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  • Multi-Trauma Program

    Edition: Brevard County, Indian River County Published: Spring 2018

    Return to independence after life-threatening injury.

    Last year, auto body specialist George*, 62, was living a care-free, unfettered life in his native St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. In early July, George slipped and fell and hit his head on a rock. At the time, he underwent an MRI at the local hospital and was told he was fine. Two months later, Hurricane Irma hit the tranquil island, and life changed dramatically in St. Thomas, George’s life was especially impacted by events on that late summer day. “I was in my house trying to secure my stuff during the hurricane,” he shares. “Part of the roof came down and hit me on the head. I went to the hospital in St. Thomas, and they found I was bleeding in my he...

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  • Perfecting First Impressions

    Edition: South Tampa Published: Spring 2018

    Procedure refreshes droopy, tired eyes.

    A native of the East Coast of Florida, Mary* and her family moved to the Tampa Bay area about four years ago. A stay-at-home mom, Mary handles the massive job of rearing her three daughters and managing the household, and when there’s time, she and her husband enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, kayaking and hiking. With her busy schedule, Mary had every reason to look exhausted, but her perpetually tired look had little to do with her many activities. Mary had an issue with her eyelids that interfered with her appearance. “I’ve always had very heavy eyelids, like an awning over my eyes,” she describes. “Heavy eyelids run in my family. My grandmother’s were so heavy, they rested o...

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  • Whole Person Approach

    Edition: South Tampa Published: Spring 2018

    Physical therapy: an integral component of the recovery process.

    One day in 2004, Nadine*, an assistant customer service manager, was bringing in carts from her store parking lot. The front entrance didn’t have a straight curb; it curved. To get into the store, employees had to make a turn. When Nadine, a Maryland native living in Florida, turned that day, she heard a “pop.” Dr. Peavler (left) and Dr. Boyle believe physical therapy helps in the recovery process. “I ended up having a tear and bulging discs in my lower back,” she describes. “That year, I had my first surgery. The doctors scraped off the discs and sealed up the tear. Because my discs were bone-on-bone, they also put some caulking between the bones. That repa...

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  • Hear Better and Live Better

    Edition: West Pasco County Published: Spring 2018

    Michigan-born Michael Day has had issues with his hearing for years. In the mid 1990s, he bought a pair of hearing aids but was unhappy with them. The devices didn’t fit comfortably, so he returned them and never got new models. He was determined to live with his hearing loss, but his hearing only grew worse over time. Michael is enjoying life to the fullest again. “Eventually, I started having trouble hearing in almost every environment, including in restaurants and even in my living room,” shares Michael. “If the TV was turned up so I could understand the dialogue, I couldn’t hear my wife talking to me. I was having trouble hearing my wife all the time, and it was getting very frustrating for her. “My hearing loss affected me in eve...

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  • A Step Up

    Edition: West Pasco County Published: Spring 2018

    Custom-fit prosthetic leg offers new lease on life.

    Ronald Bobba took his first steps on a prosthetic left leg two years ago. Since then, walking has once again become an activity the 68-year-old retiree does quite naturally, without so much as a thought to any potential consequences. Ronald is walking comfortably with his new socket. “It’s something I don’t even think twice about anymore,” says Ronald, who was forced two years ago to have his left leg amputated below the knee due to complications stemming from a motorcycle accident. “I start walking now and it’s like, whatever.” And Ronald walks a lot. For the first time since his left leg was injured more than 30 years ago, he walks on a treadmill at the gym as part of his...

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  • An Uplifting Experience

    Edition: South Tampa Published: Spring 2018

    Revolutionary, nonsurgical treatment melts double chin fat.

    Working as the front desk receptionist at a busy facial cosmetic surgery practice gives Elise* a heads-up on breakthroughs in technology. Between her responsibilities of greeting patients, reviewing insurance, making appointments and assisting coworkers, she learns all she can about the exciting, new procedures and services offered by her employer, Dr. William Mack. Recently, a groundbreaking procedure became available that hit Elise close to home. The procedure addressed an issue that had been nagging at her for years – her double chin. She tried diet and exercise to eliminate it, but to no avail. “It bothered me because I could see it in pictures,” Elise shares. “I...

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  • Malignant Melanoma

    Edition: South Sarasota County Published: Winter 2018

    In 2000, a mole on John Bass’ forehead began to grow and change colors. His family doctor referred him to a dermatologist who immediately performed a biopsy. The diagnosis was malignant melanoma. John takes time from his cancer fight to relax and fish. “I went to a local cancer center, where they were very thorough,” recounts John. “That September, they did surgery to remove the mole, and they also removed six lymph nodes around my neck. They said the cancer generally goes there first if it spreads.” After the surgery, John needed a dermatologist to regularly examine him for recurrence of the melanoma on his skin. John’s doctor recommended Alla Gruman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Family Dermatology in Osprey. “I starte...

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  • Making Gains with GAINSWave™

    Edition: Lee County Published: Spring 2018

    Men with ED regain function with noninvasive therapy.

    Recent studies reveal that more than 30 million men in the United States experience erectile dysfunction (ED). Men with ED are unable to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sex. While ED is more common in older men, it can occur at any age, and it does not discriminate. It happens to men of all races and ethnicities. ED is sometimes a difficult topic for men to bring up to their health care providers, but it shouldn’t be. ED is a medical condition, and in most cases, it can be treated. “Erectile dysfunction is essentially a circulatory problem,” notes Nicholas H. Kalvin, MD, medical director at Gulf Coast Men’s Health in Fort Myers. “Normally, when it is stimulate...

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  • Gentle Geneveve™

    Edition: Lee County Published: Spring 2018

    A nonsurgical technique for vaginal rejuvenation and urinary incontinence.

    Most women are aware of the effects of aging on the face. But aging affects other areas of the body as well. One area that suffers with age is the vagina. Aging of the vagina can lead to several issues that can disrupt a woman’s everyday life and her intimate relationships. With age, the tissues of the vagina lose collagen, the main structural protein in skin and connective tissue. Once collagen is lost, the vaginal tissue becomes lax, which can lead to dryness, decreased sensitivity and urinary incontinence. This condition is called atrophic vaginitis. “Tension in the vaginal tissue is provided by collagen fibers that due to trauma, aging and vag...

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  • Correct the Cause of Pain

    Edition: South Sarasota County Published: Spring 2018

    Follow stretching protocol for pain-free, flexible back and neck.

    Career business executive Robert Wolf had long-term issues with his back. When he relocated to Florida upon his retirement two and a half years ago, the Iowa native looked forward to a life of leisure and golfing. His body had other ideas. Robert Wolf “I’ve had lower back pain throughout my life from playing sports, and I just lived with it,” Robert shares. “I’ve been to many doctors and chiropractors, but nothing really helped. For years, I just put the pain in the back of my mind and went on with my life.” When Robert first moved to Florida, he played golf four or five times a week, which he’s sure aggravated his condition. Over time, the pain became seve...

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