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By Staff | Apr 14, 2020

Mark Rodgers

Sanibel restaurant shows thanks to healthcare workers

Local hospital staffers battling on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic had one less thing to worry about on Easter Sunday. This past weekend, Sweet Melissa’s Cafe on Sanibel provided 150 free Easter dinners to the staff at HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers.

Last week, the restaurant and Executive Chef Melissa Donahue offered an Easter dinner menu, featuring holiday favorites. For every $50 spent by customers, a meal was donated to the hospital.

Sweet Melissa’s Cafe will continue to offer its “Family Style Friday” menu each week.

For more information, visit sweetmelissascafe.com or www.facebook.com/sweetmelissascafesanibel.

Sweet Melissa’s Cafe is at 1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

FYZICAL continues to offer physical therapy services

Categorized by authorities as an essential health care provider during the COVID-19 outbreak, FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers continues to offer essential physical therapy services in its out-patient setting with its team of therapists.

It is following all precautions and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local government, and has added the following additional measures:

– Screening patients for illness or exposure to illness.

– Limiting the number of people in the clinic.

– Social distancing within the clinic.

– Providing maximal sanitization in the clinic and using personal protective equipment.

It has also implemented the following alternative services:

– Providing home treatment visits for those who fall under the necessary guidelines. Therapists are following strict and appropriate measures when entering homes to ensure safety.

– Virtual video telehealth services for physical therapy evaluation and treatment to serve patient needs by monitoring and progressing treatment. Telehealth services can be accessed with a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and the virtual-video call platform being used is encrypted and HIPAA-compliant.

– Telephone check-ups with physical therapist to address concerns or questions.

FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers Sanibel is at 4301 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel. For more information, visit FYZICAL.com/Sanibel or contact 239-395-1097 or PtofSanibel@gmail.com.

LeAne Suarez Group joins John R. Wood

The John R. Wood Properties Island Palm Region announced that the LeAne Suarez Group, which consists of Suarez, Ken Suarez, Alec Suarez and Austin Suarez, recently joined its team.

Suarez acquired her Florida real estate license in 1992 and is a full-time full-service broker and Realtor. She has expertise in the luxury market and resort real estate on Sanibel-Captiva and in Southwest Florida. Suarez is a member of the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, and she holds the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Specialist designation and Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist certification.

Ken Suarez is president-owner of Estate Management LLC. He has over 27 years of experience in property management, mainly focusing on Captiva. A veteran of the United States Coast Guard, he began his career on Captiva in 1988 at the South Seas Plantation Resort and Yacht Harbour. He later started Estate Management in 1995, servicing the islands as a residential property management company.

Born and raised in Fort Myers and on Sanibel-Captiva, Alec Suarez gained a wealth of knowledge and strong appreciation for the islands while attending The Sanibel School. While attending Bishop Verot Catholic High School, he continued his island-education by working weekends on Sanibel and Captiva for his father’s property management and construction company.

Austin Suarez is property manager at Estate Management. He attended The Sanibel School and Bishop Verot Catholic High School. He continued his education with academic and athletic scholarships at Florida Southern College, playing for the men’s lacrosse team. He recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in political science and was selected to The National Society of Leadership and Success.

San Cap Community Bank promotes Rodgers

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank recently announced the promotion of Mark Rodgers to assistant vice president at its Gateway branch.

His primary responsibility is to continue expanding the bank’s lending footprint in the Gateway community.

Rodgers has been a loan officer at the Gateway location since 2018. He has over two decades of banking experience as well as a background in the home health care industry.