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  • Back to Boot Camp

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach Published: Fall 2018

    Back to Boot Camp

    Chiropractor’s therapy returns nurse to active lifestyle.

    For Boston native Lisa Brady, the six days in bed weren’t the worst part of having the flu this year. The worst part was the intense pain that radiated from her neck into her right arm and afflicted her when she awoke on the sixth day. A friend’s recommendation to visit Coastal Health Group proved to be a life changer for Lisa. “At first, I thought I was having a heart attack,” remembers the nurse and nursing instructor. “I had pain shooting down my arm, and numbness and tingling in my fingers. It wasn’t coming and going; this pain was nonstop. And it was unbearable. From one to ten, my pain was a twenty.” Lisa knew the pain wasn’t the result of weak m...

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  • Fitted Genes

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Fall 2018

    Genetics are a risk factor for recurrent melanoma.

    Brooklyn, New York native Dennis Piaseczny spent 25 years teaching business classes in high schools and business schools throughout New York City. In 1994, he retired and moved to Florida. In 2016, he was blindsided by a horrifying discovery. Dennis Piaseczny “I went to my primary doctor, and she had me take off my shirt to examine me,” shares Dennis. “She spotted something unusual on my left shoulder and told me I should see a dermatologist right away. “I didn’t have any pain and didn’t know anything was on my shoulder. Nobody looks at their shoulders anyway. I was quite startled when my doctor found that spot. “I wasn’t going to a dermatologist at the time, so my...

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  • Ring Out the Old

    Edition: Charlotte County Published: Fall 2018

    Brighter, Whiter Smiles.

    If you’ve purchased or even just admired any hand-painted porcelain plate, vase or figurine over the past 20 or 30 years, it may have been the work of 83-year-old Wilma Manhardt that attracted you to the piece. Wilma Manhardt Wilma has been hand-painting everything from stylish home accent pieces to bric-a-brac since she was a young girl growing up in Dusseldorf, Germany, where her son now runs the porcelain art business she opened there before moving to Florida in 1989. “It took me two years, but I trained all the employees there how to paint porcelain, then turned the business over to my son,” Wilma explains. “I’m retired now, but I love my painting and teaching others how to paint so much that I sti...

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  • Fracture Fitness

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Fall 2018

    Senior with broken arm regains independence with physical therapy.

    Marie Burdett, 82, retired 20 years ago from a 38-year career in banking and relocated to Florida from her native Chester, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia. Married to her high school sweetheart, she and her husband celebrated their 61st anniversary this past May. It was also in May that Marie had an in-home accident that changed her life dramatically. With the help of the Barr & Associates team, Marie regained near full rangeof motion in her left arm “I tripped while walking to the front door,” she recalls. “I’m not sure what I tripped over, because it’s a tile floor and there is no rug. It just happened, and it happened fast. I don’t r...

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  • The Unfriendly Skies

    Edition: Charlotte County Published: Fall 2018

    Reduced air pressure complicates vein disease.

    A native of Brazil, Maryse Davis moved to the United States in 1977 and became a US citizen. She’s the mother of three children, now adults, and has been working as a flight attendant for 18 years. Both jobs are physically demanding, but her work for the airline is especially taxing on her legs. The vein treatments have Maryse feeling like a new person. “I speak five languages, so my company uses me mostly for international flights, which keeps me on my feet a long time,” she says. “Depending on the destination, a flight can be anywhere from eight to eleven hours long, and it’s fourteen hours if we’re going to China. “About four years ago, I started to feel pain in my ...

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  • Out You Go

    Edition: Charlotte County Published: Fall 2018

    Outpatient knee replacement surgery saves time, money.

    Scott Cope has spent the past 30 years working primarily as a computer systems designer. In the two-plus years that have passed since he bought an 18-acre tract of land outside Punta Gorda, however, he’s been moonlighting as a cattle rancher. Following outpatient total knee replacement surgery, Scott is once again comfortably working his ranch. “The ranch started out as more of a hobby than anything, but you know how those things go,” Scott says. “After a while you start doing more and more, just taking care of things, and so I’ve become pretty heavily involved with it.” Scott’s involvement has come at a cost. Though he spends a lot of his time on the ranch ...

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  • Anti-Aging Tip

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach Published: Fall 2018

    Maintain a youthful, healthy smile with dental implants.

    Brazilian-born Elk Rocha was 27 years old when she left her native South America and came to the United States hoping to give her son and daughter a better life. Seventeen years later, she has tangible evidence to prove she made the right decision. Elk Rocha Having taken full advantage of the superior educational opportunities offered here, Elk’s daughter is now attending medical school, and her son is on the cusp of receiving a degree in computer science. Elk still visits her native Brazil on a regular basis, but Florida has become “home” to the proud 44-year-old who stays busy managing her own house- cleaning business and stays fit by boxing five days a w...

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  • Sparkling Gem

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Fall 2018

    Resident’s dementia improves with personalized care.

    Like a diamond, there are many facets to Paul Agan’s life. The Elmira, New York native is a veteran of the US Air Force who made a post-service career working at AT&T®. He’s an electronics guy and a handyman, and he loves to stay active. Fishing is one of his favorite pastimes. When this diamond started to dull, it was difficult for his family to watch. The intimate setting at Grace Manor has proved to be a perfect fit for Paul. “We first noticed that something was going on with Dad in 2015,” remembers Lulu Agan, Paul’s daughter. “He began behaving in ways that were out of character for him. He started getting lost and confused about where he was. He was alw...

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  • Lid Lifter

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County Published: Fall 2018

    In-office procedure eliminates tired, droopy-looking eyes.

    Angela van den Ham is an early riser. Always has been. Since she was a little girl growing up and working on her family’s horse and cattle ranch outside of Ottawa, Canada, she has made a habit of starting her day long before the crack of dawn.And for a while, at least, it looked like it. Eyelid surgery has given Angela the lively, spirited look that matches her personality and lifestyle. Angela, 43, has the energy of an untamed mustang. She also has a zest for life and her fast-growing pet grooming business that is virtually unmatched. As she moved into her 40s, however, she often looked to others as if she needed a good long nap. “I get up each morni...

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  • Relative Wonders

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County Published: Fall 2018

    Advanced hearing aid technology inspires family reunion.

    Cleveland, Ohio native Ruth Smith, 87, is a retired stay-at-home mom who worked briefly as a licensed practical nurse. She describes herself as “no youngster,” but she’s in good health and likes to stay active. Unfortunately, Ruth also has a degenerative hearing loss that brought her to a tipping point three years ago. Ruth Smith “My hearing gradually got worse over the years,” she relates. “Initially, I didn’t realize what was happening until I got to that terrible place where I just was not hearing certain things, such as particular voices and parts of conversations. I was teaching a class at church, and it was becoming difficult for me to hear corre...

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