Best Of 2022

More than 30 million Americans don’t have health insurance right now. Florida has one of the highest uninsured rates in the U.S., at almost a million people and counting. That’s because of the “coverage gap,” people who earn too much for Medicaid and too little for marketplace tax credits. Despite being able to cover those folks (saving the state money), Florida’s leadership continues to reject Medicaid expansion. For those in a lurch, there’s Dr. Levine, aka Dr. Lev. He wanted his practice to cut out the middleman between insurance companies, doctors, and medical billing. His patients pay a flat monthly fee, and then individual costs are negotiated by Levine with whatever medical vendor is needed. It ends up saying a lot of money. Plus, Dr. Lev is on call and does home visits if required. That level of care is rarely seen in most practices where insurance is in the mix.

Goods & Services

Goods & Services
Winner: Wrench Masters
2. Knorr’s Car Care Center
3. Pasadena Car Care
Winner: Suncoast Federal Credit Union
2. Bank of Tampa
3. Achieva Credit Union
Winner: Barley & Mane
2. Uptown Barber
3. Tim's Barber Shop
Winner: The Bar Method Tampa
2. Impulse Pole Dance & Fitness
3. Barre Central
St. Pete Beach’s Betty Shop is named for owner Liz Calver’s grandmother Betty, a beach lover and outdoor adventurer. The waterside shop is filled with beachy, comfortable Florida-living clothes and gear. Calver dedicates a portion of all sales to marine conservation and education. She’s out with a bucket every few weeks cleaning up the beach and getting others to do the same. Clean Coast Initiative, her nonprofit, was recently created to do educational-based beach cleanups, workshops, talks, and community projects. Betty Shop is on a mission to protect paradise.
Winner: Chainwheel Drive
2. Outspokin Bicycles
3. Tony's Bike Shop
Breathing Through Life’s Alyssa Bedard is a doula, birth educator, lactation consultant, all-around baby guru and nonstop advocate for birthing. A mother herself, Bedard’s knowledge knows no bounds as she works to help birthing people before, during, and after pregnancy. Our community is lucky to have someone with her wealth of experience—especially when it comes to the ever important pre-labor hip-openers!
@breathingthroughlifetampabay on Facebook
Winner: A Boat Day
2. AquaSol Adventures
3. Encounters With Dolphins Clearwater Beach
Winner: Dr. Ashley Heintz at Ashley Heintz Acupuncture
2. Dr. Nyguen at BellaVive Natural Health Clinic
3. Dr. Carrie Graves Wellness Center: The Wellness Tree