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Best Of Haven Services 2020

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Best Family Doctor


Michael Keown, M.D. | Gessler Clinic - Annex

601 1st St N, Winter Haven

(863) 294-0670

FB @GesslerClinic

IG @gesslerclinic


Dr. Keown’s patients agree, he’s the best! Michael Keown, M.D. earned a Medical Degree from the University of South Florida and completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, and now specializes in Internal Medicine at the Gessler Clinic Annex. One patient wrote, “Dr. Keown is very attentive and caring. He is very thorough and listens to what you have to say. I am so glad that I found him!”


2nd: Ruben Perez, M.D. | AdventHealth

3rd: Cecilia Arango, M.D. | Bond Clinic, P.A.


Best Hospital


Winter Haven Hospital

200 Ave F NE, Winter Haven

(863) 293-1121

FB @WinterHavenHospital

IG @baycare


Founded in 1926, Winter Haven Hospital has an outstanding reputation for superior, patient-centered care. Their mission statement is “to improve the health of the people we serve, by providing the highest quality and most effective care and services -- and to return value to the people in our communities.” By upholding this standard of excellence in all that they do, they are able to provide patients throughout central Florida with customized, state-of-the-art treatments in a comfortable environment.


2nd: AdventHealth Heart of Florida

3rd: Lakeland Regional Health


Best Urgent Care


Bond Clinic Urgent Care

325 1st St N, Winter Haven

(863) 293-1191 ext. 3693

FB @BondClinic

IG @bondclinic_fl


Minor injuries and illnesses should be treated, but no need to go to the emergency room with a first-rate urgent care right around the corner. Bond Clinic’s First Street Urgent Care Campus is the best place to be treated by experienced providers for ailments like sore throat, ear pain, and other minor illnesses. From check-in, to treatment, to check out, Bond has ensured premium care and comfort with features including a separate entrance with covered drop off area, a large reception area with TVs and charging stations, full infusion center, and new X-ray, lab and treatment rooms.


2nd: Owl Now Urgent Care

3rd: BayCare Urgent Care


Best Pediatric Doctor


Josef Kleine, M.D. | Kleine Pediatrics

375 E Central Ave, Winter Haven

(863) 656-1111

FB @kleinepediatrics


Choosing a pediatrician for your little one can be a big decision. Patients and their parents trust Dr. Kleine’s board certified care. Dr. Kleine sees patients from birth through adolescence, and parents often remark on his personable approach and love of children, with many families receiving generational care from him. Part of a review for Dr. Kleine says, “As a child, I was a patient of Dr. Kleine. Now my girls are his patients as well. He is an awesome doctor, very informative and his staff is amazing!! I wouldn’t go anywhere else.”


2nd: Raul Alvarez Jr., M.D.

3rd: Heather Sammons Whitworth, M.D.   


Best Eye Specialist/ Optometrist


Eye Specialists of Mid- Florida, P.A.

Locations in Polk County and throughout Central Florida


FB @EyesFL

IG @eyespecialistsmidfl


What started as a modest ophthalmology/ optometry practice in downtown Winter Haven in the early 1960s, Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida, P.A. has grown into multiple locations offering specialized treatment throughout Central Florida. It’s not difficult to see what makes Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida the best. They focus on personalized, high-quality eye care including ophthalmology, optometry, glaucoma, Lasik, laser surgery, treatment of cataracts, eyelid lifts, a full range of eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, sunglasses, frame repair, and optical accessories.


2nd:Family Eye Care



Best Dentist/ Orthodontist


James A. Truitt, D.M.D., P.A.

144 Avenue B NW, Winter Haven

(863) 294-2128


Since 1989, Dr. Truitt has been making Winter Haven smile. Dr. Truitt provides dental care for the whole family with an emphasis on patient relationships, and delivering compassionate care. Their website notes, “It is our belief that patients should make educated decisions about their oral health care.” I’ve got a ‘filling’  you’re going to like Dr. Truitt!


2nd: Forni Dental

3rd: Scott Orthodontics


Best Rehabilitation Services


Bond Clinic, P.A.

3000 Woodmont Ave., Winter Haven

(863) 293-1191

FB @BondClinic

IG @bondclinic_fl


With an expert rehab team including a doctorate in physical therapy, licensed physical therapists, licensed physical therapy assistants, athletic trainers, and certified personal trainer/technicians, Bond Clinic extends individualized physical therapy and sports rehabilitation to their patients. With specialized treatment plans, Bond’s professionals can assist with neck pain, back pain, balance and gait training, orthopedic post-operative care, and other rehabilitation needs.


2nd: Spring Lake Rehabilitation Center 

3rd: Polk Therapy 


Best Chiropractor


Newberry Clinic

1619 6th St SE, Winter Haven

(863) 293-3893

FB @TheNewberryClinic


Taking a “whole person approach” The Newberry Clinic assists patients with ailments including headaches, back pain, neck pain, work injury, and auto injury. The clinic offers services and techniques from chiropractic and spinal decompression to physical therapy modalities and therapeutic massage. The team at Newberry Clinic uses the three general phases of chiropractic care of Phase 1: Relief Care, Phase 2: Corrective/ Restorative Care, and Phase 3: Wellness Care to treat their patients and promote their wellness moving forward.


2nd: Smith Chiropractic

3rd: Priority Health Chiropractic


Best CPA


Bunting Tripp & Ingley, LLP

230 E Tillman Ave, Lake Wales

(863) 676-7981


730 S Sterling Ave #304, Tampa

(813) 874-0745



With a team of thirty-two professionals, BT&I provides clients with services in tax planning, account, bookkeeping, and advisory. This diversified public accounting firm has been in Lake Wales for over 90 years, expanding into Tampa in 2000. According to their website, “The firm has built a tradition of excellence by emphasizing personalized service delivered according to the highest professional standards of performance.”


2nd: Josh Conner, CPA  Conner & Associates LLC

3rd: The Bottom Line Tax Service, Inc.


Best Attorney


Dylan Cappello | Cappello Legal, P.A.

2799 Dundee Rd, Winter Haven

(863) 258-5820

FB @cappellolegal

IG @cappellolegal


Practicing in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, and first party property claims, Winter Haven attorney, Dylan Cappello strives to give clients access to their attorney even on nights and weekends. His clients compliment his communication and willingness to explain the process and options of their case. Victim of car, motorcycle, or trucking accident? Give Dylan a call on his cell!


2nd: Robert G. Thornhill III 

3rd: Jason Reuter 


Best Bank


CenterState Bank

Locations throughout Polk County and Central Florida

1 (855) 863-2265

FB @CenterStateBank

IG @centerstatebank


Since 1999 CenterState Bank has been providing local market-driven personal and business banking solutions to the community through their “family of small banks led by local community presidents.” The bank focuses on making the customer experience accessible and convenient, and CenterState customers rave about the fast service and friendly staff.


2nd: Citizens Bank & Trust

3rd: MIDFLORIDA Credit Union 


Best Insurance Agent


Karen Bryan | State Farm Insurance

5937 Cypress Gardens Blvd Ste 200, Winter Haven

(863) 268-2800

FB @chooseKaren

IG @choosekaren


With over 30 years of experience with State Farm, Karen Bryan is able to assist her clients in the areas of Auto, Home, Liability, Jewelry and other valuables, Small Business, Commercial, Workers Comp, and Life and Health products across the state. “Karen is a truly caring agent. Going out of her way to make sure her customers get the right product for them. She is also a great community partner working to help many local organizations and businesses,” reads one five-star review.


2nd:Lynn Polston | Allstate Insurance

3rd: William Baker| Discovery Insurance Agency


 Best Veterinarian


Steven R. Dunham, DVM | Dunham Animal Hospital & Bird Clinic

3201 Recker Hwy, Winter Haven

(863) 293-0850

FB: Dunham Animal Hospital


We’ve heard nothing but pawsitive things about Dr. Dunham! Born and raised in Winter Haven, Dr. Dunham has over 40 years in practice, owning four animal hospitals over that time. His current practice, Dunham Animal Hospital was established in 1981. This full-service animal hospital treats most pets and exotic species including birds and reptiles.


2nd: Dr. Mitsie Vargas | Orchid Springs Animal Hospital

3rd: Cypress Animal Hospital  


Best Spa


Spa Haven

634 1st St S, Winter Haven

(863) 514-0667

FB @spahaven

IG @spahaven634


“Facials increase circulation and the flow of blood promoting a clear complexion, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and makes us feel better about our skin,” according to the Spa Haven website. Take a day to care for yourself! Rejuvenate. Revitalize. Restore. That’s the Spa Haven motto! Esthetician and Nail Technician, Megan Gillis offers nail, facial, and skincare services. The Spa Haven service menu includes facials, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, chemical peels, enzymatic peels, and more.


2nd:Eternal Youth Aesthetics

3rd:The Oasis Spa


Best Salon


Posh Salon and Day Spa

3210 Cypress Gardens Rd, Winter Haven

(863) 325-8700

FB @poshsaloninc

IG @poshsalonwinterhaven


Pamper yourself at Posh! Since 2007, Posh Salon and Day Spa has provided a luxury beauty experience for clients with services including hair, body waxing, lash extensions, and permanent makeup. Once you’ve changed up your look, book an appointment for a massage or facial on Posh’s second floor private day spa.


2nd:The U Salon

3rd:Spectrum Studio


 Best Barber


Philip Barber | The Barber Bros. Hairstyling

3037 Cypress Gardens Rd, Winter Haven

(863) 324-1797

FB: The Barber Bros. Hairstyling


With a last name like Barber, Philip Barber of The Barber Bros. Hairstyling must have been born to do hair! Barber and beauty services for the whole family are offered at this family hair salon which has been in the hair biz since 1981. Along with a solid five stars, one reviewer wrote, “Best barber in town and mine for more years than I can remember. Philip is always fast, friendly and professional!”


2nd: Ringside Cuts

3rd: City Barbershop


Best Nail Salon


Spa Haven

634 1st St S, Winter Haven

(863) 514-0667

FB @spahaven

IG @spahaven634


Are you thinking of donning a racy red or maybe a muted mauve? Esthetician and Nail Technician, Megan Gillis can do all that and more for your nails! Gillis is, “committed to providing the highest level of customer service.” Her salon, Spa Haven offers nail services from CND Shellac and CND Vinylux, manicure, pedicure, and polish change. Now that you know where to go, the only hard decision is what color to get!


2nd:Talk of the Town Nails & Co.

3rd: Le Nails


Best Dog Groomer


Little Wolfe’s Pet Resort

555 6th St NW, Winter Haven

(863) 293-7327

FB: Little Wolfes Pet Resort

IG @littlewolfespetresort


You’ve driven by the iconic statue sign in the shape of a dog for years, and now you know.  It’s the home to your choice of best dog groomer!  For over 33 years, they’ve been bathing, clipping and trimming your pets to perfection.  Available by appointment only, they offer full grooming services, nail trimming, and baths. Little Wolfe’s was started and is still run today by Winter Haven native, Ann Wolfe.  


2nd: Paw Printz

3rd: Grooming Deals Pet Spa & Salon


Best Dry Cleaner


Top Hat Cleaners

212 N Main St, Auburndale

(863) 967-2287


150 2nd St NW, Winter Haven

(863) 293-2627

FB @TopHatDryCleaners2013


A tip of the hat to Top Hat Cleaners for providing the Best Of dry cleaning services around! With over twenty years of clean laundry and happy customers, Top Hat Cleaners is owned and operated by Michelle Womble. With four convenient locations, they recently upgraded to environmentally friendly GreenEarth technology. Top Hat is well-loved for its friendly and professional staff and excellent service.


2nd: Dry Clean America

3rd: Art-Craft Custom Cleaners


Best Doggy Daycare


Little Wolfe’s Pet Resort

555 6th St NW, Winter Haven

(863) 293-7327

FB: Little Wolfes Pet Resort

IG @littlewolfespetresort


Opened in 1986 by Ann E. Wolfe, Little Wolfe’s Pet Resort is a one-stop-shop for grooming, boarding, and daycare needs. Little Wolfe’s is nothing to bark at with its substantial play areas for dogs small, large, and in between. Size and disposition are taken into account to place pups into a group that’s pawfect for them. During daycare, these groups are supervised so the dogs can sniff and play and make fur friends. One reviewer wrote, “Pets are well taken care of and loved as if they were the employees own fur babies.”


2nd:Paw Printz

3rd:Orchid Springs Animal Hospital


Best Auto Repair


Firestone Complete Auto Care

590 Ave A SW, Winter Haven

(863) 968-7807

FB @FirestoneCompleteAuto


IG @firestoneauto


Voted Best Oil Change and Best Auto Repair? Firestone is on a roll! Oh no, did that little light flash on in your car again or did you pick up another nail in your tire? They don’t call it Firestone Complete Auto Care for nothing. Firestone offers repair services for tires, brakes, alignment, steering and suspension, and engine repair and services, and more. Firestone backs their work with a Triple Promise in which they guarantee your experience will be, “Fixed Right, Priced Right, Right on Time!”


2nd: Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center

3rd: Arrington’s Body Shop


Best Oil Change


Firestone Complete Auto Care

590 Ave A SW, Winter Haven

(863) 968-7807

FB @FirestoneCompleteAuto


IG @firestoneauto


Price and exceptional service set Firestone Complete Auto Care oil changes above the rest. Each Firestone oil change comes with a courtesy 19-point inspection and is ensured to be done right with their Fixed Right Service Guarantee. In response to the current health crisis, Firestone has increased health and safety measures, offering contact-free appointments for their full-service oil change.


2nd:Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center

3rd: Tires Unlimited

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