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  • Combined Forces

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Fall 2019

    Advanced therapies alleviate knee and wrist pain, improve mobility.

    Dawn, on what would prove to be a bitterly cold winter day in Meriden, Connecticut, was still a few hours away when Ken Cutrole climbed into the back of the salt truck he was riding in to break up a salt block that had jammed the flow of salt onto the icy roads below. Ken Cutrole As Ken pounded away at the salt block, his partner continued to plow on through the frigid and blackened night, driving the truck at its typical snail’s pace until he came upon an accident blocking an intersection just ahead. “I think he sort of panicked when he saw the accident because all of a sudden, he hit the air brakes,” Ken says of the driver. “Now, I was still in the back t...

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  • Double Jointed

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Fall 2019

    Stem cell therapy relieves lower back, knee pain.

    Some people know early in life what they want to do for a career, and they follow clear paths to reach their goals. That wasn’t the case for Geraldine Duez. Her path wasn’t clear. For years, Geraldine worked in various capacities before finally finding her calling as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Geraldine Duez “I started out working as a beautician and did that for a while,” Geraldine relates. “Then, I went to work in a factory and from there to working in an office, which I did for a few years. After that, I started my career as a CNA and worked in nursing for twenty years. I even did private care for a while. I retired as a CNA in 2015. “I initially became a CNA bec...

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  • Exploring a New Tool for Facial Rejuvenation

    Published: Fall 2019

    For years, Andrea Perry, 72, owned and operated Ritzy Rags and Glitzy Jewels, Etc. Located on the town square in Inverness, the store was a familiar sight to the residents of Citrus County’s county seat. Andrea Perry “Ritzy Rags and Glitzy Jewels, Etc. was a boutique that sold jewelry and consignments,” the Roxbury, Massachusetts native reveals. “We were at that location for twenty years. I just stopped operating it a year ago, but twenty years was a good run. “I’ve always had my own business. I had a skin care business in Massachusetts before we moved to Florida twenty-two years ago. Here, I wanted to open a high-end consignment boutique, and that’s when we came up with Ritzy Rags and Glitzy Jewels, Etc.” Having a background in ski...

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  • Patient Centered

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Fall 2019

    Cardiovascular surgeon blends expertise with compassion.

    Virginia native Mark Hudson, 67, spent 30 years serving his nation. After a three-year stint with the US Army, he became a contracting officer for the US Army at Fort Eustis, Virginia, where he worked for 27 years before retiring in 2010. Three unique vein treatments have Mark back on his feet again. “As part of my job at Fort Eustis, I did purchasing for the Training and Doctrine Command,” Mark elaborates. “I bought the physical and simulation training, and doctrine materials the Command uses for training.” Mark relocated to Florida five years after he retired from his career with the Army. He was lured to The Villages® by its promise of an active and enjoyable ...

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  • An Ounce of Prevention

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Fall 2019

    A healthy diet can reduce cancer risk, ease cancer care.

    Something to keep track of the next time you make your weekly run to the grocery store is how much time you spend shopping in the middle aisles of the store and how much time you spend shopping out on the perimeter aisles of the store. If you find yourself spending most of your time out on those perimeter aisles, you’re shopping right. You are, at least, if your goal is to eat healthy and decrease your chances of developing chronic ailments such as diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. Yes, what you eat can actually increase or decrease your chances of developing cancer. So says the National Foundation for Cancer Research, which has determined that up to 40 percent o...

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  • Cheeky Smiles

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Fall 2019

    Unique dental implants eliminate bone grafting.

    Kathey Samson is Florida born and bred. She’s originally from Homestead but relocated to Brooksville during the summer break between first and second grade, so she considers Brooksville her home. For the past 15 years, she’s worked as a teacher at a small Christian academy in Brooksville. In addition to being a teacher, Kathey is also a loving mother and grandmother. Kathey happily works on one of her favorite activities, doing crafts. “I have two children, a boy and a girl, but they’re adults now,” she states. “I have two grandsons, ages eight and ten, but they live in St. Augustine, so I don’t get to see them as much as I’d like. But we do get together several times a year.” Ka...

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  • Uphill Climb

    Edition: East Citrus County, Hernando County, Published: Fall 2019

    Noninvasive protocol acts as natural cardiac bypass.

    After 31 years of service, Donald McFarland retired in 1999 from his career with the phone company in his native New Jersey. During those years, he held many positions, including lineman, PBX repairman and splicer. He liked his job and would have worked longer, but he was seriously injured in a work-related accident and couldn’t remain on the job. EECP treatments have relieved Donald of his chest pains and breathing difficulties. “I would have stayed at the phone company if I hadn’t fallen out of a bucket truck and broken my neck and back,” Donald states. “It was a brand-new truck, but it was defective. The factory put bolts in the wrong spot, and the ...

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  • Losing Is Winning

    Edition: East Citrus County, Published: Fall 2019

    Custom diet program reverses diabetes, sparks weight loss.

    Outside of the coal mines that her father and first husband labored in, not much remains of the unincorporated community of Sharples, West Virginia that Charlotte Durkee called home for the first 32 years of her life. Charlotte Durkee The junior and senior high school she attended are gone and so are most of the homes that once dotted the area, all of them swallowed up by the expansion plans of the coal companies that came in, bought up the land and sparked the exodus. Charlotte was among the first to leave, departing nearly 40 years ago and moving to Florida, where she eventually remarried and worked as a grief counselor before settling into retirement with her s...

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  • Burst Out of Back Pain

    Edition: East Citrus County, Published: Fall 2019

    New spinal cord stimulator helps find comfort zone.

    Through all the years she worked in retail, Leigh’s* biggest worry about a job-related health issue was aching legs from being on her feet all day. She never anticipated the bizarre accident that occurred in October 2001 that left her back and legs in ruins. “A truck driver was bringing in a pallet of merchandise, and as I was coming from the office I heard someone yell, Watch out!” Leigh recounts. “But it was too late. The pallet fell on top of me. The pain in my back was instant, and it shot down my legs. “When I stood up and tried to walk, I felt okay, but the district manager took me off work and sent me to the doctor and a neurologist. I ended up getting all this hard...

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  • Styling Smile

    Edition: East Citrus County, Published: Fall 2019

    Salon owner’s dental implant success turns her into repeat customer.

    Ever since she was five years old, Hope Hall wanted to be a hair stylist. For Christmas, she asked her mother for toy dolls to practice on. Those dolls became Hope’s first “clients,” and she styled their hair and put on their makeup. Hope Hall “I was careful to not get water in their eyes when I leaned them in the sink to wash their hair,” Hope remembers. “One time, my brother got hold of one and cut the hair on it. I told the doll, Don’t ever go to that stylist again. Then, I used my dummy scissors and straightened out that poor doll’s hair. I knew it wasn’t going to grow back. I was just trying to help her out.” Now 48, Hope first started working in a re...

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