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RIESA PASCAL Riesa was born in London, England and now resides in sunny Orlando, Florida. She is a proud graduate of Florida State University where she double majored in creative writing and communication. In addition to editorial writing, Riesa is also deeply passionate about broadcast journalism and currently freelances as a TV personality with various networks in Central Florida. You can learn more about Riesa at her website: RiesaPascal.com

DANA DAMATO Dana Damato is a Florida native and a travel writer turned publicist. Prior to starting Damato Public Relations, Dana was an avid traveler seeking new adventure, and has appeared in Forbes Travel, My Malibu Beach, Sky Magazine and many more. She pursued a Masters degree in Communications from the University of Central Florida and uses her expertise in media and travel to work with different brands around the world. She is addicted to adventure and loves to indulge herself in new cultures. She thrives off travel, visiting unique destinations, and bringing those experiences to life through words.

MARK NEJAME Mark NeJame is a renowned trial attorney who has been involved in some of the areas and country’s highest profile cases. He is routinely sought by the media as a legal commentator and is currently a Legal Analyst for CNN. He is the Founder and Senior Partner of the Law Firm of NeJame, LaFay, Jancha, Ahmed, Barker, Joshi & Moreno, P.A. a/k/a NeJame Law. NeJame Law has 15 attorneys and 4 divisions: Personal Injury, Criminal, Immigration and Business/ Commercial Litigation. Mr. NeJame is a regular contributor to Orlando Style Magazine. Mr. NeJame can be reached at 407-245-1232 and NejameLaw.com.

JOSIE NEJAME Josie NeJame is co-founder of Runway to Hope, a charity which provides support and assistance to families with children battling pediatric cancer. As an Emmy® Award-winning producer specializing in human-interest content, she has earned widespread recognition, including the Women's Achievement in Non-profit award from the Woman's Executive Counsel and the American Fundraiser Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award in Philanthropy. Josie's influence extends beyond her philanthropic achievements, as she and her husband Mark have been named one of Orlando's 2023 50 Most Powerful Couples. Josie's dedication to making a difference, coupled with her expertise as a Reiki master and teacher of the healing arts, reflects her unwavering commitment to well-being and upliftment. With a fervent passion for health, wellness, travel, and fashion, Josie aims to inspire joy and positive change through her diverse endeavors.

MAHA CHAUDHRY Maha Chaudhry is a long-time Florida Resident. Her background consists of both Public Relations and Marketing, but her passion lies in Storytelling. After graduating from the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, she moved to Washington D.C. to kick-start her corporate career. Upon returning to Orlando, she continues to offer expertise in the area of communications - expanding to entrepreneurial services from transformational mindset coaching and beyond.



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NATALIE SMITH Natalie has a diverse background, with German and Thai roots, and is fluent in Thai, German, and English. Having lived in Florida for over 20 years, she holds a Business degree and is dedicated to driving growth and success. She sees life as an opportunity for growth in all areas and approaches each day with curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. With a deep understanding of the local community and culture, she is passionate about utilizing her skills to make a positive impact.

OMAYRA LA BELLA Omayra La Bella is an entrepreneur, business professional, beauty pageant winner, international model, producer, and influencer. She was the crowned Ms. Mundo Latina USA 2019 - 2021, and Ms. Moda Universe International 2021. As an entrepreneur, she is the CEO of “Omayra La Bella, LLC” and has established herself as a well-known social media influencer. She uses her platform to specialize in brand marketing and business promotion, offering expertise in wellness, beauty, and fashion.

BRION PRICE Brion Price, a renowned Central Florida photographer for over 30 years, collaborates with Orlando Style Magazine and is the go-to photographer for many luxury events in the city. Specializing in charity events, business openings, and networking functions, his impactful photos resonate with a broad audience.

J. VLADIMIR Renowned for seamlessly interweaving the art of photography with the captivating essence of modern pop, J. Vladimir has mastered the delicate balance of preserving beauty while creating compelling narratives. Embarking and cultivating his craft in New Yorkers' hearts, he brings two decades of unparalleled experience and a profound emotional connection to his craft. With a relentless passion for pushing the boundaries, J. Vladimir consistently creates images that exceed mere visuals, telling stories that resonate profoundly." J. Vladimir quotes by saying, "Life is short & crazy, so let's take a photo and do it all." His work is now seen in this magazine, publications, and museums. You can always say hi at www.jvladimir.com

LAURA CHOI Laura Choi works as a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner in Windermere Florida. As a Professional Mind Body Spirit Release Practitioner, she helps clients identify and release subconscious beliefs and trapped emotions. She is a Reiki Practitioner and believes that improving the flow of energy will help promote a person's self-healing abilities. Her other passions include Astrology and living a healthy lifestyle through fitness and clean eating while guiding and inspiring others to do the same.


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Dear Readers, Now that the Florida heat is rising upon us, we can finally say that summer is here, along with all the wonderful experiences that this season of sun and fun brings. Days are getting longer, temperatures are getting hotter, and our economy is doing pretty great. The housing market is on the upswing and our local businesses are continuing to blossom. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy all the excitement Central Florida has to offer, and it is also a great opportunity to get out and partake in outdoor activities and summer sports while the sun is shining. The Summer Olympics are coming to France. Are you going? Please send us an email at info@StyleToMe.com. We’d love to hear from you! This installment of Orlando Style features the Elite Doctors of our great city. You have voted on it and we followed your advice. Here is a medical titbit on the side: I read that the human body, except our cerebral cortex—the portion of our brain responsible for consciousness—is entirely replaced every seven years. Although this may be an exaggeration, it’s an intriguing idea. Red blood cells are completely replaced every 120 days. Skin cells are changed out about every 4 weeks, and the surface of your lungs are only 3 weeks old. Our bodies are in a constant state of rebuild. In fact, by the time you read this, millions of your cells will have died and been replaced with new ones. Perhaps we are obsessed with newness because we are constantly renewing. Our Summer issue contains fabulous content for both all, showcasing, as always, inspiration for a fashionable luxury lifestyle. We strive to create every magazine issue so that it surpasses the quality and content of each preceding release. This labor of love requires total dedication each and every day. Orlando Style is always at the top of the charts when it comes to being the most loved, read and respected magazine in the city, we know that our readers are living proof of our recognized popularity. You can help strengthen our passion to keep producing this high-quality, fulfilling, and satisfying product by showing your appreciation for our efforts through your continuous support, as well as by encouraging your friends and acquaintances to join our list of growing ‘family’ members by subscribing to our magazine. Simply go to our website, www. OrlandoStyleMagazine.com, and click “subscribe!” or simply scan in the QR code below to get directly to the subscription page. Stay safe during this Hurricane season. Sincerely,

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20 / CITY NEWS In Case You Missed It By Riesa Pascal 22 / EVENTS What’s Happening Orlando 24 / RECAP A Black & White Weekend in Recap By Maha Chaudhry


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30 / TRAVEL 'N STYLE Melia Orlando Celebration By Maha Chaudhry 34 / HEALTH Abundance By Natalie Smith 36 / TRAVEL 'N STYLE Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa By Cathleen Bode


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52 / TRENDS Florida’s Summer Fashion Trends By Omayra La Bella 54 / FASHION Light & Dark, Resort 2025 56 / MEN’S STYLE Kim Jone’s Dior Men Pre-Fall Collection 58 / CELEBRITY SOUP Stars Who Purchased Each Other’s Homes By Riesa Pascal 60 / DESIGN Outdoor Paradise 62 / FASHION & DESIGN Nina Magon By Josie NeJame 67 / ORLANDO’S ELITE DOCTORS Special Promotional Feature 96 / ASTROLOGY July In The Cosmos By Laura Choi

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Independence day is right around the corner and so is our independence from the busy spring season because summer is officially here! We have a lot to look forward to over the next two months, but hopefully you’re not too busy for a moment of reflection as we look back on the good times we shared in June, just in case you missed it. Buckle up folks because we’re about to dive in! On June 7th, one of the largest pop-up art movements to hit North America over the past decade, celebrated more than 10 years of serving free pancakes and introducing attendees to some of the nation’s leading emerging artists. The Pancakes & Booze Art Show at The Abbey was not your stuffy wineand-cheese, pretentious, someone-gag-me art event. It was an innovative reimagining of the art show concept. A welcoming vibe for upand-coming artists to sell and strut their stuff in a free verse, anything goes environment. June 8-9 was a weekend full of endless fun thanks to the Endless Summer Music & Food Festival located at Festival Park. Hosted by Saigon Night Market, the festival was the perfect event to bring out friends and family for a memorable summer occasion. Visitors enjoyed 80+ multicultural food vendors & trucks, various music artists, dance performances, a live DJ & band, food competitions, contests, and even kids activities including a waterslide and inflatables for just $10 per day. Bok Tower Gardens presented a summer Fairy Festival like none other on June 8th! Fairy Festival was a magical day perfect for fairies and fauns of all ages with activities and entertainment taking place throughout the gardens. Attendees came dressed in their fairy best to meet fantastical fairies and awesome animals, discover hidden Fairy Doors, and delight their senses with art and music while a fairy godmother took flight from the Singing Tower as she danced amongst the trees. Men and women across Orlando were ready to strut their dad style on June 8th at the Curry Ford West Annual Dress Like A Dad

Pub Crawl! The funniest, most stylish night of the year featured seven awesome stops where participants scored a whopping nine free drinks and indulged in mouthwatering food and drink specials. Highlights of the crawl saw some challengers flex their dad humor in the Dad Joke Contest while others showed off their best dad outfit in the Costume Contest. With the addition of raffles and various prizes up for grabs, this year's event was truly an unforgettable blast!

goers could enjoy breathtaking aerials, an array of theatrical comedy, and breath-taking acrobatics created by former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster, Kevin Venardos. The captivating, animal-free show blends circus excitement with Broadway flair for memorable family fun. The circus runs until August 17th so don’t miss out on the fun of experiencing worldclass, death-defying acts that showcase the extraordinary talents of elite performers from around the globe.

In honor of Black Music Month and Caribbean American Heritage Month, The Winter Park Playhouse teamed up with Barbara Chandler Productions to present Rhythms of the Caribbean, an evening celebrating Caribbean music. This unique one-night-only event took place on June 13th and showcased Caribbean steelpan and poetry, Caribbean folk songs, and Caribbean Gospel singers. The successful event took place at The Winter Park Playhouse in their beautiful lobby bar/cabaret space.

On the evening of June 28th, The Balcony was home to Summer Soiree Date Night. The special event was tailored strictly for couples—whether engaged, dating, or returning to where their marital journey began. Attendees who met the criteria were invited to delight in a selection of fine appetizers, sip on effervescent champagne, enjoy captivating entertainment, and to revel in the romance of sunset views that set the perfect backdrop for an evening of love and laughter. Summer Soiree Date Night was a unique opportunity for couples to celebrate their love under the beautiful summer sky, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

On June 15th, the City of Orlando presented their Juneteenth Festival at Camping World Stadium which honored the resilience and achievements of Black Americans while fostering solidarity and understanding among our diverse community. The free event was open to the public and proved to be a spectacular day filled with joy, celebration, reflection, cultural richness, and community connection. World of Whiskey was a beverage festival with a twist like no other! On June 15th, Orlando World Center Marriott showcased the top 30 selling whiskies, scotch, and bourbon on the market today to whiskey aficionados across the city. As if that weren’t reason enough to attend, World Center’s Chefs also paired up with vendors to create a unique tasting experience that perfectly complemented the evening of whiskey samplings.

June also marked three months since the new Hotel Landy, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, first opened its doors to the public! The 400-Room Orlando Property located Near Universal Studios and the convention center offers amenities like access to an outdoor lawn, yoga studio, gym, and game room, as well as 10,000 square feet of available meeting space. Three distinctive dining venues, conceptualized by APICII, provide visitors with a variety of tasty food and beverage options daily: Émilie Bar & Lounge, Orly’s Market and Liquid Sunshine. Learn more by visiting hotellandy.com.

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A Black &White

Weekend in Recap Experience the magic where unforgettable moments meet a cause worth celebrating. By Maha Chaudhry

Reaching its 14th year in 2024, I’m In. Events brought back another memorable weekend for a cause with its Black and White Weekend. Included in the three-day weekend is the pre-party Friday, main event gala Saturday, and a pool gathering on Sunday at the hotel. For Black and white Weekend CEO and Founder, Heissam “I’m in” Jebailey, the event holds significant meaning. At the young age of 22, Heissam spent two months in the ICU, diagnosed with a life-threatening case of pneumonia. In order to survive, he would require a miracle lung surgery. Miraculously, Heissam pulled through and fully recovered. Since surviving his near-death experience, Heissam developed a passion for bringing people together for an unforgettable experience with affordable events that are geared toward fundraising for a good cause. Proceeds gathered from the weekend would support BASE Camp Children’s Cancer Foundation. And just this year alone, the weekend generated $28,183.49, along with $4,596.00 in in-kind donations, in addition to over 45 volunteer hours. It’s a team effort, and a little goes a long way. I asked Heissam why he chose BASE Camp as the charity of choice and he shared that he previously owned the Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt franchise in Winter Park. This is where BASE Camp’s Children’s Cancer Foundation is based out of. One day, as he was preparing for the third annual Black and White weekend, he met a few representatives from the foundation at the shop. By then, the event was starting to receive a lot of attention. When Heissam learned the foundation was local, and that their mission is to support kids battling cancer on a weekly basis, the decision became a no brainer for Heissam.


The Annual Black and White Gala was hosted at 3NINE at the Rosen Plaza® hotel. The venue held ample space to connect, gather, celebrate and dance, and stretched out to the ’39 Poolside Bar & Grill. Throughout the night DJ Dennis Stelling, David Regueiro, Stilt Walkers, Julienne Botticello and Lyn Sky, among others, brought life to the party with music that had everyone moving. Also featured were onsite Who’s Hot Online interviews, a POSE photobooth plus 360, and more. Heissam prides the #committeefam on being the world’s largest Black and White Weekend for charity and wellness, and the only three day and two-night charity event of its kind. It’s a place where businesses, community and a good cause come together. Did you miss this year’s event? Not to worry, it will be retuning again on Saturday, May 17, 2025 to kick off another Black and White Weekend. So, don’t forget to pick out your formal black and white attire and purchase tickets ahead of time, as the always sells out! Follow I’m in. Events on Eventbrite for updates.

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BONNIE JACKSON Attorney Advocate for Justice Bonnie Jackson is on a mission. Bonnie’s father always said that “life is not fair.” While that may be true, Bonnie will never stop fighting for justice. Bonnie has been married to her husband of 29 years and together they raised three children in Orange County, Florida. Bonnie is the founder and President of The Jackson Law Firm, P.A. d/b/a Jackson Law International with offices in Florida, California, and Germany. In her 29 years of practicing law, Bonnie, along with her husband and law partner, established an international law practice representing clients from around the world. She has handled litigation matters involving international child abduction, fraud, invasion of privacy, foreign judgment recognition and enforcement, covenants not to compete, involuntary guardianships, injunctions, misappropriation, insurance disputes, assault and battery, and real estate disputes. Bonnie is fluent in Spanish and started her college studies at the University of Mexico City. Bonnie’s husband is fluent in German. After meeting in a law school study abroad, it was a natural evolution for the couple to embark upon a niche international law practice that reflects a shared passion for the law.

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Bonnie grew up poor while her father finished his Ph.D. studies at the University of California and her mother worked as a telephone operator. For a short time, her parents were on food stamps and her clothes were home-made or from goodwill. After graduation, her father was offered a job as a professor, but the cost of living forced her family to move to the Midwest. The family of five went from a two-bedroom, one-car garage townhouse to a four-bedroom, two-car garage home in the suburbs. Bonnie’s parents worked hard, sacrificed and saved to live the American dream. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, and a graduate of South Texas College of Law where she earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence. In law school, Bonnie was a Director for the Board of Advocates, competing in state and national mock trial competitions and earning honors for her speaking and advocacy skills. After law school, Bonnie served as an Assistant District Attorney before moving to Florida over two decades ago Her litigation achievements on behalf of her clients have resulted in a Life Membership to The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and The MultiMillion Dollar Advocates Forum, and she is a Lifetime Charter Member of the Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America. Bonnie has been recognized by the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association and the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas for her service to the poor and as a Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children. Bonnie also served as Chair of the Orlando Grievance

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The Defender brand is redefining luxury adventure with a suite of enhancements for Model Year 2025. These updates promise a more streamlined selection process and elevate passenger comfort, particularly with the new second-row captain chairs in the Defender 130. Simplified specification levels make it easier than ever to pick the perfect Defender, ensuring every journey is as comfortable and thrilling as possible. First-Class Comfort in the Defender 130 Passenger comfort reaches new heights with the introduction of second-row captain chairs in the Defender 130. This new seating option enhances the passenger experience with two individual luxury seats featuring armrests and separated by an aisle, providing gracious walkthrough access to the third row. The luxurious new individual chairs offer ultimate comfort, spaciousness, and versatility, bringing front-row comfort to those traveling in row two. Equipped with heating and cooling technology, these seats are perfect for firstclass adventures across the globe. Individual armrests on each chair further elevate comfort levels, while the aisle between the seats offers additional space for the center passenger in row three to stretch out. Twin cupholders on a raised area just behind the front center console add extra practicality and create an informal divide between the seats. Simplified Specification Choices Defender clients now have a simplified range of carefully curated option packs available, making it easier to customize the vehicle to their specific needs. Driving Packs: Off-Road Pack: Electronic Active Differential, all-terrain tires, Wade Sensing. Advanced Off-Road Pack: All-Terrain Progress Control, Terrain Response®, Configurable Terrain Response. Air Suspension Pack: Electronic Air Suspension, Adaptive Dynamics.

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Sleeping in Wellness Meliá Orlando Celebration By Maha Chaudhry If you have ever visited a Meliá resort, you are likely aware of the attention to guest experience and comfort you are provided during your stay. Meliá Orlando Celebration, is no exception. In fact, it has been tailored to suit your wellness needs. Established in September 2011, Meliá Orlando Celebration has evolved to introduce several enhancements, on an ongoing effort to improve the guest experience. In the last five or so years, the hotel became pet-friendly and installed a pet park area. This was followed by room renovations, and in 2022, Meliá Orlando Celebration partnered with the Wilson in Good Company Hospitality, a New York based food and beverage company, to bring a new dining concept to the resort. The Wilson, a full-scale restaurant offering breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner, was a turning point in the food and beverage space. It was also a gamechanger in setting the ambiance, as it brought with it a colorful display in the form of an umbrella canopy, which sits in the backyard of the hotel. But that wasn’t all. In 2022, the hotel also introduced 10 Delos wellness rooms, and that number is expected to increase in the coming year.

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There are 289 guest rooms in total with over a half a dozen room types to select from. You have the choice to select from standard rooms to suites, some suites large enough to accommodate a family of eight. However, if you elect to stay in a wellness suite (Delos wellness room), your experience is enhanced with wellness amenities you didn’t know you needed. The spacious room’s featured amenities include:

- Guided meditation by wellness pioneer Deepak Chopra - Mood-enhancing aromatherapy - Air purification - Subtle lighting that simulates dawn as well as night lighting - A shower infuser with vitamin C-infused water that promotes healthy hair and skin - A welcome wellness amenity featuring awardwinning teas from Art of Tea



Starting your morning with a soothing mediation can make such a difference in your day. It adds an instant boost to your mood and can provide additional motivation to productivity in a purposedriven way. The mood-enhancing aromatherapy paired with the subtle lighting and air purification gives you a mix of soothing ambiance, fresh air and calmness. And last but not least, the vitamin C-infused shower is just an added bonus to your shower experience. The infuser neutralizes chlorine and other impurities on top of adding a dose of vitamin C to your hair and skin routine. Beyond the room amenities, guests at the hotel, local or visiting, receive other perks that are worthwhile. All guests receive a 10% discount on meals at The Wilson. Additionally, guests have unlimited access to the nearby AdventHealth Wellness Center, just a short two-minute ride away. This includes access to the on-site fitness center and complimentary access to daily fitness programming and group classes. Guests also benefit from preferential rates at the nearby Celebration Golf Course and enjoy shuttle service to the Disney parks in the area. The beautiful AdventHealth Wellness Center is a membership facility consisting of a multiple floor gym, group fitness classes, and a spa. I really liked the variety of options the wellness center had for classes like yoga, barre & stretch, RPM and more. My personal recommendation would be the BodyBalance class. Think vinyasa combined with pilates and deep breathing, and you have yourself BodyBalance. The instructor made sure to stretch everything in need of stretching using strength and grit, while bringing us back into the present moment in stillness. It wasn’t long before I returned to the wellness center for a Swedish massage. You have the option to choose from a variety of massages and add-ons for an additional charge. Though the massage is not included with your stay, it is a nice benefit within reach should you need some extra R&R.

The experience

In Orlando, summer looks like 50 shades of heat, however, Meliá Orlando knows how to turn even the warmest days into a cool celebration. By the pool, you will find a variety of events taking place, such as poolside Zumba, a cocktail making class, a paint and sip class, live entertainment, and sometimes even the dogs come to party. Yes, I said dog parties. On the weekends you may also get to experience a DJ on the terrace playing everything from nostalgic throwbacks to mainstream hits.

The hotel offers a program called “12 Months 12 Reasons,” in which each month is dedicated to a different theme, highlighting all the reasons why the hotel and area are a premier place to visit. Some upcoming themes in the summer include an entire month dedicated to sports, featuring the hotel’s soccer fields, volleyball courts, and other outdoor activities. The August theme is “Come Sail Away,” and each week during the month will be dedicated to a new destination from around the world. Come holiday season, the



hotel will transform into a festival of 1000 lights and will feature outdoor markets and holiday entertainment.

delightful way you can end your meal. But true disclaimer, you will be coming back for more.

Whether you are visiting from out-of-state, or are looking for a local staycation, Meliá Orlando Celebration is an ideal choice because it is inclusive and value-driven, and you can bring your fur babies along. The property is surrounded by pet-friendly facilities and your pets even hold guest titles during pet-friendly events at the Wilson. The hotel caters to those looking for a reasonable, yet luxurious and refreshing escape that can be affordable, comfortable, and offer a peace of mind.

The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining options. If you want to soak up some sun, you might choose to be seated poolside. If you want to experience dinner and a band night, or locals’ brunch, you can request or reserve backyard seating under the umbrella canopy. And, if you are looking for a more intimate experience, then perhaps you want to dine inside, or by the bar. No matter where you are seated, you are guaranteed a welcoming experience.

When it comes to entertainment, there is truly something for everyone. On the weekends, the hotel offers a Kids Club led by Montessori instructors. This is a great way to keep the kids both engaged and entertained. And for the adults, a complimentary daily happy hour is available, featuring a selection of small bites, beer, and bubbles and wine. I highly recommend the mini crisp tuna poke taco - it tastes like summer. I also suggest trying the parmesan and truffle fries because who doesn’t love truffle fries?

Meliá Orlando Celebration is a treat for locals and vacationers alike. The ample space, pet amenities, wellness suites, activities and events (both on and offsite), dining options, and warm hospitality, make the experience all that it promises to be.

The dining

One of the best things about staying at Meliá Celebration Orlando is having direct access to The Wilson. The restaurant knows how to deliver when it comes to top-tier cuisine. Open seven days a week, The Wilson offers breakfast, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, happy hour, dinner, a raw bar, authentic brick oven pizza, and even a dog menu. For breakfast, I would highly recommend the French toast. There’s a reason it is considered a fan-favorite. Whether you have it plain or topped with fruit and Nutella, you won’t be disappointed. For lunch, I really enjoyed the crispy fresh fish tacos and the tuna poke bowl. Both were the right amount of light yet filling. And finally, for dinner and for my pasta lovers, my favorite dish was the shrimp bucatini - the stimulating flavors of garlic, chili, lemon, and butter were spot on and so satisfying. But make sure you leave room for dessert because the cookie skillet is the most


In summary

With that said, you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to enjoy the onsite activities, as many of the events are available through Eventbrite for purchase. If you are looking for a way to celebrate or just a fun girl’s night option, you can look to the monthly options for the option of your choice. My friend and I enjoyed participating in the instructor-led sip and paint class. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the end product because it exceeded my expectations as it was my first paint class. Regardless, I was there for the experience, and a fun one it was. The Orlando location is one of over 400 locations on five continents worldwide. When you stay at Meliá Orlando Celebration, you automatically gain entry to the rewards program where you can enjoy benefits at all of the Meliá destinations. And for our locals, the deal gets sweeter as the hotel offers a preferential rate for Florida residents. To keep up with all the exciting upcoming events and news, follow @MeliaOrlando www.melia.com/en/hotels/united-states/orlando/meliaorlando-celebration


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It begins with gratitude, the practice of recognizing and appreciating the good in our lives." By Natalie Smith

Abundance is a concept that transcends mere material wealth, encompassing a mindset and way of life that embraces fullness, prosperity, and the richness of experience. It is often misunderstood as solely the accumulation of financial resources or physical possessions. However, true abundance is far more comprehensive, including emotional, spiritual, and relational wealth.

At its core, abundance is about a state of mind and heart. It begins with gratitude, the practice of recognizing and appreciating the good in our lives. When we focus on what we have rather than what we lack, we cultivate a sense of sufficiency and contentment. This shift in perspective can transform our outlook, making us more resilient, optimistic, and open to new opportunities. Gratitude fosters a positive feedback loop, attracting more positivity and resources into our lives, thus creating a virtuous cycle of abundance. Abundance also involves generosity. When we give freely—whether it be our time, money, knowledge, or love—we affirm that we have enough to share. This act of giving not only benefits others but also reinforces our own sense of plenty. It disrupts the scarcity mindset, which is rooted in fear and the belief that resources are limited. Instead, generosity creates a flow of energy and resources, often returning to us multiplied. Relationships play a significant role in the experience of abundance. Rich, meaningful connections with family, friends, and the community provide emotional support, joy, and a sense of belonging. These relationships are a form of wealth that money cannot buy. Investing in these connections, nurturing them with time, attention, and care, enhances our overall wellbeing and enriches our lives. Spiritual abundance is another critical dimension. It involves a deep sense of purpose, inner peace, and connection to something greater than ourselves. Whether through religious faith, meditation, or a personal sense of spirituality, this inner richness provides a foundation of stability and fulfillment that external circumstances cannot easily shake. Moreover, abundance is about recognizing opportunities and possibilities. It is about having a growth mindset—the belief that our abilities and circumstances can improve with effort and perseverance. This mindset encourages us to take risks, embrace challenges, and learn from failures, viewing them as stepping stones to greater success and fulfillment.


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Situated on the Palm Coast, this sprawling, upscale resort is 23 miles from St. Augustine and 33 miles from Daytona Beach. It is less than 1.5 hours drive from Orlando, FL, which is great for that quick, much needed break from all the hustle & bustle of everyday life. Just imagine…you can be there relaxing on a beautiful stretch of warm, golden sand beach with your significant other, or, frolicking about at the 91,000-square-foot Fantasy Pool complex complete with waterslide and lazy river with your kids! This beautiful property has accommodations to suit small to large family gatherings with style. Calling all golf enthusiasts — there are two of Florida’s top rated golf courses — the Jack Nicklaus designed Ocean Course and the Tom Watson designed Conservatory Course. Nestled along the shoreline and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, is the Jack Nicklaus-designed Ocean Course with breathtaking views. And the Conservatory Course, designed by Tom Watson, is highlighted by waterfalls, babbling brooks, and field stone work. They are both challenging and awe-inspiring! For all the foodies out there look no further than the Hammock Beach Golf Resort & Spa for 8 diverse & delicious dining venues from the casual to upscale. Their ocean view signature restaurant called the Atlantic Grille serves-up amazing, freshly shucked oysters on the half shell with horseradish, cocktail sauce with a squeeze of lemon and it paired well with a Belvedere martini! They also serve-up breakfast for kings and delightful lunches indeed. Delfinos Italian Chophouse a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recipient 2023 is the place to be and be seen! With homemade Italian cuisine that will satisfy even the most refined palate and served with top notch service. Enjoy dining in this gorgeous restaurant which offers an extensive wine list and good spirits. Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures — Michael Broadbent.






JULY 4 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Chamions Event Lawn Join in on the fun for an afternoon of entertainment featuring bounce houses, games, crafts and more. $30 per child, $15 per adult. IGNITE THE NIGHT WITH GLOW

July 5 | 6:00 pm – 10:00pm Champions Event Lawn Ignite the night with a spectacular GLOW light display. Glow accessories, glow games and music combine for a festive seaside atmosphere. Complimentary to members. Included in Resort Fee. Glow retail will be available for purchase. FIREWORKS

July 6 | 9:00 pm Champions Event Lawn Join your family on the lawn and watch a patriotic firework display while listening to live entertainment! Complimentary to members. Included in Resort Fee. Glow retail, snow cones and popcorn will be available for purchase. GLOW-IN-THE-DARK PUTT-PUTT

July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Putting Course Try your short game in the dark with glowing golf balls. Challenge your family and friends to this unique golf experience. $5 per person. Glow retail will be available for purchase. JUNK FOOD BINGO

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Ocean Bar Event Lawn Mark your cards as you compete for exciting prizes in an afternoon of vibrant, family entertainment. $3 per Bingo card. S’MORES UNDER THE STARS

July 6, 9, 20, 23 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Champions Event Lawn Enjoy s’mores at the fireside with your family during this event. $8 per person s’mores kit (two s’mores per kit.) $15 per person unlimited s’mores bar. $5 per person hot chocolate bar.



July 11, 25 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Champions Event Lawn For guests ages 13 to 17 — Teens will strategize and dash through the night, navigating dunes and palm trees. Forge new friendships under the stars and create unforgettable moments on this moonlit adventure. Complimentary to members. Included in Resort Fee. DIVE-IN MOVIE

July 13, 27 | 6:00 pm Champions Event Lawn Experience all the nostalgia of the drive-in movies with a fun beachside twist! Jump in and enjoy a wonderful evening with the family. Children 12 years or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Included in resort fee. Popcorn and snow cones available for purchase separately. Saturday, July 13: Turning Red (2022) Rated PG Saturday, July 27: Strange World (2022) Rated PG. PRIVATE FIRE-PIT RENTAL

Daily | 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Champions Event Lawn Enjoy an exclusive fireside family gathering when you rent one of the fire-pits. Each private fire-pit rental includes one bottle of house wine and (4) chairs. Add-on a s’mores kit or one of their decadent s’mores displays for an extra special treat! $250 per fire-pit rental. S’mores kits beginning at $8 per person. S’mores display beginning at $20 per person. FOAM PARTY

July 4, 18 | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Kid’s Crew Lawn Get ready for some FOAM-tastic fun. Dance, party, and play the night away during this lively celebration located on the west side of the indoor pool. These parties are an absolute blast! Come join in on the fun! $15 per guest. For all the grownups out there — After all that fun in the sun, take some much needed “me time” at the Spa with a relaxing Swedish massage and a soothing COOLA ORGANIC FACIAL because taking care of yourself—and your skin—is a beautiful thing. hammockbeach.com



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Rabanne’s Resort 2025 Collection Rabanne’s Resort 2025 collection is making waves in Florida fashion this summer, setting trends with a playful blend of fun, light patterns, and earthy tones punctuated by warm hues like reds, pinks, and oranges. The collection, titled “English Rose Remix,” combines British style and 90s music influences with Rabanne’s iconic chainmail and sequins, creating an eclectic mix of modern and vintage vibes. This unique fusion makes the collection a standout in the fashion world, particularly in the vibrant Florida scene. One of the key highlights of the collection is the use of floral prints and brocade jackets, which evoke a regal and sophisticated aesthetic. These elements are seamlessly integrated with contemporary pieces like cargo pants paired with Lurex knits, adding a youthful and edgy twist to the overall look. This juxtaposition of classic and modern styles makes the collection versatile and appealing to a wide audience. In addition to its bold and playful daytime looks, the collection also features an array of sensual evening wear. Sleek ivory slip dresses adorned with laser-cut fringes and metal-accented chain vests are among the standout pieces. These designs are not only elegant but also exude a sense of effortless sophistication, making them perfect for evening events and summer parties in Florida.

Rabanne’s approach this season resonates with the vibrant and diverse fashion scene in Florida, where mixing and matching styles is celebrated. The playful use of colors and textures in the collection makes it ideal for the sunny, dynamic summer fashion scene, ensuring that Rabanne’s designs are not just stylish but also adaptable to the Florida climate and lifestyle. The inclusion of warm colors like reds, pinks, and oranges adds a vibrant and energetic touch to the collection. These colors are perfect for summer, as they complement the bright and sunny weather of Florida. They also add a pop of color to the earthy tones and light patterns, creating a balanced and harmonious look. Moreover, the collection’s focus on fun and light patterns makes it ideal for the casual and laidback Florida lifestyle. The designs are not only fashionable but also comfortable and practical for everyday wear. In conclusion, Rabanne’s Resort 2025 collection is setting the trends for Florida fashion this summer with its unique blend of fun, light patterns, earthy tones, and warm colors. The collection’s playful and versatile designs make it perfect for the vibrant and dynamic fashion scene in Florida, ensuring that Rabanne’s creations will be a hit this summer.


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l ot FLORIDA’S e n s e SUMMER FASHION c a TRENDS tch si l ho u By Omayra Bella

Bright Hues, Striking Patterns, and Unparalleled Comfort

In addition to its hot summers, stunning beaches, and vibrant culture, the Sunshine State is renowned for setting fashion trends. Fashion trends this year are being driven by an amazing fusion of aesthetics, striking patterns, and Florida’s indisputable love of color and comfort.

Bright hues and striking patterns have triumphantly returned in 2024, reflecting the state’s sunny sky and vivid surroundings. Designers are using colors that reflect Florida’s tropical flora, sunsets, and coastal vistas, all inspired by the state’s rich ecology. Floridians are embracing these vibrant looks, demonstrating that in Florida, fashion is about comfort and usefulness as much as it is about creating a statement.

This summer, expect to see lots of rock and roll-inspired ensembles, unusual eyecatching attire, and unique silhouettes in Florida.”


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This summer expect to see lots of rock and roll-inspired ensembles, unusual eye-catching attire, striking patterns, and unique silhouettes in Florida. There are plenty of bold fashion choices that can highlight a person’s distinct personality and individuality. This year, I’m seeing a major comeback for skirts in the fashion world after years of neglect. Just as with jeans, pants, and shorts, denim skirts, especially midi and maxi lengths with a more feminine aesthetic, are becoming increasingly popular; slip skirts and fuller shapes are particularly popular. I used to adore short skirts, but these days I’m really into midi lengths.

Remember that being fashionable is more than just adhering to trends—it’s about discovering and appreciating your own style. In 2024, I urge you to look at these trends and express your personal style. If you are looking to catch any of these latest fashion trends you can find a variety of them in stores located throughout the Mall at Millenia. Omayralabella.net @omayralabella

Because of Florida’s constant sunshine, sunglasses have always been more of a need than a trendy item. But as of 2024, they are the center of attention for personal style. This year, the fashion landscape has been dominated by distinctive designs with geometric patterns, vivid colors, and large frames. You are aware of my passion for accessorizing, and what better way to do so, than with wild frames and striking colors!

The Swim & Yacht Wear fashion shows during Orlando International Fashion Week (Swim Week) have served as a reference point for designers and trend-setters. The 2024 show this year was innovative and influential. Designers presented an array of exquisite, functional pieces such as sarongs, cover-ups, casual-elegant apparel, and the hat with a wide brim - that is always trending in Florida. They also highlighted the return of the preppy aesthetic and the micromini pleated skirt, which caught the attention of all the fashionistas. Predominately seen were readyto-wear collections, especially in terms of color schemes. Sage green, butter yellow, baby blue, and light lavender graced the runways. Surprisingly, there were a wide variety of headscarves. There are numerous ways to style a silk headscarf, and nothing says “unique spirit” like one. Silk scarves of all sizes, square and tie-shaped, were displayed on the catwalks. In addition to being worn as tiny sarongs, scarves were also worn as wrist and neck ties and, in certain cases, as complete cover-ups. Regardless of how you choose to wear it, this is undoubtedly the season’s must-have accessory. The state has a vibrant, diverse fashion scene with something to offer everyone. The trends of 2024 promise a blend of aesthetics, bold, brilliant colors, and patterns, making it an exciting moment to express yourself via fashion in the Sunshine State, whether you’re a local trying to upgrade your wardrobe or a visitor hoping to capture the essence of Florida style.

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Light & Dark Nature's Inspiration in Fashion The Resort 2025 collections embrace the captivating duality of nature. Designers draw inspiration from the gradient hues of beach sunrises, incorporating ombré effects and shimmering textures reminiscent of sunlight on water. Contrasting these bright elements are dark, earthy tones inspired by coastal rocks, addinfg depth and sophistication. This interplay of light and dark results in visually stunning pieces that mirror the natural world’s beauty. Take a look at how these designer brands shined with elements that you can recreate from your own closet.

Louis Vuitton: A Dramatic Spanish Sojourn Nicolas Ghesquière's Louis Vuitton Resort 2025 collection is a sultry homage to Barcelona. Set against the city's whimsical architecture, the collection blends historical references with modern flair. Ghesquière incorporates bold colors, intricate embroidery, and voluminous silhouettes, reflecting both the city's vibrant culture and the brand's luxurious heritage. Highlights include structured blazers, flowing dresses, and eye-catching accessories, all designed to capture the essence of a Mediterranean summer​ (L'Officiel USA)​.

Gucci: A London Love Affair Gucci's Resort 2025 collection, presented by Sabato De Sarno at London's Tate Modern, epitomizes "Englishness with an Italian accent." The collection features a playful mix of sporty tank tops, tailored blazers, and De Sarno's signature short shorts. Emphasizing versatility, the line includes showerproof gabardine coats and flirty blouses, balancing contemporary style with classic Gucci elements. The show celebrated London's creative spirit and Gucci's historical ties to the city, making a bold statement of cultural fusion and innovation​ (Highsnobiety)​.



Chanel: Timeless Elegance Reimagined Virginie Viard's Chanel Resort 2025 collection transports us to the serene beauty of the French Riviera. The collection is characterized by its effortless sophistication and timeless appeal. Key pieces include chic tweed jackets, breezy summer dresses, and elegant swimwear, all imbued with Chanel's signature craftsmanship. Viard's designs exude a sense of relaxed luxury, perfect for a stylish getaway on the Côte d'Azur. Accessories like wide-brimmed hats and classic handbags complete the look, embodying the essence of a luxurious resort lifestyle


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Kim Jones’s Dior Men Pre-Fall Collection Kim Jones, the creative force behind Dior Men, is reshaping menswear with his latest pre-fall collection. Originally slated for a Hong Kong runway debut, the collection now dazzles through a meticulously crafted lookbook. Jones’s vision revolves around “elegance” and “effortlessness,” encapsulating a modern take on sophisticated menswear. Drawing inspiration from fashion icons Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, Jones masterfully combines classical elements with contemporary flair.

This collection epitomizes simplicity and sophistication, with fluid suiting and couture fabrications taking center stage. Jones introduces tie fastenings and floating shawl lapels, seamlessly blending mid-century glamour with practicality. Layered organza adds a playful yet refined touch, redefining menswear elegance for the modern gentleman. With each ensemble, Jones not only celebrates the legacy of fashion’s past but also charts a bold new course for the future of menswear sophistication at Dior Men.

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It’s not just on the red carpet where celebrities run into each other! If shows like MTV Cribs have taught us anything, it’s that celebrity homes must be expensive, massive, expensive, located anywhere in California… oh, and did I mention expensive? Knowing how much income is required to be able to afford a multi-million dollar mansion, it should come as no surprise that many are owned by wealthy celebrities who purchased the properties from other equally famous names! Keep on reading to meet the stars who once called the same mansions their home! By Riesa Pascal

Justin Bieber | Khloé Kardashian In 2014, Khloé Kardashian purchased her 9,320-square-foot Tuscan villa-style mansion from Justin Bieber for $7.2 million. After six years in the house, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star made a substantial profit by selling her longtime home for $15.5 million to renowned YouTuber, Dhar Mann. Conan O’Brian | Kourtney Kardashian & Travis Barker Khloé wasn’t the only Kardashian to buy another celebrity’s mansion! After tying the knot in Italy, Kourtney Kardashian and Blink-182’s Travis Barker bought their first marital home together in Carpinteria, California for $14.5 million. The two-building compound comes with 50 feet of beach frontage and was owned by beloved talk show host Conan O’Brien. Charlie Sheen | Kendall Jenner Even Kendall Jenner has followed in her sister’s footsteps. In late 2017, the supermodel bought an $8.5 million Beverly Hills mansion that once belonged to Two and a Half Men actor Charlie Sheen. The $8.5 million home boasts five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a movie theater, swimming pool, tennis court, playground and of course much more. Emily Blunt & John Krasinski | Kendall Jenner Just one year prior to the Beverly Hills purchase, Jenner had bought John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s West Hollywood home for $6.5 million. Due

to various security scares including stalkers and burglary, Jenner quickly put the home back on the market and was even able to make a minor profit with a sale price of $6.85 million. Cameron Diaz | Ariana Grande In 2022, Cameron Diaz sold her Hollywood Hills home to fellow actress and star of the upcoming Wicked film, Ariana Grande. The sale price of $4.9 million was a significant profit from the $1.8 million that Diaz paid for the property almost two decades earlier in 2004. Ellen DeGeneres | Ariana Grande It seems Grande enjoys jumping around homes because just one year before the Hollywood Hills purchase, the superstar had purchased a Tudor-style home in Montecito, California that was previously owned by Ellen DeGeneres. Amazingly, the former daytime talk show host had only purchased the home a few months prior for $3.6 million, but was able to sell it to Grande for $6.75 million—talk about an amazing profit! Ellen DeGeneres | Ryan Seacrest Ryan Secrest has also purchased a home from DeGeneres! The famed television presenter reportedly paid $36.5 million to her in 2012 for his Beverly Hills mansion. In 2022, after two years on the market, Seacrest eventually sold the home for $51 million — a far cry from the $85 million he originally wanted in 2020.

Brad Pitt | Ellen DeGeneres It should be clear by now that DeGeneres is a sharp real estate investor, but just in case it isn’t, here’s yet another anecdote. In 2011, Ellen DeGeneres purchased Brad Pitt’s Malibu beach house for $12 million. Unfortunately it wasn’t a major profit win for Pitt who originally paid $13.75 million for the 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom estate. Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo | Ellen DeGeneres In 2018, DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi became the new owners of a five-bedroom, 12-bathroom Beverly Hills Tudor-style mansion. The posh, 10,376-square-foot home was purchased for $45 million from Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and his wife, Behati Prinsloo. Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck | Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo One year after selling their Beverly Hills home to DeGeneres, Levine and Prinsloo purchased a massive Pacific Palisades home from the newly split Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck for $32 million. The property, which included a ranch-style main residence along with two other structures, was sold once again just 2 years later for $51 million.





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Outdoor spaces are being transformed into luxurious retreats with several key design trends. Pebble coffee tables are becoming popular for their organic shapes and natural textures, adding a modern yet earthy feel. Complementing these tables are colorful pillows that inject vibrancy and personality into the seating areas, making them inviting and stylish. Pendant lighting is another trend, providing functional illumination and a touch of elegance, perfect for evening gatherings.



Large potted plants are now a must-have, bringing in greenery and a sense of tranquility while enhancing the connection with nature. These plants create a lush, serene environment that makes outdoor spaces feel more like extensions of the indoors.

Together with the colorful pillows and ambient lighting, they make outdoor areas cozy and sophisticated.


To keep the ambiance fun and engaging, outdoor games like glass chess tables are making an appearance, offering both entertainment and sophistication. These elements together create outdoor spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also multifunctional, merging luxury with playful charm. EURO LIVING MODERN FURNITURE GLASS CHESS $399 / eurolivingfurniture.com STYLET0ME.COM | 61

Nina Nina Nina Nina FASHION & DESIGN

From Finance Graduate to Interior Design Icon, Nina Magon Seamlessly Blends Contemporary Aesthetics with Timeless Sophistication By Josie NeJame



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Nina Magon is a name synonymous with luxury, innovation, and elegance in the world of interior design. As the founder and principal of Nina Magon Studio, she has carved out a unique niche by seamlessly blending contemporary modern aesthetics with timeless sophistication. Her work not only transforms spaces but also elevates the everyday experiences of those who inhabit them.

Born in Canada and raised in Houston, Texas, Nina Magon developed an interest in design from a young age. Her Indian heritage and multicultural experiences provided her with a unique perspective on aesthetics and functionality. Initially, Magon pursued a degree in Finance and Economics at Southern Methodist University before deciding to follow her passion for design. She further honed her skills at The Art Institute of Houston, graduating with honors. Her journey from a finance graduate to a celebrated interior designer is a testament to her passion, talent, and relentless pursuit of excellence. Magon’s ability to create luxurious, functional, and personalized spaces has set her apart in the industry. As she continues to innovate and push the boundaries of design, her influence is sure to grow, inspiring a new generation of designers and design enthusiasts.

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In 2008, Magon founded Nina Magon Studio, a full-service interior design firm based in Houston. Her vision was to create spaces that are not only beautiful but also functional and reflective of the client’s personality. From residential to commercial projects, her firm quickly gained a reputation for delivering high-quality designs that push the boundaries of traditional interiors. Nina Magon gained national attention in 2011 when she was invited to compete on NBC’s television show, American Dream Builders, featuring twelve interior designers vying to be named the best in the nation. Magon ended up placing second, which propelled her into the spotlight and led to prestigious opportunities. Saks Fifth Avenue Houston enlisted her to design their 51Fifteen restaurant in the affluent Galleria area of Houston, Texas. Magon’s unique ability to bridge fashion and interior design has led to collaborations with renowned brands. She designed a collection with Bergdorf Goodman and was featured in the 97th edition of Neiman Marcus’s iconic Christmas Book, known for its legendary fantasy gifts. One of the standout items was a Milandesigned experience with Nina Magon, priced at $380,000. With its purchase, Magon personally donated $10,000 to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.



In 2022, Nina Magon won gold, silver, and bronze for best product design at New York’s prestigious BDNY Awards. She was also a finalist in the BOY Design Awards, won Lux Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award, and was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Asian Chamber of Commerce. In 2023, Magon published her book Evoke, which explores the connection between fashion and interior design. This work underscores her belief in the synergy between these two fields. Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing collaborated with Magon on a special project at the Mandarin Oriental Residences in Beverly Hills. Magon’s curation of the penthouse complemented and highlighted the signature elements of Balmain’s Spring/Summer 2024 collection, demonstrating how interior design and fashion can inform, enhance, and elevate each other when details align, and visions are unified.

Here’s a lovely chat that I had with Nina Magon. How is your personal style linked to your work? My personal style serves as a direct manifestation of my design ethos. I am drawn to bold, edgy, and contemporary aesthetics that stir profound emotions, whether in fashion or interiors. This innate connection empowers me to infuse every project with a distinct blend of sophistication and daring elegance. I am committed to crafting spaces that not only exude luxury but also serve as genuine reflections of my unmistakable style. I love that the Houston Chronicle named you as one of the most stylish people in Houston. How would you describe your personal style in fashion? In the realm of fashion, my personal style epitomizes edgy modernity, bold refinement, and timeless sophistication, all underscored by an enduring sense of elegance. I relish integrating distinct statement pieces that echo my confidence and boundless creativity, mirroring the ethos evident in my design endeavors. Name a fashion designer that understands your everyday daytime look and one that understands your glammed night out look.

In a world where interior design often oscillates between fleeting trends and rigid traditions, Nina Magon’s work stands as a beacon of enduring style and sophisticated luxury. Whether through her stunning residential projects, her contributions to hospitality design, or her entrepreneurial endeavors, Magon continuously redefines what it means to live beautifully. As she continues to innovate and push the boundaries of design, her influence is sure to grow, inspiring a new generation of designers and design enthusiasts.

For my daytime ensemble, Alice and Olivia effortlessly embody the epitome of chic, vibrant, and effortless style that resonates with me. When the evening calls for glamour, I turn to Balmain's bold, luxurious, and edgy designs, which make a resounding statement that perfectly aligns with my aesthetic preferences. You’ve collaborated with a lot of amazing luxurious brands. Which brand has been your favorite to partner with to date and why? Partnering with Balmain has been an exceptional journey in fashion collaboration. Their daring, opulent, and edgy designs seamlessly resonate with my own aesthetic sensibilities, elevating every aspect of our collaboration. When it came to the launch of my coffee table book, EVOKE, the decision to collaborate with Balmain was a natural fit, not only because of my profound admiration for their brand but also because I adorned their designs in the book's photography. Their creation of custom book bags from Balmain fabric added an unparalleled sense of luxury and exclusivity to the event, perfectly merging my passions for interior design and fashion into a truly unforgettable experience. Can you tell us about a new trend that we're expected to see in the fall within interior design?

Anticipate a revival of sumptuous, earthy hues intermingled with sleek, contemporary accents this fall. Envision a palette adorned with deep greens, terracottas, and inviting warm neutrals, complemented by striking, organic patterns and indulgent textures such as velvet and brass. This trend embodies a seamless fusion of tranquil, nature-inspired serenity and refined, modern sophistication. Any chance we may see your designs in Orlando soon? Continuously seeking new horizons and ventures, I find myself drawn to the potential of Orlando. While details remain under wraps for now, I am eagerly contemplating the prospect of infusing my design ethos into the vibrant fabric of this city. It's a thrilling possibility that ignites my imagination, and I look forward to sharing more as plans unfold. You have had so many incredible accomplishments in the last decade. What’s next for you, Nina? Embarking on the next phase of my journey, I am poised to extend my brand's reach across the globe, introducing innovative product lines and spearheading real estate ventures under our brand name. As I continue to challenge the conventions of design, nurturing creativity and mentorship holds paramount importance to me. Exciting ventures are underway. Stay tuned! STYLET0ME.COM | 65

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In prefacing this introduction, we’d like to offer an observation, which should be of interest to all. Regardless of medical school class rankings, graduates are all referred to as “DOCTOR.” With this revelation, we should all know that when choosing a physician, one must accept responsibility for adequately researching the doctor he or she is considering. Within our present day society, most licensed to practice medicine are truly miracle workers whether they are completely restructuring someone’s face or saving a life. As much as we realize that every physician is an asset to our

community, we also know that some have established themselves at the top of their profession and are considered special; these are the ‘elite,’ the very best of the best. When seeking perfection, we search for the professional who has made it his or her life goal to excel within a field of specialization through many years of study, dedication and determination, continually challenging themselves to advance their knowledge; these brilliant human beings not only save lives but also enrich their communities with a skill set second to none. Beyond this and in order to stay abreast of the latest, almost daily changing

medical advancements, the ‘elite’ undergo rigorous maintenance, updating through seminars, conferences and advanced studies to keep current with new technology and procedures. In adding our ‘Orlando’s Elite Doctors’ section with this issue, we present a group of physicians, all of whom are reputable, Board Certified in their areas of expertise, extremely well recognized within our community and chosen by their peers. Our objective is to initiate a continuing dialogue with our readers, with an aim toward personalizing some of the finest doctors available.

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Dr. Lourdes Benes is a board-certified neurologist with fellowship training in Cognitive & Memory Disorders and Movement Disorders. She is the Medical Director of Neurology One and the Founder of Neuro Fit Brain Fitness. With over two decades of medical practice, Dr. Benes specializes in caring for patients with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Frontotemporal Dementia, and Lewy Body Dementia. An expert in brain health and fitness, she provides training for patients with cognitive and behavioral disorders and those seeking to enhance mental acuity and overall cognitive well-being. Dr. Benes is a faculty member at UCF College of Medicine, where she teaches residents and medical students on various neurology topics. She holds memberships in the American Academy of Neurology, American Medical Association, Movement Disorders Society, Florida Medical Association, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment. Her dedication to research is evident through her active participation in various clinical trials and studies aimed at discovering innovative treatments for neurological disorders. Dr. Benes has published numerous articles in prestigious scientific journals, providing valuable insights into critical issues in neurology. Dr. Benes is deeply engaged with the community, often participating in local health fairs, providing educational seminars, and collaborating with community organizations to raise awareness about neurological health. She actively supports the Alzheimer’s Association by facilitating caregiver support groups and organizing events to support patients and families affected by neurological conditions. Her community involvement is extensive, demonstrating a commitment to improving neurological health awareness and providing support to those in need.

In addition to her clinical practice and community work, Dr. Benes is passionate about educating the next generation of medical professionals. As the Neurology Clerkship Site Director at UCF College of Medicine, she ensures that medical students receive comprehensive training in neurology. She frequently mentors students and residents, guiding them through the complexities of neurological care and research. Dr. Benes’ commitment to her field is also reflected in her numerous awards and recognitions. Notable achievements include being named a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (FAAN), participating in the Women Leading in Neurology Leadership Program of the American Academy of Neurology, and receiving several accolades such as Orlando’s Elite Doctors of the Year by Orlando Style Magazine, Top Physicians by Orlando Family Magazine, and Top Doctors by Top Doctors Magazine. Dr. Benes’ journey in neurology began with a deep-rooted desire to make a difference in the lives of those affected by neurological conditions. Her personal experiences with family members suffering from cognitive disorders have fueled her passion for this field. She is driven by a mission to improve the quality of life for her patients, their families, and caregivers providing them with the support and resources they need to manage their conditions effectively. Her holistic approach emphasizes not only medical treatment but also emotional and psychological support, ensuring comprehensive care for her patients. Dr. Benes states, “I am deeply committed to the wellbeing of my patients. Building lasting connections with them and their families brings me immense satisfaction. My goal is to enhance their quality of life, offering unwavering support to patients, their loved ones, and their caregivers throughout their journey.”

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CNS HEALTHCARE Robert Molpus, MD, Felipe Suplicy, MD, Tatyana Miroshnikova, MD, PhD, Patricia Brown, PhD, APRN, Letitia Griffin, MSN, APRN

CNS Healthcare has been Orlando’s longstanding leader in cutting-edge clinical research since opening their doors in 1996. Their team of physicians, nurse practitioners and research professionals have successfully conducted thousands of clinical trials at this premier downtown Orlando research center. Their dedication to research has culminated in the approval of over 100 FDA approved medications over the years. Those of which are now commonly prescribed and available at local pharmacies and have contributed to the wellbeing of hundreds of millions across the globe. Their success has caught the attention of the likes of primary care practices and specialty practices looking to expand. The allure of an additional service line and the opportunity to offer clinical trials as an enhanced care option can be very attractive. However, as many practices have found, with clinical research, comes a myriad of nuances, many of which create unexpected challenges. Having recognized these challenges, CNS Healthcare is

meeting the call and has partnered with local practices to help make the integration of clinical research a success. Recognizing that a one-size-fits-all isn’t feasible, there are several partnership models that CNS Healthcare and partner practices are engaged in. In some arrangements CNS Healthcare will deploy a team of research professionals who are experienced in establishing a research department within the practice. The research department will then manage all aspects of clinical research including trial placement, regulatory oversight, patient recruitment, project management, etc. while the practice provider(s) need only provide clinical oversight and conduct procedures as deemed by the study protocol. In other cases, they may simply support the practice in specific activities such as the recruitment of patients or IRB/regulatory functions. Each partnership is forged with an understanding of the challenges each practice is facing and can be fully-customized to meet unique challenges.

They can also help established research sites or private practices who are new to clinical research with the implementation of SiteCentric, a cloud-based Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) that puts all elements needed to run clinical trials efficiently into one platform with one log-in. This one-of-a-kind system was developed using over 25 years of input from their research experts and has been instrumental in the success of their research sites in Orlando, FL, Jacksonville, FL and Memphis, TN. To date, no CTMS system on the market comes close to SiteCentric capabilities and its’ built-in workflow efficiencies. Whether you are a patient who would like to learn about the benefits of enrolling in a clinical trial with CNS Healthcare or you are a practice who is looking for a research partner, we look forward to hearing from you!

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KAMRAN AZAD, MD Azad Plastic Surgery Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kamran Azad is one of the few plastic surgeons in Southern California with additional aesthetic fellowship training. Dr. Azad specializes in Aesthetic Surgery of the breast and body in Southern California. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of California - Irvine, Dr. Azad received a Masters Degree in Science, Applied Physiology from Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Azad was awarded his medical degree at the Chicago Medical School where he graduated in the top 10% of his class. He was a candidate for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for outstanding academic achievement. Dr. Azad completed his residency in General Surgery at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, serving as Chief Resident his final year. He then was selected to complete his Plastic Surgery residency at the Albert Einstein/ Montefiore Medical Center in New York renowned for its rigorous plastic surgery training program. Under the mentorship of world-renowned experts in reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery, Dr. Azad honed his abilities and expanded his expertise, Electing to pursue specialization, Dr. Azad completed an additional year of training in Aesthetic Surgery at the Plastic Surgery Center in Sacramento, California. This fellowship, under the guidance of leading plastic surgeons in the nation, allowed him to refine his techniques in aesthetic plastic surgery, with a focus on facial, breast, and

body procedures. This transformative period solidified his commitment to achieving aesthetic excellence in his surgical practice. Dr. Azad is currently an active member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). He is also affiliated with Ovideo Medical Center in Oviedo, FL. Dr. Azad’s philosophy of aesthetic plastic surgery revolves around the belief that optimal outcomes necessitate a delicate balance of artistic vision and surgical proficiency. He acknowledges that each patient brings unique desires and expectations to the consultation room. His ability to listen attentively, understand deeply, and communicate empathetically with his patients sets him apart. This patient-centric approach ensures that each surgical intervention is tailored to individual objectives, reflecting an understanding of each patient’s aesthetic aspirations and concerns. His commitment to patient care is founded on trust and transparent communication, ensuring that each patient’s aesthetic plastic journey is informed, comfortable, and aligned with their expectations. His approach to surgery transcends mere correction or enhancement of physical attributes; it involves harmonizing these elements to enhance the individual’s overall appearance and self-assurance. This ethos is evident in his specialization in breast and body aesthetic plastic surgery, where he restores function and form while honoring the natural beauty of the human form.

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THE CARDIOVASCULAR CENTER OF FLORIDA First Choice Cardiology Lushantha Gunasekera, MD, FACC Dr. Gunasekera is a board-certified cardiologist who has been practicing full time in central Florida and specifically in Clermont since 2008. He is currently Chief of Staff at South Lake Hospital and served as Chairperson of the Quality Committee on three separate occasions. From 2012-2019, he was a member of the Board of Directors for South Lake Hospital. Dr. Gunasekera has served as Director of the Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Lab, Director of the Chest Pain Unit, and Director of Cardiac Rehab at South Lake Hospital.

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Dr. Gunasekera volunteers his time within the community by serving on the Live Well Foundation. While it was open, Dr. Gunasekera was a volunteer physician at the South Lake Health Clinic. For his philanthropic work, he was honored to receive the Mortin Levy Humanitarian Award and the Orange County Medical Society Award for Humanitarian Services. He was also presented with the Orlando Health Exemplary Physician Award. Dr. Gunasekera believes in partnering with his patients in order to achieve their best possible healthcare and life outcomes. Dustin R. Hill, MD, FACC Dr. Hill, a proud Central Florida native, is dedicated to comprehensive patient care, focusing on nutrition, exercise, sleep, mental health, and pharmacology to improve both lifespan and enhance longevity. He emphasizes preventing chronic disease rather than managing it. Dr. Hill holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, completed medical training at AUIS in St. Maarten, and earned an MBA in Healthcare Management. A compassionate, board-certified cardiologist specializing in cardiovascular imaging and interventions, he completed his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Orlando Health. He is board certified in echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT, and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Hill teaches at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and has presented his research at major cardiology conferences. Beyond his clinical work, Dr. Hill is a devoted husband, father, and community leader, actively supporting healthcare, education, arts, and culture initiatives in Central Florida. Pablo R. Lopez, MD, FACC Dr. Lopez, is a board-certified Invasive Cardiologist based in Orlando, FL. With over 20 years of medical experience, he is focused on patient centered care. His goal is to reassure and educate patients on their conditions so they can be an active part in decision making and embrace the treatment plan. He has multiple board certifications in cardiac imaging techniques and a strong background in invasive cardiac procedures. These skill sets provide patients with excellent diagnostic and treatment options, allowing him to manage cardiovascular conditions throughout the spectrum of care. Dr. Lopez earned his medical degree from Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador and trained at Dante Pazzanese Cardiology Institute in Brazil. He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at East Tennessee State University. He served as chief resident and chief fellow. He has received numerous honors and awards for outstanding research and performance.

Jorge A. Uribe, MD, FACC Dr. Uribe is a board-certified cardiologist with The Cardiovascular Center of Florida. He is also board certified in Echocardiography, Nuclear cardiology and Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. Dr. Uribe completed his medical school at Universidad del Rosario, one of the most prestigious universities in Colombia and his residency program and fellowship with Orlando Health. He is fluent in English and Spanish, which allows him to effectively communicate and care for patients from different ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Uribe practiced as an internal medicine physician for seven years before going into cardiology, providing him a more extensive comprehension of medical problems which also impact the heart. As a cardiologist he is an expert on cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias and hypertension. Dr. Uribe is very passionate about his patients and believes that early and appropriate evaluation and treatment can improve the quality of life. These Elite Doctors are part of Florida’s most trusted Cardiovascular Experts. For over 30 years, patients seeking cardiovascular care in Orlando have chosen the physicians from The Cardiovascular Center of Florida.

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YASSAR CHAKFE, MD, MSC Brain & Nerve Center Brain & Nerve Center, an advanced neuromuscular and neurology care center, was founded in 2011 by Dr. Yassar Chakfe to provide residents of Central Florida individualized superior neurologic care. Dr. Chakfe is a distinguished neurologist and neuromuscular specialist, a talented educator and neuroscientist who has over 25 years of combined expertise in neurologic care, teaching and research that enabled him to position his practice in the forefront of neurology providers in Central Florida. He utilizes state of the art technology and diagnostic tools combined with up-to-date evidence-based therapies to individualize the care to meet each patient’s needs and co-existing health issues. Dr. Chakfe believes in the significance of educating his patients about their neurologic conditions and treatment options to help them make the best informed decision when choosing appropriate treatment and to ensure their compliance with it. Dr Chakfe enjoys managing patients with all neurologic conditions, particularly those with challenging presentations. Dr. Chakfe obtained his MD from Damascus University in Syria. He then moved to Canada and pursued his academic career in neurologic research at the renowned Center for Research in Neuroscience and Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University. His research centered around investigating mechanisms underlying normal and disease processes of the brain. He completed his graduate studies from the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery and obtained a Master of Science degree. His research was presented at international conferences and published in distinguished neuroscience journals. Dr. Chakfe then completed neurology residency training at State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University followed by a fellowship training in clinical Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular Medicine at the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he was

mentored by world-renowned neuromuscular specialists. This outstanding training has enabled him to be a leader in the delivery of neurology and neuromuscular care in Central Florida. The primary focus of Dr. Chakfe’s practice is diagnosis and management of patients with neuromuscular conditions such as motor neuron disease (e.g. Lou Gehrig disease), autoimmune neuromuscular conditions such as myasthenia gravis, Guillain Barre Syndrome, CIDP, and other neuropathies and muscle disease. Among other neurologic conditions he treats are Migraine and headaches, autoimmune encephalopathy, memory disorders and Dementia, multiple sclerosis, stroke, epilepsy, dizziness and gait difficulty, tremor and Parkinson’s disease and many others. Dr. Chakfe has been actively involved in medical education where he mentors medical students and neurology residents. He is affiliated with University of Central Florida and he is a founding member of the UCF/ HCA Neurology Residency program. He is a recipient of several teaching awards. Dr. Chakfe is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular Medicine. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and a fellow of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Chakfe enjoys spending time with his family, visiting new places and learning about new cultures. He also enjoys cooking and barbecuing for family and friends. He and his teenage boys are great supporters of Orlando City Soccer Club.

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AKSHAYA V. JAGADALE, MD Musculoskeletal Radiologist Dr. Akshaya V. Jagadale is a board-certified fellowship-trained musculoskeletal radiologist with Orlando Health Medical Group Radiology. With a robust academic background, following in her father’s footsteps she completed her medical school and diagnostic radiology residency in India before pursuing further specialization in the United States. She completed a diagnostic radiology residency and MSK/MRI Body fellowship at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. Dr. Jagadale’s professional journey is marked by a commitment to excellence in radiology, with expertise in musculoskeletal and body imaging. Her current role focuses on interpreting MSK and body imaging cases, contributing significantly to diagnostic accuracy and patient care.

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Actively involved in professional societies, Dr. Jagadale is a member of prominent organizations such as the Society of Skeletal Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS). Her commitment to advancing radiology is evident through her presentations at numerous conferences, including RSNA and ARRS annual meetings, where she has received awards for educational exhibits and oral presentations.

Dr. Jagadale’s academic achievements include being awarded the National Merit Scholarship for academic excellence and distinctions during medical school. Notably, she received certificates of merit for educational exhibits at RSNA on topics such as soft tissue sarcomas, hip arthroplasty implants, and ankle arthroplasty complications. Her research contributions are published in prestigious journals, reflecting her dedication to advancing radiology knowledge. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Marathi. Outside of work, Dr. Jagadale values family time with her husband Vivek, an orthopedic joint replacement surgeon, and their son Arnav. She finds relaxation in traveling, exploring Florida’s beaches and national parks, reading autobiographies of notable personalities, and gardening. Dr. Jagadale’s career is characterized by a passion for excellence in musculoskeletal radiology, evidenced by her extensive training, professional achievements, and ongoing commitment to education and research. Her multifaceted contributions underscore her role as a respected professional within the healthcare community.



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VIVEK JAGADALE MD, MS Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgeon I President and Chief Executive Officer at Gifted Genes.

Dr. Vivek S. Jagadale stands as a distinguished figure in the realm of modern orthopedic surgery, renowned for his expertise and books on evolution of intelligent designs, smart-robotics, minimally invasive procedures, and safe-speedy recovery. With medical training, board certifications, and dual fellowship certifications in Adult Reconstructive Orthopedics, Dr. Jagadale has amassed over three decades of unparalleled experience, achievements and accolades in medicine and surgery. Educationally, Dr. Jagadale also holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration with Magna Cum Laude honors, focusing on innovative healthcare financing and personalized healthcare delivery systems, starting with ‘health at home’.He was awarded gold medal and honor membership to Alpha Beta Kappa National Honor Society and CEO Circle membership by the American College of Healthcare Executives - a testament to his commitment to enhancing health systems alongside his surgical prowess. Currently serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gifted Genes, an esteemed gene research, education, and development institute based in Miami and Orlando, Florida, Dr. Jagadale leads pioneering research aimed at developing personalized treatment options for a spectrum of diseases. The query is simple, all humans and life forms get gifted with a set of genes from their ancestors, then what drives these genes to create health or disease? His focus on understanding genomic intelligence

underscores his commitment to advancing healing through cuttingedge genetic insights. In addition to his leadership at Gifted Genes, Dr. Jagadale serves as a Staff Surgeon at the VA Medical Centers in Florida, where he continues to push boundaries in surgical innovation and precision care with goals to simplify and shorten recovery time after major surgeries. His academic journey includes roles as a section chief, director, consultant, mentor, associate professor and advisor, shaping the next generation of medical leaders and advancing clinical care protocols. Dr. Jagadale’s impact extends beyond the operating room and research lab; he is a prolific author with six medical books and over 65 plus book chapters to his credit. His research contributions in areas such as arthritis, genetics, cell intelligence, and robotic surgery applications have earned widespread recognition in peer-reviewed publications and academic circles worldwide. Outside of his professional endeavors, Dr. Jagadale finds fulfillment in history travel, cardio tennis, and transformative writing. He cherishes quality time with his friends, fellow colleagues, followers and family, who share his passions to the fullest. Driven by his vision to advance precision surgery and genomebased treatments, marks him as a visionary in the pursuit of healthier societies globally, thus setting a new benchmark for excellence in healthcare worldwide.

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ANDREA MCCULLUM MEJIA, D.O., PHARM.D. Lakeshore Rheumatology Dr. McCullum Mejia is originally from New Albany, Indiana, a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated from medical school at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Kentucky in 2016 where she served as a member of the Sigma Sigma Phi Honors fraternity. She completed Internal Medicine residency at The University of Kentucky at The Medical Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 2019 and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In June 2021, she completed a University of South Florida Rheumatology fellowship in Hudson, Florida.

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Dr. McCullum opened Lakeshore Rheumatology in 2021, located in Winter Garden, Florida. She enjoys getting to know her patients to provide consultative care and recommendations for shared medical decision making in the treatment of Rheumatologic autoimmune conditions. Some of the diseases she is passionate about treating are: rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, uveitis, polymyalgia rheumatica, giant cell arteritis, myositis, systemic sclerosis, osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, Sjogren syndrome, gout, pseudogout, and vasculitis. She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, Florida Society of Rheumatology, American Women in Rheumatology, and Florida Osteopathic Medical Society. She is affiliated with Orlando Health and Advent Health hospitals.

Dr. McCullum is also a Pharmacist. She graduated from the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2009. She worked as a community Pharmacist and taught an afterschool pre-pharmacy course to high school students in the Louisville, Kentucky area from 2009 until 2012. After which, she pursued a career in medicine. Dr. McCullum enjoys educating the next generation of healthcare workers and serves a Preceptor for the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Student Pharmacists spend time with her in the office, to bridge the gap and establish a continuity of care between the fields of pharmacy and medicine. She is also a Founding Faculty Member and Clinical Assistant Professor for the Orlando College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. McCullum is married to Dr. Juan Carlos Mejia Garces, M.D., an Internal Medicine Physician, who also has an essential role at Lakeshore Rheumatology. Dr. McCullum absolutely loves being a mom, spending time with her husband and two small children. Prior to becoming a mom, she enjoyed participating in pageants, some of her previous titles were Mrs. Indiana 2016 and Miss Kentucky Sweetheart 2014. She has also been commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel; an honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky.

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MID-FLORIDA ENDODONTICS Left to Right: Stephen T. Galla, DMD; M. Cameron Kharazi, DMD; David M. Burch, DMD; Gretchen Jungermann, DMD, MS; Hamza Mir, DMD, MS; Brad A. Lipkin, DDS, MMSc.; Aaron E. Isler, DDS, MS; William Aippersbach, DMD, MS; Mark Goldberg, DDS; Allen D. McCall, DMD, MS Not Pictured: Mario Abdennour D.M.D., MMSc. Mid-Florida Endodontics is the premier group in Central Florida for Root Canal Treatment. Mid-Florida Endodontics attracts the most talented endodontists from around the country. Every doctor shares a common passion for staying on top of the latest Root Canal Treatment advancements and techniques while focusing on a positive patient experience and outcome. Mid-Florida Endodontics’ offices utilize state-of-the-art technology, including surgical operating microscopes, digital radiography, 3-D tooth imaging (CBCT scans) and a computer-assisted local anesthetic delivery system called The Wand. The ability of every doctor in Mid-Florida Endodontics, along with the advanced technology each office utilizes, enables most complex procedures to be completed in a single 30- to 60-minute visit. Mid-Florida Endodontics currently serves 8 locations throughout the Greater Orlando area and will soon be opening a Clermont and Mount Dora location. For more information regarding our doctors, locations and endodontic procedures, please visit our website at www.MidFloridaRootCanals.com. Contact Information: Longwood 2855 West S.R. 434 Suite 1021 Longwood, FL 32779 Phone: 407-788-8880 Kissimmee 1956 East Osceola Pkwy. Kissimmee, FL 34743 Phone: 407-581-9500 Daytona Beach 1148 Pelican Bay Dr. Daytona Beach, FL 32119 Phone: 386-256-2512 Maitland 670 N Orlando Ave. Suite 203 Maitland, FL 32751 Phone: 407-755-4700

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DIGESTIVE AND LIVER CENTER OF FLORIDA Dr. Srinivas Seela & Dr. Harinath Sheela Digestive and Liver Center of Florida promotes a patient first experience where we deliver sophisticated GI medical care in a compassionate and caring environment. Founded in 2005, the practice has attracted an exceptional and diverse team of physician specialists serving central Florida with a broad spectrum of internationally recognized authorities in gastroenterology, hepatology and colorectal expertise. Digestive and Liver Center continues to expand with five practice locations, two Endo-Surgical Centers, imaging through Radiology of Florida, Orange County Anesthesia Associates and GI Urgent Care of Florida. The GI Urgent Care of Florida is Florida’s only premier GI-focused emergent care facility, open from 7 am to 7 pm 7 days a week, dedicated to saving patients time and money. Cultivating partnerships with prominent hospitals in central Florida, including AdventHealth, Orlando Health, and HCA, as well as value-based medical practices committed to reducing costs and enhancing care quality for patients. GI Urgent Care of Florida excels in providing immediate access to specialists through same-day appointments without the need for referrals. Patients find our brand of care secures an efficient and understanding view of their condition and available treatments with a full range of procedure and screening options, from colonoscopy and esophageal endoscopy to advanced procedures addressing complex conditions. We have adopted a one-stop approach and continuum of care to reduce wait time for appointments,

imaging, labs, procedures, anesthesia, infusion, and biopsy pathology. The founding partners, Dr. Srinivas Seela and Dr. Harinath Sheela, both of whom earned their gastroenterology and digestive diseases Fellowships from Yale University School of Medicine, continue to architect growth of Digestive and Liver Center of Florida, and its associated Endo-Surgical Centers and ancillary services, to create a destination where patients learn about their condition and how to better manage their own care with the sensitive guidance and treatment from our specialists. Our GI specialists: Dr. Basher Atiquzzaman, Dr. Moin Kola, Dr. Jessica Narváez-Lugo, Dr. Seth Lipka, Dr. Joseph Webster, Dr. Sedat Ekici, Dr. Leonor Santos, and Dr. Kamini Ramani. Our colorectal surgeons: Dr. Sergio Larach and Dr. Sam Atallah. In addition, Digestive and Liver Center of Florida has 16 Advanced Practice Providers who, with our physician corps, cover 365 days per year in the medical centers supporting the work of our physicians. Among the conditions and diseases our specialists and team of advanced practitioners treat at our facilities are Abdominal Pain, Swallowing Disorders, Heartburn and GERD, Barrett’s Esophagus, Constipation, Colon Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Complex Liver Diseases, Diverticulosis, Fatty Liver, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Hemorrhoids, Hepatitis, Fecal Incontinence, Lactose Intolerance, Rectal Bleeding, Pancreatitis, and Weight Loss.

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MITCHELL L. SUPLER, MD Orlando Health Neurosurgery Dr. Mitchell Supler brings over 25 years of neurosurgical experience to Central Florida. He graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Medicine, receiving the Lyerly Award for Excellence in Neurosurgery. He completed his residency in Neurosurgery at the University of Florida in 1996. He has been certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons since 1999. He has served as Chief of Surgery at Orlando Health Central Hospital and is currently the Director of the Neurospine Center of Excellence at Orlando Health Central Hospital as well.. Dr. Supler excels in the treatment of recreational and professional golfers with spinal disorders. He holds multiple certifications with the Titleist Performance Institute. He brings a specific knowledge of the biome mechanics of the golf swing, and its effects on the spine. Dr. Supler was a featured speaker at the World Golf Fitness Summit and has been a regular guest on the Sirius/XM PGA TOUR radio show “Inside The Ropes“. Dr. Supler has unique specialization in artificial displacement of the cervical in lumbar spines. These procedures allow preservation of mobility, producing less surrounding tissue damage, and results in a fast recovery to a more active lifestyle. Treatment for pain arising from the sacroiliac joint is one of Dr. Supler’s greatest passions. Over 20% of back pain may be arising from this joint, and it is often overlooked. He is currently involved in research to develop even more refined surgical techniques for this issue. Dr. Supler’s knowledge, training, and experience make him an asset to Orlando Health Neurosyrgery. He is dedicated to using the latest proven technology and applying it to each individual patient.

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ROXANNE SYLORA, MD Institute of Aesthetic Surgery Known for her expertise in breast augmentation, reduction, reconstruction, and post-massive weight loss body contouring, boardcertified plastic surgeon Roxanne Sylora, M.D. has been empowering patients to step into their most confident selves for over 20 years now. After earning her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Sylora completed residencies in both general surgery (Finch University of Health Sciences) and plastic surgery (Wayne State University), as well as a breast and aesthetic fellowship at The Institute for Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery at Baptist Hospital, where she trained under world-renowned plastic surgeons in Nashville, TN. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, Dr. Sylora has also been recognized as a Top Plastic Surgeon by Consumers Checkbook and as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons by Consumers Research Council of America. As stunning as her patients’ results look from the outside, it’s the consequent internal transformations that make Dr. Sylora so passionate about what she does. “I have seen many people bloom after being able to address

the issues which were undermining their confidence,” she explains. “It’s extremely rewarding to be able to improve someone’s daily life by helping them enhance and maximize what they have.” Another one of Dr. Sylora’s specialties is the “deep plane face lift,” an innovative, technically challenging procedure that requires a high level of surgical skill. A deep plane face lift changed and enhanced the structure of the face by redistributing fat, correcting eye droop, and restoring volume to the mid-face area, allowing for a much more youthful appearance. Dr. Sylora understands just how much courage it takes for someone to come in for a consultation and openly discuss their physical insecurities, which is why building strong patient relationships is at the heart of everything she does. As the owner of the Institute of Aesthetic Surgery, with offices in both Celebration and Winter Park, Dr. Sylora works alongside a talented team of aesthetic providers who share her dedication to making every patient feel comfortable, informed, and beautiful, both inside and out.

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WHITNEY THORNE, DO Orlando Health Heart and Vascular Institute Dr. Whitney Thorne is a board-certified vascular surgeon with the Orlando Health Heart and Vascular Institute. She believes that understanding her patients’ social, mental and physical well-being enables her to provide the best possible care. She treats her patients like she would want own her family to be treated. Dr. Thorne earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she participated in intercollegiate golf. Dr. Thorne also has a master’s degree in biology from Purdue University. She earned her degree in osteopathic medicine from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. She completed her residency in integrated vascular surgery at TriHealth/Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. Dr. Thorne is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and has a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation certificate from the Alliance for Physician Verification & Advancement which certifies her expertise in reading vascular ultrasound. Her professional memberships include the American College of Surgeons, Society for Vascular Surgery, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, Florida Medical Association and Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Thorne treats a variety of vascular conditions including abdominal aortic aneurysms, blood clots (deep venous thrombosis), carotid artery disease, critical limb ischemia, intestinal ischemia, popliteal artery aneurysms, renal artery stenosis, varicose veins, vascular complications and infections, venous ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, leg swelling, dialysis access, and atherosclerotic disease. She provides both endovascular (non-invasive) and open options as appropriate. Outside of work, Dr. Thorne likes to read, play golf, swim, run, travel and spend time with her family and two Great Danes. She has completed multiple half marathons as well as competed in the 2009 USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links in Devens, MA. Dr. Thorne sees outpatients in Lake Mary and Oviedo. She performs most of her procedures at Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital.

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ROLAND TORRES, MD Neurosurgery Dr. Torres is a nationally recognized neurotrauma and neurocritical care expert often called to moderate neurosurgical scientific sessions, working closely with the industry in advancing new technology for treating traumatic brain injury. He believes that the future is built based on past experience. He is one of a handful of triple fellowship-trained, Board-certified neurosurgeons in the state of Florida. His fellowships are in Neuro-oncology (Brain and Spine tumors), Complex Spine including minimally invasive, Endoscopic Era and Robotic Spine Surgery, and Neuropathology. Dr. Torres was born in Peru and came to this country as a child. He was educated both abroad and at The University of Chicago and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by a residency in Neuropathology and General Surgery internship, all at Columbia University. He then pursued prestigious fellowships in Neurosurgical Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Complex Spine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Torres has spent most of his career in Academic Neurosurgery, initially as an Assistant and later as an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University Medical Center in California for many years. He then moved to Florida, where he was an Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and then the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. After almost 30 years in academics, he moved to Orlando to start a boutique neurosurgery practice, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience. Dr. Torres is currently also a volunteer faculty member at the new UCF Medical School in Lake Nona as a Professor of Neurosurgery. Dr. Torres has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and

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book chapters, including “Hyperosmolar Therapy” in Congress Quarterly; “Thoracolumbar Vertebral Body Replacement: Materials & Techniques” in Contemporary Neurosurgery; and “Non– Neoplastic Pineal Cysts” in the Journal of Neurology. In 2012, he received the Arthur L. Bloomfield Award for Teaching Excellence in Clinical Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. His professional memberships have included the Neuro-Critical Care Society, Alaska Brain Injury Network, American Association of Neuropathologists, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, American Brain Injury Consortium, California Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, New York State Medical Society, North American Spine Society, and the American Medical Association. Growing up, Dr. Torres was very close to his grandmother, and when he was about five years old, she passed away after having surgery on a brain tumor in his native Peru. Because of that incident, he wanted to learn more about the surgery and about the brain, which he found fascinating. Attributing his success to hard work and perseverance, he proudly states that America is the best and freest country in the world where an immigrant can come and follow his dreams. He considers receiving the Arthur L. Bloomfield Award at Stanford one of his career highlights. Both Dr. Torres and his wife are Air Force vets, and their practice, ADVANCED NEUROSURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, is a vet-owned business with offices in Lake Nona and Kissimmee. Call for an appointment at 1-407-6196192. Fax 1-407-852-0526. Email: RTMD@ advancedneurosurgicaltechnologies. com. In the coming years, Dr. Torres is contemplating entering politics and running for Congress.

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(from left to right) top: Rick McCoy, LMA; Dr. John van Wert, MD - bottom: Ciara Williams, BS; Dr. Anne van Wert, MD; Lorena Campos, NCMA

JOHN W. VAN WERT MD President, Cascades MedSpa

Cascades MedSpa has been serving the aesthetic needs of Central Florida for decades and recently introduced several new therapies that have proven to be immensely popular. In recent years, we have begun offering natural bio-identical pellet hormone replacements that have received a great deal of attention. Dr. John van Wert, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, and his wife, Dr. Anne van Wert, board-certified pediatrician, supervises our program, which specializes in the treatment of hormones and menopause using natural pellet therapy. Although there may be a number of options for hormone therapy available on the Internet, we provide the best, safest, medically justified, and also reasonably priced options available. In our treatment plan, we include boosting testosterone levels, which will contribute to increased energy

levels for both women and men. It has been shown to reduce brain fog, reset body dynamics, result in dramatic increase in muscle mass and a lower body fat percentage, increase sex drive (testosterone is the hormone responsible for this), improve bone density, and reduce breast cancer risk by 35%, according to the latest studies. A variety of high-end aesthetic treatments are performed by Dr. John van Wert, MD and Rick McCoy, LMA. Our most popular treatments include: Morpheus 8 facial therapy, Morpheus 8 V for excellent vaginal rejuvenation and urinary leakage treatment, extensive laser hair and vein treatment, Clear and Brilliant treatments, and Thermage for facial skin rejuvenation and tightening. If you would like to see what amazing

things can be performed for you, we would love to have you come in for a consultation! At Cascades MedSpa, we are committed to providing top-tier aesthetic and wellness services. Our team of professionals is dedicated to helping you achieve your health and beauty goals. We invite you to experience the incredible transformations possible with our treatments. Schedule a consultation today and discover the difference that expert care and cutting-edge technology can make in your life. Visit us at Cascades MedSpa and let us help you embark on a journey to a more vibrant and confident you.

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ANTHONY GYANG MD Osceola Gynecology Dr. Anthony Gyang obtained his Bachelors in Medical Sciences and his MD from the University of Ghana Medical School. He trained in the United Kingdom in Obstetrics and Gynecology and specialized in Gynecology ultrasound at the University of Cardiff, Wales. He started his internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Howard University. His residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Franklin Square Hospital, Baltimore and his fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Chronic pelvic pain management at Advent Health, Orlando. He has been in practice since 2013. We are one of the few gynecology practices that incorporates chronic pelvic pain management and minimally invasive surgical techniques in the care of our patients. Minimally invasive surgical techniques involves the use of the robotic platform to perform hysterectomy, sacrocolpopexy, endometriosis and oophorectomies. Other minimally invasive surgeries include conventional laparoscopic surgery, vaginal reconstructive surgery, and 2712 S. Fern Creek Ave., Orlando, FL 32806 P: 407-270-0107

midurethral sling insertion. In-office procedures performed include hysteroscopy, cystoscopy, endometrial ablation, urodynamics, pelvic floor physical therapy, Sola Therapy and Emsella. Dr. Gyang believes that no woman should suffer from chronic pelvic pain, vaginal prolapse or urinary incontinence without any help. We use modern techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of gynecological conditions. We use modern techniques in the management of chronic pelvic pain conditions which include regenerative cell therapy, pudendal nerve block, Botox, trigger point injection, Dr. Gyang is involved in clinical research, teaching of residents from the University of Central Florida, and is a reviewer for major gynecological publications. He is Fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Fellow, American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists; Member, International Pelvic Pain Society; Member American Urogynecological Society. 505 W. Oak St., Suite 102 Kissimmee, FL 34741 P: 407-270-0332

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BAO L. HUYNH, MD, PHARMD Advanced Kidney Care of Central Florida, PA Advanced Kidney Care of Central Florida, PA was founded in 2010 by Dr Bao Huynh. Over the years the practice grew to 5 providers and made it a priority to stay up to date with medical knowledge and provide the latest evidence-based medicine, specializing in diseases of the kidney, hypertension, electrolytes, acid-base, urine, kidney stones, dialysis, and renal transplantation. Dr. Huynh was born in Vietnam and fled the Communist regime to the United States with his family in 1981 as part of “The Boat People”. Growing up in Minnesota, Dr. Huynh started his college education at the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, Honor’s Division. Coming from a family of pharmacists, it was natural that he followed in the footsteps of his father and older sister, earning a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Pharmacy at their alma mater, the University of Minnesota, where he was elected to the prestigious Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society and graduated at

the top of his class with the highest honor, Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Huynh practiced as a clinical pharmacist at Methodist Hospital for a year before returning to medical school. He pursued his Medical Doctor degree from the University of North Dakota, graduating with the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor. He was selected into a highly competitive postgraduate residency training program in Internal Medicine at the worldrenowned Washington University in St Louis, MO. During his residency training, he carried out clinical research in heart failure, published studies in peer-reviewed medical journals and developed clinical risk prediction models for heart failure. His appeal for physiology and the management of complex patients led him pursue a nephrology fellowship at the University of Florida, where he was selected to serve as Chief Fellow during his final year there.

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MIGUEL LIS-PLANELLS, M.D. Neurosurgery Spine Consultant Dr. Miguel Lis-Planells is a nationally and internationally recognized neurosurgeon with over 28 years of experience. He obtained his medical degree from Our Lady of the Rosary University in Bogota, Colombia and post-graduate training in Neurosurgery at the University of California Irvine and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. His professional affiliations included the Detroit Medical Center where he was Vice-Chair of Neurosurgery at Sinai-Grace Hospital for several years before coming to Florida in 2015. Dr. Lis-Planells is known for the compassionate and conservative approach to the treatment of his patients, with special interest is the care and management of post-traumatic and degenerative spine conditions. Currently, he is affiliated with Premier Orthopedics of Orlando, a well established practice with multiple locations in Central Florida.

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LY T. NGUYEN, MD Board Certified Ophthalmologist, Eye Florida Dr. Ly Nguyen’s journey into ophthalmology began when her father needed cataract surgery. At that time, she was a medical student at the University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine with an undecided specialty. This encounter with her father’s cataract surgeon, the late Dr. Jorge Camara, eventually guided Dr. Nguyen’s path into ophthalmology. With Dr. Camara as her mentor, she developed a passion for medical research and publication. Dr. Nguyen published peer-reviewed articles in prominent journals on findings in Asian patients, including involutional lateral entropion and the use of the computer-assisted image-guided system (InstaTrak) in orbital surgery. She also researched public health issues among Vietnamese immigrants in Hawai’i during medical school. Dr. Nguyen completed her residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, receiving the Resident Research Award in Ophthalmology. After residency, she worked at Mittleman Eye Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Seeking work-life balance, she opened St. Cloud Eye Center in an underserved Central Florida community, which later became Eye Florida.

As a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist, Dr. Nguyen specializes in cataract surgery with premium intraocular lenses, oculoplastics, and minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery. At Eye Florida, she offers medical and urgent eye exam exams, screening for corneal and retinal diseases using the advanced ophthalmic equipments, IV hydration therapy, Botox and Dermal fillers, in-office pterygium procedures including blepharoplasty (lid lift) and skin cancer removal, always prioritizing exceptional patient care. Dr. Nguyen is an internationally recognized doctor, author, and speaker, with publications in the American Journal of Ophthalmology and Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. She has received numerous awards, including Top Doctors, Best of Florida, and has been named Orlando Style’s Elite Doctors, Top Eye Doctors, and Women of the Year. In her free time, Dr. Nguyen enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and gardening. She dreams of writing a memoir about her family’s escape from Vietnam and their journey through Hong Kong’s refugee camps to the United States as first-generation immigrants. “These memories are stories of hope, determination, and overcoming adversity that I hope to pass on,” she says.

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MARLA RICHARDSON-PRICE, MD Cannabis Card Orlando South Dr. Marla Richardson-Price is a Family Medicine physician with fellowship training in Geriatrics. Her passion for science and service led her from majoring in Microbiology at Howard University to earning her medical degree from Georgetown University. She returned to Orlando, completing her residency at Florida Hospital (now Advent Health Orlando), to serve the community that shaped her. Dr. Richardson-Price’s career spans various healthcare settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and in-home care. These experiences exposed her to diverse patient populations and medical challenges, honing her clinical skills and emphasizing the need for continuous learning in the ever-evolving field of medicine. As a collaborating physician for local nurse practitioners, she finds fulfillment in sharing knowledge, guiding others, and positively impacting their careers and patient care. This role demands patience, empathy, and a dedication to lifelong teaching and learning, which Dr. Richardson-Price embraces wholeheartedly.

Committed to treating the whole patient, she values long-term relationships with her patients, guiding them through their health journeys. Her interest in alternative medicine led her to provide medical cannabis certifications since 2018 at Cannabis Card Orlando, East and South locations. Here, she educates patients on the benefits and risks of cannabis, discusses different approaches to treatment, and considers each patient’s medical history. Dr. Richardson-Price’s journey extends beyond clinical practice. As a medical consultant for The Florida Department of Health’s Disability Determination division, an independent distributor for It Works, an online health and wellness company, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she is committed to continuous learning and service. Balancing her professional roles as a single mother, Dr. Richardson-Price has learned invaluable lessons in time management, resilience, and finding joy in every moment, further enriching her personal and professional life.

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SEIF SADEK, MD Reproductive endocrinology and infertility Seif Sadek, MD, is a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist with a longstanding interest in women’s reproductive health. He received his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical college in Doha, Qatar and completed his residency and fellowship at EVMS-The Jones Institute in Norfolk, Virginia, the home of IVF in the US. During his training he won multiple awards, including the 2018 American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) best research award. He is published in numerous journals and has presented at national and international meetings. Dr. Sadek is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility,

and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Sadek’s chief medical interests include in vitro fertilization, male factor infertility, advanced hysteroscopic surgery, fertility preservation and third-party reproduction. His philosophy is to provide a compassionate, patientcentered environment that allows for the best care possible. Dr. Sadek is fluent in English and Arabic. “I’ve always been fascinated by science and the miracle of medicine, even as a little kid growing up in Egypt. It hasn’t been easy, but now I feel privileged to work with patients who share the same, ‘never give up’ attitude during their fertility journeys.” — Seif Sadek, MD

1500 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789 | ivforlando.com | 407-740-0909 | megan.rainville@ivforlando.com

GEORGE SULLIVAN D.O. USAP Anesthesiology Dr. George Sullivan is a native Floridian but later moved to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC with his family. Dr. Sullivan graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland with a degree in Biochemistry. During his undergraduate journey, he spent a year working in Alaska to pay for college and medical school. After working in Biochemistry research, he was selected to receive a Maryland scholarship to the West Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. There he continued his studies in Physiology and Biochemistry which he would later use as a resident in Anesthesiology. After completing his Anesthesiology residency, Dr. Sullivan completed a Trauma and Critical Care Fellowship at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Md. He then remained on staff there as an attending physician until he had the opportunity to return to Central Florida. In Central Florida he joined JLR Anesthesia which later became one of the founding groups of the nationwide United States Anesthesia Partners.

Along with practicing anesthesia for over 30 years in Central Florida, Dr. Sullivan has served in several administrative positions. He has been a section chief, assistant chief of staff, and chief of staff, at Advent Hospital. Nowadays, Dr. Sullivan spends most of his time doing compassionate, holistic anesthesia on each of his patients. He strives to alleviate his patient’s anxiety surrounding anesthesia and surgery. Dr. Sullivan also combines multimodal medications and nerve blocks with conventional anesthesia to reduce pain and nausea after surgery. His patient’s health and comfort levels are critical to his personal benchmark of success. Outside of Central Florida, Dr. Sullivan has also given anesthesia on mission trips in the Caribbean, Central America, and the Philippines. When not working or traveling, Dr. Sullivan enjoys spending time with his daughter Kaitlyn, Son in law, Mathew, son, Danny and grandson, Oliver.

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JAVIER TELLO MD FACP FIDSA Mid Florida Infectious Disease Dr. Tello is a board certified physician in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He attended medical school at the Universidad Peruana Cayetana Heredia in his native country of Peru. In 1990, Dr. Tello moved to the United States to complete his residency in internal medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He then obtained his fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Following his fellowship at UAB, Dr. Tello moved to Louisiana for a couple of years and then to Orlando, Florida where he has been in practice for over 29 years. Dr. Tello is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America—a recognition of an honor conferred upon those who have achieved professional excellence in the field of infectious diseases. Additionally, Dr. Tello has presented at various conferences and has a number of publications, including publications in the New England Journal of Medicine. In 2018, due to Dr. Tello’s exceptional performance in his recertification board exams, he was invited to participate at a special meeting at ABIM with selected

individuals to assist with creating future board exams in infectious diseases. Dr. Tello has had multiple teaching appointments for medical students and residents at university of Alabama in Birmingham as well as in Orlando, Fl. For five consecutive years, Dr. Tello was awarded by Casa De Mexico in Orlando for treating underserved patients of Central Florida. Dr. Tello is recognized by his peers as a Top Doctor and Premier Doctor in ID. He has appeared in the Orlando Magazine’s “Best Doctors of Orlando” since 2017 and has been recognized as an “Elite Doctor” for the Orlando Style magazine in 2024. Dr. Tello currently practices as a consultant at AdventHealth Celebration and several nursing homes. He also focuses on implementing stewardship practices at his clinical sites. In his free time, Dr. Tello enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Fanny, his three daughters, Daniela, who is also an ID physician, Alejandra, and Isabella, along with his grandkids- Mia and Liam. He also enjoys exercising daily with programs like Tonal and Peloton and occasionally practicing surfing.

GEORGE WHITE, M.D. Orlando Hand Surgery Associates Dr. George White founded Orlando Hand Surgery Associates in 1991. He attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed residencies in general surgery and orthopedics at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He finished his hand and upper extremity fellowship at the Curtis Hand Center, now the National Hand Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. White was active in teaching and research during his training and authored multiple articles. He and his family moved to Orlando in 1986. His first son, Brian, is now a senior partner at Orlando Hand Surgery Associates. Dr. White was one of the first orthopedic hand surgeons in Central Florida. He promoted microvascular surgery and replantation in the area and expanded available upper extremity procedures. Named Teacher of the Year for Orthopedics at Orlando Health in 1990, he was very active in the residency program early in his career. Dr. White created many new techniques in hand surgery, including thumb reconstruction, distal wrist reconstruction, and the treatment of hand arthritis related to tendinitis. Dr. White has completed over 100,000 surgical procedures in his 40+ year career, expanding Orlando Hand Surgery Associates to include offices in downtown Orlando, Celebration, Winter Garden, and Deltona. The practice now handles over 25,000 office

visits annually and is considered the leading hand and upper extremity practice, including shoulder and elbow problems, in Central Florida. Dr. White has been named one of the top 10 shoulder surgeons in the US by Becker’s and one of Orlando’s Doctors of the Year and Best Doctors by Orlando Magazine. He is listed in Who’s Who in the US. Orlando Style Magazine has recognized him as a top-tier professional and one of Orlando’s Men and Women of the Year. Castle Connolly named Dr. White’s practice one of the top orthopedic practices in the United States, and U.S. News & World Report recognized it as one of the top orthopedic practices in the Southeast US. Dr. White continues to actively see patients and perform surgery. Dr. White’s significant contribution to Central Florida is the mentoring of young, top surgeons who have joined the practice. Doctors Brian White, Anup Patel, Nick Newsum, and Cody Hillin were recruited by Dr. White from prestigious hand surgery programs and have enhanced the reputation of Orlando Hand Surgery Associates. Dr. White’s practice remains active in teaching, research, and patient care for upper extremity issues, including the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder throughout Central Florida.

801 North Orange Ave., Suite 600, Orlando, FL 32801 www.orlandohandsurgery.com | 407-841-2100 | orlandohandsurgery.com

WISSAM ELFALLAL, DO Neurosurgery Dr. Wissam Elfallal, DO, is a highly trained neurosurgeon dedicated to providing world-class brain and spine care at your community hospital. He received advanced subspecialty training in skull base and minimally invasive spine surgery from Beaumont Health System, where he spent three years as Chief Resident, mentoring medical students and residents. Dr. Elfallal takes a holistic approach when diagnosing and treating his patients. His special interests include cranial surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, and peripheral nerve surgery. This comprehensive approach allows him to address a wide range of neurological conditions with precision and care. Dr. Elfallal currently serves as Chair of Spine for the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Minimally Invasive Neurological Society. He is also a Fellow of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. These affiliations reflect his commitment to

neurosurgical advancements and the broader medical community. Dr. Elfallal’s dedication to excellence has earned him multiple awards, including Physician of the Quarter, Intern of the Year, and Top Doc. These accolades underscore his commitment to exceptional patient care and his leadership in neurosurgery. In addition to his professional achievements, Dr. Elfallal is multilingual, fluent in English and Arabic. This linguistic ability allows him to communicate effectively with a diverse patient population, enhancing the quality of care he provides. Dr. Wissam Elfallal’s combination of advanced training, holistic patient care, and commitment to education makes him a standout figure in neurosurgery. His work improves patient lives and advances the field through his contributions to medical research and professional development.

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When you walk into Jim Barrow’s space, you know you are in good hands. You are immediately met with a warm smile and welcoming demeanor, which makes the healing experience that much more inviting. For Jim, the journey of acupuncture and oriental medicine began in the 1990’s while practicing Chinese martial arts, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. By Maha Chaudhry

Jim’s passion for martial arts was inspired by Bruce Lee movies and a TV series in the 1970’s called Kung Fu - with David Carradine. Beyond the exciting moves was something deeper that drew Jim into wanting to learn more. He explained that growing up he had never found a teacher of what is called “internal” martial arts. In the U.S., most martial arts are “external,” focusing on the physical body, while internal martial arts, like Tai Qi, and certain forms of kung fu, have emphasis on cultivating the body’s Qi or bioelectricity. The needle was officially moved during the time Jim was in the navy and stationed in Mayport, FL. There, he met Sifu Frank Palillo, a teacher of internal energy cultivation. Palillo was the first to show Jim how powerful qi can manifest during an exercise that consisted of holding a posture for 45 minutes. Though by then Jim’s muscles were on fire, all Palillo had to do was walk from behind him, move his hands across his back and the pain instantly vanished, all without touch, rather just through energy. It was in that moment Jim thought, “man, I’ve GOT to learn more about THIS!” And, after a substantial amount of reading, eventually all of the answers to his questions were found within oriental medicine. He found that the energy the masters cultivate to build strength, power and endurance, is the same energy used in oriental medicine to heal the body. Thus, began Jim’s forever livelihood. I had the opportunity to ask Jim to dive deep with me on the subject of acupuncture and oriental medicine to understand the many amazing ways the treatments can be used to heal a number of issues, and at last, how intersected the mind-body connection really is.



Would you describe acupuncture as synonymous to energy healing? If so, how does it incorporate the mind-body connection?

What are some of the most common things you have noted in your findings, and what are some of the most common symptoms you have seen in your clients? I’ve been in practice since 2001 and without a doubt the most common thread with most patients is what we call kidney qi deficiency. The kidneys are the most important organ system in the body from the perspective of Oriental Medicine. They are the battery of the body. All bioelectricity is generated by the kidneys. When a car battery is weak, any system on the car can be affected. Same in our body. When our battery is weak, any system can be affected. High blood pressure, thyroid issues, diabetes, insomnia, low back pain, migraine. That is only the start of a long list of symptoms that usually include kidney qi deficiency. Most people after 30 years old have some level of kidney qi deficiency. The most common cause, besides aging, is excessive stress and excessive caffeine. The most common symptom I see is pain. Headaches, neck pain and especially lower back pain.

Let’s talk acupuncture. How does it work and what are some of the types of issues acupuncture is best used for? Acupuncture is a system of medicine that is thousands of years old. The human body has a network of twelve bioelectric currents that connect to all the organ systems. The acupuncture needles are very thin (like a hair), and are inserted into special points along the channel or meridian. The steel of the needle is actually influencing the electromagnetic current in the meridian. The increased electromagnetic flow results in increased flow of oxygenated blood into the targeted area. Fresh, oxygenated blood flow is the key to healing. That is a very simplistic description of how acupuncture works considering the complex dynamics of proper assessment and effective treatment plan. Oriental Medicine is a wonderfully deep and broad body of knowledge that has been refined over thousands of years of practice. One can spend a lifetime mastering only small facets. I am honored to be able to share this treasure with others. Acupuncture is great to help with high blood pressure and cholesterol. Thyroid conditions, autoimmune disorders, digestive disorders, insomnia, menstrual disorders, menopause, migraine are just some of the many other conditions that I have successfully treated.

Acupuncture is definitely an energy healing practice. The meridian system is a series of conduits for bioelectricity. A practitioner will assess the condition through the perspective that stuck or stagnant energy results in bad symptoms. Resolving energy imbalance will result in biochemical homeostasis - the symptoms go away. Oriental Medicine recognizes that humans are comprised of three main parts: spirit, soul(mind) and body. The spirit is that part of us that is eternal. Survives after death of the body. The soul or mind is the part that is responsible for decision making. The Body is a vessel for the spirit and soul. The process for development goes like this. A well body will enable a person to have a stable emotional mind, able to refine qi to a higher level. Refined (purified) qi is allowed to purify the spirit. Conversely, an unhealthy body leads to an unstable and emotional mind. The Qi is not well purified, leading to further a disturbed spirit. How many treatments would you say it takes to notice a difference? Some chronic conditions may take a few treatments to notice improvement. Pain, especially from recent injury, should see improvement immediately or within a day. Some cases may take a couple visits to see a difference, but generally we want to start seeing pain improved right away. The number of visits usually depends on how long the condition has been around. Low back pain for the last 5 years may take 10 treatments or more. A recent sprain from the gym might just take a couple treatments. I would encourage people to try acupuncture for just about any problem you would see a medical doctor for. Unless a person in crisis, Oriental Medicine can offer incredible results without disastrous side effects.



I am fascinated with the meridian points on our body and how they are directly connected to vital organs. Can you explain in a nutshell the meridian connection through acupuncture, and how the process works? Sure. We have twelve main channels of bioelectricity (meridians) that flow throughout the entire body. These pathways have no structure like nerves or blood vessels. They are simply areas of high electromagnetic current. They connect to the different organs and supply them with bioelectricity as well as hormones. If the organs become imbalanced, the meridian associated with it can develop symptoms. An unhappy liver can lead to pain in the groin because the pathway of the liver channel travels through the groin. Conversely, a meridian that is impinged can block flow to the organ and cause issues. I’ve resolved many screaming colic episodes when my daughter was an infant. The channel in her legs was impinged because of the skin folds in her leg. Sometimes, as in her case, the skin folds of a baby are deep and impinge the channel flow. The spleen channel was the culprit in the case. When the baby started screaming, I started massaging the fold in her leg, and the screaming stopped. Acupuncture is moving qi and blood by stimulating the bioelectricity in the meridians. Cupping is using a suction cup technique that pulls what we call stagnant blood from deep in the tissues or joints. When the stagnant blood is pulled up into the skin, fresh oxygenated blood will fill the void and oxygenate those tissues. I like to use cupping on the back for certain types of pain, frozen shoulder and for stagnation leading to fatigue.


What are some of the other alternative healing methods you may use in combination with cupping or acupuncture?

Exercise is also a topic that is rich with options and opinions. The key principle to remember is your activity should bring blood flow to as many places as possible.

The allergy testing I do uses a technique called applied kinesiology. I test your muscle strength by pulling on your arm. I then have you touch special vials of water that have each been charged with a unique frequency. As you touch each of the vials, your arm may suddenly become weak. This means that the frequency of the vial you touched, short circuited your body’s EMF. We now know that our body is sensitive to that substance. We then employ a special clearing technique to negate the hyper sensitivity. We are able to desensitize up to two allergens about 80% of the time for most patients. That resolution will usually last from several months to several years. Most patients will need several treatments to resolve underlying food sensitivities leading to immunodeficiency. Then airborne sensitivities are able to stay resolved for long periods of time.

The third is one that doesn’t get enough attention but is most important. Disarm fear. Fear (stress) is like a knife in the kidneys. Stress is a huge factor in more than 80% of all medical maladies. Disarming fear comes from assurance. A person can get assurance by selfimprovement, meditation, exercise, diet. People also seek assurance in ways that lead to destruction. I’ve sought assurance from many different sources and methods. I’ve found that my only lasting assurance comes from a relationship with God. When I am in relationship with God, I have peace. I walk away from God, I become overwhelmed by life. Fear takes over. I encourage everyone, seek God. Well, there you have it - the healing benefits of acupuncture, and the mind-body energy meridian connection. Considering if oriental medicine is right for you? Visit www. balancingpointwellness.com.

I find all of this so interesting. I can say that after my treatments, I have certainly felt a difference in pain and stagnation, but also a noticeable lightness. My last question is a general one, what are three things you believe everyone should be practicing to live a healthier life? The first two are the same we’ve heard over and over. Eat right and exercise. “Eating right” however is a huge topic for debate and the same to be said for exercise. Basically, understand that, like a car engine, bad fuel and dirty air will create problems sooner or later. What kind of fuel to put in your body depends on lots of factors. More than can be discussed here. I simply encourage people to research and try what works for them.

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JULY IN THE COSMOS July is the month where the cosmic energies invite us to focus on emotional well-being, practicality in relationships, and inner reflection. It’s a time to reassess our goals, communicate effectively, and be open to unexpected changes that may lead to transformation.

By Laura Choi The New Moon in Cancer on July 9th brings focus on emotions, family, and home life. It's a perfect time for setting intentions related to nurturing yourself and your loved ones. On July 15th, we welcome in Mercury Retrograde until August 8th. During this time, be prepared for potential communication mishaps, delays in travel, and misunderstandings. Practice patience and clear communication. On July 23rd, the Full Moon in Capricorn emphasizes themes of structure, discipline, and responsibility. It's a good time to reevaluate your long term goals, career ambitions, and how you manage your resources. July 23rd is also the beginning of Leo season. This fiery sign which is associated with boldness, confidence and self assurance will inspire people to enjoy the summer and make the most of it.

Check out your individual horoscope to help guide you in navigating this month:





July encourages Aries to focus on their home life and emotional well being. Nurture your closest relationships and create a harmonious space for yourself. Listen to your intuition for guidance.

Scorpio, this month highlights creativity and self-expression. Embrace your passions and creativity. Share your unique talents with the world.



Taurus may experience shifts in their career and financial matters in July. Stay flexible and open to new opportunities. Trust your instincts when making decisions related to money.

July encourages Sagittarius to focus on home and family matters. Create a supportive environment for yourself and your loved ones. Reconnect with your roots.



July is a month for Gemini to focus on communication and self-expression. Share your ideas with clarity and confidence. Connect with others through meaningful conversations.

CANCER (JUNE 21ST - JULY 22ND) Cancer, this month emphasizes self care and boundaries. Prioritize your emotional well-being and nurture yourself. Trust in your abilities and believe in your dreams.

LEO (JULY 23RD- AUGUST 22ND) July encourages Leo to focus on their inner world and spiritual growth. Take time for introspection and connect with your higher self. Trust that the universe has a plan for you.


Capricorn may experience changes in their career and long term goals in July. Stay focused on your ambitions and be open to new opportunities. Trust in your abilities to succeed.

AQUARIUS (JANUARY 20TH - FEBRUARY 18TH) July brings a focus on communication and social connections for Aquarius. Reach out to others and collaborate on projects. Stay open to new ideas and perspectives.

PISCES (FEBRUARY 19TH - MARCH 20TH) Pisces, this month encourages you to focus on financial matters and practicality. Take a pragmatic approach to your resources and investments. Trust your ability to manifest abundance.

Virgo may experience shifts in their relationships and partnerships in July. Focus on open communication and understanding. Embrace new perspectives in your interactions.

LIBRA (SEPTEMBER 23RD - OCTOBER 22ND) July brings a focus on health and wellbeing for Libra. Take care of your physical and mental health. Balance work and relaxation to maintain harmony in your life.


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