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  • Skin Screening Stops a Silent Killer

    Edition: South Sarasota County Published: Winter 2017

    For 30 years, Fred Sieger 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. However, the sun exposure eventually caught up to the Wisconsin native. After a serious illness, Fred developed an uncomfortable skin condition. Fred gets exposed to the sun’s rays when riding his bike. “Two years ago, I was diagnosed with throat cancer,” shares Fred. “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 the itching that came with them co...

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  • Time to Move On

    Edition: South Sarasota County Published: Winter 2017

    Nonsurgical procedure relieves pain and restores flexibility.

    Plumbing is in William Loiko’s blood. He started plumbing with his dad when he was eight years old. When he became an adult, he headed south from his home in Connecticut and opened his own plumbing business. He’s been serving the residents of Sarasota since 1980. William’s hip and back feel well enough for him to bend and kneel. Although he worked long hours with his business, William found ways to stay active. He liked to play racquetball and golf, swim and worked out at the gym with a trainer. He was in good physical condition, but an unfortunate fall left him in uncertain circumstances. “About two and a half years ago, I took a spill playing racq...

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  • Enrichment Through Memory Care

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Spring 2017

    Knowing mom is happy and safe gives family peace of mind.

    Laura McLaren first saw Grace Manor Port Orange when she visited the assisted living and memory care community as a volunteer with her church group. Laura visits her mother, Annie, at Grace Manor. “It was Christmas time and our church group was caroling at different places and we went to Grace Manor. All the residents there seemed so happy and I thought to myself, If and when my mom needs assisted living, this would be such a nice place for her.” At the time, Laura and her four siblings were concerned about their mother, Annie, who had lived in the same house for more than 40 years. One of Annie’s granddaughters lived with her, but Annie’s dementia was prog...

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  • Doctor Approved

    Edition: South Palm Beach County Published: Spring 2017

    Physician counts on a compression pump for her own limb swelling.

    While attending a medical conference, vascular specialist, Zoraida Catherine Navarro, MD, listened intently as actress Kathy Bates described her struggle with post-cancer lymphedema, a condition in which excess fluid collects in the body’s tissues. The doctor was surprised by what she heard. Dr. Navarro treats many patients with poor circulation, swelling and severe wounds. “I didn’t realize lymphedema could cause so much discomfort and pain along with swelling,” notes Dr. Navarro. “Then, it happened to me. “My legs swelled and became heavy and uncomfortable,” she shares. “They were also shiny looking, like a blown-up balloon, and they felt rub...

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  • Safe Haven From a Storm

    Edition: Indian River County Published: Winter 2017

    Caregivers go over and above for patients.

    With Hurricane Matthew pounding the East Coast of Florida, the independent living facility where 88-year-old Anne Cannon resided was ordered to evacuate. She had no family except for a niece, who did not live close by. That left Anne and her cat with no place to go to escape the driving winds and rain. Anne and Mariela have become close over the past seven years. That state of affairs was unacceptable to Mariela Barcello, CNA, Anne’s caregiver from A Nurses Touch Healthcare. Mariela invited Anne to join her somewhere safe from the storm. “During the hurricane, Mariela couldn’t stay at her own home,” explains Karen Henderson, registered nurse and case manager at A Nurse...

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  • Independence Restored After a Stroke

    Edition: Indian River County Published: Winter 2017

    It was a Monday morning on March 23, 2015. As Nancy Baker drove on Interstate 95 on her way to an appointment, she became mystified when she saw two identical cars driving in the same lane ahead of her. When she looked in her rearview mirror, she saw duplicates of her own face. Stroke rehabilitation got Nancy walking normally again. “I thought I’d better get off the road,” recalls Nancy. “I picked up my right hand to put the blinker on and realized I couldn’t move my right side. Somehow, I got off the interstate, made it all the way across Sebastian and ended up at my chiropractor’s office. “I didn’t have any pain, but I thought maybe my neck was out of line. I just wasn’t thinking clearly. As I walked into the office, I couldn’...

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  • Back to Natural

    Edition: Indian River County Published: Winter 2017

    “Perfect teeth” replace gold caps

    As a 19-year-old, Richard* admired the gold teeth of rap star Lil Wayne, whom he once met up close in Daytona. A mouthful of gold was a signature fashion adornment among hip-hop artists: upper and lower front teeth, all encased in gold caps. “A couple of my friends and I were trying to start a record label, and at that time, I was a rapper,” shares Richard. “Gold teeth were more of a performer/rapper look.” Richard wanted gold caps of his own, but was turned down on his initial try. “The first dentist I went to said he wouldn’t do it because my teeth were almost perfect,” recalls Richard. His mother urged him not to pursue it, but Richard found another dentist who was willing to g...

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  • Alternative to Surgery

    Edition: Indian River County Published: Winter 2017

    New procedure eliminates pain from spinal stenosis.

    At 75, Michael* wasn’t ready to feel old. Yet, maddening back pain made it difficult for him to feel youthful and stay active. The pain from his back traveled all the way down his right leg, which affected his walking and put a stop to his morning exercise routine. Even standing was painful, and Michael found himself instead sitting in his chair doing nothing. When he tried to cook, he had to lean over his kitchen sink, which provided some relief from the agony in his back and leg. “I really enjoy cooking for my family,” Michael shares. “It’s something I have always tried to do several days a week, but the pain I would get in my back when I stood too long at the ...

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  • Dentures with Benefits

    Edition: Indian River County Published: Winter 2017

    Implants enhance function and confidence.

    Standing before 30 people in a classroom, production trainer Harry Brubaker worried about the state of his smile. The dentures he wore did not fit well, nor were they particularly attractive. His had been a long story of trouble with his dental health. “My whole life I’ve not done well with teeth in spite of going to the dentist constantly over the years,” shares Harry. “I had extractions starting at a fairly young age. I’ve had crowns and caps. I ended up having a lot of teeth pulled and an upper denture put in, with a partial denture on the bottom. At that time, I had seven teeth left in the lower part of my mouth.” The dentures served as a good solution to Harry’s de...

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  • New Technology for Better Vision

    Edition: Indian River County Published: Winter 2017

    Gloria Von Stein was having trouble driving after dark. Glare from the headlights of oncoming cars made it more difficult to see. She was experiencing other vision changes, too. Gloria had worn glasses for reading since her 40s, but by her mid 70s, she needed new prescriptions for multiple distances. Not accustomed to wearing glasses all the time, she frequently forgot them. At the grocery store, she often resorted to squinting when attempting to read a food label. “My glasses never seemed to be where I was,” she explains. Gloria’s symptoms were from cataracts, a common condition that clouds the eye’s natural lens. William J. Mallon, MD, at the Center for Advanced Eye Care alerted her of the cataracts when they started to form. C...

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