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  • Breathing Easier

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Winter 2021

    Nonsurgical heart ‘bypass’ relieves angina pain, boosts energy.

    It’s been almost 26 years since Myriam Reyes Galarza left her native Puerto Rico and relocated to Florida. Her move was motivated by her need to nurture a loved one who was already residing here. EECP treatments have given Myriamthe energy to perform her activities –and complete them. “My daughter was having a baby, and I thought, No one is going to take care of her like me,” Myriam, 64, remembers. “I came to Brooksville to care for her and her baby, and I’ve lived here ever since.” Myriam could quickly pack up and reroute her life to Florida in part because she was no longer working. Carpal tunnel syndrome, for which she underwent surgery in 1991, forced Myr...

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  • Feeling Fantastic Again

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Winter 2021

    Hormone replacement pellet therapy targets menopausal symptoms.

    Though the majority of the old masterpieces are primarily on canvas, a true artist can paint on just about any surface, be it a pane of glass, piece of wood or concrete wall. Cindy McDonald is such an artist. Her canvas is the face. Cindy McDonald “I’m a permanent makeup artist,” says Cindy, owner of the Leopard Lily Permanent Makeup Studio in Spring Hill. “I paint eyebrows, eyeliner and lip color. I’ve been doing it for about 20 years now, ever since I tried it for myself. “I had my lips done but had a bad experience. To fix things, I took a permanent makeup class and wound up falling in love with this personalized art. One procedure can sometimes take up to thr...

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  • Digital Dentistry

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Winter 2021

    Same-day process gives nurse sparkling smile, increased confidence.

    Patricia Killian’s own childbirth experiences inspired her career as an obstetrics nurse. “The nurses with me were wonderful, and I thought, I want to be a baby nurse, too,” she remembers. “I always wanted to be a nurse; my mother was a nurse, and I specialized in delivering babies. I love working with the laboring moms, helping them get through the experience and then seeing a nice crying baby at the end.” Patricia, 57, began her career in 1999 as a travel nurse, a position she held for 17 years. But in 2016, she opted to settle down in Trinity. She now works in the OB department at a hospital there. “As a travel nurse, I worked with mothers across the U...

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  • Stuck On Excellence

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Winter 2021

    Expertise, manner considered when choosing physician to treat legs.

    Annette* began her career with Johnson & Johnson at its subsidiary Ethicon, where she attached microscopic needles to tiny sutures used during eye surgery. When Ethicon cut back its workforce five years into her tenure, Annette transferred to Johnson & Johnson’s Band-Aid plant. “I ran the high-speed production line,” the 63-year-old New Jersey native shares. “The Band-Aid material came in one big roll, which I threaded into the machine. The machine cut the Band-Aids into three sizes and put them into boxes, which were then weight checked and sealed. I placed the finished boxes on a skid, took the skid to the warehouse and started again.” Annette’s j...

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  • “It’s a Wonderful Place”

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Winter 2021

    Retirement community provides all levels of personalized care.

    To get an idea of all the places Betty Pantuso has visited, imagine a refrigerator door covered with souvenir magnets representing each stop across the globe. Now imagine that refrigerator isn’t large enough for all those magnets. Betty Pantuso “I’ve traveled to so many places and collected so many magnets that I ran out of room for them on the refrigerator and had to start putting them on a magnet board,” Betty confirms. “Now the magnet board is almost full. “Other people collect tchotchkes from the places they visit, but I like collecting the magnets. You don’t have to dust them and when I look at them, I can remember almost everything that happened on that pa...

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  • Rediscover Your Eyesight

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Winter 2021

    Replacement lenses bring dramatic vision improvement after cataract surgery.

    David Hatala is 70 years old and still working full time. A “big data architect” for a national furniture chain, he remains on the job because he loves his work and finds it riveting. The PanOptix trifocal lens enables David to focus on every nut and bolt in the cars he’s restoring. “I retired for a couple of years but got bored out of my mind,” David recounts. “My wife said, You need to get back into it because if you retire, you’ll die. If you keep working, you’ll live longer. So, I took her advice and went back to work. I‘ve always found what I do to be fascinating and have always loved it. I enjoy it so much that I wish I was 30 or 40 years yo...

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  • Starting From Scratch

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, Published: Winter 2021

    Full-mouth restoration returns brilliant new smile.

    When she was 10 years old, Molly* spent the bulk of her summer vacation visiting her grandparents in Orlando. Thirty-two years later, Molly still says the best part of that vacation was learning how to bake with her grandmother. “I enjoyed that even more than going to Disney World and SeaWorld,” Molly remembers. “We baked cookies, pies, cakes, all kinds of things. I literally fell in love with baking that summer, and my passion for it has never died.” Molly’s passion for baking is so great that it’s no longer just a hobby that fills her weekends. She bakes full time now for a Palm Beach caterer and, if all goes as planned, she hopes to open her own bakery within the next y...

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  • Well-Fitting Genes

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Winter 2021

    DNA technology creates safe, purified hormone replacement.

    As a boy, Craig* watched the birds in the air and was fascinated. He thought flying was the coolest thing and dreamed about soaring through the air himself. As a young man, the New York native attended college on a Navy scholarship and had the grades to go directly to flight school following graduation. “I got my wings, and the rest is 25 years of flying history,” shares Craig, 50. “I served as a Navy pilot from 1992 to 2002, and I started working in 2003 for an aircraft manufacturer that makes Black Hawks and other types of helicopters. I’m a test pilot for them.” Craig’s wife, Amber*, a Connecticut native, has her own career as a registered nurse. She’s been in the...

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  • Eye-Openers

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Winter 2021

    Cutting-edge treatments available for cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye.

    In high school, Louis Carrino worked as a de facto apprentice to a pharmacist filling prescriptions. While employed in the pharmacy, Louis became acquainted with several pharmaceutical sales representatives. Those relationships triggered an interest that turned into a vocation. Louis Carrino “In college, I decided that instead of going into education, I would pursue a career in pharmaceuticals,” the Syracuse, New York, native details. “In my entry-level position at Aires Pharmaceuticals, I worked in the field calling on physicians and learned more about the medications. I also received in-house training. “Over time, opportunities arose within the company to d...

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  • In The Neck Of Time

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Winter 2021

    Advanced rehab device alleviates maddening headaches and neck pain.

    When their children were young, Jill Weinberg would drop by her husband’s chiropractic practice whenever she had free time and help with billing, scheduling or any other clerical task that needed to be done. With a degree in accounting, three years of experience as a public auditor and seven years of experience as operations manager for a national health care company it was a seamless transition. Jill Weinberg and Maggie As their children grew older, Jill’s visits became more frequent, and she more or less became a part-time fixture at the practice. Now, with the children out of the house, Jill works full time at Active Health as its practice mana...

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