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Can you help us get the word out?

This is as frontline as it gets. Matthew’s Hope is nearing a 40% increase in the number of people we are serving, tripling the number of visits

than pre-COVID-19! Our weekly inventory burn rate is now running 7 times what it was prior to this crisis. These numbers are overwhelming,

and we are now beginning to visually see the homeless of our community, around the community, as we are unable to hide them in plain

sight as we were prior to having to shut down showers, haircuts and our laundry service.

We hope to add back these services, by appointment, soon, but our resources are being stretched well beyond anything we believed

possible to keep up with.

Since this crisis began, Matthew’s Hope has distributed over 8,000+ protective masks, over 50,000 pounds of nonperishable food, 48,000+

personal hygiene items, 8,000+ prepared meals and almost 10,000 items of clothing, and that is just a snapshot!

Our Bus has been converted into a moving pantry, distributing nonperishable foods, hygiene essentials and basic clothing needs. Our

Medical & Mental “Health Care” Team is visiting with each person, comforting, taking temperatures & blood pressures, and making sure

our homeless friends remain compliant on their medications, dress wounds, etc. A third Team is delivering warm, prepared breakfasts and

lunches sponsored by or prepared by some of our Community Partners.

If you can’t get to us, would you consider ordering online and having your donation delivered to us; or donate financially instead in the

same amount you may have otherwise purchased? Without you, we cannot continue to care for the homeless men, women and children

of our community.

Want to help in some way? Need more information? Call 407.905.9500

or contact us at info@MatthewsHopeMinistries.org

To donate financially, TEXT MHM to 41444

or https://www.matthewshopeministries.org/donate-money

Donations can be delivered or shipped to 611 Business Park Blvd., #101, Winter Garden, 34787

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IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ............................................................... 5




SCHOOL NEWS ............................................................................... 7

LAST-MINUTE SUMMER KIDS CALENDAR ............................................. 9

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT ..................................................................... 12

Matthew's Hope Ministries

LIVING WELL ................................................................................... 13

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ....................................................... 21

SOUTHWEST SERVICE DIRECTORY ................................................... 22


Rick V. Martin


Yvette Martin

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n Windermere



resident Ana


M.D., is





for Vitas


compiled by Lauren Salinero

Management Group. The merger

made Eckerd Connects one of the

nation’s largest companies in its

field, helping to connect underserved

youth and adults with employers

across nearly 20 states. Dave’s

company, along with Oakland

Consulting, provided investment

banking services for the merger,

which will enhance Eckerd Connects’

resources for educating and training

more than 40,000 clients each



Ana Goncalves, M.D., was

named associate medical director

for Vitas Healthcare’s hospice services

in Central Florida. She oversees

hospice admissions for Vitas

patients facing advanced illness

throughout Orange, Osceola and

Seminole counties. She has more

than 15 years of experience and is

board-certified in hospice and palliative

care, geriatrics and family


n Winter Garden

Winter Garden resident Ian

Mogollon was one of 10 members

of the Tallahassee Community

College Speech and Debate Team

to travel to Berry College in Rome,

Georgia, to compete at the Novice

National Forensics Association

2020 National Championships. The

team proved it is one of the strongest

forensics programs in the country.

The squad from TCC outpaced

other universities and colleges from

around the country, winning both the

Open Division Title and the Division

1 Title.

Winter Garden resident David

Simon of Capital Strategies Group

helped with merging leading nonprofit

workforce development providers

Eckerd Connects and Odie

“All companies, whether for-profit

or not-for-profit, need to continually

strengthen financial and operating

capabilities in order to accomplish

their missions,” David said. “I believe

that is what we’ve accomplished

with this merger between Eckerd

Connects and Odle. We’re glad to

have worked with Oaklyn Consulting

in facilitating this business combination,

which will equip this company

for the future and, most importantly,

bring brighter futures to underserved

youth and adults throughout

the U.S.”

n Et Al



of Winter


who founded



Group, assists

with the

merger of two


Concerts, theme park performances

and stages across the region were

silenced in early March, resulting in

more than 8,000 professionals in

the nonprofit arts sector alone reporting

lost work, according to data



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from United Arts of Central Florida.

In response to the public health crisis

and its impact on the community,

Feed the Need Florida, St. Luke’s

United Methodist Church,

and various arts community leaders

joined forces to help one of the

hardest hit communities — artists and

entertainment industry professionals.

They hosted a drive-thru meal distribution

at St. Luke’s UMC. Each meal

was prepared and distributed according

to the Department of Health

and Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention guidelines. They were

available by preregistration to anyone

in the arts community, including

performers, musicians, costumers, designers,

characters, technicians, entertainment

management and more.

Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista member Doug Spence presents a

donation to New Image Youth Center.

A Rotary Club of Lake Buena Vista member

presents a donation to Shepherd’s Hope.

Rotary Club of Lake Buena

Vista has continued its philanthropic

endeavors throughout the coronavirus

pandemic. Donations were made

to the New Image Youth Center,

Orlando Union Rescue Mission,

National Alliance on Mental Illness,

and Shepherd’s Hope.

Although we try to ensure that all information presented above is the most current, correct and dependable

available, we do rely on others for the source of our news. Therefore, the Southwest Orlando Bulletin and

Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC cannot be held responsible for the validity of the information

presented here, nor does mentioning it constitute an endorsement. In Your Neighborhood news is welcome

and may be mailed to P.O. Box 851, Windermere, FL 34786; or emailed to Lauren@kearneypublishing.com. ª


n Dr. Phillips High

South Bay resident Antonia

“Toni” JeBailey graduated from

Dr. Phillips High School’s Center

for International Studies Magnet

Program, where she served as the

president of the Student Government

Association. She will be attending

the University of Florida this fall. Toni

is also an active member of the St.

Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Leadership Society, raising more

than $4,000 during her time in the


n Olympia High

Olympia High 2020 graduate

Kendall Barrows received and

accepted an appointment to the

U.S. Air Force Academy. Kendall

was honored to receive nominations

from Sen. Rick Scott and Rep. Val


n Et Al


Barrows, a

Class of 2020

Olympia High

graduate, will

attend the

U.S. Air Force


Orange County Public Schools officials

honored more than 100 Super

Scholars from the Class of 2020.

According to the U.S. News and

World Report, Super Scholars are

students who were accepted into the

top colleges, universities and U.S.

service academies in the world. Due

to COVID-19, the event was held

virtually. The list is updated daily at


d=54703&pageId=89620 as graduating

seniors continue to confirm their

acceptances. Congratulations to the

following Southwest Orlando scholars,

current as of the date of print.

• Dr. Phillips High: Roxanne

Deisseroth, U.S. Military Academy

at West Point; Ana Kostowski,

the University of California — Los


Angeles; and Sarina Zhou,

Cornell University.

• Ocoee High: Tam Ha,

Hamilton College; and Christine

Mauvais, the University of Notre

Dame, Washington and Lee


• Olympia High: Erika

Acosta, the University of Pennsylvania;

Elle Ferguson, the University

of Pennsylvania; Pavan Iyenger,

the University of Pennsylvania

and Washington University in St.

Louis; Sampada Iyengar, Johns

Hopkins University; Alec Johnson,

the University of California — Los

Angeles; Touma Mack, Princeton

University; Sarah Myers, U.S.

Naval Academy; and Mira

Saldanha, California Institute of


• West Orange High: Ariadna

Aguilar, Columbia University;

Mahzen Babekir, Washington

University in St. Louis; Steicy De

Paiva, the University of Pennsylvania;

Daniel Harrington,

Davidson College; Daisy Nguyen,

the University of California —

Los Angeles; Rajay Preddie,

Vanderbilt University; and Garrett

Valentine, Brown University.

• Windermere High: Adeena

Ademu-John, Vanderbilt University;

Guilherme Bejar, Massachusetts

Institute of Technology; Puja

Chinasigari, the University of

California — Los Angeles; Blake

Croft, Northwestern University and

the University of California — Los

Angeles; Sage Croft, Northwestern

University; Leslie Edward, the

University of California — Los Angeles;

Jacob Goldberg, U.S. Military

Academy at West Point; Anna-

Sophia Hadley, Duke University;

Ermiliana Marcano, Hamilton

College and Wellesley College; Jake

Prieto, Claremont McKenna College

and Grinnell College; and Connor

Roddy, the University of California

— Los Angeles.

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compiled by Lauren Salinero

During the coronavirus pandemic,

Arnav Barpujari, a rising senior

at Lake Highland Preparatory

School, was one of several students

who sought a way to make the transition

to schooling from home easier on

elementary and middle school kids.

They created Orlando Student

Tutoring, a free tutoring service run

by high school volunteers. Students

Christ The King

Lutheran Preschool VPK

kids celebrate Dr. Seuss’

birthday by making green

eggs and ham. (Photo was

taken prior to stay-at-home




(far right)

visits Christ

The King



and plays

music for

the children

to sing and

dance to.

(Photo was

taken prior to



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resources and test preparation.

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Each year, members of the

West Orange Chamber of

Commerce and the West Orange

Chamber Foundation recognize exemplary

elementary, middle and

high school students with education

awards. Typically, WOCC hosts an

awards ceremony with hundreds of

students, parents and community

leaders to honor pupils for their

accomplishments, both inside and

outside of the classroom. While the

ongoing COVID-19 pandemic necessitated

WOCC to cancel its planned

awards ceremony, it did not prevent

the students from receiving the

scholarship grants and awards they

earned. WOCC also honored them

virtually by featuring the award recipients

on its various social media

outlets, the chamber website and in

its electronic newsletter. Across the

county, 34 schools participated in

selecting scholars for special recognition

to those who have shown

initiative, good citizenship, commitment

and personal growth in the

classroom. S.O.A.R. (Students of

Achievement and Renown) awardwinners

were: (alphabetized by

school name) Jack Connelley of

Bay Meadows Elementary;

Bryanna Walters of Citrus

Elementary; Leslie Mosqueda-

Pineda of Dillard Street

Elementary; Grant Houde of

Dr. Phillips High; Jonathan

Connors of Edgewood Ranch

Academy; Zach Gray, Mindy

Tran and Tyler Waters of

Foundation Academy; Devin

Gosselin of Gotha Middle;

Jade Le’Nayah Stephens of

Horizon West Middle; Ciara

Tewari of Lakeview Middle;

Vilma Allison of Lake Whitney

Elementary; Amna Hafeez

of MetroWest Elementary;

Emma Ranmarine of Oak Hill

Elementary; Estefani Coronado

of Ocoee Elementary; Viet Quoc

Hoang Nguyen of Ocoee High;

Samara Singh of Ocoee Middle;

Zericka Hopkins of Olympia

High; Breana Richardson of

Orange Technical College —

West Campus; Taylor Devitt

of Palm Lake Elementary;

Cullen Sarris of Prairie Lake

Elementary; Thaddaeus Nguyen

of Renaissance Charter at

Crown Point; Alexis David

of Southwest Middle; Rachel

Olario of SunRidge Middle;

Juan Teran of Thornebrooke

Elementary; Sblayda Fernandez

Dominguez of West Orange

High; Miranda Barbosa of

Westpointe Elementary; Aubrey

Winkis of Whispering Oak

Elementary; Robert Trey

Stevenson of Windermere

Elementary; Alina Guzman

Azocar of Windermere High;

and Camille Espinos and Noah

MacInness of Windy Ridge


W.O.P.T.E. (West Orange Program

for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs) graduates

are (alphabetized by last name)

Presley Anderson, Ocoee High;

Aubrey Barnes, Olympia High;

Gavin Chuhak, Dr. Phillips High;

Emma Conroy, Windermere

Preparatory School; Haley

Davis, Olympia High; Michael

Davis, Windermere High;

Danilo Dominici, Dr. Phillips

High; Rhiannon Dunkelberger,

Windermere High; Joshua Epi,

West Orange High; Grant

Houde and Gabriella Mola of

Dr. Phillips High; Grant Jones,

West Orange High; Samantha

Lambourne, Windermere High;

Patrice Peterson, Ocoee High;

Fizza Shabbir, Evans High;

Hannah Shopsis, West Orange

High; Angelica Stewart, Evans

High; Leilani Trucker, Ocoee

High; and Dominic Zagame,

Foundation Academy.

Danniel J. Petro/West Orange

Chamber of Commerce Scholarships

of $2,500 each were awarded

to Jesse Rigsby, Dr. Phillips

High, and Izabella Straka,

Windermere High.

Although we try to ensure that all information presented

above is the most current, correct and dependable

available, we do rely on others for the source of our

news. Therefore, the Southwest Orlando Bulletin and

Cornerstone Publishing & Multi-Media LLC cannot be

held responsible for the validity of the information

presented here, nor does mentioning it constitute an

endorsement. School News is welcome and may be

mailed to P.O. Box 851, Windermere, FL 34786;

or emailed to Lauren@kearneypublishing.com. ª

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Summer Kids

C a lendar

Now that the school year has ended, kids and parents are looking

forward to getting out of the house. If you’re seeking kid-friendly activities

to keep your children entertained, active and out of trouble during the

summer, then look no further. Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s Last-Minute

Summer Kids Calendar provides great ideas to get you started!

Camps are held at The Maile School, and a special fashion camp takes place

at The Mall at Millenia. One-day workshops are available in etiquette, casting,

auditioning and more, and all sessions are taught by industry professionals.

Camps also include a free, professional industry seminar on breaking into

the business for parents. The school has been training since 1982 and is home

to John Peros Casting.


CAMPS at The Maile Image, Modeling & Acting School, 803 S.

Orlando Ave., Suite F, Winter Park, 407-628-5989, www.lisamaile.com.

The Maile School trains in the areas of image and confidence development;

professional modeling and on-camera acting for TV, commercials and film.

Campers learn

self-esteem while


modeling and

more at The

Maile Image,

Modeling &

Acting School.

Footworks Dance Studio campers have

fun while learning dance techniques.

DANCE CAMPS at Footworks

Dance Studio, 1201 Winter

Garden Vineland Road, Winter

Garden, 407-877-2260, www.

footworksdancestudio.com, offer

fun summer programs for all

ages. Camp session themes include

“Frozen Adventure Camp,”

“Dancing with My Favorite Princess:

Passport to Royalty Camp,”

“Sharktacular Shenanigans: Wee

Hop Camp,” “Escape Club:

Wild About Dance Camp,”

“Brightfeather: Academy of

Magic Dance Camp,” “Broadway

Bound: Musical Theater Camp,”

“Disney+ Dance Camp,” “Aerial

Silks Workshop” and “Dance

Intensive Workshop.”



Beginners and High


Start early June

For all your summer tennis requirements at

Windermere Prep School and West Orange Country Club.

www.orlandotennisacademy.com • info@orlandotennisacademy.com • 407 928 6666

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LAKE CYPRESS SUMMER CAMP at Windermere Preparatory

School; 6189 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Windermere; 407-905-7737,

opt. 8; camp.windermereprep.com; is a one-stop-shop camp that includes

Weekly Summer Classes -

June 30-July 30

(Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Camps Ages 3-5:

1. A Frozen Adventure Camp - (Mondays,

Wednesdays, Fridays) - 9am-12pm July 6-10

2. Dancing with My Favorite Princess: Passport to

Royalty - (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays) -

9am-12pm July 20-24

3. Sharktacular Shenanigans Wee Hop Camp -

(Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays) -

9am-12pm July 13-17

Camps Ages 6-10:

1. Wild About Dance Camp - (Monday Through

Friday) - 9am-3pm July 28-30

2. Brightfeather: Academy of Magic Dance Camp -

(Monday Through Friday) -

9am-3 pm July 6-10, July 13-17

3. Disney+ Dance Camp - (Monday Through Friday) -

9am-3 pm July 6-10, July 20-24

Additional Camps/Workshops:

1. Broadway Bound: Musical Theater Camp -

(Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

9am-12pm July 13-17

2. Aerial Silks Workshop - (Tuesday, Wednesday,

Thursday) 6-8pm July 28-30

3. Dance Intensive Workshop - (Monday through

Friday) - 9am-2:30pm July 27-31

Lake Cypress

Summer Camp

attendees have a

multitude of activities

to keep them


tons of inflatables, a video game truck, magician, Gatorland, waterslides,

foam pit, carnival and more! Twenty-four camp rooms, including an arcade,

box forts, design-a-fort, maker space, sensory, town and country imaginative

play, crafts and more, house loads of fun for children 5-14. Camp sessions

take place until July 31 (choose any weeks). The cost is $280 per week from

9 a.m.-3 p.m. or $345 from 7:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Register today!

TENNIS, GOLF AND SWIM CAMPS at The Tennis Academy at

Windermere Preparatory School and West Orange Country

Club, 6189 Winter Garden Vineland Road, Windermere; and 3300

W. Orange Country Club Drive, Winter Garden, respectively; 407-

928-6666, is a five-star facility with five-star experienced coaches. The

program begins Monday, June 8. The cost is $325 per student. Tennis

Academy lessons/junior programs continue throughout the summer, as

well as Elite Training. For more information or electronic registration, email

info@orlandotennisacademy.com or visit www.orlandotennisacademy.com.

The Tennis

Academy at



School gives its

campers hands-on

tennis experience.

*Before and after care available

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Orange County Library System’s Virtual Summer Reading Program offers fun

and educational virtual events and activities for youngsters of all ages.


Library System brings the adventure home to you this summer with its

Virtual Summer Reading Program. Spark your kids’ imaginations with

livestreamed events every Monday at 10 a.m. as well as virtual events every

day, all day long. Participate in reading challenges to win prizes, attend virtual

storytimes, learn new crafts and more! All events are free with an OCLS

library card. To register or for more information, visit ocls.info/srp. ª



Fun and educational virtual events and activities

will be available online for kids and adults all

summer. Visit ocls.info/srp for more information!


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Go Wild


Father’s Day


1-800-432-JOIN (5646)


Photo © David Schrichte

The mission of Matthew’s Hope

Ministries is to foster the physical,

emotional and spiritual well-being

of the homeless men, women and

children in the community by meeting

basic needs, developing skills

and restoring dignity and independence.

The nonprofit organization’s

regular services include assistance

with medical, dental, optical, and

mental health; legal, financial and

credit issues; obtaining employment

and more. The nonprofit also helps

to secure birth certificates, Florida

ID cards, Social Security cards/

benefits, and Veterans Affairs benefits,

along with providing several

meals each week; food, hygiene

and clothing pantries; laundry services;

haircuts; showers and more

— all while taking no governmental




Matthew’s Hope Ministries

A Path to Independence

Matthew’s Hope is an outreach

that was formed March 30, 2010,

to help to successfully move people

from homelessness into a life of independence

and self-sustainability.

All homeless guests can work alongside

staff and volunteers to earn

various additional services and

benefits, working in the Hope Chest

Workshop, doing lawn care, cleaning

facilities, etc. Although not a

shelter, Matthew’s Hope can place

up to 50 people willing to work in

its Moving Forward Transitional

Housing Program, helping them to

eventually get permanent housing.

Even though there will always

be homeless people, the staff at

Matthew’s Hope believe the best way

to end generational homelessness is

by educating both the children of

their guests and local families below

the poverty line. The nonprofit’s

Firm Foundation Montessori-based

preschool and day care offers that

education while also allowing parents

to pursue work and educational


Matthew’s Hope believes in a

hand up, not a handout. Why disable

able-bodied people? Matthew’s

Hope is a facilitator of opportunity

to those who desire to move toward

a life of independence and self-sustainability.

Its guests can work and

earn everything from getting new

dentures to taking care of past legal

issues to going to college and more.

For more information, call 407-905-9500 or email

info@matthewshopeministries.org. To contribute

financially, visit www.matthewshopeministries.org/

donate-money or text MHM to 41444. Donations

can also be shipped or delivered to Suite 101 at

611 Business Park Blvd. in Winter Garden. ª

AdventHealth School of the Arts


Performing Arts

Summer Camps

It’s time for some fun again, with award-winning

camps—and virtual options—for artists from 6 to 19.


Improv Comedy


Musical Theater

& So Much More

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Living Well

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Through Your Diet

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While family history and age cannot

be changed, there are everyday

steps men can follow to take charge

of their health, including prostate

health, and maybe even prevent

problems down the road.

Consider the following tips to help

lead a healthier lifestyle.

• Get checked out regularly. Just

because you’re healthy doesn’t mean

you should eschew routine checkups,

and that includes self-examinations.

While regular visits to your health

care provider can keep you up-todate

on preventative screenings and

immunizations, getting to know your

own body can have similar benefits.

• Care for your prostate. If you’re

experiencing frequent urination, a

weak or slow urine stream, incomplete

bladder emptying, difficulty or

delay in starting urination, or a urine

stream that stops and starts, these

could be signs that you are suffering

from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

(BPH), otherwise known as enlarged

prostate. Enlarged prostate, which is

noncancerous and affects more than

40 million American men, can also

Michael J. Tortorella, MD

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Board Certified


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cause loss of productivity and sleep,

according to research published in

the Journal of Urology. Medication is

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often the first line of treatment, but

some patients may suffer uncomfortable

side effects, including dizziness,

headaches and sexual dysfunction,

which can prompt them to quit using

their medications.

“Many men living with BPH symptoms

take prescription medications

after they have been diagnosed, but

relief can be inadequate and temporary,”

said Peter Walter, M.D.,

a urologist and paid consultant for

Teleflex Inc., the manufacturer of the

UroLift System.

As one alternative to medication,

an option like the UroLift System

treatment is a minimally invasive

procedure that doesn’t require any

cutting, heating or removal of prostate

tissue. A urologist places small

implants to lift and move enlarged

prostate tissue so it no longer blocks

the urethra and can allow for normal

urine flow. Most common side effects

are mild to moderate, and patients

generally can return to their normal

routines with minimal downtime.

• Focus on a more nutritious diet.

Aim for a pattern of healthier eating

that includes more fruits, vegetables

and leafy greens, such as lettuce,

spinach, kale and broccoli, which

can help keep you — and your prostate

— healthy. Also try to cut back

on the consumption of red meat —

specifically processed meat — as

well as salt and sweets.

• Know your numbers. Be sure

to discuss your family history and

lifestyle with your doctor, as he or

she may recommend screenings for

diseases and common ailments. Also

be sure to keep up with these screenings

and check in with your doctor

to make sure you’re accounting for

milestone ages and common ailments

associated with aging.

• Make exercise a priority.

Exercise is a key to maintaining quality

of life. Officials of the American

Heart Association recommend

at least 150 minutes per week of

moderate-intensity aerobic activity

for adults. Even shorter increments

of physical activity multiple times a

day — such as a walking meeting,

opting for the stairs instead of the elevator,

or parking farther from your

destination — can provide health

and stress-relieving benefits.

(Family Features)

Source: UroLift ª

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Esther Pelissier

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For Patients With Endocrine Conditions

West Orange Endocrinology

offers medical therapy for adult patients

with endocrine conditions such

as diabetes, thyroid disorders, lipid

disorders, osteoporosis, hypogonadism

and other rare conditions like acromegaly

or Cushing’s disease. Jose

M. Mandry, M.D., is a boardcertified

endocrinologist with training

from Yale University and Brown

University-affiliate medical internship

programs. He has maintained an independent

specialty practice in the

Orlando area for 29 years, serving

the city’s diverse population of

English and Spanish patients. He is

accompanied by a physician assistant,

Maria Mandry Freire, PA-

C; and Maria Ines Marulanda,

M.D., and Ineska Freire, M.D., in

the research department.

West Orange Endocrinology accepts

most insurances and is currently

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comfort. The facility has easy access

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clinical research receive services

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Participants like the clinical trial experience,

because they usually gain

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with more medical knowledge

through education and services offered

while they are participating in

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The appendix is a small piece of

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Appendicitis usually occurs when

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• Doesn’t decrease with over-thecounter


• Worsens when you take deep

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• Is so severe it wakes you up.

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My Pain Is Appendicitis?

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can lead to an earlier diagnosis,

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emergency surgery.

Can I Wait to

See if It’s a Stomachache?

It’s possible that someone worried

about a potential case of appendicitis

may be suffering from something

less serious. Still, it’s better to be safe

than sorry.

Always consult with your physician.

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While we understand we’re in a

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So even though we understand

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While vital signs like temperature,

pulse and blood pressure are considered

essential measures of health,

new research says how quickly you

get winded could say even more

about your risk of illness or death.

A recent scientific statement from

the American Heart Association said

there is mounting evidence indicating

that low levels of cardiorespiratory

fitness are associated with a high

risk of cardiovascular disease. AHA

officials said a growing number of

studies demonstrate that fitness level

is so important that it is “potentially

a stronger predictor of mortality than

established risk factors like smoking,

hypertension, high cholesterol

and Type 2 diabetes.” The study’s

authors recommended that doctors

integrate aerobic fitness assessments

as part of medical examinations and

that they encourage all patients to


Aerobic fitness, or cardiovascular

fitness, is defined as a measure of

how well a body can deliver oxygen

to the tissues. It is typically measured

by VO2 max, which is an oxygen

consumption rate that can range

from 35-40 mL/kg/min for the average

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for the average female. Because

VO2 is dependent upon the function

of the heart, lungs and muscles,

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it is an excellent overall reflection of

physiological and health function.

Researchers concluded that available

science “overwhelmingly supports the

use of aerobic fitness as a measure of

general and heart health.”

Leonard Kaminsky, statement

co-author and director of the Fischer

Institute of Health and Well-Being at

Ball State University, says while doctors

generally understand fitness is

important, they don’t take it as seriously

as other risk factors.

“Hopefully this scientific statement

will be a resource and give them

confidence in the solid evidence

base for cardiorespiratory fitness as

a vital health measure,” he says.

The report’s authors say physicians

should encourage patients to

discover their estimated aerobic fitness

levels and how they compare

to averages. New equations and

simple calculations can produce reliable

estimates of a person’s fitness

level. While some patients, especially

those at high risk for heart disease



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based on other factors, should still

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size, level of exercise and frequency

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an estimated VO2 max.

In the near future, doctors may be

able to gain more insight into things

like heart rate, blood pressure and

exercise output by prescribing watches,

sensors and smart “wearables”

to their patients. Data from these

devices can be synched with apps

like MyFitnessPal to help patients

monitor their fitness level and health

metrics. New performance apparels

also come with sensors that can detect

muscle effort, fatigue and blood

flow to parts of the body. While patients

can use these technologies to

track their own progress and offer

motivation, they also can help doctors

attain more information and get

a detailed look at the person’s body.

The findings present further evidence

as to why exercise is so important.

Erik Lief, director of communications

at the American Council on Health

and Science, says that exercising the

heart and lungs is essential to an individual’s

overall health and that “those

prone to inactivity are at greater risk

for life-threatening conditions.” Lief

says it also will make the topic more

prominent for doctor-patient interactions

and that new technologies will

make it easier for doctors to more accurately

assess patient fitness levels.

Regular exercise can quickly increase

fitness levels and can have

a big impact on people who are

sedentary. Officials of the American

College of Sports Medicine recommend

starting with 2.5 to 5 hours

of moderate intensively exercise per

week. This can include things like

walking, running, cycling or swimming.

HIIT (high intensity interval

training) workouts are another way

to rapidly increase aerobic fitness

levels in shorter time periods.

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Forty-five-year-old Windermere

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medication for her chronic pain and

nothing seemed to work until she met

Margaret Latham, DPT, who suggested

Elizabeth try a new oil containing

CBD (cannabidiol).

Latham, who has been a licensed

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certified aromatherapist, to open

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aromatherapy bar and a wellness

center, including physical therapy


“We want people to know that

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The boutique offers a selection of

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No look at chronic pain would

be complete without considering

the foods we eat. Not surprisingly,

the same foods that contribute to

a healthy diet are the ones recommended

by experts to help control


Although the experts vary on exactly

what foods may have more

or less inflammatory effects on the

body, a Harvard University study

suggests an anti-inflammatory diet

should look like a Mediterranean

diet, which consists of tomatoes; olive

oil; green leafy vegetables, such as

spinach, kale and collards; nuts, like

almonds and walnuts; fatty fish, including

salmon, mackerel, tuna and

sardines; and fruits, such as strawberries,

blueberries, cherries and


The study also revealed that the

foods to avoid are the same culprits

that have been shown to give you

an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes

and heart disease, such as

refined carbohydrates like white

bread and pastries; french fries

and other fried foods; soda and

Controlling Inflammation

Through Your Diet

by Stephanie Harvin

If you want to lessen chronic pain, eat fewer inflammatory foods.

other sugar-sweetened beverages;

red meat (burgers, steaks) and

processed meat (hot dogs, sausage);

and margarine, shortening

and lard.

Frank Hu, professor of nutrition

and epidemiology in the department

of nutrition at the Harvard T.H.

Chan School of Public Health, says

that while unhealthy foods contribute

to weight gain, several studies

have suggested that even taking

excess weight into account, there

was still a link between foods and


“Some of the food components or

ingredients may have independent effects

on inflammation over and above

increased caloric intake,” Hu says.

Controlling your weight gain and

inflammation at the same time can

reduce flare-ups of chronic pain,

even if it doesn’t control the pain


Some experts suggest berries

may have an active role to play in

fighting the inflammation that leads

to chronic pain. Eating antioxidantrich

berries may help the body

combat inflammation that can

lead to heart disease, according

to David Heber, director of the

UCLA Center for Human Nutrition

at the University of California,

Los Angeles. And they may also

lower your chance of developing

colon cancer, protect your eye

health, and help keep your memory

sharp as you age. Berries

are a good source of the soluble

form of fiber, which helps lower


All berries have substances in

common that make them a valuable

part of a person’s diet. The vibrant

berry colors signal their health benefits,

according to Ruth Frechman,

MA, registered dietitian and spokesperson

for the American Dietetic


“When you see color, you know

there will be antioxidant properties

[in the berries],” she says.

It’s not just the antioxidants that

give you a lift. Those tiny crunchy

seeds that give berries their characteristic

texture also provide a health

boost. The seeds and the skin contain

dietary fiber. In fact, 1 cup of

berries has more fiber than a slice of

whole wheat bread.

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June 6-21 —


Sunshine Foundation representatives

invite the public to participate

in a virtual run for the 18th

annual RunWalkBark4Dreams.

Participants can complete their 5K

or 2-mile walk from June 6-21, and

registration is open. Cost: $10,

plus a $3.25 credit-card-processing

fee per person. The entire $10

fee benefits Sunshine Foundation,

which provides “dreams” to children

3-18 who have severe physical/developmental

challenges or

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June 12-28 — From Here Virtual


As part of the annual #Honor

ThemWithAction Campaign, a new

musical titled From Here is presented

virtually as a fundraiser for Equality

Florida. The event commemorates

the June 12 remembrance

of the shooting at Pulse nightclub

in 2016. Viewers can watch the

presentation on fromhere.com and

eqfl.org/fromhere, beginning at 9

p.m. on June 12. The presentation

is free-of-charge, but patrons are

encouraged to contribute to the

campaign. For more information,

visit fromhere.com.

Aug. 29 — Benefit Wine Tasting

The Mini Cooper Showroom, 350

S. Lake Destiny Drive, Orlando,

hosts The Dunhill Companies and

Fields Auto Group’s 13th annual

Benefit Wine Tasting. Time: 7-10

p.m. Cost: $100, with proceeds

benefiting Arnold Palmer Hospital

for Children and Go Baby Go,

UCF’s mobility and sociabililty program.

For more information, visit

www.varietyflorida.org or www.


Oct. 9 — A Grand Night For Singing

The Alford Inn at Rollins College, 300 E.

New England Ave., Winter Park, hosts


Opera Orlando’s fifth annual gala,

A Grand Night for Singing, a blacktie

event hosted by Orlando Sentinel

columnist Scott Maxwell and honoring

Mary and Frank J. Doherty. Activities

include dinner, drinks, dancing, silent

and live auctions, and operatic selections

performed by renowned soloists.

Time: 6 p.m. for cocktail hour, 7 p.m.

for formal dinner. Cost: $250, with

proceeds benefiting Opera Orlando’s

future seasons as it prepares to move to

Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center

for the Performing Arts. For more

information, to RSVP or to purchase

tickets, call 407-512-1900, email

info@operaorlando.org or visit


Oct. 15 — Celebration Of

Motherhood 2020

Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest

Ave., Orlando, hosts the Celebration

of Motherhood 2020, including a

plated breakfast. Time: 8:30-11

a.m. Cost: $50, with proceeds

benefiting Healthy Start Coalition of

Orange County families. Donations

are appreciated, and sponsorships

are available. For more information,

call 407-228-1481 or email


Nov. 14 — Harvest Of Hope

Garden Party

Matthew’s Hope Ministries’ seventh

annual Harvest of Hope Garden

Party, including light hor’doeuvres,

music and fellowship, takes place

at the Pines of Windermere. Cost:

$75, includes catered meal.

Donations are accepted online,

and partnerships are available.

For more information, call 407-905-

9500, email scott.billue@gmail.com

or visit matthewshopeministries.org/


n Classes/Programs

Through Sept. 1 — Virtual Events

& Classes

The Winter Garden Library, 805 E.

Plant St., Winter Garden, is open

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for essential services — returns,

grab-and-go service and computer

usage for up to one hour — only.

Face coverings are required. Virtual

library events and classes take

place through Sept. 1. The Summer

Reading Program also takes place

online through virtual Zoom events

and meetups, livestream events,

prerecorded entertainment on social

media, and virtual reading challenges

and activities. For more information

about the reading program, visit

ocls.beanstack.org/reader365. For

more information about library services,

call 407-35-7323.

June 20 — Rise Up! Just Believe


Downtown Orlando hosts FarMor

Entertainment’s first Rise Up! Just

Believe Conference, including a

mix of performers from across the

state intertwined with dynamic


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venue info, call 407-476-8121

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n Miscellaneous

June 25 — Food Truck Connection

MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S.

Hiawassee Road, hosts the MetroWest

Food Truck Connection. Time: fourth

Thursday of each month from 5:30-

9 p.m. For more information, visit


July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov.

2 & Dec. 7 — First Free Mondays

Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N.

Forest Ave., Orlando, hosts First

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Ongoing — Members Wanted

The West Orange Women seeks

women of all ages to join its group

for fun, friendship and philanthropy.

Members can participate in

more than 20 activity groups and

attend a monthly charity luncheon.

Annual dues are $20. For more

information, call Mary Borgan,

407-929-3030; or visit www.


June 9, 16, 23 & 30 —

Toastmasters Meetings

The Seventh-day Adventist Church

Hall, 4100 McKinnon Road,

Windermere, hosts Windermere

Toastmasters Club No. 4662754

meetings. Attendees learn to

develop their oral communication

and leadership skills in a

supportive and positive learning

environment. Time: Tuesdays at 7

p.m. For more information, visit


June 10, 17 & 24 — Toastmasters


The Florida Turnpike Headquarters

Building No. 5315 in the Turkey

Lake Service Area on Florida’s

Turnpike at Mile Marker 263,

hosts Turnpike Toastmasters meetings.

Guests must check in at the

reception desk for meeting access.

Time: Wednesdays from noon-1

p.m. For more information, visit


June 11, 18 & 25 — Toastmasters


The Southwest Library at Dr.

Phillips, 7255 Della Drive,

Orlando, hosts Vista Toastmasters

meetings. Time: Thursdays from

7-8:30 p.m. For more information,

visit www.vistatoastmasters.org.

July 1 — Orlando Story Club


The Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive,

Orlando, hosts an Orlando Story

Club gathering, giving anyone

who wishes to tell a personal

story a chance to put their name

in a hat, and selected individuals

chosen at random get to showcase

their storytelling. Time: 7-9

p.m. Cost: $5 at the door, with

drinks and refreshments available.

For more information, visit


n Support Groups

June 9 — Support Group Meeting

For Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Resource Center sponsors a free

support group meeting for caregivers

in the Suite 281 Conference

Room (next to the south elevators on

the second floor) at Health Central

Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive,

Ocoee. Time: second Tuesday of

each month at 6 p.m. For more information,

call 407-843-1910 or visit


June 9 & 23 — Mental Health

Support Group Meetings

Room 201 in Building B at St. Luke’s

United Methodist Church, 4851 S.

Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando,

hosts a free individual and family

support group meeting for individuals

affected by mental illness. The

90-minute meeting is peer-led and

helps participants connect with

each other, learn from each other’s

experiences, share coping strategies

and offer each other encouragement

and understanding. Time:

the second and fourth Tuesday of

each month at 6:30 p.m. For more

information, call 407-253-1900,

email information@namigo.org or

visit www.namigo.org.

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