The area’s Top 20 health and wellness professionals.
Lori Esarey, MS, ARNP-C, CS, CFT, ABAAHP, FAARFM
Owner // Total Nutrition And Therapeutics
What makes you passionate about your job? Who couldn’t be passionate when every day they see lives radically changing—people healing physically and emotionally, developing healthy relationships with food and ending years of bondage, clients reducing or eliminating medications and basically taking ownership of their health! Warms my heart!
How long have you been in your field? I have been a family nurse practitioner since 1995, however, I transitioned to Nutritional and Lifestyle medicine in 2006.
What is your greatest career achievement? Educationally speaking, becoming board certified in anti-aging and restorative medicine and earning my second master’s degree in 2012 in nutritional and metabolic medicine. As it relates to my career, I am most proud of my business, Total Nutrition and Therapeutics. When I started this practice, many of my colleagues urged me to reconsider, stating that this type of practice would never work. Now, this practice is thriving and although it is a very nontraditional medical practice, it is now becoming what many people are looking for. I am so grateful that God allowed many things to occur in my life that allowed me to start and grow TNT. We have successfully helped many people get healthy, get fit, and most importantly understand the power they have to be their best version of them! Rewarding, very rewarding.
What is your secret to success? First , without a doubt is my relationship with Christ. Trusting God’s plan has been key to my success. He has been faithful to provide every opportunity to grow, He has provided financially and has allowed me to practice medicine that matters. As a result of complete trust, I can have a positive mindset, and never-give-up attitude and willingness to try and fail, learning through the process and knowing that is a part of the plan. I am grateful for each opportunity I have to use my knowledge to help others.
Joanne M. Keller, ARNP
Family Nurse Practitioner, owner // Joanne M. Keller, ARNP Health and Wellness Practice
How long have you been in your field? 33 years
What is your greatest career achievement? I became an RN in May 1985, an ARNP in 1996. My greatest career achievement is owning and operating my independent nurse practitioner practice for the past 17 years.
What is your secret to success? Always looking for the best in people, situations, and events. Never giving up despite adversity that came my way. Constantly staying ahead of the curve with new and innovative ideas to attract people who want to improve their quality of lives.
Pet Peeve: People who insist on texting while driving, despite the law that prohibits this activity.
Favorite quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”—Mahatma Gandhi
Guilty pleasure: Binge watching “Grace and Frankie” on Netflix
Favorite exercise: Kayaking
Favorite health snack: Organic Granny Smith apple with lots of almond butter
What are your favorite hobbies? Protecting sea turtles, flower bed gardening, crocheting.
Dr. Joshua Olcott
Owner/Operator // Olcott Chiropractic and Wellness Center
What makes you passionate about your job? I love helping people get pain-free and back to doing the things they love to do.
How long have you been in your field? 10 years
What is your greatest career achievement? Opening my own clinic from scratch.
What is your secret to success? Determination and hard work.
Pet Peeve: Greed and inefficiency
Favorite quote: “That’s what I do, I drink and I know things.”—Tyrion Lannister
Guilty pleasure: A quality Old Fashioned…nothing beats it.
Favorite exercise: Long-distance running
Favorite health snack: Spinach
What are your favorite hobbies? Spending time with my son typically at Universal or Disney.
Juli Romero, RN, CCWS, ACC
Wellness Program Coordinator // Central Florida Health
How long have you been in your field? A long time! I am thrilled to see the continual integration of prevention and wellness growing within the traditional medical model; it wasn’t always this way.
What is your greatest career achievement? My current position as the wellness program coordinator at Central Florida Health (Leesburg Regional Medical Center & The Villages Regional Hospital)
What is your secret to success? Even when the answer is “no”, don’t let it stop you, there is always another way. I also surround myself with a strong, positive like -minded team and we work together to achieve the successful outcomes we desire.
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate, of course.
Favorite exercise: Short and sweet yet power-filled HIIT session.
Favorite health snack: Apples, mangos and kiwis.
Doctor of Chiropractic
What makes you passionate about your job? I love making a difference in people’s lives. It is my goal to make sure I help improve my patients’ health by providing the knowledge and education needed to lead healthier lifestyles, without the use of drugs or surgery.
How long have you been in your field? 9 years.
What is your greatest career achievement? Winning the Top Chiropractors in America Award and being publicized in the Leading Physicians of the World magazine.Wellness physician for Team USA inline and having one athlete make the Winter Olympics in speed skating.
What is your secret to success? Focus, drive, dedication, and “never give up” attitude. I strongly empathize with my patients and truly care about helping them, so I always give everything I have to make sure they improve.
Pet Peeve: Unnecessary back surgeries
Favorite quote: “The doctor of the future will give no medication but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” —Thomas Edison
Personal trainer and owner // Infinity Fitness
What makes you passionate about your job? My passion comes from the personal relationships and the lifelong friendships with my clients. Some of my clients have been with me for over 10 years.
How long have you been in your field? 20 years
Who is your hero in the health field? My hero will always be Arnold Schwarzenegger. His book entitled “Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding” changed my life and gave me the direction, drive, and knowledge to match my passion.
Pet peeve: Slow walkers. Nothing is worse for me then having to walk behind someone inching along. Of course, I remain courteous, but I think bad thoughts!
Favorite exercise: My favorite exercise in the gym is seated rows, simply because I’m very good at them.
Richard T. Bosshardt, MD
What makes you passionate about your job? Mark Twain said the two most important days in anyone’s life are the day they were born and the day they realized why. I feel that plastic surgery is what I was meant to do. I wake up in the morning feeling blessed and excited to come to work.
How long have you been in your field? 40 years, 29 as a plastic surgeon.
What is your greatest career achievement? My reputation. I worked very hard to build a good reputation as a plastic surgeon who does good work and who cares. As the saying goes, you are only as good as your last success.
What is your secret to success? I love what I do and continually strive to be better each day. Getting paid is icing on the cake.
Who is your hero in the health field? I have two heroes in the health field. My grandfather, Dr. Abel Tavares de Lacerda, who influenced my decision to pursue medicine, and my professor and mentor, D. Ralph Millard Jr., MD, who trained me to be the best plastic surgeon I could be.
Favorite Exercise: Running
Fitness, Wellness, & Performance Services Supervisor // The National Training Center at South Lake Hospital
What makes you passionate about your job? The people, I truly love helping people. Whether it’s leading my amazing team so they can best serve others in their journey through health and wellness, working with a business leader to create a wellness program for their employees, or leading our South Lake Hospital employees through our Healthy Back program, I feel I can truly affect someone’s journey to a healthier life.
How long have you been in your field? Longer than I feel old, that I can tell you—ha! I’ve always been ‘in my field’ so to speak. I played sports all my life, my first job was a lifeguard at the age of 15, I was an EMT by the age of 16, I studied exercise science and community health in college, and since then have worked professionally in this field for the last 17 years.
What is your greatest career achievement? Helping others, it’s really that simple. I rewrote the answer to this question about 20 times so far, but this is truly what it’s all about.
Isaac L. Mitchell, MD
What makes you passionate about your job? The understanding that God has blessed me with certain talents and abilities that allow me to greatly improve other people’s lives.
How long have you been in your field? 15 years
What is your secret to success? Never forgetting where I started.
Who is your hero in the health field? Charles Drew, MD
Favorite quote: “They will never count me among the broken men.” —George Lester Johnson
Favorite exercise: Basketball
Favorite health snack: Trail Mix
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
What makes you passionate about your job? Every day I help people achieve their optimum health.
How long have you been in your field? 18 years, treated over 20,000 patients, performed over 100,000 acupuncture treatments.
What is your secret to success? Listening— patients will tell you what is wrong with them if you just listen long enough.
Who is your hero in the health field? My mentor, Dr. Rong Da Zhu
Guilty pleasure: Vinyl—Listening to jazz on vinyl records.
Pet peeve: Squeeky wheels on shopping carts.
Doctor of Chiropractor, Owner // Glover Chiropractic Clinic
What makes you passionate about your job? Seeing the positive changes in someone as a result from care. When someone is in pain, they aren’t themselves. Getting them functioning and feeling better allows them to be a better spouse, parent, teacher, etc.
How long have you been in your field? 11 years What is your secret to success? Put God first.
Who is your hero in the health field? A fellow classmate of mine, Dr. Josh Axe. He is pretty famous now but we went to school together and looking back there were certain traits that helped propel him to where he is. He wouldn’t listen to naysayers or come up with excuses why things wouldn’t work and focused more what steps are needed to fulfill whatever goal he had at the time.
Pet Peeve: Negativity
Favorite quote: “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”—Henry Ford
Guilty pleasure: Professional wrestling
Dr. Nitza I. Alvarez
Cardiologist, Owner // Tri County Heart Institute
What makes you passionate about your job? The opportunity of providing care when patients are more vulnerable, being able to give them hope, healing and peace.
How long have you been in your field? 7 years
What is your greatest career achievement? Being able to be independent in order to spend more time with my family.
What is your secret to success? Practice medicine with the highest standard of care.
Who is your hero in the health field? Audrey Evans, co-founder of Ronald McDonald House.
Pet Peeve: Not being organized.
Favorite quote: Serving is the highest purpose!
Guilty pleasure: Eating artesian bread and custom pastries.
Favorite exercise: Running.
Certified personal trainer and certified youth specialist. Co-owner/coach of NOT THE NORM CROSSFIT
How long has she been doing this? 1997
What makes you passionate about your job? I care about each one of our clients. I want to fight/end childhood obesity. I want to help older people keep their independence by helping them to be able to move their bodies a long time.
What is your greatest career achievement? Co-owning a gym. That has been my dream since 2011 when my aunt, my friend, and I talked about opening one together.
What is your secret to success? Really caring about all of our clients.
Who is your hero in the health field? My heroes are our clients that come in every day and give it 110 percent.
Pet Peeve: When someone doesn’t think they can do CrossFit, it’s for everyone. Everything is scalable to one’s ability.
Favorite quote: Everything happens for a reason!
Guilty pleasure: Donut King! I only get it about two times a year.
Group Fitness instructor// National Training Center
What makes you passionate about your job? Helping members reach their goals regardless of what they might be.
How long have you been in your field? I got my certifications in 2003 but I have always been physically active in some way—sports/working on a farm/etc.
What is your greatest career achievement? Being nominated again for this honor.
What is your secret to success? Listening to my clients/members and helping them achieve their goals. Understanding my limitations and always keep a positive attitude!! Always thankful that I have been blessed to be able to teach and do what I LOVE!!
Who is your hero in the health field? My friend/mentor Johnna Evans. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be teaching. Also, when your members achieve their goals and you see the smiles on their faces and they say, “Thank you!” that’s what it’s all about.
Pet Peeve: Hearing a trainer/instructor call a client “fat.” That’s so degrading and is uncalled for. They need to be lifted up not put down. Perfumes/oils worn to the gym. People (including myself) have allergies and sensitivities to smells, and it’s hard to breathe when someone “bathes” themselves in a fragrance.
Favorite exercise: I don’t really have a favorite exercise. I just like the feeling of knowing I’ve pushed myself to my limits and feel the burn/shake afterwards and maybe the next day…LOL.
Owner //Gear for Multisport Athletic Store
What is your greatest career achievement? On the weekends, I race. I think I am proudest of all the local races, running and triathlon, that I have been able to win outright. It has been a 20-year stretch for me running and racing. It feels pretty good to come in to the store on Monday mornings my customers swing by the store to recap the weekend park run or a local tri we shared. As I get older (I am 44), I think I appreciate my athletic wins more and more but appreciate the camaraderie most.
What is your secret to success? I would say I have serious drive and am highly competitive. I might not always be the most talented kid on the block, but I will put in the work. Having a strong work ethic (both in business and in my running and racing) makes for success.
Pet Peeve: Air conditioning and being cold. I am always cold no matter what. Even in warm Florida.
Favorite health snack: Blueberries. I can eat a lot of blueberries!