Announcing Orlando’s Finest 2013

Orlando’s Finest 2013 Makes Headlines!

ORLANDO’S FINEST 2013 PROFILE SERIES is produced by Proactive Resources for the September 4th issue of the Orlando Weekly. Our knowledgeable team of researchers and writers mine the wealth of current and readily available information to find the best in your field. For more than 29 years, we have profiled some of the most influential lawyers, doctors, educational and financial institutions in the country, taking direct referrals from your colleagues, Martindale-Hubbell, the Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, and more. We know a winner when we see one!

Look Better • See Better • Feel Better

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DR. BRIAN D. HAAS is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, where he was recognized for his contributions in teaching oculoplastic surgery to his peers. Prior to establishing his Orlando practice in 1996, he was head of Oculoplastic Surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington, DC, where he cared for many of our nation’s leaders. From 1999-2009, he served as Chairman of Ophthalmology at Orlando Health.

With 23 years of experience, Dr. Haas’ practice is focused on the structures surrounding the eye. Services include cosmetic & reconstructive eyelid surgery for baggy eyelids, drooping brows & eyelids, eyelid cancers, traumatic eyelid injuries, tear duct problems and orbital problems (thyroid disease, orbital tumors & orbital fractures). Dr. Haas is especially well known for procedures that rejuvenate the face and eyelids. He was the first doctor in Orlando to inject facial fillers and has the most years of experience (since 1987) using Botox™.


Dr. Brian D. Haas

415 Briercliff Dr.

Orlando, FL

(407) 841-1490

Board Certified Retina Specialists

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Whether caused by illness or injury, retinal conditions should be treated by a skilled physician. Drs. Elias C. Mavrofrides, Matthew A. Cunningham and Thomas A. Barnard at FLORIDA RETINA INSTITUTE are regionally recognized experts in the evaluation & treatment of retinal disease & injury. They specialize in diseases & surgery of the retina and vitreous, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, laser surgery, retinal detachment, macular surgery, penetrating eye injuries, ocular tumors & inflammatory eye disease. The doctors and their staff have a long history of working with patients with visual difficulties and are sensitive to their needs. They are all committed to making certain that you are comfortable and confident about your surgery and follow-up care.

Drs. Mavrofrides, Cunningham & Barnard use state-of-the-art equipment, including argon laser, cryopexy, intraocular gases, optical coherence tomography, fluorescein angiography and ultrasound. They are able to treat on-site – diabetic eye disorders, macular degeneration and many types of retinal detachment by pneumatic retinopexy. Their office emphasizes patient education and is complete with reference materials. Trust and confidence since 1979.


Dr. Elias C. Mavrofrides, Matthew A. Cunningham and Thomas A. Barnard

Florida Retina Institute

Orlando, Kissimmee, Clermont, Lake Mary & Mt. Dora

(877) 357-3846

Board Certified Gastroenterologists

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With the latest in state-of-the-art medical equipment & technology, Drs. Nasim Ahmed & Kola Hisamuddin at GASTROENTEROLOGY CONSULTANTS CFL, PA can treat a wide variety of gastrointestinal & liver diseases. These may include cirrhosis of the liver, hepatitis, ileitis (Crohn’s disease), colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, digestive disorders (heartburn, bloating, diarrhea, nausea & vomiting), peptic ulcers, intestinal obstructions, gallstones, pancreatic disorders, cancer (stomach/colo-rectal) and diverticular diseases.

With 30 years of experience, Dr. Ahmed is Board Certified in Internal Medicine & Gastroenterology. He is a Fellow in both the American College of Gastroenterology and the American College of Physicians. He is on the teaching staff at Orlando Hospital, UCF and Florida Hospital Orlando. He and Dr. Hisamuddin patients with hepatitis (A, B & C) and perform Remicade treatments in-office for Crohn’s disease patients. They are equally skilled in videoendoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, gastroscopy, capsule endoscopy, colonoscopy, PEG & ERCP. They believe prevention is the best medicine, and that good nutritional habits, stress management, judicious use of medication & surgical intervention – where appropriate, can drastically improve many debilitating disorders.


Dr. Nasim Ahmed & Dr. Kola Hisamuddin

Gastroenterology Consultants CFL, PA

Sand Lake & Orange Ave Locations

(407) 292-1414

Caring is Our Commitment

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Orlando Heart & Vascular Institute’s goal is to provide effective & efficient cardiovascular services for Central Florida. Their seven Board Certified Interventional Cardiologists and two Board Certified Cardiologists provide cardiovascular consultations, treatment and second opinions. Their practice is one of only 17 practices nationwide, and the only practice in Florida, to be awarded the prestigious “Bridges to Excellence®” Cardiology Practice Recognition, which recognizes and rewards clinicians who deliver superior patient care according to rigorous standards established by the American College of Cardiology.

Orlando Heart & Vascular Institute’s physicians are skilled in the use of angiograms, cardiac catheterization, nuclear imaging, pacemaker checks, treadmill stress testing & stress echo, echocardiography, 24-hour heart monitoring, lipid counseling, transesophageal echocardiogram and preventive & consultative cardiology. They are also approved to perform all of the new interventional procedures such as rotational & extraction atherectomy and stent placement. The personal attention they give each patient is an important part of their care.


Orlando Heart & Vascular Institute

Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Oviedo & Lake Mary

(407) 767-8554

A Tradition of Imaging Excellence

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Drs. Robert Posniak, Charlotte Elenberger, Alexandra Osorio, Diana Wilson and Registered Radiologist Assistant Patricia Dycus at SAND LAKE IMAGING have put together the professional and technical resources women need to monitor breast health. These include digital mammography, mobile mammography outreach services, ultrasound examination, stereotactic biopsy, localization, breast MRI, MRI directed biopsies, support service and breast self-exam training.

Breast cancer, when detected in its earliest stages, can be successfully treated more than 95% of the time, so early detection is your most powerful defense. Sand Lake Imaging is accredited by the American College of Radiology. Their technologists will instruct you in the proper breast self-examination techniques, and will strive to make you comfortable during your exam. All radiologists on staff are board certified. Sand Lake Imaging and the American Cancer Society recommend that women 20 years & up should perform breast self-examination once a month. Women ages 35-40 should have a baseline mammogram. After age 40, a physical exam and mammogram are recommended annually. Sand Lake Imaging is designated as a “Breast Center of Excellence” as determined by the American Board of Radiology.


Sand Lake Imaging

Orlando & Maitland, FL

(407) 363-2772

Injury Medical Care by MD’s

With the goal of providing the highest level of patient satisfaction so that patients can become fully rehabilitated and return to living a productive life, Owner J.J. Fadem, Sr. MD and his associates at CENTRAL FLORIDA INJURY & REHABILITATION operate a physical therapy & rehabilitation center that specializes in treating injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents and slip and fall accidents. Board Certified specialists develop an individualized treatment plan appropriate for each patient’s specific injuries. They offer physical therapy, medical massage, neuromuscular stimulation, hydrotherapy, ultrasound therapy, customized therapeutic exercises and hot & cold therapy.

Central Florida Injury helps patients alleviate pain & soreness while restoring range of motion through rehabilitation. With three convenient locations, each center provides state-of-the-art equipment in a warm and friendly environment, conducive to healing and relaxation.


Owner J.J. Fadem, Sr. MD

Central Florida Injury & Rehabilitation

East Office: 5555 East Michigan Street, # 102

Orlando; Longwood Office: 2648 West State Road 434, #C

Southwest Office: 882 South Kirkman Road, #101


(407) 381-5100

Pain Management & Spinal Surgery

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For more than 50 years, THE SPINE & SCOLIOSIS CENTER (SASC) has helped patients improve their quality of life. Studies suggest that back pain affects approximately 90% of adults at some time in their lives, and about 67% of adults experience neck pain. These two ailments are among the most common reasons for physician visits and are major causes of disability, missed workdays and high health care costs. With those painful hurdles in mind, SASC is giving practical, high-quality solutions through revolutionary care.

SASC provides pediatric & adult reconstructive spine surgery utilizing pain management, physical medicine & rehabilitation. The three Board Certified spine specialists perform lumbar & cervical fusion, scoliosis surgery, complex revision spine surgery, kyphoplasty/ vertebroplasty, pain injections/discography, lumbar & cervical disc replacement, facet joint denervation technique, DLIF & XLIF lumbar surgery, and much more. Drs. Joseph C. Flynn, Jr., Geoffrey Stewart, and Javier A. Placer, along with a caring staff, provide much needed relief using compassionate care. Additional office locations in Clermont & Davenport.


Drs. Joseph C. Flynn, Jr., Geoffrey Stewart, and Javier A. Placer

The Spine & Scoliosis Center (SASC)

1131 South Orange Ave,

Orlando, FL

(407) 849-1200

Homebirth Midwifery

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Maggie C. McCarthy, LM, CPM of BIRTH IN AWARENESS HOMEBIRTH is a Licensed Midwife & Certified Professional Midwife who provides full-scope midwifery, as well as well-woman care. She provides comprehensive 24/7 care and support to the families she serves. She covers an area extending a one-hour radius from Winter Springs.

Maggie’s home-birth midwifery practice is firmly based on informed choice. With 15 years of experience, she believes women and families have the right to determine their own care in pregnancy and birth. Her approach to care is very woman and family-centered. Maggie encourages women to birth where and how they choose and offers a variety of home-birth options including water-births. Studies continue to consistently affirm that planned, attended homebirth is as safe – or safer – than hospital birth. Her practice, firmly based on the midwifery model of care, allows issues of safety to be appropriately addressed while uplifting and honoring the wonderfully human and spiritual aspects of birth.


Maggie C. McCarthy, LM, CPM

Birth in Awareness Homebirth

1082 Black Acre Trail

Winter Springs, FL

(407) 234-7482

Occupational & Speech Therapy Services

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The therapists at COLLABORATIVE FUNCTION, INC. specialize in working with children of all ages who have speech, language, communication & motor impairments with a focus on early intervention. They provide diagnostic evaluations, individualized intervention and parent consultations. The therapists work with a wide variety of therapy & medical diagnoses, including autism, ADD & PDD. The speech-language pathologist addresses receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation, fluency, voice & verbal apraxia disorders, oral motor delays, stuttering, phonemic awareness difficulties and social pragmatic language issues. The occupational therapist focuses on sensory processing development, fine motor skills, visual motor & perceptual skills, self-care for daily living skills, feeding aversion difficulties, functional cognitive development & psychosocial skills.

Licensed nationally and by the state, Collaborative Function takes pride in the fact that they are a small, private practice that offers individualized attention and thorough treatment. Since its founding in 2000, they have built a reputation for providing caring treatment that focuses on the whole child. Their work is a collaborative effort between the therapists, parents, child & physician.


Collaborative Function, Inc.

726 West Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL

(407) 540-1937

The Child Comes First

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Since 1972, parents have been fortunate to have an independent school for students grades Pre-K- 8. ST. MARK’S SCHOOL offers a coed nurturing environment in which children are provided an enriched academic learning experience. The caring staff knows that their high-quality approach to education is essential for students to develop the maturity and competence needed to function effectively in this rapidly changing world.

Based on an interdisciplinary, cooperative educational program, students may experience learning with individualized lessons as well as in a small group setting or from each other in their multi-age classrooms, utilizing a wide variety of materials and experiences at his or her own pace and potential. This concept acknowledges great respect for the diversity and individuality of each student. The teaching staff skillfully applies structure and freedom, encouraging each student to develop naturally and joyfully, setting no limits on their achievements. St. Mark’s School believes the child comes first and instills a love of learning for a lifetime.


St. Mark’s School

1021 Palm Springs Dr

Altamonte Springs

(407) 830-9298

Educate, Structure & Discipline

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SHIP PREPARATORY ACADEMY is a Christian school for students K through 12. They are prepared to give the students of parents who desire excellence in educational preparation the very best. The certified, professional faculty is personally interested in each child and gives them individual attention. Their classes are kept at a low student-toteacher ratio and the curriculum covers the social skills, personal growth and academic foundations necessary to prepare students for the future. They are church-affiliated with Cathedral of Praise International for your child’s positive spiritual growth.

For years, Ship Preparatory Academy’s purpose has been to acquaint students with information about life and the world called “knowledge”. They aid students in the development of the principles of morality, discipline and self-reliance. The School is constantly implementing new programs, procedures and classes to keep up with their student’s needs. Ship Preparatory Academy – “Mentoring & Developing the Potential in Every Child.” Watch for their new website coming soon!


Ship Preparatory Academy

639 North Pine Hills Road

Orlando, FL

(407) 296-6205

Full-Service Graphic & Web Design Firm

PROACTIVE RESOURCES DESIGN, INC. is a full-service marketing agency offering turnkey marketing & advertising strategy, PR support, graphic design, corporate identity, business development, event planning and Web planning & implementation.

PRD has helped many businesses sharpen their brand, refine their materials & present a strong consistent image. They offer affordable design services for websites, business cards, logos, stationery, brochures, print ads and eblasts. Visit their website for a complete list of services, starting rates and portfolio of client work.

Industries we serve

•  Legal

•  Medical

•  Dental

•  Healthcare

•  Mental Health Social Services

•  Education

•  Financial

•  Real Estate

•  Retail

•  Religious

•  Non-profit

National clients

•  F. Lee Bailey

•  Harvard Law School

•  ADP

•  Boston University

•  Christian Science Church

•  Cisco Systems

•  Cushman & Wakefield

•  Deloitte & Touche

•  Dun & Bradstreet

•  Embry-Little Aeronautical University

•  Habitat for Humanity

•  Jackson Lewis, LLP

•  Make A Wish Foundation

•  McGladrey & Pullen, LLP

•  Rhode Island Hospital

•  Stetson University of Law

•  University of North Carolina

•  University of Pittsburgh

•  Yale University

Proactive Resources Design

Full service graphic & web design firm

(800) 772-5969

(407) 648-5577



Contact Our Office

Orlando Heart & Vascular Institute450 W. Central Parkway – Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Phone: (407) 767-8554
Fax Number: 407-767-9121

Office hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00 am-4: 30 pm
Friday 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8am-4:30pm