Victoria Roberts, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA®) knows the emotional and financial struggles women face when going through divorce—both her mother and grandmother dealt with them. “It’s why I specialize in helping women,” Victoria says. “As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™, I can use my knowledge to help a woman better understand her situation. Things such as the importance of carrying a life insurance policy on her spouse to replace child support
or the loss of alimony should
Victoria’s personal experience is why working with her is like working with a friend. She provides financial advice and planning strategies for women who are going through a divorce or other life changes. Victoria understands that her clients may feel overwhelmed by emotions that accompany these life transitions, and provides sound advice and reassurance about the choices they make. She lives by the motto, “Comprehensive Financial Guidance with Integrity and Caring,” and is passionate about empowering women to take control of their financial lives.
Victoria provides a holistic approach to financial planning and addresses her client’s emotional motivations, resources, and values to create a personalized financial plan. The Financial Clarity Process provides each client with creative insight and intelligent information. The results are practical solutions that exemplify thoughtful care and guidance based on your goals and Victoria’s expertise.
A CDFA® Can Be Your
Best Asset During Divorce Mediation
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The moment you walk into Adjust Your Life Chiropractic, you know you’re somewhere special. The office ambience is calm, welcoming, and friendly— just like Dr. Colleen Ford and her staff.
“It’s important that patients feel comfortable and relaxed,” Dr. Ford says. “Chiropractic treatments can benefit everyone, from one day old to 99+ years, but some people are unnerved by the big movements and ‘cracking’ noise. No worries here. For those patients, as well as more fragile infants and geriatric patients, I use a special instrument for adjustments. It’s very light and gentle with no cracking noises. I also offer massage therapy, stim therapy, traction, and ultrasound to help with muscle stiffness and support.”
Gary Lostoski was looking for a new chiropractor when he met Dr. Ford at a Pet Adoption event. “I talked to her, then made an appointment. She’s great! I have a bad back, and my job requires lifting things, so I mostly go to her for general maintenance. Her office opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 7:30 p.m., so that’s perfect for people who work.
After Lori Devine’s kids were in a car wreck, she knew just who to call to help with their pain. “Dr. Ford is terrific. She fixed an old cervical injury for me, and she’s super sweet—my kids felt totally comfortable with her. I refer her over and over again and will always do so.”
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The experience was better than advertised. You met Brad and Ashley Masuga at the soccer field where your kids play, and you were impressed with their philosophy of care, so you decided to make an appointment.
You arrived on time, and they got you right in, no waiting. During the eye exam, Dr. Masuga talked with you about aspects of your vision health no other eye doctor ever mentioned before. You never felt rushed, and you left feeling better informed and genuinely appreciated. Back out front, it was time to pick your new frames. The staff seemed to know exactly what would look great and feel amazing. A trip to the eye doctor has never felt this good!
Family And Community
When Drs. Brad and Ashley Masuga opened InFocus Family Eyecare in May 2014, their goal was to educate patients about their vision care options, help them make informed choices about their eyewear, vision, and overall health, and to do their part to make the great community of Lakewood Ranch even better.
“Part of being successful in business is supporting your community,” Dr. Ashley says. “From providing jobs and the best care and service we can for our patients, to being involved in local events like First Friday on Main, we want to be here, serving, any way we can.”
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Once again, you’re sitting at Thai Spice & Sushi of Lakewood Ranch, excitedly waiting for your food and wondering, Did I order the right thing? Sigh. Everything is so incredibly delicious, deciding what you want is always tough.
The Pad Thai is one of your favorites, and you love the Green Curry with chicken and all the great vegetables—you get that a lot. But tonight you’re on a first date, so you decided on the Larb Kai, a superbly unique, slightly spicy, seared ground chicken salad, plus their fantastic Seafood Soup—just in case “he” wants a taste.
He mentioned he liked Thai food, and you suggested going to your favorite local Thai restaurant. On your recommendation, your date ordered the Crispy Duck as his entree. Great choice and, hopefully, he may even offer you a bite or two.
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They said the course at Waterlefe Golf & River Club was challenging, but standing here on the 15th tee, you finally understand. It’s obvious why the course hosted six U.S. Open qualifiers, but that view takes this experience to a whole new level. It’s not just challenging, it’s beautifully distracting. You’re not going boating until tomorrow, leaving right from the club’s private marina, but every time you look out at that water, you catch yourself daydreaming about it. Just one more adventure in paradise.
The day started with an early tee time, and you have plans to grab lunch at the club afterward. Then it’s a relaxing afternoon before sunset cocktails by the riverside. You’ve tried other places, and you always said you would know “home” when you found it. It feels so good to be right!
A Perfect Fit
Janice Reed, Waterlefe director of membership and marketing, loves making people happy. “In 2009, I moved down from Indianapolis to take a job as a national sales manager for a company in Sarasota. I believed in the products, and I believed they would make my customers happy. People know, right off the bat, if you’re genuine, if what you’re offering is real or just marketing buzz without anything behind it.”
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It’s so great to be in Florida—no more snow and freezing winter weather. When your company offered you a transfer from Maine to Sarasota, you couldn’t pack up fast enough.
You found a great house rental in Lakewood Ranch, but who knows what the future may hold? Thankfully, you found UPS Store #5184 was down the street from you, on the corner of SR70 and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. It’s become your go-to place.
They make things so easy. You called and arranged for your mail to be sent there before you even left Maine—you can keep that as your mailing address for as long as needed. Plus, you were able to ship your packages there … no worrying about boxes of personal items being left outside. You even had your new address announcements printed there.
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The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance has done a lot of growing in its first ten years. “We now have over 500 members and have become a huge part of this community,” says Executive Director, Heather Kasten.
“Both businesses and area shoppers trust our Alliance members, so being a part of our LWRBA family offers businesses more credibility. People know members are committed to our community and to growing Lakewood Ranch. That’s a big plus from both a business-to-business and business-to-consumer standpoint. We connect everyone together and that helps all of us grow and succeed as a community.”
The Perfect Opportunity
It’s been said that luck is where “Preparation meets opportunity.” That’s the ideal analogy for how Heather Kasten became Executive Director of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance. “All my previous jobs seemed to have perfectly prepared me for this position,” says Heather.
Heather started her career in hotel sales after graduating from college in the Midwest. She quickly became the Regional Sales Manager for Corporate Sales for Six Flags Theme Park. “My job was to convince business—with anywhere from 25 to 30,000 employees—to bring their staff to the Park for a day.”
Heather went on to do pharmaceutical sales for Eli Lilly, then eventually moved to sunny Florida where she became the VP of Membership for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.
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It is date night, and you have more than one reason to flash a smile. Even after two weeks, you can hardly believe you got out of the dentist chair, relaxed and pain free. Not only did Dr. Ashley at Smile Smart Dental Center in Lakewood Ranch give you a new implant that makes you proud to show off your teeth again, he actually put you at ease during the whole procedure. Although, as the waiter brings the fresh, warm, French bread to your table, and your date softly caresses your hand, you have to admit the best part of the post-dental work is enjoying your favorite foods again … especially with someone special.
Dr. David Ashley says his main goal is to get people smiling again.
“I really like working with people. I like talking to people, and helping them, especially when they come in with a problem. Whether it be they don’t like the look of their teeth, or they’re missing a tooth and they need an implant, or they’re in pain, I just basically like solving their problem and making them happy.”
David Ashley was born in the cold climate of Canada, and went back and forth between our neighbor to the north and Florida all throughout his childhood and college years. His dental aspirations started at just five years old when his childhood dentist left such an impression on him that he made up his mind, then and there, that he was also going to be a dentist. He stuck to his early career choice, eventually graduating from dental school at the University of Florida.
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Your party guests are about to arrive, and your house has never looked better. That carpet is cleaner than the day they installed it, and your furniture belongs on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens. Of course, this is how your home always looks after Signa Perry of Pro-Care visits. With three kids and two dogs, you would have never believed “lived in” could look and smell this good. But ever since the first time you called Pro-Care, your home is always ready for company.
“Cleaning With A Woman’s Touch”
Signa Perry may have been a stay-at-home mom, but she was no homebody. “I love taking care of my son, but I need to be active. All my adult life I’ve been an athlete. I did roller derby for years, and I was an MMA fighter—a kick boxer. So, even when I wasn’t working, I had a strong work ethic. If I start a job, I will get that job done, and it will be right. That’s just who I am.”
When not at home with her son, Signa worked with animals and special needs children, so the fighter does have a softer side. “I loved working with kids and animals, and I enjoy people. Honestly, I’m very extroverted, and I’m pretty much always in a good mood.”
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