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72 72 BREAKTHROUGH TESTING FOR CANCER TREATMENTS Cutting-edge technology is changing the landscape of cancer treatment by Sue Cullen

77 MODERN MEDICINE: HONORING A TRADITION OF CARING Two Sarasota doctors combine experience and empathy to carry on the concept of traditional medicine by Sue Cullen



Greco Medical introduces a new, natural and potent therapy for a variety of regenerative purposes by Sue Cullen

87 DOCTORS OF DISTINCTION A SCENE Magazine special profile section

ON THE COVER GPS Cancer Testing, a new, unique molecular test, can predict whether a particular cancer will respond to chemotherapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy.



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Events Calendar

Ryan G Van Cleave’s review of Robert Olen Butler’s Perfume River

New businesses, people and expansion news





PARTY PICS 26 Keeping The Dream Alive & Wit & Wisdom Luncheon 28 SO’s Side-By-Side Brunch 31 AJC Civic Award Dinner 32 RCAD Golf Tournament 34 JFED’s Women’s Day

108 SCENE TOGETHER Couples on their wedding day

ARTS & CULTURE 39 GET INSPIRED Cultural happenings brought to you by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

45 BEST SEATS Performing Arts



60 KEEPING THE ARTS ALIVE Bob and Beverly Bartner team with Gulf Coast Community Foundation to bring the arts and children together by Ryan G. Van Cleave

62 FOR THE LOVE OF DANCE Sydney Goldstein discusses her love of dance and Sarasota Ballet by Steven J. Smith

Unique home, beauty and lifestyle products

A look back through SCENE’s archives


118 SCENES FROM AN INTERVIEW Gus Mollasis interviews Kenney DeCamp

126 REAL TALK People, places and things with Sheryl Vieira and Salena Wilhoit

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Boundless Envelope pushers, barrier breakers, odds defiers. We couldn’t feel more privileged if they were astronauts, but they’re not. They’re our patients. Rehabilitating from stroke, spinal cord injury and other serious conditions, these individuals have strength and courage and now they’ll have state-of-the-art resources, too. Sarasota Memorial’s new 74,000-square-foot, 44-bed Rehabilitation Pavilion is high-tech, high-touch, empowering patients to forge their own boundless path to mobility and independence.



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NEW Beginnings We at SCENE look at 2017 as a chance to rejuvenate and reinvent. Hence a new design for our regular monthly reads as well as a new website – all for you, our loyal and most appreciated readers! Lots new for a magazine celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017 – that’s 720 editions plus 14 special issues and counting. For most of us, a new year is also the time for personal restarts. Whether it’s your health, your personal or professional life, a new year always seems like the perfect time to start over and try new things. Every issue of SCENE has its own personality and theme and the January issue theme is no exception. It is of course Health & Wellness that kicks things off. In this issue we’re excited to bring you stories on new medical breakthroughs happening right here in Sarasota. When we learned that the revolutionary GPS Cancer testing is now being offered locally, we immediately set out to interview the notable cancer doctor who is the first to bring this testing to our community – Dr. Steve Mamus. Writer Sue Cullen delivers a comprehensive overview of this new breakthrough in cancer testing, which measures the critical proteins present on the surface of a cancer cell so the doctor can prescribe the drugs that will be most effective. This article will leave you feeling hopeful for the future of those fighting this dreadful disease. Another local physician always bringing us the latest in natural health solutions is regenerative medicine specialist Dr. Joe Greco. In our interview with Dr. Greco, he shares news about the cutting edge therapy he now offers – Restore-IT – made from the amniotic fluids collected from consenting mothers during Caesarian births. Using these versatile cells can help heal so many areas from tendons, ligaments and joints to cosmetic enhancements and hair restoration. It also promotes wound healing and is used in heart, orthopedic and hair restoration. Sounds like a great way to refresh, reinvigorate and “restore” ourselves! And while private or concierge medicine may not be a new topic, it is still a misunderstood type of medical practice. Two of the most noted physicians in our town – Dr. Ken Henson and Dr. Stephen Culp – explain the ever-growing popularity of private medical practices where modern medicine meets the values and traditions of the past. Want to get to know more about your doctor or dentist? Look no further than our special profile section “Doctors of Distinction.” Read about local medical professionals and learn more about their practice, their qualifications and personalities. Next month be sure to look for our very special 60th Anniversary issue in which we will showcase SCENE Magazine throughout its history by sharing photos, stories and advertisements featured in the magazine in each decade. It will definitely be a keepsake issue! However you approach the year ahead, it is our hope that all of you find happiness and good health. On behalf of myself and everyone at SCENE Magazine, we wish you a very happy New Year!

Special Note: Events and galas pick up again mid-January. Be sure to check out the Catholic Charities Ball, the Taylor Emmons Golf & Poker Event, The Hermitage’s inaugural Muse Luncheon, Sarasota Garden Club’s Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show, and buy your seats to Asolo Rep’s Starry Night dinner. Get involved and BE SCENE!

“Whether it’s your health, your personal or professional life, a new year always seems like the perfect time to start over and try new things.”



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Perlman Celebration Concert Sarasota Opera House 5:30 p.m. Join Itzhak Perlman with PMP students and faculty for an evening of inspired music. Tickets: $40 - $80 941.328.1300


19th Annual Thunder by the Bay Motorcycle Festival Various times and locations. Enjoy live music, vendors, wine, beer, and whiskey tastings, silent auction, festival, and bike show. Benefits Suncoast Charities for Children. 941.371.8820 ext.1800


A Celebration of Two Worlds: Music and Dance


Sarasota Opera House and Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota 3:30 p.m. Opera, ballet, orchestra, a champagne reception and an elegant dinner. Tickets: $500 - $750 941.359.0099


We start the New Year off with lots of fabulous January events. The Perlman Celebration Concert kicks things off, motorcycles roar, a new Sarasota Ballet event celebrates music and dance, and then you can take comfort with some good Jewish food! Artists rise, women celebrate, antique cars bring back memories, a festival features great food and wine, and Sarasota Opera and Catholic Charities hold big galas.

Friends of the Selby Public Library’s “Looking Into The Crystal Ball” Selby Public Library 6:00 p.m. 7th annual fundraiser to benefit the free youth and teen programs at Selby Library. Food from local restaurants and a full cash bar will be provided. Tickets: December 5th advanced price $25 and $30 at door 941.861.1140



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St. Armands Circle Classic Antique Car Show

Sarasota Jewish Food Festival Temple Sinai 9:00 a.m. Health fair displays, arts and crafts, used book sale, traditional comfort foods, and more. Free admission 941.924.1802




Pioneer Park 2:00 p.m. Light Chasers Plein Air Artists painting on easel and works available for sale. Reservations required. Tickets: $20 ($15 for members) 941.364.9076

Michael’s On East 11:00 a.m. National Council of Jewish Women Sarasota-Manatee honors KT Curran, Sue Jacobson, Dr. Lisa Merritt and Bunny Skirboll. Tickets: $75 941.342.1855

St. Armands Circle 10:00 a.m. Take a stroll around the circle and view some of the greatest classic antique automobiles around. 941.388.1554


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The Historical Society of Sarasota County – Artists in the Park

Scramble for SPARCC TPC Prestancia 11:30 a.m. Benefits Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center. Entry Fee: $160 941.320.7392

Venice Symphony’s ‘Symphony of Games’

NCJW’s 35th Annual Women in Power Luncheon

Sarasota Art & Antiques Show & Gala Sarasota Municipal Auditorium Featuring 50+ dealers from across North America and Europe presenting a wide range of antiques. An early-buying gala will be held on January 19 at 5:30 p.m.; proceeds benefit Designing Women Boutique. Tickets: (show) $8; (gala) $50 708.366.2710

St. Armands Circle Classic Antique Car Show


Sarasota Opera Gala The Ritz-Carlton 6:30 p.m. A Japanese Affair to celebrate the start of the 2017 Winter Opera Festival. Tickets: $325 941.366.8450


Venice Symphony’s ‘Symphony of Games’ Plantation Golf & Country Club 11:30 a.m. Luncheon and table games

SCENE sponsored events!


THE HERMITAGE INAUGURAL MUSE LUNCHEON Michael’s on East 11:00 a.m. Benefits the Hermitage Endowment Fund. Guest speaker Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, Public Theatre, New York City. Tickets: $125




SARASOTA GARDEN CLUB’S ANNUAL LUNCHEON FASHION SHOW Michael’s on East 11:00 a.m. Featuring fashions from local shops and guest speaker Camilyn Beth. Tickets: $65 – $70 941.955.0875


6TH ANNUAL TAYLOR EMMONS SCHOLARSHIP FUND CHARITY GOLF & POKER NIGHT Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club 10:30 a.m. / 6:00 p.m. Benefiting The Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund. $200 (Golf); $125 (Poker) 941.915.9249


ASOLO STARRY NIGHT DINNER 2: BORN YESTERDAY LA BELLASARA 6:30 p.m. Cocktails at the home of George and Judith Hofmann then dinner at the home of Cary and Koni Findlay. Tickets: $250 | 941.351.9010 ext. 4702

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Honoring Bishop Frank J. Dewane and benefiting Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice. Tickets: $300 941.355.4680, ext. 305

sponsored by the Friends of the Venice Symphony to benefit The Venice Symphony Music Camp Scholarship Fund. Tickets: $38 941.412.4287


Selah Freedom’s A New Beginning Fashion Show 2017 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 11:30 a.m. Champagne luncheon to showcase stunning fashions and inspirational survivor stories. Tickets: $150 941.348.9141


SMHF’s 5th Annual Women & Medicine Luncheon Michael’s on East 10:30 a.m. Panel discussion with Sarasota Memorial Hospital physicians discussing oncology care. Tickets: $100 941.917.1286

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10th Annual Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival Various times and locations. Hosted by the SarasotaManatee Originals and featuring interactive food and wine seminars, food from area restaurants, live entertainment and a charity wine auction. 941.365.2800

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St. Armands Circle Winter Art Festival St. Armands Circle 10:00 a.m. Works from festival favorites and the newest names on the contemporary art scene. Free admission

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10th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Miami Avenue, Venice 10:00 a.m. Enjoy a wide variety of ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, metal works, and green market. Free admission


Circus Arts Conservatory 20th Annual Circus Arts Gala Big Top at UTC 6:30 p.m. Join the Circus Arts Conservatory in celebrating their 20th annual Circus Arts Gala. Tickets: $225+ 941.556.5356

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Sarasota Orchestra: Anu and Friends Dinner 2 Sarasota Yacht Club 6:00 p.m. Join Anu Tali and Sarasota Orchestra musicians for music, dinner and conversation with artists from the world stage. Tickets: $175 941.487.2740 

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Mardi Madness

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Michael’s on East Enjoy an Exciting Evening of Dinner and Dancing and Mardi Gras Festivities! Honorary Chairs

Drs. Jacqueline and Thomas Kelly Chair Terri Maze Ticket Price $150 For Information: 941-355-4680 ext. 301 or Media Sponsor

FEB 25 | SCF Foundation’s Avenues to the Future

NewGate Secondary Campus 6:00 p.m. Entertainment by The Circus Arts Conservatory, fire dancers, illusionists, tarot card readings, body art, and more. Tickets: $125 941.922.4949

SCF Bradenton Campus 5:30 p.m. Stroll brightly colored streets representing cities around the world and enjoy music and artwork from SCF students. Tickets: $150 941.752.5390

FEB 4 | Conservation Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Palm Ball

FEB 25 | Bethesda House Mardi Gras Madness

Bay Preserve in Osprey 6:30 p.m. Cocktails, dinner and dancing under the stars. Benefits Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. 941.918.2100

Van Wezel 5:00 p.m. Hollywood-style gala with a live performance by Steve Martin and Martin Short, and a pass to an exclusive after-party. Tickets: $525+ 941.366.5578

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FEB 3 | NewGate School Troupe Gala

FEB 10 | Van Wezel Foundation’s 16th Annual Gala

All proceeds benefit Bethesda House, a program of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. which provides professional and compassionate support services for persons living with the HIV/AIDS disease.


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Michael’s On East 6:00 p.m. An evening of Mardi Gras festivities. All proceeds benefit Bethesda House. Tickets $150 941.355.4680 ext. 301

FEB 28 | Goodwill Mardi Gras Gala Michael’s on East 6:00 p.m. Goodwill Manasota’s signature event featuring food, music, auction items and dancing. Tickets: $175 941.355.2721 S C EN ES A R A S O TA . C O M for the latest social scene party pics

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Ron, Janis & Jason Collier with Elinore Mendelke

KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE: More than 300 guests joined co-chairs Anne Garlington and Debbie Haspel in supporting the Benevolent Care Program for residents of AVIVA: A Campus for Senior Life. Guests enjoyed “Dilemma” by playwright Marvin Albert and a performance by Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Randy Mallitz & Dr. Steven Fineman

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Deborah Breslof, Jeff Boyd & Jocelyn Udell

THE WIT AND WISDOM OF AGING LUNCHEON: A crowd of 300 guests joined co-chairs Jane Hunder and Gerri Aaron, hearing from a moderated panel about Pines’ Child Care & Learning Centers and new falls prevention program. The event raised more than $140,000 to support the Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation & Senior Care Community.

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SARASOTA ORCHESTRA’S SIDE-BY-SIDE BRUNCH: More than 250 guests enjoyed a gourmet meal and performances by the Sarasota Youth Orchestra in Selby Gardens. Proceeds from the event benefited the Sarasota Youth Orchestra Program.

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AJC CIVIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TRIBUTE DINNER: AJC West Coast Florida honored Emily Walsh, Publisher of Observer Media Group. Co-chairs were Jo & Stan Rutstein and Gail & Skip Sack. Irv & Marilyn Naiditch

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RINGLING COLLEGE GOLF TOURNAMENT: The event, held at Laurel Oak Country Club, saw the highest revenue in the tournament’s history. All proceeds benefit student scholarships. In attendance was Scott Suplee, Ringling College Alumni, who came up with the idea to have a golf tournament to fund education. Brandon Hyde & Michael Brown

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JFED WOMEN’S DAY LUNCHEON: 450 women joined pop culture icon Paula Abdul at Michael’s on East for a luncheon to celebrate Abdul’s successful career, overcoming adversity and her Jewish heritage. The event was chaired by Barbara and Sepi Ackerman. The Lovers by Marc Chagall, courtesy of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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Artist TIM JAEGER SCENE asked this talented artist how and why the arts in Sarasota influence and inspire him:

“Artists are influenced by just about anything – their life, environment, childhood, family, media, other artists, etc. I think everything we see and experience in life influences our art in some way whether directly or indirectly.   In this community the arts are readily available – it’s a powerful opportunity, because I choose to make the arts a constant part of my daily surroundings – I stay informed, I am inspired and I’m activated.”





Alfstad& Contemporary presents Hans Van de Bovenkamp: Gateways Art Exhibition EXHIBIT: DEC 16 – JAN 20 TUES – SAT, 11 AM – 5 PM Hans Van de Bovenkamp, renowned for monumental sculpture installations with the power, lyricism and grand proportions that heighten a viewer’s sense of imagination and discovery, unveils his first solo show in Sarasota, Gateways at Alfstad& Contemporary. The exhibition features more than 30 pieces, including small-scale sculptures, paintings, works on paper and maquettes of his one-of-a-kind, estate-entry gates. Alfstad& Contemporary 1419 5th Street, Sarasota

Dabbert Gallery presents Figuratively Speaking Exhibit OPENING RECEPTION WITH ARTISTS: JAN 6, 6 – 8:30 PM EXHIBIT: JAN 6 – JAN 30 MON – SAT 11 AM – 5 PM The human figure has always been a very basic and demanding form of expression for many artists. This exhibit demonstrates the unique and compelling figurative expression of four Gallery artists - Robert Baxter,  Beatrice del Perugia, Victoria Mayol, and Jeff Cornell. Dabbert Gallery 76 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota 941.955.1315

Art Uptown Gallery presents The Magnificence of Black and White: New Works by Sharon Stewart OPENING RECEPTION: FRI, JAN 6, 6 – 9 PM EXHIBIT: JAN 6 - 27 Mixed Media Artist Sharon Stewart has shown her bold abstract work for over twenty years. The twenty-five works in her solo show will feature “only shades of black and white papers and paint, touches of beige and silver, and crushed, chopped and shaped papers,” explains Stewart. Art Uptown Gallery 1367 Main Street, Sarasota  941.955.5409




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Selby Gardens hosts Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica OPENING RECEPTION: JAN 7, 5:30 – 7:30 PM EXHIBIT: JAN 7 – 28 For the 13th year, Selby Gardens hosts the return of the ever-popular Rainforest Masks of Costa Rica. These carved and painted balsa wood masks are testimony to the passion, skill and collaborative spirit of the Brunka Artist Collective. The artists in this exhibit have spent over 30 years perfecting their talent. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota 941.366.5731

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens presents Lunch in the Gardens JAN 20, 11:30 AM – 1 PM TICKETS: $125 Learn how vertical farming (using hydroponics) mirrors the epiphytic process of growing without soil. Dr. Ted Caplow, inventor of the Vertically Integrated Greenhouse and philanthropist, will entertain you with delight on why vertical farming is important for our future generations and how it can affect everything from food supply to your own personal paradise. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota  941.366.5731

Longboat Key Center for the Arts presents Global Luminaries Art Glass Weekend

Island Gallery West presents Marti Salerni, Water Media Artist OPENING RECEPTION: JAN 13, 5:30 – 7:30 PM GALLERY HOURS: MON – SAT 10 AM – 5 PM Marti Salerni has been chosen to ring in the New Year as the January Featured Artist at Island Gallery West with her watermedia paintings exhibit entitled New Year Preview. Ms. Salerni is known for her use of vibrant color in her watercolors, acrylics, dye and yupo paintings.  Island Gallery West 5368 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island. 941.778.6648



JAN 26 – 29 WEEKEND PASSES: $200 Global Luminaries of the studio glass movement is in the Sarasota area, inviting guests to an amazing four-day studio glass experience which includes exhibitions, auctions, studio tours, artists’ talks, glass blowing demos and private museum tours featuring works of glass. Leading artists from around the world will represent their countries in spectacular exhibitions of studio glass. Longboat Key Center for the Arts 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key 941.383.2345





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Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota 941.306.1200 / Impressions of Europe January 15 Andrew Tyson recites music by legendary composers. Kittens on the Keys – Lunch, Look & Listen II January 26 Featuring famous 1920s novelty tunes and classics presented by Sarasota piano duo Lee Dougherty Ross & Joseph Holt. Old Blue Eyes: McDonald Sings Sinatra – Pops IV January 29 Bob McDonald, baritone “DC” Instrumental Quartet at Venice Performing Arts Center.

Asolo Repertory Theatre 941.351.8000 / The Great Society January 11-April 2 Besieged by political opponents, President Lyndon B. Johnson summons all his political wiles to advance his vision of a Great Society.

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The Originalist January 18 – March 7 A bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia.

The Circus Arts Conservatory 941.355.9805 / Windjammers Concert January 15 The Windjammers return for their annual concert in the Sailor Circus Arena.

Children’s Theatre Alice with a Twist January 21 – February 11 An interactive improvised twist on the classic children’s story.

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Mainstage Clever Little Lies Through March 4 brownsville song (b-side for tray) January 25 – March 26 Set in rundown Brooklyn, brownsville song is a poignant and uplifting story of one family’s courage and endurance.

Anu Tali A View From The Bridge Through January 15 A man undergoes a monstrous change in a play that explodes in a tragic display of violence and unconscious passions.

Stage III Stalking the Bogeyman January 4 – 15 Journalist David Holthouse’s secret pursuit of justice for a crime hidden for 25 years.

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Swinging Through the 40s with Marcy Downey January 7 Marcy sings the greatest hits of The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Billie Holiday and more. Office Hours January 18 – February 12 Six different and very funny stories which are somehow related to one another.

Manatee Performing Arts Center 941.748.5875 / Broadway Series Little Shop of Horrors January 5 – 22 This dark humor musical is about a meek flower shop assistant Seymour, who pines for co-worker Audrey.




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Studio Series 13 The Musical January 12 – 29 Evan Goldman is about to turn thirteen, and he can’t wait. His life seems full of possibilities – that is, until his parents get divorced.

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Community Artistic Collaborations Trio D’Amore, Sarasota Musica Viva January 8 Trio D’amore is an exotic mix of flute, oboe and English Horn accompanied by piano.

PMP Sarasota Winter Residency Through January 7 Approximately 20 free events presented on the campus of USF Sarasota-Manatee.

The Rat Pack January 11 This show features memorable music by these three singing sensations. LipSchtick January 23 – 24 This hilarious performance includes flawless lip-sync and live vocals. Transformations January 28 Tahja’s one-woman international variety show consists of rousing music, song, dance, magic and comedy.

Ensemble Mise-En: Ligeti Piano Concerto January 21

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Celebration Concert January 5 At Sarasota Opera House

The Players Centre For Performing Arts 941.365.2494 / Sweet Charity January 11 – 29 A quirky comedy with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon.

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Sarasota Ballet 941.359.0099 / A Celebration of Two Worlds: Music and Dance January 8 Featuring Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, Composer and Pianist Jake Heggie, Amercan Ballet Theatre Principals Marcelo Gomes, Gillian Murphy and Daniil Simkin, and a special performance by The Sarasota Ballet.

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Graziano, Ashton & Tuckett January 27 – 30 Sir Frederick Ashton’s Valses nobles et sentimentales, Ricardo Graziano’s Before Night Falls, Will Tuckett’s Changing Light.

Sarasota Concert Association 941.209.7742 / The Minnesota Orchestra January 9 At the Van Wezel Sarasota Opera Studio Artists January 18 At the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine January 30 At the Van Wezel

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Sarasota Opera Guild 941.374.2914 / Social & Singers January 17 Prologues Italian Girl in Algiers January 9 Madama Butterfly January 16 Dialogues of the Carmelites January 23 The Love of Three Kings January 30

Sarasota Orchestra 941.953.3434 / Masterworks 3 – Beethoven & Brahms January 6 – 8 Featuring the works of two of the most venerated composers in classical music. Great Escapes 3 – Timeless Tales January 11 – 14 Selections from classic storybook tales, plus scores from modern classics.

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“It’s great. Just name the Elton John song you know and love, and he’s going to perform it.” – Andrew Lane, Sarasota Orchestra Principal Pops Conductor Pops I – The Songs of Elton John and More, starring Michael Cavanaugh January 20 – 21 The Grammy and Tony Award nominee returns to celebrate another titan of piano rock: Sir Elton John. Chamber Soiree 6 – The Sinking of the Titanic January 29 Gavin Bryars’ moving interpretation explores how the music might have sounded as it reverberated from the waves and water.

State College of Florida – Neel Performing Arts Center 941.752.5586 / Sundays at Neel: Karen Granger January 15 Music Student Showcase January 19 Benefit concert on behalf of SCF Music student activities, sponsored by SCF Music Educators’ Club. Sundays at Neel: The Kingston Trio January 29

Theatre Odyssey 941.799.7224 / Fifth Annual Student Ten-Minute Playwriting Festival January 14 – 15 David S. and Ann V. Howard Studio Theatre, State College of Florida, Bradenton campus

Urbanite Theatre 941.321.1397/ Ideation January 27 – March 12 A group of corporate consultants must navigate cognitive dissonances and moral dilemmas.



Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall 941.955.7676 / Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert January 3 My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy January 5 Sarasota Orchestra - Masterworks: Beethoven & Brahms January 6 – 8 Dirty Dancing January 10 – 11 Matthew Morrison January 12 Jay Leno January 13 Dick Fox’s Golden Boys starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian & Bobby Rydell January 14 Michael Bolton January 15 Engelbert Humperdinck January 16 Elvis Lives January 17 Zoltán Mága: From Budapest With Love January 18 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis January 19 Sarasota Orchestra - Pops: The Songs of Elton John and more, starring Michael Cavanaugh January 20 – 21 Adam Trent: The Futurist January 22

Riverdance The 20th Anniversary World Tour January 24 – 25 Spend the Night with Billy Crystal January 26 Kenny Rogers’ Final World Tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal with Special Guest Linda Davis January 27 Gladys Knight January 28 Johnny Mathis January 29 Boz Scaggs with The Robert Cray Band January 31

Venice Performing Arts Center 941.480.3191 / Rumours: Fleetwood Mac Tribute with special guest The Kollections January 7 Brass Transit – A Tribute to Chicago with special guest California Toe Jam January 15 Great Guitars of Jazz January 19 Three of the jazz world’s finest guitarists combine for an incredible night of jazz. A Tribute to Journey with special guest Maiden Cane January 20 Toronto All-Star Big Band January 21 – 22 One Book, One Community January 26 Author Daniel James Brown and The Boys in the Boat

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Glenn Miller Orchestra January 28 Venice Concert Band: Winter Concert January 30 Bob Dylan Tribute January 31 Venice Symphony Smetana-De Falla-Beethoven January 13 – 14 World-renowned pianist Tatiana Roitman performs.

Venice Theatre 941.488.1115 / Mainstage Sister Act January 10 – February 5 When disco singer Deloris Van Cartier is placed in protective custody in a convent, her unique brand of funk comes face-toface with the traditions of the church. Capitol Steps: “What to Expect When You’re Electing” January 15 – 16 This no-holds-barred political comedy act has become one of the country’s favorites. America’s Diamond Live – Starring Jay White January 22 – 23 Endorsed by Neil Diamond himself, Jay White recreates the look, sound and mannerisms of “The World’s Classiest Rock Star.” Back Home Again, A Tribute to John Denver January 29 – 30 Tom Becker recreates the style and sound of one of America’s immortal musical storytellers. The Pinkerton Frost/Nixon January 19 – February 11 An edge-of-your-seat dramatization of the events surrounding David Frost’s 1977 television interviews with Richard Nixon.

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LITERARYScene By Ryan G. Van Cleave



by Robert Olen Butler On Thursday, November 17, Robert Olen Butler closed out the fall Visiting Writers Forum by reading from his new novel, Perfume River, in the auditorium of Ringling College of Art + Design’s Larry R. Thompson Academic Center. And close it out to rave reviews he did. Perfume River is the story of two brothers, Robert and Jimmy Quinlan, who are both victims of their father’s profound and ongoing disappointment. Robert tried to earn their tough WWII veteran father’s respect by serving as a soldier in the Vietnam War. Jimmy preferred rebellion, heading off to exile in Canada where he lived for the next few decades, refusing to speak to his father or brother. In typical Butler fashion, the book moves seamlessly through time and location, but a good deal of the story centers around Robert’s later life as a 70-year-old history professor at Florida State University. He’s married to another professor,



Darla, though perhaps “married” isn’t the right word since their existence is largely solitary and isolated — they have separate meals, separate offices, and separate lives. Maybe the better explanation is that they’re living lives of quiet desperation. Robert’s relationship with the men in his family is equally broken, only more noticeably so. With his father and brother, it’s all on the surface, glaringly so. With his father now on his deathbed, Robert is dutifully by his side. But Jimmy still chooses rebellion — he doesn’t want to appear at his father’s bedside. It turns out that an unstable homeless man that Robert wrongly assumes is another Vietnam veteran is poised to play a large role in the happenings, serving as a mirror to Robert. His name? Bob, of course. Perfume River is a fairly quiet book considering that war is a part of it in a variety of ways, yet quietness is appropriate since the story is largely told in memories and characters’ reflections as they enter the later stages of their lives. There’s irony in how constrained the dialogue is because they all need to speak so desperately, yet no one knows how to do exactly that, and that’s part of the tense undercurrent throughout this book. Robert has a secret about the war. His father has his own secret. They all need to talk but communication isn’t something they excel at or even seem capable of doing. The plot is smooth and elegant, which helps keep the focus on the instances of self-delusion, unvoiced feelings, and crucial truths about marriage, life, and war that always lurk just beneath the surface. About the book, Butler said, “I hope that this book somehow speaks for my boomer generation. I hope it addresses the ways in which our families

are profoundly intertwined.” Butler knows his settings well. He served as an intelligence officer in Vietnam from 1969-1971, and he speaks fluent Vietnamese. Plus he’s the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, which is a Vietnam-themed short story collection. And he’s also been a professor of English at Florida State University since 2000. But it’s more than just evocative settings that makes this book work. “In some ways,” said Butler, “Perfume River is a book that synthesizes the essence of what I’ve learned about the human experience.” If you know anything about Butler’s work or his teaching of writing, you know that one key element of his idea on stories is the concept of yearning. “It’s at the heart of what fiction as an art form is all about,” said Butler. “Any Buddhist will tell you that as a human being on this planet, you can’t exist for even thirty seconds without desiring something. My favorite word is yearning because it suggests the deepest level of desire.” And he went on to explain that the ultimate yearning is one’s struggle with identity, the act of having one’s life matter and mean something. That’s what the ill-fated characters in Perfume River struggle with. And that’s why this book resonates so profoundly with readers. What do we owe each other? Ourselves? The dead? Our country? And ultimately, it asks: what makes us who we are? In sum, Perfume River is a first-rate, thought-inspiring book from one of the finest American writers we have. Butler is at the top of his literary game here once again. Rating:





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Amnon Weinstein and James A. Grymes, author of “Violins of Hope,” will explore the complex role that the Violins of Hope played during the Holocaust. Audiences will have an opportunity to hear a violin played by alumni from the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017 • 7:00pm

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017 • 10:30Am

Sponsor – Jewish National Fund Riverview Performing Arts Center 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL $12.50 in advance or $15.00 day of event

Sponsor – Bob and Judy Vigder Temple Beth Israel 567 Bay Isles Rd, Longboat Key, FL $12.50 in advance or $15.00 day of event

For details of all the Violins of Hope events or to purchase tickets go to JFEDSRQ.ORG/violins-of-hope or call 1.866.465.3995 Violins of Hope Sponsor: The Mazur Family Fund; Music Sponsor: Betty Schoenbaum; Lead Corporate Sponsor: ; Federation Torch Sponsors: David and Edie Chaifetz, Leon R and Margaret M. Ellin Foundation, Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative, Lois Stulberg; Gold Sponsors: Kates Foundation, Joan and Bartram Levenson, Nancy and Ray Swart; Bronze Sponsors: The Ackerman Group; Aviva; Jewish National Fund; Udell Associates; WUSF Public Media; Hospitality Sponsors: Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Sponsored by JCC Association’s Making Music Happen Centennial Grant Initiative, funded by a grant from Marvin J. Pertzik and the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation.

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Kicking off the season, the Orchestra will delight audiences with a piano rock concert featuring the music of Sir Elton John. Guest vocalist, Grammy and Tony Award nominee Michael Cavanaugh, will perform a variety of songs from the British piano legend’s repertoire including Benny and the Jets, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Candle in the Wind and more. “Michael Cavanaugh puts his own musical signature on the music of Elton John. Utilizing the full forces of the Sarasota Orchestra, this is a symphonic “rock” sound that will rock the Van Wezel.” – Andrew Lane

The fun takes place on Friday evening, January 20 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 21 at 2:30 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m. Next up Andrew Lane conducts “Leading Ladies of Broadway” highlighting the vocal talents of Susan Egan, Eden Espinosa and Liz Callaway, all of whom appeared on Broadway as leading ladies. Guest vocalists will perform a variety of songs from musicals including Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret and Thoroughly Modern Millie. “Susan, Liz and Eden with lead us

on a musical tour of “The Great White Way”. This talented trio will connect through their musicianship, humor and experiences on Broadway.”  – Andrew Lane   

Enjoy these timeless songs on Friday, March 3 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, March 4 at 2:30 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m. Everyone loves the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes! Last in the Pops Series, Andrew Lane conducts a Jazz tribute concert titled “The Music of Sinatra.” Jazz vocalist Michael Andrew will perform classic favorites from the Sinatra songbook. This concert is a multimedia experience that combines video clips and narration with music that tells the life story of Sinatra. “This concert could also be called “Sinatra 101” for his 101st birthday, in 2017, and fun facts presented about his life and music. This concert will feature Brad Williams on Trombone, Fernando Traba on Bassoon and Michael Andrew singing the great songs attributed to Ol’ Blue Eyes.”   – Andrew Lane

The experience begins on Friday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m.

All Pops concerts are at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Tickets start from $35. For tickets, please call the box office at 941.953.3434, or visit to purchase tickets.







By Ryan G. Van Cleave




The couple moved here in 2010 because a friend of theirs had moved to Sarasota in 2008 and loved it. The Bartners wanted warm winter weather, quality local medical facilities, convenient travel to New York and London, and a robust theater scene. Small wonder that Sarasota fit the bill and has been their home since then. “We love it here!” Beverly says more than once during our conversation.

some point, they made me president of Asolo Rep’s board, and I served in that role for two years,” he adds in his characteristically humble but straight-shooting style of speaking.

“We got involved with Asolo Rep during our first year here,” explains Bob, detailing how Margaret Wise threw a dinner party where they met Asolo Repertory Theatre Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards. “At

“Neither of us believes in retirement,” admits Bob. In the understatement of all understatements, he adds, “we stay pretty active.” He’s a Trustee of Ringling College of Art + Design. They both serve on the Asolo Rep’s Board of Directors. They’re active with Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation. Beverly’s co-chairing the Healthcare Foundation’s Women in Medicine luncheon and a fundraising event for the Friendship Centers. She’s also on


the board of the Child Protection Center. They’re both still active with numerous New York organizations and groups, too. And as any serious theater backer does, they travel like their frequent flier miles are about to expire. Bob points out that they’re heading to London on Saturday to prepare for the opening of a new production of Dream Girls, a show that — he carefully explains — originated here in the 1980s, was made into a movie twice, but has never been in London. The Bartners are producing a lot of shows in London these days, simply because it costs far less to produce shows there than elsewhere. Not long after they relocated to Sarasota, the Bartners partnered with Gulf Coast Community Foundation because Gulf Coast is a major sponsor of Asolo Rep. Bob notes that it’s not just financial support either — it’s offering the kind of wisdom, advice, and council any not-forprofit needs, such as the best way to structure and organize things. Bob says, “While Teri Hansen was in charge when we first started working with Gulf Coast Community Foundation, it’s great that Mark [Pritchett] and Veronica [Brady] have provided continuing quality

“Look at Sarasota. In order for all of these wonderful arts organizations to survive, we need to get young people to try it all out. The arts are part of what we all need to lead productive lives.” Bob Bartner

leadership. They continue to keep Gulf Coast a major player in developing the important things we need here in Sarasota and Venice.” One of those things that the Bartners want to see happen is the development of a new generation of arts and culture fans. “Look at Sarasota,” Bob explains. “In order for all of these wonderful arts organizations to survive, we need to get young people to try it all out. The arts are part of what we all need to lead productive lives.” One of the ways that happens is by making the arts familyfriendly. Last May, the Bartners discovered a very familyfriendly play in London, Hetty Feather, about a young girl who escapes the Foundling Hospital and has adventures with such people as Matron “Stinking” Bottomly and places such as a squirrel house and Tanglefields Travelling Circus. They enhanced the production and brought the entire cast to Asolo Rep to perform it. Asolo Rep was so pleased with their first family-oriented production that they have now committed to doing a family production every year. This season’s performance — a June/July production billed as “recommended for everyone ages 8+” — is Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, which is based on the 1870 book of the same name by French author Jules Verne. Bob and Beverly have a wonderful banter between them. While they don’t fully agree on the specific dates of events or how everything exactly happened, they do have a mutual love for the theater, an appreciation for the art world, a love for Sarasota, and a genuine desire to help make our community a better place (including, as Bob put it, his desire to control the amount of concrete going up and increase the number of trees that we have). “It’s absolutely critical that we get kids into theater, ballet, and music,” says Bob. Bev adds that just the other day, she saw maybe 50 school buses at the Van Wezel. That’s the sort of thing that the Bartners — and Gulf Coast Community Foundation — get excited about. Positive experiences with the arts have a huge impact on the lives of kids and help build those future audiences that the arts of tomorrow require.


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Dance philanthropy

For Love of By Steven J. Smith




“I’ve loved the ballet for as long as I can remember,” Goldstein said. “I started attending the ballet here in 2001. After a few years, I started supporting it financially. Then I was invited to be on the board of directors, which I served on for several years. Then I was elected president of the board.” Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., the Goldsteins moved to Sarasota permanently in 2004 after visiting as snowbirds for decades. “Friends were living here and when my husband retired we decided to move here to be near all of Sarasota’s cultural attractions,” she said. Once she was ensconced as president of the Sarasota




“It would be so lovely to have a theater we could call our own. That would be wonderful. We are so cramped for space, because we have a very large school, the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory, which is a pre-professional school for ballet dancers. We also have our Dance — The Next Generation, which is a scholarship program designed to help disadvantaged children do better in life. It would be nice to have all of that under one roof. Maybe one day we will.” Sydney Goldstein

Ballet’s board, Goldstein made it her goal to do two things: get the ballet out of debt and find a new artistic director for the company, who turned out to be Iain Webb. “When I was president of the board, I and several other board members felt the ballet was going in the wrong direction,” she said. “We needed to make a change and it was up to me as president to make that happen. Iain was by far the best candidate for the job. He had danced with The Royal Ballet in London and was assistant director of the K-Ballet in Japan, one of that country’s leading ballet companies. He was the right age and it was the right time to bring him here to be our artistic director.” Goldstein added what clinched her decision to hire Webb in 2007 was when she took him on a tour of the ballet and then of Sarasota, but he insisted on returning to watch the dancers work. “He was the only candidate who did that,” she said. “It was just totally obvious that he had to be the one for us.” By 2010 the ballet carried a $700,000 deficit, but under the direction of Webb and his wife and assistant director, Margaret Barbieri — along with support from donors such as the Goldsteins and

the late philanthropist Ted Weiller — it has been in the black for six years. Goldstein is proud of that, how far the ballet has come, and what a bright future it has. “Our repertoire is unbelievable,” she said. “We have over 100 ballets in the repertoire. It is now on a fine financial footing. It was tough going in Iain’s first three years, but we made it. We also have the advantage of having Margaret Barbieri, who was a former star of The Royal Ballet, come here with Iain to be his assistant director. When we hired Iain, he told us he was married with a son, but he never told us who Maggie was. She was a big bonus and she has done wonders with all of the girls in the company.” Now Board Chair Emerita, Goldstein-added future goals for the ballet include continued financial success and stability in the company’s leadership. “We would also like to do more touring,” she said. “Because the more you tour, the more other people see your company and the better it is. We’ve also have a special fund for hiring orchestras, because there is nothing like having live music when one goes to the ballet. We do seven productions a year and four of them are covered by live music. That means that whenever we’re at the Van Wezel or the Opera House, we can have an orchestra, because both of those venues have a pit. Asolo Rep doesn’t have one.” Goldstein’s ultimate goal is for the ballet to have its own theater, rather than bouncing between the three venues it shares with other cultural events in Sarasota. “It would be so lovely to have a theater we could call our own,” she said. “That would be wonderful. We are so cramped for space, because we have a very large school, the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory, which is a pre-professional school for ballet dancers. We also have our Dance — The Next Generation, which is a scholarship program designed to help disadvantaged children do better in life. It would be nice to have all of that under one roof. Maybe one day we will.”


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Children First received a $150,000 grant from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation to ensure that children and families in need will receive additional high-quality services to support their emotional and behavioral wellbeing.


DR. ALISSA SHULMAN NAMED 2016 PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR Sarasota Memorial Hospital honored Plastic Surgeon Alissa Shulman, MD, of Sovereign Plastic Surgery as the 2016 Physician of the Year. Dr. Shulman is an influential physician leader and passionate advocate for patients affected by breast cancer, spearheading a number of advances in reconstructive breast surgery, including nipplesparing mastectomies and myocutaneous flaps. She currently chairs the Plastic Surgery section at Sarasota Memorial. |



The Sarasota Orchestra received a $50,000 Arts Appreciation grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The grant will assist the Orchestra’s mission to engage and educate students of ages and abilities and sponsor multiple community outreach programs.



The Ringling announced the appointment of Michelle Moseley as senior development officer, working with the Florida State University Foundation team. Moseley will work with individual donors who wish



to provide major gifts in support of the museum, sponsorships for exhibitions and programming as well as overseeing the Annual Fund.   



With 30 years’ experience in helping people connect to organizations, products and services, Marjorie Floyd has been named Director of Marketing and Development for The Sarasota Ballet. She assumed her role in December 2016.



Gulf Coast Community Foundation has issued a $45,000 Arts Appreciation grant to Florida Studio Theatre. The funds will underwrite FST’s 2016/17 Winter Mainstage and Cabaret seasons and sponsor FST’s Season Gala fundraiser in February. |      



The Junior League of Sarasota presented a total of $33,000 in grants to five nonprofits selected because of their impact on the community and their alignment with the Junior League of Sarasota’s mission and focus on women, children, families, and hunger. Grant recipients were Easter Seals, Embracing Our Differences, The Family Network on Disabilities of Manasota, Transition Sarasota, and the Van Wezel Foundation.



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Breakthrough for Cancer Testing Treatments By Sue Cullen | Photo by Kelly Kearns




This new advancement, GPS Cancer (, is

“Statistically, seven out of ten patients will be resistant

the only commercially-available test that measures the exact

to at least one, if not both, drugs suggested by treatment

amount of critical proteins present on the surface of a cancer

guidelines,” Dr. Mamus said. “Someone who is really

cell from the patient’s tissue sample and informs the doctor

sick with a life-threatening lung cancer that can’t be

about which drugs would be most effective. “Drugs work on

treated surgically may realistically have only one shot at

proteins, and whether a drug will be effective for a cancer

treatment. That means we don’t have six months to figure

patient or whether the patient’s tumor is resistant to a drug is

out that a treatment is not working. We have to get it right

determined by what proteins are expressed on the surface of

the first time.”

a cancer cell,” Dr. Mamus said. “This technology is game-

Local resident Lisa Vince knows exactly what that

changing and is the most advanced anywhere in the world.

means, having been diagnosed with advanced lung

With it we can predict a patient’s response to drugs used to

cancer 18 months ago. Vince was referred to CCSM,

treat cancer before the patient actually is exposed to the drug

where Dr. Mamus noted that her cancer had spread to

rather than trial and error as we do today. This is an example

lymph nodes in her mid-chest and neck. “Just standing in

of a new cutting-edge, evolving standard of care. Most

the waiting room and reading about Dr. Mamus, I started

patients and physicians are not aware of the availability of

to develop a sense of hope,” she said. “When I met with

this test because it is so new. I think it is important to let both

him, I could see he is a no-frills, no-nonsense doctor

patients and physicians know this test is available.”

who knows his stuff, but at the same time, he has a nice

The test was introduced by NantHealth in June

bedside manner. I knew I could trust him.”

at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual

Dr. Mamus recommended the GPS Cancer test,

meeting. Dr. Mamus has been able to use GPS cancer

which revealed that standard treatments would not

testing in about 100 patients at CCSM (941-923-1872/

help her, but an unusual combination of drugs could This highly precise test, which is

be effective. Vince went to Johns Hopkins Hospital in

performed on patient biopsy specimens, is currently

Baltimore for a second opinion. “They told me there was

being used in patients with solid tumors in the breast,

nothing they could do but make me comfortable, and

colon, lung, prostate and head and neck among

they didn’t leave me with any positive thoughts on my

others. “This is one of the most important diagnostic

recovery at all,” she said.

breakthroughs that I have seen in cancer in the last 30

After going to battle with her insurance company,

years,” Dr. Mamus said.

she received approval to use the drug combination

“This technology is game-changing and is the most advanced anywhere in the world. With it we can predict a patient’s response to drugs used to treat cancer before the patient actually is exposed to the drug rather than trial and error as we do today. This is an example of a new cutting-edge, evolving standard of care. Most patients and physicians are not aware of the availability of this test because it is so new. I think it is important to let both patients and physicians know this test is available.” Dr. Steve Mamus

Using lung cancer as an example, typical treatment

indicated by the proteomics test results even though it

for the vast majority of patients is chemotherapy,

was outside of the treatment guidelines. Vince began

sometimes with radiation treatments. Standard

chemotherapy in December 2015, and scans three

chemotherapy, outlined in guidelines from organizations

months later showed no trace of the cancer. Subsequent

like the American Society of Clinical Oncologists and the

scans have also remained clear. “I’ve never felt better,”

National Comprehensive Cancer Network, often involves

Vince said. “As far as I know, I’m cancer-free. Dr. Mamus

a combination of two drugs. Data from NantHealth using

literally saved my life.”

proteomics suggest that 62 percent of patients will be

Dr. Mamus and Vince were invited to participate at

resistant to one of the recommended drugs while 24

the Breakthroughs in Medicine and Technology Summit

percent of patients will be resistant to the second drug.

in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this past summer. Also



attending was Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder and CEO of NantHealth through which the GPS Cancer test is available. The test is an enabler for the largest global cancer collaborative, founded by Dr. Soon-Shiong, to accelerate cancer research and find therapies that use the body’s own immune system to eliminate cancer. “Ours is the only commercial test to offer protein, DNA and RNA at this level of analysis,” said Dr. Soon-Shiong. “While genomics has undoubtedly advanced our ability to treat cancer, gene panels have only given us a partial picture and only look at a fraction of the genome. We have leapfrogged from genomics to the era of clinically relevant proteomics with this comprehensive integration of DNA, RNA to proteins and robust predictive analytics.” Compared with other genomic testing, which may have panels of 10 to 400 genes and no measurements of proteins, GPS Cancer sequences the entire genome, consisting of more than 20,000 genes and 3 billion base pairs and proteomics.  “This is compared with the patient’s normal DNA and a database that identifies alterations in the genome

Some oncologists have shied away from

body’s immune system, could work for her.

and proteins. The oncologist then has a

previous genomic testing because, unlike

detailed molecular profile of a patient’s

the GPS Cancer test, the information they

guide, but I believe you have to have

cancer, which enables personalized

were given regarding gene mutations did

the intellectual courage to do what the

treatment strategies based on the biology

not translate to anything actionable for

molecular biology tells you to do. The era

of the tumor,” Dr. Soon-Shiong said.

their patients. Focusing on proteomics is

of Betty Crocker medicine is over,” said Dr.

“How can we give a drug to a patient

“I use the treatment guidelines as a

what has made the difference for a number

Mamus, whose passion for his patients has

knowing before we even start that it

of Dr. Mamus’ patients. One woman whom

earned him 36 national awards for patient

likely is not going to work, will have

he treated successfully four years ago for

care, research and teaching. “The GPS

side effects, and, on top of it, they have

Stage 4 breast cancer had a recurrence.

Cancer test is vastly superior in diagnostics

to pay for it? A major preoccupation

Although standard tests showed her

to other testing currently available. Most

with guidelines may not be in the best

previous treatment targeting Her-2-Neu

importantly, the patient is not subjected

interest of the patients,” Dr. Mamus said.

would still be effective, Dr. Mamus ordered

to costly therapies with substantial side

“If we are really serious about ensuring

GPS Cancer testing, which showed it

effects that are not going to work.”

best care, we have to be willing to move

would no longer work. As a result, the

past guidelines that are using antiquated

patient avoided undergoing treatment

for his patients is personal. “He is a

technologies and are known to work

costing $20,000 a month that ultimately

true doctor. He is so passionate about

in only a subset of patients and look at

would not be effective. Another patient

treating cancer and really stays on top of

new technologies that will accelerate the

had a rare kidney cancer for which most

research and development. He’s also an

process to not only be more effective in

treatments are ineffective. With the results

independent thinker who doesn’t let the

outcomes, but more cost effective.” He

from the GPS Cancer test, Dr. Mamus

establishment determine his thoughts about

also believes that GPS Cancer testing

found that a new immunotherapy drug,

things,” she said. “Dr. Mamus cares about

should be used as a screening tool for

which disables a protective mechanism

his patients and wants you to have the best

inclusion or exclusion in clinical trials.

that makes the cancer “invisible” to the

treatment that can be provided for you.”



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Known as concierge or private medicine, this more personalized approach to healthcare has an abundance of benefits. “In the short time since we founded our practice, the healthcare system has continued to change. “What I find is that people have lost, and really miss, the personal relationship they used to have with their doctors,” said Dr. Kenneth Henson. “Patients are looking for the one person they know and

trust to be with them and to advocate for them throughout the healthcare process, from office visits and diagnostic studies through hospital stays, and convalescence.” In an effort to control costs, standard medical care has become constrained by clinical guidelines. These guidelines were never intended as hard and fast rules for every patient, but they are now often administered in that fashion.



Dr. Stephen C. Culp

Concierge medicine allows physicians to tailor decision making to the nuances of an individual patient’s needs. “Personalized medicine is becoming more and more important as the medical system has become increasingly algorithm driven. Today’s population based guidelines are implemented by a team of physicians, often whom the patient has never met, instead of your own long-standing physician. Poor communication between patients, specialists and hospitalists can prolong or even complicate a hospital admission, often times resulting in duplicate or unnecessary testing. This trend in conventional medicine has prompted patients to consider private



care,” said Dr. Stephen Culp. “The specialized practice at Culp-Henson allows for patient’s medical issues to be addressed quickly and monitored closely. Our goal is to minimize hospital admissions and emergency room visits when reasonable. While hospital stays are sometimes necessary, and true emergencies must always be seen in the ER, our specialized training and our experience, as well as the availability of same day testing allows more medical problems to be handled in our office. This is a great advantage when people are juggling complex health problems.” Dr. Culp and Dr. Henson have board certifications in cardiovascular diseases and

internal medicine, and they have practiced together for more than 20 years. Their dual certifications, combined with years of clinical practice expertise, means that they are uniquely qualified to handle a broad range of medical issues within the single practice. Dr. Henson, who served as Chief of Cardiology for Sarasota Memorial Hospital, received his advanced fellowship training in Interventional Cardiology from Georgetown University following his Cardiology fellowship training at the University of Florida. Following fellowship, Dr. Henson moved to Sarasota, bringing with him new expertise in the developing field of interventional cardiology.

“Personalized medicine is becoming more and more important as the medical system has become increasingly algorithm driven.” Dr. Stephen Culp

“We work hard to eliminate barriers between us and our patients. When people have access to a doctor, small problems can be treated promptly so they stay small.” Dr. Kenneth Henson

Dr. Culp received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his medical degree from the University of Vermont. He completed his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine, and Interventional Cardiology at Duke University. He then joined the faculty, working as an Assistant Professor, with a clinical practice at the Duke Private Diagnostic Clinic. Dr. Culp also served as Chief of Cardiology for Sarasota Memorial Hospital and has been honored by his peers as a Castle-Connelly Top Doctor for 12 consecutive years. The level of service provided by the two physicians at Culp-Henson is enhanced because of the way concierge or private medicine is

structured. Patients pay a flat fee annually for care, which in the Culp-Henson practice covers both cardiology and internal medicine services. The physicians limit the number of patients within the practice to facilitate easy access to a physician in the office or by phone. Furthermore, this allows flexible scheduling, unhurried office visits, and eliminates a need for nurse practitioners or physician assistants. The doctors generally call patients directly with test results. “We work hard to eliminate barriers between us and our patients. When people have access to a doctor, small problems can be treated promptly so they stay small,” Dr. Henson

said. “In addition, insurance coverage for preventive care is becoming more limited, but we have the staff and equipment to do preventive testing ourselves. Small problems left untreated can become big, so we take a more aggressive approach in early detection.” The annual fee encompasses comprehensive cardiac testing not typically performed in a concierge practice. With half of all Americans developing heart disease in their lifetimes, the practice is well suited to performing the screening tests and cardiovascular disease management that their patients may need. Cardiac services available in the office include stress testing, vascular ultrasound Dr. Kenneth D. Henson



imaging, echocardiography, ambulatory heart rhythm monitoring, anticoagulation regulation, and pacemaker/ defibrillator checks. For insurance reasons, most medical practices limit testing to only one test per day. At Culp-Henson, multiple tests can be done in one day so patients don’t have to wait for results. “We streamline care, avoid duplication, and give patients back the gift of time,” Dr. Culp said. This combination of primary and cardiac care is especially beneficial for older patients, or patients dealing with several different medical issues, who like the idea of streamlining their care. For these patients, multiple health issues can be addressed in one office by physicians who know them well. They benefit from working with physicians who share their goal of maintaining an independent lifestyle. As the practice has evolved over the past several years, it has attracted increasing numbers of younger patients. These patients are interested in preventive care and benefit from flexible scheduling and convenience. Many of these patients have hectic work schedules. For active professionals and road warriors, the convenience of being able to schedule appointments on short notice and on “their schedule” is the key to staying healthy. “Our patients travel extensively, and we enjoy



counseling them with regard to travel immunizations, disease prevention, and the management of their health conditions while abroad,” said Dr. Culp. “We offer the ability to communicate with us while out of the country, and may even prescribe medications with guidance on appropriate use for travel related illness.” Many patients are seasonal residents, and their care is coordinated by CulpHenson year-round. Both physicians have been in practice for more than 20 years and have developed connections through their academic and training activities. Therefore, they have an extensive network of physicians to whom they can refer when patients are out of this area. International seasonal residents like Culp-Henson’s model of concierge medicine because of its comprehensive nature, defined costs, and ease of access. To accommodate the growing practice, much of which has been by word of mouth from patients and other physicians, CulpHenson moved earlier this year to a spacious, modern new office at 1250 S. Tamiami Trail, close to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Drs. Culp and Henson also attribute the growth of their practice to a loyal, experienced staff, who enjoy their personal connection with patients. Most staff members have worked at Culp-Henson for more than 10 years. “Hearing a friendly voice that you know over the

phone, and knowing that they know you and care for you is so important when you are concerned about your health,” Dr. Culp said. Although the practice is busy, the two physicians enjoy supporting the community. Both doctors volunteer by providing care to less privileged members of the community, and the practice also supports community activities, including co-sponsorship of the Ringling College Library Association’s Town Hall Lecture Series. The focus at Culp-Henson is always on the patient. “Dr. Culp and I are closely engaged with our patients. We are accessible, vigilant and proactive with their health issues,” Dr. Henson said. “We want people to know that traditional medicine is still alive. Patient’s obtain peace of mind in knowing that if they get sick, or have a problem and are frightened, they will be able to reach a doctor, and we’ll always be there when they need us.” With the complexities of the healthcare system and so much conflicting information today, it can be overwhelming and confusing for people who are trying to decide what to do and whom to trust in a medical situation. “We personalize each patient’s care. Patients understand that we are involved and have their best interests at the forefront,” Dr. Culp said. “People feel cared for and secure. It gives them a sense of comfort.”

“Dr. Culp and I are closely engaged with our patients. We are accessible, vigilant and proactive with their health issues. We want people to know that traditional medicine is still alive. Patient’s obtain peace of mind in knowing that if they get sick, or have a problem and are frightened, they will be able to reach a doctor, and we’ll always be there when they need us. Dr. Kenneth Henson

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Evolution OF REGENERATIVE MEDICINE Harnessing and enhancing the body’s own regenerative powers is a medical practice at the frontier of present-day advancements whose properties can seem miraculous to those who benefit from them. The miracle, however, is the result of scientific exploration that has begun to unlock and utilize the body’s extraordinary ability to heal and restore itself. “I call this new therapy RestoreIT because of its remarkable ability to promote healing in so many areas from tendons, ligaments and joints to cosmetic enhancements and hair restoration,” said Joseph Greco, PhD, PA/C. “It is tremendous for wound healing and is also used in heart, orthopedic and vascular surgery. We even make a serum that we use to treat dry eye. That’s how versatile it is if you have the expertise to use it.” Dr. Greco has 10 years of experience in regenerative medicine, including with a biotech company where he developed and patented many of the proprietary processes that are unique to Greco Medical Group (941.952.3300/ Greco Medical Group in Sarasota has been at the forefront of developing patented, proprietary processes using growth factors and other healing components from a patient’s own blood for a wide variety of regenerative

purposes from cosmetics to orthopedics. Now, Greco Medical Group is incorporating another natural, and potent tool of birth and renewal – Restore™ – amniotic fluid collected from consenting mothers during Caesarean section births. One patient who benefited from Restore™ was a diabetic who was in danger of losing his toe because of a chronic wound that would not heal. “The wound closed after one treatment with Restore™,” Dr. Greco said. Another patient came to Greco Medical Group after a doctor told him he would need knee replacement surgery. “I could barely walk because my left knee was in such bad shape. I had a hard time standing. It’s November 6 now, about six weeks since your help, and today I went to a local park and walked four miles and then later went to the Y and shot some baskets,” said a patient from Virginia in a letter to Dr. Greco. “Tonight there is absolutely no pain or discomfort, no swelling, no tightening. I thought I would never get to do the things I did today ever again. I was telling my son today that what has happened to me is nothing short of a miracle.” Just as important is the safety of these therapies. “I have been doing these procedures for 10 years and close to 8,000 treatments, and there has not been one

adverse side effect,” Dr. Greco said. “That is the beauty of regenerative therapy where a patient’s own cells are used as the basis for treatment. It is the most versatile and safest treatment in medicine today.” These treatments involve regenerative proteins created by collecting whole blood from a patient and then fractionalizing and concentrating those factors to activate the body’s natural repair mechanisms. What Dr. Greco does is more advanced than Platelet Rich Plasma, and now the addition of Restore™ amniotic fluid represents another important evolution. His proprietary process creates a more purified form of Cytokine Plasma (CRP). Cytokines are the blood’s messenger cells, and they tell cells involved in healing and

regeneration what to do. The proprietary process used by Greco Medical Group creates more purified CRP and isolates specific types of cells, which customizes it to specific procedures. “With our process, there are higher levels of growth factors, which I believe play the primary role in regeneration. The process contains proteins that can alter disease processes, such as I-RA, which reduces pain, and A2M, which modifies osteoarthritis. These are not found in regular PRP,” Dr. Greco said. “There is an art and a science to this, and we also can fractionalize the blood to include or exclude specific cells. For wound healing, we may want to include white blood cells to fight infection, but if we are using the serum



“I have been doing these procedures for 10 years and close to 8,000 treatments, and there has not been one adverse side effect. That is the beauty of regenerative therapy where a patient’s own cells are used as the basis for treatment. It is the most versatile and safest treatment in medicine today.” Dr. Joseph Greco

for hair restoration or on tendons, we may not want them because they promote inflammation. If we do cosmetic injections for the skin and face, we don’t want red blood cells because they increase bruising. Being able to extract the cells we want is part of our proprietary process.” Adding Restore™ amniotic fluid to this concentrated matrix brings even more beneficial proteins that support cell growth and differentiation. It also includes collagen, the “glue” that provides the underlying structure for all body tissue, as well as growth factors, amino acids, cytokines, hyaluronic acid and other compounds that are required for healing and regeneration of tissue. Restore™ amniotic fluid is carefully processed by the University of Miami Tissue Bank from healthy, consenting mothers during Caesarean births. The fluid is screened and processed for purity to strict FDA standards and American Association of Tissue Banks guidelines. “In the amniotic fluid, you are getting cells from the amnion, the inner layer of the placenta that protects babies, and babies that have surgery in the womb don’t scar because of these cells. It’s a different type of regeneration that reduces scarring outside of the womb among



other benefits,” Dr. Greco said. “It is so versatile, we use it in many ways. Our CRP regimen alone can treat pain from an orthopedic problem, for example, but when the regular treatment seems not to be getting the results we want, this gives an extra boost of growth factors and can easily be added to our formula. Our Restore™ may also promote healing and may slow down the progress of a disease like arthritis, allowing people to postpone joint replacement surgery for as long as possible.” Using Restore™ amniotic fluid is less painful and invasive and there is relatively no down time for the patient as there is with adipose cells which require liposuction to collect these healing factors from the patient’s fat tissue or bone marrow aspirate, which is the removal of a small section of bone, usually from the ilium. It also provides an additional option for treating many people since the FDA now has mandated that factors collected from fat cells can only be used in FDA-approved studies. This therapy also has many benefits in cosmetic procedures for facial rejuvenation and hair restoration, providing alternatives for those who do not want a facelift or hair transplant, but would like to improve their skin or existing hair. This is especially beneficial for women, who make up 60 percent of hair restoration patients, because they can take only one medication approved for hair regrowth. Dr. Greco specializes in hair restoration with surgical and nonsurgical procedures. His family is the only threegeneration family in the world doing hair transplantation. His father, Dr. Joseph F. Greco, was a general practitioner and pioneered hair transplantation by founding Greco Hair Surgery in 1960. Dr. Greco’s son, Dr. Joseph Greco III, is a MOHS (Dermatologic) surgeon at UCLA and also does hair transplantation. Dr. Greco recently gave a nine-year update on his methodologies to the International Society of Hair Restoration. “Previously, we have had anecdotal data from patients supporting the

effectiveness of our procedures, but we now have clinical data on the use of growth factors in improving hair nonsurgically,” he said. “When we came out with this nine years ago, people were skeptical, but our patented method, which now adds Restore™ amniotic fluid, improves and helps keep existing hair and enhances the effects of surgery by decreasing scarring and growing hair sooner. We have patients come to us from all 50 states and 70 countries, and 80 percent of people treated have seen improvement in the aesthetic character and density of their hair.” Dr. Greco’s methods now are incorporated worldwide, and he has trained physicians from 18 countries. In addition to developing his patented procedures and participating in clinical research with a biotech firm for 10 years, Dr. Greco also has experience in orthopedics, having assisted in orthopedic surgery for 10 years. His hair restoration methodologies are internationally renowned, and along with teaching and lecturing internationally, he has authored many journal articles and has developed surgical instruments and nonsurgical procedures in use worldwide. Dr. Greco’s work has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Men’s Journal, and USA Today. He has pioneered biologic treatments for Alopecia Areata and Androgenic Alopecia, and these results were included in an international study published in the prestigious American Journal of Dermatologic Surgery. “There’s a reason these therapies we have helped develop are becoming more popular with professional athletes and baby boomers. They truly can postpone or prevent surgeries,” Dr. Greco said. “People do their homework and see that we have developed a lot of these procedures. Patients come to us from as far away as New Zealand every six months, and they wouldn’t do that unless they were getting results. Now, adding the regenerative factors from Restore™ amniotic fluid is another step in the evolution of cellular therapy.”

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Florida Urology Specialists


Matthew J. Perry, M.D. A. Joseph Bilik, M.D., FACS William J. Tingle, M.D., FACS Tracy B. Gapin, M.D., FACS Front row:

Thomas H. Williams, M.D., FACS




Devoted to helping those suffering from a

who treats a wide range of conditions with a high

urologic condition return to their active lifestyles,

success rate including enlarged prostate, female

these highly-credentialed doctors provide expert

incontinence, kidney stones, bladder cancer and

care in nine locations in Sarasota and Manatee

prostate cancer. Dr. Bilik received his medical

counties for bladder and kidney cancers, BPH or

degree from Georgetown University and completed

enlarged prostate, prostate cancer management,

his general surgical and urological surgical training

interstitial cystitis, overactive bladder, erectile

respectively at Massachusetts General Hospital

dysfunction, incontinence, male infertility and

and Lahey Clinic Medical Center, where he was

many more conditions. Believing in early detection

Chief Resident of Urology. He was a Lieutenant

and treatment, new patients typically receive

Commander in the U.S. Navy serving as a medical

appointments within one week.

officer on two carriers, the last during Operation

Dr. Thomas Williams is board certified in Adult

Desert Storm. Dr. Bilik is a recipient of the Sarasota

and Pediatric Urology and enjoys sharing his expertise

Memorial Hospital Hero Award and has been a

by conducting many free community seminars.

Castle Connelly Top Doctor for multiple years.

Dr. Williams earned his medical degree from the

Dr. Tracy Gapin has stayed at the forefront of

University of Tennessee, where he was honored

prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment as a pioneer

with a Research Scholarship Award and completed a

in the United States with the minimally-invasive

urology residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical

high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). Dr. Gapin

Center. He is published in the Journal of Urology and

is one of the most experienced urologists in the U.S.

was past chairman of Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s

with the newly FDA-approved HIFU procedure. He

Cancer Committee and has served on the Board of

also has extensive experience in prostate MRI and

Trustees at Doctors Hospital.

MRI guided fusion biopsies. Dr. Gapin received

Dr. William Tingle is a board-certified general

his medical degree from the University of Texas

urologist who is highly experienced in successfully

and completed his general surgery internship and

treating kidney stones, enlarged prostate, and

urology residency at the University of Florida.

erectile dysfunction. Dr. Tingle has performed

Dr. Matthew Perry completed his urology

over 5,000 vasectomies and has a high success

training at the renowned Mayo Clinic where he

rate with vasectomy reversals as well. He received

also served as a Clinical Instructor and developed

his medical degree from the University of Florida

an affinity for the clinic’s culture of compassionate

and completed his surgical internship and urology

caregiving. Dr. Perry’s practice is in general urology

residency at the university’s Shands Hospital. He has

with a focus on prostate, bladder and kidney

been a practicing urologist locally for 23 years and

cancers, kidney stones, prostate enlargement,

enjoys one of the area’s busiest practices. Dr. Tingle

erectile dysfunction and female incontinence. He

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has extensive expertise with robotic surgery and

Urological Association and its Southeastern Section

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Coastal Eye Institute

Back row from left to right:

Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr.

Murray Friedberg Robert Edelman Pooja Khator Eric Berman Allison Menezes Scott Silverman

Front row from left to right:

Dr. Jeffrey Davis Dr. Anita Shane Dr. Robert Sambursky

Coastal Eye Institute has delivered quality ophthalmology care for children and adults since 1964. Its nine dedicated doctors focus solely on comprehensive eye care from routine check-ups to diagnosis, correction and management of complex medical eye care needs. Although its longevity speaks to the quality of care Coastal Eye Institute has delivered over the years, the practice has continued to evolve. Today, each member of its team of board-certified ophthalmologists is fellowship-trained in a specific subspecialty of ophthalmology, which makes Coastal Eye Institute uniquely qualified to provide continuity of care for patients of all ages throughout all stages of treatment. Over the years, thousands of people have been effectively treated for serious eye issues such as macular degeneration, retinal detachments, corneal diseases, lazy eye and crossed eyes (amblyopia and strabismus), glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye disease, and cataracts. Coastal Eye Institute has on staff one of only 500 board-certified and fellowshiptrained neuro-ophthalmologists in the U.S. for treatment of visual problems in patients with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and strokes. Coastal Eye Institute has continually evolved to meet the needs of the community and also has incorporated the latest advanced technology for procedures such as bladeless cataract surgery, micro-incision cataract surgery, laser vision correction, and advanced lens implants. It serves patients at four locations in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and Sun City Center. As it has for more than 50 years, Coastal Eye Institute will continue to 1427 South Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34239 217 Manatee Avenue East Bradenton, FL 34208 6310 Health Park Way, #340 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941.748.1818



provide the same combination of expert and technologically advanced care delivered with compassion, which has earned the trust of multiple generations of patients. “Our guiding principle is to provide outstanding medical and surgical eye care for all stages of a person’s life in a caring and comfortable environment,” said Ben Davis, Practice Administrator and CEO. “Sight is central to everything we do, which motivates us to do all we can to help ensure that vision impairment will not limit someone’s quality of life and independence.”

Dr. Alissa Shulman Sovereign Plastic Surgery

Dr. Alissa Shulman of Sovereign Plastic Surgery has built a reputation as a skilled plastic surgeon with a sculptor’s touch and a passion for patient care that springs from a compassionate nature. Dr. Shulman, who is an artist and sculptor, focuses her practice on body sculpting and is highly regarded for her work in breast reconstruction for cancer patients in addition to her cosmetic surgery skills. “I have two young daughters, who I want to grow up having a good body image perception,” she says. “It’s the same thing I tell patients. There are a lot of different shapes and sizes, and the goal is to make what we have the best it can be.” Dr. Shulman’s caring approach and willingness to give 100 percent at all times has earned her recognition as Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Physician of the Year. She also has served as SMH’s Chief of Surgery and President of the Sarasota County Medical Society. Dr. Shulman’s practice has been growing steadily to the point where she’s ready to take on a new partner this year, Dr. Mark Mathieson, with whom she trained in plastic surgery at the Medical College of Ohio and who shares her views about patient care. “He has the same down-to-earth work ethic that I do,” she says. “Very few plastic surgeons here want to do breast reconstruction or revisions following skin cancer surgery, but we both like working with those patients.” Although Dr. Shulman’s practice is growing, she and her staff still maintain the office’s family atmosphere. “Our office is especially close,” she says. “We’re downto-earth, and we adopt patients, especially those going through breast cancer.” Dr.

Sovereign Plastic Surgery 1950 Arlington Street, Suite 112 Sarasota, FL 34239 941.366.LIPO (5476)

Shulman also remains committed to continuing to push the boundaries of proven approaches in which she has particular expertise, including fat grafting and nipplesparing mastectomies for beautiful, natural results. She also incorporates the latest technology that makes sense for her practice, such as nonsurgical fat reduction, which is an excellent option for certain patients. “We see a lot of transformations here,” Dr. Shulman says, “and it is very rewarding.”



Anne-Marie Chalmers, M.D. Bo Martinsen, M.D. Omega3 Innovations

727 Commerce Drive Venice, FL 34292 941.485.4400

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Venice-based Omega3 Innovations provides consumers with highly beneficial omega-3 oil, aimed to help relieve conditions stemming from chronic inflammation. Founders Bo Martinsen, M.D. and Anne-Marie Chalmers, M.D., a husband-and-wife team, bring a wealth of experience in family medicine, preventive medicine and research and development to their innovative products. “We are the only company in the world delivering truly fresh, omega-3-rich products directly to consumers,” Dr. Chalmers says. “To get the full benefits from omega-3, you need an oil that’s fresh and that delivers an effective daily dose. This can’t be obtained via traditional fish oil capsules.” Many people remember unpleasant-tasting cod liver oil from their childhood or experience fishy burps when taking capsules, but truly fresh fish oil has no fishy taste or smell, just like high quality seafood, says Dr. Martinsen. “The bad taste develops when the oil turns rancid,” he says, “and it’s important that healthcare professionals and consumers know that oxidized fats may be toxic.” Omega3 Innovations offers its neutral-tasting Omega Cure® oil in a variety of patented products, including unique single dose vials and indulgent-tasting cookies and chocolates. These innovative products earned the company the prestigious SupplySide CPG Editor’s Choice Award and a call-out in Forbes, which dubbed their cookie “seriously yummy.” Before starting Omega3 Innovations 10 years ago, Dr. Martinsen and Dr. Chalmers ran independent medical practices in Norway. They decided they could do more good by solving the dose and taste issues that kept their patients from getting enough omega-3 fatty acids. The doctors say creating Omega3 Innovations has been a rewarding move. Pilot studies and anecdotal evidence from customers have shown their omega-3 products alleviate numerous conditions, including dry eyes, high triglyceride levels and chronic joint pain. A new product, which combines their omega-3 oil with melatonin, is available in Sarasota. “Research has shown this combination may be useful in the prevention and therapy of cancers or to simply improve sleep,” says Dr. Chalmers. Dr. Martinsen concurs, “We are coming out with what we think could be a medical breakthrough.”

Dr. David Mobley, Dr. Scott Engel, Dr. Braun Graham & Dr. Brian Derby Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center

2255 South Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34239 941.366.8897

Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center is one of the region’s leading practices offering comprehensive services with a team of four devoted and well-credentialed plastic surgeons with a combined experience of 60 years. Their goal is to provide patients with the highest level of care. “Our role is to keep up with the latest technologies that are safe and exceptionally beneficial to our patients,” says Dr. Braun Graham, who has been named among America’s Best Doctors since 1996. “The principles of ‘tried and true’ procedures are based on years of successful patient outcomes with procedures that emphasize patient safety and reliable results.” The goal is to provide patients with the “gold standard” of proven care. “We deliver profound improvements safely while maintaining a natural appearance,” says Dr. David Mobley. “We are extensively trained, have many years of experience, and perform procedures that we know will produce great results time and again.” Dr. Mobley is triple board certified in plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology and has been a Castle Connolly Top Doctor since 2007. With offices, medical spa, skin care services, and a federally certified surgical center in one location, patients can have their needs met conveniently. Surgical procedures include facial rejuvenation, liposuction, breast and body contouring, tummy tucks and labiaplasties. The Center also offers proven advancements in noninvasive techniques, such as SculpSure, a body contouring system that reduces stubborn fat with no down time. “The relationship I develop with patients helps me understand their goals, and together, we develop a plan. I treat my patients as if they were my family,” says Dr. Scott Engel, who is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and serves on the clinical faculty at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. A patient-centric approach also is an important value for Dr. Brian Derby who has advanced specialty training in oculoplastic and aesthetic facial, breast and body surgery. “We want safe and beautiful results, and our patients’ opinions on how close we are to achieving these goals matter,” he says. “We enjoy our patients’ consistently high praise and take time to understand ways we can make the experience even better.” JANUARY 2017 | SCENE


Dr. Brian Hoffman Hoffman Dental

3920 Bee Ridge Road Bldg. E, Ste. D Sarasota, FL 34233 941.922.4546



Dr. Brian Hoffman is passionate and well-educated about recreating health and happiness for his patients. For him, that meant creating a dental practice where patients are glad to be treated, whether for routine preventive care or for full-mouth rehabilitation and dental implants. Dr. Hoffman has built his practice by staying up to date with new materials, techniques and technology, and by living up to his reputation for gentle comprehensive dentistry and complete patient satisfaction. His strong focus on continuing education leads him to travel the nation to continue learning the latest in proven advancements, including those that help him achieve his goal of “Same Day Dentistry.” This is accomplished with leading-edge technology using a combination of 3D cone beam CT scans to create virtual treatment plans that guide precise positioning for bone and soft tissue and CEREC® digital scanning and milling to produce natural-looking implant crowns and abutments, inlays, onlays, and veneers right in the practice, same day. Dr. Hoffman also employs advanced methodologies to reduce discomfort and speed healing including piezosurgery, which uses ultrasonic vibrations to manipulate bone. He also applies concentrated growth factors from a patient’s own blood to surgical areas, speeding bone and tissue growth, which provides significant healing benefits and increased comfort. Dr. Hoffman received his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from the prestigious Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, has a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology and Public Health, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Ohio State University and College of Medicine and Public Health. He is a Fellow of the renowned Misch International Implant Institute and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Hoffman has been recognized as the Best Dentist in the nation by HealthTap, as well as a Top Dentist by his colleagues. Locally, he has earned Best Local Dentist and Reader’s Choice Awards. Dr. Hoffman uses his expertise to give back to the community by offering free dental services to the needy during Project Christmas Smile and to aid veterans with the Freedom Day USA initiative.

Sarasota OB/GYN Associates

Back row from left to right:

Elizabeth Gutierrez, ARNP, CNM Beth Hinkelman, WHNP, RNC, MPH Wayne A. Cohen, MD, FACOG Paulina Lamb, ARNP Kaye Bennett, ARNP Front row from left to right:

Katrina Davis, MD Julianne Kenton, MD, FACOG

3400 Tamiami Trail, Suite 102 Port Charlotte, Florida 33952 2439 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, FL 34239 3171 Bobcat Center Village Road North Port, FL 34288 941.343.0609

Patients at Sarasota OB/GYN Associates trust that they will receive comprehensive care with compassion from board-certified physicians. From routine well-woman exams to prenatal health and delivery through menopausal management and treatment of genitourinary issues, the practice is dedicated to providing the highest level of care with the latest and most minimally invasive procedures. “We get to know patients individually, discuss treatment options, and find what makes sense for that person,” says Dr. Katrina Davis, who specializes in treating genitourinary disorders, such as incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Sarasota OB/GYN Associates provides both low- and high-risk obstetric care, and Dr. Julianne Kenton works with expectant mothers. She also provides general gynecology services. “I am passionate about minimally invasive gynecological surgery, but working with patients on day-to-day things like family planning, hormone replacement, and routine annual exams is also where I thrive,” Dr. Kenton says. Its other providers include Dr. Wayne Cohen, Elizabeth Guiterrez, CNM, and nurse practitioners Beth Hinkelman, Paulina Lamb and Kaye Bennett. Dr. Davis’ empathetic nature helps her understand how patients’ issues impact their quality of life. She is board certified in urogynecology and specializes in robotic surgeries, urinary and fecal incontinence, chronic constipation, and pelvic prolapse. Dr. Davis received medical training at the University of Tennessee and completed a Preceptorship at the Women’s Incontinence Center in Evanston, Ill. She completed her residency at the University of Arkansas where she also served on the medical faculty. “My life experience has led me to be a kindred spirit with patients,” Dr. Davis says. “I like to fix things or provide treatments that make their lives so much better.” Dr. Kenton is friendly and approachable and always wanted to be a doctor. On her first day in obstetrics during medical school, a woman in the last stages of labor came in. Dr. Kenton delivered the baby and decided that was what she wanted to do. She is a board-certified gynecologist and a Harvard University and Jagiellonian University graduate. She completed her residency at Louisiana State University. “Being a good listener with a friendly smile helps patients open up,” Dr. Kenton says, “and they know they are getting excellent healthcare.”



Christopher Davis, M.D., F.A.C.C. Manatee Cardiovascular Wellness Institute

At age 7, Dr. Christopher Davis suffered a ruptured appendix which resulted in a nearly fatal month-long hospitalization. That experience forever changed his life. The gratitude and appreciation for the physicians who operated on him fostered his






his medical training, he developed an interest in interventional cardiology as this was an exciting field that made an immediate impact in the lives of patients with heart disease. In recent years, Dr. Davis, a board-certified interventional cardiologist, has also developed an interest in integrative cardiology incorporating nutritional metabolic support in the treatment of his cardiovascular patients. Although he enjoys performing many lifesaving cardiovascular procedures, he is also passionate about the prevention of underlying heart and vascular disease as well as improving overall well-being. Spending time getting to know his patients is crucial to how Dr. Davis practices medicine. Understanding what is going on in their lives is important because classic cardiac symptoms — lack of energy, chest pain and shortness of breath — can also result from other issues such as sleep deprivation or anxiety. To address cardiovascular and other underlying issues, he also offers scientifically-based therapies utilizing new technologies, such BEMER therapy, nutritional counseling, and naturopathic therapeutic options. Rigorously






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and also serves on many hospital advisory boards. Dr. Davis is a cross-fit training enthusiast, but devotion to his family, including two young daughters, and his strong faith in God are his top priorities.

Jeffrey Scott, MD, FACS, ASPS The Plastic Surgery Center

The Plastic Surgery Center 1219 East Avenue South, Suite 201 Sarasota, Florida 34239 Phone: 800.305.2450 5807 21st Avenue West Bradenton, Florida 34209 Phone: 800.941.4302

Dr. Jeffrey Scott is driven by his ability to transform people’s lives. He became interested in Plastic Surgery out of a desire to help others; the positive impact he has on his patients still motivates him to develop innovate techniques and deliver exceptional results. Dr. Scott has built a boutique practice at The Plastic Surgery Center where patients travel from around the world for the latest technology and techniques in Facial Aesthetic Rejuvenation and Body Contouring. He and his team are warm, yet professional, and create a relaxed, unhurried environment where care is always delivered compassionately. His team knows their patients personally and ensures that their needs are met. Dr. Scott has practiced at The Plastic Surgery Center for 26 years. He chooses to remain a solo practitioner so that he himself performs all surgical and nonsurgical procedures, ensuring that his patients receive the highest quality care for head-to-toe rejuvenation. His is the only local practice to offer the two leading non-invasive fat-reducing technologies, CoolSculpting and SculpSure. Each of his patients receives an individualized treatment plan, and with state-of-the-art 3D imaging, Dr. Scott can visually extrapolate expected results. He believes in understanding the patient’s goals through attentive listening and counsels them honestly about realistic outcomes. Dr. Scott developed top-tier surgical skills early on through a five-year General Surgery and Trauma Residency at a Level One Trauma Center followed by a two-year Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia. He became board certified in both General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His devotion to his patients has resulted in multiple-year Compassionate Doctor, America’s Top Plastic Surgeon, and Vitals Top 10 Doctor Awards. A fitness enthusiast, Dr. Scott was a tennis letterman at the University of Oklahoma and remains very active in tennis, golf, and biking. He enjoys helping patients participate in their own transformations by sharing his expertise and guiding them through healthy weight loss and fitness activities that work for their lifestyle. JANUARY 2017 | SCENE


Dr. Laura Kunberger Partners Imaging Centers

1250 S. Tamiami Trail, Suites 101 and 103, Sarasota FL 34239 941.951.2100 5101 4th Avenue Circle East, Suite 100, Bradenton, FL 34208 941.782.0414 Partners Breast Diagnostic Center 2415 University Blvd, Building 3, Suite 219, Sarasota FL 34243 941.757.1044



As a young woman with a diverse range of interests in arts and literature as well as science, Dr. Laura Kunberger had an equally wide selection of careers she could have chosen. Applying her talents in the medical profession was most appealing to Dr. Kunberger because of the impact she would be able to make in people’s daily lives. That is exactly what she does today as a board certified radiologist and Director of Breast Imaging for Partners Imaging and Breast Diagnostic Center. “Early detection of cancer is where my passion is,” she says. “Detecting cancer early is really important because it is more treatable and can lead to a cure.” The Partners Breast Diagnostic Center offers comprehensive breast health care including both screening and diagnostics. Dr. Kunberger has read thousands of breast screenings and diagnostic cases and performed hundreds of minimally invasive biopsies. The Center offers advanced technology for screening and diagnostic mammography, 3D Tomosynthesis mammography, breast ultrasound and breast MRI with the only locally available FDA-approved MRI dedicated to breast imaging. Dr. Kunberger also performs minimally-invasive outpatient biopsies at the Center with ultrasound-guided or MRI-guided imagery as well as stereotactic guidance. Dr. Kunberger has been practicing in Sarasota since 1999 and has served as Medical Director and Quality Assurance Director of Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s radiology department. She also helped develop the hospital’s breast health program. Dr. Kunberger earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Williams College, received her medical degree and completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Miami, and completed a fellowship in Body Imaging at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. She also was an Assistant Professor in Radiology and Director of Medical Student Radiology Education at Louisiana State University. “We want to treat each patient uniquely and deliver the best care we can with empathy and compassion,” Dr. Kunberger says. “Often we are the first practitioner someone sees when they think they may have breast cancer. Although most turn out to be negative, we understand what they are going through when facing a scary possibility.”

Mary Sanders, D.M.D. Comprehensive Dentistry

Dr. Mary Sanders has built a successful dental practice on three key pillars: a drive to achieve 100 percent patient satisfaction, a willingness to invest in a high level of technology, and a devotion to remaining at the leading edge of advanced dental techniques. All of this comes down to one goal, delivering the highest level of customer care possible, and it has earned Dr. Sanders an Angie’s List Super Service Award, which makes her a top A-rated provider based on patient reviews. “I literally grew up in a dental practice, and I have worked in every seat in a dentist’s office, including as a patient, so I know that the biggest obstacle for people is their level of fear,” she says. “Our goal is to treat patients like family, and we strive to make treatment painless. We do offer sedation dentistry to help them, but we find that once they get to know us, their fear decreases over time.” Dr. Sanders was one of the first dentists in the area to invest in a Cerec machine, which makes permanent crowns in one visit. In addition to a strong focus on maintaining good oral health with regular check-ups and cleanings, Dr. Sanders employs her artistic talents through cosmetic options such as veneers and full mouth reconstructions. “You can’t just do a generic smile and expect it to look good. The shape of the teeth are dictated by facial shape, and we want people to be happy with the result,” she says. “Whatever their needs are, we get to know our patients and give them a treatment plan to address their individual needs.” Dr. Sanders is a native Floridian who grew up in Dunnellon and began working as a 2677 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34239 941.366.0616

dental assistant at age 16. She managed dental practices while attending dental college at the University of Florida and served in the Navy Reserves where she worked in the dental unit. Dr. Sanders gives back by helping those who otherwise may not be able to afford dental care. She also breeds and shows standard poodles and helps place retired show poodles in forever homes. JANUARY 2017 | SCENE


Dr. Rebecca Patton Dr. Michael Regan Revolution Health Sarasota

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Revolution Health Sarasota offers individuals battling Type 2 diabetes and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis a natural path to health with the goal of maintaining the day-to-day activities that make life pleasurable. Dr. Michael Regan and Dr. Rebecca Patton practice with the intention to go beyond just treating the symptoms of these disorders. They seek to find the underlying causes of the disease and develop individual customized plans for patients that will help their bodies function optimally. Dr. Regan has a talent for explaining the body’s complex processes. “My role is to explain the bigger picture, to educate the community about the diseases, to find the mechanism that is causing it with rigorous, in depth testing so individual treatment protocols can be utilized to mitigate the disease,” he says. “Our patients want to go a different route and find another way to achieve wellness.” Both Dr. Regan and Dr. Patton are chiropractors. They were drawn to this approach because they recognized the limitations of the drug therapy model and wanted another approach to help patients who were not getting better or the results they desired. Dr. Regan has an undergraduate degree in microbiology from the University of Maryland, and a diplomate in functional neurology. Dr. Patton holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and in Health and Sport Studies from Miami University, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from National College of Chiropractic. “The saying that people are sick and tired of being sick and tired is true. I begin with extensive testing to find out what is causing the problem and address the root cause,” says Dr. Patton. Whether dealing with the loss of thyroid function or diabetes, they use some of the nation’s best labs for testing. Patients receive a custom-tailored dietary and supplement plan based on their test results, and lifestyles issues are also addressed. Revolution Health has quickly built into a thriving practice as this approach to individualized treatment plans and treating the body as whole has resonated with many people by giving them the opportunity to return to their active lifestyle and achieving a change for the better.

Andrew Marlowe, M.D. Chad Marrs, M.D. Marlowe & Marrs Ear, Nose and Throat

MARLOWE & MARRS 5432 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 150 Sarasota, Florida 34233 941.379.3277

Dr. Andrew Marlowe and Dr. Chad Marrs do more than just treat disorders of the ear, nose and throat. They enjoy connecting with patients of all ages. With over 40 years of combined experience, they gain particular satisfaction in correctly diagnosing and resolving chronic issues for which patients have been treated – sometimes for many years – without success. Dr. Marlowe uses his extensive training and unique knowledge to help evaluate a patient’s hearing loss and deliver the correct solutions in order to provide the best possible outcome -whether that involves surgery, hearing aids or implantable devices. In addition to treating hearing loss with state-of-the-art solutions, his practice includes care for dizziness, ear ringing, balance problems, migraines, snoring, sleep apnea, ear infections, and sinusitis. Beyond treating the common ear, nose and throat complaints, Dr. Marrs treats disorders of the thyroid and parathyroid, tumors of the head and neck region and allergies, including shotless allergy treatments. Together they provide comprehensive care that can serve patients’ needs with both compassion and technology; offering an in-house mini-CAT scan and a fully equipped procedure room for performing surgeries, such as the minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty and the pillars procedure. After finishing medical school and a surgical internship at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Dr. Marlowe completed an auditory electrophysiology research fellowship and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency at Temple University. He is board certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and has completed fellowship training in Craniofacial/Skullbase surgery and Otology/Neurotology. Dr. Marrs is a board-certified otolaryngologist. He earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery internship at St. Louis University Hospital and an Otolaryngology residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. After his residency, he practiced otolaryngology in Kansas City for almost 10 years before moving to Sarasota. Together, the staff at Marlowe & Marrs ENT strives to provide a positive experience as a center of excellence in patient care. Dr. Marlowe and Dr. Marrs work hard to advocate for their patients, and are proud of the successful outcomes they have achieved. JANUARY 2017 | SCENE


Dr. Ruth Rojas

Dr. Ruth Rojas, Prosthodontics & Cosmetic Dentistry

As a highly trained dental specialist and Air Force Veteran, Dr. Ruth Rojas offers a higher level of expertise in the restoration and replacement of teeth, ensuring patients’ smiles are as functional as they are beautiful. Dr. Rojas is a prosthodontist and helps those needing a simple filling or crown to patients seeking a full mouth restoration. She also looks after her patients’ oral health with routine check-ups and cleanings. Knowing that a trip to the dentist can be difficult for some people, she has created a serene, spa-like office atmosphere. Dr. Rojas, who is a retired Air Force Major, strives to connect with patients. “I take my time, and patients get to see me more than they expect,” she says. “We never pressure them for treatment. I educate patients and explain what is being recommended. We always give them choices.” Dr. Rojas offers options for virtually painless dentistry and to help those who experience a lot of fear. For the comfort of her patients, she is experienced in painless injections as well as IV sedation. Dr. Rojas had an early interest in dentistry, but entered computer science engineering and learned website design at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. After working several years, she returned to her first love, dentistry, and graduated from Temple University with the Merit Award for Prosthetics. Dr. Rojas also completed a three-year residency in prosthodontics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Rutgers University). While in the U.S. Air Force, she had the opportunity to treat thousands of military personnel. She also was director of the dental laboratory at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey giving her an in-depth understanding of what can be accomplished in a lab. After several years, she separated as a Major and relocated to Sarasota two years ago. She taught for a year as a full-time faculty member at the School of Dental 3400 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 301 Sarasota, FL 34239 941.951.7711

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Medicine LECOM before finding her own practice. “It has always been my goal to make my patients comfortable and at ease,” Dr. Rojas says. “We want them to know that they will be taken care of.”

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Ramos Center for Interventional & Functional Pain Medicine

Dr. Fabian Ramos founded the Ramos Center for Interventional and Functional Pain Medicine 17 years ago to provide comprehensive care that relieves the suffering of patients whose lives are impacted by chronic pain. Dr. Ramos’ desire to help these individuals led to an approach to pain medicine that addresses a broad scope of patients’ physical needs with high-tech treatments, medical management and physical therapy along with behavioral

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health support. The longevity of his practice is the result of the effectiveness of this multi-modality approach, which has earned him to be one of the most positively patient reviewed physicians in the United States as well as the trust of physicians and insurance companies, for which the Ramos Center is a preferred provider. “I was attracted to pain medicine because it allows me to help another human being with a very basic need, which is to be free of suffering,” Dr. Ramos says. “Patients can endure months or years of pain and need effective treatment and compassion.” Dr. Ramos is tripleboard-certified in anesthesiology, pain medicine and interventional pain medicine, and he is one of the first board-certified specialists in the U.S. to be recognized by the prestigious World Institute of Pain. He also lectures nationally and internationally on leading-edge treatments like metastatic spinal tumor ablation. The Ramos Center offers many precision procedures including treatment for vertebral fractures, arthritic spinal pain, implantable devices such as spinal cord stimulators, nerve blocks, epidural injections, radiofrequency ablation, as well as palliative treatment for cancer patients. Most procedures are minimally invasive, leave no scars and are performed at the practice’s surgical offices. Based upon the number of procedures he has performed, Dr. Ramos is among the most experienced and qualified interventional pain medicine physicians nationally. As one of the leading pain medicine practices in Florida, the Ramos Center has Sarasota and Bradenton offices with 50 staff members and 11 providers, including a behavioral health therapist, a physical therapist and a clinical hypnotherapist. “Our interactions with patients are very warm,” Dr. Ramos says. “Patients are so grateful because they know they will get relief, and we will help them manage their pain. It is a special moment.”



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Rechelle “Chelle” Phillips and Marc Wolfe first met each other twelve years ago when she was cutting his son Joshua’s hair at Ana Molinari Hair Salon on Palm Avenue. Despite developing a crush on Marc from the time she first met him, Chelle and Marc would remain just acquaintances for several years.  Little did she realize during these “secret crush” years that good things would come to those who wait. A few years ago while Marc was out on a date with his then girlfriend enjoying the food and music at downtown’s Blue Rooster, Ana Molinari was also there with Chelle.  Without Chelle’s knowledge, Ana approached Marc and told him of Chelle’s longtime crush.  When a mortified Chelle found out what Ana did after she returned to their table, Chelle immediately bolted from the restaurant. But Ana succeeded in her mission.  Marc was intrigued and eventually, when both he and Chelle became unattached, Marc connected via Facebook, started dating Chelle, and never looked back.   The engagement came as a total surprise. Chelle didn’t have a clue!  Marc surprised her during a private wine tasting at the Hourglass Vineyards in Napa Valley inside one of its very romantic wine caves created by fractured bedrock under the Vaca mountain range. To add even more surprise, Marc secretly hired a musician who drove from Oakland to Napa to perform the couple’s favorite song before the proposal.  The story on how he pulled this off is what makes this proposal so special. 

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While the couple enjoyed their wine tasting in the cave with Todd, one of the vineyard’s winemakers, the silhouette of someone else appeared at the entrance to the long cave. As this person got closer, he appeared to be a drifter holding a guitar.  He then told Chelle and Marc he heard the wine was great at this vineyard,

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that he was in-between gigs, and would they mind if he tasted some wine with them. How odd, Chelle thought!  People don’t just pop up at this special place!  Winemaker Todd immediately told the man he had to leave, but Marc immediately told the man to stay, telling him the more the merrier.  So the musician, Peter, shared wine and chatted with the couple for a bit.  Marc then told Peter that since he was drinking their wine, it would only be fair that he play a song for them.  “Any song,” the couple told him.  Peter starts playing and singing “their song,” which is not very well known – James Blunt’s “Postcards.” Chelle is shocked by this amazing coincidence and keeps saying during the song, “What are the odds?” After Peter finishes playing, Marc confesses he arranged for Peter to be there, got down on one knee and proposed, much to Chelle’s joy and disbelief.    During peak fall foliage on Sunday, October 9th, the couple married among family and close friends at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, with its

Wedding planner: Nancy Jeffries-Dwyer, Njoy events; Hair/Makeup: Maddie Fenner, Sarasota; Invitations: Write-on Sarasota; Band: Last Kid Picked VT; Photographer: John Revisky, Sarasota; Venue: Trapp Family Lodge VT; Flowers: Bloma Flicka Flowers stunning mountain views and Austrian architecture. The weekend festivities started with a wine tasting at the Trapp Lodge on Friday night, followed by a house party at the couple’s second home in Hyde Park on Saturday night featuring an ice luge and music by the band “The Last Kid Picked.” The wedding and reception on Sunday capped off the couple’s dream wedding. Chelle and Marc honeymooned through Northern New England and into the Maritime Provinces in Canada stating that

the pinnacle of their trip was staying at the Fogo Island Inn on Fogo Island, with its 420-million-year-old geologic history that includes stunning and fascinating contortions of rock formed by ice, fire, and sea.  It is one of the few places on earth where you can see the full spectrum of the magma chamber exposed.  Marc is owner of Southern Financial Trust in Sarasota. Rechelle is owner of Chelle Salon and Spa on Bee Ridge Road where she is a master hair stylist and colorist.



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Since she was a little girl growing up in Dayton, Ohio, Cara Marie Convery vacationed on Longboat Key while visiting family members living on the Key. So when her mother also moved to Longboat Key, Cara knew there was no better place with so many great memories to return to and marry her love, Matthew Ryan Miller.

Matthew, a product manager for NCR in Atlanta, met his bride Cara, who is Senior Assistant District Attorney working in the sex crimes department in downtown Atlanta, with the help of his college buddy, Matthew Huckeba. Matt’s wife, Blair, has been Cara’s Realtor since she moved to Atlanta after law school. Blair not only has a great eye for picking out great homes for her clients, but it seems she also thought Matthew and Cara would make a well-suited and beautiful couple.  Blair arranged a blind date for Cara and Matthew; a date on which the two couples would go out together.  But at the last minute, the Huckeba’s cancelled, leaving Cara and Matthew to meet solo. The rest, as they say, is history. Blair not only found Cara her new home, but her husband as well!

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Wedding Planner: Maria Brady – Choreographed Events; Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota; Photographer: Binary Flips Photography; Video: Voila Cinematic; Band: The Powerhouse Band; Ceremony Music: Margot Zarzycka; Lighting/Draping: Affairs in the Air; Furniture/ Props: So Staged Event Rentals; Linens: Linens by the Sea; Invitations: Write-On, Sarasota; Hair/Makeup: Molinari Salon; Transportation: SRQ Trolley; After Party Music: DJ Joey Now ready to plan their Sarasota wedding, enter wedding planner Maria Brady of Choreographed Events, who perfectly planned every detail. The festivities started with a cocktail reception at the Ritz-Carlton and then a magnificent dinner at her aunt’s home overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. On Friday afternoon, the bride and her bridal party enjoyed a sushi luncheon while relishing in the luxury nail services at Paint Nail Bar on 1st Street downtown. That evening at the rehearsal dinner, Cara and Matthew, along with family and their wedding attendants, savored both the wonderful dinner upstairs at Marina Jacks, and the magnificent sunset views during the rehearsal dinner. Cara got ready for her special day in the Ritz-Carlton bridal suite.  Despite this being the weekend of threats from the destructive Hurricane Matthew, the weather was perfect for Cara and Matthew’s wedding ceremony on the Ritz-Carlton lawn followed by a magnificent dinner reception in the Ritz ballroom, with both events designed with incredible props and furniture by local company So Staged.  The band, Power House, kept every dancing all evening and DJ Joey took over for the after party with more delicious late night snacks and a donut bar.   Immediately after the wedding, Cara and Matthew flew to Los Angeles and stayed at the fabulous Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills for two nights before flying off to Bora Bora in French Polynesia for a week stay also at a Four Seasons. While on the island, the couple snorkeled, swam with sharks, and explored the main island on an ATV.    JANUARY 2017 | SCENE


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The meeting and wooing of Emily Anne Notaro by David Wheaton Berg gives true meaning to the slogan of the company they both work for. That company is J.P. Morgan and its slogan is “So You Can.” Emily is a Client Portfolio Manager for Global Fixed Income and David is the CFO of Global Investment Management Marketing, and while they work on the same floor, they did not interact during their normal business day. David would walk by Emily’s workspace and chat, trying out his charm, but Emily showed zero interest. According to David, a mutual friend from work, Faryn, took pity on David’s efforts and invited him to join a spin class where Emily would be to see if he could woo Emily outside the workplace. It would take months. During those months in waiting, in true millennial fashion, they talked more and more via instant messages, discussing a trip to Paris by Emily and Faryn, and Emily’s love of literature, and in particular, Ulysses, by James Joyce. While he had never read this book, thanks to Google, he was able to discuss the book at length. David then dragged his friend Jerry to a coworker’s birthday party, so he could distract Emily’s friends while he flirted with Emily. According to David, “Even though Jerry is an appalling wingman, I managed to get a date with Emily. Emily then cancelled on me and I did the logical thing and got blind drunk. To my absolute shock, I was awakened the next day by a text message from her asking if we could get brunch.  For anyone else, I would have rolled back over and slept off the hangover, but I knew that Emily was different, and so out to brunch I went. We went on three dates in one week and became inseparable.” Since David’s parents, Kristina and Jonathan Berg reside on Longboat Key, the couple visits Sarasota many times each year. They wanted their wedding to be glamorous and formal, yet relaxed and comfortable, so they chose The Ringling. One of their guests said she felt as if she was at a beautiful event in a private home, which is just what Emily and David wanted. The bright, bold jewel tones they selected for the décor were the perfect compliment to The Ringling.

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Having a meaningful ceremony was also quite important to Emily and David, and their rabbi, a family friend, not only illuminated what made their relationship special, but also helped guests, many of whom were not Jewish, understand key dimensions of the religious ceremony, as well as Emily’s decision to convert. A string quartet learned some of their favorite contemporary songs for the ceremony. Being foodies, they spent a lot of time on custom cocktails, inspired by their favorite New York restaurants, as well as a menu that would give their guests lots of options and flexibility. A sufferer of food allergies, Emily chose gluten and dairy free cupcakes, gluten free crepes, and ice cream sandwiches served from an ice cream cart. Emily and David both love Sarasota, and have been inspired by the warmth of the community, and thrilled by the support they received to make their wedding weekend exceptional, especially the generosity of Arthur Lopes at Pomona, who rented out his restaurant for the rehearsal party; the creativity of the welcome bags made by Sarasota Chocolate Bark Company; and, the vision of So Staged, which built a birch tree Chuppah with an ombré hydrangea crown from the ground up. And they credit their seamless and extraordinary weekend filled with love to Maria Brady, who made planning a wedding from afar, a dream. The couple honeymooned in South Africa, where they went on a safari, visited wine country and went diving with the sharks.

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Education MATTERS By Steven J. Smith


Last December, Gov. Rick Scott put forth his “Ready, Set, Work” initiative, which challenges all state-funded universities to have 100% of their graduates — save those moving on to graduate school — to have full-time employment within one year of receiving a degree in either of a school’s two most popular areas of study. The University of South Florida SarasotaManatee has accepted that challenge. Since then, the campus has studied how it prepares its students for future success by examining academic advising models at other Florida schools and exploring the latest research in college advising practices. The result is a new career-centric model that utilizes advisors taken from various industries who know the real-world opportunities, needs and challenges. Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Terry Osborn explained, “As the university has moved toward ensuring that our graduates are ready for the careers they will enter, it was clear that

we needed to think about academic advising in a new light. Traditionally, academic advising has been centered on a student development model. Though this model serves well in some ways, it became clear that a paradigm shift was in order. In short, to best serve our students today, career planning needs to begin much earlier in the academic experiences of a student.” Osborn pointed out that the new career advising model incorporates career planning from before college admission through life after graduation. The intent is to ensure that each school experience builds upon and complements the others with the goal of creating career success for each graduate.


The average full-time employment rates for state university graduates within their top two degree programs.

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It’s more than just making sure that students sign up for the right classes and then apply to the right jobs. It’s an opportunity for industry experts who’ve become USFSM career advisors like Karin Weichlein, who held top sales positions at US and European companies, to inform students about what a specific job looks like five, ten, twenty years out. Weichlein strives to make sure that students know the importance of follow-through, the power of networking, and the impact of first impressions. “I hold them accountable to be timely, have good eye contact and not text during our advising sessions,” she explained. “I explore whether they are currently working and if they’ve started to think about their next professional career step. I work very closely with the local business community, and I’m always looking for outstanding, unique students who could benefit from a business mentoring relationship or from shadowing entrepreneurs to understand how hard it is to run a business successfully and why employers are looking for very specific soft skills as part of a student’s job preparedness.” It’s easy to see how this kind of informed guidance and support is far better than the typical academic advising that most schools practice, and it helps the school meet Gov. Scott’s challenge. Osborn added that all the new career advisors are on the lookout for student internship opportunities. He explained, “Internships are opportunities for students to build upon the facets of the career success



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map. Knowledge and skills are applied, mindsets are tested and refined, networks are developed as experiences are gained and a student moves closer to receiving the credentials necessary to advance. These elements are critical to career success for anyone.” Why would someone with a successful business background like Weichlein choose to work with college students versus remain solely within the workforce? She said that she was curious about millennials, their value system, their definition of success and their aspirations as it pertains to a professional career. She also said, “If we want to attract millennials to the workforce, we need to understand what gets them excited, what they are looking for from a future employer. I own my own company and I face the same issues as my fellow business owners in terms of effective communication, retention, aligning expectations and exciting millennials to take ownership of their professional responsibilities. By joining USFSM on a part-time basis, I work directly with millennials and benefit from their

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insights. As an example, here’s my most recent insight: millennials obtain information from different sources than we (baby boomers) traditionally use (i.e. Instagram/Snapchat versus local newspapers/TV channels). It’s quite hard to reach somebody if you don’t use the same messaging system. I now have a millennial write job/internship postings for our company to make sure they’re in a language that resonates with the target audience.” Along with what the career advisors do, there are specialist advisors who can step in as needed to help with financial aid, wellness counseling, tutoring, and other issues students run across. USFSM’s Director of Student Success, Lauren Kurnov, said this is all part of what it takes to be a career-centric school. It means that “we are committed to ensuring that our students not only graduate with a high-quality education, but that they also enter the workforce with a clear understanding of the knowledge, skills and experiences that are essential for career success. Our team of core, career and specialty advisors work together to ensure that our students not only complete their degree requirements but also pursue internship opportunities and networking experiences in the community.” 


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Scenes from AN INTERVIEW Kenney DeCamp

by Gus Mollasis

RENNAISSANCE MIME He’s a promoter, a producer, a publicist, a public relations guru and an effective connector of people in support of their passions. But first, in his heart, he’s an artist, having mastered the art of mime from the master himself – Marcel Marceau. While building an eclectic career that’s included some dance, some acting and a lot of fun along the way, he’s worked with everyone from “The Boss” – Bruce Springsteen – to Oprah Winfrey. So what is Kenney DeCamp’s secret behind his mime mask? It’s definitely his caring attitude, love for his fellow man, and his tremendous energy harnessed from many of his life experiences, which include his early days on the South Side of Chicago; his young adult years serving as a physician’s assistant during the Vietnam War; and, the life he is living

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today, in the city he calls paradise, Sarasota. Forever seeking to learn techniques and philosophies that lead to better health, he shares his passion for healthy living and the importance of growth through education with everyone from children to seniors. This Renaissance man also finds time to brush up on his epicurean skills, taking culinary classes to better serve his business of catering healthy meals. This month, you’ll find

him producing an annual fundraiser he’s very proud of – Looking into the Crystal Ball at the Selby Library – benefitting various youth groups through the Friends of the Library. But wherever you find Kenney, you must look quickly, because he’s one fast-moving mime. Always in motion, always connecting people and making them feel good; I couldn’t wait to take a look at the many eclectic scenes from an interview of his life.

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Where were you born? On the South Side of Chicago. That’s where I got my soul.

Describe your childhood: In my first seven years on the South Side, I was the mascot of the football team because I was so small, wiry and energetic. One day I remember being carried home by this large 7th grade black kid, who was on the football team, and with whom I became good friends. Sadly, when he was 18, he was killed by a gang member. It was a mixed neighborhood, and a tough one. 

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Tell me about your parents. I’m more like my mother, but I look like my father. Out of all the women I’ve ever met, my mother is probably the happiest person I’ve ever known. Even during her last days battling leukemia, she just smiled and always had a joke. She was a gift from God. My dad was a hardworking guy – an “I bring home the bread and you obey the law” kind of guy. That was my dad. I am a balance of the two of them.

When did you first realize the importance of good health? In high school, I was with junior Red Cross and they sent me to leadership training camp. I learned a lot there. Then I went into the military. I was in pre-med and signed up to be a medic. Because of my scores and luck, I became one of the first physician’s assistants the army began training in order to create a

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on the town physician’s assistant program. This was 1967. The actual physician’s assistant program wasn’t sanctioned until 1972. From 1970 – 1972 after getting out of the Army, I worked in New Jersey and New York. From 1972 to 1975, I became the first physician’s assistant to ever practice neurosurgery.




What did you take away from the experience of serving in Vietnam?

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I recently went back to Vietnam to close the door and instead I opened more doors because the country is so amazingly unique. If people want to say who won and who lost the War, America truly won. I mean, we tragically lost 58,000 of our people, including my brother. We won because today, it’s a capitalistic country run by the Communists. It’s very open. It’s easier to get a visa into that country than it is to many other countries. You feel that most of the country is being run by 22 to 35-year-olds who had no idea of “The American War,” the name given this war by people who live there.

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I wanted to see how it had changed. I had only been in Vietnam for short periods of time picking up patients. As a PA, I escorted patients from the battlefield back to Japan to the clinic that I was in charge of. I was stationed in an Army hospital 40 minutes out of Tokyo. It was the largest orthopedic hospital during the War for American casualties. During the almost-year that I was stationed there, 5,800 patients came through our facility. We did whatever we could do for them to get them back to Vietnam and maybe 20% of the soldiers went back to Nam. The majority went back to the states or sadly passed away.

What did serving in that war teach you? It taught me that we should have a Department of Peace as opposed to a Department of Defense. It taught me that diplomacy is so important. The

on the town concept of love is thrown around so much, but it is the road we should strive to be on. We are all one people on this one planet and we should try to figure out how we can make it better and happier for all of us. As JFK said, “we all breathe the same air.”

What does being a performer mean to you? Performance means a release of my positive creative energy that helps me to grow, while I see people’s faces communicate with me just by watching what I’m doing. As a mime, there are people who don’t like mime characters, so I have to read their bodies and still try and be nonoffensive to them, which usually means turning my attention towards somebody else, or mimicking someone else, or creating a wall around somebody else.

Tell me about the time you worked with the Bruce Springsteen before he became “The Boss”? When I was in the Army, I was stationed in a hospital near Asbury Park, New Jersey. I was 19 and Bruce was 18 and he was playing a 12-string guitar in a coffee house. I met him through my friend. I just fell in love with the guy because of his poetry and imagery. I always wanted to be a dancer and my father always wanted me to be a doctor, which is why I ended up in medicine. So, when Bruce would sing a song, I would act out the words of the song. One time they flashed my silhouette on the screen while I was acting out the song. You could easily see someone running down the backstreets. The song that I really liked that I acted out had these lyrics - “I had skin like leather. And a diamond hard look of a cobra. I was born blue and weathered, burst like a super nova.” You could see the imagery there and I was able to dance and mime that out. A girlfriend of mine at the time came up to me and said, “Kenney, you’re like a mime. You should be a mime. Have you ever taken mime classes?” I had a friend who was a mime and I talked with him and it turned out that his teacher had moved to New York City. So, I ended up taking some classes with them and helped manage the mime school while I was working in a hospital.

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Eventually, you spent some time with the man whose name is synonymous with mime. Tell me what you learned from Marcel Marceau? I took a six-week workshop with Marcel Marceau at Hunter College. The essence of what he taught me was this: “If you know that you can control, then you can become a mime.” It’s all based on control, which is what I teach children, and why I am so interested in human growth education. We have the ability from a young age to learn about our body and how to control it. I didn’t learn how to control my body until I started with my mime classes. And with Marcel I understood the magnificence of it because he was truly a master. We ended up not having good relationship because of my mustache (laughs). He thought I should be my own self and not base my character on three people who I loved and admired.

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on the town And those three people are Marcel Marceau, Gene Kelly and Charlie Chaplin. So, I had this mustache, and I knew how to dance, and I could tap myself around. And Marcel gave me the opportunity to control those two other characters and then create my dance form. My dance form ended up taking 15 to 20 songs and editing out pieces and running them together so that they ended up telling a story. In a typical show you could hear Bobby Womack to Springsteen, to Sinatra, to Stevie Wonder. I was opening act for a wide array of acts ranging from Phil Collins at the Park West, to Uri Geller, to Divine.

You mentioned Charlie Chaplin. Tell me about your affinity for him. When I was younger and I first saw Charlie perform his magic in his silent films on our black and white TV in the 1950s, I was mesmerized. When

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I first saw his “Tramp” I thought I was the little kid following this guy along. I guess subconsciously there was this control. You saw this guy in control. As I got older, I read a lot about Chaplin and became intrigued with who he was as an artist and an activist. I, too, consider myself an artist and an activist. Still, Chaplin’s universal appeal is love. He’s the gentle guy, the outsider who wants to be accepted and not only get love, but give love. Even in his Great Dictator film, the mockery was to help the world see what was going on and bring love to the world.

Tell me about the classes and lectures where you portray and convey the virtues of Charlie Chaplin. I plan on resurrecting that Charlie character for children, which I haven’t done for a while. I used to go into colleges and perform a dance program, and at the end of the dance, a group of kids would come out with canes and

mustaches and perform as Charlie with me. In the routine, they end up laughing at me. Then we reversed it, showing the kids laughing with me and not at me in a wonderful ending in which all of us are laughing and hugging each other on stage. Chaplin’s message is inclusive – let’s laugh with each other and not at each other. A few years back at Southside Elementary in Sarasota, we did a great event for the Sarasota Film Festival for about 700 kids in which we performed the beauty of Chaplin’s City Lights.

One of your main interests in life involves helping people live healthy lives. Tell me one or two things that would help most people lead a healthier life. The first thing is for them to realize they have control. After that, they can learn human growth education. We don’t get enough education about our bodies. How it grows. Once we’re grown, we’re in a pattern, and we should be learning about that pattern. It’s really a shame that we

on the town don’t try to educate ourselves more about our bodies as we grow older. I learned the power and potential of our bodies through the works of Alexander Lowen and Bioenergetics, which is something I practice daily.

What is the one thing you would incorporate into our schools, regarding health education? I want to help teachers become more involved with human growth education so that it can be taught in schools. I plan to focus on teaching this over the next decade. I find it’s especially pertinent right now, especially at my age. People look at me and say ‘my God, he’s nearly 70 and he’s doing this. He’s helping these kids and he’s as healthy as he can be.’

Name two things that you do for yourself every day. Bioenergetics movement and sex, if I can (laughs). And my diet. I make sure that each day at least one of my meals is handmade by me.

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What does dancing do for you? Dancing is great. It puts the body in motion and lifts the spirit. With dance mime, you are literally acting out the song. You are falling in love, having your heart broken and you’re running down the back street.

When you get behind the mime’s mask, what does that do for you?

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Bioenergetics, which has helped me deal with the five gifts of life: balance, coordination, flexibility, stamina and rhythm. You’re going to have stamina if you’ve got those other four connected. That’s a gift that we all should work on. Because there is no human growth education, some of us, as we grow older, end up being overweight, weak and rigid. As babies, we’re not taught to breathe – we just breathe. That’s why yoga is so good. It teaches specific breathing. With the reality of stretching, which also starts in the womb, I tell everybody, before you get out of bed, stretch like a dog or cat does. They stretch and then go on their day. The last reality is movement, and that’s based on walking. Most people walk like ducks, and just like Charlie Chaplin, that causes rigidity in the back. But to walk correctly, turn your toes in, slightly bend your knees, and walk on the balls of your feet.

What is the greatest thing we should teach our children? How to keep your body healthy. Imagine how much more brain power we would have had if we were educated from the get-go on how our body grows, on what we need to put in it and what we don’t need to put in it.

You encountered Oprah Winfrey during her rise to fame. What was it that you noticed about Oprah that made her special? I encountered her twice. I didn’t notice that she had “it.” The first time I met her, we were put in a St. Patrick’s Day

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Oprah Winfrey & Kenney DeCamp We asked Kenney to finish the following sentences: My best quality is… My concern. Something I need to work on is… More education of my body. If you don’t have good health… You’re not living. I’ve found that the most talented people always... Smile.  Success teaches you… Failure. Failure teaches you… Success. Good Heath is attainable if you… Work at it. A positive attitude… Should always be. Life has an expiration date.

parade together during her first year on TV. She wasn’t even the parade marshal. I was the parade marshal’s mime sidekick. Two years later she’s a big star, and I’m doing a mall grand reopening for which we hired Oprah for $300 to sign autographs as I led a marching band of 76 Trombones into the mall for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Tell us what comes to mind when I name some of the people with whom you’ve worked. Vickie Sue Robinson: I was her first stage choreographer. Her record “Turn the Beat Around” turned the whole disco era around. 

Gloria Gaynor: A fun lady who got mad at me and threw a pie in my face when I told her she wasn’t supposed to be eating the pie.

Donna Summer: Love to love you baby. A big talent. One night after a show in Albany, New York, over cocktails, she told me about her dream of producing a rock musical about Cleopatra, who she believed she was related to.

How did you find your way to Sarasota? A friend a mine asked if I would help improve the health of his aging mother at Venice Country Club.

Tell me about your involvement with Friends of the Library? I’m very proud and excited about this because it helps raise money for the children’s programs at the library. The wonderful philanthropist Nat McCulloch got me involved by saying, “Kenney, we need your energy on the Friends of the Library board.” After being vetted by the FBI (laughs), I was on the board.

One of your signature productions, Looking into the Crystal Ball, aka The People’s Gala, takes place every January at the Selby Library. Tell me about that. I was producing events that were similar to this in Chicago in various venues back in the 1980s and 1990s. When I got on the Friends board, they needed a fundraiser, so I suggested we throw a similar event inside the library. They were renovating the library then, so we were all wondering what the event would look like while under those conditions. We came up with Looking into the Crystal Ball. The event has raised a lot of money for the library, which directly helps kids through many programs. This year will be our seventh annual event. Over 340 people attended our first event and last year over 900 people attended. It’s the People’s Gala because everyone can afford to attend. We have an array of acts that donate their time and energy; artists, musicians, palm readers, you name it. People know it’s a great function, and they know they’re going to have good time. This year’s event takes place on January 11.  

What are you most proud of in your eclectic and interesting life? I think that I’m most proud of my mom. She was the last of 13 children. She came from Poland and her family left when Hitler came into power. Still, there was business that had to be taken care of, and my mom’s mother had to go back to Poland during the week that the Nazis captured Poland. She went back and they were not going to let her out. The Chicago Tribune and the Polish community put up such a big protest, and congressmen got involved, so finally they gave her a visa to return to America. I have a copy of that visa with two Nazi swastika stamps on it. It gives me chills. I think of my dear mother and my grandmother.



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IN SEARCH OF GOOD HEALTH It’s taken us several years and much trial and error, but we’ve finally discovered that the objective to a “healthy lifestyle” really is Balance – “That Precious Middle Ground”. We love this simple healthy resolution to kick-off the New Year: Make an appointment with yourself, or with a loved one, to achieve a realistic approach. Schedule and document an achievable goal – striving to “balance” your Career, Relationships, a Healthy Diet, Fitness, Your Faith, Family and Friends. The simple step of taking-action automatically initiates this “healing transition”. Namaste! ON BEING A GENTLEMAN They say that chivalry is dead, but we choose not to accept this unfortunate urban myth. So just what does it mean to be a gentleman in today’s complex society? Given its definition – a civilized, educated, sensitive, well-mannered man – you would think that most men would aspire to be a gentleman. Take the simple practice of holding a door open for a lady. More than likely, we believe this behavior might be taught through example by a Dad, and also through the loving guidance of a Mom! Thankfully, we both have observed mannerly men in action on many occasions so we know these

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rare creatures still do exist. However, we’ve also seen the opposite too many times. So men, if you missed the manners lesson along the way, it’s not too late for you to develop the gallant behavior us ladies love. We have faith that our men will embrace chivalry once again, just as we’ve once again embraced 80s fashion!

“Being male is a matter of birth. Being a man is matter of age. But being a gentleman is a matter of choice.” V. Diesel

HONORING PHILANTHROPY Her heart is big, warm and giving. Giving back to her community is something that was instilled in Tammy Karp by her parents, who were always donating, contributing, participating and making a difference – a practice she hopes to continue for generations to come. Tammy and her husband, Richard, moved to Sarasota in 1993 from Atlanta, Georgia following her parents here. Tammy believes it is Sarasota that has the big, loving heart, and she is simply amazed at the outpouring of kindness and the response by the community to people in need. Tammy first started giving back when she got involved with Southeastern Guide Dogs. Aside from the great joy it brought to her and her family, she was able to assist others by raising three puppies. Her first puppy, Cookie, was bestowed the highest honor of becoming a breeder. She whelped 21 puppies over three years and is now retired, living a muchdeserved life of luxury in her home. Her second puppy, Nala, is a guide dog for a blind and deaf woman. Her third, appropriately named Karma, is a canine companion for a 10-yearold-boy who is blind. What a

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blessing for her, and the dogs, as well as the people the pups helped and assisted! Tammy’s giving extends beyond Guide Dogs as she is getting more and more involved with other organizations. She has co-chaired the Blue Ties and Butterflies Gala benefiting Child Protection Center, and is co-chairing the upcoming From

Darkness to Light Luncheon benefiting Selah Freedom. Both of these organizations deal with very troubling subject matters that many want to turn away from because of the uncomfortable issues at their core. Her personal mission is to bring these important issues out into the open because only then can these problems be solved.

Her grace, passion, stamina and wit are just some of the amazing qualities that make us all proud to know her. We think EVERYONE in Sarasota attended the annual AJC 2016 Civic Achievement Award Dinner honoring Emily Walsh, Publisher of The Observer Media Group.

of Flori Roberts, Emily’s favorite Grandmom-Preneur. Emily’s father, Observer Group CEO Matt Walsh, her mom, Lisa, and other family and friends were on hand, along with Emily’s young son, Rhys, who wore an adorable bowtie, just like his proud grandfather wears all the time.

Interestingly enough, Michael’s On East co-owner Phil Mancini had to talk the modest Emily into accepting such a prestigious award. Michael’s On East ballroom was completely transformed into a true winter wonderland thanks to the outstanding talent of Roger Capote and the support

The brainchild of this alwayspopular event, the lovely Jaymie Klauber, co-owner of Fete Catering and the Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch, was in attendance, and was properly thanked for her vision and creative talent. An impressive half a million dollars was raised that evening.

AJC, the leading, global Jewish agency organization, is currently celebrating its 110th year, with offices in the US and abroad and partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide. They work to enhance the wellbeing of all people and also work to advance human rights and democratic values for all. Executive Director Brian Lipton has been with AJC since 2007 and graciously shared an enduring quote he heard twelve days earlier from David Harris, AJC’s CEO. “We aspire to live in a society which doesn’t simply tolerate diversity but welcomes it, seeing it as a vital component of who we are as a nation.” Very pertinent with today’s on-going riots and killings, which now seem to be an everyday normalcy. After she was presented with her award, Emily thanked those in attendance and shared how she aligns with AJC, standing up and fighting for human rights and freedoms, and that it is our guiding voice for a more peaceful future, especially for the hopes of her child. KIDS QUIPS We all know kids say the cutest things. We hope you’ll have a good belly laugh and enjoy this creative, inspirational list of accomplishments a dear young girl wishes to accomplish! Quite the list!


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