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  • Hear Better Than Ever

    Edition: Brevard County Published: Winter 2018

    Margarette Kirsch has always known what she wants and isn’t afraid to say it. Margarette knows just what she wants out of life. Along her life journey, she’s maintained a colorful existence. In 2011, Margarette was a participant in the Twilight Wish Foundation, a group that grants older people’s lifelong wishes. She traveled cross country on a road trip from Florida to California in an 18-wheeler. “It’s something I always wanted to do, and I have a lot of respect for those truck drivers,” she shares. “I wanted to see what that life was like.” Four years ago, at age 84, Margarette was a guest on “Ink Masters,” Spike TV’s reality television show for tattoo artists, where she was inked with a flaming phoenix on her back. That was a...

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  • Pain When Bending or Squatting?

    Edition: Lee County Published: Winter 2018

    Vein compression affects women…and men, too!

    Being a full-time manager at a national auto parts chain, Rich Fitzgerald works 55 hours a week, and most of that time is spent on his feet. The New York native believes those long hours standing had a negative effect on his legs. Rich can now bend and squat to work on his car without pain. “I was having a lot of pain in my legs,” he recounts. “At the end of the day, they would be throbbing, and it was just unbearable to stand. My legs also felt heavy, like they had weights on them. I’ve always suffered from poor circulation, so sometimes there was a kind of numb feeling in my legs, but there were those pressure points on them that would throb. “I didn’t have cramps too badly, but...

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  • Surf’s Up

    Edition: Brevard County Published: Winter 2018

    Melbourne surgeon saves a teenager’s eyesight.

    Storm Portman was raised with a love for the water. The 17-year-old spends the majority of her free time surfing near the family’s Indialantic home on the east coast of Florida. Storm first picked up a board at age 12 and quickly mastered the sport. Storm Portman “She’s a natural in the water,” says Storm’s mother, Toye Hall. “As a family, we love to be in the sun and outdoors. Living in Florida, the water is something we all enjoy very much. Storm is very passionate about surfing. She used to play soccer and also dabbled in skateboarding, but eventually found her niche with surfing. The skill came naturally to her, with minimal coaching or training.” In fact, Storm became so ski...

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  • Spectacular View

    Edition: South Pinellas County Published: Winter 2018

    Cataract surgery reveals a whole new world.

    During their 60 years of marriage, Marva and Warren Beck have traveled the world. The St. Petersburg couple have sailed on more than 100 cruises, visiting more than 86 countries along the way. Marva Beck “We’ve been to Hong Kong, China, Mexico, Italy, the Bahamas, Costa Rica – you name it and we have been there,” Marva shares. “And we’ve lived in many areas of the country as well. My husband worked for an insurance company, so we moved around a lot. We’ve lived in Alaska, Colorado, California, Utah, Hawaii and Miami. My daughter went to five high schools in four different states. “We have lived the most amazing life. We have forty-four grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and e...

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  • Bright, New Smile

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center Published: Winter 2018

    Crowns improve appearance, function and health.

    A Brandon business owner for nearly 20 years, Tracy Halfman cared about the appearance of her smile. When the Oshkosh, Wisconsin native realized she’d stopped showing her teeth when she smiled for photos, she admitted she was embarrassed by them and wanted to restore them. Tracy Halfman “Over time, my teeth became stained from various things I ate and drank,” she describes. “I had several crowns in my mouth already, but the colors didn’t match. I had a couple of other teeth that needed crowns, so I became interested in getting my teeth redone. “I have some friends who’ve had their teeth done, and their teeth match and are whiter. I was impressed with how good my friends look...

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  • Living an Enriched Life

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center Published: Winter 2018

    Residents experience fulfilled days in this Brandon community.

    At 93, Ann Phipps has always lived a full and active life. She and her husband of 58 years, George, often traveled across the United States in a motor home, living a frugal, yet fun-filled existence. When George passed away in 2002, Ann remained in the couple’s permanent home in Zephyrhills up until a few years ago. Gayle (left) enjoys spending time with her Aunt Phipps at Hawthorne Village of Brandon. “Aunt Phipps and Uncle George were inseparable,” shares Ann’s niece, Gayle Osborne. “They shared a love of travel and were full of life. A beam of light is what the two of them always were. “A few years after Uncle George died, Aunt Phipps developed an autoi...

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  • The House Call

    Edition: South Pinellas County Published: Winter 2018

    A benefit of the concierge practice.

    Retired orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Williams was not feeling well. He was not in any pain, and thought it might help to get some sleep. When his wife, Nancy Schauer, realized he had slept for 24 hours, she wasn’t sure what to do. She considered calling the paramedics because it was the weekend, but decided to call Thomas’ doctor first and ask for his suggestion. Thomas and Nancy appreciate the concierge model of medical practice. “I called our family doctor because I didn’t know what to do,” remembers Nancy. “He said he would meet me at the office. But I couldn’t get Thomas to move in bed, much less get out of it, so Dr. Zimmer came here instead.” Thomas’ doctor is Michael A. Zimmer, MD...

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  • Reduce Swelling and Improve Circulation

    Edition: The Villages Published: Winter 2018

    Physician recommends compression pumps to his patients.

    Board-certified internist Fariborz Delbakhsh, MD, treats a full range of medical conditions at his Summerfield practice, Delcare. Among the most common are persistent leg edema, lymphedema and venous disease. Standard treatments for painful limb swelling, common to all these conditions, never completely resolved the problem, which challenged the doctor. Dr. Delbakhsh uses thecompression pumps incombination with his medical care. “For patients with these disorders, I generally recommend compression stockings, optimize their water and electrolyte balance, and prescribe diuretics,” elaborates Dr. Delbakhsh. “Many times, I noticed their swelling did not get better, and it w...

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  • Down with LDL!

    Edition: The Villages Published: Winter 2018

    Lower cholesterol and the risk for cardiovascular disease.

    John Dacko is a lieutenant medic with the Brevard County firefighters. Each year, he undergoes a physical exam to ensure his fitness for duty. Part of that exam is routine bloodwork. Over the past few years, John grew concerned over a specific result in that bloodwork. John likes the orange and mixed fruit flavors ofCholesterade. “My cholesterol was slowly creeping up over the past two or three years,” discloses the Miami native. “The doctor started to really focus on my cholesterol and suggested changes in my lifestyle. For one, she recommended I cut out red meat and eggs and start eating more whole grains. “I started working out five days a week, but with my s...

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  • Defeat Dizziness

    Edition: West Pasco County Published: Spring 2018

    Last June, Gina Trani began having trouble with her sinuses, which she expected at that time of year. What she didn’t expect was that this year, severe dizziness came with the package. She woke up one morning so dizzy and disoriented, she had to call in sick to work, something she never did, for four days straight. “When I got out of bed, the room was spinning,” she recounts. “I slowly tried to get ready for work, then sat back down. I thought, This is crazy. I was not feeling well. I was sweating and having a panic attack because I was alone. “I had to stay home because I couldn’t drive. The dizziness was horrible. I felt like I was falling off a building.” Four days later, Gina went to an area clinic, where they ruled out a brain...

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