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EVERY SECOND COUNTS Wellington Regional’s Emergency Department Stands Ready To React At A Moment’s Notice

EVERY SECOND COUNTS
Wellington Regional’s Emergency Department
Stands Ready To React At A Moment’s Notice

Dr. Adam Bromberg, medical director of the Wellington Regional Medical Center Emergency Department, stood outside of the hospital’s emergency room and watched as an emergency medical services (EMS) truck approached with its siren blaring and its lights rapidly flashing in an effort to clear the road and shave a few more precious seconds from the hospital arrival time of a critical patient.

Like a red blur, the truck pulled into the ambulance bay as first responders spilled out of the truck and shuttled the patient through the doors to the waiting ER team inside. The hospital is full of specialized equipment and staff to provide emergent care for nearly any patient who arrives at the ER, but that is often the key word… arrives.

Emergency care extends to the site of the patient, and EMS crews are seen as an extension of a hospital’s ER by extending lifesaving care from the doors and hallways of Wellington Regional Medical Center to the actual location of a critically sick or injured patient. These emergency providers walk into potentially dangerous situations with a singular mission in mind — quickly find the patient, start lifesaving treatments and swiftly transfer the patient to the ER.

Time. In an emergency, it is perhaps the most critical element. There is an ER expression, “time is brain.” The shorter the time from incident to medical intervention, the better the chance of a positive outcome. According to the American Heart Association, 1.9 million neurons can die per minute when a patient is having a stroke. That is 32,000 brain cells per second.

Irreversible damage to heart muscle can start as quickly as 30 minutes from the blockage of blood flow. Cells and tissue lost due to stroke can’t be replaced and do not recover.

“Wellington Regional cares for emergency patients with a team approach,” Bromberg said. “It begins with the EMS team notifying the hospital of a life-threatening emergency patient en route, so our multidisciplinary team can assemble and be ready from the moment the patient enters the ER. Working collaboratively allows our medical team to be prepared for any circumstance and react rapidly to provide appropriate care for the patient. The faster we can begin appropriate treatment, the better the outcome for patients.”

The announcement blares three times over the internal public address system: “Stroke Alert Emergency Room Via Rescue.” Translation? There is an ambulance on its way with a suspected stoke patient. When the announcement goes out, staff from multiple specialties inside Wellington Regional, which was recently named a Comprehensive Stroke Center, immediately rush to the ER and await the patient. Since time can be so critical, the goal is to confirm the diagnosis as quickly as possible and transfer the patient to the appropriate unit inside the hospital for specialized care.

“Our goal is to verify the stroke through a medical assessment, CT scan and an evaluation by neurology with the objective of beginning treatment as fast as possible,” Bromberg said. “It is critical to have the team waiting for the patient’s arrival, so we can begin the evaluation immediately and time is not lost.”

One of the last thoughts Lucille Arcano remembered is moving to return a serve in one of her standing Thursday doubles tennis matches. Suddenly, it felt like the racket was pulled from her hand, and then blackness as she crashed down on the court. She vaguely remembers one of her playing partners asking if she was OK, but she could not respond. Still unable to see her friends, she recalls one of them saying, “I think she had a stroke.”

But Arcano remained silent. She had not been feeling very well for several days leading up to the doubles match. In fact, just the day before, her vision was a little impaired and she was dizzy, but she blamed it on something else.

“I had been experiencing double vision the day before and was dizzy,” Arcano said. “I thought something was wrong with my sunglasses and that was causing the vision problems. I thought the dizziness was caused by my paroxysmal vertigo.”

Arcano, who recently turned 74, said she still felt a little off on the day of her tennis match, but her vision had returned to normal. Because she was no longer seeing double, she decided to keep the tennis appointment with her friends. The avid athlete warmed up with no issues and then set up in her part of the court. The first ball of the match headed her way toward her forehand.

Her memory is spotty after that… the brown color of her friend’s tennis outfit… an EMT asking her name… the Wellington Regional Interventional Radiology (IR) team getting her ready for her procedure… someone taking off her earrings in preparation for surgery.

“The next thing I remember was when I woke up and saw that beautiful Dr. [Emilio] Lopez with his mask on and his twinkling eyes looking down on me,” Arcano said through tears. “I will never forget that face and those eyes.”

Arcano had suffered a stroke. Specifically, she had a blockage of the left middle cerebral artery, the vessel that is primarily responsible for delivering blood to the left side of the brain. A clot in this area of the brain is potentially devastating. After the blockage was confirmed, she was sent to IR, where she had the clot removed by Lopez through a minimally invasive procedure. She was discharged from the hospital a few days later.

“Her exceptional response has been remarkable,” Lopez said. “To go from a possibly debilitating stroke to playing tennis is phenomenal. It was a team effort, from the ER, IR, post-op and her care on the floor — everyone played a part in her outcome.”

Since going home, Arcano has completed a few weeks of rehab to strengthen her right arm and leg and to work on her balance. After a loop recorder was installed to monitor her heart activity for atrial fibrillation, she was released with no restrictions. In fact, she returned to the tennis court about two months after her stroke and is actively playing tennis again, as well as playing golf, walking and working out in the gym.

Arcano admits that she was a little nervous in her first tennis match after her stroke, but that is to be expected. She lost that match, but honestly, the outcome was irrelevant. Her return to the courts was enough of a victory for a woman who not that long before had lost her vision and could not respond to questions while lying on those very same courts. Her life is almost totally back to normal with the exception some difficulty writing, but she is practicing it every day, and her handwriting is getting better.

As a former dialysis nurse in Brooklyn, N.Y., Arcano has had quite the life — a life that was saved by the multi-disciplinary team at Wellington Regional and the EMS crew who worked frantically to deliver her from the tennis court to the ER. Once she arrived at the hospital, her care team was made up of several medical specialties working together with the singular goal of saving Arcano’s life.

“Dr. [Christopher] Hawk, one of the doctors involved in implanting the loop recorder, said, ‘My hat’s off to Dr. Lopez. I can save a heart, but he saved your soul,’” Arcano added.

Learn more about emergency services available at Wellington Regional Medical Center by visiting www.wellingtonregional.com/er.

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Cancer Care In Palm Beach County JUST GOT BETTER

Cancer Care In Palm Beach County
JUST GOT BETTER

The Lynn Cancer Institute and the Miami Cancer Institute are integrating programs as the key element of a further expansion of Baptist Health South Florida’s cancer care services. Joining forces, the combined program creates one of the largest cancer programs in South Florida.

Together, both organizations make a powerful team, offering patients personalized treatment options with a multidisciplinary approach based on physicians’ clinical expertise, advanced technology and innovative clinical trials.

The Lynn Cancer Institute is the largest provider of cancer care in Palm Beach County and one of the largest in Florida. The Miami Cancer Institute is Baptist Health’s cancer care anchor, offering a full array of services, and is Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance — an alliance that encompasses collaboration in clinical trials and standards of care.

The integration of the Lynn Cancer Institute and the Miami Cancer Institute will also allow for greater support of the planned expansion of the Lynn Cancer Institute, including new technology and the recent addition of cancer services at Bethesda Health City in Boynton Beach.

With this expansion of services, Baptist Health is paving the way for new and better treatments that can help even more patients conquer and survive cancer. Cancer does not stop for COVID-19, and for that reason, the Lynn Cancer Institute and the Miami Cancer Institute encourage patients to stay up to date with their cancer screenings.

The new integrated programing is just one of Baptist Health South Florida’s recent expansions in services for cancer patients.

The Lynn Cancer Institute also recently announced the opening of its newest outpatient radiation oncology location in Bethesda Health City. From the moment a patient receives a cancer diagnosis, Baptist Health South Florida experts are by your side, treating you with compassionate, individualized care. The team of physicians at Lynn Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology at Health City have more than 54 years of collective experience and will develop a targeted treatment plan that is best for you.

The Boynton Beach location now offers many of the same radiation oncology services and treatments found at other Baptist Health South Florida cancer care locations, including: IMRT/IGRT, 3D conformational therapy with RapidArc, CT stimulation, diagnostic imaging including PET and CT scans, electron therapy, high-dose rate brachytherapy, lung screening, nutrition and psychosocial services, and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT).

The Lynn Cancer Institute has several conveniently located radiation oncology centers, including at the Sandler Pavilion in Boca Raton at 701 NW 13th Street, Boca Raton (561-955-5966); Radiation Oncology at Delray Beach at 16313 S. Military Trail, Delray Beach (561-955-7200); and the new Lynn Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology at Health City in Boynton Beach at 10301 Hagen Ranch Road, Suite A-960, Boynton Beach (561-374-5440).

Learn more about the Lynn Cancer Institute at www.brrh.com.

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PROTECTING YOUR DIGESTION Cleveland Clinic Florida Offers Specialized Care For Your Digestive System’s Health

PROTECTING YOUR DIGESTION
Cleveland Clinic Florida Offers
Specialized Care For Your Digestive System’s Health

Digestive health relies on a large, complex system of organs, including the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas, to turn the food we eat into the nutrients and energy our bodies need to survive.

“When any one element of this intricate system fails, it can have major health consequences,” explained Dr. Conrad H. Simpfendorfer, director of liver and pancreas surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

These three organs are key accessories to digestive health. The liver, gallbladder and pancreas do not move food through our bodies, yet their role in digestion is vital.

The liver takes the raw materials absorbed by the intestine to make chemicals the body needs to function and detoxify potentially harmful chemicals that are ingested.

The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver and then releases it through bile ducts into the small intestine to help process fats.

The pancreas secretes juices used to break down protein, fats and carbohydrates, as well as hormones to regulate blood sugar.

Some of the most common digestive disorders involve this organ trio.

More than four million Americans are diagnosed each year with liver disease, including cirrhosis and viral hepatitis. Another 20 million are affected by gallstones and other biliary diseases.

Meanwhile, pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancers, will claim an estimated 47,000 lives in the United States this year.

“Because of their tremendous impact on overall health, liver, biliary and pancreatic diseases require immediate and expert medical care,” Simpfendorfer cautioned.

This is where the experts at Cleveland Clinic Florida come in.

The digestive health specialists at Cleveland Clinic Florida are highly skilled in treating a full range of common to complex liver, pancreatic and biliary diseases. This expertise recently earned Cleveland Clinic Florida the Center of Excellence designation from the National Pancreas Foundation for the care of patients with pancreatic cancer, a high standard of care met by only four centers statewide.

“We have a multidisciplinary team of specialists at Cleveland Clinic focused on treating the whole patient,” said Dr. Mayank Roy, a board-certified general surgeon specializing in liver and pancreas surgery. “Our tumor board, for example, brings together experts from a number of specialties to collaborate on treatment plans for patients with cancer designed to achieve the best outcomes.”

As a high-volume center for minimally invasive hepato-pancreato-biliary surgeries, the fellowship-trained surgeons at Cleveland Clinic Florida have tremendous experience in advanced surgical techniques.

“Today we can perform many challenging surgeries laparoscopically, using small incisions instead of traditional open surgery, which greatly benefits our patients,” explained Roy, who works closely with colleagues at Cleveland Clinic Martin Health and Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital to offer Treasure Coast patients access to this innovative care. “And we are one of the few centers in the state using robotic-assisted surgery to treat digestive diseases.”

Cleveland Clinic is a leader in fluorescence-guided surgery, using a fluorescent dye during procedures to better see anatomic structures.

“This advanced imaging technique allows surgeons to remove diseased tissue more precisely and preserve healthy tissue,” Simpfendorfer said. “It can dramatically reduce the risk of complications associated with minimally invasive gallbladder removal, one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States.”

Cleveland Clinic Florida has an office in Wellington at 2789 S. State Road 7. To schedule an appointment with a digestive health specialist at Cleveland Clinic Florida, including Dr. Mayank Roy, who sees patients in Palm Beach County, call (877) 463-2010 or visit www.clevelandclinicflorida.org/digestive.

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Great Ophthalmology Resources Available Close To Home At The Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute

Great Ophthalmology Resources  Available Close To Home At The  Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute

The Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute offers specialized eyecare services for the entire family. The list of services provided by the institute — which has offices in Wellington, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton — includes just about every possible ophthalmological service, diagnosis and treatment.

The Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute offers a full range of comprehensive ophthalmological care, from routine eye exams to advanced surgical procedures. Services include cataract surgery, cornea surgery, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, eyelid tumors, eyelid conditions, pediatric and adult strabismus, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and detached and torn retina treatments, along with general eye care.

At the Wellington office, which opened in 2015, Dr. Jason Gorscak specializes in cataract reflective surgery, medical glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration screening. Dr. Randy Katz treats advanced retinal disease, while Dr. Lee Friedman is the pediatric and adult strabismus specialist.

While the range of services provided by the Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute runs the gamut of eyecare needs, some eyecare issues are more common than others.

“As a comprehensive ophthalmologist, I see a wide range of pathology,” Gorscak said. “I see mostly cataracts and glaucoma, as well as diabetics, who are routinely screened for diabetic retinopathy.”

While diagnosing an issue or a problem is always the primary mission, the staff at the Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute also feel that it is important to create a positive and warm environment for every patient.

“Our staff always strives to create a friendly and relaxing atmosphere where patients can be comfortable,” Gorscak said.

While the institute works in a competitive industry, there are few other outlets, if any, that provide such an array of services at such a high standard of professional excellence.

“The Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute is a multispecialty practice that covers a very wide range of ophthalmic pathology,” Gorscak said. “There are not many other ophthalmology practices in South Florida that do that.”

The institute’s doctors include some of the most experienced experts in the field, and residents of the Wellington area are fortunate to have access to such high-quality, one-stop shopping for eyecare services, procedures and treatments.

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Jason Gorscak attended Johns Hopkins University and then obtained his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He then completed his ophthalmologic residency at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey before joining Florida Eye in 2008.

Originally from New York, Dr. Randy Katz grew up in New Jersey and earned his medical degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He completed both his internship and his residency at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey before earning his fellowship in medical and surgical diseases of the retina and vitreous at the prestigious Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He has been practicing in Florida for most of his career.

Originally from Miami Beach, Dr. Lee Friedman earned his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School in Illinois. He completed his internship and residency at Tampa General Hospital, and his fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.

The Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute offices are located in Wellington at 2575 State Road 7 near the Mall at Wellington Green behind Whole Foods and TooJay’s. Additional offices are at 1717 Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach and 9980 Central Park Blvd., Suite 204, in Boca Raton.

The Wellington office is open to serve patients Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phones are live Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and lunch is from noon to 1 p.m.

For more information, call the Florida Eye Microsurgical Institute at (561) 737-5500, or contact the Wellington office directly at (561) 792-1205. Learn more at www.fleyedocs.com.

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Science And Art Are Combined In The Experienced Hands Of Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Wisnicki

Science And Art Are Combined In The Experienced Hands Of Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Wisnicki

The combination of art and science that defines plastic surgery also defines the impressive career of Dr. Jeffrey L. Wisnicki, who has been serving patients in the western communities and beyond for 35 years.

To provide natural-looking results and a high patient comfort level before, during and after any procedure takes experience and hands that have “done this before, many times.” Begin with the finest training, annual recurring updates to stay abreast of the latest technologies, advancements, techniques and procedures, and add years of experience to achieve an exclusive level of care.

“This combination of art and science in plastic surgery, more than any other specialty, has excited me since my medical school days,” Wisnicki said. “Six years of surgical training at Stanford University left me well prepared to embark on a very gratifying career as a board-certified plastic surgeon, and today, much of the joy of what I do comes down to the bonds that are created with our patients over many years. In fact, children I stitched up in the early years of my practice are often seen for elective procedures as adults.”

Wisnicki has served in numerous hospital positions, such as chief of staff at Palms West Hospital, chief of plastic surgery at Good Samaritan and St. Mary’s, chief of plastic surgery at JFK Hospital, chairman of the department of surgery at Palms West Hospital and chairman of the board at Palms West Hospital.

As a certified diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Wisnicki is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

With his initial training in surgery and plastic surgery at Stanford University in California, fellowship work at Dartmouth and membership in honor societies, Wisnicki graduated at the top of his class with honors and research distinction. He is the author of numerous medical articles and book chapters, and he is frequently interviewed on local and national news programs.

Wisnicki places the emphasis in his practice on an individualized approach.

“Every procedure is carefully pre-planned to determine what will work for the patient in the long run and to ensure that the treatment is not just a fad or flash in the pan,” he explained.

This is all done in close communication with the patient.

“The plan is reviewed with the patient to address their specific concerns,” Wisnicki said. “I see them as often as they wish before and after surgery, and I believe this establishes that very high comfort level throughout the experience that our patients appreciate.”

The goal of plastic surgery procedures is to make it look like Wisnicki’s skilled touch was never there.

“When performing cosmetic procedures, my focus is on obtaining the most natural results for my patients,” he said. “I want their friends to wonder why they look so good without wondering who their plastic surgeon is.”

But if the matter does come up in a private conversation, the friend will likely have heard of Wisnicki. In addition to recognition and accolades locally, Wisnicki is the recipient of impressive national honors as well. After being included in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Healthcare and Medicine for many years in succession, Wisnicki has been awarded the Marquis’ Lifetime Achievement Award, which goes to less than five percent of Marquis’ Who’s Who recipients.

Wisnicki has received the peer-nominated Castle Connolly Top Doctors award, is a Compassionate Doctor Award winner and has received the Patient’s Choice Fifth Anniversary Award, which is given to just one percent of all doctors in the United States.

Wisnicki has also been selected for inclusion in the nonprofit consumer research book Guide to Top Doctors, which lists those specialists that other doctors would consider most desirable for care of a loved one.

“Perhaps my most common procedures include facial and eyelid rejuvenation, breast enhancement and body contouring,” said Wisnicki, explaining that surgical techniques and non-surgical technologies have evolved significantly. “There is a place for both. Face, neck and eyelid lifts serve as an important foundation for injection treatments, such as Botox or Juvéderm products. And I take a personal approach to all aspects of my patients’ care — that is, I don’t delegate injections to others.”

Breast procedures have advanced extensively since Wisnicki began practicing more than three decades ago, and he has been sure to keep up with all the latest advances.

“Breast implant technology has improved substantially just over the past decade. A multitude of implant types, both saline and silicone filled, are available. This allows for a level of personalization not previously possible,” Wisnicki explained. “While ‘enhancement’ is most often associated with enlargement, for some women, breast reduction and uplifting may create a more pleasing contour and alleviate a potential source of back, neck and shoulder discomfort.”

Other important procedures include body contouring, such as liposuction, tummy tucks and arm lifts.

“This may be particularly beneficial for the bariatric patient following weight loss,” Wisnicki explained. “It is also an integral part of the ‘mommy makeover.’”

In practice in the community since 1986, Wisnicki has also been involved with the organization Interplast, performing charitable surgeries at home and abroad for underprivileged children.

Wisnicki’s private practice is limited to plastic and reconstructive surgery, including cosmetic surgery of the face, breasts and body.

Dr. Jeffrey L. Wisnicki’s Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center is located at 13005 Southern Blvd., Suite 133, on the Palms West Hospital campus. For more information, visit www.drwisnicki.com or call (561) 798-1400.

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New 4EverYoung Location In Wellington Aims To Help You Look & Feel Your Best

New 4EverYoung Location In Wellington Aims To Help You Look & Feel Your Best

Story By Mike May | Photos By Abner Pedraza

If you can accomplish your goals with one-stop shopping, you can save time, money and add to the quality of your life. That’s what clients can find provided in the area of health and wellness by one of Wellington’s newest businesses, 4EverYoung, which is located on Forest Hill Blvd. in front of the Mall at Wellington Green.

In the words of husband-and-wife co-owners Stan and Polina Tolstunov, the goal of their 4EverYoung franchise is to add to what is already a great quality of life for those who live in and around Wellington.

“We will be offering services that support health and wellness for those people who lead healthy and physically active lifestyles,” Stan explained. “We want people to feel their best.”

Polina explained that it is all about feeling better and healthier.

“We are committed to working with people who want to make positive changes to their lives, both inside and out,” she said.

The Tolstunovs feel so strongly about the issue of health and wellness that they want their new business to give fellow residents in the western communities a chance to feel the same way as they do.

They are also busy practicing what they preach. Both exercise daily, take supplements, and use the same services and products at 4EverYoung as they will be offering to their new customers and clients.

If you are suffering from fatigue, loss of energy, loss of muscle mass, mood changes, loss of productivity, disrupted sleep, difficulty losing weight, anxiety, depression and/or reduced bone density, then 4EverYoung has a solution to your predicament.

Just some of 4EverYoung’s services include IV therapy, hormone replacement therapy, growth hormone peptide therapy, microneedling, platelet rich plasma, dermal fillers, Botox/Dysport, sclerotherapy, chemical peels, testosterone therapy, and facial and skin care.

“The body does magical things when treated well,” Stan said. “We want our clients to enjoy our atmosphere and benefit from the social experience at 4EverYoung.”

The Tolstunovs want to help people stay forever young, which also happens to be in sync with their daily approach to life.

“By using our services at 4EverYoung, you will improve your inner world and your outer appearance,” said Polina, who is a big proponent of 4EverYoung’s hormone replacement therapy. “HRT has been transformational for me. I feel more energetic and my body looks great. I’m 41, but I feel like I’m 25.”

They opened their new 4EverYoung franchise in Wellington in March after becoming dedicated patrons of 4Ever Young’s services.

“We moved down to South Florida from New Jersey in 2019 with our two kids,” Stan said. “We settled in Boca Raton.”

In order to continue supporting their own long-established healthy and physically active lifestyles, they joined the 4EverYoung outlet in Boca Raton. Evidently, they tried it, and they liked. In fact, they loved it. They enjoyed the experience so much that they bought their own 4EverYoung franchise in June 2020.

With 4EverYoung having a South Florida presence in communities such as Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Plantation, Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Jupiter, the Tolstunovs decided to place their franchise here in the western communities.

“We decided Wellington was the perfect place,” Stan said. “We signed our lease last July, and then started the buildout soon afterward.”

Their overall goal is to improve the quality of life of every person who walks through the front door.

“We will provide treatment for athletes who are rehabilitating from an injury and people recovering from surgery,” Stan said.

Polina is also committed to making the atmosphere at 4EverYoung positive and welcoming. “We will have a unique setting, which will be both hip and fun,” she said. “It will create a vibe that will improve wellness.”

As soon as any client leaves the premises at 4EverYoung, Stan and Polina Tolstunov hope that they are already planning and thinking about their next visit to the studio.

The foundation of 4EverYoung’s services is having each client’s bloodwork analyzed. That analysis will provide a roadmap for what services each patient will need to improve their overall health and, more importantly, their overall quality of life.

At 4EverYoung in Wellington, the professionally trained staff is able to provide clients with those necessary procedures, treatments and nutritional supplements.

The goal of this unique new business is to create a one-stop shopping health and wellness experience for its clients, which will help them save time, money and, without a doubt, add to the quality of their lives.

4EverYoung is located in Wellington Green Square at 10620 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 50, near the Fresh Market. For more info., call (561) 220-3771 or visit www.4everyoungwellington.com. Find the new business on Instagram @4everyoung_wellington.

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Get On The Path To Good Health And Wellness With Resilient Fitness

Get On The Path To Good Health And Wellness With Resilient Fitness

If you are inspired to perspire, Resilient Fitness in Wellington will help you accomplish your mission. If you are seeking a fitness facility that provides workouts ranging from group fitness classes to sessions with a personal trainer, Resilient will help you accomplish your mission. If you feel that now is the time to get serious about shedding a few pounds, toning your physique and making your physical fitness a daily priority, Resilient will help you accomplish your mission.

In other words, Resilient can be your one-stop exercise, fitness and workout destination when you are ready to make your physical fitness and overall health a personal priority.

Open seven days a week, Resilient is conveniently located on Pierson Road and can get you started on your own personal fitness mission today.

Resilient Fitness owner Cheryl Love has made every effort to build a fitness facility that truly caters to the needs of people of all ages at nearly all times of the morning, day and night. Love is constantly making upgrades to the facility, which adds to the value of being a member. Love, meanwhile, truly practices what she preaches. “We have created a comfortable fitness and exercise environment,” Love said. “I communicate with my members nearly every day to find out what they are thinking and how we may better assist them with their fitness goals. We’re constantly evolving.”

The atmosphere inside Resilient Fitness is trendy, upbeat and positive. The music, which fills the state-of-the-art facility, is toe-tapping and motivating. If you want to get a workout, but don’t want to miss your favorite sporting event, Resilient has a massive, big screen on the wall that allows you to do both.

On one of the walls at Resilient, members are encouraged to post written messages that represent their answers to the question: “What’s your Resilient experience?” The answers — which include “Amazing Gym,” “Great Vibe,” “Friendly Environment,” and “I Felt Very Welcome and Was Encouraged to Work Hard” — help tell the story of the Resilient experience.

Resilient Fitness also offers its members an accountability incentive, which is membership in the Resilient 100 Club. Entrance to the 100 Club can only be earned by your commitment to your health and fitness routines. After 100 visits in one year, members will receive a 100 Club shirt.

Members of Resilient Fitness feel welcome, comfortable and at ease when they walk through the front door. And they always look forward to returning soon. “As a member, I love coming here because it’s clean and very private,” said Pascale Rotchin, a native of France who now lives full-time in Wellington. “This gym has everything I need. Here, I exercise for my mind and my body. My goal is to exercise every day.”

“Resilient is a great gym with great equipment and a great staff,” Ulysses Galvez added.

In addition to the regular fitness facility — which is filled with state-of-the-art equipment such as treadmills, rowing machines, steppers, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, shoulder presses, core balls, barbells, leg curls and more — there’s a section of the facility that has been built for group fitness classes and another area that caters specifically to CrossFit enthusiasts.

“Together, Resilient Fitness and Cross Fit Wellington are 12,000 square feet,” Love said. “Just step through our doors to experience why members love to get fit here. The ability to have a fitness center where you can train for CrossFit is unique.”

The most popular group fitness classes are Queenax, spinning, pop Pilates, boot camp, upfit and bootie camp. Each fitness class offers its own style to provide participants with variations from regular gym routines.

In today’s COVID-19 era, Love said that hygiene and cleanliness are her two biggest daily concerns. She not only provides free towel service, but she has gym valets located throughout the fitness center for convenience.

Love gives a big shout-out to her staff, who make everyone feel welcome and make sure the environment is clean and organized at all times.

When you decide to join and become a member at Resilient, you don’t just pay, walk through the front door and start exercising. Instead, Love and her team will spend time with you to address your current health and fitness goals. Then they work with you to create a path for you to follow to reach those fitness goals.

“At the very beginning, we provide you with a free personal trainer or group training session to give you a thorough equipment orientation, and review your daily nutritional needs,” Love said. “We have a very personalized approach to health and fitness here at Resilient. Everyone feels like family here.”

Like many fitness facilities, the busiest times of the day are immediately before and after the standard workday. If you don’t want to navigate a large group of fellow exercise enthusiasts, show up from mid-morning to late afternoon.

It’s worth noting that the name of this fitness facility — Resilient — was not a random choice.

“The word ‘resilient’ means being both mentally and physically indestructible, so you can transform your tomorrow,” Love said. “Let your success make the noise. Failure is not an option. Our goal for each member is full potential only.”

So, if you have a resilient attitude and want to pursue getting and staying in great physical shape, Resilient Fitness can help you accomplish your mission.

Resilient Fitness is located at 11596 Pierson Road in Wellington. To learn more, call (561) 204-5033 or visit www.resilientlives.com.

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Wellington’s Jordan Ray Used Her Personal Experiences To Create Limitless Medical Logs

At the top of her game, a junior in high school with promising prospects for a softball scholarship, Jordan Ray abruptly discovered that she had a debilitating medical condition. This began her journey through the world of chronic illness and led to the development of Limitless Medical Logs to help others combat the challenges she faced along the way.
April 13, 2015 was a normal game day. Ray was playing third base. She was about to run for a routine play. “Little did I know that it was the last day I would ever step on the field wearing my uniform,” she recalled. “As I moved toward the ball, suddenly everything went dark. I fell down and lost consciousness. In the five seconds or so it took my coaches to surround me, I came to. Being an athlete, I told everyone I was fine.”
But Ray realized very quickly that everything was not fine, as she looked at faces she no longer recognized. She felt extreme, intense pain in her head, neck and back.
A visit to the doctor yielded an initial diagnosis of severe whiplash. Fifty daily migraines later and a variety of doctors and tests, she became used to being drilled with questions she couldn’t remember the answers to: types of pain, intensity, longevity and much more. All they seemed to know was this was not merely whiplash.
Ray’s mother had fought cancer and experienced similar problems with the communication of important information during doctor visits. They started using notebooks to write down questions, answers from the doctors, results of lab tests, medications prescribed, side effects and more. Slowly, over three years, Ray developed a format for a log that would compile, all in one place at a patient’s fingertips, all the information collected on their personal health journey.
“Limitless Medical Logs grew from this,” Ray explained. “They allow a patient to take full control of their own health by collecting for themselves and supplying their doctors with all the information needed to treat their condition.”
Ray’s own medical log helped in the ultimate diagnosis of her own condition. The pain she experiences is an intense pressure in the back of her head caused by a rare congenital Chiari malformation in the base of her skull and cerebellum that seriously impacts the movement of spinal fluid. “What was a normal Tuesday for my friends was a day I went in for a 10-hour brain surgery to help the condition,” Ray said.
Just as her logs have an encouraging quote on every page, Ray’s words and her actions are an inspiration to others. Her continuing struggles fighting this chronic disease and her efforts developing her helpful product make Ray a popular speaker at events.
Ray explained that her condition has often meant she was operating at a mere percentage of the efficiency she could once muster. “Other people would be further along in building the business of putting Limitless Medical Logs in the hands of everyone fighting a medical issue, aiming for good health or striving for physical fitness, so the logs can be helping people,” she said.
Limitless Medical Logs were developed due to her experiences, and Ray’s family and friends have been using them for the past three years. The format is a handy spiral-bound journal that lays flat and won’t break at the spine from being folded back to the current page. A patient writes in the dates so a single log lasts 365 days and can start any month of the year. It costs about $20.
The copyright-protected material and format fit easily into a purse, backpack, brief case or oversize jacket pocket, and the log weighs in at less than a pound.
With sections to prompt the patient to write in everything from basic information to medical contacts and history, past and future tests and surgeries, billing and insurance information, prescription medications, treatments and side effects, a pharmacy contact, a sleep tracker, and symptom and pain diagrams. There is even a place to prepare for a doctor’s appointment by writing down questions and a space to note the physician’s answers.
Perhaps best of all, a new app version of Limitless Medical Logs will be launching in the coming weeks. “A companion to the logbook, it can pull up a daily or weekly summary of what you have in the app to show your doctor,” Ray said.
A college student studying business and entrepreneurship, Ray continues making miraculous strides in her recovery from her daunting condition.
“You can feel so isolated, so alone when you first receive a diagnosis like this,” she said. “There is so much you want to know and so much the doctors ask you. Questions they need the answers to in order to help you. That’s why I developed Limitless Medical Logs, to put the patient in the driver’s seat and provide them with unlimited potential in their recovery.”
For more information about Limitless Medical Logs, or to place an order, visit www.limitlessmedicallogs.com.

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Urologist Dr. Diego Rubinowicz Provides Personalized, State-Of-The Art Care BPH Treatment

Urologist Dr. Diego Rubinowicz Provides Personalized, State-Of-The Art Care

BPH Treatment

A Wellington resident for the past 20 years, Dr. Diego Rubinowicz leads the Urology Center of Palm Beach using state-of-the-art therapies, including a minimally invasive treatment for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, or BPH.

Rubinowicz moved here after finishing his urology training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital because he was attracted to Wellington’s terrific quality of life, family-oriented atmosphere, and great schools and healthcare.

“My father was a doctor, and from an early age, I used to accompany him on his house calls. I saw first-hand the uniqueness of the physician-patient relationship,” recalled Rubinowicz, who founded the Urology Center of Palm Beach in 2001.

Married to his wife Claudina with three children, Rubinowicz likes exercise, swimming and tennis and is proud of the work he does in the field of urology.

“At the Urology Center of Palm Beach, we are committed to providing personalized, compassionate and state-of-the art urological care to men and women,” Rubinowicz said. “We believe in educating, guiding and empowering patients to allow them to make the best decision for their unique condition.”

Rubinowicz has developed a stellar reputation in the local medical community.

“I have had extensive exposure in the areas of urological oncology and endourology. I was the first urologist in Palm Beach County to perform minimally invasive urological procedures, such as hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy, endourological procedures for stone disease and robotic-assisted prostatectomies,” he said.

The field of urology has changed dramatically in the past 20 years, Rubinowicz noted. “We are constantly introducing the latest technology for the benefit of our patients,” he said.

The practice specializes in men’s and women’s urological conditions, including urologic oncology, prostate health, kidney stones, low testosterone and erectile dysfunction, and urinary incontinence.

Women’s issues include kidney stones, recurrent urinary tract infections, interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome and urinary incontinence.

“An area of special interest to me is Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, or BPH. This is a very common condition that affects more than 70 percent of patients over the age of 60,” Rubinowicz said.

The symptoms of BPH include frequent urination, slow stream, urgency and getting up at night to urinate.

“We are one of the few practices in South Florida offering a minimally invasive, office-based procedure that utilizes water vapor to shrink the obstructive prostate tissue that leads to BPH,” Rubinowicz explained.

The practice uses Rezum Water Vapor Therapy to treat BPH without the use of surgery. It allows patients to get off prescription medication and its associated dizziness and sexual side effects.

The minimally invasive procedure is designed to reduce BPH symptoms by using the natural energy stored in a few drops of water to treat excess prostate tissue. There is no need for hospitalization or continued use of costly medications. Clinical studies found the treatment to be safe, and effective within two weeks.

Rubinowicz explained that this procedure is performed in his office under mild sedation, very quickly in less than three minutes, has minimal or no side effects, and it is usually covered by insurance.

“Another area of interest is the screening, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. Given that one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, it is imperative to be up-to-date on the latest diagnostic tools and minimally invasive treatments, such as focal therapy,” Rubinowicz said.

Management of prostate cancer has changed dramatically over the last decade. A significant portion of Rubinowicz’s patients are under an active surveillance protocol.

“I tailor individual treatment plans for each patient and recommend more advanced treatment as needed,” he said. “I strongly believe that lifestyle modification, including exercise, healthy dietary practices and nutrition, play a key role in the prevention of urologic conditions.”

Rubinowicz invited potential patients to learn more about his practice.

“Patients at the Urology Center of Palm Beach can benefit from one-on-one, personalized, compassionate, state-of-the-art urological care,” he said. 

The Urology Center of Palm Beach is located at 13005 Southern Blvd., Building 1, Suite 135, on the campus of Palms West Hospital. For more info., visit www.urologycenterofpalmbeach.com or call (561) 615-1234.

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Mr. Universe Matthew Otero Develops Personalized Training Programs For Clients Universal Principles

Mr. Universe Matthew Otero Develops Personalized Training Programs For Clients

Universal Principles

Matthew Otero’s life is all about helping year-round residents and visiting equestrians to accomplish their fitness goals and athletic aspirations. Through continuing education to address unique physiological needs, personalized nutrition and specific strength-training programs, he works with each client in developing universal principles.

Otero earned his 2019 drug-free Mr. Universe Bodybuilding title using his four valuable principles of success.

“I use intensity, consistency, motivation and experience while upholding the highest level of integrity,” said Otero, an Ohio native who has lived with his wife Liz in the Wellington area for the last dozen years. “We are both professional fitness trainers, as well as parents of two young children. We run the Mighty Oaks Equestrian Farm boarding and training facility in Loxahatchee Groves, as well as Results Personal Training where we train many equestrian athletes and other fitness and strength-related modalities.

Otero lives a high-quality, healthy lifestyle and was ready, at the age of 40, to begin training for a Pro National Gym Association drug-free bodybuilder title in the 2019 Mr. Universe Bodybuilding Competition, just 18 weeks before he would make his debut at the competition and ultimately bring the title back to the United States.

“As an NGA Pro Bodybuilder, we submit ourselves to not only a drug test, but also to a polygraph test about not using any performance-enhancing drugs,” Otero explained.

For the concentration and intensity necessary for competition preparation, what better motivator than to have a baby or two? “We have two beautiful kids, Blaise and Mia, who are within 15 months of each other,” Otero said. “Blaise will be 2 years old in February, and Mia was just born July 30.”

Before opening Results Personal Training 13 years ago, Otero always felt his true passion was to help people physically and mentally. “At that time, I met an amazing baseball coach, trainer and Christian, Bruce Charlebois, from Highlands Christian Academy,” Otero said.

Charlesbois asked Otero to help his team with speed and strength, and that year was the first time the school went to the state regionals. “From then on, I haven’t stopped helping people, whether it be athletes or general fitness clients,” Otero said.

He also teamed up with Tony Cabrales at Tony Fit4life, which was a huge opportunity for him to start training more equestrian athletes.

“One thing I have learned throughout the years is that there is opportunity all around if you stay honest to your true passions,” Otero said. “For me, it is all about helping people do things they never thought they could. Also, when that opportunity presents itself, you must be willing to do the work. You can be presented with the greatest opportunity, but if you’re not willing to put in the time and passion, then that opportunity is completely meaningless.”

Workouts at Results Personal Training are personalized. “We believe in one-on-one customized training specifically for our client’s level, sport or goal with customized diet and fitness programing,” Otero said. “We are able to work around injuries or any restrictions.” 

Clients have direct access to fitness professionals who have lifelong experience dedicated to competing in high-level athletics and fitness.

“We provide nutrition for weight loss, and services for general fitness to competitive bodybuilding, fitness for persons with disabilities, sports specific (football, baseball, wrestling, soccer) fitness, strength sports, powerlifting, bodybuilding, speed development and mass building,” Otero said. “We are really proud when we change our clients’ lives, or we help them do something they never thought they would be able to do.”

Otero loves the western communities and the Wellington area. “The Village of Wellington and the surrounding communities are such a unique place,” he said. “Not only do we get to enjoy the beautiful South Florida weather and lifestyle… the local economy is also fortunate enough to be involved in a very unique equestrian atmosphere.”

Otero’s hope is that through Results Personal Training, clients can reach their own goals to better themselves.

“They don’t have to get on stage or on the powerlifting platform, but it would be cool if they did,” Otero said. “It’s really not about that. It’s really about believing that they can better themselves, that the things we can control, we need to control, and that the internal doesn’t have to control our external. At Results Personal Training, we have a passion for helping and sharing what we have experienced and learned. We want to give this back to our clients and change each one of their lives personally.”

For more info., call Matthew Otero at Results Personal Training at (561) 216-9026. He can also be found on Instagram @resultsperstraining and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/resultspt.

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