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Best Of LKLD Services 2020

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Best Hospital


Lakeland Regional Health

Multiple Locations

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Renowned for professional and attentive staff and excellent patient care, Lakeland Regional has a history spanning more than 100 years. LRH’s physicians practice in more than 25 specialties and it is the only hospital in Polk County to offer three hybrid operating rooms and a hybrid catheterization lab. They strive for their mission with every patient, every day to, “deliver the best outcomes and safest care by placing people at the heart of all we do. We improve lives every day by promoting wellness, education and discovery.”


2nd:Bartow Regional Medical Center


Best Urgent Care


Watson Clinic Urgent Care 

1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland

(863) 680-7271


Watson Clinic Urgent Care South

1033 North Parkway Frontage Road, Lakeland


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No appointment? No problem! When you need on-demand care for minor injuries and illnesses, you don’t have to go to the emergency room. Watson Clinic Urgent Care has a staff of board-certified physicians and highly trained care team members to treat earaches, small cuts and fractures, upper respiratory infections, and more. With onsite access to X-ray, CT scans, ultrasounds, and laboratory capabilities, Watson Clinic Urgent Care is, “an appealing, lower-cost alternative to an emergency room.”


2nd:Owl Now Urgent Care

3rd:Lakeland Regional Health | Lake Miriam Urgent Care


Best Family Doctor


James G. Hardigan, DO, PharmD | Watson Clinic

1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland


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Dr. James G. Hardigan joined Watson Clinic in 2007. He obtained a D.O. from Nova-Southeastern University and completed his internship & residency in Family Practice at St. Joseph Community Hospital in Mishawaka, Indiana. Dr. Hardigan is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and American College of Osteopathic Family Medicine and has an American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine Certification.


2nd:Ernesto A. Uly, MD, DABMA | Watson Clinic

3rd:Dona C. Stone, MD | Watson Clinic  


Best Pediatric Doctor


Sheena H. Tonkin, MD | Watson Clinic

2300 E. County Road 540A, Lakeland Highlands


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Dr. Sheena H. Tonkin attended school at Albany Medical College and Eastern Virginia Medical School/ Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. She has an American Board of Pediatrics Certification and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Tonkin joined Watson Clinic in 2015 with areas of expertise in child wellness visits, immunizations, sports physicals, newborn care, sick visits, and chronic problems.


2nd:Cynthia H. Hutto, MD | Watson Clinic

3rd: Frederick J. Wehle, Jr., MD | Watson Clinic


Best Eye Specialist/Optometrist


Dr. Gerard H. Hubbell | Hubbell Eye Clinic

924 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 688-6197

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Dr. Gerard Hubbell has provided comprehensive eye care for the Lakeland area since 1977 when he established The Hubbell Eye Clinic and Optical Lab. From comprehensive eye exams, contacts lens evaluations, medical eye exams, exam for DMV and more, it’s not hard to see why voters think he’s The Best of LKLD. Glasses-wearing patients consult with licensed opticians and shop top name brands in the stunning optical showroom for the perfect pair of stylish frames. A portion of a review from one of Dr. Hubbell’s happy patients reads, “Dr Hubbell is an incredible eye doctor. I’ve seen so many locally, in the next city, and even in another state and they just don’t compare to the knowledge and care Dr Hubbell gives to his patients.”


2nd:Dr. Jay Mulaney, MD | Central Florida Eye Associates

3rd:Dr. Richard Hamilton, MD | Center for Retina & Macular Disease  


Best Dentist/ Orthodontist


Scott Orthodontics

5110 S Lakeland Dr, Lakeland

(863) 709-1941


211 6th St SE, Winter Haven

(863) 299-1261

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Make an appointment with The Smile Specialists today! Best Of LKLD voters trust their pearly whites to the dedicated team at Scott Orthodontics. ‘Brace’ yourself – their practice features a “comprehensive set of orthodontic options, from traditional systems to revolutionary new technology.” Scott’s board-certified orthodontists offer treatment options for children, teens, and adults including traditional metal and clear ceramic braces to Invisalign, Incognito hidden lingual braces, and more.  


2nd:Dr. Robert Prisbe

3rd:Dr. Erin Smith Berling  | Pediatric Dentistry of Lakeland


Best Rehabilitation Services


Florida Presbyterian Homes  

16 Lake Hunter Dr, Lakeland

(863) 688-5521

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Florida Presbyterian Homes is a 48-acre neighborhood personalized retirement living community overlooking Lake Hunter. They offer on-site Rehabilitation Services of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology services for residents in their Porter McGrath Health Center, and outpatient services for assisted living and independent residents. FPH extends Short-Term Rehab as a “caring bridge between hospital and home.” One reviewer wrote, “Definitely the place for rehab! Great rooms, friendly staff, intimate outdoors, and neighborly dining. This is the place to get better!”


2nd:Bannasch Institute at Lakeland Regional Health

3rd:Watson Clinic Center for Rehabilitative Medicine


Best Chiropractor


Love Chiropractic Center

5227 US Hwy 98 S, Lakeland

(863) 709-1600

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Back problems? Neck pain? Let Love take a crack at it (chiropractic joke)! Best Of LKLD voters trust their chiropractic treatment to Drs. Steve and Tiffany Love and Dr. Chris Terry at Love Chiropractic. The doctors and staff emphasize expedience and  effectiveness when it comes to caring for their patients. Love has large private treatment rooms as well as massage therapists on site. One patient raved, “Amazing chiropractor! Listens to your issues and targets the culprit... truly the best results by far!”


2nd:John O. Tucker, DC

3rd:Dr. Alex Ison | Cleveland Heights Chiropractic Clinic


Best CPA


Allison Brown, CPA

1555 Williamsburg Square, Lakeland

(863) 614-0308



Offering services in payroll tax, bookkeeping for individuals and small business, and individual and corporate income taxes, Allison Brown CPA is Lakeland’s go-to for “accounting with personality!” Clients rave about her professionalism and knowledgeable, personalized service. “Allison is so easy to work with. She is accurate and efficient and I highly recommend her services,” wrote one client.


2nd:Jennifer E. Royal, CPA

3rd:Stephen Hamic, CPA


Best Attorney


Scott H. Langston, Attorney at Law

117 S Florida Ave, Lakeland

PO Box 1897

(863) 688-5659


Mr. Langston is a third-generation Lakeland attorney and has been practicing for over 40 years.  He practices in the fields of elder law, probate and trust administration, estate planning, wills and trusts, Medicaid, guardianships, and real estate.  Originally from Lakeland, he graduated from Lakeland High School, he went on to the University of Florida for his BSBA, then on to Florida State for his MBA, and finally to the Cumberland School of Law where he graduated in 1978.   


2nd:Mark A. Sessums | Sessums Law Group, P.A.

3rd: Alison Foley-Rothrock | Foley Immigration Law


Best Bank



Multiple Locations


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What began as the Polk County Teachers Credit Union in 1954, MIDFLORIDA has become Central Florida’s community credit union with over 60 branches. MIDFLORIDA is not-for-profit and member-owned, offering banking products and services from personal and business banking to loans, mortgages, and investing. MIDFLORIDA places importance on personal attention and competitive rates, “Because your money isn’t just a string of numbers on an account statement. It’s personal—and we think the way you bank should reflect that.”


2nd:Bank of Central Florida

3rd:CenterState Bank


Best Insurance Agent


Heacock Insurance Group

100 E Main St, Lakeland

(863) 683-2228


2109 E County Rd 540A, Lakeland

(863) 940-3859

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For almost a century, Heacock Insurance has been serving Central Florida from Sebring and Avon Park to Lakeland, Winter Haven and beyond. This fifth-generation, family-owned agency offers clients insurance solutions for Personal, Business, and Life & Health while clinging to their founding values of “ professional integrity, commitment, family values, and personal service.” Heacock is an independent insurance agency, noting, “We’re not bound to any one carrier, thus having the freedom to truly offer our clients the plan that best meets their needs.”


2nd:Wayne Peace 

3rd: Bob Ettensohn  


Best Vet


All Creatures Animal Clinic

1019 W Pipkin Rd, Lakeland

(863) 646-5683

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All Creatures Animal Clinic was established in 1988 by Dr. William Latter. “We love animals and make it our mission to provide your dogs (and other pets) with the best possible service that we can,” notes their website. As a full-scope veterinary practice, All Creatures offers services covering General Wellness, Diagnostic, Surgery, Holistic & Therapy Service, Hospitality, and can even issue travel certificates. They are accredited by the American Association of Feline Practitioners as a Cat Friendly Practice and even provide a separate waiting area for your feline friends and a designated exam room.


2nd: Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital

3rd: Dr. Bob Irelan | Dr. Bob Irelan’s Veterinary Services


Best Spa


DayDreams Day & Med Spa

1463 Town Center Dr E, Lakeland

(863) 686-5859

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658 Oakfield Dr, Brandon

(813) 657-2992

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No, you aren’t daydreaming – luxury spa treatments are available right around the corner! Rejuvenate your body with an extensive Spa Package from DayDreams Day Spa including complimentary champagne, fruit-infused water, and snacks. After a relaxing Swedish or Bamboo massage, facial, or the like, visit Dr. Victoria Moric MD at their med spa for BOTOX injections, microdermabrasion, or medical grade chemical peel.



3rd:Skin & Tonic


Best Salon


Venue Salon

5035 S Lakeland Dr, Lakeland

(863) 644-0102

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Get the look you want at Venue Salon! At Venue, stylists focus on consultation and communication. They want to see your hair inspo and share some of theirs to achieve your hair goals. You’ll leave looking fab with services from cuts and color to style, extensions, highlights, and beyond. They even have a blog covering hair care and styling tips and tricks!


2nd:Esquire Salon & Spa

3rd:Salon Chateau


Best Barber


Skullys Barber Salon

(863) 224-3507

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“With a tank of gas and a dream, he created Florida’s first, and so far only, mobile barber salon.” Founding his operation in 2015 and opening for business in 2017, Skully is a master barber, specializing in boys’ cuts and men’s cuts, color, trims, shaves, and styling in his mobile barbershop. “All I can say is that I will recommend this gentleman. He was quick and friendly. And that fact that I could have him come to us was even better. My son was raving to his friends about the truck and his hair cut,” wrote one happy customer.


2nd:Gent’s Classic Cuts

3rd:Tiger’s Den Salon 


Best Nail Salon


Lee Spa Nails

1609 Town Center Dr, Lakeland

(863) 688-8056

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Lee Spa Nails really nailed it in this Best Of category! Mani/ pedi anyone? Their licensed nail specialists use premium products including OPI, CND, Shellac, Gelish, Entity, and more to pamper and beautify clients with acrylic nails, gel nails, DIP or polish. Make it a full-on spa treatment with the Green Tea Pedicure or Paraffin Pedicure! This chic spa also offers waxing, threading, and eyelash extensions.


2nd:Tranquility Nails & Spa



Best Dog Groomer


Love An Fluff Dog Grooming

1015 E County Rd 540A, Lakeland

(863) 646-5445

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Love An Fluff Dog Grooming is a company to bark about! Caring for Lakeland pups since 1970, Love An Fluff has a reputation for friendly staff, quick service, and reasonable prices. They cover all the bases to pamper your pet from tooth brushing and moisture baths to nail trimming and flea baths. An excerpt from one happy pet mom review notes, “Absolutely love this place they are always accommodating and they always do such a great job!”


2nd:Coppertail Grooming Co.

3rd:Wags to Whiskers


Best Dry Cleaners


Garment Care Pros at Southside Cleaners

901 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 688-4747

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The iconic sign with the clever sayings has kept us on our toes for years.   Since 1954, Southside Cleaners have been providing Lakeland with the highest quality of care for their clothes.  From standard laundry service to dry cleaning or wedding gown restoration, Southside can handle it all.  Several employees have passed rigorous training and testing to become Certified Garment Care Professionals.  Who else would you trust your wardrobe to?


2nd: Regal Cleaners

3rd: Executive Cleaners & Launderers


Best Doggy Daycare


Four Paws Only

2215 E Edgewood Dr, Lakeland

(863) 667-3113

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We love our pets like they were our children, so when it’s time to leave them somewhere, it’s got to be the best.  Our readers voted Four Paws Only the best place to leave them for a day or board them for a longer time.  They have over 2,000 square feet of outdoor play area and a 6,000 square feet facility with AC and security systems.  For over 20 years they’ve been providing a safe place for your pet.  Four Paws Only offers grooming and the most caring employees to look after your pet.


2nd:Aussie Mom Pet Sitting

3rd:Southern Paws Pet Resort


Best Auto Repair


Webb’s BP Services Center

2820 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 686-5498


Did your Check Engine Light just come on?  Are you due for a transmission flush?  Is the AC in your car dead?  Maybe you just need a tune-up.  Look no further.  Webb’s Service Center is a family-owned and operated shop serving Lakeland since 1957.  They offer complete automotive service, with all work guaranteed. Master ASE certified mechanics are on staff and can answer any of your questions.  


2nd: Levy’s Imperial Tire Store

3rd: Joyce Automotive


Best Oil Change


America’s Oil Express

5250 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 644-8987


America’s Oil Express is a chain of locally-owned and operated facilities from Lakeland to Tampa.  They focus on treating the customer like family and offering services at a fair price.  Voted best oil change by our readers, America’s Oil Express also offers filters, engine flush, wiper blades, and many more maintenance services.  


2nd: Webb’s BP Services Center

3rd:Jiffy Lube

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