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  • In the Right Direction

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Spring 2021

    Reverse shoulder replacement ends pain, restores range of motion.

    Steven Sawicki A survey conducted by the RAND Corp. showed that nearly 40 percent of retirees give up their life of leisure and return to work. Some rejoin the workforce because they have to, while others simply become bored. Steven Sawicki, 67, fell into the latter category. “I tried retirement,” Steven explains. “I really did. I tried it for a year and a half and came to the realization that it really stinks. I mean, I love to fish, but even with that I thought, How much of this can one guy do? Retirement just wasn’t for me.” Steven didn’t retire from a particular profession. He held dozens of job titles and maintained that approach during his unre...

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  • Speedy Recovery

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Spring 2021

    Go home with new knee hours after innovative implant protocol.

    Robert enjoyed a rapid recovery from his outpatient joint replacement surgery. When Robert Ramputi first teamed up with his older brother to start a commercial painting company, he was 16 years old and had never before held a paint brush. That didn’t keep their fledgling painting business from becoming one of the largest in Florida. “We wound up getting a contract with a home builder and eventually painted just about everything north of the corner of Busch Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway,” says Robert, who sold that company in 1987, two years before launching another venture. “My first wife was working for a guy who opened a bagel factory,” Robert explains. “He ...

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  • A New Spin On Dizziness

    Edition: West Pasco County, Published: Spring 2021

    Software-driven repositioning chair treats vertigo.

    After training in India, Purnachander R. Bikkasani, MD, left for England to pursue his medical career. While in England, he became fascinated by endoscopy, a nonsurgical procedure that uses a long, flexible tube and camera to look inside the body. Dr. Bikkasani proclaims his balance problems “cured” after treatment at Trinity Hearing & Balance Center. “With endoscopy, doctors can view the gastrointestinal tract from the top down and the bottom up,” Dr. Bikkasani observes. “And while we’re doing that, we can remove growths, heal ulcers, mend livers and restore the pancreas to better health. “I was very attracted to that type of work, so when I migrated to the United S...

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  • Skip The Paper Chase

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2021

    The dollars and sense of keeping hard copies of your health records.

    At a time when cloud storage is allowing people to preserve even their most important documents in a virtual filing cabinet, Marc S. Berger, MD, says there is at least one thing people should continue to keep paper copies of. Medical records. Such a practice greatly benefits health care providers, Dr. Berger emphasizes. In some cases, it could be the key to getting the critical care a patient needs to save his or her life. “The primary reason I suggest people keep a personal copy of their essential medical records is because there is too much information scattered all over the place,” Dr. Berger explains. “Every doctor, every hospital, every emergency room...

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  • Gone in 60 Seconds

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2021

    After a lifetime of suffering, Sherry finally found a fix for her tinnitus.

    Sheri Edel Sheri Edel was working in manufacturing when she experienced “a God moment.” It hit her that it was time for a major change in her life. After speaking to her pastor, she took a leap of faith and accepted a job as the Christian education director for her church. “I held that position for nine years and absolutely loved it, loved the children,” Sheri says. “Then I decided kind of late in my life that I was ready for something different. I wanted to help people in some way, and medical coding came to mind. I went to school online for 14 months and became a certified professional coder.” It didn’t take long for Sheri to get a job once she ear...

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  • A ‘Pinch-Me-Like’ Experience

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Winter 2021

    Bill and Cindy have a great appreciation for all that Village On The Isle offers.

    CCRC meshes luxury, independence with safety net of assisted care.

    At age 80, Bill Bouman hasn’t lost his fastball. Which is to say that his deadpan sense of humor remains as sharp as a razor. Ask him, for example, how long he and his wife, Cindy, have been married, and he’ll tell you with a straight face, “It’s going on 184 years now.” “Oh, tell him the truth,” Cindy reprimands. “OK,” Bill retorts. “It’s actually going on 186 years.” The truth is that after meeting while both were in college in Michigan, Bill and Cindy have been married for 57 years. During that time, they pinballed between the Midwest and Northeast a few times before set...

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  • A Life-Saving Itch?

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Winter 2021

    Rash leads to skin screening that detects melanoma, a silent killer.

    For 30 years, Peter* combined his career in real estate with his favorite outdoor activities: bike riding – bicycle and Harley-Davidson – and taking photographs of Sarasota sunrises and sunsets. In time, though, all that sun exposure eventually caught up to the Wisconsin native. After a serious illness, Peter developed an uncomfortable skin condition. “Two years ago, I was diagnosed with throat cancer,” Peter shares. “After I got through the chemo and radiation and started to get healthy, I noticed what looked like a rash on my skin. There were spots that would come up on my skin and itch. It was annoying and would keep me up at night.” The spots and it...

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  • Your Best Shot For Joint Pain

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Winter 2021

    Injection protocol promotes self-healing and faster recovery without surgery.

    Regenerative medicine injections have given Steve more mobility in his arthritic shoulders. Going to school as a kid in Venice, Steve Ellis was one of only four or five students who were born in the seaside city along Florida’s white-sanded Gulf Coast. “Everybody else was from New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania – from all over,” recalls Steve, 52. “But while I was one of the only natives in the class, I was the same as anybody else. I just didn’t have an accent like some of the other kids from New York or Boston.” As an adult, Steve took over the family business after his uncle passed away 10 years ago. He’s now the owner and property manager f...

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  • Long-Distance Dentistry

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Winter 2021

    New upper, lower dentures produce a smile that’s worth the drive.

    As a high schooler, Doris Atkins prepared herself for the workforce by taking a variety of general business courses. At every turn during her career, however, employers steered her in one direction. “When I got out of high school and went to work, I became a bookkeeper,” Doris, 83, remembers. “As I went into each job, they pushed me into bookkeeping and I just went along with it and stayed with it over the years. “Up north, I worked for St. Christopher Hospital in Philadelphia and in private industry. We didn’t have computers then. We worked with ledgers and everything was entered manually. Still, it was a good job.” Doris’ husband had a long career in law enf...

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  • Pelvic Pain? It may be your VEINS!

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Winter 2021

    Kaila Simpson was 24 when she started her career as a sales associate for a tech company. Following that, she did sales for several startups and then, 3½ years ago, she landed at an IT research and advisory firm in Fort Myers. “My job involves working with tech CEOs on their strategic initiatives,” Kaila, 30, details. “We discuss their growth goals, and I align them with my company’s resources so they can apply our insights to their products, marketing and sales strategies. I typically work with five to eight clients a week.” A native of Bright, Indiana, 45 minutes outside of Cincinnati, Kaila is highly successful in her professional life. Conversely, she’s been struggling for some time in her personal life. She was dealing with end...

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