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  • 24 Jan 2020 10:19 AM | Devony Wyatt

    TAMPA, FL – Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is pleased to announce Partner Erin Smith Aebel served as a panelist on WEDU’s Florida This Week. The panel discussed the top stories of the week in Florida and was moderated by Rob Lorei, manager of WMNF public radio. Other panelists included Political Consultant and Analyst for Bay News, Chris Ingram, Emeritus Professor of Government at the University of South Florida, Darryl Paulson, and Managing Editor of PolitiFact, Katie Sanders.

    Erin is a board certified health law specialist by the Florida Bar and she is the 2016 Lexology Client Choice Award Winner, nominated by clients and awarded for excellent client service in health law in the state of Florida.

    Physicians, hospitals, physician group practices, diagnostic imaging centers, pharmacies, clinical laboratories, medical spas, concierge medical practices, and other health care providers in business law look to Erin for representation in a wide range of matters. Her more than 20 years of experience, paired with her desire to help people, has enabled Erin to successfully represent clients in a wide range of matters, including Stark law, fraud and abuse, acquisitions and changes of ownership, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and licensure issues arising from joint ventures. She regularly prepares and negotiates hospital-related agreements, physician employment agreements, medical director agreements, and licensure and scope of practice issues. Additionally, Erin advises on a variety of Florida health law issues including the developing cannabis law.

    With a passion to share knowledge, Erin frequently speaks throughout the country and writes on health care topics. She has been published by the American Health Lawyers Association.

    Erin enjoys meeting people of all backgrounds, giving back to the community, and participating in social and political activism, particularly initiatives that raise the status of women.


    Founded in 1925, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 260 lawyers and seven offices in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Shumaker is a premier provider of quality legal services. Whether it's commitment to clients or work in the community, involvement lies at the core of all of Shumaker’s initiatives.

  • 24 Jan 2020 10:15 AM | Devony Wyatt

    TAMPA, FL – Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is pleased to announce Partner Mindi M. Richter was co-chair of the Twelfth Annual Civil Seminar Luncheon on Appealing to Juries, which was hosted by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and held on January 9, 2020. The seminar included a discussion among jury consultants and judges relating to appealing to juries.

    Mindi is a Board Member of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an Intellectual Property Law Specialist. An experienced trial lawyer, Mindi litigates intellectual property cases of all types around the country, including claims such as trademark, patent, and copyright infringement, as well as trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and domain name disputes. Mindi also frequently handles trademark cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

    In addition to litigation, Mindi has a vast amount of experience in transactional intellectual property matters. She routinely counsels clients in developing patent, copyright, and trademark portfolios and handles trademark and copyright prosecution matters. Mindi also guides clients in negotiating, developing and drafting licenses, assignments and other intellectual property contracts. In addition, Mindi frequently evaluates the intellectual property aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and financings.

    In the area of media law, Mindi also counsels clients and litigates issues such as defamation, rights of privacy and publicity, reporters' rights, subpoena defense and the First Amendment.


    Founded in 1925, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 260 lawyers and seven offices in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Shumaker is a premier provider of quality legal services. Whether it's commitment to clients or work in the community, involvement lies at the core of all of Shumaker’s initiatives.

  • 15 Jan 2020 7:58 AM | Devony Wyatt
    The Domino Effect Health is hiring PT

    Ideal for the full-time college student

    Flexible schedule

    Work from home (99.9% virtual activities) but available for in-person training, as needed, in the Seminole/Largo area.

    Starting at 6 hours/wk with additional hours available as skills/knowledge increase.

    No weekend hours required

    • Strong phone presence

    • Strong organizational skills

    • Strong use of the English language: verbal and written

    • Computer literate, quick to learn new software

    • Strong Google knowledge (calendar/email/contact)

    • Helpful knowledge: MSOffice, Paint, PicMonkey

    This is an office admin position; however, if applicant has an interest in learning more about the insurance industry, other opportunities are available

    Primary activities involve:

    • Phone call follow-ups
    • Text/email follow-ups
    • Recording results of follow-up activity
    • Setting appointments

    To request initial interview, please visit this link and complete online questionnaire.

  • 07 Jan 2020 6:22 PM | Devony Wyatt


    The most critical component of the immune system is the lymphatic system—it's vital for protecting us from illness and disease-causing inflammation. Basically, the lymphatic system is an inner “drainage system” of the body. It's a crisscrossing network of lymph nodes and blood vessels that transport fluids from the blood and into tissues around the body and vice versa. While the primary role of the lymphatic system is to protect the body against threats—such as infections and cancer cells—it also keeps fluid levels in balance. Oftentimes, people overlook the fact that obesity or being overweight can have a significant impact on lymphatic drainage.

    Upcoming Events

    Webinar - January 7th at 6pm - An Evening of Empowerment with Dr. Cesar Lara.

    Join us to learn about the Transformative Power of the Mantra


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  • 19 Dec 2019 9:50 AM | Devony Wyatt



    Neurologist Deborah Boland, D.O., MSPT, Named “Physician of the Year”

    TAMPA, FL (December 17, 2019) – The Hillsborough County Osteopathic Medical Society (HCOMS) has named Dr. Deborah Boland, D.O., MSPT, Neurologist, Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and owner of Be Mobile Neurology, as their "Physician of the Year" for 2019. This prestigious award is presented to a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) who has made significant contributions to both the osteopathic profession and the local community. Dr. Boland is one of only a handful of Movement Disorder specialists in the Tampa Bay area and is a pioneer in the mobile delivery of neurological services.


    Dr. Boland said, “I am so honored and humbled to be recognized by my colleagues and friends with this award. Healthcare is rapidly changing, and I’m proud to be leading the movement back to patient-centered, individualized care. Through my practice, Be Mobile Neurology, I am working to offer a more personalized and affordable approach to healthcare, improving outcomes for my patients.”


    Over the course of her medical career, Dr. Boland witnessed the limitations and stress that traditional physician office visits placed on both patients with neurological issues and their caregivers. Through in-home visits and telemedicine, Be Mobile Neurology presents a solution, offering patients a membership model for healthcare services that allows them to receive focused attention in a comfortable setting. Be Mobile Neurology is the only mobile neurology practice in Tampa Bay and is leading trends nationally.


    Dr. Boland started in healthcare as a Physical Therapist, receiving her master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and practicing for 10 years before going to medical school. Dr. Boland earned her medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, which has a rich osteopathic history and is one of the oldest osteopathic medical schools in the country.


    Following medical school, she completed her internship and neurology residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine/OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Dr. Boland went on to complete fellowship training specializing in Movement Disorders at Duke University, and she served as an Assistant Professor of the Movement Disorders Center at Georgia Regents University’s Department of Neurology.


    Since January 2018, Dr. Boland has served as a Governor on the Hillsborough County Osteopathic Medical Society Board. She also is a member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Osteopathic Association, and Working Women of Tampa Bay.


    If you’re interested in learning more about Dr. Boland or her ground-breaking neurological practice, please call (813) 981-4403 or visit





    Founded by Dr. Deborah Boland in 2017, Be Mobile Neurology is Tampa Bay’s only mobile neurology private practice, blending cutting-edge care with a touch of old-fashioned medicine. As an innovative response to traditional medicine, Be Mobile Neurology offers individualized care in the comfort of the patient’s residence with unparalleled access to the neurologist. Learn more at


    The Hillsborough County Osteopathic Medical Society (HCOMS) is a nonprofit organization serving the Osteopathic medical profession and associates within this geographic area.  HCOMS is affiliated with the American Osteopathic Association and the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. Learn more at




    Editorial Note: A photo of Dr. Deborah Boland, D.O., MSPT, of Be Mobile Neurology with Dr. Ken Webster, Ed.D., Executive Director of HCOMS, is attached.


    Media Inquiries:

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    Sky Strategic Marketing
    1906 N. Armenia Ave. | Suite 315
    Tampa, FL 33607
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  • 11 Dec 2019 11:01 PM | Devony Wyatt


    Sure, it may be the fresh crisp air that fills our lungs and offers a release to polluted air that invades our living spaces from big cities to small towns all around the world. 

    But why do we feel that way? Is there more to it than meets the senses?

    New scientific research is starting to emerge backing the restorative and healing benefits of being in nature. 

    In Japan, a walk in the forest is commonly prescribed as preventative health care. “Shinrinyoku” as it is referred to in Japanese literally translates as “forest bathing” or “taking in the atmosphere of the forest.” This practice promotes walking and spending time in the forest as a way to improve overall health and has been embraced as a nature therapy in other cultures as well. It is said to have numerous physiological (1) and psychological (2) benefits.

    A forest’s capacity to exhibit healing properties comes from the evergreen trees ability to release phytoncides(3), or naturally produced allelochemic substances, that act like pheromones.  Pheromones present as external hormones capable of impacting the behaviour of individuals on the receiving end. In nature, these chemicals repel insects and slow the growth of bacteria and fungi. However, human exposure to phytoncides are scientifically proven to lower blood pressure, relieve stress, and boost anti-cancer white blood cell count. These phytoncides are commonly found in potent aromatic plants like garlic, onion, oak, pine, and tea tree. 



    Forest bathing seems to be beneficial as it reduces, stress, the root cause of a variety of physical ailments including but not limited to: high blood pressure, headaches, diabetes, asthma, and arthritis. This is because the practice of forest bathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system which prompts rest and energy conservation. It also reduces cortisol levels (4) and other stress hormones associated with anxiety, heart disease, weight gain and memory impairment. 

    A study found that forest walks (5) compared to urban walks showed a 12.4% decrease in cortisol, a 7% decrease in sympathetic nerve activity, and a 1.4% decrease in blood pressure 


    Stress compromises the immune system by supressing the naturally produced antiviral killer (NK) cells in the body. However, since forest bathing reduces stress hormone levels it consequently impacts the immune system in a positive manner by increasing the natural killer cell (6) count and expresses anti-cancer proteins. 


    Being in nature provides increased awareness and grounding qualities that can lead to a state of relaxation. This has proven to be most helpful for those suffering from anxiety or depression (7) .  “Forest bathing” can also increase concentration, creativity, liveliness, and vigour.  

    How to:  

    • Get to your nearest forest or park
    • Turn off your phone
    • Wander at a slow pace, without direction for around 2 hours (but don’t get lost)
    • Stop and take in the atmosphere and aromas of the forest
    • Touch the trees, streams and soil
    • Allow for silence
    • Be present
    • ***Watch out for poisonous plants, berries, and herbs

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