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October 2017




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t has been a couple of weeks since those dreadful days. We saw our lights go out, the water come in (and out) and the winds blow. For the most part, however, we were ready. We closed our shutters, prepared our hurricane kits, filled our gas cans and gathered our insurance papers. Some of us evacuated, while others hunkered down and waited for whatever Mother Nature was going to bring. Our community did not come out unscathed, but mercifully the center of the storm avoided us this time. After seeing the near total devastation on the Caribbean island of Barbuda, some of us feel a bit lucky. One of the true honors of publishing this magazine is being able to tell the stories of members of our community doing incredible things. We have already heard countless selfless acts from “Hurricane Heroes” across the community. People putting the welfare of their neighbors before their own. We want to tell these stories. If you know a “Hurricane Hero” drop us a note at Help us tell his or her story.

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FEATURE STORY 19 Coffee Roasted While You Wait in the New Coffee Zone at Ralph’s Market

SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT 22 NSU University School Prepares Students for Success in College and Life


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COMMUNITY NEWS 12 No Tricks! Just Treats! Witch Spook-tacular Event to Attend? 12 Get a Taste of Equality 14 Be Their Guest! It’s Time for the Annual Fairy Tale Ball 14 Hollywood Residents to be Honored at the 2017 Profiles in Leadership Gala 16 The 2nd Annual Dylan D’Andrea Memorial Paddleball Tournament Was a Smash Hit


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CHAMBER NEWS 30 The Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is Preparing for Tee Time

INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 31 Local Gym Owner Proves to be a Community Champion Once Again

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Dream Car Classic – The Downtown Hollywood Dream Car Classic features dozens of classic cars, trucks and other vehicles of interest. Attendance is FREE. Vehicle registration is $20. To pre-register for the Dream Car Classic, email Joe Bevelacqua at jbevsr@ and include your vehicle’s make and model. – 10:00am - 3:00pm – Hollywood Boulevard between 19th & 20th Avenue Downtown Hollywood – For more information, call 954-825-1027.

Funtastic Friday – Enjoy family fun every Friday night with a DJ, face painter, games, bounce houses and more. Local 10 (WPLG) viewers recently ranked Funtastic Friday # 8 on their “Top 10 Places to Take the Kids” in South Florida list. – ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood – FREE admission – For more information call 954-921-3500.

Soulful Jazz Sundays – Enjoy the smooth sounds of local saxophonist, Travis Bridges, from 7 p.m. to 9 pm at Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach.

2nd Burger Beast Food Trucks – Bring your appetite, your family and your friends to ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood every Monday 5:30-9:30pm. Over 20 trucks participate. For a weekly updated truck line-up visit www.

Artspark Movie Night – Gather the family, a blanket, lawn chairs and some popcorn for a night under the stars watching a FREE family friendly flick at ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood at 8:00pm. Gulfstream Park Family Fun Fridays – The entire family will enjoy an amazing line-up of entertainment with interactive DJ, games, character appearances and performances. Every Friday night at Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park from 7:00pm-9:00pm – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach.

7th Music in the Park –  Live bands of all genres including Top 40, Oldies, Salsa and Classic Rock perform every Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach.



5th Full Moon Drum Circle – Bring a drum or other percussion instrument to this FREE guided drum circle. ArtsPark at Young Circle – 1 Young Circle, Hollywood from 7:00pm-9:00pm. – For more information, call 954-926-0204.


Hollywood Beach Sweep Clean Up – On the second Saturday of every month from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. volunteers meet and collect litter and cigarette butts from the beach. Volunteers must be at least 8 years of age to participate and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress appropriately and wear sunscreen. This is a program of the Department of Public Works. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided to all volunteers along with safety instructions – Charnow Park – 300 Garfield Street, Hollywood. Operation Paintbrush – Hollywood residents may participate in this popular program where they may receive up to 20 gallons of high quality recycled exterior latex paint for their single-family homes. Colors available are off-white, beige, terracotta, gray and turquoise. Paint distribution takes place at the City of Hollywood Public Works Compound located at 1600 S. Park Road, Hollywood between 8:00am and 12:00pm. For more information, please call 954-967-4526.

21st Downtown Hollywood Artwalk/ Mural Tour – Visit galleries and shops in Downtown Hollywood while enjoying art, cultural entertainment, live music, a mural tour and more during ArtWalk on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 5:00pm-10:00pm and mural tour at 6:00pm. Cost is FREE. For more information, please call 954-924-2980.


International Tuesdays – Featuring music by Benji Rafaeli, performing in more than 10 different languages from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Every Tuesday night at Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach. National Night Out – Come out and learn about safety and how the Hallandale Beach Police and Fire Rescue work to keep the community safe every day of the year. FREE Interactive displays, presentations and training exercises. 6:00-9:00pm at Gulfstream Park – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach.

7:00am-11:00am at Charnow Park – 300 Garfield Street, Hollywood. For more information, please call 954-552-8995.

Taste of Equality – For the third year, the event hosted by Gulfstream Park from 6 to 9 p.m. will benefit Equality Florida. This year, attendees can embrace their inner foodies with a tasting in the park from participating venues and expect the event to take it up a notch with some awesome entertainment, shopping specials, raffles and more. Gulfstream Park – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach.

14th Pursuit of Honor, Courage & Commitment 5K Run/Walk – Everyone is invited to raise scholarship funds for US Naval Sea Cadets.


St. David Carnival – St. David Catholic Church welcomes everyone to the annual fall carnival. Patrons are invited to advertise and attend the 4-day event at 3900 S. University Drive in Davie. Rides, live entertainment, shopping, freshly prepared food, and more. Discount tickets are now on sale. For times and more information, please call 954-475-8046 or visit www.

28th Downtown Halloween Celebration – Celebrate October’s signature holiday with costume contests, candy, and specials all night long. The FREE event will have an interactive children’s trick or treat area, “Treat Street”, from 6pm – 9pm with family fun & live music. Later in the evening, adults are welcome to attend outdoor bars, hear live bands, and participate in costume contests with prizes valued at $10,000 from 9pm – 2am during the “Hollyweird Block Party” on Hollywood Blvd between 19th & 20th Ave. For more information, please visit www. or call 954-924-2980.

31st City of Hallandale Beach Halloween Festival – All ages are welcome to this fun-filled night of celebration. Games, music, bounce houses, entertainment, and candy will be FREE to Hallandale Beach residents. Refreshments will also be sold by the Police Athletic League. 6:00pm-9:00pm – Costume Contest starts at 7:00pm. OB Johnson Park-1000 NW 8th Avenue, Hallandale Beach. For more information visit or call 954-457-1452.

Not So Spooky Halloween – A onestop destination for the ultimate in trickor-treating happens at Gulfstream Park from 5 to 8 p.m. Get the kids in their costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the village at participating stops. Entertainment includes a DJ, face painter, photo booth, magic show and more. If the kids don’t have too much of a sugar rush, pop-in to any one of Gulfstream’s many dining options after you make your rounds. Gulfstream Park – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach.


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No Tricks! Just Treats! Witch Spook-tacular Event to Attend? COMMUNITY NEWS



t’s that time of year when the sun sets earlier, the slight change in temperature becomes apparent, and October’s signature holiday is right around the corner. Although, the leaves will not be changing colors and the smell of fall will not be in the air, many Florida residents still enjoy the season and their pumpkin spice lattes. Most locals, big and small, especially get into the seasonal spirit towards the end of the month when Halloween celebrations and activities pop up all over town. Once the pumpkins are purchased, it’s time to start thinking about costumes, parties and trick-or-treating. Hollywood’s 3nd Annual Downtown Halloween Celebration promises to be even bigger this year, as both sides of Hollywood Blvd. between 19th and 20th streets are closed for a super-sized block party on October 28th. The free community event sponsored by The Hollywood CRA, Hollywood Kia, The Greek Joint, Mickey Byrnes, Whiskey Tango, The Octopus Bar & Mauro’s Pizza will offer an evening for kids of all ages. Early in the night from 6-9pm, the little ones can enjoy “Treat Street”. The interactive trick-or-treat area is free and offers plenty of candy stations, face painting, balloon twisters, a costume contest, kid friendly entertainment, and live music by Carlos DJ Sonic. Additionally, a new market area will showcase local vendors. Later that evening from 9pm-2am, the “Hollyweird” Block Party begins for the 21 and over crowd. Whiskey Tango, Mickey Byrne’s, The Greek Joint, and The Octopus Bar will provide live music and entertainment. There is no

cover charge, but the opportunity to purchase food and drinks is available. It’s encouraged to dress to impress as adult costume contests with categories such as: Best Group/Couple, Sexiest, Scariest, Funniest, and Best overall can win cash and prizes valued at over $10,000. For those that want to continue the festivities, The City of Hallandale Beach will host their annual event on October 31st. The City of Hallandale Beach Halloween Festival welcomes all ages for a fun-filled night of celebration. Games, costume contest, bounce houses, entertainment and candy will be free to Hallandale Beach residents at OB Johnson Park located at 1000 NW 8th Avenue in Hallandale Beach from 6:009:00 pm. Another great option for little ones is the Not So Spooky Halloween event at Gulfstream Park. The one-stop destination for the ultimate in trick-or-treating happens from 5 to 8 p.m. Get the kids in their costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the village at participating stops. Entertainment includes a DJ, face painter, photo booth, magic show and more. If the kids don’t have too much of a sugar rush, pop-in to any one of Gulfstream’s many dining options after you make your rounds. For more information on these events, please see the calendar on page 10 for more specific details.

Get a Taste of Equality BY BEVERLY PERKINS


or the third year, Taste of Equality, hosted by Gulfstream Park, will be held on October 11, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This year, attendees can once again embrace their inner foodies with a tasting in the park from participating venues and expect the event to take it up a notch with some awesome entertainment, shopping specials, raffles and more. More than 250 local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) supporters and members of the LGBTQ community are expected to gather at Hallandale Beach’s renowned Gulfstream Park to support Equality Florida. The event is hoping to raise funds through ticket sales and raffle prizes, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Equality Florida and The Safe and Healthy Schools Project. The lavish open-air entertainment complex is the perfect place for guests to sip and savor a variety of food, wine and cocktail samples from more than a dozen participating sponsors while supporting the cause that dedicates itself to securing full equality for the LGBTQ community. The dining and retail center has generous donations and support from its tenants. Guests will be able to dine and shop around Gulfstream at restaurants and retailers including Adena Grill &



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Be Their Guest! It’s Time for the Annual Fairy Tale Ball COMMUNITY NEWS



ver a decade ago a special group of volunteers at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation spent their time advocating and raising funds for the hospital to reinforce its’ mission to heal an individual’s body, mind and spirit. These volunteers, appropriately called The Diamond Angels, have raised more than 4.5 million dollars since its inception in 2004. Their main event, The Fairy Tale Ball, supports children, families, programs, services, and facilities at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The Diamond Angels are proud to announce the 14th Annual Fairy Tale Ball, and have a simple request to be their guest at this year’s Beauty and the Beastthemed fundraiser. The grand fundraiser, co-hosted by The Diplomat Beach Resort, will be held on Saturday, November 11th at 7:00pm at the beachfront destination in Hollywood. The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, an auction of dream vacations and unique experiences. George Gray, announcer for The Price is Right, will emcee and attendees will be encouraged to sing along with The Liverpool Legends, a Beatles tribute band. In addition to an incredible evening, guests will hear the emotional story from a patient who attributes their life to the care received at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

“We’re committed to making things better for those in our community coping with pediatric health issues,” said Fairy Tale Ball co-chairs Liz Jacobs and Robin Steinman, leaders of the volunteer Diamond Angels that annually host the event. “The gala definitely has something for everyone and the impact of all our efforts is significant and long-lasting.” Funds raised at the 2017 event will help double the size of the current hospital, which will include a new Cardiac Intensive Care unit and the expansion of medical and surgical services to meet increased demand. Sponsors for the 2017 Fairy Tale Ball include: Memorial Healthcare System, PNC Bank, Sheridan Healthcare, and Radiology Associates of Hollywood. Tax deductible tickets to Beauty and the Beast are $300. Purchase at or by calling 954-265-3454. The Diplomat Resort & Spa is located at 3555 S. Ocean Drive in Hollywood. Established in 1994, the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation provides philanthropic support to JDCH by serving as the central agency for charitable contributions. This helps to ensure the ongoing availability of the highest quality of healthcare to hospital patients regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, visit

Hollywood Residents to be Honored at the 2017 Profiles in Leadership Gala BY BEVERLY PERKINS


he annual Profiles in Leadership Gala honors business and community leaders in Broward County who have made a significant impact professionally and personally. The event will be held on Saturday, October 14th from 6:30-11:00pm at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six. The venue is the perfect choice for the Under the Sea-themed evening. More than 450 guests are expected to attend the black-tie event. The annual Profiles in Leadership Gala is one of the best attended and widely recognized events of the season. Guests will enjoy dinner, an over-the-top live and silent auction, a special tribute to the honorees and live Andy and Allison Cagnetta entertainment by Gregory Griffith Productions. “The Profiles in Leadership Gala highlights individuals who have gone above and beyond for our community through their commitment to leadership and philanthropy,” said Peter Moore, Board Chair and President of Chen Moore and Associates. “It also gives us the opportunity to recognize our remarkable volunteers, donors and partners for all of their hard work and dedication.” Three Hollywood residents will be recognized amongst the six chosen recipients of the prestigious honor. In addition, one individual will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Allison and Andy Cagnetta: Andy Cagnetta is CEO of Transworld Business Advisors, the number one business brokerage in Florida, and international franchisor. Allison Cagnetta has been actively involved with United Way of Broward for the last 10 years as well as several other organizations.  Together, they put on “Andy’s Family Pasta Dinner,” an annual benefit for LifeNet4Families, which provides food, services and referrals to Broward’s hungry and homeless.    Gerald Greenspoon: The Co-founder of Greenspoon Marder, P.A., which



specializes in the areas of real estate development, resort and timeshare development, condominium conversions and finance and transactions, has lived in Hollywood with his wife Ellen for over 30 years. He has contributed to the strong growth and prosperity of the law firm, as well as been an involved supporter of the South Florida community in various organizations and charities such as Jewish Federation of Broward County, Junior Achievement South Florida and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Also, a big supporter of the arts in Broward County, Ellen has raised funds and awareness for different causes to benefit children. “I am honored to have been selected as an honoree Gerry Greenspoon for 2017 by Leadership Broward. I am committed to continue to pursue and support business and philanthropic endeavors that will continue to improve the lives of others and culture in the local communities, “ said Gerald Greenspoon, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Director of Greenspoon Marder. “Allison and I are humbled and honored to be recognized by Leadership Broward. Our involvement in Leadership Broward has been very meaningful to us,” said Andy Cagnetta. “We believe in their mission and know their programs and projects have made a huge impact in our community.” Tickets are $550 for Leadership Broward Foundation couples; $300 per person for Leadership Broward Foundation members; $350 per person for guests and non-members; and $200 for Emerge Broward members. For sponsorship, tickets and more information. Please visit, call 954-7678866 or e-mail

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The 2nd Annual Dylan D’Andrea Memorial Paddleball Tournament Was a Smash Hit




any came out to the Hollywood Beach Garfield Paddleboard Courts on a hot August day this past summer to benefit “I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation” in honor of Dylan D’Andrea. The second annual event raised almost $2,500 for the memorial fund set up by Dylan’s family. The “I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation” supports the development of, and raises public awareness about, cutting-edge, targeted therapies for childhood cancer, so that the treatment of childhood cancer will be gentler and more tolerable. More than 70 players remembered and honored Dylan D’Andrea with a special day of a “Hands vs. Paddles Out of the Hat Open” tournament, hosted by Jaime W. Pozo and Kelly Quinn. They played for over 8 hours in 90+ degree weather to raise funds for the cause. Additionally, many set up tables, cooked food, and donated water, Gatorade, and ice to keep players fueled and hydrated. “Living in South Florida, I’ve been playing paddleball on Hollywood Beach for over 30 years, and realized it would be a great opportunity for my paddleball family to participate in a fun event, while supporting a beautiful cause and celebrating my son’s life,” said Kelly Quinn, Dylan’s mother. “They truly are a second family at Hollywood/ Garfield Street Beach!”


Since 2007 “I Care I Cure” (ICIC) has funded over $1.6 million in research both locally and throughout the country. Quinn first learned about the organization from her co-worker Beth-Ann Krimsky, ICIC Board President. After speaking with her and learning of all the efforts and their mission, she knew she had to get involved. Sadly, shortly after, Quinn lost her 17-year-old son in a tragic car accident. She wanted to bring something positive out of the tragedy, so their family has made their focus on “I Care I Cure” in Dylan’s memory. Each year they enter a team in the annual 5K Run, and now for the second year their very own Dylan D’Andrea Memorial Tournament. “The family of Dylan D’Andrea experienced a tragic loss. No parent should have to bury a child,” said Babette Ferre-Kosar, Executive Director I Care I Cure Childhood Cancer Foundation. “Kelly is an extremely strong and generous woman, and her ability to turn this tragedy into a supportive and successful event will hopefully prevent other parents from the heartbreak of losing a child in the future through better cures and treatments for childhood cancer.” “Our Dylan D’Andrea 2nd Annual Memorial to benefit I Care I Cure was bigger and better than the last, and that’s solely due to the teamwork and friendship of everyone involved,” stated Quinn.

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magine sipping on a cappuccino while shopping for exotic international groceries as the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans fills the air. this may sound too good to be true, but its not, thanks to the Coffee Zone at Ralph’s Market.

Lucci wanted to represent many of the major U.S. manufacturers as well as many foreign manufacturers. This diverse mix makes up the uniqueness of shopping at Ralph’s. Anyone craving a taste of home can most likely find what they are looking for at this international market. Pat Lucci, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Ralph’s International Market, took the time to answer some frequently asked questions about his “super” market. Tell us about the Coffee Zone. We have imported a brand-new coffee roaster and espresso machine from Italy to include at our deli/coffee bar. Customers will be able to select raw, green beans from one of the 8 countries of origin we represent. They will then be able to select the level of roasting (dark, medium, light), and we roast them right on premises while they shop. We are happy to serve the freshest cup of coffee, cappuccino or box of coffee beans/grounds you could ever possibly get. We heard there is a unique history about how the actual store came about. Tell us about it. Well, when we were just a distribution center many local farmers used to sell produce on the street corner. One day they were told they could no longer sell their goods on the public property,


The Coffee Zone will be South Florida’s first coffee shop restaurant where coffee beans are roasted while you wait, resulting in the freshest cup of coffee imaginable. It is the vision of Ralph’s Market owner Pat Lucci. The retired 2-star Admiral from Buffalo, New York purchased Fort Lauderdale Wholesale Grocers in 1979 and entered into the food service and institutional distribution markets after having a successful career in the donut business up north. He then named it Niagara Distributors Inc. and created the cash and carry store thereafter.

so I invited them to sell on my property. It soon became a place for local farmers to sell produce straight out of their pickup trucks and later from a produce stand. Today it is a large building with thousands of square feet, and a destination for local consumers to purchase those food products from home, wherever, their home may be. What would you say Ralph’s International Market specializes in? We have the largest variety of imported food products from all over the world. From bakery items to wines and everything in between, one can expect to find the most unique and hard to find items.

Romanian, Bulgarian and Hungarian wine assortment is one of the largest and most popular in the area.

What breakfast options do you have? We have a deli that serves fresh and affordably priced breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Customers just love our egg and cheese croissant for breakfast and our freshly made-to-order deli sandwiches for lunch. We serve quick, affordable, and delicious meals for those on-the-go. Being from Buffalo, New York, do you carry any special items representing your home? A matter of fact, Yes! Of course! P.J.’s Crystal Beach Loganberry Syrup, Webers Horseradish Mustard, Piccalilli Relish, Anchor Bar Wing Sauce, Ted’s Famous Hot Sauce, Bison Dip, Chiavettas, Molson, Genessee and Labatts. We also have the infamous Sahler’s Smokehouse Hot Dogs. What are some other specialty items that you sell? Besides the hometown goodies from Buffalo, New York, we have a top notch selection of cheeses, smoked meats, salmon caviar, olive oils, Hungarian salami and Turkish coffee, just to name a few. Is there an item only you carry? There are many items that only we carry, but I would say that Sahler’s Smokehouse Hot Dogs and Bulgarian Feta Cheese are my top picks. No one sells more Bulgarian Feta than we do! Where are your wines from? Our wines are mainly all imported from Europe. We offer a large quality selection with great prices. Our

Is that a smoker out front? Yes, a matter a fact, we can roast and/or smoke anything. Fresh turkey, pig, goat, lamb, you name it, we can smoke it in our facility. We can have anything ready for a special occasion. What countries do you represent? What countries don’t we represent? We feature products from Eastern Europe, Italy, Israel and the Middle East, Scandinavia, South America, as well as the United States and many others. Are your products Kosher? Yes, many of our products are Kosher. Is there anything else your store features? Customers may also order dinner to go. We also have a “Catch Your Own Lobster” tank and a fresh olive bar. What can one expect when shopping at Ralph’s? Our staff is extremely helpful and we value each customer. Usually after just one visit, customers always come back and become family. We provide an experience when shopping here, a culinary adventure, if you will. Do you accept credit cards? Yes, credit cards are accepted What are your store hours? Monday-Friday 8:00am-6:00pm Saturdays 9:00am-6:00pm Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm Ralph’s International Market is located at 3701 N. 29th Avenue, Hollywood, FL 33030 - South corner of the building - One block West of I-95 between Stirling Road (exit 22) and Sheridan Street (exit 21). They can be reached at 954-923-9037.



NSU University School Prepares Students for Success in College and Life SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT



losophy and Upper School offers Advanced Placement, Honors and Regular levels of coursework that prepare students for college and beyond. Many of our high school students are involved in university level research projects and work directly with NSU professors throughout the campus.

SU University School is the only Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade private school in the area to be part of a major research university. Since 1971, it has utilized the unique resources, dynamic faculty, and exceptional facilities available on the Nova Southeastern University campus to personalize education for students at all levels.

What are the advantages of being part of a college campus? NSU University School is

Head of School William Kopas, Ed.D., shares more about NSU University School’s teaching philosophy and college-preparatory curriculum.

located on a 28-acre campus in the heart of Nova Southeastern University, affording students a safe and secure environment within a thriving scholarly community. Furthermore, our personalization, qualified and passionate educators, and connection to the university enables students to reach their potential and gain a strategic advantage. Within a rigorous and supportive environment, students achieve success in academics, athletics and the arts, and contribute to their community and various service organizations.

How would you describe NSU University School? For the past

46 years, NSU University School has provided a challenging and personalized education within a supportive environment for students of average to gifted abilities. Our students are prepared for productive lives and leadership roles through a program that focuses on academic excellence, extracurricular participation, and service to others.

What is NSU University School’s teaching philosophy?

We are a progressive private school that utilizes the latest research in learning theory to maximize student potential and bring out each student’s special gift or talent. We differentiate and personalize instruction for a wide range of student abilities. Our holistic instruction is oriented towards experiential learning opportunities that reflect real-life programming.

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lege-preparatory curriculum is aimed at students with high academic standards. It is thematically based and integrates technology, real-world problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking. Our Early Childhood and Lower School programs stress the fundamentals of learning and how to learn while challenging students appropriately. Middle School expands on this phi-

Please describe your students.

NSU University School students are engaged and collaborative learners, innovative thinkers, and globally aware citizens who are prepared for college and life. Our inquiry-based curriculum, differentiated approach to learning, and opportunities for mentorship provide students and graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence for success in and beyond the classroom. In addition, NSU University School students are civicallyminded. Beginning in Lower School, students participate in charitable efforts which continue through high school. On average, a graduating class will have performed over 50,000 hours of community service throughout the four years of Upper School.

Speaking of sports, what types of extracurricular activities does NSU University School offer? We offer abundant opportunities

for students including athletics at all levels, visual and performing arts programs, as well as a multitude of clubs. The NSU University School Speech and Debate team is ranked in the top 1% of all teams in the United States and we have had four National Champions in the past three years. Our Robotics team is world ranked and has won two of the last three state championships. Our athletic teams are regularly recognized by the Florida High School Athletic Association for athletic and academic excellence.

What are the credentials of your faculty?

Our faculty value the importance of education. Over 75% have advanced degrees and a number also teach classes at NSU in both undergraduate and graduate programs. NSU University School teachers understand that every child learns in his or her own way, so they continually develop new instructional approaches in order to reach every learner. All staff members receive training in differentiation.

What is your background? This is my third

year as Head of School at NSU University School, after serving five years as Upper School Director. Before coming to NSU University School, I was principal at Canisius High School in Buffalo, New


York. Before that, I served in a variety of administrative capacities including assistant principal, dean of students, and summer school director for 16 years at Brophy Prep in Phoenix, Arizona. I received my Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University and my Masters from Northern Arizona University. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where I was a member of four Big Ten Championship swim teams. In addition, I was an individual Big Ten Champion and a Big Ten Scholar Athlete.


How can prospective families learn more about NSU University School? Our next

Open House will be on Thursday, November 16th at 9:00am. Prospective families will have the opportunity to tour our spectacular campus and see how our teachers inspire students with innovative classroom lessons and 21st century teaching strategies. To RSVP, visit www.uschool. or call 954-262-4506. NSU University School is located on the Nova Southeastern University Campus in Davie. The address is 3375 SW 75th Avenue. For more information call 954262-4506 or visit


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esides preparing for depositions, the Kramer, Green, Zuckerman, Greene, and Buchsbaum, P.A. law firm was very busy preparing for school this past summer. Although, the Hollywood-based law firm is always dedicated to providing clients with unique, cost-effective legal solutions, they felt the need to help those in need in the community as well. Pens, pencils and paper were hot commodities in July and August, when the boutique law firm participated in the Broward Education Foundation’s Tools for Schools drive. Attorneys and staff collected essential school supplies for students in need throughout Broward County, amassing large quantities of notebooks, glue sticks, crayons, erasers, paper, pencils, pens, highlighters, rulers and more. All the donated supplies will be made available to teachers from Broward’s Title I schools at the Tools for Schools Broward store in Pompano Beach. Qualified teachers can shop, free of charge, for school supplies for their economically challenged students. “Tools for Schools addresses critical gaps in our local education system by providing in-need students with the essential supplies they need to be successful,” said Robert M. Kramer, President of Kramer, Green, Zuckerman, Greene & Buchsbaum P.A. “When families are struggling with extreme poverty, it’s easy to understand why food and shelter would take precedence over school supplies.” The Broward The Hollywood-based law firm of Kramer, Green, Zuckerman, Greene and Buchsbaum, P.A. Education Foundation participated in the Broward Education Foundation’s Tools for Schools drive this summer envisions a community

(L-R): Robert Kramer, Faith Kohn, Mitchell Green

where all Broward County Public School students can each achieve their highest potential. To do so, the Foundation, through community involvement and fundraising, provides support for: Innovative teaching to increase student learning outcomes from pre-K to grade 12; Educational materials for Title 1 school students; Scholarships for qualified graduating high school seniors; and Fiduciary oversight for community members who join in our educational mission by establishing Foundation agency funds. Law firm partner Mitchell Green added, “Something as small as a notebook or pack of pens might not seem like a big deal to some, but starting the school year with the right supplies can have a profound impact on a student and their ultimate academic success.” To learn more about the Broward Education Foundation, visit or call 754-321-2030.

Bienvenido, Latinos in Action! - McArthur High School Welcomes New Club BY BEVERLY PERKINS


cArthur High School is excited about their new club, Latinos in Action (LIA), which the Broward County School Board encouraged. The new initiative already has 34 students involved under the direction of club advisor, Jessica Santos. Currently, LIA serves over 310 students in 110 schools throughout Utah, Idaho, Washington, Arizona, Texas, and Florida. Involved students are civically engaged young men and women who aspire to better their lives through education, leadership, professionalism, and service. These middle and high school students are paired with elementary school students as mentors and tutors, and reach more than 6,000 annually. The leadership class/club is taught at the high school and junior high/middle school level by a highly-qualified and committed educator. LIA states, “The robust LIA curriculum trains students as paraprofessionals and leaders who visit their local elementary schools to not only increase literacy and math rates of those who are struggling, but to act as role models. This allows younger students to build leadership and self-efficacy that will propel them to join LIA when they reach Junior High and High School and continue the cycle of support and leadership demonstrated by older LIA students.”



McArthur High School club members will mentor and tutor students at Boulevard Heights and West Hollywood Elementary Schools. They plan on having a beach clean-up and a pageant at the end of the school year. Their mission is to run the club on their own and build each other as leaders with their advisor providing them the structure and opportunity to make their own decisions under her guidance. All students are required to keep a 2.0 GPA or higher, with an overall goal to graduate college and become professionals. Most LIA students currently maintain a 3.2 GPA and many well above that average. Latinos in Action meet every other day during third and fourth periods as part of the study hall. “Latinos In Action is a group of students empowering each other and the community to be the difference they want to see. From tutoring/mentoring younger children at local elementary schools to creating community service projects that work towards the enhancement of our environment is what we do,” says club advisor Jessica Santos. “My goal as the Latinos In Action Advisor is to help build up leaders and professionals that strive to make a huge impact on our society and that become world changers.” The service component of the program is one of LIA’s strongest values. Students are taught the importance of “giving back”. Through their service, these students are role models and leaders in their communities. They are recognized scholars, mentors, and trail blazers setting the example for future generations of Latinos.

Every day is an open house. Schedule your private family tour today. From early childhood through Grade 12, Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by STEM and design, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and service learning. Our 14 acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with additional academic expansion plans. Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We are more than your child’s school; we are your family’s community.

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THE DONOWAY CENTER NEW HOPE FOR ADVANCED PANCREATIC AND LIVER CANCER PATIENTS Patient’s once diagnosed with locally advanced Pancreatic and Liver Cancers were given little hope and often offered limited treatment options all with certain short life expectancies despite the treatment they were receiving. However, a new procedure called Irreversible Electroporation, also known as IRE or NANO-KNIFE for short, has changed all that. Patients are seeing a doubling and tripling of their life expectancies based on recently published reports. Though currently used in patients with known locally advanced disease it has now found its place in the operating room and used when patients are “unexpectedly” found to have more advanced disease than pre-operative imaging shows.

Robert B. Donoway, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.S.S.O. Diplomate American Board of Surgery Diplomate, Society of Surgical Oncology Former Medical Director Memorial Cancer Center Medical Director of Institute for Breast Cancer Prevention

Dr. Robert Donoway, a surgical oncologist trained at SloanKettering, is the only surgeon performing these procedures. During the procedure, in the operating room, after it has been determined that the patient’s tumor is non-resectable, fine needle probes are placed through the tumor using ultrasound guidance to ensure there is no injury to critical structures such as the Bile Ducts and Portal Vein. High voltage current up to 3000 volts is delivered through the probes in 90 microsecond pulses synchronized with the patient’s heart rhythm to avoid any cardiac problems. The procedure lasts between 1 & 2 hours using imaging to follow the ablative process. After the procedure is completed the probes are removed and the patient is taken to ICU step down for a 24-hour observation period. Most patients are discharged in 2 or 3 days following surgery and because there is no major surgery to recover from they are able to start postoperative neo-adjuvant type chemotherapy and radiation sooner. After 3 to 6 months of combination treatment patients are re-evaluated and restaged. A number have been converted to Resection candidates, which is still deemed the standard of care. Preliminary results have been very encouraging and have more than doubled many patients' life expectancy. Clinical trials are ongoing to use new novel agents including monoclonal antibodies and vaccines as the next line of treatment in this highly selected & heavily pre-treated group. Dr. Donoway is the only surgeon performing this procedure in Florida. For more information about Dr. Donoway visit

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Robert B. Donoway, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.S.S.O. Surgical Oncology & Breast Surgical Oncology Practice specializing in Cancer of Breast, Pancreas, Liver, GI Tract, Melanoma, Sarcoma, Thyroid and Parathyroid, Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment, Surgical Oncology, Breast Surgical Oncology, Endocrine, & Laparoscopic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Image Guided Breast Surgery, Genetic Cancer Counseling & Electroporation for Non-resectable Pancreatic and Liver Tumors.


r. Donoway is a board certified Fellowship-trained Surgical Oncologist who received his MD and Surgical training at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Sloan-Kettering where he was the General Motors Cancer Research Fellow. He has taught on the faculty at Penn, Sloan-Kettering, University of Miami and Nova Southeastern. Dr. Donoway is the former Medical Director of the Memorial Cancer Institute and Chairman of the Cancer Committee for the Memorial Healthcare System as well as Chief of Surgery and Surgical Oncology at Memorial Regional in Hollywood. Dr. Donoway serves on the Board of the American Cancer Society & Gildas Club. He has also served as past President of the American Cancer Society Broward County Chapter. Dr. Donoway is active in the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. His accomplishments include being the first Surgeon in Florida to perform Radio Frequency Ablation as well as Laparoscopic Liver Resection. Dr. Donoway is a recent recipient of the South Florida Health Award for the use of Micro-Endoscopy for the detection of early stage Breast Cancer. Dr. Donoway is the Medical Director of the Institute of Breast Cancer Prevention and has been repeatedly named to “TOP DOCTORS IN AMERICA” by Castle Connolly. Dr. Donoway is the ONLY surgeon in Florida performing specialized Pancreatic and Liver ablation therapy for non-resectable tumors. Dr. Donoway is the Former Chair of the Aventura Cancer Committee at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Donoway has privileges and operates at Aventura Hospital, Memorial Regional, Memorial South and Memorial West. ▲▲▲▲▲▲ ▲▲ ▲ ▲

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baby’s first tooth can be a significant milestone. Teething typically begins anytime around 6 months to one year. Babies will drool, have increased saliva, and put their hands in their mouth during teething. Babies can sometimes be uncomfortable during this process, and the gums may be mildly swollen. A baby’s body temperature may slightly rise when teething; however, according to a 2016 study in Pediatrics, a true fever (temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) is not associated with teething and is actually a sign of an illness or infection. For teething discomfort, parents can try using a cold washcloth or a solid teething toy that was placed in the freezer. For severe discomfort, ask your pediatrician about the appropriate dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol). We recommend avoiding over the counter teething tablets since some have been shown to contain inconsistent and, in some cases, elevated amounts of components, which can be toxic if ingested. We also advise against amber teething necklaces, which are a choking and strangulation hazard. Once your child has teeth, the brushing fun can begin! Start with using a small smear (size of a grain of rice) of fluorinated toothpaste on a baby tooth brush twice a day. After your child turns 3, you can start using a pea-sized amount when brushing. Remember to supervise and assist your child’s brushing techniques until they are able to do it independently (around age 6 or 7). Although special children’s toothpaste can help incentivize your child to brush, buying it is not necessary. As long as it has fluoride, they can use the same brand the rest of the family uses. It’s never too early to take steps to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Tooth decay develops when teeth and gums are exposed to any liquid or food other than water for prolonged periods or frequently throughout the day. This happens commonly when children are offered a bottle prior to or at bedtime. Milk, formula, juice, and soft drinks leave behind sugars that remain in the mouth. Bacteria in the mouth changes sugars to acid. This acid then dissolves the outer part of the teeth, causing them to decay. This process can also occur when kids frequently drink anything other than water from a cup or bottle during the day or night. Milk should be served only with meals and not offered throughout the day, at nap time, or at bedtime. Try to minimize the amount of sugary snacks that your child can choose. Instead of cookies and candy, offer fresh fruit. Be careful with small treats like raisins, caramels, and jelly beans, which can get stuck in teeth. Direct Line Scheduling an appointment with a pediatric dentist should happen sometime around your child’s first birthday. The dentist will check your child for cavities, and your child will get used to the routine of a dentist’s appointment. After that, your child should be seen every 6 months for routine check-ups. Cavities are the most common chronic medical problems -, even more common than allergies and asthma! Taking care of teeth early on helps build long-lasting healthy habits.



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Dr. Berkovich, a pediatric hospitalist at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, is a board-certified pediatrician, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and member of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and the Helfer Society. She received her medical degree from Nova Southeastern University, and completed her pediatric residency at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, formerly Miami Children’s Hospital. The award recipient of the Dr. Arturo J. Aballi Educational Award and the 2016 American College of Osteopathic Pediatrician’s Outstanding Resident of the Year resides in Hollywood with her husband and two children.

Which Breast Surgery is Right for You? BY CHARLES A. MESSA, III, M.D., F.A.C.S.



ccording to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery operations in our country. Patients will often come to our office wanting their breasts to be fuller and are not certain which type of surgery is best for them. Is an implant necessary, or lift, or both? The technique used to enhance a woman’s breast should be individualized based on each woman’s personal appearance goals and unique anatomy. A common misconception is that breast implants make a woman’s breast stay up longer and not sag. This is not true. A breast implant adds volume or size to the breast. An implant can increase breast width, projection, and firmness, but doesn’t prevent the breast from sagging with time, especially if a woman doesn’t wear a bra. When a woman loses breast tissue volume or size as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, or through natural deficiency in breast development, then placing a breast implant beneath the glandular tissue or under the muscle (pectoralis) will enhance the appearance. When there is excess breast skin, such that the nipple and areolar position is now below the fold of the breast, then a breast lift or mastopexy is most likely necessary. This procedure involves removing the excess skin and tightening the remaining breast tissue to elevate or lift the nipple and areola and the breast itself. The type of mastopexy procedure utilized depends on the shape and the degree of sagging (or ptosis). There are three main types of breast lifts depending on where the incisions are placed on the breast. They are: Periareolar (Benelli, around the nipple only), circumvertical (lollipop, around the nipple and from the nipple to the fold), and inverted “T”, or anchor incision (same as above with an additional incision along the inframammary crease or fold). All are safe and effective techniques for lifting the breast depending on the degree of sagging. A breast augmentation and mastopexy can be safely performed at the same time, depending on the patient’s anatomy and individual history. An implant can improve the aesthetic appearance of the breasts when volume or size enhancement is necessary, in addition to skin tightening or lifting. In general terms, if a patient is an A or small B cup bra with sagging breast tissue, a breast lift and implant would be beneficial if the patient desires an increase in breast size or projection. When a patient’s breasts are a full C or D cut, then the breast lift alone may be sufficient depending on her individual breast appearance goals. As with facial rejuvenation and body contouring, there is no single breast enhancement procedure that is applicable to every patient. A thorough preoperative consultation and discussion of each woman’s individual appearance goals is essential to ensuring the proper surgery technique is performed. Dr. Messa is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, an active member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a recognized expert in cosmetic plastic surgery and has achieved Allergan’s Black Diamond Award as one of the top 1% of plastic surgery practices in the country by volume. Dr. Messa has also achieved Chairman status with Medicis and Mentor Corporation. This award honors distinguished leaders in cosmetic surgery for demonstrating expertise and excellence through a high volume of aesthetic product procedures. The certification is awarded to leaders in the field of medical aesthetics and demonstrates their commitment to innovation, excellence, and the highest level of patient care. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Messa, please call our office at 954-659-7760.




The Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is Preparing for Tee Time


he Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its 34th Annual Golf Classic and fundraiser. The event is slated for Friday, December 1st, 2017 with a 12:15 PM shotgun start. This year’s tournament will be hosted at the beautiful Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club, 501 Diplomat Parkway. The Chamber’s Annual Golf Classic is an opportunity for approximately 144 corporate members to do business on the green and… Have a good time!  Golfers will network with a very desirable segment of our community, government, and business leaders alike. The golf tournament is part of our annual campaign to raise funds to promote the Chambers mission, and support our many events and educational programs. Our Chamber headquarters will undergo a facelift in 2018, further promoting and advancing the city’s beautification efforts… our community and its businesses will all benefit. Golfers of all levels will enjoy this world-class experience on an 18-hole championship golf course. The outing will include a lunch box, drinks on the course, a silent auction and an awards ceremony. Congratulations to last year’s hole-in one winner, Dan Serafini, owner of GG’S Waterfront. Serafini won a striking 2017 SUV Kia Sportage, courtesy of Hollywood Kia. “We always support the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s golf tournament each year

because it’s such a great event, but last year was an exceptional experience for me getting my first hole-in-one!,” exclaimed Serafini.“The tournament is definitely a great opportunity to reach out and meet new people and business leaders of the community. In fact, it is such a great tournament, that we will have two foursomes at this year’s tournament!” Sponsorship packages are now available. Don’t miss out on all the fun and secure your foursome now! For more information please call the Chamber at 954-923-4000 or visit our website The Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce represents local business interests, promotes economic growth, provides leadership in community affairs, and delivers services and programs for its business members. As the second largest chamber in Broward County, the Greater Hollywood Chamber serves about 900 members which includes 127 trustees and 36 Board Members in South Florida. For more information about the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, please call (954) 923-4000 or visit website at, and Facebook at www.

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or the second year, Flaco’s Community Gym teamed up with Oakridge Elementary School for the annual back to school event, “Thai’s Bookbag Giveaway”. Jose “Flaco” Perez and Eddie Aguilar, Oakridge Elementary Principal, certainly went the distance to make this year’s backpack drive bigger than last years. The original goal in 2016 was 50 backpacks (even if Perez had to purchase them himself), which quickly turned into 125. This year, the quantity nearly doubled with 200 backpacks overflowing with school supplies to be given to children in need. Additionally, children received free haircuts, nutritional advice, well check-

ups, and so much more. The entire event doubled in general as more professionals came out to provide their services to the expanded crowd. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Jose “Flaco” Perez isn’t the stereotypical gym owner with big muscles, a big attitude and a big accent. This native New Yorker is known in Hollywood for his big heart. His goal is to bring the community together by connecting others to resources he himself has benefited from that they may not have access to such as doctors, lawyers, nutritionists, musicians, celebrities, etc. “Combining the efforts of the city’s municipalities and small local businesses in the community supporting one another, we were able to offer much needed information, guidance, and a great positive environment for the youth and their families,” said Perez. “I want to help bring back the old school ideals and beliefs that we help one another in the community, a world where we know our neighbors’ names, problems, and are there to support and help one another.” The blow-by-blow of some in attendance were as follows: Hollywood Police Department, Hollywood Fire Department, Berman & McGrath, Mercedes Electric, Big Tyme Barber Shop, Exclusive Barbers, Legacy Barbershop, Sub City, Powell Health Solutions, Vision Security, Eatwell Exchange, Roho Kitchen, Superbowl XLVII champion Bryant McKinnie, Stanley Zamor, DJ Sykes, Brettnie B, YungKurb, and numerous others. “The students and staff of Oakridge Elementary are grateful to Flaco’s Community Gym for providing a positive, energetic start to our school year,” stated Proud Principal, Mr. Aguilar. “We thank Flaco and his volunteers for the hundreds of backpacks and school supplies to help our children succeed.” “I want to leave a legacy bigger than a bank account,” added Perez. “To see and hear the reactions of the kids and parents was great, and to know I had a chance to really make a difference in just one kids life is a blessing.”



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The 26th Annual Jail and Bail fundraiser ended with a bang aboard the Upthe-River Cruise. Guests sailed around the Fort Lauderdale waterways on the triple-decker Biscayne Lady yacht raising more than $30,000 for the American Cancer Society (ACS). The event was the crowning conclusion to another terrific year for Jail and Bail— an annual event which is one of the largest fundraisers for the ACS in Broward County. The cumulative total of both events reached $205,000 for the 2017 season.


For the second year, Flaco’s Community Gym teamed up with Oakridge Elementary School for the annual back to school event, “Thai’s Bookbag Giveaway”. Jose “Flaco” Perez and Eddie Aguilar, Oakridge Elementary Principal, certainly went the distance to make this year’s backpack drive bigger than last years. See page 31 for more details.


The City of Hallandale Beach gave out 500 backpacks and various school supplies at their annual back to school event made possible by numerous sponsoring vendors. Activities included free haircuts from Tony’s Barbershop, a health fair, live band, a bike rodeo, street art, bike giveaways, helmet fittings, a pop-up library, and more!



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ne of the most difficult syndromes to diagnose is fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, the condition cannot be confirmed through a simple laboratory test, or even on an x-ray. A physician must determine the diagnosis based on a patient’s symptoms. Because symptoms can occur alone or along with other conditions, it takes time to truly diagnose. Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain that affects the muscles and soft tissues. Chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, memory and mood issues, painful tender and/or trigger points are often the most common symptoms. Symptoms may occur after a physical trauma, surgery, infection, or significant psychological stress. However, sometimes symptoms may just develop over time with no specific cause. The American College of Rheumatology says that one of the criteria used as a guideline for diagnosing fibromyalgia is widespread pain throughout the body for at least three months. “Widespread” is defined as pain on both sides of the body, as well as above and below the waist. Researchers also believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way the brain processes pain signals. For some reason, women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than are men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression. Although there is no cure, symptoms can be relieved through medications, lifestyles changes, such as exercise and stress management. Other possible causes can be an underlying problem such as rheumatic diseases, mental health problems, and/or neurological disorders. Your physician may still recommend blood tests to get a complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, thyroid function, and vitamin D levels. Additionally, your physician may also perform a careful physical exam of your muscles and joints, as well as a neurological exam to look for other causes of your symptoms. If there is a chance that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend a sleep study. After gathering all the appropriate and crucial information, your physician will be able to assess what may be causing your symptoms and determine and develop an effective treatment plan. Felix M. Ramirez, D.O. has received extensive training in Pain Management, and always stays current with all new and up to date through many educational meetings throughout the year. He has been practicing Pain Management in the Pembroke Pines/Hollywood area for over fifteen years and he has been involved in drug research as well as procedure research studies. Interventional Pain Physicians of South Florida is located at 2301 N. University Drive, Suite 204, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024. To schedule an appointment, please call (954) 447-0577.

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