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  • Tailored Treatments

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach Published: Winter 2019

    After years of compensating for her increasingly blurry eyesight, Diana* finally accepted the need for cataract surgery early in 2018. At the same time, the New Zealand native and former snowbird from Upstate New York was also experiencing other issues with her eyes that further compromised her vision. “My eyes were really bothering me, and not just from the cataracts,” she reflects. “There was also terrible itchiness, redness, grittiness and a feeling there was something stuck in my eyes all the time. All of these symptoms were related to my dry eye disease. “I was having a lot of difficulty with my vision. Some of that was because of the cataracts and some of it was due to the dry eye. They both contributed to my vision being bl...

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  • Paradise Found

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach Published: Winter 2019

    Minimally invasive techniques relieve nagging leg pain.

    Health enthusiast Charlene Litwin’s decision to move from Chicago to Florida was based primarily on her desire to be closer to her son, but the opportunity to live under perpetually sunny skies amid picture postcard settings played a part in it as well. Charlene Litwin “I love Florida,” Charlene exudes. “I love the climate; I love the palm trees.” A vitamin consultant and health and wealth coach, Charlene arrived here eight years ago dreaming of daily walks along sun-splashed beaches, but those walks and many of her daily activities were soon hampered by severe leg pain. “The problem with my legs was going on for quite a while,” Charlene admits. “I was having tre...

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  • High-Tech Hearing

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Winter 2019

    Technological advancements create new, improved world of sound.

    If you happen to have one of those old Series EE or HH US Savings Bonds tucked away inside a safety deposit box or a secret cubbyhole inside your house somewhere, there’s a good chance Graham* had a hand in printing it. Graham spent four years back in the early 70s running the printing presses in Washington, DC that produced not only those savings bonds, but treasury checks such as the kind you get from the IRS when you receive a tax refund. He has the hearing loss to prove it. “I was actually working for IBM back then because they ran all the presses that printed those bonds and checks,” recalls Graham, now 66. “I worked that job for about four years, until I w...

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  • Solving Psoriasis

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Winter 2019

    Treating the patient is as important as treating the disease.

    Like many other Americans, Elizabeth Roe knows what it’s like to have few resources growing up. As a native Floridian, recreation for her as a kid was going to the beach. Unfortunately, she paid a high price for spending so much time in the sun. Now that her psoriasis is being managed, Elizabeth feels even better about herself. “Back then, there wasn’t any sunscreen, and I have very fair skin, so I burned a lot,” she shares. “I got skin cancer from the sun damage.” It was the skin cancer that first prompted Elizabeth to see Jason L. Welch, MSN, NP-C, a certified nurse practitioner specializing in dermatology. She initially saw Jason when he worked at a der...

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  • Tailored Physical Therapy

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Winter 2019

    Individualized rehab regimen results in full recovery from joint replacement surgery.

    Doug Wigley, 64, remains active professionally in the real-estate and property management field. He’s active physically as well. He likes outdoor activities, such as golfing, snow-skiing and boating. Doug’s age and demanding activities assisted in the development of arthritis in many of his joints. Some required surgical intervention. “At one point, my right knee became very painful,” he shares. “It was very arthritic, and I dealt with a lot of pain for a long time. I was constantly taking Aleve® and Tylenol® just to get through the day. My knee pain began limiting my activities. I knew I had to have my knee done. I put off surgery for as lo...

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  • Erasing the Fear Factor

    Edition: Charlotte County Published: Winter 2019

    Improving your smile is easier than you think.

    Working in the medical field doesn’t necessarily preclude someone from ignoring their health. Take Port Charlotte resident Pam Roballo, for instance. Pam, 56, has been working as a medical assistant for years, yet she all but ignored her oral health. Her disdain for dentists was the reason. Pam Roballo “I haven’t always disliked dentists, but about sixteen years ago, I had a very bad experience with one, and that changed everything,” Pam explains. “I developed a very bad infection that spread across a lot of the teeth in my upper jaw, but instead of trying to fight it with antibiotics or something, the dentist I went to just pulled all my upper teeth out. “The pain was excruciat...

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  • Disc Restoration

    Edition: Charlotte County Published: Winter 2019

    Replacement surgery relieves pain without loss of motion.

    The car accident that left Michael Koenig with a bad case of whiplash happened so long ago that Michael, now 53, has forgotten most of its details. For as long as he can remember, Michael has had to live with a constant reminder of that crash. Michael was amazed at how quickly he was able to return to his normal routine following ADR surgery. “I was maybe twenty-four or twenty-five when the accident happened,” Michael relates. “Somebody pulled out of a convenience store right in front of me somewhere, and ever since, the whiplash I suffered has caused me some neck issues that have gotten progressively worse. “The worst of it started almost two years ago. I began exp...

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  • Dual-Design

    Edition: West Volusia County Published: Winter 2019

    Two advanced techniques heal patient’s vein disease.

    As a manager of a popular pizzeria in Orlando, Brian Kenney works 14-hour days, and most of that time is spent on his feet. Late last year, Brian noticed his legs were starting to feel heavy, achy and sore at the end of the day. Even when he sat down, he could feel the soreness in his legs. He found he had to elevate them when he got home to get any relief. Brian says there’s a “thousand percent difference” in the way his legs feel following vein treatment. “My legs were painful no matter how I moved,” Brian shares. “If I sat for a while, I’d have to get up because my legs would really hurt. Sometimes, I’d have cramping, and I’d wake up at night with cramps in my leg. It to...

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  • Smile for the Camera

    Edition: South Palm Beach County Published: Winter 2019

    It’s never too late for Invisalign® clear braces.

    Prior to taking a job as a high-level administrator for a large international water treatment company, Meryl Rosenberg worked as a sales rep for a computer software company pushing one of the first generations of photo editing programs. Now that Meryl has a camera-worthy smile, she no longer has to fine-tune her photos. It was while she was selling those software programs that Meryl learned what she considers to be an invaluable skill. “I used to go into stores and show people how to fix up their photos,” she says. “I showed them how to put borders around them and how to match colors. I even showed them how to take someone out of a photo or move something around in one.” It w...

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  • Saving Grace

    Edition: West Volusia County Published: Winter 2019

    Minimally invasive procedure clears blocked artery, preserves leg.

    It took him until he was 70 years old, but William Humble finally married his high-school sweetheart, Carol, eight years ago. William and Carol are once again enjoying a happy, active retirement. “One thing led to another, and we both wound up marrying other people after high school,” Carol explains. “But then his wife died, and my husband died, and one day after all that happened, I called William and asked if I could come by and visit. We were married five weeks later.” William and Carol spent their first six years as a married couple reacquainting themselves and traveling across the country, bouncing from the Smokey Mountains to the Pacific coast, befor...

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