Generations Of Doctors Bring A Family Element To The Center For Bone & Joint Surgery

Generations Of Doctors Bring A Family Element To The Center For Bone & Joint Surgery

The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches has been serving the western communities for more than two decades, and there’s a unique family element to the practice now that the son of the one of the founders has joined the team.

CEO Dr. Harvey Montijo Sr. and his original partners Dr. Garvin Yee and Dr. Mark Waeltz have grown the practice since 1994, allowing it to mature into a firm bringing expert orthopedic care here in the western communities and throughout Palm Beach County.

Today, there are multiple offices at Wellington Regional Medical Center, and offices in Belle Glade, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and a new office that will bring the Center for Bone & Joint Surgery into Martin County. The largest location is in Royal Palm Beach and has six orthopedic offices, physical therapy centers and an MRI center.

“We’ve been pretty much here since 1998,” Montjio Sr. said of the flagship office on State Road 7. “It started with just a building in the rear, and the parking lot was here in the front where this building stands. As we expanded, we moved the parking lot to the back of the surgery center building. We built this 36,000-square-foot facility. It houses most of our surgeons at this point.”

The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery has had the ability to grow in locations in part because it continues to welcome new surgeons to the practice, bringing on board top orthopedic surgeons that have trained and specialized in areas of surgery that are often new to the practice.

About a year and a half ago, one of those new surgeons was Harvey Enrique Montijo Jr., Montijo Sr.’s son, who brought his specialty in foot and ankle surgery to the family practice.

“I think everything I’ve trained for, and all the training that’s been done, is definitely going to use here,” said Montijo Jr., who attended Duke University Medical School in North Carolina before continuing his studies with a residency in Charlotte, N.C. “[At OrthoCarolina], we had a very heavy trauma presence, and it has been very surprising the amount of trauma we have here, even being treated at Wellington Regional, Palms West and Palm Beach Gardens. Things that would usually go to a level-one trauma center, I’ve been surprised that we’re using them so much here.”

For Monijo Jr., returning to a place he grew up and joining his father and new colleagues has been a small-town surprise.

“The one thing that has really surprised me about the community is how small it is,” he said, explaining there’s an inter-connectedness that often leads to referrals. “There are cases where I’ve done a hip fracture on somebody’s mom, and then all of sudden you are getting five or six people who are coming to see you… I think when you grow up here, you kind of know it, but Palm Beach County, no matter how big it is, it’s pretty well-connected.”

Not only is there family now at the Center for Bone & Joint Surgery, but Montijo Sr. has worked with some of his employees for 20 years. The more than 250 employees today serve the patients as much as the orthopedic surgeons at the practice, he said.

“We are an integral part of the western communities as a business. We have been involved with the community on multiple levels and multiple events, supporting a lot of the charity events that the community has,” Montijo Sr. said. “We have a very strong retention rate in our employees, and that has been part of our success. We have these individuals who have weathered the storms with us, and they’re like family.”

Montijo Sr. and his partners have been able to continue to grow the practice and stay current, updating to new technologies as they have developed through the years.

“Thanks to technology and integration of computers, it’s easy to have the same information for any particular patient. You have access in any particular office,” Montijo Sr. said. “So, if it’s in Boynton Beach, and the skillset of the surgeons there don’t match, but they do see the initial orthopedic surgeon there, and they get referred here, they don’t have to redo everything. It’s already integrated into the system. We just have to pull it up.”

Montijo Sr. is still very much involved in his craft as a total joint replacement specialist. He continues to be active as a surgeon in artificial hip, artificial total knee and arthroplasty. But Montijo Sr. said that unless it’s completely necessary, many surgeons like himself are conservative in the approach to various injuries for patients who come to his offices.

“We’re not just surgeons. Most of what we do is take care of the patients without the blade, without the surgical approach,” Montijo Sr. said. “Physical therapy, bracing, injections, different modalities that you can have short of surgery, and at the same time give you some options or advice with the physical therapist to modify your training, so you don’t get hurt but still reach your goals as an athlete, or as a weekend warrior, or as a geriatric person who just wants to stay fit.”

Montijo Sr. also embarks on international projects to educate surgeons overseas. He recently returned to the practice after a trip in Vietnam, where he has been visiting since 2011. He goes there once a year to train surgeons at an orthopedic and trauma hospital in Da Nang.

“Some of their surgeons have come to be trained here. It has been a two-way street, where they come for training here, and I go over there and do some interesting procedures and surgeries,” Montijo Sr. said. “I’ve also been to Cambodia, training surgeons there. But it has mostly been Vietnam, and now my first experience in Nigeria, in Africa, will be next month.”

As he goes to other countries to instill knowledge, his practice here is ready to see the next generation of patients with the next generation of medical professionals and the latest technology.

“We have a new generation of surgeons coming on board, and we’re excited to see that,” Montijo Sr. said. “What we built 25 years ago still has an opportunity to continue to be part of the community, so I really consider myself blessed to have my son in the practice. I’m looking forward to seeing him grow. I’m looking forward to see what this brings down the road.”

The Center for Bone & Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches has seven offices across the county. For additional information, call (561) 798-6600 or visit


Busy Year Ahead For Dressage Star Kasey Perry-Glass

Busy Year Ahead For Dressage Star  Kasey Perry-Glass

Top dressage rider Kasey Perry-Glass was five years old when she hopped on her first horse. The steed was kept at a local barn, which her mother visited as a getaway from the kids. It was not quite an escape, however, since the 5-year-old, along with her brother and four sisters, followed their mother to the stable. Soon after, Perry-Glass got her first pony, and she has been making history ever since.

Dressage competitions dot the globe, and as elite equestrian competitors, the Olympic bronze medalist and her horses are international travelers.

“I’ve been over in Europe for the last three summers now, competing on Nations Cup teams, Olympic teams and events like that for selections,” Perry-Glass said.

The winter months signal a calmer time for her horses, which have earned a well-needed travel break when Perry-Glass settles down in Wellington.

Though “settles down” isn’t quite an accurate description of her time here.

Neither Perry-Glass nor her bay, Dublet, rest on their laurels, but rather take advantage of the milder temperatures and top local competitions to prepare for the next big, international event.

“In the coming winter months, I will be competing to, hopefully, get a spot on the World Equestrian Games team,” Perry-Glass said.

Tryon, N.C., is the site for the 2018 World Equestrian Games, where Perry-Glass hopes to gain a little bit of a home-court advantage when the equestrian world heads to the United States next September.

“[Tryon is] known for having great facilities, and now it’s just about preparing them for the WEG and being able to accommodate all the horses and grooms and riders,” Perry-Glass said. “I think that they really have a good layout there to make our country look really good.”

As a young girl, Perry-Glass learned to ride western style and went on to hunter/jumpers. As she grew, so did her love for horses and her desire to compete. An introduction to Pony Club, the equestrian educational organization, fueled her affection.

“It is a great organization that helps kids get involved with horses in a healthy way; to really learn the basics about anatomy, the care, the riding part,” Perry-Glass said. “They really go over a large spectrum of the horse and the discipline.”

Over the course of her career, Perry-Glass has been under the tutelage of top professionals in the field of dressage. She connected with Carmela Richards’ Oak Creek Training Stables in California. It was there that Perry-Glass gained many friends with the same interest, including many competing at high levels of eventing.

Richards introduced Perry-Glass to her first dressage trainer, Gina Duran. Under 10 years of Duran’s watchful eye, Perry-Glass competed extensively, increasing her desire to compete on a higher level.

“It kind of spiraled into me wanting to be international and really push for a career in it,” Perry-Glass said.

At the level at which she would go on to compete, Perry-Glass would require an incredible horse with which to partner. Dressage coach and trainer Christophe Theallet traveled to Europe with her to find that perfect horse. They came back to the United States with Dublet.

The gelding proved to be the right choice, as he and Perry-Glass forged a winning partnership at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The pair were further established as a force in international dressage with a seventh place dressage Grand Prix finish at the 2017 FEI World Cup Final in Omaha, Neb., in March — one of only three Americans to land in the top 10.

Olympian Debbie McDonald has been Perry-Glass’ coach for the last three years and is credited with getting the now 30-year-old to the Olympics last year. They met the prior year in Europe, where Perry-Glass was on the Pan American Games selection team. Unfortunately, she didn’t make the Pan Am team but confesses to begging McDonald for the chance to train with her in Sun Valley, Idaho.

“I knew that the next year was going to be pretty intense, and she welcomed me in,” Perry-Glass said. “Within a year, training really hard, she got me on the Olympic team. It’s pretty impressive to say that someone can do that, coach-wise.”

Lots of kids dream of competing in the Olympics, but it’s hard to comprehend the cost until it happens for you.

“It is a lot of sacrifice,” Perry-Glass said. “It’s nice for people to know that these athletes who go to the Olympics are in everyday training, whether it means physical training, emotional training. You know, all the psychology around it. We’re training constantly, and it’s also a lot of sacrifice for a family.”

Surprisingly, in her formative years, Perry-Glass was a homebody. She never relished going too far away from her parents. Nevertheless, she was the first of the six kids to leave home and now travels around the world. She knew this had to happen if she was to achieve her goals, and as a result, she moved to Spokane, Wash.

“I loved the idea of a new place,” Perry-Glass said. “Something inside me just clicked.”

Still, leaving home was a sacrifice for both Perry-Glass and her family. She only saw them if they were able to attend a show, or on the off occasion when she would make it home for Christmas.

“It’s a lot of sacrifice to train for that goal, but it’s well worth it,” Perry-Glass said. “It pays off in the long run. Any dedication like that pays off.”

She speaks glowingly of her family, referring to them as “Team Believe,” a motto they adopted when she first started competing. The family’s focused attention over the last four years has been on her. According to Perry-Glass, there’s no question in her mind that “Team Believe” shares the same goals.

“We really push ourselves as a family. We push ourselves to be better people and to really fight for what we want and to really believe in ourselves.” Perry-Glass said.

The dedication and sacrifice required to succeed was passed down from her parents. Her mother is a constant champion for the importance of believing in oneself, and her father, a psychologist, once played Major League Baseball.

“It’s a little bit different in this sport, because a lot of people don’t really have that, and I feel really lucky,” Perry-Glass said of her family’s involvement. “They keep me balanced.”

Her parents and siblings aren’t her only cheerleaders. Married two years ago, Perry-Glass said that her husband, Dana, keeps her grounded.

Glass also works with horses and helps to run a family business in Colorado where the couple met. “He knows the idea around the sport and the discipline,” Perry-Glass said. “He gives me an outside perspective of what life is like outside of the sport.”

The newlyweds are also combining their talents into a new business. Two Worlds Equestrian will encompass both the dressage and western disciplines.

2018 will be Perry-Glass’ fourth season in Wellington, where she lives close to the show grounds.

“I can get into a class or just get some extra training there,” she said. “It sets you up very nicely for other venues and gets you the mileage that you need.”

Perry-Glass expects to compete in four shows this winter, two in February and two in March.

Her long-term goals are more personal. “I really want to have a family. It is very important for my husband and I,” Perry-Glass said. “We want to have at least two kids. As of right now, that’s my other dream and goal.”

Learn more about Kasey Perry-Glass at


‘Modern Essayist’ J.C. James Wellington Man Creates Art Through Unique Wordcraft

‘Modern Essayist’ J.C. James
Wellington Man Creates Art Through Unique Wordcraft

There are times when something so momentous has happened, so joyous or so devastating, that we find it difficult to put into words. We want to commemorate the event but don’t know where to begin.

That’s where Wellington resident J.C. James comes in. James is a modern essayist — perhaps the only one of his kind. He will interview you, research the event, draw upon artistic inspiration, compose the story in a style he calls “sophisticated rhyme,” then present you with a “Gift of Authenticity” — his words on a gallery-quality display.

James has written more than 1,000 tributes, some of them for notable names such as golfers Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els, the late women’s polo pioneer Sunny Hale, and even Arrogate, the Louisiana racehorse that won the Dubai World Cup last March. Sometimes, the tributes are for public display but, more often, they are intensely personal, destined to remain in the family as treasured heirlooms.

Writing other people’s stories wasn’t originally James’ calling. Born in Brisbane, Australia in 1969, he came to the United States in the summer of 2000 as a youth soccer coach. Over the next 10 years, he also did some playing, and that meant a lot of travel. When he wasn’t on the field, James found himself waxing philosophical.

“I got reflective,” he said. “I began writing a few little things, and they started coming out in rhyme with a level of sophistication to them. I continued on from that point. Little stories would enter my mind. One turned into two, two turned into four, and pretty soon I had a collection. A few people I shared them with were very supportive and encouraging. They liked the perspective and introspection.”

In those early days, he was writing material from his own head — personal experiences and observations. He was encouraged to publish a collection of those short stories and short rhymes. His first book was published in 2004 by Publish America.

“It was a traditional book, marketed and distributed by them,” James said. “Make no mistake, it was a little cutesy book, but it kept me encouraged. Around 2007 to 2008 is when I started writing stories that were more specific for people. It took the focus off me having to invent things. Fortunately, I had a few private collectors. It wasn’t big rewards or large money, but it got me thinking, ‘Perhaps I have something here.’”

Clearly, he did. James’ work has gotten so popular that he has formed a company around it, Expressional Galleries, with his wife and publicist Mysdee Middleton. “It’s an interesting thing that has happened to us in the last few years,” Middleton said. “We are utilizing J.C.’s gift in a purposeful way to honor others. He captures moments, writes in sophisticated rhyme, puts an artistic spin on it.”

Clients explain their story, and James will take it from there.

“The tribute becomes a permanent reminder of a major event, because it’s a real story about real people in a real moment,” he said. “The quality of the story, coupled with the sturdy mounting system, is designed to last many, many years.”

Because each essay is a one-of-a-kind original, James copyrights the work.

“We do our research,” James said. “It’s a combination of watching visually if it’s a high-profile event, along with research done by my lovely wife.”

The Sunny Hale tribute was a good example. Composed after the top female polo player’s death last February, James said he tried to write it through the eyes of a young girl, because Hale was “a true trailblazer, a pioneer to be sure, and an inspiration to all women. She was extremely memorable and died far too young.”

Hale’s untimely death was a great loss for the polo community, he said.

“I think they lost a woman who had not yet finished her mission,” James said. “What I came to learn [through research for the essay] is that she gave so much. Her legacy continues because she established [record-keeping] bloodlines for ponies through DNA and genetics. What polo lost was her further development. Yet it was well and truly balanced out by what polo gained.”

But you don’t have to have achieved international fame to warrant a tribute by James.

“When it’s a more private tribute, for neighbors or the members of our community, I sit down with them and they relay their story to me,” he said. “The fact that we are able to make them comfortable enough to express themselves freely is the key to our success. Everything has to come from a place of honesty in order to create their ‘Gift of Authenticity.’ We interact with people on a very personal level.”

Especially if the piece is to be read aloud, James also sends an audio file of himself reading it, so people can get the pacing right. “This way they have my interpretation of their story as it was written,” he explained. “I get a lot of mileage out of the Australian accent, too. People are fond of it. And I’ve worked to develop a very steady and comfortable voice. All of my work sounds similar. There’s a rhythm and melody.”

James is comfortable growing his business slowly, primarily through word-of-mouth and his Facebook page.

“We ask our clients to pass us along in their network of friends. Growth has gone slowly, by that’s by design,” James said. “I want to develop my profile as an essayist. I’m an artist; it really is that simple. Like someone who paints original artwork, there are no reproductions. This is the medium and the method we use. The essay is written for you, about you, using a propriety method that transfers it into a finished product that we haven’t seen anybody else do. It’s a narrative of substance, written in this specialized method of sophistication.”

James enjoys living in Wellington, which he regards as a small community that appreciates good quality art, which is important to him.

Learn more about the artist at “JC JAMES Modern Essayist” on Facebook. For further information, contact Mysdee Middleton at (561) 843-4161 or


GIT Barn Solutions Helps Equestrians Keep Horse Waste Under Control

GIT Barn Solutions Helps Equestrians Keep Horse Waste Under Control

Everyone involved with horses knows that dealing with horse waste is part of the lifestyle. In fact, the more involved in the industry, the more manure there is to manage. There are glamorous facets to being an equestrian, but waste management is not one of them. Luckily, Wellington-based GIT Barn Solutions is there to help.

As they say, what goes in, must come out. And if you’re a horse owner, you know that horses can consume a huge amount of food. All that food leads to a lot of manure.

The amount of total stall waste per horse averages between 60 and 70 pounds per day — or approximately 12 tons of stall waste per year. Given that many equestrians own more than one horse, sometimes a dozen or more, you’re talking about a big problem. What do you do about that pile of waste? You call in the experts.

GIT Barn Solutions will travel to your barn and relieve you of the problem. They have the shovels, the containers, the trucks, conveyor belts, gigantic troughs and transport vehicles. They have everything you need to properly dispose of equine waste without the hassle. Best of all, they’re just a phone call away.

And when it comes to horse waste, GIT Barn Solutions is one of the leading players in the industry, offering a new manure solution with closed, non-leaking containers that are better looking and keep flies away.

Beginning in November 2015, GIT was contracted to remove manure from the thoroughbred racetrack Gulfstream Park West and its associated training center Palm Meadows which, together, attract 1,500 horses each winter. The owner of the company, Giuseppe Iadisernia, an Italian-American breeder of Thoroughbreds headquartered in Ocala, visited Wellington later that year and saw loose manure piled in bins, attracting flies and other insects.

As a horseman himself, Iadisernia could calculate the significant amount of waste the Village of Wellington needed to manage in order to protect the water and the land from contamination. He found himself asking, “How is it that such splendid properties do not have a better system to take care of livestock waste?”

By January 2016, GIT Barn Solutions was operating in the Wellington area, setting up new administrative headquarters on Fairlane Farms Road. To allow for its future development, the company recently acquired the entire property.

Three managers keep things running smoothly — Freddy Sanchez (general manager), George Falcon (sales) and Brad Smith (operations).

Also integral to the business are its four Mack garbage trucks, capable of handling 12 tons of manure; two delivery trucks for containers and shavings; and one dump truck. Their service area of 225 clients extends from Miami-Dade north to Palm Beach County. But that’s in human terms. The number of horses served is 1,200 in July, soaring to 2,500 in the March high season. An expansion into equestrian-friendly Palm City is next on the radar screen.

As an essential part of its business plan, GIT Barn Solutions also recently developed a shavings factory in Leesburg, located between Orlando and Ocala. By offering both clean shavings and manure removal, the company has been able to reduce prices — and headaches — for clients who need both services.

GIT Barn Solutions is also sure that the manure is disposed of properly. The company works closely with U.S. Sugar and McGill, but a transfer facility project will soon enable them to ship a vast amount of manure to Ocala for recycling.

After all, it turns out that one man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure.

GIT Barn Solutions is located at 3080 Fairlane Farms Road, Suite 1, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 600-3407 or visit


Aero Club Home Features Plenty Of Space In A Prime Location

Aero Club Home Features Plenty Of Space In A Prime Location

Designed as the personal home of a well-known architect, this 4,400-square-foot Wellington Aero Club estate has prime access to the community’s taxiway. It boasts a new concrete tile roof extending over its four bedrooms, three baths and oversized three-car garage. The master suite is on the first floor, and its accompanying bath has recently been remodeled. All of the rooms are huge, and windows abound — and a fabulous, extra-large game room upstairs is perfect for entertaining. The home’s oversized patio features a soaring, two-story screen enclosure and a heated pool with a saltwater chlorinator.


Foyer: The neutral palette shows off the space in the two-story foyer area. Large tile runs throughout the foyer, hall, kitchen and breakfast nook, while plush carpeting anchors conversational spaces, such as the formal living and dining rooms.


Family Room: The home’s family room offers easy access to the kitchen and plenty of entertaining space. With lots of room for media and technology, the family room also has a view of the patio.  


Dining Room: The formal dining room can accommodate plenty of guests. Custom wainscoting adds architectural interest, while a stunning chandelier and three arched windows provide lots of light.


Breakfast Bar/Nook: There’s plenty of seating at the spacious kitchen’s breakfast bar, along with a nearby casual dining area. Like other parts of the house, it offers a great view of the pool deck.


Living Room: Whether it’s warm or cool outside, this formal living room is a room with a view. The wood-burning stone fireplace is great for cooler times of the year, while French doors lead out to the enclosed pool deck when the weather is warmer.


Master Bedroom: A tray ceiling adds depth, dimension and interest to the oversized master suite, which also includes space for a seating area. The new en suite bath features a large walk-in shower, double vanity and beautiful hardware throughout.


Game Room: The generously sized game room currently holds a full-sized billiard table, a full-sized ping-pong table, a foosball table, a sofa and a loveseat — with room to spare.


Pool Deck: An unusual two-story screen enclosure and coach lights add drama to the spacious patio area, especially at night. The pool features a saltwater chlorination system, while the premium lot has a view of the Aero Club’s taxiway.


Front Elevation: Behind a spacious front lawn, the home’s elevation features plenty of windows, tasteful landscaping and a huge, three-car garage.


Roger Roque Helps People Stay In Shape… One Paddle Stroke At A Time

Roger Roque Helps People Stay In Shape… One Paddle Stroke At A Time

Okeeheelee Park is an oasis in central Palm Beach County, offering nearly every recreational activity one could want. The park has lakes, along with plenty of trails for biking, running and walking. It’s a perfect setting for those who seek to exercise in the tranquility of fresh air.

Among the many options for exercising in Okeeheelee Park is to paddle a kayak, canoe or the more adventurous stand-up paddleboard on the freshwater lakes.

If you don’t own any of those watercraft, don’t fret, because Kayak-King WaterSports has you covered.

Eleven years ago, Roger Roque was working in the medical field when one day a client he befriended casually asked him if he was interested in buying a business. He was intrigued at the invitation and checked out the modest kayak rental business.

“I saw tremendous potential, and after arranging for financing, I bought the business,” Roque recalled.

As the United States fights an obesity epidemic, many people are trying to live a healthier lifestyle through proper diet and a regular exercise regimen. South Florida has plenty of water, so paddling one’s way to better health is quite popular.

“About 90 percent of the rentals are for an hour to an hour and a half, which is just enough time for the over-stimulated person to disconnect from their hectic lives in the peace and silence of nature,” Roque said.

The kayak and canoe offer an excellent workout for the abdominal core and arms, while the paddleboard is a complete full-body training session.

Roque said that in about five minutes, his staff can train the novice so they spend more time paddling through the water than falling into it.

In more than a decade of renting out equipment, he said he has not had one major injury. Roque believes this is because his staff ensures that the safety equipment — such as life jackets — is personally sized to the individual, ensuring a proper fit.

Anyone who is just starting to get themselves into shape shouldn’t be concerned with not being able to enjoy a kayak, canoe or paddleboard. “No one is too big to rent our equipment,” Roque said.

He suggests wearing a swimming suit and water shoes when going out on the water.

Other groups of his clientele are anglers, who typically rent a kayak or canoe for three to five hours, or people who have rented one of the park’s pavilions for a party and want their guests to be able to get out on the water.

South Florida is also known for pop-up thunderstorms, but Roque said Okeeheelee Park has lightning detectors and sirens that warn people if a storm is in the area. The warning system allows those out on the open water enough time to get back to the dock without getting caught in a lightning storm.

An added safety dimension of paddling at Okeeheelee Park is that the lakes there are not connected to the canal system, so the possibility of alligators, snakes and other dangerous animals is fairly minimal, Roque said.

Bicycles are also available to rent, and the paths in the park give the right of way to bikes rather than to those on foot, he said.

Running a small business can be a challenge at times, and Roque counts on the community for support. “If the community wants to continue to have these kinds of services available, then they need to support small business,” he said.

Kayak-King WaterSports is open Saturday, Sunday and major holidays (except Christmas Day) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last rental is at 4 p.m.). During the summer, the business runs Thursday through Monday.

Kayak-King WaterSports is located in Okeeheelee Park at 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. For more information, call (561) 304-1344 or (561) 632-7969, or visit


Peter & Donna Fayerman Of Design Guild Interiors Help Clients Every Step Of The Way

Peter & Donna Fayerman Of Design Guild Interiors Help Clients Every Step Of The Way

Design dynamic duo Peter and Donna Fayerman of Design Guild Interiors have been designing for decades. Both have impressive backgrounds in the design industry.

Donna was the youngest interior design executive with Bloomingdale’s in New York at age 25. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology, is accredited by the American Society of Interior Design, is a licensed commercial interior designer and a published author.

Peter is the past president and CEO of Baldwin Hardware Corporation and a previous executive with a Fortune 100 manufacturing company.

“We are dedicated and passionate to helping people live beautifully!” Donna said.

The two coming together to create their own design company was a natural fit, she added.

Design Guild Interiors is project-oriented from start to finish, design to installation, interior to exterior with every attention to detail considered.

“We are a guild of professionals, in constant communication with our client every step of the way,” Peter said. “We personally oversee each project on site, and manage to our budgeted objectives.”

While Donna works on the design — she is the principal designer and works exclusively with each client throughout the project — Peter works on budgeting, installation and administrative duties. Their team works together as a family, with the common goal of making design fun, providing a personal experience for clients and creating beautiful design.

Donna and Peter recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary, as well as daughter Lauren’s first wedding anniversary. Because of their occupation, they were able to spend a great deal of time with Lauren, who was born with Down syndrome, and against the odds went on to study dance in college.

Their strength in family carries over to their work. “When you get one of us, you get both of us,” Donna said.

They have a passion for design excellence, which shows through in every project they work on, whether it be designing apartments later purchased by the Ritz-Carlton, working on locations in the Jupiter Country Club, or working on the interior design of a church.

For the Fayermans, the journey is as important as the destination. They suggest that anyone looking for assistance with design work be sure that they click with the potential designer, stressing the importance of enjoying the journey.

As design has evolved, their personal style has changed to meet the times.

“We were very Mizner Mediterranean 10 years ago. Now, we love the eclectic look of mixing new with traditional/transitional furniture with quality modern artwork to create a crisp and contemporary feel,” Donna said. “Many of our clients bring traditional furnishings with them as they relocate to Florida, and our goal is to incorporate this into a new Florida lifestyle setting.”

Their process begins with learning the client’s style — dark or light woods, color preferences and how they’ll be using the home.

From there, they focus on living, kitchen and bedroom areas and choose a focal point.

“A complete itemized budget is then developed, room by room, piece by piece, to meet the objective of a per-square-foot price,” Peter said. “This becomes everyone’s guide to controlling the costs of the project.”

Design Guild Interiors works on a cost-plus basis, which is unique in the industry, where they find furnishings at the lowest possible cost, then add a design, administrative and installation percentage.

“Our primary goal is to always find the client the very best quality and value for their money,” Peter said.

Shopping for interior design is different than shopping for new clothes.

“We meet so many terrifically dressed clients who struggle with proportion when it comes to furnishings. They have the color, tailored lines and the blending of textures; however, they struggle with proportion of the size of the furniture, as well as combining old and new together to create a unique style,” Donna said. “We also think that the talent of an interior designer resides in the capability to take a client’s treasured family heirlooms and mix it with their new design style, but always keep the family traditions in their lives.”

After all, integrating the family into the home works well for a design company that has integrated their family into their business.

As Donna said, “He’s a designer without portfolio. I’m the designer with portfolio. He’s without portfolio… he’s very good. Some people just have an innate ability.”

To contact Design Guild Interiors, visit or call (561) 371-3828.  


New Premier Café Wants To Change The Way You Think About Coffee

New Premier Café Wants To Change The Way You Think About Coffee

Dr. Mariaclara Bago and Dr. Vincent Apicella have added another extension to their Premier Family Health facility in the Wellington Reserve complex on State Road 7. The married doctors want community members to slow down their daily routines for enough time to sit inside the new Premier Café to experience a cup of its specialty coffee.

The doctors believe the new venture neatly pairs with all the health services that Premier Family Health has provided for more than a decade.

“I don’t want to understate our coffee, because it’s important to know that we have the finest coffee bean around. We’re partnered with Panther Coffee. They’re one of the highest-ranked roasters in the entire country,” Apicella said. “They’re down in Miami, and they’re the best at what they do, and we like to partner with the best.”

Apicella said the most important aspect of the café isn’t so much regarding what he and Bago are introducing, but their reason why.

“It’s about your experience in this place,” he said. “You have to drive outside the boundaries of Wellington to find a specialty coffee house with this type of an experience. We built this for the community. We built this for everyone to enjoy.”

Bago said that Premier Café is focused on what goes into every mug and on every plate.

“Everybody loves a good cup of coffee. In today’s day and age, the vision of having coffee while reading a newspaper and spending time with loved ones has long been replaced with the ‘world runs on coffee’ adage,” Bago said. “Easily enough, we find it very difficult to find a good cup of coffee that is outside of the massively overproduced, processed version of [major chains and franchises]. They are great business models, but it’s not the coffee that comes first.”

The shop is offering classic coffee drinks using the Panther Coffee bean to provide the experience. There is a nitro cold brew that is featured at the shop providing a fresh take on a coffee beverage that has become popular. From croissants to paninis and salads, the café aesthetic is all there, but special care has been taken in the ingredients used in these products.

“We built it for the experience of what healthy coffee and what healthy eating is about,” Bago explained.

The café itself was inspired by the doctors’ personal experiences in Europe, particularly Spain.

“On any given day during our stay, we would meet up with friends and family over coffee, reminisce over good times and the beautiful mountain views,” Bago said. “It is this feeling of peace and relaxation that Dr. Apicella and I brought into our relationship six years ago, when we made it a point to enjoy at least 16 minutes of peace and quiet, coffee time, amidst our daily schedule of kids, patients and business.”

The café is also something that will serve as an educational tool at Premier Family Health.

“Some of the roles that I’m going to be playing are with regard to being able to provide educational forums, from which we can provide cooking classes and a lecture series on what it is to select healthy food options,” Bago said, explaining some of the differences between over-processed coffee and organic fair trade coffee.

The newly added staff who will provide service at the café will offer the same quality service that can be found at other areas of the business.

“We built a very experienced team, and to us, it’s no different than all the team members at Premier,” Apicella said. “They understand that their role is to not just serve someone coffee. No one here just has a defined role and job task. Their role is to make sure that you have a better sense of well-being from the time that you walked in, to the time that you leave.”

Apicella and Bago entered the coffee business viewing it as a community project to offer something different. “It’s really in alignment with every other project I’ve done,” Apicella said. “It’s there to serve the community. It’s there to provide an extraordinary sense of well-being, and it’s there to create jobs and support small business.”

The café is a tool that the doctors want to use to support the local community, local businesses and to offer something that you will not find at another café. “That’s why this place is here. It’s a little bit of a refuge for people to get away from stress,” Apicella said. “We have to-go cups, but we don’t want people to use them. I want people to come here and take 10 minutes out of your day. Let the rest of the world stop, enjoy the best cup of specialty coffee around and just relax.”

Premier Café is located at 1037 State Road 7, Suite 118, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 657-8019 or visit


Wellington’s Vanessa Berrios A Rising Star Among Young Golfers

Wellington’s Vanessa Berrios A
Rising Star Among Young Golfers

Vanessa Berrios received a set of plastic golf clubs when she was four years old, and her passion for the sport has continued to flourish. Ten years later, Berrios is a rising star in junior golf.

Berrios recently earned two major awards — Player of the Year and Most Improved Player — at the annual Junior Golf Foundation of America (JGFA) banquet, which recognized leading performers in junior golf from ages 4 to 17 during the 2016 season, while she was still a student at Wellington’s Emerald Cove Middle School.

Most Improved Player is determined by a mixture of points for the event and comparing scoring averages from one year to the next, as well as within the tournament year. There is also a points system for Player of the Year.

Berrios, who was playing 13 holes at the time, lowered her scoring by 10 strokes.

“I used to hit in the 70s; now I’m in the 60s,” said the right-handed Berrios, who turned 14 years old in August.

Berrios took her first golf lesson when she was five years old and would go out and play with her father.

“I started to get really good when I was 10,” said Berrios, who has a younger sister. “I started to out-drive him when I was 11 or 12.”

She now drives the ball about 215 yards.

“My drives and irons have always been the best parts of my game,” said Berrios, who started playing in tournaments in 2009. “It’s always nerve-wracking the first time, but it’s always fun, because you meet new people.”

Mary-Lee Cobick, head golf professional at the Okeeheelee Golf Course, has been giving Berrios lessons since 2012 and is impressed with her power.

“She is a very powerful player for her age, which gives her an advantage. Her long game has improved tremendously in the past year, and she understands pitching, chipping and putting will be her main focus this upcoming year,” said Cobick, who is also president of the JGFA. “She comes from a great family, and her parents are very supportive and encouraging.”

Berrios is a one-sport athlete, concentrating solely on golf, which her father also plays. She tried tennis, which her mother plays.

“I tried [tennis], and I didn’t like it,” Berrios said. “I don’t like balls moving toward me.”

Berrios parlayed her continued improvement into a spot on the Palm Beach Central High School golf team as a freshman and has the lowest scoring average for the Bronco golfers this season. Between playing tournaments in the off-season and for her school, Berrios is a regular at the golf course, refining her game.

Her practices vary, depending on the season.

“I’ll play holes, then when I see what my weakness is, then I’ll work on that,” said Berrios, explaining her spring and summer routine.

She will usually play on a Sunday, and return to the course on Monday and work on her weaknesses at that time.

During the fall scholastic season, Berrios usually practices Mondays and Wednesdays with the team and has matches on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“For the high school team, I’ll hit a bucket of balls and then play, so it’s the opposite,” Berrios said. “It doesn’t really matter. It works both ways. It’s a lot, but I still love it.”

Palm Beach Central girls golf coach Don Persson has a young team, led by Berrios.

“She’s very good,” Persson said. “If we get her putting improved, she’s going to make a lot of noise. As far as ball-striking, she’s good. I’m really pleased. She’s getting better and better. We are working to get her confidence up in putting.”

Persson said that Berrios is in a transition phase, moving from a dominant player in the juniors to high school against better competition.

“But she has the game [to succeed],” Persson said. “She’s a competitor, too, and I like that.”

Persson said that Berrios, who is quiet and humble by nature, leads by example, but believes she will eventually become more vocal. “She is being a leader when she plays,” he explained.

Berrios uses a mixture of clubs — Callaway irons, a Cobra driver and a Nike putter.

“I really like my hybrid; I hit it smoothly,” Berrios said. “That’s my favorite club.”

Berrios has won several tournaments, including the fourth Prep Tour Event of the South Florida PGA Junior Prep Tour, where she shot an 83 to win the girls 13-18 age division.

But her favorite memory occurred at the third hole at Okeeheelee, a par-3, 383-yard test.

“I hit my drive, and it was short,” Berrios said. “I hit my second shot, and I didn’t get it on the green, so I was a little nervous.  And then I chipped it in for the birdie.”

Berrios, an avid reader who enjoys the work of author Rick Riordan, doesn’t have a unique routine for game day.

“I listen to music in the car, just turn the radio on, and I always keep a song in my head during the match,” said Berrios, whose favorite singer right now is Justin Bieber.

She doesn’t have a special pre-match meal, either, bringing granola bars and sandwich on the course. But it’s always a ham and cheese sandwich, she said.

Berrios, who wants to be a marine biologist, has already set lofty goals for herself, with competing in high school as a stepping stone to college and beyond.

“I want to play in high school and get noticed,” Berrios said. “I want to play for a college team and go on tour.”


Shannon Boyd And Mackenzie Scichilone Are Both Renovation Specialists And Realtors

Shannon Boyd And Mackenzie Scichilone Are Both Renovation Specialists And Realtors

The partnership of United Realty Group’s Shannon Boyd and Mackenzie Scichilone is based on trust, dependability and a shared knowledge of loss.

“Mackenzie and I partnered due to unfortunate circumstances,” Boyd said. “I was at a tough place in my life, struggling with the sickness of my mother and working 24/7 in real estate. I called on Mackenzie to help me, and she was able to take my current transactions and close them all while I was able to be at my mom’s side. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without her.”

Boyd’s mother passed last March. When Scichilone’s mother followed a few months later, she knew who she could count on.

“Shannon was entirely there for me,” Scichilone said. “Our clients never knew anything was happening, because Shannon never skipped a beat. We are both forever grateful that we found each other and have built this amazing partnership.”

The bond between these two lifelong Floridians goes deep, extending to their shared love of renovation.

“Real estate has been a passion of mine from the age of 19,” Boyd said. “At 22, I started investing in property and loved the renovation process. Fast forward a few years to becoming a licensed Realtor and being able to represent our clients in the buying and selling of real estate, while also giving them the vision to transform that fixer-upper into to their dream home.”

Scichilone was also driven by dreams of restoration.

“I decided to get into real estate because I felt like I had the knack for renovating and designing homes,” she said. “With that said, being licensed and having the ability to find my own deals to be able to flip homes was the right thing to do.”

Once these two Wellington residents joined forces, the community reaped the benefits of their joint talents.

“Mackenzie and I specialize in Wellington because, simply, we live here, we eat here, we entertain here and we love it here,” Boyd said. “We can be to most properties within 15 minutes and are able to provide our clients the flexibility of showing property on a last-minute’s notice.”

They are also adept at crystallizing a vision of what a structure can ultimately become.

“I would say what we specialize in is guiding our clients to finding their dream home and helping them create the perfect design to fit their lifestyle,” Scichilone said. “Most people do not have the ability to visualize the possibilities a home might have. Shannon and I are experts in renovating the imperfect and revitalizing a home to its fullest potential. Clients love the versatility that we offer, not just as Realtors, but also as renovation specialists.”

Renovating allows both women to infuse a bit of their personalities into the business of real estate.

“Our true passion is to be able to find a diamond in the rough and add our personal touches and find the perfect buyer,” Boyd said. “We find that we can get the best value for our clients through renovation. We have a great crew that is extremely efficient and specialize in quality craftsmanship.”

The two are always there for one another, which allows them to always be there for clients.

“Real estate can be very stressful at times, but doing it with a friend makes it less of a job,” Scichilone said. “We both realize we work better together. It’s the ‘power of two.’”

United Realty Group is located at 1035 S. State Road 7, Suite 121, in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 469-8706 or visit Call Shannon Boyd directly at (954) 415-3363, or call Mackenzie Scichilone directly at (561) 756-0528.


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