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  • I Can Hear Clearly Now

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Fall 2019

    Technological advancements create new, improved world of sound.

    For years, Cecile Engel filled her free time playing cards or riding a bike. Then, at the age of 80, she moved to Florida and took a ride alongside her daughter during a day out on the golf course. Cards and biking have taken a backseat to golf ever since. Cecile Engel “I had never played golf before, but as I rode along the course with my daughter that day, the game looked like so much fun to me that I decided to take lessons and learn how to play,” Cecile says. “Now, I’m addicted. It’s really a great game.” Like most golf lovers, Cecile, 83, has also discovered just how frustrating the game can be. Her frustration with the occasional errant shot, ...

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  • Cool off Period

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Fall 2019

    State-of-the-art nonsurgical procedure freezes away stubborn fat.

    The fact that all three of her children are actively involved in competitive athletics comes as no surprise to Lana*. After all, this 40-year-old nurse liaison has always been quite active and athletic herself. “I was involved in gymnastics from the time I was four until I was a junior in high school, and I also played tennis and volleyball,” Lana says. “Even after I got older and got married, my husband and I used to dance competitively. “With the kids and everything we didn’t have the time to devote to it that a lot of other couples did, but it was something we enjoyed doing and had a lot of fun with. My biggest activity nowadays is watching my chi...

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  • Healthy Partnership

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Fall 2019

    PCPs prove pivotal in early detection and treatment of cancer.

    Among all medical providers, the primary care physician, or PCP, is the one who typically has the most face-to-face contact with patients and develops the strongest relationships with them. That’s why PCPs play such a critical role in the early detection and treatment of diseases, including many cancers. By ensuring their patients undergo routine screenings, PCPs help patients achieve the better outcomes and longer survival rates associated with early detection and treatment. “Working against cancer is a very personal fight for me because my father died of lung cancer,” shares George E. Roque, MD, a board-certified internist at Atlantic Medical Group i...

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  • Renovation Reality

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Fall 2019

    Expertise pivotal during difficult restoration.

    A tense, two-week stay on alert in the Mediterranean Sea awaiting the outcome of the Cuban Missile Crisis and a couple of trips to the South China Sea during the Vietnam War highlighted Charles Davis’ ten-year career in the United States Navy. “I worked electronics maintenance on the planes that flew off two aircraft carriers,” Charles says of his Naval duties. “I was on the Forrestal during Charles served ten yearsin the US Navy aboardtwo aircraft carriers. the Cuba crisis. We were in the Mediterranean at the time and woke up one morning with four Russian boats around us. “I was on the Ranger for the two tours of Vietnam I did. Our squadron was the one that ran all ...

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  • Limitless Potential

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Fall 2019

    Nonsurgical regenerative therapies restore arthritic knees.

    Stem cell and peptide therapies have revived Dr. Fritz’s competitive ability. Where the Israelites crossed the Red Sea and the exact location of Mount Sinai are just two of the questions about the biblical Exodus that for years piqued the curiosity of one-time oral surgeon Glen A. Fritz, PhD. Dr. Fritz, who gave up his dental practice and went back to school at the age of 57 to learn how to solve those mysteries, provides his answers to them in three books he’s authored on the subject that has forever fascinated him. “My first book was the dissertation I wrote for my PhD, which I earned in 2006,’’ Dr. Fritz says. “It’s called The Lost Sea of the Exodus, a...

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  • On Your Toes

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Fall 2019

    Those shoes may match your outfit, but are they good for your feet?

    One of the most common foot ailments I see walk though my door are bunions,” explains board-certified podiatric surgeon Robert P. Dunne, DPM. A bunion is an unnatural, bony hump that forms at the base of the big toe where it attaches to the foot. Often, the big toe deviates toward the other toes. “Sometimes, this particular foot deformity is genetic; other times, it can be related to an injury to the foot or a congenital issue [a deformity present at birth],” explains Dr. Dunne. “Arthritis can play a role, along with improperly fitting shoes and high heels.” Bunion Symptoms There are several symptoms to look for when diagnosing bunions. “A bu...

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  • The iStent inject®

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Fall 2019

    Compelling treatment option for managing glaucoma now available.

    Dr. Darlington (left) and Dr. McManus The iStent inject, designed to help glaucoma patients achieve and maintain lower eye pressures, is available now, according to ophthalmologist and cornea, cataract and glaucoma specialist, Jason K. Darlington, MD, of The Eye Institute for Medicine & Surgery. Dr. Darlington, who has performed extensive surgical research for Glaukos®, the company that developed the iStent, explains that this device is designed to optimize the natural outflow of certain fluids inside the eye – known as aqueous humor – by creating two bypasses through the part of the eye largely responsible for fluid drainage. “By enhancing flu...

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  • Massaging Moments

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Fall 2019

    Lymphedema, venous disease can cause limb swelling; compression pumps can help.

    Sally Youngstrom Ten years ago, Binghamton, New York native Sally Youngstrom survived a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Along the way, however, she developed lymphedema, a condition that causes excess fluid in the lymph vessels. Caused by her cancer, the lymphedema affected Sally’s arms and legs, but especially her legs, causing them to be constantly swollen and uncomfortable. “The swelling in my right leg was really bad, and my left leg wasn’t that good either,” Sally relates. “My right leg was larger than my left leg. You could see it in my pant legs. The one on the right side was really tight. “I started to wear compress...

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  • Tag, You’re It

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Fall 2019

    Eyelid reconstruction following Mohs surgery restores beauty, function.

    Pamela Gaerttner For a good part of her adult life, work was something Pamela Gaerttner did “in between kids.” That’s why she wound up bouncing from one major corporation to another, General Electric, IBM and Procter & Gamble among them.  “I’d work for a while, have kids, then take what I referred to as community service time where I’d help out at the school or whatever,” Pamela explains. “Then after a while, I’d go back to work again to regain my sanity. “I was usually hired as administrative help but mostly worked with computers. I did that for a couple of non-profits as well but eventually retired from Proctor and Gamble in 2003, when my...

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  • Orthopedic Issue?

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Fall 2019

    Fixing your veins may improve your orthopedic recovery and outcome.

    Without the cramping and pain in their legs, Cliff and Rhonda are enjoying boating more. Thirty-four years as a career firefighter wasn’t enough for Cliff Linzalone. Although he “retired” two years ago, he continues to volunteer with a company in nearby Alva. He’s also a member of a regional search and rescue team. As for Cliff’s wife, Rhonda, she works in the cafeteria of a local school, where she spends a lot of time on her feet. At one point, she began experiencing uncomfortable issues with her legs. She also had several unsightly varicose veins that annoyed her. “A few years back, I had swelling, achiness and heaviness in my legs,” she describ...

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