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  • Proof Positive

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Fall 2019

    Hearing aids enhance lifestyle, relationships, productivity.

    Cheryl Haught Longtime Chicago, Illinois resident Cheryl Haught thought her career in customer service ended when she retired and moved to Florida a few years ago. Then her son came calling for a friend who needed a customer service rep at his bank. “I had been off for about two years when my son called and asked if I wanted to go back to work part–time,” Cheryl explains. “That soon became full-time, but that’s okay because it’s a wonderful community bank, I fit in really well and customer service is so important.” An ability to communicate clearly is among the core skills every customer service rep must possess, and Cheryl always had it while wo...

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  • Fact vs Fiction

    Edition: The Villages, Published: Fall 2019

    Debunking myths surrounding macular degeneration.

    Elias C. Mavrofrides, MD Without the retina, vision is impossible. The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue that sits at the back of the eye. When light hits the retina, it triggers impulses that pass through the optic nerve and travel to the brain, where the visual images are developed. At the center of the retina is the highly specialized macula, which enables central vision for detailed tasks such as reading, driving and recognizing facial features. The macula can deteriorate due to aging and other factors. The condition that results is macular degeneration. “Macular degeneration is a weakening in the center of the retina, the macula” describes Elias C. ...

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  • Medical Breakthroughs

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Fall Fall Issue

    Leading-edge nonsurgical treatments regenerate, reinvigorate the body.

    Jeff finds healing in the CVAC, a pod that superoxygenates the body and improves circulation following stem cell therapy. When the list of the biggest earners in network marketing for 2018 came out last year, Jeff Roberti’s name was right there in the mix at number nine overall. That didn’t come as any great surprise to network marketing insiders. With more than $85 million in career sales of a whole food supplement product, Jeff is considered a network marketing icon, one who has turned his product into one of the most researched supplements in the world. “More than thirty years ago, I introduced the doctor who had the technology for this pro...

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  • The Eyes Have It

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Fall 2019

    Eye institute builds staff, presence in Tampa Bay area Priya M. Mathews, MD, MPH Maryland native Priya M. Mathews, MD, MPH, attended college at the University of Maryland, where she graduated as valedictorian with dual degrees. Dr. Mathews earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Both degrees served her well on her chosen career path. “I went to medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore,” Dr. Mathews relates. “I wasn’t sure initially what I wanted to do. I like children, so I thought I might enter pediatrics. But when I started doing procedures and surgeries during my rotations, I realized I love surgery, especially when using microscopes to perf...

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  • Life After Depression

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Fall 2019

    Nonsurgical, drug-free therapy offers new lease on life.

    Meredith and her boyfriend Jordon are now expecting a baby. In the fall of 2014, Durant High School breaststroker Meredith Meyer missed earning a trip to the Florida High School Swimming and Diving State Championships by less time than it takes a human to blink an eye, which is a third of a second. “Zero point two seconds – that’s how much I missed that trip to the state championships by,” Meredith confirms with a sigh. “Zero point two seconds. When that happened, I was like, Oh, my gosh. I mean, that’s like a leg hair. That’s crazy.” Meredith’s near-miss in the pool was part of a difficult senior year. She was diagnosed with depression the summer before – sho...

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  • Fine Art

    Edition: New Tampa/Central Pasco County, Published: Fall 2019

    Artistic residents flourish at retirement community.

    For more than 34 years, Dolores Buffington lived out her dream of being an elementary school teacher. Seventeen of those years were at a Christian school in Clearwater. Not once during all of those years did she feel like she was working for a living. Dolores Buffington “I pursued teaching since I was a little girl and never regretted it,” Dolores says. “I think the thing I loved most about it was the children. It was a pleasure to make teaching fun and exciting for them. That was my goal, to make them like school.” Dolores, an 84-year-old who grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, liked teaching so much that for many years she also taught Sunday s...

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  • Feel the iPulse

    Edition: The Villages, Published: Fall 2019

    Noninvasive, drug-free magnetic therapy relieves chronic pain.

    Math has never been one of Bob King’s strong suits, so when a guidance counselor who knew him well strongly suggested he declare himself an English major rather than a biology major prior to the start of his junior year in college, Bob went with it. “I really loved biology, but this counselor knew I was going to struggle with the math, so she just said, So, you’re an English major and wrote that iPulse treatments alleviated Bob’s neck and shoulder pain. down on the form,” Bob explains. “I didn’t argue with her, and I have to say, it worked out pretty well for me.” Indeed it did. Bob went on to teach English in the Grand Island, New York school dis...

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  • Implant Therapy

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Fall 2019

    The best choice for replacing one or more missing teeth.

    Looking for the improved schooling and increased opportunities that would allow him to live a better life, Errol Marshall moved from his native Jamaica to New York City in 1964. It was the first leg on what became a trip around the world. Errol and Margaret have been patients of Dr. Patel since he took over the practice. “I really wanted to continue traveling after coming to the United States, and a friend told me I would get to travel a lot if I joined the Air Force, so I did,” Errol remembers. “That was in 1967. I wound up staying in the Air Force until 1971, and yes, I did get to travel. “I spent a year stateside but was later stationed in Taiwan, Korea a...

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  • Catch the Wave

    Edition: New Tampa/Central Pasco County, Published: Fall 2019

    Noninvasive therapy reverses erectile dysfunction.

    Edward* vividly remembers June 19, 2018. It was his 67th birthday and the day he finally admitted he wasn’t as vibrant as he used to be, most notably in the bedroom. More and more often, Edward had trouble developing and maintaining an erection suitable for sexual activity, a condition known as erectile dysfunction, or ED. “It was frustrating, and I felt bad for my wife,” Edward shares. “She was understanding and patient, but I knew I had to see someone about my condition. I went to my family doctor. He recommended a urologist, who prescribed a medication.” Edward first tried correcting the problem by taking the ED drug CIALIS®. “The CIALIS worked okay for a w...

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  • Back Pain Tabled

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Fall 2019

    Spinal decompression is an excellent alternative to surgery.

    For 30 years, Tom Soriero, 67, worked in construction before finally retiring a few years ago. During his career, Tom was part of a crew that built Publix® Supermarket stores from Tallahassee to Miami. He also had a hand in building the Daytona® International Speedway and other iconic structures in the Sunshine State. But the work wasn’t without consequences for Tom. “We built every Publix in the Daytona Beach area as well,” he confirms. “But it was the type of work that can result in an injury to your back. With the work I did, I probably lifted thousands and thousands of pounds, and I crushed three spinal discs from lifting. I had a lot of arthritis in ...

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