How did you get your start
as a photographer?
I started as an actual BUSINESS (license, insurance, the works) when I moved down here from Missouri in October of 2014. I had always had a camera around my neck BEFORE that, but in October, all the teaching jobs are FILLED, and no one needs a substitute yet, either. :D Rather than mope around on the couch, I decided to chase my other passion…photography – and I still get to work with kids! <3
What has been your biggest challenge as a small business owner?
Back end work. Keeping up with all the permits, licensing, insurance, advertising…I do it, of course, but I’d MUCH rather be creating art. :D
What is nature's child photography
known for in our community?
Gosh. I would LIKE to say it’s my amazing personality and bodacious body…BUT I’m going to go with my ability to capture your genuine selves, timeless non-fad artwork, quality heirloom prints, albums, and other commissioned pieces, and excellent customer service.
I’m also pretty active in the volunteer community with Momcology and V for Victory – both of which help families affected by cancer. In 2019, I created a calendar that helped raise funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand – a non profit organization that also helps families affected. I had to take a break for 2020 and 2021 due to the spread of the virus and the viral sensitivity of the subjects, but I PLAN to be able to do it again in 2022.
What is your favorite part of
being a photographer?
Seeing people come alive…with love, with happiness, with raw emotion. And when I get goosebumps? I know it’s a win.
What is your perfect photoshoot?
Honestly? Anytime a family trusts me completely, from styling ideas, to location, to posing/unposing. THAT’S when the magic gets to truly happen, and the good times flow…and you see it on your pictures later!
What are your hopes for the future?
I’m pretty happy right now, to be honest. MAYBE, in the far future, expanding my studio space for my Santa experience sessions? We’re cozy right now, (and I like it like that), but a little space never hurt anyone either. :D
Quality Veterinary Medicine
Pets R Family
3035 County Road 210 West, St Johns, FL 32259
In the world in which we live, we have all seen the continued transition of Privately Owned Businesses being purchased by large Corporations and Investment Groups, to add to their geographical footprint and overall sales volume. It has happened in every category, and in every service type. This is also true of the Animal Industry. We have seen so many of the privately owned, family owned or single Doctor owned practices, sell to large entities and groups, as supply costs continue to increase, HR management becomes more of a hurdle, and services become an ongoing challenge to manage and balance. This has been going on for over 30 years in our industry, but has reached a critical mass in the past 5 years in our market area. This transition has created a divide between the “Traditional Quality Vet Medicine” that most Doctors entered into the Veterinary Industry to practice and be part of, and the “New Corporate Vet Medicine” that is becoming more prevalent, and less focused on being a quality medicine practice.
This is a key industry shift, and one that sets apart the “Total Quality Pet Care” focus vs, the “Budget Package” focus of the Corporate Vet practices. Consumers need to fully understand the difference, and there needs to be an awareness of the details and services within, as you make decisions for the very best medical care for your pet.
Corporately run Vet practices have done research and completed studies that show what the very best opportunities are to reach a high percentage of the population with pet care, devise a “Budget Based” system for the pet owner, and achieve a “Turn Rate” of clients that is high enough to achieve a maximum profitable ratio.
Then, just like a fast food chain, they create cookie cutter outlets of that format, where they can offer the exact same design, to then increase their footprint and overall dollar volume. Certainly these companies still have caring and well trained people looking after the pets and clients within this format.
We approach pet medicine from a two tiered level of, quality and fact based medical research and resolution along with education of our client owners, for an improved “best life” opportunity for your pets.
However, those same well trained employees who got into the industry to offer great pet care, are now adhering to sales quotas and working within tight parameters on what they can do. Additionally, the Corporate “Package” entity that has taken ahold of the pet industry and consumer base, leaves out one clear medical fact……..that the health of living animals cannot be defined by a “Package”. It is our belief, and the belief and practice of “Quality Medical” facilities everywhere, that if you treat the “Package” you win some you lose some, but if you treat the “Patient”, you win every time, no matter the medical facts. Veterinary practices, with the exception of Low Cost Clinics, and Shelter Medical facilities, certainly are “For Profit” businesses.
We all have to pay our personnel, buy our expensive equipment, and pay back our student loans for our Vet Degrees, and keep the lights on in our buildings. So certainly we all must have some focus on pricing and the optimal ways to reach as many people as we can with the knowledge of our practices. However the key difference that is evolving, is that the “Quality Medicine” focus of private practices, is completely focused on total pet care from the tip of the pets nose to the tip of the pets tail. A “package” does not define the limits of our scope, nor does it drive the register ring.
Our practice at Pets R Family Veterinary Hospital, is totally focused on the highest quality pet care and client experience. We approach pet medicine from a two tiered level of, quality and fact based medical research and resolution along with education of our client owners, for an improved “best life” opportunity for your pets. We offer a leading edge facility with equipment, hospital and medical protocol design that is of the highest level. And we operate with a trained, professional staff, that is built with a service ratio greater than other practices our size. We have chosen this design to better serve our clients with attention, communication, education, and supporting services that make your pet care experience fulfilling and complete. And we start each day with the promise that we operate under the tenants that have been offered to us by our Creator, of Love, Care and Compassion.
At Pets R Family Veterinary Hospital, we believe that your pet is truly a part of your family, just as we feel about our own. And we approach each patient with the focus of providing the very best in pet care. Never will you hear us speak of a “package” or a designed program that has nothing to do with your pets needs. We believe that each pet is a different and unique living creature, that deserves our upmost attention and effort to achieve the best medical care and quality life possible. That’s why we say “At Pets R Family Veterinary Hospital, we are your other family Doctor!”
Talks about her kids going back to school and getting back to normal!
Many kids in St Johns County are excited to be going back to school for the chance to see friends and classmates they haven't seen in over a year because of COVID. Understandably, parents are both excited and cautiously optimistic.
"Action News Jax This Morning" Anchor Dawn Lopez can relate to how parents may be feeling because she's going through it as well. "We've shared news reports with our viewers on doctors warning about the mental and social toll the pandemic was having on families. My family is no exception," reveals Dawn. "Even with the best efforts, my children fell behind in school. Between testy technology to virtual fatigue and cabin fever, there were lots of family meetings about keeping each other on the right track."
It's been an unprecedented time dealing with the isolation that COVID has caused for parents and their children.
"I spent a lot of time encouraging my kids to set time aside for video chats with friends so they could stay connected. My daughter was suffering but now there's light at the end of the tunnel! My twins are excited about learning in the classromm again and seeing their friends regularly."
While the Pandemic is far from over, there is a feeling of trying to get back to "normal" and Action News Jax is committed to providing the information needed to help communities get through it, safely. During back-to-school month, Dawn and her "Action News Jax This Morning" team will be covering many of the issues parents will need answers to. Updates to the CDC Guidelines will be on-going. Identifying the new safety measures in schools including food health safety and what St Johns County is requiring to keep COVID-19 out of the classrooms. And, if a student or staff member shows symptoms, what is the school's plan to deal with that? Action News Jax will be looking into that for sure.
The new school year is here, and for now, it's all about getting back to normal.
My kids see it as a privilege now, to be in the classroom and have access to their teachers firsthand and having lunch with their friends every day. 2021-2022 look out, here we come!”
In addition to coverage of back-to-school on "Action News Jax This Morning," look for their back-to-school special "Back to the Classroom," airing Thursday, August 5th at 7pm on CBS47 and Friday, August 6th at 7pm on FOX30.
CELEBRITY TRAINER CHRIS POWELL LAUNCHES
Watkins Allergy & Asthma is owned by Raquel S. Watkins, MD, a local specialist in the field of Allergy and Asthma. Dr. Watkins completed her Internal Medicine Residency training at Wake Forest University, and was later appointed Chief Resident. She served on Faculty at Wake Forest University School of Medicine as the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, before returning to fellowship in Allergy and Immunology, both pediatric and adult. Dr. Watkins was on the Wake Forest University School of Medicine faculty in the Section on Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergic and Immunologic Diseases, specializing in the care of pediatric and adult allergy and asthma. She opened her practice in north Florida in 2008.
I have always felt as if my calling as a physician was to help patients manage their allergies and asthma. Many patients with asthma have allergies as a trigger so there is quite a bit of overlap. While in medical school at the University of Maryland and during my residency and fellowship at Wake Forest University, I was able to experience firsthand how asthma and allergies can affect one’s quality of life. I also lost my paternal grandfather to asthma. Now, nothing motivates me more than hearing a patient comment how much better they feel with their treatment regimen. It always make me smile inside.
What is your practice’s mission? Our Allergy/Immunology practice is a division of Borland Groover and our mission is to provide excellent healthcare through innovation and personal service with exceptional physicians and staff.
What is your favorite aspect of being a doctor? Meeting patients from all walks of life and hearing their story and working with them to improve their health. Over the years, my patients have inspired me!
How do you help your patients? I really listen. Are there any cases that really stand out over the years? There are many scenarios that stand out over the years. Our patient with asthma has frequent attacks and had a hard time identifying her triggers. Same day testing revealed that her main triggers were ragweed, grass, trees and dust and pets. We optimized her asthma therapy and gave her tips on how to reduce indoor allergens and started her on allergen immunotherapy or ‘allergy shots’. She wrote a special note thanking us for improving her quality of life
How many years have you practiced medicine and how do you keep up with current treatments? I’ve been a physician for over 24 years. I keep up with current treatments by reading our allergy journals, guidelines, and by completing maintenance of certification tests every 6 months, from the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. There are quality improvement projects outlined by the Board that I complete for our practice and our staff is required to stay up-to-date as well.
Are there any new treatments you are using to help people? Yes, asthma has become very personalized and today more than ever we can offer patients specific therapies to improve their quality of life: i.e., biologics and injectable medications.
What are the most common allergies people get in North Florida? Ragweed, Tree, Bahia grass and Bermuda grass are common outdoor allergens, but dust and pets can trigger symptoms as well.
What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time? Ha-ha. Well, let’s see. In addition to being a physician, I’m a mom and a wife (my husband is Dr. Jim Kimberly, Borland Groover gastroenterologist), so my life is full in an awesome way. When I’m not at work, you can find me planning the next family meal, or at sporting events; my daughter plays soccer and runs track and my son runs cross-country and track. Jim and I do date nights once a week – we enjoy eating out at local restaurants, going for walks, or watching a Netflix series at home. Lately, I’ve been setting crazy goals for myself; so you may see me at 5K events. I ran a 5K recently and I’m training for one in March as well (March to get screened). Well, I say training but the goal here is to finish. I love yoga and I try to practice being mindful in many aspects of my life, so you can catch me at the yoga studio once or twice a week, and most evenings, I spend walking or jogging, trying to get in my 10000 steps.
Watkins Allergy & Asthma Staff in Action
13241 Bartram Park Blvd. Suite 2601
Jacksonville Fl 32258
2140 Kingsley Ave. Suite 1,
Orange Park Fl 32073
Small Business Success Story!
2849 County Road 210 W #107 |
St. Johns 32259 |
Rivertown has served northern St. Johns for fifteen years and during that time they have learned what it means to be a successful small business. Frank and Bonnie say their success rests on four main cornerstones; flexibility in offering customers what they want, giving back to the community through charity events, understanding how to be competitive, and high-quality customer service with their own unique charm. St. Johns Magazine asked them about how they have met the challenges of recent times, and what others may learn from their experience.
Reflecting on the past year - How has Rivertown adapted and continued to be successful in the age of Covid?
Fortunately because of the type of business we have, we were able to easily adapt to restrictions and guidelines for COVID. We required masks be worn, and provided them if customers did not have one. Early on, we offered curbside service and limited the number of customers in the store to accomplish social distancing. We have been blessed with the fact that we can continue to do business and feel very bad for the restaurants and bars that have been closed and forced employees out of work. We thank our customers for their continued support and we will continue to try to help those people less fortunate.
How has Rivertown been flexible in terms of what you offer to the changing needs and taste of the community in recent years?
We constantly review our assortment of inventory and delete slow moving items. This allows us to utilize that space for new, popular and high demand products. In the past seven or eight years, bourbon has been the focus of many customers. We carry over 100 different Bourbons, and seek out rare, hard to find bourbons, many of which go into our Annual Bourbon Auction in February. We also do single barrel picks that are provided to us and we are the exclusive retailer for those products. For example our last barrel picked, Elijah Craig 8 year-old, produced 250 bottles, bottled exclusively for RFWS. Another service we provide, that has been very successful is our ability to fulfill customers’ special order requests.
We feel very blessed to have the customer base that we’ve had for almost 15 years now. May 22, 2021 we will be celebrating our 15 year anniversary. We feel it is important to give back to our community since they have given to us, and it has bonded our community. We are lucky enough to be able to financially support individual charities with donations when requests are made to our store. In addition our charity, Pancan (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network), has been our focus charity for seven years now. Bonnie is a 13 year survivor and we know how lucky we are. We have raised over $80,000 since 2016 and most recently in the first nine months of 2020 we raised $23,400 of that amount. We do this through our barrel picks where we add a small amount to the charity on each bottle and also selling hard to find Bourbons throughout the year with a small amount to the charity. In addition, our customers are constantly donating money into our charity jar on our counter.
How do you stay competitive?
We keep our prices as low as possible on all items in the store. We do this by buying in quantity. We have a warehouse with over 1400 cases in it and purchase most of our brands in 25 to 100 cases of each brand. This allows us to stay competitive with the other retailers in the marketplace. It has not been easy but with the quality service we provide, the cleanliness of our store and the large assortment, customers come back to us for items that the large chain stores don’t carry. We have a very good relationship with Publix next-door to us and if customers come in looking for wines that we don’t carry we can call their wine department manager and see if they do. They also will send customers to us for wine that they don’t carry. This helps all the customers in our community find what they’re looking for and builds our relationships with other businesses and our customers, and repeat business.
Your customer service is something that sets you apart - What is your philosophy regarding Customer Service?
I have been involved in the retail industry most of my life. I grew up working in my fathers grocery store, Joe’s Superette, in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating college in early 1973, I worked for Maas Bros department stores for 7 years. Then I got involved as a alcoholic beverage sales person in Sarasota and that got me started in this business. Over the years I have witnessed many retailers close their doors because they didn’t understand what good customer service was. One of my favorite retailers to visit, is Orangedale Auto.... Terry, Nick , Pete and the guys are always there to service my classic cars and daily drivers. They stand behind everything they do and they provide the best service in their business. We strive for that in our store. We guarantee satisfaction on every product sold in our store no questions asked. Our customers Appreciate that and the service we provide on a daily basis. Our staff is trained to always make every customer happy before they leave with their purchase. Success does not come easily but we have strived to be the best small independent liquor/ wine shop and are very PROUD of what we’ve accomplished. 15 years and more to come!
Fashion at the Speed of Childhood...
The Forum at Greenbriar
206 Ashourian Avenue, Ste. 110
Kids shop alone or with adults to find the next apparel trend that reflects the Florida lifestyle. The mix n’ match line pairs with cool shoes and accessories, including matching pet apparel approved by the store mascot, Cooper the Terrier. Along with their daughter Bailey, each member of the family has a hand in design development. The label is complemented with high-end fashion brands, too – check the website.
By being “hands-on”, Teri-ann is not locked-in to buying stock off market racks. She re-imagines each season and brings into reality designs kids want to wear, which is why kids choose Jet & Ivy clothing over mass-produced clothes.
Teri-ann and family enjoy being residents of St. Johns County. She also understands the importance of giving back. As her community commitment, $1 from every item sold is donated to St. Johns Cares, a valuable benefit of shopping at Jet & Ivy.
Opening a retail store is challenging, but Teri-ann is laser-focused on providing the best customer service possible using best practices. Open every day, she finds the rhythm of her customers’ buying habits including putting Jet & Ivy on their gift list.
New customers receive 20%-off their first purchase until December 31. Come by The Forum at Greenbriar at 206 Ashourian Avenue, Ste. 110 (near corner of St. Johns Parkway and CR 210 W and central to Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine, Nocatee, and Jacksonville). Teri-ann, David, and family – and, yes, Cooper the Dog – look forward to meeting you. Welcome to the Jet & Ivy Family.
Nikki Rakov, Eric Rackov, Alma Ramirez, Terri Rampone & Judith Goldstein
To see more of Nikki's art visit www.rakovfinearts.com
EvenTide, charcoal and gesso on paper, 11" x 14" (Nikki Rakov)
Art has been my passion since I was a small child. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawing and painting, creating works of art that reflect experiences of my surroundings. As a child, I lived in Virginia and California before settling in North Florida and I have many memories of time spent in those places expressing myself through my art.
During high school, I took every art class offered and then enrolled at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia earning a Bachelor’s degree in the Visual Arts as well as in Art History. During my undergraduate years, I studied drawing, painting and art history while living in Florence, Italy for six months. This Italian adventure was a turning point for me as that experience strengthened my passion for the Fine Arts and for travel, instilling in me a lifelong passion for both art and travel. After graduation, I returned to North Florida and began teaching high school art in Duval County.
Shangra-La by Nikki Rikov
How did you get started as an artist?
I enjoyed drawing and had a natural inclination towards visual arts at an early age. Art classes were always my favorite in school and I won a scholastic award in high school as well as AP credit. I attended Rochester Institute of Technology and I earned a BFA in Graphic Design and an AA, and after graduation in 1996 I immediately joined a tech startup designing web sites. I figured out quickly that I was better suited for (and could earn more) in IT project management, which has essentially been my career for the last 23 years. I dabbled in painting and drawing over the years, but when I met my wife Nikki (also an artist) in 2014, the artistic part of me was re-awakened.
What inspires you?
I consider myself more of a hobbyist than an artist, and I’m easily impressed with others’ work. I follow several hashtags and artists on Instagram and am blown away by some of the landscape art that I see in my feed. I’m also impressed by some of the productivity from artists who are able to create a painting per day (or more). For my own work I enjoy working from life when possible, and many of my favorites are simple still life coffee cups, sea shells, as well as figure drawings (which haven’t happened in a while due to COVID-19).
What aspect of your work do you enjoy most?
I like to work in traditional media such as acrylics and oils, and lately I’ve gotten more into collage using cut magazines. I apply the media in a somewhat “painterly” style building colors in layers, creating dark shadows and bright highlights. Making a collage is also kind of like working a jigsaw puzzle or building with legos, where there’s a lot of searching for the right piece. Collage, unlike wet-media paints, can also be worked on in smaller time slots (less prep and cleanup). My favorite part is being in the thick of the work itself, fully transfixed and losing track of time while in the act of creating a piece. The most difficult part is knowing when to stop.
What has been the most memorable response to your work?
We joined the St. Augustine Art Association several years ago, which has been a fantastic organization to support and have access to the resources it provides. Having a piece accepted and displayed in their gallery for the first time was definitely a treasured memory. We also received a really positive response from friends and neighbors who viewed our pieces on display at Twisted Compass coffee this spring.
Alma Ramirez, contemporary abstract artist, creates pixelated-inspired waterfront art
Mexican-American artist, Alma Ramirez, transformed grief and uncertainty into hope and tranquility. One day in late 2014, Ramirez was walking up and down the Florida coastline, snapping photos of the surf and sand, contemplating the impending certainty of raising her son as a single mother. With the crash of a wave, Ramirez dropped her camera into the water. The artist discovered after downloading waterlogged, pixelated images, while her camera was broken, her hope was not. Ramirez discovered that even a “broken image” can be beautiful.
“The images inspired me to pick up my paintbrush and use colors to create a story,” explained Ramirez, who earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Instituto de Bellas Artes in Chihuahua, Mexico. “By exploring the concept of my broken images, I was able to notice pure colors, shapes, forms, and even emotions. My work became a source of meditation for me – helping me form a new vision and a new perspective for my life.”
Pink, lilac, and orange sailboats gather amidst a sea of pixelated blue hues in Afternoon Glare. Pockets of cornflower, goldenrod, and teal marsh grass grows out of the rectangular waterway in Marsh In Blue. In Serenity By The Water, towering masts are the pinnacle of vibrant, multi-colored sailboats resting in the bay. These are just a few of the pieces of art in Ramirez’s vast and growing collection, which range in price from $300 to more than $6,000.
“I believe feelings can be transmitted through color and composition,” the artist said. “There is so much poetry in color alone that I can’t resist but try and combine and arrange tones and shapes in different ways – creating or recreating a story. I’m always astonished at how much I can share with the world through my art, my love for nature – especially the ocean – and my journey seeking peace within the waves.”
ALMA RAMIREZ FINE ART’S vibrant and modern interpretations of waterfront scenes can be found by appointment only at her gallery location in the San Sebastian Art District, 134 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, Florida. Learn more at alma-ramirez.com and follow along on Instagram @almaramirezart
"Another response to this period of isolation and the reach for comfort! "This too Shall Pass" is something that my Mother and Grandmother used to say to me whenever I was sad. These words are familiar to me and have brought soulful memories of my childhood and the serenity of the shelter and safety we took for granted."
What is the story of how you
became an artist?
I’ve been painting since I was eight years old. Attended The School of Visual Arts in New York and then moved onto The Fashion Institute of Technology.
Today I am an eight year breast cancer survivor, a mother of a teenager and a wife of a loving husband. I’m a home maker the mother to our daughter and a permanent make up artist. I do permanent make up because it something that came into my life when I had breast cancer. I was overwhelmed with joy and how my life has changed and having an art background for over 50 years it was as if I was lead down the path.
How does your work as a
permanent makeup artist fit into your journey?
I also use my artistic experience to apply Permanent Makeup to enhance eyebrows, eyeliner, lips and Areolas and scars with several different techniques. I love giving back to people in need and enjoying making a simple change in their lives that brings so much joy.
As a fine artist what describes
Anything with color and movement and shadows seems to catch my eye the most. I can get absorbed into the art and get lost inside it. Something that strikes my eye. It could range from a zoomed in flower to a scenic view to a simple painting of a high heeled shoe with fantastic color and shadow.
I admire Edgar Degas ballerina paintings and sculptures. I always wanted to dance as a child and fortunately I chose art because my daughter is a ballerina and dances so I have the best of them both! I hope to one day to be the proud owner of his sculpture work.
St. Johns, Florida 32259
What kind of classes will be offered?
All 4 Hot Spot Power Yoga studios are Baptiste Affiliate studios, which means that we provide classes in the style of Baptiste Yoga, a rigorous vinyasa, or flow, practice made popular by Baron Baptiste. The majority of our classes take place in a room heated to 90 degrees, though we will also offer some restorative, less intense but still very beneficial classes, which will not be in a heated room.
What is hot yoga? How is it different from regular yoga?
Heat, or tapas, is one of the 5 pillars of Baptiste yoga - the other 4 being breath (ujjayi), gaze (drishti), core stabilization (uddiyana bandha), and flow (vinyasa). The purpose of heat in Baptiste yoga is to facilitate warming up the body both from the inside and out, allowing for greater flexibility and a deeper practice. Heat brings an additional level of rigor to our yoga practice, loosens the muscles more quickly, and works together with breathwork to bring focus, clarity, and ultimately, physical and mental transformation. By learning and practicing these skills on our mats, we are better equipped to go out into the world and put them to use in our everyday lives.
What are some of the physical and mental benefits of yoga?
Yoga is a beautiful and varied practice, and its benefits are vast. Physically, practitioners gain strength, flexibility, and stamina, bringing their heart rates up, toning the muscles, and strengthening the core. Mentally, yoga helps to reduce stress and anxiety, providing a time and space for individuals to breathe, move, and meditate. We often talk of taking our yoga off of our mats and out into the world. We learn so much about ourselves through our yoga practice, in terms of reactivity, expectation, and self worth. Yoga teaches us to be kinder to ourselves, that we don’t have to be perfect, and how to approach difficult situations.
What makes your yoga studio unique?
Without a doubt, Hot Spot Power Yoga stands out because we are a COMMUNITY. We are a safe space where everyone is welcome and no one is judged. You can come as you are and know you will be accepted, whether you’ve practiced yoga for 25 years or it’s your first class, whether you’re wearing high-end yoga apparel or just picked up some leggings at the bargain basement. That doesn’t matter. We’re just happy you’ve joined us, and we want to support one another. We are all connected, and we embrace that connectivity, celebrating one another’s achievements, and holding each other up in times of difficulty. Often times, people come in to the studio to practice yoga, and they leave feeling part of something bigger than themselves.
Why did you decide to start the business? Also, why St. Johns?
I discovered Hot Spot Power Yoga when I was looking for a studio to practice in after my daughter was born 3 years ago. I needed time to myself to breathe, to move, and to de-stress from mommy duty. I showed up looking for a hot, sweaty workout, and I found so much more. Over time, my schedule changed such that I wasn’t able to get to classes at the existing HSPY studios, and I nearly cancelled my membership, as I just couldn’t make the commute anymore. While I am well aware that there are far greater decisions in life, I really struggled with this one. Ultimately, I was in yoga class and had the realization that if there wasn’t a studio close to where I lived, I should make it happen! I credit yoga for showing me this possibility, and empowering me to go for it! I took the next step and contacted Leah Hansen, the founder of Hot Spot Power Yoga, and I asked her to partner with me on this adventure. From day 1, she has been a steadfast support to me and to opening this 4th studio location in St. Johns, for which I will be eternally grateful. We both see great things ahead.
I have practiced yoga for over 15 years. After the birth of my son 8 years ago, yoga helped me through a difficult bout of postpartum depression (in addition to the care of my physician). At that time, I would go to yoga class for that hour of stillness to clear my mind, but after class, I would return to life as normal, not yet aware of how to carry yoga into my everyday life. When I began practicing at Hot Spot, I continued to show up for that hour of peace, but little by little, the lessons I learned on my mat started to translate into my way of thinking, communicating, and being. Just like when I would confront a pose in my practice that challenged me, I learned to respond instead of react to difficult situations in my life, and take the process one step at a time. Similar to when I would fall out of a pose on my mat, I gained the perspective that if and when I don’t meet up to certain expectations in life, I can always try again, and value the effort. And in the same way that I return to my breath when I feel winded or defeated in class, I can come back to my breath when life inevitably overwhelms me. These practices and skills have changed my life for the better, and I want to share them with anyone and everyone.
What did you do before owning your own business?
I am a licensed and certified Physician Assistant. I have a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences from George Washington University, and I worked for 6 years in Boston, MA and Washington, DC as a Neurosurgical Physician Assistant, specializing in the treatment of the brain and spine. When my son was born, I chose to stay home to care for him, and I have, without regret, been a stay-at-home mom ever since. I always planned to go back to work eventually, and now that my son is 8 and my daughter is 3, I’m starting to spread my wings again, though in a different direction, as this opportunity to open a yoga studio presented itself to me at just the right time.
When you have time off, what is your favorite thing to do with your family in St. Johns?
When I have time off, I like to practice yoga! Besides that, though, we love spending time with family at the beach, and feel blessed to have both my parents and my brother and his family nearby (he and his wife own and run Ridgewater Show Stables, an equestrian training center in St. Augustine). We love to travel to visit my husband’s family in Connecticut, where we get our taste of fall, winter, and lots of cousins, and we cherish our annual family ski vacations to Colorado. Beyond that, I’m a huge fan of trips to the spa, relaxing with friends, and a good brunch.
Philip is one of 161 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, technical expertise, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community. Philip is one of six students selected from Florida.
Lauren Phillip, class of 2020 comes from St. Johns, Florida and graduated from Creekside High School. As an avid learner for all things engineering, she was president of Creekside’s Engineering Club and Science National Honor Society her senior year, in which she displayed organizational and communicative skills for volunteer projects and science fairs. Philip’s membership in Creekside’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has provided her the chance to impart the experience of her internship at Ultratech International, Inc. to other young women. Furthermore, her involvement of the school’s engineering academy and Northeast Florida ACE Mentorship program means she holds certifications in several industry markers (i.e. OSHA, MSSC), and CAD software. In addition to engineering, Philip is deeply rooted in music, which has led to her position as section leader in her marching band. She will attend Florida Gulf Coast University in Fall ’20, pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering.
“Coastal Wine Market & tasting room, Nocatee, is proud to be able to donate $10,000 to our local chapter of the American Red Cross (ARC) through the support of our guests who purchased gift cards and took part in our no-contact delivery and pickup during these challenging few months." Steve remarks, “This is the best way to celebrate CWM’s 4th-Year Anniversary #payitforward #giveback #supportlocal”.
CWM has re-opened for business following CDC Guidelines and welcomes guests to visit. Please refer to their website at www.coastalwinemarket.com and www.facebook.com/coastalwinemarket for live updates and current happenings.”
Several years ago I wanted to define who MasterCraft Builder Group was in a summarized form. With the help of our marketing company, we developed what are now the pillars of MasterCraft known as the 4-C’s: Craftsmanship, Choice, Customer Service, and Community. Community involves helping and giving back to our LOCAL needs and it’s built into the DNA of this company as well as the other companies I now own—something I’m most proud of.
My charity plans for 2020 had a big wrench thrown in them due to COVID. One of the bigger endeavors I was planning was called Concerts For A Cause. I own a large wedding venue in South St. Augustine that has a capacity of 300. My plan was (and still is) to bring in big name musicians and have a more intimate, almost un-plugged, concert where we serve dinner and drinks, enjoy a large camp fire, etc. and enjoy a night of music and fellowship. Part of the appeal will be attending a concert with a big name headliner and only having 300 people in attendance. The other appealing part is that all profits from these concerts will go to a “cause” which will change with each concert. It’s a fun way to generate $25,000 - 50,000+ per event for a local causes. I am determined to make this happen and can’t wait until it does!
Aside from Concerts For A Cause, we will be hosting the 8th Annual Clays For A Cause this year at Saltwater’s Shooting Club. The tournament will benefit Seamark Ranch and St. Augustine Youth Services again—the two orphanages with whom we are closest. Last year we raised $168,000 during this one day event which is just mind blowing. My commitment to the event remains in that I’ll pay for everything including shooting, food, drinks, golf cart rentals, etc. so that every dollar donated by the participants actually goes to the charities and not towards paying for the event. It’s become a wildly successful fundraising event and I feel so privileged to host it.
I have also started working on a new independent living facility for St. Augusine Youth Services (SAYS) in hopes to break ground later this year or early next. Since SAYS receives public assistance, they’re required to move kids out when they turn 18—regardless of where they are in school, their mental or physical health, ability to live independently, etc. It’s a real problem for which many folks aren’t aware and it’s just wrong. The purpose of the independent living facility is to provide apartment-style living to these new “adults" for 2-3 years while they acclimate into the real world of paying bills, cooking meals, doing laundry, and all of the other tasks they’re now required to do on their own. The apartments will be subsidized in order to make them affordable. I’ve been wanting to do this for many years and am really excited that we’re now working to make this a reality.
Lastly, MasterCraft Builder Group will be building the “Home For The Heart” this year which benefits Builders Care—the charitable arm of The Northeast Florida Builders Association. We are building a home in one of our newest communities, SilverLeaf, and will be donating all profits from this home to Builders Care when it sells. In order to make the contribution even larger, we’ve asked our trade partners and suppliers to discount or donate any labor and/or materials they’re able to and we’ll pass the saving along to the Builders Care donation. Our trades and suppliers have been unbelievably supportive as they always are with our charitable endeavors. We’ll hopefully reach a 6 figure donation with this effort.
One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in life so far is that the more I give, the wealthier I become. Material things aren’t as important to me as they once were and that’s been very relieving. Instead, being known as a good steward to my community and a good person overall is way more important to me. I hope my two boys, Brandon and Tyler, will continue to be influenced by my actions so that they too will be local philanthropists one day. There’s hardly anything else that would make me more proud.
An Industry Leader, a Compassionate Care Giver
Dr. Kathleen Deckard was raised in the Fruit Cove area of Saint Johns County. She then went on to graduate from the University of Florida, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, where she was President of her graduating class. She immediately moved back to the North Florida area, where she took up residence on CR 210, and has remained since. This was back when CR 210 had no grocery stores, drug stores or restaurants. But she knew this would be home long term, and her future would be built right here.
Dr. Deckard began her career as a Veterinarian in Saint Augustine, at a large multi Doctor practice, with her focus on small animals, reptiles and exotics. However, she had a heartfelt desire to impact her own community where she lived and was now raising her children. Dr. Deckard has always felt a driven purpose to not only provide the very best medical care for pets, but also to make a positive difference in her surrounding area.
As CR 210 began to grow, land was developed and buildings and stores began to open, Dr. Deckard and her husband began the search for a good location to set up their dream. Dr. Deckard and her husband would proclaim that much answered prayer went into the final approval and financing of the building they are in, to allow them to own the building and create what is now Pets R Family Veterinary Hospital.
“ I dedicate my days to improving health, saving lives, and bringing comfort to the beautiful pets with whom I’ve made my life’s work. It’s what excites and fulfills me, it’s what drives me to constant improvement, and it’s what gives me confidence in leading my staff of Doctors and Technicians.”
Dr. Kathleen Deckard, DVM
Dr. Deckard is the lead Doctor of this 5 Doctor practice at Pets R Family. And her Team has now amassed to over 50 employees. She and her husband Brad run the daily operations with their two children, Gavin who is 13 and Abigail who is 15, and is following in the career direction of her Mother. Their practice is now involved with over 4,500 patients from their community and surrounding areas. Pets R Family supports many charities, local schools, organizations and churches as part of their larger plan to positively impact the community around them. And it’s the three key tenets of focus in Love, Care and Compassion, that drive all decisions, efforts and focus at PRF. She and her family have built their practice on these key foundational elements, as the root of their Christian faith.
Dr. Kathleen Deckard had a dream to become a leader in the pet care industry. And her continued focus on the care and compassion for the family in that process, is something that truly sets her practice and her results, apart. And in a market area where so many of the Pet Care practices are now corporately owned with cookie cutter service plans, and corporately generated wellness levels, Dr. Deckard and her family owned and managed company can choose to treat the patients needs with customized medical treatments for each client. She has now been practicing animal medicine for over 20 years, and her dream is being lived out daily. However certainly, as her staff knows, she never rests on her current knowledge or position. Dr. Deckard continues to learn, instruct, guide and forge, medical practice and standards that are of the highest level. And her loving, compassionate and caring spirit and demeanor are the qualities that her clients, staff and friends enjoy most.
Dr. Glenos and Dr. Hadgis first met at an annual Florida Association of Orthodontists conference in Tampa Bay, Florida. Dr. Hadgis and his wife Anne are active members of the St Augustine Downtown Rotary club and the St Augustine Junior Service League respectively. Dr. Hadgis has a long family history in Northeast Florida and has wonderful memories visiting family here. His great uncle was the only doctor in Flagler county for many years and helped start Flagler Hospital now AdventHealth in Palm Coast. He remembers vividly beach days at Flagler Beach, Marineland, and the Alligator Farm. During his orthodontic residency program at JU, Dr. Hadgis and Anne loved beach cruising on their bikes from Jacksonville Beach all the way up to Mayport.
All aspects of modern-day orthodontic services are provided by these two Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics together with their highly trained and caring team members. They have two office locations, St Augustine and St Johns. Both offices are state of the art with soundproof game rooms and private rooms for adults. Dr. Glenos and Dr. Hadgis offer the latest technologies and services to enhance precision results and overall patient comfort such as impressionless 3D scanning, Invisalign clear aligners, Damon braces, and Insignia custom braces. They also have a low dose 3D x-ray unit to see teeth and bones in all dimensions.
Dr. Glenos and Dr. Hadgis pride themselves on providing the best orthodontic experience, excellent service, and are respectful of your appointment times. Together they have a combined experience of providing the most efficient, cost effective treatment plans for St Augustine and St Johns families for over 40 years. They accept most insurance plans and pride themselves on providing options to be affordable for all budgets.
A very important factor in saving orthodontic expense for your family is to schedule your children for a complimentary orthodontic evaluation by age 7. This provides an opportunity to prevent poorly developing jaws, teeth and bites. No referral is needed. To schedule an appointment please call or text 904.79.SMILE (904.797.6453). They also offer virtual consultations, please visit www.smilesbyGHortho.com and click the ‘Online Smile Assessment’ link for more information on steps to get to a healthy and beautiful new smile!
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As a team, we are working to help people who are out of work get benefits to keep a roof over their heads and food on their table. We are reporting on the non-stop efforts of doctors and scientists to figure out and fight this virus. We are directing people to critical mental health and financial resources. We’re putting out information about job openings and letting you know about businesses that are still open to serve you .
At the end of the day, I’m not just documenting this historic time as a journalist; I’m living it with you and committed to doing my part to ensure we come out stronger on the other side.
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I’ve spent much of my professional life covering St. Johns County after moving to Northeast Florida in 2012. I hope to continue serving our viewers for many years to come.
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Eventually, he was accepted to John Jay High School with the intention to be a lawyer in the future. Unfortunately, the pressures of his social environment overcame his goal and he barely graduated from John Jay High School. During High School, he was working part-time at a delivery service company delivering letters and packages after school from Midtown to Downtown.
After High School, he was training to be an automotive technician, and graduated from Apex Technical School in 1995. He was interviewing for many jobs in the automotive field with no luck. During his search, he worked part-time at a fast food pasta restaurant at the Manhattan Mall as a food delivery person. As he continued his job search while working, he found that the U.S. Navy was recruiting for aviation maintenance. His family was not known for any military service, but ever since Erick could understand the culture of the United States, he did not shun the idea of joining the U.S. military. He did speak about the U.S. military service openly during his High School years with his close friends to join the U.S. Army. Erick is a firm believer that God has a plan for everyone and an important direction, and in his life, the signs led to joining the U.S military, and he chose to join the U.S. Navy with no nautical experience.
On April 8, 1996, his journey in joining the MOST powerful naval force ever created had started. This journey changed his life DRAMATICALLY! He served his country proudly all over the world. He never declined an invitation to defend his country around the world. He joined challenging deployments in the Persian Gulf during Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, encountering and deterring Somalian Pirates, protecting the sea lanes in the 5th fleet area, forward deployed in the Asia sea lanes, and other missions that are more confidential. In 2016, Chief Petty Officer (AW/SW) Erick Javier Aguilar retired after 20 years of naval service serving PROUDLY with Honor, Courage, and Commitment. While serving in the U.S. Navy, Chief Aguilar lead Sailors in aviation management, technology, logistics, and fiscal administration operations. He earned numerous military awards and decorations for his valiant and dedicated service. He is ever grateful for the opportunity to serve for the people of the United States to defend the valuable freedoms this great country continues to provide to its people.
Dr. Erick Aguilar has been teaching in higher education for 14 years at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels. He has taught in several concentration areas in business, technology, and history, and conducted professional development training and business enhancement workshops. He has provided subject matter expertise to develop leadership, business, project management, cybersecurity, computer technology, U.S. and World history, and marketing curriculum. He has served as a private Consultant to provide mentorship and coaching to business leaders in organizational culture, operational management, finance, investments, technology, and productivity. He is also a Stock Trader and Financial Advisor, and leads two small businesses that focus on professional development, curriculum management, and Executive Asset Management. He keeps the businesses small to be manageable in his life, as he enjoys what he does. When elected, he will suspend his roles from the businesses.
Dr. Erick Aguilar’s personal interests are research, writing, “Big” baseball fan (Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees), supports Jacksonville Jaguars and Jacksonville sports teams, also enjoys following football, soccer, tennis, golf, and basketball, and enjoys mechanical and electrical work (airplane, automobile, motorcycles, and homes).
He is blessed to be married to the woman of his dreams! Extremely blessed to raise 5 children: 2 boys (14 yrs. and 9-month old) and 3 girls (4, 6, and 9 years old)! They enjoy being active together to enjoy the beauty of life. He really understands the value of family and wishes everyone to enjoy the value of family also, as family is the foundation of our society to make us better for each other.
The Menton and Ballou Group, led by Lisa Menton & George L. Ballou, II will be based at the new 210 office once it opens. The typical real estate advisor or team at Engel and VÖlkers is extremely experienced and typically produces at significantly higher levels than their competition at other companies. E&V “advisors” typically rank in the top 1% of the industry! Average agent sales exceeded $9M per advisor/Team in 2019. This kind of success has led the local office to be nominated in 2019 as one of the finalists in E&V’s most outstanding office performances in the North Americas.
The motivation for the Menton and Ballou Group’s move was their desire to continue to evolve their business by learning about and having access to cutting edge technology. Menton and Ballou felt that E&V’s knowledge of what is going on in the real estate industry, not just in their local market place but national and international trends, helped to convince them Engel and VÖlkers would be the right culture for them going forward. They have found that even top producing advisors need to be challenged and certainly encouraged to learn new methods and marketing tools to enable them to be the best advisor possible! Put simply…what better environment can you be in than to learn from and exchange ideas with the best global networking agent base available. This is how you learn to deliver luxury service to every property you list and sell!
In Lisa’s previous corporate career, she was with the stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch for 17 years. George was previously in the banking and financial services industry before spending the last 35 years in the real estate business. They both attribute their previous corporate backgrounds to helping them create a solid foundation for their real estate endeavors. They also feel that a part of the team’s success is also due to the fact that their advisors live in key and diverse areas of St. Johns and Duval counties which has helped the Team understand the challenges and opportunities of the entire marketplace they service. Lisa lives in St Johns Golf & Country Club and George has lived in Nocatee in the Del Webb Ponte Vedra development for over 10 years. Other advisors on their team live on the 210 Corridor, Nocatee, Palencia, World Golf Village, Vilano/St Augustine area, St Johns and Julington Creek Plantation.
Our Team believes that leveraging our company’s global brand provides our customers a serious advantage over our competitors. George shared a situation he experienced shortly after he arrived at Engel and VÖlkers. He got an email from an E&V broker in their Beverly Hills office in California. The broker wanted to know if it was okay to put a listing of George’s in the front window of their “shop” in Beverly Hills! This is just an example of how important and what an asset the Menton and Ballou Group feels their global network is going to play in their future. It is a different way to approach our real estate goals when we are encouraged to reach out beyond our previous comfort zone!
Engel and VÖlkers is based in Hamburg, Germany. E&V is known globally as the leading luxury brand in real estate, encompassing nearly 900 “shops” located in 33 countries on 5 continents! The company also has divisions involved in private aviation and yachting brokerage in order to service all their client’s needs.
Luxury is a service level, not a price point. While we feel our new brand will certainly appeal to a higher price point seller, the core of the businesses Lisa and George and the team have always represented will simply benefit from a more refined marketing standard.
To further provide the best in active lifestyle programming, Shearwater recently welcomed Gabriella Doyle as a fitness manager and head personal trainer to the community. Gabriella brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the health and wellness industry to this new position and is excited to guide residents in their own wellness journeys.
As a certified personal trainer, Gabriella recommends the following tips and tricks to take your workout outdoors:
Instead of grinding out a run on the treadmill, mix it up by taking your run outdoors. Shearwater residents have access to over 15 miles of trails along more than 600 acres of natural, preserved habitat with various routes to choose from. A map of the trails can be found on shearwaterliving.com, along with key picnic areas that double as great rest stops. Furthermore, the entire St. Johns County community is invited to try Shearwater’s trail system at its annual 5K on the Trails and Fun Run every April. This annual event is a great way to experience Shearwater, while raising money for local charities.
When you can’t make the gym or a workout class, create an easy 30-minute exercise regimen to complete outdoors. At Shearwater, Gabriella helps residents put together simple yet effective exercise plans using their own body weight. Think squats, push-ups, sit-ups and mountain climbers. Residents can easily complete this routine on the yoga lawn or while their child plays on the playground. Another pro tip is to invest in resistance bands. These bands are a great alternative to weights, and they quickly mobilize arm workouts with enhanced bicep curls, shoulder presses and more.
Working out doesn’t have to be another trip to the gym. Take advantage of the mild temperatures by trying an outdoor sport such as tennis or swimming. The Kayak Club features four Har-Tru clay tennis courts, sports fields and a multi-lane lap pool for family-friendly activities that also count as cardio.
In a community so focused on active living, proximity to nature and a connection to neighbors, taking your fitness routine outdoors this year has never been easier. With resort-style amenities, a fulltime personal trainer and an on-site lifestyle director, Shearwater offers activities and programing to fit every lifestyle.
To learn more about Shearwater visit the Kayak Club, located at 100 Kayak Way, St. Augustine, FL 32092 or visit www.shearwaterliving.com. Shearwater offers home designs from Toll Brothers, David Weekley Homes, Lennar, Drees Homes, MasterCraft Builder Group and Dream Finders Homes.
St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections
The priority among Election Administrators everywhere has become providing for the safety and security of elections, voting registration system and office networks. Over the past three years, we have strengthened our systems utilizing the latest security technologies and put a number of security defenses in place to protect it. St. Johns County was one of the first in the state to deploy the Albert server that is a monitoring device on our network which enables all traffic to be continually monitored by MS-ISAC. All Florida 67 Supervisors continue to work diligently with our partners at Homeland Security, FBI, FL Dept. of Law Enforcement, FL Dept. of State along with our Cybernavigation Team members to assure we are well positioned and secured against potential threats.
The 2020 election year is already here. The March 17th Presidential Preference Primary leads off Florida’s elections. Florida’s political parties hold a Presidential Preference Primary to decide their presidential nominee for the November General Election. Only voters who belong to the Republican and Democratic parties are eligible to vote in their party’s primaries. Voters who are registered without party affiliation (NPA) or a minor party are not eligible to vote March 17th.
Our state and local primary August 18th. Our congressional and state representatives plus many local offices including Sheriff, Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections, County Commissioners, School Board members and Circuit Judges may be on the ballot. In June, all of these candidates qualify for office and at noon on June 12th we will know which candidates and races will be on the ballot in the Primary and which will go onto the General Election.
The General Election is scheduled for November 3, and with the President and Vice President leading the ballot, this may be a record setting year for voter turnout. In the November 2016 Presidential Election, St. Johns County was among six counties in Florida with the highest voter turnout in the state at 80.5%.
Voting has never been easier that it is today; any voter can request a ballot and vote by mail. If you’d like to request a ballot, simply use our online form or call the Office. Early Voting is conducted prior to each election, which include two weekends, so you can choose your location and time to vote when it’s convenient for you. Your precinct is always open on election day 7 AM-7 PM. To help you prepare, we mail every registered voter a sample ballot three weeks before each election. Look for yours to obtain important information about each election and the candidates that appear on your ballot.
My staff and I are here to serve you, and we will make it easy for you to vote. Please visit our office, call or use on online resources to help you prepare for Election Day.
Husband & Wife Make Visiting the Dentist a Pleasure
People hate the dentist. They despise going because of past experiences and our colleagues. They avoid having the dental and systemic health they deserve. Our mission is to create such an amazing and unheard of dental experience, that people are excited to get their teeth healthy and tell their family and friends about it. We will set the bar to which all other dental offices are measured.
If we don’t succeed, people in our community as well as other communities’ dental health will suffer. People won’t be as confident in themselves as they would like, be able to eat the foods they want to, get the best nutrition and hence, won’t be as healthy as they could be. We help people live their best lives.
How do you work together as a team to help patients?
What we have to do:
We must treat every patient as we would a family member. Every patient is our audience. If we want to impress them, we have to put our heart into every single moment, just like it is the most important performance of our career. This way, they will share our story and we can help more people.
We have to believe in what we provide. We have to believe in the value and far reaching implications of how what we do changes people’s lives for the better. We must stay positive, optimistic, and committed to each other as a team. We must stay committed to providing this experience.
What is at risk?
People’s dental health is declining everywhere. It affects their lives in a big way. As it affects them, it affects every person they know and touch, as dental health undoubtedly affects their behavior as well as longevity. **We are the answer. We have the power to make an impact. **We can help them eat healthily and happily. We can help them smile and exhibit confidence so that they can be a light to the world.
If we can provide a dental experience, enthusiastically, authentically, with understanding, with integrity, and with the patient’s best interests in mind, we can change how people feel about dentistry and provide the vehicle in which people can obtain their best dental and physical health.
We (Dr. Jonas Ashbaugh and Dr. Kathleen Stevens) are committed to staying on the forefront of the latest dental treatments and technology to better care for our patients. Combined we have 15 years of dental experience to draw from and share over 1600 continued education hours. Dr.Jonas has gone above and beyond by receiving his F.A.G.D. which requires extensive training and commitment to improvement and excellence in his field.
Some of the really cool stuff that we have gotten into include 3d Printing, Cone Beam Computer Tomography or 3d CBCT scans and we most recently acquired a 3D intra-oral scanner(Trios 3Shape) to scan teeth to create crowns without the need for traditional impressions.
Your office is incredible. What are some of the special features you offer patients to make their experience enjoyable?
Blue Sky Dental Group strives to provide a relaxed, fear erasing, comfortable environment. We try to achieve an extraordinary experience that is like no other. We want patients to feel like they have never been to a dentist like us before without us having to directly say it.
How do you help people who are embarrassed by their smile? A crown is sometimes more than just a crown, a filling can most definitely be more than just a filling to some people. What I’m saying is that sometimes it can just be the littlest thing that causes someone to be embarrassed by their smile but of course it’s the big things too. Misalignment, extensive decay, missing teeth are the big things we think about that most definitely lead to a negative self image with regards to their smile.
Some of our favorite cases have been those that have a life altering effect. The cases where we not only change someones appearance but we revitalize their overall personality. We can change not only their physical appearance but their mental image of who they are and begin the process of healing their self confidence.
How does 3-D technology help you in creating the ideal treatment for each patient?
We probably place roughly 90-95% of our implants with the assistance of a 3d printed surgical guide. I’d like to do 100% but sometimes that’s just not possible. For those unfamiliar, a surgical guide is an appliance that sits over the teeth or bone that constricts or “guides” the direction and depth of the drill and implant. Here’s how I can best describe why a guide is better. Imagine if you yourself were drilling a screw into drywall to hang a photo. How straight would you be? How about if you needed to hang two photos and drill two screws at the same height? How parallel would you be? Probably pretty good but not perfect. A surgical guide makes things near perfect for me. I can with confidence place two or more implants at the same depth with exact parallelism. It also allows me to avoid any vital structures that could potentially be life threatening. Its powerful new technology and essentially the standard of care in our office.
In recent years many people are choosing dental implants as a solution to maintaining a beautiful smile throughout their lifetime. Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Most patients are surprised to learn that nowadays, most everyone is a good candidate for implants. Implants are the most lifelike, strongest, longest-lasting replacement for teeth.
Dr. Ashbaugh takes numerous postgraduate education courses each year and has received extensive training in sedation, occlusion (your bite) and esthetic dentistry, allowing him to incorporate these treatments into his practice so he has a multitude of methods for solving complex dental problems. Most recently, Dr. Ashbaugh has completed a nine month comprehensive dental implant program through the Las Vegas Implant Maxicourse.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Ashbaugh is an instructor for Smart CE online instructional series for Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, and Dentist nationwide. He is also a co-host for a popular dental podcast, Shared Practices, in which he shares his expertise in
best practices for running a successful dental office.
Dr. Ashbaugh is an active participant in the community. He and his wife, Dr. Stevens, live in the area with their two children, Benjamin and Jonathan. In his spare time, he enjoys in-shore and off-shore fishing, wakeboarding, golfing and catching a football game.
Dr. Stevens and her family enjoy participating in the activities this great city of Jacksonville has to offer. Whether it be a day on the beach or an afternoon football game (go Jaguars!) you can always find her out enjoying time with friends and family.
14866 Old St. Augustine Rd, Suite 111, Jacksonville, FL 32258
Learn how Bernard’s new endeavors
changed his life and helped him create
The R.A.W Edge EVENT
The coaching company was inspired by the Bernard Diggs real estate team (New Diggs Team) which helped hundreds of families buy and sell homes throughout the local area under Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage in Jacksonville, FL. In 2017 Bernard was voted the number one real estate agent to work with military and veterans on the Naval Air Station - Jacksonville. Bernard later decided to move to California to continue to reach his full potential and move into an expansion that would later catapult his career and knowledge in business, sales, relationships and real estate. He became one of the TOP Real Estate Agents with 2 expansion teams selling over $67.8 million in sales volume in the year 2018.
St. Johns Magazine originally met Bernard Diggs a few years ago but so much has changed as his business grew and he reached a new level of excellence. Today Bernard is not only a real estate agent but is also helping others grow their businesses with the valuable life lessons and philosophies he has learned along the way.
While working back and forth between Florida and California, I started conducting a lot of training with other agents and business professionals within the firm. Individuals and attendees would respond by stating that they were greatly motivated to not only do better, but to be better. Success stories started to come to fruition and the natural gift of inspiring people through speaking, which I discovered at a young age, began to have a deeper meaning for me to be able to use to motivate others through coaching.
“Be the Best Version of Yourself” is the philosophy of New Diggs Coaching. How do you help people reach this goal? What aspect of coaching do you enjoy most?
In order for us to help individuals reach their goal, through our 20/20 New Diggs program, we first get the individual to agree and rule out ALL EXCUSES. For this to work excuses cannot be an option. We then teach them how to break through barriers and utilize all the resources in their journey to becoming successful.
I love to watch someone come into the program, start to get motivated, implement their belief, use the coaching tools and then see the results they never thought they would be able to reach. It never gets old to see the excitement that someone experiences when they finally let go of their barriers and truly reach their full potential in being the BEST version of themselves.
What have you learned from the challenges and changes in your life?
I have learned that the twin brother of fear of failure is the fear of success. I have come across obstacles many times in my life, business and relationships. However, the fear that I allowed to hold me back was not the fear of failing, but rather the fear of success. The program was created over 3 years ago, but I was afraid that everything we put into this program would actually become a success and work to be greater than I thought it ever could be. I learned to let go of my fears and allowed myself to embrace the best version of myself, which in turn, allowed for breaking down my own barriers and reaching my full potential.
This February you are planning a huge event, R.A.W Edge, at the Holiday inn at Baymeadows What is the event all about and who would benefit from attending? (What does R.A.W. stand for?)
R.A.W. Edge will breakthrough the barriers that have confined you and held you back from being the “Best Version of Yourself.” If you inspire to be successful in your profession and in building successful relationships, whether in business or personal, then R.A.W. Edge is the event for you. This event will literally change your life and catapult your career path for 2020.
RAW is Real. RAW is Authentic. RAW is Work.
What are the takeaways you hope to share with Attendees at the R.A.W Edge Event?
Attendees will walk away with a greater vision to excel themselves, find or expand their niche, network with hundreds of professionals, and most importantly a direction to make 2020 the best year for their career.
For more information about New Diggs Coaching and the R.A.W Edge Event, visit www.newdiggscoaching.com
Happy Bug Boutique
My youngest daughter was my inspiration for this whole thing. I have always liked buying her clothes online because you can find such cute things that are different from what you get in stores.
Earlier this year I just got the idea one day to start my own online boutique. My husband was on board and fully supported this idea so I started doing a LOT of research and we decided to make it happen.
What makes Happy Bug unique?
I have styles of clothing that you can't find in most stores. I'm able to work with my suppliers and customize outfits, patterns and mix different materials to come up with different unique designs.
What do you enjoy most about owning your own business?
Being able to work on my own schedule is definitely a perk of owning a business out of my home. I always like to get creative with everything that I do so just being able to be creative and make it my own is fun.
What is your background?
I am a Florida native, born in Jacksonville and moved to St. Johns county when I was 3 years old. I worked for a local builder in the interior design department until I had my first child. I stayed home with my first two until they were both in school and then decided to go back to work.
Do you have another job? Doe it help you when creating new ideas for Happy Bug?
I am in my 9th year as a teacher at a preschool here in St. Johns county. I do think that being around young kids every day and seeing the style of clothes that they are wearing definitely helps me with ideas.
What do you love about St. Johns?
I love that I get to raise my kids in the same area that I grew up in, although it has grown so much since then. We love being close to so many nice beaches. The schools here are great and we have the best neighbors.
Rivertown Fine Wine & Spirits Owners
Bonnie & Frank give the gift of hope
this holiday season!
Each barrel was sampled by our staff in a blind tasting of 4 to 5 samples. Once the staff made their selection, the barrel was held in the distiller's warehouse and then bottled & labeled exclusively for RFWS. All the bourbon is bottled from that barrel for us, and we even get the empty barrel! We currently have in stock - Manifest Rye, made here locally in Jacksonville, Widow Jane 12 year old bourbon and 1792 Full Proof Bourbon that was just awarded #1 Whiskey for 2020 by Jim Murray in his latest Whiskey Bible edition. These very special selections sell out quite rapidly because of the limited supply. Coming in the next 90 - 120 days, we have a barrel of Elijah Craig 11 year old bourbon, a barrel of Barrel Bourbon - Barrel Proof and a barrel of Larceny 6 year old. And, there are more throughout 2020 that have not been finalized yet.
Q: How will you help PANCAN through sales of Bourbon?
All of our exclusive RFWS Single Barrel selected bourbons are sold at regular retail price with a small additional donation attached for our charity. These contributions are put to good use by PANCAN in a number of ways - providing much needed awareness of pancreatic cancer, patient & caregiver support and funds for research to help find early detection testing of this terrible disease. We also sell the empty barrels for $300 - $500, for which 100% goes to the charity.
Q: What makes a bourbon special?
Bourbon popularity has been on the rise for the past 7-8 years. There is a new "culture" for mixed cocktails and social media has a lot to do with spreading the word. Bourbon flavor is a matter of personal preference & taste. Supply has not been meeting the demand, so the value of bourbons is increasing and so is the price.
Manifest Distilling is located in downtown Jax and bottles vodka, gin and rye whiskey. The barrel of Manifest Rye we have in the store was bottled, sealed, labeled & numbered by Frank and Brian, the store manager at RFWS. It was a great experience for them. The public can take tours of this distillery and learn first hand about distilled spirits from their very knowledgeable staff. It is a unique experience. Be sure to mention that RFWS sent you when you go!
Q: How has Rivertown helped PANCAN in the past?
We have raised $56,000 in four years through our efforts at the store. In addition to our single barrel selections that we offer, we have also acquired rare & hard to find bottles that we sell with an added donation to PANCAN. Our annual Rare Bourbon Auction, which takes place every February, is done by sealed bid auction by item and awarded to the highest bidder. Each bidder is given the opportunity to bid on any of the listed items during the month of February. That bid is sealed in an envelope until March 1, when the envelopes are opened and the winners are announced. This is our 5th year, and will feature 15-25 extremely rare whiskeys.
Q: What are your goals for the future?
This coming year in 2020, our goal will be $25,000 to be raised by October 15th. Our fundraising achievements are culminated at Purple Stride, a 5K/Family friendly walk that is supported nationally by PANCAN in over 25 major cities. Purple Stride-Jacksonville takes place at the end of October each year at UNF. We would like to thank our customers - family, friends and the community for such love & support the last 13 years at RFWS, we could not have accomplished such great success without you. We look forward to a great year in 2020!
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