Aquatic Therapy

Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy

Editor’s Note:  We spoke with Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist Brenda VanSalisbury about Aquatic Therapy. Brenda owns Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center located at 17162 Toledo Blade Blvd. in Port Charlotte. Please call 941-400-1505. Learn more online at What is Aquatic Therapy? Aquatic therapy is water-based physical rehabilitation that can strengthen your body’s…

Artist Laura Pollak

Laura Pollak is Driven to Abstraction

     Laura Pollak, PSA, IAPS/MC is an award-winning pastel artist who was reluctant about painting abstracts until she attended two workshops. Observing her skilled teachers, Jen Evenhus and Debora Stewart, inspired Laura to create 13 abstract paintings in three days. “I was hooked on the many choices involved with creating abstract art, as well as…

Phillip Ellis

Congratulations Venice Urban Forest

     The Venice Urban Forest is being honored with our first Venice Spirit Award for 2021. The local nature-loving nonprofit is being recognized for its ongoing efforts to revitalize a 33-acre section of land running along the Intercoastal Waterway bordering Venice Island. The group is part of Venice Area Beautification, Inc. and its local efforts…

Dr. John Gorsuch

Dr. John Gorsuch Focuses on Brain Health & Recovery

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Dr. John Gorsuch, the owner of Sarasota Medical Acupuncture located at 2030 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota. Please call 941-845-0233. Visit Dr. Gorsuch how does acupuncture help to rehabilitate the brain and central nervous system?In the past 10-20 years, acupuncture research has shown what the brain looks like in…

Sandhill Medical Thermography

Yevette Sutter, RN Explains Thermography

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Yevette Sutter, RN, CCT, with Sandhill Medical Thermography located at the Sandhill Healing Center in Port Charlotte at 24901 Sandhill Blvd. Call 941-235-8929 and learn more at Yevette, what is Medical Thermography?It’s a proven screening and detection tool for revealing the effects of inflammation and inflammatory processes. The inflammation…

Dr. Aaron Taylor

Dr. Aaron Taylor Updates Taylor Chiropractic

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Dr. Aaron Taylor, the owner of Taylor Chiropractic & Oriental Medicine located at 2190 Tamiami Trail S. in Venice. Call 941-493-2688. Visit Dr. Taylor, please introduce your practice.We are a full service integrative medical practice offering expert spinal and postural screenings, acupuncture, therapeutic massage therapy, a doctor-supervised weight loss…

Robin Chiusano, LMT

Robin Chiusano, LMT with Total Body Care of Venice

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Robin Ann Chiusano, LMT, the owner of Total Body Care of Venice located at 250 S. Tamiami Trail (Suite 101) on Venice Island. Please call 941-445-3343. Visit Robin, what services do you provide at your wellness spa?We offer a full menu of massage and bodywork which includes Swedish Massage,…

The Island Team

Michelle Finley with The Island Team

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Island Team Broker Associate Michelle Finley with Paradise Exclusive Real Estate. Please call 941-208-5353; visit Photo is from the annual community calendar and this image honors the Englewood Fire Department. Michelle, what’s the brief history of Paradise Exclusive Real Estate and The Island Team?In 2007, Jim Benson started Paradise…

Mary Erickson

Venice Artist Mary Erickson

     You can sense the reverence of nature in paintings by Venice artist and conservationist Mary Erickson. Her love of wildlife and quiet places flows through the subtle lines and colors reflecting years of attentive observation. Mary’s beautiful art reflects her study of birds, shorelines, habitat, light, color, forms, and the interplay that makes the…

Scratching Post Cat Hospital

Gulf Coast Scratching Post Cat Hospital

Editor’s Note: We spoke with veterinarian Dr. Kandi Norrell for an update about Gulf Coast Scratching Post Cat Hospital located at 3135 Bobcat Village Center Road in North Port. Her practice has earned Gold Status designation as a Cat Friendly Practice with the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Visit; call 941-200-5779. Dr. Norrell,…

The Recchia Family

Seed to Table Vegan Eatery

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Christopher and Kimberly Recchia, the owners of Seed to Table Vegan Eatery located at 2357 Tamiami Trail S. in Venice. Call 941-492-6232. Visit to see their full menu and hours of operation. Why is vegan cuisine important to health and longevity?A whole food, plant-based lifestyle improves your health, boosts…