Page 1


It’s a Great Time to Visit the Beach Visions of Tallahassee Through the Lens of the Past Manatees Make North Florida Their YearRound Home

The Issue of

HEALTH CARE Leaders of Our Medical Community Say Tallahassee Could Be the Nation’s Model for a Sustainable Health Care System

The MosT MosT The CoMprehensive CoMprehensive EMErGEncy&& EMErGEncy UrGEnT carE carE UrGEnT SErvicES SErvicES in in The The region. region. Period. Period. From the region’s only trauma center, to From the region’s only trauma center, to an urgent care Facility For minor injuries an urgent care Facility For minor injuries an d illn esses, an d a n e w Full - s e r v ic e, and i llnesses, and a ne w F u l l -s e r v i c e, Freestanding emergenc y center, nowhere Freestanding emergenc y center, nowhere else in the region will you Find a more else in the region will you Find a more comprehensive emergency and urgent care comprehensive emergency and urgent care system to meet your needs. system to meet your needs. *InQuicker available at all emergency and urgent care locations. *InQuicker available at all emergency and urgent care locations.

Tallahassee MeMorial

Bixler Trauma & Emergency center as the region’s only trauma center, the Bixler trauma & emergency center holds the highest chest pain accreditation in the region and is a certified stroke center. staffed by a team of all board-certified emergency medicine physicians, it offers the region’s most advanced treatments for heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms and other life-threatening emergencies.

OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK 1300 Miccosukee Road

Tallahassee MeMorial

Urgent care center with extended evening and weekend hours, the tallahassee memorial urgent care center is an excellent option for minor illnesses and injuries like cuts, scrapes and minor wounds, earaches, sprains, and lingering cold and flu symptoms. and with inQuicker,* you can make an appointment online or from your mobile device and wait from the comfort of your home.

OPEN 10 AM - 10 PM, 7 DAYS A WEEK 1541 Medical Drive

NOW OPEN Tallahassee MeMorial

Emergency center – northeast also staffed by all board-certified emergency medicine physicians, the emergency center – northeast is a non-trauma, full-service emergency center. with special features like separate entrances for children and adults, an ipad bar, and light dimmers in each room, this center was created with your comfort in mind.

OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK 1260 Metropolitan Boulevard September–October 2013


6 September–October 2013 September–October 2013


8 September–October 2013

»contents VOLUME 36, number 5

features 106 The State of Medicine With changes in the way services are delivered and paid for, and the implementation of Obamacare, leaders of the region’s health care establishment look to the future — and tell us why Tallahassee may be where new models of medicine are created.

142 A Dramatic Rescue A boating accident in the Bahamas left Kellie Kraft gravely injured. Here’s the story of how quick-thinking friends and skilled doctors raced the clock to bring her home to save her leg — and perhaps her life.

154 Vintage Tallahassee Scott Holstein

With film and a classic camera, photographer Cliff Englert takes retro-style black-andwhite photographs of his hometown, with commentary by long-time residents who “remember when.” Kellie and Chris Kraft September–October 2013


»contents VOLUME 36, number 5





94 style


SNAPSHOT The flight that


TUTU TRENDS The warm colors of fall.


SPOTLIGHT Scarecrows attract visitors to Maclay.


CHAT Passing on the cobbling trade.


HABITAT A different time and place at Lichgate.



DECONSTRUCTION A bird’s-eye view of Cascades Park.


DÉCOR Toss a pillow, change a room.

The Arts Creating a new generation of beautiful music.



saves lives.

CLICK Want advice? Listen to TED. PERSONALITY

Beauty created by a neurosurgeon’s hands.



MS. GROW-IT-ALL Choosing the best bulbs for North Florida. DEAL ESTATE SummerBrooke Family Living.


HERE TO HELP Making a difference when time is short.


GETAWAYs Charm and culture in Texas Hill Country.


HUMOR Rally the troops for tailgate time!


MIND AND BODY Dealing with a cancer diagnosis.


THE GREAT OUTDOORS Manatees are here to stay.

105 A BETTER YOU This tape makes muscles work better.


THE NUMERATOR Stats on miles and meals for elders.


PARENTHOOD Teaching kids to manage money.


LOOKING BACK Jackie, Red and breaking the color barrier.


AGENDA Moving, shaking in the business world.

10 September–October 2013

220 food


FLAVOR Now, even more natural food choices than ever.


ON THE MENU Hearty food without meat at Wild Greens.

170 CALENDAR Ghost walks and other cool fall stuff to do.


201 SOCIAL STUDIES Top Singles revelers and more.

225 DINING GUIDE Choose your cuisine here.

207 THE BUZZ Who’s who and what they’re up to.

in every issue

ON YOUR TABLE Chef “Ricko” shares his chili recipe.

18 Publisher’s Letter 20 Editor’s Letter 23 Contributors 24 Feedback 228 The Last Word

On the Cover


In our cover story, Tallahassee’s health care leaders discuss the present and predict the future. (Left to right) Mark O’Bryant, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare; Nancy Van Vessem, Capital Health Plan; John Fogarty, Florida State University College of Medicine and Brian Cook, Capital Regional Medical Center. Photo by Scott Holstein.

Scott Holstein (36, 161, 220) and Steve Rawls (94)

36 September–October 2013


»contents VOLUME 36, number 5

special sections 70 Distinguished Leadership Awards Leadership Tallahassee honors Al Lawson for a lifetime of service.

86 Deal Estate A look at the family-friendly SummerBrooke community, new businesses and other local real estate news.

115 Medical Profiles

Throughout our Health Care section, get an introduction to Tallahassee’s finest physicians, facilities and medical providers.

181 Visit the Beach

from denim to lace and everything in between… 1240 THOMASVILLE ROAD SHOP COLECOUTURE.COM (850)553-3327 12 September–October 2013

During the fall months, the weather is milder, the crowds and traffic are gone, and the prices are lower on the coast. Plus, the season is filled with festivals and other amusements designed to attract visitors. What are you waiting for? It’s time to Visit the Beach!

FA L L E v E n t s F r o m A pA L A c h i c o L A t o p E n s A c o L A

Visit Northwest Florida


FA L L 2 0 1 3

The Perfect Time for a Getaway It’s fall and one of the best times of the year to take a trip to the beach. The summer crowds are gone, the traffic has thinned, the temperatures have started to cool off and, if you’re lucky, you might even find an isolated spot where you have some of Northwest Florida’s sugary sand beach all to yourself. Whether you’re looking for family fun, sophisticated entertainment or a quiet place to relax, it’s easy to find your spot on 227 miles of the world’s best beaches. And you don’t have to go far from home to have your dreams come true. It’s all just a short drive from Tallahassee. From Wakulla to Escambia, you’ll find emerald waters and attractions galore, a worldclass destination where the prices become more attractive and affordable during the fall “shoulder” season. Here you’ll find luxury, outdoor adventure, fine dining and eclectic (continued on page 185)

tallahasseeMagazine.coM September–October 2013


next issue Best of Tallahassee Results Revisiting Top Singles Holiday Gift Guide SPECIAL PROMOTION


different View on banking.

Your interests are our priority. FFirst Fi rsst Florida FFllor lor o id da Credit Cred Cred Cr dit it Union Union nii n is member owned. Not having stockholders means your interests come first. You and your family are our top priority. This essential distinction fuels a responsible and caring environment that goes beyond banking to enriching people every day®.

If you’re interested in a safe, innovative, engaging, and a more cost-effective banking experience, make the switch to First Florida – your neighborhood credit union. Tallahassee Locations: • 1661 Raymond Diehl Road (850) 922-7855 • 2521 S. Blair Stone Road (850) 414-7290 • 2928 Apalachee Parkway (850) 488-2880

Stay connected with us on Facebook at: Stay connected with us on Twitter at: 2013 13 Everyone who lives or works in Leon, Jefferson, Gadsden, Madison, or Wakulla County can join.* *A Savings/Share Account with a minimum balance of $5.00 isSeptember–October required for membership.


The 2013 Top Singles event at Hotel Duval was a major success. With 350 of Tallahassee’s elite decked out in their finest cocktail attire, delicious food for all and an amazing live auction, the evening and activities of July 20th are truly a charitable occasion worthy of reminisce.

Tallahassee Magazine’s Top Salon Competition Returns for 2014

Is your stylist a shear genius? Is your favorite salon on the cutting edge of the hottest hair trends? If so, nominate them to compete with the best of the best in Tallahassee’s premier salon competition! Nominations open Oct. 1 and end Nov. 1 at

Celebrating the Best of Tallahassee

Please join Tallahassee Magazine for an evening of food, music, fun and entertainment Nov. 21 at Goodwood Museum and Gardens as we celebrate the 2013 Best of Tallahassee winners. Tickets go on sale Oct. 15 at

Join the Club! Text TMAG to 90947. Or visit and look for the Top of the Town logo to sign up for special promotions, events and exclusive offers. SPECIAL PROMOTION

14 September–October 2013

Video! » Behind the scenes — cover shoot

We gathered Tallahassee’s health care elite at the FSU College of Medicine to focus on bringing you the best possible image. For us, that meant finding just the right angle, posing the subjects and even battling the elements — the shoot was done in late July, after all. In the end, the results speak for themselves.

» Classical Music scholarship recipients violinist Audrey Browning and pianist Carrie Lee take the musical high road in these creative clips, demonstrating their skills in solo performances.

» Cobbler Wray Pace’s expert hands

take time and care to restore handsomely made leather goods back to their original glory.

Jonathan Schillace (top singles) and Carlin Trammel (behind the scenes and cobbler)

Singles Mingle for Charity

Jolita Burns, MD, Michael Douso, MD and Stephanie Cruz Lee, MD

Every patient is important to us. At Capital Regional Women’s Health, our commitment to your OB-GYN V>ÀiLi}ˆ˜Ã܈̅ޜÕÀÛiÀÞwÀÃÌۈḚ̀7iŽ˜œÜޜÕV>˜½Ì>Ü>ÞÃÜ>ˆÌ ÜiiŽÃ̜ÃiiޜÕÀ`œV̜À°/…>̽Ã܅ÞÜiœvviÀ˜iÝ̇`>Þ>««œˆ˜Ì“i˜Ìð Ƃ˜`LiV>ÕÃiiÛiÀÞ«>̈i˜Ì`iÃiÀÛiëiÀܘ>V>Ài]ޜÕ܈Ãii̅i Ã>“i`œV̜ÀiÛiÀÞۈḚ̀ œ“>ÌÌiÀ܅>ÌÃÌ>}iœvˆviޜսÀiˆ˜]Üi>Ài …iÀi̜“iiÌޜÕÀœLÃÌiÌÀˆV>>˜`}ޘiVœœ}ˆV>˜ii`ð Capital Health Plan and most other insurance carriers accepted.

850-877-5589 September–October 2013


tallahasseemagazine President/Publisher

Brian E. Rowland

William Smith Vice President, Corporate & Professional Banking

Local bankers who know business.

EDITORIAL Director of Editorial Services Linda Kleindienst

SALES AND MARKETING Marketing and Sales Manager Mckenzie Burleigh

Editor Rosanne Dunkelberger

Director of New Business Daniel Parisi

Staff Writer Jason Dehart

Traffic Coordinator Lisa Sostre

Editorial Assistant chay D. baxley

Account Executives Drew Gregg westling Lori Magee Linda Powell Paula Sconiers Chuck Simpson

Contributing Writers Laura Bradley Caroline Conway Bradford Lewis J. Stanley Marshall John Mooshie Audrey Post Michael Tokars zandra Wolfgram Editorial Interns Domonique Davis Taylor Centers Darius Thomas Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder Fashion and Lifestyle Editors calynne hill and terra palmer Prepress Specialist MElinda lanigan CREATIVE Creative Director Lawrence Davidson

As a fourth generation Tallahasseean from a

Assistant Creative Director Saige Roberts

long line of distinguished bankers, William Smith

Senior Graphic Designer Jennifer Ekrut

understands the importance of the local banker/ business professional relationship. With Capital City since 2007, William is a banker who knows business and has the expertise to help professionals meet their borrowing, deposit and investment needs.

Graphic Designers LIZZIE MOORE Shruti Shah Graphic Designers Jillian Fry Monica Perez

Special Projects and Events Special Projects and Events Manager Caroline Conway Special Projects and Events Coordinator lynda belcher OPERATIONS Administrative Services Manager Melissa Tease Accounting Specialists Josh Faulds Tabby Hamilton Receptionists Tristin Kroening Jazmeen Sule WEB Social Media/ Systems Management Specialist carlin trammel SUBSCRIPTIONS One Year (6 issues) is $30 Call (850) 878-0554 or go online to Tallahasseemagazine.Com Single copies are $3.95 purchase at Barnes & Noble, Costco, Books-A-Million and at our Miccosukee Road office

Production Manager/ Network Administrator Daniel Vitter Staff Photographer Scott Holstein


16 September–October 2013

Tallahassee Magazine is published bimonthly by Rowland Publishing, Inc. 1932 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308. 850/878-0554. Tallahassee Magazine and Rowland Publishing, Inc. are not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photography or artwork. Editorial contributions are welcomed and encouraged but will not be returned. Tallahassee Magazine reserves the right to publish any letters to the editor. Copyright September 2013 Tallahassee Magazine, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Partners of Visit Tallahassee and Member, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and Florida Magazine Association.

Proud member Florida Magazine Association



Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck

YOU CANNOT BUY A REPUTATION! Dr. Clark feels that when sculpting the body with Liposuction and Abdominoplasty the training and experience of the surgeon is key to obtain a safe and superior result.


S. BELL, MIRAMAR BEACH, FL “I’ve been singing Dr. Clark’s praises since the day I met him for my consultation. He immediately put me at ease with his professionalism and amazing bedside manner, like I was speaking with a friend, as well as my surgeon. His entire staff was so helpful and courteous. I could not be more pleased with the outcome of my surgery and my experience with Dr. Clark and his staff.”

MICHELLE, NAVARRE, FL “I had a wonderful experience at your office. I appreciated Liz for taking the time to answer any questions my husband and I had. I had waited years for my procedure and I’m glad I chose Dr. Clark and his staff to do my breast augmentation. Although it has only been three and half weeks after my surgery, the results are amazing. Thanks again for everything. My husband and I are truly thankful for everything.”

Steven J. Clark M.D., D.M.D. FACS Bluewater Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Center

Steven J Clark , MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Miramar Beach in the Sacred Heart Medical Office Building 850-267-4582 | bluewaterplasticsurger September–October 2013


»from the publisher

The Changing Landscape of Health Care

18 September–October 2013

on vacation in the Bahamas. In a moment a life-threatening accident occurred, and in this story we bring you the drama of the 14-hour ordeal Kellie endured before she arrived home in Tallahassee to a waiting TMH trauma team that saved her life and legs. You’ll also find stories about the “golden hour” opportunities of LifeFlight Tallahassee, a pioneering neurosurgeon who turned to woodworking after his career was cut short by illness and a special advertising section of medical profiles highlighting many talented local doctors. Two Rowland editors have faced breast cancer in the past two years, and in this issue EC Editor Zandra Wolfgram shares her thoughts and advice for those touched by the disease. I had a personal involvement in some of the stories. I was able to view an operation in progress at the Red Hills Surgical Center, which was designed with a viewing gallery to help educate everybody from medical students to teens studying high school anatomy. Kinesio tape is highlighted in our A Better You story. You’ve recently seen the spider web-like Kinesio tape on many professional athletes. I was introduced to this new therapy last year, when three weeks before I was to depart for a grueling two-week mountain-hiking trip I tore my calf muscle during a softball game. Within a day my foot was black from internal bleeding and walking was extremely painful. When I called my friend Kent Knisley to see if I had to cancel the trip, he suggested the Kinesio tape. I turned from a skeptic to a believer when I was totally healed in 14 days. Lastly, it is with tremendous pride I can announce Tallahassee Magazine won a prestigious award in the annual Sunshine State Award competition sponsored by the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. We won first place honors for the best single issue of a magazine — our May/June 2012 issue, which also happened to be the first issue of our redesign. I am very proud of my staff’s efforts, especially Editor Rosanne Dunkelberger, Creative Director Larry Davidson and Assistant Creative Director Saige Roberts. Scott Holstein

In the September/October issue of 2005, our editorial team presented a comprehensive overview of the state of the health care industry in the Tallahassee market. At that time, the newly rebuilt and renamed Capital Regional Medical Center was two years old, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare was talking about partnering with Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center to create an affiliate here, Tallahassee Community College’s Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education was still on the drawing board, electronic medical records and digital imaging were the new-new things, Capital Health Plan had started offering members access to their health records online, and large group practices and stand-alone surgical facilities were popping up around the city’s medical “neighborhood.” In the past eight years, our community’s health care infrastructure has grown significantly with the completion of the TMH Cancer Center, the addition of two floors atop Capital Regional, the recently completed TMH emergency room in Northeast Tallahassee, the arrival of Florida Cancer Specialists, construction of the Ghazvini Center, growing national acclaim for Capital Health Plan, the ongoing acquisition of health care practices by both major hospitals, the infusion of medical residents from Florida State University’s College of Medicine into the community, the expanded services and locations provided by Patients First … and the list continues. What does this mean for Tallahassee and the surrounding communities? A higher level of medical service and health care options that only eight years ago required a trip to a larger market if you had one of many serious conditions. Tallahassee’s medical community is redeveloping and reinforcing its solid foundation of services, and our citizens are reaping the benefits. In this issue, you will learn from our medical industry leaders that they have just begun this journey. Over the next five to 10 years, another level of quality growth will occur — from more bricks and mortar to retaining more residents from the FSU medical school to attracting a greater number of accomplished specialists. In bringing you this story, we decided to gear many other stories in this issue toward the medical field. We know life can significantly change in a moment … and this is exactly what happened to Chris Kraft and his wife, Kellie, while

Brian Rowland, Publisher September–October 2013


»from the editor

What a Difference 25 Miles Makes

20 September–October 2013

extent, Clinical Care, Gadsden was lit up with yellow. In Leon, 28 percent of people are obese (slightly higher than the state and national benchmarks). In Gadsden, it’s 36 percent. The ratio of residents to primary care doctors here is 1,326 to 1. Gadsden’s ratio is 3,869 to 1. Twenty-three percent of Leon’s children live in poverty; in Gadsden it’s 38 percent. Ten percent of people in Leon said they couldn’t see a doctor due to cost. It was double that in Gadsden. It’s 25 miles from Tallahassee to Quincy. I Mapquested it. But we’re worlds apart when it comes to health care. With more than 278,000 people, two hospitals, lots of government employees and 70,000 college students, Leon County has exceptionally good access to health care. But those services aren’t necessarily available in rural areas, and for Gadsden’s poor, the Ochlocknee River might as well be a wall. Those folks will probably end up getting health care when they’re transported here suffering from a stroke or needing an amputation because of uncontrolled diabetes. Again and again, the experts said the future of health care is not in our hospitals and emergency rooms and spoke of the need for primary care — having a trusted doctor who can track your health and risk factors and try to keep you from having a medical crisis in the first place. The statistics tell me we have a long way to go. Even if it is only 25 miles. kay meyer

That whopper of a feature package — 5,300 words in all — in the middle of this issue was reported and written by Yours Truly. Before starting, my instructions were something along the lines of “go forth and write about health care in Tallahassee.” I thought I’d get what I needed from interviews with the CEOs of Tallahassee’s two hospitals, Mark O’Bryant of Tallahassee Memorial and Brian Cook of Capital Regional Medical Center. I also had lunch with my friend Christine Sexton — who has been reporting on medical issues statewide for years and forgotten more than I’ll ever know about the subject — to pick her brain about where to search for information. In the course of these conversations, I was told “you can’t do a story about health care here without including Capital Health Plan,” or “talk to the FSU med school” or “check out this website for statistical information.” The breadth of information available was overwhelming: Where to begin? What direction should it go? What to include? And, perhaps most importantly, what to leave out? One thing that didn’t make the cut was a statistical annual report ranking the relative health of each of Florida’s counties disseminated by the Florida Public Health Institute ( It presents a county-by-county numerical snapshot not only in Florida but throughout the nation. There are statistics on obvious things related to health — smoking, access to primary care, low birth weights — and a few you might not have considered, such as fast food restaurants and living within half a mile of a park. Statewide, Leon County ranked a respectable eighth healthiest in the state. Our neighbor to the west, Gadsden County, didn’t fare nearly as well, ranking 63rd out of 67. The chart highlights stats that are cause for concern. In Health Behaviors and Social & Economic Factors, and to a lesser

Rosanne Dunkelberger

Renew. Refresh.


T a l l a h a s s e e

Larry L. Harper M.D., F.A.C.S.

Alfredo A. Jeffrey M. Rawlings, Paredes, Jr., M.D. M.D., F.A.C.S.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. We accept most insurance plans. Financing Plans available.

Plastic Surgery Clinic & Physicians’ Skin Care Clinic (850) 877-2126 •



Š2013 Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Porsche recommends seat belt usage and observance of all traffic laws at all times.

Always remember, what happens in the corners, stays in the corners. Live by right-foot intuition. By a desire for exhilaration around every turn. By a newfound balance. Live by the Code of the Curve. Unlocked only by the track-bred prowess known as the new Porsche Cayman. With mid-engine dynamics, increased horsepower, a re-tuned Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) for lightning-fast shifting, a lighter body and acceleration from 0 to 60 in 5.4 seconds you'll never see a curve the same way again. Unlock the Code of the Curve with a test drive. Porsche. There is no substitute.

The new Porsche Cayman. Now only $599 per month for 27 month low-mileage lease * Please contact Michael Ludes to schedule your private showing: (850) 205-1710 or

Capital Eurocars 3963 W. Tennessee St. Tallahassee, FL 32304 (850) 574-3777 Sales: M-F 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm Service: M-F 7:30am-6pm, Sat 8am-1pm

Porsche recommends

* With approval of credit through Porsche Financial Services. Based on 5000 miles per year, dealer stock EK171326, $63870 MSRP for very well-equipped 2014 Cayman (PDK). $5990 total due at signing includes first month's payment, down payment, Leon County registration, and Leon County tax on down payment. Your residency location may have an impact on taxes and

registration costs. Please inquire about 7500, 10000, 12000, and 15000 mile lease option. 22 September–October 2013

Âťcontributors Bradford Lewis, writer

Bradford is a native Tallahasseean and attended Vanderbilt University. After working as an analyst in New York City, Bradford returned to Tallahassee in 2001 to work with his father in the family business. He grew up watching Seminole football in the wooden end zone bleachers and meeting friends at the flagpole at halftime. He now meets some of those same friends for home games under the oak trees in Lot 5.


â–Ş In this issue, Lewis rallies the Seminole faithful for another season of successful tailgating.

Cliff Englert, Cliff is a creative professional, ketchup lover and chronic optimist. He studied Marketing at Florida State University, Art History in Europe and continues to be a lifelong student of behaviors and inspiration. Cliff recently relocated from Tallahassee to San Francisco, where he is a freelance photographer and vice president of a creative agency. He believes openness to new ideas and experiences will always sit at the core of one’s career and personal growth. ▪ In this issue, Englert uses his vintage camera to create black-and-white photos of his former hometown that capture the essence of years past.




Zandra Wolfgram,


After living in 13 different cities on each coast of the United States, Zandra is happy to call Destin home. During her 24-year career in communications, she has launched award-winning magazines, newspapers and television channels. She is editor of Tallahassee Magazine’s sister publication, EC Magazine, as well as serving as a contributing writer to 850—The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida and editor of the Northwest Florida Insider for A perfect Z-day begins with an extra wet cappuccino followed by walking the beach, browsing flea markets, art shows and book shops; drinking good wine while experimenting with a new recipe, and ends with a tearjerking old movie classic.



â–Ş In this issue, Wolfgram shares different parts of her life story, with a Last Word about her nomadic childhood and a health story focused on her recent battle with breast cancer.




0   THYRL[Z[  0       0  ZVW\YLZHSVU  JVT  0 September–October 2013



» from our readers

We want to hear from you.

feedback I Know This Man I was so excited to see the cover of the most recent Tallahassee Magazine. Steven L. Evans is one of the most gracious, generous and elegant individuals I’ve had the chance to learn from. Our community is indeed fortunate to have Steve here.

Deanna Mims From Facebook

Giving Credit Where It Is Due Once again, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s Golden Gala was a superb event, enjoyed by all who attended. While your Buzz item (July/August issue) captured the spirit of the elegant evening, I believe there was a glaring omission in the write-up. I was the only one mentioned by name, but your readers should know that no less than 30 hardworking volunteer members of the Gala’s Design and Decorations Committee were responsible for transforming the Civic Center’s exhibit hall into a spectacular venue for Tallahassee’s premier charitable event of the year. The committee, which included teams responsible for logistics, design and decorations, was ably led by co-chairs Mayda Williams and Rhonda Saint and TMH Foundation Special Event Coordinator Bonnie Cannon. All deserve kudos for a job well (and beautifully) done. John Gandy 1350 Market St. • 597-8201 •lillytallaha

Clarification A Social Studies event highlighted in the July/August issue, the PaintAround Gala & Auction, had incomplete information. The event was a cooperative effort of the Friends of Dance and the Allies for Art. Proceeds from the fundraiser were used to support the Florida State University’s School of Dance, Department of Art and Department of Art Education.

1350 Market St. • 597-8201 • 1408 Timberlane Rd. • 668-4807 24 September–October 2013

Have a thought? Write to us at, or through twitter @tallahasseemag.

JOIN US at the Tallahassee Chamber Annual Breakfast Meeting The premiere business event of the Chamber’s new fiscal year is brimming with celebration, exciting announcements and networking opportunities. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Chairman Winston Howell, Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., wraps up the accomplishments of the past fiscal year Official welcoming of incoming Chairman Ed Murray, NAI TALCOR Presentation of the 2013 Godfrey Smith Past Chairman’s Award to William Colledge

October 10, 2013 | 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. | Civic Center Don’t miss the most important breakfast of the year. Register today at September–October 2013



26 September–October 2013

People » places » info


Snapshot When Minutes Count

Scott Holstein

William Clayborn pilots an Air Methods medevac helicopter. (Below) Trent Robinson (left), flight nurse, and Craig Darling, flight paramedic, demonstrate a medevac in a helicopter in Midway.

You’ve lost control, and now your car is wrapped around a tree. Alive — but badly injured — your “Golden Hour” has begun. Your chances of survival are much greater if you make it to a trauma center in 60 minutes. Police and EMS arrive on scene, but you need to get to the ER faster than wheels can take you. That’s when the life-saving crews of Air Methods — known locally by its call sign, LifeFlight Tallahassee — are called in. Air Methods is an “air ambulance” service with more than 300 bases in 47 states. Since 2006 its local carrier has been based at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Midway. LifeFlight Tallahassee is the primary carrier for the immediate capital area, but there are three aircraft total serving the surrounding counties, according to Toby Witt, regional operations manager. The air ambulance delivers patients to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and Capital Regional Medical Center. The other aircraft are stationed in Lake City to the east, and Marianna to the west. “Generally, it’s a 150-mile radius around the Tallahassee area,” Witt said. Altogether, the company makes “several hundred” flights each year and serves a corresponding number of patients, he said. The most commonly transported medical cases are victims of trauma, stroke or cardiac emergencies, but any critical care patient in need of quick or long-distance help might just find themselves riding in the carrier’s sleek Eurocopter AS350. The chopper crew consists of a pilot, Certified Flight Registered Nurse and a Certified Flight Paramedic. The air ambulances are equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring and ventilation machines capable of establishing and maintaining critical care-level treatment, Witt said. “It’s basically a flying intensive care unit.” Craig Darling, medical base supervisor, said the working space behind the pilot is a bit small compared to a land-based ambulance, but at speeds up to 120 knots you can be delivered to the hospital within minutes. “The beauty of it is not only our speed but it is the critical care team,” he said. “So it’s not only the speed, but the crew that make a huge difference.” // Jason Dehart September–October 2013



»life Chat

The Sole of a Business Cobblers Pass Along a Waning Skill Throughout 65 Years in Tallahassee By John Mooshie

28 September–October 2013

In the past, people purchased shoes from a cobbler — and then used his services to continually repair the shoes as needed. With judicious resoling, refinishing and minor repair, a single pair of shoes could last for a decade or longer. Not so anymore. The cobbler is a vanishing tradesman. Shoes today are, for the most part, machine made, less expensive and of lesser quality. They’re almost disposable, and most people replace their shoes rather than having them repaired or refurbished. Sixty years ago, there were some 70,000 cobblers in the United States. It’s estimated that today only about 7,000 remain. Mass-produced shoes are driving the meticulous craft of hand-making one shoe at a time out of business. But it doesn’t have to be so here. Tallahassee has The Cobbler’s Shop, a leather and shoe repair business with a rich and rewarding history.

Bill Rayboun has owned and operated The Cobbler’s Shop for the last 40 In The Cobbler’s Shop years. Presently located on Thomasville (facing page), owner Road in the Duval Plaza, The Cobbler’s Bill Rayboun (right) has Shop had its beginnings in the late 1930s taken on Wray Pace when Melvin Thomas, an apprentice in a (left) as an apprentice Macon, Ga. shoe repair store, learned the to teach the 40-year-old skills he learned a trade earning $5 a week plus room and the half-century ago from board. During World War II, Thomas another local cobbler. relocated to Tallahassee where he headed up the parachute shop at Dale Mabry Field. After the war he resumed his cobbling apprenticeship in a local shoe repair shop. Soon afterward, Thomas purchased an existing shoe repair business, changed the name, and in 1948 opened Thomas Shoe Service on the corner of Monroe Street and Fifth Avenue. It remained and flourished at that location for the next 23 years. In 1958, Rayboun started his apprenticeship with Thomas under the Diversified Cooperative Training (DCT) Program offered while he attended Leon High School. Now known as the Business Entrepreneur (BE) Program, it was designed to give students onthe-job-training by allowing them to attend school part time and work part time. “I loved what I was doing, and I was learning a business,” said Rayboun. “So in 1973 I bought the business outright, moved it on several occasions over the years and in 1988 made the final move to our present location.” Now another changing of the guard is taking place. Enter Wray Pace, who has been training for about 12 months. Pace, 40, learned of the business prospect from his close friend, Michael Rayboun, Bill’s son, and decided to change vocations. “I saw this as an opportunity to learn the trade from the ground floor up,” said Wray. “It was an established and staple-related business with a lot of history and consistency, so I saw an opportunity to continue and enhance the tradition and achieve some personal satisfaction at the same time. Lifestyles have changed, and there are fewer sustainable values in today’s world than what our parents enjoyed. I saw this business as a throwback to what was 40 years ago by offering a service to customers and receiving, at the same time, instant gratification from the workmanship I could provide.” While there are several other shoe repair stores in Tallahassee, none offer the additional services available at The Cobbler’s Shop, which include the general leather repair and refinishes on shoes, belts, handbags, luggage, baseball gloves, jackets and a variety of equestrian accessories such as saddles and horse blankets. “I can remember two unique and unusual repair requests I had some years ago,” remembered Rayboun. “One woman asked me to sew a combat boot zipper into her girdle, and another person asked me to make some shoes for his German shepherd. I never asked why. We also seem to stretch a lot of ladies’ shoes for some reason. I guess it’s because the ladies don’t want to admit to large feet by purchasing larger shoes.” n

if this piqued your interest …

2731 Capital Circle NE


1501 E. Jackson St., Thomasville, GA


Refinish your hardwood floors and unlock their original beauty.

Go online to see these skilled cobblers in action. You’ll find additional photos and video at September–October 2013


Blueprint for Fun


It’s taken three-and-a-half years of construction, but the $30-million Cascades Park near downtown Tallahassee is set to open later this year. Many of us may have gotten a peek as we drove past some part of this stormwater-pond-disguisedas-a-public-park, but because it has been an active construction site for so long, few have been able to see all of the dozen-plus elements that comprise the 24-acre project. With a bird’s-eye map of the site and commentary from Blueprint 2000 Senior Planner Autumn Calder and Project Manager Gary Phillips, we’re giving you a little visual preview of what’s in store when the park is operational, and a few fun facts to impress your friends. // Rosanne



There will be 1,500 green permanent seats in front of the amphitheater, and planners estimate another 2,500 hundred people can sit on the grassy hill behind them.


The sabal palm is Florida’s state tree, and 142 of them are planted throughout the park. During major rain events, the area around the amphitheater is expected to flood. Based on historical information, designers estimate there would have been enough water to overflow the ponds just three times in the past 25 years.


The park has 75 dedicated parking spaces. Another 7,000 spaces in state parking garages and lots are available nearby for special events on nights and weekends.


The Lower Pond will normally be 8 to 10 feet deep. When filled with water, it will be 16 to 18 feet deep. About half of the water flowing into the Lower Pond is not visible but carried via huge underground box culverts.


A portion of the Centennial Field historic wall was reconstructed along Monroe Street. Some of the limestone from the original wall was used in the back wall of the amphitheater. The original wall still stands along Bloxham Street.


The city electric building was constructed in 1921 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Plans are to renovate the building for use as a restaurant/brewpub.


The Imagination Fountain will feature 60 “dancing” water jets and misters designed for youngsters to have some wet fun. The water will be chlorinated to swimming pool standards.


In addition to serving as a play space, the Cascades Fountain is also being programmed to present a seven-minute choreographed water, light and music show. Tunes with a Tallahassee connection are part of the show, and planners are still considering what the grand finale music should be.

2 14 13

30 September–October 2013



Smokey Hollow Pond is on the site of the original Smokey Hollow, a predominately AfricanAmerican neighborhood declared “blighted” and demolished in the 1960s. A park celebrating the vibrancy of the area is located on Franklin Boulevard just north of the Apalachee Parkway overpass.

11 12

The concrete multi-use trail is 12 feet wide and universally accessible. Bridges on either side of the amphitheater run due north/south and east/west and their trajectories cross at Florida’s meridian marker.


The park is dog friendly, with strategically placed water bowls and pet waste disposal stations.


Many municipal services in the late 19th- and early 20th-century were located in and around Cascades Park, including the electric plant, jail, waterworks, coal gasification plant, city dump, incinerator and landfill.


Planners are looking for a sponsor for the History

»life Deconstruction Fence, a series of 6-by-4-foot plaques that would tell the story of the area from the 1500s until the present day.


A meandering stream, commemorating the original stream known as St. Augustine Branch, connects the Smokey Hollow and Lower ponds with a pumping system that assures the water is constantly flowing.


The centerpiece of the Meridian Monument Plaza is a granite map of Florida, with the actual state meridian marker placed in Leon County.

15 10


One of the park’s highlights is a concrete pillar that will mimic the waterfall with flowing water and also include a round “sinkhole” in the top.


19 Photo Courtesy Blueprint 2000

For the kids, there’s the Discovery and Adventure Garden, a nontraditional playground that uses natural features, rather than equipment, to encourage children to play.


The park was designed with the environment in mind with features including low-flush toilets in the restrooms, recycling stations, LED lighting, benches and trash cans made of recycled materials, and permeable paving used in the parking spots.

19 17

6 4

12 8


18 1 3 11 7


After More Than 150 Years, Tallahasseeans Will Once Again Enjoy The Cascade September–October 2013



NIKE 5516

NIKE 5513

1480 Timberlane Rd., 893.4687, Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat 9-5 1433 E. Lafayette St., 877.4687, Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat 9-5, Sun 12-5

32 September–October 2013

»life Click

Talkin’ About TED


Ted Talks Worth Watching

Short Video Lectures Share Ideas in Interesting New Ways By Laura Bradley TED has been gaining fans from all walks of life in the last five years, from wired-in millenials to casual Internet explorers. Just so you know, though, TED is not a person, but an annual conference where dynamic speakers share innovative ideas and poignant revelations in the most engaging way possible — and in 18 minutes or less. TED talks can cover almost anything one could imagine — from how to dry your hands using a single paper towel, to discussing the dangerous implications of making assumptions about other people and cultures, to demonstrating various tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data. Basically, TED talks can be about anything, as long as they are short, accessible and compelling. “The interesting thing about TED is that it’s not a lecture series,” said Micah Vandegrift, scholarly communications librarian with Florida State University libraries. “It’s not a symposium or a Q-and-A. They just have the slides going behind them, and they’re not reading off of them. They’re meant to be talking about their ideas, and being passionate … the slides are just there to give a visual background.” TED talks have been around for more than 20 years, but since 2006 (when they became free and

available online) the videos have taken the Internet by storm. Now, online streaming means anyone can watch these talks, which number over 1,500 on TED’s website alone. “TED started as ‘Technology, Entertainment and Design,’ and it’s evolved over the years to just ‘ideas worth spreading.’ They have a national venue, and they also have a way for local groups to basically do the same thing on a local scale,” explained Ken Armstrong, an instructor with FSU’s Program in Interdisciplinary Computing (PIC). The main TED conference is held annually in Long Beach, but additional TED conferences occur throughout the year in the United States, Europe and Asia. Additionally, since 2009 TEDx has allowed third parties to hold their own conferences, which mimic the officially sanctioned TED conferences. In contrast to official TED events, Vandegrift said TEDx events offer more local flavor. Topics can be more targeted and also offer community connection. “The goal is to get people interested in and talking about the things that are related to our community,” he said, describing Tallahassee’s own TEDx events, one of which he helps coordinate. Last year, Tallahassee hosted two TEDx conferences at FSU, in the spring and fall (

TED talks can be seen on YouTube’s TEDtalksDirector channel, and TEDx events are also available through the TEDxTalks channel.

» Chimamanda Adichie,

“The Danger of a Single Story”

» Mike Rowe, “Learning from Dirty Jobs”

» Ken Robinson, “School Kills Creativity”

» Janine Shepherd, “A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person” » Sarah Kay, “If I Should Have a Daughter” » Bunker Roy, “Learning from a Barefoot Movement” » Joe Smith, “How to Use a Paper Towel” » Amanda Palmer, “The Art of Asking”

» Brené Brown, “The Power of Vulnerability”

» Deb Roy, “The Birth of a Word” September–October 2013


»life Click

eclectic home & couture (850) 727-4834 2030-5 Thomasville Road Tallahassee, Florida 34 September–October 2013

Antron Mahoney, assistant director for FSU’s Center for Leadership and Social Change, pointed out that TEDxFSU offers the Tallahassee community a very special opportunity for engaging, intellectual connection. “These are individuals from our community, so I think that’s what makes it really special. These are people you go to class with, or they’re alumni or they’re community members that you’ve worked with or seen before. You’ve volunteered with them at their organization or eaten at their restaurant. These are people who are here with us, so I think it helps people connect.” This year, the spring conference occurred March 29 with the theme “Being Aware of Being.” Eight speakers took the stage, each with a unique topic and equally inspired way to share it. Topics ranged from embracing awkwardness, to talking with strangers to consumption as a moral choice. With the audience limit of 100 attendees, coordinators set up an application process, where potential audience members responded to prompts related to the conference’s topic. The best responses “I think those are sent in (the events are always the good not student-only, anyone in the community ones — where people can participate) earned have gone out an invitation. Speakers either applied or were and experienced nominated, followed something, or done by an audition. To Mahoney, the key something, and have to a good TED talk is a combination of the had this revelation speaker’s experience or some experience and his or her ability to express that experiover time.” ence through narrative. “It has to be based on — Antron Mahoney, some experience,” he assistant director said. “I think those are for FSU’s Center always the good ones — where people have for Leadership and gone out and experiSocial Change enced something, or done something, and have had this revelation or some experience over time … I think that you have to be a great storyteller, because it really is about telling a story, and … the ability to be open and be vulnerable.” But, Armstrong cautioned, not just any experience makes a good TED talk. It has to be relatable, and also somehow useful, to the audience. “For me, it’s something that can be applied on a large scale as opposed to just telling a story of what happened to you … The ones that lend themselves to improving your life or improving the situation for yourself or a group … That’s what makes the talk a cut above.” Vandegrift said the speaker’s charisma and personality is absolutely crucial to making a TED talk shine. “What really makes a great TED talk is when the presenter allows their personality to come out — more than just being a person on the stage … It’s when they really connect, and there’s a different type of engagement there.” n

“We trust our family’s dental care to Dr. Rainey.”

Family Matters Including Invisalign® for a Beautiful Smile without Braces


Call today for your Complimentary Consultation, Gift, and Tour of our Office. 850.385.3700 | 221 E. 7 TH Ave. | Tallahassee, FL 32303 | September–October 2013


»life Personality

Dr. Jim Geissinger Renaissance Man of Tallahassee and a Regional Pioneer of Neurosurgery By Mike Tokars

Dr. James Geissinger practiced neurosurgery for more than a quarter of a century. As a surgeon, he saved countless lives. When he contracted hepatitis B from a patient during surgery and was forced to retire at the age of 55 — eight years earlier than he’d planned — he carried on and achieved success as a cattle rancher, and later as a skilled woodworker. These vocations are the kind undertaken in pursuit of a fulfilling life, and mastering each of them required tenacity and endurance. He’s a sturdy man — lean and powerful with strong arms and a great beard. His handshake comes with a trustworthy authority; and at 76, Geissinger is anything but old. He lives in Northshire, just north of Tallahassee up Centerville Road, in a big beautiful two-story country home that sits behind a row of beautiful columns at the end of a long driveway. Up in the country, with the green fields of grass and all those picket fences … land where a man can breathe, and it feels good. It is not surprising, then, that Geissinger settled here when he did. It was 1995, four years after his premature retirement from neurosurgery, and his wife, Valencia, was fighting terminal lung cancer. She’d begged him to buy the house, and it seemed like a good idea — the kind of thing that might raise her spirits — so he did. But with Valencia’s tragic passing, the big, beautiful country home became a big empty house Geissinger dreaded coming home to. He began a daily routine of working from sunup to sundown on his cattle ranch in Monticello. And, to say the least, the 26-mile drive home was not something Geissinger ever cared to get a jump on. He’d always wanted to be a farmer — dreamt of becoming one since childhood, in fact. He’d also since childhood held onto the dream of having his own wood shop. One grandfather was a community physician who cared for young Jim in wartime 1940s Pueblo, Co. His other grandfather taught shop at a local high school who farmed as a hobby. Jim saw the worth in his grandfathers’ vocations and decided to make them his own; and thus, Dr. Geissinger has become a man of medicine, agriculture and art, and also of

36 September–October 2013

nature and sport — by definition, a true Renaissance man. As a young man practicing medicine, Geissinger completed a handful of wood projects with impressive results. But, in the hectic no-free-time life of a neurosurgeon, hobbies, if not abandoned altogether, quickly find their place on back burners. When he retired from surgery, cattle ranching — an endeavor undertaken in the early ’80s as a means of supplemental income — kept him sufficiently busy; but eventually the farm became more trouble than it was worth, and he sold it in 2001. Then Geissinger got serious about woodworking, which seems appropriate — because a surgeon with too much free time on his hands is apt to find a good way to put those talented hands to use. After all, a surgeon’s hands are very special things. To compensate for a natural hand tremor possessed by all humans, surgeons learn to time their every movement with the rhythm of their own heartbeat and breathing. Geissinger learned to do this at Northwestern Medical School in Chicago, where he earned his M.D. in 1963. It makes sense that a surgeon’s hands would be able to turn out a museum-worthy collection of fine classical furniture, which many hours of total patience and precision were required to create; because a surgeon not only has the right hands for the job, a surgeon is also an artist — an artist trained to perform a painstakingly nerve-testing and virtuous art form. Scott Holstein

“His medical career was cut short, but he has not allowed that circumstance to deter his enthusiasm for medicine and other interests. I think he is an example for us all.” ― Pathologist Chuck Manning, M.D.

James Geissinger has taken the patience and skills he honed as one of the region’s first neurosurgeons and applied them to crafting fine furniture.

When Geissinger got into woodworking, he built a wood shop on his Monticello property and filled it with professional tools and cutting machines. The wood shop behind his Northshire home is an exact replica of that original structure, and it’s an impressive sight. Some of Geissinger’s machines are so big, one can’t help but wonder how he got them in there. One of his tools, a table saw, was discontinued by the manufacturer because it is so dangerous. But, not to worry, for Geissinger

is highly skilled in this specialized art. His successful completion of a Windsor chair-making course given at the Windsor Institute in New Hampshire was like earning a post-graduate degree in woodworking. The ability to master such a craft can only be claimed by an expert artisan; and still, achieving such artistic prowess after practicing neurosurgery for over a quarter century can — as far as we know — only be claimed by Geissinger. September–October 2013


Lic. # CFC043067

ON CALL 24/7

24/7 Service Department | Residential & Commercial Construction Green Certified Plumbers | Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling High Pressure Sewer Line Cleaning | Storm Drain Cleaning Tankless Water Heater Experts | Slab Leak Location Experts Factory Trained Water Heater Technicians SERVING TALLAHASSEE FOR OVER 30 YEARS MCNEILLPLUMBING.COM (850) 391-3642 • 3505 NORTH MONROE ST.

Keith McNeill and Chase McNeill

38 September–October 2013

»life Personality

On a well-worn workbench (above), some of the hand tools Jim Geissinger uses to create fine furniture like this Nantucket fan-back Windsor chair (right) and sideboard (below). Also known as a huntboard, the piece was constructed using eight different kinds of hardwood.

It is a rare person who becomes a doctor, rancher and artisan in one lifetime. It’s a rare medical student who went into neurological surgery at the time Geissinger did. Med students are disinclined to pursue neurosurgery because it is very difficult and the odds of success aren’t in anyone’s favor. Even if you make it, there’s no guarantee you’ll last. But Geissinger took those odds head on, and anted up — betting on his own focus, fortitude and honest desire to practice medicine. It was hard, and at times it felt as though he wouldn’t make it through. But Geissinger pressed on, and conquered the long days and longer nights at Northwestern — trying days and nights that never let up but intensified and continued through the rest of his career. In his 2011 book, “Memoirs of a Neurosurgeon: A Perspective From The ‘Lucky Few’ Generation,” Geissinger thoroughly conveys the industriousness that supplemented his surgical skills. From post-graduate training and service in the U.S. Air Force, to public and private practice, his career brought hours upon hours on his feet, in the books and on call. It was nose-to-thegrindstone, full-throttle, with no second chances — like a soldier at war, applying all acquired skills and knowledge to combat a relentless enemy.

Photos by scott holstein (workbench) and Courtesy Dr. Jim Geissinger (chair and table)


Reserve your home today “I am moving to Kingsmill to stay close to a familiar lifestyle. Kingsmill is convenient to all of the amenities and places I visit every day: my church, grocery store, library and gym.” — Mrs. Jean Nichols

Rebecca Bollmann, Sales Manager, and Mrs. Nichols

Kingsmill is a single-family, residential development conveniently located in northeast Tallahassee on Thomasville Road. Luxury attached and detached single-family homes have three bedrooms, two baths, garage and a variety of finishes and floor plan options to meet your family’s needs.

Rebecca R ebecca B Bollmann ollmann 850.510.2203 2203 INTEGRITY. RELATIONSHIPS. TRUST.

Be ready for a new school year... Start improving your smile this fall.

Like us on


Dr. Ronald Cummings Orthodontics 1378 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312

850.893.5018 | Accepting all State of Florida employee dental insurances NO DOWN PAYMENT options

40 September–October 2013

»life Personality On any given day, after laboring over a patient for many hours delicately operating on an aneurysm or an intracranial tumor, Geissinger lived with the possibility of being called out of bed and back to the emergency room. There, another patient’s life might depend on his ability to perform, frequently after less than an hour’s sleep. Some nights, he never got to bed, but guts and commitment are what make a doctor, and Geissinger is not short on either. Those guts helped him follow his calling all over America and finally led him to Tallahassee — the place that became his home. In 1971, Geissinger joined doctors Frank Davis and Bryan Robinson — the first practicing neurosurgeon and neurologist, respectively, in the area — becoming the third partner at Tallahassee Neurological Clinic. Through tireless work at TNC, and with a slew of ongoing contributions to both Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and Florida State University College of Medicine, Geissinger has become a fixture in Tallahassee medicine. “Jim’s dedication, skill and integrity are a model for us all,” said Dr. Terry McCoy, former president of the Florida Medical Association and chief of the medical staff at TMH. “He gave the best of himself and demanded the same of others. For Jim, the patient always came first. His legacy in this community is indelible.” Among other efforts, Geissinger was instrumental in bringing laser and stereotactic brain surgery to TMH. He established the Valencia B. Geissinger Endowment for Behavioral Health through TMH in his late wife’s honor in 1998 and continues to lecture at FSU School of Medicine. Last year, the Capital Medical Society recognized Geissinger with the I.B. Harrison, M.D. Humanitarian Award. He also serves as a board member at the Bryan W. Robinson Endowment for Neurosciences — a nonprofit group dedicated to neurological research and education, established in remembrance of Geissinger’s late friend and partner at TNC. Aside from woodworking, Geissinger keeps up with hobbies like hunting and fishing. He married his third wife, Elaine, in 1999; and has four children, seven grandchildren and a number of stepchildren. But he spends a lot of his time in the wood shop. Most pieces take weeks to complete, and some take months. Among Geissinger’s collection of handcrafted antique furniture are 12 custom Windsor chairs; a dark red mahogany gun cabinet; a Queen Anne porringer-top tea table; and a huntboard, for which he employed the ingenious art of wood-movement during construction. The beauty of each piece is matched only by the effort that went into it. You can’t put a price on it, which is why his furniture is not for sale. Many of Geissinger’s pieces are tastefully placed around his house, and a few were given as gifts to friends. Dr. Charles Moore of Tallahassee — who edited and wrote the introduction for “Memoirs of a Neurosurgeon” — was the lucky recipient of a Windsor chair. Geissinger hopes one day his furniture will be on display in a museum. Reading Geissinger’s book, one is apt to realize what it takes to make it in America. It becomes apparent early on that privilege only goes so far and that limitations are intrinsic. There is no “helping hand.” There might be plenty of well-intentioned hands but they’re insufficient when compared to pulling onself up via the bootstrap. Geissinger wrote this message into his memoirs, hoping to reach young med students in need of a relatable tale. He hopes to get the attention of our entire country, which is not surprising — because, a physician by vocation, it is his nature to try and help the sick. n September–October 2013


42 September–October 2013

»life Here to Help

Short Commitment, Big Difference Nonprofits Welcome the Help — Even When You Give a Few Hours a Month, Or Just One Day By Taylor Centers Dealing with the hectic demands of everyday life, the very idea of volunteering can be intimidating. Which nonprofit organization to choose? How does the volunteer process work? Where is the job? What will I be doing? One major reason many are intimidated by volunteerism has little to do with a lack of ability, resources or a desire to help — it’s the lack of time and, in many cases, fear whatever time can be offered wouldn’t be of much use. What you may not realize is short-term opportunities are not only easy to find but also extremely valuable to nonprofits. In fact, most agencies depend on the comings and goings of temporary volunteers, benefiting significantly from what few hours they are able to give.

Local Events

One of the easiest and quickest ways to help out the community is by keeping an eye out for local events. Throughout the year, community-service organizations like Keep Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful and The United Way of the Big Bend host clean-up programs, fundraisers and other opportunities for volunteers to help the community. And with most events lasting no longer than a few hours, even the busiest among us can find time to participate. Some of the most popular upcoming events include the annual Shoreline Cleanup on Sept. 21, and the Super-Clean Sweep on March 1, 2014 — both hosted by Keep TallahasseeLeon County Beautiful. For these projects, volunteers typically gather on Saturday mornings to dedicate a few hours to getting rid of graffiti, cleaning litter from roads and shorelines, removing illegally dumped items from forests and planting flowers, bushes and trees. Diana Hanson of the KTLCB says these events benefit the entire community, resulting in “a cleaner, safer, more attractive environment, as well as improvement of property values and fostering education. “We value all our volunteers who turn out for our cleanups and beautification projects,” she said. “And if groups need a project, we can find one.” Throughout the year, the United Way of the Big Bend coordinates four separate events called Days of Doing that include volunteer literacy programs, hunger awareness campaigns and September–October 2013


»life Here to Help

building projects. Much like the KTLCB events, the Days of Doing program was created to promote the value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human service agencies and demonstrate how working together can better the community. Heather Mitchell, UWBB president and CEO, explained that, because they can range anywhere between one and eight hours a day, their programs are able to accommodate many different schedules. Volunteers have more freedom to arrange their own schedule when participating in projects like READ UNITED, a program where volunteers visit schools and help children with reading. “For READ UNITED, we need 100 volunteers to help in all eight counties,” said Mitchell. “We cover 30 classrooms in just one week, and time for this activity depends on how many classrooms each volunteer does. For one classroom, one hour.”

Make a Difference Day

If there’s strength in numbers, what better way to garner a community’s power than to have one

day when all citizens are invited to volunteer? That’s the idea behind Make a Difference Day. Held annually on the fourth Saturday of October, Make a Difference Day was established in 1992 by USA WEEKEND as a national day for helping others. Businesses, neighborhoods, schools and individuals host the events and provide citizens the opportunity to participate and help the community. Every year, Make a Difference Day proves there are countless ways to volunteer. No matter how busy you are, there will always be ways to help on this day — whether it’s by spending a few hours in a soup kitchen, spending the day building a house with Habitat for Humanity or simply donating items to Goodwill. When everyone participates at the same time, even the smallest contributions are important. Come Oct. 26, if you want to participate in Make a Difference Day, visit the official website (, select “Project Search” and enter your city or zip code. Any opportunities happening in the area will appear on the map, with details about each event.

Be part of

ChaChas’ World

ChaChas gives each cell phone, tablet or laptop their own special individual style. It is on the cutting-edge of being the No. 1 trend. Represent your favorite sport or team colors, give a gift to someone or just make your individual style show on your phone or tablet. Collect ChaChas and be a part of ChaChas’ world.

“the hottest new accessory for your phone or tablet” | 850-591-0200 Coll Local Stores: Garnet & Gold, Cole Couture and Ardan’s Hair Salon

44 September–October 2013

Everyday Opportunities

Another great way to get involved in the community is by volunteering at human service agencies that are active all year long. Constantly serving the public, these organizations always need help, no matter the date or time. This gives volunteers even more flexibility when it comes to temporary commitments and scheduling. The Tallahassee-Leon Shelter, which provides free food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance, personal hygiene items and crisis intervention services to those who need it, is one such entity. Administrators say some of the best ways to contribute include becoming a meal provider, volunteering for three-hour evening shifts and donating items. Individuals who provide meals, monetary contributions and ongoing needs like toilet paper, laundry detergent, bar soap and over-the-counter medications also are vital to the operation. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tallahassee is another nonprofit that operates year-round. With two locations in Tallahassee, the RM House provides a place for families of

How to Help

sick children to sleep, eat and find comfort when visiting hospitals away from home. “We need volunteers on a daily basis,” said local House Manager Tammy Hartsfield. “We normally have three volunteers at the RM House and three at the Family Room at Capital Regional Medical Center each day.” Volunteers help by cooking, cleaning, donating supplies and helping with fundraising events. They are generally asked to complete three-hour shifts, but Hartsfield said they can accommodate anyone — no matter how much time they can spare. “We always try to be flexible and work with each volunteer’s schedule,” she said. “Providing meals for our families can be as easy as picking something up at a restaurant or grocery store and delivering to the house. Collecting pop tops is always helpful and easy to do, too.” Since the community can benefit from all types of contributions, volunteering doesn’t mean you have to buckle down for a long-term commitment. And while sacrificing one day out of the year may seem ineffective, it can make a big difference to local organizations and the people they serve. n

Keep Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful

Ronald McDonald House To Volunteer Online application at

To Volunteer Visit Call Diana Hanson, (850) 545-6507 Upcoming Events Sept. 20 Shoot The Moon Golf Tournament Sept. 21 Shoreline Cleanup March 1, 2014 Super Clean Sweep March 31, 2014 Green Tree Open Golf Tournament

United Way of the Big Bend To Volunteer Contact Heather Mitchell, Upcoming Events Fall Downtown GetDowns Year round BEST Project Volunteers Spring Community Investment Volunteers May Golf Tournament Volunteers

Upcoming Events Oct. 25 Annual Stone Crab Fest at Dover Farms March 2014 Annual Red Shoe Run

Tallahassee-Leon Shelter To Volunteer Call (850) 224-9055 Upcoming Events Turkey Trot Alternative Christmas Market

Make a Difference Day To Volunteer

Family owned since 1985 BEAUTIFUL GIFTS FOR EVERY OCCASION Bridal Registry, Engraving and Monogramming, Stationery and Invitations

The Pavilions 1410 Market St. Mon–Sat 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (850) 681-2824 (800) 983-2266

® September–October 2013



! ®


The Lifetime Warranty applies to all new vehicles. It also applies to select pre-owned vehicles that are 5 calendar years old or newer with 50,000 miles or less, have passed our Lifetime Warranty certification program and a CarFax or similar inspection. The Lifetime Warranty is valid for as long as you own the vehicle — for an unlimited time, unlimited miles. You must simply follow the manufacturer’s Recommended Maintenance as referred to in the Owner’s Manual. And the Lifetime Warranty is good at any licensed repair shop in the United States or Canada. Our dealership has been chosen as the select dealership in the area to offer this Lifetime Warranty. The Lifetime Warranty is included at no extra charge, and there is no extra maintenance required. There are no catches, hidden fees or gimmicks. Our dealership provides this product as an added value to our Customers for doing business with us. The only “catch”? You have to buy your vehicle here!

3277 MAHAN DRIVE 46 September–October 2013

TA L L A H A S S E E , F L



»life HUMOR

A Game Plan for

Tailgate Success Listen Up! Here’s Your Pep Talk From a Master of the Seminole Pregame By Bradford Lewis


You may feel a little different as you thumb through this magazine. You’re not sure exactly why, but you just feel better, the air is crisper, your spidey sense is tingling. No, you’re not gelling with your fancy new shoe inserts. Football is back in Tallaclassy, and that means it’s time to dust off the war wagons and extra-long barbecue tongs and head for our local Mecca, Doak Campbell Stadium. Tailgating is one of my favorite parts of an FSU game, right up there with Chief Osceola planting the spear and a four-touchdown victory margin. There are countless ways to pull off a successful tailgate with a limitless variety of inputs, but I build mine to fit the audience. In my tragic case, the rather large motley crew of has-beens and never-will-bes require a lot of coaxing, bountiful food and bev and, in some cases, public challenges of their fortitude. Therefore I start early — as in May — just in case they didn’t know football season was just around the corner. The spread has to be big for this herd, and you must have the key ingredients, including:

The Pregame Speech

I like it hard-hitting with some body blows thrown in for good measure. When I say hard hitting, that means a mass email to all prospects, pointing out last season’s data points. For example: Your one pal who brought the teenage pack of jackals who made five pounds of pulled pork evaporate in a flash of plum-painted nails and fangs is in danger of losing his privileges. Your other tribal brother that went down halfway through the battle due

to ferocious twist-off blisters needs to develop a callus. Neither is acceptable. Thankfully, every year is a building year and a reminder of past shortcomings really gets these weak links in check. Including some colorful details of the food and beverage being planned tends to soften the body blows.

A bit of Hi-Fi

As embarrassing as it is, there are some closet lizard lovers and even a few out-of-the closet Hokies that stop by on Saturdays — and they just gotta see their high-school style squad squeeze past Bowling Green. We make every effort to be decent hosts and oblige the mob. One time, I tried a 30-inch plasma that was a couple years old and September–October 2013


»life Humor

soon was told I didn’t have nearly enough “p’s” on the display. I didn’t know what a p was, but now we got 1080 of them showing off the HD all over 50 shiny inches. The blaze-orange turkey was content, the lizards’ opinions remain irrelevant.

Go Heavy on the Libations

Tailgate With The So You Can Relax & Enjoy! Come in and place your order at 1410 Market Street, in the Market District, or give us a call at 850-894-2502. A Simple Concept, A Superb Experience!

If the mountains on the label are not blue or, worse yet, cannot be found to quench a powerful dry, I regret to inform you, my tribal brother, but you have failed in fabulous fashion. Fluids should flow like the Wacissa River and temps should make Jack Frost envious. They want a lot of beverages: I mean the so-much-you-feel-awkward-leaving-Sam’s-Club-with your-flatbedcart-wheels-crying-“no mas” amount. This is no small feat when Jimbo decides to stack sweltering September game dates with High Noon kickoffs. Brilliant. Be sure to account for spies with hollow-leg capacity, and don’t forget a case of juice boxes for the youngest recruits. They are the future.

A Cornucopia

Nothing can replace a bit of smoke bellowing from under a stainless steel smokestack with the heavenly aroma of the Other White Meat, basted with a savory secret sauce. Be careful here ... smoke is for veteran tailgate warriors. So if this is your first buffalo hunt, don’t get rushed and wind up choking down a charred Bubba Burger. We all know people eat with their eyes first, so put out a good spread of bait, lots of colors and shapes, go heavy on the dips and lots of finger-type stuff to keep them distracted in case the smoke needs a bit more time or your ex-grill master gets distracted by the ice luge next door (Youtube can verify this). Watch out for that species of tailgater that has a sense of smell to make a buzzard envious; they will come and patiently wait for a moment when you let your guard down to lighten your load.

Draft the Right Team

Where the stylish Seminoles shop: great selection of boots & clothing for the fall season!

I tried to pull this off with minimal help a time or two and was reminded by my better half I do still have a family in the five days leading up to a home game. To execute well, this takes a team of scalp hunters and stallions to mobilize the supplies, so be certain you enlist some of the most reliable souls you know. I knew a Clemsonite that once was a good pre-gamer, but he flamed out hard in third quarter when Watkins couldn’t save the day. If your teardown squad is as strong as your pregame squad, you’re doing much better than me.

Reward the Brave


MIDTOWN 1212 NORTH MONROE ST. 850.727.8460 48 September–October 2013

At most tailgates, there is one standout tomahawker who exudes what we are all about ... Seminole spirit. When you see that warrior on site three hours before kickoff icing coolers, staking claim to turf with a malfunctioning pop-up tent, keeping the vultures at bay until kickoff and then emerging from the post-victory firework haze with an elbow slung close to their side nursing a sprained Tomahawk Chop-tendon — and they still help you load the truck, you know you have the winner of the Golden Coozie. Recognize that fearless soldier from Lot 5, and give the others a role model. No guarantees my recipe will work in the future, but we’ll keep at it. This is what we do, even if Jimbo schedules Bethune Cookman and Ida-who. If you see your wingman draggin’, slap ’em around a bit and tell them to get their head on right. It’s Tailgate Season. Roll Tribe. n




»life Great Outdoors


Wakulla As ‘Over-Wintering’ Booms, More Manatees Are Calling Local Waters Home By Chay D. Baxley During those smoldering summer months, manatee sightings along the St. Marks and Wakulla rivers are a fairly common occurrence. But with the marine mammal’s population on the rise, the continuation of this trend, while exciting for onlookers, comes as no real surprise to wildlife aficionados. What has caught the attention of state biologists and local outdoor enthusiasts, however, is the fact that for the last several years our once seasonal manatee population in the Big Bend has decided to stay, lingering in the “warm” waters of Wakulla Springs. It’s a phenomenon experts have dubbed “over-wintering” and has many begging the question: Why? Patty Wilbur, park ranger at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, has watched this rather unusual natural process unfold over the last decade. For Wilbur and her co-workers, the data is overwhelming. “When I first started, we’d see them occasionally throughout the summer, but very sporadically,” said Wilbur of Wakulla’s once sparse manatee population. “In the summer of 2007, we’re pretty sure we had a female give birth in the park. After she gave birth, she and her calf stayed in the park for the rest of the summer along with a sub-adult. We saw them fairly regularly. As we got into the fall, historically manatees have migrated south for the winter, but they didn’t. A few others slowly came to join them and we ended up with 12 manatees that winter. “That was really the first time I’ve seen them over-winter at the park,” continued Wilbur. “The Along with alliganext winter we thought, ‘Well, maybe that was a tors and water birds, fluke, maybe they waited too long to migrate.’ manatees are becoming But the year after that, we had 16. Some were another common sight the same, some were different. The next winter, at Wakulla Springs.

50 September–October 2013 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013


»life Great Outdoors

Look. Listen. Be Amazed. Tips and tricks for spotting a manatee, courtesy of Robert Baker of T-n-T Hide-a-Way

» When you’re out on the water, look for their nose or head to come out of the water when they take a breath. When this occurs, the manatee exhales, inhales and then re-submerges, making a very distinctive sound and visual effect.

we had 20 over-wintering. The numbers just keep on growing every year. Last year we had over 60 manatees visit the park throughout the winter.” Manatees’ must-have list is not very extensive, and our local freshwater sources certainly meet the criterion. In short, as long as a potential habitat has an abundance of water grasses, weeds and algae, plus a continuous supply of clean, fresh, warm water, these avid grazers are pretty content. Once water temperatures fall below their comfort threshold, which is approximately 68 degrees Fahrenheit, manatees migrate. “They’re mammals like you and I, they want to be comfortable,” said Wilbur. “The Spring (at Wakulla) is always about 69 degrees. That’s just warm enough for them to get comfortably through the winter, and luckily it’s a big spring so the water is warm a good ways down river.” The truth is, it’s more than comfort that they’re after. Manatees cannot survive when water temperatures fall below 60 degrees, making unseasonable cold spells their only natural enemy. Even alligators, intimidated by the manatees’ colossal size, leave these gentle giants alone. The influx of manatees to the Big Bend has brought with it more than just an increase to the sea cows’ population, it’s also attracted researchers

52 September–October 2013

interested in tracking the animals’ movements and When seeking a migration patterns. manatee sighting, Biologists with the Robert Baker sugU.S. Geological Survey’s gests being on the Sirenia Project began lookout for a snout as the creature their work further down surfaces to breathe. Florida’s Gulf Coast in Another telltale Crystal River — a loca- sign are “chains” of tion that for many years rings on the water’s was the northernmost surface made by the limit of the manatee’s manatee’s tail as it winter terrain. The study, swims. which was kicked off in 2007, was designed to help better understand the current distribution of manatee resources and patterns of use in the region. “It gives us a snapshot into their daily lives,” said Susan Butler, a leading biologist with the U.S.G.S. Sirenia Project said of the “freetag” GPS devices implemented at the study’s conception. “Originally, as part of a cow-calf study, we had tagged a couple of females in the Crystal River area, and it just so happens that they left the Crystal River area after winter, traveled up the coast and started using the Wakulla,” said Butler. “By having those tags, we can follow them from

» When manatees are active, they surface every one to two minutes. If they’re sleeping, generally they’re resting on the bottom. At those times, they can stay submerged for five to seven minutes before they need to come up and take a breath again. “When they’re sleeping, that’s the hardest time to really locate them,” said Baker. “You could paddle right past them and never even realize they were there.”

» Try looking for any gray areas in the water; they can look like a sandy bottom if you’re not conscious of them.

» As a manatee swims, its huge

tail will leave a paddle ring on the surface of the water. You can look for those in chains — one paddle ring right after another. “If you see those things,” said Baker, “they’re just ahead of you by 20 feet.”

» It’s also important to remember that while sightings of these animals have been increasingly more frequent in recent years, they are still considered to be on both the state and federal endangered species listings. Every freshwater outing may not be characterized by a manatee encounter.

At Your Time of Need We Are There to Help FOR OVER 35 YEARS

4037 North Mon nroe St., Tallahassee • 850.562.1518 • ABBEYFH.COM September–October 2013


»life Great Outdoors

place to place. That’s really what initiated the Experts aren’t sure study up here.” The tags used were approved by the why manatees are Marine Mammal Commission years ago making local rivers year-round and are completely safe for the animal. their home but suspect it The system works via a belt-like apparatus may be an increasing fastened at the base of the manatee’s tail, population or relaor peduncle. Connected to that belt is a tively mild winters. lengthy lead, which is tethered to a buoyant antenna capable of transmitting the animal’s whereabouts back to the U.S.G.S. In case the worst occurs, there are a number of safety features built into the device to ensure that the manatee can retreat from a sticky situation unscathed. “If enough pressure is put on the tag, the tag breaks free but the belt will stay on the animal and the animal is free to swim away,” said Butler. “In other words, the tag stays stuck while the animal is free to go. There’s also another weak link built into the belt. … We have more tags come off than we’d like. But it’s a safety feature, and it really works well. It’s been proven over and over again.” The tag also makes the manatee easier to spot in the wild. Spotting manatees is exactly where Robert Baker of T-n-T Hide-a-Way Inc. comes in. As an avid outdoorsman and the leader of his family’s canoe, kayak and paddleboard rental and tour guide business, Baker knows the river. And according to him, the increase in manatee traffic in recent years is undeniable. “We see more and more manatees every year,” said Baker. “With the milder winters we’ve been seeing manatees throughout the wintertime, whereas it used to just be a summertime event.” While no one is sure as to precisely why these friendly creatures are making a stand in the Big Bend, there are two prevailing schools of thought. First, as Baker pointed out, a series of mild winters could be enticing a number of manatees to stay further north. During the summer months, manatees have been regularly known to go as far north as Georgia, and in rare cases, even up into the New England area. And second, the conservation efforts set into place with a series of state and federal laws during the mid-to-late 1970s could actually be working. With their numbers on the rise, manatees have to expand their once-limited winter territories, effectively pushing many into the Wakulla River. n

BOYD DURANT Attorneys at Law

6527 Coastal Hwy. Crawfordville, FL 32327 At the bridge on Hwy 98 and the Wakulla River

850-925-6412 •

Visit all three of our businesses — from kayak fishing with “reel-fin-addict” guided by Robert Baker, published in Florida Sportsman March 2013 issue, to the best of manatee observation and eco-tours of local rivers by certified guides, or instructions with “T~N~T Hide-a-Way” located on the Wakulla River. Our retail store “The Wilderness Way” offers Hobie, Wilderness Systems, Native Watercraft and Jackson kayaks and all of your fishing and kayak accessories needed to rig your boat. Canoes, kayaks, fishing kayaks, stand up paddle board and bike rentals also available! 3152 Shadeville Rd., Crawfordville (850) 877-7200 September–October 2013


Quality Classic Unique

Best Florist

Live like Royalty.

Betton Place • 1950-M Thomasville Road • 422-1373 Above Food Glorious Food Tuesday–Friday 10–6 • Saturday 10–4





The Gallery at Market Street 894-1235 FURNITURE



56 September–October 2013





»life The Numerator

Meals on Wheels Five days a week, homebound seniors are guaranteed to have a meal delivered to their home via the Meals on Wheels program administered by Elder Care Services. It’s an ongoing and important task made possible by generous donations and a dedicated corps of volunteers. We’ve collected the stats that show just how big the Meals on Wheels operation is in our hometown.

620 volunteers, 50 make deliveries each weekday

cost of each meal

// COMPILED BY Domonique Davis

52,200 pounds of meat is used to make meals annually

$43,000 amount raised by Tallahassee community after budget cuts in April 2013

And here’s another number you’re sure to enjoy: For $10, ECS will deliver a delicious hot lunch to your office during its annual Let’s Do Lunch fundraiser Nov. 13. For more information, visit ecsbigbend. org or call (850) 245-5931.

congregate meal sites allow seniors to socialize while receiving meals

days a week, meals are delivered to 387 homebound seniors





1 million meals delivered by ECS (as of May 22, 2013)

$798,392 annual budget


of Tallahassee’s population are persons 65 and older

130,000 meals were given to seniors through the Meals on Wheels and its congregate meal sites in 2012 September–October 2013


Cindi Goodson President / CFO Flightline Group, Inc. Prime Meridian Bank Client Since 2010


Whether your business is flying high or just getting off the ground, try my bank for a line of credit to help it soar. A line of credit makes it easy to manage cash flow, handle seasonal needs and lets you decide the precise amount borrowed as needs arise. Contact Prime Meridian


Bank’s lending team today at 850-907-2300 and get ready for takeoff!

58 September–October 2013




1471 Timberlane Road

1897 Capital Circle NE

(850) 907-2300

»life Parenthood

Money Matters Smart Strategies to Teach Kids Money Management — Without Micromanaging By Laura Bradley As financial interactions move away from cash and checks and toward cards and online purchases, teaching children to handle money becomes increasingly difficult — or at least daunting. But professional blogger Ashley Nuzzo, whose blog Frugal Coupon Living has been featured on such platforms as Dr. Phil, Good Housekeeping, The Washington Post and the Orlando Sentinel, contends that teaching children money management is still simple with parental involvement and a little transparency. “Being a role model” is crucial in teaching children to manage their money, advised Nuzzo. Parents must set good examples, spending money reasonably and responsibly. “We’ve become a little bit of a materialistic generation, and now it’s a time of toning it down,” she added. For children to learn the age-old “value of a dollar” lesson, parents must ensure that they don’t take possessions and money for granted. Family allowances vary widely, and some households don’t give allowances at all. Nuzzo pointed out that regardless of amount, how kids receive their allowances is the bigger lesson. The key is to teach children that allowance is not deserved or expected, but a privilege to be earned. Linking allowance to chores is an easy way to do this. Nuzzo suggested families compose chore charts and place them somewhere visible, where children can cross off chores as they are completed. At the end of the week, allowance can be given based on what has been accomplished. “There’s a lot of comparison going on between children,” Nuzzo added. As friends exchange notes about household allowances and chores, some kids might protest the way things are done at home, citing another family’s expectations. Nuzzo stressed that parents must remain consistent. “It’s really important for [kids] to see we all have responsibilities when it comes to the home,” she said.

In addition to structuring how children receive their money, Nuzzo adds the key to ensuring they learn to spend it well is to visually engage them in how financial transactions around them work. While paying for services with direct deposits is more convenient, Nuzzo said seeing parents write checks for services and donations gives money a tangible quality it lacks with digital transactions. She added that the spending most children see is only a part of what households spend. Allowing children to watch you save, invest and donate (and pay bills) will give them a better understanding of how multifaceted money management really is. “They need to be visually engaged,” Nuzzo explained. “If they have a bank account of their own, they’re getting practice.” This bank account can be a piggy bank when they are younger (as young as toddlers, Nuzzo suggested), or a bank account of their own as they get older. Regardless of where the money is held, Nuzzo stressed the importance of monitoring children’s spending rather than policing it. Foolish purchases can be learning opportunities that will encourage more thoughtful spending in the future. “Instead of saving our children from their mistakes, we should be monitoring them,” she said, adding, “There can be a lot of lessons learned in buying the wrong thing.” At some point, many families opt to give older children (teens in particular) debit or credit cards. Nuzzo agreed that this could be great practice and build credit for the future but cautioned that overspending on a debit or credit card can be harmful, and could have long-term effects on their credit. To avoid this, she suggested parents hold onto the card and give it to the child upon request, asking for a receipt and the return of the card directly or soon after use. After some time, once the child has proven responsible, he or she might be allowed to hold onto the card — but only after earning it. n

New Ways

to Save and Spend » The piggy bank has a new body that

is increasingly popular. The fourslotted piggy bank visually represents good money management, with slots for saving, spending, donating and investing. This will get kids thinking about how to distribute their money, and offer parents an excellent teaching opportunity.

» Prepaid debit cards have become a

very popular way to teach kids how to manage money and balance a bank account. The reloadable prepaid Serve card from American Express can also give parents easier control and functions like a gift card — if the card is lost or stolen, the only loss is what was already on the card. A mobile app also makes it easy for parents to transfer money to or from the card, and money can be added to the account through various sources including direct deposit, a bank account, a debit or credit card. September–October 2013



to investing for generations

TERRELL LEE BEBOUT Managing Director – Investments BRUCE ROBERSON, CFP®

First Vice President – Investment Officer

JOSEPH A. BLISSIT, JR. Senior Vice President


Senior Client Associate

We work hard to help build your wealth Investment Consulting | Retirement Planning | Financial Strategies


3320 Thomasville Road, Suite 300 | Tallahassee, FL 32308 | 850-383-8153 | 866-648-3374 Toll-free Securities and Insurance Products: NOT INSURED BY FDIC OR ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY • MAY LOSE VALUE • NOT A DEPOSIT OF OR GUARANTEED BY A BANK OR ANY BANK AFFILIATE Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Member SIPC, is a registered broker-dealer and a separate nonbank affi liate of Wells Fargo & Company. Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC 86453 0711-051607/11 60 September–October 2013

Photos courtesy State archives of florida, Florida memory (Barber) and The library of Congress (Robinson)

»life Looking Back

Jackie Robinson, Red Barber … and His Adopted Hometown A Renowned Broadcaster Who Settled in Tallahassee Made History With Baseball’s Trailblazer By J. Stanley Marshall

Jackie Robinson’s story has been much in the news recently with the movie “42” recounting the life of this extraordinary athlete as well as several TV specials that gave Americans more information about his storied life. Robinson did more than break the color barrier in major league baseball. His performance on and off the field brought credit to him and to many others in organized baseball. As the baseball season winds to an end, it’s a good time to reflect on his accomplishments — and learn about his Tallahassee connection. The account of Robinson’s years with the Brooklyn Dodgers is one of the most fascinating stories in baseball­— indeed, in all sports. In March 1945 at Joe’s Restaurant in Brooklyn, Branch Rickey told Dodgers’ radio

broadcaster Red Barber that he planned to sign a black player to the team. Rickey’s commitment to racially integrating the team was based on an experience much earlier in his baseball life. In 1904 Rickey was coaching baseball at Ohio Wesleyan University when the team was checking into a hotel in South Bend, Ind., for a series of games with Notre Dame. The desk clerk wouldn’t permit the team’s only black player to register but grudgingly allowed him to occupy the second bed in Rickey’s room. When Rickey made his way

Red Barber announcing for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field (top left) in 1943. He was in that job four years later when Jackie Robinson (top right) broke the color barrier to play major league baseball. September–October 2013


»life Looking Back

*Rates as low as 1.49% APR for up to 60 months on new and used car purchases, and refinances. Refinances and used car purchases 2006 model year and newer. Rates and terms are based on credit score and subject to change. Excludes current Gulf Winds loans. Federally insured by NCUA.

62 September–October 2013

to the room, he found the black player there crying and pulling at the skin on his hands, “It’s my skin, Mr. Rickey. If I could just pull it off, I’d be like everybody else.” Rickey told Barber that he’d been hearing that young man’s voice for many years, and now he was determined to do something about it. And what Rickey did about it had a great influence on the character of American baseball. When he decided Robinson was the black player he would seriously consider bringing into the Brooklyn organization, Rickey knew that he must test and probe this young man. Was he the man spiritually to undertake Red Barber is this assignment? Could he endure the abuse that would said to have be thrust upon him day after had the longest day, night after night? And could he handle the adulabroadcasting tion of the black Americans career in whose excitement would be boundless? American Rickey felt a personal onehistory — on the on-one with Robinson was an essential step, and it must be air for almost taken at once. He arranged for Robinson to be brought to 63 years. Brooklyn to discuss the posLongtime NPR sibility of his playing for the Brooklyn Brown Dodgers, commentator a team of black players that Bob Edwards Rickey had considered forming. That was not Rickey’s spoke with Red real intention, however, on the air each and the meeting quickly developed into a serious giveweek for about and-take about Robinson’s 12 years. place in the Dodgers’ organization. The meeting lasted three hours, and during that time, Rickey took Robinson through every situation that he would face if he became the first black player in the majors, what he and his wife would hear in the ball parks and the hotels and restaurants and on the streets. “Can you do it?” asked Rickey, and Robinson looked deeply into Rickey’s eyes and answered softly, “I’ve got to do it, Mr. Rickey.” Red Barber was the announcer at Brooklyn when Robinson came up in 1947. Barber stayed until 1954, when he left to work for the Yankees. In those seven years, Robinson and Barber traveled together, had meals together and Jackie related to Red many of the incidents he lived through in those turbulent times in the Brooklyn organization. Barber’s name is displayed prominently in accounts of Robinson’s long career in baseball. And well it should be, for Barber’s job as radio announcer placed him in a key position to tell Robinson’s story to the world. But there’s something else unique about Barber’s role; he was one of the best-qualified sports announcers in that period simply because of his command of the English language. His mother was an English teacher who quoted the classics to her children. An examination of his experiences growing up in the South reveals something of his interest in radio and broadcasting. Walter Lanier Barber was born on Feb. 17, 1908, in Columbus, Miss. His father was a railroad engineer and his mother a Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013


Baking People Happy for Over 45 Years

64 September–October 2013

Photos by Jenna Reichert Photography

1908 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee 850-386-2253 • Monday-Friday 8:30AM-6:00PM Saturday 8:30AM-12:00PM

schoolteacher. When Barber was 10 years old, the family moved to Sanford, Fla., Red Barber sits at the radio set in his where his dad had more reliable work. Tallahassee home Barber played sports in high school and for his National Pubgraduated with the highest academic averlic Radio program age in his class. He was an avid reader and with Bob Edwards. said he’d like to become a college professor. He worked his way through two years at the University of Florida as a janitor and a waiter. One Saturday he and some friends took a bakery truck on a joyride and the truck overturned. Barber was injured and was taken to the university infirmary. That’s where he met a young nurse names Lylah Scarborough. A year and a half later, he and Lylah were married, and that marriage lasted until his death 61 years later. Shortly after he and Lylah married, Barber launched his radio career. He was fascinated with this new invention that allowed him to hear voices and music coming from distant cities. The manager of radio station WRUF in Gainesville offered him a job reading the news, interviewing professors and spinning records. He also did sports for the university, which helped to prepare him for Cincinnati and big league baseball. The Cincinnati Reds needed a play-by-play announcer, and they remembered the Florida boy who had stopped to introduce himself and ask about doing some broadcasting. The first game Barber broadcast in Cincinnati was the first major league game he had ever seen. It was opening day 1934, and later he was there when Cincinnati’s Crosley Field had lights installed and night baseball was born on May 24, 1935. After the baseball season was over, Red broadcast football games for Ohio State and the University of Cincinnati. And he got to broadcast the 1936 World Series. Red Barber is said to have had the longest broadcasting career in American history — on the air for almost 63 years. Longtime NPR commentator Bob Edwards spoke with Red on the air each week for about 12 years. The NPR story started in November 1979, when Ketzel Levine, a sports producer for National Public Radio, was assigned to fill two four-minute sports segments on the radio each day. February was Black History Month, and Levine wanted a story on the most prominent figure in black sports history, Jackie Robinson. And the more research she did on Robinson, the more Red Barber’s name kept popping up. The Mississippi-born white man who became the voice of the Dodgers treated Robinson as the equal of Pee Wee

Photo courtesy State archives of florida, Florida memory

»life Looking Back

Reese or any of the other great players of the time. He sent a signal to baseball fans everywhere: Black ballplayers are to be accepted — they’re here to stay. Levine interviewed Barber as part of the Jackie Robinson story and she made an important discovery: Barber had it all — the charm, the knowledge, the wit, the accent and the storyteller’s sense of drama and timing. After the details had been worked out, Barber agreed to do a commentary each week on Morning Edition with Edwards. This was done through WFSU-FM, the public radio station in Tallahassee, where Red was then living. A line was installed to Red’s house, and his voice would travel from the microphone in his study to WFSU and would then be uplinked to NPR. Barber and Edwards had an introductory conversation on New Year’s Day 1981 and continued for more than 600 Friday mornings. The Barbers sampled life in New York City during Red’s broadcasting years, but one gets the feeling that they never thought of New York as home. They had, after all, both been born in the South and had lived there for several years. After more than three decades in Cincinnati and New York, they returned home again to Florida in Miami, the land of eternal summer and endless sun. They were, however, beginning to miss the change of seasons and a bit of cool weather. Barber reminded his wife of how happy she was in Tallahassee during her college years and how she loved spring there with its explosion of camellias, dogwoods, azaleas and roses. Why don’t we stop in Tallahassee and have a look around? They were shown a quite nice house in a grove of 25 pine trees and an ancient live oak, and they thought about it as they drove to Greenville, S.C. the next morning. That’s where they made the call to Tallahassee and bought the house. The Barbers were always fun to be around, and we enjoyed their company at university functions. They were our guests in the President’s Box for FSU football games during my years as president of the university. I felt greatly honored when I was asked by Barber’s daughter Sarah to do the eulogy at her dad’s funeral. Bob Edwards called the service at St. John’s Church “an Episcopalian classic” in his book “Fridays with Red,” and he included the eulogy exactly as I delivered it: “He set new standards for speaking the language of sport. He spoke clean, uncluttered prose that cut to the heart of the action like a surgeon’s scalpel. On Friday mornings for the past 12 years, the Old Redhead — that voice, the voice with the lyrical, transportational qualities — took us back to long-ago summers in our mother’s kitchen or on the back porch steps or in the family car with the windows down. The sounds and sights of Ebbets Field were palpable. If Red Barber had not emerged, he would have had to be invented. His meticulous preparation, his self-assurance, his sense of what a baseball broadcaster should be and do, and should not do, provided a sense of direction to this new branch of journalism. In this, Red’s effect on his craft has been profound and lasting.” n The author joined the faculty of Florida State University in 1958 and served as its president from 1969 to 1976. He founded the James Madison Institute in 1987 and the company Sonitrol of Tallahassee in 1978. He coauthored a series of science textbooks and published a book about campus unrest at FSU entitled “The Tumultuous Sixties: Campus Unrest and Student Life at a Southern University” in 2006.

JS Hair Lounge 2522 Capital Circle NE #5, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850-727-0792

Hair Services for Men, Women & Children Hair Extensions Skin Treatments Nail Services Bridal Packages Online appointment scheduling available Now Offering Massage at an Introductory Price of $40/hr

BIG BEND AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER (Big Bend AHEC) provides FREE tobacco cessation services within the Big Bend region. All active participants will receive free nicotine replacement therapy (i.e. nicotine patches, nicotine gum, etc.) while supplies last. Our trained tobacco cessation specialists will assist individuals with quitting all types of tobacco products such as cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, hookahs, cigarillos, cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, snuff, and others. Let us help you break free from tobacco!

Our service area includes these counties: Bay • Calhoun • Franklin • Gadsden • Gulf • Holmes Jackson • Jefferson • Leon • Liberty • Madison Taylor • Wakulla • Washington 850.224.1177 September–October 2013




66 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

»life Agenda Local Honors ▪ Taproot Creative, a Tallahassee-based marketing firm, has been selected as an Official Honoree in the 17th Annual Webby Awards Law category for design and development of the Hopping Green & Sams website, This is the second time the agency has been recognized by the Webby Awards in its sevenyear history. ▪ Fred G. Shelfer Jr. has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Goodwill Industries International board of directors and executive board. He took office in June during the annual Goodwill Delegate Assembly in Grand Shelfer Rapids, Mich. Shelfer, CEO/president of Goodwill Industries – Big Bend Inc., has been the leader of the local Goodwill for more than 10 years. Before that, he served on the Goodwill Industries – Big Bend Inc. board of directors for 25 years and has an extensive career as a Realtor and developer.  ▪ Thom DeLilla and Aleisa McKinlay of Tallahassee are among the 2013 Ability Awards winners. DeLilla was honored with the 2013 Adult Leadership Award for his contributions as both a small business inventor and administrator for the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program at the Florida Department of Health, his advocacy for passage of Florida’s personal care attendant program and his service as a Youth Leadership Forum mentor. McKinlay, director of the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, received the 2013 Public Employee of the Year Award. She joined VR in 2009 as the bureau chief of Partnerships and Communication, where she oversaw the Ombudsman Program, Vendor Registration, Center for Independent Living, Communications and Legislative Affairs, among other responsibilities. ▪ The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce announced the winners for its 2013 Chamber Awards during a recent ceremony celebrating 90 years of service. North Florida Women’s Care was honored with the coveted “Chamber Business of the Year” award. 

courtesy pictured individuals


▪ Marybeth W. Colón has earned an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for legal ability and professional ethics. Colón practices bankruptcy and real estate law with Smith, Thompson, Shaw, Minacci and Colón in Tallahassee.

▪ Jim Gustafson and Bill Norton of Tallahassee are among 14 Searcy Denney attorneys named as Florida Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers uses a comprehensive selection process that recognizes lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. ▪ Select Specialty Hospital–Tallahassee earned five awards at the Select Medical Long-Term Acute

Care Hospital Division’s 2013 annual conference in Washington, D.C. Select – Tallahassee won The Employee Engagement Award, the Quality Achievement Award, the ICare Award and the Hospital of Excellence Award. Also, CEO Lora Davis earned the Leadership Award. The 29-bed hospital is located at 1554 Surgeons Drive and is the only long-term acute care hospital in the greater Tallahassee area. ▪ Tallahassee Primary Care Associates’ (TPCA) Clinical Laboratory has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national health care accreditation organization, for its long-term commitment to provide quality service to its patients. ▪ Tallahassee developer Hunter+Harp was recently recognized for its outstanding use of digital marketing and social media, receiving the 2013 S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Award at the Tallahassee Technology (TalTech) Alliance’s TechExpo. Each year, the TalTech Alliance awards one business or organization utilizing social media and digital tools with the Social Media Achieving Real Time Enriched Relations (S.M.A.R.T.E.R.) Award, which is sponsored by Digital Opps, the digital marketing division of RB Oppenheim Associates. ▪ Tallahassee Auctioneer and founder of Aaron Joseph & Company LLC, Joseph F. Kikta, GPPA, CES, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Florida Auctioneers Association. Kikta had previously served as a member of the association’s Legislative Committee and will now co-chair that committee. He began his auction career in 1984 with Auction Company of America, based in Miami. ▪ Dr. Ben Kirbo and Dr. Laurence Rosenberg have announced that Dr. Chris DeRosier, board-certified plastic surgeon, has joined Southeastern Plastic Surgery. De Rosier comes from the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University DeRosier of Alabama (UAB) in Birmingham, where he performed all aspects of plastic surgery, including breast, abdominal wall, extremity and facial. He is skilled in both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. ▪ Tallahassee’s underground utilities system was recently named the 2013 Team Showcase Champion by the Florida Sterling Council for its outstanding achievement in implementing a nitrogen reduction program as part of the city’s commitment to move to a higher treatment level known as Advanced Wastewater Treatment. The prestigious Team Showcase Award recognizes the city for excellence and exemplary practices among all public and private organizations throughout Florida. ▪ Patricia Convertino has been honored by the governing board of Apalachee Center with the first-ever John Convertino Award of Excellence. Patricia began her career at Apalachee Center in 1989 as a counselor in evaluation and admissions. Over the past 24 years she has served as the center’s hospital clinical director,

inpatient/residential services director, utilization review coordinator and patient safety coordinator. She is currently the administrative services director.

On the Move ▪ Bert Fletcher is the new auditor for the City of Tallahassee. Fletcher has worked for the city for 13 years and has served as the interim city auditor since April 1, when former auditor Sam McCall retired. He brings more than 31 years of experience to the job, both in the private and public sectors.


▪ Shawn Roberts, senior project manager at Mad Dog Construction since 2010, has been promoted to chief operating officer. Roberts will continue as a senior project manager. As Mad Dog’s first designated COO, he will oversee daily operations.

▪ Nick Waller has taken a step up in the broadcast world. The general manager of WCTV (Tallahassee/ Thomasville) and WSWG (Moultrie/Albany), is now the senior vice president of Gray Television and will oversee all TV stations in the south and east, including Tallahassee’s WCTV. General Sales Manager Heather Peeples has succeeded him as general manager of WCTV and WSWG. ▪ Michael P. Harrell and Marnie L. George are the newest additions to the Governmental and Legislative Affairs team at Pennington P.A. Harrell has been named senior government affairs consultant, and George is the new government affairs consultant. ▪ Nanette Schimpf is the new vice president of Moore Communications Group. Schimpf is an expert in grassroots advocacy, public affairs and media relations and has handled clients such as PhRMA, the Florida Sheriff’s Association and the Florida Schimpf Sterling Council. In her new role, she will continue to serve clients in the law enforcement and medical industry and will place greater emphasis on the firm’s business development. ▪ Wes Strickland, formerly of the international law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP, has opened a solo law and regulatory consulting practice in Tallahassee. Strickland worked with Foley & Lardner LLP for more than 14 years, most recently as a partner in the Insurance Industry Group, where he focused on insurance transactional and regulatory law. ▪ Terra Palmer recently launched CollectChaChas. com, a new local business on the cutting edge of new trends for cell phones and tablets with gem-encrusted customized accessories that let you show your favorite team sport, sorority or passion in life. ChaChas are available locally at Cole Couture, Garnet and Gold, Ardan’s Salon and online at September–October 2013


»life Agenda

Come See Us Again For the First Time Over 7,000 sq. ft. of brand new event space for intimate settings of 20 to extravagant occasions for 250. Enjoy our professionally-trained culinary team, resort-style pool, and entertainment deck.

▪ Tallahassee Bar Association attorneys Mutaquee N. Akbar, Akbar Law Firm; G.C. Murray Jr., Florida Justice Association; and Melissa VanSickle, Clark, Partington, Hart, Larry, Bond & Stackhouse (and current president of the Tallahassee Bar Association) have been selected as Fellows to the 2013–14 inaugural class of the Florida Bar’s Leadership Academy.


▪ Destin’s Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa has appointed Richard Ross as the resort’s new vice president of sales and marketing. VanSickle ▪ Florida State University College of Medicine Tallahassee Regional Campus celebrated its 10th anniversary in August at the Golden Eagle Country Club. Campus Dean Dr. Ronald Hartsfield honored members of the community faculty with the Outstanding Physician Award and the Guardian of the Mission Award.

▪ West Marine recently opened a new store in Tallahassee that, at 13,000 square feet, is nearly double the size of the previous location. Located in Governor’s Point Center, the new store is the largest West Marine in the Florida Panhandle. ▪ Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute announced recently that Palm Beach Cancer Institute has joined the practice, which adds four sites in Palm Beach County to the nearly 60 operating in Florida, including two based in Tallahassee. The Institute offers a full range of oncology and hematology services, including clinical research and the use of evidence-based medicine and proactive patient support services. ▪ Radey Thomas Yon & Clark has launched a new name and brand — Radey Law Firm — positioning the firm for future growth. The AV-rated firm has enjoyed significant success in its first 10 years, including making U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Law Firms” list for Administrative/Regulatory Law and Insurance Law. ▪ Gregg Patterson, Sherrie Kishbaugh, Bob Lotane, Felicia Nowels and Betsy Miller are the newly elected officers of the American Red Cross Capital Area Chapter. Patterson, chairman, is CEO of Innovative Management Services; Kishbaugh, first vice chair, is senior vice president of operations for Mainline Information Systems; Lotane, second vice chair, is senior consultant at Hill & Knowlton Strategies; third vice chair Nowels is a partner at Akerman Senterfitt; and treasurer Miller is the audit manager for Thomas Howell Ferguson, P.A. The Red Cross board also elected three new board members: Mary Wachob of Capital City Bank, Rob Lane of BB&T and Tom Derzypolski of BowStern. ▪ DICK’S Sporting Goods, the largest U.S. based full-line sporting goods retailer, announced that a new store will be opening soon in Tallahassee. It was expected to open in the summer and will feature all the latest gear for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting and fishing.

316 West Tennessee St. Tallahassee, Fl 32301 850 422 0071

68 September–October 2013

▪ Leon County District 4 Commissioner Bryan Desloge was recently re-installed as president of the Florida Association of Counties, which represents Florida’s 67 counties with the involvement of more than 300 county commissioners. // compiled by Jason Dehart n

Prism TV + High-Speed Internet + Unlimited Nationwide Calling TM

$ Speeds up to 10 Mbps!


.95 a month*

High-Speed Internet up to 10 Mbps and Unlimited Nationwide Calling PLUS:

FREE Whole Home DVR (for 3 months)


(for 3 months)

Switch today!

Over 130 channels

Español 866.960.7085

30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee

Call 866.948.6130

FREE Professional Installation

Test-drive in-store: Tallahassee – 1544-2 Governors Square Blvd. Tallahassee – 2020 West Pensacola St. *Offer ends 10/31/2013. Offers and stated rate apply to new, first-time CenturyLink® Prism™ TV residential customers only. The stated monthly rate of $99.95 includes CenturyLink® Prism™ TV Package, CenturyLink® High-Speed Internet (up to 10 Mbps) and CenturyLink Unlimited Nationwide Calling and will apply for twenty-four (24) months (the standard monthly rate for each service will apply thereafter). A twelve-month term agreement is required for Prism™ TV. After the third month of free Whole Home DVR service, a $9.99 monthly DVR service fee will apply when the Whole Home DVR is purchased with the Prism™ TV programming package. One offer per household. Rate excludes taxes, fees and surcharges. Promotional offer cannot be combined with any other Prism offers. All prices, packages and programming are subject to change without notice. Customer must cancel DVR and/or HD service by calling CenturyLink Customer Service before the end of the 3-month free promotional period to avoid monthly charges or the standard monthly rate for each service will apply until services are cancelled. Offer requires customer to remain in good standing and terminates if customer changes their account in any manner including any change to the required CenturyLink services (cancelled, upgraded, downgraded), telephone number change, or change of physical location of any installed service (including customer moving from residence of installed services). General – CenturyLink may change, cancel, or substitute offers and services, or vary them by service area, at its sole discretion without notice. Requires credit approval and deposit may be required. Additional restrictions apply. Terms and Conditions – All products and services are governed by tariffs, terms of service, or terms and conditions posted at Taxes, Fees, and Surcharges – Applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges include a Carrier Universal Service charge, National Access Fee surcharge, a one-time High-Speed Internet and Voice activation fee, state and local fees that vary by area and certain in-state surcharges. Cost recovery fees are not taxes or government-required charges for use. Taxes, fees, and surcharges apply based on standardmonthly, not promotional, rates. Call for a listing of applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges. Monthly Rate – Monthly rate applies while customer subscribes to all qualifying services. If one (1) or more services are cancelled, the standard monthly fee will apply to each remaining service. High-Speed Internet – As determined by service location, an early termination fee will apply as either a flat $99 fee or the applicable monthly recurring service fee multiplied by the number of months remaining in the minimum service period, up to $200. Customers must accept High-Speed Internet Subscriber Agreement prior to using service. Listed broadband speeds vary due to conditions outside of network control, including customer location and equipment, and are not guaranteed. Home Phone with Unlimited Nationwide Calling – Service applies to one (1) residential phone line with direct-dial, local and nationwide long distance voice calling from home phone, including Alaska, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands; excludes commercial use, call center, data and facsimile services (including dial-up Internet connections, data services, and facsimile; each may be billed at $0.10/minute), conference lines, directory and operator assistance, chat lines, pay-per-call, calling card use, or multi-housing units. Usage will be monitored for compliance and service may be suspended/terminated for noncompliance. An additional charge may be assessed to customer if usage consistently exceeds 5,000 minutes/mo. International calling billed separately. CenturyLink® Prism™ TV – Subscription to Prism service in certain Prism territories may require separate local phone service and preclude customers from purchasing High-Speed Internet services from any third party. Service includes digital channels (including local channels), one (1) or two (2) set-top box(es) (STB), depending upon plan selected, one (1) modem gateway, and up to four (4) standard direct video streams to residence. CenturyLink-provided set-top boxes are required to view TV. If a term commitment is required for listed Prism offer and customer terminates those services before the end of the applicable term commitment, CenturyLink will assess an early termination fee of up to $20, multiplied by the number of months remaining in customer’s then-current term commitment. Local channel availability varies by market. High Definition (HD) available on all TV plans for an additional $11.99/month. Of the 4 video streams per customer residence, customer’s location will determine both HD availability and the maximum number of HD video streams (between 0 and 4) a customer can view and record in HD at any one time (remaining streams will be standard definition) regardless of the number of set-top boxes in the household. Additional charges will apply for additional programming packages, movie channel subscriptions (except for Prism™ Premium plan), Pay Per View movies and events, On Demand purchases, and premium services/subscriptions for all plans. Some subscription services, events, and broadcast network service may be blacked out in customer’s area. Equipment – Minimum equipment and CenturyLink professional installation are required. Professional installation provided at no additional charge for standard install; other fees may apply for abnormal situations. At initial installation, each customer receives: one (1) modem gateway; up to eight (8) STBs, depending on plan selected; and one (1) remote control per STB installed. All equipment must be returned to CenturyLink as directed by CenturyLink (either to a retail store or via a CenturyLink-designated delivery service, depending upon your location) within thirty (30) days after service disconnection (or such other date specified by CenturyLink) in an undamaged condition, or customer will be charged for each equipment piece not returned on time or returned as damaged. Prism™ TV Plan – Whole Home DVR service excluded and is available for an additional monthly fee. Prism™ TV 30-Day Guarantee – Applies only to new, standard, residential CenturyLink® Prism™ service in select markets (”Service”). To be eligible, customers must cancel Service no later than the 30th day after service activation at customer’s residence, complete online form at, and return equipment (all set-top boxes and power cords required) as instructed by CenturyLink within 30 days of disconnection date. CenturyLink will credit the following applicable charges to customer’s CenturyLink invoice within 60 business days following the later of disconnection date or return of equipment, provided customer has satisfied all requirements outlined above: monthly recurring Service charges, monthly recurring equipment charges, shipping and handling fees for equipment, professional installation fees, activation fee, and all applicable taxes, fees, and surcharges related to Prism service and equipment. Incurred charges for any Pay Per View movies and events and On Demand purchases ordered are not eligible. May not be available with other offers or promotions. Epic ©2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ©2013 CenturyLink. All Rights Reserved. The name CenturyLink and the pathways logo are trademarks of CenturyLink. All other marks are property of their respective owners. September–October 2013



Recognizing individuals who have made contributions to the Tallahassee community through substantive achievements in their career and community.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 6:00 p.m. Social Hour 7:15 p.m. Dinner & Awards Presentations University Center Club Reservations available at Thank you to our sponsors: Capital Health Plan • Florida A&M University • Kia AutoSport

A Benefit for Youth Leadership Tallahassee 70 September–October 2013

Honorable Alfred “Al” Lawson 2013 LIFETIME LEADERSHIP AWARD


… cultivating a diverse network of emerging and experienced leaders committed to improving the community.


J. T. Burnette, Hunter + Harp Holdings Vince Long, Leon County Government Joy Watkins, Community Foundation of North Florida


Ramon Alexander, Florida A&M University Haley Cutler, Oasis Center for Women & Girls Melanie Lee, Kia Auto Sport Katrina Rolle, Community Leader


Nolia Brandt, Community Leader Margaret Lynn Duggar, Margaret Lynn Duggar and Associates, Inc. Chris Jensen, Prime Meridian Bank A. Lawton Langford, Municipal Code Corporation Gail Stansberry-Ziffer, Ziffer Stansberry Advertising & Public Relations

For more information, contact Barbara Boone, Executive Director, Leadership Tallahassee 850.521.3112 September–October 2013


Photos by Scott Holstein (7, 8, 9) and Courtesy Cole Couture (1), My Favorite Things (2, 4), Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear and Apparel (3, 5, 6)


72 September–October 2013



Habitat / Décor Deal Estate / Gardening Getaways / MIND AND BODY A BETTER YOU

TuTu Trends 3.





terra palmer & Calynne hill, 1. Textured Denim Jeans, Citizens of Humanity, Cole Couture, $198 2. Silver Antler Nut Bowl, Arthur Court, My Favorite Things, $49 3. Kevin’s Field Bar, Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear and Apparel, $1,350


4. Wildlife Decorative Plate, Vietri, My Favorite Things, $261 5. Pheasant Feather Bowtie, Kevin’s, $110 6. Classic Shooting Shirt, Kevin’s, $109–$119 7. ChaChas,, Ardan Salon, Cole Couture, Garnet & Gold, $12.95 8. Kiernan Riding Boots, Tory Burch, Narcissus, $495


9. Mazi Daisy Cake, Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Icing, Sandy’s Sweets, $40 7.


9. September–October 2013


74 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

»style Habitat

A Woman, a Tree and a Cottage The Story of Lichgate, Laura Jepsen and the Struggle to Continue Her Legacy

Photos by Scott Holstein (Lichgate House) and courtesy Laura Jepsen Institute

By Laura Bradley


ucked away in a wooded area on High Road, A Shakespearean Lichgate is little known, scholar, Laura Jepsen even to many Tallahassee (above) built a home residents. Its cornerstone and she named Lichgate claim to fame is an ancient, fairy- (facing page) that would allow her to tale live oak tree, whose branches be transported to anwind and reach out and dip toward other place and time. the ground from a massive trunk. The tree’s beauty is what lured Laura Jepsen to the property in the first place. And it was Jepsen, with her literary mind and passion for antiquity, who built Lichgate.

… with the grace of a southern belle in a billowing skirt, this moss-draped live oak swept the ground in every direction. It was a tree to inspire poets. In her book, “Lichgate on High Road,” Jepsen recounts building her cottage near the tree. It was not simply a construction project. In everything that Jepsen did, she was building an elaborate statement. In her book she recalls, “To conquer time, to preserve the essence of the past, to escape into reality, these were my triple desires when I started to build Lichgate.” Jepsen first fell in love with the tree during her twoyear search for land on which to build the cottage of her dreams in Tallahassee. When she settled on the cow pasture on High Road with the incredible tree, she applied for a loan, which was denied. She bought the property with $5,000 borrowed from a friend and built the house in stages as funds became available, moving in while the tarpaper was still up. Laura Jepsen Institute board member Nita Davis observed that visitors at Lichgate often react with a look of awe, similar to those entering a church. Jepsen’s ambition and adoration for timelessness pervade the design of Lichgate’s cottage, from the appearance to the materials used. “There was nothing trivial in her life. The simplest decision, whether she was writing or building her home, or anything that she did, had layers of meaning to it, which is always very interesting,” noted Christopher Linton, a Lichgate volunteer, caretaker and researcher. Few of the building materials for Lichgate were local. Her white pine floors, almost 250 years old, came from a cottage demolished in Vermont. The tidewater red cypress, redwood and cedar used for the rest of the home impart a warm aroma to the interior even now. The granite used for her fireplace and foundation came from the same Georgia quarry as the Capitol steps downtown. Jepsen chose this stone, among the oldest rocks on the planet, because its durability would anchor her cottage forever — structurally and symbolically. Lasting into the future was not the only way Jepsen intended to conquer time. Her second goal, to preserve the essence of the past, was very personal. In addition to her dream cottage, Jepsen built an actual lichgate at the edge of the property. For Jepsen, it functioned as a symbol for transition and timelessness. The word “lichgate” literally translates to “corpse gate” and is the transition point between the graveyard and the churchyard — or, as one Austrian visitor put it, between “life and the light.” Walking through the lichgate each day, Jepsen saw herself transported through time. There was the outside, modern world September–October 2013


»style Habitat

where she worked and volunteered, and there was Lichgate­— where she could escape. “Loving the 16th century and Shakespeare like she did, she used the lichgate as a way of transporting herself back in time, back to the period of time she loved and wanted to live in, instead of the one she did live in,” Linton explained.

The Life Behind (and After) Lichgate

In every respect, Jepsen strove to lead a simple life, focused on pursuits far removed from material wealth. She walked to work at Florida State University, where she taught literature, humanities and creative writing. Her cottage had no air conditioning until she was in her 70s, when her friends convinced her she needed it for her health (although she had installed it in her doghouse much earlier). For music, she had an old Victrola record player, which she also used later to play recordings of frogs and birds, as the woods surrounding her home dwindled under construction efforts. There might have been an additional motivation behind Jepsen’s desire to escape to the past. Her life was full of intellectual pursuit, philanthropy and artistic creation, but one thing was glaringly missing. “She never dated or had any relationships that we could ever find,” Linton noted. “There was a piece of her that never got expressed; for all the good she did, she never had that one piece in her life.” Some believe that between 1936 and 1946, something might have separated her from a person she loved. Her 1936 master’s thesis was on Cupid, and in 1946 Jepsen’s doctoral thesis, “Ethos in Classical and Shakespearean Tragedy,” was far more somber. Whatever her reason, she never married or started a family of her own. Jepsen’s solitude was not for lack of male interest. According to some former students, she even managed to pique the interest of a high-profile literary suitor. Jepsen met William Faulkner when she was on an Oxford cruise as a speaker. The enamored Southern Gothic author later sent her a clock as a gift. This was an overly pretentious gesture to Jepsen, so she sent the clock back and told him not to write her again. While her life appeared to be devoid of romance, the love with which Jepsen built Lichgate has proven as enduring as the place itself. Many local couples have chosen to marry under the tree, in beautiful ceremonies where the sprawling oak is a perfect symbol for the personal growth and abundance ahead. Students bring their parents and loved ones there during visits,

76 September–October 2013

hoping to share the wonder. Even international travellers stop by on occasion. Each visitor forges a unique relationship with the site. Years after building Lichgate, Jepsen filed a sexual discrimination suit against Florida State University. Although she had worked there for 30 years, she was still an assistant professor making $14,000 a year, while male colleagues around her who had taught for far less time got promoted around her. It took 10 years to settle the suit, but Jepsen was eventually awarded monetary compensation, which she used to start the Leon County Humane Society and Animal Aid. In the last year of her life, Jepsen fell and broke her ankle, and six months before she died she developed cancer. In 1995, while she was in hospice, her home was vandalized by students of nearby Godby High School. Many of her papers and books were burned, along with some personal effects. The windows were broken along with the doors. Afterwards, teachers and some students pulled together, volunteering to fix the cottage, but many documents that could have filled in some gaps in Jepsen’s history were lost.

Scott Holstein

Jepsen died on Christmas Eve 1995, and her ashes were brought home to Lichgate and placed at the base of her beloved tree. Litchgate and properties in other states that she owned were given to the Nature Conservancy, and in her will she wrote that it was her desire to see the place preserved. Instead, the Conservancy prepared to sell Litchgate, which appalled several of Jepsen’s former students, who banded together to form the Laura Jepsen Institute.

Carrying on the Legacy

In August 1996, after a year of negotiation, the Institute took out a mortgage and bought the place back from the Conservancy. The grounds were overgrown, both from the period of neglect following Jepsen’s death and from her desire for seclusion from the outside world bustling nearby. The group is made up of ordinary individuals with a touch of whimsy — people who, above all, respected Jepsen’s dream.

The central motivation of the Institute This massive live when it took over was oak that drew Laura Jepsen to the to have Lichgate desigproperty where she nated as a historic site. would build Lichgate “One of the things that is now a popular we felt was important venue for outdoor was to get the house on weddings. the National Register of Historic Places,” board member Jody Taylor explained, giving Lichgate more lasting recognition as a site of importance. The tree is also listed with the Live Oak Society. “We’ve tried to incorporate some of the philosophies she had in her other properties,” Taylor said, referring to their preservation efforts. Wildflowers abound, as do butterflies, much like they did in her other homes throughout the years. They have also worked to foster a relationship with Florida State University, its students and its film school. The partnership with the Damayan Garden Project is another effort to continue Jepsen’s philosophies. The showcase garden at Lichgate is used to teach people organic gardening methods. The Damayan Garden Project also donates food to places like The Shelter and Planet Gumbo, and sells produce at markets to raise funds. They also bring school groups to the grounds, reaching out into the community in any way they can. Davis explained that all of the Institute’s efforts strive to preserve Lichgate’s innocent, timeless quality. “What we escape to, she built. She lived it,” Davis explained. While many of us pay to rent cabins to embrace simplicity, Jepsen embraced it in her everyday life. She called Lichgate her “place of retrospect” for reasons obvious to anyone who visits. When showing local students the house, Taylor said the most interesting part is the realization it brings within them. “When they come and realize you can live a simple life and give back to the community, it opens something up in them — a different perspective ... . You never know what that can kindle in them.” Davis added that Lichgate fosters an embrace of innocence, and a moment of authenticity. “I’ve seen it from the very beginning,” she recalled. “People who come here ... their persona falls away, and this little part of them that they’ve never expressed before comes out.” Although Lichgate is a community gem, and despite the value visitors find within the site, its permanence is far from guaranteed. The property’s mortgage is still being paid off, and keeping up is not always easy. September–October 2013


850.445.4004 |

78 September–October 2013

“People think it’s saved,” said Davis. “It’s not saved.” Currently, there are no deep-pocketed benefactors for the preserva tion project. “This fell towards people who were more like Dr. Jepsen — more reclusive, more introverted and (with) very shallow pockets,” she continued. “But somehow, maybe because of the kindred spirits, they were able to see the beauty and keep it going.” Lichgate will not be guaranteed permanence until the roughly $35,000 left from the original $100,000 mortgage is Volunteers tend to paid — and even then funds and structures the vegetable and must be kept in place for things like repairs flower gardens that and ground maintenance. surround Lichgate. While it has lasted so far, there is no guarantee for the future. There’s no paid staff; it is run entirely by volunteers. Preserving Lichgate continues to be an act of love, just as it was when Jepsen bought the land. Institute members are hoping more members of the local community will commit to preserving this beautiful piece of history. Angela Herring, a Lichgate volunteer and caretaker, emphasized the value of Lichgate’s perpetual ability to bring peace to its visitors — and even volunteers who work there regularly. “Even as we walk onto the place, each time that we step onto it, there is a peace as you step through that threshold,” she said. n

Scott Holstein

»style Habitat

Thank you for making us #1


elegant creative unique distinctive | | (850) 894.0423 | (850) 509.5005 (mobile)

With the beautiful vistas, generous amenities and over 300 acres, Pinnacle Place Outdoors in Alford, Florida offers a truly unforgettable wedding venue — only one hour’s drive from Tallahassee. Not only are catering and bartending services available, but Pinnacle Place offers a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy. The property features a country store, rustic cabin and lodge all suitable for accommodating numerous guests. A gazebo overlooking the cypress-lled pond adds to the stunning charm of the natural beauty of the plantation.

Your life-long memories begin at Pinnacle Place. Book your wedding or corporate retreat with us today. (850) 638-8900 September–October 2013


80 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

»style Décor






Ah, autumn — the start of a long stretch of holidays. First come the pretty fall colors, and then the Halloween jack-o’-lanterns, the Thanksgiving cornucopias and, of course, then there’s December to handle. Keeping up can get overwhelming — and pricey — pretty quickly. But small, smart touches can bring a home up to seasonal speed quickly and tastefully. One of the easiest ways to kick the autumn air up a notch inside your home is through decorative throw pillows. These small touches can celebrate the season in a variety of ways, including autumn-themed prints and embroidery, or even simply by making a nod to the falling leaves through warm tones of red, orange and brown. And luckily, our fair city has quite the selection. // Laura Bradley and Chay D. Baxley




1. Lollipop Tangerine Furniture Showcase & Design, $112. 2. Calypso Orange Furniture Showcase & Design, $112. 3. Thrush by Ox Bow Décor, Sweet Patina, $110. 4. Treasures Tangerine Furniture Showcase & Design, $112. 5. Custom pillow by Chrysalis fabric in “Chuchina” print Price determined by fabric, size and trimming, $65–$75. 6. Custom pillow by Chrysalis fabric Price determined by fabric, size and trimming, $65–$75. September–October 2013


Limited time offer: Select Fall Color Trees 30% Off

October 11th- 17th

2911 Thomasville Road | 850.385.2162 |

82 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

»style Gardening

st, Ms. Grow-I t-A y Po ll dre Au

Yes, You Can Grow Daffodils

Many Other Bulbs Can Handle the North Florida Heat, Too By Audrey Post

no difference. Historically, gardeners in the Coastal South used “daffodil” to describe large daffodil flowers, “jonquil” for small daffodil flowers, and “narcissus” for daffodils with flower clusters on a single stem, according to A: Don’t be too hasty. Lots of bulbs will its website. Furthermore, “daffodil” is ® do well in Tallahassee and the eastern the common name for flowers in the Florida Panhandle, including daffodils — genus Narcissus, which is the Latin Ms. Grow-It-All ® botanical name for all daffodils. A you just have to make sure you’re growing the right kind of daffodils and treating “jonquil,” the site explains, is “a hybrid them properly for our climate. We’re in daffodil descended from the fragrant the Southeast’s USDA Zone 8b, which stretches along species daffodil Narcissus jonquilla.” Nonetheless, the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida’s Big Bend, across you’ll find other gardening sources that say narcissus the upper Florida Peninsula to Jacksonville, and up the grows well in Zone 8b but true daffodils don’t. Don’t Atlantic Coast to just south of Charleston, S.C. While get overwrought about taxonomy; help is available. certain kinds of daffodils can handle our mild winters The late John Van Beck spent years growing dafand hot summers, tulips simply cannot. fodils, both commercially available ones and historic If you want tulips, consider them annuals and replant varieties “rescued” from old home sites, meticulously every fall. You were correct that tulips for the Deep documenting both successes and failures. One of the South need time in the refrigerator before plantfounders of the Florida Daffodil Society, he and his ing, about 60 days at 40 degrees, according to the colleagues created three daffodil trial gardens in University of Florida’s Extension Service. But make Tallahassee in 1994 and eventually ended up with sure you keep them away from ripening fruit, which just the one at his home. After his death in 2001, his gives off an ethylene gas that can kill the flower buds. Some gardeners have a separate fridge for gardening needs, which is handy for pre-chilling bulbs as well as beverages. Nurseries sometimes sell pre-chilled tulip bulbs, which can be planted immediately, but never chill your daffodil bulbs; it damages them and can prevent blooming, according to the Florida Daffodil Society. Labels can get us into trouble with many plants, so it’s good to clarify terms before we start shopping. What’s the difference between a daffodil and a narcissus? How do they differ from a jonquil? According to the Florida Daffodil Society, there really is Q: I have had little luck with daffodils and no luck at all with tulips. I even chilled my bulbs in the refrigerator before planting and they failed to bloom. I give up. What other bulbs will do well here?

Ms. Grow-It-All


In addition to daffodils, other bulb-type plants (bulbs, rhizomes, corms and tubers) recommended for North Florida by the University of Florida’s Extension Service and other area gardeners include: African iris (Morea) Amaryllis Butterfly lily (Hedychium) Caladium Calla lilies (Zantedeschia) Canna lilies Crinum lilies Day lilies (Hemerocallis) Elephant ears (Alocasia, Calocasia) Philippine lily (Lilium candidum) Gladiolus Gloriosa lily Hurricane lily (Lycoris) Iris Kaffir lily (Clivia) Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus) Louisiana iris Shell ginger/shell lily (Alpinia zerumbet) Snowflake (Leucojum) Society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea) Spider lily (Hymenocallis) Tiger lily (Lilium lancifolium) Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) Zephyr lily (Zephyranthes) September–October 2013


»style Gardening

Tree Removals - Trimming & Pruning - Tree Mitigation - Fertilization Tree Injections - Debris Hauling - Bush Hogging - Brush Mowing Lightning Protection - Cabling & Bracing - 24-hour Emergency Three Certified Arborists - Residential & Commercial Licensed & Insured - Consulting Free Estimates By a Certified Arborist

“We’ll go out on a limb for you”

Bryan Wilson - Drew Miller - Clay Culpepper

Voted “Best Tree Service in Tallahassee” four years in a row. Growing Roots in Tallahassee since 1999 | 4951 Woodlane Circle Tallahassee, FL

84 September–October 2013

850-228-7876 Fax: (850) 597-7339

wife and research partner, Linda Van Beck, and daughter, Sara Van Beck, published his results in “Daffodils in Florida: A Field Guide to the Coastal South.” If you’re serious about growing daffodils, this book is a great addition to your garden library. It contains lists of daffodils rated “satisfactory,” meaning they survived four years in the trial gardens, as well as suggestions for companion plants. It also details research that had been conducted up to the book’s publication, in 2004, into growing daffodils in Central Florida. Some of the more popular large daffodils that do well here are Carlton, Barrett Browning and Ice Follies. Recommended mediumsized daffodils include Sweetness (which, as its name implies, has a lovely fragrance), Thalia and Trevithian. Other categories listed in the book are small-flowered daffodils, miniature daffodils and small-flower clusters, including the Paper White Narcissus often forced for indoor blooming during winter holidays. I have Carlton, Ice Follies, Sweetness and Trevithian in my garden, and they do well. Plan to dig and separate every three or four years, or they’ll stop blooming. There’s a much longer list of daffodils that didn’t make it in the trial gardens, so you can check it against selections in your mail-order catalogue and avoid wasting time and money. The best time to plant daffodils in our region is in October or November, and the best locations get six hours of full sun a day or have high, filtered shade. Make sure the area has good drainage or your bulbs will rot. Don’t make the soil too rich, either; daffodils prefer sandy loam. Plant your bulbs two to three times deeper than the size of the bulb. If you have a 2-inch bulb, plant it 4 to 6 inches deep. Planting four or five bulbs per square foot gives them room to grow and multiply while still creating a lush look. If you have trouble with squirrels digging up your bulbs, as many of us do, wrap them in chicken wire with the nose, or pointy end, toward one of the wire’s openings. Water well after planting and during growing season, but withhold water after they bloom. Don’t cut back the foliage after it flowers, because it’s creating food for next year’s bloom as it fades. If you have a sprinkler system, turn off the heads that cover your daffodils to keep them from rotting over the summer. Using a micro-irrigation system is one way to target the water where you want it, particularly if you interplant with perennials. A 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch will keep the bulbs cool during the heat of summer. A word of caution: While there are many daffodils that can handle our heat, none can stand salt, so they’re not a good selection for the beach. They’ll do fine slightly farther inland, though. Unlike daffodils grown in more northern areas, Southern daffodils have a long blooming season, with very early ones beginning to bloom in November and late-blooming varieties putting on a show in late March and early April. With careful planning, you can have daffodils blooming for months. n © 2013 Postscript Publishing, all rights reserved. Audrey Post is a certified Advanced Master Gardener volunteer with the University of Florida IFAS Extension in Leon County. E-mail her at Questions@ or visit her website at Ms. Grow-It-All® is a registered trademark of Postscript Publishing.

September & October Garden Events Sept. 5: The Magnolia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets at 7 p.m. in Room 1024 of the King Building at FSU. Landscape artist Philip Juras will speak on “Searching for the Southern Frontier Landscapes Inspired by William Bartram’s ‘Travels’.” Sept. 6: Goodwood Museum and Gardens’ First Friday Brown Bag Lecture Series kicks off the 2013–14 season with season with “Pruning for Topiaries,” noon–1 p.m., Carriage House Conference Center, 1600 Miccosukee Road. Free. Bring your lunch. Sept. 9: Edible Garden Club of Tallahassee meets at 6 p.m. at the Winthrop Park Pavilion. Program will be on permaculture. Sept. 12: Tallahassee Orchid Society meets at 7 p.m. in Jubilee Cottage, Goodwood Museum and Gardens. Sept. 15: Tallahassee Area Rose Society meets at 2:30 p.m. in the Laundry Cottage at Goodwood. Gary Knox, professor of horticulture at the University of Florida’s North Florida Education and Research Center in Quincy, will give a program on the test roses at NFREC.  Sept. 19: Tallahassee Garden Club’s free monthly plant exchange and horticulture program, 9:30– 11 a.m. Free plants, followed by a program. Sept. 22: Tallahassee Daylily Club meets at 2 p.m. at the Leon County Extension Office, 615 Paul Russell Road. Sept. 28: Fall Open House at the Leon County Extension Office, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., 615 Paul Russell Road. Master gardeners will conduct tours of the gardens, and there will be lots of exhibits and demonstrations. Free. Oct. 1: The Camellia and Garden Club of Tallahassee meets at Jubilee Cottage, Goodwood Museum and Gardens. Check-in and social time at 6:30, dinner at 7, followed by a business meeting and program. Dinner is $10 and reservations required. Email

esther! Guests welcome. Oct. 3: The Magnolia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets at 7 p.m. in Room 1024 of the King Building at FSU. Bruce Means will speak on the ecology of Panhandle bogs. Oct. 4: Goodwood’s First Friday Brown Bag Lecture Series presents “Perennials,” noon–1 p.m., in the Carriage House Conference Center. Speaker is Gary Knox, professor of horticulture at the University of Florida’s North Florida Education and Research Center in Quincy. Free. Bring your lunch. Oct. 7: Edible Garden Club of Tallahassee, 6 p.m., Winthrop Park Pavilion. Oct. 10: Tallahassee Orchid Society meets at 7 p.m. in Jubilee Cottage, Goodwood Museum and Gardens.


… Custom is Priceless! 1410 Market Street

The Pavilions, Next to My Favorite Things 850.224.2924 | |

Oct. 13: Tallahassee Area Rose Society meets at 2:30 p.m. in the Laundry Cottage at Goodwood. The program will include a mock show, so bring roses. Oct. 17: Tallahassee Garden Club’s free monthly plant exchange and horticulture program, 9:30– 11 a.m., and free evening plant exchange, 5:15–6 p.m. Oct. 19, 20: Tallahassee Area Rose Society Rose Show, 1–5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. Sunday, Doyle Conner Administrative Building, 3125 Conner Blvd. Free. Oct. 19, 20: Goodwood Fall Plant Sale, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday and 1–4 p.m. Sunday, Virginia McKee Greenhouse at Goodwood Museum and Gardens. This year’s sale is being held in conjunction with the New Leaf Market Farm Tour. Sale features hundreds of heirloom perennials and annuals, winter vegetables and herbs, shrubs and groundcovers. No admission charge. Oct. 27: Tallahassee Daylily Club meets at 2 p.m. at the Leon County Extension Office, 615 Paul Russell Road. September–October 2013


»feature Deal Estate

GO TO for UPDATED Listings

facts and stats

In the Neighborhood

SummerBrooke An Idyllic Setting for Family Living

All statistics listed below pertain to sales in May 2013 and are provided by the Tallahassee Board of Realtors, Florida Realtor and the National Association of Realtors.

By Laura Bradley


Leon County closed 243 singlefamily home sales — 55 of which were paid in cash. 183 were traditional sales, 36 were foreclosures and 24 were short sales. On average, Leon County’s closed single-family home sales received 93.4 percent of their original list price. The median sale price for singlefamily homes in Leon County was $201,000 — a 22.2 percent increase over last May. Single-family home inventory (active listings) in Leon County dropped by 13 percent between May 2012 and 2013.


Scott Holstein

Florida closed 22,375 singlefamily home sales — 10,292 of which were paid in cash. 15,768 were traditional sales, 3,342 were foreclosures and 3,265 were short sales.

86 September–October 2013

The median sale price for singlefamily homes in Florida was $171,000 — a 15.9 percent increase over last May. Single-family home inventory (active listings) in Florida dropped by 23.7 percent between May 2012 and 2013.


Nationally, total housing inventory increased 3.3 percent to 2.22 million existing homes for sale. National listed inventory was 10.1 percent lower than it had been a year before.

Hawks Rise Elementary

Scott Holstein

Tucked away past Interstate 10, a bit north of Ox Bottom, SummerBrooke offers the perfect neighborhood environment for a wide variety of households, from young families to retirees. It was founded in the 1990s and has had 10 building phases up through 2005. Now, with about 800 home sites, the neighborhood is almost completely developed — only a few vacant lots remain. “This is my backyard,” said Gary Bartlett of Gary Bartlett Real Estate, who has been selling homes in SummerBrooke for more than 12 years and also is a SummerBrooke resident. When asked what makes it a special, pleasant place to live, he replied, “Its privacy, its safety, its architectural appeal … . It’s family-oriented. It’s a great neighborhood, and it’s got a great neighborhood feel.” He added that the neighborhood’s school zoning also plays a big part in attracting families. Nearby schools include Hawks Rise Elementary, Deerlake Middle School and Chiles High School; all three are highly ranked schools. “The neighborhood’s calling card has always been its schools,” said Bartlett. “The school zones are certainly a driving force.” continued on page 104

On average, Florida’s closed single-family home sales received 93.8 percent of their original list price.

The national median existinghome price for all housing types was $208,000 — 15.4 percent higher than a year before. The national median time on the market for all homes was 41 days.

A Brand You Know, A Name You Can Trust...


Coldwell Banker is proud of its rich history. Since 1906 Coldwell Banker has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate. Coldwell Banker Hartung and Noblin has been serving the Tallahassee area for over 30 years. Call us today and let us tell you how our experience and innovation can give you an advantage in today’s market. It’s an opportunity you can’t afford to miss. 3303 Thomasville Road


(850) 386-6160


C o l d w e l l B a n k e r Ta l l a h a s s e e . c o m

As Previews International Property Specialists

We believe your home really is your castle. Our calling is to find the home that is perfect for you. Give us a call today.

Deborah Thompson, CRS

Yvonne Howell, Realtor

(850) 933-1349

(850) 933-2219 September–October 2013


»feature Deal Estate Just Listed

Located in Weems Plantation, Tallahassee’s 2012 Neighborhood of the Year, the details in this home set it apart — and the price makes it a fantastic deal. The neighborhood itself gives residents easy access to shopping, fine dining, Tom Brown Park and more. The current owners call their home “The Oasis,” and upon closer inspection it becomes clear why. Built in 2003, this home features a bright, open floor plan perfect both for family life and entertaining. “ The house is very well maintained and upgraded,” said listing agent Mariana Doseanu. “I think it really has all the features that current buyers are looking for.” The living room boasts both a gas fireplace and a built-in entertainment center. The living space also opens up to a kitchen with an intricate backsplash and floor tile design, as well as a breakfast nook. A large, separated dining room provides the perfect setting for upscale entertainment. Crown molding

throughout the house, in addition to hardwood in the living area, give the home an extra touch of elegance. When asked to name the house’s biggest selling point, Doseanu had no trouble. “The pool. No hesitation. It’s the fabulous backyard setup. It gives a great opportunity to relax or entertain friends for a party.” With a screened-in back porch overlooking an in-ground pool, the community pond and the green space, the outdoor living space really is the house’s crowning jewel. It is a perfect outdoor oasis for homeowners and guests alike — for special occasions or just relaxing. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, this home is perfect for a small family that likes to entertain. Its 1,682 square feet offers room for all, and the open floor plan promises a good flow for parties. At $229,000, the home is priced to sell.

Elizabeth Birdwell Photography

A Great ‘Oasis’ in Weems Plantation Quick Look Address: 3333 Bodmin Moor Dr. List Price: $229,000 ($136.15/ square foot) Square Feet: 1,682 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Contact: Mariana Doseanu, Keller Williams Town & Country Realty, (850) 339-5671 mariana.

Benefit From Our Experience … Ranked One of the TOP Real Estate Companies!

(850) 329-7000 88 September–October 2013

GO TO for UPDATED Listings

The Naumann Group

Just Sold

Simply Elegant Southern Charm in SouthWood From the front and back covered porches, to the white accent columns in the foyer, to the hickory hardwood floors, this Parade of Homes house’s Southern charm is undeniable. That, along with all of the upgraded features, could explain why the home sold so quickly — and for close to list price. Listing agent Josh Kasper with The Naumann Group Real Estate added that the home’s builder is another Quick Look touch that sets the house apart. “Doug Address: 3123 Barton with Barton Construction is one of those builders that you will hear Dickinson Drive about 30 years from now, when people List Price: $460,000 are talking about a house that stands the ($176.58/square foot) test of time both for its architecture and structural integrity.” Sold For: $458,500 The house is full of upgrades, ($176.01/square foot) including a custom-built oversized, Square Feet: 2,605 wood-burning fireplace in the great room and stainless steel Viking appliBedrooms: 3 ances, marble and granite countertops, Bathrooms: 2.5 a bar and a large island in the kitchen. Unique lighting fixtures and soft, cool color palettes combine to make each space inviting and sophisticated. “I believe it was the attention to detail that made it stand out from the competition. Its simple elegance and Southern charm really created a great first impression on the buyers and everyone who visited the home,” Kasper said. The luxurious master suite, with its bright, airy bedroom and exceptional master bath (complete with a ceramic tile walk-in shower, large soaking tub and huge his-and-hers vanities) is separate from the other two bedrooms in the split floor plan. The two downstairs bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bathroom, which also comes with dual vanities. Upstairs, the large finished bonus room offers plenty of possibilities. With all of these features, plus a view of the golf course, it is no surprise that the home went under contract in just about a week’s time — and sold for just $1,500 below asking price. September–October 2013


ST. GEORGE ISLAND Invest in … A Natural Environment

»feature Deal Estate That Second Home

Beech Mountain, North Carolina Cozy, Quiet Retreat in the Mountains

Coldwell Banker Blair and Associates

N No o High High Rises Rises Low Low Density Density Only Only 75 75 miles from Tallahassee! Talllah hassee

(866) 936-0811

BEACHY BEACH 30A Real Estate


Two Beaches. Two Realtors. One Goal.

D ise Den se Fo Fount u ain unt in

Beachyy Be Beach ach De Desti stin n denise@be den @be b ach achybe ybeach .com m

850 0.5 598.0780 90 September–October 2013

Hi ary Hil ar Farnu n m

Bea achy Be Beach 30A A h ary hil ary@be @ ach @be achybe y c m

850.6 685.017 71

Built in 2007, this second home in the gorgeous mountain setting of North Carolina is perfect for any Florida native looking for a change of pace. The views are incomparable: rolling hills leading into rocky mountains. And the house is almost just as gorgeous. The best feature of this custom home is, of course, the views. According to listing agent Marty Rice, the mountains are visible almost 180 degrees around the house. Additionally, the window wall in the Quick Look large great room area provides plenty List Price: $599,000 of light, bringing the gorgeous sights ($209.44/square foot) and boulder landscapes in. “When you walk in and you have a Year Built: 2007 window wall of the wrap-around laySquare feet: 2,860 ered views… It’s incredible,” she said. “It’s all custom, high-end details.” Bedrooms: 3 The house comes fully furnished, Bathrooms: 3.5 and features such upscale touches as a stacked stone, wood-burning fireContact: Marty Rice, place upstairs and a stacked stone, gas Coldwell Banker Blair log fireplace downstairs; custom cabiand Associates, (828) nets and stainless steel Kitchen Aid 262-1836, martyrice47@ appliances; vaulted ceilings; and two master suites (one upstairs, and the other downstairs with the third bedroom). All three bedrooms have attached bathrooms, and the two master suites feature walk-in closets in addition to their large attached baths. The third bedroom has its own attached bonus room. The house also features a two-car garage and warm, beautiful woodwork throughout, and both floors open to extra-wide open, covered decks. There are also plenty of fun activities to enjoy the gorgeous outdoor environment, including a jogging and biking path, skiing nearby, hiking and also fishing, making this home a must-see.

GO TO for UPDATED Listings




Taking Cover(age) Before the Storm Now is the Best Time to Examine Your Windstorm and Flood Insurance Coverage With another hurricane season coming to a close, Florida is breathing a sigh of relief. But don’t get complacent just yet — now is the best time to evaluate your coverage against Florida’s most tempestuous weather. Applying for flood insur“At this point, ance should be done as early as possible, since most polieverybody needs to cies do not kick in right away. consider purchasing Tasha Carter, director of the Florida Department of flood insurance. Financial Services’ Division Even communities of Consumer Ser vices, advises that most flood insurthat are not in floodance policies entail a 30-day prone areas.” waiting period before policies become effective (with exceptions for new home pur— Tasha Carter, chases, refinances and other director of the new mortgages). Applying Florida Department for flood insurance right before a rainy season leaves of Financial Services’ you at risk; it’s better to set Division of Consumer up the policy well in advance, Services to ensure coverage when and if disaster strikes. “At this point, everybody needs to consider purchasing flood insurance,” said Carter. “Even communities that are not in flood-prone areas.” While Tallahassee might enjoy an inland location that makes it less vulnerable to windstorms and other extreme weather, flooding is not unheard of, and recent storms like 2012’s Tropical Storm Debbie damaged several properties, giving weight to the age-old adage, “Better safe than sorry.” Even when it comes to windstorms in Tallahassee. “You don’t want to expose yourself to undue risk,” Carter pointed out. “You want to make sure that your home is covered and protected.” It is crucial to check your windstorm coverage. Windstorm insurance included in home insurance policies is not always high enough to insure a home and all of its contents. If the insured value is significantly lower than the value of the home and assets within, it might be time to consider increasing your coverage. “We basically have a three-prong motto,” explained Carter. “Insure, secure and recover.” The advice is simple but thorough: Before storms, make sure all of your belongings are insured between building property coverage and personal property coverage; secure copies of all important legal, financial and medical documents; after a storm, report any damage to your insurance company, and document any emergency purchases and repairs.

Our goal is to institute a business which offers a wide variety of real estate services including commercial brokerage, land development and investment opportunities in the North Florida and South Georgia market areas. LICENSED IN FLORIDA, GEORGIA AND ALABAMA

217 John Knox Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303 (850) 385-6363 •

W. Crit Smith and Susan S. Thompson are a brother-sister team — in law practice together for more than 25 years — whose professional commitments to excellence have resulted in a law firm that is dedicated to success. More than 25 years of legal representation — one client at a time. Our Attorneys W. Crit Smith Susan S. Thompson Frank S. Shaw, III David K. Minacci Mary W. Colón Shawn P. Goletz Andrew J. Power

Our Services Commercial & Residential Real Estate Closings Real Property Law Probate, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Collection and Bankruptcy Law Foreclosures and Contract Disputes 3520 Thomasville Road, 4th Floor Tallahassee, Florida 32309 (850) 893-4105 • ADVERTISEMENT September–October 2013


»feature Deal Estate

Jennifer Ekrut

Thinking About Buying or Selling Real Estate?

Price ReBound Contact me for a free estimate and consultation!


This home, located on 317 SummerBrooke Drive, saw its value rise with the real estate bubble, selling for $440,000 in 2007 — more than a 22 percent increase in price from its 2004 sale price. Two years later, its value dropped after the market’s precipitous fall, and the home sold for $299,000. Last year, however, the home’s sale for $349,000 showed the market’s gradual comeback, with the house rebounding to about 97 percent of its 2004 value. 450 400 350 300 250 200



2009 2012

continued from page 98

Call “The Good Guys” today. Tallahassee’s Best Since 1979 92 September–October 2013

(850) 562-4111 LLELECTRICAL.COM

SummerBrooke homes have a minimum of around 2,700 square feet, said Bartlett. Most have four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and many enjoy either waterfront or golf course frontage, imparting an upscale feel. Brick exteriors are extremely common. Another popular characteristic is the suburban lot size; many of the homes sit on lots of around three quarters to a full acre. Bartlett said most homes list between the low $300,000s and $400,000s. With almost all of the land developed, Bartlett points out that construction is not a concern for people moving into SummerBrooke — just another relaxing perk to the neighborhood. “It’s developed, so there’s no question about what will happen three or five years down the road,” he pointed out. Chances are whatever street a family moves onto will look the same — no surprise construction ventures await in the future. While SummerBrooke is very family-friendly, making it popular among young families with children, Bartlett maintained that households are widely varied. “There are young families to retired couples and empty nesters,” he said. “It’s just very easy to live here,” he concluded. “It’s comfortable, it’s safe, you know your neighbors … . It’s fun to live here.” n

GO TO for UPDATED Listings

It’s Just Business

Midtown Centre Seeks Tenants ▪ Completed during the summer, this Class A retail center on Thomasville Road in the heart of Midtown is seeking tenants. The building is 9,000 square feet total, with up to 7,750 square feet available for lease. Its central urban zoning allows for a wide variety of uses, with lease rates between $21 and $25 per square foot. The building’s architecture is in keeping with the charming, historic style that everyone loves in Midtown.

Miracle Plaza Opens with New-toMarket Tenants ▪ In addition to the Whole Foods, the newly revitalized Miracle Plaza hosts many new-to-market offerings. Zoe’s Kitchen has added another Florida location in the shopping center, offering Mediterraneaninspired recipes made fresh daily. The project’s value is estimated at roughly $300,000. A clothing store, Fab’rik, is another new-to-market addition in the Plaza — the retailer offers limited quantities of each item to ensure that even in smaller cities, you never see someone else wearing your clothes! Improvements for this project are valued at $50,000. Alumni Hall, another new-to-market retailer, is the Tennessee-based collegiate apparel company’s first foray into the Florida market, with tenant improvements valued at around $150,000. Additionally, national company Supercuts will build its fifth location for the Tallahassee market in the plaza, and Capital City Runners will relocate to the plaza, offering shoes, apparel, custom foot mapping and runner education services to its customers. Finally, Cherry Blow Dry

Bar is another new proposed offering in the plaza. The salon, founded in Sydney, Australia in 2008, focuses on blow-outs and extensions for women’s hair and has more than 23 locations worldwide.

Lime Fresh Comes to Expanded AJ Sports Complex ▪ In addition to Moe’s, Chipotle and Qdoba, local Mexican grill lovers will have a new option in Tallahassee. Lime Fresh will bring a menu full of fresh, organic items including salads, soups, quesadillas, tacos, fajitas and burritos to the expanding sports bar complex on Tennessee Street. Improvements for this project are valued at $360,000.

Newk’s Expands with New W. Tennessee Street Location ▪ Popular eatery chain Newk’s will be opening a second location in Tallahassee, taking over the old Crystal River Seafood building on West Tennessee Street. The building will be fully renovated to serve Florida State University and the west side. Newk’s original Tallahassee location is in the Village Commons Shopping Center.


Bass Pro Shops Moves into Old Sportsman’s Warehouse ▪ In addition to all of the new offerings by campus and on Thomasville Road, Bass Pro Shops will be a new-to-market addition on Mahan Drive. The company’s seventh store in Florida will be moving into the old Sportsman’s Warehouse building — a 70,000-square-foot space. The store is projected to open sometime in 2013.

Compiled By Laura Bradley

Bass Pro Shops

Quick turnaround on residential insulated glass replacement.

✦ ✦

Custom Shower Enclosures Vinyl Window Replacement

✦ ✦

Screen Repair and Replacement Mirrors & Furniture Tops

1961 Raymond Diehl Rd., Tallahassee, FL | (850) 224-6030 | September–October 2013


»style Getaways

Texas Hill Country Pioneer History Meets Modern-Day Comforts in Fredericksburg By Rosanne Dunkelberger

Steve Rawls

In the early 1840s, a small group of German aristocrats created a society dedicated to encouraging emigration to the newly created Republic of Texas, selling “packages” that offered would-be settlers passage to the U.S. and a plot of land when they arrived. Unfortunately, it was ill conceived, underfunded and the land was in the middle of hostile Comanche territory. Crossing the Atlantic took two months and, after landing at Galveston, the immigrants faced a dangerous and deadly overland journey to get to the homesteads they had been promised. But 120 souls who overcame hardship and disease were able to create a new city in the heart of Texas Hill Country. Today, Fredericksburg (named for Prince Frederick of Prussia) is a charming town with a penchant for its pioneer history that has become a weekend getaway for Texans, as well as an enjoyable attraction to tourists from other states and countries. Located about an hour to the west of both San Antonio and Austin, the county’s population is just 10,000, but it attracts well over a million visitors every year. They are drawn to its historic Main Street, home to more than 150 unique shops, restaurants and galleries; as well as the town’s nearly 400 bed and breakfasts and guesthouses; and a fast-developing art, food and wine culture. The Main Street Historic District is a great jumping-off point and very walkable. The Visitor Information Center is located here and screens a short movie featuring history and points of interest. Smack in the center of town is the Marketplatz (the German heritage still runs strong here,), where you’ll see the Vereins Kirche and Maibaum. The first is a replica of the settlement’s first community building, a hexagonal shaped landmark that now houses a museum. The “Maypole” traces the city’s history with folk art symbols. For a very hands-on history lesson, consider a visit to the Pioneer Museum, a collection of buildings from Fredericksburg’s past. One of them is a structure ubiquitous to the area called a “Sunday House.” When the town was created, settlers were granted acreage as well as a small lot in the town center where they would build tiny, usually single-room houses. After spending the week working on the farm, they would travel to town on Saturdays to trade and socialize, spend the night and then go to church on Sunday.

94 September–October 2013

Many legends are connected with the pink granite dome at the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, including one that says youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll become invisible after spending the night there. But it is true that the view of Texas Hill Country from the top is magical. Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013



BARBARA CORCORAN From Straight-D Student to Entrepreneurial Billionaire In celebration of Entrepreneurship Month, hear star of ABC’s reality hit, “Shark Tank,” and NBC’s “TODAY Show” real estate contributor share her entrepreneurial journey. Motivational, inspirational, and sometimes outrageous, Barbara Corcoran’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach to success.

Wed., Nov. 6, University Center Club PROGRAM:

3:30 to 5 p.m.


5 p.m.

$30 Advance, $45 Door


Federally insured by NCUA

96 September–October 2013

Marc Bennett

Rosanne Dunkelberger

»style Getaways

Wildflowers are abundant in the spring (top), most notably the state flower, the Texas Bluebonnet. A restored “Sunday House” (above) where families would spend the weekend in town after a week spent on the farm, can be toured at the Pioneer Museum.

Fredericksburg continues to attract weekend visitors. Most houses near downtown are used as guest accommodations — some modernized Sunday Houses and historic buildings, while others are of more recent construction. There is a wide variety of styles, from the gingerbread charm of the Victorian Mansion, to a more modern take on the Sunday House at Fredericksburg Herb Farm, which features 14 cottages, as well as a beautiful day spa, the Farm House Bistro (actually an elegant fine dining experience for lunch, dinner and brunch) and the eponymous herb farm. Two more recent favorite sons of the area are immortalized with attractions that shouldn’t be missed. Located in the middle of downtown Fredericksburg is the National Museum of the Pacific War ­— actually several buildings and areas dedicated to telling the story of the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign of World War II. The centerpiece is the George H.W. Bush gallery, which takes you through time from the seeds of the conflict to the Japanese surrender in a 33,000-square-foot gallery. Nearby is the Admiral Nimitz Museum, named for Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, born here and a member of one of Fredericksburg’s prominent families. The complex also includes a memorial courtyard, Japanese Garden of Peace, an outdoor “combat zone” which hosts re-enactments and a Plaza of the Presidents. In all, 10 American presidents, from FDR to Jimmy Carter, played a role in the war. While it’s not exactly in Fredericksburg, just a short drive away in the Hill Country is Lyndon B. Johnson’s hometown and Texas White House. There are not one, but two, parks dedicated to our 36th president. The Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site needs to be your first stop, because it serves as the reception point for the driving tour of the nearby LBJ National Historic Park. The State park includes the Sauer-Beckman Living History Farm, representing a typical Hill Country farm at around 1915, when Johnson would have been 7 years old. The living was primitive — no electricity or running water. While his upbringing was relatively privileged, the difficult life he witnessed as a child and young man would serve as the impetus for his championing of such things as rural electrification, education and national parks during his political career. The National Park includes his ranch and home, an important part of presidential history. LBJ served five years as president — one year of which was spent at his western White House. The ranch is bisected by a long runway, used to land the presidential jet, a Lockheed Jet Star he dubbed “Air Force 1/2,” which is on display at the museum. The Johnsons had a sense of history, and their home is remarkably well preserved. Unlike other museums which offer “period” pieces on display, pretty much every chair, couch, toss pillow, knick knack, appliance — even the clothes in the closets — belonged to the family. Look at a photo of a meeting taken in the ’60s, and the dishes in the picture are the same ones sitting on the dining room table. Park Superintendent Russ Whitlock gave a very intimate tour of the home because much of the history he shared came from personal conversations with Johnson’s daughters. His anecdotes included tales of LBJ’s frugal nature — his Secret Service protection and communications crew were housed in military surplus trailers — and of his aspirations to be a gentleman farmer. His cows, said Whitlock, weren’t Texas Longhorns, but English Herefords, that got primped in the show barn before visitors arrived (you’ll see several as you drive around the ranch). September–October 2013


»style Getaways top picks Attractions enchantd (Enchanted Rock State Natural Area) (LBJ National Historical Park) findadest/parks/lyndon_b_ johnson

Al Rendon

Lady Bird Johnson’s contributions to Texas — and the nation — are also on display. While she’s most often associated with beautification, Mrs. Johnson worked hard to assure that each state preserved the natural aspects that made them unique. Driving through the Hill Country in the spring, you’re sure to be struck by the abundance of wildflowers, most notably the bright Texas Bluebonnets. If you’d like to see wildflowers up close, a colorful attraction just outside the town is Wildseed Farms, with 1,700 acres of flowers producing seeds that can be ordered from a catalog or online, in mixes created to thrive in particular areas of the U.S. Shopping is eclectic, running the gamut from an old-school five-and-dime to Whistle Pik Galleries, with original art that can cost north of $50,000. Some of the shops that cannot be pigeonholed include Red (modern/vintage/graphic products for the home), Chocolat (self explanatory) and Vaudeville on Main (an attractive mix of high-end furniture and décor on the main level and a downstairs bistro that you can miss if you’re not looking — so be sure to look). One of the most intriguing shops is Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquities. It’s actually a warehouse that contains a multitude of curiosities for sale that the owner has collected during visits to Europe, including garden ironwork, linens and oddities including some worse-for-the-wear stuffed animals and glass bottles of chemicals that my scientifically inclined brother warned me not to pick up. Several art galleries are interspersed with the shops on Main Street including the aforementioned Whistle Pik, as well as InSight Gallery, with an impressive display of Western art and bronzes; Good Art Company, where you’ll find fine examples of up-and-coming artists working in many different genres; and the Artisans at Rocky Hill, featuring a diverse collection of local art and craftsmanship at prices that let you to bring home original art as a souvenir of your visit. Foodies will delight in the abundance of restaurants in and around Fredericksburg, where they can enjoy the best pecan sticky buns ever at Mahaley’s Café or a kolache, a local specialty that’s pretty much a sausagein-a-blanket, at Java Ranch. The dining is casual at The Pink Pig, but owner Rebecca Rather (who has created a national following for her delicious desserts) is adamant about locally sourcing her food. There’s plenty of fine dining too at the Cabernet Grill, or August E’s, decorated in a neutral palette of grey and white which serves as a showcase for the work of local artists. A relatively recent addition to Fredericksburg’s attractions is the proliferation of wineries that have

98 September–October 2013

Wine Accommodations

Marc Bennett

popped up nearby — so much so that a group of 11 wineries The famed honky-tonk has rechristened the local state at Luckenbach attracts highway as Wine Road 290. large concerts on most Texas is the fifth largest weekends, but there’s wine producer in the U.S. usually guitar picking in the bar every night. and the No. 2 wine destination in America. Surprised? You’ve probably never sipped Grape Creek Vineyard’s Bellissimo Super Tuscan or The Texas Tempranillo from Perdnales Cellars, because the vast majority of the wine produced in the Lone Star State stays there. The reasons are twofold: There are only enough grapes harvested in the state (mostly from around Lubbock, about six hours from Fredericksburg) to produce small quantities in “boutique” wineries and because of the vagaries of interstate shipping. So a drive along 290, with stops for sampling and cellar tours, is a treat you won’t find anywhere else. One of our traveling companions was The Wine Curmudgeon (aka blogger Jeff Siegel), and he offered this advice for finding the best Texas wine: Leave the chardonnays, cabernets and merlots to the vineyards of California and the Northwest, he suggested. Warm-weather friendly grapes — reds such as tempranillo and sangiovese or whites like viognier and roussanne — may not have as high a profile as the others, but grape varieties such as these, native to Southern Europe, are better suited to the Texas heat. And as a not-so-grand finale to your visit, drive down the highway a few miles to check out Luckenbach, Texas, immortalized in song by Waylon Jennings in 1977. It has a “post office,” but no permanent residents, just the honky-tonkiest of beer bars with a guitar-picking circle every night of the week. There are concerts in the huge dance hall just about every weekend and a vibe that’s reminiscent of Tallahassee’s Bradfordville Blues Club — if it were about 10 times bigger and made out of wood instead of concrete block. n

Food Shopping Art

CONTACT US FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. RGVI is a full-service insurance agency with trained professionals equipped with the most up-to-date information on the new healthcare law and how its implementation will affect how Tallahassee businesses and families purchase and manage health insurance.


1117 Thomasville Road • 850-386-1111 • @RGVI

PUBLIC RATES: Golfers can make tee times up to one week in advance of the day of play. Weekday, weekend and afternoon rates available.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: Need to fine tune your game? Sign on for the PDP and enjoy twilight hour benefits and practice facility access!

MEMBERSHIP: Looking to join the premier golf club in the area? SWGC has individual, family, business, junior executive and student membership. Ask about our current promotions.

STAY AND PLAY PACKAGES: Enjoy the perfect golf getaway at SouthWood Golf Club and the SouthWood Cottages! Receive special offers on golf and dining when you book your stay at the SouthWood Cottages.

TOURNAMENTS: SouthWood Golf Club provides the complete tournament experience! Specializing in corporate and charity golf outings, SWGC will help customize your event to meet the needs of your organization.

THE CLUB: SouthWood Golf Club and our Historic SouthWood House offer you and guests an extraordinary setting for your special event or wedding. Enjoy the culinary delights offered at The Clubhouse Restaurant. We are open daily!

3750 Grove Park Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32311 850.942. GOLF (4653) • follow us on facebook September–October 2013


Some hospitals want you to think that all ER’s are created equal.

We think

you know better.

Ask EMS to take you to the ER at Capital Regional

When it comes to an emergency – the last thing you want is a long wait. That’s why Capital Regional Medical Center has the fastest ERs in both Leon and Gadsden counties. We can handle everything from heart attacks and strokes to orthopedic and pediatric illnesses and injuries. When it matters most, choose the Capital Regional Medical Center ERs.

sThe fastest ERs in the area sImmediate, full-service care sAccredited Chest Pain Center sJoint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures

For average ER wait times, text “ER” to 23000 or visit us at

Not all emergency rooms are created equal.

100 September–October 2013

»style Mind and Body

The Cancer Card A Survivor Explains How to Play When You or a Loved One is Dealt a Bad Hand By Zandra Wolfgram

Life is full of irony. As a writer, you get to live through the experiences of others. I’m the editor of EC Magazine, a sister publication of Tallahassee Magazine. When I met Billie Chapell to share her breast cancer journey in my magazine, I couldn’t have known that she would prepare me for the cards of fate I would be dealt just days later. Though I hadn’t had an illness of any kind in my 45 years, I was suspicious something wasn’t quite right. An ultrasound confirmed what a routine mammogram suggested — there were a few suspicious areas on my left breast. After a biopsy, MRI and PET/CT, I was officially diagnosed with breast cancer. I am not a doctor; and I am not pretending to offer medical counsel. But with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’m simply sharing some of my personal experience with this disease. If you consider my advice before your doctor’s, you have bigger things to worry about than surviving breast cancer. But if sharing my thoughts gives the slightest comfort to anyone touched by it, then I am glad for it.

First Things First: YOU!

Photo courtesy Zandra Wolfgram

I brought a notebook with me to my doctor visits, asked a million questions, took notes and, in the end, followed the treatment plan as prescribed. Though it wasn’t easy to subject my body to a battery of tests, surgery, six rounds of three types of lethal intravenous chemicals, tattoo markers, 33 sessions of radiation followed by still more pharmaceuticals, it was what I chose to do. Your body, diagnosis and treatment plan is unique to you. Though you have to be your own advocate and educate yourself on your disease, avoid advice from the Internet, shut out everyone else’s suggestions and do what feels right for you. Finally, a chance to be totally selfish without any judgment, guilt or cash register receipts! It is difficult for most women, mothers in particular, to make themselves a priority and let others care for them. Try to suck up your pride, check your nurturing nature and let others do things for you. It gives them an occupation that allows them to participate in your healing process, so in that way, you are helping them.

Don’t Bat an Eye

It’s easy to get ahead of yourself emotionally. I thought having a mastectomy would be the most devastating part of having breast cancer. It wasn’t. I said goodbye to my left boob by shaking my stuff one last time September–October 2013


»style Mind and Body

at a disco party with some gal pals. After my surgery in November 2011, I was so happy the cancer was removed I was all smiles from ear to ear. I realized I needed to try not to worry or anticipate how I would feel and instead just try to be in the moment with each experience as it happened and honor my true emotions whatever they may be. So then I thought losing my golden mane of wavy hair as a side effect to chemotherapy would be the most devastating part of having breast cancer. It wasn’t. Like clockwork, 21 days after starting chemotherapy my hair started to fall out and my scalp was super sore (like having 100 ponytails in your hair for a week). Though my hairstylist was on standby to come to my house and cut my hair when I gave the signal (thanks Genevieve!), I begged my husband to cut my hair off with an electric razor. He was shaken up, but my head felt a hundred times better. How ironic that it was Dec. 21, the shortest day of the year. I was the envy of the chemo room to have full eyebrows and long lush eyelashes going into my

sixth and final chemo treatment on my husband’s birthday in March 2012. Three weeks later, when I thought I was in the clear, my face began to disappear. As my brows grew fainter, I felt my identity fading a little each day. I counted my lashes daily and winced as they dwindled to eight, then six and four, until just a single brave lash winked back at me. I looked in the mirror and wondered: “Who is this person staring back at me?’ And, I thought: ‘This is it. This is the hardest part. Losing these tiny hairs that frame up your face … and feeling invisible.” I have come to realize that the image we portray to the world is a complex arrangement that we don’t typically see deconstructed. Cancer “calls” you out on your sense of identity, which I found personally revealing but also disarming.

Beauty is Only Skin Deep

Thank goodness our inner beauty is deeper than our derma. Despite trying every cream and ointment suggested, radiation was tougher on my skin than I expected it to be. Don’t be afraid to request pain medication and a sleep aid if you

need it. I listened to music on headphones during treatment and tried to visualize a positive result. Like a butterfly, think about being completely transformed once you’re in your brand new skin.

Hold the Lettuce

If you are kind enough to provide a meal for a breast cancer patient, be mindful of the foods they may not be able to eat while in chemotherapy treatment and experiencing a compromised immune system. Fresh fruits that cannot be peeled and salad lettuce, for example, are healthy, but not a good idea, since these foods cannot be thoroughly washed. A high-calorie casserole may sound comforting, but may not be a great option for a patient already battling unwanted weight gain. Sugary treats are also a no-no, as certain breast cancers feed on sugar. Dishes high in protein and low in fat are always a good, healthy choice (baked fish or chicken and steamed broccoli for example). A cancer patient in chemotherapy needs 50 to 70 percent more protein each day than they usually do. So,

Carrie Ann & Co.

Custom Catering for North Florida and South Georgia

Your Place or Ours … We Make it Special

Weddings Meetings Events 850.544.2427


850.544.1582 | Licensed and Insured Since 2003

102 September–October 2013

ask for special orders before you deliver, and if nothing else, you can’t go wrong with homemade chicken soup.

Photos courtesy Zandra Wolfgram

Hope Heals

Words can be healing, but they also can cause undue hurt. Patients aren’t seeking pity or reviewing their medical history, they want to move forward. When talking to a cancer patient, choose your words wisely. Don’t ask invasive personal questions unless they initiate it. One question that shows you care is: How can I help you? Friends old and new and complete strangers gave me inspiration and encouragement. That gave me hope. People say that it takes courage to face cancer, and you have to be strong. I didn’t need to find strength. I had that. I needed to give myself permission to be weak. I felt vulnerable, and that was a humbling experience. Cancer is a lesson in humility. Some people wonder “why me?” when something I have come to realize that the image we portray to challenging happens. I say “why not me?” If I am strong enough to endure this, statistically speaking the world is a complex arrangement that we don’t that means someone else will not have to. Sure, gettypically see deconstructed. Cancer “calls” you out ting cancer can be seen as being handed a raw deal. But in life, you can only play the hand you’re dealt. on your sense of identity, which I found personally And mine still feels like a winner. Here’s hoping the deck of life is stacked in your favor. Poker anyone? I’m revealing but also disarming. feeling lucky! n



Spartina takes pride in creating high quality handbags and accessories that are unique to our low country color palette. Made from natural materials, Spartina bags are created using 100% linen fabric c and ge genuine leather trim.

Come in for a FREE ini�al consulta�on/ demonstra�on and learn about: X


sagging neckline and cellulite with this long las�ng treatment. Enjoy immediate visible improvement with NO SURGERY and NO DOWNTIME. With this simple and convenient “walk in, walk out” procedure, you can maintain your daily rou�ne … and come out looking younger and feeling be�er than ever! X


Transform your body in as li�le as two weeks. Lose inches as well as weight with this low level laser program. Great for ge�ng those stubborn fat areas that you can’t get to with diet and exercise.

and Fat Removal

Millwood Professional Offices Suite 105 1690 Raymond Diehl Rd. Tallahassee, Fl 32308 ~ 850-422-1857

2236 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.523.9244 | September–October 2013


Discover The Fountain Of Youth For Denture Wearers Look 10-20 Years Younger Discover the difference with the new Strickland TM Facelift Dentures . You can look 10−20 years younger wi with th a t i ghter f i tt ttii ng, ng mo morr e b e a ut utii fu full look ookiing dentu enturre. e We can less ssen en wrink nklles and reduce deep lines on your face while whi creating a beautiful smile.

Retrains the muscles in your head and mouth resulting in stronger support and a more attractive p prrofile. ofile Can be Impla Implan plant ant Supported where indicated indicated. Eat the food you love! ve!

Custom designed to the highest neuromuscular TM standards, Strickland nd Facelift Dentures are unlike any y other dentu ure you may y have heard of or run across on the market. Rem R emo mo e orr soften move ft the th “sunken ““s nken k in” i ” llook k that th t develops pss ov over time.

If you have worn or needed ed a denture but were k. reluctant to get the same old thing, th g you are in luck. The fountain of youth has com me to town. Ask As TM M about getting Strickland Facelift De Dentures Dentures ess !

Lessen wri rink n les and “tturkey necks”! neck

Call TOD DAY! 1-800-5 521-7 7275

104 September–October 2013

www ww.Bea eac achtto on o nDen ntal ta om

Dr. Bill McFatter, DDS 2515 US Highway 319 South Thomasville, GA 31792

»style A Better You

Pain, Pain, Go Away

Scott Holstein

Welcome to the Stick-On Relief Revolution It’s weird, it’s colorful, it’s seen on TV. It’s Kinesio Tex Tape, and it could just do the trick for your trick knee, shoulder, ankle, back or hip. Kinesio Tex Tape is a brand-name elastic adhesive athletic tape developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in Japan back in the 1970s. If you follow the Olympics, you might have seen its bright sworls of color or telltale spider web pattern adorning the bodies of volleyball players, swimmers and other athletes. But it isn’t exclusive to the sports world. Desk jockeys and other everyday folks with aches and pains can use the tape as well. Essentially, Kinesio Tex Tape is a non-invasive and non-medicinal “tool” to either keep a muscle from straining, or to get it to do what it’s supposed to do. “Strapping or taping has been used in physical therapy and athletics for a long, long time. This is a kind of a branch of the taping or strapping methods that has become prevalent over the last few years,” said Dr. Kent Knisley, physical therapist and CEO of Tallahassee Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy. “What it essentially does is … gives the body feedback and helps to inhibit, or facilitate, muscles. So it helps the muscle contract, helps the muscle relax, helps guide a muscle in the direction it’s supposed to go.” It also helps reduce swelling by putting pressure on the skin to push fluids away from an inflamed area, Knisley said. “It’s just another treatment we can use for people with musculoskeletal injury or syndrome, and it’s very, very effective — but not a lot of people know what it is,” he said. The Kinesio Taping Association International has trained thousands of people across the world in the special taping technique. Two of the 5,000 people in the U.S. certified as Kinesio Taping Practitioners are in Tallahassee and both Elizabeth Stafford and Chris Sbroglia work at TOSPT. Sbroglia can testify that the tape works. She’s used it herself with good results. “I lived off it for about a year and a half. I had radial tunnel syndrome, which is basically like carpal tunnel, but in an elbow.

By Jason Dehart

It’s a nerve impingement and caused by repetitive typing, which is what we have to do as far as documentation is concerned,” she said. “And so in order for me to get through my days, five days a week, and work with less pain, one of my coworkers would tape me and it would get me through an eight-hour day.” Sbroglia said she wound up having surgery for the condition but, even then, the taping helped to ease post-surgical swelling and bruising. Now, “I am a huge believer.” Stafford said one feature that makes the tape pretty popular among patients is the taping procedure is an easy technique for patients to learn. “You can do it your se lf, once you learn exactly how to do it. Once you get it down, you don’t have to keep coming back to us to get it taped,” she said. A taping can last three to five days, as long as it doesn’t get wet. Knisley said his office offers the taping for $40–$50 per session. It’s something you don’t necessarily need a referral for (his staff is permitted to see and evaluate walk-ins), you can pay for it out of your own pocket and it saves time, too. “A lot of people do that because it is relatively inexpensive compared to going to get an injection for tennis elbow,” he said. “And, in the time it would take to see your doctor, get X-rays and your injection, you could probably have had this tape done four times.” If you want insurance to cover it, Knisley said, you can ask your primary care doctor to write a prescription. n

Tennis player Hannah Webster demonstrates some of the many uses — and many colors — of Kinesio Tex Tape, which is gaining popularity for its ability to enhance sports performance and alleviate injuries. September–October 2013


Health Care update

Taking the Pulse When It Comes to Health Care, the Times They Are a-Changinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Could Tallahassee Hold the Key to the Future? By Rosanne Dunkelberger

106 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013


emember the Good Old Days of health care? When Old Doc delivered you, made house calls and would get paid with a chicken when cash was hard to come by? No? How about when nurses wore white dresses topped by starched hats, and you might merit a week-long hospital stay when you had a baby? Still no? OK, do you recall when your company paid the lion’s share of your health insurance premium and you might write a check for a five- or 10-buck copay after a visit?

As the nation ages, the costs of health care eat up an ever-growing percentage of family budgets, and even experts are throwing up their hands when asked to predict how the federal Affordable Care Act (read: Obamacare) is going to affect the industry. Many of us long for simpler times. Sorry to break it to you, but those days are in the rearview. And lest we continue to wax nostalgic for those times, we might recall those were also the days when Granddad dropped dead of a heart attack at 64 because of untreated blood pressure, flu would put you in the hospital or kill you outright, and many a cancer was discovered via “exploratory surgery” and deemed inoperable. To a person, local experts agree the current model for delivering health care — payments per procedure, focusing on health “events,” treating symptoms as they arise, cost not being taken into consideration when making treatment choices, to name just a few — isn’t going to work in the long run. “Unsustainable” is the word they use — a lot. “When you look at health care costs today, it already represents one out of every six dollars we spend,” said Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare President and CEO Mark

O’Bryant. “We recognize that if we don’t change things, we’re not going to be spending one out of every six dollars on health care in the next 10, 20, 30 years, we’re going to be spending one of every five, one of every four dollars on health care, maybe even more. I don’t think the model we have is sustainable. I don’t think we can continue to spend on the path we’re spending on and stay competitive.” The alternative, they say, is a wholesale rethinking of how medicine is delivered. Currently, “If you need rescue care, if you are crashing, the United States has the largest armory of high-tech health care,” said John Hogan, president and CEO of Capital Health Plan (CHP), a locally based HMO. “But I think a sustainable health care system can’t just be focused on the high-dollar care after everything’s gone bad. We’ve really got to, as a society, come to grips with the (fact that) our health care system is not the be-all and end-all having to do with good health.” The newer models of health care encourage physicians and their patients to engage in continuing care, with a focus on living a healthy lifestyle in an attempt to avoid or delay chronic illnesses, and early intervention when a person does get sick. September–October 2013


»feature Health Care “A lot of it has to do with things in the health system that are much more on the front end,” Hogan continued. “Good primary care, access to preventive services and a good bonded relationship between a patient and their personal family physician; those are the things I think are the real opportunities.” Love it, hate it or something in between, the ACA is poised to dramatically alter the health care landscape over the next several years. Even without the law’s mandates, change is inevitable, said Tim Stapleton, executive vice president of the Florida Medical Association, a Tallahassee-based group that represents 20,000 Florida physicians. Why? “Because employers that were paying the cost of insurance were demanding it … and as our baby boomers move into Medicare it’s taking up more of the federal budget,” said Stapleton. “The reality is a lot of these different payment models and a lot of these delivery model innovations were happening and the ACA has accelerated it. It didn’t create it, it just accelerated the change.”


For a number of reasons, li’l old Tallahassee might just be the place where health care’s bright new future begins — and, in fact, has already started. “Tallahassee is very rich in its health care. I think one of the strengths of the community is the health care provided,” said Brian Cook, CEO of Capital Regional Medical Center. “Residents have two very good hospitals to choose from … they have lots of great doctors and many access points to choose from (including) walk-in clinics.” The concept at the core of health care’s future, say those involved in the industry, is trending away from hospitals, emergency rooms and specialists and toward primary care — the family doctor, pediatrician or internal medicine doctor. Or maybe not even a doctor at all, but a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. TMH’s O’Bryant sounds practically giddy when discussing the subject. “We are in a great, great environment for transforming health care. It’s going to be a very difficult transition in any market, but we’ve got the perfect laboratory population for really creating a new model of care,” he said. “It’s a large population but not too large. It’s large enough to have morbidity patterns that reflect what you see across entire communities. We’re a diverse population, which is a very positive thing because it also is representative of the challenges people have. Community health research is not something a lot of people want to do or can do well,

108 September–October 2013

but we think with the new medical school … (TMH can) partner with them to do community health research.” In addition, primary care has been front-andcenter in Tallahassee for decades. Forty years ago, the TMH established the Family Medicine Residency Program, a threeyear post-graduate program that has since graduated more than 300 physicians. “If you look at … residency programs, one of the roles is to bring doctors into your community,” said O’Bryant. “Probably two-thirds of them are practicing somewhere in the bandwidth of North Florida and South Georgia. It’s been very effective at doing what it was designed to do.”

“We are in a great, great environment for transforming health care. It’s going to be a very difficult transition in any market, but we’ve got the perfect laboratory population for really creating a new model of care.” — Mark O’Bryant, TMH president and CEO In conjunction with Florida State University’s College of Medicine, TMH recently added a residency program in internal medicine, now in its second year, with an ultimate capacity of 24 doctors. It’s also in the midst of establishing a five-year-long residency program in general surgery, slated to begin in the fall of 2015.


HMOs have been around since the early 20th century and got a huge boost in 1973 when federal law encouraged employers to offer managed care plans in their benefit package and subsidized the creation of HMOs. But this “new”

way to deliver health care caused a backlash, and many HMOs fell by the wayside. “The public, the health care system and the house of medicine did a really, really, really good job of beating managed care back into submission,” said Dr. John Fogarty, dean of FSU’s College of Medicine and a family care doctor for more than 30 years. “Because what they described wasn’t managing care; they really cast it as managing access. ‘What do you mean I can’t see my cardiologist? What do you mean I can’t see my dermatologist?’ America was not going to stand for that one minute.” In the midst of the HMO hullabaloo, in 1982, a group of local civic leaders created Capital Health Plan. While CHP embraced managed care, it has thrived over three decades, with about 126,000 members, a more than 30 percent share of the potential market in its seven-county service area — one of the highest rates of HMO coverage in the nation. It has received national acclaim, most recently ranked as the No. 3 private health insurance plan in the U.S. by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Why did CHP make it when so many other HMOs failed? Two words: nonprofit and local. One distinct advantage in the beginning was that CHP was able to draw from a huge pool of potential members who work in government and education jobs. But Hogan, who has worked for CHP since its inception, credits the hyper-local focus of the organization — and its responsiveness to the needs of both members and network physicians — with its continued success. Many of the HMOs operating in Tallahassee that weren’t successful were operated from afar, often by insurance companies that were well versed in the payment end of things but not in the actual delivery of medical services, said Hogan. Without taxes and shareholders to pay, Capital Health Plan can invest in local wellness projects such as CHP Champions, a joint effort with the Leon County school system to provide physical activity — “45 or 50 minutes in constant motion,” is how Hogan described it — to more than 18,000 schoolchildren in first to eighth grades. In another project, in 2011 CHP partnered with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare to establish The Transition Center, a facility that provides follow-up care to patients after they are discharged from the hospital. A familiar pattern, said O’Bryant, is that uninsured patients seek medical attention in the emergency room when they are gravely ill. “We typically admit them, we spend a lot of energy getting them well again only to discharge them. (Because) they don’t have support systems

(or) they don’t have the financial wherewithal to buy their medications, oftentimes they go into noncompliance, and within some period of time they’re back in our ER and we do the same thing,” said the TMH chief. “This is very expensive, (and) it’s costing us money because we don’t get paid for these patients for the most part.” The center gives these patients a temporary health care “home” with staffers who can connect them with needed services, including doctors, medicines and services. O’Bryant said providing these ongoing services for free is still considerably cheaper than the frequent ER visits the patients would otherwise need. From its inception, CHP has encouraged primary care, with free wellness visits and preventive screenings, and urged members to select a personal physician with whom they can have a long-term doctor/patient relationship. “The primacy of the relationship between physician and patient is key to everything we do,” Hogan said. And decisions about appropriate care — even those that may entail telling the patient “no” for a particular test or treatment — are made easier when the doctors have long-standing

Scott Holstein

Capital Health Plan

The nonprofit Capital Health Plan (above) is consistently ranked among the best HMOs in the nation. Brian Webb, president and CEO of Patients First, (right) combines urgent care with family practice medicine at his Patients First locations in Tallahassee.

relationships with CHP and easy access to the gatekeeper. “If we have clinical issues going on in Tallahassee and a physician wants to talk to the chief medical officer about something, he picks up the phone and calls Nancy (Van Vessem). I think that’s a huge advantage of our program and how we operate,” he said. While it could serve as a model for other HMOs, Hogan said CHP is not interested in expanding its geographic reach. “We get asked why don’t we go to Gainesville, why don’t we go to Panama City,” he said. “We don’t because we’re very local and focused on Tallahassee. We’re comfortable in our own little niche.” Another homegrown health care innovation is Patients First. While the urgent care “doc-inthe-box” concept existed before the company started nearly 25 years ago, Patients First took it a step further, by combining the convenience of urgent care with a family care practice. “I’m hearing it from everybody,” said President and CEO Brian Webb, “the concept we have is where the next generation is heading.”

There are now seven locations in Tallahassee with an eighth, at the intersection of Capital Circle and Crawfordville Highway, in the works. Like CHP, Webb said his company doesn’t feel the need to expand into other regions. “We need to do it well in our hometown; that’s our main focus,” he said.

A NEW WAY OF TEACHING DOCTORS One of Tallahassee’s most advantageous assets when looking to the future of health care came in 2000, when Florida State University opened its College of Medicine, the first new med school established in the U.S. in a quarter century. The Florida Legislature funded it, but with strings attached — this new school was tasked with graduating doctors focused on primary care, particularly for the elderly and in underserved rural areas. Aside from the obvious benefits of homegrowing more doctors, FSU’s med school also adds a certain cachet to Tallahassee — O’Bryant said it was one of the reasons he chose to take his TMH position 10 years ago. The College of Medicine also attracts talented doctors to its faculty as well as research projects to the community. September–October 2013


»feature Health Care In the ensuing years, FSU has not only embraced its mandated mission, but also chosen to create a new model for training the next generation of doctors that provides an exceptional opportunity for students to learn via hands-on care. For the past 100 years, the standard for health care training was centered on “big, academic medical centers,” according to Fogarty, who came to FSU in 2008. But, he said, “in the last 25 or 30 years, health care has changed dramatically, so

to get their clinical training in doctor’s offices, nursing homes and other facilities from boardcertified physicians. “We have over 2,400 community faculty that take students into their offices and provide them the six or eight weeks of rotation experience,” Fogarty said, in such areas as obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, pediatrics and family medicine. In a typical medical school, a student might be assigned one or two patients in a hospital, he said. “When you’re in the office, you’re seeing six, eight, 10, 12 patients every day … . Our students are delivering 20 or 30 babies over the course of their time in their third-year rotation. They’re picking obstetrics (for their residencies) at twice the national average, because they’re having such a positive experience.” A common comment when doctors are introduced to FSU’s learning experience is, “‘I wish I could have gone to this medical school.’ It really is unique,” the dean said. Since the FSU school started, several medical schools have come online, including three others in Florida at the University of Central Florida, Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University. All of them, said Fogarty, are using the more traditional teaching model rather than FSU’s.

the only people that are in the academic medical centers are the sickest of the sick … the highend folks with unusual diseases.” These days, “more and more care is being provided out in the community hospitals and more care (is provided) outside the hospital” in doctors’ offices and other medical settings. For their first two years, students learn on the college campus, but for their final two years of medical school they are sent to one of six satellite campuses located throughout the state

Ray Stanyard

Bill Lax/FSU Photo Services


110 September–October 2013

Mention “health care” and “hospital” is one of the first images that comes to mind. And hospital care does eat up the largest part of the nation’s health care expenditures — 31 percent of the total in 2010, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (Physician/clinical services came in a distant second at 20 percent.) Tallahassee’s hospitals are large and visible businesses — the fourth (TMH) and 11th (CRMC) largest employers in the area. So it’s a bit of a surprise to hear the chief executives of both hospitals say the future of health care lies outside of their hallways. “We’re creating more outreach efforts for people to see primary care doctors and specialists,” said CRMC’s Cook. The region’s for-profit hospital, part of the HCA chain, just added two floors — 44 patient rooms — to the top of its building, bringing the bed count to 242. But much of the focus now, he said, is on developing physician practices around the hospital and in communities outside of Tallahassee. And enhanced select medical services are seen as growth areas in the future. “What hospitals are realizing (is) their business model, which is filling beds, is the opposite

Capital Regional Medical Center Scott Holstein

Scott Holstein

direction of where things are going. The movement is to keep people out of the hospital,” said the FMA’s Stapleton of statewide trends. “They’re having to adjust their business model to deal with the outpatient side of things and to make sure they’re not just on the losing end of this. What we’re looking at more and more is cooperative types of relationships.” Cook said the model of physicians on the payroll model “started to blossom” six or seven years ago, with primary care doctors. “They were tired of running a practice — the billings, the collections, the hiring and firing,” he said, as well as expensive mandates relating to patient privacy and electronic records. “The overhead became cost prohibitive but also the time. Basically we run the practice; we give them a place to

practice.” That has now expanded, with Capital Regional practices dedicated to such specialties as cardiology and obstetrics and gynecology. Nationwide, HCA employs about 3,000 doctors, according to Cook, with the chain’s central service managing such things as billing, collections, credentialing and insurance. And it’s not just older, established doctors who are embracing employment. Newly minted doctors are also getting on board with working for a paycheck. “A lot of the younger ones have no interest in running a practice,” Cook said. For Gen Xers and Millenials, “it’s work/life/family balance and being a doctor, not being a business person. It’s about balance with these doctors, more so than the money aspect.”

(Facing page) In their final years of medical school, patient contact is a key component of the aspiring doctors’ education. (This page) A welcoming atmosphere combined with the latest technologies are available at Capital Regional Medical Center.

Another doctor-related trend is the rise of the hospitalist, a physician who cares for patients when they are in the hospital, rather than their primary care doctor. “What we are seeing are less and less doctors that want to round on their patients,” Cook said. “They feel they’re more productive, their time is better spent, by staying in their office seeing clinic patients. They have no desire to go to the hospital, they have no desire to be on call.” When Dr. Gary Winchester started practicing medicine more than 30 years ago, he was not only September–October 2013


Âťfeature Health Care

112 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

Photos courtesy Tallahassee Memorial Hospital

This Page: (Clockwise from top) Tallahassee Memorial’s first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) patient, Eunice Sloat, poses with members of her care team. The newly constructed Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center — Northeast. Open since 2009, the Cancer Center has expanded to bring comprehensive cancer care under one roof. Opposite page: With the addition of Dr. Matthew Lawson and the opening of a state-of-the-art neurovascular suite, TMH is equipped to provide leading-edge, minimally invasive treatments for stroke, aneurysms and ateriovenous malformations.

responsible for his patients in the hospital, but was also on call to work in the emergency room. Today, he lets the specialists do those jobs. With fast-changing medicines, techniques and equipment, for both inpatient and emergency room care, “medicine has just gotten too complicated,” he said. “It’s utterly impossible for somebody who does outpatient medicine to be able to do hospital medicine, because they’re worlds apart.” Tallahassee Memorial Hospital recently completed two major brick-and-mortar projects that are not directly attached to the main hospital campus. The TMH Cancer Center is located a few blocks away, while the freestanding, 45,000-square-foot Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center – Northeast was built in that population center near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Thomasville Road. TMH has also unveiled plans for a $170 million, 294,000-square-foot Surgery and Adult Intensive Care unit expansion on the south side of the existing hospital. O’Bryant calls it a “50-year-building” because it is planned to meet the community’s needs for that long, with design flexibility to accommodate new health care equipment that might come along in the future and the ability to add more floors if they’re required. TIME magazine dedicated most of its March 4, 2013, issue to an article named “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us,” and author Steven Brill aimed particularly harsh comments at not-for-profit hospitals that were,

in fact, posting multi-million-dollar profits. Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) reported TMH posted a profit of $66 million in 2011 (Capital Regional’s profits in the same time period were nearly $3 million.) These profits, said O’Bryant, are used to fund construction and community projects as well as keep the hospital attractive to investors when it seeks bond money. Not to mention serve as a rainy day fund for unexpected expenses, such as lowered payments for Medicare and Medicaid — even federal sequestration is taking a financial toll, according to TMH Chief Financial Officer Bill Guidice, who estimates profits in 2013 will probably drop to about $40 million.

O’Bryant doesn’t apologize for trying to keep a healthy balance on the books, even though his hospital is considered nonprofit. It’s a lesson he learned from a nun when he worked for a Catholic hospital system before coming to TMH. “Sister Thomas de Sales was a great mentor and boss during my early years as a health care executive. She would constantly remind me, ‘No margin, no mission!’ Sister would add, ‘All those visions you have are just pipe dreams if you don’t have a margin to support them.’”

IF IT IS TO BE, IT’S UP TO … YOU With all the talk about coordination and cooperation between providers and payers, those on September–October 2013


»feature Health Care

2.6 $trillion



$ Spent on Hospital Care


$ Spent on Chronic Disease Care


$ spent on health care

According to the Kaiser Foundation website (, Americans spent $2.6 trillion for health care in 2010; that is 10 times more than in 1980. Of that, 31 percent was spent for hospital care. The site says an estimated 75 percent of national health expenditures are for the treatment of chronic diseases.

+4% In 2011, the World Bank estimates the U.S. spent nearly 18 percent of its Gross Domestic Product on private and public health expenditures, up from just over 14 percent a decade earlier.

How Old Are We?


The median age, according to the 2010 U.S. Census:

37.2 U.S.


Leon County



114 September–October 2013

the front lines of health care’s evolution say one key player often seems to be left out of the conversation. “One of my big frustrations with all of this discussion around health care reform is we talk about the government, we talk about the hospitals, we talk about the doctors, we talk about insurers — we very rarely talk about the patient,” said Dean Fogarty. “Maybe the paternalistic health care system that we’ve developed has created this, but at some point we’re going to have to empower patients to actually care for themselves.” Half jokingly, he puts the blame on little Speedy Alka-Seltzer. He might be best known for the “Plop, plop; fizz, fizz” line, but in one of his earliest commercial incarnations, he assured us “relief is just a swallow away.” “We’ve created a little bit of a monster in terms of saying whatever you’ve got, we can manage it,” Fogarty said. “From the family physician’s viewpoint and from the generalist’s viewpoint, I think we’re more interested in having you take care of yourself as opposed to me taking care of you when you have a problem.” While carrots will continue to be offered to entice patients to become actively involved in maintaining their health, Winchester thinks it might take a financial stick to get people to actually make a change. “I think the only way that will happen is if either health care itself or health insurance is somehow tied to healthy lifestyles, and I suspect that’s a direction it’s heading toward,” the family physician said. “For example, if you are morbidly obese, your insurance may cost you twice as much it would if you weren’t. It would take something economic, in my opinion, to change people’s behavior.” “Nobody has a crystal ball that can say exactly what all the impacts of the (ACA) are going to be,” said CHP’s Hogan. “I’m optimistic that in spite of all the uncertainties of health care reform that Tallahassee’s in a good position to have sustainable high quality health care and hopefully increasing the healthy population going forward.” O’Bryant has loftier ambitions. He only half-jokingly says “the goal is to have Tallahassee on the cover of TIME magazine as the healthiest community in the nation. I think the new models of care aren’t going to come out of the big academic centers. When we talk about community health initiatives, primary care programs and engaging around populations … I think people will be looking at the Tallahassees of the world and trying to figure out how (to) take population health management and move it into the communities.” n


Medical Profiles

St. Augustine Plantation Assisted Living & Memory Care What service do you provide? Personal care and assistance with activities of daily living for seniors. Who are your clients? Typically, we provide care to seniors that are 75 and older.

Business and education background? The facility maintains licensed practical nurses on staff 24 hours a day, and a registered nurse administers the care programs.

How long have you been in business in Tallahassee? More than 15 years.

How would you describe your business philosophy or strategy? St. Augustine Plantation’s philosophy is to provide the best senior care in our community built on the core principles of care, respect and friendship that you expect from family.

Why did you choose Tallahassee as a place to work? The Brookins family has lived in the Tallahassee area for the past 20 years and wanted to build their family owned and operated business providing care for seniors in the community they called home.

Has your business expanded recently? In what way? St. Augustine Plantation recently expanded senior care offerings to include memory care services to seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. What are your outside interests and community involvement? St. Augustine Plantation actively supports the National Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Project, in Tallahassee.

“We strive to provide the best care to Tallahassee’s senior community. Choosing St. Augustine Plantation Assisted Living & Memory Care for your loved one is a decision to live with family.”

St. Augustine Plantation Assisted Living & Memory Care 2507 Old St. Augustine Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32301 850.309.1982 |

Medical Profiles


Left to Right: (back row) Carol McNutt, CNM; Sheridan Skark, CNM; Kay Dorian ARNP-C; Anne Marie Singleton, ARNP-C; Lori Overton BHS, RDMS.; Jane Owen, CNM (front row) Dorothy D. White, M.D.; Shawn R. M. Ramsey, D.O.; Jana M. Bures-Forsthoefel, M.D.

Gynecology & Obstetrics Associates, P.A. Gynecology and Obstetrics Associates is committed to providing excellent health care to women throughout all seasons of their lives. Our services include preventative care and, if necessary, a wide range of minimally invasive surgical options for gynecological conditions. We also offer routine and high-risk obstetrical care to patients in Tallahassee and surrounding areas. Our staff consists of two Board Certified physicians, one Board Eligible physician, two Certified Nurse Practitioners, three Certified Nurse Midwives, as well as an onsite Certified Ultrasonographer. We keep our focus at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare because of the top-notch services they provide, such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Gynecology and Obstetrics Associates, P.A. 1405 Centerville Road, Ste. 4200, Tallahassee, FL 32303 850.877.3549

Our ARNPs focus solely on gynecology. They are a great choice for women in need of an annual exam or who might be experiencing gynecological problems. Our Certified Nurse Midwives work closely with our physicians to provide a caring approach to prenatal care for both the patient and her family. And, of course, our physicians are always available if patients want to see them or if a problem arises. From your initial contact with our office our friendly staff will go the extra mile to help you see the appropriate provider and answer any questions you might have. We invite you to call the office and speak to our courteous receptionist to schedule your next appointment. Our staff strives to make each patient feel like a special individual on each and every visit to our office.


My practice philosophy can best be described as: Providing quality health care to my patients, being accessible to answer their questions and discuss treatment options in easily understood terms. How do you measure success in your profession? I measure success by patient satisfaction and improvement. Why did you get into this profession? I enjoy working with women in all stages of their lives, from delivering babies to helping women through “the change.”

Shawn R. M. Ramsey, D.O. Describe any new practices, technologies or systems in your profession that you provide: I perform a wide range of surgeries with the daVinci Robotic System, including hysterectomies and pelvic reconstructive surgery. This allows the patient to have a much faster recovery, so that they may resume their normal daily activities with very little down time. Why did you choose Tallahassee to practice? Tallahassee offers the conveniences of a big city, with a small town feel, and access to great schools. Practicing at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare allows me to provide cutting-edge health care for my patients.

Jana M. Bures-Forsthoefel, M.D. Area of Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology How has your practice expanded recently? In what way? Gynecology and Obstetrics Associates has seen many exciting changes over the past 30 years. We have added several physicians to the practice, who are all trained in the daVinci Robotic System. We have recently added the web portal for our patients’ convenience and continue to strive for the best technology training for our patients’ well-being. When and why did you get into this profession? I established Gynecology and Obstetrics in 1983 as the sole female gynecologist in Tallahassee. I wanted to give women in the Big Bend area an opportunity for health care by a physician who understood what they were experiencing regardless of their insurance or social economic status.

Medical Profiles

Dorothy D. White, M.D.

Âťfeature Health Care

Learning by watching: FSU med school students in the observation room have a front-row seat to operations at the Red Hills Surgical Center.

118 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

The Operating Theatre

The Red Hills Surgical Center Invites Students to Watch Medical Procedures Up Close and Personal


By Jason Dehart // Photos by Scott Holstein

he lights go down and the curtain goes up — literally — at the Red Hills Surgical Center’s new observation room, where breathless Florida State University medical students sit in two rows of high chairs to watch the wonders of modern arthroscopic surgical techniques. Only a large pane of glass separates the students from the operating room on the other side. On twin high-definition television monitors a microscopic, aqueous world opens up before the viewers as surgeons deftly perform repairs on cartilage and tendon inside a knee. Magnified 40 times and flush with saline, the interior spaces resemble an underwater cave, as pieces of tattered tissue float and swirl by the camera like seaweed detritus on the ocean floor. On the outside, the patient’s knee glows from the powerful miniature lights and tools that surgeon Dr. Peter Loeb, of North Florida Orthopedics, uses to scan the field and do his job. Due to the high magnification, Loeb knows it may be hard for the students to know which way is up, and through his two-way microphone he orients them as they watch the screen inside the viewing room. This talk-back system allows both sides to September–October 2013


Medical Profiles


Brian Beck, D.M.D., M.S. Dentist

What kind of service do you provide? We provide cosmetic, general and implant restorative dentistry. This includes aesthetic crowns and bridges, veneers, inlays and onlays, and smile whitening. Also, tooth-colored fillings, root canals, oral cancer screening, dentures, as well as single and fullarch tooth replacement with implants. How do you measure success in your profession? Patient satisfaction is the greatest measure of success. I work hard to provide the best care possible and establish quality relationships with patients. How would you describe your practice philosophy or strategy? Providing quality dental care utilizing the latest technologies and techniques. We try to make the patient experience as pleasant as possible. What is the “secret” of your professional success? Treating patients with the utmost respect and integrity they deserve and going above and beyond what is expected.

Drs. Marci, Glenn and Brian Beck 2929-B Capital Medical Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308 | 850.656.2636 (Fax:) 850.656.0220 | |

North Florida Pediatric Associates Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine And Children’s Kidney Disease

What is your area of specialty? As board-certified pediatricians, we provide routine wellness exams, school and sports physicals, childhood and school-required immunizations, ADHD management and problem-focused office visits for both acute and chronic illnesses. In addition, Dr. Walker manages pediatric kidney diseases by referral. How long have you been working in your profession? Our practice was established by Dr. Walker in 1982. Dr. Simmons joined the practice in 1988 and Dr. Koeppel in 2008. Has your practice expanded recently? Yes, our new spacious offices have large, cheerfully decorated waiting rooms and more exam rooms. The convenient northeast location offers ample parking. It is also accessible to mass transit. Another innovation is our extended evening and Saturday office hours, which are popular.

North Florida Pediatric Associates 3606 Maclay Blvd., Ste. 102, Tallahassee, FL 32312 850.877.1162 | (Fax:) 850.671.5009

LEFT TO RIGHT: Frank C. Walker, M.D.; Anna T. Koeppel, M.D.; William P. Simmons, M.D.

»feature Health Care

discuss the case, although for the most part it’s Loeb doing the talking while the students quietly observe the operation. “I think the program is fantastic,” Loeb says between patients. “We can talk to (the students) at a little different level, so that’s fun. I think this allows them to come in and not have to change (into scrubs) and yet still get the whole atmosphere of what it’s like to be in the OR. It’s a tremendous experience.” Since the observation room opened in the fall of 2012, hundreds of health care students have been able to “sit in” on real-world surgeries. In addition to medical students, the center hosted students from Florida State University’s College of Nursing, high school outreach programs, Florida A&M University’s School of Nursing, the Tallahassee Community College/Ghazvini Center, Southwest Georgia Technical College, Breckenridge School of Nursing at ITT and Keiser College. First-year FSU med student Jason Miles recently witnessed a procedure and found it very educational. “This was my first time actually sitting in on an orthopedic procedure, and I’m sure that other places where you can shadow are not as convenient as this is for us as students,” he said. “I feel like the teacher and physician were very, very focused on making sure that we were on the same page and that we understood exactly what was going through his mind, and he also did a very good job orienting us. I feel that’s one of the hardest things to do in arthroscopic surgery is actually figuring out your point of reference and where you’re actually looking.” Another valuable feature of the observation room is it gives students a chance to see several different specialties working in concert. It can inspire them to work in those fields, he said. The observation room vantage point, coupled with the work of the center’s educational partners, provides a great opportunity for augmenting health care education, according to Janet Shipman, director of educational outreach. She said it’s a needed service, considering it’s getting more difficult for students to get into some hospitals to observe surgery. “These surgeons here have a passion for education and are willing to volunteer their time,” Shipman said. “A majority of students on all levels have never observed a surgical procedure, nor seen inside the human body. We believe every student leaves in awe of the process, teamwork and commitment required to work in medicine.”

The Red Hills Surgical Center is a joint venture between Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and several local physicians, Shipman said. The facility, located on the corner of Miccosukee Road and Surgeons Drive, across the street from the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center, opened in April 2011. The entire surgical center was a $10 million project, counting land, building and equipment. Getting the ball rolling to create the surgical center was a joint effort between Loeb; Dr. Duncan Postma, chairman of the RHSC board of directors; health care consultant Mike Guarino and Martin Shipman, CEO of Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic and a RHSC board member. The observation room — Shipman’s idea — opened a year after the surgical center. “The idea … came while I was chairman of the Health Care Roundtable at a time when the health care community was struggling in finding

Dr. Peter Loeb (center) deftly controls a surgical wand by watching the magnified surgical field on a wall-mounted monitor nearby. September–October 2013


»feature Health Care

Dr. Peter Loeb reviews shoulder anatomy with medical school students in the observation room after performing a surgery.

qualified applicants to work in the hospitals, surgery centers and physician practices,” Shipman said. “Understanding that many students that were interested in health care had no true understanding of what some of the roles were. If we could show them a working operating room with doctors, scrub techs, medical supply representatives, nurses, X-ray techs, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists — how exciting that would be in whetting their appetites to pursue a profession in health care.”

Students can observe arthroscopic and “open” procedures. Students may find themselves witnessing anything from outpatient orthopedics to scoped ear, nose and throat procedures, depending on which “teaching” surgeons are scheduled at that time. Orthopedic cases range from shoulder and knee arthroscopies, fracture fixation and pinnings, foot and ankle surgeries, and hand surgeries. Some of the ENT procedures may include excising neck masses and sinus surgeries. To maintain confidentiality during a viewing,

“A majority of students on all levels have never observed a surgical procedure, nor seen inside the human body. We believe every student leaves in awe of the process, teamwork and commitment required to work in medicine.” — Janet Shipman, director of educational outreach

122 September–October 2013

patients are fully covered and draped except for the small surgical site. Shipman said that a group of surgeons had already planned a five-room outpatient surgery center, and the plans were being finalized when the idea for an observation room came about. “All the surgeons were excited and very supportive pursuing the observation room idea, but we were already over budget,” he said. “It was at this time that we approached the Economic Development Council and Workforce Plus about opportunities that may allow us to bring this dream to reality.” The development team was able to gain ad valorem tax credits and reimbursements of development fees through a special EDC Targeted Sector Program, which allowed them to justify adding the “living classroom.” “This room has already paid huge dividends to numerous educational facilities in Tallahassee and surrounding areas,” Shipman said. “RHSC and its educational partners are just beginning to realize the incredible value this room will have on generations of students that will pass through the experience of RHSC observation.” n


Paresh Patel, M.D.

What services to you provide? Taking care of patients with cancer/ blood disorders. How long have you been in practice in Tallahassee? Two and a half years. How, when and why did you get into this profession? While working as an internal medicine physician at Virginia Commonwealth University, I came across many patients with cancer. While taking care of these patients I had a change of heart and wanted to take care of this very needy group. Describe your practice philosophy. Taking care of individuals, and entire families, as a whole. Not just the diagnosis of cancer. What is the “secret” of your business or professional success? Cancer treatment is a “marathon, not a sprint.” It is best provided when surrounded by family and friends close to home. Has your practice expanded recently? We started as one office on 1600 Phillips Drive. Now we have another office on 2626 Care Drive. Describe any new practices, technologies or systems in your profession: I provide treatment for all types of cancer, chemotherapy, bone marrow biopsy and aspiration, intrathecal chemotherapy, advanced immunology and personalized cancer treatment based on molecular intelligence. Family? Wife, Yamini, two daughters and a son.

“Every FDA-approved cancer treatment in the world is available in our office every day.”

Florida Cancer Specialists 1600 Phillips Rd., Ste. 300, Tallahassee, FL 32308 | 850.877.8166 2626 Care Dr., Ste. 200, Tallahassee, FL 32308 | 850.219.5380

Medical Profiles

Florida Cancer Specialists

Medical Profiles


TMH Physician Partners Cancer & Hematology Specialists

What is your practice philosophy? Our mission is to meet the oncology and hematology needs of our community by providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art care close to home. How is your practice growing? In July 2012, TMH Physician Partners, Cancer & Hematology Specialists opened on the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second floor. We offer patient services that include registered dieticians, social workers and patient navigators to help patients navigate the complex health care system. How do you measure success? We measure our success through every patient and family who finds the care they need without having to leave Tallahassee.

left to right: Amit Jain, M.D., M.P.H.; Jeannine M. Silberman, M.D.; Tim A. Broeseker, M.D.; Iman Imanirad, M.D.; Janice Lawson, M.D.

Tallahassee Memorial Lipid Center J. Orson Smith, M.D., F.A.C.C. Charles Harper, M.D., F.N.L.A.

What services do you provide? We work with our patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary care provider to manage complex lipid disorders. We assist and educate our patients on appropriate nutrition and lifestyle choices in hyperlipidemia, obesity and diabetes. How long have you been working in your profession? Dr. J. Orson Smith has limited his practice to preventive cardiology for the past 20 years. To meet the growing need for lipidology care, Dr. Harper has joined our practice. He comes from Grady Hospital and Emory University with board certifications in Internal Medicine and Clinical Lipidology. How would you describe your practice philosophy or strategy? We work with our patients to help them understand their problem and encourage them to participate in coming up with the solution.

Tallahassee Memorial Lipid Center 1981 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.431.5474

TMH Physician Partners, Cancer & Hematology Specialists 1775 One Healing Place, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.431.5360


Medical Profiles

Tallahassee Memorial Behavioral Health Center What do you do or what services do you provide? The Behavioral Health Center provides a broad array of psychiatric and chemical dependency services including suboxone treatment for persons who have been addicted to opioid medications. The Center treats persons with acute and chronic depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. Area of specialty (if applicable): Psychiatry. All psychiatrists who practice at The Behavioral Health Center are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Has your business or practice expanded recently? In what way? Three new psychiatrists have been added to the practice recently to meet the needs of the community, and an additional child psychiatrist will be joining the practice in August 2013. How do you measure success in your business or profession? Success is measured by improved quality of life, prevented suicides and improvement in patient’s functional levels allowing them to be productive, contributing members of society.

Tallahassee Memorial Behavioral Health Center 1616 Physicians Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.431.5100

LEFT TO RIGHT: Connie Speer, M.D.; Carlos Beltran, M.D.; Sireesha Chimata, M.D.; Jeffrey T. Ferraro, M.D; Prasant Tatini, M.D.; Peter C. Debelius, M.D.; Kathy Lourvis, ARNP (not pictured) Edith E. Hidalgo, M.D.; Kelly Clouse, M.D.; Michael Mitchell, M.D.

Tallahassee Memorial Bariatric Center Angelina Cain, M.D.

What services do you provide? Medical assessment, treatment and follow-up care for weight-related conditions. Area of specialty: Bariatric Medicine and Family Medicine, member of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and American Board of Family Medicine. How, when and why did you get into this profession? After three years in private practice as a family physician, I saw Tallahassee’s need for an obesity specialist. After meeting the American Board of Obesity Medicine requirements, I approached TMH and we created the Tallahassee Memorial Bariatric Center two years ago.

“Obesity and weight related problems, even as a national epidemic, are under-diagnosed and poorly treated. I hope to change that and erase the stigma associated with this population.”

Tallahassee Memorial Bariatric Center 1981 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.431.4709

Medical Profiles


Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program What do you do or services do you provide? The Family Medicine Residency program offers primary medical care for the whole family with specialty services, including maternity care/ delivery, gynecologic procedures, skin surgery, cardiac stress testing, anticoagulation, behaviorial and nutritional interventions. The program also provides medical training to physicians who have chosen the specialty of family medicine. How long have you been in business or in practice in Tallahassee? We have provided primary care services for more than 40 years. How would you describe your business or practice philosophy or strategy? As a training center we offer many valuable benefits to our patients. Our physicians are up to date on the latest advances, and they’re accustomed to providing care to a full spectrum of patients. We also have extended our weekend hours.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Cathy Snapp, Ph.D.; Tanya M. Evers, M.D.; Joseph Mazziotta, M.D.; Phillip Treadwell, Pharm.D.; Donald Zorn, M.D.; Seth L. Stern, M.D.; Lisa Jernigan, M.D.; A.D. Brickler, M.D.; B. David Robinson, M.D. (not pictured) Edward Forster, M.D.; Gina Hope, M.D.; Ronald Machado, M.D.; D. Paul Robinson, M.D.

Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program 1301 Hodges Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.431.5430

TMH Physician Partners Surgical Specialists

What services do you provide? I perform a wide range of elective and emergent surgical procedures. In addition, I perform breast surgery for benign and malignant disease. I also care for patients with significant injuries from accidental or traumatic causes. Why did you choose Tallahassee? I have strong ties to Tallahassee and my family is still here. I was born at TMH and even worked here while an undergraduate. What is the “secret” of your professional success? The most important things to me in my professional life are providing a successful, safe operation and a great surgical outcome for my patients, as well as being a teammate and advocate.

TMH Physician Partners, Surgical Specialists 1405 Centerville Road, #4400, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.431.2100 Shelby Blank, M.D., M.S.


Medical Profiles

TMH Physician Partners Cardiac & Internal Medicine Specialists with Services Provided by Southern Medical Group, P.A.

Specialty: Clinical, Imaging, Invasive, Interventional and Electrophysiology Cardiologists What is your practice philosophy? We believe communication is the keystone of the doctorpatient relationship, and we have built a reputation of excellent quality. Who are your patients? We treat patients who have been referred to us by their primary care doctor who have hypertension, blocked arteries, irregular heart rhythms, fainting, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure, heart defects and diseases of the arteries and veins. Describe any new practices, technologies or systems in your profession that you provide. Most recently, we played an integral role in bringing cutting-edge technology to this community, including Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), Lariat Left Atrial Appendage Litigation, Cryoablation and hybrid transcatheter/surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation.

Southern Medical Group 1300 Medical Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.216.0100

J. Galt Allee, M.D., F.A.C.C.; Farhat Khairallah, M.D., F.H.R.S., F.A.C.C.; Gadi Silberman, M.D.; Wayne B. Batchelor, M.D., F.R.C.P (C), F.A.C.C.; Frank E. Gredler, M.D, F.A.C.C.; Marilyn M. Cox, M.D., F.A.C.C.; John N. Katopodis, M.D., F.A.C.C.; David L. Tedrick, M.D., F.A.C.C.; Thomas E. Noel, M.D., F.A.C.C.; William C. Dixon, IV, M.D., F.A.C.C.; David W. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.C.; Akash Ghai, M.D., F.A.C.C.

TMH Physician Partners Endocrinology Specialists

What services do you provide? We evaluate and treat patients with complex endocrine diseases, diabetes and osteoporosis. Consultations and management are provided for diseases and disorders of the endocrine glands and other hormonerelated conditions. How would you describe your business or practice philosophy? We help our patients learn how to control their endocrine issues and lower their risk for long-term complications. We work with the consulting provider to formulate a plan that is customized for the individual patient. How long have you been working in your profession? I started an endocrine practice in Tallahassee in 1985.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to help our patients successfully understand and manage their chronic endocrine diseases so they can feel good and live longer.â&#x20AC;?

TMH Physician Partners, Endocrinology Specialists 2406 East Plaza Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.877.7387 Terry W. Sherraden, M.D.

Medical Profiles


TMH Physician Partners Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

What is your area of specialty? As the only maternal-fetal physicians within a 150-mile radius, we work with high-risk pregnancies to minimize complications and manage the health of moms and their babies. What is your practice philosophy? Working closely with our patients allows us to help prepare them and their managing OBs for delivery, involve the appropriate specialists, prevent complications and provide the highest level of care for mothers and newborns who need special attention and support. Has your business or practice expanded recently? New technology is now available through our office that allows prenatal diagnosis of some genetic abnormalities in the developing baby by using a simple blood sample from the mother.

LEFT to Right: Donald C. Willis, M.D., Roderick F. Hume, Jr., M.D.

TMH Physician Partners, Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine 1401 Centerville Road, Ste. 400, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.431.3360

TMH Physician Partners Surgical Specialists

Areas of specialty: General and Laparoscopic surgery with emphasis on breasts, thyroid, and parathyroid surgery. How Long have you been in business or in practice in Tallahassee? We have been practicing in Tallahassee for 35 years. How do you measure success in your business or profession? When we have positive surgical outcomes that allow our patients to livehealthier lives and have an improved quality of life, we know we have been successful.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our office is dedicated to the health and well-being of our patients. Our commitment to our patients extends beyond the operating room; it lasts a lifetime.â&#x20AC;?

TMH Physician Partners, Surgical Specialists 1401 Centerville Road, #100, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.877.5183

LEFT TO RIGHT: Richard Zorn, M.D., F.A.C.S.; Robert Snyder, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Medical Profiles

TMH Physician Partners Cardiac & Internal Medicine Specialists with Services Provided by Southern Medical Group, P.A. Specialty: Internal Medicine: What services do you provide? Primary care for adult patients with special emphasis on diagnosis, evaluation and management of complex conditions of the heart, lungs, intestinal tract, kidneys and endocrine system. Our internal medicine physicians are board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. We offer highly skilled, compassionate care and state-of-the-art diagnostic services. We are committed to quality patient care by seeking educational opportunities to stay current on the latest drug therapies and diagnostic tools. We believe in fostering a positive, open relationship with our patients as well as their caregivers to provide optimal care, to instill confidence and to ensure patient satisfaction. We work to maintain a strong network of specialists should our patients need to be referred for further evaluation and believe that communication with the consulting physician and the patient is imperative to seamless, quality care.

Southern Medical Group 1300 Medical Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.216.0100

left to right: Eric S. Bouchard, M.D.; Robert. D. Rowland, M.D.; Satish C. Mital, M.D.; Michael W. Forsthoefel, M.D.; Jesse L. Judelle, M.D.; Farah Soliman, M.D.; Judith A. Lewis, M.D.; Donald L. Loucks, M.D. (not pictured)

TMH Physician Partners SouthWood

What services do you provide? Primary care for adult patients, including preventive care for stroke and heart disease and management of complex conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, endocrine disorders, COPD and asthma. How has your practice expanded recently? We recently gained full X-ray capabilities and the ability to draw lab results in-house. How would you describe your practice philosophy? We try to make the patient experience as pleasant and convenient as possible. Our office is located in a brand new, one-level building with a covered driveway and ample parking. We also offer sameday appointments for sick patients.

TMH Physician Partners, SouthWood 3900 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, FL 32311 850.431.3867

Left to Right: J. Roberto Mendoza, M.D., Bobby Abraham, M.D.

»feature Health Care

One Doctor’s Journey

As Medicine Has Changed, So Has the Career of Dr. Gary Winchester By Rosanne Dunkelberger


ne of the easiest ways to track the evolution of health care in Tallahassee is by taking a look at the nearly 40-year career of local doctor Gary Winchester. He was the fifth baby born at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in 1949 and grew up just a block away on Spruce Avenue. He’s practiced from an office behind TMH his entire professional life, and Winchester and his wife, Carol, now live about a half-mile down the road. “I tell people I’ve moved about a mile in my life,” he said with a grin. After getting an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and attending medical school at the University of South Florida, “it was a natural for me to come back here.” Winchester was a member of one of the earliest classes of the Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program and hung out his shingle with another residency program classmate, Karl Hempel, in the early ’80s. “It was incredibly different,” he said, recalling the practice of medicine in those early days. “Most of the time we had either three or four (doctors) we shared call with; we didn’t have any mid-level people (nurse practitioners or physician assistants) at all and we did full emergency room coverage and admitted all of our own patients. So every third or fourth night we were

130 September–October 2013

gone for 24 hours and then had to come in the next day and work eight or 12 hours. Every third or fourth weekend we were away from home all weekend. That just doesn’t happen anymore.” After several years by themselves, the doctors added Physician Assistant John Sabin and Nurse Practitioner Karen Godbey as part of their professional medical staff, a practice that gained popularity at the time because patients didn’t have to wait for an appointment with the doctor for routine care or minor ailments. While medical practices owned by hospitals and other entities are in the spotlight now, it was a trend in the past, too. “The onesies and twosies were essentially being bought up, usually by hospitals. We didn’t want to work for anybody else; we wanted to work for ourselves.” So, in 1997, Winchester and Hempel “invited about eight or 10 friends in private practice” to join with them and started Tallahassee Primary Care Associates (TPCA). It has since grown to include 40 physicians and caregivers and a staff of 250 serving 80,000 patients in the area. The physicians are located in offices throughout the area, and TPCA also has a central facility with its own laboratory, radiology and diagnostic imaging and other health care services. Winchester served on the Florida Board of Medicine, which licenses and disciplines doctors, for 19 years. The Board also serves as a resource

Family doctor Gary Winchester encourages young people to consider careers in medicine beyond being a doctor, including jobs such as physician assistants, nurses and other therapists. Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013


“Trust our nurses to make sure your parents age well. ”

Live well... Age well...


Alzheimer’s Care Personal Care

Skilled Nursing and Care Management


Companion/ Homemaker

Meal Preparation

Fall Prevention

Call to speak with a nurse

(850) 386-5552 Hopewell Home Health Agency, LLC HHA Lic. #2999992338

132 September–October 2013

»feature Health Care

for the Legislature. While he was a member, Winchester helped draft a report calling for a ban on “phen-phen,” a combination drug prescribed off label for weight loss that was causing deadly heart valve problems in some people. During his tenure, the group also investigated the abuses of pain medication clinics. For the past three years, he has been a member of the Board of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare and was formerly the chair of the hospital’s medical staff. When asked what he thinks the effects of the Affordable Care Act will be, he replies, “I am absolutely clueless. I don’t think anybody has any idea.” What he does see are the challenges facing TMH and other hospitals in the present. “I think that every hospital is up against balancing excellent quality of care with ever-decreasing reimbursement from government,” he commented. “Everybody, including patients, want better outcomes; they want more people to live, but it becomes a challenge when there’s actually less money coming in to provide more services.”

“One of the … exciting things about practicing medicine that I tell people all the time is: ‘Whatever I’m telling you now, five years from now I’m gonna tell you something different.’ And that’s true. There are some things on the near horizon that are going to really be cool.” — Dr. Gary Winchester

Winchester has lived through many changes in his medical practice — and he figures there’ll be lots more before he’s ready to hang up his stethoscope. “One of the … exciting things about practicing medicine that I tell people all the time is: ‘Whatever I’m telling you now, five years from now I’m gonna tell you something different.’ And that’s true. There are some things on the near horizon that are going to really be cool.” He mentioned one of his “favorites,” a two-minute CT scan of the heart that can indicate blockages in a person’s arteries, even when they have no symptoms, without having to perform invasive procedures. Winchester said biomarker research going on now should lead to the creation of blood tests that can detect cancers at their earliest stages. But for all the technological and pharmaceutical advances, Winchester said they don’t replace the one-on-one doctor/patient relationship. “In the business we do, probably the vast majority of the time, we have a real good idea of what’s going on with someone just by talking to them,” he said. “Before we examine them, before we do any tests; just talking to them, you can get a real good idea of what’s happening, and that’s where the human part comes in.” n


Medical Profiles

Rodolfo Jose Oviedo, M.D. Capital Regional Medical Group

What services do you provide? General, minimally invasive and emergency surgery. How long have you been working in your field/profession? Six years; this year as an independent surgeon. Why did you choose Tallahassee as a place to work? It is a wonderful community with Southern hospitality and ideal to raise a family and grow as a professional.

“General surgery is a fascinating and exciting profession. It’s the mother of all surgical subspecialties; a means to cure cancer, save lives from traumatic experiences, remove organs that suffer from overwhelming infections, reconstruct the body’s organ system and offer relief to those who are ill.”

Capital Regional Medical Center 2626 Care Drive, Suite 206, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.219.2306 |

Carey A. Dellock, M.D., F.A.C.C. Capital Regional Cardiology Associates

Areas of specialty: Interventional cardiology and women’s cardiology. Who are your clients? Men and women; adults with pre-existing heart disease or a desire to prevent cardiovascular disease. How long have you been working in your profession? Seven years. Why did you choose Tallahassee as a place to work? Great opportunity to provide excellent patient care in a family-friendly community. Business and education background: MD, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa.; Interventional Cardiology, Duke Medical Center, Durham, N.C. How would you describe your practice philosophy or strategy? “Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” (John Maxwell)

Capital Regional Cardiology Associates 2770 Capital Medical Blvd., Ste. 109, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.877.0216 | (Fax:) 850.942.0246

Medical Profiles


Ernesto Umana, M.D.

Capital Regional Cardiology Associates Dr. Ernesto Umana was born in Guatemala. He completed his medical school training with high marks and received multiple awards, including Best Medical Student, Class of 1994. This is the highest achievable award in his medical school. In 1995 he moved to Mobile, Ala., completing his training in internal medicine at the University of South Alabama, where again he received high marks, including the 1998 Victor Benator Award for excellence in teaching. Today, he is board certified in cardiovascular disease, adult echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and cardiac CT. He is the only cardiologist in the Tallahassee region to have training in the area of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a rapidly evolving field that provides pristine images of the heart without having to use radiation (X-ray) or without having to use iodinated contrast.

Capital Regional Cardiology Associates 2631 Centennial Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.656.7265

Stephanie Cruz Lee M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Capital Regional Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Dr. Stephanie Cruz Lee is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She received her medical degree from the Florida State University College of Medicine and completed her residency training at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville. The North American Menopause Society has recognized Dr. Lee for her research in menopausal health, and her work on endometrial polyps has been published in the leading OB/GYN journals. She is a clinical assistant professor at the FSU College of Medicine and is fluent in English and Spanish. Her areas of clinical interest are obstetrics, infertility, abnormal bleeding and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. In addition to caring for patients, she and her husband, Matthew Lee, MD, enjoy spending time with their four children.

Capital Regional Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health 2770 Capital Medical Blvd., Ste. 110, Tallahassee, FLÂ 32308 850.877.5589

»feature Health Care

Choosing Wisely A woman should get her first Pap smear at age 21, and every year afterward. Every man needs a PSA test. A child who gets conked on the head should have a CT scan, “just in case.” If a generic statin is good, then a brand-name one is better. Not necessarily so, says Dr. Nancy Van Vessem, clinical director of Tallahassee’s Capital Health Plan. Research shows some medical testing and treatments that have become routine can be unnecessary and wasteful — and, at times, lead to medical interventions that are unhelpful and even dangerous. “The science is showing us we’re probably doing things we shouldn’t be doing,” she said. Take the PSA test, once used as an early warning system for developing prostate cancer. “Now, PSA testing for prostate cancer is basically out. It’s a test that never was meant to screen for prostate cancer,” said Van What the Vessem. “It was a test you used Doctors Say in following men who already Here’s a sampling of had it to see if the therapy the suggestions made (was) working. Even the guy by doctor/specialist that developed the test doesn’t groups: think it should be used for » From the American screening, but it was put into Academy of Pediatrics: practice that way.” Cough and cold The American Board of medicines should Internal Medicine Foundation not be prescribed or asked the professional societies recommended for of several medical specialties respiratory illnesses to each come up with a list in children under four years of age. of “Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” » From the American when providing or receiving Geriatrics Society: health care. Don’t recommend percutaneous feeding Twenty-six specialty groups tubes in patients with have developed lists and more, advanced dementia; including dermatology, surinstead offer oral geons and orthopedic surgeons, assisted feeding. are scheduled to provide their » From the Amercian lists this fall. In addition to the College of Obstetricians lists, which can sound a little and Gynecologists: like “doctor-speak,” the site Don’t perform routine also includes patient-friendly annual cervical write-ups with the imprimatur cytology screening of Consumer Reports. (Pap tests) in women The site, say its creators, 30–65 years of age. does not dictate hard-and-fast » From the American rules, but is designed to open Academy of Family a dialogue between patients Physicians: Don’t do and doctors. imaging for low back The lists and information can pain within the first six be found at weeks, unless red flags // Rosanne Dunkelberger

are present.

The right choice means everything. AD

They were there when you scraped your knee and needed a hug. Provided a shoulder to cry on when your heart was first broken. They supported the choices you made in life and gave advice along the way. Now your parents are facing the challenges of aging, and you know they deserve the best care possible. At HarborChase, we focus on providing the highest level of service and care for seniors. With your loved one here you’ll feel secure knowing you made the right choice. Join us for a tour to learn more about our programs. Call toll free: 888-684-0674 or 850-531-0404.

Assisted Living Facility # AL9730

100 John Knox Road, Tallahassee, FL | 888-684-0674 |

Pulmonary Disease Specialists

Our physicians offer state-of-the art diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary diseases such as: #/0$s!STHMAs%MPHYSEMAs0ULMONARY(YPERTENSION 2ESPIRATORY)NFECTIONSs,UNG#ANCERs"RONCHITIS


J. Daniel Davis, MD Clifton J. Bailey, MD F. Ray Dolly, MD Carlos E. Campo, MD David Y. Huang, MD Alberto L. Fernandez MD Simha V. Jagadeesh, MD Joseph M. Gray, MD Praful B. Patel, MD Muhanad A. Hasan, MD John S. Thabes, MD

*1" ,9ÊUÊ ,/ Ê , ÊUÊ- *Ê  

1401 Centerville Rd. G-02 Tallahassee, FL 32308

2617 Mitcham Dr., Suite 102 Tallahassee, FL 32308

(850) 878-8714 September–October 2013


Southeastern Plastic Surgery in Tallahassee Where Experience Matters Ben J. Kirbo, M.D. ~ Laurence Z. Rosenberg, M.D. Chris DeRosier, M.D. CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PLASTIC SURGERY


EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT PERSONALIZED CARE, BUT AT SOUTHEASTERN PLASTIC SURGERY IN TALLAHASSEE, it is exactly the patient experience that makes all the difference. From the moment a patient enters the door, they will encounter a sense of caring that continues throughout their visit. The importance of individualized, personal treatment is at the heart of every patient experience. This commitment to care has won Southeastern Plastic Surgery recognition from consumers who voted the practice Best Surgical Physician in Tallahassee in 2011 based on Tallahassee Magazine’s Readers Poll and also bestowed Tally Awards on the practice for two consecutive years. The Tally Awards are the annual people’s choice awards for the best businesses in Tallahassee. As Tallahassee’s preferred patient’s choice for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Southeastern Plastic Surgery includes board-certified plastic surgeons, skin care specialists and others dedicated to provide outstanding care and service. “Patients are my number one priority,” said Dr. Ben Kirbo, board-certified plastic surgeon. “They influence the quality of staff and technology, the design of our office and the time we spend to educate our patients about the procedures and services they are considering.” Dr. Kirbo has been practicing in the North Florida and South Georgia area for more than 15 years. He is dedicated to providing unparalleled quality to every patient. A native of Bainbridge, Georgia, Ben J. Kirbo, M.D. received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and completed his medical degree at the University of Miami. Dr. Kirbo completed his general surgery residency at the University of Kentucky and his plastic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University where he trained under several internationally recognized plastic surgeons. He has a particular interest in facial cosmetic surgery, breast surgery and body contouring. Additionally, he has interest and experience in postbariatric weight loss surgery. He has extensive training in melanoma/skin cancer treatment and Mohs repairs. Dr. Kirbo is known by his colleagues for his expertise in correcting undesirable plastic surgery results. Along with Southeastern Plastic Surgery, he was selected as the only local surgical practice to participate in the Florida Melanoma Study.

Dr. Rosenberg

surgery and plastic surgery residency. He trained at the University of Alabama under pioneering plastic surgeon, Dr. Luis Vasconez. He is board-certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Rosenberg has a variety of interests and areas of specialization within cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. His areas of focus include facelifts, eyelid surgery, breast reconstruction, breast Dr. DeRosier augmentation and reduction, abdominoplasty, hand surgery, laser treatments of skin disorders and body contouring with particular interest in massive weight loss patients. Dr. Rosenberg is the only board certified physician in North Florida and South Georgia to perform a unique hair restoration procedure of surgically transplanting individual hair follicular units. Dr. Chris DeRosier, board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, joined the practice in July. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama (UAB) School of Medicine. He completed both his general and plastic surgery residencies at UAB prior to starting his practice at the university. Dr. DeRosier performs both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. He is also trained in microsurgery and is excited about offering free tissue breast reconstruction (Free TRAM and DIEP flaps) to the Tallahassee area. For more information about Southeastern Plastic Surgery, visit them online at or find them on Facebook. ~

Dr. Laurence Rosenberg, a board-certified plastic surgeon said, “At Southeastern Plastic Surgery, we strive to deliver excellent patient care, in a warm, compassionate setting.”


Dr. Rosenberg grew up in Albany, New York. He attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia for both college and medical school, where he earned many awards and distinctions. Dr. Rosenberg completed both general

2030 Fleischmann Rd. ~ Tallahassee, FL

136 September–October 2013

Dr. Kirbo




Medical Profiles

Michelle D. Bachtel, M.D., F.A.C.C. Invasive Cardiologist Capital Regional Cardiology Associates Area of specialty: Cardiovascular disease How long have you been working in your profession? Since 1994 How long have you been in business or in practice in Tallahassee? Since 1997 Has your business or practice expanded recently? Our group has recently joined Capital Regional Cardiology Associates. It’s exciting to be able to grow together for the need of our patients here in the Tallahassee area. Education: Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at Washington University School of Medicine; Barnes-Jewish Hospital-St. Louis, Mo.; graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Mo.; graduated with distinction, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. Family? Married to Scott Atwell, President of the FSU Alumni Association What are your hobbies, outside interests and community involvements? Spending time with family and FSU events

Capital Regional Cardiology Associates 2631 Centennial Blvd., Ste. 200, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.656.7265 | (Fax:) 850.702.0245

Jolita Burns

M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Capital Regional Women’s Health Dr. Jolita Burns completed her medical training at Atlanta Medical Center. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has practiced in Tallahassee for the last 10 years. She specializes in providing complete obstetrical and gynecological care. She has a strong commitment to provide the “very best” possible care for the women of Tallahassee. Her goal is to ensure her patients have the knowledge and care to live a happy and healthy life.

Capital Regional Women’s Health 2270 Capital Medical Blvd., Ste. 110 Tallahassee, FL 32308 | 850.877.5589

»feature Health Care


“We’re not building widgets. Every person is different. So I really preach to the crew: Don’t get bogged down in the business of the day. It’s an individualized care that we give, because each person is a little bit different. If you were that patient, you’re going to want to be treated as Brian, not just the patient in Room 8 with chest pain.” Brian Cook, chief executive officer at Capital Regional Medical Center “We’re seeing new delivery models. We’re seeing new payment models. We’re seeing the trend away from the fee-for-service model to a new model that’s based on managing populations and quality of care and value — how that is defined is still to be determined. You’re seeing some of this happen through the Medicare program, where they’re doing all of these different experiments to shift away from feefor-service to payment based on outcomes and value.” Tim Stapleton, executive vice president of the Florida Medical Association

138 September–October 2013

Local Health Care Experts Have Their Say


“The essential ingredient of family medicine is the care of the patient as opposed to the care of disease. We have created over the past 50 years a wonderful acute care system that is very disease oriented. You go down I-10 or I-75 or I-95, and you’ll see sign after sign after sign … ‘The Cardiovascular Center of Excellence,’ ‘The Neurovascular Center of Excellence,’ ‘The Cancer Center,’ ‘The Prostate Center’ — whatever it might be. Whenever I see these billboards I go, ‘Where’s the center of excellence for the whole patient?’ And that’s your primary care doc. That’s your medical home. That’s what we’re trying to encourage our students to see.” Dr. John P. Fogarty, dean of The College of Medicine, Florida State University

“Studies have shown people are much more willing to take pills than change their lifestyle; and the people that would benefit the most, say a diabetic patient, are the ones least likely to change. I think part of it is a ‘somebody’s going to be able to fix this (mentality).’ The problem is you can delay things, but at the end of the day, that decision can end up leading to complications that the patient really doesn’t want, but they’re so far in the future — maybe 20 years — it’s hard to put today’s cheeseburger together with my stroke at 65.” Dr. Nancy Van Vessum, chief medical officer for Capital Health Plan

Van Vessum


“The (way) the system works is kind of perverse. We spend the most money taking care of really sick patients. The reality is, the focus should be on helping people stay well (and) reducing those events. We’re still going to have plenty of sick people. It’s not as if we’re going to get rid of hospitals; what we need to do is get rid of the unnecessary or the preventable events, and that’s what I think our focus needs to be as we look out the next 10, 20, 30 years; changing our system to reshape it around ‘How do we manage people’s health?’” Mark O’Bryant, president and chief executive officer of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare

scott holstein

In Their Own Words

“It won’t do anybody any good to have health care systems down the road that become so expensive that nobody can afford to access them, and … I think in Tallahassee we can be several steps ahead of other communities in making sure that we don’t lose sight of the essential need to keep health care sustainable and affordable in our community and protect people.” John Hogan, president and chief executive officer of Capital Health Plan


Medical Profiles

William T. McFatter, D.D.S.

Owner, Beachton Denture Clinic What do you do or what services do you provide? Dentures, partials, extractions, implants, Snap-On Smiles, All-On-4, Facelift Dentures How long have you been in practice in Tallahassee? More than 25 years (since 1987) Business and education background: Vanderbilt University – Cum Laude with a B.A. in Molecular Biology; Emory University Dental School; Charlotte Memorial Hospital General Practice Residency; Fellow of Academy of General Dentistry; Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantology; Master American Dental Implant Association; member of Advanced Dental Implant Studies; graduate of Georgia Maxi-Course on dental implant studies and Implant Seminars Master’s Series; certified instructor with Your Infinite Life in personal growth. How would you describe your practice philosophy or strategy? Our mission is to provide a caring and professional atmosphere for patients, staff and visitors. We choose to serve our communities through the dentistry we do, the smiles we create. What is the “secret” of your business or professional success? Love for what we do! And giving back to the world community and our local community. What is the focus of your practice and has it changed? Over the last six years I have been totally involved in developing ways to merge more than 30 years of knowledge and experience with removable prostheses (dentures and partials) with dental implants. I try to stay on the cutting edge of knowledge, procedures and techniques, and my staff and I are in continuing education each month. We’ve added some of the most advanced equipment and protocols, including 3-D imaging with cone beams, guided implant surgery and platelet rich plasma/platelet rich fibrin to enhance our diagnostic skills, treatment planning and patient comfort. Has your practice expanded recently? In what way? I opened up my beautiful 8,000-square-foot, octagonal-shaped office in 2011 and have expanded my staff.

Beachton Denture Clinic 2515 U.S. Highway 319 South, Thomasville, GA 31792 229.377.6588

Medical Profiles


Mike Ford, M.D.

Physician at Southeastern Dermatology

Dr. Ford wanted to be a doctor since he was 15 years old. For many years, beginning at UNC, Dr. Ford enjoyed The idea of helping people using science and compassion looking at the microscopic slides on virtually every strongly appealed to him, and in his high school senior skin biopsy he performed. While at the University of yearbook he said he wanted to be a dermatologist. Later, Florida, he published many papers concerning various during his junior year of college, he entered the University skin conditions and their pathologic findings, using of Florida medical school through both light microscopy and electhe Junior Honors Medical Program. tron microscopy. For more than In his last year of med school, 10 years now, he has been apply“Dermatology had picking a residency program was ing skin microscopy (dermatopaalways appealed to tough because he “loved it all.” He thology) to very precise surgical finally chose a family medicine resitreatment of skin cancers in the me as a visual art and dency. After that, the professional office setting. With such techscience in which one student in him wanted to dive deepniques, the dermatologist is able er into a more focused specialty. to achieve very high cure rates could bring to bear “Dermatology had always apfor skin cancer while minimizing pealed to me as a visual art and the surgical defect size and scar disciplines as diverse as, science in which one could bring as much as possible. for instance, pathology, to bear disciplines as diverse as, Dr. Ford and his family came for instance, pathology, immuto Tallahassee in 1999. He has alimmunology and nology and tumor biology in the ways found teaching other phytumor biology in diagnosis and treatment of a sicians to be a privilege and still myriad of skin disorders,” he said. enjoys teaching FSU medical stuthe diagnosis and “Moreover, the skin can be a windents, family practice residents, treatment of a myriad dow into disorders affecting othinternal medicine residents and er parts of the body, from lupus to physician assistant students. of skin disorders.” liver disease. It’s exciting stuff!” His wife, Elaine, has been a – Dr. Mike Ford He applied for dermatology resinever-failing support to him dencies and was accepted at the throughout their married life and University of North Carolina (UNC)career. They have a son, Mark, Chapel Hill, where he trained with some of the best acawho was born during his psychiatry rotation in med demic dermatologists in the country. He was the Chief Resischool. Their daughter, Michelle, was born a few years dent of Dermatology at UNC during his last year. He went later during his family practice residency. on to spend eight years in the Division of Dermatology and The Ford family enjoys living in Tallahassee. He said Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Florida (Shands the city’s natural beauty, combined with a well-develTeaching Hospital) as a full-time faculty member. He was oped academic and professional environment, is hard to recruited there to help launch a new dermatology residenbeat. He and wife Elaine, along with their two children, cy and, 20 years later, the residency is alive and well. are very grateful to be able to live and work here.

Southeastern Dermatology 2040 Fleischmann Rd.,Tallahassee, FL 32308 | 850.422.3376


Area of specialty: Dermatology How long have you been working in your profession? 25 years How would you describe your practice philosophy or strategy? From cancer to rashes, I want to provide the best care to our valued patients that I possibly can. What is the “secret” of your professional success? Learn as much as you possibly can; first from the “books,” then from your patients. If applicable, describe any new practices, technologies or systems in your profession that you provide: For more than 10 years now I have been applying skin microsopy (dermatopathology) to a very precise surgical treatment of skin cancers in the office setting. With such techniques, the dermatologist is able to achieve very high cure rates while minimizing the surgical defect and scar as much as possible. What are your hobbies, outside interests and community involvements? I take great advantage of the many off-road mountain biking opportunities Tallahassee offers. My wife and I support various ministries. Over the past three years, Southeastern Dermatology has been the premier sponsor of The Ride for Hope, a fundraising event that benefits the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center.

Medical Profiles


Health Care update

Tallahassee, Florida

Abaco Islands, Bahamas

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A horrifying boating accident in the Bahamas was the start of Kellie Kraftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s odyssey to get medical care for her grievous injuries.

142 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

After a Bahamian Boating Accident, Long-Distance Medical Care Saves the Day By Jason Dehart Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013


(Left to right) Mike and Carol Carter, Jennifer and Ray Green and Kellie and Chris Kraft enjoy a quiet sunset interlude on the beach before taking a fateful nighttime journey over the waves and into a medical nightmare. At left, a vicious gash indicates the toll taken on the Kraft party’s boat when it collided with a reef in the Parrot Cays.

144 September–October 2013

Photo courtesy Mike Carter (boat) and Chris Kraft (Group)

»feature Dire Straits


orst. Trip. Ever.

This is how Chris and Kellie Kraft might describe their last vacation in the Bahamas. For more than 30 years, the Krafts — prominent members of the community and owners of Kraft Nissan — have gone to the Caribbean island nation to get away from it all. It’s a great way to kick back, relax and enjoy the company of good friends. But now, they can’t look at those sparkling waters the same way. Especially after what happened on one dark Wednesday night in October 2012. “She’s happy to have her legs,” Chris says as he considers the boating accident that seriously injured his 53-year-old wife. Two other couples — Ray and Jennifer Green from Tallahassee and Mike and Carol Carter from Jacksonville — were seriously banged up as well, and Chris himself suffered a punctured lung and broke a shoulder bone. Ordinarily, a trip to the islands is smooth sailing. Chris has run big boats for many years in the same area without a problem. Ray, Northwest Florida Regional director for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, is another well-seasoned seaman. But accidents can still happen. In this case, it took long-distance phone calls in the middle of the night and no small amount of personal initiative to get the whole crew back home to receive proper — and for Kellie, lifesaving — care.

On The Rocks

After attending the FSU-USF game in Tampa on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, the Krafts and friends chartered a plane in New Smyrna and the next day were in Marsh Harbour, Abaco Islands, in the Bahamas. The island is located about 200 miles east of West Palm Beach and 100 miles north of Nassau. The three couples stayed in the resort community of Hope Town, across the Sea of Abaco from Marsh Harbour. On arrival, the crew of friends rented a 24-foot, center-console, twin-hulled powerboat, which they used to explore the islands and sightsee for the five days they planned on being there. It was on the fateful last night of their trip that they decided to motor west across the bay to Marsh Harbour. By the time they left the dock, it was already dark. So at the last minute they decided to go to Sea Spray Resort & Marina, located just three miles south of Hope Town. But instead of taking a familiar route, Chris decided to cut through a small group of islands called the Parrot Cays, just west of Hope Town. The Parrots consist of three or four rocky islands and coral reef, and there were no illuminated channel markers. Chris had to rely on GPS to tell him where he was, but the unit on the boat was not quite what he was accustomed to. He also had to awkwardly hunch over to look at it and was in this position at the helm when the accident happened.

“It was my fault. I wasn’t where I thought I was,” he said. “I probably should have pulled the throttles back and figured out where I was.” When the boat ran up on a piece of submerged reef, the Carters were in the stern behind Chris; Kellie, along with Ray and Jennifer Green, was in the bow. At the last second somebody shouted out a warning and Chris saw something out of the corner of his eye, but it was too late. “I pulled the boat hard and pulled the throttles back and at that point we caught one of the edges of the reef that was underwater,” Chris said. “And when we hit it we kind of bounced off of it but Kellie went off the bow of the boat to the starboard side.” Jennifer and Ray Green were ejected into relatively safer and deeper water, but Kellie smashed into razor-sharp coral rock. Chris and the Carters were thrown forward and bounced off the console. “When it happened, it knocked me out for 30, 40 seconds,” Chris said. “We’re not quite sure how Kellie landed, but obviously it was on her knees and little bit (on her) head, and arm, and (she) was face-down in the water.” When he came to, the Greens were going to Kellie’s aid. Chris heard his wife call out and with his head still swimming, jumped in after her. “God knows what I was jumping into; I was just going to find her,” he said. Ray had a better view of what happened as the sudden impact launched him from the boat. “Kellie ejected more straight on and the angle of the boat threw her onto those rocks, on her knees,” he said. “Jennifer went over slightly to her left, and I went slightly to the left of Jennifer. Both of us went into the water and not onto rock.” Ray said when he and Jennifer surfaced in chest-deep water, Jennifer saw Kellie and got to her first, followed by Ray, who made a quick assessment of her injuries. It didn’t look good. “I turned her over and saw that the injuries were to (her) knees and elbow and surmised there might be the possibility of other injuries that were not apparent. So I grabbed her underneath

“I pulled the boat hard and pulled the throttles back and at that point we caught one of the edges of the reef that was underwater.” — Chris Kraft and cradled her in my arms and took her to the stern of the boat and floated her on her back and kept her head out of the water,” he said. The friends gathered at the stern, resting Kellie’s head on the top step of the swim ladder to keep her head and face out of the water. There was considerable bleeding; Kellie’s knees, feet, arm September–October 2013






Your future physicians start here

Learning from the best physicians in Tallahassee and surrounding communities. Returning as the medical providers of tomorrow. “Celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Tallahassee Regional Campus, we gratefully acknowledge and honor the local physicians who teach our students the art and science of medicine. Their offices and medical practices are classrooms where our students learn what it means to be a physician. Their mentorship to our students is invaluable.” - Ron Hartsfield, Regional Campus Dean, Tallahassee For a list of area physicians on our faculty please visit

m e d .fs Tallahassee Regional Campus 3331 Capital Oaks Blvd. | Tallahassee, FL 32308-4513 (850) 645-1232

146 September–October 2013

»feature Dire Straits

and head looked like they had been in a meat grinder. Ray said that both of her knees were “exploded,” and all the skin and flesh on top of her kneecaps was gone. She had a cut above her right eyebrow and the coral had gouged a hole in her right arm. Shock was setting in and she was passing in and out of consciousness. They had to get her back into the boat — but carefully. “This was all gone,” said Kellie, pointing at her knees. “They had to take a calf muscle and rebuild a leg for me. Soft tissue was gone, there was nothing there. The only time I screamed was when I looked down and could see inside my arm; and my face, I hit the reef with my face, and had (my right eyebrow) split open.” When Chris saw the extent of her injuries, he admitted that he started to “freak out.” “When we brought her around to the back of the boat and floated her up, cause we were worried about her back and neck, and I saw the legs, I thought she was missing one. It was that bad,” Chris said. “It was like … my God, what have I done? That’s where I was at.” That’s when Chris credits Ray for stepping up and exercising some initiative. “Ray said, ‘Hey, this is no time for pity. It’s time for a rescue,’ and started directing.”

Mayday, Mayday

“I’m an old power boater and sail boater dating back to my teens, and all my powerboat and sailboat training, navigating and helmsmanship kicked in,” Ray remembered. “I started barking orders and told the Carters to get on the VHF radio and to call mayday on Channel 16, marine radio.” Ray said Mike Carter jumped into the water with shirts and a towel and soon Kellie’s legs were wrapped up to stop the bleeding. The idea that the blood in the water could be attracting sharks was farthest from their minds. Once the mayday calls went out, all they could do was wait. It was a lonely place to be, Ray recalled in a rapid-fire stream of consciousness narration as he told the story. “None of the channel markers in that part of the Abacos are lit, so you’re basically in pitch black darkness. We could see lights at a distance, but there were no boats in the vicinity; no one was there. We were basically by ourselves,” he said. Miraculously, the beleaguered party didn’t have to wait very long for help to arrive. In what Ray describes as the most “unbelievable, improbable and amazing” part of the entire trip, within 15 minutes not one, but two, rescue boats from the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA), a nonprofit voluntary organization, arrived on the scene. (There’s no Coast Guard in the Bahamas and no 911). “I picked Kellie’s knees up as the first boat arrived and showed the captain what we had going on and said, ‘Do you see these injuries? Do you understand the severity of what happened?’ And he said ‘Yes sir, I do,’” Ray said. “He turned his boat around, our stern to his stern, and we very gingerly transferred Kellie with the help of his crew.”

Within minutes Kellie, Chris and Ray were in one boat being taken to Abaco Medi Centre, a small clinic in Marsh Harbour, 20 minutes away by boat. Jennifer Green and the Carters went in the other boat back in the opposite direction, to Hope Town. Chris said he and Kellie arrived at Medi Centre between 11 and 11:30 p.m. At the clinic, a lone general practitioner, Dr. Lathesha McIntosh (who had graduated from University of Miami’s medical school), tended to Kellie’s wounds by stabilizing her leg injuries and stitching up her forehead. She also stitched up the gash on Chris’ head. But the clinic was designed more for prevention and health maintenance than trauma care and didn’t even have an X-ray machine. While the doctor staunched the bleeding and cleaned Kellie’s wounds, Ray worked to calm Chris down and formulate a plan for getting out of there. “It became apparent we needed to get Kellie better care, and Chris kept saying, ‘We need to get her outta here, this isn’t the right place. Help me. We’re going home, where we know people,’” Ray said. Getting Kellie back to world-class trauma care in Tallahassee, however, was easier said than done. They were onshore and out of immediate danger, but their wallets and cell phones were floating somewhere in the Sea of Abaco. Then Ray remembered the number of friend, neighbor and CPA Jim Thielen. He used Medi Centre’s landline phone and dialed the number — which came up as “unknown” on Thielen’s phone at 4 a.m. Thursday. “I woke him up and said, ‘Thielen, this is Ray, you need to wake

“It became apparent we needed to get Kellie better care and Chris kept saying, ‘We need to get her outta here, this isn’t the right place. Help me. We’re going home, where we know people.’ ” — Ray Green up and stand by. A boating accident has happened in the Bahamas and Kellie and Chris, but especially Kellie, are severely injured, and we need your help arranging an air ambulance to come get her and get us the hell out of here and back to Tallahassee,’” Ray said. Thielen, senior partner of Thielen Tax & Business Consulting, distinctly remembers that far-away call for help. “Ray told me to get squared away, and he expressed to me that something really bad had happened, and how everybody pulled together at the site and were worried about losing Kellie’s legs,” Jim said. “Chris was trying to get a hold of the charter they flew in on and I said, ‘Stop. If she is that bad, being on the floor of a puddle-jumper isn’t going to work.’ So Ray asked me to do a Google search (for air ambulance companies), and I said I’m on it.” Jim quickly started Googling. After a couple of dead ends, he found Trinity Air Ambulance International, located in Fort September–October 2013


Eye Associates of Tallahassee’s Newest Procedure Dramatically Revitalizes Damaged Skin. T

he new CO2 Fractional Laser is a safe and effective way to fight fine lines and wrinkles, reduce acne scarring, rosacea or age spots. It is the only laser of this type in our area and Dr. Jason Ross is the only board certified oculoplatics doctor in Tallahassee trained in this exciting, new procedure.

Unlike traditional lasers, the CO2 Fractional Laser works by creating thousands of microscopic beams which increases the power for better results without wounding the skin. This means:

• New Collagen Growth To Improve Skin Texture & Tone • No Injections Or Surgery • Minimal Healing Time

All Your Eye Care Needs Under One Roof

Make An Appointment With Dr. Ross To See How CO2 Fractional Laser Can Revitalize Your Skin.

At Eye Associates of Tallahassee we have six ophthalmologists (medical doctors and eye surgeons) and one optometrist, each with a unique area of expertise. We provide our patients with the very best in eye care and use the most advanced technology including the latest in blade-free lasik surgery, cataract surgery, premium implants, glaucoma care, corneal transplants and our most recent service, cosmetic – including the new CO2 Laser, Juvederm and Botox. Our team also includes a full-service optical shop and a comprehensive contact lens department.

Left-Right: • Tony A. Weaver M.D., • Jason J. Ross M.D., Jerry G. Ford M.D., • Kenneth P. Kato M.D., • Carol A. Giguere O.D., Francis C. Skilling M.D., • Viet N. Bui M.D.

X 2020 Fleischmann Rd X Tallahassee, FL 32308 X (850) 878-6161 X

148 September–October 2013

»feature Dire Straits

Lauderdale. Trinity sprang into action and arranged for an air ambulance jet to be in Marsh Harbour around 7:30 a.m. The dispatchers also got on the horn to the local airport to alert them and have them turn on the runway lights — which are usually turned off overnight. When that was arranged, Jim started waking up doctors in Tallahassee. As a Trinity flight crew was rounded up in Fort Lauderdale, Kellie’s initial treatment became a long-distance, coordinated effort between Dr. Steve Cremin at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s emergency room and the doctor at Medi Centre. “The doctor (in Abaco) talked (with Cremin) and explained everything,” Ray said. “Dr. Cremin actually suggested a few things medically and a checklist of things that should be happening, to treat Kellie.”

The Clock is Ticking

Once the doctors in Tallahassee understood the severity of Kellie’s wounds (thanks to cell phone photos taken at the Abaco Medi Centre), the clock really started ticking. The early morning overseas consult took place some time after 4 a.m. and suggested they had to get her back home quickly, or doctors wouldn’t be able to save her most seriously injured leg. That’s when the clock started. “They said, basically you need to get her back here in the next 12 hours or we’re probably going to lose that left leg,” Chris said. The Kraft party was airborne at daybreak and headed for Florida. But a collective sigh of relief became a groan on landing in Fort Lauderdale where a customs agent commanded the Krafts to get off the plane so it could be checked out for contraband. “I couldn’t go anywhere,” Kellie said, exasperated. “I was unconscious.” Time was wasting. “We’ve got some guy who must be new at his job because he wants us off the plane,” Chris said. “I said, ‘What do you think is going on?’ I mean, we’re not smuggling drugs. We were in bad shape.” Fortunately, a supervisor realized their plight and sent them on their way. Still, what should have taken 30 minutes, took an hour and 15 minutes before the plane could continue its journey to Tallahassee.

of both knees” and that much of the soft tissue was lacerated and open. “It was certainly a very bad injury. She had a patella tendon laceration as well, and multiple open toe fractures on both feet. A knee joint was exposed to the air and she also had multiple lacerations on her legs with coral imbedded, coral in the legs and knees and feet,” he said. Lacerations aren’t an uncommon sight in an E.R., but the imbedded coral rock was a unique component and added to concerns about infection. “Coral and ocean is not one of the cleanest environments, so infection was the No. 1 concern,” Mejia said. “That’s why she was taken urgently to the operating room to clean out her wounds, and she had multiple surgeries to clean out her wounds.” Over time, Kellie endured several reconstructive surgeries, not only to her knees but to fix fractures in her feet and toes as well. “And you know, she did very well, didn’t have any infections and underwent the long rehab process. She has made huge strides for what we originally thought she was going to be able to do. We didn’t think she would be able to bend either of her knees,” Mejia said. “There are people with these (kinds of) injuries and they go on to amputations. Originally, the chances of her losing her legs were quite high.”

Photo Courtesy Kellie Kraft

Back Home

The accident happened on Wednesday night, and Thielen said the Krafts arrived in Tallahassee around 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, beating the 12-hour deadline by about four hours. They were met at Tallahassee Regional Airport by a TMH ambulance, Kellie Kraft’s long which whisked them to the hospital where a and painful recovery trauma team was waiting. included four months Among the doctors and surgeons present in a wheelchair and were Drs. David Bellamy, Hector Mejia and physical therapy that Steve Jordan with Tallahassee Orthopedic continues today. Clinic (although they were not the only ones involved in her care). Mejia remembered Kellie having “very significant open fractures September–October 2013


»feature Dire Straits

Her recovery has been difficult. Doctors treated her wounds with V.A.C. Therapy, a form of negative pressure therapy used to heal deep wounds from the inside out. In Kellie’s case she was virtually covered with suction pads, tubes and machines. And the packs had to be changed on a painful, regular basis. “It was not a simple or easy process,” Kellie said. “It was four hours of me literally crying.” “They had to redress the wound VAC packs every other day,” Chris explained. “Each took four hours to redress and replace the sponges. The worst part about the left leg is the coral sliced off her patella tendon, just took it right off. They had to rebuild it. It was about four months before she could really start walking again. She was in a wheelchair the whole time.” Between the hospital stay and rehab, Kellie spent most of the following two months recovering from her injuries, and only recently was able to begin driving herself to her appointments. She came home right after Thanksgiving, to a home decorated for Christmas by a host of neighborhood friends. The Kraft’s four adult children helped in Kellie’s recovery, as well as her parents. Today, her gratitude runs deep for the people who saved her life, and for the many friends and neighbors who gave their support during this trying time. “The staff and nurses and everyone was incredible,” Kellie said. “No words to describe it. Everybody was phenomenal, our friends especially. And you want to talk about a bond with people, the people that save your life, that’s a bond and there’s no way you can thank them enough.” Today, Kellie can walk around the house unassisted, but uses a single crutch when going out in public, said Chris. Both legs are scarred, but her right leg has been repaired and full flexibility has returned. She is still undergoing twice-weekly therapy for her more seriously damaged left leg. After the accident, Dr. Mejia predicted she would probably get about 75 degrees of flexibility back in that leg. She currently has about 95 degrees and is hoping to improve to 105 degrees, which would allow her to take normal steps. Chris said she no longer takes pain medication, although she is sometimes troubled by “ghost pain” in the area of her calf where they removed tissue to repair her knees. The snow skiing she loved is over, and the family planned to return to the Bahamas for a vacation this summer. The truly amazing thing, according to Chris, was the incredible long-distance coordination that made her recovery possible. “It’s not possible to overstate what a great job the doctor did in the Abacos, and the coordination between her and the medical team in Tallahassee, and probably it did save her leg,” he said. Eventually, the family will go back to the islands. Kellie said it will be a “gut check,” but it’s something she wants to do. “I want to go and thank all of the people who helped, and thank the doctor who worked on me, the rescue workers, and I want to give them a big hug because they saved all our lives,” she said. “If they hadn’t shown up, there’s no telling what would have happened.” n

Scott Holstein

“I want to go and thank all of the people who helped, and thank the doctor who worked on me, the rescue workers, and I want to give them a big hug because they saved all our lives.” — Kellie Kraft

150 September–October 2013

Nearly a year after the accident that could have cost Kellie Kraft her legs, she and husband, Chris, walk around their SouthWood neighborhood. Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013


Tallahassee Neurological Clinic Since 1968, Tallahassee Neurological Clinic (TNC) has been providing the highest quality neurology and neurosurgery services. Our practice expanded in 2003 to include the Division of Pain Management, and we added our own MRI machine to the facility in 2005. TNC continued its growth in 2008, when we opened an office in Marianna, Fla., where our doctors are able to provide preventive diagnosis and treatment along with non-surgical and surgical care. We are the only team in the region providing adult and pediatric neurological and neurosurgical care, complemented by our comprehensive pain management services. TNC’s mission is to provide excellence in neurological and neurosurgical care to patients in Tallahassee and the surrounding communities, including South Georgia, where we have been providing neurosurgery call coverage for South Georgia Medical Center since 2010. Our highly skilled physicians are committed to providing world-class care, delivered with compassion to patients and their family members. The dedication of our entire staff combined with the most advanced technology, make Tallahassee Neurological Clinic a trusted source for neurological care and information. Neurosurgery (or neurological surgery) is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the entire nervous system — including the brain, spinal column, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and extra-cranial cerebrovascular system. It is a common misconception that neurosurgery focuses only on conditions associated with the brain. In fact, over 70 percent of neurosurgery procedures involve treating spine and spinal cord health conditions. Neurosurgeons have the advanced training to understand the intricate relationship between the spine and the complex network of nerves that make up the spinal cord. Neck or back pain, pinched nerves and numbness or weakness in the arms or legs are all conditions that can result from ruptured or bulging disks, arthritic bone, vertebral slippage, fractures or infections. Neurosurgeons at Tallahassee Neurological Clinic provide diagnostic, consultative and therapeutic services to patients with all types of neurological problems for which surgery is indicated. Our surgical team is composed of four neurosurgeons. Christopher S. Rumana, M.D., and Albert S. Lee, M.D., are board-certified in neurosurgery and diplomats of the American College of Surgeons. In August 2012, Matthew Lawson, M.D., and in August 2013, T. Adam Oliver, M.D., expanded the Department of Neurosurgery to four neurosurgeons, with Drs. Lawson and Oliver specializing in neurovascular services. We are the first and only medical practice in our region to offer treatment of intracranial aneurysms, AV malformations and endovascular intervention for acute stroke. As part of this neurovascular initiative, a new Siemens biplane fluoroscopy

system is under construction in the Cath Lab for minimally invasive neuro-endovascular procedures. This new biplane suite opened in September 2012. The overriding goal is to open the region’s only comprehensive stroke center in the near future. Until now, patients in the region with intracranial aneurysms, AVMs or other cerebrovascular emergencies required transport to Jacksonville, Gainesville or Tampa. The new neurovascular service offerings at TMH will dramatically improve the level of care available locally for patients with cerebrovascular disorders and provide the ability to perform both open surgical procedures and endovascular procedures. The installation of the Siemens biplane suite will allow neurosurgeons at TMH to perform diagnostic cerebral angiography as well as endovascular interventions, including: intracranial aneurysm coiling, AVM embolization, tumor embolization, intracranial angioplasty and stent placement, carotid artery angioplasty and stent placement, and emergent intervention for treatment of acute stroke. When surgery is the best course of treatment for your condition, you can be assured that, whenever possible, our neurosurgeons will offer surgical procedures that are minimally invasive, resulting in smaller openings and scarring, shorter recovery times, less operative pain and shorter hospital stays — with most patients going home the same day. Our neurosurgeons are advanced specialty-care physicians who are board certified and have completed lengthy training programs focused on surgery of the back, neck and brain. Among all medical specialties, the field of neurosurgery provides the most comprehensive education and experience in spine care. Although most people think of neurosurgeons as “brain surgeons,” you might be surprised to know a majority of the operations our surgeons perform are spine surgeries. We are committed to being leaders in new cutting-edge technologies and use the most advanced spine surgery techniques, including minimally invasive procedures. In addition, each neurosurgeon participates as an investigator in multicenter, national and international clinical trials in an effort to continue to advance the practice of neurosurgery and offer new and innovative therapies that are not offered elsewhere in the area. Patient satisfaction is paramount to our practice. We aim to educate our patients and families about their condition and course of treatment. Our clinic staff will welcome your questions and concerns, and every effort will be made to ensure your confidence in your neurosurgeon. It is our goal to meet or exceed your expectations. Our outcomes of data and patient satisfaction surveys are available on our website. Our surgeons offer care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. If you become a patient, you can be confident that should any complications arise one of our physicians will be there to take care of you.

Advertori al

152 September–October 2013

T. Adam Oliver, M.D.; Matthew Lawson, M.D.; Christopher S. Rumana, M.D.; and Albert S. Lee, M.D.

Areas of Specialty



C l i n i c

Tallahassee Neurological Clinic Main Office: 1401 Centerville Rd., Ste. 300, Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.877.5115 | (Fax:) 850.656.3645 Satellite Office: 4297 3rd Ave., Marianna, FL 32446

Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery • Cervical and Lumbar Spine Surgery • Spinal Fusion • Kyphoplasty • Carpal Tunnel and Ulnar Nerve Surgery Cranial Neurosurgery • Brain Tumor Surgery • Hydrocephalus and VP Shunt Surgery • Trigeminal Neuralgia Surgery Endovascular and Cerebrovascular Surgery • Diagnostic Cerebral Angiography • Diagnostic Spinal Angiography • Aneurysm Treatment, including Coiling and Clipping • AVM Treatment, including Embolization and Surgical Resection • Carotid Artery Disease, including Carotid Stent Placement and Carotid Endarterectomy • Stroke Intervention and Intracranial Stenosis • Venous Sinus Stenting for IIH September–October 2013


A Vintage

View Millennials Take a Look Back at Their Hometown By Caroline Conway Photos by Cliff Englert

154 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013


allahassee is growing up. Neighborhoods are more defined; buildings are being constructed, restaurants and shops are proliferating; and Tallahassee’s cultural scene is booming. Leading the charge are groups of forward-thinking young professionals. Whether we were born and raised here, or chose Tallahassee as a place to settle down, we have big ideas, visions and plans for our hometown. We want it to keep that small-town feel — while at the same time creating something bigger, brighter and shinier. We work and watch with anticipation, but in the back of our minds we know the things that make Tallahassee so amazing are already here. Huge trees, rolling hills, beautiful, old, quiet architecture and hidden history is everywhere in this town, and I realized I often unknowingly pass it every day. I started to wonder about Vintage Tallahassee. Growing up here, I had the pleasure of listening to my family talk about the

high school I graduated from and how it has changed. I drove through the Los Robles gate every morning for 10 years, and I walked around Lake Ella more times than I could count — but I only know these places from my 30-something perspective: What was it like before me? And then I got to talking to Cliff Englert. Like me, Cliff grew up here, a member of a high-profile family that’s been here for five generations. He, too, grew up hearing the stories, and he knows and loves Tallahassee. And, also like me, Cliff loves photography. While chatting one day about his Hasselblad camera, I had a brainstorm: Why not shoot photos of modern-day Tallahassee using a vintage camera? The photos in this story are the result of several weeks Cliff spent pedaling around town on his bike, trying to recreate those antique views for the “new” Tallahassee to appreciate. His beautiful images are brought to life by “old timers” who share their recollections of Tallahassee landmarks from years past.

The Rez

commentary by Patti Malarney

The Reservation, formerly known as Camp Flastacowo, is deeply rooted in the history of Florida State University. This waterfront park and conference center has been a gem for the university and community since 1920. Our ancestors’ vision was to acquire waterfront property southwest of campus to provide a pristine recreational water feature for FSU students to come and relax and socialize in a healthy outdoor environment. The Rez continues to thrive through FSU’s Campus Recreation Department. The Reservation continues to offer outstanding recreational programming that our predecessors envisioned by offering low- and high-challenge ropes programming, open rec hours, a 35-foot climbing wall, outdoor pursuits, adventure trips and the waterfront activities of canoeing, kayaking and sailing. And Camp Flastacowo continues to promote outdoor adventure programming for youngsters in our community. September–October 2013


»feature Vintage Tallahassee In 1931 I started school in the most beautiful building I had ever seen. Now, 82 years later, it still ranks high on my list.  The classrooms were large, filled with desks, a blackboard and lots of sunshine coming through the many windows. The wide hallways had satin-like wooden floors. A very large room doubled as a cafeteria and meeting room for announcements, group singing, plays and other entertainment. We could bring a bag lunch from home or buy the most delicious corned beef sandwich I have ever eaten and a small carton of milk. I loved my teachers and many years cried at the end of school because the next year I would be with others. However, for me the playground was the best place of all. Outside there was ample space for games of kickball, tag, jump rope … or just for running. Best of all were the monkey bars. You had to stand in a long line — or race out to be first. There were a few areas where we could play marbles or sit on the ground to play jacks. I’m sure if you listen closely, even today, the walls echo the laughter made by young children who learned to love school in that very special building. Caroline Brevard School commentary by Alice Englert

Centennial Field was more than a baseball stadium. It was an experience: walk the wall surrounding the huge field without falling off; run the winos from under the grandstands so they wouldn’t disrupt the game; root for the live bats at night games as they dive bombed the opposing team’s center fielder; lean back on the wooden bleachers and devour the world’s largest hamburger from Thompson’s Hamburgers just down South Monroe Street. It’s where the game of life was played with few rules and no scorebooks — a field of memories. Centennial Field

commentary by Mitch Englert

156 September–October 2013

While attending Florida A&M University in 1966, I would go to Frenchtown for great food, entertainment and conversation. When I returned to Tallahassee from central Florida, I decided to live in Frenchtown and join in restoring the history of the area and reconnecting with other historic communities. Frenchtown is a wonderful sense of place in downtown Tallahassee. Frenchtown

commentary by Anne Harris

I can’t remember my first experience at Whataburger, but one very special one was the night of the Leon High School Grand Reunion in 2007. Several of my classmates wanted the night to go on forever. We were having a great time visiting with old friends, so we decided to go to Whataburger for old times’ sake. When we got there, it was apparent we weren’t the only ones thinking of that. There must have been people from 15 different classes inside and out. Some were eating and others were just visiting, so it seemed liked the reunion had not ended — just moved. It was the perfect ending to a grand night! WhatABurger

commentary by Ryals Lee September–October 2013


»feature Vintage Tallahassee

My four children are the fifth generation in my family to have attended Leon High School. For me, Leon is a time, not a place: A time to make lifelong friends, have some fun, grow up (a little) and hopefully learn along the way. It’s a place you eventually leave but one that you carry with you in your heart and your mind forever. It’s an extended family that I’m proud to be a part of. For the graduates of Leon it’s a common thread of fond memories that bonds us all together. Leon High School

commentary by Bryan Desloge

The Coca-Cola Plant was built in the late 1920s by the Carraway family. The Middle Florida Ice Company was on the same site. When I bought it, the building was run down. We restored the brick exterior, salvaging the Coke sandstone logo outside at the top, and completely remodeled the interior. And so, a classic Tallahassee landmark has been given a new life. Coca Cola Plant

commentary by Al Cuneo

158 September–October 2013

Lake Ella commentary by Bridget Chandler

Bull Pond, the original name for Lake Ella, has been close to my heart for quite a long time. My father-in-law, Gilbert Chandler Sr., owned the property around the lake and built the Cottages in the early 1940s during World War II. The Cottages were originally built for military apartments and later became the Lake Shore Motel. When my husband, Gilbert Chandler Jr., and I married in 1949, we lived in half of one of the cottages for five years — and we loved every day that we were there.

St. John’s Church

commentary by David Campbell

St. John’s Church is many things to many Tallahasseans. Founded in 1829, the church has been in the same location since 1837, and the present structure dates from 1888. For me, it is a spiritual sanctuary in the heart of our city. Although an Episcopalian for all of my adult life, I came to St. John’s only 14 years ago and discovered a community of faith that was warm, caring and vibrant. The rich worship experience, which includes an extraordinary music program, and the parish’s outreach into the community are among the reasons I call St. John’s my spiritual home. There is such beauty in this historical place and a legacy of families that have called this lovely church their home for generations.

About the Photographs These vintage images were taken using a 1976 Hasselblad 500C\M using 150- and 80-millimeter Carl Zeiss Lenses. Medium Format black-and-white film was used with 400 and 100 ISO. It wouldn’t be my place to talk about the history of the Hasselblad Medium Format system or its impact on photography, design, creativity and culture. There are infinite volumes written about those topics, and many readers probably have nostalgic knowledge that far exceeds my own. However, I can speak to why it is more than a beautifully

designed machine (camera) and why I value the influence Hasselblads have had in my life. I was inspired to shoot Hasselblad and develop more film a few years ago by a mentor/co-worker/lifetime friend while I was working at The Zimmerman Agency. He grew up shooting fashion and advertising photography all over the world and made a career out of his passion. That said, we spent more time talking about the beauty, art and emotion behind film photography than we ever spent shooting. We shared a love for the process and the overall experience — from

waiting hours for the perfect light to capture one frame to the excitement of watching perfectly exposed negatives hanging to dry. While some see a fancy old, antique, retro (or whatever the kids are saying these days) camera, I see a deeper connection with my subjects. And while some see the process as time consuming, I see it as an enlightening separation from the world. A process that challenges one to stay open to things, search for inspiration, find personal meaning and value your own creativity. // Cliff Englert September–October 2013



Please join Tallahassee Magazine for an evening of FOOD, MUSIC, FUN and ENTERTAINMENT as we celebrate the 2013

BEST OF TALLAHASSEE *WINNERS* as voted by the readers of Tallahassee Magazine TICKETS ON SALE OCTOBER 15 TALLAHASSEEMAGAZINE.COM presented by:



SATISFACTION? ÃʈÌÊܜÀŽˆ˜}Ê܈̅ÊiÝ«iÀˆi˜Vi`Ê«ÀœviÃȜ˜>ÃÊ̜ÊVÀi>ÌiÊ>ʵÕ>ˆÌÞÊ «Àœ`ÕV̶ÊÃʈÌÊÜ>ÌV…ˆ˜}Ê̅iˆÀʈ`i>ÃÊVœ“iÊ̜}i̅iÀÊLivœÀiÊ̅iˆÀÊ iÞiöÊ"ÀʈÃʈÌÊ̅iÊLœÌ̜“ʏˆ˜i]ʎ˜œÜˆ˜}Ê̅iÞÊ>ÀiÊ}iÌ̈˜}Ê̅iÊ “œÃÌÊvœÀÊ̅iˆÀʅ>À`Êi>À˜i`ʓœ˜iÞ¶Ê7iÊÃ>Þʈ̽ÃÊ>Ê̅iÃiÊ>˜`Ê “œÀi°ÊÀœ“Ê̅iÊȓ«iÃÌÊLÕȘiÃÃÊV>À`Ê̜Ê>ÊvՏÊVœœÀʓ>}>∘iÊ «Àˆ˜Ìi`ʜ˜ÊœÕÀʘiÜÊ"--Ê-1 9ÊÓäääÉÓ{Ê«>}iÊ­xÇ»Ê܈`i®Ê {Ê1˜ˆÌÊi>ÌÊ-iÌÊ7iLÊ*ÀiÃÃ]ʜÀʜ˜iʜvʜÕÀÊiˆ`iLiÀ}ÊÓnÊÝÊ{äÊ n‡VœœÀÊ-«ii`“>ÃÌiÀÊ«ÀiÃÃiÃÊÜiÊ܈ÊܜÀŽÊ܈̅ÊÞœÕ ÌœÊ>V…ˆiÛiÊ ÞœÕÀÊ«Àˆ˜Ìˆ˜}Ê}œ>Ã]Ê̈“iÊ>˜`Ê̈“iÊ>}>ˆ˜° AT BOYD BROTHERS WE DON’T WANT ORDERS, WE WANT SATISFIED CUSTOMERS.



S I N C E 1 9 31

PRINTING PUBLICATION SPECIALISTS {ÓxÊ >ÃÌÊ£x̅Ê-ÌÀiiÌÊÊUÊ*>˜>“>Ê ˆÌÞ]ÊÊÎÓ{äx £‡nää‡ÈÇLJ "9 ­ÓșήÊUÊnxä‡ÇÈ·£Ç{£ÊUÊ>Ý\Ênxä‡Çș‡ÈxÓÈ 160 September–October 2013

The Arts Calendar Social Studies The Buzz

Spotlight Scarecrows in the Garden

As the leaves begin to change hues and fall quickly approaches, scenic Maclay Gardens State Park is not only decorated with transitioning nature, but also handcrafted scarecrows. Scarecrows will line the brick walk of Maclay Gardens in the fifth annual Scarecrows in the Garden exhibition throughout the month of October. Families, individuals, youth groups, clubs and businesses are all invited to create innovative scarecrows for the community to enjoy. The Friends of Maclay Gardens presents the annual festival to raise funds and increase awareness of the historic park and gardens. “One of the reasons we started the event is that it’s a time when visitation is low in the park … . People should participate because it’s a great community event, and it’s a fun event,” said Ginger Nichols, a park specialist at Maclay Gardens. Among the entries included in the 2012 exhibition were scarecrow replicas of a Girl Scout, The Incredible Hulk and Michael Jackson. Entry fees for the competition are $15 for students (K-12) or nonprofits, $25 for adults and $75 for businesses. Contestants will vie for prizes, which include tickets to the Moon Over Maclay concert held on Oct. 20, membership in the Friends of Maclay Gardens and cash prizes for youth winners. To observe the creative works Examples of of art, garden-goers are asked to the scarecrows pay the regular park admission populating Maclay price of $6 per vehicle (up to Gardens in the fall of 2012. Perhaps we’ll eight people) or $4 per vehicle see one created by with a single occupant. you this year.

Scott Holstein

// Domonique Davis September–October 2013


by Benjamin j i A A. D Davis i CBS Harold Dow Visiting Professor Florida A&M University

The world will very soon be composed of a billion media barons thanks to digital technology and mobile devices. As a result, people will be communicating information in whatever styles and formats that best suit them. But what is always suitable to the writer may not be the best way of communicating to the reader. The Digital Media Pyramid offers a standard approach to Internet writing that helps the casual writer practice techniques used by professional writers.

The Lead Paragraph

only after the blogger gets permission from the

gather their own information on the topic that is

copyright owner. Sometimes the writer will have

covered. The writer should provide “Opposing Links”

does not instruct on how to use video, social media

to pay for the right to use copyrighted material.

that connect to Web sites that cover each side of a

and cutting and pasting. The Digital Media Pyramid

For anyone under 25-years old – that also includes

particular story. Writers should also provide a link

takes into account these new writing tools used by

music – sorry.

to independent resources that the reader could use

The Inverted Pyramid is an analog model, which

professional and non-professional writers, and it provides very simple guidelines on how to use those tools.

to further their own investigation and education. Art and Ads

Finally, provide social media links for the readers.

Internet writers must always be careful of

A novice blogger can follow The Digital Media

the ads that appear on their Web pages

Pyramid guidelines and as a result present a

next to their stories. Nearly all Web ads

professional looking blog that readers will begin to

are placed on the pages automatically

trust and revisit. Start with writing a simple 5w

by roving software programs, so it

lead, which is sometimes called the 5w’s or “Who,

is possible for an ad to suddenly

What, Where, When, Why.” Use one sentence

appear next to your story and then

to explain each of the 5w’s and then make the

compromise the story’s integrity.

text bold. The 5w lead is similar to the old analog

The Digital Media Pyramid

Inverted Pyramid. But that is where the similarities

encourages the use of art.


Art in the digital writing world is anything that

Cut and Paste, Copyrighted Material After your bolded 5w lead you are free to cut

For instance, a story on auto safety can provide

is not text in your story. Video,

Facebook and Twitter links to people who are also concerned about auto safety. A billion media barons will need some

5W Lead

type of uniformity on which their readers can depend in order to manage a more

Cut & Paste Copyright Body

chaotic world of information. This is an exciting time for information sharing. Although digital communication

Art and Ads Opposing Links, Resources, Social Content

is relatively new, many old rules of trust, honesty and

The Digital Pyramid

integrity still apply to communicators and these rules will still

and paste from other sources, so long as you

photos, interactivity

provide attribution to those sources that is easy

and audio are all

for the reader to find. Bloggers can paraphrase

considered art and they should be used to enhance

The Digital Media Pyramid is a set of guidelines that

information from other sources (including photos,

each story.

help the writer and reader safely manage their way

videos and press releases), but they still must

through the explosion of information coming forth in

provide explicit credit to the original source of the

Opposing Links, Resources and Social Content

idea or information. Copyrighted content culled to

The bottom of The Digital Media Pyramid is

your Web site must always give attribution or credit

be important far into the future. But for now,

the new Digital Era.

supposed to empower readers with the ability to

Benjamin A. Davis is the CBS Harold Dow visiting professor at the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. His e-book The Digital Media Pyramid is available at Amazon and at the Apple Itunes bookstore. Follow @ FAMU_LivingWell on Twitter. Visit Copyright © 2013. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Living Well 101. All rights reserved. No portion of this document may be copied and/or duplicated without prior written permission of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.


»culture THE ARTS

Gifted, Genuine, Gracious and Giving Martha Stubbs and Her Educational Foundation By Audrey Post // Photos by Scott Holstein

Several thousand students have passed through Stubbs Music Center since it opened in 1970, but founder and director Martha Herring Stubbs’ influence extends far beyond her own front door. She and husband Ron created the Stubbs Educational Foundation to celebrate the school’s 25th anniversary, awarding its first scholarships in 1997. To date, SEF has awarded more than 600 scholarships to music students in the Tallahassee area — many young people who otherwise would not have been able to take music lessons. These scholarships aren’t limited to students at Stubbs, either; any certified music teacher may apply for a scholarship for his or her students. Nor is Stubbs family philanthropy limited to music students. SEF also created an $80,000 endowment at Tallahassee Community College, which funds two need-based academic scholarships a year — music major not required. “We wanted to do something for the community,” she said. “We had been blessed, and we wanted to give back.” And give they have. Over the past 15 years, SEF has raised and given away more than half a million dollars in scholarships in the Tallahassee area. And odds are, this is the first you’ve ever heard of it. September–October 2013


»culture THE ARTS






164 September–October 2013

Filling a need

Martha Herring grew up just up the road in Calvary, Ga., attending schools in nearby Cairo. After high school, she moved to Macon to attend Wesleyan College, a historic Methodist-affiliated women’s college known for small classes and a strong focus on students. Martha double-majored in piano and organ and in Christian education. After graduation, she married Ron Stubbs and taught music for two years while the Air Force veteran finished his bachelor’s degree at the University of Alabama. In one of those happy quirks of fate, the job for Ron they thought was bringing them to Tallahassee was replaced with a better one, with the State University System. When she and Ron decided to create the foundation, they turned to the network of friends they had made along the way to help them bring the gift of music education to as many people as possible. The late educator and administrator Scott Dailey had sent his children to the Stubbs Center for music lessons, and he served on the foundation’s first board of directors in the mid to late 1990s. One of his sons, Leon County Commissioner John Dailey, shares his late father’s high regard for the Stubbses. “I think Martha and Ron do amazing things for this community, in regards to music education and music appreciation,” said Dailey, who took piano lessons from Martha Stubbs for six or seven years as a child, as did his sister, Scottie. Asked to describe Martha in one word, at first he wasn’t sure there was one word that could capture her adequately. Then, he settled on “gifted.” “She’s a gifted musician, a gifted administrator, a gifted teacher, a gifted wife, a gifted mother,” he said. “She is simply a gifted individual.”


MEET KHANTY XAYABOUTH Mike and Judy Pate also lend their support to SEF, both through personal contributions and through a $10,000 Knight Foundation grant Mike secured for SEF while serving as Knight local program director. Both were members of the Marching Chiefs while at FSU, and Judy went on to become the first female band director of a Leon County public school at Raa Middle School. “I think the Stubbs Educational Foundation fills a void that public schools aren’t filling right now because of budget cuts,” Mike Pate, former publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat, said. “What Martha and Ron are doing with that endowment is creating opportunities that are just not there right now.” Seventeen years ago, SEF added the Variety Extravaganza, an annual gala that both aids in fundraising and celebrates the mission and the students it serves. For many years, the first $20,000 raised was set aside as an endowment. When the economy tanked in 2008 and donations and endowment income both fell, the Stubbses made the decision not to use gala proceeds to create new endowments, at least for the time being. “We felt it was more important to continue funding scholarships,” Martha said. Several supporters also created endowments at SEF, often to honor the memory of a loved one but also to join the Stubbses in “giving back.” They include Tallahassee entrepreneurs DeVoe and Shirley Moore, the late Julia Monroe Woodward of Quincy, Jim and Linda Sims Stubbs Education Founof the Steinway Piano Gallery and the dation founder Martha Stubbs (right) and family and friends of Daniel Chapman, a Development Director teen student at the school killed in a car Marianne Hernandez crash. Between the annual gala revenues, pose in front of plaques Martha and Ron’s substantial contributions honoring community and gifts to the Foundation by supporters, members who have the Community Foundation now oversees generously donated to funding music lessons 27 SEF endowments, each created with an for worthy students. initial $20,000 investment.

‘Music empowers children’

Martha Stubbs’ passion for music education infuses her conversations. “The most important thing in the development of all people is to get them to have a love of music,” she said. “People have to know how much music empowers children to become our great citizens of the future. Look at our great leaders, and you’ll likely see a music background, even if it’s just two or three years of music lessons.” Music lessons help children develop analytical and multi-tasking skills, as well as the ability process information quickly — aspects of brain development many people don’t realize can be enhanced through music education, she said. “This town, like so many others, is focused on sports and the children’s involvement starts very young. And sports are important. It’s important to be physically active,” she said. “But music is a lifetime enjoyment. When you’re 60 years old, you’re not going to be going into the backyard to play football, but you can sit down and enjoy your piano.”


A proven effective leader, Khanty Xayabouth has over sixteen years of retail banking and branch office management experience. Known for her exceptional customer service skills, Khanty oversees all retail branch offices in Tallahassee and Gadsden County. Khanty is active in the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, is a Leadership Tallahassee graduate and currently serves as Treasurer of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition Board. September–October 2013



»culture THE ARTS


Centennial Bank is a financially sound, well-capitalized and prudently managed FDIC-insured financial institution with assets of $4.2 billion. Our development and stability have been sustained through a focus on conservative banking strategies, outstanding customer service, competitive rates and varied services. We are grateful for our loyal customers and are honored to serve you with over 53 banking offices in Florida. NASDAQ: HOMB

166 September–October 2013

Martha isn’t one to brag. “It’s about the children,” she says often. “It’s not about Some of the students Ron and me.” who have benefited from Before the Foundation was created, more than $500,000 Martha would teach kids who couldn’t in music scholarships afford lessons in her garage on Saturday funded by the Stubbs Foundation include mornings, SEF Development Director (clockwise from top left) Marianne Hernandez said. And she was Carrie Li, David Tucker sure there were others out there who were and Lliam Inman. in the same situation, so “provider partners” are included in music education. For the past 12 years, Michelle Snow and two of her teachers at the Michelle Snow School of Music in Crawfordville worked with the Foundation to get scholarships for students who couldn’t afford lessons. Although Snow recently left the area to take care of her parents, Martha said, the other two providers reorganized as the Medart of School of Music and are continuing the relationship with SEF. Martha has also built a network with other nonprofits to extend the opportunity for music lessons to their clients. A certain number of music scholarships are set aside each year for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend, Boys Town of North Florida and Lighthouse Children’s Home. If a scholarship recipient needs an instrument, SEF finds a way to provide it. “Some people give money, others donate musical instruments,” Martha said. “Right now, we’re trying to get a piano in every house at Boys Town.” The executive director of Boys Town North Florida, Ken Bender, wrote a letter for the 2013 Variety Extravaganza Program that described the relationship between SEF and Boys Town, where 26 youths have received scholarships since 2006. He told the story of one boy who wasn’t a particularly strong student or a motivated one, but an SEF scholarship and a trombone helped him find his path — and a reason to stay in school and maintain passing grades. “We have seen firsthand the difference that music can make in equipping our youth in their preparation for life beyond Boys Town,” Bender wrote.



A long-term commitment

Jason Naumann has been a longtime fixture in the Tallahassee real estate industry and knows what it takes to find the right fit when it comes to professional relationships. Just as he matches people with their ideal dwellings, Centennial Bank has proven to be a perfect match in taking care of Naumann’s varied financial interests. As owner of The Naumann Group Real Estate, Inc., Naumann needs a bank that provides a competitive breadth of services and local decision makers to implement them. Centennial offers that level of customer care and more. Naumann cites Centennial’s willingness to create customized financial solutions paired with a community mindset as reasons why Centennial is a great choice to aid in his continued professional success.

Once a K-12 student has a scholarship, he or she will continue to receive financial support as long as the desire and hard work continue. The young man from Boys Town that Bender wrote about continued to receive an SEF scholarship for five years, until he graduated from high school. Now a student at TCC, he made the cut at Marching Chiefs tryouts and plans to study music at FSU once he finishes his associate’s degree. Alexis Zyski-Ciovacco started studying piano with Martha when she was 6 years old and received one of the first merit-based scholarships, allowing her to continue to take lessons for 12 years. Martha and Ron recently traveled to Boston, where she now lives, to attend her wedding. September–October 2013


»culture THE ARTS

Colour Techniques: Balayage, Ombré & Sombré


Keratin Smoothing Treatments

Airbrush Make-Up & False Lashes

Texture Fusion & Permanent Waving

Sunless Airbrush Spray Tanning

Brazilian Blowout® Certified Master Platinum Salon

DAMAGE FREE Hair Extensions:

Massage Therapy

Up-do’s & Down-do’s

Clip-In, Simplicity® Tape-In, & Babe Hairlocs®

MA# 65324; MM# 26864



919 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32303 (850) 224.3917 GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE 168 September–October 2013


“Martha Stubbs is perhaps the most genuine instructor and friend I have had the pleasure of knowing,” she said. “She has worked hard to create not only an outstanding music studio but also a charitable music organization in the face of funding cuts to the arts in our local schools and across the nation. It has given students who excel in the arts an opportunity to express themselves and grow in an environment not always afforded them in the traditional classroom.” Others who have passed through Stubbs Music Center can attest to Martha’s generosity and her commitment to anyone studying music. M. Shawn Hundley needed a part-time job in 1999, when he began his master’s in music composition at Florida State, and someone suggested he try Stubbs Music Center. “Before I know it I am working in the Music Theory Lab a few hours a week,” Hundley said. “I love teaching and I think she [Martha] could tell it because I eventually started teaching more and more. I also drove the van to pick up students at local schools and brought them to “I don’t know what their music classes, which was my legacy is going a truly outstanding service this school provided.” to be, but I pray it’s Hundley eventually taught that I helped build a piano and composition as he completed both a master’s and love of music in this a doctorate at FSU’s College of Music. Now the chair of community. It’s not the Music Department at about us.” Bethune-Cookman College, Hundley said that even after — Martha Stubbs he left Tallahassee, Martha continued to provide opportunities for him, one of which led to his being named Distinguished Composer of the Year by the Music Teachers National Association in 2011. Few people, he said, have had as much impact on his life as Martha has. “She is so dedicated to helping these students, and I know she has given so much of her time over the years to make sure young people have chances that they might not have had otherwise,” Hundley said. “It always amazed me how Martha could run a school and spend so much time with activities connected with the Foundation. After all, a successful Foundation must raise lots of money, and I was able to watch that organization expand over the years — quite a phenomenal feat. “Occasionally, I volunteered my time at the annual ‘Variety Extravaganza’ and saw firsthand how Martha interacted with members of the community to raise money for music education,” he added. “Her passion always got people to dig deeper into their pockets.” That passion, friends and supporters say, shows she is a “true believer in what she has created,” and all the other words people use to describe her — energetic, engaged, resolved, involved, gracious, generous, genuine and committed — explain why she’s successful at nurturing it. As usual, she redirects the focus off of herself. “I don’t know what my legacy is going to be, but I pray it’s that I helped build a love of music in this community,” Martha said. “It’s not about us.” n

CAPITAL R EGIONAL M EDICAL G ROUP Internal Medicine Rick Damron, M.D. Terence Murphy, M.D. Andrea Randell, M.D. Richard Thacker, D.O.


MAIN CAMPUS 2770 Capital Medical Blvd., Suite 200 Tallahassee, FL 32308



Leonard Waldenberger, M.D.

Kevin Derickson, DPM



Edwardo Williams, M.D.

Kay Keeton, A.R.N.P.

1910 Hillbrook Trl., Suite 2 Tallahassee, FL 32311

We all have an idea of what the perfect healthcare experience should be. Responsive yet friendly. Technologically advanced yet compassionate. At Capital Regional, our physicians strive to be the very best every day. And we think it shows. Accepting appointments at all locations.

Family Practice Erin Ayers, A.R.N.P-C Pam Garcia, A.R.N.P.-C Kathleen Wilson, A.R.N.P-C

409 High Street Chattahoochee, FL 32324



CRAWFORDVILLE Robert Frable, D.O. Aida Torres, A.R.N.P-C 2382 Crawfordville Hwy., Suite C Crawfordville, FL 32327


Women’s Health Michael L. Douso, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Stephanie Cruz Lee, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Jolita Burns, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. 2770 Capital Medical Blvd, Suite 110 Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.877.5589

Eric Nicholson, M.D. 2626 Care Drive, Suite 105 Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.402.0202

Michelle Bachtel, M.D. Joseph Baker, M.D. Carey Dellock, M.D. Niraj Pandit, M.D. Emesto Umana, M.D. 2631 Centennial Blvd., Ste 200 Tallahassee, FL 32308

Kathy Langston, M.D. Jose Oviedo, M.D. 2626 Care Drive, Suite 206 Tallahassee, FL 32308

850.656.7265 or 850.877.0216


Improve Your Home’s Air Quality

Ducts and Air Handling System Get Your

Cleaned the RIGHT WAY! Call Today for



Best Heating & Air Conditioning Company

Service is Always 24 Hours:

850-391-3623 Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am- 8pm & Sat: 8am- 4pm

Financing Available All Credit Cards Welcome FL: CMC056269 | GA: CN208982 September–October 2013


»culture best bets


Fall Fun With Frights and Food // compiled by laura bradley and domonique davis

» events

October 17–20 For four nights, the spirits of Tallahassee will be popping up Downtown to tell their tales of woe during 45-minute tours. Costumed guides will take you to places said to be haunted in the Capital City for sometimes startling, but always lighthearted, fun. There are seven tours each night between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. that start at Andrew’s Capital Grill & Bar, 228 S. Adams St., and end at the Old City Cemetery. Cost is $15 per person; $5 for children 5 and younger; babies are free. Group rates are available, and reservations are strongly advised. For more information and reservations, call (850) 561-0317 or (850) 212-2063 or email

170 September–October 2013

» events

Champions of Hope September 26 Support the Big Bend

Homeless Coalition as they celebrate the 2013 “champions” in their fall fundraising event at Goodwood Museum and Gardens. The champions being honored are Tallahassee residents who worked their way out of homelessness or helped to make it possible. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, coffee and dessert will be offered during the program, which will last from 6:30–9:30 p.m. All proceeds will support the coalition’s mission to end homelessness in the Big Bend through leadership, education, advocacy and the provision of quality services.

Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, visit

scott holstein

Ghost Walking Tours

» regional best bet

» festivals

Rosemary Beach Uncorked

15th Annual Stone Crab Fest

October 19 Stroll the quaint cobblestone streets and explore

October 25 Come out for a spectacular evening of all-you-can-eat stone crab claws, including a silent auction and live entertainment by The ENCORE Band. Hosted by Eagle Hill at WC Dover Farm, all proceeds from this 15th annual event directly benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Tallahassee, helping them to serve families with children in medical crisis. In addition to the stone crab and auctions, the event will also feature cocktails, appetizers, dinner and dancing. The fest runs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, and seating will be limited, so make sure not to miss your chance to get in on the crab-cracking fun!

the diverse culinary styles of nine Rosemary Beach restaurants. For this open-air food and wine event, each location will offer its signature dishes paired with boutique wines for an extra-special taste of the beachside town. Tickets are $85 in advance and $105 at the door. The festivities will start at 2 p.m. and last until 5 p.m.

For more information about the event, lodging or ticket packages, call (855) 819-2220 or visit

» regional best bet

Taste of the Beach November 1–3 Taste of the Beach stretches across multiple venues over four days with wine tastings, dinner events, a charity auction and much more. This event is the perfect showcase of national vintners and local culinary offerings. Events will include “Vine to Wine — A Wine Preview,” “Al Fresco Reserve Tasting at Ruskin Place,” “Seeing Red Wine Festival at Seaside” and the “Taste of the Beach & Charity Auction.” A full schedule, complete with dates, times and admission prices can be found online.

For more information, call (850) 222-0056 or visit

For more information, call (850) 267-0683 or visit

» save the date

Wish Upon a Star November 9 Join the Children’s Home Society of Florida

for an evening of casual fun. The night’s festivities will include both silent and live auctions and will be complete with dinner, drinks and live entertainment. The event, which will be held from 6–10 p.m. at Dover Farm, supports the CHS’ mission to better the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children through counseling, intervention and other preventative programs. This evening under the stars will raise funds for the CHS’ North Central chapter as they change the lives of children in need.

For more information, contact Rebecca Amnott at (850) 219-4206. September–October 2013


»culture CALENDAR // COMPILED BY Domonique Davis

IMAX 3D® at the Challenger Learning Center is the ULTIMATE movie experience. With CRYSTAL CLEAR images on the area’s BIGGEST screen and 24,000 watts of spine-tingling digital surround sound, the CLC IMAX 3D Theatre take you to places you’ve only imagined.

For movie showtimes, call (850)645-IMAX or go to

Sept. 7

Walk, Run, Roll A 5K run and a walk/roll will be featured in Ability 1st’s seventh annual signature event. Also, an Accessibility Adventure challenges four-person teams to transport a teammate in a wheelchair on a one-mile course. Live music, snacks and door prizes will be offered. $15–$25. Myers Park, 912 Myers Park Drive. 5K run 7:30–8:30 a.m., walk/roll 8:45–9 a.m. For more information, call Judith Barrett at (850) 575-9621.

Sept. 14

Archaeology Day Organizations throughout the Panhandle are teaming up to educate the public about archaeological and historical resources at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement. Archaeologists will provide information about archaeology, historic preservation and heritage tourism during this funfilled day of activities. FREE. Panhandle Pioneer Settlement, 17869 N.W. Pioneer Settlement Road, Blountstown. Noon–4 p.m. (850) 674-2777,

Sept. 14

7th Annual Art Sale Unique works are up for grabs at the annual “Hello to Some Good Buys,” art sale. During this Downtown Marketplace event, buyers have the chance to purchase original creations from local artists. FREE. Ponce De Leon Park, West Park Avenue. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. (850) 224-3252

Sept. 19

On the Move MS Luncheon North Florida’s chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host an annual fundraising luncheon to raise awareness about MS and collect money for those living with the disease in North Florida. Table sponsorship starts at $500. University Center Club, Stadium Drive. 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m. For more information, call the chapter office at (904) 332-6810.

3rd Annual Greg McCray Memorial Golf Tournament

Sept. 27

benefitting the Boys & Girls Cubs of the Big Bend

Curators Tour: Navigating New Worlds Each first Friday of 2013, the Florida Historic Capitol Museum hosts a special tour of the Navigating New Worlds exhibit. Museum staff will point out interesting tidbits of information viewers may not know or see at first glance. Florida Historic Capitol Museum, 400 S. Monroe St. 11a.m.–noon. For more information, call Alma Hubbard at (850) 487-1902.

Monday, October 7, 2013 9 a.m. Shotgun Start Capital City Country Club

Sept. 28

Run for Lawson In memory of Tallahassee teen Lawson Mayfield, who died of bacterial meningitis, the third annual charity 5K benefits the National Meningitis Association. The chip-timed run will take place on a winding cross-country course. 10K Run ($20 race fee, $3 sign-up fee); 5K Run ($20 race fee, $3 sign-up fee); 1 mile fun run ($15 race fee, $3 sign-up fee). Holy Comforter Episcopal School campus and Welaunee Plantation grounds, 2011 Fleischmann Road. Contact Jaimee Spector, 850.656.8100 ext. 316 or

Chance to win a spot in a National Golf Tournament. Includes luncheon and opportunity to win Hole-In-One Prize and other prizes Great Sponsorship Opportunities Available | Register as a Foursome or as an Individual today

172 September–October 2013

Sept. 28

Heart Walk The American Heart Association’s premiere event aims to promote hearthealthy living. Participants will walk three miles to support research for heart disease and stroke. Prizes will be awarded to walkers according to amounts raised. FREE. Tom Brown Park, 501 Easterwood Drive. 8 a.m.–

noon. For more information, call Katherine Walker at (800) 257-6941 ext. 6088.


The 8th Annual

Sept. 28

Cards for a Cure Tallahassee Memorial’s Cancer Center honors women’s fight against breast cancer in its eighth annual fundraising event. The festivities will include a live band, silent and live auctions and plenty of hors d’oeuvres. Must be over 21 years old to attend. $100. Tallahassee Automobile and Collectible Museum, 6800 Mahan Drive. 7 p.m.–midnight.

Sept. 30

Bridal Fair Find everything you’ll need for a spectacular wedding at this fall bridal fair. Check out various vendor booths, sample delicious treats from caterers, enter raffles for free gifts and more. FREE. The Palms Conference Center, 9201 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach. 1–4 p.m. Call Kathy Barrs at (850) 624-4150.

Oct. 5

Blessing of Animals at Mission San Luis Pet owners and animal lovers are welcome to bring their four-legged, furry and feathered friends to the ninth annual blessing of animals. The event will include a local clergyman who will perform pet blessings, animal organization exhibits and children’s activities. Photos of blessings will be available for purchase. $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children (6–17). Mission San Luis, 2100 W. Tennessee St. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (850) 245-6406,

Oct. 5–6

Beadfest 2013 Vendors and dealers from around the nation will show and sell an array of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind beads in this biannual exhibition. Bead lovers can attend classes and find raw beads, silver and jewelry-making supplies. $5. Planters Exchange, 204 N.W. 2nd St., Havana. (850) 359-6343,

Oct. 10

Vermeer and Music: The Art and Love of Leisure As a part of a series of special one-night events celebrating great artists, London’s National Gallery is offering a major exhibition on the fascinating painter, Johannes Vermeer, focusing on his art in relation to music. The event tells the story of Vermeer’s life and shows many of his great works in detail. $12.50. Movies at Governor’s Square, 1501 Governor’s Square Blvd. 7:30–9:10 p.m. (850) 878-7836,

Oct. 11

Zoobilee 2013 Leave the kids at home and experience an evening under the stars at the Tallahassee Museum. Enjoy live music and free food and drink samples from 20 local restaurants. Must be at least 21 to attend. $40 in advance, $45 at the door. 3945 Museum Drive. 7–10 p.m. (850) 575-8684,

Benefiting the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center and Cancer Programs

In Honor of Erin Petscher Saturday, September 28, 2013 7:00 p.m. – Midnight Tallahassee Automobile Museum

Pink Tie Optional Live Entertainment Silent & Live Auctions Heavy Hors d’oeuvres Must be at least 21 years of age

Oct. 11–12

Greek Food Festival During this two-day celebration of Greek culture, enjoy Greek food, music and entertainment. Participants may sample Greek food and pastries and join in ethnic dances. FREE. Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church, 1645 Phillips Road. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. (850) 878- 0747, September–October 2013





2013 ARTS 2014 SERIES SCHEDULE Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 850.644.6500

Clint Black 9/25/13

Tere O’Connor Dance 10/4/13

Itzhak Perlman 1/29/14


PRISM 2/6/14

The Irish Rovers 2/7/14

Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese 2/8/14

Eighth Blackbird 2/9/14

Kathy Mattea 2/9 & 10/14

Urban Bush Women 2/11 & 12/14


Nicola Benedetti 2/13/14

Jonny Lang 2/14/14

Geoffrey Gilmore: A Movie You Haven’t Seen Before 2/15/14

Lewis Black 2/16/14

New York Voices 2/16/14

Authors Matt Bondurant & Jane Springer 2/18/14

Earl Klugh & Nnenna Freelon 3/4/14

Becca Stevens 4/22/14

Chanticleer 4/28/14

Poncho Sanchez

and his Latin Jazz Band


174 September–October 2013



»culture CALENDAR Oct. 12

Color Me Rad 5K Add color and fun to your running experience during this 5K race for charity. Bursts of colored cornstarch will decorate runners every five minutes as they race to cross the finish line. $40–$45. Tom Brown Park, 501 Easterwood Drive. 9 a.m.

Oct. 12

Cap Chap Challenge The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) is hosting an Amazing Race-style competition that will send teams of two through the Capital City. Teams will compete in numerous challenges at local businesses throughout Tallahassee vying for a chance to win the $1,000 grand prize. A watch party will be held at the TCC Capitol Center where observers can enjoy food and drinks while cheering on their favorite teams. 300 W. Pensacola St. 5–9 p.m. For more information or to register call (850) 545-8552.

Oct. 12

23rd Annual AIDS Walk and 5K/10K Run Big Bend Cares will host its annual fundraising event to provide assistance, education and support to people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the organization’s eight-county service area. $10–$15. SouthWood, 3197 Merchants Row Blvd. 8 a.m. For more information call Michelle Hayse at (850) 656-2437 ext. 225.

Oct. 12

All Car Club Show and Shine This annual event features classic motorcycles and automobiles. There will be food available for purchase, vendors, music, games and family friendly activities. The event will benefit Veterans Village. FREE. Tallahassee Automobile and Collectible Museum, 6800 Mahan Drive. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. (850) 556-9881

Oct. 12

Capital City Bikefest Motorcycle riders and music lovers alike are all encouraged to attend Ability 1st’s second annual fundraising event. Bring your chopper, bagger, bobber or cruiser and enjoy live music and delicious food. All proceeds benefit Ability 1st programs and services for people with disabilities. $10. Tallahassee Summit East, 2073 Summit Lake Drive. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. For more information, call Judith Barrett at (850) 575-9621.

Oct. 12

Experience Asia Explore the dynamic cultures of Asia while enjoying cultural performances, arts and crafts, Asian cuisine and much more at the 9th annual Asian festival, sponsored by the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee. FREE. Lewis and Bloxham Parks, West Park Avenue. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (850) 878-0051,

Oct. 12

14th Annual Pumpkin Patch Festival Kick off the fall season at this family friendly event. Enjoy live performances, face painting, pumpkin decorating, costume contests, magicians and hay and pony rides for the kids. Carnival-goers can take home pumpkins and enjoy the fall and Halloween adornments. FREE. 104 N. Main St., Havana. (850) 545-0824,

Oct. 12

Buddy Walk Accompany children and adults with Down syndrome, their families, September–October 2013


»culture CALENDAR HISTORIC friends and supporters as they partake in a fundraising initiative that includes a 1-mile walk. Performances, music, games and activities will be on hand for families to enjoy. Proceeds will go toward the Down Syndrome Association of Tallahassee. FREE. SouthWood Town Center, 3196 Merchants Row Blvd. 9 a.m.

Oct. 13

9th Annual Paula Bailey Dining in the Dark At this fundraising event, guests will dine in complete darkness and will be seated and served by blind people and members of the Leon County Sheriff’s SWAT Team wearing night-vision goggles. Proceeds benefit services for Lighthouse of the Big Bend, a nonprofit serving the blind. $60–$100 per ticket, $600–$700 per table. University Center Club, Stadium Drive. 5:30–8:30 p.m. (850) 942-3658,

Oct. 13

Pebble Hill Plantation

12th Annual Breast Cancer Poker Run Motorcyclists will ride the roads for a cause in a fundraising event organized by the Tallahassee Chrome Divas. Proceeds will benefit A Woman’s Place at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Cars are welcome. Festivities will include live music, cash bar, food, door prizes and more! $15 per rider, $10 per passenger, $5 extra hand. 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. For additional information, call (850) 567-0372.

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SHOPPING DISTRICT Relive history in Thomasville, Ga., as you stroll back in time on brick-paved streets, tour a museum depicting the authentic South, a plantation from the 1800s era or the many Victorian homes. The Historic Downtown is a shopper’s dream come true with over 75 retail shops and restaurants within walking distance of free parking. Thomasville was designated as a Great American Main Street in 1999 and has been named one of a dozen top places to live in the U.S. by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Oct. 18–27

‘Company’ The Tony Award-winning musical about finding yourself while searching for love will be performed by members of the FSU School of Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the FSU Ticket Office. 8 p.m., Sunday shows at 2 p.m. Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building, 530 W. Call St. (850) 644-6500,

Many of the original homes and buildings have been preserved offering a treasured glimpse into the past as you enjoy all of its modern amenities. Known as the City of Roses, Thomasville hosts an annual Rose Show and Festival each April. Upcoming events include FLAUNT in September, The Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival in November and family favorite Victorian Christmas in December! Check our website for more details on these and other great events! If it’s culture you’re looking for, Thomasville hosts acclaimed artists and performers from around the world!

Oct. 19

5th Annual Pat Ramsey Benefit for Big Bend Hospice Held annually at the Bradfordville Blues Club, this event celebrates the life of Pat Ramsey, a gifted blues harmonica player and musician. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and relax under the big oaks with live music from Zydeco Zoo, Swingin’ Harpoon and many others. Noon–’til. $20 per person, children 12 and under FREE.

Whether you’re coming to shop, dine or play, you’ll find that Thomasville is just what you were looking for. Experience the authentic South in a whole new way in beautiful Historic Thomasville, Georgia.

Oct. 19

French Country Flea Market This year’s event will feature numerous vendors to celebrate the second anniversary of Sweet South Cottage. Consigners will be showcasing antique and vintage architectural finds, handcrafted jewelry, up-cycled treasures, local art and children’s clothing and accessories. FREE. 6007 Veterans Memorial Drive. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (850) 878-0165,

If you have any questions or would like more information, please visit or call (866) 577-3600.

Visit our website for upcoming events.

Oct. 19–20

DOWNTOWN DOLLARS Gift certificates which can be used at over 70 shops and restaurants in Downtown Thomasville! 176 September–October 2013




Give the gift of Downtown Thomasville.

Farm Tour Many regional farmers open their facilities to the public in New Leaf Market’s sixth annual farm tour. Most of the tours in this two-day event are free or low-cost. Guests are invited to visit as many farms as they can over this time span. Expect to find barnyard animals, facility tours, refreshments, lectures and demonstrations by friendly farmers. For more information on the Farm Tour and locations, and to find the brochure, visit

Oct. 21

20th Annual Tee Off for Tots Golf Tournament Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare hosts its annual golf tournament to

Driven by Family

The Proctor Dealerships In the People Business . . . for over 100 Years

Request your free energy audit today by calling 891.4YOU (4968). Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013


»culture CALENDAR

Dental care for your pet is more important than you think. Studies have demonstrated there is an association between oral health issues and systemic general health issues affecting the kidney, heart and metabolic systems. Schedule a dental cleaning during National Pet Dental Month this February and receive $20.00 off of the service. (Note: pet must be current on vaccines)

Best Veterinary Clinic

benefit the Proctor Endowment for Children with Diabetes and Pediatric programs, which provides education and brings awareness about childhood diabetes. There will be morning and afternoon flights. Golden Eagle Country Club, 3700 Golden Eagle Drive E. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Contact Bonnie Cannon at (850) 431-5389.

Oct. 25

15th Annual Elder Care Services Oktoberfest The annual Oktoberfest celebration will feature traditional German cuisine, beer tasting, a photo fun booth, a silent auction and more. This year’s event will include a VIP reception an hour prior to general admission. The fundraiser supports the work of Elder Care Services, whose signature service is Meal on Wheels. $55–$75. Mission San Luis, 2100 W. Tennessee St. 6:30–11 p.m. (850) 921-0082,

Oct. 25–26

19th Annual Halloween Howl Ghost and goblins will surround the grounds of the Tallahassee Museum as it transforms into a spooky fantasyland. With activities for all ages, festivities include carnival games, live music, a haunted trail, costume contests and more. $10 for nonmember adults, $8 children 15 and under, under 3 free, $2 off for members. 3945 Museum Drive. 6–10 p.m. (850) 576-1636, 2701 N. Monroe St.

Oct. 26

Fall Fever Festival Kick off the autumn season with food, family and fun. Railroad Square Art Park’s annual fall festival includes refreshments, various family friendly activities and a painting competition for local artists. FREE. Railroad Square, 567 Industrial Drive. Noon–6 p.m.

Oct. 27

Experience Honey Lake Plantation Their slogan of being “So much more than a Bridal Expo!” couldn’t be more accurate. Honey Lake, one of the freshest wedding venues on the scene, is hosting an afternoon packed full of all things needed for nuptials. Activities include a bridal-inspired fashion show, wedding workshops and honeymoon giveaways. Grooms will love Honey Lake’s Sport Shooting Complex. Shotguns, ammunition, eye and ear protection, and a brief safety lesson are included in the facility tour. 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Oct. 28

Moon Over Maclay Calling all music lovers. The Friends of Maclay Gardens will present its annual moonlight jazz concert at Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens. Bring chairs, blankets, friends and food and enjoy the sounds of local musicians. Tickets are $25 for adults or $10 for children and students with ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ranger Station at the entrance of the park. 3540 Thomasville Road. 6–9 p.m. (850) 487-4556

Nov. 7

5th Annual Signature Chefs Auction In addition to enjoying samples of fine food and wine at the beautiful Mission San Luis Museum, this event offers live and silent auctions, giving patrons the chance to win private dining experiences, unique getaway trips and exquisite jewelry and art. Chefs from the Front Porch, Real Paella, Georgio’s and many others are participating. Donations support the March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 2100 W. Tennessee St. 6 p.m., live auction at 7 p.m. marchofdimesflorida/events

178 September–October 2013

SponSored report

Making Tallahassee Beautiful for 75 Years


By Julie Horne hanging times and changing seasons have largely impacted what we do with our homes and, more importantly, our landscapes. If you are a true doit-yourselfer, designing your landscape can prove to be a daunting task. But don’t fret. To start, ask yourself what you expect to gain for your landscape: Do you want it to be formal? Organic? Full of color? A concise landscape plan will help you get a finished product you are proud of. Now comes the fun part, planting your landscape! I recommend starting with the bed lines. Consider making lovely curves that encompass the trees and other spots where grass will not grow. Next, think about vertical elements — the trees or accent plants. Then, keep in mind focal points and views; as a general rule, the front door should be the main focal point from the street. As we approach the fall season, keep in mind that it is one of the very best times to plant trees and shrubs. The cooler weather allows for an easier and less-stressful transition for your plants and yields better success than any other time of year. Here in Tallahassee we have many dynamic fall elements to work with that other parts of the country do not. The Fall Cassia is a fast-growing plant reaching heights of 10 feet and a showstopper with its cheerful yellow blooms. Confederate Roses are a woody perennial which also boast spectacular blooms. You’ll see varying stages of change on one plant, giving you a multicolor effect. They open white, then fade to pink and finally red. Sasanqua camellias thrive in our area and, with a range of growth habits, you’ll find them growing low or taking on tree forms. Furthermore, Japanese Maples, Native Red Maples, Ginkgo and Tulip Poplar trees will give you the much sought-after change in foliage color. Whatever you decide to do with your landscape always remember there is no harm in seeking professional help — our landscape designers can give you a plan or sketch that you can work from or install it for you. This may save you from mistakes and headaches. Let our designers know what your priority areas are, what your maintenance and watering skills are and the overall look you want. We often ask clients to come to the nursery and just walk around at your leisure writing down the names of plants you see and like. Here at Tallahassee Nurseries our designers want the final product to be a reflection of your tastes and something that grows more beautiful with time. Landscaping doesn’t have to be so hard — and we are here to help!

Clockwise From Top: Curved bedlines will offer your landscape an organic and free-flowing look. These beds also allow you to add plant material to areas around trees where grass will not grow; Sasanqua Camellias are an excellent choice for a colorful hedge or featured specimen. Blooming in the fall, they are the best flowering shrub for Southern gardens; The Crimson Queen Japanese Maple holds its beautiful crimson color throughout summer before dropping in fall. It is well suited for use as a small lawn tree or on patios and entryways.

Julie Horne is a Landscape Designer and Florida Certified Horticultural Professional at Tallahassee Nurseries. September–October 2013


180 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

Fall E v e n t s f r o m A pala c h i c o la t o Pe n s a c o la

Visit Northwest Florida

Beaches FA L L 2 0 1 3


The Perfect Time for a Getaway It’s fall and one of the best times of the year to take a trip to the beach. The summer crowds are gone, the traffic has thinned, the temperatures have started to cool off and, if you’re lucky, you might even find an isolated spot where you have some of Northwest Florida’s sugary sand beach all to yourself. Whether you’re looking for family fun, sophisticated entertainment or a quiet place to relax, it’s easy to find your spot on 227 miles of the world’s best beaches. And you don’t have to go far from home to have your dreams come true. It’s all just a short drive from Tallahassee. From Wakulla to Escambia, you’ll find emerald waters and attractions galore, a worldclass destination where the prices become more attractive and affordable during the fall “shoulder” season. Here you’ll find luxury, outdoor adventure, fine dining and eclectic (continued on page 185) September–October 2013


Paradise Found: Northwest Florida through ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals® by Rebekah Goya Nuzzled against the Gulf in Northwest Florida are some of the most charming beaches found in North America. With their endless emerald-hued waters and glistening white sands, the serenity of beaches helps you leave all your cares behind. ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals provides vacation rentals that are not only top-quality, but also in close proximity to exhilarating activities. From its expansive shores leading to the beautiful Gulf Coast waters, to its abundance of fun entertainment, you are sure to find something for the entire family to enjoy. With

unbeatable amenities and breathtaking views, Wyndham Vacation Rentals allows its guests to step effortlessly into a world of relaxation. ResortQuest properties in Northwest Florida offer a wealth of desirable amenities such as indoor and outdoor pools, fitness centers and direct beach access. It’s no wonder that a sense of calm comes over you as you stretch into a beach chair as the waves begin to wash over your feet. Just as the sunrays boldly beam down, the Gulf breeze gently brushes past you. It’s hard to imagine the hustle and bustle of everyday life still exists. Things to do in Northwest Florida are just as compelling as lounging on its pristine beaches. There are endless fun-filled activities that await you. Beaches are not only

for relaxing, take part in heart-pounding watersport adventures along the coast that will keep your adrenaline pumping and the excitement rolling. Head to the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, where you can strap on a waterpropelled jetpack and shoot up 30-feet above the water and take in the stunning views of your surroundings. Or parasail with a group of friends as you soar up to 800 feet in the air. For more tranquil water activities, explore the warm Gulf waters in a kayak or paddleboard, and while you are at it, sign up for a family-fun day of snorkeling in Pensacola.

If the kids are still craving water activities, take the family to Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park in Destin, voted one of America’s best water parks by the Travel Channel®. Spend the day enjoying more than 40 water attractions, including lazy rivers and slippery slides. If you’re looking to take a break from beach hair and sandy toes, tee-off on some of the most exquisitely designed championship golf courses in the region. ResortQuest will find the right course to suit your skills, book a tee time and even schedule a golf cart rental for you. With the area’s golf courses receiving high honors from Golf Magazine®, Golf Week®, Golf Digest® and Travel+Leisure®, a great golf experience is only a swing away any time of year.

©2013 Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America, LLC. Wyndham Vacation Rentals and related marks are registered trademarks and/or service marks in the United States and internationally. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A. ©2013 Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America, LLC. Wyndham Vacation Rentals and related marks are registered trademarks and/or service marks in the United States and internationally. All rights reserved. Printed in the U

182 September–October 2013


When you book a vacation to Northwest Florida, keeping children entertained has never been easier. On Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, treat the kids to an experience of a lifetime as they explore the life of dolphins, alligators, sea turtles, penguins and more at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park®. You can even get up close and personal with some of the animals during daily feedings and shows. Gulf World Marine Park® in Panama City Beach also offers similar entertainment, with an environmental twist. At the National Naval Aviation Museum® in Pensacola, children can learn a little about the development of American military aviation, while partaking in flight simulators and other exciting exhibits.

If you have a need for speed, spend a day at Pensacola’s Five Flags Speedway® and enjoy all of the twists and turns of high-speed racing. Looking to be in the middle of the action? Visit Milton’s Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center, where you can zip line through numerous platforms hovering over white sands and crystal-clear rivers, and finally trek over a sky bridge to complete your journey.

ResortQuest allows close proximity to not only the beach, but also the many attractions the area boasts. It’s hard to imagine a better vacation to Northwest Florida and luckily, it gets even better. ResortQuest’s Privileges Program offers guests discounts on area food, activities, services, golf and shopping. The program also provides the opportunity to rent bikes and watersport equipment at a discounted price, get spa treatments for less, receive entrance to waterparks at discounted rates and so much more. The Privileges Program makes any beach vacation affordable and easy. ResortQuest offers everything needed to create a relaxing yet memorable summer. The thriving communities and unsurpassed beaches of Northwest Florida guarantee a summer vacation filled with memories of a lifetime waiting to happen — the only thing left to decide on is when you leave!

To learn more, call 855.508.0768 or visit


ADVERTORIAL September–October 2013


184 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

Visit Northwest Florida


r o s e m a r y b e a c h, f l o r i d a

(continued from page 181) shopping. There’s natural beauty, abundant sea life and plenty of historical charm. Golf courses designed by legends like Tom Fazio, Greg Norman and Fred Couples dot the region. And more than 225,000 acres of land along the beaches are protected and maintained by national, state and local parks and preserves — giving the nature lover in you plenty of space to hike, bike, ride your horse, canoe, kayak and fish. And, in the fall, you’ll never be bored. Northwest Florida’s beach communities provide a host of events right up until Christmas. From seafood and wine tasting festivals to fishing rodeos and art fairs, there’s something happening nearly every weekend. So, it’s time to let out your inner beach bum. Head to those warm emerald waters and find your special place in the sand.

Panama City Beach September Sept. 14 The POPS Orchestra Presents: The Music of the Eagles at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater Sept. 19–22 (daily) Lobster Festival Come check out the famous annual Lobster Festival at Schooner’s Beach Club! Sept. 26–28 (daily) Gulf Coast Jam A three-day music festival. Sept. 27–29 Emerald Coast Golf Tour at Bay Point Resort

October Oct. 2–6 (daily) Thunder Beach Autumn Rally Roar into Panama City Beach!

On the Cover

Oct. 10–13 (daily) World Paddle For The Planet A four-day eco-festival at Lake Powell. Oct. 11–12 (daily) Pirates of the High Seas Fest at Pier Park Enjoy a weekend of mischief and fun-filled adventures. (Columbus Day Weekend. Bands TBA) Oct. 12 Girls Inc. Half Marathon and 5K at Pier Park Run for the treasure! Oct. 17–20 (daily) PCB Seafood and Music Festival Featuring Better than Ezra, Collective Soul, Foreigner, Loverboy and others at Capt. Anderson’s Marina.

November Nov. 1–3 Ironman Florida (triathlon) at Boardwalk Beach Resort. Nov. 7–9 (daily) Emerald Coast Cruizin’ at Aaron Bessant Park The South’s best blastfrom-the-past family fun event. Nov. 11 Free Florida State Parks Entry Take advantage of a free day at a state park at St. Andrews and Camp Helen state parks. Dec. 7 Run for the Redfish at Pier Park Half marathon, 5K, Kids’ 1-mile run.

Whether it’s a romantic weekend or a fun-filled festival, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at Northwest Florida Beaches. Photo by Kansas Pitts.

INTRODUCING THE PEARL HOTEL. The new ultra luxury boutique hotel located in idyllic Rosemary Beach, Florida. intimate, inspired, irreplaceable


©2013 Artesano Hotels. All rights reserved. September–October 2013


186 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

Visit Northwest Florida


Beaches of South Walton October Oct. 1 Serve2Cure Tennis Tournament Sandestin Tennis’ third annual fundraiser. Event will include tennis tournament, breakfast, fastest serve contest, silent auction, raffles, prizes and luncheons at Graffitti’s in Baytowne Wharf. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Oct. 6 Habitrot for Humanity Half Marathon and 5K Sandestin invites running enthusiasts this fall to enjoy the mild, sunny weather and scenic trails all throughout the beautiful 2,400-acre resort. 6 a.m.–noon. Miramar Beach Oct. 12 Jim Del Mauro Rosemary Run (5K) Meet your friends and neighbors bright and early on East Long Green and run or walk through the beautiful streets of Rosemary Beach. 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Rosemary Beach

Oct. 13–14 Blue Mountain Beach Half Marathon, 5K, 10K and Kid’s Race Though the course is currently being tweaked and may have a new start line, the half marathon and 10K will end at Florida’s only “mountain” on the Gulf Coast. Race down scenic Highway 30A between sugar sand beaches and rare dune lakes from Blue Mountain Beach through the cool beach town of Grayton Beach. Oct. 13, 7 a.m. Oct. 14, noon. Santa Rosa Beach Oct. 18–19 The 6th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival Known as the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast,” the popular festival features 40 on-site craft brewers, over 100 domestic and international beers, seminars, samplings and live music. Oct. 18, 2 p.m. Oct. 19, 6 p.m. Sandestin Oct. 19 Rosemary Beach Uncorked: Eat, Drink, Be Rosemary 2–5 p.m., Rosemary Beach

Oct. 26 Vettes at the Village Area Corvette clubs bring “America’s Sports Car” to the Village Events Plaza. Corvettes will be shined to the max as these automotive icons zoom into the Village streets. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Destin Oct. 31 Trick-or-Treat Off the Street Calling all goblins and ghosts, families with children 13 and under to stroll the sidewalks at Silver Sands Premium Outlets in costume to collect goodies from each store. Look for the pumpkin sign in the window of participating stores. 4–7 p.m. Miramar Beach Oct. 31 Trick or Treat Street at Baytowne Friends, fireworks and frights! Trick or treat through the Village streets and visit merchants as they provide you with some of your favorite Halloween treats. Dance on the stage as the DJ plays frighteningly good tunes, and end the evening with a spooky fireworks show over the lagoon. 6–8 p.m. Sandestin

Oct. 31–Nov. 2 South Walton Celebrity Golf Classic Golf enthusiasts will have the chance to hit the links with dozens of sports celebrities, including baseball greats and football legends in the 17th Annual South Walton Celebrity Golf Classic. Sandestin Oct. 31–Nov.3 Seeing Red Wine Festival This annual event brings together those passionate about the wine and culinary industry, alongside individuals who appreciate the South Walton area. Seeing Red Wine Festival features four days of programming, including special wine dinners, brunches, seminars, reserve tastings and the largest event, The Grand Tasting. Seaside

November Nov. 1–3 Taste of the Beach Wine. Dine. Donate. The first weekend of November is the perfect time to let your taste buds explore wine and culinary offerings in South Walton. Taste of the Beach (continued) September–October 2013


188 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

Visit Northwest Florida

Beaches (Beaches of South Walton continued) stretches across multiple venues over four days with wine tastings, dinner events, a charity auction and much more. Sandestin and Seaside Nov. 10 Flutterby Festival at Rosemary Beach Flutterby is two full days of arts and entertainment for kids of all ages! Enjoy dance performances, storytelling by The Rep Theatre, arts and crafts, a butterfly garden exhibit and much more! 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Rosemary Beach Nov. 28 30A 10K and One Mile Run The 30A 10K and fun run starts in Rosemary Beach, travels down Scenic Highway 30A to the turn-around point just past Camp Creek Lake, and then returns back to Rosemary’s downtown. 7:30 a.m.–noon. Rosemary Beach Nov. 30 Holiday Market at Rosemary Beach Get a jump on your holiday shopping! Browse through booths filled with hand-crafted gifts including pottery, jewelry, paintings and more. 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. Rosemary Beach

Nov. 30 8th Annual Bombora Fall Bocce Ball Tournament Bocce Ball Tournament (sign up 9– 10 a.m.) play starts at 11 a.m. Enjoy a day of sun, sport and sipping wine! 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Rosemary Beach

December Dec. 7 Luminaria Run at Sandestin to Benefit Shelter House Shelter House – Domestic Violence Center and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort are teaming up for 3rd Annual Luminaria Run. The course will be lined with more than 2,000 luminaries, lighting the path for walkers and runners. This shows how Shelter House and its community partners light the way to a safer place for victims of domestic violence in Okaloosa and Walton counties. 5–7 p.m. Miramar Beach

Pensacola Beach September Sept. 15–16 5th Annual Taste of the Beach Get a sampling of island flavors from the area’s best chefs. (850) 932-1500, Oct. 1–6 Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival Original music comes to the island. (850) 341-0889, Oct. 5 17th Annual Santa Rosa Island Triathlon A triathlon along Pensacola Beach is

challenges seasoned athletes, while a sea turtle triathlon is offered for kids. (850) 380-0741,

November Nov. 10 Pensacola Marathon This 26.2-mile scenic USATF-certified course is one of the last Boston Marathon qualifiers in the Southeast. The course begins and ends in historic downtown and winds along Pensacola Bay. (850) 434-2800,

O CT. 4 T H, 5 TH & 6 TH OCT. 4TH, 5TH 6TH








FFREE REE A Admission dmission FFREE REE S huttle Shuttle

FFRIDAY, RI DAY, O OCT CT 4TH 4TH 4–10PM 4–10PM S ATURDAY, O CT 5 TH 110–10PM 0–10PM SATURDAY, OCT 5TH S UNDAY, O CT 6TH 6TH 11–4PM 11–4PM SUNDAY, OCT September–October 2013



THE ANNUAL RESOURCE GUIDE TO PLANNING WEDDINGS IN NORTHWEST FLORIDA For more information contact your sales representative.

190 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

Visit Northwest Florida


The Emerald Coast October Through Oct. 31 Educational Turtle Walk Free educational and public awareness tour focusing on turtle nesting season along the Emerald Coast. Reservations required. Beaches of Ft. Walton Beach/ Okaloosa Island/Destin. 8:30 p.m. (850) 865-0868, Oct. 1–31 Destin Fishing Rodeo A month-long event with daily, weekly and overall prizes in several categories. Destin Harbor. (850) 837-6734, Oct. 2–6 Emerald Coast Volleyball Week Fall Classic Fudpucker’s Four Player Volleyball Tournament plus a volleyball clinic, players’ party and golf tournament on Okaloosa Island. Cash and other prizes.  The Boardwalk, Fort Walton Beach. (800) 243-2555,

Oct. 4–6 Annual Destin Seafood Festival Enjoy live music, arts and crafts, delicious seafood and more! Kick off the Destin Fishing Rodeo at the Fishing Fleet Marina, City of Destin Royal Melvin Heritage Park and Fisherman’s Wharf. Destin Harbor and the Harbor Board Walk. Fri. 4–10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. (850) 837-6241, Oct. 11 Festa Italiana Sponsored by the Sons & Daughters of Italy Joseph B. Franzalia Lodge 2422. Old-fashioned street festival and Italian food, great entertainment. Come and get a “taste of Italy.” 4–10 p.m. Sons of Italy Lodge, 808 South Drive, Fort Walton Beach. (850) 862-2758, Oct. 12 Dog Daze A thousand and one dogs can’t be wrong. Liza Jackson Park, Fort Walton Beach. (850) 244-8191, fwbchamber. org/events

Oct. 18–20 Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival This annual festival promises a great time for the entire family with bigname entertainment, quality fine art, handmade crafts, exhibits and a staggering array of food concessions. Niceville. (850) 729-4008,

Oct. 25–27 Destin Festival of the Arts Juried fine arts show with artists from around the country. Children’s activities tent, student art exhibit, live entertainment. The Village Green at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village. (850) 650-2226,

Oct. 22–26 Florida State H.O.G. Rally Your Last Chance to Celebrate HOG 30th Anniversary and Harley-Davidson’s 110th Birthday. Bike games, bike show, headline entertainment, corn hole contest, guided/self guided tours, Harley Parade of Flags. See Bubba Blackwell “The American Dare Devil” jump two full size pick-up trucks on a Harley. Deadline to register Sept. 3. Okaloosa Island — Destin, Ft. Walton Beach. (850) 651-7131,

Oct. 28–29 Annual Haunted History Tour Presented by the Heritage Park and Cultural Center. Tours are based on authentic local history. Heritage Park and Cultural Center. (850) 833-9595,

November Nov. 2–4 Annual Thunderbird Intertribal Powwow Native American traditional song and dance festival with storytellers, flute players, gospel singers, Hawaiian dancers, vendors and craft competition. Powwow Grounds, Niceville. (850) 884-9125,


7:30pm OCT. 19, 2013



or at Apalach Outfitters 29 Avenue E Apalachicola, FL 32320 (850) 653-3474

$20 in ADVANCE $25 at the DOOR September–October 2013


850.650.7811 300 Grand Boulevard | Destin, Florida 32550 Fax: 850-650-7816 | 192 September–October 2013

Reserve now and celebrate the New Year at the Residence Inn Sandestin, with a fresh and modern look to enchant. This premier extended stay hotel in Destin, Florida will feature a new spacious lobby and beautifully renovated suites with kitchens, distinct living and sleeping areas and courtesy Wi-Fi to help you stay connected. Delight in the complimentary hot breakfast buffet and social hours during the week. Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, a pet-friendly hotel, awaits you. “It’s not a room. It’s a Residence.”™ Extended Stay Rates | Suites with King Beds and Full Kitchens | Pet Friendly Complimentary Daily Breakfast | Residence Inn Social Hour on Select Evenings

Visit Northwest Florida


Forgotten Coast SEPTEMBER Every Thursday Music in the Park, Sunset Park If ambiance is what you’re looking for, you’ll find it every Thursday evening in September at Mexico Beach from 6–8 p.m. Each week there’ll be fresh performances located right on the water in Mexico Beach. Grab your chairs and coolers and head on over. (850) 648-8196 Sept. 27–28 Florida Catfish Classic, Gaskin Park Landing, Wewahitchka Bring the whole family, and try to catch the best! This exciting two-day tournament will certainly challenge you and the kids. So spend a couple days fishing on the river guilt-free because all benefits go to Wewahitchka Search and Rescue. Sept. 28–29 Gulf County Sheriff’s Office Annual Bass Tournament This annual catch and release tournament entices fishermen from the Forgotten Coast and beyond to relax in Three Brothers River for a funfilled weekend. White City Landing. First place winner receives $10,000. (850) 229-7800

OCTOBER Oct. 12 Mexico Beach Art & Wine Festival Join in the fun! Come to this annual festival and taste fine wines, participate in the live auction, listen to the live music, and peruse beautiful pieces of art. Driftwood Inn. Oct. 17–20 Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival, Gulf County Florida’s Forgotten Coast will once again play host to a group of musicians and songwriters straight from the streets of Nashville! The performance will consist of approximately 25 musicians all over Gulf County. Oct. 19 Apalachicola Riverfront Festival Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Riverfront Park in downtown Apalachicola to spend a night watching independent films. Films include a variety of spectacular local, national, student and cultural independent films. 7:30–11 p.m.

Oct. 26 Crooked River Lighthouse Lantern Fest Come to the annual Lantern Fest at the Cooked River Lighthouse in Carrabelle, and get your creative juices flowing! Oct. 26 Bow Wow Bash Prepare to have a howling good time at this year’s annual Bow Wow Bash, a St. Joseph Bay Humane Society event. Enjoy a night out on the town complete with a masquerade ball, auctions, raffles, an amazing spread of food and live music. Centennial Building, Port St. Joe. (850) 227-1103, TBA Monarch Butterfly Festival

NOVEMBER Nov. 1–2 Annual Florida Seafood Festival The state’s oldest seafood and maritime spectacle features two days of great entertainment and seafood as well as several other fun events. Battery Park, Apalachicola. Nov. 29 Historic Apalachicola Annual Christmas Celebration This event will light up the streets of downtown Apalachicola with luminaries and holiday spirit, 4–8 p.m. Merchants will be open late, and the sounds of carolers will echo through the streets, filling the evening with Christmas spirit. The highlight, of course, will be the big guy himself. Santa will arrive at 4 p.m. at the City Dock on Water Street to hear children’s Christmas wishes and the carolers’ songs.

DECEMBER Dec. 1 Mexico Beach Celebration of Lights The Mexico Beach Christmas Celebration of Lights will be held at Sunset Park at 6 p.m. CST with the annual Golf Cart Parade. Christmas carols by candlelight, tree-lighting ceremony, complimentary refreshments and much more. Dec. 31 Celebrate Twice Ring in the New Year twice in the same night. Start out in Port St. Joe in one time zone, and then safely bus on over to Mexico Beach to do it all over again in another. Shuttle buses will run continuously from the two cities.

“a Romantic Relaxing Getaway” 3 Historic Mansions 23 Rooms • 7 Jacuzzi Suites St. George Island • Apalachicola 888-244-8320 |


contemporary dining

Seafood ‹ Prime Steaks ‹ Sushi EARLY DINING 5-6PM Buy one, Receive one free



Monday-Friday 5-7pm

850-837-7960‹404 HARBOR BLVD.‹


OPEN: 11:30am Daily


wine bar U small plates U sushi

1/2 PRICE WINE, SUSHI & BEER 4-6 PM 850.468.0703 U U Seaside, FL September–October 2013


Driven by Excellence

The Proctor Dealerships In the People Business . . . for over 100 Years

Local Company

Local People

Local Sales and Service

• Copy • Print • Scan 850-671-6663

194 September–October 2013

September / October 2013

Third Annual “Battle of the Bands” Lincoln High School Students Raise $13,000 and Commit to $50,000 Wing Naming in the Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center April 12 marked the third anniversary of Lincoln High School’s “Battle of the Bands,” a competition – not of sport – but of good will to heighten community awareness of cardiovascular disease and to generate funds for the Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center. BillieAnne Gay and Beth Button, Lincoln High School teachers, led the students in cardiovascular disease education, event planning, and fundraising. Nearly 1,000 people participated in the “battle,” which featured ten high school bands from around the county and over thirty local business sponsors who gave financial support along with setting up vendor and service booths surrounding Lincoln’s Jimmy Everett Track. The bands showcased their talent on stages set up on the track’s infield. The activity and excitement were electric. The Trojans surpassed the 2012 Battle of the Bands by raising $13,000 which was presented to the TMH Foundation during the closing ceremony. Tallahassee Memorial was represented by Aaron Kinnon, TMH Foundation Director of Development, Lisa Mullee, Tallahassee Memorial Cardiovascular Labs Director, and Akash Ghai, M.D., Board Certified Cardiologist, Southern Medical Group, P.A. -- one of the event’s principal sponsors. During the check presentation, Lincoln Principal Allen Burch announced the school’s pledge of $50,000 to name a wing in the Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center. “This commitment of continued support for the Tallahassee Memorial Heart & Vascular Center not only benefits patients but also demonstrates the broad and ongoing initiatives of Mr. Burch and Lincoln High School. This generous philanthropic engagement of students will lead to a lifetime of giving and Lincoln’s concerted effort to deliver cardiovascular disease education will translate to healthy lifestyles now and in the years to come for these students and their families,” noted Dr. Ghai. In further response to the insightful and community-minded decisions made by Lincoln High School, Ms. Mullee said, “I am honored to be a part of the cardiovascular disease education and charitable giving activities of Lincoln High School students, faculty and administration. Money raised will continue

to support the community through educational events, health fairs, and the acquisition of leading-edge technology.” “Tallahassee Memorial and the TMH Foundation are so proud of this wonderful partnership with Lincoln High School, and we join one and all in congratulating and saluting the winning band – “Jacob’s Ladder,” featuring Lincoln High’s Student Body Vice President Ryan Joseph and his younger brother Devin Joseph. We are enormously grateful to Lincoln High School, and we are pleased to learn that the Trojans have already commenced planning for 2014’s ‘Battle,’” concluded Mr. Kinnon. The “Battle of the Bands” Winner: “Jacob’s Ladder,” featuring Ryan Joseph, Lincoln High School Student Body Vice President, and his younger brother Devin Joseph.

Pictured from left to right: BillieAnne Gay, Lincoln High School Teacher and SGA Sponsor; Beth Button, Lincoln High School Teacher; Devin and Ryan Joseph, representing “Jacob’s Ladder;” Dalton Bedard, Lincoln High Student Body President; Lisa Mullee, Tallahassee Memorial Cardiovascular Labs Director; Akash Ghai, M.D., Board Certified Cardiologist, Southern Medical Group, P.A.; Allen Burch, Lincoln High School Principal, and Aaron Kinnon, TMH Foundation Director of Development. September–October 2013


Erin Petscher “Curtains for a Cause,” inaugurated in 2012, is now an officially-designated Valentine’s Day annual event to raise funds for the Florida State University College of Medicine’s Brian Jackson Dystonia Research and Discovery Program and its clinical partner, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. The FSU College of Medicine and TMH are developing a comprehensive research, clinical, and education program with the ultimate goal of discovering effective treatments, therapies, and – ultimately – a cure for Dystonia. The 2014 “Curtains” production is the award-winning, highlyacclaimed musical revue, “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits.” Written by Gerard Alessandrini, this four-time winner of the Drama Desk Award is a zany and satirical tribute to some of Broadway’s biggest hits and spotlights Broadway shows and stars such as Carol Channing, Chita Rivera, Barbara Streisand, and Mandy Pantinkin in ways you have never seen them before. Mark your calendars NOW for February 14, 2014, and make your advance reservations by calling or e-mailing Mark Marple at the TMH Foundation: 850.431.4080, mark.marple@tmh. org or by visiting Tickets are $100 per person and include a gourmet dinner, a rose for the ladies, champagne toast, gratuity, and the show. Please join in the philanthropy and the fun as the University Center Club’s Futch Ballroom is transformed into a Broadway dinner theatre with an award-winning menu, a silent auction, and twenty-plus, knee-slapping, musical numbers. Just think how great it will be to have your Valentine’s Day plans “all set” for an elegant evening that will serve a life-saving cause.


“Girls Can Do Anything” On June 26, 2013, girls of all ages from the OASIS “Girls Can Do Anything” summer camp held a car wash at Kia AutoSport of Tallahassee. Summer camp activities are designed to enhance leadership development, decision-making skills, self-esteem, and embrace how much fun it is to be a girl! The girls used their leadership skills to raise and donate $668 to the TMH Foundation for direct patient care in the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center.

Cards for a Cure Honoree Erin Petscher is a stay-at-home mother raising two daughters -- a five-year-old and a two-year-old. She is upbeat and full of hope. But, in October 2011, at age 32, Erin noticed a lump that had seemingly developed while breastfeeding her youngest daughter. A month later she learned she had Stage 4 Inductive Ductal Carcinoma, and it had spread to her lymph nodes, lungs, and spine. Statistically, Erin was quite young to develop breast cancer, and it is very rare for the disease to spread so quickly from the time of the initial diagnosis. She appeared to be a statistical anomaly. Published data suggested a survival period of only one to five years. Erin and her husband, Yaacov, have a strong faith that sustains them in crisis, so they did not let this news dim their hope.

Erin Petscher, 2013 Cards for a Cure Honoree

Erin later discovered that her paternal grandmother died of the same disease. Prior to diagnosis, Erin was unaware of any family history of breast cancer but she had always been healthy, and no red flags had appeared during routine physical exams.

Initially, Erin and Yaacov had no family nearby to help when she began an aggressive treatment program. This burden was immediately eased by her father and mother moving to town, and the outpouring of help from the community. People ranging from close friends to complete strangers sent notes, gifts, money, and food. Erin created a blog, asked for prayers on her behalf, and soon people from all 50 states and 11 different countries were praying for complete healing. Erin visited several physicians with the hope of finding a promising new treatment or a different opinion about her diagnosis. However, every expert quickly told her there was no cure, no chance of being cancer-free, no hope. She went through aggressive chemotherapy that targeted the primary tumor and her lungs. Erin explains, “There wasn’t a treatment goal for reaching inside my spine to kill the cancer there. Thus, a large group began praying specifically that the cancer inside those vertebrae would disappear. Then, my next PET scan results returned with news that brought real hope. After no surgeries and just three chemotherapy treatments, all the PRESENTS THE 8th ANNUAL metastases were gone! By the time I had a bilateral mastectomy at TMH and completed chemotherapy, my pathology Benefiting the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer report and follow-up PET scan showed I Center and Cancer Programs in Honor of was cancer-free.” Erin Petscher Erin has been cancer-free for almost a year and is grateful for the new outlook September 28, 2013 she has on life. She says, “I know that 7:00 p.m. - Midnight the physicians who were put in my path Tallahassee Automobile Museum were wise and all the medication helped Live Entertainment -dramatically. I thank God for my healing and extended life, and I am very aware Acme Rhythm & Blues that so few people have encouraging For sponsorship information, please call stories like this to tell.” Erin feels that Janet Borneman at the Tallahassee Memorial her new job is to spread hope to those HealthCare Foundation -- 850.431.4048. who don’t have it, and she is grateful for every day she gets to do so.

Cards for a Cure

Erin will be honored at the 2013 Cards for a Cure event to be held on September 28.

 | September–October tallahassee memorial healthcare foundation 196 2013


PURCHASE TICKETS Cards for a Cure $100 each

Cards for a Cure tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online at or by either calling or e-mailing Janet Borneman, Director of Planned Giving, TMH Foundation — 850.431.4048 or

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, its Foundation and the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center Salute and Honor the Donors, Sponsors and Volunteers who Supported The Ride for Hope 2013

Presenting Sponsor

Marketing & Promotions Sponsor

Swag Bag Sponsors WELLNESS SPONSORS Big Bend Transit, Inc. Bike SAG Virginia and Ruel Bradley, Jr. The Fresh Market Higher Ground Bicycle Co. Jimmy Martin Pathway Wellness Pepsi Cola Company Periodontal Associates of North Florida Nita and Matt Sherer Silver Digital Media Sunshine Cycles Tallahassee Democrat Tallahassee Surgical Associates Giles C. Toole, III JERSEY SPOT SPONSORS Capital City Harley Davidson Flightline Group Forms Management, Inc. John C. Kenny Law Firm PATLive St. John’s Episcopal Church Tallahassee Ear Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery, P.A. Tallahassee State Bank WATER STOP SPONSORS Capital City Cyclists Gulf Winds Track Club SunTrust Wacissa Pentecostal Holiness Church

Jersey Sponsor

Polar Water Bottles Sponsors ADVOCATE SPONSORS Linda Alexionok Cabot Lodge Sandra and Joseph Darnell Jeb MacVittie Sally Mahnken Sodexo Marpan Supply Company, Inc. Almena and Brooks Pettit FRIENDS OF HOPE Ajax Construction Barbara Allen Pam and Paul Anderson Jennifer Bendewish Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Cabot Lodge Capital Ice Company Catalina Café Circle K Stores Costco Damn Good Bikes LLC Teddi Davies Donna and William Dugger ECB Pro LLC Fenn Chiropractic, Inc First Florida Credit Union Fitness Pro, Inc. Florida Autism Center Mary and Teman Gandy Elaine and James Geissinger The Great Bicycle Shop Alice and Bill Grow Susan and George Gwynn Mart Hill

Lunch Sponsors

Expo Dinner Sponsor Howdy’s Rent A Toilet Heather Huggins Raquel Jarosz Barbara and Ted Judd Nancy and Charles Killeen Gary Knox Lina S. Knox Maribel and Brian Lockwood Charlotte Maguire, M.D. Pat Maier George and Vernice McDonald Laurye and James Messer John and Jayne Mittan Carol and Edgar Moore Nell and Joshua Morse Sally and Richard Musgrove North Florida Fair Association Mary Leslie and John Olson Gary Parsons Susan and Alan Plotts PPG Porter Paints Jerald Price Elizabeth and M. Julian Proctor Susan and Martin Proctor Leslie and Charlie Redding RedEye Velo Junior Cycling Race Team DeShea and H. Cole Rimes Jean and E. Grover Rivers Betty Ann and Jim Rodgers Linda and Arnold Rogers Sam’s Club Skillfully Sculpted Eleanor and J. Orson Smith, M.D. Mary Solomon Starbucks

Timing Sponsor

Family Fun Sponsor Lorena and Jack Sutherland Tasty Pastry Catering Angela Turner Ultimate Image Auto, Inc. Unique Concepts in Marketing, LLC United Rentals Linda and Charles Yates SUPPORTERS Earline Adkison William Blanton Eileen and Donald Bourassa Bruegger’s Bagels Linda Campbell Anita and Robert Cristosi Epilepsy Association of the Big Bend Amelia and Albert Ferkany James Harnish Bessie and Wilbur Harrelson Lori and Erich Hauser Mary Gene and Halley Lewis Cindy and C. Glen McDuffie Lloyd Munroe National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Cassandra Pont Jillian Reed Katharine Richardson Harry Smith Mark Sommers Neddy and Dewitt Sumners Nancy and Thomas Trunda Emily Waugh

|  tallahassee memorial healthcare foundation ADVERTORIAL September–October 2013 197

Make Your Reservations NOW for

TEE OFF FOR TOTS Dinner Carnival and Golf Tournament

The 20th Annual Tee Off for Tots Dinner Carnival and Golf Tournament are set, respectively, for October 20 and 21. The proceeds from both events will be divided equally between the Proctor Endowment for Children with Diabetes who are served at the Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center and Tallahassee Memorial Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for children with a variety of conditions and treatment requirements. Your generosity, support and participation in Tee Off for Tots will positively influence the lives and medical outcomes of thousands of infants and children and their families. Thank you very much.

INFORMATION HOTLINE Please call or e-mail Bonnie Cannon at the TMH Foundation: 850.431.4590 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

ON-LINE OPPORTUNITY To make a secure on-line Golf and/or Dinner/Car

RafďŹ&#x201A;e reservation or a donation, please visit and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make a Donationâ&#x20AC;? followed by a click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Secure Credit Card Donation.â&#x20AC;? For designation, select â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other,â&#x20AC;? and enter Golf (Gold Team, Team, Individual or Donation) or enter Dinner/Car RafďŹ&#x201A;e and the number of tickets.

Deadline for entries is 10/10/13 Indicate Choice(s) of Participation r Gold Team of 4 players r Team of 4 players r Individual players r Games Within Games (per player)

$ 2,000 $ 1,200 $ 300 $ 25

Select Tee Time (based on availability) r 8:00 a.m. Flight r 1:30 p.m. Flight Team or Individual Name_________________ Contact Name ________________________ Address ____________________________ City, State, Zip ________________________ E-Mail _____________________________ Phone _____________________________ Player 1 Handicap _________ (must be submitted) Player 2 Handicap _________ (must be submitted) Player 3 Handicap _________ (must be submitted) Player 4 Handicap _________ (must be submitted)

Total enclosed $ ____________ for Golf Tournament/ Games Within Games Total enclosed $ ____________ for RafďŹ&#x201A;e Tickets I am unable to attend, but wish to make a donation of $ ___________ for the Proctor Endowment for Children with Diabetes and Pediatric Programs at TMH. Please either make checks payable to TMH Foundation and designate for Tee Off for Tots or complete the credit card information below. r Visa r Mastercard r Discover r AmEx Card Holder Name _________________________ Credit Card # ____________________________ Exp. Date ______________________________

Address _____________________________ E-Mail ______________________________ Phone ______________________________ Signature ____________________________

DINNER CARNIVAL Sunday, October 20, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Cocktails & Dinner (catered by The Seinyard) sþþRaffle - Win a new 2014 Honda CRV EX sþþRaffle - Other select prizes sþþþRaffle tickets are $75 each and include admission to the Dinner Carnival.

GOLF TOURNAMENT Monday, October 21, 2013

Rain Date - Thursday, October 24, 2013

Golden Eagle Country Club Two Flights: 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Registration: 7:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Every effort will be made to accommodate requests for specific flight times. Soft spikes, please.

Awards Reception


Games Within Games

There are 5 contests: sþþ,ONGESTþ0UTT sþþ0UTTINGþ#ONTEST sþþ#LOSESTþTOþ0INþ sþþ(OLE )N /NEþONþ3PECIFIEDþ(OLE sþþ3TRAIGHTESTþ$RIVEþINþ&AIRWAY þ 9ARDþ-INIMUM In addition to the Hole-in-One opportunity under Games Within Games, ALL PLAYERS will be eligible to win* an all-new 2014 Subaru BRZ with a Hole-In-One on the 17th hole! *Hole-In-One Terms and Conditions Apply.

Format: Captainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice Scramble

All players hit their tee shot. The captain selects the best shot and all players hit their second shot from that point. This format repeats until the ball is in the hole.


Lunch will be served between rounds.


There are multiple opportunities for major sponsorships. Please call or e-mail Bonnie Cannon at the TMH Foundation: 850.431.4590 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

Gold Team of 4 players


Name on Tournament Board, Tee and Green, 4 Tournament Gift Bags, 8 tickets to Dinner Carnival, 4 Games Within Games Tickets

Team of 4 Players


Name on Tournament Board, 4 Tournament Gift Bags

Individual Player


1 Tournament Gift Bag

Games Within Games

Sponsored by

ď&#x2122;&#x2021;198| tallahassee memorial healthcare foundation ADVERTORIAL Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

*Per Player


The Chrome Divas’ 12TH Annual Poker Run Serves A Woman’s Place at Tallahassee Memorial

Bowling for Diabetes Supports Diabetes Camp Scholarships

The Chrome Divas of Tallahassee, a local women’s motorcycle group, will host its 12TH Annual Breast Cancer Poker Run on Sunday, October 13, 2013. “This is a passionate and enthusiastic fund-raising event to support A Woman’s Place at Tallahassee Memorial and to advocate for women in the community who are dealing with breast cancer,” said Mary Youngblood, 2013 Chrome Divas and Poker Run Director. The Poker Run will start at the Tallahassee Harley-Davidson on Capital Circle North West with the first bikes out at 9:30 a.m., last bikes out at 10:30 a.m., and end with lunch, festivities, music, and prizes at the K and K Fish Camp on Lake Iamonia.

The Beta Lambda Sigma Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, also known as the Tallahassee Sigmas, visited the Florida Diabetes Camp for Children in Gretna on Friday, June 28, to personally deliver a donation of $2,000, representing the proceeds from the organization’s sixth annual Bowling for Diabetes event at Capital Lanes. According to Errick Farmer, the Sigmas’ Immediate Past President, “The goal of the Tallahassee Sigmas is both to raise funds for the Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center’s scholarship fund for children with diabetes and to heighten awareness of the Diabetes Center’s role with respect to diabetes education and treatment.”

Continuing, Ms. Youngblood noted, “The Divas enjoy partnering with the TMH Foundation and A Woman’s Place to benefit women in the community who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer or those who are recovering, surviving, and needing support.” The Divas are tireless in their efforts to help, and many members -- through personal experience -- understand how important it is to have resources, education, and support throughout treatment after a diagnosis of breast cancer. A Woman’s Place at Tallahassee Memorial is fully accredited by The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. to serve women who require breast prosthesis, mastectomy bras, and post surgical garments related to mastectomies, lumpectomies, reconstruction, or other breast surgeries. Certified Mastectomy Fitters provide personal and private fittings. Other products available are compression garments for those diagnosed with Lymphedema and hats, wigs, and skin care for those receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Lymphedema occurs when the lymph vessels are unable to transport lymph fluid back into circulation and it accumulates in specific areas of the body, resulting in swelling and thickening of the skin. Since there is no cure for lymphedema, the goal is to reduce the swelling and to maintain the reduction of fluid. This effective treatment program is achieved by Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) and the wearing of compression garments. Surgical procedures such as mastectomies, lumpectomies with radiation, and/or removal of the lymph nodes are the most common causes of lymphedema, which most commonly occurs in the arms but may also develop in the chest and legs. Sherry Kendrick, A Woman’s Place Manager, concluded, “A Woman’s Place is truly appreciative of the hard work the Chrome Divas of Tallahassee put into the Poker Run each year. We are honored to have such an amazing group of women support each other within our community, and our patients are truly grateful for this wonderful gift as well.”

Rickie Williams, the Sigmas’ current President, noted, “The Sigmas have engaged in fundraising for six years to benefit children with diabetes and will continue the Bowling for Diabetes initiative, with the help of the TMH Foundation, in the years to come. The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity brothers thoroughly enjoy the bowling event; however, the real joy comes when we visit the camp each year to present the gift and to have dinner with the kids.” Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center Director Dawn Smith said, “The Diabetes Center is grateful for the Tallahassee Sigmas’ efforts to promote the mutual goal of diabetes education, decreasing complications from this disease, and providing opportunities for more children in the Big Bend area to attend Diabetes Camp.”

The Chrome Divas were honored in 2007 for fund-raising efforts within the community on behalf of women and children as the Outstanding Fund-Raising Organization in the region during the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Big Bend Chapter’s celebration of National Philanthropy Day. For further information or to make a donation to benefit A Woman’s Place, please contact Judi Taber at or call 850.431.5904. Sherry Kendrick, Manager of A Woman’s Place at Tallahassee Memorial, and Jasmine Calhoun, Image Recovery Specialist, work at the registration table for last year’s Poker Run and will be there again for 2013. Supporters and participants – Chase Wainwright, Toni McDonald, Gwen Drake, and Lisa Vince -- are pictured on the steps of Tallahassee Harley-Davidson.

During a festive camp dinner, Larry C. Deeb M.D., one of the six Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center Medical Directors; Dawn Smith, Tallahassee Memorial Diabetes Center Director; Judi Taber, TMH Foundation Annual Giving Officer; join ALL of the Diabetes Camp children, counselors and staff in thanking the Tallahassee Sigmas.

|  tallahassee memorial healthcare foundation ADVERTORIAL September–October 2013 199

FSU College of Medicine Donates $108,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and other Children’s Health Initiatives at Tallahassee Memorial Dance Marathon, Florida State University’s largest student-run philanthropy, celebrated its 18TH anniversary in March by raising a record-setting $701,493.16 for the Children’s Miracle Network at Shands Hospital and the FSU College of Medicine’s pediatric outreach programs. “Each year, since 2004, the FSU College of Medicine has donated a portion of its gift share to the TMH Foundation for the advancement of neonatal intensive care and other children’s health initiatives at Tallahassee Memorial. For this generous support, TMH and those it serves are profoundly grateful,” said Paula Fortunas, TMH Foundation President and CEO. Alma Littles, M.D., FSU College of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Academic Affairs, further explained, “Proceeds from the Dance Marathon help the College of Medicine meet its mission of service to rural and underserved populations. For example, portions of these funds are used to deliver preventive and healthcare services to students in the Gadsden County school system, and the dollars donated to the TMH Foundation support the life-saving services and care delivered in the Tallahassee Memorial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that serves a 17-county, primarily rural, region in North Florida and South Georgia. The hard work of our dedicated FSU students who participate in Dance Marathon comes to fruition every day in the Tallahassee Memorial Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and in the surrounding rural counties. Our medical students appreciate the challenges these babies and children face early in life, and having exposure to them in rural settings is a vital part of their medical education.” According to Ryan Ellison, FSU 2014 Dance Marathon Executive Director, “We are already gearing up for Dance Marathon 2014 and are ready to take it to the next level. Actually, working with Dr. Littles and Mrs. Fortunas is a lot of fun, and the support Dance Marathon receives from them, the College of Medicine and Tallahassee Memorial is immeasurable. It is so gratifying to see that Dance Marathon at FSU is making a difference in Tallahassee and the surrounding rural areas and that it is helping those who need it most.” Alma Littles, M.D., FSU College of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Academic Affairs, and Paula Fortunas, TMH Foundation President and CEO, are surrounded from left to right by members of the 2013 FSU Dance Marathon’s Leadership Team: Andrew Kampel, Jonathan Lubin, Ryan Ellison, Catalina Quintana, Karli Sherman, Pauly Bunn, and Joe Crozier.

TALLAHASSEE MEMORIAL EMERGENCY CENTER – NORTHEAST OPENED IN AUGUST Now serving patients across the Big Bend, the new freestanding Tallahassee Memorial Emergency CenterNortheast opened in August with a community “open house” event. Specifically designed to meet the increasing needs of community growth, the new center is providing the region with more convenient access to emergency care and includes special features for children and senior patients and their families. Hospitality is a central focus of the new center, and the facility offers a number of amenities for patients and visitors, such as separate entrances for children and adults and a children’s play area with an iPad bar preloaded with kid-friendly games to help young patients and their siblings feel relaxed during visits. There is also a designated sick kids’ room that provides a restful space for children who have contagious conditions. Other features of the center aim to enhance care for patients of all ages -- such as the state-of-the-art radiology suite -- but are especially beneficial for seniors. The building was designed for ease of navigation, and in each treatment room, dimmers have been installed to adjust lighting conditions to each patient’s preference. In addition, the center’s technologically-advanced beds and stretchers have comfortable, thickly-padded mattresses, and built-in scales allowing patients to be weighed without moving. Color-coded uniforms identify members of the staff, and frosted glass doors throughout the building ensure patient privacy and promote a sterile environment. To expedite care, the Emergency Center-Northeast has four vertical treatment spaces for those patients who are able and who wish to sit up during their entire visit. The new emergency center is located immediately south of the Thomasville Road and I-10 interchange on Metropolitan Boulevard.

Protocols for Philanthropy will return in the November/December issue of Tallahassee

Magazine. Tallahassee Memorial is profoundly grateful to you — its community of donors — for your loyal support and expressions of confidence. Paula S. Fortunas, President/CEO, TMH Foundation

1331 East Sixth Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida 32303 Telephone: 850.431.5389 Facsimile: 850.431.4483 E-Mail: Website:

200 September–October 2013

To Make a Secure On-Line Donation: Please visit Click on Make a Donation and then Click on Secure Credit Card Donation.

»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Tallahassee Magazine’s Top Singles July 20, 2013 Tallahassee Magazine’s Top Singles event took place Saturday, July 20, in the Horizon Ballroom at Hotel Duval. The event boasted 16 of Tallahassee’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, who graced the stage to raise money for their favorite charities. DJ Reese Darlington provided the music and emcee Greg Tish kept the crowd entertained.

Marc and Pam Bauer

Kimberly Swanson, Jennifer Marks and Carrie McNeill

// photos by Chuck Simpson

Boone Hodges, Sarah Surprenant and Kyle Matthew

Brian Webb and Jaren Solomon

Top Singles Online For more photos and videos from the Top Singles party, visit Ryan Lund and Gina Pitisci

Courtney Dunham and Gabrielle Barrett September–October 2013


Top-of-the-line motorcoaches with on-board restrooms, reclining seats, luggage compartments, TVs throughout, DVD player and Wi-Fi. JJJ Services include but not limited to school field trips, athletic team travel, family reunions, church events, airport transfers, cruise terminal transportation JJJ Personable, professional safe drivers JJJ Our buses range from 27 to 57 passenger capacity.

Tallaha ssee’s O nly

JJJ Don’t forget our limousines for your special occasions! 202 September–October 2013


Mike’s L Mike’s Limousine imousine aand nd C Charter harter Buses Buses 31099 W 3109 W.. Tennessee Tenn Te nnes nn esse es seee St se St.. Ta Tallahassee alllah ahas has asse seee | 85 se 850850-251-6453 0 255101-64 6453 64 53 | w 53 ww.llim imom omik ikke. e co om

»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Covenant Hospice Chocolate Affair March 9, 2013 Covenant Hospice hosted its annual fundraiser, A Chocolate Affair, at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. Guests enjoyed an array of chocolate desserts, dancing, silent auction and dessert competition. Proceeds from the event benefited underfunded programs of Covenant Hospice. // Photos courtesy of Covenant Hospice Donna Boyle and Elizabeth Schlein

Mary Graddick, Carol and Rick Stewart

Gene Deckerfhoff

2nd Annual Rock the Pink Lip Sync April 21, 2013 Over 300 people attended a benefit for the Tallahassee Memorial Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center. The event lived up to its name both in the sea of pink worn by the audience members and the rockin’ lip syncs performed.  Held at the American Legion Hall, the event featured a silent auction, delectable baked goods, free pizza donated by Little Caesars and hilarious lip sync acts by local personalities who lent their sass, style and humor to performances of favorite songs. // Photos courtesy of Rock The Pink Lip Sync

JoAnne Suggs, Colette Washington, Gil Ziffer, Paula Fortunas, Laurie Hartsfield, Janet Borneman and Gail Ziffer

Artopia June 22, 2013 Art aficionados and Big Bend Cares supporters came out in force at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center for the 15th annual Artopia event. More than 1,000 attendees perused offerings across four different rooms chock full of art in all mediums, including watercolor, photography, ceramic, wood carving, sculpture and more. Monies raised from the event will go to help those affected by HIV/ AIDs in the Big Bend region.

Kristin Dozier, Raina West and Ben Wiggins

Joshua Bual and Jimmy Martin

// Photos by Caroline Conway

Will Davis and Rebekah Smith

Ryan Poole, Mark Mustian, Greta Sliger and David Campbell September–October 2013


204 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

»culture SOCIAL STUDIES Brehon Blue Ribbon Bash April 13, 2013 The 8th annual Blue Ribbon Bash was held at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum. Guests enjoyed a lively evening of dancing, live and silent auctions and a “Best Dressed in Blue” contest. Event proceeds benefited Brehon Institute for Family Services Inc.

Diane and Rick Atkinson

Teresa and Jim Morris

// photos by Eric Banks

Angel and D’Lo Trejo

Michael and Jamie Combs

Midtown Barre Crawl June 1, 2013 What better way to kick off summer than with tutus and drink specials? Tallahassee Ballet supporters gathered in Midtown for a Saturday afternoon Midtown Barre Crawl. The event offered drink samples and a map for several different Midtown watering holes, as well as commemorative cups and T-shirts, with proceeds benefiting the Tallahassee Ballet.

Shannon Grooters and Betsy Couch

Ramsey Safley, Katie Hansli, Natalie Sellers, Jennifer White, Caroline Ray and Laura Block

// photos by Shannon Grooters

Marianne Brooks, Laura Ward, Courtney Ewing, Liz Snowden and Christy Oberste September–October 2013


Walton Monk and Paul Watts, CEO Electronet Broadband Communications

RE AL CUSTOMERS . RE AL ISSUES . RE AL SOLUTIONS . For many years, we have used Electronet as our Internet service provider. We were hoping to improve our telephone experience, so we inquired about their business bundle. Electronet was able to bundle our voice, long distance and Internet. It enhanced our service and saved us money at the same time. We really have enjoyed having a local telecommunications company service our business needs. They have been extremely responsive to all of our needs, and we would recommend them highly to anyone looking for a more reliable communications company. Walton Monk

3 4 1 1 C a p i t a l M e d i c a l B l v d . Ta l l a h a s s e e , F L | 2 2 2 . 0 2 2 9 | w w w. e l e c t r o n e t . n e t 206 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

»culture THE BUZZ

Thank you for your continuous support!


Kim Eldridge, formerly



Welcome to The Buzz, Tallahassee Magazine’s column created to share who’s where and what they’re doing. While we try to flit around with all of Tallahassee’s social butterflies, the Buzz can’t be everywhere. Send the skinny on your next soiree to zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee (you know, the round blue one on Tennessee Street) turned one year old and threw itself a two-day party June 28 and 29. Thunderstorms on Friday night chased revelers — as well as the entertainment, the band The Gypsy Darlings and the Full Moon Bandits — inside, and the hotel’s Juicy Blue restaurant and bar was full of fun. Peter Walstra, director of operations for the hotel’s parent company, Union Hotel Management, came to town to greet guests. Also enjoying the night — which included appetizers galore, signature blue martinis and birthday cake shooters, and blue cupcakes — were Dan Parisi, Steve Wilkins, Tina Schmitz, Jon Fistel, Ali Rehwinkel, Gary Fogleman, Caroline Conway, Marjorie Stone, Chris Risalvato, Chuck Simpson, Dowanna Howard, Sean Donovan, Lisa Ferrier and Joel Silver.

from Chelsea Salon and

acuity therapeutic

Spa, has moved to Acuity

massage & bodywork

and Bodywork.

Therapeutic Massage

850.774.4414 acuity therapeutic massage & bodywork 1910 Buford Blvd., Suite A | License Number: MA38783 and MM 31020

850-927-2604 sgiout

Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Sales and Rentals

Hobie Mirage Drive Dealer The hands free kayak! Check out the new models at the Seafood Festival Nov. 1-2 in Apalachicola.


• Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states or all GEICO companies. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, D.C. 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. subsidiary. GEICO Gecko Image © 1999-2012 © 2012 GEICO


Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was the featured speaker at the Leon County Democratic Party’s Collins-Steele Dinner, held at Florida State’s University Center Club. Tallahassee’s own Allison Tant rallied the faithful as the Democratic Party’s state chair following a welcome from Altha Manning. Darryl Steele performed music and former Gov. Bob Graham introduced Wasserman Schultz. He was accompanied by his wife, Adele, and his daughter, Gwen Graham, who is running for the U.S. congressional seat now held by Republican Rep. Steve Southerland. Also on hand were Denise Norton, Jill Bixler, Mary Anne and Duncan Moore, Walli Beall and Mart Hill.

We rock! September–October 2013


Planning Early About Care at the End

a Program of Big Bend Hospice

The ongoing discussion begins with an assessment of your motivation, your knowledge and your beliefs regarding health care at the end of your life. This assessment helps you articulate your preferences, values and goals. The facilitator will ask questions like: What activities or experiences are most important to you to live well? (What gives your life meaning?) What fears or worries do you have about your illness or medical care? (What services or needs are important to you?) What helps you face serious challenges in your life? (What religious or spiritual beliefs are important to you?)

Big Bend Hospiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PEACE Program 1MBOOJOHt&BSMZt"CPVUt$BSFtBUUIF&OE

Respecting Choices is a well-developed and proven systematic approach to helping people articulate their wishes for end-of-life health care. It uses certified healthcare facilitators who have been trained in helping people have ongoing discussions about important issues like: tXIPUIFZXBOUUPTQFBLGPSUIFNJOUIFFWFOUUIFZDPVMEOPUTQFBLGPSUIFNTFMWFT tXIBU treatments they want and do not want tIPXUIFZXPVMEMJLFUPCFSFNFNCFSFECZUIPTFwho matter most. These desires are captured on a document like Five Wishes, and a reliable system is set in place to ensure the document is available as needed. This is a free service available to the public through Big Bend Hospice. Respecting ChoicesJTBOPUGPSQSPÄ&#x2022;U D  DPSQPSBUJPOXIPTFNJTTJPOJTUPBTTJTUPSHBOJ[BUJPOT DPNNVOJUJFT BOE JOEJWJEVBMTXPSMEXJEFJOJNQMFNFOUJOHBEWBODFDBSFQMBOOJOHQSBDUJDFTUIBUTVQQPSUJOGPSNFEIFBMUIDBSFEFDJTJPOT

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a PEACE Program facilitator please contact Big Bend Hospice at 850-878-5310 or 800-772-5862. 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308 Â&#x2021;ZZZELJEHQGKRVSLFHRUJ 208 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013

»culture THE BUZZ zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

bedfellows fine





Open Mon–Fri 10–6, Sat 10–4 and open 1–5 Sundays in December.

With an audience of loyal fans in attendance, two of Tallahassee’s most beloved musicians, Grant Peeples and Sara Mac, recorded an album of Americana-style music “Live at the Mockingbird” at Midtown’s Mockingbird Café. The band included trumpeter Longineau Parsons, Erik Alvar on bass, guitarist Danny Goddard and fiddler Rebecca Zapen. In the audience were Ginny Weeks, Nola Conn, Anne Schroeder, Vicki Onfrey, Krista Stephens, Carla Stephens, Teri McNeill, Lisa Smith, Wendy Trawick, Shanna Williford, and Louise and Caroline Heidenreich. Want to hear their music for yourself? Download it from iTunes or visit

1495 Market St.



On June 23rd more than 200 people joined Elder Care Services Inc. as it hosted its inaugural “A Night in Paris” fundraising event at Hotel Duval. Guests enjoyed a variety of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, entertainment, a chance to win raffle items and a special award ceremony recognizing ECS volunteers who have served the Meals on Wheels program for 20 years or more. The $40,000 proceeds from the event benefit the Meals on Wheels (MOW) program and directly offset federal funding cuts due to sequestration. U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland attended to honor the distinguished volunteers and to speak to the growing need for the program in North Florida.  Of the more than 624 volunteers, whose routes are coordinated daily by Donna Walkup and Dianne Jacobs (who received special recognition because she is retiring), 17 were honored for their dedication and the length of their commitment to the MOW program.  Mr. and Mrs. Ledley Brown and their daughter, Lou, were honored for 40 years of service and were recognized earlier this year as 2013 ECS Philanthropists of the Year. Also honored were Denise Cawthorn (20 years), Moira Desloge (21 years), Mina Fernandez (25 years), Mr. and Mrs. Al Fletcher (23 years), Grace Lutheran Church (22 years), Della Haugabrook (22 years), Jeff Jennings (22 years), Billie Jones (25 years), Nancy Kerce (25 years), Mr. and Mrs. John W. Larson (30 years), Joan MacMillian (40 years), Joan McGowan (posthumously, 23 years), Elease Ray (30 years), Joe Rizza (22 years), Janet Wells (25 years), and Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Worthen (25 years). Also on hand were ECS staff members Mark D. Baldino, Amber Tynan and Michael Henderson. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Ask any Top Single and they’ll tell you their greatest fear is walking on stage as the bidding begins and hearing … crickets. It’s never happened in four years, but savvy singles have ginned up their chances for success by holding preevent fundraisers for their chosen charities. Hunter+Harp’s Director of Food and Beverage and Top Single Steve Adams took it to the next level — make that Level 8 — at

Locally Owned 2915 Kerry Forest Parkway, Suite 605 • 850-765-1854 Jewelry & Gift Boutique September–October 2013


Win Swag from Tmag Text TMAG to 90947 For your chance to win prizes and trips. You will also receive special text message offers from the exclusive club of local vendors below. Gain access to events, promotions, invitations, offers and more.

210 Septemberâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 2013 Text STOP to 90947 to opt out.

»culture THE BUZZ Hotel Duval for a Top Chef competition pitting The Front Porch Executive Chef Joe Rego and Hotel Duval’s Executive Chef Chris Leynes in head-to-head competition. The duo whipped up four sets of appetizers before the event featuring pork belly, tomatillo, peaches and black beans that were judged by the crowd of 100-plus foodies on hand. But during the evening’s festivities, the chefs were required to create a dessert using a secret ingredient — avocado. Emcees Marc and Pam Bauer kept a running commentary while the cooking was going on and, at the end of the night, Leynes was declared the winner, producing mini avocado/ lime pound cakes with cream cheese frosting and pistachios. Judges included City Commissioner Scott Maddox, Rick Oppenheim, Chuck Urban, County Commissioner Bryan Desloge, Arthur Huynh and the always-electric Marsha Doll, who offset the guys in suit jackets with her rainbowstriped sequined dress. Joy Moore was enjoying the festivities, along with her son, Jack, and daughter, Anna (who was accompanied by her boyfriend, John Adams, who happens to be Steve Adams’ son and the kitchen manager at The Front Porch). Also on hand were Alicia New and Vince Cartwright, Gina Pistici, Darcy Cavell, DJ James and Jessica Scully, Jo Anne Suggs, Carrie and Chase McNeill, Dana Brooks, Colette Washington, Dean Faulkenberry (aka Mr. Marsha Doll) and Tyler Husom. Cheney Brothers donated foodstuffs, Republic National Distributing Company provided the libations and by the end of the evening, Adams had raised $13,000 for two local nonprofits, Cards for a Cure and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Cindy and Randy Briley hosted a reception in their lovely Killearn Estates home to welcome the new executive director of the Leon County Humane Society, Abby Ouimet. Several members of the LCHS staff, leadership and supporters were on hand to meet her, including Warren and Sandra Schoenfisch, Liz and Bob Maryanski, Chuck and Patty Mitchell, Gerry Phipps, Jim Croushorn, Barb Hatch, Frank and Peper Willis, Barb Gershman, Ramona and Rick Cumbie, Hella and Michael Spellman, Tracey and Jonathan Van Hook and Laura and Clint Brewer. It’s actually a homecoming of sorts for Abby and her husband. The couple met at an FSU Dance Marathon when he was in medical school (a member of the school’s first graduating class) and she was an undergrad, moving to California after graduation. Since their return, Dr. Adam Ouimet has joined the staff at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital as an emergency room physician. n September–October 2013



212 September–October 2013



Natural Abundance A Review of Tallahassee’s Expanding Natural Food Selection By Laura Bradley // Photos by Scott Holstein


ith Whole Foods Market moving in, Tallahassee now has five distinct options for fresh, natural groceries — a surprising selection for a city its size. On the surface, it might appear that the competition would be too stiff to allow all four to coexist, but upon closer inspection it becomes clear that these businesses each bring something unique to the table, with different approaches and selections that will combine to serve Tallahassee a hefty, healthful grocery selection.

The New Kid on the Block

For nearly 40 years, the home-grown New Leaf Market has been bringing natural foods to the local market.

With a much-anticipated debut on Oct. 15, the 40,000-squarefoot Whole Foods Market promises to be Tallahassee’s largest source for natural grocery options. While the chain’s size might seem intimidating, executive marketing coordinator Russ Benblatt stressed that Whole Foods has very clear priorities — and foremost among them are the customers. “We never want to get so big that we lose connection with our customers,” he said, explaining their business model. Stores are grouped into regions, and authority is decentralized across them. Florida is actually the only state with its own region, with 18 open stores and five more in development. Benblatt added that Whole Foods makes serious efforts to listen to customers — all feedback they receive gets read and answered. Whole Foods operates with seven core values, the first of which is to provide the highest quality natural and organic products available. On a local level, this means doing some homework and linking up with local sources. “We try to source our products as locally as possible … . We actually know the farmers that grow the products that we sell,” said September–October 2013


»food Flavor

Ben Vasilinda

850 228-7208

Landscaping & Lawncare,LLC. Licensed & Insured

u lawn maintenance u tree trimming u debris removal

u roof & Gutter Clean-outs u Pressure Washing u overgrown lot Clean-up

CommerCial u residential 214 September–October 2013

Benblatt. If a product cannot be found locally, the store turns to regional sources and finally national sources as a last resort if the product cannot be found nearby. Benblatt continued to explain how exciting the Tallahassee opening is — for the company, as well as the community. “We’ve been wanting to open a store in Tallahassee for such a long time … Every single person I’ve spoken to in Tallahassee is excited for us.” When the Miracle 5 space opened up, Whole Foods saw an opportunity in the Midtown location, convenient to both downtown and the populous northeast. Details of the store are still in the works, but Benblatt said that there would be a hot bar with more than 100 options and a salad bar with over 50. Like all Whole Foods stores, the Tallahassee location will stock only unprocessed, organic foods in their most natural state possible. Foods with artificial preservatives, colors and flavors do not make it onto the shelves. Additionally, the store will partner with local farmers and CSAs, functioning as a drop point free of charge. Ultimately, Benblatt said, their efforts up until opening will be focused on getting to know Tallahassee’s community. Selections are tailored store-to-store to suit community need. “What the community in Tallahassee is asking for is, I imagine, light years away from what South Beach is asking for,” he explained with a laugh. In addition to retail selection, the store promises to bring its other usual programs, too, including cooking classes and demonstrations, community events and donations to local food banks and charities.

A Local Cooperative Effort

While Whole Foods is the new kid on the block, home-grown New Leaf Market has been serving up a heaping helping of natural and organic food to Tallahassee since 1974. It started off as the Leon County Food Co-op and changed its name to New Leaf in 1989. As a co-op, New Leaf’s structure is different from corporate chains. “It means that any person can become part owner of this store,” explained Cristin Burns, New Leaf’s marketing and project manager. “We are owned by the people who shop here, and that means a lot of different things. It means that as an owner, you actually have voting rights for our board of director’s elections. If we were to change something drastic about the way we function, that has to go to a vote of our owners. It also means that you get special sale prices that only our owners get.” Additionally, New Leaf’s owners enjoy seminar discounts and a portion of profits in rebate checks. Becoming an owner costs $100, with an additional $5 administrative fee. Ownership can be fully refunded at any time, although many choose to leave their ownership fee with New Leaf even after moving away; of the 10,000 owners, only 5,500 are active, meaning the rest chose to leave their money to support the co-op. Another part of being a co-op, says Burns, is that it gives the store a triple bottom line. Like any other commercial enterprise, making money to stay afloat is one goal, but additionally Burns emphasized New Leaf’s commitment to educating the community and also giving back — to the tune of thousands of dollars


each year, volunteer hours and product donations. In fact, the store has an entire department dedicated to community outreach and giving back. “We’re not only locally owned, but we’re also supporting local businesses,” she said. “I know a lot of places — a lot of corporate chains — talk the talk really, really well when it comes to local, but when you actually go in the store to look for local products, you have a hard time finding them.” Supporting local businesses is important, says Burns, because for every dollar spent at a local business, 68 cents stays in that local community. When local businesses support one another, After experiencing this compounds to form huge benefits for or hearing about the local economy. the appeal of Whole New Leaf’s selection is composed of Foods in other cities, locals are anxiously “clean” products only — all natural and awaiting the opening organic. Very rarely, a conventional item of the newly built from a local vendor might be allowed in, store in mid-October. but is always clearly marked so that shoppers know that it is not certified organic. As many local items (from within 200 miles of Tallahassee) as possible are stocked and displayed prominently on shelves to support these local sources. No foods at New Leaf contain artificial additives or colorings. There is also a special order program, so shoppers can access other items not readily available in the store. Burns emphasized that New Leaf also offers plenty of opportunities for families to save money with weekly coupons (and additional owner coupons). “Our prices are very competitive,” she added. “If you’re comparing our natural and organic to natural and organic at other locations, we are right there with them; we’re as good and sometimes even better.” This, paired with a family atmosphere and co-op business model, makes the store a welcoming and fun place to shop — for dedicated owners and newcomers alike.

A Homegrown Open-Air Market

Opened in the ’60s, Tomatoland is Tallahassee’s oldest source of fresh produce. Butch Reagan, its current owner, bought the store from his father-in-law in 1987. All possible produce is locally sourced, with a few stand-ins from California for products that cannot be grown nearby. “We try to sell everything that is pretty much local to this area,” said Reagan. “Fruits and vegetables, and things like mayhaw jellies — things that are obviously Southern things.” Four years ago, the store added a commercial kitchen, and now the little lunch spot comprises about 40 percent of Tomatoland’s business — particularly in the winter months, when people are less inclined to shop outside.

Bert Morales, M.D. Member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians

1140 Capital Circle SE Ste. 1 • 850.727.0356 850. 85 0.72 7277.03 0356 56 • w ww.h ww

Bert Ber B errt M Morales, ora rraaless, M.D. M.D D.. D

Accelerate l your weight lloss goals! l ! Private consultation with Physician

FDA Approved medications & supplements and nutritional plan to support your weight loss and health Vitamin B12 and B6 injections Advanced Skin Care Services

The Professional, Trusted Weight Loss Choice in Tallahassee recipes & designs printed on kitchen towels


ORDER ONLINE Available at fine locally owned stores: Bedfellows, Black Fig, Yarn Therapy, The Cake Shop September–October 2013


»food Flavor With Whole Foods moving in next door, Reagan knows things are going to change but also feels confident everything will resettle after a while. According to Reagan, every local grocery source — even Publix — will probably feel the new competitor’s impact for a time. “Tallahassee, you’ve got three colleges. You’ve got state government. You’ve got a lot of people coming and going; it’s growing and has been growing for as long as I can remember,” he said. “There’s a lot of people here; it’s a big market.” This big market, Reagan believes, is going to be able to support all grocery sources, once the dust settles and everyone gets used to having a Whole Foods. And while Whole Foods is certainly a bigger enterprise than Tomatoland, he believes that each store has its distinct advantages and disadvantages. “Whole Foods has got a lot more bells and whistles, but my thought is that people can’t get it any fresher,” he said, adding, “A lot of people are concerned about the economy, and I can be a lot cheaper.”

A National Chain with an Emphasis on Local

Cool eats

Garden Sandwich

Family owned and operated ffor 30 years Mon-Fri: 11 11am-9pm | Sat: 11am-5pm Capital Circle Open Sundays NORTH 1660-9 N. Monroe 386-4258

NORTHEAST 1415 Market St. 668-0311

216 September–October 2013

SOUTHEAST 1208 Capital Circle SE 325-6422

Founded in 1974 as Dinner for the Earth, Earthfare is one of the largest natural and organic food retailers in the country, with more than 28 stores across the Southeast and Midwest. The chain is driven by a “Food Philosophy” guiding what hits the shelves and what stays off of them. Their “Boot List” outlines ingredients that will not be stocked. “We do not allow anything in the store to contain high-fructose corn syrup, artificial fats or trans-fats, flavors and preservatives, as well as antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones in any of the fresh meats or dairy,” said Kristi Kanzig, Earthfare’s assistant director of marketing. The store’s goal is to provide a selection of great food as “close to the ground as it gets.” Kanzig stressed the importance of community commitment in Earthfare’s approach. Their website, she explained, is a perfect example. “Our new features three community goals that help us on our mission to connect communities and improve lives through food. These goals feature actions that bring people together around great food, and when we reach these goals we will reward the community as a whole by awarding $1,000 worth of physical education equipment to neighborhood schools,” she said. Customers keep coming back to Earthfare for the great food, customer service and coupons, according to Kanzig. The store has both weekly deals and freebies available online and also in-store coupons and paperless text coupons. Their commitment to ending childhood obesity has also led them to hold Family Dinner Night every Thursday from 4–8 p.m., offering a free kids dinner (up to six children) with the purchase of one adult meal. “It’s a great family-friendly night for an easy, healthy meal for the kids,” said Kanzig.

A Co-op Based on Mutual Aid

Bread and Roses is a co-op with a strong focus on its central philosophy. The idea of mutual aid, social justice and environmentalism plays a big part in how the store is run.

Another local favorite, Tomatoland features an outdoor fruit and vegetable market (left) as well as a country-style store (above) selling small-batch pantry items and freshcooked food.

“We’re a little bit different from a typical store in that we’re completely member-run, so everything is run on volunteer hours and volunteer time. We have no paid employees and no management,” explained Johnny Hill, one of the store’s keyholders. Members receive discounted rates in exchange for three hours of in-store volunteering per month and a lifetime fee of $125 ($100 of which is refundable). This keeps costs down and members closely involved with the store. The food is also selected in keeping with this philosophy; Monsanto and Nestle products will probably never hit Bread and Roses shelves, as food stocked in the store must be something members want. It also must make it through their ethics committee. Last year, Wild Greens (see story, page 218) opened next door to Bread and Roses, and while the two are separate entities, there is a lot of collaboration between them; they share a kitchen and split costs like utilities and rent. Many Wild Greens employees are also Bread and Roses members. In addition to all of the organic, GMO-free and local food options available in the store, Hill believes that the store’s ethics and atmosphere keep people coming back. “I think that they know how committed we are to sticking to our ethics … . I also think that this is a really great place for community in general, food aside,” he said, adding that not only friends, but also community organizations gather at the store to socialize and share ideas. n

BEST SEAFOOD MARKET September–October 2013


»food on the MENU

scott holstein

Wild Greens’ menu always includes a version of quiche. Owner Lia Chasar (below) with some of the raw — and local — ingredients she uses.

Healthful. Local. Meatless. Wild Greens Serves Up Hearty Fare All Day Long By Rosanne Dunkelberger When she envisioned Wild Greens Community Café,

owner Lia Chasar had great expectations. With no experience as a restaurateur (Chasar actually has a Ph.D. in oceanography), she imagined a little café with a variety of freshly made, delicious, locally sourced meals that weren’t too pricy. And it would serve as a showcase for local musicians, as well as a venue for cooking classes and community meetings. A year and many 18-hour days later, Chasar’s dream has been made real. Hidden behind the palmetto trees on Railroad Avenue, Wild Greens is a charming little café with a friendly atmosphere. The bistro offers an ever-changing menu, based on what’s available from several different local growers she works with, but every day there are several varieties of quiche, salads, flatbreads, soups, sandwiches and entrees to choose from. What the menu does not include is meat; all the menu items are vegetarian, and some are vegan and gluten free. Chasar invites carnivores to give her fare a try: “I hope people will see that we’re a good restaurant that just happens to be vegetarian — as opposed to a vegetarian restaurant,” she said. One of the restaurant’s specialties is vegetable “sausage.” The

218 September–October 2013

recipe includes apple, black beans, pinto beans, garlic “and a lot of other things, but I didn’t try to make it taste like meat, I just tried to make it taste good,” she said. “I try not to do fake things because that’s where you tend to go wrong.” Also on the menu is a “burger” with slow-roasted eggplant, mushrooms and caramelized onions as the main ingredients. Chasar’s son, a recent culinary school graduate who worked at an artisan bakery in North Carolina, moved to Tallahassee to help her open the café. He’s since returned to North Carolina (“It’s not that fun living with your mother when you’re 27,” she said.) and Chasar now creates all the restaurant’s baked goods while two talented young chefs help out in the kitchen. She bakes a variety of breads daily, which accompany the meals or are for sale by the loaf, as well as pastries — vegan cinnamon buns and scones are usually available — and a full menu of desserts (you’re in luck if there’s key lime pie or Morning Glory muffins in the display case). Try not to get your heart set on just one menu item. Because the restaurant is small and the cooking is constant, items come and go on the chalkboard. Ditto for the wine and beer selections. But if you’re flexible, there’s always something delicious. n


Got It !

 Great tasting food T Healthy and  effective T Flexible for your  real life T Maintenance  Program T

Supports the American Heart Association’s  My Heart. My Life™ initiative T Proud supporter of

Make a real change today.

My Heart. My Life. TM American Heart Association

(850) 219-1700 Live Oak Plaza 1891 Capital Circle N.E. Tallahassee, Florida September–October 2013


»food On your Table

220 September–October 2013

A Taste of South Beach Savor the (Multitudinous) Flavors of Rick Oppenheim’s Award-Winning Chili By Laura Bradley

Scott Holstein

Rick Oppenheim’s chili is quickly becoming the stuff of local legend, after two consecutive years of awards at Salter>Mitchell’s Annual Chili Cook-Off for charity, held on Halloween at the agency’s office for the past eight years. A glance at the public relations guru’s recipe and its ingredients might tell you why — the word “extensive” hardly covers it. This recipe requires dedication, in the form of trips to multiple grocery stores and seven hours of patiently waiting as the concoction simmers, undoubtedly filling the entire house with chili’s warm signature aroma. But the results, we assure you, are worth it. It didn’t win those awards for nothin’. We’ve also included Oppenheim’s recipe for mojitos for you to sip as you wait for your chili. Prepare the simple syrup a day ahead, and enjoy this cool beverage in anticipation of sensational chili. September–October 2013


»food On your Table Chef ‘Ricko’s’ SoBe Chili Ingredients » 2 pounds Mexican chorizo (Texicano from Publix or LaTiendita; or, better, fresh ground from Pepi’s in Live Oak); remove from casing » 1 pound Portuguese chourico (Gaspar’s at Publix); cut into ½-inch pieces

» 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce » 2 cups beef broth » ½ cup Mojo Criollo (Spanish marinating sauce) » 1½ cups Rioja wine (Spanish red) » 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, drained » 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, drained

» 1 package (7.5 ounces) Spanish chorizo (Palacio’s from Fresh Market; or 2 packages [5.5 ounces each] of Quijote from Publix); peel off paper “skin”

» 1 can (15 ounces) red beans, drained

» 3–4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

» 8 tablespoons Goya recaito sauce (or Goya Sofrito sauce)

» 2 cups Vidalia (or sweet) onion, chopped

» 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (chopped, with 1 tablespoon sauce)

» ½ cup ketchup

» 2 cups red onion, chopped

» 2 tablespoons ground cumin

» 2 cubanelle peppers, chopped

» 4 tablespoons chili powder

» 1 poblano pepper, chopped

» 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning

» ½ red bell pepper, chopped

» 1 tablespoon adobo seasoning

» 5–6 cloves garlic, chopped

» 2 tablespoons smoked paprika

» 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes

» 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

» 1 can (15 ounces) diced fire-roasted tomatoes

» 4 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate, cut into quarters

» 1 can (4 ounces) fire-roasted diced chiles

» ¼ cup light brown sugar » 1 bunch cilantro (separate leaves from stems), chopped

Preparation Sauté the chorizo sausages separately until done, then drain (place meat on plates covered with paper towels to absorb grease) and set aside. Place olive oil in a large Dutch oven pot and heat on medium-high. Place chopped onions and peppers in pot and sauté 10 minutes. Add chopped garlic and stir while sautéing two more minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add tomatoes, chiles, tomato sauce, beef broth, mojo criollo and wine; stir to combine. Add all meat, and stir to combine. Add beans, chipotle in adobo, recaito, ketchup and seasonings, stir to combine. Add chocolate and brown sugar; stir to combine (and melt the chocolate). Adjust seasonings to taste. Ladle into crock-pot, set heat on low and simmer for seven hours. Oppenheim says you can skip the crockpot and just simmer it in the Dutch oven for 1 to 2 hours — stirring frequently — and it will be great, but the slow-cooking crock pot will add incredible depth and complexity to the flavors and give a smoother texture. When finished, turn off heat and add chopped cilantro. Serve plain or with chopped onions, shredded Mexican-blend cheese, sour cream and chopped avocados, with galletas (Cuban crackers) and mojitos or beer.

222 September–October 2013

Colin Hackley

» 1 pound American chorizo (fresh ground, from Earth Fare or Publix); remove from casing

Chili for Charity

If you’ve got a warm spot in your heart for charity and a hot love of chili, you’re invited Rick Oppenheim to the office of Salter>Mitchell public rela- receives the Judges tions firm at 117 S. Gadsden St. for their Award for Most ninth annual Halloween Chili Cook-off. Original Chili at the Costumes are encouraged, and the best ones 2011 SalterMitchell Chili Cookoff. The will be rewarded. award was presented Pay a $5 entry fee to sample all you like — by Peter Mitchell and get five opportunities to vote for your holding his son, favorite chili. You can always buy more votes Kent, and April (it’s perfectly legal here) at a buck a pop. The chef who creates the chili that wins the “People’s Choice Award” can designate all the money raised at the event to their favorite charity. And Salter>Mitchell matches the amount dollar for dollar. Celebrity judges also choose winners in two other categories, “Most Original” and “Judge’s Award.” Beginning in October, you can RSVP to enter the contest or attend the event at n


‘Ricko’s’ Mojitos Ingredients » 1 cup sugar » 1 cup water » 1 package mint leaves » Light rum » Lime juice (freshly squeezed) » Club soda or seltzer » Bitters » Ice


Traditional Hearth Baked Pies, Garden Fresh Salads, Sandwiches on House Baked Foccacia Bread, Homemade Desserts

In a saucepan, combine sugar and water; bring to a boil. Cover and cook, without stirring, for five minutes. Remove “simple syrup” from heat and allow to cool. Rinse mint and separate leaves from stems. Discard stems, put leaves in a bowl, add a few tablespoons of simple syrup and bruise (crush) mint with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon. Place the muddled mint leaves in a jar, add the rest of the simple syrup, cover and chill in refrigerator for 12–24 hours (the longer the better). When ready to use, strain mixture and discard mint.

photo by scott holstein

To serve, fill tall glass with cubed ice. Add 1–2 tablespoons of minted syrup, 2 ounces of rum, juice of ½ lime, four or five drops of bitters and fill to top with soda. Stir well, and garnish with a slice of lime. This drink can also be made the traditional way: Put several mint leaves in a glass, adding superfine sugar and a little water, then muddle, then add remaining ingredients, stir and serve. But, Oppenheim’s version (with minted syrup made ahead) makes for easier and faster assembly and, best of all, no mint-leaf fragments to dodge. It also makes for easy pitchers if entertaining; just pour the mixed drink into tall glasses with ice and enjoy.

JOEMAMASPIZZA.COM 1307 N. Monroe Street 850-577-1231 Tue.–Sun. Lunch: 11–2:30, Dinner 5–10

EAST MEETS WEST A Fresh Take on Pan-Asian Cuisine and Sushi Join us for Lunch & Dinner Extensive Selection of Wine, Beer & Sake

1001 N. Monroe St. (850) 847-0003 | September–October 2013


Win Big with your hungry crowd. N. Monroe (850) 668-6600 Capital Circle N.E. (850) 893-0466

Let us cater your next event. Downtown (850) 597-7964

E. Tennessee (850) 942-9766

Outstanding Location for Events or Parties • Voted best wine list for the past 3 years • Two full liquor bars • FREE wine tasting every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month • Happy Hour every day, including Saturday! • Outstanding small plate menu and desserts • Tallahassee’s only Balcony Bar overlooking Midtown • Great venue for large and small partiess 850.222.9914 224 September–October 2013

Open Mon–Thur 5pm ’til Fri & Sat 4pm–2am

Located at the Orleans@Midtown 1240 Thomasville Rd. The corner of 6th Ave & Thomasville Rd.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, 7 Days a Week



Gourmet Specialty Andrew’s 228 American, Italian. A chic urban restaurant serving signature blends of creative American and Italian cuisine in stylish surroundings. Named one of the Top 20 Restaurants in Florida three years in a row by Florida Trend. Private rooms are available for banquets and meetings. 228 S. Adams St. (850) 222-3444. $$$ D Avenue Eat & Drink American Fusion. A chic restaurant offering a melting pot of flavors fresh from the South, served in scrumptious dining presentations. Sunday brunch is a not-to-be-missed treat. 115 E. Park Ave. (850) 224-0115. $$$ B L D Cypress Restaurant ★ New Southern. Voted “Best Fine Dining” and “Best Special Occasion” by Tallahassee Magazine readers in 2012. Sophisticated Southern regional dining in a contemporary, metropolitan setting. Menu features chef-cut fish and aged meats, fresh in-house preparations, a comprehensive wine list and full bar. Valet parking available at night. 320 E. Tennessee St. (850) 513-1100. $$$ D Food Glorious Food ★ American. Choose from several savory soups, nearly a dozen salads and a great selection of sandwiches and pastas with hot entrées representing a variety of world cuisines. Heavenly dessert concoctions — voted “Best Dessert” and “Best Outdoor Dining” in 2012 by Tallahassee Magazine readers — will please even the most discriminating diner. 1950 Thomasville Road. (850) 224-9974. $$$ L D Georgio’s American. If George Koikos is in the house, you can count on a visit to your table from him during your meal. His hands-on commitment to quality, food, service and a personal touch have kept his restaurants in business for more than 45 years. 2971 Apalachee Parkway. (850) 877-3211. $$$ D The Front Porch Southern, Seafood. The Front Porch is known as much for its fresh Florida seafood as it is the extensive outside dining. The locally owned restaurant has a casual, contemporary vibe. Enjoy the Southern hospitality as you slurp mouth-watering oysters at the raw bar. 1215 Thomasville Road. (850) 521-5821. $$$ L D

The restaurants that appear in this guide are included as a service to readers and not as recommendations of the Tallahassee Magazine editorial department, except where noted. Best of Tallahassee 2012 Winner Breakfast/Brunch Lunch Dinner Outdoor Dining Live Music Bar/Lounge $ Inexpensive $$ Moderately Expensive $$$ Expensive ★ B L D

MICCOSUKEE ROOT CELLAR Fusion. With its hand-hewn décor, organic menu items and seemingly endless supply of artisan crafted beer and wine, the Miccosukee Root Cellar is the place to go when a fresh twist on tradition is what the taste buds order. Menu options include gourmet cheese boards, lemon-roasted Gulf snapper, short ribs and crème brulee.
 Magnolia Crossings, 1311 Miccosukee Road. (850) 597-7419. $$ D Mockingbird Café Fusion. Enjoy hand-cut steaks and Gulf seafood along with American regional, Mediterranean, Asian and Middle Eastern dishes in an upscale refined atmosphere. Food is fresh, locally purchased and seasonal, made from scratch by talented in-house chefs. 1225 N. Monroe St. (850) 222-4956. $$ B L D

Specialty Andrew’s Capital Grill and Bar American. Andrew’s, a Downtown landmark for 40 years, is an energetic, casual, see-and-be-seen spot. House favorites include a popular lunch buffet, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes. Downtown delivery. 228 S. Adams St. (850) 222-3444/Fax (850) 222-2433. $$ B L D The Egg Café And Eatery ★ American. Made-to-order items using the finest ingredients, cooked to your liking. Voted Tallahassee’s best nine times, including the 2012 awards for “Best Breakfast” and “Best Brunch.” In Evening Rose at 3740 Austin Davis Ave. (850) 907-3447. $$ B L AZu — a Lucy Ho’s restaurant Asian. Serving Tallahassee since 1970, Lucy Ho’s offers Japanese-style cooking with Cantonese, Sichuan, Hunan, Peking and Taiwanese influences. Diners will also find a full bar and the freshest sushi. 3220 Apalachee Parkway. (850) 893-4112. $/$$ L D Bella Bella ★ Italian. Cozy home-like atmosphere and authentic homemade traditional Italian food made this Midtown dining hotspot

Join us for lunch and dinner at our beautiful location on Apalachee Parkway. Our steaks are not only the best in Tallahassee, but USDA choice midwestern corn-fed beef, specially selected, aged to our specifications and cut daily. We also serve fresh jumbo shrimp and fish – grilled, blackened or fried. So please join us for lunch and dinner or just meet up for drinks at our fully-stocked bar.



2705 Apalachee Parkway | Tallahassee, FL (850) 270-9506 September–October 2013


»food DINING GUIDE the “Best Italian” winner in 2012. Try their famous Bubble Bread and delicious pasta specials. Catering available. 123 E. 5th Ave. (850) 412-1114. $$ L D EL JALISCO ★ Mexican. With two-for-one margaritas most nights of the week, where can you go wrong? And the food, named “Best Mexican/Latin American” in 2012, is great too. Endless chips and salsa complement any menu item; the chicken quesadillas and beef tamales will keep you coming back for more. 2022 N. Monroe St. (850) 878-0800; 2915-301 Kerry Forest Pkwy. (850) 668-1002 and 6497 Apalachee Pkwy. (850) 402-0733. $L D

3551 Blairstone Rd.

1400 Village Square Blvd.

(SouthWood Publix shopping center)

(next to HomeGoods)




HASU Asian. Hasu offers nutritiously prepared sushi that comes with a great, welcoming atmosphere for those dining in as well as carrying out. Two convenient locations. 3551 Blairstone Road, Suite 132 (850) 671-4278; 1400 Village Square Blvd., Suite 14 (850) 893-4278. $$ L D JOE MAMA’S WOOD FIRED PIZZA Italian. Crisp ingredients. Freshly prepared pizza dough. Traditional Tuscan woodfired oven. What more could you ask for? Originally coming to us from our neighbors in Port St. Joe, Joe Mama’s offers quintessential casual Italian dining. 307 N. Monroe St. (850) 577-1231. $L D ; Kiku Japanese Fusion. With a wide selection of sushi rolls and traditional Japanese dishes, Kiku caters to a variety of tastes. 3491 Thomasville Road Suite 12. (850) 222-5458. $$ L D Kool Beanz Fusion. This colorful and casual spot has been serving up gourmet dishes since 1996. Diners can expect delicious modern American cuisine, as well as dishes influenced by the worldwide travels of the kitchen staff. Menus change daily so guests can expect something new with each visit. 921 Thomasville Road. (850) 224-2466. $$/$$$ L D

11 High Def TVs • Free Valet Parking Nightly

228 S. Adams St. • 222-3444 226 September–October 2013

Masa ★ Asian Fusion. This sister restaurant to Lucy Ho’s serves up a creative menu with items such as Chilean Sea Bass with mango salsa, Tropical Fruit, Sweet and Sour Chicken and a Fried Cheesecake Roll. In 2012, Masa repeated its win in the “Best Asian” and “Best Sushi” categories. Enjoy an extensive selection of wine, beer and sake in a dark, original and casual dining setting. 1001 N. Monroe St. (850) 847-0003. $/$$ L D Morelia’s Mexican. Try delicious house specialties like

Quesadilla de Camar’on (shrimp) and Tacos de Carne Asada (grilled steak) at dinner along with all the traditional favorites. Lunch specials daily plus Breakfast Burritos with Chorizo (Mexican Sausage). Free chips and salsa to complement the authentic Mexican cuisine. There’s a kids’ menu, Happy Hour every day from 5-7 p.m. and a selection of 10 Mexican beers. 1355 Market St. (850) 907-9173 $L D Old Town Café American. Southern hospitality is embedded throughout this family-owned restaurant. Mom’s meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans makes you feel like you’re home, not to mention their world famous prime rib, which slowly roasts all day. 1415 Timberlane Road. (850) 893-5741. $$ L D Osaka Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar ★ Japanese. Knives flash and patrons gasp as talented hibachi chefs “play” with your food while creating delicious chicken, steak and seafood dishes in front of you. Voted “Best Hibachi” by readers of Tallahassee Magazine. 1690 Raymond Diehl Road. (850) 531-0222. $$$ D Paisley Café ★ American. Guilt-free lunch has never been easier since this “Best Locally Owned New Business” has served up food with seven natural ingredients or less. Where plantain chips replace greasy potato chips and the tea is sweetened only with Florida cane sugar, this new Midtown spot boasts a fresh bakery and garden full of wholesome treats. 1123 @ Midtown on Thomasville Road. (850) 385-7268. $ L THE WINE LOFT Wine Bar ★ American. Enjoy delicious items off the small plate menu and a vast selection of wines in a chic, sophisticated atmosphere. The Wine Loft boasts a generous array of more than 50 wines by the glass and more than 70 by the bottle that earned it “Best Wine List” honors in 2012. 1240 Thomasville Road, Suite 100. (850) 222-9914. $$ D

Family/Casual CANOPY ROAD CAFÉ American. Combine fresh ingredients, made-to-order dishes and a welcoming staff, and you have the components of a deliciously successful restaurant. This casual, family-style restaurant proclaims itself a “greasy-spoon diner meets modern Southern cafe.” 1913 N. Monroe St. (850) 668-6600; 4500 Shannon Lakes Road (850) 893-0466. $ B L CHICKEN SALAD CHICK Southern. Chicken Salad Chick offers customers a “custom-fit” chicken salad

experience, with 15 original flavors to choose from, as well as gourmet soups, flavorful side salads and freshly baked desserts. 1410 Market Street, D-3.(850) 894-2502. $L D Hopkins’ Eatery ★ American. Sandwiches, salads, delicious sweets and more. Voted “Best Deli” by the readers of Tallahassee Magazine in 2012. 1660 N. Monroe St. (850) 386-4258; 1415 Market St. (850) 668-0311 and 1208 Capital Circle S.E. (850) 325-6422. $ L JERSEY MIKE’S American. With the atmosphere of a classic sub shop, Jersey Mike’s serves up fresh-sliced, authentic Northeast-style subs (with some of the best fresh-baked bread in town). 1801 W. Tennessee St., (850) 765-0712; 3122 Mahan Drive No. 301, (850) 727-5358; 1970 Gainsborough Lane, SouthWood. (850) 765-1259; 1355 Market St., Suite A6, (850) 320-6210. $ L D Juicy Blue American Tapas. In the new Four Points by Sheraton Downtown this cool newcomer offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unique offerings include tapas with a unique twist like the Georgia Caramel. Sandwiches, salads and a nice variety of seafood, pasta and chicken dishes round out the menu. Local coffee bar Redeye is located in the lobby. 316 W. Tennessee St. (850) 422-0071. $B L D MOMO’S ★ Pizza. Boasting the largest pizza you’ll find in Tallahassee, Momo’s offers big flavor that’s gotten a “Best Of” award in 2012. Fill yourself up with a slice for yourself or order a pie to share. 1410 Market St. (850) 412-0222 and 1416 W. Tennessee St. (850) 224-9808. $ L D Po’ Boys Tallahassee ★ Cajun. Along with its New Orleans-themed atmosphere, Po’ Boys Creole Café provides an assortment of Southern Louisiana-styled dishes with savory favorites like jambalaya, seafood gumbo and red beans ‘n’ rice. Daily specials include a full-service Sunday brunch and a Monday Kids Night. Catering, private rooms and group seating available. 224 E. College Ave. (850) 224-5400; 1425 Village Square Blvd. (850) 906-0020; and 1944 W. Pensacola St. (850) 574-4144. $$ L D Pepper’s Mexican Grill & Cantina Mexican. It’s a fiesta every day at Pepper’s. Enjoy mariachi music as you chow down on fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas and other Mexican specialties served with their homemade sauces. 1140 Capital Circle S.E. (850) 877-2020. $L D

Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q ★ Barbecue. Enjoy Sonny’s “feel good” barbecue and special sauces. Voted “Best Barbecue” in 2012. 3101 Dick Wilson Blvd., (850) 878-1185; 2707 N. Monroe St. (850) 385-2167 and 1460 Timberlane Road (850) 906-9996. $ L D

Join us for sizzling fajitas and frozen margaritas! Happy Hour All Day Every Day



THE LUNCH BOX American. This iconic little café conveniently nestled at the corner of Mahan and Magnolia offers up home-style breakfasts and plenty of lunch items to choose from. Dine in, take out and outdoor seating is available. 295 N. Magnolia Drive. (850) 942-9766. $ B L TOMATOLAND American. This takeout-only deli offers comfort food staples for breakfast and lunch such as quiches, a variety of salads and sandwiches, and a daily blue-plate special. Pick up some chicken tetrazinni or eggplant Parmesan for dinner. 1847 Thomasville Road. (850) 425-8416. $L D UP IN SMOKE PIT BBQ Barbecue. While their barbecue is certainly succulent, Up in Smoke’s other menu options — including fried green tomatoes, meatloaf and grilled salmon — cater to even the pickiest of palates. 402 Tennessee St.
(850) 597-7964. $B L D

1140 Capital Circle SE #15, Tallahassee, FL | (850) 877-2020

VISIT US AT ALL LOCATIONS 530 Centre St. Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 (904) 277-2011

13475 Atlantic Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32225 (904) 221-2300

794. S. Atlantic Ave. Ormond Beach, FL 32176 (386) 673-7668

224 Reid Ave. Port St. Joe, FL 32456 (850) 229-8540

129 City Smitty Dr. St. Mary’s, GA 31558 (912) 576-3055

96098 Lofton Square Ct. Yulee, FL 32097 (904) 491-6955

2061 MLK Jr. Blvd. Panama City, FL 32405 (850) 785-2227

1176 Eglin Parkway Shalimar, FL 32579 (850) 613-6970

Serving Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Steak/Seafood Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill Cajun. A New Orleans dining experience you won’t soon forget! Delicious Creole cuisine, fresh seafood and steaks, rich pastas, sensational salads and more. 301 S. Bronough St. (850) 222-3976. $$ L D Marie Livingston’s Steakhouse ★ Steak. This restaurant specializes in steak — named Tallahassee’s “Best Steakhouse” once again in 2012 — but also serves seafood. Marie Livingston’s has a sophisticated decor, and the menu offers quality and value. 2705 Apalachee Parkway. (850) 562-2525. $$ L D Shula’s 347 Steak. The legendary Miami Dolphins’ head coach brings his philosophy for winning football games — the quest for perfection — to the dining table at his namesake restaurant, located in Hotel Duval. Keep it light and casual with Premium Black Angus Beef burgers or a gourmet salad or opt for one of their signature entrées — “Shula Cut” steaks. Reservations are suggested. 415 N. Monroe St. (850) 224-6005. $$$ D Visit our comprehensive, searchable dining guide online at

The Egg Cafe & Eatery 3740 Austin Davis Ave., Tuesday – Sunday 7 AM – 2 PM (850) 765-0703 The Egg Express (R.A. Gray Building) 500 South Bronough, Room G-22 Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 3 PM Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM (850) 907-EGGS (3447) Lite Breakfast Fare

Great Food Great Friends g Warm & Invitin Atmosphere Upscale Tastes ices at Affordable Pr September–October 2013


»the last word

Making Friends And Keeping Them Treasured

I still get a funny feeling in my stomach when fall comes around. The excitement of gathering school supplies and brand new shoes were never enough to quiet the dread of a new classroom full of faces I didn’t recognize. Compounding this angst was my frequent “new girl” complex. Being a military dependent meant changing schools mid-year in first, fourth and seventh grades — sometimes more than once. Having four sisters and a brother helped ease the difficulty of transitions but didn’t remove the anxiety completely. As my own 9-year-old navigates her quest for friendship, I’ve been thinking a lot about mine. I remember going to school in kindergarten with a note pinned to my green gingham dress. It read: “Hi! My name is … ,” which my mom filled in. I didn’t mind the note. I was too distracted by the fact that the black plum I thought I had carefully handled in an Alligator sandwich bag was now mashed on the front of my dress. I didn’t meet any friends that day, and I never took another plum to school. Once I did make fast friends, I sometimes overdid it. I lived in Illinois when I was 8 years old, and I had not just one, but two best friends: Cricket and Terri. When I moved away from them on my 10th birthday, to say I was devastated was an understatement. We didn’t move to our new house in our new town right away. Instead, we lived with my grandmother in Michigan for a while. It must have been a long while, because I was enrolled in the local grade school. I remember walking there from her house and coming home for lunch. I remember how comforting it was to eat hot boiled potatoes and gravy off Grandma’s blue china. I remember my teacher, Mr.

228 September–October 2013

Dryer, had dandruff. But I don’t remember being there long enough to make any friends. When I turned 11 my mother gave me an address book for my birthday. It had Holly Hobbie on the cover and a saying on the front: “Treasure your friends, new and old. One is silver, and the other is gold.” She encouraged me to write down my friends’ names, addresses and their phone numbers to stay in touch between moves. She never had a shortage of stamps. Sometimes, she even let me make a long-distance phone call. Recently, those two best friends from grade school found me on Facebook. It turns out Terri lives in Tallahassee; and Cricket in Pensacola. I was thrilled. I reconnected with Terri over dinner while she was in my hometown, Destin, on vacation. Though she didn’t show up in roller skates, 35 years of separation didn’t matter after one hug. It was powerful listening to her recall so many details about my family and childhood. I didn’t remember my second-oldest sister babysat her. I didn’t remember her father took my oldest sister’s wedding photos. I certainly did not recall she had a crush on my brother. Her eyes welled up several times that evening, revealing just how much my big, boisterous family meant to her. The visit was heartening. As adults, we don’t have the luxury of pinning notes to our chest that invite people to be our friends. Some of us still hope to find true friends that seamlessly meld into our lives. Until then, if you get that funny feeling this fall, a new pair of “school” shoes just might help you take a step in the right direction toward some friendly faces. Who knows, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to cross paths with a familiar face who knew you back when. n

Photoillustration by Saige Roberts

By Zandra Wolfgram

River House NOW OPEN Collection

Turner’s Fine Furniture Introduces the New

Tallahassee MeMorial

Emergency center – northeast also staffed by all board-certified emergency medicine physicians, the emergency center – northeast is a non-trauma, full-service emergency center. with special features like separate entrances for children and adults, an ipad bar, and light dimmers in each room, this center was created with your comfort in mind.

OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK 1260 Metropolitan Boulevard


he new River House Collection shares the casual lifestyle of Savannah while capturing the beauty and hospitality of

gracious life on the Savannah River. Come see the collection at Turner’s, and let them show you how to bring comfort home.

Unlimited Possibilities...Unbeatable Values TALLAHASSEE

2151 HWY 319 South 10 Minutes North of Chiles High School

(850) 210-0446

MON-FRI 10AM - 8PM SAT 10AM - 6PM • SUN 1PM - 6PM

“We Put Your Family in Our Family Medicine”

At PATIENTS FIRST, we believe family medicine and urgent care can be provided within the same atmosphere. Every service we provide strives toward providing the Tallahassee community with quality, long-term patient care for your entire family. Sometimes you just can’t wait for an appointment, and BEST FAMILY PRACTICE walk-in urgent care services are always available. Visit today for a complete list of our Thank You Tallahassee seven convenient locations, including our for Voting PATIENTS FIRST as Best Family Practice. night and weekend hours. When You Need A Doctor, Not An Appointment! Family Medicine • Urgent Care 7 Convenient Locations

Tallahassee Magazine - September/October 2013  
Tallahassee Magazine - September/October 2013  

The September/October issue of Tallahassee Magazine featuring a look at the health care industry in Tallahassee, photographs of important la...