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  • New Age Dentistry

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Summer 2019

    Technological advances make implants best choice for broken or missing teeth.

    For nearly 30 years, Tom Miller was in charge of counting every nickel, dime and quarter that travelers tossed into the baskets at the toll booths along the Indiana Toll Road that runs between Chicago, Illinois and the Ohio Turnpike. “If you’re like me and they have to ruin two teeth on either side of the one you lost to do a bridge, why not get the implant? The process is very easy, and you wind up with something that looks and feels like a real tooth. It feels natural, it really does.” -Tom “I was the controller and administrative services manager for the Indiana Toll Road for twenty-eight and a half years, until I retired in 1995,’’ Tom, 82, con...

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  • Firehouse Effect

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Summer 2019

    High venous pressure can lead to non-healing leg ulcers.

    While preparing for work one day in 2007, Linda Ettinger mindlessly scratched her right leg over what she thought was a mosquito bite. A few moments later, she looked down and saw blood flowing from an open wound on her leg and gathering on the floor. Her husband took her to the hospital, where the wound closed. It eventually healed, but not for long. Following vein treatment, Linda is walking more than five thousand steps a day. “Over the years, I saw several wound care doctors, but it was always the same story,” the 66-year-old New Jersey native shares. “They treated the wound with medicine and scraped away the dead skin. It would be fine for a while, but i...

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  • Skip Surgery

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Summer 2019

    Noninvasive stretching protocol relieves pain, restores flexibility.

    During his working years, Bill Lundgren owned an advertising and marketing agency, but he was always a musician at heart. After retiring and relocating from New Hampshire to Florida three years ago, Bill immediately began volunteering with a local arts organization, directing several musical performances. Bill Lundgren Finally given a chance to live out his dream, Bill refused to let an agonizing back condition that dates back to his childhood stop him. “When I was a kid, I fell out of a tree, landed on the sidewalk and crushed a vertebra,” shares the Rhode Island native. “I spent a few months lying flat in bed. I couldn’t get up, couldn’t do anyt...

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  • Reversing Course

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Summer 2019

    Correct severe shoulder damage.

    Never one to waste a lot of time just sitting around, Diane Costa spent the majority of her working years on her feet, first as a waitress and a bar maid, then as a wallpaper hanger and a furniture refinisher and finally as a cake decorator. Diane has regained full range of motion in her left shoulder. Surprisingly, it was her shoulders that took the brunt of the abuse from that odd array of jobs. As a result of the repetitive nature of the wallpaper hanging, and refinishing, Diane had rotator cuff surgery on both shoulders, the right one in 2005, the left one in 2006. More trouble developed for Diane a few years later when she stumbled over a poorly fitting drain hole cover in the kitchen w...

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  • Double Play

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2019

    Dual approach alleviates aggravating back pain.

    Terri Beer isn’t just a resident of DeLand, she’s part of the community’s fabric. Now retired from her career in sales and marketing, she is a dedicated community volunteer who has served as president of the Rotary Club of DeLand and was once a board member of the Florida Hospital Foundation for Florida Hospital DeLand. Terri Beer She’s also an avid golfer, but it wasn’t all that long ago that lower back pain forced her to put away her clubs and cut back on a lot of her activities. “The pain in my back would wake me up and as I got out of bed in the middle of the night, I felt like an old lady,” she confides. “Lying down was a killer, and sitting for any length of t...

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  • Two in One

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2019

    Cardiology and vascular care available at one practice.

    When she’s not tending to the patient she cares for three times a day, seven days a week as a private nurse, Nadine Fraser can usually be found teaching health care to medical assistants and patient care technicians at Southern Technical College in Orlando. Nadine Fraser If you don’t find her there, then she’s probably administering vaccines to school children, conducting an intake evaluation for someone planning to move into a skilled nursing facility, rehabilitation center or assisted living community or possibly preparing someone’s taxes. “I do a lot of different things because I don’t like to be bored,” says the 54-year-old registered nurse. “I’m very pa...

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  • Tailor Made

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, Published: Summer 2019

    Long before computers became small enough to sit on your lap, Elena Fontanazza worked for IBM, testing and developing many of the systems that allowed Big Blue to become one of the worldwide leaders in modern information technology. Elena is very happy with the personalized care she receives from Dr. Fatmi “I was a supervisor working with all the older IBM machines, and I really enjoyed it,” says Elena, a Brooklyn, New York native who later married and moved to Fort Lauderdale, where she became a beautician and eventually a homemaker. Now 76, Elena also spent some time helping her husband run their family’s jewelry store before retiring about 16 years ago. It wasn’t long after she settled into retirement that Elena found herself bac...

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  • Sparkling Gem

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2019

    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 alway...

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  • All in the Family

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Summer 2019

    Education and support for families facing substance abuse.

    Substance abuse is an insidious disease. It will creep into someone’s life and rob them of their physical and mental health. In the process, it damages their families and relationships. It destroys their self-confidence and well-being. It carries the prospect of death. Louise Wallowitz At Riverside Recovery of Tampa, substance abuse is well understood. Riverside Recovery of Tampa is a comprehensive center offering a full continuum of care to treat all aspects of the disease. Staff members engage clients in a Residential Treatment Program and an Intensive Outpatient Program, as well as through ongoing therapy and support services. The staff at Riversi...

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  • Double Duty

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Summer 2019

    Magnetic stimulation therapy relieves pain, alleviates depression.

    Brian Morgan is pain free at work and at home after treatment. One of the strangest sports injuries ever documented occurred in May 2004 when then Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa strained a ligament in his back while sneezing. It was an injury that eventually forced Sosa to miss two weeks of games. Police officer Brian Morgan, who played college and minor league baseball before retiring from the game and joining the force, can relate. “I was sitting on the couch one day and reached over to get the remote control. I sneezed at the same time, and something bizarre happened that I can barely explain,” Brian recalls. “I felt a sharp, stinging pain in ...

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