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If the social media culture has taught us anything, it’s that Instagram eats first—our obsession in documenting meals before taking the first bite. Dish Art has become the new Mona Lisa and, more than ever, presentation, garnish and innovation are at the forefront of plating. Though that ceviche might only last a few minutes on the table, it’s on social media forever. In the spirit of the new 21st-century tradition, SRQ Magazine challenged local chefs with a fine arts twist by pairing each with selected local artists’ works of art to invent inspired dishes. A mash-up of “Say Cheese” and “More Cheese Please,” these drool-worthy dishes are as delicious as they are picturesque. Compiled by Ariel Chates | Photography by Wyatt Kostygan.

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Below: On Lisa’s War, by artist Mike Solom0n. A friend and inspiration to the artist, Dr. Lisa Merritt is founder and director of the Multicultural Health Institute in Newtown and daughter of the late artist Eleanor Merritt. A practicing physician, Dr. Merritt can be seen here in her PPE, which Solomon found both symbolically striking and compositionally pleasing for a portrait, making particular note of the colors.


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Mike Solomon of the portraits comprising his latest exhibition, Scenes from the Pandemic, currently on display at the Sarasota Art Museum. Drawn in colored pencil, the series captures, in part, the long terrible arc of that period in 2020, beginning as a tribute to black doctors and essential workers but ultimately spiraling into an emotional account of protesters and journalists under assault in a world caught on fire and an artist coming to terms with what he sees. Though isolated from his studio while caring for his mother during the pandemic, he couldn’t ignore the images on TV, the photographs arriving daily on the doorstep or his artist’s instinct gnawing at his inactivity. “A dissatisfaction with being more remote than I wanted to be in terms of activism,” Solomon says. “I didn’t want to be outside of it looking in.” And in those photographs, he found himself struck by a particular aspect of the social unrest unfolding before him. “There are black doctors helping anyone who walks through the door,” he says. “Yet they take their scrubs off and walk outside and they might get shot. Can you imagine that?” So the renowned abstract artist picked up a colored pencil and tried something he hadn’t done in near 50 years:

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draw from a photograph. And as he did, he embarked on both an artistic and emotional journey. Solomon admits to a certain “philosophical prejudice” against drawing from photo references, saying that he never quite understood why an artist would spend their time on such a pursuit when the photograph already exists. “Now I do,” he says. Not only did Solomon find the exercise an artistic challenge, more engaging and difficult than he had previously supposed, but he also found that, in forcing himself to absorb each image in minute detail and re-create it from his own hand, it awakened greater compassion for his subjects. “I go down into this little world and the empathy emerges,” he says. “It’s a way of digesting it in an empathetic way you wouldn’t normally.” It’s an empathy that Solomon hopes his audience can partake in, if they just take a moment to stop and really see what has happened on their and his collective watch. And if the images in the papers didn’t get the point across, maybe seeing them in a different context will. “As soon as it becomes a ‘work of art,’ people stop a lot longer,” Solomon says. “That’s just the magic of art—it slows the moment down.” SRQ

Below left: Artist Mike Solomon. One of Solomon’s biggest surprises came as an abstract artist trying to capture accurate skin tones and discovering how complex skin color really is. “We all put each other in little boxes and we have these one-word descriptors for people,” he says. “But then you start breaking it down and you see all this diversity within someone.” Below right: On Doctor and COVID-19 Patient: “That one came right out of the Times,” Solomon says, rattling off remembered details from months ago of the beloved doctor from SUNY downstate who passed from COVID-19. One of the first portraits Solomon made, before he even envisioned a series, the story stays with him. “He lost his life helping people,” the artist says.


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TO CARVE OUT A SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS A SOLO ARTIST, ambition must be a hunger as undeniable as the need for sustenance itself. It must

be an insatiable appetite appeased only by continual labor and even then but briefly. But as Raleigh Mosely, Ariel Blue and Derric Gobourne Jr. came to find out, not even solo artists have to eat alone. Already stars on the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) stage, Raleigh Mosely, Ariel Blue and Derric Gobourne Jr. each harbored ambitions for an artistic identity that extended beyond the ensemble but each struggled to realize those ambitions alone. Joining forces, they created a collaborative partnership where they could workshop material, write together and hold each other accountable to their dreams. They named it RAD, borrowing a letter from each member’s first name. Not a band, each member of RAD retains their own artistic identity and holds ultimate control over their art. “We’re three different artists and three different individuals,” emphasizes Gobourne. But each can take advantage of the collective creativity of the group, bringing a melody, a verse, a chorus or even just an idea to the others and enlisting their help cultivating this seed to full bloom. “It’s actual chemistry,” Gobourne continues. “We get each other musically.” Mosely agrees. “We already had such a great relationship that writing songs and producing songs together was really easy,” he says. “We know what each other’s thinking and can crank out a song in a few hours.” This mental shorthand extends to recognition of the subtleties behind each member’s sound and style, so that the group can collaborate without sacrificing what makes each of them distinct artists. “It’s dope to have that connection,” Mosely says. As for Blue, she loves the discipline and drive that RAD brings to the work. “It’s good to have people around you who say, ‘No, let’s do it now, not wait,’” she says. And little more than a year after RAD first formed, all three members have a new album out and even bigger plans for the future. SRQ 18 | srq magazine_ NOV20 live local



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srqist THE MULTIMEDIA MASTER Before RAD, Ariel Blue found herself pulled in a hundred directions at once, singing all around town with WBTT and whoever would book a gig. She kept busy but lacked a personal brand and never got around to making the album she dreamed of. Today, Blue stakes out a colorful claim on the creative marketplace with a monthly newsletter called The Blue Print, an upcoming vlog dubbed The Blue Light Special and a four-track EP marking her solo debut, titled simply B.L.U.E. “It takes discipline,” she says, “but I’ve learned to be consistent about putting out content.” In The Blue Print, readers get an inside look at Blue’s musical process and proclivities. An adjunct to her musical aspirations, she keeps it short and focused on the art and her personal approach, being careful not to stray off topic into politics or ramblings. As a point of continual engagement with her fans, she often shares playlists to show what she’s listening to and where she finds influence. With the launch of the vlog, she hopes to go even more in depth with her fans, who will be able to leave comments and engage with Blue, as well as other artists in the community, who can join her on video to talk about their craft and the local arts scene. But it’s B.L.U.E., the debut EP, that has Blue most excited. “It’s new territory,” she says. “It’s the sounds that I like.” More R&B-tinged and hip-hop-flavored than the soul and Motown sounds she’s known for through WBTT, Blue draws more inspiration from the likes of Mary J. Blige than Martha and the Vandellas for this first solo outing, mining lived experiences to project strength and empowerment. The emotionally charged “Love Rehab,” for example, recounts a semiautobiographical story of a young woman choosing herself and her dreams over a romantic relationship that holds her back. And Blue is ready to stop holding back and introduce audiences to the artist they didn’t know they didn’t know. “I hope they get another side of me,” she says, “and realize that it’s never too late to do something new.”

THE THROWBACK TO THE FUTURE Plenty of audiences have seen Raleigh Mosely onstage before, but he wonders if they’ve ever actually seen him. “Onstage, I am basically clay for somebody else’s vision, somebody else’s dream,” he says. With his new album, Leave a Message, Mosely shows them what they’ve been missing. “It allows people to see me more personally and understand me more personally,” he says. “I can put more of my own personal touch in my own music.” Mosely has had melodies and lyrics dancing around in his head since high school, near-complete songs that he could never bring himself to finish, always questioning, always busy. But with RAD at his back, these long-gestating projects sprung to full form in a matter of months and Mosely can finally tell his own stories. On tracks like “Why’d You Have to Go?,” borne from Mosely’s experience with a close friend exiting his life, ideas he’s held in his head since high school find life. “It’s not about love, but it could be,” he says enigmatically, before answering the bigger question on his mind: “I hope people can get Raleigh and can understand me, because there’s so much of me on there.” Heavy on the gospel sound but with a solid R&B lean, FreightSans BookItalic reflects Mosely’s roots and inspirations as an artist with one foot in the past and the other treading toward the future. “I grew up in church,” he says, but was undoubtedly steeped in the sounds and atmosphere of ’90s R&B, making special mention of vocal trio SWV and Lauryn Hill, whose music he still loves. “I used to want to be born in the ’70s,” he says, “so I could be a teenager in the ’90s.” An obsession with New Jack Swing rounds out Mosely’s personal acoustic soundscape and injects its own infectious energy into the mix. “It’s an homage to a throwback sound,” he says, “but it’s 2020, so it’s the future too.”

THE GALLANT GO-GETTER “First and foremost, I’ve always wanted to be the greatest entertainer of all time.” So the conversation opens with Derric Gobourne Jr., the youngest member of RAD and the one whose wide range of projects might seem scattered if not for the endless energy he exudes but never exhausts. At 22, he’s already released his debut album, 2018’s Supremacy, which built a following in Japan but the artist now considers it underwhelming. “My ego got in the way of the first album being all it could be.” He tours local schools and Boys & Girls Clubs with a show that’s part concert, part motivational speech, featuring original music and all wrapped around a simple premise: “You can do whatever you want, just do it through love and not for love.” And earlier this year he wrangled together 35 artists from around the world to remotely record and produce the sprawling social justice anthem “Make Time for Love,” raising money to prevent child abuse. Childhood, as a concept, seems to factor heavily into Gobourne’s world. He revisits his own regularly. “It makes you pure,” he says, “and keeps you lighthearted.” He already talks of nostalgia and marks moments in time by the music he listened to. One of his greatest influences remains one of his oldest friends: Barney the dinosaur, something he revealed only recently on the WBTT stage, performing a song named “Childhood.” “The message is the same for me and him,” says Gobourne, “World peace and love.” But for all this, Gobourne still waits for audiences to see the real him. “Most people don’t know me as a singer,” he says. “They know me as a dancer.” Maybe the new album, infused with creative insight from his time with RAD, will change that. Titled Shine, the album sees Gobourne remain true to his New Jack Swing roots while infusing an array of formidable inspirations, including more than a bit of ParliamentFunkadelic. “This album is much more funk-oriented than the first.” and a whole lot of Stevie Wonder, particularly Songs in the Key of Life. Inspired by his collaboration with Blue and Mosely, the album features more than a few guest artists and instrumentalists to fill out the sound. “It’s an upgrade,” he says, “but still has the classic Derric Gobourne sound.” SRQ 20 | srq magazine_ NOV20 live local



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In the wake of COVID-19, performance arts organizations scrambled toward an uncertain future. Andrew Fabian MONDAY, MARCH 16 WAS THE WORST DAY OF REBECCA HOPKINS’ CAREER. As managing director

of the Florida Studio Theatre (FST), it was the day she and her husband, Richard, producing artistic director of FST, gathered the entire staff to give them the bad news. “We ended up laying off 70 people,” she says. “It was really hard, but you have to act quick to protect the theatre.” FST was having a banner year, with sold-out productions and its ambitious Suffragist Project garnering praise for its celebration of women’s rights. Then American Son closed a week early, Light My Fire lost 13 weeks, Paralyzed never opened, nor did The Legend of Dorothy McBride, two cabaret shows and six summer productions. “When you talk about things I feared most,” Hopkins says, “it was hurricanes, the slow attrition of audiences—a pandemic wiping us out in a month was not on the list.”

Hopkins was not alone. Gordon Greenfield, chief operating officer of the Sarasota Orchestra, was sitting at one of the orchestra’s POPS productions when the order came from Governor Ron DeSantis that restricted gatherings of 100 or more people. The pandemic had not hit Florida particularly hard at that point, but the anxiety had already scared ticket holders away—the concert hall was only a third full. “We were upset, nervous, scared,” he says, “but mostly disappointed.” Of course, once the scale of the virus reared its ugly head like Godzilla from the depths, Greenfield says it dwarfed the disappointment. The orchestra canceled its remaining shows for March. Then April. Then the rest of the season. “Early on, nobody knew how long this would last, so we were shutting things down in increments,” he says. Across the region, other executives and artistic directors shared in Greenfield’s disappointment and, like Hopkins, had their own worst days. Altogether, more than 200 productions and programs from the performance arts landscape were nixed from calendars, casualties of “The Invisible Enemy”. Venues once laden with the intangible electricity of shared human experiences now sat empty, the tightly packed seats affixed with invisible scarlet letters that read “public health risk.”

“There’s a connection between an orchestra and an audience,” says Greenfield. “Any musician at a concert tells you that they can feel that audience.” It’s the same connection that makes a live orchestral performance more visceral than even the highest fidelity speakers allow or a rock concert more exciting than its corresponding recorded music. In performance art, it’s all about the humans on and off the stage. In the absence of live productions, Hopkins, Greenfield and others began grappling with how to remain solvent and how to keep all of those humans connected without hugs, handshakes, applause or cheers. Without performances, how do performance arts organizations remain relevant? And so the scrambling began to answer that question. Digital productions in performance art are not a new concept and offer the most obvious opportunity. The Met in New York City set the gold standard for videography in opera, while Cirque du Soleil enjoyed a measure of critical and commercial success with some of their cinematic video productions. But these organizations have enormous budgets and production crews on speed dial, both of which allowed them to corner a market largely out of reach for regional arts organizations. And even Cirque filed for bankruptcy at the end of June of this year amid evaporating ticket sales and fiscal mismanagement.

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The Ghost of Rodney King FOLLOWING THE 1992 LOS ANGELES UPRISING, as a city struggled to rebuild and a nation closed its eyes

and tried to forget, a playwright and professor named Anna Deavere Smith picked through the rubble collecting interviews with those involved on all sides—police officers, politicians, protesters, rioters, jurors— and those who picked no side at all—truck drivers and shopkeeps and witnesses. From this assemblage of recollection and firsthand accounts she created the Tony Award-winning play, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, as a series of monologues taken verbatim from her interviews. With only two shows this season, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training needed a play that could do some heavy lifting—something that could satisfy its twin missions of providing exciting theater to the public while promoting the advanced education of its class of young actors. For Conservatory Director Greg Leaming, Twilight more than fit the bill, it made the bill. “It is an ideal project for right now and an ideal piece for our students,” Leaming says. Though originally a one-woman show, the format allowed for an easy breakdown, with each Conservatory student taking charge of a handful of monologues. “It’s an artistic workout as well as a cultural workout,” says Leaming, as each actor must master the mindset and mannerisms of multiple characters. “It’s turned out to be a wonderful vehicle for our students,” he says. “It allows them to show off at a very high level and it’s a great introduction to their range of skills.” And that the content directly speaks to the current political upheaval only makes it better for the students and the audience, as far as Leaming is concerned. “It forces them and us to address all of these issues and from as many perspectives as possible,” he says. “And as politically charged as it is, it’s also a really exciting piece of theater.” Directed by Benny Sato Ambush, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 will be available to stream in early December. — Phil Lederer SRQ

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“Only the Met has been able to make a financial success out of their video productions,” says Richard Russell, executive director of the Sarasota Opera. The Sarasota Opera dug into its archives and pulled tapings from last season to share with its ticket holders, but the archival videos are made with a single camera offset stage left—hardly a production that can compete with the sweeping, multi-camera Met broadcasts presented around the nation in movie theatres (which were also closed for much of the pandemic). “That level of production is prohibitively expensive,” he says, not to mention it takes years to develop into a polished product worthy of the exacting standards of classically trained performers. On top of that, the digital marketplace for video content suddenly found itself crowded with organizations clamoring for viewers, making the monetization of digital content all the more difficult. With the short-term prospects of revenue for virtual performances already dubious at best, another wrinkle in their production comes courtesy of actors’ unions. “It costs the same to put on virtual shows as it does in-person,” says Julie Leach, executive director of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT). The Actors’ Equity Association, the largest union for live theatrical performers, maintains a high standard of employment for theatre performers (the American Guild of Musical Artists represents opera and ballet personnel). The union ensures that actors are compensated fairly for their time whether the production occurs in front of a live audience or remotely. Like Russell, Leach found that the cost of producing high-quality virtual performances makes it nearly impossible to recoup the investment when most digital consumers already expect digital content to be cheap. Furthermore, Actors’ Equity has the final say on when members of its union can safely return to the stage, which poses obvious casting issues for WBTT, FST, Urbanite, Asolo and other theatre companies in the region. In Russell’s conversations with other operas around the US and among area arts organizations— conversations that included arts executives already mentioned—the consensus is that most companies can only reasonably aspire to use technology as a tool for audience development. “In a normal year, we’re done at the end of March,” says Russell, “so the virtual content is a great way to stay connected to the people who love the live product.” Fans of the Sarasota Opera and other organizations became well acquainted with what quickly became a ubiquitous feature of the digital arts landscape.

Actors, musicians and dancers all began producing intimate, homemade streams for their respective companies. The opera made impromptu visits around town with a performer and piano for spontaneous performances in public, then filmed the outings to share with its ticket holders. WBTT launched a series of interviews with Nate Jacobs and some of the company’s regular performers. The Sarasota Orchestra’s “Music Moves Us” series featured cellphone-shot videos of musicians performing from their homes, with pets and kids making cameos in many. The hope was that the endearing intimacy and behind-the-scenes appeal of these offerings would keep the organizations engaged with their audience and signal, “We’re still here; we’re in this together; we can’t wait to see you again.” But some organizations and forums have a longer history of pivoting baked into their ethos than others. “One thing that’s unique to our organization is that we’re pretty adaptable,” says Jennifer Mitchell, Vice President and COO of The Circus Arts Conservatory (CAC). “This is not the first time we’ve had to pivot,” she says, referring to the way the circus arts survived the Spanish Flu, Great Depression and two world wars. “You can look at these setbacks and say, ‘Wow, what a terrible thing,’ or you can ask, ‘Now what?’” Though CAC also has an archive of videos from past shows, broadcastquality virtual performances were similarly out of reach on such short notice, so CAC and every other prominent performance organization turned to programming more readily adaptable to the new normal. Education initiatives became the centerpiece of summer content strategies—capitalizing on an audience caged at home with a screen often the only window into the world outside. The Sarasota Opera put together a two-week camp to replace its annual summer offerings, with free tuition that came as a lifesaver for parents treading water while coordinating meaningful screen time for their kids. “We were really happy with the response,” says Russell. “We had around 50 kids for the camp.” The circus launched CAC Connects, a series of videos that used resident clowns and circus arts to teach science topics like Newton’s laws of motion. CAC also deployed their in-house aerialist, Olga Coronas, to lead an ongoing series of exercise and flexibility streams geared toward circus-specific fitness. Later editions featured Coronas and her daughter for a mommy-and-me routine that offered parents and kids a constructive outlet for burning through some of the angst of being confined.

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A Quinceañera in Quarantine “WE NEED TO BE ACTIVE,” says Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, founder and artistic director of Sarasota Contemporary Dance. “If we’re not, we’re not using the gift that we’ve been given.” And that’s the attitude defining this 15th season for the dance company, as it celebrates its quinceañera and enters a new chapter. “It’s a miracle and it’s a huge honor,” says Wilmott, the Cuban-American dancer who has shepherded her company and her dancers through lean times and shifting identities—from stage to stage until they found a home of their own two years ago in the Rosemary District, where they have since flourished, in no small part through the continued support of a small-but-growing, loyal fanbase. It’s this mix of pride and gratitude that permeates SCD’s quinceañera season, exemplified in a pair of shows that stand as both statements of professional accomplishment and heartfelt thanks for those who helped along the way. In January, the 15th annual Dance Makers concert comes to the Cook Theater, bringing dancers from around the country but also featuring a brand new homegrown collaboration between Wilmott herself and Mark Dancigers, a fellow New College professor and the director of the New Music New College program. Conceived as a series of etudes and vignettes to stretch and challenge the two colleagues, Wilmott describes the process as something both cathartic and exploratory of the body as instrument. “I know that I’ve embodied work,” she says. “I have a lot of information in my body that needs to get out.” But the final show of the season is a tribute show and not one to a dancer but to a patron, Muriel G. Mayers, whose name adorns the box office. “She’s been my biggest fan,” says Wilmott, who asked Mayers to pick a selection of her own favorite SCD productions over the years and curated the final show of the season from her choices. “It’s giving her the show that she desires.” And as a result, audiences will get a chance to see SCD choreography that no one has seen for 13 years. All shows will be presented both onstage and virtually through a multi-camera setup. Masks are required for live audiences and social distancing will be enforced. — Phil Lederer SRQ

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Images courtesy of Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Photo by Sorcha Augustine.

But no organization built a bigger monument to online learning than the Sarasota Ballet. Its Margaret Barbieri Conservatory offers aspiring preprofessional dancers a chance to train in a high-intensity professional environment. When the conservatory shut down for the pandemic, educational director Christopher Hird and his roster of world-class instructors transitioned the entire curriculum online. As many as 50 classes per week were being offered free of charge to conservatory students as well as members of the Sarasota Ballet School and Dance – The Next Generation, the company’s program for at-risk youth. Like the orchestra’s musician spotlights, the ballet’s videos featured Hird and others in their own homes, using countertops as barres and pirouetting across their tile and linoleum floors. If audience engagement and education came to serve as stand-ins for paying ticket holders and packed theatres, performance arts organizations found varying levels of success. Though most of the virtual programming targeted folks already orbiting the organizations, the scale and demographics of social media campaigns and video shorts increased the visibility of their respective brands. The educational outreach cemented these organizations as important parts of the community, offering parents a temporary haven from the dark spiral of binge-watching and video games many kids found themselves in during the dog days of summer. But there was still a sense that these virtual programs would be temporary measures, that things would be back to normal in the fall and the pandemic would be a shrinking object in a rearview mirror. The reality is much murkier. The virus that was supposed to miraculously disappear in the summer lingered through the stricter periods of the shutdown. Whether it was buffeted by the debate over mask efficacy or the consequences of reopening too early remains a hot-button issue, but nonetheless, infection rates spiked dramatically in June and July, surpassing positive cases from the first wave of the virus in March and April. “I don’t know how it became a political issue when really it should just be a public health issue,” says Michael Donald Edwards of Asolo Repertory Theatre. Like directors and executives from other organizations, Edwards has been elbow deep in the ever-evolving machinations of

operating Asolo under the strain of uncertainty, but he cannot help but feel let down by political leadership. “I’m dismayed at the failure of leadership to stymie the virus,” he says, “and without any clear plan, the responsibility has been passed on to people like me.” Rather than settling into a likely return to “normal,” each leader instead must gaze down into a rabbit hole of possibilities for the upcoming season. “How can you plan and budget in this kind of uncertainty?” asks Edwards. The solution, for better or worse, is to meet the precarious moment with a precarious plan of action. Each organization must invariably be prepared for multiple possibilities. “We’re planning for every eventuality,” says Edwards, “but we have to be prepared to come back quickly if the picture changes.” The expansion of virtual programming remains the most viable option for many arts organizations to remain relevant and survive the uncertainty. The Sarasota Ballet decided early on that its first three performances would get a two- or three-camera treatment along with behind-the-scenes interviews that they hope will enrich the virtual product. “We got tired of all the what-ifs,” says Iain Webb of the Sarasota Ballet, “and felt we needed to make something bold and creative.” The ballet, which already had its own in-house videographer, put together what can almost be considered a full-blown docuseries—complete with rehearsal footage and guest appearances by some of the biggest names in ballet choreography. The Sarasota Ballet and every other organization continues to develop an operational strategy that, like a little black dress, works for any situation. Across the region, organizations continue to weigh their options as the pandemic continues to rattle their decision trees. For art forms and institutions that have been stalwarts of civilization for centuries, these practices in nimbleness and flexibility remain a constant source of discomfort. Will the crises precipitate change and growth? “At some point we as directors of these organizations have to accept that we are now directors of new media,” says Edwards, “and we’re going to get to a point where we just create new work for the new reality.” And that reality is subject to change. SRQ

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Yes, he’s black. Yes, he’s an artist. And yes, some of his most high-profile moments have come through his provocative 20-year exploration of the iconographic power of the Confederate flag known as The Recoloration Proclamation. But even this represents only a fraction of the artist’s activity, coordinate points in a greater body of work defined more by repeated action and ritual than any one exhibition or art object. A magnum opus pieced together in the secrecy of plain sight and that seeks to become more than the sum of its many, many parts.


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has been built requires TO SEE WHAT seeing the world as John Sims does—as a multitude of systems and endless cycles obeying unknowable laws in the throes of endless and unpredictable stimuli. The human experience, at both the individual and community level, emerges from the precarious balance of an everchanging confluence of concerns, needs and myriad foci all hurtling through the national consciousness in “chaotic orbits” that appear and recede, overlap and amplify, obscure and engulf in a massive “geometry of conflict” that defines the fluidity of cultural existence. Sims doesn’t pretend to understand all of the complexities of these systems or hold any particular predictive talent, but he cannot ignore the possibility of what one could accomplish if they figured out how to affect even just one system in the right way. To offset that balance to a new equilibrium. With the right tool at the right time, could one man change the world? “Small perturbations can create gigantic outcomes,” Sim booms with an audible grin. “And my work hovers around the places that are ready to explode.”

Shock the System and Hang the Confederacy

“I’m hunting down your symbols and bringing them to justice.” —JOHN SIMS

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Granted, sometimes Sims lights the match himself, such as when he kicked off The Recoloration Proclamation in 2001 in the face of a KKK rally in St. Petersburg, handing out his own recolored Confederate flag bumper stickers to counterprotesters, Old Dixie reimagined in the red, black and green of the Black Liberation flag. Or when he followed it up with an exhibition in Harlem in 2002, advertising the show by draping a big honking orange and green Confederate flag out front. On both occasions, Sims found himself confronted by anger, first by a protester who saw Sims’s bumper stickers as “bastardizing the sacred colors” of the Pan-African flag and then by a black Harlemite who didn’t take kindly to a Confederate flag in his neighborhood, regardless of its colors. (The former nearly came to blows, but Sims simply recorded both confrontations for inclusion in an experimental film to be released as soon as the project reaches its 20-year conclusion. Other highlights include a Civil War sci-fi narrative about gay marriage, racism and time traveling, featuring a bit part by ’70s-porn-star-turnedperformance-artist Annie Sprinkle, the San Francisco icon.) And sometimes Sims admittedly tosses a blazing torch into the powder magazine of white supremacy itself, such as 2004’s The Proper Way to Hang a Confederate Flag, an outdoor installation that called for the Confederate flag to be publicly hanged from a 13-foot gallows and displayed for three weeks at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. Local papers called it a lynching. Sims called it apropos. “I’m hunting down your symbols and bringing them to justice,” he says, “like you were coming through my community looking for black men to hang.”

Cue the death threats. Cue the phone calls with the FBI. Cue the college folding and reducing the exhibition from a three-week outdoor affair with a full gallows to a brief appearance in the corner of an indoor gallery sans gallows. Sims boycotted. The installation would show in various compromised iterations over the years, including a 2006 exhibition alongside Dread Scott’s iconic What is the proper way to display a U.S. flag? at Ringling College of Art & Design, the first institution to actually construct a gallows for the piece, but Sims’s full vision would not be realized until a 2017 exhibition at the Kennedy Museum of Art, 13 years later. In the meantime, Sims finished another 13-year piece of The Recoloration Proclamation: TheAfroDixieRemixes, a 13-track album reimagining Dixie through the lens of black musical traditions such as blues, gospel, funk, hip-hop, calypso and more. Twinkle performs the opening track, but aficionados of the local scene will recognize names like Michael Mendez, Kenny Drew Jr., Geno Mays and Skunk Boogie, among others. Amid these goings-on, in 2010, Sims introduced a new project, SquareRoot of Love, named for one of his poems and presented as a dual exhibition in New York City with provocative performance artist and poet Karen Finley. An experiment in good feelings blending poetry, math, visual art, food, wine, politics and conversation, the event went well but lacked the headline punch of a black man hanging the Confederate flag and slipped by largely unnoticed.

A Strange Coincidence and Taking the Long View Sims doesn’t mind taking his time, revisiting and retreading, reimagining and recoloring, observing year after year the minute changes in the geometry of conflict, trying to chart those chaotic orbits. Often, Sims finds his work speaking to an emerging national conversation, not because of any fire he started but because he’d been staring into those embers all along. After all, decades before STEAM was the buzzword du jour of academic administrators and marketers of every stripe, Sims was constructing a visual mathematics curriculum at Ringling College to ease the cultural tension between math and art and break down the stereotypes surrounding who’s good at math and who’s not. And he’s been hosting Pi Day events every March, combining art, math, politics and food for all who attend. But some fires burn hotter than others. It was 2015 and the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and Sims arranged a 13-state burial of the Confederate flag, recruiting 13 teams across the country to join together for complementary services to take place on Memorial Day, May 25. The imagery was respectful, the tone one of healing and a desire to lay old wounds to rest. Less than two months later, a neoARTWORK IMAGERY COURTESY OF JOHN SIMS.

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Confederate named Dylann Roof walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and killed nine congregants, including senior pastor and state Senator Clementa C. Pinckney. By July 4 of that year, Sims had organized a response that spanned communities in all 50 states of the union—the ceremonial burning of the Confederate flag. In the wake of the massacre, Sims began to hold these Burn and Bury events every year on Memorial Day, joined by fellow activists, artists and allies for emotionally complex proceedings steeped in anger, sadness, hope, healing and remembrance in search of resolution. “Kind of like Afro Passover,” he says. “It brings us back to the pain, so the transformative healing can move us forward.” At the same time, Sims revived the SquareRoot of Love project, breathing new life into the idea and even taking it international. The year 2017 saw Sims in a bookstore in Paris, screening films and welcoming local poets for readings, while everyone enjoyed the company and the debut of a new Bordeaux blend created in collaboration with a vineyard in Saint-Émilion, Sims’s poem printed on the label. The following year, SquareRoot of Love grew to straddle the Atlantic with dual shows in both New York City and Paris. The Paris show, scheduled for Valentine’s Day, coincided with the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In tribute to the victims and survivors, Sims brought the event to Sarasota in 2019 as SquareRoot of Love: Broken Heart, screening an animated video of an open letter he sent to Senator Marco Rubio, asking the Republican legislator to join calls for more gun control. A SquareRoot of Love show full of contributors went off without a hitch and without Sims 4,500 miles away in Paris. A local Sarasota TV station aired part of the video, but the fact that a local artist had created a yearly arts event that connected American artists with Parisian counterparts over a shared love of the humanities, again, went largely uncelebrated. Sims didn’t mind this either. Between the Burn and Bury memorials, the SquareRoot of Love exhibitions and his yearly Pi Day events celebrating the union of math and art and good food and good company (see a pattern?), his schedule was filling up rapidly and he was beginning to see more value in the growing number of artists and restaurateurs and community leaders on the program, the regular attendees who came year after year, than in temporary headlines and fleeting infamy. “Part of my practice,” Sims says, “has moved into the space of creating rituals.”

The Power of Ritual and A Paradigm Shift SquareRoot of Love in February. Pi Day in March. Burn and Bury in May. What began as disparate art projects began to look like rituals and cultural traditions, landmarks on one of the most fundamental orbits of all—the calendar.

The passage of the Earth itself through space and time. Sims was no longer shocking the system with in-your-face artistic jolts but asserting systemic influence through repeated action. “Creating periodic cycles within these chaotic landscapes,” he says, “that give a sense of identity and support to hold on to the things that we value.” Like wave amplification, each feeds the other, year after year, growing more powerful in society’s undercurrents. “That builds a rhythm,” Sims continues. “It becomes musical. It becomes a systemic part of the culture, where it seeps in in a very powerful way.” And with this revelation comes the necessary reevaluation of prior work and priorities. It’s a paradigm shift that upends the artist’s value system and deprioritizes the created art object in deference to something more ephemeral and intangible—a lived experience that may involve visual art, poetry, food, wine, music and conversation, but transcends each individual element to amount to something more. “All the visual art stuff, all the hard-copy stuff, all the sculptures and stuff—it’s not important,” Sims says, innervated beyond his usual laconic drone. “What’s important is the ritual that comes out of it. That’s the stuff that can transmute, transform and push the culture forward.” Not even a project Sims spent 13 years fighting for is immune from his revelation. Reflecting on the death threats he received while campaigning for The Proper Way to Hang a Confederate Flag, Sims response now belies a certain ambivalence toward that sort of artistic grandstanding disconnected from a greater immediate purpose, not grounded by ritual. “Nobody’s trying to die for some dumb shit,” he says. “The art objects, the texts, the politics all become ingredients to precipitating a certain kind of ritual that makes sense for a particular kind of community and culture. The rest is just economy.” And so as 2020 began to unfold, Sims tended to his growing rituals. Now artist-in-residence at The Rosemary, the restaurant sponsored Sims on a trip to Italy, where he walked the streets of the OG math artist, Leonardo da Vinci, and the vineyards of Castello di Querceto, selecting a Super Tuscan to bring back to Sarasota for SquareRoot of Love: A Wine and Words Dinner in February. Hosted at The Rosemary, Sims found a seat surrounded by luminaries, as the guest list now included the likes of poet laureate Peter Meinke and civil rights pioneer Charlayne Hunter-Gault, joining Sarasota artists and leaders for a night of conversation and cuisine and collaboration. A month later, he was back at The Rosemary for American Pi: A Wine and Words Pi Day Dinner, featuring a special guest in author Stephen Ornes, an award-winning science and mathematics writer whose latest book, Math Art: Truth, Beauty, and Equations, highlighted Sims’s collection of pi-inspired quilts, created in collaboration with the Sarasota Amish community. When the pandemic hit, there was a brief pivot and Sims penned an open letter on COVID-19 and its disproportionate effect on communities of color for The

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Grio and created an online video game with a Galaga feel called Korona Killa, which saw players around the world taking part in blasting COVID-19 virons and dodging bats. But come May 25, Sims was back hosting Burn and Bury 2020, joined via Zoom by countless from across the country to discuss the state of the nation and the fight against white supremacy, to share music and visual art and share in the ritual burning of the Confederate flag and come out revived, inspired and fortified to face another day. And while Aaron Wilder, a multidisciplinary artist from Chicago, read aloud the names of 203 black men and women killed by police in 2014 and 2015, while Sims thanked him for emphasizing the importance of memorializing, a police officer was killing George Floyd, kneeling on his back for nearly nine minutes. Sims sat down to write another letter.

A Lever to Move the World

“The Square Root of Love project is on the other end of all that. Global humanity, love, food, the kind of things that bind human culture together.” —JOHN SIMS

Writing letters would become a new ritual for 2020, as Sims found himself drawn to the keyboard again and again to confront his fear and vent his anger and express his hope in a year that seems the stuff of nightmares. He began painting a series of self-portraits as well, each featuring the artist outfitted in the iconic black turtleneck/leather jacket combo of the Black Panthers, an upside-down American flag on his lapel, his eyes hidden behind reflective lenses and a surgical mask hiding his nose and mouth. Sometimes he’s surrounded by giant COVID-19 virons. Sometimes the virons have police badges and flags with little blue lines drawn across them. COVID-19. Police brutality. White supremacy. As Sims sees it, pandemics abound in 2020 America. And none of them are new, in line with Sims’s geometry of conflict. Individual expressions, such as a novel coronavirus or a particular murder, are not isolated incidents but expressions of these chaotic orbits made manifest as they engage our cultural universe. Scientists have warned of a looming pandemic with growing urgency. Civil rights advocates have warned of police brutality for decades; anti-racist activists even longer. That individual instances cannot necessarily be predicted does not invalidate the theory, but the national reaction to the killing of George Floyd reaffirms Sims’s insistence that one person can absolutely rock the system. But only if other factors line up. “If George Floyd was killed in March, while everybody was running around looking for toilet paper, it wouldn’t have been as big,” he says. “People would have been conflicted.” But when the orbits align, when people are stir-crazy and on edge from an unchecked pandemic, jobless on the verge of homeless as wealth and income inequality skyrockets, as racial and political tensions reach new and old heights, the killing of one man in Minnesota—a death perhaps like many others before it—can start a fire that consumes a city and a nation. And from that destruction comes the opportunity for

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change. For growth. For healing. Still, it is a violent ritual, an unwitting blood sacrifice, says Sim, and he can’t help but hope there exists a way forward that does not necessitate death as the catalyst for change. Some other rituals people could engage in to wobble the orbits just right and bring about an amplification of love instead of violence and ride that wave forward together. Maybe that ritual involves art. Maybe it involves math. Maybe it involves good food, good company and good conversation that both brings the community together and challenges it. “The idea of love as a food, as art, as an energy source for the soul, is so important and foundational to life and community,” Sims wrote to his attendees at this year’s SquareRoot of Love ritual. “Love, whether a verb or noun, a sugar or spice, in motion or stationary, requires many times over an expression that goes beyond the romantic to include ideas of connective attention, spiritual energy, community inclusion, and immersive conversation.” And maybe Sims has been building such a movement this entire time, a flip side to the aggression of The Recoloration Proclamation, something built out of love, a symmetrical reflection that brings balance and context to Sims’s world. “The SquareRoot of Love project is on the other end of all that,” he says. “Global humanity, love, food—the kind of things that bind human culture together.” He knows that the need for a simple narrative can too easily dismiss him as “the black angry artist just doing inflammatory anti-Confederate blah blah blah,” but such opportunistic tunnel vision misses the greater point. “Put into wider context,” he says, “you see that I’m working in different spaces that complement each other.” And if the orbits haven’t quite aligned yet, that doesn’t mean they won’t. In early 2021, Sims will take the stage at the Historic Asolo Theater as the Ringling Museum of Art’s artist-in-residence, sharing the letters he wrote to the people and powers-that-be in Florida this past year, addressing issues of police brutality and white supremacy. He’ll talk about the specters of the Confederacy haunting Florida in both its statute and whitewashed monuments like the Gamble Plantation, which he reimagines as a memorial to the slaves who worked it instead of to a romanticized and revisionist way of life that never existed. And for each, he’ll invite a representative of The System itself, such as state legislators and Chief of Police Bernadette DiPino, to deliver a response not just to Sims but to the community, hoping to engage them in those most powerful rituals of all—voting and lawmaking. “I’m using this residency to connect,” he says. Come February it will be time for SquareRoot of Love and in March it will be time for Pi Day and in May it will be time for Burn and Bury. The old rituals are made new each year in a belief that, indeed, change is coming. But it might need a little help on its way. So Sims will play the long game, building his Archimedean lever piece by piece, ritual by ritual, until he can move the world. SRQ ARTWORK IMAGERY COURTESY OF JOHN SIMS.

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WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE RINGLING HAD AN AMAZING COINCIDENCE, YOU PREPARED TO HANG AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF ART, JUST AS THE COVID PANDEMIC STARTED, THAT SEEMED STRANGELY APPROPRIATE. Steven High, The Ringling Museum: We hung our [newly restored] painting of the court of Emperor Justinian just as we were closed for that initial session of COVID. [The Plague of Justinian was a terrible pandemic in about 550 A.D.] How appropriate is that? It’s one of the largest pieces now in our collection; it’s 22-feet wide. It used to hang in the great hall at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. John Ringling bought it, it hung at The Ringing for a while in the ‘40s, but before we opened as a museum,

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it was taken down and rolled up. It deteriorated until about nine years ago; the Montreal art museum wanted to borrow it for an exhibition. We pulled it out on our stage and rolled it out. That was the only place that was big enough to unroll it. We got up in the rafters to photograph it. And ever since that time, I’ve wanted to restore it. The Getty Foundation gave us $176,000 as part of their Preserving Canvas Grant. Now it is hanging up in a place of honor in gallery 21. We were able to live stream a discussion in one of the galleries. We had our curator and our restorers talking about the complexity of restoring a painting of that scale. As you walk into the art museum, you turn left, and it’s Emperor Justinian sitting at his court. He has people petitioning

him for authority or money, and he’s sitting there contemplating their requests. It’s fascinating how the work is able to kind of transport you back to that period. We experience an underlying narrative and underlying politics that support this work. THE CIRCUS ALSO HAS AN ANCIENT HISTORY, AND LIKEWISE, THIS IS FAR FROM THE FIRST, OR THE WORST, PANDEMIC THAT THE CIRCUS HAS SURVIVED. Pedro Reis, Circus Arts Conservatory: Absolutely. The Circus is one of the oldest forms of family entertainment. You have carvings on cave walls; you have

Egyptian paintings of tumblers and acrobats. During the World Wars, Circus was a place to go to have some fun and see artistry. We know there’s no substitution to live. People have been cooped up. They want to have this interaction. They want to smile and laugh. The arts is inspiration. It lifts the spirit up. As artists, we’ve been very frustrated because we’ve been wanting to lift people up, make people feel good. High: We have works that go back to 2000 B.C. We have paintings that were painted during the plague years in the 1400s that referenced the plague in symbolic ways. It’s a connection to history.


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ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS STEVEN HIGH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE JOHN AND MABLE RINGLING MUSEUM OF ART Joining The Ringling in 2011, he has undertaken major strategic planning; launched design, construction, and the opening for the Kotler|Coville Glass Pavilion and the Ting Tsung & Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Art; Tibbals Circus Galleries, the Bolger Playspace, and the Monda Gallery of Contemporary Art. He has a M.A. in Art History from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachuse s and a M.B.A. degree from the School of Business, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. High’s curatorial experience and interests are in modern and contemporary art. He is also on the faculty of Florida State University. PEDRO REIS, CEO, CIRCUS ARTS CONSERVATORY Pedro Reis began his circus training at age 12 in Cape Town South Africa and later helped develop the first circus school there. He toured Europe and the USA extensively. In 1984, Pedro made his American debut with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 1997, Pedro (CEO) and his wife Dolly Jacobs founded Circus Sarasota which later became The Circus Arts Conservatory, a non profit organization dedicated to continuing the circus arts legacy. He has received numerous accolades, including a place in the John and Mable Ringling Circus Museum Hall of Fame and the Circus Ring of Fame at St. Armand’s Circle.

With our Asian wing, some of the oldest work that we have is Chinese pottery that they estimate is from about 2,500 years B.C. There is that continuity. In addition, we have a very strong contemporary program so that we can bring people from the deep past to the very present and make connections between the two. WHAT HAVE YOU BOTH BEEN ABLE TO DO TO KEEP YOUR INSTITUTIONS OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY? High: It has been interesting. We were able to reopen fairly quickly when the Governor announced his Phase One plan in early May. He singled out museums as part of Phase one. You could only do partial capacity, but we’ve got so much total capacity on our grounds that we’ve been able to effectively be fully open since May 27th. We’ve had to reduce the one-on-one interactions with our visitors. Now, the tours are all gone because we just can’t have that interaction. To replace that, we went entirely digital. With your smartphone, you can scan [Q.R. codes] and participate in a tour in the museum. The museum is a place of respite to come and get out of this mode of worry. To look at beauty in the galleries and to experience beauty on the grounds. To offer that in an environment that’s really quite safe has been an important aspect of what we’ve done. That’s not what we are, because we also are about ideas and concepts and hopefully exciting and challenging work. But this other aspect of what we bring has been very heightened in the COVID world. Particularly at the beginning, when things were really uncertain, we played a really major role in providing that. We’re fortunate in that we have space so that we can welcome our visitors on the campus, and I feel bad for those organizations, especially those in the performing arts,


which can’t perform. That’s been a great struggle for them. Reis: The big question mark is opening the shows in the Fall. What does it look like? There’s a lot of discussion about outdoor events. In fact, I think outdoors is where it’s going to go. We are planning for our shows in February, hopefully, by then, the vaccines will come along, and the numbers will come down. Our big top seats 1,648 people. So, we mandated masks, and we’ll make sure only families sit together; otherwise, you are one seat apart from anybody else. We’re just going to make the best of it. AND BOTH OF YOU HAVE BEEN TAKING YOUR PROGRAMMING ONLINE. Reis: Our One World Circus was incredible. We had artists in five different time zones, live-streaming the program worldwide. We brought staff and volunteers together, and we managed to pull it off. We got a really good response from it. We’ll definitely have live and digital programs in the future. National research seems to show that asking for a $25 donation per household is the ticket. We will try it with the Sailor Circus in December, and we will do it with a big top performance and set the bar. For One World Circus, we just said, “donations would be great.” And we raised $10,000. It was fantastic. We literally got donations from around the world: in Russia, in Holland, in Japan, in South Africa. Fantastic. High: I do a series of live streaming programs with my curators. Last night, we had an event with Rhiannon Paget, our curator of Asian art. He was meeting with our members live, and they could interact and have a conversation with him. All of these things are being recorded and can be posted to our website. We did a project in collaboration with the Hermitage, with Jennifer Packer, one of the new artists who received the

Greenfield Prize. When we get back into sort of normal times, we’re going to bring back some of the in-person experiences when it feels comfortable, but we are still going to be providing digital content because we’re reaching a lot more people. People are accessing these programs, both statewide and internationally. LET’S TALK ABOUT CIRCUS AS PART OF THE HISTORICAL DNA OF SARASOTA AND BRADENTON. Reis: It all begins with John Ringling. Originally, the Ringling Circus Winter Quarters were in Hartford, CT, and they decided to get out of the winter cold. Sarasota was built around the circus community. We have the fantastic Ringling Museum that John and Mable bequeathed to the people of Florida. Sarasota grew on the back of the circus arts. That’s part of our mission to continue that legacy of Circus in Sarasota and keep the circus arts alive. High: Well, you know, we always look to Ringling and his legacy. Our mission statement specifically mentions Ringling as a component of who we are. There is an acknowledgment of what he brought here through his collection, and our first-ever director is the one who came up with the idea of the circus museum. We are also very cognizant of our time and of the people who live here in Sarasota and Manatee. Reis: We have the Sailor Circus Academy, which we started last year as the first-ever circus magnet school. We put on performances in the big top and bring in artists from around the world to represent the Circus at the highest level. We have shows for eight weeks at the Ringling Museum, and normally there is the summer show at the Historic Asolo Theater. We started an additional program with Booker Middle School. All of those efforts are how we bring awareness to the

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circus arts. I noticed when I came to America; they kept talking about the circus “performer.” I would say, “you know, a monkey can perform, right? I’m an artist, just like a ballet dancer is an artist. An opera singer is an artist. I’m an artist.” So an artist is somebody who’s dedicated their life to pursuing perfection. Dedication and passion, loving what you do, and wanting to perfect it and doing it for the applause. Our salvation is a standing ovation. We live for a standing ovation. And if you’re getting a standing ovation, you must be doing something right. Like everything in life, there are different levels, there is the medium, and there is the exceptional, and there is everything in-between. It’s up to you to choose where you want to be in life as an artist. I choose to be on the moon. HOW HAVE YOUR INSTITUTIONS MODERNIZED YOUR EXPERIENCES? High: That is a stereotype of the “stuffy museum,” but we’ve always seen ourselves as a sort of community center, a place where all people are welcome, a place where ideas are shared, constantly alive and constantly changing. When you come to visit us, you will always see something different, something new, something evolving. You’ll see a performance in our historic Asolo Theater of young artists from anywhere in the world. Right now, we’ve had a residency of John Simms, a Sarasota-based conceptual artist, and a mathematician. He’ll be doing a performance in the spring when it’s safe to do those again. I mean, we’re in a series of buildings, and we’re on acres of grounds that are really quite beautiful, but within it, all our themes are of wonder, insight, learning, and growth. That’s what a modern museum is. It’s about being able to really engage with your community, to provide stories that are relevant

to your community, and to also provide opportunities for growth and expansion of the mind. Reis: It’s a very good question. For us, the biggest challenge in our lives is the word “circus.” The Circus used to have the “sideshow” or the “freakshow,” and many of the traveling circuses didn’t have great reputations. The Ringling family really cleaned it up. But still, open an American dictionary and look up the word “circus,” it’s attached to chaos, right? In politics, the criticism goes something like, “the White House or Congress is a circus.” And we suffer that consequence. We are changing this perception. Our performances are a blend of traditional Circus and avant-garde, contemporary Circus. Not every artist in our ring wears sequins. It’s not always that flamboyant flash anymore; it’s more about the artistry and the emotion of connecting with the audience. With a more contemporary style, the Circus is becoming more and more popular. The traditional American Circus was a three-ring circus. It was all spectacle, and things were going on all over the place. The European style show is about a more intimate setting. It provides a stage for the artists to really present and connect with the audience. Imagine the audience member sitting in their seat; they are watching something and thinking, “That is totally incredible. Unbelievable. No way. It’s impossible. The guy is doing a handstand on one finger. How is that possible?” The Circus makes the unbelievable believable. NORMAL REVENUES HAVE TAKEN A HIT, I KNOW, SO LET’S TALK ABOUT OTHER FUNDING SOURCES. High: Statewide funding for arts and culture is important, and it gets cut almost all the time. We and many other institutions, submit grants to the department of cultural affairs up in Tallahassee. We go through a


grant review process, and we get a little money from them, but it usually gets cut as part of the budget deal—every now and then, it gets fully funded. We are a division of a state university; without that support, this museum would have a very difficult time surviving because it’s a large capital cost. We have recently pulled out all of the windows on the top floor of the Ca’D’Zan that were facing to the west. We shipped them to Philadelphia, where they could be re-leaded. The lead in those windows was breaking down, and they were leaking whenever we had a storm or rain. They are being reinstalled right this minute, back there at the house. That’s a major half a million dollar project. We’ve got 500,000-square feet of buildings here, and they require a lot of care and maintenance. It’s very difficult to keep a museum of this scale, and these historic properties, healthy. Reis: When we first started, one of the objectives was to raise the perception of the circus arts. To help it be recognized as an art form. In 2017, we partnered with the Smithsonian and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and we were able to present on the National Mall in Washington D. C. That, and Dolly Jacob’s recognition as the first circus artist to get a National Endowment of Arts fellowship, opened doors. These are forwardmoving footsteps. When I applied for my first grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs in Tallahassee, there was no Circus Arts subject. We had to apply as theater or folk art or something else. Now they, like the NEA, recognize circus art. These are forward steps. High: We received an NEA grant, where we will be looking at women in the Circus. We have had to delay it a little bit because of the performance aspect of it. We are working with Isabella Rossellini, who does not want to travel right now, so that program will

be going into 2022. The support of the NEA, the support of other granting agencies [is important]. Our local foundations have been wonderful about reaching out to the arts and helping to support the arts. They’ve all done things to help all of us here during this time. THE DEMAND FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS HAS EXPLODED AS QUARANTINING HAS LED TO AN INCREASE IN HOMESCHOOLING, BOTH GUIDED AND INDEPENDENT; HOW HAS THIS BEEN REFLECTED IN YOUR OFFERINGS? PEDRO, YOUR CIRCUS ARTS PROGRAM WAS ONE OF THE EARLIEST LOCAL CAMPS TO OPEN FOR STUDENTS ATTENDEES; WHAT PLANNING WENT INTO THE PROCESS? Reis: We had almost daily meetings to discuss the ins and outs, the pros and cons. We had to plan everything; the parents are dropping off the kids outside, we had a staff member greet them, we took their temperatures, and then we created this 40-ft-long tunnel that the kids were to walk through. At the end of the tunnel, we had faucets for hand washing. Inside we always had 6-ft distancing. And we had no incidents, so we really created a formula that worked. High: We were very much into homeschooling prior to COVID. We would get 300 to 600 homeschoolers. We focus them around the ROAR! [Ringling Order of Art Reader program]. We actually ended up doubling the program because we could only handle 300 people at a time, so we would replicate the program the next day. That very nicely migrated online, with all of the other programs that we have been doing. We’ve been able to keep in contact and keep working with these families and providing resource educational resources. And all of our education programs are tied into state curriculum so that you can accomplish certain curricular goals through these

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programs. Our education team, if you go online, can provide basically a classroom experience. A lot of those programs that we were doing physically migrated very nicely to the web. Also, we’re doing dedicated tours, where the educator will design a tour for your group. If you have a class, they’ll design the tour and then leave the virtual tour with your students. Those are pretty powerful. TALK TO ME ABOUT HOW YOUR BUSINESS HAS SURVIVED AND HOW YOU WILL GET BACK ON TRACK IN THE FUTURE. High: It’s a two-year project. We don’t think we’ll be back at anything like normal until probably 2022. The overall impact of tourism today is significant. We’re doing everything we can to preserve our staff, preserve our jobs here. We employ 250 people. Our annual memberships have been great and supportive of the museum. We keep at it. Reis: Unfortunately, we had to cancel a lot of our shows. Box office is obviously a very strong denominator for our budget. Luckily, we have reserved cash, and we saved it up for a rainy day. This was a storm, you know? We did the summer camp program. We got our magnet educational programs going, and we found ourselves planning for the future. This scenario is the most challenging time I think we’ve ever experienced in our lives. Honestly, it is. I’m very, very optimistic about the future, but of course, you have to be reasonable, sensible, and have both feet on the ground. You can’t be living in fantasy land. At the Circus, we’re innovative, we can make things happen, you know, give me a roll of duct tape, and I’m telling you, we’ll fix things. It’s going to be okay. SRQ The In Conversation program is produced by the BrandStory Division of SRQ MEDIA.

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Left: Thrifters Lindsey Poll and Megan Uccello. Where to get it. The Woven Home Collection. Bid, shop and win goods. Keep up with pop-up shops and giveaways at @thewovenhomeco.

The gals of Woven Home Collection bring rattan bookcases and bamboo coffee tables to bohemian bargain hunters. Brittany Mattie

GET YOUR BIDDING HANDS READY—the furniture and decor of The Woven Home Collection (TWHC) may come secondhand, but these covert rescuers salvage them in near perfect condition and secure them with new homeowners. Thrifty operatives Lindsey Poll and Megan Uccello scour the region’s marketplace to obtain boho, beachy, earthy and retro furnishings for their resale e-store. Sourced items are likely handmade or handloomed and of a neutral color palette—including warm tones of sand, tan, wood, walnut, honey and cream. Since their operation launched in June 2020, Poll and Uccello have secured and acquired numerous assets that fit TWHC’s M.O.: rattan, bamboo, jute, wicker, cane, macramé and other natural or woven textiles. Sought-after and salvaged items in high demand for design creatives and hip homebodies have included bohemian-clad chandeliers, planter coverings, vintage wine racks, braided basket wall displays, towel holders, daybeds and love seats to swivel chair sets, area rugs, tote bags, nesting side tables, coffee tables, headboards and striking shelving units with eye-catching arches. TWHC operates entirely virtually on Facebook and Instagram by simply posting newly discovered items each week on their social media pages. Posts include beautifully designed staging photos of the thrifted item utilized in a space, as well as close-ups of its finish or framework. Poll, who’s style can be described as “farmhouse charm with a boho twist and a splash of cozy,” is incessantly rearranging rooms in her home. Her background in decorating helps buyers envision each new find in their own home and ultimately decide if it’s the right fit. “The thrill of finding new items to stage and photograph is what makes this business most exciting for me,” she says. The prep of each piece of furniture or decor becomes a crafty showcase of merchandise to post and share. Never, though, will the secretive ladies spill where they unearthed and reclaimed their treasured finds. One can only assume they have a list of likely suspects they pursue and investigate in order to continually turn inventory for their loyal following. They did share, however, that they’ve stumbled upon pieces all over the state of Florida: from antiques shops, thrift stores, garage sales and even perfectly abandoned gems on the side of the road. “This is the best part about thrifting—you never know what you’re going to find,” they say. For Uccello, a true bohemian private eye with a mid-century modern edge—also restlessly redesigning her home on a regular basis—it’s all about supporting the local economy and fellow small entrepreneurs. “I like to support other small local thrift stores and nonprofits, specifically, while, of course, searching in all the nooks and crannies of the Venice, Sarasota and Bradenton areas mostly,” she says. “Most days, I spend time visiting a few of my regular shops in central Sarasota, but occasionally I’ll venture to Tampa or Fort Myers to pick up specific pieces.” SRQ

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Camilyn Beth’s newly launched bridal collection is ready for wedding season to unravel. Brittany Mttie AFTER FASHION-DESIGN GRADUATE CAMILYN BETH LEAVITT finished her degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale—and she

was awarded “Best Collection” on her final portfolio—she jetted off to Stockholm to work alongside Swedish fashion designer Pär Engsheden before stepping in as the creative director for Shore Brand. Upon being back in Florida for just one year, “Cami”—as her close friends and family call her— found 16 wedding invitations in the mail. Instead of buying 16 different cocktail dresses, she decided to design her own for each wedding. “I missed designing at the time that I was invited to so many weddings,” she shares, “so I was so excited to get this opportunity to design and sew my own dresses for each one. I did not have the intention of starting my own business at the time.” But after working for other designers for a few years, she decided to dial into a niche market of her own: gaining an eye for womens’ unique, feminine figures and special-occasion attire. In 2012, Camilyn Beth was founded, and two years later, she launched her first Fall/Winter collection. Even one of the 16 dresses Cami created for her marathon year of weddings ended up becoming part of her first bridal collection and remains one of her most popular designs today with an updated fit and fabric. The original emerald green, fun-to-wear number, called the “Go Go” Dress, is one part 60s retro, two parts DIY chic. 50 | srq magazine_ NOV20 live local

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cargo This spread, left to right: CPieces from the Camilyn Beth Studio collection. Cami sketching at her studio. On ordering a custom bridal piece: Brides can shop online or in store and choose the cocktail or wedding dress they want with various skirt options. There are more than 30 different dress-and-skirt combinations to say yes to and different colors of fabric to choose from. Each piece can be customized and is made to order by a local seamstress. For each bride, we have a designated wedding concierge to assist them with sizing, fit or styling questions. The team and I worked really hard on making the process seamless and buildable for the bride’s own bespoke wedding look!


with an opportunity to move to the downstairs space in its building on Palm Avenue to open its first storefront retail location. “This was a really monumental moment for the team,” Cami shares—having spent most of lockdown building out and renovating the space to make it truly fit their design aesthetic. Fully moved in and ready for wedding season to come back around, Cami is busy penciling and designing 2-D dresses that beg to be peeled off the tracing paper and sewn onto a woman’s body: timeless, classic shapes sparked with modern, high-fashion touches. From exquisite tulle skirting, satin bow ruffling and flirty back cutouts to haute couture–inspired puff sleeves, dreamy train belts and delicate eyelet detailing, the fearless femininity of Camilyn Beth designs give brides and bridal parties the sartorial elegance worthy of rolled-out carpets. Having recently completed the Spring 2021 bridal collection earlier this fall, SRQ met with the dress designer to borrow something white. Where do you get your design inspiration from? The collection is primarily inspired by past eras of fashion. I am so inspired by classic pieces from the ’50s–’60s; Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O. have always been my style icons. But also, so much of my inspiration comes from the women who come into the store. Getting to work with them gives me more insight into what they are needing in their wardrobe and things that matter most to them. When designing our new retail space, I made sure that the connection with my design area and our customers remain close in proximity for this purpose.

Could you share a snapshot capturing your design process? Once I get inspired, I sketch a few different designs like a brain bump. I put a bunch of different designs on paper to release all of the ideas that I have. Then I go through each sketch with the team to create a theme for that particular collection. Once we have the theme, then I know the direction of what fabrics to source. Once the fabric samples arrive, I immediately get to work making the pattern and sewing the samples. I always start with the pieces I am most excited about. This process comes pretty quickly for me, as designing is what I am most passionate about. As the collection comes together, we put together a lookbook for our wholesale vendors to look at and place their orders. At this point, we take our collection to our New York manufacturer for sizing, grading and manufacturing. This process can take up to a year or can be done in as little as three months. For our gown collection, the design process is the same; however, this collection is handmade by local seamstresses using our patterns that have been sized and graded by our New York manufacturer.

How has your business model changed, with weddings starting to ramp back up again? Just in the past few months we have seen so much change! So many brides are actually doing more bridal looks as they are having an intimate ceremony with their loved ones and a larger party later in their formal wedding look. I have also seen brides either having a shorter engagement with an intimate wedding and other brides are opting to postpone so they can have their dream wedding in another year. Either way, it is always important for me to listen to their needs and desires, and for me to do my best to keep creating them a one-of-a-kind wedding look. SRQ

Camilyn Beth Boutique & Design Studio, 75 S Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-313-2217,, @camilynbeth.


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Specializing in luxury interior design services, Collins Interiors LLC offers a highly personalized approach to helping clients transform their homes. Each new project begins with a comprehensive trademarked questionnaire developed by the firm’s founder Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner. By taking the time to understand a client’s taste, style preferences, family routine, budget and lifestyle, the dedicated designers at Collins Interiors are able to ensure that each finished project reflects the unique style of their clients. Treating each project with the same care as if they were designing or renovating their own homes, the Collins Interiors team uses their design expertise to incorporate texture, color and finishes that make spaces stylish and functional. When a project requires something bespoke that cannot be sourced, Collins Interiors takes on the production of custom pieces. The firm has designed and created furniture, area rugs, lighting, bedding, window treatments, art and accessories. With over twelve years of experience in the Suncoast region and as the recipient of numerous design awards, Collins Interiors specializes in high end residences on Lido, Longboat and Bird Key, in downtown Sarasota and within other local waterfront communities.



A home has truly become a safe space and refuge during these unique times and we have noticed a trend towards minimalism and functionality when curating how to style a space. Luckily, lovers of all things modern can find no shortage of items that ‘spark joy’ and bring the feeling of ‘hygge’ home at Copenhagen Imports. Celebrating 37 years in business, family-owned and operated Copenhagen Imports’ collection of furniture and decorative pieces boast innovative, environmentally-sensitive design and exceptional quality. The styles at their boutique showroom represent a mix of modern, contemporary, transitional and urban aesthetics. Whether you’re in the market for a statement piece or a sectional sofa that is durable enough to hold up to daily use while still embodying striking design, furnishings at Copenhagen are often handcrafted to ensure longevity. Beyond furniture, Copenhagen Imports also carries a broad selection of lighting, artwork, and custom rugs. Visitors to Copenhagen Imports are welcomed by a staff of Allied ASID designers, who offer their expertise to assist with navigating the showroom’s curated collection and also have the pleasure of being greeted by Polaris, the boutique’s mascot dog who was adopted by the Hansen family from Southeastern Guide Dogs.

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OUTDOOR SANCTUARIES | DENNIS A. BARTH LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Third-generation, Sarasota native Dennis Barth has nearly thirty

years of extensive design expertise and botanical knowledge. As a Landscape Architect, Barth designs and manages his vision for landscapes, hardscapes, lighting, pools, fountains and areas that are essential for Floridians to entertain outdoors – herb/veggie gardens, fire pits, kitchens, and tiki huts. Complementing architectural styles that range from Modern to Mediterranean, he works closely with clients to create outdoor spaces that serve as sanctuaries for relaxation complete with intimate pathways, curated water features, and lush flora and fauna suitable for the Sun Coast climate. Dennis Barth notes that especially now as we experience this year’s pandemic, clients are seeking environments that they can escape to while enjoying the natural tranquility of their home’s surroundings. Mindfulness about sustainability, organically sourced fertilizers and maintaining a low carbon footprint are still top of mind. Trends for Fall 2020 landscape design include: decorative privacy panels, wood grain porcelain tile pool decks, hydro-planters and renewable materials. Trending at resort pools around the world, is the use of Sukabumi green tile mined in Java, Indonesia with purification properties - giving clients the effect of being transported to Bali. Dennis is incorporating this into a current project and looks forward to the results. When he’s not working with clients to create their dream landscapes, you may find Barth tending to his own botanical garden that is home to more than one hundred orchids.




“Transforming client ideas into beautiful, functional design solutions” is George Stilo’s professional mantra. The statement is unequivocally reflected within the Sarasota-based Interior Designer’s extensive portfolio of livable, luxurious design. George Stilo’s focus on building relationships with his clients based on a foundation of trust and integrity has been key to his practice. Stilo provides turnkey services and works with his clientele from concept and design through installation to create stunning interior spaces in a variety of styles. Adopting a ‘less is best’ approach to his design process, Stilo appreciates spaces that begin with neutral colors but transform when layered with pops of color and hints of boldness. He shares that understated window treatments, wallpaper, and blending art deco elements with contemporary motifs are emerging design trends this year. He has also noticed that clients are doing away with tile and returning to wood flooring. Stilo advocates for his clients to live with objects that are meaningful and encourages them to become interested in integrating works of art into their homes. Art oftentimes becomes a dynamic focal point in a room but also showcases the client’s individual personality. Creating synergy between aesthetics and functionality is integral to George Stilo’s design approach. His expertise and discretion provides him the opportunity to be working with a diverse high-end international clientele.


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POSTCARD TIME STAMPS Orange Moon Interiors brings new life to a 1960s Holmes Beach vacation rental through vintage postcard finds. Brittany Mttie

OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS, locals, newlyweds, families and soloist travelers alike have scouted Sailfish Gulf Suites’ intimate retreat with waterfront views only the Gulf of Mexico can provide. Since its 1967 build, the property gripped onto its ideal location; however, its furnishings naturally began to show its age—outdated and in need of a modern face-lift. Local interior designer Kelly Kaiser, owner and lead designer at Orange Moon Interiors, saw plenty of potential and was called upon by the Holmes Beach vacation rental to bring new life into the ’60s vibin’ bungalows. Orange Moon Interiors is no stranger to transforming outdated spaces around the country into livable, luxury sanctuaries, but being a Bradenton native, Kaiser held a particular sense of local pride about this project and location. “This town means a lot to me. I remember my grandmother buying me a bathing suit when I was eight years old at the West Coast Surf Shop—right next door to the Sailfish,” she says. “And then, of course, Skinny’s restaurant is across the street, which is an old Bradenton favorite. If you haven’t had a Skinny’s burger, you are missing out.”

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surprisingly difficult to find a nice, updated and affordable beachfront vacation rental in Anna Maria or Holmes Beach, which was a major component in her decision to take on the project and raise the standard of Gulf Coast vacation rentals. “This area has so much potential and I hope this property becomes the standard of vacation rentals for years to come. There are so many around here that need updating.” The Sailfish Gulf Suites’ renovations, which commenced in August 2020, seemed to have come at a suitable time for Manatee County beaches, as more business owners continue to invest in new lots and in existing properties in need of an uplift. Meanwhile, a $17.3 million investment is being made to the beaches of Anna Maria Island— propelling an extensive beach nourishment project to protect the coastline sands from the Gulf’s tides and keep the coastline visitor-friendly. “This was the time to do the renovation,” Kaiser says, “and to do it right.” Her vision for Sailfish encompassed a clean, calm, crisp style to reflect the serene feeling you sense being near the ocean. Each of the four bedrooms feature a seaside, Gulf

Below: Sailfish Gulf Suites, 37188 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-251-7245,

Coast palette with a different painted mural behind the headboard of each focal bedroom wall. “I wanted to keep a piece of Old Florida, but also help the Sailfish draw a new generation of visitors,” she says. One original design feature Kaiser couldn’t bear to get rid of as the rentals were being gutted was right under her feet. Charming 1967 bathroom tiling exuded mid-century sentimentality and begged to stay put. “There was no way I was going to rip out that old aqua and sea-green bathroom tile and cover up that gorgeous terrazzo flooring. It wouldn’t have made any sense to do so because it was in line with the architectural integrity of the building. Putting anything over that terrazzo would have been a sin.” As for the more contemporary finishes and decor integrated throughout the new space, American Remodeling Contractors, a full-service designbuild remodeling contractor in Bradenton, was sourced, with whom Orange Moon Interiors has worked on previous local projects. Further bringing her childhood memories of growing up in Manatee County into the redesign concept, Kaiser dug up old Manatee County postcards and turned the tangible time stamps into mountable wall art. “All of the

artwork are replicas of old local postcards,” she shares. “Additionally, I framed some vintage postcards that had sweet correspondences from people vacationing in Bradenton on them. I loved finding those and using them—they reminded me a lot of when I was a kid and going to Bradenton Beach.” Kaiser was also quick to note that when she was a bright-eyed little beach bum, there were never any tall, boxy high-rise buildings around obstructing views of the shoreline, and if a structure was tall, it was on stilts. “Much of the Bradenton islands were full of one-story bungalows,” she shares. “That’s what Sailfish still is—built in the ’60s and footsteps from the beach.” However, the 50 percent Fema rule makes it hard for owners of other nostalgic touchstones like the sailfish to justify keeping them as is without faulting to a complete teardown remodel, starting fresh and building upward. “Owners want to put money into these homes, but the Fema rule limits them to only spending 50 percent of the approved value of the structure if the structure was built before 1975,” Kaiser describes. “So, a lot of those old beach bungalows that had a great ‘Beach Boys’ vibe to them are simply gone. I’m glad this one is still around.” SRQ

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THE DOOR CREAKS OPEN AND A STREAM OF LIGHT SURGES into the heavily humid, eerily quiet and potentially gecko-infested closet. Hands slowly inch closer, sorting through aged toys, stacked books and out-of-style clothing that have outgrown their use. There are only two endings to the story—items will be laid to rest in a dusty attic or placed into a mysterious cardboard box labeled “donation.” If you’re lucky, the journey continues with a narrow escape into that box. Now what?


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“stuff” often echoes an advertisement: clothes and toys, figurines and electronics, Walkmans and VCRs and tacky souvenirs from a road trip out West that disappear into the enigmatic land of donation where they will undoubtedly be claimed by another loving soul, one who bears a genuine desire for something we no longer see as anything more than old news. A straightforward narrative: items donated, items claimed, items loved again and spared the depressing exile of the attic. The end. However, what happens to the items that are unclaimed. Three weeks—that’s it. With so many donations to Goodwill each year, each item is only permitted a three-week shelf life in a Goodwill store. And if left unsold, those misfit toys, clothes, shoes, knickknacks, tchotchkes and thingamajigs are destined for “The Goodwill River,” the salvaging and sustainability stream of unclaimed items that flows out of the Sarasota, Manatee and Arcadia county donation stores and spills into the Goodwill Manasota Bargain Barn for one last opportunity for salvation. And let’s be clear, the Bargain Barn’s items are not rejects, junk or the bottom of the heap, but simply donations that missed their chance. “Anything you’ll find in the stores, you’ll find in the Barn, and much more,” assures Donn Githens, vice president of operations for Goodwill Manasota. Sorted into categories—shoes, apparel, books, metals, plastics, etc.—items are placed into large plastic bins known as “boats” and wheeled into the Bargain Barn’s showroom. Six rows of nine boats fill the arena where

shoppers sift through the hauls, select what they want and pay by the pound (with the exception of a few select items). Unwanted items that never escape their boats are either recycled, like glass and plastics, or salvaged, sold to vendors who direct the remaining goods to developing countries and people in need. And with two to three full rotations of the Barn each day, turning over roughly 180 bins, the Manasota Bargain Barn diverted 43 million pounds from landfills in 2019—a sustainability stream from top to bottom. And just as this is no ordinary operation, this is no everyday thrifting experience . . . it’s a show, to say the least. A competition, to be more blunt. A speed thrift-shopping, go-karting and treasure-hunting experience all rolled into one. A full warehouse at the Barn is one thing, with shoppers lazily sorting here and digging there. But once a row of nine boats loses popularity or nine new boats await their debut, the regatta begins. Shoppers step back as staff wheel the picked-through bins out one door and whirl in a fresh batch through another: a meticulous circus of pandemonium. The scene echoes a fancy dinner where the waiter whips around the corner with a dessert trolley. Shoppers stretch their necks, contort their positions and keep their eyes peeled for what they want, asking themselves what looks good and what they need to nab before someone else has the chance. Items aren’t up for grabs until all nine bins have been wheeled in, set in place and a staff member with an emergency-only bullhorn counts down, then casually yet suspensefully utters, “Go.” If you lose focus, you may lose your prize. srq magazine_ NOV20 live local | 63

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cargo “It’s a livelihood for a lot of them,” says Alexa Olivas, director of donated goods for Goodwill Manasota. Translation: These thrifters don’t mess around. Hands grab a shirt, fingers quickly weave along the hems checking for rips while eyes search for a brand name. Arms balance a bundle of plates and lamps, Christmas decorations and pin cushions, rushing to a cart to secure their findings before returning to battle. It’s a cartoon commotion of bodies weaving in and out and body parts whipping to and fro, eventually easing to a respite before a new round begins. With many shoppers coming in five to seven days a week to scour the latest items, many of whom have quit full-time jobs or chosen salvaging as their main source of income, it’s no surprise that the Bargain Barn has transformed into a tightly knit community, a workplace for staffers and shoppers alike. So much so that Tara Phillips, the site’s team lead coach, can rattle off her regulars and what they do with their finds. A husband-

and-wife team only sorts through books, reselling them online and occasionally digging out hidden gems. One woman makes art projects with the so-called junk she collects, returning to show off pictures of her latest creations to the staff and fellow shoppers. One man specifically salvages electronics, cashing in roughly $6,000 a week after repairing his finds. And then there are the retail regulars, like 17-year-old Nicole Stratford, a student at Braden River High School who visits the Barn two to three times per week, thrifting found clothing through her Instagram account (@goodwill. girl) for a hobby turned lucrative. With no limits on age, background or skill, the Bargain Barn has become the new hub for income, hobbies, curiosity and creativity, open to anyone intrigued with what lies just below the surface. “It’s now hip to redo things,” says Olivas. Redo, repurpose, reclaim, even redefine what is valuable and valued. “It takes a little work,” she says. “You’ll have to get your hands dirty, but it’ll be worth it.” SRQ

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SHOPPING WILL NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE—but perhaps sustainable shopping can break the cycle of fast fashion that leaves behind billions of pounds of textile waste in landfills each year. Luckily, Sarasota is filled to the brim with secondhand, vintage and thrift shops here to help the world and your wallet. Affordable, trendy and affiliated with local charities, these local spots are the best place to find your newest old treasure.

The Exchange Committed to encouraging creativity in both organizations and individuals throughout the community, The shop has awarded a jaw-dropping $8 million in arts-related grants and scholarships. The Exchange is a true testament to the power of shopping secondhand, not only serving as its own independent nonprofit but contributing roughly $24 million back into the local economy by paying consignors and ensuring that no donation ends up in the trash. Anything they can’t sell is further donated, with a most half a million dollars worth of merchandise donated in the past five years to organizations such as the Pines of Sarasota and the Salvation Army. Its eco-friendly initiatives have been a huge success. In 2012 The Exchange became one of Sarasota’s Green Business Partners as well as a 2019 nominee for the Tampa Bay Area “Sustainable Business Award.” After more than 50 years as a household name in Burns Court, CEO Karen Koblenz hopes that Sarasotans “embrace the positive impact that purchasing gently used merchandise can have on not only their pocketbooks but also their community and the environment in which they live.”

Left: Model and Exchange volunteer Jody Maltese wears an outfit selected from their large women’s clothing selection. Karen Koblenz’ most memorable “found treasure” over the years? One of our consigners, Irwin Werbowsky, who also happens to be a volunteer for The Exchange, purchased a ceramic bowl at a yard sale for $1. To his surprise, it was determined by one of the pricers at The Exchange that the bowl named “Leonia” was manufactured by furniture and industrial designer Gio Ponti. With Irwin’s permission, The Exchange commissioned Wright auction house out of Chicago to handle the sale of the bowl, which sold at auction for roughly $8,000. When Irwin received his percentage from the sale, he proceeded to work hand in hand with his daughter Gwen to secure matching funds. The money was then donated to numerous nonprofits in the area. The Exchange was one of the beneficiaries of this extraordinary, accidental, find.

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Designing Women Boutique Born out of a post-9/11 inspiration to give back to the community, Designing Women Boutique (DWB) is now celebrating their 17th year in Sarasota. Recycling everything from antiques, fine jewelry and high-end clothing, DWB was created by Jean Weidner Goldstein, Margaret Wise and Diane Roskamp, along with fellow board members of Asolo Repertory Theatre in an effort to breathe new life into pre-loved items while raising money for local charities. This simple altruistic intention has now grown into a staggering $4 million of grants given to over 100 organizations in Sarasota County. Recently, the team took their mission one step further and launched a new initiative called GroundWorks, which has partnered with Ringling College of Art & Design, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Girls Inc., the Roskamp Institute and The Out-of-Door Academy to create an additional revenue stream for each partner to raise ongoing funds for education. In all things they do, DWB aims to give back, enhance opportunities for those in need and help support the arts: “a vital piece of fabric of society.”

CAPTIONS Left: Model and frequent shopper Kim Neiman styled herself in one of the gorgeous colorful designer ensembles she found at Beautiful You Boutique. Paula Coste of Beautiful You Boutique says, “I hope people continue to bring items to consignment stores to help the environment and the community. I think consignment stores have only become stronger in the last few years.” Above: Loyal shopper and volunteer Bert Minot wears pieces selected for Designing Women Boutique’s vast collection of designer clothing. Martha Phillips of Designing Women Boutique says, “We think consignment shopping is a wave of the future that will not slow in the difficult retail environment that may be ahead of us.” Opposite page, above right: Model and Instagram Entrepreneur Nicole Stratford in one of her Goodwill Manasota Bargain Barn outfits. Opposite page, right: Model Blair Moritz wears a straw hat by Oscar de la Renta, 1960s botanical print silk maxi dress by Bloomingdales and 1960’s beaded raffia handbag with ‘50s and ‘60s rhinestone and glass jewelry, sourced from Canned Ham Vintage. Ashley Rogers of Canned Ham Vintage on her hopes for the future of shopping. ”I hope people educate themselves and ask questions about what they put on their body! I love The True Cost for a fashion documentary. I hope consumers understand that every purchase they make is a vote for that brand and what that brand stands for. “

Beautiful You Boutique Open now for more than seven years, Beautiful You Boutique (BYB) helps Sarasotans shop for previously loved high-end items. A hidden gem, customers regularly stumble upon the shop only to then quickly turn into regulars. Partnering with local nonprofits such as Women’s Resource Center and Harvest House, you can rest assured that your next Chanel or Louis Vuitton bag from BYB will enhance your wardrobe and the lives of people in need. BYB knows the concept of getting more “bang for your buck,” and celebrates their ability to contribute to the community with both donations and the sale of secondhand items that, in turn, help the environment. Owner Paula Coste is dedicated to recycling clothes and giving them another chance “to be loved.”

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cargo Goodwill Manasota With over a century of giving back under their belt, Goodwill is the proverbial poster child for what it means to reduce, reuse and recycle. On the board with the Florida Recycling Partnership and a member of Recycle Florida Today, every item that goes through the front doors of Goodwill can consider itself safe from the landfill. The nonprofit started 118 years ago with the intention of mending old clothing to sell back into the community while creating jobs. This ideal still stands strong today, with the added benefit of partnering with local charities to further expand their reach for giving. Their adeptly named eco-friendly “river” of quality determination means that even after clothing hits the sales floor, there is another current for it to be taken down if it doesn’t find its home there. Whether it be the mental health unit of a hospital, a local pantry or even prisons, Goodwill salvages every last scrap of cloth so that nothing goes to waste. In 2019 alone, their scoreboard listed 43 million pounds diverted from landfills and 130,814 pounds of food collected for local food banks, showing that after all these years, all it takes is a little goodwill to make a huge difference.

Canned Ham Vintage Canned Ham Vintage restores “wearable historical fashion” for savvy shoppers in the Sarasota area. Looking for a hand-embroidered silk slip dress from the 1930s? What about a beaded gown à la Jackie O. from the 1960s? Canned Ham Vintage is the one-stop shop for incredible one-of-a-kind finds from decades of yesteryear—when clothing was made with true craftsmanship. Store owner Ashley Rogers is committed to personally and professionally reducing her carbon footprint, and what better way than to operate a clothing store that combats fast fashion one sale at a time. Since Sarasota is, “at its core, an artistic community looking to have an inspiring experience when they shop,” Canned Ham Vintage thrives here. Locals and visitors come back year after year to add spectacular pieces to their wardrobe. One shopper who’s been going there since before she could drive is now furnishing her first apartment with vintage pieces from the store. While shoppers can be “confident in the earth-conscious practices at Canned Ham Vintage,” this spot also proves you don’t need a time machine to deck yourself out in garments from bygone eras.

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Smoqehouse eggs the stubborn mule called BBQ forward. Andrew Fabian


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forage AMERICAN BBQ IS SOMETHING OF A STUBBORN MULE. As the culinary world continually moves into newer pastures, BBQ in the US sticks to what it knows, refining the science of its process without much in the way of envisioning new concepts. The cuisine has a certain immunity from labels like “fusion”, a flashy word that can signal something disastrously kitschy has been done to a classic. If the stubborn mule called BBQ is to inch forward, it will have to be coaxed by an outsider, someone who is not indoctrinated by unspoken codes of conduct, someone crazy enough to challenge the status quo, yet sensible enough to respect its history. Andy and Heidi Kubes are those crazy outsiders.

Owners and operators of Smoqehouse, a fast-casual BBQ sandwich restaurant; they are determined to drag BBQ kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Their most recent location on South Tamiami Trail, where Oaks Open Pit BBQ operated for 40 years, serves as an appropriate venue for their humble attempt at transforming the cuisine. “The first few months we opened, a lot of people actually walked in, looked at our menu and left,” jokes Andy. Other times, guests would come in, fail to read the menu altogether and order a brisket platter out of habit before the Kubes would give them the bad news. “We are not a traditional BBQ restaurant,” he says. 74 | srq magazine_ NOV20 live local

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Poutine and Cuban sandwich. Jet black interior walls paired with gleaming black lacquered chairs set a sophisticated edge to this BBQ joint. Outside the bull smoker welcomes diners.

What Smoqehouse has retained of tradition, is its use of smoke to slow-roast the three basic food groups: beef, pork and chicken. In this regard, the menu is populated with the expected. The pulled pork sandwich comes with a fistful of 12-hour smoked pork and a pile of sweet-and-cool cabbage apple slaw. An amalgamation of every style of BBQ sauce gives the pork a bit of vinegar, mustard and molasses, while the bread serves as a trusty vessel that maintains its integrity better than most. The same pulled pork also makes its way into the Smoqehouse Cuban, which comes with the usual shaved ham, dill pickles and yellow mustard. The twist comes PHOTOGRAPHY BY WYATT KOSTYGAN.

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forage from slices of Swiss cheese smoked inhouse, and the overall impression is of a very traditional Cuban sandwich that has warmed itself next to a burning pile of wood. A Korean beef sandwich leads diners a little further off the beaten BBQ trail. The thinly sliced beef smokes for between oneand-a-half and two hours—“Smoking meat is not an exact science,” he says—and the final product evokes a traditional roast beef sandwich. In this case, however, a Korean BBQ sauce gives the sandwich a mildly spicy twist that pairs well with a pleasant surprise of ginger lime slaw, and it all comes between two fluffy slices of ciabatta. “I’m really fascinated by the way other cultures

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use smoke,” says Andy, who goes through his vast library of cookbooks the way a literary snob goes through novels. Considering a smoked brisket smashed burger can also be had, the vegetarian sandwich is arguably the hardest sell on the menu. Smoked red pepper, yellow squash and zucchini honor the restaurant’s titular ode to pyrolysis, but the fresh greens and red onion take the wary diner deeper into the suspicion that the Kubes have dishonored the BBQ tradition. But those who have suspended their judgement are amply rewarded by a tangy mustard BBQ sauce and herbed goat cheese. If it treads into the realm of Mediterranean cuisine, the smokiness

and mustard sauce bring it back stateside, as does the sandwich’s heft in both hand and stomach. Notable sides include poutine and hand-cut chips. The poutine is very traditional, in honor of Andy’s Canadianborn father, though smoked brisket drippings are used as the gravy. With the option of coming fully loaded—adding on blue cheese crumbles and garlic-thyme aioli—the twicefried chips make for a perfectly starchy accompaniment to any of the sandwiches. Maybe the option of substituting a bed of spring greens for the bread goes a bit too far for BBQ purists, but if the stubborn mule is to budge, all manner of coaxing must be considered. SRQ


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Four local breweries take a German beer to the next level with a distinctly Florida vibe. Andrew Fabian

WHEN THE CRAFT BEER CRAZE SWEPT THE COUNTRY in a tsunami of hoppy golden fizz, certain stereotypes came to be widely accepted as truth. As with many crazes, craft beer heads adopted the notion that true adherents must accept a certain amount of suffering to prove their dedication. IPAs embody that suffering. Often bitter, hoppy and malty, IPAs might have poetic license in places where overcast skies and snow force bearded, flannel-clad beer snobs indoors, but Floridians need something light and refreshing that won’t make them pass out in a beach chair. The sunshine that keeps coastlines crowded calls for an entirely different approach to beer.

“The bitterness of IPAs can be an acquired taste,” says José Martinez of Big Top Brewing Company. Martinez’s first experience with craft beer came when he was stationed at Naval Base San Diego. “I saw a tap handle with a gargoyle on it,” he says, “and the hops smacked me right in the mouth. I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but I wanted another one.” That beer? IPA. As bitter and confusing as the experience was, that beer managed to lure him into his current profession. Today, Martinez oversees the production of Big Top’s broad array of brews, including the variety native to the state: Florida Weisse. It is based on the Berliner Weisse of Germany, a light, low-ABV beer that makes use of lactobacillus—the same bacteria that turns cream into yogurt—to give it its signature sour notes. In Germany, fruit-based

syrups are added at the end of the fermentation process to sweeten the finish. Florida breweries like Big Top took the concept further by integrating fruit into the entire process, yielding greater complexity and balance in its finish. The Ringmaster Raspberry Berliner Weisse is Martinez’s version of this more comprehensive fruitinfused style and uses 500 pounds of raspberry puree per batch to attain its candied finish. “[Berliner-style beers] have been a staple throughout Florida for a couple years,” says James Herrholz of Corporate Ladder Brewing Company, “but they’re starting to gain some traction.” Herrholz believes the beer works especially well to beat the heat. One of Corporate Ladder’s more recent entries into the Florida Weisse category takes the sweet, refreshing nature of the style

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and adds nostalgia with its Blackberry Lemon Pushup Pop. Named after the frozen treat, the beer evokes happy summertime memories in many a millennial. And if its purplish color makes it look more like a glass of fizzy juice than a complex craft beer, that’s precisely the point. As with most Florida breweries, Calusa Brewing boasts an outdoor beer garden (now shaded!), where thirst quenching becomes as much of a priority as that perceived-to-be pretentious word “complexity.” With a pink color that raises awareness for breast cancer, its Aliison Sour series pays homage to a late friend of the brand’s founders. “Generally, we load up each edition of the series with strawberries and/or raspberries to give it that reddish hue,” says Calusa Co-founder Vic Falck, “but it’s an awesome summertime beer, really approachable and drinkable.” Like the Blackberry Lemon Pushup Pop, the Allison looks like a smoothie but tastes bright and sugary like Sour Patch candy in liquid form. But the brewery with arguably the most comprehensive lineup of recurring Florida Weisse brews comes courtesy of Motorworks Brewing. The rotating iterations of the style explore all manner of fruits, yeast strains and colors, with new combinations released several times a year under the Bizarre Gardening Accident label. Kumquat, peach and apricot, cucumber and rose hips, prickly pear and lychee—the list of possible infusions runs the gamut thanks to the ample availability of fruit almost yearround in the Sunshine State. This month, the brewery releases a Florida Weisse infused with mango, passion fruit and dragon fruit. SRQ

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nosh CROW’S NEST MARINA RESTAURANT 1968 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice, 941-484-9551. CASUAL FINE DINING The Crow’s Nest is a casual fine dining restaurant, serving fresh seafood, steaks and other traditional Florida favorites. Located on the Island of Venice and nestled between the Gulf of Mexico on the west and the Intracoastal Waterway on the north and east, Crow’s Nest has become a waterfront fixture for surf ‘n’ turf. M–W 11:30am-10pm. Th 11:30am–11pm. F-Sa 11:30am–12:30am. Su 12–10pm. GECKO’S GRILL & PUB 6 convenient locations. Serving AMERICAN PUB FOOD WITH A GOURMET TWIST Fresh fare, smooth spirits & exceptional hospitality since 1992. Locally owned and operated, Gecko’s polished casual atmosphere, fantastic food, service-forward culture and specialty cocktails make it an enduring community gathering place. Serving Lunch, Dinner & Late Night and a favorite of Locals and visitors alike. Voted “BEST SPORTS BAR.� Featuring daily Happy Hours, weekly Chef’s Specials, locally sourced seasonal produce & beef from our farm and ranch partners, all your favorite sporting events, award-winning Kids Menu and teams of friendly hospitality professionals. GROVE 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, 941893-4321. CONTEMPORARY GOURMET DINING GROVE Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom is the newest offshoot of PIER 22, the award-winning waterfront destination

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headed by restaurateurs Hugh Miller and Greg Campbell. A full-service restaurant and events venue offering contemporary gourmet dining. The menu is elevated yet approachable and locally inspired. Housemade dishes emphasize fresh seasonal ingredients as well as innovative cooking methods, and with 27,000 square feet of dining space including an elegant 400 person ballroom there’s room for everyone at the table! M-Th 11:30am-10pm, F-Sa 11:30am-12am, Sun 11am-10pm.

MARINA JACK 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, 941-365-4232. SEAFOOD, STEAKS AND PASTA The Sarasota landmark offers its customers exceptional food and great atmosphere while dining on the water. Come to the dining room on the second floor and try some new items on the dinner menu. Start with braised mussels in a chorizo broth or short rib tostadas, which feature Gouda cheese and pulled slow-braised short rib. Open daily for lunch and dinner. M–Su 11:15am–11pm. MORTON’S GOURMET MARKET 1924 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 941-955-9856. GOURMET GROCER It’s the place where you can spend a lazy Sunday morning sipping coffee and breaking off pieces of a scone, a frenetic Friday evening collecting rare cheeses, meat and wine for Saturday’s soiree or a quick lunchtime bite to go. For the la er, Morton’s fresh-made sushi, salad bar or ready-to-go tea sandwiches are longstanding local faves. M–Sa 7am–8pm. Su 9am–6pm.

PIER 22 1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton, 941-748-8087. CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN Pier 22 takes waterfront dining to a new level. On the mouth of the Manatee River, the picturesque se ing is relaxing and the perfect backdrop for any outing. With over 26,000 square feet of space, Pier 22 also offers catering and space for events. They focus on fresh, homemade fare and unique twists on everyday dishes. For lunch, try their so -shell crab sandwich with jalapeno tartar sauce, with a side of poutine. While watching the sunset on the patio, dine on their fresh game of the day, sourced from around the world and always a surprise. M-Th 11:30am – 10pm. F-Sa 11:30am-10:30pm. Su 11am-10pm. Happy hour daily 3pm-7pm and Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm. TSUNAMI SUSHI & HIBACHI GRILL 100 Central Ave, Suite 1022, Sarasota, 941-366-1033. ASIAN FUSION In the heart of downtown Sarasota Florida, Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi Grill stands alone for creative sushi, fresh sashimi and a new spin on asian fusion--all at remarkable prices. FRESH SUSHI- Made fresh before your eyes by their talented chefs. FULL BAR- They feature a full bar, with specialty cocktails like the Hibiscus Rose, Japanese Julep and Shinsu Sour. ASIAN ENTREES- Fresh and flavorful with the unique taste of Japan. M-F 11am-Close; Sat/Sun 12pm-Close; Closed Daily 2:30-4:30pm.

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forage IF THE SOCIAL MEDIA CULTURE HAS TAUGHT US ANYTHING, IT’S THAT INSTAGRAM EATS FIRST—our obsession in documenting meals before taking the first bite. Dish Art has become the new Mona Lisa and, more than ever, presentation, garnish and innovation are at the forefront of plating. Though that ceviche might only last a few minutes on the table, it’s on social media forever. In the spirit of the new 21stcentury tradition, SRQ Magazine challenged local chefs with a fine arts twist by pairing each with selected local artists’ works of art to invent inspired dishes. A mash-up of “Say Cheese” and “More Cheese Please,” these drool-worthy dishes are as delicious as they are picturesque.



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Banana Leaf Steamed Snapper, Pink Grapefruit and White Zinfandel Sauce, Tropical Fruit Salsa, White Corn Polenta with Poblano Peppers As a girl who grew up cooking in Florida, the painting invokes nostalgia, reminding me of the Florida-influenced continental cuisine of the 1980s and ’90s. Fla Reflected has a local postmodern feel to the painting in its colors and composition style, so I tried to reflect this in the dish by using several native Florida ingredients, such as the fish itself—the snapper, plus pink grapefruit and tropical fruits. Corn and peppers are also local ingredients that grow in abundance here, and the white polenta will bring out the more pale colors in the painting. I used banana leaf to reflect the theme of greenery and thick Florida foliage. White zinfandel is possibly what the lady in the painting would have been drinking while she was at the Florida beach, and the sauce will nicely accent the rosy pink colors throughout. Melange, 1568 Main St, Sarasota, 941-953-7111, ARTIST JANA MILLSTONE

Fla Reflected Jana Millstone’s dreamlike imagery often merges human forms with atmospheric gardens. Fla Reflected gives a nod to Sarasota’s cultural savvy. Within the lush tropical foliage, the glasses reflect the brilliance of the Florida light. A Pratt Institute graduate, she has an extensive exhibition history with numerous awards including Florida’s Finest. 24” x 20”, acrylic over pumice on canvas, 2019. Her work can be found at Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236; She can be contacted at 609-227-8368, jana.millstone@gmail. com,, @jana.millstone. @artuptowngallery

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Olive Oil Poached Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper with Crushed Fingerling Potatoes, Fennel Nage and Sauce Vierge Matteo’s artwork gave me a sense of home, comfort and slower times. With the warm colors used and having fresh ingredients on the sill, I thought this dish should portray just that. I felt lucky to have a piece of artwork featuring various ingredients, so I utilized those directly. Most of the techniques used in this dish do better with time by allowing fresh flavors to form with gentle cooking. Slowly poaching the snapper in the infused olive oil gives it great flavor and leaves the fish tender and moist. The fresh herbs and lemon bloom well with time in the sauce vierge, giving the snapper a flavorful and fresh addition. Finishing the dish with the fennel nage adds incredible aromatics and helps blend all the flavors of the dish giving it a warm, comforting feel. Chateau 13, 535 13th St W, Bradenton, 941-226-0110, ARTIST MATTEO CALOIARO

View From My Kitchen Window Matteo Caloiaro is a Florida native residing in Sarasota with his wife and fellow artist Brooke Olivares and their daughter Sofia. He is a painter and a professor in the Department of Illustration at Ringling College of Art + Design. He works primarily in oil with a conceptual and narrative emphasis on portraying people and places with a sense of gritty realism and biblical undertones. Caloiaro’s work can be found at the following local gallery: 11” x 14”, oil on canvas. Palm Avenue Fine Art, 10 S. Palm Ave. Sarasota. 941-388-7526, @palmavenuefineart

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Innocent Imagination of Sustainable Beauty When I first saw the sculpture by Taylor Robenalt. many ideas came up to my mind, many elements combined and popped to the right side of my brain. First of all, I looked and studied the art piece and got the meaning of it. The woman’s face with the butterfly and flowers reminds me of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers and a symbol for nature and fertility of the primavera of Botticelli. The hands that hold the two bunnies remind me of a Neoplatonism allegory of a lush growth of spring, with the rabbit symbolizing hope, prosperity and new opportunity. From my point of view being a chef and working in a gourmet market, I had this imagination of a sustainable dish that will use local ingredients, farm to table. From there, I started to put my dish together. I made an edible “soil” that represents the earth using basic ingredients like rye bread. For the sauce, I used carrots and smoked them to symbolize fire and seal the spirit in a mortal body, then I used an organic egg. I cooked the yolk at 149ºF sunny-side up style. I used the eggshell to reveal new life and filled it with four dressings, micro crudité, flowers and micro veggies. I added it to show what our earth can offer us and the beauty and respect that all of us should give back. Morton’s Market, 1924 S Osprey Ave, Sarasota, 941-955-9856,


The Future Is Bright Taylor Robenalt attended Southern Methodist University for her BFA in sculpture. She then discovered her love for ceramics and decided to study at the University of Georgia, where she accomplished her MFA in ceramics. She is currently employed by the Ringling College of Art + Design. This piece was just recently a part of a solo show at Canton Museum of Art in Canton, Ohio. 34” x 13” x 15”, porcelain, cone 6 oxidation, underglaze, glaze, and luster and mixed media, 2020. To view Taylor’s work, please visit Her work can be found at the following Florida gallery: Watson MacRae Gallery, 2340 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL. 239-472-3386, Instagram handle: @watsonmacraegallery.


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Tempura Pacific Mackerel After observing the painting, I wanted to focus on five parts of the painting—my main focus being the mermaid. Being inspired by the beautiful tail and lei necklace, I decided on the tail of a Pacific mackerel, fried in a light tempura batter. To represent the lei, I created a fresh and bright wakame with cucumber, red onion, roma tomato and Egyptian white star flowers. Inspired by the painting’s name, I wanted to create a dish that a surfer would be delighted to eat: a fish taco. The sun is represented by the yellow corn tortilla, the red surfboard by the gochujang aioli and the waves by the sweet lemon foam. Circo, 1435 2nd St, Sarasota, 941-253-0978, ARTIST JENNY MEDVED

Surfer’s Delight Jenny Medved’s husband, an avid woodworker, brought her home this beautiful slab of cypress a few summers ago. She wanted to try something different from her normal style of works of watercolor portraiture documenting Polynesian and Indigenous cultures through ethnography and paintings. Medved was originally trained as an illustrator from Ringling College of Art + Design and decided to have fun with this, so she combined several elements that she loves: water, wood, surf culture, mermaids and, of course, a Hawaiian influence. 20” x 30”, oil on Florida cypress. This work was part of a private collection, but you can find Jenny’s art at, and @jennymedved.artist.

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Oven-Roasted Blue Point Oysters Topped with a Blue Corn Tortilla Soufflé and Blue Agave Tequila-Infused Salsa When looking at the artwork provided to me, it reminded me of fishing villages that we used to visit around my mother’s hometown in Sweden and the abundance of seafood that was pulled from the sea. We would enjoy cooking and eating oysters, fresh-caught fish, and smoked eels at the cottage. I saw it only fit to create a dish that would come from the sea featuring “blue” inspired ingredients. Element, 1413 Main St, Sarasota, 941-724-8585, ARTIST MEG KRAKOWIAK

Blue Harbor Using her imagination, observation, unique color combinations and the happiness that painting brings her, Meg Krakowiak create images that guide the viewer to see what she sees or stimulates a memory of their own. Blue Harbor captures the simultaneous, back-and-forth reflection of color and light between sky and harbor in an exaggerated manner, creating a peaceful and energizing experience at the same time. 48” x 60”, acrylic on canvas. Krawkowiak’s work can be found at her studio, Meg Krakowiak Contemporary Art Gallery & Studio, 60 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-400-2478;; megkrakowiakstudios. com; ig: @megkrakowiak_galleryandstudio.

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Ravioli Caprese I was inspired by the stripes that I replayed with crunchy stripes of Parmesan, and for the green, I thought of something fresh like the basil. Since an important ingredient of caprese is basil and my restaurant is focused on pasta, I put the caprese inside the ravioli. Tortellino Bistrot, 6584 Superior Ave, Sarasota, 941-388-7174, ARTIST LAINE NIXON

Zuhanden Growing up in Oklahoma, Laine Nixon found refuge in the magnificent sunsets and storms of the Great Plains. There, she discovered her love of the purely aesthetic/abstract/wordless experience that she expresses through her artwork. She works in various media, focusing on color, pattern and strict systems. Nixon holds a BS in math from the University of Tennessee and a BFA in painting from the University of South Florida. Her work is in the collections of RBC Wealth Management and Hillsborough Community College. Development of her work has been supported by the 2016–17 John Ringling Towers Fund award and a residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. This particular work was sold to a private collector in Sarasota in 2017. Nixon is represented by the SPAACES Foundation in Sarasota, a contemporary art space and a nonprofit organization not a traditional commercial gallery. A portion of the proceeds from each sale go to the SPAACES Foundation. 48” x 48”, acrylic on canvas, 2017. Find more of her artwork at; @lainenixonstudio.


Magic Place III Bettina Sego is a mixed-media artist based in Sarasota influenced by her surroundings: the bright light, the brilliant blues and greens of the Gulf of Mexico, the interesting shapes and color combinations of the tropical plants she sees when she looks out of her studio window. 6” x 6”, mixed media on board with resin. Her work can be found at 530 Burns Gallery, 530 Burns Ct., Sarasota. 941-951-0620;;; @530BurnsGallery.

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Magnificent The concept was to use all the color of the art piece and break it down using only seafood and reorganize to present it in a sushi form. Tsunami, 100 Central Ave #1022, Sarasota, 941-366-1033,




Bourbon-Glazed Grouper and Watermelon Avocado Salad As an ode to the artist, what a better fit than a dish with bourbon. Inspired by our local beaches on a busy day such as the painting, I thought of ingredients that represent the cultural diversity we enjoy from our tourists, and the textures and smells we may encounter on a hot summer day in Siesta Key. Grouper is a local favorite and a go-to for our tourists, a Florida staple. Grains of white sand come to vision as rice. What is better on a beach day than fresh watermelon? Watermelon salad is a classic dish to take to the beach. I’ve paired it with fresh avocado, California sweet olives and balsamic vinegar as a nod to our tourists, who travel the world to get their toes in the sand. Pier 22, 1200 1st Ave W, Bradenton, 941-748-8087, ARTIST TIM JAEGER

Human Nature No. 2 Above left. For the last 20 years, Tim Jaeger has

maintained his studio in Sarasota. His paintings can be found in numerous public and private collections, as well as multiple galleries and venues across the country. In addition to his studio practice, Jaeger is also the director and chief curator of galleries and exhibitions at Ringling College of Art + Design, a longtime art instructor, husband to artist Cassia Kite, and father of two. 40” x 60”, acrylic, oil, and fabric on canvas, 2020. This painting and additional artworks can be viewed at State of the Arts Gallery, 1525 State St., Sarasota. 941-955-2787; info@sarasotafineart. com;; @stateoftheartsgallery. @ timjaegerpainter.

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RONNIE DEWITT, P.A. We work diligently to match our buyers to the perfect home for their budget and lifestyle, as well as ensuring that our sellers have unparalleled marketing, correct pricing, and a smooth transaction from start to finish.

FOUNDER OF RONNIE DEWITT & ASSOCIATES, INC., Ronnie has been pursuing her passion, Real Estate, since 1995 and is proud to be in the top 5 percent for production and sales in her area. Covering Manatee and Sarasota counties, she successfully sells everything from oceanfront views to equestrian estates, encompassing a wide range of buyer and seller endeavors. Ronnie puts into practice a clientfirst philosophy, placing high value on integrity, quality of marketing skills, communication, accessibility, and efficiency. Ronnie’s other pursuits include showing her horses in dressage competitions, and spending quality family time boating on the beautiful Florida waters. A keen competitor, Ronnie makes sure that whether you are buying or selling a home, your transaction will close in the winner’s circle. Ronnie is a multi-award-winning agent and a proud member of the CHLMS, Million Dollar Guild, International MLS, and is a certified New Home Specialist. Some of her awards from Zillow and Trulia include the coveted designations of Premier Agent, All-Star Agent, 5-Star Agent, Best Local Agent, and Best of Trulia. Ronnie is the leader of a knowledgeable and capable team that has been with her since the founding of her company; her husband and business manager Gregory Dewitt, along with her office manager, Gabrielle Kirchman. Ronnie and her team members grew up in Sarasota and have seen the area develop from a sleepy tourist town to a booming real estate mecca. This highly talented team will ensure that both buyers and sellers have their needs met and their expectations greatly exceeded.

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deep-rooted dedication, commitment, knowledge, energy and expertise to deliver quality service. With an emphasis towards the top tier of the luxury market, she is known for delivering the same exceptional service to all her customers. This committed approach has led a high level of customer satisfaction and repeat referrals. As an expert in the local market, it is her goal to provide a positive real estate experience. She shows her dedication to her customers through high values and strong work ethic. Michelle enjoys assisting her customers in selling their property or buying their dream home through her professional approach, hard work, negotiating skills, positive attitude and focus on their individual needs and desires. This committed approach to her profession has led to a high level of customer satisfaction and repeat referrals. Always an active member of her profession, church, community and state, In her spare time, Michelle enjoys exercise, traveling, musicals, dining, going to the beach, fishing, boating, snow and water skiing, hiking, attending sporting events, and being with family and friends. She ran her first half-marathon in 2017. Serving Sarasota County including: Venice, Casey Key, Manasota Key, Nokomis, Osprey and Wellen Park. Specialties: Waterfront properties, golf communities, Gulf of Mexico, Bay and Intracoastal properties, condominiums, acreages, investment properties, new construction and relocation.


Saunders & Company is a full-service real estate organization dedicated to a long-standing tradition of excellence, professionalism and integrity with a focus on delivering an exceptional real estate experience to all stakeholders.” Nowhere but here, no one but you. Michael Saunders & Company is an independently owned collaboration of agents providing the deepest, most strategic market insights in the region; global marketing reach to more than 700 real estate partners worldwide; and meticulous service to home buyers and sellers from every walk of life. Our company culture is built from our Sarasota roots, strong moral standards, and a unified vigor to set the highest expectation for real estate services on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

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MICHELLE HUPP Local knowledge, global connections. Michelle Hupp’s performance as a top achiever is driven by a Midwestern work ethic and a passion for selling the Florida lifestyle through real estate. Licensed since 1992, she is dedicated to the real estate profession as a REALTOR® with Michael Saunders & Company in Venice, Florida. She has earned the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) and Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designations. Michelle is known for showcasing waterfront property from the boat. Michelle Hupp 110 Nokomis Ave. N. | Venice, FL 34385 c 941.773.5464

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SAMANTHA KOTLIK + IGOR BARMASH The greatest things in life don’t happen by chance, they happen as a result of the choices you make. When you choose to work with us you can expect more . . . and get it.


to call home. We love the world-class beaches, enjoy delicious meals at fantastic restaurants, take in a show at one of many theaters, and attend cultural activities available year-round. We have formed strong connections with and support our friends with local independent businesses as well as several non-profits that serve our community. Having access to these wonderful opportunities has significantly enhanced the quality of our lives. We look forward to working with you and showing you why we Live and Love Life in Sarasota. WE WILL

Work with integrity and pledge to be honest, ethical, and transparent in all interactions.Earn your trust in ways both large and small. Be reliable and accountable as demonstrated by our meticulous attention to detail, highly effective communication, and most importantly be responsive and available to you. Work efficiently and effectively, respecting time and money, yours as well as our own. Practice the highest levels of confidentiality and discretion. Strive to go beyond the expected to provide exceptional customer service and build lasting relationships. ABOUT COUTURE REAL ESTATE

In 2019, after over a decade in real estate, Broker Allison Werner saw a need to put the real back in real estate. Because after all, helping real people find real home happiness is what real estate should be all about. She created Couture with a mission of providing tailored and customized service throughout the real estate process. Focusing on relationships, customer service, and client-focused personalized attention are just a few of the values that make the difference in Couture clients’ experience.

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MY ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT was sparked by an early background in the hospitality industry and four start-up businesses that took me to other states. Living away for a period of time helped me to even more appreciate Sarasota, as my heart was always drawn back to my home town. My love of SRQ, coupled with my business experience and skills, led me to pursue a career in real estate after moving back to the area.

Being known for genuine service, honesty, reliability, customer service, and a passion for real estate earned me the distinction of being voted one of “Sarasota’s Top 10 Realtors” by SRQ Magazine. Multiple years as a sales agent has taught me that providing first-class service to my clients in order to find the best fit for their needs is not just a goal– it’s a requirement. Prior experience with Premier Sotheby’s and Neal Communities, where I specialized in new construction, eventually led me to Michael Saunders and Company. In addition to general residential sales, I recently joined MSC New Homes and Condominiums as sales associate for Risdon on 5th – a premier condo development in the Historic Rosemary District. This unique opportunity allows me to work with all clients–buyers, re-sale and new construction. My home is located in Gillespie Park where I enjoy downtown offerings of arts, dining, and community events in addition to volunteering and giving back to this wonderful community we call home. MSC MISSION STATEMENT “Michael

JOSEPH MCDONALD As a Florida native, I know first-hand how special it is to call the Gulf Coast home. Sarasota can be characterized as place where culture meets diversity surrounded by enormous beauty and a thriving energy. I enjoy introducing the area to clients, educating them, and sharing my experience of what it is like to be born, raised, and live in such a culturally rich community. Joseph McDonald 1605 Main Street | Sarasota, FL 34236 c 941.375.9646

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Saunders & Company is a full-service real estate organization dedicated to a long-standing tradition of excellence, professionalism and integrity with a focus on delivering an exceptional real estate experience to all stakeholders.” Nowhere but here, no one but you. Michael Saunders & Company is an independently owned collaboration of agents providing the deepest, most strategic market insights in the region; global marketing reach to more than 700 real estate partners worldwide; and meticulous service to home buyers and sellers from every walk of life. Our company culture is built from our Sarasota roots, strong moral standards, and a unified vigor to set the highest expectation for real estate services on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

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JUST AS THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY evolves to become more efficient and innovative, so does Nicole. Using the latest technologies, strategic marketing plans and transaction management services, she is confident in her ability to lead her clients through the home buying and selling process smoothly. A Sarasota resident since 2007, Nicole understands the endless benefits of life on the Gulf Coast, with its unparalleled weather, beaches and culture. In the past 8 years, Nicole has become an esteemed Realtor, earning her GRI designation as well as the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation.

After attending the University of Tennessee, Denise began a 22-year career as a flight attendant with American Airlines. An entrepreneur at heart, Denise leveraged her managerial talent and wealth of experience in service as the co-owner of both Café Baci Restaurant and Classic Toys in Sarasota. This background helped her transition to the real estate industry in 2011, as she is renowned for her unwavering commitment to her clients and providing successful results. Both women value the work-life balance they’ve created within their families, business, and communities. Rather than seeing these as separate entities, they regularly use one to inform the other – developing a comprehensive and compassionate view of the communities and customers they serve. Call Nicole and Denise for an exceptional real estate experience tailored to you and your lifestyle!

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DENISE + NICOLE MEI Working together to achieve the real estate goals of their clients, Denise and Nicole Mei bring diverse skills, strengths and experiences to complement their shared passionate approach to every transaction. Continuously recognized as a top team at Michael Saunders & Company, Nicole and Denise take pride in their ability to adapt and cater to every client’s needs. FIRM MISSION

Michael Saunders & Company is an independently-owned collaboration of agents providing the deepest, most strategic market insights in the region; global marketing reach to more than 700 real estate partners worldwide; and meticulous service to home buyers and sellers. The company culture is built from its Sarasota roots, strong moral standards, and a unified vigor to set the highest expectation for real estate services. Now its fifth decade of service, Michael Saunders & Company has grown into a network of 24 full-service real estate offices with annual revenue totaling $2.78 billion and a dominating market share across all price points.

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themselves as creative problem solvers, especially during these unprecedented times when the needs of so many families have changed. Residents are now working and schooling from home requiring different space, and travel for international owners of Florida homes has become more difficult. Shanahan Merrill Group has established a reputation as trusted professionals in assisting families in these changing times and now boasts one of the highest success rates in the community. Leading members of the team are Kenneth Shanahan, Katina Shanahan, and Dawn Merrill. Each of them having a background in new construction, their knowledge is invaluable to their clients during all phases of a home purchase whether it is an existing home sale or the design of a new build. They attribute their success to their various skillsets, but mostly to their shared work ethic and desire to help others. Members of Shanahan Merrill group hold several designations including Certified Negotiations Expert, Pricing Strategy Advisor, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Seller Representative Specialist, and Certified Building Contractor.

THE SHANAHAN MERRILL GROUP The Shanahan Merrill Group has made a name for themselves in the Sarasota Bradenton region. Ranked among the Top 5 Agents at Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and Real Trends 2020 America’s Best Real Estate Professionals, they are known for their concierge service and record setting sales. Working with an impressive local and international database, the group specializes in bringing buyers and sellers together, closing deals smoothly and efficiently. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty 50 Central Avenue, Suite 110 Sarasota, FL 34236 | o 941.915.7126

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MARLIN YODER Marlin fell in love with Sarasota’s warm climate and moved here in 2006 to escape the cold Ohio winters. That move was one of the best decisions he ever made. In Sarasota, he found a home of over 14 years, his wife, and, eventually, real estate.

AFTER RECEIVING HIS REAL ESTATE license in October of 2017, he has cultivated a diverse portfolio, ranging anywhere from quarter-acre lots and 1,000 square foot condos to commercial apartment buildings and multi-million-dollar homes. As one’s home is typically the largest asset in their personal net worth, he considers it an extreme honor to be trusted to help his clients navigate the complex process of such a large transaction. His success can be contributed to three attributes: his honest and straight-forward communication at every stage in the home buying or selling process, his relentless work ethic, and his proven effectiveness in negotiating deals. Marlin sees himself not as someone simply looking for the next transaction, but as someone who is ready to go to work for his clients to discover the best options in the Sarasota area to fit each of his clients’ individual needs. His advice to all his clients is, “If you don’t love it, don’t buy it. My commitment to you is, and always will be, to search until we find the one you love.“ In 2019, Marlin finished in the top 10% of all agents in Sarasota and Manatee and has been awarded the Luxury Marketing Home Specialist and Million Dollar Guild designation in 2020. FIRM BIOGRAPHY

The firm was founded by Harry and Lois Robbins and is presently operated by their son Loyd Robbins, along with grandsons Kevin, Troy, and Derek Robbins. As a faith-based company, the Robbins family and associates are dedicated to working hard for their clients with integrity and a superior level of service.

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ALEXIS ZIBOLIS My goal is provide the most specialized service and care to each client in order to sell their property as efficiently, and effectively and at the highest dollar. To find them a home, not just a house. Inspiring client referrals to their friends, family, and business associates. I strive to be the #1 in sales and in happy clients.


Florida’s top 100 agents in the state, sold over 54 homes last year, and already up to 60 sales for 2020. A top agent in the Sarasota-Manatee area, Alexis’ clients choose to work with her not only because she is a consummate professional with unmatched ethics, but because of her enthusiasm about all things real estate and her “down to earth” disposition. Alexis has consistently shown the ability to exceed clients’ expectations in the buying and selling of their homes because of her strong negotiation skills and marketing expertise. Her listings average 25 days on the market by utilizing the latest tactics to get them sold and at the highest price. Alexis is able to anticipate the ebb and flow of the area’s market and communicate with her clients, allowing them to make the most informed decisions; therefore, creating a “win-win” scenario for all parties. Because of Alexis’ hard work, charisma and endless energy, she has become the area’s “go to” agent for first time home buyers, the luxury buying and selling market, investments, new construction, resale and everything in between. Her uncompromising commitment, drive, and fostering of relationships based on individual needs makes her truly unique and the ideal person to assist in buying or selling your next home.

Alexis Zibolis, P.A. Coldwell Banker Realty 8334 Market St. Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 c 941.725.3060

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With family residing in Sarasota County Jody has been visiting the area regularly since the early 90’s. After graduating from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston she decided to make Venice her permanent residence and pursue her dream of Real Estate in 2009.

EDUCATING AND CARING FOR CUSTOMERS looking to buy or sell real estate comes naturally to her. While the process can be stressful, she focuses on making the transition enjoyable and rewarding by getting to know her clients and meeting their needs. Jody prides herself on being proactive, professional, confidential and involved in the entire process from beginning to end. Jody joined Premier Sotheby’s International Realty in 2017 with one goal in mind, to better serve her clients using the latest technology, but understanding that “old-fashioned” values like professionalism and morals still matter to people. During a transaction as emotionally and financially important as buying or selling a home, the person who holds your hand during the process needs to be an expert but also genuinely care about you and your family’s best interest.

Jody M. Callan | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty | 400 Barcelona Ave., Venice, FL 34285 c 941.525.8707 | | Premier Sotheby’s International Realty is the market leader throughout the markets we serve, recognized as the real estate company of choice, and committed to setting the ultimate standard for excellence within the luxury real estate market. We are a highly profitable organization and, as a Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate, are recognized throughout the brand as the distinctive model that our peers aspire to duplicate. We continue to strive to be the company that our sales associates and staff love to work for, creating a sense of pride and ownership in an environment that stimulates creativity and passion. Our goal is to create value and make a difference that will inspire moments of optimism and happiness throughout the organization, while being highly effective, lean and fast-moving.

NICKI CONWAY Working on her family farm in Ohio, and growing up with eight siblings, Nicki learned early that determination, dedication, knowledge, and hard work are the stepping stones to success. She believes it takes integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, effective negotiation skills, and marketing savvy to be an excellent real estate professional.

A CLIENT-FIRST PHILOSOPHY HAS ALWAYS BEEN NICKI’S APPROACH to her business. Having lived in Sarasota since 1986, Nicki knows the culture that makes Sarasota so unique and is committed to finding her clients a lifestyle and home that’s perfect for them. The results speak for themselves as she has been a top producing Realtor since 2003. Nicki is a member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and the Residential Real Estate Council and has earned the valued National Association of Realtors Commitment to Excellence endorsement. Her client, John, says it best, “Nicki watches over every detail and helps in all ways possible to ensure complex things look easy. Professional acuity, local knowledge, and outstanding customer service differentiate Nicki from the rest”.Nicki loves to travel with her husband, Jack, and enjoys time with their three children, four grandchildren, and two Springerdoodles!

Nicki Conway, CRS, CLHMS, Guild, E-PRO | Fine Properties c 941.315.3331 | Our elite team at Fine Properties provides professional, informative, loyal, and dedicated service to our clients. Our customers’ best interests always come first, and we will place your needs ahead of our own in each transaction. Fine Properties is a multi-functional organization. Our team-approach philosophy ensures that we manage all aspects of your real estate purchase or sale professionally and to your complete satisfaction.

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ANDREE HUFFINE Not many of us get to say this...I love what I do. It is easy to be successful when you love what you do, and in my view, there is no better place to do this than the Sarasota area. I want to make every transaction fun and rewarding for my clients. Nothing brings more joy than a happy Buyer or Seller. At the same time, buying or selling a home is serious business and I approach every day and every client with a focus on innovation, customer service and in-depth market knowledge.

ANDREE HAS LIVED IN SARASOTA FOR OVER 30 YEARS and has garnered a deep knowledge

of the area. 17 years ago she elected to pursue her passion for real estate. Since then, Andree has consistently ranked among the area’s top producers, using her MBA in finance and her background in marketing and management as the foundation. She has a keen understanding of how important it is to deliver outstanding customer service. As a result, over 60 percent of her sales come from former clients and referrals. Much of her business is in the luxury sector, but she serves needs across all price points. She believes Sarasota offers the best of Florida lifestyles and loves to showcase our area.

Andree Huffine | Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate | Downtown Sarasota c 941.232.4053 |

TRACY PIERCE As a Venice homeowner who’s originally from the suburbs of the Philadelphia area, I’ve been proud to call Venice my home since 2016. Since relocating here I’ve been fortunate to have developed a career with a vast social and professional network that has supplied me with the most amazing clients.


experience I’ve gained as a real estate agent, I’m excited to put my skills into practice and help others achieve their goals of home ownership. I’m proud to have been awarded ‘Rookie of the Year 2018’ and ‘Best of the Best 2019.’ I pride myself in my ability to provide high quality service and help shoulder the stress from my clients to help them move forward into their future. I will work with you to gain the necessary competitive edge when buying or selling your home, understand the challenges you’re up against in today’s market and provide you with ongoing communication about your real estate transaction. As your dedicated real estate professional, I’m proud to provide you with honest and meaningful work to help you achieve your goals and look forward to helping you with all your real estate needs.

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Arthur Valadie, MD

David Cashen, MD

Douglas Constant, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Pain Management

Patrick Dermarkarian, MD Spine Surgery

Gennady Gekht, MD

Daniel Lamar, MD

Pain Management

Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine

Rising Stars Less Than 5 Years in Practice

With over 45 years of dedicated service to patients throughout the BradentonSarasota area, physicians from Coastal Orthopedics have earned a sterling reputation as leading local authorities on surgical and non-surgical treatment methods for patients suffering orthopedic injuries or traumas, and any who experience chronic muscle, joint, or back pain. Each physician is deeply committed to providing personalized, patient-centered care, and strives to customize treatment plans for each patient’s specific needs, lifestyle, and diagnosis. For patients, the combination of state-of-the-art services such as MRI, orthopedic bracing, physical therapy and outpatient surgical suites enable seamless care through all stages of treatment and recovery. Privileges with Blake Medical Center, Doctors Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, and Manatee Memorial Hospital.

WE TREAT YOU BETTER. Coastal Orthopedics is proud to recognize twelve 2020 SRQ Top Doctors for their commitment to excellence in medicine. As members of Coastal Orthopedics’ board-certified team of physicians and surgeons, these physicians specialize in providing personalized care across a wide range of subspecialties.

Andrés O’Daly, MD Orthopedic Surgery

Laura Ottaviani, DO

Sara Simmons, MD

Justin Sirianni, MD

Eric Sundberg, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Hand Surgery

Pain Management

Spine Surgery

Alan Valadie, MD Orthopedic Surgery


6015 Pointe West Boulevard | 5101 4th Ave. Circle East, Suite 500 | 8340 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, 3rd Floor





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.

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.


Exceptional Nurses Heather Bathgate Awais Baig Tammy Brookes Michelle Brukoff Lisa Cherry Chad Clark Debra Creasy Denise Couturier Emily Cunningham Rachel Cupp

Steve Davidson

Adam Pitts

Amanda Delong

Shelly Russo

Lori Dengler

Jessica Shacklett

Abighail Dominguez

Alexandra Silver

James Hayes

Patricia Tillis

Michelle Hilliard

Dihianna Torres

Rachel Kirkus

Cindy Trayer

Elizabeth Kovach

Seth Weiser

Amanda Lee

Sharon Wetzler

James Leiber

Danielle Wright

Courtney Mills

Nicole Yrabedra

Heather Percoval Diane Pearce

DISCLAIMERS DataJoe uses best practices and exercises great care in assembling content for this list. DataJoe does not warrant that the data contained within the list are complete or accurate. DataJoe does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. All rights reserved. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without written permission from DataJoe.

QUESTIONS For research/methodology questions, contact the research team at


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HONORING OUR 2020 TOP DOCTORS AND NURSES Florida Digestive Health Specialists is a trusted and valued provider for digestive care. Our nationally acclaimed physicians and teams provide personalized, advanced treatment for comprehensive gastrointestinal and liver health needs. With 25 care centers and 46 gastroenterologists across Florida, there is always an FDHS provider nearby.

Florida Digestive Health Specialists Providing the highest quality gastroenterology care in the communities we serve.





Gastroenterology Associates of Sarasota 2089 Hawthorne St. Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941.365.6556

University Gastro–Sarasota 2401 University Pkwy, Suite 202 Sarasota FL 34243 941.360.2579

Florida Digestive Disease Specialists– Lakewood Ranch 11505 Palmbrush Trl. Suite 200 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941.361.1100

Florida Digestive Disease Specialists– Lakewood Ranch 11505 Palmbrush Trl. Suite 200 Lakewood Ranch FL 34202 941.361.1100

Florida Digestive Disease Specialists– Sarasota 5741 Bee Ridge Rd. Suite 550 Sarasota, FL 34233 941.361.1100

Florida Digestive Disease Specialists– Sarasota 5741 Bee Ridge Rd. Suite 550 Sarasota, FL 34233 941.361.1100

University Gastro– Manatee County 1040 River Heritage Blvd, Suite 202 Bradenton, FL 34212 941.360.2579

ABOUT THE PRACTICE Florida Digestive Health Specialists provides compassionate diagnosis and treatment for comprehensive GI issues including Crohn’s, acid reflux, colitis, hemorrhoids, constipation, IBS and more. Founded in 2011, FDHS’ goal is to provide outstanding care at every patient encounter. Find an FDHS physician at a location near you and schedule an appointment today:

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Gastroenterology and Exceptional Nurses




Gastroenterology Associates of Manatee 1886 59th St. W Bradenton, FL 34209 Phone: 941.794.1980

Lee S. Mitchel, MD, LLC 1219 S. East Ave. Ste 308 Sarasota FL 34239 Phone: 941.366.4015

Sarasota Digestive Health Specialists 1801 Arlington St. Ste 101 Sarasota, FL 34239 Phone: 941.894.3490


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Acid Reflux Disease Barrett's Esophagus Biliary Cancer Celiac Diseas Cirrhosis Colitis Colon Polyps Colorectal Cancer Constipation Crohn's Disease Diarrhea Diverticulitis Fatty Liver Disease Recal Incontinence Gallstones Gastritis Gastroparesis Heartburn Helicobacter Pylori Hemorrhoids Hepatitis Irritable Bowel Syndrome Lactose Intolerance Liver Cancer Liver Disease Pancreative Diseases Recal Bleeding Ulcerative Colitis


Thank you for trusting us with you or your loved one’s care.



Ian M. Kahane MD

HONOREE Internal Mediciine Rising Stars 5 Years in Practice

Dr. Kahane has always aspired to become a physician since the age of three. Very few children complete grade school, middle school, high school, and beyond with a singular career vision in mind. However, Dr. Kahane never wavered from his dream to become a physician. He completed his medical school at Ross University School of Medicine in 2015 and became an established member of the Bradenton community by becoming a part of the first ever residency class at Blake Medical Center. While there he served one year as Chief Internal Medicine resident. From there Dr. Kahane knew he wanted to remain in the Bradenton area and help impact this community. He founded Complete Care in July 2019 and since then has been leading the charge to improve the lives of his patients.


At Complete Care our doctors root their care in devotion. Leading with old-fashioned compassion and combining it with cutting edge medicine is what separates Dr. Kahane and Complete Care from other primary care practices. From the moment you walk into the office, all the way through meeting Dr. Kahane, until you leave, you will notice an amazing difference in the level of medical care and the amount of understanding Dr. Kahane has for his patients.


Dr Kahane believes that the patient should be the manager of their health and that the physician is an advisor; giving power to the patients so they can make better healthcare decisions for themselves. Empowering patients with knowledge and combining it with the most cutting edge medicine leads to superior care and faster diagnosis. If you want top-notch healthcare, you want a physician like Ian M. Kahane, MD Specialties: Diabetes, Autoimmune Diseases, Migraines, Joint Pain, Allergy.

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Autoimmune Diseases High Blood Pressure Influenza and Allergies Diabetes and Gout Insomnia and Anxiety Prolotherapy and PreP Weight Loss

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Daniel M. Cooper MD, FACC

HONOREE Cardiology

Highly trained in Cardiology, Electrophysiology and Pacing by the Cleveland Clinic, the number #1 Heart Hospital in the USA, Dr. Cooper is Board Certified in Cardiology and Internal Medicine, having trained at Buffalo General Hospital, the flagship Internal Medicine program of the State University of New York. He has attended the Harvard Medical School Internal Medicine Recertification. Dr. Cooper is the Associate Professor of Cardiology and Medicine, FSU College of Medicine. Over the past two decades Dr Cooper has cared for a wide range of outpatient ailments from common infections, diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension; to complex hospital medical and heart emergencies.

ABOUT THE PRACTICE Over the past six years Dr Cooper has aimed to provide highly personalized medical care to a small group of patients in his Concierge practice. In addition to Primary Care and General Medicine, Dr. Cooper provides Cardiology and Electrophysiology care to his patients with an office equipped for multiple types of non-invasive heart examinations which include Echocardiograms, treadmill Stress-Tests, Electrocardiograms, and Pacemaker/ICD interrogations. Our patients find reassurance in having the ability to directly speak with Dr. Cooper 24/7 and be evaluated either at home, our Office or at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Same-day appointments and extended visits provide you with the ability to have all your needs met. We are the only Concierge practice providing all-inone General Medicine, Cardiology, and the specialty of Cardiac Electrophysiology. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE RECOGNIZED BY YOUR PEERS FOR SRQ TOP DOCTOR? It is a great honor and responsibility to be recognized by the Medical Staff as a Top Cardiologist and Internist in the Sarasota Medical community. In my position as Associate Professor of Cardiology and Medicine of Florida State University College of Medicine, I emphasize to my medical students the need to be well informed and skilled. The necessity to develop excellent bedside manners with empathy, is one of the pillars of medical care. It is of paramount importance to develop the ability and time to communicate effectively with patients, their families and with the consulting medical team. “The healing of my patients starts with a caring relationship and provides the cornerstone for my role as a physician, a teacher and a friend”.


Cardiology Internal Medicine Electrophysiology Arrhythmias Pacemaker/ICD

COOPER CONCIERGE CARDIOLOGY & INTERNAL MEDICINE 1875 Floyd Street, Sarasota, FL 34239 941.955.7060 |

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Ann Neff MD

ABOUT THE PRACTICE Our practice believes

that every patient deserves personalized care and attention, focusing on the individual's needs and concerns. A job well done means the patient feels their questions have been heard and addressed. Taking the time to listen and making sure each patient is participating in the treatment plan helps to set us apart. In dermatology, problems that present are usually visible, often bothersome, and affect a patient's quality of life. Whether removing a skin cancer or treating a bothersome rash, the patient can see the actual progress of treatment. Skin cancer surveillance and treatment are an integral part of dermatology, and can be life-saving. Regular dermatology appointments can improve patient's lives by helping them look and feel better! Before joining our practice, Dr. Neff's experiences in academia, allowed her to see some of the most difficult and hard-to-treat cases. She served on faculty at the University of Cincinnati Department of Dermatology performing dermatology and Mohs surgery and practiced oculoplastic surgery at the prestigious, world renowned, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. When not working, Dr. Neff enjoys spending me with her husband, Guy and three children, Adam, Katie and Isabella who are all actively involved in tennis. She also enjoys watching tennis, running and reading. Dr. Neff's knowledge base, surgical skills and calm, personable nature make her loved by colleagues, staff and patients. She is a true expert in the field of dermatology and is committed to providing superior dermatologic care to all of her patients while maintaining a friendly and warm environment.

HONOREE Dermatology

Ann Neff, M.D. has been a respected and valuable member of Dermatology Associates since 2010. Her background and expertise is unparalleled, making her one of the most sought after Mohs surgeons in the region. Dr. Neff's training is very unique in that she has completed two residency training programs and two fellowship training programs, which combined give her knowledge and skill rarely seen by most dermatologists and Mohs surgeons, especially related to skin cancers and growths around the eye region. She is Dermatology Associates' trusted Mohs surgeon and works closely with all of our providers to perform the skin cancer treatments that require this specialized skill at both our Sarasota and Bradenton locations. In addition, Dr. Neff offers general dermatologic care, especially to those patients at high risk for multiple cutaneous malignancies.


Mohs Surgical Dermatology Cutaneous Oncology Melanoma Treatment Periocular Disease and Treatment

DERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES | REFLECTIONS MEDSPA 3830 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 200, Sarasota, FL 34233 4351 Cortez Road W, Suite 101, Bradenton, FL 34210 11505 Palmbrush Trail, Suite 220, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-927.5178 |



Michael Barron


Dr. Barron is from Cincinnati Ohio and received his BS in Microbiology from the Ohio State University and graduated from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed Internal Medicine training at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati and completed Fellowships in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at Tulane University where he was fully trained in all aspects of general cardiology, interventional cardiology, and peripheral vascular interventions. Moving to Sarasota in 2000 he received the 2002 Physician of the Year Award from Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Dr. Barron is on staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

ABOUT THE PRACTICE Cardiovascular Spe-

cialists of Sarasota is a full-service cardiovascular practice where patients are seen Monday thru Friday and all testing is performed and interpreted in the office. Testing includes nuclear stress testing and treadmill stress testing for diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease, echocardiography for diagnosis and treatment of congestive heart failure and valvular heart disease, Holter monitoring and 30-day ambulatory telemetry monitoring for diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias. In addition, all aspects of vascular ultrasound are performed including carotid, abdominal, renal, and lower extremity arterial and venous duplex scanning for assessment and treatment of peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Barron came to Sarasota in 2000 joining the largest cardiovascular group in town at the time but has been a solo practitioner since 2016. He takes great pride in giving his patients the most individualized care possible. He does not utilize mid-level practitioners so every patient in the practice will be seen by him. In addition, he rounds on every one of his hospitalized patients 7 days a week in the hospital assuring that each of his patients is evaluated and treated by their own cardiologist who knows them best. Dr. Barron strives to identify and help implement lifestyle changes to further improve the quality of life of his patients.


General Cardiology Interventional Cardiology Vascular Disease

CARDIOVASCULAR SPECIALISTS OF SARASOTA 5741 Bee Ridge Road, Ste 470 Sarasota, FL 34233 941.377.8266 | Fax 941.378.9545 12 | srq magazine_ NOV20 top doctors medical guide



James M. Cottom DPM, FACFAS

HONOREE Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Dr. Cottom received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Michigan State University. In 2002 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Scholl College / Finch University, in Chicago, Illinois. Subsequently, he completed a three-year surgical residency in reconstructive and trauma surgery of the foot and ankle at the Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, in Detroit, Michigan. In addition, he completed an AO International Trauma Fellowship in Seattle, WA, an Ilizarov Fellowship in Kurgan, Russia as well as a 12-month orthopedic foot and ankle Fellowship in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Cottom has been in practice in the Sarasota area since 2007.

ABOUT THE PRACTICE At Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center (FLOFAC), our team of board-certified specialists care for men, women and children. We strive to provide the best foot, ankle and leg care on the Gulf Coast. From routine foot care, to state-ofthe-art total ankle replacement, our patients receive individualized, compassionate care in an office equipped with the most innovative technologies in lower extremity care. Dr. James Cottom and his team provide treatment for a full range of foot and ankle conditions and ailments. The fellowship-trained team cares for sprains, arthritis, fractures, sports injuries, and traumatic injuries of the foot, ankle and leg. Our doctors specialize in trauma and reconstructive surgery, offering a a variety of advanced arthroscopic procedures, joint replacements, ligament and tendon repairs, and deformity correction surgeries. In addition, the FLOFAC team provides cutting-edge regenerative treatments like shockwave therapy, platelet rich plasma, BMAC and amniotic flowable injections. We offer physical therapy in the office as well. WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART?

Individualized, state of the art compassionate treatment. It is simple, we have focused our patient care on the most important aspect, the patient! Our new office is state of the art with an environment that is very relaxing and comfortable. This has also allowed us to limit how many patients we see each day so that each patient receives the appropriate time that is needed with the physician. With an inviting, family-friendly environment and a practice that treats its patients’ time with as much respect as their own, it's time to schedule with the team at FLOFAC!


Non-operative and surgical treatment of foot, ankle and leg issues Arthritis including Total Ankle Replacement Arthroscopic Surgery Minimally Invasive Surgery Complex deformity correction

FLORIDA ORTHOPEDIC FOOT & ANKLE CENTER (FLOFAC) 1630 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239 941.924.8777 |



John A. Galat MD

HONOREE Cardiovascular Surgery

Originally from Mansfield, Ohio, John A. Galat, M.D., came to Florida in 1993 where he joined the Ocala Heart Institute after finishing his training at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. While in Ocala, he was instrumental in establishing many cardiac surgical programs in Florida and throughout the world, including China, Mongolia, Albania and Kenya. In 2002 he launched the cardiovascular surgery program at Venice Regional Bayfront Health. In 2018 he returned to Venice as a full-time cardiothoracic surgeon to build on the hospital’s multidisciplinary cardiac surgical program. He is employed by Gulf Coast HMA Physician Management, LLC, d/b/a Gulf Coast Medical Group.


A key difference in our practice is that many of our team members are solely dedicated to heart surgery patients. Our anesthesiologist only works with our surgical team and then provides critical care management for our patients after surgery. Our patients and their families also benefit from having nurses who are dedicated to the heart team before, during and after surgery. This continuity of care is rare among heart programs, and I believe it is a key reason for our patients’ positive outcomes.


Being recognized by my peers is an honor I share with the entire heart team at Venice Regional Bayfront Health. Everyone is an expert in their role, from educating patients before and after surgery, to providing advanced surgical procedures by highly experienced surgeons, and delivering outstanding nursing care from nurses who are dedicated solely to heart surgery patients. Our anesthesiologist likewise is dedicated to our team and provides continuity of care from surgery through recovery. Many of the nurses, anesthesia and surgical technicians have worked with us since the inception of the program.


Coronary artery bypass including “off-pump” and multiple arterial grafts Valve repairs and replacement including minimally invasive approaches and TAVR Aortic aneurysm surveillance and repair including endovascular Carotid artery surgery

GULF COAST MEDICAL GROUP CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY ASSOCIATES 600 Nokomis Ave. Suite 207, Venice, FL 34285 941.486.6770 | 14 | srq magazine_ NOV20 top doctors medical guide



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.



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


Gulf Coast Medical Group Rheumatology combines new medical technologies, medicines and treatments with a personal, patient-focused approach. Extensive counseling with patients about theirconditions 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.


Rheumatoid arthritis Psoriatic arthritis Osteoporosis Osteoarthritis Lupus

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



Pamela Chapman DO

HONOREE Rising Stars 5 Years in Practice

A native of South Louisiana, Dr. Chapman studied at Louisiana State University, earning a bachelor of science in biochemistry. She relocated to Florida for medical school, receiving her doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from LECOM. She went on to serve as Chief Patient Advocate and Chief Resident in Family Medicine at Saint Petersburg General Hospital. Board Certified in Family Medicine and OMT, Dr. Chapman currently resides and practices medicine in Bradenton, Florida. She is a member of IFM, AOA, ACOFP, and AAFP. Dr. Chapman and her husband love spending time on Anna Maria Island, camping, and traveling together.

ABOUT THE PRACTICE At The Beauty and Wellness Institute, Dr. Chapman offers Functional Medicine and Aesthetics services to help women feel beautiful inside and out. Board Certified in Family Medicine and trained in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine, Dr. Chapman has combined her passion for health, aesthetics and community into a practice bringing women together to enjoy dynamic, youthful lives. She focuses on underlying root causes of chronic illness and encourages a holistic approach to healing through extended one on one visits as well as group visits that can promote support and accountability. Trained in Aesthetics, she also offers non-surgical cosmetic procedures including Botox, Fillers, Kybella, HIFU for skin tightening and targeted fat reduction, Vaginal Rejuvenation, Laser Hair Removal, and more. WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART?

I understand women. We have more on our plates than ever before. We’re taking care of the home, children, our parents, running businesses, supporting our friends, and so much more. It can become overwhelming. So at The Beauty and Wellness Institute, I strive to hold a space for women to slow down. Whether a woman comes in with health concerns or she is seeking help with physical features, she should leave feeling confident and cared for. I also try to simplify Functional Medicine for my patients. I hear too often that they have been recommended a multitude of expensive supplements but don’t know what any of them do. Women’s lives are complicated enough, if we can keep things simple, we can create lasting change.


Functional Medicine Women's Health Aesthetics

THE BEAUTY & WELLNESS INSTITUTE 5861 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210 | 941.202.2106 info@thebeautyandwellnessinstitute | 16 | srq magazine_ NOV20 top doctors medical guide



Andrew Marlowe MD

HONOREE Otalaryngology Ear Nose Throat

Dr. Marlowe prides himself on a long and successful ENT career in Sarasota. He has cared for patients with complex and life altering issues with knowledge and compassion, winning awards for being recognized as “most compassionate doctor.” Dr. Marlowe’s general ENT practice routinely treats hearing loss, vertigo, headaches, and sinus disease of all types. His engineering degree and a fellowship in otology make him uniquely qualified to treat hearing loss with every available option from surgery, to hearing aids, EarLens and implants. He extends the same passion to aesthetics, with the understanding that looking better leads to feeling better. Our goal is to make you look and feel rejuvenated with a natural appearance that will have your friends guessing how you did it.

ABOUT THE PRACTICE The same desire to

help our patients with their ear, nose and throat issues has led us to expand into the realm of aesthetics. We are now offering the broadest range of non-invasive and minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedures to help you look and FEEL better with minimal, or no downtime. Morpheus8 – a micro-needle radio frequency device that causes dramatic skin tightening, and resurfacing. FACEtite and ACCUtite – a radio frequency device that offers minimally invasive facial re-contouring (remove jowls and under chin fat and wrinkles) that are sure signs of aging. PicoSure – the absolute best laser treatment for skin discoloration and tattoo removal. It works on things nothing else can touch. Works differently from all other lasers. Other Treatments – toxins, fillers, and laser fat reduction round out our offerings.


Dr. Marlowe successfully continues to confront his patients chronic or unusual medical problems that have not responded to prior treatment. With the knowledge that if you look better, you will FEEL better, we’ve expanded our range of services to include facial aesthetics. Dr. Marlowe and his staff have selected the procedures based on the strict criteria of “What would I have done for me?” We are currently proud to offer a large variety of technologies and knowledge to address the largest range of concerns in the best way possible. Our procedures are done in office and have little to no downtime.


Otololaryngology Audiology Aesthetics

MARLOWE & MARRS ENT CENTER FOR HEARING & AESTHETICS 5432 Bee Ridge Rd., Suite 150, Sarasota FL 34233 941.379.3277 |

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Ashok Sastry & Nishant Bhensdadia

HONOREE Nephrology

Dr. Ashok Sastry and Dr. Nishant Bhensdadia work as team members for Nephrology Associates of Sarasota and practice consultative nephrology in all aspects of the discipline. Nephrology Associates serves to assist patients with a wide range of conditions, including electrolyte abnormalities, hypertension, chronic kidney disease and end stage renal disease. The practice, which is comprised of physicians and staff from the local community, has worked tirelessly for our patients to treat kidney disease. The physicians are strong advocates for our patients and support autonomy in the medical decision-making process. Both Dr. Sastry and Bhensdadia are focused on patient outcomes and compassionate care. Nephrology Associates of Sarasota has been in practice since 2004 and continues to be committed to the Sarasota community; we serve our patients with two locations, in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch.



pleted his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Nephrology fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He has served as Medical Director of several area dialysis facilities. In addition to serving as Vice President of the Florida Society of Nephrology, Dr. Sastry is committed to medical education. He holds the position of Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Subspecialty Coordinator in Nephrology for the Florida State University Internal Medicine Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and enjoys teaching and mentoring resident physicians and medical students.





Dr. Bhensdadia completed his Nephrology and Hypertension fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He has served as Medical Director of several area dialysis facilities in the area. Dr. Bhensdadia was named Nephrology Chief for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System for 2020-2021. Dr. Bhensdadia contributes to the community by teaching and mentoring medical students and resident physicians in his role as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Teaching Faculty in Nephrology for Florida State University Internal Medicine Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Dr. Sastry and Dr. Bhensdadia are honored to be selected as two of this year’s Sarasota Top Doctors by their peers in a community comprised of highly trained, compassionate and accomplished physicians.

Dr. Ashok Sastry

Dr. Nishant Bhensdadia


Electrolyte Abnormalities Hypertension Chronic Kidney Disease End Stage Renal Disease

NEPHROLOGY ASSOCIATES OF SARASOTA 1921 Waldemere Street, Suite 413 Sarasota, FL 34239 941.917.6585 |



Lindsey Job MD

HONOREE Pain Management

Dr. Lindsey Job, owner and CEO of Restore Medical Partners, has always been passionate about Pain Management. She completed her residency in Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University. During her training, she was recognized for her commitment to patient care and was chosen to train at the most elite programs available, culminating in a fellowship at the renowned Northwestern Medical Hospital. She is locally and nationally recognized as a leading Board-Certified Anesthesiologist and Board-Certified Interventional Pain Specialist. Dr. Job believes it is her medical obligation to provide her patients with the most advanced, cutting-edge treatment options available. Her commitment to safety and successful patient outcomes is second to none.

ABOUT THE PRACTICE Restore Medical Partners is a medical clinic located in Venice, FL. With two convenient locations, Restore offers services for Interventional Pain Management, Podiatry, Imaging and more. Our physicians are carefully chosen, Board Certified and Fellowship trained Specialists. Restore commonly treats symptoms such as neck pain, back pain, compression fractures, nerve pain, hip pain, chronic pain, and conditions related to the foot and ankle. We also now house a brand-new MRI system providing high quality imaging. This MRI system is ideally suited to meet the needs of both patients and doctors. Through our caring staff and quality medical services, we strive to inspire hope and restoration for all. WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART?

At Restore Medical Partners, we are committed to providing our community with the best quality healthCARE possible. Which is exactly what sets us apart. WE CARE. We are proud members of the Florida community, offering the highest level of compassion for our patients and valuing the entire patient experience from beginning to end. With a customer service mission focusing on attention, courtesy, and exceeding expectations, our patients are our main priority. Assuring that each patient will feel valued and appreciated from the moment they walk into the clinic to the moment they leave, we offer our complete and undivided attention at every step in the service chain.


Board Certified Interventional Pain Specialist Board Certified Anesthesiologist

RESTORE MEDICAL PARTNERS 333 S. Tamiami Trl., Suite 101, Venice, FL 34285 | 941.375.3006 842 Sunset Lake Blvd, Suite 301, Venice, FL 34292 | 941.441.9171 Google Maps: @RestoreMedicalPartners | 20 | srq magazine_ NOV20 top doctors medical guide



Alberico J. Sessa MD


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 7000+ 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.


Cosmetic Surgery

SARASOTA SURGICAL ARTS 4143 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34233 941.313.7746 |

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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.



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 CoolSculpting 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.


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.

SPECIALTIES • • • • • • • • •

Pediatric and Adult Dermatology Skin Cancer Screenings Skin Cancer Surgery Mohs Micrographic Surgery Psoriasis/Vitiligo Laser Treatment Acne and AK Treatment Cosmetic Services: Lasers, Injectables, CoolSculpting, Etc. Spa Services: Facials, Scalp Treatments, PRP Cosmetic Dermatology

UNIVERSITY PARK DERMATOLOGY 8451 Shade Avenue, Suite 205, Sarasota, Florida 34243 941.360.2477 |



Gregory Farino




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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-to-date 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.

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


Orthopedic Surgery SPECIALTIES


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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.

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

Hip and knee replacement Direct anterior hip replacement Revision hip/knee replacement Partial knee replacementt Robotic Surgery

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 941.360.2233 | Appointments can be requested via website.



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

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

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

Danziger, Roger N. NozDoc Roger N. Danziger, MD 5404 Cortez Rd W Bradenton, FL 34210 941-761-1911 License ME58560

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

ANESTHESIOLOGY Daley, Sean M. Sarasota Anesthesiologists, P.A. 1261 S. Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-2360 License ME122394

Mindlin, Leonard Sarasota Anesthesiologists, P.A. 1261 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-2360 License ME38615

Nutter, Thomas Sarasota Anesthesiologists, P.A. 1261 South Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-2360 License ME60076

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

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

Calderon, Erick E. Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants 6310 Health Park Way Ste 230 Bradenton, FL 34202 941-907-1113 License ME77684

Landis, James Regional Cardiac & Vascular Associates 600 Nokomis Ave Suite 102/203 Venice, FL 34285 941-486-6979 License ME90581

Cooper, Daniel M. Cooper Concierge Medicine 1875 Floyd St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-7060 License ME50294

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

Hassler, Ki Ki Hassler D.O., F.A.C.C. Cardiology 1215 Jacaranda Blvd Venice, FL 34292 941-451-8282 Holyk, Brian W. Bradenton Cardiology Center 316 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-2277 License OS14455

Pacifico, Daniel Florida Cardiac Consultants Inc. 1540 S Tamiami Trl Suite 401 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-0060 ME70756

Sanchez, Eulogio J. The Cardiovascular and Vein Center of Florida 6100 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-798-3840 License ME57079

Satya, Y. Emmy Precision Cardiology Consultants, LLC 3231 Gulf Gate Dr Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34231 941-922-6447 License ME81682

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

Shoemaker, Steven Regional Cardiac & Vascular Associates 600 Nokomis Ave Suite 102/203 Venice, FL 34285 941-486-6979

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License ME86978

Malik, Mohsin Florida Cancer Specialists 4100 Waterman Way Tavares, FL 32778 352-343-1117

Yamada, David N. Heart Specialists of Sarasota 1950 Arlington St Suite 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250

License ME134543

License ME82014

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


License ME103882

License OS8522

Nalluri, Chippy C. Heart Specialists of Sarasota 1950 Arlington St Suite 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250 License ME84450

License ME81843


Hopkins, Jordan Hopkins Cardiovascular Associates, LLC 2401 University Pkwy Suite 204A Sarasota, FL 34243 941-355-5336

Bolanos, Michael Gulf Coast Medical Group 600 Nokomis Ave Suite 2017 Venice, FL 34285 941-486-6770 License ME139818

Fong, Jonathan Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 1540 S Tamiami Trl Suite 303 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8791 License ME80268


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Jennifer Swanson



Obstetrics and Gynecology

Main: 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Ste #140 Bradenton, FL 34202 | 941.907.9298 1958 Prospect St., Sarasota, FL 34239


ABOUT THE PRACTICE Lakewood Ranch Obstetrics and Gynecology is unique in that it is composed of all women practitioners. In fact, our motto is “Caring for Women, by Women” and together our team provides comprehensive care to women of all ages in a supportive, compassionate, family-friendly environment. Our pregnant patients deliver at Sarasota Memorial Hospital which offers world class medical care. Teaming together with Maternal Fetal Medicine doctors and Neonatal Intensive Care specialists, we offer the best possible care to our patients and newborns. Gynecological services include office surgery and ultrasounds. Nitrous oxide administration is now available, and most procedures are pain free. If gynecological surgery is needed, our three board certified physicians emphasize minimally invasive techniques and robotics. We are committed to providing exceptional OB/GYN care to all our patients.

Lorraine Cho Chung Hing


Pregnancy Menopause Infertility Abnormal Pap smears Dysfunctional uterine bleeding and pelvic pain

Jennifer Swanson, M.D graduated from Boston College where she majored in Biology. She attended Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital which is affiliated with Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Swanson has practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology for over fourteen years. She enjoys teaching medical students as an associate professor at Florida State University College of Medicine.




1500 E Venice Ave #103, Venice, FL 34292 941.485.4700


ABOUT THE PRACTICE At Florida Kidney Physicians our mission is to provide compassionate, exceptional quality care to patients with hypertension, electrolyte abnormalities, and acute as well as chronic kidney diseases. We continue our expertise in providing care to patients who require in-center hemodialysis at dialysis facilities and home therapies, including peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis. Patient care is our focus. We aim to optimize quality of life in patients with acute and chronic kidney issues. We refer patients for kidney transplantation when feasible. It is definitely an honor to be nominated by our community as a SRQ TOP DOCTOR for providing outstanding nephrology care.


Internal Medicine Nephrology

Dr. Lorraine Cho Chung Hing graduated from the University of South Florida, College of Medicine in 1999. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. In 2010, Dr. Cho founded the Florida Kidney Institute PA., in Venice. More recently her practice has merged with Florida Kidney Physicians LLC, enabling her to be part of an outstanding group with the continued mission of improving the lives of people with kidney disease.Affiliations include Venice Regional Bayfront Health, Englewood Community Hospital, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System and Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota. Dr. Cho also serves as the medical director at two dialysis centers in the Venice community.

Galat, John A, Gulf Coast Medical Group 600 Nokomis Ave Suite 207 Venice, FL 34285 941-486-6770

Sessa, Alberico J. Sarasota Surgical Arts 4143 Clark Rd Sarasota, FL 34233 941-313-7746

Richey, Hobart K. Hobart K. Richey MD, PA 728 The Rialto Venice, FL 34285 941-484-2246

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

License ME64491

License ME96256

License ME44811

License ME55507

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


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

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

License ME78246

Hoffberger, Jonathan D. Jonathan D Hoffberger, DO, FACOS 1540 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8791 License OS10986

Kelly, Thomas F. First Physicans Group 1540 S Tamiami Trl Suite303 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8791 License ME34098

Sell, Jeffrey E. First Physicans Group 1540 S Tamiami Trl Suite 303 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8791 License ME114933

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

COSMETIC SURGERY Scott, Jeffrey K. The Plastic Surgery Center 5807 21st Ave W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-4157

Arsenault, Emily F. Arsenault Dermatology 230 Manatee Ave E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-907-0222 License ME87116

Bogart, Megan Milam Bogart Dermatology 7400 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34231 941-364-8220 License ME98324

Finkelstein, Robert P. The Center for Skin Wellness 6771 Professional Pkwy W Suite 203 Sarasota, FL 34240 941-907-7372 License OS8569

Milam, Cathy P. Milam Bogart Dermatology 7400 South Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34231 941-364-8220 License ME46768

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

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

License ME60145


License ME111890

License ME83474



Rozin, Roman Partners Imaging Centers 1250 S Tamiami Trl. Suite 103 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-951-2100

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

License ME81574

EMERGENCY MEDICINE Arrieta, Julio M. FSU College of Medicine 5560 Bee Ridge Rd Suite D5 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-316-8120 License ME122510

De La Puente, Rafael J. FSU College of Medicine 5560 Bee Ridge Rd Suite D5 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-316-8120

License ME26810

Boldo, Angela Thyroid & Endocrine Center of Florida 3050 Bee Ridge Rd Sarasota, FL 34239 941-342-9750 License ME119056

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

License ME118719

License ME100611

Garby, Brian M. Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 1700 S. Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8111

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

License ME41850

License ME77141

Gerber, Joel L. Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 1700 S. Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8111

Perez, Jesus Intercoastal Medical Group 943 S Beneva Rd Suite 210 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-379-1777 License ME86942

License ME84098


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Rebecca S. Cohen




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



We approach patient care 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.

Robert Finkelstein




ABOUT THE PRACTICE The Center for Skin Wellness provides a full spectrum of medical and cosmetic services. Medical care includes management of chronic conditions such as psoriasis, vitiligo or rosacea as well as any condition of the skin (i.e. acne, dermatitis, skin cancer). Medical procedures include biopsies and excisions, XTRAC and Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT). We are known for our team’s holistic approach in caring for patients which is especially important in treating chronic conditions. We enjoy establishing long term relationships with our patients and welcoming new patients. Additionally, I and my Nurse Practitioner, Michelle Selvaggi, ARNP provide cosmetic services consisting of fillers and neuromodulators, laser hair removal and IPL. I also have two aestheticians to assist patients with their skin care needs. To schedule a complimentary consult call 941.907.7372

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.

THE CENTER FOR SKIN WELLNESS 6771 Professional Pkwy West, Suite 203 Sarasota, FL 34240 | 941. 907.7372


Psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, skin cancer

Robert Finkelstein, D.O., is a licensed physician with board certification in dermatology as well as family medicine. A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Finkelstein’s osteopathic background and training provide you with a well-rounded, holistic approach to patient care. Dr. Finkelstein enjoys teaching as well as practicing general and cosmetic dermatology. He maintains an avid interest in medical technology and streamlines his office and patient care with the use of cuttingedge technologies.

FAMILY MEDICINE Charron, Albert Gulf Coast Medical Group 2446 Laurel Rd E North Venice, FL 34275 941-218-6200 License ME127208

Dunn, Kevin J. First Physicans Group 6128 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34231 941-923-5882 License ME76570

Fraser, Jeffrey Gulf Coast Medical Group Tuscany 1720 E Venice Ave Venice, FL 34292 941-483-9730 License OS8974

Nessetti, Matt AllCare Medical Centers 5860 Ranch Lake Blvd Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-388-8997 License ME103524

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

GASTROENTEROLOGY 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 License ME83308


Khazanchi, Arun Florida Digestive Disease Specialists 11505 Palmbrush Trl Suite 200 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-361-1100 License ME86268

GENERAL SURGERY Browning, Robert Lee Intercoastal Medical Group 11505 Rangeland Pkwy Bradenton, FL 34211 941-362-8662 License ME115061

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

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

Erbella, Jose Manatee Memorial Hospital, Medical Office Building 250 2nd Street East, Suite 1A Bradenton, FL 34208 941-896-4788 License ME84834

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

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

Napoliello, David David Napoliello, MD 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-363-6211 License ME78234

Rascon-Aquilar, Ivan Estuardo Gastroenterology Associates of Manatee 1886 59th St W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-794-1980

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

License ME93817

Southerland, John Sarasota Digestive Health Specialists 1801 Arlington St Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-894-3490 License ME85007

Summerlee, Robert J. Intercoastal Medical Group 11715 Rangeland Pkwy Bradenton, FL 34211 941-538-0092 License ME118680

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

Rekkas, Stelios Manatee Weight Loss Center 232 Manatee Ave E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-254-4957 License ME110761

Smith, Bryan L. Surgical Associates of Venice & Englewood 436 Nokomis Avenue S Venice, FL 34285 941-488-7742 License ME58340

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

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 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 Chan, David Suncoast Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine 1790 East Venice Ave Suite 102 Venice, FL 34292 941-485-1505 License ME113787


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Jordana Hollen


5664 Bee Ridge Rd. Suite 203 Sarasota, FL 34233 | 877.422.9355


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.

Ki Hassler






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 nine years of outpatient psychiatric practice.

KI HASSLER DO, FACC CARDIOLOGY 1215 Jacaranda Blvd. Venice, FL 34292 941.451.8282 |


WHAT SETS YOU APART? While most practices have moved towards a corporate model of medicine, Dr. Hassler has focused on providing personalized attention and exceptional medical treatment for her patients for 15 years. She and her staff know patients by name and she is proud of the relationships she’s developed, encouraging patients to call before they develop a serious problem. Patients are her top priority and her staff prides themselves on quick response time and appointment scheduling to meet patient needs. She enjoys sharing her interests with patients, and encourages support of local arts, of which she is a long time supporter. With her hands-on approach to patient care, Dr. Hassler and her staff provide high quality medical treatment with a personal touch that sets her apart from the crowd.


Cardiovascular Prevention Heart Failure Cardiac Arrhythmias Coronary Disease

Ki Hassler, D.O., F.A.C.C. is a board-certified cardiologist who practices in Venice, Florida. She is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Sun Coast Hospital. She sees a wide range of cardiovascular patients and has a special interest in preventative medicine and congestive heart failure management. She enjoys spending time with her human and furry family, as well as traveling, exercising and photography.

Farino, Gregory C. 360-ORTHOPEDICS 2750 Bahia Vista St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-951-2663

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

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

License ME86132

License ME70875

License ME62215

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

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

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

License ME106289

License ME79981

Maun, Noel A. Florida Cancer Specialists 901 S Tamiami Trl Venice, FL 34285 941-484-3531

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

License ME84976

License ME46769

License ME73110

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

License ME115215

License ME131187


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

Ban Der Wall, Braden Tidewell Hospice 5955 Rand Blvd Sarasota, FL 34238 941-552-7500

License ME83510

Simmons, Sara P. Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 License ME113187

Buck, Richard H. Florida Cancer Specialists 600 North Cattlemen Rd Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-377-9993 License ME75497

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

License ME121191

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

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

License ME74771

License ME79085




DeRay, Dipesh Arcadia Medical Associates 2415 University Pkwy Building 3 Suite 111 Sarasota, FL 34243 941-359-3337

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

Bhamidipati, Lalita First Physicans Group 1921 Waldemere St Suite 405 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-3500 License ME82613

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

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

Ejercito, Lorena L. First Physicans Group 1921 Waldemere St Suite 605 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8100 License ME76113

Ferreira, Gregory J. Hautamaki & Horiuchi Personal Physicians of Sarasota 1843 Floyd Street Sarasota, FL 34239 941-951-3920 License ME93124

Gomez De Tavarez, Brunel T. First Physicans Group 14405 Arbor Green Trl Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-917-7080 License ME130101

John, Gerald B. First Physicans Group 1921 Waldemere St Suite 605 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8100 License ME73663

Kahane, Ian Complete Care 3303 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-8069 License ME139133

Porter, Kinga Whole Health LWR 11509 Palmbrush Trl Suite 202 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-666-8757 License OS12305

License ME136057

License ME65833



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Stephanie K. Lirio




Board Certified in Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry 941.702.9978 |


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.

Donald Negroski


ADHD Anxiety Mood disorders Eating disorders

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.




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


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, 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.


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.

Reichel, David Intercoastal Medical Group 3333 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-371-3337 License ME79284

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

Chauhan, Veeraish Veeraish Chauhan, MD 8614 East Sr 70, Suite 101 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-251-4031 License ME112069

License ME52202

INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY Bermudez, Edmund Regional Cardiac & Vascular Associates 600 Nokomis Ave Suites 102/203 Venice, FL 34285 941-486-6979 License ME98576

Bilkoo, Pareena Precision Cardiology Consultants 3231 Gulf Gate Dr Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34231 941-922-6447 License ME103980

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

Yturralde, Frederick R. Heart Specialists of Sarasota 1950 Arlington St Suite 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250

Kelly, Thomas First Physicans Group 1540 S Tamiami Trl Suite 303 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8791 Novak, Russell First Physicans Group 1950 Arlington St Suite 310 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6300 License ME41051

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

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

Sastry, Ashok Nephrology Associates of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St Suite 413 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6585 License ME95950

Widmyer, David Florida Kidney Institute 1500 E. Venice Ave. Suite103 Venice, FL 34292 941-485-4700 License OS15121


License ME94266

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


License ME82366

License ME128773

License ME38633


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

Toka, Hakan R. Manatee Kidney Disease Consultants 3701 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-746-5840

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

License ME43306

License ME84851

License ME34098

License ME98861

Aslanian, Jacob R. First Physicans Group 1625 S Osprey Ave Sarasota, FL 34239 917-917-8800

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

Cassidy, John R. Neurosurgical Associates Cassidy & Guerin, MD, PA. 842 Sunset Lake Blvd Suite 302 Venice, FL 34292 941-484-3404 License ME57567

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

King, Michael A. NeuroSpinal Associates, PA 200 3rd Ave W Suite 200 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-794-3118 License ME57681

Knego, Robert S. Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists 5831 Bee Ridge Rd Suite100 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-308-5700 License ME57684

Mayer, Peter L. Neurosurgery and Spine Specialists 5831 Bee Ridge Rd Suite100 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-308-5700 License ME68105

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

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


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J Morgan O'Donoghue




1952 Field Road, Sarasota, FL 34231 941.926.7546 | Texts: 941.225.2043


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.


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.

Accepting New Patients

Dr. Matt Nessetti and Dr. Doris Ramirez Nessetti


Family Medicine • Pediatric • Geriatric Behavioral Health • Sports Medicine Women’s Health & Aesthetics • Vasectomy ALLCARE MEDICAL CENTERS, P.C. 5860 Ranch Lake Blvd. Suite 200 | Bradenton, FL 34202 941.388.8997 F A X 941.306.5876


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

Finazzo, Michael S. First Physicans Group 1921 Waldemere St Suite 307 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8565

Swor, G. Michael. Swor Women's Care 1900 S. Tuttle Ave Sarasota, FL 34239 941-330-8885

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

License ME88942

License ME48470

License ME40974

License ME78237

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

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

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

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

License ME87175

License ME49514

License ME68910

License ME121065

Negroski, Donald Negroski Neurology 5741 Bee Ridge Rd Sarasota, FL 34233 941-487-2160

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



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

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

License ME132286

License ME109729

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

Friedberg, Murray Coastal Eye Institute 1427 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-748-1818

License ME135035

License ME59944

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

Khator, Pooja Coastal Eye Institute 1427 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-748-1818

License ME73306

License ME93105

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

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

License ME117498

License ME61395

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

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

License ME100373

License ME68584

License ME46199

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

License ME109203

Pollack, Neil B. First Physicans Group 1921 Waldemere St Suite 802 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-7888 License ME44561

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY Campos, Rosabelle West Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology 513 Manatee Ave E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-745-1616 License ME119254

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

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

Ramirez Nessetti, Doris AllCare Medical Centers 5860 Ranch Lake Blvd Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-388-8997 License ME101123

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

License ME107712



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Huan (John) Wang



Neurological Surgery

4012 Sawyer Rd., Ste 102 Sarasota, FL 34233 941.893.2688 x204


ABOUT THE PRACTICE The team at Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute in Sarasota, Florida, is relentless in providing care involving the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. The board-certified neurosurgeons, neurocritical care specialists, and internists use cutting-edge advancements in medicine and neurological care to deliver the best results and top-rated outcomes for neurosurgical and spinal procedures through inpatient and outpatient services. Combining decades of experience, expert technical skill, and some of the most advanced technologies in neuroscience, Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute is one of Florida’s premier neuroscience and neurosurgery centers. The experts perform everything from Botox® for migraine prevention to herniated disc repair to stem cell therapy for back and neck pain. The team members are committed to improving the lives of their patients.


Brain and Spine Surgery Neurocritical Care Regenerative Medicine

Huan (John) Wang, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, is a board certified neurosurgeon, specializing in cerebrovascular diseases, skull-base tumors, and neuroendovascular pathologies. He is also certified in Neurocritical-Care and Regenerative Medicine. He performs complex brain and spine surgeries including fusion operations for degenerative spine diseases. Dr. Wang graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Maine. He received his M.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where he was awarded high distinction. He served his neurosurgery residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and received advanced fellowship training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

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

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

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

Patete, Michael Michael Patete, MD 213 Palermo Place Venice, FL 34285 941-485-7783

License ME125837

License ME88228

License ME84153

License ME57749


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

Phommachanh, Viengsouk FYZICAL Health 2401 University Pkwy Sarasota, FL 34243 941-355-2767

License ME55341

License ME73607

License ME98812

Ng, Tracy Orthopaedic Center of Venice 241 Nokomis Ave Suite B Venice, FL 34285 941-485-3302

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

License OS13388

License ME70378

Silverstein, Herbert Silverstein Institute 1901 Floyd Street Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9222

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

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

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

Cuff, Derek J. Suncoast Orthopaedic Surgery 1790 East Venice Ave Suite 102 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 ME126890

License ME71811

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


License ME101489

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

License ME107087

License ME38633

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

Shapiro, Gary S. Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655

License ME79112

License ME59764


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

License ME20987

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

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

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

License ME82027

License OS7114

Marlowe, Andrew Marlowe & Marrs ENT 5432 Bee Ridge Rd Suite150 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-379-3277

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

License ME75996

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

License ME95933

Job, Lindsey Restore Medical Partners 333 S. Tamiami Trl Suite 101 Venice, FL 34285 941-375-3006 License ME119800

License ME109120


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David Chan MD

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER? I am an orthopaedic hand surgeon, taking care of wrist, hand, and finger problems ranging from pain, numbness, deformities, and/ or accidental traumas. I treat common conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, locking trigger fingers, cysts, and arthritis. I treat most conditions with medications, injections, braces, and as a last resort, surgery. If surgery is required, many times it can be done in the office without the need to go to a hospital or surgery center. Sometimes people allow themselves to suffer from longstanding problems with their hands and don't know that they can be easily fixed, sometimes even without a stitch!

Derek Cuff 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.


Hand Surgery SPECIALTIES • • •

Orthopaedic surgery Endoscopic carpal tunnel release Wrist arthroscopy

Dr. Chan is a fellowship trained, Board Certified Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon. He is a native Floridian, Chinese-American whose immigrant parents have given him the opportunity to pursue his interests in helping those in his community live a better quality of life. His interests include minimally invasive techniques such as endoscopic carpal tunnel release and wrist arthroscopy, as well as treating other common maladies such as hand and wrist arthritis, trigger fingers, Dupuytren’s contractures, tendon ruptures, and cysts. His practice is located at 1790 East Venice Ave Ste 102 Venice, 34292


Orthopedic Surgery


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.

SUNCOAST ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY AND SPORTS MEDICINE 1790 East Venice Ave Ste 102 Venice, 34292 | 941.485.1505

Ramos, Fabian A. Ramos Center 100 3rd Ave W Suite 210 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-662-2621 License ME71496

Satia, Satinderpaul Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655

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

Meyer, Theo L. Meyer Pediatrics 1666 Mound St Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-5898 License ME43654

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

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

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

License ME72780

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


Barnett, Marguerite Sarasota Institute of Plastic Surgery 1715 Stickney Point Rd Sarasota, FL 34231 941-927-2447 License ME57523

Bhanot, Sumeet Bhanot Facial Plastic Surgery 2038 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota, FL 34239 941-966-3223 License ME88523

Hillstrom, Robert P. Hillstrom Wright Plastic Surgery 5911 N Honore Ave Sarasota, FL 34243 941-355-3223 License ME54913

Diaz, Carlos Spine, Sport & Physical Medicine Center 2030 Bee Ridge Rd Suite B Sarasota, FL 34239 941-845-0233

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

License ME80337

License ME123837

Herman, Erik S. Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655

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

License ME72591


Adamson, Christopher D. Adamson Plastic Surgery 5741 Bee Ridge Rd Suite 510 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-343-9900 License ME72050

License ME104779

License ME132277


Ottaviani, Laura B. Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

Yan, David Gulf Coast Medical Group Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 8431 Pointe Loop Drive Venice, FL 34292 941-207-5355

License OS7921

License ME124629

PODIATRY Cottom, James Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center 1630 S Tuttle Ave Suite A Sarasota, FL 34239 941-924-8777 License PO3305

Frimmel, Robert Sarasota Foot Care Center 1921 Waldemere St Suite106 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6232 License PO1919

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

Rosario, Noelis Cortez Foot & Ankle 1800 Cortez Rd W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-758-8818 License PO3762

Yungst, Paul G. Sarasota Foot Care Center 1921 Waldemere St Suite 106 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6232 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

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


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Stelios Rekkas

HONOREE General Surgery

MANATEE WEIGHT LOSS CENTER 232 Manatee Ave East, Bradenton, FL 34208 941.254.4957 |

MD, FACS, FASMBS WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER? Dr. Stelios Rekkas 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.

Anna Widmyer


Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


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.


General Surgery Bariatric Surgery Robotic Surgery 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.

ANNA WIDMYER, MD 11509 Palmbrush Trail, Suite 202 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 | 941.500.3350 1715 Stickney Point Rd. Sarasota, FL 34231 941.927.2447


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.

Halim, Tariq Core Revitalizing Center 7357 International Pl Suite107 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240 941-500-9292 License ME106123

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

Thomas, Matthew P. First Physicans Group 1650 S. Osprey Ave. Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8800 License ME80452

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

Barber, Laura Gulf Coast Pulmonology Associates 209 Palermo Pl Venice, FL 34285 941-488-1906 License ME109530

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



Diener, Howard Suncoast Lung Centers 3920 Bee Ridge Rd Building C Suite C Sarasota, FL 34233 941-923-8353

Voelker, Kirk G. Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 1540 S Tamiami Trl Suite 302 Sarasota, FL 34239 877-576-1434

License ME49428

License ME58833

Evans, William H. Matrix Pulmonary 2401 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-744-1336


License ME90361

Fitch, Dwight L. 21st Century Oncology 401 Manatee Ave E Suite A Bradenton, FL 34208 941-748-4324

Wasserman, Jeffrey R. Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 2700 University Square Dr Tampa, FL 33612 813-251-5822

License OS12095

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

Horiuchi, Todd K. Hautamaki & Horiuchi Personal Physicians of Sarasota 1843 Floyd St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-951-3920

License ME95935

Hollen, Tyler R. 21st Century Oncology 3210 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-364-8887 License ME119644

Koshy, Mary 21st Century Oncology 401 Manatee Ave E Suite A Bradenton, FL 34208 941-748-4324

License ME83060

License ME92795

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

Patrice, Stephen J. 21st Century Oncology 901 Tamiami Trl S Venice, FL 34285 941-485-8455

License ME63644

License ME70718

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

Silverman, Larry N. 21st Century Oncology 3210 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-364-8887

License ME84177

License ME72235

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

Swor, Gray B. 21st Century Oncology 3210 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-364-8887

License ME112751

License ME79866

Ruzek, Kimberly A. Radiology Associates of Venice & Englewood 516 Nokomis Ave S Venice, FL 34285 941-488-7781

License OS8900

REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY Pabon, J. E. Fertility Center & Applied Genetics of Florida 5100 Station Way Sarasota, FL 34233 941-787-2287 License ME68597

RHEUMATOLOGY Drucker, Yoel Sarasota Arthritis Center 1945 Versailles Street 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

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


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Kelley, 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 Street Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-0770 License ME134785

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

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

RISING STARS LT 5 YEARS IN PRACTICE Bolanos, Michael Gulf Coast Medical Group 600 Nokomis Ave Suite 2017 Venice, FL 34285 941-486-6770 License ME139818

Chapman, Pamela Immediate Medcare and Family Doctors 3930 8th Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-708-9421 License ME14096

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

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

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

License ME140651

License ME139133

Emery, Michelle S. Cortez Foot & Ankle 1800 Cortez Rd W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-758-8818

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

License PO3852

License ME134785

Gard, Kathryn First Physicans Group 1921 Waldemere St Seuite 802 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-7888

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

License ME 132813

License ME133234

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

Rosario, Noelis Cortez Foot & Ankle 1800 Cortez Rd W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-758-8818

License ME137093

License PO3762

Torrance, Ronald Regenexx Tampa Bay 2401 University Pkwy Ste 104 Sarasota, FL 34243 941-357-1773

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

License OS14664

License ME128077


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

Adams, Glenn D. Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 1625 S Osprey Ave Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8772 License ME44375

Loutfi, Rabih H. Lung Associates of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St Suite 705 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-5864 License ME101610

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

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

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

License ME67502

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

Bilik, Alfred J. Florida Urology Specialists 1 S School Ave Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-309-7000

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

License ME90072

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

Green, Joshua T. 21st Century Oncology 3325 S. Tamiami Trl Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8488

License ME88228

License ME69452

Torrance, Ronald Regenexx Tampa Bay 2401 University Pkwy Suite 104 Sarasota, FL 34243 941-357-1773

Kaplon, Daniel Daniel Kaplon, M.D. F.A.C.S. 1921 Waldemere St Suite 310 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-5400

SURGICAL ONCOLOGY Briceno, Pedro J. First Physicians Group 1950 Arlington St Suite 101 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-3400 License OS105330

Fiorica, James First Physicians Group 1888 Hillview St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8383 License ME43069


License ME62037



License OS14664

Ruane, Thomas J. 21st Century Oncology 842 Sunset Lake Boulevard Venice, FL 34292 941-485-3351

License ME120341

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

License ME103325


Allen, Bryan J. Bryan Allen MD 200 3rd Ave West Suite 210 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-792-0340

License ME73513

License ME64759

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


License ME104278

Klutke, Carl 21st Century Oncology 842 Sunset Lake Blvd Suite 403 Venice, FL 34292 941-485-3351 License ME118479

License ME83954

Kazil, Jenna Florida Surgical Clinic 701 Manatee Ave W Suite105 Bradenton, FL 34205 727-787-4379 License ME126038

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

Samson, Russell H. Sarasota Vascular Specialists 600 N Cattlemen Rd Suite 220 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-371-6565 License ME49137

Lomas, Gregory M. 21st Century Oncology 842 Sunset Lake Blvd Suite 403 Venice, FL 34292 941-485-3351

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

License ME101239

License ME50587

Perry, Matthew J. Florida Urology Specialists 2400 South McCall Rd Suite C Englewood, FL 34224 941-309-7000

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

License ME97146

License ME118443


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