Brandon Stavola

Brandon Stavola has joined Collins Group Realty as a licensed Realtor in the company’s Bluffton office.

Following a career as a real estate appraiser in Connecticut, Stavola brings his unique specialty that will greatly benefit his clients, whether buying or selling.

Born and raised in Southern Connecticut, Stavola knew his days up north were numbered when he married his wife, Stefanie, who was raised on Hilton Head Island. In 2016, they moved South and bought their first home in Sea Pines.

Stavola’s real estate career includes seven years as a residential appraiser in the waterfront communities of Fairfield County, Conn. His appraisal knowledge offers his clients an advantage, including understanding market pricing and changes, as well as the nuances of market timing.

The Stavolas and their three children, Brecken, Ramsey and Everly Rose, and dog, Chowder, now reside in Rose Dhu Creek in Bluffton.

Dr. Christine Powell has opened Learning by Connecting on Hilton Head Island, offering education therapy for students in kindergarten through college.

Powell is an education therapist with more than 18 years of special education experience. She moved to Hilton Head in 2021 to accept a teaching position at Bluffton High School.

Dr. Powell is a special educator, professor, parent, education researcher, and a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Fellow. She is a subject-matter expert on executive functioning challenges and researched based strategies for better learning outcomes.

She has been in private practice for two years. She creates individualized plans for students based on their unique learning profiles to help with specific needs, be it reading challenges, ADHD, organization, dyslexia, time management, and other barriers to learning.

She helps students to achieve academic success by working with them outside the classroom. She utilizes research-based practices that help struggling students become confident learners.

For more information, call 805-750-2019 or visit

Amy Whitman RN, BSN, FDN-P, CGP has recently become a Certified Gluten-free Practitioner. She adds this training to another recent one, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. 

In her new role as a CGP, she will draw upon her 46 years of nursing experience and her three years of FDN-P experience to assist her clients to get to the bottom root causes of their health complaints.

Whitman has been a resident of Bluffton for 23 years. She retired from Beaufort County School District in 2019, after being a school nurse for almost 18 years.

She received her Associate Degree in Nursing with Academic Honors from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing with Academic Honors from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Whitman was Nationally Board Certified as a School Nurse in 2011. She received her certification as an FDN practitioner in 2019. She has been informally studying functional medicine for the past 15 years, which is her passion.

For more information, call 843-384-0587, email, or visit functionaldiagnosticnutrition,com.