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  • A Far Sight Better

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2019

    Cataract surgery brings back clear, crisp vision.

    From teller to manager, Barbara Cherry held just about every job someone can across the nearly 30 years she spent working in the banking industry. Every job, that is, except the position of bank president or vice president. Arts and crafts are more enjoyable for Barbara following cataract surgery. “I did everything else but never quite reached that level,” confirms Barbara, who is now retired and living comfortably in St. Petersburg, where the bulk of her activities revolve around a church group performing charity work. “I like to crochet, and I’m part of a little organization at the church that does a lot of crocheting and knitting for the birthing clinics in the ...

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  • Reverse Osteoporosis

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2019

    Once-a-week, 15-minute workouts increase bone density.

    Since discovering her life’s purpose and moving to the United States some 35 years ago, Noa Spector-Flock has not only become a licensed massage therapist but written three books on body movement, wellness and injury prevention. Noa found the OsteoStrong workouts easy and effective. Her books and the videos that go with them explain how a specific set of exercises and the use of a large elastic band such as those used for resistance training allow certain muscles in the body to lengthen while they contract. Known clinically as eccentric contraction, the goal of Noa’s exercise regimen is to improve overall strength and decrease the chances of injury. Unfort...

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  • Like Father, Like Son

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

    Manipulation therapy relieves debilitating shoulder pain.

    It wasn’t all that long ago that popcorn ceilings were all the rage in homebuilding. They have fallen well out of favor over the course of the past 30 years, and Gary Cummings, 73, is among those who have good reason to despise them. Gary (right) and Gregg arenow pain free. A do-it-yourselfer, Gary was remodeling two homes – his and his daughter’s – a couple years ago when his attempt to scrape away the popcorn ceilings in both homes resulted in Gary severely injuring his right shoulder. “That’s all overhead work, and after about three weeks, my shoulder got so sore that I couldn’t even lift my arm up,” Gary explains. “I figured that all I needed to do was ...

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  • Nature’s Way

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

    Natural healing techniques relieve chronic pain, fatigue.

    The days of riding her own motorcycle alongside her husband, playing competitive volleyball and doing water aerobics to stay in shape are little more than faint memories for Lisa Lovelace. Fibromyalgia is the reason. For more than 20 years, the condition has caused Lisa so much pain, suffering and fatigue that she was forced to give up not only her active lifestyle but her job as a pharmaceutical sales rep. Lisa Lovelace “I reached a point where I couldn’t even get out of my car,” Lisa reveals. “There were days where it was all I could do just to take a shower and wash my hair.” Lisa, 52, spent years searching for a remedy, but it wasn’t until she visited t...

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  • Added Insight

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

    Eyes and face are at the heart of new specialist’s expertise.

    As the son of a cardiologist, Robert J. Applebaum, MD, became interested in medicine at a very young age. His father also had an influence on the specialty Dr. Applebaum would pursue after medical school at the University of Florida. Robert J. Applebaum, MD, MBA & Craig E. Munger, MD, PhD “My father had a good friend who was an ophthalmologist,” the Tampa native recalls. “I spoke with him and got a feel for ophthalmology and what I could expect from it. I found ophthalmology intriguing. I was definitely interested in doing something surgical, and I wanted to be very specialized.” With that in mind, Dr. Applebaum entered the ophthalmology resid...

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  • Three Cheers for TMS

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

    Alternative to antidepressants shows promise for eating disorders.

    Many kids grow up wanting to be doctors, teachers or professional athletes. Not Samantha Wynimko. For the longest time, she says, she has wanted to be an autopsy technician. A recent trip to the morgue only strengthened her conviction. Samantha Wynimko “I was able to observe six autopsies at the Pinellas County Morgue, and that really confirmed to me that this is what I want to do,” the 25-year-old Riverview resident says. “I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s something I’m excited about. “And I’m almost there. I already have my Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from the University of South Florida, and I have just one more class to complete before I can ...

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  • Solid Support

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Spring 2019

    Memory care community sponsors caregiver group.

    Certified dementia practitioner Bebe Kelly has worked with the senior population for more than 12 years. She began with independent caregiving and continued on to assisted living and memory care. “I’m also a community educator,” Bebe discloses. “I teach the community about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and about the advantages of aging in place. In addition, I run four dementia caregiver support groups, three in Flagler County and one in St John’s County.” Through her networking circles, Bebe became acquainted with Nancy Nichols, marketing director at Symphony at St. Augustine, a memory care facility for people with dementia. Just before Symphony opened its do...

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  • Satisfying Nonsurgical Pain Relief

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Spring 2019

    Pain-free spinal decompression therapy relieves lower back, neck pain.

    Most people join the Peace Corps when they’re young, when their uncertainty regarding which path to follow in life meshes with their desire to see the world and make an impact on a small, needy community someplace far, far away. Not Ted Mooney. In his late 50s, Ted joined the Peace Corps and became the country director for Lesotho and Uganda. Ted, now 67, joined the Peace Corps when he was in his late 50s, long after he’d built and sold a scientific instrument sales company, retired for the first time and rejoined the workforce as a consultant for a group of small tech companies. “I tend to re-invent myself every six to eight years,” says Ted, a ...

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  • Light on His Feet

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Spring 2019

    Laser energy treatment relieves weighty leg disorder.

    Degeneration caused John Darnell’s spinal discs to begin collapsing, placing pressure on his spinal cord and nerves. To ease the pain that resulted, John tried a number of treatments, including physical therapy and surgery. The pain, however, outlasted all attempts to relieve it. John Darnell “I had several treatments on my back, including two surgeries by a spine surgeon, and still had pain,” John confirms. “I was going to my family doctor, and he referred me to a specialist who began treating me for the pain in my back.” John’s doctor referred him to Kai McGreevy, MD, a board-certified neurologist and pain management specialist at McGreevy NeuroHealth in St. ...

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  • Heat Wave

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Spring 2019

    Nonsurgical technique ends back and neck pain.

    Born in England, Louise Stout, 50, moved to the United States in 1993 and officially became a US citizen in 2006. After relocating to Crescent City from South Florida in 2010, Louise semi-retired from her career in the restaurant business. Her job as a hostess meant long shifts on her feet, which may have contributed to the back pain she battled for years. Louise Stout “There was no incident or injury I remember that initiated my back problems,” Louise elaborates. “The pain just came on gradually. Back in 2011, I went to my doctor, who sent me for an MRI of my back. The doctor discovered I had scoliosis and arthritis in my spine. “Whenever I stood, I got really bad ba...

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