SRQ Magazine | November 2022, Foodie Edition/Top Doctors

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Contents november 2022

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For as far back as I can remember, my favorite lunch item has been the grouper sandwich. Why has this fish become the official food of Southwest Florida? We went on a mission to find out. Written by Kevin Allen. Illustrations by Chris Leverett.

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One thing the Sarasota-Manatee area does not lack is strip malls. Drive down any major thoroughfare— Route 41, University, Fruitville, Bee Ridge, Beneva, Clark—and you’re met with a view of one strip mall after another. Is a strip mall the sexiest locale for a restaurant? Unlikely in a town where words like “waterfront” and “rooftop” elicit long wait times. But can you still find amazing house-made dishes crafted with fresh ingredients, served by chefs whose talent shines through their food in a strip mall? Definitely. Written by

Kevin Allen | Photography by Wyatt Kostygan.

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How one Sarasota-bred, self-taught mixologist is taking beverage service to a whole new level. Spend five minutes with Clio Padilla-Flores, and one truth becomes immediately, abundantly clear: this woman is a badass. Written by Kevin Allen. Photography by Wyatt Kostygan.

Cover: Baker and Wife’s pan seared salmon, photography by Wyatt Kostygan. This page: Reyna’s Taqueria’s owner Gino Calleja with a taco spread, photography by Wyatt Kostygan.

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BRANDED CONTENT FEATURES 47 DOMICILE: FALL HOME PORTFOLIO DESIGN WORKS AT WEST FLORIDA DISTRIBUTORS, LEE WETHERINGTON HOMES, M&M WALLCOVERINGS AND BLINDS, MONTGOMERY’S CARPETSPLUS, STOCK CUSTOM HOMES SARASOTA, TRADE MARK INTERIORS, WILD BLUE AT WATERSIDE AND YODER HOMES

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Atticus Bread Company is carving a name for itself in the Sarasota food scene.Sun King Brewery looks to become an integral part of the community with their new Sarasota brewery and tap room. Marisa Mangani relies on a lifetime of working as a fine-dining chef to put her own stamp on commercial kitchen design. Ryan Weston’s latest landing point in a long and storied career as a gymnast, acrobat, and coach is with the Circus Arts Conservatory.

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Jim Shirley leaves a lasting legacy on the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. Artist Brigitta Wagner Sultana finds a new focus in her latest gallery opening, Emerge.

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Vintage car owners from around the area reflect on what makes their rides so special. Florida’s gulf coast is rife with the other kind of car owner, the type that cher-

ishes their vehicle a little more than the typical driver. After all, it’s the perfect place for the vintage, classic, and unique car communities to exist – with year-round sunny skies, cars can live long into old age without fear of rust or deterioration.

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Give back and live your life with purpose. That’s what Mary Tavarozzi’s parents taught her and it’s a principle that guides her to this day.

This page clockwise: Nick Vinogradov’s 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air, photo by Wyatt Kostygan; Brigitta Wagner Sultana shares the inspiration fo her Emerge exhibition at Mara Arts Studio and Gallery, photo by Wes Roberts; and, Atticus Bread Company’s quintessential sourdough loaf, photo by Wes Roberts.

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

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BAKED IN

Atticus Bread Company is carving a name for itself in the local food scene. Dylan Campbell “I GOT MY FIRST ONE FROM MY SISTER BACK IN 2019 AND INEVITABLY KILLED IT, just because I didn’t

know what I was doing.” Don’t worry, Dustin Kramer of Atticus Bread Company isn’t talking about a pet goldfish or parakeet—he’s talking about his first ever sourdough starter—the impetus for what would become the burgeoning Atticus Bread Company. “So I started my own starter in January of 2020. Because it's a living thing that you have to feed and take care of, you're supposed to name it, so I named it Atticus. As I just got better at making it and people started liking it, I figured I’d try selling it,” says Dustin. “I called it Atticus Bread Company because that’s the name of the starter. Why not?” Dustin’s why not attitude has become the endearing spirit of the little bread company that could. Why not start a sourdough bread company out of his condo in the middle of a global pandemic? Why not persist with using Atticus, the same sourdough starter, through the last two years, that’s survived automobile accidents and cross country drives? Why not wake up before sunrise to bake 24 loaves of fresh bread out of his home oven? The answer is remarkably simple: because if Dustin didn’t do these things, if he didn’t put all of himself into perfecting his craft and building his brand, then there would be no Atticus Bread Company to speak of. There wouldn’t be a partnership with SaraFresh Juice, selling loaves wholesale out of their storefront. And there certainly wouldn’t be the notoriety that Atticus PHOTOGRAPHY BY WES ROBERTS.

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Bread Company has amongst customers and farmers markets alike in the Sarasota area. “It wasn’t until June of 2021, when I was invited to one of the RADD Night Markets in the Rosemary District, that people really started to notice me and investors began to reach out as well,” says Dustin. “Around the same time, I met Lynn Morris from SaraFresh who told me, ‘This community, this exact neighborhood, needs this bread—and I'm on your team.’ She’s been so supportive, especially in pushing me to expand more.” Which is where Dustin finds himself now, as he plots out Atticus Bread Company’s next step. Although the product isn’t likely to change—he’ll still make three loaves: Original Sourdough, Sesame Sourdough, and the Loaded Sourdough, which comes packed with bacon, chives, and cheddar cheese—the venue at which he bakes and serves them might. This fall, he’s visiting SaraFresh’s kitchen, to determine with Lynn whether or not the two company’s could cohabitate the space. “The next step is, ‘Am I going to Lynn's place or am I doing some kind of mobile truck?’ I'm really working on trying to find a way to scale the business past selling at the farmers markets—that’s why I’m not trying to spread myself too thin this season,” confesses Dustin. “In the future, I see the company as a brick and mortar establishment—I knew I wasn’t going to just build a brand then sell it to an investor who uses commercial yeast and loses the whole meaning of real sourdough bread.” Atticus probably wouldn’t like that. SRQ srq magazine_ NOV22 live local | 13

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This page: Marisa Mangani leans upon a lifetime of experience in the kitchen to craft the perfect workspaces for her customers.

FINDING HER PLACE

Marisa Mangani puts her own stamp on commercial kitchen design. Dylan Campbell FOR MARISA MANGANI, EVERYTHING HAS ITS PLACE. It’s one of the main reasons that she started Mise En Place Design, LLC this past May, a food service design and consulting firm that specializes in designing commercial kitchens for anything from restaurants to country clubs and even hospitals. “Mise En Place is a French term loosely translated as ‘a place for everything’. It’s used in professional kitchens to describe your setup–for example, if you're a saute cook, in order to be the most efficient and not to run out of everything, you need to make sure your mise en place is all set,” says Mangani. “The same principle applies to designing a kitchen: everything has to be in its right place.”

Mangani would know. A former award-winning executive chef, her career took from her childhood home of Maui to New Orleans, Australia, Vancouver, and Florida, including stops at three world fairs. After pivoting away from the kitchen in 1994, Mangani brings her 28 years of consulting experience to Mise En Place Design. The design process starts with learning about the project from the client, whether it be a country club remodel, or a new restaurant, she shares. “I call it a therapy session. Then we work with the architect to massage the space, ensuring that we have the right size and type of space to create the best overall workflow in the kitchen,” says Mangani. “Essentially following the food from receiving to storage to prep to production to distribution all the way back to dishwashing.” Once the layout is approved by the client, Mangani readies everything from budgets to mechanical schedules so that the architects and engineers can work their magic. Ongoing clients of her’s include the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables and the Bird Key Yacht Club here in Sarasota. Although setting out on her own after 28 years of experience may seem daunting to many, it was a decision that came naturally to Mangani. “It was actually very easy, much to my surprise. I was lucky enough to have a bunch of loyal clients, many of them architects, that allowed me to start Mise En Place,” attests Mangani. “All that was left for me to do was get myself an office, bring along my drafters and all my legal stuff, and I was ready to go. It was obviously something that the universe wanted me to do.” SRQ

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This page: Clay Robinson, co-founder of Sun King Brewery, puts down roots in Sarasota with the brewery’s first Florida location. Sun King Sarasota, 1215 Mango Avenue, Sarasota.

PUTTING DOWN ROOTS

Sun King Brewery looks to become an integral part of the community. Dylan Campbell

THERE’S A LESSON TO BE LEARNED FROM THE MANGROVE TREES THAT POPULATE FLORIDA’S GULF COAST. Unlike most

other flora, mangroves sit atop aerial, above ground roots that allow the tree to breathe amidst silty, swampy environments. These roots expand laterally, strengthening the trees against storms and providing a unique ecological habitat for both flora and fauna to flourish. Although Clay Robinson, co-founder of the award-winning Sun King Brewery, is new to Sarasota, he’s already taking the lesson in stride. On July 22nd, the Indianapolis-based brewery put down roots in Sarasota, opening their 5,000-square-foot brewery and tap room to the public. The location is the company’s first in Florida and provides a chance for Sun King to reclaim a lost market. “We started distributing beer in Florida about five years ago,” says Robinson. “Our slow season in the Midwest occurs as the weather gets colder, but we found that people related to our beer in Florida and sales picked up during the winter. However, when the pandemic hit, all of our sales outside of Indiana completely dried up.” While beers found in grocery stores—nationwide brands and local beers —fared well, customers and distributors alike lost their taste for craft beers brewed outside of the region. The only way for Sun King to resuscitate a proven market was to expand laterally and start a local brewery in Florida. Although Robinson and his team landed on a prime location—previously operated by 16 | srq magazine_ NOV22 live local

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JDub’s Brewing Company on 12th and Mango, a pre-existing facility close to downtown—the path forward wasn’t simple. “When COVID hit they pretty much just shut down operations, turned the key, and walked out. So when we took over in January of 2022, everything had been just sitting. We basically had to rebuild it from the inside out,” says Robinson. “It’s kind of like if you park a car for two years and then come back and fire it up, it might start, but once it’s running you’ll start to notice some issues.” Robinson and his team leaned on businesses around the community to bring their vision to life. “There’s a cabinet shop directly across the street that has been really great as we've been building up and actually has helped us resurface some of our tables. We purchased our countertops in the tap room from a granite and marble shop that’s two doors down,” says Robinson. Fobinson and his team are also working to build philanthropic relationships throughout Sarasota as well. “We're in the process of putting together a pint night in our tap rooms, where a dollar from every pint sold will go to a local charitable organization, starting with the Humane Society which is only a few blocks away. For Robinson, Sun King’s Sarasota location is more than just a chance to retrieve a lost market. It’s an opportunity for Robinson, who’s moving to Sarasota with his wife and two children, to put down roots of his own. “I’m moving to Florida because I want to be a part of this. I want to shepherd its growth and integrate into the community and learn more about the people we’re going to be around,” says Robinson. “My daughter will start school in Sarasota in January. It’s a chance to start afresh.” SRQ PHOTOGRAPHY BY WYATT KOSTYGAN.

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LANDING IN SARASOTA

Ryan Weston helps grow the next generation of circus acrobats as the Head of Acrobatics and Program Development at the Sailor Circus Academy. Dylan Campbell

“I HAVE BEEN A GYMNAST SINCE BASICALLY THE TIME I WAS A FETUS,” says Ryan Weston, the Head of

Acrobatics and Program Development at the Circus Arts Conservatory’s Sailor Circus Academy. “I started competing internationally at the age of 10 and won the World Age Group Championships in Germany. My career just kind of springboarded from there.” Weston is being modest. Throughout his career, he won the National Championships eight times in gymnastics trampoline, before going on to be an alternate for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. The next leap in his career led him to Orlando, Florida, where he performed with Cirque du Soleil for 10 years before moving to Montreal to coach for the company for two years.

This page: Ryan Weston brings a lifetime of experience both in performing and coaching acrobatics in his new role as Head of Acrobatics and Program Development at the Sailor Circus Academy.

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And so Weston, now 42, somersaulted into the latest chapter of his long and winding career, working with the next generation of circus performers. “It's not Cirque du Soleil, but it's not Cirque du Soleil. There's good and bad with all those scenarios. I think with a much smaller ship, you can have much more autonomy in your job and be able to kind of shape young lives, which is what their program is about,” says Weston. At the Circus Arts Conservatory, Weston has the chance to develop the acrobatics program from the ground up, with his own

FAST FORWARD TO 2020 AND WESTON FOUND HIMSELF BACK IN ORLANDO, preparing to perform

again, when everything shut down—including his health. “Right after COVID shut down everything, I was in the hospital having my entire large intestine removed from my body. I’d suffered with Crohn’s Disease for the prior decade, but in 2020 it came to a head. I went into the hospital and my doctor said my colon was completely gone,” says Weston. The next two years featured a string of surgeries, which Weston recuperated from at his brother’s house in Utah. He even performed as Michael Jackson for Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas sporting a colostomy bag. “Last year at Christmas time, I had the first of two surgeries, to repair my stomach and then about 10 weeks ago was my last surgery to have everything completed for the full complete reversal,” says Weston. “At this time, I was working with Jennifer Mitchell at the Circus Arts Conservatory. I had been approached by them a few times, and I'd actually approached them. I love Sarasota and I love Florida, and I said, "Yeah, if there's any place I could live in Florida, it would be Sarasota."

“This is not only an opportunity for me to keep my foot in performing, but also to help really develop their program at the Circus Arts Conservatory and inspire the next generation. Those things matter. They bring me joy.” — Ryan Weston, Circus Arts Conservatory vision, unencumbered by the bureaucracy of a larger organization such as Cirque du Soleil. “I think that the basis of a successful circus program starts with a good, solid foundation in acrobatics. Before we put you up in the air, on the trapeze, on the aerial silks, or the lyra, we’ve got to make sure that you're strong, flexible, and able to do the basics on the ground,” says Weston. The opportunity to instill his vision into a program is part of what made Sarasota the perfect landing spot for this lifelong acrobat. “As you get older, you've got to kind of really look at what is the best for you, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, spiritually. All those things come into play,” says Weston. “This is not only an opportunity for me to keep my foot in performing, but also to help really develop their program at the Circus Arts Conservatory and inspire the next generation. Those things matter. They bring me joy.” SRQ

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LOCAL PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS+CULTURE

culture city HOME TOWN ARTS GUY Jim Shirley looks back on his time as Executive Director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota. Dylan Campbell

PHOTOGRAPHY BY WES ROBERTS.

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Previous page: Jim Shirley leaves a lasting legacy in the community after 13 years as executive director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. This page: Ada Limòn Poet Laureate of the United States.

JIM SHIRLEY HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HOMETOWN GUY. It’s in his blood, that urge

to contribute to something larger than himself, a mentality instilled by his upbringing in a small town in Arkansas. That same urge is what drove Shirley to take the mantle as the executive director of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County in 2009 after a career in medical sales, a position that he’ll have held for 13 years when he steps down at the end of this December.

“It’s kind of an interesting and convoluted story,” says Shirley of his path to the Arts and Cultural Alliance. “Although I’ve been involved in the arts as a patron for many years, I have no artistic talent myself. When my family and I settled in Sarasota for the first time in my life, my career and my family were in the same area for the foreseeable future—I finally had the opportunity to sink my teeth into something. Not long after that, the Arts and Cultural Alliance gave me a call. They said it’s all about the arts but they really need business help. They want to be able to strengthen the business of their organization.” The Arts and Cultural Alliance serves as the umbrella organization for all arts and cultural institutions in Sarasota County, a connection point between the arts and non-arts communities. “We’re that kind of behindthe-scenes organization that’s involved in almost everything, but really doesn’t lead anything, other than influence. We work a lot with the government and the business community, people in the community who are not necessarily involved heavily in the arts, but 26 | srq magazine_ NOV22 live local

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about why the arts are important,” says Shirley. “That includes everything from redistributing money from the state or federal government into the community to help support arts and culture to working with the school system to make sure that the arts are never cut from the schools come budget cuts.” Just because the Alliance plays a behind-the -scenes role, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a vital one— especially when focused on an area as art-centric as Sarasota. “In Sarasota County alone, we have over 8,000 people employed full-time in non-profit arts organizations. Cumulatively, they probably would be the largest employer in the county, bigger than the county government, bigger than the school system,” says Shirley. “ Part of our role is determining what the economic impact of the arts is on the area. How do they help impact tourism? How do they impact your lifestyle and your child’s education?” Part of what that effort has looked like recently for Shirley, as he moves into his last few months with the Alliance, has been the initiation of the Sarasota Youth Poet Laureate Program. The program, which will serve Florida’s Cultural Coast of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties, will culminate in the anointing of the area’s first Youth Poet Laureate in an award ceremony on November 7th, at which Ada Limón, Poet Laureate of the United States, will be present. More than just a competition, however, the Sarasota Youth Poet Laureate Program will be an educationally-oriented initiative to help students across the region to develop and grow their creative writing skills. “Over the next year, the Alliance will develop and put on a series of events in this fourcounty region, including collaborations with local theaters on skill-based workshops on how to present your poetry as well as writing-based workshops featuring professional poets. These events will be open to any young person that wants to come and learn more about poetry and creative writing,” says Shirley. Shirley’s 13 years with the Arts Alliance has been mutually beneficial to both him and to the Sarasota Arts scene. Not only has he left a lasting impact on the arts and cultural organizations amongst the community, but they too have left an impression on him that he’ll never forget. “It’s been a pleasure for me. It’s helped make my life a better life. I’ve gotten to work with and meet people who are very creative and intellectually engaged in the day to day work that we do,” says Shirley. “That’s what I’ve really enjoyed about this whole experience – being able to be involved with people in the community.” SRQ

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ALWAYS CREATING

Brigitta Sultana finds a new focus in her latest gallery opening, Emerge.

Dylan Campbell

FOR BRIGITTA WAGNER SULTANA, PAINTING IS NOT A JOB TITLE. It’s not a habit, to be picked up or put down, or an occupation, but rather a part of who she is. Like being a mother or a wife, painting and creating art is instilled into her everyday life, a role just as natural as the other two. It’s a vocation that has followed her for years, from her time in college to working in television in New York and graphic design in Florida to now, in her full-time role as a mother of two. “I never stopped painting after I graduated college. I always did it as a creative outlet, other than what I was doing in graphic design,” says Sultana. “As an artist, you never stop.”

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That attitude is what has led to Sultana’s latest exhibition, Emerge, opening October 7th at the Mara Art Studio and Gallery, her first gallery opening since 2010. “I haven’t really shown since then, because I had another baby and life just kind of took over, but even though you get detoured along the way, you never stop creating,” says Sultana. While her previously shown work featured collages, her work in Emerge has taken a new direction—one that fully infuses family and art. “Before, I just created what I wanted to at the time. There wasn’t a specific subject matter,” attests Sultana. “Now, I feel like I have a specific subject line that I’m working on and a methodology for working on it– it’s just taken me this long to figure it out.” Sultana will show paintings from her Stones and Salt Flats series, respectively. This newer work focuses on the geometric angles of landscapes. Take the Salt Flat series for instance, which derives its inspiration from the salt pans that line the coast of Gozo, Malta. Sultana, whose husband hails from Malta, visited the area on a family trip. “The graphic design part of me was drawn to the angles and depth perception of these very geometric salt flats. Even though I don’t really practice much graphic design anymore, I still have an eye for it and can’t get rid of it—it’s evident through my work,” says Sultana. In the Salt Flats series, Sultana creates creative renditions of the geometric landscapes of these already somewhat surreal salt pans. Her paintings are not abstract, but not exact either, lying somewhere between the two styles, spawned from her own photography and imagination alike. While all are acrylic on canvas, they vary widely in color, tone, and style: some use soft brush strokes to create lighter PHOTOGRAPHY BY WES ROBERTS.

blushes of color that shimmer between the rectangular confines of the salt pans while others create harder and more abstract layers that stack amongst each other. All however, derive from a common source –her photography. “One of my thesis projects for my final show in college included constructed landscapes that consisted of a series of objects that I manipulated to look like landscapes. I feel like the Salt Flats had the same feel to them–while they look very natural in terms of being close to the water and carved into the limestone there is this geometric and man-made element to them as well. It’s constructed, but it’s also a natural phenomenon as well,” says Sultana. In both the Salt Flats and Stones series, Sultana works from a series of images that she takes herself, at times transferring the image onto the canvas as a template or merely using it as a muse. “The Stones series was inspired because my kids and their cousins were building a wall and just having fun with these stones on a sandy beach. I just started photographing them and then the series was kind of initiated by accident. I just shot away at all the different layers of rocks and that’s how that happened,” says Sultana. “Both the Salt Flats and Stones series emerged from those experiences and are intertwined in a way.” While for the paintings shown in Emerge, Sultana’s process starts with photography, it’s not entirely predicated on it. For example, not every single painting is based upon an image transfer—her process is more organic, at times taking days, weeks, or even months to complete a painting. Perhaps it’s because in the midst of her painting, is her life, the balancing act of being a dutiful mother and an artist. SRQ

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TO SOME, CARS ARE JUST A MODE OF TRANSPORTATION. A WAY TO GET FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER. NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS. BUT TO OTHERS, THE AUTOMOBILES THEY DRIVE ARE SOMETHING MORE. THEY ARE TIME CAPSULES, HOLDING THE MEMORIES OF THE GENERATIONS THAT HAVE RIDDEN IN THE BACKSEAT. THEY ARE MOVING SCULPTURES, PIECES OF CLASSICAL ART FROM A DIFFERENT TIME. THEY ARE EXTENSIONS OF THEIR OWNERS, MODELS OF THEIR PERSONALITIES, EMBLEMATIC OF WHO THEY ARE.

WRITTEN BY DYLAN CAMPBELL. PHOTOGRAPHY BY WYATT KOSTYGAN.

ON WHEELS Florida’s gulf coast is rife with the other kind of car owner, the type that cherishes their vehicle a little more than the typical driver. After all, it’s the perfect place for the vintage, classic, and unique car communities to exist – with year-round sunny skies, cars can live long into old age without fear of rust or deterioration. The car community, like those that come to the region, is filled with owners with diverse tastes and unique stories. Some are war veterans, who found solace in working in their garage, others are mothers, who daily drive their vintage truck for their landscaping business, and others life-long car aficionados happy to hang onto a childhood dream. The cars, like their owners run the gamut of the vintage, classic, and quirky spectrum. You’ll find iconic American Muscle from the late 1960s and ‘70s, classic British and European racing pedigree, and vintage automobiles from eras past. All of them have had their owners’ souls poured into them and have been sweated over, worked on, and painstakingly maintained for years. THESE ARE THEIR STORIES.

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Mike Carrigan You wouldn’t think of a Porsche 911, with its sleek silhouette and heralded pedigree of German design, as a farm car. But to 7th generation Sarasotan Mike Carrigan, it is. Sort of. “My family’s an old Sarasota family. Growing up, we had land and we were able to have things like buggies and dirt bikes–on my 13th birthday, my father had a Volkswagen rail buggy built for me,” says Carrigan. “I think I was 14-years-old when I first tore down a VW engine and rebuilt it.” That foundation of working on Volkswagen engines, which share a similar design and is aircooled like Porsche engines, paved the way for a natural transition to working on Porsches. “By the time I was in my late teens, I had my first 911 and when I was in college, I rebuilt my first Porsche engine. I guess I was addicted by then,” says Carrigan. That “addiction” is what led to Carrigan buying his sepia brown 1972 911 around ten years ago. Carrigan’s ‘72 911 is in essence, a time capsule. Aside from some routine maintenance done on the brakes and fuel line—and a highperformance engine, courtesy of the previous owner, heralded Porsche dealer Paul Sagan—the 911 is entirely original. “This car drives like a 911 would’ve driven in 1972. There hasn’t been a steering upgrade. There haven’t been brake upgrades. There haven’t been any shifter upgrades,” says Carrigan. “It’s not a car that has been kept in a bubble or restored to showroom condition—it’s a car that’s been driven and used, but has survived for 50 years in its original state.” This page: Mike Carrigan, whose fondness of Porsche 911s came from a childhood wrenching on old Volkswagen’s on his family’s Sarasota property, stands proudly beside his rare 1972 Porsche 911.

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"My family's an old Sarasota family. Growing up, we had land and we were able to have things like buggies and dirt bikes. By the time I was in my late teens, I had my FIRST 911 and when I was in college, I rebuilt my FIRst Porsche engine. I guess I was addicted by then." — Mike Carrigan

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"“It's really brought our family closer together. We all like going out in it and our girls like trying to drive it, It's funny how cars will do that sometimes." — Molly Summers

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MOLLY SUMMERS F100 “So this was a little older than what I kind of envisioned originally, but I mean, you can’t beat that old American steel. I mean, it’s just a workhorse, the engine’s great, and it’s fabulous,” says Molly Summers of her 1963 Ford F100 truck. Summers, who works as a landscape architect, purchased the truck a year ago to replace her incumbent Dodge Dakota as an everyday work truck. Although her stepside cherry red Ford is reminiscent of a different era, with its voluptuous body lines and small frame, the truck is more than capable of doing the dirty work. “I always have a chainsaw, hedge pruner, and pesticide sprayer in the bed. At first I was really worried about the paint job in the back, because I didn’t want all of my materials scratching up the paint. And then my husband Wade told me, ‘Drive it. It’s your truck. Don’t even worry about all the nicks in the paint.’ So I don’t worry about them any more,” says Summers. While most people would purchase a vintage truck as a restoration project, Summers and her husband Wade Jamison sought after the ‘63 F100 for its simplicity. The couple wanted something that they could easily work on, with an engine and transmission that were reliable and not dependent on an electrical harness and computer system like 21st century vehicles. What they got was more than just an old farm truck, but a time capsule, filled with memories both of owners past and of drivers present. “It’s really brought our family closer together. We all like going out in it and our girls like trying to drive it,” says Summers. “It’s funny how cars will do that sometimes.” '76 VW Beetle “I always tell people that I’ve had that car longer than I’ve had Wade,” says Molly Summers about her 1976 Volkswagen Super Beetle and her husband, Wade Jamison, respectively. “I lived for a time in England when I was young and when I came back in 1998 my dad bought it for me from a friend of his. Wade and I went on our first date in that car. We watched a meteor shower on Anna Maria Island.” Twentyfour years and two daughters later, Molly still drives her ‘76 Super Beetle, albeit not as often as she used to – her sunshine yellow VW splits time on the road with her eldest daughter and Molly’s 1963 Ford F100 truck. “From the time I got it, until we had our first daughter in 2004, I’d driven it almost into the ground. When Wade and I got serious, he started working on it. There were holes in the floor panels and you could see the road underneath you as you drove, kind of like a Flintstone car,” says Summers. While Wade’s progress on the Super Beetle was halted for some time as the couple’s young family grew – the VW was in the midst of a near total restoration, from the engine and transmission, to the upholstery inside the car, to a new paint job and body work, which Wade did himself – Molly still found plenty of time to drive it over the past 18 years, whether as a second car for her landscaping business or a convertible catalyst for some fun in the sun. “People on the road always tell me, ‘Oh, my first car was a Beetle. It brings back such great memories.’ And it brings back a lot of fun memories for me as well, of being in my early 20s, just feeling the wind in my hair and driving around without a care in the world,” says Summers.

This page: Molly Summers with her Ford F100 and ‘76 VW Beetle.

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"Putting together cars is my passion. Just the feeling of building your own car from the ground up and then being able to drive it, there's nothing else like that in the world."— Nick Vinogradov

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Nick Vinogradov “When I graduated from high school, I joined the military. I got blown up while serving in Iraq and received a Purple Heart, but after I got out I had a lot of PTSD. After that, working on cars and being in my garage became my happy place,” says Nick Vinogradov. Over the years, Vinogradov’s “happy place” has produced more than its fair share of good memories, starting with his first car, a 1979 Chevrolet Camaro to his current 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air. “Putting together cars is my passion. Just the feeling of building your own car from the ground up and then being able to drive it, there’s nothing else like that in the world,” says Vinogradov. “My dream car was a ‘53 or ‘54 Bel Air, hard top, with a LS swap (replacing the stock engine with one from General Motors heralded LS line) and

full air ride suspension. I’d built a ‘53 Bel Air before, but I didn’t do air ride and a lot of other stuff to it. With this car, I told myself ‘All right, I’m going to put everything else aside and accomplish everything that I want to with this build.’” What ensued was a two-year build, from the time Vinogradov purchased the Bel Air to its first cruise, all done by Vinogradov alone in his three-car garage. No lift. No custom tools. And no help. Just some of the challenges of the build included swapping out the stock engine for an LS3 engine out of a wrecked 2014 Camaro, installing wiring harnesses for the engine and the electrical components of the car, and installing air ride suspension. “It’s almost like a modern car in an old body. The major challenges were getting everything to fit and work right correctly. I’m doing everything by hand with 2 x 4s, and just trying to figure out how to manipulate everything in the space that I have,” says Vinogradov.

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Bill Lessig “I grew up around Reading, Pennsylvania and I was familiar with the Duryea hill climb, which they race up a windy switch back road up to the top of Mount Penn. As a child, I used to go watch it – it was always something that I’d wanted to do,” says Bill Lessig, owner of a 1967 Lotus Elan. It was through his Lotus, in 1969, that Lessinger was able to fulfill his childhood dream of hill climbing through the Pennsylvania mountains. “My first hill climb was in Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1969. I had taken some tires with me in the passenger seat and really enjoyed the opportunity

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to drive the car fast, the way it was meant to be driven, on an interesting road,” says Lessig. “That got me hooked into hill climbing, so I hill-climbed the car almost every year from then up until 2019, basically 50 years.” Over the years, Lessig’s relationship with his Lotus grew as he became more and more involved in hill climbing. While the car had a great foundation for aggressive driving, with a lightweight chassis capable of making tight turns at breakneck speeds, it had to be modified to be able to compete with the other cars in its class. “Building the car out was very much a learning process. I’m a mechanical engineer, but had nothing to do

with cars in my career,” says Lessig. “As I gradually learned more and more about working on the engine, I got braver and braver about taking things apart. And finally I tore down the whole engine and installed racing camshafts in it and higher compression pistons – modified the engine to give it more horsepower. Then I changed the suspension to a racing set up. Lastly, I took weight out of the car—I took the side windows and the windshield off of it. I ended up with a Lotus that was a fair amount lighter and more powerful than the stock car and that’s when I started winning some of my classes.”

" As I gradually learned more and more about working on the engine, I got braver and braver about taking things apart."— Bill Lessig

This page: Bill Lessig raced his 1967 Lotus Elan in hill climbs for 50 years.

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Jeff Davis “There are people that can go to an art gallery, look at a painting and see artwork. Then there are other people, like myself, that just see a picture. But when I look at my car, I see artwork,” says Jeff Davis of his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro. If the muscle car, which Davis purchased in 2002, is akin to a moving sculpture, it’s one that took years to perfect. After all, Davis’ ‘68 Camaro wasn’t just another hot rod that he was looking to build out and modify, it was a time capsule, still maintaining all of the original parts and components that it had when it rolled out of the dealership in California back in 1968. “I’ve had eight or 10 muscle cars and you usually get them after a number of other people have put their DNA in it. Whether you like it or not, you live with whatever other people did to it,” says Davis. “This car was all original. It had the original seats in it, with the springs worn through the seat, and a pillow to sit on so you wouldn’t poke your butt with the springs. The headliner was hanging down, tied together with a fishing line. It was a beautiful thing to find an unmolested car with a blank canvas to start with.” Over the next seven years, Davis went to work on the restoration, all the while making sure to keep everything to the original specifications. First came the suspension and drivetrain, then a complete overhaul of the interior, followed by a rebuilding of the Camaro’s 5.7 liter smallblock V-8 engine, and finally a complete repainting of the car that took it from black to the factory original “rally metallic green”. Along the way, Davis had some help, from his brother-in-law who specialized in body work to the team at Competition Motorsports that assisted with the engine overhaul. “It’s the nicest car I’ve ever owned out of dozens of cars over my lifetime. It was a collaborative effort of half a dozen people in my life that stepped up to help me get this car the way it is now,” says Davis. This page: The metallic green paint color of Jeff Davis’s Camaro brings the car back to its original 1968 factory look.

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This page: Daniel Slottke’s 1979 Pontiac Trans Am, of which he is the original owner, has truly been a labor of love.

Daniel Slottke “My wife says every time I get in that car, I’m like a different person,” says Daniel Slottke of his 1979 Pontiac Trans Am. “I was 23 years old when I bought that car and I’m 67 now. It still makes me feel like that 20-year-old when I get in it.” For Slottke, his ‘79 Trans Am isn’t just a car, it’s a part of who he is. While it’s rare to find a ‘79 Trans Am in as good of a condition as Slottke’s, it’s even rarer to find one that has belonged to the original owner ever since it was purchased. However, the cost of maintaining an original vehicle for all of this time, hasn’t come without its challenges. The most notable of which came in 1985, after a van smashed into the rear bumper of the Trans Am. Slottke, who at the time had just moved from Wisconsin down to Sarasota, had his car partially repainted in Wisconsin, before finishing it in Florida. No big deal, right? Wrong. In Wisconsin, the painter had used the wrong paint, a lacquer-based paint instead of a heavy-duty urethane paint. The result was disastrous. “I was told by the painter in Florida that the car had too much paint on it and was basically ruined. He told me, “If you want to keep it the car’s going to have to be stripped—all the paint has to be taken off right to the bare metal,’” says Slottke. “He made me a deal—I could use his shop and all of his tools, but I had to do all the work.” Slottke, who was in-between jobs at the time, spent six days a week for three months straight taking his Trans Am apart piece by piece and stripping the paint by hand, before beginning the painstaking process of painting the car. “It was my first time and it was my last time ever doing a paint job. By the time I was done with the car, I got home and put the cover over it. I don’t think I looked at it for almost six months because I was so tired of working on it,” says Slottke. The result, however, was well worth the wait. SRQ 44 | srq magazine_ NOV22 live local

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For as far back as I can remember, my favorite lunch item has been the grouper sandwich. My first trip to this area came in 1979. I was a baby at the time, didn’t have much variety in my diet, but that changed as vacations here became a regular thing for my family. Throughout my childhood, we came here for all the breaks: summer, winter, spring, Thanksgivings, the odd Christmas — all punctuated by trips to see my grandparents on Siesta Key and Sarasota. With apologies to my late grandmother’s culinary talent, which was formidable, the best thing I ate here — the thing I most looked forward to eating every trip — was the grouper sandwich. Of course, we couldn’t get them in my native suburban Chicago, which made me covet them even more. There was just something about the spice of the blackened seasoning, the combination of the fresh bun, the crispy lettuce, perhaps a sweet slice of tomato, a dab of some signature sauce and … dang. I want one now! My appreciation of this fish grew with every bite of every sandwich I tried, and the nuances from one restaurant’s take to another’s. As I’ve grown older, my love for the grouper sandwich has increased with (I am loath to admit) the same steady pace as my cholesterol. So sadly, the grouper sandwich remains a novelty, or as my six-year-old daughter, Summer, calls it, a sometimes food. It’s tough because the grouper sandwich is ubiquitous here. It’s a staple on every seafood restaurant’s menu.

Why has this fish become the official food of Southwest Florida? We went on a mission to find out. WRITTEN BY KEVIN ALLEN. ILLUSTRATIONS BY CHRIS LEVERETT.

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AST YEAR, COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN LANDED 5.3 MILLION POUNDS OF GROUPER, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The estimated value of that haul is around $25 million. And that’s not counting the money that diners and shoppers are plunking down for “market price” after restaurants and retailers factor in fuel, labor and transportation costs. Recreational fishermen added around 3 million pounds of grouper to that total. So popular is the grouper that shrines are built in its honor, like the 3,180-pound behemoth that sits outside of The Ugly Grouper on Anna Maria Island. And yet, this local obsession is just about as old as the area’s tourism industry itself. In the January 27, 1909 issue of St. Petersburg’s The Evening Independent, there’s an ad from the Mary Boat & Transportation Co. that shares the top ten reasons why you should patronize “The Prize Grouper Boat Florida,” which offered “her regular run of six days a week,” leaving from what is now Gulfport. (Reason No. 7 on the list: “We will not take your money when we know you can’t enjoy yourself.”) Judging by some of the hauls back then — the boat’s 18 passengers brought in 199 grouper earlier that same week in 1909 — it’s tough to imagine anyone not enjoying themselves. Of course, with the regulations and conservation efforts afoot today, that many grouper caught in one trip without a commercial fishing license could lead to a hefty fine and some jail time.

So, how is it that this love of grouper has persisted and grown? Where does this love affair come from, and why can’t we get enough? Why is the grouper sandwich the indisputable, official dish of Southwest Florida?

HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE GROUPER It wasn’t until I was fortunate enough to start fishing for grouper myself that I began to understand it. You start to feel that sense of history — a Hemingway-esque connection to anglers past — when you find yourself surrounded by nothing but water, equipped only with with dreams of hauling in an arm-length grouper … and a sophisticated GPS positioning system, sonar fish finder, endless bait options, and state-of-the-art rods, reels, and tackle. I started fishing for grouper fairly regularly here when we would come visit my wife’s parents. My father in-law, the writer David McGrath, is a seasoned fisherman and longtime contributor to Florida Sportsman. Over the years, he’s demonstrated to me the intricacies of catching red snapper, amberjack, sheepshead and more. Most importantly, he’s taught me how to find and catch the coveted grouper. The journey starts with a long boat ride. If you do it right, you spend more time on the ride than you do fishing. The 40-mile oneway trip takes you to anywhere

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from 100-120-food deep water. That’s where the larger grouper congregate. We go after red grouper, mostly. They’re feisty fish. If you’re on the right spot, they’re not difficult to attract, but they can be tricky to haul into the boat. They love to grab your bait and hide. Were it not for the unmistakable tug of something live at the onset, the angler would assume they have a snag. It’ll outwait you, too. Give your line as much slack as you want, try to coax it out, that grouper isn’t going anywhere. It’s this kind of behavior that makes grouper unique. I vividly remember catching my first keeper grouper that was more than 22 inches long, which was the size limit at the time. It struck my line with a force I hadn’t felt from any other fish. It scurried back and forth under the boat and I did my best to keep it on the line, reeling as I let the line down and gently coaxing it upward, just as David had shown me. I finally got it in the boat and we took it to the ruler. I remember thinking, so you’re what all the fuss is about. I had never so vividly and viscerally connected a food I covet to the act of procuring it. And my appreciation grew even more.

FACT. GROUPER ARE AMAZING. A note about grouper: There are 13 species of grouper that are commonly found in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of them we eat

(red, black, and gag grouper, and scamp, most commonly), some are endangered (Nassau grouper), some that can weigh up to 800 lbs. and we’re not allowed to keep (Goliath grouper), and some that are huge and inspire entire fishing tournaments (the Warsaw grouper). Fun fact about the Warsaw grouper: actor Tom Cruise’s son, Connor Cruise, hauled in a 301-pounder to take home a top prize in the Sarasota Slam fishing tournament. Dr. Robert Ellis is an associate research scientist in marine fish biology for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. He spent five summers researching red grouper and wrote his dissertation on its behavior. “They’re really interesting fish,” Ellis says. “They have all these weird little behaviors.” For instance, the red grouper tends to live near pockmarked limestone, where they find holes that have filled up with sand and sediment over time, and then clean it out by sucking up all the sediment and spitting it out. “And now it has this little limestone hole to live in,” he says. “But then when they do that, they’ve made the habitat more complex, and so all these other things move in.” So, that’s where they go and hide when they take my bait! Lobster, small fish and cleaner shrimp move in (parts of a red grouper’s balanced diet, conveniently), and it spends an hour every few days cleaning and maintaining its limestone cave house. This evolutionary trait, which attracts the grouper’s main source of sustenance right to its house — essentially the srq magazine_ NOV22 live local | 63

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DoorDash of the sea — is part of the reason they end up on our plates. “Generally, anything that eats crustaceans for their diet,” Ellis says, “those fish tend to be really, highly sought after. Just because they taste really good.”

GROUPER AS A FAMILY AFFAIR One man who is well aware of how good grouper tastes is Brett Wallin, the fourthgeneration owner of Walt’s Fish Market, which first opened its doors in 1918.

Wallin caught his first grouper at the age of 12 on a fishing trip with his father, the late Tom Wallin, and some family friends. “We brought in 3,600 pounds that day,” Wallin says. “I remember standing there as a kid and the whole bottom of the boat was covered (with grouper). All the boxes were full . . . yeah.” Wallin remembers when a grouper sandwich at his family’s mainstay restaurant cost around $5. Since taking over the business at age 26 after his father’s death, the business has grown from 12 employees to more than 100. And the price of grouper? Yeesh. A grouper sandwich made with

a locally caught species can cost anywhere from $20 to $30. You can pay a fraction of that price for mahi mahi or other species. So, what does it take, specifically, to make a great grouper sandwich? The key, he says, is to let the flavor of the fish speak for itself. “You can’t overcook it or it’s gonna be dry,” says Wallin, whose restaurant serves mainly gag and black grouper. “What my dad and grandfather used to say, if you’re dealing with the freshest fish possible, you shouldn’t need all the sauces or everything to put on top of it. You just need the freshness of the fish. That’s

what’s going to come through.” Wallin calls his the square grouper sandwich, a not-sosubtle nod to the to the term “square grouper,” which is used to describe the floating bricks of marijuana that were far more common in the 1980s. It’s offered in the traditional grilled, blackened or fried varieties, on a freshly baked ciabatta roll with lettuce, tomato, crispy fried onion, and a tangy key lime tartar sauce. These are all complements to the fish’s flavor — made to sit in the back seat . . . the way, way back, in fact.

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IF YOU SEE ‘GROUPER’S COUSIN’ ON THE MENU . . . RUN Basa, a catfish species native to Asian waters, is common to see on Florida menus labeled as “grouper’s cousin.” Don’t be fooled. “If they’re related, it’s only because they’re both fish,” Ellis says. Wallin agrees. “It’s not even close to a grouper,” he says. “It’s crazy how many imported fish some of these places are using. It’s just cost. It’s sad. So many restaurants just care about the bottom line. I care about giving you a better sandwich.”

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THE CHEFS DIG IT Grouper is biologically ideal for serving. It tends to yield large filets, which also allow you to cut it into convenient, sandwichsized portions more easily. “Grouper is flaky, but it’s firm,” Wallin says. “So that makes for a good sandwich.” He should know. He’s spent a lifetime pursuing the fish and the perfect grouper sandwich. Wallin was, at one time, the youngest licensed commercial fisherman in Florida at age 16. He tells stories of fishing on his way to school at Out of Door Academy only for teachers to call

home because he reeked of fish guts. Growing up in the family business with an innate passion for it, Wallin says his dad worked him extra hard at the restaurant and on the boat. Long hours. Low pay. Typical family business stuff. “But I just stayed with it, stayed with it, and stayed with it. And I’m glad I did. You know?” Wallin pauses as he surveys his bustling restaurant. “And that’s a good part about this. It’s not a regular restaurant, you know? I mean, tomorrow I’ll be out in the boat, putting blue crab traps down, you know, but then I get to come in here and talk to my customers, have a drink. It’s pretty cool.”

About 20 miles north of Walt’s on Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island, Chiles Hospitality is one of the area’s largest grouper purveyors. The owner/operators of venerable island eateries like Sandbar, Mar Vista and Beach House put a premium on responsible sourcing.“Our company firmly believes in sustainability,” says Chiles Hospitality director of culinary Seth Kondor. “We keep track of when that fish is in its highest availability market, meaning that it’s not being overfished.” The group also works with the Monterey, Calif.-based Seafood Watch to monitor when grouper can be responsibly fished.

“It’s such a popular fish that we want to treat it with respect,” Kondor says. With restaurants like Wallin’s and Kondor’s committing to focus first on locally sourced grouper, coupled with the work the FWC is doing to monitor fish populations, generations should be able to enjoy grouper sandwiches for the foreseeable future. “Our mission is right in our name,” Ellis says. “Conservation. That’s the goal. If we can get better and better at understanding the population, that makes us more and more certain that we can keep it sustainable in the future. SRQ

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One thing the Sarasota-Manatee area does not lack is strip malls. Drive down any major thoroughfare—Route 41, University, Fruitville, Bee Ridge, Beneva, Clark—and you’re met with a view of one strip mall after another. They come in various shapes and sizes, some with “anchors” in the form of grocery stores or big box retailers. Their names drip with local kitsch: words like palm, pelican, and paradise precede plaza, square, crossings or commons. Stores within are often identified by a single-word signage that broadcasts dentist, barber, nails, massage or tattoo. Is it ideal to situate a restaurant between a vape shop and an Amscot? Maybe not. Is a strip mall the sexiest locale for a restaurant? Unlikely in a town where words like “waterfront” and “rooftop” elicit long wait times. But can you still find amazing house-made dishes crafted with fresh ingredients, served by chefs whose talent shines through their food in a strip mall? Definitely.

EIGHT RESTAURANTS THAT TRANSCEND THEIR ENVIRONS TO OFFER MEMORABLE CUISINE AND BRING-YOU-BACK EXPERIENCES.

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leasing companies for these shopping centers is Benderson Development, whose properties house two of the restaurants featured in this article, Origin Craft Beer and Pizza and Apollonia Mediterranean Grill. SRQ Magazine spoke with Mark Chait, Benderson executive director for leasing, who partnered with both of those restaurants to help them open multiple strip mall locations. “We try to create a really diverse, exciting, vibrant tenant mix,” says Chait. “So there are offerings for a lot of people and a lot of different reasons to go to those shopping centers.” Strip malls offer a big benefit for restaurateurs who open there, Chait says, adding, “People are always in front of those restaurants, near those restaurants.” And finding success in a strip mall as a restaurateur? It starts with passion. Benderson looks for “strong operators who are involved in those restaurants on a daily basis,” Chait says. “They’re involved in every aspect of those restaurants. They live and breathe that restaurant business. They’re creative people. They have urgency. They have excitement. They work not only to create great cuisine, but fun, interesting, great atmosphere for all of their customers.” We set out to find some of these hidden gems that happen to be housed in our area’s many, many strip malls. And while our list is nowhere near exhaustive, hopefully it shines a light on some of those hard-working business owners who are happy to consider themselves strip mall gems.

REYNA’S TAQUERIA Tucked in the corner of the Sarasota Commons strip mall near the intersections of Fruitville and Beneva roads, you’ll find Reyna’s Taqueria, and some of the area’s tastiest home-style Mexican cuisine. Chef and owner Gino Calleja opened Reyna’s in 2018. The name honors his mother, whose recipes largely comprise the menu, which is at once traditional and imaginative. Calleja’s passion for his craft shines through with every dish and every sauce on the menu. So successful is the Sarasota Commons location that Calleja decided to open a second location this past spring at the Sarasota Square Mall. Reyna’s Taqueria, 935 N. Beneva Rd., Suite 701, Sarasota, 941-228-6456

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S.O.B. BURGERS If you’re speeding north on Route 41, you’re likely to miss one of the area’s most inventive hamburger purveyors. Doling out “Man vs. Food”-worthy creations are the husband-and-wife team of Karla Marticorena and Cristian DiSanto. Their burgers are something out of a foodie fantasy novel. Take the Holy Grail burger, for instance. This bad boy comes with a heap of what they call “oozy, gooey mac & cheese” with double patties, American cheese and bacon. The menu promises “a religious burger experience.” Chances are your doctor would recommend against it while your belly thanks you profusely. Marticorena and DiSanto took over as owners four years ago, and they aimed to turn the spot from a sports bar into a more family-friendly space. Sharing a strip mall with a Check ‘n Go and a Pinch-a-Penny doesn’t sound glamorous, but Marticorena, who is originally from Peru, stands behind the quality of the food. “We are blessed to have so many loyal customers,” she says. “Everyone who comes here and tries our burgers comes back. They bring their friends.” The key to those burgers? “Everything is fresh,” Marticorena says. “We get our meat every day. Our buns are fresh. Our vegetables are local and cut every day. We serve fresh-cut fries.” Marticorena shops locally herself for the highest quality produce and ground angus beef she can find so that B.O.B.’s patties are never frozen. “We start our shop at 7:30 a.m. after we drop the kids at school,” she says. They’re in the kitchen by 8:30 where she and the team are hand-slicing tomatoes, lettuce, onions, mushrooms, peppers, jalapeños, and more — just to have everything ready to go for the lunch rush. Before you get any big ideas on the name, S.O.B. stands for “South of Bradenton.” Although, Marticorena says, “it can also stand for something else.” Perhaps “some outrageous burgers” is just as apropos. S.O.B. Burgers, 5866 14th St W, Bradenton, facebook.com/SOB2burgers, 941-755-1998

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ORIGIN CRAFT BEER AND PIZZA It wasn’t a conscious decision for Rami Nehme to open all of his Origin Craft Beer and Pizza locations in strip malls, but he sure is glad he did. “Having neighbors is always better than not having neighbors,” the ebullient restaurateur says. Origin’s origin was a strategic location behind Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Hillview Street, just a few doors west of sushi mainstay Pacific Rim (“I knew it was going to work,” Nehme says of the flagship). Then came Palmer Ranch, followed by University Town Center, and finally this past June in The Landings. Origin’s growth is even more impressive when you consider that Nehme has opened all of its locations since 2016. For him, it’s a simple equation: great pizza plus craft beer, plus tasty wings, throw in a hearty salad or two, and you’re at the heart of Origin’s offerings. Some notable menu items that differentiate Origins from competitors include the Sunrise (breakfast pizza) made

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with eggs, feta, and choice of sausage or bacon, or the Super Sami (gyro pizza) with a homemade hummus base, beef gyro meat, lettuce, mediterranean relish, feta and tzatziki drizzle. And for those watching their carb intake or avoiding gluten, a cauliflower crust is available upon request. His keep-it-simple approach is working. “You don’t need to have a menu that is a dictionary,” Nehme says. He adds, “People just want good food. I was always a big believer of quality over quantity.” So, what’s next for Origin? Northern expansion — perhaps to take on more strip mall neighbors. “Parrish is the gateway to St. Pete,” Nehme says. Origin Craft Beer and Pizza, 1837 Hillview St., Sarasota, 941-3169222; 8193 Tourist Center Dr. , Bradenton, 941-358-5850; 5070 Palmer Plaza Blvd., Sarasota, 941-217-6533; 4944 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-922-1190, originpizzacafe.com

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Opposite page: Rami Nehme has opened four Origin Craft Beer and Pizza cafes — all in strip malls — since 2016. Right: Homemade Pecorina and orange zest culurgiones ready for the tomato sauce. at Sardinia, photo courtesy of John Revisky.

SARDINIA On a visit to one of Sarasota’s quirkiest strip malls, Phillippi Plaza, one could get a haircut, buy a lampshade, and have an incredible, authentic Sardinian meal. For the past 10 years, chef/ owner Dino Carta has been serving authentic cuisine at his restaurant that bears the name of his native Sardinia. When you go, definitely consider the culurgiones, which are a specific regional Sardinian dish. “People go crazy for it,” Carta says. It’s a cousin to the ravioli, in that house made pasta is stuffed with various ingredients, but the similarity stops there. The half-moon shape and flavor are completely different, and Sardinia’s is served with pecorino cheese, orange zest and a bright tomato sauce. Steaks and locally caught seafood options are cooked in Sardinia’s woodfire oven. So is the traditional Sardinian sheet music bread that Carta serves. He picked this spot, he says, because it was close to his house, and it was a good, central location to introduce the area to Sardinian cuisine. The exterior is simple, but inside it’s elegant — quite like the cuisine. The approach has inspired a dedicated clientele. “I don’t need to complicate it too much,” Carta says. “I try to keep everything as traditional as I can and different at the same time.” Sardinia, 5770 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-702-8582, sardiniasrq.com

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BAKER AND WIFE There are few, if any, local chefs as well traveled as Isaac Correa. The Baker and Wife owner arrived in Sarasota nearly 10 years ago after a culinary career that took him from New York City to Moscow and just about everywhere in between. What started as a concept for a cakes-and-coffee cafe quickly evolved into a lunch and dinner destination. Nestled snugly between a tattoo parlor and salon in one of Sarasota’s oldest strip malls, Southgate Village Shops (originally built in 1960), Baker and Wife boasts “globally inspired, locally crafted cuisine and cocktails.” The concept seems to be working, and Correa’s restaurant has become a foodie favorite here. But Correa reveals that originally, the location was chosen on a whim. “What they say is when you open a place the first rule is location,” Correa says. “We had no idea about it. We just said, we’ll give it a try, and that’s it. All the sudden, people started coming — from the neighborhoods, from different areas around Sarasota. They would come to visit and word of mouth started spreading.” Correa aimed to create an atmosphere that transcended its exterior, working with a Ukrainian designer (we told you Correa’s been everywhere) to create an environment that reflected the home cooking that customers find on the plate. They scoured salvage yards to find the 100 barnyard windows on the ceiling, whose glass that Correa and Co. punched out on their own. They hung 101 lights. “We made it homey,” he says. “We built a bar and kept true to the concept: comfort food and farm-to-table when we could. We just keep trying to evolve.” Asked to pick a signature dish to highlight, Correa can’t do it. “All I can say is we put thought and care in all our food,” Correa says. That includes the hearty, fall-friendly beef short rib fettuccine. Slow-cooked braised beef ribs combine with mushrooms, green peas, parmesan, sour cream and dill to create a dish whose flavor evolves as you eat it and pairs beautifully with the smokiness of the Hamilton Creek cabernet sauvignon on the menu. If Baker and Wife is slammed when you visit — as it often is — try a Strip Mall Gems honorable mention, the boutique French bistro Rick’s Restaurant, located just four doors to the east. Baker and Wife, 2157 Siesta Dr, Sarasota, bakerwife.com, 941-960-1765.

POST KITCHEN & BAR Where some look at a strip mall and see a collection of stores, Eddie Yzeiri sees opportunity. As general manager of two Apollonia Mediterranean Grill locations — one at UTC, the other in the Landings— Yzeiri understands what it takes to create an authentic dining experience in any locale. Now, Yzeiri’s next culinary adventure is here: Post Kitchen & Bar. And for the location of his latest venture? You guessed it — in a shopping center right across the parking lot from Apollonia. “A lot of people from up north or from big cities come on vacation in Florida and they’re always so surprised, like, ‘Oh, we found this gem of a restaurant in a shopping center,’” Yzeiri says. “But it’s common for Florida to have beautiful restaurants in shopping centers or in plazas like this.” Post, which opened in October, has caught some early buzz by offering modern American cuisine with locally sourced ingredients and global influence. Seafood and steaks are on the menu, along with a large raw bar menu, including oysters, shrimp cocktail and other crudo. Diners can choose to enjoy their meal on a beautifully appointed patio for a casual experience, or the dining room for a more elegant, traditional option. “It’s a huge challenge for me,” Yzeiri says. “I’m definitely stepping out of my comfort zone here.” Post draws global inspiration by pulling in Latin, Asian, and (of course) Mediterranean influences. That Post is housed in a shopping center doesn’t deter it from having a true sense of space. Chait praises Yzeiri and his team for creating such welcoming experiences with all of his restaurants. “You’re getting a sense of the liveliness and all the atmosphere just from the outside, even before you get in the restaurant,” Chait says. “So,” Yzeiri says, “when diners open the door, they come inside the restaurant and they forget that they’re right next to a Guitar Center. We want them to feel like they’re genuinely having an authentic experience.” Post Kitchen & Bar, 8433 Cooper Creek Blvd, Bradenton, postkitchenandbar.com, 941-259-4850

Left: Isaac Correa brings globally inspired flavors to Baker and Wife in the Southgate Village Shops. Right: The new Post Kitchen & Bar will build off of the success of the two Apollonia Mediterranean Grill locations.

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This page: Bangkok diners are transported to Thailand as soon as they enter this Sarasota strip mall gem. Thai Crispy duckling is a featured dish. Owner Mimi Sysouvanh.

For more than 25 years, Bangkok has set the standard for great Thai food in the area. The restaurant may not be much to look at from the outside in its blue-roofed strip mall at the corner of Swift and Proctor roads, but owners Mimi and Boun Sysouvanh have created an interior that transports you to . . . well, Bangkok. Hand-carved tables offer diners an opportunity to marvel at intricate designs. Booths are adorned with comfy pillows, and pops of color abound throughout. And the food? It’s as authentic as it gets. Thick, flavorful sauces complement ridiculously tender cuts of beef, chicken, pork and seafood. But where Bangkok truly shines is in its signature Thai crispy duckling dish. It’s served perfectly roasted with a ridiculously complex dipping sauce that combines a hint of sweetness with a savory soy undertone. One bite and you’ll forget you’re two doors down from a Slurpee machine. Bangkok, 4791 Swift Rd., Sarasota, bangkoksrq.com, 941-922-0703

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BOURBON AND BONES Steve Bishop and his partners set out to create something this area lacked: a steakhouse with a modern spin and a well-stocked bourbon bar. There was only one problem. It was 2020, the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and people weren’t exactly flocking to restaurants. Still, they believed in their concept and started looking at available properties to house what would become Bourbon and Bones Chophouse (B&B Chophouse, for short). The group settled on a Lakewood Ranch strip mall near the heart of its commercial district, the San Marco Plaza. B&B shares the plaza with a swim school, nail salon, realty offices, and a dance studio. “We felt This page: Chef Jacob Rodibaugh, GM the place was large enough for what Kit Bradman, owner Stephen Bishop and we wanted to do,” Bishop says. “We GM Kevin Meier (left to right) bring a cut liked that it had very little decor. of sophistication to San Marco Plaza in It looked like a cafeteria, and we Lakewood Ranch with B&B Chophouse. liked that. We had a vision of doing something radically different, and it’s easier to start from nothing rather than redoing it.” Bishop and his team worked with local craftsmen to add metal stamped ceiling tiles, custom chandeliers, booths, portable partitions between tables, sofa chairs, some funky patterned carpet in some parts, and hardwood floors in other areas. There are giant signs made to look like chalkboards calling out signature bourbons and cuts. The lobby wall was handmade from bourbon barrel staves, and a 22-foot mural of a 15th century Abby’s wine storage was installed. B&B opened in September 2020 while capacity restrictions were still in place for restaurants. “We had conservative expectations and exceeded them immediately,” Bishop says, calling it a “nice reception from day one.” He credits that mostly to the steaks. The prime rib, ribeye, filet mignon, Manhattan strip steaks and more are all dry aged in-house, where they’re also sold up front in the marketplace. B&B also houses a 1,000-degree broiler like you see in larger high-end chain steakhouses like Ruth’s Chris. Some credit for all the Bourbon and Bones love, Bishop admits, goes to the location. “We know that a steakhouse is a destination — not the type of place where you pop into,” he says. “It’s a place you have to decide to go to. It’s not your typical strip mall,” Bishop says. “It’s got character.” And so does B&B’s cuisine. Bourbon and Bones Chophouse, 8205 Natures Way, suite 119, Lakewood Ranch, bourbonandboneslw.com, 941-893-5403

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UNBEET ABLE How one Sarasota-bred, self-taught mixologist is taking beverage service to a whole new level.

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SPEND FIVE MINUTES WITH CLIO PADILLAFLORES, AND ONE TRUTH BECOMES IMMEDIATELY, ABUNDANTLY CLEAR: THIS WOMAN IS A BADASS.

As the bar manager for two of downtown Sarasota’s most celebrated dining hotspots — Sage and Bijou Garden Cafe — the 34-year-old Padilla-Flores is tasked with creating bar programs that precisely, perfectly complement two ever-evolving menus. SRQ Magazine was invited to observe part of the creative process as she collaborated with her bar staff, using renowned chef Christopher Covelli’s fall menu for inspiration, to create a fall cocktail menu. Sage and Bijou close for three weeks every year in September, giving the restaurant staff an opportunity to refine their recipes and processes. Covelli travels, gaining culinary inspiration, and as soon as the seasonal menu is set Padilla-Flores gets to work in her lab, which just happens to double as the stylish Sage bar. It’s a lovely, welcoming bar with heavy stools, and adorned with a signature convex mirror in the middle. It all works together to create a speakeasy feel in this historic building that dates back to 1926 and once housed the Sarasota Times. Seeking to demonstrate how an original cocktail comes to life, Padilla-Flores walked through each step of the process. The result was a beet-infused

mezcal cocktail with tarragon syrup, walnut liqueur, and saline solution. Its deep red hues are as bold and daring as its flavor. “We named it ‘Unbeetable,’” she says. “It turned out earthy and the tarragon brightens it up with its herbaceousness while the walnut gives it a little more depth.”But to understand how this cocktail came to life, it helps to know Padilla-Flores’ origin story. Born in Mexico, Padilla-Flores lived there until she was seven. She arrived with her family speaking almost no English and luckily had a teacher at Tuttle Elementary, Ms. Gray, who Padilla-Flores describes as “awesome,” and partly credits with teaching her English. She grew up partly in Newtown, and then Poinsettia Park near Lockwood Ridge and 17th Street, eventually graduating from Booker High School. “There were barely any Latinos (in Sarasota) at that point,” she says. “That was the mid-90s. Publix had, like, two shelves of ethnic food. I think we were part of the first big waves of Latinos coming into Sarasota and bringing that culture.” Before Padilla-Flores became one of Sarasota’s most exciting mixologists, she spent her days putting out fires. Literally. After spending about two years as a firefighter, she realized that the profession was not quite right for her and decided to take a risk and pursue a budding passion for creating craft cocktails. Her interest in cocktails started with the basics — a daiquiri here, a margarita there — and that blossomed into a love for mixed drinks that went beyond the simple vodka soda, rum and coke, or gin and tonic. “My friends would always call me the bougie one,” Padilla-Flores says. “I like drinking good tequilas and good whiskeys — things that have real flavor.” But her love for true craft cocktails? That can be traced back to her Mexican roots and her favorite spirit, mezcal. “It just had so much flavor,” she says, recalling the first time she tried it. “It was so complex and it had so much depth. It was vegetal but earthy and then you could taste a little bit of leather. I remember it bringing me back to when I was a kid in Mexico.” During her firefighting days in January 2017, PadillaFlores started working at the downtown Sarasota cocktail lounge Pangea Alchemy Lab “kind of as a hobby,” she says. There, she learned from Pangea owner and principal bartender Brad Coburn. “Working with Brad is where that love of the craft and creating cocktails from scratch came to be,” she says. “You have to work your way up to be a bartender there, and you have to learn all these things before you can actually do it. Learning all of that just made me more passionate about it.” Coburn recalls that Padilla-Flores’ creativity and professionalism stood out immediately.

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Cliseria (Clio) Padilla-Flores, a Booker High graduate, tastes an early version of her fall-inspired craft cocktail, the Unbeetable.

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MAKING OF A COCKTAIL

“She fit in with the team quite nicely, even with the lack of experience,” Coburn says. “She was hungry for knowledge and wanted to learn, which is kind of the hardest thing, right? You can’t really teach people to be kind of hungry for knowledge or to be experimental and have fun.” At Pangea, Padilla-Flores learned the foundations of how to make the cocktail. From there, it was time to put her own spin on it. What started as a hobby soon blossomed into a passion. “Obsession, more like it,” Padilla-Flores admits. Fast-forward to June 2019, Padilla-Flores joined Sage six months into its existence and went to work with Covelli, now a fixture in the Sarasota dining scene and national credibility with a recent Food Network to boot. Last year, Covelli added Bijou Garden Cafe to his roster, taking on a downtown fine dining establishment that has been delighting customers since 1986 in its restored 1920s era gas station digs. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, bar patronage slowed down considerably, but Padilla-Flores didn’t. She spent time educating herself with online courses about molecular gastronomy. “I was learning about spherification, emulsification, infusions, candies, popsicles,” she says. But most of that was food-related, so Padilla-Flores had to adapt and extrapolate to bring these ideas to the bar program. “I just kept reading and looking at recipes and everything and being like, ‘Ooh, if I changed the flavors on these from carrot to a whiskey, then it would be good on this cocktail.” As a female minority living in the South, and working in a traditionally male-dominated profession, Padilla-Flores has faced her share of bigotry. The occasional patron will quiz her on the ingredients of certain cocktails or offer unsolicited advice on how to do her job — something her male colleagues haven’t faced. She feels responsibility, however, to pay forward the opportunities that she’s been afforded and be a role model. “It shows other women of color that you can do it,” she says. “I just say, ‘Put your head down and do the work,’ and if you get acknowledgement of your hard work, good things will happen. And I’m gonna make sure that women of color and people of color know that they can do it, too, and there are people here that will support them.”

SO, THAT BRINGS US TO THE UNBEETABLE, WHICH IS FEATURED ON SAGE’S FALL COCKTAIL MENU AND SUGGESTED AS A PAIRING TO THE BISON SHORT RIB WITH SUNCHOKE PUREE, SZECHUAN CARROTS AND ROASTED MUSHROOMS.

The story of Unbeetable’s birth is the story of Clio herself. It starts with a simple love of cocktails, which grew into a passion, which evolved into an obsession. Add in relentless self-determination and a drive to learn everything she can about flavors — sweet and savory — and how they complement each other. Combine it with her love of mezcal and the pride she takes in being an immigrant, a Sarasotan through and through who isn’t afraid to take risks and make bold moves. “Clio, like myself and other team members, never settles for basic ingredients,” Covelli says. “She looks for the finest possible way to complement our menus, and she always brings her best to the table. She inspires our team and has taught us all to be authentically ourselves. She listens to our guests and their preferences, but she stays true to herself.” Covelli prides his team on its communication and collaboration, and its ability to listen to each other without criticism. In other words, he’s building an environment where artists like Padilla-Flores are free to grow and cultivate their voice — whether it’s on a plate or in a glass served with a tarragon sprig garnish. “We must be sound, consistent and confident in our approach, and never forget that in our industry there is always more than meets the eye,” Covelli says. That’s certainly true of his bar manager, who sees a larger opportunity to be part of a movement here. “I want to be known for creating great cocktails,” she says. “And I want Sarasota to be known for having amazing craft cocktails, just like San Francisco, L.A., New York.” It could get there. All it would take are a few more badasses like Clio. SRQ

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giving coast A LIFE WITH PURPOSE Barbie Heit. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

GIVE BACK AND LIVE YOUR LIFE WITH PURPOSE. Shortly after moving to Florida from Chicago in 2005 with her wife, Debbie Lansing, Mary became a donor for ALSO Youth. Passionate about LGBTQ organizations, she saw firsthand the true need for the services and programs ALSO Youth provides to the Sarasota and Manatee communities and knew she wanted to help. As she got closer to retirement, she decided to become more involved and joined a committee, worked on fundraising events and then became a member of the Board of Directors, supporting ALSO Youth’s mission to create inclusive communities.

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giving coast A former Managing Director at one of the largest multinational insurance advisory and brokerage firms in the world, Willis Towers Watson, where she created and led multiple group benefit practices representing $100M in annual revenue, Mary is often described as “driven” by those who know her best. She has worked with a variety of Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States and Canada in the design and implementation of comprehensive workforce health and

for one part-time employee. All that remained of this organization that had been so active in the Sarasota community for almost thirty years, was the board of directors, led by Mary Tavarozzi. Mary took control and kept ALSO Youth afloat by running zoom meetings, planning virtual fundraising events, repairing the center in Manatee County so that it would be ready in time to re-open, cleaning the Sarasota center, running financials for the organization, and a million other things

“Mary is without doubt the most dedicated board member I know. She goes above and beyond in fulfilling her responsibilities as board president and makes herself available at a moment’s notice. ALSO is so fortunate to have her in this role.” — Doug Berger, Treasurer, Board of Directors productivity programs and she is a national expert on workforce productivity including disability, FMLA, ADAA and other paid leave of absence programs. She has been cited in numerous publications on workforce wellbeing and productivity topics and she is the past chairperson of the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) Board of Directors. Although she retired in 2018, Mary shows no signs of slowing down. Currently, she has her own consulting firm, MLT Advisors, specializing in the design and implementation of employee benefit programs in the areas of health and productivity. And locally, Mary is most well known as the board president of ALSO Youth, the nonprofit organization supporting and empowering LGBTQ+ youth and their allies “I have a passion for ensuring our LGBTQ+ youth have a safe space where they are supported and affirmed for who they are, as they are,” Mary says. “All youth should feel safe and supported as they go to school, play, or live in this community.” As part of her dedication to LGBTQ+ youth, Mary is also involved with Equality Florida and she supports GLSEN (a group that advises on, advocates for, and researches comprehensive policies designed to protect LGBTQ students as well as students of marginalized identities) and The Trevor Project. Like most organizations, ALSO Youth faced uncertainty during the pandemic and was forced to shut its doors. Shortly after, the executive director and all the staff left except

without which, the organization would not have survived. Mary led the team to find a new executive director and to hire a new staff when the centers were ready to re-open. Throughout the pandemic, Mary was known by colleagues as the glue that has held ALSO Youth together. “It was a challenge for the organization and for our youth,” Mary confesses. “The ALSO safe space drop-in centers are vital to the social and emotional health of our youth. We pivoted to zoom to continue virtual programming such as book club, film nights, peer groups, etc. but it was difficult since some youth couldn’t openly and freely participate from home. Sometimes this was lack of computer access and other times it was lack of family support.” For the most part, all of Mary’s work during this time was done virtually. She experimented and tried her best to keep up youth morale and interest. Most of the fundraising was also virtual during this time. “We were fortunate to have very good community and foundation support to keep our finances on track and emerge with financial stability,” she says. After only missing one year due to COVID, the organization was able to hold their annual LGBTQ Prom this past March with 250 youth attending from 30+ local schools. They set a strategic goal over two years ago to focus on and increase services and outreach into Manatee County. They’ve steadily grown the number of youth participants and more than

doubled the number of days monthly with open hours and programs. And recently, they completed a real-estate purchase that gives them their first permanent safe space center in Manatee County. “She is a tireless leader whose primary concern is the well-being of the LGBTQ+ youth that ALSO serves,” says ALSO Youth board member Craig Kaplan. “Through Mary’s tireless efforts, she has helped ALSO YOUTH staff up to an all-time high level in order to provide additional counseling services for youth and help foster an inclusive environment in our schools and communities.” “​​Mary Tavarozzi is tenacious in her work to ensure ALSO Youth’s organization is running on all cylinders,” says Sheila Weiss, Vice President, Board of Directors. “In the three years as President of the Board of ALSO she has helped to grow the organization to include a full-time director and three additional staff members. She led the way to acquire an additional safe space in Bradenton for ALSO and expand the footprint of the programs and counseling services for the youth. Her compassion to the mission of the organization, ‘empowering LGBTQ+ youth and their allies and creating inclusive communities,’ by far exceeds what is expected of a volunteer.” In addition to her dedication to LGBTQ youth, Mary is a mother of two grown children, a son who lives in Boston and a daughter who lives in Napa, and so she naturally has a lot of advice for young people. “No matter what phase of life you’re in, there are ways you can give of yourself to an organization that could use your help,” she advises. “When you’re starting out, money is tight, so give of your time–it is worth its weight in gold to most organizations. You can also advocate and spread the word to others to grow the circle of support for an organization. If you’re able, make a donation– every dollar is precious to a nonprofit. As you grow your career and family, include some volunteering and philanthropy in your life. It makes you a better spouse, parent and coworker. SRQ Mary was honored as one of SRQ Magazine’s Good heroes in December 2021.

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MEET COASTAL ORTHOPEDICS’ 2022 TOP DOCTORS

David Cashen, MD

Arthur Valadie, MD

Melissa Boyette, MD

Richard Bundschu, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Hand and Wrist Specialist

Pain Management Specialist

Patrick Dermarkarian, MD Orthopedic Spine

Gennady Gekht, MD

John Harkess, MD

Daniel Lamar, MD

Pain Management Specialist

Joint Replacement Specialist

Sports Medicine Specialist

Specialist

Joint Replacement Specialist

Douglas Constant, MD

Jonathan Dattilo, MD

Pain Management Specialist

Joint Replacement Specialist

Andrés O’Daly, MD

Laura Ottaviani, DO

Foot and Ankle Specialist

Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Founded in 1973, Coastal Orthopedics is home to 21 orthopedic surgeons and pain management physicians who maintain hospital affiliations with Blake Medical Center, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Manatee Memorial Hospital and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Coastal Orthopedics' board certified and fellowship trained physicians provide patients with the very latest in pain and orthopedic treatment technology. Patients can experience restoration of function both surgically and non-surgically through the use of physician-guided strengthening, therapy, medications, injections and stretching. Privileges with Blake Medical Center, Doctors Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, and Manatee Memorial Hospital.

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WE TREAT YOU BETTER. Coastal Orthopedics is proud to announce that 18 of our physicians have been recognized as Top Doctors by their peers in the Sarasota Manatee area. For nearly 50 years, Coastal Orthopedics’ physicians have helped our patients get back to the activities they love with compassionate care. With our three convenient locations, diagnostic imaging, and physical therapy gyms, we treat patients from diagnosis to recovery. In addition, our new state of the art outpatient surgery center offers the latest in surgical treatment which allows patients to recover comfortably at home. Call us today to schedule your appointment!

R. Stephen Otte, MD

Steven Schafer, MD

Sara Simmons, MD

Justin Sirianni, MD

Eric Sundberg, MD

Sports Medicine Specialist

Hand and Wrist Specialist

Pain Management Specialist

Orthopedica Spine Specialist

Shoulder and Elbow Specialist

Alan Valadie, MD Joint Replacement Specialist

CoastalOrthopedics.com

THREE BRADENTON/LAKEWOOD RANCH LOCATIONS 8000 SR 64 East, Bradenton | 6202 17th Ave West, Bradenton | 8340 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, 3rd Floor

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2022 Top Doctors There was a time, not long ago, when area residents traveled out of town seeking expertise for their complicated medical problems. Now, however, a cadre of top-of-the-line physicians who would be the envy of any community have made the Sarasota area their home. “We have worked hard to bring the best and the brightest to this community,” notes John Steele, M.D., a founding member of Intercoastal. “Our mission has always been to provide the highest quality health care. The success of Intercoastal is the result of quality and hard work by each of the physicians who make up the group.” Intercoastal Medical Group is proud of its physician colleagues who have been named by their peers for SRQ Top Docs.

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Joe T. Kelley

Richard Aranibar

Wende Kozlow

Jesus Perez

Rheumatology

Pulmonology and Critical Care

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Robert Browning

Jon Yenari

David Reichel

Ricardo Yaryura

General Surgery

Gynecology

Internal Medicine

Interventional Cardiology

Mauricio Concha

Luis G. Guzman

Joseph Mets

Scott Stevens

Neurology

Rheumatology

General Surgery

General Surgery

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

Ryan Supplee

Francene Martin

Mark Ramos

Janine Mylett

Julio Cantero

Vascular Surgery

Gastroenterology

Cardiology

Pulmonology and Critical Care

Neurology

CONTACT | intercoastalmedical.com

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TOP DOCTORS

WE ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL to the medical and nursing professionals who are dedicated to supporting our community through this challenging time. The individuals who are being honored in this year's prestigious SRQ TOP DOCTORS | PEER REVIEW program have received the overwhelming support of colleagues in the medical professional communities of Greater Sarasota including Palmetto and Palmetto Bay, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Venice and North Port, Florida. The Colorado-based team at DataJoe Research facilitates all aspects of the online peer-voting process and conducting government references. We appreciate the doctors who participated in the program this past summer by sharing their thoughtful nominations—it is their 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.

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

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TOP DOCTORS ADDICTION MEDICINE

ANESTHESIOLOGY

Sylvester, Mark

Sarasota Anesthesiologists PA 1261 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-2360

Institute Of Alternative Psychiatry 8788 State Rd 70 E Ste 101 Bradenton, FL 34202 941-205-7150 License ME106957

ALLERGY IMMUNOLOGY Danziger, Roger

Allergy Sinus Asthma 5404 Cortez Rd W Bradenton, FL 34210 941-761-1911 License ME58560

Ly, Jean

Daley, Sean

License ME122394

Nutter, Thomas

Sarasota Anesthesiologists PA 1261 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-2360 License ME60076

Wittmann, Mark

Sarasota Anesthesiologists PA 1261 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-2360

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

License ME81843

License ME116920

Heart Specialists Of Sarasota 1950 Arlington St Ste 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250

Rucker, Rajivi

Premier Allergists Of Florida 5460 Lena Rd Ste 101 Bradenton, FL 34211 941-366-9711 License ME84160

CARDIOLOGY Ajithan, Chippy

License ME84450

Aldrich, Martin

Aldrich Cardiovascular Institute 6310 Health Pkwy Ste 330 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-359-8900 License ME85369

Brown, Garrett

Heart Specialists Of Sarasota 1950 Arlington St Ste 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250

Buck, David C.

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

Kumar, Vivek

HeartCare Consultants 6310 Health Pkwy Ste 120 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-907-8951 License OS13436

Ramos, Mark J.

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

Satya, Y. Emmy

Millennium Physician Group 3231 Gulf Gate Dr Ste 101 Sarasota, FL 34231 941-922-6447 License ME81682

Sedillo, Gino J.

Cardiovascular Solutions Institute 714 Manatee Ave E Ste A Bradenton, FL 34208 941-747-8789 License ME76343

Yamada, David M.

Heart Specialists Of Sarasota 1950 Arlington St Ste 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250

CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY Fong, Jonathan C.

First Physicians Group 1540 S Tamiami Trl Ste 303 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8791 License ME80268

Golino, Alessandro

Riverview Cardiac Surgery 5304 4th Ave Cir E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-744-2640 License ME78246

Hoffberger, Jonathan D.

Jonathan D Hoffberger 1540 S Tamiami Trl Ste 303 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8791 License OS10986

Sell, Jeffrey

First Physicians Group 1540 S Tamiami Trl Ste 303 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8791 License ME114933

Vesco, Paul A.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 1540 S Tamiami Trl Ste 303 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8791 License ME108379

License ME82014

License ME136846

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TOP DOCTORS COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY Das, Riva

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

COSMETIC SURGERY Derby, Brian M.

Fezza, John P.

Arsenault, Emily F.

Arsenault Dermatology 230 Manatee Ave E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-907-0222

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

License ME76288

License ME87116

License ME46768

Bedi, Monica

Newman, Joshua M.

Center For Sight 2601 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-263-2828

Shulman, Alissa M.

Sovereign Plastic Surgery 1950 Arlington St Ste 112 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-5476 License ME103128

Sessa, Alberico J.

Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center 2255 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-8897

Sarasota Surgical Arts 4143 Clark Rd Sarasota, FL 34233 941-923-1736

License ME122714

License ME96256

Engel, Scott J.

Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center 2255 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-8897 License ME101569

DERMATOLOGY Anderson, Heidi

Dermatology Of Coastal Sarasota 5310 Clark Rd Ste 201 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-925-3627 License ME102351

Dermatology Associates 3830 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-927-5178 License ME79670

Bishop, Brian

Arsenault Dermatology 8926 77th Terrace E Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-907-0222 License ME150121

Bogart, Megan

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

Ellis, Dana

Arsenault Dermatology 8926 77th Terrace E Ste 101 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-907-0222 License ME146921

Gerber, Kate

Orchid Dermatology 5301 4th Ave Cir E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-761-2900 License ME114748

Milam, Cathy

Aesthetic Surgery And Dermatology 1370 E Venice Ave Ste 205 Venice, FL 34285 941-263-4799 License ME78791

O'Donoghue, J. Morgan

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

Pennie, Michelle

Paradise Dermatology 315 Nokomis Ave S Venice, FL 34285 941-921-4131 License ME108521

Sax, David

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

Stroble, Jennifer D.

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

Zarkhin, Sonya

Arsenault Dermatology 9652 State Rd 64 E Bradenton, FL 34212 941-907-0222 License OS17736

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TOP DOCTORS DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY Rozin, Roman

Partners Imaging Centers 1250 S Tamiami Trl Ste 101 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-951-2100 License ME81574

Selva, Sergio

ENDOCRINOLOGY, DIABETES AND METABOLISM Antunes, Jose R.

Dr Jose R Antunes MD 2400 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-365-0333 License ME26810

Radiology Associates of Venice & Englewood 512 Nokomis Ave S Venice, FL 34285 941-488-7781

Kozlow, Wende M.

License ME70607

License ME100611

EMERGENCY MEDICINE Shah, Nishan

Two Rivers Urgent Care 2810 Manatee Ave E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-226-0206 License ME123001

Shank, Colleen

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

Temple, Sarah

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

Intercoastal Medical Group 943 S Beneva Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-379-1777 Lupo, Mark A.

Thyroid & Endocrine Center Of Florida 3050 Bee Ridge Rd Sarasota, FL 34239 941-342-9750 License ME77141

Perez, Jesus

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

Sharma, Sonia

First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St Ste 512 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-3270 License ME146947

License ME111890

FAMILY MEDICINE Brainard, Karen

Bradenton East Integrative Medicine 8614 State Rd 70 E Ste 200 Bradenton, FL 34202 941-727-1243 License ME94066

Charron, Albert

Millennium Physician Group 2446 Laurel Rd E Venice, FL 34275 941-218-6200 License ME127208

Cooper, Christopher

Cooper Family Medical 5123 4th Ave Cir E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-744-5510 License OS8142

Dunn, Kevin J.

First Physicians Group 6128 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34231 941-923-5882 License ME76570

Haider, Joseph

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

Kalnoky, Achilles

Gulf Gate Family Medicine 7250 Beneva Rd Sarasota, FL 34238 941-921-0986

Lowell, Anna

Gulf Gate Family Medicine 7250 Beneva Rd Sarasota, FL 34238 941-921-0986 License OS14831

Rodriguez, Carlos F.

First Physicians Group 5350 University Pkwy Ste 101 Sarasota, FL 34243 941-917-4675 License ME122673

Stein, Barry I.

First Physicians Group 6128 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34231 941-923-5882 License E43700

GASTROENTEROLOGY Andari, Ronald

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

Bernstein, Marc

Gastroenterology Associates Of Sarasota 2089 Hawthorne St Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-6556 License E137780

License ME115088

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TOP DOCTORS Byju, KR

University Gastro- Sarasota 2401 University Pkwy Ste 202 Sarasota, FL 34243 941-360-2579 License ME83308

Caire, Michael

Suncoast Gi Associates-Bradenton 101 Riverfront Blvd Ste 700 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-2417 License ME117430

Dawson, Mark

Florida Digestive Health Specialists 101 Riverfront Blvd Ste 700 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-2417 License ME64729

Dukander, Jasmine

Loewe, Charles

Mishra, Avantika

Florida Digestive Health Specialists 3325 S Tamiami Trl Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-952-9223

Florida Digestive Health Specialists-Lakewood Ranch 11505 Palmbrush Trl Ste 200 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-361-1100

License ME145071

License ME43998

License ME138694

Khazanchi, Arun

Martin, Francene R.

Murchie, Brent

Gastroenterology Associates Of Sarasota 2089 Hawthorne St Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-6556

Florida Digestive Health Specialists-Lakewood Ranch 11505 Palmbrush Trl Ste 200 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-361-1100 License ME86268

Kucera, Stephen T.

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

Matheus, Tonantzin

First Physicians Group 1852 Hillview St Ste 301 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-262-0400

Florida Digestive Health Specialists-Lakewood Ranch 11505 Palmbrush Trl Ste 200 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-361-1100

License ME97935

License ME100744

Gastroenterology Associates Of Sarasota 2089 Hawthorne St Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-6556 License ME126633

Rascon-Aguilar, Ivan Estuardo

Gastroenterology Associates of Manatee 1886 59th St W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-794-1980 License ME93817

Southerland, John

Florida Digestive Health Specialists 3325 S Tamiami Trl Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-952-9223 License ME85007

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2022 PEER REVIEW HONOREES TOP DOCTORS MEDICAL RESOURCE GUIDE

HONOREE Interventional Pain Management

DOUGLAS CONSTANT, MD

SPECIALTIES Interventional Treatments of the Neck and Spine Anesthesiology Pain Medicine TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE.

My practice is dynamic and cutting-edge allowing me to continually introduce new therapies and procedures which greatly improve my patients’ lives. I actively participate in clinical research and teach fellows, residents and medical students. Part of my duties include an invitation each year to teach at Harvard Medical School where I completed my pain management fellowship. During medical school, I also participated in clinical research at Harvard. Additionally, I have been appointed to the President’s Council and advise the U.S. Congress on matters pertaining to this nation’s healthcare policy. Bringing the most current therapies to my patients is my passion. HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE HELP TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS? My practice

Dr. Constant provides compassionate and personalized care. While living on Siesta Key, he attended Pine View and has practiced in the Bradenton area for the last decade. Dr. Constant is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the Tulane School of Medicine. He completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and was selected as chief resident. Afterwards, he completed his interventional pain fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He specializes in cutting edge interventional treatments of the spine (cervical, thoracic and lumbar). He is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology with certification in anesthesiology and pain medicine.

improves my patients’ lives in a wide variety of ways with the most up-to-date medical information and therapies. I use minimally invasive techniques to treat pain with targeted injections using ultrasound or fluoroscopy and with outpatient surgeries. My procedures can be office-based or performed in ambulatory surgery centers. Restoring function and improving the quality of life for my patients are my ultimate goals. Seeing my patients return to athletics, travel and normal routines is highly rewarding for me. This partnership with my patients in selecting the appropriate treatment is fundamental to returning their lives back to normal.

COASTAL ORTHOPEDICS DOUGLAS CONSTANT, MD 8000 SR 64 East Bradenton, FL 34212 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch FL 34202 941-792-1404 | coastalorthopedics.com

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TOP DOCTORS GENERAL SURGERY Briceno, Pedro J.

First Physicians Group 1950 Arlington St Ste 101 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-3400 License ME105330

Browning IV, Robert

Intercoastal Medical Group 11505 Rangeland Pkwy Bradenton, FL 34211 941-362-8662 License ME115061

Halbreich, Steven L.

First Physicians Group 1950 Arlington St Ste 310 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6300 License ME87228

Kazil, Jenna

Florida Surgical Clinic 701 Manatee Ave W Ste 105 Bradenton, FL 34205 727-787-4379 License ME126038

Mets, Joseph

Intercoastal Medical Group 3333 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-341-0042 License ME140716

Nora, John D.

First Physicians Group 1950 Arlington St Ste 310 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6300 License ME56312

Novak, Russell W.

First Physicians Group 1950 Arlington St Ste 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

Stevens, Scott

Intercoastal Medical Group 3333 Cattlemen Rd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-341-0042 License ME81483

Sundberg, Sharla

HCA Florida Physicians 315 75th St W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-795-3600 License ME120677

Toomey, Paul

Florida Surgical Specialists 607 Manatee Ave E Ste 102 Bradenton, FL 34208 941-216-3602 License ME108706

GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOCY Desai, Kinnari P.

Manatee Gynecology 2310 60th St Ct W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-4993 License ME107712

Kilts, Toni P.

First Physicians Group 1888 Hillview St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8383 License OS16909

Long, Beverly J.

First Physicians Group 1888 Hillview St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8383

South, Stacey

Sforzo, Christopher R.

License ME101589

License ME83510

Manatee Physician Alliance Women's Oncology 3425 University Pkwy Ste 102 Sarasota, FL 34243 941-746-7507

HAND SURGERY Boyette, Melissa M.

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

Sforzo | Dillingham | Stewart Orthopedics + Sports Medicine 5831 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-378-5100 Simmons, Sara P.

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

License ME103549

HEMATOLOGY

Chan, David

Chu, Luis

Suncoast Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine 836 Sunset Lake Blvd Bldg A Ste 205 Venice, FL 34292 941-485-1505

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

License ME113787

Kayali, Fadi

Farino, Gregory C.

360 Orthopedics 2750 Bahia Vista St Ste 100 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-951-2663 License ME86132

Hand, John D.

Schofield Hand & Bright Orthopaedics 1950 Arlington St Ste 111 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-921-2600 License ME73110

Moustoukas, Michael J.

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

License ME70875

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

Lunin, Scott D.

Florida Cancer Specialists 1970 Golf St Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1000 License ME83359

Mamus, Steven W.

Cancer Center Of Sarasota-Manatee 3830 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 301 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-923-1872 License ME48231

License ME131187

License ME146963

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HONOREE Orthopedic Surgery

JONATHAN DATTILO, MD

SPECIALTIES Minimally-invasive anterior hip replacement Knee replacement, (partial and total) Computer Navigation Outpatient (same day) surgery TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE.

I believe in developing relationships with patients. I have an individualized discussion with each patient about how pain is affecting their life. I offer comprehensive management, including medications, injections, therapy, and surgery, and we discuss what is right for them. If they pursue surgery, my philosophy is like anything else in life, the more you prepare, the easier it is. We develop a personalized pain protocol and tailor the therapy to meet each person’s goals. Every aspect of care is scheduled so that when the patient returns home, the only thing they are focusing on is their new joint replacement. HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE HELP TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS? Hip and knee

Dr. Dattilo is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally-invasive anterior total hip replacement and knee replacements. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he pursued his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University. He then completed his orthopedic training at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by an additional year of sub-specialized training in Washington, DC before he was recruited to join the astounding team at Coastal Orthopedics. He continues his academic pursuits to offer his patients the best care. He has authored 50 publications and is currently using virtual reality to teach surgeons how to perform anterior hip replacements. Dr. Dattilo has published numerous articles on pain protocols to minimize narcotics after surgery. These efforts greatly assist him in offering world-class care to patients in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

replacements are extremely successful in improving the quality of a person’s life. It is an investment in yourself to return to the activities that you love. I ask every patient to pick an activity or a goal prior to surgery. After surgery, we individualize the therapy to ensure that we are moving forward in achieving that goal. The most rewarding part of my profession, which is truly humbling, is when people give me pictures of them hiking, biking or playing with their grandchildren because they are so excited that they have a new lease on life.

COASTAL ORTHOPEDICS JONATHAN DATTILO, MD 8000 SR 64 East Bradenton, FL 34212 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch FL 34202 941-792-1404 | coastalorthopedics.com

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TOP DOCTORS Pelayo, Miguel

Florida Cancer Specialists 5985 Silver Falls Run Ste 200 Bradenton, FL 34211 941-907-4737 License ME100373

Rana, Van G.

Florida Cancer Specialists 3630 Manatee Ave Bradenton, FL 34205 941-792-1881 License ME121065

HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE

INFECTIOUS DISEASE Bhattacharyya, Rishi

Infectious Diseases Associates 1425 S Osprey Ave Ste 1 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9060 License ME116188

Demaio, James D.

Bach & Godofsky Infectious Diseases 6010 Pointe W Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-746-2711 License ME90472

Van Der Wall, Braden

Tidewell Hospice 5955 Rand Blvd Sarasota, FL 34238 941-552-7508 License ME121191

Vlahakis, Joelle

First Physicians Group 1700 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-7572 License ME79085

Farooq, Ahmed

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center 517 Riviera St Ste D Venice, FL 34285 941-244-9524 License ME91511

Gordillo, Manuel E.

Infectious Diseases Associates 1425 S Osprey Ave Ste 1 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9060 License ME62215

Kraitman, Natan

Jhawar, Payal

License ME139743

License ME122848

Milam, Michael W.

John, Gerald B.

Infectious Diseases Associates 1425 S Osprey Ave Ste 1 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9060

Infectious Diseases Associates 1425 S Osprey Ave Ste 1 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9060

Revive MD Direct Primary Care 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd Ste 210 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-777-5118

First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St Ste 605 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8100

License ME46769

License ME73663

Offner, Lenka

Kahane, Ian M.

Infectious Diseases Associates 1425 S Osprey Ave Ste 1 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9060

Complete Care3 303 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-8069

License ME112744

License ME139133

Offner, Stuart A.

Lourié, John

Bach & Godofsky Infectious Diseases 6010 Pointe W Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-746-2711 License ME112752

INTERNAL MEDICINE Bhamidipati, Lalita

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

Gutierrez, Liliana

Millennium Physician Group 1720 E Venice Ave 1st Fl Venice, FL 34292 941-483-9700 License ME73303

Heart Attack Prevention Center 4900 Manatee Ave W Ste 201 Bradenton, FL 34209 941-746-5200 License ME68394

Mansour, Robin

Scarano & Taylor Pediatrics 4861 27th St W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-755-0800 License ME141326

Patel, Bhavin

Renal Hypertension Center 517 Riveria St Ste B Venice, FL 34285 941-488-2881 License ME142834

Polanco, Jose

Jose F Polanco MD, PA 311 3rd Ave E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-708-3358 License ME73836

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HONOREE Family Medicine

CHRISTOPHER COOPER, DO

SPECIALTIES Family Practice Osteopathic Manipulation

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE.

Dr. Christopher Cooper is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulation. He received his medical education from NOVA Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He completed his residency at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, Florida. Dr. Cooper was previously the Chief of Staff at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. He also served in the US Navy as a medical officer until 2004. Shortly thereafter, he opened Cooper Family Medical in Bradenton, Florida. He is currently working as a hospitalist for the group at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Cooper Family Medical was founded in 2004 by Drs. Christopher and Catherine Cooper as a "mom and pop" type of family practice. Dr. Andrew Clark joined shortly thereafter and is board certified in family practice and sports medicine. The practice has grown to 14 providers and a full-time ultrasound tech and treats patients from birth through the senior years. We have one location on SR 64 in Bradenton and have started the building process on another full size practice off of 301 in north Manatee County to provide comprehensive medical care to all our new neighbors moving into the Parrish and the North River Area. We have been voted the Best Family Doctors in Manatee County by the People's Choice Awards for 12 consecutive years. In addition to supporting his office, Dr. Cooper has also recently taken on a new role in teaching at Manatee Memorial Hospital. Dr. Cooper is currently teaching medical students, interns, and residents as a Core Faculty member for the Family Medicine program at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Florida. He is also the Director of Family Medicine for Inpatient Services. He has a passion for teaching and educating our future physicians and these roles align with his desire to prepare our next generation of Board-Certified Family Physicians for integration into our community as skilled providers. This task is crucial for our healthcare system and our local community as our area continues to grow. The primary goal of this residency program is to keep graduates local and integrate them into the local healthcare system as caretakers for current residents and support future growth in the community.

COOPER FAMILY MEDICAL FAMILY PRACTICE CHRISTOPHER COOPER, DO 5123 4th Avenue Circle E, Bradenton, Florida, 34208 941-744-5510 | cooperfamilymedical.com

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TOP DOCTORS Porter, Kinga

Whole Health 6272 Lake Osprey Dr Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240 941-666-8757

Yaryura, Ricardo A.

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

License OS12305

License ME73423

Reichel, David T.

Zellner, Christian A.

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

Rodriguez-Mendoza, Carlos M.

HCA Florida Blake Medical Specialists 315 75th St W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-752-2737

License ME135160

License ME131099

MATERNAL AND FETAL MEDICINE Baron, Felice

Class, Steven J.

Matsumoto, Larry C.

License ME79903

Mathews, S. Jay

Bradenton Cardiology Center 316 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-2277 License ME107179

Schreibman, David S.

Heart Specialists Of Sarasota1 950 Arlington St Ste 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250

License ME119186

Bilal, Jehanzeb

INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY Heart Specialists Of Sarasota 1950 Arlington St Ste 400 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-4250

Nephrology Associates Of Sarasota 921 Waldemere St Ste 413 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6585

HCA Florida Blake Medical Specialists 2010 59th St W Ste 4200 Bradenton, FL 34209 941-794-3999

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

License ME69006

Bhensdadia, Nishant

License ME68815

First Physicians Group 1888 Hillview St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6260 License ME138959

NEPHROLOGY Bala, Jennifer C.

Renal Hypertension Center 3801 Bee Ridge Rd Sarasota, FL 34233 727-863-5418 Chauhan, Veeraish

Renal Hypertension Center 3501 Cortez Rd W Ste 104 Bradenton,FL,34210 941-753-1035 License ME112069

Ghose, Ranjan

Florida Kidney Physicians 1921 Waldemere St Ste 413 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6585 License ME82366

Imperio, Dennis R.

Manatee Kidney Disease Consultants 3701 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-746-5840 License ME128773

NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY Fine, Andrew D.

Neurosurgery And Spine Specialists 5831 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 100 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-308-5700 License ME69377

Mayer, Peter L

Neurosurgery And Spine Specialists 5831 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 100 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-308-5700 License ME68105

Wang, Huan

Florida Kidney Physicians 1921 Waldemere St Ste 306 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8727

Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute 4012 Sawyer Rd Ste 101-104 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-893-2688

License ME76037

License ME120232

Lawrence-Jackson, Janis S.

Manatee Kidney Disease Consultants 3701 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-746-5840

Florida Kidney Physicians 1921 Waldemere St Ste 306 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8722

License ME94266

Sastry, Ashok

License ME90195

Toka, Hakan

License OS12060

Florida Kidney Physicians 1921 Waldemere St Ste 413 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-6585

NEUROLOGY Cantero, Julio

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

License ME95950

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2022 PEER REVIEW HONOREES TOP DOCTORS MEDICAL RESOURCE GUIDE

HONOREE Podiatry

JAMES M. COTTOM, DPM, FACFAS

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

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR 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 stateof-the-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 non-operative regenerative treatments like shockwave therapy, platelet rich plasma injections, MLS 6 class IV laser therapy and BMAC injections. We work very close with local physical therapists as well to help our patients achieve the best possible outcomes. WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART? Individualized,

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.

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.

FLORIDA ORTHOPEDIC FOOT & ANKLE CENTER (FLOFAC), JAMES M. COTTOM 5741 Bee Ridge Rd #490, Sarasota, FL 34233 941.924.8777 | FLOFAC.com

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TOP DOCTORS Cherian, Rejo P.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 1921 Waldemere St Ste 701 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8900 License ME135878

Concha, Mauricio

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

Gonzalez, Ralph

Manatee Physician Alliance 200 3rd Ave W Ste 110 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-746-3115 License ME73150

Hanes, Gregory

First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St Ste 701 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8900

Keegan, Andrew P

Swaim, Logan

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

The Roots Health Centers 8209 Natures Way Ste 115 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-877-1507

License ME87175

License CH11541

Negroski, Donald

Thornley, Virginia

Negroski Neurology 5741 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 530 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-487-2160

Virginia Thornley MD 3920 Bee Ridge Rd Bldg B Ste A Sarasota, FL 34239 941-363-1370

License ME46199

License ME113264

Sutherland, Dean P.

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St Ste 701 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8900 License ME79474

Swaim, Laura

The Roots Health Centers 8209 Natures Way Ste 115 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-877-1507 License CH11544

License ME88942

McCullen, Jennifer

Obgyn Women's Centre Of Lakewood Ranch LLC 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd Ste 240 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-907-3008 License ME66257

Shedd-Hartman, Kelly-Anne

Swor Women's Care 1900 S Tuttle Ave Sarasota, FL 34239 941-330-8885 License OS12471

Alvarez, Jorge E.

OBGYN Women's Centre of Lakewood Ranch LLC 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd Bradenton, FL 34202 941-782-2100 License ME67244

Easterling, Gary W.

Gulf Coast Obstetrics & Gynecology 1950 Arlington St Ste 203 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-379-6331 License ME59922

Gard, Kathryn P.

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

Hamel, Kelly J.

First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St Ste 802 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-7888 License ME98993

Shepherd, Kristin

First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St Ste 802 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-7888 License ME109734

Sullivan Jr, John E.

Advanced Gyn And Ob LLC 2451 Bee Ridge Rd Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-8076 License ME43835

Swanson, Jennifer L.

Lakewood Ranch Obstetrics & Gynecology 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd Ste 140 Bradenton, FL 34202 941-907-9298 LicenseME96037

Towsley, Greg A.

First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St Ste 802 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-7888 License ME68910

Yenari, Jon

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

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HONOREE Pediatrics General

VIRGINIA GOOD, MD SPECIALTIES Pediatrics TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF. Dr. Good

is board certified pediatrician. She was born and raised in Shreveport, LA. She went to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and played tennis for the LSU Tigers. After graduating and teaching tennis for 2 years, she returned to LSU for medical school and residency. She then spent several years in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit caring for critically ill children. Dr. Good and her family moved to Sarasota, Florida where she worked as a hospitalist before transitioning to primary care. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Board of Pediatrics, and the Sarasota Medical Society.

Throughout her education and years of experience, Dr. Good has learned the importance of introducing healthy habits early on in a young patient's life and realizes sickness does not have office hours. She takes her own calls and is just a phone call away even when the office is closed. Dr. Good has three children and two Standard Poodles, "Annie" and "Benny". In her spare time, she loves to fish, read and spend time with her friends and family.

WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART? Grab your cape, princess dress, and wizard cloak before coming to Good Pediatrics, where as soon as you walk through our doors, you’ll be transported to a practice full of imagination and intricate decorations. The waiting room walls are adorned with display cases with antique toys, props, and a sixfoot tall Frozen castle. Newborns will be led to one of our 2 rooms we save just for our youngest patients. Everyone else will be led to one of our themed exam rooms which include our Star Wars room with action figures from the original 1977 movie. The superhero room is covered with collectable artwork from DC and Marvel, with a centerpiece created and autographed by Stan Lee. Our princess room is just as decorated with wall murals of lifesized Disney princesses. Hanging from the ceiling is a crystal chandelier so patients feel like they’re at a ball. All aboard 9 ¾! For the older wizards, there is a Harry Potter themed-room with hanging candles, a sorting hat, magic wands, and a fireplace.

GOOD PEDIATRICS VIRGINIA J. GOOD MD, FAAP 1961 Floyd Street Suite A Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-7337 | goodpediatrics.com

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TOP DOCTORS ONCOLOGY

OPTHALMOLOGY

Dattoli, Michael J.

Abrams, Jody G.

Dattoli Cancer Center & Brachytherapy Research Institute 2803 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-957-1221

Sarasota Retina Institute 3400 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-921-5335

License ME58562

Adler, Jonathan

Eakle, Janice F.

Florida Cancer Specialists 600 N. Cattlemen Rd. Ste 200 Sarasota, Florida 34232 941-377-9993 License ME80481

Guancial, Elizabeth A.

Florida Cancer Specialists 1970 Golf St Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1000 License ME135035

Lifton, Robin

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

Patel, Anjan J.

Florida Cancer Specialists 1970 Golf St Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1000 License ME117498

Silver, Caryn

Florida Cancer Specialists 1970 Golf St Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1000 License ME78237

License ME109729

Adler Eye Institute 1509 53rd Ave W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-753-0220 License ME58865

Campbell, David

Sarasota Ophthalmology 2121 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-6363 License ME75872

De Rojas, Joaquin O.

Center For Sight 2601 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-277-9045 License ME139893

Grabow, Harry

Envision Eye Specialists 3920 Bee Ridge Rd Bldg F Sarasota, FL 34233 941-921-7744 License ME23611

Kim, Joshua W.

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

Shoemaker, David W.

Cashen, David V.

License ME39238

License ME99185

Silverman, Scott

Cuff, Derek J.

US Eye 2601 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-925-2020

Coastal Eye Institute 1427 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-748-1818 LicenseME68584

Soscia, William L.

Center For Sight 2601 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-277-9041 License ME84433

Stelton, Chris

SK Retina 1700 S Tuttle Ave Sarasota, FL 34239 941-777-5000 License ME125837

ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY Reuter, Todd J.

Sarasota Oral & Implant Surgery 2130 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-3388 License ME106595

License ME93875

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

Ross, Joseph

Bright, Adam S.

Envision Eye Specialists 3920 Bee Ridge Rd Bldg F Ste A Sarasota, FL 34233 941-921-7744 License ME61395

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

Suncoast Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine 836 Sunset Lake Blvd Ste 205 Venice, FL 34292 941-485-1505 License ME95587

Dillingham, Christopher L.

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

Dattilo, Jonathan

Coastal Orthopedics 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd 3rd Fl Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-792-1404 License ME144420

Dingle, Sean R.

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

Harkess, John W.

Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 License ME132666

Schofield Hand & Bright Orthopaedics 1950 Arlington St Ste 111 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-229-6406 License ME70128

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HONOREE Internal Medicine

JOHN LOURIÉ, MD SPECIALTIES Cardiology: General and Interventional Internal Medicine Nuclear cardiology TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE.

Having witnessed the erosion of quality care in medicine and a push by corporate and insurance industries toward a one-size-fits-all care model known as "protocol-based care", I knew I could deliver better personal care. So in 2010, I developed our current concierge practice which places the focus on the personal needs of the patient: not the insurance company. Our contract is between the patient and the doctor so we have been able to develop relationships with radiology centers, labs, pharmacies and specialists, etc. which allow much quicker access to service when needed. This is frequently achieved at a much lower price than it would cost through an insurance company without all the typical built-in delays and denials that people have become forced to accept through the traditional medical practice. Our practice has been so successful that it has been full for over six years now.

Having lived in Charleston, SC as a child and then moving to the Midwest for high school, college and medical school, Dr. Lourié was always drawn back to the ocean. He graduated from DePauw University in Indiana in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in biology with a minor in physics. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at Emory University in Atlanta in 1992. He specialized in interventional cardiology and nuclear cardiology, graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1995 where he met his wife. They then moved to Bradenton in 1995. At age 32, Dr. Lourié was one of the youngest to be accepted as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology in 1996. He has been board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, interventional cardiology and nuclear cardiology. He has served on the local board of the American Heart Association and the Manatee Medical Society as well as numerous medical committees at both Manatee Memorial and Blake hospitals. He was the director of the cardiac cath lab at Blake hospital for 12 years and was listed in Strathmore's Who's Who in America in 2000, named Doctor of the Year in 2004 and Consumers’ Research Council of America's Top Cardiologists in 2010.

WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART? We deliver what is now missing from most medical practices and certainly in hospital based care: excellent personal service, prompt appointments, and direct evaluation by your physician: not a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant. We personally coordinate priority appointments with specialists, imaging tests and perform advanced metabolic testing and cancer screening in-house. We routinely refer to the top medical centers in the US when someone's health depends on it. One of our primary goals is to keep people out of the hospital: and it works. We are focused on teaching people how to achieve and maintain health through lifestyle changes that have been proven to prevent strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, cancer and dementia.

HEART ATTACK PREVENTION CENTER JOHN LOURIÉ, MD 4900 Manatee Ave W. Suite 201, Bradenton, FL 34209 941-7456-5200 | Heartattackpreventioncenter.com

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TOP DOCTORS Jaquith, Michael H.

Center for Orthopaedics And Sports Medicine 1525 Tamiami Trl S Ste 602 Venice, FL 34285 941-497-2663 License ME46959

Klima, Matthew L.

First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St Ste 504 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8525 License OS11307

Lamar, Daniel S.

O'Daly, Andres E.

Sugar, David A.

Marrs, Chad

License ME126890

License ME73607

License ME114119

Otte, R. Stephen

Valadie, Alan L.

Nayak, Neil S.

License ME141436

License ME70378

License ME141439

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

Coastal Orthopedics 6202 17th AveWest Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 Schofield, Brian A.

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

Schofield Hand & Bright Orthopaedics PLLC 1950 Arlington St Ste 111 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-921-2600

License ME88228

License ME68192

Mehserle, William L.

Stolarski, Edward J.

Center for Orthopaedics And Sports Medicine1 525 Tamiami Trl S Ste 602 Venice, FL 34285 941-497-2663

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

License ME65132

License ME84153

Sugar Orthopaedics 1630 S Tuttle Ave Sarasota, FL 34239 941-556-6900

Coastal Orthopedics 6202 17th AveWest Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

OTALARYNGOLOGY, EAR, NOSE, THROAT Gurucharri, Michael J.

Ear Nose & Throat Associates Of Manatee PA 701 Manatee Ave W Ste 202 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-2455 License ME45512

Marlowe, Andrew

Marlowe & Marrs MD 5432 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 150 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-379-3277 License ME75996

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

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

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

Shea, Roger M.

Shea Ent Clinic 5432 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 140 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-371-2244 License ME65243

Wazen, Jack J.

Silverstein Institute 1901 Floyd St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-9222 License ME41616

PAIN MANAGEMENT Bundschu, Richard H.

Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 License ME68442

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2022 PEER REVIEW HONOREES TOP DOCTORS MEDICAL RESOURCE GUIDE

HONOREE Rheumatology

SAMPATH MANICKAM, MD SPECIALTIES Rheumatoid arthritis Psoriatic arthritis Osteoporosis Lupus

TELL

US

A

LITTLE

ABOUT

YOURSELF.

Millennium Rheumatology is dedicated to providing high-quality medical care. We manage rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, lupus, gout, vasculitis and other conditions. Dr. Manickam is dedicated to providing the best and most up-to-date rheumatologic care. Our practice features sophisticated exam rooms, and a full infusion suite. We also perform joint injections and joint aspirations. We have an x-ray center and our clinic has ultrasound capabilities. Our clinic administers the following specialty medicines in our infusion center: Prolia, Reclast, Boniva, Evenity, Cimzia, Orencia, Remicade, Simponi, Actemra. Our group is dedicated to providing the best rheumatologic care. HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE HELP IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS? Our practice

Dr. Manickam studied biomedical engineering at the University of Miami. He obtained his MD degree at the Leonard Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. He completed his internal medicine residency at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida. Dr. Manickam completed his rheumatology fellowship at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Manickam has provided medical care in Sarasota County for the past 5 years. In his spare time, Dr. Manickam enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His wife is a Family Medicine Doctor.

improves the lives of your patients in several ways. Our practice is patient-focused. We spend time extensively counseling patients on their conditions. Our priority is to provide quality, safe medical care. Patients are taken care of by our friendly staff. We provide care in an updated facility. We have a full-feature infusion suite. We also have access to an ultrasound machine, and x-ray center. We look at the whole patient. We tailor treatment to the individual patient. Millennium Rheumatology is dedicated to providing high-quality medical care.

MILLENNIUM PHYSICIAN GROUP SAMPATH MANICKAM , MD 8383 South Tamiami Trail. Suite 115, Sarasota, FL 34238 941-497-4069 | millenniumphysician.com

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TOP DOCTORS Cassell, Lance S.

Sarasota Pain Relief Center 3945 Clark Rd Sarasota, FL 34233 941-926-2270 License ME86655

Constant, Douglas L.

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

Diaz-Ramirez, Myrdalis

SahaVida Institute LLC 1958 Prospect St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-557-7242 License ME96703

Erb, Donald L

Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655 License OS7114

Gekht, Gennady

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

Satia, Paul

Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655 License ME104779

Sirianni, Justin J.

Coastal Orthopedics 6015 Pointe West Blvd Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 License ME132277

Smith, Stephen G.

Ramos Center 1370 E Venice Ave Ste 104 Venice, FL 34285 941-202-6480 License ME139415

PATHOLOGY Stelton, Christina D.

Suncoast Pathology 446 Tamiami Trl S Fl 2nd Venice, FL 34285 941-483-3319 License ME126862

Zacks, Jeffrey F.

Job, Lindsey

Sarapath Diagnostics 2001 Webber St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-362-8900

License ME119800

PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY

Ramos, Fabian A.

Miller, Michelle

License ME95933

Restore Medical Partners 333 S Tamiami Trl Ste 101 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34285 941-375-3006

Ramos Center 100 3rd Ave W Ste 110 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-708-9555 License ME71496

License ME82395

Johns Hopkins All Children's Outpatient Care 5881 Rand Blvd Sarasota, FL 34238 941-927-8805

PEDIATRICS, GENERAL Carroll, Briggs G.

Comprehensive Childcare Associates 2020 Cattlemen Rd Ste 600 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-955-5191 License ME80716

Featherman, D. Scott

Comprehensive Childcare Associates 2020 Cattlemen Rd Ste 600 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-955-5191 License ME47974

Fleener, Barbara X.

Sarasota Children's Clinic 3920 Bee Ridge Rd Bldg A Sarasota, FL 34233 941-923-3667 License ME112055

Fleener, Carola

Sarasota Children's Clinic 3920 Bee Ridge Rd Bldg A Sarasota, FL 34233 941-923-3667 License ME52202

Meyer, Ted

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

Scarano, Joseph

Scarano & Taylor Pediatrics 4861 27th St W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-755-0800 License ME55634

Sueiro, Rene

First Physicians Group 14405 Arbor Green Trl Ste 101 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-917-7080 License ME102035

PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION Diaz, Carlos

Spine, Sport & Physical Medicine Center 2030 Bee Ridge Rd Ste B Sarasota, FL 34239 941-845-0233 License ME80337

Good, Virginia J.

Good Pediatrics 1961 Floyd St Ste A Sarasota, FL 34239 941-955-7337 License ME98981

Keeley, Katherine M.

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

Lento, Paul H.

360 Orthopedics 2750 Bahia Vista St Ste 100 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-951-2663 License ME90421

Ottaviani, Laura B.

Coastal Orthopedics 6202 17th Ave West Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 License OS7921

License PN1348021

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2022 PEER REVIEW HONOREES TOP DOCTORS MEDICAL RESOURCE GUIDE

HONOREE Cosmetic Surgery

ALBERICO J. SESSA, MD SPECIALTIES Cosmetic Surgery WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART? Sarasota

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.

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

SARASOTA SURGICAL ARTS ALBERICO J. SESSA, MD 4143 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34233 941.923.1736 | SarasotaSurgicalArts.com

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TOP DOCTORS PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY Bhanot, Sumeet

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

Cicillioni Jr., Orlando

Orlando Cosmetic Surgery LLC 443 John Ringling Blvd Ste K Sarasota, FL 34236 941-388-1110 License ME65746

Leong, Kenneth

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

Van Vliet, Michael M.

HCA Florida Healthcare 2020 59th St W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-567-2876 License ME123837

Widmyer, Anna

Klemeyer, Lisa

Aesthetic & Family Podiatry 5575 Marquesas Cir Sarasota, FL 34233 941-379-8292

Greeter, Stacy

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

License PO2777

License ME128423

Lasday, Stephen

Hollen, Jordana

License PO2382

License ME119785

Saltzman, Megan

Huk, Stephen G.

PODIATRY Baldinger, Philip

Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists 1800 Cortez Rd W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-758-8818 License PO2417

Cottom, James

Florida Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center 5741 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 490 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-924-8777 License PO3305

Frimmel, Robert

Sarasota Foot Care Center 2000 Webber St Ste 110 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-787-5087 License PO1919

West Coast Podiatry Center 1611 53rd Ave W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-253-5569

West Coast Podiatry Center 1611 53rd Ave W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-253-5569 License PO4130

Stroud, Dustin

West Coast Podiatry Center 1611 53rd Ave W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-253-5569 License PO3896

Vonherbulis, Eric

West Coast Podiatry Center 1611 53rd Ave W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-253-5569 License PO3826

Zdancewicz, Alissa

West Coast Podiatry Center 1611 53rd Ave W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-253-5569 License PO3140

PSYCHIATRY Cohen, Rebecca

Rebecca S Cohen MD LLC 1217 S East Ave Ste 209 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-559-8500 License ME112405

Stacy Greeter Md PLLC 2415 University Pkwy Ste 219 Sarasota, FL 34243 941-413-0834

Bluestone Psychiatry PLLC 5664 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 203 Sarasota, FL 34233 877-422-9355

Behavioral Health Centers Of Sarasota 6075 Rand Blvd Ste 1 Sarasota, FL 34238 941-921-2792 License ME109869

Lirio, Stephanie

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

Thomas, Matthew P

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

PULMONOLOGY Aranibar, Richard

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

Burke, Michael W.

Gulf Coast Pulmonary And Sleep 5857 21st Ave W Ste A Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-0611 License ME111430

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2022 PEER REVIEW HONOREES TOP DOCTORS MEDICAL RESOURCE GUIDE

HONOREE Dermatology SPECIALTIES

DAVID S. SAX, MD

Pediatric and Adult Dermatology Skin Cancer Screenings Skin Cancer Surgery Mohs Micrographic Surgery Psoriasis/Vitiligo Laser Treatment Cosmetic Services: Lasers, Injectables, Emsculpt Neo, Etc. Spa Services: Facials and Medical Grade Skincare TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE. WHAT SETS IT APART?

Over 20 years ago, David S. Sax, M.D. founded University Park Dermatology & Medical Spa. His vision then was to create a comprehensive dermatology practice providing a welcoming, “family feel” while offering exceptional and personalized service. Dr. Sax has brought that vision to life by combining leading edge technologies and tailoring it with highly individualized attention to each patients’ specific needs. One of the main goals when forming my practice was to create a comprehensive skin care center; a single destination for the entire family. At University Park Dermatology, we combine the best of both medical and cosmetics, allowing us to holistically address all of our patient’s needs. Our medical team utilizes the most effective treatments against skin cancers, including an in-house lab performing outpatient Mohs surgery. Within the same office, our ultramodern medspa offers an array of solutions to improve virtually all aspects of our patient’s skincare needs; from lasers, injectables and Emsculpt Neo to our exceptional aesthetician services and medical grade skincare lines. However, it is my staff that truly sets us apart, creating the warm and inviting environment that is our trademark. HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS? One result of living in the Sunshine State

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. Dr. Sax is now a dual board certified dermatologist and micrographic dermatologic surgeon.

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.

UNIVERSITY PARK DERMATOLOGY & MEDICAL SPA DAVID S. SAX, MD 8451 Shade Ave. Suite 205, Sarasota, FL 34243 941-360-2477 | upderm.com

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TOP DOCTORS Ghamra, Ziad W.

Lung Associates Of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St Ste 705 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-5864 License ME105061

Goedicke, Heidi R.

Lung Associates Of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St Ste 705 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-5864 License ME123843

Hurwitz, Kenneth M

Lung Associates Of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St Ste 705 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-5864 License ME63644

Loutfi, Rabih H.

The Sleep Center Of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St Ste 705 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-5864 License ME101610

Mylett, Janine

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

Peters, John T.

Matrix Pulmonary 2401 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-744-1336 License OS7555

Reddy, Lakshmi G.

The Sleep Center Of Sarasota 1921 Waldemere St Ste 705 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-366-5864 License ME123513

RADIATION ONCOLOGY

RHEUMATOLOGY

Fitch, Dwight L.

Sarasota Arthritis Center 1945 Versailles St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-0770

Advocate Radiation Oncology 5325 State Rd 64 Bradenton, FL 34208 941-220-6263 License ME95935

Boodoo, Jesse

License ME134952

Crager, Kenneth H.

Genesiscare 3210 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-364-8887

HCA Florida Blake Medical Specialists 315 75th St W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-8329

License ME119644

License ME64188

Koshy, Mary

Drucker, Yoel

Hollen, Tyler

McKinley, Brian T.

HCA Florida Healthcare 315 75th St W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-8329 License ME97774

SLEEP MEDICINE McConnell, Jeremy D.

Florida Sleep Specialists 5517 21st Ave W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-8383 License ME83356

Scheer, Steven J.

Genesiscare 401 Manatee Ave E Ste A Bradenton, FL 34208 941-748-4324

Sarasota Arthritis Center 1945 Versailles St Sarasota, FL 34239 941-365-0770

License ME92795

License ME70287

Silverman, Larry N.

Guzman, Luis G.

Genesiscare 3210 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-364-8887

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

SPINE SURGERY

License ME72235

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Soni, Arvind B.

Kelley III, Joe T.

Coastal Orthopedics 6202 17th AveWest Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

Dattoli Cancer Center & Brachytherapy Research Institute 2803 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-957-1221

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

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Manickam, Sampath

RADIOLOGY Mihm, Phillip

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

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Millennium Physician Group 8383 S Tamiami Trl Ste 115 Sarasota, FL 34238 941-497-4069 License ME133234

Manohar, Jaishree

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

Optimal Sleep Health 2020 Cattlemen Rd Ste 400 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-342-3400 License ME90589

Dermarkarian, Patrick G.

License ME140651

Glasser, Ryan S.

Neurosurgery And Spine Specialists 5831 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 100 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-308-5700 License ME58159

Knego, Robert S.

Neurosurgery And Spine Specialists 5831 Bee Ridge Rd Ste 100 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-308-5700 License ME57684

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HONOREE Neuropathy

LOGAN & LAURA SWAIM, DC

WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART? The team at The Roots

Neuropathy understands that nervous system health is directly correlated to an individual’s overall health and well-being and recognizes that the body is genetically programmed for health rather than sickness. It is our vision to educate the community about the self-healing and self-regulating human frame provided there is no interference of neurological communication. By balancing the nervous system’s performance, we normalize communication between the brain and the body through state-of-the art neuropathy treatments. It is through this optimization of function and communication that individuals can realize their potential for optimal health and wellness. We address the root cause of the pain and help the body, nerves, blood vessels and tissue stop breaking down and start healing naturally without surgery. Typical healthcare approaches neuropathy pain by using invasive procedures to mask the symptoms while we get to the root cause of the pain. With the most advanced natural approach at reversing neuropathy symptoms we are able to provide independence and a quality of life we are all wanting.

HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE HELP IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS? It is our desire to empower individuals with

The Roots Neuropathy, a division of The Roots Health Centers, PLLC is a family-run practice led by the husband and wife team Dr. Logan W. Swaim, MS, DC, BCN and Dr. Laura S. Swaim, DC. They are led by their core values: integrity, communication, community, commitment, and faith. The goal of the doctors at The Roots Neuropathy is to serve the Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and surrounding communities at the highest level of healthcare excellence. They aim to empower individuals with better health strategies through completely natural, drug-free health care that allows the body to heal itself and help people at any age achieve their God given health potential and obtain a life full of optimal health. Dr. Logan is board certified in neuropathy by the American College of Physical Medicine. Drs. Logan and Laura were drawn to Sarasota & the Lakewood Ranch area and knew this was a community in need of natural health solutions. Since the inception of The Roots Health Centers, Drs. Logan and Laura continually strive to give back and be active in the community. The driving force behind every interaction is to be a community leader in natural health options for those looking for hope and healing.

better health strategies through completely natural, drug-free health care that allows the body to heal itself and help people at any age achieve their God given health potential and obtain a life full of optimal health. Neuropathy is a very complicated condition and at The Roots Neuropathy, we focus on improving the patient’s quality of life. Every patient is given a personal consultation to truly understand how their lives are being interrupted and a complete neurological evaluation by one of our health providers to pinpoint the amount of damage they have sustained. Many patients who come to us have taken pain medication to relieve their neuropathy symptoms and were not able to achieve the long term results they are looking for from previous treatment. At The Roots Health Centers it is our goal to get the problem fixed so that they no longer need pain medication and can return to living a life free from neuropathy. We strive to help our patients regain their independence so they can once again enjoy the activities they used to enjoy. We strive to make each recommendation individualized in order to fit the needs of every patient ensuring the highest success rate.

THE ROOTS NEUROPATHY 8209 Natures Way, Unit 115 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 | 941.877.1507 therootsneuropathy.com

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TOP DOCTORS Meinhardt, Philip A.

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

Valadie, Arthur L.

Green, Joshua T.

Genesiscare 3325 S Tamiami Trl Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-8488

Lepore Jr, Michael R.

Coastal Orthopedics 6202 17th Ave West Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 License ME71811

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Perry, Matthew J.

Nair, Deepak G.

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Tingle, William J.

Parrack, Inkyong K.

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Patel, Ashvin I.

Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center 6050 Cattleridge Blvd Sarasota, FL 34232 941-365-0655 License ME67502

Sundberg, Eric B.

Coastal Orthopedics 6202 17th Ave West Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404 License ME120448

SPORTS MEDICINE Connolly, Brendon

SURGICAL ONCOLOGY Meredith, Kenneth

First Physicians Group1 950 Arlington St Ste 101 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-3400 License ME102313

UROLOGY Akary, Eihab

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center 401 Commercial Court Ste E Venice, FL 34292 941-260-4440 License ME139247

Connolly Orthohpedics And Sports Medicine 530 5th St E Bradenton, FL 34208 941-757-3521

Bilik, A. Joseph

License ME98137

License ME73513

Schafer, Steven J.

Carey, Robert I.

Florida Urology Specialists 1 S School Ave Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-309-7000

Coastal Orthopedics 6202 17th Ave West Bradenton, FL 34209 941-792-1404

First Physicians Group 1921 Waldemere St Ste 310 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-5400

License ME77986

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Torrance II, Ron

Castellucci, Sean A.

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

Urology Partners 200 3rd Ave W Ste 210 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-792-0340

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Florida Urology Specialists 1 S School Ave Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-309-7000

Florida Urology Specialists 1 S School Ave Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-309-7000

VASCULAR SURGERY Edwards, Jeffrey

Sarasota Vascular Specialists 600 N Cattlemen Rd Ste 220 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-371-6565 License ME132518

Halaby, Issam A.

Surgical Associates Of Venice & Englewood 436 Nokomis Ave S Venice, FL 34285 941-488-7742 License ME83954

Hershberger, Richard

Sarasota Vascular Specialists 600 N Cattlemen Rd Ste 220 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-371-6565 License ME128434

Sarasota Vascular Specialists 600 N Cattlemen Rd Ste 220 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-371-6565

Sarasota Vascular Specialists 600 N Cattlemen Rd Ste 220 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-371-6565

Sarasota Vascular Specialists 600 N Cattlemen Rd Ste 220 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-371-6565 Silverman, Steven H.

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

Suplee, Ryan S.

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

Torres, Vivian

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

Wagner, Jason K.

Sarasota Vascular Specialists 600 N Cattlemen Rd Ste 220 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-371-6565 License ME139385

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JORDANA HOLLEN, MD HONOREE

Psychiatry SPECIALTIES 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 eleven years of outpatient psychiatric practice.

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ABOUT YOUR 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 impor- tantly, 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.

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

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R. STEPHEN OTTE, MD HONOREE

Orthopedic Surgery SPECIALTIES Shoulder Replacement Arthroscopic procedures

Dr. Otte graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine before completing his orthopedic surgery residency at Michigan State University/Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI. He then went on to complete a shoulder and elbow fellowship at the prestigious Midwest Orthopedics at Rush in Chicago, IL where he was trained in the most advanced techniques in shoulder and elbow surgery. He then moved with his wife and two daughters to Sarasota.

ERIC SUNDBERG, MD HONOREE

Spine Surgery SPECIALTIES Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Dr. Eric Sundberg is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgery of the spine, degenerative spinal conditions and deformities including scoliosis and kyphosis. After graduating summa cum laude from California State University, Dr. Sundberg completed medical school and a five-year orthopedic surgery residency at Stanford University. Dr. Sundberg focuses his practice on treating patients with back and neck problems that may be the result of degenerative conditions or spinal deformities.

Dr. Otte has a unique interest in primary and complex shoulder reconstruction including reverse shoulder replacement, anatomic shoulder replacement, and revisions. As a former athlete, Dr. Otte takes it seriously when patients have to give up activities they love, and uses state of the art, minimally invasive techniques to get patients back to their active life. Dr. Otte is one of very few surgeons on the Gulf Coast who is a member of the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES) and is involved with the design and testing of shoulder implants to improve quality and outcomes for his patients.

ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE.

COASTAL ORTHOPEDICS 8000 SR 64 East, Bradenton FL 34212 3420 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch FL 34202 6202 17th Ave West, Bradenton FL 34209 941-792-1404 | coastalorthopedics.com

HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE HELP IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS? Dr. Sundberg’s

practice is dedicated to improving the lives of his patients by identifying the root cause of their neck and back pain, and then determining the best next steps to mitigate pain whether by surgery, pain management or therapy so that they may return to their lives and best level of functioning. He strives to incorporate the benefits of Coastal Orthopedics multidisciplinary approach via imaging, physical therapy, complex pain management, and minimally invasive surgery approaches, when required. All patients receive a tailored care plan that suits them best and aims to give them the best possible outcome.

COASTAL ORTHOPEDICS 8000 SR 64 East, Bradenton FL 34212 3420 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch FL 34202 6202 17th Ave West, Bradenton FL 34209 941-792-1404 | coastalorthopedics.com

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MICHAEL J. DATTOLI, MD HONOREE

Oncology SPECIALTIES Brachytherapy Interventional Radiology

Michael J. Dattoli, MD, is a board-certified radiation oncologist with decades of brachytherapy experience, having performed thousands of prostate implant procedures. Dr. Dattoli attended the University of California at Berkeley and was the Valedictorian of his class at Vassar College. He earned his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Radiation Oncology at New York University Medical Center. He was Special Fellow and Associate Professor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC.

WHAT MAKES THE DATTOLI CANCER CENTER SO SPECIAL? Drs. Dattoli and Soni have trained at the fin-

est academic cancer research hospitals in the United States and have assembled the largest non-surgical prostate cancer research facility in the world. They have published the highest cure rates with the lowest side effects imaginable and over 50% of patients come to the Dattoli Cancer Center from out-of-state or out of the country after extensively exploring their treatment options. These results are accomplished using pinpoint precise radiation called "Dynamic Adaptive Radiotherapy" (DART), pioneered at the Dattoli Cancer Center. Meanwhile, no cancer center in the world has as much experience utilizing brachytherapy. The same technologies are utilized to treat other cancer sites, especially breast cancer, also with unparalleled results.

DATTOLI CANCER CENTER 2803 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237 941-957-1221 | Fax: 941-957-0038

MONICA K. BEDI, MD WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART? The ideals that HONOREE

Dermatology SPECIALTIES Non-invasive treatment options

Dr. Bedi founded Dermatology Associates in 2002 based on the principles of treating patients as she would her family. She feels every patient deserves an individualized treatment plan and prides herself on offering alternative non-invasive treatment options. She is honored to be named a top doctor and is blessed for the 20 year long relationships she has built with her patients and the community.

Dr. Bedi started her practice with are the cornerstone for all providers. At Dermatology Associates we take pride in avoiding excessive procedures and cutting. You will not be pressured into cosmetic treatments, and we strive for natural results. We welcome treating rashes and other difficult dermatologic conditions. We think outside the box to make sure we are treating you. Taking time to educate you on your condition and treatment options is paramount. We strive to search for causes of your conditions and focus on prevention rather than just treating symptoms. Trust your skin to us.

DERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES 3830 Bee Ridge Rd Suite 200 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-927-5178 | dermsarasota.com

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IVAN ESTUARDO RASCON-AGUILAR, MD HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES Esophageal disorders Inflammatory bowel disease Liver and pancreatic diseases

Dr. Ivan Rascon-Aguilar is a board-certified gastroenterologist who received his medical degree at the Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala, then completed his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida. He is a partner of Florida Digestive Health Specialists and is based in Bradenton.

WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART? First of all, the

most important thing I try to keep in mind is that patients come to see me for a solution to a problem. My goal is to get to the root cause and not just treat it with pills. I get to the root by listening/investigating first and giving the patient the option to treat their problem with medications/procedures or lifestyle modification. Giving a solution to a problem is what brings me great satisfaction. Treating my patients as if they were my own family is always a goal. Making a difference in people's lives is what gives me a reason to wake in the mornings. It's that simple–nothing more and nothing less is what I offer.

GASTROENTEROLOGY ASSOCIATES OF MANATEE 1886 59th St. W Bradenton, FL 34209 941.794.1980 | fdhs.com

RONALD ANDARI, MD HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES Chronic abdominal pain Hepatobiliary and pancreatic disorders Cancers of the digestive tract

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

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

FLORIDA DIGESTIVE HEALTH SPECIALISTS Bradenton | Sarasota | Lakewood Ranch Venice | Englewood and More | Check the website for the locations | fdhs.com

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MARK DAWSON, MD HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES Colon cancer screening/prevention Barrett's esophagus Biliary disease Pancreatic disease Liver disease

Dr. Mark Dawson earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois. He completed his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Dawson's special interests in GI are preventing colon cancer, treating biliary and pancreatic diseases and Barrett's esophagus to prevent cancer. He enjoys learning new techniques in the GI world. Dr. Dawson has participated in Manatee We Care, providing free healthcare for over 25 years. He loves what he does, especially sharing good news, "I tell everyone, I don't get bored giving out good news." He individualizes each patient's care through discussion. When he's not treating patients, Dr Dawson enjoys time with his family and friends. He also likes writing, telling jokes, playing music and watching sunsets. Dr Dawson practices in Bradenton and Sun City Center.

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

treat patients in the We Care program and it allows us the opportunity to provide our community with high quality care for their GI needs. These patients would otherwise have to utilize the ER for their only source of healthcare. We allow them to follow up in our office and obtain outpatient procedures. Our practice also participates in community outreach with local hospitals to spread awareness about colon cancer screening and prevention as well as other GI conditions.

SUNCOAST GI ASSOCIATES 101 Riverfront Blvd. Suite 700, Bradenton, FL 34205 941.748.2417 | fdhs.com

ARUN KHAZANCHI, MD HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES Esophageal and pancreas ailments Endoscopic ultrasound for cancers and biopsies IBD

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

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

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

FLORIDA DIGESTIVE HEALTH SPECIALISTS Bradenton | Sarasota | Lakewood Ranch Venice | Englewood and More | Check the website for the locations | fdhs.com

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CHARLES J. LOEWE, MD HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES Advanced therapeutic endoscopy. Laparoscopy

Dr. Charles J. Loewe is Board Certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology. He received his medical degree at Hahnemann Medical University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Loewe completed his residency in internal medicine at the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at MCV/VCU and remained on staff for an additional year teaching advanced therapeutic endoscopy and laparoscopy. Dr. Loewe has been in practice in Sarasota since 1985 and founded Sarasota Center for Digestive Disease in 1992. He is an assistant professor at Florida State University.

ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE. We are an advanced and com-

prehensive gastroenterology practice consisting of four gastroenterologists, two physician assistants, and one nurse practitioner. We specialize in advanced therapeutic endoscopy, IBD, nutrition, colon cancer screening, treatment of liver diseases, and infusion services. Our newest service will be bariatric endoscopy for weight loss. We have been established in Sarasota County since 1984. We have an onsite outpatient surgery center performing all endoscopic procedures with the most advanced technology. Dr. Loewe has been in practice in Sarasota since 1985 and founded Sarasota Center for Digestive Disease in 1992. He has sat on the board of the HealthCare Foundation at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and the board of the Wellness Community of Southwest Florida. Dr. Loewe has performed over 40,000 procedures and is a world leader in advanced endoscopic procedures.

SARASOTA CENTER FOR DIGESTIVE DISEASE 3325 S. Tamiami Tr. Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941.952.9223 | fdhs.com

TONANTZIN MATHEUS, MD HONOREE Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES Esophageal diseases Pancreatic disorders GERD/Dysphagia Irritable bowel syndrome

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

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

FLORIDA DIGESTIVE HEALTH SPECIALISTS Bradenton | Sarasota | Lakewood Ranch Venice | Englewood and More | Check the website for the locations | fdhs.com

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AVANTIKA MISHRA, MD HONOREE

Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES Cancer Prevention IBD Women's health Obesity/nutrition

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

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

nal issues can be very nuanced and layered; it requires paying key attention to patients’ symptoms while keeping in mind already diagnosed medical comorbidities. Patients need to know they’re heard and are working with someone that is invested in their care. An essential part of this doctor-patient relationship is continual patient education and engagement. As physicians, we need to constantly understand symptoms and early screening. With this work, we can save lives.

FLORIDA DIGESTIVE HEALTH SPECIALISTS Bradenton | Sarasota | Lakewood Ranch Venice | Englewood and More | Check the website for the locations | fdhs.com

JOHN SOUTHERLAND, MD HONOREE Gastroenterology SPECIALTIES Crohn's disease Ulcerative colitis

Dr. John Southerland completed his internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland Ohio and his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Florida. He was awarded the Top 10 Physician of the Year Role Model from Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 2005. Dr. Southerland is married and practices in Sarasota.

HOW DOES YOUR PRACTICE HELP TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF YOUR PATIENTS? We improve the lives of

our patients by listening to our patients' needs and discussing the latest technology advancements. This will allow our patients to make the best-informed decisions on their care. We are a practice that believes in a holistic approach to medicine with shared decision making, personal patient care, and offering the latest technology in the field of advanced therapeutics, diagnostics and weight-loss options.

SARASOTA CENTER FOR DIGESTIVE DISEASE 3325 S. Tamiami Tr. Suite 200, Sarasota, FL 34239 941.952.9223 | fdhs.com

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STELIOS REKKAS, MD, FACS, FASMB HONOREE

General Surgery SPECIALTIES 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.

JENNIFER SWANSON, MD HONOREE

Obstetrics and Gynecology SPECIALTIES 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 sixteen years. She enjoys teaching medical students as an associate professor at Florida State University College of Medicine.

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER? Dr. Stelios Rekkas is a general and bariatric surgeon servicing the community with robotic and minimally invasive procedures for over 10 years. His areas of expertise include hernias, gallbladder disease, acid reflux, diverticulitis, port placements, surgical weight loss, and more. Dr. Rekkas performs most surgeries robotically on the daVinci™ surgical system at Manatee Memorial Hospital. With the support of a top of the line team in office and at the hospital–including program coordinators, dietitians, patients advocates, mid-level providers, and nurses – patients are closely monitored every step of the way to deliver a safe and comfortable surgical experience. Dr. Rekkas and his team provide patients with comprehensive education and preparation before and after surgery. The surgical weight loss program at Manatee Memorial Hospital holds multiple designations, including Aetna Institute of Quality, Blue Distinction Center, and Cigna Center of Excellence.

MANATEE WEIGHT LOSS CENTER 232 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208 941.254.4957 | msaweightloss.com

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 two board certified physicians emphasize minimally invasive techniques and robotics. We are committed to providing exceptional OB/GYN care to all our patients.

LAKEWOOD RANCH OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY 8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Ste #140 Bradenton, FL 34202 | 941.907.9298

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DONALD NEGROSKI, MD HONOREE

Neurology SPECIALTIES 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.

MICHELLE PENNIE, MD HONOREE

Dermatology SPECIALTIES Medical Dermatology Surgical Dermatology Cosmetic Dermatology Mohs Micrographic Surgery Laser Skin Treatments

ABOUT THE PRACTICE. Dr. Negroski established his

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

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

ABOUT THE PRACTICE. Paradise Dermatology offers

a wide range of dermatological services. Whether it’s time for an annual full-body exam or a skin condition arises, the expert medical team provides detailed, thorough, and often life-saving care with a gentle approach. From initial surgical consultation to postop and ongoing care, the practice’s professional, certified staff are with their patients during treatment procedures every step of the way. Paradise Dermatology’s cosmetic services are designed to smooth, lift, and reveal younger, healthier-looking skin to make patients glow from the inside out. The ultimate goal of the practice is to leave patients feeling confident in their skin.

PARADISE DERMATOLOGY Paradise Dermatology is led by Dr. Michelle Pennie, one of only a handful of practitioners on the West Coast of Florida who is Board-Certified and fellowship-trained in both Dermatology and Mohs Micrographic Surgery, the most advanced treatment for skin cancer. With offices in Sarasota, Venice, and Englewood, they deliver best-in-class, comprehensive medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatological care. Their expert practitioners and caring staff educate patients and provide a holistic approach to each patient’s unique needs.

Sarasota | 941.921.4131 3355 Clark Road #101, Sarasota, FL 34231 Venice | 941.242.8360 315 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL 34285 Englewood | 941.474.8811 699 S. Indiana Ave, Englewood, FL 34223 | 941.474.8811 paradisederm.com

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2022 PEER REVIEW HONOREES TOP DOCTORS MEDICAL RESOURCE GUIDE

REBECCA S. COHEN, MD HONOREE

Psychiatry SPECIALTIES Adult Psychiatry Psychopharmacology Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Dr. Cohen specializes in adult psychopharmacology for mood and anxiety disorders and serves as Regional Medical Director overseeing and prescribing transcranial magnetic stimulation at Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers. She is currently serving on the National Board of Directors for the Clinical TMS Society and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Cohen is recognized as an expert clinician in the area of TMS therapy and evaluation.

WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE APART? I have always approached patient care with the idea of recognizing the complex biological, psychological and situational impact of each person’s presentation. Psychiatric symptoms are the most complicated of any medical specialty, because they potentially impact who you are and how you feel about yourself. My goal with patients is to help them understand their psychiatric symptoms and conflicts, and to work collaboratively with them to improve overall health and well-being. In over a decade of private clinical practice, I have worked with patients in both acute crisis situations as well as with more chronic, debilitating symptoms or difficulties. For some patients, seeking out care can be upsetting or difficult. My goal is to establish a safe and nurturing environment so we can do the work together, establish clear goals for a treatment plan and take proper care of the patient’s needs.

REBECCA S. COHEN, MD 1217 South East Avenue Suite 209 | Sarasota, FL 34239 941. 559.8500 | drrebeccacohen.com

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

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