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  • Double Play

    Edition: Palm Coast Published: Fall 2018

    Doctor’s expertise relieves different conditions.

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania natives David and Noreen Acheson moved to the Midwest after finishing their educations and marrying. They spent a few years living in Ohio and Illinois, then settled down in Michigan, where they remained for 30 years. David’s handwriting has improved significantly with DBS. “We moved back to Pennsylvania, to the Gettysburg area, for a short time after living in Michigan,” recalls Noreen. “That lasted until five feet of snow one winter did us in. After that, we made the move to Florida.” Retired professionals in their 70s, David and Noreen both prefer Florida’s weather and laid-back lifestyle. That lifestyle is one that was eventually...

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  • “Dr. Kostick gave Me My Life back”

    Edition: Palm Coast Published: Fall 2018

    Cataract surgery results in clearer vision, healthier outlook on life.

    Thelma Wagonhoffer’s vision had been fading for years, but it wasn’t until one day late last year when the 82-year-old retired nurse went grocery shopping with her daughter Kim that she began to understand just how serious the issue had become. Since having cataract surgery, Thelma (left) has become more active and engaged, says daughter Kim. “The first thing I noticed that day was just how light sensitive my mom had become,” Kim remembers. “We walked into the grocery store, and my mom immediately had to shade her eyes from the bright lights. I found that a bit odd. “Then we were at the checkout counter. I was at one end and my mother was at th...

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  • What Is Your Plan B?

    Edition: St. Augustine Published: Fall 2018

    Memory care community offers hurricane shelter option.

    In September 2017, Hurricane Irma tore through the state of Florida, killing 75 people and leaving billions of dollars of damage in its wake. Officer Dee Brown (fourth from left) and the staff of Symphony at St. Augustineemphasize the importance of having a Plan B. Although devastating, many lessons were learned from Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. One such lesson stresses the importance of having an evacuation plan in place long before the storm hits. During Irma, 5.6 million people – more than one-quarter of Florida’s population – were ordered to evacuate. For families with loved ones with dementia, it’s vitally important they have a...

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  • Avoid Back/Neck Surgery

    Edition: St. Augustine Published: Fall 2018

    Nonsurgical spinal decompression relieves lower back, neck pain.

    With inmates outnumbering them by a two-to-one margin, the job of a corrections officer has long been considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Don Wenner can tell you firsthand just how dangerous that job really is. Don avoided a third back surgery and was relieved of his neck pain through spinal decompression In 2000, Don was working in corrections at the Northampton County Prison in Easton, Pennsylvania when a fight involving several inmates broke out inside the facility. Don was among the corrections officers tasked with trying to break up the fight. “There were about seven hundred and fifty inmates in a facility bu...

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  • Get the Pointe

    Edition: Sarasota Published: Fall 2018

    Laser makes toenail fungus disappear.

    Belgium-born Elisabeth Timmermans first fell in love with the United States nearly four decades ago when she and her husband came here on their honeymoon. A return trip a couple years later turned into a permanent stay that has now lasted 37 years. “We first lived in Louisiana and then moved to Miami,” Elisabeth recounts. “We lived in Miami for about two years and then moved to Sarasota. We’ve been here in Sarasota for about thirty years now, and I just love it.” The warm weather is part of what Elisabeth likes most about Sarasota. She especially likes the opportunity the weather affords her to dress comfortably. That opportunity was recently compromised, however, by a problem that deve...

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  • Pain Manager

    Edition: Martin County Published: Fall 2018

    Advanced therapy program relieves condition’s painful symptoms.

    Here’s something to think about. Sixty to 70 percent of people with diabetes experience burning, tingling and numbness in their feet that often keep them up at night. These are all symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, which is the most common type of a larger condition known as peripheral neuropathy. An estimated 20 million people in the United States suffer with some type of peripheral neuropathy, a condition caused by damage to the body’s peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system is the vast network of nerves that transmits information to and from the central nervous system – the brain and spinal cord – and the rest of the body. There are...

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  • Match Point

    Edition: Sarasota Published: Fall 2018

    Joint replacement patient quickly returns to racquetball court.

    Alan Canonico has a great passion for racquetball. He generally plays three or four days a week when he’s home in Sarasota, and he often travels across the country to participate in tournaments. When he couldn’t play due to discomfort in his joints, it was a pain unto itself for him. Hip replacement surgery got Alan back on the court quickly “I really enjoy the game and play at a high level,” he shares. “Years ago, however, I tore the meniscus in my left knee and had arthroscopic surgery. Three years later, I tore the same knee again, then I did it a third time. “By then, the pain in my knee was excruciating every time I moved or turned quickly. I was...

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  • Relief From Debilitating Headaches

    Edition: Sarasota Published: Fall 2018

    Candi Walker’s debilitating headaches started when she was 12 after a fall from her horse resulted in her landing on her coccyx bone, nearly paralyzing herself. Candi Walker “Horrible headaches started around that time,” Candi explains. “I went to several neurologists over the years and was on many different pain medications, and none of them provided permanent relief. I was putting a BAND-AID® on the situation. That went on for years until a friend suggested I see a chiropractor. “So, thirty-five years ago, I started to receive Atlas Orthogonal procedures – basically, an alignment of the atlas vertebra,” says Candi, referring to the uppermost vertebra in the neck. “It was the only thing that managed my pain. “I started these treat...

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  • Walk On

    Edition: St. Lucie County Published: Fall 2018

    Minimally invasive vein treatment relieves chronic leg fatigue.

    Retired school teacher Marlene Burke and her husband, Tom, love to travel. They’ve toured most of Europe and the Caribbean together and once combined a trip through the Canadian Rockies with their other favorite pastime – camping. Vein treatment allowed Marlene to enjoy every stop on her Rhone River cruise This past Christmas, Tom surprised Marlene and a friend of hers with a mid-July trip to the south of France, where they would spend eight days sailing down the Rhône River on a cruise that included walking tours of six towns between Avignon and Lyon. There was just one problem: For years, Marlene, 74, found it difficult to walk more than a couple...

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  • New-Age Treatment Option

    Edition: North Tampa Published: Fall 2018

    Medical marijuana erases anxiety, depression and pain.

    Dawn Graham’s personal war with back pain began in 1996 when she was involved in a car accident that left her partially paralyzed for six months with three herniated discs in her lower spine. It is a war in which a second front opened in 2013 after she suffered a mishap with a child’s swing set. After going to work for Dr. Austin (right), Dawn finally found a remedy for her back pain. “I was teaching my daughter how to swing when a soft spot in the wood caused the swing set to collapse, and the whole thing came crashing down on top of me,” Dawn reports. “A two-by-twelve beam fell across the back of my neck, and two four-by-fours fell on the top of my back and ...

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