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  • Fabulous First Impression

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Spring 2020

    Newcomer earns seal of approval with same-day crown treatment.

    Susan Tremblay Before she even made it to high school, Susan Tremblay had found the love of her life. His name is Tony. She met him when she was 13, and after attending junior high and high school together in their hometown of Nashua, New Hampshire, they were married. In 2021, Susan and Tony will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, and to say that Susan, 58, has always been ahead of the curve may be a bit of an understatement. After all, she not only fell in love and married at an early age, she also retired early. A former nurse, Susan recently hung up her scrubs, and after eight years of flying south for the winter, she and her husband deci...

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  • Hands Down

    Edition: Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Published: Spring 2020

    Robert Wedyck

    Carotid artery narrowing cause of retiree’s stroke.

    Robert Wedyck was a professional “foodie.” For years, he worked in consumer product sales, hawking everything from candy to Christmas trees. But he spent most of his career in the employ of Winter & Company, a wholesaler that offers a wide variety of merchandise but specializes in food products. Robert’s job in food sales suited him well.  “I’ve got the food business in my blood; I grew up in it,” he muses. “When I was fifteen, I made pizzas at a deli. Then, I worked at a grocery store as a stocker, checker and third man, so I have a huge food background. When I got out of college and started looking for a job, I found one with a food broker...

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  • Retina Review

    Edition: Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Published: Spring 2020

    Age-related macular degeneration steals central vision.

    Dr. Jeroudi is an expert in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration. It’s not uncommon for people in their 50s, 60s and 70s to develop age-appropriate “wear and tear” on their retinas, the light-sensitive layer of nerve tissue at the back of the eye. But in some of those people, this wear and tear marks the beginning of a vision-stealing eye condition called age-related macular degeneration, or ARMD. “ARMD is an acquired degeneration of the central part of the retina that leads to central vision impairment,” elaborates Abdallah M. Jeroudi, MD, a board-certified, fellowship-trained retina specialist at Florida Retina Institute. “For reasons we do no...

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  • For Good Measure

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Spring 2020

    James Plesz

    Astigmatism corrected, vision cleared via cataract surgery.

    The grandson of Polish immigrants who first found work in the US building Pullman train cars at that company’s “workers’ community” on the South Side of Chicago, James Plesz eventually made his own way in the Windy City area as an electrician. “I actually worked out of the Gary, Indiana local, but I worked in Chicago for eighteen of the forty-two years I was an electrician,” James says. “I worked on some of the smaller skyscrapers in Chicago as well as a lot of the steel mills.” Now 74, James has long since retired, but he still has ties to Chicago. He owns land in the area and spends the warmer months there. He and his wife spend the fall and...

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  • Relief from Debilitating Back Pain

    Edition: Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Published: Spring 2020

    Innovative treatment works after multiple surgeries did not.

    John finally found relief for his spine pain at Alpha Wave Health Centers. The ornate, hand-painted ceiling of the Grand Colonnade at The Venetian® Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada is just one of the many Renaissance-like finishes that make the Italian-inspired hotel and casino the showcase that it is. John Hicks is among the skilled craftsmen who helped give that resort and many of the others along the Vegas strip their charm. “I was the supervisor of a crew of what are known as high-end finish carpenters,” John relates. “We didn’t do baseboards. We did things like five- and six-step crown moldings and things like that that we called fufu stuff. “We worked on...

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  • My Time NOW

    Edition: Martin County, St. Lucie County, Published: Spring 2020

    Woman rewards herself with beautiful, new smile.

    Connie Zahorchak After years of focusing almost entirely on the health needs of her family members, Connie Zahorchak decided a few years ago to focus on a couple of specific health care needs of her own. “For years, you do for others as a mother and a wife and neglect yourself. That’s what I had done,” Connie confirms. “But through a lot of those years, it bothered me that my front teeth were uneven, so finally, I said, Now, it’s my time.” It wasn’t just the look of her front teeth that bothered Connie. She was also bothered by what she describes as a popping and clicking in her right jaw and headaches. She initially brought up both issues while visiting with her pr...

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  • Morpheus8 Results Visible in Days

    Edition: Martin County, Published: Spring 2020

    Revolutionary anti-aging treatment restores youthful appearance.

    In part because she builds a decorative wreath out of those that she receives in return, Angela* has long maintained the seemingly fading tradition of sending out Christmas cards to family and friends each holiday season. A true traditionalist, she typically sends out cards displaying classic wintery images. For the first time this past year, however, she sent out a personalized card with a family portrait on it. She then spent a good part of the holidays wishing she hadn’t. “I absolutely hated the picture,” Angela laments. “I feel like I looked very old in it. I mean, I’m not a kid anymore; I’m fifty-two. But I’m very active, and I don’t feel like I...

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  • At Great Length

    Edition: Martin County, Published: Spring 2020

    Corrective gum procedure brings smile to teen’s face.

    Emma is happy to show off her new smile. Who says playing video games is a waste of time? Emma Subin certainly doesn’t. In fact, this 17-year-old high school senior, currently prepping for her first year of college, is on a path to turn her passion for video games into a paycheck. “When I was really young, I played a lot of video games, like Mario Kart™, Super Mario Bros.® and Pokémon™, and when I got a little older, my dad and I would play Guitar Hero® together, and it was always something that made me happy,” Emma explains. “I decided I’d like to make video games in a way that will make other people happy, too, so I’m going to study video...

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  • Tropical Paradise

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Spring 2020

    Implant denture has advantages over traditional lower denture.

    Donna Kiehl Donna Kiehl and her husband built a successful nursery business from a small collection of bromeliads about the size of a table. Today, they fill orders for the tropical flowering plant from all over the world via mail order and sell them from a store on the couple’s Venice property. “We’ve been selling bromeliads and other tropical plants for about thirty-five years total,” Donna shares. “We started the business in St. Petersburg but moved it to Venice when we went there to purchase a bromeliad collection. As it turned out, the property in Venice was also for sale, and we ended up buying it as well. “It all started because my husband has h...

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  • From the Top Down

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Spring 2020

    Bruce Conner

    Procedure on upper cervical vertebrae relieves low back pain.

    It was while living amid Central Florida’s Chain of Lakes that 59-year-old Sarasota resident Bruce Conner’s tale of misery began. “I started experiencing chronic backaches with muscle stiffness and sharp pain in my lower back,” Bruce remembers. “I can’t point to anything I did to initiate the problem except that while growing up, I had some kid-type accidents, like falling out of a tree and getting kicked in the head. “It’s possible that some of those incidents jarred some of my vertebrae because there were times when I got a very intense pain in my low back that felt like a razor-sharp object, like a knife, was being stuck in my back. But ...

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