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WELLNESS ISSUE

THE 4 LOCAL RETREATS TO RELAX AND RECHARGE

INSPIRED LIVING GROWTH CIRCLE MOTIVATES WOMEN TO GET MOVING

FATHERS & SONS

FOLLOWING IN DAD’S FOOTSTEPS

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STUART | MAY/JUNE 2023 2 24 ChoZen Retreat, an eco sanctuary in Sebastian, focuses on nature immersion. Contents MAY/JUNE 2023 24 Relax, Recharge, Retreat! Escape to these wellness retreats offering everything from yoga and guided meditation to foraging hikes and disco parties By Tracy Marcello 32 Like Father, Like Son Local men who decided to follow in their dads’ footsteps By Valerie Staggs 42 Color Play Boost your mood with this season’s playful fashion palette By Katherine Lande Features COURTESY OF CHOZEN RETREAT
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Live well

Idon’t know about y’all, but as season winds down I have one thing on my mind: It’s time to escape! I’m looking forward to taking some time to recharge my batteries, and while that means something different to everyone, for me it means planning a short getaway or two to unwind and relax—preferably in nature.

When I was editing Tracy Marcello’s feature on some of the top wellness escapes in the area (“Relax, Recharge, Retreat!”), I was immediately wowed by the Deep Healing Woods Retreat at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee. The four-day retreat is all about reaping the benefits of nature on its 4,200-acre property, with yoga and meditation in the woods, foraging hikes, and delicious farm-to-table meals. Definitely sounds like my cup of tea! Read more about it—along with three more wellness retreats that are located right here in Florida— starting on page 24.

In our Radar section (page 15), we introduce you to Palm City resident Karla Merrell, a motivational speaker who is on a mission to help local women over 40 reach their full potential. Merrell started Growth Circle, which is a runners’ group that provides both training and support to Treasure Coast women who want to run their first 5K. We also take you inside Stuart’s Spirit Well Sensory Lounge, a unique space downtown that offers a slew of sensory-based wellness treatments like aromatherapy, sound healing, energy work, and more.

In honor of Father’s Day June 18, we had a lot of fun talking to local men who were inspired by their dads’ passions and decided to follow in their footsteps. Get to know our cover stars—PGA pro Bob Baldassari and his son, Robert, an assistant pro at Willoughby Golf Club—and four more dad/son duos in “Like Father, Like Son,” beginning on page 32. Lastly, I want to put the word out that we are nearing the end of our search for our annual Ones to Watch candidates, which will be featured in the September issue. We launched OTW last year, and the hunt for 2023’s list is on! Learn more about what we are looking for and nominate someone (or yourself!) by visiting stuartmagazine.com/onestowatch

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Time for YOU

Every year, Stuart Magazine turns its focus to wellness for the May/June issue, as we are all more than ready for a little self-care and rest after the hustle and bustle of season. It’s all about slowing down a bit, making time for loved ones and friends, or planning a much-needed getaway. Wellness expresses itself in many ways—from relaxing at home or enjoying a spa day to taking off for a few days for a pampering respite. This year, for me, it was the latter.

So many of us get stuck in the daily grind, and we don’t pay enough attention to our own needs. And as we all know, we’re not very effective at caring for others when we neglect ourselves. Recently, I decided it was time to look after myself, so my husband and I planned a fantastic trip to the Bahamas with some dear friends. Breathing in the clean salt air, swimming in the aquamarine waters, relaxing on the beach, and enjoying delicious meals and a ton of laughs was just what the doctor ordered!

We had five days of pure bliss while I turned on my “out of office” (something I rarely do), which was a must for me to be fully present and truly benefit from this time away. It was a quick break that fit perfectly into our busy schedules, and though our next travels won’t be until later this summer, this trip has recharged us. That’s really what self-care is all about—and why it’s an important part of any wellness plan. Lucky for us, we live in South Florida with an abundance of tranquil beaches that make fantastic spots for quick escapes. I hope you take advantage of our home for your own reset and refresh.

Looking forward to the July/August double issue, we will have a special advertising section called Summer Escapes and Staycations, where local businesses can share their summer ideas. I welcome anyone interested in advertising to reach out to me so I can provide more details. And don’t miss the Private Education Guide and the Home Resource Guide to help plan for next year’s school year and summer home renovations.

As the season winds down, I urge you to spend some time doing something you have not done in a while. Health and happiness are our wealth, so take care of yourself and the rest will take care of itself.

Please enjoy this issue and continue to visit stuartmagazine.com, where you can sign up for our Insider’s Guide weekly newsletter to keep up with current events and news. Be sure to also check out the Flavor dining guide, as well as promotional medical profiles of some of the best physicians in the area—both inside this issue. We will soon be launching a new special advertising section, Martin and St. Lucie Luxury Home, which several real estate agents have reached out to me about already. If you are interested in learning more about it, don’t hesitate to email me. I look forward to continuing to support our local community and businesses.

Thank you for your readership!

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Radar

Healing POWER

When ancient Mayans needed to rest, they would gather at the cenote, a natural pit of water known as the spirit well. Martin County residents can enjoy a cenote of their own at Spirit Well Sensory Lounge.

A collective of practitioners providing a variety of wellness offerings, Spirit Well Sensory Lounge opened on Colorado Avenue in Stuart in April 2022. The center’s services are divided by the five senses and include practices like chiropractic massage, red light therapy, aromatherapy, Healy diagnostics, sound healing, craniosacral therapy, energy work, hypnosis, life coaching, and more. “We wanted to expand the concept of a healing center to make it accessible to everyone,” says cofounder Tracey Etelson, a quantum healing hypnosis practitioner. “The sensory lounge provides experiences for every type of person.”

Spirit Well also features a lounge with a tonic bar focused on Ayurvedic and herbal wellness drinks, as well as weekly classes on a variety of topics to bring the community together. “It’s our personal and professional mission to live in a state of unconditional love, nonjudgment, and acceptance,” cofounder Stephanie Lipp says. “We hope to make a difference in the health and well-being of every single person who walks in the door.”

Memberships are available for a monthly fee ($50-$75), while nonmembers can take advantage of services for a per-session fee.

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BUZZ | CONSERVATION | CHARACTER | OFF THE CHARTS | WANDERLUST Clockwise from top: Relax in the community lounge; a vibroacoustic therapy chair for sound meditation; grab a wellness drink like kombucha at the tonic bar.

Growing Stronger

A runners’ group in Palm City inspires women to lace up and overcome mental barriers

Karla Merrell is on a mission. The Palm City resident wants to help women tap into their inner strength and do what they may feel is the impossible: run their first 5K.

A professional motivational speaker, Merrell is the founder of Growth Circle, a Treasure Coast running group that provides women who don’t consider themselves to be runners with training and support so they can compete. The group— which focuses on women over 40 but is open to all ages—meets on Monday evenings for an hour at the Palm City Presbyterian Church, with an optional run on Saturday mornings. For eight weeks, the group trains together, allowing 30 minutes each week for supportive conversation and accountability.

“On the application to join the group, I ask what you’re looking to gain, and I always see the same answers about losing weight, eating healthier, and improving stamina,” Merrell says. “On the first day [of training], I write all of their answers on a big board and hope to make everyone understand that the undertone of their goals is actually about discipline and consistency. These women join because they want to believe in themselves.”

Merrell began her own running journey in April 2021 and has since completed multiple 5Ks, 10Ks, and half-marathons. Exactly one year after she began running, she founded Growth Circle and has since inspired dozens of women to develop a “growth” mindset in all areas of their lives.

“When women cross that finish line, they’re also crossing over their own mental barriers,” says Merrell. “After the race, they end up thinking to themselves, ‘What else can I do?’”

Growth Circle’s next eight-week session kicks off September 18, 2023 and will focus on training for a local Turkey Trot. The cost is $80. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at karlamerrell.com/growthcircle.

Calendar

A few things to do in May/June

May 7: Music at the Mansion

The Mansion at Tuckahoe, Jensen Beach, free, martin.fl.us/prdevents

May 12: The Magic of Motown

The Lyric Theatre, Stuart, $47, lyrictheatre.com

May 18: Minute by Minute: A Doobie Brothers Tribute

The Lyric Theatre, Stuart, $35, lyrictheatre.com

May 20: St. Lucie Ballet’s Spring Gala

The Lyric Theatre, Stuart, $35, lyrictheatre.com

May 22: Demonstration Dinner with Chefs

Aaron Black and Sarah Sipe

Kai-Kai Farm, Indiantown, $85, kaikaifarm.com

May 25: Women & Wine on the Water

The Grove, Hobe Sound, $75, thegrovehobesound.com

May 26-27: 37th Annual Memorial Weekend

Fishing Tournament

Pirate’s Cove Resort & Marina, Stuart, tickets start at $30, fishtcba.com

June 2: Matt Schofield

The Lyric Theatre, Stuart, $40, lyrictheatre.com

June 3: June Full Moon Sound Healing

The Elliott Museum, Stuart, $36, soundvibration.net

June 10-11: Bacon, Burgers, and Beer Festival Causeway Cove Marina, Fort Pierce, $5, baconburgerfestival.com

June 13: Art Associates of Martin County Exhibition

Investment Planning Group, Stuart, free, artassociatesofmartinco.com

June 24: 12th Annual Aaron Vaughn

Frogman Swim & Run

Jensen Beach Park, Jensen Beach, tickets start at $35, op300.org

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Bloom Doom

Blue-green algae, red tides, and our waters—what does it all mean?

It has become a predictable summer scourge…. One day the ocean waves are blue and the rivers clear, and the next our beautiful waters are murky and unenticing. The culprit: floating algae.

We hear about harmful algal blooms (HABS) often, but what are they really? And are they safe to swim in? We asked James Sullivan, executive director of Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and an expert on algae and HABS, to fill us in.

According to Sullivan, HABS occur when algae—plant-like organisms that live in fresh water as well as the ocean—grow out of control and produce damaging toxins that are unhealthy for both marine life and humans. “The blue-green algae Floridians mostly worry about is freshwater algae that comes from ponds, lakes, and reservoirs like Lake Okeechobee and enters salt water through runoff,” says Sullivan. “When the algae get mixed into high-salinity water, they will essentially die and burst, releasing toxins into the water.”

When masses of algae die and release toxins, it depletes the oxygen in water, in turn killing off animal species or forcing them to leave the affected waters. These toxins can also aerosolize, creating a microcystin, which carries an odor and can adhere to humans’ nasal passages.

For humans, the effects of exposure are still not clear. “We need more research to understand what the low-level chronic effects of being exposed are,” says Sullivan, who also serves on Florida’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force. “Exposure doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get sick, but you should still avoid the water when a bloom is happening.” Pets should stay away from the water too, he notes.

Red tides, which you’ve probably

also heard about, are more prevalent on Florida’s west coast. The naturally occurring algae that create red tides mostly come from the Gulf of Mexico and tend to stay on that side of the state, explains Sullivan. “It’s been blooming in Florida waters for hundreds of years,” he says. fau.edu/hboi

THE GOOD FIGHT

What is the Blue-Green Algae Task Force?

The task force created by Governor Ron DeSantis a few years ago aids the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in protecting, conserving, and managing the state’s natural resources. Its main goal is to restore Florida’s water bodies that have been adversely affected by blue-green algal blooms. The group works on identifying algae, nutrient reduction, and remediation efforts and are tasked with providing the DEP with recommendations for both

preventing harmful blooms and cleaning them up. “We on the task force always harp on the fact that communication is key,” says member James Sullivan. “People need to know what's going on in their neighborhood and water.”

To keep up with the latest findings and more, visit protectingfloridatogether.gov, an online portal that offers transparent data on current water quality, blue-green algae, and red tides.

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Page Turner

FORMER GUIDING LIGHT SOAP STAR TINA SLOAN TURNED HER REAL-LIFE CLIFF-HANGER INTO AN OPPORTUNITY TO REINVENT HERSELF AS A ROMANCE NOVELIST

Cliff-hangers are a constant theme for Hobe Sound resident Tina Sloan, the actress best known for her 26-year stint as nurse Lillian Raines on the long-running CBS soap opera Guiding Light

As soap fans are fully aware, the television genre is all about leaving viewers hanging after each daily episode. And when the show was canceled in 2009 after 57 years on the air, Sloan found herself facing a cliff-hanger of her own: She was a 60-year-old actress at a time

when there were not many roles for women her age.

She decided, why not write a book? In 2010, she penned her first—an autobiography titled Changing Shoes She also launched a one-woman show to go along with it, touring the country including stops in South Florida in Jupiter, Stuart, and Palm Beach. The play took audiences on a “walk” through the different stages of Sloan’s life, as the actress changed her shoes throughout the performance to correlate with each

story she was telling.

“For example, at one point [in the show], I was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and I had on pink boots,” explains Sloan. “Or if I was running a marathon, I’d put on running shoes. I wore beautiful high heels at the beginning, and then as I was getting older, I went into the black flats.”

Changing Shoes kept her busy for a decade before it was time to move on to yet another new chapter. Springing from a dream she’d had years before, she decided to give romance fiction a try and, in 2020, she self-published her debut novel, Chasing Cleopatra. The sequel, Chasing Othello, followed in 2022. “Having been on a soap opera, I knew how to write cliff-hangers, sexy scenes, undercover things, and people coming back from the dead,” says Sloan of the books’ story lines. “Readers have said that after about two chapters, they just couldn’t put it down, which is nice to hear.”

Her novels offer some super steamy scenes that leave readers blushing. Sloan recalls a moment when she was having her blood pressure taken, and the nurse told her she now looks at Sloan’s husband differently after having read the books. “I almost fell off the seat!” says the writer.

Rounding out the trilogy, Chasing Czars

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is set to publish this summer, and an onscreen adaptation of Chasing Cleopatra is in the works. Sloan dreams of casting Angelina Jolie as the film’s lead. “I wrote a scene for myself as her mother,” she says.

The octogenarian (she turned 80 in February) shows no signs of slowing down. She and her 85-year-old husband, Steve, love to travel the world—they have summered in Paris, will spend this off-season in England, and have trips to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt on the horizon. The two have been married for nearly 50 years and share a son and three young grandchildren who live in Tennessee, as well as two more children from Steve’s previous relationship.

Sloan’s life here at home in Hobe Sound is just as active. She plays croquet with friends twice a week, enjoys daily walks, boating, participating in a chorus, going to the gym, being part of a book club, and frequenting local

restaurants and museums.

An English literature major when she studied at Manhattanville College in New York, Sloan says she made a choice years ago to learn everything she could about social media. Today, she has more than 18,500 followers on Instagram, where she shares aging tips and more. tinasloan.com; @tinasloan (Instagram) ❖

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Sloan’s first two romance novels; the actress/writer at home in Hobe Sound (right). STEVEN MARTINE Sloan on set with her Guiding Light costar Justin Deas

ULTIMATE Luxury

Impressed by the comfortable ride of his new HCB 42 Lujo, Jack McCarthy already has his sights set on another

When it comes to the quest for the “perfect fit” in a boat, it’s rare to find an owner who is 100 percent satisfied with his or her final decision. In the case of Jack McCarthy, however, this is exactly the situation in which he finds himself—perfectly satisfied.

The owner of multiple vessels, McCarthy has boating experience that covers the spectrum of defined usefulness. But only his HCB 42 Lujo checks every box at once. He spends winters boating off Jupiter and summers on Long Island Sound. Along with his wife, Lisa, he also enjoys entertaining friends on the water. For boaters who divide their time equally between fishing and luxury cruising, the HCB 42 merges the two lifestyles seamlessly. On a recent outing where the fishing wasn’t especially hot, the McCarthys and their guests enjoyed a picnic lunch and some adult beverages. Comfortable onboard, the wait time between bites was a lot more enjoyable.

The expression viva de lujo (life of luxury) seems fitting to attach to the 42-foot model in HCB Yachts’ lineup. Two rows of seating behind the helm share abundant shade beneath a large hardtop. Additional plush upholstered seating covers the boat from stem to stern. A sofa-style cockpit seat is perched atop a large live bait well and faces the combination wet bar/tackle

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Jack McCarthy enjoys a day on the water with friends on his new HCB 42 Lujo. McCarthy’s boat is powered by four Yamaha 425-hp XTOs.
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rigging center. In the bow, a double-wide sun pad lounger ahead of the console faces wraparound forward seating, which can be converted into an additional sun pad or a dining venue by adjusting the center section’s platform table height. Three ladder-back teak helm seats and other varnished teak trim around the helm area add a further element of style to

the overall luxury aesthetic. Already an exceptionally soft ride, adding a Seakeeper 3 gyro stabilizer to the mix eliminates 90 percent of felt rolling offshore. For power, McCarthy chose quadruple Yamaha 425-hp XTOs. A trio of Garmin MFD units frame the view through a three-sided glass enclosure at the helm, while rod holders lining the gunwales, carbon outriggers, and abundant storage are all ideal features for anglers. McCarthy’s faith in a brand model could not be more evident: He already has an order in for a newer version of the 42 Lujo, with a few upgrades to make what he already considers the best just a little bit better. ❖

ABOUT THE WRITER

Hobe Sound resident George LaBonte is a professional captain and a world-class angler who has run a successful local charter fishing operation for 40 years. He was the host of a pair of widely acclaimed boating-related TV shows that aired nationally for five years, as well as a popular radio show on ESPN for 20 years. Book a charter with Captain LaBonte at edgesportfishing.com, and follow him on YouTube at George LaBonte Outdoors.

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Clockwise from left: The HCB 42 has ample seating, including luxury wraparound forward seating that can be converted into a second sun pad; aerial view of the 42 Lujo; McCarthy at the helm.

A DOGGONE Good Time

DISCOVER THE ALL-SEASON, PET-FRIENDLY TOWN OF CASHIERS, NORTH CAROLINA

In western North Carolina’s beautiful share of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Jackson County is home to myriad plunging waterfalls, dramatic ravines, the highest vertical cliffs in the eastern United States, and one of the oldest mountains on the planet, Whiteside Mountain. The county’s Panthertown Valley has even been referred to as the “Yosemite of the East.” Although summer is a popular time to visit, these great outdoors can be appreciated in any season. Even better? The destination isn’t just for humans. Thanks to several pet-friendly towns—none more charming than luxury-tinged Cashiers—dogs can revel in the natural splendor too. Here’s how. (discoverjacksonnc.com)

Hikes with Fido headline the daily agenda in Cashiers. Download the AllTrails app (alltrails. com) for rewarding options at all fitness levels, but don’t skip the short-but-steep, 2.5-mile Whiteside

Mountain trail for wow-factor vistas of forest-cloaked peaks and valleys from nearly 5,000 feet high. Do go chasing waterfalls, beginning with the thrilling 1.4-mile climb to High Falls in Lake Glenville’s Pines Recreation Area. Cool off in the fall’s emerald, boulder-strewn plunge pools and later visit the dog-friendly beach along the lake itself. Back in town, explore by foot via the Cashiers Greenway Ramble, a network of scenic trails, sidewalks, and pedestrian-friendly roads that zigzag through town.

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COURTESY OF JACKSON COUNTY TDA EVAN RUFF PAUL RUBIO Bring your pup along to explore such sites as Schoolhouse Falls.
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STAY

Take in Cashiers’ outdoor pursuits from your base at Hotel Cashiers (hotelcashiers.com), a classic motel revamped as a retro-chic inn where pets are welcome for an additional $30 nightly fee. The unpretentious yet stylish 18-room property sits on a panoramic Blue Ridge hilltop, surrounded by 2,000 square feet of green space inclusive of a garden and a DIY firepit (find stacks of wood and firestarting materials on-site but bring your own booze and s’mores kits). Located at the base of the hill, the reception area houses a fabulous Wine and Provisions Shop, fully stocked with fine wines and chilled Champagnes at prices competitive with local supermarkets, as well as The Wine Bar, which serves craft beer and curated wines by the glass.

EAT & DRINK

Below Hotel Cashiers, Slab Town Pizza (slabtownpizza.com) is an adorable, family owned and operated pizza joint featuring a lengthy menu of soups, salads, calzones, and hand-tossed pizzas, all of which can be consumed alfresco on the petfriendly lawn. The Ugly Dog Public House (theuglydogpub.com) attracts the lion’s share of dog-loving locals

thanks to prolifi c outdoor seating, the prospect of live music, and the promise of all-American comfort food and a rotating selection of regional craft beers. Further explore Cashiers’ brewery scene with a visit to Whiteside Brewing Company (whitesidebrewing.com) , a spot that’s equally popular for its lagers as its wine slushies.

At Crossroads Custard & Coldbrew (crossroadscustard.com), dogs are invited to try owner Jill Katz’s famous “pup cone,” a creamy soft-serve delight with Milk-Bone biscuit topping, while human companions enjoy rich soft-serve custard in 24 flavors, from amaretto to maple nut. Crossroads is also an idyllic place for your morning caffeine fix, whether it’s a homemade nitro cold brew to go or a frothy iced latte in a mason jar sipped on the front terrace.

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COURTESY OF THE RITZ-CARLTON NAPLES, TIBURÓN The whole family, including pets, can stay at Hotel Cashiers, where Blue Ridge foliage gives way to a garden and firepit. CHELSEA CRONKITE
PAUL RUBIO DON’T MISS
From left: Beer at Whiteside Brewing; Slab Town Pizza Treat your pooch to a pup cone at Crossroads.

Relax, Recharge, Retreat!

Sometimes, it takes more than a cup of chamomile or a sunrise beachcomb to unwind. Escape to these four wellness retreats offering everything from yoga and guided meditation to foraging hikes and silent disco parties.

The Eco Sanctuary:

CHOZEN RETREAT, SEBASTIAN

Nature enthusiasts and wellness seekers can rest easy upon entering ChoZen Retreat, where an abundance of Florida’s most diverse flora and fauna greets visitors on a 22-acre nature preserve alongside the St. Sebastian River. ChoZen acts as host to a different retreat facilitator each month, providing up to 26 guests at a time with a unique opportunity to learn, recharge, and disconnect through wellness programs, nature immersions, culinary experiences, and adventure excursions.

“We really focus on regenerative living,” general manager Karlie Dean says of the campus’s biodiversity and self-sustainability efforts. “We have a rainwater catchment and solar power, and we love to share the ways we are existing as an opportunity to inspire others.”

Depending on the facilitator, retreat guests can expect a combination of yoga, meditation, movement, and dance classes led by a team of instructors; guided river and wildlife tours; and permaculture, gardening, and culinary lessons with ChoZen’s in-house chef and permaculturist. A recent five-day women’s self-care retreat included daily dance classes, sound healing therapy sessions, a kayak tour of the St. Sebastian River, and time for meditation, journaling, and art. The property also has a saltwater pool, a firepit, and nature trails guests can take advantage of during their stay.

Although activities vary from retreat to retreat, visitors can always expect seasonal, locally sourced farm-to-table meals and a variety of accommodation options. Four custom-designed geodesic domes allow guests to fully embrace their lush, tropical surroundings, while seven safari tents provide space for singles, couples, or groups. An Airstream camper and a four-bedroom villa round out the housing choices.

Clockwise from top left: The zen grounds at ChoZen showcase art pieces like this Trocto No. 2 sculpture, which lights up at night; tranquil environs; farm-to-table meals are included in your stay; group yoga; accommodation choices include custom geodesic domes; community space (opposite page).

Where: Sebastian, FL (exact location provided after retreat registration)

When: Retreats of varying lengths offered year-round

Cost: Varies depending on retreat length and accommodation choice but typically starts around $1,800 (meals included)

Learn more: chozenretreat.com

COURTESY OF CHOZEN RETREAT COURTESY OF CHOZEN RETREAT COURTESY OF CHOZEN RETREAT COURTESY OF CHOZEN RETREAT COURTESY OF CHOZEN RETREAT HEATHER SLESAR

VITA VIE RETREAT, DELRAY BEACH

If you’re ready to ditch the gym for a bit but still want to keep fitness and nutrition top of mind, Vita Vie Retreat in Delray Beach can help you reset your mind and body with a mix of indoor and outdoor boot camp–style training sessions. Home base is The Seagate Resort and Spa on Atlantic Avenue, with boutique-style single and double rooms on the beach and plenty of space to unwind when you’re not in motion.

“[Vita Vie] forces you to slow down, take time out for much-needed self-care, and really guides you to better understand the concepts of fitness, health, and nutrition,” marketing manager Stephanie Rice says of the retreat’s mission.

Activities vary depending on retreat length (up to six nights) but typically include beach workouts like Vinyasa yoga and Pilates, toning and core training, mindfulness workshops, and dance classes like Salsa Mix and Ballet Tone. And if you’re just starting your wellness journey, Vita Vie instructors can modify classes for all fitness levels. Guests receive a $60 daily food credit to use at the resort, which provides retreat attendees with a special menu and an “intuitive eating” guide (attendees can also order from the regular menus at the resort’s restaurants or walk to a number of eateries in town). Individual nutrition appointments with a registered dietitian are available for an additional fee. Each retreat session is capped at 10 guests and includes up to five hours of daily activities, plus either a one-on-one personal training or health coaching session or a 50-minute spa treatment. Private retreats are also available if you’re a beginner or just want a more tailored workout experience.

Where: 1000 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL

When: Three- to six-night retreats offered year-round

Cost: Three-night retreat starts at $2,390 for single room ($60/night food credit included) Learn more: bvretreat.com

Clockwise from top: Fitness is the focus of Vita Vie Retreat; enjoy delicious healthy eats like acai bowls with a $60 daily food credit; pool at The Seagate Hotel; participate in Vinyasa beach yoga and more (opposite page).

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The Boot Camp: COURTESY OF THE SEAGATE HOTEL REGINA J. LATELLA

“[VITA VIE] FORCES YOU TO SLOW DOWN, TAKE TIME OUT FOR MUCHNEEDED SELF-CARE, AND REALLY GUIDES YOU TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPTS OF FITNESS, HEALTH, AND NUTRITION.” —S TEPHANIE R ICE , V ITA V IE

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Clockwise from top left: Interact with animals at the adjacent rescue sanctuary; enjoy sound heaing, meditation, mindfulness workshops, and more; animals like pigs and cows live on the farm; accommodation options include shared or private rooms. DANEY CABRERA DANEY CABRERA DANEY CABRERA DANEY CABRERA

Where: 12100 SW 43rd St., Miami, FL

When: Monthly four-day retreats offered yearround

Cost: $1,200 for a single bed in a shared room; $1,300 for a private room with queen bed (meals included)

Learn more: casawellnessretreats.com

The Healing Farmstead:

CASA WELLNESS RETREATS, MIAMI

Situated within a 3-acre subtropical animal sanctuary a few miles west of downtown Miami, Casa Wellness offers guests the ultimate combination of adventure and relaxation. Enjoy group yoga sessions, mindfulness workshops, and breathing exercises led by a team of instructors in a unique outdoor setting near Aguacate Sanctuary and Rescue, with plenty of “me time” for journaling and meditation. The animal rescue sanctuary alongside the retreat property offers guests the opportunity to ground themselves with nature by working with its resident cows, goats, tortoise, and other four-legged friends during their stay.

Aside from the static itinerary, each fourday retreat may include a variety of additional activities such as pottery workshops, silent discos, sound bath therapy, bonfires, movie nights, nutrition classes, and full moon ceremonies. A small group of up to nine retreat attendees at a time share the multiroom guesthouse, picnic area, and zen garden on the property.

“Everything is an option,” says coordinator and cohost Erin McIntosh of the retreat’s choose-your-own-adventure agenda. “People can sit in the zen garden and read all day if they want.”

Meals are included in the cost of your stay, and the menu is equally as impressive as the agenda. Enjoy three plant-based dishes, three

juices or smoothies, and one wellness shot (the Energizer is made with sweet lemongrass tea and matcha powder) daily from the on-site Aguacate Cafe. If you’re in the mood for a vegan twist on Miami fare, try their take on pan con lechon.... Wellness never tasted so good!

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COURTESY OF CASA WELLNESS RETREATS
Plant-based nutrition is included in your stay; sound bath therapy (above).

The Great Escape:

BLACKBERRY FARM, KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE

Just a two-hour flight from Palm Beach to Knoxville, Blackberry Farm is a luxury destination in and of itself. Located a few miles from Knoxville in the community of Walland, the site is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Blackberry Farm hosts several events throughout the year at its farmstead, brewery, and well house, all situated on a sweeping 4,200acre property. Take full advantage of Blackberry’s stunning scenery during its two annual wellness retreats: The Enneagram Retreat happens each summer, and the Deep Healing Woods Retreat takes place in the fall.

If self-discovery is your passion (or you just want to learn more about yourself and others), the Enneagram Retreat provides an intimate setting for expert-led meditation, time in nature, and self-reflection. Daily “discovery workshops” guide participants through several Enneagram activities, while group gatherings and meals take place throughout the property. A highlight is the final dinner in the barn wine cellar, which stocks more than 170,000 bottles

Where: 1471 W. Millers Cove Road, Walland, TN

When: Enneagram Retreat July 23-26; Deep Healing Woods Retreat Sept. 24-27

Cost: Retreats start at $1,200, plus room and board (meals included)

Learn more: blackberryfarm.com

from around the world, prepared by James Beard–nominated Executive Chef Cassidee Dabney.

Those seeking solace in the natural world will enjoy the Deep Healing Woods Retreat, which centers around outdoor yoga, meditation, and hiking. Guests spend the majority of their time basking under a fall forest canopy and dining alfresco on seasonal, farm-to-table fare (including a fun wellness-themed cooking demo on day two), with plenty of opportunities to simply bask in nature’s healing power. Highlights include an optional sunrise yoga session and a guided foraging hike through the woods—two events that make this mountain getaway a true gem ❖

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Clockwise from top left: Outdoor yoga in the woods; rustic accommodations include historic state rooms, cottages, and carriage house suites; enjoy a farewell barn dinner prepared by a James Beard–nominated chef; the scenic grounds (opposite page). INGALLS PHOTOGRAPHY HEATHER ANNE THOMAS COURTESY OF BLACKBERRY FARM

TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF BLACKBERRY’S STUNNING SCENERY DURING ITS TWO ANNUAL WELLNESS RETREATS.

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HEATHER ANNE THOMAS

Like Like Father,Son

BUILDING BONDS

RICH SCHEFFER SR., RICH SCHEFFER JR., TRISTEN SCHEFFER,GRANT SCHEFFER

When Rich Scheffer Sr. founded Tribute Boats in Palm City in 1992, the company name commemorated Jim Smith, the legendary sportfish pioneer who help Rich launch his career as a boat builder. The business has since become a tribute to the three generations of Scheffers who today build some of the best designed and engineered sportfish boats in the industry. “My dad was one of the first guys to use naval architects,” says 50-year-old Port Salerno resident Rich Jr., who joined his father at the company after earning a degree in electronics engineering from Indian River Community College (now Indian River State College) in 1993. “All the boats he has built have been around for decades.” Rich Jr.’s first position at Tribute was overseeing the complicated

web of electrical components that go into each boat, and now his own passion for boat building has inspired his sons to follow in his footsteps. Stuart residents Tristen, 24, and Grant, 22, are currently learning everything about the business from their dad—from electrical to rigging to composite work. The youngest Scheffer men are part of the company’s most challenging build yet: a 63-foot boat that Rich Sr. describes as “the world’s most high-tech sportfish boat.” While the hierarchy of a family business can sometimes prove challenging, the Scheffer men say they all work well together. “They’re generally good bosses,” says Tristen. His grandfather laughs and points to Rich Jr.: “I think the last time I disciplined him was when he was 3 years old.” tributeboats.com

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In honor of Father’s Day, we talked to a few Treasure Coast men who followed in their dads’ footsteps and never looked back
by VALERIE STAGGS | photographyby STEVEN MARTINE
From left: Grant, Rich Jr., Rich Sr., Tristen The Scheffers on one of their builds, from left: Rich Sr., Rich Jr., Grant, and Tristen

BLUE BLOODS

STEVE and KEVIN HELSETH

After graduating from Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce, Kevin Helseth was on the path to becoming an attorney. He attended the University of Central Florida, where he pursued a double major in criminal justice and legal studies. But by the time he graduated in 2018, things had changed.... “One weekend, he came home [from Tallahassee, where he was still living at the time] and told us he didn’t want to be an attorney,” recalls his father, Steve, a master sergeant in the Port St. Lucie Police Department who lives in Fort Pierce. Two years later, in March 2020, Steve—who has been in law enforcement since 1993—found himself presenting his son with a badge at Kevin’s swearing-in ceremony. Now a patrol officer in the same police department as his dad, 26-year-old Kevin says he was inspired by his father to trade practicing law for enforcing it. “Seeing what my dad got to do every day, I realized there was a lot more freedom than being stuck at a desk all day,” says Kevin, who also lives in Fort Pierce. “As a cop, I get to meet a lot of people and help a lot of people.” Working in the same department with his father means expectations are high. “People keep asking when I am going to try out for SWAT,” says Kevin, whose father served on SWAT for 23 years. Steve acknowledges that his son has a lot to live up to. “The Helseth name has a pretty good reputation here—but I haven’t heard any complaints about him yet,” he jokes.

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Steve (left) and Kevin
THE HELSETH NAME HAS A PRETTY GOOD REPUTATION HERE....” —S teve H el S et H
Steve and Kevin Helseth at Tradition Square in Port St. Lucie

FORE FATHER

BOB and ROBERT BALDASSARI

PGA professional Bob Baldassari has accomplished a lot in his career, but two things remain on his bucket list. “I’d like to get a hole-in-one, and I’d like to go to Scotland with Robert,” says the 60-yearold Palm City resident, referring to his 26-year-old son. Bob’s own father, Robert Baldassari Sr., was a 53-year member of the PGA himself, and Bob entered the league in 1991, earning a slew of accolades over the past three decades. He has served as past president of PGA of America and was named PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 2000. Today, he oversees golf operations at Sandpiper Bay Golf Club in Port St. Lucie and consults through his company, Reimagine Golf, helping course owners reimagine the golf experience and continue to grow the industry. Given his legacy, it’s no surprise that Bob’s son, Robert, found himself swinging a club at an early age. The Stuart resident played golf at Martin County High School and began a career at PGA Village before eventually landing at Stuart’s Willoughby Golf Club in 2022, where he works as an assistant pro. He credits his father with teaching him how to play— and making it fun along the way. “He’s seen my bad habits for 26 years, so he knows exactly what to tell me,” says Robert. On his own bucket list? “I want to play Pebble Beach with my dad.” sandpiperbaygolfcub.com; willoughbygolfclub.com

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HE’S SEEN MY BAD HABITS FOR 26 YEARS, SO HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT TO TELL ME.”
—R OBERT B ALDASSARI
Robert (left) and Bob Bob Baldassari helps his son, Robert, line up a shot at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie.

LEGAL LEGACY

J.D. LEWIS III, J.D. LEWIS IV, and CHRISTOPHER LEWIS

Alove for the law runs in the Lewis family. Brothers J.D. Lewis IV, 49, and Christopher Lewis, 45, wanted to be lawyers from childhood, and today they work side by side with their father at The Lewis Law Group in Stuart. At 74, J.D. Lewis III has the same passion for law as he did when he first started his practice nearly 40 years ago. “It’s a situation where I can help people when their lives are turned upside down,” J.D. III says of his work in personal injury law. Growing up, his sons saw firsthand their father’s commitment to his clients. “The first time I thought about law, I was around 7,” recalls J.D. IV. “I saw Dad with all these legal pads, and he was walking around talking to himself.” J.D. IV graduated from Martin County High School before attending Duke University and eventually earning a law degree from the University of Florida in 1998. After a two-year stint as a public defender, he decided to join his father at the family firm. His younger brother, Christopher, also graduated from UF’s College of Law after earning an undergraduate degree there. Like his brother, Christopher began his career as a public defender before joining his family at the Stuart practice. Working in the same office can have its challenges for three strong-willed attorneys who are also family. “I have my old-school ways, and a lot of the time that doesn’t work,” says J.D. III. “Sometimes, I have to sit back and learn.” Both of his sons smile at this, as J.D. IV points out that, in the end, their differences only make them a stronger team. “As much alike as we are, we are that much different,” he says. “We balance each other out.”

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From left: Christopher, J.D. III, J.D. IV

AS MUCH ALIKE AS WE ARE, WE ARE THAT MUCH DIFFERENT. WE BALANCE EACH OTHER OUT.” —J.D. L ewis i V

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The Lewis men at their law office in Stuart, from left: Christopher, J.D. III, and J.D. IV

FAMILY PRACTICE

DR. EDWARD WENGLER and DR. CRAIG WENGLER

As a kid, Dr. Craig Wengler remembers his father watching videos of laparoscopic surgery on VHS tapes. “He was always learning and wanting to do more for his patients,” says Craig, 40, who credits his dad’s passion for patient care as the reason he also decided to pursue medicine. Born at Martin Memorial Hospital, Craig earned a doctorate in medicine from the University of South Florida and, after completing his internship and residency, landed a fellowship in breast surgical oncology at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio in 2014. A year later, he returned home to Stuart, where he now resides and serves as director of the Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Breast Center. His father, Dr. Edward Wengler, 70, a breast surgeon at Martin Health for 42 years, found his own career inspiration back in high school when his family hosted a foreign exchange student from Bolivia. “His dad was a physician, and my decision to go into medicine was influenced by many hours of talking with him,” recalls Edward, who also lives in Stuart. He continues: “For Craig to have chosen breast surgery and join me in practice was tremendous. The opportunity to work side by side with him is amazing and has certainly kept me in practice beyond when I might have otherwise retired.” ❖

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Edward (left) and Craig
—D r . E D war D w E ngl E r
THE OPPORTUNITY
TO
WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH HIM IS AMAZING....”
Craig and Edward Wengler at Edward’s home in Stuart

O R LPlay C O

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CAROLINA HERRERA SPRING 2023 Micro Bon Bon handbag in Candy Pink ($750), Jimmy Choo, jimmychoo.com Gavigan enamel flower earrings ($165), Lola Dré, loladre.com La Medusa mini handbag ($1,575), Versace, versace.com Garavani Tan-Go platform pump ($1,200), Valentino, valentino.com Skyhigh 145mm platform pump ($549), Stuart Weitzman, stuartweitzman.com

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Classic 2 Drop earrings ($275), Rebecca de Ravenel, rebeccaderavenel.com

Blondie top-handle bag in light green leather ($3,550), Gucci, gucci.com

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TOP DOCTORS

On the following pages, you’ll discover our carefully curated list of 216 Top Doctors in 45 specialties as chosen by their peers. We profile some f 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.

Stuart Magazine’s
SPECIAL
PROMOTIONAL SECTION

Top Doctors

ADDICTION MEDICINE

Carl Gittens

The Gittens Clinic

Stuart 561-337-3351 thegittensclinic.com

Jay Kuchera Resolute Pain Solutions

Stuart 866-228-7676 resolutemd.com

ADOLESCENT MEDICINE

Anitha Jagadish Tender Care Pediatrics Port St. Lucie 772-335-1812 tendercarepediatric.com

ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY

Daniel Brodtman Allergy and Asthma Specialists of South Florida Stuart 772-221-3900 southfloridaallergist.com

Clive E. Roberson Allergy Associates of South Florida

Stuart 772-220-8884 sneezecentral.com

Michael Wein

Vero Allergy and Dermatology Port St. Lucie 772-621-9992 michaelwein.info

ANESTHESIOLOGY

Daniel R. Battaglia Resolute Pain Solutions

Stuart 866-228-7676 resolutemd.com

Albert Gardner

Martin County Pain Clinic

Stuart 772-286-0078 martinhealth.org

BREAST SURGERY

Denise Sanderson

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

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

CARDIAC SURGERY

Edward B. Savage Robert and Carol Weissman Cancer Center

Stuart 772-419-2137 my.clevelandclinic.org

CARDIOLOGY

Brian Akrami HCA Florida St. Lucie Medical Specialists Port St. Lucie 772-336-6601 hcafloridaphysicians.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

Joseph S. Gage Stuart Cardiology Group Stuart 772-286-9400 stuartcardiology.com

Fady Henri Geha Florida Heart Center Fort Pierce 772-465-4499 floridaheartcenter.org

Sattar Gojraty Cardiology Associates of Stuart Stuart 772-781-0222 cardioassocstuart.com

George J. Goldman Stuart Cardiology Group Stuart 772-286-9400 stuartcardiology.com

Howard S. Helfman Cardiology Associates of Stuart Stuart 772-781-0222 cardioassocstuart.com

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

Stephen E. McIntyre Stuart Cardiology Group Stuart 772-286-9400 stuartcardiology.com

W. Jason McManus Stuart Cardiology Group Stuart 772-286-9400 stuartcardiology.com

Ahmad Rashid Cardiovascular Consultants Fort Pierce 772-461-6812 healthgrades.com

Grace Wu Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Stuart 772-286-9400 martinhealth.org

COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY

George Rittersbach Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-219-4026 martinhealth.org

CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE AND PULMONARY DISEASE

Robert Dermarkarian Robert Demarkarian, MD Stuart 772-283-4428 martinhealth.org

Donald B. Hoffman Jr. Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-324-5400 martinhealth.org

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

DERMATOLOGY

Greg Barron Romagosa Barron Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center Stuart 772-220-3339 romagosadermatology.com

Samantha Fisher Romagosa Barron Dermatology Stuart 772-220-3339 romagosadermatology.com

Mark R. Kaiser Kaiser Dermatology Stuart 772-286-7081 kaiserdermatology.com

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

Richard A. Krathen Florida Dermatology Specialists Stuart 772-403-2227 flderms.com

Elizabeth McKay McKay Dermatology & MedSpa Stuart 772-283-0109 mckayderm.com

John Minni Water’s Edge Dermatology Port St. Lucie 772-335-4113 wederm.com

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Neil C. Boland, MD, FACOG, NCMP, APIM

Treasure Coast Bioidentical Institute

Specialties : Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology, Peptide Medicine

Undergraduate Medical Education : MD, Emory University School of Medicine

Internship and Residency: Internal Medicine and OB-GYN, Emory University Hospitals

Certifications : Life Fellow, American College of OB-GYN, North American Menopause Society Certified Practitioner, Academy of Preventative and Innovative Medicine

Well known and liked by generations of Treasure Coast women, Dr. Neil C. Boland has practiced OB-GYN for 42 years. He has served as department chairman at Martin Memorial Hospital, delivering more than 5,000 babies in Stuart and Port St. Lucie. Several of his delivered babies have now become practicing physicians themselves in Stuart. In 2015, Dr. Boland founded the Treasure Coast Bioidentical Institute. His facility is dedicated to cutting-edge hormone evaluation and management of menopausal and perimenopausal women as well as andropausal men with low testosterone. One third of his patients are males referred by their spouses.

Boland relates he is a devout believer in evidence-based medicine, lifelong learning, and integrating current research findings into medical practice. That’s why he logs more than 500 hours per year in continuing education courses or as a mentor to other physicians across the nation. Dr. Boland serves on the board of the BioTe Medical Corporation as a clinical advisor to more than 5,500 medical practices.

“Endocrinology has always been my first love” says Boland. “The reason so many patients feel so badly as they age is that hormonal medicine is simply not taught in medical training because of time constraints. The result is that hormonal medicine is tragically misunderstood by physicians, and their patients suffer, needlessly experiencing low quality of life. Hormonal imbalance often is a major root cause of medical illness. It is thrilling to see our patients undergo life-changing improvements in cognitive function, moods, sleep, appearance, sexual function, weight reduction, bone density, metabolic markers, and cancer prevention.”

Dr. Boland also currently serves as Board Vice-Chairman of the Kane Center, Martin County Council on Aging. He enjoys cycling, boating, playing sax, traveling, and being with his wife Renee and Bichon Willie Dog.

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DERMATOLOGY (cont.)

Nayomi Omura

Water’s Edge Dermatology

Stuart 772-219-2777 wederm.com

Rick A. Romagosa

Romagosa Barron Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center Stuart 772-220-3339 romagosadermatology.com

EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT

Richard Allen

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

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

Robert Nunez Independence ENT Stuart 772-888-1880 independenceent.com

Jesse Phillips

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

Michele L. Richards

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

Stuart J. Sabol

ENT and Allergy Associates of Florida Port St. Lucie 772-500-3680 entaaf.com

Daniel Sharkey

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Stuart 772-220-8459 martinhealth.org

Christopher L. Slack

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

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Dennis Cardriche St. Lucie Medical Center Port St. Lucie 772-335-4000

Jerry Cattelane Cleveland Clinic Florida, Martin North Hospital Stuart 772-223-5995 my.clevelandclinic.org

Jennifer Collins Cleveland Clinic Florida, Martin North Hospital Stuart 772-223-5995 my.clevelandclinic.org

Mark R. Gallagher Cleveland Clinic Martin HealthTeam Health Emergency Services Stuart 772-223-5995 martinhealth.org

Irene Machel Urology Specialists of Stuart Stuart 772-220-9871

Jason Morris Cleveland Clinic Florida, Martin North Hospital Stuart 772-223-5995 my.clevelandclinic.org

Steven Parr Cleveland Clinic Florida, Martin North Hospital Stuart 772-223-5995

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Kyriakos Tsalamandris HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital Fort Pierce 772-461-4000 hcafloridahealthcare.com

Lee Winans HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital Fort Pierce 772-461-4000 hcafloridahealthcare.com

ENDOCRINOLOGY, DIABETES, AND METABOLISM

Neil C. Boland Treasure Coast Institute for Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Stuart 772-220-8766 bioidentical-hrt.org

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Ahmet Ergin HCA Florida St. Lucie Medical Specialists Port St. Lucie 772-398-7814 hcafloridaphysicians.com

Anthony J. Liberatore Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health, Patricia Lichtenberger Medical Plaza Stuart 772-223-5757 my.clevelandclinic.org

Monica Muñoz South Florida Endocrine Center Stuart 561-626-9041 endo-diabetes.com

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Jay Waddadar Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-223-5757 martinhealth.org

FAMILY MEDICINE

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

Cheryl H. Jordan Private Physicians, PLC Stuart 772-781-5434 privatephysicians.net

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

Rodolfo Perez-Gallardo Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Port St. Lucie 772-785-5595 martinhealth.org

Scott A. Sanford MD Now Urgent Care Port St. Lucie 772-398-1588 vitals.com

Jason A. Watt Access Health Physician Services Jensen Beach 772-208-3057 accesshealthmd.net

FOOT AND ANKLE SURGERY

Kristin Blanchet Family First Podiatry Palm City 772-266-8499 familyfirstpodiatry.com

GASTROENTEROLOGY

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

Juan Castro Combs Cleveland Clinic - Medical Office Building and Surgery Center Stuart 772-283-9111 my.clevelandclinic.org

David Elliott Cleveland Clinic - Treasure Coast Health Services Stuart 772-288-1220 martinhealth.org

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Jean-Paul Azzi, MD

The Palm Beach Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery

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 utilizes 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.

Dr. 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 facelifting, revision facelifting, minimally invasive facelifting, 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 facelifting techniques.

In addition to his cosmetic private practice in Jupiter and Palm City, Dr. Azzi also enjoys teaching and performing pro-bono surgeries in underprivileged countries. He also travels around the world reconstructing children born with facial deformities in destinations including Vietnam, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Colombia. These procedures include repairing cleft lips and palates and reconstructing children with microtia (missing ears) using their rib cartilage.

Beyond his reputation for expert technical ability, Dr. Azzi’s patients love his wonderful bedside manner. He treats every patient with individualized, warm, friendly care, and his patients appreciate his sense of humor and caring demeanor.

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GASTROENTEROLOGY (cont.)

Edwin Flanagan

Cleveland Clinic Florida, Martin Health

Stuart 772-287-5200 my.clevelandclinic.org

Gary J. Guzzardo Gary Guzzardo, MD Stuart 772-247-7856 martinhealth.org

Steven M. Kappler Cleveland ClinicTraditional HealthPark Two Port St. Lucie 772-398-1800 martinhealth.org

Jayshree Matadial Gastroenterology Specialist of the Treasure Coast Port St. Lucie 772-337-3914 jayshreematadialgastroenterologist.com

Howard B. Maunus Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Stuart 772-781-5960 martinhealth.org

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

Celso Pineiro St. Lucie Surgery Center Port St. Lucie 772-337-5200 stluciesurgerycenter.com

GENERAL SURGERY

Richard O. Follwell Cleveland ClinicFamily Health Center

Stuart 772-219-4026 martinhealth.org

Adam D. Kurtin Treasure Coast Surgical Specialists - St. Lucie Port St. Lucie 772-335-8446 hcafloridaphysicians.com

Gustavo Lopes Cleveland Clinic - Family Health Center Stuart 772-219-4026 martinhealth.org

Philip Moyer Cleveland Clinic Florida, Martin Health Stuart 772-223-2003 my.clevelandclinic.org

Eric W. Owings Cleveland ClinicTraditional HealthPark Two Port St. Lucie 772-344-3811 martinhealth.org

Matthew N. Peebles Cleveland ClinicTraditional HealthPark Two Port St. Lucie 772-344-3811 martinhealth.org

Michael T. Slavens Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Stuart 772-219-4026 martinhealth.org

Nanjappa Subramanian Nanjappa Subramanian, MD Fort Pierce 772-461-2555 subramanianmd.org

GERIATRIC MEDICINE

Jordan Bromberg Volunteers in Medicine Clinic Stuart 772-932-5996 vimclinic.net

Raymond Molano Access Health Care Physicians LLC Port St. Lucie 772-212-7049

Jose F. Pinto Associates in Medicine, LLC Port St. Lucie 772-398-5339 josepintomd.com

HAND SURGERY

Peter J. Evans Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center Stuart 772-781-2735 martinhealth.org

Nikola Lekic South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Stuart 772-288-2400 nikolalekicmd.com

Aron M. Trocchia Costal Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center Port St. Lucie 772-335-5300 coastal-orthopaedic.com

HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY

Vaseem Akhtar HCA Florida Lawnwood Hospital: Cancer Care & Chemotherapy Center Fort Pierce 863-467-9000 hcafloridahealthcare.com

Robert Klafter Cleveland Clinic Florida, Martin Health Stuart 772-419-2162 my.clevelandclinic.org

Matthew Ramirez Kidz Medical Services Port St. Lucie 561-558-1212 kidzmedical.com

Seth D. Rosen

Hematology Oncology Associates of the Treasure Coast Stuart 772.223.5982 hemoncfl.com

Paul M. Swanson

Hematology Oncology Associates of the Treasure Coast Stuart 772-223-5982 hemoncfl.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

Berjan Collin Associates in Infectious Diseases Port St. Lucie 772-335-4234 infectiondocs.net

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

Erika Cristine Badzinski Stuart Veterans Community-based Outpatient Clinic Stuart 772-288-0304

Gary L. Bradley Jupiter Medial Specialists Stuart 772-214-3773 jupitermedicalspecialists.com

Jordan M. Bromberg Volunteers in Medicine Clinic Stuart 772-218-9366 vimclinic.net

Diana M. Chiong Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-223-5618 martinhealth.org

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Richard A. Dube

JMS Primary Care Services

Stuart 772-214-3773

jupitermedicalspecialists.com

Daniel S. Edelman

Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health System Hospitalists

Stuart 772-223-5618 martinhealth.org

Kenson Lacossiere

Cleveland Clinic Florida, Tradition Hospital

Port St. Lucie 772-223-5618 my.clevelandclinic.org

Chandrakant N. Patel HCA Florida St. Lucie Medical Specialists - Hillmoor Port St. Lucie 772-335-9600 hcafloridaphysicians.com

Rimal Patel Access Health Physician Services Jensen Beach 772-208-3057 accesshealthmd.net

Tiffany A. Weakley Cleveland Clinic Martin HealthPulmonary & IM Associates of Stuart Stuart 772-283-4428 martinhealth.org

Peter Zeblisky Cleveland ClinicMedical Office Building Jensen Beach 877-463-2010 my.clevelandclinic.org

NEPHROLOGY

Jeffrey Glickman Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Physician Group - Nephrology

Stuart 772-286-1550 martinhealth.org

Samerah Razuman Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Fort Pierce 772-465-1170 martinhealth.org

Zeidy Roche Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Fort Pierce 772.468.7212 martinhealth.org

Gaurav Shah Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Physician Group - Nephrology Stuart 772-286-1500 martinhealth.org

Adarsha Shrestha Cleveland Clinic - Medical Office Building, Tiffany Port St. Lucie 772-286-1550 my.clevelandclinic.org

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

NEUROLOGY

Paul Acevedo Cleveland Clinic Florida, Martin Health Stuart 772-287-5200 my.clevelandclinic.org

Tagrid Adili Tagrid Adili, MD Port St. Lucie 772-807-7166

Sophia Ahmed HCA Florida St. Lucie Medical Specialists - Hillmoor Port St. Lucie 772-335-9600 hcafloridaphysicians.com

Sunil M. Chauhan Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Physician Group Port St. Lucie 772-344-3811 martinhealth.org

Lara Fix Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Care Services, LLC Stuart 772-219-9355 martinhealth.org

Dr. Monica Muñoz is a board-certified endocrinologist that practices in Stuart, Florida, with South Florida Endocrine Center since 2014. She specializes in treating Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus, thyroid disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pituitary disorders, adrenal gland disorders, and osteoporosis. She completed her undergraduate studies at Florida International University and obtained her medical degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, in 2009. She went on to perform her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, Florida, and finished her fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism through Larkin Community Hospital in 2014.

Dr. Muñoz is no stranger to diabetes and thyroid disorders as she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes mellitus at the age of seven and hypothyroidism during medical school. She has an extensive knowledge base of integrating current-day technology of various insulin pump therapies with continuous glucose monitoring as well as thyroid ultrasound and fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules. She was nominated in 2022 Top Doctors by Castle Connolly and designated as a 2023 Top Doctor by Stuart Magazine.

At South Florida Endocrine Center, Dr. Muñoz and her staff strive to provide quality and compassionate patient care.

She enjoys teaching, spending time and traveling with her family, reading, going to her daughter’s swim competitions, and outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and kayaking.

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NEUROLOGY (cont.)

Rabih Kashouty

Premier Neurology & Wellness Center

Stuart 772-210-2447 premierneurologycenter.com

Joshua Leibner Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center

Stuart 772-419-3810 my.clevelandclinic.org

Jason Stabley Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-223-2388 my.clevelandclinic.org

Jose R. Toledo Neuro Psychiatric Addiction Clinic Port St. Lucie 772-444-8822 npaddictionclinic.com

Luz Vazquez HCA Florida Healthcare Port St. Lucie 772-210-1162 hcafloridahealthcare.com

NEUROSURGERY

Brad McCollom

Spine and Orthopedic Specialists Port St. Lucie 800-531-1587 orthospineusa.com

Jeffrey Miller Cleveland Clinic Medical Office Building and Surgery Center Stuart 772-288-5862 my.clevelandclinic.org

Oszkar Szentirmai Cleveland Clinic - Medical Office and Surgery Center Stuart 772-288-5862 my.clevelandclinic.org

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

Peter M. Dayton Physicians To Women Stuart 772-288-2992 ptwfl.com

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

Gonzalo A. Oria Physicians To Women Stuart 772-288-2992 ptwfl.com

OPHTHALMOLOGY

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

Ronald E.P. Frenkel East Florida Eye Institute Stuart 772-287-9000 efei.com

Paul Gallogly Retina Care Specialists Stuart 772-335-0089 retinacarespecialists.com

John M. Guerrero Stuart Eye Institute Stuart 772-287-8777 stuarteye.com

James H. Guildford Retina Care Specialists Port St. Lucie 772-335-0089 retinacarespecialists.com

Sapir Karli St. Lucie Eye Port St. Lucie 772-461-2020 stlucieeye.com

Alexander Katz Katz Eye Center Port St. Lucie 772-446-4230 alexanderkatzmd.com

Nelson C. Klaus III Stuart Eye Institute Stuart 772-287-8777 stuarteye.com

Walid Mangal Florida Vision Institute

Stuart 772-283-2020 flvisioninstitute.com

Zayna Nahas Katz Eye Center Port St. Lucie 772-446-4230 alexanderkatzmd.com

Carrie A. Palmer Fier Eye Care & Surgery Center Stuart 772-286-0007 drfier.com

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

Peter J. Evans Cleveland Clinic Florida, Martin Health Stuart 772-781-2735 my.clevelandclinic.org

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

Roberto Lugo Coastal Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center Port St. Lucie 772-335-5300 coastal-orthopaedic.com

Anuj Prasher South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Stuart 772-288-2400 anujprashermd.com

Robert A. Sellards Florida Orthopaedic Specialists Port St. Lucie 772-335-4770 floridaorthopaedicspecialists.com

OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

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

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PAIN MEDICINE

Gregory M. Benedict South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Stuart 772-288-2400 southflaortho.com

Haren Bodepudi Cleveland ClinicTradition HealthPark One Port St. Lucie 772-288-5862

my.clevelandclinic.org

Zackary Boomsaad Cleveland ClinicTradition HealthPark One Port St. Lucie 772-288-5862

my.clevelandclinic.org

Alexander DeBonet Cleveland Clinic - Medical Office and Surgery Center

Stuart 772-288-5862

my.clevelandclinic.org

Jay Kuchera Resolute Pain Solutions Port St. Lucie 866-228-7676 resolutemd.com

Marc I. Levine Resolute Pain Solutions Stuart 866-228-7676 resolutemd.com

Ali S. Malik

Global Neuro & Spine Institute Jensen Beach 888-977-4694 globalneuroandspine.com

Antonio Poto Pioneer Pain Management Port St. Lucie 772-446-4883

pioneerpainmanagement.com

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Leo J. Reyes

Port St. Lucie Pain & Medical Institute

Port St. Lucie 772-408-9875 portstluciepaininstitute.com

Loel Warsch

Resolute Pain Solutions

Stuart 866-228-7676 resolutemd.com

Jason P. Williams

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

PATHOLOGY

Anil G. Desai Indian River Pathology LLC

Port St. Lucie 772-466-6651

PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY

Sundararaman Chandrasekhar

Pediatrix Cardiology of South Florida

Fort Pierce 772-468-0664 mednax.com

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

PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY

Miladys Palau-Collazo

Pediatric Endocrine + Metabolic Center of Florida

Port St. Lucie 772-834-7362 toplinemd.com

PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY

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

PEDIATRICS (GENERAL)

Lynn Scheel Florida Community Health Centers, Inc.Port St. Lucie Pediatric Center Port St. Lucie 772-335-8455 fchcinc.org

PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION

Jason P. Williams Florida Orthopaedic Specialists Port St. Lucie 772-335-4770 floridaorthopaedicspecialists.com

PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

Stephen C. Adler Adler Facial Plastic Surgery

Stuart 772-546-3223 adlerplasticsurgery.com

James Azzi

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

Jean-Paul Azzi

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

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John B. Fasano

John B. Fasano M.D. -

The Art of Plastic Surgery

Stuart 772-221-9111

johnfasanomd.com

Juan Giachino Jr. Water’s Edge Dermatology Stuart 772-219-2777 wederm.com

Daniel T. Holley Holley Surgical ArtsStuart Daniel Holley, MD Stuart 772-286-0677 holleysurgicalarts.com

S. Darrell Lee Lee Plastic Surgery & Laser Center Port St. Lucie 772-291-5572 leeplasticsurgery.net

Avron H. Lipschitz

Athena Plastic Surgery Avron Lipschitz, MD Stuart 772-266-5003 athenaplasticsurgery.com

Christopher L. Slack

Christopher L. Slack, M.D. Port St. Lucie 772-335-1351 drchristopherslack.com

Leighton A. Taylor Coastal Islands Cosmetic and Reconstructive SurgeryHCA Florida St. Lucie Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery Port St. Lucie 772-204-8870 coastalislandsplasticsurgery.com

W. Rob Vickers Gulfstream Eye Port St. Lucie 772-448-4865 gulfstreameye.com

Donato A. Viggiano

Donato A. Viggiano MD, PA. Port St. Lucie 772-402-4737 drviggiano.com

Luis F. Villar Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Stuart 772-286-3722 martinhealth.org

William J. Vinyard Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery Port St. Lucie 772-212-8473 plasticsurgeryvips.com

PODIATRY

Kristin Blanchet Family First Podiatry Palm City 772-266-8499 familyfirstpodiatry.com

Noah Blum

Dr. Noah Blum, DPM Port St. Lucie 772-489-4343 drnoahblum.com

Robert A. Iannacone

Robert A. Iannacone, DPM, P.A. Port St. Lucie 772-878-0040 pslfootdoctor.com

Neil Klein St. Lucie Surgery Center Stuart 772-286-7115 stluciesurgerycenter.com

Craig J. Paul HCA Florida St. Lucie Medical Specialists - Hillmoor Port St. Lucie 772-335-9600 hcafloridaphysicians.com

Joseph V. Schoppe Schoppe Foot & Ankle Stuart 772-221-1193 schoppefootandankle.com

Paul R. Schoppe Schoppe Foot & Ankle Stuart 772-221-1193 schoppefootandankle.com

PSYCHIATRY

Nabil Karroum Coral Shores Behavioral Health Stuart 772-403-4000 coralshoresbehavioral.com

Molly E. Ryan Stuart Psychiatry Stuart 772-208-0514 stuartpsychiatry.com

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PSYCHIATRY (cont.)

JoAnna L. VanVleet

Florida Psychiatry Associates

Port St. Lucie 772-878-7216 flpsychiatry.com

RADIATION ONCOLOGY

Michael Burke Family Health Center, St. Lucie West Port St. Lucie 772-288-5890 my.clevelandclinic.org

William F. Crook GenesisCare Fort Pierce 772-293-0377 genesiscare.com

James M. Melotek Saint Lucie Radiation Oncology Port St. Lucie 772-281-3060 sl-ro.com

Kiran Reddy

Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health System Radiation Oncology

Stuart 772-288-5890 martinhealth.org

RHEUMATOLOGY

Darrell N. Fiske Rheumatology Associates, PA Stuart 772-283-8380 stuartrheumatology.com

John M. Houri 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

Sukanya Pachaidee Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health, Patricia Lichtenberger Medical Plaza Stuart 772-223-5757 my.clevelandclinic.org

Alejandro Rivera-Rodríguez Rheumatology Associates, PA Stuart 772-283-8380 stuartrheumatology.com

THORACIC SURGERY

Brett A. Beecher Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-419-2137 martinhealth.org

UROLOGY

Adam J. Ball Gulfstream Urology Associates, P.A. Port St. Lucie 772-465-2020 gulfstreamurology.com

Lorenzo Digiorgio Cleveland ClinicTradition HealthPark Two Port St. Lucie 772-419-4834 my.clevelandclinic.org

David L. Fromang Fromang Urology Fort Pierce 772-466-2700 fromang.com

Justin A. Muskovich

HCA Florida St. Lucie Medical Specialists Port St. Lucie 772-336-6601 hcafloridahealthcare.com

Michael C. Solomon

Michael C. Solomon, MD, PA, FACS Port St. Lucie 772-468-0042 solomonurology.com

VASCULAR SURGERY

Justin Boccardo

HCA Florida Fort Pierce Surgical Specialists

Fort Pierce 772-595-5302 hcafloridaphysicians.com

Ronald Bush

The Vein Center at Water’s Edge Dermatology Stuart 772-219-0017 wederm.com

Robert Garrett Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-221-2003 martinhealth.org

Purandath Lall Cleveland ClinicTraditional HealthPark Two Port St. Lucie 772-344-3811 martinhealth.org

Julio Sanguily III

Julio Sanguily III, MD. Stuart 772-291-1568 juliosanguily.com

Timothy Yates Palm Vascular Centers Stuart 772-919-8234 palmvascular.com

ABOUT THE LIST

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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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 an array of talented eclectic 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

As a self-proclaimed “Treasure Coast craft beer destination,” Castaways serves brews from Florida and around the world. The gastropub also offers a full menu to complement your beer of choice. 911 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; castaways fla.com; 772.618.3838

CHEF’S TABLE

Sophisticated New American restaurant offering fine wine and seasonal menus in understated, rustic digs. 2313 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; chefstable stuart.com; 772.287.5599

COLAB KITCHEN

Head to this urban farm with a café serving locavore cuisine, plus shop a market for fermented foods, bread, and more. 100 SE MLK Jr. Blvd., Stuart; colabkitchenfl.com; 772.872.6243

COURTNEY’S RESTAURANT AND ICE CREAM

Come for the selection of beef or chicken 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

FLANIGAN’S

South Florida chain sports bar and grill, open until midnight (or later) 365 days a year. 950 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; flanigans.net; 772.220.0039

FREDGIE’S WORLD FAMOUS HOT DOGS

If you have a hot dog craving, Fredgie’s has your fix. Enjoy a waterfront view and outside seating— and dare to try their peanut butter and chili dog. 2000 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; fredgies worldfamoushotdogs.com; 772.209.2005

HARRY AND THE NATIVES

This longstanding 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

HUDSON’S ON THE RIVER

Enjoy a mix of flavors translated into dishes ranging from Island River Ramen to maple-glazed pork belly to pepper-crusted tuna salad. 351 SW Flagler

Ave., Stuart; hudsonontheriver.com; 772.266.8061

HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS

Tropical-themed chain offering spiced-to-order wings with an array of sauces, pub grub, and a full bar. 1729 SE Indian St., Stuart; hurricanewings. com; 772.283.1201

JAN’S PLACE RESTAURANT

Grab breakfast, lunch, and fresh-baked goods at this local favorite with outdoor seating. 1990 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; jansplace restaurant.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

KYLE G’S KITCHEN

This new outpost is what Kyle G calls a “passion project” and features menu items such as the chopped steak burger and seared North Atlantic salmon. 10867 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; kylegskitchen.com; 772.807.1404

MANERO’S RESTAURANT

Enjoy steaks cooked to order, a shrimp cocktail, or other classic American dishes. 2851 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City; maneros.com; 772.220.3011

OCEAN REPUBLIC BREWING

Stuart’s family-owned-and-operated craft brewery known for its laid-back lifestyle and pours like Keepin’ It PC and Because Ordinary is Boring. 1630

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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 breakfasts, baked goods, and specialty sandwiches at this downtown Stuart café. 26 SW Osceola St., Stuart; osceolastreet. com; 772.283.6116

PALM CITY GRILL

Seafood, pizza, and burgers coexist at this understated, pub-style corner eatery with a following as large as its menu. 3208 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City; thepalmcitygrill.com; 772.220.4745

PHILLY DOWN SOUTH CAFE

Discover an array of Philly cheesesteaks, salads, burgers, and seafood at the café inside the Elliott Museum, under owner Jim Leary. 825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; hsmc-fl.com/philly-down-south-cafe; 772.225.1961

PINEAPPLE JACKS BISTRO

Bring the whole family to Pineapple Jack’s and 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. Leave the cooler at home and grab impressive seaside drinks and eats. 4191 NE Ocean Blvd., Jensen Beach; martin.fl.us/sanddunecafe; 772.419.2472

SCOOTERS FUN FOOD AND SPIRITS

Scooters has been an unfussy local favorite for decades. Enjoy the food and bar at good prices. 8913 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound; scooters funfoodandspirits.com; 772.546.6235

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, from seafood to steak, prepared by Naples native Chef Ron Kerr. 900 SE Indian St., Stuart; southforkkitchenandbar.com; 772.247.7382

SOUTHERN PIG AND CATTLE

Stop by for steaks and barbecue favorites in addition to a large salad bar. 2583 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; southernpigandcattlecompany.com; 772.324.3141

SPRITZ CITY BISTRO

Upscale American bistro featuring tapas and small plates. 61 SW Osceola St., Stuart; spritzcitybistro. com; 772.320.9100

TASTE

Taste looks just as bright and colorful as it, well, tastes. Stop by for a chill bite; there is something for everyone. 11750 SE Dixie Hwy., Hobe Sound; tastehobesound.com; 772.546.1129

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

TOWNIES TAVERN

A casual yet sophisticated restaurant serving American eats and bar food in a Prohibition-era setting, with outdoor deck seating available as well. 2277 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City; townies tavern.com; 772.291.2115

ASIAN

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; asianspice bistro.com; 772.208.5164

BANGKOK BAY

High-quality Thai fare and sushi served at a great price. 1833 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; bangkokbay bbk.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

BENIHANA

Grab dinner and a show at this hibachi restaurant as tableside chefs prepare Japanese dishes. 3602 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; benihana.com; 772.286.0740

CAFE BOONMA

“Boonma” means good karma and that 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 like duck with tamarind sauce. 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

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HOKKAIDO SUSHI & STEAKHOUSE

Japanese steak house offering typical Asian eats as well as extravagant 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 served family-style in an eclectically themed restaurant. 3283 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; kruathaiofstuart.com; 772.600.8114

PEI WEI

Health-centric pan-Asian food served at the counter in a casual setting. 2101 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; peiwei.com; 772.219.0466

SACHI SUSHI ASIAN FUSION

A contemporary space offering a multitude of sushi options as well as Thai and pho selections. 3382 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; sachisushirestaurant. com; 772.219.0900

TWIN DRAGONS RESTAURANT

Conventional Chinese restaurant serving fine dining options as well as take-out, delivery, and catering. 2389 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; 772.291.2102

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 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, cheese boards, smoothies, and more at this charming waterfront location. Stay for happy hour and gaze as the sun sets over the water. 615 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart; gilbertscoffeebar.com; 772.214.1522

IMPORTICO’S BAKERY CAFÉ

Specializing in pastry and breads, with additional menu items like sandwiches and coffee. 3800 SE

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Dixie Hwy., Stuart; importicosbakerycafe.com; 772.286.0204

STUART COFFEE COMPANY

Located in the heart of historic downtown, Stuart Coffee Company is the perfect spot to enjoy wraps, sandwiches, bagels, salads, and more. 55 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; stuartcoffeeco.com; 772.600.8243

THE ROASTED RECORD

An international, award-winning coffee roaster, café, and vinyl record store. In addition to its beer collaborations with Walking Tree and Ocean Republic brewing, The Roasted Record has 11 local craft beers on tap and a variety of both white and red wines. 600 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart; roasted record.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 a pizza, wings, or a salad. 4504 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; bagelboyzstuart.com; 561.379.3771

BROTHERS’ Q BBQ

Barbecue 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

Right across from Stuart Beach, Ital Bowls offers organic acai bowls and cookies, smoothies, and coffees for your post-beach satisfaction. Nutritious add-ons include spirulina, CBD oil, bee pollen, and more. 650 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; italbowls.com; 772.905.7503

SMAC’S SHACK

Located at Broward Motorsports in Hobe Sound on weekends, Smac’s Shack serves up coastal New England favorites like lobster rolls and clam chowder. 38401 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; smacshack.com; 774.272.0347

SUNSET SLIDERS FOOD TRUCK

Delicious, Instagram-worthy sliders and sides with vegetarian options. 3385 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; facebook.com/sunsetslidersfla; 772.224.0893

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, tortas, 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; eleven maple.com; 772.334.7714

CAFE MARTIER

Kick back and soak in the European vibe at this charming eclectic restaurant specializing in French casual fine dining with a speakeasy vibe in the historic post office arcade. 23 SW Osceola St., Stuart; cafemartier.com; 772.600.5025

GERMAN

SCHNITZEL HAUS

Chef Lenh offers an exciting 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 comfort 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 traditional Greek cuisine as well as American favorites. 2951 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City; spirostaverna.com/palm-city; 772.781.8461

PORT BARNA

Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with an American and Spanish twist. 3478A NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; portbarna.com; 772.232.6738

INDIAN

BOLLY TWIST

From the owners of India Palace, Bolly Twist offers an array of 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

INDIA PALACE

Modern interpretation of classic Indian dishes, with creative uses of fresh ingredients. Enjoy a sampling of South Indian and Indo-Chinese specialties that pair well with oven-baked Peshawari naan stuffed with raisins, nuts, and cheese. 890 SW Federal Hwy., Stuart; indiapalacestuartfl.com; 772.288.6262

NAMASTE GRILL

Nepalese and Indian cuisine inside a relaxed, contemporary 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; namastegrill stuart.com; 772.283.5515

ITALIAN

18 SEMINOLE ITALIAN BISTRO

Inside this quaint, 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

ANNA’S PIZZA

A casual pizzeria with mouthwatering pies, pastas, and subs for a laid-back experience that will leave you stuffed and satisfied. 2281 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City; annaspizza.com; 772.221.0061

CARMELA’S WINE BAR

Carmela’s offers a diverse wine list, gourmet brick oven pizza, and several classical Italian dishes. 2311 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; carmelaspizza.com; 772.286.0877

CASA BELLA

This quaint restaurant combines northern and southern Italian cuisine under one roof. Expect big 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 bistro menu satisfies larger appetites. 3868 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; diamondtearoom.com; 772.781.5153

DOWNTOWN BENNY’S PIZZA

Authentic Italian fare and New York–style pizza are the specialties at Benny’s. Enjoy the fresh ingredients on pizzas or other menu items, ranging from wings and Philly cheesesteaks to salads and gyros. 2230 NE Dixie Hwy., Jensen Beach; downtown bennyspizza.com; 772.232.6422

DRIFT KITCHEN & BAR

This premier oceanfront restaurant located at Hutchinson Shore Resort features fresh seafood and Italian specialties in a contemporary space. Choose between the lounge/chef’s bar and the oceanfront veranda to dive into brick oven pizzas, house-made pasta, and house specialties like blue crab-crusted grouper. 3793 NE Ocean Blvd., Jensen Beach; driftkitchenandbar.com; 772.405.9215

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. A fan favorite is the white clam apizza. 1560 NW Federal Hwy., Stuart; fantinisapizza.com; 772.692.9980

GIGI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

With recipes passed down through generations, Gigi’s Neapolitan fare is time-tested and well worth a visit. 1322 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; gigisitalian.com; 772.225.6444

IAN & KYE’S PIZZA

Family-owned, Chicago–style pizza served with passion for more than 15 years. 3310 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; iankyespizza.com; 772.334.5074

LA BORGATA RISTORANTE

La Borgata has taken its patrons on tours of Italy’s

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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, calzones, and stromboli 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 including lobster ravioli, penne alla vodka, and gnocchi Capri. Plus, hand-tossed pizza pies, a warm, Italian setting, and attentive staff. 7820 SW Lost River Road, Stuart; laforchetta.net; 772.872.7333

LUNA DOWNTOWN STUART

A local favorite and landmark offering indoor and outdoor seating as well as sidewalk window service. 49 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; lunadowntown stuart.com; 772.288.0550

MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Longstanding, casual dining joint serving Italian classics with delicious and generous portions. 1924 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; mariositaliandining. com; 772.283.6660

MICHELINA’S

Modern take on classic Italian dishes and a friendly staff at this family-owned restaurant. 1835 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; michelinasrest.com; 772.286.3455

PEPE & SALE

Expect modern Italian dishes with a focused wine list in a fine dining atmosphere inside a bistrolike setting. 101 SE Ocean Blvd. Suite 103, Stuart; pepe-sale.com; 772.872.6251

PIETRO’S

ON THE RIVER

Under the supervision of Chef Robert King, 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 and cut into squares. 221 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; best floridapizza.com; 772.288.9810

RISTORANTE CLARETTA

Authentic Italian dishes in a fine dining setting. All ingredients are imported fresh from Italy, and seafood comes straight from the Mediterranean Sea. 1315 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City; ristorante claretta.com; 772.219.9940

THE BRICK OVEN PIZZA COMPANY

Serving delicious brick oven pizza as well as various Italian entrées in a moody setting, complete with a bar and plenty of seating. 3138 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City; thebrickovenpizza company.com; 772.219.7747

THE GROVE, PIZZA, CUCINA, WINE, MARKET & CHARCUTERIE

Home to the largest selection of wines in Martin County, The Grove offers a twist on Italian and is a great meeting place for friends, family, and business colleagues. Chat over enticing charcuterie boards, Italian classics, and Mediterranean dishes. 8815 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound; thegrove hobesound.com; 772.402.5410

TWO BROTHERS PIZZA

A quaint local favorite, Two Brothers offers a wide selection of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, salads, and more. 8423 SE Church St., Hobe Sound; twobrospizzafl.com; 772.402.5056

JAMAICAN

CLASSIC JAMAICAN JERK STOP

Authentic jerk house offering fresh favorites like beef patties with bun and cheese and jerk chicken served with rice and peas, plantains, or steamed vegetables. 2200 SE Indian St., Stuart; jamaican jerkstop.com; 772.266.8678

MEXICAN

CASA TEQUILA

Authentic Mexican cuisine from burritos to fajitas. Stop in Fridays for live mariachi band performances. 1725 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; casatequilafl.com; 772.600.5482

MERO MERO MEXICAN CANTINA

Mexican cantina offering a small, authentic menu of ceviches, street bites, tacos, and more. 950 SE Indian St., Stuart; meromerocantina.com; 772.291.2767

MR. JALAPEÑO STUART

Authentic Mexican cuisine with bold flavor. 1602 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; mr-jalapeno.com; 772.287.8161

PUEBLO VIEJO

A family-owned local chain restaurant offering Mexican fare, drinks, and a tropical mural setting. 3181 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; 772.934.6683; 291 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; 772.336.5050; puebloviejofl.com

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

TACO SHACK

Creative, one-of-a-kind tacos prepared by owner/ Chef Lou Lentine Jr.. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 102, Stuart; taco-shack.com; 772.288.9696

TAKO TIKI

Come to Tako Tiki for craft cocktails, nightly live music, and a menu of small plates, sandwiches, and salads. Oh, and tacos! 3340 NE Pineapple Ave., Jensen Beach; takotiki.net; 772.208.5554

TAQUERIA LOS MEXICANOS

Authentic Mexican including breakfast, tacos, sandwiches, salads, seafood, and more. 2425 SE Bonita St., Stuart; taquerialosmexicanos.com; 772.287.7747

TAQUERIA TORRES

Authentic Mexican fare featuring tacos and other traditional plates. 2995 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; facebook.com/taqueriatorres; 772.678.9014

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POLKA EUROPEAN MARKET AND RESTAURANT Hand-breaded crispy fried green tomatoes with housemade Pimiento cheese and sweet onion bacon jam at Dolphin Bar & Shrimp House SHANNON PAKU

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 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 captivatingly decorated seafood joint specializing in classic fried selections. 11500 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; facebook.com/hobesound catfishhouse; 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 at Crawdaddy’s, where Cajun-Creole cuisine reigns supreme. 1949 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; crawdaddys jensenbeach.com; 772.225.3444

DOLPHIN BAR & SHRIMP HOUSE

A fine waterfront retreat with panoramic river views and a wide-ranging menu featuring plentiful seafood selections, wood-grilled meats, and homestyle specials. 1401 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; dolphinbar.com; 772.781.5136

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

GETTIN CRABBY

A no-frills seafood house known for crabs by the pound, an array of local catches, and music performances. 4110 SE Salerno Road, Stuart; gettincrabby.me; 772.463.1166

KING NEPTUNE

Serving the finest seafood soups, salads, and dishes, King Neptune lives up to its reputation of knowing how to “talk fresh, local seafood.” 4795 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; facebook.com/kingneptune stuart; 772.287.9630

KYLE G’S PRIME SEAFOOD & STEAKS

Eclectic, seafood-centric menu that blends the freshest daily catches, highest-quality raw bar, and shellfish selections. Plus, premium cuts of meat—all with stunning water views. 10900 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; kylegseafood.com; 772.237.5461

NEW ENGLAND FISH MARKET & RESTAURANT

New England has you covered with fresh and flavorful seafood, available for purchase in their 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

PIRATE’S LOFT AT PIRATE’S COVE RESORT & MARINA

The food rivals the fantastic views of the marina and Manatee Pocket at Pirate’s Loft. From flavorful salads to outstanding seafood, there is something for everyone on the extensive menu. 4307 SE Bayview St., Stuart; piratescoveresort.com; 772.223.5048

RIVERWALK CAFE AND OYSTER BAR

A top stop for fresh-caught seafood and drinks in a casual atmosphere. Try the oyster stew and lobster ravioli, two favorites, and see why the venue fills up so quickly every night. 201 SW St. Lucie Ave., Stuart; riverwalkoysterbar.com; 772.221.1511

SAILOR’S RETURN

Serving fresh seafood, chops, and steaks, enhanced by the most beautiful sunset on the Treasure Coast. The restaurant offers 220 seats for indoor or patio dining, two full bars, and live music seven days a week. 625 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart; thesailorsreturn.com; 772.872.7250

SAUDER’S LANDING

This small fish house with a thatched-roof patio and dining room features freshly caught seafood including its famous crab cakes. 9815 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; sauderslanding.com; 772.229.0246

SHRIMPERS GRILL AND RAW BAR

Discover a relaxed, tropical environment and sunset specials at this waterfront gem in Stuart. 4903 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; shrimpersgrill.com; 772.220.3287

SHUCKERS ON THE BEACH

Enjoy the sea breeze and take in the view at Shuckers, located inside the Island Beach Resort. From ribs to raw oysters, every dish is perfection. 9800 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; island beachresort.com/dining; 772.229.1224

SNEAKI TIKI

Tiki-inspired tropical eatery outfitted with a patio to enjoy live music and everyone’s favorite seafood and tacos. 211 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 1, Stuart; sneakitikistuart.com; 772.286.0565

STRINGERS TAVERN & OYSTER BAR

Located at the former Pawnbrokers Grill in Harbour Bay Plaza, this new eatery captures the area’s local boating history, and its decor mimics the interior of a boat. Dive into an array of oysters served on the half shell plus surf and turf favorites. 3754 SE Ocean Blvd., Sewall’s Point, Stuart; stringerstavern.com; 772.210.2876

STUART BOATHOUSE

A stunning waterfront setting, an outstanding happy hour, enticing specials, and live music all weekend make Stuart Boathouse a go-to on the local dining scene. 49 SW Seminole St., Stuart; stuartboathouse.com; 772.266.4586

TAUSHA’S SEAFOOD MARKET

Tausha’s gets all of its seafood fresh off local boats each morning. It’s available for purchase in their market (along with a wide selection of sides) as well as on the restaurant menu. 4533 SE Dixie

Hwy., Stuart; taushasseafood.net; 772.288.6500

THE BLACK MARLIN

Head to The Black Marlin for everything from local seafood to late-night martinis. This cozy hideaway was once the site of the oldest tavern in Stuart. 53 SW Osceola St., Stuart; theblackmarlin.net; 772.286.3126

THE MAGIC OYSTER BAR AND SEAFOOD GRILL

A wide selection of Gulf, East, and West Coast oysters paired with wine, local brews, and tropical cocktails make this casual eatery a must-visit for oyster lovers. 10999 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; themagicoyster.com; 772.877.3139

THE QUIET CRAB

Owner and Chef Jeff Goldstein brings his Rockville, Maryland roots to this restaurant that receives steamed blue crabs weekly. 6075 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; thequietcrab.com; 772.210.5154

THE TWISTED TUNA

Between the live music, waterfront views, freshcaught seafood, and sushi bar, it’s no surprise that The Twisted Tuna is one of Stuart’s most-loved dining destinations. 4290 SE Salerno Road, Stuart; thetwistedtuna.com; 772.600.7239

TIDEHOUSE

Dine from the second floor overlooking the Harborage Yacht Club & Marina. Expansive views span from the St. Lucie River to the Roosevelt Bridge. Fresh Florida seafood purchased from local fishermen, plus flatbreads, prime rib, and more. 915 NW Flagler Ave., Stuart; tidehouse. com; 772.444.3166

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

GRIFFIN’S SURF & TURF

Enjoy quality seafood, steaks, and cocktails in this upscale contemporary setting with live piano music every night. 2621 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; griffinsrestaurant.com; 772.266.4014

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE

Classic cuts of steak in a casual, ranch-style restaurant. 2901 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; longhornsteakhouse.com; 772.692.7922

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE

Sink your teeth into steaks and seafood from this well-known Australian-themed chain. 3101 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; outback.com; 772.286.2622

PETER’S STEAKHOUSE

Fine wines and sides like Pete’s Famous Hash Browns and fried shoestring onions accompany the succulent, dry-aged steaks at this longstanding steak house in historic downtown Jensen Beach. 3200 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach; peterssteakhouse.com; 772.225.2516

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY

3NATIVES

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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

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 cold-pressed juices, smoothies, juice shots, oat bowls, salads, and sandwiches, all made with locally harvested ingredients. 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 sits within the Planet Ozone market, the first “green” commercial building and gas station in Martin County. This market and café offers organic, gluten-free, Halal, and locally sourced selections as well as fresh-squeezed juices. 1601 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; planetozone.com; 772.403.2199

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFÉ

Get a refreshing smoothie from this tropical chain and enjoy sandwiches, wraps, and supplements. 6134 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; tropicalsmoothie cafe.com; 772.283.7377

PORT ST. LUCIE/FORT PIERCE

AMERICAN

2ND STREET BISTRO

This lively bistro, located in historic downtown Fort Pierce, highlights local produce in its delicious dishes. The extensive beer list features a brew to complement every meal and satisfy everyone’s taste buds. 122 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; 2ndstreet bistro.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

BONEFISH MAC’S

A comfortable sports bar environment to catch a game and savor casual bites with friends. 662 SE Becker Road, Port St. Lucie; bonefishmacs.com; 772.344.6227

JAMMBAR WINGS

For finger-licking bar food, JammBar’s wings can

be customized to order, whether you prefer flats or drums, soft or crispy, or one of the 17 different sauces or plain. 8031 S. Federal Hwy., Port St. Lucie; 772.237.4802; 2903 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; 772.448.8670; jammbar.com

LINDA’S TOO CAFE

Homestyle breakfast and brunch and ever-changing specials. 10106 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; facebook.com/lindastoocafe; 722.281.2549

MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL

Manatee Island Bar & Grill offers a variety of options, from seafood to steak to veggie burgers, all filling and all fresh. 1640 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.242.8460; manateeisland barandgrill.com

OASIS DINER

Quaint and cozy diner offering a variety of breakfast, lunch, and brunch items. 901 U.S. Hwy. 1, Fort Pierce; oasis-diner-restaurant.business.site; 772.828.3302

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

SEAWAY SMOKEHOUSE

Classic and hearty barbecue served from a charming two-story space. In-store and outdoor seating available. 101 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; seaway bbq.com; 772.577.6350

SHINDIG IRISH RESTAURANT AND PUB

With decor reminiscent of an old Irish pub and a menu that embodies contemporary Irish fare, Shindig transports diners straight to Ireland without leaving the Treasure Coast. 464 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; shindigpub.com; 772.785.6202

SUNRISE CITY CAFE

Located in the heart of downtown historic Fort Pierce, Sunrise City Cafe serves comfort breakfast and lunch dishes with a hometown feel. 204 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; sunrisecitycafe.com; 772.242.1833

THE S & S CAFÉ & WINE BAR

Globally inspired with an emphasis on health, the S&S offers plenty of wholesome vegan options. 148 Depot Drive, Fort Pierce; facebook.com/ thesstakeout; 772.461.8354

WEST END GRILL ST. LUCIE WEST

A colorful eatery with wide patio space and live music. 1680 St. Lucie W. Blvd., Fort Pierce; pslwestendgrill.com; 772.343.1146

WORLD FAMOUS NUNU’S SWEET SOUL FOOD

A great spot for out-of-this-world soul food— including 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

PHO DELI

Authentic Vietnamese restaurant in a casual setting with a counter-serve option and dishes from pho to bahn mi. 466 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; 772.877.2133; 1007 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.882.9584; phodelipsl.com

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, short rib, traditional han-sik, bi-bi-bop, and house-made kimchi available for market purchase. 2510 U.S. Hwy. 1, Fort Pierce; seoulgarden koreancuisine.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

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN

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

THINK GREEK

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

INDIAN

TAJ INDIAN

Curries steal the show at this establishment 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

ITALIAN

ANGELINA’S PIZZERIA

Along with mouthwatering pizzas, the family-run 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 in an unassuming environment. 3961 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; francescas pizzapsl.com; 772.344.4748

PIE HOLE WOOD PIZZA

Pizza pub with classic pizza, subs, wings, and salads served in a vintage-style setting with dark wood, stone and brick walls, shuffleboard, and charming outdoor seating. 2510 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce; pieholewoodpizza.com; 772.971.0120

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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

TUTTO FRESCO

An elegant Italian restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating featuring upmarket entrées, steaks, and a full bar. 9501 Reserve Blvd., Port St. Lucie; tuttofrescopsl.com; 772.464.8988

JAMAICAN

JERK CITY

Located at an unassuming strip mall, 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 beloved 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; onelovecaribbeancuisineseafood.business.site; 772.985.3128

LATIN AMERICAN/CUBAN

MERVIS’ CAFÉ & 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 St., Fort Pierce; merviscafe.com; 772.462.6600

PORT SAINT WICH

Cuban café specializing 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—a dish packed with fried plantains stacked high with an assortment of shrimp, tostones, and more. Bonus: Mofongo offers two-for-one draft beers every day of the week. 295 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; facebook.com/themofongo king; 772.777.4080

MEXICAN

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 place packs a punch with intense flavor at a small price. 3211 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; 772.801.5090

SONORA EATS

Stop by this family-owned business hailing from Hermosillo in Sonora, Mexico. The outpost offers quick-serve tacos and burritos, Sonora-style

hotdogs, plus homemade tortillas daily. 1721 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce; sonoraeats.com; 772.577.6241

TACO DIVE

Open late, Taco Dive offers craft beers with their homemade Mexican fare featuring fresh ingredients. 10501 SW Village Center Drive, Port St. Lucie; 772.345.3483; 2025 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; tacodive.com; 772.448.8477

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

ZAPATA’S MEXICAN GRILL

Zapata’s has eye-catching decor and even more eye-catching drinks and meals. Drop by for tasty, authentic Mexican food. 6700 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; zapatasmexicancuisine.com; 772.464.7288

PORTUGUESE

FERNANDO’S DOCKSIDE GRILLE

Take a tour along the coasts of the Atlantic with Chef Fernando Dovale, who is whipping up authentic Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine from shrimp scampi to pork Alentejana to seared scallops. 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 octopus and shrimp cooked Mozambique-style. 10511 SW Village Center Drive, Port St. Lucie; lusogrille.info; 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 clam chowder to shrimp Parmesan, this eatery delivers affordable seafood to every table. 822 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; chucks-seafood.com; 772.461.9484

COBB’S LANDING

A quality waterfront dining experience, the menu features hearty servings of pasta, seafood, and meat, along with live entertainment and a buzzing mojito bar. 200 N. Indian River Drive Suite 4424, Fort Pierce; cobbs-landing. com; 772.460.9014

CRABBY’S DOCKSIDE

Enjoy fresh catches like stuffed grouper and hogfish snapper, plus other entrées including pasta, pizza, and more. Signature drinks like the rum punch—and amazing views of the inlet and lagoon—round out the experience at this new location. 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce; crabbysdock sideftpierce.com; 772.252.5672

CROCADILLOS BAR AND GRILL

Tons of outdoor seating and a stage allow Crocadillos to host events throughout the year.

Combined with tasty grill eats and cold drinks, it’s a guaranteed good time at a good price. 109 Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Pierce; crocadillos.com; 772.409.4495

HARBOR COVE BAR & GRILL

Located inside the Harbor Town Marina, Harbor Cove Bar & Grill seamlessly merges gorgeous waterfront views and casual dining. 1930 Harbortown Drive, Fort Pierce; harborcovebargrill.com; 772.429.5303

ON THE EDGE BAR & GRILL

Thirst-quenching drinks, splendorous seafood eats, and bar and grill favorites enjoyed waterfront with sunset views—what’s not to love? 1136 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; ontheedgebarandgrill.com; 772.882.9729

PELICAN YACHT CLUB

Members can expect excellent service, beautiful sunsets, and an array of dishes ranging from herband pistachio-crusted sea scallops to Asian-glazed short ribs. 1120 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; pelican yachtclub.com; 772.464.2700

THE FRYING SCOT

Discover Scotland’s cuisine with Amanda Jones’ food truck, serving up fish and chips, tacos with cod fish and haddock, and delicacies like deepfried Scotch eggs rolled in crumbs. Stop by Tradition Square on the first and third Friday of the month and J.V. Reed Park on the second Friday of the month to try it out. thefryingscotfoodtruck. com; 772.341.4284

STEAK HOUSE

BUFFALO CHOPHOUSE

Backed by 20 years of experience and the use of local farm-fresh ingredients, Buffalo Chophouse offers guests all of their steak house favorites with none of the compromise. 918 SW Gatlin Blvd., Port St. Lucie; buffalo-chophouse.com; 772.621.7900

MEATING STREET STEAK & SEAFOOD

The Lamarra family offers USDA Prime steaks, seafood, and indulgent sides at their Tradition outpost. 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, an upscale 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

The Fort Steakhouse is a modern take on the classic steak house executed with elegant, rich dishes and a sophisticated yet colorful atmosphere. 106 S. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; thefortsteak house.com; 772.882.9131

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BEACH BOWLS FORT PIERCE

Organic fresh fruit blended into smoothies and smoothie bowls in the heart of downtown Fort Pierce. 217 Avenue A, Fort Pierce; beachbowls fortpierce.com; 772.448.4097 ❖

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Schmidt's Optical has gone to great lengths to assemble the largest eyewear and sunwear selection in Florida. 103 brands in stock from exclusive luxury to economy.

As your local licensed retailer we work with each manufacture to ensure the very best quality, pricing and warranties.

2ND GENERATION, FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED CELEBRATING 45 YEARS IN MARTIN COUNTY
THE NUMBER ONE CHOICE IN OPTICAL AND HEARING
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2341 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart FL 34994 (772) 283-2622 SchmidtsOandH.com
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Ask A Friend! We Are Proud Of Our Service Located INSIDE Schmidt's Optical Offering: -Tinnitus Treatment -Repairs On All Hearing Aids -Free Diagnostic of Your Current Hearing Aids
Beat Any Competitors Pricing by at Least 10% Kevin M. McCurdy H.A.S., BC-HIS Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist - Tinnitus Specialist
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