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’ve always been a fan of the arts: concerts, recitals, theatrical productions, there’s just something about getting lost in an imaginary world for an hour or two, enjoying the music and theatrics. For some though, the arts seem to have become a lost, well, art. With our busy lives and hectic work schedules perhaps we fall back on our normal So we routines and forget about the excellent hope that with cultural and performing this new year arts in our area. So in will come new this issue of Ocala Style, experiences, we’re re-reminding you of our thriving local new friendships arts scene—it’s buzzing and a renewed with amazing talent, like interest in the the children and young adults showcased in our arts. Young & Artsy feature on page 44. Just like our much-anticipated Fall Arts preview in September, we’re featuring the highlights for the remainder of our local and regional arts season in our first-ever Winter Arts preview. And really, Ocala’s art scene will be a busy one in 2012. Our beloved Appleton Museum of Art celebrates its 25th anniversary. There will be celebrations and wonderful new and traveling exhibits that you won’t want to miss. Plus, this March, our resident Horse Fever horses will once again go on the auction block. I’d like to
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Senior Samaritans Last October, MUNROE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (MRMC) volunteers gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday of one of their own. Aside from the newly inducted centurion, the average age of the over 1,600 volunteers at MRMC is 74. By Amanda Furrer
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Honoring Local Veterans Nearly 2,000 students and hundreds of community members packed the MARION COUNTY VETERANS PARK on a brisk Veteran’s Day to honor those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. From patriotic music to personal poems and more, students expressed their appreciation to both living and deceased veterans for their duty to our country. The district holds classes on Veteran’s Day so students have the opportunity to learn about our military’s sacrifices.
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Students, staff and administrators at Sunrise Elementary took to red in a big way to celebrate RED RIBBON WEEK. In fact, look closely and you’ll see individual faces make up this red ribbon. Students decorated doors, signed pledge cards and wore red hearts to celebrate the annual event.
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Computing Goes Home Students in 100 families at Oakcrest Elementary now have home computers thanks to the latest round of giveaways. The district’s “COMPUTERS-4-KIDS” program takes outdated classroom computers and reconfigures them for home use. Kids have access to software for improving math and reading skills—all provided free by software manufacturers. To date, nearly 500 families at 19 schools have received “Computers-4-Kids” technology.
EMERALD SHORES’ OFFENSIVE LINE They’re not real football players, but they sure know how to dress like them! These administrators at Emerald Shores Elementary donned local high school jerseys to promote team spirit! In this year’s offensive line are (l-r) Reading Coach PAULA REDDING, Secretary SHEILA GADSON, Guidance Counselor CINDY WITMER, Principal STEPHANIE CALLAWAY, Assistant Principal DONNA COOK, Information Processing Clerk KATHY COOK and Dean of Students HEATH KENNIE.
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According to an article in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, 50 percent of people will commit to lifestyle changes in the new year. That sounds pretty optimistic, right? Well, now for the downside: 22 percent of people revert to their old behaviors by the second week of January, 40 percent by February, 50 percent by March and 60 percent by June. So, Ocala Style decided to find out what you want to change in 2012 and just how you planned to stick to it.
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COUNT YOUR PILLS DEAR HELOISE: On four different occasions, the prescription for my high blood pressure was short several pills. I called each time to report the shortage and received an apology. The last time I phoned to report the shortage, I was sent a full refill, free of charge. But I doubt very many people count their pills each time. It is imperative that people count to make sure they are getting the correct amount of medication. Please bring this matter to their attention. — C.A. in Fairfax, VA.
You are not the only reader to comment on this situation—over many years, too. Count your pills, folks! — Heloise
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ICE TOPS THE LIST DEAR HELOISE: What is the procedure for program programming ICE (IN CASE OF EMERGENCY) numbers so that they appear first on my cell phone?
DEAR HELOISE: Because children are naturally very curious and playful, spray bottles filled with cleaning agents (homemade and commercial) and indoor-plant liquid fertilizer should be specifically labeled in thick, black permanent marker. Each spray bottle should be identified with the contents and, if needed, an unhappy face for a poisonous mixture. I would recommend that the telephone number of your state’s Poison Control Center be posted on the refrigerator. Also, this makes your home safe for furry friends, too.
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Don, listing emergency numbers first can help save precious time when emergency personnel need to contact your family members. Experts recommend including a period (.) or the letter “A” before your emergency contact number. That way, ICE-Mom the number will be listed first. You also can ICE-Home list the contact as “ICE — Mom,” “ICE — Janet Mark Husband,” etc., so that the number can be found by scrolling to the letter “I.” — Heloise
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MEDS LIST DEAR HELOISE: Most doctors have patients bring a list of medications to the appointment. I came upon the idea of using old plastic gift cards or those with any zero balance. I typed my list of meds in a small but readable font, printed the list and cut it out. I taped it on using clear packing tape and placed My Meds my husband’s meds on the opposite side. I also made my husband a card with our info. It is now easier to find and easier to read, and never gets lost. — Renee S., Amarillo, TX
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THIS YEAR BEGINS with a comedy lineup that’ll make your belly roll and your face hurt from laughing. Take a notepad to jot down the infinite wisdom these performances seem to offer. Think you need a little more excitement? Watch, learn and think twice!
Construct an elaborate tall tale RUMORS Jan. 5-15, Ocala Civic Theatre It is the 10th wedding anniversary of Charlie Brock, the Deputy Mayor of New York, and his wife Myra and guests Ken and Chris Gorman attend their party expecting an evening of pleasantries. When the Gormans arrive, however, the kitchen staff is gone, Myra is missing and the mayor is found unconscious with a bullet wound in his head. To avoid political scandal, the affluent Gormans fabricate a story to tell other guests who arrive on the scene. Juicy gossip and adult innuendo make for a night of hysterics and zany hijinks. Leave the kiddos at home for this one! ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274.
Go on a mythical cruise and jump overboard SIRENS Jan. 11-Feb. 5, The Hippodrome, Gainesville Set in the present-day, Rose, who’s been married to Sam for 25 years, finds an all-female friend list on Sam’s Facebook profile. The couple tries to rekindle passion by going on a romantic cruise to the Greek Isles. Before they can salvage their relationship, Sam hears the Siren’s song and cannot resist the urge to leap overboard. This heartfelt comedy, written by Lilly Award recipient Deborah Zoe Laufer, premiered at The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival in Kentucky in February 2010. See it for its one-year anniversary right here in the Sunshine State. thehipp.org or (352) 375-4477.
Focus solely on a ball while the world is on the verge of war THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO Jan. 19-22, Main Stage Theatre at the University of Central Florida, Orlando It is December 1939, and Hitler has recently conquered Poland. But the Freitag family’s attention is rapt on Ballyhoo, the elite GermanJewish community’s social event of the season. This Tony Award-winning play based on writer Alfred Uhry’s childhood, questions ethnic identity in a light-hearted, comedic backdrop. www.cah.ucf.edu or (407) 823-2251.
Impersonate a famous person LEND ME A TENOR Jan. 20-Feb. 12, Icehouse Theatre, Mount Dora The stage is set, the lights are beaming and the lead actor has collapsed unconscious. Set in 1934, the Cleveland Opera Company is putting on a production of Otello with famous tenor Tito “Il Stupendo” Merelli as the self-destructive moor. Yet trouble ensues when the drunken performer downs a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. To save the show, amateur singer Max is forced to take Merelli’s place in the opera. All goes well until Act 2, when Merelli revives and walks onstage! Prepare for a night of mistaken identities, plot twists and a melee of confusion in this comedy by Ken Ludwig. icehousetheatre.com or (352) 383-3133.
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Lock everyone in a room until inspiration strikes MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS Feb. 17-Mar.4, Art Center of Citrus County, Hernando Famed Hollywood producer David O. Selznick takes drastic measures when the script for the historical epic Gone with the Wind isn’t meeting his expectations. Three weeks into shooting he fires the director and pulls Victor Fleming off The Wizard of Oz as a replacement. Selznick locks himself in his office along with Fleming and script doctor Ben Hecht. The three gentlemen are forced on each other’s company until a screenplay is written. Slapstick humor, a stage covered in peanut shells and the makings of movie history all come together onstage. citruscountyartcenter.com or (352) 746-7606.
Check into a hotel run by a malevolent owner THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Mar. 23-Apr. 15, Gainesville Community Playhouse It’s the roaring 20s, and Millie Dillmount has a revolutionary idea pop into her head: marry for money instead of for love. Small-town Millie pulls a “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore” by escaping to the Big Apple. Embracing the flapper style, she arrives in New York City with a bobbed haircut and is mugged moments later. Millie is hopeful when she checks into the Hotel Priscilla, only to discover the owner, Mrs. Meers, is the leader of a slavery ring in China. gcplayhouse.org or (352) 376-4949.
SAYING “WHO?” when someone mentions Roy Clark? Yawn at the mention of “opera?” Turn yourself around and become cultured at these marvelous musical venues. There’s a little something for everyone, whether it’s a taste for country or a devotion to “space opera.”
Country Music Innovator
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ROY CLARK Jan. 14, Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale A classic in his own right, country music virtuoso Roy Clark has a rich history that spans beyond music, all the way to the small screen, where he hosted Hee Haw for 23 years. He’s paved the way for country music, releasing over 30 studio albums and over 65 singles, such as 1963’s “The Tips of My Fingers” and 1974’s “Honeymoon Feelin.’” A Grand Ole Opry member since 1987, Roy has won numerous awards including the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year and Comedy Act of the Year, Guitar Magazine’s Best Country Guitarist and a Grammy for “Alabama Jubilee.” obopry.com or (352) 821-1201.
JOSHUA BELL, VIOLIN, AND SAM HAYWOOD, PIANO Feb. 4, Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville Awarded Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year in 2010, Joshua Bell returns to the University of Florida accompanied by pianist Sam Haywood, who celebrated Chopin’s bicentennial year playing at the Lancaster House in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra in 2010. The sensational pair is on a 21-city tour, collaborating on the repertoire of the greats, including Brahms, Schubert and Grieg. performingarts.ufl.edu or (352) 392-2787.
DIE FLEDERMAUS Mar. 24, Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala Johann Strauss II’s classic operetta is brought to life by the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and The University of Opera Theatre. A comedic blend of deception and revenge, Die Fledermaus begins in the Eisenstein apartment. Gabriel von Eisenstein is sentenced to jail for eight days for insulting an official, yet postpones his sentence by secretly attending Prince Orlofsky’s Ball. Unbeknownst to Eisenstein, his invitation to the ball is an act of ill-will by his vindictive friend Falke. Another dose of scheming is thrown in for good measure when Eisenstein’s wife Rosalinde goes to the ball disguised, hoping to prove her husband’s infidelity. Become enchanted as Maetro Matthew Wardell waves his baton and Eisenstein outsmarts evil-doers. csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670.
A Stellar Orchestration “IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY” Mar. 31-Apr. 1, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Auditorium Ever hear a dramatic classical tune and wonder why it sounds so familiar? A mischievous cat and mouse may come to mind, but “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” was composed a century before Tom and Jerry played their own rendition. Rediscover Franz Liszt’s masterpiece, and then get swept away with Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis. Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s 35th season concludes with world-renowned movie score composer John Williams’ Star Wars. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606.
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BRUSH STROKES of serene oceanic scenes and an insightful collection of military photographs will prove to disbelievers that a picture does indeed say a million words.
Seascapes and Sailors “FOR THE LOVE OF THE SEA”: WATERCOLORS OF PHILIP STEEL Jan. 21-Mar.11, Appleton Museum of Art Soothing scenes are captured in the watercolors of Philip Steel, an artist whose inspiration comes from people, the shore and wanderlust for the sea. The New England artist is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and the Florida Watercolor Society. Thirty-five original paintings will be displayed in the nautically themed exhibit. Dories drifting in the fog, waves crashing on rocky shores, youth racing their sailboat against the current, Steel’s watercolors contain an appreciation for passionate souls who always stand on sea legs. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
A Graphic Tribute in Black and White “CLEARED HOT! AN EXCLUSIVE AND PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY INTO THE U.S. AIR FORCE” Jan. 5-Feb. 3, Webber Center Gallery at the College of Central Florida From 2005 to 2007, Nicholas A. Price spent 18 months snapping over 8,000 photographs of men and women of the U.S. Air Force. Sixty painstakingly selected photographs are exhibited in the Webber Center, telling a story of pride, dedication and service. Seen through Price’s lenses, a personal connection with his subjects is contained in each portrait. cf.edu or (352) 873-5809.
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Ocala may not be a nationally recognized hub for entertainment like New York or L.A., but our city has proved to provide a solid foundation for homegrown talent. From fine arts to filmmaking, our small town has what it takes to produce the next generation of artistic icons. Get your autographs now, because these young and artsy Ocalans are destined to be the next big thing.
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he notes of “B Rosette” are bouncing off adorned walls and falling from the sky-high ceilings of the Jo residence’s airy foyer. The essence of an orchestra sweeps through the room, although a glance around the space will reveal that the sounds are coming only from the passionate resonance of a cello complemented by the soulful melodies of two violins. The amazing part? This musical montage is being played by three children, all under the age of 18. Stephen, 17, is on cello. Kevin, 15, and Grace, 12, are on violins. The song was transcribed for the young musicians by their mother, Marie Jo, a concert pianist and music professor at the College of Central Florida. “Some of our earliest memories are of playing the piano with our mom,” Kevin says, a freshman at Vanguard High who is involved with the school’s scholastic IB program. And rightfully so. All three children began learning music by playing the piano at a young age, the lessons courtesy of mom. As the siblings have aged, each of the children have found their own niche with different instruments. “The piano is like the foundation,” Marie says. “It’s a lot like learning a language. Once you pick up one language, it’s easy to pick up others.” Aside from their effortless performances, the true beauty of their music goes beyond the talent surging through their instruments—it comes from the intent of their concerts. The Jo
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Family Trio is passionate about performing for several charitable organizations throughout the year, especially during the holidays. Local nursing homes, hospitals and Interfaith fundraisers are among some of their usual gigs. In fact, the group will release a 15-song CD this month titled Give Thanks, with the first 1,000 copies being donated to local charities to use for fundraising efforts. They have also played as members of the Ocala Youth Symphony. Grace, a 7th grader at Grace School, began playing with the group at age 8. Stephen holds the first cellist position, and last year after auditioning, Kevin received the title as the youngest Concert Master to lead the symphony. “Each of us brings a different set of talents,” Kevin says. “When we are playing together, it’s a bonding experience.” His older brother agrees. “This is what we grew up with, and this is what we enjoy,” Stephen says, a senior at Vanguard High who is also involved with the IB program. “Sometimes, though, it can be a competition.” A playful competition, of course. The Jo family plays for sheer enjoyment, and the siblings know the importance of being there for one another. “I plan to pass it down to my family as well,” Stephen says. “Music is always going to be a part of our lives.”
ernando Chonqui knew little English before moving here from Ecuador to pursue the arts. He took a one-month intensive language course before the move and spent hours watching American movies and TV to practice the language. Then, he moved to Miami, where, he says, “No one spoke English anyway.” Fernando decided to make the move to Ocala to live with an aunt. In 2006, when he first visited his aunt, the High School
Life’s A SSttage Fernando Chonqui, 21
Musical craze was at its peak. When he returned to Ecuador, his friend printed the movie script for fun. What started out as reciting lines from their favorite characters ended up being an adaptation of the script into a full-fledged production at their own high school. They threw the performance together in just four weeks with a make-shift stage and homemade curtains. It went so well that Fernando and his friends teamed up with the music teacher to put on more productions. It was around that time that he realized what he needed to do. “When I decided to do performing arts, I knew I had to get out of Ecuador,” he says. “It’s so sad in Ecuador how unimportant the arts are.” Despite the initial culture shock, he considers it a blessing
to have gotten out of his comfort zone. “I’m really happy here,” he says. “I always knew I wanted to come to college in the States. I would love to get a degree in business and then be able to build a school in Ecuador for the arts.” Although the theater scene was nearly non-existent in Ecuador, Fernando found a way to excel in his craft. He performed community theater and worked for Punto Magico, a local entertainment company, where he started as an intern and eventually began choreographing and performing Disney skits in Spanish for local children’s organizations. Fernando loves choreography but isn’t necessarily pursuing that career at this point. He admits, though, that he lives for the thrill of being on stage. “It’s weird because I am kind of shy,” Fernando says. “But, on stage, I love that feeling of being someone else. I love being an entertainer, making voices, becoming different characters and changing accents.” Recently, Fernando began performing with the Ocala Civic Theatre. “I definitely see New York in the future,” he says smiling as he gazes up at what could be imaginary skyscrapers. “I would like to get an AA (degree) in Florida first, then maybe move to New York or perform for Disney Hong Kong or Japan. A third language could come in handy.”
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Janet Eppig, 22
or years, Janet had been hearing her father’s stories about the woman she was named after. Her grandmother, he said, took her camera everywhere she went. And his mother’s passion became his, and his passion became Janet’s—an insatiable love for capturing everyday moments had trickled through the family’s veins. And although she never met her grandmother, Janet feels deeply connected by their like interests. Photography is everything to her. “I just hang out with people and wish that I had my camera
because, to me, everything is a picture.” She was excited to show off the finally finished tattoo on her back: her camera, a Rebel XT EOS 35mm inked in black on her ivory skin and reminiscent of a black and white photo. She says her dad warned that she better never switch majors. To which she replied, “I never will.” After taking her first class with Jack Calbeck, a photography teacher at Lecanto High School and the College of Central Florida, she had a newborn confidence in her craft. “I thought I was the best photographer to bless this Earth,” she says with a false air of
snootiness. Then she continues, “I was God-awful!” Now, she says, she is definitely her own worst critic. “I’ll ask all my friends what they think of a picture, and 90 percent of the time they love it, but I’m like, ‘No look, it’s too blown out over here or it’s too dark over here.’” She laughs, adding that now she has learned that less is more. Janet’s photography career is already taking off! She became the official photographer for the Orlando-based band Julian and The Heartthrobs after writing a piece on them for The Patriot Press where she worked as news and photo editor. She also did photos for a well-known Canadian band You Vs. Me, who wanted her to come with them on tour in Canada. Unfortunately, she didn’t have the finances at the time. While she enjoys band
photography, she would love to make a living photographing for National Geographic. “I would love to travel and capture culture through photography,” she says. “I’m not huge into landscapes. I get bored. But photographing people keeps me on my toes. I like candid, raw photos.” Her passion has manifested itself beyond her work. She also collects vintage cameras, finding them in antique shops or collecting them from family members or people who don’t want them anymore. She would like to have one from every year as far back as she can go. Her oldest is from 1813, a Kodak Autographic Brownie. “It’s my favorite one,” she says. “I love how old it is, and I love to think of all the people who had it before. That’s a lot of memories.”
very little girl who ever wanted to be a ballerina remembers her first recital. Although it was almost 15 years ago, Ayla Johnson will never forget the sparkly pink dress she wore as she tapped around on stage to “Going to the Chapel.” “Those were the good ol’ days,” she says. “But I never get sick of it. I may get sick of the places that I’ve danced, but I never get sick of the dancing.” Ayla currently dances at the Performing Arts Conservatory: a studio that she doesn’t see herself tiring of anytime soon. “What I love about PAC is that they’re so positive,” Ayla says. “You’re dancing because you want to, not for other reasons or because you feel like you have to.”
Just Dance Ayla Johnson, 18
Ayla has been at PAC since they opened and is teaching jazz to 5 and 6 year olds at the studio this year. Currently a senior at Forest High, Ayla is also dual enrolled at CF where she is taking a modern dance class and participate in the Patriot Dance Ensemble. Ayla plans to stay at CF after she graduates high school and get involved in the dance program there, but she has bigger plans for her future. In July, she is going on a mission trip to Africa. Her involvement in her ministry work is very important to her. “It’s everything,” she says. “Whenever I dance I have to remember that this is my passion and my God-given talent. Whenever I feel like I’m getting burnt out, I take a break. It would be, like, a sin if I just stopped doing it.”
The trip will feed her desire to do what is important to her and will help fulfill another goal: to visit 50 countries by the age of 50. So far, she has been to 13. Her dream job would be to sign a contract with a cruise line to combine her love for dance and travel. Another opportunity came Ayla’s way when she recently attended Florida State University’s summer dance camp. The director of the program approached Ayla about dancing abroad. The offer to study dance in Spain and Paris was a no-brainer. In order to prepare for her Spanish experience, she is taking Flamenco lessons, one of the few dance genres she has not yet conquered. Competition for FSU’s dance program is fierce. She’s heard they usually only accept between 30 and 60 dancers out
of the hundreds who audition, but Ayla is no stranger to competition and is even less a stranger to winning. At her most recent competition, she earned the title of “Ms. Powerhouse.” Ayla already knows she can’t stop dancing, but to ensure a stable income, she plans to get involved in the medical field. “Dance is my passion, but I feel nursing is my calling,” she says. “I don’t want to give up one or the other. I don’t think I could go without dance. If I did, I wouldn’t be complete.
itting in the designated production room of a two-story rental in historic downtown, the members of Half Stache Studios are surrounded by sound boards, computer monitors, speakers and cameras. Laughing hysterically, they recall the day “when Erick’s face hit the pavement,” according to Michele Klopfenstein, one of the group’s photographers. Her brother, and the company’s video engineer, Ben elaborates over the giggling. “In October of last year, we were in New York for four days,” Ben says. “Erick partied a little too hard and face-planted on the sidewalk.” The fall literally scraped half of Erick’s ‘stache from his face, and at that moment, the production group was named. While in New York, the group also met local rapper Joey BM, who was selling CDs on the street. They later ended up landing the job of shooting his music video in Orlando.
“We like shooting music videos,” Ben says. “They’re smaller and manageable. And more fun because they pay.” Michele and Erick have shot local weddings, and Ben has directed an independent feature film and is currently working on two scripts—one for television and another for film. “I like that we do a lot of different stuff,” Michele says. “We kind of do it all, and we have some things up our sleeves.” Their most recent project, The Gathering, is a short documentary on the annual congregation of the Rainbow People. The group agrees that this has been their most interesting project so far, and their conversation trailed off into a
brainstorm session of “We could start with this... then go back to shots of this...” Everyone in the group is impassioned about their role in each and every project, and all have reached a point where they realize that they have found their career path. For Ben it started young, his sister says. “He’s been making movies since he was a child.” Glaring at him, she adds “He always killed me off in them, though.” Michele found her love around the age of 14. She took a photography class in 7th grade and “got hooked.” And Erick had the realization when he turned down a full ride to Savannah College of Art & Design and decided
to pursue photography instead. “I decided to just go for it,” Erick says. “And I blew all my money on cameras.” Any regrets? “I’m happy,” he says. “I’m following my passion.”
Life IIn Motion Erick Zarate, 23 / Ben Klopfenstein, 23 Michele Klopfenstein, 22
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here was no choice for Ashley but to spend her summers tagging along to mom’s art classes. But, it was those years that helped Ashley realize that her true passion lies in art. Although always an art lover with a dream of becoming an artist, as a teenager, she just recently discovered that she’s good at it, too. “Now that I’m growing up, I can put my twist on it,” Ashley says. “I can put more meaning into my work.” Now, she attends her mom’s art classes by choice. “She’s ‘our apprentice,’” says her mother, Sheila Ramos. Over the summer, Ashley made regular appearances at Sheila’s art classes at Hobby Lobby to help the younger students hone in on their craft. This year, Ashley began taking part in the Marion County Center for the Arts program at West Port as a freshman. “There’s more pressure to stay on top of your game and maintain a high GPA,” Ashley says. “You have to rush, but you also have to really open your mind and think ‘How am I gonna put this together?’” But her game plan is simple: Stay active. “When I stay busy, I’m more on top of my work,” she says. “I’m not a quiet person. I have to keep going.” Ashley’s Energizer Bunny mentality has been going—and going—for as long as she can remember. She was one of the youngest artists to be featured in 24 Hours in the Life of Ocala, a book of local photography taken within 24 hours in the city.
But more recently, one of her acrylic pieces, a recreation of a Monet painting, was featured in a European art tour headed by Anita Anderson, a local artist. Ashley loves the idea that her work is being seen, especially around the globe, but like every artist, she keeps a little to herself. “I want you to see, but then I don’t,” she says. “I get nervous, but then I also like to show off.” Whether around the world or just in the comfort of her journal, Ashley says, “Art is going to be with me for the rest of my life.”
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single spotlight pierces the velvety blackness of the stage, revealing a beautiful woman. Suddenly, she is not alone. A startlingly beautiful gray Arabian stallion walks into the pool of light, materializing from the darkness as he approaches the woman. His delicate muzzle touches her offered hand in silent greeting.
Moments later they are joined by more horses, until eight horses—all in varying shades of gray and cream colors—have formed a loose circle. Despite the audience of thousands, each horse’s attention is unwaveringly centered on the woman. Eight pairs of dark, luminous eyes focus on her. There is a palpable sense of strength and energy awaiting release. The blonde turns and steps back, deftly motioning with one hand. Her body language, while almost imperceptible to the mesmerized crowd, is like a shout to the horses. As one, they spin and whirl into a tight circle, galloping around the woman, thick manes and tails waving, an exercise in controlled power and beauty. Over the course of 20 minutes, the horses perform remarkable feats of synchronized movements. There are
no lead lines, no bridles, not one bit of equipment directing them, which is what liberty work is all about, only the slim blonde in the gauzy costume, who commands their attention with both ease and grace. The crowd has been treated to a liberty demonstration without equal, and they know it. Sylvia Zerbini and her horses leave the stage to a thunderous standing ovation. A Florida native, Sylvia hails from a nine-generation circus family and has been performing since the age of 13. Her father, a native of Italy, and mother, a native of France, immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1960s. While her father trained horses and wild animals, her mother was an aerialist, or trapeze artist. Born in Sarasota, Sylvia studied ballet and gymnastics and performed on the trapeze from an early age. She doesn’t remember a time when her family did not have horses. “Horses have always been my love,” she says. “My first was a Shetland pony named Silver I got when I was 5 years old. I taught him all kinds of things; he could lay down, bow, and I could run up behind him and jump on his back like the Lone Ranger.” Sylvia was one of the first people to mix aerial trapeze work with horses in performance. She’s won numerous awards for her acts, including the prestigious Cup of Monaco, presented to her by Monaco’s prince rainier. If you visit the Circus Hall of Fame in Sarasota, you’ll see the star honoring her work. Now, after four incredibly successful years of touring with Cavalia, the highly acclaimed equestrian spectacle, from 2008 through August
A Florida native, Sylvia hails from a nine-generation circus family and has been performing since the age of 13. 2011, Sylvia has come home to Ocala to move her career in another direction. She had been deluged with requests from horse owners around the country asking if she could teach them how to do liberty work. In addition, Cavalia had made a commitment to tour in China, and Sylvia was concerned about possible travel restrictions on her stallions returning to the U.S. This past August, with the encouragement of Richie Waite, her husband and business manager, she left the show to focus on giving liberty clinics and teaching private liberty lessons. “Cavalia was beautiful and a great production to be with,” says Sylvia, who had made a name for herself long before she joined the traveling equine show. “Now I’m at a place where I want to do what’s good for my horses and to set the rules. I want to help educate the equestrian world on the ABCs of groundwork.” Part demonstration, part instruction, Sylvia’s clinics, which are held at equine facilities across the U.S. and Canada, begin with a 30- to 40-minute demonstration, much like her performances with Cavalia. The big difference is she’s now playing to an audience of horse people who truly appreciate the amazing things she does with her equine partners. Clinic attendees are typically horse owners who want to create
stronger bonds with their horses and learn how to work them at liberty. After giving a demonstration showing what horses can do at the top level of liberty work, Sylvia proceeds to break things down and explain to the attendees exactly what she does. During her clinics, she not only demonstrates with her own finely tuned horses but also works with horses that have less training, and even with horses she’s never seen before. “It’s all body language. For example, the position of your shoulders either puts pressure on the horse or takes it off,” Sylvia explains. “When you pay attention to your body language and placement, the horse more easily understands what you’re asking. We just need to explain it better and look for the signs the horses are giving us. I call it the ABCs because once you have that bond and connect with them, they’re so willing. Everything else falls into place.” Many horse owners get frustrated and think their horses are trying to “test” them or “pull a fast one.” Sylvia disagrees, explaining that when
a horse won’t do what you ask, it’s simply because it doesn’t understand what you’re asking. Once the person alters his or her mental approach and considers how the horse interprets things, the whole picture changes. By its very nature, liberty work allows the horse the option of leaving, and he definitely knows this. Yet the bond the horse has with its handler causes it to look to that person for direction and security. Plus, as Sylvia explains, when it’s fun for horses, they want to cooperate and be part of the action. In the Cavalia show, Sylvia’s horses came out onto the stage before she appeared. As soon as she entered the stage, all the horses immediately came to greet her. Yet, that was never something she taught them. They
were simply eager to see her and knew that whatever came next was going to be interesting and fun. In several performances, one of her young stallions Tonner decided to gallop in a more direct line to a certain part of the stage. Obviously, in a liberty performance, he could do whatever he wanted. But when he looked over and saw the rest of the horses gathered around Sylvia, he quickly decided that was the better place to be. With no cue from her at all, he galloped around and rejoined the other stallions. The audience had no idea the horse’s actions weren’t a choreographed part of the performance. “My horses surprise me every time I work with them,” says Sylvia. “They blow me away by the way they communicate. You have to be paying attention, SYLVIA ZERBINI and your mind has to be totally into what you’re doing, because if you’re distracted, the horses will let you know it.” Working with a single loose horse in a quiet corral is one thing. When Sylvia’s performing in front of thousands of people with eight to 10 horses at once, it’s an entirely different scenario. Or is it? Not really, she explains. The secret is that she’s already built a bond and understanding with each individual horse. As she puts it, she “makes good memories” for them. Each gesture, each body movement, each spoken cue means something specific to the horse. Sylvia teaches her horses in French. “My father always trained in French. The tone is calmer, and the words are more like singing; they just roll off your tongue,” she says. “You want to keep your vocabulary very short; I try not to use more than seven different verbal cues so they understand each word and what it means.” Although there’s plenty of psychology involved in what she does, Sylvia says it never feels like “work.” When she’s training a horse, the moment the animal responds positively, she rewards it with the verbal cue, as well as a scratch or rub. This is the foundation for “making good memories.” At times, she also rewards them with a treat. Once the horse understands what the verbal cue means and that it’s connected with feeling confident, relaxed and safe, it never forgets. “When the horses go on stage, they’re feeding off the energy from the audience. I bring them back to me because I’m their comfort zone, I’m their good memory,” says Sylvia. “Horses are good at maintaining good memories,” she adds. “If you have a horse that starts to panic and you give the verbal cue you use when giving them a treat, you can literally interrupt a potentially bad situation with a verbal cue attached to a good memory.” Sylvia says that once her horses know a routine, she doesn’t continue to practice, as that will make them dull and bored. For that very reason, she never duplicates backstage what she does on stage while performing. Her horses are her partners in the performance, not “props.”
“When the horses go on stage, they’re feeding off the energy from the audience. I bring them back to me because I’m their comfort zone, I’m their good memory.”
“When a horse performs, it becomes an artist,” Sylvia says. “We have to maintain them mentally in order for them to perform 100 percent on stage every night. If you use the philosophy of work-work-work, you’re forcing them.” Sylvia prefers Arabians for her liberty demonstrations. She has 10 purebred Arabs and three horses that are half-Arabian and halfAndalusian, a breed from Spain. Her performance horses range in age from 2 to 20. “People say Arabs are fiery and difficult, but I love them,” she says. “They’re more playful than other breeds and seem to enjoy their work so much. Even though I use stallions, they don’t want to fight or attack each other.” She positions the larger, heavier half-Andalusians on the outside of the group when the horses are working at liberty. At certain times, there will be as many as 10 horses abreast, so the outside horse needs to be sturdy because the other horses may lean against him. Sylvia remembers clearly her first Arabian horse. “I was about 12. That horse had so much energy, but his eyes were so innocent.” It’s safe to say, Sylvia grew up paying closer attention to animals than most young children. “My grandfather, Charles Zerbini, always said every animal has its own silent language and it’s up to us to learn it. I feel certain people have a gift, a ‘special something’ to connect with animals. I have that with horses; my sister is like that with elephants,” Sylvia says, referring to her sister Patricia Zerbini, who owns and operates Two Tails Ranch in Williston. Sylvia says that, although her father trained horses, she probably learned more from her horses themselves than from any one person. “I have to say my horses taught me my work. I started putting horses together and watching them. That’s how I started learning body language and how they communicate,” she says. “I’ve learned that silent language. It’s self-explanatory if you just pay attention. Sometimes people use too many words. Words can distract. Animals have a very strong energy, and they feed off energy. They can sense when you’re sad or happy. If people would use that more to communicate—and not just with horses but with any animal—they would be amazed how much more they could get out of their animals.” When touring with Cavalia, and other shows prior to that, Sylvia was accustomed to living on the road.
Although she and Richie have owned their Williston-area farm for nearly 10 years, she’s been away more than she’s been home over the past decade. It was common to stay on the road for eight to 10 weeks at a time, then fly home for just a few days. “I just love coming back to Ocala, says Sylvia. “I travel to so many cities, and it’s always good to come back to the weather here and the people. I like the Southern manner here; you can lose that in big cities.” The traveling lifestyle is as familiar as breathing to Sylvia, as it is to her English-born husband Richie, who met Sylvia in the 1990s after his tumbling troupe joined her father’s circus. Ambra, Sylvia’s 19-year-old daughter, was raised in much the same way as her mother. “Circus families are very tight and family oriented,” says Sylvia. “We always had really strict rules when I was a child, and I raised Ambra the same way. She was on the road with me and has been everywhere in the world, but we always kept a routine. She had a tutor on the road and did her homework. She’s very grown up and level-headed for just 19.” Ambra is also an aerialist and talented horsewoman, following in her mother’s footsteps. She performed as an acrobat with Cavalia, and when Sylvia was recuperating from a torn meniscus, Ambra performed a six-horse liberty act for the show. Now that Sylvia is doing her own clinics, she’ll have greater control in sharing the amazing world of liberty work. One of her goals is to establish a new discipline, where people can compete in presenting their horses at liberty, just as riders compete in other types of equestrian events. “Horses are my love and my passion; they’re so sensitive and willing,” Sylvia says. “I hope that what I’m doing will help horses and make people more aware.”
Want To Know More? For more information about clinics and lessons, contact Grande Liberté Farm at (941) 256-1063.
Wide Open Baja Adventures, in the heart of Florida, provides adventure seekers with a oneof-a-kind adrenaline surge. What are you waiting for?
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ide blue sky is the only thing I can see out the mud-flecked windshield. Judging from the crazy angle of our vehicle climbing up the rutted, rock-strewn trail, the incline is 60 degrees, if not steeper. Once we crest the hill—cliff is actually a more apt description—I see that the trail curves abruptly to the left. Too much gas and we’d have plunged right over the edge and down into a gulley thick with trees. “Never drive farther than you can see.” This driving instruction I heard earlier suddenly makes perfect sense. At the top of the hill is a checkpoint sign, a reminder that the navigator (that’s me, the person in the right seat) must check in with the pit. These checkpoints are situated at the most dangerous locations along the route. “We’ve cleared Checkpoint No. 2.” My announcement is delivered to the pit crew, thanks to the microphone in the forced-air helmet
that is also “mic’d” to the driver’s helmet, just like in a real Baja race. We’re on the “Bajacoaster,” a portion of the Level Two course that lives up to its name with extreme twists and turns and ups and downs. It’s not for the faint of heart, but the “wow factor” is huge. I’ve come to Wide Open Florida, part of Legendary Excursions, a unique Baja driving experience where participants tackle the most rugged terrain in Marion County driving vehicles that have actually competed in the Baja 1000. MARK TOWNSEND, OWNER OF LEGENDARY EXCURSIONS, didn’t originally plan to start a business dedicated to adventure.
A tennis coach for 25 years, he was fascinated with the thought of competing in the Baja 1000, the grueling off-road race that pits contestants and their vehicles against some of the roughest driving conditions in North America. “I have a bucket list I’m chipping away at, and the Baja 1000 was on that list,” says Mark. Having competed in the race several times since 1997, Mark realized most people wouldn’t have the time, resources or connections to travel to Mexico to take part in the race. Why not recreate a fraction of the Baja experience and make it available to adventure seekers? That’s exactly what he’s done with Legendary Excursions, which offers off-road adventures in California, Utah, Pennsylvania, Florida, Caba and Baja itself. The Florida location opened in July 2011 at Hardrock Off-Road just minutes north of Ocala. Participants can sign on for
either “UDrive” or “Ride Along” experiences. Mark and his crew expanded the trails at the 150-acre site. The goal? Make a course that is still safe but offers a serious driving challenge. They succeeded. There are two courses, and for the record, the Level One course is plenty exhilarating. You aren’t allowed on the Level Two course (remember the Bajacoaster?) unless you can prove you’re able to master Level One. A daunting hill known as “El Diablo” on Level Two gives you an idea of what’s in store. If someone drove you to the site blindfolded and dropped you off, you’d never think you were in Florida. Thanks to the old mining quarries, the setting is both remote and beautiful. Sheer cliff walls surround quarries where deep brilliant blue water reflects a mirror image of
If someone drove you to the site blindfolded and dropped you the cloud-studded sky above. Narrow dirt roads wind through thick woods, valleys and dramatically changing elevation. If I didn’t know the truth, I’d never guess I was mere miles outside of Ocala. I opted for the Ride Along. I wanted to be able to focus on the experience instead of on keeping the vehicle on the trail wheels-side down.
On much of the course, we’re in second gear and averaging 20 mph, which—trust me—seems downright fast given the hills, twists and drop offs. On the circle track, we speed up enough to actually slide the back end of the vehicle. The whoop-de-doos—on a ski slope you’d call them “moguls”—simulate what you’d find on the Baja route for 40 long miles. At certain places on the course a good driver can hit speeds of 50 to 60 mph, which, considering the terrain, seems mind-numbing to me. Traversing one especially steep climb, I noticed buzzards floating gracefully on the air currents high above us. “The circling buzzards are a nice touch,” I tell Mark, who’s driving. “Just like Mexico,” he grins.
Mark Townsend, Owner of Legendary Excursions
“Whoa, looks like someone could really get in trouble here.” I’m thinking out loud on one particularly difficult portion of the Level Two course. Mark points out a large dead tree where the downhill trail makes a sharp left turn. “See that tree? We had a driver get hung up there yesterday,” he says. The partially uprooted tree appears to have sustained a major impact. I have to ask, “So, did the driver make it out of that?” “Nope, we had to send a chase crew out to pick him up and recover the vehicle. That was the end of his driving for the day,” says Mark. “We give people enough rope to hang themselves and hope that they don’t. If you don’t drive ‘over your head,’ you’ll have a safe, fun experience and you won’t have problems. But the adrenaline gets flowing when you’re driving and
shifting; sometimes people aren’t paying attention.” These vehicles weigh 2,400 pounds and have a wider wheelbase than a Hummer. It’s pretty tough to roll one, given their low center of gravity, but the tough aluminum frame is prepared to handle that event should it occur. There are no doors or side windows—you slide into the car and the side screens snap in place. “A lot of people are expecting a souped-up dune buggie, not a real Baja-style racecar,” notes Steve Kraft, a professional driver and adventure guide at Wide Open Florida. (Beyond catering to the thrill-seeking adventurer, there is another component to Wide Open Florida. They actually train customs and border patrol agents in high-speed, off-road driving tactics. These guys know what they’re doing. Wide Open has competed in the Baja 1000 for the last 14 years and for the past seven years has a
Ocala Style and Legendary Excursions are giving Ocala Style readers the chance to feel the adrenaline rush of Wide Open Florida for themselves. Two winners will receive a two-lap Ride Along Experience, valued at $179. To enter, “Like” us on Facebook and stay tuned for updates on how to win. you “drive over your head” and end up damaging the vehicle.) There’s also a link to watch the orientation video. This sign-up method means that once you reach the site, you’re immersed in the experience from the very beginning. Upon arrival, you’re met in the parking area by one of the crew, who takes you via 4x4 chase vehicle over winding dirt roads and down to the “pit,” where a race trailer is set up by the lake. There, a wide screen TV showing the movie Chasing Baja gets clients in the mood for what they’re about to do. If you sign on for the UDrive experience, your adventure starts with a training and instructional video
away to help you,” says Mark. “If you break down in the Baja, you’re in deep doo-doo.” There’s a camera, which also captures audio, mounted behind the seats to record every moment of your adventure. Mark admits it’s priceless to play back the tapes, especially with a husband-wife team. “The navigator’s responsibility is to tell the driver what to do and where to go. Women love this,” he says. “I bought the five-lap experience for my boyfriend’s birthday,” says Christy Morgan of Oviedo, Florida. “He said it was probably the best birthday present he’s ever gotten. He drove and I navigated. “Other than watching Baja
off, you’d never think you were in Florida. 100 percent finish rate. Impressive, especially when you realize that 54 percent of the vehicles that started the race last year did not finish.) “The cars handle well and are pretty simple to drive, even for a novice,” Steve points out. “Everyone’s surprised how smooth the car is over the bumps because of how the suspension is designed.” It helps that the shocks are 20-inches long and run, oh, about $2,000 each. But then, these are $150,000 vehicles. Incredibly, they’re just twowheel drive, but their power-toweight ratio enables them to handle the rough conditions. They have powerful 200-horsepower Subaru Boxer EJ25 “tuned up” engines and pricy BF Goodrich tires that cost approximately $250 apiece. THERE ARE SEVERAL DIFFERENT experience options: You can drive with a pro or drive yourself. (You must be at least
25 years old to drive.) There’s also a parent-child experience where the parent drives and the child (must be 42 inches tall and weigh at least 60 pounds) gets to navigate. There’s currently a winter promotion where you pay for a two-lap experience and also get a “hot lap” in which a professional driver takes you out on the course and shows you the true capabilities of the car. Experiences are a minimum of two hours overall up to a maximum of four hours. Variables include weather, terrain and driver changes. (You can share the experience with a friend and change drivers once.) Oh, and you need to know how to drive a stick shift; Baja vehicles have manual transmissions. Clients choose the day and time that works for them, then sign up and complete all paperwork online. (Word to the wise: Don’t skip the insurance. It’s a small price to pay for making sure you’re covered should
that will have you itching to get behind the wheel. But first, there’s a “360” of the vehicle to familiarize you with what you’re driving and allow you to ask any questions you might have. Then Steve, or another one of the professional drivers, takes you out on a “pre run” of the entire course in a chase vehicle. This is the ideal time to ask, “OK, how would I handle this?” so the experienced driver can offer techniques and advice on how best to negotiate different aspects of the course. Safety figures in a prominent way. In addition to the helmet, you’re strapped into a five-point safety harness, just like in a pro racecar. The only thing moving is your mouth because your body isn’t going anywhere. One reassuring detail is that you’re connected to the pit crew at all times by microphone transmission. “If you break down here, we’re five minutes
racing on TV, I wasn’t familiar with it. Baja is totally different from drag racing. Steve was awesome; you can tell he loves Baja racing. He told us how to tackle certain obstacles and gave us pointers. We had so much fun! At one point we were going about 40 mph; we got some air on a couple of the hills,” says Christy, who’s already planning a return trip to Wide Open Florida… and this time, she’s driving. Christy’s words are exactly what Mark Townsend likes to hear. “That’s what we want to give people,” he says. “We want them to walk away with a memory.”
Wide Open Florida Hardrock Off Road 6849 NW Gainesville Rd., Ocala (888) 522-9918 legendaryexcursions.com
Orange BY JOANN GUIDRY
For Hal and Barbara Reid, being healthy is all about eating green and sometimes, well, being orange. The green comes from the mainly plant-based diet the Reids have followed for the past 12 years. As for the good to be orange part, keep reading.
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he Reids’ journey to this colorful way of being healthy began with that ultimate wake-up call—a cancer diagnosis. “In 1999, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer,” says Hal, a well-known Ocala architect who was 65 at the time. “I knew I didn’t want to have surgery, so I looked into other treatment options. A friend had had a radioactive seed implant in the prostate and seemed to be pleased with the outcome. I decided to go that route.” But a conversation with a nurse during a pre-op hospital visit changed Hal’s mind. When he asked about collateral radiation damage to the colon or bladder, Hal didn’t like the answer. “When the nurse told me that there was a 20 to 30 percent probability of colon or bladder damage, I thought this was unacceptable,” he says. “I decided I needed to keep searching for other treatment options.” As fate would have it, Hal found what he was looking for in his living room. While watching Pat Robertson’s 700 Club television show, Hal saw an interview with a man who had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. The man told the story of how he had chosen to follow and was having good results with the Hallelujah Diet, a mostly raw plant-based diet designed by Dr. George Malkmus. A Baptist minister, Dr. Malkmus created the diet after watching his mother die of colon cancer and then
THE REIDS, WHO MET WHILE both were attending the University of Florida, began their business careers and raised their family of four children in Ocala. Hal established the architecture firm of Hal Thomas Reid Associates, which designed and built such projects as the Ocala/ Marion County Chamber of Commerce, the original Ocala/Marion County Library, Concord Square, The Cascades and several downtown banks. Barbara owned Adventure Travel of Ocala for 17 years and has been a real estate agent with Foxfire Realty for 23 years. “The kitchen was always the heart of our home,” says Barbara, a thoughtful
later being diagnosed with the same disease himself in 1976. “This intrigued me, and I decided to research the Hallelujah Diet,” says Hal. “By adhering to a raw-food diet, and with no medical intervention, Dr. Malkmus’ cancer disappeared in less than a year. And since then, thousands of others have regained their health by following the Hallelujah Diet. Using food to be healthy made sense to me.” Healing through nutrition made so much sense that Hal and Barbara went to the Shelby, North Carolina-based Hallelujah Acres to study with Dr. Malkmus. Doing so would change not only how they viewed food and ate but their lives as well.
WITHIN A YEAR OF BEING ON THE PLANTBASED DIET, MY ARTHRITIS PAIN VANISHED AND MY VISION GREATLY IMPROVED.” —BARBARA REID
yes, here’s where the being orange part comes in. “Because I wanted to recover from my prostate cancer, I did the recovery diet right away,” says Hal. “I started drinking two quarts of carrot juice mixed with barley powder a day. From all the beta carotene from the carrots in my system, I turned orange. But it’s good to be orange because this means the nutrients are flooding your body and your cells, rebuilding your immune system.” Barbara also began following the Hallelujah Diet but took a more moderate approach to the carrot juice, opting to drink only one quart a day. Hal and Barbara were soon convinced of the healthy benefits of the changes in their diet. “I had suffered from arthritis for 20 years and had poor vision for years,” says Barbara. “Within a year of being on the plant-based diet, my arthritis pain vanished and my vision greatly improved.” For Hal, it was the answer to his cancer diagnosis. “The diet saved my life,” says Hal, who is now a healthy 77. “My six-month checkups with my urologist just kept getting better and better. After a year or so, my urologist said he wished all his patients were as healthy as I was.” Hal admits that the very strict recovery diet was too difficult for him to maintain long term. He
has since made some personal revisions, although maintaining the core of the plant-based diet. “After my recovery from cancer, I still drink the carrot juice juice but just less of it,” he says. “I will also occasionally eat a piece of fish fish but still eat lots of raw and cooked cooked vegetables.” Barbara, 73, and who like Hal Hal looks decades younger, agrees that that many people find it difficult to stick stick to the strict 85 percent raw and 15 15 percent cooked plant foods. But if, if, along with drinking the carrot juice, juice, a person will at least “eat a large raw salad every day, they will do themselves a lot of good.” SINCE EMBARKING on the Hallelujah Diet, the Reids have continued to educate themselves about healthy nutrition in the ensuing 12 years. In addition to the Hallelujah Diet, they’ve studied other plant-based diets, including the McDougall Diet and the Esselstyn Heart Healthy Diet. In 2009, the Reids began holding Wellness Meetings, a free six-week course in healthy eating and being healthier, in their home. In 2011, Hal earned his certification in nutrition from Cornell University through an online course designed by Dr. Colin Campbell, the author of The China Study. Campbell’s book is a comprehensive look at man and his diet around the world;
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woman who listens carefully before answering any question. “I thought I was feeding my family in a healthy way. We ate mostly chicken and fish, vegetables and fruits. We also had low-fat dairy, beans and, occasionally, dessert. But we soon learned we weren’t eating a healthy, healing diet at all.” It’s a diet that the Reids now know as the Standard American Diet, which they say has a very telling acronym of SAD. The Reids describe SAD as being “comprised mainly of manufactured and processed food-like things that have very little, if any, nutritional value.” Add to that, they say, an overconsumption of animal products, including dairy, and it’s no wonder Americans are suffering from a plethora of major chronic diseases. For the Reids, enter the Hallelujah Diet. Consisting of 85 percent raw plant foods and 15 percent cooked plant foods, the Hallelujah Diet is definitely an alternative to SAD. A key component is also the daily consumption of freshly made carrot juice mixed with a barley powder supplement, particularly as part of the recovery from a major health issue such as cancer. And,
Go Orange! Hal and Barbara Reid drink 16 ounces of freshly made carrot juice a day for health maintenance. If you’re sick and trying to boost your immune system, the Reids recommend up to 2 quarts a day. Expect to turn orange, though! “I use an 8003 Omega juicer,” says Hal. “It will juice both hard and leafy vegetables, and that’s not something all juicers will do. And remember blenders and Vitamixers are not juicers.” Hal uses “organic California carrots because they’re sweeter than regular carrots.” And if you’re serious about juicing, then he says “it’s more economical to buy a 25-pound bag at a time.” According to Hal, it takes about one pound of carrots, about 4 to 5 large carrots, to make 8 ounces of carrot juice. In addition to adding celery and an apple, Hal will sometimes toss in a beet. “We make 32 ounces at a time and store the juice in four 8-ounce Mason jars,” says Hal. “The juice doesn’t oxidize as rapidly in the jars as it would in a pitcher. We store them in the refrigerator and each drink two jars a day. The juice will lose about 10 percent of the nutrients a day. If you freeze the juice, it’ll only lose about one percent of the nutrients a month.” Another key tip Hal shares is to “drink the carrot juice on an empty stomach to best absorb the nutrients.”
Hal’s “Gotta Have” Carrot Juice
The Bigger, The Better “If a person does nothing else but eat a big salad, and I do mean a big salad, every day at lunch instead of eating what they normally would eat,” says Barbara, “you’ll soon notice how much better you feel.” Barbara uses an OXO brand salad spinner and makes enough salad for three days at a time. At the heart of her big salads are green or red lettuces like Romaine and spinach. Barbara advises against using iceberg lettuce because it has little nutritional value. “I wash the lettuce and spin them twice to get them really dry,” says Barbara. “Then I put the lettuce back in the spinner bowl to keep it crisp and fresh until ready to eat. I also place other washed and dried vegetables on top of the lettuce in the spinner until I’m ready to make a daily salad.” Barbara’s daily salad begins with 2 to 3 cups of the lettuce greens. Next, she’ll add her choice of raw or cooked veggies, maybe fruit, optional garnishes and a little homemade salad dressing. “You can add whole wheat bread or crackers and you have a great, healthy lunch,” says Barbara.
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GREEN/RED LETTUCES: Romaine, spinach, etc. RAW VEGGIES: Broccoli, cauliflower, sweet onions, cucumber, radishes, sugar snap peas, snow peas, zucchini, yellow squash, turnips, carrots, red/green cabbage, red/ green peppers, mushrooms. FRUITS: Apples, nectarines slices or tomatoes. COOKED OPTIONS: White potatoes, penne pasta, beans (black, kidney, navy), green beans, artichokes, beets. GARNISHES (1-2 tablespoons): Greek or Spanish olives, grated Feta or Parmesan cheese, raisins, chopped walnuts or peanuts, crumbled corn chips. BASIC SALAD DRESSING: 1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice, 1 generous teaspoon of Bragg Liquid Aminos, 1 scant teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil (skip if you have any heart problems). Place all ingredients in small jar with lid, shake thoroughly and drizzle half on salad and refrigerate remainder for next salad.
when first diagnosed with bladder bladder cancer. “My quality of life was not not very good. I finally decided to stop stop the treatments and just let nature take its course.” Then, his wife Mary Ann heard of the Reids and their wellness meetings. Without her husband knowing and not wanting to raise his hopes, she went to a meeting to check it out. “Mary Ann liked what she heard at the first meeting and encouraged me to take the sixweek course,” says Jim. “I figured I had nothing to lose at that point and decided to go. Almost right away, something clicked. What I was hearing and learning about healthy eating made a lot of sense.” Jim started eating healthier, focusing on vegetables and eliminating red meat. He tried Photo by John Jernigan
its conclusion is that a plant-based diet is the healthiest. “Only by word-of-mouth referrals, we’ve had more than 100 people participate in our wellness meetings,” says Barbara. “People want to be healthy, but they just don’t know how or where to turn to anymore. What we’re trying to do is pass on what we’ve learned, and then each person can decide for themselves what to do with that knowledge. And we always tell people to discuss everything with their primary physician.” Hal adds, “People have to understand that there is no quick fix to being sick. Being healthier takes education and commitment over the long term. But knowledge empowers you and gives you hope.” When Ocala resident Jim Batts began attending Wellness Meetings with the Reids in July 2010, he had just about given up hope. After dealing with debilitating bladder and kidney cancer treatments for nearly five years, Jim had decided he was done. “The treatments were very painful, and the side effects were just awful,” says Jim, who was 66
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the carrot juice, but just couldn’t the carrot juice, but just couldn’t handle the taste. So he improvised, handle the taste. So he improvised, adding the barley supplement to a adding the barley supplement to a small amount of orange juice. Soon he found himself feeling better, stronger, and happier. “All my symptoms started to slowly go away,” says Jim. “My energy returned, and I began being able to sleep through the night again. And that was something I hadn’t been able to do in years.” In June 2011, Jim underwent extensive CT scans of his bladder and kidneys. When the doctor studied his past cancer history and reviewed the CT scan results, he had good news for Jim. “The doctor looked at me and smiled,” recalls Jim, who’s now 71. “He said there was no sign of cancer. And he said ‘whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.’” Today, Jim and Mary Ann, who both eat at least one big salad
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a day, are once again enjoying a day, are once again enjoying an active lifestyle. The two like an active lifestyle. The two like to walk, bowl, square dance and to walk, bowl, square dance and travel, including recent trips to Alaska and Hawaii. “I know that for me, changing the way I ate saved me,” says Jim. “It gave me back my quality of life.” The Reids stop short of describing healthy eating as a miracle producer, instead citing their lives as an example. Both remain healthy, active in their careers, walk two miles at least five times a week and maintain a plantbased diet. And, yes, they still drink freshly made carrot juice. “We just want to share our story and the knowledge we’ve gained over the years,” says Hal, who to this day has no reason to take any prescription drugs. “We know what a difference doing something as simple as eating real food has made in our lives.”
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DO YOU By Debbie Ingram
am in my first Zumba class, and I’m nervous. I hide in the back row, trying not to draw attention. I position myself so that I can keep my eyes on the instructor and avoid looking at myself in the mirror. As an aerobics instructor for 20 years, I am not accustomed to the back row. But it’s been a while. I haven’t taught a class in 10 years, and while I have been out pounding the pavement running road races, inside the gym, a new era in aerobic exercise has caught the fitness world on fire—and this is my first experience with it.
arm movements and other accents, each routine is different. There’s certainly no time to get bored. Before I know it, the hour is over and we have danced, and sweated, though nearly a dozen songs. So exactly how did this craze begin? According to zumba. com, aerobics instructor Alberto “Beto” Perez went to class in Cali, Columbia one day without his usual music and notes. Improvising with the salsa and merengue music he grew up dancing to, he spontaneously created a new form of dance exercise. His students loved it, and he began offering classes in this new form. In 2001, Beto brought his class to Miami, where he teamed up with two Columbian entrepreneurs, trademarking the name Zumba Fitness. They began with DVDs and then put out an infomercial. By 2005, they had created a licensing program and an academy to train instructors. The trend obviously caught on. Steve Markham, one of the Zumba instructors at Ocala’s Too Your Health Spa, had been teaching traditional aerobics classes and step aerobics for decades. A professionally trained dancer, he took to Zumba immediately
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Zumba combines upbeat music and fun, funky dance moves.
Zumba is the new step, the new cardio-kickboxing and the new spinning. This upbeat, Columbian-born dance/exercise program has recruited a new legion of couch potatoes to find their inner dance star. Set to sexy Latin music, Zumba is a form of low-impact dance/ exercise. It’s actually retro in that respect, as aerobics classes began as low-impact dance routines when Judy Sheppard Missett began the Jazzercise craze in 1969. Later, once the soundtrack from Flashdance hit store shelves, high-impact dancing began to take over. The music begins, and my ear tunes to that all-too-familiar eight count that I taught to for years. The first few steps are a simple grapevine: step-behind-steptogether. I know this! My nerves calm a bit as I pick up the phrasing and know when to expect the
pattern to change. But this music is different from the Top 40 covers we taught to “back in the day.” The Latin rhythms, intricate and sassy, say, “This isn’t your mother’s aerobics class!” My instructor Steve is a seasoned pro; his cuing is easy to follow. He takes the simple grapevine step and adds a little hip action, then the arms begin pumping to the beat, then more hips, then a clap-clap and more hips. Wow, we are really moving now. I feel like I am in a chorus line running through the steps of a big dance number. I risk a look at myself in the mirror, and it brings me back to reality. I can hear Dancing With the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli in my head, yelling “Loosen up those hips, girl!” Steve leads the class through song after song, and I soon find myself smiling, even laughing out loud. His easy-going demeanor lets everyone know that it doesn’t matter if you get all the steps right, it’s the movement that counts. With this cardio workout, participants are also working their arms, hips and abs at the same time. I find that while the basic patterns repeat, by adding different
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Where To Zumba! Zumba.com’s “Find An Instructor” tab lists 86 Zumba instructors within 25 miles of Ocala. Here are a few of the places you will find them:
Too Your Health Spas
3643 NE 8th Place, Ocala 2841 SW 20th Street, Ocala 5300 SE 110th Street, Belleview 2174 W Dunnellon Road, Dunnellon
Marion County Family YMCA 3200 SE 17th Street, Ocala
524 S Pine Avenue, Ocala
343 NE 1st Avenue, Ocala
10785 S US Highway 441, Belleview
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500 SW 10th Street, Ocala 6998 N Highway 27, Ocala 6118 SW Highway 200, Ocala
and became a licensed Zumba instructor. Steve says he personally experienced dramatic weight loss results faster than he had with his prior classes, losing eight inches from his waist in the first two years of teaching. “It’s not like the aerobics classes of the past, with the instructor counting out steps and yelling at you,” Steve says, “It’s supposed to be taught in a fun, party-like atmosphere, with a lot of non-verbal cues,” so that the participants are focused on the music, movement and having fun and not on an instructor’s voice. This setting allows students to forget that they are getting a workout and adds to the stress-relieving quality of the experience. The biggest fear for people who haven’t tried Zumba is, understandbly, that they won’t be able to keep up with the dance-like moves. My friend Lori expressed this when I encouraged her to join me in my first class. “I can’t dance,” she said, “I haven’t got rhythm!” Steve says this is a common reaction, but he likes to tell people that we all have rhythm; it’s innate. “We breathe with rhythm, we walk with rhythm, our hearts beat with rhythm,” he says. Exercising with rhythm simply exercises that inborn part of us that we have supsup pressed, just like exercising with weights restores muscle strength that was formerly present. When we have been away from our natural rhythm, working, watching TV or in front of a computer, we lose touch. You can bring yourself back in tune with your body and what it can do, you just have to be patient and give it a try. “I was scared to go at first,” says Zumba enthusiast Mary Henderson, “But it was so fun to dance again; I hadn’t danced in years, plus you’re
getting a workout!” Some people are afraid of looking awkward if they don’t know the movements, but what you will find is that everyone is into their own workout; they are watching the instructor, not the others in the class. Another of my Zumba-shy friends admits she got the bug after the first class. “It was just plain fun,” Suzanne says. “It really is like a party, a healthy party. Everyone is laughing and having a good time while they are working out.” That camaraderie creates unity in the class, which helps a fitness class maintain a strong following. And men, take heart! Zumba isn’t just for women. Steve says he often has as many as seven guys in a class. Women often bring their husbands or boyfriends. This is the aspect of Zumba that impresses Steve the most, the fact that Zumba seems to bring people together. “Here we are in a small community, and we are connected to the No. 1 fitness program in the world,” he says. “No matter where you might travel in the world, you will find Zumba. It connects us to a bigger picture.” Zumba’s goal, according to the website, is to “spread the philosophy of health and happiness and of loving everything you do, especially your workout.” That’s a goal worth dancing for!
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ontrary to popular belief, Florida weather can range from sunny 70s to bone-chilling 20s, especially in Marion County! Keep these tips handy when you prepare for your next workout during one of our infamous cold snaps.
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Attend to the Extremities
Don’t overdress. Wear layers that wick away moisture and can be easily removed as you warm up and begin to sweat.
Mittens will keep your hands warmer than gloves, and remember that your feet sweat, too, so wear a pair of athletic socks (or two) that wick moisture.
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Remember Your Ups And Downs When you first feel the cool, crisp air, you may be tempted to spring into action. Avoid a muscle strain by doing a quick warm up indoors. Jumping jacks or a few minutes of jumping rope will get the blood flowing and raise your body temperature. Once you’re home, get changed before your body
temperature begins to temperature begins to drop. The longer you stay The longer you stay in wet clothes, the harder clothes, the harder it will be to warm up be to warm up again.
Watch the Weather Exercising in the gentle Exercising in the gentle rains of summertime is of summertime is refreshing, but the biting refreshing, but the biting rains of January are of January are another story. Use common another story. Use common sense if the forecast is if the forecast is extreme, and modify your extreme, and modify your routine. Remember, we live routine. Remember, we live in Florida. Today it can be Florida. Today it can be 30 degrees, but tomorrow it degrees, but tomorrow it can easily return to 70! easily return to 70! Source: mayoclinic.com
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uring Florida’s summer months, we may curse the high humidity. But when the dry winter air settles in (yes, even in Florida), we long for some moisture to tame our fly-away hair and soothe our itchy skin!
“During the winter months, it’s a good idea to deep condition your hair at least once a month,” says Jade Brown, a hairstylist with Ocala-based NATURE’S WAY ORGANIC SALON & SPA. “Stay away from the products with processed chemicals and look for those with certified-organic, plant-based ingredients.” If you develop dandruff, forgo drying hair products, like gels and sprays, for a couple of days. Try a moisturizing hair mask twice a week, then switch to moisturizing styling products like mousse and balms. When it comes to winter skin care, Nature’s Way esthetician Laura Carr says upper body facials are a good option. “Facials aren’t just for your face,” says Laura. “They’re actually very good for your whole upper body, including your neck, chest, arms and hands. Good organic products incorporate fruits and vegetable extracts that exfoliate and moisturize. Depending on your skin type, once every two weeks or once a month will do your skin wonders.” In the winter months, it’s also a good idea to avoid using harsh peels, masks and alcohol-based toners or astringents. Look for mild foaming, cleansing milk and deeply hydrating products instead.
Hands & Feet: Don’t forget your hands and feet need moisture in Don’t forget your hands and feet need moisture in the winter, too! When you slather on the body lotion, the winter, too! include your hands all the way to your fingertips. Wear gloves to protect your hands if you’re going to spend any time outdoors, but keep them dry. For your feet, use lotions containing heavy moisturizers like petroleum jelly or glycerine. And, don’t be afraid to use a good exfoliant on your feet to slough off dead skin so the moisturizer can do its job!
Baths & Showers: Keep the water warm, not hot, and shorten and shorten the duration of your baths and showers showers in the winter months to avoid drying out avoid drying out your skin. Then, don’t completely towel completely towel dry. Instead moisturize your whole body your whole body while it’s still damp, which will help the which will help the moisturizer soak in and do its job better! and do its job better!
Humidify: Central heating systems keep us systems keep us warm and toasty, but they also but they also dry up the air in our homes and homes and offices. Placing several small Placing several small humidifiers throughout humidifiers throughout your home and your home office will keep more moisture in the air, preventing your skin and sinuses from drying out.
Sunscreen: Yes, even in the winter it’s Yes, even in the winter it’s aa good idea to use a broadgood idea to use a broadspectrum sunscreen on your spectrum sunscreen on your exposed skin, including exposed skin, including your face and hands, during your face and hands, during outdoor activities. outdoor activities.
Moisturizers that are oil-based, rather oil-based, rather than water-based, work better in the than water-based, winter months, giving your skin a months, protective extra layer against the dry, cold air. For your face, look for nonclogging oils like olive, avocado, sea buckthorn, almond and primrose. Also look for the term “humectants,” which include alpha-hydroxy acids, glycerine and sorbitol that attract moisture to your skin. Avoid shea oil or butter and any hydrogenated vegetable oils.
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iquid face lifts, aka injectable dermal fillers like Botox, have gone from Hollywood to mainstream American women—and men. People even host home face-lift parties, a la Tupperware gatherings. But, keep in mind that your face is not a piece of plastic and should be treated with extreme care! “If you’re considering any “If you’re considering any kind of injectable face lift, the kind of injectable face lift, the most important thing you can most important thing you can do is see a professional, do is see a professional,” says RuthAnn Nettleton, a certified physician’s assistant with Ocala-based ADVANCED AESTHETICS. “Check out their credentials, and talk to past clients.” Another key, says RuthAnn, is to “let the professional give you an objective evaluation of your face before you decide what you want done.” Most people, she says, think they know what they need but are usually off base. “It’s really more than just filling in lines,” says RuthAnn. “A truly youthful face has volume in the mid-face and then goes V-shape down to the chin.” For fine lines and creases in the upper face, RuthAnn likes to use Botox with the goal of “looking rested, not plastic.” Juvederm is used primarily for lips, fine lines and creases around the mouth and eyes. RuthAnn says Radiesse is as “great as a filler for the mid-face, and it’s also collagen-boosting.” Treatments cost on average from $500 to $1,200 with the effects lasting from six to 14 months. Clients usually experience some immediate facial swelling, and there is some chance of minor bruising. Both of which, says RuthAnn, respond to icing and ease within seven to 10 days. “I love what I do,” says RuthAnn, who has been a physician’s assistant for 20 years. “It’s like doing art every day.”
CHEMICAL FACE LIFT
FACTS BOTOX Well-known brand name for a medical form of botulinum toxin produced by specific bacterium that causes botulism, a form of food poisoning. When injected in small doses, it acts as a muscle relaxant and is used for frown lines between the eyes, crow’s feet and the forehead furrow. Botox won’t reverse sun damage and is less effective on fine lines around the mouth.
Made of hyaluronic acid, a natural body substance that helps maintain skin hydration. Hyaluronic acid binds with collagen and elastin to help bolster the support structure of the skin. Juvederm is best for adding volume, lift and contour to the face, as well as filling in and smoothing moderate to severe facial wrinkles.
Made of calciumbased microspheres suspended in a water-based gel, Radiesse’s collagen-enhancing effects encourage tissue regeneration, providing immediate and extended results. Most commonly used to smooth marionette lines and nasolabial folds, Radiesse is used for cheek augmentation and to plump up sunken areas below the eyes.
RESTYLANE Made of hyaluronic acid, Restylane is used mostly for moderate facial lines and wrinkles and is often used in conjunction with Botox to enhance and extend treatments.
PERLANE While also made of hyaluronic acid, Perlane’s gel particles are larger, which make it more effective at filling in deeper folds to increase facial fullness. Often used to plump up lips.
ARTEFILL Made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), which has been used for years in surgical implants. As the first and only nonreabsorbable dermal filler approved by the FDA, Artefill provides a permanent support structure for lasting wrinkle correction with full results seen within six months of the procedure. Because PMMA is not a natural substance, there is a risk of allergic reaction.
Feel Comfortable in Your Own Skin. A Q&A with Leonik Ahumada, M.D., F.A.C.S. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Member The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Actual patient of Dr. Ahumada before and after abdominoplasty.
What is body contouring?
Body contouring refers to the shaping of the body using medical and surgical means. For all of us our bodies are influenced by our genetics, diet, exercise habits and environmental influences. This means we all have certain stubborn areas that are difficult to correct. For some this means love-handles, muffin tops, jelly rolls, bat wings, thunder thighs and other unflattering terms given to excess skin and fat along our bodies. For others it means loss of volume in the buttock area or face causing a flat or hollow appearance. It is these problem areas that are targeted by liposuction, fat sculpturing and excision procedures as part of contouring the body.
Do I need liposuction or an abdominoplasty?
Liposuction removes unwanted fat beneath the skin as a procedure. It relies heavily on the patient’s skin quality and elasticity for the ultimate “look” of the result. For this reason, it is not appropriate in areas where the skin is already loose. An abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” refers to the surgical removal of unwanted skin and fat of the abdomen along with tightening of the muscle layer. The two techniques are often combined in the modern procedure termed lipo-abdominoplasty which combines the two options to give an improved result.
Can exercise tighten the loose skin or the muscles without an abdominoplasty?
A balanced diet with portion control and regular exercise is encouraged for all of my patients. However, despite a good routine, several people are frustrated by the inability to improve their appearance. Excess skin, stretch marks and cellulite cannot be removed with exercise or diet alone. The looseness of the abdominal muscles after weight gain and loss and after pregnancy cannot be tightened solely with exercise. The abdominoplasty or tummy tuck can remove these unwanted areas and tighten the loose muscles at the same time.
What is fat grafting?
Fat grafting refers to a technique where fat is taken from one part of the body (often an area where fat is in excess and unwanted) and transferred to another part of the body. The technique is undergoing many advances and is part of what is available in modern plastic surgery. A scenario that is often encountered is taking fat from the abdomen in a person who is having a tummy tuck and using that fat to improve on the buttock area or the face.
Is there an age limit to these procedures?
Age by itself is not a limitation. The individual’s physical activity level, medical problems and goals are all carefully considered during the consultation.
Where is the procedure performed?
I operate at a certified surgical center that meets all the standards required by the governing authorities for procedures of this type. In addition I have staff privileges at all of the local hospitals.
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MILLION ANNUAL NUMBER OF AMERICANS WHO SUFFER FROM
Primary Openangle Glaucoma: Most common type of glaucoma. The eyes’ drainage canals become clogged over time and cause a rise in inner eye pressure. Symptoms include tunnel vision and gradual loss of peripheral vision. Chronic condition that must be monitored for life.
Flow of Aqueous Humour Drainage Canal
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GLAUCOMA is a complicated eye disease that damages the optic nerve and can lead to progressive, irreversible vision loss. According to the GLAUCOMA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, it is the second leading cause of blindness in second leading cause of blindness in the world. In African Americans, it is the leading cause of blindness. An the world. estimated 4 million Americans may have glaucoma, but only half of them are aware of it. Awareness, of course, comes with regular eye exams. “With early detection, most people don’t go blind from glaucoma,” says Dr. Michael Morris of Ocala Eye, who is a board-certified ophthalmologist with a specialty in glaucoma. “It is crucial to get regular comprehensive eye exams because there are often no symptoms of glaucoma in its early stages. A dilated eye exam is the best and most effective way to detect glaucoma.” Most people associate glaucoma with high pressure in the eyes, but Morris points out that “it is more than that and is really a degenerative eye disease.” But with early detection and proper treatment, Morris says that “most people with glaucoma will maintain good functional vision throughout their lifetime.” Treatments include medicated eye drops, laser surgery and operating room surgery. “Everyone has to confer with their eye doctor on the best treatment to follow,” says Morris. “But laser surgery has become a proven first-line treatment option for glaucoma.”
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AFRICAN AMERICANS: Glaucoma is six to eight times more common in African Americans than Caucasians. OLDER ADULTS: People over 60 are six times more likely to develop glaucoma.
GENETICS: Primary open-angle glaucoma is hereditary. OTHER: Risk increases with diabetes, hypertension, hypothyroidism, nearsightedness, eye injury and prolonged inhaled steroid use.
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According to the marijuana does temporarily lower eye pressure, it is not recommended because of its negative side effects, physiological damage and lack of evidence that it alters the course of glaucoma.
Growing older should not have to mean that you give up the hobbies and activities you love the most. But sometimes getting around, or getting time away from a loved one that you care for (so that you can do the things you love to do too) can be difficult. Luckily, Comfort Keepers® makes it easy for you to keep doing the things you love whether it is playing golf or doing aquatic aerobics. In fact, studies show that staying active and enjoying regular companionship may actually help reverse the effects of aging. This is why taking part in our client’s daily life is one approach to care that we truly value. Our Comfort Keepers® take the time to learn about their clients and the activities they enjoy, because we understand that the benefits of an active life are significant. This is why you get far more than a caregiver when you hire Comfort Keepers. You get support you can count on to live a more independent and happier lifestyle.
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Could Your Multivitamin Be “Killing You?” By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
f you shoved your multivitamins into a dark corner after the recent scare headlines—yep, one actually said “Your Multivitamin May Be Killing You”—go dig ‘em out. The research that sparked them is a great reason to get smarter about what you take (and eat), but it does not mean you should give all your vitamins the heave-ho. We’re talking about the new 19-year study of 38,000 Iowa women—the one that found a 6 to 45 percent higher death risk among those who took supplements. Impressive, right? It makes vitamins sound like “the menace in your medicine cabinet.” But we YOU Docs haven’t stopped taking ours. Here’s why. For starters, this is the kind of study that’s a first step. It’s a population study, meaning it looks for patterns that need to be investigated further. Also, it relies on people remembering what they ate and took—in this case, not over days or weeks, over seven to nine years. And that 6 to 45 percent risk applies only to comparisons of people actually in the study. When it’s translated into your risk of dying from taking supplements for 19 years (what’s called absolute risk), the range shrinks dramatically: 1 percent (for multivitamins) to 7 percent (for copper, the most worrisome finding). The 1 percent for a multi is so small it could be an error. And there are lots of unanswered questions. Just three: Did they need to take supplements, especially iron? What formulations did they take? Also, the women reportedly ate twice as many fruits and vegetables as the average American. Really? They eat more healthfully in Iowa—home of fried butter at the state fair—than anyplace else in America? Here’s another reason we’re still supplement fans: The study didn’t monitor some proven benefits. Like the reduced risk for bone fractures if you take calcium. Our bottom line? The right supplements are still a great insurance policy if you don’t
eat perfectly. That said, it’s a good study—but it’s a beginning, not the end. Remember, it almost always takes at least three studies to settle anything. So here’s our what-to-take advice. A MULTIVITAMIN WITHOUT COPPER AND—IF YOU’RE A GUY OR A POST-MENOPAUSAL WOMAN—WITHOUT IRON. Copper was linked with the biggest death risk in the study. If you aren’t menstruating, choose a multi without iron, too, unless your doc prescribes it. Iron overloads can damage your heart and liver. Take half your multi in the morning, half in the early evening, which spreads out the coverage. VITAMIN D. It slightly decreased death risk in the study, and its other benefits are many, starting with helping your bones and brain. We recommend 1,000 IU a day, 1,200 after 60. Make sure it’s D-3, the most active form. CALCIUM AND MAGNESIUM. While calcium lowered death risk in the study and magnesium slightly raised it, both effects are too small and too unusual to act on. We’re sticking with our current advice: Get 600 mg of calcium daily from a supplement; get another 600 from food. Add 200 mg of magnesium to counter the constipation/bloating calcium can cause. ADD OUR FAVORITE “EXTRAS.” Take 200 to 900 mg of the DHA form of omega-3s, the potent fatty acid that protects against memory loss, heart attacks, stroke, impotence, even wrinkles. Get some lutein, too; 20 mg a day guards your vision. DON’T TAKE THIS: Mega-doses of anything. Period. FINALLY: Eat good food! Lots of fruits, veggies, beans and 100 percent whole grains. Very little red meat. Some poultry. More fish. Smart people, like you, know pills support a healthy diet. They don’t replace it.
The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen, are authors of YOU: On a Diet. Want more? See The Dr. Oz Show on TV (check local listings). To submit questions, go to RealAge.com. (c) 2011 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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Imagine if a doctor suspected you or a loved one had cancer. Through uncertainty and a flood of emotions, the most important thing would be to seek the best treatment option available. The first step? Medical imaging. Seeing and responding to an important need in Marion County, Radiology
Associates of Ocala, P.A. opened in 1973.
Re-Imaging RAO’S HISTORY
s Marion County’s population grew, the demand for quality health care in the area grew right along with it. At the time, RAO, the area’s first outpatient medical imaging center consisted of Alexander Goulard, M.D. and B. Duke West, M.D. RAO’s first facility was located in the Ocala Medical Park. That’s also where Mike Jordan, M.D. joined the practice. It wasn’t until 1983 that RAO relocated to their Magnolia Extension office, known today as the Medical Imaging Center. Of course with the bigger building came bigger responsibility. The professionals at RAO responded to the community’s needs once again by adding ultrasound, CT, MRI and mammography to their growing list of offerings. In 1994, RAO recognized that the need
for high quality medical imaging had expanded to the western corridor of Marion County and in partnership with Munroe Regional Medical Center, RAO opened TimberRidge Imaging Center, the first full-service imaging center west of I-75. But they didn’t stop there. Inspired to consolidate breast imaging to one location, RAO and their joint venture partners established the Women’s Imaging Center, RAO’s third outpatient center, in 1996. The appreciation of the community helped ignite enthusiasm to build a beautiful new center in 2000, located off of SE 18th Avenue. With the opening of the Medical Imaging Center at Windsor Oaks, directly adjacent to the Women’s Imaging Center, RAO was also the first provider to offer PET services in Marion County.
Technology has improved greatly since RAO’s inception and they have not been afraid to step up to the plate to do what’s best for the community. Thirty-eight years later, the commitment originally established by two hometown doctors still holds true. Today, RAO is comprised of 17 local boardcertified radiologists with training in a variety of subspecialties. With four outpatient centers, a Center for Vascular Health, privileges at the region’s most respected hospitals and services that now range from a simple x-ray to a digital mammogram or breast MRI, RAO offers the latest in technology and provides the best subspecialized care. TimberRidge Imaging Center allows RAO to serve the State Road 200 population, as well as Dunnellon and other surrounding areas, with full-service breast imaging to include screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. Because of RAO physicians’ hard work and dedication, both the Women’s Imaging Center and TimberRidge Imaging Center
have been designated as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence. This achievement is a direct result of RAO’s physicians and staff ’s unsurpassed experience, high practice standards, services and technology. The professionals at RAO also understand the importance of giving back and supporting organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, the Public Education Foundation of Marion County and the March of Dimes. Their continued dedication, community support and focus on their patients’ quality of care, makes it obvious why they are the most renowned, respected and experienced name in diagnostic imaging services in Marion County. RAO is the picture of quality that will create a lasting image for future decades.
Radiology Associates of Ocala, P.A. (352) 671-4300 RAOcala.com
A SERVICE OF THE INSTITUTE OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXCELLENCE AND THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL EXCELLENCE
CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE
THE INSTITUTE OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXCELLENCE TACKLES THE SUBJECT OF HEART FAILURE—A CONDITION THAT AFFECTS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.
A SERVICE OF THE INSTITUTE OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXCELLENCE AND THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL EXCELLENCE
CHF101 NEARLY 5 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE U.S. ARE LIVING WITH HEART FAILURE AND MORE ARE BEING DIAGNOSED EVERY DAY. AT THE INSTITUTE OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXCELLENCE, THESE PATIENTS ARE TREATED WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART THERAPIES AND CUTTING-EDGE PROCEDURES, IMPROVING BOTH THEIR QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF LIFE.
ongestive Heart Failure (CHF) is the result of the body’s inability to pump an adequate amount of blood to your body’s tissues. “CHF puts your heart at a mechanical disadvantage,” says cardiologist Dr. Asad Qamar of the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence. “CHF is extremely common,” he adds, “however, it’s not a diagnosis but rather a condition that could be the result of multiple different diagnoses or the end result of one of the pathologies that leads to this particular condition.” Dr. Qamar says CHF is also the
// fast facts // » The annual incidence of CHF is near 10 per 1,000 for people 65 years or older. » Heart failure may affect either the left or right (or both) sides of the heart. » The most common cause of CHF is coronary artery disease. » Approximately 550,000 new cases of CHF are diagnosed every year. » About 1.4 million people with CHF are under 60 years of age. » More than 5 percent of people age 60 to 69 have CHF. » Deaths from heart failure have decreased on average by 12% per decade for women and men over the past 50 years. Sources: U.S. National Library of Medicine, Emory Healthcare
most common diagnosis for admission to the hospital. The leading cause of CHF is blockages in the arteries of the heart, leading to scarring and weakness of the heart muscle. But, in addition to that, a variety of other conditions can also eventually lead to CHF, including genetic or familial heart weaknesses, an abnormal thickness in the heart muscle or an abnormal heart rhythm, obstructive sleep apnea, long-standing, poorly controlled high blood pressure, a cardiomyopathy (weakness of the heart) caused by pregnancy, and even anemia and thyroid disease can cause CHF. Aside from medical conditions, illicit drug use, overuse of alcohol and anabolic steroid use can also contribute to CHF. While the most common presentation of CHF is shortness of breath, there are a number of other symptoms that could, and often do, lead to a CHF diagnosis. So what are they? Abnormal distension of the veins in your neck, fatigue, fluid and salt retention, sudden weight gain, swelling in the ankles and even abdominal distension, especially in the case of right-sided heart failure. “Any of these symptoms can come on gradually or appear suddenly,” says Dr. Qamar. Depending on the symptoms and their severity, a variety of tests and procedures can be utilized to determine a CHF diagnosis. They include an EKG, a PET scan, a heart catheterization, a 24-hour monitoring of the heart and, if needed in some cases, a cardiopulmonary stress test or a pulmonary stress test. “The prognosis of a patient with CHF is determined by their involvement with their
therapy and treatment,” says Dr. Qamar. “There is a definite need for an integrated approach involving a CHF clinic to closely monitor and follow the patient.” And the professionals at ICE can give you just that with their CHF clinic, a specialized clinic that was designed to diagnose, treat and manage congestive heart failure. When determining the course of treatment for a CHF patient, the doctor has several therapies to draw from. “Medication, and of course a healthy diet and exercise, is the mainstay for CHF patients,” says Dr. Qamar. “But electrophysiology therapy, which involves implanting both a pace maker and a defibrillator, has a very important role in the treatment of CHF as well, since the single most common mode of sudden death in these patients is a fatal arrhythmia.” Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is also a critical component in the treatment of CHF as it allows the right and left side of the heart to squeeze in synchronicity. LVAD devices are also used and are mechanical devices used to improve the pumping function of the heart. Sometimes, the heart valves themselves may need to be replaced. “The treatments and courses of action for CHF patients vary greatly from one patient to the next,” says Dr. Qamar. “A physical exam and a comprehensive medical history will help your physician determine the appropriate testing you might need to determine CHF.”
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PATRICIA NICKEY “I have CHF and have had both a pace maker and a defibrillator implanted into my heart. I went in at 10am, and I was home by 5pm. Currently, Dr. Qamar is working on opening some blockages in my legs. I’ve been in and out of the hospital many times, but these days, I’m feeling good. And it’s thanks to Dr. Qamar. I wouldn’t
When a referring doctor or one of the ICE physicians suspect a patient may have CHF based on symptoms they are exhibiting, the patient may be given a variety of tests, including a catheterization to rule out or confirm the disease. During a catheterization, a thin catheter is inserted into an artery (usually the femoral artery of the leg) and dye is injected to determine the extent of any blockages. If the physician determines the artery is indeed blocked, then either angioplasty or stenting is performed to open the occluded vessel. The results can be miraculous!
HERE ARE SOME ICE SUCCESS STORIES… A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.
3. 2-D echo image of calcific aortic stenosis
1. This 55-year-old patient presented with a critical blockage in one of the arteries in their heart. These types of blockages can lead to a heart attack and CHF.
4. 2-D echo image of calcific aortic stenosis
see any other doctor. He’s a personable, informative doctor, and he makes his patients feel comfortable and at ease. I fully
This picture shows a weak left ventricle in a 72-year-old patient who has experienced multiple blockages and bypass surgery.
trust Dr. Qamar and don’t second guess him. I know he has my best interests at heart. I also know that if I have a problem or question, I can count on anyone on staff at ICE.
5. 2-D/color doppler echo image of moderate to severe mitral regurgitation.
— Patricia Nickey, 73
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Florida Pain Clinic
Treatment of Acute & Chronic Pain
Stephen T. Pyles, M.D. Board Certified Nationally Known Speaker and Innovator of Treatment of Chronic Pain Dr. Pylesâ€™ Florida Pain Clinic, founded in 1985, offers patients and their families a relaxed atmosphere in which to receive state-of-the-art treatment for their acute and chronic pain.
Hospital Staff Privileges Ocala Regional Medical Center West Marion Community Hospital Munroe Regional Medical Center Kindred Hospital Leesburg Medical Center The Villages Regional Hospital
Specializing in the diagnosis & treatments of patients for difficult chronic pain syndromes PERSISTENT PAIN FOLLOWING NECK OR BACK SURGERY PAIN IN UPPER/LOWER EXTREMITIES INCLUDING PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY CHRONIC ABDOMINAL PELVIC PAIN NECK | BACK | SACRAL PAIN CHRONIC FOOT AND ANKLE PAIN CHEST PAIN | SHINGLES | CHRONIC ANGINA
IV Sedation Available for Procedures
Florida Pain Clinic We have moved to 2300 S. Pine Ave., Suite B | Ocala, Florida 34471
Who Know Ocala’s medical and health-related community is vast and knowledgeable. So, when we wanted to get some important questions answered regarding a range of topics—everything from colon cancer screenings and pain management to Pilates workouts and spinal alignment—who better to ask than the pros who know these matters better
than anyone. The physicians, nurses, technicians, counselors and trainers who live these topics every day took the time to share their expertise with us and with you, our readers, on issues that are important to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. So sit back, grab a pen and paper, and start taking notes. What you learn may just save your life!
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Monitored Weight Loss Program
B. SINHA, MD, MRCP
MARION HEART ASSOCIATES, PA MARION INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES
Battling weight is never easy, and so-called “yo-yo” and fad diets are not only ineffective but can also be dangerous. Dr. B. Sinha discusses why those who are serious about weight loss need to employ an internist, cardiologist and endocrinologist together to prevent side effects of any weight loss program. Why does it seem like a diet only works for so long before the weight returns? Many diets are targeted to drastically reduce weight for a short, but temporary, period of time. While this may help one fi t into a dress or suit for a special occasion, it’s not safe and does not last.
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Certiﬁcation: Board certified in Internal Medicine Years in Practice: 30+
What are the dangers of this “yo-yo” style of weight loss? Many fad diets are not medically approved. One should always consult a physician before making signifi cant dietary changes. Th ere may be something else at play that’s detracting you from your weight loss goals, such as underlying health issues.
your physical profi le and any preexisting health conditions.
Why should I meet with a doctor when I could work with a personal trainer or dietician instead? Meeting with board-certifi ed doctors as opposed to a personal trainer or a dietician means that you will receive the highest level of expertise in nutrition, exercise and behavioral counseling that will help you safely lose weight and keep it off .
How do you design a program made especially for me?
What is the advantage of also having a board-certiﬁed cardiologist and endocrinologist as part of my team?
Aft er we review your medical history and body composition analysis and speak with you about your goals, you will be prescribed a recommended diet and exercise plan that is tailored to your needs, while also taking into account
Many individuals need a detailed evaluation by an internist, cardiologist and endocrinologist before making any major lifestyle changes because an overdose of weight loss drugs or excessive exercise may cause serious side
eff ects. With a team of specialized doctors monitoring your progress, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that you’re in expert hands. At Marion Heart Associates, you’ll fi nd such a team all in one place.
MARION HEART ASSOCIATES 1805 SE Lake Weir Ave., Ocala (352) 867-9600 Fax: (352) 867-9603 MarionHeartAssociates.com TimberRidge Oﬃce 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste. 403, Ocala (352) 867-9600 Fax: (352) 873-3812 Summerﬁeld Oﬃce 10369 SE 175th Pl., Ste. 200, Summerfield, FL (352) 867-9600 Fax: (352) 867-9603
Organizations/Aﬃliations: Diplomat: American Board of Internal Medicine; Member: American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine; Member: American Medical Director’s Association; America’s Top Physicians - Consumer’s Research Council of America, 2003; Resident of the Year, 1995-96 - Long Island College Hospital, NY; Edith B. Sternberg Medical Education Award, 1996 - Long Island College Hospital, NY
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Neurologic Relief Center Technique
Preston BARE, DC
BARE CENTER FOR CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS
About the PRO
What can chiropractic treatment help with, beyond neck and back pain?
What is the Neurologic Relief Center Technique (NRCT)?
Chiropractic care, specifi cally through the Neurologic Relief Center Technique, can relieve the symptoms associated with neurological disorders such as fi bromyalgia, RSDS, migraines, chronic fatigue, RLS and neuritis of the neck, back and extremities.
When you have had physical or emotional traumas (stress), tension can build up at the base of your skull and can pull on the meninges, which are not that fl exible. Meninges are attached to all the nerve roots that exit your spine. When the meninges are pulled, irritation of the nerves can occur. Th is technique releases the tension in the meninges, thus
Education/Certiﬁcation: B.S. Exercise Sport Science from University of Florida, Chiropractic Degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic; Neurologic Relief Center Technique; Musculoskeletal Education and Rehabilitation
OWNER/TRAINER/INSTRUCTOR, KERRYMAC FITNESS
Piloxing is a high-energy fusion of boxing and Pilates that is tied together with fun, sexy dance moves. Th e Piloxing message is “Sleek, Sexy and Powerful.” Women should feel feminine when they workout, yet strong and powerful. Piloxing incorporates the use of 1/2-pound hand weights, which add muscular toning and increase the cardiovascular challenge. Piloxing is also a
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Education/Certiﬁcation: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Piloxing Master Trainer, R.I.P.P.E.D. Certified Trainer Years in Practice: 4+
Can NRCT help me? Th e vast majority of health problems, other than infectious diseases, could be stress and neurological in nature. We advise everyone to be tested to see if NRCT could help them. NRCT is non-invasive and is usually painless. Th e doctor will perform a free test to see how you respond to help determine whether you are a candidate for NRCT. BARE CENTER FOR CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS 3773 S. Pine Ave., Ocala (352) 369-6325 barecenter.com
Years in Practice: 6 Organizations/Aﬃliations: Member of Foundation for Wellness Professionals; FL & American Chiropractic Associations
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What is Piloxing?
releasing the irritation to the nerves, decreasing pain levels.
training class where students are encouraged to kick off their shoes and go barefoot. Both the gloves and bare feet are optional.
What are its beneﬁts? Piloxing is a core-centric workout, meaning the power and strength comes from your hips, glutes, abdominals and spinal muscles. By blending the power, speed and agility from boxing and the lengthening, fl exibility and grace of Pilates, the results are a 60-minute
fat torching interval workout. By participating in Piloxing on a regular basis, you can improve cardiovascular endurance, overall muscular endurance, muscle tone and defi nition, coordination and agility, as well as posture, balance and stabilization.
Can anyone try Piloxing? Piloxing is for anyone who is looking for a fun yet challenging workout. At KerryMac Fitness, we pride ourselves on modifying exercises for individuals who have physical limitations. We have a “can-do” attitude. For more information on Piloxing, check out piloxing.com. KERRY MAC FITNESS 2410 NE 18th Place, Ocala (352) 789-6561 kerrymacfitness.com
Organizations/Aﬃliations: ACE, IHRSA, IDEA
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Victoria WINDHAM, LMT VICTORIA’S TOUCH
What happens during a body wrap session? My process is done within a two-hour time span. I begin with intake forms, a personal consultation and record measurements and weight. Th en, I will apply the medical bandages that have been soaking in a warm vitamin and mineral solution to the body. Aft er being wrapped, my customers are put into a vinyl suit to keep the wrap warm. What follows is an
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Education/Certiﬁcation: BA.S. degree in massage therapy, body wrap certified, certified Qigong instructor, bachelor’s in business (in progress), trainer for Global Natural Weigh.
hour of relaxation, where they can receive a massage, watch television and/or listen to music.
How are body wraps beneﬁcial? Body wraps off er multiple skin care benefi ts. My vitamin and mineral body wrap primarily targets cellulite and inch loss. With each wrap a person can expect to lose between fi ve to 20 inches! Th e wrap also lift s and contours the body, helps tighten
Psychological Assessment & Treatment
Dale SIMPSON, PhD David DUPERE, PsyD EXPERIENCED PSYCHOLOGISTS, CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE
FAMILY LIFE COUNSELING SERVICES
A psychologist provides specialized assessment and treatment. Friends and counselors are helpful at times, but a psychologist’s extensive doctoral level training and their ability to do psychological assessment is unique.
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When should people get body wraps? A person should get a wrap any time they have weight loss goals, muscle fatigue, achy joints, arthritic pain, dry skin, bloating, etc.
VICTORIA’S TOUCH 10157 SW 81st Ter. Rd., Ocala (352) 512-8442 victoriastouch.net
Years in Practice: 2 Organizations/Aﬃliations: BA.M.T.A, Mainstreet Chamber, Compass Health and Fitness and Lifestyle Solutions
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Why see a psychologist?
and fi rm loose tissue, reduces the appearance of varicose veins, helps reduce soreness from fatigued muscles and lightens the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
What are the most common problems you treat in your practice? Depression and anxiety are found in many who come to our offi ce. While medication can oft en help reduce symptoms, combining psychotherapy with medical treatment is the most eff ective treatment for short- and longterm improvement.
Is ADHD as common as I hear? Attention defi cit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) occurs in a small subset of the population. It is a neurobiological condition that leads to poor attention, excessive distractibility, physical restlessness and impulsivity. Unfortunately, symptoms with other causes can mimic symptoms of ADHD. We off er a thorough assessment to distinguish between ADHD and other problems. FAMILY LIFE COUNSELING SERVICES, INC. 3515 SE 17th St., Ste. 102, Ocala (352) 867-5595 www.FlcsOcala.com
Education/Certiﬁcation: Psy.D. Florida Institute of Technology Years in Practice: 21 Organizations/Aﬃliations: American Psychological Association, Florida Psychological Association
Education/Certiﬁcation: Ph.D. Ga. State University Years in Practice: 31
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Home Health Care & Medical Staﬃng
Jim HANES, RN, BSN Kristin VAN METER INTERIM HEALTHCARE STAFFING
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What does Interim HealthCare specialize in?
Can you explain what medical staﬃng is?
Most home health care providers specialize in Medicare patients; Interim HealthCare specializes in medical staffi ng, private medical insurance and private pay home health care. We have the expertise to work with private insurers and do not even accept Medicare or Medicaid.
Interim HealthCare Staffi ng specializes in serving our medical and dental communities. We provide highly skilled nurses and allied health professionals on an as-needed, contractual or direct-hire basis. Interim takes pride in recruiting, hiring and placing professionals. We are
available 24/7 to assist clients with needs.
What is home health care? Home health care is the provision of health care in the home environment. Nurses, therapists, home health aides, social workers and even dieticians provide services. Services provided range from basic custodial care and supervision to provision of complex wound care and intravenous therapy.
INTERIM HEALTHCARE 2010 NE 14th St., Ste. 100, Ocala (352) 387-0274 interimhealthcare.com
JIM HANES, RN, BSN, DIRECTOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES
KRISTIN VAN METER, DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL STAFFING
Education/Certiﬁcation: B.S. in Nursing, Indiana State University; Certified Senior Advisor Years Experience: 30+, Home Care 22 years
Education/Certiﬁcation: Bachelor of Health Science, University of Florida Years Experience: 5
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Prostate Cancer Treatment
Paul ADAMS, MD
ADVANCED PROSTATE CANCER INSTITUTE What types of surgical treatments are there for prostate cancer? Surgical removal of the prostate is either accomplished by an Open Radical Prostatectomy (the old way) or by a Robotic DaVinci Prostatectomy (the new way). Th e majority of patients use the Robotic technique. Cryosurgery for prostate cancer is also an option for select patients.
What types of nonsurgical options are there About the PRO
Education/Certiﬁcation: M.D. from University of South Florida College of Medicine (1985) Years in Practice: 26
for prostate cancer? Non-surgical treatment is primarily radiation therapy, which is performed using both IMRT and IGRT techniques. IMRT is the use of small, precise treatment fi elds in order to avoid an unnecessary radiation dose being delivered to normal tissue. IGRT is the use of imaging technologies in order to ensure the radiation treatment is delivered accurately. Other non-surgical treatments include hormonal treatment of prostate cancer as appropriate.
What other services can patients expect from Advanced Prostate Cancer Institute? Advanced Prostate Cancer Institute also includes modern laboratory and pathology services. Patients seen at APCI frequently undergo a multi-disciplinary evaluation, meaning that the best pathway for each patient is determined individually. By providing both surgical and non-surgical options, each patient is off ered all available options.
ADVANCED PROSTATE CANCER INSTITUTE 12109 CR 103, Oxford (855) 298-CURE advancedprostatecancerinstitute.com
Organizations/Aﬃliations: National board of Medical Examiners (1986) American College of Radiology, Radiation Oncology (1989)
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motion and balance and create a personalized treatment plan.
Laura McCHESNEY, DC
Can you help my jaw pain?
ELITE WELLNESS SOLUTIONS
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I don’t like the idea of “cracking or twisting”. Can I still beneﬁt from chiropractic?
Many pro golfers use chiropractors, but how can chiropractic help a non-pro?
Th ere are several low-force methods that deliver an adjustment similar to what we do manually but without the “crack” or any rotation. As an Advanced Profi ciency Activator Rated doctor, I treat patients of all ages who share that concern, and the Activator device is Medicare approved.
One of the main diff erences between you and a pro is fl exibility and range of motion. In an attempt to achieve the same results, you compensate, which can lead to pain and injury. As a golf injury doctor, I perform an assessment of the key areas of the spine and musculature that allow range of
Chiropractic has been successful with many cases of facial, head and jaw pain. Th ere is some crossover between the nerves in the head and the neck, meaning that you may have jaw pain that is referred from a misalignment in the neck, muscular stress and imbalances or a misaligned TMJ. A thorough exam would determine appropriate care. ELITE WELLNESS SOLUTIONS 519 S. Pine Ave., Ocala (352) 547-4300 drmcchesneydc.com
Education/Certiﬁcation: B.S. Exercise Science, University of Florida, Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida, Advanced Proficiency Activator Rated, Golf Injury Doctor.
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Michael HOLLOWAY, MD LIFESTYLE SOLUTIONS
Does the HCG Diet really work? HCG, as well as other “fat burning” injections, can help the body burn fat more quickly as long as it is part of a reduced calorie meal plan. At Lifestyle Solutions, we do not prescribe an “HCG Diet” but rather an individualized, healthier, more consistent “lifestyle” that is physician supervised. HCG and prescribed appetite suppressants are simply “tools” to help the overall process.
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Education/Certiﬁcation: MD, University of Florida College of Medicine Years in Practice: 9
Do I have to restrict myself to only 500 calories per day? No, 500 calories per day is not realistic, not sustainable and can even be dangerous for certain individuals. Whether you are on HCG injections or not, I never prescribe fewer than 1,000 calories per day. We focus on increasing a person’s metabolic rate and balancing the calorie intake so weight loss is achieved without extreme changes.
How fast can I expect to lose weight? At Lifestyle Solutions, we believe in prescribing and coaching each individual to learn how to make realistic and sustainable lifestyle changes. We are more concerned about helping people lose weight and learn how to keep it off then how fast the weight is lost, but 10 to 15 pounds per month is certainly realistic.
LIFESTYLE SOLUTIONS 2139 NE 2nd St., Ste. B-2, Ocala (352) 368.2148 lsmedspa.com
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Daniel JONES, DMD, MS DR. JONES ORTHODONTICS
Getting braces is a big deal for many families, and it can be diﬃcult for parents to obtain information about who needs them and why. Dr. Jones, however, takes a refreshingly clear and straightforward approach to these questions. We hope you learn as much from his responses as we did! Does my child really need braces? No one has ever died of “crooked teeth,” so from that perspective, few people absolutely must have braces. Children who should have orthodontic treatment are those who: • Have an impacted tooth, which could be damaging the root of the tooth next to it. • Have a jaw growth problem, such as a small (or narrow) upper or
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lower jaw. If a problem like this is not addressed in childhood, it may require jaw surgery later. • Have a “crossbite,” which is when a top tooth bites on the side of a bottom tooth instead of on top of it. Th is can contribute to abnormal “wear” or grinding, or it can perpetuate abnormal growth. Other “bad bites” can have a role in certain TMJ pain problems. • Have a missing or extra tooth… which is more common than you might think!
How do I know if my child has one of these problems? Have an orthodontist examine them! Because orthodontic exams are free, this is an easy and important action to take for your child or teenager. Age 7-10 is
Education/Certiﬁcation: D.M.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham M.S. (Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics), University of Florida Years in Practice: 3
an ideal time for the initial visit, even tough full treatment won’t be recommended until age 12-15. A relatively small percentage of 7-10 year olds need treatment, but sometimes extracting the right baby tooth or placing a simple space maintainer at that age can signifi cantly reduce future problems.
What if my child doesn’t have any jaw problems, bite problems, impacted teeth or missing teeth? Straight teeth are easier to brush and fl oss, but straightening them in that situation would primarily be for “looks.” Th is can be an important consideration, as a good-looking smile can make a signifi cant diff erence in a person’s self-confi dence and social development. Also, remember that if your child is ever going to have orthodontic treatment to get
straight teeth, middle to early high school is the perfect time to do it. It doesn’t get any easier as they get older (as our adult patients will tell you!).
Why are braces so expensive? Straightening teeth to make them look good and bite correctly takes a while (about two years on average). Th e total two-year investment might sound high, but most orthodontists will allow you to make monthly payments as treatment progresses, which makes it much more aff ordable.
DR. JONES ORTHODONTICS LIVE OAK PROFESSIONAL PARK 1500 SE 17th St., Bldg 100, Ocala Mon-Thu 7:30am-5:30pm (352) 351-4405 drjonesortho.com
Organizations/Aﬃliations: American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Marion County Dental Association
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Jennifer TUTEN Jeremy GONZALEZ PERSONAL TRAINERS COMPASS HEALTH & FITNESS Looking for more than some free weights and a couple of treadmills? Compass Health & Fitness is one the most complete health facilities in Central Florida. In addition to a 31,000-sq ft exercise floor, cardio theater and large group exercise room, Compass also offers members a café and smoothie bar, child care and a complete day spa. The personal trainers explain why Compass far surpasses other fitness centers. How can Compass help me get started on an exercise program? Compass Health & Fitness has the amenities to facilitate a variety
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of fi tness programs. Our large fi tness center has a spacious cardio theater complete with audio and video entertainment. We have a variety of classes that incorporate many diff erent approaches. And our extensive collection of weight machines and varied free weight training equipment ensure that people of all fi tness levels have room to work and get fi t.
Compass has expert trainers on hand. Is personal training a good option for me? Personal training is for everyone. Young adults to professional athletes, and even grandmothers and grandfathers, utilize the expertise of personal trainers. Whatever your fi tness
goal is, personal trainers can help you meet them.
What is Stott Pilates? Pilates is a great way to improve muscular strength and tone, body alignment, balance and fl exibility. Th e Pilates method encompasses more than 500 precisely controlled movements and is adaptable to every age group. Th ese exercises are low impact and do not place undue strain on weight-bearing joints. Compass Health & Fitness off ers one-on-one or group classes.
What other types of classes does Compass offer? A variety of classes are available free to all members throughout the week. Non-members can pay a nominal fee to join in the fun. Our classes range from fun and exciting aerobic and toning classes such as Zumba, to intense and innovative interdisciplinary classes like boot camp and many in between,
including spin and yoga classes.
What services are available in the spa? Day spa services are available to both members and nonmembers. We have a hair salon off ering complete services from a basic haircut to the latest trends in color and fashion. Our aesthetician off ers an extensive array of skin care services from rejuvenating facials and microdermabrasion to simple waxing. We also have a massage therapist on staff , off ering a variety of diff erent massages as well as slimming herbal body wraps. In the nail salon, men can keep their hands in order aft er tough workouts and women can fi nd the latest trends in color and style. COMPASS HEALTH & FITNESS 524 South Pine Ave., Ocala (352) 401-3488 compassocala.com
Education/Certiﬁcation: Pro-NPC National Figure Competitor, Certified Personal Trainer Years Experience: 7
Education/Certiﬁcation: Certified Personal Trainer, Specialist in Performance Nutrition Years Experience: 4
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Interventional Pain Management
Teri CUMPTON, MD OCALA PAIN AND PALLIATIVE CARE
After many years as a phlebology (vein) surgeon, Teri (Gore) Cumpton, MD, has chosen to dedicate her life to the relief of suffering. Dr. Cumpton was in private practice for many years and has become a very soughtafter and well-respected physician in her field. Here, Dr. Cumpton introduces herself and answers how her practice offers the best services in treating pain.
patient. Aft er fi ve long years of searching for intervention, I made a miraculous recovery and decided that there was a very high demand in interventional pain management. I then completed my fellowship at the University of South Florida and became AGME Certifi ed in Hospice and Palliative Care at H. Lee Moffi tt Cancer Center in Tampa. In August 2011, I re-entered the medical community and opened Ocala Pain and Palliative Care.
What inspired you to go into interventional pain management?
What equipment do you use in your oﬃce?
A few years ago, I had to close my practice due to a head-on collision on the interstate. Recovery was a long and literally painful road, and my role was reversed when I entered the operating room as a
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Th e offi ce is extremely high-tech. We utilize the best of the best medical equipment and state-ofthe-art technology, including two fl uoroscopy suites, an ultrasound, a laser, a radio frequency ablation and a radio frequency therapy machine.
What kind of pain do you treat? Pain can come in many forms. It can be related to cancer, joint or arthritic pain, fi bromyalgia, neck or back pain, intractable pain, radicular pain, etc. We treat all the previously listed forms of pain and more.
Does pain management mean prescribing medicine? Not necessarily. Although many people need a prescription to relieve acute pain, treating chronic pain is typically inclusive of a variety of therapies or procedures that can signifi cantly reduce or even eliminate pain. Th e ultimate goal is to get patients off of their medications so they can have a better quality of life.
What types of procedures are offered in interventional pain management?
Education/Certiﬁcation: Louisiana State University Medical School (New Orleans, LA) 1991, Alton Ochsner Foundation Hospital Internship-Internal Medicine (New Orleans, LA) 1991-92, Florida Hospital Residency-Family Practice (Orlando,
Joint, transforaminal and other types of injections guided by fl uoroscope (a giant x-ray machine), facet blocks, laser therapy, radio frequency tens or ablation just to name a few. Th ese procedures are all conducted in the offi ce. Th en, there are those more invasive procedures that are performed at the hospital. Stimulator placement, pain pumps and surgeries such as Kyphoplasty are just a few interventions that are off ered. Dr. Cumpton is also available for hospital consultations.
OCALA PAIN AND PALLIATIVE CARE TEALBROOKE PROFESSIONAL CENTRE 2300 SE 17th St., Bldg. 1000, Ocala (352) 622-6226 Fax: (888) 241-5140
FL) 1994-96, Univ. of California San Diego, Vascular Surgery Training (La Jolla, CA) 1992, Univ. of S. Florida, Fellowship-Pain/Palliative and Hospice (Tampa, FL) 2010-11 Years in Practice: 16
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Gastrointestinal Health & Immunity
Patricia McEACHRANEGROSS, MD PEPPERTREE PRIMARY CARE Peppertree Primary Care opened its doors to patients on November 1. Dr. Patricia McEachrane-Gross, also known as Dr. Patricia by some of her patients, is excited to offer her services to the people of Marion County. “What we want to do is treat the underlying causes of our patients’ illnesses, not just their symptoms,” she says. And one area she feels needs addressing is the GI tract and how it relates to the immune system. “People don’t realize what a vital role gut health plays in immunity,” she says. “In many instances, we can find the answer to our health problems if we start with the gut.” About the PRO
How does the gastrointestinal (GI) system relate to immunity? Most people think the GI system is only about digestion and elimination, but whatever aff ects our gut will aff ect our nervous, hormonal and immune systems as well. Actually, the GI tract is the largest part of the immune system. It protects us in at least three ways: through its lining, the GALT (gut-associated lymphoid tissue) and the trillions of microorganisms living in the gut, otherwise known as the GI fl ora. If the gut is damaged, our stress and immune responses will be activated.
What are some ways in which our gut could be damaged? Th rough unhealthy bacteria, viruses, parasites, excessive
sugar, alcohol, caff eine, antibiotics, anti-infl ammatory drugs and poor dietary habits, such as overeating, which causes food to ferment rather than be digested. Another contributing factor to putrefaction in the gut is the mucus-producing activity of foods such as meat, fi sh, eggs and pasteurized dairy products. Mucus build-up traps and holds on to feces, considerably delaying transit time, providing the sort of environment where unhealthy bacteria fl ourish.
What happens when the gut is damaged? When the lining of the GI tract is damaged or infl amed, the eff ects can be far reaching. For example, undigested food particles can directly enter the bloodstream, acting as antigens or foreign invaders. Th is triggers an immune response from antibodies and a host of other chemicals. Th is response may be as far away from the gut as the joint or the skin. Sometimes, there are no obvious GI symptoms, and at other times, these symptoms are mistaken for something less complex.
Education/Certiﬁcation: MD (Universidad CETEC, Dominican Republic) and MPH (Boston University). Board Certified in Family and Preventative Medicine Years in Practice: 19
Is it possible to heal the gut after it’s been damaged? With time, it is sometimes possible to turn gut health and immune problems around with a comprehensive, individualized program. Th e main points of any program would be to remove what’s causing the damage (this is probably the most diffi cult part but is well worth it), repair the damage aft er appropriate testing, restore the balance of GI bacteria (good probiotics are important), resolve any nutritional defi ciencies and review all other systems to see how they have been aff ected. For example, did you know that about 70 percent of our serotonin is made in the gut, not the brain?
Is that where we get our gut feelings? You said it!
PEPPERTREE PRIMARY CARE 5850 SE 5th St., #102, Ocala (352) 350-5012 peppertreeprimarycare.com
Organizations/Aﬃliations: Member of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM)
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Deborah MAIN, PT, DPT Stella NEMUSESO, PT ADVANCED PHYSICAL THERAPY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA What is the most common disorder that causes shoulder pain? Impingement syndrome is the most common disorder that causes pain with overhead reaching and can lead to rotator cuff tears if let go for too long. Th is problem typically responds very well to our shoulder treatment program.
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DEBORAH MAIN, PT, DPT
Education/Certiﬁcation: Doctorate with distinction from New York Institute of Technology in 2003, certified in cold laser use, certified in
vestibular and balance rehabilitation by the American Institute of Balance, certified Meeks method osteoporosis specialist, shoulder pain specialist Years in Practice: 9
What service does Advanced Physical Therapy offer for shoulder pain relief? Our program consists of a protocol involving gentle joint and soft tissue mobilization, cold laser treatment and muscle re-education to restore normal joint kinematics—the way the ‘ball’ moves inside the ‘socket’ of the shoulder. STELLA NEMUSESO, PT
Education/Certiﬁcation: Degree from University of Zimbabwe, 1993, certified in vestibular rehabilitation, APTA certified clinical instructor,
How long will it take to feel results? Most patients begin to feel relief immediately. Full recovery of motion is anywhere from two to six weeks depending on the severity of your problem. ADVANCED PHYSICAL THERAPY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA 1610 SE 36th Ave., #302, Ocala 11962 CR 101, Ste. 104, The Villages 5036 SE 110th St., Belleview (352) 693-3378 myadvancedpt.com certified in wound care, Taylor College physical therapist assistant program advisory board member, shoulder pain specialist Years in Practice: 19
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Jonathan WALKER, DC THE CAR ACCIDENT INJURY CENTER AT OCALA INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE
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What types of neck injuries do you treat?
What are treatment options for neck injury sufferers?
In our practice, we have medical, chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture and rehab in one facility. Our main area of focus is the treatment of whiplash injuries suff ered in automobile accidents. However, we also work with chronic neck pain, disc injuries, arthritis, neuropathy and a variety of other neck conditions.
We use very gentle chiropractic treatments that don’t involve any “snap, crackle or pops” to the neck. In addition, we will incorporate massage therapy, trigger point injections, specifi c exercises, acupuncture and numerous other forms of treatment. Our goal is to provide the safest, most gentle treatments possible to get them on the road to recovery.
Education/Certiﬁcation: B.S. Exercise Physiology, University of Florida, D.C. Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida Years in Practice: 5
When will patients see improvements? Some patients will experience relief aft er their fi rst visit, but it oft en takes several treatments to show some improvement. We typically see patients for a trial course of care ranging from 2 to 5 weeks so that they can get to know our doctors, and we can determine what benefi ts they are receiving from treatment. THE CAR ACCIDENT INJURY CENTER AT OCALA INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE 27 SE 11th Ave., Ocala (352) 732-5590 whiplashtreatmentocalafl.com
Organizations/Aﬃliations: Certified in Whiplash, Brain Injury and Traumatology from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego; Certified in Motor Vehicle Occupancy Injury by the Personal Injury Training Institute; Member of American Chiropractic Association, Florida Chiropractic Association
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Leigh Ann WATTS, AUD, CCC-A BENEFICIAL HEARING AID CENTER
deprivation and the patient receiving less benefi t from amplifi cation long term. It is important for a patient to seek treatment as soon as a hearing loss is identifi ed.
Can I afford hearing instruments? For 28 years, Beneficial Hearing Aid Center has been giving hope and help to those who suffer with hearing loss. Family owned with a reputation for caring, personal concern and technical skill, you can place your trust and confidence in their hearing professionals. The specialists will be sensitive to your needs and help you choose the right aid to suit your lifestyle and budget.
cannot diff erentiate between words such as “pat” vs. “sat.” Our low-frequency hearing provides us with the volume in speech. Most patients with normal low frequencies and a predominate high frequency hearing loss will feel as though they can hear but not understand. If testing reveals that a patient has the potential to understand well with amplifi cation, then he or she is a good candidate for hearing help with the assistance of hearing instruments.
Why can I hear but not understand?
Can my hearing loss get worse if I don’t seek treatment?
For most people, hearing loss develops gradually at specifi c frequencies. It generally develops in the higher ranges that contain the consonants in speech. Without this information, we
Hearing loss is generally a progressive condition and can be expected to decline with age. However, if the brain is limited to auditory stimulation over a period of time, it can result in auditory
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With treatment, patients don’t have to suff er with hearing loss, and it can be made aff ordable, too. Nointerest fi nancing is available, and some insurance companies provide benefi ts toward the cost of hearing instruments. Benefi cial Hearing accepts most insurances. Th ey will contact your insurance company to verify your benefi ts and even fi le your insurance claim for you.
What can I expect from a hearing instrument? You can expect to get back in the game of life, enjoy your family and friends, watch television comfortably and feel like you can participate in conversations again. Today’s technology allows patients to hear and understand better in the presence of background noise, wind noise and when
Education/Certiﬁcation: Doctor of Audiology, University of Florida; Master of Arts, Audiology, University of South Florida; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
someone is speaking from behind. Th ey are more cosmetically appealing, comfortable and even waterproof. Accessories are also available to make hearing instruments rechargeable and wirelessly stream sound directly to your hearing aids from your TV.
Why should I visit Beneﬁcial Hearing for my hearing health care needs? Benefi cial Hearing has a doctor of audiology, a master’s degree audiologist, an audioprosthologist, and a certifi ed hearing instrument specialist with over 76 years of combined experience. Th ey know exactly what it takes and will off er you the latest state-of-the-art technology with compassionate care you cannot receive anywhere else in Marion County. Call today 629-4418 and start the new year right with better hearing. BENEFICIAL HEARING AID CENTER 1847 SW 1st Ave., Ocala (352) 629-4418 beneficialhearing.com
Years in Practice: 15+ Organizations/Awards: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Academy of Audiology, Florida Academy of Audiology
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A.J. BARHOUSH, MD SOLANTIC
When did you join Solantic? I’ve been a full-time physician at Solantic clinic since August 2011. Prior to joining Solantic, I had a cardiothoracic and vascular surgery private practice in Ocala for more than 30 years with privileges at the three local hospitals: MRMC, ORMC and West Marion Community Hospital.
Why did you decide to work at Solantic? My goal is to continue the work that makes Solantic Urgent
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Care in Ocala a fi rst-class outpatient urgent care center, providing excellent and convenient health care at a reasonable cost. I think that outpatient clinics have an important role in health care: Th ey help relieve some of the pressure on emergency departments of hospitals, usually off ering services at a lower cost. With extended hours, urgent care centers can also supplement primary care physicians, being there when their offi ces are closed.
How is Solantic different from other walk-in centers, and what other services does it have to offer? Solantic has a wide range of services that include urgent care, occupational medicine, wellness testing and workers’ compensation. A sampling of our urgent and primary care services includes x-rays, sutures, fracture care, immunizations, joint injections and lab testing. Th is broad scope of services sets Solantic apart from other urgent care facilities and off ers convenience and exceptional service. SOLANTIC 2415 SW College Rd., Ocala Mon-Fri 8am-8pm Sat-Sun 8am-5pm (352) 237-3536 solantic.com
Organizations/Aﬃliations: MRMC, ORMC, West Marion Community Hospital
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Christal CHURCHILL OWNER, ALLEGIANCE FITNESS
What are realistic health goals? People want to achieve their goals faster than they are willing to work for them. A good way to help accomplish goals is to set short-term goals as well as long-term goals. Also, rewarding yourself will help keep you motivated until those long-term goals are accomplished!
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Education/Certiﬁcation: Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida’s College of Education with a specialty as a Personal Trainer.
How can the trainers at Allegiance Fitness help people achieve their goals?
What small daily changes can people make to be healthy?
We want our clients to see that being healthy is a lifestyle: You have to work at it every day. You’ll run into tough decisions daily, so that is where we (your support system!) will be there to help. Th e biggest thing people need is accountability for their actions. We can help you change from the inside out!
Keeping a journal on everything you consume will make you more aware of what is going into your mouth. Our body is like a machine, it needs suffi cient food for it to run smoothly! ALLEGIANCE FITNESS 1025 NE 14th Street, Ocala (352) 299-7218 email@example.com
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a Group Instructor Years in Practice: 4+
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L-R: Mary Fey, Elizabeth Sukys-Rice, Geneva Hodge
Assisted Living Communities
Elizabeth SUKYS-RICE ADMINISTRATOR
mental health problems aff ecting seniors. For many, assimilating into the Camelot community has eased feelings of isolation, fear and loneliness, all of which are factors that contribute to depression.
Can I afford assisted living? Upon the picturesque path that leads to Camelot Chateau, you will see lush greenery and exotic foliage. You will also see the smiling faces of seasoned staff, most of whom have served Camelot for years. On the sunsoaked porch, you’ll observe the residents savoring the simple life at Camelot. Here are some of the questions they once asked and the countless reasons assisted living proved the right choice for these contented community members. Why choose assisted living? Due to advances in medicine and technology, Americans are living longer. Choosing the right assisted living facility ensures you live those years to the fullest by easing the burdens that encompass
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home living, such as cooking, lawn maintenance, home repairs and housekeeping. Personal care services, medication assistance, planned activities, transportation and supervision are some of the services assisted living residents enjoy.
When is home an unsafe option? Signs that home is an unsafe option include frequent accidents or falls, diffi culty preparing meals, forgetfulness and trouble maintaining a home or one’s personal hygiene. Sometimes, a seemingly minor problem, such as hearing loss, poses safety risks for seniors. And while safety may seem paramount, it’s important to also consider socialization when determining if living at home is the best option. Depression is one of the most common
Education/Certiﬁcation: Licensed Administrator Years in Practice: 20+ years in health care management
Camelot Chateau off ers all-inclusive packages, with rates that include everything from nutritionally balanced meals and personal care to cable television and live entertainment. Veterans and Medicaid-eligible seniors can further reduce their costs by taking advantage of applicable programs. With 30 percent of American workers caring for an elderly relative and 54 percent predicting they will be doing so within the next 10 years, many seniors fi nd that freeing their loved ones from the stresses of caregiving is a priceless gift . For these reasons alone, a more appropriate question may be, “Can I aff ord to live anywhere else?”
What sets Camelot Chateau apart? Camelot Chateau, aptly deemed a community rather than a facility,
is an aff ordable option. Due to our private ownership, our rates are lower than our competitors’ rates. More than mere brick and mortar, our building is home to our residents and a place where quality of life is the fundamental goal. Th ose who covet camaraderie fi nd Camelot is the obvious choice in assisted living.
Are you happy with your decision to move to Camelot? “Th is is the happiest time of my life without a doubt. Others have told me the same thing: Th ey love it. We all have fun together,” says Mary Fey, a resident since 2008. Geneva Hodge, a resident since 2010, says, “It’s been great. I’ve enjoyed everything here. We can come and go as we please. We can work in the garden. Th e staff is wonderful.”
CAMELOT CHATEAU 1831 SE Lake Weir Ave., Ocala (352) 629-6077 camelotchateau.com
Organizations/Aﬃliations: Board Member of Senior Alliance
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Nehme GABRIEL, MD
GASTROENTEROLOGY AND NUTRITION OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Why is it important to get a colonoscopy? Colon cancer is the No. 2 killer cancer in the U.S. Every year, 250,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer and about 50,000 die. A colonoscopy is a preventive test that can detect and remove colon polyps—the precursors of colon cancer—and thus prevent colon cancer before its development. A colonoscopy is
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Education/Certiﬁcation: Board Certified in Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Internal Medicine. Fellowship training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and State University of New York. Years in Practice: 12
performed under sedation, and the preparation has recently become much easier.
At what age should people get a colonoscopy? Colon cancer screening (colonoscopy) should start at age 50. However, if there is a family history of colon cancer, screening should start 10 years earlier.
Kriti KUMARI, MD
MARION HEART ASSOCIATES, PA MARION INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSOCIATES
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Education/Certiﬁcation: M.B.B.S, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College Jamshedpur, India; Internal Medicine Residency, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA; Board Certified in Internal Medicine
GASTROENTEROLOGY AND NUTRITION OF CENTRAL FLORIDA 10900 SE 174th Place, Summerfield 1501 N. US Hwy 441, Ste. 1202, The Villages 822 Perkins St., Leesburg
Organizations/Aﬃliations: Best Gastroenterologist in Central Florida by Castle Connolly. Editor in Chief of the Nutrition Journal: nutritionj.com, Chief of Gastroenterology at Leesburg Regional Medical Center
Restless Leg Syndrome
RLS is not life-threatening, but can lead to poor quality of sleep, which can result in daytime sleepiness. RLS can sometimes be an indicator of anemia. Emerging research suggests there is connection between RLS and chronic venous insuffi ciency. A large percentage of the patients with RLS symptoms experience signifi cant improvement following treatment.
Family history of colon cancer, history of polyps, obesity, sedentary life style, diets low in fi ber and high in red meat and fat, and infl ammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn disease or ulcerative colitis, are all risk factors for colon cancer.
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How serious is RLS?
What are the major risk factors for colon cancer that people should be aware of?
Who is most at risk for developing RLS? In most cases, RLS presents as idiopathic disorder with no underlying cause for the disease. Sometimes, it is associated with other diseases or venous insuffi ciency. It can also be associated with pregnancy.
can also be controlled by avoiding the aggravating factors, such as caff eine, alcohol and nicotine. Th ere are also prescription medications that can be given to control the symptoms. MARION HEART ASSOCIATES 1805 SE Lake Weir Ave., Ocala (352) 867-9600 Fax: (352) 867-9603 MarionHeartAssociates.com TimberRidge Oﬃce 9401 SW Hwy 200, Ste. 403, Ocala (352) 867-9600 Fax: (352) 873-3812
How can RLS be treated?
Summerﬁeld Oﬃce 10369 SE 175th Pl.,
It’s treated by treating the underlying condition and correcting the venous insuffi ciency. Symptoms
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ies in your face, cake cannons, a trail of slippery chocolate syrup, dessert foods are the best accessory for dining room and cafeteria warfare because they leave behind a delicious trail of sugary carnage. Unfortunately, this can’t be said for the neglected fruitcake, which is savagely tossed without so much as a stomach groan. If there were an annual award for most unloved dessert, it’d be renamed as “most unloved—oh well, let’s just give it to the fruitcake as usual” award. Ever since Johnny Carson deemed it as the worst gift ever, it’s been years since the fruitcake was taken seriously. To
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add insult to injury, Manitou Springs, Colorado, began holding a yearly Great Fruitcake Toss—participants are encouraged to bring their own fruitcake. Before you get ready to chuck your own fruitcake on Fruitcake Toss Day, January 3rd, may we suggest other options instead of letting a perfectly good cake go to waste?
Use it as a doorjamb Claim to late-gift recipients that you gave them a paperweight Fruitcake bowling, anyone? New mascot idea: Fruitcakeheads! Eat it (though we admit this last idea may be too extreme)
Chill Out With HalfTime Chili Chili is a great dish to serve during half-time. Set up a toppings bar, and let everyone load up on their own add-ins like peppers, onions, guacamole, sour cream and, of course, cheese.
Whether you’re an avid football fan or barely know the difference between a touchdown and a tackle, the Super Bowl is a great reason to have a party! And although the big game is still a few weeks away (this year’s game is on February 5, by the way), any dedicated fan knows it’s never too early to start planning. Follow these tips and tricks and you’re guaranteed to score big!
Be A Superfan!
Even if you have no idea who is playing, don’t be afraid to don a jersey and put on some face paint. Pick up some pom poms, flags and team hats to hand out to your guests or invite them to bring their own.
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Decorate to the Extreme
Ever see the guys in the stadium with letters painted across their chests? If that’s a bit extreme, fill your home with team balloons, serve
treats out of football-shaped bowls and turn your table into a mini field with a green table cloth and mini 10-yard lines. Have kids? Enlist them to help make paper chains or mini felt jerseys. Remember, nothing is off limits at a Super Bowl party!
A Super Bowl party wouldn’t be a party at all without the food! What? You’re no gourmet chef? No worries! The best part about this party cuisine is that it’s fun, fast and easy!
Wholly Chili 3 4 2 3 5 2 2 1½ 2 1½ 3 8 2 28 3 2
tablespoons canola oil cups chopped yellow onion large Poblano chilis, diced tablespoons minced garlic pounds ground meat tablespoons kosher salt teaspoons black pepper tablespoons ground cumin tablespoons Mexican oregano tablespoons onion powder tablespoons paprika tablespoons chili powder 12-ounce cans tomato paste ounces Wholly Salsa quarts chicken stock tablespoons Tabasco
1. Heat oil over medium in a large stock pot. Add the onion, Poblano and garlic. Sweat until onions are translucent. 2. Add ground meat. When meat is completely brown, drain and return to heat. 3. Add dried seasonings and stir to combine. Add tomato paste, and allow it to cook for five minutes. Add remaining ingredients, and simmer for 30 minutes.
Serve a Great Dip Dips are must-have munchies for hungry fans. And there are plenty of ways you can keep them satisfied: Keep it simple. Pick up some ready-to-eat dips such as Wholly Guacamole and Spicy Wholly Salsa. Made with 100 percent natural ingredients, these dips bring great taste to the game-day table—with no fuss from you. Make it hearty. Feed the frenzy with a hearty seven layer dip and plenty of chips. You can make it the day before and set it out about 30 minutes before kickoff to bring it up to room temperature. Shake things up. Step up your game by offering a wide variety of dippers. Have different types of chips like blue corn, sweet potato and salt and vinegar. Get flavored crackers, pita chips and a veggie tray, too. Make it fancy. Dress things up a bit with cherry tomatoes stuffed with guacamole or a warm and savory crab dip.
Seven Layer Dip 1 1 2
16-ounce can non-fat refried beans 9-ounce can bean dip 7-ounce packages Wholly Guacamole Classic, Spicy or one of each 1 16-ounce container light sour cream ¾ package taco seasoning ¼ teaspoon ground cumin 1 small can sliced black olives 1 large diced tomato 3 green onions, finely chopped 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1. Mix refried beans and bean dip together and spread onto the bottom of a 9x13-inch pan. 2. Next, mix sour cream together with taco seasoning and cumin. Spread on top of the beans in the pan. 3. Spread guacamole on top of the previous layers then add olives, green onion and tomatoes. Top with the shredded cheese and serve with your favorite chips.
Eat With Your Hands! No one wants to be bothered with knives and forks when they’re trying to cheer on their favorite team. Serve up some easy-to-make finger foods that fans can scoop up between plays.
Zesty 100 Yard Bites
Potato Dog Skins
Makes: 12 servings
Makes: 6 servings
1/3 cup Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice 12 slider buns 12 slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Honey Ham 12 slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Slow Roasted Roast Beef 3 Kraft Big Slice Colby Jack Cheese Slices, cut into quarters 2 plum tomatoes, cut into 12 slices 12 Claussen Bread ’N Butter Pickle Chips 12 stuffed green olives
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1. Mix mayo, Sriracha and lime juice. Spread each bun with ½ tablespoon (1 ½ teaspoons) mayo mixture. 2. Fill each bun with 1 folded slice each ham and roast beef, a cheese slice quarter, tomato slice and pickle. 3. Top each bun with a small decorative bamboo skewer, skewered with an olive.
large baking potatoes (2 ½ pounds), baked cloves garlic, minced tablespoons butter, melted Oscar Mayer Selects Premium Beef Franks cup Bull’s-Eye Original Barbecue Sauce, warmed cup Kraft Shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheeses 1/3 cup Breakstone’s or Knudsen Sour Cream ¼ cup chopped fresh chives 1. Heat grill to medium heat. 2. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, and spoon
out the center flesh. Mix garlic and melted butter. Brush potatoes on both sides with mixture. 3. Grill franks seven to nine minutes, and slice into rounds. Grill whole potatoes until crisp, about four to four and a half minutes on each side. 4. Spoon sliced franks into the potato shells; drizzle with barbecue sauce, and top with cheese. Grill until the cheese is melted. Top with sour cream and chives.
For more great game-day recipes, visit eatwholly.com and kraftfoods.com. Sources: kraftfoods.com, Wholly Guacamole
On A Diet
fter the whirlwind of the past few months where homemade family recipes seemed to dominate every meal, the thought of someone else preparing dinner is a welcomed idea. Fortunately, dining out doesn’t mean you have to sabotage your commitment to healthy eating. Follow these quick tips when eating on the go to stay on the right track in the new year.
Italian: When you think of Italian cuisine, pasta, pizza and parmesan instantly come to mind. But don’t think you have to shun your favorite trattoria to keep your calories down. Start with a bowl of minestrone soup as an appetizer instead of something fried. There’s nothing wrong with pasta in moderation, but opt for marinara or red clam sauce in favor of Alfredo. If you must have pizza, avoid the extra cheeses and meats and load it with mushrooms, spinach, peppers and onions. Mexican: Known for sour cream, tortillas and lots of cheese, Mexican cuisine need not be a no-no for dieters. Avoid the chips and salsa as an appetizer, or ask for a small plate and limit yourself to just a few. Ask for corn tortillas rather than flour, and flavor your dishes with salsa, pico de gallo and cilantro rather than sour cream and cheese. Opt for veggie-filled fajitas over cheesy quesadillas, and if you choose a salad, ask the server to bring it in a bowl versus a fried tortilla shell.
Chinese: Asian cuisine has the potential to be the healthiest fare around, but in some cases, fat and sodium are disguised in these seemingly veggie-laden meals. Start your meal with steamed dumplings versus fried egg rolls, and choose wonton soup over egg drop. Avoid sodium-rich soy sauce or opt for the low-sodium version. Choose dishes prepared with water chestnuts rather than cashews or peanuts, and stick to sticky or brown rice over fried rice. Steakhouses: While it’s true that certain cuts of meat can be high in saturated fat, meat is also a protein-rich food that is an excellent source of iron and B-vitamins. Choose a sirloin tip or tenderloin in place of fattier cuts like the porterhouse or T-bone. Crave potatoes with your steak? Avoid scalloped, au gratin or french fried, and opt for a baked potato (minimal, if any, sour cream and butter) or a rice pilaf, and order a side of fresh steamed veggies. Source: fnic.nal.usda.gov
WANT MORE HEALTHY EATING TIPS? Visit the USDA’s FOOD AND NUTRITION INFORMATION CENTER at fnic.nal.usda.gov or the AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION at eatright.org for hundreds of healthy eating articles and tips.
Take advantage of the pleasant weather and plan a visit to Ipanema Brazilian Steak House to enjoy dining on their outside patio. Not only is this a great place to kick back with your favorite libation and appetizers, but the full lunch and dinner menu is also available for patio patrons. Happy hour is 5-7pm and features two-forone drinks and half-priced appetizers on the patio and in the bar only. On Sunday, house wine is just $3.95 during happy hour. Look for new appetizers to debut this month! Closed Mondays. 2023 S. Pine Ave., Ocala (352) 622-2172 / ipanemaocala.com
The Braised Onion Restaurant opened for business in early December. Raoul and Betty Lemieux and Nicole Lassiter have co-owned this long-standing restaurant site since 1976, during which time it has been home to a number of establishments, including Hightower’s Seafood for 17 years. “It’s been closed for a bit, and we wanted to bring it back to life,” said Nicole Lassiter. Former fans of Felix’s in the old 1890 House on Silver Springs Boulevard will be elated to know that Chef Loring Felix and Marge are part of The Braised Onion team. Look for Chef Felix’s famous lobster bisque, along with such signature dishes as braised onion soup and country-fried filet mignon. “Our tag line is ‘comfort food with attitude.’ We’re serving American food that everyone can relate to,” says Nicole. “We also have a separate menu for patrons looking for gluten-free, lactose-free and vegetarian options.” Join them on Facebook. 754 NE 25th Ave., Ocala (352) 620-9255
Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun 3p-10p Tony’s Sushi brings scrumptious sushi favorites from New York and Miami to Ocala, served in a fun, family environment. All sushi dishes are made to order —choose from a variety of specialty rolls or create your own! Whether you prefer chicken, steak or seafood, talented chefs will prepare it with dazzling showmanship on the hot grill right at your table. All entrées come with soup or salad and rice. In addition to the full Japanese kitchen, there is a full liquor bar and a beer selection, including imported Japanese beer and sake.
For the truly adventurous, try Tony’s famous Sake Bomb! We also provide catering and host private parties.
Kick n’ Back Café and Grille 14400 E Hwy 40, Silver Springs / (352) 289-4069 Tue-Sun 6:30a–9p, Closed Mon Take a ride out to the island in the forest at Kick n’ Back Café, where you’ll fi nd Caribbean fl are and fare. Conch fritters are a customer favorite, as well as the Cuban Mix: mojo marinated pork, Spanish ham and Swiss cheese on a special bread and pressed to perfection. Don’t miss out on the MO-BAY Chicken, slow cooked with a blend of Caribbean jerk seasonings. We’re also known for our selection of seafood entrees, including fi sh, shrimp and scallops. Also, try the gator, served as an appetizer or entrée. Kick n’ Back off ers a relaxing, casual, laidback atmosphere.
At Kick n’ Back Café, “It’s all good!” On East Highway 40, Downtown Lynne, FL. Now Serving Breakfast.
Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / www.ipanemaocala.com Lunch Tue-Fri 11a-2p / Dinner Tues-Thu 5p-9p, Fri & Sat 5p-10p, Sun 4p-9p Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5p-7p / Closed Monday A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fi re-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 11 of the fi nest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts, and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and executive chef Alonso Esgaib invites you to embrace the fl avors of his homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Enjoy the weather and come dine on our new covered patio area! Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ipanemaocala. Great discounts online!
We now offer an extensive appetizer menu and full dinner service outdoors. Happy Hour: 2 for 1 premium drinks and house wines Tue-Fri, 5p-7p. Happy New Year!
KNOW YOUR ROASTS There are celebrity roasts and roast beef, but the roast we’re talking about is in direct relation to a morning necessity. At coffee houses, there are several types of coffee roasts to choose from, and many are named after places or occasions. This can cause any already-dazed café patron to be swept in a cloud of confusion when choosing their bag of beans or cup of Joe. Here’s a
simple rule of thumb when identifying coffee roasts: It’s all in the color. Preferred for milder coffee varieties; has a sharper, more acidic taste. Beans are a cinnamon to light chocolate tan color. Examples: Light City, Half City, Cinnamon, New England.
Referred to as an American roast; has a stronger flavor. Beans are medium brown. Examples: City, American, Breakfast.
Has a bittersweet aftertaste. Beans are a rich, dark color. Example: Full City.
The darker the roast the less acidic the coffee; tends to have a smoky flavor. Beans have a shiny black surface. Examples: High, Continental, New Orleans, European, Espresso, Viennese, Italian, French.
Sources: ncausa.org, coffeeuniverse.com
ark your calendars, fellow chocoholics! Tampa’s second annual Festival of Chocolate will be held January 14-16. Hosted by the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), this choco-tastic festival is Florida’s largest all-chocolate-themed event. Besides the usual chocolate fare—truffles, brownies, cupcakes and ice creams—savory items will also be featured, including the debut of a chocolate BBQ sauce. Kids can make their own edible masterpieces, and grownups can whip up a batch of chocolate lip balm and learn about the beautiful partnership between chocolate and wine. You can also watch awardwinning pastry chef and chocolatier demonstrations, become a student at Chocolate University and participate in an ice cream eating The Festival of Chocolate is chocolate-smudged competition. hands down the event to sink your teeth into for all things chocolate. For ticket information, visit tampa.festivalofchocolate.com.
Café Havana celebrates its third anniversary in February. Open for breakfast and lunch, this cozy little café offers take out or dine in. Among traditional breakfast offerings, best sellers are the egg, ham and cheese sandwich and the bacon, ham and cheese sandwich. When it comes to lunch, Café Havana features a lunch buffet with a number of traditional Cuban dishes, but owner Luis Canelon says the most popular item is the Cuban Sandwich. “A lot of places use ham, but we use real roast pork,” he adds. Open weekdays from 7am-5pm and on Saturdays from 9am-3 pm. Closed Sunday. 923 N. Magnolia Ave., Suite 300, Ocala (352) 351-4853
Chick-fil-A opened in November in its new Ocala location on State Road 200 just east of I-75, and plenty of patrons turned out for the event. As is customary for a grand opening, the first 100 adults in line win a year’s supply of Chick-fil-A. The franchise is operated by Jeromy and Amanda Williams, who relocated from their previous location across the street. The new stand-alone Chick-fil-A features several new elements, such as a double-point ordering system and an indoor playground with an interactive toddler area. Open 6:30am-10pm Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. 3445 SW SR 200, Ocala (352) 854-2866 / chick-fil-a.com
Grace Sushi will soon celebrate its one year anniversary at their College Road location. Patrons brag on the fresh and unique menu items, as well as the pleasant, helpful servers who are quick to answer any questions. Fans of Japanese food especially appreciate the sushi, California rolls and bento boxes. The large and varied menu includes hibachi and tempura dinners, as well as the always popular king crab. Beer and wine available. Grace Sushi is open for lunch open and dinner seven days a week. week. 8075 SW SR 200, Ocala (352) 291-9303
Little Joey’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant Baylee Plaza: 16840 US Hwy 441, Summerfield / (352) 347-1800 Big Lots Shopping Center: 103rd Street Plaza, 8602 SW SR200, Ocala / (352) 873-0223 6998 N. Lecanto Hwy / (352) 465-0082 Mon-Thu 11a-8:30p / Fri & Sat 11a-9:30p / Closed Sun
Aft er 20 years in business, Little Joey’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant has not lost its touch. Th e family-style dine-in or takeout Italian restaurant serves fabulous dishes that are prepared to order. Catering for various events can also be arranged. With quality as a top priority, chefs prepare authentic Italian dishes, from Chicken Marsala to Eggplant Rollitine, a vegetarian delight, and another favorite, the Linguine Pescatore, a seafood lover’s dreams and don’t let us forget about the hand-tossed Pizza, Stromboli and Calzone with your choice of toppings. With quality as a top priority, our chefs put the utmost care into the preparation of each dish to provide the best dining experience.
Don’t forget to join us on Tuesday every week for a large Pizza for only $6.95!!!
Little Joey’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
House of Japan 3410 SW College Rd., Ocala / (352) 304-5110 / houseofjapans.com Mon-Thurs 11a-10p / Fri-Sat 11a-11p / Sun 4p-10p House of Japan is Ocala’s newest dining restaurant, the new gem of the town! House of Japan off ers traditional and exotic Japanese cuisine, including sushi, teriyaki, tempura and hibachi food. Th e staff is committed to serving the highest quality fi sh available on the market. Start with a big piping hot bowl of udon, such as the Inaka Yasai: miso-fl avored soup with udon noodles, tofu, shiitake mushrooms, mixed vegetable, egg, inari, tofu and spinach. And have a big bowl of ramen like you’ve never tasted before! Come enjoy your dining in a casual and comfortable atmosphere with great service.
Happy Hour Special 2 for 1 Sun-Thurs 4:30pm- 6:30pm. $8.95 Lunch Buffet, Mon-Sat 11am-4pm.
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El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Happy Hour Daily 4p-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $3.95; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $3.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $5.45; Chimichangas on Th ursdays, $4.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $3.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $6.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $6.95; Tacos de Bistec Th ursdays, $6.95; and Enchilada Fridays, $6.95. Don’t miss “Margarita Mondays” with $1.95 margaritas. On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under - 99¢ from the children’s menu (takeout not included). Wednesday is 99¢ margaritas and $1.95 for domestic and imported beers. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.
Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7pm and get 2-for-1 wells or drafts. Whether it’s delicious food, great drinks or a festive atmosphere, there are more reasons than ever to visit either El Toreo location today.
THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD
Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite.
Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from homestyle chicken & dumplings to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fi sh fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfi sh. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.
Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave Rd, Ste. 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 / cuveewineocala.com Mon-Thu 5p-10p / Fri & Sat 5p-2a / Happy Hour 5p-7p Call for Reservations. Private Parties and Off-Premise Catering Available.
Cuvée Wine & Bistro is an elegant and approachable environment where you can embrace the age-old relationship between food and wine. In an inspiring and intimate atmosphere, Cuvée brings together the taste of upscale cuisine with the freshest ingredients, combined with a wide array of wines from around the world. We guarantee your senses will be delighted and your palate overwhelmed. Feed your mind, your spirit and your curiosity at Cuvée.
The Ivy House Restaurant 106 NW Main Street, Williston / (352) 528-5410 / ivyhousefl.com Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thur-Sat 11a-8p For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at firstname.lastname@example.org. No reservations are required, but a courtesy call for parties of more than 10 is appreciated. Full-service catering, gift shop-boutique.
Tucked comfortably in the heart of Williston, this familyowned establishment is a pleasure to visit. Th e restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years now. Lunch is served seven days a week and features a Southern-style daily special, and supper is served Th ursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious steaks and their famous Baked Krispy Chicken, along with a complete full menu.
Bamboo Bistro 700 North Hwy 441 (In Front of Target), Lady Lake / (352) 750-9998 Mon-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun Noon-9p Celebrating 1 year in business! Experience the unique and unforgettable taste of Bamboo Bistro in Th e Villages! Off ering Asian dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and Th ailand along with a full sushi bar, Chef Liang Wu incorporates the best variety of authentic Asian ingredients while using an array of cooking techniques. Our specialties include Peking Duck, Pepper Seared Filet Mignon, Seafood Delight, along with other seafood choices. Many wok entrées and noodle dishes are available as well. A variety of Asian beers and the extensive wine list will complement any meal.
Four course dinner for two, $30. Chef Wu and co-owner Jian Daniels have created a wonderful new Asian Fusion dining experience in town that manages to be both elegant and casual.
Mesa de Notte 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 732-4737 / mesadenotte.com Mon–Fri 11a-10p / Sat & Sun 3p-10p / Happy hour daily 3-7p Chef Jose Moreno says “Benvenuti a Mesa de Notte” (Welcome to Table of the Night) an Italiano vero, fi ne dining experience you won’t forget. Traditional Italian cuisine, as well as unique specialty dishes, are all served with gourmet pasta made in-house at Mesa de Notte. Mesa de Notte uses only the freshest ingredients, including fresh seafood and vegetables, hand-cut steaks, veal, duck and more. Complete your meal with one of 13 delicious sauces, all rooted in Italy, such as livernese, puttanesca, frances, pomodoro, bolognaise, pesto, vodka, piccata, oil and garlic. Enjoy a glass of “vino” from over 80 international fi ne wines, many served by the glass, or maybe a nice bottle of cold beer. Come enjoy! Or let us cater your holiday party!
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Mesa de Notte with our Black Tie Gala Dinner. Six courses with complimentary wine with each course. Reservations only. Seating 8pm to Midnight.
Latinos Y Mas 2030 S Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-4777 / latinos-mas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Closed Sunday Looking for a unique evening out with a Latin fl air? Well look no further, Latinos Y Mas is the answer. Begin your dining experience with a refreshing dragon berry mojito, or perhaps a unique tropicolada. Follow that with the golden crispy calamari with homemade marinada chipotle mild sauce. For your main entrée, try the Zarzuela de Mariscos, a combination of sautéed shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, fi sh and calamari in a delicious coconut milk and Caribbean rum sauce, served over rice. Or, try the Blackened Mero served with a tangy tropical mango salsa and a cool orange sauce. Of course there is no resisting the sweet treats at Latinos, so make sure to save room for dessert!
Happy New Year! Gift certificates and party platters available for any special occasion.
McAlister’s Deli 3930 SW 42nd Street, Ocala / (352) 690-7783 / mcalistersdeli.com Located in the Berkshire Oaks Plaza on the south side of SR-200 across from Sam’s Club Sun-Thur 10:30a-10p / Fri -Sat 10:30a-10:30p Looking to feed a large group on a tight budget? We cater and will bring it to you! Give us a call today.
As soon as you walk through the doors, you’ll be greeted by our massive menu fi lled with sandwiches, spuds, salads, soups and sweets—all made with high-quality, premium ingredients. And, you can feel free to be as choosy as you want, because everything at McAlister’s is made exactly the way you like it. Just don’t forget to add a tall glass of McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea™ to your order. And if you don’t have time to come in and eat, McAlister’s makes it easy to call in orders to go. Find out more about us at www.mcalistersdeli.com or “Like” us on Facebook by searching “McAlister’s Deli – Ocala FL”.
Tilted Kilt 3155 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-Midnight / Fri-Sat 11a-12a / Sun 11a-11p Other favorites include such entrées as the Sausage Artichoke Fettuccini, Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie and lasagna.
Have you heard the buzz around town about Ocala’s newest restaurant and sports bar? Everything at Tilted Kilt, from the delicious pub-style food to the friendly costumed staff , is exciting and fun! Th e menu features an array of satisfying options, whether you just want to snack or feel like having a full meal. Nachos, cheeseburger sliders, quesadillas and salads join over half a dozen hearty burgers, such as the Black & Bleu, Th e French Connection (lots of melted Swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms and onions) and the BBQ Bacon. Other favorites include Maggie Mae’s Fish & Chips, Kilt Burner Wings, Chicken Tenders, the Ultimate Club Wrap and the Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap.
Chili’s Grill & Bar Several convenient locations throughout our area / chilis.com Sun-Thu 11a-11p / Fri & Sat 11a-Midnight (lounge open till 2a, at I-75 location only) Happy Hour All Day Everyday Happy Hour is all day every day with 2-for-1 drinks. New lunch break. Forget the old—go for the bold. $6 lunch combos!
From freshly prepared salads to mouth-watering burgers, Chili’s kicks up the fl avor with food that’s anything but ordinary. Smokey, sweet and savory ribs are now slow-smoked over pecan wood and are impossible to resist. Enjoy the fl avor without the guilt thanks to dishes under 750 calories. Party Platters create the perfect event at Chili’s. Scan here with your smartphone for a direct link to chilis.com
Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Sun Breakfast Buffet 8a-Noon, Dinner 1p-7p / Mon-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p Tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, Blanca’s Café is a gem of a fi nd for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty, with a popular breakfast buff et off ered every Sunday. Patrons enjoy a full service bar and live entertainment weekly as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s off ers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer in town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café off ers something to please every palate.
Weekly entertainment, call for details. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Each Friday in Jan., 1½ lb. Maine Lobster. Reservation required by Wednesday. Welcome HITS!
Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Servin’ USDA Hand-Cut Prime and Choice Steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, chops, fresh fi sh, burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday – Buy One, Get One Free Fajitas and Th ursday, Steak Night with $12.98 steak specials! Daily 2-4-1 Happy Hour 11am-7pm, Early Bird Specials till 6pm Mon. thru Sat. Sunday – aft er church specials starting at $8.99 with dessert. Check out our new and exciting menu items! Back for a limited time – 1lb bone-in chef select NY strip for $13.98.
Locations also in Gainesville, The Villages in Lake Sumter Landing and our new location in Tallahassee. Takeout service available.
Tommy’s Country BBQ 2065 Northwest Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 732-7759 / (352) 732-7491 fax email@example.com Mon-Tues 6a-4p / Wed-Sat 6a-8p / Closed Sundays With the dream of cooking the home-cooked foods he loved as a child, especially BBQ favorites, Tommy started his restaurant business 12 years ago. As a professional in the food industry his entire adult life, Tommy was no stranger to the kitchen. Tommy’s Country BBQ features a comfortable, homey atmosphere that encourages friends and family to come together to eat. Prices range from $3.99-$6 for breakfast and $6-$9 for lunch. Wednesdays through Saturdays, dinner meals range from $6-$20.
Tommy’s specializes in the best prime rib in Ocala. Give them a try and you’re certain to feel the difference.
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he “Greatest Show on Earth” is headed to Florida once again this January with a load of dragons in tow! That’s right, RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY are proud to present Dragons, a one-of-a-kind circus performance that dares you to believe in the unbelievable. Along with the thrills of the highflying circus acts and majesty of the animal performers,
tribes of firebreathing dragons from far and wide will be joining in the action. Watch in awe as they demonstrate their various skills to prove they possess the virtues of wisdom, courage, strength and heart in a dragon tournament of champions. May the best dragon win!
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Round ‘Em Up
Stock up on wet naps! Some of the best BBQ in town will be served up country style at the VFW in Ocala from 2-6p. Let the experts in the kitchen cook up some lip-smacking goodness. There will be BBQ ribs, chicken and all the fixin’s. Work off your meal with dancing to the live country music… or just kick back and relax. Admission is $20. (352)
There will be a round up of Mustangs… and Fords, too! Silver Springs Nature Park will host the 18TH ANNUAL FORD AND MUSTANG ROUND UP for car enthusiasts and their families. Spend two days appreciating classic automobiles while enjoying the beauty of Silver Springs at the same time. In addition, National Parts Depot will be on-site showcasing some of their finest products. Plus, showcasing some of their finest products. Plus, don’t forget to cast a ballot for your favorite pick don’t forget to cast a ballot for your favorite pick at this just-for-fun event, because voting is this just-for-fun event, because voting is people’s choice! people’s choice! silversprings.com or
An Artful Event
A Starry Night
The COUNTRY CLUB OF OCALA
will host the Marion Cultural Alliance’s Artist Within VII. This annual event couples a novice artist with an advanced master artist to design a work of art. The evening begins at 6p with a review of the artwork and cocktails. Dinner will follow, along with the auction at 8p. A cash bar will also be available. Proceeds benefit the Marion Cultural Alliance Endowment to promote the promote arts in Marion County. Tickets are Tickets are $65 for MCA members and $75 for and $75 for non-members. mcaocala.com or (352) 369-1500.
Interested in the night sky? THE DISCOVERY CENTER invites all family members for a fun and educational evening of Sidewalk Astronomy. Astronomer Ken Nash will lead an evening of exploring the great unknown: outer space. Tour the night sky with telescopes, hands-on activities and educational lectures. This cosmic evening is free and runs from 6-8:30p. All ages are welcome. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.
A Family Affair
APPLETON EXHIBITS (ONGOING) The Appleton Museum will feature several exhibits during January. Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen will feature an assortment of the actress’s costumes and memorabilia. Scenes From the South: American Art From the Collection of James Fuller features landscapes of the southern United States. For The Love of The Sea: Watercolors of Phillip Steel will open January 21 and features 35 nautical-themed works. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
With 20 No. 1 country hits and more than 50 albums, the Bellamy Brothers, whose music career has spanned more than 36 years, are bringing their act to Weirsdale’s Orange Blossom Opry on January 28. Ocala Style took a few minutes to chat with Howard Bellamy about his long-standing career and love for Central Florida.
DISCOVERY CENTER WINTER PROGRAMS (MONTHLY) The Discovery Center will host several fun and educational programs for children of all ages throughout the month. For a complete listing of activities and to register, visit mydiscoverycenter.org or call (352) 401-3900.
How would you describe your music?
FINE ART CRAFTS BY CONTEMPORARY CRAFTSWOMEN (THROUGH JAN. 15) The Florida Museum of Women Artists has been transformed into an interactive installation of purchasable fine art crafts, all created by women artisans. floridamuseumforwomenartists.com or (386) 873-2976. CIRCLE SQUARE COMMONS FARMERS MARKETS (THROUGH MAY) Circle Square Commons will host a farmers market on Thursdays from 4-7p. At 5p, On Top of The World chefs will prepare the recipe of the week during a cooking demonstration. BURROWING OWL PROGRAM (JAN. 3) The Pioneer Garden Club will host an informative program on the burrowing owl, an endangered species. Betty Gilbert, who has studied the burrowing owl for over 10 years and has written two books and taken countless photos, will be
Interview by Melissa Peterson
Our music is really a combination of a lot of things. We were brought up here in Central Florida. We were exposed to so many different types of music. Our dad played a lot of country music and western swing. We heard island music and country music and, of course, early rock and roll. I think a little of all of it rubbed off on us. We kind of call it gumbo music—it’s a mixture of everything.
What has it been like to work so closely with your brother over such a long period of time? It’s been an honor to work with my brother. I think people are most surprised that two brothers have been together for 36 years. Luckily for us, we have pretty good chemistry, and I think we owe a lot of credit to our parents. They taught us how to work together at a very early age.
Who are your musical inspirations? I love several categories of music. My favorite country singer is Merle Haggard. I still think he’s the best country singer ever. We cut our teeth on such music as Jimmie Rogers. And of course James Taylor, and even Joni Mitchell. I’m a big fan of Joni Mitchell. I think she’s one of the best living poets we have.
Your song “Let Your Love Flow” has made a recent resurgence. What is it about this song that spans so many generations? We’ve been very fortunate that we’ve recorded songs that have lived very long lives. Recently, “Let Your Love Flow” was on a Barclay’s bank commercial in England, and it ran for two years. It just became huge all over again in Europe. That song is a very special song, and it never ceases to amaze me. It may pop up in a movie or commercial, and it resurfaces—and has for 36 years now.
Being from this area originally, what is your favorite part about Central Florida? I’ve traveled and toured in 60 countries around the world, and for some reason, Central Florida is like a magnet to me. I’m always drawn back. We lived in LA in the mid-‘70s for about six years, so I’ve been exposed to a lot of other places in my life. There’s something very special about Central Florida. I like the people; I like the weather; I like everything about it. I’m a native diehard Floridian.
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THELOCALSCENE speaking at the event. The program is open to the public and begins at 10am. pioneergardenclub.com or (352) 236-1879. HOSPICE THRIFT STORES BLOW-OUT SALE (JAN. 3) All three Hospice of Marion County thrift store locations will host pre-inventory sales from 9am-4p. Proceeds benefit patient care services. hospiceofmarion.com or (352) 873-7441. DATE WITH KATE TOUR AND LUNCH (JAN. 4, 7) The Appleton Museum will host special Date with Kate tours of the Katharine Hepburn exhibit, including a tour of the exhibit, lunch in the café featuring some of Katharine Hepburn’s own recipes and a viewing of a classic Hepburn film. The tours will begin at 11:30am, and the package costs $25 per person. Advanced reservations required. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
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GREEK FESTIVAL (JAN. 27-29) The 12th Annual Greek Festival will take place at the Father George Papadeas Community Center in Belleview. There will be plenty of Greek food, music and dancing along with a bazaar, face painting and lots of kids activities. The festival runs from 11am-8p Friday and Saturday and 12-6p on Sunday. greekfestivalocala.com or (352) 237-1476 or (352) 622-1378. APPLETON AFTER HOURS (FEB. 2) The Appleton Museum will host their monthly After Hours social from 5-8p. Admission is free for members and $8 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE (FEB. 6) The 6th Annual FatherDaughter Dance will take place at the Circle Square Cultural Center from 7-9p. The dance is open to girls ages 3-13 accompanied by their father or father figure. Tickets go on sale Jan. 9 and are $25 per couple through Jan. 24 and $30 per couple after Jan. 24. $10 for each additional daughter. father-daughterdance.com or (352) 694-4759. BOOK SALE (FEB. 4) The Friends of the Ocala Library will host their quarterly book sale from 10am-4p in rooms B and C at the main library. Hardcover books are priced at $1 and paperbacks at 50 cents. friendsoftheocalalibrary.org or (352) 368-4591.
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1. Offer does not apply to existing CAMPUS loans. Offer is for new loans only. Credit approval, sufficient income, adequate property valuation (maximum LTV of 70%), and first mortgage position are required. Owner-occupied property only. Offer excludes mobile homes; certain other restrictions apply. Property insurance is required; flood and/or title insurance may be required at an additional expense to the borrower. Example: a $100,000 loan at 3.25% for 120 months would require 119 monthly payments of $977.40 and one final payment of $960.37, total finance charge of $17,454.57; for a total of payments of $117,287.57. The amount financed is $99,833.00 the APR is 3.285%. APR=Annual Percentage Rate. 2. Credit approval and initial deposit of $5 required. Mention this ad and we’ll waive the $15 new member fee. This credit union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration.
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