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  • Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Fall 2019

    Retiree’s smile reconstructed using implant-secured fixed bridges.

    Riccardo Billi, 55, left his native New Jersey to pursue business opportunities in Florida. He followed his relatives’ example and purchased a mobile home community, which he sold last year when he retired. He didn’t give up property ownership entirely. He simply scaled down his involvement to suit his retirement lifestyle. Retiree’s smile reconstructed using implant-securedfixed bridges. “Two of my uncles moved from New Jersey to Florida about ten years before I did,” Riccardo states. “They started buying properties and did very well. They owned one mobile home community together, sold it and doubled their money. Then they each bought their own co...

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  • Born Again

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Fall 2019

    New smiles created with Dentures in a Day.

    Ralph Johnson On July 12, 2014, Ralph Johnson, 64, was born again. On that warm summer day, the Brooklyn, New York native received a life-saving liver transplant. But Ralph’s new life was quickly threatened again when he developed graft-versus-host disease, a condition that is typically a death sentence for liver transplant patients. “The graft is my new liver and the host is my body,” the retired law enforcement officer explains. “With graft-versus-host, my body’s immune system recognized that there was a graft in my body and immediately began attacking it. This occurred even though I was taking medication to suppress my immune system. “But I was able to overcome the gr...

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  • Correct the Cause of Pain

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Fall 2019

    Stretching protocol relieves neck and back pain, restores flexibility.

    Lori Falcone Two years ago, Bronx, New York native Lori Falcone, 55, and her business partner expanded their company to include a power washing and paver sealing division. Being a business owner can be stressful, and Lori tends to hold stress in her neck and shoulders, which caused severe neck pain and intense headaches. Lori also believes her genetics are partly to blame for the pain in her neck, shoulders and head. “I’m short and I’m Italian, so I have no neck to begin with,” she states. “That’s always been a joke with me. I went to a chiropractor regularly, and every time I went, I asked them, Can you please pull my neck out of my s...

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  • Visualize Your Outcome

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Fall 2019

    iTero® Scanner simulates results for orthodontic and dental patients.

    Jimmy (After) When meeting someone for the first time, many people say their smile is the first thing they notice. Serving food and drinks at a country club, Jimmy* comes face to face with numerous people for the first time on a regular basis. However, greeting them with a smile is not something he’s always felt confident about. “I was a bit self-conscious because my front teeth were crooked and I had a bit of a gap in my teeth,” Jimmy shares. “I had braces when I was younger, and I didn’t wear my retainer like I was supposed to, and that caused my teeth to shift.” All through college, Jimmy was bothered by his lackluster smile, so when he retur...

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  • Goodbye Toenail Fungus

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Fall 2019

    While serving in the United States Armed Forces, Chet Young did three tours of duty in Vietnam. At some point, during at least one of those tours, Chet was exposed to Agent Orange, a hazardous material that can cause diabetes, kidney disease and many other chronic conditions. Years later, when he first learned he had indeed contracted Type 2 diabetes, the diagnosis came as no surprise to Chet, who more recently thought a problem with toenail fungus was being caused by his diabetes. He soon found out differently. “I have my feet examined on a regular basis because diabetes can cause circulatory issues and problems with the feet,” he explains. “When the fungus appeared, I assumed the two were connected, but they’re not.” After moving to...

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  • Eliminate Hammertoes

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Fall 2019

    In-office procedure eliminates unsightly, painful condition.

    Ellie happily shows off her feet. Ellie Cherwick has always hated her feet. “I’ve never really liked the way they look,’’ Ellie laments. “And I’ve always had problems with them.’’ One of those problems is hammertoes, which is a bending or curling of the toes that often results in the formation of corns or calluses as the toe deformity presses unnaturally against the patient’s footwear and/or the ground. The condition is one that Ellie’s mother and daughter have had to deal with as well, and for years, Ellie dealt with it rather simply by wearing closed-toe shoes to mask the hammertoes’ unsightly nature. “Mostly, I just hated the way they looked,” Ellie...

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  • Word of Mouth

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Fall 2019

    Patient recommendations pave way for dental restorations.

    Sue Chaplin With more than ten billion tons of raw materials, finished goods and foodstuffs being moved across the US by truck each year, the trucking industry is considered the lifeblood of the US economy. Without those trucks, economists fear the economy would come to a virtual standstill. That’s why the service company Sue Chaplin took over after her husband passed away a few years ago is so important. “The company is like AAA for trucks,” Sue explains. “When a truck breaks down anywhere in the United States, the driver calls into a call center, and we have vendors that will go out and find the driver and their truck and get them moving again.” With the...

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  • Sure Shot

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Fall 2019

    Injection surmounts nurse’s sexual, urinary dysfunction.

    As a young child, Iris* battled a chronic illness and spent long stretches of time in a hospital pediatric unit. The gentleness and compassion with which the hospital staff cared for Iris made a lasting impression on her and provided the motivation behind her choice of career. “I wanted to be a nurse since I was five years old,” the Missouri native, now 56, relates. “I saw it as a good way to help others and give back to the community. I worked as an ICU nurse for thirty-three years before retiring four years ago after a heart attack. Nursing was a very fulfilling career and was very good to me.” Being a nurse, Iris understood the consequences of the hyster...

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  • Healthy Returns

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Fall 2019

    Hospital program aids multiple trauma patient’s recovery.

    The staff at Encompass Health accommodated all of Zander’s needs. On what started out as a typical Saturday last year, Alexander “Zander” Vaglivielo finished lunch with a buddy and headed out on the road. Shortly thereafter, a car suddenly pulled out in front of Zander’s truck. In an instant, the truck flipped over and smashed into a telephone pole, leaving Zander, 18, severely injured. “The impact crushed my left hip and left elbow, and broke my back,” says Zander, who also suffered a series of internal injuries, among them a lacerated kidney and lung. He suffered several broken ribs as well, and his spleen was so damaged, it had to be removed. Zander...

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  • Cold Turkey

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Fall 2019

    Implant-retained overdentures replace broken, failing teeth.

    Edgar Kiley As its director of asset management, Edgar Kiley oversees the programs, maintenance and modernization of public housing units for a local public housing authority. The New Jersey native has been living and working in Florida for 13 years and doing that job for seven. While Edgar enjoys living in Florida, there are times he really misses New Jersey. “I actually miss the wintertime every once in a while,” Edgar confesses. “I love winter: the cold, the snow, everything. I just like that time of year. It’s my favorite, actually. If the temperature never got above sixty degrees, I’d be really happy. I’m kind of unique in that way. But Florida is ni...

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