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  • A New Wave In Healing

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Summer 2020

    Noninvasive acoustic therapy eradicates pain, speeds tissue healing.

    Popular Vero Beach aesthetician Debbie Schlitt has been honing her skills since 1979. Over the years, she’s worked at all types of salons – large, medium and small. Today, she operates as an independent contractor within a medical practice. Debbie Schlitt Debbie’s work is demanding, so she often seeks an emotional release from the tension, which she typically finds in robust physical activity. But a sports mishap last year left Debbie with severe injuries and lingering pain that curtailed her lifestyle. “I went skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and the very first night I flipped out on ice and really hurt myself,” Debbie recounts. “I mangled my right...

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  • Game-Changer

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2020

    Trifocal lens leaves patients glasses-free following cataract surgery.

    During her long career as a bookkeeper and payroll administrator, Debbie Gentry worked for several large corporations. None of them gave her the satisfaction she received while working for 18 years at NASA. Since being fit with the PanOptix lens, Debbie is living glasses-free. “Best job ever,” Debbie raves. “It’s such a great place, and what they do with the space program is so unique. There really is no place like it. I was fortunate to have been there and to have been a part of it.” With an office just three miles from the launch sites, Debbie was also fortunate to have what amounted to a front-row seat for shuttle launches. At first, she didn’t even n...

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  • We’ve Got It Covered

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2020

    Facial treatments erase skin damage caused by wearing a mask all day.

    Wearing a face mask for eight hours a day became part of the new normal that Mandi* had to adapt to after she was finally allowed to return to work at a mall jewelry store following the month-long shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Vivian Santiago “I don’t mind it really,” Mandi says of wearing the mask. “It’s a bit uncomfortable, but it’s not that big of a deal. The worst part is that it’s caused me to have some skin breakouts, mostly around my mouth and chin.” Mandi isn’t alone. The stresses of wearing a face mask for hours on end each day are wreaking havoc on facial skin everywhere, with men and women alike suffering from acne breakout...

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  • Those Shoes May Match The Outfit…

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2020

    But they might not be good for your feet.

    “Misalignment of the joint of the great toe, also known as the big toe, can result in unequal distribution of pressure on the foot when walking,” says board-certified podiatric surgeon Robert P. Dunne, DPM, FACFAS, of Lake Washington Foot & Ankle in Melbourne. “This condition can also lead to the formation of calluses and the development of the sometimes-painful condition called hammer toe.” Hammer toe is a bending or curling of the toe, often resulting in the formation of corns or calluses as the toe deformity presses unnaturally against a person’s footwear. “Hammer toes are typically caused by a contracture,” notes Dr. Dunne. “This is an irregular and potentially permanen...

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  • An Ounce Of Prevention

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer Summer

    Practice establishes measures to ensure patient safety amid pandemic.

    As the world hopes to slowly move its way back to normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic, medical professionals are finding their work to be incredibly challenging. Richard Leong, DDS, has accepted that challenge as if he were ordained to do so. Buoyed by his belief that the time he spent sheltered in place was an opportunity to better himself, grow closer to family and strengthen his faith, Dr. Leong spent part of his down time learning as much as he could about the coronavirus. What he learned has greatly impacted the way he now runs his Melbourne-based practice, where he performs all aspects of dentistry, including periodontics, oral surgery and the pla...

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  • Let Your Blood Flow

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2020

    Novel procedure unblocks arteries, saves woman’s legs from amputation.

    Susan Ross, 63, started her professional career as a painting contractor in her native New England. But one year, a hurricane-ravaged the US Virgin Islands, and Susan headed south to offer her services to the rebuilding effort. That trip changed her career – and her life. “Dr. Kennedy saved my legs and my life.” – Susan “I was flown to St. Thomas for an interview, and one of the first questions they asked was, Do you do concrete?” Susan recalls. “I said, No, that’s not anywhere on my resume. I take over after the concrete and rebar are done. They didn’t hire me. I don’t think they expected a 120-pound girl from New England to be able to do the work....

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  • Lasting Solutions

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2020

    Single-visit crowns and implant-secured fixed bridges restore flawed smiles.

    Early in her career, Billie Rae Harris was a popular hairstylist in her home state of West Virginia. To keep up with the latest trends, she took styling classes in large fashion centers such as New York City and Washington, DC. Her aim was to make everyone look good, including herself. That goal has remained important to her. Billie and her husband, Warren, look forward to attending her 60th high school reunion this fall. “I went to college for a year, but my parents had a beauty salon, and I decided I’d rather work there,” she remembers. “After I got married, we moved and ended up in Florida, where I’ve lived for about 30 years.” Billie, 77, occasi...

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  • A Matter of Trust

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2020

    Assisted living community “checks all the boxes.”

    When Joann Pearson gave up her teaching career to start a family back in the late 1950s, she never thought she’d wind up with a classroom full of kids all her own. But after initially giving birth to twins, that’s exactly what happened. Joann Pearson “There were nine of us total, six girls and three boys,” says Karin Wyatt, one of Joann’s daughters. “My parents started their family after moving back to the US from Panama, where my father was in the military. From the start, my mom had her hands full.” Once her children were grown, Joann ventured back into education, where she excelled at enrolling young children into reading programs. She also became active in her local c...

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  • Doctor, Doctor, Give Me The News

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2020

    Effortless hearing results in seamless communication.

    The belief that anyone can do just about anything they put their mind to is greatly personified by Jay Olsson, DO, a pain medicine specialist who taps into his creative side almost as often as he makes a diagnosis. Hearing aids are allowing Dr. Olsson to hear better at work and at home. When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Olsson spends a lot of his downtime painting, writing poetry and song lyrics, and playing the bass guitar, which he does at his local church most every Sunday. “I’ve been singing and playing the bass at church now for about 12 or 13 years,” Dr. Olsson reveals. “The bass is a hobby I first picked up when I was a teenager living in Germany, where my dad w...

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  • Scan and Deliver

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Summer 2020

    Early cancer detection produces best prognosis.

    As Florida continues to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians and surgeons are again allowed to perform elective procedures, including certain cancer screenings such as colonoscopies. “People at high-risk for colon cancer based on age and family history really should get screening colonoscopies because they are critical to early detection,” says Renee Gates, oncology liaison at Cancer Care Centers of Brevard. “And the most important factor in cancer prevention is early detection. Further, the chances for a positive prognosis are greatly improved when the cancer is caught at an early stage. “Colon cancer testing is recommended for people with a higher-than-average risk ...

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