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Morton Plant Mease system welcomes new leader

By Christina Cosdon
Published August 14, 2005

CLEARWATER - After a nationwide search, 58-year-old Ohio native Dr. Donald A. Pocock is the new chief medical officer of the Clearwater-based Morton Plant Mease Health Care system.

For the past four years, he was vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer of Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, S.C., a 657-bed, not-for-profit system with more than 25 facilities in four counties. Before that, he was in private practice at Eastern Carolina Internal Medicine in Pollocksville, N.C.

Pocock received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the University of North Carolina. He did fellowship training in infectious diseases at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He and his wife Darby live in East Lake.

He replaces Dr. Roger A. Ray, who took the position of chief quality officer of the BayCare Health System, a not-for-profit health system that includes nine Tampa Bay area hospitals serving Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough and Polk counties.

The Morton Plant Mease Health Care system includes four hospitals and two outpatient centers in Pinellas and Pasco counties, as well as a home health care program and mental health/substance abuse treatment facilities in Pasco and Hernando counties.

Couple relocate food, publishing businesses

Frank and Karen Nabozny have moved their Seaside Publishing and Specialty Foods business from Gulfport to 1395 Belcher Road in Palm Harbor. They converted eight rooms of a 2,000-square-foot house into offices and storage and are in the process of turning one of the rooms into a showroom.

Although the majority of their business is wholesale, Frank Nabozny said, "if someone comes in and wants something, we'll sell. The products are here in boxes. Walk-ins are welcome."

The boxes include books about Florida history, wildlife, gardening and plants, cookbooks and such gourmet products as smoked meats, dips, toppings and rubs for grilling meats, key lime juice and key lime tea, sauces, jellies, taffy, hard candy, breakfast syrups, fruit salsas, condiments, glazes, hot sauces, marinades and salad dressings that include Thai peanut and tofu Caesar.

Seaside's books, which include Bill Murphy's One Tank Trips, can be found in local book stores, said Frank Nabozny. The gourmet foods are sold to gift shops and restaurants.

The Naboznys have lived in Pinellas County for 28 years and owned and sold several other businesses, among them, Seminole Pest Control and First Carpet Connection.

For more information about Seaside Publishing and Specialty Foods, visit Web sites, and

Wag-n-Wash reopens in Largo with new owners

Wag-N-Wash self-service dog bathing has reopened at 7924 Ulmerton Rd., Largo, with new owners Mark and Stacy Doyle. In addition to new bathing equipment, full grooming services are being added to the business.

Customers can bathe and dry the dogs themselves or let the Wag-N-Wash staff do the job. Appointments are not required for self-service bathing.

The Doyles bought the business from the previous owner, whose husband was in the military and was transferred from the area. Mrs. Doyle is the groomer and had a mobile pet grooming business in Cape Cod, Mass.

Metropolitan Decor opens in Palm Harbor

Catherine Cantanese and Renee Calandro have moved their Metropolitan Decor store from St. Petersburg to Northwood Oaks Plaza, 2519 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. They moved because, after a year in business, they discovered the majority of their customers were from the north end of the county.

The home decor store's inventory includes colorful handblown glass light fixtures, elegant sofa tables, blown glass martini glasses from Germany, metal wall sculptures, custom silk florals, including Ikebana arrangements, botanicals, trees, copper and slate floor fountains, lighted wall fountains and table fountains.

Brownfields specialist joins consulting firm

Belinda S. Bishop has joined TBE Group as a brownfields specialist in the firm's Civil/Environmental Division. She will be responsible for assisting public and private clients with land redevelopment planning, assessment and remediation, especially in environmentally blighted areas.

Brownfields are environmentally distressed properties that are unattractive for redevelopment due to the presence of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants. Brownfields redevelopment involves environmental restoration and economic revitalization of properties.

Before joing TBE, Bishop worked for Concurrent Technologies Corp., a Department of Defense contractor, as a wastewater project engineer in the firm's Jacksonville office and an environmental engineer in the Largo office at the STAR Center. She has a degree in environmental engineering from the University of Florida and is a board member of the Florida Brownfields Association.

TBE Group, an international consulting, design and engineering firm, is based in Clearwater at 380 Park Place Blvd. and has more than 40 offices in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Massage therapist opens new clinic in Clearwater

Eric E. Wilson, a licensed massage therapist nationally certified in medical massage, has opened A&E Medical Massage in a 2,000-square-foot facility at 621 Lakeview Road, Clearwater. His treatment therapies include neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, sports massage, orthopedic massage and manual lymphatic drainage.

He has been a licensed massage therapist for 14 years and has a master's certification and national certification in medical massage. He is on the educational advisory committee of the Medical Massage National Certification Board and on the board of the U.S. Medical Massage Association.

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