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MOMpreneur Monday: Gr8 Speech Therapy

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured MOMpreneur is the founder of THE online solution for speech therapy and mom of 3, Avivit Ben-Aharon! Online speech therapy courses for kids.

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One of the TV constants in my house when I was growing up was the classic soap opera, The Young and the Restless.  My maternal grandparents are French-Canadian and my mom used to tell me that when she and her family emigrated from Canada to the Bahamas (yes Freeport, Grand Bahama Island), they didn’t speak a “lick of English.”  So, they would often watch that soap to help get a better grasp on the language.

In my mom’s own words: English is hard.  And, if your child has a speech disorder, I know as a parent, you’re probably dealing with your own set of challenges.  Our featured Mompreneur this week, the Clinical Director of Gr8 Speech, has had experience with both sides, learning another language AND treating kids with speech disorders.

And, I’m sure she’s more qualified to treat your children than the The Young and the Restless!


Tell us about your background and how you got started with Gr8 Speech Therapy…

“My family immigrated to New York when I was 14 and I did not speak a word of English. Talk about bad timing! There is nothing worse than sitting in class and not being able to participate in the conversation. But, I was very determined and learned English within a year, finished high school and college and received a masters in special education. I then decided to apply for a degree in speech therapy,” said Avivit. 

“I love working as a speech therapist, but I was extremely frustrated with the inaccessibility of the process. Several years ago, I took my middle son to a local clinic for occupational therapy and in the waiting room sat a young mom with two children, desperately trying to feed one child while helping the other with homework. She shared her frustration about having to take her whole family to her son’s speech therapy sessions. The experience spurred me to think that speech therapy lent itself to an online alternative.”

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How is Gr8 Speech unique in addition to being an online alternative? 
  1. Gr8 Speech is owned and managed by a licensed speech and language pathologist. What that means for the client is clinical issues are the focus of our treatment. 
  2. The merging of technology and speech therapy offers a huge advantage for the client. 
  3. No matter where you live, you have access to specific specialists who are available to treat you in the privacy of your home, at a time that is mutually convenient.
    • Gr8 Speech consists of a team of therapists who are carefully selected because of their unique skill set and are licensed to practice in 17 states, provide therapy on three continents in multiple languages to clients, ages 5 to 85 years of age.
    • The range of treated speech disorders is broad and includes articulation, accent modification, stuttering, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, Asperger Syndrome, Autism and Alzheimer’s.

Gr8 Speech maximizes time and minimizes possible disruptions such as work-schedule conflicts (caregivers or patients), weather or forgetfulness which can all contribute to lack of progress and an overextended duration of therapy. You can continue with the same therapist if you move or the therapist moves and can even have sessions while on vacation. 

Bottom Line: The result is consistency in care and general improvement over a shorter period of time.

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What is your company vision for the next few years ahead?

Avivit explained, “We envision growth for our team, in terms of numbers of therapists and areas of specialization, as well as an increase in the number of states where we are licensed.”

What do you love about living and working in South Florida? 

“I love the diversity of South Florida, the wide variety of cultures and the way they blend together. And then there is the weather; I wake up every morning and see the sun…who wouldn’t be happy living here?” said Avivit. 🙂

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I love it when someone comes up with a more convenient solution to a mommy-problem!  Bravo Avivit! Online speech therapy courses for kids!

If you’d like more information, check out gr8Speech Therapy online at www.gr8speech.com.

And, LIKE them on Facebook HERE.


Now tell us, what item on your “to do list” do you wish could be more convenient as a parent?  Comment below!

MOMpreneur Monday: ihelpmoms.com

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured MOMpreneur is the founder of ihelpmoms, the ultimate online Rolodex for moms, Michelle Brown!

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When I became a mom, I had no idea how much “help” I was going to need.  Like most new mothers, I was pretty naive and never thought I would require things like a “qualified lactation consultant” or a “mother’s helper” post-partum.  My brain just never made it past the labor and delivery part of child rearing!  Pretty typical…

I was lucky enough to have my own Mom with me in New York City for that first week of motherhood and then, of course, we moved down to Boca five months later. But, I know that not all parents have the luxury of having ‘Grandma & Grandpa’ close by.

That’s exactly the situation the founder of ihelpmoms.com faced when she decided to launch a FREE online tool for moms by moms to make motherhood easier.


Tell me a little bit about your business background and how ihelpmoms got started…

“My whole life, I have always had a heart for helping people and making people happy.  I spent nine years working in customer services, sales and marketing for the NBA, PGA and NHL in professional sports teams’ front offices. My career centered around creating memorable and exciting experiences for sport fans,” explained Michelle.

“In 2012, my husband and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl [Ed note: and a second girl in 2014] and I realized there was an enormous need in today’s hectic world for moms to get a well deserved helping hand from talented professional providers, to find affordable, local baby gear and to connect with mommy groups to fight things like post-partum depression and to get out of the house with like minded moms.”

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Did the need for a tool like ihelpmoms.com grow from your own personal experience with motherhood?

“I truly believed before having my daughter that I would be up and good to go after giving birth.  But, it just didn’t happen that way for me.  I found myself 3,000 miles away from my family and friends [Michelle is from the West Coast], I was unable to get out of bed for weeks! I wasn’t even well enough to pick up my newborn baby girl and then I had to go in for surgery post-delivery and my husband had to go back to work.  In those desperate moments as a new mom, I vowed to turn my helpless feelings into hope for moms everywhere,” said Michelle.

I am truly on a mission to make motherhood easier and to ensure that no mom has to go through motherhood isolated and alone. 

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What makes your website unique and different?

ihelpmoms.com is designed for moms by moms.  It is literally a one stop solution for moms to SEARCH for help, SHOP for affordable baby gear, and SHARE with like minded moms groups. This site is revolutionizing the way that moms can get the resources they need to be healthy and happy in one location.  As a busy mom myself, online accessibility is what I prefer and now moms have a central location to find ALL things relating to ‘mom,” answered Michelle.  

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Why should Modern Boca Moms (and beyond) become part of the ihelpmoms.com network?

“Modern Boca Moms have a great editorial resource on your amazing website to discover shopping, family activities, fitness and how to enjoy the Boca/South Florida lifestyle!  I believe ihelpmoms.com would be an excellent extension for those readers who want to find things like a mom-recommended lactation consultant, pediatrician, family dentist, fitness  trainer, hair stylist, swim instructor, etc…and those moms who have baby products piled in their house they no longer need and would like to sell it to a local mom to make some money back.  ihelpmoms.com loves Modern Boca Mom and is here for your readers who are looking for how they can Make Motherhood Easier.”

What exciting things do you have coming up for your business?  

Michelle said, “MOVE OVER ENTOURAGE….THE MOMStourage is coming! Have you ever wished that you could make money from home, while you enjoy being a mom?”

“With a 6 month old and a two year old, I am running around all day from activities, school, camps and play-dates.  I also know what it is like to juggle all of the house work, cooking and laundry and work to enjoy a great marriage with my husband.  Like many moms my daily life brings an abundance of joy, but I wanted to contribute to household income.”

“I like creating my own “Mommy Money” to enjoy girls nights outs, pedicures, clothes etc. I wanted to create a way to be a mom and have something of my own to enjoy.”

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How does ihelpmoms.com MOMtourage Program work?

“Moms simply make money by being a mom and doing their everyday activities! All families have a beloved Doctor, Dentist, Preschool, Fitness Trainer, Activity Center, Birthday Party Venue, Kids Camp, OB/GYN, House Cleaner and MORE.  When moms refer a provider to create an active ihelpmoms.com provider account, they will be rewarded with a recurring direct deposit payment into their Paypal Account!” Michelle said.

“I moved to Florida from Oregon not knowing anyone.  I know how it feels not to know where to go to give my kids the best care.  Now moms can HELP other moms by referring their favorite family providers and I want to thank moms by paying them!” 

What is your ultimate vision for ihelpmoms.com Momtourage Program? 

Michelle said, “My dream is create an easy way to moms to make money, have more fun, be a great mom and work from home.  I know that being a mom is an incredibly busy and demanding job that I think moms should be paid for, so I am going to do just that!”

“My future vision is that moms will unite to grow our MOMStourage network so I can hire moms to do public relations, social media outreach, conference event planning, mom bloggers, television and radio shows ALL FEATURING MOMS working from home!” 

How can moms join the MOMStourage Program?

Simply log on to www.ihelpmoms.com and join FOR FREE! And THANK YOU for joining the mission to Make Motherhood Easier!


So what are you waiting for?  SEARCH, SHOP and SHARE on ihelpmoms.com for FREE today!

NICK’S New Haven Invades Coral Springs

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As a Modern Boca Mom about town, you and your family are probably familiar with the East Boca location of Nick’s New Haven Style Pizzeria & Bar.  It’s delish!  Where else can you get a brick oven, coal fired New Haven-style pie without taking a flight to Connecticut? You have to try NICK’S New Haven pizza!

South Florida locals (and seasonal visitors from the northeast) LOVE Nick’s special “APIZZA” so much that they recently expanded their restaurant concept into a second location in Coral Springs.

MBMom was invited to a press dinner at the newest Nick’s to sample some of his signature Italian fare…and while I usually don’t mince words, I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking in this blog post.

WARNING: do not read any further if hungry for NICK’S New Haven Pizza!

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FUN “NICK’S” FACTS:

– launched in Boca in 2011

– import a lot of ingredients from CT

– brand sauce in CT

– style of pizza in CT is a brick oven, coal fired pizza. Dough is more of a bread dough vs. a pizza dough. Flour, water, salt.  It goes through a double rise process like NY pizzas

– ovens were crafted by Nick himself; ovens patented & built on site

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But is Nick’s Pizzeria & Bar in Coral Springs truly Mommy AND child-friendly?
Here are your Modern Boca Mom stats:
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Stroller friendly: YES.  Inside and out.

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Restroom: No changing table, but large enough to bring a stroller inside.

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Kids menu: No, but according to Nick himself, they will do anything for the kids– you don’t even have to order off the menu.


Nick’s New Haven Style Pizzeria & Bar in Coral Springs is open NOW!  Be sure to visit either location for some of the best Italian food in South Florida.

Nick’s New Haven Pizza Coral Springs: 2444 N. University Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065; 954-800-7603

Nick’s New Haven Pizza Boca Raton: 2240 NW 19th St., Ste. 904, Boca Raton, FL 33431; 561-368-2900

www.nickspizzeriabar.com


Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company or business.  Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated or given a product/meal free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

MOMpreneur Monday: Boca VIPediatrics

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is the co-founder of our area’s fantastic pediatric concierge office and Boca Raton native, Ashley Rudnick!

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Taking your kid(s) to the doctor is about as fun as…well…it’s NOT fun.  A brand-new, local business concept aims to change the traditional pediatric recipe by taking a kind, personal approach, adding a dash of “Disney” and a big pinch of top quality pediatric care.

Introducing Boca VIPediatrics, a concierge-style pediatric practice, which opened officially on July 1, 2014!

Since then, they have been awarded “Best Pediatrician” in Forum Publishing/Sun-Sentinel’s Best of Boca awards for 2016, introduced several game-changing smart devices that moms go crazy for, and have capped out in nearly every age group. Ashley was recently awarded by Concierge Medicine Today as one of 21 “Top Women in the Business of Concierge Medicine” in the nation. With their slew 5 star reviews on Facebook, Boca moms and dads are consistently calling Boca VIPediatrics “the best decision” they ever made for their children!Best of Boca Rudnick

Think of them as the “spoonful of sugar” to help your next visit to the pediatrician go down…amazingly well.


Modern Boca Mom had the chance to take a VIPediatrics “Backstage Tour” and #dailybocaavery and I certainly received the STAR treatment!  Here’s how it works:

  • Take a tour of the practice and meet pediatrician, Dr. Chad Rudnick (Ashley’s husband– gotta love a family business!)
  • Check out their huge range of services HERE
  • Join as a Boca VIPediatrics Member (there’s an annual fee)
  • Fill out a survey outlining your personal tastes & preferences for your first office visit and get ready for the VIP treatment!

This is only a sampling of the personal “touches” that were put in place for our visit:

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Because #dailybocaavery’s fav fruit is watermelon

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And MBMom’s fav snack is cheese & crackers (wine wasn’t an option)

Let’s not forget that my favorite flowers were on display, favorite scented candle lit and favorite (non-alcoholic) drink options available on ice.  Oh yes, I noticed and we definitely felt like VIP’s!

That led me to ask Ashley about what motivated her and Dr. Rudnick to start offering to treat Boca children like the STARS they (obviously) are…

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What made you decide to turn the traditional pediatric concept on its head and launch Boca VIPediatrics?

“Our goal was to create the nation’s first pediatric smart office. Our membership model keeps things highly personalized, so we truly know every single child and their family. We like to call it our unique blend of old-fashioned service and the most modern medicine. You’ll experience no waits as we schedule just one family at a time in our office (that’s right, we close the whole place down so your child has no unnecessary exposure to germs!), house calls, and when you need to reach your pediatrician, you can always send a text, email, or give us a call…24/7.

Our VIP service is a product of my background working with The Walt Disney Company. ‘Once upon a time,’ I was actually a Disney princess! After working for several years for The Walt Disney Company as a singer and actress, I branched out into directing and entertainment marketing,” said Ashley. “At Disney, we’re all about one motto: “Be our guest!” We’ve implemented a style of pediatrics that incorporates the Disney hospitality standard with simply the best and most personalized care.”

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Most families spend so much time and money on finding all the perfect baby products, nursery items, clothes, bottles, diapers, toys, gear, etc., when really what’s most important is your child’s care. Choosing your pediatrician is the most important decision you’ll make…cribs and bottles will be phased out, but your child’s doctor will be around at least 18 years and play a huge role in their upbringing and your journey as parents. We are so grateful to have connected with so many amazing VIP families who have the same philosophy about their child’s care, and won’t settle for anything less.

Well, thanks for choosing Boca Raton to launch this concept!  How did you get started?

“We’re both Boca natives! Boca Raton is an incredible area for families, and we knew after living all over the state of Florida (Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville, and Miami), that we wanted to return home to raise our own family. We’re elated to bring this wave-of-the-future style care to Boca as the area’s only membership model of pediatrics.

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My husband loves the throwback of the ‘”small town doctor with the black leather bag'” type care, where the doctor knew the whole family.

“Combine the small town feel with ultra modern medicine, using texting, FaceTime, and other telemedicine, plus our commitment to the highest level of service, and you’ve got Boca VIPediatrics!  With a little Disney-style magic, too,” added Ashley.

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Tell Modern Boca Mom readers a little more about the unique services Boca VIPedatrics offers…

“Our practice offers a level of personalized care that simply can’t be done anywhere else, due to our extremely limited patient base. We offer 24/7 access to reach the doctor by phone, text, email, or virtual video visits, plus no wait times at the office, house calls, and the highest level of service,” said Ashley.

 Our “pediatric smart office” capabilities allow our VIPs to use the latest health tech products, like our Otohome, which clips on to your iphone to send secure video of your child’s inner ear directly to us anytime of the day or night to screen for ear infections. Our clinicloud digital stethoscope works with your smart phone by sending the heart and lung sounds securely to the doctor from anywhere in the world. So whether it’s late night, you’re up at Disney World, or you suspect an ear infection or croup, we can diagnose and treat digitally to get your children better, faster.

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That’s amazing!

“All after hours calls ring directly to the doctor’s cell, so VIPs never have to wait around all day for an answer.  Our newborn care is second to none! Newborn visits are always conducted in your home so you never have to worry about leaving the house days after you have a baby. We schedule just one family at a time in our office, so you’ll feel like movie stars having the whole place to yourself with no sick kids in our waiting room. All appointments last as long as you’d like, so you’ll never feel rushed and we can truly spend the time that you and your family deserve.

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“Because we’re family owned and operated, there’s no such thing as anyone being ‘just a chart’ in the office. We, quite simply, have “the nicest staff in town! When you join our practice, you join our family,” explained Ashley.

Modern Boca Moms are very discerning when it comes to services for their children, but also practical. Why should they switch or start their pediatric care at Boca VIPediatrics?

“There is nothing more important than your child’s health. Your family deserves the most personalized, convenient, and accessible care for the most important people in your life. A membership with Boca VIPediatrics is the best investment a family can make for a healthy, happy child. There is simply no better option for care…but don’t take our word for it, check out our 5 star reviews on facebook and see what our VIP families are saying!

For a busy mom or family “on-the-go,” it’s the peace of mind, convenience, access, and service that you won’t find at any other pediatric office. “

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What do you love most about living and working in South Florida?

Ashley quickly answered, “That’s easy! The sunshine and close distance to Disney! :)”

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Are you intrigued MBMoms?  If so, be sure to book your Backstage Tour today!

We hope Boca VIPediatrics lives “happily ever after” in our fair city…