He Feels Your Pain

By Will Plazewski Special to The Laker/Lutz News Dr. Carlos Carrazana’s interest in the chiropractic field came as easily to him as falling off a horse –repeatedly, that is. While growing up in Cuba, he competed in equestrian events at the youth National Team level. A few years later, he found himself in a rowing crew at the National Team level, while at the same time completing his … [Read more...]

Local, fresh and healing foods

Special to The Laker/ Lutz News Bernard Wong has been a professional chef for more than 25 years. He and his wife Vicky Lin were thriving in the New York City baking industry for many of those years. But when their daughters Alexandria and Isabella were born, they decided to make a change. “We enjoyed the city. There are so many culinary influences from all over the world.” said Lin. “But it … [Read more...]

The Great Hands People Striving for Function Restoration of the Hand and Upper Extremity

By Will Plazewski Special to The Laker/Lutz News Dr. Luis A. Laurentin-Perez’s enthusiasm and love for his work is palpable when you first meet him. His vast experience has taken him all over the world, and as a result he’s fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian. His 26 years of experience is pretty impressive, too. With all of that being said, the doctor is rather reluctant to … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Family

By Will Plazewski Special to The Laker/Lutz News Since it opened in 1957, the course itself has been known by many names — Airport Links, Zephyrhills Municipal Golf Links and City Course. While its official name is actually Zephyrhills Under Par, as far as the course’s staff is concerned, it could just as easily be called Family Links, because that’s how they view each other and their … [Read more...]

Expert, professional service

Owning their own business is a dream Marius and Angelina Ferezan have shared since they married six years ago. They wanted a business where they could offer excellent customer service and give back to their community. The couple researched many franchise opportunities, but when they discovered The Flying Locksmith, they knew it fit their goals perfectly. “The Flying Locksmith is a … [Read more...]

Making Women Beautiful For 50 Years

Judi Barnes has been making women beautiful in Land O’ Lakes for more than 37 years. The owner of two Land O’ Lakes hair salons — The Hair Port for the past 12 years, and before then, County Terrace for 15 years — Judi has been a hair stylist since 1966 when she graduated from DeVrys’ School of Beauty in Indiana. She eventually relocated to Tampa, where in 1969 she opened her first salon in … [Read more...]

No More Waiting With Experimac

Instead of standing around in the electronic sections of big box stores, or waiting in long lines at the Apple store in a mall, you can skip those tedious waits and head to Experimac’s store in Carrollwood for fast service, expert advice and refurbished Apple devices. Experimac’s focus is on repairing, buying and selling Apple products. It offers same-day service, and often fixes problems while … [Read more...]

Customers keep coming back to Culver’s

It’s been seven months since Culver’s opened in Wesley Chapel, and owner Marty Roeske said the welcoming from guests still hasn’t stopped. “There are a lot of Midwesterners living in the area who continually tell us how happy they are to finally have a Culver’s in Wesley Chapel,” said Marty. Long-time Culver’s customers, as well as those new to the chain, keep coming back for the … [Read more...]

Jo-z Wilder Leads New State Farm Office in Lutz

It’s hard to imagine anyone loving his or her job more than Jo-z Wilder — a State Farm agent who recently opened an office in Lutz. “I’ve been providing insurance for 30 years, and I absolutely love it,” exclaims Jo-z, who this past January opened a State Farm location on State Road 54, just east of Livingston Avenue. It was Jo-z’s experience at her husband’s State Farm agency in Spring Hill … [Read more...]

Treating Pain So It Does Not Come Back

It was just a year ago that Dr. Garret Soldano, a chiropractor for 10 years and owner of Integrated Spine & Pain Center, first learned about a new concept in health care that integrates traditional medicine with chiropractic care. “The more I researched this model, the more excited I became,” said Dr. Soldano. “Instead of just treating symptoms, integrated medicine figures out what is … [Read more...]