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  • STOP That RINGING!

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Summer 2019

    New hearing instruments can finally stop the ringing in your ears.

    Dominick Luca retired and moved to Florida in 2012 after working more than 30 years in the engineering division of the City of New York. Most of his career, Dominick was an operating engineer, but he worked his way up and eventually began managing boiler plant and air conditioning systems in office buildings, college campuses, hospitals and other public spaces. With his hearing instruments, Dominick says he hears like he’s 20 years old again. His was a long, loud career that began when Dominick was young and a new recruit in the US Navy. There, he got his initial work experience with heating systems, sweating over the boilers on the ships to which he was assi...

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  • Freedom from Glasses

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Summer 2019

    Cataract surgery alleviates need for glasses, improves vision.

    As military tours of duty go, the 23-month stint that John Clark served overseas with the 1st Cavalry Division and 173rd Airborne during the Vietnam War was about as manageable as any soldier could possibly hope for. As a communications expert working in the small town of An Khê in the Central Highlands, John saw no combat and worked in a secured, air-conditioned communications facility. “I don’t brag about it, but I definitely lucked out,’’ says John, whose three-decade-long career in communications continued in similar comfort. It wasn’t until after he retired that John’s good fortune began to wane as some medical issues, including a very significant one associ...

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  • Soothing Sensations

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2019

    SoftWave® therapy heals painful elbows.

    Stay-at-home mom Melinda* retired once her children became adults, but the New York native continues to maintain a busy household. Recently, out of nowhere, Melinda developed severe pain in her right elbow, which was eventually diagnosed as golfer’s elbow. “I can’t say I’m a golfer. I play maybe once every couple of months, so I don’t know how I got golfer’s elbow,” Melinda muses. “I was in so much pain, it almost brought me to tears at times. It was a constant, aching pain, and when I raised my elbow to bend it, the pain intensified. “I couldn’t do anything with my elbow, and sleeping at night was terrible. There was always pain. If I moved my elbow a certain way, like to br...

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  • Buon Appetito!

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2019

    Customized weight-loss program improves health, vitality.

    A trip to the Cape Coral area isn’t complete without a visit to Miceli’s waterfront Italian restaurant, where the Pasta Ala Miceli is one of the best options on a menu the Miceli family has been honing since it opened its first eatery some 20 years ago. Before & After Ideal Protein “It’s a bounty of fresh, local seafood – clams, shrimp and calamari,” says Vincenzo Miceli, who opened this particular restaurant ten years ago. “You can even get it with Fra diavolo, which is a spicy red sauce. That’s how I like it. It’s our signature pasta dish.” A restaurant owner since he left college, 38-year-old Vincenzo says he makes a point of tasting every dish made i...

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  • A Stable Foundation

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Spring 2019

    Implant-secured dentures improve confidence, functionality. Since he was a child, Nick Hoot, 79, had a serious problem with the enamel on his teeth. That led to the formation of cavities and eventually to tooth loss. The retired insurance agent and minister was a frequent visitor to the dentist’s chair from the time he was about ten years old. He had his share of dental procedures and appliances.    Nick Hoot “I’ve always had really bad enamel,” Nick confirms. “I kept losing my teeth, so I started wearing partials and bridges while I was still young. Then, at twenty-five, I decided enough was enough, and I had full dentures put in, upper and lower. Over the years, I’ve had several sets of dentures made. “My wife and I are snowb...

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  • Skip Surgery

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Spring 2019

    Noninvasive stretching protocol relieves pain, restores flexibility.

    During his working years, Bill Lundgren owned an advertising and marketing agency, but was always a musician at heart. After he retired and relocated from New Hampshire to Florida three years ago, he began volunteering with a local arts organization, directing several musical performances. Bill Lundgren Finally given a chance to live out his dream, Bill refused to let an agonizing back condition that dates back to his childhood stop him. “When I was a kid, I fell out of a tree, landed on the sidewalk and crushed a vertebra,” shares the Rhode Island native. “I spent a few months lying flat in bed. I couldn’t get up, couldn’t do anything, in orde...

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  • A Fine Art

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2019

    Celebrating a beautiful life one brush stroke at a time.

    The colorful painting of a bass player that hangs in the office of Robert Pollack, MD, is typical of Cori Scheft’s work. It’s a vivid and vibrant collage of brightly dyed newspaper clippings, fabrics and strips of sheet music that belie one simple fact: Cori Scheft Cori has been suffering from a Brain Disease know as Depression. “It’s a painting of a blues musician,” explains Dr. Pollack, who treats Cori at Psychiatric Associates of Southwest Florida. “I love the blues and I play the blues, and since I treated Cori’s blues, she put that painting together for me and gave it to me. “I’m actually quite proud to have it because it’s a beautiful painting created b...

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  • Creating Healthy, Attractive Smiles

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2019

    As an investment REALTOR® and design consultant, Debi Grover works face to face with people all day long. She knows all too well then just how important it is to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Debi is no longer embarrassed to smile. “When you greet someone, one of the first things they notice about you is your teeth,’’ Debi says. “I’ve known that for years, and there was a time not long ago when that became a concern for me because I suspected for a while that I had periodontal disease. “I wasn’t experiencing any bleeding or anything like that when I brushed, but there was a lot of plaque built up on my teeth, and I knew that over time, some damage had been done to my gums. “I wanted to be able to smile and not feel like I had t...

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  • Spared from Surgery

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2019

    Regenerative technique restores arthritic knees.

    While playing tennis two years ago, Stuart Hamilton reached up for an overhead shot. As he did, he awkwardly twisted his left knee and damaged its already degenerating meniscus, which is the crescent-shaped pad of cartilage that cushions the bones of the knee joint. “Now, I feel like a million bucks. . . . My knees are one hundred percent better. There’s no pain. It’s a pleasure to walk around without knee pain.” – Stuart Nine years earlier, Stuart had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The tennis injury left him with identical knees. Both were arthritic and painful. “Most of the time, it was a constant, nagging pain, so every time I sat down, I rubb...

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  • Low Back Liberation

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2019

    Spacer system stops pain from spinal stenosis.

    Florida snowbird George Niemann spent a career as a neuropsychologist, but in his retirement, he became a certified flight instructor of amphibious floatplanes near his summer home in Bar Harbor, Maine. After one flight nine years ago, George experienced intense low back pain upon deplaning. He learned later the pain was from spinal stenosis. George’s spacer procedureis a success “As I got off the plane, I felt excruciating pain in my lower back, and I couldn’t walk across the ramp without bending over,” George describes. “I eventually had to get into a wheelchair, and my wife took me to the emergency room, where they gave me an epidural injection. That provided minor relief, bu...

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