Could you jump into a pool to save someone’s life? In the deep end? What if it was your child? That’s a scary thought but it’s a nightmare I lived through when my daughter was five years old. Had both of us not learned how to swim at the YMCA, she might not be alive today.
It was clear from a young age McKinley was a fish. She took swim lessons at the YMCA when she was two years old and loved it. It’s so important to get your kids in the water early so they develop critical skills that’ll last a lifetime.
That was never more evident than the day she got stuck in a neighborhood pool. She was maneuvering her body to try and free herself, but she was trapped. There was no lifeguard on duty, so I jumped in and pulled my daughter out. She wasn’t breathing, so I administered CPR and was able to revive her before taking her to Baptist Medical Center, where Dr. Neeraj Neval, Neocritical Care ICU Medical Director took over.
I remember sitting in the emergency department, soaking wet, wondering what would happen next. I knew my daughter would survive, but would she be afraid of the water for the rest of her life? I didn’t have to wait long to find out.
About a month later, our neighbors asked us if we wanted to go the Williams Family YMCA to watch their kids take swim lessons. I immediately tensed up. I remember thinking the only way my daughter was going to be around a pool again was if we sold our house and bought one with a pool so we could constantly keep an eye on her. Reluctantly, I agreed to go with our neighbors and McKinley came too.
I’ll never forget that car ride. She initially stared quietly out the window but then spoke up.
“Do I have to get in the water?” she asked.
“No, of course not,” I replied.
A few minutes passed.
“If I just want to put my feet in, can I?” she said.
“Yes, if you want,” I answered.
We eventually got to the pool and after watching her friends go through their class, McKinley stood up and said, “I’m ready.”
When she jumped in, I immediately started crying and thanking God for seeing us through this.
My brave little girl, who I had to bring back to life just a month prior, fearlessly got back in the water and started swimming like nothing had happened.
"It’s so important to get your kids in the water
Who are your team members and what do they bring to the table?
Our team members are remarkable. Tanya Temple is our Nurse Practioner. Her background in dermatology sets her apart from most aesthetic injectors, as she assesses and treats her clients skin health concerns and not just visible enhancements. Bobbie Stewart is our Master Aesthetician. Bobbie is a trained registered nurse and a Massage therapist. The skill set she acquired with her past training elevates her knowledge versus a traditionally trained aesthetician. She understands the skin and muscular system and brings that knowledge to the table when consulting and treating her clients.
Kristen Parker is our Client Coordinator. Kristen has a degree in nutrition and takes a big role in our wellness program. She also understands how to manage the day to day operations of our business and puts our clients first from the moment they call and walk in the door until the moment they leave.
What do you want clients to know about Modern Aesthetic Centers that sets you apart?
Our diverse menu of aesthetic and wellness services coupled with cutting edge options sets us apart from traditional medical spas. We also have a remarkable team with strong backgrounds, from our leadership team to our providers.
Do you offer a consultation before an appointment? What does this entail?
We do offer our clients a consultation before their appointments. When a client makes an appointment with us for the first time, we schedule enough time to provide an initial consultation as well as their treatment. Our providers address all of their aesthetic and wellness concerns during this initial visit by listening to the clients' goals, assessing their overall skin health, reviewing their current and past medical history and providing a customized treatment plan to get them to their goals.
Why did you choose St. Johns? Do you have plans to open other Centers in our area?
We chose to open our first location in Saint Johns because of the remarkable growth of the county. Living in the Saint John's area myself, I am very familiar with the past, current and future growth of this county. We also have a lack of aesthetic and wellness centers in the area we opened, which we have now filled that need. We do plan to open three more centers over the new few years.
What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?
When I am not at work, I have two girls and a large family that keep me busy. We love to enjoy the amazing outdoors our hometown provides. The beach is our favorite place outdoors and we also love the many parks and trails our town has to offer.
Dr. Jason Lewis & Dr. Royce Barlow
St. Johns, FL 32259
As they designed their new office, providing a premier patient experience was always their intention. From the inviting lobby, the offer of a blanket, a warm hand towel, or a fresh baked cookie, they want patients to truly enjoy their time. Customer service is a lost art in the medical profession, and they are passionate about providing it for their patient family.
BDC made an investment to become a “Complete Health” dental practice and continue to receive training to enhance the level of care and connection to the medical community of their patients. For patients this means they are focused on helping them maintain their very best “complete health” –not just ideal “dental health”.
BDC is also home to Bartram Dental Assisting School (BDAS). Classes are held in the dedicated classroom space on Saturdays 8 AM – 5 PM and is available for community use during the week. Educating students on the importance of caring for patients, professionalism, chairside technique, and enabling them for success is something they are proud to contribute to the dental community.
Our team of clinicians is dedicated to providing LOVING CARE to its patients and their families. Both Dr. Giselle Habet and Lyn Yarbrough, PA-C relocated from the Town Center location to develop and cultivate this Bartram Park location. As St. Johns residents, they are committed to making our neighborhood a healthier, safer place. Dr. Habet received her medical degree from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad & Tobago before completing her residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Lyn Yarbrough received a Master’s degree in the physician assistant program at Barry University, also in Miami.
At Pediatric Associates Bartram Park, we’ll turn your child’s boo-boos into giggles! Our office is open on Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and also Saturday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. for sick visits only. Visit www.pediatricassociates.com to learn more!
St. Johns, FL 32259
Paige Hamilton, MSH, ACE-CHC
Paige is passionate about helping others make positive and healthy lifestyle changes. She believes the key towards making these changes is to meet people where they are on their health journey. As part of the Healthy Living Team, Paige is trained to facilitate several of the Y’s prominent programs including the YMCA’s Weight Loss Program, Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program, and Diabetes Prevention Program.
To learn more about the Healthy Living Team’s programs, visit https://fcymca.org/programs/healthy-living/
500 Pope Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32080
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Stephanie Vavilala, Ed.D, BCBA, LMHC, RPT-S Founder and CEO, Awetism Wonderland and Therapeutic Expressions
180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095
Officially, when Sabita was two she was diagnosed with autism. Sabita is also non-verbal and uses an ipad communication program to talk. Dr. Vavilala wanted to do everything in her power to help Sabita and others like her to succeed and flourish, wherever they were in their journey.
Awetism Wonderland was born out of the need for Sabita and other children like her to receive all of their therapies under one roof. Awetism Wonderland was named after the concept of discovering the awe and wonder of autism instead of looking at it as a bad thing. It’s a way of seeing the world differently. While Awetism Wonderland offers traditional autism therapies like ABA, PT/OT/ST, and Anat Banial Therapy, they also provide therapies that give children the ability to explore their world, such as dance, music, art, and recreational therapies. They also offer a functional academic program that fosters a non-traditional learning environment so kids with autism can learn what is functional, at their pace, the way they learn best.
Dr. Jimmy Glenos and Dr. Craig Hadgis
(904) 79.SMILE (797.6453)
St Johns Medical Park Dr - US-1, St. Augustine AND
111 Doctors Village Dr - Ste 400 - Race Track Rd, St. Johns
Backed by friendly, gentle, highly-trained and certified team members, Dr. Glenos and Dr. Hadgis enjoy personally explaining all treatment options to every patient and providing ideal customized treatment for any orthodontic needs at any age. The path to a beautiful smile often starts early. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children see an orthodontist by the age of 7. “If you want a beautiful smile for yourself or your children or need an improvement in your bite, we are to explain all the options and offer the most enjoyable experience in a cost-effective manner,” says Dr. Glenos. “There is no charge for a new patient exam nor for having your children enter our dental growth and development program for periodic checkups. This will often allow us to catch a problem early or prevent it from worsening which almost always saves orthodontic time and expense later.”
With Dr. Glenos and Dr. Hadgis’ partnership, patients are under the expert care of two highly-trained specialists. Both Dr. Glenos and Dr. Hadgis became orthodontic specialists after finishing two years of their competitive residency programs and completing four years of dental school to earn DMD and DDS degrees. Additionally, Dr. Glenos and Dr. Hadgis are both certified by the American Board of Orthodontists (ABO), a distinction earned by less than 30% of orthodontists. Dr. Hadgis is currently serving as President of the St Augustine Dental Society. A tribute to their passion for their work, Dr. Glenos and Dr. Hadgis have been able to help many thousands of local residents so far. “Our passion is helping patients achieve their desires when it comes to transforming smiles,” says Dr. Hadgis, “which in turn changes lives.”
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