Community Briefs 10-6

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Matthews Jones & Hawkins

Matthews Jones & Hawkins has announced that S. Thomas Hoffer has rejoined the firm after spending the last four years in Alaska as an assistant district attorney prosecuting criminals. Hoffer was originally an associate with the firm for two years before north. He will now focus on general civil, business and commercial litigation.

“I always knew MJ&H was where I wanted to be … and I am thrilled to practice law in the Panhandle,” Hoffer said.

MJ&H also announced that summer clerks Brooke Jones of Niceville and Sam Houston of Shalimar, have returned to law school to continue their legal education. The two split their time between the Destin and Niceville offices.

“It was a pleasure to clerk with MJ&H,” said Jones. “I gained valuable firwwthand knowledge in almost every area of the law.”

Upon graduation, the two want to return to the area to practice

Silver Sands Factory Stores gets new name

Shoppers will enjoy added benefits at the newly re-named Silver Sands Premium Outlets (formerly Silver Sands Factory Stores). Featuring 110 designer name brand outlet stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Michael Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren, each offering every day savings of 25 to 65 percent, Silver Sands Premium Outlets is now part of the Premium Outlets portfolio of upscale outlet centers.

New stores have recently joined Silver Sands Premium Outlets, including Crocs, Disney Store Outlet and L'Occitane. In addition to new stores, the center now offers:

• New website: • New online VIP Shopper Club which allows access to the VIP Shopper Lounge, where shoppers can download a voucher for a Coupon Book and extra coupons worth hundreds of dollars of additional savings, as well as receive advance notice of special sales and events • Columbus Day Sale: through Monday, Oct. 8

Sacred Heart welcomes new physicians

Sacred Heart Medical Group recently welcomed Dr. Gerald Matysik, a board-certified pulmonologist and internist; Dr. Francis Le, a board certified electrophysiologist and interventional cardiologist; and pediatrician Dr. Molly Smith-Sowell.

Dr. Matysik earned his medical degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, and completed advanced fellowship training in pulmonary medicine at Cleveland Clinic. To schedule an appointment, call 850-278-3697.

Dr. Le earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed residency training in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Le is fellowship-trained in cardiac electrophysiology, interventional cardiology and cardiovascular disease. To make an appointment, call 850-267-1603.

Dr. Sowell earned her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed residency training in pediatric medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Dr. Sowell has a special interest in the care of newborns, developmental pediatrics and the treatment of allergy and asthma. To make an appointment, call 850-278-3920.

New business development manager at SimpleHR

SimpleHR recently announced Carrie Summerlin as a business development manager for the company. Her sales efforts will be focused to educate and partner with small to mid-sized business owners to provide comprehensive human resource solutions including benefits and payroll. She will provide sales and support to prospective SimpleHR clients across Northwest Florida. Her outstanding personal and professional sales abilities will enhance and promote the exceptional products and services of SimpleHR.

“I’m excited to be a part of the SimpleHR team,” Summerlin said. “I look forward to ensuring that our client’s employees are taken care of while enabling our clients to spend valuable time focusing on their core business.”

Dave Jefferson, SimpleHR vice president, said, “Carrie is a valuable asset who will enhance our client relationships while supporting them, their employees and their growing business.”