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  • Tiny Cut, Huge Relief

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Summer 2020

    Removal of herniated disc alleviates stenosis, ends leg pain.

    David Davis, 53, has been a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for 33 years. David Davis “Most of what I do is administrative,” David says. “When people are released from jail, I process their paperwork and complete the physical process of releasing them from our custody. I love the work because I’m a people person, and I enjoy dealing with people. It’s my favorite part of law enforcement.” There was a point when David considered working in the field, but he realized how happy he was with his inside role and opted to stay put. “Fifteen years ago, when I was a little younger, I thought about changing jobs and going out on the road,” he recou...

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  • Blessing for the Eyes

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Summer 2020

    Astigmatic patient is glasses-free following cataract surgery.

    Influenced by her teachers at school, Dolores Wehle was only 7 years old when she discovered what she wanted to do with her life. Dolores sees colors more vividly following cataract surgery. “I knew I wanted to be a nun,” Dolores shares. “The sisters who taught me at school made an impression on me. I felt something calling me to be just like them, and as I grew, the call grew.” A Tampa native, Dolores was still a teen when she answered that calling, joining a convent out of high school. She went on to serve chiefly as a primary school teacher in Florida. Now retired at age 79, she will soon celebrate her 60th anniversary with the Sisters of the Holy Names of J...

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  • Taking Great Pains to Take Away Yours

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2020

    Staff develops custom back treatments to restore patients’ mobility.

    Talk about being mechanically inclined. Before he was 10 years old, Brian Hendrickson had already switched out his first automobile engine. Granted, he did so with the help of his brothers, but it was evident early on that Brian had a special talent. Brian Hendrickson So how in the world did he end up making his living building fences? “When I was in high school, I spent about half my day at a technical school, where I learned diesel mechanics and welding,” says Brian, 44. “After that, I went into the welding industry and got a job running a welding shop at a fence company in New York.” Through connections he made at the fence company, Brian eventually o...

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  • Standing Ovation

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2020

    Minimally invasive procedures eliminate retired teacher’s spider veins, leg cramps.

    For Catherine Chamblin, teaching is a family tradition. Catherine Chamblin “Teaching goes way back in my family,” Catherine, 63, confirms. “My great-grandfather was a teacher and principal as well as a superintendent in the Florida school system. My mom, aunt and grandmother were all teachers. “I kept the tradition going. I was a teacher in Citrus County for 33 years. I retired in 2016. I taught elementary school, mainly kindergarten. My favorite thing about teaching young children was the way they responded to new learning.” Yet, teaching wasn’t Catherine’s first career choice. “When I was in high school, I worked for a tennis pro and pla...

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  • Infection Control

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2020

    Dental practice takes additional sterilization steps in coronavirus war.

    Practicing dentistry during the COVID-19 outbreak has brought unique challenges for providers. The staff at Advanced Dental Cosmetic Center is taking extra precautions to ensurepatient safety. Up until mid-May, dentists were advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Dental Association to refrain from treating patients except those with bona fide emergencies such as severe abscesses, gum swelling and fractured teeth, conditions that can create life-threatening infections. J. Terry Alford, DMD, practices general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and is the clinical director of Advanced Dental Cosmetic Center in B...

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  • No Better Place

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2020

    Highly accredited care center eases fight against breast cancer.

    What’s odd about the painting of a rustic canoe docked at a beach that hangs on the wall in Lisa Montanye’s office is that it’s one of the few that Lisa has painted and not given away to friends or admirers. Painting seascapes, sea life and wildlife is Lisa’s hobby. “I have a couple of others on the wall in my office, too, but if someone comes in and really likes a painting of mine, I’ll just turn around and give it to them,’’ Lisa says. “If it gives them a little bit of peace and happiness, I’m happy to do that.” A native of Albany, New York, who works for the Manatee County School District, Lisa paints mostly in acrylics on canvas, and seascapes like the one i...

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  • An Exercise in Relief

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2020

    Unique therapy alleviates PE coach’s unbearable back, neck pain.

    Patricia Bultema has worn a lot of hats during her 29-year career. An industrial engineer by trade, she began with traditional time studies and ergonomics. Over the years, she also worked as a quality engineer and process manufacturing engineer. She spent the final 10 years as a research and development engineer. Patricia Bultema But once Patricia retired from engineering, she discovered her true calling. “After about eight months at home, I realized that at 50 years old I was way too young to be retired,” says Patricia, now 58. “I transitioned into the education field and became a physical education coach at an elementary school in Polk County. And I ab...

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  • Couple’s Therapy

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2020

    Building strength through once-a-week, supervised, slow-cadence workouts.

    Outside of stealing away to play a couple of rounds of golf each week, the first few months of Mark Cohen’s long-anticipated retirement didn’t go anywhere near the way the former window and door salesman hoped. Mark says 20 Minutes to Fitness workouts have been “absolutely tremendous” for both him and his wife, Deborah. All the plans Mark had to travel with his wife, Deborah, and regularly visit with family and friends had to be scrapped because of the coronavirus, which began to spread across Florida shortly after Mark retired in January. “I retired thinking I was going to be able to do what I wanted to do and go wherever I wanted to go, but I was s...

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  • Let There Be Light

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2020

    Newcomer expands practice’s use of laser dentistry.

    Before COVID-19 crippled the world, H. Gene Steele, DDS, was preparing for an amateur ballroom dance competition. However, in the weeks that followed, his favorite hobby has taken a backseat to his new role at Advanced Dental Cosmetic Center, the practice of J. Terry Alford, DMD. H. Gene Steele, DDS with patient Dr. Steele joined the Bradenton practice in May, and he shares Dr. Alford’s philosophy of care. Both aim to provide patients with necessary dental services while preserving function, increasing comfort and improving satisfaction through results. The partners have a common interest in using lasers in dentistry as well. That’s how they met. “I’ve been using lasers in m...

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  • Last Resort, Lasting Relief

    Edition: East Citrus County, Published: Summer 2020

    Implantable pump eases pain resistant to treatments, surgery.

    Karen Loose’s love of horses began in childhood and extended well into adulthood, where she eventually turned her attention from riding to rescuing horses that had been neglected, abused or abandoned. It was Karen’s goal to get back in a kayak again, and Dr. Fallowsand her intrathecal pain pump got her there. “That was our thing,” Karen says of her and her husband, a retired Cincinnati police officer who shared her passion. “We did that while we were living up north near Cincinnati. Before that, I had ridden horses all my life and was very active.” Karen’s desire to ride and rescue horses has never waned, but the former purchasing manager’s ability to do both b...

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