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  • Pain Relief Realized

    Edition: Lee County Published: Winter 2019

    Spine surgery averted with noninvasive stretching protocol.

    Ken Hambrock is the third generation to run the electrical company that’s been in his family since 1927. He’s in the process of handing the reins of the Fort Wayne, Indiana institution to his two sons. Sedative Stretching has Ken playing pain-free golf. The transition is what keeps Ken busy during the spring, summer and fall, which he spends in Indiana. During the winter months, Ken lives in Florida where he golfs almost daily. He did, at least, until an incident occurred last year. “I was out golfing one day, and when I hit the ball, I got a really sharp pain,” Ken recalls. “The pain started in my hip and went down into my right leg. The twisting, tu...

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  • Shattered Masses

    Edition: Lee County Published: Winter 2019

    Kidney stones obliterated using sound wave technology.

    On a pleasant afternoon in early November, Luz Jimenez was enjoying a fun fall adventure at Walt Disney World®. She was hosting family members visiting from her native Colombia. Suddenly, she was hit with excruciating pain. It was so severe, it forced the 58-year-old mother of three to rush to the nearest hospital. ESWL resolved Luz’s painful kidney problem without surgery. “I was in the park when I started to feel the pain,” Luz confirms. “It was terrible. I had to leave and go to the emergency room. The doctor there told me I had a large kidney stone. I have a long history of kidney stones, but this one was big. “I didn’t want to stay in Orlando because my ur...

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  • New Depression Therapies Bring Renewed Hope

    Edition: Lee County Published: Winter 2019

    College student finds relief through ketamine infusions.

    William Storey remembers a childhood filled with hopelessness and loneliness instead of birthday parties and bike rides. “I was abnormal at an age in which abnormality is very unhealthy,” states William, now 23. William Storey (right) and his father, Peter, relax during a recent visit with Robert Pollack, MD. The abrupt and dramatic cultural change caused by his family’s move from Maine to Georgia when he was eight complicated the challenges William already faced. Over the years, he’s been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, severe depression and Asperger’s syndrome, a higher-functioning form of autism. G...

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  • Vampire Facial®

    Edition: Indian River County Published: Winter 2019

    Noninvasive cosmetic procedure rejuvenates skin.

    A strong desire to help people look their best runs in Anne Harrell’s family. Her brother is a Chicago-based dermatologist, and she spent several years working as a cosmetologist before earning certification as a medical electrologist. Anne was amazingly pleased with the results of her Vampire Facial Now the owner of Laser Institute of Vero Beach, which specializes in laser hair removal, Anne shares that desire to look her best. It was, in fact, that very desire that triggered the slight turn she made in her career path. “I had some facial hair going on that I wanted to get rid of, a little chin hair to be more specific,” Anne says. “I found out that laser hair rem...

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  • New Perspective

    Edition: Indian River County Published: Winter 2019

    Teeth and trust restored with implant-retained overdenture.

    Joseph Klucsarits spent his working years as a supervisor in the data center for Con Edison in his native New York. Not long after he retired in 1999, he relocated to Florida, in part because of the warmer weather but also because his wife has friends here. Joseph says his experience with Dr. Bucaj has alleviated his fear of dentists Among the many possessions Joseph brought with him to the Sunshine State were some lingering dental problems and the deep-seated fear of dentists that fueled those problems in the first place. “My teeth have been bad since grade school,” Joseph acknowledges. “They were terrible. The fact is, I was negligent about my teeth b...

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  • Eye-Opening Experience

    Edition: Indian River County Published: Winter 2019

    Expert analysis reveals deep-seated condition.

    Even in “retirement,” Virginia Paddock continues to work, especially during tax season. Once the office manager of a major carpet-cleaning franchise in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Virginia now helps prepare tax returns for AARP® members. Virginia Paddock The latter is something the 81-year-old picked up more or less as a hobby after she and her husband gave up their jobs in the Northeast and moved to Florida nearly 30 years ago in an effort to get the most out their retirement years. “We wanted to retire while we were still young enough to enjoy ourselves, and we certainly have!” Virginia exclaims. “I still do the tax work because it keeps me busy and because I’ve...

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  • Doctor Approved

    Edition: Brevard County Published: Winter 2019

    Expertise proves pivotal during difficult dental restoration.

    Elective procedures and surgeries are among the many things women are advised to avoid when pregnant. That’s why Magaly Villafradez-Diaz decided a few years ago to wait until after she gave birth to replace a fractured second upper molar. Magaly Villafradez-Diaz “I still don’t know how it happened, but there were fractures in the root of that molar, so they had to take the tooth out,” Magaly explains. “The next step was to get a dental implant to replace the tooth, but I was pregnant at the time, so I decided to wait.” And wait she did. A rheumatologist then working in Dothan, Alabama, Magaly waited nearly three years before she again inquired about the...

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  • A Simple Step Forward

    Edition: Brevard County Published: Winter 2019

    Day program eases transition into assisted living. A few years ago when her father-in-law began struggling with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, Rhonda Whitaker took on the task of finding just the right assisted living community for him. After considerable research, she found Hibiscus Court of Melbourne Assisted Living and Memory Care Community. Rhonda (left) says her mom, Brenda, is in the “best place she can be” at Hibiscus Court. Little did Rhonda know at the time, but she had also found just the right community for her mother, Brenda Daugherty, as well. “My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about ten years ago, but for many years, she functioned very well,” Rhonda says. “A little over two years ago, we started to noti...

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  • Music to My Ears

    Edition: Brevard County Published: Winter 2019

    New hearing aids hit right note with singer, songwriter.

    Now that he’s retired, former behavioral health and chemotherapy nurse Patrick Deane has a lot more time to devote to his creative endeavors, which include writing and recording original songs for the band he and some buddies formed a few years back. Patrick Deane “It’s called the GoFoot Band, and we do some covers, too, but we mostly record our own stuff and send the songs out to friends and family members,” Patrick, 65, explains. “Some of it’s even available on iTunes® and Spotify® and some of the other digital formats. “We still play live once in a while, too, but not as much as we used to because we’re all retired and getting older and it’s a bit of a hass...

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  • Ototoxicity: An often overlooked cause of hearing loss

    Edition: Lee County Published: Winter 2019

    While in the midst of a year-long bout with pneumonia that eventually left her with an incurable lung disease called bronchiectasis, Sherry Howard worried more about retaining her ability to breathe than retaining her ability to hear. A bout with pneumonia cost Sherry her perfect hearing. Hearing aids restored it “You can live without your hearing, but you can’t live without your lungs,” Sherry reasoned at the time. While that may be true, Sherry soon learned that as a result of the strong cocktail of antibiotics she was required to take to rid her of the pneumonia, her hearing would become greatly compromised as well. And for Sherry, that meant trouble. “Hearing is rather critical for me because I work as a receptionist, answering t...

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