top of page
  • Tara Crutchfield

Best of LKLD 2022 - Health & Wellness



BEST GYM

PLANET FITNESS

4315 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 816-6800 6208

US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland

(863) 853-3322

FB @planetfitnesss

IG @planetfitness

Planet Fitness is the go-to gym for Best Of LKLD voters. We hear they’re out of this world! Planet Fitness offers membership options made for everyone. All members get unlimited access to their home club and the support of the friendly, knowledgeable staff with more extensive memberships available. Don’t know where to start on their vast selection of cardio and strength machines? Try out Planet Fitness’s free fitness training. “It’s our goal to provide a clean, safe, welcoming environment for anyone who walks through our door, and all the equipment, amenities and support you need once you’re here.” Welcome to the Judgement Free Zone!

2nd: Just Move

3rd: Crunch Fitness


BEST YOGA STUDIO

YOGA POINTE

2539 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 937-8069

FB: Yoga Pointe

IG @yoga_pointe

It wouldn’t be a ‘stretch’ to say Best Of LKLD voters love Yoga Pointe! Offering classes for all levels, Yoga Pointe is known for its signature Heated Classes like Intro to Hot Yoga, Hot & Yin, and Hot Yoga Strength. Their variety of Nonheated Classes includes Chair Yoga, Beginner Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga & Mediation, and more. “We believe that the physical component of yoga is just the beginning. Once the stress and tension in your body has been released, we empower you to use other yogic tools such as mindfulness and self-study to explore your own ways of being in this world – shifting your inner experiences of your mind and emotions towards balance.”

2nd: Satya Life Yoga

3rd: The Balance Culture


BEST MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY

TRULIEVE LAKELAND

1644 N Florida Ave, Lakeland

(863) 825-7007

FB @Trulieve

IG @trulieve_

Way to smoke the competition! Voters “highly” recommend Trulieve in Lakeland for medical cannabis needs. “At Trulieve, we believe in the power of cannabis for all. We take great pride in building community, offering innovative products and advocating for our industry.” This medical cannabis dispensary offers a curated collection of products, including flower, concentrates, vape carts, edibles, oral, topicals & nebulizers, and accessories. One five-star Trulieve Lakeland review reads, “This was my first experience with a dispensary, having just received my card. The staff was excellent; they answered all my questions thoroughly, competently and adequately. I was very impressed and relieved. I will definitely go back.”

2nd: Surterra Wellness

3rd: Curaleaf


BEST MEDICAL SUPPLY

GARRETT’S MEDICAL SUPPLY

485 1st St N, Winter Haven

(863) 293-9747

FB @garrettsmedical

Garrett’s Medical Supply has been family-owned and operated since 1986, and owner Jeannine Russell brings over 30 years of experience in the medical supply industry. The store carries medical supplies, uniforms, and miscellaneous items for medical care at home or in the field, and if they don’t currently have what you’re looking for, they can order it or inform you where to find it. One satisfied customer wrote of Garrett’s Medical Supply, “So thankful we chose to go through Garrett’s for our son’s supplies! Jeannine (owner) let me know all of the steps of the process and answered all of my questions. Quick and helpful!”

2nd: Apria Healthcare


BEST WELLNESS STORE

ANTHONY’S HEALTH HUT & RESTAURANT

5329 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 644-5330

FB: Anthony’s Health Hut & Restaurant

IG @anthonyshealthhut

Looking for an extensive selection of healthy foods and products, from herbs and spices to vitamins and supplements? Anthony’s Health Hut has it! This healthy haven has served Lakeland for over 30 years with tasty, feel-good food, including homemade soups and juices. The Restaurant boasts a menu brimming with bright bites, including salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, juices, and more. “Everyone working is so friendly! It was my first visit and Bri helped me with menu choices and I was not disappointed. I will definitely be going back. Lots of healthy options that cater to a wide variety of diets,” wrote one customer.

2nd: Chamberlin’s Natural Foods

3rd: Publix GreenWise Market


BEST FAMILY DOCTOR

CELESTINO VEGA, MD LAKELAND REGIONAL HEALTH

Lakeland Regional Health Auburndale Clinic

208 Main Street, Auburndale

(863) 284-5000

FB: Lakeland Regional Health

IG @lakelandregionalhealth

Dr. Celestino Vega, a provider with Lakeland Regional Health, has been practicing Family Medicine since 1995. He attended medical school at Universidad Central del Este, completed his Residency at the University of Louisville, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Working as a Family Medicine Physician in LRH’s Auburndale primary care location, Dr. Vega sees patients two years and older. He often works with families, treating multiple generations, which he says is special to him. Dr. Vega loves science and medicine and has a passion for helping others. His patient care philosophy is, “I believe prevention is the key to good health. We want to be proactive and not wait till there’s a problem. I aim to be compassionate and very caring with my patients.” Helping people runs in the family as both of Dr. Vega’s children, who grew up in Polk County, are also pursuing medical careers.

2nd: Bradley Tan, MD Lakeland Regional Health Grasslands Campus

3rd: Youssef Ghaly, MD St. Luke’s Regional Health Care


BEST PEDIATRICIAN

CYNTHIA HUTTO, MD WATSON CLINIC SOUTH

1033 N. Parkway Frontage Rd., Lakeland

863-647-8012

FB @watsonclinicfl

IG @watson_clinic

Dr. Cynthia Hutto joined Watson Clinic in 1995, specializing in Pediatrics. She attended the University of South Florida College of Medicine for her MD and All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for her Residency. Dr. Hutto is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Board of Pediatrics Certification. “Dr. Hutto is absolutely phenomenal and I am so glad I chose her to be my son’s pediatrician. She listens to every concern I have and never makes me feel like I’m just another patient. Both her and her nurse Kandie are excellent [at] responding to me and responding on the patient portal when I message them. They are always quick to get us in if he needs an appointment,” wrote the parent of one of Dr. Hutto’s patients.

2nd: Raul Alvarez, MD | Lakeland Regional Health

3rd: Sheena H. Tonkin, MD


BEST EYE SPECIALIST/ OPTOMETRIST

MYEYEDR.

Multiple Locations

FB @MyEyeDr

IG @myeyedr

‘Eye’ spy a new Best Of LKLD winner! MyEyeDr. provides eye care for patients of all ages and offers a vast selection of popular designer, luxury, and budget frames. MyEyeDr. makes scheduling appointments easy with a 1-2-3 approach where patients choose their location, appointment type, and ideal time from their time slots. According to MyEyeDr., “We asked ourselves how we could make the vision care process easier for both eye doctors and patients. Every MyEyeDr. practice is equipped with the latest in vision care technology, staffed with compassionate, knowledgeable optometrists and eyewear consultants, and stocked with a wide selection of quality eyewear.”

2nd: Eye Specialists of Mid Florida

3rd: Eyes on Lakeland


BEST ORTHOPEDIC DOCTOR

PHUC VO, MD | WATSON CLINIC

Watson Clinic Main

1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland

863-680-7214

FB @watsonclinicfl

IG @watson_clinic

Dr. Phuc Vo specializes in Orthopaedic Surgery/ Sports Medicine and joined Watson Clinic in 1994. His areas of expertise include Arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, computer navigation surgery, partial joint resurfacing, total joint replacement, ligament reconstruction, cartilage/meniscus repair and resection, fracture care, rotator cuff repair, surgical and non-surgical treatment of orthopaedic and sports-related injuries (especially of the knees, shoulders, hips, elbows, and ankles), and Orthopaedic services for patients age two and up. Dr. Vo graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and did an internship, residency, and fellowship at the University of Florida and a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Sports Medicine Center. Dr. Vo has multiple professional activities and membership affiliations, including an American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certification.

2nd: Prashant J. Desai, DO | Watson Clinic

3rd: Peter Kazmier, MD | Watson Clinic


BEST DENTIST/ ORTHODONTIST

SCOTT ORTHODONTICS

5030 S Lakeland Dr, Lakeland

(863) 709-1941

211 6th St SE, Winter Haven

(863) 299-1261

FB @DrScottSmiles

IG @scottortho

Best Of LKLD voters trust their pearly whites to the Smile Specialists at Scott Orthodontics year after year. The board-certified orthodontists at Scott Orthodontics provide comprehensive orthodontic options for children, teens, and adults. They offer traditional metal or clear ceramic braces or more advanced appliances and braces like Invisalign, Damon Smile, Incognito hidden lingual braces, and In-Ovation C. One patient wrote, “Everyone in the offices are wonderful! Dr. Scott has the best bedside manner than any doctor I’ve ever come across. He is so gentle with my daughter and speaks to her and asks her questions (it is her orthodontic care after all). We have had a great experience so far.”

2nd: Agnini Family Dental

3rd: Plunkett Dental


BEST CHIROPRACTOR

CHEATWOOD CHIROPRACTIC

737 S Missouri Ave, Lakeland

(863) 680-1064

FB: Cheatwood Chiropractic Offices PA

“Our services aim to restore the body to its natural state of optimal health. We offer a wide range of specialized services, therapies and techniques to make your journey to lasting wellness as efficient and effective as possible,” says Cheatwood Chiropractic. Extending compassionate, comprehensive care, the team at Cheatwood Chiropractic offers chiropractic care, therapeutic laser, acupuncture, massage therapy, corrective exercises, lifestyle counseling, and nutritional counseling. A patient raved, “I’ve been going to Dr. Chris for about a year and a half now. He is extremely knowledgeable and the staff is friendly and professional. He takes the additional time to make sure he doesn’t miss anything and truly listens to you. I always feel better when I leave. Cheatwood Chiropractic is the best. Highly recommend!”

2nd: Love Chiropractic Center

3rd: Munday Chiropractic Clinic


BEST HOSPITAL

LAKELAND REGIONAL HEALTH

Multiple Locations

FB: Lakeland Regional Health

IG @lakelandregionalhealth

Congratulations to Lakeland Regional Health on yet another year as the Best Hospital, according to Best Of LKLD voters. The hospital has a history spanning 100 years and continues to strive 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.” The LRH Physician Group has over 270 providers practicing in more than 40 specialties across 14+ locations.

2nd: Bartow Regional Medical Center

3rd: Winter Haven Hospital


BEST URGENT CARE

WATSON CLINIC URGENT CARE MAIN

1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland

(863) 680-7271

Watson Clinic Urgent Care South

1033 North Parkway Frontage Road, Lakeland

863-647-4047

FB @watsonclinicfl

IG @watson_clinic

At Watson Clinic Urgent Care, “We Make You Feel Better Quicker.” You don’t have to go to the emergency room when you need on-demand care for minor emergencies, illnesses, and accidents. Watson Clinic Urgent Care is fully staffed by board-certified specialists and highly trained care team members to treat earaches, small cuts and fractures, upper respiratory infections, and more. No appointment is necessary, and new patients are welcome. Watson Clinic Urgent Care offers on-site x-ray, laboratory, CT, other diagnostic testing, and medical support from trained professionals. “It’s an appealing, lower-cost alternative to an emergency room.”

2nd: Lakeland Regional Medical Center Urgent Care

3rd: TIE – Owl Now Urgent Care Sunshine Urgent Care


BEST REHABILITATION SERVICES

LAKELAND REGIONAL HEALTH

Multiple Locations

FB: Lakeland Regional Health

IG @lakelandregionalhealth

Lakeland Regional Health offers hospital-based inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services at their Grasslands Campus. This campus is home to one of Polk County’s only Pelvic Rehabilitation programs for men and women experiencing pelvic pain or urinary conditions. Lakeland Regional Health offers physical, occupational, hand, speech, aquatic, manual, and lymphedema therapies through their rehabilitation services program, the most comprehensive in the county. Their facility features a Rehabilitation Gym. “Helping patients improve motor function, flexibility, balance, strength and endurance is the inspiration behind our state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym and the therapists who work closely with each patient,” according to LRH.

2nd: Watson Clinic

3rd: CORA Physical Therapy


BEST MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

LAKELAND REGIONAL HEALTH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

3030 Harden Blvd, Lakeland

(863) 687-1222

FB: Lakeland Regional Health

IG @lakelandregionalhealth

Lakeland Regional Health says, “If you or someone you know is dealing with a mental health or behavioral health issue, you are not alone. Over 20% of adults and 20% of children experience a mental illness in a given year.” Lakeland Regional Health offers comprehensive behavioral health care through inpatient and outpatient services for adults, children, and adolescents. Their experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, advanced practitioners, nurses, and mental health professionals can provide care in person or via Telehealth.

2nd: Peace River Center

3rd: Meadowbrook Psychiatric & Counseling Centre


BEST DOGGY DAYCARE

FOUR PAWS ONLY

2215 E Edgewood Dr, Lakeland

(863) 667-3113

FB @fourpawsonlyfl

This place is Four Paws Only – no humans allowed! Just kidding, pet parents are welcome. Their photo gallery shows nothing but happy pups and tail wags in the 6,000-square-foot heated/ air-conditioned Four Paws Only facility. They offer over 2,000 square feet of outdoor play area, all monitored with a state-of-the-art security system, including video surveillance 24 hours a day. Four Paws Only has been under the same ownership since 1994, providing grooming, doggie daycare, and boarding services. “As professional pet care providers, we are committed to meeting a high standard for conscientious care for the animals you entrust to us. Our team is specially trained to provide your pets with compassionate attention to make their stay comfortable.”

2nd: Hollywoof Pet Resort

3rd: Southern Paws Pet Resort


BEST DOG GROOMER

LUCKY PUPPY NAIL SPECIALISTS

2195 E Edgewood Dr, Lakeland

(863) 646-7772

FB: Lucky Puppy Nail Specialists LLC

Trimming your dog’s nails can be ruff. Let Lucky Puppy Nail Specialists take care of it for you! Their team provides nail care treatment and grooming to all breeds, sizes, and temperaments of dogs. “We have mastered the techniques needed to tackle debilitating nail issues and the empathy to set a course for comfort and recovery,” says Lucky Puppy Nail Specialists. Lucky Puppy Nail Shortenings are a unique filing tool that shortens pets’ nails to the quick “short, shaped, and smoothed to perfection” without pain or bleeding. They even have a DIY dog washing station where Lucky Puppy provides use of their iClean Bathing Station, towels, shampoo, conditioner, forced air dryer, eye and ear wipes, face wash, and an apron.

2nd: Four Paws Only

3rd: Love An Fluff


BEST VETERINARIAN

DR. ROBYN BARTON SPCA FLORIDA

5850 Brannen Rd S, Lakeland

(863) 646-7722

FB @SPCAFlorida

IG @spca_florida

Congratulations on winning Best Veterinarian, Dr. Barton, and thank you for the work you do! In addition to treating sick and wounded animals as the SPCA Florida Adoption Center Veterinarian, Dr. Robyn Barton spays/neuters thousands of cats and dogs annually. Before coming to SPCA Florida, Dr. Barton spent almost six years in San Antonio as the Chief Veterinarian for the Animal Defense League of Texas. In an interview with LKLD earlier this year, SPCA Florida Executive Director Shelley Thayer said of Dr. Barton, “She’s the best shelter vet I’ve ever met. We’re lucky to have her here in Polk County.” Best Of LKLD voters agree!

2nd: All Creatures Animal Hospital

3rd: Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital

Comments


bottom of page