Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Thanks Grand Champions Polo Club For Support

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Thanks Grand Champions Polo Club For Support

2020 was a year like no other. Life changed in an instant, leaving companies and individuals trying to plan their next steps. For nonprofits such as the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), this meant pivoting to a completely virtual platform that they had never done before.

The height of the pandemic hit as LLS was starting its Man & Woman of the Year campaign. The candidates and volunteers stepped up to the plate, knowing that even though daily life may have come to a standstill, cancer wasn’t canceled. One candidate and sponsor shined more brightly and made a huge impact for local patients fighting blood cancers — Grant Ganzi and the Grand Champions Polo Club.

Ganzi rallied during the extended 16-week fundraising period to claim the title of 2020 Palm Beach-Treasure Coast Man of the Year.

His persistence and focus on the mission of LLS raised critical funds for blood cancer patients. The Lynn University senior and third-generation polo player utilized his network to support lifesaving research.

On Sunday, May 2, DeAnn Hazey, executive director of the LLS South Florida Region, presented Melissa Ganzi and Grand Champions Polo Club with an award for being the presenting sponsor of the 2020 Man & Woman of the Year campaign in the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast market.

Hazey is looking forward to a longstanding partnership between the organization and the Grand Champions Polo Club.

“Thank you so much to the Ganzi family,” Hazey said. “I know the money they raised is helping families right here, right now, and what they did is truly saving lives. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is so grateful to have such an impactful supporter within the community. The polo club’s sponsorship and support will not only allow lifesaving blood cancer research to continue but will also help patients receive access to medications and other financial needs.”

As a breast cancer survivor, Melissa Ganzi recently finished her final treatment. She is healthy and is back to playing polo. With the start of 2021, Grand Champions is bringing back a sense of normalcy to the area with its spring season in full swing.

To learn more about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign, visit www.mwoy.org/mwoy-palm-beach-0.


Wellington To Continue Its Decades-Long Tradition Of Holiday Fireworks On Independence Day

Wellington To Continue Its  Decades-Long Tradition Of Holiday Fireworks On Independence Day

By M. Dennis Taylor

As this summer brings hopes of a return to something approaching normal, the Village of Wellington is planning a community celebration to make residents feel a bit like it is an Independence Day from years past. Included in the festivities will be the presentation of what is possibly the best fireworks display available in Palm Beach County.

Assistant Community Services Director Michelle Garvey is responsible for coordinating this year’s Fourth of July celebration, which will be conducted safely outside at Village Park on Pierson Road. As of May, plans were still underway, with complete details available in June. There are still sponsorships and vendor spaces available, but the biggest news is the magnitude of the Zambelli fireworks display.

Zambelli is renowned as one of the best fireworks display providers, entertaining area residents for generations. Founded in Italy in 1893, the family-owned business is now located in Pennsylvania and has provided the spectacular shows for Wellington throughout the years. These include past celebrations of Independence Day, as well as New Year’s Eve, which is also the anniversary of the incorporation of the Village of Wellington.

“Our objective is to put the most shells of anywhere in the county in the air during the 20-minute display,” Garvey said.

The celebration will be a day of family fun topped off by the impressive fireworks display. “Last year, we shot off the fireworks from two locations, but now everything will be at Village Park,” Garvey said.

The 2020 observance included fireworks but little else due to the pandemic.

This year, with restrictions eased, will be different. It will all be done safely outdoors with the restrooms sanitized frequently and sanitizing stations throughout the area. Village staff will likely be masked, but vaccinated attendees to the event are not required to wear a mask, unless regulations change.

There will be many activities that are aimed at making youngsters happy with lots of games. “There will be an obstacle course, parachute races and stilt walkers walking throughout the festivities,” Garvey said. “There will be a petting zoo with all the typical barnyard animals, plus surprises and favorites like the miniature cow.”

Food and entertainment will also be part of the experience.

“There will be lots of food trucks for a satisfying food experience, and there will be live music with the Studio 54 band,” Garvey said, adding that the entertainment will include a singing contest where winners get to sing on stage.

Wellington’s Parks & Recreation Department provides the community with exceptional parks, leisure and recreation programs that build strong, healthy lifestyles while contributing to the economic and environmental sustainability of Wellington.

Many popular activities in the usually busy department are returning to the schedule as the summer approaches. Parks & Recreation Director Eric Juckett noted that the village’s new Parks & Recreation Department newsletter has just published its first issue now that activities are gearing back up. It is frequently updated and lists the most current information on recreational activities.

“We are extremely excited to be once again offering so many programs to the residents of our community,” Juckett said. “Tell the community we are back, and we are super excited.”

The food trucks have returned to the Wellington Amphitheater on Thursday nights, along with concerts and movies on Friday and Saturday nights. Free tickets to the concerts are available on Eventbrite.

“The Wellington Community Center has opened back up, and programs and rentals have resumed,” Juckett said. “Swimming lessons in two-week classes will be taking place at the pool, tennis lessons are in the mornings, the all-day summer camps and academies have returned, and registration and availabilities are all in the newsletter on the village’s web site.

Visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/july4th for updates on the Independence Day celebration. For the latest on upcoming community events, visit www.wellingtonfl.gov/events.


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.


Wellington Garden Club Helps Make The Community A More Beautiful Place

Wellington Garden Club Helps Make The Community A More Beautiful Place

“Gardening Makes a World of Difference” is the motto of the Wellington Garden Club, which has been helping to make the community a more beautiful place for nearly four decades.

Founded in October 1981 by a few local women who held meetings in one another’s living rooms, the club began with lots of good ideas and a few bylaws. Yet the women had the foresight to become part of something bigger, joining the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs just a few months later.

Founding members of the club included President Mary Clark, Vice President Mary Rowe, Treasurer Inge Parrish, Recording Secretary Paula Giambrone, Corresponding Secretary Judy Frank, and members Melinda Beasley, Connie Diforio, Marilyn Elliot, Mary Giovanetti, Phyllis Greenberg, Isabel Johnson, Grace Rocket, Alberta Weldon and Lily Wiggan.

“The club’s original scrapbook is interesting to look through,” said Jan Seagrave, the group’s current president. “The women used to do a bazaar; did landscaping for Habitat for Humanity homes; created little handmade programs; and typed up pages for a yearbook that we have professionally printed today. They did a lot of flower-arranging classes where now we have flower show judges and master gardeners as members, and the judges sometimes do arrangement classes.”

Over the past 40 years, the club has grown quite a bit, and with that growth came changes.

“We have added to what our mission statement and motto are, we’ve added activities, and we meet at the Wellington Community Center now,” Seagrave said. “There’s so much to what we do. The club has evolved over the years from that group of wonderful ladies who got it started to a club with more of a sense of community than we had before.”

Some of its original charter members remain on the roster, linking the past to the present. “It’s about how far we’ve come with the club and what we’ve learned in the past to bring forth to give to the community,” Seagrave explained.

The group continues to invite informative guest speakers to its meetings and hosts a biannual Garden Walk tour of members’ gardens, but it also established a butterfly garden at the Wellington Dog Park, currently maintained by the Boy Scouts; sends kids to ecology camp; offers scholarships to high school students interested in the earth sciences; and even honors the military.

This upcoming Memorial Day, the Wellington Garden Club will unveil a Gold Star plaque at the Wellington Veterans Memorial to honor family members of servicemen who died in the line of duty. This marker joins the Blue Star marker currently in place at the memorial, also donated by the Wellington Garden Club. The Blue Star marker was the result of a club fundraising effort, while the Gold Star marker was underwritten by a club member and her veteran husband.

“The markers are part of a national initiative,” Seagrave said. “We also partnered with the Village of Wellington. They gave us a place to put the marker, they allow us to have our ceremony there and they maintain it — and the beautiful landscaping around it.”

It was incoming President Maria Wolfe who led the marker charge.

“Being the daughter of a World War II and Korean War veteran, and spouse of a Vietnam veteran, honoring our servicemembers is very important to me,” she said. “When I found out that the National Garden Clubs had this program and the village didn’t have even one marker, I took it upon myself to do it. The Blue Star marker was dedicated on Veterans Day 2019.”

Wolfe spoke at the ceremony when the marker was unveiled. “We had 50 club members in the parade — everybody was just so excited to be a part of it and support it,” she said. “And now, as the pandemic slowly recedes, we felt like it was time to put in the Gold Star marker, and we’d like to invite all Gold Star families to attend the dedication, this time on Memorial Day.”

Twig Morris has been a member of the Wellington Garden Club for 15 years, joining just two years after she moved to Wellington.

“The club’s membership grew a lot after I joined. There were so many new communities opening up, and also the club was trying to get into as many local publications as possible,” Morris said. “We attracted new members during our garden tour and the plant sales we held at the Wellington Community Center. People bought plants and found out about the club.”

The Wellington Garden Club also began focusing more on the youth of the area, forming junior garden clubs and establishing a children’s community garden behind the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club in Wellington together with the Young Professionals of Wellington. “We meet every Tuesday at 3 p.m. with the kids,” Seagrave said. “We weed, trim, cut, plant — but mainly it’s the education, from planting the seed to reaping the harvest. A lot of these kids think that fruits and vegetables only come from Publix.”

Teaching local gardening is a key focus of the club today.

“We want our youth to learn about gardening, to love gardening and to respect the environment,” Morris said. “Our scholarship committee does a lot of fundraising. We donate $5,000 in scholarships to local students pursuing a degree in environmental sciences. We send kids to the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs’ SEEK [Save the Earth’s Environment through Knowledge] summer camp. We sponsored one young man for two years, and he was so inspired by the program that he went on to Duke University to study environmental law. That makes us proud.”

The club also provides enough funding to send seven to nine campers to Wekiva Youth Camp, a sleepaway camp near Apopka that is sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and is certified by the American Camping Association.

And although club bylaws prohibit political activity, e-mail blasts do go out informing members about meetings they may choose to attend as interested citizens. A recent Village of Wellington meeting where the future of a wetlands preserve was on the agenda was one such example.

“We are about education in the environmental and ecological areas,” Seagrave said. “As president, I want to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club in 2021 and then, in 2022, the 40th anniversary of our joining the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.”

People and plants — both are important to Wellington Garden Club members. “A lot of club presidents aren’t as lucky as I am,” Wolfe said. “They have so much paperwork to do. My therapy is to get in there and get my hands dirty — plop things in the ground and watch them grow.”

Learn more about the club at www.wellingtongardenclub.org.


A World-Class Equestrian Facility In Wellington’s Saddle Trail Park

A World-Class Equestrian Facility In Wellington’s Saddle Trail Park


This world-class equestrian facility features 7 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms, conveniently located in Wellington’s Saddle Trail Park along the bridle trail with a short hack to the Winter Equestrian Festival show grounds. The top-notch working farm includes a fully outfitted, 10-stall center aisle barn, guest quarters and a custom manure storage building all built in 2016, as well as a fully irrigated and drained arena with GGT footing and a totally re-imagined main house. CBS construction with all custom metal roofs are the foundation for a complex that is elegantly finished with three grooms/guest quarters, a manager’s office and residence, plus three bedrooms, including the owner’s retreat and a bonus sleeping loft in the main house, all offering a plethora of living options. Additional features include a large pool and deck for relaxing after a hard day’s ride, six paddocks with shade trees, canal irrigation and stunning curb appeal.

Aerial View: The estate includes 2.58 acres located in the prestigious Saddle Trail Park equestrian community, just minutes from local equestrian facilities. It is a prime location for the serious equestrian.

Arena: Ride easy in this full-size, all-weather arena featuring GGT footing, full irrigation and drainage. Step out of the ring and head directly onto the bridle trail.

Barn: This fully equipped, 10-stall center aisle barn was built in 2016 and features a full array of creature comforts for equine friends, plus a few for their caretakers and owners. A bonus hayloft saves a ton of space, and the half bath in the washroom is very convenient to have close by.

Tack Room: With entrances inside and out, clean and refined storage and a luxury feel, this tack room shows that function as well as elegance are major considerations at this five-star facility.

Guest Quarters: Doing things right is the theme of this equestrian estate. Separate guest quarters next to the pool allow everyone to be close by but have enough shoulder room and privacy to make every day feel like a vacation.

Saddle Trail Property Presented By Andrew Burr

Meet Andrew Burr

Andrew Burr is the leader of the Andrew Burr Group at Coldwell Banker Realty, which has been selling real estate in Palm Beach County since 2008. “With more than 90 million in sales transaction experience, my team has the qualifications to get the job done when it comes to your real estate needs,” Burr said. “I am a broker, an accredited buyers’ representative, a certified investment property manager and a certified new home co-broker.”

Members of the Andrew Burr Group run the gamut from rental specialists, senior real estate, vacation property specialists and more. “If you are looking for a real estate agent with integrity, honesty and experience, we have you covered,” Burr said. “I am a member of the Rotary Club of Wellington and currently act as sergeant-at-arms and youth services chair. If you would like to help make the world a better place and help those in need, ask me about the Rotary!”

Burr is most proud of being a husband and a father. “My beautiful wife Amy and I have been married for more than 28 years, and my daughter Megan is working on her dream of becoming an optometrist,” Burr said. “I want to thank all of you who have allowed me and my team to assist you in buying, selling, renting and leasing in the past, as well as those of you who will give us a chance to earn your business in the future.”

Learn more about Andrew Burr at www.andrewsellspalmbeach.com


Authentic Flavors Make Tender Rack Of Lamb Stand Out At Raja Indian Cuisine & Bar

Authentic Flavors Make Tender Rack Of Lamb Stand Out At Raja Indian Cuisine & Bar

Raja Indian Cuisine & Bar, located in the original Wellington Mall, brings a slice of India to central Palm Beach County. The ambiance is as authentic as the food, and it captures the culture in every way — from the music and décor to the fragrances and smiles that cheerfully greet patrons.

Raja offers many traditional dishes, but a standout signature dish is the tender and flavorful rack of lamb.

“It is a fusion between Indian, French and American cuisine,” Executive Chef Vijeesh Parayil said. “Rack of lamb is really a standard for any great restaurant. Ours is made with sour cream, cream cheese, mace, nutmeg, green cardamom, fennel powder and Indian garam masala.”

While rack of lamb may sound familiar, the flavors, plating and sides are truly unique. The colorful plate arrives with sauteed vegetables, like carrots and broccoli, flavor-filled rice and kitchen made naan bread. It is truly a complete, upscale dish for only $26.

“The lamb chops are a team effort. We have a couple of chefs working together on it — one cooks it in the clay oven, another chef pre-plates, and I do the spices. Once we cook it up, I slice the rack and finish the presentation,” Parayil said. “It’s all such a good flavor once you put in all the spice.”

One reason why the food is layered in beautiful flavors is because the team at Raja take authenticity very seriously, down to the smallest details.

“We make all the spices here. We get the whole ingredients, and we grind the spices here in the kitchen. Spices lose their flavor over time, especially after being ground. By keeping everything fresh, we get more flavor,” Parayil said.

There are a number of popular curry dishes on the menu, along with several vegan options. Tandoor options include tandoori chicken, jumbo shrimp and more. A variety of Naan breads are available to complement your meal.

Parayil has been the head chef at Raja since the restaurant opened two years ago. Originally from the southern Indian state of Kerala, he finds particular joy in developing seafood dishes inspired by his roots while utilizing local ingredients.

“We have a lot of seafood [in Kerala]. In-house, we serve a chef’s special, which is a yellowtail snapper. Its flavors are from where I am from,” Parayil explained. “We cook it in the clay oven, and we add some shrimp curry on top of the fish.”

The yellowtail snapper is also well priced at $25 a plate. Keeping prices reasonable while finding ways to offer a unique variety has always been important at Raja. Combine this with putting customers as a priority, and it explains how the restaurant has managed to thrive despite difficult circumstances.

“We didn’t close when the pandemic hit. We just kept open for to-go orders,” Parayil said. “Now, we are open for in-person dining, but some people want to come in and some people don’t. Many call, and they want to pick up their order — or they go through another service like Uber Eats or Delivery Dudes.”

Parayil said that Raja works with all food delivery options — anything to keep their customers comfortable and content.

“We used to be very busy on Saturdays and Sundays, because of our buffet, so we are happy to finally be able to bring it back,” he said.

On April 10, the lunch buffet returned to the weekends from noon to 3 p.m. for $16 per person. The buffet includes two different salads, an appetizer, rice, three different vegetable options, two proteins and two desserts, plus fountain drinks and bread already included, to make for a serious meal.

Look to Raja to find even a signature dessert you won’t find anywhere else.

“My signature dessert is called gulab jamun pie, and no one ever made it here in America until I did. It’s a fusion, and my personal innovation,” Parayil said. “There is a mango-caramel sauce and jackfruit ice cream on top.”

Gulab jamun are small, round, milk-based donuts that have been soaked in a sweet syrup.

To find Raja, look for the sign with the Golden “R.” Once inside, you’ll find an array of authentic treasures — dishes spanning many regions, draped in layers of bold flavors, and a dining atmosphere that’s warm and welcoming. Raja’s owners — the husband-and-wife team of Sunil Kayalchirayil and Sheeba Krishnankutty — call it “modern Indian.”

Raja Indian Cuisine is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Mondays. The buffet is now available on Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. Visit Raja Indian Cuisine & Bar on Facebook to see current specials.

Raja Indian Cuisine & Bar is located in the original Wellington Mall at 12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 20. The restaurant has direct access through both the mall interior and from the back parking lot. For more information, or to see the menu, visit www.rajawellington.com or call (561) 318-5383.


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.


Show Jumper Catherine Tyree Perseveres To Develop A Thriving New Business

Show Jumper Catherine Tyree Perseveres To Develop A Thriving New Business

From the moment her mother sat her in the saddle, Catherine Tyree knew that her love for horses was larger than life. Her early success as a junior rider and young athlete at the top of the sport would lead to milestones such as representing the United States show jumping team at just 23 years old, an accomplishment only a small handful of people have the honor of reaching in their lifetime. What she did not realize, however, is that her love of the sport would evolve into a career and business that would both challenge and fulfill her more than ever before.

Under the tutelage of John Brennan and Missy Clark of North Run as a junior, Tyree made the switch to professional status at age 26. She spent one year working at North Run in order to gain more experience in the operations and logistics of running a competitive show barn.

In November 2019, Tyree made the decision to go out on her own, creating her own business, Catherine Tyree LLC, and settled in the heart of the Wellington community.

“My parents have always been incredibly supportive of my passion and dream of being in the sport, and they were very encouraging when I started thinking about starting my own business,” Tyree recalled. “My trainers gave me a wealth of knowledge and confidence in myself, which helped me believe that I could go out on my own. Both John and Missy have given me all the tools I needed to do the job right, and they have been incredibly supportive along the way, which I am very thankful for.”

But establishing the new business would not come without its fair share of challenges.

As Tyree began work to organize the foundation of the company and tackle the common challenges that first-time business owners face, the COVID-19 pandemic put an immediate halt to horse shows around the world, instantly changing the landscape of the equestrian industry and forcing Tyree to quickly pivot her strategy.

“There are a lot of growing pains when you are first starting a business. It’s a little bit nerve-wracking to go out on your own, and COVID-19 only made things more complicated,” Tyree explained. “In some ways, it was perfect timing, because we were able to stay in Wellington for longer than usual. I was able to refine things and really get a hold on what I wanted to do and how I wanted things to be run. On the flip side, without showing so much, I found it to be difficult to continue to put myself out there as an athlete. Looking back on it though, it was a blessing to be able to really take the time and not feel pressured to hit the ground running.”

Through the trials and tribulations of the first year, Tyree faced adversity with grace and grit. She learned from each experience and opportunity that arose and used her growing knowledge to excel in her business. She found solace in her friends and family, and she continued to expand Catherine Tyree LLC with new staff members, while also acquiring up-and-coming horses, one of her favorite aspects of building a high-performance show jumping program.

“You need the right people around you who understand that getting started is the hardest part, with many bumps along the road,” Tyree said. “If you have people who are willing to stick by your side and help in whatever way they can, it makes it a lot easier. You also need a good support system with people you can lean on when things get tough. You need people cheering you on and reminding you that these struggles are something everyone goes through. I’ve been lucky to have the right people behind me to keep nudging me forward and giving me encouragement every step of the way.”

Now 27 years old, Tyree’s perseverance through new situations and difficulties during her first year of running a business has only made her into a better rider, businesswoman and equestrian. While her passion still lies in developing young, inexperienced horses, she is eager to expand her business model into training other athletes. Tyree looks forward to sharing her love for the horses and sport with the growing team beside her. She encourages those contemplating starting a new business to be persistent in what they want and to believe in themselves.

“Having confidence in yourself no matter the circumstance is key. It’s always hard, no matter what sector you’re in, to start your own business,” she said. “I tell myself that the people who are successful are the ones who stay dedicated to their career and never lose sight of what they really want. I think when it gets tough, you just have to hold your head down, keep going and know that you’ll come out on the other side.”

To learn more about Catherine Tyree and her equestrian business, follow her on social media or visit www.catherinetyreellc.com.


Danny & Ron’s Rescue Makes A Lasting Impact On The Community Through Efforts During The Pandemic

Danny & Ron’s Rescue Makes A Lasting Impact On The Community Through Efforts During The Pandemic

Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta’s mission for their namesake dog rescue has remained steadfast since its inception: to ensure dogs in need always have a safe, loving home of their own, and those who have not received the care they deserve are given a second chance at life.

Throughout the years, the duo has become known as a beacon of hope both here in Wellington and at their other home base in Camden, South Carolina, as a shining example of humanity in their quest to better the lives of all animals they come into contact with.

Robertshaw and Danta, mainstays of the Wellington community and partners for nearly 30 years, founded Danny & Ron’s Rescue and operate the rescue out of their home in Camden. The nonprofit is foster-based in Wellington. Lifelong equestrians who have dedicated their lives to dog rescue efforts and making a positive impact on their communities, they have been traveling to Wellington for 30 years to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival, and they made the community their home when they purchased a house in 2000. Their desire to help animals and the people who love them live the best lives they can continues to drive their philanthropic efforts every day.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the uncertainty that gripped communities around the world was amplified for nonprofit organizations. With job loss and sickness that accompanied the pandemic, it became more and more difficult for people to provide for themselves and their four-legged family members. After first establishing health and safety protocols for their own staff members and volunteers, Robertshaw and Danta put their heads together to figure out how they could best aid those around them who needed it most.

With an average of 75 rescue dogs in “The Doghouse,” a name coined for their home from their documentary Life In The Doghouse, the team at Danny & Ron’s Rescue quickly adapted to the new safety protocols and adjusted to new methods of “meet and greets” for potential dog adopters. With supplies like toilet paper, paper towels and vital cleaning items in tight supply, it was a great challenge to find everything they needed in such large quantities to keep the operation running as normal. Nevertheless, they were able to keep their doors open for the houseful of dogs that relied on them, thanks to the help of each person who contributed to their mission, either with funds, supplies or time.

Since the onset of the pandemic, Robertshaw and Danta, with the help of their full-time rescue team as well as volunteers, have spearheaded food drive efforts to supply families and their pets in need with vital resources, allowing many to keep their animals in their homes. They have donated more than 95,000 pounds of dog food, distributed through the Feed the Hungry Pantry of Palm Beach County, since beginning their efforts last year. In addition, they have made contributions to Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, local spay and neuter shelters, and Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control by pulling dogs from the shelter to find them loving homes throughout the years. Earlier this season, they received the Robb Report’s Horsepower Award for their continued philanthropic efforts in the equestrian community and beyond.

But Robertshaw and Danta have not sustained their rescue operation alone — they have depended heavily on donations from generous donors in the local community and beyond, allowing them to continue full steam ahead to make sure every dog living with them continues to receive care.

Contributions of all amounts help dogs receive a visit to the veterinarian, medication and follow-up treatment needed for routine and severe health challenges.

In the last year, 289 dogs found loving homes through Danny & Ron’s Rescue, pushing the number of dogs saved since the start of the rescue past 12,300. More than 110 dogs belonging to struggling families also received urgent and lifechanging veterinary care, and the rescue team was able to deliver vital supplies to animal rescue organizations after Hurricane Laura devastated Louisiana. Left homeless and abandoned, 17 dogs were taken to the safe haven of “The Doghouse” after the hurricane.

Robertshaw and Danta’s feature-length documentary Life in the Doghouse, from Ron Davis, the director of the award-winning film Harry & Snowman, was featured on Netflix and made major waves around the world after its release. Now available to watch on Amazon Prime Video, the film offers an inside look at the everyday operations of the dog rescue and inspires all to spread the word about their mission and make a positive impact on a local, national and global level.

To learn more about Danny & Ron’s Rescue, or to make a donation, visit www.dannyronsrescue.org.


The Mother-Daughter Duo Julie And Lillian Khanna Are Changing Lives By Changing The Odds

The Mother-Daughter Duo Julie And Lillian Khanna Are Changing Lives By Changing The Odds

Being a mom is perhaps the most demanding yet rewarding job there is. But when you have the odds stacked against you, it takes a special kind of grit — and the support of community — to become the mother you yearn to be.

Wellington resident Julie Khanna knows something about that.

Raised by a hardworking single mother at a socioeconomic disadvantage here in Palm Beach County, she became a single mother herself as a teenager. Although she couldn’t finish high school with her friends, she sought a GED. And after overcoming many obstacles, Julie, a first-generation college graduate, completed her degree with young daughter Lillian at her side.

Today, as a successful entrepreneur and mother of three, Julie realizes what it took to change the odds for her own life as well as her children’s. As the recently appointed chair of the development committee at Community Partners of South Florida, she now has the chance to change the odds for others.

“I really fit the model of the teenagers that Community Partners of South Florida is trying to help,” Julie said. “They are committed to transforming the lives of children and families facing social, emotional and financial adversity. Looking back, I know if I had Community Partners in my corner, they could have been an advocate for me. Teens need someone to fight for them.”

Julie’s daughter Lillian is that someone.

As Julie’s first order of business as chair, she appointed 19-year-old Lillian to become a volunteer member. Believing in the power of youth, Julie knows that “real change happens through them.”

Lillian, like her mother, sees how she can be an advocate and a voice for change.

“I am especially grateful to have a position where I can bring the unique perspective of teenagers and share their concerns,” Lillian said. “My mom worked really hard to provide a life for me that wasn’t riddled with the same challenges she faced, but I can still be a voice for other young people in economically challenged groups and bring a realistic view of their challenges.”

Scott Hansel, CEO of Community Partners of South Florida, is thankful to have this mother-daughter team drive awareness and fundraising for the nonprofit agency.

“Julie’s lived experience as a single mother and Lillian’s advocacy for youth will benefit the parents and teens we serve tremendously,” he said. “They are deeply in touch with what it takes to help families build their own strengths and resiliency as we strive to do every day through a comprehensive system of supports, including health, housing and community.”

Julie and Lillian Khanna are no strangers to volunteerism. And they share one particular cause: youth. Julie has served the Boys & Girls Club here in Wellington for more than eight years through fundraising and supporting events, including the annual dinner-dance. She is also a board member of Prom Beach, collecting prom dresses for teenagers, a volunteer at the Soup Kitchen in Boynton Beach, and an advisory council member for Around Wellington.

Lillian, a communications major when she attended the Bak Middle School of the Arts and the Alexander W. Dreyfoos High School of the Arts, has used her voice to speak for her generation, which earned her a seat on the countywide youth council, Future Leaders United for Change, at just 16 years old.

A representative from the organization heard Lillian speak at a Wellington town hall meeting after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting about students’ concerns. That speech launched her early career as a youth advocate, eventually rising to a leadership position on the steering community for Future Leaders United for Change, a part of Palm Beach County’s Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures Alliance that supports youth who are experiencing homelessness, in foster care or are facing other socio-economic challenges.

Lillian sees her role as a way for others to share youth voices and be heard to determine their own futures.

“We will never know a person’s full potential unless we give them an opportunity,” Lillian said. “Teenagers are more useful than anyone would ever think when you give them a position of power. Instead of being talked about, they need to be talked to. I was given that opportunity, and I’m using it to change my life and the lives of others.”

When you speak to Lillian, you can see the impact of a mother like Julie, who believes in “investing feverishly” in her children. Julie has instilled the value of volunteerism in all her children, as well as the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Lillian launched her own videography company, L Khanna Productions, at the age of 14, and today is producing videos for nonprofits and the equestrian community while a full-time student at Florida State University. Thirteen-year-old Nikhil, a communications major at Bak, started his own tech support business with the know-how to build computers piece by piece. Not to be outdone by her siblings, 12-year-old Devi owns and operates a home-ground spice business, Devi Masala, that she started at the age of eight, and counts Vanilla Ice and Sara Hopkins Ayala as customers. Her web site, www.devimasala.shop, was built by her brother.

Julie brings all her children’s businesses together to support her own, Khanna Connections, a communications firm specializing in medical and health industries that includes Wellington clients the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation/JDCHealth Specialty Center; the Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Disorders Institute of South Florida, the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “Our work overlaps, and we all find ways to work together professionally,” Julie said.

The Khannas also keep much of their business in Wellington, and they are grateful for the lives they have been afforded during their 11 years living in the community. “Wellington has provided a lot of opportunities for my family,” Julie said. “For us, it’s about the relationships and friends we have made and how that has translated to our community involvement and our business.”

Lillian sees her relationship with her mother and her entire family in the same way she views her role with Community Partners of South Florida and their mission to partner with families to help them succeed. “We can accomplish on our own, but together we’re unstoppable!” she said.

To learn more about Community Partners of South Florida, visit www.cp-cto.org.


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