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Learning Lessons

Local preschools and child care centers have adjusted their practices in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As the coronavirus pandemic first arrived in Orlando, a number of child care centers and preschools kept their doors open to care for the young children of essential workers. But the uncertainty surrounding the virus still was of great concern to parents and many decided... Read More

The Strength to Keep Fighting

With a focus on the necessity of forging forward; adaptability, creativity and resilience— internally and externally—allow the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation to continue to advocate and educate in spite of 2020’s challenges. When the COVID-19 pandemic brought the country to a standstill in March, the people behind the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation didn’t have time to... Read More

The Good Fight

Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation is working to close the gap between women who are able to access life-saving care for breast cancer and those who are not. Toni Pressley may be well-known for her play on the field as a member of the Orlando Pride soccer team, but it’s her work away from the game that is equally inspiring. With a desire to make a difference in the Central... Read More

A Healthy Vision

The Florida Retina Institute specializes in treating diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness that often goes undiagnosed. When undiagnosed or left untreated, diabetes is a disease known to cause many serious health complications. One of those complications is diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in adults ages 20 to 74. Retinopathy happens when high blood... Read More

An Eye Opener

The stress of the pandemic can lead to poor skin conditions, but the expert team at Associates in Dermatology can put you on a path to recovery. With daily reminders of the harsh realities surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been hard to hide the worry and fatigue so many of us are dealing with. As both our professional and personal lives have been turned upside down, the... Read More

Making the Grade: The 2020 Private High School Report Card

The start of a new school year means that it’s time for us to examine some of the area’s top private schools to see how these revered academic institutions are helping students recognize their potential both in and out of the classroom. We worked directly with the schools to glean information on key areas like average SAT scores, the percentage of students attending four-year... Read More

While the Iron is Hot

With record-low interest rates and limited inventory, the Central Florida real estate market is booming for sellers despite the pandemic. Normally when someone moves into a new house, it does not take long for the neighbors to stop by, introduce themselves and perhaps offer some baked goods as a gift. Eric Matthews and his wife, local residents who purchased a townhome in Champions... Read More

Health for Her

Advancements in health care for women show the importance of a whole-body approach. Women traditionally put themselves last when it comes to health and wellness, prioritizing appointments for their family members first—whether children or aging parents. Busy schedules are an easy excuse, but the pandemic has placed even more stress on women as statistics show they are shouldering... Read More

Rising to the Occasion

With the pandemic having a major impact on family law, Conti Moore continues to be a fierce advocate for her clients. For many people who suffer through a divorce, it can be one of the most turbulent times of their lives, and doing so during the COVID-19 pandemic only adds to the stress level. Feelings of sadness, loneliness and confusion are common, but having a trusted family... Read More

Plan, Protect and Provide

The attorneys of Murphy & Berglund PLLC help clients safeguard their wishes, as well as their families, in the aftermath of divorce. With the issuance of a divorce decree, two people who once loved each other can go their separate ways and heal from the emotional trauma—starting life anew. One chapter of the story ends and another begins. This would be true in a perfect world.... Read More

Top Dentists 2020

94 of Central Florida’s leading dental professionals. There’s no reason to fear going to the dentist when you look at the many wonderful providers we have here in the Greater Orlando area. And so our readers spent months nominating and voting for their favorite dental professionals and the result is our annual Top Dentists list. The doctors chosen are known for going above... Read More

Home Improvement

Central Floridians are looking to upgrade their living spaces as the coronavirus pandemic has people at home. With employers adopting work-from-home models, children not returning to learning at school and families canceling travel plans for the year, homeowners are looking to renovate and update their spaces to better fit a quarantine lifestyle. According to the Joint Center for... Read More

The Right Fit

Dr. Clifford P. Clark III, a board-certified plastic surgeon and the medical director of Clark Institute for Aesthetics, has a message for individuals eager to transform their lives. Throughout its lifetime, the human body undergoes a gradual, yet not always graceful, transformation. Facial lines deepen. Eyelids droop. Breasts lose their fullness. Naturally, many people seek out... Read More

Putting Patients First

In the midst of the pandemic, Dr. Michael Steppie and the experts at Associates in Dermatology remain committed to providing the utmost care. Dr. Michael Steppie is not your average dermatologist. As president and medical director of Associates in Dermatology, founded in 1989, he has an unrivaled passion for serving Central Florida’s community through clinical, general and cosmetic... Read More

A Path to Parenthood

Reproductive Medicine Associates of Florida lead physician and medical director, Dr. George Patounakis helps the dreams of would-be parents become realized through compassionate, personalized care and the most advanced treatments. Infertility is a struggle for many couples and the journey to becoming a parent through fertility medicine can be an emotional one. That’s something... Read More

Top Physicians 2020

364 of Central Florida’s leading doctors. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate our everyday lives, the renewed focus on our health and overall well-being has been increasingly important. Of course, that means not only keeping ourselves safe from the virus, but also staying on top of our other medical needs. Thankfully, Greater Orlando is full of amazingly skilled... Read More

A Learning Environment: The 2020 Public School Report Card

As the new school year approaches, there remains great uncertainty as to what exactly it will look like as the state grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, it’s evident that our public high schools will be doing their best to keep students engaged and provide them the best learning experience possible while also preparing them for whatever their futures may hold. For... Read More

Entering the Mainstream

CBD products are poised to be the next big thing as more people seek natural alternatives to opioid medications and Florida is set on being a pioneer. When she was 14, Betsy Greene’s daughter began having seizures in her sleep. A neurologist placed her on anti-epilepsy medication, and while it helped, it also caused a change in personality and a decline in her straight A grades.... Read More

Have Faith

Central Florida’s religious institutions work to create community amid a pandemic that has dispersed their congregations. Many synagogues, churches, temples and other religious centers have been sparsely populated or sitting empty since the pandemic began to spread through Central Florida. But just because congregants aren’t filling the pews doesn’t mean the faithful have... Read More

Aging with Grace

Thanks to the support of The Cameron Group an Arosa Company and O’Rourke & Associates, older adults can enjoy the best possible health care experience later in life. Older adults have seen and experienced just about everything imaginable, from the Great Depression and World War II in their younger years all the way up to the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is a generation marked... Read More

From the Front Lines

We recognize the local health care heroes that have gone above and beyond in the fight of their lives. The word hero holds a special meaning when you are talking about the countless health care workers locally and across the globe that have risen to the occasion and worked tirelessly to try and combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The unprecedented nature of this crisis has thrust these... Read More