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  • Sudden Silence

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Man hears again after traumatic hearing loss.

    Joan and Robert Cherasaro Robert Cherasaro, 76, is used to being in charge. In his native New Jersey, he worked as a supervisor in an electric motor factory. In 1979, he relocated to Florida, where he served as a utility supervisor for the city of Pembroke Pines. In 2003, Robert retired and moved to Deltona, but in 2007, he lost all control of his life. “I suffered a gunshot wound and my femur was smashed, so the doctors put a rod in my leg,” Robert shares. “They didn’t want me to move the leg, so they kept me unconscious for two and a half months while it healed. “When I woke up from the coma, I discovered that I’d lost my hearing. People were talking to me, but I coul...

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  • Care with a Heart

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Marketing relations director sees his job as a calling.

    When Todd Brown was born, his parents were already middle-aged. Todd Brown “They had me when they were in their early forties,” explains Todd, the new marketing relations director at Savannah Court of Orange City. “I had a very unusual upbringing.  It was very much like Beaver Cleaver. “I had my mother at home; my father had weekends off. We would take wonderful trips. We took a cruise when I was six years old. None of the other kids I knew who had parents in their twenties were doing things like that.” Having older parents also meant that Todd became a caregiver at a younger age than many people. For example, when she was 68, Todd’s mother suffered a str...

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  • Dental Double Play

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Specialized grafting procedures critical to challenging restoration.

    Doris gives the staff at DeLand Implant Dentistry a “topnotch” rating. Tired of being left alone at home for three or four days a week, Doris Ford took up golf some 15 years ago mostly in an effort to spend more time with her husband and the many friends who would steal him away for a relaxing day on the links. “It seemed like everybody who came to visit us played golf, and I used to just meet them all for lunch,” Doris remembers. “Then one day, I finally said, Enough. I’m going to learn to play golf, too. It was a struggle at first, but I learned, and I couldn’t be happier. “The thing I love the most about golf is the people you meet and play w...

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  • A Better Way to Beat Lyme Disease

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Customized care helps busy CEO reclaim her life.

    Jimmelynn Garland Rice Jimmelynn Garland Rice has always been known as an energy powerhouse. A high school teacher and pastor’s wife, she founded Girls Nite In International®, a non-profit group to help girls in the greater Indianapolis area work through self-esteem issues and make wise life choices. Though initially designed to aid girls locally, the organization quickly went global. When Jimmelynn traveled to Argentina to help launch a chapter there in 2015, life was a huge wave, and she was riding its crest. Shortly after returning home from Argentina, however, the wave crashed. “I had been a blessed leader with a high capacity for life and relationships, cap...

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  • Defeating Dysphagia

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Individualized therapy eliminates swallowing disorder.

    John Arket The 22 years he spent serving in the US Army wasn’t enough for John Arket. After officially retiring from active duty in 1970, John spent the next 27 years working for the Department of the Army as a logistics supply specialist. “It’s kind of funny,” John relates. “I spent my entire working life working for the government in one capacity or another. I wound up making a career out of it, and I can tell you I never regretted a day of it. I enjoyed it all.” All of John’s 27 years with the Department of the Army were spent in Europe, most of them near Frankfurt, Germany. It wasn’t until he left military life altogether and retired for good that he return...

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  • Dodging Deductibles

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Now is the time to schedule appointments to maximize 2019 benefits.

    The end of the year can be a busy time. Work, school and community activities, along with holiday preparations, can make people’s lives a whirlwind. It’s no surprise then that maximizing health care benefits doesn’t top the mind when heartwarming television specials start airing and the aroma of pumpkin pie fills the house. However, you could be leaving money on the table if you don’t pay attention and schedule your much-needed medical appointments, warn the staff at Akumin, an outpatient imaging center that specializes in x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, mammograms, CTs and DEXA scans. “We want our patients to come in before the year ends so they can t...

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  • Predictable Precision

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Cataract surgery with new technology brings clear vision for life without glasses or eye drops.

    Larry andNancy Crawford Larry and Nancy Crawford’s love blossomed later in life. They were in their mid 50s when they met in 2001 in Cincinnati, Ohio. They wed a year later, unifying discrete backgrounds and interests. Larry, who hails from Louisville, Kentucky, enjoyed a career as a pilot for a private corporation. Nancy, a Cincinnati native, was primarily an educator but also worked in banking and finance. The couple happily lived and worked in Ohio for a while after tying the knot. When Larry retired in 2005, they moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where Larry got a retirement job, which turned into full-time emp...

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  • Back Pain Tabled

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Spinal decompression is an excellent alternative to surgery.

    Prior to retiring a few years ago, Tom Soriero worked in construction for 30 years. During his career, he was part of a crew that built Publix® Supermarket stores from Tallahassee to Miami. He also had a hand in building the Daytona International Speedway® and other iconic structures in the Sunshine State. But the work wasn’t without consequences for Tom. “We built every Publix in the Daytona Beach area as well,” he confirms. “But it was the type of work that can result in an injury to your back. With the work I did, I probably lifted thousands and thousands of pounds, and I crushed three spinal discs from lifting. I had a lot of arthritis in those dis...

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  • Crown Jewels

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Dental crowns restore damaged smile.

    John Watterson Ever since he was young, John Watterson liked anything with a motor and wheels. His interest developed into a passion, and racing cars became an active pastime, one that kept the Grove City, Ohio native occupied for decades. “I drove late-model racecars on dirt back in the Sixties and Seventies,” the 75-year-old welder says. “I tried to get back into racing in the Nineties, but when I went back, we were driving on asphalt, and I didn’t like asphalt. I had a little bit of success then, but not much.” Racing had an impact on where John chose to live after he sold the welding shop he owned for more than 26 years. But it wasn’t the only factor in his decision to mov...

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  • Retinal Detachment

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Early diagnosis key to avoiding surgery.

    Heather (left) had a great experience withDr. Kumar and the staff at Florida Retina Institute. Heather Thompson is a busy, stay-at-home mom to three daughters, ages 14, 13 and 9. She volunteers at their schools and enjoys being active with them, whether it’s paddle boarding, bicycling, swimming or just hanging out at the beach. “We decided that when we had kids that I was going to stay home and take care of them and focus on them,” the 43-year-old Port Orange native says. “I also love to work out. Any kind of physical activity is fun for me. But I get my downtime, too.” Heather’s busy schedule gives her a lot to keep up with. It also gives her a lot to keep an eye on. Unfor...

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