Tawnya Traylor Fleming?s dozen-plus years as a massage therapist have been spent relieving patients of stress and pain in a chiropractor?s office and being her own boss at Massage Me Knots. What makes her massages unique is the way she tailors each one to the client's current needs. Some people may prefer the gentle strokes of a relaxation massage to help unwind after a stressful week, while others may require deep-tissue kneading to alleviate chronic pain. Tawnya specializes in all of these and
has an arsenal of other calming tools at the ready, such as heated stones, hot towels, and essential oils.
Dr. Charles Kent has practiced sclerotherapy since 1998, adding more treatment methodologies—such as vein closures—as he continued training over the years. His sister-in-law, nurse Linda Schank, joins him in his practice, lending her steady hand to perform wrinkle-smoothing Botox injections and Lipotherapy, an injection that breaks down fat membranes in unwanted curves. Schank also specializes in sclerotherapy, which she, too, has practiced since 1998.
Licensed massage therapists Sandra Hunter, Peggy Elliott, and Caroline Colletti specialize in such modalities as craniosacral therapy, post mastectomy lymph therapy, and infant massage. Their medical massages treat anything from chronic pain to injuries caused by car crashes and thumb-wrestling accidents. The clinic has an onsite FAR infrared sauna that works to detoxify and improve circulation.
"Tailgating With a Purpose" raises funds for Covenant Hospice—a local care service for people with life-limiting illnesses—with three hours of outdoor beer drinking, grilled edible munching, and prize chasing. Guests can bask in garnet and gold at Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium as they sip a frosty beer or practice for gridiron season by punting barbecued foods through the goals. Tailgaters can let the Wilson Dean Band and the Sarah Mac Band rock them to the core with a night of live, breathing tunes that fill the air with good vibes and resonate with philanthropy. Visitors can enter a prize drawing to win tickets to the Florida State vs. Oklahoma football game, peruse a silent auction, or compete for the Best Tailgating Attire prize by making a ball gown out of astroturf and strategically placed mouthguards.
Jim Pruchniewski peered down his leg at his blackened toes. He'd been rushed to the hospital after a blizzard waylaid him on a mountainside in Lake Placid. "You have third-degree frostbite," the doctor confirmed. "We'll have to amputate." Fortunately for Jim and his digits, the US Olympic ski team was training nearby. The team's podiatrist hurried to the hospital like a long-lost lover hurries to interrupt a wedding before the end of a movie. "Stop!" he might have shouted as the buzz saw probably descended toward the patient's toes. The hero, our Olympic podiatrist, examined the foot and concluded that the damage was superficial. The toes would recover. And they did. The episode moved Jim Pruchniewski, a former biology teacher, to earn his medical degree. Over the last 20 years, he's gained fourfold board certification in podiatric orthopedics, surgery, primary care, and the treatment of diabetic foot wounds. At North Lakeland Foot Clinic, he examines feet with the same attention that saved his toes decades ago. He and his staff do everything in their power to keep feet healthy and, in the case of diabetic patients, avert extreme measures like amputation.