DR. DARAN J. MASON, GENERAL SURGEON
Daran Mason grew up in Crestview, graduating from Crestview High School. After his undergraduate years at the University of Florida, he went to the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine to earn his medical degree with the idea of seeing the world.
Instead, after his residency in Mobile, Alabama, he came home to Crestview.
“He’s back here to practice,” said Kelly Bergman, director of Practice Management for North Okaloosa Medical Center.
Mason joined the North Okaloosa Physicians Group as a surgical specialist in July.
“For us, it’s nice to have a surgeon who will continue to practice here,” Bergman said.
Mason specializes in the use of robotic surgical procedures, specifically using the da Vinci robotic system available through North Okaloosa Medical Center.
“It’s a minimally invasive surgery procedure,” Bergman said, noting that it requires smaller incisions that may promote faster recovery time.
Mason’s skills allow him to tackle hernias, gall bladders, some colon issues and more.
He sees patients by appointment through North Okaloosa Physicians Group.
LOCATION: 550 W. Redstone Ave., suite 410, Crestview
HOURS: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays
HOSPITAL WEBSITE: www.northokaloosa.com
80/20 DANCE LLC
This isn’t a dance studio for 4-year-old, beginning ballet students.
“My classes are primarily for adults,” said owner and instructor Jeremy Ruben. “I get a lot of people where their children don’t need to be watched anymore, or just bucket-list people.”
He opened 80/20 Dance in July in Pace.
Ruben offers partner lessons, geared toward people who want to learn social dances, and he also works toward a pro-am competition level for interested students.
“I teach the styles that you’re going to be able to use,” Ruben said. “Wherever you find music, you’ll be able to use the dances.”
Through 80/20 Dance, Ruben offers West Coast and East Coast swing, country two-step, nightclub two-step, waltz, polka and the triple-two, a dance for the country music genre. The studio also hosts dance parties, allowing students a chance to practice and enjoy friendships and music.
“Dancing should not be a special occasion thing,” he said. “It should be a part of our culture, and it used to be.”
Ruben offers reasonable rates, and he encourages singles as well as couples.
“I say dancing is the best way to meet people,” Ruben said.
LOCATION: 5426 Highway 90, in Heritage Plaza, Pace
CLASS HOURS: see website
BONUS: Sept. 15, grand opening celebration