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  • One for All

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2020

    Revered practice is one-stop shop for all dental needs.

    Like the tail on a kite, a team of black Labrador Retriever puppies follows Karen* out the back door of her DeLand-area home and into the backyard, where half a dozen older Labs are now excitedly awaiting Karen’s arrival. “It’s dinner time; that’s why they’re so excited,” explains Karen, a 58-year-old dog breeder who has been breeding and showing Labradors since her family moved to Florida from South Dakota 34 years ago. “My father bred Labs as just sort of a side job back when I was a kid,” Karen continues. “He was planning to give it up after we moved to Florida, but shortly after we got here, one of the two dogs we brought with us had a litter. “I was just out of coll...

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  • Aiming for Aesthetics

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2020

    Cosmetic dentistry creates new smiles, increases confidence.

    Richelle McKay has been a hairstylist for 25 years and has owned her own salon for nearly 21 of them. She named her business after her two daughters. It’s called BellaBrooke Salon. But before Richelle began styling hair, she created make-up and plied her trade in the entertainment industry. Richelle McKay “I did the make-up for a couple of financial television shows on CBS and for a film made by the University of Central Florida,” Richelle remembers. “I also did the make-up for NSYNC when the boy band first started out years ago. I did the make-up for their photo shoots, which was pretty fun. “I enjoy doing make-up. I still do it for wedding parties or if someo...

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  • Say What?

    Edition: East Volusia County, West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2020

    Speech therapy resolves persistent cough, scratchy throat.

    Most retirees move to Florida for the weather. Not Susan Robertson. When she retired from her job as a communications consultant a few years ago, she moved to Florida to be closer to her daughter and two grandchildren. Susan Robertson “I just wanted to be closer to those kids,” says Susan, a Memphis, Tennessee native who, despite waging a year-long battle with an aggravating throat issue, has greatly enjoyed the time she’s spent with her family. “The medical problem I had was this very annoying, little cough and scratchy throat. I was always having to clear my throat,” Susan says. “Because of that, I was very hoarse and hard to understand.” Susan battled the issue fo...

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  • Out With the Old

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Spring 2020

    New-generation technology delivers better results.

    Shirley Ladd Like a bird in winter, Shirley Ladd has slowly migrated south across her lifetime. A native of the Canadian providence of Newfoundland, Shirley first moved to Montreal during early adulthood and then to New York. From New York, the one-time nurse moved to Athens, Georgia, and from Athens, she moved to Port Charlotte following retirement. Oddly, her migration was not a prolonged quest to find warmer weather. “I like the warmer weather, but it can be a bit much sometimes,” says Shirley, who has been living in Florida for the past 12 years. “I actually enjoy cool weather. But I don’t miss shoveling snow. I’m really glad I don’t have to do that anymore....

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  • Problem Solvers

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Spring 2020

    Leading-edge procedures heal leg ulcers, eliminate varicose veins.

    Kentucky native Labon Richardson, 68, retired three years ago after more than 22 years as a territory sales manager for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Louisville, Kentucky. Labon learned about the job during a friendly neighborhood chat. Labon Richardson “One of my neighbors worked for R.J. Reynolds, and while we were talking, he told me there was an opening at the company,” Labon recalls. “I was interested in doing that type of work, so I applied for the job. They must have liked me because they hired me. “After I retired, we moved to Punta Gorda. My wife and I grew tired of the winters in Kentucky with all the rain, snow and sleet. We love sun...

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  • Phenomenal Results

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Spring 2020

    Leading-edge fusion procedure eliminates chronic sacroiliac joint pain.

    Karen is painting pain free following SI joint fusion surgery. The dream of every artist is to sell a piece of their art. Karen Close, who didn’t become an artist until after she retired a few years ago, has experienced that dream on a few occasions, but one such experience stands out above all the rest. “There’s an art group that I belong to, and we have a show every couple of years in the Visual Arts Center,” the Port Charlotte resident explains. “At the last show we had this past March, I actually sold a piece. “To sell a piece out of a gallery, well, I was walking on air after that. It’s really a great feeling. I’ve sold other pieces from a ...

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  • An Ideal World

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, West Volusia County, Published: Winter 2020

    For as long as Glenn Martin can remember, he has had a passion for fishing. And for years, fishing in Alaska was an item near the top of Glenn’s bucket list. The 77-year-old native of South Jersey happily scratched that item off that list a few years ago. “It was an absolutely awesome trip,” Glenn raves. “We rented a camper in Anchorage, went to the Kenai Peninsula and spent the better part of two weeks camping and fishing. Any place that looked like it might be fishable, we fished there, and it was great. “The highlight came when I caught two one-hundred-pound halibut. That was fun, and they were keepers. We eventually shipped back home a bunch of the halibut and a bunch of salmon and what we didn’t give away to friends and ne...

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  • The Future Is Now

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, Published: Spring 2020

    Technological upgrades result in more accurate dental diagnoses.

    Dr. Jack Varsalona When Jack Varsalona stepped in as the third president of Wilmington College in 2005, the private, nonprofit, doctoral research institute was still in its infancy. That place of higher learning grew in a hurry under Dr. Varsalona’s direction. During his first two years in office, Dr. Varsalona orchestrated the transition of the small New Castle, Delaware academy into Wilmington University™. He then watched as the campus expanded and its enrollment doubled to more than 20,000 students. The expansion of the school was the highlight of Dr. Varsalona’s career in education, which came to an end when the now 71-year-old retired and...

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  • Clean Shaven

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Spring 2020

    Minimally invasive technique boosts circulation in legs, feet.

    Former sales associate Caroline Newsome, 72, is Florida born and bred. She’s a Gainesville native who moved to Winter Park ten years ago to be near her brothers, who previously relocated to the artsy city outside Orlando. Before retiring, Caroline spent her entire career working for the family business in Gainesville. Caroline Newsome “Our business was installing and servicing septic tanks and drain fields,” Caroline relates. “We installed wells and supplied portable toilets to job sites as well. We worked primarily with residential clients, but also with businesses for the portable toilets. “I began with the family business when I was in high school, working ov...

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  • New-Age Dentistry

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, Published: Spring 2020

    Technological advancements deliver incredible outcomes.

    Since 1969, teachers in the city of Chicago, Illinois have gone on strike 11 times and spent more than 100 days walking picket lines in a quest to gain better wages and working conditions. Elaine Hirsch was on the front lines of several of those battles. Elaine described the dental implant procedure as “incredible and painless.” Elaine spent 35 years teaching language arts, English and social studies to middle school and elementary school students in the Chicagoland neighborhood of Englewood. She was on strike so many times, she lost count of the work days she lost. “It was a lot, that I can tell you,” says Elaine, a 72-year-old retiree who moved to the Sunshine State...

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