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The heartbeat of the community


June 2 – 15, 2022 | Since 1986


to the Class

of 2022!





FEATURE ........................................................................................... 4

25 Years of Caring for People

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NOTEWORTHY NEWS ...................................................................... 5

Areola Tattooing After Breast Cancer

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ......................................................... 7

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2022! ............................................... 9

LIVING WELL ................................................................................... 15

Could Your Child Have Asthma?

Has Your IBS Been Harder to Manage?

Focusing on Whole Person Health

IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ............................................................. 19

SOUTHWEST SOCIAL SEEN ............................................................. 21

WOCC's Big Orange Awards

SCHOOL NEWS SEEN .................................................................... 22

Whispering Oaks Elementary Field Day

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

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Volume XXXVI, No. 15

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For a quarter of a century,

Shepherd’s Hope has cared for lowincome

individuals with no insurance.

As part of its 25-year celebration, the

organization’s employees, donors and

early supporters cut a multicolored

ribbon made of surgical masks at its

Winter Garden headquarters and

clinic, looking ahead to a future of service

to others.

“The ribbon represents a tapestry of

our team of care and the patients we

serve, who come in all shapes, sizes

and colors,” said Pam Gould, a

Windermere resident and CEO of

Shepherd’s Hope.

Shepherd’s Hope maintains five

health centers in Orange and Seminole

counties, where volunteer clinicians

have provided more than 330,000

visits since 1997, including 8,083 visits

and telehealth appointments in 2021.

In addition, Shepherd’s Hope has

arranged surgeries and other treatments

for low-income patients without


All of the clinics are staffed with volunteers

— lay volunteers and licensed

health care professionals, including nurses,

physicians and physician associates.

“I volunteer because I want to help

those in need and to serve the community,”

said nurse practitioner Karol

Olafsson of South Bay, who has

provided free care at Shepherd’s Hope

for four years. “I am fortunate to have

health insurance, and I can show my

appreciation by helping those who do

not. I find it rewarding to help those in

need. The patients are very grateful for

the care they receive. I am grateful that

I can give my time to help improve the

lives of others.”

Shepherd’s Hope board chairperson

and regular volunteer Jamie Lynch,

APRN, a cardiovascular nurse practitioner,

expressed appreciation for all of

the organization’s volunteers and the

health systems that provide imaging,

laboratory tests and other support.

The more than 2,600 volunteers

are the life blood of the organization.

Many have given of their time for several


Melanie Warren of Lake Cane

Estates has volunteered as an eligibility

specialist for 15 years. Growing up, her

family placed an importance on giving

back. Now, she finds Shepherd’s Hope

rewarding, “a wonderful organization”

with “great people to work with.

“I feel blessed and lucky to have

always had health insurance and

wish everyone had health insurance,”

Warren said. “It’s a way for me to give


Lourdes Carmona began volunteering

at Shepherd’s Hope in 2000

and continues to check patients’ eligibility

and translate three nights per


“My Lord wants me to love and serve

my neighbor,” the Williamsburg

resident said. “This has been the most

rewarding job I have ever had. I make

connections. I like to answer the patients’

questions about what to expect.”

The nonprofit holds annual fundraisers,

including its Famous Faces

Masquerade Ball and Call to Hope

breakfast, to raise money to support

its mission. Shepherd’s Hope estimates

that for every dollar donated or in-kind

contributed, there is an $11.48 return

on the investment. Every 95 cents donated

in cash goes toward patient care.

Shepherd’s Hope History

William Barnes, former lead pastor

at St. Luke’s United Methodist

Church in Dr. Phillips, founded

Shepherd’s Hope while he was at the

church. He recalled being called by


25 Years of Caring for People

Volunteers Are at the Heart of Shepherd’s Hope

photo courtesy of Shepherd’s Hope

Debra Wood, R.N.

(L. to r.)


Hope board

chair Jamie

Lynch, founder

Bill Barnes and


resident and


Gould display

the 25-year

celebratory wood


God to do something for people in

need of medical care.

“Our mission is to care for our neighbors,”

he said. “We have always wanted

patients to know how valued they


Windermere resident Richard

Irwin heard Barnes’ sermon and

offered to help make the vision of

Shepherd’s Hope a reality. As the CEO

of Health Central for 25 years, the retired

Irwin understood the need.

“I recognized the problem and difficulties

so many people without insurance

have in accessing care,” he said.

Irwin offered free laboratory services

and imaging to Shepherd’s Hope

and helped secure the first location at

West Side VoTech in Winter Garden.

Soon other faith communities

learned about Shepherd’s Hope and

began sending volunteers to the health


As Shepherd’s Hope grew, Irwin

helped secure commitments for lab and

X-ray services from CEOs of Orlando

Health and Florida Hospital (Now


“They did it with great enthusiasm,”

Irwin recalled.

Orlando Health and AdventHealth

continue to provide Shepherd’s Hope

patients with diagnostic services, totalling

about $17 million annually.

“Shepherd’s Hope is not about looking

back, but for us, it’s always looking

forward,” Barnes said. “We do not do

this alone. And there is much more to


Provision of Needed Care

Shepherd’s Hope serves patients

with incomes at or below 200% of

the federal poverty level who are uninsured

and not eligible for governmental

health care programs such as

Medicaid or Medicare. About 43% of

patients are employed but uninsured.

The clinics are located in downtown

Orlando, east Orlando, west Orange

County and Longwood.

Volunteer physicians, mid-level providers,

physical therapists and nurses

provide all of the care.

Physical therapist Leane Roach

of Diamond Cove has volunteered

for three years at the Winter Garden

health center, educating people about

exercises and self-care for back pain

and shoulder issues. Roach explained

that when stressed, people often hold

pain in their backs.

“There is a need,” she said. “It is very

rewarding to be able to help people

move better. … It frees them up to live


Additional volunteers scribe and

handle discharges and other paperwork.

All volunteers receive an


The health centers see patients on a

first-come, first-served basis, except for

specialty visits, which are scheduled.

Shepherd’s Hope also offers back-toschool

physicals for children.

With a grant from West Orange

Health Alliance, Shepherd’s Hope

launched the Dental Acute Care

Program that provides urgent, no-cost

care to uninsured, low-income citizens

at the Winter Garden clinic location.

To continue its dedicated service

to the community, Shepherd’s Hope

needs more volunteers, especially

nurses, at all five health centers, and

dentists and oral surgeons for the new

acute care dental program in Winter


“We definitely need more people

[to volunteer], clinicians and people

with a helping heart,” Roach said.

“We always need more people

willing to step up.” ª

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Areola Tattooing After Breast Cancer

The Right Words to Make it Possible

by Blair Parke


It was the last thing left to do to

conclude her breast cancer journey,

but Dr. Phillips resident Lynda

Canatay learned it wasn’t going

to be the easiest. Diagnosed with

breast cancer in December 2020,

she spent most of 2021 undergoing

a double mastectomy and reconstructive

surgery. However, it wasn’t

until she tried to get insurance to pay

for areola tattooing that her real fight

for normalcy after cancer began.

“It’s [areola tattooing] out there,

and it’s available, and most insurance

companies cover this, but most

women don’t know how to get it,”

Lynda said.

Persistence for Change

When Lynda found out her double

mastectomy would require the

removal of her nipples, she knew she

wanted to get 3D nipple tattoos that

she had read about, and she wanted

to get them done at About Face and

Body. Lynda was already going to

the facility to get her eyebrows and

eyelashes done through cosmetic tattooing


After talking with a health insurance

representative who investigated

the matter further, Lynda learned

that because of the Women’s Health

and Cancer Rights Act of 1998,

all aspects of breast reconstruction

after a mastectomy are to be covered,

by law, through insurance. The

representative also emailed Lynda

what terminology to include for a

one-time exception letter from her


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doctor so insurance would pay for

the procedure.

Little did Lynda know that when

she shared her insurance email

with Jennifer Williams, owner of

About Face and Body, she was assisting

in a lengthy crusade Jennifer

had started to make areola tattooing

a procedure affordable to all

breast cancer survivors.

Jennifer Williams (left), owner of About Face and Body,

consults with Dr. Phillips resident Lynda Canatay.

“We turned the corner because

when I read the email, I said, ‘There

are words for what we want to do?’”

Jennifer said. “It was a miracle because

this was something I had been

working on for four years. I had

forms ready, and I just had to make

slight tweaks so we could move rather


Once the paperwork from her

doctor was at the insurance company,

along with Lynda’s persistent

phone calls to her insurance company

to get the procedure done,

Lynda had her areola tattooing

completed in late 2021 and early

2022 and received an insurance

check for the entire procedure by

February 2022.

Their success with Lynda’s insurance

encouraged both Lynda and

Jennifer to go further

in letting other

women know that

not only is areola tattooing

worth women

gaining a sense of

normalcy after cancer,

but it is also less

expense for them.

“[Jennifer] did a

fantastic job, and

it started out with

one person who got

through, and now

Jennifer has everything,”

Lynda said.

“I hope so many

women can get this

done because it is


“Where we are

in Dr. Phillips ... it’s

one of the unique

things we have to offer in the area,”

Jennifer said. “I’m excited for residents

to know about areola tattooing

and insurance, and I’m grateful

for Lynda and her help in getting

it in writing. She can really represent

what a resident of Dr. Phillips

made for the future of areola

tattooing.” ª

n Charities/Fundraisers

June 4 — Make ‘M Smile

Downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park hosts the

20th anniversary of Make ‘m Smile for VIP kids

of all ages from throughout the special needs

community. Festivities include the running of the

official Special Olympics torch at 8:45 a.m.;

stage performances by special needs kids and

local personalities; food; and hundreds of family-friendly

games, activities and exhibits. Time:

7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Everything is free for registered

VIP kids and their families, with a minimum

$5 charge for the general public. For more

information, call 407-857-8224 or visit www.

nathanielshope.org or www.nathanielshope.


June 7 — A Runway For Giving

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando,

6601 Adventure Way, Orlando, hosts the 59th

annual A Runway for Giving, including a silent

auction, fashion show and luncheon. Doors open

at 10:30 a.m. Cost: $250, with proceeds benefiting

Morning Star Catholic School. For more

information, visit morningstarorlando.org.

June 10 — Duck Race

Island H2O Waterpark, 3230 Inspiration

Drive, Kissimmee, hosts the second annual

Duck Race to educate, advocate and raise

funds to provide mental health services and to

help prevent homelessness in Central Florida.

Up to 5,000 rubber ducks of various sizes

“race” around the waterpark’s lazy river, during

which attendees sponsor ducks. Ducks

range from $5-$100, with proceeds benefiting

Pathway Homes of Florida. Those sponsoring

a duck receive half off admission to the

park on race day. For more information, visit


n Children’s/Teen


Ongoing — In-Person Storytimes

Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St., Winter

Garden, hosts the following in-person storytimes

for children: Storybook Fun for preschoolers is

Fridays at 10:15 a.m., Toddler Time is Fridays

at 10:45 a.m., and Tiny Tales for babies up

to 18 months is Fridays at 11:15 a.m. For

more information, call 407-835-7323 or visit


n Classes/Programs

Ongoing — Knitting/Crocheting Classes

The Special Events Dining Room of Building C

at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4851 S.

Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts Hearts to

Hands’ free knitting/crocheting classes. Yarn is

provided, and all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Time: Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. For


more information, call 407-876-4991, ext. 262;

email care@st.lukes.org; or visit www.st.lukes.org/


Through December 31 — Virtual Fitness


AARP Florida sponsors virtual weekly group

fitness classes, including two types of yoga

with QWellness and low-to-moderate dance

aerobics with Firebush. The classes are free to

the public, and times vary. For more information

or to register, visit states.aarp.org/florida/


n Events/Performances

Throughout June & July — Leaf

Scavenger Hunts

Harry P. Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave.,

Orlando, hosts leaf scavenger hunts for all ages,

during which participants find 20 distinct leaves

placed in different areas of the garden. Children

may dress in their favorite explorer or detective

costumes, and maps are given out to help with

the hunt. Cost: $15, adults; $10, children 4-17.

For more information, call 407-246-2620 or visit


June 9 — Celebrating Extraordinary


The Grove Room at Healthy West Orange,

1200 Plant St., Suite 212, Winter Garden,

hosts Celebrating Extraordinary Women, a

woman-focused event that aims to inspire and

empower women. Reservations and cancellations

must be made by June 3. No-shows

will be charged. Time: 4-6 p.m. Cost: $36

in advance or $46 at the door for West

Orange Chamber of Commerce members,

$50 for nonmembers. For more information,

visit wochamber.com/event/celebrating


June 18 & 19 — Ragtime Performances

The Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at Dr. Phillips

Center for the Performing Arts, 445 S. Magnolia

Ave., Orlando, hosts Central Florida Community

Arts’ performances of Ragtime on Juneteenth

Weekend. Time: Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday

at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ticket prices start at $25.

For more information, call 407-358-6603 or visit


June 19 — Juneteenth Celebration

Black Theatre Girl Magic hosts its second

annual Juneteenth Celebration, including two

family-friendly events. Lunch and Learn, a BTGM

Juneteenth experience for children, is held at

Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St.,

Orlando. Time: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. A free barbecue

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meal is provided. Facets of Freedom: Juneteenth

Celebration, including a DJ, prizes, food trucks,

live entertainment, an art exhibit and more, is

held at Loch Haven Park, 777 E. Princeton

St., Orlando. Cost: $20. Time: 6-10 p.m.

For more information about both events, visit


n Fourth Of July


compiled by Lisa Sagers

Through July 4 — Red, White & Blue


Historic downtown Winter Garden turns red,

white and blue to host a variety of patriotic

events: July 1 from 7-9 p.m. is Red, White &

Blues on the Plaza, with a local band playing

a mix of blues and popular tunes. The Winter

Garden Farmers Market Independence Day

Celebration is July 2 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., with

good old-fashioned fun like family games, live

music and one-stop shopping for your holiday

barbecue. The 18th annual All American Kids

Parade is July 4 from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Winter

Garden Masonic Lodge No. 165, 230 W. Bay

St. All are welcome to join the parade. Party in

the Park is on July 4 from 6-10 p.m. at Newton

Park, 29 W. Garden Ave., including a fireworks

display over Lake Apopka, live music, family

activities and more. For more information, visit


June 18 — Liberty Weekend Celebration

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and

Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

hotel co-present the Liberty Weekend Celebration,

including a patriotic concert performed by the

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. This year’s

theme is “Let Freedom Ring.” Time: The Colonel

Joe Kittinger Award is presented at 7:45 p.m.,

and the concert begins at 8 p.m. in the atrium

of the hotel. Admission and three hours of parking

in the Terminal C garage are free. For more

information, call 407-825-2055.

July 1-4 — The Star Spangled


Promenade at Sunset Walk, 3251 Margaritaville

Blvd., Kissimmee, hosts The Star Spangled 4 Day

Celebration, including bands, DJs, street performers,

a car show, street market and July Fourth

fireworks display. Admission and parking are

free. For more information, visit sunsetwalk.com.

July 4 — MetroWest MusicWorks

MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road,

Orlando, hosts the second annual MetroWest

MusicWorks, presented by Orlando Health and

including music, fireworks and food trucks. Adult

beverages are for sale. The entertainment lineup

features tribute bands honoring The Temptations,

The Four Tops and Elton John. Attendees should

bring chairs or blankets. Coolers and pets are prohibited.

Time: 6-10 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m., and

fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Off-site parking is at Valencia College, and a shuttle

service is provided. For more information, call 407-

601-5995 or visit www.metrowestcommunity.com.

n Miscellaneous

June 23 — MetroWest Food Truck


MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road,

Orlando, hosts MetroWest Food Truck Connection,

including food, fun and music. Social-distancing

guidelines are observed. Time: the fourth Thursday

of every month from 5:30-9 p.m. For more information,

visit www.metrowestcommunity.com.

July 11 — Photo Entry Deadline

The City of Orlando’s Historic Preservation Board

seeks photographs to be part of the annual

Historic Preservation Board Calendar. The theme

is “Orlando’s Historic Park Lake/Highland

Neighborhood.” In order for photos to qualify,

subject matter should be from structures at least

50 years old and be located in the historic Park

Lake/Highland community. A $100 honorarium

is awarded to each photographer whose picture

is selected for use. The entry deadline is July 11,

2022, at 5 p.m. For submission instructions or

more information, call Jennifer Fritz-Hunter, 407-

246-3416; or visit orlando.gov/calendarcontest.

n Networking/Clubs

Ongoing — Members Wanted

The West Orange Women seeks females of all

ages to join its group for fun, friendship and

philanthropy. Annual dues are $20. For more

information, call Mary Borgan, 407-929-3030;

or visit www.westorangewomen.com.

June 7, 14, 21 & 28 — Virtual

Toastmasters Meetings

Windermere Toastmasters Club No. 4662754

holds Zoom meetings. Attendees learn to develop

their oral communication and leadership skills in

a supportive and positive learning environment.

Time: Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information

or to request online Zoom meeting details,

visit www.4662754.toastmastersclubs.org and

click “Contact Us.”

June 8, 15, 22 & 29 — Virtual

Toastmasters Meetings

The Turnpike Toastmasters Club holds Zoom meetings.

Time: Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. For

more information or to register for a virtual meeting,

visit 2362.toastmastersclubs.org and click

“Contact Us” at least one day before the event.


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June 9, 16, 23 & 30 — Virtual Thursday

Morning Men’s Group

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church hosts a men’s

online group with the Rev. Jad. Time: Thursdays at

7:45 a.m. via Zoom. For more information or to register,

call 407-876-4991 or visit st.lukes.org/adults.

June 9, 16, 23 & 30 — Virtual

Toastmasters Meetings

The Vista Toastmasters Club holds Zoom meetings.

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

email vistatoastmasters.zoom@gmail.com

or visit www.vistatoastmasters.org.

n Support Groups

Ongoing — Hope For Hurting Parents

Support Group Meetings

The Parish Life Center at Holy Family Catholic

Church, 5125 S. Apopka-Vineland Road,

Orlando, hosts Hope for Hurting Parents support

group meetings for parents, grandparents,

aunts, uncles, etc., who have children of any

age who struggle with mental health issues, selfharm,

eating disorders, substance abuse, gender

confusion, suicidal thoughts and more. Time:

first and third Monday of each month from 6-8

p.m. For more information, email Beth Denhof,

bethdenhof@msn.com, or call her at 407-399-

5872; or email Kelly Muscaro, kkmuscaro@aol.

com, or call her at 407-963-5277. For more information,

including resources and book recommendations,

visit www.hopeforhurtingparents.com.

June 14 & 28 — Mental Health Support

Group Meetings

Building C at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church,

4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, hosts

free individual and family support group meetings

for individuals affected by mental illness.

Individuals meet in Room C-206, and families meet

in the Founder’s Hall. 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.

June 14 & July 12 — Virtual 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 www.adrccares.org.

June 15 & July 6 — Virtual Teen Talks

Support Group Meetings

The Cornerstone Hospice Bereavement Team

holds virtual teen talks support group meetings

for youth 12-17. Groups are free and open to

the public. Registration is required. Time: first and

third Wednesday of each month from 3:30-4:30

p.m. For more information or to register, call 866-

742-6655 or visit www.cornerstonehospice.org.

June 21 & July 5 — Virtual Teen Grief

Support Group Meetings

The Cornerstone Hospice Bereavement Team holds

virtual teen grief support group meetings for teens

12-17 struggling with the loss of a loved one or

feeling anxious, upset or confused because of the

pandemic. Groups are free and open to the public.

Registration is required. Time: first and third

Tuesday of each month from 5-6 p.m. For more

information or to register, call 866-742-6655 or

visit www.cornerstonehospice.org.

n Volunteers Needed

Ongoing — Volunteers Needed

My Brother’s Keeper seeks volunteers — especially

adult men (18-older) of color — who can serve as

positive role models and mentor boys and young

men of color. For more information, email Grace,

gdearden@vcifl.org, at Volunteers for Community Impact.

Contributions to Community Bulletin Board are welcome.

Please send information six weeks before the event to

P.O. Box 851, Windermere, FL 34787; call 407-351-1573,

option 5; or email Lisa@kearneypublishing.com. ª

Nurse Practitioners:

Esther Pelissier, ARPN-BC

Irene Gan, PMHNP

Raykha Crag-Chaderton, PMHNP-BC

Rachael Pittala, ARPN-BC


Michael Kellogg, LMHC, ATR-BC

Randie Morillo, LCSW, ACSW

Amy Singleton, LMHC

Brooke Parker, LMHC

Cristal Daniel, LMHC

Rachael Pittala

Esther Pelissier

Dr. Phillips High School

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Ocoee High School


Class of 2022!

Valedictorian: Vanita Kotadia

Valedictorian: Preston Le

Salutatorian: Abid Alsayyed

Class Song: 22 by Taylor Swift

Salutatorian: Jacqueline Tran


Samuel Ledden






Sofia Darquea


Laureate Scholar





including six of the eight Ivy League Schools, Vanderbilt University, Cal

Berkeley, UCLA, Pepperdine University, and Carnegie Mellon University.


of Senior Class took one or more


26 STUDENTS have been a

Laker since PreK3, PreK4, or Kindergarten.

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Class Song: Feel This Moment by Pittbull

Olympia High School

Valedictorian: Joanne Lee

Salutatorian: Lucas Dvorak

Class Song: 22 by Taylor Swift

West Orange High School

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Class Song: 22 by Taylor Swift

Valedictorian: Sean Matt Herlihy

Salutatorian: Pari Patel

Windermere High School

Valedictorian: Henrique


Salutatorian: Eileen Ng


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Class Song: 22 by Taylor Swift

The First Academy

Valedictorian: Conner


Salutatorian: Johnson



Class of

“You are my God.

My future is in your hands.”

Psalms 34:14

Foundation Academy

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Valedictorian: Nathan Andrews (right)

Salutatorian: Ian Garcia


Congratulations! Class of 2022

E sTD. 1958


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Holy Family Catholic School

Valedictorian: Sofie Heiden

Salutatorian: Justin Milford

Windermere Preparatory School

Valedictorian: Samuel Ledden

Salutatorian: Janella Laaksonen ª

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Living Well

Southwest OrlanDo

Volume 3, Issue 3 — June 2022

Could Your Child

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Does your child sometimes

wheeze? Is he or she short of

breath? If so, your child may need

to see a health care provider to

determine if he or she has asthma.

Asthma affects the airways, or

tubes, that carry air in and out of

the lungs. In people with asthma,

inhaling an irritant causes the airways

to become inflamed and the

airway muscles to tighten, making it

harder to breathe.

Asthma is the most common longterm

health condition in children, affecting

approximately 5 million kids

in the U.S. It usually starts before

age 5. Asthma impacts some groups

of children more than others. For example,

boys are more likely than girls

to be diagnosed with it. Black, Puerto

Rican and Native American children

are more likely than white children to

have asthma.

Poorly controlled asthma can

cause kids to miss school or even end

up in the hospital. The good news is

that with the right management, most

kids with asthma can lead healthy,

active lives. Here are several things

Could Your Child Have Asthma?

you can do if you think your child

has asthma:

Look out for common signs and

symptoms of asthma. These include

coughing, wheezing, chest tightness

and shortness of breath. According

to experts at the National Heart,

Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI),

up to 40% of children who wheeze

when they get colds or respiratory

infections eventually get diagnosed

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An estimated

5 million children

in the U.S. have


with asthma. Notice when and

where your child has symptoms. Do

the symptoms interrupt your child’s

sleep? Do they occur during a specific

time of the day? Do exercise,

allergies or illness make them worse?

If your child’s symptoms persist,

see a health care provider. The

health care provider may ask about

your child’s medical history and

symptoms and do a physical exam.

They may also conduct tests to measure

your child’s breathing.

Work with the doctor to develop

an asthma action plan if your child

is diagnosed with asthma. This is

important. The plan will help you

track medicines, monitor symptoms

and changes, and understand when

emergency care is necessary.

Learn about the triggers that can

bring on an asthma attack. Try to

avoid the triggers that make your

child’s symptoms worse. These may

include things that cause allergies —

such as pets, pollen, mold and dust —

or cold or low-quality air, infections

such as the flu, and tobacco smoke.

Your family and health care provider

can work together to control your

child’s asthma and keep your child

doing the activities he or she loves.

Find asthma information and resources

from NHLBI’s Learn More

Breathe Better program at nhlbi.nih.


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If you live with irritable bowel syndrome

(IBS), does it seem like your

symptoms have not improved in the

past 12 months? According to recent

survey results, this has been the experience

of many adults living with IBS.

This data comes from a recent Salixsponsored

survey of more than 700

IBS patients, of which nearly half

(49%) of respondents found their IBS

symptoms more challenging to manage

in the past year. Additionally,

the majority of respondents reported

that their multiple GI symptoms have

not improved during the past 12

months (between 77% and 81% of

respondents across all IBS symptoms

included in the survey).

Salix Pharmaceuticals, in partnership

with the Fairleigh Dickinson

University Poll, recently released the

second annual “Patient Perspectives

Report: Living with IBS Now.” The report,

which is available at www.salix.

com/newsreleases, reveals insights

into the symptoms and behaviors of

people living with the condition.

What Is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common

gastrointestinal disorder that

affects 13.7 million adults in the

United States. People with IBS often

experience reoccurring issues with

abdominal discomfort or pain that

are associated with a range of symptoms,

which can include diarrhea,

constipation or alternating episodes

of both (mixed). Symptoms of IBS

can range from mild to severe and

can be difficult to manage; however,

treatment options are available and

should be discussed with your health

care provider.

Has Your

IBS Been Harder to Manage?

Why Has IBS Been

Harder to Manage This Past Year?

When asked what made the management

of their symptoms most

challenging in the past 12 months,

respondents said:

• Changes in their normal routine

such as eating habits, exercise and

daily activities (79%).

• Less communication with their

health care providers (30%).

• Changes in their IBS treatment


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symptoms in

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were initially diagnosed with IBS

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Additionally, more than one-half

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(61%) of those surveyed prefer in-person

communication with their health

care providers. The survey also

found that 45% of respondents said

telehealth has made receiving care


Seeking Treatment for IBS

Another takeaway from the survey

regarding doctor-patient communication

is that when meeting with

their health care providers, 40% of

patients only discuss their main IBS

symptom, rather than discussing all

of their IBS-related symptoms. It is

important that patients discuss all of

their IBS symptoms in order for their

health care provider to have a complete

picture of the patient’s experience

with the condition.

If you are experiencing frequent

symptoms such as constipation,

diarrhea, changes in bowel movements,

abdominal pain, gas and/

or bloating, it’s important to consult

your health care provider to discuss

symptom management and treatment


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The COVID-19 pandemic has shined

a much-needed light on whole person

health by highlighting the correlation

between behavioral health and overall

wellness. Many people with behavioral

health challenges experienced

worsening symptoms, while others

struggled with conditions for the first

time and didn’t know where to turn.

Understanding whole person health

— and where to find resources that can

help you support both your mental and

physical health — is key to protecting

and improving your overall well-being.

Whole person health is the recognition

that our mental and physical

health are interconnected and that an

illness rarely affects a single body part

or system. When you consider that

nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults live with a

mental illness, and 6 in 10 adults in the

U.S. have a chronic disease, it’s easy

to consider how one might impact the


Benefits of Whole Person

Health and How to Take Action

According to Rhonda Randall,

D.O., chief medical officer at

UnitedHealthcare, implementing integrated

health care approaches has

positive outcomes for patients, physicians

and caregivers. By exploring

health behaviors like smoking, physical

activity and eating habits; the

community and environment where

we live and work; genetics; behaviors;

and socioeconomic influences on our

health, physicians and patients create

a comprehensive picture of the

patient’s goals and a comprehensive

plan of care.

Here are three key ways this approach

can help you or someone you

love — and how to take action.

• Improve one area, improve the

rest. Research shows that improving

one area of a person’s physical, emotional

and mental health can benefit

the others. For example, we have long

known that gut health is directly linked

to mental health, but whole health argues

these connections run throughout

the entire body.

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Focusing on Whole Person Health

Take action: Take a moment to reflect

on your health — what are you

missing and what are your goals?

Make a list, then talk about it with your

care team. Together, you can make a

plan to address the changes you’d like

to make.

• Make mental health checks part

of your regular health routine. As we

age, chronic, or ongoing, conditions

like diabetes, heart disease, chronic

pain and others, tend to surface more

frequently, but research suggests mentally

healthy adults reported the fewest

chronic diseases of all ages. By

starting to care for your mental and

behavioral health as soon as possible,

patients can help safeguard the body

for its future.

Take action: Just as we make yearly

visits to our primary care physicians,

it’s essential to prioritize regular mental

health maintenance checks, whether

with your physician, a specialist or free

self-assessment tools. It’s no secret that

for many, the pandemic has intensified

and worsened mental health issues.

The silver lining? Broad recognition

has reduced the stigma, and, more

than ever, virtual tools are available to

help maintain treatment plans, improve

access and remove cost barriers.

• Prioritize preventive care to reduce

health care costs. Chronic conditions,

frequent trips to specialists, and

prescriptions are key drivers behind

expensive out-of-pocket health care

costs. By investing in whole health

— examining diet, exercise and mental

health in conjunction with regular

Whole person health recognizes

that mental and physical health are


primary care visits — you can improve

your health as well as your long-term

financial health.

Take action: As you build your health

team, look for professionals who subscribe

to the whole health model and

will proactively seek to coordinate

care with other providers supporting

your physical and mental health.

When physician teams communicate

effectively, patients become centered

in their care.

Taking Charge of Your Whole Health

More and more, patients can be the

drivers of their own health care journeys.

Minor changes such as investing

in self-care, improving lifestyle choices

and early behavioral intervention if

needed are key steps in ensuring overall


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n Celebration


Baez of

Celebration is

named a hotelier

of the month

by the Florida


& Lodging



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compiled by Lauren Salinero

graduation as a project coordinator

at BJU Press. Located in Greenville,

South Carolina, BJU Press provides

educational materials written from

a biblical worldview that focuses on

academic rigor and encourages critical


billion dollars by 2026. However,

the legal issues surrounding the use

of these technical advances are both

complicated and far-reaching. In her

article, Akifa explained how BCI

technologies operate and analyzes

the impact they might have on health

and legal professions in the future.

This includes the benefits and potential

problematic situations.

Celebration resident Antonio

Baez, managing director of Meliá

Orlando Celebration, was named a

hotelier of the month by the Florida

Restaurant & Lodging Association.

He was nominated by the regional

board of directors and Allied

Ambassadors Committee for the

organization’s Orlando chapter.

Antonio will receive an award of

recognition at the FRLA December

Members of the Year celebration.

n Windermere

Country music recording artist and

TikTokker Noah Schnacky embarked

on his Thoughtfully Reckless

album tour in April and May. Raised

in Windermere and now residing

in Clermont, Noah decided to do

things differently on this tour. Along

with his band, he traveled with eight

other multimillion-follower content

creators: Allie Schnacky, Colby

Schnacky, Austin Armstrong,

Carol Chaves, Malik Brookins,

Jacob Petersen, Julia Poe and

musical opener Matt Cooper. “As

the world has changed over the past

two years since I was on last on tour,

I also saw an opportunity to change

the way we tour altogether,” Noah

said. “TikTok, YouTube and Instagram

have increasingly dominated today’s

entertainment, so why not combine

social media entertainment creators

with musical artists in a way that has

never been done before by taking

both on the road?”

Windermere Chase resident Grant Sicard

graduates from Olympia High School.

accepted into the Burnett Honors

College at the University of Central

Florida. Grant graduated in the

top 5% of his graduating class at

Olympia High School, receiving

straight A’s his entire academic

career. He will be majoring in biomedical

sciences at the College

of Medicine. Grant also actively

volunteered at Orlando Health

Arnold Palmer Hospital for

Children, was a baseball pitcher

for his high school and various travel

ball teams, played piano for his high

school jazz band, and achieved a

third-degree black belt in mixed martial


n Winter Garden

Jason Bhagan, a native of

Winter Garden, was initiated into

the University of Central Florida

Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the

National Leadership Honor Society.

Students initiated into the society

must be sophomores, juniors, seniors

or graduate/professional students in

the top 35% of their class; demonstrate

leadership experience in at

least one of the five pillars; and embrace

the ODK ideals. Fewer than

5% of students on a campus are invited

to join each year.

n Et Al

Representatives of The Health

Law Firm announced that one of

its attorneys, Akifa Khattak of

Southwest Orlando, published an

article titled “Brain Chips: Health

and Legal Considerations for Brain-

Computer Interface Technologies” in

the Orange County Bar Association

publication Orange County Lawyer.

Brain-computer interface technologies

involve the communication between

brain signals and computers/

external equipment. The value of

these technologies could exceed a

ShuffieldLowman partner and

Southwest Orlando resident

Stephanie Cook was selected

for the Florida Probate Rules

Committee, a standing committee of

The Florida Bar. The scope and function

of the Probate Rules Committee

is to carry out the mandate of Rule

2.140, Florida Rules of Judicial

Administration, concerning the proposal

of new rules of procedure and

changes to existing rules.


n Windermere Chase

Congratulations to Grant Sicard

of Windermere Chase for being

Winter Garden resident Nicholas

Gore, a senior pursuing a bachelor’s

degree in Christian ministries at Bob

Jones University, was hired before

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(Back, l. to r.) Brian Wetzel,

Orlando Health; Angel de

la Portilla, board member

of Valencia College; Jay

Galbraith, Valencia College;

John McReynolds, Universal

Orlando Resort; Mayor Jon

Rees, city of Winter Garden;

Kim Hardy, University of

Central Florida; Fred Kittinger,

University of Central Florida;

(front, l. to r.) Stina D’Uva;

Sen. Jason Brodeur; Rep.

Travaris McCurdy; Rep.

Geraldine Thompson;

Courtney James, Valencia

College; and Philip

Koovakada, Orlando Health,

attend the West Orange

Chamber of Commerce

2022 Legislative Luncheon.

apart for entry-level professional


West Orange Chamber

of Commerce’s Celebrating

Extraordinary Women on June 9

will include a panel of guest speakers,

including Windermere resident

Leticia Adams of Walt Disney

World and Ocoee resident Ann

Whittle of Trophies Unlimited. The

female-focused event is about inspiring

and empowering women. To

learn how to attend, visit wochamber.



West Orange Chamber

of Commerce held its 2022

Legislative Luncheon, during which

several legislators were in attendance.

Participants included Sen.

Jason Brodeur, Rep. Travaris

McCurdy, Winter Garden

Mayor Jon Rees, Rep. Geraldine

Thompson, and many others.

WOCC builds partnerships, strong

businesses and commitment to the

community by serving as the leading

business advocate in Central

Florida, facilitating opportunity to

nearly 1,000 member businesses.

For more information about

WOCC, call 407-656-1304 or visit


Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips past President Collin Galloway (left) presents a $1,000

check to Maureen Dorschel (second from left) and Cheryl Android from Give Kids The

World. They are joined by club President Terry Taggart.

Victoria Angela Photography

Rotary Club

of Dr. Phillips

President Terry

Taggart (left)

and membership

chair Lori

McCord (right)

congratulate John

Goolcharan, a

recent Rotarian of

the month.

Peidmont University’s fourth annual

Piedmont Symposium showcased

the undergraduate research and

creative inquiry projects of 389 students.

Their findings were presented

across the Demorest and Athens

campuses through both oral and

poster presentations. Madison

Gallarelli of Windermere and

Aria Solano of Winter Garden

were among the student presenters.

There were 121 oral presentations

and 72 posters across the Demorest

campus and 43 oral presentations

at the Athens campus. There was

also an EcoConference in Stewart

Hall, where students could explore

environmental justice career paths

and learn how to set themselves

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa

Phi is the nation’s oldest, most selective,

collegiate honor society for all

academic disciplines. Membership

is by invitation only and requires

nomination and approval by a

chapter. Approximately 25,000

students, faculty members, professional

staff and alumni are initiated

into Phi Kappa Phi each year.

Among this year’s inductees are

Florida State University students

Morgan DeLattre of Oakland,

Sally Harper and Sarah Ingle

of Southwest Orlando, Grace

Jarrett of Dr. Phillips, Isabelle

Maday and Grace Reed of

Winter Garden, Stephanie

Rodgers and Isabella Valdivia

of Windermere; Virginia Tech

student Stephanie Bontell of

MetroWest; Samford University

student Barbara Peters of

MetroWest; Florida Southern

College student Olivia Schalk

of Dr. Phillips; and University of

Mississippi student Mario Sobrino

of Dr. Phillips.

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

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Southwest Social


West Orange Chamber of Commerce held

its annual Big Orange Awards to celebrate

the accomplishments and triumphs of some of its

most admired and inspirational members. This

year’s “groovy” event had a ’70s theme.

▲ JoAnne Quarles (center) receives the Danniel

J. Petro “The Bright Future of West Orange” Award.

▲ Commissioner Bakari Burns (left) receives

the Chair’s Award.

▲ West Orange Chamber of Commerce President

Stina D’Uva (center) greets John and Star McReynolds.

▲ Joe Dunn (second from right) receives the

George Bailey Award.

▲ State Farm Insurance, represented by Jo Barsh

(center), is named 2021 Small Business of the Year.

▲ Ocoee Mayor Rusty Johnson (far left) with wife Marilyn

(second from left) and Winter Garden Mayor John Rees

(far right) with wife Linda.

▲ Joseph McMullen (second from right)

receives the Sam Hovsepian Award.

▲ Representatives of Seacoast Bank accept the

company’s award for Big Business of the Year.

▲ Lynetta Tipton Steed (second from right) receives the

Mary VanDeventer “The Spirit of West Orange” Award.

▲ Joan Bailey (second from right) is named

Lifetime Ambassador.

▲ West Orange Healthcare District

representatives accept the Bert Roper Award.

Photos courtesy of ©Cannonfire Photography

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School News


Whispering Oak Elementary School held field day events for two

weeks during P.E. In one of these classes, the students competed in

a tug-of-war challenge. Congratulations to Heather Allen’s third

graders who rose victorious from the well-won battle!






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