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Vol. 3, Issue 12, December 2012

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The Business & Dining Magazine Directly Mailed To 20,000 Homes In Odessa, Lutz & Land O’ Lakes Areas This Independent Community News, Business & Dining Guide Is Directly Mailed Once Each Month To: Ashley Lakes, Ballantrae, Belle Meade, Calusa Trace, Canterbury, Cheval, Citrus Greens, Concord Station, Devonwood, Dolce Vita on Lake Keystone, Echo Lake, Farmington Village, Fern Glenn, Grey Hawk at Lake Polo, Heritage Harbor, Ivy Lake Estates, Keystone Groves, Keystone Manors, Keystone Reserve, Keystone Shores, Lake Charles, Lake Church, Lake Parker Estates, Lakeside Grove Estates, Northlake Village, Northbridge at Lake Pretty, Northton Groves, Oakstead, Orange Blossom Creek, Reflections, Steeple Chase, Stillwater, Stonegate, Suncoast Crossings, Suncoast Meadows, Swan Cove, The Eagles, Van Dyke Estates, Van Dyke Farms, Villa Rosa, Wyndham Lakes

Gulfside Regional Hospice celebrated their annual Hike for Hospice fundraising event on Sunday, Veteran’s Day, November 11th at Rasmussen College in beautiful Land O’ Lakes. For the past six years, Gulfside Regional Hospice has worked with volunteers throughout Pasco County to raise funds and create lasting memories for the community through the Hike for Hospice 5k event. “Hike for Hospice is designed to celebrate and honor the lives of friends and family members,” said Linda Ward, president and CEO of Gulfside Regional Hospice. “I walk in memory of my father, who passed away in Gulfside’s care. The

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Angela’s Pizza’s owner Josh Chabator knows what it takes to make a great pizza. “We make our dough and sauce fresh every day, use the finest ingredients – including local produce – top it off with gourmet Grande cheese and bake it in a brick oven to create a truly delicious and memorable pizza,” says Josh. “Once people try our pizzas, we become their favorite.” In addition to pizzas, strombolis and calzones, Angela’s Pizza serves appetizers, wings, salads, wraps, subs, hoa-

gies, pastas, burgers and desserts to tempt your taste buds. Josh grew up in the area and is enthusiastic about Angela’s Pizza becoming a resident favorite – “We are constantly talking to our customers about what they want and expanding our menu to meet their needs. This month we’ve added calamari, Alfredo pasta, a BBQ wrap and sliders to our menu. Last month we introduced Duomo Gelato, which is made right here in Tampa. Their maestro gelataios make the gelato fresh daily using all natural ingredients and the finest qual-

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Hike is for people just like you and me – who want to honor the memory of a loved one and make every day count for those facing a serious illness.” This year’s Hike for Hospice allowed me to honor the memory of people I have lost and the ceremony held in remembrance for the community was beautiful and inspirational. Gulfside Regional Hospice, established as a nonprofit corporation in Pasco County in 1988 and initially licensed in 1989, serves more than 375 patients daily. It employs over 250 professionals and has more than 550 volunteers, and is the only hospice that serves Pasco County exclusively. Gulfside Regional Hospice was selected the See “Hike For Hospice” on page 30.

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Toast of Tampa Singer Crowned 2012 Queen of Harmony Gina Baker, lead singer of award winning Touche' quartet and member of the 100-woman Toast of Tampa Show Chorus (TOT), was crowned 2012 International Queen of Harmony by judges at the 66th annual convention and competition of Sweet Adelines International in Denver on November 2. Winning the gold medal was the achievement of a lifetime for the long distance quartet, whose four singers have only performed and competed together for two years and came in second in 2011. Lead-singer Baker, a resident of Tampa who works as a neonatal intensive care nurse at St Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, is joined by her stepmother, Jan Anton, also of Florida, and friends Patty Baker from Southern California and Kim McCormick of Oregon: www.touchequartet.com. Additionally, the Toast quartet Live Out Loud was the 13th Place finalist with their stellar performance at 2012 Sweet Adelines International convention and competition in Denver. Tony DeRosa, Master Director of

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both Tampa-based TOT and the men’s Heralds of Harmony barbershop choruses, and first four-time Men’s International gold medalist, directed a song for Ft. Meyers-based Spirit of the Gulf Chorus, which represented Region 9 in the Mile High City. Nine members of Toast of Tampa who also sang with Spirit of the Gulf came home with 6th place L to R: Jan Anton, Baritone; Gina Baker, medals. In all, it was a great Lead; Kim McCormick, Bass; Patty Baker, week for Tampa a cappella Tenor ~ Touche', gold medal champs singing as Toast continues to celebrate its 25th Anniversary Touche' will “sing in” next year’s year! quartet champions. Toast of Tampa TOT’s talented ladies have conChorus features seven registered quarsistently represented the Florida region tets. on the International stage in Top Ten Toast rehearses on Tuesday showings (including 1st place) in nights, 7pm, at Christ Our Redeemer Houston, Nashville, Calgary, Detroit, Lutheran Church, 304 Druid Hills, Phoenix, Orlando, Baltimore, and InTemple Terrace. Bay Area women of dianapolis. Twice the chorus was voted all ages are invited to visit. For further “favorite” of over 500 Sweet Adeline information on the chorus, carpooling choruses in 15 countries. TOT is exto rehearsals, or booking a memorable cited to return to the 2013 Internaperformance, please visit the Chorus’ tional stage in Honolulu, where website at: www.toastoftampa.org.

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Community News Briefs Gathering Point Church Christmas Gatherings Gathering Pointe Church, would like to invite you to join them at a special location for their 2012 Christmas worship gatherings. On Sunday, December 23rd and Monday, December 24th, Gathering Pointe Church will be meeting at Imagine School, located at 2940 Sunlake Blvd. in Land O’Lakes across from Sunlake High School. Gathering times are as follows – Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. and Christmas Eve from 6 – 7 p.m. The Christmas Eve gathering will consist of special Christmas readings, singing your favorite Christmas songs and carols, and following the evening, there will be a time of refreshments. For more information, please call (813) 920 – 4928, email Info@GatheringPointe.com or visit their website

at www.GatheringPointe.com. Torchy’s Celebrates Grand Opening On October 29th, Torchy’s Beer and Wine celebrated their official Grand Opening, teaming up with plaza neighbor, Angela’s Pizza to help earn money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Both the bar and the restaurant donated 15% of all total earnings on that day to breast cancer research. Torchy’s is an upscale hangout and boasts beautiful décor, a spacious bar and plenty of tables to accommodate groups of all sizes. Featuring 75 different bottled beers, 12 beers on tap and a wide selection of wines to choose from, Torchy’s is sure to have the perfect libation to quench your thirst. They also have the NFL Sunday Ticket and numerous flat-screen TVs, ideal for watching your favorite team

on game day. Torchy’s Beer and Wine is located at 17777 Gunn Highway in Odessa. For more information please call (813) 920-5830. Tampa Bay Communities Named Among 100 Best Communities for Young People America’s Promise Alliance has named three Tampa Bay communities – Sarasota County, St. Petersburg and Tampa/Hillsborough – among 2012’s 100 Best Communities for Young People, presented by ING. This year, winners were chosen from a pool of more than 320 nominees from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The winners were selected by a distinguished panel of judges that included some of the nation’s most wellknown civic, business and nonprofit leaders. St. Petersburg is a six-time 100 Best winner with a focus on youth programs that encourage higher education and positive social development. With an emphasis on education and

youth safety, Sarasota County is a second-time winner. As a four-time winner, Hillsborough County/Tampa continues to provide its young people with multiple resources to stay in school and live healthy, productive lives. Heritage Springs Charity Quilters On November 14th, fourteen of the Heritage Springs Charity Quilters met for their last meeting in 2012 for a special appreciation luncheon at their Clubhouse. Twenty-three quilts were turned in – giving them a total of 117 quilts donated in 2012 to the Salvation Army Domestic Violence Shelter, Life Choices Women’s Care Center and the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. Since 2008, they have made and donated a total number of 609 quilts. The Heritage Springs Charity Quilters would like to express their appreciation to the staff at their Clubhouse for setting up and serving their luncheon, as well as moving their fabric cabinet from the Arts and Crafts Room to the Card Room – allowing


them to restock their fabrics and batting. They would also like to give special thanks to Janet Cass for her donation of new quilting fabrics and to The Fairfield Corporation for donation of new batting. The Fairfield’s donations of batting were used in almost all of the quilts made since 2008. They really appreciate all the support they have received from their Heritage Springs Community since they began their Charity Quilters group in the fall of 2008. During the meeting, a short presentation on binding techniques was

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also presented by Merna Allen. Their next scheduled meeting will be January 9, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the Arts & Crafts Room. If you have any questions, please call Merna Allen at (727) 815-7802 or email her at Merna65@TampaBay.rr.com. Heritage Springs, located at 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway in New Port Richey, is an active, 55+ adult resort-style country club community. Located in the southwestern area of Pasco County, it is a convenient distance from Odessa, Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Clearwater and surrounding areas.

Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation Recognized for Support of ACH Audiology Services On Nov. 12, the Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida was recognized at a dedication ceremony at the All Children’s Hospital Child Development & Rehabilitation Center in St. Petersburg this past September for its support of Audiology Services at the recently renovated rehabilitation center. Sylvia Ameen, Vice President of All Children’s Hospital Foundation, welcomed everyone to the event thanking them “for your commitment, your passion and unwavering dedication to the many children and families who need the programs and the highly trained, compassionate professionals located in this newly renovated center.” Dr. Jonathan Ellen, President and Vice Dean of All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, acknowledged the Sertoma Foundation for its participation with a special piece of artwork. “Many of the children receiving the services in this facility are very literal and tactile and this picture was created by our patients – it’s their fingerprints that make up the petals on all these flowers,” said Dr. Ellen. The plaque reads on the picture reads: “I have a hand, you have another, put them together and we have each other.” Child Development & Rehabilitation Center, September 20, 2012 It was the St. Petersburg Noon Sertoma Club that developed the first speech and hearing program in the nation in 1955 that became affiliated with Sertoma International. That program became a department of All Children’s in 1972. “Today, that relationship is as strong as ever. The Sertoma Speech &

Hearing Foundation and the St. Petersburg Noon Sertoma Club provide continuous philanthropic support for our speech and hearing programs. This includes support for facilities, materials, and direct service funding for evaluations and treatments,” added Dr. Ellen. He then asked Craig McCart, Executive Director of the Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation, and Rob Shingler, President of the St. Petersburg Noon Sertoma Club, to come forward to be recognized. “Sertoma reaches out to children from throughout the region with support for our speech and hearing services at the All Children’s Outpatient Care centers,” said Craig McCart. A tour of the center included information about the advanced therapies and programs in the areas of speech-language pathology, occupational and physical therapy sports medicine, and audiology among others. The center and its programs are supported by numerous sponsors also acknowledged at the event. Hearing Loss is the most common birth defect nationally. Early detection and intervention is vital for an infant to have the opportunity to access speech and other sounds for learning and brain development. Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation assists hard of hearing babies, children, and adults to avoid a life of isolation and hear the world around them so they can succeed personally, academically, and socially. The mission of the Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida is to provide quality developmental and rehabilitative services, products and education—primarily to children—throughout Florida, in a caring and compassionate environment, never limited by the ability to pay.

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TINARI CHIROPRACTIC is Dedicated to Improving Patients’ Lives at Every Age By Marcy Sanford Dr. Dominick Tinari began helping people with their pain at a very young age. While other 9-year-old kids were thinking of ways to be a pain in the neck, Dr. Tinari was figuring out how to help reduce his father’s back pain. “My dad was a firefighter in New York City for many years. He would come home from a long day on the job and would be in a lot of pain. I would find the spots on his back that had the most tension and massage those to help him out. Even at a young age, I understood how massage could work out kinks and pains. At 14 years old I was diagnosed with scoliosis and began seeing a chiropractor for treatment. When I entered college, I knew that I wanted to help people by becoming a chiropractor.” And Dr. Tinari is doing just that at Tinari Chiropractic located at

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19417 Shumard Oak Drive. Dr. Dominick Tinari and his friendly staff at Tinari Chiropractic are dedicated to helping you feel your best and be your best. Patients of all ages receive treatments targeted specifically to their needs. In some cases, Dr. Tinari is helping patients before they are even born. “I was a student of Dr. Larry Webster, the founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. He developed a specific chiropractic treatment that establishes balance and reduces stress in a pregnant woman’s body. This technique, known as the Webster Technique, has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. I was honored to be one of the last students to learn firsthand from Dr. Webster.” Many women seek chiropractic care to relieve neck or back pain that results from weight gain and body

changes during pregnancy. But even if you’re not in pain, you can benefit from visiting a chiropractor. Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help reduce the risk of having a breech baby. Regular chiropractic care can also provide a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery for both mother and baby. Children, especially those who play sports can benefit from regular chiropractic care. According to the National Center for Sports Safety, “Overuse injury, which occurs over time from repeated motion, is responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle-and high-school students.” Children who play impact sports are also at risk for injuries that could cause misalignments in their spine or neck. Chiropractic care benefits children by correcting the spinal alignment to improve their overall health. When the spine becomes misaligned during birth or from a blow or fall, muscle tissue

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and nerves may also be affected. Spinal adjustment frees joints, restores motion and relieves nerve pressure, which could be causing other ailments. Dr. Tinari is enthusiastic about sports and helping athletes achieve peak performance. After hearing about Kinesio Tape, he met with the inventor and has had extensive training on how to use this valuable tool to best benefit his patients. Both children and adults who have sports injuries or muscle pain can benefit from Kinesio Taping. If you watched the Olympics this summer, you may have seen the

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back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre- and postsurgical edema and ankle sprain. You can even use it to help prevent injuries. Whether you are in Dr. Dominick Tinari of Tinari Chiropractic pain from an injury or life-changing event, or just want to explore chiathletes with what looked like colorful ropractic care to help improve your strips of painter’s tape stuck to their overall health, visit Dr. Tinari at Tinari bodies – that was Kinesio Tape. KineChiropractic. With an office in Land sio Tape gives support and stability to O’ Lakes and one in Spring Hill, Dr. joints and muscles without affecting Tinari and his staff can accommodate circulation and range of motion. the busiest of schedules and help you In the Kinesio Taping Method, and your loved ones be back to your the non-restrictive, elastic tape is appeak performance in no time. plied over muscles to reduce pain and Tinari Chiropractic in Land inflammation, relax overused tired O’Lakes is located at 19417 Shumuscles and to support muscles in mard Oak Drive. They are open movement throughout the day. KineTuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 sio Tape can be used for anything p.m. To schedule an appointment, from headaches to foot problems and call (813) 875-7900 or visit everything in between. Examples inwww.tinarichiropractic.com. clude: carpal tunnel syndrome, lower

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Create Magic This Holiday Season at Painting With a Twist This holiday season, you can give the gift of art! If you want to give your friends and family something that will last forever and that they will truly enjoy, consider how much fun they will have with a gift certificate from Painting With a Twist. If you read the article in the November issue of Neighborhood News & Lifestyles, then you already know that this small business is all about having fun, embracing friendships, giving back to the community, and fostering fun and creativity! Painting With a Twist is a new concept in art entertainment that includes a little bit of paint, a little bit of wine, and a whole lot of fun. Painting With a Twist gift certificates are perfect for friends and it is a great venue for your office party or other get-together. Just bring your favorite wine or beverage, and snacks if you’d like, and everything else will be provided for you to create your own masterpiece to hang on your own wall, or to give to someone special. A gift of art is always appreciated and paintings make wonderful personalized gifts!

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Michelle Beres & SharonReis Photos: JenniferCrouchPhoto.com Avoid the mall, have FUN, relax and give a unique, meaningful gift that YOU created! Painting With a Twist Gift Certificates are also available online or at the studio. The community has embraced Painting With a Twist because it is just so much fun! And anyone can do it! The paintings are fairly simple and participants follow along with the instructor to create a painting that is simply beautiful! The great thing about the paintings is that even though everyone in the group is working on the same design, no two paintings look exactly alike. Each person’s individual creativity shines through – and, YES, you too can be creative!

Budding Artists Rave About Painting With a Twist Everyone has a great time at Painting With a Twist – where every class is a party! On the company’s Facebook page, comments are upbeat with a lot of exclamation marks! Diane J. says, “Had an outright blast! Thank u thank u thank u!” Tiffany B. says, “So much fun and the teachers are the best! A painting jam…” Stacey A. says, “PWAT is very fun!!” Micki J. says, “Such an awesome time!!!!!” Diana J. says, “Thank you so much for a truly outstanding event for our GNO bash!! Our ‘Jacked Up Cinderella’ was a big hit...and because of

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you, we will have wonderful memories to last a lifetime!!” Tracy R. says, “What an amazing night last night! We haven’t stopped talking about it! You made my baby girl’s 21st birthday a paintalicious success! Love, love, love ya!” Read Dara Tucker’s article detailing all the great things Painting With a Twist has to offer on the Neighborhood News & Lifestyles website: neighborhoodnewsfl.com – just click on the November issue. Painting with a Twist is located in the Broedell Plaza at 8351 SR 54, Suite 112, in Trinity. Office hours are Tues. – Sat., 1 p.m.–5 p.m., and they can be reached at (727) 376-1112. To view the latest available paintings, including upcoming holiday paintings visit www.paintingwithatwist.com/trinity. Like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/pwat.trinity for the latest news, upcoming fundraising events and more!

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Douglas Dentistry – New Name & Location – Same Exceptional Care By Kim Thomas Everyone loves to see you smile! And Douglas Dentistry loves to make beautiful smiles. So, if you are looking for exceptional dental care from a dentist whose services range from general dentistry for the entire family to implants and cosmetic dentistry, then make an appointment to meet Shawn Douglas, DDS, and his friendly staff, who welcome you to Douglas Dentistry’s new office in Lutz. Dr. Douglas’ practice outgrew its previous location at 8734 N. Mobley Rd. in the Fox’s Corner shopping center in Odessa and the move to a new office on October 15th was the perfect time to rename his practice – Odessa Family Dentistry is now Douglas Dentistry, located at 5306 Van Dyke Road in Lutz. Dentistry is family-oriented and the roomier office is comfortable for all aged patients and easily accommodates your family. “We are in a larger facility to better accommodate our patients,” says Dr. Douglas. “We have incorporated several pieces of new dental equipment including mas-

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saging dental chairs. We are confident that these timely, positive changes will result in a better patient experience and although we are excited about the changes, there are some things that will NOT change. Our patients will still receive the personalized care and attention from our entire staff that they have come to expect.” With the larger facility comes some awesome perks, like those upgraded chairs that Dr. Douglas had installed in all of the treatment rooms. Patients feel pampered after a visit to Douglas Dentistry, where Dr. Douglas and his staff work hard to create positive dental experiences for every patient. Sedation is available for those who need it, but most patients find that they are very comfortable due to the combination of Dr. Douglas’ easy manner and the comfort-inducing cozy neck pillows and blankets that are provided in addition to the luxurious massaging dental chairs. Dr. Douglas is one of those people who knew from an early age what he wanted to be when he grew up. Every summer he would shadow his

uncle, who was an endodontist. It was through working alongside his uncle and seeing firsthand how dentistry could truly improve people’s lives that he knew dentistry was what he wanted to do. After attending USF and receiving his college degree, he received a Master’s degree in Health and Administration. From Dental Assistant Rhonda, Dr. Douglas, Office Manager there, he was ac- Paula, Dental Hygienist Kathy & Dental Assistant Holly cepted at the illusconstruction are his focus because of trious University of North Carolina at the life-changing impact that these Chapel Hill where he attended their dental procedures can provide to paSchool of Dentistry. Dr. Douglas also tients. completed his residency at the UniverDr. Douglas knows that your sity of Florida’s College of Dentistry smile is important, just as having where he performed full-mouth reconhealthy teeth and gums are. He comstructions, including dental implants. bines his dedication to providing comThis opportunity really fueled his deprehensive and affordable dental care sire to do more of this kind of work, with his passion for creating beautiful and dental implants and cosmetic re-

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smiles through cosmetic dentistry. “I really love working with my hands,” says Dr. Douglas, “and working with cosmetic dentistry allows me to really make a difference in people’s lives.” Douglas Dentistry utilizes the best of dental technology in order to provide an elevated level of care to its patients. “Digital x-rays are ideal because they give off a much lower dose of radiation to the patient; in fact, they are up to 90 percent lower. It is also a lot more diagnostic because, as a dentist, you can manipulate and enhance the image to better diagnose your patients. Also, digital x-rays are ‘green’ and better for the environment, because no chemicals are required to create the image,” says Dr. Douglas. Another diagnostic tool that Dr. Douglas finds very useful is the intraoral camera that allows him to actually show a patient an up-close, high definition photo of the inside of their mouth and individual teeth. Not only is the intra-oral camera an excellent diagnostic tool, it is also a great way for him to educate his patients about their oral care and the dental procedures that are planned for their care. You Can Change Your Smile!

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Through dental reconstruction, Dr. Douglas can give you a glamorous smile! No matter what a person’s genetics determined, the miracle of cosmetic dentistry is changing the way people see themselves and helping many to feel better about themselves. If you have a chipped tooth or ever avoid smiling because you are not proud of your teeth, you should consider cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Douglas can easily repair chipped teeth, hide unsightly gaps, and create a beautiful smile that has straight, brilliant white teeth without the need for braces or apparatuses. This kind of procedure can be done in as little as two visits to Douglas Dentistry. Advances in dental techniques and the use of advanced materials have taken cosmetic dentistry far beyond what dentists could do ten years ago. His skill, artistic eye and knowledge of the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques, such as dental implants, allow Dr. Douglas to completely transform his patients’ smiles if they need it, and even if they just want a prettier smile. Dental implants are beautiful and functional, offering an excellent advanced alternative to bridges and dentures. Dr. Douglas is skilled at these

longstanding procedures too, but most patients prefer the newer procedures. Dental implants can bring a quality of life back into people’s lives that many of them thought they would never have again. If you are looking for a family dentist who treats patients of all ages, who takes his time, and who has a passion for what he does – whether you need a full mouth restoration or simply need a cleaning or maybe professional teeth whitening, visit Dr. Douglas at Douglas Dentistry, which accepts most dental PPOs and offers

patients low and no-interest payment plans so that everyone can have a beautiful smile. Douglas Dentistry is located at 5306 Van Dyke Road in Lutz. Office hours are Tues., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Wed. and Thurs., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and 8 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Fri. For more information, visit online at www.DouglasDentistryFl.com or call (813) 960-3300 to make an appointment.

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Dentists Around the World Learn to Create Miracles Here

Dr. Michael A. Pikos, DDS By Kim Thomas It is a rare opportunity when one is privileged to meet a surgeon who is a world-renowned expert in their field, so I felt very fortunate when I recently met with Michael A. Pikos, DDS, to tour the newly remodeled facility that will house the Pikos Implant Institute opening this November. General dentists and oral surgeons from around the world will come to Trinity, Florida to learn advanced bone and soft tissue grafting surgical techniques from Dr. Pikos, who has been teaching since 1990 and who founded the Pikos Implant Institute in 1991. Through the Pikos Implant Institute, Dr. Pikos has shared his knowledge and fine-tuned surgical techniques with more than 2,700 dental clinicians in all 50 states in the U.S. and in 32 countries worldwide. Basically, at Pikos Implant Institute, doctors learn to build a platform for dental implants, which is actually miraculous for patients who have lost bone and tissue due to accidents or tumors. Through science and technological advances Dr. Pikos and his colleagues are helping patients to face themselves in the mirror again and to get back to living a quality life. Dr.

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Pikos himself has performed more than 15,000 implants and several thousand bone and soft tissue grafting procedures. Dr. Pikos explains, “What I teach is a sub-specialty of implantology. Bone grafting has been my forte over the years and this is one of only three facilities in our country that features what I’m teaching. Grafting allows us to reconstruct areas of the mouth that are lost for a number of reasons. We are able to rebuild lost bone and gum tissue using a combination of not only the patient’s own tissue, but also with tissue engineering technology.” Dr. Pikos has every reason to feel very proud of his accomplishments. “This is a very unique Institute within the realm of implantology. My Institute is the second longest running program in the country and I’m very honored to be able to share my expertise with my colleagues.” Many in the Tampa Bay area know of Dr. Pikos and his practice, Coastal Jaw Surgery for Implant & Oral Reconstruction with offices in Palm Harbor, Spring Hill and Trinity. Known as the “doctors’ doctors,” Dr. Pikos and his associates at Coastal Jaw Surgery are the trusted physicians that hundreds of dental and medical professionals refer their patients to, as well as their friends and family members. Coastal Jaw Surgery was founded in 1983 and July 2012 marked its 29th Anniversary.

Coastal Jaw Surgery’s team of Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons perform state-of-the-art dental implant procedures, Digitally Guided Bone Augmentation™, periodontal plastic surgery, wisdom teeth extractions, extractions with site preservation, pediatric and pre-orthodontic care, oral pathology and the safest, proven anesthesia options. Dr. Pikos is one of the leading experts in these innovative oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures having taken with more than 4,000 hours of continuing education, prompting dental surgeons worldwide to travel to our area to learn from him and improve their own practices. Meet Dr. Pikos Dr. Pikos is a true visionary who has already built a legacy. Such an extraordinary individual could be intimidating, but Dr. Pikos is the opposite of egotistical. His humility and kindness are evident immediately upon meeting him and his great love for his family and his community is inspiring. Dr. Pikos and his wife Diane live in nearby Tarpon Springs and recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary. Diane Pikos is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), who works closely with Dr. Bruce Landon at Landon Plastic Surgery in Trinity. The couple is very proud of their two children who are following their parents’ lead with an excellent work ethic of their own. Lindsey Pikos is a 3rd-year dental school student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, and her younger brother Tony Pikos is currently a sen-

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ior at University of South Florida and is applying to dental school. Originally from Campbell, OH, Dr. Pikos attended The Ohio State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, continuing to graduate with honors from the The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Pikos completed an internship at Miami Valley Hospital and residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, Montefiore Hospital. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Pikos is the recipient of the 2006 Aaron Gershkoff Memorial Award from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the following institutions: The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry and Nova Southeastern University, College of Dental Medicine. He is also a Courtesy Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Periodontology, and Department of Prosthodontics, at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry. Dr. Pikos is on the Editorial Board of the following journals: Implant Dentistry, Case Reports in Dentistry, and the Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry. He is also a member of the Scientific Board of ImplantNews magazine. He is a well-published author who has lectured extensively on dental implants in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Dr. Pikos is an active member and frequent lecturer for the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Periodontics, the Academy of Osseoin-

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coast Hospice building on Tampa Road where the Institute operated for 10 years and he was able to have 30 clinicians in attendance. The new facility will hold 50 comfortably but Dr. Pikos limits his courses to 32 attendees. “Graduate students in residence from University of Florida The Pikos Implant Institute is a teaching facility in College of DenTrinity that brings in dentists from around the world tistry, Nova and tegration, the American Academy of The Ohio State University all come Implant Dentistry and the Internahere for training,” says Dr. Pikos. tional Congress of Implantology. He “Nova residents shadow me for two serves on the editorial board for Imweeks at a time.” plant Dentistry, the official journal of “This facility was physically built the ICOI as well as the Scientific not just as a teaching institute for imBoard of ImplantNews magazine. plantology, but also for our Coastal Jaw Surgery practice and our dental Building a Legacy – Pikos Implant colleagues in four counties – Citrus, Institute Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas – and The Pikos Implant Institute has their staffs to use for a teaching facilgrown throughout the years and has ity,” says Dr. Pikos. The Pikos Implant always brought dental surgeons to our Institute will also serve as the new area. However, the new facility (previmeeting location for Pinnacle Study ously the Wachovia Bank building on Club of Tampa Bay, an inter-discipliMitchell Blvd.) will be an even bigger nary study club that is in its 23rd year boon to our local economy with yearwith 54 members who meet eight round classes bringing in dentists who times a year. The group has been will be using area restaurants and staymeeting at East Lake Woodlands Golf ing at our local hotels and golf resorts. Club in years previous. In addition to the dental clinicians who are attending the Institute, the Beyond State-of-the-Art area will also benefit from exhibitors The Pikos Implant Institute really (26 representing 13 different compamakes the term “state-of-the-art” nies) who will need lodging and food. seem inadequate. Not only is the Dr. Pikos first started teaching in décor throughout the building elegant the upstairs area of his Palm Harbor and immaculate; every detail has been office which he says could hold 20 considered to ensure that dentists have people in tight quarters, but as the an extraordinary learning experience. program grew he had to find a larger The large Exhibit Hall is comfortable place to accommodate his lectures and and accommodating and the Teaching moved across the street to the Sun-

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Auditorium is equipped with the best sound system available, acoustical ceiling, roomy individual seating and a huge projection screen (18’ x 6’) and hardwiring allows the surgeons to watch procedures as they are being performed at Coastal Jaw Surgery. And that is just Phase I; Phase II is currently underway and will provide the Institute with its own operatory with a large plate-glass window through which the attendees can watch surgical procedures; the Operatory is equipped with three cameras – one on the patient, one on the doctor and one overlooking the room. There also will be several private Operatories built where attendees will receive hands-on training. The program is very interactive and Dr. Pikos encourages his colleagues to ask questions as they watch procedures. Dr. Pikos says, “We are unique in that we are able to maintain cuttingedge technology in-office, such as CT scan units specifically for the head and neck utilizing CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography). We were the first to have CBCT in Tampa Bay when we added it in 2005 and the second in Florida. This technology along with tissue engineering technology and related technologies that I’ve brought to Coastal Jaw Surgery and the Institute throughout the years has provided a background where I have long-term follow-up with patients and as a result, I’m able to show what works literally over time. Therefore, we are very sciencebased.” Dr. Pikos has made it his mission to provide surgical and technology based training programs in an intimate setting with limited attendance and a learning environment that fosters enthusiastic camaraderie amongst colleagues. Other dentists have responded to Dr. Pikos’ program with

enthusiasm because they leave the Pikos Implant Institute with new knowledge that they can take back to their patients, and they are very appreciative of Dr. Pikos unique skills and teaching abilities. James Maxwell, OMS, from Springfield, OH says, “The constant availability of the speaker and willingness to interact with the attendees is unparalleled. The marriage of evidence based material and years of clinical experience is unrivaled.” And Neil Sullivan, OMS, from Annapolis, MD writes, “The pursuit of dental implant surgical excellence is thriving at the Pikos Implant Institute.” Dr. Pikos is very thankful to his staff and others who have been a big part of making the Pikos Implant Institute into the cutting-edge facility that it is today. “It was a real collaborative effort,” says Dr. Pikos. “I am so blessed. Our Coastal Jaw Surgery staff is fantastic – they really are incredible, from the assistants to the front desk and office administrator Kathy Diaz. Invaluable to him is the Pikos Implant Institute team: Administrator Alison Thiede, Mark Robinson, Informational Technology Director, and Videographer Jami Walls. Dr. Pikos also wishes to thank the following people who were instrumental in bringing his dreams to reality: building contractor Robert Bandes of Bandes Construction Company, architect Mark Jonnatti of Jonnatti Architecture, decorator Jean Alli of Jean Alli Designs and the Superintendent of the building, John Brasher. For additional information about the Pikos Implant Institute, visit PikosInstitute.com and for information about Coastal Jaw Surgery, please visit CoastalJaw.com.

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“Angela’s Pizza” Continued from page 1 local produce from Citrus Park Nursery. That means you are getting the freshest salad you can possibly find. The creamy dressing on our Caesar salad is the perfect compliment to the fresh Romaine lettuce and homemade garlic croutons. It is so tasty that it is one of the most popular items on our menu.” Josh and manager Kenny Meadows make sure that they pay attention to every detail of a dish to ensure that they are serving the tastiest food possible – this is what keeps their customers constantly coming back for more. The Anarosa Bread used for the Philly Cheese Steaks is shipped in from Philadelphia and Kenny spends over six hours making their 5-layer homemade lasagna. The pizza served at Angela’s Pizza is beyond comparison. The crisp delicate crust is baked to perfection in the brick oven; there are ample toppings to choose from, and the gourmet Grande cheese is just the right mixture of whole and skim milk cheese, giving you the perfect piece of pizza every time. No matter which

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Left: Owner Josh Chabator (L) and Manager Kenny Meadows (R) Above: Choose your toppings for your pie or order one right from the menu!

toppings you choose on your pizza, with seven meats and thirteen vegetables to choose from you are sure to be able to create your perfect pie. Or, if you prefer, you can choose to be delighted by one of their specialty pizzas, such as their Florentine Chicken – topped with grilled chicken, sautéed spinach, Parmigiano cheese, and fresh garlic – or the White Pizza – a yummy blend of Ricotta, Mozzarella, Parmigiano and fresh garlic.

Having grown up in the area, Josh truly wants to make Angela’s Pizza a local spot for all residents. He supports charities and schools in the area, such as local sports teams, Steinbrenner High School and Martinez Middle School. Every couple of weeks a local artist draws a cool new picture on the large chalkboard overhead and for the holiday season, he is planning a light display that is sure to wow. As more people become interested in supporting local businesses and eating locally grown food, Angela’s Pizza stands out as a friendly, fun, local restaurant that serves great food using local produce, supports

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local causes and provides a local meeting place for families and friends. While Angela’s Pizza does not have a beer or liquor license, customers are welcome to bring their own, or now with the opening of Torchy’s Beer & Wine next door, they can enjoy their favorite cocktail there and Angela’s will bring the food to them. If you are looking for a delicious way to cater your next event Angela’s Pizza can help! Their tasty food is the perfect addition to any special event. Whether it is lunch for a business meeting, appetizers for a cocktail party or dinner for a special event, they can

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help make your next gathering a success with their amazing homemade food. Angela’s Pizza offers daily lunch and dinner specials, like two slices of pizza and a drink at lunch or two large cheese pizzas Friday and Saturday nights for special prices. For the latest news and information visit their website www.AngelasPizzaShop.com or text Angela to 72727 to join their text club and get a weekly text coupon.

the corner of Gunn Highway and Van Dyke Road. Angela’s Pizza is open for lunch and dinner Mon. – Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. They deliver within a 5imile radius. There is a $15 minimum order for delivery. For more information or to place an order please call (813) 920-0007 or visit www.AngelasPizzaShop.com. For up-to-date specials you can also visit their Facebook page.

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“Hike For Hospice” Continued from page 1 2011 Non-profit of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. The Hike for Hospice event is an annual fundraising get together put on by GRH. Linda Ward says, “We owe a big thanks to everyone who participates. We couldn’t make this wonderful event happen without all the volunteers, sponsors and participants.” Hike for Hospice is full of compassion. Memorializing loved ones lost and Veteran’s together in an atmosphere where the community comes together to meet, greet and support each other was a blessing to be a part of. Gulfside Regional Hospice is a big part of the support group, “We Honor Veterans.” Over 25% of Hospice patients are Veterans and Gulfside Regional Hospice dedicates themselves to raising funds to provide these Veterans with the special attention and care that they deserve. Many Veterans attended the Hike for Hospice event. Teams of active-duty troops joined in on the hike, in honor of our Country, Veterans and Hospice’s hard work.

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An Eventful Day to Be Remembered Hike for Hospice started at 7 a.m., opening with registration for runners and walkers participating in the 5k. All participants received a Hike for Hospice t-shirt, breakfast and beverages. At 7:45 a.m., before the hikers began, the Presentation of Colors was presented by the NOSC Tampa Color Guard from MacDill Air Force in honor of Veteran’s Day and the Hike for Hospice Event. The National Anthem was sung by Kelsey Bain and immediately following the National Anthem, skydivers from Skydive City amazed the crowd with their parachuting skills and American flag decorated chutes. The performances and spectacular sights got the crowd excited for a fun-filled day. Linda Ward said, “The day was beautiful and we got to honor our veterans this year, with special presentations both before and after the Hike. From the starting line at the run until the memorial at the end of the day, you could feel the energy of the Hikers.” After the 5K, Gulfside’s bereavement department started the program with a special presentation to celebrity guest, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player, Mike Alstott. He has been a huge part of Hike for Hospice since its beginnings six years ago. A special mo-

Photos by Keth Luke Mike Alstott and Hike for Hospice kids memorialize their family members. ment was observed for kids affected by Hospice’s charitable services. Erik Hendrickson, 9, told his story about how hospice helped his family, after his great-grandparents and grandfather passed away. “The counselors helped me a lot by counseling the kid’s camp and group activities,” Hendrickson said. “At the kids’ camp, I was able to meet new people and do fun activities like making a happy/mad pillowcase. This pillow really helped me get my mad and sad feelings out after my loved ones died.” Hike for Hospice’s Children’s

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Bereavement Program presented Mike Alstott with a collaborative piece of art in order to thank him for his dedication to Hike for Hospice. Hike for Hospice had many ways to remember our loved ones, which included a memory wall that allowed event goers the chance to write a memory of lost family members. Many people put up pictures of loved ones, along with stories explaining the journey Hospice helped their families with. A balloon memorial was available for people to write the names of who they were

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family and loved ones. Once the ceremony began, many heartfelt and compassionate stories were shared. Many people said that without Hospice helping them assist their loved ones into the next life, they would not have been able to do it. Gulfside Regional Hospice’s mission is to provide compassionPhotos by Keth Luke ate, quality care to individuals and their Dr Shirmohammad & Dr Eldridge, of Trinity Family loved ones as they Physicians - big supporters of Hike For Hospice event face life-limiting illnesses. “We will help memorializing on a piece of paper tied our patients to find relief from pain and to the balloon. The memory balloons suffering, so they may live each day with were released at the same time, after the dignity, peace and comfort.” I believe memorial and award ceremony. Watchthat GRH is fulfilling their mission, the ing the hundreds of balloons fly away stories told and the success of the event into the sky was a tear jerking moment show that they have really made a perfor all of us remembering loved ones manent, positive impact on our comlost. munity. The memorial and award cereAwards were presented to teams mony began after the finish of the 5k that had participated in the race and hike. When hikers returned back, they raised astounding amounts of donations had some time to eat, drink and gather for Gulfside Regional Hospice. Awards with friends to share their stories of went out to: First Place Team – Team

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Kenny - $1,950, Second Place Team – Vince’s VIPS - $1,845, Third Place Team – Kanehl’s Kids - $1,385, First Place Individual – Amanda Long $1,950, Second Place Individual – Janeen Comport Probst - $1,000 and Third Place Individual – Jo DeBolt $685. All proceeds from the Hike for Hospice are designated for patients and their families facing life-limiting illnesses in Pasco County, as well as support programs at Gulfside’s Hospice Houses and Bereavement Centers. The Hike for Hospice has raised more than $300,000 for Gulfside Regional Hospice since it began in 2007 and this year was able to raise more than $55,000! “The Hike for Hospice would not be possible without the generosity of the sponsors,” said Ward. The Presenting Sponsor for the Hike for Hospice is Bouchard Insurance. The Medal of Honor Sponsor is AC-Healthcare Staffing and Placement Services. Guardian Angels Sponsors for the event are BB&T, Laser Rite Business Systems Tampa Bay and Rose Radiology. Stars and Stripes Sponsors include Alltrust Insurance, Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco, MedFleet, O2 Solutions Prudential Commercial Real Estate FL and Skydive City. deChant Public Relations, DJ’s Concepts, Proly, Laporte & Mulligan, P.A. and Rasmussen College

are American Eagle Sponsors. This year’s Hike for Hospice charity event turned out beautifully and I am so pleased to have been able to experience the compassion, dedication and love that Gulfside Regional Hospice shares with their community. I am certainly looking forward to next year’s Hike for Hospice! If you would like to be a volunteer or make a donation to Gulfside Regional Hospice, visit their website at www.grhospice.org . This is an organization that makes a difference in lives every day that you can be a part of.

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Lutz/Land O' Lakes/Odessa - Vol. 3, Issue 12, December 2012  

The December edition of the Lutz/Land O' Lakes/Odessa Area Neighborhood News & Lifestyles.

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