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  • Well-Fitting Genes

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Spring 2021

    DNA technology creates safe, purified hormone replacement.

    As a boy, Craig* watched the birds in the air and was fascinated. He thought flying was the coolest thing and dreamed about soaring through the air himself. As a young man, the New York native attended college on a Navy scholarship and had the grades to go directly to flight school following graduation. “I got my wings, and the rest is 25 years of flying history,” shares Craig, 50. “I served as a Navy pilot from 1992 to 2002, and I started working in 2003 for an aircraft manufacturer that makes Black Hawks and other types of helicopters. I’m a test pilot for them.” Craig’s wife, Amber*, a Connecticut native, has her own career as a registered nurse. She’s been in the...

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  • Rein In Pain – Without Surgery

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Spring 2021

    Modern protocol rebuilds arthritic joints, spurs unbridled enthusiasm.

    Sylvia Evans fell in love with horses the very first time she laid eyes on one. By age 7, the farm girl had a horse of her own. Unfortunately, she was forced to give up her four-legged friend a few years later, when her family moved to the city. Sylvia responded quickly and positively to the regenerative medicine protocol. Her equine enthusiasm never waned, though, and after marrying, she acquired another horse. “I wanted to show horses, so I took lessons to learn how to do it correctly,” reminisces Sylvia, 78. “My husband and I later moved to the state of Washington and bought a boarding and training stable, where we kept 57 horses. “All of our horses w...

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  • Rejuvenate On The Fly

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Spring 2021

    Lunchtime nonsurgical face-lift quickly and easily tightens and smooths skin

    In 2008, Debra Leonard left her native New York and moved to Florida, where she and her husband got into the restaurant business. Cigdem is a physician assistant specializing in aesthetic medicine. “That was a great experience, and I enjoyed it,” Debra shares. “I loved owning my own place and interacting with people. That’s what I do really well because I’m a relationship builder. We owned the restaurant until 2014. “Debra hit a rough patch after losing the restaurant. She gained weight and was uncomfortable with her appearance. Then she met Cigdem Gali, MSPA, PA-C, a physician assistant specializing in aesthetic medicine with GaliDerm Aesthe...

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  • Not A Dry Eye In Her House

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Spring 2021

    New protocol unclogs glands, brings lasting relief from chronic condition.

    Matina Soutsos For most of her young adult life, Matina Soutsos worked in mortgage banking. In the midst of that career, she began restoring historic homes as a hobby. Before long, that pastime became a career. “I bought one home and restored that,” relates Matina, 56. “Then it went from one home to 10, and 10 went to 20 and so on. Eventually, I didn’t have time for my mortgage banking job and ended up restoring homes full time.” And now, she’s a building developer repurposing existing historic structures. “Currently, I’m in Indianapolis turning a church that was built in 1927 into a hostel,” Matina says. “Repurposing involves taking the structure do...

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  • Grounded No Longer

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Spring 2021

    Injured flight attendant to soar again thanks to therapy on MCU machine.

    Though it’s not as glamorous as it’s sometimes made out to be, working as a flight attendant for a major airline certainly has its perks. That’s especially true for those who work international flights the way Becky Ramirez does. Becky calls MCU therapy a “godsend” because her neck has“never felt better.” Becky has served aboard international flights for 30 “wonderful” years and has been all over the world, from Atlanta to Athens and Toronto to Taipei. She loves visiting new places and discovering new cultures, but being a flight attendant also has its difficulties. For starters, the hours can be brutal. And pushing a cart loaded with 200 pounds of c...

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  • Big Nana On Campus

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Engaging resident embraces special role at senior community.

    Your eyes are not something you want to take chances with. Years ago, however, Glenda Stafford took a calculated risk with her eyes when she became one of the first people to undergo LASIK surgery. The gamble continues to pay dividends. Glenda Stafford “Yes, I was a little concerned at first, but there was nothing to it at all, and it was one of the best things I ever did for myself,” Glenda shares. “Even after all these years, I still don’t need to wear glasses. Not for reading or for anything.” While Glenda, 74, still has the vision of her youth, her health has declined in other areas. A few years ago, after a number of bad falls, she and her family decided it wou...

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  • Rooting For Stronger Bones

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Once-a-week workouts reverse osteoporosis, improve overall health.

    “Location, location, location” is a mantra that applies not only to real estate, but also gardening. So says Karen Hebert, a certified master gardener who reveals that the key to growing a garden that stays beautiful year-round is, well, location. Since Karen became her husband Darrell’s OsteoStrong coach, his A1C levels have normalized. “It always boils down to the right plant in the right place,” says Karen, who recently retired from a long career in government service. “If you do that, your plants will need very little care, very little water and very little fertilizer.” Karen, 64, earned her certification two years ago. She’s now part of Seminole Cou...

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  • A Sound Solution

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Acoustic compression therapy alleviates elbow pain.

    He has long since moved on, with far too much on his plate to spend time wondering what might have been. Still, if anyone could justify devoting even a few minutes to pondering such possibilities, it’s Greg Rivera. Greg is playing pain-free golf again An accomplished high school quarterback, Greg was at the start of what promised to be an impressive college football career when a back injury forced him to give up the game at the tender age of 19. “I went to the Naval Academy but got hurt the week of the Army-Navy game in my plebe year,” Greg reveals. “Looking back, I was actually quite fortunate. If I had gone to another school, I probably would have lost my scholarship. At ...

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  • The Loyal Family

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Three generations later, this patient-dentist relationship is going strong.

    Among those who have experienced the phenomenon of love at first sight is John Group, a 59-year-old mechanic who found his forever love all the way back in the first grade and wasted no time acting on his instant attraction. Russ Kiel, seated in his mother Erica’s lap, is the third generation of the Group family to be treated by Dr. Patel. As his reward for a cavity-free checkup at the dentist one day, John chose from a children’s treasure chest a plastic ring that he took to school the next day and placed in the pencil tray of Melinda Whitten’s desk. “What can I say? I had moves even back then,” John says with a chuckle. The rest of John and M...

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  • Hard To Swallow?

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Therapy programs strengthen oral muscles, relieve taxing dysphagia.

    For 22 years, Delta Swift performed one of the most important yet thankless jobs in government. As the IT manager for Orange County, she was responsible for making sure residents and businesses received their tax bills on time. “I actually worked for the county for 39 years,” Delta reveals. “The first 17 were spent in data processing. I worked my way up from key entry operator to systems analyst. After that, I started working for the tax collector.” Now 78, Delta is still very tech savvy. Good thing, too, because a battle with hoarseness recently made communicating orally a problem. For several weeks, she could barely speak above a whisper. Not long after t...

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