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Orlando Family Stars

Each month, Stars features exceptional students, student-athletes, educators and all-around boons to the Greater Orlando area. Public Allies Central Florida                   A group of diverse young professionals from Central Florida recently took the trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C., to witness policymaking at the highest level. Public Allies Central... Read More


TOP FIVE: CHICKEN SANDWICH A quintet of tasty things to try this month KICKEN’ CHICKEN SANDWICH at Streetwise Urban Food NORTH DOLLINS AVE. Served on a brioche bun, this sandwich features crispy seasoned chicken, pickles, tomato, chipotle aioli and garlic butter.  YA-MON at Bad As’s Sandwhiches THE MILK DISTRICT This savory sandwich is made with jerk (dark meat) chicken,... Read More

The Arts Come Alive

A roundup of the live shows, unique exhibits and more arriving in Greater Orlando this fall. The Rite of Spring at Orlando Philharmonic   PERFORMING ARTS / LIVE MUSIC / FESTIVALS   Central Florida Community Arts | (407) 937-1800 ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Oct. 6 Symphonic Disney II This... Read More

Destination Relaxation

As summer draws to an end and school gets underway, many residents are not quite ready to get back into their fall routines. Thankfully, there are plenty of day trip and staycation options that can provide a fun and relaxing escape from day-to-day life.   One of the great things about living in Central Florida is the close proximity to all of the amazing things that the Sunshine... Read More

In Alignment

Dr. Andre Baptiste, the founder of Baptiste Orthodontics and Baptiste Dentistry for Kids also known as #AndreTheFarmer, gives patients many reasons to smile. His job title may be orthodontist, but Andre Baptiste, D.D.S., sees himself in other terms—among them, an educator, a community pillar, and a relationship builder. “Some people think all I do is look in people’s mouths... Read More

Full Speed Ahead

Oscar winner Jamie Lee Curtis has been entertaining film audiences for more than four decades, and her latest movie, Haunted Mansion, shows that she has no plans on slowing down just yet. A horror movie star who doesn’t watch horror movies? Perhaps it is such splicing of non-conformity into a career that has flourished in the mainstream that has seen Jamie Lee Curtis remain a... Read More

Suicide Awareness and Why Kindness is Key

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. suicide rate is at the highest it has ever been, with almost 50,000 Americans taking their own lives documented in 2022. Experts explain why a centuries-long epidemic is getting worse. Suicide has been a devastating epidemic in society that demonstrates no sign of losing momentum. The stigma surrounding mental... Read More

Transforming Smiles

Fravel Brewer Orthodontics combines years of experience with the latest innovations in oral health to give patients restored confidence. In the world of orthodontics, where science meets artistry, Fravel Brewer Orthodontics stands out as a beacon of innovation and excellence. With a commitment to creating confident smiles and improving oral health, Fravel Brewer Orthodontics has... Read More

Reader’s Choice: Awesome Attorneys 2024

Awesome Attorney’s 2024 In our February 2024 issue, Orlando Family Magazine will present readers’ picks for Greater Orlando’s top lawyers, and we want your input! Who are the legal eagles of Greater Orlando? You tell us. Nominate your favorite attorneys and make them known to the whole community.... Read More

Reader’s Choice: Best of the Best 2023

Readers’ Choice: Best of the Best 2023 In our December 2023 issue, Orlando Family will present its annual Best of the Best—spotlighting our picks for Greater Orlando’s best food, retail, health & beauty, and lifestyle services—but we also want your input! To nominate your personal bests, just... Read More


TOP FIVE: SALAD A quintet of tasty things to try this month SOUTHERN FRIED SALAD at Cowboy Chicken  PROMENADE AT SUNSET WALK Paired with Cowboy Chicken’s hand-breaded and seasoned chicken tenders, this salad consists of tomatoes, red onions, avocado, corn, Monterey Jack cheese and cheese crisps. It is drizzled with honey mustard dressing.     GRILLED STEAK SALAD at... Read More

Homegrown Star

Matt Lauria may often play a tough guy on TV, but in casual conversation, it only takes a few moments for his sensitive side to rise to the forefront. In fact, the first words out of his mouth, following a very polite greeting, involve an offer to move a phone call over to Zoom, just so his facial expressions can be seen and all of his answers during a wide-ranging interview can... Read More

2023 Top Physicians

As hard as one may try, living a completely healthy lifestyle is an impossible task, and sooner or later, illnesses and injuries are going to happen. Fortunately, when that time comes, the Central Florida region is blessed to be home to many skilled medical providers across a number of specialties. These doctors not only have the drive to push their fields further... Read More

Far From Finished

In the epidemic of mass violence across the nation, it is important to remember and to honor the victims and survivors that have been impacted. It is difficult to hear about, to understand and, most importantly, to ignore. It is common for Americans to personally know someone or somewhere that has been affected by gun violence. Within that horror, there have been increased efforts... Read More

The State of Tourism

Orlando, Florida, USA downtown city skyline on Eola Lake. It’s no stretch of the truth to say that Orlando is where people want to be, thanks to the likes of its rich cultural offerings, endless entertainment options and, of course, year-round beautiful weather. From fellow Floridians to globe-trotting international visitors, the town and the world-class service industry it boasts... Read More

Orlando Family Stars

Each month, Stars features exceptional students, student-athletes, educators and all-around boons to the Greater Orlando area. Dylan Crews  Crews, a 2020 graduate of Lake Mary High School, was chosen by the Washington Nationals with the second overall selection in the Major League Baseball Draft. An outfielder, Crews won the 2023 Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the best... Read More

Spreading its Wings

“As long as you treat your patients like a member of your own family, you can’t go wrong.” Although it has been many years since Dr. Vishal Gupta first received this bit of advice, it has served him well and is a big part of the reason he believes Gastroenterology of Greater Orlando is such a success. “We’ve tried to instill that motto in all of our practice, where we... Read More

All the World’s a Stage

Guy Quigley is a Renaissance man who has lived and worked around the world—everywhere from Africa and London to Pennsylvania. Indie-film producer, screenwriter, author, inventor, cattle rancher, entrepreneur and devoted family man, Quigley has done it all, and put his heart and soul into every venture. Raised in Dublin, Ireland, Quigley came from a family of thespians who made... Read More

Helping Heroes

The men and women who risk their lives for our country are an integral part of the community. Veterans face many challenges when they return home from service, and showing them support is essential to help them reintegrate into civilian life. In Central Florida, several local nonprofit organizations help veterans to reacclimate, as well as to celebrate their heroism during and... Read More

Finer Fairways

Orlando, FL / USA – January 08, 2018: Shingle Creek Golf Club on a clear blue sky day surrounded with palm trees.     A round of golf can be both exhilarating and frustrating at the same time. And that’s the beauty of this game that you’ll never quite master, but will spend countless days on the course trying to exactly do just that. With golf season in full... Read More

Prevention is the Best Protection

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”   Those words famously pronounced by historical icon Benjamin Franklin all those years ago still ring true today in so many ways, especially when it comes to proper skin care. With Florida’s year-round abundant sunshine drawing more folks outside to soak up the rays, it’s become more important than ever to protect... Read More