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North Pinellas business news for July 14

Diane Mandell of Palm Harbor Family Counseling has opened a Dunedin location.

Diane Mandell of Palm Harbor Family Counseling has opened a Dunedin location.

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Palm Harbor Family Counseling has opened a second location at 748 Broadway in Dunedin. The office will feature expanded services that include group therapy.

The business was created in North Olmsted, Ohio, in 1993 by Diane Mandell, a 1990 graduate of Case Western Reserve University. Her dream was to start a counseling center that was affordable, professional, confidential and caring. Mandell, a licensed independent and clinical social worker with a master's of science in social administration, served as its owner and sole therapist.

In 2003, Mandell opened another office in Mason, Ohio, before moving to Florida five years later. She established the counseling center's Palm Harbor location at 2311 Alt. U.S. 19 N, Suite 1.

Since then, the business has expanded to include nine therapists, a billing manager and office manager.

Mandell and her associates are able to address eating disorders, troubled relationships, spirituality, depression, anxiety, anger management, chemical dependency, grief and more. Holistic support and hypnotherapy are available.

Group and individual sessions are offered. Fees are based on a sliding scale and most health insurance is accepted.

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BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a specialty and emergency veterinary hospital at 4525 Ulmerton Road near the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, now operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week to receive pets experiencing after-hours emergencies if their regular veterinarians are not available.

"We're excited to expand our services and fortunate for the continued support from both the veterinary and the pet owner communities throughout the Tampa Bay area," said Dr. Neil Shaw, co-founder and chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. "We're proud to now offer after-hour emergency care for pets on both sides of the bay."

BluePearl offers specialty services in acupuncture, cardiology, critical care, dermatology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation and surgery. Specialty appointments are made through referrals from family veterinarians.

Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners is headquartered in Tampa and employs more than 1,200 people, including approximately 250 veterinarians.

The name BluePearl was adopted in 2008 when hospitals with similar services in Kansas and New York merged with Florida Veterinary Specialists.

Other BluePearl veterinary hospitals are located in Tampa, Brandon and Sarasota.

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North Pinellas business news for July 14 07/13/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 12, 2013 3:32pm]
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