. Padron, MD, FACS; Danelle K. Chambers, MD, FACS; Michael B. Freeland, MD, FACS PROVIDING GENERAL SURGICAL SERVICES INCLUDING: • General Surgery • Breast Surgery • Thyroid and Endocrine Surgery
• Advanced Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery • Surgical Oncology • Hernia Procedures • Dermatologic Surgery
TOP DOCTORS: Alberto F. Padron, MD, FACS; Danelle K. Chambers, MD, FACS; Michael B. Freeland, MD, FACS ADDRESS: 801 N. Orange Ave., Suite 640 Orlando, FL 32801
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VASCULAR SPECIALISTS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Charles Thompson, MD; Jon Wesley, MD; Adam Levitt, MD; Michael Muehlberger, MD; Kevin Claudeanos, MD; Richard Teed, MD OUR MOTTO: “The only specialists board certified to treat your vascular health.” ABOUT US: We are a group of highly trained vascular specialists, dedicated to improving and saving the lives of our patients. We have invested our entire careers in treating conditions affecting arteries and veins. To us, comprehensive treatment of the body’s blood vessels is not a secondary business or a small part of the practice—it’s all we do. It’s our way of life. Although surgery is certainly a part of our expertise, a large part of what we do involves noninvasive and minimally invasive therapies for the management of complex peripheral vascular conditions and disease. We specialize in vascular surgery, vascular medicine, endovascular procedures and vascular imaging. We also offer the popular cosmetic procedure known as sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation to remove unsightly spider and vari-
cose veins. WHAT SETS US APART: Vascular surgeons are the only board-certified subspecialty fully trained to treat and manage all conditions of the peripheral vascular system. We possess a unique expertise in the minimally invasive management of vascular conditions and their causes that is second to none, thanks to the advanced training required to achieve board certification from the American Board of Surgery. We work daily with patients to not only treat conditions, but also to understand the root cause of their vascular condition. Armed with the knowledge of the underlying origin of conditions may be the difference between noninvasive treatment and losing a limb in some extreme cases; and, because we’re the only specialty with the knowledge to manage the complete vascular system comprehensively, we have the largest “toolbox” available to treat patients.
TOP DOCTORS: Adam B. Levitt, MD; Charles S. Thompson, MD; Jon M. Wesley, MD ADDRESS: 80 W. Michigan St. Orlando, FL 32806 7460 Doc’s Grove Circle Orlando, FL 32819
10000 W. Colonial Drive Suite 483 Ocoee, FL 34761
2080 Oakley Seaver Drive Suite 100 Clermont, FL 34711
8400 Red Bug Lake Road Suite 2090 Oviedo, FL 32765
5005 Port Saint John Parkway Suite 2200 Cocoa, FL 32927
PHONE: 407-648-4323 (Orlando) 352-241-7585 (Clermont) 844-713-8405 (Cocoa) WEBSITE: ArteryAndVein.com
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THE VISION HEALTH INSTITUTE (VHI)
MARK E. PERRY, OD; KAREN F. PERRY, OD, FAAO; VINCE PICCIONE, OD EDUCATION/AFFILIATIONS: Doctors at the Vision Health Institute serve as leaders in the American and Florida Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry and are published in clinical journals. Involved in health care industry advancement, Dr. Mark Perry is a Principal Investigator for FDA clinical research with several contact lens companies and a Vision Source Administrator. He is an adjunct Preceptor for Western University College of Optometry as well as Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern College of Optometry. Dr. Karen Perry, an honors graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and an American Academy of Optometry Fellow, is Director of Professional Relations for a Healthcare IT Company. She is distinguished among the Most Influential Women in Optometry, and a member of the Optical Women’s Association and the Optometric Glaucoma Society. Dr. Vince Piccione graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida and received his Doctorate in Optometry from Nova Southeastern University. Dr Piccione completed an Internship program at the Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, where he trained extensively in ocular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma,
macular degeneration and dry eye dysfunction. A UNIQUE PRACTICE: The Vision Health Institute is one of 2017’s Top Ten “America’s Finest Optical Retailers” awarded by InVision Magazine. Working as a team, our dedicated staff and providers aspire to the finest quality of vision care. Recognized as Orlando’s Best Optical, Orlando magazine, (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), and awarded Orlando’s Best Bet Orlando Sentinel (2017), we attribute our success to our loyal patients and 27 years of community partnership. VHI serves all aspects of adult and pediatric eye care, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, Dry Eye Therapy, Complex Contact Lens cases and diabetic eye disease. VHI showcases an expansive selection of exclusive eyewear fashions, contacts and digital lenses. INNOVATIONS: Longstanding participation in FDA clinical research provides unparalleled access to innovative technology and revolutionary treatment. VHI embraces leading-edge ophthalmic techniques to optimize vision through personalized and progressive clinical technology, including no-dilation exams (Optos), high-definition retinal imaging (OCT), corneal and tear layer analysis (dry eye), electrophysiology testing (VEP/ERG) and genetic macular degeneration testing.
ADDRESS: 400 N. Bumby Ave. Orlando, FL 32803
PHONE: 407-893-6222 407-896-4200 (Fax)
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WOMEN’S CARE FLORIDA DELANEY OB-GYN Stephen Snow, MD, FACOG; Parmelee Thatcher, MD, FACOG; Rachel Cartechine, MD; Kimberly Kaufmann, CNM; Jennifer Ivy, CNM; Emma Fritz, MD, FACOG; April A. Merritt, MD, FACOG; Cherise Chambers, MD, FACOG; William T. Scott, MD, FACOG OUR PHILOSOPHY: We understand that choosing a physician for your OB or GYN needs is a personal choice for any woman. Our experienced team gives exceptional care, using state-ofthe-art technology, in a comfortable, relaxed setting. OUR PRACTICE: Our doctors are well respected, and have been serving Orlando for more than 20 years, with over 60 years of combined experience. With three convenient locations, we are a full service OB-GYN practice that includes its own surgical center with board-certified anesthesia. We care for women of all ages (including teens) and offer an array of services including: Pre-natal care, Women’s Wellness, Robotic Surgery, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Birth Control, treatment for heavy Menstruation, Urodynamics (Female Urinary Incontinence), Genetic Counseling, full-service Vaccinations and more. For additional convenience, we offer Ultrasounds (including 4D), as well as
lab work on site. We maintain Electronic Medical Records with a Web Portal so our patients have easy access to complete their initial forms and update demographic information. HONORS: Our team of physicians have been named Top Doctors or Best Doctors in Orlando magazine for numerous years and are proud to be part of this honor for 2017. CHARITABLE WORK: Doctors and staff of Women’s Care Florida, Delaney OB-GYN support local charities with an emphasis on women and children such as Shepherd’s Hope, local food shelters, Harbor House and The Beta House. We volunteer and support Making Strides for Breast Cancer, Down Syndrome Foundation, and CECO (Conductive Education Center of Orlando, for students diagnosed with motor disabilities such as cerebral palsy). Each fall we help the Ivey Lane Community Center bring Christmas into the homes of struggling families.
BEST DOCTORS: Stephen Snow, MD, FACOG
TOP DOCTORS: Emma Fritz, MD, FACOG
CONTACT INFORMATION: 525 S. Magnolia Ave. Orlando, FL 32801 Phone: 407-316-8550 Fax: 407-316-8311
9650 Lake Nona Village Place Orlando, FL 32827 Phone: 407-270-5050 Fax: 407-270-5090
10917 Dylan Loren Circle, Suite B Orlando, FL 32825 Phone: 407-380-7998 Fax: 407-316-8311
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WOMEN’S CARE FLORIDA OB & GYN SPECIALISTS Sheryl Logan, MD (front); Rebecca Weber, MD; Ann Marie D’Heureux-Jones, MD; Marnique Jones, MD; Michelle Rothen, MD; Wendy Quirino, MD; Shannon Hahn, MD (back); Theresa Carducci, MD; Jason Bridge, MD; George Amyradakis, MD; Dennise Durkee, MD; Shawn Lee, MD ABOUT US: Dr. Arnold Lazar and Dr. N. Donald Diebel founded our practice in 1977. The practice has grown to 13 physicians who, with our nurse practitioners and staff, strive to provide patients with the most current medical information and treatments available. From adolescence to childbearing to menopause, we are dedicated to ensuring that women receive the best and most advanced care possible. OUR SERVICES: We provide a wide range of in-office procedures including endometrial ablations, hysteroscopy and Essure. Urodynamic testing and evaluation for urinary incontinence is provided with treatment plans to include pelvic floor rehabilitation, medications or surgery. In-office mammography has proven to be convenient to our busy patients who can have their wellness exam and mammogram the same day. Saturday mammograms and late weekday appointments are also offered. High risk and low risk obstetrical services including in-office sonograms are available.
Our nutritionist is available to our patients for nutrition plans and weight management. We have privileges at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies and utilize their da Vinci robotic surgical system to provide 3D high-definition visualization for difficult cases. These cases are performed with shorter hospitalization, less pain and less recovery time. We perform other minimally invasive surgeries there as well, including advanced laparoscopy and urologic surgeries.Our surgeons are designated as a center of excellence in minimally invasive surgery. This program recognizes surgeons who provide exceptional surgical care and are dedicated to improving health care quality and patient safety. We also have privileges at Oviedo Hospital to better serve our Oviedo patients.Our new Lake Nona office opened in May of this year as we continue to grow. Congratulations to our Best and Top Doctors: Theresa Carducci, Dennise Durkee, Marnique Jones and Sheryl Logan.
BEST DOCTORS: Sheryl Logan, MD; Marnique Jones, MD; Theresa Carducci, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Dennise Durkee, MD; Sheryl Logan, MD; Marnique Jones, MD
ADDRESS: 1551 Clay St. Winter Park, FL 32789
1000 West Broadway St., Suite 110 Oviedo, Florida 32765
PHONE: 407-644-5371 407-644-1417 (Fax)
7200 Stonerock Circle Orlando, FL 32819
9650 Lake Nona Village Place Orlando, FL 32827
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ASSOCIATES IN DERMATOLOGY
Your Skin Cancer & Skincare Specialists ABOUT US: Michael Steppie, MD, is the president and medical director of Associates in Dermatology, a leading dermatology practice serving Central Florida for over 25 years. Dr. Steppie is board-certified and has completed residencies in internal medicine, dermatology and dermatologic surgery. Additionally, he is experienced in MOHS micrographic skin cancer surgery. PHILOSOPHY: With 15 locations, our staff of skilled and dedicated board-certified dermatologists, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, paramedical clinical estheticians and support team members are aligned to meet the dermatologic issues and improve the health of the community we serve. We take great pride in exceeding patient care and service expectations at every opportunity. SERVICES: We treat all skin conditions and diseases of the hair and nails. More importantly, our team identifies and treats skin cancers, moles and skin lesions. Additionally, we offer cosmetic services including Botox® injections and fillers, including Juvederm® and Radiesse®, and use state-of-the-art technologies to visibly rejuvenate the skin. CONTACT INFORMATION: 15 Central Florida Locations Including: Altamonte Springs, Celebration, Dr. Phillips, East Orlando, Hunter’s Creek, Kissimmee, Ocoee
Phone: 800-827-7546 Website: DermOrlando.com
ANDREW AZIZ, MD Affiliated Eye Specialists, PA
SPECIALTY: Ophthalmology. ABOUT US: Affiliated Eye Specialists has been serving the community’s ophthalmic needs for 35 years. EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS: Medical School: Wright State University, Dayton, OH, 1988-1992; Internship: Kettering Medical Center, 1992-1993; Residency: University of Cincinnati, 1993-1996; Fellowship: Cornea/Refractive Surgery, Dan Durrie/Hunkeler Eye Institute, 1996-1997; Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology since 1998. AWARDS/HONORS: Alpha Omega Alpha honor society; Best Doctors 2009-2012. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/ AFFILIATIONS: Fellow of American College of Surgeons, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American Academy of Ophthalmology. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Building a successful and thriving practice in Maitland. Medical Mission in the Dominican Republic. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: My wife and two awesome kids! PHILOSOPHY: Work hard and treat your patients how you would want to be treated. Do your very best for each patient, be honest with them and you will always sleep well.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: BEST DOCTORS: 331 N. Maitland Ave., Suite B-2 Andrew A. Aziz, MD, FACS Maitland FL, 32751 TOP DOCTORS: Phone: 407-740-0331 Andrew A. Aziz, MD, FACS Fax: 407-539-2747 Website: affiliatedeyemaitland.com Email: email@example.com
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BLESSINGS WOMAN’S CARE & MEDICAL SPA Andreia Moraes Acuna, MD, FACOG
ABOUT THE PHYSICIAN: Dr. Andreia Moraes Acuna is board certified in gynecology and obstetrics. She is dedicated to providing compassionate and personalized health care to women in every stage of life, from adolescence to childbearing to menopause. She is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Moraes Acuna received additional training in the MonaLisa Touch CO2 laser therapy, weight loss, hormone replacement therapy, sclerotherapy, Botox Injections and dermal fillers. ABOUT BLESSINGS: Patients receive prompt, unhurried, personalized care in a spa-like environment by a physician who knows their history and health care goals. The practice is warm and inviting in an effort to soothe and heal by providing individualized personal care. SCOPE OF SERVICE: We are a full-service gynecology practice, providing high- and low-risk gynecology and well-woman health care, including routine and high-risk obstetrics. Gynecological services include evaluation and treatment of endometriosis, ovarian cysts, pelvic pain, polycystic ovarian syndrome, contraception IUD placement, and management of heavy menstrual periods. MEDICAL SPA: Treatments include LED treatments for sun-damaged skin, skin analysis, microneedling, microdermabrasion, custom facials and Botox injections. CONTACT INFORMATION: 7157 University Blvd. Winter Park, FL 32792 Phone: 407-571-9185 Website: blessingswomanscare.com
CENTRAL FLORIDA ENDOCRINE AND DIABETES CONSULTANTS, PA Sohail H. Ali, MD; Penny S. Glickman, MD; Carlos A. Pacheco, MD; Neha P. Rickson, MD; Kenneth Rodriguez, MD OUR PRACTICE: We specialize in treating diabetes, thyroid and other endocrine disorders. We treat patients with pituitary disease, adrenal disease, osteoporosis and other metabolic bone disorders. The doctors have extensive backgrounds and training in treating acute and chronic endocrine problems. WHAT SETS US APART: We offer our patients a full range of clinical services including: ADA-certified diabetes education classes, one-on-one diabetes education sessions, phlebotomy services with a fully licensed and accredited laboratory, bone density testing, thyroid ultrasound, fine needle aspiration, radioactive iodine treatments and cutting-edge clinical trials. Barbara Bunster, DPM, provides in house podiatry services. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: We are active in AMA, AACE, and The Endocrine Society. Our physicians and staff are active in the community as well, and volunteer at Shepherd’s Hope and Grace Medical.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 635 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland, FL 32751 1222 S. Orange Ave., 2nd Floor Orlando, FL 32806 Phone: 407-629-4901 Fax: 407-629-0168 Website: cfendocrine.com
BEST DOCTORS: Carlos A. Pacheco, MD TOP DOCTORS: Carlos A. Pacheco, MD; Penny S. Glickman, MD; Sohail H. Ali, MD
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DANIEL D. COHEN, MD Urology Center of Winter Park
OUR ORGANIZATION: The Urology Center of Winter Park is a leading independent medical practice specializing in adult urologic care. Dr. Cohen and his team excel in the evaluation and treatment of all male and female urinary, kidney, bladder and prostate concerns. We focus on male prostate health and benign prostate enlargement (laser, bipolar, and microwave treatments), low testosterone (including novel testosterone depot pellets), IV sedation “no scalpel” vasectomy, infertility, erectile dysfunction and sexual health. We offer laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery, as well as prosthetic surgery (implants) for impotence and incontinence. WHAT’S NEW: Our office’s innovative approach to urinary incontinence uses non-invasive and drug-free magnetic wave therapy. INNOVATIONS: We are the exclusive Winter Park provider to offer an in-office, accredited surgical center for procedures performed under IV sedation including vasectomy, cystoscopy and prostate biopsy. UROLOGIC ONCOLOGY: Dr. Cohen is fellowship-trained at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and provides innovative surgical and medical treatment for cancers of the prostate, bladder, kidney, adrenal and testicle. Our team believes that the hallmark of good medicine encompasses a strong doctor-patient relationship based on mutual trust and understanding, and we work closely with our patients to determine the best treatment plan for each individual.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 111 N. Lakemont Ave. Suite 2-D Winter Park, FL 32792 Phone: 407-622-2030 Website: urologywinterpark.com
TOP DOCTORS: Daniel D. Cohen, MD
ENDOCRINE ASSOCIATES OF FLORIDA, PA Victor L. Roberts, MD; Lucy M. Duque, DNP, MSN, ARNP-C
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EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Dr. Roberts: Residency: Internal Medicine, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y.; Fellowship: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, University of Miami School of Medicine; MBA, Crummer Graduate School of Business, Winter Park; Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. Dr. Duque: ARNP, University of Central Florida; Doctor of Nursing Practice, Pace University, New York. AWARDS: Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors; Consumers’ Checkbook Guide to Top Doctors; Best Doctors; Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare. Dr. Duque: Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS: Dr. Roberts: Professor of Internal Medicine, UCF College of Medicine; Clinical Professor of Medicine, UF College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy; Clinical Professor of Clinical Sciences, FSU College of Medicine. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Married to Dr. Lucy Duque; our three children. WHAT SETS US APART: Our job is to deliver the best care possible and engage the patients in their health care decisions. We are a bilingual office. CONTACT INFORMATION: 766 N. Sun Drive, Suite 2060 Lake Mary, FL 32746 Phone: 407-936-3860 Fax: 407-936-3866 Website: victorlrobertsmd.com
BEST DOCTORS: Victor Lawrence Roberts, MD, MBA, FACP, FACE TOP DOCTORS: Victor Lawrence Roberts, MD, MBA, FACP, FACE
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FLORIDA EYE CLINIC OUR PRACTICE: Florida Eye Clinic was founded in 1973 and has since grown to include 13 ophthalmologists and 12 optometrists practicing in 12 locations across Central Florida, from Clermont to Winter Springs, from Kissimmee to Ormond Beach. Our main office, in Altamonte Springs, is a 30,000 square-foot building that also houses a state-ofthe-art Ambulatory Surgical Center with three operating suites. Florida Eye Clinic is a multi-specialty, MD/OD integrated practice. Among the ophthalmologists are physicians with special training in the fields of glaucoma, retina, cornea, neuro-ophthalmology, ophthalmic plastic surgery, and pediatric ophthalmology. Some of the diverse services offered at Florida Eye Clinic include surgery and laser for glaucoma, state-of-the-art cataract/lens implant surgery, diabetic laser treatment and retinal surgery, cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery, eye muscle surgery and therapy, and cornea transplant surgery. We offer a full range of contact lens services, and all of our offices offer a retail optical outlet. WHAT SETS US APART: Our physicians are board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology; as well as fellowship trained in their specialties. WHY CHOOSE US: Our mission is to maximize the visual potential of our patients through the highest quality vision care. We are dedicated to providing a positive experience through professional, efficient teamwork and a positive attitude.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 160 Boston Ave. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 Phone: 407-834-7776 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: floridaeyeclinic.com
TOP DOCTORS: Catherine Wang, MD Harry Pappas, MD Ross Parks, MD
FLORIDA EYE CLINIC
Harry Pappas, MD, President, Florida Eye Clinic SPECIALTY: Cataract/Lens Replacement Specialist and Treatment of Glaucoma. INNOVATIONS: One of the first eye surgeons to bring small incision cataract surgery to Central Florida. EDUCATION: Brown University Medical School; Johns Hopkins: The Wilmer Eye Institute; Harvard: The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. HONORS: Former Project Director for the International Eye Foundation; Former Clinical Instructor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Former Clinical Investigator for New Glaucoma Treatments. AFFILIATIONS: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, American College of Eye Surgeons, and American Glaucoma Society. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: I have the honor of having a medical syndrome named after me; The O’Donnell/ Pappas Syndrome. Dr O’Donnell and I were the first to describe this rare syndrome. I have been very proud to be associated with the Florida Eye Clinic and have helped it grow from a few eye specialists to 27 eye doctors in 13 locations. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Raising, along with my wife Jackie, our three daughters who continuously make us proud. OFF HOURS: Reading, hiking, traveling, enjoying good food and wine, spending time with family and friends. PHILOSOPHY: I consider it both a privilege and a blessing to be able to help my patients see better.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 160 Boston Avenue Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 Phone: 407-834-7776 Website: floridaeyeclinic.com
TOP DOCTORS: Harry Pappas, MD
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FLORIDA EYE CLINIC Ross Parks, MD
ABOUT THE DOCTOR: I feel blessed that I have had the opportunity to become a corneal specialist, which allows me to preserve and improve the vision of my patients. I thank my parents for providing me support, a nurturing environment for learning and the encouragement to become an Ophthalmologist. INNOVATIONS: Over the past 25 years I have incorporated several new developments in eye care, including LASIK, femtosecond laser cataract surgery and multifocal lens implants, which allows me to provide the latest and highest quality care to my patients. WHAT SETS US APART: My first priority is always to my patients. For the past 20 years I have had the privilege to be a partner at the Florida Eye Clinic with an outstanding group of people I trust and admire. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Board certified 1994, American Board of Ophthalmology; Corneal Fellowship, Anheuser-Busch Eye Institute, St. Louis University; Ophthalmology Residency, Emory University; Internship, Emory University; MD, NYU School of Medicine; National Institute of Health Research Training Fellowship, Emory University; BA, Duke University; Member, Phi Bet Kappa, Tau Beta Pi. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Association of Independent Doctors.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 2225 N Central Avenue Kissimmee, FL 34741 Phone: 407-834-7776 Website: floridaeyeclinic.com Email: email@example.com
TOP DOCTORS: Ross Parks, MD
FLORIDA EYE CLINIC Catherine Wang, MD
ABOUT THE DOCTOR: My decision to become an ophthalmologist was determined by observing a truly special mentor, my father. During medical school, I had the opportunity to shadow my father. I enjoyed his rapport and long-lasting relationships with his patients and their families. I also witnessed firsthand the rewarding and important role he played in improving and preserving vision—a most valuable gift. I am grateful that I have had the fortune of choosing a career that brings so much satisfaction and provides a cherished service to others. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Certification, American Board of Ophthalmology 2003; Glaucoma Fellowship, Weill Medical College of Cornell University New York Presbyterian Hospital; Ophthalmology Residency, Case Western Reserve/University Hospitals of Cleveland; Internship, Illinois Masonic Medical Center; BS/MD, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: The ability to maintain a balance between career and family. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Our children, Samantha and Max. OFF HOURS: Running, yoga, reading, traveling, and spending time with family.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 10131 W. Colonial Drive, Suite 201 Ocoee, FL 34761 2917 Edgewater Drive Orlando, FL 32804 Phone: 407-834-7776
Website: floridaeyeclinic.com TOP DOCTORS: Catherine Wang, MD
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FLORIDA HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN, NEUROSURGERY Eric R. Trumble, MD, Director of Congenital Neurosurgery
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Double board certified in adult and pediatric neurosurgery. AWARDS/HONORS: Awarded honors at every level of his training. The only brain surgeon (graduate school)/ rocket scientist (undergraduate) in the U.S. INNOVATIONS: After becoming the first Director of Congenital Neurosurgery in the U.S., Dr. Trumble now leads the first certified Neuro-fibromatosis clinic in the state, the first craniofacial clinic in Central Florida, and the only Chiari clinic in the Southeast. Dr. Trumble and his team continue to research, publish and present in many international forums. Florida Hospital for Children has spared no expense giving Dr. Trumble access to the most cutting-edge technology, including intra-operative 3T MRI, intra-operative CT, interventional neuroradiology, Gamma Knife, and other minimally invasive technologies. WHAT SETS US APART: Florida Hospital for Children’s Neurosurgery program focuses on minimizing complications (having one of the lowest complication rates nationally for all targeted procedures).
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando, FL 32803 Phone: 407-303-KIDS Website: FloridaHospitalforChildren.com
BEST DOCTORS: Eric R. Trumble, MD TOP DOCTORS: Eric R. Trumble, MD
FLORIDA VASCULAR CONSULTANTS, PA
Robert P. Winter, MD, FACS; G. Kendrix Adcock, MD, FACS WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT FVC: With over 50 years of combined experience, Florida Vascular Consultants represents the most experienced vascular surgery practice in Central Florida. We provide expert care for patients with all varieties of arterial and venous disorders. LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Adcock has served as Chairman of the Vascular Surgery Department at Florida Hospital, and Dr. Winter is a past Chief of Staff there. At the state level, Dr. Adcock has served on the executive committee of the Florida Vascular Society, and Dr. Winter has served as its President. INNOVATIONS: Our patients benefit from the latest, most advanced treatments for vascular conditions—from endovascular treatment of complex aortic aneurysms and carotid artery stenting, to in-office procedures for varicose veins and blocked lower extremity arteries. Among our notable firsts, Drs. Adcock and Winter were the first in the region to perform minimally invasive aortic aneurysm repair. OFF HOURS: When not “on call,” Dr. Adcock performs illusions as “The Amazing Kendrix” and Dr. Winter performs as a guitarist with the popular local band Running With Scissors.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: TOP DOCTORS: 400 S. Maitland Ave. Robert P. Winter, MD, FACS; Maitland, FL 32751 G. Kendrix Adcock, MD, FACS Phone: 407-539-2100 Website: FLVascularConsultants.com
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JACQUELINE KAISER, MD Winter Park Colon & Rectal Specialists
SPECIALTY: Colon and Rectal Surgery. ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Dr. Kaiser was the first female colon and rectal surgeon in the Central Florida area. She grew up in the Orlando area, attending Lake Brantley High School and the University of Florida. YEARS IN PRACTICE: 21. EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS: Medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, surgery residency at University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital, and fellowship at Orlando Health. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: Fellow of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgery, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Central Florida. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Being able to maintain a single-physician type of practice in a health care environment where this is becoming a rarity. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Creating a balance between a career in surgery and a family. PHILOSOPHY: Dr. Kaiser chose to limit her practice to anorectal diseases and colonoscopy. This has allowed her to maintain a patient-oriented practice. She sees patients one on one, with no nurse practitioners. By limiting the number of patients seen, she is able to spend more time with them. She emphasizes patient education as a focus of her practice.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 255 N. Lakemont Ave., Suite 100 Winter Park, FL 32792 Phone: 407-628-1718 Fax: 407-628-0925 Website: jacquelinekaiser.com
TOP DOCTORS: Jacqueline L. Kaiser, MD
DARIAN SCOTT KAMEH, MD
Central Florida Pathology Associates, PA (CFPA) SPECIALTY: Pathology. EDUCATION: Undergraduate studies in biology at University of Virginia, 1987-1991; medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, 1991-1995; residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Orlando Health, 1995-2000; cytopathology fellowship at University of Florida/Shands Jacksonville campus, 20002001. CERTIFICATIONS: Board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and cytopathology. EXPERIENCE: Since 2008, I have personally signed out over 3,000 prostatectomy cases. I also have extensive experience in breast, head and neck, and thoracic pathology. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: College of American Pathologists, American Society for Clinical Pathology, Florida Society of Pathologists, Florida Medical Association, American Medical Association. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS: Attaining full partner status in my group, and cultivating close relationships with the outstanding doctors at Celebration Health during my 16 years as Medical Laboratory Director. PHILOSOPHY: To provide the best “customer service” experience possible for my clinicians, facilitated by personal real-time communication and customization/streamlining of pathology reports.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: Celebration Health Laboratory 400 Celebration Place Celebration, FL 34747 Phone: 407-303-4490 Fax: 407-303-4304 Email: Darian.Kameh.MD@flhosp.org
TOP DOCTORS: Darian Scott Kameh, MD
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SANJIV KAPIL, MD, FACR Florida Arthritis Center
OUR PRACTICE: Florida Arthritis Center provides individualized and effective care for patients experiencing rheumatological conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, myositis, vasculitis and fibromyalgia. Dr. Kapil is joined by Kelly Lane, an ARNP with 15 years of combined internal medicine and rheumatology experience; Samantha Brown, ARNP-C, who received her graduate degree from Duke University; and Nora Daye MS, PA-C, who received her Masters in Physician Assistant studies from Le Moyne College. EDUCATION: Dr. Kapil completed his fellowship at the University of Washington, a prestigious rheumatology training program that emphasizes research as well as clinical care. He received his training in internal medicine at the University of Nevada and Cook County Hospital. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Kapil participates in meetings of the American College of Rheumatology and Florida Society of Rheumatology, bringing back updated rheumatology information for the medical community. ACHIEVEMENTS: Dr. Kapil participates in clinical trials, giving patients unresponsive to traditional medications an opportunity to try new FDA monitored treatments. He has served as medical director for clinical research for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company. CHARITABLE WORK: Dr. Kapil, his colleagues and staff support the Arthritis Foundation and also participate in health fairs and community service events such as the Shepherd’s Hope clinic for the uninsured.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 147 Parliament Loop, Suite 1005 Lake Mary, FL 32746 Phone: 407-688-9446
Website: flrheum.com TOP DOCTORS: Sanjiv Kapil, MD, MBA, FACR
JORGE L. LONDOÑO, M.D., F.A.C.O.G Physician Associates Orlando Health
ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Jorge L. Londoño, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, practicing in the areas of operative gynecology, advanced laparoscopic robotic surgery, pelvic-relaxation surgery, urinary incontinence, gynecologic ultrasound, infertility, well-woman examinations, obstetrics and high-risk pregnancy. He has been practicing obstetrics and gynecology for over 25 years, 15 years have been here in Central Florida, and he has been the Medical Director for Physician Associates’ Ultrasound Department for the last 12 years. EDUCATION: Attended medical school at the Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá, Colombia, where he graduated with a degree in Medicine and Surgery. He then completed his first residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the same institution, where he was named Chief Resident. After this, he moved to the United States and completed a 3-year research fellowship in Reproductive Ultrasound at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He then completed a second OB/Gyn residency at Orlando Regional Healthcare System, where he once again received the distinction of being named Chief Resident. MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Londoño is affiliated with Orlando Health and Winnie Palmer Hospital, and is one of the teaching physicians for the residency program.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 7243 Della Drive Suite H Orlando, FL 32819 Phone: 407-381-7336 Website: paof.com
TOP DOCTORS: Jorge L. Londoño, M.D., F.A.C.O.G
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JAMES MANZANARES, MD
American Spine & Orthopaedic Institute LLC (ASOI) ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Dr. James Manzanares is a Board-Certified Spine Surgeon at American Spine & Orthopaedic Institute LLC, treating both adults and pediatric patients. Dr. Manzanares is a graduate of the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, MN. He completed dual fellowships in advanced spine reconstruction at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and another in pediatric orthopaedics at the Nemours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville. He brings many years of experience to his three specialties: Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Advanced Spine Reconstruction, and Sports Related Injuries. Dr. Manzanares proudly served our country as a Major in the United States Army Reserve and was awarded among many the 1st Infantry Division Combat Patch for performance of duties under hostile fire during “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” ABOUT THE PRACTICE: Dr. Manzanares’ “patient first” philosophy includes everything from a welcoming staff to a focus on pain relief. He uses conventional as well as minimally invasive techniques to correct the issue causing pain, loss of function and/or deformity. AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Manzanares is affiliated with Florida Hospital and several outpatient surgical centers in Central Florida. CONTACT INFORMATION: East Orlando Bonita Springs Winter Garden Phone: 877-97-SPINE Website: flspinalsurgeon.com
NORTH SEMINOLE FAMILY PRACTICE
James Quinn, MD; Daniel Monette, MD ABOUT THE PRACTICE: North Seminole Family Practice & Sports Medicine provides preventive health and wellness services, sameday acute care visits & disease management. DR. JAMES QUINN: Graduated from the Medical College of Ohio. He completed his residency at the Naval Aerospace Regional Medical Center in Pensacola prior to providing his medical expertise as both a clinical instructor and supervisor. Dr. Quinn has held numerous prestigious medical positions and has over 30 years of service in Central Florida. DR. DANIEL MONETTE: Received his MD from the University of Colorado Medical School. He completed his family medicine residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix and his sports medicine fellowship at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. He serves as the team physician for the University of Central Florida, Seminole State College and Seminole High School.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 2209 S. French Ave. Sanford, FL 32771 Phone: 407-321-4230
BEST DOCTORS: James Quinn, MD TOP DOCTORS: Daniel Monette, MD
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GREGORY ORTEGA, MD Mid Florida Cancer Centers
YEARS IN BUSINESS: Since 1989. SPECIALTY: Hematology and Oncology. ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Graduated from the National University Pedro Henriquez Urena, Dominican Republic; Cum Laude Residency in Internal Medicine at East Tennessee State University-Quillen College of Medicine; Hematology Fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, N.Y.; and Oncology Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y. Dr. Ortega has served as Chief of Staff at Central Florida Regional Hospital and has been President of the Pan American Medical Association of Central Florida. He is triple Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology. He is proud to have participated in the growth of Central Florida and of Mid Florida Hematology and Oncology Centers, which now has four offices, two radiation centers and two PET/CT machines, offering a full complement of hematology and oncology services. AWARDS/HONORS: Resident award in clinical excellence, outstanding graduating resident, and has been selected as a Top Doctor in Central Florida on multiple occasions since 2002.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 2776 Enterprise Road Orange City, FL 32763 Phone: 386-774-1223 Fax: 386-774-4658 Website: midfloridacancercenters.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TOP DOCTORS: Gregory Ortega, MD
PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY Ronald G. Davis, MD
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EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Trained in Pediatric Neurology and Epilepsy at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. AWARDS/HONORS: Selected Best Doctor for several years. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: American Epilepsy Society, Child Neurology Society, American Headache Society, American Academy of Pediatrics. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Providing comprehensive neurological care for pediatric epilepsy patients in Central Florida for the past 17 years. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Building a comprehensive regional neurological/epilepsy practice. My epilepsy, pediatrics and neurology board certifications. My 10-year career in service to my country in the U.S. Army. INNOVATIONS: Expanding our epilepsy surgery program in cooperation with Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children as well as engaging in several unique clinical trials. WHAT SETS US APART: All our staff, in particular our nurse practitioners, strive to empathize with every unique patient. OFF HOURS: Hunting, jogging and spending time with my wife and daughters. I love to travel with them to new areas of the country and world. CHARITABLE WORK: Our family gives back to our local church and to the arts, through United Arts, as well as through several other organizations. CONTACT INFORMATION: 7485 Sandlake Commons Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819 Phone: 407-293-1122 Fax: 407-253-2170 Website: pediatricneurologypa.com
BEST DOCTORS: Ronald G. Davis, MD TOP DOCTORS: Ronald G. Davis, MD
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HAL S. PINELESS, D.O. NeuroCare Institute of Central Florida
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: D.O., Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Neurology residency at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL. Board certified in Neurology by the American College of Neuropsychiatrists. AWARDS/HONORS: 2012-13 President of Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. Former Chief of Staff of Florida Hospital East Orlando. Florida Hospital Board of Trustees member. Multiple times awarded “Best Attending Physician” at Florida Hospital East Orlando. Top Doctor in Orlando magazine on multiple occasions. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, Seminole County Medical Association, American Academy of Neurology. OUR PRACTICE: The NeuroCare Institute of Central Florida was established in Winter Park in 1986. Dr. Pineless is joined by Glenn Velez, PA-C, who has served NeuroCare Institute’s patients since 2002. Dr. Pineless’ other staff members offer NeuroCare patients 85 years’ worth of combined professional experience. WHAT SETS US APART: Our mission is to provide our community with excellent health care in a compassionate and personalized setting. We aim to provide the highest quality of service for our patients with neurological conditions.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 1890 State Road 436, Suite 255 Winter Park, FL 32792 Phone: 407-657-7900 Fax: 407-657-7942 Website: neurocareinstitute.com
TOP DOCTORS: Hal S. Pineless, D.O.
PREMIER INFECTIOUS DISEASE CARE
Archana K. Shah, MD (center); Seema Patel, MD (right); Cristina Amado, MD (left) OUR PRACTICE: Premier Infectious Disease Care has been serving the community since 2008. We provide comprehensive care for viral, bacterial, and fungal infections with a holistic approach. From chronic conditions like HIV and Hepatitis to urinary tract infections, our patients appreciate how we interact with their primary care physicians, specialists, and family members. OUR DOCTORS: Dr. Archana Shah had always wanted to be a doctor. She completed her fellowship in Newark, NJ, at University Hospital, Level I trauma center. There she provided care for a large underserved area with an emphasis on HIV and community-acquired infections. She has been consistently named Best Doctor or Top Doctor since 2009. Dr. Seema Patel is board certified, received her training in Virginia and completed her fellowship at the University of Tennessee. She has a special interest in HIV, atypical infections, and tropical medicine. Her passion to help others has led her to travel to Africa and Haiti for medical mission service. We welcomed Dr. Patel to the practice in November. Dr. Cristina Amado is a Gator who completed her fellowship at George Washington University. Using her public health background, she has provided care in underserved areas as well as large Level 1 trauma centers. We welcomed Dr. Amado to the practice in September.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 132 Benmore Drive Winter Park, FL 32792 Phone: 321-422-3660
TOP DOCTORS: Archana K. Shah, MD
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PRIMARY CARE CENTER AT LAKE MARY Jesse W. Johnson, Jr., MD
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: BS, MS Microbiology, University of Central Florida, 1975; MD, University of Florida College of Medicine, 1984. Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. AWARDS/HONORS: UCF Professional Achievement Award, 2007; AAA 25-Year Physician Appreciation Award, 2014; 25-Year CFRH, HCA Service Recognition Award. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/ AFFILIATIONS: American College of Physicians. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: I am blessed with a wonderful family, wife, children and grandchild. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Establishing an Internal Medicine practice in Lake Mary as part of the third generation of primary care doctors in Seminole County. OFF HOURS AND HOBBIES: Enjoying the natural beauty of the Central Florida area. Fishing, boating and amateur radio enthusiast. CHARITABLE WORK: Church elder at Central Church of Christ, supporting Mount Dora Children’s Home and Eastern European Missions.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 4106 W. Lake Mary Blvd. Suite 100 Lake Mary, FL 32746 Sanford, FL 32771 Phone: 407-333-2273 Website: pcclakemary.com
TOP DOCTORS: Jesse W. Johnson, Jr., MD
RDV SPORTSPLEX PEDIATRICS
Laritssa P. Cobian, MD, FAAP; Marcela Jativa, MD, FAAP; Andrea van Dam, PA; Kathleen R. Morgan, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C YEARS IN BUSINESS: 19 SPECIALTY: Pediatrics ABOUT US: RDV Sportsplex Pediatrics has been providing medical care for newborns, children and teens since 1998. We strive to provide the highest quality of care while maintaining the physical and mental health of our patients through regular checkups and immunizations. We are also always available for same-day sick visits, asthma and allergy maintenance, comprehensive ADHD care, and more. Our board-certified doctors have a combined experience of over 30 years, and are proud members of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Patients can expect the highest level of performance from each member of our qualified staff, some of whom have been at the practice since the doors opened, and who are now seeing our patients grow up and bring their own children in! EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS: Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition in 2017 by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. AWARDS/HONORS: 2016 Patients’ Choice Winner for one of the Top Orlando Pediatric Practices. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: Florida Hospital, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Nemours Networks, and the Clinical Alliance Network.
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd. Orlando, FL 32810 Phone: 407-916-4520 Fax: 407-916-4525
TOP DOCTORS: Laritssa P. Cobian, MD, FAAP Website: rdvpediatrics.com Email: email@example.com
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STEPHEN M. REED, MD Florida Orthopaedic Associates, PA
SPECIALTY: Orthopaedic Surgeon. YEARS IN BUSINESS: 31. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon; B.S., Biochemistry, University of Florida; M.D., University of South Florida; Orthopaedic Residency, University of South Carolina. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons; Seminole County Medical Society (Past President); American Medical Association. AFFILIATIONS: Central Florida Regional Hospital, served as Past Chief of Staff and 2016 Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: 31 years of service to my patients in Central Florida. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. OFF HOURS: Kayaking, Fishing, Sailing, Golf, Scuba Diving. ORTHOPAEDIC TEAM: Ashley Reed Manresa, PA-C; Michael R. Cool, PA-C.
CONTACT INFORMATION: 1337 International Parkway South Suite 1341 Lake Mary, FL 32746 Phone: 407-333-4507 Fax: 407-333-4576 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: fl-ortho.net
TOP DOCTORS: Stephen M. Reed, MD
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E. JOHN SERRÃO, MD, FACOG Serrão Rejuvenation Center
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ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Dr. John Serrão is proud to be the first physician in Central Florida who has dedicated his practice to the unique needs of today’s woman. As a Board Certified Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, he has over 25 years of experience in women’s health specializing in gynecology, bio-identical hormonal therapy, anti-aging medicine, and modern cosmetic-plastic gynecology. His practice provides a state-of-the-art surgical center fully accredited by AAAHC. Dr. Serrão’s extensive study in the field, eye for feminine beauty and strong demand for patient safety has improved the quality of life for women worldwide. WHAT SETS HIM APART: “My goal is to empower women with an understanding of their bodies and to educate them on the choices they have to achieve balance, beauty and sexual well-being.” This philosophy has led to a reputation of personalized service with a high level of medical expertise. Dr. Serrão has earned consecutive years of award winning care, including the Patient’s Choice Award and the Most Compassionate Doctor Award. He has been featured on Discovery Health Channel and many local news stations. As an expert in vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty, he is an invited speaker at medical conferences around the globe. Dr. Serrão and his caring team welcome women to Refresh, Redefine, and Rebalance at Serrão Rejuvenation Center. CONTACT INFORMATION: 2905 McRae Ave. Orlando, FL 32803 Phone: 407-896-3772 Website: mylvrdoctor.com; cosmeticsurgeryandwellness.com
BEST DOCTORS: E. John Serrão, MD, FACOG TOP DOCTORS: E. John Serrão, MD, FACOG
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NAVIN VERMA, MD, FAASM
Orlando Sleep Medicine Center at Neurological Services of Orlando EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: Dr. Navin Verma is among the top sleep doctors and neurologists in Central Florida. He studied molecular biology at the University of California at Berkeley. He completed his neurology training at the New Jersey Medical School, where he served as Chief Resident. He completed a sleep medicine fellowship at the Sleep Disorders Institute in New York City. He is triple-board certified in Sleep Medicine, Vascular Neurology, and Neurology. AWARDS/HONORS: Recognized with numerous awards, including the Best Doctors list in multiple years. He was awarded the honor of being an esteemed Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. EXPERTISE: Includes Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Stroke, and other Neurological diseases. He specializes in both the use of CPAP and alternative treatments of sleep apnea. Testing can be done at home as well as in the sleep lab. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: In his 9 years in Central Florida he has established the premier center to evaluate and treat adults with sleep disorders. He works closely with Elizabeth Carmona Toro, ARNP to ensure Central Florida sleeps well. He also serves as medical director for Total Sleep Management. WHAT SETS US APART: Our dedication to the long-term treatment of our patients. CONTACT INFORMATION: Orlando Office: 3849 Oakwater Circle Orlando, FL 32806
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Lake Mary Office: 4106 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 305 Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-704-8537 Fax: 407-812-5869 Website: BetterSleepFL.com Email: email@example.com BEST DOCTORS: Navin Verma, MD, FAASM
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Left to Right: Syed Aftab, MD; Patricia Dycus, RRA; Charlotte Elenberger, MD; Stephen Bravo, MD; Robert Posniak, MD; Alexandra Osorio, MD; Lynda Frye, MD
Stephen M. Bravo, MD Charlotte D. Elenberger, MD Alexandra Osorio, MD
With over 70 years of combined professional experience, the board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologists at Sand Lake Imaging provide the clear choice when it comes to choosing the best outpatient radiology services available to our Orlando community; • �STEPHEN M. BRAVO, MD is a former attending radiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and former faculty member at Harvard Medical School. He is an expert in neuroradiology, musculoskeletal radiology, and interventional radiology. • �ROBERT A. POSNIAK, MD has practiced in all areas of diagnostic radiology with special emphasis on women’s imaging, women’s intervention, and CT virtual colonography. He completed a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology. • �CHARLOTTE D. ELENBERGER, MD specializes in breast imaging and intervention. She completed fellowship training in breast imaging and body imaging at Duke University Medical Center. • ALEXANDRA OSORIO, MD specializes in the areas of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and was fellowship-trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Yale University School of Medicine. • LYNDA FRYE, MD Completed a residency in Radiology at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California and has more than 17 years of breast imaging experience. During her career, she built a state-of-the-art breast imaging center in Southern California before moving to Florida. • SYED AFTAB, MD is a sub-specialized Neuroradiologist and completed his fellowship training at the University of Chicago with an undergraduate degree in Pharmaceutical sciences at Purdue University. He has expertise in interventional procedures and research related to sacroiliac joint injection techniques • PATRICIA DYCUS, RRA received her Radiologist Assistant degree from Loma Linda University and has certifications in radiology, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and mammography.
9350 Turkey Lake Road • Orlando, FL 32819 • 1640 N. Maitland Ave. • Maitland, FL 32751 • Phone: 407-363-2772 • SandLakeImaging.com
Florida Otolaryngology Group, PA Orlando Sinus & Allergy Center
TOP DOCTORS 2017 Michael Mokris, MD
ABOUT US: Our pediatric and adult Ear, Nose, and Throat specialty practice has provided the Central Florida community with over 30 years of advanced medical and surgical ENT care. Our six highly trained, board-certified physicians provide the best possible comprehensive patientcentered care in a comfortable, compassionate environment.
Michael Mokris, MD; Bradley Reese, MD; John Huhn, MD; Nick Debnath, MD; Luis Izquierdo, MD; and Matthew Cox, MD
OUR SERVICES: We treat conditions of the head and neck such as ear infections, hearing loss, allergy, sinus infections, nasal obstruction, snoring, tonsillitis, neck masses, and many others. Our two state-of-the-art facilities offer allergy testing and treatment as well as audiology and hearing aid services by our licensed and nationally certified Doctors of Audiology.
WHAT SETS US APART: Serving central Florida since 1986, our Orlando Sinus and Allergy Center is a nationally recognized Center of Excellence in minimally invasive and innovative office procedures such as balloon sinus dilation or balloon sinuplasty. The Center also offers sublingual immunotherapy for successful and effective allergy treatment, in addition to traditional allergy shots. OUR COMMITMENT: We are dedicated to providing our community with the highest quality, most advanced medical and surgical Ear, Nose and Throat care of patients of all ages. Habla español.
CONTACT INFORMATION: 7251 University Blvd, Suite 300 1781 Park Center Drive, Suite 210 Winter Park, FL 32792 | Phone: 407-677-0099 Orlando, FL 32835 | Phone: 407-351-0675 Connect with us at: www.Flotogroup.com | Facebook.com/FlotoGroupUni DECEMBER 2017 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 199
Cardiovascular Surgeons, PA
Dr. Kevin D. Accola
Dr. George J. Palmer, III
Dr. Jorge E. Suarez-Cavelier
Dr. Clay M. Burnett
Dr. Tomas D. Martin
Dr. Tomer Z. Karas
OUR PRACTICE: A pioneer in establishing the foundation for cardiac and thoracic surgery in Central Florida, Cardiovascular Surgeons, PA has served the community since 1970, performing over 72,000 cardiac procedures. In 2016, Cardiovascular Surgeons, PA performed more than 2,800 cardiothoracic surgeries. Our six surgeons have 135 years of collective experience in performing cardiac surgery.
Dr. Kevin D. Accola Dr. George J. Palmer, III Best Doctors
CERTIFICATIONS: Our surgeons are all certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and operate at Florida Hospital â€“ Orlando. OUR SPECIALTY: Cardiovascular Surgeons, PA surgeons specialize in adult cardiac surgery, which includes, coronary artery bypass grafts, valve repairs and replacement, Transapical Valve Replacements, percutaneous valve procedures, pacemaker lead management and extractions, thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections, thoracic and lung surgical procedures and vascular surgical procedures.
Dr. Tomas D. Martin CONTACT INFORMATION: 217 Hillcrest Street Orlando, FL 32801 407-425-1566 WEBSITE: www.cvsorlando.com
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very patient has a unique story to tell. While many come in before (before a wedding, career change, reunion, or beach vacation) and others after (after losing 40 pounds, having children, a divorce, or car accident), every patient is given ample time during a consultation to relay their story and their reasons for seeking a plastic surgical transformation. Great attention is paid to the reason a person seeks plastic surgery and how they perceive it will change their lives. Dr. Charles Newman, Jr., of Newman Plastic Surgery, believes it is important to develop a personalized rejuvenation plan for each patient in order to reach their aesthetic potential. He takes into account patient lifestyle, activities, and occupation in planning to optimize recovery and long-lasting results. The reason why each person seeks treatment, their expectations, and goals are unique. Their treatment plan should reflect this individuality. In most instances, the downtime is relative to the extent of the procedure. Dr. Newman cautions patients to plan adequately for recovery. Whether considering the face, breasts, or body, it is imperative to understand how these areas complement each other aesthetically. One patient described to Dr. Newman her concerns, “After having three children, my breasts lost significant volume. I exercise and stay active but no matter how much I work out, I have loose belly skin that makes finding outfits difficult.” For this patient, Dr. Newman combined a tummy tuck
and breast augmentation to address her concerns. An avid tennis player and native Floridian stated, “Over the last few years, I just look more tired and older than I felt.” For this patient, Dr. Newman restored her to a more youthful appearance with facelift and blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), coupled with volume restoration, laser resurfacing, and skin care. Understanding the intricacies of aesthetic balance is part of what sets Dr. Newman apart. There is subtlety required in all procedures, even when extreme results are sought. “Plastic surgery is much more sophisticated today than in years past,” says Dr. Newman. “There are more options and higher expectations. I fully understand the need to minimize recovery time, yet still deliver the highest quality results.” His passion is to achieve enhanced but natural results. “Achieving aesthetic harmony ensures that people notice you and not the work you have had done. Good work doesn’t look like ‘work.’ There are several areas such as the eyelids or nose where subtlety is the key. In other areas, such as the breast and abdomen, dramatic changes can be achieved through surgical intervention.” As a plastic surgery practice, we are able to properly assess and offer options that include skin care, laser resurfacing, volume and structural restoration with fillers, and surgery when appropriate. Dr. Newman is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He strongly endorses the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s “Do Your Homework” campaign. This program encourages patients to make informed decisions about procedures and who is performing them.
Charles Newman, Jr., MD and Dzi-Long Newman, PA-C
“It is not the paint or the canvas but rather the artist that creates the masterpiece. It is imperative that patients seek a surgeon with the proper credentials and training to achieve the best results. Understanding your surgeon’s practice philosophy also ensures it is a ‘good fit’ for your goals.” Dr. Newman performs all of his surgeries at an accredited outpatient surgical center or hospital. Dr. Newman also works with his wife, board-certified physician assistant, Dzi Newman. The dynamic of the two is an asset to each patient’s experience. “Having her with me ensures every last detail is attended to. Many patients find additional comfort in her presence, both during the consultation and during surgery. Multiple procedures can be safely and effectively performed in one setting,” says Dr. Newman. “It is often beneficial in keeping costs down, minimizing downtime, and obtaining proper balance in the result.” Plastic surgery is an investment in yourself that will ideally yield a lifetime of dividends.
Newman Plastic Surgery 444 N. Mills Ave • Orlando, FL 32803 407-481-9505 • NewmanPlasticSurgery.com A portion of the information in this article was extracted from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website, www.Plasticsurgery.org.
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Mattia Spinal Care & Rehab Center, PA Gerald R. Mattia D.C, Paulette M. Mattia D.C
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: New York Chiropractic College, 1976. Practiced in New Jersey 1977-2001. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: Lifetime member of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA). Member of ICA Council of Sports Health Science. AWARDS/HONORS: Selected as ICAâ€™s Chiropractor of the Year and Sports Chiropractor of the Year. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Living to the age of 66 when I was supposed to die at age 17 because of being born with aortic stenosis. A great cardiac surgeon, Kevin Accola M.D., and chiropractic saved my life. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Touching thousands of lives with the benefits of chiropractic. WHAT SETS US APART: Innovative technologies to complement the fundamental chiropractic adjustment (Decompression, LPG soft tissue Class 4 laser, Rapid Release Technique). OFF HOURS: Golf, bowling, power walking, travel. CHARITABLE WORK: Orlando Union Rescue Mission; National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Lake Buena Vista, Sponsor for Team Gamez Foundation Chipping for Children. PROUDLY SERVING
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CONTACT INFORMATION: 8915 Conroy Windermere Road Orlando, FL 32835 Phone: 407-909-4788 Fax: 407-909-1788 Website: mattiawellness.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dr. Ronald Fulmore, Sr.; Dr. Ronald Fulmore II CONTACT INFORMATION: Downtown Orlando 1500 W. Gore St. Orlando, FL 32805 Phone: 407-425-6578 S. Orlando / Kissimmee 9753 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32837 Phone: 407-270-4661 Altamonte Springs 781 Maitland Ave. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 Phone: 407- 339-2888 Sanford 1400 S. Park Ave. Sanford, FL 32771 Phone: 407 -732-7751 Website: FulmoreChiropractic.com
OUR STORY: Fulmore Chiropractic has many years of experience in treating back and neck pain with care and compassion. Involved in an automobile accident over 30 years ago, Dr. Ronald Fulmore, Sr. was left paralyzed on the right side of his body for a year and a half. He had been told about chiropractic, gave it a try and over time began to heal. Dr. Fulmore was eventually restored to 100% heath and decided to dedicate his life to helping others in the same way that he was once helped. OUR PRACTICE: Dr. Ronald Fulmore (Dr. Ronald as he is known at the office) is aided by a loyal staff of over 25 years, including his wife, Denise Fulmore, a graduate of the University of Florida who holds dual degrees in exercise science and occupational therapy and is an experienced dietitian and nutritionist. They were joined by their son, Dr. Ronald FulmoreII (Dr. Ron) in August of 2010 to continue a family tradition of providing excellent health care. He is a Lynn Business School graduate of Stetson University in
DeLand. In 2005, Ron led the Stetson Hatters’ Soccer Team to a Division I Championship where he was crowned MVP. In lieu of pursuing a professional soccer career, he matriculated from Palmer Chiropractic College in Port Orange completing the required eight years to receive the Doctor of Chiropractic degree. “My dad is my hero,” he says, “I want to be as good as him if not better.” Passionate about chiropractic and the patients he serves, Dr. Ron makes his best effort to ensure his patients feel comfortable and help them feel better as soon as possible. OUR PHILOSOPHY: Chiropractic treatment improves function, flexibility and energy flow to release healing powers that are locked inside the body. The health care profession entails something Dr. Fulmore calls a “synergistic balance” between non-invasive health care treatment, proper exercise, and a healthy diet. “Through this dynamic,” he says, “people will be able to enjoy their bodies and their lives in a fuller, more dignified manner.” DECEMBER 2017 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 205
DINE R E VI E W • R ECO M M EN D ED E ATI N G
At Yuki Hana Sushi & Japanese Fusion in Oviedo, Chef Albert DeSue cooks up sukiyaki with seared Wagu beef, egg yolk, leeks, mushrooms and tofu cubes—with a pot of meaty jus standing ready to pour.
Moveable Feast Wherever he goes, Chef Tim Keating raises the level of culinary excellence. His latest success can be found at Urbain 40. BY JOSEPH HAYES
URBAIN 40 AMERICAN BRASSERIE AND LOUNGE 8000 Via Dellagio Way 407-872-2640 urbain40.com Entrees: $18-$54
THIS ISN’T A story totally about food.
It’s also a tale of a revisit to Urbain 40, about a year and a half after my first trip and a few months since the chef at that time, Jean-Stephane Poinard, left its kitchen. And it’s the story of a career chef making food his way, whether it is French, Italian or Asian, and making it very well indeed, a chef who has been in Orlando for more than a decade and yet is, in some ways, starting fresh. Make no mistake, Tim Keating is a big deal, and not just because of his 6’8” stature. He has cooked in the famous (and famously tiny) James Beard House kitchen eight times, and has been nominated four times for a prized James Beard Award. He has broken bread with the greats, from Julia Child to Mario Batali, and still resisted the lure of celebrity chefdom. Unless you’re a diner who follows chefs (and there are a lot them; I hear them talking about the comings and goings of Orlando’s kitchens as I eavesdrop on—I mean, casually overhear— dinner conversations), you probably don’t recognize the name, or might not even care. But he’s had a lasting effect on food in this town by raising the level of its cuisine, first at Flying Fish Café at Disney’s Boardwalk, and now at Urbain 40, perched at the far end of Sand Lake Road’s Restaurant Row. Chef Keating brings a lifetime of experience to Urbain, keeping certain very French items on the menu (onion soup and escargot, mais
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oui), going farther along the Mediterranean with others (caprese salad, pasta Bolognese) and swinging far into shrimp lo mein and a killer burger. “The sign on the door says ‘American Brasserie,’ ” he says. “I think it was really wise that when they conceptualized this place that they put ‘American’ up there. We’re going to pull from the flavors, from the melting pot.” Take his bouillabaisse Provençal ($30), a bowl of Northeastern mussels, clams from Cedar Key and wildcaught shrimp in a multi-layered tomato, saffron and fennel broth with a touch of Pernod. The burger ($19) is from intensely flavored Angus steak layered with pimiento cheese, housemade onion jam and Béarnaise sauce, and one of the best in town. “People kept asking for a chicken Alfredo,” he says. “So why fight it?” His version ($23) combines grilled chicken with marinated artichokes and a very rich Fontina cheese sauce. Also tapping Keating’s international fusion is a seemingly Italian dish of orecchiette pasta, which becomes practically French with
Chef Tim Keating brings a wealth of experience to Urbain 40. and diners reap the benefits in dishes such as the orecchiette pasta with duck confit and duck sausage.
SEASON’S EATINGS THE ROUGH-AND-TUMBLE WHISPERING Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is known for a rather loose and, shall we say, chaotic approach to meals. Christmas Day finds a family style offering of turkey, pork loin, roast beef and all the holiday trimmings. The wild Northwest atmosphere lends itself to cheeky servers who may throw straws at you or lead a stick pony ride, as well as the impressive holly-bedecked lobby adorned with multiple Christmas trees (below). December 25, lunch and dinner; disneyworld.disney.go.com
Among the Urbain 40 offerings is the 8-ounce filet (above). Also on the menu is a fabulous Angus burger with pimiento cheese, onion jam and Béarnaise sauce.
duck confit, duck sausage, wilted rappini and wild mushrooms. It turns into an extra treat when hand-twisted troffie pasta from Genoa is available. In his career, Keating has gone from diners on the New Jersey Shore to an Orlando brasserie, with stops in California, Texas, Oregon and New York. World travel has been his training ground, as he has absorbed French and Italian cooking, designed first-class dining for Continental Airlines, and explored the local cuisines of Korea, Japan and Kenya. It all goes into his arsenal and appears as togarashi-scented calamari; fresh pappardelle Bolognese; and shrimp lo mein ($26), hearty and umami-rich with fresh noodles, wild Gulf shrimp and aromatics of mirin, miso, lemongrass and ginger. “I never would have thought in a million years that
a bowl of noodles would make it here,” he says, “but it sold, people love it. Can I get this bowl of Asian flavors and make a broth that soaks into those noodles and make it right? Yeah, I can do that.” Keating had a most enviable and rare situation at Flying Fish Café: heading a very popular eatery with almost total autonomous control over what came out of the kitchen, within a company known for its strict policies. It was sort of like the Liechtenstein of restaurants, an independent microstate surrounded by a giant power, but without the mountains. It was satisfying enough that the chef stayed for 10 years, and isolated enough that, like Liechtenstein, unless you went there, you didn’t know much about who was in charge. The comfortable status quo changed in January 2016, when Keating left Disney. He fielded offers until this year, when Jaafar Choufani, who owns Urbain 40 and Paradiso 37 at Disney Springs, asked him to direct and revamp both operations. And then, two days after Keating’s arrival, Chef Poinard resigned,
which left Keating to run the Urbain kitchen. Since then, Keating has flown to Morocco to teach the crown prince’s staff how to make char-crusted steak and Texas barbecue, and perused the Paradiso menu with an idea of updates. And he has re-entered the larger public eye, hopefully garnering the attention he deserves. When you eat at Urbain 40 now, you’re benefiting from years of experience brought by a selftaught kitchen alchemist. It is sure to be a satisfying visit.
Playing in the Band
EVE...NEW YEAR’S EVE, with James Bond at the Enzian theater’s themed shindig. The hors d ’oeuvres and open bar menu lasts into the wee hours, with prizes for the best Bondian costume. December 31, 8 p.m. enzian.org AND WHEN THE family has left and you’re feeling a bit worn out from midnight merriment, what could be more suitable than a New Year’s Day Highball & Harvest recovery brunch at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes? They kindly, and hopefully quietly, will serve “chef-attended” omelets and selections from their New Southern-inspired menu. There’s a discounted rate for children 12 and under, although what they need to recover from is anyone’s guess. January 1, noon-2 p.m. ritzcarlton.com —J.H.
Keating often talks about his days in Texas, and the extracurricular activities therein. He sang in a band called the Barbwires, formed by iconic chefs Dean Fearing and Robert Del Grande, which at times included appearances by Steve Winwood, Buffalo Springfield bandmates Richie Furay and Jim Messina, and fellow Floridian Norman Van Aken. Orlando could use a band like that. DINE | DECEMBER 2017 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 209
A Genuine Boldness Yuki Hana specializes in the unexpected, yielding a delightful combination of sushi and Japanese fusion. BY JOSEPH HAYES
YUKI HANA SUSHI & JAPANESE FUSION 3635 Aloma Ave., Oviedo 407-695-8808 sushiyukihana.com Menu items: $8-$45
THE MAIN DRAG of Oviedo is
an interesting place, a habitat for chain eateries, apartment buildings and the odd saloon. Passing several restaurants (including NY Pizza Baby, a name that is worth the ride), you’ll eventually find Yuki Hana Sushi & Japanese Fusion in a strip mall that includes a doughnut shop and a pizza place. Don’t be fooled by the unexciting surroundings. I last wrote about Yuki Hana in 2014, when it had been open for a year. At the time I was impressed by the touches of fusion cuisine that accented the sushi and kitchen food. Now, almost four years on, 30-year-old Executive Chef Albert DeSue helms the kitchen, and the fusion is much more pronounced and adventurous without sacrificing what remains a very good sushiya. DeSue has The Smiling Bison, Scratch and Seito Sushi on his resume, and you can see those pan-cultural influences on his plates. Within an ever-changing menu, his history of dishes at Yuki Hana has seen him roasting bass in corn husks and miso, and hand-curing texturally fascinating cobia prosciutto. For the
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current fall bill of fare, he goes to meals that one might normally find in a much colder clime. A seared duck dish ($18) in shades of deep pink takes superbly cooked duck and adds pancrisped apple wedges to a base of miso applesauce, turning dessert into savory. DeSue’s take on sukiyaki ($28) matches lightly seared Wagyu with a single warmed egg yolk, blistered leeks, mushrooms and crispy tofu cubes, draped in a meaty jus poured tableside. The perfectly tender beef mingles with the rich ingredients (“Don’t be afraid to get in there and mix it all up,” he says), making this a very lush dish. “I wanted to bring different styles of Japanese cuisine,” DeSue says. “This sukiyaki dish is smaller and a little more composed to add a sense of beauty and elegance.” Owner Ping Jiang plans to have “duck weekends” for special creations during the season, and an expanded menu of robata dishes. Japanese robata grills, which sear at temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees over oak charcoal, are actually older than
Above and Beyond Special items appear continually on this ever-changing menu. Tuesdays are for ramen, with hand-pulled noodles and a pork, chicken and beef broth refined over months of practice for clarity and flavor. And as ingredients and seasons come and go, the restaurant also wants to increase its popular omakase “chef’s choice” plates.
Artists at work: Chefs Albert DeSue (left) and Steven Phan prepare the house-cured salmon, with avocado, shallots and edamame cream.
sushi itself; the results on the menu include applewood bacon-wrapped scallops ($18) and fragrant charred octopus ($13). Sous chef Steven Phan has worked at Sushi Pop and Kabooki Sushi, both places giving him intense exposure to less familiar and sometimes unconventional dishes. I loved the simplicity of an offering called battera ($12), an unusual sushi from Osaka of vinegared Norwegian mackerel, layered atop a block of rice and then pressed into minimalist rectangles. A presentation of artistic pinches of pale coral fish atop a charcoal plate made the house-cured salmon ($15) almost too pretty to disturb. Smoked salmon, wrapped around slivers of avocado and accented by dots of edamame cream and lovely, tart pickled shallots appeared delicate and fresh—do you attempt the juggling of chopsticks, or just dive in with your hands? Our waiter admitted to wiping the plate with a finger (on his own time, of course), which might be the easiest way. “Vietnamese sashimi” ($13) is almost a summer roll sushi, made of salmon, tuna and yellowtail wrapped in lettuce and rice paper. I was thrown off by a topping of tomato (sorry), but the fish was wonderful. Yuki Hana, along with its relatively close stylistic neighbor, Sushi Pop, continues to explore the boundaries of Japanese cooking. And we’re all the happier for it.
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Chef & Restaurant SPOTLIGHT
Luis Taborda, Chef de Cuisine LOCATION AND CONTACT INFO The Venetian Chop House 8101 World Centre Drive Orlando, FL 32821 Phone: 407-238-8060 HOURS: Monday-Saturday, 5:30-10 p.m. Maitre d’ – Gerry Ovesen
Chef Luis Taborda’s life has always been centered around the kitchen. Born and raised in Colombia and one of 12 children, Chef Taborda nurtured his passion for cooking while preparing daily meals with his entire family. He spent many hours with his mother and grandmother making memories around the family table. Before joining Caribe Royale, Chef Taborda attended the Cena Culinary Academy. Following his education, Chef Taborda completed his culinary internship at the Seaside Grill in Boston. He has worked for Trattoria Il Panino Italian restaurant and spent ﬁve years at Morton’s Prime Steakhouse in Boston, where he received valuable training with the classic American steakhouse. Chef Taborda began his career at Caribe Royale in 2006 as Assistant Sous Chef. After serving in this role for ﬁve years, he was promoted to Chef de Cuisine at The Venetian Room, and under his leadership the
restaurant continued to earn the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award for its 9th and 10th consecutive years. He was instrumental in assisting Executive Chef Vincent Posada with transitioning The Venetian Room into the contemporary steakhouse concept, The Venetian Chop House. The Venetian Chop House continues to garner numerous culinary awards, including the AAA Four Diamond. Several of The Venetian Room’s most popular dishes such as the famous Lobster Bisque with cream of lobster and sherry baked with puff pastry, and the Lump Crab Cake with Pommery creamy mustard sauce were incorporated into the new menu concept. The Venetian Chop House serves the freshest signature cuts of premium black angus beef, hand selected and aged steaks, chops and seafood, each artfully presented and accented by an exceptional wine list and freshly made desserts and souffles. The Venetian Chop House is truly a foodie’s favorite.
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Boma-Flavors of Africa Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, 2901 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista 407-939-3463. disneyworld.disney.go.com B, D daily. At buffet-style Boma, African-influenced foods span the continent from the Mediterranean to South Africa. To their credit, chefs at Boma prepare every item fresh every day. The breakfast selctions are superb. $$-$$$ Jiko-The Cooking Place Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, 2901 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista 407-939-3463. disneyworld.disney.go.com D nightly. Wood-burning ovens and traditional cooking styles infuse Jiko with the diverse flavors of Africa. Everything on the exotic menu, from East African curries to Moroccan savory pastries, will please. $$$$ Ẃ Sanaa Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Kidani Village, 2901 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista 407-939-3463. disneyworld.disney.go.com. L-D daily. Sanaa’s focus on the foods of East Africa makes for a mouth-watering trip. Flavors of India, Portugal and Europe infuse the menu, with many dishes served as multi-item samplers. Pair the short ribs or the smoky, mildly spicy perfection of tandoori chicken with little-known wines from Indian vineyards. $$$ Ẃ
%903 Mills Market 903 S. Mills Ave., Orlando 407-898-4392. 903millsmarketcafe.com B-L-D daily. This simple little neighborhood eatery is a great place to stop for the “The EMT,’’ awarded the Critic’s Pick as Best Sandwich in our 2017 Dining Awards. It’s a concoction of breaded eggplant, melted mozzarella, sliced tomatoes and pesto served in a toasted club roll. 903 also has a selection of 100 craft beers, along with weeknight dinner specials, including Meatloaf Mondays. $ Artist Point Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, 901 Timberline Drive, Lake Buena Vista 407-939-3463. disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining D daily. A fantastic lodge setting combines with flavors of the Northwest to make this restaurant a prime Disney draw. The menu mainstay is the Chinook cedar plank salmon; seasonal items include bison, venison and diver scallops. The wine list, exclusive to Oregon and Washington State vineyards, offers some great Willamette Valley and Red Mountain labels. $$$$ Ẃ %Beth’s Burger Bar 24 E. Washington St. Orlando 407-650-4950; 5145 S. Orange Ave., Edgewood 407-888-1190; 9938 Universal Blvd., Orlando 407-888-1190. bethsburgerbar.com L-D daily. Winner of Best Local Burger in our 2016 and 2017 Dining Awards. Owner Beth Steele and her crew offer an impressive array of mouthwatering creations in an informal, welcoming atmosphere. The Peanut Butter Burger is truly tasty, topped with grilled onions, cheddar cheese and A1 sauce. And if you dare, order the Double D Challenge—a four-patty burger featuring eight slices of bacon and five different cheeses. Win a T-shirt if you fin-
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ish it! $-$$ California Grill Disney’s Contemporary Resort, 4600 North World Drive, 15th Floor, Lake Buena Vista 407-939-3463. disneyworld.disney.go.com D nightly. The venerable Disney gem underwent a major makeover a few years ago, but the incredible views and abundant wine selections have ramained. The menu changes daily, but some things are constant: Pork Two Ways features grilled tenderloin and pork belly served with goat cheese polenta; the beef filet from the searing wood oven is also a standout. There’s a 10- to 14-course sushi bar extravaganza nightly for a limited number of diners. $$$$ Ẃ %Chef’s Table at the Edgewater 99 W. Plant St., Winter Garden 407-230-4837. chefstableattheedgewater.com D nightly. Chef-owner Kevin Tarter is on view whenever he steps into his kitchen in this nine-table, prix-fixe restaurant, a winner of numerous Orlando magazine 2017 Dining Awards, from Best Service to Best Chef’s Table. While it’s impossible to nail down one goto dish on his changeable menu, Tarter has a fine hand with the grill. The ribeye or lamb won’t let you down. $$$$ Ẃ Copper Canyon Grill Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Orlando 407-363-3933. ccgrill.com L-D daily. This restaurant offers up full-flavored American cuisine made from scratch daily with an emphasis on fresh and bold tastes. The menu features classics like meatloaf and hickory grilled steaks but also puts a spin on other staples like skillet-baked cornbread. $$-$$$$ Dexter’s Three Orlando-area locations. dexwine. com L-D daily; BR Sat.-Sun.; These combination art gallery, chill-out hangout and neighborhood fixture cafés offer signature sandwiches and immense pasta bowls and entrées. Our 2016 Readers’ Choice for Best Live Music. $$ Ẃ %Earls Kitchen+Bar The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando 407-345-8260. earls.ca L-D daily, BR Sat.-Sun. This upscale casual chain, voted Best New Restaurant and Best Happy Hour in our 2017 readers poll, offers delicious diversity in its menu, crafted by Chef Simon Zanotto. Try the avocado “Super Toast,’’ the combo platter of ribs and chicken, the bacon cheddar burger, or the Korean bibimbap of fresh and pickled veggies in a stone rice bowl. The impressive cocktail menu includes Bees Knees, a concoction of Aviation gin, Cointreau, bitters, lemon and honey. $$-$$$ Ẃ Ember 42 W. Central Blvd., Orlando 407-849-5200. emberorlando.com L-D daily. Enjoy appetizers and cocktails downtown at this upscale bar. Flatbreads, sliders and salads fill the menu as well as daily specials. Exposed brick and a rich color scheme add to the cozy atmosphere. Dine inside near the main bar or outside in the courtyard. $-$$ Ẃ Everglades Restaurant Rosen Centre, 9840 International Drive, Orlando 407-996-9840 ext. 3610. evergladesrestaurant.com D nightly. Nestled in a sprawling hotel complex and aimed at cele-
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brating regional Florida food, Everglades specializes in prime steaks and seafood as well as more unusual items such as gator chowder and marinated buffalo. $$$ Ẃ %Farm & Haus 3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando. farmandhaus.com. D Mon-Thu. If you’re too busy prepare dinner, just order online and Farm & Haus will cook and deliver it, or you can pick it up at East End Market. The menu, which changes weekly, has included slow-cooked lamb with braised fennel and oranges over couscous; English pea and smoked country ham risotto; and brown butter carrot cake. Winner of Readers’ Choice award for Best Kept Secret and Best Takeout in our 2017 dining poll. $-$$ Graffiti Junktion 700 E. Washington St., Thornton Park 407-426-9503; 2401 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 407-377-1961 and eight other Orlando area locations. graffitijunktion.com L-D daily; BR Sun. Graffiti Junktion specializes in burgers. Items like the Iron City Burger (topped with a fried egg and Canadian bacon among more traditional toppings like American cheese and onions) are complemented by daily happy hour specials and themed nights throughout the week. $-$$ %Hillstone 215 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park 407740-4005. hillstone.com L-D daily. Grilling is king here, whether the choice is steak, fish, chops or chicken. The hardwood-grilled trout, pork ribs and cheeseburger are among the standouts—as is the marvelous lakeside setting, which ranked as tops among readers for outdoor dining in our 2017 Dining Awards poll. $$-$$$$ %Keke’s Breakfast Café Multiple Orlandoarea locations. kekes.com B-L daily. Voted Best Breakfast by readers in our 2016 and 2017 Dining Awards poll, this Orlando-based chain has more than a dozen local outlets offering a wide selection of pancakes (enormous), waffles, French toast, omelets, egg combos and more. $ LakeHouse Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, 1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando. 407-239-4240. grandcypress.regency.hyatt.com B-L-D daily This resort hotel’s newest restaurant features a huge selection of light-to-hearty offerings throughout the day, including a breakfast buffet. Among the dinner menu items: chicken pot pie, K.C. bone-in strip steak, grilled cauliflower steak, and shrimp & grits. $$-$$$$. Marlow’s Tavern Four Orlando-area locations. marlowstavern.com L-D daily. This cozy tavern puts a gourmet spin on classic American cuisine and offers a wide selection of beers. Try one of their popular cheeseburgers, the blackened fish tacos, or white cheddar shrimp and grits. Among the desserts is the fried banana split. $$ . Maxine’s on Shine 337 N. Shine Ave., Orlando 407-674-6841. maxinesonshine.com L Fri.-Sun.; D Tue.-Sun.; BR Sun. This casual bistro is full of quirky charm, with a menu ranging from bar snacks to full entrees emphasizing seafood. Outdoor seating, live music, an interesting wine list
and the presence of delightful proprietors add up to everything you should expect from a local restaurant. $$-$$$. Ẃ North Quarter Tavern 861 N. Orange Ave., Orlando 407-757-0930. northquartertavern.com L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat.; BR Sun. The bar has definitely been raised on bar food at this sociable uptown establishment, with mouthwatering takes on fried chicken, homemade fish dip and Reuben sandwiches. A must-have is the poutine: housecut fries smothered with rich duck gravy, smoked beef and pork, and cheese curds. $-$$$ The Outpost Neighborhood Kitchen 2603 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 407-930-6282. outpostcollegepark.com L-D Tue.-Sun.; BR Sun. At this eatery, virtually everything is house-made, including condiments and sauces. The shrimp and grits are superb, featuring white cheddar and Parmesan along with a spicy Cajun brown butter sauce and chorizo. The enormous Ericsson smoked pork ribs are cut St. Louis style and covered in a smokysweet sauce. $$-$$$ The Parkview 136 S. Park Ave., Winter Park 407647-9103. facebook.com/TheParkviewWP L-D daily, BR Sat.-Sun. This self-described “neighborhood joint’’ excels with most menu ventures, especially at brunch, with items such as the pastrami tartine—an open-faced sandwich of house-cured beef and poached egg on a batard—and a variety of frittatas, the best being the mélange of savory mushrooms, broccolini and goat cheese. There are plenty of national and local brews on tap, along with an extensive wine list, and The Parkview features live jazz and indie music nights. $$-$$$ Ẃ %The Ravenous Pig 565 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park 407-628-2333. theravenouspig.com L-D daily. Chefs Julie and James Petrakis, both Orlando-area natives who trained at the Culinary Institute of America, showcase the “gastropub” phenomenon with an ever-changing menu that includes fare like seared foie gras, pork porterhouse, mushroom cannelloni and the Ellensburg Lamb Noisette with royal trumpet mushrooms. Voted by readers for severral years running as “Restaurant that Says Orlando Area Best.’’ $$$ Ẃ RusTeak 2625 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 407540-1100 rusteakwinebar.com L-D Mon.-Sat. This popular College Park gathering place boasts a prodigious range of offerings, from steaks and flatbreads to tasty burgers and salads. RusTeak offers a sizable wine list and a wide variety of craft cocktails. $$-$$$. Ẃ Seasons 52 Plaza Venezia, 7700 Sand Lake Road, Dr. Phillips 407-354-5212; 463 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs 407-767-1252. seasons52.com L-D daily. Like the food it serves, this Darden upscale chain remains as fresh as the day it opened. Most dishes are under 475 calories, and what flavorful calories they are: from the caramelized sea scallops with lemon risotto and roasted asparagus, to the wood-roasted pork tenderloin with sweet potato mash and spring vegetables. The wine list is just as impressive. $$$ Ẃ %Se7en Bites 617 N. Primrose Drive, Orlando 407-203-0727. se7enbites.com B-L Tue.-Sun. Baker and pie maker Trina Gregory-Propst likes to push the limits of food as you know it, and her popular neighborhood breakfast and lunch destination recently moved into bigger digs a few blocks up Primrose. Se7en Bites’ creations include hand-made moonpies, cupcakes, luscious biscuits and gravy, statuesque cakes and a chicken pot pie
with a perfect crust. The salted caramel chocolate pecan pie is a thing of beauty. Winner of our 2017’s Critic’s Choice for Best Breakfast. $ Slate 8323 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando 407500-7528. slateorlando.com L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.Sat., BR Sat.-Sun. The menu at this Restaurant Row spot ranges from pasta and pizza to a selection of eye-opening entrees. Start with pimento cheese hush puppies, then move to main dishes like hearth-roasted snapper with cornmeal spoonbread, or smoked brisket with brown sugar chili rub, house bacon and roasted rutabaga-potato hash. Sweet endings include lemon berry trifle, and rum raisin bread pudding. $$-$$$$ Ẃ The Smiling Bison 107 N. Magnolia Ave., Sanford 407-915-6086. thesmilingbison.com L Wed.-Sat., D Tue.-Sat. The highlight here is house-made charcuterie—smoked kielbasa, sweet curry sausage and, of course, the bison burger. Menu items include the boneless pork chop with kumquat marmalade, the Duck Lover’s Pizza with duck ham, sausage and confit, and cheddar-bacon fat biscuits. $$-$$$. Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes Multiple Orlando-area locations. souplantation.com. L-D daily. A remarkable array of salads and soups, allowing for much healthy eating but also providing for a bit of a splurge (such as pizza or ice cream) if desired. $-$$ Swine & Sons Provisions 595 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park 407-636-7601. swineandsons.com BL-D Mon.-Sat. Lexie and Rhys Gawlak are the proprietors of this grocery-eatery, providing housemade sausages, terrines and bacon, along with tasty sandwiches like the Southern Cuban and the ribeye hotdog. The Swine’s breakfast includes the eggs on a bun (fried eggs, bacon and tomato jam) and avocado toast. $-$$ %The Tap Room at Dubsdread 549 W. Par Street, Orlando 407-650-0100. taproomatdubsdread.com L-D daily. BR Sun. Nestled within the picturesque Dubsdread Golf Course, The Tap Room offers casual, yet sophisticated, American fare. Fresh fish, hand-cut steaks, pastas and the award-winning Tap Room Classic Cheeseburger are some of the College Park restaurant’s best menu items. You can dine inside or out on the veranda, which offers views of the golf course. The Readers’ Choice selection for Best Neighborhod Restaurant in our 2017 Dining Awards. $$-$$$ Ẃ %Tony Roma’s 8560 International Drive, Orlando. 407-248-0094. tonyromas.com L-D daily At this recently remodeled location, there are ribs aplenty (basted with your choice of four sauces, including a Maker’s Mark bourbon variety). But this casual dining mainstay also boasts a variety of steaks, seafood, chicken, burgers and salads. Mix and match items include the filet medallions and ribs combo. Our 2017 Readers’ Choice winner of Best Place to Take the Kids. $$-$$$ Ẃ TR Fire Grill 1035 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park. 407-708-3600. trfiregrill.com L-D daily, BR Sat.Sun. Chef Bob Gallagher offers tasty cuisine like chicken & waffles infused with bacon dust and white Wisconsin cheddar cheese; cherry wood smoked duck tacos; and Salmon & Zoodles (zucchini pasta, asparagus, sweety drop peppers, green apples, Feta cheese and pistachio Romesco sauce. Brunch selections on Saturday and Sunday include red velvet pancakes, and chicken and waffles. “Yappy Hour’’ from noon to 4 on Sundays features fresh-made treats for pooches. $$-$$$ Ẃ
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The Waterfront 4201 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando 407-866-0468. facebook.com/thewaterfrontorlando L-D daily; BR Sun. This reinvented lakeside spot boasts an impressive quartet of veteran local chefs at the helm—Pat Kennedy, Matt Wall, A.J. Haines and Alex Meyer. Among the standouts are the Waterfront Burger, with hand-ground chuck, house-cured bacon, Swiss and blue cheese and caramelized onion; fish and chips; and blackened catfish with kale and grits. On the last Monday of every month, the chefs are given free rein to leave the menu behind and the results are delicious. A recent dinner featured rabbit schnitzel, house-made sausage, beef sauerbraten and apple strudel. $-$$
Hawkers Street Fare 1103 N. Mills Ave., Orlando 407-237-0606. eathawkers.com L-D daily. Chefs specializing in cuisines from Vietnam, China, Malaysia and Hong Kong put a modern twist on family recipes to create tasty fare like crispy cod with black bean sauce, kimchi fried rice, chicken eggrolls, green papaya and shrimp salad, and wokfired green beans. Inducted into our Dining Hall of Fame for 2017. $ %King Bao 710 N. Mills Ave., Orlando 407-2370013. facebook.com/kingbaoorlando L-D daily. Our Critic’s Pick for Best Late Night Dining, this Mills 50 spot offers a variety of rolls, ranging from light and pillowy to sturdy and chew-worthy, holding treats like pork belly, shrimp and kimchi fried chicken. Fascinating flavor combinations like Asian pear salsa on the Glen Rhee Korean short rib, or shallot, pepper and ginger relish on tofu “Veganville” handhelds, emphasize the wellthought-out flavors. $ Mamak 1231 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-2704688. mamakasianorlando.com L-D daily. Mamak brings the flavors of Malaysia to Orlando. A musttry is the wonton with hot sauce, consisting of steamed chicken and shrimp dumplings coated in peanut sauce, chili oil and sesame seeds. Other winners: pasembur, a sweet potato gravy served on crispy tofu; and gwa bao, a soft steamed bun filled with duck or pork. $-$$ Morimoto Asia Disney Springs Marketplace, Lake Buena Vista 407-939-6686. patinagroupcom/ morimoto-asia L-D daily. Morimoto Asia, a towering presence at the phoenix that is Disney Springs is an ultra-hip vision of pan-Asian delights created from the mind of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Its quirky takes on Chinese, Japanese and Korean dishes enhance a substantial sushi menu that can sometimes be acquired directly from the hands of the Iron Chef himself. Don’t miss the Peking Duck and the Singapore laksa, which adds rice noodles and chicken meatballs to spicy curry and coconut soup. $$$ Ẃ %Noodles and Rice 813 N. Mills Ave., Orlando 407-895-8833. noodlesandricecafe.com L-D daily except closed Tuesdays. Our Critic’s Pick for Undiscovered Gem in the 2017 Dining Awards. The menu at Noodles and Rice is extensive but this Mills 50 spot gets just about everything right. Try the hot pots, Korean seafood pancakes, house ramen or Thai basil fried rice. $ Sushi Lola’s 2902 Corrine Drive, Orlando 407898-5652. sushilolas.com L-D Mon.-Sat. At this Audubon Park café, Korean chefs in the back kitchen create oven-based offerings while sushi masters assemble intricate rolls at the bar out front. The most popular offering, the Playboy Roll, features tuna, avocado and tempura shrimp, adorned with fish roe and roasted rice crackers.
For a Korean dish, try the bulgogi bibimbap—marinated beef and rice. $-$$$ TaKo Cheena 932 N. Mills Ave., Orlando 321236-7457. mytakocheena.com L-D Tue.-Sun. This adventurous cuisine boasts numerous influences, from Thai to Indian to Mexican. Treat yourself to the Indian butter chicken burrito, Thai Peanut Chicken tacos, or Asian hot dogs—Chinese sweet sausage topped with kimchi or pickled daikon radish. TaKo Cheena is open till 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. $
%4 Rivers Smokehouse Six Orlando-area locations 1-855-368-7748. 4rsmokehouse.com L-D Mon.-Sat. A perennial top pick by readers for Best Barbecue, and this year inducted into our Dining Hall of Fame for its famous brisket. The lines at 4 Rivers can get long, but the succulent barbecue sandwiches, that delectable brisket and homestyle sides are worth the wait. Start off your feast with the baked cheese grits and then if you dare move on to the Messy Pig—a generously sized sandwich filled with pulled pork, slaw, pickles and jalapeños, and smothered in sauce. $-$$ Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que Five area locations. bubbalous.com L-D daily. This local chain is a good bet for a quick barbecue fix. Tender smoked pork is sliced Virginia-style onto soft sweet buns. Try the award-winning ribs (available with mild, hot or killer sauce) and the fried okra. $-$$ Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q 2800 S. Orange Ave., Orlando 407-423-9871. cecilsbbq.com L-D daily. Slow hickory-smoked meats are brought to you by three generations of the Reaves family. They offer outrageously good pulled pork, beef brisket that makes folks hover over the plate, and unique sides such as jalapeño mashed potatoes, spicy baked beans and sweet potato soufflé. And free ice cream! $$ Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa 1326 N. Mills Ave., Orlando 407-203-0866; Lake Nona Village, 9680 N. Narcoossee Rd., Lake Nona 407-730-7376; pigfloyds.com L-D daily. Serving a combination of Latin, African and American fusion, this eatery also invokes the Caribbean roots of barbecue with barbakoa, or traditional Puerto Rican smoke cooking, full of rich flavors and tropical ingredients. It’s on delicious display in the St. Louis ribs and the matahambre smoked flank sandwich. Also try the North African chicken sausage and shrimp platter. $-$$$. The Polite Pig Disney Springs, Town Center 407938-7444. disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining L-D daily. The culinary powerhouse that is the Petrakis family trots out exemplary barbecue and more in a locally sourced, artisanal restaurant disguised as a fast food outlet. It’s all here: pulled pork sandwiches, St. Louis ribs, and coffee-scented, amazingly tender brisket. But the Pig also offers delectable surprises like a salmon BLT (with bacon jam and marinated tomato), cracklings, charred broccoli, barbecue cauliflower, chicken salad made with meat from the smoker—and even a housebrewed beer. $-$$$
Emeril’s Orlando CityWalk, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando 407-224-2424. emerils.com L-D daily. The Orlando outpost of Emeril Lagasse’s Creole kingdom, open since 1999, is overseen by Chef Douglas Braselman, who has devised a menu that reflects a mix of French, Spanish, African, Vietnamese and purely Louisianan influences that make up the cultural gumbo of New Orleans. The seasonal
fish boasts an andouille sausage crust and is superb, as is the chicken and andouille gumbo. And the banana cream pie, the restaurant’s signature dessert, is still to die for. $$$$ Ẃ Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen 2203 Aloma Ave., Winter Park 407-672-5753; 494 W. S.R. 436, Altamonte Springs 407-951-6928. tibbysneworleanskitchen.com L-D daily. Using family recipes, owner Brian Wheeler delivers satisfying N’Awlins cooking, with the jambalaya-crawfish-filé gumbo as the standout. Andouille sausage is king; it’s in almost every dish. $-$$
%Bahama Breeze Five area locations. bahamabreeze.com L-D daily. A themed delight that has dominated the Caribbean category of our Dining Awards for many years, Bahama Breeze showcases interpretations of island cuisine, including jerk chicken, West Indian patties, fried plantains, and seafood paella. A terrific family dinner destination. $$-$$$ Kafe Kalik 9029-A Airport Blvd., Orlando International Airport 407-825-3274. kafekalik.com L-D daily. Indian curries, jerk seasoning, seafood and slow-cooked meats highlight the menu. Anything Bahamian from “Mama’s Kitchen” should be considered first. The Arawak Cay sushi bar is an interesting twist, featuring seafood from the islands such as conch salad, tuna ceviche and lobster. Desserts are also a delight. $$
%Jumbo Chinese Restaurant 1967 Aloma Ave., Winter Park 407-657-8878 jumbowinterpark.com L Mon.-Sat., D daily. A Winter Park fixture for nearly 30 years, Jumbo was the Readers’ Choice for Best Chinese Restaurant in our 2017 Dining Awards. The familiar dishes are all here, plus offerings like Duck Polynesian—deep-fried boneless duck served with lychee and pineapple in a homemade sweet and sour sauce. Group dinners are available for two to six people. $-$$ Ming’s Bistro 1212 Woodward St., Orlando 407898-9672. L-D daily. This out-of-the way Mills 50 spot offers dim sum worthy of San Francisco.. Feast on sesame balls, roast pork buns, shrimp dumplings and items you may not recognize (like chicken feet or jellyfish). In addition, a full menu of Hong Kong-style entrées offers enticements—order the duck. $ P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Winter Park Village, 436 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park 407-622-0188; The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando 407-345-2888. pfchangs.com L-D daily. Chineseinspired foods from the creators of Fleming’s steak house, so you know the beef dishes will be good. $$-$$$ Ẃ
Chatham’s Place 7575 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando 407-345-2992. chathamsplace.com D Mon.-Sat. Wooden wine racks line the walls enclosing only 15 tables, creating a cozy atmosphere to enjoy high-quality dishes and attentive service. The few select items on the menu, such as the Portobello mushroom soup and duck breast entrée, intrigue the palate. $$$$ Ẃ Hamilton’s Kitchen at The Alfond Inn 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park 407-998-8090. thealfondinn.com B-L-D daily. At the site of the late, great Langford Hotel, standout entrees with a European flavor are created, including the olive oil poached snapper, honey glazed pork belly, and
ahi tuna served over tomato and eggplant caponata. The watermelon salad is a delicious, deceptively simple palate cleanser between courses. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Jack’s Place Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando 407-996-1787. jacksplacerestaurant.com D nightly. Sample steaks and seafood while surrounded by the world’s largest collection of autographed caricatures of stars and dignitaries. $$$ Ẃ Nine18 The Villas of Grand Cypress, 1 N. Jacaranda, Lake Buena Vista 407-239-1999. grandcypress.com D Tue.-Sat. Contemporary Continental cuisine is served in a refined casual atmosphere with polished service and sunset views of a magnificent golf resort. Begin with the mustard seedcrusted ahi tuna or the wild mushroom crepe. The main courses offer creative takes on duck, steaks, scallops, grouper, venison, lamb and chicken. $$$$ Ẃ The Venetian Chop House Caribe Royale Resort, 8101 World Center Drive, Lake Buena Vista 407-238-8060. cariberoyale.com D Tue.-Sat. A top-end, fine-dining experience within a convention hotel, The restaurant is full of deep tones, cut crystal and a replica of Tempietto de San Pietro in the corner (granted, the real miniature temple is in Rome, not Venice, but then again, the menu isn’t Italian). Inventive and marvelous dishes include lobster bisque under a dome of pastry that echoes the Tempietto, and fascinating pairings like filet of beef with a fennel strudel. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ
%1921 by Norman Van Aken 142 E. 4th Ave., Mount Dora 352-385-1921. 1921nva.com L Tue.-Sat.; D Tue.-Sun. Selected as Best Restaurant for 2017 by Dining Critic Joseph Hayes. Renowned chef Van Aken makes a big splash in a small town with New Florida Cuisine served in a gorgeous setting of furniture and artwork from the nearby Modernism Museum. Start with the Florida spiny lobster and rock shrimp dumplings, then move to the “Korea Town’’ fried Cornish hen. Executive Chef Camilo Velasco also creates a superb pan-roasted duck breast with flavors of guava and mole sauce. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Artisan’s Table 22 E. Pine St., Orlando 407-7307499. artisanstableorlando.com B-L-D daily; BR Sat.-Sun. With simple ingredients, exemplary preparation and a wealth of experience, Chef Scott Copeland has hit on a winning recipe at this downtown spot. The menu shifts daily according to what’s available, but here’s what to watch for: grilled ciabatta and puttanesca, featuring smoked pulled chicken topped with a quick-fried egg; the pan-seared salmon served on a bed of chickpea and lentil salad; and the fish and chips. $$-$$$ Ẃ %The Boheme Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, 325 S. Orange Ave., Downtown 407-313-9000. grandbohemianhotel.com B-L-D daily; BR Sun. Our Critic’s Pick for Best Pre-Theater Dinner in the 2017 Dining Awards. Chef Laurent Hollaender also lays out an amazing array of items for Sunday brunch, from oysters and crab legs, to waffles and omelets, to house-made charcuterie and decadent desserts. Evening fare includes sherry-baked Chilean sea bass and cognac-flamed pepper steak. $$$$ Ẃ Canvas Restaurant & Market 13615 Sachs Ave., Orlando (Lake Nona) 407-313-7800. canvaslakenona. com D daily, L Sun. Canvas is a multicultural mélange of tastes, with influences of Latin, Caribbean,
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DINE RECOMMENDED EATING New Orleans, and Cuban. The pork belly and ham sandwich and the smoked fish dip are winners, as are most of the shrimp dishes. Don’t miss Canvas’ take on mussels, meaty shellfish served in a blend of tart tomatillo and spicy chili. $$-$$$$ Ẃ Café Tu Tu Tango 8625 International Drive, Orlando 407-248-2222. cafetututango.com L-D daily. Go with a group and share, as Café Tu Tu Tango’s menu is full of inventive items—all in appetizersized portions. Cajun chicken egg rolls and Dutch salad made with caramelized onion flatbread, dried cranberries, pine nuts and goat cheese are typical selections. $$ Ẃ Capa Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., Lake Buena Vista 407-313-7777. fourseasons.com/ orlando D daily. Our critic’s pick for Outstanding Restaurant in the 2016 Dining Awards. Capa combines the joys of a true tapas bar with the depth of a premium steakhouse, offering stunning views from its 17th-floor perch. The small plates include ternera beef cheeks, strips of veal draped over bits of roasted rutabaga, and patatas bravas, small potato columns in a spicy paprika sauce. On the large side, the 32-ounce Porterhouse for two is otherworldly in size and flavor. $$-$$$$ Ẃ Carmel Café & Wine Bar 140 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park 407-513-4912. L-D daily. The Mediterranean yet modern offerings, all ordered from iPad menus at each table, include light dishes like hummus and filling entrées like Greek-inspired grilled salmon and Moroccan lemon chicken. Don’t miss the seared scallop and braised pork belly entrée; order the sausage and lentil soup as a starter. For Italian food lovers, there’s ravioli stuffed with spinach. The wine bar offers select pours in 3-, 6- or 9-ounce servings, perfect for those who want to discover new wines. $$-$$$. Ẃ Citricos Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, 4401 Grand Floridian Way, Lake Buena Vista 407939-3436. disney.go.com D daily. Citricos offers a unique blend of Southern European cuisine with a local Florida touch. France, Spain and Italy make an appearance on the menu. For a special treat, reserve the in-kitchen Chef’s Domain table well in advance. $$$$ Ẃ Itar Bistro and Market 7065 Westpoint Blvd., Orlando. 407-757-055. itarbistro.com L-D Mon-Sat. This gem combines the flavors of Italy and Argentina, with Chef Mariana Moya at the helm turning out rich, robust dishes. Try the pasticcio eggplant with Parmigiano topping, as well as the mixed grill for two, featuring Angus beef flank, short ribs and blood sausage. The empanadas, particularly those with chicken and onion filling, are delightful. $$-$$$. K Restaurant 1701 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 407872-2332. kwinebar.com L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. A College Park mainstay of fine American cuisine sure to please both the eye and the palate. The menu changes each day, ensuring that every dining experience will be unique, and the intimate and cozy dining room is the perfect setting for a romantic night out. Legendary server Rocky Mazza was inducted into our Dining Hall of Fame for 2017. $$$ Ẃ Kasa Restaurant & Bar 183 S. Orange Ave., Orlando 407-985-5272. kasarestaurant.com L Mon.Fri.; D daily; BR Sun. Kasa features a menu infused with Asian, Latin and Continental influences. The small-plates trend is popular here with items like Kasa corn, stubs of roasted corn dusted with Japanese pepper, seaweed aznd a citrus blend. Also impressive: the Pad Thai calamari, ribbons of fried
squid replacing noodles, mixed with red pepper, snow peas and carrots. $$-$$$ Ẃ Le Rouge Wine Bar & Tapas 7730 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando 407-370-0909. lerougewinebar. com L-D daily. One small plate leads to another at this spot on Restaurant Row. The menu boasts near three dozen tapas, including spicy Ahi tuna sliders, blackened fish tacos and beet salad. $-$$ Ẃ Luma on Park 290 S. Park Ave., Winter Park 407599-4111. lumaonpark.com D nightly. Executive chef Brandon McGlamery offers fine dining with a sustainable twist, creating a changing menu that focuses on using locally sourced ingredients. Standouts include the Idaho rainbow trout with black beluga lentils and julienned zucchini, and the roasted Ashley Farms chicken with butternut squash puree, cider-glazed Brussels sprouts and red onion marmalade. $-$$$$ Ẃ MOOR Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. 407586-1101. marriott.com L-D daily. A one-of-a-kind dining experience on a 60-foot ship deck within a hotel. Specialty Chef Phillip Fisher oversees the dishes, including creations like she-crab soup and Gulf-caught white shrimp atop Anson Mills white corn grits. The flatbreads are special—particularly the house-smoked duck and goat cheese—as well as the chicken and waffles, using chicken from Lake Meadow Naturals made with scratch ricotta cheese and drizzled in maple syrup-reduced pan drippings. $$-$$$$. Ẃ Norman’s Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando 407-3934333. normans.com D nightly. New World Cuisine pioneer Norman Van Aken is the mastermind behind the Orlando Norman’s, a dramatically designed dining room featuring a menu that melds the flavors of Latin America, the Caribbean, the U.S. and the Far East. $$$$ Ẃ The Osprey Tavern 4899 New Broad St., Orlando 407-960-7700. ospreytavern.com L Tue.-Sat., D Tue.-Sun., BR Sun. Tthis Baldwin Park spot has recently revamped its menu. Offerings include rack of elk, Port Canaveral cobia, Cioppino, duck breast, and cottage pie with braised short rib. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Primo JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, 4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando 407-393-4444. primorestaurant.com D nightly. After winning the coveted James Beard Award, Chef Melissa Kelly and her pastry-chef husband, Price Kushner, opened the Grande Lakes Marriott branch of Primo. The warm, woodsy restaurant offers items such as rack of lamb with figs, casarecce pasta with clams and mussels, roasted chicken breast with lima bean ragout, and pan-seared diver scallops with risotto. The produce comes from Primo’s on-site garden. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ The Rusty Spoon 55 W. Church St., Orlando 407401-8811. therustyspoon.com L Mon.-Fri.; D nightly. Chef Kathleen Blake’s gastropub in the 55 West building offers creative riffs on classic European and American dishes, while sourcing local ingredients whenever possible. Try the lamb sandwich or the Dirty South stew, the latter a tasty combination of rock shrimp, yellowtail snapper and clams. Chef Blake was inducted into our Dining Hall of Fame for 2017. $$-$$$ Ẃ %Santiago’s Bodega 802 Virginia Drive, Orlando, 407-412-6979; 1185 Spring Center South Blvd., Altamonte Springs, 407-960-2605. santiagosbodega.com L-D daily, BR Sun. This tapas-style restaurant, with its art-filled dining room and cap-
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tivating lounge, captured the Best Brunch award among readers in our 2017 dining poll. Santiago’s specializes in hot and cold small plates, with more than three dozen available, ranging from yellowfin tuna ceviche and lamb patties to chicken skewers and tomato and basil bruschetta. $$ Ẃ %Strong Water Tavern Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, 6601 Adventure Way, Orlando 407-503-5000. loewshotels.com/sapphire-falls-resort D daily. Our Critic’s Pick for Best Hotel Restaurant in the 2017 Dining Awards. Chef Carlos Castaño presents a dazzling menu of items from Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Colombia, U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico in this rum-centric small-plate restaurant disguised as a hotel lobby bar. Best bets: the Peruvian Trio, three servings of classic ceviche of corvina; beef and sweet plantain hash; pollo patron, shredded chicken atop fried green plantain slices with a spicy tomato hogao; and Jamaican curry goat. More than 60 types of rum are available from the bar, most in a threeshot tasting flight. $-$$ Ẃ %The Tasting Room 99 W Plant St., Winter Garden 407-230-4837. chefstableattheedgewater. com D Mon.-Sat.; BR Sun. Take your taste buds on a trip to the Bayou—Chef Kevin Tarter infuses his Louisiana upbringing into every dish at this sidekick to the adjoining Chef’s Table. The tapas-style dining includes items like smoked fish dip, fried green tomatoes, lobster BLT, and Muffaletta sliders. The craft drinks are outstanding: The Tasting Room was Readers’ Choice for Best Appetizers and Best Place for Cocktails in our 2017 Dining Awards. $$-$$$ Ẃ Tchoup Chop Royal Pacific Hotel & Resort, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando 407-503-CHOP. emerils. com L Mon.-Sat.; D nightly. From pork chops to Korean fried chicken, Chef Ryan Vargas infuses Emeril’s Tchoup Chop with creativity and Hawaiian twists of flavors. And he does wonders with the 1,000-degree robata grill in dishes like the smoky charred eggplant and vinegar-splashed pork belly. $$-$$$ Ẃ %Tiffins Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista 407-939-3463. disneygo.com L-D daily. Within three gallery-like dining areas full of original art and artifacts from Asia and Africa, Tiffins presents adventurous dishes such as a wholefried sustainable fish served on fermented black bean sauce with green papaya salad; and a berbere-spiced lamb chop fragrant with clove and cardamom. For appetizers, which can be a meal in themselves, don’t miss the black-eyed pea fritters or the smoky grilled octopus. Winner of Critic’s Pick for Best Theme Park Restaurant in our 2017 Dining Awards. $$$$ Ẃ %Victoria & Albert’s Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Lake Buena Vista 407-824-1089. victoria-alberts.com D nightly. Reserve far in advance for Orlando’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant, which every year tops several categories in our Dining Awards, including Restaurant You Are Dying to Visit. Award-winning Chef Scott Hunnel prepares outstanding seven-course prix-fixe meals in the main, very intimate dining room, the 10-course splendor of dinner in Queen Victoria’s Room, and a 10-course extravaganza right in the kitchen at the Chef’s Table. Winner in our reader poll for “Restaurant You Are Dying to Visit.’’ $$$$ Ẃ
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DINE RECOMMENDED EATING D Mon.-Fri. This family-run eatery specializes in authentic Cuban comfort food. The Cuban sandwich, media noche, picadillo—and of course the black beans—are first rate. The creamy flan custard is a must-try to top off the meal. $ Columbia 649 Front St., Celebration 407-5661505. columbiarestaurant.com L-D daily. The oldest restaurant chain in Florida, serving authentic, upscale Cuban fare from sangria to paella in a decidely Spanish, Old World-style dining room. The merluza “Russian style” is especially interesting. Live music plays in the tapas lounge. $$$ Ẃ Cuba Libre Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Orlando 407-226-1600. cubalibrerestaurant.com D nightly. In this massive setting reminiscent of a Cuban hacienda courtyard, chef/partner Guillermo Pernot offers a magnificent menu that includes classic Cuban recipes as well as bold adaptations. The contemporary items include Citrus Grilled Brick Chicken in mango sweet and sour gravy. Classic Cuban items are featured as well, like Ropa Vieja—shredded beef brisket stewed with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and red wine and served with maduros and steamed white rice. $$$ Ẃ Padrino’s Cuban Bistro 13586 Village Park Drive, Orlando 407-251-5107. padrinosbistro.com L-D daily. From the markets of 1930s Cuba to presentday Orlando, generations of the Padrino family have been nourishing people with authentic Cuban cuisine. Try the white bean “caldo gallego” soup and citrus-marinated lechon asado pork. Finish with house-made Tres Leches cake. $$
%Better Than Sex 1905 N. Orange Ave., Orlando 407-761-8949 betterthansexorlando.com 6 p.m.midnight Wed.-Sun. The atmosphere is decidedly sweet and sexy at this Ivanhoe Village spot, selected by readers as tops for Best Desserts in our 2017 Dining Awards. A steamy sample: Peanut Butter Perversion (peanut butter mousse on a chocolate chip cookie dough crust with salted chocolate bark). Or try the Lavender Lipstick, a honey-rimmed glass of Proseco dripping with lavender syrup. $$ Blue Bird Bake Shop 3122 Corrine Drive, Orlando 407-228-3822. bluebirdbakeshop.com Open Tue.Sun. Get your sweet and coffee and have a seat, or order your bounty to go. Either way, be prepared to choose from more than two dozen varieties of cupcakes—including sweet potato, red velvet, Snickerdoodle, apricot ginger and even a chocolate Guinness beer cake. $ %Charlie’s Gourmet Pastries 3213 Curry Ford Road, Orlando 407-898-9561. charliesgourmetpastries.com Open Mon.-Sat. A perpetual Readers’ Choice for our Dining Awards—it won the 2017 honors for Best Bakery—Charlie’s creates items such as checkerboard cake, rainbow cookies and mincemeat pies that have become nostalgic and forgotten treats elsewhere. There also are elephant ear pastries, cream cheese rugelach and real coconut macaroons, but it’s the overstuffed fruit pies and butter-laden cakes that have kept people coming back for 46 years. $-$$ %P Is For Pie 2806 Corrine Drive, Orlando 407745-4743 crazyforpies.com 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.Sat. This Audubon Park gem, our Critic’s Pick for Best Bakery in the 2017 Dining Awards, creates mouthwatering whole pies, hand pies, “pie pops’’ and more. The choices are many, from banana cream to caramel maple pumpkin to—wait for it— chocolate peanut butter & sea salt pie. Get there early. $-$$
The Cheesecake Factory 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando 407-226-0333; 520 N. Orlando Ave, Winter Park 407-644-4220 L-D daily. The menu is extensive to say the least, with all manner of entrées and salads. But it’s the sweets that draw diners, The signature item is cheesecake, of course, and the offerings in that area range from Oreo Dream to lemon meringue to white chocolate raspberry truffle. $$-$$$
Bauern-Stube 8015 S. Orange Ave., Orlando 407857-8404. bauern-stube.com L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.Sat. From the stacks of stollen greeting you at the entryway to the accordion player creating a festive dining room, Bauern-Stube re-creates a German after-a-day-in-the-fields retreat. Begin with a black beer, then try the authentic sauerbraten or hunter schnitzel with mushroom and onion gravy. $$-$$$ %Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café 205 E. First St., Sanford 407-321-2204. willowtreecafe.com L-D Tue.-Sun. daily; L Tues. Our readers’ pick for Best German in the 2017 Dining Awards, Hollerbach’s offers a vast array of beers and such hefty food choices as the Schlachthaus Platte with its veal sausage, pork meatloaf and smoked pork loin. On weekends, you’ll find a sing-along, with people locking arms and swaying back and forth to German tunes. $$-$$$$ Schumann’s Jager Haus 25 W. Church St., Orlando 407-985-1950. schumannsjagerhaus.com L-D daily. The Mulvaney brothers opened this German restaurant and placed chef Ralph Oliver at the helm, and the result is superb cuisine, from schnitzel to potato pancakes to spatzle. Try the signature pork or chicken Jager schnitzel, a tender cutlet dressed in a rich mushroom demi-glace and served with pickled red cabbage. There’s also a cordon bleu version with ham and Gruyere cheese. And oh, yes: There’s lots and lots of beer. $$-$$$.
%Café de France 526 Park Ave. S., Winter Park 407-647-1869. lecafedefrance.com L-D Tue.-Sat. You could easily miss this diminutive restaurant on Park Avenue’s south end—and that would be a big mistake. For three decades, Dominique and German Gutierrez have delighted diners with a simple, subtle seasonal menu featuring standouts like rabbit and chicken terrine, slow-roasted glazed duck and pepper-crusted filet. Our Critic’s Pick for Best French Restaurant in our 2016 and 2017 Dining Awards. $$$ Ẃ Chez Vincent 533 W. New England Ave., Winter Park 407-599-2929. chezvincent.com L-D daily. This charming French spot in the trendy redeveloped Hannibal Square section of Winter Park offers fine food and formal service in an elegant dining room. $$$ Ẃ %DoveCote 390 N. Orange Ave., Orlando 407-9301700. dovecoteorlando.com L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. Winner of the Critic’s Pick as Best Newcomer in our 2017 Dining Awards. Chef Clayton Miller’s goal is to present “approachable French comfort food’’ and he does an excellent job, with items ranging from chicken and sausage cassoulet to duck a l’Orange. Try the chicken liver pate or the grilled octopus for starters. With a creative lineup of craft cocktails and a generous happy hour, this downtown gem is not to be missed. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ %Le Coq Au Vin 4800 S. Orange Ave., Orlando 407-851-6980. lecoqauvinrestaurant.com D Tue.Sun. An Orlando mainstay since 1976, this French
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restaurant combines classic cuisine such as the signature coq au vin (chicken in Burgundy sauce) with Southern specialties—New Orleans-style gumbo and boudin sausage do have French roots, after all. Our Readers’ Choice for Best French in the 2017 Dining Awards. $$$ Ẃ Urbain 40 8000 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando. 407-872-2640. urbain40.com L-D daily. This Restaurant Row brasserie, featuring a 1940s private club vibe, creates exceptional versions of classic Lyonnais dishes with locally inspired twists. For starters, have the Billi-bi mussel soup with its flavors of saffron and smoked paprika oil. Urbain 40’s version of Bolognese uses slow-roasted, wine-braised local beef and pork, fresh marinara sauce and cream. The steakburger is also a winner, topped with Irish cheddar, a house-made onion jam and Bearnaise sauce. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ
The Greek Corner 1600 N. Orange Ave, Orlando 407 228-0303. thegreekcorner.net L-D daily. This Ivanhoe Village mainstay offers an abundance of Greek specialties, ranging from lamb kebobs and chops to baked dishes like pastitsio and moussaka. For lunch, try the gyro or souvlaki. $-$$$ %Taverna Opa Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Orlando 407-351-8660. tavernaoparestaurant.com L-D daily. Chosen Best Greek by readers in our 2017 Dining Awards, this I-Drive mainstay features upbeat music has patrons dancing on the tables (almost), while dishing up satisfying takes on Hellenic dishes at this I-Drive restaurant, which serves satisfying takes on classic Hellenic dishes like slow-roasted lamb, and pastitsio. $$$ Ẃ
Darbar Indian Restaurant 12185 S Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando 407-238-7684. mydarbar. com L-D daily. Dinner specialties include Baingan Barta, oven-roasted eggplant with onion, tomato, garlic, spices and julienne ginger; and Lamb Korma, cubes of lamb sautéed with almonds and raisins and cooked in a mild, creamy gravy. Save room for homemade mango ice cream. $$-$$$ Kohinoor Indian Restaurant Ethan Allen Plaza, 249 State Road 436, Suite 1093, Altamonte Springs 407-788-6004. kohinoorindianrestaurant.com L-D Tue.-Sun. Bombay native Reis Fernandez transforms simple foods such as chicken and lentils into tender, aromatic, almost mystical meals. The chicken xacuti is a must-try specialty from Goa, and the bharta is a creamy eggplant dish. $$-$$$ Ẃ Memories of India Shoppes at Lake Emma, 3895 Lake Emma Road, Lake Mary 407-804-0920; 8204 Crystal Clear Lane, Suite 1600, Orlando 407370-3277. memoriesofindiacuisine.com L-D daily. From crisp samosa starters and spicy vegetable dishes to classic tikka masala and fragrant clay oven tandoori, Memories has helped define excellent Indian cuisine in Orlando since 1999. $$-$$$ %Tamarind 501 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 149, Winter Park 321-207-0760; 12309 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-237-0920. tamarindfl.com L-D daily. Owner/chef Amit Kumar uses slow-roasted spices to create out-of-this-world flavors at this jewel, selected Best Indian cuisine by our readers in the 2017 Dining Awards. The Goan shrimp curry, Kashmiri aloo (potatoes in yogurt curry) and palak paneer (spinach and curd cheese) are standouts, as is the tandoori chicken. Save room for kulfi, a heavenly dessert. $$-$$$.
Fiddler’s Green 544 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park 407-645-2050. fiddlersgreenorlando.com B Sun.; L-D daily. Simple, hearty Irish food and 24 beers on tap draw a young, fun-loving crowd to this comfortable tavern, replete with a massive wooden bar from Ireland. $$ Ẃ raglan road Irish Pub and restaurant Downtown Disney, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista 407-938-0300. raglanroadirishpub.com L-D daily. This Irish-themed megapub and restaurant guided by celebrity chef Kevin Dundon is not to be missed. A sure bet is Kevin’s Heavenly Ham, ovenroasted ham with an Irish Mist glaze with potato cakes and braised cabbage. Add a brew from the extensive beer menu and stay a while to enjoy the joyous music and dancing. $$$ Ẃ
anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza 420 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs 407-260-2625; 8031 Turkey Lake Road, #300, Orlando 407-363-9466 acfp. com L-D daily. The pies take only four minutes to cook in an 800-degree coal oven; other specialties include Meatball & Ricotta, Philly Cheesesteak, and Eggplant Marino. $$ antonio’s 611 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland 407645-1035 antoniosonline.com L-D daily. In the dining room upstairs, Chef Patrick Tramontana offers entrees like Pollo Marsala, or braised lamb shank with Parmesan risotto and sweet peas., while the informal cafe and market downstairs boasts a variety of pizzas, salads, meats, pastas and more. $$-$$$$ Ẃ Bice Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal Orlando, 5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando 407-503-1415. biceorlando.com D nightly. Tucked into an upstairs corner at the Portofino, Bice brings Orlando the seductive pastas, risottos and entrées that have made the chain an Italian favorite in numerous locations around the world. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Cala Bella Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando 407-996-3663. calabellarestaurant. com D nightly. Stimulating Italian fare, including great risotto and lamb chops, is served in a beautiful dining room at this sprawling hotel. The desserts are fabulous, too. $$$$ Ẃ Christini’s ristorante Italiano Dr. Phillips Marketplace, 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Dr. Phillips 407345-8770. christinis.com D nightly. Owner Chris Christini has wowed diners with his meticulously prepared old-school menu since 1984. The Linguine alla Genovese Is a perfectly balanced pasta dish with pesto sauce and distinct flavors of garlic and pine nuts, while Chicken scaloppine al Marsala combines rich wine sauce with sauteed mushrooms and a thin-pounded chicken cutlet. $$$$ Ẃ Enzo’s on the lake 1130 S. 17-92, Longwood 407834-9872. enzos.com L Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. Antipasti of roasted vegetables, marinated seafood and imported salamis begin the feasting at Enzo’s, a longtime family-owned Italian restaurant in a lakeside house. Dover sole, rarely seen on today’s menus, is a specialty. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Francesco’s ristorante & Pizzeria 400 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland 407-960-5533, francescos-rist.com L-D Mon.-Sat. The pizza is primo at Francesco’s, whether you choose the simple Margherita or load it with carne or vegetables. But there’s far trtStandouts include the spaghetti alla carbonara and the pollo Siciliano, a chicken breast sautéed
in a mix of capers, artichokes and garlic and wine sauce. $$-$$$ Il Mulino Walt Disney World Swan Resort, 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd., Lake Buena Vista 407-9341199. swandolphin.com/ilmulino D nightly. New York’s Il Mulino has cloned itself, and the Orlando version is on Disney property. The restaurant brings the flavors of chefs/founders Fernando and Gino Masci to the subtropics. $$$ Ẃ la Bella luna 4886 New Broad St., Orlando 407895-0025. labellalunafl.com D daily; L Mon.-Sat. This friendly family-owned restaurant in Baldwin Park offers specialties such as Zuppa di Pesce, cedar plank salmon, Basa Luna, Chicken Tortellini Carbonara, and a wide range of award-winning New York–style pizzas, as well as a selction of Italian wines and beer. $$ la luce 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando 407-597-3600. laluceorlando.com D daily. West Coast Italian stylings come to Orlando in this signature restaurant started by celebrity chef Donna Scala. Best selections include bite-size polpette meaballs and the Tuscan ragu and lamb. Housemade pastas and high-end ingredients are a hallmark. $$-$$$ Ẃ Mellow Mushroom 11680 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-384-4455; 2015 Aloma Ave., Winter Park 407-657-7755. mellowmushroom.com L-D daily. This pizza place is known for its easygoing atmosphere and quirky décor. The menu includes a variety of specialty pizzas, calzones, hoagies and salads. Choose from more than 40 different beers on tap to pair with your pizza slice. $-$$
%Peperoncino Cucina 7998 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando 407-440-2856. peperoncinocucina.com L-D daily. Winner of the 2017 Critic’s Pick for Best Appetizers. The husband-wife chef team of Barbara Alfano and Danilo Martorano provide a delicious slice of Southern Italy with an array of fish and meat entrees, pasta and risotto. But their antipasti and stuzzicherie (starters and appetizers) are particularly magnificent, ranging from tiny burratini cheese with ripe tomatoes and house-spiced, thinsliced pastrami to fried risotto arancini balls and Calabrese roasted eggplant. $$-$$$$ Ẃ %Pizza Bruno 3990 Curry Ford Road, Orlando. pizzabrunofl.com D daily, L Sat., BR Sun. Our 2017 Critic’s Pick for Best Neighborhood Restaurant and Readers’ Choice for Best Pizza. Bruno Zacchini’s tiny eatery is a draw not only for your average pizza lover but also local kitchen celebs seeking the goodness of his Neapolitan soft dough pie. Zacchini keeps it simple—crushed plum tomatoes and fresh cheese for a pizza subtle in taste and a great base for toppings including hot soppressata, clams and wood-fired pineapple. $-$$ %Prato 124 N. Park Ave, Winter Park 407-2620050 prato-wp.com. L Wed.-Sun.; D daily. From Luma executive chef Brandon McGlamery comes Prato, a trendy, communal spot with inventive offerings like pretzel-encrusted calamari, shrimp ravioli, oak-roasted trout and a variety of pizzas. Winner of Best Italian among readers in our 2017 Dining Awards. $$-$$$ Ẃ rocco’s Italian Grille & Bar 400 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park 407-644-7770. roccositaliangrille.com
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DINE RECOMMENDED EATING L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. Guests can expect a true Italian experience from owner and chef Rocco Potami. Part of that experience, set in a vintage 1940s building, involves indulging in multiple courses, otherwise known as primo e secondo piatti. Diners are encouraged to arrive hungry—very hungry. A standout on the menu is the scaloppini saltimbocca, veal topped with prosciutto and earthy sage. $$-$$$$. Ẃ Vito’s Chop House 8633 International Drive, Orlando 407-354-2467. vitoschophouse.com D nightly. The fine chops, aged steaks, 1,000+ wine selections and Italian flair make this I-Drive restaurant a sophisticated choice. The menu also includes large lobster tails, fresh fish and classic Italian cuisine. $$-$$$$ Ẃ Winter Garden Pizza Company 46 W. Plant Street, Winter Garden. 407-877-1930. wintergardenpizza.com L-D daily. This downtown hometown favorite’s menu is chock full of pie combinations, calzone, pasta, subs and buffalo wings. $-$$
Amura 55 W. Church St., Downtown Orlando 407316-8500; Plaza Venezia, 7786 W. Sand Lake Road, Dr. Phillips 407-370-0007; Colonial Town Plaza, 950 Market Promenade Ave., Lake Mary 407-9366001. amura.com L Mon.-Sat.; D nightly. Three of Orlando’s hippest sushi houses, the downtown location casual, the others modern and suave. $$$ Banshoo Sushi Bar Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando 407-996-9840. rosecentre.com D nightly. Chef Yoshi Kohazame combines the simplicity of a Japanese sushi roll with ingredient combinations that suggest an American flair. The masterpiece of his kitchen is the rice. And he will offer you recommendations based on your previously ordered dish. Top the night off with a Banshoo Sunset Punch cocktail. $$ Dragonfly Robata Grill 7972 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando 407-370-3359. dragonflysushi.com/orlando D daily. Executive chef Ray Hideaki Leung’s 1,000-degree grill imparts a quick outer crisp and sublime taste to squid, mackerel, ribeye, lamb chops and a variety of other meats and fish. The sushi and sashimi selections are plentiful: The signature Classic roll with albacore tuna, whiite fish and scallions is sauced, then baked, for a combination of sweet, spicy and savory. Dragonfly has one of the best happy hours around. $-$$$$ Ẃ Kabooki Sushi 3122 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-228-3839. kabookisushi.com D daily. Chef/ owner Henry Moso has a passion for Japanese culture that is reflected in his inventive menu: Kazan scallops with a spicy green peppercorn coconut sauce, and tempura duck breast with Thai basil sauce. Sushi offerings are equally creative— kokonutsu lobster roll combines tempura lobster, creamy avocado, salty roe, citrus, honey, soy and toasted coconut. $$$ %Kobe Japanese Steakhouse Seven area locations. kobesteakhouse.com D daily. A perennial readers’ choice for Best Japanese. Teppanyaki chefs grill a variety of meat and seafood dishes as well as vegetables and fried rice right at your table. After dinner, indulge in green tea ice cream or fried cheesecake. $$$ Nagoya Sushi 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando 407-248-8558; 5661 Red Bug Lake Road, Winter Springs 407-478-3388. nagoyasushi.com D nightly. At Nagoya, the art of the itami-san (sushi chef) is alive and well with a steady hand on sea-kissed fish. But it’s the kitchen food (cooked
dishes) that shines in these friendly cafes, with the miso scallops a particular favorite. $$-$$$ %Seito Sushi 4898 New Broad St., Orlando 407898-8801; seitosushi.com L-D daily. Winner of the 2017 Critic’s Pick for Best Pan-Asian, and voted Best Sushi by readers. At Seito, owner Jason Chin and his chefs have elevated sushi and PanAsian dining to a delicious new level. The ramen bowls are magnificent slow-cooked, heady broths swimming with braised meats, eggs and superb noodles. Teriyaki chicken and bulgogi, grilled marinated Korean beef, also are winners. The chirashi items are beautiful arrangements of seasonal fish atop seasoned sushi rice—and some of the best plates in Orlando. Also, try the eel topped with charred Asian pear. $$-$$$. Ẃ Shari Sushi Lounge 621 E. Central Blvd., Thornton Park 407-420-9420. sharisushilounge.com L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. The food, the atmosphere and the diners are all stylish at Shari Sushi, which presents a variety of cutting-edge rolls, sashimi, and tempura. $$-$$$ Shin Sushi and Sake Bar 803 N. Orange Ave., Orlando 407-648-8000. shinsushi.com L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. The closest thing we have to a neighborhood sushi bar. Four Japanese chefs own and operate this sushi emporium on the north side of downtown, serving some of Orlando’s most authentic sushi. Extensive selection of sakes. $$$ Ẃ %Sushi Pop 310 W. Mitchell Hammock Road, Oviedo 407-542-5975. sushipoprestaurant.com. D Tue.-Sun. This hip spot is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Giant screens play Japanese anime while waiters dressed in anime or glam-rock styles deliver eye-popping dishes like the Anaconda roll, boasting avocado, eel and tempura shrimp, or the Harvest Duck, served atop a green bean and stuffing casserole. Winner of Critic’s Pick for Best Japanese in our 2017 Dining Awards. $$-$$$$ Ẃ Yamasan Sushi & Grill 1606 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. 407-228-1730. yamasanorlando.com L-D daily. A 2016 Dining Awards Critic’s Pick, this trendy entry on the Mills 50 dining scene turns out fabulous sushi, tempura, udon bowls and mushi soups. $-$$ Yuki Hana 3635 Aloma Ave., Oviedo 407-6958808. sushioviedo.com L-D daily. Chef Eddie Chen, who hails from China, presents exotic takes on Japanese cuisine. Try the seafood pancake or the Sweet Heart Roll, the latter wrapping spicy tuna, crunchy tempura eel, mango and fish roe inside a pink soy wrap with sweet mango sauce. The bento box is also a winner, as is the “Tofu Amazing’’ starter. $$-$$$ Ẃ Zeta Bar & Sushi Lounge Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando 407-597-3600. hiltonbonnetcreek.com/dining/ zeta-bar-sushi-lounge D daily. Whether you’re gathering for lively conversation or to catch your favorite game, this sophisticated hotel spot offers an abundance of traditional and signature sushi rolls, sashimi and noodles, along with innovative hand-crafted cocktails, wines and beer. $$-$$$ Ẃ
Seoul Garden 511 E. Horatio Ave., Maitland 407599-5199. L-D daily except Wednesday. Standard grilled meat bulgogi barbecue, served with all those little side dishes, is here, but there’s also a world of other traditional dishes to be explored. Order the seafood pancake for an invigorating combination of simple seafood and fiery kimchi. $$
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Shin Jung 1638 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407895-7345. shinjungkorean.com L Mon.-Fri.; D nightly. From the grills in the center of the tables to the five types of kimchi that accompany meals, Shin Jung is authentic Korean all the way. Daeji bulgogi is tender pork in a sweet-spicy sauce. $$
Bulla Gastrobar 110 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park 321-214-6120. bullagastrobar.com L-D daily. Bulla satisfies with a tasty lineup of Spanish tapas, entrees and libations. Among the standout tapas: chili and garlic infused gambas a ajillo shrimp and the huevos “Bulla,” a fried egg on crisp potatoes with Serano ham and potato foam. The large plates include an excellent seafood paella, cooked to order with the coveted soccarat, the browned crusted rice touching the pan. $-$$$$ Ẃ Cevíche Tapas Bar and Restaurant 125 W. Church St., Orlando 321-281-8140. ceviche.com D Tue.-Sat. A multitude of hot and cold tapas, plus paellas and cazuelas, are served in the styles of Northern Spain and Catalan in this upscale Church Street mainstay. $-$$$ Ẃ Fogo de Chão 8282 International Drive, Orlando 407-370-0711. fogodechao.com L daily except Saturday, D daily. At this Brazilian steakhouse chain, you start with the salad and sides bar, then turn your dinner card green side up, signaling the gaucho chefs to hustle over and begin serving tableside from your choice of 15 fire-roasted meats, including pork ribs, filet mignon and sausage. Sides include cheese bread, polenta and caramelized bananas. $$$-$$$$. Ẃ Fuego Melia Orlando Suite Hotel, 225 Celebration Place, Celebration 407-964-7000. fuegomeliaorlando.com B-D daily. Tapas are the star at Fuego, which offers a tasty selection of hot and cold dishes. Try the lamb meatballs, blended with sharp cheese, garlic and rosemary in a dark porcini sauce, or the pulpoa la Gallega, featuring disks of tender poached octopus with olive oil and potato wedges. For entrees, the chicken Scaloppini and grilled ribeye are best bets. $$-$$$$ Ẃ %Mango’s Tropical Café 8126 International Drive, Orlando 407-673-4422. mangos.com/orlando D daily. Winner in four reader categories in our 2017 Dining Awards—Latin, Live Music, Place to Celebrate and Late Night Dining. Mango’s dinner show with singers, dancers and a live band begins at 7 and runs continuously through the evening. The “Floribbean’’ menu includes churrasco steak with shrimp au gratin and grilled salmon with mango salsa. Late at night Mango’s transforms into a DJled dance floor spread among eight bars. $$$ %Tapa Toro 8441 International Drive, Orlando 407-226-2929 tapatoro.restaurant L-D daily. Selected by readers as Best Spanish in our 2017 Dining Awards, Tapa Toro is tapas territory, with the small plates drawing from both Spanish and Mediterranean influences. Try the pan con petipua, pureed green peas topping toast wedges with beets and goat cheese, or the pulpo al gallego, tender octopus charcoal grilled and sprinked with picante paprika and sea salt. The 12-seat paella pit cooks up numerous tasty versions of the classic rice dish. $$-$$$ Ẃ
%Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine 108 S. Park Ave., Winter Park 407-644-8609; 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd, Suite 108, Dr. Phillips 407-352-6766. bosphorousrestaurant.com L-D daily. Chosen by readers as Best Middle Eastern cuisine in our 2017 Dining
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DINE RECOMMENDED EATING Awards. Turkish specialties from frothy tarama (whipped caviar) to falafel, along with entrees like chargrilled chicken patties and lamb shanks with vegetables are highlights at this family-owned restaurant. $$-$$$ Cedar’s Plaza Venezia, 7732 W. Sand Lake Road, Dr. Phillips 407-351-6000. orlandocedars.com L-D daily. Cedar’s gives Middle Eastern cuisine the respect it deserves, graciously serving high-quality standards, from a smoky baba ghannouj to lamb kebabs, in an upscale atmosphere. $$-$$$ Ẃ Paramount Fine Foods 8371 International Drive, Orlando 407-930-8645. paramountfinefoods.com L-D daily. Embracing the flavors of the Middle East, this Canadian-based company has opened its first U.S. location at the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex. Try the baked pita straight from the wood-burning ovens, barbecue halal meats, chicken and beef shawarma, flatbread creations, and the baklawa dessert. $-$$$ Villa de Flora Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee 407-586-1114. gaylordpalms.com B-D daily; BR Sun. Make your way around the Mediterranean market-like buffet and enjoy such dishes as Valencian seafood paella, osso buco with gremolata, and chicken cacciatore. Villa de Flora also has one of the more popular Sunday brunches in the area. $$$ Ẃ
Agave Azul 4750 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando 407704-6930. agaveazulorlando.com L-D daily. A bountiful menu ranging from Fajitas de Camaron (grilled shrimp sauteed with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms) to Arrachera (grilled marinated skirt steak, topped with chimicurri sauce). Agave Azul also offers lots of drink choices—as in more than 100 brands of tequila to choose from. $-$$$ %Black Rooster Taqueria 1323 Mills Ave., Orlando. 407-601-0994. blackroostertaqueria.com L-D Tues.-Sun. The farm-to-taco eatery owned by John Calloway—our Critic’s Pick as Best Chef for 2017—and wife Juliana boasts hand-pressed corn tortillas and emphasizes savory rather than spicy. Crispy red grouper tacos—beer-battered fish piled with pickled cabbage, avocado and fresh cilantro—are one of the richly flavored delights. Also try the smoky achiote pork, slow cooked in a banana leaf for 36 hours and layered with pickled onion, cilantro and a fruity, mellow habanero salsa. $ %Cocina 214 151 E. Welbourne Ave., Winter Park 407-790-7997. cocina214.com L-D daily. This restaurant just off Park Avenue is a perennial winner for Best Mexican/Tex Mex in our annual Dining Awards. The extensive menu includes tempting items like fried avocado bites, Snapper Veracruz, Mexican corn and Maria’s Gourmet Burger, as well as more traditional favorites. Also sure to please: an ample selection of margaritas, wines and beer. $$$ Ẃ Frontera Cocina Disney Springs Town Center 407560-9197. fronteracocina.com L-D daily. Chef Rick Bayless, an eight-time James Beard Award winner, creates true Mexican fare, with delights like carne asada, Black Angus steak steeped in garlic and red chilies; tortas, a crusty bread roll stuffed with achiote-seasoned pork shoulder; and coctel verde, shrimp and scallops dressed ceviche-style in lime, avocado and sharp pepper-tomatillo salsa. Don’t miss the delicious sikil pak, a spicy Yucatecan pumpkin seed dip. $$-$$$$
Mi Casa Tequila Taqueria Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando 407-9969939. rosenshinglecreek.com L-D daily. This gem dazzles with Mexican dishes crafted by Hawaiianborn chef Cameron Hostellero. The Flounder Vera Cruz boasts lightly coated fish topped with flaked crab, avocado and slaw. The filet tostada features a chipotle-pepper-rubbed Angus filet atop fried tortillas layered with Manchango cheese and salsa rojo. The giant margaritas are a must. $$-$$$ Reyes Mezcaleria 821 N. Orange Ave., Orlando 407-868-9007. reyesmex.com L Mon-Fri; D daily; BR Sat.-Sun. Restaurateur Jason Chin (Seito Sushi, The Osprey Tavern) ventures into Mexican cuisine in downtown’s North Quarter, and the results are impressive. What he calls “regionally inspired Mexican cuisine’’ includes offerings like tacos stuffed with crispy fish, braised short ribs or pork belly; tuna tostada, a fried, crispy platter of tortilla crowned with yellowfin tuna and a splash of pickled tomatillo and lime aioli; and a stellar Oxacan mole negro—impeccably cooked duck breast with a deep chocolatly sauce, roasted pumpkin and chayote squash. $$-$$$ Taquitos Jalisco 1041 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden 407-654-0363. L-D Tue.-Sun. Enjoy sizzling fajitas, tortilla soup, flavorful chicken mole and bountiful burritos, with musicians playing on weekends. $$ Tijuana Flats Multiple area locations. tijuanaflats. com L-D daily. From humble beginnings in Winter Park, Tijuana Flats has spread across Florida and beyond. Using the freshest ingredients—and making an amazing array of hot sauces available— quesadillas, crispy tacos and of course flour tortillas keep diners coming back. $
Beefy King 424 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando 407-8942241. beefyking.com B-L Mon.-Sat. Nobody would enter the circa-1960s Beefy King on a whim, but they’d miss moist and tender roast beef, pastrami, turkey and ham cooked on premises and served from a steam table just like in the delis of old. $ %Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria 67 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando 407-894-0865. pompomsteahouse.com L-D daily (open 24 hours Fri.-Sat.). Readers’ Choice for Best Sandwiches in our 2017 Dining Awards. This local Milk District favorite offers two dozen inventive sandwiches and an array of salads. Try the Fu Man Chu sandwich, a wild combination of Asian-spiced pulled pork, goat cheese and ginger-cranberry chutney. $ %Savoree 2 W. Plant St., Winter Garden 407-3475222. savoree.net Opens daily at 11 a.m. Our 2017 Readers’ Choice for Best Healthy Selections and Best Salads, Savoree boasts a varied lineup of sandwiches, wraps, salads and bowls. The Walkers Bowl features brown rice, oven-roasted salmon, carmelized onions, toasted almonds and feta cheese, topped with Green Goddess dressing. $ %TooJay’s Gourmet Deli Six area locations. toojays.com L-D daily. Winner of the Readers’ Choice for Best Deli in our 2017 Dining Awards. TooJay’s serves up thick corned beef, pastrami and turkey sandwiches, along with house-made salads. Comfort food like shepherd’s pie, pot roast and meatloaf also is in abundance. The chocolate Killer Cake is legendary. $-$$
Bonefish Grill Eight area locations. bonefishgrill. com D nightly. From the folks who brought us Outback, this is a casual seafood chain with a sleek edge. Fish selections are seared over oak
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and topped with sauces like mango salsa or garlicgorgonzola butter. $$-$$$ %deep blu seafood grille Wyndham Grand Orlando, Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando 407-390-2420. deepbluorlando.com D nightly. Winner of multiple reader awards—including Best Restaurant, Best Chef and Best Seafood— in our 2017 Dining Awards, deep blu shines with an inventive menu featuring selections like seared Cocoa Beach snapper with soy butter sauce; seafood Cioppino; and Merlot braised beef short rib with celery root puree. A must-order is the magnificent “blu’’ crab mac n’ cheese. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Eddie V’s 7488 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando 407355-3011. eddiev.com D nightly. Seafood is the specialty of the kitchen, where moist grouper simply sauteed in garlic is given the same attention as an intricate lemon sole coated in a Parmesan crust. But steaks also stand out, from the centercut filet mignon to the huge 22-ounce charred ribeye. The side dish menu includes crab fried rice, an entrée in itself, but a must-try is the truffled macaroni and cheese. Eddie V’s also boasts a dazzling happy hour menu, including lollipop lamb chops, lump crab cake, and Point Judith Calamari with roasted cashews and crisp noodles. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ FishBones 6707 Sand Lake Road, Orlando 407352-0135; 7005 County Road 46A, Lake Mary 407-581-2399. fishbonesorlando.com D nightly. FishBones serves just-caught seafood along with aged steaks and prime rib in a relaxed yet refined Key West-themed dining room. $$-$$$$ Ẃ %Flying Fish Disney’s Boardwalk, Lake Buena Vista 407-939-3463 disneyworld.disney.go.com D-daily. The cuisine created by Chef Tim Majoras at the reinvented Flying Fish is magnificent, with the menu adapting to the seasons and availability. Items like Cedar Key clams, rock shrimp and Florida coast grouper take full advantage of local specialties. The blue crab bisque is superb, as is the Maine lobster nero pasta: lobster poached in butter and fennel, highlighted by squid-ink pasta, baby artichokes and golden tomato sauce. The chef’s table, where a five-course handcrafted menu is presented at a “Chef’s Counter’’ area, won a Critic’s Pick in in the 2017 Dining Awards. $$$$ Ẃ Hemingway’s One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando 407-239-1234. grandcypress.hyatt.com D daily. If the décor doesn’t make you feel like you’re vacationing in the Florida Keys, the cuisine will. Mementos and fishing trophies from Key West’s most famous resident add to the relaxed atmosphere. Start with the coconut scallops or the Key lime Caesar salad and move on to the Seafood Paella Valenciana or the Macadamia-crusted sea bass. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Johnnie’s Hideaway 12551 State Road 535, Orlando 407-827-1111. johnnieshideaway.com D nightly. This modern Caribbean-styled dining room serves simply prepared quality steaks and fresh fish to emphasize old Florida and Floribbean cuisine. Johnnie’s is complete with a lakeside Hideaway Tiki Deck & Raw Bar. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Mitchell’s Fish Market 460 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 122, Winter Park 407-339-3474. mitchellsfishmarket.com L-D daily. This chain seafood restaurant, located in Winter Park Village, features an extensive, ever-changing menu of more than 80 items, from Chilean sea bass to cedar plank salmon. Menus are printed twice daily to ensure the fresh-
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DINE RECOMMENDED EATING est seafood. $$$ MoonFish The Fountains, 7525 W. Sand Lake Road, Dr. Phillips 407-363-7262. moonfishorlando. com D nightly. Fish caught that day and prepared creatively defines this large seafood house, which serves a wide-ranging menu in an elaborate, cheerful space. $$-$$$ Muddy Waters 101 S. Eola Drive, Orlando 407843-9676. muddywaters-orlando.com D daily; L Sat.; BR Sun. Chefs Bernard Carmouche and Larry Sinibaldi exel at New Orleans-inspired cooking in a hybrid sports bar, after-hours club atmosphere downtown. The signature po’ boy sandwich is a wedge of Crescent City pleasure, with lightly seasoned shrimp, fried oysters or catfish shoehorned into a crisp-crusted French baguette. Other highlights include the large raw oyster bar, and the smoked trout beignets, which are like fish-stuffed hush puppies. $$-$$$. Ocean Prime Rialto, 7339 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando 407-781-4880. ocean-prime.com D nightly. Superb seafood and steaks are presented in a supper club atmosphere, while jazz plays in the artistically lit piano bar. Executive chef Jeremy Mattson works wonders with fish, particularly the yellowfin tuna. The sea scallops with Parmesan risotto is another winner, as is the black truffle macaroni and cheese. $$$$ Ẃ The Oceanaire Seafood Room Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Orlando 407-363-4801. theoceanaire.com D nightly. More than 25 species of fish and shellfish are flown in daily. The wine list is tailored for pairings with seafood, and the vintage ocean liner décor complements the nautical menu. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen 1234 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park 407-543-3474. reelfishcoastal.com L Tue.-Fri.; D Tues.-Sat.; BR Sat.-Sun. At Reel Fish, in the former Ravenous Pig location, restaurant veteran Fred Thimm takes an upscale fish camp vibe and runs with it. The restaurant’s takes on “fish camp classics’’—fried shrimp, scallops, oysters or fish—are flawlessly cooked, with a slightly salted batter. The fish dip boasts flaked trout mixed with matchsticks of green apple. $$-$$$ Todd English’s bluezoo Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, 407-934-1111. swananddolphin.com D nightly. Chef/TV personality Todd English runs this contemporary seafood restaurant. The over-the-top design sets the stage for the menu’s “coastal cuisine,” essentially a fusion of flavors from the U.S., Europe and Asia. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Winter Park Fish Company 761 Orange Ave., Winter Park 407-622-6112 thewinterparkfishco. com L-D Mon.-Sat. With signature seasonings and house-made sauces, this quick-service restaurant is a must for any seafood lover. The wine list features a selection of California wines to enhance any meal. Be sure to try the lobster roll and the savory hushpuppies. $$-$$$ Ẃ
The COOP 610 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park 407843-2667. asouthernaffair.com B-L-D Mon.-Sat. 4 Rivers barbecue king John Rivers’ venture into fried chicken, catfish and other down-home cuisine has produced pretty much perfection. Some standouts: fried green tomatoes on a BLT, housemade pimento cheese, Low Country shrimp and grits, and chicken ‘n waffles. Yum. $-$$
Highball & Harvest Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando 407393-4422. ritzcarlton.com B-L-D daily. Scrumptious Southern fare is on the menu, including CastIron Quail with Hoppin’ John, and Brown Butter Trout. Other winners are the shrimp and grits, and The Southern Spread—an assortment of pimento cheese, pickles and smoked fish dip. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ House of Blues Downtown Disney, 1490 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista 407-934-2623. hob. com L-D daily; BR Sun.. For a casual bite to eat at Downtown Disney, this Southern-Soul restaurant does the trick. Opt for the fried shrimp po’ boy or the jambalaya, and reserve time for the famous buffet Gospel Brunch on Sundays. $$ Ẃ %Soco-Southern Contemporary Cuisine 629 East Central Blvd., Orlando 407-849-1800 socothorntonpark.com D daily; BR Sun. At this Thornton Park hot spot, voted Best Southern in our 2017 Dining Awards, Chef Greg Richie delivers delicious down-home cuisine highlighted by creative international twists. The Soco Style Chicken and Dumplings features chicken breast, lobster dumplings, local mushrooms, edamame and soy butter. The Korean Fried Chicken is a super crunchy, twice-fried delight. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ
%Bull & Bear Waldorf Astoria Orlando, 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando 407-5975500. bullandbearorlando.com D nightly. Our readers’ pick for Best for a Business Dinner and Best Wine List in the 2017 Dining Awards. Handsome furnishings, including sparkling chandeliers and a coffered ceiling, give the Bull & Bear space a club-like ambience. Offerings include beef short ribs braised in Syrah wine; Chateaubriand for two; oak plank salmon; and pan-roasted Colorado lamb. $$$$ Ẃ The Capital Grille Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Orlando 407-370-4392; The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando 407-3512210. thecapitalgrille.com L Mon.-Fri.; D nightly. Dry-aged steak, doting service and a 300-pluslabel wine list are the calling cards of this upscale steakhouse. Try creative alternatives such as Kona-crusted sirloin with caramelized shallot butter. The classic décor is D.C.-centric—you’ll expect to see a senator dining nearby. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Charley’s Steak House 2901 Parkway Blvd. Suite A1, Kissimmee 407-396-6055; 8255 International Drive, Orlando 407-363-0228. charleyssteakhouse. com D nightly. Charley’s custom-built pit gives steak, chicken, chops and fish a distinctive flavor, and a list of over 800 wine selections makes for the ultimate steakhouse experience. $$-$$$$ Ẃ %Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster 729 Lee Road, Orlando 407-645-4443. christners primesteakandlobster.com D Mon.-Sat. Year in and year out, readers pick Christner’s as the city’s best steak house. Owners Carole, David and Alice Christner serve USDA Prime, corn-fed Midwestern beef and Australian cold-water lobster tails in a masculine, woodsy atmosphere. There’s also a 6,500-bottle wine cellar and an extensive singlemalt scotch collection. $$$ Ẃ Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House 9150 International Drive, Orlando. 407-351-5074 delfriscos.com L Mon.-Fri.; D daily. Offering prime steak and fresh-off-the-boat seafood, this addition to the I-Drive dining scene also boasts two floors, two bars, four private dining rooms—and a wine list of more than 1,200 selections. $$$$. Ẃ
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%Eleven at Reunion Resort Reunion Resort, 7593 Gathering Drive, Reunion. 407-662-1170. reunionresort.com D Tue.-Sat. Situated atop the 11-story Reunion Grande building, Eleven has stunning 360-degree panaromas of the area, which earned it Best View accolades in our 2016 and 2017 Dining Awards readers’ poll. From the kitchen, Chef Jake Brenchley offers 1855 Premium Black Angus filet, New York strip and sirloin, along with 21-day dry-aged ribeye and Porterhouse. All are seasoned with a house-made 11-spice blend. Seafood items include sea bass with smoked cabbage and pecan brown butter. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 933 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park 407-699-9463; Dellagio Plaza, 8030 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando 407-3525706. flemingssteakhouse.com D nightly. With a contemporary dining room and 100 wines by the glass, Fleming’s is a lively take on steakhouses. All steaks are aged USDA prime corn-fed beef. $$$ Ẃ Kres Chophouse 17 W. Church St., Downtown Orlando 407-447-7950. kresrestaurant.com L Mon.Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. Kres’ urban panache attracts downtown’s see-and-be-seen crowd, who fill its dramatic booths to try out sizzling steaks and chops. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ A Land Remembered Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando 866-996-9939. landrememberedrestaurant.com L-D daily. Themed around Patrick Smith’s novel of the same name, which chronicles a Central Florida family’s experiences around the time of the Civil War, A Land Remembered serves a menu centered on steaks from the Harris Ranch. $$-$$$$ Ẃ %Linda’s La Cantina 4721 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-894-4491. lindaslacantinasteakhouse. com D Tue.-Sun. Linda’s has been serving steaks to for more than 60 years. It specializes in steak and seafood, with all of its USDA choice steaks cut on site. Enjoy a cocktail at the fire fountain lounge before your meal. Voted Best Old Favorite by readers in our 2017 Dining Awards. $$-$$$ Morton’s The Steakhouse Dr. Phillips Marketplace, 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando 407-2483485. mortons.com D nightly. This local outlet of a national chain has made its reputation on 24-ounce Porterhouse steaks, 20-ounce New York sirloin, and 14-ounce double-cut filets. Bar 1221 features petite filet mignon sandwiches. Don’t forget to try the hot chocolate cake. $$$$ Ẃ Old Hickory Steakhouse Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee 407-5861600 gaylordpalms.com D nightly. Designed to look like a rustic Everglades retreat, Old Hickory emphasizes naturally aged, grain-fed Angus beef with your choice of toppings, plus seafood and handcrafed artisanal cheeses. The award-winning wine list is extensive, offering more than 40 different Cabernet Sauvignon selections alone. $$$$ Ẃ The Palm Hard Rock Hotel, 5800 Universal Blvd., Orlando 407-503-7256. thepalm.com/orlando D nightly. Lavish steaks and giant lobster tails are this high-end restaurant’s delicious breadand-butter. The Palm—filled with 1920s and ’30s caricatures—traces its origins back to 1926, when Italian natives opened the first location in New York City. Don’t miss the jumbo lump crab cake or the ahi tuna. $$$$. Ẃ Ruth’s Chris Steak House Winter Park Village, 610 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park 407-622-2444; The Fountains, 7501 Sand Lake Road, Dr. Phillips 407-226-3900; 80 Colonial Center Park-
way, Heathrow 407-804-8220. ruthschris.com D nightly. A top-quality restaurant with a reputation for excellent service, Ruth’s Chris serves each steak sizzling hot on a 500-degree plate to preserve te beef’s temperature and flavor. $$$$ Ẃ Shula’s 347 Grill Westin Lake Mary Orlando North, 2974 International Pkwy., Lake Mary 407-531-3567. donshula.com B-D daily. Named after Hall of Fame football coach Don Shula, this is a place for a “raving fan” of steak. The upscale sports bar serves premium black Angus beef burgers and steaks, from the 8-ounce filet mignon to the 16-ounce Cowboy Steak. $$-$$$$ Ẃ Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops The Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando 407313-8625. spencersforsteaksandchops.com D Tue.-Sat. You’ll find modern twists on classic American cuisine at this steakhouse. Steaks are aged 21 to 28 days in-house and beautifully seared to order. $$$$ Ẃ Texas de Brazil 5259 International Drive, Orlando 407-355-0355. texasdebrazil.com L Mon.-Fri.; D nightly. Texas de Brazil is a splendidly executed Brazilian churrascaria. Waiters stop at tables to offer chunks of seared, tender meats, and the salad bar is bursting with additions such as roasted redpeppers and imported cheeses. $$-$$$$ Ẃ
Sea Thai 3812 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-8950985. seaorlando.com L-D daily. Don’t let the strip mall fool you—the inner ambience and extensive menu of Sea Thai (the “Sea’’ stands for South East Asia) shine through. A haven for spicy-food lovers, there’s something delicious for all, from the spicy beef salad to the garlic chili fish to the popular crispy Panang duck. $$ %Thai Blossom 99 W. Plant St., Winter Garden 407-905-9917. mythaiblossom.com L-D daily. Located on the first floor of the historic Edgewater Hotel, Thai Blossom offers affordable Thai food. The menu incorporates Thai favorites and a selection of salad and seafood dishes. Voted Best Thai restaurant by readers in our 2017 Dining Awards poll. $$ Thai Cuisine Restaurant 5325 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 407-292-9474. thaicuisineorlandocom L-D daily. Start with the deep-fried fish cakes or the green papaya salad, then move to a wide assortment of noodles and curries. There are a variety of duck dishes, offered stir fried with a range of ingredients, including basil, ginger and eggplant. $-$$
Dandelion Communitea Café 618 N. Thornton Ave., Orlando 407-362-1864. dandelioncommunitea.com. L-D Mon.-Sat, L Sun. Taking residence in a 1920s house, Dandelion is a local leader in using sustainable, organic and environmentally friendly ingredients. The atmosphere is definitely homespun; having a vegan chili bowl or veggie wrap for lunch here is more like visiting a friendly, local music-minded aunt than sitting in a restaurant. Beer, wine and local art are available. $ %Ethos Vegan Kitchen 601-B New York Ave., Winter Park 407-228-3898. ethosvegankitchen. com L-D Mon.-Sat.; BR Sat.-Sun. Winner of Best Vegetarian from readers in our 2017 Dining Awards, Ethos takes its name seriously, serving pizzas, sandwiches and entrées from an exclusively vegan kitchen. You will feast on such specialties as Sheep’s Pie (meatless with broccoli, carrots peas, onions, mashed potatoes and gravy), Mac ‘n Cheese ‘n Peas, and Bay Cakes, made with
chickpeas, celery and fesh herbs. Vegan beer and wine are served, and a jazz/funk brunch is presented every Sunday. $-$$ Infusion Tea 1600 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 407999-5255. infusionorlando.com B-L-D Mon.-Sat, L-D Sun. It wasn’t the first tea shop in College Park, but Infusion certainly started the alternative vibe in this neighborly neighborhood. A center of the local art, crafting and writers’ scene, the kitchen serves fresh-made soups, salads and sandwiches with an organic and local slant, along with dozens of flavored and exotic teas. $ %Market on South 2603 E. South St., Orlando 407613-5968 marketonsouth.com B-L-D Mon.-Sat., B-L Sun. If you turn up your nose at the thought of “plant-based dining,’’ then you’ve never eaten at this spot beside the 408, selected as the Critic’s Pick for Best Vegetarian in the 2017 Dining Awards. Not to be missed: Chef Shaun Noonan’s Carolina BBQ pulled jackfruit or Celine Duvoisin’s much-indemand doughnuts (“100% egg-free and dairyfree and not healthy at all’’). $-$$
%Pho 88 Vietnamese Restaurant 730 N. Mills Ave., Orlando 407-897-3488. pho88orlando.com L-D daily. Our readers’ pick for Best Vietnamese in the 2017 Dining Awards. The specialty here is pho—broth, noodles and meat—with choices seemingly endless, with 11 variations of beef noodle soup alone. Other menu items include beef stew, stir-fried noodle dishes, and the banh mi Vietnamese sub. $-$$ Pho Vinh 657 N. Primrose Drive, Orlando 407-2280043. phovinhorlando.com L-D daily. An impressive menu of Vietnamese dishes featuring soups, noodles and rice platters, including a standout example of our 2014 Hall of Fame dish—Buùn Chaû GioøThòt Nöôùng, rice vermicelli with charbroiled pork and spring rolls. $-$$. All Saigon Noodle & Grill 101 N. Bumby Ave, Orlando 407-532-7373; 710 S. Goldenrod Rd., Orlando. 407658-1967. saigonnoodleandgrill.com L-D daily. An array of soups, silky and sweet pad thai, pan-fried noodles and caramelized shrimp and pork belly are some of the sights and aromas that await you at this eatery. $ Viet Garden 1237-1239 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-896-4154. vietgardenorlando.com L-D daily. Fusing the cuisines of Vietnam and Thailand freely, Viet Garden garners reader votes regularly for its reasonably priced chicken satay, pad Thai and spicy stir-fried beef with vermicelli. $-$$$
perial Grand Bösendorfer piano, create an edgy and upscale environment for martinis, indulgent nibbles, casual power meetings and entertainment. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Eden Bar 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland 407-6 29-1088. enzian.org L-D davwily. Taking a cue from Hapsburg beer gardens, Eden offers a bucolic outdoor setting right outside the Enzian Theater. Local and international beers and a good selection of wines snuggle up with salads, nachos, sandwiches, along with Austrian goulash and unusual pizzas (potato and bacon, anyone?). $$ Ẃ Eola Wine Company 430 E. Central Blvd., Orlando 407-481-9100. eolawinecompany.com Open daily. Part retail shop, part lounge, the twin Eola Wine Company shops offer an impressive variety of labels, more than 100 wines by the glass and a commendable selection of beers. Nibble on flatbreads, cheese platters and bruschetta “flights.” $-$$$ Ẃ One80 Grey Goose Lounge 400 W. Church St., Orlando 407-440-7180; 180downtown.com Open on event nights; non-event nights: Monday, 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Friday, 4:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Saturday, 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Located on the top terrace of the Amway Center, One80 is a hot downtown ultra-lounge. Its patio bar with a 180-degree view of the city skyline is as impressive as the beautiful people who flock to it. $$$-$$$$ The Vineyard Wine Company 1140 Town Park Ave., Suite 1260, Lake Mary 407-833-WINE. thevineyardwinecompany.com Open daily. With a variety of tapas, lunch and dinner entrées, desserts, and platters to accompany your wine, this spot is more than just a lounge. Sit back with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc while enjoying the live music Tuesday through Saturday. $-$$$ Ẃ %The Wine Room 270 Park Ave. S., Winter Park 407-696-WINE. thewineroomonline.com Open daily. Warm and inviting, The Wine Room offers hundreds of wines. Dozens are available as 1- to 3-oz. samples paid for through a debit system. Selections can be enjoyed along with handcrafted meats and cheeses. Voted Best Wine Bar by readers in our 2017 Dining Awards. $-$$ Ẃ MORE ONLINE: Be sure to check out additional restuarant listings and other reviews in our dining section on orlandomagazine.com.
WINE BARS AND LOUNGES
The Attic Door 28 W. Plant Street, Winter Garden. 407-877-0266 jrsatticdoor.com D (snacks/ small plates) Tue.-Sat.; seasonal BR Sun. Selected by readers as Best Wine Bar in our 2016 Dining Awards, this eclectic spot proclaims itself “the swankiest little wine bar and live music venue around.’’ Relax with a glass of wine in one of the mismatched chairs or leather sofas amid the funky array of lamps and tables. $-$$ Blue Martini Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Suite 1182, Orlando 407-447-2583. bluemartinilounge.com Open daily. Live music, cocktails accented with glow sticks, trendy bar foods and a lively dance floor lure upscale singles. $$-$$$ Ẃ Bösendorfer Lounge The Grand Bohemian Hotel, 325 S. Orange Ave., Downtown Orlando 407313-9000. grandbohemianhotel.com Open daily. Black marble, red stone and mirrors, plus an ImDINE | DECEMBER 2017 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 225
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HOLLYVILLE AT THE MALL AT MILLENIA Through Dec. 24: Get your photo taken with Santa in this fantastical winter wonderland. A line management system allows guests to shop and dine while waiting for their turn with the man in red. 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando. 407363-3555. mallatmillenia.com HOLIDAYS AT THE MORSE MUSEUM Through Dec. 29: Every Friday night during the holiday season, patrons enjoy free admission to the museum, special art demonstrations, and music by the Harpist Bizarre Quartet. Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. 407-645-5311. morsemuseum.org EPCOT CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL Through Dec. 30: Feel the spirit of Christmas as a mass choir sings favorite hymns alongside a 50-piece orchestra and a celebrity narrator. Concerts included with theme park admission. 5, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. America Gardens Theater, Epcot, Walt Disney World. disneyworld.disney.go.com CELEBRATION NOW SNOWING NIGHTLY Through Dec. 31: Disney’s Celebration hosts free holiday festivities nightly in its downtown area. Snow falls on the hour from 6 till 9 p.m. as carolers sing holiday favorites. Paid activities include photos with Santa, a train ride and ice
skating. 606 Market St., Celebration. celebrationtowncenter.com MOUNT DORA CHRISTMAS Through Dec. 31: Experience downtown Mount Dora decorated with close to 2 million sparking lights, plus special festivities. 30 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora. 352-383-2165. mountdorachristmas.com Dec. 1: 25th Annual Christmas Walk, 6 p.m. Dec. 2: Downtown Parade, 10 a.m. Dec. 2: Lighted Boat Parade, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3: Christmas Tour of Homes Dec. 6: Carol of the King, The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9: Christmas in the Park with Snow, 5 p.m. Through Dec. 31: Polar Express Train Rides Through Dec. 31: Rusty Anchor Christmas Lights on the Lake Boat Tour Through Dec. 31: Premier Boat Tours Christmas Boat Tours Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration with Fireworks SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Through Dec. 31: Enjoy holiday shopping, live animal shows and entertainment for the kids. See Elmo on stage, meet Rudolph, witness a live nativity and see the spectacular Sea of Trees on the waterfront. Included with park admission. SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworldparks.com
CHRISTMAS AT HARRY P. LEU GARDENS Through Jan. 3: See the historic Leu House decorated in vintage style for the holidays by local interior designers. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1920 Forest Ave., Orlando. leugardens.org HOLIDAYS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO Through Jan. 6: Christmas has transformed the theme park: Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are decorated for the season in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. View the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Who needs elves when the Minions join Santa in the all-new holiday parade? And catch a live concert featuring Mannheim Steamroller. Activities included in park admission. Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. universalorlando.com GAYLORD ICE! Through Jan. 7: The Gaylord Palms has brought artisans from Harbin, China, to create a winter wonderland from 2 million pounds of ice. Children can also enjoy ice slides and ice tubing. This year’s theme is “ICE! Christmas Around the World.” 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. 407-586-4423. marriott.com/kissimmee PINEWOOD ESTATE AT BOK TOWER GARDENS Through Jan. 7: The 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion comes alive with Christmas color and lights for this much-anticipated annual event. The gardens are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Visitor Center is open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with home tours
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from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408. boktowergardens.org CITY OF ORLANDO TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION Dec. 1: Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the city’s six-story Christmas tree featuring 88,000 lights. The event also includes live entertainment and holiday music. 5 p.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St., Orlando. 407-246-2121. cityoforlando.net LIGHT UP WINTER GARDEN Dec. 1: Festive lights come on with fanfare and entertainment along Plant Street in historic downtown Winter Garden. Free. 6-9 p.m. 300 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. cwgdn.com WINTER ON THE AVENUE Dec. 1: Join in the tradition of Winter Park holiday festivities as Park Avenue is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a treelighting ceremony, carolers, snowmaking and a visit from Santa. 5-10 p.m. Park Avenue, Winter Park. 407-644-8281. winterpark.org EOLA WONDERLAND CHRISTMAS TREE SHOW Dec. 1-Jan. 6: The Eola Wonderland Christmas Tree comes alive with a synchronized light and music show. Nightly at 5:45, 6:45, 7:45, 8:45 and 9:45 p.m. Lake Eola Park, 512 E. Washington St., Orlando. 407-246-2121. cityoforlando.net MICKEY’S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY Dec. 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22: The Magic Kingdom is as magical as ever with its annual Christmas festivities, including a special parade and fireworks. Select days from 7 p.m.-midnight. Separate park ticket required. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World. disneyworld.disney.go.com AVALON AGLOW Dec. 2: Join this picturesque neighborhood for a public celebration featuring food trucks, a bounce-house park, community performances and fireworks. 6-9 p.m. 3680 Avalon Park East Blvd., Orlando. downtownavalonpark.com YE OLDE HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE Dec. 2: The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 64th annual parade with 100 organizations, from marching bands and local police to Santa Claus himself. Free. 9 a.m. Starting at Park Avenue at Cole Avenue and proceeding south to Lyman Avenue in Winter Park. 407-644-8281. winterpark.org LEGOLAND CHRISTMAS BRICKTACULAR Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 and 23-25: It’s a Lego lovers dream Christmas with decorations, a giant tree, Santa and a Toy Soldier all made out of Legos. Special activities include a scavenger hunt, character meet-and-greets and fireworks. 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven. legoland.com SPACE COAST WINTER KIDS FEST Dec. 3: Enjoy kids activities including face-painting, crafts, photo booth, bounce houses, balloon animals and a Santa Claus
WORLD OF GOOD DECEMBER FUNDRAISERS
LEADERSHIP WINTER PARK PANCAKE BREAKFAST, benefits adult and youth leadership
development. Central Park in Winter Park. winterpark.org
IMAGES HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES, benefits the
Atlantic Center for the Arts. New Smyrna Beach. imagesartfestival.org
12/3 FESTIVALS OF SPEED, showcase of 300 exotic
vehicles, benefits the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando. festivalsofspeed.com
CARING SANTA, hosted by The Florida Mall to
benefit children with special needs. The Florida Mall, Orlando. simon.com
ORLANDO REP FAMILY HOLIDAY GALA, benefits the Orlando Repertory Theatre. Loch Haven Park, Orlando. orlandorep.com
12/6 STUFF THE STOCKING CHALLENGE, benefits low-income children in Orange and Osceola counties. salvationarmyorlando.org
DANCING FOR DIABETES, a showcase of Central
Florida dancers, raises funds to find a cure and inspire those with diabetes to live healthy and active lives. Bob Carr Theater, Orlando. dancing4diabetes.com, drphillipscenter.org
JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK, benefits the Arthritis
Foundation. Lake Baldwin in Baldwin Park, Orlando. arthritis.org
HOLIDAY HOOPLA, benefits IMPOWER, a mental
health and child wellbeing organization. Winey Wench, Oviedo Mall, Oviedo. eventbrite.com
HOLIDAY BICYCLE RIDE, benefits New Hope for
Kids. South Seminole Middle School, Casselberry. newhopeforkids.org
12/16 GREG WARMOTH REINDEER RUN, hosted by Sea-
World and Track Shack, benefits Florida Hospital for Children. SeaWorld, Orlando. trackshack.com
CHRISTMAS GIFT DISTRIBUTION, benefits families in need in Osceola County. Community Hope Center, Kissimmee. hope192.org KNIGHT PALS HOLIDAY FESTIVAL, benefits chil-
dren with autism. Memory Mall at UCF, Orlando. pals-ucfcard.org
12/8-10 WINE AND CHOCOLATE, benefits the Ronald
McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. Lakeridge Winery, Clermont. lakeridgewinery.com
HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS, annual toy drive and
holiday event hosted by Guys With Ties. Downtown Orlando. guyswithties.org
SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE, benefits Central
Florida families in need at Christmastime, with family gift adoption opportunities at Publix, Chick-fil-A, The Mall at Millenia and other area locations. salvationarmyorlando.org
meet-and-greet. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne. eventbrite.com CHRISTMAS AT THE CASA Dec. 6: Visit historic Casa Feliz at the most beautiful time of the year, when music, crafts, decorations and Santa visits fill the house with cheer. Events are free and photographs with Santa are $15 each. 4-7 p.m. 656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. 407-628-8200. casafeliz.us CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK Dec. 7: The Morse Museum helps launch the holiday season in Winter Park when it lights up its Tiffany windows in Central Park accompanied by the Bach Festival Choir for an incredible concert. Free. 6:15 p.m. 150 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park. bachfestivalflorida.org WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS Dec. 7: The Downtown Development Board invites you to pack a lunch and enjoy song-
GRAND MASQUERADE BALL, benefits BASE
Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando. drphillipscenter.org
and-dance performances by the Russian Ballet Orlando, Mad Cow Theatre, Docs & Dellas, Dr. Phillips Center Premier Performance Ensemble, and the Howard Middle School Jazz Band and Show Choir. Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park, Orlando. 407-246-3789. cityoforlando.net METROWEST WINTERFEST Dec. 9: Come and “Shrek the Halls” with this free event featuring Shrek characters, face-painting, a showing of the Shrek the Halls movie, Santa and Mrs. Claus, food, fun activities and more. 407-601-2995. 2121 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando. metrowestcommunity.com ORLANDO GAY CHORUS PRESENTS CHRISTMAS MEMORIES Dec. 9-10: Don’t miss the annual holiday show of the Orlando Gay Chorus. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. 318-865-8055. orlandogaychorus.org
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SCENE ON THE TOWN LIVE NATIVITY Dec. 10: Nine scenes depict the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. Refreshments and entertainment at the end of the journey. Free. 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Church of the Good Shepherd, 331 Lake Ave., Maitland. 407-644-5350. goodshepherdmaitland.com SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY HOLIDAY FEST Dec. 14: Come out and experience Central Florida’s largest recurring street party, a monthly gathering with live music, local artists, and both food and beverage samples. 5 p.m. Free. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com SANFORD’S HISTORIC TRUST HOLIDAY TREES & TABLESCAPES Dec. 16: This month’s Art Walk features trees and tables decorated by local artists, businesses and organizations. 6 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordartwalk.com FLORIDA CITRUS BOWL PARADE Dec. 30: This nationally broadcast parade features signature floats made of citrus fruit along with marching bands, specialty units and exciting performances. Rosalind Avenue adjacent to Lake Eola, Orlando. 11 a.m., floridacitrussports.com
SPECIAL EVENTS FOOD TRUCK BAZAAR These foodie-friendly events take place each month at locations throughout Central Florida, rain or shine. Bring your appetite and your own seating. thedailycity.com Dec. 1: Valencia College, Osceola County campus, 1800 Denn John Lane, Kissimmee, 6 p.m. Dec. 2: Four Corners, 16554 Cagan Crossings Blvd., Clermont, 6 p.m. Dec. 6: Central Park, 100 N. Country Club Road, Lake Mary, 5 p.m. Dec. 8: City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive, Casselberry, 6 p.m. Dec. 10: Orlando Fashion Square Mall, 3505 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, 6 p.m. Dec. 13: Valencia College, Lake Nona campus, 12350 Narcoossee Road, Orlando, 6 p.m. Dec. 20: Waterfront Park, 330 3rd St., Clermont, 6 p.m. Dec. 21: Four Winter Garden sites—14441 Orchard Hills Blvd., 8016 Pond Apple Drive, 14213 Pleach St., and 9410 Holliston Creek Place, 5 p.m. Dec. 22: 520 Main St., Windermere, 5 p.m. AN EVENING WITH ANNA DEAVERE SMITH Dec. 10: The film, television and stage actor will headline this event, which includes stories from her illustrious career and a brief Q & A session. Through a short performance and interview, audience members will hear about the process of combining a passion for social causes with documentary-style theater-making. 7:30 p.m. Loch Haven Park, Universal Orlando Foundation Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando. 407447-1700, ext. 1. orlandoshakes.org
SCOTT’S MAZE ADVENTURES Through Dec. 10: Get lost in a giant maze of corn stalks covering more than seven acres of a family’s Lake County farm. There are also mini mazes, zip lines, hay rides, tours, food vendors, a playground and more. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Long & Scott Farms, 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora. 352-383-6900. longandscottfarms.com SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER FIVE STREET PARTY Dec. 14: Central Florida’s largest recurring, monthly street party, with live music, local artists, and food and beverage samples. 5 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com THORNTON PARK 2ND THURSDAY WINE AND ART WALK Dec. 14: Artists display works for sale along the streets and inside local businesses. Free, but $15 gets you a glass and a map of more than 25 businesses offering wine tastings. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Summerlin Avenue at Washington Street. thorntonparkdistrict.com CANINE EXTRAVAGANZA Dec. 16-17: Don’t miss this event, presented by the American Kennel Club and Royal Canin, as the best dogs from the around the country compete for the grand prize. Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive, North/South Building, Orlando. akc.org, canineextravaganza.com 3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK Dec. 21: You’re invited to descend on the city’s Downtown Arts District for the evening to celebrate all that is art. 6 p.m. Free. CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. orlandoslice.com
Dec. 1: Pinegrove, 7 p.m. Dec. 3: ‘68+ Whores, 7 p.m. Dec. 16: The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Rolo Tomassi, Cryptodira, 7 p.m. THE BEACHAM 46 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. 407-246-1419. thebeacham.com Dec. 1: POPTONE featuring founding members Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins, 6 p.m. Dec. 7: XXYYXX With special guest Chrome Sparks, 10 p.m. Dec. 8: The Kills, 6 p.m. BLUE BAMBOO CENTER FOR THE ARTS 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. 407-6369951. bluebambooartcenter.com Dec. 1: Selwyn Birchwood Band, 8 p.m. Dec. 2: Fred Hughes Trio, 8 p.m. Dec. 6: Bobby Koelble Trio, 8 p.m. Dec. 7-8: Blue Bamboo Players presents Boy by Mark Cosgrove, 8 p.m. Dec. 9: The Maitland Symphony Orchestra Presents “An Evening With National Hammered Dulcimer Champion Joshua Messick,” 8 p.m. Dec. 10: Central Florida Jazz Society presents Terry Myers and Friends, 3 p.m. Dec. 16: Smokin’ Torpedoes, 8 p.m. Dec. 17: Vivacity presents xylophonist Heather Thorn with Australian saxophonist Adrian Cunningham in a Vivacity Christmas, 2 p.m. Dec. 20: Carol Stein and Friends featuring Billy Flanigan, 8 p.m. Dec. 22-23: Southern Winds Theatre’s 20th Anniversary of its One Man presentation of A Christmas Carol, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27: Jeff Rupert Quartet, 8 p.m. Dec. 28: Cortez and Koelble, 8 p.m.
CIRQUE MUSICA Dec. 23: The holiday show “Believe” features a dinner, live full symphony orchestra and circus experience. 7:30 p.m. Silver Spurs Arena, Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. 800-745-3000. cirquemusica.com, ohpark.com
BOK TOWER GARDENS 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408. The gardens are open daily from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The Visitor Center is open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. boktowergardens.org
Ongoing: Live concerts from the 60-bell carillon are held daily at 1 and 3 p.m.
AMWAY CENTER 400 Church St., Orlando. 407-440-7000. 800745-3000. amwaycenter.com, ticketmaster.com Dec. 2: Gabriel Iglesias’ Fluffymania Tour, 8 p.m. Dec. 7: Dead and Company featuring original Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir alongside singer/ guitarist John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16: Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 17: Katy Perry presents Witness—The Tour, 7 p.m. BACKBOOTH 37 W. Pine St., Orlando. 407-999-2570. backbooth.com
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CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY ARTS Central Christian Church, 250 S.W. Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando. 407-937-1800. cfcarts.com Once Upon a December Dec. 7-9: Performances by the 330-voice choir and symphony orchestra. Northland Church, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood. 7:30 p.m. CENTRAL FLORIDA FOLK Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park. Donation of $15 suggested for non-members. 407-679-6426. cffolk.org Dec. 10: Nikki Tally and James Woolwine, 2 p.m. DANDELION COMMUNITEA CAFE 618 N. Thornton Ave., Orlando. 407-362-1864. dandelioncommunitea.com
Dec. 7: Wortzinol Trio, 8 p.m. Dec. 23: Sound Traveler, 8 p.m. DR. PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org Dec. 3: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis presents Big Band Holidays, 8 p.m. Dec. 18: Local band Beemo, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 14: Hark! The Figgy Pudding! The History of Christmas Carols. Dec. 15: Composer Mark Looney, noon. PLAZA LIVE 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. 407-228-1220. plazaliveorlando.com Dec. 2: An Evening with Keller Williams, 9 p.m. Dec. 5: Cut Copy, 8 p.m. Dec. 9: Orlando Gay Chorus Presents Christmas Memories, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10: Orlando Gay Chorus Presents Christmas Memories, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15: David Bromberg Quartet, 7 p.m. Dec. 16: The Outlaws, 8 p.m. THE SOCIAL 54 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. 407-246-1419. thesocial.org Dec. 2: Marc Broussard, 7 p.m. Dec. 7: The Werks & Passafire, 7 p.m. Dec. 9: R.LUM.R, 7 p.m.
HARD ROCK LIVE 6050 Universal Blvd., Orlando. 407-351-5483. hardrock.com Dec. 28: Michael Carbonaro, 8 p.m. Dec. 31: Rock ’Til the Drop with Epic Evolve—The Decades Show, 8 p.m. HOUSE OF BLUES Disney Springs, 1490 Buena Vista Drive, Walt Disney World. 407-934-2583. houseofblues.com Dec. 10: Squirrel Nut Zippers’ First Annual Christmas Caravan Tour, 7 p.m. Dec. 15: Rhett & Link’s Tour Mythicality, 6 p.m. Dec. 17: Chyno Miranda & Guaco, 8 p.m. Dec. 22: Reverend Horton Heat, 7 p.m. Dec. 27: Rocket Man—Elton John Tribute, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28: Man in the Mirror—Michael Jackson Tribute, 8 p.m. Dec. 30: Badfish, A Tribute to Sublime, 7 p.m. KING CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. 321-2422219. kingcenter.com Dec. 5: Michael Carbonaro, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11: A Garfield Christmas (kids program), Sunday 2 p.m., Monday 10:30 a.m. Dec. 16: 40th Anniversary of Saturday Night Fever featuring the New York Bee Gees and Rainere Martin as Donna Summer, 8 p.m. Dec. 19: Ten Tenors’ Home for the Holidays, 7:30 p.m. LIL INDIES 1036 N. Mills Ave, Orlando. 407-898-5070. willspub.org Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: BMF Fridays, 10 p.m. Dec. 3: Bingo Bango, 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17: GWADCIP$, 9 p.m. Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27: Eugene Snowden’s Ten Pints of Truth, 10 p.m. Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28: Kaleigh Baker,10 p.m. Dec. 9: Old School Hip Hop Jam with DJ Jaymob, 10 p.m. Dec. 25: Christmas at Lil Indies, 7 p.m. Dec. 30: Moloko Plus, 10 p.m. ORLANDO PUBLIC LIBRARY Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Free. 407-835-7323. ocls.info Dec. 10: Sean Gaskell features the West African Kora, 2 p.m.
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SCENE ON THE TOWN CASA FELIZ HISTORIC HOME MUSEUM 656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Noon-3 p.m. Free. 407-628-8200. casafeliz.us Dec. 3: Vocalist Holly Sahmel and friends, noon. Dec. 10: Classern Quartet, noon. Dec. 17: Alborea Dances Flamenco, noon. OPERA ORLANDO Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. operaorlando.org, drphillipscenter.org Amahl and the Night Visitors Dec. 9-10: Gian Carlo Menotti’s Christmas classic is set at the time of the birth of Christ and focuses on the three kings shortly before their arrival at the legendary manger. Their encounter with Amahl, a precocious, crippled shepherd boy, results in comedy, drama and a miracle. Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. There will also be three special studio performances at part of Opera Orlando’s community outreach: Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Winter Park Women’s Club; Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at Winter Garden’s Roper Ballroom; and Dec. 19 at 12:30 p.m. at Nemours Children’s Hospital. A final performance will include members of the Orlando Philharmonic and Orlando Ballet as part of Gaylord Palms’ Ice Festival, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.
Dec. 12: David Ramirez—We’re Not Going Anywhere, 7 p.m. Dec. 13: Giraffage, 10 p.m. TIMUCUA WHITE HOUSE Live musical performances in an intimate setting with artwork on display. Bring an appetizer or a bottle of wine to share. Check website for upcoming events. 2000 S. Summerlin Ave., Orlando. 407-595-2713. timucua.com Dec. 14: Accidental Music Festival with pianist Sarah Cahill, 7:30 p.m. WALT DISNEY AMPHITHEATRE AT LAKE EOLA Lake Eola Park, 99 N. Rosalind Ave., Orlando. Dec. 9: The Violectric Holiday Show presents a free concert featuring traditional songs like “O Christmas Tree” and “The First Noel” mashed up with classic rock tunes such as “Born to Run” and “Heroes.” The pet-friendly show supports Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Bring your pet and a pet supply or donation. View the “wish list” of needed items at petallianceorlando. org/ways-give-/wish-list. 7-10 p.m.
WAYNE DENSCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. 407-321-8111. wdpac.com Dec. 3: Sanford Jazz Ensemble Christmas Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 29: The Pure Led Zeppelin Experience, 7:30 p.m. WILL’S PUB 1042 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. 407-748-8256. willspub.org Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26: Total Punk Turnbuckle Tuesdays, 10 p.m.
CLASSICAL MUSIC BACH FESTIVAL SOCIETY OF WINTER PARK Dec. 16-17: The Winter Park holiday tradition continues—hear Christmas classics performed by the Bach Festival Choir, Youth Choir and Orchestra in Knowles Memorial Chapel. 2 p.m. 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, 407-646-2182. bachfestivalflorida.org
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ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando. 407770-0071. orlandophil.org Dec. 4: Touch of Genius featuring Randall Goosby on violin and guest conductor Michelle Merrill. 7 p.m. ST. JAMES FRIENDS OF THE MUSIC MINISTRY CONCERT SERIES St. James Catholic Cathedral, 215 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. 407-422-2005. stjamesorlando.com Dec. 1: A fall concert by the UCF University Choir, Chamber Choir, and Men’s and Women’s Choirs directed by Dr. David Bruner, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9: Lessons and Carols of Advent and Christmas by the St. James Cathedral Choir and Orchestra, 7 p.m. ST. LUKE’S CONCERT SERIES Dec. 1-2: The Brass Band of Central Florida performs new arrangements of favorite Christmas carols at this free holiday event. 12-1, 7 p.m. and 12-2, 2 and 7 p.m. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 2021 W. State Road 426, Oviedo. 407-3653408. stlukes-oviedo.org SUNSETS AND SYMPHONY HOLIDAY CONCERT Dec. 2: Enjoy the sounds of the season as the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Singing Tower Carillon perform together. 6 p.m. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408. boktowergardens.org
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COMEDY BOB CARR THEATER 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org Dec. 16: Stand-up comedian, actor, writer, podcaster and social critic Bill Burr performs. BONKERZ COMEDY CLUB Boardwalk Entertainment Center, 10749 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, 407-629-2665. Friday-Saturday: 8:30 p.m.; Otters on the River, 4380 Carraway Place, Sanford, 407-636-6300. Friday-Saturday 8 p.m. See website for dates and information. bonkerzcomedy.com CFE ARENA CFE Arena, UCF campus, 12777 Gemini Blvd., Orlando. cfearena.com Dec. 27: Don’t miss the family friendly comic Jim Gaffigan on his “Noble Ape” tour. 7:30 p.m. ORLANDO IMPROV Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Suite 2310, Orlando. 407-480-5233. Wednesday-Thursday 8 p.m., Friday 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m. Ages 21 and older. theimprovorlando.com Dec. 4: VIP Val Kilmer presents Cinema Twain, 7:30 p.m. 7:31 p.m. Dec. 7: WellRED Comedy Tour, 7 and 9:45 p.m. , 9:46 p.m. Dec. 14: Doug Loves Movies Podcast, 8 p.m. SAK COMEDY LAB 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. 407-648-0001. sakcomedylab.com Improvisational comedy shows, competitions, songs and scenes. Sunday-Wednesday times vary; Thursday 7:30 and 9:15 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. SLEUTHS MYSTERY DINNER SHOWS Audience members solve a crime during the dinner show. Performances nightly, usually at 7:30 p.m. 8267 International Drive, Orlando. 407-363-1985. sleuths.com
DANCE DRIP An in-your-face explosion of color and movement backed by a live rock band—all inside an industrial bar. Dancers perform with raining liquid and sand, redefining the term “splash zone.” Most Fridays and Saturdays 8:45 p.m. 8747 International Drive, Orlando (behind Señor Frogs and Denny’s). 347-855-3747. ilovedrip.com KING CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER Dec. 2: Make The Nutcracker part of your annual holiday tradition. Showtimes at 2 and 7 p.m. King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. 321-242-2219. kingcenter.com
ORLANDO BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER Dec. 21-24: The Orlando Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with a special family performance on Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org
WAYNE DENSCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. 407-321-8111. wdpac.com
SYMPHONIC DANCES Dec. 16: Don’t miss the Young Artists Orchestra’s fall concert with a variety of dance genres, including classical, modern, Latin, pop, jazz and more. Central Florida Community Arts, 700 W. Oakridge Road, 7 p.m. cfcarts.com/symphonicdances
BLUE BAMBOO CENTER FOR THE ARTS 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. 407-6369951. bluebambooartcenter.com
WAYNE DENSCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER Dec. 9: Don’t miss this holiday classic as the Ballet Fedotov performs The Nutcracker. 2 p.m. Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. 407-321-8111. wdpac.com
DIVERSE WORD POETRY Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26: Spoken-word poetry gatherings. 7:30 p.m. Free. Dandelion Communitea Cafe, 618 N. Thornton Ave., Orlando. 407362-1864. dandelioncommunitea.com
FILM ENZIAN 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland. 407-629-1088. enzian.org Dec. 1: Midnight Movies, Porco Rosso, 11:59 p.m. Dec. 9: Saturday Matinee Classics, It’s a Wonderful Life, noon. Dec. 10: Letters to Santa, The Polar Express, 11 a.m. Dec. 12: Cult Classics, Pan’s Labyrinth, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 17: Peanut Butter Matinee Family Film, The Wizard of Oz, noon. Dec. 26: Cult Classics, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31: James Bond New Year’s Eve Party, 8 p.m. HOLIDAY MOVIES AT LAKE EOLA PARK Dec. 8, 15 and 22: Come out for a free screening of holiday favorites at Lake Eola. Santa Claus will visit the Eola House on select nights. 7 p.m. 512 E. Washington St., Orlando. 407-2462121. cityoforlando.net MOVIE NIGHT AT LEU GARDENS 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2620. leugardens.org Dec. 1: Enjoy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation outdoors in Leu Gardens. Bring blankets or chairs along with a dinner picnic basket. Alcohol is permitted. 7:30 p.m. POPCORN FLICKS IN THE PARK Central Park, 251 S. Park Ave., Winter Park. Free. enzian.org Dec. 1: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, 7 p.m.
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Dec. 7: Miracle on 34th Street, 7:26 p.m.
Dec. 10: Parcels MFAs in Progress, readings, 7:30 p.m.
OPEN MIC POETRY Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27: Open-mic poetry and spoken readings. 9 p.m. Free. Austin’s Coffee and Film, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park. 407-975-3364. austinscoffee.com STORY TIME AT LEU GARDENS Dec. 4: Orange County Library System’s storytelling program comes to the gardens with stories and songs. Free. 10 a.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407246-2620. leugardens.org WRITERS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA OR THEREABOUTS Ongoing: Check website for monthly open-mic nights for authors, poets, filmmakers, bloggers and others. Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, Orlando. meetup.com/ Writers-of-Central-Florida-or-Thereabouts, stardustvideoandcoffee.wordpress.com
THEATER ANNIE RUSSELL THEATRE Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. 407-646-2145. rollins.edu/annie-russell-theatre Sense and Sensibility Through Dec. 2: A spirited new adaptation of the beloved Jane Austen novel follows the Dashwood sisters as they navigate life after the sudden death of their father. Wednesday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m. Check website for details as Thanksgiving week may change performance times. CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY ARTS Central Christian Church, 250 S.W. Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando. 407-937-1800. cfcarts.com Shrek the Musical Dec. 1-2: The CFCArts Youth Theatre Troupe presents this popular modern fairytale at Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando. Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 2 and 7 p.m. Multiple performances.
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SCENE ON THE TOWN Forever Plaid Dec. 7-16: This “heavenly” Christmas musical features everyone’s favorite barbershop quartet: Francis, Jinx, Smudge and Sparky. Performance times vary. Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 3 p.m. DR. PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org Amahl & the Night Visitors Dec. 9-10: Opera Orlando performs at the Alexi and Jim Pugh Theater. Gian Carlo Menotti’s charming and inspirational story inspired by the journey of the Three Kings is an Opera Orlando holiday tradition. Dec. 9, 2 and 7 p.m. and Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Book of Mormon Dec. 12-17: The irreverent Tony-award winner comes to the stage for the Fairwinds Broadway series. The musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Tuesday-Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday 2 and 8 p.m; Sunday 1 and 6:30 p.m. School of Rock Dec. 26-31: Andrew Lloyd Webber brings this hit film to the stage. The musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. Tuesday-Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday 1 and 6:30 p.m. GARDEN THEATRE 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. 407-877-4736. gardentheatre.org Annie Through Dec. 23: This beloved musical is best-known for such memorable songs as “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. MAD COW THEATRE 54 W. Church St., second floor, Orlando. madcowtheatre.com Born Yesterday Through Dec. 17: A 1940s comedy about politics, sex and business. Showtimes vary. ORLANDO REPERTORY THEATRE 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando. 407-896-7365. orlandorep.com The Best Christmas Pageant Ever—The Musical Through Dec. 30: Beware the Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, who crash Sunday school and demand to be part of the pageant. Thursdays and Fridays 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays 2 and 5:30 p.m. Showtimes vary.
ORLANDO SHAKESPEARE THEATER 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. 407-447-1700. orlandoshakes.org It’s a Wonderful Life—A Live Radio Play Through Dec. 30: Inspired by Frank Capra’s cinematic classic, this show brings the spirit of Christmas alive. Wednesdays 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m. Showtimes vary. OSCEOLA ARTS 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee. 407-846-6257. osceolaarts.org Scrooge the Musical Dec. 1-17: Based on the 1970 musical film Scrooge and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m. plus a 2 p.m. show Dec. 16; Sundays 2 p.m. Showtimes vary. SONNENTAG THEATRE AT THE ICE HOUSE 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora. 352-383-4616. icehousetheatre.com My Fair Lady Through Dec. 17: This classic story tells the tale of Eliza Doolittle’s transformation from a flower girl into a cultured, elegant lady with songs like “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “On the Street Where You Live.” Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:30 p.m; Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. except Dec. 16, which is 2 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m. Showtimes vary. WAYNE DENSCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. 407-321-8111. wdpac.com Dec. 15-16: Sleigh, presented by Gromalot Theatre Factory, tells the story of a young couple spending their first Christmas together, tackling all the holiday traditions with very different expectations. Friday 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23: Phantasmagoria’s A Christmas Carol. This performance troupe presents a unique adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic with dance, puppetry, projections, music and storytelling. Shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. WINTER PARK PLAYHOUSE 711 N. Orange Ave., Suite C, Winter Park. 407645-0145. winterparkplayhouse.org Daddy Long Legs Through Dec. 17: A witty, strong-willed young woman has a mysterious benefactor, whom she calls Daddy Long Legs. He will pay for her college in exchange for a letter each month outlining her experience. Fridays, Saturdays and select Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. matinees on select Wednesdays-Saturdays. Showtimes vary. MAGIC CURTAIN PRODUCTIONS THEATRE 2860 S. Alafaya Trail, Orlando. 407-282-8368. magiccurtainproductions.com
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Harry’s Angel Dec. 14-17: This comedy about unforgettable senior characters is set in New York City. What could possibly tie an Italian sister and brother, a divorced owner of a failing Jewish Deli, an Irish bookie, and a muchyounger former exotic dancer together? Thursday 1 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. Showtimes vary.
MUSEUMS ALBIN POLASEK MUSEUM & SCULPTURE GARDENS 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park. 407-647-6294. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. polasek.org Captured in Paint Through Dec. 3: This themed exhibition features scenes of Central Florida through the eyes of plein air artists. Island Objects—Art and Adaptation in Micronesia Dec. 12-April 15, 2018: Objects from the collection of local anthropologist Barbara Wavell illustrate the history and traditional culture of the Pacific islands of Micronesia. Tours of the Capen Ongoing: Step inside the restored Capen-Showalter House, built in 1885. Thirty-minute tours are available Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., and Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. ART AND HISTORY MUSEUMS—MAITLAND A collection of museums that includes the Maitland Art Center, Maitland Historical Museum, Telephone Museum, Waterhouse Residence Museum, and Carpentry Shop Museum. Maitland Art Center, Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; all others, Thursday-Sunday noon-4 p.m. Closed on major holidays. 221 W. Packwood Ave., 231 W. Packwood Ave. and 820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland. 407-539-2181. artandhistory.org Maitland’s Legacies— Creativity & Innovation Ongoing: This exhibition uses archival photographs, artifacts and documents to tell the stories of the Maitland individuals and families, drawn from a variety of social classes, whose efforts led to the city’s museums, culture and sense of community. Maitland Historical Museum. CASA FELIZ HISTORIC HOME MUSEUM 656 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. 407-628-8200. casafeliz.us Ongoing: This restored Spanish farmhouse-style home, designed by acclaimed architect James Gamble Rogers II, was saved from the wrecker’s ball. An open house tour with trained docents takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon; live music is featured in the large parlor on Sundays, noon-3 p.m. Free.
CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. 407-646-2526. Tuesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday noon-5 p.m. Free. rollins.edu/cfam Time as Landscape— Inquiries of Art and Science Through Dec. 31: This exhibition was inspired by a selection of artists whose works express a desire to understand, question and describe the concept of time—as scientific fact, as relative experience, as aesthetic archive. More broadly, the exhibit explores the synergies between art and science. Ongoing: Free weekend tours take place at 1 p.m. each Saturday at the campus facility and 1 p.m. each Sunday at the nearby Alfond Inn, which displays dozens of works from the museum’s Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art. Happy Hour Art Tour at The Alfond Inn Dec. 6: Join the curators of Cornell Fine Arts Museum in the lobby of The Alfond Inn for a tour of the contemporary collection. 300 E. New England Ave., 5:30 p.m. HANNIBAL SQUARE HERITAGE CENTER 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. 407539-2680. Tuesday-Thursday noon-4 p.m., Friday noon-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org The Heritage Collection Ongoing: Photographs and oral histories depicting the hardships and triumphs of west Winter Park and the African-American community. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL RESOURCE AND EDUCATION CENTER OF FLORIDA 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. 407-628-0555. Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. Free; donations accepted. holocaustedu.org No One Remembers Alone— Memory, Migration, and the Making of an American Family Through Dec. 31: This visual biography tells the story of young lovers, Abraham Spiwak and Sophie Schochetman, who emigrate from Czarist Russia to America at the turn of the 20th century. One-by-one they bring their extended Russian Jewish families over, creating a sprawling American family. Tribute to the Holocaust Ongoing: This memorial exhibit presents an overview of the Holocaust through artifacts, videos, text, photographs and artwork. Visitors have an opportunity to listen to recorded testimonies of several Holocaust survivors who eventually settled in Central Florida. MENNELLO MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART 900 E. Princeton St., Orlando. 407-246-4278. Tuesday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday noon-4:30 p.m. mennellomuseum.com | DECEMBER 2017 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 237
SCENE ON THE TOWN Time and Thought—Art of the United States from the Cornell Fine Arts Museum Through Jan. 7, 2018: With works drawn entirely from the collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, this Mennello exhibition examines the technical skills and cultural trends displayed by American artists throughout U.S. history. Artists include Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, John Kensett, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Grandma Moses, Jacob Lawrence and Ed Ruscha. Alice Aycock—Waltzing Matilda and Twin Vortexes Through Sept. 2018: The museum inaugurates its outdoor exhibition series, Grounds for Exhibitions, with a yearlong display of two large-scale works by American sculptor Alice Aycock in the Marilyn L. Mennello Sculpture Garden. MORSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. 407-645-5311. Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. morsemuseum.org Art Nouveau in Europe and America from the Morse Collection Ongoing: A new installation of works that represent the bold, international decorative-arts style known as Art Nouveau, which reached its peak from about 1890–1910. The exhibition features furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and art glass from European and American artists and designers. Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Laurelton Hall Ongoing: Art and architectural objects from Tiffany’s celebrated Long Island home, Laurelton Hall. MUSEUM OF ART DELAND 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. 386-734-4371. Downtown satellite location, 100 N. Woodland Blvd., S-1, DeLand. 386-279-7534. TuesdaySaturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. moartdeland.org Quiet Revolution—A Survey of the Art of Theo Wujcik Through Jan. 7, 2018: In this survey of the art of Theo Wujcik, one can sense the artist’s shift in sensibility. The analytical and the formal are rejected and strange new kinds of historicism, primitivism, and expressionism are embraced. 600 N. Woodland Blvd. Paintings, Drawings, Graphics & Sculpture from the Museum’s Permanent Collection Through Jan. 7, 2018: Some of the more recent donations - paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture - are displayed during this exhibition. 600 N. Woodland Blvd. Patrick Boyd—Man with a Holo Camera Through Jan. 14, 2018: During the late 1980s and early 1990s, when holography was hailed as the “medium of the future”, Boyd produced some of the most memorable, inspiring holograms of the
time, winning coveted places in global exhibitions. 100 N. Woodland Blvd. Dan Biferie—The Art of Learning Through Jan. 14, 2018: Through its tonal shapes, the photographs of Dan Biferie represent objects and qualities, which are perceived and experienced. 100 N. Woodland Blvd. 2017 DeLand Sculpture Walk Ongoing: This year’s Sculpture Walk features 13 pieces by 12 different artists, all within walking distance of each other in downtown DeLand. Included are two spectacular bronze sculptures by Jorge Jiménez Deredia, whose works reside worldwide, including St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Free. Collector’s Choice—Samuel Blatt Collection Ongoing: This exhibit, on extended loan to the museum’s permanent collection, features more than 60 outstanding European paintings, drawings and prints from the mid-19th to the early 20th century. More than 20 artists, including Picasso, Dufy, Lacombe and Vuillard, are represented. 600 N. Woodland Blvd. Legendary Florida—The Florida History Paintings of Jackson Walker Ongoing: Paintings of Florida’s eventful past are on permanent exhibit at the Volusia County Historic Courthouse, 125 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand. ORANGE COUNTY REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. 407-836-8500. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. thehistorycenter.org Kehillah—A History of Jewish Life in Greater Orlando Through Feb. 20, 2018: The centennial of the founding of Congregation Ohev Shalom, Orlando’s first synagogue, became the springboard for organizers and Jewish groups to compile this compelling story of initiative, achievement and community, which is Kehillah in Hebrew. ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. 407-896-4231. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday noon-4 p.m. omart.org First Thursdays Dec. 7: “Orlando’s original art party” has a themed exhibit each month featuring local artists, plus live music, cash bar, and lots of networking and socializing. Oded Halahmy—Babylonian Odyssey Through Dec. 31: The strength of Halahmy’s talent is apparent in his strong, lyrical sculptures. Each of his moving pieces, the bronze leaping out in unexpected directions, pays homage to his Iraqi roots and to his life, the past 35 years of which he has spent in New York City.
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Virtual Views—Digital Art from the Thoma Foundation Through Dec. 31: This exhibit explores the growing importance of electronic new media in contemporary art, as seen in the work of artists who are considered pioneers in the use of LEDs (light-emitting diodes), LCD (liquid crystal displays) and computer-driven imagery. Baggage Claims Through Dec. 31: An international group of 17 artists uses suitcases, trunks and crates to create works of art as they explore the effect global travel and commerce are having on contemporary life. ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando. 407-514-2000. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. except Wednesdays (closed). osc.org Ongoing: From the natural world to high-tech simulation systems, from dinosaurs to the planets in our solar system, the center offers hands-on activities designed to inspire budding scientists and make learning fun for all ages. Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30: Star Studded Evenings in the Digital Adventure Theater and the Crosby Observatory, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 6: First Wednesdays, open to the public. SOUTHEAST MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY Daytona State College, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. 386-5064475. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 1-5 p.m. Free. smponline.org Music in Pictures—Photographs by Jenn Ross and Jeff Roach Through December: Music and photography, two disciplines that inspire the imagination, are celebrated in this exhibition of 43 photographs selected from a variety of music-related publicity stills, album art, candid snapshots and live-performance coverage. Monochrome—Photographs by Bill McSherry Through December: A selection of black and whitelandscapes and nature photography featuring scenes taken in Florida and Georgia. WINTER PARK HISTORY MUSEUM 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. 407-647-2330. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. wphistory.org Winter Park—The War Years 1941-1945 Ongoing: This exhibit takes a look at home-front life in an American small town during World War II. ZORA NEALE HURSTON NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Ongoing: The museum is part of the Eatonville community and an integral part of the annual weeklong Zora! Festival. It also provides a place in the heart of town where the public can view the works of artists of African descent. 227 E.
Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville. 407-647-3188. Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations accepted. zorafestival.org, hurstonmuseum.org
GALLERIES ANITA S. WOOTEN GALLERY Valencia College east campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. 407-582-2298. Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. valenciacollege.edu/arts Valencia Alumni Anniversary Exhibition Through Dec. 18: The college will recognize artists whose academic careers began at Valencia and have gone on to contribute to the fine arts community. Free. ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS Pabst Visitor Center & Gallery, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach. 386-427-6975. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. atlanticcenterforthearts.org, and Arts on Douglas, 123 Douglas Ave., New Smyrna Beach. 386-428-1133. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. artsondouglas.net Doris Leeper—Environmentalist/Visionary Through Jan. 29, 2018: Leeper’s interest in the relationship between natural and manufactured environments led to the development of Canaveral National Seashore, Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve and Atlantic Center for the Arts. New Smyrna Museum of History, 120 Sams Ave., New Smyrna Beach. BOK TOWER GARDENS 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales. 863-676-1408. The gardens are open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. boktowergardens.org Building an Icon—The Way We Worked on the Singing Tower Through Jan. 17: Bok Tower Gardens celebrates the City of Lake Wales’ centennial with an exhibit that includes never-before-displayed educational and historical material about the craftsmanship and construction of Florida’s iconic Singing Tower Carillon. CITYARTS FACTORY 29 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 407-648-7060. orlandoslice.com Immersed Aquatic Art Show Through Dec. 14: This annual exhibit features artwork and aquatic installations. Third Thursday Dec. 21: Join the Downtown Art District for their monthly free event. Ongoing: Visit a variety of galleries with works by local and international artists in a wide range of media. CREALDÉ SCHOOL OF ARTS 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park. Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 407-671-1886. crealde.org
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Ongoing: This nonprofit arts organization, established in 1975, features three galleries and a Contemporary Sculpture Garden. It also partners with the city in operating the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, where the emphasis is on art, photographs and oral histories that pay tribute to Winter Park’s historic African-American community. GALLERY AT AVALON ISLAND 39 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. avalongallery.org Ongoing: See contemporary works by established artists. HARRY P. LEU GARDENS 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 407-246-2620. leugardens.org
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Ongoing: Sculptures commissioned specifically for this venue are placed throughout the gardens. The Garden House Welcome Center also is home to several works, including a Tree of Life mosaic by Chrissie Mervine and paintings by naturalist Mulford B. Foster. JEANINE TAYLOR FOLK ART GALLERY 211 E. First St., Sanford. 407-323-2774. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday noon-5 p.m. jtfolkart.com Dec. 1-2: Holiday Trunk Show with master bear maker Darlene Allen and Florida folk artist Melissa Menzer. Ongoing: Works by Butch Anthony, Cornbread, Ab the Flagman and others celebrate the important contribution of Southern folk art to our heritage. MAYOR’S GALLERY Orlando City Hall, 400 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. cityoforlando.net
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2:30 p.m. Game Start The AutoNation Cure Bowl is more than a game. It’s a celebration of the women who are living with breast cancer today and those who will face it tomorrow. It’s a rally cry to the world to raise awareness and help bring an end to this deadly disease once and for all. The AutoNation Cure Bowl is an NCAA college football bowl game played each December at Camping World Stadium. The game is nationally televised on CBS Sports Network and features teams from the American Athletic Conference and the Sun Belt Conference. Funds raised from the AutoNation Cure Bowl directly benefit the nation’s highest rated breast cancer organization, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The bowl is organized by The Orlando Sports Foundation, Inc. #WeCanTackleThis #ANCureBowl
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Ongoing: The gallery is specifically dedicated to Central Florida artists. Located on the third floor of City Hall, it has ongoing exhibits throughout the year. SNAP! Snap! Space, 1013 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. Snap! Downtown, 420 E. Church St., Orlando. Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. or by appointment. snaporlando.com Ongoing: The Snap! Space and Snap! Downtown galleries feature photography exhibits designed to expose more people to this highly accessible art form as a vehicle for cultural documentation and reflection. SEMINOLE STATE FINE ARTS GALLERY Seminole State College, Center for Fine and Performing Arts (Building G), Sanford/Lake Mary campus, Sanford. Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 407-708-2040. seminolestate.edu/arts
Faculty Exhibit Through Dec. 5: The gallery features work by the Seminole State faculty in a wide array of media.
SPORTS AUTONATION CURE BOWL Dec. 16: See teams from the American conference and the Sunbelt play while raising money to find a cure for breast cancer. Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando. 407-4405700. campingworldstadium.com BUFFALO WILD WINGS CITRUS BOWL Dec. 31: The seventh-oldest bowl game in the U.S. started as the Tangerine Bowl in 1947. The Bowl has hosted the top teams from the Big Ten and Southeastern conferences since 1993. Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando. floridacitrussports.com CAMPING WORLD BOWL Dec. 28: See teams from the ACC and the Big 12 battle it out for the trophy. Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando. 407-4405700. campingworldstadium.com HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS Dec. 28: The Globetrotters present their 2018 Amazing Feats of Basketball World Tour, taking on the Washington Generals team. Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. 800-745-3000. harlemglobetrotters.com, ticketmaster.com ORLANDO MAGIC Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. orlandomagic.com, nba.com Dec. 1 vs. Golden State Warriors, 7 p.m. Dec. 6: vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7 p.m. Dec. 8: vs. Denver Nuggets, 7 p.m. Dec. 13: vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 7 p.m. Dec. 15: vs. Portland Trailblazers, 7 p.m. Dec. 22: vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 7 p.m. Dec. 28: vs. Detroit Pistons, 7 p.m. Dec. 30: vs. Miami Heat, 7 p.m. ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. orlandosolarbearshockey.com Dec. 20: vs. Norfolk, 7 p.m. Dec. 21: vs. Norfolk, 7 p.m. Dec. 23: vs. Norfolk, 7 p.m. Dec. 27: vs. Jacksonville, 7 p.m. Dec. 28: vs. Florida, 7 p.m. OUC HALF MARATHON & TRACK SHACK 5K Dec. 2: Join 6,000 runners through downtown Orlando and around Lake Eola in one of the South’s biggest races. 7:30 a.m. 512 E. Washington St., Orlando. trackshack.com PNC FATHER-SON CHALLENGE Dec. 13-17: Professional golfers hit the links for this annual father-son tournament. Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando. 407206-2400. pncfathersonchallenge.com
ROLLINS MEN’S BASKETBALL Rollins College, Warden Arena, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. 407-646-2000. rollinssports.com
UCF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL UCF campus, CFE Arena,12777 Gemini Blvd. N., Orlando. ucfknights.com Dec. 10: vs. Georgia Southern, 2 p.m. Dec. 28: vs. Davidson, 2 p.m. Dec. 30: vs. Temple, 2 p.m.
Dec. 4: vs. Southeastern, 7 p.m. Dec. 5: vs. Warner, 7 p.m. Dec. 9: vs. Saint Leo, 1 p.m. ROLLINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Rollins College, Warden Arena, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. 407-646-2000. rollinssports.com Dec. 9: vs. Saint Leo, 3 p.m. Dec. 16: vs. Miles, 2 p.m. Dec. 18: vs. Albany State, 2 p.m. AAU GYMNASTICS FALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Silver Spurs Arena, Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. 321-697-3333. ohpark.com
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French painting on the hillside vineyards of the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, NC.
OF THE STORY
Artist Heather French began her art training as a portraitist, studying at Parsons School of Design in New York City and at Atlanta College of Art, but her focus shifted to still life while working on her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania. The reason, she says, is because “people do not want to be painted how they look, but how they want to look. So I started telling a story, using items that represent them to record memories and bring their story to life that way. ” That’s the approach she took when Brenda Gibbs and Jack Biggers asked her to commemorate a New Year’s Eve masquerade ball they threw in 2003. “Heather was living in Philadelphia then, so we mailed her a mask,” says Gibbs. “She also included [an image of ]
important part, but the story belongs to the owners; it is for them to share or not to share.” While the New Year’s Eve painting was the first Gibbs and Biggers commissioned from French, it wasn’t their first—or last—painting by the artist. All told, the couple owns more than a dozen of pieces by French. “The initial thing that attracted us were the vivid colors; they’re timeless as well,” says Gibbs.
She paints from the heart, “and it shows.” —Brenda Gibbs
Whether it’s a commissioned piece to celebrate a relationship or mark a special occasion—or both—or one of her exquisitely rendered still lifes or animal portraits, French’s work conveys her passion for technique, composition and scale. “When I paint, because of my portrait schooling, I paint to scale,” she says. “Color also becomes important; I eliminate black and brown from my oil color palette. Instead, I mix the colors, and it allows them to stay active and bring the painting to life.”
the bottle of the champagne we were drinking
“We’re not stopping,” says Gibbs of their plans to
that night in the painting.” For French, her story
continue collecting French’s art. “Her paintings
paintings are rich with meaning and message.
bring joy. That’s one thing you want to have
“At the end of the day, the painting isn’t just a
when you purchase something; you want it
collage of objects,” she says. “It needs to read
to mean something. Otherwise, why bother?”
as a beautiful image; it needs to make sense
French’s work can be viewed online at haf2paint.
as a painting. The meaning may be the most
com. To reach her by phone, call 407-232-0431.
French’s work hangs in a number of public venues both locally and nationally, including Corona Cigars on Sand Lake Road, the Winter Park University Club, the Horseshoe Casino Hammond outside of Chicago, and Alan Wong’s restaurant in Oahu, Hawaii. Many wineries also showcase her work, including Lakeridge Winery, where she was awarded her own wine label in 2006, and the winery at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, for which she created wine label art for the estate’s portfolio collection two years in a row. French was also the artist in residence during The Tulips Festival at the Biltmore in 2011 and 2012. Closer to home, French was invited to paint her first poster for the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in 2003, and was asked to paint two posters for the 2007 event. In 2009, she was chosen to paint a poster for Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival. She combines her love of animals and portrait painting in Whiskers and Wine, whimsical pet portraits purr-fectly paired with wine. These designs, as well as her fine art paintings, are available on licensed home décor and kitchen products ranging from pillows and giftware to linens and ceramics.
Headdress Ball “Imaginarium’’ was the theme of the 28th edition of the extravaganza, held at the Orlando World Center Marriott. The gala featured exotic headdresses, lively entertainment, dancing, a silent auction, and fine cuisine. Proceeds benefited Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, the local HIV/AIDS service organization.
A steampunk theme car
ried the night.
Esther McIlvain, Marilyn Vaca
A silent auction helped raise money.
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Chris McDirmit and Adrianna Sekula, with Imaginarium characters
Jeff Hoffman, Troy Bridges, Tina Luque
This page: A night of dazzling mem
ories at the Headdress Ball
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Hats & Heroes Ball The annual fundraising gala for the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center at Florida Hospital for Children was held at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and featured a Phantom of the Opera masquerade ball theme, with performances by acclaimed countertenor Terry Barber and other singers.
Terry Barber performed.
Naketrice and Daniel Snow
Leukemia survivor Kenza Laraki (left) met her bone marrow donor, Jasmine Salinas, for the first time at the gala.
Craig and Susan Curtis, Ava Curtis, Carol Kohlar
Deborah and Victor Harding, Mary Kenny, Dr. Francelis I. Gonzalez, Victor Pantoja
â€œAudrey Hepburn,â€? Ryan Camp, Whitney Carillon, Kimberly McFadden
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Debbie Gallucci, Margaret Guedes,
Central Florida Community Arts Breakfast CFCArts celebrated its seventh anniversary with a fundraising breakfast at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park, featuring performances by members of the musical arts organization.
Robert Hill, Sara Brady
Carlos Carborell, Rizwan Zaman, Ted Maines, David Kiyak
Andrae Bailey, Patty Sheehan
Chris Grant, Jessica Guthrie, Barb Scherer
Flora Maria Garcia, Debbie Fahmie, Pam Haas
Amanda and Lori Miller, Angela and Ashton Flynn
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BEFORE MY HUSBAND and I even had
kids, I daydreamed about future Christmases in our house and what wonderful traditions we would continue from both our families. One of the roles I looked forward to most was getting to play Santa. So when we did have children, it surprised me to learn that there is a pretty passionate parenting debate over Santa Claus. There are a large number of families out there who don’t do Santa for their kids because they feel they’re lying to their children. While trying not to judge other parents’ decisions, I still can’t help but think my lie is justified. Being a kid is magical. My two sons see the world through rose-colored glasses. They don’t see income or race or political party— they just see people. They get the biggest thrill out of mundane things like riding an
elevator or taking a different route to school. So at Christmastime, life is extra special, and their imaginations run unbridled. In my Christian faith, December is a time to celebrate the Advent season and the birth of Christ. For me, Christmas is a time for being with family near and far, and for giving to both loved ones and to strangers in need. It’s a time to believe in a better world where love conquers all and every kid gets presents. And now as a mom myself, Christmas is a time for me to give my children what my parents gave me: the most cherished memories of my life. On Christmas Eve, my younger brother, Will, and I always slept in the same room upstairs. In the morning, we waited in our pj’s on the top step until our parents gave us the green light—quite literally, on
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My White (Christmas) Lie
Mom’s 1980s-era camcorder. We made our way downstairs and found an abundance of presents and loaded stockings that had magically appeared overnight. I hardly remember what was inside them, but what I do remember is the thrill that shivered through my entire body as I waited on that top step followed by the sheer excitement of walking into the living room, discovering cookie crumbs and carrot bits, and squealing to my brother in absolute awe, “He came! He came!” Today as a mom, the Santa Claus debate has made me conscious of other lies I tell my children. When I gave birth to William, I carefully dodged Anders’ questions about how William came to be in my belly and how he managed to get out. When William, now 5, tells me he is going to be a superhero when he grows up, I don’t shake my head in doubt. When Anders, now 7, overhears the morning news, I don’t share all the scary details I know about North Korea. And this December, when I catch my boys staring at the fireplace in wonderment, asking me how Santa can get to every house in one night, I will lie again. I do remember the moment I discovered the truth about Santa, and yes, I was a little devastated. I actually found out the night before Easter, and it was especially hard realizing my parents were in on the bunny deal along with Santa and the Tooth Fairy. But my heartbreak that Easter eve was just my first of many. That night on the front porch talking with my mother prepared me for what was to come. (It was on that same front porch that I confronted my mom and dad about how babies were made, after hearing the old “your-dad-parkedhis-limo-in-your-mom’s-garage” joke. Talk about an appalled third grader!) I never regretted believing in Santa, and I never felt duped. In fact, I went along with the story that year and the following year so my younger brother could experience that Christmas magic a little longer. And I’m going along with it today, because I want my boys to bask in their world of make believe, to remain innocent for as long as possible. It won’t be long before they discover the world can be a much harsher place than a trip to the timeout chair. Anders is already in first grade, and I know our Santa Claus days are numbered. Soon enough, they will face reality. But until then, I will give my children the most magical and perfect world I can, even if it means telling a lie.
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