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  • “Top-of-the-Line”

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Spring 2020

    Superb patient care sparks rapid recovery from spine surgery.

    Robert Long The quest began just after the turn of the century with a trip to Boston’s legendary Fenway Park. It ended last September with a Texas two-stop in which Robert Long and his wife visited Globe Life Park in Arlington and Minute Maid Park in Houston. With the homes of the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros scratched off their list, Robert and his wife had completed what baseball fans consider the ultimate road trip – a visit to each of the ballparks that are home to Major League Baseball’s 30 teams. “It was a great tour, so much fun,” Robert exudes. “We really enjoyed it and liked most all the parks. They all have their own certain charm to the...

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  • Two for One

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Spring 2020

    Stem cell therapy has relieved Carolyn’s knee and back pain.

    Regenerative medicine technique restores arthritic knee, spinal joints.

    Carolyn Zehendner, 82, spent most of her adult life as a homemaker and stay-at-home mom. But she also worked two ten-year stints outside the home before her children were born and after they were grown. Both times, Carolyn was employed at the diagnostics division of Bayer Pharmaceuticals in her hometown of Elkhart, Indiana. “My husband and I raised our children in Elkhart, but once they grew up and went to college, we moved to Michigan to live on Eagle Lake,” Carolyn shares. “It’s a beautiful little lake in the village of Edwardsburg, which is close to South Bend, Indiana. We stay...

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  • Heated Discussion

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Spring 2020

    Denervation procedure alleviates chronic shoulder, arm pain.

    Patrice*, 61, relocated to Florida from her native Philadelphia, Pennsylvania seven years ago when her husband, a physician, accepted a new directorship at a large medical practice in Tampa. The couple considered the area’s warm, sunny climate a bonus. “Getting out of the cold winter weather was something my husband and I thought about,” Patrice admits. “He looked for positions in places that were nice and warm, so when this offer in Tampa came along, the weather was icing on the cake.” In Philadelphia, Patrice worked full-time for a group of colorectal surgeons. She was responsible for billing, appointment scheduling and coordinating patients with the o...

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  • A Touch of Class

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Spring 2020

    Advanced laser, massage therapies trigger successful recoveries.

    Madeline Bugeja Few were happier to ring out the old year and ring in a new one this past January than Madeline Bugeja. A retired administrative assistant for a global insurance company now living in Spring Hill, 78-year-old Madeline aptly described her 2019 as a year to forget. “My problems started in January, when I suffered a brain hemorrhage,” Madeline reveals. “The folks at Oak Hill Hospital picked up on it and immediately rushed me by ambulance to the hospital in Bayonet Point. That’s where I had brain surgery on January 6. “I then spent the next six months recovering at a health care center in Brooksville, but about three days after finall...

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  • Answered Prayer

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Spring 2020

    “Natural bypass” alleviates musician’s angina, loss of energy.

    Wesley noticed improvement after two EECP treatments Wesley Gleason, Jr. grew up seven miles from the St. Lawrence River in northern New York State. Following retirement, Wesley and his wife began visiting Florida to escape the cold, snowy winter months in New York. Florida was the perfect spot for the couple because many family members resided here, including their two daughters and their families. Before he retired, Wesley held various positions in and around his hometown of Redwood, New York. When he began his career, Wesley worked in very physical professions, but a job-related injury forced him to switch gears. “I was a welder and farm mechanic, b...

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  • Constructing Solutions

    Edition: East Citrus County, Hernando County, West Citrus County, Published: Spring 2020

    Minimally invasive procedures provide fast relief from aching legs.

    Brian Campbell, 68, began working in construction when he was 20 years old. He is the third generation of his family to work for the same construction company in his hometown of Niagara Falls, New York. Brian is now retired from his construction job, but he looks back on his career in the business fondly. Brian’s legs feel so good that he’s back bowling regularly. “The company I worked for did primarily heavy, industrial construction,” Brian describes. “We worked on roads and bridges, but we also did general contracting. We laid many concrete foundations and performed a lot of site work. I enjoyed my job in construction because every day that we worked, we ac...

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  • Custom Fit

    Edition: East Citrus County, Hernando County, West Citrus County, Published: Spring 2020

    Unique implants an option when traditional implants are not.

    Long Island, New York native Margaret “Peg” Capalongo, 65, resided in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for ten years before relocating to Florida with her husband in 1999. The move south was prompted by a lucrative job offer for Peg, whose husband was on board as long as he could live near an international airport because his job requires extensive travel. Peg Capalongo & Ahyse “The job I moved for was in the chiropractic industry, but I’m now a certified, registered HIT, which stands for healthcare information technologist,” Peg explains. “I’m a supervisor for an organization called Ciox Health. We work for a local hospital system. “An HIT’s job is to manage the r...

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  • Designer Eyes

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, South Palm Beach County, Published: Spring 2020

    Advanced technology eliminates need for glasses following cataract surgery.

    Stefanie*, 62, began her career as a teacher, but before long, she gave birth to four children. Unfortunately, raising her own children interfered with instructing other children, so she left teaching to concentrate on motherhood. When her kids got older, Stefanie returned to school, but this time as a student to pursue a passion for interior design. She earned certification in the field and worked for a small design company for 12 years before retiring recently. “We did residential versus commercial design,” Stefanie describes. “I worked with a lead designer who was wonderful. I was doing something I liked, so it wasn’t laborious for me to get up in ...

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  • Pain Eraser

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Spring 2020

    Unique therapy nullifies debilitating neck, shoulder and back pain. When driving through Palm Beach Gardens, it’s easy to spot Cathy Mitchell’s house. It’s the one with all the sunflowers rising up from the beautifully landscaped and manicured front lawn that is Cathy’s pride and joy. Cathy Mitchell “My sunflowers range in size from six inches to several feet high,” Cathy gushes. “But it’s not just sunflowers that I have. I have all kinds of flowers. I have zinnias, marigolds and impatiens. I have lavender plants, hibiscus and palm trees. “It’s a beautiful yard, and I’m always getting compliments from people who drive by, or walk by with their dogs. I also love to take some of my flowers and make bouquets out of them for people. I real...

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  • A Wonderful Life

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2020

    Resident enjoys dining out, singing and having fun with friends.

    Michelle Williams loves everything about Savannah Court of Orange City, especially the food, which is served restaurant-style in the dining room. Michelle Williams “My favorite is the lasagna,” she says. “It has lots of cheese.” Michelle, 58, has been at Savannah Court for the past several years. Though she has multiple sclerosis, nothing stops her from enjoying all the amenities the resort-like senior living facility has to offer. That includes joining a group of friends in a spirited game of bingo, which she does almost daily, and participating in the community’s regular sing-alongs and karaoke contests, all of which she does with her own personal brand of gus...

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