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Features 26 Ride of Their Lives Local carnival industry couple

Trevor and Gabriella Deggeller have a fun, winter wedding

By Kerry Shorr

34 Swept Away A winsome wedding day vibe set against dreamy, white-capped ocean waves Photography by Ian Jacob

40 The Green Rush 2

A look inside the booming local cannabis industry and what it means to our area By Eric Barton


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Contents In Every Issue 10 Editor’s Note 12 Publisher’s Note 61 Flavor

Foodie news and dining guide

Photos from recent events

72 Surf Report


What’s up on



68 Hot Shots

15 Buzz

Custom calligraphy, experts dish on the new ways to wed, upcoming can’t-miss events, and more

20 The Goods

Gift ideas for Mom and Dad

22 Character




A skin-glow timeline to look your best on your wedding day


18 Beauty

Artwork by Clay Kanzler

Catching up with pro golfer Michelle McGann

24 Arts

Meet the oil painter who recently opened a new gallery space in Stuart

ON THE COVER Photographer: Ian Jacob Location: House of Refuge, Stuart Fashion: Fiore Couture silk beaded cowl-neck dress ($2,700), East Coast Bridals, Jupiter; 14-karat yellow gold inside/outside diamond hoop earrings ($4,325),14-karat yellow gold emerald and diamond line bracelet ($6,325), 14-karat white gold oval emerald and diamond halo ring ($1,090), 14-karat yellow gold comfort fit band ($490), Jupiter Jewelry, Jupiter


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Managing Editor Melissa Puppo Fashion Editor Katherine Lande Flavor Editor Mark Spivak Web/Social Media Editor Abigail Duffy Contributing Writers Eric Barton, Tracy Marcello, Linda Marx, Michele Meyer, Kerry Shorr DESIGN Art Director Craig R. Cottrell, Jr. Digital Imaging Specialist Leonor Alvarez-Maza Contributing Photographers Ian Jacob, Jason Nuttle Social Photographers MaryAnn Ketcham, Liz McKinley Contributing Stylist Jodi Belden-Vogl PRODUCTION Production Director Selene M. Ceballo Production Manager Brian Beach Digital Prepress Specialist George Davis Advertising Design Coordinators Jeffrey Rey, Anaely J. Perez Vargas Digital Production Coordinator Kassandre Kallen © 2021 Palm Beach Media Group North, LLC. All rights reserved. Stuart Magazine is published 10 times a year by Palm Beach Media Group North LLC, P.O. Box 3344, Palm Beach, FL 33480 561.659.0210 • Fax 561.659.1736


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Surviving thoracic aortic disease: Don’t leave it to chance The candy cane-shaped aorta is the largest artery Smaller in the body. It has a very important job as the main aneurysms conduit for oxygen rich blood traveling from the heart and tears may be to the rest of the body. monitored for years before About the width of a large garden hose, the aorta requiring surgery. starts at the heart, ascends up to form an arch and This watchful waiting then descends through the chest into the abdomen. approach will include The section above the diaphragm, called the thoracic periodic imaging aorta, supplies blood to the head, arms and organs in tests, usually the chest cavity. every six to 12 months, and strict blood pressure “Thoracic aortic disease is frequently overlooked management. because it develops slowly and silently, and often If surgery is deemed necessary, there are two without symptoms,” says cardiothoracic surgeon options depending on the location of the aneurysm. Edward Savage, MD, Medical The diseased portion of the aorta Director of the Heart and Vascular can be replaced with a fabric “Thoracic aortic disease Center at Cleveland Clinic Martin tube called a graft during open is frequently overlooked Health. surgery. Alternatively, a stent graft, because it develops slowly which is a fabric tube supported Weakened and torn by ametal wire scaffold, can be and silently, and often The elasticity of the aortic wall, placed inside the aorta using a without symptoms.” which is made up of three layers, minimally invasive, catheter-based allows it to stretch as it fills with approach. — Edward Savage, MD blood from the heart. Aneurysms are formed when the wall weakens Staying healthy and balloons out. If an aneurysm becomes too large, About 20 percent of patients with a thoracic aortic it can rupture and cause life-threatening bleeding. aneurysm or dissection have a family history of aortic “The problem with an aortic aneurysm is that your disease. Other risk factors include age, a history of first symptom is often your last,” says Dr. Savage, smoking, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis, who notes they are typically discovered by chance in as well as certain genetic conditions like Marfan the course of imaging tests for other conditions. syndrome. An aortic dissection occurs when a partial “In addition to following a heart healthy lifestyle to thickness tear in the inner wall allows the layers to reduce your risk, first degree relatives of individuals separate and blood to pool between them. This can with aortic disease, such as children and siblings, decrease blood flow to organs, cause an aneurysm to should be screened,” adds Dr. Savage. form, or lead to an abrupt rupture.


Treating aortic disease When and how to treat an aortic aneurysm or dissection will depend on its size and location. “Dissections in the ascending aorta closer to the heart require urgent surgery, while tears further from the heart in the descending aorta may not,” Dr. Savage explains.

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Editor’s note

Love is in the air



s we were putting together our Wedding Issue, I kept thinking about all of the happily engaged couples who had been looking forward to their big day last year only to have to cancel it because of COVID. Of course, some people have been through much worse this past year, but everything is relative, and having to postpone something you’ve been planning for so long was, I’m sure, pretty crushing for some. But as vaccines roll out and people are starting to feel a bit safer, a sense of normalcy is beginning to set back in. For some, that has meant being able to go through with their original wedding plans. One such lucky couple is one you may be familiar with. Trevor Deggeller is part of the carnival family behind Deggeller Attractions, which supplies a lot of the fun at the annual Martin County Fair. He and his bride, Gabriella, married in December and celebrated their reception at The Fox Club in Palm City, with a towering Ferris wheel providing a whimsical backdrop. Read all about their special day in “Ride of Their Lives,” beginning on page 26. In our cover story, “Swept Away” (page 34), we feature some gorgeous wedding looks, shot at the House of Refuge in Stuart. And for anyone still in the planning stages who may want to keep things smaller and intimate, you’re certainly not alone. “Micro weddings” have been a big trend during the pandemic and continue to be popular event options. Get expert tips on how to pull off the perfect micro wedding on page 16. One feature I’m pretty excited about this month is “The Green Rush,” which delves into one of the biggest businesses thriving in Florida today—the cannabis industry. Beginning on page 40, learn about some of the progressive companies moving to our area—one native recently started a cultivation facility in Indiantown; another just moved his U.S headquarters to Jupiter this spring—and what it means to us in terms of jobs, the economy, and more. It’s not all about medical marijuana; compound cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant can be used in everything from beauty products to various home items. As someone who uses CBD oil to treat my rescue dog’s anxiety, I can honestly say I couldn’t be happier that people are starting to open their eyes to this “super ingredient” that is incredibly beneficial in so many ways. I hope you enjoy these features and all of the other content we have brought to our pages in this double May/June issue. Oh, and a giant “Happy Mother’s/Father’s Day” to all you moms and dads. (I love you, Dad! And Mom, I miss you eternally.) Peace and blessings,

Michelle Lee Ribeiro



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ur wedding-themed issue is always one of my favorites. This year, it got me thinking about my own wedding back on December 22, 2012. Keith and I first met in 2009, and it was literally love at first sight. I had always thought that was a silly saying, but now I understand it to be true. Keith had lost his first wife to lupus, and I had gone through a divorce, but we found each other in this crazy world and had a second chance at building a life together with our children, Alex and Alina, who were only 11 and 7 when we met. We were blessed they always got along, and today, at 19 and 23, they still do! The photo below shows the love and happiness we all shared in this union. Our wedding was during the holiday season, and we planned a small, intimate ceremony in Rockport, Massachusetts (where Keith’s parents live) at First Congregational Church. Built in 1805, the traditional white church with a steeple and bell has quite a history: On September 8, 1814, the British frigate Nymph invaded Sandy Bay. Long story short, a cannonball was fired at the church, hit the steeple, and remains there to this day. Our wedding was perfect in every way. The weather was sunny and cool, and the day was filled with joy, excitement, laughter, and love. I really enjoy reflecting on that day and hope this issue prompts you to remember your own sweet nuptials. Also of note in this issue is a special section beginning on page 46, “Top Doctors,” featuring some of the area’s best physicians. I hope Keith and I on our wedding day in 2012 with our children, Alina and Alex you take the time to peruse these listings and perhaps discover a new health care professional to add to your life. Don’t forget to check out, where you can read past articles you may have missed and sign up for our weekly Insider’s Guide newsletter to keep up with current events and news. I want to thank you for your readership and for supporting Stuart Magazine. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime, and I hope to see you around town.

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tuart-based artist Tatiana Lynette Hamel started doing calligraphy and designing stationery in 2017 after she became inspired by the fine art look while planning her wedding. “I discovered calligraphy and was so excited about how the lost art of intentional and beautiful writing was coming back,” she says. “That’s when I picked up my first pen and nib.” Through her company, Lynette Rose Co., she provides brides-to-be the opportunity to enhance their own special day (and the days leading up to) through personalized items like custom invitation suites, menus, and programs. She also handles floral installations and works with local vendors to

design reception tables, from tablecloths and napkins to place settings and more. “I love working with gorgeous seasonal blooms and paper mediums that are bespoke to each couple,” she says. “No two jobs are ever alike, and that’s what we strive for.” A common theme woven through her work is illustration, which Hamel says can include anything from venues and maps to details that speak to a couple’s wedding day design. While Lynette Rose Co. focuses mainly on weddings, Hamel’s calligraphy and stationery talents can also be applied to custom products on request, including Christmas cards and baby announcements. —Melissa Puppo M AY/ J U N E 2 0 2 1 | STUART

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Energy, Lynn Morgan


What to do and see this month

May 1-22: Martin Artisans Guild Art Exhibition The Palm Room at Café Boonma, Stuart; free; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Rock’n Riverwalk 2021 Riverwalk Stage, Stuart; free; May 5 and 19: Jazz Jams Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, Port St. Lucie; $6/members, $7/nonmembers; May 15: Beers, Bands, Bites, and Business Festival Causeway Cove Marina, Fort Pierce; $5/person, $20/pre-sale beer wristbands, $25/day of event; June 7-25: Jazz Camp Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society, Fort Pierce; $185/ week session, $335/two-week session, $290/ advanced jazz camp; June 18: Second Annual Run for the Donuts Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County, Fort Pierce; $30; June 19: Sixteenth Annual WaterLily Celebration McKee Botanical Garden, Vero Beach; $15/ adults, $13/seniors, $10/children 2-12; June 26: Tenth Annual Aaron Vaughn Frogman Swim & Run Jensen Beach Park, Jensen Beach; registration prices for run, swim, and combo vary; frogman-swim





t’s been more than a year since the pandemic shook up the wedding scene, forcing couples to reimagine their special day and severely downscale the guest list. These celebrations have been referred to as “micro weddings,” and they’re gaining a ton of traction. “Couples that have postponed their big wedding celebrations due to the pandemic are doing micro weddings on their originally planned wedding date and then scheduling their big wedding at a later date or a wedding anniversary celebration a year later,” notes Christine Terezakis, founder of Dreamday Destinations ( in Palm City. Some benefits of these smaller events, she says, are they require a shorter lead time to plan, they make curating a guest list easy, and they’re the most cost-effective for those with tight budgets. Ahead of your special day, Terezakis provides four tips for planning your own micro wedding.

decor if your budget allows. A few musthaves: someone to officiate the marriage, food, beverages/alcohol, and a photographer to capture the day.

KEEP IT SIMPLE. You won’t need the big lineup of vendors that are typically at a full-scale wedding. First, find your venue/ location, include the basics (such as food and beverage), then add those extras like

GO VIRTUAL. Whether there are people who cannot attend or people whom you couldn’t invite, live-streaming your celebration is a great way to include them from afar.

TAKE A DIFFERENT APPROACH. Think of the reception as more of an upscale dinner party. This is an opportunity to spend time with each of your guests and to skip activities that might not be meaningful to you (like formal introductions or the bouquet and garter toss). You might keep more intimate activities, like toasts and cake cutting, in your plans. MAKE IT MEANINGFUL. This is an intimate gathering, so be sure to include sentimental details. A few ideas: Write your own vows, wear a piece of family jewelry, have a snip of your grandmother’s dress sewn into yours, seat everyone at one big reception table, and create handwritten messages for each guest at their seat.



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Meet up with other motorheads at the Elliott Museum’s newly open garage



amous for its permanent exhibition of vintage wheels, the Elliott Museum is opening up its garage to the public for those with classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Gain access to air-conditioned comfort in addition to a full range of tools and cleaning products including industrial air compressors, pressure washers, battery chargers, detail and polish equipment, jack stands, and more. “The use of our garages will promote comradeship among local car owners,” says Jim Ferrare, the Elliott’s new car curator responsible for all of the cars in the museum’s inventory. “Not only will it provide a safe place to work on your car, but it will also provide a place for car owners to hang out and do some ‘bench racing’ (car talk for debating whose car is fastest) and enjoy free beverages.” There is no fee to sign up, but donations are encouraged. Appointments can be made by calling the museum.; 772.225.1961


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Hometown HERO



A Positive Light SARAH KATE

hen Chris Norton was 18, he suffered a spinal cord injury playing football at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and doctors told him he had only a 3 percent chance of ever moving again. He defied all odds by learning to regain the strength in his body and walking across the stage at his graduation—and eventually down the aisle with his wife, Emily. Together, they are the parents of five (and counting) adopted children and have fostered more than 18 kids. His inspiring journey of resilience and fatherhood is captured in a new documentary, 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story. “Ever since my injury, I have felt that I’m called to use my adversity and example to inspire others,” shares Norton, now 29. “It’s given my pain a purpose, which has helped me find peace and contentment being a quadriplegic. To hear and read the positive reviews is extremely encouraging to me to keep sharing my story because it’s making a difference.” A former Treasure Coast resident— he used to train at Barwis Methods Training Center in Port St. Lucie—Norton and his ever-growing family have since moved to Wellington to be closer to relatives and the airport since he’s constantly traveling for speaking engagements. While he relishes the time he spends encouraging others to choose faith over fear and to focus on their blessings instead of losses, his pride and joy is his family. “Adoption and fostering are the greatest things we have ever done and been a part of in our lives,” says Norton. “Being present and loving is the best gift you can give a child.” The documentary is available now on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, and Netflix.



f you ask 16-year-old Elyse Bailey about her life goals, she’ll tell you she wants to give a voice to adopted teens and ensure those who cannot afford an attorney still have the best possible legal representation. “People often don’t get an equal chance at proving their innocence, and I believe all parties should have the same chance to tell their story,” says the Port St. Lucie resident, who was named “Youth of the Year” by the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County. The award is a scholarship program and the highest honor a Boy & Girls Clubs member can receive, says director of marketing Mitch Kloorfain. “Youth of the Year finalists demonstrate outstanding character and leadership and are an overall positive example for peers,” he says. Kloorfain notes that Bailey’s speech stood out for how well she connected her club experience to the way she has overcome her life’s obstacles. A club member for the past three years, Bailey, who is an adoptee, believes she was chosen for her ambition to motivate others. “When I first started this process, I just wanted to gain experience in telling my story and speaking out,” she says. “I now realize that by telling my story, I can change the lives of others, inspire people to remove labels, and educate others and bring awareness to adoption.” ❖

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s every bride-to-be knows, looking and feeling amazing on your wedding day is absolutely crucial. If you want to put your best face forward, you have to put in a little extra effort with your skin. Dr. Valerie Barrett of RENU Medical Aesthetics in Stuart ( often sees brides who are looking to enhance their natural beauty and bring luminous energy to their faces ahead of their nuptials. Here, she offers advice on how—and when—to prep for the big day.

Botox, Barrett advises doing so a few months prior to wedding day so there is time to make tweaks if necessary. She notes that her patients are often most pleasantly surprised by the changes they see from filler—small amounts added to the cheekbones can bring joyful youthfulness to the face and brighten the eye area, while applications to the hairline can lift the jaw and corner of the mouth and open the eyes (kind of like the effect you get when you put your hair up in a ponytail).

1 YEAR TO 6 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING: This time frame is all about maximizing the benefits of procedures that work with bodily processes like collagen production. Since the best results are seen with multiple sittings, Barrett says it’s important to get a jump at least six months before the wedding. She recommends exploring courses of Cool Laser treatments, which employ CO2 lasers to remove damaged skin and stimulate collagen production to treat wrinkles, age spots, and acne scars, as well as tighten skin and even tone. To lift the areas that will be shown off in wedding gowns and enhanced by makeup—think the neck, décolletage, chin, or brows—Barrett touts the efficacy of Ultherapy, which uses ultrasound imaging to stimulate natural collagen and elastin production in hyper-targeted areas.

2 MONTHS TO 1 WEEK BEFORE: As your wedding day draws nearer, Barrett encourages a conservative approach to skin care, opting for only gentle treatments and at-home regimens. Facials are doubly beneficial during this time, she says. Note only do they brighten, exfoliate, and enhance glow, but they also work wonders on the mind—a bonus if you’re starting to stress a little about heading down the aisle. “Getting a facial is a great opportunity to have an hour to yourself be pampered by someone else,” says Barrett. She also advises adding a medical-grade SPF 30 sunscreen to your skin care routine if you haven’t already. “Studies show that if you do nothing but wear sunscreen for a month, you will see improvements in your skin,” she says. Plus, she notes, adding a medical-grade hyaluronic acid serum or gel to your repertoire will help plump the skin instantly. And don’t forget to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. ❖

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t is quite an accomplishment to achieve greatness at the highest level of golf. It is even more impressive when you do so while constantly fighting Type 1 diabetes. But seven-time LPGA winner Michelle McGann, 51, has spent a lifetime learning how to live with the disease. “My whole family was shocked when my mom, who is a nurse, gave us the bad news when I was 13,” says McGann, who grew up in Palm Beach County and fell in love with golf at age 7. “We worried that I would never be able to play golf again. But we soon realized that if we educated ourselves about this disease and managed it carefully, I would be able to pursue my passion and become a professional golfer.” McGann joined the LPGA Tour at age 18 after winning three Florida State Junior Championships and graduating from Rosarian Academy. With her


strong, upright swing that had to be tempered on some of the tour’s shorter courses, McGann became a solid player and won many tournaments while struggling with her sugar levels. “I had to guess how much insulin I should take,” she recalls. “I lost the U.S. Women’s Open in 1993 because it went so low, I didn’t know where I was or what I was doing. Fortunately, my dad was with me.” Since those days, detection has improved with new technology—today, McGann wears the Tandem Insulin Pump that works with a Dexcom sensor to control the amount of insulin received. She gets readings on her phone and her wristwatch, and her parents, brother, and husband also see the numbers in case she falls asleep. Her success in the LPGA coupled with product endorsements—she is currently a brand ambassador for JoFit women’s sports apparel—have enabled her to give

back to the community via The Michelle McGann Fund (themichellemcgannfund. com). In 2012, she and her husband, Jonathan Satter— former Secretary of the Department of Management Services for the state of Florida, whom she married in 2010—wanted to do something to help families with diabetic children. “I was lucky to have a nurse for a mom, but that is not the case for everyone,” she says. “We hoped to empower families by giving them support and education. We send kids to camp and give suggestions on proper preventative and treatment protocols.” To raise money for the fund, they host an annual golf tournament at Lost Tree Club in North Palm Beach, where McGann goes around the course and hits a shot with each child. “I love to see who is benefiting from our foundation, and I can hear the kids tell stories while we golf,” she says. Outside of her foundation work, McGann spends her days taking acrylic painting lessons, where she creates portraits of pelicans, fish, leaves, lobster, crabs, seashells, and her goldendoodle, Teddy. She has also been engaging in back therapy three times a week as rehabilitation from surgery she underwent last year for two herniated discs. She says she is eager to eliminate the back pain so she can resume the Legends Tour, the official women’s senior tour of the LPGA. “I want to play the July tournament in Fairfield, Connecticut and others after that,” she says. “I have spent quality time with my family during the pandemic and was lucky to enjoy the Florida blue skies and ability to be outside. But I am eager to get back to playing golf!” ❖

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Radar / ARTS Facing South (2008)


irst Friday gallery walk visitors may have noticed a new artist space during their most recent stroll. RCK Gallery, the first gallery by oil painter and seasonal Stuart resident Robert “Clay” Kanzler, opened its doors in March to add to the already robust art scene in downtown Stuart. And while his work has been represented by other galleries in places like New York, Detroit, and Boston, Kanzler is looking forward to having his own space to feature other artists and host events and fundraisers. “I can really make a difference with this place, which is so exciting,” says Kanzler. “I can actually move and shake.” He chose Stuart for his gallery location because of its ever-growing community of makers, and he has already begun recruiting local artists for future exhibitions. Kanzler, who grew up between Jupiter Island, Maine, and the suburbs of Detroit, loved to draw as a child and spent his summers attending art school. It wasn’t until age 15, however, that his skills really began to develop. “My mother saw an ad by a professional at the


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Center for Creative Studies [in Detroit] who was doing tutorials,” he recalls. “She hired him to do tutorials with me for the summer, and my life was never the same. I was hooked.” After attending Trinity College and Rhode Island School of Design, Kanzler moved to Vermont and began focusing exclusively on oil painting. His large-scale pieces—which average 6 feet-by-6 feet in size— cover a variety of subjects, including portraits of friends and family members (he is a relative of Henry Ford) and seascapes that remind him of his childhood roaming Jupiter Island. There are several recurring elements in his paintings, but each one is unique in its use of lighting and color. “None of my paintings look like I had intended,” he says of his work, which, because of its size, can take the better part of a year to complete. “That’s why I keep painting—they just take on a life of their own.” Over his decades-long career, Kanzler has shared his talents in many ways, volunteering as the artistin-residence for a Vermont high school for 12 years and at a prison for 6 years. He also uses art to share his faith and help those who may be suffering by incorporating their hands, faces, or other features into his artwork as a form of prayer. Says Kanzler: “My artistic dream would be that someone stands in front of one of my paintings and is so touched by God and by his beauty that their life changes—that there’s

Clockwise from top left: Jamie (2008); The Back Hall (1996); Annie, Clay, and Dior (2006); Mary (2010).

an energy to them that can reach out and help someone.” Kanzler splits his time between homes and personal studio spaces in Stuart (where he has had a residence since 2004), Maine, and Vermont. He spends most of his time enjoying the ocean, volunteering, and, of course, oil painting. It is the only medium he works in because he’s intent on perfecting his oil work. “It’s going to take me another 100 years to figure this one out,” he says.” RCK Gallery, 614 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart; ❖

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The happy couple takes a spin on the Ferris wheel.

RIDE of Their Lives



hat’s Trevor Deggeller. You should go for him!” Gabriella (Carbo) Deggeller can still remember her sister Faith’s words when she first saw the tall, blue-eyed stranger walking past Cold Stone Creamery in Stuart. Although they had never met, Gabriella knew of Trevor’s family, who supply rides and other attractions to the Martin County Fair and service carnivals and fairs all over the country. Two years later, in 2017, their paths crossed again. Trevor was throwing a going-away party at his father’s home in Palm City before departing with the family’s eponymous carnival company for the summer, and Gabriella attended with a mutual friend. As the hours ticked by, they swapped glances but never spoke. When the evening wrapped, Trevor approached


Gabriella and teased her, saying something she would never forget. “He said I was a really mean person for not saying hello to him at his own party,” she recalls. In the weeks that followed, Gabriella’s thoughts kept going back to Trevor. While he was traveling, she floated him a quick “Hi” on Snapchat. A series of brief texts quickly transitioned into marathon phone conversations, and, by the time Trevor returned home a few months later, the young couple was very much in love. On the day he got back home, the twosome attended Gabriella’s sister’s thirteenth birthday at their parent’s home in Palm City. As soon as introductions had been made, Gabriella’s father asked her to wait outside. “I hadn’t been

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Clockwise from above: The bride-to-be hangs out with her bridesmaids; gorgeous bouquets by Sarandipity Floral; the groom looking sharp in a classic tuxedo and bowtie.

with Trevor for 20 minutes, and my dad was already giving him ‘the talk,’” she says. Soon Trevor took Gabriella out on their first dinner date, to Chipotle, before bringing her to meet his father and close friends. From then on, the pair was inseparable. In August 2019, Trevor, who supervises ride maintenance and safety for Deggeller Attractions, asked Gabriella’s father for his blessing, then planned a Christmas Day proposal at his intended’s grandparents’ home in Melbourne. “Before we all sat down for dinner, Trevor asked me to come outside so he could give me my [Christmas] present, which he said was in his truck,” says Gabriella. “When we got to the front yard, he got down on one knee and proposed in front of a big picture window, where my grandmother and our families were watching. I couldn’t see anyone because the windows were tinted, but I


could hear them all cheering. It was a great moment.” The newly engaged couple wasted no time planning their big day. Their goal was to tie the knot during the holiday season the following year, and they wanted to finish the majority of the planning before carnival season started in June. Marrying in a church was a must, and they both wanted to wed near Cobblestone, a gated golf community in Palm City where Gabriella grew up and her family still resides. Not having to travel too far between the ceremony and the reception was another necessity. Their engagement/wedding photographer, Stuart-based Jennifer Sampson of

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Clockwise from top left: Joseph’s Jewelry in Stuart created the stunning wedding bands; touches of green and gold were perfect for the December event; the Deggeller Ferris wheel at sunset.

in Port St. Lucie on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As she walked down the aisle, Gabriella dazzled in an intricately beaded, off-the-shoulder gown by Madeline Gardner and a Paisley Designs crystal hairpiece. Her bouquet was composed of Vandella roses, Star of Bethlehem, white ranunculus, rosemary, and evergreen boughs and trussed with her grandmother’s blue Our Lady of Guadalupe rosary. Trevor looked dashing in a black tux and bowtie and, being a fan of The Mandalorian, added a touch of whimsy with Baby Yoda socks. During the ceremony, Sydney, Gabriella’s older sister and an accomplished RICH WEST

Sampson Photography, recommended several vendors including Carra Crehan, a wedding planner and catering manager at Chef’s Table in Stuart. “One of the many things we liked about Carra was her kindness and confidence,” says Gabriella. “When Trevor said he wanted there to be a carnival ride at the wedding reception, Carra was like, ‘Absolutely!’” Gabriella and Trevor suddenly found themselves facing a pandemic that threatened to derail their “I dos.” With their wedding day still months away, they opted to take a wait-and-see approach. As Florida’s COVID numbers started to decline, and no vendors had canceled, they were ecstatic the gamble paid off. Surrounded by nearly 200 close friends and family, the couple tied the knot at St. Bernadette Catholic Church


singer who had flown in from Kentucky, sang tear-tugging melodies like “The Prayer” and Schubert’s setting of “Ave Maria,” which she performed with Grammy Award–winning cellist Jackie Robbins. After the couple exchanged vows, guests blew bubbles toward the newlyweds before everyone headed to The Fox Club, a serene, 300-acre golf property hallmarked by nature preserves and glistening lakes, where an après-wedding celebration awaited. For the reception, Gabriella imagined a winter-inspired setting reminiscent of Breckenridge or Jackson Hole, where her family vacations every year during the Christmas holidays. As guests entered, they were greeted by a 15-foot Christmas tree, which Sarah Schnitzius of Sarandipity Floral had sumptuously

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attired with lush magnolia blooms, white poinsettias, and gold bows. Schnitzius also transformed the event space into a romantic, hyperborean escape with white, cream, and evergreen hues as well as candles, fairy lights, fresh garland, and wreaths flecked with faux snowflakes. The event included some special treats as a nod to the groom’s renowned family carnival business. During cocktail hour, partygoers enjoyed hors d’oeuvres from Chef’s Table and ventured outside with bespoke drinks to take a slow spin on the Deggellers’ 40-foot Ferris wheel before heading back inside for the remainder of the reception. Guests found their seats by way of an oversized golden frame with hand-calligraphed table assignments.

Before the new Mr. and Mrs. were summoned into the room, the wedding party entered and performed individual dance sets (one couple successfully re-created the iconic lift scene from Dirty Dancing). More dancing followed, including the couple’s first dance, a choreographed routine they had perfected with private lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Dinner commenced after a round of touching toasts, including one given by Gabriella’s father that left everyone’s eyes moist. The DJ played vintage tunes by Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley as attendees dined on filet mignon, pan-seared Atlantic tripletail, and chicken under a brick. In homage to Deggeller Attractions (Gabriella joined the company in 2020 and now co-owns Deggeller Entertainment with her husband),

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Sydney performed “Never Enough” from The Greatest Show on Earth, which earned her a standing ovation. Once dinner ended and everyone had sampled the four-tier cake infused with flavors like white chocolate, Godiva liqueur, and raspberries, some guests hit the dance floor while others started a conga line. After hours of revelry, the amorous lovebirds capped off the night by slow-dancing to Josh Turner’s swoon-worthy “Would You Go With Me.” Three weeks later, they flew to the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 in Breckenridge and spent their eight-day honeymoon skiing, ice-skating, snow-tubing, and exploring the mountain town’s stellar dining scene. Looking back, the Palm City Farms residents say they are extremely thankful their wedding plans weren’t impacted by COVID. “Nothing had to be rescheduled,” says Gabriella. “Not the church, not even the venue. We were lucky and very blessed.” ❖

SOURCEBOOK CEREMONY: St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Port St. Lucie;; 772.336.9956 RECEPTION: The Fox Club, Palm City;; 772.597.4222 WEDDING PLANNING AND CATERING: Chef’s Table, Stuart;; 772.287.5599 FLOWERS: Sarandipity Floral, Port St. Lucie;; 772.342.2648 CAKE: Sandra’s Cakes, Port St. Lucie;; 772.528.3159 PHOTOGRAPHER: Sampson Photography, Stuart;; 561.723.9314 BRIDAL GOWN AND HAIRPIECE: Bridal Couture of the Palm Beaches, Royal Palm Beach;; 561.793.4633 BRIDESMAID DRESSES: La Casa Hermosa, Wellington;; 561.301.5523 GROOM/GROOMSMEN TUXEDOS: Men’s Wearhouse, Stuart;; 772.692.4403 BRIDAL/BRIDESMAID HAIR: Salt Beauty Bar, Fort Pierce;; 772.801.5541 RINGS: Joseph’s Jewelry, Stuart;; 772.221.1779 DANCE FLOOR, DRAPING, LINENS, TABLEWARE: Island Party Rentals, Palm City;; 772.287.9455 DJ: Best Day Ever Event Group, Port St. Lucie;; 772.318.8523

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Swept AWAY A winsome wedding day vibe set against dreamy, white-capped ocean waves photography by Ian Jacob Shot by Stuart Magazine on location at the House of Refuge in Stuart

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Paloma Blanca silk chiffon strapless dress with rosebud detail ($2,390), East Coast Bridals, Jupiter; 14-karat yellow gold inside/out diamond hoop earrings ($4,325), Estate 18-karat yellow gold channel-set diamond eternity band ($750), 14-karat two-tone twisted style diamond engagement ring ($1,600), Jupiter Jewelry, Jupiter Opposite page: Maggie Sottero lace dress with plunge neckline ($2,160), East Coast Bridals, Jupiter

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Atelier Pronovias silk drop-sleeve dress ($4,300), East Coast Bridals, Jupiter; 14-karat white gold freshwater pearl drop earrings with diamonds ($355), platinum diamond Riviera necklace ($18,195), Jupiter Jewelry, Jupiter

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n just a few years, the Treasure Coast might well become an international hub for one of the country’s fastest-growing industries, with a major research center helping to lure start-ups and other companies to the area. This may all sound familiar, but it isn’t about Scripps and the biotech industry. It’s about an industry that is only recently legal but that already employs thousands of people locally: cannabis. “There are deep agriculture roots in Martin and St. Lucie counties, and there’s a potential for this business to be a good economic driver for the foreseeable future,” says Brady Cobb, a graduate of Martin County High School and founder of a cannabis start-up that is now worth multimillions. With a government-supported research lab (the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory) and thousands of acres of farmland that could potentially be converted to grow houses, it seems an area known for its largely conservative culture could soon become home to a not-so-conservative, booming industry.

An attorney with his own law firm, Cobb got into the finance side of the cannabis business in 2012 and also began lobbying in Tallahassee and D.C. for changes to laws surrounding marijuana. His interest in it all was sparked while he was taking care of his ailing father, Clyde Walton “Bill” Cobb, who decades ago became a drug smuggler after an unexpected encounter. He had been on his Pensacola farm one day when a tractor-trailer broke down nearby. The drivers asked the elder Cobb if they could store some things in his barn for a bit; in exchange, they promised him $70,000. Cobb agreed—and that decision served as the first step in becoming a major dealer for Pablo Escobar. Cobb was arrested on smuggling charges in 1983 and served time in prison. Once he was released, he fell ill with prostate cancer, which would eventually take his life in 2010. He smoked marijuana to ease his pain and, seeing how much it helped his father, the younger Cobb decided he wanted to do something to help others. In 2018, he bought a small medical marijuana company, which he renamed One Plant, and began

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From top: Cobb calls his One Plant greenhouse staff a “dream team of cannabis cultivators and purists”; a One Plant dispensary in Port St. Lucie.

the task of quickly scaling it up. He started out in 2020 with one dispensary and a small grove in Ruskin on Florida’s west coast. By the end of the year, he had opened seven dispensaries and had built a brand-new, 54,000-square-foot cultivation facility in Indiantown, employing 265 people across the state. Last year, he took the company public, and this past January, he negotiated a merger with Cresco Labs for $213 million in stock. Cobb says it made sense to base his business in the area. From a distribution standpoint, Indiantown is only a couple of hours from both Orlando and Miami. And the local government, he says, “has been a partner, and the support has been tremendous.” Florida’s medical marijuana laws require any company selling marijuana to be vertically integrated, meaning a firm like One Plant must grow the plants and have its own distribution system and retail operation. One Plant’s facility in Indiantown is among the state’s most technologically advanced. The hybrid greenhouse, which sits on a 33-acre farm, houses 10 5,000-square-foot cultivation rooms, each with customizable climate control and adjustable shade or sun systems, depending on what the plants need. The irrigation and fertigation system also can infuse CO2 when the plants need it. Because the greenhouse so closely controls the climate, it can operate in a “perpetual harvest,” meaning that staff harvests and replants one of the flowering rooms every seven days. “Our team takes a tremendous amount of pride in how clean the garden is and how happy and healthy our plants are,” says Cobb, who calls his greenhouse staff a “dream team of cannabis cultivators and purists.” To track how the plants are


doing, the company created a proprietary tech program called AllLeaves. And to get the product to customers, One Plant utilizes an e-commerce platform and a home delivery system. Cobb isn’t the only one who has realized the geographic benefits of the Treasure Coast. One Plant may soon be surrounded by many more cannabis companies, says Roger Brown, CEO and president of ACS Laboratory, which has offices in Boca Raton and a cannabis research facility near Tampa. According to Brown, Martin and St. Lucie counties have the available farmland and existing farmers that the cannabis industry needs. “Driving out to the One Plant facility, you see that it’s surrounded by farmland,” he says. “That land is owned by pretty substantial

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Inside a greenhouse at the One Plant cultivation facility in Indiantown

corporate growers. All of those farms are revenueproducing, and are they going to make more money growing ornamental flowers or strawberries than they are growing marijuana or hemp?” It’s a rhetorical question. Medical marijuana has only been legal in Florida since 2016, yet the industry recorded more than $1.2 billion in sales last year. By 2030, the industry is expected to hit $6 billion in annual sales here. The industry grew 93 percent in its first year, and Florida now has nearly half a million medical marijuana patients. Fifteen thousand local cannabisrelated jobs were added last year, bringing the number Dirty Lemons, one of Floridians working in the industry to more than of the cannabis strains grown at 30,000. The cannabis industry is so important to the One Plant state that dispensary employees were labeled “essential workers” during the pandemic lockdown. Part of the reason the Treasure Coast has become a hub for The Fort Pierce facility, the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboracannabis start-ups is owed to a St. Lucie County research lab tory, conducts hemp research, among other things, and there that is run jointly by the University of Florida and the USDA. is a proposal on the table to turn it into a major international

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Clockwise from top left: Jupiter local Michael Cammarata, president and CEO of Neptune Wellness Solutions; rendering of Neptune’s new U.S. headquarters in Jupiter; Neptune produces cannabinoids that are used in CBD oil as well as household products like deodorant and cleaners.




research hub with marijuana cultivation areas, says Jeff Greene, a Fort Lauderdale–based lobbyist for the Florida Hemp Council. Greene suspects that will happen soon, and when it does, it will likely bring even more marijuana, hemp, and CBD companies to the area. This new world of legal cannabis isn’t just about patients who buy medical marijuana and CBD oil at dispensaries to treat ailments. Among the many cannabis-related companies here is Neptune Wellness Solutions, a Canadian company that is in the midst of relocating its headquarters to Jupiter. Neptune specializes in extracting compound cannabinoids from the marijuana plant to be used in products ranging from deodorant to household cleaners, says President and CEO Michael Cammarata. “This plant is a super ingredient,” he says. “It’s going to change beauty items, home items, and the medicine cabinet, all for different purposes.” Cammarata, a Jupiter local, came to this realization about cannabis back when he was CEO of Schmidt’s Naturals. The company was looking for plant-based ingredients that could replace chemicals (like aluminum in deodorant). Research showed that cannabinoids


could be used in many of the products Cammarata’s company produced, but nobody was producing the number of cannabinoids the health and beauty industry needed to make the switch. So in 2019, he invested millions of his own money into Neptune and turned it into a cannabinoid-producing specialist. And it’s clear there is a market for it: Neptune nearly doubled in growth in the past year alone. At Neptune’s new U.S. headquarters in Jupiter, Cammarata will focus on producing cannabinoids that can be used in all kinds of products, while also working on federal and state cannabis legislation and educating Americans on the uses of cannabis as a super ingredient. Even as the Treasure Coast continues to see a boom in the cannabis industry, other parts of the state aren’t yet as welcoming to the growing business. There are more than 270 dispensaries currently operating in Florida today—with about a dozen in Martin and St. Lucie counties alone—but Jupiter, for one, has banned dispensaries within town limits. Cannabis law expert Dustin Robinson says that will likely change soon, citing evidence that “70 percent of Florida voters” support legal dispensaries and that Jupiter residents currently simply travel to Stuart dispensaries or opt to have product delivered to their homes from companies outside of town. The bottom line, says Brown, is that it all comes down to money. As long as marijuana is classified as medicine, the state can’t tax it and get in on what is quickly becoming one of the most profitable industries around. If it is converted to recreational use in the future, that opens up the door for hundreds of millions in tax revenue a year for Florida. That lure of tax revenue is changing what it means to lobby

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Jeff Greene, a lobbyist for the Florida Hemp Council, says he hopes to transform the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce into a major hub for cannabis research, with cultivation areas like those shown here.

The Cannabis Publicist


Durée Ross had been in the publicity business for nearly 20 years when she got a call that stumped her. It was from a real estate developer who was investing in a CBD company, and he needed her help promoting it. She remembers thinking, CBD? As in marijuana? She had little firsthand experience in that area, but for years she had been splitting her time between South Florida and Colorado, so she knew cannabis had already become a big industry in other parts of the country. She quickly assembled her team at Durée & Company and set them on a task: They were to learn everything they could about marijuana, from research and legal issues to the science and what it does to the body. “As a publicist, if you’re selling a product, you have to understand it and you have to believe it,” she says. Today, her agency represents all kinds of companies and advocacy groups related to the cannabis industry; cannabis-related clients, including One Plant and the Florida Hemp Council, now represent a third of her firm’s overall business, and she’s expecting that number to grow. “An entirely new industry doesn’t often just pop up,” she says, “and we were able to get in on the ground floor.”

for cannabis laws. When Cobb first got into the industry, he says he “couldn’t get a call back from the people who make the coffee” in Tallahassee, and his family questioned why he was getting into such a controversial business. Today, the cannabis industry is a powerful lobbying force, and those same family members are now asking him how they can get a medical marijuana card. Says Cobb: “The responses and narratives have shifted so dramatically.” ❖

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As chief medical officer at Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, Stuart-based Dr. Fernando Petry provides care for families throughout their lives and was at the forefront of the area’s pandemic response BY MICHELE MEYER

Dr. Fernando Petry is a man of passion. The chief medical

were at the forefront of vaccine distribution.”

officer at Cleveland Clinic Martin Health in Stuart fervently

“Equally important was education and awareness,

believes in compassionate end-of-life care and heeding

particularly given the novel nature of this virus,” he

COVID precautions.

continues. “Information was changing rapidly, and it was

“Stopping treatment does not mean stopping care or

imperative that we serve as a resource for community

compassion for patients, family, and caregivers,” says

leaders and partners, as well as the public at large. In

Petry, who has worked at hospices including Gainesville’s

my role as chief medical officer for Martin Health, I was

Haven Hospice, where he was chief medical officer, before

able to work with our local departments of health and

joining the Cleveland Clinic Martin Health system in 2014.

government leaders to help inform decisions on how best

Born in Brazil, Petry immigrated with his family to

to respond to the public health crisis. We also went directly

Kenilworth, New Jersey when he was 5. He attended

to the community to hear their concerns and answer their

college at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a

questions. I participated in numerous virtual presentations

bachelor’s degree in biology, before attending medical

to church congregations, community groups, and civic

school at Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic

organizations. We also engaged frequently with the media

Medicine in Davie on a full U.S. Army scholarship. He then

to provide information to a broader audience, developed

served four years as a general medical officer at Winn Army

public service announcements, and participated in

Community Hospital in Georgia.

briefings with city and county governments that were

Originally, Petry had planned to become an ER doctor.

shared with their constituents.”

But when he realized how much he cared about end-of-

He adds that he wants to remind people to “stay the

life treatment, he switched to family medicine so he could

course—mask wearing, hand washing, and vaccinations

follow his patients through their lives to the very end.

are going to help us out of this pandemic.”

As senior vice president and chief medical officer at

Petry met his wife, Diana Chiong (an internal medicine

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, he oversees a 515-bed

doctor at Encompass Health), at medical school in the mid-

hospital as well as diagnostic imaging centers and medical

’90s. They soon discovered that they had both attended

offices in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach,

undergraduate school at Rutgers at the same time. “We

and Hobe Sound.

never ran into each other,” he says. They married three

He says that the challenges at each facility are different, but the greatest challenge of his career thus far has been

years after graduating from med school, and today they are the parents of two teenagers.

the COVID pandemic. “None of us had been through a

“Our children grew up with three languages,” says Petry,

pandemic and seen what it can do to a community,” he

whose native tongue is Portuguese. Chiong has a Cuban-

says. Throughout the pandemic, notes Petry, Cleveland

Chinese heritage, and her family speaks Spanish.

Clinic Martin Health has played an important role in

The Petrys reside in Sewall’s Point in Stuart and enjoy

providing information and guidance to the communities

running, fishing, kayaking, and cooking. “I believe that the

it serves: “We were the first health care provider in Martin

family that plays together stays together,” says Petry. “And

and St. Lucie counties to provide COVID testing, and we

with two teens, that’s all the truer.” ❖

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THE COMPASSIONATE PEDIATRICIAN A family tragedy that happened when she was a teenager changed the direction of Dr. Genon Wicina’s life BY MICHELE MEYER

As a child growing up in Nebraska and Kansas, Genon

empathetic,” she says. “Many studies prove that if you

Wicina knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. By the time

identify mental unwellness early on, and patients get

she was 14, she was already working for one. But two

professional help, they’ll become much healthier and

years later, a high school football game would change the

happier adults.”

course of her life forever.

Her goal is to help families and children adopt healthy

Her younger brother, Jeffrey, was 15 at the time and on

behaviors before less healthy ones become entrenched.

the football team. A rough tackle during that fateful game

That’s also the aim of the Wicina Family Program Center

left him a quadriplegic.

at the YMCA of the Treasure Coast, which she, her mother,

The physical and mental trauma her brother went

and her late father financed in honor of Jeffrey in 2017.

through gave Wicina insight into medicine from the

At Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, there is an on-site

patient’s side—and she decided she wanted to spend her

coordinator dedicated to serving families whose children

life working to improve care.

have chronic illness or special needs. “Otherwise, the stress

She attended The University of Kansas, where she got

of caring for them can be overwhelming,” says Wicina. The

her bachelor’s degree in biology and a medical degree

same now applies to the coronavirus pandemic, which

from the School of Medicine in Kansas City. When it came

has isolated people from schools, workplaces, and social

to choosing a medical school specialty for her residency

activities while robbing kids of prom, graduation, and

at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says

other joyful rites of passage.

Wicina: “Pediatrics was not even on my radar. But then

Wicina married naval architect Michael Burvenich in

I worked with kids during my residency, and I loved it.”

1993, a week before her residency began. After it ended,

She also liked that much of pediatric medicine is acute

they moved to Stuart for his career and have been here

care. “You get results quickly,” she says.

ever since. A mom to two girls, Wicina also plays classical

As current chair of pediatric care at Cleveland Clinic

guitar and belongs to the Treasure Coast Classical Guitar

Martin Health, one of her greatest passions is helping

Society. Also a member of the Treasure Coast Rowing

patients through mental health challenges—an area that

Club, she is out on the water every weekend with her

was pretty unaddressed back in the ’90s when she was

crew. “And then I go boating with my family,” she says.

studying medicine. “Thanks to my brother, I’m more

“After all, we are in the boating capital of the world!” ❖

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Carl Gittens The Gittens Clinic Stuart 561-337-3351

Brian Akrami Heart & Family Health Institute Jensen Beach 772-336-6601


Prasad V. Chalasani Florida Heart Center Fort Pierce 772-465-4499

Daniel Brodtman Allergy and Asthma Specialist of South Florida Stuart 772-221-3900 Clive E. Roberson Allergy Associates of South Florida Stuart 772-220-8884 ANESTHESIOLOGY

Daniel R. Battaglia Resolute Pain Solutions Port St. Lucie 866-228-7676 Albert Gardner Martin County Pain Clinic Stuart 772-286-0078 BREAST SURGERY

Denise Sanderson Denise Sanderson, M.D. Stuart 772-872-6913 James J. Vopal The Breast Care Center of the Treasure Coast Stuart 772-220-4050 Craig Wengler Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-219-4026


Venu G. Jasti Florida Heart Center Fort Pierce 772-465-4499 Stephen E. McIntyre Stuart Cardiology Group Stuart 772-286-9400 Sabrina Zanto Heart & Family Health Institute Port St. Lucie 772-335-9600 COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY

George Rittersbach Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-219-4026

Tim Ioannides Treasure Coast Dermatology Stuart 772-221-3330 Mark Kaiser Kaiser Dermatology Stuart 772-286-7081 Daniel King Dermatology Practice of Daniel King, MD Stuart 772-219-0044 Patricia Klem Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Port St. Lucie 772-318-4945 Richard Krathen Dermatology Associates of the Palm Beaches Palm City 772-202-6824 John Minni Water’s Edge Dermatology Port St. Lucie 772-217-6551


Cynthia J. Rogers Cynthia Rogers, MD Port St. Lucie 772-398-3376

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

Rick Romagosa Romagosa Barron Dermatology Stuart 772-220-3339



Samantha Fisher Romagosa Barron Dermatology Stuart 772-220-3339

James L. Autin Advanced Sinus and Hearing Center Port St. Lucie 772-337-3700

John T. Lanza ENT and Allergy Associates of Florida Port St. Lucie 772-398-9911 Robert A. Nunez Independence Ear, Nose & Throat Stuart 772-888-1880 Michele L. Richards Associated Coastal ENT Fort Pierce 772-464-9595 Stuart J. Sabol ENT and Allergy Associates of Florida Port St. Lucie 772-500-3680 Christopher L. Slack Associated Coastal ENT Fort Pierce 772-464-9595 EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Pamela Houri St. Lucie Medical Center Port St. Lucie 772-398-3800 Jason J. Morris Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Stuart 772-223-5995 ENDOCRINOLOGY, DIABETES, AND METABOLISM

Ahmet Ergin Heart and Family Health Institute Port St. Lucie 772-398-7814


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Medical Profiles


Jean-Paul Azzi, MD

The Palm Beach Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery

Dr. Jean-Paul Azzi 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 allows him to achieve beautiful, natural, and longlasting results. He has 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 facelift techniques. Beyond his reputation for expert technical ability, Dr. Azzi’s wonderful bedside manner has made him a popular choice among nurses, physicians, and hospital staff. He treats every patient with individualized, friendly care, and his patients love his sense of humor and caring demeanor. In addition to his cosmetic private practices in Jupiter and Palm City, Dr. Azzi also enjoys teaching and performing probono surgeries in underprivileged countries. He has traveled around the world reconstructing children born with facial deformities in places such as Vietnam, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Colombia. These procedures include repairing cleft lips and palates and reconstructing children with microtia (missing ears) using their rib cartilage.

3658 SW 30th Ave. // Palm City // 561.429.5403 // M AY/ J U N E 2 0 2 1 | STUART

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Anthony J. Liberatore Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-223-5757 FAMILY MEDICINE

Gary Bradley Jupiter Medical Specialists, LLC Stuart 772-214-3773 Gendy Carela-Kirby Heart & Family Health Institute Port St. Lucie 772-335-9600 Colt R. Dunteman Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-223-5618 Theresa Goebel Cornerstone Family Practice Hobe Sound 772-546-4215 Ira Pearlstine Preserve Health MD Port St. Lucie 772-252-1425 Leighan Talton WholeLife Direct Primary Care Stuart 772-283-1200 Pablo H. Tirado Heart and Family Health Institute Port St. Lucie Port St. Lucie 772-335-9600 Scott R. Towbin Heart & Family Health Institute Jensen Beach 772-335-9600


Jason A. Watt St. Lucie Medical Center Port St. Lucie 772-398-1969 Jon Wubbena Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Family Health Center Stuart 772-223-4999 FOOT AND ANKLE SURGERY

Neil Klein St. Lucie Surgery Center Stuart 772-286-7115 Andrew Lonabaugh Treasure Coast Podiatry Centre Stuart 772-286-9912 GASTROENTEROLOGY

Steven M. Kappler Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Port St. Lucie 772-398-1800 Howard B. Maunus Gastro Health Stuart 772-781-5960

Matthew Peebles Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Physician Group Port St. Lucie 772-344-3811



Gary Kabinoff Gary Kabinoff, MD Stuart 772-419-5959

Jordan M. Bromberg Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Port St. Lucie 772-785-5570 Raymond Molano Access Health Care Physicians LLC Port St. Lucie 772-334-6201 Jose F. Pinto Associates in Medicine, LLC Port St. Lucie 772-398-5339 Jay Waddadar Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-223-5757 Peter S. Zeblisky Martin Medical Group Port St. Lucie 772-785-5511 HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY


Ravi K. Patel Stuart Oncology Stuart 772-631-0184

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

Heather Yeckes Rodin Hematology Oncology Associates of the Treasure Coast Port St. Lucie 772-335-5666


Gustavo Lopes Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-219-4026


Moti N. Ramgopal Associates in Infectious Diseases Port St. Lucie 772-335-4234

Gary Bradley Jupiter Medical Specialists, LLC Stuart 772-214-3773

Mark Marciano Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Stuart 772-781-2781 NEPHROLOGY

Anis Akrawi Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Physician Group Stuart 772-286-1550 Jeffrey Glickman Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Stuart 772-286-1550 Gaurav Shah Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Stuart 772-286-1500 Adarsha Shrestha Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Stuart 772-286-1550 Jean Vickers Cleveland Clinic Martin Health Stuart 772-286-1550


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S. Darrell Lee, MD

Lee Plastic Surgery & Laser Center

Dr. S. Darrell Lee is known for having all the latest technology in his office from non-surgical to surgical—Lee Plastic Surgery & Laser Center has it all. He’s also known for having caring bedside manners, is compassionate, listens to each patient’s concerns and needs, and takes time with them during every consultation. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon and certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery with 25 years of experience, 17 of them being in St. Lucie County. His calling to become a plastic and reconstruction surgeon came at a young age when he would volunteer at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the pediatric playroom. It was there he saw the incredible, life-changing results from reconstructing

craniofacial abnormalities. He then realized his passion for plastic surgery. Dr. Lee completed a five-year general surgery residency in New York and was chief resident in general surgery before attending the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, as a fellow in plastic and reconstructed surgery. He has received many accolades over his career as the perennial “Winner of Best Plastic Surgeon” voted on by Treasure Coast residents. Dr. Lee is also well respected by his peers and has served as Chief of the Medical Staff at St. Lucie Medical Center and Director of the Wound Care Center. He has donated to many local charities in the area including the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County and HANDS Clinic.

915 SE Ocean Blvd., Suite 6 // Stuart // 525 NW Lake Whitney Place, Suite 206 // Port St. Lucie 772.878.8885 // M AY/ J U N E 2 0 2 1 | STUART

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Jason Stabley Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health Stuart 772-223-2388 Noor Yono Premier Neurology & Wellness Center Stuart 772-210-2447 OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

Gonzalo A. Oria Women’s Healthcare of Port St. Lucie Port St. Lucie 772-337-4600 OPHTHALMOLOGY

Paul Gallogly Retina Care Specialists Stuart 772-335-0089

Kevin T. Kelly Fier Eye Care & Surgery Center Port St. Lucie 772-878-3437

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

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

Kenneth Langley St. Lucie Eye Port St. Lucie 772-461-2020

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

Ali S. Malik Global Neuro & Spine Institute Jensen Beach 800-735-1178

Zayna Nahas Katz Eye Center Port St. Lucie 772-446-4230 Scott Piette East Florida Eye Institute Stuart 772-287-9000 ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

Keith E. Ingram Coastal Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center Port St. Lucie 772-335-5300 Steven K. Jordan South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Stuart 772-288-2400

Anthony J. Cerminara South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Stuart 772-288-2400

Mark J. Powers Florida Orthopaedic Specialists Port St. Lucie 772-335-4470

George J. Haas South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Stuart 772-288-2400


Ramon (Ray) Alvarez Resolute Pain Solutions Port St. Lucie 866-228-7676

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

Miladys Palau Collazo Pediatric Endocrine + Metabolic Center of Florida Port St. Lucie 772-834-7362 PEDIATRICS (GENERAL)

Lisa Ferreira University of Miami Medical Center Stuart 772-219-1222 Jessica Muoio Pediatric Associates Port St. Lucie 772-336-2818 Shirley Stickle Children’s Physicians Palm City 772-219-4444 PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

Jean-Paul Azzi The Palm Beach Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery Palm City 561-429-5403 LEARN MORE ON PAGE 53

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Medical Profiles


Adam D. Kurtin, DO

Treasure Coast Surgical Specialists

Dr. Adam Kurtin is a board-certified general surgeon who has been in practice on the Treasure Coast for more than 20 years. His practice encompasses the full spectrum of general surgery with expertise in the operative management of diseases of the thyroid, breast, gastrointestinal system, colon, hernias, and more. From the time he was a medical student, he was drawn to the art and science of surgery, the wide variety of diseases it covered, and the opportunity to have a direct impact on the lives of patients. Over the past several years, the most exciting advancement has been implementing a robotic system in surgery. In Dr. Kurtin’s experience, robotics have revolutionized the performance and improved outcomes for many abdominal operations. The da Vinci Surgical System has many advantages including enhanced, stereoscopic, high-definition

magnification. This provides better visualization of the anatomy than ever before. The robotic instruments give the surgeon greater freedom of movement, providing more control and better precision to work inside the abdomen. This all translates into better outcomes, less postoperative pain, and shorter hospital stays. “Nothing is more thrilling to me than to see a patient come in for a colon resection, have a robotic-assisted operation, and go home after one or two nights in the hospital, having good bowel function, and not even taking one dose of narcotic pain medication,” shares Dr. Kurtin. Treasure Coast Surgical Specialists treat patients with the same level of care and compassion they would want for their families. When Dr. Kurtin is not working, he spends time with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Kurtin, a family practitioner, and his four children. He also enjoys cooking, boating, and fishing.

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Juan Giachino Jr. Water’s Edge Dermatology Stuart 772-217-6829 S. Darrell Lee Lee Plastic Surgery & Laser Center Port St. Lucie 772-291-5572 Donato A. Viggiano Viggiano Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Port St. Lucie 772-402-4737

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

James M Melotek St. Lucie Radiation Oncology Port St. Lucie 772-281-3060

Scott Parratto Treasure Coast Podiatry Centre Stuart 772-286-9912

Kiran Reddy Cleveland Clinic - Martin Health at St. Lucie West Comprehensive Care Port St. Lucie 772-785-5588

William Salcedo Salcedo Podiatry Port St. Lucie 772-337-0014 John “Jack” Schoppe Schoppe Foot & Ankle Stuart 772-221-1193

Paul Gotkin Treasure Coast Podiatry Centre Stuart 772-286-9912 David Gubernick Treasure Coast Podiatry Centre Stuart 772-286-9912



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

Jorge G. Castillo Martin Cancer Center Stuart 772-288-5890

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


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

Ronald Woody Port Saint Lucie Cancer Center Port St. Lucie 772-335-1436

William F. Crook GenesisCare Stuart 772-403-2390


Adam J. Ball Gulfstream Urology Associates Port St. Lucie 772-465-2020 Michael Lustgarten Michael Lustgarten, MD Stuart 772-286-2950 Justin A. Muskovich Heart and Family Health Institute St. Lucie West Port St. Lucie 772-336-6601 David M. Rodin Coastal Urology of Stuart Stuart 772-288-3301 Thomas Suits Urology Specialists of Stuart Stuart 772-220-9871


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

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/St. Lucie Counties. 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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DELIVERING WORLD CLASS ORTHOPAEDIC CARE Anthony J. Cerminara, MD, FAAOS Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Cerminara specializes in sports medicine as well as general orthopaedic care. He completed his orthopaedic surgical training at the University of Miami and fellowship training at Steadman-Philippon Research Institute. He joined South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in 2014.


to this year’s Top Docs and to our entire team of experts who work together to provide our patients with comprehensive and immediate orthopaedic care covering...

George J. Haas, MD, FAAOS Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

• Knee

• Pediatric Orthopaedics

Dr. Haas specializes in non-surgical treatment of general orthopaedics and spine care. He completed his orthopaedic surgical training at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He joined South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in 1997.

• Hip

• Rheumatology

• Shoulder

• Pain Management

• Foot & Ankle

• Joint Replacement

• Hand & Wrist

• Complex Joint Revisions

James D. Hoffman, MD, FAAOS

• Spine & Neck

• Sports Medicine

Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

• Podiatry

Dr. Hoffman practices general orthopaedics with special training and expertise in anterior approach hip replacement. He completed his orthopaedic surgical training at the University of Miami. He joined South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in 2001.

Daniel S. Husted, MD, FAAOS Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Husted dedicates his practice to patients with spine-related problems, including surgical and non-surgical treatment. He completed his orthopaedic surgical training at Yale University and fellowship training at San Francisco Spine Institute. He joined South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in 2006.

Steven K. Jordan, MD, FAAOS Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Jordan has special interest in the latest techniques in minimally invasive hip and knee replacement. He completed his orthopaedic surgical training at Georgia Baptist Medical Center (now Atlanta Medical Center). He joined South Florida Orthopaedcis & Sports Medicine in 2006.

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Explore America’s Happiest Seaside Town Historic Downtown Stuart 37 SW Osceola St., Stuart, FL 34994 • (772) 283-1077

Historic Downtown Stuart is home to over 60 locally owned shops, cafés, restaurants, boutiques, and the Lyric Theatre. Three times as much money stays in your community when you shop local, independently owned businesses.


Don’t Miss...


Every Sunday 1pm-4pm 6 Damon Fowler Blues / Blues Rock Reggae Midnight Dawn 13 Jupiter Trailer Trash Classic Rock Pop Rock Kevin McLoughlin Band 20 The Fascinating Type - Funk Classic Rock Low Ground 27 The Holidazed - Reggae Bluegrass Hired Guns - Country

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Ice Cream DREAM


lex and Kate Pope fled the Northeast for the Treasure Coast last year and fulfilled their entrepreneurial dream by purchasing The Scoop in Jensen Beach. “We always wanted to work for ourselves,” says Kate, who, prior to moving to Florida, pursued a career in politics while her husband sold medical supplies. “Ice cream is a celebration for us. It makes people feel good, and the store is something we can run while having our daughters around.” The Scoop serves Hershey’s ice cream and DeConna gelato, stocking 36 flavors of ice cream, 8 types of Italian ice, and 9 varieties of gelato and sorbet. Classics such as Cookies & Cream and Cappuccino

Crunch are the most popular, although Brown Butter Bourbon Truffle and Oatmeal Cookie Craving fire the imaginations of their customers. Kate reports that their young daughters— Ainsley, 7, and Olivia, 9—are active participants and often come up with marketing ideas, such as Olivia’s inspiration for Featured Flavor Friday. The Popes are also experimenting with making their own ice cream and hope to eventually expand the store and possibly open other locations. “It’s really fun to be part of peoples’ lives,” says Kate. “People come here to celebrate birthdays and special occasions, and they leave with smiles on their faces.” —Mark Spivak M AY/ J U N E 2 0 2 1 | STUART

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Flavor Clockwise from top left: Pierced Ciderworks is housed in a 117-year-old downtown building; cider is back-sweetened with juices and fruit purees; there are 12 ciders and craft beers on tap daily.




Flagler when the oil baron was building his Overseas Railroad to Key West. Flagler loved Hill’s pictures and hired him to photograph the progress of the railroad as it headed south. Nolli sources a blend of apples from orchards in northern states. In explaining the production process, he stresses that cider is fermented (like wine), rather than brewed (like beer). After the



ales of hard cider are exploding across the country, although consumption tends to be restricted to states where apples are grown. For Jon Nolli, proprietor of Pierced Ciderworks in Fort Pierce, Florida may just be the next epicenter of cider production. “I’ve always been a fan of craft beer,” he says, “but I became more interested in cider over the years. It’s light, refreshing, and easy to drink, especially in the Florida heat.” Nolli hails from Vermont, in the heart of apple country. He also owns Jojo’s Raw Bar & Grill in Wellington, a craft beer destination with 30 varieties on tap. He discovered that when he installed two cider taps at Jojo’s, it was the perfect solution for customers who didn’t care for the dark, bitter taste of some craft beers. So in February 2018, he opened Pierced Ciderworks. The facility is located in the former headquarters of Sailfish Brewing Company, a historic, 117-year-old building in the Edgartown section of downtown. The building was originally owned by Henry Hill, a beekeeper and photographer who met Henry


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Cider maker Chelsea Luper has nearly 100 variations in her repertoire.


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initial fermentation, cider maker Chelsea Luper is left with a carbonated wine that resembles Champagne. The cider is then back-sweetened with additions such as apple juice, pear juice, or blackberry puree to create the desired effect. Of the dozen taps at Pierced Cider, two are devoted to local craft beers, while the others dispense a rotating variety of flavors. Luper currently has nearly 100 variations in her cider repertoire. The most popular are Coco Loconut (“tropical coconut in a glass”), Purple Drank (infused with all-natural blackberries), and ’Merica Dry (crisp and well-balanced). Nolli’s favorite is Peach Habanero—he’s intrigued by the “playfulness between sweetness and heat” and says it leaves a tickle of heat on the back of your throat. Although his product is currently only offered at the facility itself, as well as sold in kegs to local restaurants and bars, Nolli is planning a canning line to enable him to sell in retails stores. His goal is to be the largest cidery in Florida, and he hopes to be nationwide within five years. “Going in, I realized it would be an uphill battle,” he says. “But I also knew there were no cideries in this area, and I believed that with proper education, Florida could be a market for cider.” 411 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce;; 772.302.3863

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Founded in 1946, Fort Pierce’s Pelican Yacht Club is a top venue for weddings and special events offering a spectacular view of the Indian River Lagoon and delicious catering options. Here, Executive Chef Mark Rosen shares a perennial favorite that incorporates the best of Florida seafood and citrus.

GROUPER WITH HONEY-ORANGE GLAZE, LEMON ORZO, AND CITRUS-BRAISED CABBAGE For the grouper and glaze: INGREDIENTS 3 cups honey 6 tbsp. orange juice ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. ground clove Grouper fillets

Stir all ingredients except grouper together, making sure there are no lumps of cinnamon or clove. Brush grouper with the glaze and cook in 400-degree Fahrenheit oven for 12-14 minutes (or by your preferred method of cooking).

For the orzo: INGREDIENTS 1 quart cooked orzo ⅓ cup olive oil ½ cup lemon juice Peel of one lemon

2 tbsp. garlic 1 cup fresh parsley Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add in garlic, lemon peel, salt, and pepper. Cook for one minute while stirring. Add mixture to hot, cooked orzo and toss to combine.

For the cabbage: INGREDIENTS 1 lb. butter 3 heads cabbage cut into 2-inch pieces ¾ gallon vegetable stock

¼ gallon orange juice 3 cups lime juice Salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepot, melt butter and add cabbage; sauté until wilted. Add vegetable stock and juices and season with salt and pepper. Cover and put in oven for 20-25 minutes.


CHEF’S TABLE Sophisticated New American restaurant offering fine wine and seasonal menus in understated, rustic digs. 2313 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.287.5599 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;; 772.324.8357 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;; 772.546.3061 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 (second location) 2903 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; 772.448.8670 OASIS DINER Quaint and cozy diner offering a variety of breakfast, lunch, and brunch items. 901 U.S.Hwy. 1, Fort Pierce;; 772.828.3302 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;; 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;; 772.225.1961 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;; 772.785.6202 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;; 772.247.7382 VINE & BARLEY Quench your thirst with a pour of wine or a pint of beer (there are more than 20 of each to choose from) and stay for the tasty sampling of bites like cheese plates, local-made fish dip, and “brat dogs” wrapped in rosemary dough. 301 SW St. Lucie Ave., Stuart;; 772.781.1717

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;; 772.692.3674 BENIHANA Grab dinner and a show at this hibachi restaurant as tableside chefs prepare Japanese dishes. 3602 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 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;; 772.291.2320


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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; fusionofec; 772.888.3171 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; (second location) 1007 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.882.9584 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;; 772.444.2825 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

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;; 772.334.7714

GERMAN ETHAN’S GRILL 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;; 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;; 772.44.3697

INDIAN 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;; 772.288.6262 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;; 772.237.4567

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;; 772.463.0059 ANGELINA’S PIZZERIA Along with mouth-watering pizzas, the family-run pizzeria also offers a variety of Italian appetizers, pastas, and salads. 1126 Colonnades Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.302.3591 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;; 772.223.0077

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JAMAICAN CLASSIC JAMAICAN JERK STOP Authentic jerk house offering beef patties with bun and cheese and the jerk chicken served with rice and peas, plantain, or steamed vegetables. 2200 SE Indian St. Stuart;; 772.266.8678 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 to specials like curry shrimp and crab. Catering is also available. 8007 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie;; 772.871.2552 ONE LOVE JAMAICAN This beloved eatery serves up delectable seafood platters and authentic Jamaican dishes. Indulge in platters like corn, crab legs, blue crabs, sausage, boiled egg, and potatoes. 3453 SW Darwin Blvd., Port St. Lucie; onelovecaribbeancuisineseafood.; 772.985.3128

LATIN AMERICAN/CUBAN DOM RICO CAFE Specializing in Puerto Rican and Dominican cuisine, this restaurant features favorites like skirt steak with chimichurri, fried mashed green plantains, and, for dessert, tres leches. 1180 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie;;772.204.2318 MERVIS’ CAFÉ & GRILL This Fort Pierce establishment doubles as a USPS


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contract unit and serves up one tasty Cuban sandwich that has locals coming back for more. They also offer satisfying bites like sweet plantains, croquettes, and empanadas. 402 S. 5th Street, Fort Pierce;; 772.462.6600 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; themofongoking; 772.777.4080

MEXICAN CASA TEQUILA Authentic Mexican cuisine from burritos to fajitas. Stop in Fridays for live mariachi band performances. 1725 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.600.5482 MR. JALAPEÑO STUART Authentic Mexican cuisine with bold flavor. 1602 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; 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; puebloviejofl. com; 772.934.6683; (second location) 291 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; 772.336.5050 RANCHO CHICO Enjoy a range of classic Mexican platters in a warm setting with colorful folk art. 91 SW Monterey Road, Stuart;; 772.288.6741 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 TACO SHACK Creative, one-of-a-kind tacos prepared by owner/


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;; 772.781.5153 MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Longstanding, casual dining joint serving Italian classics with delicious and generous portions. 1924 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 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;; 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;; 772.872.6251 PUSATERI’S CHICAGO PIZZA A “real” taste of Chicago pizza, Pusateri’s offers thin-crust pizza cut into squares. Opt for a favorite, “The Chicago Fire.” 221 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.288.9810 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;; 772.464.8988

Chef Julie LaFrance-Lentine. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 102, Stuart;; 772.288.9696 TACO TRUCK OF STUART Tasty Mexican fare from a food truck. Take it to go or eat at a stool just out front. 31 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart;; 772.486.6639

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;; 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;; 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;; 772.672.4524 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;; 772.288.4388 CHUCK’S SEAFOOD From New England clam chowder to shrimp Parmesan, this eatery delivers affordable seafood to every table. 822 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; chucksseafood; 772.461.9484 CONCHY JOE’S SEAFOOD Dive into fresh seafood items such as Conchy’s Seafood Feast or the Bahamian-inspired conch salad


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with secret spices. 3945 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach;; 772.334.1130 CRABBY’S DOCKSIDE Enjoy fresh catches like stuffed grouper and hogfish snapper, plus other entrees 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;; 772.252.5672 HARBOR COVE BAR & GRILL Located inside the Harbor Town Marina, Harbor Cove Bar & Grill seamlessly merges waterfront views and casual dining. 1930 Harbortown Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.429.5303 PELICAN YACHT CLUB Members can expect excellent service, beautiful sunsets, and dishes ranging from herb and pistachio– crusted sea scallops to Asian-glazed short ribs. 1120 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce;; 772.464.2700 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;; 772.286.3126

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;; 772.600.7239 TIDEHOUSE Dine from the second floor overlooking the Harborage Yacht Club & Marina. Fresh, Florida seafood purchased from local fishermen, plus flatbreads, prime rib, and more. 915 NW Flagler Ave., Stuart;; 772.444.3166

STEAK HOUSE LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE Classic cuts of steak in a casual, ranch-style restaurant. 2901 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach;; 772.692.7922 MANERO’S RESTAURANT Enjoy steaks cooked to order, a shrimp cocktail, or other classic American dishes. 2851 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City;; 772.2203011 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;; 772.348.3805

PETER’S STEAKHOUSE Fine wines and sides like Pete’s Famous Hash Browns and fried shoe-string onions accompany the succulent, dry-aged steaks at this longstanding steak house in historic downtown Jensen Beach. 3200 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach;; 772.225.2516 THE GAFFORD Family-run establishment with Southern hospitality and perfectly executed plates such as Mabel’s fried chicken, a local favorite. The signature “Gafford” is a 20-ounce bone-in prime Revier Ranch rib eye that pays homage to owner Rick Wilson’s grandfather, and the steaks they used to cook together. 47 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart;; 772.221.9517

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY BERRY FRESH CAFE This Treasure Coast breakfast and lunch spot is a GMO- and preservative-free cafe serving healthy fare that tastes great and feels even better. 1429 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart;; 772.324.8287 DELITEFUL KITCHEN Artisan market, community hub, and cafe boasting healthy, organic, and farm-to-table fare. 2401 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart;; 772.324.3413 ❖

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