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Reader’s Choice 2015

Accolades – the highest compliment one can get from a co-worker, friend or customer. It’s that pat on the back, thumbs up and applause for a job well done. At MLiving we asked you, our readers, to vote for the best in a variety of areas – from medicine to parks. You responded and here we unveil those companies and inpiduals who go above and beyond. Our sincere congratulations!

Health & Fitness


Retirement Community

Genesis Village
2429 S. Reynolds Rd.
419-720-1286 | www.genesisvillage.org

Runner Up: Waterside – Monclova

Influential Caregiver

Hospice of Northwest Ohio
800 S. Detroit Ave.
419-661-4001 | www.hospicenwo.org

Runner Up: Ebeid Hospice Residence

Assisted Living Center

The Glendale Assisted Living
5020 Ryan Rd.
419-389-0800 | www.glendaleassistedliving.com

Runner Up: Oakleaf Village

Memory Care Center

Foundation Park Alzheimer’s Care Center
1621 S. Byrne Rd.
419-385-3958 | www.foundationpark.com

Runner Up: ProMedica Goerlich Center

Massage Therapist

Joani Donovan
Ultimate Body Mind Spirit Massage Therapy Toledo
3450 W. Central Ave.
419-367-1417 | www.ubmsmassage.com

Runner Up: Sr. Maryann Sydlowski

Local Pharmacy


Runner Up: Kroger Pharmacy

General Practice Physician

Dr. Joseph Peyton
Maumee Medical Partners Ltd.
111 Clinton St., Maumee

Dr Joe Peyton attended Morehead State University with a BS in Science. He is a graduate of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board Certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in both Geriatric Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Care from the American Board of Family Medicine.

Peyton is a Certified Medical Director for Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Hospice.

He has received the Outstanding Family Physician Award in 2013 from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr Peyton is licensed in Ohio and Michigan with offices in both states. He enjoys spending time on his farm in Michigan and has 3 children – Lindsay, Taylor, and Grant.

RUNNER UP: Elizabeth Hoffman ProMedica Physicians


Heather Harris
Abs & Apples LLC
www.facebook.com/pages/Abs-Apples-LLC/110797957470 www.absandapples.wix.com/absandapples

Runner Up: Sue Barchick


Andrew Clark D.P. M.
609 Ford St, Maumee
419-893-5539 | www.toledopodiatrist.com

Runner Up: Thomas McCabe


Dr. Clint Keifer
Great Lakes Audiology
3780 King Rd. #2C
419-327-2273 | www.glaudiology.com Dr. Clint D. Keifer, audiologist/owner at Great Lakes Audiology, is a U.S. Army veteran who graduated from Western Michigan University (2003) and was named Presidential Scholar. He earned his Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) from Ohio State University in 2007 and moved to the Toledo area with his wife, Laura, to be closer to family. Opening his own practice in 2012 allowed him to deliver exceptional patient care without limitation. He currently volunteers as a board member of the Ohio Academy of Audiology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Clint enjoys many activities including woodworking, drawing/painting, running, kayaking, and camping with his wife and newborn twins.

RUNNER UP: Northwest Ohio Hearing Clinic


St. Luke’s Hospital
5901 Monclova Rd., Maumee
419-893-5911 | www.stlukeshospital.com

Runner Up: St. Anne Mercy Hospital


Dr. John Kruszewski
Pinnacle Eye Group
3723 King Rd., Sylvania
419-843-2020 | www.pinnacleeyegroup.com

Runner Up: Jason Ofori, Vision Group

Aquatics Instructor

Jennifer Schrickel
Central Park West Wellness
3130 Central Park West Dr., Suite A
419-841-9622 | www.cpwhc.com

Runner Up: YMCA

Fitness Trainer

Joel Cousino
Central Park West Wellness
3130 Central Park West Dr., Suite A
419-841-9622 | www.cpwhc.com

Runner Up: Gregg Schwartz – American Home Fitness


2053 N. 14th St.
419-241-7218 | www.ymcatoledo.org

Runner Up: Planet Fitness

Physical Therapist

Flower Hospital
5200 Harroun Rd.
419-824-1444 | www.promedica.org/flower-hospital

Runner Up: Holiday Park

Rehab Facility

Central Park West Wellness
3130 Central Park West Dr., Suite A
419-841-9622 | www.cpwhc.com

Runner Up: Wildwood Lifestyle Center


High Point Animal Hospital
6020 Manley Rd., Maumee
419-865-3611 | www.highpointanimalhospitals.com

Runner Up: Holly Farms Animal Care Center

Around Town


News Station

WTVG-Channel 13
4247 Dorr St.
419-531-1313 | www.13abc.com

Runner Up: WTOL – Channel 11

News Personality

Diane Larson
4247 Dorr St.
419-531-1313 | www.13abc.com

Runner Up: Jerry Anderson, WTOL

Radio Personality

Fred LeFebvre
1370 WSPD
125 S. Superior St.
419-244-8321 | www.wspd.com/onair/fred-695/
He started in radio in 1977 in Celina, OH and moved to Toledo in February 1980 to work at what was then Hillebrand owned WMHE 92.5, which later became KISS-FM.

He has worked as a morning show host and also had roles in production, promotions, sales, and management throughout the years. He began doing mornings at KISS-FM as part of original Breakfast Club with Jim Biggins, Mark Olson, and Shannon Bauer in late 80’s and has been part of a morning show ever since.

Fred has two Lake Erie West awards, has produced 3 cd’s , and been active in numerous charities over his 35 years in Toledo. Fred was part of the original group that started the Northwest Ohio Rib Off when it was downtown, and is an honorary chairman for the Reeves Northrup Bike To The Bay for MS.

In his spare time he enjoys reading, movies, live music in the area, and staying current on local politics. For last 9 years he’s been host of Fred LeFebvre and Morning News on 1370 WSPD which was a finalist this year for NAB Station Of Year.

RUNNER UP: Shores & Steele

Local Celebrity

Jerry Anderson
730 N. Summit St.
419-248-1111 | www.toledonewsnow.com

Runner Up: Tony Packo


Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
One Maritime Plaza, Room 600
419-259-7500 | www.kaptur.house.gov

Runner Up: Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson


Toledo Symphony Orchestra
1838 Parkwood Ave. # 310
419-241-1272 | www.toledosymphony.com

Runner Up: Chris Shutters

Car Dealership

Yark Automotive Group
6019 W. Central Ave.
(866) 390-8894 | www.yarkauto.com

Runner Up: Dave White

Grocery Store


Runner Up: Churchill’s


Huntington Bank

Runner Up: PNC Bank


Bill Takacs
Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A.
3516 Granite Circle
419-516-0303 | www.gallonlaw.com
Since 1955, Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A., has protected the rights of injury victims and their families. It was started as a labor law firm representing union workers. Throughout the years, the firm expanded into other areas of practice, but has remained focused on helping people who need representation against powerful corporations such as insurance companies and negligent manufacturers. With more than 300 years of accumulated experience, they are prepared to fight for your right to compensation for your losses. GTB&S has its main office in Toledo and with offices also located in Ann Arbor, Defiance, Findlay, Fremont, Lima and Sandusky.

Bill Takacs began practicing law in 1976 and joined GTB&S in 1978. Bill is the Managing Partner of the law firm and also practices in the Workers’ Compensation and Social Security sections. Bill’s tireless commitment to people who have been injured or wronged has earned him a reputation as a strong advocate and highly successful in protecting his clients’ rights.

“I practice law because I derive a great sense of personal satisfaction in helping people who otherwise are not in a position to help themselves. Hopefully, at the end of every day I can tell myself that I have made a positive difference in someone’s life.”

RUNNER UP: Pete Rost

Financial Advisor

Russ Karban
Savage and Associates
4427 Talmadge Rd.
419-475-8665 | www.savageandassociates.com
Russ Karban, Vice President and Managing Executive has been a member of Savage and Associates since 1990. His focus involves two primary markets, the retirement plan arena for businesses and investment management for inpiduals. Russ also has management responsibilities centered on the strategic direction and management of the investment department within Savage and Associates.

Karban earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toledo with a major in Finance. In May 2015, he received recognition from industry media source Financial Times as one of Financial Times 2015 Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors.

Russ and his wife, Amny, live in Sylvania, Ohio with their four children, Jared, Jimmy, and Kaitlyn and Jack. Russ is an active member of St. Joseph, Sylvania parish and many charity organizations.

RUNNER UP: Edward Jones

Insurance Agent

Park Insurance
5749 Park Center Ct.
419-474-8135 | www.parkinsurance.com

Runner Up: Wayne Milewski,Savage and Associates

Place to see a sunset

Maumee Bay State Park
1400 State Park Rd., Oregon
419-836-7758 | www.parks.ohiodnr.gov/maumeebay

Runner Up: The Docks – Downtown Toledo

Favorite Place to take grandchildren

Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way
419-385-4040 | www.toledozoo.org

Runner Up: Cedar Point

Place to take a walk

Wildwood Preserve Metropark
5100 W. Central Ave
419-407-9700 | www.metroparkstoledo.com

Runner Up: Side Cut Metropark

Place to Walk your Dog

Side Cut Metropark
1025 W. River Rd., Maumee
419-407-9700 | www.metroparkstoledo.com

Runner Up: Dog Park

Funeral Home

Walker Funeral Home
Keith Walker | www.walkerfuneralhomes.com
After working at a funeral home in North Toledo, Alvin W. Walker opened his first chapel on Monroe Street in 1933. It soon became the area’s leading funeral home, as Alvin was involved in community organizations, and because he treated every family as though it were his own. Alvin opened the Talmadge Park Chapel on Talmadge Road, and was joined in the family business by his son Gary in 1965, and his grandson Keith in 1993.

The chapel was relocated to its current Sylvania location in 1995, and the family purchased the Maison-Dardenne Funeral Home in Maumee, renaming it Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home. This expansion of community service was followed by the acquisition of three other funeral homes in Ottawa County. Today, the Walkers and their professional staff serve Ohio families from five conveniently-located funeral chapels.

Keith Walker is past president of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association and has served as President of the Sylvania Rotary Club; and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce.

RUNNER UP: Reeb Funeral Home



Local Park

Side Cut Metropark
1025 W. River Rd., Maumee
419-407-9700 | www.metroparkstoledo.com

Runner Up: Olander Park

Daytime Activity Group

Movies at Levis Commons
2005 Hollenbeck Dr., Perrysburg
419-874-2154 | www.cinemark.com

Runner Up: YMCA



Runner Up: Black & White Cab

Local Sports’ Team

Toledo Mud Hens
406 Washington St.
419-725-4367 | www.milb.com

Runner Up: Toledo Walleye

Local Travel Destination

Ann Arbor, MI

Runner Up: Toledo Zoo

Best Green House

Hoen’s Garden Center and Landscaping
1710 Perrysburg Holland Rd, Holland
419-865-6566 | www.hoensgreenhouse.com

Runner Up: Whiteford Greenhouse

Best Golf Course

Bedford Hills Golf Club
6400 Jackman Rd., Temperance 734-854-4653 | www.bedfordhillsgolf.com

Runner Up: Ottawa Park Golf Course


Sylvania Branch Library
6749 Monroe St, Sylvania
419-882-2089 | www.web2.toledolibrary.org

Runner Up: Toledo Public – Main Branch

Place to Volunteer

Hospice of Northwest Ohio
800 S. Detroit Ave.
419-661-4001 | www.hospicenwo.org

Runner Up: Sisters of St. Francis

Local Way to Spend Time

Browsing Barnes and Noble
4940 Monroe St.
419-472-6164 | www.barnesandnoble.com

Runner Up: Levis Commons


Valentine Theatre
410 Adams St.
419-242-3490 | www.valentinetheatre.com

Runner Up: Village Players

Place to spend time with family

Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe St.
419-255-8000 | www.toledomuseum.org

Runner Up: Crosby Gardens Jazz Night

Place to relax in retirement/vacation


Runner Up: New Mexico

Antique Store

Maumee Antique Mall
On Q Dance Center LLC, 1552 S. Reynolds Rd., Maumee
419-893-2468 | www.maumeeantiquemall.com

Runner Up: Architectural Artifacts

Local Club

Toledo Ski Club
5250 Hill Ave., Toledo | www.toledoskiclub.net

Runner Up: Highland Meadows Golf Club

Continuing Education Program

Owens Community College
30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg 567-661-7000 | www.owens.edu

Runner Up:Lourdes Lifelong Learning

Bingo Hot Spot

Little Flower Catholic Church
5562 Dorr St.
419-537-6655 | www.littleflowertoledo.org

Runner Up: Somerset Hall

Summer Event

Toledo Zoo Concerts
2 Hippo Way
419-385-4040 | www.toledozoo.org

Runner Up: Black Swamp Arts Festival

Winter Event

Lights Before Christmas – Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way
419-385-4040 | www.toledozoo.org

Runner Up: Holidays in the Manor House

Senior Center

Sylvania Senior Center
7140 W. Sylvania Ave.
419-885-3913 | www.scsonline.org

Runner Up: M.L. Hunt Senior Center

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