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  • Care Conversion

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Winter 2019

    Resident’s stay modified as needs evolve.

    Howard and Molly Waddell were working at the same facility for the developmentally disabled when they met. The two Upstate New York natives fell in love and married and have been together for more than 40 years. For years, Molly and Howard traveled to Florida as snowbirds. One day about four years ago, long after both had retired, Molly bought a place here that became the couple’s permanent home. Shortly thereafter, caring for Howard became a chore for Molly. Molly and Howard, a World War II vet, share a relaxing moment in front of the memory quilt. “Howard’s now ninety-two, and he has Alzheimer’s disease,” states Molly. “At one point, he started becoming weak and frail, and it was d...

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  • Walk of Life

    Edition: West Pasco County Published: Winter 2019

    Ankle-foot orthoses play critical role in correcting childhood condition.

    Like a lot of young girls her age, seven-year-old Isabella Every is fascinated by unicorns, enjoys watching the TV show PAW Patrol and sometimes wishes she could live under the sea like Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Playing outside on her swing set is one of Isabella’s favorite activities. A first grader who describes school as “great,” her favorite subject is math, and when she’s not in school, she enjoys playing on her swing set, bouncing around on the family trampoline and playing outside with her friends. Since she first began walking, some of those outdoor activities had been a bit of a challenge for Isabella, who has struggled to break out of a walk...

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  • Toning Down Tinnitus

    Edition: West Pasco County Published: Winter 2019

    Hearing aids can offer double benefit: better hearing, less ringing.

    For years, Phyllis DeVincentis endured a hissing in her ears that sounded like steam. Although she wasn’t imagining it, no one else heard it because nothing was really there. Phyllis has tinnitus, commonly known as “ringing in the ears,” and the noise was coming from inside her head. Phyllis DeVincentis Tinnitus can be a malfunction occurring within the hearing system and varies widely in sound and severity. It might resemble a constant buzzing, whistling, hissing or swishing. “I can’t tell you when it began. It just started and that was it,” recounts Phyllis. “It was terrible.” Originally from New York, Phyllis has lived in Florida for more than 40 year...

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  • Restoring Health and Hope

    Edition: South Tampa Published: Winter 2019

    Clinical services are key component of recovery process.

    When clients arrive at Riverside Recovery of Tampa, they’re usually at one of the lowest points in their lives. Substance use disorder has stolen their bodies and souls and left them empty and without hope. The staff at Riverside Recovery of Tampa takes people at their very worst. They guide them through their fight to sobriety by providing a vast array of client-focused treatments and care. “We do the deep work here. We get to the root cause of what’s going onand show people their lives are not over.” -Jackie “We have medical detox treatment, residential treatment and PHP, which is partial hospitalization,” explains Jackie Dowgiallo, LMHC, program director at Ri...

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  • Restore Youth and Vitality

    Edition: South Tampa Published: Winter 2019

    Feel younger, stronger and sexier with BHRT.

    Lisa Tomarelli is a registered nurse who works as clinical support for the sales team of a biologics company. Even when she’s traveling, the 50ish nurse finds time to work out and keep her body in shape for the many bikini competitions she enters. When she began putting on weight despite working out, she suspected the problem, and the answer. Lisa Tomarelli “As a registered nurse, I taught bio-natural hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, fifteen years ago for a local pharmacist in Sarasota,” relates the Scranton, Pennsylvania native. “When I was teaching and doing research on BHRT, I thought, I’ll probably benefit from this when the time comes. “About five years ago, I starte...

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  • Don’t Play the Waiting Game

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County Published: Winter 2019

    Removing cataracts early is your best bet.

    Now that he’s retired, Kevin Reeves has more time to do the things he loves most. For this Dunedin resident, that means attending Clearwater-Countryside High School football games in the fall and either Dunedin Blue Jays or Tampa Bay Rays baseball games in the spring and summer. Kevin says he can’t believe how clear his vision is since having cataract surgery. “I’m a huge sports fan,” enthuses the former entrepreneur, who was part owner of a local car-wash business for 21 years and later had a stake in an embroidery business. “I’m one of the few who still show up at the Countryside games; I live only a few miles from where the Blue Jays play, so I go see them a lot; and I really e...

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  • Digital Dentistry

    Edition: West Pasco County Published: Winter 2019

    Advanced technology creates crowns in one visit.

    Having been a dental assistant for 13 years, Diana Jaks knew what she wanted in a dentist. The current personal trainer was skeptical when a friend suggested she try hers. After all, Diana didn’t know the man or anything about him. Still, she trusted her friend’s recommendation and gave her friend’s dentist a try. Diana Jaks “I’ve worked for really good dentists and really bad dentists, so I was very particular about who I went to,” Diana explains. “I knew what I wanted for my teeth. I didn’t need any dental work at the time, just a routine cleaning, so I thought I’d do a meet-and-greet with this dentist my friend had recommended.” This dentist was Bryan N. Griffith, DMD, of Gr...

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  • Test-Case Scenario

    Edition: Brevard County Published: Fall 2018

    Accurate testing, validation prove critical in properly correcting hearing loss.

    Mary Dawson is a Disney-holic. So are most of her closest friends. From the rides at the theme parks to the special events that are held there throughout the year, there is nothing that Walt Disney World® offers that Mary and her friends don’t enjoy. A self-proclaimed Disney-holic, Mary’s improved hearing is allowing her to enjoy her favorite pastime again. “We spend almost our entire social lives at Disney,” Mary enthuses. “We especially love the Flower and Garden Festival and the Food and Wine Festival. The wine-pairing dinners they do there are just amazing.” Mary and her friends are among those who believe Disney World is indeed the hap...

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  • Don’t Hide Those Toes!

    Edition: Brevard County, Indian River County Published: Fall 2018

    With open-toed shoes and flip-flops as the footwear of choice in Florida, toenail fungus is very common.

    The most common breeding grounds for toenail fungus are warm, moist environments, such as swimming pools and showers. These microscopic organisms can invade your toenail or skin through small separations in your nails or even tiny cuts you may not even know that you have. Florida’s warm and humid environment is the perfect breeding ground for toenail fungus, but the condition is treatable. “Many people who have toenail fungus will try to cover up the fungal nails instead of having them treated,” explains board-certified podiatric surgeon Robert P. Dunne, DPM, FACFAS. “This can actually worsen the fungus, as painting the n...

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  • Built-In Benefactor

    Edition: Brevard County, Indian River County Published: Fall 2018

    Longstanding employee brightens residents’ days.

    Nancy Cann is considered one of the pillars of the Hibiscus Court Assisted Living Community. The fact that she’s been a part of that community since shortly after its pillars went up some 20 years ago is one of the reasons. Nancy has been a part of the Hibiscus Court family for nearly 20 years. “I think she came with the building,” jokes Hibiscus Court Executive Director Heidi Kuchenbacker-Robbins. “They built it, and Nancy was just in it. She really is the face of Hibiscus Court and has been for many years.” That face first arrived at Hibiscus Court about ten months after it opened its doors. Nancy starting working at the community, making the move from across the street, w...

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