A weekly invitational profile series on professionals demonstrating excellence in the fields of law, healthcare & medicine,
social services, business, finance, technology and education. Produced by Proactive Resources in the June 5, 2012 issue of Folio Weekly.

serving nORTH florida & sOUTH Georgia 33 years

Conveniently located in the DePaul Building of St. Vincent's Medical Center in Riverside, CANCER SPECIALISTS OF NORTH FLORIDA has been dedicated to the care of adults with cancer or blood disorders since its inception in 1979.

The Center's vast array of services include oncology & hematology consultation, outpatient chemotherapy, laboratory services, mental health services, genetic counseling, pharmacy services, PET/CT scans and revolutionary diagnostic tools. In addition, patients have access to promising new therapies through enrollment in clinical trials for many different malignant diseases. Drs. Suprith Badarinath, Thomas S. Davis, Leann L. Fox, Kevin K. Hunger, Steven D. Siegel & Joel A. Stone are certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and/or Hematology. Their nurses specialize in oncology and most are certified by the Oncology Nursing Society. At Cancer Specialists of North Florida, your care is their mission and your recovery is their goal.

Cancer Specialists of North Florida
2 Shircliff Way, #800, Jacksonville, FL 32204

outstanding legal services

S. PERRY PENLAND, JR, PA's philosophy is based on making quality legal services easy to obtain, easy to understand and affordable for his personal injury clients. Attorney Penland takes this one step further by making your initial consultation free of charge and emphasizes that there are no fees unless the injured party is compensated. His objective is to alleviate his clients of all responsibilities so they may have time to recover from the injuries suffered. Attorney Penland applies his 30 years of experience to representing clients, whether the causes lead to a prompt settlement or require trial in Courts. He explores every avenue to see if you can obtain a full and fair settlement.

Attorney Penland's personalized services encompass the full-spectrum of personal injury claims, including auto accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, boating accidents, product liability & premises liability cases. His general practice also addresses the issues of criminal law, commercial litigation and probate. He feels that the attorney you choose should put you at ease, be patient, attentive and responsive to your needs. Attorney Penland knows that the rights of most people are rarely protected by the insurance companies self-interest. He takes pride in standing-up for real people with real problems.

S. Perry Penland, JR, PA
233 E Bay St, #610, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Believing that timeless beauty is the best revenge, Drs. Jaime Ranieri at THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA PLASTIC SURGERY INSTITUTE OF JACKSONVILLE is dedicated to your health & wellness because she understands that your beauty & confidence are about more than just your appearance. Her areas of expertise include cosmetic surgery of the face, breast augmentation & reduction, breast reconstruction after breast cancer and body contouring for women & men. She also specializes in minimally invasive facial procedures including Botox®, injectable fillers, facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser hair & vein removal, and no-downtime skin rejuvenation using intense pulsed light.

As a University of Florida faculty surgeon, Drs. Ranieri is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Her insistence on excellence ensures that you receive proven treatments & surgical techniques administered with attention to detail and with the artistry required to achieve natural, beautiful results. With seven years of experience, she performs non-surgical & surgical procedures in-office, as well as in several fully-accredited ambulatory surgery centers and hospitals. Dr. Ranieri & her team passionately believe in the importance of a personalized, caring & positive experience at their office.

University of Florida, Plastic Surgery Institute of Jacksonville
4555 Emerson St, #230, Jacksonville, FL 32207


The experienced, caring therapists and staff of RIVER REGION HUMAN SERVICES, INC. provide behavioral health care for the whole family, from the cradle to seniors. They believe that behavioral healthcare is essential to total healthcare. Celebrating 40 years of service in 2012, River Region Human Services is a private, non-profit agency providing prevention, intervention & treatment services for children, adults, families & the elderly.

Services provided by their diverse staff include assessment, HIV services/TB testing counseling & referrals, co-occurring treatment, group therapy, recovery training, 24-hour residential treatment, individual counseling, half-way house services, specialized / individualized treatment, pregnancy case management (prenatal to postpartum), parenting skills, anger management & pre-vocational groups. River Region's Addiction Treatment Services Unit offers a continuum-of-care for addressing substance abuse & addiction (for youth & adults). River Region offers various levels of care including residential, in-patient/out-patient, medication assisted treatment and interventions. Working with clients, they move toward understanding & resolving the issues, conflicts, misunderstandings, confusion, anger, pain, behavior, frustration and doubts that undermine happiness & effectiveness.

River Region Human Services, Inc.
390 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

ELDERSOURCE is a private, non-profit organization designated by the state to be the Area Agency on Aging and the Aging & Disability Resource Center that provides planning and management of funding for services to older persons and their caregivers in seven counties in the NE Florida region as well as advocacy on behalf of elders. The agency is a vital part of the aging services network in the state, working with planning agencies, advocacy groups & private-sector organizations. They serve as the focal point that elders, their caregivers & the general public can turn to for information, referral, assistance & answers related to aging issues.

ElderSource is charged with the responsibility of identifying the needs of elders & caregivers, developing plans and funding the services to help meet those needs. Some of their services include emergency energy assistance, congregate & home delivered meals, recreation, education, shopping assistance, case management, health support, home repair & modification, adult day care, in-home services, legal assistance & transportation, as well as support for caregivers, including grandparents raising grandchildren. They belong to a nationwide network of area agencies on aging and are primarily funded by federal, state & local grants.

Looking for elder assistance & resources?
Call the Elder HelpLine today: (904)391-6699 or Toll Free (888)242-4464
4160 Woodcock Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Admin Office: (904)391-6600


Imagine being able to work, drive, read the clock, play sports -- do just about everything -- without always having to reach for your glasses or contacts. Founder Frank W. Bowden, III, MD along with Sarah Darbandi, M.D. and Optometrists; Crystal Kasper, OD, Kimberly Riordan, OD, Jerry Robben, OD, and Danielle Vance, OD of BOWDEN EYE & ASSOCIATES are a team of Ophthalmologists & Optometrists who are committed to providing state-of-the-art, quality eye care. The doctors focus on providing comprehensive customized eye care. Dr. Bowden is Board Certified in Ophthalmology with a Corneal Fellowship. He and his associates strive to provide the latest advances in technology to all of their patients.

With more than 30 years serving the Jacksonville area and beyond, Bowden Eye & Associates provides an uncompromising level of effective, comprehensive and advanced eye care services which include, Implantable Collamer Lenses, INTACS for Keratoconus, LASIK and all refractive procedures, Corneal Transplants, DSAEK, Advanced Cataract Surgery with Crystalens, Glaucoma, Treatment of Dry Eye Disorders with LipiFlow, Contact Lenses and optical services. Bowden Eye & Associates offers four convenient locations in and around Jacksonville.

Bowden Eye & Associates
Office Locations:
7205 Bonneval Rd
2341 Yellow Bluff Rd
1008 Park Ave
14810 Old St Augustine Rd


HEALTH POINTE JACKSONVILLE, LLC is a Health and Wellness Clinic utilizing a holistic approach to the healing and prevention of disease. By integrating modalities, each patient experiences an individualized and highly effective treatment. Dr. Julee Miller AP, DOM, LMT believes in a collaborative relationship with her patients.

With a commitment to thoroughness, Health Pointe Jacksonville emphasizes natural approaches that are safe and effective. Treatment modalities offered at Health Pointe Jacksonville include: Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Rehabilitative Massage Therapy, Infrared Sauna treatments for detoxification, cupping, Facial Rejuvenation and wellness counseling. Some of the health challenges patients find relief from include acute and chronic pain, stress, insomnia, Women's Health and Fertility assistance, menopausal syndrome, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, migraine headaches, allergies, sinusitis, asthma, common cold symptoms, and cancer recovery support. Dr. Miller has more than 17 years of experience in providing integrative therapies and encourages you to seek your health and wellness goals.

Health Pointe Jacksonville, LLC
3840 Belfort Rd, #305, Jacksonville, FL 32216
Twitter: AcuDocMed & Facebook: HealthPointeJacksonville


When someone you love needs home healthcare services, make sure that the agency you choose is designed to meet your unique needs. The caring staff at APEX HOME HEALTHCARE can turn an overwhelming situation into a more relaxed, healing environment. As one of the largest Medicare certified home health care agencies in NE Florida, the APEX professional staff employs a multi-disciplinary, outcome-driven approach to develop your treatment plan. In collaboration with your physician, the clinical team plans & coordinates each person's individualized care to achieve high-quality outcomes.

APEX Home Healthcare's specialized care team includes nurses, therapists (Physical/Occupational/Speech), medical social workers & home health aides. The APEX team receives ongoing, advanced geriatric training designed to look beyond the obvious needs of their patients, to promote independence and allow their seniors to age in place as long as possible. Their therapy team also takes a unique approach to fall prevention that they call their OPTIMUM BALANCE PROGRAM. This speciality program is a therapy lead approach to fall prevention that comprehensively assesses all five systems involved with balance to provide an individualized treatment plan. APEX has multiple locations in the Jacksonville area to meet your home healthcare needs and provides a continuum of care to Jacksonville's seniors. "Excellence Through Senior Advocacy."

Apex Home Healthcare
6789 Southpoint Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32216


It's all about language and communication. AMERICA'S CENTER FOR TRANSLATIONS, INC. provides full-service oral & written translations & interpretations for businesses, legal & medical practices, the educational field and private individuals. Documents that require certified translation services might include papers that have to be submitted to an Immigration or Naturalization department (birth, marriage & divorce certificates), official transcripts (high school certificates, university degrees & vocational certificates), regulatory documents, medical records & transcripts, court reporting, technical manuals & Workers' Comp documents.

America's Center For Translations is bonded & insured and also provides sign language & travelling notary services. With 23 years of experience, owners Julie Duncan, her husband Bob & their team of interpreters give you the results that you require from virtually any oral & written language. They are one of the leading service providers for conferences in just about any subject to any other setting where a professional interpreter may be required. They also assist private companies, government agencies, therapy groups and individuals with highly professional & culturally accurate translations & interpretations. Their Customer Service Index provides companies with information about how their clients rate them. Watch for their new Website launching soon.

America's Center For Translations, Inc.
PO Box 57756, Jacksonville, FL 32241

With more than 25 years of experience working with individuals, adolescents, adults & couples, Barbara Dulaney Bishop, EdD, LMFT, LMHC of SOUL FOCUS RESOURCES assists clients in overcoming obstacles that keep them from attaining the life they want. Dr. Bishop's approach is holistic, involving integration of mind, body & spirit.

Symptomatic of obstacles that need to be dealt with are anxiety & depression; grief, loss & trauma recovery; substance abuse recovery; attention deficit disorder in children & adults; emotional components of physical illness for the person who is ill and those caring for them and family & couples counseling. Currently, Dr. Bishop is the only licensed mental health professional offering Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes in Northeast Florida. She has won multiple awards for her work as preceptor for Naval Hospital Jacksonville and Naval Hospital GTMO Cuba. She is also a Florida provider of CEU credits to mental health professionals seeking ongoing education.

Soul Focus Resources
151 Sawgrass Corners, #105, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082


Established in 2000, AFFILIATED VETERINARY SPECIALISTS is a regional surgical referral hospital. Rapid advances in the veterinary profession make it difficult for veterinarians to remain current with recent developments in techniques & technologies required to manage some of today's complex surgical problems. Possessing the training, expertise & equipment to perform the most demanding procedures, Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons can help your family veterinarian provide the best possible care for your pet.

W. Thomas McNicholas, Jr., DVM, DACVS, Jay B. Erne, DVM, DACVS, Brad Mackenzie, DVM, DACVS, and Carlos Aragon, DVM, DACVS have years of combined experience and have a passion for helping pets and their owners. Their services include orthopedic, neurologic, thoracic/abdominal, head & neck, laparoscopic & dermatologic procedures, as well as oral & cancer surgery. Their caring, experienced staff will answer any questions, assist you with learning to better care for your furry family members, as well as perform nursing care. They provide 24-hour patient care via after hours emergency doctors located within their building.

Affiliated Veterinary Specialists of Jacksonville
3444 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Affiliated Veterinary Specialists of Orange Park
275 Corporate Way, Orange Park, FL 32073


UNIVERSAL SELECT, INC. is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) that co-manages human resources administration for small to mid-sized companies. They help you to focus on what you know best - running your business. They help with weekly paychecks, benefits, payroll taxes and personnel records, as well as Workers' Compensation, unemployment claims and current labor laws. Their mission is about focusing on people, performance & profits. The first step in joining a co-management arrangement involves the transfer of your employees to their payroll service. They then administer payroll, manage withholdings, deposits & reports, provide benefits and assume risks. You continue to hire, set wages, promote, terminate and manage your employees.

Universal Select can obtain excellent employee benefits at a cost significantly lower than your small or mid-sized business because of volume rates. They save employers' Workers' Compensation premiums because rates are assessed over a broader base. They process payroll more quickly and efficiently because of significant capital invested in state-of-the-art payroll processing systems that smaller organizations cannot afford. Companies can also save in legal expenses settlements by relying on their expertise in labor, immigration, tax and other laws that inform human resources management decisions. Universal Select offers same day service on many of their programs.

Universal Select, Inc.
1839 Lane Ave S, #101, Jacksonville, FL 32210

PROACTIVE RESOURCES DESIGN, INC. is a full-service marketing agency offering turnkey marketing & advertising strategy, PR support, graphic design, corporate identity, business development, event planning and Web planning & implementation.

With 27 years of marketing industry experience, PRD is poised to offer innovative approaches to advertising for the busy business executive. They've helped many businesses sharpen their brand, refine their materials & present a strong consistent image. Affordable design services for: websites (one-page sites starting at $800), business cards ($325+), logos ($750+), stationery ($425+), brochures ($575+), print ads ($450+) and eblasts ($250+). Receive $100 off your first design project with us!

Proactive Resources Design Inc.