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Haven Best of 2023 - Health + Wellness



BEST GYM OR FITNESS STUDIO

JUST MOVE WINTER HAVEN

5636 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven

(863) 291-4653

FB @JustMoveWH

IG @justmovewh

JUST MOVE HAVENDALE

1164 Havendale Blvd NW, Winter Haven

(863) 294-4653

FB @JustMoveHD

IG @justmovehd

Love handles have a little too much love lately? Don’t sweat it – Just Move! With their premier facilities and programming, Just Move can help you achieve your individual health and wellness goals. According to the gym, “The beauty of Just Move is that it embraces the idea that every person can get one step closer to feeling fit by just moving forward.” Just Move has curated a space that offers custom fitness experiences to its members, from weight machines, cross training, a women’s only area, group classes, and circuit training to boxing, racquetball, basketball, and cable training.

2nd: The Balance Culture

3rd: Habitat Health and Fitness


BEST MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO

TKO MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY

6284 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven

(863) 213-5131

FB: TKO Martial Arts Academy

IG @tkomartialartsacademy

It wasn’t even close for the winner of this category – it was a TKO! TKO Taekwondo was founded in 2012 by Grandmaster Hwang, a two-time world Champion, and participant in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In 2017, they opened their first 3000-square-foot training facility (Dojang) called TKO Martial Arts Academy. “Providing a challenging and motivational introduction to the Korean art of self-defense by one of the world’s most highly sought-after masters and competitors. Grandmaster Hwang’s program was specifically designed by her to build a strong foundation in children that, in addition to physical fitness, develops discipline, honor, self-control, respect, focus, perseverance, confidence, and knowledge.”

2nd: Ro’s Taekwondo

3rd: Carlson Gracie Winter Haven


BEST MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY

TRULIEVE

749 3rd St SW, Winter Haven

(407) 606-6109

6000 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven

(863) 208-6370

FB @Trulieve

IG @trulieve_

It’s true, and you better believe it, Trulieve has the best medical green. Best Of Haven voters “highly” recommend Trulieve in Winter Haven for their 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 Winter Haven Trulieve review reads, “They are the best when it comes to customer service. Very knowledgeable and so understanding. Amazing services, amazing products, amazing prices. And so many amazing deals every day.”

2nd: MÜV Dispensary

3rd: Liberty Health Sciences


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 with her 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, “I have been a customer of Garrett’s Medical Supply for 30 years. The excellent hometown family professionalism has not changed.”

2nd: QualiMed

3rd: Meg’s Medical Scrubs & Boutique


BEST WELLNESS STORE

HEALTHY HABITS

509 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven

(863) 875-6551

FB @healthyhabitsblvd

IG @healthyhabitsontheboulevard

“Change your habits, change your life” that’s the Healthy Habits motto. “It is our belief that implementing positive changes in our daily routines can have a profound effect on our future health and well being.” Whether you have special dietary needs or want to gain a few ‘healthy habits,’ Healthy Habits carries antioxidants, anti-aging products, blood pressure products, digestive enzymes, gluten-free foods, immune support, vitamins, organic hair, skin, beauty products, and much more!

2nd: Your CBD Store | SUNMED

3rd: My Nature’s Delight


BEST PLACE OF WORSHIP

HEARTLAND CHURCH

225 Avenue B NW, Winter Haven

(863) 299-7797

FB: Heartland Church

IG @heartlandchurchwh

Heartland Church’s mission is to “Love Jesus, love each other, and love our world.” Led by Pastor Ed Kendrick, the church has grown from 14 people in 2002 to more than 2,500. “His true passion is to see people come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and to grow in their relationship with Him until they themselves are reaching others for Christ.” Over the years, Heartland has grown to include campuses in the Dundee, Auburndale, and Eloise communities that resulted in individual church plant ‘launches’ – becoming RiverHills Fellowship, Connect Church, and Thrive Church. One congregant wrote of Heartland, “Contemporary worship music is great and the pastor is awesome. Can’t ask for more from a community church. Very welcoming and friendly.”

2nd: Haven Worship Center

3rd: Kairos Church


BEST FAMILY DOCTOR

CELESTINO VEGA, MD

Lakeland Regional Health

Auburndale 208 Main Street, Auburndale

(863) 284-5000

FB @LakelandRegionalHealth

IG @lakelandregionalhealth

Dr. Celestino Vega has been practicing Family Medicine since 1995 and joined the staff at Lakeland Regional Health, where he currently practices, in 2016. He attended medical school at Univercidad Central del Este, completed his residency at the University of Louisville, and is Board Certified with the American Board of Family Medicine. Working as a Family Medicine Physician in LRH’s Auburndale primary care location, Dr. Vega sees patients ages 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.”

2nd: Eduardo Torres, MD Bond Clinic

3rd: Raul Alvarez, MD Lakeland Regional Health Winter Haven


BEST PEDIATRICIAN

JOSEF S. KLEINE, MD

Kleine Pediatrics

375 E Central Ave, Winter Haven

(863) 656-1111

Many families in Winter Haven and surrounding areas have received generational care from Dr. Josef Kleine. His board-certified care comes highly recommended, with patient parents often describing him as attentive and professional. Dr. Kleine sees patients from birth through adolescence. One parent wrote, “Dr. Kleine is a dedicated, compassionate, experienced professional that I feel goes above and beyond with his services. Both of my kids really enjoy his calming personality and so do I. Thank you Dr. Kleine and thanks to all your supporting staff.”

2nd: Raul Alvarez, MD Lakeland Regional Health Winter Haven

3rd: Heather Sammons Whitworth, MD Nemours Children’s Health


BEST EYE SPECIALIST OR OPTOMETRIST

FAMILY EYE CARE

410 E Central Ave, Winter Haven

(863) 293-0276

FB @DrHenne

IG @familyeyecarewh

You don’t need 20/20 to see that Family Eye Care is the best! According to Family Eye Care, “Whether it’s a general eye exam or treating a condition that requires an in-depth diagnosis, our team provides undivided attention to each patient so we can evaluate a plan based on your needs and our professional opinion.” One patient writes, “Dr. Henne was wonderful during my visit. I suffer from anxiety and he put me at ease with his calm voice. My 2 kids saw Dr. Beissinger and she was super sweet with them. My kids said they loved the eye doctor and wanna go back again! I highly recommend this place to others nearby.”

2nd: Eye Specialists of Mid Florida

3rd: Salomon Eye Care


BEST ORTHOPEDIC DOCTOR

LARRY R. PADGETT, MD

Advanced Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

250 3rd St NW #201, Winter Haven

(863) 318-9696

Dr. Larry Padgett is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon practicing in the areas of Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine. This repeat Best Of Haven winner and his team at Advanced Orthopedic Surgery treat athletes playing at the high school, college, and professional levels, as well as recreational athletes from every age group. Dr. Padgett was a Team Physician for the Cleveland Indians from 1998 through 2008 and is currently the Florida Team physician for the Atlanta Braves and Team Physician for Florida Southern College, Webber International University, and Warner University. He previously worked as the physician for the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team, Assistant Team Physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Event Physician for the Women’s World Pro Ski Tour, and was the Major League Physician for the World Baseball Classic in 2006.

2nd: Samuel Messieh, MD Messieh Orthopedic Clinic

3rd: Paul M. Morin, MD Bond Clinic, P.A.


BEST OB-GYN

LISA JARDINE, MD Gessler Clinic - Women’s Division

450 E Central Ave, Winter Haven

(863) 294-0670

FB @GesslerClinic

IG @gesslerclinic

Dr. Lisa Jardine – at your cervix! Dr. Lisa Jardine practices Obstetrics & Gynecology in Gessler Clinic’s Women’s Division. She obtained her medical degree in Philadelphia from Jefferson Medical College and completed her residency in Obstetrics/ Gynecology at Temple Hospital. Patients laud Dr. Jardine for her thoroughness, knowledgeability, and personability.

2nd: Ashley Lopez, MD Winter Haven Obstetrics and Gynecology

3rd: James J. Booker, MD Winter Haven Obstetrics and Gynecology


BEST PLASTIC SURGEON

RICHARD RADOCHA, MD

Gessler Clinic 635 1st St N, Winter Haven

(863) 294-0670

FB @GesslerClinic

IG @gesslerclinic

Dr. Richard Radocha practices Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Gessler Clinic. He obtained his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia and completed an internship in surgery and his residency at the University of South Florida. One patient noted a smooth breast augmentation surgery with minimal pain and added, “Anyone looking for a good professional plastic surgeon needs to see Dr. Radocha.”

2nd: Faeza R. Kazmier, MD | Watson Clinic


BEST DENTIST OR ORTHODONTIST

JAMES A. TRUITT, DMD, PA

144 Avenue B NW, Winter Haven

(863) 294-2128

Best Of Haven voters trust their pearly whites to Dr. James A. Truitt! Providing dental care for the whole family since 1989, Dr. Truitt and his staff focus on patient relationships and compassionate care. “My experience with Dr. Truitt and his staff has always been positive since I began seeing him years ago. He is very skilled and competent and his office is state of the art. All of the people who are part of the staff, from receptionist to hygienist, are professional, competent and friendly. I would give them all an extremely high efficiency rating!” writes Susan in a patient testimonial.

2nd: Steven G. Wang, DMD, PA KianS Dental Studio

3rd: Jamie W. Odom, DMD, PA


BEST CHIROPRACTOR

TRUEHEART CHIROPRACTIC

589 Ave K SE, Winter Haven

(863) 293-8686

FB: Trueheart Chiropractic

trueheartchiropractic.com Back giving you trouble? Let Trueheart take a crack at it! Trueheart Chiropractic offers a clean, comfortable, cutting-edge facility where they treat various conditions, including auto, sports, and personal injuries, as well as subluxations and headaches. One five-star patient review reads in part, “Me and my husband both see Dr. TrueHeart, he knows exactly what needs adjusted and performs professionally. The pain I had for many years in my lower back and hips is gone now. We both feel amazing after each appointment. [...]”

2nd: Newberry Clinic

3rd: Smith Chiropractic


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 they do, they can provide patients throughout central Florida with customized, state-of-the-art treatments in a comfortable environment.

2nd: Lakeland Regional Health

3rd: AdventHealth


BEST URGENT CARE

BOND CLINIC URGENT CARE

325 1st St N, Winter Haven

(863) 293-1191 ext. 3693

FB @BondClinic

IG @bondclinic_fl

There’s no need for the drama and cost of the emergency room when you’ve got a non-life-threatening injury or illness. You can visit Bond Clinic Urgent Care with no appointment necessary! “According to the Urgent Care Association of America, the average Urgent Care visitor waits 30 minutes or less to be seen by their provider, while a patient could potentially wait more than a couple hours. The cost can also vary greatly where patients could spend seven times as much in the ER versus the Urgent.” Bond Clinic Urgent Care is open to established patients and the general public with experienced providers able to treat ailments like cold and flu, minor cuts, ear pain, fever, and mild burns (it’s also a good option if your primary doctor is all booked up).

2nd: AdventHealth Centra Care

3rd: BayCare Urgent Care


BEST REHABILITATION SERVICES

POLK THERAPY

295 1st St S #2, Winter Haven

(863) 291-8644

Polk Therapy offers a comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation program. They provide a welcoming atmosphere and deliver quality of care, striving to satisfy each patient by individualizing services. “Our team is committed to offering you the highest level of health care. We maintain a friendly, helpful attitude while we design personalized rehabilitation programs intended to enhance or restore your quality of life and safely return you to a normal work, recreational, and sporting lifestyle as soon as possible.”

2nd: Optimal Performance and Physical Therapies Winter Haven

3rd: Spring Lake Rehabilitation Center


BEST MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

BAYCARE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

1501 1st St S, Winter Haven

(863) 294-7062

FB: BayCare

IG @baycare

The largest full-service, community-based healthcare system in the Tampa Bay area, Baycare Behavioral Health offers a full range of comprehensive services for mental health and addiction issues tailored to meet the needs of children, adults, and families. BayCare notes, “Wellness is more than just your physical health. It’s also about being ‘mentally well.’” From anxiety and substance use disorders to depression and schizophrenia, BayCare can help you navigate care and reclaim your mental well-being.

2nd: Heartland Counseling Center

3rd: The Sweet Center


BEST DOGGY DAYCARE

LITTLE WOLFE’S PET RESORT

555 6th St NW, Winter Haven

(863) 293-7327

FB: Little Wolfe’s Pet Resort

IG @littlewolfespetresort

Where dogs can bark and sniff and play all day! Best Of Haven voters give five dog bones across the board for this pawsitively fantastic doggy daycare. Sweet pup Nola is barking their praises with her mom, saying, “Huge thank you to everyone at Little Wolfe’s! Our Nola loves going there, and we know that she is cared for and loved the same way we do. Happy Dog! I would give 10 stars if I could.” Camp Little Wolfe’s is a supervised doggy daycare where groups are established by size and disposition, and pups can play and pant to their heart’s content. Pet parents can rest assured their dogs are in good company at daycare as Camp Little Wolfe’s require attendees to be spayed/ neutered, clean, well groomed, and free of parasites.

2nd: Paw Printz

3rd: Orchid Springs Animal Hospital


BEST DOG GROOMER

LITTLE WOLFE’S PET RESORT

555 6th St NW, Winter Haven

(863) 293-7327

FB: Little Wolfe’s Pet Resort

IG @littlewolfespetresort

When your pup looks ruff, take them to Little Wolfe’s Pet Resort! Opened in 1986 by Anne E. Wolfe, this Winter Haven pet resort is a repeat Best Of Haven winner in the Doggy Daycare and Dog Groomer categories. Little Wolfe’s Pet Resort is a full-service groomer offering haircuts, nail trimming, baths, and even show-quality trims by appointment. One happy dog dad raved, “Bruno’s looking handsome after his bath and nail trim. Everybody I’ve talked to here is great, and the owner is passionate about caring for the pets they’re entrusted with. Can’t recommend them enough.”

2nd: Grooming Deals Pet Spa & Salon

3rd: Paw Printz


BEST VETERINARIAN

GARDEN GROVE ANIMAL HOSPITAL

3033 Cypress Gardens Rd, Winter Haven

(863) 324-0623

FB: Garden Grove Animal Hospital

This full-service animal hospital takes great pride in providing a personalized veterinary experience and thorough evaluations. One happy pup parent writes, “Dr Beatty is the best! He really takes time to talk to us every time we are there with our dogs. We never feel rushed and always know that he cares. He is the most dedicated veterinarian we have seen.” Independently owned, Garden Grove Animal Hospital offers a range of pet care services, including dental, surgeries, and more. “We take time to build a relationship with every human and pet that comes through our doors to lessen the stress and make the visit to the vet a positive one.”

2nd: Orchid Springs Animal Hospital

3rd: Veterinary Healthcare Associates

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