Gulfshore Business Daily: July 6, 2018

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Lee Health recently celebrated the class of 2018 graduation of The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program. The residency program is based at Lee Memorial Hospital and was created to combat an expected national shortage of primary care physicians—an issue that is compounded locally by a rapidly growing aging population. Four of the eight graduates from the class of 2018 are staying in the Fort Myers area to practice medicine, according to a press release. This year’s graduates include Dr. Ashley Clark, who plans to practice in Fort Myers; Dr. Shane Drahos, who will complete a one-year sleep medicine fellowship at Stanford and then return to Lee County to practice; Dr. Tyler Hendricks; Dr. Alim Karim, who accepted a position to continue working with Lee Health; Dr. Gregory Stepp; Dr. Clinton Walls; Dr. Lee Coghill, global health fellow, who will join the faculty at the FSU COM Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health; and Dr. Michael Heiland, global health fellow. The Florida State University College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Lee Health takes residents through 36 months of training, which is divided into four-week blocks. The program began with its inaugural class in July 2014. For more information, visit


Rotary Club of Fort Myers South held its 50th anniversary celebration at its annual installation dinner on June 15 at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops. Rotary District Gov. Sandra Hemstead and Past District Gov. Pete Doragh installed the 2018-19 club officers and board members, including: Tracie Bagans, president; Kerri Goldsmith, president-elect; Suzi Ward, president-elect nominee; Greg Blurton, past president; John Kozak, treasurer; and Steve Wassman, secretary. The club also welcomed new board members Randy Zavada, David Seitz and Jason Huff, who will join returning board members Read Sawczyn, Pam Morrison and Michael Dunn.


SCORE Naples will host “Power-of-the-Inbox: Not Your Grandparents' Email Marketing,” from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Aug. 18 at the Naples Accelerator. Barbara Langdon, owner of Marketing Momentum LLC, will present the workshop. Langdon has been helping small companies for 15 years to succeed using email and social media marketing to grow sales and profits, and by increasing customer retention and referrals. She worked for Constant Contact, helping the company extend their educational reach by creating the Authorized Local Experts program. The seminar will include the new role email marketing plays and how to take advantage of its new capabilities. It takes attendees through five steps needed to harness the power of the inbox and explores top email marketing trends for small businesses and ways to incorporate them into marketing plans. Admission to the event is $30 when registering online. For registration and to make payment, visit or call (239) 430-0081.


Naples-based Quarles & Brady LLP attorney Keely F. Morton has been re-appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Collier County Women’s Bar Association (CCWBA). She will also serve another year as the CCWBA leadership committee chair and begin her role as the Collier County chapter representative for the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. Morton practices in the area of commercial litigation with an emphasis on fiduciary, trust and probate litigation. She represents clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Morton earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida. She also received her Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in business administration, management from the University of Florida.


Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP has added Michael R. Whitt as a litigation partner in the firm’s Fort Myers office. Whitt is a trial-tested attorney with more than 30 years of experience, concentrating his trial practice in the areas of business litigation, eminent domain and real estate disputes. His experience includes an array of business and real estate litigation, including contract disputes, eminent domain, zoning and land use, boundary and title disputes, housing discrimination, defense of ADA claims, community association litigation, as well as trademarks, trade secrets, construction litigation, fraud claims and whistleblower actions. Whitt is board certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in business litigation. Prior to Hahn Loeser, Whitt spent four years as a partner at Robins Kaplan LLP and almost 25 years at Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. He holds a juris doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Kentucky. Whitt is a member of The Florida Bar’s eminent domain committee and the president of the Association of Eminent Domain Professionals.


Bruce Rosenblatt, founder of Senior Housing Solutions, has completed LGBT Cultural Competency Training through SAGECare, to be inclusive to all individuals who are seeking senior housing placement advice and sensitive to locating care facilities that are non-discriminatory and open to all people. SAGECare is a division of SAGE the country’s oldest and longest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. SAGECare provides LGBT competency training and consulting on LGBT aging issues to service providers. Senior Housing Solutions is the first organization in southwest Florida to earn designation, according to a press release.

 Charitable Notes

Love That Dress! collection event scheduled

The “Glam! Bam! River District” event, presented by Red Door Photography and Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, will be held from 6-9 p.m. on July 17 at Red Door Photography in downtown Fort Myers. The event benefits PACE Center for Girls, Lee County and Love That Dress!. It will include wine, tapas, raffle prize drawings, special performances by Glam! Bam! Burlesque and more, while also serving as one of PACE’s Love That Dress! signature collection events. Tickets are $25 per person, or $20 with the donation of a gently loved dress. To purchase tickets, visit

Free networking event to benefit CCCR

CCCR Business 100 will host “Seasons for Success,” a free networking event, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 at Seasons 52, located at 8930 Tamiami Trail N. CCCR Business 100 is a group of philanthropic businesses helps local children by supporting Collier Child Care Resources’ (CCCR) mission and programs. There will be hors’ d’oeuvres and a free drink ticket for each attendee that reserves a ticket online. There will also be door prizes, a raffle and live music. Proceeds from the raffle benefit CCCR and will go directly to its “Raise the Roof” campaign. To reserve tickets, visit For more information, call 239-643-3908 or email

Shy Wolf Sanctuary expands Healing Hearts program

Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center has added two new partners to Healing Hearts program, Youth Haven and PACE Center for Girls. The Healing Hearts program forms partnerships with area organizations for an educational encounter with its resident animals. Healing Hearts program guests visit Shy Wolf Sanctuary and encounter some of the resident animals. After the visit, guests work on art projects, from painting wolf houses to making holiday ornaments and other animal-inspired items. Finally, lunch is enjoyed next to captive-bred cougar Cimarron’s enclosure. The guests also receive a special necklace with blind wolf Indy’s hair enclosed in a glass vile. For more information, visit

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