A Romantic Weekend Getaway

A Romantic Weekend Getaway

by Trish Utter For a minute I thought I was in . . . Paris! But I was at the Park Plaza Hotel in Winter Park, which is close to downtown Orlando. More »

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019

by Trish Utter This is the automotive equivalent of the Super Bowl. Anyone that knows me would tell you that this is THE event of the year that I have been waiting More »

Protecting Your Family

Protecting Your Family

by Trish Utter Over a year ago I was getting off the highway, and came to a stop at the traffic light when I was hit from behind. It didn’t seem like More »

The Excitement of…MIAMI!

The Excitement of…MIAMI!

by Trish Utter The chill of winter is here, but it’s 78 degrees in Miami! Don’t you just love living in Florida? There are so many places we can drive to for More »

Do Your New Year’s Resolutions Need Help?

Do Your New Year’s Resolutions Need Help?

by Danielle D’Silva With the New Year come all the same old resolutions lose weight, get healthier, get in shape… you name it. We start with high hopes thinking, “maybe this year More »

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Hugh Cain

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Hugh Cain

Meet Hugh Cain, he has been in the Alachua area for some time and is well known for his insurance business as an Allstate agent. Where are you from and why did More »


Treatment, Diet, Acupuncture and Caring Doctors

by Ruth Ward

Medical professionals should all follow in the footsteps of the amazing team at The Cancer Center at North Florida Regional Hospital. Here is one woman’s story on how they helped her through her journey. She not only received treatments and medical advice but they also discussed and reviewed her diet, helping to turn her life around by eating more nutrient dense foods such as kale, vegetables and other healthy whole foods. As Dr. Hayes says, “getting back to living off the land!” One thing these doctors agree on is that too many people rely on processed foods for their daily nutrition. Changing your diet makes a difference not only in the prevention of many diseases, but also with the prevention of cancer. Additionally, it helps to improve the tolerance of treatment for cancer and aid in recovery. The office even offers acupuncture, integrative health and “food therapy” all which has been shown to alleviate a variety of symptoms and help with recovery as well.

Here is one patient’s story:

I got my first mammogram at age 40 and every year right on time after that. I also did a breast self-exam in the shower, after my period. After I stopped having them, I began to do them on the first of every month. I had this thought that if I obeyed the schedule perfectly, I’d never get breast cancer. I’m a B cup, and I figured since I had less breast tissue, the chances of cancer had to be lower. When the mammography tech said I needed to stay after my mammogram for a few extra pictures, I wasn’t worried. She told me the radiologist had seen something, and I needed to have an ultrasound too, and then a biopsy. I began to have second thoughts. The radiologist did it all the same day, and I went home with her words bouncing around in my head: “I think it’s very possible you have a small breast cancer.” I couldn’t sleep at all that night, but I didn’t say anything to my husband because I wasn’t ready for it to be real.

The radiologist referred me to a surgeon, and I told my husband the next morning because I wanted him to come with me to the appointment. “Am I hearing the right thing?!” We saw the surgeon soon after. She spent over an hour with us, confirmed that the biopsy results showing breast cancer, and explained that I could have a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. If I chose lumpectomy I would need radiation as well, possibly chemotherapy and something called antiestrogen therapy. She set up appointments for me with a Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Hayes, and a Medical Oncologist, Dr. Dickerson, at The Cancer Center at North Florida. Also, I had been taking Premarin, (hormone replacement therapy) to help with the symptoms of menopause. She told me I should stop that, since the estrogen can stimulate the breast cancer to grow faster.

Donnie Lancaster, Local, Iconic, Stylist

by Trish Utter

I have been coming to see Donnie Lancaster at Sixth Street Station for over 12 years. After living in London, New York and Los Angeles it was a challenge to find a hair stylist that could live up to my expectations. But I found that with Donnie.

Where are you from and what brought you to Gainesville?

I’m from Cheifland, FL. I moved to Tampa to go to beauty school and lived there for 20 years. I was near Westshore Mall and I loved living there. Then I returned home to look after my mother after my father passed away in 1992. I missed city life and Gainesville seemed to be the best location for me. I now live in Northwest Gainesville.

At what age did you start to get interested in hair and who was your biggest inspiration?

When I was a child I went to the salon with my mother for her hair appointments and her German stylist told me that one day I would be a great hairstylist. She said that the majority of stylists in Germany were men, and that I was helpful when I was there, and I would do well as a stylist. I had no interest at the time. As a young adult I had worked on a farm and a grocery store. I knew I did not want to stay in Cheifland and be a farmer. I hated college and gave up my scholarship. I started my schooling in hair and never looked back.

Where did you get most of your training?

My initial training was in Tampa. I received more training in Gainesville, Orlando, New York and traveled with Matrix as an aesthetics educator in make-up and skin care and got lots of training with hair color from Paul Mitchell and Jingles.

Are you … EGGcited?

It is a fast growing trend to keep your own chickens. More and more people are becoming aware of eating, healthy, fresh, organic and home grown foods. If you look at your Facebook page you will probably see your friends not
only posting photos of their children or dogs but also their…chicken coops!

Benefits of a “Home Grown Egg”

  • 25% more Vitamin E and 40% more Vitamin A
  • 75% more Beta Carotene
  • 20 times the amount of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • 1/3 the cholesterol as a factory farmed egg
  • 1/4 less saturated fat

When you crack open one of these eggs you will see a bright yellow yolk and clear whites.

The number of hens you keep depends on your local ordinances, deed restrictions and Home Owners Association rules. Roosters are usually prohibited because of the noise.

Hens start to lay eggs at 6 months old. On average, you will get 2 eggs a day with 2 hens.

Can men get Breast Cancer?

by Dr. Allison Grow

Absolutely! However, it is about 100 times less common than in women. Men have about a 1 in 1000 chance to develop breast cancer in their lifetime (comparing to a 1 in 8 chance in women). In 2017, about 2500 US men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and about 450 will die of it. For perspective, about 117,000 US men will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, and 85,000 will die of it.

Men have a small amount of breast tissue, and the cells lining the ducts can become cancerous just as they can in women. However, since men’s breast tissue never develops during puberty, the number of cells is much lower, and they are not stimulated by estrogen as they often are in women.

Possible symptoms of breast cancer to watch for include:

  • A lump or swelling, which is usually (but not always) painless.
  • Skin dimpling or puckering.
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Redness or scaling of the nipple or breast skin.
  • Discharge from the nipple.


  • 232,000 estimated number of new cases in the US every year
  • 1 in 8 women diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Most common type of cancer in women in the US
  • 14% of all new cancer cases
  • New case diagnosed every 2 minutes
  • Avg. age of diagnosis is 61

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Dr. Cherylle Hayes

Dr. Cherylle Hayes is an Oncologist at The Cancer Center at North Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Hayes is one of the hardest and smartest working women in the area that we know. We have seen Dr. Hayes supporting many local charitable events including PALS.

Where are you from and when did you move to Gainesville and why?

I am from Fort Lauderdale and moved to Gainesville at the end of 1996 to work with the department of radiation oncology at the University of Florida as an assistant professor. I fell in love the Gainesville community and enjoy the team I work with at North Florida Radiation Oncology (dream team).

How do you relax?

Hmmmm, that’s a good question…Is that learned? I relax by getting away and sleeping in after 8am! I love to read, exercise in any form (long walks, swimming, etc.) and really appreciate being with my friends and family.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

Amelia Island…It’s a great place to catch up on rest and enjoy long walks on the beach. It is peaceful, great place to roam around with a lot of natural habitat and quiet with a lot of foodie places to enjoy….

What gadget and/or app can’t you live without?

Waze…I’m not telling why!

From the Desktop

desk1by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

Looking back at 2016 I am amazed at how fast the last 10 years have gone. Good Life certainly has come a long way since our first issue back in 2006. My son was 10 and my daughter was 9 years old. Now they are young adults. Many of you have watched them grow up through the pages of the magazine or followed us on Facebook. You have seen them both get their drivers licenses, graduate High School and go on to college. I have seen many of your children grow up too, like, Alexa from The Floor Store in Newberry. I have been taking her photos for 10 years, and look at this beautiful young girl now. When I arrived for the last photo shoot with Alexa I had a lollipop for her. She was so excited and wanted to show me something she had bought herself. It was a shirt from Buckle! As you all know Buckle is a very expensive, trendy adult clothing store. This kind of made me realize that she was now a young adult and the lollipop would now have to be changed for something more mature in the future. Time goes by so fast. It is so wonderful to have worked with clients like The Floor Store for so many years. We have really got to know, not just their business but also the families behind the companies that advertise with us. We are so happy for Chuck Bush, from Chuck Bush Auto, who just got married. You can see some of his beautiful photos from the wedding in this issue.

It’s time to get FIT!

fit1Before you know it, it will be time to be on the beach again but you might be regretting eating like a chipmunk over the Holidays. It is time to be thinking of your health. Owners, Devin and Brittany Lawrence have the perfect place for to get into shape…. Northflo Crossfit.

Where are you from and why did you choose SW Gainesville for your business location?

My wife, Brittany and I are from Ocala FL where I was the head coach of a large CrossFit gym there for 6 years. We chose the area due to its easy accessibility from both of the major hospitals and its close proximity to the UF campus.

Local Celebrity Spotlight – William C. Storoe IV, DDS PA

dentist1If you have attended any of the local charitable events around town chances are you have bumped into Dr .William Storoe or Bill as his friends call him. He is always full of humor and fun and never without his beautiful wife DeAnna. He has photos of his children all over his office. Dr. Storoe is a well-known name with all the local dentists as he is the Oral Surgeon that removes a lot of wisdom teeth in the Gainesville and surrounding areas.

Where are you from and when did you move to Gainesville and why?

I am originally from Warrenville, Illinois… a small town about 35 miles west of Chicago. Town of only about 600 people when my parents moved there in 1964… I remember being able to see the Aurora Borealis from our back yard when I was little… Now you’re lucky if you can see five stars! We moved to Gainesville in March 2002 when I purchased a local practice and started practicing Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

How do you relax?

Relax?!?!? What’s That??? That is the problem, I seem to have a difficult time relaxing. Married with four kids, with an active dog and a very busy family extracurricular
life, I have very little time to ever sit down and relax. However, we do a great variety of things for fun! Fishing, hunting, skeet, dog training, water sports, golf, surfing, boating, etc., all in addition to working a very busy practice, maintaining 15 acres and our family. I’m lucky if I get 4-5 hours of sleep a night!