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  • Winner By A Nose

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2021

    Minimally invasive outpatient procedure opens blocked sinuses.

    As a farm boy growing up in Massachusetts, Henry Molinari loved horses so much that he would skip school and steal away to a nearby racetrack, where he received an education in how to care for and train thoroughbreds. Henry Molinari “I started out mucking stalls,” Henry reveals with a chuckle. “But I loved every minute of it and worked my way up to where I trained thoroughbreds for many years until I changed over and started training standardbred horses.” “Standardbreds are the kind that race with the rider in a sulky behind them. I not only trained those kinds of horses; I also drove them. But I wound up having a few wrecks that ended the driving part for me, so ...

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  • Step Into The Future

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2021

    High-tech, office-based system expedites crown creation.

    Elaine Blanchard is no novice when it comes to dentistry. She worked in her husband’s dental office for 30 years before the couple retired. While her husband was the dentist, Elaine was the heart and soul of the practice, running the day-to-day business operations. Elaine Blanchard “I worked in my husband’s office with one other woman for all those years,” Elaine, 87, shares. “Then, my husband retired and we built a house at Lake Waterford Estates. He died a couple of years later. I met Ted Blanchard and remarried a few years later. Ted died five years ago. Now, I live with my miniature dachshund, Cleo.” Over time, Elaine’s dental health began to deteriorate. Of particu...

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  • Lumbar’s Helper

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Winter 2021

    Spacing device opens compressed discs, alleviates back pain.

    When he was 16, there was something a bit wayward about Sammie Brooks that made the grandmother of the girl he wanted to date a bit nervous. To get a date, Sammie had to make a deal with the grandmother. Sammie gets in a round of golf after his back procedure. “The thing was, she spotted me right away as a pagan,” Sammie says with a chuckle. “But rather than refuse my presence in her granddaughter’s life, the grandmother said to me, How would you like to go to camp for a week with Connie? I’ll pay for it. “When she proposed that I thought, Well, how can I turn that down? So I went for it. I had no idea what kind of camp we were going to, but it turned out to be a Chr...

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  • Relief Through Relaxation

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Winter 2021

    Sedative Stretching protocol alleviates longstanding back, neck pain.

    For 10 years, New York native Bill Morrissey visited the warmer climate of Florida’s west coast. Three years ago, he and his wife bought a home here and began living as snowbirds. Last winter, following his wife’s retirement, the couple made the Sunshine State their permanent residence. But Bill remained active in his own career. Bill Morrissey “I’m a national sales executive with a technology company, and I can work from wherever I want,” Bill explains. “My company sells technology primarily to public sector clients such as governments and educational institutions. Our products include hardware, software and services surrounding the implementation of tha...

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  • Fresh Legs

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Winter 2021

    Laser procedures heal venous ulcers, eliminate swelling.

    Jonathan Wagner became disabled from a back injury 13 years ago. His last job was with a concrete company for 21 years. Jonathan wasn’t injured on the job; he was injured when he tripped over something at his home. But he worked for 10 years with intense back pain. “I had three back surgeries and a device called a spinal cord stimulator implanted in my back to help with the pain,” recounts Jonathan, 59. “I don’t use the stimulator anymore because I’m not experiencing as much pain as I was. Today, medication alone gives me a good quality of life. Everything I try to do, I can do.” But Jonathan lives with other health issues in addition to his damaged back. “I have brea...

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  • Put the Beam Back in Your Smile

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Winter 2021

    Crowning achievement caps off restoration project.

    By early October, a mix of falling temperatures, bright sunny days and the occasional rain shower has turned the leaves on the trees across the Great Smoky Mountains into a collage of colors that make them look like a bowl full of Skittles. Linda proudly shows off her new smile. That’s when Linda Wille, 62, and her husband make their annual trek there. It’s a chance for the couple to get a real feel for fall, but Linda would like to take a second trip to the Smokies in late January or early February. “I grew up in Rochester, New York, and the only thing I really miss about it is the fall and playing around in the snow in the winter,” she says. “I’ve been telling my husba...

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  • Prepare Yourself

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Winter 2021

    Precautions essential for elderly in fight against COVID-19.

    As if the elderly didn’t have enough health concerns already, the unexpected rise of the coronavirus has now added to their burden. Though it clearly does not discriminate, COVID-19 does take particular aim at the aged. They are more likely to have a worse time fighting off the infection. Since the virus was identified in humans in late 2019, doctors and scientists have learned the risk for severe illness increases with age and among those with other medical conditions, with older adults at highest risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 80 percent of the deaths related to COVID-19 involved patients 65 and older. The CDC also not...

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  • Banking on Better Hearing

    Edition: West Pasco County, Published: Winter 2021

    State-of-the-art hearing aids enhance effectiveness, convenience.

    After high school, Suellen Dowe attended beauty school, then worked in that field for some time following graduation. But she wanted something more. Suellen believed her career as a beautician wasn’t stimulating enough for her brain, which was fascinated by numbers. Suellen’s hearing is “great” with the hearing aids she received from Trinity Hearing & Balance Center. “To me, being a beautician was like drudgery,” Suellen, 78, admits. “I was on my feet all day doing hard work. My neighbor worked at a bank, so when my youngest child was 16, I got a job as a drive-thru window teller. “I went back to school at Indiana University in South Bend, took a bunch of b...

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  • Fast-Acting Relief

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Winter 2021

    Procedure gets patients home hours after joint replacement surgery.

    Among the millions of Americans who have lost work because of the spread of COVID-19 is Sybil Johnson, a 69-year-old part-time stage actress and theater director whose career in the arts came to a virtual halt just after January. “I was up and at ’em the day after surgery,” Sybil raves. “One of the last things I did was at the Straz Center in Tampa,” Sybil says. “I did a portrayal of the woman who once owned the land that the Straz Center was built on. Her name was Fortune Taylor, and there’s a street and a bridge named after her there. “She was a former slave, so I dressed up in an 1800s-era costume, had my hair done up like it would have been back when she...

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  • Hearth and Home

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Fall 2020

    Settle into a community with an active retirement lifestyle.

    Living in Florida was something Carl Genrich hadn’t given much thought to when he packed up his family and drove from Chicago to Tampa for a week’s vacation 48 years ago. That week changed Carl’s life, though. Carl Genrich A computer programmer who had long since grown tired of the cold, windy winters along the western shores of Lake Michigan, Carl fell in love with Florida during his stay and vowed then and there to make it his permanent home. “I thought, Holy cow, this place is paradise,” remembers Carl, now 84. “So I went home, turned in my notice at work, found a new job and moved down. I’ve been happy here ever since.” Carl initially settled down in Brand...

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