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Medical – Barter Exchange Services Dr. Ryan Taylor

IBE Barter recommends their member, Dr. Ryan Taylor, specialist in Periodontics and implant dentistry. With a passion for clinical excellence and a vision of exceptional patient care, Dr.Taylor established his practice in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry in Sarasota in 2004.  His mission is to help his patients achieve and maintain optimum oral health.

Dr. Taylor received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Bowling Green State University.  He continued his education at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry where he earned his Master in Science, Doctorate of Dental Surgery and Periodontal training.  An avid golfer, he also participated on the college golf team and received the Merit Award for Athletic Scholar.

Dr. Taylor is an active member in the American Academy of Periodontology, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Academy of Osseointegration and the Academy of Oral Implantology. He is also a member in the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast District Dental Association and Sarasota County Dental Association.

Realizing that Implant Dentistry is the cutting edge of dental care today, Dr, Taylor focuses on restorative procedures that replace missing teeth with better teeth that feel and perform on their own,  What are Dental Implants? A dental implant is an artificial tooth root which acts as an anchor for replacement teeth. Shaped like a screw, it is surgically placed into the jawbone in order to secure a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Implants are stable and permanent and are not reliant on neighboring teeth for support. They are an ideal tooth replacement procedure because they look and feel like natural teeth.

Periodontics and Dental Implants SarasotaImplants are great for patients who are unable to wear dentures. Instead, the implant is placed directly into the jawbone to support permanently cemented bridges. Implants can be made from several different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue. When surgically anchored into the jawbone, the implant fuses with living bone in a process known as “osseointegration”.

There are many types of implants available, each designed for a specific function:

•    Root Form Implants – The cylindrical or screw type implant is the closest in shape and size to the root of a tooth. It is the most widely used design, and generally used when there is enough width and depth of jawbone to provide a base for replacement of one, several or a complete arch of teeth. In some cases, an implant dentist may need to perform bone grafting where the jawbone is too narrow or short for root form implants.
•    Plate Form Implants – A special narrow implant is used when the jawbone is too narrow and bone grafting is not an option. The plate form implant is flat and long so it can fit into a narrow jawbone.
•    Subperiosteal Form Implant – This custom-made implant rests on top of the bone, but under the gums. It is used for patients with advanced cases of bone loss when there is not be enough bone width or height for the root form or plate form implant. Because subperiosteal implants are custom created for each patient, there are two methods to place the implant:
1.    Dual Surgery Method – The implant dentist will surgically expose the jawbone in order to take an impression of the bone using special materials. This model is then sent to a dental laboratory where the implant is created, and the patient’s gum is surgically close. Once the custom implants are ready, the implant dentist performs a second procedure to surgically anchor the implant place.
2.    Single Surgery Method – The implant dentist will order a CAT scan of the patient’s jawbone. A model of the jawbone is constructed using the CAT scan data and computer modeling techniques. The model is then sent to a dental lab where the subperiosteal implants are custom fabricated for the patient. Once the custom implants are ready, the implant dentist will surgically anchor the implant place. The obvious advantage of the single surgery method is that surgery is only necessary one time.

How does the implant procedure work?

Implant procedures can be done in the dental office with local anesthesia. The actual implant procedure involves several steps:

  1.  The implant or implants are surgically placed into the jaw.
    2.    The jaw is allowed to heal for a period of up to six months. During this stage, the bone grows and bonds in and around the implant (this is also known as osseointegration). The dentist may create a temporary tooth replacement for the patient to wear over the implant site during the healing period.
    3.    The implant is uncovered, and a small metal post called an abutment is attached. The gum is again allowed to heal for a couple of weeks following this procedure.
    4.    The restoration or crown is fabricated and permanently attached to the abutment.

Note that there are some implant systems (one-stage) that do not require step 3 above. These systems use an implant which already has the abutment attached. The implant procedure may be a cooperative effort between a surgical dentist who does the actual implant placement and a restorative dentist who creates and inserts the final replacement teeth. Some dentists have advanced training and can perform all of these services.

What are the advantages of Dental Implants?

•    Preventative – dental Implants can prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often occurs with bridgework and dentures.
•    Cost effective – Since one tooth is replaced instead of the several necessary to install a bridge, dental implants can actually cost less than traditional bridgework.
•    Conservative – Unlike traditional bridges, adjacent teeth are not needed to support the implant. This means that the adjacent teeth do not have to be ground down to support crowns like they do for conventional bridges. Your own natural teeth are not compromised.
•    Comfort – Dental implants function very similar to your natural teeth and are comfortable and stable. This eliminates some of the key problems of dentures including poor fit, gum irritation and pain from nerve compression.

Dental Office SarasotaOther services that are offered by Dr. Taylor are Sedation Dentistry, Periodontic ( for Gum Disease) Dentistry, Periodontal Procedures, Laser Dentistry, Osseous Surgery, Crown Lengthening, Gingival and Pedicle Procedures, and Bone grafting, Log onto Dr,. Taylor’s website for a complete explanation of these areas of dental restoration.

Personal attention and exceptional care are the goals of Dr. Taylor and his staff.  You can call and schedule an appointment and ask any questions at 941-926-4800.  Their emergency number is 941-313-0798.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.  Their modern, cutting edge dental office is located at 2820 Clark Rd in Sarasota.

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Medical – Barter Exchange Services My Sterling Smile

IBE Barter Welcomes You to My Sterling Smile.  Dr Stephan Pere and his practice want you to feel welcome and make themselves available to answer your questions either by their online email form, or by phone. Throughout their website lies an abundance of information about procedures that are offered by Dr. Pere and his staff.  Dr. Pere’s father was also a dentist and he chose to school at the University of Alabama’s Dental School, which was his father’s alma mater.  He has been treating adults and children for 15 years. He is extremely happy to perform cosmetic dentistry as well as using Botox, Juvaderm and Dysport to enhance the faces of his patients.  The entire team at My Sterling Smile offer their compassionate care along with a totally modern dental office that is family-oriented.

All of the most modern of services are offered by Dr. Pere.  Bonding is offered to enhance the look of your smile and can also be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth as a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.  A resin is used on the affected teeth and molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. Bonding is especially when placed over silver fillings to improve the aesthetic look.

Dental Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to cover the area where a tooth is missing.  Your bridge will be created at a lab that will have your impression mold that Dr. Pere has created. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge while the lab crafts your permanent bridge.  When the permanent bridge has been created, you will return to the office for a permanent placement in your mouth, making sure the fit is comfortable and secure.  If you are missing a tooth it is important to seek dental attention, as the space could cause structural changes to your mouth or jaw.

Sterling Dental Sarasota, FloridaA very popular and attractive procedure is the manufacturing of veneers, a way to enhance and reshape your smile and your mouth.  Veneers can cover staining, cracked teeth, spaces, misaligned teeth, chipped teeth and many other issues.

Dental implants are also a procedure that Dr. Pere offers.  They are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth.  Implants are an even better alternative than bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered. The implant must be allowed 3-6 months for healing, while the jaw bone forms around the implant in a process called osseointegration.  Temporary crowns keep your mouth able to eat and smile normally.  Here is a testimonial from an IBE member, Sande Caplin- “Dr. Pere and his staff are the best!  They are gentle, caring and explain the complete procedure before proceeding.  I would highly recommend Dr. Pere.”

My Sterling Smile, Sarasota, FloridaDr. Pere also does the following procedures and dental corrections:  Dental Implants, dentures and partials, extractions, root canals and root lengthening. Log onto  to learn more about the practice and use the convenient email form to make an appointment or leave a message.  Call My Sterling Smile at 941-926-9888.  They are located at 2900 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota.

Practice hours are Monday-Thursday 9 am to 4 pm.  Fridays they are closed but call with an emergency at any time.  Start working on your Sterling Smile today!

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Medical – Barter Exchange Services Platinum Healthcare Physical Medicine

IBE Barter is happy to recommend to you the Logan Spine & Injury Center, where results matter.  Doctors Greg and Tamara Logan are at the helm of this highly rated practice that believes in natural ways to promote optimum health.  They have cutting edge equipment and technologies to induce the best possible outcome.  Mix this with a friendly and competent staff and an upbeat atmosphere and you have the perfect prescription for complete healing.

Being the chosen method of care for many conditions, a partial list of what ailments are treated is on their website at.  To name a few, allergies, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Disc problems, Headaches, joint dysfunction, Neurological conditions, Osteoarthritis, Whiplash, and many more.

Logan Spine & Injury Center emphasizes improving your health in order to reduce the risk of pain and illness in the first place.  They can help you recapture the healthy times of your life while restoring the use of your body and reducing pain. More and more, folks are discovering the benefits of alternatives to prescription medicines and simple treatments to restore the health you might have had in the past.

Chiropracter Sarasota Bradenton FloridaOn the Logan website you will see some conditions that can be helped by chiropractic care that you will find to be amazing.  For instance, ADHD, Asthma, Lower back pain, Neck pain, Frozen shoulder, Fibromyalgia, Pinched nerve, Plantar Fasciitis, PMS. Pregnancy, Stress. Tennis Elbow and Sciatica.

You have probably heard a number of myths concerning Chiropractic care.  Like Chiropractors are not real doctors.  The Chiropractic workload is actually more than for a medical doctor. They have more hours of classroom education than their medical counterparts. The biggest difference between chiropractors and medical doctors lies not in their level of education, but in their preferred method of treating people.

Log onto the website to actually register as a new patient and fill out the paperwork you usually have to do in the office.  Logan wants you to feel comfortable and not be burdened with anything at the time of your visit.  They remove any possible stress and let you take care of paper work right in the comfort of your home

Back Pain Sarasota Bradenton FloridaOffice hours for Logan chiropractic are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 8:00 am to 11:00 a.m., closed for lunch from 12 to 2, and afternoon hours from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Tuesdays they are closed and Fridays they are open from 8:00 p.m. to Noon. Saturday visits are by appointment only. Logan Spine & Injury Center is located at 5560 Bee Ridge Rd., Suite 7, Sarasota.  Please call for an appointment or information at 941-927-1124.ctogaury

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Medical – Barter Exchange Services George Strickland, Dds

Welcome to the dental office of George Strickland DDS, a leading dental care practice in Venice, Florida. They understand the importance of good dental hygiene and oral care and are committed to providing you the best care in a soothing environment. IBE members are privileged to have such a great dentist on board!

To ease your fears about dentistry, Dynamic Dental Smiles offers these services to help you: Oral Sedation to put you at ease. Procedures that are fully explained, and music to help you relax. You will be given a personal,flat-screen TV, soft blankets and dark glasses to lessen the brightness of the lights. Dr. Strickland wants you to be at ease, knowing that your experience is important to you and just as important to him.

The very latest in dental techniques and cutting edge dentistry are available at Dr. Stricklands practice. Such examples are veneers and all-porcelain crowns. Invisalign braces, whitening and take-home whitening kits. Digital x-rays and lower radiation x-rays are offered for your continued health and after effects of radiation. He offers implant-supported dentures and crowns, comprehensive exams, and oral cancer screenings. Dr. Strickland also offers early cavity protection, flouride treatments, and gentle periodontal treatments. Need a root canal or a tooth extracted? No problem! Dr. Strickland can offer you natural looking crowns, bridges and dentures.

Log onto and you will see a very easy to read explanation for each service that is offered by Dr. Strickland. This is his way of introducing you to all of his excellent array of services with full explanations, to give you a better method of deciding what you would like to do before you have a consultation with Dr. Strickland.

Dentist Sarasota Bradenton FloridaWhen you arrive for your first visit, please be prepared to complete an information packet, which are comprised of informational forms that will allow the staff to begin your dental treatment. They will ask you to fill out several forms that will get you acquainted with their office. We have supplied a link at the bottom of this page that will allow you to download and print the the required forms; giving you the ability to complete them at your convenience in the privacy of you own home. If you are using any of our approved insurance carriers, please have a current insurance card available.

Your initial exam will last approximately one hour. Oral hygiene instructions will be provided along with suggestions to help you care for your teeth. In most cases, the staff will also clean your teeth on this visit and provide an evaluation that will outline your existing dental problems and proposed treatment.

Dental Office Sarasota Bradenton FloridaFeel Free to call their office with any questions you may have prior to your first visit. Dr. Strickland is located at 657 S. Tamiami Trail in Venice, Fl. Call them at 941-488-7230. Hours of operation are 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday.

The dental treatment you receive may give you benefits you haven’t even considered. Renewed self-confidence, the love of your own smile, a new social self esteem, and a personality that is ready to apply for that new job, as that special girl on a date, or just be comfortable and proud when you look into the mirror!

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Medical – Barter Exchange Services Beneva Dental

Beneva Dental is another quality IBE Barter Member who enjoys a spotless reputation from cutting edge dentistry without worry about how you’re going to pay.  I called the office and did not reveal that I was writing an article on the practice of this IBE Barter Member.  I asked questions of the staff member and enjoyed, with surprise, the generosity of time she gave me as well as her answers.

She told me that Dr. Jimenez was gentle and that he fully explained everything and every procedure before he began working on a patient.  Payment plans are available to those who can’t pay out of pocket on their first visit.  Emergency cases are handled immediately, and Dr. Jimenez does  excellent Cosmetic, Restorative, and General Dentistry.  Then I opened up to her and said I was writing an article for the IBE Barter Newsletter.  Before I had a chance to say anything, she told me that there are many IBE Barter members utilizing Dr. Jimenez’s services, and that is always good news!  The convenience and the products and services offered has Dr. Jimenez and his family taking advantage of IBE Barter, as well.  On Dr. Jimenez’ website, you will see this statement: Care Credit offers Special Financing and low monthly payment options, no up-front costs, and no prepayment penalties so you can show off your beautiful new smile as soon as you are ready!

Dentist, Sarasota FloridaThis quote will illustrate to you how deeply Dr. Jimenez cares about the condition of his patient’s mouths and their self-esteem: “We treat many cases of reconstructive cosmetic dentistry in my practice.  These days people want to look their best.  The most rewarding this is when someone comes in with a really distressed smile and gets a full makeover.  That’s life-changing for many people.”  This quote from Dr. Jimenez shows how deeply he cares about his patients being proud to show their smiles and be comfortable about their mouths.

For more than 24 years as a Dentist in Sarasota, Dr. Jimenez of Beneva Dental Care has held an unwavering commitment to providing his patients with the utmost in advanced dental techniques and personalized service.  Patients are warmly welcomed into offices that reflect a warm, relaxing and serene atmosphere.  In an effort to ensure that each patient receives the highest level of comprehensive and preventative care, Dr. Jimenez utilizes state of the art technologies such as digital radiography, smile enhancement software, nitrous oxide sedation, monitored sterilization and laser gum therapy.  From a complete smile makeover to reconstructive implant restoration, patients continue to be thoroughly impressed with their dental experience.

Dr. Jiminez, Dentist Sarasota FloridaAs a well-respected Dentist in Sarasota, Dr. Jimenez can transform your discolored, chipped, or unevenly spaced teeth in as few as two visits. Log onto their website at:    You will notice that the services that are available are the latest and the finest available, such as porcelain veneer, bonding/white fillings, crowns, inlays, extractions, root canals, dentures and teeth whitening.  Beneva Dental is located at 5917 Beneva Blvd in Sarasota.  Please call for an appointment at 941-942-2026.

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Medical – Barter Exchange Services Suncoast Dentistry

IBE Barter recommends Suncoast  Dentistry!  Suncoast Dentistry is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of their patients by offering the highest quality dental care in a friendly, caring, and professional environment. If you want to have a caring, compassionate and well-credentialed dentist and practice, look no further!  Only the latest technology and techniques are employed by Dr. Vu who is the man behind the practice, so to speak.

His equipment is cutting edge and he practices the most up to date techniques in dentistry. Their patients are their most important asset, and they strive to develop long-lasting and trusting relationships with all of their patients.  They are professional and caring and want for you the same thing you want for yourself…a healthy and beautiful smile to last for a life time!

The staff likes to call themselves a “team,” and that is good news when you are trying to make the choice of which dentist you would like to entrust your dental needs to.  Throughout their website, you will find an abundance of information about their practice, procedures we provide, and dentistry in general. Please explore and learn as much about dentistry and Dr. Vu’s services as you desire. Dr. Vu believes his patients should have as much information as possible in order to make important, informed decisions regarding their oral health and treatment options.

Dr. Vu graduated with honors from the University of Florida in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 2002, while concurrently completing his Master of Public Health degree at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. Following dental school, Dr. Vu completed a dental public health residency at the University of Florida in 2003, which encompassed community dentistry, oral oncology, and oral medicine. Dr Vu also completed his Master of Business.

Dentist, Parrish, FloridaWanting to obtain the most complete training for this generation of Dentistry, Dr. Vu has obtained fellowship status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologist and associate fellowship status in the World Clinical Laser Institute. Dr. Vu is also certified in Invisalign with both Certifications I and II, and he has also received training in CEREC technology, implants, laser dentistry, sports dentistry, and orthodontics.  He is the Authorized Under Armour Performance Mouthwear Provider for the IMG Sports Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

But Dr. Vu’s first consideration is the health and comfort of his patients.  He offers digital radiology, a type of x-ray that allows him to put the x-ray into an imaging program.  The program provides many tools to more accurately diagnose the teeth and surrounding gums.

In his practice, Dr. Vu provides cutting edge technologies that improve so highly on the older methods still used by some dental practitioners.  For instance, Implantology.  Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be added. The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. After the implants are placed the gums are sutured.

Dr. Vu also offers invisalign and veneer technologies, a beautiful way to improve your smile and your self-confidence!  Many of us did not have perfect teeth as a youngsters but would love to have them now.  Dr. Vu can, in most cases, give you that winning smile in 6 months or so.

Dr. Vu, Parrish, FloridaDr. Vu also makes bridges, crowns, does bonding, whitening , makes dentures and partials.  Log onto his website and explore the myriad of possibilities in preventative dentistry, artful smile transformation, treatment of your entire mouth, and the finished product, a happier you.

The practice is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am to 2 pm.  Their phone number is 941-776-9145 and they are located at 8915 US Highway 301 North in Parrish, Florida.

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Medical – Barter Exchange Services Dr. John Russo, D.D.S. & M.H.S

Thinking of my worst favorite thing to do (going  to the dentist and listening to that high-pitched drill in my ear while water is squirting down my neck and into my face) I get squeamish, but I know from personal experience it is one of the major health priorities we need to make a big  part of our personal health regimen.  IBE Barter gives you many choices of different practitioners who have varied specialties, and are trained in certain modalities that are more modern and longer-lasting, such as dental implants.

IBE Barter highly recommends Dr. John Russo, DDS and Periodontic Specialist.  Dr Russo’s D.D.S. and M.H.S. status means his practice is limited to periodontics and dental implants. Dr. Russo is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Dentistry and completed his specialty training at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he earned a Masters of Health Sciences degree.  Dr. Russo is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics at the Medical University of South Carolina and is a diplomat of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

IBE Barter is extremely fortunate to have such a distinguished and credentialed man like Dr. Russo who lectures across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, to share his knowledge of implants and bone grafting with other dentists.  His spirit of generosity has made him highly respected and appreciated in many countries.

On a personal note, Dr. Russo and his wife are the proud parents of three boys, two of whom are fraternal twins.  His hobby is saltwater fishing and he participates in team tournaments and somehow makes the time to be the lead guitarist in a band called Dr. RX FEELGOOD.

Periodontist Sarasota, Bradenton FloridaHis staff is loved and appreciated because of the kindness and individual attention they constantly offer patients.  Office Manager Rose Nardone, Tina Bachrach, Receptionist, Kristine Page, Registered Dental Hygienist, Karen Mullet, Surgical Assistant, Sharon Sparkman, Surgical Assistant, and Lisa Gutierrez, Registered Dental Hygienist, complete the skilled and attentive staff at Dr. Russo’s practice.

In such a complicated world as ours, so many cutting-edge procedures have been created, and to understand each and every one and how they potentially  improve your dental health is a lofty task.  On Dr. Russo’s website, , there are scores of helpful and informing videos to guide you through your potential procedure.  Dr. Ross feels strongly about explaining the why’s and the wherefore’s of your dental work so you know why this work is necessary and how great your mouth will look and feel afterward. Find these videos under the FAQS tab on the website.

Dental Office Sarasota Bradenton FloridaWhen you’re ready to take the step to a more healthy mouth and beautiful, confidant smile, give Dr. Russo’s office a call.  Their hours are Monday – Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm, and Friday by appointment only. The office is located at 1704 Bay Road, Sarasota. They hope to see your smile soon and create a more healthy mouth for you!

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Medical – Barter Exchange Services Dr. Brett S. Hirsch

Welcome to the office of IBE member Dr. Brett Hirsch and his friendly staff.  Making the decision to have a Plastic Surgical procedure is very serious.  It’s not just a name you pick out from a website.  It’s about the training, the dedication to perfection and the quality of a surgeon’s work that weighs heavily on the choice you make.  It has been said that Brett Hirsch is the Plastic Surgeon that other Plastic Surgeons go to, and that says a lot.

As one of the youngest medical students at Nova Southeastern, Dr. Hirsch continued his training at Humana Hospital of the Palm Beaches, where cosmetic procedures piqued his interest.  He is Board Certified in Family Practice and 20 years ago began his training in cosmetic surgery. Since then he has dedicated himself to the field.

He spent years training with some of the pioneers and charter members of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.  Dr. Hirsch was the focus of articles in two of Sarasota’s respected magazines and has gone on to become one of the area’s most knowledgeable and skilled Hair Transplants surgeons.  Dr. Hirsch exclusively offers NeoGraft Hair Transplant Surgery in Sarasota, which is the most advanced method available that is a no- scalpel cut, no- suture, no- linear scar techniques.

Dr. Hirsch and his staff offer Spider Vein Treatment and have been performing these procedures for 25 years.  He uses a technique called sclerotherapy which is the most advanced and the least expensive methods when compared to others.

Are you regretting getting that tattoo in your younger years and now wish it would disappear?  Laser Tattoo removal saves the day with a special laser that safely removes the ink by breaking it up and leaves less scarring.

Plastic Surgery Sarasota, FloridaDr. Hirsch’s practice even offers a very effective weight loss program with individual monitoring once a week, appetite suppressants, vitamin shots and a nutritionist’s menu for meals that are easy and healthy.

The issue of “low T”, or low testosterone, can cause many symptoms that are bothersome and embarrassing.  For instance, low T can cause many of the following serious problems:  Loss of muscle mass, reduced sexual function, decreased libido, prostate problems, weight gain, fatigue, migraines, insomnia, high cholesterol, loss of memory and bone loss. Wow!  Surely there are many with these symptoms that do not realize their health issues can be quickly and effectively cured.

Professional skin care is offered in Dr. Hirsch’s office by Katie Sirus, who is trained to perform Medical/Professional Grade Skin Care services.  The following services are available in cutting- edge skin care products and procedures: Microdermabrasion, where a diamond tip applicator is used to gently exfoliate your skin. Dermaplaning is a skin resurfacing procedure using a surgical glade to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. Katie also offers a variety of peels and custom-blends those for your particular needs.  The immediate benefits that you will experience are healthy new skin, minimizing of acne scars and facial wrinkles, and an all-over feeling of fresh, new and brighter skin.

Skin Care Services Sarasota, FloridaSchedule your FREE initial consultation with Dr. Hirsch by calling 941-365-2122 or logging onto, where directions and appointment hours are listed.  They are open Monday-Thursday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.  Their locations are at 1250 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 304, in Sarasota and for Hair Restoration only at 4238 W. Kennedy Blvd in Tampa, Fl.  Fridays are by appointment only.  Call Dr. Hirsch and begin to feel like the “YOU” that you always dreamt about!

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Mckeithen Growers

I was thinking, as I was writing about IBE Barter Member McKeithen Growers, just how many species of native trees there are, and I realized I don’t know a thing about the subject but as I read about the various choices and expert evaluation by Eddie McKeithen, I became fascinated.  McKeithen Growers is a family business that has been thriving since 1995. They do a bit of mail order business as well, and are hands-on when it comes to caring for their customers and answering all your questions. They will give you all the necessary information about how to treat your purchase so it will outlive you!

McKeithen’s supplies Native trees but will also introduce you to a few species that are not typical to Florida, but have done quite well.  Eddie McKeithen is the owner, and is a graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, with a BS degree in Forestry and Natural Resources. Eddie is a native Floridian and has been involved in the landscape and horticulture industry in Florida since 1984.McKeithen Growers is located in East Manatee County, approx. 10 miles east of I-75 just off of State Road 70, and are members of FANN and FNGLA agencies, two Florida horticultural Associations.

Trees and Flowers Sarasota Bradenton FloridaMcKeithen Grower’s, Inc. is a premier supplier of native trees indigenous to Florida, the Eastern US Seaboard north to Maryland, and the Gulf Coast States west to Texas. They offer 40 plus varieties of landscape quality native trees in containers including 3, 15, 30, 45, 100 & 200 gal. sizes.  Every year McKeithen’s offers more varieties of natives to choose from. But they don’t just grow native trees.  Take a look around and see trees that you don’t everyday!

The McKeithen Growers website is a place to go for information and suggestions on where trees will do the best and be robust.  There’s a beautiful array of photos that capture the true beauty of some of these varieties, and if you click on each picture you will get a complete list of information with pictures, describing that particular tree, how much sunlight it needs, what height and spread it will grow to, colors to expect upon bloom, and the attributes and features. Not only can you access the website for information, but if you call the nursery, an employee or family member will be happy to give you the complete story on your tree.

Eddie McKeithenOn the McKeithen Growers website you will see some native trees that are strongly suggested by Eddie because of their ability to adapt to the Florida weather. The Standard S. Red Cedar is perfect for everyday landscapes as is the American Elm. These have been sheared for maximum fullness, so as they grow into a larger tree they will have a much wider canopy.

Landscaping Sarasota Bradenton FloridaThe following trees are also currently available in 100 gal. containers at McKeithen Growers:  Red Maple, Southern Red Cedar (full to the base), Native Southern Magnolia, Live Oak and Bald Cypress.  They also carry Sweetbay Magnolias, Slash Pine, Pond Cypress, Winged Elm, Dahoon Holly, and Sweetgum.  Available in 30 gallon sizes are water oaks, popash, and pignut hickory.

During their season, the following trees will be ready in various sizes:  Chickasaw Plum, Redbud, Loblolly Bay, Blackgum (Swamp Tupelo), Cherry Laurel and Needle Palm.

Log onto: for a wonderful idea of what you can plant on your own property, how much sunlight you need, specifications about soil, and many beautiful pictures about Florida native trees.  Eddie McKeithen is the owner, and the Growers are located at 24005 71st Ave. East, in Myakka City, Fl.  34251. To send Eddie an email, and call him at 941-232-9377 on his cell phone.

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Full Throttle Aircraft Interiors

They say necessity is the Mother of Invention, and that is the very reason this family business was started.  As a mother who was responsible for supporting her children, Gayle Harrison  needed a business she could do at home so she would be able to do it from home and maybe even include her children in the future.   The family members at Full Throttle Aircraft Interiors are Gayle Harrison, the founder, Justin Nichols, her son, and Jeff Schluter, a cousin.

Together, these three family members are running a company with an excellent reputation for getting it right the first time, and have a booming business, in spite of the economy. Amazingly  they have never  had to advertise!  Word-of-mouth has kept their upholstery company gaining new customers for 30 years.

IBE members, look no further.  Full Throttle Aircraft Interiors uses the finest materials to repair, redesign or create new seating on your prized yacht, airplane, or automobile, including leather, vinyl, carpet and canvas. You can also have Full Throttle Aircraft Interiors put in new carpet, flooring, new wood and formica, cabinetry, countertops and more. Add RV’s and Golf Carts to the list of crafts they can handle and Full Throttle Aircraft Interiors is the destination for all of your redesign/repair/replace needs.  The finished product is perfect, the details pristine, and the result is a long list of satisfied customers who wouldn’t go anywhere else.Upholstery Repair Sarsota Florida

Justin Nichols heads up Customer Service and Marketing, while Jeff Schluter oversees Operations and Project Management.  One of the differences between Full Throttle Aircraft Interiors and their competition is that they have an unusual work ethic and they won’t release a project until it is completed to their discerning standards.  Also, they provide a 100% safe facility in which to store your craft.  If you want them to come to your location and do the work, Full Throttle Aircraft Interiors will utilize their remote service truck  and save you from any inconvenience.

No job is too small for Full Throttle Aircraft Interiors. They take particular pride in being an honest family business whose standards have never been compromised and whose work has always been admired.  They look forward to serving anyone with a vehicle upholstery project.  If you have any doubts, just ask around.  They love what they do and they do it well!  After writing this article, I will refer my friend, without hesitation, to Full Throttle Aircraft Interiors for the repair of his upholstery on his 1965 Chevy Malibu.  Being an IBE member in need of services makes this a win-win situation for both parties.

You can reach the folks at Full Throttle Aircraft Interiors by calling 914-615-7162 or check out their website at  and see pictures and options for your own craft or vehicle.  Backed by years of excellent service, quality craftsmanship and prompt scheduling, you will be making an excellent decision in trusting Full Throttle Aircraft Interiors to do your job.  They guarantee it!

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