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november 2021

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Throwing caution to the wind, newcomer restaurants saw the vast challenges of the pandemic and decided to open anyway. Authenticity whipped up with a generous helping of innovation guided these local underdogs to ride out the storm. Written by Andrew Fabian, Brittany Mattie and Chloe Cuyler | Photography by Wyatt Kostygan.

the spirit of miss susie

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A small number of restaurants have held on over the decades in Newtown, but these days, MLK Way is coming to life with new food options. Written by Andrew Fabian

| Photography by Wyatt Kostygan and courtesy of Miss Susie’s.

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The bartenders at these local haunts pull a few tricks out of their sleeves to make the old fashioned seem new again. Written by Brittany Mattie | Photography by Wes Roberts

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MARKETING FEATURES 18

ASK THE EXPERT ACHIEVA CREDIT UNION

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ELITE AGENTS ANDREW AND NATALIE TANNER

34 HOME+DESIGN PORTFOLIO ABIDE DESIGNS COLLINS INTERIORS COPENHAGEN IMPORTS LEE WETHERINGTON M& M WALLCOVERINGS TRADEMARK INTERIORS VERTICAL DESIGN+BUILD

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Zaza Italian Comfort Food’s take-n-bake lasagna delivers convenience and pizzaz to family households. At Kookies & Kream dessert shop, everyday is a 90s throwback.

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Meeting Kinsey Robb, the new Executive Director at Art Center Sarasota. After traumatic injury and illness, Diana de Avila embarks on an artistic journey.

TOP DOCTORS FLIPBOOK TOP DOCTOR MEDICAL GUIDE Recognizing this year’s 2021 Top Doctor Honorees selected by their medical peers in the region, from Palmetto Bay and Lakewood Ranch, all the way south through Sarasota to Venice and North Port. Explore your options for health and wellness.

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Go international with artisan imports and goods of the ethnic variety. Through troubled waters, Dominiq Art gives tribute to nature with endangered animal species surfboards. Orange Moon Interiors brings a renovated Longboat Key condo a palette of blues to their seascape sanctuary.

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Chayhana Vostok brings Central Asian, Uzbek culture and cuisine to Tamiami Trail. Rainfall or not, the love for gourmet fungi varieties is growing for Petrichor Mushrooms. Bacon becomes a case study in successful marketing.

weekends

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These three under-the-radar staycations will make sure you’re wandering to a state of relaxation this fall when you want—need—to get away. Cover: Beefing up the Birria street taco from Taqueria Azul by El Melvin, photography by Wyatt Kostygan. Previous page: Cask and Ale Old Fashioned, photography by Wes Roberts. This page: Kinsey Robb of Art Center Sarasota, photography by Wyatt Kostygan; the Shurpa soup at Chayhana Vostok, photography by Wyatt Kosytgan; and, Orange Moon Interiors’ Longboat Key condo renovation, photography by De La Design and Marketing Studio.

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STORIES ABOUT THE LOCAL PEOPLE, PLACES AND EXPERIENCES THAT DEFINE OUR HOMETOWN

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IN A NEW YORK MINUTE Zaza brings the convenient pizzaz back to lasagna. Brittany Mattie | Photo by Wyatt Kostygan IN THE CITY OF ALL CITIES — one that hosts over 26,000 restaurants and 8.4 million people — you never take for granted falling in love with that special person, or place, in New York City. Ergo, college sweethearts Mia and Franco Gatto never took for granted the first few intimate dinner dates together at a romantic little Italian trattoria on the Upper East Side called, “ZaZa.” “They had burrata imported from Italy on Wednesdays that was mind-blowing,” says Mia. “The restaurant’s been closed for years now, but it will always have a special place in our heart. Especially since it’s also the name of our favorite silly SNL skit — if you haven’t seen it, look up ‘SNL Lasagna!’”

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Previous page: Power couple and big city transplants, Franco and Mia Gatto of Zaza Italian Comfort Food, settle into home life in Sarasota with their Classica and Verde takes. Left: Lasagnas are made slow from scratch using whole organic ingredients and sheets of pasta rolled by hand. Get yours at eatzaza.com, @zaza_srq.

With a shared love for food and photography, Mia and Franco both took restaurant jobs in the city to pay the bills while pursuing their passion of photography. As the years went on, Franco worked his way from line cook to management to head chef at a number of highprofile fine dining restaurants in New York, Honolulu, Boulder and Denver, while Mia eventually shifted to digital marketing and e-commerce. Both of their career paths seemed to align perfectly together for their own shared venture, named, you guessed it, Zaza. Having slowed their busy, frenetic Manhattan pace by moving to Sarasota hasn’t meant life’s slowed down around them. “When we had our first baby in the summer of 2020, frankly, we were exhausted,” shares Mia. “We needed high quality, satisfying meals that were easy to prepare, not too labor-intensive and wouldn’t make a mess. We were overpaying for a lot of takeout and delivery, but it wasn’t scratching that itch for something homey.” Then one day, Franco made some of his lasagna — a passed-down family recipe. He made more than they needed for one night’s sitting, portioned it out and froze individual pieces to prep for the next 14 | srq magazine_ NOV21 live local

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few days for easy reheat meals. Benissimo. Launching their new “take and bake” lasagna delivery business in September, the Gattos are now sharing their beloved Italian recipes with fellow family households. “We want to give families the opportunity to treat themselves when they’re too busy, or tired, to spend that time in the kitchen themselves,” she says. “Home-cooked lasagna makes the everyday feel like a special occasion.” Zasa’s “Classica” lasagna recipe is an adaptation from Franco’s family—having immigrated from Genova and Asti, IT—while the “Verde” lasagne was a creation all their own. “Our recipes are hardly a secret because they are so simple. Nothing is hidden here, it’s all on the label,” Mia says. “The only secret is that it takes a very long time, patience and hard work. Most people don’t realize what a difference hand-rolled pasta makes in a dish.” Find each ZaZa container of lasagne packaged by hand and ready to pop in the oven to enjoy—sans the kitchen clean-up. And by the time you think you’ve had your fair share of lasagna takeout, the Gattos will be rolling out (no pun intended) additional home-style pasta dishes and dessert specials to order for the coming holiday season. SRQ PHOTOGRAPHY BY WYATT KOSTYGAN.

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Below: Eric Koenreich in his newly-opened, retro sweets shop Kookies & Kream, 39 S Beneva Rd., Sarasota, kookiesandkream.com, @kookiesandkream

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At Kookies & Kream Sarasota, everyday is a 90s throwback. Chloe Cuyler THE NINETEEN-NINETIES. A time of MTV music video marathons, video game arcades and Saturday morning cartoons. A time reminisced,

where you stuffed your face with greasy pizza, candy and other junk food with reckless abandon. Kookies & Kream Sarasota, owned and operated by Sarasota native Eric Koenreich, helps to bring back that 90’s nostalgia, one giant cookie-brownie at a time. What started with intentions of becoming an ice cream shop, much like an average turtle coming into contact with a certain alien goo, transformed into something much more exciting. Namely, a pretty sweet dessert shop—paying homage to the snacks of our youth and guaranteed to give millennials a blast from the past—serving up huge, half-pound treats with flavors inspired by Cosmic Brownies, Dunkaroos, Captain Crunch and more. And it’s not just the cereal and candy bar flavorings that will bring you back. With decor inspired by Koenreich’s favorite boyhood hangouts, stepping through the front door of Kookies & Kream may leave you feeling like you’ve just been transported back 20some years to your family’s basement or childhood bedroom—memorabilia from Space Jam posters, Spice Girls album covers, Nintendo controllers with Mario Kart games, Pokemon figurines and Barbie dolls. So, if you’re in the mood for a hefty dose of 90s, pick up a Salted Caramel Twix or Reese’s Pieces FrankenCup cookie from Kookies & Kream, pop in your favorite VHS (if that’s even still possible) and let yourself drift to simpler times: late night movies and trading cards with friends, when you knew nothing of bills or mortgages and your biggest problem was wondering how to invite your crush to the pizza party. SRQ

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ASK THE EXPERT

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Here at Achieva Credit Union we may be “small” in size, but we offer a full range of services. Achieva is all about making it easy, and finding a way to help with all of our member’s needs, from our mobile banking to our network of shared banking and ATM’s.

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Achieva Credit Union started out as a teacher’s credit union and our love of the schools and giving back is one of our many focuses. In Sarasota we have our Learning Loft at the Sarasota Technical College where we offer financial literacy classes to the students. At the Learning Loft, we have it set up for the students to be able to come in and use our technology for presentations, class projects and just to hang out and talk to our financial councils.

Here at Achieva we love the communities we live and work in. I currently volunteer with South Sarasota Habitat for Humanity. I am on the Family Services Committee, where we meet monthly to review potential home owners, interview them and hear about their current living arraignments. Every month we will meet with these homeowners with any challenges or just to give them encouragement, as the homeowner process can take up you 18 months or more to complete. I also help facilitate the Financial Literacy courses for the homeowners.

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LOCAL PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS+CULTURE

This page: Meet the new executive director of Art Center Sarasota, Kinsey Robb. Next page:

Robb outside the Art Center Sarastoa with a structure designed by Carl Abbott.

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THE ART OF COMMUNITY

Art Center Sarasota’s new executive director emphasizes collaboration and community impact as path forward. Phil Lederer

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FRESH FROM THE “MEGA-GALLERIES” OF NEW YORK CITY, Kinsey Robb left the Big Apple with the pandemic in full swing, looking for sandy beaches and whatever relative sanity a change of scenery might provide. Mere months later, remote work gave way to full relocation and now Robb finds herself the latest executive director for one of Sarasota’s longest-running creative nonprofits, Art Center Sarasota. SRQ took a moment to talk the importance of community, Sarasota’s special draw and the power of the juried show.

Artwork above: Study of a Young Woman by Susan Covert. Zion Respite by Susan J. Klien.

SRQ: How has it felt to be back in a gallery space? Kinsey Robb: Art appreciation is something that I really didn’t realize I had taken for granted until the pandemic. The physicality of being able to sit in front of an artwork was removed. Museums shut down. Galleries shut down. I’m so grateful that we have the ability now to sit in front of a work of art instead of seeing it on a computer screen, to be able to get up close and have a real interaction with a piece that might provoke a sense of some sort of exchange between you and that artwork, the artist. Art is a wonderful gift, and we’ve been without it for too long.

Why is it an exciting time to join Art Center Sarasota? The Bay Project is happening right now, and we sit on the 53 acres of what is going to be an unbelievable waterfront park retreat for the people of Sarasota to enjoy. There’s such a huge opportunity. We’re an arts organization that will now be surrounded by this beautiful environment. It’s very inspiring for us as and it’s even more inspiring for the teachers who come here to teach these art classes. We can now have visual examples in our backyard. Instead of a parking lot, people can look at a mangrove trail and kayak launch and all of these wonderful things.

How do you talk about the differences between an art center and a commercial gallery space? I’ve worked in some very large commercial galleries—they call them the mega-galleries. It’s almost like when you have the banks that are too big to fail. It’s the equivalent of that but in the art world. You have this opportunity to learn a 20 | srq magazine_ NOV21 live local

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lot about how to work with established artists, how to work with museums, how to work with curators, with collectors. There’s impact there, but there’s something entirely different about the impact that you can make within a community.

Different how? Sarasota is a city, but still a small enough network where everybody’s very aware of what’s going on in the city. In New York, you sometimes lose that because it’s so vast. Art Center Sarasota has this ability to create a meaningful impact within the community that’s recognized by the community-at-large. Being able to build partnerships with organizations here, with businesses here, with the artists here? That creates a real sense of community. I sometimes think that’s the hidden gem in Sarasota.

How do you balance financial concerns with the Center’s creative mission? You have your mission, and you want to always uphold the value and the integrity of the mission of an organization. Then you have the other side of that, which is to create a support system so that mission can be sustainable over time. For Art Center Sarasota, areas that need more development are fundraising abilities and visibility. A lot of people are not aware of the Art Center, even though we’ve been around for almost 100 years.

Talk about hidden gems . . . A lot of people don’t even realize you can purchase artwork from the Art Center as well. And that’s something that puts us in a different position than a museum, where the work is not for sale, or a gallery, where the work might be for sale but you might not have

the budget for it. We have works that are a few hundred dollars, and we have some that are a few thousand dollars. That makes it exciting, and it really does offer something for everyone.

Is that the role of the community art center, to have something for everyone? That’s part of our mission as a community space. Sometimes art can be held in this kind of pretentious bubble. It can be very intimidating. But we’re an organization that’s not intimidating. We like to play with everyone. We like to have fun here. We like to encourage artists on all levels. If you want to enroll in one of the classes, enroll in a class. If you want to submit your artwork for a juried show, that’s great. That’s something that’s very important about the Art Center, and something that I would never want to change, because it really does serve people here.

What partnerships are you excited for this year? Andy Sandberg, from The Hermitage Artist Retreat, and I have been working on developing a series. We’re creating a kind of back-andforth program where Art Center Sarasota will host artist discussions and engage with residents of The Hermitage, and then, on the flip side, we’ll bring some of our artists to The Hermitage for talks. I’m also looking forward to an upcoming juried show that will be taking place in late January through early March, in collaboration with Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative. They don’t have the exhibition space, but we do. There’s strength in numbers when organizations come together. SRQ

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VISIONS & VIRTUOSITY A story of computers and compulsion, savants and self-realization. Phil Lederer

IT LOOKS LIKE A PORTAL TO ANOTHER WORLD, the central star flaring and eclipsed by prismatic, crystalline

structures giving way to layers of pseudo-topographical lattice and shadow. On one hand, the effect is cosmic, evoking vast infinitudes, emergence. On the other, it feels almost intimate and intrusive, as though the viewer were positioned within the eyeball of another, peering outward and stealing this fugitive moment from the inside. It hangs on the wall inside the home of its creator, digital artist Diana de Avila. “I woke at 2 am with a vision and did it in a bout of insomnia,” she says casually, and one thing becomes immediately clear: 400 years ago, they would have burned her at the stake. Since 2017, de Avila has been blessed with what she calls an “artistic gift,” manifesting not only in visions but the creative compulsion that she feeds with the hundreds of programs and thousands of equations and growing repository of code that she uses to create her art. “It came magically,” she continues with a mischievous grin, not at all helping her case with the scared Puritan demographic. “So completely sudden.” But there is no dark magic or devilry at play here. No witchcraft or cursed compact. Rather, de Avila has what is known as acquired savant syndrome, an exceedingly rare condition wherein traumatic brain injury or illness results in the emergence of an extraordinary skill. In de Avila’s case, it was both a helmet-splitting motorcycle accident while serving in the military and a years-long relapse of multiple sclerosis that eventually resulted in synesthesia and an artistic awakening. She can’t quite explain where her visions and ideas come from, but neither can the science.

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Umbrella Ella Ella Gold and Synethesia No. 1 Gold, by Diana de Avila.

All she can do is follow them. Create when the images appear and the compulsion strikes. And where other artists turn to oils and acrylics, pastels or pencils, de Avila turns to one of her many devices—computers, iPads—and the limitless expanse of a digital canvas where she can indulge her wonder. De Avila had never heard of fractals before her awakening but now they dominate her brainspace, appearing in front of her eyes of their own volition and searing their imprints on her grey matter, tattooed onto her thoughts. She finds them entrancing, becoming lost in their endless permutations, the beckoning profundity of their selfsimilarity that speaks to a paradox of both endless complexity and sublime simplicity. And so when one appears to her, de Avila has no choice but to pursue—to boot up some of the hundreds of computer programs that she’s learned to navigate and manipulate since receiving her gift (an intuitive understanding of and enthusiasm for these labyrinthine programs and systems being another side effect of her savantism) and rediscover, in a sense, that fractal image. She may not be wielding a paintbrush, but by inputting equations and adjusting variables, she defines the parameters of her digital creation and commands the artificial intelligence that calculates the myriad curves, colors, lines and shapes, building the image piece by piece. Importantly, however, de Avila is no prisoner to the fractal image. Though her art begins from such a calculated starting point, mapped and plotted by mathematical axiom, bound by the confines of artificial intelligence, it quickly becomes but a playground for de Avila’s artistic intuition. In this digital space, the laws of trigonometry become as malleable as any paint or pigment, and de Avila, from her position as artist,

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begins to manipulate the expression of mathematical truth into something, in her eyes, even more perfect. “I’m trying to take what’s flying in front of my face and turn it into reality,” she says. The resulting fractal manipulations vary from the trippy Journey With Morpheus, created in part through 30,000+ individual quadratic Bézier curves, plotted and overlaid to create that topographical effect, to the impressionistic-looking Tree of Life and even the nearphotorealistic clouds and shoreline of Simple Things. The only devilry lies in the details, where de Avila’s digital brushstrokes can be seen in the multitudinous arcs and curves. Although sudden acquired savant syndrome remains rare, experts identify three stages, broadly speaking, that artistic savants experience as they explore their dormant talents: imitation, improvisation and creation. For her own part, de Avila finds this to ring true. Her early work and her first show, an open call at Art Center Sarasota, had a distinctly Mondrian flavor to it, followed by forays into the abstract that belied an artist in flux, still seeking. And she remembers when she found her voice, at the end of 2019. “I became my own artistic self,” she says. There was no grand dramatic moment or climactic realization, no fanfare to announce its arrival, but rather the sneaking confidence that comes only from doing the work and embracing the artist within. “I learned to go with it,” de Avila says. “I trust in my intuition and I trust in the process.” De Avila’s latest series, a quartet of fractal manipulations based on the physics of a crashing wave and printed on textured metal, is on display in this month’s “Shifting Perceptions” exhibition at SPAACES, where de Avila will show alongside artist Julie Kanapaux. SRQ srq magazine_ NOV21 live local | 23

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Malbi Decor Massimo Lunardon Tropical Fish Wine Decanter; $335. Massimo Lunardon Flute Rossini; $110 each. Imported from and made in San Giorgio di Perlena, Italy. Each piece is designed by skilled Italian craftsman Massimo Lunardon using traditional techniques of glass blowing. Each flute, wine glass, decanter, pitcher or carafe glassware is expertly blown and handcrafted into one-of-a-kind works of art. Malbi Decor 1931 S Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 941-953-3113, malbidecor.com, mab@malbidecor.com, @malbidecor. Karavan Treasures From Turkey Mini Mosaic Table Lamp 13.7”, handcrafted in Turkey with cut glass and glass beads affixed to a glass globe. As each piece of glass and each bead is individually layered, every lantern is one-of-a-kind; $50. Spoon Rest, this piece of ceramic art was hand made in Kütahya, Turkey; $25. Turkish Mosaic Lamp, crafted to look like the famous Turkish water pitcher. The globe is hand blown glass, layered with colored glass and beads. The metal accents are made of brass. $125; Table Lantern, handmade in Turkey from hand blown Bohemian glass and layered with colored beads and glass. The metal pieces are finished with brass; $65. Decorative pinch or serving bowls, handmade ceramic and painted multicolors in Kütahya. Bowls are sold individually and in various different sizes; $24-$67. Karavan Treasures from Turkey Sarasota, treasuresfromturkey.com, info@treasuresfromturkey.com, @SarasotaKaravan. Artisans’ World Marketplace Kantha Kitchen Towel, made from recycled cotton saris and finished with traditional kantha embroidery. Proceeds support poor and marginalized artisan groups in East India; $10. Artisans’ World Marketplace - Sarasota’s Fair Trade Retail Store, 128 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-365-5994, artisansworldmarketplace.com. 26 | srq magazine_ NOV21 live local

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A world-class fashion modeL with her image on Time Square billboards and magazine covers, Natalie traveled the world and gained an awareness of true luxury during photo shoots at spectacular homes and resort locations. After meeting Andrew in NYC, they married and settled in Sarasota to start a family. A mother of two, she knows that a property is not only an investment, but a place where families create a home to thrive, dream and build lifelong memories. With a keen eye for seeing the possibilities in a home, Natalie makes the buying or selling process joyful and easy. She brings her drive, persistence and nurturing to consciously connect sellers, homes and buyers. An accomplished and well-traveled business professional, Andrew imparts a global perspective to the discerning luxury client. British by birth, Andrew moved to New York City in his 20s where he established multiple European handmade clothing houses. Collaborating exclusively with Italian sartorial artisans, he clothed renowned film stars and Wall Street titans, garnering the trust of America’s elite. While immersed in New York’s haute couture, he met international model Natalie Laughlin, married and moved to Sarasota. Once here, Andrew shifted his professional focus toward renewable energy and sustainable building. He has built energy-efficient homes, provided guidance to architects and builders to improve energy efficiencies, and owned a national solar company. Andrew has a clear understanding of the quality of workmanship, materials and products that make a home extraordinary. Already past the $100 million mark in sales volume for this year, Andrew and Natalie share some of their secrets to success: “We pledge to get to know you and give you the luxury of unhurried time to listen to your goals. We provide the tools, the staff and the know-how to cover every detail so you don’t have to. Our service is second to none. And outstanding results put more money where it belongs—in your pocket.”

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Through troubled waters, Dominiq Art gives tribute to nature with endangered animal species surfboards. Brittany Mattie

FIVE SIRENIC SURFBOARDS MAKE UP THE ‘TRIBUTE TO NATURE’ SERIES, creatures of marvel and the environment they represent: The Elephant and The White Tiger by land; The Butterfly by sky; The Whale Shark by sea; and the last, but not least, Black Marble, symbolizing the Earth and “the beauty beneath its surface—with some environmental imbalances,” says Dominika Zabczyk, the artist behind Dominiq Art. The common thread between these animals? They’ve all found themselves on a notorious list of endangered species. Whether habitat loss or degradation, overhunting and poaching, pollution and changes in climate, Zabczyk doesn’t care to ride out the wave till these creatures become officially marked extinct. So she’s captured them, metaphorically, in oil paint on reimagined surfboards. The concept started to crystallize as she began playfully sketching on the boards. “I was always inspired by nature and animals—their diversity, patterns on their bodies, vibrant colors. I knew I wanted to translate that majestic beauty and wisdom into paintings,” she says. “The limited edition collection is a reflection on how beautiful our world is and a gentle reminder that if we don’t take action, entire ecosystems will collapse.” The surfboards used for Zabczyk’s paintings were also given a chance of survival—rescued from disposal or abandonment and given a second chance to create a powerful message.

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“I wanted boards with soul,” she says. “I knew for this project I needed real boards surfed and loved by their human owners—encompassing stories and an energy that only used boards have.” Zabczyk has been sourcing used surfboards and repair expertise from Juan Rodriguez, a renowned and extremely talented local shaper of One World Surf Designs. Considering these rigs had seen better days, patching them up some before painting was a must. “The boards definitely needed some fixing and lots of love—their surfaces still showing some dings and imperfections, but not perfectly smoothed out on purpose.” The medium was a challenge to work with, she admits, but eventually the canvas took shape in order for her to layer on her immortal subjects. After the boards were prepped with a base paint of solid black, Zabczyk sketched out the outlines, then painted the animals in rotation, explaining it takes days at a time to dry in between the layers. “I’d paint elephants on Mondays, sharks on Tuesdays, butterflies on Wednesday and so on,” she explains. “I could watch how they slowly started

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building the layers. Overall, it took me about four months to finish the series.” The most challenging, she admits being the butterfly, which needed the most pigment to achieve solid color, giving it that 3D look but without leaving brush marks. “I think this one was close to 20 layers, but, to be honest, after 15 I stopped counting.” Meanwhile, the stringer down the boards’ bodies she retouched with a gold line to symbolize towing the line of harmony, balance and connection between humans and nature—an invisible bond, she says, that keeps us all alive. The Tribute to Nature portraits purposely show half of the animal’s face or body, because, we, Zabczyk says, are the other half, and together we create a whole. After, an epoxy resin pour achieve a high gloss finish and reflection. Eyes become piercingly realistic, alive almost, from the glossy armor. “When you look into their eyes you’ll see your own reflection—a reminder that humans and animals are equal counterparts on this planet,” she says. “I get goosebumps every time I look into the elephant’s eyes and lay my hand on its trunk. These animals have a special place in my heart. I painted them straight out of my soul.” SRQ PHOTOGRAPHY BY WYATT KOSTYGAN.

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Orange Moon Interiors brings a renovated Longboat Key home a palette of blues to their seascape sanctuary. Brittany Mattie

Left: Home vignettes, photography by De La Design & Marketing Studio. Above and right: Kitchen and living spaces and the aqua fish scale mosaic, photography by Jimmy White Photography. Source It: Orange Moon Interiors, P.O Box 14029, Bradenton, orangemooninteriors.com

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COASTAL ELEGANCE SHINES through this beachfront Longboat Key condo with custom pieces like warm, walnut countertops, mirrored and paneled white walls, built-in glass shelves, ombre-colored fan tiling and a coral-inspired hanging light fixture. “Oftentimes, people will rip out old, dated features in a renovation, but I’m really happy that we gave features like the mirrored wall new life because it reflects the water and the light coming in from the beach beautifully,” says Kelly Kaiser, the owner and lead designer of Orange Moon Interiors. The homeowner, for this full interior renovation project, enlisted Kaiser to bring a very specific, “creative and fun” vision to life. And in a world full of minimalistic, neutral design spaces trending today, this client wanted color. “She didn’t let trends define how her home should look, she instead let her own happiness guide her design decisions,” says Kaiser. “She feels happy inside of color and she wanted this space to be her happy place.” A seascape color palette really brings it home for this Gulfside dwelling while the accessories say “you’re at the beach,” but “with texture, instead of kitsch,” notes Kaiser. A color expert in her field, choosing that absolute perfect shade for a color-loving client is paramount—even more so, finding the right shade of blues for those residing by the ocean. Landing on unique shades of blue for this particular client, a deep slate grasscloth wallpaper envelops the master suite bedroom with texture that mimics waves while aqua-azure and turquoise mosaic backsplash tiling in the bathroom suggest fish, or mermaid, scales. “Ironically, in the beginning of the design process, the client really wanted to steer clear of aqua,” shares Kaiser, “but as the design evolved we both discovered that when aqua was mixed into the space, she really loved it. This mixture of blues brings a richness that makes this home so comfortable, it hugs you like a warm beach towel.” SRQ srq magazine_ NOV21 live local | 33

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Local home experts share guidance and hottest trends for new ideas and inspiration in building and decorating.

COPENHAGEN IMPORTS For over 30 years, Copenhagen Imports has been offering complete design services in Sarasota. Specializing in contemporary, mid-century, Scandinavian and American craft furniture, services are tailored to fit the client needs, whether it be as simple as a lamp, or as advanced as a complete home. They strive to offer a unique, curated collection sourced from all over the globe: handprinted glass furniture from Mexico, sustainable wood furniture from Vermont, and top-of-line recliners from Norway. Trending this year is color. Customers are still using grays, but they are adding strong fashion colors like orange, red, and yellow for more personality in their homes. The design process at Copenhagen is very laid back. Clients can look forward to a no-pressure environment, with an expert sales team who listens and strives to find solutions to create the desired aesthetic. Perhaps the sales associate with the best outlook on life is Polaris, the Black Lab and Brand Ambassador, formerly with Southeastern Guide Dogs. Copenhagen Imports was founded in 1983 by Michael Hansen from Copenhagen, Denmark. Family-owned and operated, Copenhagen Imports’ collection of furniture and decorative pieces boast innovative, environmentally-sensitive design and exceptional quality.

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Domicile LEE WETHERINGTON HOMES A custom-home builder for some of the finest communities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Lee Wetherington Homes has been in business for over 45 years. The firm excels in delivering the highest quality in a variety of architectural styles, with the most current designs, materials and custom finishes. Lee Wetherington Homes is known for their detailing, as well as their lifestyle focus, as evidenced by their outdoor living areas and the way they flow with indoor spaces. The firm recently completed a home in Lakewood Ranch, featuring an oversized lanai and pool area with an outdoor kitchen, multiple seating areas, fireplace and spiral staircase going from the lanai to a “crow’s nest” for watching sunsets over the lake. Functional outdoor living space is more important than ever--especially after the events of the last two years--as people look to enhance their living experiences, not just for eating and sleeping, but also for work and recreation. Homes continue to be simplified and streamlined, with minimalistic designs in both architecture and furnishings. At Lee Wetherington Homes, it all begins with the customer. After an initial sales meeting to assess needs, hopes, dreams and wishes, sales professionals work with the client to help visualize their dream home and start the design process. Once all final plans are agreed upon, the design is finalized and carefully reviewed. Lee Wetherington Homes builds each home twice: first in the computer or on paper, and then in the field to make sure it’s done right when it counts. Lee Wetherington, the company’s founder, is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the US Marine Corps, and is a big supporter of veterans and first responders. Despite winning numerous design awards, Lee is most proud of the humanitarian awards and honors he has received, both personally and through the Lee Wetherington Foundation. Lee is also particularly passionate about his work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

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YODER HOMES Guided by their company core value of “unquestionable integrity,” Yoder Homes specializes in custom-built homes, remodeling projects, room additions, and historical renovations. Over the past decade Yoder Homes has built a reputation as a reliable source for homeowners looking to incorporate unique interior features into their homes. Many of these projects involve high-end finishing requiring a superior level of expertise and proficiency. Suncoast homeowners enjoy living in spaces with clean, modern lines. To implement this trend, Yoder Homes recently completed a largescale, remodeling project where trey ceilings and soffits were removed to create a flat, one-level ceiling. They leveled the room’s floors to remove step-downs to maximize water views. Yoder Homes understands that these complex renovations, often fashioned in a coastal contemporary style, require expert planning, design, and craftsmanship. The Yoder Homes team can work directly with clients from start to finish or can collaborate with architects to manage the construction side of a project. Yoder Homes also offers custom cabinetry, storage solutions, hardware installation, flooring and window coverings, and maintains a state-of-the-art showroom to display their wide range of high-quality cabinetry and resources. Whether a client is seeking a new home or looking to renovate, Yoder Homes is dedicated to incorporating practices that support long term sustainability to projects so integrity and craftsmanship can be enjoyed well into the future.

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TRADE MARK INTERIORS Trade Mark Interiors specializes in luxury interiors for both residential and commercial spaces, with a focus on new construction and renovations. For this recent beach condo project, we focused on a relaxed, modern and nature-inspired style to complement the gorgeous waterfront views. Coastal has been a popular interior design trend, especially here on the Gulf Coast, but we wanted to add in some signature details for the client. Our team utilized different textures and wallpapers to add unique focal points to the space. Over the past year and a half, many people found themselves at home a lot more and realizing they didn’t love what they saw. We have been helping clients better utilize both their living and work spaces to make them more functional and pleasing to the eye. Some trends we have been seeing are a shift to more natural elements and color palettes as well as multifunctional spaces. Also, many homeowners now ask for the latest in smart home technology to make the day-to-day a little easier and to have more peace of mind. When clients work with us, we take the time to really get to know them and make sure they receive our whole team’s input and perspectives. This is a highly collaborative process and we are with you every step of the way, or From Plans to Pillows® as we like to say! Here at Trade Mark Interiors we use both our expertise in design and psychology to create beautiful spaces and places. This puts our team in a unique position to understand client needs, as well as manage multiple perspectives on a project. If you and your partner can’t decide on a layout or color palette, we are here to assist. This perspective also helps with creaying interiors that have a positive impact on your mood.

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VERTICAL | DESIGN+BUILD Specializing in concept-to-creation services, this unique custom-home builder makes the home-building process a collaborative experience. Vertical | Design+Build has more than 50 years of combined experience designing and building award-winning, high-end homes along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Vertical | Design+Build features an internal design studio with a state-licensed architect and a team of interior designers—who collaborate closely with local and out-of-state architectural firms and residential designers — along with a highly experienced construction management staff. Vertical | Design+Build can lead the design from concept to creation, build from plans completed by your architect or provide you with designer-ready floor plans to match your tastes and lifestyle. “Collaborate Always” is one of the firm’s core values. Vertical | Design+Build believes that it is critical to the successful outcome of any project to sincerely value input from the client and team members at every step of the process. The firm chooses to put the client first, provide superior quality, create innovative solutions, and work honestly while having fun. Regardless of your architectural style — Modern, Farmhouse-Style, West Indies or Traditional — the Vertical | Design+Build team is ready to make your dream home a reality.

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Domicile M&M WALLCOVERINGS AND BLINDS M&M Wallcoverings and Blinds has been a leader in the sale of high-quality Hunter Douglas blinds, shades and shutters for three decades. M&M’s 3,000 square foot gallery showcases operable Hunter Douglas window treatments as well as the company’s large display of wallcoverings, custom draperies, valances, upholstery, bedding and pillows. Clients are able to test and operate M&M Wallcoverings and Blinds’ exciting displays of motorized window treatments. Both on trend and now available at a more accessible price point, motorization capabilities have been integrated into the popular Solar Shade style as well as Silhouette, Pirouette, and Duette styles. M&M has also shared that wallcoverings are increasing in popularity. From Grass Weaves to bold, geometric patterns, clients are opting to create focal walls that tie the colors and decorative elements in their rooms together. Also trending, tailored draperies and stationary side panels that frame windows by adding texture, pattern, and color. The possibilities are wide ranging so M&M offers their expert decorating services, product knowledge, and passion for their trade in the form of in-home consultations, which are always free of charge. A family-owned and operated business, M&M Wallcoverings is proud to have been named a premier Hunter Douglas gallery. This allows for M&M to provide the very highest quality at very competitive pricing.

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ABIDE DESIGN INTERIORS Led by Kati Ramage, Abide Design Interiors specializes in full-service interior design. They collaborate with every client, from concept to completion to achieve the look and feel envisioned for the home. Abide recently completed a guesthouse in the Concession. The open kitchen featured navy cabinetry with a 10 foot butcher-block island. Blonde wood open shelving was added to display barware on top of a textured geometric tile backsplash. Fun features included polished concrete floors, textured wall coverings in the tray ceilings and elevated, industrial light fixtures. Throw pillows and area rugs added warmth and leather lounge chairs, counter stools, and cocktail tables completed the perfect blend of textures, creating a comfy urban-loft feel for this entertaining space. “Layering textures continues to be trendy & functional,” says Kati. “I’m all about embracing design trends, but if it’s not going to be practical for the living spaces, I steer clear.” Bringing the outdoors in is still a popular look so Kati incorporates natural textures like rattan, cane, wicker and wood. Maximizing natural light is also a big focus. Abide uses a design questionnaire, intro call and onsite consultation to get to know the client before a custom—design package is created. For full service clients, Abide ensures that all design needs are met throughout the entire design/construction process. Kati is proud to have built & redesigned a handful of family homes in her own Lakewood Ranch area over the last 15 years. “We are forming a relationship during the design process, and my goal is to see the client happy with where they ‘abide’ at the completion of their space.”

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A full-service luxury residential interior design firm specializing in downtown Sarasota, Bird Key, Lido Key, and Longboat Key, Collins Interiors can transform one room or an entire home. With over 100 vendors of furniture, fabrics, lighting, rugs, flooring, wallpaper, artwork and accessories, the Collins team can find that perfect solution for any decorating dilemma. They use a select group of skilled craftspeople for custom millwork, upholstery, bedding, window or wall treatments and renovation of kitchens or bathrooms. Founded by Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner in 2006, Collins Interiors has won numerous awards for design work. A recently completed water and golfview home on Longboat Key featured a colorful Bohemian-inspired look. Collins incorporated organic materials, mixing rattan, wood, grasscloth, wool, cotton and warm brass tones to create a natural link between inside and out. They are seeing a trend toward more organic materials and colors inspired by nature: clear sky blue, cool sea green, sandy taupe and crisp cloud white. Pet and child-friendly materials, performance fabrics, and easy-care stones like quartz and porcelain are frequent client requests. Collins Interiors uses a detailed questionnaire to understand their clients’ needs and create a detailed plan. With frequent communication, they make the process informative, easy and fun. Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner is a former university vice president and CEO of a medical foundation, but design has become her passion. She is proud to serve as a volunteer and board member for Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center and has helped to chair their gala for the last five years.

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LEE WETHERINGTON HOMES 7590 Fruitville Road Sarasota, FL 34240 (941) 922-3480 www.lwhomes.com M&M WALLCOVERINGS & BLINDS 4801 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste. 7 Sarasota, FL 34231 (941) 925-7800 www.mmwallcoveringsblinds.com TRADE MARK INTERIORS 1371-A Boulevard of the Arts Sarasota, FL 34236 www.trademarkinteriordesign.com (941) 879-9494 VERTICAL | DESIGN+BUILD 1371 Boulevard of the Arts, Suite B Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 263-4999 www.verticaldesignbuild.com YODER HOMES 500 Central Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 758-4028 www.yoder-homes.com

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A STIFF BREEZE BLOWS SNOW ACROSS THE DIRT ROAD FROM TASHKENT TO SAMARKAND. The silk traders pull up their hoods and brace against the cold, leaning hard on their staffs as they approach an ornate teahouse with tall columns on its front porch that terminate in carved wooden arches. They seek shelter, rest and sustenance. A warm glow from inside promises all. They enter, and as the door closes behind them, the roar of the wind is replaced by the sounds of a Russian-language ballad being sung by a drunk, potbellied man out of a karaoke machine. It’s 2021, dude, and you can’t trade silk for soup anymore.

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But at Chayhana Vostok, which means “Eastern teahouse” in Russian, the spirit of Old World trade routes exists just beneath the surface of its modern comforts and, yes, alongside the occasional karaoke night. Located on Tamiami Trail just South of Walt’s Fish Market, the Uzbek restaurant has all the hearty, meat-heavy dishes of the landlocked nation that have become one of the most well-received cuisines of the former Soviet Union. A long history of raising and herding livestock, along with the heavy grain production of the region, infuses the menu’s soups, various grilled meats and wheat-based specialties. Of the wheat-based specialties, few foods define a cuisine quite like bread. Lepeshka is a variety of flatbread baked similarly to Indian naan but with a look and shape more like a bagel. Owner-operator Rustam Lyukhay makes the dough for his restaurant’s lepeshka completely from scratch and bakes it to order. The top of the bread is stamped in its center with a pattern, then glazed and sprinkled with sesame seeds, resulting in a warm, fluffy bread fit for weary travelers. Both samsas and manty, two more grain-based foods, also make their way onto the menu. The former consists of baked phyllo dough pastries stuffed with beef, onion and spices, much like a meat-stuffed Cuban pastelito but savory and earthy with cumin and coriander. The experience of warm, savory stuffing inside a flaky, crispy exterior is a joy difficult to define. Unlike the samsas, 50 | srq magazine_ NOV21 live local

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which are offered as an appetizer, the manty serves as a main dish. The four big, steamed dumplings come stuffed with chopped lamb meat and onions, with sour cream served in a ramekin in the middle for dipping. Like the manty, the restaurant’s soups offer enough nourishment to weather the hard road west to Byzantium. The lagman soup celebrates the country’s noodle-rich diet with homemade noodles while lamb and vegetables add something interesting and familiar, respectively. A shurpa soup, however, takes the rich, earthy flavor of lamb and concentrates it into a broth so rich that diners might wonder if Lyukhay keeps livestock out back for the freshest flavor. The rendered fat from the lamb chops thicken the broth superbly, while crudely cut carrot and potato pieces bring starch and a touch of sweetness. Finally, chopped dill and cilantro top off the silky, chunky dish from which the fall-off-the-bone chops protrude. And fear not, famished traveler, for we come now to the meat. As the shurpa and lagman soups suggested, Uzbekistan loves its lamb (or its mutton, to be exact). A traditional Uzbek pilaf, which is usually reserved for special occasions, comes formed into a perfect mound, with tender pieces of pulled lamb atop rice that’s been mixed with shredded carrots, onions and an ample dose of cumin. Nearly as aromatic as burning incense, the meal begins at first smell in a very real sense, as though the preparation is designed to waft into a

Above left to right: When accompanied by fresh-baked lepeshka (flatbread), the shurpa soup is as hearty as an entree. Marinated and seared to perfection, the lamb chops pack a lot of flavor. An achuchuk salad of tomatoes, onions and hot peppers tastes similar to a ceviche marinade. Chayhana Vostok, 4242 S Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-923-5919.

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busy thoroughfare in search of empty stomachs. An assortment of shashlik (kebabs) provide a simple dose of protein for meat lovers while a chicken tabaka includes a whole butterflied chicken lovingly seared in butter and garnished with dill and cilantro. But the lamb chop dish is otherworldly. The marinade includes something tangy the soft spoken Lyukhay does not divulge, but only citrus or rice vinegar seem like reasonable guesses to a meat bursting so effulgently with flavor that no taste bud is left deactivated. It has pep and perk while still maintaining the faint gaminess of the lamb. While it certainly helps that the final plating is also sprinkled with a bit of paprika, cumin and coriander, those spices hardly explain the juicy interior of the meat. At this point, the beauty of Uzbek dinnerware must be noted. Few cultures still produce more colorful and detailed bowls, plates and platters for everyday use. A pot of tea—a beverage as important to Uzbek culture as water is to its agriculture—comes served in a gorgeous kettle that looks as though it came straight from the shop of some artisan in Tashkent. Served in an equally ornate piala (handleless teacup), any Uzbek meal begins and ends with tea, a mild black and green tea blend, served unsweetened in the case of Chayhana Vostok. As for karaoke nights, you’ll have to follow the restaurant’s social media pages and know how to read Cyrillic characters. SRQ

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Below: Best friend-duo and fungi cultivators, Micheal Shea and Howard Schmidt of Petrichor Mushrooms, are ready for lift off. Stay tuned for the November ‘mushroom spaceship’ launch at @petrichormushrooms.

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SADDLE UP AND GET READY TO STEP INSIDE Petrichor Mushroom’s reinvented shipping container and growing facility where they’ll be cultivating and selling a medley of exotic, funkified mushroom species you’ll be hardened to find on grocery store shelves. The urban farm/purveyor Petrichor—named to coincide with the ethereal word meaning “the pleasant, rich, earthy smell that comes after a rainfall on dry soil”—is run by best friend duo Micheal Shea and Howard Schmidt. The friendly foragers say mushrooms spring up from the moist earth like tulips all along the forest floor, or barks of dampened logs after a good soaking—themselves making spores that act as rain seeds to spread mycelium. The name certainly holds vernacular value to their pursuit. 52 | srq magazine_ NOV21 live local

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the fresh takes on mushroom-focused dishes for those who may be intimidated, or unsure, of how to utilize them in their own kitchens. Shea shares a fantastic bacon alternative the duo fries up with their Black Pearl Oyster Mushrooms—an engineered variety, cultivated to mimic the popular yet hard-to-grow King Trumpet— or, whipping up Lion’s Mane ‘crab’ cakes, giving you the flavor and mouth-feel of a real crab cake. The difference is in its brain-boosting and salubrious powers. Find Petrichor’s shroom babies occasionally on local restaurant menus such as Indigenous, Decks Plate, Ka Papa, Jennings Downtown Provisions and the soonto-open Meliora. And, you don’t have to wait around for it to rain to source their robust, medicinal teas of Chaga, Turkey Tail and Reishi, aka the “Mushroom of Mortality,” by going through their socials or catching them every weekend at the Saturday Bradenton Farmers Market or Sunday Farmers’ Market at Lakewood Ranch. There, funky Petrichor swag is up for purchase, as well as fresh and dried varieties from around the U.S. including—Wild Harvested Black Trumpet, Premium Porcini, Wild Harvested Matsutake, European Shitake, Wild Harvested Lobster and Morel (labels describe each mushroom’s unique tasting notes, texture and best type of dish to utilize them in). In the meantime, keep a lookout for the expected spaceship landing mid November where they’ll be opening its door daily to fellow earthlings. SRQ

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Two cuisines, both alike in dignity, In fair Sar’sota, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where diners well find Hamlet’s Eatery. Phil Lederer THE CAST KIM LIVENGOOD Founder/owner of Hamlet’s Eatery. A local PR maven whose mother founded The Bazaar at Apricot & Lime, she wants to see her newly dubbed “Limelight District” of Sarasota continue to grow. CHEF BOB Head chef at Hamlet’s. Signature dish: Bob’s Famous Crab Cakes, Chesapeake-style. MICHELLE AND SUSY Hamlet’s extra hands, helping Chef Bob, taking orders and running food. SUPPORITNG CHARACTERS Lelu’s Coffee Cold Brew, Boombacha Kombucha and Suncoast Cookies.

THE STORY When Kim Livengood founded Hamlet’s Eatery one year ago, she imagined it not only as a haven for the always-hungry merchants and millers of the bustling Bazaar at Apricot & Lime Indie Market, but as an olive branch to those forever-feuding foodie factions—the vegans and the carnivores. With a menu split right down the middle, Hamlet’s looks to bring both sides to the table by offering curated culinary options for anyone asking themselves, “to meat or not to meat?” So for every “Hamlet’s” on the menu—beef sliders topped with crushed pecans, caramelized onions and gorgonzola cheese—diners will also find a “Beyond Shakespeare,” a vegan slider with avocado, eggplant bacon, spinach and balsamic glaze. And between vegan burritos, tofu scrambles, jack fruit tacos and black bean patties with guacamole and ancho chili BBQ sauce, Livengood imagines Hamlet’s as much an opportunity for non- vegans to explore new flavors as it is a place for vegans to get their fix.

THE SETTING The courtyard at The Bazaar at Apricot & Lime. Hamlet’s big blue food truck commands one length of the square, sandwiched between The Bazaar proper and a great awning for shaded outdoor seating, connected to a newly renovated indoor dining space for those craving AC. An artificial turf lawn supports a smattering of picnic tables and a rainbow-colored mural on the wall reminds everyone to “Be Amazing.”

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PIGGIE PROPAGANDA

How the godfather of spin put bacon on your breakfast plate. BACON AND EGGS. The phrase just rolls off the tongue like a single word. Maybe it ought to be hyphenated by now, like this: bacon-and-eggs. Or, perhaps squeezed together like four kids into the backseat of a station wagon: baconandeggs. The point is, the combination of bacon and eggs exists as a monolith in American cuisine—an immovable object like apple pie or macand-cheese. Even today, as bacon makes its way into weird places like cocktails, candles and candy, the fatty strips of pork belly are difficult to separate from their cozy spot next to eggs. But, like so many bits of history, the story of how the breakfast staple came to be is written in fifty shades of baconandeggs. The story begins almost a century ago, when Americans began eating relatively light breakfasts that included any combination of cereal, oatmeal, grits, fresh fruit or eggs. Eggs have been an obvious breakfast choice for millennia, since hens typically lay them within six hours of sunrise. Around the world, the egg also came to provide early-rising workers in industrialized nations with long-lasting energy and nutrition. But the cereal craze had begun to supplant hearty, hot breakfasts in the early 20th century on account of their easy preparation, which meant even eggs came close to oblivion. White-collar workers, in particular, had begun to shun big breakfasts as outmoded and déclassé—an obstacle to maintaining their slim and youthful bodies. In this context, bacon’s journey to the breakfast plate was an uphill battle. But that battle does not begin with a farmer, an entrepreneurial restaurant owner or the cross-pollination of cuisines that occurs when a country’s demographics change due to immigration. No, bacon arrived on breakfast plates by more deliberate manmade means like capitalism and marketing. Edward Bernays—who happened to be the nephew of a certain sex-obsessed father of psychology named Sigmund Freud—is considered the granddaddy of the field of public relations. His proximity to Uncle Freud helped him absorb and leverage the concept of the unconscious mind in advertising. Propaganda, which Bernays published in 1928, systematizes the manipulation of the masses’ unconscious impulses and laid the groundwork for the modern spin doctor. He used his penchant for propaganda to help rally public support for World War I, assist in the overthrow of the PHOTOGRAPHY BY WES ROBERTS.

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democratically elected government of Guatemala in 1954, and repurposed the phrase “Torches of Freedom” to help sell more cigarettes to women in the 1920s. Bernays, the astute reader may have surmised, also had a hand in the rise of bacon. Beech-Nut hired Bernays in the mid-1920s, hoping to utilize his skills to boost the numbers of bacon (sales had been slumping as Americans came to favor the expediency of non-perishable cereals). Armed with his skills in sensationalism, Bernays set out not to offer the company a typical menu of marketing options (like buying ads in newspapers or offering coupons for their product), but to connect bacon to the more fundamental desire in humans—to achieve a high level of wellbeing. In order for Bernays to recast bacon as a hearty, nutritious food, he surveyed 5,000 doctors around the country with a simple question that lacked any semblance of scientific vigor. Was a light breakfast or a heavy breakfast better for one’s health? His respondents overwhelmingly favored a heavy breakfast as a healthier option, in their collective professional opinions. With the unwitting support of 5,000 medical doctors, Bernays began his propaganda campaign. Newspapers and magazines ran stories about the new survey, radio segments populated the airwaves, and bacon slowly sizzled its way onto breakfast plates as a “scientifically proven” part of a hearty and healthy breakfast. A century later, generations of Americans have entered breakfast diners through a bacon-scented fog. As diet fads come and go, bacon enjoys an untouchable status as a foundational ingredient in American breakfasts. We all know better than to eat it with too much regularity, but the legacy of Bernays’ propaganda is etched deep in the subconscious tablet of the American psyche. And it’s here to stay. Today, the U.S. is estimated to consume in the ballpark of two billion pounds of bacon each year. In Sarasota, places like Coffee Carrousel, Waffle Stop, Yoder’s Restaurant and The Serving Spoon go through bacon like Rambo goes through bullets. And then there’s the Billionnaire Bacon at MADE and the candied bacon from Alpine Steakhouse. Oddly enough, the cut is still cheap enough that a two-egg breakfast with bacon can run under $10. SRQ

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THE CONVERSATIONS AROUND THE FOOD INDUSTRY FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS TOOK ON THE FEEL OF OBITUARIES. IT SEEMED EVERY WEEK BROUGHT MORE NEWS OF NEIGHBORHOOD INSTITUTIONS CLOSING SHOP OR SERVERS BEING FORCED INTO FOOD BANKS. BUT EVEN AS THE INDUSTRY GRAPPLED WITH ITS LONG-TERM VIABILITY AND A CONSTANT STREAM OF BAD NEWS, THERE AROSE STORIES OF CHAMPIONS WHO DEFIED THE ODDS, SAVVY RESTAURATEURS WHO LOOKED AROUND AT ALL THE DESPAIR AND UNDERSTOOD THAT, AT THE END OF THE DAY, PEOPLE STILL NEED TO EAT. AND SO, WITH GREAT POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE, SRQ SALUTES THE PANDEMIC CHAMPS THAT OPENED SHOP WHEN IT SEEMED CRAZY TO DO SO, EXPANDED EVEN AS THE MARKET SHRANK, AND HAVE EMERGED FROM DARK DAYS LIKE BREAD FROM THE OVEN.

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TUCKED WITHIN PROJECT COFFEE’S MENU IS ONE OF THE MOST PERFECT STARTS TO ANY MORNING.

Clean, earthy and minimalistic—the perfect words to describe not just Project Coffee’s atmosphere but its menu, crafted by co-owners Ian Steger and Emily Arthur. Offering a full menu of 100% vegan beverages and foods, this cafe is spicing up Downtown Sarasota with its hipster vibes. Tucked within Project Coffee’s menu is one of the most perfect starts to any morning— Avocado Toast. A crunchy slice of perfectly toasted bread; a layer of smooth, buttery avocado spread; and an optional soft pillow of vegan, plant-based egg; topped with a delicate garnish of sliced radish and microgreens and a drizzle of sriracha or chimichurri. And if you haven’t heard yet, the cafe recently launched a few new colorful breakfast and lunch menu items for the season—including the Tropical Chia Bowl (dragonfruit chia pudding, nut and seed granola, mango, raspberries and blueberries, topped with pomegranate seeds, coconut flakes, finished with almond butter and edible flowers); a Dreamy Tahini Salad (kale, avocado, thick-cut tomato and cucumber, tossed in a housemade sweet lemon tahini dressing and finished with pepitas and nutritional yeast), a Sticky Plantain Salad (caramelized plantain slices on top of tossed arugula, red cabbage and avocado, finished with mango jalapeño chutney and cilantro), and finally, the Peaches & Cream Waffle (fresh-cut glazed peaches, a coconut drizzle, cashew butter, maple syrup, vegan whip, and finished with cinnamon and mint). Look out for Project Coffee’s second location, opening soon in the Rosemary District. —C. Cuyler

Left: The Avocado Toast never disappoints at Project Coffee. 538 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, projectcoffee.us, @projectcoffeeco. Second location in the Rosemary District to open its doors soon.

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EACH PLATE COMES WITH ITS OWN SPECIALLY-CURATED NATURAL WINE PAIRING.

Atria Café Nestled into the heart of Lakewood Ranch, Atria Bread + Coffee opened just over a year ago as a new, hip bakery/cafe, serving up a laid-back and modern vibe with a menu to match. Owned by husband and wife team, Jim and Weyli Angus, Atria recently launched its new menu for the fall season which added intriguing entrees beyond their house-baked breads, pastries, salads and sandwiches. Desiring to offer a more unique, substantial and high-end dining experience, Atria exchanged its salad menu for “plates.” Each plate option comes with its own specially curated natural wine pairing. Amongst the new menu items, the Okonomiyaki is a stand out paying homage to the Japanesestyle pancake but with wild moringa, lacto red cabbage, labneh and infused oils. Meanwhile, smoked white beans, blistered tomatoes and shishito peppers come soaking in a bason bay leaf broth with the Crispy Pork Shoulder plate, and the Coffee Jerk Chicken satisfies southern taste buds with purple heirloom grits, stewed tomatoes and thyme with a mushroom espagnole sauce. As for the Eggplant + Beet Cured Salmon, roasted and marinated Chinese eggplant comes paired with fresh salmon and topped with smoked grapes, crispy garlic, shiso furikake and a carotene aioli—the beta-carotene compound that causes the vibrant plant pigment in carrots is made into a bright yellow, vitamin-infused aioli. The recommended pairing for this plate is Mariotti Smarazen, a dry wine that feels much like the lovechild of a wine and a beer. —C.Cuyler

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Below: Don’t wait till a Tuesday to grab tacos—El Melvin’s new Taqueria Azul does street tacos justice with gourmet ingredients. El Melvin Cocina Mexicana - Taqueria Azul, 1355 Main St., Sarasota, 941-366-1618, elmelvin.com, taqueriaazul.com. @elmelvinsarasota.

El Melvin Cocina Mexicana Late Night Street Tacos The newest kid on the Main Street block opened with bright red doors. The boisterous, south-of-the-border eatery brings modern Mex-eclectic cuisine and an always vibrant, fiesta atmosphere. And as of October 3 (National Taco Day), co-owners of El Melvin, Matt Hess and Mitch Good have launched a new to-go taqueria inside their restaurant for customers who prefer to be more transient and stick to take-out. If you’re looking to grab cheap street tacos for lunch or late-night, head directly into the restaurant to the blue-painted taco stand, now dubbed Taqueria Azul, for quick, takeaway tacos at $3.5/$4 a pop. Ranging from Queso Birria (spicy beef, cheese and broth dip), Pork Belly Al Pastor (pork and pineapple), Pescado (market fish, cabbage, mango salsa and chipotle crema), Pollo (adobo chicken, avocado and crema), Veggie (mushroom, rajas and cheese) and Garlic Shrimp, all street tacos are handmade with Oaxacan heirloom corn-tortillas, cilantro and raw onion. Housemade tortilla chips and guacamole, Tres Leche cake and burritos will also be available on-the-go. Taco about a great deal for your next picnic in the park. —B.Mattie

ALL STREET TACOS ARE HANDMADE WITH OAXACAN HEIRLOOM CORN-TORTILLAS.

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Atmosphere Neapolitan Pizzeria Having recently moved away from being a takeaway Italian food purveyor within the Sarasota Commons Plaza, Atmosphere— now a full service intimate dinner restaurant—is causing quite the stir amongst locals as one of the newest and best hidden gems in town. Co-owned by husband and wife duo, Chef Antonio (former pizzaiolo of Napule) and Jay Mancini, Atmosphere emerges from a nondescript shop located in a north Beneva strip. As authentic as it gets, almost all ingredients get shipped from Italy to make the menu’s many Neapolitan items come to life. There’s a reason the Vesuvio Pizza, topped in the center with a giant dollop of burrata to represent the Mount Vesuvius volcano in the bay of Naples, is one of the most requested and comes with the option to be made into a fried calzone for the enclosed, folded-pizza eaters. And while Chef Antonio’s doughlicious wood-fired pizzas shamelessly steal the show— looking at you Vegetilian—if diners save room for dessert here, they’re gifted with sweet authentic Italian treats such as the Ricotta and Pears Cake (Torta Ricotta e Pere), a small, cold cake composed of ricotta cream and infused with pieces of kaiser pear, sandwiched between two layers of hazelnut biscuit dough—a recipe dating back to the skilled hands of the Italian pastry chef Sal De Riso, who made this dessert almost an emblem of the beautiful Amalfi Coast. —B.Mattie

CHEF ANTONIO’S DOUGHLICIOUS WOOD-FIRED PIZZAS SHAMELESSLY STEAL THE SHOW.

Above: Atmosphere Neapolitan Pizzeria makes Italy proud with decadent desserts like Torta Ricotta e Pere and Rum Baba, as well as brick-oven personal ‘zas like the Sausage and Rapini bianche pizza and the Vesuvio rosse pizza. Atmosphere Neapolitan Pizzeria, 935 N Beneva Rd., Sarasota, 941-203-8542, atmosphere-italian-restaurant.business.site, @atmosphereneapolitanpizzeria.

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SHIITAKE ESCARGOT IS SERVED IN WHITE WINE WITH WARM LIMEGARLIC AND NOOCH.

Above: Ka Papa’s shiitake take on “escargot” and its Plum-Miso Glazed Eggplant spark dinner table conversation amongst vegan, and non-vegan, diners. Ka Papa Cuisine, 1830 S Osprey Ave. Suite 104, Sarasota, 941-600-8590, kapapacuisine.com, @kapapacuisine.

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Ka Papa ​​ Sarasota’s newest 100% plant-based, full-service restaurant opened in Southside Village earlier this year by mom and daughter duo, Bella and Kim Fraederich—bringing moody lighting, international design features and a globally inspired, locally sourced menu of creative vegan dishes. For a smaller plate to get the party started, share the Shiitake ‘Escargots,’ served in white wine with warm lime-garlic and NOOCH (nutritional yeast fortified with vitamin B12 as a substitute for butter). Then lean in with one of its most popular dishes, the Maryland Style ‘Crab’ Cakes—substituting crab with tasty, local and organic Lion’s Mane, sourced from Petrichor Mushrooms, and served with a side of fresh pineapple salsa. Meanwhile, the combo of flavors in the Plum-Miso Glazed Eggplant please vegans and non with a bed of tamari-shirataki noodles filled with a punch of healthy fiber, roasted sesame seeds and a fresh citrus radish salad. —B.Mattie

THE GLAZED EGGPLANT SITS BESIDE A BED OF TAMARI-SHIRATAKI NOODLES.

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LIFE’S TOO SHORT TO EAT AN ORDINARY POT PIE WHEN YOU CAN DINE ON A WORK OF MOUTHWATERING CREATIVITY IN A PIE SHELL.

Bootsy’s Pot Pies Above: Releasing the heat from a freshly-baked Chicken Pot Pie. Bootsy’s Pot Pies, 6592 Superior Ave., Sarasota, 941-330-6355, bootsyspotpies.com, @bootsyssrq.

Chicken pot pie. A tried-and-true American favorite. But that doesn’t mean that it has to be uninspired. Bootsy’s Pot Pies And Other Good Stuff is dishing up this classic comfort food with an exciting twist. Life’s too short to eat an ordinary pot pie when you can dine on a work of mouth-watering creativity in a pie shell. Owner and chef, Frank Imbarlina, is using his over 30 years of restaurant experience to marry the artistic flavors of the culinary world with the simplicity and convenience of a pot pie. For instance, Bootsy’s Wild Shrimp Creole pie starts off like any unassuming pot pie, with a melody of fresh, hand-cut sweet corn, yellow onion, bell peppers and peas. Then, an unconventional yet balanced symphony of wild-caught shrimp, scallions, mushrooms and sweet potato join in on the party pie. All of this is added to a creamy creole sauce, created from house-made shrimp stock and baked into a flaky, golden brown crust. —C.Cuyler

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Food+Beer Building off the success of their Gulf Gate flagship, Gulf Gate Food + Beer, Mike Whalen and Casey Daniels powered through the pandemic by opening not one, but two additional Food + Beer restaurants—one off Fruitville and one in Bradenton. The “1800-ASK-MAHI,” available at all three locations, comes with the diner’s choice of blackened or grilled mahi, house tartar sauce, peach mustard slaw and pickled onions. Named in parody of Sarasota’s infamous 1-800-ASK-GARY founder, the sandwich encapsulates the entire ethos of their menu. Meanwhile, The Diplomat burger comes out of the kitchen stacked with stuffed fontina cheese, black pepper cognac cream, caramelized onions, herb aioli and fried shallots, with a choice, made easy, to add a fried egg on top. More inspired and fresh than the menu’s sense of humor suggests, the fish and beef both achieve gourmet bar food status and pair perfectly with an ice-cold local lager, or three, while watching a Bucs game with your buds. —A.Fabian

NAMED IN PARODY OF SARASOTA’S INFAMOUS 1-800-ASK-GARY FOUNDER, THE SANDWICH ENCAPSULATES THE ENTIRE ETHOS OF THEIR MENU.

Right: Try Food + Beer’s 1-800MAHI sandwich, grilled or blackened, and paired with a local sour blue beer. Food + Beer, 5446 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota; 4808 14th St. W, Bradenton; 6528 Superior Ave., Sarasota, eatfooddrinkbeer.com.

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DEFYING THE ODDS Below: Pescatarians unite—head to Brine Seafood & Raw Bar for half-shell oysters, shrimp ceviche, charred octopus and crab cakes. Brine Seafood and Raw Bar, 2250 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota, 941-952-3039, brinesarasota.com, @brinesarasotaoysterbar.

Brine Seafood & Raw Bar The newly-opened eatery brings Gulf Gate upscale casual vibes and underwater specialities of the cooked and raw varieties. Brine opened early 2021 by brothers Mike and Gary Mazan (former chef at Shore St. Armands) to connect the Florida Suncoast with seafood from the North to Mid Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay region. Its menu highlights seafood classics from up and down the salty seaboard—including an a la carte raw bar featuring East and West coast oysters and other briney delights, all sourced from reputable U.S. watermen. Dive into raw oysters on the ½ shell (available from east and west coasts), as well as ceviche tossed fresh with pink shrimp, mango, jalapeno, lime, cilantro and avocado. Meanwhile, Drunken Clams, Jumbo Lump Maryland-style Crab Cakes with key-lime mustard, Rhode Island Calamari, and the Charred Octopus with a cannellini salad of fresh arugula and romesco sauce have seafood lovers stampeding in for some brine-filled bites for lunch and dinner. —B.Mattie

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RomanSQ Opening February of 2020, just a few short weeks before the pandemic well full-bore, husband and wife owners Tom and Hoa Donatelli of Gulf Gate’s RomanSQ tenaciously brought to the table a light, airy and more digestible dough, with ingredients prepared from scratch and made into traditional Roman-style pizza. To be ordered in either full or half trays, invite some friends and neighbors over to get down on some of the 25 different kinds of pizzas the Donatellis have curated. The Salsiccia Pizza comes topped with pancetta, egg, pecorino and fresh cracked pepper, while the Salsiccia Funghi takes a slightly different route with mild Italian sausage, roasted sweet peppers, mozzarella, tomato sauce and fresh mushrooms. And antipasti lovers can rejoice, gathering the table happily by ordering a variety of specialty Italian antipasti by the pound—including Prosciutto Crudo di Parma Black Label, Roasted Sweet Red Peppers, Italian Roasted Pork (Porchetta), Tempesta Artisan Finocchina Salami, Fontina Val D’Asota DOP, Calabrese Hot Salami and Belletoile.—B.Mattie

TOM AND HOA DONATELLI TENACIOUSLY BROUGHT TO THE TABLE A LIGHT, AIRY AND MORE DIGESTIBLE DOUGH.

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Left: Order a tray of Salsiccia Funghi pizza for the next Sunday football watch party. RomanSQ, 6670 Superior Ave., Sarasota, 941-237-8742, romansq.com, @romansq_artisanpizza. Right: The Jerk Chicken Cheesesteak with garlic parmesan fries at C&D’s Sandwich Shop, 1938 MLK Way, Sarasota, canddssandwichshop.com.

THE JERK CHICKEN CHEESESTEAK STANDS OUT AS A SAVORY AND SPICY GRIDDLE-COOKED MESS SERVED BETWEEN A SOFT HOAGIE ROLL.

C & D’s Sandwich Shop The dream was long in the making, so when COVID-19 hit, Samantha Koch said “YOLO” and relentlessly opened C & D’s Sandwich Shop anyway. Serving up specialties from her Northeast roots like cheesesteaks and chop cheeseburgers, the food truck on MLK Way also added some unique options like salmon and rice bowls, or garlic parmesan fries. The Jerk Chicken Cheesesteak stands out as a savory and spicy griddle-cooked mess served between a soft hoagie roll. Get it with onions and bell peppers for some extra bite, though the jerk sauce provides plenty of flavor on its own. The food truck also offers freshly-made, fruit-infused lemonades sweet enough to make Willy Wonka jealous.—A.Fabian

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THE SPIRIT OF MISS SUSIE IN THE HEART OF NEWTOWN, A FOOD SCENE IS ON THE RISE.

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WITH A HEIGHTENED SENSE OF EMPOWERMENT WITHIN HISTORICALLY BLACK COMMUNITIES THEMSELVES, THE FOOD SCENE IN NEWTOWN IS COMING TO LIFE.

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AS A KID, YOU COULD HARDLY WALK BY THE STOOP OF MISS SUSIE’S SOCIAL CLUB ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WAY WITHOUT INCURRING HER WRATH. FREDD ATKINS, FORMER MAYOR OF SARASOTA AND 18-YEAR CITY COMMISSIONER, REMEMBERS THE AIR OF INTRIGUE SURROUNDING THE PLACE. “SHE ENTERTAINED THE MORE SOPHISTICATED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AND DIDN’T WANT YOU SEEING WHO WAS IN THERE,” SAYS ATKINS, “AND EVEN IF YOU WALKED BY TOO SLOW, SHE’D COME OUT AND SHOO YOU ON.” Miss Susie operated within a thriving Newtown community and, rumor had it, she even had a similar establishment in Polk County. This enterprising woman, a devout member and patron of the New Bethel Baptist Church, represented the spirit of striving, one that characterized Sarasota’s Black community and helped its residents find a measure of prosperity in a small seaside slice of the segregated South. Atkins remembers a handful of other dining establishments helmed by misses. “Miss Winnie’s used to sell hot dogs for 10 and 15 cents, depending on the size, and burgers for 25 cents,” says Atkins, “then you had Miss Solomon’s and Miss Saver’s where you could get something to eat.” Of course, part of the success of these establishments was a market hemmed in by Jim Crow-era laws that prohibited Sarasota’s Black residents from patronizing businesses outside of Newtown. According to Atkins, even in the 80s, years after Sarasota was no longer segregated by legislative decree, it ranked 13th in the country in the stark delineation of its residents by race. “To this day, the railroad tracks still feel like a boundary to me,” says Atkins. The moral and ethical imperative of desegregation is unquestionable, but it was not without its unintended consequences. Once the residents of Newtown were allowed to go spend their money outside of the community, many homegrown businesses floundered. “One of my biggest struggles is trying to explain to people that desegregation hardly guaranteed Black folks were doing better,” says Atkins. And, at the same time that the hard-earned money of Newtown residents went elsewhere, Sarasotans’ unwillingness to do business in Newtown compounded the economic pressure. It all signaled the slow decline of Black-owned restaurants in the Newtown community. Some hung on, like Town Hall Restaurant and Lounge, while others found new incarnations, like Jamaican American Soul Food on 301 and MLK Way, which used to host Black

blues acts as part of the Chitlin’ Circuit when the establishment was a nightclub called The Manhattan and owned by Newtown resident, Johnny Simpson. Today, spurred in part by growing movements to support more Black-owned businesses, greater investments by local and national governments in historically Black communities, and a heightened sense of empowerment within those communities themselves, the food scene in Newtown is coming to life. “It certainly has the feeling of a rebirth,” says Atkins. That rebirth looks like the Sarasota Newtown Farmer’s Market, which offers fresh produce to the Newtown community on Fridays and Saturdays as well as provides a venue for small businesses to showcase their goods. That rebirth looks like Stroke’s Seafood at 2745 Osprey Avenue, which cranks out seafood and comfort food seven days a week, with shrimp and grits for breakfast, burgers and fried fish sandwiches for lunch, and all manner of lobster, snow crab and shrimp combinations in the evening. That rebirth is also embodied by Samantha Koch, who opened up her food truck, C & D’s Sandwich Shop, as a bit of a leap of faith. She had a career in the healthcare industry for 14 years before falling out of love with her job. Born and raised in Pennsauken, New Jersey, she grew up eating cheesesteaks and pizza of a variety she couldn’t find in Sarasota. With a passion for cooking and a dream to chase after, she set out to offer the city her hometown favorites. “I just really missed that food,” says Koch, “and it’s such a joy to share it with people here and see them light up.” And the early success of her sandwich operation came in spite of the pandemic. “I was building out the truck for a year and a half,” says Koch, “and low and behold, I finish and open and it’s ‘hello, COVID.’” But, bolstered by steady pedestrian and car traffic on MLK Way, where she operates her sandwich shop, she quickly found an audience for her mouthwatering assortment of hoagies, from jerk chicken cheesesteaks to sausage and peppers.

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THOUGH CONSIDERABLY YOUNGER THAN FORMER MAYOR FREDD ATKINS, MONIX REMEMBERS THE ORIGINAL MISS SUSIE’S.

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“There wasn’t really much on MLK in terms of food when I moved here almost 20 years ago,” she says, “and I hope more people in the neighborhood try and open up their own places so we get more variety without having to go somewhere else in town.” To that end, the story comes back to Miss Susie—not the resurrected ghost of the intrepid business owner from Atkins’ days, but a new incarnation with a similar spirit. Miss Susie’s Newtown Kitchen broke ground to much fanfare several years ago. Named in honor of the original matriarch, the restaurant project centered on soul food with a community-centric twist. The brainchild and passion project of the late Steve Seidensticker, founder of the Tableseide Restaurant Group and its philanthropic Tableseide Cares organization, the restaurant was supposed to help usher in an economic revitalization of Newtown. Promising to hire from within the community while also offering job training for area youths, the project stalled due to financial shortcomings in the sad and untimely wake of Seidensticker’s passing. But the project is back on track, spearheaded by Seidensticker’s family and with renewed support from philanthropic and City of Sarasota entities. “Lisa and Andrew Seidensticker had been asking me if I’d be interested in creating the menu for Miss Susie’s Newtown Kitchen for a while,” says Executive Chef Golden Monix. “Once they started talking about how they wanted to help the community and give back to the business district, I was all in.” Though considerably younger than Atkins, Monix also remembers the original Miss Susie’s, the way he and his friends would all wonder about the goings on inside. A football scholarship sent him to Arkansas Tech after graduating from Riverview High School. He worked in athletics following college, working his way up to Unit Director for Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County. “But I always had a passion for cooking, so I went back to Johnson and Wales in Charlotte, NC and have worked my way up through restaurant and catering jobs,” Monix says. As Monix and the Seidenstickers await the completion of the brick-and-mortar restaurant at the site of the former Miss Susie’s Social Club, they’ve built a food truck they can use as a lab to try out prospective menu items. Blackeyed peas with smoked turkey, pork chop sandwiches, baked beans, cornbread and other soul food favorites are what they hope to nourish and revitalize the community with. A 16-week job training program created in conjunction with Suncoast Technical College will seek to train and place its students in hospitality jobs in Sarasota and beyond. “In the short term, I would love for Miss Susie’s to be a hub or anchor for the community,” says Monix, “but long term, I hope it helps build up the community.” In the meantime, the community is already doing a fine job of evoking the spirit of Miss Susie, laying a foundation for more growth and activation in a neighborhood with a long history of perseverance and prosperity. SRQ srq magazine_ NOV21 live local | 81

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OLD FASHIONED SLINGS The bartenders at these local haunts pull a few tricks out of their sleeves to make the old fashioned seem new again.

WRITTEN BY BRITTANY MATTIE PHOTOGRAPHY BY WES ROBERTS

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COFFEE OLD FASHIONED

(opposite page) Buffalo Trace bourbon, kahlua, shot of espresso and orange bi ers, $12, Brine Seafood & Raw Bar, 2250 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota, 941-952-3039, brinesarasota.com, @brinesarasotaoysterbar. BLASE OLD FASHIONED (this page) Bulliet bourbon, Bi er Truth orange bi ers, brown sugar syrup, black cherries and orange, $13, Blase Café & Martini Bar, 5263 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, 941-349-9822, theblasecafe.com, @theblasecafesiestakey.

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Sensible to its namesake, the old fashioned is one of the oldest mixed drinks in the cocktail canon. A dated and doted-on stirred drink—iconically built right in the glass—saw a fruited version come into vogue after the Prohibition era (involving a cherry and orange slice, along with the muddling of a sugarcube or added simple syrup). That version remains widespread today, but we’re in the mood to champion some more elemental, progressive renditions that still allow the spirit-forward flavors of a smooth bourbon or rye shine, but also provide a bit of a twist (orange twist, if you will) on this classic libation.

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KOJO OLD FASHIONED (opposite page) A toasted brown rice-infused bourbon, demerara syrup, lemon bitters and house citrus oil, $13, KOJO, 1289 N Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-536-9717, eatkojo.com, @eatkojo. SPICED PEAR OLD FASHIONED (this page left) St. George Spiced Pear liqueur, Redemption Bourbon, muddled orange and cherry with a dash of bitters, $14, Selva Grill, 1345 Main St., Sarasota, 941-362-4427, selvagrill.com, @selvagrill. CASK OLD FASHIONED (this page right) 1792 Bourbon, toasted demerara syrup, Broker’s bitters, cask aged, $12, Cask & Ale, 1548 Main St., Sarasota, 941-702-8740, caskandalekitchen.com, @cask_ale_srq.

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MADE OLD FASHIONED

(opposite page) Smooth Ambler Contradiction bourbon, pistachio cane syrup, Barrel Spice bitters, orange peel and seasonal smoke garnish, $15, MADE, 1990 Main St #112, Sarasota, 941-953-2900, maderestaurant.com, @made_srq. CIRCO OLD FASHIONED (this page) Old Forester bourbon, toasted pecan, cinnamon and vanilla, bitters, $9, Circo SRQ, 1435 2nd St., Sarasota, 941-253-0978, circosrq.com, @circosrq.

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NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST. True, but recently, trying to wander has been a bit disorienting, to say the least. And even though we live at a top vacation destination, another day at the tourist-packed beach or night out on the over-crowded town hasn’t been cutting it for dream getaways. Instead, people have been taking on the challenge and bringing “staycations” to a whole new level, investing in 20-, 30- or 60-minute car rides to experience that missed feeling of seeing home in the rearview mirror.

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2021 PEER REVIEW MEDICAL RESOURCE

PALMETTO PALMETTO BAY ANNA MARIA HOLMES BEACH BRADENTON LAKEWOOD RANCH SARASOTA VENICE NORTH PORT

2021 Honorees

TOP DOCTORS

A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO SRQ MAGAZINE

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MEET COASTAL ORTHOPEDICS’ 2021 TOP DOCTORS

Arthur Valadie, MD

Melissa Boyette, MD

Richard Bundschu, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Hand and Wrist Specialist

Pain Management Specialist

David Cashen, MD Joint Replacement Specialist

Gennady Gekht, MD

John Harkess, MD

Daniel Lamar, MD

Pain Management Specialist

Joint Replacement Specialist

Sports Medicine Specialist

Douglas Constant, MD Pain Management Specialist

Patrick Dermarkarian, MD Orthopedic Spine Specialist

Andrés O’Daly, MD

Laura Ottaviani, DO

Foot and Ankle Specialist

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Founded in 1973, Coastal Orthopedics is home to 20 orthopedic surgeons and pain management physicians who maintain hospital affiliations with Blake Medical Center, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Coastal Orthopedics' board certified and fellowship trained physicians provide patients with the very latest in pain and orthopedic treatment technology. Patients can experience restoration of function both surgically and non-surgically through the use of physician-guided strengthening, therapy, medications, injections and stretching. Privileges with Blake Medical Center, Doctors Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, and Manatee Memorial Hospital.

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WE TREAT YOU BETTER. Coastal Orthopedics is proud to announce that 17 of their physicians have been recognized as Top Doctors by their peers in the Sarasota Manatee area. For over 45 years, Coastal Orthopedics' physicians have helped many patients in Southwest Florida live their lives pain free. Coastal Orthopedics is planning for the future in the Sarasota/Manatee area with two new, state of the art facilities planned to open in 2022.

R. Stephen Otte, MD Shoulder and Elbow Specialist

Steven Schafer, MD

Sara Simmons, MD

Justin Sirianni, MD

Eric Sundberg, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Hand and Wrist Specialist

Pain Management Specialist

Orthopedica Spine Specialist

Alan Valadie, MD Joint Replacement Specialist

CoastalOrthopedics.com

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2021 Top Doctors There was a time, not long ago, when area residents traveled out of town seeking expertise for their complicated medical problems. Now, however, a cadre of top-of-the-line physicians who would be the envy of any community have made the Sarasota area their home. “We have worked hard to bring the best and the brightest to this community,” notes John Steele, M.D., a founding member of Intercoastal. “Our mission has always been to provide the highest quality health care. The success of Intercoastal is the result of quality and hard work by each of the physicians who make up the group.” Intercoastal Medical Group is proud of its physician colleagues who have been named by their peers for SRQ Top Docs.

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Suzanne Lutton

Hakim Morsli

Wende Kozlow

Jesus Perez

Cardiology

Cardiology

Endocrinology Diabetes

Endocrinology Diabetes

Robert Browning

Jon Yenari

David Reichel

Ricardo Yaryura

General Surgery

Gynecologic Oncology

Internal Medicine

Interventional Cardiology

Matthew D. Byers

Richard Aranibar

Joe T. Kelley

Luis G. Guzman

Pulmonology

Rheumatology

Rheumatology

Otolaryngology Ear, Nose & Throat

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INTERCOASTAL MEDICAL GROUP is a physician-owned and led organization, consisting of more than 100 physicians in more than 20 specialties, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties with multiple locations. Founded in 1993, Intercoastal features a team of board certified, experienced physicians, all of whom completed their residency training programs in either the United States or Canada. The physicians at Intercoastal Medical Group are highly recruited, nationally — coming from some of the best medical institutions across the country. Intercoastal offers this area’s most current technology and resources, allowing for fast and accurate diagnostic tests and procedures at conveniently located Intercoastal facilities. No matter your health concern, Intercoastal Medical Group provides seamless care through the shared accessibility of medical records among all of our specialists. Patients have access to weekend care clinics and superior services such as a 10,500-square-foot state-ofthe-art ambulatory surgery center, where more than 8,000 surgeries are performed a year. Intercoastal services also include physical therapy, audiology, clinical laboratory and a wealth of diagnostic imaging options.

Mauricio Concha

Penny Heinrich

Ryan Supplee

Francene Martin

Mark Ramos

Neurology

Hematology

Vascular Surgery

Gastroenterology

Cardiology

Robert J. Summerlee

Randy B. Powell

Julio Cantero

Joseph Yohn

Janine Mylett

Family Medicine

Neurology

Dermatology

Pulmonology

Gastroenterology

CONTACT | intercoastalmedical.com

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TOP DOCTORS We are deeply grateful to the medical and nursing professionals who are dedicated to supporting our community through this challenging time. The individuals who are being honored in this year's prestigious SRQ TOP DOCTORS | PEER REVIEW program have received the overwhelming support of colleagues in the medical professional communities of Greater Sarasota including Palmetto and Palmetto Bay, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Venice and North Port, Florida. The Colorado-based team at DataJoe Research facilitates all aspects of the online peer-voting process and conducting government references. We appreciate the doctors who participated in the program this past summer by sharing their thoughtful nominations, which this year include Exceptional Nurses—it is your insight that makes it possible for us to provide the readers of SRQ Magazine with this noteworthy guide to the highly-regarded doctors in the region.

2021 PEER REVIEW HONOREES | SRQ TOP DOCTORS MEDICAL RESOURCE GUIDE

METHODOLOGY SUMMARY DataJoe Research is a software and research company specializing in data collection and verification, and conducts various nominations across the United States on behalf of publishers. To create the "top doctors" list, DataJoe Research facilitated an online peer-voting process, also referencing government sources. DataJoe then tallied the votes per category for each doctor to isolate the top nominees in each category. After collecting nominations and additional information, DataJoe checked and confirmed that each published winner had a current, active license status with the state regulatory board. If we were not able to find evidence of a doctor's current, active registration with the state regulatory board, that doctor was excluded from the list. In addition, any doctor who has been disciplined, up to the time-frame of our review process for an infraction by the state regulatory board, was excluded from the list. Finally, DataJoe presented the tallied result to the magazine for its final review and adjustments.

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TOP DOCTORS RECOGNIZING HONOREES IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES Addiction Medicine

Hematology

Pathology

Allergy, Immunology

Hospice and Palliative

Pediatrics General

Anesthesiology

Infectious Disease

Physical Medicine and

Cardiology

Internal Medicine

Rehabilitation

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Interventional Cardiology

Plastic and

Colo and Rectal Surgery

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Reconstructive Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery

Nephrology

Podiatry

Dermatology

Neurological Surgery

Psychiatry

Diagnostic Radiology

Neurology

Pulmonology

Emergency Medicine

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Radiation Oncology

Endocrinology Diabetes

Oncology

Rheumatology

Opthalmology

Sleep Medicine

Family Medicine

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Spine Surgery

Gastroenterology

Orthopedic Surgery

Sports Medicine

General Surgery

Otolaryngology:

Surgical Oncology

Gynecologic Oncology

Ears, Nose & Throat

Urological

Hand Surgery

Pain Management

Vascular Surgery

and Metabolism

METHODOLOGY We recognize that there are many good doctors who are not shown in this representative list. This is only a sampling of the huge array of talented professionals within the region. Inclusion in the list is based on the opinions of responding doctors in the region and the results of our research campaign. We take time and energy to ensure fair voting, although we understand that the results of this survey nomination are not an objective metric. We certainly do not discount the fact that many, many good and effective doctors may not appear on the list.

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Emily F. Arsenault MD, FAAD

HONOREE Dermatology

Arsenault Dermatology is a full-service dermatology center that has served both Manatee and Sarasota Counties for over 18 years. Founded by Dr. Emily Arsenault, Arsenault Dermatology now includes five Manatee locations, with a dedicated luxury aesthetic clinic added in 2021. With an unwavering commitment to quality patient care, our dermatologists have been handpicked for their world-class diagnostic skills and dedication to going above and beyond for our clients. Discovering and treating over 200 melanomas a year, the Arsenault team have a well-earned reputation for discovering deadly cancers early, helping their patients live long and healthy lives.

WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART?

We provide high quality care, respect our patient’s time, and facilitate the integration of new patients as they move into the area. Over the years we have created an incredibly efficient healthcare delivery system. Some patients describe it as a well-oiled machine! We're known for catching melanomas early, and everyone on our team is experienced in looking for subtle signs. We are saving lives every day and making an impact on the community. We feel everyone deserves a lifetime of healthy skin. We partner with our patients, focusing on education and developing good habits early.

HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE HELP IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS?

We're known for being approachable, friendly, and honest with our patients. We’re serious about skin health and are incredibly thorough. Our approach is unique: we’ve crafted an enjoyable experience for our patients to minimize stress and anxiety during their visit. As a full-service skin clinic, our dermatology specialists have extensive experience in medical, surgical, Mohs, and cosmetic dermatology. Every team member is trained to listen carefully to patients and work with them to address their skin concerns. Our clients feel confident and comfortable asking questions about their diagnosis, empowering them to take positive action towards a lifetime of healthy skin

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Dermatology Pediatric Dermatology Cosmetic Dermatology

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Sumeet Bhanot MD, FACS

HONOREE Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Sumeet Bhanot was born in Chandigarh, India while his father was on the battlefield. His father fell ill when he was eight causing an abrupt move to the U.S. for emergency medical care. This tumultuous early life is what has shaped him into the dedicated surgeon he has become. Dr. Bhanot is a double board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who completed both medical school and a surgical residency at the prestigious Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital; he further honed his skills with a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Bhanot has been serving the Sarasota area in his endless pursuit of excellence for the past eighteen years.

WHAT PROCEDURE BEST ENCOMPASSES YOUR PASSION AND LIFE’S WORK IN ADDRESSING THE AGING FACE? Through-

out my career I have been striving to solve the conundrum of how to create a natural, refreshed, youthful appearance while being true to Mother Nature’s design and natural proportions. Early in my career, I performed the standard SMAS facelift which, while very satisfactory at addressing the neck and jowl, fails to reposition the mid facial volume. This left me feeling cornered and forced to consider camoflauging solutions such as fat injection or excessive fillers to hide the limitations of this technique, which results in the all too common cherub-like plumped faces. I resisted the pressure and evolved my technique to a Deep Plane Facelift; my patients and I have been very happy since. My technique is a product of comprehensive study of the anatomy of aging. Aging is the shift of facial volume–not loss of volume. With the Deep Plane Facelift, the fallen malar fat pads are elevated and repositioned to their initial location restoring the volume proportions and youthful facial harmony. The facial volume is globally addressed in a vertical lift. Patients look decades younger and natural, with soft fullness in the upper face and less heaviness in the lower face. In the past I treated wrinkles; now I realize that true rejuvenation needs to address the root cause and not the superficial manifestations. The answer is not to compensate by overfilling or overly stretching the skin. My patients report that their family and friends did not realize they had a facelift, only that they look younger and fabulous, I invite you to look at the results and decide for yourself.

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Surger y of the Aging Face Deep Plane Facelift, Necklift, Eyelid Lift, Browlift Cosmetic and Functional Rhinoplasty Noninvasive Procedures: fillers, Botox, lasers, peels, etc. Facial Reconstructive Surger y

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Jehanzeb Bilal MD

ABOUT THE PRACTICE I am passionate about

providing high quality, personalized, highly efficient care to all my patients. I do that by working as a health coach for my patients with kidney diseases, hypertensive disorders in various health settings. My practice is mainly divided into three aspects: Nephrology office practice-Main office is in Sarasota, second office is in Venice next to Venice Regional Hospital; and, Nephrology Hospital Consultation service provided mainly at SMH (Sarasota and Venice locations) and Venice Regional but also at all Sarasota county and Manatee County Hospitals. Nephrology Consultation services in Sarasota and Venice Hospitals; and, dialysis units where I follow all my patients who receive dialysis. These dialysis units include most of the dialysis units in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice and Port Charlotte. Dr. Bilal is part of Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Community Specialty Clinic dedicated to providing high quality care to underserved communities, free of cost.

HONOREE Nephrology

Dr. Bilal graduated from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan in 2003. To explore residency and fellowship training, he undertook several observerships and clinical rotations at various hospitals including Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ where he completed his internal medicine residency. During Residency, he developed a passion for management of kidney diseases, clinical hypertension and critical-care medicine. At the University of Ann Arbor, he completed a geriatrics fellowship in one of the nations top fellowship programs, returning to Cooper University Hospital to complete a fellowship in nephrology and hypertension. He also completed a mini fellowship in kidney ultrasound at Emory University. After graduation, he joined a nephrology practice in rural West Virginia. He served as Medical director of Grundy Dialysis unit in Virginia and Associate Medical Director of a home dialysis unit in Pikeville, KY. He moved to Sarasota in 2017 and joined one of the top nephrology groups in Tampa Bay. Dr. Bilal is board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He is a certified Clinical Hypertension Specialist whose special interests include kidney ultrasound, kidney diseases of the elderly and critical-care nephrology.

WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART FROM OTHERS? I believe in establishing close and longterm

relationships with all my patients. The patients with kidney disease carry a huge burden of diseases, especially, cardiovascular disease. As their health coach, I provide top quality, personalized care that helps them achieve a high quality of life. Since patients with kidney disease are prone to hospitalizations and cardiovascular diseases, my goal is always to prevent hospitalization and prevent them from decompensation. I take pride in the fact that I love to communicate directly with the patients primary care physicians, cardiologist, endocrinologists, rheumatologists. Direct comunication in this digital age is considered a lost skill by many but my patients have the satifaction that their Nephrologist is a team player and goes out of his way to communicate with all the involved parties This collaboration and coordination of care is the key to achieving meaningful clinical outcomes including reducing hospitalization, slow progression of kidney disease, reduce progression to ESRD, provide efficient care. I follow my patients in all major clinical settings including hospital, office, dialysis unit, thereby ensuring continuity of care.

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Nephrology Hypertension Geriatric Nephrology Internal Medicine

RENAL HYPERTENSION CENTER 3801 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 1, Sarasota, FL 34233 | 941.922.4498 RenalHypertensionCenter.com

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Issam A. Halaby MD, PhD, FACS

HONOREE Vascular Surgery

Dr. Halaby is a Board-Certified Surgeon practicing General and Vascular Surgery. After receiving a PhD in Molecular Neurobiology from Cornell University, he went on to complete Medical School at St-Louis University. He then trained in surgery at the University of Rochester, NY, with world renowned surgeon Dr. Seymour Schwartz. Dr. Halaby served two deployments as an officer in the US Army Medical Corps, in support of operation Enduring Freedom. Dr. Halaby splits his practice between General and Vascular Surgery. He has held numerous leadership positions , including Chief of Surgery and Chief of Medical Staff. He admits patients to Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Venice Regional Bayfront Health, and soon at the new Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Venice campus, where he will serve as Chief of Surgery.

ABOUT THE PRACTICE Dr. Halaby's practice is evenly split between General and Vascular Surgery. Dr. Halaby performs expert minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgery. After more than 700 robotic operations, Dr. Halaby is capable of treating complex abdominal wall hernias, major abdominal resections for cancer and benign disease. Dr. Halaby also specializes in vascular surgery, serving as Director of the award-winning Center for Wound Care in Venice, treating vascular disease, from aneurysms, to carotid surgery and stents, to surgery of both arteries and veins. Depending on the patient's needs, Dr. Halaby employs both minimally invasive vascular techniques as well as major bypasses. WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART? In an era where medicine has become impersonal, Dr. Halaby continues to individually care for each patient. Often, patients have direct access to his cell phone number. As a practice, we are keenly aware of the importance of communicating with patients, and ensure that they understand their conditions and treatments. We are an independent practice, and have privileges in most local hospitals, allowing patients to chose where to have their operation. We are humbled and honored to have been the choice of our patients and referring physicians for the past 20 years.

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General Surger y Robotic Surger y Vascular Surger y Vein Surger y Hernia Surger y

ISSAM A. HALABY, MD GENERAL & VASCULAR SURGERY 436 Nokomis Ave South, Venice, FL 34285 | 941.445.5045 Halabymd.com

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Steven Mamus

HONOREE Hematology

Cancer Center of Sarasota Manatee is the only local cancer center in which all physicians are board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. All patient visits are attended by a physician to afford patients the highest level of care. Additionally, every patient received their physician's cell phone number in order to have direct access at all times.

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ABOUT THE PRACTICE Cancer Center of Sarasota Manatee (CCSM) was founded in 2006 by Dr. Steve Mamus, who graduated from Harvard University and completed his medical training in Syracuse, Chicago and Minneapolis. He is former Chief of Medical Oncology at MD Anderson Orlando and has received 44 national awards for cancer care. Dr. Steve Mamus is proud to practice alongside his colleagues, Dr. Emile Wang, Dr. Manjesh Lingamurthy and Dr. Kathyrn Bower. The physicians at CCSM share the philosophy that all aspects of a patient’s care must be considered, including medical, emotional, financial and family issues. They believe in taking a flexible approach to care that is as unique as each patient. Treatment plans are tailored in order to meet each patients needs. CCSM provides comprehensive cancer care, including on-site chemotherapy, infusion therapy, clinical laboratory, advanced diagnostic imaging and oral medications.

SPECIALTIES • •

Medical Oncology Hematology

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Sampath Manickam

HONOREE Rheumatology Rising Stars 5 Years in Practice

A native of India who moved to Florida at a young age, Sampath Manickam, MD, joined Gulf Coast Medical Group Rheumatology in 2017 after completing extensive medical training for internal medicine and rheumatology. He attended the Leonard Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami; conducted his internal medicine residency at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida; and completed a rheumatology fellowship at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia.

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TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE. WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER?

Gulf Coast Medical Group Rheumatology provides care for the entire spectrum of rheumatic disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, lupus, gout, vasculitis, and other conditions. The practice features exam rooms, a full infusion suite, on-site lab, X-ray center and ultrasound capabilities, soft tissue injection, joint aspirations and injections to help manage your condition. Our clinic administers several specialty medicines in our infusion center. Our infusion clinic is able to provide biologic infusions, rheumatoid arthritis treatments, and osteoporosis medicines. Our team works closely with other Gulf Coast Medical Group specialties to provide comprehensive rheumatic disease management and treatment.

HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE HELP TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS?

Gulf Coast Medical Group Rheumatology combines new medical technologies, medicines and treatments with a personal, patient-focused approach. Extensive counseling with patients about their conditions provides a basis for treating and managing complex rheumatic conditions. Our team looks at the whole patient, tailoring treatment to the individual, which may include considering holistic approaches. Our in-house diagnostic capabilities and infusion suite provide for continuity of care and convenience for patients to accelerate treatment and management of conditions.

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Rheumatoid arthritis Psoriatic arthritis Osteoporosis Osteoarthritis Lupus

GULF COAST MEDICAL GROUP RHEUMATOLOGY 8383 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34238 844.366.9362 | GulfCoastMedicalGroup.com

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Michelle Pennie MD

HONOREE Dermatology

Dr. Pennie earned her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, completed medical school and residency at Emory University, and received Mohs fellowship training with Dr. George Hruza at The Laser & Dermatologic Surgery Center in Chesterfield, Missouri. She is one of only a handful of dermatologists on the west coast of Florida who is fellowship trained in Mohs micrographic surgery, the most effective and precise treatment for most types of skin cancer. Dr. Pennie is a boardcertified dermatologist, a noted Top Doctor in the region, and committed to what she considers her most important role – being the mother of twin teenage boys.

ABOUT THE PRACTICE Patients of Paradise

Dermatology rave about the compassionate, advanced care they receive for a range of medical, surgical and aesthetic dermatological needs. This can be attributed to the patient -centered, family-friendly, personal approach to dermatology Dr. Michelle Pennie instilled in her team since she started the practice in 2012. Under Dr. Pennie’s leadership, Paradise Dermatology has expanded from a small five exam-room clinic to its two modern offices in Sarasota and Englewood. The team includes Dr. Pennie, board-certified Dr. Chelsea Duggan, three physician assistants, two nurse practitioners, and over 30 staff – several of whom have been with Dr. Pennie since the beginning. "I am very proud of the great group I have working with me,” said Dr. Pennie. “Each is passionate about their area of expertise, from complex medical dermatology to lasers and aesthetics," says Dr. Pennie. She takes the time to listen to her patients and address questions that arise. She also takes the time before procedures such as Mohs surgery to explain how and why the procedure is performed. Paradise Dermatology is currently accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, visit ParadiseDerm.com or call 941.921.4131 (Sarasota) or 941.474.8811 (Englewood).

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Mohs Micrographic Surger y

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David S. Sax

HONOREE Dermatology

Dr. Sax brings an impressive level of education and experience to his patients. He is a board-certified dermatologist and a Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Cell Biology and Computer Science. Dr. Sax graduated from Thomas Jefferson University Medical College, completed his dermatology residency at the University of Michigan, and trained an additional year in Mohs surgery for skin cancer treatment in Columbus, Ohio.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE. WHAT SETS YOU APART? Almost 20 years ago, David S.

Sax, M.D. founded University Park Dermatology & Medical Spa. His vision then was to create a comprehensive dermatology practice providing a welcoming, “family feel” while offering exceptional and personalized service. Dr. Sax has brought that vision to life by combining leading edge technologies and tailoring it with highly individualized attention to each patients’ specific needs. One of the main goals when forming my practice was to create a comprehensive skin care center; a single destination for the entire family. At University Park Dermatology, we combine the best of both medical and cosmetics, allowing us to holistically address all of our patient’s needs. Our medical team utilizes the most effective treatments against skin cancers, including an in-house lab performing outpatient Mohs surgery. Within the same office, our ultramodern medspa offers an array of solutions to improve virtually all aspects of our patient’s skincare needs; from lasers, injectables and Emsculpt Neo to our exceptional aesthetician services and medical grade skincare lines. However, it is my staff that truly sets us apart, creating the warm and inviting environment that is our trademark.

HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE HELP TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS? One

result of living in the Sunshine State is that there is an overabundance of skin cancers. Fortunately , when detected early, most can be successfully treated in the office. One of the most effective treatments for skin cancers is the Mohs surgical technique. During Mohs surgery, thin layers of cancer-containing skin are removed and then examined until only cancer-free tissue remains. Having undergone extensive Mohs surgical training allows me to perform this precision surgical technique while meticulously minimizing scarring. Over the past twenty years, our office has treated over ten thousand skin cancers. I feel exceptionally fortunate to continue to help patients with skin cancer treatment and prevention.

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Pediatric and Adult Dermatology Skin Cancer Screenings Skin Cancer Surger y Mohs Micrographic Surger y Psoriasis/Vitiligo Laser Treatment Cosmetic Ser vices: Lasers, Injectables, Emsculpt Neo, Etc. Spa Ser vices: Facials, Scalp Treatments, PRP

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ADDICTION Amen, Samuel A Ramos Center 100 3rd Ave W, Suite 110 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-662-2621 License ME139510

D'Agostino, Mark Bluestone Psychiatry PLLC 5664 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 203 Sarasota, FL 34233 877-422-9355 License ME144849

Panting, David David Panting, MD 401 2nd Ave E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-748-4600 License ME70765

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ANESTHESIOLOGY Nutter, Thomas Sarasota Anesthesiologists, P.A. 1261 South Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-2360

Danziger, Roger N. Roger Danziger, MD Allergy Sinus Asthma 5404 Cortez Rd W Bradenton, FL 34210 941-761-1911

License ME60076

License ME58560

Ly, Jean Windom Allergy Asthma & Sinus 3570 S Tuttle Ave Sarasota, FL 34239 941-927-4888 License ME116920

Patel, Nilamben Premier Allergist of Florida Adult & Pediatric Care 1250 S Tamiami Trl, Suite 302 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-877-5983 License RPT98003

Rucker, Rajivi Premier Allergists of Florida 5460 Lena Rd, Unit 101 Bradenton, FL 34211 941-877-5983 License ME84160

Windom, Hugh Windom Allergy, Asthma & Sinus 3570 S. Tuttle Ave Sarasota, FL 34239 941-927-4888 License ME62095

Wittmann, Mark Sarasota Anesthesiologists, P.A. 1261 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-2360 License ME81843

CARDIOLOGY Ajithan, Chippy Heart Specialists of Sarasota 1950 Arlington St, Suite 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250 License ME84450

Barron, Michael K Sarasota Cardiovascular Group 5741 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 470 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-377-8266 License ME79551

Buck, David C. Bradenton Cardiology Center 316 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-2277 License OS14184

Cheng, Henry G Heart Specialists of Sarasota 1950 Arlington St, Suite 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250 License ME134522

Class, Steven J Heart Specialists of Sarasota1 950 Arlington St, Suite 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250 License ME79903

Culp, John R. Sarasota Cardiology 1250 S Tamiami Trl, Suite 300 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-0229 License ME42292

Eckart, Robert Heart Specialists of Sarasota 1950 Arlington St, Suite 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250 License OS11918

Kumar, Vivek V. Heart Care Consultants 6310 Health Park Way Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-907-8951 License OS13436

Lutton, Suzanne Intercoastal Medical Group 3333 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-379-1850 License ME128682

Morsli, Hakim Intercoastal Medical Group 965 S Beneva Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-366-1888 License ME103882

Ramos, Mark J Intercoastal Medical Group 965 S Beneva Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-366-1888 License ME100823

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Alberico J. Sessa MD

WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART?

Sarasota Surgical Arts, the name says it all! This is where surgical excellence, safety, and art collide. Alberico Sessa, MD is an artist. An expert in Cosmetic Surgery. An expert is defined as 10,000 hours performing a task. After 14 years and 7,000+ cosmetic procedures completed at his surgical facility – I would say Dr. Sessa is an expert. It's all in the training.

HONOREE Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Sessa started his career in dental school, where he learned that a tenth of a millimeter can make all the difference. He then went to medical school and onto Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at Charity Hospital in New Orleans for six years. This is were he learned to take apart the bony structures of the head and face and put them back together better than before. The training culminated in a year long post-graduate fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery of the face and body. This is where it all came together. It was at this fellowship, that every day, he along side his mentor performed cosmetic surgery in a private facility. Under this tutelage, he was able to hone his skills performing complex breast, tummy, face, and nasal surgery. This expertise allowed him to come to Sarasota in 2007 and begin practicing at the highest level immediately. Thousands of surgeries completed, five patient choice awards, hundreds of 5-star reviews across multiple platforms, and thousands of thrilled patients. He is a diplomate of both the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery as well as the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Fellowship director, and American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Board examiner for the past four years.

Alberico Sessa, MD, is a perfectionist. The surgery is never completed until it is perfect. The first questions asked at a consultation are to find out exactly what is the patient’s idea of beauty and what they are concerned about. Then the journey begins. Sarasota Surgical Arts provides an array of Cosmetic surgery to help the Breast, Body, or the Face. Some of the procedures performed: facelift, breast Augmentation, Tummy tuck, Breast lift, Breast reduction, liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, Laser skin resurfacing. Non surgical options are also found at Sarasota Surgical Arts: Venus freeze —a skin-tightening procedure that works. Vanquish is an all-in-one treatment to dissolve fat and tighten skin, both painless and inexpensive. A medi-spa, along with a knowledgeable aesthetician, is also onsite. Skin peels, facials, derma planing, “PRP” facials (Vampire), micro-needling, as well as micro-blading for eyebrows are performed. We also have our very own skin care line-DR AL’s RX. All Cosmetic Surgery is performed at his private surgical facility. This facility is certified by the Florida Board of Medicine yearly. The anesthesia is provided by a board certified practitioner with 32 years of experience.

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Cosmetic Surger y

SARASOTA SURGICAL ARTS 4143 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34233 941.923.1736 | SarasotaSurgicalArts.com

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Rothfeld, Jeffrey M Bradenton Cardiology Center 316 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-2277

Golino, Alessandro Riverview Cardiac Surgery 5304 4th Ave Circle E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-744-2640

ME75885

License ME78246

Engel, Scott J Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center 2255 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-203-1300

Hoffberger, Jonathan D. Jonathan D Hoffberger, DO, FACOS 1540 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8791

License ME57079

License OS10986

Satya, Y. Emmy Millenium Physician Group 3231 Gulf Gate Dr, Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34231 941-922-6447

Sell, Jeffrey E. First Physicans Group 1540 S Tamiami Trl, Suite 303 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8791

License ME81682

License ME114933

License ME87197

CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY Chomiak, Paul First Physicians Group 1540 S Tamiami Trl, Suite 303 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8791 License ME118986

Fong, Jonathan Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 1540 S Tamiami Trl, Suite 303 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8791

Milam, Cathy P. Milam Bogart Dermatology 7400 South Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34231 941-364-8220

Fezza, John P Center for Sight 2601 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-925-2020

License ME46768

License ME76288

Scott, Jeffrey K. The Plastic Surgery Center 1219 S East Ave, Suite 201 Sarasota, FL 34239 800-305-2450 License ME60145

COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY Das, Riva Florida Surgical Specialists 607 Manatee Ave. E, Suite 102 Bradenton, FL 34208 941-216-3602 License ME132403

Sessa, Alberico J. Sarasota Surgical Arts 4143 Clark Rd Sarasota, FL 34233 941-923-1736 License ME96256

DERMATOLOGY Arsenault, Emily F. Arsenault Dermatology 230 Manatee Ave E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-907-0222

COSMETIC SURGERY Derby, Brian M Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center 2255 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-203-1300

License ME87116

Finkelstein, Robert P. The Center for Skin Wellness 6771 Professional Pkwy W, Suite 203 Sarasota, FL 34240 941-907-7372

License ME122714

License OS8569

License ME80268

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License ME101569

Sanchez, Eulogio J. The Cardiovascular and Vein Center of Florida 6100 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-798-3840

Schwartz, Hardy J Heart Specialists of Sarasota 1950 Arlington St, Suite 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250

Hopkins, Terrence T Manatee Dermatology 6011 Cortez Rd W Bradenton, FL 34210 941-792-5040

Neff, Ann G. Dermatology Associates 3830 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-927-5178 License ME106953

Newman, Joshua M Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology 1370 E Venice Ave, Suite 205 Venice, FL 34285 941-263-4799 License ME78791

O'Donoghue, J Morgan O'Donoghue Dermatology 1952 Field Rd Sarasota, FL 34231 941-926-7546 License ME80793

Pennie, Michelle Paradise Dermatology 3355 Clark Rd, Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34231 941-921-4131 License ME108521

Sax, David University Park Dermatology & Medical Spa 8451 Shade Ave, Suite 205 Sarasota, FL 34243 941-360-2477 License ME83474

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Hand Surgery SPECIALTIES

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WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHERS?

The physicians at 360 ORTHOPEDICS have a total of over 140 years of experience in the medical field providing treatment from “head to toe” with the most up-todate technology. Our locations are self-contained so that you may have all your orthopedic visits at one location, and even in one visit! This convenience allows you to see your physician, have an x-ray/MRI, undergo physical therapy, and receive durable medical equipment all in one place. We are unique in our ability to offer same day or next day appointments for our patients when needed.

Carpal / Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Trigger Finger Hand / Wrist / Digital Fracture Ulnar Ner ve Damage Tendinitis

I received a B.S. in Biology at DeSales University and my medical degree at Temple University Medical School. That was followed with an orthopedic residency at Penn State University and a fellowship in hand and wrist at the University of Pittsburgh. As an advocate for personalized care, I’ve always treated patients as family members. I talk to them about their challenges, offer the best possible solutions, and together, we come to a consensus as to the best treatment for their situation. I’m trained in the latest techniques for hand and wrist conditions and strongly believe in staying involved in all aspects of patient care from initial diagnosis to post-operative rehabilitation.

Jeffrey Silverstein

HONOREE

Orthopedic Surgery SPECIALTIES

MD

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HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE HELP TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS? Our name says it all … we treat our patients with a 360 degree view of their health for comprehensive and compassionate care. In the center of our logo, you will find the word “hope” displaying our wish for every patient. Our colors of blue and green represent trust, wisdom, balance, health, and renewal.

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Hip and knee replacement Direct anterior hip replacement Revision hip/knee replacement Partial knee replacement Robotic Surger y

I received a B.S. in Biology at Indiana University and my medical degree at West Virginia School of Medicine. That was followed with residency at the Chicago Medical Center and a Fellowship in hip and knee reconstruction at FL Orthopedic Institute. As an advocate for improving quality of life for my patients, I believe open communication between physician and patient as key to successful outcomes. I’m trained in the latest techniques for hip and knee replacements including direct anterior hip replacements and traumatic fractures. When applicable, I perform less invasive techniques including muscle sparing incisions, partial knee replacements, robotic assisted technology, and custom patient specific implants.

360 ORTHOPEDICS SARASOTA | LAKEWOOD RANCH | VENICE 941.951.2663 360-orthopedics.com | Appointments can be requested via website.

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Stroble, Jennifer First Physicians Group 5350 University Pkwy, Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34243 941-917-8300 License ME91036

Weinkle, Susan H Susan H. Weinkle, MD 5601 21st Ave W, Suite B Bradenton, FL 34209 941-794-5432 License ME45450

Yohn, Joseph J Intercoastal Medical Group 3333 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-379-1799 License ME80438

DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY

Holland, Reuben W. Sarasota Emergency Associates 1700 S. Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8507 License ME55507

Shank, Colleen Sarasota Emergency Associates 1700 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8507 License OS11233

Temple, Sarah R. Sarasota Emergency Associates 1700 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8507 License ME111890

Rozin, Roman Partners Imaging Centers 1250 S Tamiami Trl, Suite 101 & 103 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-951-2100 License ME81574

EMERGENCY MEDICINE

ENDOCRINOLOGY DIABETES AND METABOLISM Agabani, Motaz Dr. Motaz Agabani 2650 Bahia Vista St, Suite 104 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-330-8355 License ME75756

Antunes, Jose R. Dr. Jose R. Antunes, M.D. 2400 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-365-0333

License ME100611

Perez, Jesus Intercoastal Medical Group 943 S Beneva Rd, Suite 210 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-379-1777

Haider, Joseph Cooper Family Medical 5123 4th Ave Cir E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-744-5510 License OS16845

License ME86942

Piotrowska, Katarzyna Thyroid & Endocrine Center of Florida 3050 Bee Ridge Rd Sarasota, FL 34239 941-342-9750 License ME129870

Rand, Joseph First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 512 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-3270

Brainard, Karen Bradenton East Integrative Medicine 8614 State Road 70 E, Suite 200 Bradenton, FL 34202 941-727-1243 License ME94066

License ME119056

License ME76570

License OS8974

License ME77141

FAMILY MEDICINE

Boldo, Angela Thyroid & Endocrine Center of Florida 3050 Bee Ridge Rd Sarasota, FL 34239 941-342-9750

Dunn, Kevin J. First Physicans Group 6128 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34231 941-923-5882 Fraser, Jeffrey Gulf Coast Medical Group Tuscany 1720 E Venice Ave Venice, FL 34292 941-483-9730

Lupo, Mark A. Thyroid & Endocrine Center of Florida 3050 Bee Ridge Rd Sarasota, FL 34239 941-342-9750

License ME58764

License ME26810

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Kozlow, Wende M. Intercoastal Medical Group 943 South Beneva Rd, Suite 210 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-379-1777

Kalnoky, Achilles Gulf Gate Family Medicine 6981 Curtiss Ave, Suite 4 Sarasota, FL 34231 941-921-0986 License E115088

Lowell, Anna Gulf Gate Family Medicine 6981 Curtiss Ave, Suite 4 Sarasota, FL 34231 941-921-0986 License OS14831

Mansour, George Sarasota Commons Medical Group 4020 Sawyer Rd Sarasota, FL 34233 941-366-7475 License ME72190

Powell, Randy B Intercoastal Medical Group 921 S Beneva Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-7390 License ME37407

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Anna Widmyer

HONOREE

ANNA WIDMYER, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

New LWR Location Coming Soon Stay Tuned for More Info | 941.500.3350 1715 Stickney Point Rd. Sarasota, FL 34231 941.927.2447 | drwidmyer.com

MD

WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART? Plastic surgery has been a lifelong passion for Dr. Widmyer, which helps set her apart in the highly competitive cosmetic and reconstructive surgery field. Dr. Widmyer has a keen eye for asymmetry and is truly dedicated to her patients. Every procedure she performs is preceded by an interactive consultation to answer your questions as well as comprehensive follow up appointments. She believes that everyone is naturally beautiful and unique in their own way. She also understands that most people have insecurities that can hold them back in their life. Plastic and reconstructive surgery is a way to restore form and function, whether you are recovering from cancer, childbirth, massive weight loss, or simply wanting to look as young as you feel. Her purpose is to enhance your natural beauty and to give you the confidence that you need and deserve.

Rebecca S. Cohen

SPECIALTIES • • • • •

REBECCA S. COHEN, MD, LLC

Psychiatry

1217 S. East Avenue, Ste 209 Sarasota, FL 34239 | 941.404.0545 DrRebeccaCohen.com

MD

with the idea of recognizing the complex biological, psychological and situational impact of each person’s difficulties. Psychiatric symptoms are complicated because they can impact how you feel about yourself. Our goal with patients is to help you understand your psychiatric symptoms and conflicts, and to work collaboratively with you and your other medical providers to improve your overall health and well-being. We will establish a safe and nurturing environment so we can work together, establish a clear treatment plan and take proper care of your needs. In addition, we strive to assist you with gaining more personal insights, provide support for your discomfort and help you develop new strategies for coping with your challenges.

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Breast cancer reconstruction Breast augmentation/mastopexy Abdominoplasty Liposuction Surgical and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation

Dr. Widmyer is originally a native of Delaware and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame followed by medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She then continued her education with general surgery residency in Allentown, Pennsylvania at Lehigh Valley Health Network and an additional 3 years of plastic surgery training at Summa Health Network in Akron, Ohio. She was recruited into the Lakewood Ranch Community in 2017 for her expertise in breast reconstruction and also offers a variety of cosmetic surgeries including facial, breast and body rejuvenation to help you look and feel your best.

HONOREE

ABOUT THE PRACTICE We approach patient care

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SPECIALTIES • • • • • •

Major Depression Bipolar Disorder Panic Disorder Stress and Adjustment Disorders ADHD PTSD

Dr. Cohen is renowned as an educator and psychopharmacologist with more than 20 years of distinction in her specialty. She earned her degrees from Tufts University, Boston University Graduate School and her Doctor of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen completed residency training at Georgetown University Medical Center, designated the Chief Psychiatry Resident from 2000 to 2001. After gaining extensive clinical experience, Dr. Cohen established a solo private practice providing concierge level of psychiatric care. Dr. Cohen has been recognized with awards for excellence in teaching and clinical practice throughout her career.

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Rodriguez, Carlos F First Physicians Group 5350 University Pkwy, Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34243 941-917-4675 License ME122673

Dukander, Jasmine Gastroenterology Associates of Sarasota 2089 Hawthorne St, Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-6556

Mitchel, Lee Scott Lee S. Mitchel, MD, LLC 1219 East Avenue S, Suite 308 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-4015 License ME51847

License ME145071

Stein, Barry I. First Physicans Group 6128 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34231 941-923-5882 License ME43700

GASTROENTEROLOGY Andari, Ronald Florida Digestive Health Specialists 11505 Palmbrush Trl, Suite 200 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-361-1100 License ME140338

Bernstein, Marc Florida Digestive Health Specialists 2089 Hawthorne St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-6556 License ME137780

Byju, KR University Gastro, LLC 2401 University Pkwy Suite 202 Sarasota, FL 34243 941-360-2579

Khazanchi, Arun Florida Digestive Disease Specialists 11505 Palmbrush Trl, Suite 200 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-361-1100

Murchie, Brent Gastroenterology Associates of Sarasota 2089 Hawthorne St, Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-6556 License ME126633

License ME86268

Kucera, Stephen First Physicans Group 1950 Arlington Street, Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-262-0400 License ME97935

Papper, Michael Gastroenterology Associates of Sarasota 2089 Hawthorne St, Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-6556 License ME143339

Martin, Francene R Intercoastal Medical Group 3333 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-342-8892 License ME90139

Matheus, Tonantzin Florida Digestive Disease Specialists LLC 11505 Palmbrush Trl, Suite 200 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-361-1100 License ME100744

Southerland, John Sarasota Digestive Health Specialists 1801 Arlington St, Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-894-3490

License ME117430

License ME138694

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License ME115061

Halbreich, Steven First Physicans Group 1950 Arlington St, Suite 310 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6300 License ME87228

Nora, John First Physicans Group 1950 Arlington St, Suite 310 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6300 License ME56312

Novak, Russell First Physicans Group 1950 Arlington St, Suite 310 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6300 License ME41051

Summerlee, Robert J. Intercoastal Medical Group 11715 Rangeland Pkwy Bradenton, FL 34211 941-538-0092

Rekkas, Stelios Manatee Weight Loss Center 232 Manatee Ave E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-254-4957

License ME118680

Caire, Michael Suncoast GI Associates 101 Riverfront Blvd, Suite 700 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-2417

Browning, Robert Lee Intercoastal Medical Group 11505 Rangeland Pkwy Bradenton, FL 34211 941-362-8662

License ME85007

License ME83308

Mishra, Avantika Florida Digestive Disease Specialists 11505 Palmbrush Trl, Suite 200 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-361-1100

GENERAL SURGERY

License ME110761

Sundberg, Sharla Pinnacle Medical Group 315 75th St W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-761-1998 License ME120677

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Jordana Hollen

HONOREE

Psychiatry SPECIALTIES

MD

• • • •

ABOUT THE PRACTICE At Bluestone Psychiatry, a physician-founded and led practice, we feel grateful to provide our patients and their families with a dignified, compassionate behavioral health experience. We partner with our patients to build solid connections and trust. Building upon this trust, we incorporate evidence-based treatments including psychotherapy and medication management, as appropriate. Bluestone Psychiatry encourages our patients to set goals, and more importantly, achieve these goals. We appreciate that everyone is unique, and we strive to tailor our treatment plans to each individual. It is an absolute privilege to build these relationships, and we will always strive to create an environment that facilitates the best treatment outcomes.

Women’s Health Mood and Anxiety Disorders Psychopharmacology Psychotherapy

Dr. Jordana Hollen is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with extensive training in psychopharmacology, mood and anxiety disorders, women’s health, ADHD, psychotherapy and TMS. Dr. Hollen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Honors Program, and she completed her Psychiatry residency training at the University of Florida. She has experience as a Medical Director and Psychiatry instructor for trainees, as well as ten years of outpatient psychiatric practice.

Mark D'Agostino

HONOREE

Psychiatry SPECIALTIES

MD, MS, MSc

• • • •

ABOUT THE PRACTICE At Bluestone Psychiatry, a physician-founded and led practice, we feel grateful to provide our patients and their families with a dignified, compassionate behavioral health experience. We partner with our patients to build solid connections and trust. Building upon this trust, we incorporate evidence-based treatments including psychotherapy and medication management, as appropriate. Bluestone Psychiatry encourages our patients to set goals, and more importantly, achieve these goals. We appreciate that everyone is unique, and we strive to tailor our treatment plans to each individual. It is an absolute privilege to build these relationships, and we will always strive to create an environment that facilitates the best treatment outcomes.

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Addiction Medicine Mood and Anxiety Disorders Psychopharmacology Psychotherapy

Dr. D'Agostino is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has a sub-speciality Board Certification in Addiction Medicine. He specializes in the treatment of adults and late-adolescents, with expertise in anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and a widevariety of substance use disorders. He was an active duty physician in the US Army, is faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College, and is an alumnus of Brown University Medical School.

BLUESTONE PSYCHIATRY, PLLC 5664 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 203, Sarasota, FL 34233 | 1.877.422.9355 Jordana- jhollen@bluestone.health; Mark-mdagostino@bluestone.health bluestone.health

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Toomey, Paul Florida Surgical Specialists 607 Manatee Ave E, Suite102 Bradenton, FL 34208 941-216-3602 License ME108706

Willkomm, Christopher Surgical Associates of Venice & Englewood 436 Nokomis Ave S Venice, FL 34285 941-488-7742 License ME107405

GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY Kilts, Toni P First Physicians Group 1888 Hillview St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8383 License OS16909

Long, Beverly J First Physicians Group 1888 Hillview St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8383 License ME146963

South, Stacey Women‘s Choice Oncology, PLLC 3425 University Pkwy Suite 102 Sarasota, FL 34243 941-746-7507 License ME101589

Yenari, Jon Intercoastal Medical Group 3333 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-379-1700 License ME87923

HAND SURGERY

Simmons, Sara P. Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

Boyette, Melissa M Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

License ME113187

License ME103549

HEMATOLOGY

Farino, Gregory C. 360-Orthopedics 2750 Bahia Vista St, Suite100 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-264-1196

Buck, Richard H. Florida Cancer Specialists 600 North Cattlemen Rd, Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-377-9993

License ME86132

Hand, John D. Schofield, Hand & Bright Orthopaedics PLLC 1950 Arlington St, Suite 111 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-921-2600

License ME75497

Chu, Luis Florida Cancer Specialists 1970 Golf St Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1000 License ME70875

Moustoukas, Michael J. Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655

Heinrich, Penny Intercoastal Medical Group 1217 S East Ave Sarasota, FL 34239 941-200-1125 License ME111369

Schofield, Brian A Schofield Hand & Bright Orthopaedics PLLC 1950 Arlington St, Suite111 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-921-2600 License ME68192

Sforzo, Christopher R. Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine 5831 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 300 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-378-5100

Kayali, Fadi Florida Cancer Specialists 5985 Silver Falls Run, Suite 200 Bradenton, FL 34211 941-907-4737 License ME106289

Mamus, Steven W Cancer Center of Sarasota-Manatee 3830 Bee Ridge Rd, Suit 301 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-923-1872 License ME48231

License ME83510

Vlahakis, Joelle Marie First Physicans Group 1700 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-7572 License ME79085

License ME73110

License ME131187

HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE

INFECTIOUS DISEASE hattacharyya, Rishi Infectious Diseases Associates 1425 S Osprey Ave, Suite 1 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9060 License ME116188

Demaio, James D Bach & Godofsky Infectious Diseases 6010 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-746-2711 License ME90472

Farooq, Ahmed Metrolina Infectious Diseases PA 517 Riviera St, Suite D Venice, FL 34285 941-244-9524 License ME91511

Godofsky, Eliot W. Bach & Godofsky Infectious Diseasess 6010 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-746-2711 License ME65833

Gordillo, Manuel E. Infectious Disease Associates 1425 S. Osprey Ave, Suite 1 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9060 License ME62215

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Rose Baez

HONOREE

Internal Medicine

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ELITEHEALTH MEDICAL CENTER 1281 S. Tamiami Trail #2, Sarasota, FL 34239 941.960.8741 | elitehealth.com

MD

ABOUT THE PRACTICE At EliteHealth we know that no two patients are the same; therefore, we provide patients with a comprehensive customized evaluation of their health and, more importantly, an action plan to improve it. With all in-house diagnostic testing, we are committed to provide you with a thorough assessment of your current health and potential health risk. Our additional wellness based services, such as nutrition counseling and participation in the Silver Sneakers program, allow us to provide the patient with the tools by which to actively participate in their wellness program. By combining the latest scientific technology with an unparalleled level of personal care and attention, EliteHealth delivers an incomparable patient experience.

SPECIALTIES • •

Dr. Baez is a bilingual Spanish-speaking IM trained physician specializing in treating a wide variety of disorders affecting adults over the age of 18. A native of New York, Dr. Baez completed medical school at the SUNY-Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York. She completed her internal medicine residency at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York, where she served as chief resident. Dr. Baez has over 15 years practicing in the Sarasota and Venice community with a commitment to quality comprehensive preventative care.

HONOREE

Orthopedic Surgery

SUGAR ORTHOPAEDICS

David A. Sugar MD, FAAOS

ABOUT THE PRACTICE Sugar Orthopaedics provides individualized, personal care for each of our patients. In our relaxed environment, we are able treat everyone as if they are our own family member. Dr. Sugar is extremely humbled to be awarded this honor as a "Top Doctor". He could not have accomplished this without his amazing support team. Additionally, we are extremely proud to announce that our new associate, Andrew Mundy, MD, has joined our practice. Dr. Mundy has recently completed his Fellowship at the world renowned, Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama. His emphasis will be in Sports Medicine and minimally invasive techniques involving the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee.

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Internal Medicine Primary Physician

1630 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239 941.556.6900 | drsugar.md

SPECIALTIES • •

Orthopaedic Surger y Sports Medicine

David A. Sugar, MD is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in surgical and non surgical, Pediatric and Adult Orthopaedics. He has been practicing Orthopaedics for the past 25 years here in Sarasota. In addition to providing care to those in our community, Dr. Sugar is very proud of the work he does on a regular basis for those in need in Haiti.

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Mercado, Roberto A. Infectious Diseases Associates 1425 So Osprey Ave, Suite 1 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9060

Cohen, Louis M Lerner Cohen Healthcare 1921 Waldemere St, Suit 814 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-953-9080

Kahane, Ian Complete Care 3303 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-8069

License ME79981

License ME58080

License ME139133

Milam, Michael W. Infectious Diseases Associates 1425 S Osprey Ave, Suite 1 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9060

Ejercito, Lorena L. First Physicans Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 605 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8100

Mansour, Robin Sarasota Commons Medical Group 4020 Sawyer Rd Sarasota, FL 34233 941-366-7475

License ME46769

License ME76113

Offner, Stuart A. Bach & Godofsky Infectious Diseases 6010 Pointe West Blvd. Bradenton, FL 34209 941-746-2711 License ME112752

Tallapragada, Sudha Infectious Diseases Associates 1425 So Osprey Ave, Suite 1 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9060 License ME74771

INTERNAL MEDICINE Baez, Rose EliteHealth 4125 S Tamiami Trl, Suit 2 Venice, FL 34293 941-584-9201 License ME92347

Cabello, Stephanie First Physicans Group 14405 Arbor Green Trail Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-917-7080

License ME141326

Ferreira, Gregory J. Hautamaki & Horiuchi Personal Physicians of Sarasota 1843 Floyd Street Sarasota, FL 34239 941-951-3920

Nonnemaker, Sean Sean Nonnemaker DO FACO I250 2nd St E, Suite 3B Bradenton, FL 34208 941-746-4151

License ME93124

License OS12880

Gomez De Tavarez, Brunel T. First Physicans Group 14405 Arbor Green Trl Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-917-7080

Oppenheimer, Robert L First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 605 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8100

License ME130101

License ME51295

Henson, Kenneth D Culp-Henson 1250 S Tamiami Trl, Suite 201 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-929-1039

Porter, Kinga Whole Health LWR 11509 Palmbrush Trl, Suite 202 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-666-8757

License ME58636

License OS12305

John, Gerald B. First Physicans Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 605 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8100

Reichel, David T. Intercoastal Medical Group 3333 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-371-3337

License ME73663

License ME79284

INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY Bilkoo, Pareena Millenial Physician Group 3231 Gulf Gate Dr, Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34231 941-922-6447 License ME103980

Schreibman, David S Heart Specialists of Sarasota 1950 Arlington St, Suite 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250 License ME90195

Sedillo, Gino J Cardiovascular Solutions 714 Manatee Ave E, Suite A Bradenton, FL 34208 941-747-8789 License ME76343

Yamada, David M Heart Specialists of Sarasota 950 Arlington St, Suite 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250 License ME82014

Yaryura, Ricardo Intercoastal Medical Group 965 S Beneva Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-366-1888 License ME73423

Roth, Amy Lerner Cohen Healthcare 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 814 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-953-9080

License ME136057

License OS13156

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Ronald Andari

HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES

MD

• •

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE THAT SETS YOU APART? I enjoy connecting with each patient and creating individualized treatment plans to help them lead a healthy, active life. In our practice, patients have access to highly advanced therapies and care without the need to visit a large hospital system or an academic medical center. We find that the outpatient setting allows for more coordinated, streamlined care that is convenient for the patient and their family members. The doctor-patient relationship also thrives. Personally, I find that this human connection, through compassion and alleviating human suffering, is what I love most of being a physician.

Marc Bernstein MD

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE RECOGNIZED BY YOUR PEERS? It’s been exciting to see local healthcare develop with Sarasota’s flourishing population. Our team continues to expand and innovate along with this growth to ensure our community has comprehensive medical resources nearby. My goal is to provide the highest level of evidence-based medicine to the region while remaining accessible to every patient. To be recognized as a Top Doctor is a distinct honor that I take great pride in, and I will work hard every day to continue enhancing the lives of SRQ citizens.

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Chronic abdominal pain Hepatobiliar y and pancreatic disorders Cancers of the digestive tract

Dr. Andari is a board-certified gastroenterologist with specialized training in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures. His clinical interests include chronic abdominal pain, hepatobiliary and pancreatic pathology, endoscopic ultrasound and cancer prevention. Dr. Andari completed his internal medicine residency, gastroenterology fellowship and advanced endoscopy fellowship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He provides care to patients in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch, and he is fluent in Spanish, English and Arabic.

HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES • • •

Colorectal cancer screening Gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) Pancreaticobiliar y diseases

Dr. Marc Bernstein is a board-certified gastroenterologist who received his medical degree at Florida State University, then completed an internal medicine residency, gastroenterology fellowship and interventional endoscopy fellowship in New York and Pennsylvania. He is a partner of Florida Digestive Health Specialists and is based in Sarasota. Dr. Bernstein enjoys treating common to complex GI and liver ailments, and he has a special interest in colorectal cancer screening, gastrointestinal reflux disease and pancreaticobiliary diseases. He has also been featured as a digestive health subject expert in local and national media outlets.

FLORIDA DIGESTIVE HEALTH SPECIALISTS BRADENTON | SARASOTA | LAKEWOOD RANCH | VENICE | ENGLEWOOD AND MORE

fdhs.com | Check the website for the location nearest you.

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LEGACY 30 YEARS IN PRACTICE

MATERNAL AND FETAL HEALTH

Holland III, Reuben

Baron, Felice First Physicians Group 1888 Hillview St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6260

Emergency Medicine

Sarasota Emergency Associates 1700 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8507 License ME55507

Silverman, Steven H Vascular Surgery

Tampa Bay Surgical Group 1215 East Ave, Suite 307 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-312-6196 License ME50587

Stein, Barry I

Famly Medicine

First Physicians Group 6128 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34231 941-923-5882 License ME43700

Novak, Russell First Physicans Group 1950 Arlington St, Suite 310 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6300

Cho Chung Hing, Lorraine S. Florida Kidney Physicians 1500 East Venice Ave, Suite 103 Venice, FL 34292 941-485-4700 License ME84851

Ghose, Ranjan Nephrology Associates of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 413 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6585

License ME68815

Matsumoto, Larry First Physicians Group 1888 Hillview St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6260

License ME82366

Lawrence-Jackson, Janis Gulf Coast Kidney Associates 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 306 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8722

License ME138959

NEPHROLOGY Bala, Jennifer C. Manatee Kidney Disease Consultants 3701 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-746-5840

License OS12060

Patel, Bhavin Renal Hypertension Center 517 Riveria St, Suite B Venice, FL 34285 941-488-2881

License ME94266

Bhensdadia, Nishant Nephrology Associates of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 413 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6585 License ME119186

License ME41051

Powell, Randy B. Intercoastal Medical Group 921 S Beneva Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-7390 License ME37407

Rush, Charles W. Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655

Bilal, Jehanzeb Renal Hypertension Center 517 Riviera St, Suite B Venice, FL 34285 941-488-2881 License ME131099

Chauhan, Veeraish Renal Hypertension Center 109 44th Ave E, Suite 301 Bradenton, FL 34203 941-242-9628

License ME142834

Sastry, Ashok Nephrology Associates of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 413 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6585

NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY Fine, Andrew D. Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists 5831 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 100 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-308-5700 License ME69377

Glasser, Ryan S. Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists 5831 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 100 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-308-5700 License ME58159

Guerin, Christopher Neurosurgical Associates Cassidy & Guerin MD PA 842 Sunset Lake Blvd, Suite 302 Venice, FL 34292 941-484-3404 License ME78002

Knego, Robert S. Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists 5831 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite100 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-308-5700

License ME95950

License ME57684

Widmyer, David Florida Kidney Institute 1500 E. Venice Ave, Suite103 Venice, FL 34292 941-485-4700

Mayer, Peter L. Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists 5831 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite100 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-308-5700

License OS15121

License ME112069

License ME38633

License ME68105

Wang, Huan Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute 4012 Sawyer Rd, Suite 101-4 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-893-2688 License ME120232

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KR Byju MD

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE RECOGNIZED BY YOUR PEERS? It is an honor to be chosen as one of this year’s Top Doctors in Sarasota. My practice would not be the medical establishment it is without the enthusiasm and compassion of our dedicated employees. Collaboration is a pillar of our practice and to be recognized by other nationally acclaimed providers is a distinct privilege. I am proud to be a part of Florida Digestive Health Specialists, a team that has become one of the largest GI practices in Florida. Grateful is an understatement to describe how it feels to be acknowledged by other highly esteemed physicians in my community. I will continue to go above and beyond to provide personalized care to our patients.

Michael Caire MD

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE RECOGNIZED BY YOUR PEERS? It is an honor to be recognized by my peers for providing compassionate patient care and achieving the optimal, patient-centered outcomes. I am happy to share credit for that honor with my partners, because we are a collaborative team of gastroenterologists with expertise in a wide range of specialties within digestive health. We combine decades of experience with upto-date training, and practice with a patient-centered approach. I believe in communication with patients and empowering them to become active participants in their care. I also appreciate the many doctors who have trusted me with the care of their patients and will continue to strive so they can remain confident we are taking great care of their patients.

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HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES • • •

Celiac disease IBD/IBS Painless hemorrhoid banding

Dr. Byju is a board-certified gastroenterologist with 20+ years of experience. He practices in Sarasota, with a satellite office in Manatee. Dr. Byju specializes in diseases that affect the gastrointestinal tract, which include all areas of the stomach and bowel, as well as motility disorders and liver diseases. Dr. Byju has admitting privileges to all three area hospitals and performs colonoscopy and endoscopy procedures as his state-of-the-art surgery center in Sarasota.

HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES • • •

Colorectal cancer screening Esophageal disorders Fatty liver disease

Dr. Michael Caire is a board-certified gastroenterologist practicing in Bradenton. He provides comprehensive gastroenterology care, with a special interest in colorectal cancer screening and esophageal disorders. Dr. Caire completed his medical degree at the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine where he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and his internal medicine residency at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was selected Most Outstanding Senior Resident. He returned to USF Morsani College of Medicine for his gastroenterology fellowship, where he was designated Chief Fellow. He has been published in many industry journals. Dr. Caire is a loving husband and proud father of two young children.

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NEUROLOGY Cantero, Julio Intercoastal Medical Group 2881 Hyde Park St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-906-7155 License ME94218

Coleman, Juliette E. First Physicians Group 1700 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8900 License ME95089

Concha, Mauricio Intercoastal Medical Group 2881 Hyde Park St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-906-7155 License ME69547

Gonzalez, Ralph Bradenton Neurology 200 3rd Ave W, Suite 110 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-746-3115 License ME73150

Hanes, Gregory First Physicans Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 701 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8900 License ME88942

Keegan, Andrew P. Keegan Neurology 2040 Whitfield Ave Sarasota, FL 34243 941-256-8019 License ME87175

Khera, Davender First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 701 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8900

Negroski, Donald Negroski Neurology 5741 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 503 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-487-2160 License ME46199

Sutherland, Dean P. First Physicans Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 701 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8900 License ME79474

Easterling, Gary W Gulf Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology1 950 Arlington St, Suite 203 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-379-6331

License OS12471

License ME59922

Gard, Kathryn First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 802 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-7888 License ME132813

Thornley, Virginia Virginia Thornley MD 4014 Sawyer Rd Sarasota, FL 34233 941-363-1370

Shedd-Hartman, Kelly-Anne Swor Women's Care 1900 S Tuttle Ave Sarasota, FL 34239 941-330-8885 Soendker, Anna Lakewood Ranch Obstetrics & Gynecology 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Suite140 Bradenton, FL 34202 941-907-9298 License ME140970

Hamel, Kelly J First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 802 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-7888

License ME113264

License ME98993

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

Somer, Sarah First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 307 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8565 License ME134643

Maguire, Maureen A. First Physicans Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 307 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8565

Abu, John I First Physicians Group 1700 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8560

License ME49514

License ME63982

Cohen, Wayne A. Sarasota OB/GYN Associates 2439 Bee Ridge Rd Sarasota, FL 34239 941-343-0609 License ME62683

Matta-Toomey, Karen West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology 513 Manatee Ave E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-745-1616 License ME109203

McCullen, Jennifer OBGYN Women's Centre of Lakewood Ranch LLC 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Suite 240 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-907-3008

Desai, Kinnari P. Manatee Gynecology 2310 60th Street Ct W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-4993 License ME107712

License ME66257

Sullivan, John E. Advanced GYN and OB, LLC 2453 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, FL 34239 941-203-5000 License ME43835

Swanson, Jennifer L. Lakewood Ranch Obstetrics & Gynecology 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Suite 140 Bradenton, FL 34202 941-907-9298 License ME96037

Towsley, Greg A. First Physicans Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 802 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-7888 License ME68910

License ME134941

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Jasmine Dukandar

HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES

MD

• • •

HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE HELP TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS? I believe a healthy gut equals a happy life. The goal of my practice is to improve the lives of my patients through a patient-centered approach to digestive medicine. I design my practice around the needs of my patients, which often focuses on accessibility, excellent physician communication and high-quality, research-based care. Patient engagement is paramount to improved outcomes. Coupled with an individualized treatment plan, our integrated approach to gastroenterology care ensures our patients come first.

Arun Khazanchi MD

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Inflammator y Bowel Disease Colorectal cancer screening Women-related GI issues

Dr. Dukandar is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of all conditions involving the digestive tract and liver. She enjoys providing comprehensive digestive care to patients in Sarasota and the surrounding communities. Dr. Dukandar completed medical school at George Washington University and internal medicine residency training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She then went on to the University of Miami School of Medicine for her gastroenterology fellowship, where she was awarded Chief Fellow for her exemplary leadership and clinical skills. A board-certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Dukandar has presented at international GI conferences and her work has been published in various industry journals.

HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES •

HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE HELP TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS? My practice is an

extension of my family and we’ve created a friendly, warm environment to ensure patients feel comfortable and welcome. Digestive health is a complicated specialty with countless varying factors; it’s paramount for patients to work with a gastroenterologist they trust. Our team of doctors trained at some of the best programs in the country and have experience treating a wide range of digestive illnesses. We prioritize education because when patients understand their diagnosis and treatment path, studies show there is an increased rate of recovery and wellness.

Esophageal and pancreas ailments Endoscopic ultrasound for cancers and biopsies IBD

A nationally acclaimed gastroenterologist, Dr. Khazanchi treats digestive health disorders including Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, esophageal and swallowing ailments, irritable bowel syndrome and more. He is one of a small group of physicians who perform endoscopic ultrasounds for cancers and biopsies of the rectum, lungs, pancreas and esophagus. He also specializes in conditions affecting the bile ducts and gallbladder. Dr. Khazanchi practices in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch.

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ONCOLOGY Berry, Brian T Florida Cancer Specialists 2401 60th Street Ct W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1881 License ME73368

Brown, Richard Florida Cancer Specialists 1970 Golf Street Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1000 License ME132286

Guancial, Elizabeth Florida Cancer Specialists 1970 Golf Street Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1000 License ME135035

Campbell, David Sarasota Ophthalmology 2121 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-6363

Shoemaker, David Center For Sight 2601 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 4239941-480

License ME100373

License ME75872

License ense: ME39238

Silver, Caryn Florida Cancer Specialists 1970 Golf St Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1000

De Rojas, Joaquin O Center For Sight 2601 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-925-2020

Silverman, Scott E. Coastal Eye Institute 1427 S. Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-748-1818

License ME139893

License ME68584

Grabow, Harry Envision Eye Specialists 3920 Bee Ridge Rd, Building F, Suite A Sarasota, FL 34233 941-921-7744

Stelton, Christopher R. SK Retina 3400 S Tamiami Trl, Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-777-5000

License ME78237

Van Der Wall, Ana Florida Cancer Specialists 2401 60th Street Court W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1881 License ME121065

License ME126604

Abrams, Jody G. Sarasota Retina Institute 3400 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-921-5335 License ME109729

Lifton, Robin Florida Cancer Specialists 901 S Tamiami Trl Venice, FL 34285 941-484-3531 License ME73306

Kim, Joshua W Center For Sight 2601 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-925-2020

Adler, Jonathan Adler Eye Institute 1509 53rd Ave W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-753-0220

License ME82813

Ross, Joseph J. Envision Eye Specialists 3920 Bee Ridge Rd, Building F, Suite A Sarasota, FL 34233 941-921-7744

Banker, Tanuj P Center For Sight 2601 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-925-2020

Weinkle, Dana J Palm Coast Eye Center PA 5601 21st Ave W, Suite A Bradenton, FL 34209 941-794-2020 License ME45451

License ME93875

Lahners, William J Center For Sight 2601 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-925-2020

License ME58865

Patel, Anjan J. Florida Cancer Specialists 1970 Golf St Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1000

License ME125837

License ME23611

OPTHALMOLOGY

Koehler, Kevin Florida Cancer Specialists 1970 Golf St Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1000

License ME117498

Pelayo, Miguel Florida Cancer Specialists 5985 Silver Falls Run, Suite 200 Bradenton, FL 34211 941-907-4737

ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY Reuter, Todd J. Sarasota Oral & Implant Surgery 2130 South Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-3388 License ME106595

License ME61395

License ME123104

Schwartz, Thomas Coastal Eye Institute 1427 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-748-1818 License ME68584

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Tonantzin Matheus

HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES

MD

• • • •

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE THAT SETS YOU APART? I treat patients at all stages of digestive health, from those who have been suffering for years to patients who are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms that are new to them. Each of them is seeking answers and a path to health. Our team takes the time we need to empathize and deeply understand each patient’s lives and the factors affecting their condition. Education is imperative to helping patients regain their quality of life. I strive to combine professionalism, advanced treatments and compassion to amplify our patient’s chance at a healthy, active life.

Avantika Mishra MD

HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE HELP TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS? Diagnosing gastrointestinal issues can be very nuanced and layered; it requires paying key attention to patients’ symptoms while keeping in mind already diagnosed medical comorbidities. Patients need to know they’re heard and are working with someone that is invested in their care. An essential part of this doctor-patient relationship is continual patient education and engagement. As physicians, we need to constantly understanding symptoms and early screening. With this work, we can save lives.

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Esophageal diseases Pancreatic disorders GERD/Dysphagia Irritable bowel syndrome

Dr. Matheus is board certified in both gastroenterology and internal medicine. She specializes in colorectal screening and GERD/dysphagia and has advanced training in esophageal disorders, including swallowing problems, reflux and digestive tract motility. Dr. Matheus performs in-office capsule endoscopy and colonoscopy screenings and has been practicing for nearly 20 years. Fluent in Spanish and English, she enjoys taking time with her patients to ensure they are fully informed and their questions are answered.

HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES • • • •

Cancer Prevention IBD Women's health Obesity/nutrition

Dr. Mishra is a board-certified gastroenterologist serving the Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch communities. She has a special interest in obesity and nutrition, cancer prevention, esophageal and reflux disorders and women’s health. She completed her internal medicine residency at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, then went on to Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for her gastroenterology fellowship. Dr. Mishra provides care to patients who struggle with common to complex gastrointestinal and liver diseases.

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ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY Cashen, David V. Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 License ME99185

Connolly, Brendon Connolly Orthohpedics and Sports Medicine 530 5th St E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-757-3521 License ME98137

Cuff, Derek J. Suncoast Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine 836 Sunset Lake Blvd, Bldg A, Suite 205 Venice, FL 34292 941-485-1505 License ME95587

Dillingham, Christopher L. Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine 5831 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 300 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-378-5100 License ME107087

Dingle, Sean R. Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655 License ME79112

Harkess, John W Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

Stolarski, Edward J. Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655

License ME132666

License ME84153

Moor, John Advanced Sports Medicine Center 2446 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-957-1500

Sugar, David A. Sugar Orthopaedics 1630 S. Tuttle Avenue Sarasota, FL 34239 941-556-6900

License ME55341

License ME73607

Ng, Tracy Gulf Coast Medical Group 8431 Pointe Loop Dr, 1st Fl Venice, FL 34293 941-882-7824

Valadie, Alan L. Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

License OS13388

License ME70378

O'Daly, Andrés E. Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

Valadie, Arthur L. Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

License ME126890

License ME71811

O'Neill, Patrick J. Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655

OTOLARYNGOLOGY EAR NOSE THROAT

Otte, R. Stephen Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

License ME82027

License ME141436

Silverstein, Jeffrey 360-Orthopedics 2750 Bahia Vista St, Suite 100 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-951-2663

License ME75996

Marrs, Chad Marlowe & Marrs MD 5432 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite150 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-379-3277 License ME114119

Nayak, Neil S First Physicians Group 1901 Floyd St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9222 License ME141439

Phommachanh, Viengsouk Fyzical Health 2401 University Pkwy, Suite 102, Door A & B Sarasota, FL 34243 941-355-2767 License ME98812

Byers, Matthew D. Intercoastal Medical Group 3333 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-379-1800

License ME101489

Marlowe, Andrew Marlowe & Marrs MD 5432 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 150 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-379-3277

Gurucharri, Michael J Ear Nose & Throat Associates of Manatee PA 701 Manatee Ave W, Suite 202 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-2455

Rosenberg, Seth I First Physicians Group 1901 Floyd St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9222 License ME51633

Schwartz, Arthur Fyzical Health 2401 University Pkwy, Suite 102 Door A & B Sarasota, FL 34243 941-355-2767 License ME98734

License ME45512

License ME109120

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Brent Murchie

HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES

MD

• • •

HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE HELP TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS? I have been practicing in Sarasota for the past six years and enjoy making a difference in the lives of my patients. In addition to my areas of interest, I provide compassionate, individualized gastroenterology care for all areas of digestive health. A patient-oriented bedside manner is pa amount, and I take time to listen carefully to each patient’s concerns and symptoms. I treat my patients as individuals, and our team works closely together to provide the best possible, tailored care plan for each patient.

Michael Papper MD

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Inflammator y bowel disease GI motility disorders Disorders of the small bowel

Dr. Brent Murchie in an experienced gastroenterologist and a trusted, valued provider for all digestive health services. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Gastroenterology Fellowship at the esteemed Cleveland Clinic Florida Campus, where he was designated as Chief Resident and Chief Fellow, before joining Florida Digestive Health Specialists in Sarasota. He continues to contribute to the future of medicine through published case reports, journal articles, and as an Associate Faculty member at the Florida State Medical School Sarasota campus and Residency Program.

HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES •

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE THAT SETS YOU APART? In part due to my background in

psychology, I can offer greater insight into the mind-gut connection to help treat the patient as a whole, helping my patients live their best lives. I am passionate about the prevention of gastrointestinal malignancies and have nearly 15 years of experience performing over 45,000 screening and surveillance procedures.

Prevention and screening of gastrointestinal cancers Functional gastrointestinal disorders Esophageal diseases

Dr. Michael Papper is a board-certified gastroenterologist with nearly 15 years of clinical experience providing comprehensive digestive care. He earned his medical degree from the Icahn Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at Brown University School of Medicine. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (Rutgers) where he was awarded the outstanding fellow award among all medical specialties. Dr. Papper and his family moved to the Sarasota area after providing high quality care at a large multi-specialty group in Massachusetts for the past 13+ years. When not caring for patients, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, fostering cats, playing pickleball and enjoying the beautiful Sarasota weather.

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Shea, Roger M Shea ENT Clinic 5432 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 140 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-371-2244 License ME65243

Erb, Donald L. Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655

Shroyer, Lindsay N Ramos Center 100 3rd Ave W, Suite 210 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-662-2621 License ME111949

License OS7114

Shelton, John ENT Associates of Manatee 701 Manatee Ave W, Suite 202 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-2455 License ME85106

Sirianni, Justin J. Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

Fura, Abraham J Ramos Center1 00 3rd Ave W, Suite 110 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-662-2621

License ME132277

License OS16143

PAIN MANAGEMENT Bundschu, Richard H Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 License ME68442

Cole Jr, William J OrthoMed Pain & Sports Medicine 4071 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-371-7171 License OS8697

Constant, Douglas L. Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 License ME108659

Diaz-Ramirez, Myrdalis Sarasota Pain Relief Centers 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 607 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-363-9400

Gekht, Gennady Coastal Orthopedics 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, 3rd Fl Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-792-1404

Smith, Stephen G Ramos Center 1370 E Venice Ave, Suite 104 Venice, FL 34285 941-202-6480 License ME139415

License ME95933

Kola, Sandeep OrthoMed Pain & Sports Medicine 4071 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-371-7171

PATHOLOGY Stelton, Christina D Suncoast Pathology 446 S Tamiami Trl, 2nd Fl Venice, FL 34285 941-483-3319

License OS15549

License ME126862

Ramos, Fabian A. Ramos Center 100 3rd Ave W, Suite 110 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-662-2621

Zacks, Jeffrey F SaraPath Diagnostics 2001 Webber St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-362-8900

License ME71496

License ME82395

Satia, Paul Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655

PEDIATRICS GENERAL Briggs, Carroll G. Comprehensive Childcare Associates 2020 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-955-5191 License ME80716

Featherman, D Scott Comprehensive Childcare Associates 2020 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-955-5191 License ME47974

Fleener, Barbara X. Sarasota Children's Clinic 3920 Bee Ridge Rd Building A, Suite C Sarasota, FL 34233 941-923-3667 License ME112055

Fleener, Carola Sarasota Children's Clinic 3920 Bee Ridge Rd Building A, Suite C Sarasota, FL 34233 941-923-3667 License ME52202

Keeley, Katherine First Physicians Group 8430 Enterprise Cir, Suite 130 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-366-3000 License ME57672

Meyer, Ted Meyer Pediatrics 1666 Mound St Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-5898

License ME104779

License ME96703

License ME43654

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HONOREE

HEARTCARE CONSULTANTS, LLC

Internal Medicine

6310 Health Park Way Suite 120 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941.907.8951 | srqheartcare.com

DO

ABOUT THE PRACTICE Heart Care Consultants is a fullservice cardiovascular medical practice with solo interventional cardiologist and three highly trained ARNP’s, providing consultation services, diagnostic imaging and testing in office, including cardiac and peripheral vascular ultrasound, nuclear stress testing and cardiac PET. We provide in-hospital service and procedures at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, and Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital.

Anna Soendker

SPECIALTIES •

Inter ventional Cardiology Adult Cardiology Nuclear Cardiology

• •

Dr. Vivek Kumar is a solo general and interventional cardiologist, board certified in general nuclear and interventional cardiology. Based in Lakewood Ranch for last five years, with special interests in high risk PCI, pulmonary hypertension, peripheral vascular intervention and TEE. Trained and practiced in Pittsburgh for 15+ years, served as Cath Lab director and Chief of Cardiology at several hospitals in Pittsburgh area before moving to Florida. Serving as Chief of Medicine and Medical Director of Cardiac Cath Lab at LWRMC last 4 years.

HONOREE

LAKEWOOD RANCH OB/GYN

Obstetrics and Gynecology

8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd Suite 140 Bradenton, FL, 34202 | 941.907.9298 lwrobgyn.com

MD

ABOUT THE PRACTICE At Lakewood Ranch Obstetrics & Gynecology, our mission is to provide the highest standard of medical care for women of all ages. We are a full-service practice with obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound and blood drawing services available to most of our patients. Dr. Soendker has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery. If you have gynecological concerns, we will take the time to listen to you in our warm and welcoming office. We perform gynecological surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques. Many of our minor procedures can be performed in our office suite for the convenience and comfort of our patients. Professional, compassionate care is our philosophy.

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Obstetrics Gynecology

Dr. Anna Soendker is a board certified OB/GYN. A native of Belarus, Dr. Soendker completed her medical degree at Grodno State Medical University. While studying in Germany, she met her husband, Nathan, and later immigrated to the United States. Dr. Soendker trained at Covenant Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Dr. Soendker provides obstetrical and gynecological care to patients of all ages. She is trained in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. She has practiced in the Kansas City area for 5 years prior to moving to Sarasota. A mother of four, she enjoys spending time with her family. She loves skiing, sailing, knitting, learning foreign languages and traveling the world.

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PODIATRY

Murphy, Marlene Comprehensive Childcare Associates 2020 Cattlemen Rd, Suite 600 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-955-5191

Graham, Braun H Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center 2255 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-203-1300

License ME72780

License ME36219

Scarano, Joseph Scarano & Taylor Pediatrics 4861 27th St W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-755-0800

Hillstrom, Robert P. Hillstrom Wright Plastic Surgery 5911 N Honore Ave Sarasota, FL 34243 941-355-3223

License ME55634

License ME54913

Sueiro, Rene First Physicans Group 14405 Arbor Green Trl Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-917-7080 License ME102035

PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION Ottaviani, Laura B. Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 License OS7921

PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY Bhanot, Sumeet Bhanot Facial Plastic Surgery 2038 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, FL 34239 941-966-3223

Kotick, James D Blake Medical Center 2020 59th St W Bradenton, FL 34209 855-863-9595

Baldinger, Philip Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists1 800 Cortez Rd W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-217-7220 License PO2417

Frimmel, Robert Sarasota Foot Care Center 2000 Webber, Suite 110 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-757-3091 License PO1919

License ME121445

Leong, Kenneth First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 504 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-952-4001 License ME128087

Van Vliet, Michael M. Blake Medical Center Burn Care Clinic 2020 59th St W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-567-2876

Harte, Garrett Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists 1800 Cortez Rd W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-217-7220 License PO2610

Kepich, Candice A Sarasota Foot Care Center PA 2000 Webber, Suite 110 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-757-3091 License PO3465

License ME123837

Widmyer, Anna Anna Widmyer MD 11509 Palmbrush Trl, Suite 202 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-500-3350 License ME134153

License ME88523

Lasday, Stephen D. West Coast Podiatry Center 1611 53rd Ave W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-753-9599 License PO2382

Vonherbulis, Eric West Coast Podiatry Center 1611 53rd Ave W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-753-9599

Yungst, Paul G. Sarasota Foot Care Center 2000 Webber, Suite 110 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-757-3091 License PO1347

PSYCHIATRY Cohen, Rebecca Rebecca S. Cohen, M.D., LLC 1217 S East Ave, Suite 209 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-404-0545 License ME112405

Edlund, Matthew The Rest Doctor 1241 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-4308 License ME56856

Greeter, Stacy Lynn Stacy Greeter, MD, PLLC 2415 University Pkwy, Suite 219 Sarasota, FL 34243 941-413-0834 License ME128423

Hollen, Jordana Bluestone Psychiatry PLLC 5664 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 203 Sarasota, FL 34233 877-422-9355 License ME119785

Lirio, Stephanie Helping Families Cope 1217 S East Ave, Suite 209 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-702-9978 License ME110691

License PO3826

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Donald Negroski

HONOREE

NEGROSKI NEUROLOGY

Neurology

5741 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 530 Sarasota, FL 34233 | 941.487.2160 yourfloridaneuro.com

MD

ABOUT THE PRACTICE Dr. Negroski established his Sarasota private practice in 1985 and has a distinguished history of providing comprehensive care to adults suffering from neurologic disorders. Along with his partner Valeriy Sabodash, M.D. and Physician Assistant, Daniel Sellers, PA-C, Negroski Neurology specializes in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's, dementia, epilepsy, migraines, Parkinson’s disease as well as diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including EMG, EEG and Botox for migraines and dystonia. By encouraging shared decision making, our patients and providers work together to make decisions, select tests, treatments and care plans based on clinical evidence that balances risks and expected outcomes with patient preferences and values. Negroski Neurology also conducts clinical trials to assist with development of novel therapies for Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological disorders.

J Morgan O'Donoghue

SPECIALTIES • • •

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General Neurology Multiple Sclerosis Migraines

Dr. Donald Negroski completed both his residency, serving as chief resident, and fellowship in neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. In additional to general neurology, he specializes in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. Recognitions include Partner in MS Care by National MS Society, a member of Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis, medical advisor for MS Views & News and clinical assistant professor at Florida State University College of Medicine, Sarasota Campus.

HONOREE

O'DONOGHUE DERMATOLOGY

Dermatology

1952 Field Road, Sarasota, FL 34231 941.926.7546 | Texts: 941.225.2043 dermfirm@gmail.com dermatologyexperts.com

MD

ABOUT J MORGAN O'DONOGHUE With many accolades including “Best Dermatologist in Sarasota,” “America’s Top Dermatologist,” “Most Compassionate Doctor Award,” “Patients’ Choice Award,” and regular recognition by the Consumers’ Research Council of America as one of “America’s Top Physicians,” his patients are in good hands. His private practice in Sarasota specializes in treatment of skin cancer with Mohs Surgery and the treatment of all disorders of the skin, hair and nails. He also provides a variety of cosmetic services, including laser skin resurfacing, Botox®, sclerotherapy, chemical peels, and injectable fillers. Dr. O’Donoghue is a leader in his field with numerous scientific articles published in national peer-reviewed journals and he regularly delivers lectures on the latest treatments for medical and cosmetic dermatological conditions.

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Skin Cancer Mohs Surgeon Diseases of the skin, hair, and nails Cosmetic treatments including injectibles, lasers, and microneedling

Dr. J Morgan O’Donoghue is a graduate from the prestigious Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Tulane University in Internal Medicine and went back to Medstar Georgetown/ WHC to complete his dermatology residency. He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology, is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and is past President and fellow of the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons.

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Reid, Parlane J First Physicians Group 1625 S Osprey Ave Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-7760 License ME48621

RADIATION ONCOLOGY

Hautamaki, Dean R. Premier Physicians of Sarasota 1843 Floyd St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-951-3920 License ME59585

Srur, Barbara P Neuropsychology & Behavioral Health Associates 1991 Hyde Park St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-953-4313 License ME53423

Thomas, Matthew P. First Physicians Group 1650 S Osprey Ave Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-7760 License ME80452

PULMONOLOGY Angsten, Brian Angsten Center for Pulmonary & Sleep Disorders 2914 University Pkwy Sarasota, FL 34243 941-351-9940 License ME78845

Aranibar, Richard Intercoastal Medical Group 11505 Rangeland Pkwy Bradenton, FL 34211 941-362-8662 License ME75531

Burke, Michael W. Gulf Coast Pulmonary and Sleep 5857 21st Ave W, Suite A Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-0611 License ME111430

Hurwitz, Kenneth M. Lung Associates of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 705 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-5864 License ME63644

Morgan, Kisha J. Lung Associates of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 705 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-5864 License ME84177

Mylett, Janine Intercoastal Medical Group 3333 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-379-1799 License ME72529

Peters, John T Matrix Pulmonary 2401 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-744-1336

Fitch, Dwight L. GenesisCare 401 Manatee Ave E, Suite A Bradenton, FL 34208 941-748-4324 License ME95935

Hollen, Tyler R. GenesisCare 3210 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-364-8887 License ME119644

Koshy, Mary GenesisCare 401 Manatee Ave E, Suite A Bradenton, FL 34208 941-748-4324 License ME92795

Silverman, Larry N. GenesisCare 3210 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-364-8887 License ME72235

License OS7555

Reddy, Lakshmi G The Sleep Center of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 705 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-5864 License ME123513

Seaman, Joseph C. Lung Associates of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 705 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-5864

Swor, Gray B. GenesisCare 3210 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-364-8887 License ME79866

RADIOLOGY Mihm, Phillip Radiology Associates of Venice & Englewood 512-516 Nokomis Ave S Venice, FL 34285 941-488-7781 License ME73408

License ME112751

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RHEUMATOLOGY Crager, Kenneth H Pinnacle Medical Group 315 75th St W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-8329 License ME64188

Drucker, Yoel Sarasota Arthritis Center 1945 Versailles St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-0770 License ME70287

Guzman, Luis G. Intercoastal Medical Group 943 S Beneva Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-366-3062 License ME137093

Huguenin, Tatiana Sarasota Arthritis Center 1945 Versailles St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-0770 License ME76578

Johnston, Cindy Sarasota Arthritis Center 1945 Versailles St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-0770 License ME119534

Kelley III, Joe T. Intercoastal Medical Group 943 S. Beneva Rd, Suite 201 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-366-3062 License ME85515

Lyn Shue, Kimberly A. Sarasota Arthritis Center 1945 Versailles St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-0770 License ME134785

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Stephanie K. Lirio

HONOREE

STEPHANIE K. LIRIO, MD

Psychiatry

Board Certified in Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry | 941.702.9978 drliriopsychiatrist.com

MD

ABOUT THE PRACTICE Dr. Stephanie Lirio was raised in Sarasota, graduating from Pine View School. She completed her medical degree from New York Medical College, psychiatry residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and child and adolescent fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. With a double board certification in adult and child/adolescent psychiatry, she is currently in private practice in Sarasota, FL, with specialties in ADHD, anxiety disorders, and mood and eating disorders. She has served on the teaching faculty of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine and Florida State University School of Medicine. She is the staff psychiatrist for Ringling College of Art and Design, and serves as a regional medical director for Greenbrook TMS.

Stelios Rekkas

SPECIALTIES • • • • • •

MANATEE WEIGHT LOSS CENTER

General Surgery

232 Manatee Ave East, Bradenton, FL 34208 | 941.254.4957 msaweightloss.com

MD, FACS, FASMB is a general and bariatric surgeon servicing the community with robotic and minimally invasive procedures for nearly 10 years. His practice offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary bariatric program that is designed to provide patients with education and preparation before and after weight-loss surgery. All patients are expected to follow a dietary and exercise regimen and undergo a psychological evaluation prior to weight-loss surgery. With the support of a top of the line bariatric team, including bariatric coordinators, dietitians, patient advocates, mid-level providers, and nurses, patients are closely monitored every step of the way to ensure they are successful in their weight loss journey. Dr. Rekkas performs most bariatric surgeries robotically at Manatee Memorial Hospital. Manatee Memorial Hospital holds multiple designations, including Aetna Institute of Quality, Blue Distinction Center, and Optum Center of Excellence.

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ADHD Anxiety Depression OCD Eating disorders TMS

I conduct thorough diagnostic evaluations and formulate customized treatment plans for patients and families. In addition to medication management, I provide family support, collaborate with other medical providers and schools, and offer education around behavioral strategies to mitigate mood and anxiety disorders as well as other mental health concerns.

HONOREE

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER? Dr. Stelios Rekkas

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General Surger y Bariatric Surger y Robotic Surger y Weight Loss

Stelios Rekkas, MD, FACS, FASMBS is a general surgeon with focus on minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. He is board certified in general surgery and fellowship trained in minimally invasive robotic and bariatric surgery. Dr. Rekkas was raised in Anna Maria Island, Florida. After graduating from Manatee High School, he went on to graduate with high honors from the University of Florida. He later attended medical school at Florida State University. He completed his General Surgery residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive, Bariatric, and Robotic Surgery at Jackson Hospital in Miami, Florida. Dr. Rekkas specializes in minimally invasive surgeries that provide less scarring, less pain and quicker recovery to his patients. He also is one of the few surgeons in Florida who perform robotic surgery using the daVinci® Robotic Surgery System.

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Manickman, Sampath Gulf Coast Medical Group 8383 S Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34238 941-497-4069 License ME133234

De Rojas, Joaquin O

Mansour, Robin

Center For Sight 2601 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-925-2020

Sarasota Commons Medical Group 4020 Sawyer Rd Sarasota, FL 34233 941-366-7475

Opthalmology

Internal Medicine

License ME139893

Manohar, Jaishree Sarasota Arthritis Center 1945 Versailles St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-0770 License ME116782

McKinley, Brian T Pinnacle Medical Group 315 75th St W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-8329 License ME97774

RISING STARS LESS THAN 5 YEARS IN PRACTICE Andari, Ronald

Gastroenterology

Florida Digestive Disease Specialists 11505 Palmbrush Trl, Suite 200 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-361-1100 License ME140338

Das, Riva

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Florida Surgical Specialists 607 Manatee Ave. E, Suite 102 Bradenton, FL 34208 941-216-3602 License ME132403

License ME141326

Dermarkarian, Patrick G. Spine Surgery

First Physicians Group 1901 Floyd St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9222

License ME140651

License ME141439

Fura, Abraham J Spine Surgery

O'Daly, Andrés E

Ramos Center 100 3rd Ave W, Suite 110 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-662-2621

Orthopedic Surgery

Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

License OS16143

License ME126890

Gard, Kathryn

Obstetrics and Gynecology

First Physicans Group 1921 Waldemere S,t Suite 802 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-7888 License ME 132813

License ME83356

Scheer, Steven J. Optimal Sleep Health 2020 Cattleman Road, Suite 400 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-342-3400 License ME90589

Otte, R. Stephen

Orthopedic Surgery

Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

Dermarkarian, Patrick G. Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 License ME140651

Rheumatology

Intercoastal Medical Group 943 S Beneva Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-366-3062 License ME137093

Harkess, John W

Widmyer, Anna

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Anna Widmyer MD 11509 Palmbrush Trl, Suite 202 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-500-3350 License ME134153

Orthopedic Surgery

Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

Widmyer, David J Nephrology

Florida Kidney Physicians1 500 E Venice Ave, Suite 103 Venice, FL 34292 941-485-4700

License ME132666

License OS15121

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McConnell, Jeremy D Florida Sleep Specialists 5517 21st Ave W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-8383

SPINE SURGERY

License ME141436

Guzman, Luis G.

Loutfi, Rabih H The Sleep Center of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 705 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-5864 License ME101610

Nayak, Neil S

Otolaryngology Ear Nose Throat

Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

SLEEP MEDICINE

Meinhardt, Philip A. Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine 5831 Bee Ridge Rd, Suite 300 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-378-5100 License ME103325

Nguyen, Lam Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655 License ME128077

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Derek Cuff

HONOREE

SUNCOAST ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY & SPORTS MEDICINE

Orthopedic Surgery

836 Sunset Lake Blvd A-205 Venice Fl 34292 | 941.485.1505 suncoastshoulder-elbow.com

MD

ABOUT THE PRACTICE Dr. Cuff specializes in performing minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures as well as complex shoulder and elbow reconstruction. He utilizes state of the art surgical techniques to treat the full spectrum of shoulder and elbow problems. Dr. Cuff has been inducted into the prestigious American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons (ASES) society. He is one of a small group of surgeons in the state of Florida to be given this honor, and he is the only surgeon in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee or Collier counties to achieve Active Member status in this organization. Dr. Cuff has a strong interest in clinical and basic science research of the shoulder and elbow. He has published multiple articles in peer reviewed international journals on these topics.

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Arthroscopic procedures Shoulder and elbow reconstruction

Dr. Cuff graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic residency in Baltimore, MD at the University of Maryland Medical System, and a portion of his training was also at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He went on to complete subspecialty fellowship training in shoulder and elbow surgery in Tampa, FL at The Florida Orthopaedic Institute prior to moving to the Sarasota area.

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Patel, Ashvin I. Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655

Meredith, Kenneth First Physicians Group1 950 Arlington St, Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-3400

Kaplon, Daniel First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 310 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-5400

License ME102313

License ME104278

License ME67502

License ME126038

Sundberg, Eric B. Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 License ME120448

SPORTS MEDICINE

License ME88228

Schafer, Steven J Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 License ME77986

Torrance II, Ron Regenexx Tampa Bay 2401 University Pkwy, Suite 104 Sarasota, FL 34243 941-357-1773 License OS14664

SURGICAL ONCOLOGY Briceno, Pedro J. First Physicians Group 1950 Arlington St, Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-3400

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UROLOGY Akary, Eihab GenesisCare 3325 S Tamiami Trl, Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8488 License ME139247

Lamar, Daniel Coastal Orthopedics 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-792-1404

License OS105330

Kazil, Jenna Florida Surgical Clinic 701 Manatee Ave W, Suite105 Bradenton, FL 34205 727-787-4379

Allen, Bryan Urology Partners 200 3rd Ave W, Suite 210 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-792-0340 License ME120341

Bilik, A Joseph Florida Urology Specialists 1 S School Ave, Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-309-7000 License ME73513

Carey, Robert First Physicans Group 1921 Waldemere St, Suite 310 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-5400 License ME90072

Castellucci, Sean A Urology Partners 200 3rd Ave W, Suite 210 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-792-0340 License OS11276

Green, Joshua T. GenesisCare 3325 S Tamiami Trl, Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8488

Klutke, Carl GenesisCare 842 Sunset Lake Blvd, Suite 403 Venice, FL 34292 941-485-3351 License ME118479

Perry, Matthew J. Florida Urology Specialists 1 S School Ave, Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-309-7000 License ME97146

Ruane, Thomas J. GenesisCare 842 Sunset Lake Blvd, Suite 403 Venice, FL 34292 941-485-3351 License ME62037

Tingle, William J Florida Urology Specialists 1 S School Ave, Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-309-7000 License ME59349

VASCULAR SURGERY Halaby, Issam A. Surgical Associates of Venice & Englewood 436 Nokomis Ave S Venice, FL 34285 941-488-7742 License ME83954

Lepore, Michael R. Sarasota Vascular Specialists 600 N Cattlemen Rd, Suite 220 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-371-6565 License ME81013

Nair, Deepak G. Sarasota Vascular Specialists 600 N Cattlemen Rd, Suite 220 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-371-6565 License ME99082

Silverman, Steven H. Tampa Bay Surgical Group 1215 S. East Avenue, Suite 307 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-312-6196 License ME50587

Suplee, Ryan S Intercoastal Medical Group 3333 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-341-0042 License ME124998

Torres, Vivian Tampa Bay Surgical Group 5860 Ranch Lake Blvd, Suite 200 Bradenton, FL 34202 941-504-8248 License ME118443

License ME69452

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Vivian Torres

HONOREE

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VENAS VASCULAR SPECIALISTS

Vascular Surgery

6600 University Parkway, Suite 305 Lakewood Ranch, FL | 941.504.8248 myveins@venasvascular.com venasvascular.com

MD

WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART FROM OTHERS?

SPECIALTIES

At VENAS Vascular Specialists, we believe in a patient-centered, holistic and conservative approach to treating vein disease. As a bilingual and board-certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Torres stays up-to-date with the latest advances in vascular procedures and offers in-office minimally invasive treatments that are virtually painless and require little to no downtime. These procedures are covered under most insurance plans, including Medicare. Our ultimate goal is to improve each patient's quality of life by providing compassionate care and giving them tools necessary to live a longer, healthier life and resume activities they enjoy.

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Vein Disease/Varicose Veins Wound Care Peripheral Arter y Disease Dialysis Access Carotid Arter y Stenosis

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Torres followed in the footsteps of a long lineage of doctors and graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine Magna Cum Laude. After completing her Vascular Surgery fellowship in Michigan, Dr. Torres moved to Naples and then to Sarasota to be closer to family. In her spare time, Dr. Torres enjoys paddleboarding, mountain biking and relaxing by the water with family and friends.

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TOP DOCTORS METHODOLOGY SUMMARY DataJoe Research is a software and research company specializing in data collection and verification, and conducts various nominations across the United States on behalf of publishers. To create the "top doctors" list, DataJoe Research facilitated an online peer-voting process, also referencing government sources. DataJoe then tallied the votes per category for each doctor to isolate the top nominees in each category. After collecting nominations and additional information, DataJoe checked and confirmed that each published winner had a current, active license status with the state regulatory board. If we were not able to find evidence of a doctor's current, active registration with the state regulatory board, that doctor was excluded from the list. In addition, any doctor who has been disciplined, up to the time-frame of our review process for an infraction by the state regulatory board, was excluded from the list. Finally, DataJoe presented the tallied result to the magazine for its final review and adjustments. FINAL NOTE We recognize that there are many good doctors who are not shown in this representative list. This is only a sampling of the huge array of talented professionals within the region. Inclusion in the list is based on the opinions of responding doctors in the region and the results of our research campaign. We take time and energy to ensure fair voting, although we understand that the results of this survey nomination are not an objective metric. We certainly do not discount the fact that many, many good and effective doctors may not appear on the list. DISCLAIMERS DataJoe uses best practices and exercises great care in assembling content for this list. DataJoe does not warrant that the data con-

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