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  • Creating Better Impressions

    Edition: South Tampa Published: Summer 2016

    Procedure refreshes eyes that have droopy, tired appearance.

    A native of the East Coast of Florida, Mary* and her family moved to the Tampa area about four years ago. A stay-at-home mom, Mary handles the massive job of rearing her three daughters and managing the household. She and her husband love the outdoors, and when there’s time, they enjoy activities such as camping, kayaking, hiking and running. With her schedule, Mary had every reason to look exhausted, but her perpetually tired look had little to do with her many activities. Mary had an issue with her eyelids that interfered with her appearance. “I always had very heavy eyelids, like an awning over my eyes,” she describes. “Heavy eyelids run in my fam...

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  • Reveal What’s Inside

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Summer 2017

    Technology solves complex dental cases in three dimensions.

    Marielle* talks for a living, so when she woke up one Wednesday morning with excruciating tooth pain, it was a serious concern for several reasons. “My job is public speaking,” she elaborates. “I work at the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach. When you’re speaking for hours, which is what I do, it’s difficult if you’re having any kind of pain or have anything wrong with your mouth. You start to slur your speech and have problems saying certain letters and sounds. “A couple weeks ago, a great deal of pain came on suddenly one morning. It was intense, and it came out of nowhere. Once it started, I wasn’t able to eat. I just thought about getting th...

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  • Seeing Past the Obstacles

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Summer 2017

    The latest technology, combined with personable care, delivers optimal results.

    Shirley Randall got her first pair of eyeglasses in the third grade. It’s a memory she distinctly recalls. “When you are a little girl getting your first pair of glasses, it’s something you never forget,” Shirley shares. “It was an awkward experience, even that young. I was very self-conscious about it. Glasses become a part of our identity when you wear them all day, every day, and I just hated it. “When contact lenses became available, I switched to those and got used to wearing them. When I was in my forties, I had LASIK surgery so I could get away from wearing glasses and contacts altogether. That had always been my goal.” But a r...

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  • Fixed and Functional

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Summer 2017

    Bridges and implants are excellent options for replacing missing teeth.

    Terry Bracy is a familiar face on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. From 1966 to 1976, he was an aide to former Congressman Morris K. Udall of Arizona. He later served as chair of the board of the Udall Foundation and founded a public relations and lobbying firm in Washington for which he still works on a part-time basis. Terry needs a big, bright smile as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill. “I was born and raised in St. Louis, then took a graduate fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson,” relates Terry. “That’s where I met Congressman Udall, who brought me to Washington to work for him. I’ve lived there all my adult life, but now my wife and I ...

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  • Finally, a Weight Loss Program That Works!

    Edition: West Volusia County Published: Summer 2017

    Concerned about his weight, Orlando police officer Ben Stanaland tried commercial diet programs in an attempt to shed pounds. Despite any initial success, numbers on the scale seemed to go in one direction: upward. A large man, Ben stands 6-foot-4, and was a football player in high school. His athletic build, assisted by weightlifting, helped hide extra pounds. But as his weight climbed, Ben continued to look for ways to slim down. He turned to intensive exercise, only to later realize that rigorous workouts weren’t enough to ensure weight loss. First and foremost, it takes dietary changes. “I started CrossFit®, and I was getting stronger and I was getting faster, with more agility,” notes Ben, who is 34. “But I wasn’t getting any sm...

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  • Like Walking on a Cloud

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Summer 2017

    Novel treatment replaces lost padding to cushion the foot while standing and walking.

    It is believed, states the US National Institutes of Health, that the average person with an 80-year life span will walk the distance of the world twice in their lifetime! Age and mileage like that put tremendous strain on the natural protective framework of the feet. Dr. Kirby has expertise in treating disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg. “The main problem is that the fat pad that cushions the bones and the bottom part of the foot wears away over time,” explains Pamela Kirby, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist. “This is called fat pad atrophy, and it can lead to significant pain and even breakdowns in the skin.” Fat pad at...

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  • The Power of GENIUS™ 2.0

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Summer 2017

    Advanced technology lets you hear what you’ve been missing.

    Michael Espey noticed he frequently asked his wife, Judy, to turn up the volume on their television set. Michael enjoys riding motorcycles and can hear vehicles in all directions. The high TV volume wasn’t his only sign of hearing trouble. Crowded restaurants or other noisy places were a challenge for Michael when trying to carry on a conversation. In meetings at work, he had to sit near the front of the room or he couldn’t hear the speaker. Michael is in his mid 50s and works in a high-noise environment as a foreman for heavy construction projects. Being near machines emitting ear-splitting sound, like pile drivers for building bridges, is part of the jo...

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  • Goodbye, Vitiligo Spots!

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Summer 2017

    Laser offers effective treatment for skin disease.

    A retired paramedic captain in the New York City Fire Department EMS, Donna Kucher has seen many strange things. Still, she wasn’t prepared for the unusual white spots that began appearing on her face 15 years ago. After treatment, the white spots on Donna’s face have disappeared. “I’m of Italian decent, so I have a dark complexion, and all of a sudden, I started seeing these white spots,” she confirms. “They were also on my hands and a few other places. I went to several doctors, and they told me it was vitiligo. I was losing the pigment in my skin. “The doctors prescribed creams and gels, but nothing worked. I tried really thick make-up to blend in and cover th...

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  • On Her Feet, Out of Pain

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Summer 2017

    Laura Bowen felt the pop in her right calf and fell to the ground. She was playing tennis after a long flight home to Florida from Australia. Unable to walk, or apply pressure to the gas pedal of her car, she needed a friend to drive her home. Once home, she looked online for clues about what happened. According to what she read, a probability was calf strain. The condition occurs from torn muscle fibers in the back of the lower leg. A common sports injury among athletes who make lateral moves, like on the tennis or basketball court, it varies in severity and is painful. “I have a job that requires a lot of physical activity – I run events and tennis tournaments – so I needed to get this addressed right away,” relates Laura, who is ma...

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