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  • Dodging Deductibles

    Edition: West Volusia County Published: Winter 2019

    Make the most of your insurance before the new year.

    Most people with health insurance have a deductible. That’s the amount people must pay for covered services before their insurance plan starts to pay. The deductible is generally assessed at the beginning of each plan year, often in January. To make the most of their insurance benefits, people try to have their routine health services completed by the end of their plan year. Cathryn “Kim” Fellinger “Once people meet their deductibles, their insurance generally pays a percentage of covered services,” informs Barbara Borden, center director at LAD imaging, a fully accredited, outpatient imaging center in Deltona. “If people need services, the end of the year is a good time to...

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  • Family Matters

    Edition: West Volusia County Published: Winter 2019

    Advanced treatment, personalized care win over husband, wife.

    Jane Dacri was celebrating the arrival of 2014 with her husband, Joe, and a few close friends at a New Year’s Eve party when a bite into a celery stick guaranteed that her first resolution of the new year would be repairing a damaged tooth. Joe and Jane Dacri “I took a bite of that celery stick, and a piece of my tooth just broke right off,” remembers Jane, 67. “It wasn’t a front tooth, thankfully. It was one of the upper teeth off to the side, but it was still in my smile line.” Fearful of dentists since she was a little girl, Jane had nevertheless been visiting a dentist for routine maintenance and checkups for years, but her emergency trip to that dentist a few...

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  • Modern Marvel

    Edition: West Volusia County Published: Winter 2019

    Drug-free, nonsurgical decompression therapy relieves back pain.

    Angela Venezia is a survivor. There’s no other way to describe someone who, at the age of 18, walked away from two head-on car collisions and later walked away from yet another car accident in which her vehicle was hit and spun around during a rainstorm. Angela Venezia In Angela’s case, however, survival came at a cost. For years following the second of those three collisions, she was constantly hampered by what she says was mostly nagging lower back pain and sciatica. “The pain was really more of an annoyance than anything else,” Angela explains. “In particular, it was uncomfortable for me to sit for long periods of time, but other than that, it really never...

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  • Never Say Never

    Edition: South Palm Beach County Published: Winter 2019

    Coexisting eye diseases don’t bar patients from floater procedure.

    Kevin Donato likes to joke that at the printing and advertising specialty business he owns, they’ll print anything but money. That’s okay for Kevin. Money isn’t what’s most important to him. He’s more concerned about his health, especially the health of his eyes, which have been problematic since his childhood. Kevin Donato “I never had great eyesight,” Kevin shares. “I have astigmatism, and I had eye surgery when I was very young. There was a tendon that was pulling my right eye and causing me to be cross-eyed. That tendon had to be surgically pulled back to put my eye straight. “I go to the eye doctor every year, and I’ve always worn glasses and contact...

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  • Support System

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach Published: Winter 2019

    MCU™ therapy relieves chronic neck, radiating arm pain.

    More than half a million people in the United States alone were injured in automobile accidents caused by distracted drivers in 2008, and Sharon Ben-David, a financial advisor living in Singer Island, was one of them. Sharon Ben-David “There was this young kid who was texting while driving, and he drove through a red light and hit me,” Sharon, now 47, remembers. “I was already in the intersection when I saw him coming, and I tried to speed up to get through but didn’t make it. “I was actually kind of fortunate because I got out of the way fast enough to avoid being hit right in the door, but I still got hit in the back corner panel, and the impact of the crash s...

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  • Laser Legwork

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Winter 2019

    Painless treatment seals varicose veins.

    New York native Barry Clymer has a job that involves a lot of legwork. He wasn’t too surprised then when his legs started to swell, and his leg veins began to pop out. Barry Clymer “I’m not vain; I don’t really care how my legs look, but I was concerned about the swelling,” says Barry, a warranty administrator for a local car dealership. “I went to my primary care physician, who said the swelling was from my varicose veins. He referred me to Vein Treatment Center of Palm Coast.” Vein Treatment Center of Palm Coast is the practice of Charles I. Stein, MD, and N. John Collucci, DO. The doctors began their care for Barry by ordering an ultrasound of his legs. The results showed that the ...

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  • Milling Miracles

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Winter 2019

    Bright, beautiful, new smiles are just one visit away.

    Judy Lynne Revell made a career of helping others. She worked as a nurse for 45 years and planned quality assurance for a company that owned assisted living facilities for 17 years. Before retiring, she spent ten years helping people lose weight, quit smoking and overcome other concerns as a clinical hypnotherapist. Judy Lynne Revell “I was living in Kentucky then, but I didn’t like the snow anymore,” Judy shares. “My friend and I did the snowbird thing for a couple of years, then two years ago, we retired and moved to Florida.” After Judy arrived in Florida, she realized she had some dental issues that needed attention. She found a dentist in Port Orange who took care of...

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  • Natural Repair Regimen

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Winter 2019

    Stem cell therapy eliminates joint pain, discomfort.

    Sandwiched between Susan Anderson’s two stints as a medical assistant – first for a general family practitioner and later for a cardiologist – was an 11-year-long career detour into the friendly skies that began literally on a whim. “My husband and I were at the airport one day picking up our daughter, who was in the military at the time, and I said to my husband, One day, I’d like to wear one of those red coats and pull a suitcase for a living,” Susan explains. Before stem cell therapy, Susan feared she’d never walk or ride her bike without pain again. “A few months later, I applied for a job as a flight attendant with Northwest Airlines, and before I even realized what I...

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  • Vanishing Venous Disease

    Edition: Charlotte County Published: Winter 2019

    Leg wounds disappear at dedicated ulcer center.

    For most of his career, David O’Keefe worked in an oil refinery in his native New Jersey. He was in charge of processing operations and ensuring the plant ran smoothly. His job required long hours of standing and frequent trips up and down ladders. After years of stress on his legs, he began having difficulty performing the duties of his job. “I’ve always been active,” David reports. “I played rugby and other sports. But with that, work and just getting older, my legs eventually got to where I couldn’t stand for long periods of time. I certainly couldn’t climb ladders in the refinery, so they retired me.” David is walking longer and biking fartherafter vein treatment...

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