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Vol. 11 No. 4

The Ultimate Community Lifestyle Magazine



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HOLIDAY 2015 | Vol. 11 No. 4


What's Inside ON THE COVER


17-year-old Ashleigh Godfrey shares her story about just how normal it can be living with Cystic Fibrosis. Photographed by Footstone Photography. Wardrobe provided by H&M. Hair by Donnie Lancaster. Makeup by Kara Winslow.


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Spotlight on Neighbors: Dan Williams Gainesville's Difference Makers Follow-up

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The 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

How much cardio do I really need? | 55


IN EVERY ISSUE 14 Haile Village Center Directory 18 Market Square Directory 40 Real Estate Market Watch 42 Community Map 76 Calendar of Events 80 Snapshots 87 Register of Advertisers 88 From the Kitchen of Dean Cacciatore


life 44 Ashleigh Godfrey —

Conquering Each Day

50 The 2015 Holiday Gift Guide



20 Spotlight on Neighbors:

59 Eating in Season with

On the Ascent with Dan Williams

Chef Ed Lyons

26 Industry Insider:

60 Fall Entertaining Essentials

28 Delivering Healthy Futures —


LANAP Laser Therapy UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital NICU Expansion

33 Gainesville's Difference Makers: Follow-up with Mika Vuto and Ron Farb

62 Putting the ‘Pro’ in Proton Therapy 68 How much cardio do I really need?

explore 72 24 - Hours in Winter Park

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Julie Fletcher, VISIT FLORIDA

Betsy Hansen Photography

Betsy Hansen Photography




There’s a nip in the air,

spice in my latte and boots on my feet, which only means one thing – it’s fall ya’ll! That coveted time of the year when we manage to marry festivity and cheer with frenzy and exhaustion. Fear not though – we have you covered. We asked the team at Keith Watson to gather their favorite items to make entertaining this fall effortless (p.60), not to mention our annual gift guide (p.50), jam-packed with items that are sure to give even Grandpa George a reason to jump with excitement. Last minute dinner party invite? No problem. Whip up a side of chef inspired Lemon-Orzo Pasta Salad (p.59) or Wild Mushroom Risotto with Italian Sausage (p.88) and your dish will be the hit of the evening. Looking for inspiration? We have that too. We check back in with “Gainesville's Difference Makers” Mika Vuto and Ron Farb for an encouraging update (p.33); hear from Dan Williams who recently returned from climbing a “fourteener” in Colorado to fulfill his mother’s wish (p.20); and our cover story, 17-year-old Ashleigh Godfrey, whose confidence and character carry her through each day with charge, despite facing an incurable disease (p.44). If (read ‘when’) those moments amidst the shopping mall mayhem and holiday party marathons get the best of you, take a moment to remind yourself that it is all for, and being spent with, the people most precious to you. May your holidays be bright,

M AI L B OX Send us a note to share your thoughts and ideas about the magazine. If you know of someone or something that you think would be great to share with the entire community, let us know about it. We want to hear from you because after all, this magazine is for you! Write to us at

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pin, post, tweet and snap! Instagram It’s been a busy few months for The Village Journal! Head over to @villagejournal on Instagram to see all the fun things we’ve been up to. Footstone Photography’s Paul Privette behind-the-scenes shooting our latest cover story.

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Dan Griffin, BS, CSCS Dan Griffin, BS, CSCS is the owner of Sweat Life Fitness, Inc., located in Haile Market Square. After graduating with honors from the University of Florida’s College of Health and Human Performance and obtaining years of experience training clients, Dan went on to open his own fitness studio specializing in one-on-one and small group training, boot camp classes, sport specific clinics, and the EMERY Behavioral Medicine Weight Loss Program. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Dan has nearly 20 years of health and fitness experience.

Ed Lyons Ed Lyons took his boyhood passion for cooking all the way into the military where he developed his skills in the United States Navy Culinary School in San Diego, graduating at the top of his class. He served aboard the USS Forrestal CV-59, cooking over 18,000 meals a day. He then took a post at the White House, arriving on his first day to prepare a meal for President Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Roosevelt Room. Ed spent the next four years traveling the world with the Presidents Bush and Clinton and cooking at the White House for the White House Staff Mess. Also working numerous State Dinners he developed his skills and his love for cooking and great service. Ed went on to hone his barbequing skills learned from his father, competing and winning awards at BBQ competitions throughout the U.S. Today, Ed is the owner and executive chef of Backstreet Blues Catering located in Gainesville, FL.

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Keith Watson Keith Watson is the President and CEO of Keith Watson Events, a leading full-service special events and design production company. Watson received a BFA degree in theatre from Birmingham Southern College and has had an extensive career in the performing arts in New York City. Watson’s talents as an event designer and producer have been exhibited at numerous venues across the country and for a wide variety of notable clients. Keith Watson Events has a design showroom and seasonal Christmas shop in Tioga Town Center and a production studio in Northwest Gainesville.

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ARCHITECTURE Jennifer Langford, AIA, CNU, PA . . . . 3 7 1 - 7 1 8 7 The Sustainable Design Group . . . . . 327-3899

COMMUNITY Haile Equestrian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 665-7433 Haile Village Farmers Market . . . . . . . 363-2233

DANCE Cameron Dancenter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-7785

DINING Cacciatore Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692-0701 Haile Village Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-0721 Limerock Road Neighborhood Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240-6228 Patticakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 376-1332 Queens Arms Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-0721 Volcanic Sushi & Sake . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363-6226

EDUCATION Abacus Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . 376-1492 14 |

La Escuela Spanish Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 514-4409

EVENT SERVICES Cacciatore Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692-0701 Plantation Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371-1600

FINANCIAL American Optimal Advisors . . . . . . . . . 505-5632 Cetera Advisors, Beverly J. Loy . . . . . 317-5269 Cetera Advisors, Pat Gleason, CRPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 7 1 - 7 1 7 1 Holloway Wealth Management . . . . . . 337-8177 Markey Wealth Management . . . . . . . 338-1560 SunTrust Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-6868 Tillman Hartley, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-9015

FURNISHINGS & GIFTS The Perfect Gift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-8000

HEALTH & BEAUTY Cj's Plantation Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-0400

Haile Barber Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374-2005 Haile Village Bodywork . . . . . . . . . . . . 372-6550 Haile Village Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . 335-5025 Hang Ten Nail Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-5545 Salon PhD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3 8 - 1 0 1 1 Sarah’s Hair Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226-6909 Serendipity Spa & Salon . . . . . . . . . . . 378-9088

JEWELRY Sander’s Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-6100

LEGAL C. David Coffey, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-8442 Warner, Sechrest & Butts, P.A. . . . . . . 373-5922 Law Offices of Allan H. Kaye, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375-0816 Law Offices of Steven Kalishman . . . . 376-8600 Mark J. Fraser, Attorney at Law . . . . . 367-0444 Niesen, Price, Worthy, Campo, Frasier & Blakey, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373-9031 White & Crouch, P.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 7 2 - 1 0 1 1

MEDICAL Aguirre & Sappington Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378-2545 Alix L. Baxter, M.D., P.A. Psychiatry and Psychotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373-2525 Benet Clinical Assessment . . . . . . . . . 375-2545 Burnell Acupuncture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367-0900 CFK Cardiac Tech, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-3760 Haile Endodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 374-2999 Galvan Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327-3561 Haile Medical Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367-9602 Haile Plantation Family Dental . . . . . . 375-6116 Haile Plantation Family Medicine (UF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265-0944 Infectious Disease Consultants . . . . . 375-0008 Kelly Aissen, PhD, LMHC . . . . . . . . . . . 278-7008 Kent Wegner, M.D., Psychiatry & Neurology . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-1109 Kids Only Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-7777 | 15 15

H AIL E V I LLAGE C E NT E R D I R E C T OR Y Lori Libert Physical Therapy . . . . . . . . 222-1583 Linda Goodwin, PhD, LMHC, Counselor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373-0030 Options Medical, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317-6379 Speech & Language Center at Haile Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284-3323 The Haile Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337-0551 UF Health PRC at Haile . . . . . . . . . . . . 265-0944 William E. Beaty PhD, Psychologist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-5520

PET CARE Haile’s Angels Pet Rescue . . . . . . . . . 262-4232 Haile Plantation Animal Clinic . . . . . . . 377-6003 Shampoodles by Jan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336-7236 Sweet Paws Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264-8995

REAL ESTATE Bosshardt Realty Services . . . . . . . . . . 371-6100 Coldwell Banker, M.M. Parrish Realtors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-4999 Haile Plantation Sales & Information Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335-4999 Management Specialists Services . . . 335-7848 Premier Management Associates, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 379-4641 Henderson Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339-3478 Thomas Group Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226-8228

TITLE & INSURANCE AmeriLife Insurance Marketing . . . . . . 3 7 1 - 8 2 1 3 Brightway Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 519-1900 New York Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 7 9 - 8 1 7 1 Homestead Insurance, Agent Ann Toms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-6565

TECHNOLOGY Advanced Turbine Support, LLC . . . . 302-2364 E-Tech Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-785-5993 Neptuno Data Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . 514-4215

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BEAUTY Great Clips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1005

INSURANCE Bo Greene Insurance Agency. . . . . . . 333-1123

Venus Nail Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-3878 Salon 119 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-3819

DINING Bamboos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1522

MAILING SERVICE Haile Mail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-4447


I Love NY Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-6185

Archer Dental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3 1 - 4 7 3 1

Loosey’s Bar & Table. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-6620

Haile Market Therapy &

Subway.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-1707 Sweet Cup Frozen Yogurt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

DRY CLEANING On the Spot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332-9494


Behavioral Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-0020 Kinetix Physical Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . 505-6665

PHARMACY Publix Pharmacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-1086


Florida Credit Union. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 7 7 - 4 1 4 1

Haile Jewelry & Loans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-1905

Wells Fargo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-8239

Haile Kitchen & Bath. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 745-3456

FITNESS Sweat Life Fitness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 692-4926

GROCERY Publix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3 1 - 1 0 3 7

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SPIRITS The Spirit Shoppe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-7274

REAL ESTATE Tommy Williams Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . 331-8180 Viking Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333-9333 | 19



DAN WILLIAMS By Kendal Norris | Betsy Hansen Photography

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s a teenager, Dan Williams moved with his sister and parents to south Florida from his home state of West Virginia. As many people who grow up surrounded by mountains will attest, nature’s earthbound giants leave an imprint—something in the soul that remains lonely without their comforting and challenging presence. “When we got to Miami, I thought it must be the end of the world,” Dan recalled. “That was before I started noticing all the pretty girls and began to like our new home.” A few years later, he would graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in advertising. That was in the late 1960s during the Viet Nam War era. In 1967, he entered the US Army for a two-year stint during which his art skills were put to use at a top secret weapons research facility. He found himself in charge of a small graphic design studio at Fort Rucker, Alabama, illustrating helicopter attack scenarios. He noted, “Those were the days before computer assisted design. It was good duty for me, and certainly beat serving in Viet Nam!” Dan’s early post-military career path led him into management positions at advertising agencies in Jacksonville and then back in Gainesville. It was there, along with two associates, he started an agency by the name of Franklin, Roberts, Carlyle – the middle names of the three founders. It was located in what is now the Sweetwater Branch Inn and was the first commercial business to inhabit the building after it had been completely restored. The agency grew to regional prominence, eventually relocating to Jacksonville and in its 10th year, was acquired by an agency in Richmond, Virginia. Always looking for his next endeavor, Dan went on to found another agency focusing on the marine industry. “We were able to obtain the Wellcraft Marine Corporation account, manufacturers of high performance, fishing,

cruisers and sport boats,” he said. “We had a lot of fun servicing that industry segment.” By the mid-1990s, after years of working successfully in the high-pressure world of advertising, Dan was ready for a change in his personal and professional life. That’s when he moved to Crested Butte, Colorado, a small ski town in the Elk Mountain range.

" Almost every weekend now, I go mountain biking, usually at San Felasco…" Dan Williams

“I bought a little sign shop and graphic design business and grew it to the point where I could sell it profitably,” he said. “Then I re-entered my old field of expertise and operated an advertising and strategic planning firm, also serving as board president of the town’s chamber of commerce and as chairman of an area economic development task force.” In the high elevations of the Rockies, Dan became an avid skier, climber and biker and served on the local mountain search and rescue team. Having spent his adolescence as a paperboy in a small West Virginia mountain town, he was no stranger to what he calls his | 21

L OC A L first experience “mountain biking.” Although he had done some trail riding in the early 80’s, Dan took up mountain biking in a serious way. In Colorado, where the sport acquired its prominence, he was able to ride rugged trails, most above a 9000-foot elevation. Today, Dan has ridden trails in eight states throughout different regions of the country.

am certain that, as I release your ashes to the winds, I'm sure you will complete your passage and know true peace for eternity.” After enjoying ten years of western Colorado living, Dan became concerned about his mother’s developing health problems, so he decided to move back to the east coast where he could be closer to her. Concurrently in 2006, the UF director of marketing position opened up and Dan found himself back in Gainesville, working once more in advertising, and living in Haile Plantation. He noted, “My primary role was to manage the UF brand and coordinate with advertising agencies to promote and protect the image of the university.” In 2012, Dan was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Creative Services, a position that expanded his supervisory role and responsibilities. An important part of Dan’s job was to manage the UF trademarks and help protect them against infringement. He also oversaw a creative staff of in-house writers, designers and photographers.

Dan atop Pyramid Peak (elev. 14,018’) near Aspen, CO in 2003.

“To me, it’s the ultimate form of exercise and even great for training before mountain climbs,” he commented. “Almost every weekend now, I go mountain biking, usually at San Felasco, often with a friend or a group of friends, one of whom is an old college buddy who lives down the street from me.” Dan, being no stranger to high elevations and adventure, honored his dad’s desire for his ashes to be scattered atop a “fourteener” (elevation 14,000+) in 2000 after his father passed away. Journals he kept over the years, recording details of his various climbs, contain keen observations of his sometimes dramatic experiences. The climb to scatter his dad’s ashes involved navigating year-round snowfields, loose scree, occasional rock falls caused by thawing ice, and class III (non-technical) rock climbing. Upon reaching the summit, he said, “Well, Pop, here we are, on top of the world, or at least as close as I can get you. It’s a beautiful day, and I am extremely honored to be able to bring you to such an incredible place. I have found tremendous peace in these mountains, and I 22 |

In August 2015, Dan was officially ready for retirement. It was also time to take on another commitment—this one to his mother who had passed away in 2014. A lifelong lover of mountains, she asked that her ashes be scattered on the same summit where Dan had placed his father's ashes years before. Despite having acquired two artificial knees in the interim, Dan took up the mission. This time, however, he brought along a climbing companion to Castle Peak, Colorado, good friend Ryan Frankel. “About two-thirds of the way up the mountain, the route began to involve some rock climbing and negotiating of narrow catwalk ledges,” Dan recalled. “We also started to experience light rain and occasional small hail, which made for slippery surfaces. At about 14,000 feet, Ryan graciously allowed me to venture on alone to the summit.” Despite completely overcast conditions, the clouds parted and the hail stopped, providing Dan with the opportunity to scatter his mother’s ashes to the winds under a clear sky. “I have no doubt she was responsible for the sudden clearing,” he

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commented. “Because once her ashes were scattered, the clouds again closed, socking in the summit completely.” Slick surfaces created by the hail made for a more challenging descent. Hailstorms can completely cover high mountaintops in short order, creating a potentially life-threatening situation, but luckily the hail subsided. After down climbing the majority of the mountain, the two then glissaded [sliding in a squatting or standing position down a snowy slope] a section of snowfield on their rear ends, having some fun and saving time scrambling over the endless boulder fields on the lower sections of the mountain. Once they arrived back at their rented Jeep, however, they discovered the battery was dead. Many hours and several interesting encounters of assistance later, both men were 24 |

safely returned to civilization, thanks in no small part to Ryan. While Dan decided to stay with their camp on the mountain, Ryan hiked the five-mile road alone down to a hunter’s camp. There, he convinced two hunters to drive him the twelve miles into town and secured the services of a deputy sheriff to travel back up the extremely rough 4X4 road to retrieve his friend. If Dan’s latest mountain climbing foray is any indication of his retirement years, some colorful and daring adventures are forming on the horizon. He plans to continue mountain biking regularly and consulting on a freelance basis, but the call of the mountains will always be heard and answered. As a prescription for anything that ails the human condition, he’s fond of quoting John Muir’s famous lines, “Keep close to Nature's heart ... and break clear away once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”


LANAP Laser Therapy ÂŽ

By Dr. Gary Altschuler DMD Board Certified Periodontist


aser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP as it more commonly called, is revolutionizing today’s treatment of gum disease. With LANAP, it is now possible to treat gum disease with much less pain, swelling and bleeding. Fear of discomfort associated with the more traditional methods for treatment keeps many of the 65% of Americans who have some type of gum disease from seeking treatment. LANAP enables treatment that is as effective and even more beneficial for the patient in terms of healing times and results. Also, laser periodontal treatment is usually less expensive than comparable surgical methods.

The LANAP Process LANAP is an alternative treatment to traditional gum surgery using a specialized laser. It is used to treat periodontal disease, reduce pockets, and regenerate new fibers and bone around teeth. The laser targets diseased gum tissues without harming healthy ones. The LANAP procedure helps connective tissue and bone form between the gums and teeth. This regenerative procedure is more conservative than traditional gum surgery, less invasive, and results in a faster and less painful recovery. The LANAP technique is the only FDA-cleared, laserbased treatment for gum disease. The light emitted by a fiber-optic tip selectively removes harmful bacteria and diseased tissue from the pocket by physically interacting with the bacteria and killing it by the absorption of laser energy.

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Ultrasonic scalers, as small as the laser, are inserted into the pocket and use sound waves to break up hardened tartar and other debris from the surface of the tooth. The laser is then inserted once more to remove any remaining diseased tissue at the bottom of the pocket. This last pass of the laser sterilizes the tissues and prepares the root surface to enable healthy gum attachment and aids in sealing the pocket closed.

Will Insurance Cover It? Insurance carriers typically reimburse for the procedure being performed rather than the device used to perform it. Therefore, whether your periodontist uses traditional tools instruments for treatment or lasers, your reimbursement will be the same for that specific procedure.

How Long Does It Take? Traditional gum disease surgery can take several one-hour sessions with many visits to your Dentist. LANAP on the other hand takes only two two-hour sessions and a couple of follow up appointments. This means fewer days off for treatment and an immediate return to work in comfort.

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Delivering Healthy Futures UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital NICU Expansion


By Kendal Norris | Betsy Hansen Photography

hen fraternal twins, Oliver and Jude Sleeper, were born on July 13, 2011, they were fourteen weeks premature. Considered micro preemies, they weighed only two pounds, one ounce and one pound, fifteen and a half ounces respectively. The babies had to be treated for immature lungs, were given antibiotics for infection, required a ventilator for breathing, received IV fluids, and were kept in an isolette to control their body temperatures.

are also slightly compromised, but those should improve over the next couple of years.”

Seeing their newborns hooked to tubes and wires for the first several months of their lives was anguishing for the boys’ parents, Kelly and Dave Sleeper. But little by little, as the twins grew stronger and healthier and gained weight, they could take turns holding them for short periods of time.

“I admit to being exhausted when they were newborns by one hundred trips to the hospital after work,” Dave said. “These days, I get to be happily exhausted just trying to keep up with them as vigorous four-year-olds.”

Developmentally, both boys are where they should be for their age. They received therapy through the Early Steps program to ensure their physical and cognitive development. Currently enrolled in the voluntary pre-kindergarten program at St. Michael’s Day School, Jude and Oliver are active, energetic little guys who love to play, build things, and just have fun.

Jude was able to go home after eighty-one days, weighing five pounds, ten ounces. Because Oliver had to undergo, at four weeks old, a PDA ligation to close a vessel allowing blood to bypass the lungs, he followed a bit later—exactly three months after his birth. “Health-wise, the boys are virtually free of any signs they were born premature during an emergency C-section, although they are treated for asthma, likely as a result of their early lung immaturity,” Kelly noted. “Their immune systems

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“Oliver and Jude were very fortunate in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital,” Kelly remembered. “They escaped many of the problems inherent in arriving so early, such as necrotizing enterocolitis, brain bleeds, and feeding problems. Nonetheless, they still had to grow to a point where their bodies could maintain temperature and they were able to feed by mouth versus a feeding tube.” Future UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital NICU.

Credit for these rambunctious boys is due in part to UF Health’s NICU team that has some of the best neonatologists, cardiologists, pediatric surgeons, cardiac surgeons, nurses, and other pediatric subspecialists in the country. As a facility catering to the tiniest, most vulnerable patients since 1970, the NICU has provided specialized care to thousands of newborns, some small enough to fit in one hand. The ever-increasing demand for | 29

Dave and Kelly Sleeper and their children, Jude (4), Oliver (4) and Ezra (five months).

neonatal care has prompted a major expansion effort to make the NICU II and NICU III units grow from 12,632 square feet to a total of 20,844 feet over the next two years. Construction will include sixteen new care pods (adding eight level III beds and eight level II beds), as well as four private rooms to accommodate family members. A dedicated neonatal neuro intensive care unit section will monitor and care for infants with brain injury. The waiting area will include a sibling play area, a dedicated breastfeeding area, and a warm, comforting design built around a harmonious nature theme. What’s even more interesting about this $20.7 million project is that UF Health faculty, staff, and patient family advisors gave input to the design of the expanded facilities. They created mockup rooms and tested them for usability before finalizing plans. Kelly, who completed her MBA from UF shortly before the birth of her twins, commented, “We learned in graduate school how important it is to gather feedback from everyone involved in a new building project—from the staff to the maintenance workers to the end

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users. It just makes good practical sense.” The expansion of NICU units II and III will take place in phases. Phase one completion will see NICU III patients moving into the new space in the fall of 2016; this will be followed by NICU II patients in the spring of 2017. Scott Rivkees, MD, UF College of Medicine pediatrics chair and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital physician-in-chief said, “The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is where lives and futures begin. Every day we ask ourselves what can we do better for these boys and girls, and what do their parents expect of us? I’m very proud that we will soon have a new facility that will help us build upon the wonderful care that these children receive.” Both Kelly and Dave share nothing but praise for the level of care they received at UF Health’s NICU. Both agreed, “It became a second home to us, a supportive place where all levels of professionals demonstrated they cared deeply about our well-being. We’re looking forward soon to a two-year reunion when we’ll be able to gratefully share—with those who made it possible— Oliver and Jude’s remarkable progress.”

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Difference Makers p U w o Foll By Lynna Lawrence | Footstone Photography

In our spring issue, The Village Journal featured “Gainesville’s Difference Makers” whose heart and determination have motivated enormous positive change in our community. These exceptional individuals have stayed busy forwarding their organizations and bringing even more pride to Gainesville in the past six months. With a facility open and mountain climbed, we return to Mika Vuto and Ron Farb to showcase their most recent service to our community.





Mika Vuto


After a tremendous effort from the community, GiGi’s Playhouse successfully raised the funds necessary to launch the space with free-of-charge educational and therapy-based programs for individuals with Down syndrome and their families, from prenatal diagnosis to adulthood. Vuto knew she found the perfect location when she was greeted with a warm, fuzzy feeling as she stepped in the door. “It was almost like it was waiting for us,” she said. The 2,200-square-foot space is located near the University of Florida and the UF Health community, convenient for the qualified volunteers that GiGi’s needs. It’s also close to Archer Road’s retail and business area, which appeals to residents. GiGi’s Playhouse’s celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 11. “Now we have a location. It’s tangible,” she said. “People are no longer buying into the dream. Now it’s like, wow, they’re really doing it.” These milestones have been possible by people opening their hearts to the GiGi’s dream. It takes a grassroots community effort to launch an organization and keep up that momentum, Vuto said. Help has come from all over the community – from Gainesville Home Depot donating the space’s vibrant

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Mika Vuto trail blazed the path for GiGi’s Playhouse Gainesville, poised to emerge as the first Down Syndrome Achievement Center in Florida this October. Inspired by a will to give her daughter with Down syndrome the best opportunities available, Vuto and her dedicated board of directors – Lilly and Troy Bell, Addie Dalton, Paul Hintze and Elizabeth Gutierrez – have now created a brick-andmortar place of belonging for the entire northcentral Florida Down syndrome community. paint, to a local sorority adopting the cause. “They say it takes a village to raise a child,” she said. “It takes a community to have a successful GiGi’s Playhouse.” GiGi’s offers free, research-based programs tailored to the way individuals with Down syndrome learn. To begin, the Gainesville location will start with a few programs for each age group. Interested donors can sponsor a room, such as a therapy area, sound stage or tutoring room, through an annual donation. At GiGi’s fundraisers and meet-ups, Vuto is happy to see families in the Down syndrome community coming together. “There’s excitement in the air,” she said. “The families that we meet are in awe of what we are accomplishing in such a short time, and are very appreciative and excited to see this location open.” As a mother, Vuto feels numerous levels of excitement for the effect GiGi’s Playhouse will have on her daughter, Mia, and countless other individuals with Down syndrome, as well as the experiences they will gain as they grow up. Vuto looks forward to all of the participants of GiGi’s making forever friends. To learn how you can support GiGi’s Playhouse Gainesville, please visit | 35


Ron Farb


Never lacking in tenacity or spirit, the climb was over for Shipman when he was unable to continue past Camp Two. Farb’s decision to join Shipman on his descent was a no-brainer.

With the Climb for Cancer Foundation, Ron Farb marries his two passions, cancer-patient support and mountain climbing, to carve a unique niche in the fundraising community. Farb leads groups on climbs and treks all over the world to raise funds so locally treated families may conquer cancer.

“I’ve been on the summit five times so it wasn’t about me,” Farb said. “It was about making this kid’s dream come true, and it’s pretty inspirational to see what he did... I think that’s a lot to be proud of.”

Climb for Cancer completed its most recent climb in July up the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. One particular climber showed that the foundation’s mission, to improve the lives of people fighting cancer, goes far deeper than simply fundraising.

With remarkable similarity to Shipman’s unflinching spirit, Farb’s sister Harriet became the first person to summit Mount Kilimanjaro while undergoing chemotherapy in 2008. When Harriett passed, Farb spread her ashes on the top of the mountain. Even though Farb did not return to the same height in July, he was still able to embrace her memory.

Twenty-three-year-old Stephen Shipman suffered from ewing sarcoma, a rare bone cancer in his spine. One year prior to his Kilimanjaro journey, he was confined to a wheelchair unable to walk. After surgeries to rebuild his spine, he

“My sister lives on Kilimanjaro, not necessarily the summit, so I still was able to think of her,” he said. Finding inspiration from their father battling cancer, Amy and Chris Bucciarelli were among the climbers who reached the peak. When the brother-sister duo took the final steps onto the summit, there was just one thing they wanted to do – call their dad.


“It was so heartwarming, them standing arm and arm on the summit calling their Dad on the satellite phone,” Farb said. “He waited up until after midnight to hear from them.”

worked hard for a year to not just walk again, but to climb Africa’s most soughtafter mountain with the foundation.

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Just shy of two months after the climb, their father, Rick Bucciarelli, lost his battle with cancer. Having made that phone call atop the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, nestled high above the clouds, Amy and Chris both now know what it means to be within an earshot of Heaven.



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The Kilimanjaro climb raised over $90,000. The majority of the funds will go to the UF Health Shands Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care unit, Farb said. Climb for Cancer has recently been the primary funder of the muchneeded and underdeveloped area, which emphasizes holistic mind-body-spirit healing. Climb for Cancer’s other programs also concentrate in the area of psychosocial care. The foundation continues to hold a special place for Harriet’s Helping Hand, a program named after Farb’s sister that provides food vouchers, gas cards and lodging for each cancer family that travels to UF Health Shands Hospital in need of assistance. They have a big hospital with huge needs to fulfill, and at times, it has been difficult for the little foundation to cover it all, Farb said. He always hopes to open the eyes of others and inspire their support. Farb’s next stop is a trekking trip to Patagonia in January 2016. The foundation will return to Kilimanjaro in March 2016 with “a group of young fireballs that have big, big fundraising goals,” he said. 2783 SW 87th Drive • 352.505.6665 Conveniently located in the Haile Market Square 38 |

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2005 1,469

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Carlton Court | SW 94th Way Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

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2003 2,292 4/3 $245,000 Amelia Gardens | SW 51st Lane Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

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1998 2,231 4/3 $279,900 Oakmont | SW 91st Drive

Founders Hill | SW 46th Lane Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

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1983 1,323 2/2 $91,500

1995 2,662 4/3.5 $315,000

The Links | SW 52nd Avenue

Southgate | SW 89th Terrace

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1998 1,145

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Founders Hill | SW 84th Drive

Sable Pointe SW 33rd Lane Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

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Market Square | SW 87th Way Year Built Sq Foot Bedroom/Bath

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2002 3,130

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Hale Village Center | SW 91st Court

Madison Square | SW 92nd Terrace

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2006 1,462

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The Village at Haile | SW 51st Road

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Sutherland Crossing | SW 104th Terrace Sold Price 1993 1,756 3/2 $180,000

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ASHLEIGH GODFREY Conquering Each Day Story by Dante Lima | Photographed by Footstone Photography Makeup by Kara Winslow | Hair by Donnie Lancaster | Styled by Channing Williams Wardrobe provided by H&M


normal life – it’s what most people want and few people have. Ashleigh Godfrey fits into the first group. As a sixmonth-old she was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a genetic disease that causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the U.S., only about 30,000 people live with CF. In Gainesville? The Godfreys said there used to be two other families, but both have since moved. Those numbers might suggest Ashleigh and her parents are fighting the battle alone, but despite her rare disease and the lack of a cure, the Gainesville community has rallied around the Godfreys – emotionally and financially – for nearly two decades. | 45

Ashleigh LIFE

Ashleigh, who turns 18 in November, by all accounts is a regular high school senior. She is a gym rat who juggles dual enrollment at Santa Fe College, a part-time job at McAlister’s Deli, a boyfriend, friends, studying and everything else that comes with the territory of being a teenager. From the outside, CF might seem like a hindrance on her life, but Ashleigh says CF has made her more motivated and self-sufficient. “As far as the campus schedule, I don’t miss Buchholz [High School] even the slightest bit. It’s a great school, it just didn’t work out for me as well as Santa Fe does,” Ashleigh said. “I have a lot more studying to do, and that is a lot of my life right now – homework, studying, work.”

Because of her involved treatment plan, attending Santa Fe College provides relief from the six-hour days of the normal high school schedule. She can start classes at 10 a.m., two hours later than public school, and finish earlier than her high school counterparts, which she says is invaluable for someone with CF. Santa Fe also gives her exposure to classes she wouldn’t normally take in a high school environment. “I’m taking a class at Santa Fe called Medical Terms, and I find medication really interesting since it’s what I’ve had to go through since I was born,” Ashleigh said. After she completes her senior year of high school, her goal is to study to become a pharmacist. While the path to her future is clear, the road to Ashleigh’s young adult life started on uncertain terms. When Ashleigh was born her father, Bill, was active in the military. For the first few months of her life, military doctors had no idea why Ashleigh was not gaining weight. Her mother, Carrie, took her to several doctors as uncertainty about her condition grew. “One of the doctors asked me if Ashleigh tasted salty, and at the time I didn’t really even know what CF was, so I tasted her,” Carrie said. “I found out salty tasting skin is a symptom of CF so I pushed her pediatrician to test her, and sure enough, it was.” 46 | 46 |

Ashleigh’s young life and Bill and Carrie’s lives changed instantly. Bill put his military career aside and Ashleigh’s health became the family’s top priority. The Godfreys moved to Gainesville in October of 1998 to give Ashleigh the best medical care they could find. Even with elite facilities in their new hometown and groundbreaking treatments for CF on the horizon, the early years of Ashleigh’s life were spent using methods hardly unchanged in 50 years.

“I have a lot more studying to do, and that is a lot of my life right now – homework, studying, work.” Ashleigh Godfrey

“Now, I have a vest that I wear that shakes my lungs and allows the secretions to come up, but we didn’t have the machine when I was little,” Ashleigh said. “They [my parents] had to do percussion therapy, which was basically patting my back in rhythm to break up the mucus in my lungs.” Life expectancy for CF patients has more than doubled since the 1960s. Drug technology has also evolved in a short period of time, Ashleigh says. She uses inhaled treatments every morning and night. She takes five enzymes with every meal and a drug called Orkambi, which helps to regulate the salt levels in her body and can help prevent the lungs from deteriorating over time.



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LIFE Orkambi is a new drug, approved by the FDA just this year, which Bill Godfrey cites as a direct result of the fundraising efforts of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Close to $75 million worth of funding raised through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was given to Boston based company Vertex Pharmaceuticals to develop Orkambi, which Bill says has been a breakthrough for Ashleigh and thousands of other CF patients across the country. While the drug is successful for some, there are still countless patients who genetically cannot benefit from Orkambi, which is a reason the Godfreys and CFF chapters throughout the U.S. remain relentless in their push for more funding. “There are over 2000 mutations of CF, so there’s about 50% of CF patients that can’t take Orkambi, which is a life-changing

This year’s Gainesville Tailgate Kickoff To A Cure event is expected to raise nearly $80,000, which will go straight to Bethesda for CF research. While raising funds is the primary goal, not all of the benefits from the fundraiser are monetary. Ashleigh was a keynote speaker at the 2014 CF Tailgate, sharing her experience about living with CF and how drug and treatment research has impacted her life. It was also that day that Ashleigh gained a meaningful relationship and boyfriend from the event. “Colin [Haynes] was working for Pomodoro, which was one of the restaurants catering the event, and he added me on Twitter. He said my speech gave him chills,” Ashleigh recalled. “He was actually in my ceramics class when I was a

“We’ve been with the CF Foundation since Ashleigh was six months old. We’ve done the CF walks here in town and the golf tournament, and it’s neat to see how Gainesville has supported the cause over the years.” Carrie Godfrey

drug,” Bill said. “But the CFF is one of the most efficient charities in the country. Ninety percent goes to research for a cure at the CFF headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.” Bill and Carrie are co-chairs of the 2015 CFF Gainesville Tailgate Kickoff To A Cure on November 14, when the Florida Gators take on the Gamecocks in South Carolina. It’s a combination of a fundraiser and Gator game day experience. As you walk into the Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, there is entrance fanfare provided by the Gator marching band, a greeting by Albert and Alberta, 25 restaurants from the Gainesville community providing food and drinks, Gator football and of course, silent and live auctions throughout the event. “This is our crown jewel event,” Carrie said. “We’ve been with the CF Foundation since Ashleigh was six months old. We’ve done the CF walks here in town and the golf tournament, and it’s neat to see how Gainesville has supported the cause over the years.”

sophomore and asked me for my number, but it never really went anywhere at the time. It’s funny how things change,” she said laughing. A boyfriend, a more flexible schedule, medical research and advanced treatment methods– they’ve all made Ashleigh’s life easier, but it’s still filled with immense challenges. From the constant risk of infection to her lungs and pancreas, to loss of appetite and stomach pains, to periodic losses of lung capacity, every day with CF is a demanding one. The Godfrey’s call CF their normal, but what they really hope is that one day – through continued community support from generous donors, research and knowledge of CF increasing exponentially– a world without CF will be normal. To learn more about Cystic Fibrosis and how you can help the push for a cure, visit or gainesvilletailgatekickoffforacure15/ | 49


Holiday givables poised to impress even the most discerning people on your list. Curated by Jillian Kirby Select product photos by Robert Hedges

Carry On Fit all your trinkets in one spacious place whenever you’re on the go. Tumi, $365 > Nordstrom stores or

Let’s Go Gators For anyone looking to show off their love for orange and blue. Catstsudio, $158 > Artsy Abode

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Baby It’s Cold Outside Not only will you be text-ready, but fashion forward too in these touchscreen-friendly gloves. $14 > Charming Charlie

Let the Beat Drop Calling all fashionistas! You’ll love these matching rose gold earrings and crystal embellished headphones. FRENDS x BaubleBar, $175 >

Winter Wonderland Add a little sparkle to your holiday candle with a silver snowflake candle sleeve. $15.50 > Bath & Body Works

Wearable Tech The Moto360 is one smart watch worthy of your wristspace. Motorola, $299.99 >

Puppy Couture Let’s “ruff-ruff” for the home team. $27 > Agapanthus | 51

Rock in the Swamp Toddlers can rock in the swamp whenever they want on this wooden alligator rocker. Giggle, $65 >

Monster Mash-Up See how many different designs your kids can create with this make-your-own puppet pack. Brain Toys, $22.95 >

Bring the Imagination to Life Bring your little one’s drawing to life with a plush replica. Fuzzy Buckets, prices vary >

Cherry On Top I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Cardboard play ice cream truck. Famous OTO, $59 > shop/FamousOTO

Lean With It, Rock With It Your little one will have hours of fun as they pop, rock, twist and wobble on the Teeter Popper. Fat Brain Toys, $32.95 >

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Blast the Beat It may fit in the palm of your hand, but this wireless speaker does not disappoint when it comes to pumping out the jams. Outdoor Tech Buckshot Mini Wireless Speaker, $39.95 >

Happy Hydration Glass bottle with silicone sleeve keeps you hydrated in style throughout the day or during a workout. BKR “Bambi Heart," .$35 > Barre Forte

Jedi-sticks Enjoy sushi and noodle bowls “in a galaxy far, far away” with light saber chopsticks. Hammar Schlemmer, $19.95 > | 53

Santa Paws Keep your furry friend close to your heart with a custom paw or nose print necklace. Cherished Sentiments, $48 >

Amp Up Instantly revive hair and senses with 25 pure flower and plant essences. Aveda Shampure, $30 > Haile Village Spa & Salon

Shine Bright Add a little twinkle to the room with the addition of a rustic bamboo lantern. Sarried, $119 > Koontz Furniture & Design

Reel 'em In A handmade serving platter for your freshly-caught meal. Good Earth Pottery “Blue Heron Paella," $162 > Agapanthus

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Say Cheese Improve your FaceTime and selfie game with this lightup cellphone case that casts a gorgeous glow. Lumee, $49.95 >

Rock On This rock crystal pendant is a staple accessory that works well for layering. Kendra Scott, $75 > Pink Narcissus

Monogram Madness Step out in style with a pair of monogrammed Palm Beach leather sandals that are sure to make a statement. Palm Beach Sandals, $155 >

Game Day Grit Bring the football field to your living room with four artificial turf coasters. Bergino, $15 > | 55

Gives You Wings This feathered ring is celebrity approved as Oprah rocked it on her October 2015 magazine cover. Pandora, $90 > Pandora store

Pay It Forward Each unique key holds meaning that is meant to pass along to someone who needs the message more than you. 10% of fund from the HOPE key goes to the non-profit, Chrysalis. The Giving Keys, $39 > Down to Earth

Keep It Together Forget the ‘janitor’ key ring and leave the organization to a Swiss Army style, jingle-free key holder. KeySmart, $21.95 >

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Slice of Heaven Make a statement layering this 32” handmade bead and gilded agate slice pendant necklace. $130 > Down to Earth

Bottoms Up “Real Housewives” aren’t just for TV with this set of custom engraved stemless wine glasses. $44.99/4 glasses > Aggie Lane

Ride In Style Switch up the biking routine with a recumbent trail trike that folds for easy transport. Catrike, $2,750 > Gator Cycle

H2O for Two Make sharing a quick drink of water with your four-legged friend easy and germ-free. OllyBottle, $14.99 > | 57


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Former White House chef Ed Lyons shares one of his favorite recipes for the season. Savoring the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean, this dish can be served as a tasty accompaniment to a perfectly roasted chicken.

LEMON-ORZO PASTA SALAD    INGREDIENTS 1 large package of Orzo pasta ■ 1 jar black olives drained ■ 3 large lemons ■ 2 scallions ■ ½ cup sesame oil ■ 2 tbsp seasoned salt ■ 2 tbsp garlic salt ■ 2 cups fresh lemon juice ■

Directions Boil orzo pasta until cooked according to package directions. Drain and rinse. Spread the cooked orzo on sheet pan and place in refrigerator to let it cool. While the orzo cools, combine the lemon juice, sesame oil, seasoned salt and garlic salt in a bowl and mix well. After orzo has cooled, pour the lemon mixture over orzo and mix well. Place in large bowl and garnish with whole scallions, black olives and fresh cut lemon slices. Add more lemon juice to taste. | 59


Fall Entertaining


Fall calls for celebration. We asked the award winning event design and production team at Keith Watson to share some of their favorite finds so you can host for the fall season with ease. From coasters and cocktail picks, to candles and cheese boards, they make pulling together a festive gathering a breeze.

Mini Pumpkin Cocotte

Staub durable ceramic pumpkin with scratchresistant finish in burnt orange (0.75 QT)., $24.95

Blood Orange Amber Jar Candle

Essential orange and amber candle made with pure soy and vegetable waxes by Barr Co. Apothecary. Agapanthus, $32

Branch & Twig Cocktail Picks Brass and nickel picks, set of four. Anthropologie, $18

Catena Salad Servers

18/8 stainless steel with 24 karat gold details by Beatriz Ball. Kitchen & Spice, $70

Olive Branch Nut Bowl

Handmade bronze and stainless steel by Michael Aram. Macy’s, $99

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TASTE Fig Salt & Pepper Shakers

Nickel-plated salt and pepper shakers are made of aluminum and brass. Williams-Sonoma, $24.95

Gilded-Edge Agate Coasters Hand-cut agate coasters, set of four. Anthropologie, $98

Copper Top Flatware

Copper and paint five-piece setting, dishwasher safe. Anthropologie, $78

Classic Oval Cheese Board

Recycled aluminum and North American Ash wooden insert with a Driftwood stain finish by Mariposa. Agapanthus, $169

Gold Grape Leaf Snack Plante

Gold plated with clear enamel, actual grape leaf proportions by Michael Aram. Macy’s, $70 | 61


Putting the ‘Pro’ in

Proton Therapy Dr. Paivi Samant shares her story of beating breast cancer and how incorporating this cutting edge treatment into her plan paid off. By Dante Lima | Betsy Hansen Photography

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ancer is a bully. It picks on people young and old, rich and poor, big and small, healthy and sick. It’s a bully that lives in every neighborhood in America. It arrives unannounced and puts you to the ultimate test. When Dr. Paivi Samant was diagnosed with bi-lateral breast cancer in 2014, she was ready to stand up to the fight.

“People who know me know I haven’t been sick a day in my life. It takes a little bit to digest, but I wasn’t saying ‘Oh my God, I have cancer,’” Paivi said. “At that point you have to make decisions at a fairly fast pace – you have to get going.” It’s no surprise that Paivi, a former speech pathologist turned Prosthodontist, and her husband Sanjiv, who is a medical physicist in radiation oncology, would take the pragmatic approach. Both are incredibly smart, proactive people who’ve based their professional lives in pursuit of scientific information – pursuit that for Paivi started across the Atlantic Ocean in Finland, where she was born. Through a Rotary Foundation grant, Paivi was able to get an all-expenses paid college degree anywhere in the world. She chose to go to Canada, which is where she met Sanjiv, who was doing his doctoral studies in physics. A couple of years later, he, Paivi and their two children, a newly born and one year old, moved to Memphis, TN. Sanjiv began research at the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Paivi decided to change careers and go to dental school. After teaching at the University of Tennessee for three years, once again her husband’s research would take the family further South, to Gainesville. Now their kids are grown and pursuing their own careers in medicine and finance. Telling the family about her diagnosis? Surprisingly easy, she said.

“My children, they were quite rational about it. The way we are as a family, it was sort of an open discussion. They wanted to know what the status was, what had been planned– they were analytical about it,” she said. She flew to Finland to tell her parents in person. She didn’t want to break such important news over the phone. It’s one of the few parts of the experience you can control, she said, which is vital. “Everybody has to do it in their own way. On the surface, people hear cancer and they think of death to some extent. We tend to tie those words together, but it doesn’t have to be like that,” she said. “I could be driving and have a car wreck. Our time is really not in our hands.” In the case of her diagnosis, time wasn’t really on her side, either. Cancer treatment can be extremely complex and multi-faceted, requiring a patient to quickly undertake a personalized risk benefit analysis and making informed choices, even in more established diseases such as breast cancer. After considering several national cancer centers, Paivi decided to seek treatment at the UF Health system. For her, it was important that the health facility be able to provide multiple specialties using an integrative approach under one roof, while still retaining the experience of “personalized care.” Paivi alone has been under the care of six specialists, from traditional radiology, surgery, radiation oncology and medical | 63

oncology experts to lymphedema and proton therapy specialists throughout the UF Health system. She and Sanjiv began immense amounts of research, looking into what combination of treatments would be best, not only in the short term, but in the long term as well based on her specific situation. Dr. Julie Bradley, a radiation oncologist specializing in breast cancer with experience in both photon and proton therapies, is one of the doctors who participated in lengthy and detailed conversations with the Samants regarding proton therapy. Proton therapy, which is a type of radiation therapy that uses a beam of protons to help eliminate diseased tissue, would allow for her lungs and heart to have less exposure to the radiation, which is a long-term benefit. “She [Samant] is one of the smartest people I know,” Dr. Bradley said. She did a lot of her own research on the therapies and different options and supplements, and even things like exercise and other methods to help to try and minimize some of the side effects of treatment. I had very interesting conversations with her and there are still things we don’t know that she brought to our discussions.” From an academic level, Paivi wanted to make sure every single aspect of her treatment, from surgery and chemotherapy, to radiation and proton therapy, was something that she signed off on. Luckily, her doctors at UF Health in Gainesville and the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville were more than willing to embrace her desire for personalized care. It was a cornerstone of Paivi’s approach. The more she could control about the situation, the less she felt like a victim of cancer. At the end of the day, she was interested in solutions, not sorrow. The road to any cancer recovery is hard, and in some cases unimaginable for healthy people. To add to that, throughout her treatment, Paivi refused to quit seeing patients of her own, creating a new definition of hyper-determined. “She is driven by her work. You can’t take that from her,” Sanjiv said. She had her breast surgery on a Wednesday, with some small tumors removed, and 64 |

was back at work on Monday. A second surgery would follow to remove many more lymph nodes from the left side of her chest. Again, she was back at work the following Monday. She only took a week off after each round of chemotherapy, which she said surprised a lot of women she met going through treatment. From February through April of 2015, her schedule got even more rigorous as proton therapy began.

“She did a lot of her own research on the therapies and different options and supplements, and even things like exercise and other methods to help to try and minimize some of the side effects of treatment” Dr. Julie Bradley For surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she had the benefit of the comforts of home. For the proton therapy treatments she had five times a week, however, she made a 3-hour round trip trek to Jacksonville and back, sandwiched between four hours of work in the morning and 40 minutes of exercise in the evening. Was she overworking herself? “It’s hard to say. When you have a disease, it is what it is, and you just have to make the best out of it. You still have one life only,” she said. Her unwavering commitment to her work, her treatment and her body since the diagnosis has impressed even her husband. “You know, obviously it’s [cancer] a tragedy, there’s no discounting it. Dealing with it is hopefully where the character comes out,” Sanjiv said. “For our family, the most important thing is support. If you encounter a tough situation, it’s a team effort to try and navigate through the process – logistically, intellectually and emotionally – you have to be able to provide that support. We did it together.” | 65


“The work has not ended for either one of us. It is an ongoing project,” Sanjiv Samant

Now, the lessons Paivi learned going through her own experience as a patient are reinforcing the way she runs her practice at Smart Smile Dentistry. “The goal of my practice, for the 10 years I’ve been here in Gainesville, has always been patient-focused,” she said. “When a patient comes to me, I listen to what their needs are and they can choose the best fit for them. As a practice, they [UF Health] presented an integrated approach and that’s something we want to continue to implement here too.” 66 |

The surgeries are over, the treatment is ongoing, and for Paivi and Sanjiv, the education never stops. Both life-long learners, the couple knows that to successfully beat breast cancer going forward, it will come through the mind, the spirit, and the unwillingness to relent or give up on one another. “The work has not ended for either one of us. It is an ongoing project. ,” Sanjiv said. “I’ve got to stay with her through every step, and sometimes it can be a challenge just keeping up with her.” | 67


How much cardio

do I really need? By Dan Griffin

Mention the word “cardio” and most people cringe and picture themselves pounding away endlessly on the sidewalk or a treadmill. Fear not! Cardiovascular training can be numerous, often times fun, activities, anything from rowing and biking, to swimming and boxing. But just how much cardio do you need? Well, that depends on the individual. There are a multitude of variables one must consider when determining the proper amount of cardio to incorporate into a fitness routine. For instance, are you weight training in addition to cardiovascular training? What are your goals? What is your ability level?

is any activity that increases your heart rate and strengthens your heart, lungs and vascular system. Some examples of CV exercise include rowing, biking, swimming, boxing, hiking, jumping rope, sprinting, circuit training, or playing a sport.

It is important to begin with understanding that Cardiovascular (CV) Exercise is important to one’s overall health. Cardiovascular Exercise

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week – 30 minutes per day, five days per week – of moderate

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exercise for improving and maintaining cardiovascular health. In other words, keeping your heart, lungs and vascular system in good working order. Vigorous exercise can be just about anything that keeps your heart rate elevated, makes you move and burns calories. This is the minimum that just about everyone should be doing on a regular basis. If you are not currently meeting this requirement, it’s time to get started.

Let’s get more specific. What is your Goal? Once we establish that you are meeting the minimum standards, we can begin to break it down into more detail based on other training or health goals you may have such as losing unwanted body fat, training for a 5K or lowering cholesterol. Grab a pen and some paper and write down your goals in as little or as much detail as you like. The key is to write them down. Research tells us you are twice as likely to commit to your goals if you write them down. Create a Plan of Attack Now that you have committed to training and established your goals, it’s time to create your Action Plan. How are you going to accomplish your goals? When will you exercise? Will you have a workout partner? How will you keep yourself accountable? How will you measure your progress? These are some of the questions you answer in your Action Plan. Remember, the number one reason most people fail at their health and fitness goals is because they do not have a plan of attack. In other words, your goals are worthless if you do not create a plan and take action on it. Your Fitness Level Next, honestly rate your beginning fitness/

How to Calculate your Target Heart Rate (THR) Zone On the same sheet of paper as your Goals and your Action Plan, let’s establish your THR Zone. The THR Zone is the range or percentage of your maximum heart rate that you should attempt to train in for the majority of your exercise session. It is a great way to determine exercise intensity.

Use the following formula: 220 – your age = Maximum Heart Rate For example if 50 years old: 220 – 50 = 170. 170 would be this person’s Maximum Heart Rate. Now we can use Max HR to discover your THR Zone by taking a percentage of your Max.

Using the same example: Moderate Intensity 220 – 50 = 170 x (50% – 75 %) = Target Heart Rate Zone of 85 – 127 beats per minute.

High Intensity 220 – 50 = 170 x (75% - 90%) = Target Heart Rate Zone of 128 – 153 beats per minute.

ability level – beginner, intermediate or advanced. For the sake of this article I will assume a clean bill of health. (If not, please see your Doctor before beginning an exercise program.) We will define a beginner as currently exercising consistently for 1-6 months, intermediate as 6-12 months, and advanced as greater than one year. Beginners will train at lower intensities and volumes than intermediate and advanced participants. The two most common types of Cardiovascular Exercise are Steady State and Interval. Steady State Cardiovascular Exercise Typically defined as 50-70% of Max HR (heart rate), it is performed in a challenging, yet manageable, manner for a duration lasting 20 minutes or longer. With this, you can usually hold a conversation with someone while | 69



Here is a simple, yet effective 19 minute Interval Workout that you can do anywhere and with any mode of exercise (i.e. biking, swimming, running, jumping rope, etc…)

60 seconds

95 - 100%

95 - 100% Intensity/Effort





80% 70% (Recover) 50-70% (Warm Up)

exercising. Steady State CV is more effective for an aerobic response (i.e. lower resting HR) and is great for strengthening the heart and lungs. This type of CV exercise trains the body to become very efficient at storing and slowly using stored energy (fat) to effectively fuel you for longer durations. This is great if you are training for a marathon, but not good if you are trying to burn as much body fat as possible. It is also more time consuming due to the amount of miles you must log on your bike, kayak or running shoes. Interval Training Interval training is performed by doing brief bouts of intense effort (90-100% max HR) lasting anywhere from mere seconds to two minutes, followed by a period of lower intensity/recovery work (50-70%) for a brief period. Think sprints around a track or laps in a pool. Interval training is more efficient at burning calories than steady state training because it requires a large caloric expenditure in a short amount of time. It is also more effective for burning body fat, even after the 70 |

95 - 100% 80%

70% (Recover) 50-70% (Cool Down)

session has ended and your body attempts to return to homeostasis. So how much cardio should you do? Taking your fitness level, your availability and your goals into account, create the program that is right for you using the guidelines above. For the best results, take these tips into account: • Incorporate variety into your training program • Start slow and gradually build up to greater volumes and intensities • Rotate various modes of training (running, biking, rowing, boxing, etc.) • Choose different routes to avoid mental boredom • Create a plan of action that uses both steady state and interval training when appropriate • Incorporate strength training a few times per week, especially if fat loss is your goal • Try not to over think it – just do it Often times the best program you can do is the one that you currently are not doing. Have fun, train smart, and train hard. | 71

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WINTER PARK By Lynna Lawrence


inter Park was born when two wealthy New Englanders fled their northern homes to seek solace in sunny Central Florida. When Oliver Chapman and Loring A. Chase purchased the land for $13,000, they set out to build Florida’s first “planned community” catering to winter homes for affluent Northerners like themselves. The founders envisioned a city buzzing around a downtown park and its main street, Park Avenue. In the century to come, Winter Park blossomed into the cosmopolitan city it is today. Now, it is where many of Orlando’s top professionals retreat home from their offices and into the suburbs.

WATCH THE WORLD GO BY ON PARK AVENUE As Chapman and Chase destined, Park Avenue is the center of attention in Winter Park to this day. It is said to be the heart of the city, featuring more than 140 boutiques, three museums, a golf course and an 11-acre park. Park Avenue’s brick streets lined with charming storefronts, al fresco dining and colorful awnings give a sophisticated, European feeling in the small Florida town.

Julie Fletcher, VISIT FLORIDA

SHOP FOR UNPARALLELED FINDS International brands join homegrown boutiques for a first-class shopping experience on Park Avenue. Shop the likes of Lilly Pulitzer and Ethan Allen next to whimsical niche stores. Scour for holidays gifts you won’t find in any mall at a plethora of boutiques, such as the Partridge Tree Gift Shop. | 73

E X P L OR E Plus, pick up something for man’s best friend from The Doogie Door’s treat bakery! For a true initiation into the shopping scene, visit on a Saturday morning for the Winter Park Farmers Market. Named the best produce and plant market in Central Florida, you’ll shop at the location of the historic old train depot for the freshest local offerings.

Julie Fletcher, VISIT FLORIDA

Park Avenue hums with people dining in the open air under the shade of restaurant umbrellas. For lunch, get a taste of Winter Park’s warm hospitality at the Briarpatch Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor, serving contemporary American dishes. A plethora of fine-dining options set the perfect scene for a date night, celebration or girls night out. Make a dinner reservation at Luma on Park for an ultramodern and ultrachic culinary treat. The ambiance at a nearby Italian restaurant, Prato, is unmatched. Creativity and innovation are the restaurant’s marks of excellence, from the lively long-bar area and savory eats to the rustic brick and statement wall of potted plants. Venture away from the avenue to find the Ravenous Pig, a gastropub that quickly emerged as a “must” in Orlando’s dining scene. Their eclectic menu of “comfort food with a twist” is supplemented with events like seasonal pig roasts

Cask & Larder


you’ll feel encased in the area’s natural beauty underneath a canopy of green, swaying palms. As an added plus, you’ll get a sneak peak of the area’s most extravagant waterside homes while travelling three of the seven open lakes.


Ravenous Pig

and paired food-and-drink dinners. Join the movement by visiting their restaurant and asking for a beer brewed from their sister restaurant and craft brewery, Cask & Larder.

TAKE IT ALL IN SEASIDE When the city’s founders purchased the land for Winter Park including Lakes Maitland, Osceola, Virginia and Killarney, they warmly called the area’s natural gifts its “necklace of lakes.” Today, the Scenic Boat Tour takes advantage of the string of lakes on an 18-person pontoon boat tour. The tour takes you on an Old Florida journey through two slender canals. Here, 74 |

No need to stray from the bustle of Park Avenue with a stay at the Park Plaza Hotel. The European-style boutique hotel offers a warm feeling of luxury with exposed brick walls, wood floors and grand furniture. The area surrounding Rollins College on the banks of Lake Virginia offers loads of cultural opportunities including museums, musical performances and plays. Staying at the nearby Alfond Inn feels like an elegant, secluded resort. The inn features an elevated pool surrounded by tasteful architecture and shade-casting pergolas.

WHY WINTER PARK? Plan your weekend retreat to Winter Park for an experience that will leave you feeling equally relaxed in the town’s luxury and invigorated by its individuality. You’ll leave with a spring in your step, plus a treasure-trove of memories and goodies off Park Avenue. | 75


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ON-GOING » Bridge Every Monday, 1 p.m. Haile Plantation Hall Call Marj Crago at 352-336-1055 or Suzie Taylor at 352-337-9956 » Museum Nights 2nd Thursday of every month, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Harn Museum of Art

OCTOBER » Junior League of Gainesville Bake Sale Friday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m. – Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m. Junior League of Gainesville Thrift Shop » Tioga Town Center Concert: One Flite Up Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Tioga Town Center » The Climb for Cancer Foundation Brandon Ling Memorial Sports Camp Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. UF Sports Complex 352-333-9663 » Paynes Prairie History Bus Tour Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. » Friends of the Library Book Sale Saturday, Oct. 24 – Wednesday, Oct. 28 439-B North Main Street » Noche de Gala benefitting the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation Saturday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. Besilu Collection, Micanopy

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» Gainesville Cycling Club’s Horse Farm Hundred Sunday, Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m. » Sunny’s 27th Annual Howl-A-Palooza Sunday, Oct. 25, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Sun Country Sports - West » 7th Annual Gainesville Gone Austin Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. Hitchcock Farm at Santa Fe River » Howl-O-Ween Doggie Costume Parade Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thornebrook Village » A Haunted Swan Lake Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts » Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 31– Sunday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NOVEMBER » The Ronald Reagan Black Tie and Blue Jeans BBQ with Governor Rick Scott Thursday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m. Canterbury Equestrian Showplace » UF Homecoming Parade Friday, Nov. 6, 12 p.m. University Avenue » Gator Growl Friday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m. Flavet Field at the University of Florida

CALENDAR » Tioga Town Center Concert: Little Mike and the Tornadoes Friday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m. Tioga Town Center

» 4th Annual Project Gainesville’s Paynes Prairie 5k Saturday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

» Gainesville Orchestra Concert – Flags Over Florida Friday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.

» “A Christmas Carol” Saturday, Nov. 28 – Saturday, Dec. 19 Hippodrome Theatre

» 2nd Annual Caddy Shack Classic Friday, Nov. 13, 12 p.m. Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club

» Tioga Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Sunday, Nov. 29, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tioga Town Center

» Kickoff to a Cure Tailgate Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Touchdown Terrace at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Call 904-733-3560 for more information. » 34th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show Saturday, Nov. 14 – Sunday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Downtown Gainesville

DECEMBER » Holiday Food Truck Rally Friday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tioga Town Center | 77

» Festival of Trees VIP Preview Party Thursday, Dec. 3 Tioga Town Center » Festival of Trees Thursday, Dec. 3 – Dec. 5 Tioga Town Center » Farm and Cane Festival Saturday, Dec. 5 – Sunday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dudley Farm Historic State Park » Homestead Holidays at the Historic Haile Homestead Sunday, Dec. 6, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 8500 SW Archer Road » A Country Christmas in Tioga Friday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tioga Town Center » Candlelight Visits at the Historic Haile Homestead Friday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. » Tioga Town Center Pet Costume Contest and Adoption Festival Saturday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tioga Town Center » Mommy & Me Onstage Wednesday, Dec. 16, 5 p.m. Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts » The Nutcracker Friday, Dec. 18 – Sunday, Dec. 20, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts » A Latin Christmas in Tioga Friday, Dec. 18, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tioga Town Center » Tioga Town Center Community Night Saturday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tioga Town Center

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WILD MUSHROOM RISOTTO WITH ITALIAN SAUSAGE There are few dishes as popular or as versatile as risotto. At its simplest, risotto is a hearty, warming rice dish, rich with the flavors of the stock used in its making, cheeses, butter, along with herbs, poultry, and seafood. Risotto is not only versatile, but easy to make. My grandmother used to make this dish with a variety of mushrooms and sausage, which is the same way I make it today!

Buon Appetito! INGREDIENTS


• 2 tablespoons olive oil

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over mediumhigh heat. Add sausage and sauté until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Add all mushrooms, thyme, and oregano and sauté until mushrooms are tender, about 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup wine; boil until almost absorbed, about 1 minute. Set aside.

• 1 pound Italian sweet sausage, casings removed, crumbled into 1/2-inch pieces, (can sub chicken or turkey sausage) • 8 ounces portobello mushrooms, stemmed, dark gills scraped out, caps diced • 10 ounces fresh shitaki mushrooms, stemmed, diced • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh Italian parsely • 1 ½ cups Pinot Grigio • 6 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth, (no msg if using canned) • ½ cup (1 stick) butter • 1 large onion, chopped • 4 garlic cloves, minced • 2 cups arborio rice • 1 cup freshly grated pecorino romano 88 |

Bring stock to simmer in large saucepan; remove from heat and cover to keep hot. Melt butter in heavy large pot over mediumhigh heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add rice; stir 2 minutes. Add remaining 1 cup Madeira; simmer until absorbed, about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup hot stock; simmer until almost absorbed, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Continue to cook until rice is just tender and mixture is creamy, adding more stock by cupfuls, stirring often and allowing most stock to be absorbed before adding more, about 25 minutes. Stir in sausage mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to serving bowl. Sprinkle on the romano and parsley and enjoy!



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The Village Journal  

Vol. 11, No. 4

The Village Journal  

Vol. 11, No. 4