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  • Search and Repair

    Edition: New Tampa/Central Pasco County, Published: Summer 2019

    Finding the true cause of pain is critical to relieving it.

    The closest thing to heaven on Earth for Jean Caamaño is a province in the northwest corner of Spain called Galicia. Situated just north of Portugal along the Atlantic coastline, it’s a place like no other in the world, Jean says. Image-guided steroidinjections have relieved Jean of her agonizing pain “You look one way and you see the Atlantic Ocean,” Jean describes. “You look the other way and you see mountains with pine trees everywhere. It’s incredibly beautiful and I’ve been there probably six times and stayed anywhere from six weeks to two months.” Now 79 and retired from her career as a teacher and emergency room nurse, Jean would love to get back to...

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  • Health Management

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Summer 2019

    Integrative medicine treatments increase energy.

    An unbeaten middleweight champion, an undefeated welterweight champion and a 2012 Olympian from Brazil are part of the stable of professional fighters Jody Caliguire manages through his Tampa-based promotions company, Fire Fist Boxing. Jody Caliguire “I have boxers from all over the world, including one from right here in Tampa,” Jody says. “We recently had a couple of events out in Las Vegas where my boxers were main-event boxers. We’re all working hard to get these guys moved up the ladder.” Jody is no stranger to hard work. He considers his management gig a “nighttime job” because he spends his days running the site development company he owns. An ex-boxer, he a...

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  • Doctor Recommended

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Summer 2019

    Chiropractic maintenance program reduces flare-ups, setbacks.

    An opportunity to play college football was there for him when he left high school, but at five feet, ten inches tall and 190 pounds, John Masiello knew it was best to quit the game while he was ahead. Chiropractic maintenance care keeps John on his feet. “At my size, you can be a pretty good high school player, which I was,” the Long Island, New York native says. “But you’re only going to go so far, and guys like me just tend to get ground down in college, so I passed.” Now 53 and the owner of a building maintenance company, John doesn’t regret his decision. The fact that he’s battled nagging lower back pain stemming from a wrestling injury he suf...

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  • Family Ties

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Summer 2019

    Parent’s positive experiences influence career decisions. It wasn’t long after she moved her mother into the long-term care community at Hawthorne Village of Brandon that Patti Bramble found her passion for senior care while serving as the marketing director for an assisted-living community. Patti (left) and Maureen are part of the fabric at Hawthorne Village. Three years later, at a time when she was preparing to leave that industry, Hawthorne Village’s plans for expansion and her own positive personal experience with that community lured her back in. “Hawthorne Village was opening its independent living community, The Estates, and somebody from there saw me one day and said, I’ve been trying to find you,” says Patti, The Estate...

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  • Home Sweet Home

    Edition: New Tampa/Central Pasco County, Published: Summer 2019

    Residents are “family” at retirement community.

    After decades in first marriages, Lee and Ron Seaman found themselves widowed and alone. They found each other while attending a dance and began dating. Soon, they fell in love and married. They’ve been together for the past 11 years. Two years ago, they reached another milestone in their relationship. Lee and Ron Seaman “We were living in Westchase, and I was having some health problems,” Ron, a New Jersey native, shares. “Lee doesn’t drive, and I started thinking, If I were to leave this planet, she would be stuck. Two things were concerning me. First, we’re old. Secondly, we weren’t in a place where Lee could live comfortably by herself. “We decided to move and sp...

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  • Vision Quest

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2019

    Cataract surgery brings the world back into focus.

    Though she has spent most of her life living in St. Petersburg, Celma Mastry has also spent some time “living away,” as she puts it, in Belize and Hawaii. Given all the time she’s spent near the water, it should come as no surprise that fishing is her greatest passion. “I first started fishing when I lived in Belize,” Celma says. “I lived there until I was eight, and the waters there are just wonderful for fishing. It’s really kind of our family trade. We’re boating and fishing people.” Indeed they are. For more than 50 years, Celma’s family has owned and operated a St. Petersburg-based company that sells and services outboard engines. Fishing, she says, just cam...

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  • “It’s Like a Miracle Has Happened”

    Edition: The Villages, Published: Summer 2019

    Noninvasive, drug-free magnetic therapy relieves chronic pain, swelling.

    That Wilma Nelson can walk today is something of a miracle, one forged in no small part by her father, who built from scratch the exercise equipment she needed to rebuild her right leg after it was crushed during a lumber mill accident some 55 years ago. “I spent ten days in a hospital after that accident, and when it was time to go home, the doctor put me in a wheelchair and asked me if I was comfortable in the wheelchair,” Wilma, 90, remembers. “I said yes, and he said, Good, because you’ll never walk again. “That’s how bad my leg was injured, but my father went out right after that and built three pieces of equipment that are now pretty...

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  • Quick, Easy and Effective

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Summer 2019

    Safe, nonsurgical treatment relieves hemorrhoids.

    For the better part of the ten years he suffered from hemorrhoids, Jason* told no one of the condition, not even his wife or his doctor. “I guess like a lot of people I was too embarrassed to talk about it,” Jason confides. “It was definitely a problem, though. I’d wake up in the middle of the night, itching like crazy. I tried hemorrhoid cream, but it didn’t do anything. It was horrible.” Now retired, Jason spent his working years in the broadcasting industry, where he managed radio and television stations. One day, he heard about HemWell America and had a revelatory moment. “I said to myself, That’s me. I’m not telling my wife about this; I’m not telling anybody,” Jason r...

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  • Flash Forward

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Summer 2019

    Medical marijuana calms distressing symptoms of PTSD.

    On the outside, Trent* is a successful businessman at a thriving company. But few are aware of the struggles he faces internally. Most of his emotional distress can be connected to his two tours of duty in Iraq with the US Army Corp of Engineers. “During my second tour of duty, I was on the bomb squad, and our primary mission was to counter IED [improvised explosive device] operations,” Trent describes. “Our job was to go out every day and cruise the streets of Baghdad looking for roadside bombs to disassemble. “We successfully disarmed just under two hundred roadside bombs, but we also had several explode on us. It was really scary when they explod...

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  • Shared Vision

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Summer 2019

    Eye institute expands specialty services in Riverview.

    The eye may be a small organ in the body, but it plays a big role in sensory perception. People receive more than 75 percent of their information about the world around them through the sense of sight. Dr. Chen The highly trained ophthalmologists at Florida Eye Specialists & Cataract Institute are committed to protecting eyesight and the health of their patients’ eyes. In April 2018, the Institute shared that vision and opened a satellite clinic in Riverview. “Our vision is to be a full-service center in Riverview, taking care of a complete range of eye disorders,” emphasizes Robert J. Applebaum, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist at the Riverview and B...

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