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  • Life Changer

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Robotic-assisted surgical weight-loss procedure improves health, well-being.

    Amy Semanie At 41, Amy Semanie is starting over. Recently divorced, she has gone back to school to begin working toward a degree in psychology, and for the first time in years, she’s paying close attention to her own personal health and wellness. “It’s all part of what I call my life change,” Amy confirms. “I’m in the gym a lot more now and actually seeing a trainer twice a week. And when I’m not working out, attending classes or studying, I’m spending more time with family and friends.” Those changes may not seem all that drastic to some, but they are for Amy, who up until about a year ago was sheltering herself away in her home, lar...

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  • A Fantastic Experience

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Once-a-week workouts reduce pain, increase strength and mobility.

    Alena (left) keeps a watchful eye on Denise as she completes her workout. Denise McQuillen grew up just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana, where basketball is more of a religion than a sport. Oddly, basketball is one of the few sports this self-proclaimed tomboy never played during her youth. “I’m only five feet two inches tall now as an adult, so basketball was not a good sport for me,” says Denise, now 68. “But I was always active and involved in sports growing up. I jogged a lot and was an avid tennis player for years. Now, I’m an avid golfer.” The switch from tennis to golf came about nine years ago, long after Denise moved to Florida. It was a swi...

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  • Cream of the Crop

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Unique vacuum therapy relieves back pain.

    Gary Reeder Gary Reeder, 65, is a fourth-generation Manatee County tomato grower. Gary retired in July after 45 years in the business. He’s the Manatee County Farm Bureau president and previously served on the State Advisory Committee Board. But the career farmer didn’t always want to grow tomatoes. “When I was growing up, I didn’t want anything to do with farming because all my weekends were spent working on the farm,” Gary relates. “I wasn’t thinking about doing that as my lifelong career, but I had no other real prospects. I worked for a little while in air conditioning but didn’t know if that was going to be my career. I really didn’t have a big idea of what I wanted to...

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  • Dynamic Duo

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    State-of-the-art treatment regimen restores mobility, balance.

    Leanna Ramirez (left) treats Rick’s knee with the Class IV deep tissue laser. When Mikhail Baryshnikov and Liza Minnelli danced together on a Broadway stage for the taping of a 1980 television special, critics raved that the two world-renowned entertainers were at their breathtaking best. Rick Foti doesn’t disagree. Alongside his father-in-law, Rick was part of the camera crew that captured that show for all to see. Nearly 40 years later, he still lists that performance as one of the most memorable moments of his ongoing career as a cameraman. Which is saying a lot. Now 68, Rick is currently the video production manager for Hernando County, but he’s b...

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  • Repeat Customer

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Veteran relies on “natural bypass” to curb lingering heart symptoms.

    During his many visits, George has gotten to know Dr. Guo (left), Dr. Amarchand (center left) and Debbie McCall (right). As a youngster, George Niebler toured a United States Navy ship that was on display for an open house. George’s experience aboard the vessel left a lasting impression so great that he went on to serve in the Navy for 28 years. “The best part about being in the Navy was traveling the world,” George, now 76, shares. “Many of the places we went are my favorite, not just one. I really liked the Philippines and Japan. I lived in Morocco for two years and in Spain for a year, and I liked those places as well. I enjoyed moving arou...

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  • Confidence Builder

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Conservative measures restore deteriorating smile.

    Diana Poteet Diana Poteet, who is looking forward to turning 80 next year, has a sunny disposition to match the sunny places she’s resided. She was born in San Francisco, California and moved to pre-statehood Hawaii in 1953. She remained in Hawaii until two years ago, when she returned to the US mainland and relocated to the Sunshine State. While living in Hawaii, Diana followed a diverse professional path. “Career-wise, I was a teacher of little ones,” she shares. “I liked the preschool to kindergartners. But as the years went by, I tried other things as well. I worked for a law firm for a number of years and spent some time in retail, but I retired from co...

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  • To Each Her Own

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Winter 2020 2020

    Cardiovascular surgeon relies on experience to create treatment plan.

    Following a divorce, stay-at-home mom Mollie* suddenly realized she needed to earn a living to support her family. She went back to school and earned a degree in psychology with the aim of becoming a counselor. But upon graduation, Mollie discovered counselors were plentiful and counseling jobs were scarce, so she went back to the drawing board. “I went into nursing and got a Bachelor’s degree in nursing,” Mollie relates. “That’s what I did for the rest of my working career, and I did various types of nursing. I was a telephone triage nurse, and I worked in nursing homes. I worked in hospital settings and ended my nursing career in home car...

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  • Third Dentist Is a Charm

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

    Minimalist approach proves more effective to end dental odyssey.

    The travel bug first bit Angie* some 20 years ago after she visited London, England for the first time. Since then, she’s been back to London several times and toured most of the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. Her latest excursion was a return trip to Venice, Italy and a cruise to the Greek Isles. The latter stop is one that had long been on Angie’s bucket list. She only wishes that she could have begun checking items off that bucket list a little sooner. “I was probably fifty years old before I got the chance to really travel and see a lot of Europe,” says the 70-year-old former advertising sales representative. “Before that, I mostly traveled locally and to th...

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  • Treating the Previously Untreatable

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

    Proven laser procedure painlessly dissolves eye floaters.

    As the facilities manager for Rainforest Cafe® in Sunrise, Truman Griffith ensures the diners are entertained while they eat. The New Jersey native has worked for the restaurant chain for more than 18 years. He has moved from New Jersey to Virginia to Tennessee and most recently to Florida for work, but he doesn’t mind because he loves his job. Truman can see clearly now that his eye floaters have been dissolved. “Being a themed restaurant, Rainforest Cafe uses animation, a light show and a water show,” Truman describes. “I’m responsible for keeping those shows operating for our guests. I really like what I do because it’s challenging.” In the last few months, Trum...

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