Stuart Magazine May 2022

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STRESS RELIEVERS

EQUINE THERAPY, FOREST BATHING, SOUND HEALING, AND MORE

WELLNESS FOR A HEALTHY BODY, MIND, AND SOUL

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MIND, MUSIC, MOVEMENT A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE

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Features

26 The New Stress Relievers 32 Total Wellness

Local experts weigh in on keeping your body, mind, and soul in balance By Kerry Shorr

38 Spring Bling

Sparkling, floral-inspired jewels Photography by Ian Jacob

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7 alternative therapies to help you stay zen By Valerie Staggs

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NEUROLOGY

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Uses Advanced Device to Treat Brain Aneurysms An estimated 6.5 million people in the United States, or 1 in 50 people, have an unruptured brain aneurysm – a weakening of a blood vessel wall that allows it to balloon out. If an aneurysm ruptures, the bleeding in the brain can cause stroke, coma, brain damage and death. Ruptured brain aneurysms are fatal in about 50% of cases, while the majority of survivors suffer some permanent neurological deficit. According to Jeffrey Miller, MD, an endovascular neurosurgeon with Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, caring for patients with an unruptured brain aneurysm has advanced significantly in the past decade, largely due to the development of new medical devices and minimally invasive techniques that provide an alternative to traditional open surgery.

One of the newest treatment options for aneurysms is a minimally invasive technique called flow diversion. “Today we can treat most aneurysms using catheter-based techniques from inside the blood vessel,” says Dr. Miller. “Instead of going home with a shaved scalp and large scar, many patients go home with a small bandage on their groin or wrist.” Treatment innovation One of the newest treatment options for aneurysms is a minimally invasive technique called flow diversion, in which blood flow is re-routed to take pressure off the bulging vessel wall. “We use a catheter to place a soft, flexible mesh tube at the base of the aneurysm,” explains Dr. Miller. “This

immediately lessens some of the blood flow, but over time new cells grow on the stent, sealing off the aneurysm from circulation and allowing it to shrink naturally.” The original flow diversion device was approved to treat patients in the United States in 2011, and it has since gone through a series of advancements to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Miller is the first neurosurgeon in Florida to use the newest generation of the device. It was approved by the FDA last year and is designed to reduce the potential development of stroke-causing blood clots, making it safer for patients. Aneurysm symptoms While most aneurysms are symptomless, some become large enough to press on neighboring brain structures. This can cause headache, dilated pupils, blurred or double vision, loss of balance and speech problems. Symptoms of a ruptured aneurysm include a sudden, debilitating headache along with nausea, vomiting, a stiff neck and loss of consciousness. This is a medical emergency and requires an urgent call to 9-1-1.

TALK WITH AN EXPERT. Cleveland Clinic Martin Health is home to a multidisciplinary team specializing in the treatment and management of cerebrovascular disease, including brain aneurysms. Call 844.630.4968 to schedule an appointment or visit ClevelandClinicFlorida.org/stroke to learn more. Jeffrey Miller, MD

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Contents 18

In Every Issue 10 Editor’s Note 12 Publisher’s Note 55 Flavor

Local dining guide JASON NUTTLE

62 Hot Shots

Photos from recent events

68 Surf Report

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Buzz

Palm City jewelry designer Michelle Rae, a new surf park is coming to Fort Pierce, gift ideas for Mom and Dad

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COLAB FOOD show food dish from colab here, not the space

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18 Character Beth Elgort founded Mind, Music, and Movement to help people with neurological disease after her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s

Blue and white starfish earrings, $28, Michelle Rae Design

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What’s up on stuartmagazine.com

20 Wellness Practicing mindfulness through gardening—an expert explains how

22 Off the Charts Inshore tarpon and permit fishing along the Treasure Coast on a Morada 24 COURTESY OF THE RAY HOTEL

24 Wanderlust Enjoy a tropical staycation just an hour away at The Ray in Delray Beach

24 ON THE COVER Photographer: Steven Martine Registered dietitian/nutritionist Lee Cotton shot by Stuart Magazine on location at her home in Stuart

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FIND A CONTINUUM OF CARE FOR BRAIN HEALTH AT THE KANE CENTER Brain health is one of the most important aspects of healthy aging. A variety of factors can contribute to keeping the brain strong and active including diet, exercise and taking the time to engage in mentally stimulating activities like puzzles word games, or learning a new skill. Unfortunately, even after “doing everything right” people may face living with a memory disorder. Since opening the Kane Center in 2011, the Council on Aging of Martin County has implemented a strategy to create a continuum of care and support for individuals in every point of the process, from mild cognitive impairment through late stages of dementia. “Memory loss affects a larger swath of our population than many people realize,” said Karen Ripper, the Council’s President and CEO. “As we continue to live longer, the prevalence of dementia increases. At the Kane Center, we are committed to being the trusted resource for dementia care and are continually developing new strategies to Karen Ripper, meet the needs of our community.” President and CEO

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Editor’s note

Live well

Peace and blessings,

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s much as I try to practice mindfulness and remind myself of all the things in my life I am grateful for, there are always days when I slip up and fall into a bit of a funk. It’s tough not to dwell on the negative sometimes, yet doing so only makes things worse, causing more stress and anxiety. Editing “The New Stress Relievers” (page 26), was so enlightening. Who knew there were so many ways to help combat stress? Floating, salt rooms, horses, sound healing, and more—all available to try on the Treasure Coast. Finding ways to get through moments of difficulty is key to staying healthy, and I hope one of these alternative therapies proves beneficial to your well-being. Whole health is about taking care of the body, mind, and soul. So we talked to three local experts in those fields for some self-care tips. Beginning on page 32, fitness coach Jared Britto offers his advice on fine-tuning your workout routine; The Healing House’s Candice McCoy talks mindfulness, meditation, and more; and our cover star, registered dietitian Lee Cotton, gives the lowdown on smart nutrition. We also chat with Beth Elgort, who founded the Mind, Music, and Movement Foundation after her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. The organization aims to help people with neurodegenerative disease through a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates things like song, dance, and yoga to address both mental and physical stability. Learn more about the foundation on page 18. I hope you enjoy our annual Wellness Issue. And don’t forget: The deadline to nominate someone for our inaugural “Ones to Watch” hot list, featuring local rising stars in various industries in an upcoming issue, is June 7! Get all the details and submit your nomination before then at stuartmagazine.com/ onestowatch2022.

Behind the Scenes

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Shooting our May/June cover: Lee Cotton and me at her Stuart home; our cover shoot in action; photographer Steven Martine and Lee.

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Publisher’s note

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elcome to the May/June issue of Stuart Magazine, our annual Wellness Issue. I look forward to relaxing and reading everything our editorial team has put together! We all have our own definition of what health is. What comes to your mind? While I was gathering my thoughts for this letter, I asked myself the same question. And for me, laughter and surrounding myself with good people are the first things that came to mind. My husband and I are grateful for our friends and for the activities we are able to do living in South Florida. As I’ve mentioned in previous letters, playing golf and tennis, riding bikes, taking long walks, and enjoying the water are some of our favorite ways to stay active and calm. So while a lot of people may say, “Health is wealth,” I believe happiness is key to health—especially when it comes to mental health. That’s why I chose to title my letter “health and happiness.” To me, these two words go hand in hand. The second thought I had was balance. My life is especially busy during season, and I have learned that saying no and slowing down at times is okay. Finding a balance between work, family, friends, and me time can be a challenge, but my body usually lets me know what’s appropriate and when. Like today, I decided to sit in my home office on a Sunday to catch up on some work. I was supposed to be at my tennis clinic, but instead I chose to have some quiet time and get a jump on the week ahead. Sometimes, we must do what is best for our body and mind to stay healthy. I also thought about my work life and how grateful I am to be associate publisher of Stuart Magazine and part of such a wonderful community. It has been said that one of our greatest assets is the ability to generate income. But we must also be mentally and spiritually fulfilled to feel healthy. Throughout season, I attend and support many charities, such as the recent Paws & Claws Gala to support the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, and I look forward to more events to come. There are so many wonderful organizations in our area to support, and doing so fulfills me spiritually. I will see you again with our summer issue, which will include a few promotional sections such as our private education and home resource guides, summer escapes, and staycations. If you are a business owner and interested in being a part of these special advertising sections, please send me an email. I thank you for your readership and for supporting Stuart Magazine. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime, and be sure to stay in the know by visiting our website, stuartmagazine.com, and signing up for our weekly Insider’s Guide newsletter. See you around town!

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earing a piece of Michelle Rae’s jewelry is like donning a ray of sunshine. Four years ago, the designer launched Michelle Rae Design, inspired by her passions in life: the beach, family, and art. Her jewelry is truly Florida-made, created from seashells, shark teeth, starfish, and other finds she discovers on her weekly walks along Stuart’s shoreline. “My daughter and I go to the beach every Saturday,” says the Palm City resident. “We collect shells and sometimes get lucky and see a shark’s tooth. I combine the items with resin to create jewelry pieces.” Rae has recently expanded her brand to include bohoinspired jean jackets and pillows featuring beachy sayings

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Clockwise from top left: Catch Me by the Sea starfish necklace, $35; Sunrise seashell ring, $28; blue and white seashell heart necklace, $35; blue and white seashell bangle, $30; Stevie Nicks jean jacket, $65.

and images of iconic women like Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks. Her latest jewelry collection features beautiful blue and white florals. “I combined the floral, blue and white art with the seashells, and they turned out so beautiful, I felt inspired to make necklaces, bangles, and earrings alongside the rings I normally make,” says Rae. She sells her unique designs at craft shows throughout South Florida and also offers shipping nationwide via her website. “I want to start collaborating with surf shops and then expand to boutiques,” says Rae. “And if I ever open up a brick and mortar in the future, I want it to be in Jensen Beach’s Maple Street Art Cottages.” seashell-jewelry.com —Holly Martinez MAY/JUNE 2022 | STUART

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Radar / BUZZ Calendar A few things to do in May/June Renderings of the new Fort Pierce surf park estimated to open in late 2024/ early 2025

Bacon, Burgers, and Beer Festival June 11-12 in Fort Pierce

May 4: Martin Artisans Guild Spring Forward Exhibit Opening Reception Palm Room Art Gallery & Boutique, Stuart; free; martinartisansguild.org

Riding the A MASSIVE MANMADE SURF PARK THAT CREATES UP TO 1,000 WAVES AN HOUR IS COMING TO FORT PIERCE

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urfing pros and beginners alike will soon be able to enjoy waves exactly to their liking with the opening of a surf park in Fort Pierce’s proposed Willow Lakes community. “We’re expecting to break ground by the end of this year, or the first quarter of 2023,” says Chad LaBonte, principal of Devcon Enterprises, the developer of Willow Lakes. “It’s a 16-month buildout, so realistically the surf park will open at the end of 2024 or the beginning of 2025.” Resembling a massive swimming pool, the surf park will feature technology by engineering company Wavegarden that can create groundswells that mimic the ocean’s naturally occurring waves. Once complete, the surf park will be able to create up to 1,000 waves of different sizes every hour so that any surfer, no matter the skill level, can enjoy the experience. The first phase of Willow Lakes’ 200-acre development features the surf park’s main building with changing rooms and restrooms, a surf academy and surf shop, and a restaurant and bar. A 25-acre lake will host other watersports like paddleboarding and kayaking. Residential units, retail space, and office spaces will be added as the community continues to be built. “It’s very important to us that we are good neighbors and good partners with local businesses,” says LaBonte. “We intend to make this as authentic of an experience as possible, revolving around the surf and beach lifestyle.” koabay.surf —Holly Martinez

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Emily’s Picks

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other’s Day and Father’s Day are right around the corner—and what pressure! Trying to find the perfect gift, stressing over how to get the kids involved, and wondering if Mom needs yet another “I Love Mom” mug... But you don’t have to worry this year because I’ve sourced a few unisex gifts that both parents will love. Let’s start with an experience. For me, the best gift is spending time with my kids. So I thought, what would get my child to hang out with my husband and me? A movie night! Convincing everyone will be easy when they see these super cool popcorn spices from Dellcove.. Buy plain corn and have a taste-test party to sample all the spices. Then serve it in these chic popcorn bowls by Crate & Barrel, which are a great gift for Mom or Dad. Another experiential gift is taking your parents for a custom hat fitting. Kai Lassen makes gorgeous hats and just opened a new showroom in town on East Indiantown Road (you can also order online). You may not be able to spring for a hotel getaway, but you can bring the vibe of an escape to your parents with Lindsay Silberman’s new Hotel Lobby line of candles. The scents—like Island, Linen, and Miami—are reminiscent of swanky hotels and are totally relaxing. If you are looking for a more out-of-the-box gift, how about a mirror? Not just any mirror though—I’m talking about Mirrors by Lina. Made from disco balls, these are more like works of art. A custom book is another thoughtful gift idea. I love the Wonderbly books, which let you create your own unique, personal story. I’ve created so many of them for my family. Lastly, you can never go wrong with food, and I have the perfect suggestion: a Perfect Bar. These are an all-time favorite for a reason. They’re good for you, organic, and taste amazing. Happy Mother’s and Father’s Day! xo, Emily SNACK ATTACK Dark chocolate chip and peanut butter Perfect Bar, $24/box of 8, perfectsnacks.com

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Radar / CHARACTER

Moving with Purpose BETH ELGORT IS DANCING TO THE BEAT OF HER OWN DRUM—AND CHANGING LIVES IN THE PROCESS

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nutritional counseling, support groups, and much more to community residents living with neurodegenerative disease. Elgort’s husband, Steve, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 11 years ago and is the inspiration behind the foundation. The couple moved away from New York to start a healthy lifestyle journey in Palm Beach Gardens, hoping to delay the progression of his Parkinson’s. Elgort says the goal of moving south was to find

the best resources and specialists to help her husband thrive. The search eventually motivated her to start her own organization. “The social worker in me wanted to help not only my husband but also other people living with neurodegenerative disease,” she says. Launched in February 2020, Mind, Music, and Movement initially offered only virtual programming because of the pandemic, but Elgort has since found a new home for the organization at Tropical Sands Christian Church in Palm Beach Gardens. The foundation’s programs have grown to include The Voices of Parkinson’s Chorus, which focuses on voice and facial muscles to improve confidence, volume, diction, and breath; Dance for Fluidity, designed to promote a creative, mind-body connection that can help delay the progression of neurodegenerative disease; and yoga and movement classes to help with balance, strength, core, stability, flexibility, and breathing. “We believe in taking a multidisciplinary approach to helping [families who are living with] neurodegenerative disease,” says

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eth Elgort believes in the power of holistic healing. She’s a certified integrated nutritional health coach with a background in fitness and previously owned a private social work practice in Manhattan and Long Island. She’s also the founder and CEO of Mind, Music, and Movement Foundation for Neurological Disorders, a Palm Beach Gardens–based organization offering yoga, meditation,

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Elgort. “It’s not just about taking the medication. It’s about integrating different modalities that can help delay the progression of these diseases. Our approach addresses the whole person, including physical and mental well-being.” Program offerings are also available for caregivers, seniors, and others in the community who are interested in increasing their mobility, promoting their health, or just looking to expand their support system and friendship with peers. “Socialization and mental health are critical to the senior population and for those caring for someone too,” says Elgort. “Our classes for caregivers and spouses are free. I honestly feel that our program is for everyone.” Many locals utilize the programs onsite regularly, while others throughout the country join virtually. Elgort’s future plans include offering comprehensive, integrative programs that will bring together local physicians, social workers, health professionals, fitness specialists, and other experts to enhance the lives of those living with neurodegenerative disease. “I hope it keeps building,” she says. “The love, nurturing, and laughter that occurs on a daily basis through Mind, Music, and Movement is beautiful to see. We’re about joy. We’re doing something meaningful for the community, and it’s wonderful.” m3f.org ❖

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Radar / WELLNESS

True GROWTH How the simple act of tending to plants helps us stay mindful while healing from the inside out by ABIGAIL DUFFY

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Pinder’s tips for creating a blissful space for nature’s fluttering beauties

• Choose a sunny spot • Plant flowers like milkweed to feed Monarch caterpillars

• Plant penta and salvia to attract butterflies of all sizes • If planting indoors, plants in the pothos

family (philodendron, thaumatophyllum, epipremnum aureum) are resilient and forgiving. Vining plants are vigorous and grow roots from their internodes, so if you mess up, you can always salvage pieces and start again.

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lowers to the people” is more than a motto at Pinder’s Nursery, which has served the green thumbs of Palm City since 1975. It’s a promise to empower the community through nurturing gardens (both indoors and outdoors) and helping people discover mindfulness in tending to plants. Terri Pinder, founder of The Community Garden Center at the nursery, helps gardeners of all skill levels understand how plants can help them create a profound connection to themselves, to other gardeners, and to previous generations. Here, she discusses the wellness benefits of plant parenting and how to get started on your own plant therapy journey. pindersnursery.com

How does taking care of plants contribute to overall wellness? Plunging your hands into the earth has spiritual, psychological, and physical benefits. Science says that the microbes that live in rich, fertile earth create a warmth that you can feel at the center of it. When you pull your hands out, those microbes are aerosolized. You breathe them in, and they feed your own microbiome, which enhances the production of serotonin and melatonin—two neurotransmitters essential to calmness, restorative sleep, and general healing. The garden provides a direct path to that. Can you explain how tending to plants relates to mindfulness? Gardening reminds us of a quality of mindfulness called equanimity (mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper).

Clockwise from top: Philodendron verrucosum houseplant; Terri Pinder; once you have chosen a spot for your garden, Pinder says to pay attention to how you experience that space.

It’s when we are okay with the way things are. Being in the garden means accepting what’s happening right now. It all comes down to choice, and when you make a choice, you see immediate and unclouded responses from that plant. Any advice for beginners? I think you always begin with the end in mind and ask yourself what you want to gain from your garden. I usually advise people to start small, with a container or a pot. Pay attention to what the plant experiences and then adjust. Paying attention helps you recognize patterns, and those patterns are so reassuring. They take us back to the seasons and the predictable things, offering a sense of security. When you’re picking a space for your garden, in addition to being small, make the expectation realistic. Plants need water, light, soil to stabilize them, and nutrients, so choose a place that can provide the basics. Once you find a spot that suits what you want to accomplish, notice how you experience that space. This is where the intentionality and mindfulness begin—choosing a place that supports your success. ❖

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Living the DREAM TREASURE COAST RESIDENT CRAIG COHEN WAS SO ENAMORED WITH FLORIDA’S FISHING SCENE, HE LEFT NEW JERSEY FOR THE SUNSHINE STATE. NOW HE HAS THE PERFECT BOAT TO FUEL HIS PASSION.

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or Craig Cohen, who grew up in New Jersey, an interest in Florida inshore fishing began in his youth during annual vacations to the Florida Keys with his uncle. Later, a basketball scholarship to The University of Tampa would offer the time to reinforce his passion and expose him to broader horizons as an angler. Tarpon and permit fishing would become a lifelong passion that would bring him back to the Sunshine State throughout his life. After college, he began his career with a stint at the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and

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eventually owned and operated his own successful manufacturing business building stainless steel food equipment. A longing to retire and spend more time near his true source of happiness—the waters of South Florida—led Cohen to one day find himself admiring an unfamiliar bay boat on Florida’s Gulf Coast during a tarpon outing. He eventually discovered the identity, a Morada 24, and knew he had to have one. After a trip to Stuart to tour the Islamorada Boatworks factory, Cohen and his wife, Kathi, not only pulled the trigger on a new Morada 24,

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Clockwise from below: Cohen at the helm; a 9-inch Simrad EVO 3 MFD slave unit upstairs runs in sync with a pair of 12-inch Simrad units at the lower helm; the aft casting deck has three insulated compartments that can be used as storage holds or live wells.

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but they also fell in love with all that the Treasure Coast has to offer and decided to become residents. A home in Palm City and a Hutchinson Island condo would become their base camps, and armed with his new 2022 Morada 24, Cohen could now divide his fishing time between the Gulf Coast, the Florida Keys, and the Treasure Coast chasing tarpon, permit, and sailfish. The Morada 24 offers the ideal layout for a boater in search of a

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vessel capable of handling the chop well enough to venture offshore while also at home in the backwater and easily towed over the road. This custom bay boat design offers wonderful stability and a soft ride. A forward casting deck is roomy enough for two anglers and features a Minn Kota Ulterra trolling motor. Five compartments below deck forward offer space for anchor storage, a large dry storage hold, twin rod lockers, and a wet storage hold in the front cockpit deck. Cohen added a custom hard top and a second station helm for sight fishing on the beaches and fly-by-wire controls to his F300 Yamaha power. The Yamaha is mounted to an Atlas jack plate for shallow running. A 9-inch Simrad EVO 3 MFD slave unit George LaBonte, upstairs runs in sync with a who writes this pair of 12-inch Simrad units column, has been at the lower helm. The aft casta charter fishing ing deck is also elevated and captain in Jupiter features three large, insulated for nearly 40 years compartments that can serve (edgesportfishing.com). He also has as storage holds or live wells. hosted the television series Florida For everything Cohen has Sportsman Best Boat and Florida loved to do for a lifetime on Sportsman Project Dreamboat for the water, this model is his five seasons. perfect full-circle dreamboat. ❖

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Catching RAYS EXPERIENCE A TROPICAL VACATION FEEL WITHOUT THE INCONVENIENCE OF TRAVEL AT THE RAY

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From top: Unwind in a stylish guest room; stretch out on a suite balcony; meatballs at Ember Grill.

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etting away without going away has been the dominant travel trend of the last two years. During this time, The Ray in downtown Delray Beach has opened its doors, delivering the perfect escape for Floridians looking to unwind close to home. The hotel’s tropical modern vibe transports guests to memories of chic island vacations. Lush greenery grounds the senses, while cozy contemporary furnishings and vibrant art (such as David Parise’s whimsical

vintage Barbie photos) offer sophisticated touch points. Each of The Ray’s 141 effortlessly sophisticated guest rooms are appointed with Frette towels and robes, Eucalyptus linens, and Byredo bath products for an indulgent night in. Downstairs, start your day in Delray at Stingers Coffee Shop, with a menu of coffee, breakfast and lunch options, and cold-pressed juices. For the active set, The Ray’s health and wellness focus means Purlife trainers are available for personal training

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From top: The lobby’s tropical modern motif; the hotel offers 141 sophisticated guest rooms; Rosewater Rooftop; the well-equipped fitness center is on standby 24/7.

sessions, and the well-equipped fitness center is on standby 24/7. You might also choose to participate in a boot camp or yoga class at the hotel’s Cube rooftop or central Plaza throughout the week. Ready for the beach? Simply text the concierge and the hotel’s own carnation blue Moke will whisk you away to reserved loungers in a seaside cabana for an afternoon of relaxation.

When splashing around in the waves—or taking one of the hotel’s surf or paddleboard classes—works up an appetite, check out The Ray’s two on-site restaurants, Rosewater Rooftop and Ember Grill. Begin the evening with gorgeous, 360-degree views of the sunset over drinks and light bites at Rosewater, where candlelit cabanas and thumping music set the mood. After happy hour, head down for dinner at Ember Grill, helmed by renowned Chef Joe Zanelli. Within this elevated homage to beloved neighborhood grills, the tropical modern motif soars in both the decor and the food. The open kitchen serves up imaginative dishes made with sustainable, locally sourced ingredients—from shellfish towers to duck pancakes and a hearts of palm salad with shaved carrots, kohlrabi, and jalapeño vinaigrette. Upon checking out of The Ray, two thoughts are likely to prevail: “I’m so relaxed” and “I really need a Moke.” therayhotel.com ❖

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The New

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Relievers THESE DAYS, THERE ARE TONS OF WAYS TO RELIEVE STRESS THAT DON’T INVOLVE POPPING A XANAX OR FLYING OFF TO A REMOTE ISLAND TO DECOMPRESS. LEARN ABOUT SEVEN ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES THAT ARE EFFECTIVE, SOOTHING, AND ENJOYABLE TO BOOT. b y VA L E R I E S TA G G S

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Simply petting a dog lowers the stress hormone cortisol.

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At Hopes, Dreams, and Horses in Jupiter, therapists use horses to help people combat issues like stress.

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Sound therapy uses instruments and vibrations to adjust brain waves to a healthy level.

Salt therapy increases oxygen in the body and improves sleep.

f you’ve been feeling more stressed recently, you’re not alone. In the annual Stress in America survey conducted by The Harris Poll, researchers noted that the level of stress in America is reaching unprecedented levels. “Essentially, we are walking, talking pressure cookers of stress with no outlet of release,” says Matt Cardone, a Palm Beach Gardens–based meditation expert. “Anytime we are unable to adapt to a demand in a real-time circumstance, we incur stress. It can be tremendously destructive.” Everyone responds to stress differently, and finding the right therapy to help relieve your stress is key to good mental and physical health. Luckily, new methods are popping up all the time, and many of these therapies are offered right here in our area. Here are seven alternative stress relievers to try today.

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BARBARA SPAULDING

Clockwise from below: Master sound healer Barbara Spaulding practices at A Sound Healing in Stuart; at Palm City’s Harmony Hope Stables, a combination of horses and music has a calming effect on children; Keith Cini of Agape Healing Arts in Tequesta uses tools like Tibetan healing bowls in his sound therapy sessions.

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or Barbara Spaulding, a Stuart-based master sound healer, relieving stress is about changing our brain rhythms. Spaulding uses sound therapy to realign brain waves on a cellular level. “Everything in the universe is vibrating, and everything has its own unique frequency,” Spaulding explains. Sound therapy uses musical instruments, sounds, and vibrations to adjust a person’s brain waves to an optimal level. Says Spaulding: “Our goal is to train the frequencies of body and brain to a healthy level.” Keith Cini, owner of Agape Healing Arts in Tequesta, describes sound therapy as “harmonizing the vibration in our own body.” Lately, he says he has seen an influx of people looking for stress relief. “People are trying to gather tools to help themselves,” says Cini, who uses items such as tuning forks and Tibetan healing bowls in his practice. Spaulding and Cini encourage patients to use sound therapy at home. “Once we determine a person’s home note or soul note, they can buy a bowl that plays that note,” says Spaulding. Over time, the stronger, more consistent frequency will overcome the lesser, weaker frequency that leads to stress.

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through life struggles by interacting with horses. Copeland explains that since horses communicate mainly through body language, they are highly in tune with emotional vibrations. “They seem to know exactly how to behave to open up one’s own ability to find solutions to troubling conditions,” she says. Copeland recalls a woman who suffered from PTSD and severe anxiety. Shortly into her session, the horses started exhibiting behavior reminiscent of the woman’s life. “I remember all three of us having goosebumps and her asking, ‘How do you make them do that?’ Our answer was, ‘We don’t.’” At Harmony Hope Stables in Palm City, founder Kristi Huddleston harnesses the power of horses and combines it with

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HORSES ARE HIGHLY INTUITIVE AROUND HUMANS AND THEIR EMOTIONS. IF YOU’RE STRESSED, A HORSE WILL REFLECT THAT BACK AT YOU.” —Kristi Huddleston

RITUAL Behavior Incorporating routine practices into your life can help calm your mind and body

MORNING: Meditation Starting your day with a short meditation can keep your mind focused on the present. Meditation expert Matt Cardone tells us how: Find a comfortable seated position with back support, then close your eyes and take three to five deep breaths. Invite your awareness to the senses, first by focusing on the sounds you can hear. Next focus on smell and the air entering and filling your body with a warm, healing light and emptying back out with ease. Now shift your attention to taste. Lastly, begin to bring awareness back to your body. Take one more deep breath and slowly open your eyes.

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music to help children. She started the Harmony & Horses program after experiencing the healing power of horses and music firsthand. “Both have played a role in my own journey in life,” she says, noting that something as simple as grooming a horse can have a calming effect on a child. “Horses are highly intuitive around humans and their emotions,” she explains. “If you’re stressed, a horse will reflect that back at you. Horses need humans to be calm.” Music is integrated into the program through group music therapy, music classes, and daily music experiences that even the horses get in on. Huddleston recounts the story of how one horse helped a child who was having trouble calming down. “I called [our horse] Harmony over, and she went right over to one of the guitars and started strumming the strings with her teeth,” she says, noting that the child immediately started laughing.

BEDTIME: Herbal elixir The right herbal tea mix can alleviate stress, anxiety, and sleep problems. Jupiter-based registered herbalist and flower essence practitioner Gina Kearney says to look for teas with herbs such as reishi, ashwagandha, skullcap, holy basil (tulsi), licorice root, and schisandra. These herbs contain adaptogens that help the body adapt to and moderate stress and nervines to nourish, support, and restore the nervous system. For a restful sleep, choose a tea with herbs such as chamomile, lemon balm, lavender, licorice root, passionflower, hops, and linden.

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n addition to horses, all kinds of animals can play a big role in stress relief— especially dogs. At Jupiter-based Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch, they offer a program called Shelter to Service Dog, which provides canine companions to veterans to help with issues like Jupiter-based PTSD. “With dogs, there is no judgFurry Friends pairs ment,” says Curry Krasulak, Furry trained canines with veterans to Friends’ director of development. help with issues like PTSD. “Whether you leave the house for five hours or five days, it’s the same to them. They give unconditional love.” Krasulak says their dogs are trained to meet the needs of each individual veteran. For example, a dog may be trained to stand behind its owner or “block” to prevent people from getting too close, a big cause of stress and anxiety in many people with PTSD. Tisha Knickerbocker, dog training coordinator for the Shelter to Service

MONTHLY: Full moon ritual A full moon ritual is about dedicating yourself to your own healing. Deena Rahill, creator and owner of Stuart-based HI Mindfulness Forums, explains: Each month, on the new moon, set an intention for yourself—basically, a new beginning. Then, on the full moon, let go of what no longer serves you, letting the moon’s power allow you to release what you need to and then restore you.

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Dog Program, has a service dog herself. “She has literally saved my life,” she says of Cuse, the German Shepard who has been at her side since 2013. Knickerbocker served as a U.S. Marine from 2010 to 2014 and now trains dogs at the Furry Friends 27-acre ranch in Palm City. “Petting a dog lowers cortisol (the stress hormone), so just the presence of a dog makes a vet feel comforted,” she says. “I give back now hoping to give others the same experience I’ve had.”

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Float therapy at True REST in Palm Beach Gardens

like serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins that make you feel good. Float pods are low-gravity, so the near-weightlessness of the environment relaxes the body as well as the mind, elongating the spine and easing neck and back pain. “I find stress, pain, and inflammation often go hand in hand, and if you can reduce one, chances are you’ll reduce the others as well,” says Ringler.

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e are in a more stressful time in the world right now,” says Jamie Gonzalez, owner of The Salt Suite in Palm Beach Gardens. Gonzalez says that engaging in salt therapy increases the negative ions in our bodies. She explains: “Negative ions are the happy ions. Positive ions are things like dust and pollutants, and they knock out the negative ions.” At The Salt Suite, pharmaceutical-grade salt is blown into a room by Halo generators during a 45-minute session. The salt air reduces inflammation and detoxifies the body, causing an antidepressant effect. Salt therapy also increases oxygen in the body and improves sleep, both of which reduce stress. “What truly makes the salt room relaxing is the quiet space, no technology, and just focusing on breathing,” says Laura Barnes, owner of Southern Salt Therapies in Port St. Lucie. “Our far infrared–heated mats also tone down anxiety, soothe, and calm.” Far infrared is a type of heat that is distributed beyond the top tissue layers of skin and works with the circulatory system. Barnes takes salt therapy one step further, offering restorative salt yoga classes. “Breathing in pure salt air while moving through a restorative practice brings a double dose of healing,” she says. COURTESY OF THE SALT SUITE

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omfort and relaxation are two of the biggest benefits of float therapy, a sensory-deprivation experience that takes place in a float tank. Matt Ringler, owner of True REST Float Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, has been reaping the benefits himself for years. “I began floating five and a half years ago for my own stress and sleep issues,” he says. Floating at True REST involves entering a “float pod” filled with water and dissolved Epsom salts. You control your own experience, choosing silence or music, darkness or light, and closed lid or open lid. The goal, explains Ringler, is to reduce external stimuli to lower the brain’s production of stress hormones, allowing for increased production of hormones like melatonin and neurotransmitters

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BREATHING IN PURE SALT AIR WHILE MOVING THROUGH A RESTORATIVE [YOGA] PRACTICE BRINGS A DOUBLE DOSE OF HEALING.”—Laura Barnes

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Experiencing a deep connection with nature has a positive effect on the nervous system, helping you relax. Guided “forest bathing” tours are offered at the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach.

experiences—but you can also try it on your own. “You can do this anywhere,” she says. “Just head out to your backyard.”

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hile float and salt therapy promote the benefits of quiet and relaxation for stress relief, dance therapy uses movement to treat the mind and body in conjunction. Marian Chace pioneered this form of therapy in the early twentieth century. A dance instructor, Chace encouraged her students to express emotions and unburden themselves through dancing, which resulted in increased feelings of well-being in her students. Chace’s discovery eventually led to the formation of the American Dance Therapy Association, which provides training and certification for dance movement therapists like Alexia C. Ioannides. A licensed psychotherapist, Ioannides has been using dance therapy to help patients in her Palm Beach practice since 2014. “Dance movement therapy is about how mind, body, and spirit are interconnected,” she says. “Changes in the body affect the mind, and vice versa.” Dance therapy is not dance in a traditional sense—it’s not performance based, but more about the act of movement. Ioannides explains that a dance movement therapist will mirror a patient’s movements, creating kinesthetic empathy. “Basically, I feel what you are feeling,” she says. “It’s extremely powerful.” ❖

s people are focusing more on holistic outlets to combat stress, the little-known practice of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is gaining in popularity. Loosely translated to “taking in the forest,” this practice emerged in Japan in the 1980s and eventually evolved into guided experiences and forest therapy, a passion of Sara Piotter, senior environmental educator at the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach and a certified forest therapy guide. “What I love about forest therapy is that it’s about giving people ideas for taking a moment out and slowing down,” she says. During a forest therapy session, participants take a very slow walk through a AGAPE HEALING ARTS: Sound therapy, forest with a guide like Piotter. During the Tequesta, agapehealingarts.com walk, the guide gives prompts to encourage people to focus on certain things, ALEXIA C. IOANNIDES: Dance movement therapy, Palm Beach, islandcounselinggroup.com such as “what’s in motion” in the forest. “I’m a facilitator,” says Piotter. “I proBARBARA SPAULDING: Master sound vide challenges and opportunities for a healer, Stuart, asoundhealing.com deep connection with nature. Everything ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER: is a suggestion. It’s about having hours of Forest therapy, Vero Beach, discoverelc.org/ wellness-programs fresh air, releasing everything, and experiencing all of your senses.” A number of FURRY FRIENDS ADOPTION, CLINIC & scientific studies have shown that forest RANCH: Shelter to Service Dog Program, Jupiter/Palm City, furryfriendsadoption.org bathing has positive effects on the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which GINA KEARNEY: Herbal therapy, Jupiter, controls the ability to relax. herbsandowls.com Piotter offers forest therapy walks HARMONY HOPE STABLES: Music and about once a month, as well as private ALISSA DRAGUN

LOCAL RESOURCES

equine therapy for children, Palm City, hhstables.org HI MINDFULNESS FORUMS: Sound healing/ moon ritual events, Stuart, soundvibration.net HOPES, DREAMS, AND HORSES: Equine psychotherapy, Jupiter, hopesdreamsandhorses.org MATT CARDONE: Meditation, Palm Beach Gardens, mattcardonemeditation.com SOUTHERN SALT THERAPIES: Salt therapy, Port St. Lucie, southernsalttherapies.com THE SALT SUITE: Salt therapy, Palm Beach Gardens, thesaltsuite.com TRUE REST FLOAT SPA: Float therapy, Palm Beach Gardens, truerest.com

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ared Britto’s no-nonsense training approach is simple: Work hard, no excuses. In 2013, after cutting his teeth at LA Fitness, where he developed training plans and honed his coaching skills, the Plymouth, Massachusetts native opened his first gym. Two years later, he launched 1Fitness, a 6,500-square-foot health and fitness facility in Stuart that offers an array of group boot camp workouts, plyometrics, agility training, and more. Here, the Port St. Lucie resident offers five tips to keep your body in check. 1fitnesstraining.com Eat before exercising. Britto says it’s beneficial to eat something nutritious 30 minutes to an hour before beginning your workout routine. “I don’t care if it’s only a protein bar, but you do need carbs and calories to move and run,” he says. “Think of them as gasoline for your body.” He suggests fueling up with meals that combine healthy carbs, proteins, and fats to energize the body and brain, repair muscle tissue, and burn fat. (Think salmon with brown rice or chicken and a sweet potato.) Keep your workout balanced. New gym-goers often think they can reach their fitness goals by performing cardio nonstop—and that’s a big mistake, says Britto. “If you want a sculpted physique, you have to add weight training to increase strength and muscles and burn fat.” High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, brings additional benefits. “These workouts are great for boosting cardio-respiratory health by alternating hard-charging intervals with periods of less intense exercise and rest,” he says. Be wise about water. Water really does do the body good. It increases stamina, regulates body temp, metabolizes energy, and much more. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends consuming 8 to 12

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ounces of water 10 to 15 minutes before exercising and, during a workout, another 3 to 8 ounces every 20 minutes. Post-workout, Britto suggests a formulated sports beverage like BodyArmor to replace the sodium and electrolytes lost through sweat. Embrace weights. Don’t be afraid of weights. They won’t “bulk you up”—their only objective is to make you look and feel better. When done properly, lifting weights can strengthen your back, tone your arms, and build you a better derriere. “Weights are good for building muscle mass,” says Britto. “The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. The more calories you burn, the faster your metabolism. That’s how you get skinny.” Keep pushing. When Muhammad Ali was asked how many sit-ups he did, he said, “I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts to hurt.” Britto believes that achieving physical success begins by surpassing our personal limits. For example, say you commit to doing 20 Jared’s List sit-ups. “The first 18 3 HOME GYM ESSENTIALS might not be easy, and the last two may RESISTANCE BANDS: They challenge hurt,” he says. “But muscles and are good for low-impact rehab don’t stop at 20 when DUMBBELLS: They’re versatile enough to you could have done strengthen any muscle (start with 5-pound 7 or 8 more. The ones weights and go from there) you push yourself to AN EXERCISE MAT: This is crucial for complete are the ones comfort and support during stretching and that really count.” floor exercises

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tuart-based registered dietitian and nutritionist Lee Cotton uses empathy, education, and an intuitive eating approach to solve her patients’ dietary conundrums. After graduating from Keiser University with a degree in nutrition and dietetics (and Florida State with a degree in communications), the former PR pro and Pilates instructor worked as a health educator for the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach and learned to prepare delicious, plant-based cuisine at the Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy. In 2018, she launched Lee Cotton Nutrition, a private practice in Stuart with services ranging from medical nutritional therapy to meal planning and support. Here, she shares five suggestions to keep your health on track. leecottonnutrition.com Go on a “non-diet” diet plan. Cotton isn’t an advocate of most diets. “They are not long-term, and research indicates that most fail and have low adherence,” she says. Diet plans that are too restrictive can cause chronic inflammation and result in weight gain or difficulty losing weight. Cotton suggests following a non-diet approach instead. “A non-diet is not ‘anti-health,’” she explains. “It’s about embracing our body’s hunger and fullness cues, not putting restrictive rules on intake, and accepting that no food is off-limits.” Eat more color. Fruits and vegetables derive their vibrant chromaticity from phytochemicals, bioactive compounds that serve a variety of nutrimental purposes. When choosing what to eat, Cotton says color is key. “Foods with the brightest shades will be the most nutrient-dense,” she says. She also recommends filling your plate with plant foods that are high in dietary fiber and antioxidants such as passion fruit and sweet potatoes, which protect the body from cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. Eat mindfully. Savor your food more by dining with intention. The practice of mindful eating is not about counting calories or shedding pounds. “It’s about staying present with your meal, being more aware of things like texture and taste, and knowing when your body is full,” says Cotton. This includes eliminating distractions and listening to your body’s hunger cues. “Try to hit the pause button halfway through your meal and just sit with yourself. Understand where you are in terms of satiety before continuing on.” Don’t label food. Says Cotton: “We live in a diet-obsessed culture, where there is always a new fad diet that labels certain foods as being ‘bad.’” Throwing shade on certain foods that may be high in carbs, proteins, or fats not only makes them more desirable, but their consumption can also then lead to shame and other stressors. “Placing restrictions, or creating fear, can result in a disordered eating pattern,” says Cotton. She believes all foods have a place in a healthy and balanced diet: “When we look at the definition of normalized eating—eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full—it’s having variety, balance, and nutritional advocacy.” Be wary of dietary supplements. Vitamin supplements aren’t for everyone. In fact, many health professionals question whether we need them at all. “Research supports that some supplements are of benefit during certain life spans,” Cotton says. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, studies have shown that taking a supplement like melatonin for jet lag has merit, while others don’t live up to the hype. Echinacea, for example, can’t cure a cold, and ginkgo biloba doesn’t prevent dementia. Always talk with your doctor before starting on any supplement, especially if you’re taking medications or are pregnant. ❖

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chosen by their peers. We profile some of the most trusted and experienced physicians in the Martin County/ St. Lucie County area, many of whom give their time and talents to make our community even stronger.

Medical decisions are some of the most important choices our readers make. In an effort to provide the best medical information available, Stuart Magazine has enlisted a professional marketing company, Professional Research Services of Troy, Michigan, to identify the Top Doctors in Martin County and St. Lucie County. Together we surveyed licensed physicians, asking them to reveal the best medical professionals in our area. These Top Doctors have been scrutinized for the legitimacy of their licenses as well as their status with the Florida Department of Health. While there are outstanding professionals who aren’t listed here, we hope you’ll give these doctors special consideration when choosing a medical professional.

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Top Doctors ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY

Clive E. Roberson Allergy Associates of South Florida Stuart 772-220-8884 sneezecentral.com Michael Wein Vero Beach and Port Saint Lucie Allergy Port St. Lucie 772-621-9992 michaelwein.info ANESTHESIOLOGY

Daniel R. Battaglia Resolute Pain Solutions Stuart 866-228-7676 resolutemd.com Gregory Francis Pioneer Pain Management Port St. Lucie 772-446-4883 pioneerpainmanagement.com BREAST SURGERY

Edward B. Savage Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-419-2137 martinhealth.org CARDIOLOGY

Brian Akrami Heart & Family Health Institute Port St. Lucie 772-336-6601 heartandfamilyhealthinstitute.com Prasad Chalasani Florida Heart Center, PA Fort Pierce 772-465-4499 floridaheartcenter.org Kunal Chaudhry Cardiology Associates of Stuart Stuart 772-781-0222 cardioassocstuart.com Sattar Gojraty Cardiology Associates of Stuart Stuart 772-781-0222 cardioassocstuart.com

Denise Sanderson South Florida Breast Specialists Stuart 772-872-6913 denisesanderson.com

Venu G. Jasti Florida Heart Center, PA Fort Pierce 772-465-4499 floridaheartcenter.org

Craig Wengler Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-219-4026 martinhealth.org

COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY

CARDIAC SURGERY

Brett A. Beecher Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-419-2137 martinhealth.org William H. Heitman Florida Heart & Vascular Care Fort Pierce 772-465-8100 fhvcare.com

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George Rittersbach Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-219-4026 martinhealth.org CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE AND PULMONARY DISEASE

Corbin T. Hodder Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-223-4978 martinhealth.org

Mark J. Pamer Mark J. Pamer, D.O. Port St. Lucie 772-785-5864 markpamerdo.com

Michele L. Richards Associated Coastal ENT Port St. Lucie 772-335-1351 coastalent.org

Devang Patel Pulmonary Medicine, P.A. Stuart 772-220-1919 martinhealth.org

Christopher L. Slack Associated Coastal ENT Fort Pierce 772-464-9595 coastalent.org

DERMATOLOGY

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Patricia Klem Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Port St. Lucie 772-318-4945 advancedderm.com

Jonathan Polhemus Cleveland Clinic - Team Health Emergency Services Stuart 772-223-5995

Richard A. Krathen Dermatology Associates of the Palm Beaches Palm City 772-202-6824 greatderms.com John Minni Water’s Edge Dermatology Port St. Lucie 772-217-6551 wederm.com Nayomi Omura Water’s Edge Dermatology Stuart 772-217-6829 wederm.com Cynthia Rogers Cynthia Rogers, MD Port St. Lucie 772-398-3376 floridaskindoctor.com EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT

Leslie R. Berghash ENT and Allergy Associates of Florida Port St. Lucie 772-398-9911 entsf.com John T. Lanza ENT and Allergy Associates of Florida Port St. Lucie 772-398-9911 entsf.com

Kyriakos Tsalamandris Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Fort Pierce 772-461-4000 lawnwoodmed.com ENDOCRINOLOGY, DIABETES, AND METABOLISM

Ahmet Ergin Heart & Family Health Institute Port St. Lucie 772-398-7814 heartandfamilyhealthinstitute.com Anthony J. Liberatore Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-223-5757 martinhealth.org Jay Waddadar Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-223-5757 martinhealth.org FAMILY MEDICINE

Ben Glaspey Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-223-4999 martinhealth.org

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Top Doctors Wilhelmina Lewis Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. - Fort Pierce Center Fort Pierce 772-461-1402 fchcinc.org

Steven M. Kappler Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Port St. Lucie 772-398-1800 martinhealth.org

Dipesh Patel Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Port St. Lucie 772-785-5595 martinhealth.org

Benjamin Ngo Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-283-9111 martinhealth.org

Ira Pearlstine Preserve Health MD Port St. Lucie 772-252-1425 preservehealthmd.com Jason A. Watt St. Lucie Medical Center - EmCare Port St. Lucie 772-398-1969 stluciemed.com Jon Wubbena Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-223-4999 martinhealth.org FOOT AND ANKLE SURGERY

Kristin Blanchet Palm City Podiatry Palm City 772-266-8499 palmcitypodiatry.com Raymond Rowan Certified Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC Palm City 772-232-5635 certifiedfoot.com GASTROENTEROLOGY

Scott Altschuler Treasure Coast GI Port St. Lucie 772-777-2575 treasurecoastgi.com

GENERAL SURGERY

Peter Zeblisky Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Port St. Lucie 772-785-5511 martinhealth.org HAND SURGERY

Peter J. Evans Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-781-2735 martinhealth.org

Richard O. Follwell Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-219-4026 martinhealth.org

Robert I. Forster Florida Orthopaedic Specialists Port St. Lucie 772-335-4770 floridaorthopaedicspecialists.com

Gustavo Lopes Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-219-4026 martinhealth.org

HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY

Eric W. Owings Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Port St. Lucie 772-344-3811 martinhealth.org Matthew Peebles Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Port St. Lucie 772-344-3811 martinhealth.org GERIATRIC MEDICINE

Jose F. Pinto Associates in Medicine, LLC Port St. Lucie 772-398-5339 josepintomd.com Jay Waddadar Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-223-5757 martinhealth.org

Nicholas O. Iannotti Hematology Oncology Associates of the Treasure Coast Stuart 772-223-5982 hemoncfl.com Ravi Patel Stuart Oncology Associates, P.A. Stuart 772-276-7242 stuartoncology.com Michael S. Wertheim Hematology Oncology Associates of the Treasure Coast Port St. Lucie 772-335-5666 hemoncfl.com Heather Yeckes-Rodin Hematology Oncology Associates of the Treasure Coast Port St. Lucie 772-335-5666 hemoncfl.com INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Lyssette Cardona Bonet Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 954-659-5165 martinhealth.org

Tummala R. Prasad Tummala R. Prasad, MD Fort Pierce 772-466-4435 Moti Ramgopal Associates in Infectious Diseases Port St. Lucie 772-335-4234 infectiondocs.net INTERNAL MEDICINE

Diana M. Chiong Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-223-5618 martinhealth.org Richard DeGaetano Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Palm City 772-781-2791 martinhealth.org Rebecca L. Lehnhoff Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-223-5618 martinhealth.org Iker Leycegui-Gardoqui Primary Care of Florida Port St. Lucie 772-873-1919 Ziad Marjieh Dr. Ziad Marjieh, MD Fort Pierce 772-461-0915 stluciemed.com Chandrakant N. Patel Heart & Family Health Institute Port St. Lucie 772-335-9600 heartandfamilyhealthinstitute.com Michael Romano Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-223-2867 martinhealth.org Moises Siperstein Moises Siperstein, M.D. Port St. Lucie 772-337-7811 drsiperstein.com MAY/JUNE 2022 | STUART

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Gracie Turner Private Physicians, PLC Stuart 772-781-5434 privatephysicians.net MATERNAL AND FETAL MEDICINE

Jeff Chapa Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Port St. Lucie 772-287-5200 my.clevelandclinic.org NEONATAL AND PERINATAL MEDICINE

Heather Smith Mednax - South Dade Neonatology Fort Pierce 772-461-4000 mednax.com NEPHROLOGY

Anis Akrawi Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-286-1550 martinhealth.org Jeffrey Glickman Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-286-1550 martinhealth.org Andres M. Reyes Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Port St. Lucie 772-286-1550 martinhealth.org Gaurav Shah Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-286-1500 martinhealth.org

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Jean Vickers Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-286-1550 martinhealth.org NEUROLOGY

Sophia Ahmed Heart & Family Health Institute Port St. Lucie 772-335-9600 heartandfamilyhealthinstitute.com Jason Stabley Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-223-2388 my.clevelandclinic.org NEUROSURGERY

Maya Babu Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-288-5862 my.clevelandclinic.org Michael D. Paul Treasure Coast Neurosurgery Port St. Lucie 772-398-9998

OPHTHALMOLOGY

OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

Rebecca Bobo Florida Vision Institute Stuart 772-283-2020 flvisioninstitute.com

Chitto P. Sarkar St. Lucie Family Doctor Port St. Lucie 772-871-9025 stluciefamilydoctor.com

Alexander Katz Katz Eye Center Port St. Lucie 772-446-4230 alexanderkatzmd.com Walid Mangal Florida Vision Institute Port St. Lucie 772-345-1500 flvisioninstitute.com Zayna Nahas Katz Eye Center Port St. Lucie 772-446-4230 alexanderkatzmd.com Clifford L. Salinger St. Lucie Eye - V.I.P. Laser Eye Center Port St. Lucie 772-461-2020 stlucieeye.com ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

John Robinson, Jr. Tenet Florida Physician Services Stuart 772-763-1720 tenetfloridaphysicianservices.com

James D. Hoffman South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Stuart 772-288-2400 southflaortho.com

Oszkar Szentirmai Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Back & Spine Center Port St. Lucie 772-288-5862 martinhealth.org

Daniel S. Husted South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Stuart 772-288-2400 southflaortho.com

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

William B. King William B. King, MD Fort Pierce 772-465-6484

Daniel A. Jones South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Stuart 772-288-2400 southflaortho.com Steven K. Jordan South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Stuart 772-288-2400 southflaortho.com

PAIN MEDICINE

Ramon (Ray) Alvarez Resolute Pain Solutions Stuart 866-228-7676 resolutemd.com Alexander DeBonet Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Back & Spine Center Stuart 772-288-5862 martinhealth.org Jay Kuchera Resolute Pain Solutions Port St. Lucie 866-228-7676 resolutemd.com Ali S. Malik Global Neuro & Spine Institute Jensen Beach 800-735-1178 globalneuroandspine.com Antonio Poto Pioneer Pain Management Port St. Lucie 772-446-4883 pioneerpainmanagement.com PATHOLOGY

Anil G. Desai Indian River Pathology LLC Port St. Lucie 772-466-6651 indianriverpathology.com PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY

Rowena Uy Pediatrix Cardiology of South Florida Fort Pierce 772-468-0664 mednax.com

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Jean-Paul Azzi, MD, is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing exclusively in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face, nose, and neck. Dr. Azzi uses the most advanced and cutting-edge techniques in facial plastic surgery to individualize every patient’s treatment. He applies an integrative approach to treat all aspects of aging, including gravity, volume loss, and texture changes. It is this unique style and his artistic eye that allow him to achieve beautiful, natural, and long-lasting results. Azzi trained at the finest institutions with world-renowned plastic surgeons in Manhattan, where he practiced the most advanced techniques for the treatment of the aging face, including endoscopic lifts, deep-plane facelifts, revision facelifts, minimally invasive facelifts, eyelid lifts, lip lifts, and rhinoplasty, to name a few.

Currently, he lectures at an annual conference on cosmetic facial surgery with an emphasis on his revision deep-plane facelift techniques. Beyond his reputation for expert technical ability, Azzi’s wonderful bedside manner has made him a popular choice among nurses, physicians, and hospital staff. He treats every patient with individualized, warm, friendly care, and patients love his sense of humor and caring demeanor. In addition to his cosmetic private practice in Jupiter and Palm City, Azzi enjoys teaching and performing pro bono surgeries in underprivileged countries. He has traveled around the world to perform reconstruction on children born with facial deformities in destinations including Vietnam, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Colombia. These procedures include repairing cleft lips and palates and reconstruction for children with microtia (missing ears) using their rib cartilage.

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John E. Stephens Palm Beach Pediatric Gastroenterology Palm City 561-840-1960 pbpedsgi.com PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY

Matthew D. Ramirez Kidz Medical Services Port St. Lucie 772-873-7360 kidzmedical.com Melissa S. Singer Palm Beach Pediatric Hematology Oncology Port St. Lucie 772-252-6592 pbpho.com PEDIATRIC PSYCHIATRY

Silvia Fernandez Lawnwood Behavioral Health Services Inpatient Fort Pierce 561-803-8219 dignityhealth.org PEDIATRICS (GENERAL)

Douglas Bowling Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Jensen Beach 772-223-5612 martinhealth.org Kerri Daniels Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. - Darwin Square Center Port St. Lucie 772-408-5063 fchcinc.org Luis Pineiro Children’s Physicians Palm City 772-219-4444 mychildrensphysicians.com

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Daniel Picard Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Heart Institute Fort Pierce 561-414-5177 Jason P. Williams Florida Orthopaedic Specialists Port St. Lucie 772-335-4770 floridaorthopaedicspecialists.com

W. Rob Vickers Gulfstream Eye Port St. Lucie 772-448-4865 gulfstreameye.com Luis F. Villar Villar Plastic Surgery Stuart 772-286-3722 PODIATRY

Noah Blum Dr. Noah Blum, DPM Port St. Lucie 772-489-4343 drnoahblum.com Craig J. Breslauer South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Stuart 772-288-2400 southflaortho.com

PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

Craig J. Paul Heart & Family Health Institute Port St. Lucie 772-335-9600 heartandfamilyhealthinstitute.com

James Azzi The Palm Beach Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery Palm City 561-429-5403 palmbeachfacialsurgery.com

Raymond Rowan Certified Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC Palm City 772-232-5635 certifiedfoot.com

Jean-Paul Azzi The Palm Beach Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery Palm City 561-429-5403 palmbeachfacialsurgery.com

Joseph C. Taub Taub Podiatry Stuart 772-283-3800 taubpodiatry.com

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Juan Giachino Giachino Water’s Edge Dermatology Stuart 772-217-6829 wederm.com Leighton A. Taylor Coastal Islands Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Port St. Lucie 772-204-8870 coastalislandsplasticsurgery.com

Paul Hebig Whole Family Health Center Fort Pierce 772-468-9900 wfhcfl.org Molly E. Ryan Stuart Psychiatry Stuart 772-208-0514 stuartpsychiatry.com

JoAnna VanVleet Florida Psychiatry Associates Port St. Lucie 772-878-7216 flpsychiatry.com RADIATION ONCOLOGY

Michael Burke Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-288-5890 martinhealth.org Jorge G. Castillo Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health at Martin Cancer Center Stuart 772-288-5890 martinhealth.org Kiran Reddy Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health at Martin Cancer Center Stuart 772-288-5890 martinhealth.org RADIOLOGY

Todd Schroeder Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-288-5894 martinhealth.org RHEUMATOLOGY

Darrell N. Fiske Rheumatology Associates, PA Stuart 772-283-8380 stuartrheumatology.com J. Paul Mahfood Rheumatology Associates of South Florida Port St. Lucie 772-879-2228 ehr.wrshealth.com Alejandro Rivera-Rodríguez Rheumatology Associates, PA Stuart 772-283-8380 stuartrheumatology.com

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Flavor Treasure Coast Dining A Selection of Area Restaurants MARTIN COUNTY AMERICAN CARSONS TAVERN This local neighborhood tavern is home to weekly live music performed by talented musicians. Stay for the late-night menu with picks like Margherita Bar Pie and SE Ocean Beach Bread. 2883 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; carsonstav.com; 772.286.7611 CASTAWAYS GASTROPUB Castaways serves brews from Florida and around the world. 911 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; castawaysfla.com; 772.618.3838 CHEF’S TABLE Sophisticated New American restaurant offering fine wine and seasonal menus. 2313 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; chefstablestuart.com; 772.287.5599 COURTNEY’S RESTAURANT AND ICE CREAM Come for the selection of burgers, wraps, salads, and sides, and stick around for the ice cream. 8855 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound; courtneyseatery.com; 772.546.4093 DISTRICT TABLE & BAR Chef Jason Stocks presents his creative take on everything from dry-aged burgers to sourdough pizza in a contemporary dining space. Sustainability is also a focus: All oyster shells are recycled to rebuild local reefs and oyster beds. 4665 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; districttableandbar.com; 772.324.8357

FREDGIE’S WORLD FAMOUS HOT DOGS Cure your hot dog fix at this hotspot. Sit outside and enjoy the spectacular view—and dare to try their peanut butter and chili dog. 2000 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; fredgiesworldfamoushotdogs.com; 772.209.2005 HARRY AND THE NATIVES This longstanding waterfront family business in Hobe Sound offers a selection of traditional American favorites and a casual atmosphere. 11910 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; harryandthenatives.com; 772.546.3061 JAN’S PLACE RESTAURANT Grab breakfast and lunch at this family owned local hang with outdoor seating. 1990 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; jansplacerestaurant.business.site; 772.334.9590 KORK Globally inspired and locally sourced small bites, dinners, and brunch with premier cocktails and courtyard outdoor seating. 11970 SE Dixie Hwy., Hobe Sound; korkhobesound.com; 772.245.8182 OCEAN REPUBLIC BREWING Stuart’s family-owned craft brewery known for its laid-back lifestyle and pours like Keepin’ It PC and Because Ordinary is Boring. 1630 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; oceanrepublicbrewing.com; 772.600.5596 OLD DIXIE CAFÉ NORTH Classic American diner serving breakfast and lunch in a charmingly retro setting. 11189 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; olddixiecafe.com; 772.245.8587

OSCEOLA STREET CAFE Enjoy homemade breakfast, baked goods, and specialty sandwiches. 26 SW Osceola St., Stuart; osceolastreet.com; 772.283.6116 PHILLY DOWN SOUTH CAFE Discover an array of Philly cheesesteaks, salads, burgers, and seafood at the café inside the Elliott Museum. 825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; hsmc-fl.com/ philly-down-south-cafe; 772.225.1961 PINEAPPLE JACKS BISTRO Enjoy a three-course dinner or a weekend brunch in a nautical setting. 1897 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; pineapplejacksbistro.com; 772.444.3550 SAND DUNE CAFÉ Sand Dune Café sits just 50 yards from Jensen Beach, making it the perfect aid for your beach day longevity. 4191 NE Ocean Blvd., Jensen Beach; martin.fl.us/sanddunecafe; 772.419.2472 SONNY’S BBQ Traditional, smoky barbecue including mouthwatering pulled pork and brisket. 1961 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Stuart; sonnysbbq.com; 772.283.4150 SOUTH FORK KITCHEN AND BAR Made-from-scratch dishes prepared by Naples native Chef Ron Kerr. 900 SE Indian St., Stuart; southforkkitchenandbar.com; 772.247.7382 SPRITZ CITY BISTRO Upscale American bistro featuring tapas and small plates. 61 SW Osceola St., Stuart; spritzcitybistro.com; 772.320.9100

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ASIAN CHAO Mix and match Chinese entrées, sushi, and sides from the buffet-style counter takeout. Choose from a variety of classic dishes like orange chicken, lo mein, and California rolls. 3174 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; asianchao.com; 772.692.3674 ASIAN SPICE BISTRO Small, contemporary Asian eatery specializing in beautiful sushi plates, Thai, and boats. 1888 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; asianspicebistro.com; 772.208.5164 BANGKOK BAY High-quality Thai fare and fresh sushi selections served at a great price. 1833 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; bangkokbaybbk.com; 772.286.2141 BASIL GARDEN OF PALM CITY Locally beloved, cozy Thai eatery offering a vast, quality menu. 2655 SW Feroe Ave., Palm City; fromtherestaurant.com/basil-garden; 772.220.1994 CAFE BOONMA “Boonma” means good times and things are coming—something owner and Chef Rampai lives up to at this traditional Thai spot offering wok dishes and house specials. 3720 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; cafeboonma.net; 772.291.2320 EMMAN’S ASIAN GOURMET Filipino Chef/owner Emman Eugenio creates small plates of Asian-fusion cuisine in a casual setting. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 105, Stuart; facebook.com/ fusionofec; 772.888.3171 HOKKAIDO SUSHI & STEAKHOUSE Japanese steak house offering typical Asian eats as well as sushi boats and hibachi dinners in a setting adorned with LED lights, plants, and traditional Japanese decor. 2867 SW Cafe Court, Palm City; hokkaidopalmcity.com; 772.283.5118 KRUA THAI RESTAURANT Authentic Thai dishes (like red curry and Samura noodles) served family-style in an eclectically themed restaurant. 3283 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; kruathaiofstuart.com; 772.600.8114

CAFÉ 3 BARISTAS Organic coffee and smoothies, as well as beans in bulk and café fare such as quiches, spinach and feta sandwiches, and various baked goods. 241 SW Monterey Road, Stuart; 561.402.5976 BOMBOLONI BAKERY CAFÉ Authentic Italian bakery and café offering pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, and coffee. 3980 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; bombolonibakery.com; 772.261.8913

BUNKHOUSE COFFEE BAR Formerly a bunkhouse used to house WWII soldiers, this 100-percent plant-based café offers acai bowls and fresh-baked goods alongside its diverse coffee menu. 3181 NE West End Blvd., Jensen Beach; bunkhousecoffeebar.com; 772.261.8312 COFFEE BAR BLUE DOOR Quaint downtown coffee shop serving breakfast, bistro fare, and baked goods, with flora-focused outdoor seating that’s especially enjoyable in the late hours. 38 SE Osceola St., Stuart; facebook.com/ coffeebarbluedoor; 772.221.7707 GILBERT’S COFFEE BAR Enjoy coffee, smoothies, and more at this charming waterfront location. 615 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart; gilbertscoffeebar.com; 772.214.1522 THE ROASTED RECORD An international, award-winning coffee roaster, café, and vinyl record store. In addition to its beer collabs, The Roasted Record has 11 local craft beers on tap and white and red wines. 600 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart; roastedrecord.com; 772.320.9918

FOOD TRUCK BAGEL BOYZ Swing by for New York–style bagels served fresh from a custom wood-fired oven. During lunch, grab pizza, wings, or a salad. 4504 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; bagelboyzstuart.com; 561.379.3771 BROTHERS’ Q BBQ Barbeque doesn’t get much better than Brothers’ Q. Try the Sunday smoked wings, three-cheese smoked mac, or brisket sandwich. 4480 SE St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart; 484.619.1488 ITAL BOWLS FOOD TRUCK Ital Bowls offers acai bowls and cookies, smoothies, and coffees. Nutritious add-ons include spirulina, CBD oil, bee pollen, and more. 650 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; italbowls.com; 772.905.7503 TACO TRUCK OF STUART Tasty Mexican fare that’s quick and convenient. Take it to-go or eat at a stool by the truck. 31 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; tacotruckofstuart.com; 772.486.6639 TAQUERIA SOLAVINO 2 Authentic Mexican tacos, burritos, quesadillas, gorditas, and a wide selection of meat options. 10835 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; 772.485.6994

FRENCH 11 MAPLE STREET Where French country meets Florida. 11 Maple Street offers a dining experience with fare resembling art. Chef Michael Perrin prepares his plates with some of each season’s peak items, including locally sourced

produce and humanely raised meats. 3224 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach; elevenmaple.com; 772.334.7714

GERMAN SCHNITZEL HAUS Chef Lenh offers a menu featuring American fusion and German favorites such as potato pancakes, schnitzel, and sauerbraten. 5687 SE Crooked Oak Ave., Hobe Sound; ethansgrill.com; 772.210.2350 THE HOFFMANN Enjoy traditional German and American fare while relaxing at the expansive outdoor seating and barn. 3825 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; the-hoffmann.com; 772.444.3697

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN MR. GYROS Treasure Coast chain serving authentic Greek and Mediterranean food, including gyros, pitas, entrées, appetizers, soups, and sides. 2383 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; mrgyrosflorida.com; 772.463.3127 OLYMPIC TAVERNA Part of the Spiro’s empire, Olympic Taverna serves Greek cuisine as well as American favorites. 2951 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City; spirostaverna.com/ palm-city; 772.781.8461

INDIAN BOLLY TWIST From the owners of India Palace, Bolly Twist offers Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine, including tandoori dishes, meat and vegetarian entrées, dosas, biryani, and special platters. 5563 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; bollytwist.com; 772.210.6793 NAMASTE GRILL Nepalese and Indian cuisine inside a relaxed space in the heart of downtown Stuart. Menu highlights range from tandoori and grilled meats to a hearty array of veggie entrées to goat curry with Nepalese spices simmered in a dark stew. 2500 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; namastegrillstuart.com; 772.283.5515

ITALIAN 18 SEMINOLE ITALIAN BISTRO Inside this historically preserved building lies one of the area’s most intimate and romantic atmospheres. All meals are made to order and crafted with top-quality, local seasonal ingredients. 18 SE Seminole St., Stuart; 18seminole.com; 772.463.0059 CASA BELLA This quaint restaurant combines northern and southern Italian cuisine under one roof. Expect big

ABOUT THIS GUIDE This list is compiled by our editors as a service to our readers. It is not all-inclusive; we rotate the listings to comply with available space, which means not every establishment appears in every issue. If you are a business owner who would like to submit your restaurant, please email mpuppo@palmbeachmedia.com.

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flavors and beyond-satisfactory Italian dishes. 512 SW 3rd St., Stuart; casabellastuart.com; 772.223.0077 DIAMOND TEA ROOM & BISTRO Opt for the six-course high English tea, served all day, or order from an à la carte selection of teas, tea sandwiches, scones, tea cookies, and other favorites. A constantly updating menu satisfies larger appetites. 3868 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; diamondtearoom.com; 772.781.5153 FANTINI’S NEW HAVEN STYLE APIZZA Known for New Haven–style thin crust known as “apizza,” Fantini’s offers old-school Italian soul food cooked fresh to order. 1560 NW Federal Hwy., Stuart; fantinisapizza.com; 772.692.9980 LA BORGATA RISTORANTE La Borgata has taken its patrons on tours of Italy’s famous dishes—no passport required—for more than 50 years. The menu features favorite Italian dishes such as calamari Siciliana and penne puttanesca, as well as pizza and more prepared to order. 3227 SW Mapp Road, Palm City; laborgataristorante.com; 772.288.2121 LA FORCHETTA ITALIAN RESTAURANT This family-owned gem is home to an extensive selection of gourmet pasta plus hand-tossed pizza pies, a warm, Italian setting, and attentive staff. 7820 SW Lost River Road, Stuart; laforchetta.net; 772.872.7333

LOURÓNZO’S ITALIAN FUSION Downtown eatery offering a unique perspective of Italian cuisine, with menu items like gnocchi di zucca topped with walnut and coffee powder. 301 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart; louronzositalianfusion.com; 772.287.3334 LUNA DOWNTOWN STUART A local favorite and landmark offering indoor and outdoor seating as well as sidewalk window service. 49 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; lunadowntownstuart.com; 772.288.0550 MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Longstanding, casual dining joint serving Italian classics with generous portions. 1924 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; mariositaliandining.com; 772.283.6660 PEPE & SALE Expect modern Italian dishes with a focused wine list in a fine dining atmosphere inside a bistro-like setting. 101 SE Ocean Blvd. Suite 103, Stuart; pepe-sale.com; 772.872.6251 PIETRO’S ON THE RIVER The kitchen puts out memorable authentic Italian dishes such as roasted Long Island duckling and swordfish puttanesca. 8735 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; pietrosontheriver.com; 772.229.7575 PUSATERI’S CHICAGO PIZZA A “real” taste of Chicago pizza, Pusateri’s offers thin-crust pizza topped with unique sauces.

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JAMAICAN CLASSIC JAMAICAN JERK STOP Authentic jerk house offering fresh favorites like beef patties and jerk chicken served with rice and peas, plantains, or steamed veggies. 2200 SE Indian St., Stuart; jamaicanjerkstop.com; 772.266.8678

MEXICAN CASA TEQUILA Authentic Mexican cuisine from burritos to tacos to fajitas. Stop in Fridays to enjoy live mariachi bands. 1725 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; casatequilafl.com; 772.600.5482

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Flavor MR. JALAPEÑO STUART Authentic Mexican cuisine with bold flavor. 1602 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; mr-jalapeno.com; 772.287.8161 RANCHO CHICO Enjoy a range of classic Mexican platters in a warm setting with colorful folk art. 91 SW Monterey Road, Stuart; ranchochicoflorida.com; 772.288.6741 TAQUERIA TORRES Authentic Mexican fare featuring tacos and other traditional plates. 2995 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; facebook.com/taqueriatorres; 772.678.9014

POLISH POLKA EUROPEAN MARKET AND RESTAURANT An authentic, Mom and Pop Polish restaurant with a European market attached. 3950 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; 772.692.1112

SEAFOOD BASIN SEAFOOD & FRESH FISH MARKET Fresh seafood on ice is available for purchase as well as dining options and charming outdoor and indoor seating. 4150 SE Salerno Road, Stuart; facebook.com/ basin-seafood-fresh-fish-market; 772.287.5771 BONEFISH GRILL A casual environment with seafood favorites like wood-grilled lobster and rainbow trout with just the right amount of kick. 2283 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; bonefishgrill.com; 772.288.4388 CATFISH HOUSE A decorated seafood joint specializing in classic fried selections. 11500 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; facebook.com/hobesoundcatfishhouse; 772.545.7733 CONCHY JOE’S SEAFOOD Dive into fresh seafood items such as Conchy’s Seafood Feast or the Bahamian-inspired conch salad. 3945 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; conchyjoes.com; 772.334.1130 CRAWDADDY’S Every day is Mardi Gras, and Cajun-Creole cuisine reigns supreme. 1949 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; crawdaddysjensenbeach.com; 772.225.3444 FRESH CATCH SEAFOOD GRILL Owner Eric Olson guarantees the freshest of seafood dishes and a raw oyster bar. 1411 SE Indian St., Stuart; freshcatchstuart.com; 772.286.6711 NEW ENGLAND FISH MARKET & RESTAURANT New England has you covered with seafood available for purchase in the market or as a classic meal in their restaurant. 1419 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; 772.334.7324; 3102 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City; 772.872.7355; newenglandfish.net PIRATES LOFT AT PIRATE’S COVE RESORT & MARINA The food rivals the fantastic views of the marina and Manatee Pocket. From salads to seafood, there is something for everyone. 4307 SE Bayview St., Stuart; piratescoveresort.com; 772.223.5048 SAILOR’S RETURN Serving fresh seafood, chops, and steaks, enhanced by

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STEAK HOUSE 1120 PRIME STEAKHOUSE Classic steak house food and atmosphere with fresh farm-to-table salads. 11220 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; facebook.com/1120prime; 772.742.2856 LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE Classic cuts of steak in a casual, ranch-style restaurant. 2901 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; longhornsteakhouse.com; 772.692.7922 PETER’S STEAKHOUSE Fine wines and sides like Pete’s Famous Hash Browns and shoe-string onions accompany the succulent, dry-aged steaks at this longstanding steak house. 3200 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach; peterssteakhouse.com; 772.225.2516

THE GAFFORD Family-run establishment with Southern hospitality and perfectly executed plates such as Mabel’s fried chicken, a local favorite. The signature “Gafford” is a 20-ounce bone-in prime Revier rib eye that pays homage to owner Rick Wilson’s grandfather and the steaks they used to cook together. 47 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; thegafford.com; 772.221.9517

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY 3NATIVES Florida health chain offering smoothies, acai bowls, salads, bagels, wraps, juices, and shots in a relaxed, beachy environment. 870 SE Indian St., Stuart; 3natives.com; 772.266.9431 BERRY FRESH CAFE This Treasure Coast breakfast and lunch spot is a GMO- and preservative-free café serving healthy fare that tastes great and feels even better. 1429 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; berryfresh.cafe; 772.324.8287 CITY BEETS Vegan and vegetarian options are included on City Beets’ menu, which features smoothies, bowls, juices, and café fare. 2761 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; citybeets.com; 772.247.7485 FIRST WATCH Grab breakfast, brunch, or lunch from this healthminded café chain. 2125 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; firstwatch.com; 772.220.4076 FRUITS AND ROOTS VEGAN CAFE This 100-percent plant-based menu offers coldpressed juices, smoothies, juice shots, oat bowls, salads, and sandwiches. 710 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart; fruitsandrootsvegancafe.com; 772.678.6627 MODERN JUICE CO. STUART Enjoy made-to-order juice, poke bowls, and blended bowls in a quick, casual setting. 2325 SE Federal Hwy. Suite 428, Stuart; modernjuiceco.com; 772.291.2640 TABULEH CAFÉ AT PLANET OZONE Tabuleh Café offers organic, gluten-free, Halal, and locally sourced selections. 1601 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; planetozone.com; 772.403.2199 TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFÉ Get a smoothie from this tropical chain and enjoy sandwiches, wraps, and supplements. 6134 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; tropicalsmoothiecafe.com; 772.283.7377

PORT ST. LUCIE/FORT PIERCE AMERICAN 2ND STREET BISTRO This bistro highlights local produce and offers an extensive beer list. 122 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; 2ndstreetbistro.com; 772.293.9191 ARCHIE’S SEABREEZE This island shack–style, “no shoes, no shirt, no problem” restaurant has been open for more than 70 years. Enjoy sandwiches, seafood, and drinks while live music and the beach set the scene. 401 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce; archiesftpierce.com; 772.460.3888

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Flavor PICKLED Bright and spacious restaurant with late hours and flavorful eats including Wagyu sirloin, duck pot pie, truffle mac and cheese, and charcuterie boards. 201 N. 2nd St, Fort Pierce; pickledinthefort.com; 772.448.4239 SAILFISH BREWING COMPANY American warehouse–style eatery offering a wide selection of beers from the taproom, as well as appetizers and dinner eats from the pizza kitchen. 130 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; sailfishbrewingco.com; 772.577.4382 SPIRO’S TAVERNA Greek-American fare like gyros and sandwiches, along with beer and wine, in a casual setting. 1738 St. Lucie W. Blvd., Port St. Lucie; spirostaverna.com; 772.879.4083 WORLD FAMOUS NUNU’S SWEET SOUL FOOD Out-of-this-world soul food—all of the favorites you know and some you may not have tried. 3210 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; facebook.com/nunusoulfoodtruck; 772.828.3144

ASIAN RAMEN HANA AND WINGS Ramen that warms the mouth and soul. Choose between small and large plates of various ramen flavors or try the namesake wings in four flavors. 6935 Heritage Drive, Port St. Lucie; ramenhana.com; 772.444.7891 SEOUL GARDEN Korean establishment serving the culture’s favorites: kimbap, traditional han-sik, bi-bi-bop, and housemade kimchi available for market purchase. 2510 U.S. Hwy. 1, Fort Pierce; seoulgardenkoreancuisine.com; 772.462.6588 WASABI THAI SUSHI Stop by Wasabi Thai for good food, large portions, and a delicate ambience—plus a full liquor bar. 217 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; wasabithaisushifl.com; 772.242.1310

pizzeria also offers a variety of Italian appetizers, pastas, and salads. 1126 Colonnades Drive, Fort Pierce; orderangelinaspizzeria.com; 772.302.3591 FRANCESCA’S NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA Come to Francesa’s for tasty pizza and even tastier appetizers. 3961 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; francescaspizzapsl.com; 772.344.4748 RUFFINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND PIZZERIA This family-owned restaurant boasts authentic Italian fare from a menu of more than 70 choices, as well as daily specials. 1145 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; ruffinos.net; 772.335.2988

JAMAICAN JERK CITY Jerk City offers diners the best of island specialties for lunch and dinner. Favorites include curry goat and chicken, with specials like curry shrimp and crab. Catering is also available. 8007 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; jerkcity.com; 772.871.2552 ONE LOVE JAMAICAN This eatery serves up delectable seafood platters and authentic Jamaican dishes. Indulge in corn, crab legs, blue crabs, sausage, boiled egg, potatoes, and more. 3453 SW Darwin Blvd., Port St. Lucie; onelove caribbeancuisineseafood.business.site; 772.985.3128

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THINK GREEK First a food truck and now a restaurant, Think Greek offers Greek classics with an American twist. 644 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; thinkgreekfl.com; 772.800.3128

MERVIS’ CAFE & GRILL This Fort Pierce establishment doubles as a USPS contract unit and serves up one tasty Cuban sandwich that has locals coming back for more. They also offer satisfying bites like sweet plantains, croquettes, and empanadas. 402 S. 5th Street, Fort Pierce; merviscafe.com; 772.462.6600 PORT SAINT WICH This Cuban café specializes in sandwiches, desserts, and Cuban coffee. 3961 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; portsaintlucierestaurant.com; 772.266.5152 THE MOFONGO KING This Puerto Rican outpost is known for its namesake mofongo—fried plantains stacked high with shrimp, tostones, and more. Bonus: Mofongo offers twofor-one draft beers every day of the week. 295 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; facebook.com/ themofongoking; 772.777.4080

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TAJ INDIAN Curries steal the show at this eatery that offers a wide range of cultural favorites in addition to vegan and Halal foods. 529 NW Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie; tajpsl.com; 772.237.4567

CASA AMIGOS AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT A hit with the locals, visit for a dynamite meal and atmosphere. 7950 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; casaamigosrest.com; 772.204.2744 LA HACIENDITA SUPER TAQUERIA Don’t let the quaint, unassuming atmosphere fool you—this hole-in-the-wall packs a punch with intense flavor at a small price. 3211 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; 772.801.5090

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TAQUERIA MONTANO’S This restaurant offers small plates of Mexican fare for a quick bite of comfort food. 10786 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; taqueriamontano.com; 772.777.3406

PORTUGUESE FERNANDO’S DOCKSIDE GRILLE Take a tour along the Atlantic with Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine. 2214 SE Veterans Memorial Parkway, Port St. Lucie; fernandosdocksidegrille.com; 772.337.1110 LUSO PORTUGUESE GRILLE Portuguese outpost reflecting the country’s coastal heritage with a focus on seafood like shrimp cooked Mozambique-style. 10511 SW Village Center Drive, Port St. Lucie; lusogrille.info/menufacebook.com/ lusogrille; 772.303.2400

SEAFOOD 12A BUOY Wide array of dishes in a casual setting, leaving both stomachs and wallets happy. 22 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Pierce; 12abuoy.com; 772.672.4524 CHUCK’S SEAFOOD From New England chowder to shrimp Parmesan, this eatery offers affordable seafood to every table. 822 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; chucks-seafood.com; 772.461.9484 HARBOR COVE BAR & GRILL Located inside the Harbor Town Marina, Harbor Cove Bar & Grill seamlessly merges waterfront views and casual dining. 1930 Harbortown Drive, Fort Pierce; harborcovebargrill.four-food.com; 772.429.5303 PELICAN YACHT CLUB Expect excellent service, beautiful sunsets, and dishes like Asian-glazed short ribs. 1120 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; pelicanyachtclub.com; 772.464.2700

STEAK HOUSE MEATING STREET STEAK & SEAFOOD The Lamarra family offers USDA Prime steaks, seafood, and sides. 10553 SW Meeting St., Port St. Lucie; meatingstreet.com; 772.348.3805 OAK AND EMBER STEAKHOUSE Local favorite Chef Kyle G brings you Oak and Ember, a classic steak house with delectable meats, sides, and craft cocktails. 848 SE Becker Road, Port St. Lucie; oakandembersteakhouse.com; 772.224.2553 THE FORT STEAKHOUSE A modern take on the classic steak house executed with a colorful atmosphere. 106 S. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; thefortsteakhouse.com; 772.882.9131

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY BEACH BOWLS FORT PIERCE Organic, fresh fruit blended into smoothies and bowls in the heart of downtown. 217 Avenue A, Fort Pierce; beachbowlsfortpierce.com; 772.448.4097 ❖

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