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You’re not alone. Headaches, including migraines, may be more common than you think. For those who suffer from migraines, the fear of one striking at the worst moment is almost as impactful as the pain of the headache itself. According to the American Migraine Foundation, more than 37 million Americans suffer from migraines. About 2% of the population suffer from chronic migraine, the most disabling form of migraine.
Chronic Daily Headaches
A headache is bad, but frequent headaches can make going to work, taking care of children and other daily responsibilities seem impossible. A chronic daily headache is one that occurs 15 days or more a month for longer than three months. The type of headache can vary, including:
CHRONIC MIGRAINE • Affects one or both sides of your head. • Can cause nausea or vomiting, as well as sensitivity to light and sound. • Causes moderate to severe pain. • Presents with a pulsating, throbbing pain. • May worsen by routine physical activity. CHRONIC TENSION-TYPE HEADACHE • Affects both sides of your head. • Causes mild to moderate pain. • Presents with a pressing or tightening feeling. CHRONIC CLUSTER HEADACHE • Causes severe pain on one side of the head lasting 15 minutes to three hours. • Can occur multiple times a day. • Presents with red or teary eyes, stuffy nose and/or restlessness among other symptoms. • Usually does not subside if no prevention is given. NEW DAILY PERSISTENT HEADACHE • Begins suddenly, and you usually remember the date of the onset. • Causes pain that becomes constant within 24 hours of onset. • May affect one or (usually) both sides of your head. 20--NEURO-10292
Caring for Your Headaches Infrequent headaches are common for many people and are probably not a cause for concern. Consider seeking help if: • You have two or more headaches per week • Your headache pattern changes or gets worse • You start experiencing headaches suddenly • Current headache medications are not working • Your headaches are becoming so severe that your quality of life is being affected and you are missing social gatherings, school and/or work If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, consider seeking a referral to a headache specialist. A headache specialist will work to improve your quality of life by identifying the cause of your condition and developing a treatment program for you.
Bernadette Nazario, MD, PharmD, is a boardcertified neurologist, who is also board-certified in Headache Medicine. She is the Medical Director of Headache Medicine at AdventHealth Medical Group Neurology. She specializes in evaluating and treating a wide range of headaches and facial pain.
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GIVE AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON LIKE MOST FLORIDIANS, all of our big 2020 plans were put on hold because of COVID-19. We had been looking forward to a much-needed tropical getaway, but it simply wasn’t safe enough to travel far. That’s when we escaped to Discovery Cove and made a lifetime of memories and unforgettable experiences in just one day. Come along with us as we explore the resort and review its new safety procedures and social distancing policies. Keep reading at ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM/ DISCOVERYCOVE
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by patients; publication of a 9-page article on soccer by the American Journal of Applied Psychology, titled “A Dynamic and Psychosocial Analysis of Soccer: Problems and Solutions”; and a non-monetized 5 minute YouTube video on the problems of soccer such as many fouls, cheating, few goals, flopping, aggression, etc. with thousands of views and many comments. PHILOSOPHY: My double specializations in the closely related yet distinct professions as a PhD Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Psychiatrist, and years of experience as a psychologist, therapist and a psychiatrist convinced me that mental health problems have biological and psychosocial etiologies and consequences requiring the optimal medication and therapy modalities for the best outcome, although my current practice focus is psychopharmacology. Patients are referred to therapists in the community for therapy.
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LETTER FROM TH E EDITOR
Seeing Is Believing
It’s fitting that I should conclude my editing career at The City’s Magazine with the Finest Doctors issue, featuring more than 800 physicians recommended by their peers as tops in the Orlando area. This is my 12th such issue, and it’s always been a huge undertaking, fact-checking information for all the physicians on the lists, as well as gathering the moving Memorable Moment accounts from selected doctors. But I’ve always considered it an honor to have a hand in recognizing those who help keep us healthy, particularly in these perilous times, or have healed us in years past. In my case, the fact that I’m even able to see the screen and type this last column is because of a doctor who saved my eyesight 13 years ago. It was a fall afternoon and I was playing outside with my son when I suddenly noticed that straight lines looked wavy. That evening, a black shadow began to descend horizontally over my field of vision. I had read about that “curtain,’’ a classic sign of a detached retina, and knew that time was of the essence in repairing it to stave off blindness. My ophthalmologist referred me to the Florida Retina Institute in Lake Mary, and when I arrived early the next morning, a Saturday, Dr. Thomas Barnard and his assistant were there ready to begin their vision-saving work. It turned out that I had a detached retina in one eye and a torn one in the other. I was never certain what caused it, although, perhaps coincidentally, I had undergone cataract/lens replacement surgery
during the past year. Dr. Barnard repaired the torn retina with a laser in the office, then operated on the detached retina the following Monday at a hospital. I recovered well and today have excellent vision, to the point where all I need are reading glasses. And that, quite frankly, is amazing—in particular that I can look up on a starry night and see the constellations clearly. Just as amazing is the skill, patience and compassion that Dr. Barnard (who is on our Premier Doctors list) and untold numbers like him— along with their support staff of nurses, technicians, office staff and others—demonstrate every day as they keep us healthy. I can’t thank him enough. Which reminds me that I need to wrap things up—by thanking you, the readers, for giving me the privilege of bringing you the stories of our community over the past 12 years I’ve been at the magazine (nearly nine of those as editor). My goal has always been to emphasize the positive, whether in profiles of people or guides to dining, entertainment or the arts. And I want to thank my colleagues on the magazine staff, as well as the many freelance writers, photographers and artists, all of whom give their all, day in and day out, to achieve excellence. To you, I say: I have seen the stars.
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’ll start this letter with some breaking news: This is my last column for Orlando magazine. It’s my 99th issue as editor (who could have planned that almost-but-notquite number?). But there’s no dramatic backstory to my departure: I’ve simply decided to retire after 42 years in journalism and try to enjoy some carefree moments, albeit in the time of coronavirus. Wish me luck.
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Brown Home Group: Experience, Dedication, Excellence By Megan Van de Water Rick Brown, Realtor and owner of the Brown Home Group at Keller Williams Advantage II Realty in Central Florida, has skillfully paired 30 years of sales experience with a strong dedication to clients and his team to lead a group whose success has increased exponentially. In early 2020, Rick earned a spot as one of the top 1 percent of Realtors in Central Florida. This accolade complements another achievement of his, as the Growth Committee Chairman for the Agent Leadership Council within Keller Williams, Waterford Lakes. To be accepted into the council, a Realtor must be among the top 20 percent of agents; Rick has exceeded this mark for the past four years. As we approach the end of the year, the Brown Home Group at Keller Williams is on track to complete over 145 transactions, closing on nearly $45 million in sales. Rick believes his success would not be possible if it were not for the help of his talented team of agents. He emphasizes, “We don’t want to be the biggest, but the best. We prioritize quality and customer service, seeking loyalty not only to our customers, but from them as well.” The motto of the Brown Home Group at Keller Williams is when customers seek business with us, whether it be for selling, buying, or investing, they have gained a “Realtor for life.” Rick and his team are extremely passionate about giving back to others, seizing any opportunity to strengthen connections, and guiding others to enhance their skills. This is evident through the team’s partnership with the University of Central Florida Internship Program and their affiliation with the non-profit Homes for Heroes, an organization that aids first responders, teachers and doctors who require assistance in the housing
market. To help even further, Rick and his team give a portion of their commission directly to these local heroes in appreciation of their service. Visit brownhomegroup. com/homesforheroes for more information about these partnerships. The Brown Home Group’s members consist of Rick’s wife and Chief Financial Officer Jean Brown; Executive Assistant Maria Oliveras; Lead Buyers Agents David Hickey; Agents Joe Southard, Michael Cardinali, Johnine Maldonado, Blaine Wyker, Brice Wilkerson, Kristy Kesterson, Lauren Szesnat, and Betsy Sanabria; and UCF interns Megan Van de Water and Patricia Cases. Rick’s belief that “making ourselves available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and sticking
by our clients’ side” has helped his real estate group become one of the most esteemed in Central Florida. Brown Home Group Keller Williams Advantage II Realty D: 321.348.8720 M: 407.383.1866 BrownHomeGroup.com
SPOTLIGHT I N FO CU S â&#x20AC;¢ S TO RY O F
THE POWER OF TWO
Eugenia Sefcik (left) and Lynn Long became close friends and activists with a common purpose: to preserve the beauty and legacy of Lake Eola Park for future generations to enjoy.
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Dynamic Duo Fights for Orlando’s Heart
Eugenia Sefcik and Lynn Long joined forces to work toward reclaiming a vital piece of Lake Eola Park.
Rookie activists and fast friends Eugenia Sefcik and Lynn Long work to protect Lake Eola Park from falling into the shadows of development.
UNTIL FAIRLY RECENTLY, EUGENIA SEFCIK AND LYNN Long never imagined themselves as civic activists. They had only a nebulous notion of the meaning of a land trust. They didn’t even know one another. But that all changed in 2015 with the preliminary approval of a 28-story mixed-use development at the southwest corner of their beloved Lake Eola Park.
“Back in 2015, when I saw this proposed building for the corner, I knew I had to do something,” recalls Sefcik, who was friends with Long’s cousin. The cousin knew Long was also up in arms about the proposed development and suggested they connect. “To me, trying to develop something on the park would put the park in its shadows. It would be taking away a piece of Orlando.
[Lake Eola Park] is the heart and soul of the city. It would be taking away not only a vital piece of our past, it would also be taking away our children’s future,” Long says. “More than two million visitors come to Lake Eola Park every year,” Sefcik adds. “Based on square acreage, it outpaces visitors to the San Antonio River Walk and the National Mall in Washington, D.C.” Sefcik reached out to Long, not knowing what a formidable force their friendship would become. They didn’t know their
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friendship would result in the formation of the Orlando Land Trust, a nonprofit designed to protect and improve Orlando’s green space. They didn’t know the effort to protect and expand the park would become a full-time job. And they didn’t know their efforts would win the support of some of Orlando’s heaviest hitters, people like former Orlando mayors Bill Frederick and Glenda Hood, Orlando philanthropist Ted Haddock, Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan. “I never envisioned myself being an environmentalist … or being involved in something like this,” admits Sefcik, who manages rental properties and co-owns
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Iconic Lake Eola and its surrounding park has been a gathering spot for generations of Orlando residents.
Employment Technologies with her husband in Winter Park. Long, a retired therapist who was a department chair at Stetson University, imagined traveling, spending time with her grandchildren and playing bridge during what many call the golden years. The pair found they had much in common. Both had grown up in Orlando, both are grandchildren of downtown Orlando entrepreneurs—Sefcik’s grandfather started Eola Coffee Company, and Long is a board member of Thomas Lumber, started by her grandfather in 1925—and Lake Eola has been central to their memories. “We were down here all the time. I brought my kids to feed the ducks and play on the playground. I remember when I was probably in high school, there was a beautiful rose garden in Lake Eola Park. I remember having my picture taken in front of the rose garden,” Sefcik recalls. Long, who brings her grandchildren
to the park, remembers walking there after school and attending annual fish-a-thons. But neither woman was intimately familiar with the mechanics of city government. “I was sort of a protester in the ‘60s. I had a little bit of skill with how to hold a sign,” Long laughs. Sefcik’s community experience involved working with inner-city youth. “Neither of us is a know-it-all type of person. We know when we don’t know something, and we know when we need to find someone who does,” Long says. They began reaching out to city officials, going before the city’s Municipal Planning Board to oppose the project based on height. As they left the meeting they thought, ‘We need to do something that’s going to be permanent, that could be the legacy for Orlando,’” says Long. Soon after, with Haddock’s help, Orlando Land Trust was born, and they had lined up a
team of pro bono supporters—everyone from an architect to a web designer—to help them along the way. “Our first capital campaign was to figure out a way to purchase the property on the corner of Rosalind and Central and donate it to the City of Orlando as park space with a deed restriction that it must remain park space in perpetuity,” Long says. They knew Robert Murrell, who owns the proposed development site where a 7-Eleven now sits, had been offered $5 million for the property. “We told him, ‘Robert, we would like to be part of something bigger, and you’re the key to it. We don’t want you to sell that land to the developer. We want the land to become park space, and we are interested in purchasing your property,” says Long. Murrell agreed to sell it to them for $3 million, even though the ladies had no idea how they would pay for it. Still, they managed not only to raise the down payment but, as of this writing, about 90 percent of the total $3.5 million needed with the help of matching funds from The Trust for Public Land. “My dad and grandfather built that building [on the southwest corner of Lake Eola] in 1959,” Murrell says. “I grew up here. My dad’s parents lived down the street. My great-grandmother lived on Amelia. We used to walk over to Lake Eola when I was baby and go there to play all the time.” He says he believes his late family members would be “proud” and “excited” at the prospect of the site being converted into an entryway to the park. As for
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Sefcik and Long, Murrell says, “I was amazed at how these two ladies ... just get it done. They’re awesome.” Mayor Dyer also has high praise for the women who approached him with a novel plan. “They came to us and said basically, ‘Hey, we’re going to raise the money to buy the lot and building, and then we’re going to gift it to the City of Orlando. How would you like that?’ It’s like, that’s fantastic. How could I not like that?” Dyer says. “They were the first ones to bring a problem related to the park, recognize the problem and bring a solution.” Commissioner Sheehan donated $50,000, half of her discretionary funds, to help the women meet their goal. “I think they are too modest when they refer to themselves as ‘just two [little old] ladies,’ ” Sheehan says. “These two powerful women reached out to The Trust for Public Land, educated themselves on the financing process, and immediately put together partners like Ted Haddock to help them. Then they put together a who’s who of Orlando movers and shakers, including all of the former mayors, to help out.” Despite setbacks from COVID-19, which temporarily brought fundraising to a halt, Sheehan says, “I know these amazing women will accomplish anything they set their minds to.” The pandemic has steeled their determination to see the project through. “If you look at all the studies that are emerging from COVID, park space has become even more important,” Long says. “Lake Eola is even
more important than it was when we started this project, in my opinion.” To fill the gap, Sefcik and Long recently unrolled a new funding initiative, A Grandmother’s Legacy of Love, to help them meet their March 31, 2021, deadline. “We’re going to ask for donations from grandmothers honoring and recognizing their grandchildren so their grandchildren’s names will be in the park in a special section. Each child will receive a certificate suitable for framing,” says Long. This project hits close to home. “When I first started on this project, I talked to my grandchildren about it. They each donated $5 out of their piggy banks. It makes me cry to think about it now, because this is for them. This is their future. This is their city,” Long says through tears. Despite their commitment to preserving and expanding green space, “we’re absolutely pro-development in downtown Orlando,” Sefcik insists. But with green space diminishing, they want the park preserved and expanded. “We feel like Lake Eola Park ought to be similar to Central Park in New York City,” she says. Buying and donating the southwest corner to the city is only the first step. “Phase 2 is creating even more [green] space there,” says Long, who wants to see “all four corners secured. We have a broader mission of a healthier lifestyle for Orlando.” The past five years have given the pair a legacy that will outlive them, as well as a
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Plans will transform the intersection of Rosalind and Central, where 7-Eleven now stands, into an entrance to Lake Eola Park.
friendship that seems destined to endure. “The two of us have become advocates for one another,” Sefcik shares. “I actually talk to Lynn more than I talk to my husband on a daily basis. He even said at one point, ‘Lynn needs to get a room in our house.’ ”
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Scenic Artist Whether he’s transforming a movie set or a theme park ride, Charles Richardson uses paint and power tools to create scenes and props that bring make-believe to life. BY JESS INMAN He’s a bit of a magician. Richardson utilizes everything from cornstarch to dehydrated alcohol to texturize, age and characterize props, building facades and film sets. He can create the illusion of a plastered brick wall over a smooth surface and make a new building surface appear old and water-damaged. He adds layer upon layer of materials and product to give an aged effect. “It’s like being a magician because most people don’t see how the illusion is created, so when they see the final product, it looks like magic.” From childhood to livelihood. When he was in the third grade, Richardson lost a drawing contest. That experience made him want to prove he was an artist. He picked up charcoal drawing as a teen and later discovered oil painting and graphic design. “It’s almost cliche in the sense that art saved my life. I had a rough childhood. I used my art as an escape. Art has always been there for me to vent and find a way out.” Getting into the biz. Richardson was working in a print shop fulltime and apprenticing for the late local muralist Jim Jackson when he started his freelance business, One Mind Art, Inc., in 2004. That same year, he secured his first television production gig as a scenic artist on the Golf Channel’s “The Big Break,” where he learned the basics of his craft. From there, he worked on other shows such as “Deal or No Deal” and “The Right Stuff,” as well as several films. Making dreams come true. He has also done scenic work for private clients. He transformed the office of a Disney fan into a space reminiscent of the theme park’s Haunted Mansion. Richardson’s work allows him to immerse himself in a fantasy world. “It’s fun to pretend at work and get paid to do that.”
It is all about creative expression. Being a scenic artist requires a different skill set than the other creative endeavors Richardson enjoys. “When I’m drawing a logo or illustrating an image, I have to stick to certain parameters that are very controlling. But when I ‘scenic’ something, I have to let go of control. It feels like when I was a child and could do what I wanted.” Currently, Richardson is illustrating a children’s book and teaching himself computer animation. “I’m looking forward to creating stories that make a difference in people’s lives.” 20 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER SEPTEMBER2020 2016 || SPOTLIGHT PULSE
There’s no place like home. His career has taken him to the Bahamas, Canada, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Still, some of his most memorable jobs have happened right here. For Universal Orlando Resort’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Richardson and a team of scenic artists used foam and fiberglass to sculpt the pumpkins that line Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure queue, a project that took a year to complete. They also spent about six months working on the Hogwarts Express, making the new train that had been shipped from Sweden appear as though wizards had been using it for decades. “Everything down to the windowsills and the little metal trim had to look scratched and old.”
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FEATURING OVER 800 PHYSICIANS Our annual special section celebrating excellence in the medical field features hundreds of doctors chosen by their peers and helps guide readers in their choice of physicians. In addition to the two lists—Top Doctors and Premier Doctors— you’ll find accounts from physicians about some of the most memorable moments in their careers, along with a primer on the mysteries of COVID-19 and the role of infectious disease experts in battling that disease and others. Finally, our special advertising section highlights the services, background and achievements of dozens of doctors and medical practices. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERTO GONZALEZ
Top Doctors The Top Doctors list is compiled by Washington, D.C.-based Consumers’ Checkbook, a nonprofit research organization. It is based on surveys sent to all actively practicing physicians in the Greater Orlando area, asking them to recommend one or two doctors in various specialty fields who they “would consider most desirable for care of a loved one.’’ Checkbook’s list reveals the names of physicians mentioned most often by other physicians who responded to its surveys—and the number of times they were mentioned.
Allergy/Immunology Harleen Anderson Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates of Central Florida 1890 S.R. 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 661 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 315 Altamonte Springs 407-339-3002 Dana Broussard-Perry Windermere Allergy & Asthma 8946 Conroy Windermere Rd. Orlando 407-876-1009 Boyce Hornberger Allergy and 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 S.R. 436, Suite 215 Winter Park 407-678-4040
Anesthesiology Firas Abdul Anesthesiologists of Greater Orlando 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 300W Maitland 321-843-9792 Mark Anderson U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Kevin Angert U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444
Santiago Martinez Windermere Allergy & Asthma 8946 Conroy Windermere Rd. Orlando 407-876-1009
Steven Appelblatt Gulf-to-Bay Anesthesiology Associates 500 Winderly Place, Suite 115 Maitland 407-581-9180
Pragnesh Patel Allergy Asthma Specialists 661 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 315 Altamonte Springs 407-339-3002
Thomas Arcario U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444
Steven Rosenberg Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates of Central Florida 1890 S.R. 436, Suite 215 Winter Park 407-678-4040
Mac Axelrod U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444
Peter Ruggiero Altamonte Medical Group 1200 W. S.R. 434, Suite 112 Longwood 407-869-8747 Eugene Schwartz Allergy & Asthma Consultants of Central Florida 793 Douglas Ave. Altamonte Springs 407-862-5824 Bernard Zeffren Allergy & Asthma Consultants of Central Florida 793 Douglas Ave. Altamonte Springs 407-862-5824
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Karen Bender Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Ravi Bissessar U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Stephen Davis U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Paul Finer Gulf-to-Bay Anesthesiology Associates 500 Winderly Place, Suite 115 Maitland 407-581-9180
Shelley Fleet U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Emilio Gallo U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Jamal Hakim Anesthesiologists of Greater Orlando 83 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-843-9792 Eric Kunichika U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 James Lawrence Jr. Anesthesiologists of Greater Orlando 83 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-843-2584 Michael Mann U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 W. Jerry Merrell U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Robert Michaels III U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Morris Negrin 2101 Park Center Dr., Suite 260 Orlando 407-532-2757 Matthew Stewart Gulf-to-Bay Anesthesiology Associates 500 Winderley Pl., Suite 115 Maitland 407-581-9180
George Sullivan U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 David Tao U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Norman Warner U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 G. Edwin Wilson U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444
Cardiac/Thoracic Surgery Kevin Accola AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiovascular Surgery at Orlando 217 Hillcrest St. Orlando 407-425-1566 Joseph Boyer Jr. AdventHealth Transplant Institute 2415 N. Orange Ave. Suite 700 Orlando 407-228-7373 William Decampli The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 407-649-6907 Luis Herrera Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 22 W. Underwood St. Orlando 321-841-1882 George Palmer III AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiovascular Surgery at Orlando 217 Hillcrest St. Orlando 407-425-1566 Mark Sand Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Group 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-7700
Cardiology Jacob Agamasu 1355 S. International Pkwy, Suite 1481 Lake Mary 407-804-9616 Rohit Bhatheja AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiology at Orlando 1613 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-894-4474 Susan Desjardins The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 790 Concourse Pkwy. S. Suite 120 Maitland 407-649-6907 Brian Dublin Central Florida Cardiology Group 1745 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7151 Aurelio Duran Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-6444 Arnold Einhorn Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiology Group 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-6444 Francis Fahey AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiology at Orlando 1613 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-894-4474 Patricia Guerrero AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiology at Orlando 1613 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-894-4474 Marcos Hazday Central Florida Cardiology Group 1745 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7151 Pradip Jamnadas Cardiovascular Interventions 1900 N. Mills Ave., Suite 107 Orlando 407-894-4880
Orlando 407-841-7151 Parimal Maniar Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiology Group 10000 W. Colonial Dr., Suite 484 Ocoee 321-841-6444 Israel Mantecon Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiology Group 4137 Hunterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park Ln. Orlando 321-841-6444 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 AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiology at Orlando 1613 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-894-4474
Bruce Stein Central Florida Cardiology Group 1745 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7151 Mark Steiner Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-6444 Andrew Taussig AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiology at Apopka 2100 Ocoee Apopka Rd. Suite 120 Apopka 407-889-1930 Lawrence Vallario The Cardiovascular Center 910 Williston Park Point, Suite 1000 Lake Mary 407-833-8028 Adam Waldman Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiology Group 100 N. Dean Rd., Suite 202 Orlando 321-841-6444
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Rodrigo Nehgme The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 790 Concourse Pkwy. S. Suite 120 Maitland 407-649-6907
Matthew Albert AdventHealth Medical Group Colorectal Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave. Suite 300 Orlando 407-303-2615
Amish Parikh Premier Cardiology 670 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 1003 Maitland 407-622-0793
Sam Atallah Digestive and Liver Center of Florida 100 N. Dean Rd., Suite 101 Orlando 407-384-7388
Neel Patel Central Florida Heart Care 541 S. Orlando Ave., Suite 301 Maitland 407-790-7860 Scott Pollak 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
Thomas Blake III Orlando VA Medical Center 13800 Veterans Way Orlando 407-631-1000 Samuel DeJesus Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando 110 W. Underwood St., Suite A Orlando 407-422-3790 Joseph Gallagher Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando 110 W. Underwood St., Suite A Orlando 407-422-3790
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TOP DOCTORS MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. TANYA HABER Internal Medicine AdventHealth Medical Group
As a physician you learn to expect the unexpected, think critically and adapt quickly! I was at a formal event when another guest went into cardiac arrest. It was like one of those classic movie scenes where someone calls out â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is there a doctor in the house?â&#x20AC;? I ran over to the woman in my fancy dress and heels and started CPR. The lady regained consciousness and was taken to an AdventHealth hospital. It was an intense experience, but I was happy to have been there to help. I was extremely gratified when she recovered and became my patient. When she came into my office for her first appointment, she brought me a jar of Life Savers. This experience put into perspective the role physicians play in the lives of the people who need us most. My daily practice as an internal medicine physician is not as dramatic as that incident, but helping my patients stay healthy has a dramatic impact on their lives.
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Jacqueline Kaiser Winter Park Colon and Rectal Specialists 255 N. Lakemont Ave., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-628-1718
Jeannette Hudgens Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center 4750 The Grove Dr., Suite 280 Windermere 407-704-7546
Renee Mueller Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando 110 W. Underwood St., Suite A Orlando 407-422-3790
Jerri Johnson Altamonte Dermatology 411 Maitland Ave., Suite 1001 Altamonte Springs 407-260-2606
Mark Soliman AdventHealth Medical Group Colorectal Surgery at Altamonte Springs 661 E. Altamonte Dr. Suite 220 Altamonte Springs 407-303-2615
Kathleen Judge Central Florida Dermatology Associates 700 E. Michigan St. Orlando 407-481-2620
Paul Williamson Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando 110 W. Underwood St., Suite A Orlando 407-422-3790
Dermatology Allison Arthur Sand Lake Dermatology Center 7335 W. Sand Lake Rd., Suite 200 Orlando 407-352-8553 Christopher Crotty Sand Lake Dermatology Center 7335 W. Sand Lake Rd., Suite 200 Orlando 407-352-8553 Alfredo Gonzalez The Dermatology Group 201 N. Lakemont Ave., Suite 800 Winter Park 407-645-2737 Dean Goodless Goodless Dermatology 410 Celebration Place, Suite 301 Celebration 407-566-1616 William Grisaitis Dermatology Center Of Maitland 331 N. Maitland Ave., Suite A5 Maitland 407-644-9030 Michael Gutierrez Mid Florida Dermatology & Plastic Surgery 100 W. Gore St., Suite 602 Orlando 407-299-7333 Michael Henner The Dermatology Group 515 W. S.R. 434, Suite 210 Longwood 407-332-8080
J. Matthew Knight Knight Dermatology Institute 801 N. Orange Ave., Suite 520 Orlando 407-992-0660 Ronald Knipe Knipe Dermatology 70 W. Gore St. Suite 200A Orlando 407-581-2888 Erica Mailler Sand Lake Dermatology Center 7335 W. Sand Lake Rd., Suite 200 Orlando 407-352-8553 Jere Mammino Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery 1410 W. Broadway St., Suite 205 Oviedo 407-359-2100 John Meisenheimer 7300 Sandlake Commons Blvd., Suite 105 Orlando 407-352-2444 Jeffrey Moskowitz Moskowitz Dermatology 1000 W. Broadway St., Suite 206 Oviedo 407-542-0100 Tace Rico AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Dermatology at Orlando 615 E. Princeton St. Suite 416 Orlando 407-303-1687 Amy Witt Derrow Dermatology 146 Orange Place Maitland 407-389-2020
Emergency Medicine Jeffrey Backer Emergency Physicians of Central Florida 9400 Turkey Lake Rd. Orlando 321-841-5236 Bradford Bowls 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-5600 Timothy Bullard Emergency Physicians of Central Florida 3090 Caruso Ct., Suite 20 Orlando 321-841-5236 David Cassidy Emergency Physicians of Central Florida 3090 Caruso Ct., Suite 20 Orlando 321-841-5236 Leonardo Cisneros Florida Emergency Physicians 500 Winderley Pl., Suite 115 Maitland 407-875-0555 Mark Clark Orlando Health 3090 Caruso Court Orlando 407-841-5236 Jay Falk Emergency Physicians of Central Florida 86 W. Underwood St., Suite 100 Orlando 321-841-5236 Philip Giordano Orlando Health 3090 Caruso Ct. Orlando 321-841-5236 Todd Glass Nemours Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Wahel Hilwa Emergency Physicians of Central Florida 86 W. Underwood St., Suite 200 Orlando 407-237-6329 Sean Isaak Emergency Physicians of Central Florida 3090 Caruso Ct., Suite 20 Orlando 407-841-5111
Shiva Kalidindi Nemours Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Mitchell Maulfair Florida Emergency Physicians 500 Winderley Pl., Suite 115 Maitland 407-875-0555 Vanessa Peluso Florida Emergency Physicians 500 Winderley Pl., Suite 115 Maitland 407-875-0555 David Sarkarati Florida Emergency Physicians 500 Winderley Pl., Suite 115 Maitland 407-875-0555
Endocrinology Sohail Ali Central Florida Endocrine and Diabetes Consultants 635 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-629-4901 Julie Bauer Central Florida Endocrine and Diabetes Consultants 635 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-629-4901 Jorge Daaboul AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatrics Diabetes & Endocrinology at Winter Park 1801 Lee Rd. Suite 170 Winter Park 407-896-2901 Paul Desrosiers Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Endocrinology and Diabetes Center 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-3303 Penny Glickman Central Florida Endocrine and Diabetes Consultants 635 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-629-4901 Wendy Huhn Diabetes and Endocrine Center of Orlando 3113 Lawton Rd., Suite 100 Orlando 407-894-3241
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TOP DOCTORS 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 AdventHealth Medical Group Diabetes & Endocrinology at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave. Suite 502 Orlando 407-303-2801
Family Practice Bradley Block Block, Nation, Chase & Smolen 2441 W. State Road 426, Suite 2011 Oviedo 407-678-6888 Michael Bougoulias Orlando Health Physician Associates 725 Rodel Cove, Suite 2001 Lake Mary 407-302-3115 Adrian Burrowes CFP Physicians Group 985 S.R. 436 Casselberry 407-831-5252 Christopher Caggiano Orlando Health Physician Associates 725 Rodel Cove Lake Mary 407-302-3119 Donald Collins 1109 Lucerne Terrace Orlando 407-843-4251 E. Frank Delgado Family Medical Center 2863 S. Delaney Ave. Orlando 407-843-1620 Perri Dumbacher AdventHealth Medical Group Oviedo Family Medicine at Oviedo Red Bug 7560 Red Bug Lake Rd., Suite 2048 Oviedo 407-366-8856 George Elias Drs. Elias & Oakley 63 E. 3rd St.
Patrick Gonzales Southwest Orlando Family Medicine 7400 Docs Grove Circle Orlando 407-352-9717 Aparna Hernandez Southwest Internal Medicine 5979 Vineland Rd., Suite 310 Orlando 407-345-0005 Lara Hitchcock MDVIP 7932 W. Sand Lake Rd. Suite 201 Orlando 407-447-9038 Amy Jackson Orlando Health Physician Associates 2731 Maguire Rd. Ocoee 407-635-3080 Richard Janovitz Family Medical Center 2863 S. Delaney Ave. Orlando 407-843-1620 Andrew Krupitsky Altamonte Family Practice 249 Maitland Ave., Suite 1000 Altamonte Springs 407-332-6366 Adam Langley PremierMED Family & Sports Medicine 2940 Maguire Rd., Suite 200 Ocoee 407-581-9065 Robert Law 3151 N. Alafaya Trail, Suite 101 Orlando 407-207-5000 Priya Maharaj Baldwin Park Family Practice 1040 Woodcock Rd., Suite 200 Orlando 407-898-4550 Raj Mehta AdventHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at Winter Park 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 200 Winter Park 407-646-7070 Douglas Meuser UCF Student Health Services 4098 Libra Dr. Orlando 407-823-2701
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Melodie Mope Winter Garden Health and Wellness 15820 Shaddock Dr. Suite 130 Winter Garden 407-558-8211 Jan Parrillo Family Medical Center 2863 S. Delaney Ave. Orlando 407-843-1620 Pinkal Patel Oviedo Family Health Center 6012 Aloma Woods Blvd. Oviedo 407-366-7455 Timothy Pursley Maitland Family Practice 402 Lake Howell Rd. Maitland 407-628-4312 Steven Selznick CFP Physicians Group 985 S.R. 436 Casselberry 407-831-5252 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 Kristin Steffes Orlando Health Physician Associates 16106 Marsh Rd., Suite 102 Winter Garden 407-635-3090 Gary Visser PremierMED Family & Sports Medicine 2940 Maguire Rd., Suite 200 Ocoee 407-581-9065 James Voirin Orlando Health Physician Associates 7408 Red Bug Lake Rd. Oviedo 407-381-7387 Eddie Waldheim Jr. Maitland Family Practice 402 Lake Howell Rd. Maitland 407-628-4312 Mark Weigley 685 Palm Springs Dr., Suite 1A Altamonte Springs 407-339-5959
Gastroenterology Rohitas Agarwal Gastroenterology Medic Care Corp. 126 Goodrich Ave. Apopka 407-464-2130 Nasim Ahmed Gastroenterology Consultants 7328 Stonerock Circle Orlando 407-292-1414 Mohammad Anwer Advanced Gastroenterological Associates 410 Celebration Place, Suite 400 Celebration 407-566-0700 Matthew Apter AdventHealth Medical Group Gastroenterology at Maitland 100 E. Sybelia Ave., Suite 327 Maitland 407-644-2525 Sangeeta Bhargava Pediatric Gastroenterology of Central Florida 615 E. Princeton St. Orlando 407-898-1210 Jeffrey Bornstein Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-3338 Richard Dumois 6735 Conroy Rd., Suite 214 Orlando 407-395-7040 Samuel Giday Center for Digestive Health 1817 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-896-1726 Robert Hawes AdventHealth Medical Group Interventional Endoscopy at Orlando 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-2570 Maryam Kashi AdventHealth Medical Group Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-1812
Barry Katz Digestive Disease Consultants Palm Endoscopy Center 623 Maitland Ave., Suite 2200 Altamonte Springs 407-830-8661 Charlene LePane AdventHealth Medical Group Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Celebration 400 Celebration Pl. Suite A360 Celebration 407-303-4829 Henry Levine Center for Digestive Health 1817 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-896-1726 Ivelisse Lopez Center for Digestive Health 1817 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-896-1726 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., Suite 2200 Altamonte Springs 407-830-8661 Harinath Sheela Digestive and Liver Center of Florida 100 N. Dean Rd., Suite 101 Orlando 407-384-7388
MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. LUIS HERRERA
Thoracic Surgeon Medical Director of Rod Taylor Thoracic Care Center at Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center
A very memorable moment in my career was with a dear patient—a culinary chef— who underwent surgery for esophageal cancer. We were unable to reconstruct his esophagus, leaving him unable to eat. Forced to use a feeding tube, this outcome became even more difficult to bear for this patient and me. Together with the plastic surgery and bariatric surgery teams at Orlando Health, we found a better option. Using a portion of the patient’s small intestine and microsurgery techniques, we successfully completed a complex reconstruction of his esophagus, allowing the patient to eat normally again and giving him an important part of his life back. Inspired by this patient, I made for him my favorite Cuban dessert for his first post-surgery visit to my clinic. He cried tears of joy at the first bite, enjoying it like nothing before, relieved after completing his recovery and being cancer-free. The grit and perseverance of this cancer patient and so many others amaze me. I am honored to walk with them every step of the way on their journey to recovery.
Harry Shephard Digestive Disease Consultants Palm Endoscopy Center 623 Maitland Ave., Suite 2200 Altamonte Springs 407-830-8661 Douglas Sprung The Gastroenterology Group 205 Loraine Dr. Altamonte Springs 407-261-0000 Philip Styne AdventHealth Medical Group Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-1812
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TOP DOCTORS MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. JORDAN STEINBERG Urologic Oncology AdventHealth Medical Group
As a urologic oncologist, my primary area of interest and expertise has always been bladder cancer diagnosis and management. I am blessed to meet and treat hundreds of patients every year, but one story from early in my career reminds me of the impact we make every day. In fact, it’s not even a cancer story. A young woman in her early 20s presented with a longstanding history of urinary incontinence and nighttime bedwetting. She was originally from Nigeria and had seen a number of other medical specialists for the problem. In tears, she described her teenage and college years of avoiding sleepovers and social gatherings. After standard testing, a biopsy confirmed a rare parasitic infection of the bladder called schistosomiasis that she had likely acquired while living in Nigeria. After just a few days of anti-parasitic treatment, her symptoms resolved completely. When she came back to the office, she gave me a bear hug and thanked me for giving her back her life.
General Surgery Danelle Chambers The Surgical Group of Orlando 1814 S. Lucerne Terrace 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 Marc Demers Orlando Health Medical Group Surgery 14 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-843-5001 Michael Freeland The Surgical Group of Orlando 1814 S. Lucerne Terrace Orlando 407-730-3627 Michael Kahky Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 22 W. Underwood St. Orlando 321-843-5001 Charles Koller Winter Park Hernia Center 2055 Glenwood Dr. Winter Park 407-478-5060 Marc Levy Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 1720 S. Orange Ave., Suite 500 Orlando 407-540-1000 Thomas Mahan Surgical Associates of Central Florida 1181 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-647-1331 Alberto Padron The Surgical Group of Orlando 1814 S. Lucerne Terrace Orlando 407-730-3627 Roberto Posada Surgical Associates of Central Florida 1181 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-647-1331
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Ivan Rosado Citrus Surgical Group 661 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 323 Altamonte Springs 407-830-8787 Jeffrey Smith Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 22 W. Underwood St. Orlando 321-843-5001 Daniel Vanuno Surgical Associates of Central Florida 1181 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-647-1331 Daryl Wier Orlando VA Medical Center 13800 Veterans Way Orlando 407-646-5500 Joseph Yurso Florida Surgical Group 661 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 323 Altamonte Springs 407-834-6965
Genetics Ingrid Cristian Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Division of Genetics 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 407-648-7802 Aditi Dagli Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Division of Genetics 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 407-648-7802 Lynda Pollack Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Division of Genetics 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 407-648-7802 Patricia Wheeler Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Division of Genetics 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 407-648-7802
Geriatrics Ariel Cole AdventHealth Medical Group Senior Health at Winter Park Benmore 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 200 Winter Park 407-599-6060
Robin Creamer AdventHealth Medical Group Senior Health at Winter Park Benmore 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 200 Winter Park 407-646-7070 Rosemary Laird AdventHealth Medical Group Senior Health at Winter Park Dundee 1933 Dundee Dr. Winter Park 407-622-2647 Gary Lehman Dr. Gary Lehman & Associates 2881 S. Bumby Ave. Orlando 407-894-0005 Venkatesh Nagalapadi CFP Physicians Group 985 S.R. 436 Casselberry 407-831-5252 David Smuckler Orlando Health Medical Group Internal & Family Medicine 21 W. Columbia St., Suite 100 Orlando 321-841-5560
Gynecologic Oncology Lorna Brudie Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 105 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-8393 Christopher Bryant The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Healing Center for GYN Oncology & Surgery 3438 Lawton Rd., Suite 2D Orlando 407-751-2868 Neil Finkler AdventHealth Executive Office 550 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-1574 Robert Holloway AdventHealth Medical Group GYN Oncology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 786 Orlando 407-303-2422 James Kendrick IV AdventHealth Medical Group GYN Oncology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 786 Orlando 407-303-2422 Nathalie McKenzie AdventHealth Medical Group GYN Oncology at Orlando
2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 786 Orlando 407-303-2422
Veronica Schimp Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center Gynecologic Cancer Center 105 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-8393
Hematology Oncology Carlos Alemany AdventHealth Medical Group Oncology and Hematology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 689 Orlando 407-303-2024 Roy Ambinder Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 601 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 100 Altamonte Springs 407-303-2305 Raul Castillo AdventHealth Medical Group Oncology and Hematology at Altamonte Springs 894 E. Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs 407-834-5151 Ralph Gousse Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 601 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 100 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 AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Onocology & Hematology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 589 Orlando 407-303-2080 Sarah Katta Southwest Cancer Center 922 Lucerne Terrace Orlando 407-426-8660
Tarek Mekhail AdventHealth Medical Group Oncology and Hematology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 689 Orlando 407-303-2024 David Molthrop Jr. Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 381 Orlando 407-898-5452 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 Head and Neck Center 22 W. Underwood St. Orlando 321-841-1882
Infectious Disease Christopher 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 Jose Giron Midway Specialty Care Center 2884 S. Osceola Ave. Orlando 407-888-5980 Alejandro Jordan Villegas Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 407-841-7360 Federico Laham Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-7360 Carmelo Licitra Orlando Health Infectious Disease 1012 Lucerne Terrace Orlando 407-423-1039 Anibal Maldonado Infectious Disease Consultants 685 Palm Springs Dr., Suite 2A Altamonte Springs 407-830-5577
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TOP DOCTORS James McClelland AdventHealth 3000 N. Orange Ave., Suite A Orlando 407-896-9660
Christopher Buddendorff Central Florida Hospitalist Partners 515 Wekiva Commons Circle Apopka 407-464-9516
Wilfred Onyia 3000 N. Orange Ave., Suite A Orlando 407-896-9660
Maria Cannarozzi UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627
Archana Shah Premier Infectious Disease Care 2100 Aloma Ave., Suite 204 Winter Park 321-422-3660 Jason Sniffen Infectious Disease Consultants 685 Palm Springs Dr., Suite 2A Altamonte Springs 407-830-5577 Vincent Spoto Orlando Health Infectious Disease 1012 S. Lucerne Terrace Orlando 407-423-1039
Infertility Sharon Jaffe Center for Reproductive Medicine 1500 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park 407-740-0909 Randall Loy Center for Reproductive Medicine 1500 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park 407-740-0909 Sejal Dharia Patel Center for Reproductive Medicine 410 Celebration Place, Suite 205 Celebration 407-740-0909 Frank Riggall Center for Reproductive Medicine 1500 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park 407-740-0909 Mark Trolice Fertility CARE: The IVF Center 5901 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 Lucille Belnick Lake Howell Internal Medicine 5558 Lake Howell Rd. Winter Park 407-679-3400
Zulma Cintron 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., Suite 101 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 AdventHealth Medical Group Maitland Internal Medicine 670 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 204 Maitland 407-644-7551 George Everett AdventHealth Medical Group Internal Medicine at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 235 Orlando 321-303-7270 Robert Faber Orlando Health Physician Associates 550 E. State Rd. 434 Longwood 407-381-7367 M.J. Galceran Southwest Internal Medicine 5979 Vineland Rd., Suite 310 Orlando 407-345-0005
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Tanya Haber AdventHealth Medical Group Internal Medicine at Mills 401 N. Mills Ave., Suite C Orlando 407-893-6225 Aparna Hernandez Southwest Internal Medicine 5979 Vineland Rd., Suite 310 Orlando 407-345-0005 Lara Hitchcock MDVIP 7932 W. Sand Lake Rd. Suite 201 Orlando 407-447-9038 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 Medical Group Internal & Family Medicine 21 W. Columbia St., Suite 100 Orlando 321-841-5560 Mario Madruga Orlando Health Medical Group Internal & Family Medicine 21 W. Columbia St., Suite 100 Orlando 321-841-5560 John Mancini Winter Park Internal Medicine 1855 Hollywood Ave. Winter Park 407-645-4572 Victor Mikhael Central Florida Inpatient Medicine 525 Technology Dr., Suite 109 Lake Mary 407-647-5431 Quan Nguyen Altamonte Springs Internal Medicine 350 Maitland Ave., Suite 1001 Altamonte Springs 407-339-7682 Denise Panuccio Altamonte Medical Group 1200 W. S.R. 434, Suite 112 Longwood 407-869-8747 Annapurna Pattisapu Primary Care Specialists of Orlando 3615 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-855-2526 Joyce Paulson UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd.
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 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 Monisha Seth AdventHealth Medical Group Internal Medicine at Winter Park Howell Branch 1940 Howell Branch Rd. Winter Park 407-303-6511 David Smuckler Orlando Health Medical Group Internal & Family Medicine 21 W. Columbia St., Suite 100 Orlando 321-841-5560 Sandra Stine Orlando Health Physician Associates 5540 E. Grant St., Suite A Orlando 407-367-4715 Juan Suarez 1900 N. Mills Ave., Suite 103 Orlando 407-843-0151 Raul Tamayo VitalGenix Health & Wellness 1325 S. International Pkwy. Suite 2241 Lake Mary 407-766-3627
Nephrology Banji Awosika West Orange Nephrology 1210 E. Plant St., Suite 120 Winter Garden 407-297-8408 Vasudeva Bommineni Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 685 Palm Springs Dr., Suite 1B Altamonte Springs 407-339-4447
Jeffrey Cohen Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 3885 Oakwater Circle Orlando 407-816-5700 Uday Desai Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 537N Suite 537N 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 Jorge Ramirez Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Hewell Kids’ Kidney Center 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-7970 Uday Ranjit Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 537N Orlando 407-894-4693
MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. MARK A. STEINER Cardiologist Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute
I’ve had the privilege to take care of some amazing people for the past 20 years, but when I was a medical student, one patient showed me how much impact a physician could have. An elderly woman came into the primary care office for a routine checkup. She was relatively healthy except for being nearly deaf from progressive hearing loss. Being a diligent medical student, I completed a thorough exam and found a tremendous amount of earwax blocking her auditory canal. After 20-30 minutes of wax removal, she could hear perfectly well. Afterward, she hugged me and ran around the office and waiting room telling everyone what a miracle it was she could hear again. The caregiver from the nursing home called her family so the patient could talk to them on the phone, something she hadn’t been able to do for years, and share that her deafness was cured. That lesson taught me how impactful one person could be.
Howard Sackel Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 537N Orlando 407-894-4693 Joseph Warren Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 537N Orlando 407-894-4693 Timothy Youell Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 537N Orlando 407-894-4693
Neurological Surgery Christopher Baker Orlando Neurosurgery 1605 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-975-0200
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TOP DOCTORS 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 866-355-0576 Nizam Razack Spine & Brain Neurosurgery Center 7460 Docs Grove Circle Orlando 407-903-9360 Paul Sawin Orlando Neurosurgery 1605 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-975-0200 Hunaldo Villalobos Central Florida Neurosurgery Institute 801 N. Orange Ave., Suite 720 Orlando 407-288-8638 Joseph Wehman Wehman Neurosurgery 80 W. Gore St. Orlando 407-254-0005
Neurology Nicholas Avgeropoulos Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-7218 Carl Barr Florida Child Neurology 6150 Metrowest Blvd., Suite 105 Orlando 407-897-3544 Alicia Cabrera Neurology of Central Florida 405 W. Central Pkwy. Altamonte Springs 407-790-4990 Ronald Davis Pediatric Neurology 1245 W. Fairbanks Ave. Suite 305 Winter Park 407-293-1122 Ira Goodman The Compass Clinic
100 W. Gore St., Suite 406 Orlando 407-210-1320
Bruce Hoffen Florida NeuroHealth 515 W. S.R. 434, Suite 205 Longwood 407-332-5141 William Honeycutt Neurology Associates 301 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-647-5996 Arnaldo Isa Neurology Associates 301 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-647-5996 Daniel Jacobs Neurological Services of Orlando 3849 Oakwater Circle Orlando 407-240-1762 Mark Klafter Neurological Services of Orlando 3849 Oakwater Circle Orlando 407-240-1762 Jasna Kojic Child Neurology Center of Orlando 6000 Turkey Lake Rd., Suite 205 Orlando 407-649-1848 Daniel Nieves-Quinones Neurology Associates 301 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-647-5996 Ronald Oppenheim Neurology & Electromyography Consultants 1400 S. Orlando Ave., Suite 301 Winter Park 407-645-3151 Hal Pineless NeuroCare Institute of Central Florida 1890 S.R. 436, Suite 255 Winter Park 407-657-7900
Nuclear Medicine Damita Thomas Medical Center Radiology Group 20 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-423-2581 James Wilson AdventHealth Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane, 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355
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Obstetrics Gynecology Amanpreet Bhullar Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies 83 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-5297 Bruce Breit Women’s Care Florida 100 N. Edinburgh Dr., Suite 200 Winter Park 407-645-5565 Aileen Caceres Caceres Specialized Gynecology 400 Celebration Blvd., Suite A120 Celebration 407-392-2777 Virgil Davila Orlando Health Physician Associates 7416 Red Bug Lake Rd. Oviedo 407-381-7387 Steven Dukes Women’s Care Florida 100 N. Edinburgh Dr., Suite 200 Winter Park 407-645-5565 Thomas Gibbs Florida Women Care 1811 Lucerne Terrace Orlando 407-648-5101 D. Ashley Hill AdventHealth Medical Group OB/GYN at Orlando 235 E. Princeton St. Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-1444 Udita Jahagirdar 101 N. 8th St., Suite 1001 Lake Mary 407-321-8300 Lori Lambert 7051 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 5 Orlando 407-604-1839 Sheryl Logan Women’s Care Florida OB & GYN Specialists 1551 Clay St. Winter Park 407-644-5371 Melissa Moore Women’s Care Florida Winter Park OB-GYN 100 N. Edinburgh Dr., Suite 200 Orlando 407-645-5565
Elizabeth Nelson The Women’s Center 100 W. Gore St., Suite 400 Orlando 407-318-2694 Terrence Peppy Orlando Health Physician Associates 7243 Della Dr., Suite H Orlando 407-381-7336 Judith Simms-Cendan Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Clinic 89 W. Copeland Dr. Orlando 321-841-5530 Pamela Snook Contemporary Women’s Care 2111 Glenwood Dr., Suite 208 Winter Park 407-478-6249 Louis Stern Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies 21 W. Columbia St., Suite 100 Orlando 321-841-5560 Jon Sweet Orlando Health Physician Associates 4932 W. State Rd. 46, Suite 1090 Sanford 407-635-3340 Jennifer Swoboda AdventHealth Medical Group OB Hospitalists at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 446 Orlando 407-975-0406 Parmelee Thatcher Women’s Care Florida Delaney Park OB/GYN 1116 Lucerne Terrace Orlando 407-316-8550 Michael Tortorella 7300 Sandlake Commons Blvd., Suite 320 Orlando 407-363-1003
Ophthalmology David Auerbach Eye Physicians of Central Florida 790 Concourse Parkway S. Suite 200 Maitland 407-767-6411
Andrew Aziz Affiliated Eye Specialists 331 N. Maitland Ave., Suite B2 Maitland 407-740-0331
Jaime Membreno Retina Macula Specialists 660 Shoreview Ave. Winter Park 407-931-1510
Lawrence Halperin Orlando Orthopaedic Center 25 W. Crystal Lake St., Suite 200 Orlando 407-254-2500
John Beneke Magruder Eye Institute 1911 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-893-8200
Osama Omar Advanced Vision Institute 773 Douglas Ave. Altamonte Springs 407-389-0800
Louis Blumenfeld Eye Physicians of Central Florida 790 Concourse Parkway S. Suite 200 Maitland 407-767-6411
Parul Pal Orlando Eye Consultants 1206 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-228-4035
Michael Jablonski Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute 701 Platinum Point Lake Mary 407-629-2444
Richard Cohn Cohn Eye Center 260 Lookout Place, Suite 105 Maitland 407-647-7227
Harry Pappas Florida Eye Clinic 160 Boston Ave. Altamonte Springs 407-834-7776
Elliot Cooperman 311 E. Evans St. Orlando 407-898-6091
Keshini Parbhu Remagin 4750 The Grove Dr., Suite 230 Windermere 407-704-3937
Airaj Fasiuddin Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Margaret Poulos Ramirez & Poulos 115 W. Columbia St., Suite E Orlando 407-232-7595
Robert Gold Eye Physicians of Central Florida 790 Concourse Parkway S., Suite 200 Maitland 407-767-6411
Deepak Raja Remagin 4750 The Grove Dr., Suite 230 Windermere 407-704-3937
Brian Haas Boutique Eye Orlando 415 Briercliff Dr. Orlando 407-841-1490 Robert Hered 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 AdventHealth 661 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 223 Altamonte Springs 407-260-2255 G. Brock Magruder Jr. Magruder Laser Vision 120 E. Par St., Suite 2000 Orlando 407-843-5665
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 Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute 1285 N. Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-647-2287 J. Dean Cole AdventHealth Orthopedic Surgery 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 340 Orlando 407-895-8890
D. Raymond Knapp Jr. Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Orthopedics 1222 S. Orange Ave., 5th Floor Orlando 321-841-3040 Sean McFadden Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute 3451 Technological Drive, Suite 15 Orlando 407-629-2444 Craig Mintzer Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute 1222 South Orange Ave. Orlando 321-843-5851 Robert Murrah Jr. Orlando Health Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-843-5851
Randy Schwartzberg Orlando Orthopaedic Center Sports Medicine 25 W. Crystal Lake St., Suite 200 Orlando 407-254-2500 Joseph Tutorino Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute 701 Platinum Point Lake Mary 407-647-2287 George White Orlando Hand Surgery Associates 801 N. Orange Ave. Suite 600 & 600B Orlando 407-841-2100 Raymund Woo AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 514 Orlando 407-303-5687
Otolaryngology Michael Bibliowicz Orlando Ear Nose & Throat Associates 5830 Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando 407-658-0228
Steve Nguyen Optimotion Orthopaedics 5979 Vineland Rd., Suite 101 Orlando 407-355-3120
Gregory Boger Ear Nose Throat & Sinus Center of Orlando 2828 Casa Aloma Way, Suite 300 Winter Park 407-937-1031
Jonathan Phillips Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Orthopedics 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-3040
Cheryl Cotter Children’s Ear Nose Throat & Allergy 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd., Suite 103 Orlando 407-253-1000
Bryan Reuss Orlando Orthopaedic Center Sports Medicine 25 W. Crystal Lake St., Suite 200 Orlando 407-254-2500
Nick Debnath Florida Otolaryngology Group 7251 University Blvd., Suite 300 Winter Park 407-677-0099
Jeffrey Rosen Orlando Orthopaedic Center 25 W. Crystal Lake St., Suite 200 Orlando 407-254-2548 Randall Rust Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute 5151 Winter Garden Vineland Rd. Suite 206 Windermere 407-629-2444
Joshua Gottschall Children’s Ear Nose Throat & Allergy 790 Concourse Pkwy. S., Suite 110 Maitland 407-253-1000 Dale Harrington Orlando Ear Nose & Throat Associates 5830 Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando 407-658-0228
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TOP DOCTORS Henry Ho The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883
Kiran Tipirneni The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883
Darian Kameh Central Florida Pathology Associates 2855 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-303-1932
Eric Jaryszak Children’s Ear Nose Throat & Allergy 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd., Suite 103 Orlando 407-253-1000
Hao Tran The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883
Shuan Li Orlando Health Pathology Specialists 1414 Kuhl Ave. Orlando 407-841-5217
Izak Kielmovitch The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883
Julie Wei Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Muchou Ma Department of Pathology 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-6611
James Kosko Jr. Children’s Ear Nose Throat & Allergy 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd., Suite 103 Orlando 407-253-1000 Jeffrey Lehman The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 Aftab Patni The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 Kavita Pattani Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 22 W. Underwood St. Orlando 321-841-7171 David Rabaja Orlando Ear, Nose & Throat Associates 8000 Redbug Lake Rd. Suite 150 Oviedo 407-971-3337 Devang Shah Atlantic Ear, Nose & Throat 1301 S. International Pkwy. Suite 2011 Lake Mary 407-774-9880 Brian Spector The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates 44 W. Michigan St. Orlando 407-644-4883
Pain Medicine Kayvan Ariani Center for Pain Management 1245 N. Orange Ave., Suite 120 Winter Park 407-303-9662
Gary Pearl Orlando Health Pathology Specialists 1414 Kuhl Ave. Orlando 407-841-5217
Michael Creamer Central Florida Pain Relief Centers 100 W. Gore St., Suite 500 Orlando 407-649-8707
Robert Randell Jr. Central Florida Pathology Associates 7727 Lake Underhill Road Orlando 407-422-9831
D. Brian Jager Center for Pain Management 1245 N. Orange Ave., Suite 120 Winter Park 407-303-9662
Deborah Thoni Central Florida Pathologists 2855 N. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-303-1932
Chad Kollas Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center Palliative & Supportive Care 1400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-7218
Pedro Yepes-Hoyos Department of Pathology 1055 Saxon Blvd. Orange City 386-917-5184
Carlos Chaban Hunt Club Pediatrics 425 S. Hunt Club Blvd., Suite 1051 Apopka 407-786-4080 Robert Chong AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatrics at College Park 716 Vassar St. Orlando 407-423-8443 Laritssa Cobian RDV Sportsplex Pediatrics 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd. Orlando 407-916-4520 Gregory Coffman Orlando Health Physician Associates 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 Stephanie Crum Premier Pediatrics 10000 W. Colonial Dr., Suite 390 Ocoee 407-290-2394 Mark Didea Orlando Health Physician Associates 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 Gregory Gordon Orlando Health Physician Associates 2920 Maguire Rd. Suite 1001 Ocoee 407-654-6506
Brooke Britton Orlando Health Physician Associates 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290
Ben Guedes AdventHealth Medical Group Coordinated Care for Kids 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 586 Winter Park 407-303-6920
Diane Davey UCF College of Medicine 6850 Lake Nona Blvd. Orlando 407-266-1000
Vanessa Camino Heraud Pediatrics 6068 S. Apopka Vineland Rd. Suite 10 Orlando 407-730-7084
Diego Heraud Heraud Pediatrics 6068 S. Apopka Vineland Rd. Suite 10 Orlando 407-730-7084
Raymond Franklin Orlando Health 1414 Kuhl Ave. Orlando 407-841-5217
Hernando Cardona Pediatrics of Greater Orlando 1515 Park Center Dr., Suite 2D Orlando 407-704-6912
Mary Janarious Pediatrics of Central Florida 801 W. Oak St., Suite 101 Kissimmee 407-917-5626
Orlando Gonzalez Orlando Health Pathology Specialists 1414 Kuhl Ave. Orlando 407-841-5217
Alix Casler Orlando Health Physician Associates 9679 Lake Nona Village Pl. Suite 101 Orlando 407-261-2934
Lucyna Lagod Orlando Health Physician Associates 2920 Maguire Rd. Suite 1001 Ocoee 407-654-6506
Pathology Paul Baekey Central Florida Pathologists 2855 N. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-303-1932
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Miles Landis AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatrics at Lake Mary 410 Waymont Ct. Lake Mary 407-323-3550 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 407-634-1245 Ira Pinnelas Pediatric Hospitalist Service 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-6993 Rachel Prete Pediatric Hospitalist Service 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-6993 Robert Quigley AdventHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at Winter Park 133 Benmore Dr. Suite 200 Winter Park 407-646-7070 Lillian Reguero 3431 S. Orange Ave., Suite B Orlando 407-422-8873 Marla Robbins Personal Pediatrics 7051 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 1 Orlando 407-345-9929 Susan Ryan Orlando Health Medical Group 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 Joseph Savona General Pediatrics 2572 W. S.R. 426, Suite 1048 Oviedo 407-365-4499 Denise Serafin Windermere Pediatrics 7635 Ashley Park Ct., Suite 501 Orlando 407-297-0080 Maxine Silverman Personal Pediatrics 7051 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 1 Orlando 407-345-9929
Samuel Smith III 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., Suite 102 Maitland 407-660-7000 Pamela Trout Doc PAM, Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine 201 N. Lakemont Ave., Suite 200 Winter Park 321-203-4410 Dolly Ubhrani Longwood Pediatrics 1400 W. S.R. 434, Suite 1010 Longwood 407-644-9970 Barry Yarckin West Orlando Pediatrics 10125 W. Colonial Dr., Suite 102 Ocoee 407-290-9355
Plastic Surgery Clifford Clark III Clark Institute for Aesthetics 701 W. Morse Blvd. Winter Park 407-629-5555 Arthur DeBaise Euro Cosmetic Surgery Center 320 Edinburgh Dr., Suite D Winter Park 407-539-3455 Richard Gregory The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery 400 Celebration Pl., 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 Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute 77 W. Underwood St. Orlando 321-841-7090
Kenneth Lee Orlando Health Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute 77 W. Underwood St. Orlando 321-841-7090 Charles Newman Jr. Newman Plastic Surgery 444 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-481-9505 George Papanicolaou Soma Plastic Surgery 3272 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 1810 Lake Mary 407-478-3151 Kendall Peters Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 801 N. Orange Ave., Suite 815 Orlando 407-898-1436 George Pope Pope Plastic Surgery 2629 Edgewater Dr. Orlando 407-857-6261 D. Scott Rotatori 800 W. Morse Blvd., Suite 5 Winter Park 407-628-5476
James Shoukas Lake Mary Plastic Surgery 910 Williston Park Point, Suite 1028 Lake Mary 407-333-2518 Kenrick Spence Hillcrest Plastic Surgery 130 Hillcrest St. Orlando 407-999-2585 Frank Stieg III AdventHealth Cancer Institute 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 209 Orlando 407-490-2078
Psychiatry Luis Allen AdventHealth 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 866-248-5828 Juan Balaguer Florida Behavioral Health 260 Lookout Place, Suite 202 Maitland 407-753-7440 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 407-977-7943 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 Jeffrey Danziger Psychiatric Affiliates 2300 Maitland Center Pkwy. Suite 211 Maitland 407-679-6400 Scott Farmer The Healing House 417 E. Jackson St. Orlando 407-701-4500 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. AdventHealth Medical Group Psychiatry at Winter Park 1573 W. Fairbanks Ave. Suite 100 Winter Park 407-896-8097 Linda Harper CNS Healthcare 618 E. South St., Suite 100 Orlando 407-425-5100 Sonny Joseph 9430 Turkey Lake Rd., Suite 204 Orlando 407-354-5290 David Keisari Central Florida Behavioral Hospital 6601 Central Florida Pkwy. Orlando 407-370-0111 Andrew Kleiman Kleiman Psychiatry 2180 N. Park Ave., Suite 320 Winter Park 407-339-3338
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TOP DOCTORS Jeffrey Krotenberg Lake Mary Psychiatry and Counseling 305 Waymont Ct., Suite 111 Lake Mary 407-324-0405 Ramon Martinez Greater Orlando Psychiatric Associates 1417 N. Semoran Blvd., Suite 203 Orlando 407-206-1106 Morteza Nadjafi APG Health 736 N. Magnolia Ave. Orlando 407-423-7149 Carlos Ruiz Orlando Health Physician Associates 86 W. Underwood St., Suite 102 Orlando 321-841-3581
Pulmonary Disease Akinyemi Ajayi Children’s Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists 2660 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-898-2767 Fortune Alabi Florida Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists 3480 Polynesian Isle Blvd. Kissimmee 877-352-5864 Sigfredo Aldarondo Pulmonary Care of Central Florida 1110 N. Kentucky Ave. Winter Park 407-539-2766 Francisco Calimano Central Florida Pulmonary Group 1115 E. Ridgewood St. Orlando 407-841-1100 Faisal Fakih Florida Premier Research Institute 1788 W. Fairbanks Ave. Suite B Winter Park 407-740-8078 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 2750 Taylor Ave., Suite A17 Orlando 407-250-6759
Stephen Bravo Sand Lake Imaging 9350 Turkey Lake Rd., Suite 100 Orlando 407-363-2772
Marc Shapiro Neuro Imaging Winter Park 2111 Glenwood Dr., Suite 101 Winter Park 407-478-1550
Shirish Kirtane Kirtane and Associates 210 N. Westmonte Dr., Suite 1000 Altamonte Springs 407-788-7844
Wei-Shen Chin Medical Center Radiology Group 20 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-423-2581
Harmanjit Sidhu Medical Center Radiology Group 20 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-423-2581
Daniel Layish Central Florida Pulmonary Group 1115 E. Ridgewood St. Orlando 407-841-1100
Charlotte Elenberger Sand Lake Imaging 9350 Turkey Lake Rd., Suite 100 Orlando 407-363-2772
Susan Smith Medical Center Radiology Group 20 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-423-2581
Floyd Livingston Jr. Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Gary Felsberg AdventHealth Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane, 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355
Thomas O’Brien Pulmonary Disease Specialists 1121 N. Central Ave., Suite B Kissimmee 407-933-1221
Nicholas Feranec AdventHealth Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane, 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355
Francisco Remy Central Florida Pulmonary Group 10916 Dylan Loren Circle Orlando 407-841-1100
Terrence Gross Medical Center Radiology Group 20 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-423-2581
Carlos Sabogal Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-6350
David Harding Medical Center Radiology Group 20 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-423-2581
Edward Scanlon Pulmonary Practice Associates 1075 Town Center Dr. Orange City 386-917-0333 Raza Shah 7319 Stonerock Circle, Suite 106 Orlando 407-248-9800 Mark Vollenweider Orlando Health Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine 392 Rinehart Rd., Suite 3090 Lake Mary 321-841-7856
Radiology—Diagnostic Richard Beegle AdventHealth Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane, 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355 Peter Bove Center for Diagnostic Imaging 1295 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-741-5400
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Gregory Logsdon AdventHealth Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane, 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355 John Murray AdventHealth Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane, 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355 Roger Nash Cyrus Diagnostic Imaging 165 Waymont Ct. Lake Mary 407-321-3012 Alexandra Osorio Sand Lake Imaging 9350 Turkey Lake Rd., Suite 100 Orlando 407-363-2772 Vijay Patange Medical Center Radiology Group 20 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-423-2581
Radiology—Therapeutic Peter Bove Center for Diagnostic Imaging 1295 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-741-5400 David Diamond Florida Radiation Oncology 483 N. Semoran Blvd., Suite 107 Winter Park 407-539-0722 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 Frank Hellinger Jr. Orlando Neurosurgery 1605 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-975-0200 Craig Johnson Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Steven Lester Central Florida Cancer Care Center Radiation Oncology Consultants 52 W. Gore St Orlando 407-203-2700 Alberto Mansilla AdventHealth Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane, 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355 Christopher Rush AdventHealth Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane, 4th Floor Maitland 407- 200-2355
Grant Webber AdventHealth Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane, 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355
Rehabilitation Nicholas Bagnoli AdventHealth 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 505 Orlando 407-898-2924 Michael Creamer Central Florida Pain Relief Centers 100 W. Gore St., Suite 500 Orlando 407-649-8707 Mitchell Freed 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 505 Orlando 407-898-2924 David PortĂŠe Orlando VA Medical Center 13800 Veterans Way Orlando 407-646-5500 Mark Tracy AdventHealth 1685 Lee Rd. Suite 200 Winter Park 407-992-7691
Rheumatology Shazia Beg UCF Health 9975 Tavistock Lakes Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627
3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd. Suite 30 Orlando 407-859-4540
Javaid Sheikh Orlando Arthritis Institute 58 W. Michigan St. Orlando 407-650-9220 Gary Sladek AdventHealth 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 538 Orlando 407-894-8696 Laura Summers Rheumatology Associates of Central Florida 3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd. Suite 30 Orlando 407-859-4540
Urology Stephen Baker Orlando Urology Associates 41 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-843-6645 Jeffrey Brady AdventHealth Medical Group Urology at Orlando 1812 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-897-3499 Thomas Cangiano AdventHealth Medical Group Urology at Altamonte Springs 270 Northlake Blvd., Suite 1008 Altamonte Springs 407-834-3300
Neha Bhanusali UCF Health 9975 Tavistock Lakes Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627
Daniel Cohen Urology Center of Winter Park 315 N. Lakemont Ave. Winter Park 407-622-2030
Howard Buchoff 825 Douglas Ave. Altamonte Springs 407-788-3381
Michael Keating AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Urology at Orlando 615 E. Princeton St. Suite 310 Orlando 407-303-5781
Jeffrey Elston 235 S. Maitland Ave, Suite 105 Maitland 407-265-1109 Pamela Freeman Rheumatology Associates of Central Florida 3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd., Suite 30 Orlando 407-859-4540 Caryn Hasselbring Rheumatology Associates of Central Florida
Allan Klaiman Klaiman Urology 668 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 105 Maitland 407-774-2431 Marshall Melcer Orlando Urology Associates 41 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-843-6645
Javier Miller Orlando Health Medical Group Urology 303 E. Par St. Orlando 877-876-3627 Albert Ong Orlando Urology Associates 41 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-843-6645 Rakesh Patel AdventHealth Medical Group Urology at Orlando 1812 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-897-3499 Mark Rich Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Urology Center 1725 Cook Ave. Orlando 321-843-9017 Inoel Rivera-Ramirez Orlando Health Medical Group Urology 303 E. Par St. Orlando 877-876-3627 Jordan Steinberg AdventHealth Medical Group Urology at Winter Park 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 303 E. Par St. Orlando 877-896-3627 James Welch Orlando Urology Associates 41 W. Kaley St. Orlando 407-843-6645
Vascular Surgery G. Kendrix Adcock Florida Vascular Consultants 400 S. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-539-2100 Delos Clift AdventHealth Medical Group Vascular Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave. Suite 302
John Horowitz Central Florida Vein and Vascular Center 10000 W. Colonial Dr., Suite 495 Ocoee 407-293-5944 Adam Levitt Vascular Specialists of Central Florida 80 W. Michigan St. Orlando 407-648-4323 Samuel Martin Vascular Vein Centers 1200 Edgewater Dr. Orlando 407-781-3274 Manuel Perez-Izquierdo AdventHealth Medical Group Vascular Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave. Suite 302 Orlando 407-303-7250 Mark Ranson AdventHealth Medical Group Vascular Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave. Suite 302 Orlando 407-303-7250 Charles Thompson Vascular Specialists of Central Florida 80 W. Michigan St. Orlando 407-648-4323 David Varnagy AdventHealth Medical Group Vascular Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave. Suite 302 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 AdventHealth Medical Group Vascular Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave. Suite 302 Orlando 407-303-7250
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Dr. Kenneth Alexander of Nemours Children’s Hospital, with co-worker Abigail Nazario.
The Mysteries of COVID-19 L
ong before the current pandemic, Dr. Federico Laham encountered an infection in a 16-year-old Orlando girl that still haunts him today. A year after arriving at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in 2010, he says, he helped treat the teenager after she picked up an infection from a brain-eating amoeba while swimming in the St. Johns River. “It was something she’d done her whole life, swimming there,” he says of the river where the single-celled organism, Naegleria fowleri, entered through the girl’s nose to attack her brain. Although millions of people are exposed to these amoeba in freshwater lakes and ponds, experts say, only a handful get sick, for reasons that remain poorly understood. “She passed within 72 hours,” Laham says sadly, recalling the unusual, yet invariably fatal infection only seen in two other children at the hospital since. “I still remember her.”
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In the intervening decade, Laham, the medical director of pediatric infectious diseases at Arnold Palmer, has diagnosed and treated many other children whose acute or chronic infections may be caused by an array of more common viruses, bacteria, fungi and even the occasional prion, a miniscule protein behind several degenerative brain diseases. But not surprisingly, like most of his infectious disease colleagues nationwide, he now focuses on the many medical uncertainties surrounding the novel virus causing COVID-19 as it sweeps the globe. Whereas in the past, these physicians operated primarily in the background, today they’re at the forefront of medical efforts to stem the virus’ rapid trajectory, as new testing strategies evolve, along with better therapeutics to control it. That means taking measures daily to protect patients and health care staff alike through rapidly identifying the sick and iso-
Why are children often spared? What treatments might work? With infectious disease in the spotlight, some local experts explain—and offer sage advice. BY SUSAN JENKS
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lating them, while requiring everyone to wear masks—widely viewed as a singular deterrent to viral spread, until a vaccine becomes available, possibly by early 2021. “None of us who worked through the recent peak in July ever want to go through that again,” Laham says, referring to an early spike in severe infections in Central Florida. In an unexpected finding contrary to other disease outbreaks, Laham and others say, children have been largely spared from the worst ravages of this fast-moving pathogen, except for a rare inflammatory condition that can develop two to six weeks after infection. Overall, of those testing positive in the Orlando area, relatively few infections have been in children. And, so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, state-level reports show that the death rate among children remains low in Florida and elsewhere in the country. “COVID-19 is very peculiar,” says Dr. Kenneth Alexander, chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando. “Children are usually the canary in the coal mine,” or the first ones to get any new, emerging disease during an outbreak, he says. With COVID-19, though, “we realized quickly that most children were going to be fine”—a disease pattern borne out inside area
hospitals, with few acute cases requiring hospitalization. Also, the handful of children who have developed inflammatory reactions following a viral infection, Alexander says, underwent successful treatment with steroids and antibodies in the hospital and were then released. Why children seem to fare so much better than adults, especially those past age 60, is not yet clear, though many reports have shown the youngest children can quietly pass these infections to others, primarily their adult caregivers. “These adult caregivers are the people who need to do everything to protect themselves” by wearing masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing, Alexander says. One theory behind the seeming immunity children enjoy holds that most of them make only small quantities of a specific protein, the ACE2 receptor, or angiotension converting enzyme-2 receptor, which acts as a cellular gateway to healthy cells throughout the body. Because doctors know that older people as they age produce more of these proteins — associated with both heart and pulmonary diseases—the increased number presumably gives the COVID-19 virus more opportunity to invade, replicate and survive. All of the major vaccine efforts furthest along and many evolving treatments under way target the coronavirus’ spike protein,
Dr. Federico Laham has diagnosed a variety of pediatric diseases well before COVID-19.
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which binds to the ACE-2 receptor, allowing the virus to latch on to and enter these cells. The spike protein gives the virus its microscopic crown-like appearance and “is definitely the center of research attention,” Alexander says—the hope being to block the virus’ entry through this portal. Over the past two decades, scientists have identified a large family of coronaviruses that circulate widely in the animal world, yet pose no threat to humans. But, in addition to four commonly circulating viruses that usually cause mild-to-moderate disease in humans, three others recently identified crossed species lines to cause severe disease, including COVID-19. (Technically, the term, COVID-19 refers to the disease, not the specific underlying coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2). This newest of the coronaviruses first emerged in China in December last year, igniting the global pandemic that began in March. Although scientists quickly traced the infection source to bats killed in the open-air markets of the city of Wuhan, they don’t know yet whether there’s an intermediary species that helps the virus along. “Many of these viruses flare up and simply disappear,” Alexander says, like the Zika virus, which requires a mosquito for transmission and has largely died out with effective mosquito control. But given the efficiency of human transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19, he says, that might not happen this time. “We think it’s going to stick around for a long time.” Since March, the rate of COVID-19 infections has continued to fluctuate widely
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around the globe, with episodic surges occurring unevenly in many countries. The rate in the United States—which passed 11 million cases in mid-November—is among the highest in the world and differs state by state, depending in large part, health officials say, on whether prevention measures like masking are being followed. For physicians, one of the most challenging aspects of this disease has been the wide spectrum of symptoms they see in patients, says Dr. Victor Herrera, a specialist in infectious diseases and associate medical officer of AdventHealth Orlando. Some have mild or no symptoms at all, he says, while others are deathly ill—differences still under study. So, too, are a number of experimental treatments to fight the disease in the most seriously ill patients. One treatment, convalescent plasma, involves transfusing the blood of a recovering COVID-19 patient to treat someone who’s currently sick. Both AdventHealth and Orlando Health physicians have treated patients in this way for several months, as have some doctors in private practice in the Orlando area. “Convalescent plasma used to be a research project; now it’s openly available,” says Dr. Archana Shah, the founder of Premier Infectious Disease Care in Winter Park. “I’ve given it to very sick patients who are not doing better with remdesivir or steroids”—often a last resort before placing them on a ventilator, she says. Although early in the pandemic, she saw many patients who needed ventilator help to breathe, Shah says that those numbers
SHAH: NORMA LOPEZ MOLINA; HERRERA: ROBERTO GONZALEZ
On the front lines of diagnosis and treatment: Dr. Archana Shah and Dr. Victor Herrera.
lessened with time. Not only have doctors become more adept at hands-on management, she suggests, they have more treatment options and better testing available, from nasal swabs to saliva tests, to help identify individuals at highest risk of infection. At AdventHealth, Herrera and his colleagues, in fact, have piloted a rapid antigen test for health care workers exposed to COVID-19, although the study has not yet been published or reviewed by peers. These rapid tests, which offer results in as little as 15 minutes, identify pieces of viral protein that elicit an immune response. Many experts believe they offer a cheaper, low-tech alternative for tracking the virus’ path and identifying those needing immediate medical care much faster than the current gold standard— a highly accurate but labor-intensive molecular test known as PCR. “We do much more testing now” of all types from nasal swabs to antibody and antigen testing, says Dr. Antonio Crespo, the medical director of infectious disease for Orlando Health Medical Group, noting a stark contrast with more limited testing at the pandemic’s beginning. And while there have been other viruses in the past, such as swine flu, where people can become infected yet show no symptoms, he says, “we’ve never seen anything of this magnitude before.” Besides the elderly, the most vulnerable patients tend to be household members living in close quarters, the obese and those with weakened immunity from other underlying health conditions, he says, but “everyone can get it.’’ Nor is the disease exclusively a respiratory problem. European studies have shown heart problems following infection in some patients, especially aberrant heart rhythms that raise the risk of stroke, while others report patients develop fatigue that can lasts for months. So far, though there’s no evidence the virus lies dormant after infection, only to reappear later, Crespo says. In general, he describes its typical course of infection as a “fierce storm that slowly goes away.” But, with cold weather approaching, even in parts of Florida, Crespo and others worry about people’s exposures to both influenza and the virus causing COVID-19 at the same time, or that the two viruses might commingle somehow—a worst-case scenario. “So get your flu shot now, rather than wait for a COVID-19 vaccine to come along,” he strongly advises. And “wear a mask and social distance because you still don’t know if you’re exposing a loved one.’’
The Choice The high price of natural herd immunity vs. simple alternatives. BY SUSAN JENKS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS pandemic, the term “herd immunity’ has swept through the country almost as quickly as the novel virus itself. What it means in simple terms, health experts say, is that enough people in the general population become infected and immune to a pathogen, like the one causing COVID-19, that it creates an umbrella effect, with person-to-person transmission no longer possible. Or it could occur, they say, if there’s an effective vaccine, which provides widespread immunity. As of mid-November, more than 11 million people in the United States had been infected with the virus causing COVID-19 and more than 245,000 people had died. To reach herd immunity, estimates suggest at 60 percent or more of the population needs to be immune, raising the possibility if that happens, over 1.2 million Americans might die, says Dr. Kenneth Alexander, chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at Nemours Chidren’s Hospital in Orlando. “So the question becomes what death rate are you willing to accept to keep your bar open?” Other local infectious disease experts agree that the goal of herd immunity by natural infection carries too high a price, especially when public health measures, such as masking, social distancing, contact tracing and good hygiene work well
to slow disease spread, even for more contagious diseases, like measles. “I don’t think it’s a wise path to follow,” says Dr. Federico Hinestrosa, one of three infectious disease specialists at Orlando Immunology Center. “You’ll run into big trouble first, with significant numbers of complications and death.” Also, masking alone, public health officials now say, may be enough to keep a lid on the virus’ rapid trajectory until a vaccine becomes available. If practiced universally, masking could slash dramatically COVID19’s death tolls around the globe and in the United States, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. The institute’s projections show mask-wearing could cut anticipated COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. from 363,269 to 278,526 by January of 2021. If, however, mandates are eased, the data suggests, deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19 could climb as high 427,538 by then. “Masking is definitely key,” says Dr. Archana Shah, an infectious disease specialist at Premier Infectious Disease Care in Winter Park. “If everyone had worn masks since March, we might be at the end of this now.” Instead, “we’re still in a marathon,” she says, “and we’re not sure where it’s going to end.”
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Dr. Antonio Crespo: “We pretty much treat everything.”
A Unique Calling WHEN NOT IN THE MIDST OF COVID-19, INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPECIALists handle numerous other complex infections from hospital-acquired “super bugs” and tickborne Lyme disease to complications from HIV/AIDS, pneumonia or influenza, among others.
“We pretty much treat everything,” says Dr. Antonio Crespo, medical director of infectious disease at Orlando Health Medical Group, with a quiet laugh. “There’s a lot of infectious diseases out there and there’s always something new.” Most physicians who specialize in infectious diseases undergo formal training in internal medicine or pediatrics first, then complete two to three years of additional fellowship training in infectious disease prevention and treatment. According to the American Medical Association, there are currently some 8,300 doctors in the United States board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in this medical subspecialty, plus an additional 1,553 doctors who specialize in pediatric infectious diseases. What draws physicians to the field varies from the lure of detective work, they say, to the ever-changing nature of human disease itself. For Crespo, as the son of a physician, his interest in medicine came early, he says, while a specific interest in infectious diseases developed later in medical school. Not only did he like figuring out which organisms caused
which disease, he says, he liked that “even when you can’t cure many of these diseases, you can control them.” One, the immune crippling disease known as AIDS, sparked a global pandemic in the 1980s. Although there’s no vaccine cure for this disease even today, Crespo says, when new drugs came along to harness the human immunodeficiency virus that causes it, “I suddenly saw a lot of people whose disease was well managed; I saw AIDS change into a chronic illness.” The ability to unravel complex and mysterious infections also held appeal for Dr. Victor Herrera, associate medical officer at AdventHealth in Orlando. “Sometimes, there are cases where a patient has a high fever and no one else can figure it out,” he says “So, yes, that attracted me to the specialty.” And he likes the intense one-on-one interaction with patients, which often provides needed clues to their illness. “We have to explore a lot of personal information, to know as much as we can about each patient,” Herrera says, citing, for example, whether a patient has a pet at home—a possible source of infection in an animal-to-human transmission of a zoonotic disease.
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Although Herrera spends some of his days in a lab, given a research interest in diagnostics, he says, he divides the work of most infectious disease doctors into two main areas: inpatient hospital care where infections tend to be more serious and often the consequence of underlying health issues, such as diabetes; and outpatient care, where the emphasis is on prevention of diseases often seen in the local community. Some practices focus only on the latter. At Orlando Immunology Center, for one, the three infectious disease specialists there see no hospitalized patients, dealing only with outpatient illnesses, says Dr. Federico Hinestrosa, one of the physicians. A majority of the 21-year-old private practice’s business has to do with managing HIV, he says, to prevent the disease in people who are at highest risk. But they also see patients with other viral illnesses, such as hepatitis B and C. And, plans are reportedly under way to begin recruiting patients to one of three major COVID-19 clinical trials, though no details are yet available. As for why Hinestrosa chose to specialize in infectious diseases, he gives a quick, enthusiastic answer: “The world of infectious diseases is always amazing to me, and it’s always surprising,” he says.
Infectious disease specialists delve into both detective work and treatment. BY SUSAN JENKS
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Addiction Medicine Raghu Ganjam Orlando Internal Medicine 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd., Suite 107 Orlando 407-445-9545 Kent Hoffman Lake Howell Health Center & SoberDoc.com 406 Lake Howell Rd. Maitland 407-691-3960
Allergy/Immunology Harleen Anderson Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates of Central Florida 1890 S.R. 436, Suite 215 Winter Park 407-678-4040 Andrew Bagg Allergy Asthma Specialists 661 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 315 Altamonte Springs 407-339-3002 Carlos Jacinto Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Associates of Central Florida 1890 S.R. 436, Suite 215 Winter Park 407-678-4040 Eugene Schwartz Allergy & Asthma Consultants of Central Florida 793 Douglas Ave.
Altamonte Springs 407-862-5824
Anesthesiology Kevin Angert U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Mac Axelrod U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Ravi Bissessar U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Christopher Dobson U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Eric Kunichika U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Brandon Lenox U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444
Thomas Looke Jr. U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Robert Michaels III U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444 Arun Moorjani U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444
Cardiology Rodolfo Aldir Orlando Health 1330 Budinger Ave., Suite 101 St. Cloud 407-348-1780 Phillip Anderson III Central Florida Cardiology Group 1745 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7151 Nipun Arora AdventHealth 251 Maitland Ave., Suite 116 Altamonte Springs 407-915-5643 Basiem Barsoum AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiology at Apopka 2100 Ocoee Apopka Rd., Suite 120 Apopka 407-889-1930 Rohit Bhatheja AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiology at Orlando 1613 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-894-4474 Puxiao Cen AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiology at Altamonte Springs 689 E. Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs 407-894-4474 Francis Fahey AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiology at Orlando 1613 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-894-4474
George Monir AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiology at Orlando 1613 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-894-4474 Milind Parikh Central Florida Cardiology Group 1745 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7151 Chakravarthy Raghavan Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute Cardiology Group 2320 N. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-6444 Karan Reddy Florida Cardiology 7440 Red Bug Lake Rd. Oviedo 407-971-0000 Rajesh Shah Orlando Cardiac & Vascular Specialists 251 Maitland Ave., Suite 116 Altamonte Springs 407-915-5643 Andrew Taussig AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiology at Apopka 2100 Ocoee Apopka Rd., Suite 120 Apopka 407-889-1930 Hall Whitworth AdventHealth 2320 N. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-896-0054
Cardiothoracic Surgery Kevin Accola AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiovascular Surgery at Orlando 217 Hillcrest St. Orlando 407-425-1566 Joseph Boyer Jr. AdventHealth Transplant Institute 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 700 Orlando 407-228-7373
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PREMIER DOCTORS MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. JAYA B. KUMAR Vitreoretinal Surgeon Florida Retina Institute
As a retina specialist, I am entrusted with both anatomically and figuratively restoring a patient’s vision. I had the privilege of taking care of an 87-yearold gentleman who required vitreoretinal surgery to repair the retina in his only seeing eye. At his post-operative appointment he presented with a beaming smile, exclaiming, “Doc, you gave me back my life!” He had returned to driving, helping his daughter with business deliveries, babysitting his grandkids and caring for his wife with dementia. Despite the challenging and humbling experiences we face throughout our careers, moments like this highlight the joy we can bring to our patients. We often take our eyesight for granted. Our patients remind us how valuable our vision is in maintaining independence, caring for others and cherishing milestones with loved ones.
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Steven Hoff Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-7700
Bruce Orkin AdventHealth Medical Group Colorectal Surgery at Celebration 400 Celebration Place, Suite A150 Celebration 407-303-2615
George Palmer III AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiovascular Surgery at Orlando 217 Hillcrest St. Orlando 407-425-1566
Mark Soliman AdventHealth Medical Group Colorectal Surgery at Altamonte Springs 661 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 220 Altamonte Springs 407-303-2615
Scott Silvestry AdventHealth Transplant Institute 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 700 Orlando 407-303-2474 Jorge Suarez-Cavelier AdventHealth Medical Group Cardiovascular Surgery at Orlando 217 Hillcrest St. Orlando 407-425-1566
Colon and Rectal Surgery Matthew Albert AdventHealth Medical Group Colorectal Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 300 Orlando 407-303-2615 Sam Atallah Digestive and Liver Center of Florida 100 N. Dean Rd., Suite 101 Orlando 407-384-7388 Teresa deBeche-Adams AdventHealth Medical Group Colorectal Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 300 Orlando 407-303-2615 John Monson AdventHealth Medical Group Colorectal Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 300 Orlando 407-303-2615 Renee Mueller Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando 110 W. Underwood St., Suite A Orlando 407-422-3790 George Nassif Jr. AdventHealth Medical Group Colorectal Surgery at Altamonte Springs 661 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 220 Altamonte Springs 407-303-2615
Cosmetic Surgery Clifford Clark III Clark Institute for Aesthetics 701 W. Morse Blvd. Winter Park 407-629-5555 Kendall Peters Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 801 N. Orange Ave., Suite 815 Orlando 407-898-1436
Critical Care Medicine Maria Carrillo AdventHealth Medical Group Critical Care at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 401 Orlando 407-303-7283 Khaled Fernainy AdventHealth Medical Group Critical Care at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 401 Orlando 407-303-7283 Joshua Goldberg AdventHealth Medical Group Critical Care at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 401 Orlando 407-303-7283 Amay Parikh AdventHealth Medical Group Critical Care at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 401 Orlando 407-303-7283
Dermatology Allison Arthur Sand Lake Dermatology Center 7335 W. Sand Lake Rd., Suite 200 Orlando 407-352-8553 Sima Jain ClearSkin Dermatology 7300 Sandlake Commons Blvd.
Suite 300 Orlando 407-866-1213
Endocrinology/Diabetes & Metabolism
Ronald Knipe Knipe Dermatology 70 W. Gore St., Suite 200A Orlando 407-581-2888 Naveed Sami UCF Health 9975 Tavistock Lakes Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627 David Weinstein UCF Health 9975 Tavistock Lakes Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627 Amy Witt Derrow Dermatology 146 Orange Place Maitland 407-389-2020
Diagnostic Radiology Charlotte Elenberger Sand Lake Imaging 9350 Turkey Lake Rd., Suite 100 Orlando 407-363-2772 Nicholas Feranec AdventHealth Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane, 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355 John Murray AdventHealth Radiology Specialists 2600 Westhall Lane, 4th Floor Maitland 407-200-2355 Daniel Podberesky Nemours Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Emergency Medicine Omayra Mansfield AdventHealth 2100 Ocoee Apopka Rd. Apopka 407-609-7000 Mitchell Maulfair Florida Emergency Physicians 500 Winderley Pl., Suite 115 Maitland 407-875-0555
Penny Glickman Central Florida Endocrine and Diabetes Consultants 635 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-629-4901 Rema Gupta UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627 Louise Owen AdventHealth Medical Group Diabetes & Endocrinology at Center for Health & Wellbeing 2005 Mizell Ave., Suite 1600B Winter Park 407-646-7845 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 AdventHealth Medical Group Diabetes & Endocrinology at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 502 Orlando 407-303-2801
Family Medicine Christopher Buelvas AdventHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at RDV 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd. Orlando 407-200-2759 Virgil Dawson UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627 E. Frank Delgado Family Medical Center 2863 S. Delaney Ave. Orlando 407-843-1620 George Elias 63 E. 3rd St. Apopka 407-889-9800
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PREMIER DOCTORS Lara Hitchcock MDVIP 7932 W. Sand Lake Rd., Suite 201 Orlando 407-447-9038 Gerald Kivett MDVIP 4711 Curry Ford Rd. Orlando 407-273-1361 Suvy Kuriakose Orlando Health Physician Associates 2731 S. Maguire Rd. Ocoee 407-635-3080 Joan Martich Orlando Health Physician Associates 3100 S. Conway Rd. Orlando 407-380-2216 Jan Parrillo Family Medical Center 2863 S. Delaney Ave. Orlando 407-843-1620 Pinkal Patel Oviedo Family Health Center 6012 Aloma Woods Blvd. Oviedo 407-366-7455 Timothy Pursley Maitland Family Practice 402 Lake Howell Rd. Maitland 407-628-4312 Ravindra Tak Orlando Health Physician Associates 1134 Kelton Ave., Suite A Ocoee 407-306-6306 Kathleen Todd Lake Howell Health Center 406 Lake Howell Rd. Maitland 407-584-1805 Eddie Waldheim Jr. Maitland Family Practice 402 Lake Howell Rd. Maitland 407-628-4312 Craig Yunk Celebration Family Physicians 1530 Celebration Blvd. Suite 103 Celebration 407-566-8898
Gastroenterology Raul Badillo AdventHealth Medical Group Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Center for Health & Wellbeing 2005 Mizell Ave., Suite 2100 Winter Park 407-646-7015 Christina Covelli AdventHealth Medical Group Gastroenterology at Waterman 3345 Waterman Way Tavares 352-742-2192 David Elijah AdventHealth Medical Group Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Celebration 400 Celebration Place, Suite A360 Celebration 407-303-4829 Samuel Giday Center for Digestive Health 1817 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-896-1726 Nicole Gomez Dorati AdventHealth Medical Group Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Kissimmee 2400 N. Orange Blossom Trail Suite 302 Kissimmee 407-932-6193 Muhammad Hasan AdventHealth Medical Group Interventional Endoscopy at Orlando 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-2570 Robert Hawes AdventHealth Medical Group Interventional Endoscopy at Orlando 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-2570 Irteza Inayat AdventHealth Medical Group Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-1812 Maryam Kashi AdventHealth Medical Group Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-1812
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Barry Katz Digestive Disease Consultants Palm Endoscopy Center 623 Maitland Ave., Suite 2200 Altamonte Springs 407-830-8661
Thomas Mahan Surgical Associates of Central Florida 1181 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-647-1331
Charlene LePane AdventHealth Medical Group Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Celebration 400 Celebration Pl., Suite A360 Celebration 407-303-4829
Timothy McElveen AdventHealth Medical Group General Surgery at Apopka 2100 Ocoee Apopka Rd., Suite 230 Apopka 407-609-7392
Henry Levine Center for Digestive Health 1817 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-896-1726 William Mayoral Center for Digestive Health 1817 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-896-1726 Sri Pothamsetty Orlando Gastroenterology 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd., Suite 105 Orlando 407-445-9224 Srinivas Seela Digestive and Liver Center of Florida 100 N. Dean Rd., Suite 101 Orlando 407-384-7388 Harinath Sheela Digestive and Liver Center of Florida 100 N. Dean Rd., Suite 101 Orlando 407-384-7388 Philip Styne AdventHealth Medical Group Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-1812 Vishwas Vanar AdventHealth Medical Group Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Apopka 2100 Ocoee Apopka Rd., Suite 110 Apopka 407-609-7395
General Surgery Timothy Childers Surgical Associates of Central Florida 1181 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-647-1331
Vladimir Neychev UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627 Christopher Olukoga AdventHealth Medical Group General Surgery at Winter Park 100 N. Edinburgh Dr., Suite 103 Winter Park 407-646-7931 Carlos Ortiz Ortiz AdventHealth Medical Group General Surgery at 410 Celebration Place 410 Celebration Place, Suite 302 Kissimmee 407-303-3824 Alberto Padron The Surgical Group of Orlando 1814 S. Lucerne Terrace Orlando 407-730-3627 Joseph Portoghese AdventHealth Medical Group General Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 400 Orlando 407-303-7399 Roberto Posada Surgical Associates of Central Florida 1181 Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-647-1331 Jay Redan AdventHealth Medical Group General Surgery at 400 Celebration Place 400 Celebration Place, Suite A140 Kissimmee 407-303-4602
Geriatric Medicine Ariel Cole AdventHealth Medical Group Senior Health at Winter Park Benmore 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 200 Winter Park 407-599-6060
Robin Creamer AdventHealth Medical Group Senior Health at Winter Park Benmore 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 200 Winter Park 407-646-7070 Mariana Dangiolo UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627
Gynecologic Oncology Lorna Brudie Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 105 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-8393 Christopher Bryant The Women’s Healing Center for GYN Oncology & Surgery 3438 Lawton Rd., Suite 2D Orlando 407-751-2868 Robert Holloway AdventHealth Medical Group GYN Oncology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 786 Orlando 407-303-2422 James Kendrick IV AdventHealth Medical Group GYN Oncology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 786 Orlando 407-303-2422
MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. CEDRIC PRITCHETT Pediatric Otolaryngologist and Surgeon Medical Director of Cochlear Implantation Program Nemours Children’s Hospital
It is a remarkable experience each time I participate in providing the miracle of hearing. Over the last few years, I’ve been part of that journey for many children and their families. I still remember the look of surprise and amazement in a nearly 3-yearold patient’s eyes—a look that stated “I can’t believe it! Something new just happened!” when her cochlear implant was turned on. Permanent pediatric hearing loss is common, and there are numerous causes, two of the most common being inherited genes or a viral infection cytomegalovirus (known as CMV). As a surgeon, I operate to provide solutions for hearing loss, but I am also involved in collaborating research and advocacy efforts to raise awareness and improve the diagnoses for children with hearing loss. Our children are the greatest gift of potential we have, and we must do all we can to empower them to reach their potential. There are few areas in our community where this is illustrated better than in a child with hearing loss.
Nathalie McKenzie AdventHealth Medical Group GYN Oncology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 786 Orlando 407-303-2422 Veronica Schimp Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center Gynecologic Cancer Center 105 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-8393 Shelly Seward The Women’s Healing Center for GYN Oncology & Surgery 3438 Lawton Rd., Suite 2D Orlando 407-751-2868
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PREMIER DOCTORS MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. LORNA BRUDIE Gynecologic Oncologist Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center
As a gynecologic oncologist, I spend a lot of time with my patients and really get to know them well. It is so rewarding to help someone overcome a very delicate and difficult time in life. Each of these patients and experiences helps me to become a better physician. I met one of my most memorable patients four years ago in the hospital. It was at our initial meeting we discussed her diagnosis of stage IV ovarian cancer. Over the years, I learned of her strength and determination to fight the disease. Her grace and positive attitude shined and carried her through those very difficult days. Today, this patient is like family to me and the team at my office. She still visits for regular checkups and continues to be a tremendous inspiration to me with her positive attitude and great sense of humor.
Hand Surgery Brian Barnard Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute 1285 N. Orange Ave. Winter Park 407-647-2287 Joseph Robison Celebration Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Institute 2954 Mallory Circle, Suite 101 Celebration 321-939-0222 Brian White Orlando Hand Surgery Associates 801 N. Orange Ave., Suite 600 & 600B Orlando 407-841-2100 George White Orlando Hand Surgery Associates 801 N. Orange Ave. Suite 600 & 600B Orlando 407-841-2100
Hematology Said Baidas Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-648-3800 Stefani Capone Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 381 Orlando 407-898-5452 Raul Castillo AdventHealth Medical Group Oncology and Hematology at Altamonte Springs 894 E. Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs 407-834-5151 Ralph Gousse Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 601 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 100 Altamonte Springs 407-303-2305 Omar Kayaleh Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-1869
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Daniel Landau Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-7219 David Molthrop Jr. Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 381 Orlando 407-898-5452 Sonalee Shroff Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 381 Orlando 407-898-5452
Hepatology Ayman Koteish AdventHealth Transplant Institute 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 700 Orlando 407-303-2474 Torfay Roman AdventHealth Transplant Institute 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 700 Orlando 407-303-2474
Hospice and Palliative Amanda Bashir AdventHealth Medical Group Palliative Care at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 235 Orlando 407-303-7270 Ajit Hansalia AdventHealth 2445 Lane Park Rd. Tavares 352-742-6842 Dominick Mastroianni AdventHealth Medical Group Palliative Care at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 235 Orlando 407-303-7270
Edwin DeJesus Orlando Immunology Center 1707 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-647-3960
Mark Trolice Fertility CARE: The IVF Center 5901 Brick Ct. Winter Park 407-672-1106
Joyce Paulson UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627
Juan Diaz Infectious Disease Consultants 685 Palm Springs Dr., Suite 2A Altamonte Springs 407-830-5577
Melissa Yates Advanced Reproductive Specialists 2100 Aloma Ave., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-339-2229
John Ryan Florida Internal Medicine 4106 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 301 Lake Mary 407-333-2503
Vincent Hsu AdventHealth Medical Group Internal Medicine at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 235 Orlando 407-303-7270
Fatma Levent AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Infectious Disease at Orlando 615 E. Princeton St., Suite 401 Orlando 407-821-3691 Harrinarine Madhosingh AdventHealth 400 Celebration Place Suite A120 Kissimmee 407-353-6262 James McClelland AdventHealth 3000 N. Orange Ave., Suite A Orlando 407-896-9660 Archana Shah Premier Infectious Disease Care 2100 Aloma Ave., Suite 204 Winter Park 321-422-3660 Jason Sniffen Infectious Disease Consultants 685 Palm Springs Dr., Suite 2A Altamonte Springs 407-830-5577
Infertility Sharon Jaffe Center for Reproductive Medicine 1500 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park 407-740-0909
Kenneth Alexander Nemours Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Randall Loy Center for Reproductive Medicine 1500 S. Orlando Ave. Winter Park 407-740-0909
Christopher Cooper Infectious Disease Consultants 685 Palm Springs Dr., Suite 2A Altamonte Springs 407-830-5577
Sejal Dharia Patel Center for Reproductive Medicine 410 Celebration Place, Suite 205 Celebration 407-740-0909
Ravi Akella Orlando Internal Medicine 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd., Suite 107 Orlando 407-445-9545 Steven Attermann AdventHealth Medical Group Family and Internal Medicine at Avalon Park 3701 Avalon Park West Blvd. Suite 205 Orlando 407-303-6285 Maria Cannarozzi UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627 Donald Collins 1109 Lucerne Terrace Orlando 407-843-4251 George Everett AdventHealth Medicine Group Internal Medicine at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 235 Orlando 321-303-7270 Jensen Go Central Florida Hospitalist Partners 516 Wekiva Commons Circle Apopka 407-464-9516 Amir Guirguis AdventHealth Medical Group Family and Internal Medicine at Celebration 410 Celebration Place, Suite 103 Kissimmee 407-303-4655 Rajan Kapoor University Medical Care 471 N. Semoran Blvd., Suite A Winter Park 407-678-5656 Manoucher Manoucheri AdventHealth Medical Group Internal Medicine at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 235 Orlando 407-303-7270
Daniel Tambunan AdventHealth Medical Group Internal Medicine at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 235 Orlando 407-303-7270 Pradeep Vangala Orlando Internal Medicine 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd., Suite 107 Orlando 407-445-9545
Maternal and Fetal Medicine Ahmed Al-Malt Fetal Diagnostic Center of Orlando 615 E. Princeton St., Suite 240 Orlando 407-897-3737 Rachel Humphrey AdventHealth Medical Group High Risk Pregnancy at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 402 Orlando 407-622-0560 Mark Wehrum AdventHealth Medical Group High Risk Pregnancy at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 402 Orlando 407-622-0560
Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine Gregor Alexander AdventHealth Medical Group Neonatology at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 446 Orlando 407-303-2528 Hilton Bernstein AdventHealth 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-2528 Narendra Dereddy AdventHealth Medical Group Neonatology at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave, Suite 446 Orlando 407-303-2528
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PREMIER DOCTORS Kreangkai Tyree AdventHealth Medical Group Neonatology at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 446 Orlando 407-303-2528
Hitesh Patni Florida Nephrology Kidney, Hypertension & Transplant Center 7350 Futures Dr., Suite 1 Orlando 321-214-0028
Rajan Wadhawan AdventHealth Medical Group Neonatology at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 446 Orlando 407-200-2901
Uday Ranjit Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 537N Orlando 407-894-4693
Fawad Ahmed Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 537N Orlando 407-894-4693
Kaveh Asadi-Moghaddam AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Neurosurgery 615 E. Princeton St., Suite 101 Orlando 407-236-0006
Abdo Asmar UCF Health 9975 Tavistock Lakes Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627
Christopher Baker Orlando Neurosurgery 1605 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-975-0200
Jeffrey Cohen Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 3885 Oakwater Circle Orlando 407-816-5700
Melvin Field Orlando Neurosurgery 1605 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-975-0200
Uday Desai Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 537N Orlando 407-894-4693 Amr El Toukhy Florida Nephrology Kidney, Hypertension & Transplant Center 7350 Futures Dr., Suite 1 Orlando 321-214-0028 Cyril Kuriakose Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 537N Orlando 407-894-4693 Mark LaGatta Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 4100 Metric Dr., Suite 200 Winter Park 407-681-8720 Viresh Mohanlal Nephrology Associates of Central Florida 3885 Oakwater Circle Orlando 407-816-5700
Ravi Gandhi Orlando Neurosurgery 1605 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-975-0200
Orlando 321-841-7218 Ira Goodman The Compass Clinic 100 W. Gore St., Suite 406 Orlando 407-210-1320 Amparo Gutierrez Orlando Health Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center 32 W. Gore St. Orlando 407-352-5434 Arnaldo Isa Neurology Associates 301 N. Maitland Ave. Maitland 407-647-5996 Daniel Jacobs Neurological Services of Orlando 3849 Oakwater Circle Orlando 407-240-1762 Mark Klafter Neurological Services of Orlando 3849 Oakwater Circle Orlando 407-240-1762 Walter Morgan Center for Neurological Health 2400 N. Orange Blossom Trl. Suite 204 Kissimmee 407-944-3097
David Rosen Orlando Neurosurgery 1605 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-975-0200
Herbert Newton AdventHealth Medical Group Neuro-Oncology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 286 Orlando 407-303-2770
Paul Sawin Orlando Neurosurgery 1605 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-975-0200
Ramon Rodriguez Neurology One 7151 University Blvd., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-572-7300
Joseph Wehman Wehman Neurosurgery 80 W. Gore St. Orlando 407-254-0005
Bennett Rosenthal 10000 W. Colonial Dr., Suite 496 Ocoee 407-296-1940
Neurology Indrani Acosta AdventHealth 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-5600 Nicholas Avgeropoulos Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 1400 S. Orange Ave.
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Ahmed Sadek Orlando Epilepsy Center 2881 Delaney Ave. Orlando 407-704-8510 Holly Skinner AdventHealth Medical Group Epilepsy at Orlando 615 E. Princeton St. Suite 540 Orlando 407-303-8127
Navin Verma Better Sleep FL 3849 Oakwater Circle Orlando 407-704-8537
Obstetrics and Gynecology Nicholas Abrudescu Women’s Care Florida 2809 Corrine Dr. Orlando 407-898-9922 Amanpreet Bhullar Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies 83 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-5297 Michael Cacciatore AdventHealth Medical Group OB Hospitalists at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 446 Winter Park 407-975-0406 Theresa Carducci Women’s Care Florida OB & GYN Specialists 7200 Stonerock Circle Orlando 407-644-5371 Mark Crider AdventHealth Medical Group OB/GYN at Orlando 235 E. Princeton St., Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-1444 Kyle Crofoot AdventHealth Medical Group OB Hospitalists at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 446 Winter Park 407-975-0406 Steven Dukes Women’s Care Florida 100 N. Edinburgh Dr., Suite 200 Winter Park 407-645-5565 Dennise Durkee Women’s Care Florida OB & GYN Specialists 1551 Clay St. Winter Park 407-644-5371 Angel Gonzalez Rios AdventHealth Medical Group GYN Surgery at Celebration 380 Celebration Place Kissimmee 407-303-4190
Jose Gutierrez Orlando OB/GYN 6001 Vineland Rd., Suite 101 Orlando 407-352-0573 D. Ashley Hill AdventHealth Medical Group OB/GYN at Orlando 235 E. Princeton St., Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-1444 Frederick Hoover AdventHealth Medical Group OB Hospitalists at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 446 Altamonte Springs 407-303-0410 Marnique Jones Women’s Care Florida OB & GYN Specialists 7200 Stonerock Circle Orlando 407-644-5371 Lori Lambert 7051 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 5 Orlando 407-604-1839 Mary Langenstroer AdventHealth Medical Group OB/GYN at Celebration 380 Celebration Place 2nd Floor Celebration 407-303-4220
MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. MILES LANDIS Pediatrician AdventHealth Medical Group
The number of moments I cherish as a pediatrician are difficult to count. Thirty-two years of practice in Central Florida has proved fertile ground for creating memories. One of my first young patients in Orlando was an almost one-year-old girl who had significant developmental delays. Her young mom was extremely attentive to her child’s needs and was determined to find a diagnosis. Time went on, and I saw them frequently to treat symptoms and provide support. Both child and mother went to many specialists including neurology, genetics and others. Nobody had an answer, but the child always seemed happy. One day, Mom read a local newspaper article about a rare syndrome being studied by a doctor in Gainesville. She rushed to show it to me. As we read more about Angelman Syndrome it became apparent that this was it, and testing confirmed. The moment taught me a lesson about a parent’s perseverance and their role as an integral member of a child’s health care team.
Jorge Lense AdventHealth Medical Group OB Hospitalists at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 446 Orlando 407-303-1606 Sheryl Logan Women’s Care Florida OB & GYN Specialists 1551 Clay St. Winter Park 407-644-5371 Steven McCarus AdventHealth Medical Group GYN Surgery at Celebration 380 Celebration Place Fl 2nd Celebration 407-303-4190 Douglas Moffett Lake OB-GYN Associates of Mid-Florida 601 E. Dixie Ave., Suite 401 Leesburg 352-787-1535
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PREMIER DOCTORS at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 689 Orlando 407-303-2024
MEMORABLE MOMENT DR. AHMED H. SADEK Medical Director Orlando Epilepsy Center
Nikita Shah Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 22 W. Underwood St. Orlando 321-843-8370
A few years back, when I stood up to greet the next scheduled patient in my office, she rushed to hug me and then reminded me who she was—a woman in her 20s who had been in a deep coma due to nonstop seizures, medically described as Non-Convulsive Status Epilepticus. Her condition was not responsive to all the medications and a few attempts at a medically induced coma. After several weeks and due to her worsening condition, the ICU team talked with the family about withdrawing care and discontinuing ventilator support. Fortunately, I was able to convince the ICU doctors and the family that the outcome of this condition can be favorable; we just needed to be patient and continue working on better seizure control. After a few more weeks of aggressive medical treatment, we got her condition under control. She subsequently spent several months in rehab, before that memorable visit to my office. “I wanted to see the man who saved my life when everyone else was ready to give up on me,’’ she told me. Happy moments like this make all the hard work we do worthwhile.
Melissa Moore Women’s Care Florida Winter Park OB-GYN 100 N. Edinburgh Dr., Suite 200 Orlando 407-645-5565 Terrence Peppy Orlando Health Physician Associates 7243 Della Dr., Suite H Orlando 407-381-7336 John Tramont UCF Health 9975 Tavistock Lakes Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627
Oncology Adnan Akhtar AdventHealth Medical Group Oncology and Hematology
at Celebration 400 Celebration Place, Suite A270 Celebration 407-303-4078 Carlos Alemany AdventHealth Medical Group Oncology and Hematology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 689 Orlando 407-303-2024 Maria Regina Flores Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 70 W. Gore St., Suite 100 Orlando 407-426-8484 Sarah George AdventHealth Medical Group Oncology and Hematology at East Orlando 7975 Lake Underhill Rd. Suite 220-B
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Mark Socinski AdventHealth Medical Group Oncology and Hematology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 689 Orlando 407-303-2024 Jennifer Tseng Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center Head and Neck Center 22 W. Underwood St. Orlando 321-841-1882 Ahmed Zakari AdventHealth Medical Group Oncology and Hematology at Altamonte Springs 894 E. Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs 407-834-5151
Ophthalmology Andrew Aziz Affiliated Eye Specialists 331 N. Maitland Ave., Suite B2 Maitland 407-740-0331 Orlando 407-303-6772 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 Muhammad Imam Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 381 Orlando 407-898-5452 Tarek Mekhail AdventHealth Medical Group Oncology and Hematology
Thomas Barnard Florida Retina Institute 1025 Primera Blvd. Lake Mary 407-333-1570 Alexander Barnes Florida Retina Institute 95 Columbia St. Orlando 407-849-9621 Matthew Cunningham Florida Retina Institute 95 Columbia St. Orlando 407-849-9621 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 790 Concourse Parkway S. Suite 200 Maitland 407-767-6411 S. K. Steven Houston III Florida Retina Institute 95 Columbia St. Orlando 407-849-9621 Jaya Kumar Florida Retina Institute 95 Columbia St. Orlando 407-849-9621 Miguel Lugo AdventHealth 661 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 223 Altamonte Springs 407-260-2255 Elias Mavrofrides Florida Retina Institute 95 Columbia St. Orlando 407-849-9621 Jerry Shuster Eye Physicians of Central Florida 790 Concourse Parkway S. Suite 200 Maitland 407-767-6411
Orthopedic Surgery Brian Vickaryous AdventHealth Orthopedic Surgery 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 340 Orlando 407-895-8890
Orthopedics Obinna Adigweme Orlando Orthopaedic Center 25 W. Crystal Lake St., Suite 200 Orlando 407-254-2500 J. Dean Cole AdventHealth Orthopedic Surgery 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 340 Orlando 407-895-8890 Samir Guru AdventHealth Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 3150 Waterman Way
Tavares 352-253-3251 Brad Homan Celebration Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Institute 2954 Mallory Circle, Suite 101 Celebration 321-939-0222 Craig Mintzer Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute 1222 South Orange Ave. Orlando 321-843-5851 Francisco Noda Orthopaedic Associates of Osceola 604 Oak Commons Blvd Kissimmee 407-846-6004 Jonathan Phillips Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Orthopedics 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-3040 Bryan Reuss Orlando Orthopaedic Center Sports Medicine 25 W. Crystal Lake St., Suite 200 Orlando 407-254-2500
Otolaryngology/Ear, Nose, Throat Jeffrey Baylor The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 Michael Bibliowicz Orlando Ear Nose & Throat Associates 5830 Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando 407-658-0228 Brittany Dobson The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 Bruce Haughey AdventHealth Medical Group Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery 410 Celebration Place, Suite 305 Celebration 407-303-4120 Jeffrey Lehman The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates
133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 Jeffery Magnuson AdventHealth Medical Group Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery 410 Celebration Place, Suite 305 Celebration 407-303-4120 Aftab Patni The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 David Rabaja Orlando Ear, Nose & Throat Associates 8000 Redbug Lake Rd. Suite 150 Oviedo 407-971-3337 Michael Seidman AdventHealth Medical Group Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery 410 Celebration Place, Suite 305 Celebration 407-303-4120 Brian Spector The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates 44 W. Michigan St. Orlando 407-644-4883 Kiran Tipirneni The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 Hao Tran The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883
Pain Management Evans Amune Center for Pain Management 1245 N. Orange Ave., Suite 120 Winter Park 407-303-9662 Michael Rubeis Center for Pain Management 1245 N. Orange Ave., Suite 120 Winter Park 407-303-9662 Lisgelia Santana-Rojas Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy.
Pathology Darian Kameh Central Florida Pathology Associates 2855 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-303-1932 Lili Miles Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Pediatric Adolescent Gynecology Lonna Gordon Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Judith Simms-Cendan Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Clinic 89 W. Copeland Dr. Orlando 321-841-5530
Pediatric Allergy/ Immunology Stephen Dinetz Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Jordan Smallwood Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Pediatric Anesthesiology Norman Carvalho Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Eugene Freid AdventHealth for Children 601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 407-303-5437 Carol Klim Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
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PREMIER DOCTORS Frederick Mansfield U.S. Anesthesia Partners 851 Trafalgar Ct., Suite 200 E Maitland 407-667-0444
Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Agustin Ramos AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiology 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 310 Orlando 407-303-2001
William Decampli The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 407-649-6907
Elise Riddle Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 5151 Winter Garden Vineland Rd. Suite 212 Windermere 407-649-6907
Frank Pigula AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 442 Orlando 407-303-3692
Bhavya Trivedi AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiology 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 209 Orlando 407-303-2001
Peter Wearden Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Matthew Zussman AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiology 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 209 Orlando 407-303-2001
Pediatric Cardiology Gul Dadlani Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Susan Desjardins The Heart Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 790 Concourse Pkwy. S., Suite 120 Maitland 407-649-6907 Craig Fleishman Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 5151 Winter Garden Vineland Rd. Suite 212 Windermere 407-649-6907 Jorge Garcia AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiology 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 209 Orlando 407-303-2001 Kelvin Lee AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiology 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 310 Orlando 407-303-2001 David Nykanen Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-649-6907
Pediatric Critical Care Marla Carter AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Critical Care at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave.., Suite 446 Orlando 407-975-0410 Heather Fagan Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Mary Farrell Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 407-649-6838 Kimberly Fenton AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Critical Care at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave. Suite 446 Orlando 407-975-0410 Aaron Godshall AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Critical Care at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 446 Orlando 407-975-0410
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Madelyn Kahana Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Lawrence Spack Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 407-649-6838
Pediatric Dermatology Monique Kumar AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Dermatology at Orlando 615 E. Princeton St., Suite 416 Orlando 407-303-1687 Tace Rico AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Dermatology at Orlando 615 E. Princeton St., Suite 416 Orlando 407-303-1687
Pediatric Developmental & Behavioral Maria Sandra Cely Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics of Central Florida 668 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 206 Maitland 407-765-5437 Emily Forrest AdventHealth Medical Group Developmental Pediatrics at Orlando 615 E. Princeton St., Suite 300 Orlando 407-898-6005 Lisa Spector Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Endocrinology Richard Banks Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Endocrinology and Diabetes Center 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-3303 Mauri Carakushansky Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Jorge Daaboul AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatrics Diabetes & Endocrinology at Winter Park 1801 Lee Rd., Suite 170 Winter Park 407-896-2901 Paul Desrosiers Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Endocrinology and Diabetes Center 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-3303 Konda Reddy AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatrics Diabetes & Endocrinology at Winter Park 1801 Lee Rd., Suite 170 Winter Park 407-896-2901
Pediatric Gastroenterology Jeffrey Bornstein Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-3338 Sridhar Goli AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Gastroenterology at Orlando 615 E. Princeton St., Suite 225 Orlando 407-303-9926
Todd Glass Nemours Children’s Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine 13535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Regino Gonzalez-Peralta AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Gastroenterology at Orlando 615 E. Princeton St., Suite 225 Orlando 407-303-9926
Shiva Kalidindi Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Lina Hernandez AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Gastroenterology at Orlando 615 E. Princeton St., Suite 225 Orlando 407-303-9926
Sanjay Khubchandani Florida Children’s Center for Gastroenterology 6735 Conroy Rd., Suite 231 Orlando 407-438-3557
DR. KELLY LAFAVE Medical Director Florida Radiation Oncology
It has been my greatest privilege to care for cancer patients. While a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment is challenging in itself, adding in a global pandemic can make it even more so. One thing is certain—we must continue to be as diligent as possible in seeking and obtaining proper medical screening and care. Recently, a patient I saw in clinic had concerns about going for her mammogram due to COVID-19. Ultimately, she decided to proceed and her cancer was caught early due to her screening mammogram. I was inspired that she faced those concerns about the virus with as much bravery and determination as she faced in fighting her cancer. I am pleased to report that she had a positive outcome due to her actions in obtaining an early diagnosis and completing treatment. Her story is a reminder to us all of the importance to stay on top of our health and seek treatment when necessary.
Devendra Mehta Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-3338 Shaista Safder Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-3338
Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Dennis Borrero Ramos AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Onocology & Hematology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 589 Orlando 407-303-2080 Dorothea Douglas Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
NORMA LOPEZ MOLINA
Vincent Giusti Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Haley Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-8588
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Ira Pinnelas Pediatric Hospitalist Service 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-6993
Fouad Hajjar AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Onocology & Hematology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 589 Orlando 407-303-2080
Samantha Carroll AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Hospitalists at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 446 Winter Park 407-975-0412
Ramamoorthy Nagasubramanian Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Carolina Echeverri AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Hospitalists at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 446 Winter Park 407-975-0412
Carlos Araya Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Johanna Kielbasa Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Robert Mathias Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Clifford Selsky Family First Pediatrics 1049 Willa Springs Dr., Suite 1031 Winter Springs 407-335-4760
Matthew Seibel Pediatric Hospitalist Service 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-6993
Deogracias Pena AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Nephrology at Celebration 1530 Celebration Blvd., Suite 408 Orlando 407-303-9194 Jorge Ramirez Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Hewell Kids’ Kidney Center 92 W. Miller St. Orlando 321-841-7970
Pediatric Neurology Ronald Davis Pediatric Neurology 1245 W. Fairbanks Ave., Suite 305 Winter Park 407-293-1122 Jasna Kojic Child Neurology Center of Orlando 6000 Turkey Lake Rd., Suite 205 Orlando 407-649-1848
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PREMIER DOCTORS Ki Hyeong Lee AdventHealth Medical Group Epilepsy at Orlando 615 E. Princeton St., Suite 540 Orlando 407-303-8127
Joshua Gottschall Children’s Ear Nose Throat & Allergy 790 Concourse Pkwy. S., Suite 110 Maitland 407-253-1000
Matthias Zinn Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Eric Jaryszak Children’s Ear Nose Throat & Allergy 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd., Suite 103 Orlando 407-253-1000
Pediatric Orthopedics Katerina Backus AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 514 Orlando 407-303-5687 Sean Keyes AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 514 Orlando 407-303-5687
Pediatric Orthopedics— Orthopedic Surgery Jose Herrera Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Center for Orthopedics 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-3040 John Lovejoy III Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Raymund Woo AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 514 Orlando 407-303-5687
Pediatric Otolaryngology Sergio Cervantes Jr. Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Cheryl Cotter Children’s Ear Nose Throat & Allergy 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd., Suite 103 Orlando 407-253-1000
Izak Kielmovitch The Ear, Nose, Throat & Plastic Surgery Associates 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 100 Winter Park 407-644-4883 James Kosko Jr. Children’s Ear Nose Throat & Allergy 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd., Suite 103 Orlando 407-253-1000 Cedric Pritchett Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Julie Wei Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Pediatric Pulmonology Akinyemi Ajayi Children’s Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists 2660 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-898-2767 Floyd Livingston Jr. Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Carlos Sabogal Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine 60 W. Gore St. Orlando 321-841-6350 Maggie Sifain The Children’s Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists 2660 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park 407-898-2767 Mark Weatherly Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine 60 W. Gore St.
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Orlando 321-841-6350 Shatha Yousef Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Pediatric Surgery William Adamson Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Christopher Anderson AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Surgery at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-7280 Aleksander Bernshteyn AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Surgery at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-7280 Adela Casas-Melley Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Andre Hebra Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Marc Levy Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 1720 S. Orange Ave., Suite 500 Orlando 407-540-1000 Donald Plumley Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 1720 S. Orange Ave., Suite 500 Orlando 407-540-1000 W. Raleigh Thompson AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Surgery at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-7280
Pediatric Urology Pamela Ellsworth Nemours Children’s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715 Pablo Gomez AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Urology at Orlando
615 E. Princeton St., Suite 310 Orlando 407-303-5781 Michael Keating AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatric Urology at Orlando 615 E. Princeton St., Suite 310 Orlando 407-303-5781 Mark Rich Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Urology Center 1725 Cook Ave. Orlando 321-843-9017 Hubert Swana Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Urology Center 1725 Cook Ave. Orlando 321-843-9017
Pediatrics—General Alix Casler Orlando Health Physician Associates 9679 Lake Nona Village Pl., Suite 101 Orlando 407-261-2934 Robert Chong AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatrics at College Park 716 Vassar St. Orlando 407-423-8443 Gregory Coffman Orlando Health Physician Associates 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 Mark Didea Orlando Health Physician Associates 414 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-841-7290 David Duany Orlando Health Physician Associates 5151 Winter Garden Vineland Rd. Suite 207 Windermere 407-635-3280 Gregory Gordon Orlando Health Physician Associates 2920 Maguire Rd., Suite 1001 Ocoee 407-654-6506
Amber Hoffman Nemours Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Maxine Silverman Personal Pediatrics 7051 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 1 Orlando 407-345-9929
Stuart Janousky Orlando Health 1890 W. CR 419 Oviedo 407-635-5588
Andrew Summers Orlando Health Physician Associates 800 N. Maitland Ave., Suite 102 Maitland 407-660-7010
Robert Karch Nemours Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Specialty Care 1717 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 407-650-7715 Lucyna Lagod Orlando Health Physician Associates 2920 Maguire Rd., Suite 1001 Ocoee 407-654-6506 Miles Landis AdventHealth Medical Group Pediatrics at Lake Mary 410 Waymont Ct. Lake Mary 407-323-3550 Michael Middleton Middleton Pediatrics 200 E. Marks St. Orlando 407-284-6460 Sandra Morales Orlando Health Physician Associates 12780 Waterford Lakes Pkwy. Orlando 407-380-5888 Revati Narahari Primary Care Pediatrics 1507 S. Hiawassee Rd., Suite 105 Orlando 407-641-1344 Robert Quigley AdventHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at Winter Park 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 200 Winter Park 407-646-7070 Sunita Raj Orlando Health Physician Associates 9964 University Blvd. Orlando 407-261-2930 Sabiha Siddiqui AdventHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at Winter Park 133 Benmore Dr., Suite 200 Winter Park 407-646-7070
Jennifer Thielhelm Orlando Health Physician Associates 800 N. Maitland Ave., Suite 102 Maitland 407-660-7000
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Nicholas Bagnoli AdventHealth 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 505 Orlando 407-898-2924 Michael Creamer Central Florida Pain Relief Centers 100 W. Gore St., Suite 500 Orlando 407-649-8707 Mitchell Freed 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 505 Orlando 407-898-2924 Mark Tracy AdventHealth 1685 Lee Rd., Suite 200 Winter Park 407-992-7691
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Richard Gregory The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery 400 Celebration Place, Suite A320 Celebration 407-409-8000 Dean Johnston Orlando Health 4106 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 212 Lake Mary 407-333-2525 Richard Klein Orlando Health Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute 77 W. Underwood St. Orlando 321-841-7090 Kenneth Lee Orlando Health Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute 77 W. Underwood St.
Orlando 321-841-7090 James Mayo Orlando Health Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery Institute 77 W. Underwood St. Orlando 321-841-7090 George Pope Pope Plastic Surgery 2629 Edgewater Dr. Orlando 407-857-6261 Raj Sawh-Martinez Aesthetic & Craniofacial Plastic Surgery 2629 Edgewater Dr. Orlando 407-632-1010 Roxanne Sylora The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery 400 Celebration Pl., Suite A320 Celebration 407-409-8000
Podiatry Gerald Bornstein AdventHealth Medical Group Foot & Ankle Surgery at Winter Park 3009 Aloma Ave. Winter Park 407-657-9188 Robert Hoover II Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida 661 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 210 Altamonte Springs 407-339-7759 Duane McRorie Celebration Foot & Ankle Institute 410 Celebration Pl., Suite 206 Celebration 321-939-2001 Eugene Pascarella Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida 661 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 210 Altamonte Springs 407-339-7759 Christopher Reeves Orlando Foot & Ankle Clinic 2014 S. Orange Ave., Suite 100 Orlando 407-649-1234 Larissa Schmidt Orlando Health 410 Celebration Place, Suite 206 Kissimmee 321-939-2001
Psychiatry Luis Allen AdventHealth
601 E. Rollins St. Orlando 866-248-5828 Ryan Hall 2500 W. Lake Mary Blvd., Suite 219 Lake Mary 407-322-8199 Jose Mendez Alma Behavioral Group 8615 Commodity Circle, Suite 12 Orlando 407-476-1212 Ajith Potluri Psychiatric Consultants of Central Florida 1016 Cypress Pkwy. Kissimmee 407-962-7449 Marcia Verduin UCF College of Medicine 6850 Lake Nona Blvd. Orlando 407-266-1000
Pulmonology Fortune Alabi Florida Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists 3480 Polynesian Isle Blvd. Kissimmee 877-352-5864 Sigfredo Aldarondo Pulmonary Care of Central Florida 1110 N. Kentucky Ave. Winter Park 407-539-2766 Kevin DeBoer 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 Marcia Katz UCF Health 3400 Quadrangle Blvd. Orlando 407-266-3627 Maximo Lama Florida Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists 3480 Polynesian Isle Blvd. Kissimmee 877-352-5864 Daniel Layish Central Florida Pulmonary Group 1115 E. Ridgewood St. Orlando 407-841-1100
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PREMIER DOCTORS Tabarak Qureshi Central Florida Pulmonary Group 1115 E. Ridgewood St. Orlando 407-841-1100 Fred Umeh Florida Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists 3480 Polynesian Isle Blvd. Kissimmee 877-352-5864
Radiation Oncology Daniel Buchholz Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center 1400 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-841-8650 David Diamond Florida Radiation Oncology 483 N. Semoran Blvd., Suite 107 Winter Park 407-539-0722 Alan Forbes Mid Florida Cancer Centers 658 Oviedo Medical Dr. Oviedo 407-901-9076 Shravan Kandula AdventHealth Medical Group Radiation Oncology at Central Florida 380 Celebration Place, Suite 100 Celebration 407-303-4678 Kelly LaFave Florida Radiation Oncology 483 N. Semoran Blvd., Suite 107 Winter Park 407-539-0722 Richard Lee Central Florida Cancer Care Center Radiation Oncology Consultants 2200 W. 1st St. Sanford 407-321-3040 Steven Lester Central Florida Cancer Care Center Radiation Oncology Consultants 52 W. Gore St Orlando 407-203-2700 Amber Orman AdventHealth Medical Group Radiation Oncology at Central Florida 380 Celebration Place Suite 100 Celebration 407-303-4678
Ravi Shridhar AdventHealth Medical Group Radiation Oncology at Central Florida 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 181 Orlando 407-303-2030
Radiology Craig Johnson Nemours Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital 6535 Nemours Pkwy. Orlando 407-650-7715
Rheumatology Anika Alar 6900 Turkey Lake Rd. Suite 1-10 Orlando 407-209-3711 Shazia Beg UCF Health 9975 Tavistock Lakes Blvd Orlando 407-266-3627 Neha Bhanusali UCF Health 9975 Tavistock Lakes Blvd Orlando 407-266-3627 Pamela Freeman Rheumatology Associates of Central Florida 3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd. Suite 30 Orlando 407-859-4540 Caryn Hasselbring Rheumatology Associates of Central Florida 3160 Southgate Commerce Blvd., Suite 30 Orlando 407-859-4540 Gary Sladek AdventHealth 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 538 Orlando 407-894-8696
Spine Surgery Robert Masson Masson Spine Institute 2706 Rew Circle Orlando 407-649-8585
Sports Medicine Douglas Meuser UCF Student Health Services 4098 Libra Dr.
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D. Harrison Youmans Orlando Health Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group 1222 S. Orange Ave. Orlando 321-843-5851
Michael McDonald AdventHealth Medical Group Urology at Celebration 400 Celebration Place, Suite A240 Celebration 407-764-4079
Surgical Oncology Juan Arnoletti AdventHealth Medical Group Surgical Oncology at Orlando 2501 N. Orange Ave., Suite 201 Orlando 407-821-3620 Sebastian de la Fuente AdventHealth Medical Group Surgical Oncology at Kissimmee 201 Hilda St., Suite 26 Kissimmee 407-303-7399 Devina McCray AdventHealth Medical Group Breast Surgery at Altamonte Springs 661 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 231 Altamonte Springs 407-303-5214 Anupama Saigal Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Care Florida 3438 Lawton Rd, Suite 1C Orlando 407-775-6389
Urology Jeffrey Brady AdventHealth Medical Group Urology at Orlando 1812 N. Mills Ave. Orlando 407-897-3499 Thomas Cangiano AdventHealth Medical Group Urology at Altamonte Springs 270 Northlake Blvd., Suite 1008 Altamonte Springs 407-834-3300 Justin Emtage AdventHealth Medical Group Urology at Winter Park 218 Strathy Lane Winter Park 407-628-3073 Allan Klaiman Klaiman Urology 668 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 105
Vipul Patel AdventHealth Medical Group Urologic Oncology at Celebration 410 Celebration Place, Suite 200 Celebration 407-303-4673 Zamip Patel AdventHealth Medical Group Urology at East Orlando 258 S. Chickasaw Trail, Suite 200 Orlando 407-303-6865
Vascular Surgery Delos Clift AdventHealth Medical Group Vascular Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 302 Orlando 407-303-7250 Manuel Perez-Izquierdo AdventHealth Medical Group Vascular Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 302 Orlando 407-303-7250 Mark Ranson AdventHealth Medical Group Vascular Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 302 Orlando 407-303-7250 David Varnagy AdventHealth Medical Group Vascular Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 302 Orlando 407-303-7250 Jon Wesley Vascular Specialists of Central Florida 80 W. Michigan St. Orlando 407-648-4323 Alan Wladis AdventHealth Medical Group Vascular Surgery at Orlando 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 302 Orlando 407-303-7250
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Celebrating the power of the human spirit.
Recognizing Our Incredible Doctors AdventHealth Medical Group's award-winning physicians are guided by one principle — to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for the body, mind and spirit of every patient. Our incredible patients inspire us every day to pursue this mission to deliver comprehensive, compassionate care. We are especially proud of our physicians and staff for persevering through the incredible challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for always putting your patients first.
Primary Care With a strong passion for treating the whole patient, not just the disease, AdventHealth Medical Group’s primary care physicians, pediatricians and geriatricians provide comprehensive care for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults.
“She is a caring and comforting physician who really listens.” — patient of Dr. Perri Dumbacher Family Medicine Physician
Incredible Senior Care “I want to express my gratitude for the compassion and care Dr. Rosemary Laird and her staff have shown my family. Dr. Laird was patient, clear, gentle but direct when needed, and empathetic. Every staff member I’ve spoken with has been ideal: professional and warm, efficient and helpful.” — patient of Dr. Rosemary Laird Geriatrician
Incredible Resilience I had an appointment with a 60-yearold diabetic patient I’ve been seeing for about 10 years. We’ve become like old friends. As I was reflecting on his care, I realized that my patient, although he has had diabetes for at least 10 years, has not developed any diabetic complications — no heart disease, numbness of his feet, or problems with his eyes. And, despite his age and need to use insulin, he is still able to work a demanding job. In primary care, sometimes you can’t gauge your overall success until you are years down the road. I celebrate my incredible patients — the hard work we do together pays off. — Dr. Jacquelyn Nystrom
Family Medicine Physician
“It’s so refreshing to have a physician who’s on the same wavelength.” — patient of Dr. Diahann Alleyne Family Medicine Physician
AdventHealth Orlando is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best hospitals in 16 types of care. • • • • • •
Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair Aortic valve surgery Cancer care Colon cancer surgery COPD treatment Gastroenterology and gastroenterology surgery • Geriatrics • Heart bypass surgery
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Heart failure treatment Hip replacement surgery Knee replacement surger Lung cancer surgery Orthopedics Pulmonology and lung surgery Transcathether aortic valve replacement Urology
For more than 45 years, AdventHealth transplant surgeons have given thousands of patients a second chance at life. As Orlando’s only transplant program, the AdventHealth Transplant Institute is a recognized leader in the field.
AdventHealth Medical Group’s team of nationally ranked cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and thoracic surgeons, provides comprehensive cardiac care. Our board-certified specialists are here to care for you – body, mind and spirit.
Medical Science + Divine Intervention Pastor Mark Berney was doing what he did most Sundays, leading a worship service, when he had a sudden cardiac event and passed out behind the pulpit. A heart patient for many years, Pastor Berney had reached the point where a heart transplant was necessary for his long-term survival. “I’m still overwhelmed, emotionally, by the dedication and skill and service of Dr. Nirav Raval and my AdventHealth transplant team,” Pastor Berny says. The artist Jefrё with part of his Points of Connection installation currently on display at Orlando Museum of Art.
Art can be very personal. From what it means to the observer, to the motivations of the artist. Sometimes, that motivation comes from life-changing moments. For Jefrё, one such moment came one day when, working as a landscape architect, he just didn’t feel right. He was having a heart attack. Triple-bypass surgery, performed by cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Jorge E. Suarez-Cavelier, saved his life and, Jefrё says, inspired a career change that has seen him go on to become an internationally renowned public artist. “I started thinking,” he says, “that if I was going to leave this Earth — what have I left behind?” His incredible installation of largescale multimedia sculptures, Points of Connection, is currently showing at Orlando Museum of Art and includes art relating to his health journey.
Dr. Nirav Raval Transplant Cardiologist
Use your phone’s camera to scan and see more of Pastor Berney’s story and hear from his surgeon, Dr. Nirav Raval, AdventHealth’s Medical Director of Thoracic Transplant.
Best Women’s Care in Orlando AdventHealth Medical Group’s GYN Surgery, OB/GYN, Urogynecology and High-Risk Pregnancy practices provide complete care to women in every stage of life. From well-woman care to minimally invasive surgery, our providers are leaders in women’s health.
Women’s Care “I could tell immediately that Dr. Mutch really cares about his patients and that he wanted to help me get better. I got so emotional and even cried because I was so happy I was finally getting the help I desperately needed.” — patient of Dr. Robert Mutch OB/ GYN
Incredible Faith It is a large part of my practice to help families navigate a successful pregnancy after a loss and have a “rainbow baby,” just like a rainbow that comes out after a storm. While I have a special place in my heart for each and every one of these families, I remember particularly a lovely family that had no explainable cause for the loss of their daughter a week prior to her due date. The mother was able to achieve pregnancy again, and made sure to come to my office early on.
To everyone’s surprise she was carrying twins. As the pregnancy progressed, we ran into complications, including high blood pressure and diabetes. The mom-to-be carefully followed all my recommendations, and I was so grateful for her trust in my care. In the end, we ended up celebrating her healthy “double rainbow” babies born at term. The joy I get in thinking about her story fills my soul. — Dr. Rachel Humphrey High-Risk Pregnancy Physician
Cancer Care Our oncology and hematology specialists take a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose, manage and treat all types of cancers, providing patients with a full range of leading-edge resources, comprehensive services and the latest treatments, including access to immunotherapies and national clinical trials.
“Thank you for giving me peace of mind and explaining test results in detail as we work with the hematologist. Your nurse is the best — she has the special touch.” — patient of Dr. Michael Machado Oncologist
Incredible Tenacity Every day, our patients prove how strong the human spirit can be. Recently, I treated a young mother of three children who was diagnosed with locally advanced larynx cancer. She was upbeat and motivated from the first treatment onwards. Despite requiring a tracheostomy and hospitalization, she persevered to complete the total course of treatment. She is now cancer-free and recovering well. She, like many of our patients, continues to inspire our team to do the absolute best that we can for them.
Incredible Determination First and foremost, I want patients to feel safe and to maximize the quality of their lives. Eight years ago, I met a patient when her ovarian cancer recurred. Since the day we met, we have never stopped fighting for her life, to allow her to continue enjoying time with her young family. Throughout this journey my goal has been to walk by her side providing strength, comfort and hope. We felt victorious with the novel and aggressive strategies used in her treatment. She has also taken a much healthier lifestyle approach, including her diet, physical activity and mindfulness, and I believe this has contributed to her radical success beating her cancer for so many years. — Dr. Nathalie McKenzie GYN Oncologist
— Dr. Shravan Kandula Radiation Oncologist
Incredible Trust When I was diagnosed with high-grade prostate cancer in 2016, my doctor told me that if I didn’t want to have any regrets, any ‘what-ifs,’ that I should have Dr. Vip Patel perform my prostate surgery. When I met Dr. Patel, he was calm, confident and caring. My surgery was a success and I was treated like a VIP as I recovered. More than two years later, my wife Meryl’s doctor discovered that the source of her chronic lower back pain was a tumor on her kidney. We thought immediately of Dr. Patel for the surgery. We’re so honored to be the first husband and wife patients Dr. Patel has treated. We consider it good fortune to be healthy now and able to share our story to encourage others. – Buzz & Meryl, patients of Dr. Vip Patel
Dr. Vipul Patel Urologic Oncologist
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Surgery With subspecialties in a wide variety of conditions and procedures, AdventHealth Medical Group’s highly skilled, board-certified surgeons stay on the leading edge of minimally invasive, robotic, single-site and laparoscopic procedures.
“He took such great care of my father. He not only eased my father’s fears, but mine and my family’s as well.” — family member of patient of Dr. Jay Redan General Surgeon
“Thanks for your professionalism, expertise, compassion, and — most of all — for my life.” — patient of Dr. Farid Gharagozloo Thoracic Surgeon
Digestive Health Our gastroenterology specialists and colorectal surgeons use the most advanced diagnostic technology and minimally invasive techniques to treat GERD, hiatal hernias, colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, pelvic floor disorders, and other digestive disorders.
“Thank you so much for the surgeries you performed on me with such excellence and care. I thank you for giving me my life back.” — patient of Dr. Matthew Albert Colorectal Surgeon
Incredible Relief A recent patient presented to my office with several symptoms, and naturally my thought was to evaluate these symptoms from a gastroenterologist’s perspective with the ultimate goal of diagnosing and treating her illness. Her story broke my heart, as she informed me she had been ill for some time and felt rather hopeless and defeated. I didn’t expect to diagnose a tumor in her kidney when I ordered small bowel imaging, but that’s exactly what happened. She was relieved to finally have a diagnosis and a plan. Today, she is cancerfree and I am pleased to have a trusting relationship that has only grown with this patient and her family. — Dr. Charlene LePane Gastroenterologist
“I feel wonderful now.” “I have Crohn’s disease, which comes with a variety of intestinal symptoms. In 2019, I underwent a double lung transplant. It went well, but a few months later, it was discovered that my new right lung was not fully expanding. After extensive testing, Dr. Monson determined that my Crohn’s was getting worse, causing my intestines to swell, move out of place, and physically squeeze my new lung. He performed an ileostomy procedure. The relief was immediate and wonderful — all my breathing difficulties were gone. Months later, Dr. Monson and his excellent team performed the ileostomy reversal brilliantly.” — patient of Dr. John Monson Colorectal Surgeon
Spine Health “My life is incredible.” When I injured my back in a kayak accident, it stopped me from doing the things I enjoyed. One day I bent to tie my shoes and felt something happen in my spine. My vertebrae had fallen out of line. I was in a wheelchair for three months, during which I gained 20 pounds and went through depression.
After his surgery, Jim realized his dream of climbing Arizona’s Camelback Mountain.
Use your phone’s camera to hover over the code and hear more from Jim and Dr. Patel.
Dr. Chetan K. Patel Orthopedic Spine Surgeon
I heard about Dr. Chetan K. Patel through a friend. Just engaging with the office receptionist felt different, and when the nurse wheeled me to the exam room she was so kind, I felt the spirit of God come over me. Throughout the process, I never felt alone. Dr. Patel explained that he would not perform a procedure unless it would truly help. Since my surgery, I have been relatively pain free and within six months I realized my dream of climbing Camelback Mountain.
Urology Specialized urology programs offer a multitude of advanced diagnostics, minimally invasive procedures and revolutionary treatments for a variety of urologic conditions affecting male and female patients.
“Dr. Patel is the best. I would not want anyone else caring for me. He’s caring, thorough, patient and personable. I feel fortunate to have him as my doctor. He’s a model of what all doctors should be.” — patient of Dr. Rakesh Patel Urologist
AdventHealth Orlando is recognized as the #1 hospital in Greater Orlando by U.S. News & World Report and proud to celebrate the incredible journeys of our patients and physicians. To start your story of whole-person health, visit AdventHealthMedicalGroup.com or call 407-599-6111.
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PROFILES This special advertising section highlights the professionalism, backgrounds and achievements of dozens of doctors.
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2020 Physician Profiles Advertising Index of Doctors and Practices
ADDICTION MEDICINE 141
CANCER CARE 92 104
Central Florida Cancer Care Center Florida Radiation Oncology
140 141 105 78 123
CARDIOLOGY CARE 93 124
Central Florida Cardiology Group Central Florida Heart Care
FAMILY & WELLNESS MEDICINE 144
DIABETES & ENDOCRINOLOGY 139
Central Florida Endocrine and Diabetes Consultants Endocrine Associates of Florida
DERMATOLOGY & DERMATOLOGIC SURGERY 108 114
Goodless Dermatology Dr. John Meisenheimer
102 111 141
Celebration Family Physicians Family Medical Center Dr. Gary Lehman & Associates Lake Howell Health Center
99 100 127
GASTROENTEROLOGY & COLORECTAL 118
Affiliated Eye Specialists Central Florida Retina
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Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children: Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition Center for Advanced Gastroenterology Center for Digestive Health Colon & Rectal Clinic of Orlando
Digestive & Liver Center of Florida Digestive Disease Consultants Orlando Gastroenterology
INFECTIOUS DISEASE 119 143
Orlando Immunology Center Premier Infectious Disease Care
NEUROLOGY & NEUROSURGERY 94 142 82 120 109
EYE & VISION CARE
Eye Physicians of Central Florida Florida Eye Clinic Florida Eye Clinic: Dr. Harry Pappas Florida Eye Clinic: Dr. Catherine Wang Florida Retina Institute Magruder Laser Vision Remagin Vision Health Institute
Central Florida Neurosurgery Institute NeuroCare Institute of Central Florida Orlando Epilepsy Center Orlando Neurosurgery Spine & Brain Neurosurgery Center: Dr. Diana Hussain Spine & Brain Neurosurgery Center
ORTHOPAEDICS, ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY & SPORTS MEDICINE 112 86
Masson Spine Institute Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute: Dr. Brian Barnard
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Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute: Dr. Michael Jablonski Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute: Dr. Craig Mintzer Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute: Dr. Sean McFadden Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute: Dr. Randall Rust Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute: Dr. Joseph Tutorino Optimotion Orthopaedics Orlando Hand Surgery Associates Orlando Orthopaedic Center Sports Medicine Spine Center at Orlando Orthopaedic Center
PAIN MANAGEMENT 138 91
Central Florida Pain Relief Centers Center for Pain Management
PEDIATRICS/ PEDIATRIC SPECIALTIES 118
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children: Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition
142 125 143
Children’s Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics of Central Florida Maitland Pediatrics Pediatric Hospitalist Service RDV Sportsplex Pediatrics
90 126 130
Mid-Florida Surgical Associates Surgical Group of Orlando
UROLOGY 122 97
Orlando Urology Associates Urology Center of Winter Park
Aesthetic & Cranofacial Plastic Surgery Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Pope Plastic Surgery Dr. Kenrick Spence
96 106 134
Central Florida Vein and Vascular Center Florida Vein Care Vascular Specialists of Central Florida
WOMEN’S HEALTH & FERTILITY
PULMONARY AND SLEEP MEDICINE 85
PLASTIC, RECONSTRUCTIVE & COSMETIC SURGERY 84
Children’s Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists Florida Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists
Center for Reproductive Medicine Women’s Care Florida: Delaney Park OB-GYN Women’s Care Florida: OB & GYN Specialists
RADIOLOGY 80 129
Medical Center Radiology Group Sand Lake Imaging
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PREMIER DOCTORS 2020 TOP DOCTORS 2020
THE CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE (CRM) Sharon B. Jaffe, MD; Randall A. Loy, MD; Sejal Dharia Patel, MD Not pictured: Albert Asante, MD; Frank C. Riggall, 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 new state-of-the-art offices with an on-site surgical facility, 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 in conceiving. 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 reproductive 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 multiple, on-site embryologists, laboratory and surgical facilities (Orlando Avenue Surgery Center),
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 services for both men and women. From ovulation induction to the most advanced reproductive technologies, 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 (elective freezing of eggs or sperm), CRM will work 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.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Sharon B. Jaffe, MD; Randall A. Loy, MD; Sejal Dharia Patel, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Sharon B. Jaffe, MD; Randall A. Loy, MD; Sejal Dharia Patel, MD; Frank C. Riggall, MD
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MAGRUDER LASER VISION
G. Brock Magruder Jr., MD & Michael J. Shumski, MD, MSE GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Knowing that our patients are satisfied and that we are respected by our peers. As founder and CEO of Magruder Laser Vision, Dr. G. Brock Magruder Jr. has played a crucial role in bringing advanced laser vision correction to Central Florida. SPECIALTIES: Magruder Laser Vision specializes in laser vision correction, including MLV Advanced LASIK, SMILE®, Custom Lens Replacement, MLV Advanced Laser Cataract Surgery, MLV Advanced Surface Ablation, ICL, Eye Floaters, and now Corneal Cross-linking for Keratoconus. Dr. Magruder has built the MLV team by hand-selecting doctors who share his passion for blending time-honored techniques and innovative technology, including surgeons Dr. Michael J. Shumski and Dr. Jeffrey B. Robin. Dr. Shumski trained at Johns Hopkins University, the 78 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
University of Pennsylvania, and Emory University. He has published his research in the Journal of Ophthalmology and used his engineering background to design cutting-edge surgical tools. Dr. Robin is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has been practicing since 1985. He has dedicated his career to vision correction surgery and is one of Florida’s most experienced LASIK surgeons. INNOVATIONS: Dr. Magruder and Dr. Shumski recently opened one of Central Florida’s finest office-based surgical centers. This facility is the area’s premier destination for vision correction. It eliminates the cumbersome processes typical in ambulatory surgery centers by allowing better control of the schedule, equipment, sterility, and staffing, making surgery more convenient and comfortable. Magruder Laser Vision has also opened a new location
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in Sand Lake Commons, behind the Dr. Phillips Hospital. This office serves South Orlando and is close to I-4, the Beachline (528), and Florida’s Turnpike. Magruder Laser Vision continues to expand its offerings, including Telehealth consultations with our surgeons, dry eye solutions, and Corneal Cross-linking for Keratoconus. ADVICE FOR SELECTING A DOCTOR: Find a doctor you trust, one who is patient, honest,
and willing to educate you about your options. HISTORY: Dr. Magruder grew up in Central Florida and joined his father, Dr. G. Brock Magruder Sr., to form the Magruder Eye Institute. In the mid-1990s, Dr. Magruder Jr. opened LaserVue, the area’s first refractive surgery center. Magruder Laser Vision opened in 1996. OFF HOURS: The MLV team enjoys bicycling, soccer, surfing, wine, travel, and time with family.
TOP DOCTORS: G. Brock Magruder Jr., MD Magruder Laser Vision — Main • 120 E Par St. • Suite 2000 • Orlando, FL 32804 407-843-5665 • 321-754-1889 para Español Magruder Laser Vision — Dr. Phillips • 7350 Sand Lake Commons Blvd. • Medplex B, Suite 1115 • Orlando, FL 32819 407-650-5075 • MagruderLaserVision.com DECEMBER 2020 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 79
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MEDICAL CENTER RADIOLOGY GROUP
Joe Franklin, MD; Harmanjit Sidhu, MD; Wei-Shen Chin, MD; Richard George, MD; Terrence Gross, MD; David Harding, MD; Vijay Patange, MD; Damita Thomas, MD; Susan Smith, MD Medical Center Radiology Group is Central Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier private radiology practice, serving the Orlando Health community for the past 71 years. The focus of the practice is to improve the health of the community we serve by offering the highest quality and most cost-efficient diagnostic imaging and interventional medical services. MCRG began with Drs. Curry, Harding, George and Eliscu practicing at Orange Memorial Hospital and has grown with this community. Since 1949, MCRG radiologists have been recognized as the leading providers of imaging and imagingâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;guided therapies throughout the region. We are proud of our radiologists for the compassionate services provided to 80 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
our patients, along with detailed and personalized consultations for our referring physicians. The physicians of MCRG are the sole providers of diagnostic and interventional services for Orlando Health which includes the following facilities: Orlando Regional Medical Center, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Orlando Health Health Central Hospital, Orlando Health South Lake Hospital, Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital, Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital, Orlando Health Heart Institute and the new Orlando Health Cancer Institute. We also provide imaging services for the Orlando Health Imaging Centers and Orlando
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advances and best practices are shared. The physicians of MCRG specialize in every aspect of image-driven diagnostic and interventional medicine. We are dedicated to fulfilling our mission, which is to optimize diagnostic imaging for compassionate patient care through integrity, professionalism, teamwork and financial responsibility.
TOP DOCTORS: Wei-Shen Chin, MD; Joe F. Franklin, MD; Richard W. George, MD; Terrence M. Gross, MD; David R. Harding, MD; Vijay B. Patange, MD; Harmanjit S. Sidhu, MD; Susan Smith, MD; Damita Thomas, MD 20 W. Kaley St. • Orlando, FL 32806 • 407-423-2581 • www.mcrg.com DECEMBER 2020 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 81
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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 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 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.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Ahmed Sadek, MD Clinic • 2881 Delaney Avenue • Orlando, FL 32806 • 407-704-8510 Clinic • 821 E. Oak Street • Kissimmee, FL 34744 • 407-750-6466 Epilepsy Monitoring Unit • 226 W. Michigan Street • Orlando, FL 32806 • 407-704-8380 • orlando-epilepsy.com DECEMBER 2020 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 83
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AESTHETIC & CRANIOFACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY Raj Sawh-Martinez, MD, MHS; Ashlee McGuire, APRN; Alexandra Reyes PRACTICE PHILOSOPHY: “We treat you like family, with expert advice you can trust.” WHAT SETS US APART: Dr. Raj is a fellowship-trained Craniofacial Plastic Surgeon who offers elite cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. With superb results and unparalleled expertise, Dr. Raj garners stellar reviews from patients who travel from throughout Central Florida and beyond to see him. His state-of-the-art medical practice focuses on helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals with artistic precision. OUR SERVICES: We offer a broad range of surgical and non-surgical options for enhancements of the face and body. With comprehensive, results-focused approaches to neurotoxin (i.e. Botox™), fillers, skin care and surgical options, we help patients restore their confidence and feel their best. We are passionate about delivering superior aesthetic and functional outcomes for our patients.
ABOUT DR. RAJ: Dr. Raj completed medical school, residency and his fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine and Yale Plastic Surgery Program. He leads an active research group and serves on the UCF College of Medicine’s Dean’s Advising and Admissions Committee. He has over 50 publications and serves on national advocacy committees. Dr. Raj is the Chair of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at AdventHealth, where he sees patients of all ages—including children with cleft lip, cleft palate, and craniosynostosis—and his craniofacial team delivers world class results by employing state-of-the-art 3D imaging, patient specific and minimally invasive approaches. Dr. Raj is sought after for second opinions and challenging revisionary work. OUR COMMITMENT: We are dedicated to providing the most advanced techniques, with elite outcomes and unparalleled safety for our patients. Hablamos Español.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Raj Sawh-Martinez, MD, MHS 2629 Edgewater Drive • Orlando, FL 32804 • 407-632-1010 • RajSawhMD.com • info@RajSawhMD.com facebook.com/RajSawhMD • twitter.com/RajSawhMD • linkedin.com/RajSawhMD • instagram.com/RajSawhMD 84 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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AKINYEMI O. AJAYI, MD, FCCP, FAAP, D-ABSM, FAASM Children’s Lung, Asthma and Sleep Specialists (CLASS) ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Dr. Ajayi was born in London. Having started medical school at the age of 15, he completed a residency in pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn where he met his wife and business partner Adena Ajayi. He then received his training in pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Ajayi is president of The Children’s Sleep Laboratory, Children’s Lung Asthma and Sleep Specialists and The Adult Sleep Center. He is the chair of the Department of Pediatrics at AdventHealth Orlando. AWARDS/AFFILIATIONS: In 2019, Dr. Ajayi was named the “Healing Hero for Excellence in Pediatric Medicine” by Kids Beating Cancer in Orlando. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the
American Thoracic Society. WHAT SETS US APART: Children’s Lung Asthma and Sleep Specialists is the only pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine practice in Florida with its own behavioral sleep medicine department. We offer sleep evaluations, sleep studies, psychology and cognitive behavioral services. We have the widest network of office locations offering full pulmonary function testing, consultation services and management of conditions such as asthma, sleep apnea, insomnia, pneumonia, ventilator dependent care and allergic rhinitis. In addition, the practice offers inpatient services at both AdventHealth and Arnold Palmer Hospital. THE RIGHT DIAGNOSIS: Behavioral manifestations of sleep apnea and other sleep disturbances can mimic conditions such as ADD/ADHD; early identification and treatment of sleep disorders is important.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Akinyemi O. Ajayi, MD, FCCP, FAAP, D-ABSM, FAASM
TOP DOCTORS: Akinyemi O. Ajayi, MD, FCCP, FAAP, D-ABSM, FAASM
Other office locations: Daytona Beach, Lakeland, Leesburg, Melbourne, Ocala, Ocoee, Orange City, East Orlando, South Orlando, Port St Lucie, Wellington, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Trinity 2660 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 407-898-2767 407-898-9443 (Fax) email@example.com childrenssleeplab.com Facebook.com/childrensleeplabs DECEMBER 2020 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 85
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BRIAN K. BARNARD, MD
Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute SPECIALTY: Dr. Barnard focuses his practice on the orthopedic 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 even the very small joints of the fingers. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: He is a graduate of Creighton University Undergraduate and Medical School. Dr. Barnard received his orthopedic training at Madigan Army Medical Center in Seattle/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 Orthopedics and has earned the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery. DEVOTION TO LEARNING: 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 with over 28 years of dedicated work in Central Florida at the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute. Dr. Barnard has built a strong practice in reconstructive surgery.
He is dedicated to helping his patients maintain an active lifestyle. He has done on average 250 total shoulder replacements per year for the last 10 to 15 years. Dr. Barnard is asked to share his knowledge by 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 orthopedic care. BEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Dr. Barnard surrounds himself with highly qualified individuals that he can trust and rely on like the ones in this photo (starting from the left: Amy Verity, orthopedic coordinator, Jorge Herrera, an orthopedic PA with vast surgical experience and Chelsea Cromwell, a highly reliable orthopedic surgical tech). Dr. Barnard is blessed with children that have aspired to be healthcare providers, including: Christopher, the assistant battalion commander of his fire station in Tacoma, Victor, completing his training as a PA, and his youngest, Olivier, working as a medical assistant. KEEPING IT FUN: Dr. Barnard prides himself on his ever-evolving chili recipes that tend to be a little too spicy hot for his wife, Janet, but always shared and enjoyed with family.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Brian K. Barnard, MD
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MARIA SANDRA CELY, MD, FAAP
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics of Central Florida ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Dr. Cely is a double board-certified fellowship-trained Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and received her fellowship training in developmental and behavioral pediatrics at the University of Maryland. She has been practicing for more than 20 years. SERVICES: Dr. Cely provides comprehensive evaluations and services for children from infancy through age 18 who may have among the variety of possible diagnoses including autism, ADHD, developmental delays, depression, anxiety, and learning disabilities. Dr. Cely and her team offer different treatment modalities
including behavioral counseling, parent training and non-medication treatment for ADHD. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Cely is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in the areas of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and in General Pediatrics. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. WHAT SETS US APART: As the Medical Director of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics of Central Florida, Dr. Cely, along with her team, emphasizes the importance of listening to both patients and parents, utilizing specialized diagnostic skills and creating a unique treatment plan for every family.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Maria Sandra Cely, MD, FAAP 668 N. Orlando Ave. • Suite 206 • Maitland, FL 32751 • 407-765-5437 888-972-7981 (Fax) • DrCely.com DECEMBER 2020 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 87
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CENTER FOR ADVANCED GASTROENTEROLOGY Raouf Hilal, MD, AGAF, FACG; Andria Mushahwar, MD, FACG, FASGE; Joseph Quagliata, MD, FACG; Paul S. Panzarella, MD ABOUT THE PRACTICE: The Center for Advanced Gastroenterology (CFAGI) is primarily based in Maitland, with satellite locations in Lake Nona, Lake Mary, Apopka, Oviedo and Orlando. CFAGI is the only practice in Central Florida with the FUSE technology, which allows a higher detection rate of precancerous polyps and lesions. For twenty years CFAGI has specialized in consultations, diagnostic procedures of the upper and lower GI tract and treatment of hemorrhoids. All providers are Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. They treat Hepatitis B and C and conduct motility studies for diagnosis and treatment of GI disorders. DR. RAOUF HILAL graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. He served several terms as Chairman of Internal Medicine at South Seminole Hospital as well as Vice Chair of the Leadership Committee. He is also an assistant professor at UCF. He specializes in irritable bowel syndrome, Hepatitis C and difficult cases of gastroparesis. DR. ANDRIA MUSHAHWAR graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine. He received the
award for research excellence granted by AASLD and continues to conduct clinical research. His special interests are liver, biliary disease and IBD. Dr. Mushahwar has served as Seminole County Medical Society’s president, and has volunteered in medical missions. He is an assistant professor at UCF. DR. JOSEPH QUAGLIATA was born and raised in New York City, where he completed his training at Columbia Presbyterian. He is an associate professor at UCF and is proud to serve as the Chairman of Internal Medicine at South Seminole Hospital and specializes in HCV, therapeutic endoscopy and ERCP. His true passion is spending time with his wife and children. DR. PAUL S. PANZARELLA completed his training at NYU Winthrop Hospital. He is one of the few physicians in the Orlando area who performs Interstim, an innovative treatment for patients who experience fecal incontinence. He also performs in-office hemorrhoid banding treatments, which offer a painless alternative to surgery. He is a devoted husband and father to his three boys.
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CENTER FOR DIGESTIVE HEALTH
Standing from L to R: Jason Korenblit, MD; Ehsan Rafiq, MD; Ivelisse Lopez, MD; Samuel Giday, MD; Jacqueline Larrea, ARNP Sitting L to R: Carla Blanco-Fuentes, ARNP; William Mayoral, MD; Henry Levine, MD; Marlon Ilagan, MD; Xinjun Zhu, MD Not shown: Al Febre, PA-C ABOUT US: Founded by Dr. Henry Levine in 1982, the Center for Digestive Health (CDH) has grown to eight physicians, 2 ARNPs and 1 PA, six offices and a state-of-the-art surgical center. CDH offers world-class GI health care in a uniquely specialized setting, providing the highest-level patient care. Our physicians are on the cutting edge of digestive care delivery and technology, having trained at the nation’s top GI Centers of Excellence. SERVICES: A full range of endoscopic services, utilizing a highly skilled anesthesia team for outpatient upper endoscopy and colonoscopy. Anesthesia is Propofol-assisted. Video Capsule technology Bravo Probe Esophageal PH studies and Fibroscan are provided in the office. Our on-site infusion center delivers multiple therapies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and intravenous iron infusions. Our state-ofthe-art research division offers medications not yet brought to
market for those who are in need because of various GI diagnoses. Fibroscan, a noninvasive technology, allows us to evaluate liver patients. WHAT SETS US APART: Seasoned diagnosticians, nursing staff and caring professionals. Offices in Orlando, Lake Mary, Clermont, Sand Lake, Kissimmee, Oviedo, and Horizon West. We are affiliated with and are on the teaching staff of both AdventHealth and Orlando Health. We are available to anyone in need of care, with offices open each weekday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. INNOVATIONS: Experienced in cutting-edge technologies such as Barrx Ablations for Barrett’s Esophagus; EUS-endoscopic ultrasonography for definitive diagnosis and management of thoracic, pancreatic abdominal cavity abnormalities; ERCPs; SpyGlass endoscopy of the liver and bile ducts; EMR-endoscopic mucosal resection for lesions; and Fibroscan. We also offer a multitude of drug trials for patients with IBD.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Samuel Giday, MD; Henry Levine, MD; William Mayoral, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Samuel Giday, MD; Henry Levine, MD; Ivelisse Lopez, MD; William Mayoral, MD
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CENTER FOR PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
Kendall Peters, MD, FACS; Kristen Neilson, MMS, PA-C THE CENTER FOR PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY: Orlando’s premier plastic surgery practice and med spa with over four decades of superior surgical outcomes and unsurpassed patient care. ABOUT OUR PRACTICE: Dr. Kendall Peters and the team at The Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (CPRS) provide clients with an unmatched standard of care in a luxurious setting. Plastic surgery is not a “one size fits all” endeavor. That’s why Dr. Peters guides each patient through the surgical process to help him/her understand which procedures will work best and to ensure that patients are informed and feel comfortable every step of the way. CENTRAL FLORIDA’S PREMIER MED SPA: Our commitment to the highest level of patient care, comfort and medical innovation extends to our on-site med spa. The Med Spa at CPRS, led by board certified physician assistant Kristen Neilson, distinguishes itself from routine providers by offering medical grade, state-of-the-art treatments and skin care products. INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Peters chooses the latest and most effective technology the
cosmetic field has to offer. Examples include VASER ultrasonic liposuction, the Keller funnel to minimize breast implant encapsulation with breast augmentation, and Exparel nerve blocks to decrease pain after a tummy tuck. For added comfort, we offer the PRO NOX system, a patient-controlled analgesia system that can relieve discomfort and anxiety in seconds. The Med Spa at CPRS is also one of a select number of practices in Florida to offer CoolSculpting®. This body contouring procedure permanently removes unwanted fat with no surgery or downtime. 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: Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the UCF College of Medicine, President Elect of Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Kendall Peters, MD, FACS
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CENTER FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT
Top row: Michael Rubeis, MD; D. Brian Jager, MD; Evans Amune, MD; Neil Patel, MD Middle row: Aimee Worzalla, ARNP; Juji Esquilla, ARNP; Diego Guerrero, MD Bottom row: Kayvan Ariani, MD; Jenny Chang, MD; Kristy Kelly, ARNP ABOUT US: We are an independent group of seven physicians and three nurse practitioners dedicated to providing care for those suffering from acute and chronic pain brought on by injury or illness. Through evaluation, diagnostics, and assessment, our physicians develop individualized treatment plans designed to optimize pain management, achieve patient functional goals, and improve quality of life. An approach to care that coordinates interventional, medical, rehabilitative, and behavioral therapies is initiated for those patients requiring a multidisciplinary model to optimize outcomes. Painful conditions treated include neck and back pain, extremity pain, neuropathic pain, pain resulting from chronic illness
and disease, and cancer-related pain. CERTIFICATIONS: All of our physicians are board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US: We believe in taking a customized approach to each patient’s evaluation and treatment plan. Because no two patients are the same, our physicians tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs and condition. During treatment, timely reassessment occurs, and the plan is adjusted based on your progress. We strive to work in partnership with you to achieve the best possible outcomes in managing your pain and optimizing functionality. LOCATIONS: Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Winter Park, Celebration, and Winter Garden.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Evans Amune, MD; Michael Rubeis, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Kayvan Ariani, MD; D. Brian Jager, MD
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CENTRAL FLORIDA CANCER CARE CENTER, RADIATION ONCOLOGY CONSULTANTS
Richard J. Lee, MD; Steven G. Lester, MD, FACRO; Maneesh Gossain, MD AT CENTRAL FLORIDA CANCER CARE CENTER (CFCCC), we pride ourselves in providing the very best, personalized care for each patient. What makes us unique is that we are an independent Radiation Oncology practice solely focused on radiation therapy services. We are dedicated to being leaders in the radiation field. OUR PRACTICE: CFCCC was founded in 2004 with the mindset to provide compassionate care to all of our patients with state-of-the-art radiation treatment. 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. Lester, cofounder of the practice, received his medical degree from Louisiana State University and completed his residency at Indiana University Hospitals. Dr. Gossain received his medical degree from Wayne State
University Medical School and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lee received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic. Our physicians are all board certified in Radiation Oncology. OUR CENTERS: We are proud to offer radiation therapy in two convenient freestanding facilities, which increases accessibility and reduces the cost for our patients. Our board-certified medical physicist and dosimetrist are on site, and work closely with our radiation oncologists to formulate patient specific treatment plans. OUR SERVICES: CFCCC offers same-day appointments. We proudly provide External Beam Radiation Therapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, Image Guided Radiation Therapy, Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation, Low Dose Rate (LDR) and High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy, Electron Beam Therapy, Space OAR, and Stereotactic Ablative Radiation.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Richard J. Lee, MD; Steven G. Lester, MD, FACRO
TOP DOCTORS: Steven G. Lester, MD, FACRO
2200 W. First St. • Sanford, FL 32771 • 407-321-3040 52 W. Gore St. • Orlando, FL 32806 • 407-203-2700 • cancercarecenter.md 92 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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CENTRAL FLORIDA CARDIOLOGY GROUP, PA
From L to R: Milind G. Parikh, MD, FACC; Anil Kumar MD, FACC; Brian K. Dublin, MD; Marcos S. Hazday, MD, FACC; Scott J. Pollak, MD, FACC; Bruce C. Stein, MD, FACC, FSCAI; Phillip R. Anderson lll, MD ABOUT US: A trusted independent cardiology practice since 1948, Central Florida Cardiology Group takes pride 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 11 board-certified cardiologists, four physician extenders, and highly trained clinical support staff provide comprehensive adult cardiology services, including noninvasive and invasive diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions. WHAT SETS US APART: Providing positive experiences and outcomes for patients is a priority. Despite a changing health care landscape, CFCG remains independent, striving to provide patient-centered care. WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US: Our five convenient Central Florida locations include two offices in Orlando and one each in Lake Mary, Oviedo and Winter Garden. 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. As 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 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.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Phillip R. Anderson III, MD; Milind G. Parikh, MD, FACC
TOP DOCTORS: Brian K. Dublin, MD; Marcos S. Hazday, MD, FACC; Anil Kumar MD, FACC; Scott J. Pollak, MD, FACC; Bruce C. Stein, MD, FACC, FSCAI
1745 North Mills Avenue • Orlando, FL 32803 • 407-841-7151 • www.cfcg.com 4106 West Lake Mary Boulevard • Suite 312 • Lake Mary, FL 32746 • 407-333-2142 2441 State Road 426 • Suite 2021 • Oviedo, FL 32765 • 407-365-7268 5979 Vineland Road • Suite 114 • Orlando, FL 32819 • 407-237-0907 1002 South Dillard Street • Suite 118 • Winter Garden, FL 34787 • 407-554-2782 DECEMBER 2020 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 93
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CENTRAL FLORIDA NEUROSURGERY INSTITUTE Hunaldo J. Villalobos, MD, FAANS, FACS; Daniel E. Urdaneta, MD; Jeffrey D. Lingo, PA-C Hunaldo J. Villalobos, MD, FAANS, FACS, is a board-certified neurosurgeon who completed his neurosurgical residency at the University at Buffalo, N.Y. Daniel E. Urdaneta, MD, attended the University of Miami in the field of General Surgery before coming to our practice. Jeffrey D. Lingo, PA-C, is our PA in the office and the Operating Room and received his degree from the University of Florida. SPECIALTIES: Neck & Lower Back Pain (Cervical, Lumbar Discs and Degenerative Disorders) Discectomy Minimally Invasive, Disc Replacement, Robotics Guided Surgery; Spinal Column Reconstruction (Spinal Fusions and Instrumentations); Kyphoplasty (for Thoracic & Lumbar Fractures), a minimally invasive procedure which is performed in our office under conscious sedation and results in rapid recovery; Trigeminal Neuralgia Microvascular
Decompression and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery; Neuroendoscopic Transnasal and Intraventricular; Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for Acoustic Neuromas, Metastatic Brain Tumors and Arterial Venous Malformations; Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures; Brain Tumors with a specialization in Pituitary Tumors; Primary & Metastatic Brain Lesions or Masses. INNOVATIONS: 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 also can be combined with Image Guidance. We perform Radiosurgery for Brain Tumors and Spinal Surgery with Motion Preservation Technology (i.e., Cervical Disc Replacement).
TOP DOCTORS: Hunaldo J. Villalobos, MD, FAANS, FACS 801 N. Orange Ave. • Suite 720 • Orlando, FL 32801 1720 W. Oak St. • Suite 111 • Kissimmee, FL 34741 2440 Hooks St. • Clermont, FL 34711 • 407-288-8638 400 Celebration Place • Suite A-280 • Celebration, FL 34747 • cfneuro.com 94 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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CENTRAL FLORIDA RETINA
Eric G. Feinstein, MD; John C. Olson, MD; Karl E. Waite, MD; Gokul N. Kumar, MD; Suzanne M. Demming, MD; William J. Carroll, MD WE PROUDLY MOVED OUR ORLANDO OFFICE TO A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART CUSTOM DESIGNED BUILDING LOCATED AT 3824 OAKWATER CIRCLE, ORLANDO, FL. OUR SPECIALTIES: We manage retinal conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disease, retinal tears and detachments and uveitis. OUR DOCTORS: Our six 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 on many national clinical trials. SUZANNE M. DEMMING, MD is a graduate of the University of Miami. She has over two decades of experience as a retina surgeon in Daytona Beach. KARL E. WAITE, MD received his medical degree from the
University of South Florida College of Medicine. He completed his residency at Nassau University Medical Center followed by a retinal fellowship at the Retina Institute of Hawaii. GOKUL N. KUMAR, MD received his MD and MBA from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Washington University and retinal fellowship at Emory University. ERIC G. FEINSTEIN, MD completed medical school at the University of Virginia. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary followed by a retinal fellowship at the University of Colorado. OUR NEW PHYSICIAN: WILLIAM J. CARROLL, MD joined CFR in August 2019. He received his MD from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and completed his ophthalmology residency training at The Emory Eye Center in Atlanta, GA. He trained in vitreoretinal surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL.
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CENTRAL FLORIDA VEIN AND VASCULAR CENTER John D. Horowitz, MD, FACS & Harry Agis, MD, FACS The Central Florida Vein and Vascular Center has been the premier Vein Center in Central Florida since 2001. Founded by Board certified Vascular Surgeon Dr. John Horowitz, the Center is committed to providing the most advanced vein care in a comfortable, patient-centered setting that provides outstanding results. The physicians are Certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine, an example of their commitment to the field of Phlebology above and beyond their vascular surgical credentials. The PAs and ARNP are experts themselves, having years of vein care experience, and are members of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society. “There is so much more to vein care than people realize,” says Dr. Horowitz. “You really need to be expertly trained and have a complete understanding of what to do for each patient. All too often,
physicians call themselves vein specialists with minimal experience in caring for vein patients.” The CFVVC is a comprehensive vein center, caring for patients with the full spectrum of venous disease that ranges from painful, bulging varicose veins, to dissatisfying spider veins, and even leg pain and swelling. Vein care is all they do! Since the Center is regionally known as a center of excellence for vein care, insurance carriers approve care for almost every clinical scenario. “The Central Florida Vein and Vascular Center is really a dream come true for me,” says Dr. Horowitz, adding “the practice is so personal and not owned by a large hospital system. I can institute anything I feel that is in the best interest of the patients that come here. When patients leave, they truly feel they have been to an office like no other. That is my greatest reward.”
TOP DOCTORS: John D. Horowitz, MD, FACS 1503 Buenos Aires Boulevard Suite 123 The Villages, FL 32159 3302 Greenwald Way, N. Kissimmee, FL 34741 10000 W. Colonial Drive Suite 495 Ocoee, FL 34761 407-293-5944 cfvein.com 96 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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DANIEL D. COHEN, MD Urology Center of Winter Park
Dr. Cohen is the founder of Urology Center of Winter Park, a leading independent medical practice specializing in adult urologic care. The practice recently moved into a new state-of-theart facility, still located in Winter Park. OUR ORGANIZATION: Dr. Cohen and his team excel in the evaluation and treatment of all male and female urinary, kidney and bladder concerns. We focus on male prostate health and benign prostate enlargement, low testosterone, 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. Dr. Cohen is fellowship-trained and a leader in the surgical and medical treatment for cancers of the prostate, bladder, kidney, adrenal and testicle. He is proficient in the latest technological treatments including robotic surgery as well as the Prometheus Biofeedback system to cure urinary issues. WHAT SETS US APART: “Our emphasis
on a strong doctor-patient relationship and we work closely with each patient to determine the best treatment plan” said Dr. Cohen. “We are also 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, microwave therapy and urolift.” EDUCATION/ CREDENTIALS: Dr. Cohen was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and received his MD from McGill University School of Medicine. He was awarded a postgraduate fellowship in Urologic Oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Cohen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and an active member of the Society of Urologic Oncology. AWARDS: Dr. Cohen has been selected as a “Top Doctor” for the past eight years by Orlando magazine, an “Elite Doctor” and “Doctor of the Year” from Orlando Style magazine.
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COLON AND RECTAL CLINIC OF ORLANDO
Front Row L to R: Samuel DeJesus, MD; Renee Mueller, MD; Joshua Karas, MD Back Row L to R: Marco Ferrara, MD; Joseph Gallagher, MD; Andrea Ferrara, MD; Paul R. Williamson, MD OUR PRACTICE: The physicians at the Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando (CRC) have been treating patients for more than 40 years. All seven surgeons are board certified in colon and rectal surgery, and board certified in 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, and we offer a complete and dedicated diagnostic center for evaluation of all anorectal and pelvic floor abnormalities (such as fecal incontinence or constipation). 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.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Renee J. Mueller, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Samuel DeJesus, MD; Joseph Gallahger, MD; Renee J. Mueller, MD; Paul R. Williamson, MD
110 W. Underwood Street • Suite A • Orlando, FL 32806 308 Groveland Street • Orlando, FL 32804 10000 W. Colonial Drive • Suite 382 • Ocoee, FL 34761 661 E. Altamonte Drive • Suite 120 • Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 7301 Stonerock Circle • Suite 1 • Orlando, FL 32819 407-422-3790 • 407-425-4358 (Fax) • crcorlando.com 98 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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DIGESTIVE AND LIVER CENTER OF FLORIDA AND ENDO-SURGICAL CENTER OF FLORIDA
From L to R: Sergio Larach, MD, FASCRS, FACS; Basher Atiquzzaman, MD; Douglas Weissman, MD; Sheryl Rosa-Cruz, MD; Srinivas Seela, MD; Sam Atallah, MD, FASCRS, FACS; Harinath Sheela, MD; Moin Kola, MD; Jessica Narváez-Lugo, MD DIGESTIVE AND LIVER CENTER OF FLORIDA: Founded in 2005, our mission is to provide compassionate, caring and sophisticated gastroenterology, hepatology and colorectal care. Our team of Gastroenterologists: Srinivas Seela, MD; Harinath Sheela, MD; Moin Kola, MD; Basher Atiquzzaman (“Dr. Atiq”), MD; Jessica Narváez-Lugo, MD; Sheryl Rosa-Cruz, MD; Douglas Weissman, MD; and our Colorectal Surgeons: Sergio Larach, MD; Sam Atallah, MD; Elisa Bianchi, MD. Digestive and Liver Center also has 10 Advanced Practice Providers who work full time in medical centers supporting the work of our physicians. Our physicians collaborate with practices throughout Florida, providing high value specialty GI care and referring them back to their primary care physician for follow-up care. GI MOTILITY CENTER: Evaluates patients with esophageal and pelvic floor disorders, offers comprehensive treatment plans including Biofeedback and Cognitive Behavioral Treatment. OUR SPECIALTIES: Swallowing
Disorders, Heartburn, Barrett’s Esophagus, Unexplained Abdominal Pain, Complex Liver Diseases, Fatty Liver, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Colon Cancer, Hemorrhoids, Constipation, Fecal Incontinence, On-Site Infusion Center and On-Site Colorectal Surgery. We also conduct clinical research trials including, but not limited to, NASH, IBD and IBS. ENDOSURGICAL CENTER OF FLORIDA: Our ambulatory surgical center offers a more convenient, less expensive alternative to hospital facilities. ESCFL adheres to the highest standards of care, with skilled staff and state-of-the-art equipment. Joint Commission accredited, recognized by ASGE for quality and safety, the center provides a full range of endoscopic and surgical services. WHAT SETS US APART: Award-winning, internationally recognized, board-certified physicians trusted by our community. Our physicians put patient care first with a focus on the patient. And we are a center of excellence for medical students and advanced fellowship study.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Sam Atallah, MD, FASCRS, FACS; Srinivas Seela, MD; Harinath Sheela, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Sam Atallah, MD, FASCRS, FACS; Harinath Sheela, MD
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DIGESTIVE DISEASE CONSULTANTS PALM ENDOSCOPY CENTER
Front row L to R: Sanjay K. Reddy, MD; Hanna R. Agard, MSN, APRN; Raaj K. Popli, MD Back row L to R: Jorge Zapatier, MD; Barry R. Katz, MD; Harry H. Shephard, MD OUR PRACTICE: Digestive Disease Consultants has been part of the Orlando community for 30 years. An independent medical practice of well-respected, Board Certified Gastroenterologists, our doctors have been honored for over a decade in Orlando magazine as Top Doctors. Our practice also has been recognized by Vitals.com, Healthgrades, and the American Medical Association for high quality care and patient satisfaction. OUR SPECIALTY: Our doctors have a keen interest and specialized training in colon cancer screening, the
evaluation and treatment of heartburn and reflux, the diagnosis and management of various forms of colitis, hepatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, and the full range of digestive, liver, and biliary disease. OUR FACILITY: Outpatient endoscopic procedures can be promptly scheduled and safely performed under deep sedation in our Palm Endoscopy Center. The Palm Endoscopy Center staff has been nationally recognized for consistent top scores in patient satisfaction and has become a national model for facilities of its kind.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Barry R. Katz, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Barry R. Katz, MD; Sanjay K. Reddy, MD; Harry H. Shephard, MD
623 Maitland Avenue • Suite 2200 • Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 8000 Red Bug Lake Road • Suite 226 • Oviedo, FL 32765 1355 International Parkway • Suite 1461 • Lake Mary, FL 32746 407-830-8661 • ddcorlando.com • palmendoscopy.com 100 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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EYE PHYSICIANS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
From L to R: Kris-Ann S. Humphrey, MD; Victor B. Thomas, MD; Louis C. Blumenfeld, MD, FAAP; David B. Auerbach, DO; Jerry N. Shuster, MD; Robert S. Gold, MD, FAAP; Andrew J. Schneier, MD; Justin D. Marsh, MD; Lynda Z. Kleiman, MD; Robert W. Hered, MD, FAAP WHAT SETS US APART: At Eye Physicians of Central Florida, we are a comprehensive Ophthalmology practice caring for patients from birth through adulthood. We have ten ophthalmologists who offer complete eye care from examinations to surgery. Our ophthalmologists have subspecialty training in pediatric ophthalmology, adult eye muscle disorders, neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma and corneal diseases. 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, University of Cincinnati, University of Pittsburgh/Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Washington University in St. Louis, Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. INNOVATIONS: We provide patients with the latest technologies and procedures in eye care, including laser-assisted cataract surgery. We also offer AcrySof PanOptix 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, One World and Second Harvest Food Bank. Many of our physicians also serve as assistant professors at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Robert S. Gold, MD, FAAP; Robert W. Hered, MD, FAAP; Jerry N. Shuster, MD
TOP DOCTORS: David B. Auerbach, DO; Louis C. Blumenfeld, MD, FAAP; Robert S. Gold, MD, FAAP; Robert W. Hered, MD, FAAP; Jerry N. Shuster, MD
790 Concourse Parkway South • Suite 200 • Maitland, FL 32751 1781 Park Center Drive • Suite 220 • Orlando, FL 32835 • 407-767-6411 • eyephy.com DECEMBER 2020 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 101
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FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER
From L to R: E. Frank Delgado, MD; Meghan Bates, PA-C; Grace Rosario, PA-C; Kaneitra Williamson, PA-C; Dorie Goldberg; Richard Janovitz, MD; Jan Parrillo, MD; Cristina Garcia, MD; Mitul Shah, MD Not pictured: Gretchen Baldwin, PA-C ABOUT US: Our group of five primary care physicians and five physician assistants has provided full-service care for over 47 years. We treat everyone from young children to geriatric aged patients, offering quality care with the highest level of courtesy and professionalism. 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 time with patients offering ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, maintain ideal body weight, 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 42nd year in practice, received his medical degree from the University of Miami. Dr. Parrillo,
entering his 33rd year in practice, received his medical degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Delgado, in his 29th year of practice, received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Garcia, in her 15th year of practice, graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Shah, in his 13th 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 physician assistants are also board certified. WHAT SETS US APART: We offer on-site lab, X-ray services and ultrasound services, as well as same day appointments and Saturday hours. Our physicians take pride in being on the cutting edge of innovation, participating in multiple research studies, as well as offering telemedicine visits when appropriate for our patients.
PREMIER DOCTORS: E. Frank Delgado, MD; Jan Parrillo, MD
TOP DOCTORS: E. Frank Delgado, MD; Richard Janovitz, MD; Jan Parrillo, MD; Mitul Shah, MD
2863 S. Delaney Ave. • Orlando, FL 32806 • 407-843-1620 • 407-843-5243 (Fax) • familymc.com 102 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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FLORIDA LUNG, ASTHMA AND SLEEP SPECIALISTS [FLASS]
Back Row: Maximo Lama, MD, FCCP; Kaycie Stringer, APRN; Arelis Cordero, MD; Nelson Medina-Villanueva, MD; Suma Kurian, APRN; Claudia Romero, APRN; Prashanth Kanagarajah, MD Front Row: Fred Umeh, MD, FCCP, MRCP; Jenniffer Bates, APRN; Miriam Carnemolla, APRN; Fortune Alabi, MD, MBA, FCCP, FABSM; Irtza Sharif, MD FCCP Not pictured: Don Elton, MD, FCCP; Jeff Omwenga, APRN CURRENT CRISIS: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant negative health and financial effects on our country, especially the deaths of many people and heartbreaking financial hardships. The total magnitude of this pandemic still remains unimaginable. The medical community has been impressive in responding and adapting to this pandemic. Our prayers are with the families of the many healthcare workers who have lost their lives in the practice of medicine. May their names NEVER be forgotten. ABOUT OUR PRACTICE: FLASS is celebrating 14 years of comprehensive, compassionate and quality pulmonary and sleep medicine services in Central Florida. Our eight board-certified pulmonary and critical care physicians are affiliated with AdventHealth and Poinciana Medical Center with offices located near all the hospitals. OUR SPECIALTIES: We practice the full scope of pulmonary and sleep medicine at our clinics and comprehensive critical care services at our affiliated hospitals. Additionally, we have unique programs championed by our physicians in
areas such as: Lung nodule clinic and lung cancer screening (We are ACR designated LCS center); Interstitial lung disease and sarcoidosis clinic; Severe asthma and COPD management. We also perform the following procedures: bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma, right heart catheterization, navigation bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound, PleurX catheter placement, bronchoscopy and thoracentesis. EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS: All our physicians are board-certified. Our newest physician, Dr. Prashanth Kanagarajah, completed his training in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He has a special interest in endobronchial valve treatment for emphysema and EBUS. WHAT SETS US APART: We believe that the core of medicine is a special gift from God to use our hands to make a difference in people’s lives. We consider this a special blessing to bless others. Our success is through genuine commitment and dedication to our patients. They are an extension of our FLASS family.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Fortune Alabi, MD; Maximo Lama, MD; Fred Umeh, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Fortune Alabi, MD
3480 Polynesian Isle Blvd. • Kissimmee FL, 34746 • 717 East Michigan St. • Orlando FL, 32806 4553 Pleasant Hill Rd. • Kissimmee FL, 34759 • 15540 W Colonial Dr. • Winter Garden, FL 34787 1-877-352-5864 • 407-507-2616 (Fax) • FloridaLungDoctors.com DECEMBER 2020 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 103
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FLORIDA RADIATION ONCOLOGY
Kelly E. LaFave, MD, DABR & David A. Diamond, MD, FACRO, DABR ABOUT US: Florida Radiation Oncology is an independent, state-of-the-art radiation oncology center delivering the best, most cost-effective cancer care in a warm and caring environment. WHAT SETS US APART: Independence—As an independent center, we work with all of the physicians throughout our community. Technology—Our Varian TrueBeam® treatment machine is the region’s most advanced, allowing for the most precise treatment available. Experience—Together, Drs. Diamond and LaFave have 31 years of experience in Central Florida and have cared for 15,000 community members. OUR SERVICES: Stereotactic body radiotherapy, frameless brain radiosurgery, image-guided radiotherapy, HDR brachytherapy, and radiopharmaceutical therapy (including first-in-the region use of Lutathera™ for advanced neuroendocrine tumors). OUR DOCTORS: Dr. Diamond and Dr. LaFave have earned the trust of hundreds of our fellow physicians. Both are diplomates of the American Board of Radiology
with board certification in radiation oncology. EDUCATION/ 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, residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and 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. In 2019, he was appointed by Gov. DeSantis to the Florida Board of Medicine. 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, served as Chief Resident and received the Clinical Service Award. Dr. LaFave has been honored with the following awards: “Doctor of the Year 2019” and “Women of the Year 2018” by Orlando Style Magazine and was named “Women Who Move the City 2018” by Orlando magazine.
PREMIER DOCTORS: David A. Diamond, MD, FACRO, DABR, Kelly E. LaFave, MD, DABR
TOP DOCTORS: David A. Diamond, MD, FACRO, DABR
483 N. Semoran Blvd. • Suite 107 • Winter Park, FL 32792 • Located inside the Medical Village at Winter Park 407-539-0722 • 407-539-0723 (Fax) • FLRadiation.com • appointments@FLRadiation.com 104 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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FLORIDA RETINA INSTITUTE
Front row L to R: Matthew A. Cunningham, MD; Jaya B. Kumar, MD; Thomas A. Barnard, MD; Alexander C. Barnes, MD Back row L to R: William J. Dunn, MD, FACS, CHE; S.K. Steven Houston III, MD; Elias C. Mavrofrides, MD FLORIDA RETINA INSTITUTE: Founded by James A. Staman, MD, in 1979, Florida Retina Institute has since grown tremendously with 19 locations throughout Central Florida, North Florida and Southeast Georgia. For over 40 years it has been our privilege and pleasure to provide compassionate care for many generations of your families. Our retina specialists truly care about their patients and are positively focused on the best individual treatment plans, applying the latest advancements and most sophisticated methods in vitreoretinal medicine. Florida Retina Institute is enrolled in over a dozen clinical trials and has also incorporated telemedicine for patients who meet the criteria. TOP DOCTORS: Florida Retina Institute’s 13 ophthalmologists are a team of world-renowned Top Doctors, all of them are board-certified, fellowship-trained retinal specialists. Dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of vitreoretinal diseases and surgery, our retina specialists are consistently recognized and have gained a national reputation as retinal thought leaders by leading ophthalmology and medical societies, and have annually been selected by their peers
as Castle 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 medical universities in the U.S.: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Miami, Wills Eye Hospital, University of Iowa, Emory, Baylor College of Medicine, Duke Eye Center, and Cleveland Clinic. TOP HOSPITALS: Being affiliated with the leading top hospitals in our regions, we participate in continuing medical education, research and clinical trials to further understand each diagnosis, condition and treatment. Florida Retina Institute is the leading group of surgeons to offer retinal surgery with a cutting edge visualization system called NGENUITY. This novel technology allows surgeons to operate while looking at a large, high-definition, 3D screen instead of a small microscope. Florida Retina Institute’s retina specialists and staff strive to deliver Excellence in Patient Care with knowledge and compassion. Your vision is precious. Your vision is priceless. We thank you for your Trust and Confidence in us.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Thomas A. Barnard, MD; Alexander C. Barnes, MD; Matthew A. Cunningham, MD; S.K. Steven Houston III, MD; Jaya B. Kumar, MD; Elias C. Mavrofrides, MD 1025 Primera Blvd. • Lake Mary, FL 32746 • 407-333-1570 95 Columbia St. • Orlando, FL 32806 • 407-849-9621 424 Treemonte Dr. • Orange City, FL 32763 • 386-775-9909 2270 E. Highway 50 • Clermont, FL 34711 • 352-243-0716 FloridaRetinaInstitute.com
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Richard Bragg, MD; Madge Geohagen PA-C SPECIALTY: Richard Bragg, MD, is a board certified physician who specializes in varicose veins and is a nationally recognized leader in vein care. In his 24 years of practice he has performed more than 75,000 treatments. ABOUT THE DOCTOR: A native of New Orleans, Dr. Bragg attended Florida Hospital’s Family Practice Residency program after graduating from LSU medical school in 1992. His wife, Susie, asked him to learn vein treatments during residency because she developed spider veins working as an ICU nurse. The rest is history. Dr. Bragg and Susie launched Florida Vein Care & Cosmetic Center in 1998 to offer a niche practice that meets aesthetic needs. In 2003, Dr. Bragg trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital to perform Endo-Venous Laser Therapy, which enables him to treat patients suffering from varicose veins. He trains physicians from all over the world in
sclerotherapy, ambulatory phlebectomy, and endovenous laser treatment. Madge Geohagen, PA-C, joined the practice in 2011 and is one of the most experienced sclerotherapy providers in the country. INNOVATIONS: Dr. Bragg created a microsurgery to repair torn earlobes in 1998, and has now perfected this procedure to close earlobe gauges as well. In 2008, Dr. Bragg added a second niche practice, “Svelte Medical,” which offers a host of weight management programs as well as bio-identical hormone optimization. PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY: Dr. Bragg has a bedside manner that combines Southern charm with a quick wit. He is committed to giving back and hosts fundraisers every year through his practice. This season’s charity is NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Dr. Bragg also offers UCF medical students shadowing opportunities regularly.
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JORGE L. FLORIN MD, FACS Mid-Florida Surgical Associates
YEARS IN BUSINESS: 30. SPECIALTY: Dr. Florin is board certified in general surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. INNOVATIONS: Dr. Florin assisted Orlando Health Central in becoming an epicenter for Robotic Hernia Surgery. He has performed over 1,000 robotic cases and enjoys proctoring other surgeons on this technique. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: The privilege and the honor of helping patients by relieving their pain and suffering with state-of-the-art
robotic surgery. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Dr. Florin traveled to Aksum, Ethiopia, in 2015, on a mission trip and performed the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy in that region. OFF HOURS: In his spare time, Dr. Florin enjoys traveling, playing tennis, spending time with family and friends and walks with his wife and 2 Great Danes. PHILOSOPHY: Treat every patient as if they were your family. FREE ADVICE: We all have something to give; when you can, do it.
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Dean R. Goodless, MD; Tami J. Santo, DNP, APRN; Mildride P. Monize, MSN, APRN ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Since 1998, Dean R. Goodless, MD, has provided quality dermatology care in the Greater Orlando area. Dr. Goodless completed his medical training at the University of Miami. After Internal Medicine training at the University of Florida and Mount Sinai Medical Center he returned to the University of Miami and completed the 3-year dermatology training program. Dr. Goodless practiced in Miami and in Malaysia before settling in Orlando. He has written books on acne and psoriasis, and has published articles in medical journals internationally. He has served as investigator on a dozen FDA clinical drug trials, many for medications now commonly used in dermatology. Dr. Goodless is one of Orlando’s foremost experts in utilizing cutting-edge biologic drugs for psoriasis and has been voted a “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly for 20 consecutive years. OUR SERVICES: Goodless Dermatology is pleased to offer dermatology services to
patients of any age including management of rashes, warts, moles, acne and skin cancer. Now offering MOHs surgery and Radiation Therapy. We are focused on providing both technically excellent skin care and a thoughtful, first-class customer experience. OUR MEDICAL TEAM: In 2013, Dr. Goodless was joined by Mildride Monize, MSN, APRN. “Mimi” completed her Bachelor’s and MBA before turning to nursing, working as a cardiac care RN for 9 years. After earning her MSN she began practicing at Goodless Dermatology. Mimi also provides inpatient care as a hospitalist at the Lake Nona VA Medical Center. This year, Goodless Dermatology opens a second location, in the Dr. Phillips area, and adds yet another highly skilled and seasoned provider, Tami Santo, DNP, APRN. “Dr. Tami” has completed her doctorate in nursing, the highest qualification for nurse practitioners. She has over 10 years of experience in the specialty of dermatology.
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DIANA HUSSAIN, MD, FAAPMR, DABPM Spine & Brain Neurosurgery Center
ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Dr. Hussain completed her internship in General Surgery and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 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. Hussain is fluent in Spanish. SERVICES: Dr. Hussain performs electrodiagnostic studies, joint and spinal injections, and has over ten years of experience injecting BOTOX and other agents for multiple conditions, including migraines. INNOVATION: Dr. Hussain has a special interest in regenerative medicine and offers the latest technology in high-quality Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and image-guided injections with ultrasound and fluoroscopy. PRP is obtained from the patient’s own blood. The blood is spun at high velocity in a special machine. The plasma, with a high
concentration of platelets, is separated along with special proteins (growth factors) that regulate the healing process, signaling surrounding cells to repair damaged tissue and regenerate new tissue. The PRP increases the natural ability of the body to heal itself. Studies have indicated that PRP may be useful in treating musculoskeletal injuries such as pulled muscles and tendons, joint sprains, ligament tears, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and joint degeneration such as knee osteoarthritis. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Hussain is a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and holds privileges at Orlando Health, AdventHealth Orlando and Celebration Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine.
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MICHAEL V. JABLONSKI, MD
Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute SPECIALTY: Board-certified orthopedic surgeon. Fellowship trained, specializing in surgery of the shoulder and knee, including joint replacement and sports medicine. Dr. Jablonski is the physician leader of the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute. EDUCATION: Dr. Jablonski graduated Valedictorian from the University of Florida where he also received his Doctor of Medicine degree. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Shands Hospital at UF and earned his fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. AWARDS/HONORS: Phi Beta Kappa; Outstanding Resident, Department of Orthopedic Surgery. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: Medical director and team physician for the University of Central Florida Knights, orthopedic 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 aspired 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 Drs. James Andrews and William Clancy. He also trained with notable Drs. Peter Indelicato and 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.’’ PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Honored to help solidify Dr. Jewett’s legacy with the creation of the Jewett Orthopedic Hospital Center of Excellence. 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.
TOP DOCTORS: Michael V. Jablonski, MD 701 Platinum Point • Lake Mary, FL 32746 1717 S. Orange Ave • #103, Orlando, FL 32806 • 407-629-2444 • OrlandoHealth.com/OrthoInstitute 110 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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DR. GARY LEHMAN & ASSOCIATES
Gary G. Lehman, MD; Christina Kassabian, PA-C; Elizabeth Laverty, APRN YEARS IN BUSINESS: 38. SPECIALTY: Family Practice. INNOVATIONS: In these unprecedented times, which has complicated patient care, my practice has succeeded in utilizing all means possible to continue providing the best healthcare to our patients. ABOUT US: We are a small group of healthcare professionals dedicated to providing the best care to our patients. 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. FSU’s
The Guardian of the Mission award 2019-2020. Orlando Health Attending Physician of the Year for multiple years. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Working with the most dedicated, loyal and talented staff, most for over 20 years! Looking back on my years of practice I am most proud of and thankful for them and our years together. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: My beautiful wife, Jeannie, and our four amazing children. OFF HOURS: Tennis, wood-carving, volunteering and playing with the grandchildren. PHILOSOPHY: 3 John 2, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. FREE ADVICE: Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
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ROBERT MASSON, MD, FACS Masson Spine Institute
SPECIALTY: Microneurosurgical Spine Surgery. YEARS IN BUSINESS: 21. ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Spine surgeon Dr. Robert L. Masson is an internationally recognized neurosurgeon specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery and sports spine medicine. As the founder of the Masson Spine Institute, he serves as Medical Director of Orlando Health’s JCAHO-accredited Spine Center of Excellence at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee. Dr. Masson performs surgery at the Masson Spine Institute (MSI) Outpatient Surgery Centers of Excellence in both Orlando and in Park City, Utah. Patients and surgeons travel from all over the world for advanced micro-surgical spine surgery strategies, solutions, techniques, and training. Dr. Masson, himself a spinal reconstruction patient and lifelong adventurer, is a passionate advocate for prevention, wellness, fitness and ultimately extreme recovery in the face of spinal injury. He has performed over 13,000 microsurgical spine procedures, with a focus on spine solutions for cervical and lumbar disc disorders, grade 1 and 2 spondylolisthesis, sports spine surgery and cervical artificial disc surgery. He has served as one of several chairmen, globally, of surgeon training and certification in the use of the artificial disc Prodisc, and is a principal investigator in the 2020 Prodisc C two level FDA clinical study. EDUCATION: Dr. Masson received his medical degree in biomedical engineering with honors from the University of Florida. He stayed in Gainesville for Neurological Surgery Residency, finishing in 1995 with special training in Microneurosurgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. INNOVATIONS: Dr. Masson is the founder of Expanded Existence, Augmented/Mixed Reality Solutions Company (expandedexistence.com), and has several patents pending for the use of augmented and mixed reality technology for the next generation of health care, with a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning. PREMIER DOCTORS: Robert Masson, MD, FACS 2706 Rew Circle • Orlando, FL 34761 • 407-649-8585 1820 Sidewinder Dr. • Park City, UT 84098 435-649-3317 • MassonSI.com service@MassonSI.com 112 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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SEAN M. MCFADDEN, DO
Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute SPECIALITY: Innovation is a defining characteristic of the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute and its physicians. Dr. McFadden embraces this quality in his practice and the results are reflected in patient outcomes. Cartilage preservation and restoration are one of his passions, and Dr. McFadden employs innovative treatments to preserve a patient’s natural anatomy whenever possible. Over the past decade, he has successfully used cartilage restoration techniques to prolong the life of a patient’s knee, thus delaying the need for total knee replacement. Dr. McFadden also has a strong interest in ligament reconstruction of the knee and is one of a few local surgeons who performs multi-ligament reconstruction. Dr. McFadden favors partial replacement in patients who have isolated arthritic disease of the knee and for those with diffuse disease, he is a proponent of computer assisted total knee replacement using the Stryker MAKO technology. FURTHERING HIS FIELD: Dr. McFadden demonstrates his passion for research through participation in clinical trials, particularly those focused on the non-surgical treatment of arthritis and arthritic pain
management. Currently, Dr. McFadden is conducting a clinical trial with Regeneron, which uses monoclonal antibodies to help delay the progression of arthritis. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Dr. McFadden is a member of the teaching staff for UCF’s College of Medicine, Orlando Health orthopedic residency and the AdventHealth family practice residency. Previously Chief of Orthopedics for AdventHealth, currently a board member of the American Diabetes Association and actively supports Kids Beating Cancer and The Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida. COMMITMENT TO ATHLETES: As a sports medicine specialist, Dr. McFadden takes great pride in serving as one of the team physicians for the Orlando Magic (NBA) and Orlando City Soccer (MLS). Additionally, he was the orthopedic team consultant for the Houston Astros (MLB) and previously was the team physician for the Orlando Predators (AFL). Dr. McFadden also is the team physician for Monteverde High School. OFF HOURS: An avid triathlete, Dr. McFadden has completed 19 Half Ironman races and regularly participates in local cycling and running events.
TOP DOCTORS: Sean M. McFadden, DO 3451 Technological Drive • Suite 15 • Orlando, FL 32817 • 407-629-2444 • OrlandoHealth.com/OrthoInstitute DECEMBER 2020 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 113
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JOHN (LUCKY) MEISENHEIMER, MD ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Doc “Lucky” Meisenheimer is a dermatologist that specializes in Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery or Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) is a precise, tissue-sparing, microscopically controlled surgical technique for removing skin cancer. Mohs surgery is a two-step process: First, the tumor is removed in stages, followed by immediate histologic evaluation of the margins of the specimen; Second, additional excisions and assessments are performed until all margins are clear. It is important to understand that the dermatologist performing MMS serves both as surgeon and pathologist, performing the excision and the histologic evaluation of the specimen. SPECIALTY: Dr. Meisenheimer is a board-certified dermatologist, Mohs Surgeon, 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. 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 and several other national literary awards. COMMUNITY: For over three decades, thousands of swimmers worldwide 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 clean up and preserve our natural water bodies 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 7300 Sandlake Commons Blvd. • Suite 105 • Orlando, FL 32819 • 407-352-2444 OrlandoSkinDoc.com • DocLucky.com • LuckysLakeSwim.com 114 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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CRAIG M. MINTZER, MD, MBA Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute SPECIALTY: Board-certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine and advanced arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery as well as being one of the first in the country to earn a subspecialty certificate in orthopedic sports medicine. Dr. Mintzer serves on the Executive Committee of the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute. EDUCATION: Dr. Mintzer received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in molecular biology and received the First Honor Prize at Princeton for highest class standing. He attended Harvard Medical School and completed his residency training at the Harvard Orthopedic Program in Boston. His advanced sports medicine fellowship was completed at New England Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Mintzer has also earned a master of business administration from Florida State University. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHPS/ AFFILIATIONS: Head team physician for the Orlando Magic, chief medical officer for Orlando City Lions Soccer Club (Orlando City, Orlando Pride, Orlando City B), head team physician for Rollins College, head team physician for Winter Park High School, associate professor of orthopedics for the University
of Central Florida College of Medicine, active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the NBA Team Physicians Society. PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS: Having the privilege of taking care of Orlando’s professional, college and high school sports teams for 25 years, being named “Top Doctor for Orthopedic Sports Medicine” nationally and appearing yearly in Orlando magazine’s Finest Doctors publication. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS: Balancing a busy sports filled orthopedic practice and raising two high achieving and successful children (Samantha, Wake Forest University 2017 summa cum laude, and Brandon, Princeton University 2020 summa cum laude) with Debbie, his wife of 28 years. WHAT SETS HIM APART: He understands that everyone wants to be the healthiest person that they can be to achieve their own highest level of performance and success. “My goal is to get each person that I treat into the best position to achieve their own personal goals.” CHARITABLE WORK: President of the Jewett Orthopedic Institute foundation which supports Orlando based charities.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Craig M. Mintzer, MD, MBA
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From L to R: Sergio A. Martinez, DO; Marilyne Etienne, PA-C; Steve V. Nguyen, MD; Nam Dinh, MD; Amanda L. Rogan, PA-C; Justin P. Gambone, PA-C ABOUT THE PRACTICE: At Optimotion Orthopaedics, we are excited to introduce the three newest members of our growing team of orthopaedic providers—Sergio Martinez DO, Marilyne Etienne PA-C, and Justin Gambone PA-C. All our providers have been carefully selected and have undergone additional, extensive training in order to ensure consistent, superior outcomes. Dr. Martinez has been in the Central Florida community for over 6 years, where he strives to deliver personalized, compassionate care. As a loving husband and father of four beautiful children, faith and family are of the highest importance in his day-to-day life. Dr. Martinez encourages staying active, eating healthy, and keeping a positive attitude, as he believes physical and mental health are the keys to a balanced, happy life. These philosophies are mirrored in his approach to patient care. OUR COMMITMENT:
Whether surgical or non-surgical, our practice strives to give each patient the best possible experience in joint care. Our philosophy of combining the best providers with advanced surgical techniques and implant choices is how we deliver exceptional outcomes. We are pioneers in using minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as the lateral approach total knee replacement and the robotic-assisted anterior approach total hip replacement. Alongside these techniques, we are now proud to offer the Optimotion Implants LLC total knee system to our patients. The Optimotion Implants system was co-designed by founder Steve Nguyen, MD, to enhance the benefits of the minimally invasive lateral approach, as well as increase stability and longevity for the more active, younger patient. Currently, the use of this cutting-edge knee replacement implant system is exclusive to Optimotion Orthopaedics.
TOP DOCTORS: Steve Nguyen, MD 5979 Vineland Rd • Suite 101 • Orlando, FL 32819 518 Cypress Parkway • Kissimmee, FL 34759 • 407-355-3120 • optimotion.com 116 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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ORLANDO HAND SURGERY ASSOCIATES
Front row L to R: Kathryn Hankins, PA-C; Lillie Albadin, PA-C; Nora M. Daye, MS, PA-C; Anup Patel, MD, MBA, FACS Back row L to R: Cody Hillin, MD, MS; Brian White, MD; Nicholas Newsum, MD; George White, MD; Jason Pirozzolo, DO SPECIALTY: Orlando Hand Surgery Associates (OHSA) specializes in treating all issues of the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand. Our dedicated, fellowship trained physicians offer nonsurgical & surgical treatments including state-of-theart regenerative medicine. We have an active trauma service and can see you immediately if you are injured. We have stateof-the-art outpatient and inpatient surgical and diagnostic services. ABOUT THE DOCTORS: Dr. George White is President of Orlando Hand Surgery Associates, serving the Orlando area since 1991. He received his undergraduate and MD from Johns Hopkins University and completed his fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at the Curtis National Hand Center. Dr. Brian White completed his orthopedic training at the University of South Florida. He completed a fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at the University of Southern California. Dr. Anup Patel completed his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training at Yale University, followed by a Hand/Microsurgery fellowship at NYU Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Dr. Jason Pirozzolo completed his internship and
residency at Duke University followed by a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Ohio State University. He was selected by Governor DeSantis to serve on his Health & Wellness Advisory Committee. Dr. Nicholas J. Newsum completed his MD at the University of Toledo, his residency at UF and a fellowship in Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Microsurgery at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Cody D. Hillin received his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester. He completed his MD at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his fellowship training in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis. Nora Daye, MS, PA-C received her undergraduate degree from Clarkson University and graduate degree from LeMoyne College. She completed orthopedic training in sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Kathryn Hankins, PA-C completed her undergraduate degree from UF and her graduate degree at Nova Southeastern University. Lillie Albadin, PA-C completed her undergraduate degree at UCF and her graduate degree at Advent.
PREMIER DOCTORS: George M. White, MD; Brian White, MD
TOP DOCTORS: George M. White, MD
801 N. Orange Ave. • Suite 600 • Orlando, FL 32801 • 407-841-2100 (Appointments) • orlandohandsurgery.com Other office locations: Apopka, Celebration, Deltona, The Villages, Winter Garden and East Orlando See our many 5 star ratings on our social media DECEMBER 2020 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | 117
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ORLANDO HEALTH ARNOLD PALMER HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN CENTER FOR DIGESTIVE HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Carolina Raijer, MSN APRN; Justin A. De Boer MD; Shaista Safder, MD; Khaled Bittar, MD; Nishant Patel, MD; Devendra I. Mehta, MBBS, MSc(dist) MRCP; Karoly Horvath, MD, PhD; Jeffrey A. Bornstein, MD; Yamen Smadi, MD; Akash Pandey, MD; Brenda Cardenas, MSN APRN Not pictured: Teri Jackson, MSN APRN ABOUT US: We have been practicing at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children for over 20 years. We are dedicated to caring for Central Florida’s children and families. All of our physicians are board-certified in pediatric gastroenterology (GI) and are members of sub-specialty committees for national and international GI organizations. At the Center for Digestive Health & Nutrition, our philosophy is to provide the same level of care to our patients as we would want for our own family members. We treat our patients and families with respect and dignity as we deliver nationally recognized care at nine locations. We strive for excellence in clinical care as well as teaching new providers and conducting research. Our center includes pediatric nurse practitioners, dietitians, developmental psychologist and nurse coordinators, who work closely with our surgeons to provide comprehensive, coordinated care for each child. Our registered pediatric
dietitians provide full nutritional and dietary assessment and education. INNOVATIONS: Since joining Orlando Health Arnold Palmer, we have developed many programs to meet the critical needs of families across the region: Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center of Excellence; Celiac Disease Clinic; The largest complete neuro-gastroenterology and motility center in the Southeast U.S.; Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Allergic Disorders Clinic; Aerodigestive Clinic; Feeding Difficulties Center; Children’s Hospital Intestinal Rehabilitation Program (CHIRP); Healthy Lifestyles Clinic; Liver Disorders Clinic; Preand post-transplant Care; Anorectal Dysfunction Program; Integrative Medicine Clinic; Neonatal Follow-up Clinic; GI-bone Health Clinic; Cystic Fibrosis Center; Spina Bifida Clinic. We also run a GI Translation and diagnostic lab from which we have published nationally recognized research. To learn more, visit ArnoldPalmerHospital.com/KidsDigestion.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Jeffrey A. Bornstein, MD; Devendra I. Mehta, MBBS, MSc(dist) MRCP; Shaista S. Safder, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Jeffrey A. Bornstein, MD
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ORLANDO IMMUNOLOGY CENTER
Edwin DeJesus, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Federico Hinestrosa, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Charlotte Rolle, MD, MPH; Dan Cruz, MD, DABFM; Terry Wilder, APRN; Jeffrey Garrett, APRN; Stephanie Skipper, APRN ABOUT US: Dr. Edwin DeJesus, along with Dr. Federico Hinestrosa, Dr. Charlotte Rolle, and Dr. Dan Cruz are board-certified physicians at Orlando Immunology Center (OIC). OIC is the largest private clinic and research center dedicated to the overall wellness for adults at risk for any sexually transmitted diseases, including Hepatitis, HIV and HPV among others. Our physicians are assisted by a team of nurse practitioners, Terry Wilder, Jeffrey Garrett and Stephanie Skipper, who help provide comprehensive care to our patients. OUR MISSION: To be the center of excellence in the evaluation, education, prevention, treatment, and wellness for the sexually active adult with compassionate and individualized patient care. We are dedicated to bringing Central Florida cutting-edge treatments and prevention to these conditions by incorporating the latest therapeutic innovations and research options. WHAT SETS US APART: OIC is known for its patient-friendly atmosphere, with responsive and
compassionate staff in both the clinic and research divisions, often described by our own patients as understanding, caring and most importantly inclusive and non-judgmental. CURRENT PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY: Dr. DeJesus and Dr. Hinestrosa are Assistant Professors of Medicine at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and Dr. Rolle is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Health, Emory Rollins School of Public Health. ACHIEVEMENTS: We have devoted most of our careers to the treatment of sexually transmitted infections, viral hepatitis, HIV treatment and prevention, and anal dysplasia; and now offer specialized primary care services for the sexually active adult. We remain deeply involved in clinical research for better treatments, preventions, and vaccine development and we understand the complex scientific and social aspects of the diseases we treat. OIC is dedicated to helping our patients succeed in their battle against these conditions.
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From L to R: Ankur Garg, MD; Michael Bellew, MD; David S. Rosen, MD; Cory J. Hartman MD; John A. Jenkins, MD; Melvin Field, MD; Ravi Gandhi, MD; Frank R. Hellinger, Jr., MD; Christopher J. Baker, MD; Chandan Reddy, MD; Roland Torres, MD Not pictured: Donald L. Behrmann, MD; Paul D. Sawin, MD OUR PRACTICE: The guiding principle of Orlando Neurosurgery is that every patient will receive a high level of personalized care. It is the largest, most comprehensive neurosurgery practice in Central Florida and has offered neurosurgical and interventional neuroradiological services to the community for over 20 years. OUR DOCTORS: The board-certified physicians at Orlando Neurosurgery pride themselves in offering the most cutting-edge surgical and endovascular technologies for disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves. We also empower our patients with current and crucial information about their conditions while engaging their family members and caregivers in the treatment and recovery process. Each highly skilled physician brings their own unique expertise to the practice. AFFILIATIONS: AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorder of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors, Acoustic Neuroma
Association, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Society for Peripheral Nerve, American Society of Neuroimaging, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Facial Pan Association, Pituitary Network Association, Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Society, Neurotrauma Society, North American Neuromodulation Society, North American Skull Base Society, North American Spine Society, Society of Neuroscience, Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery, World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. OUR SERVICES: Orlando Neurosurgery offers inpatient care at AdventHealth Orlando, AdventHealth Celebration and Orlando Health as well as in-person and telemedicine appointments at offices in Winter Park, Winter Garden, Kissimmee, Celebration and Lake Mary. Medicare and most major health insurance plans are accepted. For more information or to request an appointment please visit our website at orlandoneurosurgery.com.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Christopher J. Baker, MD; Melvin Field, MD; Ravi Gandhi, MD; David S. Rosen, MD; Paul D. Sawin, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Christopher J. Baker, MD; Donald L. Behrmann, MD; Melvin Field, MD; Frank R. Hellinger, Jr., MD; Paul D. Sawin, MD
1605 W. Fairbanks Avenue • Winter Park, FL 32789 400 Celebration Place • Suite A280 • Celebration, FL 34747 758 North Sun Drive • Suite 112 • Lake Mary FL 32746 720 West Oak Street • Suite 111 • Kissimmee, FL 34741 2000 Fowler Grove Blvd • 3rd Floor • Winter Garden, FL 34787 407-975-0200 • 407-975-0209 (Fax) • OrlandoNeurosurgery.com • email@example.com 120 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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ORLANDO ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER SPORTS MEDICINE
Bryan L. Reuss, MD; Bradd G. Burkhart, MD; Christopher S. Warrell, MD; Randy S. Schwartzberg, MD; Melissa J. Worsfold, PA-C; Lynn C. Tuller, PA-C Not pictured: Leslie H. Sand PA-C EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS: Dr. Burkhart graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Reuss graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Schwartzberg graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Warrell graduated from the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. After completion of medical school, Drs. Burkhart, Reuss, Schwartzberg and Warrell performed their Orthopaedic Surgery residencies in Orlando. They each pursued their subspecialty interests and completed sports medicine fellowship training programs. WHAT SETS US APART: Our surgeons focus on caring for and helping the youth athletes of Central Florida. They serve as team physicians for 18 local high schools, Bethune-Cookman University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Our doctors also have served as team physicians for the NFL, the Orlando Predators, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Seminole State College and Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba. They provide
expert local coverage for the athletes at the U.S. Tennis Association National Campus in Lake Nona. Our physician assistants, Lynn Tuller, Melissa Worsfold and Leslie Sand, have extensive experience in Sports Medicine and are an integral part of our team assisting in the office, field, and operating room. ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS: Drs. Burkhart, Reuss, Schwartzberg and Warrell serve as clinical faculty for the UCF College of Medicine and have served as clinical faculty for the Orlando Health Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. They also teach advanced sports medicine surgical skills to practicing orthopaedic surgeons and give educational talks to healthcare professionals such as athletic trainers and physical therapists. They publish clinical research studies and started the Orlando Orthopaedic Center Foundation, which provides research and education and helps financially disadvantaged youth participate in youth sports programs through the “Give Kids Sports” campaign.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Bryan L. Reuss, MD
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ORLANDO UROLOGY ASSOCIATES, PA Albert Ong, MD; Stan Sujka, MD; Stephen Baker, MD; James Welch, MD; Marshall Melcer, MD The physicians and staff of OUA are justifiably proud of our continuous 65+ year tradition of patient-centered urologic care provided to individuals and families here in Orlando and the surrounding communities. We remain an independent private practice not affiliated with any regional health-care system. This allows us the flexibility to provide customized and cost-effective care. All of our 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. Since pioneering minimally invasive laparoscopic urologic surgery here in Central Florida over 19 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, erectile dysfunction, infertility and urinary tract infections. When you come to our office, your appointment will be conducted from start to finish by a board-certified urologic surgeon. 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. We are proud to continue our “Rapid Kidney Stone Care” treatment option as well as RestoreWave ESWT treatment for sexual dysfunction and Urolift surgical therapy treatment of enlarged prostate symptoms.
TOP DOCTORS: James Welch, MD; Stan Sujka, MD; Marshall Melcer, MD; Stephen Baker, MD; Albert Ong, MD 41 W. Kaley St. • Orlando, FL 32806 • 407-843-6645 9430 Turkey Lake Road • Suite 106 • Orlando, FL 32819 • 407-352-8151 • www.ouamd.com 122 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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Remagin (Formerly Orlando Eye Institute And Parbhu Oculofacial Plastic Surgery) ABOUT THE PRACTICE: For over 10 years, the teams at Orlando Eye Institute and Parbhu Oculofacial Plastic Surgery have proudly treated the residents of Dr. Phillips and Windermere, serving their eye and oculoplastic needs with compassion, respect and professionalism. As the practice has grown the doctors have integrated cutting-edge technologies and broadened the scope of what they provide. This allows them to optimize vision, decrease spectacle and eye drop usage, bring comfort and instill confidence in patients’ appearance. ABOUT THE DOCTORS: Dr. Deepak Raja earned his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine before completing an internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, an ophthalmology residency at Vanderbilt Eye Institute in Nashville and a cornea and anterior segment fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Keshini Parbhu received her medical degree from Vanderbilt University and completed a
fellowship in oculofacial plastic surgery through the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—an elite society of less than 600 members. Drs. Parbhu and Raja are both board-certified physicians who believe in providing direct care to their patients, performing all procedures, surgeries and perioperative care. All injectable and laser treatments are performed by Dr. Parbhu. EXPANDED SERVICES: Most recently, aesthetic services were expanded, and in the past year, the doctors have added the Light Adjustable Lens for cataract surgery and minimally invasive facelifts. To reflect this open-minded concept, the doctors have changed the practice’s name to Remagin. While their commitment to care remains the same, they can now provide a wider array of treatments without the restrictions of conventional thinking. Instead, they want you to concentrate on the things that make you happy and let them help you get there! Refine. Refocus. Remagin.
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NEEL R. PATEL, MD, FACC
Central Florida Heart Care – Preventative Cardiac Care Sugar10 Health ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Dr. Patel is a preventative cardiologist who is board certified in cardiovascular disease and echocardiography. The office has onsite ultrasound and advanced nuclear imaging to provide the most comprehensive assessment for each individual. Dr. Patel was raised in Central Florida and returned to the Orlando area after completing his fellowship training at Georgetown University in cardiovascular disease. As the sole provider in his clinic, Dr. Patel has the unique opportunity to manage his patients’ medical needs to provide continuity of care. He prides himself on providing personalized care in a comfortable and compassionate environment. MISSION: To provide the best and most innovative care to assess an individual’s cardiac risk factors in a comfortable, compassionate environment with the assistance of his highly trained clinical support staff. WHAT’S NEW: While Dr. Patel has traditionally emphasized preventative cardiology, his special interest in diabetes and pre-diabetes prompted him to launch a new clinic, Sugar10 Health. This
clinic incorporates personalized lifestyle changes to assist with diabetes and pre-diabetes prevention. Over the last 3 years, Sugar10 Health has provided knowledge to empower patients to take control of their health and ultimately lower their cardiac risk. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Patel is passionate about teaching medicine and is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University and at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. He also assists Shepherd’s Hope, the largest free clinic in Florida, with its patients’ cardiac care. SPARE TIME: Dr. Patel likes traveling with his wife and his two children. In his travels he has taken many photographs which are displayed throughout the office. In addition, he enjoys spending time with Leo, the new family dog. ON A PERSONAL NOTE: Dr. Patel is very proud of his wife, Dr. Sejal Patel, a local psychiatrist who served active duty in the Iraq War. PREVENTATIVE CARDIAC CARE…ONE HEART AT A TIME
TOP DOCTORS: Neel R. Patel, MD, FACC 541 S. Orlando Ave. • Suite 301 • Maitland, FL 32751 • 407-790-7860 • CentralFloridaHeartCare.com Sugar10 Health • 541 S. Orlando Ave. • Suite 306 • Maitland, FL 32751 • 407-529-4257 • Sugar10Health.com 124 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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PEDIATRIC HOSPITALIST SERVICE
First row: Christine Bessett, DO; Chelsea Monserrate, APRN; Christina Ewasko, MD; Jaimie Phillips, APRN Back row: Ira Pinnelas, MD; Susan Adams, Practice Manager; Lauren Laughman, MD; Sedi Ebadi, MD; Rachel Prete, DO; Matthew Eng, DO; Dianna Brozyna, MD; David Sunnenberg, MD; Irissa Rosario, MD; Christy Sherlock, Admin Assistant; Matthew Seibel, MD Not pictured: Kimberly Steele, APRN ABOUT US: Celebrating 21 years of service at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, the Pediatric Hospitalist Service, a division of Pediatrix Medical Group, specializes in care of hospitalized pediatric patients. All the pediatricians in this practice are board certified in Pediatrics. EXPERIENCE: This team of 12 Hospitalist Physicians and 4 Nurse Practitioners have 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, includes 10 Rounding Nurses and has been providing high quality care at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 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 Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. For all of us, it is, and always will be, about the kids.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Ira Pinnelas, MD; Matthew Seibel, MD
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GEORGE POPE, MD Pope Plastic Surgery
PRACTICE LOCATION: Now in his 33rd year of practice in Central Florida, Dr. Pope, a long-time College Park resident, has his office on Edgewater Drive, next door to RusTeak. “We’ve been here just over a year, and our patients and staff love our new office. The College Park community has welcomed us warmly,” Dr. Pope said. SPECIALTY/FOCUS: Dr. Pope enjoys all cosmetic surgery procedures, but is doing more and more breast surgery for women, including augmentation, reduction and lift, as well as male breast reduction for gynecomastia. 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 10 years, and Top
Plastic Surgeon by his 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. Dr. Pope is also the chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Orlando Health. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS: Dr. Pope enjoys teaching residents and medical students and is proud to be on the clinical faculty of UCF College of Medicine. And, out of more than 50,000 medical practices worldwide, Pope Plastic Surgery has earned the prestigious distinction as a Top 250 practice with Allergan Inc., manufacturer of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Kybella, Vollure, and Volbella. The elite title is earned by a deep commitment to excellence and highest-quality patient care.
PREMIER DOCTORS: George Pope, MD, FACS
TOP DOCTORS: George Pope, MD, FACS
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SRI POTHAMSETTY, MD, AGAF Orlando Gastroenterology, PA
EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS: Residency and fellowship training in Gastroenterology at John H. Stroger Hospital, Chicago; Board-Certified in Gastroenterology. AWARDS: Fellowship of the American Gastroenterological Association. Outstanding Physician Award from Surgery Partners. ACHIEVEMENTS: In 2002, founded Orlando Gastroenterology, PA, which has grown into an eight-provider team offering advanced gastroenterology services. Established a state-ofthe-art endoscopy unit at Millenia Surgery Center in 2008 and is now its Medical Director. Assistant Professor at UCF College of Medicine. President of CAPI, the Central Florida Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. Speaker for AstraZeneca, Inc. and Allergan Pharmaceuticals. Principal Investigator for Universal Clinical Research and Technology, Inc. and HMD Research, LLC. Director of Orange County Medical Society. INNOVATIONS: Pioneered in-office anorectal manometry study to evaluate severe constipation and defecation disorders. Popularized the highly effective non-surgical outpatient treatment of hemorrhoids: the CRH system for
hemorrhoidal ligation. Pioneered Saturday appointments for colonoscopies. Brought Fibroscan to the Orlando area: this test revolutionizes non-invasive assessment of liver health. WHAT SETS US APART: Our doctors are highly trained and experienced board-certified gastroenterologists who practice safe, high-quality endoscopy at the Millenia Surgery Center. We have offices in Orlando, Kissimmee and Clermont for easy access across Central Florida. OFF HOURS: Running, including recently completing the Disney Marathon. Mountain climbing, including recent summiting of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Pikes Peak, Mt. Whitney and the Mt. Everest Base Camp. Writing a book intended to be a comprehensive treatise linking nutrition, digestive health, and emotional and psychosocial well-being. CHARITABLE WORK: Worked with CAPI to raise over $50,000 for hunger relief in Central Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic. Raised $15,000 for OneOrlando Fund to benefit victims of the Pulse tragedy. Our practice supports multiple charities including A Gift for Teaching, Community Based Care of Central Florida and Sankara Eye Foundation.
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RANDALL T. RUST, MD
Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute SPECIALTY: Board-certified orthopedic surgeon. Fellowship trained, specializing in orthopedic sports medicine, minimally invasive shoulder and knee surgery, knee and shoulder reconstructive surgery, total joint replacements, orthopedic and musculoskeletal trauma. EDUCATION: Dr. Rust graduated magna cum laude from Ohio University where he obtained his undergraduate degree. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. Dr. Rust has completed advanced training and is certified in Makoplasty, robotic assisted hip and knee surgery. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Rust is privileged to serve as team physician for the Orlando Solar Bears, Dr. Phillips High School and Lake Highland Preparatory School.
GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: He and his wife raised two healthy twins during his orthopedic residency, chief residency, and sports medicine fellowship. During his chief year, Dr. Rust also achieved the “Resident of The Year” award, a distinction only given to two residents throughout the entire program in the hospital. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: As a native to Cincinnati and a lifelong Bengals (NFL) fan, Dr. Rust ultimately becoming their team physician was beyond his imagination. PHILOSOPHY: “Patients don’t always care how much you know, but always know how much you care.” OFF HOURS: Dr. Rust enjoys golfing, amateur kids’ sports photography and being a Pop Warner Coach. FREE ADVICE: Listen to your body, and take care of it.
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SAND LAKE IMAGING
From L to R: Patricia Dycus, RRA; Charlotte Elenberger, MD; Stephen Bravo, MD; Robert Posniak, MD; Alexandra Osorio, MD ABOUT US: 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: Dr. Bravo 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: Dr. Posniak 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: Dr. Elenberger specializes in breast imaging and intervention. She completed fellowship training in breast imaging and body imaging at Duke University Medical Center. ALEXANDRA OSORIO, MD: Dr. Osorio specializes in the areas of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and was fellowship-trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Yale University School of Medicine. PATRICIA DYCUS, RRA: Patricia received her Radiologist Assistant degree from Loma Linda University and has certifications in radiology, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and mammography.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Charlotte Elenberger, MD
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KENRICK SPENCE, MD, FACS
Medical Director of Hillcrest Plastic Surgery and the International Keloid and Scar Treatment Center DR. SPENCE established his private practice in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Orlando area in 1999. His interest in combining the artistry of plastic surgery with the aesthetic needs of each patient began in 1986 while pursuing his medical career at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine. In 1991, at the invitation of Saint Raphael’s Hospital, Yale University, Dr. Spence completed a five-year program in general surgery, achieving the recognition of general surgery chief resident and later, Board Certification in General Surgery. He completed his plastic surgery fellowship at the University of Texas at Galveston, achieving his Board Certification in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. SPECIALTIES: Dr. Spence specializes in Advanced Facial Rejuvenation, Facial Surgery and Facial Revision Surgeries, Body Contouring, Body Contouring Revisionary Surgeries and treatment of keloid scars. ABOUT THE PRACTICE: Dr. Spence’s state-of-the-art facility
at 130 Hillcrest St. offers 6,002 square feet of examination rooms, an advanced skincare center, a keloid treatment center and a surgery center. The surgery center is certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. Our onsite surgery center affords patients convenience, privacy and safety for surgical procedures performed under general and local anesthesia. AFFILIATIONS: Dr. Spence is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. INNOVATIONS: Developer of the trademarked and patented SculptEase™ Liposuction procedure. Dr. Spence is also recognized by one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies as a Master Injector and by Sensus Healthcare as the Center of Excellence for Keloid Treatment and member of their Advisory Board.
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SPINE & BRAIN NEUROSURGERY CENTER
Glen Manzano, MD; James Piotrowski, PAC; German Montoya, MD; Nizam Razack, MD, JD; Michael LaFleur, PAC 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. SERVICES: Minimally invasive and complex spine procedures, MRI, EMG/NCV testing, spinal injection therapies, joint injections and treatment of traumatic brain injuries, concussions and headaches. NIZAM RAZACK, MD, JD: Dr. Razack is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, 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. He is also admitted to The Florida Bar and a member of the Orange County Bar Association. GLEN MANZANO, MD: Dr. Manzano is a board certified Neurosurgeon who is fluent in Spanish. He completed his medical degree, Neurosurgical Residency and Complex Spine Fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Manzano is welcomed back after spending the last nine years at the University of Miami, Department of Neurosurgery where he was a Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery. He focused on surgical treatment of spinal cord injuries and spinal tumors and started the Department of Neurosurgery Spine Tumor Initiative. GERMAN MONTOYA, MD: Dr. Montoya, Senior Associate, is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and is currently providing comprehensive neurosurgical examinations.
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THE SPINE CENTER AT ORLANDO ORTHOPAEDIC CENTER SPECIALIZING IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY
G. Grady McBride, MD; Stephen R. Goll, MD; Steven E. Weber, DO; Ravi R. Patel, MD ABOUT US: The fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeons at Orlando Orthopaedic Center’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.
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JOSEPH C. TUTORINO, MD
Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute YEARS IN PRACTICE: 18. SPECIALTY: Minimally invasive knee and shoulder arthroscopy, and hip and knee reconstruction. EDUCATION: Dr. Tutorino received his undergraduate degree in biology and Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He received further training in pharmacy at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. His medical degree and orthopedic residency were at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he had the unique experience of training under the team physicians of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs. Dr. Tutorino’s sports fellowship was done here in Central Florida with
Tom Winters, MD. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons where he has presented research at their annual meeting. INNOVATIONS: Dr. Tutorino has received training in MAKO robotic knee replacement surgery, which uses preoperative CT scans to precisely plan joint alignment, balance and implant placement. PERSONAL: He enjoys family time and traveling with his wife, Mary, son, Carmen and daughter, Nancy; both children attend Florida State University. He also enjoys the beach, golfing and watching professional and college sports. GO CHIEFS!
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VASCULAR SPECIALISTS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA From L to R: Michael Muehlberger, MD; Adam Levitt, MD; Jon Wesley, MD; Richard Teed, MD; Charles Thompson, 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 varicose 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.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Jon M. Wesley, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Adam B. Levitt, MD; Charles S. Thompson, MD; Jon M. Wesley, MD
80 W. Michigan Street • Orlando, FL 32806 7460 Doc’s Grove Circle • Orlando, FL 32819 8400 Red Bug Lake Road • Suite 2090 • Oviedo, FL 32765 2080 Oakley Seaver Drive • Suite 100 • Clermont, FL 34711 407-648-4323 (Orlando) • 352-241-7585 (Clermont) • ArteryAndVein.com 134 | ORLANDOMAGAZINE.COM | DECEMBER 2020
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THE VISION HEALTH INSTITUTE (VHI)
Vince Piccione, OD; Karen F. Perry, OD, FAAO; Mark E. Perry, 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 degen-
eration and dry eye dysfunction. A UNIQUE PRACTICE: The Vision Health Institute is recognized as Orlando’s Best Optical, Orlando magazine, (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), and awarded Orlando’s Best Bet Orlando Sentinel (2017), and 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. We attribute our success to our loyal patients and 30 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.
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WOMEN’S CARE FLORIDA | DELANEY PARK OB/GYN Front Row L to R: Kai Fu, MD, FACOG; April Merritt, MD, FACOG; Angela Guzman, MD; Nicole Hoffman, APRN; Quyen Nguyen, MD, FACOG Back Row L to R: Parmelee Thatcher, MD, FACOG; William Scott, MD, FACOG; Cherise Chambers, MD, FACOG; Sean Tarride, DO We understand that choosing a physician for your Obstetrics and Gynecology needs is a personal choice for any woman. At Women’s Care Florida, we are committed to improving the health of women every day by delivering the highest level of personalized patient care, using state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable, relaxed setting. OUR PRACTICE: Our providers are well respected as leaders in delivering exceptional women’s health care and have been serving patients in Orlando for more than 20 years. We are a comprehensive OB/GYN practice with four convenient locations and an in-house surgery center staffed by a board-certified Anesthesiologist. We are here for you through
every step of your women’s health journey, from adolescence to childbearing years through menopause. OUR SERVICES: Pregnancy and obstetric care including high risk OB; Fertility consultations, Genetic counseling; Annual Exams and vaccinations; Pelvic pain; Incontinence; Birth control options: IUDs, pills, NEXPLANON®, Depo-Provera; Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, hormone pellet therapy; Aesthetics; Robotic and minimally invasive surgery; Hysterectomies. In-office procedures including Endometrial Ablation, Hysteroscopy, Colposcopy, and Vaginal Rejuvenation. Accepting new patients and most insurances. Telemedicine available for qualifying patients.
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WOMEN’S CARE FLORIDA | OB & GYN SPECIALISTS From L to R: Jason Bridge, MD; George Amyradakis, MD; Shawn Lee, MD; Marnique Jones, MD; Rebecca Weber, MD; Dennise Durkee, MD; Sheryl Logan, MD; Shannon Hahn, MD; Theresa Carducci, MD; Michelle Santana Rothen, MD; Ann Marie D’Heureux-Jones, MD ABOUT US: Dr. Arnold Lazar and Dr. N. Donald Diebel founded our practice in 1977. The practice strives to provide patients with the most current medical information and treatments available. Through all stages of life, 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 cervical procedures. In-office mammography has proven to be convenient to our busy patients who can have their wellness exam and mammogram the same day. We offer both low and high-risk pregnancy care with in-office sonograms, lab work and fetal monitoring available in the office. Urodynamic testing, evaluation and treatment for urinary incontinence is provided. We also offer hormone therapy
for both men and women using bioidentical hormone pellets. The aesthetic services we offer currently are Botox and dermal fillers, microneedling and hair restoration. We are very excited to add a variety of new treatments utilizing “PRP”, Platelet-Rich Plasma, for sexual health and wellness, vaginal rejuvenation and as a treatment option for many different gyn issues. PRP uses your own blood platelets and growth factors to naturally heal and rejuvenate the body. We have privileges at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies for the more difficult surgeries and for Obstetric deliveries. For our minimally invasive surgeries we use the 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.
PREMIER DOCTORS: Theresa J. Carducci, MD; Dennise C. Durkee, MD; Marnique H. Jones, MD; Sheryl L. Logan, MD
TOP DOCTORS: Sheryl L. Logan, MD
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ANDREW AZIZ, MD, FACS Affiliated Eye Specialists, PA
SPECIALTY: Ophthalmology. ABOUT US: Affiliated Eye Specialists has been serving the community’s ophthalmic needs for 33 years. EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS: Medical School: Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 1988-1992; Internship: Kettering Medical Center, 1992-1993; Residency: University of Cincinnati, 1993-1996; Fellowship: Cornea/Refractive Surgery, Dan Durrie/Hunkeler Eye Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, 1996-1997; Board Certified: American Board of Ophthalmology since 1998. AWARDS/HONORS: Alpha Omega Alpha honor society; Best Doctors 2009-2012, 2018-present. 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. PREMIER DOCTORS: Andrew A. Aziz, MD, FACS TOP DOCTORS: Andrew A. Aziz, MD, FACS
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331 N. Maitland Ave. • Suite B-2 • Maitland, FL 32751 407-740-0331 • 407-539-2747 Christi@affiliatedeyemaitland.com Eramos@affiliatedeyemaitland.com • affiliatedeyemaitland.com
CENTRAL FLORIDA PAIN RELIEF CENTERS
Front row L to R: Rick Nieves Ramos, MD; Michael Creamer, DO; Nilusha Fernando; DO Back row L to R: Daniel Prieto Romero, APRN; LaMisa Rayside, APRN Dayna Vecchione, APRN; Victor Buzon, APRN OUR PRACTICE: All of our physicians are board certified in Pain Medicine. We are a diverse group of compassionate professionals with years of experience, sound medical knowledge and cutting-edge procedures who specialize in the comprehensive treatment for the management of acute and chronic pain syndromes. PHILOSOPHY: We believe a multidisciplinary 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 for each patient’s best possible recovery. Our goal is to provide a full range of treatments and services for patients suffering from pain. Our centers are providing safe care within the guidelines of the CDC. WHAT SETS US APART: We pride ourselves on 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, and minimally invasive treatments for the management of spinal stenosis.
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CENTRAL FLORIDA ENDOCRINE AND DIABETES CONSULTANTS, PA
Sohail H. Ali, MD; Julie A. Bauer, MD; Penny S. Glickman, MD; Neha P. Rickson, MD; Carlos A. Pacheco, 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. Our 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, cutting-edge research and clinical trials. Barbara Bunster, DPM, also 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. PREMIER DOCTORS: Penny S. Glickman, MD; Carlos A. Pacheco, MD TOP DOCTORS: Sohail H. Ali, MD; Julie A. Bauer, MD; Penny S. Glickman, MD; Carlos A. Pacheco, MD
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635 N. Maitland Ave. • Maitland, FL 32751 117 W. Underwood St. • Orlando, FL 32806 407-629-4901 • Fax: 407-629-0168 • cfendocrine.com
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Victor L. Roberts, MD, MBA, FACP, FACE, ECNU; Lucy M. Duque, DNP, MSN, ARNP-C 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. Endocrine Certified in Neck Ultrasound. Dr. Duque: ARNP, University of Central Florida; Doctor of Nursing Practice, Pace University, New York. AWARDS, VICTOR L. ROBERTS, MD: 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, Who’s Who in the World. 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 ACHIEVEMENTS: 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. PREMIER DOCTORS: Victor L. Roberts, MD, MBA, FACP, FACE, ECNU
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FLORIDA EYE CLINIC Florida Eye Clinic was founded in 1973 and has since grown to include 12 Ophthalmologists and 11 Optometrists practicing in 11 locations across Central Florida. Our main office, in Altamonte Springs, is a 30,000 square-foot building that also houses a state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgical Center with three operating suites. Florida Eye Clinic is a multispecialty, MD/OD integrated practice. Among the ophthalmologists are physicians with special training in the fields of glaucoma, retina, cornea, neuro-ophthalmology and ophthalmic plastic surgery. Some of the services offered at Florida Eye Clinic include state-of-the-art cataract/lens implant surgery, surgery and laser for glaucoma, diabetic laser treatment and retinal surgery, cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery, eye muscle surgery and therapy, dry eye treatment and cornea transplant surgery. We offer a full range of contact lens services, and all of our offices offer a retail optical outlet. WHY CHOOSE US: Our mission is to maximize the visual potential of our patients through the highest quality vision care, exceptional customer service and visual outcomes. TOP DOCTORS: Harry Pappas, MD; Catherine Wang, MD 160 Boston Avenue • Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 407-834-7776 • email@example.com • floridaeyeclinic.com
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FLORIDA EYE CLINIC
Harry Pappas, MD, President, Florida Eye Clinic SPECIALTY: Premium cataract surgery using Femtosecond Laser and treatment of glaucoma. EDUCATION: Brown, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: I have been very proud to be the President of the FLORIDA EYE CLINIC, and to have helped it grow from a few eye specialists to 23 eye doctors in 11 locations. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: With my wife, Jackie, raising our three daughters, who continually make us proud. PHILOSOPHY: I consider it both a privilege and a blessing to be able to help my patients see better. TOP DOCTORS: Harry Pappas, MD 160 Boston Avenue Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 407-834-7776 floridaeyeclinic.com
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FLORIDA EYE CLINIC Catherine Wang, MD
ABOUT THE DOCTOR: My decision to become an ophthalmologist was influenced by observing a truly special mentor, my father. During medical school, I had the opportunity to shadow my father and to witness the long-lasting relationships he created with his patients and their families, as well as the rewarding and important role he played in improving and preserving vision. I am grateful that I have had the great fortune of choosing a career that brings immense 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. GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Family- my husband, Steven Choung, an orthopaedic surgeon, and our children, Samantha and Max. TOP DOCTORS: Catherine Wang, MD 10131 W. Colonial Drive • Suite 201 • Ocoee, FL 34761 2917 Edgewater Drive • Orlando, FL 32804 407-834-7776 • floridaeyeclinic.com
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KENT S. HOFFMAN, DO
Lake Howell Health Center & SoberDoc.com ABOUT THE DOCTOR: Kent S. Hoffman, DO, is a board-certified addiction specialist and founder of SoberDoc.com. Through his work as a board-certified family practitioner, he recognized a need for effective addiction treatment in the Central Florida area. Dr. Hoffman and his team are devoted to helping those struggling with addiction get a second chance at life. WHAT SETS HIM APART: Many dependent patients receive treatment at inpatient drug rehab facilities, only to be left feeling powerless if they didn’t get the right care. Dr. Hoffman often treats patients who have had unsuccessful treatment elsewhere, helping the hopeless get back on the path to freedom. The SoberDoc treatment method is six times more successful than the average inpatient rehab facility. Outside of his addiction treatment practice, Dr. Hoffman has served as a team physician for the Orlando Magic since 2008. PREMIER DOCTORS: Kent S. Hoffman, DO 406 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, FL 32751 407-691-3960 SoberDoc.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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ORLANDO HEALTH PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATES, MAITLAND PEDIATRICS Andrew Summers, MD; Jennifer Thielhelm, MD
OUR DOCTORS: Drs. Summers and Thielhelm are board certified, members of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and have been practicing pediatrics for over 20 years. Their team is dedicated to caring for children—newborns to young adults—in a thorough and compassionate manner. They offer comprehensive pediatric care including wellness checks, acute illnesses, injuries, special needs, asthma, ADHD and behavioral consults. EDUCATION: Dr. Summers received his BS degree from Covenant College and his medical degree from Hahnemann/Drexel University. He completed his residency training at the University of Florida, Shands Hospital. Dr. Thielhelm received her BS degree from Duke University and her medical degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Thielhelm completed her pediatric residency and co-chief residency at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Earning the trust of patients who then bring their children to them. Both physicians are assistant clinical professors for the FSU School of Medicine and are community faculty for the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital pediatric residency program. PREMIER DOCTORS: Andrew Summers, MD; Jennifer Thielhelm, MD TOP DOCTORS: Andrew Summers, MD; Jennifer Thielhelm, MD
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800 N. Maitland Ave • Suite 102 • Maitland, FL 32751 407-660-7000 • 407-660-7010 • OrlandoHealth.com
HAL S. PINELESS, DO
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 and a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychiatrists and the American Academy of Neurology. AWARDS/HONORS: 2012-13 President of Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. Former Chief of Staff of Florida Hospital East Orlando and former 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, 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 125+ years 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. TOP DOCTORS: Hal S. Pineless, DO 1890 State Road 436, Suite 255 • Winter Park, FL 32792 407-657-7900 • 407-657-7942 (Fax) • neurocareinstitute.com
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PREMIER INFECTIOUS DISEASE CARE Front Row L to R: Liz Ortiz; Seema Patel, MD; Archana Shah, MD; Cristina Amado, MD; Rita Nwanyanwu, MD Back Row L to R: Wilisa Todd, APRN; Mariko Caberto, APRN; Elizanda Benoit; Diane Orlov; Lucy Doyle
OUR PRACTICE: Premier Infectious Disease Care has recently moved to a newly refurbished space right on Aloma Avenue (Daniel Building). 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 started the practice in 2008 and it has grown in the last three years. 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 communityacquired 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. Dr. Cristina Amado is a Gator who completed her fellowship at George Washington University, and joined the practice in 2016. Recently, Dr. Rita Nwanyanwu joined us in 2018 from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
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PREMIER DOCTORS: Archana Shah, MD TOP DOCTORS: Archana Shah, MD 2100 Aloma Avenue Suite 204 Winter Park, FL 32792 321-422-3660
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Laritssa P. Cobian, MD, FAAP; Marcela Jativa, MD, FAAP; Andrea VanDam, PA ABOUT US: RDV Pediatrics has been providing medical care for newborns, children, and teens since 1998. We strive to provide the highest quality care in order to maintain the physical and mental health of our patients through regular check-ups and immunizations. We are always available for same-day sick visits, asthma and allergy management, comprehensive ADHD care, ZO® Skin Health skin care consultations, 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 always expect top-quality care from each member of our staff, some of whom have been at the practice since our doors opened and are now seeing old patients grown up and bringing in children of their own! TOP DOCTORS: Laritssa P. Cobian, MD, FAAP 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd. • Orlando, FL 32810 407-916-4520 • 407-916-4525 (Fax) rdvpediatrics.com • email@example.com
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THE SURGICAL GROUP OF ORLANDO, LLC
Board Certified General Surgeons: Alberto Padron, MD, FACS; Danelle Chambers, MD, FACS; Michael Freeland, MD, FACS Back Row: Marisol, Melody, Valentina, Pam, Dania, Joelene, Maritere PROVIDING GENERAL SURGICAL SERVICES INCLUDING: General Surgery, Breast Surgery, Thyroid and Endocrine Surgery, Advanced Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Hernia Procedures, Dermatologic Surgery. OUR SURGEONS PERFORM PROCEDURES AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: Sand Lake Surgery Center, Same Day SurgiCenter of Orlando, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Orlando Regional Medical Center. We wouldn’t be Top Doctors without our wonderfully supportive staff. Both Pam and Melody are celebrating over 20 years as part of the SGO team! PREMIER DOCTORS: Alberto Padron, MD, FACS TOP DOCTORS: Danelle K. Chambers, MD, FACS; Alberto F. Padron, MD, FACS; Michael B. Freeland, MD, FACS
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1814 S. Lucerne Terrace • Orlando, FL 32806 407-730-3627 • surgicalgrouporlando.com Please see our website for a detailed list of services provided.
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CRAIG YUNK, MD
Celebration Family Physicians ABOUT DR. YUNK: Craig Yunk, MD, is the medical director and founding member of Celebration Family Physicians. He is a Board-Certified Physician specializing in Family Medicine, with a special interest in pediatric care and sports medicine. He has a deep passion for wellness and delivering exceptional care to his patients through all stages of life. EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL ROLES: Raised in Manhattan, Kansas, Dr. Yunk is a Kansas State Wildcat fan. He graduated from KSU with scholarships, and from St. George’s University Medical School. He completed his residency at Florida Hospital, where he was awarded Resident of the Year and was also Chief Resident. Dr. Yunk helped establish AdventHealth’s Family Medicine of Celebration and served on the Executive Board for AdventHealth Medical Group. Currently, he is AdventHealth’s Physician Network Regional Leader. Dr. Yunk also serves as a faculty preceptor to Florida State University medical students. PREMIER DOCTORS: Craig Yunk, MD 1530 Celebration Blvd. • Suite 103 • Celebration, FL 34747 407-566-8898 • celebrationfamilyphysicians.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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FOOD & DRINK R E VI E W â&#x20AC;¢ R ECO M M EN D ED E ATI N G
TWIST ON A CLASSIC
At newly opened Knife & Spoon in The RitzCarlton Orlando, the Deconstructed Scampi substitutes Alaskan king crab for the traditional shrimp, with an herbal emulsion and a touch of sea foam adding to the artistry.
The 32-ounce, 45-day dryaged ribeye is a culinary marvel.
Knife & Spoon, Chef John Tesar’s newest restaurant concept, celebrates both steak and seafood in magnificent ways. BY BROOKE FEHR
KNIFE & SPOON The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes 4012 Central Florida Parkway Orlando grandelakes.com/dining/ knife-and-spoon
OPENING A RESTAURANT at any time is a daunting task, but open-
ing during a pandemic, in a space recently vacated by an iconic chef, might seem practically impossible. For anyone besides John Tesar, that is. Knife & Spoon debuted at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes in October, and has been making quiet culinary waves ever since. Chef Tesar is well aware that he has big shoes to fill, as the restaurant occupies the space that previously housed Norman’s, the celebrated namesake of Norman Van Aken. “There’s history here with Norman’s. It’s not easy,” Tesar says, adding that he has great respect for Van Aken, a founding father of fusion cuisine. “There are people who are going to come here and say, ‘This isn’t Norman’s.’ ” And Tesar is okay with that. Fans of television’s Top Chef are likely to recognize Tesar’s name— as well as that of his chef de cuisine, Gerald Sombright. The two men met during Season 14 of the show (Tesar had also appeared during Season 10.) Season 14 was particularly special to both and cemented a relationship that has reached far beyond those episodes. “We are all in this strange Top Chef family, this Season 14 group,” shares Tesar. “We’re all very different...but there is a bond between us on that season.” Their easy friendship is apparent as the two trade quips between interview questions. During my recent visit to Knife & Spoon, my server explained that the restaurant’s name was an homage to Tesar’s other restaurants, located in the Dallas area. Spoon Bar & Kitchen, though now closed, focused on seafood. The two locations of Knife, one in Dallas and the other in nearby Plano, are best described as “a reinvention of steak,”
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using locally sourced Texas beef and meat as well as produce (more about that beautiful beef to come.) For Orlando’s Knife & Spoon, Tesar melds the two concepts. Team Surf offers thoughtful takes on raw, chilled, and lightly cooked fish and other seafood preparations alongside some of the dishes that he’s made famous during his television appearances. Standouts from the opening menu include the Pounded Big Eye Tuna ($31). The firm piece of incredibly fresh tuna covers a hidden treasure of foie gras torchon perched atop wafer-thin toasted baguette slices. Also arresting in its simplicity is the Deconstructed Scampi ($32), a dish reimagined with Alaskan king crab in place of the traditional shrimp. The warm crab is served atop an herbal emulsion that is so good, my dining companion and I unabashedly dipped our
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bread into it. A garlic froth, suggestive of sea foam, finishes the dish artistically. Seafood lovers can look forward to an expansion of this portion of the menu as the restaurant becomes more established. “As it gets busier, we’ll put more fish on the menu,” Tesar shares. Knife and Spoon has, however, been billed as a “steakhouse concept” from the first announcement, so we felt honor-bound to try one of the steak offerings. Standard cuts are available, including filet, a flat iron steak, and bone-in ribeyes and New York strips. We opted for the show-stopping, 45-Day Dry-Aged 32-ounce Bone-In Ribeye ($130). And I must say it. This is the best steak I have ever had. The dry-aging process, a detail that Tesar is known for, imparts rich, buttery notes to the meat, distilling its flavors marvelously and imbuing a
tenderness that I had never experienced in a ribeye. If you are a red meat lover, this will be a high point of your culinary journey. (Keep in mind that there are also 60-, 90-, 150-, and 240-day aged options, as well as non-aged beef.) And about that beef: Tesar sources much of his prime beef from 44 Farms in Texas, a ranch that dates back to 1909 and uses a myriad of best practices to produce some of the best beef on the market. (The menu includes a few selections of Heart Brand Akaushi beef as well.) Inventive sides, familiar but with intriguing twists, are big enough to share. Don’t skip the Kimchi Spinach ($17), a variation on a classic dish that benefits from the subtle spice and acidity that cuts through the rich bechamel brilliantly. Fans of fine dining will also appreciate traditional touches,
such as an amuse bouche, bread service, and a selection of lovely mignardises served with coffee. So where does the restaurant go from here? Tesar and Sombright are encouraged by their reception and excited about finding their place within the Orlando community. Both men see the venture as a true partnership. They plan to start with Tesar’s vision as the framework and proceed from there. “John wanted to have his perspective to get the restaurant open, then as we go into every season...we’ll change those dishes and as we progress the cuisine, those dishes will come from me more than John,” explains Sombright, who most recently helmed the kitchens of Ario and Tesoro at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Tesar is adamant, however, that even though The Ritz-Carlton is a luxury brand, his food is approachable. “My food
From top left: Squid Ink Bucatini with Clams; Chef de Cuisine Gerald Sombright, General Manager Colin Burke, Chef John Tesar; Pounded Big Eye Tuna; dining room.
philosophy is that you take beautiful ingredients, and you try to enhance them without stepping all over them.” As business builds, and the world moves on from the current pandemic, he looks forward to being part of the everyday lives of Central Florida residents and visitors. “This is not a special occasion restaurant,’’ he says. “And people need to get out and live. That’s the most interesting, inspirational thing you can do right now. Be cautious. Be polite. That’s all.”
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Holiday Cheer Indulge in the season’s brightest cocktails from these local hotspots.
BY BROOKE FEHR MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT...with spirits.
That’s the name of the game at local watering holes this holiday season, and Orlando’s favorite bars and lounges are offering myriad ways to indulge in some extra special libations, as we ring out the old (huzzah!) and toast to the new.
SNOWBALL OLD-FASHIONED The Courtesy Bar will once again host the wildly popular “Miracle on Orange” pop-up bar through Christmas. The complete seasonal overlay features a bevy of festive drinks and over-the-top decor. Returning favorites such as the Snowball Old-Fashioned will appear alongside new offerings like the Fruitcake Flip (brandy, Jamaican Overproof Rum, Amaretto, Cherry Bitters and a whole egg.) thecourtesybar.com
MONCHERI At the Bösendorfer Lounge, love is in the air as guests are invited to indulge in a Moncheri. The intoxicating mix of Bulleit Bourbon, St. George Spiced Pear, lemon and ginger beer also includes a local ingredient: PKZ Orange Blossom Honey, created in a partnership between the Grand Bohemian and Parramore Kidz Zone. kesslercollection.com/bohemian-orlando CHRISTMAS IN ASPEN Celebrate the season at Mathers Social Gathering with the Christmas in Aspen, a cozy concoction of vanilla vodka, chocolate liqueur and white chocolate, and topped with crushed candy cane bits, guaranteed to transport you to the slopes—if only in your dreams. mathersorlando.com
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THE GRINCH STOLE MY COCKTAIL Deck the halls deliciously at The Robinson and indulge in an entire menu of Seussical inspiration with “The Grinch Stole My Cocktail,” libations that pay homage to everyone’s favorite holiday redemption story. Whether you choose the “Cheermeister,’’ the “Holiday Hoobie-What-y?” or the “Santa, Bye-Bye,” we predict your heart will grow three sizes with holiday cheer. therobinsonroom.com
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SIPPIN’ SANTA 360 American Bistro and Bar at the Meliá Orlando will host a pop-up of the tiki persuasion. “Sippin’ Santa” melds tropical and Arctic in funny, campy style. Enjoy fun flavors that include the Kaloka Colada, the Parrot in a Pear Tree and more. melia.com
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Most restaurants listed here are recommended by an Orlando magazine dining critic. Others are marked as winners of our critic and readers’ 2020 Dining Awards and/or as recent advertisers. This list is offered as a reader service and is not intended to be comprehensive. Although we make every effort to keep the listings current, they are subject to change without notice.
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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. The chefs prepare every item fresh every day, and the breakfast selections, in particular, are superb. $$$ Jiko-The Cooking Place Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, 2901 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista 407-939-3463. disneyworld.disney.go.com D nightly. Wood-burning ovens and traditional cooking styles infuse Jiko with the diverse flavors of Africa. Everything on the exotic menu, from East African curries to Moroccan savory pastries, will please. $$$$ Ẃ Nile Ethiopian Restaurant 7048 International Drive, Orlando 407-354-0026. nileorlando.com L Sat.-Sun, D daily. The flavors at this 14-year mainstay remain a dazzling discovery, with beef, chicken and vegetable dishes enhanced by otherworldly spices like cumin, coriander, nutmeg, fenugreek and sacred basil. There are many enticing choices, but owner Abeba Gonetse makes it easy with the Chef’s Special Combination for two featuring delectables like chicken doro wat stew in red pepper sauce, beef alicha in turmeric, yellow kik split peas, and gomen cabbage cooked in garlic and ginger. Coffee service is special: The beans are roasted in a pan over hot coals and the brew is served in small cups in a ceremony of friendship and respect. $$ Sanaa Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Kidani Village 2901 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista 407939-3463. disneyworld.disney.go.com. L-D daily. Sanaa’s focus on the foods of East Africa makes for a mouthwatering 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. $$$ Ẃ
Ace Café Orlando 100 W. Livingston St., Orlando 407-996-6686. acecafeusa.com L-D daily; BR Sun. Happy Hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m. weekdays. And with car or motorcycle “meets’’ most every night— from Mustangs to Mopars, hot rods to Harleys—the hours are even happier (Thursday is Bike Night). Inside, Ace’s menu is classic American, with Buffalo wings, salads, and all manner of burgers. $$ %American Kitchen Bar & Grill 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista. 407-828-2828 bhotelsandresorts.com B-L-D daily. Winner of the Critic's Rising Star Award for 2020. Chef Venoy Rogers says his restaurant, at the B Resort & Spa, is “all over the place’’—Italian, French, Asian, deli, you
name it. And that approach works well. Dishes he defines as American include the Truffle Chicken Alfredo and the East-West Pasta, the latter featuring Space Coast royal red shrimp in squid ink fettuccini and crowned with a dollop of uni. Then there’s the Knuckle Sandwich—aged Wagyu beef knuckle marinated for four days, smoked, steamed like uber-pastrami, then layered on a challah bun with Wagyu beef fat aioli. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ %Beth’s Burger Bar 25145 S. Orange Ave., Edgewood 407-888-1190; 9938 Universal Blvd., Orlando 407-203-8100; 223 Wheelhouse Lane, Lake Mary 407-716-2272. bethsburgerbar.com L-D daily. Winner of the Dining Awards’ Readers’ Choice for Best Local Burger the past five years. Owner Beth Steele and her crew offer an impressive array of delicious creations in an informal, welcoming atmosphere. The sizes go up to triple patties and "beyond" and the toppings are also endless: peanut butter, pineapple jalapeno, and cheddar mac & cheese, to name a few. And if you dare, order the Double D Challenge—a four-patty burger featuring eight slices of bacon and five different cheeses. Win a Tshirt if you finish it in 10 minutes! $-$$ 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 is famous for its incredible views and abundant wine selction. The menu changes daily, but some items are consistent winners: the pork tenderloin with goat cheese polenta, mushrooms, bacon and dried cherries; and the beef filet from the searing wood oven. $$$$ Ẃ %Chef’s Table at the Edgewater 99 W. Plant St, Winter Garden 407-230-4837. chefstableattheedgewater.com D nightly. Kevin and Laurie Tarter’s restaurant has ruled the chef’s table category for more than a decade and 2020 was no exception, as it captured the top pick from our readers, as well as the Best Kept Secret award. Kevin Tarter’s culinary vision shines through with plates of lowcountry perloo, New Orleans-influenced fish, and fork-tender osso buco. $$$$ Ẃ %Delaney’s Tavern 1315 S. Orange Ave., Orlando 407-849-0801. eatdt.com B-L-D daily. At this recent SoDo District addition, winner of the Critic's 2020 Award for Best Hotel Restaurant, Chef Anthony Albino offers a variety of creative American fare, from sandwiches and soups to beef and seafood. Must-tries are the blue crab beignets, rock shrimp salad, and the corned beef sandwich, with meat that spends 10 days in brine and is then roasted in beer. For breakfast, try the Swine Frittata, with chorizo, bacon, ham, roasted mushrooms and smoked gouda cheese. $-$$$
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 offers delicious diversity in its menu. 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. $$-$$$ Ẃ Eola General 522 E Amelia St., Orlando. 407 7238496. eolageneral.com B-L-D daily. “General’’ is the byword at this spot, housed in the 84-yearold former Handy Pantry store. Pickled eggs on a stick. Local kombucha and juices, greeting cards and soaps. Hand-cured meats, house pickles and chutneys. Wavelength coffee and the cheeses of La Femme Fromage. Organic wines range from Christian Tschida’s Non-Tradition to a very drinkable orange wine from Bodegas Cueva. $-$$ Everglades Restaurant Rosen Centre 9840 International Drive, Orlando 407-996-9840 ext. 3610. evergladesrestaurant.com D nightly. Nestled in a sprawling hotel complex and aimed at celebrating regional Florida food, Everglades specializes in prime steaks and seafood as well as more unusual items such as gator chowder and marinated buffalo. $$$ Ẃ Farm & Haus 3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando 321-4306627. farmandhaus.com B-L-D daily. Patrick and Brittany Lyne operate the brick and mortar part of their enterprise at the East End Market, with offerings such as berry toast, chorizo burrito, salmon bowl and Mediterranean wrap. The dinner service has expanded into a mobile truck operation around Baldwin Park. Sign up, you’ll get a text when they’re in the area and you can order from that night’s menu and have it delivered to your door. $-$$%First Watch Multiple Orlando-area locations. firstwatch. com B-BR-L daily Voted top breakfast in our 2020 reader poll, this dependable mainstay is a go-to spot for the first meal of the day, with selections ranging from traditional plates and Farmhouse Hash to frittatas and breakfast tacos. $ %The Glass Knife 276 S. Orlando Ave, Winter Park 407-500-2253. theglassknife.com B-L-D daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; BR Sat.-Sun. Winner of the 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Desserts, this is a sleek yet approachable haven for those in search of both sweet and savory. Start the day with doughnuts, an avocado and egg toast, or a cheddar biscuit sandwich. Lunch standouts include the turkey bacon club and the berry bacon spinach salad. In the evening, enjoy Southern red velvet or carrot cake, and European-style pastries along with fine wines, craft beers and champagne. $$
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FOOD&DRINK RECOMMENDED EATING Graffiti Junktion Multiple Orlando-area locations. graffitijunktion.com L-D daily. 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. $-$$ %Greens & Grille 4104 Millenia Blvd. #114, Orlando 407-770-1407 greensandgrille.com L-D daily. Voted Best Salads by our readers in the 2020 Dining Awards, this popular spot in a strip center next to the Mall at Millenia offers an abundance of signature salads, from the Summer Sweets (Romaine, spring mix, cucumbers, slices apples, orange segments, candied almonds and dried cranberries) to The Fall (spring mix, sweet peas, grilled onions, diced beets, roasted potatoes and goat cheese). You can also “make your own.’’ There's a wide selections of sammies available too. $ %Hillstone 215 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park 407-740-4005. hillstone.com L-D daily. Grilling is king here, whether the choice is steak, fish, chops or chicken. The hardwood-grilled trout, pork ribs and cheeseburger are standouts—as is the setting along the shores of Lake Killarney, which puts Hillstone at or near the top among readers nearly every year in the categories of Outdoor Dining and View, as well as Power Lunch. $$-$$$$ Ẃ Keke’s Breakfast Café Multiple Orlando-area locations. kekes.com B-L daily. This Orlando-based chain has more than a dozen local outlets offering a wide selection of pancakes (enormous), waffles, French toast, omelets, egg combos and more. $ %Maxine’s on Shine 337 N. Shine Ave., Orlando 407-674-6841. maxinesonshine.com L Fri.-Sun.; D Tue.-Sun.; BR Sun. This casual bistro is full of quirky charm, with a menu ranging from bar snacks to full entrees emphasizing seafood. Outdoor seating, live music, an interesting wine list and the presence of delightful proprietors add up to everything you should expect from a local restaurant. Winner of the 2020 Readers’ Choice for Brunch. $$-$$$. Ẃ Orlando Meats 728 Virginia Drive, Orlando 407598-0700. orlandomeats.com B-L Tue.-Sat.; BR Sun. It’s a hands-on full-service butcher shop but a great place for breakfast and lunch as well. Not wasting anything, Orlando Meats’ potato chips are fried in beef tallow. The beef, meatloaf and burgers are roasted, baked or ground on premises. Highlights include the Hercules Mulligan sandwich (roast pork, pickled onion, greens, avocado, char siu mayo) and the Equipmunk (pork belly, fried banana, peanut butter dulce, chocolate chip waffle). $-$$ 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. Recent offerings have included pimento drop biscuits, lamb ribs, beer mussels, a handleld grouper sandwich with pickle slaw and roasted tomatoes, rabbit cannelloni, and truffle fried chicken with mac and cheese. $$$ Ẃ RusTeak 2625 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 407-5401100 rusteakwinebar.com L-D Mon.-Sat. This popular College Park gathering place boasts a prodigious range of offerings, from steaks and flatbreads to tasty burgers and salads. RusTeak has a sizable wine list and a wide variety of craft cocktails. $$-$$$. Ẃ
Seasons 52 Plaza Venezia, 7700 Sand Lake Road, Dr. Phillips 407-354-5212; 463 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs 407-767-1252. seasons52.com L-D daily. Like the food it serves, this Darden upscale chain remains as fresh as the day it opened. Most dishes are under 595 calories, and what flavorful calories they are: from the caramelized sea scallops with mascarpone risotto and roasted asparagus, to the woodgrilled pork tenderloin with polenta and French green beans. The wine list is just as impressive. $$$ Ẃ Se7en Bites 617 N. Primrose Drive, Orlando 407-2030727. 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 neighborhood breakfast and lunch destination packs in the patrons. 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. $ Shakers American Café 1308 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 407-422-3534 shakerscafe.com B-L daily. This enduring College Park eatery offers plenty of breakfast fare favorites, from standard eggs and sausage to gravy and biscuits. But the real treat is to check out the specials on the chalkboard. They could include a chorizo and goat cheese omelet, beef short rib hash, or cinnamon roll pancakes. For lunch, Shakers (so named because of its collection of salt and pepper shakers) offers a variety of items, including Reubens, burgers and “Mom’s Meatloaf.” $ The Smiling Bison 107 N. Magnolia Ave., Sanford 407-915-6086. thesmilingbison.com D daily. A highlight here is the house smoked meat and cheese board, with bison ribeye, turkey breast, honey ham, dill havarti, cheddar curds. gouda, strawberry jam, mustard bbq, pickled veggies and cheddar bacon fat biscuit. Also making menu appearances: mango wings, bison nachos, fettucine meatballs, and a different burger each week. $$-$$$. %Swine & Sons Provisions 669 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park 407-636-7601. swineandsons.com L-D Tue.-Sun. Lexie and Rhys Gawlak, 2020 inductees into Orlando magazine's Dining Hall of Fame, are the proprietors of this grocery-eatery, providing house-made sausages, terrines and bacon, along with sandwiches like the Southern Cuban (with candied collards) and hot chicken. A variety of smash burgers are also on the menu. $-$$ The Tap Room at Dubsdread 549 W. Par Street, Orlando 407-650-0100. taproomatdubsdread. com L-D daily. BR Sun. Nestled within the picturesque Dubsdread Golf Course, The Tap Room offers casual, yet sophisticated, American fare. Fresh fish, hand-cut steaks, pastas and the award-winning Tap Room Classic Cheeseburger are some of the College Park restaurant’s best menu items. You can dine inside or out on the veranda, which offers views of the golf course. $$-$$$ Ẃ
ASIAN %Hawkers Asian Street Fare 1103 N. Mills Ave., Orlando 407-237-0606; 9100 Conroy Windermere Road, Windermere 407-583-6334. eathawkers. com L-D daily. Winner of the dining critic's Empire Building Award for 2020. Chefs specializing in cuisines from Vietnam, China, Malaysia and Hong Kong put a modern twist on family recipes to create tasty fare like basil fried rice, coconut curry stew, Korean twice fried wings, chicken dumplings and pad thai. Hawkers originated in Orlando but now has seven locations in five states, with plans for further expansion. $-$$
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Kai Asian Street Fare 1555 S.R. 436, Suite 1171, Winter Park 407-831-3430 kaistreetfare.com L-D Tue.-Sun. “Food is supposed to be fun,’’ says coowner Quan Van, and he makes it so at this strip mall spot, adding flavorful twists to dishes. They include coating wide, wok-fried chow fun noodles in a Vietnamese sauce with squid, beef and shrimp; or topping crispy fries with Korean bulgogi beef, kimchi and spicy mayo. The signature chicken wings offer a crispy exterior draped in soy garlic, spicy Korean gochujang or whiskey soy. $ King Bao 710 N. Mills Ave., Orlando 407-237-0013; 11768 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-914-2544. king-bao.com L-D daily. King Bao presents 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 combinations like Fiji apple salsa on the Glen Rhee Korean short rib, or shallot, pepper and ginger relish on tofu “Veganville” handhelds emphasize the well-thought-out flavors. $ Mamak 1231 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-2704688. mamakasianorlando.com L-D daily. Mamak brings the flavors of Malaysia to Orlando. A must-try 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 3891 Avalon Park East Blvd., Orlando 321-270-8888. noodlesandricecafe.com L-D daily except closed Tuesdays. The menu at Noodles and Rice is extensive, and this spot gets just about everything right. Try the hot pots, Korean seafood pancakes, BBQ pork lo mein, pad thai, the house ramen, or the magnificent Thai basil fried rice. $-$$ Poke Hana 1225A E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407 601-0283. poke-hana.com L-D daily Amid the vast wave of new poke restaurants, this homegrown spot brings a level of quality seldom seen in fast food. There’s good, sushi-quality rice, fish brought in daily (with sourcing information posted), and interesting non-tuna items (tuna is poke of choice) like kimchee octopus, Hawaiian-roll sliders, poke nachos and house-made crispy rice taco shells that stick in your teeth—but you still love them. Fast, friendly, and very good. $$ 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. $-$$$
TaKo Cheena 948 N. Mills Ave., Orlando 407-7570626; 4241 N. John Young Pkwy., Orlando 407-7570961; mytakocheena.com L-D & Late Night daily at Mills; 8:30 am-2:30 p.m. Tue.-Fri at John Young. This adventurous cuisine boasts numerous influences, from Thai to Indian to Mexican. Treat yourself to the Indian butter chicken burrito, Thai Peanut Chicken tacos, or Asian hot dogs—Chinese sweet sausage topped with kimchi or pickled daikon radish. $
%4 Rivers Smokehouse Six Orlando-area locations 1-855-368-7748. 4rsmokehouse.com L-D Mon.-Sat. Our 2020 Readers’ Choice winner for Ribs and Takeout. The lines at 4 Rivers can get long, but the succulent barbecue sandwiches, delectable brisket and home-style sides are worth the wait. The baked cheese grits are magnificent. $-$$ Git-N-Messy BBQ Red Eye Sports Tavern, 855 E. S.R. 434, Winter Springs. 407-542-7728. gitnmessy. com Open Wed.-Sun. Chef Chuck Cobb’s mastery of the smoker produces extraordinary brisket that spends 14 hours absorbing the flavor of his mixture of oak, cherry and hickory wood. Also not to be missed are his ribs and pulled pork, as well as sides like collards, slaw and mac-n-cheese. Cobb’s Southern Poutine, featured on Live With Kelly and Ryan, is a crowd-pleaser as well—sidewinder fries smothered with pulled pork, coleslaw, cheese sauce, cheese curds and barbecue sauce. $-$$ Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa 1326 N. Mills Ave., Orlando 407-203-0866; Lake Nona Village, 9680 N. Narcoossee Rd., Lake Nona 407-730-7376; pigfloyds. com L-D daily. Serving a combination of Latin, African and American fusion, this eatery also invokes the Caribbean roots of barbecue with barbakoa, or traditional Puerto Rican smoke cooking, full of rich flavors and tropical ingredients. It’s on delicious display in the St. Louis ribs and the matahambre smoked flank sandwich. Also try the North African chicken sausage and shrimp platter. $-$$$. The Polite Pig Disney Springs, Town Center 407-9387444. 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 delectables like fried chicken and cedar plank salmon. roasted beets and grilled street corn. $-$$$ %Sonny’s BBQ Multiple Orlando-area locations. sonnysbbq.com L-D daily. Selected by readers as Best Barbecue in our 2020 Dining Awards, this venerable chain has been serving up chicken, sliced and pulled pork, and ribs for more than 50 years. The fried okra or the redneck egg rolls (featuring pulled pork, coleslaw and pepper jack cheese) are excellent starters. $$
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. $-$$
%Bahama Breeze Five Orlando-area locations. bahamabreeze.com L-D daily. A themed delight that has dominated the Caribbean category of our Dining Awards for many years, Bahama Breeze showcases interpretations of island cuisine, including jerk chicken, West Indian patties, fried plantains, and seafood paella. A terrific family dinner destination. $$-$$$ DaJen Eats 323 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite F, Eatonville. 407-775-5791. dajeneats.com 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., closed Mon. Chef Jenn Ross has carved out a delicious spot for herself and legions of fans with this Eatonville eatery, where Jamaican-inspired dishes are reimagined through a vegan lens. Ross' passion for her craft are evident in every bite of her creations, from Jamaican jackfruit sliders to non-dairy sweet treats. Not to be missed: the Identity Crisis’’ sandwich, half Jerk Chick’n and half Buffalo Chick’n, with the “meat’’ made of wheat protein. $-$$
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. $ Nine Spices Hotpot 5320 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando 407-704-1033. ninespiceshotpot.com L-D daily. Nine Spices fills every requirement of fast and casual, plus a few you might not have considered. Combine the cook-it-yourself Chinese hotpot model with conveyor belt delivery, then add an allyou-can-eat option (two-hour limit) The speedy supply adds up to a table-filling order of brothbased hotpot, to which you add an ark of proteins (seafood, pork, lamb, eggs, sausage, beef, tofu and chicken), noodles, vegetables, greens and more. $$ Peter’s Kitchen 3922 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-895-8174. peterskitchencb.business.site L-D daily except closed Wednesday. Residing in a nondescript building that has housed all manner of eateries over the years, this spot serves delicious dim sum that gets rave reviews from diners. Other menu items include squid with ginger and scallions, Peking duck, honey garlic chicken, and jumbo shrimp with walnuts. $$ %Taste of Chengdu 2030 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-839-1983; 4856 New Broad St., Orlando. 407-286-4850 tasteofchengdufl.com L-D Tue.Sun. Winner of Best Chinese from readers for 2020. Chef Xiong “Tiger” Tang puts his authentic spin on Sichuan dishes that include the sweat-inducing seasonings of his home country, with offerings like whole lobster with peppers, brisket in chili sauce, or tofu skin with chive sauce. Tang gets fresh peppers—called huajiao—from his brother in the Sichuan province. $$-$$$
1921 Mount Dora 142 E. 4th Ave., Mount Dora 352-385-1921. 1921mountdora.com L Fri.-Sun.; D Wed.-Sun. In this small-town setting, diners are surrounded by furniture and artwork from the nearby Modernism Museum as they enjoy dishes like Ponce Inlet wreckfish with pineapple, grilled cucumber, summer squash and mint; or pan-seared duck breast with celery root purée, sunchoke, cherry and sage. $$-$$$$ Ẃ %À La Cart 609 Irvington Ave., Orlando 407-7764693. alacartorlando.com L-D daily. The Critic’s
Pick for Best Food Hub in the 2020 Dining Awards Surrounding a convivial lawn in Colonialtown, À La Cart is a libation-filled pavilion watched over by owners April and Dustin Williams, with spots for five or more stationary food trucks. Currently featured are bowls and bao from Poke Kai; oaksmoked barbecue from Smoke & Donuts; offerings from Brazilian-themed Steak It Easy; and sweets and milkshakes from Dulce Pecado. The SwedeDish truck takes residence Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with falafel merchants Korgette doing business Monday through Thursday. $-$$ %The Boheme Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, 325 S. Orange Ave., Downtown 407-313-9000. grandbohemianhotel.com B-L-D daily; BR Sun. Chef Laurent Hollaender 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 cognacflamed pepper steak. Voted Best Hotel Restaurant by readers in the 2020 Dining Awards. $$$$ Ẃ Canvas Restaurant & Market 13615 Sachs Ave., Orlando (Lake Nona) 407-313-7800. canvaslakenona. com D daily, L Sun. Complemented by one of the more fantastic lakeside views around, Canvas touts a menu of New American cuisine. Start with the sherry braised octopus or habanero glazed chicken wings, then move on to the sandwiches like the sweet tea-brined crispy chicken, or main courses that include sauteed shrimp mofongo or wild boar Bolognese. $$-$$$$ Ẃ Café Tu Tu Tango 8625 International Drive, Orlando 407-248-2222. cafetututango.com L-D daily. Café Tu Tu Tango’s menu is full of inventive items., all in appetier-sized portions. Jerk chicken skewers, butter chicken tikka masala, meatloaf sliders, shrimp lettuce wraps, cajun chicken eggrolls and caulflower tacos are just a few of the selections.. $$ 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 Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. 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 octopus with paprika and garbanzo beans, 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. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ %Dexter’s New Standard 1035 N. Orlando Ave., #101, Winter Park 407-316-2278. newstandardwp. com D Tue.-Sun, BR Sat.-Sun. The Critic’s Pick for Best New Restaurant in the 2020 Dining Awards, this hotspot features the talents of Chef Ryan McLaughlin, who creates a menu of modern and inventive dishes like eggplant Napoleon, crab-stuffed beignets, a pork porterhouse and a harvest board of tomato carpaccio, marinated turnip, grilled peppers and crisp raw radishes. Plus, there’s a full sound stage for both local and touring live bands, sometimes as many as three a night. $$-$$$ Ẃ Fig’s Prime 1188 Commerce Park Drive, Ste. 1002, Altamonte Springs 407-960-1300. figsprime.com L-Mon.-Fri; D nightly. Chef Victor Gonzalez, a veteran of the Orlando dining scene, demonstrates a mastery of many cuisines, whether Continental, American or Caribbean. The delicious offerings range from a remarkably thick 8-ounce prime sirloin to veal scallopini to a magnificent paella. The Mediterranean seafood zuppa is crowded with lobster, calamari, clams, scallops and shrimp cooked in a zesty marinara sauce. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ
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FOOD&DRINK RECOMMENDED EATING Hamilton’s Kitchen at The Alfond Inn 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park 407-998-8090. thealfondinn.com D Wed.-Sat., BR Sun. At the site of the late, great Langford Hotel, standout entrees are created, including a blue cheese-encrusted filet with Southern bacon jam, herb roasted airline chicken with charred broccolini, teriyaki salmon, and slow-braised beef short ribs. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ %JJ’s Fresh From Scratch 2950 Curry Ford Rd., Orlando 407-802-2947. jjsfresh.com L-D daily. Voted tops for healthy selections in our 2020 Readers’ Choice poll. JJ Paredes and his mom, Olivia Lozada, blend flavors of Mexico and the Mediterranean at this Hourglass District spot. Pick a base (such as lettuce, lentil rice, roasted sweet potatoes) add meat and veggies (including chicken, pork, black beans, caramelized tofu), and finish with sides ranging from guacamole to tabbouleh. $-$$. %Luke’s Kitchen and Bar 640 South Orlando Ave., Maitland 407-674-2400. eatatlukes.com L-D daily; BR Sat.-Sun. The barrel-aged and draft cocktails coming from the bar are outstanding: The on-tap Jaguar, consisting of Elyx vodka, Boomsma Beerenburger and Lindsay bitters, grapefruit, apple and lime is complex enough to occupy most of the evening and complements what Luke’s calls “classically inspired libations.” In the kitchen, the creative fare from Brandon McGlamery’s team ranges from bay scallops with watermelon, cilantro, spicy peanut and sesame, to pork steak with black-eyed peas, shishito, peach, and green tomato. McGlamery was a 2020 inductee into our Dining Hall of Fame. $$$ Ẃ Mrs. Potato 4550 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando 407290-0991. mrspotato.net L-D Mon.-Sat. It sounds simple: grated potatoes, grilled into a saucer shape. But the Brazilian delicacy called a rosti potato originated in Switzerland, uses a national signature cheese (catupiri) developed by Italians and is way larger than you can imagine. The South American batata Suíça takes the idea of crisp hash browns and fills them with gooey, savory goodness like ham and cheese, beef stroganoff, or Buffalo chicken. Rafaela Cabede’s exemplary creations have been featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. $-$$ %Nic & Luc Scratch Kitchen 851 E. State Rd Suite 128, Longwood 321-972-6415. nicandluc.com B-L Tue.-Sat. The Critic’s Pick for Best Breakfast in the 2020 Dining Awards. Chef Leroy Bautista has turned his South Florida preserves-making business into a healthful breakfast and lunch setting in Longwood. The menu showcases plant-based and farm-to-table: breads are from Olde Hearth and produce comes from local farmers markets. Bautista makes sweet creations like apricot lavender and mango habanero preserves; and savories like Trinidad scorpion pepper jelly and bacon jam to go with omelets and breakfast sandwiches. $ %Pharmacy 8060 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando 407985-2972. thepharmacyorlando.com D Tue.-Sat. The Critic’s Pick for Hidden Gem in our 2020 Dining Awards is Chef Loren Falsone’s clandestine eatery, which started as an undercover cocktail bar disguised as an unmarked elevator and has expanded into an impressive restaurant. Partnering with Dominick Tardugno, the mixologist behind Pharmacy's cocktail program, Falsone creates menus that thrive on sparks of spontaneity while keeping staple favorites like spaghetti Bolognese (with “sexy scallions”) and a cheese fondue with sourdough croutons made from a 100-year-old starter. A further recent expansion includes a European-
style outdoor brick alleyway patio (very Brooklyn), a new lounge, and live jazz. $$-$$$ %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 own garden. Kelly was inducted into our 2020 Dining Hall of Fame. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Santiago’s Bodega 802 Virginia Dr., Orlando, 407-412-6979; 1185 Spring Center South Blvd., Altamonte Springs, 407-960-2605. santiagosbodega.com L-D daily, BR Sun. This tapas-style restaurant, with its art-filled dining room and captivating lounge, specializes in hot and cold small plates, with more than three dozen available, ranging from yellowfin tuna ceviche and lamb patties to chicken skewers and tomato and basil bruschetta. $$ Ẃ Strong Water Tavern Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando, 6601 Adventure Way, Orlando 407-503-5000. loewshotels.com/sapphire-fallsresort D daily. 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 three-shot tasting flight. $-$$ Ẃ The Tasting Room 99 W Plant St., Winter Garden 407-230-4837. chefstableattheedgewater.com D Mon.-Sat.; BR Sun. Take your taste buds on a trip to the Bayou: Chef Kevin Tarter infuses his Louisiana upbringing into every dish at this sidekick to the adjoining Chef’s Table. The tapas-style dining includes items like smoked fish dip, fried chicken livers with smoked sausage gravy, fried green tomatoes and New Orleans shrimp and grits. The craft drinks are outstanding. $$-$$$ Ẃ Tiffins Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista 407-939-3463. disneygo.com L-D daily. Within three gallery-like dining areas full of original art and artifacts from Asia and Africa, Tiffins presents adventurous dishes such as a whole-fried sustainable fish served on fermented black bean sauce with green papaya slaw; and tamarind-braised short rib with parsnippotato puree. For an appetizer, try the duo of charred octopus and spiced chickpea falafel.. $$$$ Ẃ Victoria & Albert’s Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Lake Buena Vista 407-824-1089. victoria-alberts.com D nightly. Reserve far in advance for Orlando’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant. Awardwinning Executive Chef Scott Hunnel and Chef de Cuisine Aimee Rivera prepare outstanding sevencourse prix-fixe meals in the main, very intimate dining room, the 10-course splendor of dinner in Queen Victoria’s Room, and a 10-course extravaganza right in the kitchen at the Chef’s Table. $$$$ Ẃ Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill Disney Springs West Side, Lake Buena Vista 407-815-2100. wolfgangpuck. com/dining/orlando-bar-grill L-D daily. The Grand Café that was Puck’s in name only is but a distant memory. This new venture showcases the legendary chef’s true talents with standout dishes of pasta, seafood and pizza. $$$-$$$$
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%A Lo Cubano Kitchen facebook.com/alocubanokitchen; @alocubanokitchen Picked by readers as the No. 1 food truck in our 2020 Dining Awards poll. Husband-wife team Yojan Gonzalez and Lisa Plasencia create an impressive variety of Cuban cuisine, from Cuban sandwiches and pork belly bites to pan con lechon and pork-stuffed plantains. Their mobile range is wide, but Al Lo Cubano turns up pretty often at East End Market. Check their Facebook and Instagram pages for schedules. $ %Black Bean Deli 1346 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park; 1835 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-6280294. blackbeandeli..com L Mon.-Sat., D Mon.-Fri. This family-run eatery, specializing in authentic Cuban comfort food, captured the critic's prize for Best Casual Dining in our 2020 Dining Awards The Cuban sandwich, media noche, shredded Havana pork, picadillo—and of course the black beans—are first rate, as are the empanadas. The creamy flan custard is a must-have to top off the meal. $ Columbia 649 Front St., Celebration 407-5661505. columbiarestaurant.com L-D daily. The oldest restaurant chain in Florida, serving authentic Cuban fare from paella to Cuban sandwiches in a decidely Spanish, Old World-style dining room. Among the seafood creations is Red Snapper Adelita, a boneless fillet grilled and topped with hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and onions.. The sangria made tableside is a special treat. $$-$$$$ Ẃ Cuba Libre Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Orlando 407-226-1600. cubalibrerestaurant.com D nightly. In this massive setting reminiscent of a Cuban hacienda courtyard, chef/ partner Guillermo Pernot offers a magnificent menu that features classic Cuban recipes as well as bold adaptations. The contemporary items include Pargo Frito—fried whole red snapper, with coconut basmati rice, candied cashews, sprouts salad, and red curry-mango mojito sauce. Among the classic items are ropa vieja—shredded beef brisket stewed with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and red wine and served with maduros and steamed white rice. $$$ Ẃ
DESSERTS AND BAKERIES
B Cupcakes 3030 E. Semoran Blvd., #196, Apopka, 407-788-2253 bcupcake.com Open daily. Bakerowner Sheila Norton inspires us to “B Sweet, B Happy, B You” as she creates all manner of cakes, from bite-size mini cupcakes, to cake pops, cake jars, and full-sized celebration cakes. Norton features 20 cupcake flavors daily, including German chocolate, salted caramel, lemon zest and sweet potato. There's also a selction of 21-and-over cupcakes flavored with Bailey’s, Kahlua and Hennessy. 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. A steamy sample: Peanut Butter Perversion (peanut butter mousse on a chocolate chip cookie dough crust with salted chocolate bark). Or try the La vender Lipstick, a honey-rimmed glass of Proseco dripping with lavender syrup. $$ %Buttermilk Bakery 1198 Orange Ave., Winter Park 321-422-4015. buttermilk-bakery.com B-L Tue.-Sat.; BR Sat.-Sun. Winner of the 2020 award for Best Bakery from both dining critic and readers. Taissa Rebroff, her brother Phillip and mom Lana bake everything that graces the ever-changing
menu, from the sweet croissant tarts with plum or apricot, to orange-cardamom buns, to baked Basque peppers on house-made sourdough. Delectable tea cakes, cookies and scones also make regular appearances. $ The Greenery Creamery 420 E. Church St., #112, Orlando 407-286-1084. thegreenerycreamery.com Open daily noon to 9 p.m. Consider these ice cream flavors: Cardamom rose. Chocolate orange olive oil. Black ash coconut. Consider the taste buds that developed Lady Marmalade, sweet milky ice cream with angel food cake and orange marmalade swirls. Owner and opera singer Marie Mercado uses all-natural ngredients and Dakin Dairy Farms milk for her small batch, handcrafted marvels. $ Olde Hearth Bread Co. Audubon Park retail, 407622-0822; wholesale 407-834-8881. oldehearthbreadcompany.com Mon.-Sat. Famous in Central Florida for artisanal baked goods, Shannon and Janice Talty’s company makes about 18,000 pieces of bread a day, everything from pretzel rolls and braided challah to banana bread and pumpkin muffins. They supply nearly 275 business customers that include theme parks, hotels and restaurants; individuals craving the goodness can find it at Olde Hearth’s retail outlet in East End Market or at farmers markets in Winter Park and Maitland. P Is For Pie 2806 Corrine Drive, Orlando 407-7454743 crazyforpies.com 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. This Audubon Park gem creates mouthwatering whole pies, hand pies, “pie pops’’ and more. The choices seem endless, from banana cream to caramel maple pumpkin to—wait for it—chocolate peanut butter & sea salt pie. But Stacey and Ed Tomljenovich also specialize in the savory, including a pork and chicken handpie with prosciutto; and a meat loaf, mashed potato and green beans creation. $-$$ %Saba Bakes 1255 Belle Ave., #172, Winter Springs. 407-799-7225. sababakes.com Mon.-Sat. The critic’s choice for Best Desserts in the 2020 dining poll. Mohsen Tehrani brings three generations of Iranian baking to his industrial park shop filled with echoes of Tehran. There's tiny chickpea flour, cardamom and pistachio nokhodchi; immensely satisfying barbari flatbread; and rosewater and saffron flavored bamieh donuts. Cream puffs, Swiss rolls, croissants and baklava hint at Tehrani’s other talents. %Sister Honey’s 247 E. Michigan St., Orlando 407730-7315. sisterhoneys.com Open Tue.-Sat. Evette Rahman, a 2020 inductee into our Dining Hall of Fame, opened Sister Honey’s in 2012 and soon began winning ribbons and accolades for her baking. She captured the 2019 World Dessert Championship for her Razzleberry swirl Key lime pie stuffed cookie against more than 1,400 other competitors. She’s also won two World Dessert Championships as well as an American Pie Council Championship, and three years’ Best of Show at the APC National Pie Championships. What to try at this gem of a bakery? Start with the custard-filled coconut cake—a four-layer pistachio variant is killer—or a sweet and billowy lemon meringue pie.
%Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café 205 E. First St., Sanford 407-321-2204. willowtreecafe.com L-D daily. Our readers’ pick for Best German Restaurant in the 2020 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. There are numerous varieties of schnitzel. $$-$$$$
Café de France 526 Park Ave. S., Winter Park 407-647-1869. lecafedefrance.com L-D Tue.-Sat. You could easily miss this diminutive restaurant on Park Avenue’s south end—and that would be a big mistake. For four decades, Dominique and German Gutierrez have delighted diners with a simple, subtle seasonal menu featuring standouts like herbroasted rack of lamb, beef bourguignon, coq au vin and slow-roasted glazed duck. $$$ Ẃ %Chez Vincent 533 W. New England Ave., Winter Park 407-599-2929. chezvincent.com L-D daily. Chef Vincent Gagliano offers a delicious array of French cuisine, including sautéed snails baked in a puff pastry with a Port wine sauce, and main courses of quail with a raspberry sauce, and rack of lamb in a blue cheese sauce. The Readers' Choice winner for Best French Restaurant in our 2020 Dining Awards. $$$ Ẃ DoveCote 390 N. Orange Ave., Orlando 407-9301700. dovecoteorlando.com L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.Sat., BR Sun. This downtown restaurant's goal is to present "approachable French comfort food'' and it delivers, with consistently superb creations that range from a killer onion soup and magnificent chicken pâté, to dishes such as short ribs and grilled chicken whose exacting technique belies their simplicity. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Le Coq Au Vin 4800 S. Orange Ave., Orlando 407851-6980. lecoqauvinrestaurant.com D Tue.-Sat. A local mainstay since 1976, this French restaurant presents classic cuisine like the signature coq au vin (chicken with burgundy sauce), roasted rack of lamb, seared scallops with crabmeat and bearnaise sauce, and beef Bourgignon. $$$ Ẃ
The Greek Corner 1600 N. Orange Ave, Orlando 407 228-0303. thegreekcorner.net L-D daily. This Ivanhoe Village favorite 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. $-$$$ %Taverna Opa Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Orlando 407-351-8660. tavernaoparestaurant.com L-D daily. This 13-year-old I-Drive mainstay captured the Greek and Late-Night Dining categories among readers in our latest dining poll. It’s a fun spot—there’s lively music, belly dancing, dancing among diners and napkin-throwing. But Taverna also pays attention to the menu, with selections like branzino (the European sea bass), slow-roasted lamb, Nisiotiko (“the Greek paella’’), and moussaka.. $$-$$$$ Ẃ
Aashirwad Indian Restaurant 7000 S. Kirkman Road Orlando 407-370-9830 aashirwadrestaurant. com L-D daily. This I-Drive restaurant focuses on northern Indian dishes. The familiar favorites are all here—samosas, chicken tandoori, chicken tikka—as well as intriguing selections such as chicken shakuti (anise-flavored poultry cooked in coconut-based masala gravy). There are also a dozen vegetarian choices, from tadka daal (yellow lentils cooked with tomatoes, onions and spices) to methi malai mutter (green peas in a creamy gravy with fenugreek leaf). $$ Bombay Café 1137 Doss Ave., Orlando 407-240-5151. bombaycafeorlando.net L-D daily. Located near Florida Mall, this casual spot offers a variety of Indian favorites. Of particular note: the crispy, crunchy Indian snack known as chaat; and the south Indian dosa, a folded pancake filled with ingredients such as peas, onion, tomatoes and lentil chutney. Curries include khoya kaju, cashews cooked in a creamy sauce. $
El Vic’s Kitchen 2445 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 407674-8131 elvicskitchen.com. L-D Mon.-Sat. This recent College Park addition boasts an impressive array of Indian fusion cuisine. Of particular note is the Kasundi Shrimp Couscous, highlighted by shrimp marinated in mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin, ginger and green chili chutney. Grandma’s Home Style Chicken Curry is a slow-cooked stew served with kulcha flatbread and basmati rice. There is also a variety of nizza flatbreads with delicious toppings. $-$$$ %Tamarind 501 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 149, Winter Park 321-207-0760 tamarindfl.com L-D daily. Chef/owner Amit Kumar uses slow-roasted spices to create out-of-this-world flavors at this jewel, selected Best Indian cuisine by our readers in the 2020 Dining Awards. The Goan shrimp curry, vegetable biryani, Kashmiri aloo (potatoes in yogurt curry) , vegetable jalfrezi (vegetables, onion, pepper & curry sauce) and palak paneer (spinach and curd cheese) are standouts, as is the tandoori chicken. The vegetable samosas, pastries stuffed with potatoes and peas, are an ideal starter. $$-$$$
%Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant Downtown Disney, 1640 E. Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista 407-938-0300. raglanroadirishpub.com L-D daily. The good times roll with music, dancing and dazzling culinary creations from Chef Mark O’Neill. Let There Be No Rush Pork features 12-hour braised pork shoulder with caramelized apple puree, pickled mustard seeds and creamed cabbage with sage. Then there’s the Shepherd’s to Die For Pie with beef, lamb and and Irish peat-smoked mashed potatoes. Or try the Boaring Burger, boasting grilled wild boar, blue cheese, and port and pear chutney. The beer choices are extensive, including seven signature draughts made just for Raglan Road. Winner of Best Live Music/Entertainment among readers in our 2020 dining poll. $$$ Ẃ
%Antonella’s Pizzeria 360 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park 407 636-5333. antonellaspizza.com D Tue.Sun, L Tue.-Sat. The 2020 Critic’s Pick for Best Pizza. From their small, old-school eatery near downtown Winter Park, Antonella and Francesco Paradiso create margarita, bianca, pepperoni and specialty pizzas laden with shredded cheese and tomato-tinted oil that bring back memories of a sidewalk slice on the Grand Concourse in The Bronx. There's also an impressive lineup of pasta, heroes and everything you can imagine parmigiana, $-$$ Antonio’s 611 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland 407-6451035 antoniosonline.com L-D daily. In the dining room upstairs, Chef Patrick Tramontana offers entrees like Pollo Marsala, or braised lamb shank with Parmesan risotto and sweet peas., while the informal cafe and market downstairs boasts a variety of pizzas, salads, meats, pastas and more. $$-$$$$ Ẃ %Café Paisano 182 W. State Rd. 434, #1000, Longwood 407-767-0011. cafepaisano.com L-D daily. This family-run Seminole County mainstay has been going strong for 15 years and was selected as Best Neighborhood Restaurant by readers in the 2020 Dining Awards voting. Café Paisano presents an array of brick oven pizzas, including one called “Heaven’’ (roasted red peppers, garlic, plum tomatoes, artichoke hearts, fried eggplant, olive oil and mozzarella cheese). The full menu features all manner of pasta specialty dishes with seafood, chicken, veal and more $$.
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FOOD&DRINK RECOMMENDED EATING 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. $$$$ Ẃ Enzo’s on the Lake 1130 S. 17-92, Longwood 407834-9872. enzos.com L Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. Antipasti of roasted vegetables, marinated seafood and imported salamis begin the feasting at Enzo’s, a longtime family-owned Italian restaurant in a lakeside house. Dover sole, rarely seen on today’s menus, is a specialty. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ %Francesco’s Ristorante & Pizzeria 400 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland 407-960-5533, francescos-rist. com L-D Mon.-Sat. A 2020 inductee into our Dining Hall of Fame. The pizza is primo at chef/owner Francesco Aiello’s restaurant, whether you choose the simple Margherita or load it with carne or vegetables. Other standouts include the spaghetti alla carbonara and the pollo Siciliano, a chicken breast sautéed in a mix of capers, artichokes and garlic and wine sauce. $$-$$$ %Fresco Cucina Italiana 7721 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando 407- 363-5775. frescoorlando.com D Mon.Sat, L Mon.-Fri. This Dr. Phillps eatery, in business since 2008, was voted Best Italian by readers in our 2020 dining poll. Specialties include Fiochetti Pear (pocket flower pasta stuffed with pear, mascarpone and gorgonzola and served in a vodka sauce), lobster ravioli, mushroom risotto, pappardelle Bolognese, chicken or veal Saltimbocca, and a selection of wood oven pizzas. $$-$$$ La Luce 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando 407-597-3600. laluceorlando.com D daily. West Coast Italian stylings come to Orlando in this signature restaurant started by celebrity chef Donna Scala. Best selections include bite-size polpette meaballs and the Tuscan ragu and lamb. House-made pastas and high-end ingredients are a hallmark. $$-$$$ Ẃ Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano 1140 E. Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs 407-260-8900. nonnositalianrestaurant.com L Tue.-Sat., D Tues.-Sun. Pasta, seafood, veal and chicken populate the menu here, and the genial Stefano LaCommare and son Lenny do very well with all of them. Classic eggplant parm is a massive serving of breaded eggplant smothered in tomato sauce and cheese and cooked in the oven. The monkfish special features firm white fish topped with capers, pine nuts, olives and chopped tomato. For an appetizer try the bruschetta topped with caponata, a delicious mélange of eggplant olives, onions and celery. $$-$$$ Peperoncino Cucina 7998 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando 407-440-2856 peperoncinocucina.com L-D daily. The husband-wife chef team of Barbara Alfano and Danilo Martorano provide a delicious slice of Southern Italy with an array of fish and meat entrees, pasta and risotto. But their antipasti and stuzzicherie (starters and appetizers) are particularly magnificent, ranging from tiny burratini cheese with ripe tomatoes and house-spiced, thinsliced pastrami to fried risotto arancini balls and Calabrese roasted eggplant. $$-$$$$ Ẃ Pizza Bruno 3990 Curry Ford Road, Orlando. pizzabrunofl.com D daily, L Sat., BR Sun. Bruno Zacchini’s tiny eatery is a draw not only for your average pizza lover but also local kitchen celebs seeking the goodness of his Neapolitan soft dough pie. Zacchini keeps it simple—crushed plum tomatoes and fresh cheese for a pizza subtle in taste and a great base for toppings including hot soppressata, clams and wood-fired pineapple. $-$$
%Prato 124 N. Park Ave, Winter Park 407-262-0050 prato-wp.com L Wed.-Sun.; D daily. From Luma executive chef Brandon McGlamery comes Prato, a trendy, communal spot with inventive offerings like mustard spaghettini, duck breast with pancetta and braised cabbage, filet mignon marsala, and some of the best pizzas around. McGlamery was a 2020 inductee into our Dining Hall of Fame. $$-$$$ Ẃ %Retro Station 5749 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy., Kissimmee 407-219-9299 retrostationrestaurant.com D daily except closed on Tuesday. The Readers’ Choice for Best Pizza in our 2020 Dining Awards. The offerings at this spot in the Highway 192 tourist area range from the basic All You Need Is Meat (ground beef, salami and pepperoni) to the Portuguesa (ham, onions, black olives, tomatoes, boiled eggs and oregano). Retro Station also offers a wide selection of main dishes like chicken parmesan, salmon alfredo and shrimp scampi. $$ Rocco’s Italian Grille & Bar 400 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park 407-644-7770. roccositaliangrille. com L Mon.-Fri.; D Mon.-Sat. Guests can expect a true Italian experience from owner-chef Rocco Potami. Part of that experience, set in a vintage 1940s building, involves indulging in multiple courses, otherwise known as primo e secondo piatti. Diners are encouraged to arrive hungry— very hungry. Menu standouts include the Scaloppine di vitello alla Rocco—veal scaloppini topped with roasted red peppers, prosciutto and Fontina cheese, deglazed with white wine and finished with a rich demi glace sauce. $$$. Ẃ
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. $$ %Domu 3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando 407-9601228. domufl.com D daily; BR Sat.-Sun. This Audubon Park hotspot offers a modern take on a traditional ramen bar. Be prepared to wait—90 minutes most nights; they don’t take reservations—but know that the wait is worth it. Chef/owner Sonny Nguyen cooks up a sterling assortment of pork, chicken and vegetable broth ramen with housemade noodles, as well as otherworldly crispy wings in kimchi butter. And the grilled octopus dish may be the best-tasting bargain in town. Winner of the 2020 Readers' Choice for Best Ramen. $$ 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, white fish and scallions is sauced, then baked, for a combination of sweet, spicy and savory. Dragonfly has one of the best happy hours around. $$-$$$$ Ẃ Kabooki Sushi 3122 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-228-3839; 7705 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando kabookisushi.com D daily. Chef/Owner Henry Moso has a passion for Japanese culture that is reflected in his inventive menu: Kazan scallops with a spicy green peppercorn coconut sauce, and tempura duck breast with Thai basil sauce. Sushi offerings
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are equally creative—kokonutsu lobster roll combines tempura lobster, creamy avocado, salty roe, citrus, honey, soy and toasted coconut. $$$ Kadence 1809 Winter Park Road, Orlando kadenceorlando.com B Sat.; L Thu.-Sat.; D Tue.-Sat. From this tiny eatery in Audubon Park, Mark Vyan Berdin, Lordfer Lalicon and Jennifer Bañagale create culinary jewels like Japanese skipjack and salmon roe, deep red bonito and pearly cuttlefish. The challenges are learning to literally “trust the chef” (the meaning of omakase)—and to get one of the nine seats. Fortunately, pre-ordered takeaway chirashi bowls are available for lunch and dinner. Kadence is an anomaly, a big-city, big-ticket treasure that succeeds because of, and in spite of, its uniqueness. Reserve online. $$$$ Kobe Japanese Steakhouse Seven area locations. kobesteakhouse.com D daily. Teppanyaki chefs grill a variety of meat and seafood dishes as well as vegetables and fried rice right at your table, an always entertaining spectacle for couples and families alike. $$$ %Seito Sushi 4898 New Broad St., Orlando 407898-8801; seitosushi.com L-D daily. Voted Best Sushi and Best Japanese by readers in our 2020 Dining Awards. At Seito, owner Jason Chin and Executive Chef Huy Tin have elevated sushi and Pan-Asian dining to a delicious new level. The ramen bowls are 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 %Sushi Pop 310 W. Mitchell Hammock Road, Oviedo 407-542-5975; 115 E. Lyman Ave., Winter Park 321-203-2282. sushipoprestaurant.com D Tue.-Sun. Chef Chau Trinh is the Critic's Pick for Best Chef in our 2020 Dining Awards. His Oviedo version of Sushi Pop is a hip 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 2.0 roll, boasting avocado, eel and tempura shrimp. The Winter Park location has more restrained décor and a refined menu that offers esoteric cold and hot tastings, such as octopus with Spanish Iberico ham lardo and sunchoke chimichurri. The omakase, where the diner surrenders control to Chef Chau, is absoluely transcending — sweetheart oysters, Japanese bream, bluefin tuna, tenderloin carpaccio with diver scallops, Tasmanian trout belly, and much more. $$-$$$$ Ẃ %Susuru 8548 Palm Parkway, Orlando 407-7784813. susuruorl.com D daily. The Critic’s Pick for Best (Hip) Japanese in our dining poll. Susuru is like a basement rec room in some Osaka suburban home, wood paneled and plastered with midcentury tin advertising signs, pop culture toys and sideshow trinkets. But with a full, open kitchen. Don’t try to imagine it, just experience this delightful izakaya in person. There are charcoal-grilled skewers of chicken bits from meatballs and wings to skin and knee cartilage; super crisp tori senbei (chicken thigh meat “chips”); grilled yellowtail collar; beautifully crafted rice bowls; and rich ramen with 12-hour tonkotsu bone broth or creamy chicken tori paitan. $$ %Takumi-Tei Disney’s Epcot World Showcase. disneyworld.disney.go.com.This new entry on the Disney food scene joins Tiffins, Monsieur Paul and Tutto Italia in providing exceptional dining within a theme park—and wins the 2020 Critic’s Pick for Best Theme Park Restaurant. Everything from napkins folded like
tiny kimonos to the highly ritualistic tea ceremony at meal’s end signals refinement and style, as Chef Tyler Schmitt honors the spirit of tradition while embracing his own modern interpretation of classic Japanese cuisine. Sushi, seafood, imported Wagyu beef and imaginative takes on vegetables make Takumi-Tei the definition of “house of the artisan.” $$$$. Ẃ
KOREAN BBB Tofu House 5140 W. Colonial Drive 407-7238299. bbbtofuhouse.com L-D daily except closed Wednesday. Tucked away in Chinatown Plaza is this gem, with Chef-Owner Tony Teng serving up a feast of Korean delights like bulgogi (thin-sliced marinated sirloin); cheese buldak (spicy chicken topped with mozzarella); and a variety of Korean BBQ combos. BBB also offers excellent soon tofu soup, with seafood, short ribs, ramen, dumplings and more as options. Every meal comes with an assortment of house-made side dishes called banchan, ranging from kimchi and pepper-basted turnip to bean sprouts and citrus-dressed shredded cabbage. $$-$$$
Bem Bom on Corrine 3101 Corrine Dr., Orlando 407-960-5101. facebook.com/bembomoncorrine L-D Tue.-Sun. Chef/owner Chico Mendonça has transferred the goodness of his Portuguese food truck to this bricks-and-mortar location in Audubon Park. The Rockin’ Tacos feature flour-dusted rock shrimp, charred corn, Mexican arbol chili and tomatillo sauce, slaw and toasted coconut, while the truffled mushroom quesadilla ($9.95) joins hand-selected mushrooms with pico de gallo and white truffle oil. A must order is the center-cut cod filet (bacalhau com batata) with smashed potatoes, dressed with peppers and caramelized onions. $$-$$$ Bulla Gastrobar 110 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park 321-214-6120. bullagastrobar.com L-D daily. Bulla satisfies with a tasty lineup of Spanish tapas, entrees and libations. Among the standout tapas: chili and garlic infused gambas a ajillo shrimp and the huevos “Bulla,” a fried egg on crisp potatoes with Serano ham and potato foam. The large plates include an excellent seafood paella, cooked to order with the coveted soccarat, the browned crusted rice touching the pan. $-$$$$ Ẃ El Inka Grill 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando 407930-2810; 4106 Town Center Blvd., Hunter's Creek, 407-730-7979. elinkagrill.com L-D daily. ChefOwner Ivan Colombier draws on European influences for a culinary lineup that spotlights fish, ceviche and potatoes. Try the tagliatelle pasta, served coated in pesto with grilled chicken or skirt steak. Another winning dish is the sampler of causas, a column of pureed potato topped with chopped chicken salad, shrimp and octopus. Ceviches wear all manner of colorful frocks: white fish in red pepper sauce; salmon in citrus; grilled lobster marinated in intense aji amarillo peppers. $$-$$$ %Pal Campo Restaurant 13605 S. Apopka Vineland Rd., Orlando 407 778-4600. palcamporestaurant.com L-D daily. Set in a Lake Buena Vista strip mall, this Puerto Rican eatery packs a punch, as evidenced by the four first-place honors it captured from readers in our 2020 Dining Awards poll— Overall Restaurant, Family-Friendly, Latin, and for Service. Since 2015, Pal Campo has been cooking up authentic cuisine like tostone rellenos (green plantains stuffed with shrimp, conch, chicken, octopus or skirt steak); whole fried red snapper; shrimp
mofongo; and the chuleta kan kan, a traditional pork chop presentation that’s eye-catching because of its “Mohawk’’ look, stood on end. $$-$$$ Peru Power Food Truck 407-790-8863. facebook. com/perupowerfoodtruck Fernando and Carroll Melgarejo’s truck has become a familiar sight around Central Florida, offering delights like fish and calamari tacos, potato-and-fried-egg-stacked burgers, and ceviche. Their Facebook page is kept up to date, informing fans where they’ll be next. $-$$ %Pio Pio 5803 Precision Drive, Orlando 407-2486424. mypiopio.com L-D daily. Voted Best Restaurant for a Business Dinner by readers in our 2020 Dining Awards poll. Specializing in Colombian and Peruvian cuisine, this gathering spot off I-Drive offers dishes like grilled skirt steak, red snapper filet, Colombian-style ceviche, and Spanish sausage with corn cake $-$$$ %Jaleo Disney Springs 321-348-3211. jaleo.com L-D daily. The Critic's Pick for Best Overall Restaurant in our 2020 Dining Awards. Renowned Chef (and culinary humanitarian) José Andrés has brought the talents of his culinary team to town, and the results are mouthwatering. The restaurant is purely Spanish—timeless dishes given a modern twist. Basque and Asturian cheeses; mini-burgers made from Iberico pork and bacon, and 45-day aged Angus ribeye served with wood-smoked Spanish piquillo peppers (chuletas de cordero) are just some of the delights. The chicken fritters (croquetas de pollo) are crisp little tubes of pulled chicken and bechamel, served on a gold-rimmed red cushion. Bold splashes of red and yellow, a massive photo of a bullfighter’s suit of lights and a lakeside patio make for an exciting space to enjoy this Spanish treasure. $$-$$$$Ẃ %Tapa Toro 8441 International Dr., Orlando 407226-2929 tapatoro.restaurant L-D daily. Voted Best Spanish Restaurant and Best Happy Hour by readers in our 2020 Dining Awards. Paella is a big deal here—the varieties include seafood, beef and mushroom, chicken and lamb, and vegetarian. There's a seemingly endless lineup of tapas as well, from pork belly and lamb sliders, to Spanish frittata and crispy potatoes with spicy tomato sauce. $$-$$$ Ẃ
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%Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine Four Orlandoarea locations. bosphorousrestaurant.com L-D daily. Chosen by readers as Best Middle Eastern cuisine in our 2020 Dining Awards. Turkish specialties from frothy tarama (whipped caviar) to falafel, along with entrees like chargrilled chicken patties and lamb shanks with vegetables are highlights at this family-owned restaurant. Bosphorous has locations in Winter Park, Dr. Phillips, Lake Nona and Winter Garden. $$-$$$ The H Cuisine 7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando 407930-3020. thehcuisine.com L-D Tue.-Sun. Three resident chefs craft a menu inspired by Turkish cuisine with European influences. The H prides itself on tableside preparation, including a Chateau tender filet for two seared in butter. The most flamboyant offering is strozzapretti, an Italian pasta specialty unique in Orlando to this restaurant. Hand-rolled cavatelli are flambéd in strong spirits inside a massive, carved-out barrel of Parmigiano Reggiano with wild mushrooms and bits of ham for a creamy, cheese-abundant dish. $$$$
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Agave Azul 4750 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando 407-704-6930; 900 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park 321-972-3414. agaveazulorlando.com L-D daily. A bountiful menu of burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, tacos and more. Agave Azul also offers lots of drink choices—as in more than 100 brands of tequila to choose from. $-$$$ Black Rooster Taqueria 1323 Mills Avenue, Orlando. 407-601-0994. blackroostertaqueria.com L-D Tue.Sun. At this this farm-to-taco eatery in the Mills 50 District, John Calloway creates 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. $-$$ %Cocina 214 151 E. Welbourne Ave., Winter Park 407-790-7997. cocina214.com L-D daily. Winner of Best Appetizers among readers in our 2020 Dining Awards Poll. Cocina's extensive menu includes entrees like achiote rotisserie chicken and corncrusted mahi, as well as a variety of tacos, burritos, enchiladas and flautas. And the annual Running of the Chihuahas each May is a hoot. $$$ Ẃ Frontera Cocina Disney Springs Town Center 407-560-9197. 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. $$-$$$$ Hunger Street Tacos 2103 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park 407-444-6270. hungerstreettacos. com L-D Mon.-Sat., BR Sat. Brothers Joseph and David Creech present delectable tacos, quesadillas and tostadas that define the real Mexico. Try the suadero, seared marinated brisket with cilantro, lime and an avocado-tomatillo sauce. Two taco offerings that leap from classic to fusion are the “Grilled Cheese,’’ melding halloumi, refried beans, Serrano-lime salsa and mint; and a panko-fried avocado wedge, served with shredded cabbage, pepper-lime crema and queso cotija. $-$$ Mi Casa Tequila Taqueria Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando 407-996-9939. rosenshinglecreek.com L-D daily. This gem dazzles with Mexican dishes crafted by Hawaiian-born chef Cameron Hostellero. The Flounder Vera Cruz presents 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. $$-$$$ MX Taco 207 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando, 407-7305241; 861 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, 407-730-8479. mxtacorestaurant.com L-D daily except closed Monday. Ryan Manning’s creations are a dazzling journey of flavors through various regions of Mexico. Gazing at the map inside the menu, one can see the Puebla source of mole poblana chicken, topped with crumbly queso cotija and a dark, thick sauce. Camaron tikin-xic, from Yucatan, is based on a centuries-old Mayan dish, marinating petite sweet shrimp in a blend of annatto, bitter orange, cloves, cinnamon, cumin and clove. There are also
quesadillas from Mexico City, sweet potatoes and mushrooms cloaked in mole from Oaxaca, and pulled pork from Michoacán. $-$$ %Reyes Mezcaleria 821 N. Orange Ave., Orlando 407-868-9007. reyesmex.com L Mon-Fri; D daily; BR Sat.-Sun. Winner of both the critic's and readers' awards for Best Mexican in our 2020 Dining Awards. Chef Wendy Lopez’s creations are magnificent revelations, highlighting Michoacán and other regions of Mexico. The huachinango Veracruz filet uses linecaught red snapper, roasted tomatoes, olives, capers and rice for a simple, very flavorful meal, while the 28-ingredient mole (her mother’s recipe) is a profound special occasion dish she likes to present every day. Other highlights are the duck enchiladas and the Carnitas Michoacanas tacos, filled with tender confit pork shoulder and belly and fresh pico de gallo. A must try: lamb stew, with slow-cooked loin and a rich, multi-chili broth perfumed with cumin, coriander, cinnamon, oregano and cloves. $$-$$$ %Tamale Co. 2411 Curry Ford Road, 407-2036505. tamaleco.com L-D daily. The Critic's Pick for Best Neighborhood Restaurant in our 2020 Dining Awards. Fernando and Jennifer Tamayo offer up an assortment of corn flour tamales that are creamy, robust and stuffed with intense flavors—from breakfast tamales (served all day) to deep, rich mole and carne asada tamales, lengua and nopales tacos (tongue and cactus), mushroom and black bean tamales, and thick masa sope topped with pork sausage. Grab a chicharron preparado—fried pork skins topped with cabbage, tomato and pickled pork rind—and a micheladas, Mexican Modelo Negro beer mixed with lime juice, spices, tomato juice and chili peppers. Tamale Co. proves that ancient recipes can be very hip. $-$$
Hinckley’s in East End Market, and what a sandwich it is: pastrami on rye, with Old World salted, cured, dried, spiced and smoked beef on Olde Hearth Bread Co. rye, with freshly grated horseradish, incomparable Havarti cheese and Russian dressing. An extremely close second is Hinckley’s pressed pato Cubano of duck ham, roast duck, pickled mushrooms, mustard and Gruyère on Cuban bread. $ Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwicheria 67 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando 407-894-0865. pompoms-teahouse. com 11-6 Mon-Wed., 11-10 Thu.-Sat., 10-5 Sun. This Milk District favorite offers two dozen inventive pressed sandwiches and an array of salads. Try the Fu Man Chu sandwich, a wild combination of Asianspiced pulled pork, goat cheese and ginger-cranberry chutney. The Billy Chang features smoked brisket, blue cheese, strawberry jelly and red onions. $ %Stasio’s Italian Deli & Market 210 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando 407-277-7755. Open daily except Sunday. Voted Best Deli by our readers in the 2020 Dining Awards poll. Maria and Louie Palo and children Al, Diana and Michael operate this Milk District standout, offering imported pastas, Mulino Bianco cookies, sweet salciccia sausage and a host of other treats. The deli case holds family recipes like chicken pesto meatballs and fresh-baked lasagna, while popular sandwiches include the superb eggplant Parmigiana and “The Stasio” of prosciutto, capocollo, soppresata and fresh mozzarella. $-$$ TooJay’s Gourmet Deli Six area locations. toojays. com L-D daily. TooJay’s serves up thick corned beef, pastrami and turkey sandwiches, along with house-made salads. Comfort food like shepherd’s pie, pot roast and meatloaf also is in abundance. The chocolate Killer Cake is legendary. $-$$
Bonefish Grill Multiple Orlando-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 and topped with sauces like mango salsa or garlic-gorgonzola butter. $$-$$$ deep blu seafood grille Wyndham Grand Orlando, Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Parkway, Orlando 407-390-2420. deepbluorlando.com D nightly. Deep blu shines with an inventive menu that features selections like lobster ravioli, blu crab crusted grouper, and seafood Cioppino. Or try the black and blu linguine: Squid ink is blended with the pasta to create silky, black strands, mixed with fresh blue crab, arugula, cherry tomatoes and topped with shaved parmesan. A must-order is the blu crab mac n’ cheese. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Eddie V’s 7488 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando 407355-3011. eddiev.com D nightly. Seafood is the specialty of the kitchen, where moist grouper simply sauteed in garlic is given the same attention as an intricate lemon sole coated in a Parmesan crust. But steaks also stand out, from the center-cut filet mignon to the huge 22-ounce charred ribeye. The side dish menu includes crab fried rice, an entrée in itself, but a must-try is the truffled macaroni and cheese. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Flying Fish Disney’s Boardwalk, Lake Buena Vista 407-939-3463 disneyworld.disney.go.com D daily. The cuisine created by Chef Tim Majoras is magnificent, with the menu adapting to the seasons and availability. Items like St. Augustine soft shell crab, Cedar Key clams and rock shrimp take full advantage of local specialties. The Hokkaido scallops with grits, sweet corn and peppadew is superb. $$$$ Ẃ
%Bad As’s Sandwich 207 N. Primrose Dr., Orlando 407-757-7191; 1881 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park 407951-6971; badasssandwiches.com Open daily. Winner of the Readers' Choice Award for Best Sandwiches in our 2020 dining poll. John Collazo’s sandwich shops are required stops if you’re looking for terrific, boldly flavored combinations in handhelds. Try the signature Bad As’s sandwich with its stack of well-seasoned beef, pork, chicken, Havarti cheese, pickled onions and garlic aioli. A frequent special is the Capone, a mouthwatering Italian collection of mortadella, capocollo, ham, chorizo, Fontina cheese and basil-manchego aioli. Servings are large—and multi-napkin juicy. $-$$ Beefy King 424 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando 407-8942241. beefyking.com 10 a.m.--5:30 p.m. Mon-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. This legendary eatery has been making its one-of-a-kind roast beef sandwiches, "steamed hot and fresh,'' in the same location since 1968. There are also ham, pastrami, turkey, corned beef and barbecue selections. $ The Deli Downtown 18 N. Boyd St., Winter Garden 407-347-3873. thedelidowntownwg.com L daily; D Mon.-Sat. Chef Joseph Burnett is creating casual masterpieces in downtown Winter Garden, including sandwiches, soups and salads. The Buffalo chicken sandwich is a magnificent combination of tender beer-braised chicken, fragrant Marbleu blue Monterey Jack cheese, house-pickled celery and house-made ranch and Buffalo sauce. Other winning sandwich combinations: carved roast beef and horseradish; pulled pork and Oaxaca cheese; and jack fruit with whiskey barbecue sauce. $ %Hinckley’s Fancy Meats 3201 Corrine Dr., Orlando 786-671-1023. hinckleymeats.com 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. The Best Sandwich (Critic’s Pick for 2020) resides at
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FOOD&DRINK RECOMMENDED EATING Hemingway’s One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando 407-239-1234. grandcypress.hyatt.com D daily. This Keys-themed restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has delighted diners for more than three decades. The shrimp scampi is impressive— jumbo tiger shrimp with pappardelle pasta and fried green tomatoes in white wine butter sauce. Other winners include the Seafod Paella Valencia and the crab cakes served with sweet corn coconut grits. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ The Osprey 4899 New Broad St., Orlando 407960-7700. theospreyorlando.com L Tue.-Sat., D Tue.-Sun., BR Sun. This Baldwin Park mainstay recently changed its focus to seafood. Menu offerings include sunburst trout with hoppin' john, cioppino, whole grilled branzino, fish and chips, and blue crab hush puppies. Non-seafood items include the Tavern Burger and Josper-roasted chicken. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ Paddlefish Disney Springs, 407-934-2628 paddlefishrestaurant.com L-D daily. Aboard a docked paddleboat that was once Fulton’s Crab House, this Disney standout’s menu is extensive, with fried green tomatoess and lobster corn dogs among the starters. The main courses include cod with shrimp and scallop cornbread stuffing, and cornmeal-crusted catfish with edamame-smoked bacon succotash.. $$$$ Ẃ %Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen 1234 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park 407-543-3474. reelfishcoastal.com L Tue.-Fri.; D Tues.-Sat.; BR Sat.-Sun. Winner of Best Seafood among readers in our 2020 Dining Awards poll. At Reel Fish, restaurant veteran Fred Thimm takes an upscale fish camp vibe and runs with it. The restaurant’s takes on “fish camp classics’’—fried shrimp, scallops, oysters or fish—are flawlessly cooked, with a slightly salted batter. The Low Country Boil dazzles with wild-caught Florida shrimp, scallops, snow crab, mussels, Andouille, redskin potatoes, corn on the cobb, and charred okra. For strarters, try the fish dip, flaked trout mixed with matchsticks of green apple. $$-$$$
Nikki’s Place 742 Carter St., Orlando, 407-425-5301. nikkisplace.net B-L-D daily except closed Tuesday. Southern cuisine is the name of the game at this Parramore mainstay, where Chef Nick Aiken Jr. has been serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1999. Customers love the scratch dishes and reasonable prices, as well as the myriad of menu choices, including meatloaf, smothered beef liver and onions, beef stew, fried catfish and chitterlings with rice. $-$$ Shantell’s Just Until... 503 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford, 407-878-7785. shantellsinsanford.com L-D daily; B Sat.-Sun. Shantell Williams cooks up a wide array of soul food at her eatery, along with a big side of welcoming charm. The fried chicken is the best around (try it on a Belgian waffle) and the hot wings carry plenty of spice. Other favorites: jerk chicken (or shrimp) and rice, and the Mac a Bella—a marinated, grilled portabello mushroom topped with mac-ncheese. On Wednesday evenings, Williams hosts a “Talking Taboo’’ discussion, where patrons discuss everything from politics to race relations. $-$$
The COOP 610 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park 407843-2667. asouthernaffair.com B-L-D Mon.-Sat. 4 Rivers barbecue king John Rivers’ venture into fried chicken, catfish and other down-home cuisine has produced very good results, with standouts like fried green tomatoes on a BLT, house-made pimento cheese, Low Country shrimp and grits, and chicken ‘n waffles. $-$$
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 shrimp and grits, skillet roasted chicken and Florida grouper. For an appetizer, order The Southern Spread—an assortment of pimento cheese, pickled veggies and smoked crab.. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ %Soco-Southern Contemporary Cuisine 629 East Central Blvd., Orlando 407-849-1800 socothorntonpark.com D daily; BR Sun. Winner of Best Southern cuisine among readers in our 2020 Dining Awards poll. Chef Greg Richie delivers delicious down-home cuisine highlighted by creative twists, including a pecan-crusted fresh catch, smoked black-eyed pea ravioli, grilled meatloaf on lobster mashed potatoes, and Korean-style fried chicken. There’s also an impressive lineup of craft cocktails. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ
Bull & Bear Waldorf Astoria Orlando, 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando 407-597-5500. bullandbearorlando.com D nightly. Handsome furnishings, including sparkling chandeliers and a coffered ceiling, give the Bull & Bear space a club-like ambience. Offerings include beef short ribs braised in Syrah wine; Chateaubriand for two; maple and bourbon smoked salmon; and pan-roasted Colorado lamb. $$$$ Ẃ The Capital Grille Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Orlando 407-370-4392; The Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, Orlando 407-3512210. thecapitalgrille.com L Mon.-Fri.; D nightly. Dry-aged steak, doting service and a 300-pluslabel wine list are the calling cards of this upscale steakhouse. Try creative alternatives such as Konacrusted sirloin with caramelized shallot butter. The classic décor is D.C.-centric—you’ll expect to see a senator dining nearby. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ %Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster 729 Lee Road, Orlando 407-645-4443. christnersprimesteakandlobster.com D Mon.-Sat. Year in and year out, readers pick Christner’s as the city’s best steak house: They were tops once again in our 2020 Dining Awards poll, and also captured the Best Old Favorite category. Owners Carole, David and Alice Christner serve USDA Prime, corn-fed Midwestern beef and Australian cold-water lobster tails in a masculine, woodsy atmosphere. There’s also a 6,500-bottle wine cellar and an extensive single-malt scotch collection. $$$ 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 I-Drive restaurant also boasts two floors, two bars, four private dining rooms—and a wine list of more than 1,200 selections. $$$$. Ẃ Jack’s Place Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando 407-996-1787. jacksplacerestaurant. com D nightly. Sample steaks and seafood while surrounded by the world’s largest collection of autographed caricatures of stars and dignitaries. $$$ Ẃ 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. $$$-$$$$ Ẃ A Land Remembered Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando 866-996-9939. landrememberedrestaurant.com L-D daily. Themed around Patrick Smith’s novel of the same name,
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which chronicles a Central Florida family’s experiences around the time of the Civil War, A Land Remembered serves a menu centered on steaks from the Harris Ranch. $$-$$$$ Ẃ Linda’s La Cantina 4721 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-894-4491. lindaslacantinasteakhouse. com D Tue.-Sun. Linda’s has been serving steaks to Orlando residents for nearly 75 years, with all its USDA choice steaks—from T-bones and strips to sirloins and ribeyes— cut on site. Enjoy a pre-meal cocktail in the Fire Fountain Lounge $$-$$$ Old Hickory Steakhouse Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee 407-5861600 gaylordpalms.com D nightly. Designed to look like a rustic Everglades retreat, Old Hickory emphasizes naturally aged, grain-fed Angus beef with your choice of toppings, plus seafood and handcrafed artisanal cheeses. The award-winning wine list is extensive, offering more than 40 different Cabernet Sauvignon selections alone. $$$$ Ẃ The Palm Hard Rock Hotel, 5800 Universal Blvd., Orlando 407-503-7256. thepalm.com/orlando D nightly. Lavish steaks and giant lobster tails are this high-end restaurant’s delicious bread-and-butter. The Palm—filled with 1920s and ’30s caricatures— traces its origins back to 1926, when Italian natives opened the first location in New York City. Don’t miss the jumbo lump crab cake or the ahi tuna. $$$$. Ẃ Ruth’s Chris Steak House Three Orlando-area locations. ruthschris.com D nightly. A top-quality restaurant with a reputation for excellent service, Ruth’s Chris serves each steak sizzling hot on a 500-degree plate to preserve the beef’s temperature and flavor. The 11-ounce filet is divine, while the 40-ounce Tomahawk ribeye is an eye-popping cut of meat. The roasted Brussels sprouts, lobster mac & cheese, and fire-roasted corn are among the side dish standouts. $$$$ Ẃ Texas de Brazil 5259 International Drive, Orlando 407-355-0355. texasdebrazil.com L Mon.-Fri.; D nightly. Texas de Brazil is a splendidly executed Brazilian churrascaria. Waiters stop at tables to offer chunks of seared, tender meats, and the salad bar is bursting with additions such as roasted red peppers and imported cheeses. $$-$$$$ Ẃ %The Venetian Chop House Caribe Royale Resort, 8101 World Center Drive, Lake Buena Vista 407-238-8060. cariberoyale.com D Mon.-Sat. Winner of our 2020 Readers’ Choice award for Most Romantic Restaurant. A top-end, fine-dining experience within a hotel, the Venetian is full of deep tones, cut crystal and a replica of Tempietto de San Pietro in the corner. Among the dishes are bison short ribs, Norwegian salmon and a selection of gourmet burgers. $$-$$$ Ẃ
%Orchid Thai Cuisine 305 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-331-1400; 1210 S. International Pkwy., Lake Mary, 407-878-2988. enjoyorchidthai.com L-D daily. Our Readers’ Choice winner for Best Thai in the 2020 Dining Awards. Specialties include mussels in lemongrass ginger broth, thai coconut soup, a wide selection of curries, duck basil, and tilapia sautéed in basil, tamarind and ginger. $$ Sea Thai 3812 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando 407-8950985. seathaiorlando.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. $$
Thai Blossom 99 W. Plant St., Winter Garden 407905-9917. mythaiblossom.com L-D daily. Located in the historic Edgewater Hotel, Thai Blossom offers an extensive selection of curry, fried rice and noodle dishes, plus delectables like ginger red snapper, garlic shrimp and squid, mussels in green curry, and a whole deep-fried soft shell crab served as an appetizer. $$
%Ethos Vegan Kitchen 601-B New York Ave., Winter Park 407-228-3898. ethosvegankitchen.com L-D Mon.-Sat.; BR Sat.-Sun. Winner of the Critic's Pick for Best Plant-Based Restaurant in our 2020 Dining Awards. Kelly and Laina Shockley have run Ethos since 2007, keeping to their socially conscious menu of no animal products, dairy, honey or eggs. The comfort food fare makes even carnivores comfortable. Chef Kelly's talents show in a beautiful baked calzone crust surrounding tofu ricotta, or wheat and shiitake mushroom powder "chicken'' and caramelized onion that fills a flaky empanada. There's also sausage made from wheat gluten; a Philly cheesesteak-like seitan sandwich; and tofu in place of chicken in a coconut curry wrap. $-$$ Infusion Tea 1600 Edgewater Drive, Orlando 407999-5255. infusionorlando.com B-L-D Mon.-Sat, L-D Sun. It wasn’t the first tea shop in College Park, but Infusion certainly started the alternative vibe in this neighborly neighborhood. A center of the local art, crafting and writers’ scene, the kitchen serves fresh-made soups, salads and sandwiches with an organic and local slant, along with dozens of flavored and exotic teas. $ Market on South 2603 E. South St., Orlando 407-6135968 marketonsouth.com B-L-D Mon.-Sat., B-L Sun. If you turn up your nose at the thought of “plant-based dining,’’ then you’ve never eaten at this popular spot beside the 408. Not to be missed: Chef Shaun Noonan’s Carolina BBQ pulled jackfruit or Celine Duvoisin’s much-in-demand doughnuts (“100% egg-free and dairy-free and not healthy at all’’). $-$$
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The Attic Door 28 W. Plant Street, Winter Garden. 407-750--7063 jrsatticdoor.com Afternoon tea Sat.Sun.; D (snacks/small plates) Tue.-Sat. 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. The evening menu includes steak pot pie and a smoked salmon flatbread. There's traditional afternoon tea service on Saturday and Sunday, with fresh-baked scones, finger sandwiches and desserts. $-$$ Ẃ Bösendorfer Lounge The Grand Bohemian Hotel, 325 S. Orange Ave., Downtown Orlando 407-3139000. grandbohemianhotel.com Open daily. Black marble, red stone and mirrors, plus an Imperial Grand Bösendorfer piano, create an edgy and upscale environment for martinis, indulgent nibbles, casual power meetings and entertainment. $-$$ Ẃ %The Courtesy 114 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. thecourtesybar.com The Critic’s Pick for Best Cocktails for 2020 is Gene Zimmerman’s Courtesy, located in a tiny sliver of the 1925-built Autrey Arcade, where patrons can enjoy a selection of craft cocktails and absinthe in a speakeasy-esque, atmospherically lit setting. Eden Bar 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland 407-6291088. enzian.org L-D daily. Taking a cue from Hapsburg beer gardens, Eden delivers a bucolic outdoor setting right outside the Enzian theater. Local and international beers and a good selection of wines snuggle up with salads, nachos, flatbreads, tacos and sandwiches. $-$$ Ẃ
Eola Wine Company 430 E. Central Blvd., Orlando 407-481-9100. eolawinecompany.com Open daily. Part retail shop, part lounge, Eola Wine offers an impressive variety of labels, more than 100 wines by the glass and a commendable selection of beers. Nibble on flatbreads, cheese platters and bruschetta “flights.” $-$$ Ẃ 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. $-$$ Ẃ %The Wine Room 270 Park Avenue South,, Winter Park 407-696-WINE. thewineroomonline. com Open daily. Warm and inviting, The Wine Room offers hundreds of wines. Dozens are available as 1- to 3-oz. samples paid for through a debit system. Selections can be enjoyed along with hand-crafted meats and cheeses. Voted Best Wine Bar and Best Wine List by readers in our 2020 Dining Awards. $-$$ Ẃ MORE ONLINE: Be sure to check out additional restuarant listings and other reviews in our dining section on orlandomagazine.com.
Pho 88 Vietnamese Restaurant 730 N. Mills Ave., Orlando 407-897-3488. pho88orlando.com L-D daily. The specialty here is pho—broth, noodles and meat— with choices seemingly endless (11 variations of beef noodle soup alone). Other menu items include beef stew, stir-fried noodle dishes, and the banh mi Vietnamese sub. $-$$ 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-Nomz 7581 University Blvd, Winter Park, 407- 636-6069; 11798 E Colonial, Orlando, 407601-4113. vietnomzfl.com L-D daily. The brainchild of friends Mike Cho, Phillip Nguyen and Chris Chen was voted Best Vietnamese by our readers in the 2020 Dining Awards poll. Promoting a modern take on traditional Vietnamese cuisine and street fare, Viet-Nomz offers an abundance of pho noodle soup and entrée bowls, including “What the Pho?!” with chicken pho broth, chicken, eye round, beef balls and vegetables. Other notables: Vietnamese street tacos, and wings with a fish sauce glaze.
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Michelle Jones and Violectric ring in the season with a high-energy concert at the Walt Disney Amphitheatre at Lake Eola Park, Dec. 12. It’s free, but everyone is encouraged to bring a donation for homeless pets.
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Gaylord Palms Resort’s new immersive experience “I Love Christmas Movies” features scenes from iconic holiday films such as “Elf” and “The Polar Express.”
SEASONAL EVENTS HOLIDAYS AT THE MORSE MUSEUM Through Dec. 18: On four consecutive Friday nights during the holiday season, patrons enjoy free admission to the museum, special art demonstrations and live music. 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. morsemuseum.org EPCOT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE HOLIDAYS Through Dec. 30: This yuletide extravaganza features traditions from Epcot’s 11 World Showcase nations and presents live musical productions and seasonal foods and beverages. Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista. disneyworld.disney.go.com
SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Through Dec. 31: Start a holiday tradition with festive shopping, animal shows, specialty foods and entertainment for the kids. Meet Rudolph, witness a live nativity and view the spectacular Sea of Trees on the waterfront. Included with park admission. SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando. seaworld.com HOLIDAYS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO Through Jan. 3: Muggles are invited to spend the holiday in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are transformed for the season. Visitors can watch Universal’s Holiday Parade and the live show “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.” Activities included in park admission. Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. universalorlando.com
I LOVE CHRISTMAS MOVIES AT GAYLORD PALMS Through Jan. 3: Travel restrictions on the Chinese artisans who sculpt the ice displays for Gaylord Palms’ ICE! extravaganza prompted the hotel chain to brainstorm a new event: an interactive, pop-up experience with holiday movie favorites such as “Polar Express,” “Elf” and “A Christmas Story.” Families can also enjoy ice slides, photos with Santa, a dazzling light show and more. 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. christmasatgaylordpalms.marriott.com NIGHT OF A MILLION LIGHTS Through Jan. 3: Give Kids the World Village comes alive each night with a spectacular, walkthrough holiday display of more than 3 million lights. Enjoy treats, storybook attractions and rides. Give Kids the World Village, 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee. gktw.org LEU GARDENS DAZZLING NIGHTS Dec. 1-Jan. 3: The 50-acre Leu Gardens is transformed into a holiday wonderland for an
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interactive experience featuring a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree, a forest of lights and fog, a 65-foot tunnel of lights and, of course, snow and holiday music. 5:30-9 p.m. Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407246-2620. dazzlingorlando.com ORLANDO WINTERFEST & HOLIDAY MARKET Dec. 3-6: Shop, eat and be merry amid the festive winter scenery. Enjoy live events and attractions, traditional displays and holiday fare. Thursday 4-8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Orange County Convention Center West Concourse, 9800 International Drive, Orlando. orlandowinterfest.com CITY OF ORLANDO TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION Dec. 4: 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, 195 N. Rosalind Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2121. orlando.gov WINTER PARK FESTIVITIES Winter Park Chamber of Commerce transforms Park Avenue into a winter wonderland with festivities to put all in the holiday spirit. 407644-8281. winterpark.org Dec. 4: Winter on the Avenue kicks off the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony and so much more. 5-10 p.m. Dec. 5: The 68th Annual Ye Olde Hometown Christmas Parade rolls along the avenue, 9-10:30 a.m. CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY ARTS HOLIDAYS IN THE COURTYARD Join popular Central Florida performers live or from your home as they make spirits bright in a series of outdoor cabarets in a festive atmosphere. The Courtyard at Central Christian Church, 250 S.W. Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando. 407937-1800. cfcarts.com Dec. 4 & 5: Holiday with the Humdingers, a classic holiday barbershop experience, 7:30 p.m. Rain date: Dec. 6. Dec. 11 & 12: Deck the Courtyard, musical theater, contemporary music and dramatic readings, 7:30 p.m. Rain date: Dec. 13. Dec. 18 & 19: We Wish You a Merry Christmas, holiday shenanigans and Christmas music, 7:30 p.m. Rain date: Dec. 20. JOLLY CREEK HOLIDAY FESTIVAL & MARKETPLACE Dec. 4-30: Explore a holiday village bursting with all that makes the season fun, including music from the Jolly Creek Society Orchestra, a visit from Santa, crafts, outdoor games and snow. On weekends through December. 2001 E. Southport Road, Kissimmee. 321-677-3171. jolly_creek.com AVALON AGLOW Dec. 5: Join this picturesque neighborhood for a celebration featuring food trucks, a bounce
MONTHLY HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN FIRST THURSDAYS AT OMA Dec. 3: “Deck the Walls” celebrates holiday giving with works for sale at $200 or less. Discover local artists, listen to live music and mingle. First Thursday of each month. 6-9 p.m. Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. omart.org
SANFORD’S ALIVE AFTER 5 STREET PARTY HOLIDAY BAZAAR Dec. 10: Come out and experience the holiday edition of Central Florida’s largest recurring street party, held the second Thursday of each month. 5-8 p.m. 230 E. First St., Sanford. sanfordwelcomecenter.com
APOPKA FARMER’S MARKET Dec. 3, 10, 17: Farmer’s Market returns just in time for the holiday season with local produce, foods and crafts. Holiday Craft Fair takes place Dec. 10 & Dec. 17. Market is closed Dec. 24 & Dec. 31. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Kit Land Nelson Park, 10 N. Forest Ave., Apopka. 407-703-1784. apopkafarmersmarket.com
MOUNT DORA 2ND FRIDAY ART IN THE ALLEY Dec. 11: Downtown galleries are open to the public while art exhibitors and musicians line Royellou Lane showcasing original works, handmade goods and acoustic sounds. Free. Galleries open 6-8 p.m. Sidewalk exhibitions until 9 p.m. 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora. mountdoracenterforthearts.org
WINTER GARDEN FARMER’S MARKET Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26: Browse among a large selection of vendors offering locally grown produce, baked goods, homemade soaps and fresh flowers. Live entertainment each week. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown Pavilion, 104 S. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden. wintergardenfarmersmarket.com THE SOKO MARKETPLACE IN HANNIBAL SQUARE Dec. 6: Browse the goods on offer, listen to great music and indulge in delicious foods while helping to support entrepreneurs of color. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Shady Park, 721 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org
park, community performances, a parade and fireworks. 3-9 p.m. 3680 Avalon Park East Blvd., Orlando. 407-658-6565. avalonpark.com HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 24-31: This holly jolly time of year features seasonal shows and treats, special Lego characters, twinkling lights and fireworks. Included with ticket price and during regular park hours. 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven. legoland.com HOLIDAY LIGHT PARADE AND TEDDY BEAR TOSS Dec. 10: Come to Celebration for a parade of festively decorated vehicles and a visit by Santa Claus. Bring a new, stuffed plush toy to toss into the holiday trucks. 5:30-9 p.m. 851 Celebration Ave., Celebration. 407-566-1200. celebration.fl.us PHANTASMAGORIA’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL Dec. 11: The critically acclaimed Victorian performance troupe brings its signature storytelling to the stage with its own adaptation of the holiday classic. 7:30 p.m. Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. 407-321-8111. wdpac.com
3RD THURSDAY GALLERY HOP & ART WALK Dec. 17: Visitors converge on the core of Orlando’s Downtown Arts District to browse the galleries and nontraditional art venues that spotlight the best of established and emerging Orlando-based artists. 6 p.m. Rogers Kiene Building, 39 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 3rdthu.com WASHINGTON STREET OUTDOOR MARKET Dec. 19: Monthly market featuring local works by artists/makers, held at The Falcon gallery and bar. 6-10 p.m. 819 E. Washington St., Orlando. 407-701-9382. thorntonparkdistrict.com
A FRINGEMAS CAROL Dec. 11-13: Ebenezer Scrooge and holiday carolers lead guests through a live, socially distanced, Dickens-inspired theatrical journey in Loch Haven Park as five local arts groups tell moments from the tale through their eyes. 6 p.m. Loch Haven Park, 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando. 407-648-0077. orlandofringe.org APOPKA’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE Dec. 12: “Health, Hope and Unity” is the theme of this year’s parade, presented by the Foliage Sertoma Club of Apopka and the City of Apopka. 10 a.m.-noon. The parade rolls northbound on Park Avenue to Votaw Road. 407-703-1700. apopka.net VIOLECTRIC HOLIDAY SHOW Dec. 12: Rock into the holiday season with this free, family- and pet-friendly outdoor concert featuring holiday tunes and mashups on electrified strings. Bring a pet supply and donation to support Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. 7 p.m. Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola, 195 N. Rosalind Ave., Orlando. violectric.net
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SPECIAL EVENTS SCOTT’S MAZE ADVENTURES Through Dec. 13: Get lost in a giant maze of corn stalks covering almost seven acres of a Lake County farm. Explore a mini-maze, zip line, hayride, playground, food vendors and more. Sat-
urdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays noon-5 p.m. Long & Scott Farms, 26216 County Road 448A, Mount Dora. 352-383-6900. longandscottfarms.com PIRATES TREASURE HUNT Dec. 5: Join other old salts and scallywags as they hunt for Cap’n Graybeard’s treasure map, lost somewhere in Downtown Orlando, while encountering virtual pirates, collecting pieces of eight and conquering numerous challenges. The Pirates Treasure Hunt benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and is completed in about three hours by teams of two to six people. First pirate team out at 10 a.m., last team back by 4 p.m. scavengee.com IN MY OWN WORDS WITH HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR EDITH EGER Dec. 9: Dr. Edith Eger was just a teenager in Hungary when she and her family were sent to the notorious death camp, Auschwitz. Her parents were murdered by the Nazis, but Edith survived to become a celebrated psychologist, author and lecturer. Join a live virtual conversation with Dr. Eger, presented by the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida. Noon-1 p.m.407-628-0555. To register, go to holocaustedu.org/events/edith-eger ORLANDO STORY CLUB Dec. 9: The theme is “A Gift” and the club invites winners from earlier in the year to share their best stories for a chance to win a neat prize and slight fame as 2020 OSC Champion, with proceeds going to support Downtown Arts District Orlando. 7 p.m. The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive, Orlando. 407-704-6261. abbeyorlando.com INFINITY TOY & HOLIDAY CONVENTION Dec. 12: Browse the toys, comic books and collectibles and listen to guest speakers from the world of comics and cosplay. Enter the holiday costume contest for a chance to win mystery box prizes worth $75 and $150 and search for “Infinity Stones” to win prizes. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Osceola Heritage Park, 1901 Chief Osceola Trail, Kissimmee. 407-283-1556. infinitytoyandcomiccon.com
MUSIC BLUE BAMBOO CENTER FOR THE ARTS 1905 Kentucky Ave., Winter Park. 407-6369951. bluebambooartcenter.com Dec. 4: Jeff Rupert Quartet, 8 p.m. Dec. 5: Jack Graham, 8 p.m. Dec. 11: Cortez and Friends, 8 p.m. Dec. 18: Carol Stein, 8 p.m. Dec. 19: Charlyce Simmons, 8 p.m. Dec. 20: Cortez and Koelble, 8 p.m. DR. PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org Dec. 5: Nestor Torres, 7 & 9 p.m. Dec. 7: Eugene Snowden, 7:30 p.m.
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BACH FESTIVAL SOCIETY OF WINTER PARK A series of classical “musical moments.” facebook.com/bachfestivalwp BILLY COLLINS The two-time U.S. Poet Laureate reads one of his works each day. facebook.com/billycollinspoetry BLUE BAMBOO CENTER FOR THE ARTS Pay-per-view and streaming video of musical artists. bluebambooartcenter.com CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY ARTS Enjoy Monday Minutes and interviews. facebook.com/centralfloridacommunityarts JAMES MUSEUM FROM HOME Explore art, movies, books, music, children’s activities and more. jamesmuseum.org MENNELLO MUSEUM FROM HOME Stay connected with the arts and enjoy current and past exhibits and art education programs. mennellomuseum.org ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART Videos from OMA education staff about art history, analysis of noted works and more. facebook.com/orlandomuseumofart ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA “Sound Bites’’ series features orchestra members performing short selections. orlandophil.org ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER Activities and resources custom-made for at-home learning experiments. osc.org/at-home ST. LUKE’S CONCERT SERIES Watch performances on the St. Luke’s YouTube channel, St Luke’s Concert Series, and Facebook page. Go to sllcs.org for instructions. TIMUCUA ARTS FOUNDATION Rebroadcasts and live performances of the various musical groups that perform at this intimate concert venue. timucua.com
FRONTYARD FESTIVAL Outdoor event series on the lawn of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org Dec. 5: Citizen Cope and G. Love & The Juice, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11: Smith & Myers of Shinedown, 8 p.m. Dec. 12: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party, 8 p.m.
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HOWEY MANSION MUSIC SERIES 1001 Citrus Ave., Howey-in-the-Hills. All concerts take place on the lawn. 407-385-0636. howeymusicseries.org
Dec. 27: Michelle Amato, 4 p.m. KING CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne. 321-2422219. kingcenter.com Dec. 20: Classic Albums Live—The Beatles Sgt. Pepper, 7 p.m. SOUNDBAR ORLANDO 37 W. Pine St., Orlando. 407-456-1391. soundbarorl.com Dec. 5: Corrupted Saint, Masticator, Intoxicated, Jenna’s Side Salad and more, 6 p.m. Dec. 19: Jeff Hardy, 7 p.m. WAYNE DENSCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. 407-321-8111. wdpac.com Dec. 5: Orlando Big Band’s “A Swingtime Christmas,” 2 p.m. Dec. 6: Sanford Jazz Ensemble Christmas Concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 26: Vox Audio, 7:30 p.m. WILL’S PUB 1042 N. Mills Ave., Orlando. 407-748-8256. willspub.org Dec. 5: Bithlo Rising does Motorhead, 10 p.m.
CLASSICAL MUSIC OPERA ORLANDO 406 E. Amelia St., Suite 100, Orlando. 407-5121900. operaorlando.org Dec. 17, 19: “Die Fledermaus: The Revenge of the Bat,” Opera Orlando joins with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for Johann Strauss II’s comedic tale of a best friend’s revenge. Thursday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. Presented at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Box office: 407-770-0071. orlandophil.org Dec. 5-6: Holly Jolly Sounds of the Season—This musical celebration captures the spirit of the season with classics such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman.” Concert will be held outdoors in front of The Plaza Live. Saturday 10 & 11:30 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando.
COMEDY BONKERZ COMEDY CLUB Ongoing: Weekly stand-up comedy shows at four Orlando-area locations. Margaritaville
THROUGH DEC. 6
SANTA’S BAG OF HOPE, benefits New Hope for
FESTIVALS OF SPEED, showcase of more than
Kids, which brings healing and happiness to children suffering from grief, loss or life-threatening illness. Help fill the bag for 500 kids by donating gifts and gift cards or ordering online from wish lists at Walmart, Amazon and Target. 407-4010784. newhopeforkids.org
THROUGH DEC. 10 METROWEST COMMUNITY CHARITY CHALLENGE,
benefits Edgewood Children’s Ranch, which provides a safe and loving environment for at-risk children. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the MetroWest Master Association has modified the fundraiser and asks participants to buy gift cards for the ranch. 407-601-5995. metrowestcommunity.com
200 exotic vehicles, benefits Kids Beating Cancer. Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando. festivalsofspeed.com.
DEC. 12 GREG WARMOTH REINDEER RUN, benefits pediat-
ric cancer and bone marrow transplant programs at AdventHealth for Children and the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots. Lake Concord Park, Casselberry. trackshack.com.
THE ULTIMATE FASHION SHOW FOR CHARITY,
benefits Bridges of Light Foundation, which is helping provide a Christmas celebration for Central Florida families in need. Celine, Orlando. ultimatetalentglobal.com
THROUGH DEC. 25
ORLANDO GAY CHORUS DONATION CAMPAIGN,
benefits Toys for Tots. OGC, the longest-running Toys for Tots partner in Central Florida, asks that participants donate money this year, as the toy collection has been canceled amid the pandemic. orlandogaychorus.org
DEC. 5 OUC ORLANDO HALF-MARATHON & TRACK SHACK LAKE EOLA 5K, benefits The Florida Citrus Sports
Foundation, The Track Shack Youth Foundation and the Sister City Program with Urayasu, Japan. Lake Eola, Orlando. trackshack.com
POLAR PLUNGE, benefits Special Olympics Florida. Aquatica, Orlando. 352-243-9536. give.specialolympicsflorida.org
Resort Orlando, 8000 Fins Up Circle, Kissimmee. Ages 18 and over. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. 407-629-2665. Boardwalk Bowl, 10749 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando. Ages 21 and over. Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. 407-629-2665. Center Lake Park of Oviedo, 357 Center Lake Lane, Oviedo. Ages 18 and over. Select Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. 407-971-5590. The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. 407-629-2665. Only the Margaritaville location is currently open. bonkerzcomedyproductions.com ORLANDO IMPROV Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Suite 2310, Orlando. 407-480-5233. Ages 18 and over. 407-480-5233. theimprovorlando.com Dec. 3-5: Bryan Callen, Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 & 10:30 p.m., Saturday 7 & 10 p.m. Dec. 11-12: Jess Hilarious, Friday 7:30 & 10:30 p.m., Saturday 7 & 10 p.m. Dec. 18-19: T.J. Miller, Friday 7:30 & 10:30 p.m., Saturday 7 & 10 p.m.
JAN. 6-10 WALT DISNEY WORLD MARATHON WEEKEND, now a virtual event, benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista. rundisney.com
JAN. 7-18 TORCH ICON CAMPAIGN AT PUBLIX, benefits Special Olympics by purchasing a paper torch filled with Procter & Gamble coupons at Publix to help people with intellectual disabilities achieve their dreams. specialolympicsflorida.org
DANCE ORLANDO BALLET 600 N. Lake Formosa Drive, Orlando. 407-4261733. orlandoballet.org Dec. 4-20: “The Nutcracker,” Orlando Ballet’s presentation of the beloved holiday tradition that takes audiences on a magical, dreamland journey. Friday, Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 & 7:30 p.m. Presented at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org Dec. 5, 12, 19: “The Nutcracker—A Family Show” is a condensed, one-hour version of Orlando Ballet’s presentation of the holiday classic. Dec. 5 & 12 at 11 a.m., Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Presented at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org
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ONTHE TOWN CALENDAR ORLANDO METROPOLITAN BALLET ACADEMY 14846 Wyndham Lakes Blvd., Suite 11, Orlando. 321-352-7718. orlandomet.org Dec. 19: “The Sleeping Beauty” takes the audience through Aurora’s christening to the fateful day Prince Desiree fights Carabosse’s spells and awakes Aurora in this timeless fairytale. 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Presented at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 844-513-2014. drphillipscenter.org RUSSIAN BALLET ORLANDO The company celebrates its 20th season with a grand production of “The Nutcracker” at various locations. 407-896-0309. russianballetorlando.org Dec. 5: Polk Theatre, 121 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland. 863-682-7553. 7 p.m. polktheatre.org Dec. 13: Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. 4 p.m. 407-321-8111. wdpac.com Dec. 19: Walt Disney Amphitheater, Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free performance.
FILM CRANES ROOST SUNSET CINEMA 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs. 407-571-8180. altamonte.org Dec. 10: A Charlie Brown Christmas and I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, 7 p.m. Dec. 17: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, 7 p.m. ENZIAN 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland. 407-629-0054. enzian.org Dec. 1: Crock of Gold—A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 2: Miracle on 34th Street, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6: The Muppet Christmas Carol, 11:15 a.m. Dec. 8: Elf, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9: The Santa Clause, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 12: It’s A Wonderful Life, noon. Dec. 14: Gimme Shelter, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 16: White Christmas, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 19: Rare Exports, noon. Dec. 20: The Wizard of Oz, noon. Dec. 23: A Christmas Story, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 26: The Nutcracker, 11 a.m. Dec. 29: Die Hard, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 30: Home Alone, 1:30 p.m. ENZIAN POPCORN FLICKS IN THE PARK 251 S. Park Ave., Winter Park. 407-629-0054. enzian.org Dec. 4: The Polar Express preceded by Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, 7 p.m. GARDEN THEATRE 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. 407-877-4736. gardentheatre.org Dec. 6: It’s A Wonderful Life, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 13: The Muppet Christmas Carol. This is an interactive movie, with preshow games, trivia and costume contests. 7:30 p.m. WATERFORD LAKES HOLIDAY MOVIE NIGHT 413 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando. Movie plays at The Porch, between The Brass Tap and SimonMed. 407-737-2866. waterfordlakestowncenter.com Dec. 5: Elf, 7:30 p.m. WAYNE DENSCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. 407-321-8111. wdpac.com Dec. 17: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19: The Nightmare Before Christmas, 7:30 p.m.
LITERARY FLORIDA WRITERS ASSOCIATION Dec. 2 & 10: Orlando writers’ group meetings with guest speakers and discussions are the first Wednesday of month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Maitland writers’ group meetings are the second Thursday of month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Maitland Public Library, 501 S. Maitland Ave. floridawriters.net, madaboutwords.com OPEN MIC POETRY Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Open-mic poetry readings each Wednesday at 9 p.m. Austin’s Coffee and Film, 929 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park. Free. 407-975-3364. austinscoffee.com VALENCIA COLLEGE East campus, 701 E. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, 407-299-5000. valenciacollege.edu Dec. 4: Join author Vanessa Blakeslee for an online master class in writing and discussion of her book “Perfect Conditions: Stories.” 4-7 p.m. WRITERS OF CENTRAL FLORIDA OR THEREABOUTS Open to writers of all genres for sharing, critiquing and promoting work. facebook.com/ groups/writersofcentralfloridaorthereabouts Dec. 9: Short Attention-Span Storytelling is the second Wednesday of the month. 7 p.m. Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, Orlando. 407-623-3393. Dec. 23: Orlando WordLab (OWL) is the fourth Wednesday of the month. Free. 7 p.m. Winter Park Public Library, 3rd floor meeting room, 460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park. 407-623-3300.
THEATER ATHENS THEATRE 124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand. 386-736-1500. athensdeland.com Plaid Tidings Through Dec. 20: A special holiday edition of Forever Plaid, in which familiar comic charac-
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ters return to Earth from Heaven to turn chaos into brotherhood and joy. Saturday, Sunday 2:30 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 p.m. CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY ARTS Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay St., Winter Park. 407937-1800. cfcarts.com Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Dec. 4, 5: Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens’ adaptation of Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghostly Christmas Eve encounter. Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 2 & 7 p.m. THE ENSEMBLE COMPANY Penguin Point Productions, 1220 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo. theensemblecompany.com Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Dec. 11-21: Follow Arnold Beckoff on his quest to find a husband, a child and a pair of bunny slippers. Friday-Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., Monday 7 p.m. GARDEN THEATRE 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. 407-877-4736. gardentheatre.org Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical Through Dec. 20: Unloved by her parents, tormented by her headmistress and armed with a vivid imagination, five-year-old Matilda finds solace in stacks of library books. Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Sunday 2 p.m. MAD COW THEATRE 54 W. Church St., Orlando. 407-297-8788. madcowtheatre.com A Christmas Carol Through Jan. 3: Tony Award-winning virtuoso Jefferson Mays plays more than 50 roles as he brings Charles Dickens’ Christmas tale to life in this online-only performance. Order tickets at onthestage.com MAGIC CURTAIN PRODUCTIONS 2860 S. Alafaya Trail, Suite 120, Orlando. 407282-8368 magiccurtain.net Elf Jr., The Musical Dec. 4-6: Based on the beloved holiday film, this musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Friday 7 p.m., Saturday noon & 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. ORLANDO SHAKES 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. 407-447-1700. orlandoshakes.org The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge Dec. 10-20: A video-on-demand presentation finds the Ghosts of Christmas on trial for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and more as Scrooge returns to his miserly ways one year on. SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE Center for Fine and Performing Arts (Building G), Sanford/Lake Mary campus, 100 Weldon
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ONTHE TOWN CALENDAR Blvd., Sanford. 407-708-2040. seminolestate.edu/arts Spoon River Anthology Dec. 9-10: Performance held on Facebook. In this adaptation of American poet Edgar Lee Master’s free-verse monologues, mythical 1900s Midwesterners speak touchingly from the grave of their thwarted hopes and dreams. 7 p.m. SONNENTAG THEATRE AT THE ICE HOUSE 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora. 352-383-4616. icehousetheatre.com Miracle on S. Division Street Through Dec.13: Ruth plans a onewoman show about a family miracle, but a deathbed revelation unravels the legend. Showtimes vary. STATE THEATRE EUSTIS 109 N. Bay St., Eustis. 352-357-7777. baystreetplayers.org A Christmas Carol Dec. 4-6, 11-12: The beloved tale of greed and redemption is given a new adaptation with music by James Wren and Eddie Gwaltney and book and lyrics by director Carlos Francisco Asse. Friday 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m. Little Women Dec. 17-18: A special, one-act Zoom performance by the Young People’s Theatre. The Civil War is underway and four sisters must hold their family together as Christmas approaches. 7 p.m.
MUSEUMS Note: Museums and galleries have instituted COVID-19 safety protocols, including online ticket sales, cashless sales, social distancing, use of masks and limiting number of guests. Please check websites when planning visits. ALBIN POLASEK MUSEUM AND 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 Czech-born American sculptor Albin Polasek’s onetime Winter Park home and studio is now a museum with an art collection focused on American representational sculpture, with more than 200 of Polasek’s works inside and out. The former residence is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
his childhood in rural Mississippi and its traditions of storytelling, faith and family. ART AND HISTORY MUSEUMS—MAITLAND 221 W. Packwood Ave., 231 W. Packwood Ave. and 820 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland. 407-539-2181. Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. artandhistory.org A collection of museums encompassing the Maitland Art Center, Maitland Historical Museum, Telephone Museum, Waterhouse Residence Museum and Carpentry Shop Museum. Maitland Art Center, Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; all others Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed on major holidays. artandhistory.org Growing Up Maitland Through Feb. 14: Explore more than 100 years of school, sports and play, and how they changed through the years. Artist-In-Action Group Exhibition Through Jan. 17: Six artists present work created during their residency at the Maitland Art Center, with much of it a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest of 2020. CORNELL FINE ARTS MUSEUM Rollins College campus, 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. rollins.edu/cfam Art Encounters—Community or Chaos Through Dec. 31, 2021: A collection of works from artists whose practices are deeply informed by current and historical sociopolitical events. Marcus Jansen—E Pluribus Unum Through Jan. 3: This Manhattan-born artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States is a powerful examination of poignant social and political themes. What Women Want Through Jan. 3: Exhibition of artists Carrie Mae Weems, Shirin Neshat, Zanele Muholi, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and Dana Hoey, who disrupt established gender norms and construct new definitions of women in society. DALI MUSEUM 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. Wednesday, Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Seniors only Wednesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-11 a.m. 727-823-3767. thedali.org
Keepers of Heritage—Evolving Identities Ongoing: Exhibit of paintings, mixed media and sculptures by members of The Puerto Rican Artists Collective.
Van Gogh Alive Through April 11: Experience Vincent Van Gogh’s works, including “Starry Night” and “Sunflowers,” in an immersive exhibit that invites viewers to revel in color, light and sound through high-definition projectors and a powerful classical score. The Dali is the first North American venue to host the show.
Robert Reedy—Revival Through April 11: Exhibition showcases the wide-ranging talent of UCF art professor Reedy, whose work is shaped by
Diego & Frida—A Visual History Through Jan. 31: Explore the rich and surprising journey of one of the most fascinating couples in art history, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
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HANNIBAL SQUARE HERITAGE CENTER 642 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. 407-539-2680. Tuesday-Friday noon-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org. The museum may be toured by reservation only at this time. On Love and Loss Through Jan. 18: Photographer Cynthia Slaughter chronicles the life of her 94-yearold mother, Edna Pearl Butler, who retired from working the celery fields of Sanford. The Hannibal Square Timeline Ongoing: Documents the significant local and national events in African-American history since the Emancipation Proclamation. 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., Saturday-Sunday noon-4 p.m. Free. Donations accepted. holocaustedu.org Uprooting Prejudice—Faces of Change Through Jan. 2021: This unique exhibit showcases powerful images and words captured by photographer/storyteller John Noltner in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder in Minneapolis. The exhibit is open to the public on a limited basis and reservations are required. Tribute to the Holocaust Ongoing: This memorial exhibit presents an overview of the Holocaust through artifacts, videos, text, photographs and artwork. THE JAMES MUSEUM OF WESTERN AND WILDLIFE ART 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Monday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 727892-4200. thejamesmuseum.org. Blake Little—Photographs from the Gay Rodeo Through Feb. 14: Exhibit explores the diverse and complex nature of individual and community identity amid riding, roping and chute dogging at rodeos across the West from 1988 to 1992. 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 Construct—Our Orlando & American Youth—Cause Through Jan. 10: This exhibition provides a space for talented Orlando teens to engage in conversation about their own art and ideas. Student artists explore the multiple definitions and meanings of “cause” in their works. MORSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. 407-645-5311. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. morsemuseum.org. Visits are by appointment.
ONTHE TOWN CALENDAR Iridescence in Glass and Pottery—A Celebration Ongoing: The replication of iridescence made popular by Louis Comfort Tiffany and others in the 19th century is celebrated with diverse examples. Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Life and Art Ongoing: Through art objects, archival documents and artifacts, this exhibition examines Tiffany’s astonishingly diverse work in the decorative arts–what he called his “quest for beauty”–over the course of his lifetime. MUSEUM OF ART DELAND 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. 386-734-4371; downtown satellite location, 100 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. 386-279-7534. Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday. 1-4 p.m. moartdeland.org Poetic Visions Through Dec. 27: This crossover experience offers poetic interpretations of original artwork on exhibit at the museum. Poets were asked to write about the 34 chosen artworks and the public is invited to vote on their favorites. American Collage Through Jan. 3: From Andy Warhol to Grace Hartigan, some of the world’s most notable artists are featured in this selection of more than 50 American collages from 1930 to the present. 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 Yesterday, This Was Home—The Ocoee Massacre of 1920 Through Feb. 14: This 100-year remembrance exhibit explores the horrific, election-night act of terrorism against an American community that was sparked by a Black citizen’s attempt to vote. One Orlando Collection Ongoing: Staff-generated exhibit of more than 5,000 artifacts, photographs, documents and oral histories from the Pulse Nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016. 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 Jefre—Points of Connection Through Jan. 3: Journey through large-scale and site-specific, immersive installations while guided by Jefre’s poem Heart to Heart. Voices & Conversations Through May 2: An exhibition showcasing individual identity, the call for inclusion and equity and the importance of engagement and activism.
Contemporary Art Collection Ongoing: Outstanding works of art from 1945 representing such artists as Jennifer Bartlett, Nick Cave, Lesley Dill, Jane Hammond and James Casebere. The exhibit also includes an extensive collection of prints from the 1960s to present. Contemporary American Graphics Collection Ongoing: Includes more than 150 original signed and numbered lithographs, etchings, silk-screen prints and woodcuts by America’s foremost artists. ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando. 407-514-2000. Sunday noon-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. osc.org. Pompeii—The Immortal City Through Jan. 24: In just 24 hours, Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried by ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. Through artwork, mechanical devices and multimedia experiences, guests will be transported into the daily life of a first-century Roman town, where they will feel and hear the volcano erupting. Orlando is one of only three U.S. cities to host the exhibit. Ongoing: From the natural world to high-tech simulation, from dinosaurs to the planets in our universe, hands-on activities throughout the center inspire budding scientists and make learning fun for all ages. WINTER PARK HISTORY MUSEUM 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park. 407-647-2330. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. wphistory.org Wish You Were Here—The Hotels and Motels of Winter Park Ongoing: From the lavish luxury hotels of the late 1800s to roadside family motels, tourist courts and the boarding houses used by the workers who built Winter Park, this exhibit highlights all the hotels and motels that played a part in creating the town of today. ZORA NEALE HURSTON NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 227 E. Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville. 407-647-3307. Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations accepted. zoranealehurstonmuseum.com Ongoing: The museum provides a place in the heart of the community where the public can view the works of artists of African descent.
GALLERIES ANITA S. WOOTEN GALLERY Valencia College East Campus, 701 E. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Note: Gallery is closed to the public until further notice due to COVID-19 precautions. Tour exhibit online at valenciacollege.
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edu/academics/programs/arts-entertainment/ gallery.php Protest Art—Virtual Student Art Show Through Dec. 4: Student artists create their own pieces with explanations of their expressions of protest and resistance. View exhibit through online.valenciacollege.edu ARTS ON DOUGLAS 123 Douglas St., New Smyrna Beach. 386-4231753. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. artsondouglas.net Improvisations—Time Rendered Ceramic Sculptures Through Dec. 12: Michael Conti’s work speaks for itself. Exhibit is in the alt_space Gallery. THE BRONZE KINGDOM Fashion Square Mall, 3201 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando. Monday-Wednesday by appointment, Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 407-203-8864. bronzekingdom.com Ongoing: The gallery/museum features a collection of rare African bronze, beaded and wooden sculptures from all over the continent, including palatial pieces from Benin and Bamoun tribal kingdoms, some dating back to early 1600s. Featured artists: Laolu Senbanjo, Kiaunti Shuler, Doug Powell. CITYARTS Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. 407-317-8367. Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. downtownartsdistrict.com Ongoing: A collection of galleries showcasing a variety of artworks. CREALDÉ SCHOOL OF ART Two locations: Alice & William Jenkins Gallery, 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park. 407-6711886. crealde.org; and Hannibal Square Heritage Center Gallery, 642 W. New England Blvd., Winter Park. 407-539-2680. hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org What Is It That You Express in Your Eyes? The Inspired Works of Alberto Gomez Through Jan. 16: A large, three-panel mural on the history of immigration to the United States is the centerpiece of the figurative artist’s exhibit. Alice & William Jenkins Gallery. Cynthia Slaughter, Documentary Photographer—On Love and Loss Through Jan. 18: Black and white photographs chronicle the life of the artist’s 94-year-old mother, Edna Pearl Butler, who worked the celery fields of Sanford. Hannibal Square Heritage Center Gallery. HARRY P. LEU GARDENS 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. 407-246-2620. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. leugardens.org Starburst Through December: Artist Dorothy Gillespie’s three-dimensional works “portray imminent movement and energy.”
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ONTHE TOWN CALENDAR Ongoing: On 50 acres of land, the gardens provide an oasis within the City Beautiful where guests can discover palms, cycads, flowering trees, azaleas, vines, bromeliads, roses and more, as well as explore the historical home of Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane. JEANINE TAYLOR FOLK ART GALLERY 211 E. 1st St., Sanford. 407-323-2774. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. jtfolkart.com Ongoing: Works by LaVon Williams Jr., Butch Anthony, Cornbread, Theresa Disney and others celebrate the important contribution of Southern folk art to our heritage. MOUNT DORA CENTER FOR THE ARTS 138 E. Fifth Ave., Mount Dora. 352-383-0880. Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. mountdoracenterforthearts.org Plein Air Paint Out Through Dec. 4: Annual outdoor event in which artists put to canvas and paper their expressions of Mount Dora’s architecture and landscape. SNAP! DOWNTOWN 420 E. Church St., Orlando. 407-286-2185. Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. snaporlando.com Ongoing: “CITY Unseen,” a public art project utilizing augmented reality to create experiences such as murals coming to life and teleportation into a Los Angeles art studio. TERRACE GALLERY Orlando City Hall, 400 S. Orange Ave., Orlando. 407-246-4279. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday noon-5 p.m. orlando.gov Ongoing: On display is a portion of the City’s permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, tapestries and mixed media.
SPORTS CENTRAL FLORIDA CHEER CHAMPIONSHIP Dec. 5: A cheer and dance competition presenting some of the best talent in the region. Silver Spurs Arena, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. 844-GOALLOUT. alloutchampionships.com CHEEZ-IT BOWL Dec. 29: Bowl game matches the top selection from the ACC against the second selection from the Big 12. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando. 407-440-7900. campingworldstadium.com CURE BOWL Dec. 26: This game is a battle between teams of the American Conference and the Sun Belt Conference. Funds raised benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Kickoff is at noon. Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando. 407-440-7900. campingworldstadium.com
MOUNT DORA HALF-MARATHON & 5K 100 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora. mountdora-half.com Dec. 19-20: Join Santa and friends on a scenic run. Saturday 6:30 a.m., Sunday 5:30 a.m. ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. 407-440-7000, 800-745-3000. amwaycenter.com, ticketmaster.com Dec. 29: vs. Jacksonville Icemen, 7 p.m.
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MY 10-YEAR-OLD AND I recently had the talk. Not that talk just yet (thank goodness), but the one about Santa Claus. Ever since Easter, Anders had been hinting at the truth, but I kept putting him off. Then one night before bed, he demanded a candid conversation, and I knew it was time. I had procrastinated for two reasons. One, I wanted to be sure he was sure. I wasn’t quite ready for him to give up that magical piece of childhood. And two, I was worried about his reaction. When I was around his age and found out about Santa, I was angry and heartbroken. I remember sitting on the front porch with my parents—away from my younger brother— calling them liars through dramatic sobs. But it turns out that Anders is much wiser and more mature than I was back then. When I finally confirmed his suspicion, Anders thanked me—not just for telling him the truth but for being the one who gave him presents all those years. We talked
for a while, then he asked one last question: Where in the world had we hidden that air hockey table three years ago?! That night with Anders warmed my heart. I was not only touched by his gratitude, I was amazed by how graciously he accepted reality. This year, both my boys have faced a new reality with COVID-19. Instead of birthday parties with a bouncy house, they’ve settled for having one friend over to play. Instead of going to the movies, the trampoline park or Chuck E. Cheese, they’ve stayed at home mostly without complaint. They returned to school this fall with a new set of stringent rules. They have limited time on the playground, may not interact with friends outside their classroom, and must wear masks every minute of the day except a short break outside at recess. But they’ve been much better sports about it than most adults I know. They’ve accepted our new way of life quite well.
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Now it’s the holidays, and Christmas will look a little differently, too. Our parties will be small and few—and we’ll think twice about dipping our hands into the communal bowl of M&Ms. William won’t get to dress up as a toy soldier in the second grade play. Our school will not go caroling at the nursing home. Instead of crowding into the pews at church on Christmas Eve, we may opt to watch online. And Santa will most certainly not want our germy kids in his lap, even if he does wear gloves. Missing out on our traditions won’t be easy. But as we count down (finally) to the end of 2020, instead of looking at what we’ve lost, we can look back at what we’ve gained. I’ve re-centered my day-to-day around my family and our home life. I’m more aware of social injustices. I’m more compassionate. My family is willing to do our part and make sacrifices for others who are more vulnerable. The night Anders and I had our talk about Santa Claus, he told me how he finally figured things out. He said that if there were a Santa, then all the poor kids would get presents, too, and we wouldn’t need an angel tree or a toy drive. I was proud of him for thinking about others. And I explained to him that in a way, we all get to be Santa. And now that he’s in on the secret, he gets to be a helper, too. Helpers take many forms. One of the longest pay-it-forward chains actually happened in Florida, at a Starbucks in St. Petersburg. For 11 hours, customers in the drive-through bought coffee for the next person in line behind them. Over the pandemic, Tyler Perry bought groceries for all the customers in a New Orleans Winn-Dixie, and in Nashville, Brad Paisley set up a free grocery store. In Orlando, Dan DeVos donated $2 million to out-of-work Amway Center employees including the staff of the Magic and Orlando Solar Bears. It’s that kind of spirit that makes you believe Santa really can visit every house in the world in one night. Even one small act makes a difference. Whether you call it the light of God, the magic of Christmas or simply goodwill and kindness—we have the power to pass it on. Let us all remember that in a year of so many losses, it is still more blessed to give than to receive.
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