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  • Feel Younger, Stronger, Sexier

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, South Tampa, Published: Summer 2020

    Clinic’s expanded cosmetic services reveal a more youthful you.

    Infinity Medical Institute recently welcomed Teresa “Tami” McGarry, PA-C, to its Tampa location. Tami was brought on board to perform bio-natural hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, and to expand the institute’s cosmetic services. She is excited about all the services added at this premier medical clinic that was voted No. 1 in the Tampa Bay area. (L to R) Vanessa, Kelly, Tami and Michael of Infinity Medical Institute. “I earned my physician assistant degree through a program at Kettering College in Kettering, Ohio, and I have 28 years of experience as a PA,” Tami relates. “I started working in facial reconstructive neurosurgery and did that at a Level 1 tr...

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  • Preferred Polymer

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    New material improves fit, feel and look of partial dentures.

    Ever since she was a young girl, Emma Girt wanted to serve in the military. So shortly after high school graduation, the Canton, Ohio, native joined the Air Force, where she spent six years serving her country as a clerk typist at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Emma Girt “I worked for the police squadron,” Emma, 65, shares. “I performed general office duties such as filing, typing and issuing meal cards, whatever was required. And this was the 1970s. We didn’t have computers.” Following her discharge, Emma applied for a job with the US Postal Service. After waiting for nearly 10 years, she finally got her foot in the door. Once she did, she stayed 23 years...

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  • Cultivating Hope

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    Medical marijuana: a blessing for Alzheimer’s patient.

    Since he retired from his position as a Lutheran pastor and moved from Missouri to Florida seven years ago, Steven* and his wife, Sharon*, have made the short drive from their home in Holly Hill to their daughter’s place in Ormond Beach hundreds of times. It’s a route they know by heart, which is why Sharon became concerned a few years ago when Steven suddenly became confused and wondered out loud if he needed to make a right turn or left turn to get onto their daughter’s street. “What concerned me most was that this was not the first sign of trouble I’d detected over the previous few months,” Sharon explains. “Before that, I also noticed that Steven had started losing h...

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  • Straight Ahead

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    City worker returns to duty after one-on-one physical therapy.

    In 1999, Wayne Delin, a motorcycle enthusiast, traveled to Daytona Beach for Bike Week. He liked it so much that he purchased a home in the area, resigned from his job in Framingham, Massachusetts, and moved south. With physical therapy assistant Andre Lacerda (right) at his side, Wayne works out at Barr PT. Following the move, Wayne found a job with the city of Daytona Beach Shores’ Public Works Division. It’s a job that involves construction primarily, and the physical nature of that work has taken quite a toll on his body. “About seven years ago, my right knee started acting up,” says Wayne, 60. “I didn’t think too much about it at the time. I figured I was j...

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  • The Road Back

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    Nonsurgical stem cell therapy alleviates spinal pain, neuropathy.

    Ever since he was old enough to get behind the wheel, Joe Ocello has been a car guy. A master mechanic, he repairs cars, tinkers with them, even collected a few, including a 1951 Ford pickup he cherishes above all others. Joe has become a fan of stem cell therapy. “It’s only got 36,000 original miles on it, which is kind of neat,” Joe says of the classic pickup. “I also have a couple of motorcycles and some other stuff, so pretty much anything mechanical, I enjoy tinkering with. “I’ve always been that way. I’ve worked on cars and stuff like that all my life, and I love my field of work. I’ve always been on the repair side of the business, but I’ve also owned g...

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  • Loud and Clear

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    Hearing aid upgrade vastly improves quality of life.

    The war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia was just beginning to heat up when Jim Knowles graduated from dental school at the University of Michigan 50-some years ago, so to avoid being drafted into the Army, Jim joined the Air Force instead. New hearing aids have corrected Jim’s high-pitch hearing loss. What followed was a 30-year career of service to his country as a member of the Air Force Dental Corps for which he twice provided dental care to soldiers overseas – first in Turkey in the 1970s and again in England in the 1980s. “I practiced dentistry just like any civilian dentist would have,” Jim says. “My first year in the Air Force was actually spent doing a dental inte...

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  • Sight Savers

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    Eye injections halt progression of macular degeneration.

    Ann Hand considers herself lucky. The former homemaker and stay-at-home mom committed her life to her family, and it prospered with her assistance. Ann loved tending to her family’s needs over the years. Today, she feels fortunate to be tending to her own needs and living a more relaxed lifestyle. Ann Hand “My husband and I are retired now and living in New Smyrna full time,” Ann shares. “We moved here about 3½ years ago, and we absolutely love it. To us, it feels like paradise. We just love being outside, sitting by the pool and enjoying our retirement.” Before relocating to New Smyrna, Ann lived in the Orlando region for most of her life. It was there that she met he...

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  • Beaming with Pride

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    Simple fix delivers wonderful new smile.

    Vince Spano, 72, is a “lawn whisperer” of sorts. For more than 40 years, the Vietnam veteran has coaxed grass to grow by supplying it with the water essential for it to thrive. His roots in the business run deep. Vince Spano “I’m an irrigation contractor,” says Vince, the owner of Florida Irri-Gators in New Smyrna Beach. “I do commercial and residential irrigation system installations, remodels and maintenance. I install these systems for all types of landscaping purposes.” As a young man, before he entered the US Army, Vince worked for several golf courses. He credits tending to fairways and greens for much of his education on lawn irrigation. He learned the rest in college, where he ...

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  • Reserved for Relief

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, Published: Summer 2020

    Iraq War vet finally winning his battle against back pain.

    Steve Selman In March, Steve Selman marked his 30th year in the Army Reserve. Seventeen of those years were spent on active duty tours, including one with the 1st Armored Division during the Iraq War. In the years that followed, Steve lived with a painful reminder of his time in Iraq. “In 2003, right after the war started, I was a captain running a forward command post in southern Iraq,” Steve, 47, remembers. “One day, as it neared dusk and visibility was fading, a Category 4 sandstorm came up on us without warning, and the wind became fierce. “I yelled at the sergeants to grab the tent before it blew away. As I grabbed it, a huge gust of wind blew that swept up bot...

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  • A Growing Alternative

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

    Cannabis treatment helps writer regain health, eliminate medications.

    John* has forever wanted to be a writer, and he has consistently found jobs providing him that opportunity. While in college, John worked for a newspaper. After he graduated, he worked for another newspaper. After leaving that paper, John served as a speechwriter for a local government official. “When the speechwriting job was over, I thought, Okay, while I’m writing the great American novel, I have to pay the bills,” the Cleveland native remembers. “So I worked in public relations and advertising for 10 years. “That led to a job with a television production company in Boca Raton, which was great, because I always wanted to work in television. The product...

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