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8th soil lecture – You will never look at dirt the same way after attending “The Basics of Soil” lecture, sponsored by the Miramar Community Garden. Miguel Afonso will provide an introduction to soil science in a practical and easy to understand format. He will also discuss soil structure, soil microbiology, soil nutrients and the basic diagnosis of common plant nutrient deficiencies. It will be held on Feb. 8, from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m., at the Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place. For information, visit

10th Teen dance – Middle school students can dance the night away at the Walter C. Young Middle School Gym, located at 901 NW 129th Avenue. Event is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Entry fee is $4. Must attend middle school in Pembroke Pines and show middle school ID at entrance. For information, call 954-437-1134.

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enjoy a Valentine’s Day Celebration at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Ave., in Pembroke Pines. At noon, there will be a one hour “Chocolate Challenge” baking contest and cash prizes will be awarded for the top three contestants and their decadently delicious desserts! Home baked entries only. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit


silent auction and mingle with community leaders and businesses. For information, visit or call 954-432-9808.

26th Tour de broward – Ride, run or walk at the 3rd Annual ANF Tour de Broward at Miramar Regional Park. And it is all for a good cause. Proceeds will help fund hospital services at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s fourth floor “Dreams” unit, where children diagnosed with cancer receive care. For information, visit www.

carnival – From Feb. 16 to 19, the Blessed John XXIII Roman Catholic Church will be holding its annual carnival. There will be raffles, rides, music, games and more. The church is located at 16800 Miramar Parkway in Miramar. For information, call 954-646-5708 or 954-392-5062.

11th flea Market and bazaar – Find the best buys and bargains in town at the “Flea Market and Bazaar,” which benefits senior programs at the City of Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Senior Center. The event is held at 301 N.W. 103rd Ave., on Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit

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Teen dance – Middle school students can dance the night away at the Walter C. Young Middle School Gym, located at 901 NW 129th Avenue. Event is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Entry fee is $4. Must attend middle school in Pembroke Pines and show middle school ID at entrance. For information, call 954-437-1134.

10th Arts and crafts – The 14th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in the Pines Art, Jazz & Razzmatazz will be held on March 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 10300 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines. This juried art and fine hand craft festival also features plant vendors, jewelry, food trucks, jazz entertainment, live art demonstrations, free kid’s craft tent and free admission. For information, call 954-961-6067 or visit



sip and Taste – The Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its 8th Annual “A Sip of Wine. . . A Taste of Heaven,” at the Miramar City Hall Plaza. Guests can indulge in a selection of heavenly wine tasting and decadent food temptations from a variety of local area restaurants and caterers. Groove to the live music of “The Brass Evolution”, engage in a fabulous

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Photography Exhibit – Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery presents the photography exhibit “In the Eye of the Beholder.” Enjoy the works of some of the best local photographers. The exhibit runs through March 12. The Gallery is open Mon. to Thurs, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located on the first floor of the Pembroke Pines City Hall, 10100 Pines Blvd. For information, call 954-986-5037.

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order to keeping gardening costs to minimum. He will talk about the rewards of growing plants from seeds and cuttings, as well as asexual and sexual plant propagation methods, with an emphasis on easy to follow rules of thumb for success. The Miramar Community Garden is a living classroom where people can learn about the sources of fresh produce, receive vocational training in sustainable agriculture, and discover healthy living and the importance of environmental stewardship. At present, there are 15 active gardeners that take care of 650 pots filled with plants such as mustard greens, lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes and more. Scott Lewis has been volunteering since the garden opened almost two years ago. “It is a great place to learn about gardening,” said Scott. “All of the volunteers share their recipes, knowledge and excitement.” The Community Garden recently released a calendar full of activities and different ways to get involved. On Monthly Workdays, the Boy Scouts, fire fighters, students and other volunteers help in the garden. During the Plant Sales, the public can buy fruits, vegetables and herbs harvested from the garden. On Casual Thursdays, the public is invited to meet the gardeners and help with the crops.

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The Miramar Community Garden is located at Fairway Park, 3700 Largo Dr. To view the calendar of events or to volunteer, visit, send an email to or call 954-602-3270. To reach Miguel, send an email to or visit


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children can participate in the 3k Family Walk that begins at 9 a.m. Also at 9 a.m., children 13 years and younger can join in the fun at the Power of Play Kids Zone, with arts and crafts, sports-related activities, interactive games, great food and much more. In the past two years, the Tour de Broward has raised more than half a million dollars for the hospital. “This year, we hope to surpass our annual goal of $300,000, but also make this event a ‘must go’ for families across Broward County and beyond,” said Al Fernandez, president and CEO of ANF Group, Inc. In 2011, the hospital treated 357 pediatric patients for cancer, representing 8,808 visits, with over 60 newly diagnosed cases. Holly Davidson’s nephew was one of them. She plans to participate in the family walk with her husband and three children, ages, 5 to 8. “Joe DiMaggio is an incredible facility,” said Davidson. “I am looking forward to a day of family fun and the opportunity to support an excellent cause.”

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on a variety of topics, City of Miramar Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis will be holding her fourth League of Clergy meeting, on March 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Saint John the Baptist Coptic Orthodox Church, 7851 Riviera Blvd., in Miramar. Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes will educate religious leaders on recent changes to the voting process in preparation for the election in November. As the daughter of a minister, Commissioner Davis knows first-hand the impact that churches and various other places of worship have on the community. “I grew up with the very real understanding that the first point of contact for the needy was the church,” said Commissioner Davis. “There, people could always find the help they needed, even if it came directly from the minister.” Davis says that many parishioners turn to their pastors when they need food, a place to live or help paying their bills. As Commissioner, she is aware of many local, state and federal assistance programs that are available to residents. Eight months ago, she initiated the bi-monthly League of Clergy meetings as a way to disseminate some of the information. “As an elected

official, I have a duty and a commitment to serve all of our residents and provide them with the help they need or refer them to other resources that can provide them with assistance,” said Commissioner Davis. During the League of Clergy meetings, Commissioner Davis facilitates dialog between approximately 25 religious leaders and various agencies. Everyone has the same goal of reaching out to the community at large. Past guests have included the newly appointed Broward School Superintendent, Mr. Robert Runcie, School Board Member Patti Good, as well as Miramar’s economic development director and community development director. Commissioner Davis is hoping that more places of worship will join the initiative. For information, send an email to apdavis@ci.miramar. or call 954-602-3130.

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Year brings the improvements we desire and optimism for the beginnings of a continued upswing of the economy for everyone in our community. We have seen an extended period of economic difficulties with high unemployment and tight budgets, but as Americans we have always shown the kind of strength and perseverance that helps us weather any storm. However, in the current politiPembroke Pines cal and economic climate, a lack of trust has pervaded both the Mayor Frank C. Ortis political and business environments. Members of the public expect higher ethical standards from both public and private sector organizations and agencies. There is a desire for the ability to trust those with whom we interact on a daily basis and those who are entrusted with the honorable duty of driving public policy, building public/private sector partnerships, and upholding the public good. Broward County has recently passed a Code of Ethics Ordinance to create a level of oversight which not only protects the public but helps public officials build public trust. Of course, there will always be areas of policy on which there will be disagreement, but disagreement should not choke and disable the process.

Sometimes that lack of trust is instigated by a reporter doing sensationalist journalism; everything should be based on facts, not a cut-and-paste news report, but the entire answer from the accused. Too many times issues are “lobbed out” in an incendiary manner, and you never hear anything else about it, but the stigma remains. I truly believe that the people deserve a responsible public servant dedicated to serving the public every day. That, to me, ensures the trust needed from the electorate. This conviction is also the foundation of my belief that public trust engenders civil discourse. People have genuine concerns and problems which they would like to have resolved. Dealing with issues and problems starts with good communication; miscommunication between constituents and public servants delays the process of solving problems, and resolving issues. I look forward to a new year of improved communications, civil discourse, and restored public trust. The fact that we live in these great United States should empower every community to be involved in civic life to strengthen community relationships, and to work towards restoring the best quality of life that our citizens have come to expect. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email me at fortis@ppines. com or call my office at 954-435-6505.

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served with French Fries, Potato Salad and a Gaucho Salad. There are also a variety of house specialties, including Steak, Chicken and Fish Milanesa, as well as Milanesa Napolitana (breaded steak with ham, cheese and pomodoro). If you are in the mood for Seafood, chose from Salmon, Tilapia, Red Snapper and Mahi Mahi, cooked the way you like Flank Steak

Some recipes also belong to Uruguayan head chefs Oscar and William. Since most patrons like to eat late, the restaurant stays open until the last person arrives. There is also live music on Friday nights. “We want our customers to relax, enjoy themselves and have fun,” Carlos continued. Many like to start Milanesa with appetizers like the delicious homemade Empanadas (meat, chicken, ham and cheese, corn), Chorizo (Uruguayan sausage) and Fried Calamari. There are also a variety of Salads, including the Caesar Salad and Gaucho Salad, and both can be ordered with grilled chicken, grilled steak or grilled shrimp. Most of the main courses are cooked on the “parrilla” or “grill”. Customers can watch as their entrées sizzle and roaring fires from the open grill light up the kitchen. Some of the popular grilled items include Filet Mignon, Skirt Steak and Flank Steak. One of the best ways to sample grilled items is to order the restaurant’s specialty, La Parrillada. This sampler, served on table-top grills, is great for sharing and includes Short Ribs, Flank Steak, Chicken, Sausage, Blood Sausage, Sweetbread and Tripe, as well as a Gaucho Salad and one side. Some of many sides include Spanish Rice, Potato Salad, Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Fried Sweet Plantains. Chivitos (with lettuce, tomato, onions, peppers, ham, mozzarella, bacon, fried egg) are also a Uruguayan favorite. The menu includes Steak, Chicken and Fish Chivitos,


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it, and then add a sauce (garlic, lemon butter, sautéed onions and peppers or garlic, parsley and salt.) Many of the typical Uruguayan dishes are heavily influenced from Italian cooking. Choose from 13 different Pastas, then pick your Sauce and add your favorite Toppings. There are also Pizzas, which are cooked in a brick oven. Create your Flan own or chose from Cheese, Pepperoni, Chorizo or Vegetarian. No dinner is complete without one of the restaurant’s decadent desserts, made fresh by a Uruguayan pastry chef. The house specialty is the Postre Chaja, cake filled with peaches and dulce de leche, with sugary meringue on the outside. Other popular desserts are Crepes filled with dulce de leche and topped with ice cream, Flan and Arrollado. Carlos understands that many of his customers are on a tight budget. The restaurant offers lunch specials starting at $6.90 and dinner specials starting at $7.90. Happy Hour is from 4 to 7 p.m., on weekdays, with two for one beers and wine. Parrillada el Gaucho is the perfect solution for your next corporate or social event. Leave the grilling to the restaurant and truly enjoy your next event. Whether you want the food delivered or plan to fill the restaurant with your guests, the new lunch and dinner Party Menus will make your function a memorable success. Parrillada el Gaucho is located at 11386 Miramar Pkwy, in Miramar, on the corner of Miramar Parkway and Red Road. For information, call 954-431-0448 or visit

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PPtOPa Presents “the Producers” By DeBBy Teich


PPTOPA presents three shows annually and each one the Pembroke Pines Theater of the Performing Arts (PPTOPA) can often attracts as many as 4,000 give you a taste of what it is like. Next month, it will bring The Producers people. Typically, there is a musito Pembroke Pines for 12 performances. The original Broadway produccal in the fall and winter and tion opened at the St. James Theatre in 2001, starring Nathan Lane and a non-musical in the summer. Matthew Broderick, and ran for 2,502 performances, winning a recordProductions have included Secret breaking 12 Tony Awards. Garden, My Fair Lady, Sound of PPTOPA is the oldest continuously operating Community Theater in Music and many more. With a full Broward County. It was founded in 1993 by a group of dedicated individuorchestra, as well as professional als whose goal was to provide low cost, high quality live theater for the sets, backdrops and costumes, the community, as well as to provide opportunities for anyone interested in plays are expensive to produce. assisting in the creation of theater. The goal of the company has not changed Director Beverly Riches explains a scene in the show. Keith Kramer, PPTOPA president since it opened 19 years ago. and producer, estimates that The While technically an “amateur” company, PPTOPA productions routinely feature Producers will cost as much as $60,000. The theater raises money through donations some of the finest actors and actresses in South Florida. They are teachers, attorneys, and ticket sales, which range from $10 to $21. “Many people cannot afford to see a doctors, business owners and others who volunteer their time to immerse themselves Broadway show,” said Kramer. “We are bringing Broadway shows to the community in something they love. Recent casts have included performers who have headlined at a tremendous value.” productions at Stage Door, Curtain Kramer joined the group 16 years ago and performed on stage for most of them. The Producers will be held Call, New Vista, Tamarac, Caldwell When he became president seven years ago, he began devoting his time to running on March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, and Actors Theaters. They have the organization and producing. Kramer ran several successful businesses, but says 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and April 1. been on national Broadway tours, this “job” is way more difficult. “Every time we put on a new play, we start with a new starred in Hollywood films, and work force,” said Kramer. “The rewards, however, are incredible. By the time the show Friday and Saturday Evenings written and produced their own ends, the actors, stage crew and everyone else involved always develop a close bond.” at 8 p.m. plays. Many have been nominated Saturday and Sunday Matinees and selected as recipients of South For information, to order tickets or to volunteer, call 954-437-4884 or visit www. at 2 p.m. Florida’s Carbonell awards. f you have always dreaMed of seeing a broadway show,

Miramar seniors to dance the night away on valentine’s day By DeBBy Teich


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of Miramar senior citizens. On Feb. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m., they will have an opportunity to spend an evening with the people they love, at the Senior Valentine’s Day Dance held at the Miramar Multi-Service Complex Ballroom, 6700 Miramar Pkwy. The City of Miramar has sponsored this event for more than 20 years. The seniors will get dressed in their finest attire as they prepare for an evening out. The room will be filled with red hearts and other holiday decorations. They can dance the night away as a DJ plays a variety of music. There will also be a raffle with some great prizes. Transportation to and from the event is available for those seniors who do not drive. “This annual event is a favorite at the Senior Center,” said Khaye Curry, senior services superintendant. “They may be older, but they are still very active and love to have a great time. They look forward to getting dressed up; getting their hair done for a special occasion and looking beautiful. It is important for them to have planned events on their calendars.” The City of Miramar operates two senior centers designed for those who are at least 65 years old. The Sunset Lakes Senior Center is in West Miramar, 2801 SW 186 Ave., while the senior center in the Multi-Service Complex is in East Miramar, 6700 Miramar Pkwy. Both centers offer a wide array of services such as counseling and support groups, information and referral, health and wellness, recreational activities and even a hot lunch provided by Broward Meals on Wheels. Tickets for the dance are $12 for members and $14 for their guests. For information, call 954-889-2707 or visit


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During the real estate boom from 2003 to 2007, many lenders sold groups of mortgages in “securitized pools” to investment trusts on Wall Street. These trusts were created as investment tools that allowed lenders and investors to receive highly preferential tax treatment. In order to receive these tax benefits, however, strict regulations had to be followed. A securitization analysis by a qualified and credible firm can reveal whether an individual loan transaction was properly and timely transferred to a valid trust, i.e., was the loan properly “securitized.” If the loan obligation is proven not to have been properly securitized, an investment trust cannot foreclose.

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Even if the loan is not part of an investment trust, many loans have been sold multiple times. Each time a loan was sold, certain legal transfer requirements had to be fulfilled to legalize the transfer and to allow the new transferee to foreclose, if necessary. A transfer history analysis tracks the mortgage from its originator to the true current legal owner and holder of the obligation, and also identifies any breaks in the transfer chain which could prevent the current lender from foreclosing. In some cases, this analysis has uncovered that certain lenders even forged mortgage assignment documents through the use of so-called “robo-signers” to overcome transfer issues, which led to findings of fraud and the cancellation of the mortgage debt altogether. Detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, or at risk of foreclosure are discussed in a new instructional DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight for Your Home.” If you mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine you will receive a FREE copy when you make an appointment to discuss your case in detail with a member of our qualified legal team. You may also purchase the DVD online at If you are struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, or if you just received a foreclosure summons, contact the Arcia Law Firm at 1-800-770-7102 to schedule a free consultation, or visit for more information.


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I advise my clients to at least have a Last Will and Testament, Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy and Living Will in place. However, depending on the client’s needs and goals, some of the documents may be unnecessary or additional documents, such as a revocable or irrevocable trust agreement may be suggested. As part of the service I provide, I will review your current personal and financial situation and advise you as to your estate planning needs free of charge.

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While most people plan for their passing, many people don’t plan for the possibility of their incapacity, whether temporary or permanent. If you should ever become unable to take care of your own affairs due to aging, illness or accident, you should have a plan in place which you will hopefully never need. The following documents, if in place, may serve as alternative to a court imposed guardianship and assist your loved ones in the event of your incapacity: Revocable Trust Agreement, Durable Power of Attorney, Living Will, Designation of Health Care Surrogate and Designation of Preneed Guardian. The failure to have a plan for incapacity in place often result in a needless and expensive guardianship proceeding, so do not neglect to put these important documents in place while you are able to do so.

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I have heard the arguments against and in favor of the probate process. First, let me state that the probate process provides the legal mechanism by which assets titled in the sole name of decedent are transferred to the appropriate beneficiary. The probate process is subject to rules that may delay the final distribution of the assets of the estate, but are intended to protect all parties, including the estate’s creditors. As with many things in life, there are pros and cons to the probate process. If avoiding probate is a primary goal, there are different tools that can be used, such as a revocable trust, life estate deeds and joint ownership which can accomplish this goal.

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If you have had a life changing event (birth of a child, death in the family, winning the lottery), you should speak to your attorney regarding the need to change your estate plan. If there is a change in the law which affects your estate planning documents, such as the recent changes to the law applying to durable powers of attorney, you should speak to your attorney to see if you need to update your documents. If you just want to change your estate plan (i.e. remove a beneficiary, change a bequest), speak to an attorney prior to trying to make such changes on your own. When in doubt, you can always call me. For information, call the Law Office of Lawrence Levy, P.A. at 954-442-6543 or send an email to


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What is the main focus of your practice?

At Jaffer Medical Group, we help ensure that patients age with vitality through preventative care. We aim to keep our patients healthy in between visits, rather than simply treating them when they become sick. Dr. Jaffer and his team provide quality primary care and work with patients to help them understand their bodies and guide them to take charge of their health through diet, exercise and a positive attitude.

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Have a positive attitude at all times. Nobody can make you unhappy without your permission. 2 Exercise daily. Walk two miles daily or an equivalent exercise. 3 Manage your weight. 4 Maintain a healthy diet. Include a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber foods. 5 Don’t worry. Reduce stress, meditate, relax more. 6 Quit smoking. Refrain from alcohol, stimulants and unnecessary drug use. 7 Take multi-vitamins daily. 8 Laugh a lot. Enjoy your family, friends and intimacy with your spouse. 9 Have faith, be spiritual and thankful for all the bounties of life. 10 Make every day the best day of your life.

What is Dr. Jaffer’s background? Dr. Mohsin Jaffer is a graduate of the Family Medicine Residency Program at University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital, as well as a voluntary clinical assistant professor at the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Jaffer started practicing family medicine in 1987. He is the founder of Jaffer Medical Group and has specialized in geriatric health care in South Florida for 25 years.


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Who are the other physicians on the team?

The Jaffer Medical Group includes the experienced team of Dr. Mohsin Jaffer, M.D., Dr. Yeny Andrade, M.D., Dr. Leon Roth, M.D., Dr. Soett Ramirez-Estrada, M.D., and Laurie Richardson, ARNP-c. Dr. Andrade is board certified in Family Medicine and focuses on disease prevention. Dr. Roth is board certified in Internal Medicine and specializes in cardiology. Dr. Soett RamirezEstrada is a family physician and focuses on nutrition. Laurie Richardson is a board certified nurse practitioner with expertise in cardiology, burn/wound care and urology. Each physician shares the group’s philosophy of helping patients to be healthy, feel well and to live with vitality.

How old are your patients? Jaffer Medical Group caters to seniors, ages 65+. Dr. Jaffer says, “How LONG you live is not in your hands, but how WELL you live is in your grasp!” Dr. Yeny Andrade is especially proud of the Centenarians that are part of the group and enjoys hearing them tell her how young they feel. What can patients expect when they visit the office? Dr. Jaffer and his team are pas-

sionate about serving senior patients and strive to provide them with the utmost quality care. They understand that seniors have unique health concerns and create health plans that properly address the needs of each individual patient. Nurse practitioner Laurie Richardson believes that patients can change their destiny at Jaffer Medical Group. She enjoys helping and watching patients go from illness to wellness by changing their lifestyles and outlook on life.

What services does your practice offer?

Jaffer Medical Group has five centers located in Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Weston and Hallandale Beach. Each center provides full service medical care. Patients can expect immediate appointments, quick referrals to specialists, doctors on call nights/weekends and bilingual staff. All blood draws, lab work and X-Rays are done in house. Other medical services provided, but

not limited to, are minor surgeries, pulmonary function testing, wound care, ear lavage, EKG, joint injections, skin care and holistic massage.

Do you offer wellness seminars? Dr. Jaffer firmly believes in the value of Wellness Programs. He enjoys working with community centers, centers of worship and various charitable organizations to promote healthy living through his 10 Pearls of Longevity. Jaffer Medical Group also hosts Wellness Programs and Senior Events of their own. They include Breakfasts, Seminars, Bingo, Cooking with Dr. Ramirez and more. Do you have any advice to help patients increase longevity? Dr. Jaffer believes that

a key flaw in our healthcare system is that we do not spend enough money on wellness programs for patients; rather, most of the money is spent on the sick, with much of a person’s medical expenses piling up during the last few months of life. Preventative care helps minimize the destruction of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Dr. Jaffer advises most patients to work out daily to help stay strong, healthy and battle diseases.

What sets Jaffer Medical Group apart from similar practices? It is often said that an ounce

of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Dr. Jaffer is one physician in South Florida that truly integrates this belief into practice. Dr. Jaffer, his team of Primary Care Physicians and staff promote the health of the elderly to help prevent and treat diseases they may encounter before they come to the surface.

Jaffer Medical Group has five locations, which include: Memorial Hospital West: 601 N. Flamingo Rd., Suite 304, in Pembroke Pines; Mercantile Bank Plaza: 1 SW 129 Ave., Suite 405, in Pembroke Pines; 6448 Pembroke Road, in Miramar; 1855 N. Corporate Lakes Blvd., Suite 1, in Weston; and 2500 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Suite #M, in Hallandale Beach. For information, call 954-399-9973 or visit

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What services do you offer? We offer Cosmetic Surgery, Slim Lipo, Cosmetic Treatments (Botox, DermaFillers), Plasma Cell Transfusion, Hormone Replacement Dr. Cesar Velilla and his staff. Therapy, Laser Treatments, Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation, Weight Loss, Cellulite Removal with our Medical Grade Laser machine. The Age Treatments, Facials, Massages, Chemical Peels Spots are targeted with our Max G handpiece and much more. and only 3 sessions are needed for the spot to disappear. The benefit of this laser is that it works on all skin types. How do you help patients delay aging? We help delay the aging process with our Anti-Aging Therapy Treatments. We work Do you offer dermafillers? with a Compounding Pharmacy The Dermafillers we provide are that specializes in Bio-Identical Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane, Hormones. After filling out a spePerlane and Radiesse. Dermafillers cial questionnaire to help identify ( Restylane or Juvederm) restore symptoms, patients begin Hormone volume and fullness to the skin to Replacement Therapy so they can correct moderate to severe facial start feeling like they did when wrinkles and folds, such as the lines their hormone levels were at their from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). optimum peak. What liposuction services do you offer? We offer the latest technol-

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Do you offer platelet transfusions? Platelet Transfusions is one of our most popular anti-aging treatments. The beauty of this treatment is that we use your own blood to stimulate your collagen production. There is no downtime and it should be done once a year. This treatment strengthens your skin, closes pores, prevents fine lines and wrinkles and overall gives your skin the glow you always desired. Do you offer any advanced techniques or equipment that others may not? We

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Approximately 160 prominent business owners and community leaders joined Children’s Harbor on December 10 at the Blue Moon Fish Company for dinner and a spectacular view of the 2011 Winterfest Boat Parade. The fundraiser, which benefited Children’s Harbor, a non-profit child welfare organization in Pembroke Pines, raised more than $20,000 to support the electricity and utility expenses of the residences at Children’s Harbor.

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(Operative •&Arthritis Non-Operative) & Joint Care Flat Feet & High Arches • Arthritis &• Joint Care Gait Disturbance • Flat Feet &• High Arches

(In toe, Outoe, Toe Walker)

• Gait Disturbance • Bunion and Hammertoe (In toe, Outoe, Toe Walker) Correction

• Heel Pain & Spur • Bunion and Hammertoe • Knee Ligament Reconstruction Correction (ACL, Meniscal Tear)

• Heel Pain & Spur

• Rotator Cuff Tear

• Knee Ligament Reconstruction • Shoulder Impingement (ACL, Meniscal Tear)

• Back & Neck Injuries

• Rotator Cuff Tear& Wrist Injuries • Hand • Nerve Injuries • Shoulder Impingement

(Nueroma, Tarsal, & Carpal

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Weston (954) 389-5900 South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine Pembroke Pines (954) 430-9901 1600 Town Center Blvd................................ 17842 NW 2nd Street.............. Tamarac 7447 University Dr. ................................ (954) 720-1530 Caring for:NInfants, Children, Teens & Adults (Orthopedics only)

Weston 1600 Town Center Blvd................................(954) 389-5900 www.SouthFlorida Pembroke Pines 17842 NW 2nd Street..............(954) 430-9901 Tamarac 7447 N University Dr. ................................ (954) 720-1530

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