Lathi recognized at Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern University recently recognized more than 1,350 students for excellence in academics on the Spring 2017 semester President's List. Caroline Lathi of Destin has been named to the list for excellence in academics. To be eligible for the President's List, a student must have at least a 4.0 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie doctoral/research university founded in 1906, offers more than 125 degree programs serving 20,674 students. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.

Kelley named president of AFWA board of directors

Lori K. Kelley, CPA, has been named president of the 2017-2018 National Board of Directors for the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance. Kelley is a member of Warren Averett and serves with the AFWA Fort Walton Beach Chapter.

“AFWA is such a unique organization empowering women both professionally and personally. I feel honored to have the opportunity to be a part of its leadership,” she said.

Kelley has been with Warren Averett since 1994 and is the tax service area leader for the Destin office. An AFWA member since 1992, she has served on the board of directors, both locally and nationally in several capacities. Kelley is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

“Kelley is an integral leader for AFWA,” said Ericka Harney, executive director of AFWA. “Her expertise and time as a board member is essential for our work. AFWA needs volunteers like her to carry out the mission of the organization.”

Pediatrician relocates practice to Destin

Sacred Heart pediatrician Dr. Stephanie Gorman has relocated her office to Sacred Heart Medical Group at Destin, 36500 Emerald Coast Parkway.

Gorman is accepting new patients, newborns through age 18. Most major insurances are accepted, and same-day appointments are often available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 850-416-4650.

Gorman graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee and received her medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart in Pensacola, where she served as chief resident.

OB/GYN joins Sacred Heart Medical Group

Sacred Heart OB/GYN Dr. Lucy Rice has relocated her office to Sacred Heart Medical Group at Mack Bayou, 23 Mack Bayou Loop Suite 100 in Santa Rosa Beach. She is accepting new patients and most major insurance plans. For more information call 850-278-3495.

Rice has special medical interests in women’s health and wellness at every phase of a woman’s life. She enjoys helping her patients focus on their nutritional and fitness goals as important aspects to improving lifestyle and wellness. Rice is also interested in obstetrics and supporting women through childbirth.

Miramar Beach’s newest chiropractor

Emerald Coast Chiropractic recently announced the addition of Miramar Beach’s newest chiropractor to their staff. Dr. J.D. Whidden officially joined the team at Emerald Coast Chiropractic in March and has been busy over the last few months getting involved throughout the community in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Whidden is originally from Destin and graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Auburn University, and a doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University in Marietta, Georgia.

After completing a preceptorship at Zook Chiropractic in Niceville, Whidden decided to join the family business and begin his chiropractic career. He looks forward to establishing his presence and is excited to serve the Miramar Beach/Santa Rosa Beach area.

For more information, visit or call 850-654-1850.

Pediatric orthopedic surgeon relocates office

Dr. Robert Huang has relocated his office to Sacred Heart Medical Group at Destin, 36500 Emerald Coast Parkway. He is accepting new patients and most insurance plans. For information or to schedule an appointment, please call 850-278-3422.