Sanjiv Tewari, MD, Joins Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital

Pulmonologist and Critical Care Specialist Sanjiv Tewari, MD, Joins Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital



Sanjiv Tewari, MD, Medical Director of Critical Care at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital welcomed Sanjiv Tewari, MD, as the Medical Director of Critical Care. Dr. Tewari completed his medical degree at the University of Alberta, residency in internal medicine at Summa Health System in Akron, and a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.  He is board certified in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, neurocritical care and sleep medicine.

Dr. Tewari has served on multiple boards and committees and has contributed to numerous research publications, book chapters and presentations.  He has been an active educator and has academic appointments at NEOMED and at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
Dr. Tewari is a member of multiple professional societies including the American College of Chest Physicians, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Thoracic Society. He has completed his Masters of Studies of Law recently and is a member of the American Bar Association.
Prior to leaving Cleveland Clinic Akron General in Ohio, Dr. Tewari served as the Department Chair of Internal Medicine for many years and he was the South Region Director for the Respiratory Institute at Cleveland Clinic. In addition to English, Dr. Tewari is also fluent in French, Hindi and Sindhi.
Dr. Tewari sees patients on a referral basis at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital.
About Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital
Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital is a 332-bed, not for profit hospital offering comprehensive medical services to the Treasure Coast community. The Welsh Heart Center, Scully-Welsh Cancer Center and Scully Endoscopy Center offer full-service programs and a multidisciplinary approach. Healthcare professionals represent specialties including orthopaedic services, minimally invasive vascular surgery, neurosurgery, stroke services, robotic surgery, a state-of-the-art wound healing center, bariatric surgery and the only maternity wing in the community. The hospital features all private rooms and is the largest private-sector employer in Indian River County. Learn more at

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Jan. 17, 2022|

GreenPointe Developers Commemorate Groundbreaking at Wylder

GreenPointe Developers Commemorate Groundbreaking at Wylder


GreenPointe Developers and the development team of H&J Contracting, Firethorn Underground, Kimley-Horn Engineering, and Lucido & Associates Design recently celebrated the start of construction at Wylder.


GreenPointe Developers, LLC announced construction is underway at Wylder, a new one-of-a-kind community in Port St. Lucie. GreenPointe and the development team of H&J Contracting, Firethorn Underground, Kimley-Horn Engineering, and Lucido & Associates Design recently celebrated the milestone with a commemorative groundbreaking.  

“GreenPointe Developers is pleased to bring new energy to the area with the introduction of Wylder, our newest master-planned community,” said GreenPointe Developers President Grady Miars. “This one-of-a-kind community will fully embrace its beautiful natural surroundings and offer an exceptional lifestyle for families of all ages.”

GreenPointe is creating a mixed-use community spanning 1,970 acres that will include 3,400 home sites and 600 multi-family units in residential neighborhoods offering an array of resort-style amenities and trail systems to connect families with nature. The community’s premier builder team will be announced soon. Homebuilding is anticipated to begin in Fall 2022 with new homes at Wylder starting in the upper $200s.

The first phase of construction includes a clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis and pickle ball courts, sports field, dog park, playground and event lawn. Wylder’s design incorporates community amenities surrounding a large lakefront recreation area for outdoor adventure. A greenway is planned through the community to provide neighborhood connectivity and access to biking, walking, jogging and other outdoor activities. Future plans for Wylder include a 113-acre public park, commercial and office space, and a St. Lucie County public high school. 

“With its high quality of life, a flourishing employment market, top-ranked schools and its prime location, Wylder will be a wonderful place live, work and raise a family,” said Austin Burr, South Florida Regional Manager, GreenPointe Developers. “We anticipate tremendous demand for this new community.” 

Located in Port St. Lucie between Midway and Glades-Cutoff roads, Wylder offers convenient access to I-95 and the Florida Turnpike and a wide array of nearby services including Cleveland Clinic Health Centers, top schools and universities, sports and recreation, business centers, and endless shopping and dining. 

For more information, visit


About GreenPointe Developers, LLC

GreenPointe Developers is the community and urban development division of GreenPointe Holdings with extensive real estate market data and analytical systems to rapidly assess real estate values and challenges.

The GreenPointe team has more than 140 years of collective experience in developing some of the most sought-after master-planned and condominium communities in the Southeast. The team creates and transforms residential and mixed-use communities into neighborhoods for today’s homebuyer while providing lasting, sustainable value.

Having the utmost respect for the land, the GreenPointe team works diligently to protect and enhance nature’s best assets. This thoughtful practice allows GreenPointe Developers to create and reenergize communities that provide for an enduring lifestyle where people want to live, work and enjoy recreation. More information is available at or (904) 996-2485. 

GreenPointe is proud to support the Monique Burr Foundation for Children and its mission to protect children by providing comprehensive, evidence-based personal safety programs. For more information, visit


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Jan. 17, 2022|

FSBDC at IRSC Profit Mastery Program

FSBDC at IRSC Profit Mastery Program


The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Indian River State College (IRSC) will hold another round of Financial Training, formally known as Profit Mastery, on the IRSC Blackburn Campus in Fort Pierce starting Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 6:00 P.M. EST.

This is an eight-week program offered to the public at no cost to participants. Local lenders have graciously partnered with the Florida SBDC Network to scholarship financial training and management across the Treasure Coast region. Valued at $499, the Florida SBDC at IRSC is encouraging business owners to register not only themselves but their bookkeepers, payroll execs, and others who may benefit from strengthening their budgetary knowledge.

Business owners, key managers, entrepreneurs, business advisors and others whose decisions have an impact on a company’s financial performance should consider participating. The Profit Mastery program is designed to enhance the financial management skills of all business managers.

To register please email [email protected] or call (772) 336-6285

Steve LeFever, Founder, and Chairman of Profit Mastery is a national leader in the development of practical financial programs and training for the independent business community. His dual role as a successful entrepreneur and as a commercial banker gives him a unique perspective on financial analysis, business management, and practical business decisions.

Sessions held in Fort Pierce by the FSBDC at IRSC are facilitated by business analyst, Clifton Vaughn. Vaughn is a Graduate of Miami-Dade College, Florida International University, and the St. Thomas University has over 40 years of business experience working in South Florida as an auditor, financial controller, financial planner, and small business owner and operator. During his years as a business professional he spent time in the airline industry, construction, consulting with small business owners, and teaching business and accounting courses at Johnson & Wales and St. Thomas Universities. Clifton has served on the Boards of Directors of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and the Miami-Dade Partnership for the Homeless.

To learn more about the program itself please visit To register or inquire about future sessions in other counties, contact your Florida SBDC at IRSC at [email protected] or call (772) 336-6285.



Profit Mastery Training Program

Jan. 10, 2022|

GEICO Opens New Vero Location

GEICO Opens New Vero Location


Maggie Deng

Maggie Deng, head of GEICO’s local office in Vero Beach.

GEICO has opened a new local office at 921 15th Place in Vero Beach to serve customers living in Vero Beach, Sebastian, Fort Pierce, Indian River, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. Maggie Deng leads the new office.
Deng started her insurance career in 2009, specializing in property and casualty. She expanded into the individual and group health markets and later served as a Florida insurance agency director. Deng holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida with a minor in entrepreneurship.
Deng and her staff members— Courtney Jones, LaTressa Rankin and Sean Caligiuri—can help customers purchase car insurance and coverage for umbrella, identity protection, jewelry, commercial auto insurance and more.
For those who enjoy spending time on the water, the Vero Beach office team can also help with insurance for boats of all sizes and personal watercraft.
“We’re more than just auto,” says Deng. “We can help with renters, condos, RV, motorcycle, and boat–which is a Floridian’s favorite pastime!”
“Vero Beach is a great city and a growing community for residents of all ages,” Deng explains. “Our primary goal is to provide all of the insurance needs of the customers in these communities and give back to the areas in which we serve.”

GEICO agents in the Vero Beach local office also look to bring savings to policyholders through multi-policy andspecial association and alumni discounts. For example, alumni from the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and Palm Beach State College may qualify for additional savings.


GEICO's Vero Beach local office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To get a quote or learn more about GEICO's Vero Beach local office, visit or call (772) 400-6680.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies, GEICO employs more than 43,000 associates countrywide. GEICO constantly strives to make lives better by protecting people against unexpected events while saving them money and providing an outstanding customer experience. Along with personal auto insurance, commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available. Homeownersrenterscondofloodidentity theftterm life, and morecoverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Visit for a quote or to learn more.
Jan. 10, 2022|

Marine Bank & Trust Expands Lending Team

Marine Bank & Trust Expands Lending Team


Kristy Contreras, Marine Bank & Trust

Marine Bank & Trust has announced that Kristy Contreras has joined its residential lending team serving Martin and St. Lucie counties.   She will be based in the Bank’s commercial and residential lending office at 240 NW Peacock Boulevard, Suite 302 in St. Lucie West.

“Today’s competitive home buying market is like nothing we’ve seen before,” said Bill Penney, President, and CEO of Marine Bank. “Marine Bank is helping to alleviate homebuyers’ anxiety by increasing our team of responsive customer-focused and service-driven professionals.  Our goal is to simplify the dream of homeownership.”

Contreras brings more than a decade of customer service, sales, and branch management experience to the Bank.

To meet 2021’s growing housing demand, the Bank has more than doubled its number of residential lenders.  In 2020, Marine Bank closed 221 residential loans totaling $61 million enabling its customers to buy homes or lower their existing loan rate.

Jan. 3, 2022|

Board-certified family medicine physician joins Cleveland Clinic Martin Health

Board-certified family medicine physician joins Cleveland Clinic Martin Health


Board-certified family medicine physician Jenny Berezanskaya, DO has joined Cleveland Clinic Martin Health. Dr. Berezanskaya is board-certified in both sports medicine and family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine, as well as family medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine.
Dr. Berezanskaya is skilled in ultrasound-guided procedures, including joint injections and lavage. She is also trained in osteopathic manipulative medicine and Botox injections for treatment of migraines.
Dr. Berezanskaya is now accepting new patients at the Martin Health location in St. Lucie West, 1095 NW St. Lucie West Blvd., Port St. Lucie. Patients may call 772.785.5581 to request an appointment, or they may also do so online at
Dr. Berezanskaya earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed the Family Medicine Residency program at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey. She completed the Sports Medicine Fellowship program at University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute.
About Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
Cleveland Clinic Martin Health is part of the Cleveland Clinic Florida region. It features three hospitals with 521 total beds, a free-standing emergency center, and numerous outpatient centers and clinics across Martin and St. Lucie counties on Florida’s east coast. Cleveland Clinic Martin Health offers preventive, primary and acute hospital care, as well as cancer care, a heart center, wellness and rehabilitation services, and much more. Learn more at
Dec. 27, 2021|

First Southern Bank expanding to Treasure Coast

First Southern Bank expanding to Treasure Coast, Watters named VP


Steve Watters Headshot

First Southern Bank, a full-service community bank serving Florida and Georgia, announced Monday that it plans to expand to the Treasure Coast and has named longtime Treasure Coast bankerSteve Watters  as a senior vice

Watters has joined First Southern Bank with more than 30 years of banking experience. He has been a regional bank executive leading teams in the Treasure Coast Region for the past 20 years. He has previously been with SunTrust, Harbor Community Bank and most recently with SouthState,  where he served as Treasure Coast regional retail executive.

 Kelly Ellis, west Florida market president for First Southern, said First Southern will open a loan production office in St. Lucie County in early 2022 with the intention of converting it to a full-service branch.

“We are pleased to welcome Steve to First Southern Bank,” said Daniel S. Hager, chairman and CEO. “As a seasoned market leader with valuable experience, we look forward to the insight, energy and value he will bring to the Bank in the coming years.”

Watters began his banking career with a small community bank in North Carolina and now is returning to his community banking roots with First Southern Bank.

Watters has served on numerous non-profit boards on the Treasure Coast as well as developing mentorship programs. Watters is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he majored in business administration.
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Dec. 20, 2021|

Governor Adds to IRSC District Board of Trustees

Governor Adds Dr. Melissa D. Kindell and Deputy Chief Milo Thornton to IRSC District Board of Trustees

Susan Caron, José Conrado and Anthony George Reappointed


IRSC New Appointees


On Friday, December 3, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of two Indian River State College alumni as the newest members of the College’s District Board of Trustees: Melissa Kindell, D.D.S., Owner of Everglades Pediatric Dentistry in Okeechobee, and Indian River County Sheriff Chief Deputy Milo Thornton.  Susan R. Caron (St. Lucie County), José L. Conrado (Indian River County) and Anthony D. George Jr. (Martin County), who serves as vice-chair for the board, were reappointed to another term.

“The individuals who serve on the Indian River State College District Board of Trustees comprise the most dedicated, thoughtful and visionary governing body on any institution of higher education anywhere, “ exclaims IRSC President Dr. Timothy Moore. “Governor DeSantis’ confidence in our mission is evident by these appointments. We are grateful for his support and look forward to realizing the Administration’s goal of Florida being number one in workforce education by 2030.”

Dr. Melissa Kindell, a pediatric dentist and Owner of Everglades Pediatric Dentistry, was born and raised in Okeechobee, Florida. After earning an Associate Degree at Indian River State College, she attended the University of Florida, where she received both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and a Doctorate of Dental Medicine. Kindell is President of the Board at Martha’s House and serves on the Executive Board of the Economic Council of Okeechobee. She and her husband, Eric, reside in Okeechobee with their two boys.

Milo Thornton, Deputy Chief, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, is an alumnus of IRSC—earning both his Associate in Science and Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice from the College.  For the past 15 years, Thornton has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at the IRSC Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex.  He is an active member of the Gifford Youth Achievement Center, New Horizons of the Treasure Coast, Crossover Mission, Sunrise Rotary, Head Start, Dodgertown Elementary Community Partnership and Substance Awareness Center of Indian River County.

Susan Caron of Fort Pierce has served on the IRSC District Board of Trustees since 2012. She is an administrative assistant for the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners. Caron was the owner and vice president of Robert M. Caron Construction Inc. She is a current member of the Association of Community College Trustees and previously served on the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council.

José L. Conrado of Vero Beach, is the President of Conrado Enterprises. He is a former Chair of the IRSC District Board of Trustees and the Indian River State College Foundation. In 2020, he was recognized as Trustee of the Year by the Association of Florida Colleges. Conrado’s other community involvement includes active roles with Take Stock in Children, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, the Rotary Club, and the Hibiscus Children’s Center. Conrado earned his Associate Degree from Indian River State College and was recognized with the IRSC Distinguished Alumni Award.

Attorney Anthony D. George Jr. has been a Florida Bar member since 1989. He owns a Stuart-based law practice focusing on elder law. Tony was first appointed to the Indian River State College District Board of Trustees in 2014 and presently serves as Vice-Chair. In high school, he took classes at Indian River Community College.  Tony earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law.  In their spare time, Tony and his wife Deby try to keep up with their five children.

The nine-member board is comprised of members from each of the four counties in the IRSC service district—St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee—and establishes the policies that govern the operation of the College. Other members include Chairperson Sandra J. Krischke (St. Lucie County), Vicki Davis (Martin County), Christa Luna (Okeechobee County), and Brant Schirard Jr. (St. Lucie County).

Dec. 13, 2021|

FSBDC at IRSC Regional Director Joins Intuit/NACCE Ambassador Program

FSBDC at IRSC Regional Director Joins Intuit and NACCE Ambassador Program


Tom Kindred

Tom Kindred, FSBDC at IRSC Regional Director

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) in partnership with Intuit is pleased to announce the acceptance of fourteen colleges into their newly launched Ambassadors Program. Selected educators will support and champion the Financial Management for Entrepreneurs (FMFE) initiative, as well as Intuit’s Design for Delight, which utilizes design thinking methodology to teach students how to approach critical problem-solving.“The FMFE curriculum stands ready to make a tremendous impact nationally with fifty community colleges and HBCUs adopting it and another fifty NACCE members becoming Innovation Catalysts,” said Dr. Rebecca Corbin, president, and CEO of NACCE.

The FMFE initiative started in the fall of 2018 with the ultimate goal of empowering future entrepreneurs with the right financial management tools and skills required for long-term business success. Since its inception, NACCE and Intuit have reached over 750 for-credit and non-credit students with this turnkey, modular curriculum. Over 70% of students who completed the post-tests shared that they felt confident in their ability to manage business finances and over 85% felt confident in their ability to manage their personal finances.

In 2020, NACCE and Intuit partnered to train educators on how Design for Delight can be used to identify unsolved problems, gain empathy, run rapid experiments with actual customers, test assumptions, and iterate along the way. NACCE and Intuit hosted two pieces of training, co-developed an Intuit Design Thinking Innovator digital badge, and reached over 300 educators and more than 1,000 students.

“Intuit is proud to partner with NACCE to help students develop critical personal and business financial skills and the entrepreneurial mindset needed to start and run their own business or work for an existing company,” says Dave Zasada, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Intuit.

Please join us in welcoming the following colleges to the Ambassadors Program:

  • Kelly Barber – Halifax Community College (NC)
  • Vivian Faustino-Pulliam – City College of San Francisco (CA)
  • Deborah Gaspard – Metropolitan Community College (NE)
  • Gary Graves – Fullerton College (CA)
  • Holly Hanson – Roane State Community College (TN)
  • Neil Higgins – Cuesta College (CA)
  • Tom Kindred – Indian River State College (FL)
  • Jackeline Davila Mejias-Fuertes – NJ SDBC at Brookdale Community College (NJ)
  • Amy Pietsch – Fox Valley Technical College (WI)
  • Pam Pirog – Housatonic Community College (CT)
  • Matt Poyle – Lorain County Community College (OH)
  • Shane Snipes – Borough of Manhattan Community College (NY)
  • Ronda Taylor – Ivy Tech Community College (IN)
  • Danelle Toups – Tarrant County College (TX)





NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on igniting entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses. NACCE has two main goals: to empower college leaders to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset and to grow the community college's role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem. NACCE unites a dynamic network of community colleges. For more information, visit

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Dec. 6, 2021|

IRSC Nursing Program Expansion Update

IRSC to Reveal Plans for Nursing Program Expansion


IRSC Nursing Students

IRSC Nursing Students


There’s a critical need for more nurses in Florida. According to the Florida Hospital Association, by 2035, the state will have 59,100 fewer nurses than it requires. In direct response to this workforce crisis, on Tuesday, December 14, Indian River State College will announce plans to double the number of graduates in its nursing programs and launch the construction phase of a project that moves the IRSC School of Nursing to its Pruitt Campus in Port St. Lucie by Fall 2022.

The public is invited to attend the event on IRSC’s Pruitt Campus (500 N.W. California Blvd.) at 10:00 a.m. The event site, Building G, is one of two structures slated for complete re-imagination as IRSC works with Harvard Jolly Architecture—one of the largest firms in Florida with expertise in healthcare architecture and interior design—to transform the buildings into state-of-the-art nursing classrooms and simulated clinical settings. Proctor Construction, the firm responsible for the new Advanced Workforce Training Complex and multiple IRSC renovation projects, will construct the new home for the School of Nursing.

“Graduates of the IRSC Nursing program have always been highly sought-after,” states Dr. Timothy Moore, IRSC President. “Not a week goes by where at least one local healthcare facility reaches out to our School of Nursing to connect with alumni or soon-to-be graduates. By expanding our Nursing program and investing in these modern facilities, we can be even more responsive to our partners’ workforce needs.”

IRSC Associate Degree and R.N. to B.S.N. Nursing programs are nationally accredited, and students train to local and state clinical requirements. Licensure and certification rates for IRSC Associate Degree in Nursing students are consistently above state and national levels. Over the past three years, the average employment rate for IRSC A.D.N. graduates averaged 99%.

The December 14 event will feature renderings of the facilities, nursing simulations, a meet-and-greet with IRSC nursing students and faculty, and addresses from Nancy Hilton, M.N., R.N., NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Lucie Medical Center; Robert Lord Jr., President, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health; and Dr. Timothy Moore, President, Indian River State College.

Those interested in joining IRSC at the “Reimaging Nursing” event should R.S.V.P. to Nina Jewett, Pruitt Campus Coordinator, at 772-336-6210 or [email protected] no later than Monday, December 12.

Dec. 6, 2021|