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  • Hope for Depression

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

    Revolutionary TMS therapy doing the job antidepressants haven’t.

    Rebecca Coupe moved to Florida from Ohio in 1996 to escape the harsh Midwest winters. She planned to spend her days basking in the warm sunshine, but chronic back issues kept Rebecca from enjoying the subtropical lifestyle. Her incessant back pain forced Rebecca to quit her job long before she had planned to and dramatically altered her lifestyle. Annoyed by the discomfort, she lost the desire to see or even talk to anyone and soon found herself confined to her home. Rebecca has her life back after treatment. “When I say I am retired, I was kind of forced into it,” she admits. “Physically, I couldn’t do anything because of the pain, so I had to r...

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  • Time Warp

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

    ED therapy gives senior youthful attitude.

    After working construction most of his life, Emory Allen spent the last few years of his career running his own business and working for a large contracting company, from which he retired. The North Carolina native, who spent his young-adult years in Southern France with the Army, always felt proud when clients turned to him for his construction expertise. Emory has renewed vim and vigor. “I had a lot of fun doing construction, so I started my own construction company,” the 74-year-old Emory recounts. “The name of it was Professional Industrial Contractors. Clients I did work for included Coors® Brewery, Gerber® Baby Food and Frito-Lay®. I also worked on several ethan...

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  • I Can See Clearly Now

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Summer 2019

    Laser correction procedure eliminates glasses, prevents cataracts.

    The roots of Cornelia Logan’s fascination with China can be found in Pearl S. Buck’s portrayal of Chinese village life in the novel The Good Earth. Cornelia Logan “I read her books as a young girl, and ever since, China has sort of been my place,” Cornelia says. “I’m fortunate enough to have traveled there several times.” Travel being Cornelia’s favorite hobby, China is one of dozens of countries she’s visited. For years, whether she was at home or abroad, she was plagued by an annoying problem. “I had a bad habit of losing my glasses,” the 70-year-old paralegal says in frustration. “Losing my glasses was a real problem because I had differen...

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  • Seal of Approval

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Summer 2019

    New biomedical adhesive safely corrects leaking leg veins.

    A trip to historic St. Augustine had been on Susan Carlson’s bucket list of places to visit for years. Her husband’s, too. When the couple finally got around to visiting this country’s oldest continuously occupied city, they simply couldn’t get enough of it. “The city is so lovely, and the people were so welcoming that on the way out of town, we stopped at a development where they were building some new homes and walked through a model, just to have a look,” Susan explains. “We did it just as a lark, really, but the next thing I know, we’re signing papers to have a house built. We still had a home back in Chicago, so we did the snowbird thing for a few years an...

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  • Pleasure Without Pain

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Summer 2019

    Specialized treatments foil complex headache syndrome.

    Gary Brinson, 60, was a warehouse supervisor for a fertilizer plant until 2012, when he fell at work and his world turned upside down. Injuries he suffered from the fall disabled him. They also worsened pain he was experiencing beforehand. Gary Brinson “I was already having massive headaches,” the Indiana native shares. “Then when I fell, I broke my shoulder. But when I tried to do physical therapy, I couldn’t do it because my neck and head hurt too bad. And when I tried to do physical therapy on my neck, I couldn’t because my shoulder hurt too bad. “I had surgery on my shoulder and neck. During the neck surgery, the surgeon went through the front and put in bone grafts a...

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  • Confidence Booster

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Summer 2019

    Implant-secured dentures provide sensational, functional smile.

    New Jersey native Francis Scheideler worked a lot of different jobs before he moved to Florida a few years ago. He was a truck driver for a while and once owned and operated his own pizzeria. He also worked as a maintenance mechanic in a sewage plant. Francis Scheideler Sr. Now 77 and retired, Francis currently stays busy serving as an American Legion chaplain and as a Eucharistic Minister serving Holy Communion to patients at area hospitals. He also has a seasonal, part-time job – playing Santa Claus. No matter the role, Francis is always interacting with the public in some form or fashion. That’s why he recently sought to correct a longstanding dental...

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  • Clean Cut

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Summer 2019

    Minimally invasive procedure heals diabetic foot ulcers.

    Ramon Giordano, 88, grew up in an Italian neighborhood in his native North New Jersey before joining the US Air Force, finishing college and relocating to Florida. During his working career, Ramon held several jobs, but he retired as an insurance company executive. In that role, he was responsible for developing new business. A brief, in-office procedure has finally rid Ramon of his debilitating foot pain. As Ramon neared retirement, he developed Type 2 diabetes, a condition that led to complications with his feet. One such complication developed on the bottom of his right foot at the joint where his little toe meets the ball of his foot. It was a complication that wo...

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  • Bird’s Eye View

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Summer 2019

    Experience, equipment and technique key to success in complex cases.

    Most transplanted northerners end up in Florida as part of some grand plan to escape the frigid winter cold back home. Deborah Lavery’s plan was to escape the frigid winter cold all right. But how she wound up in Palm Coast was more or less an accident. Deborah Lavery “It was a fluke,” Deborah confirms. “I just wanted to be in a warmer place, and my husband and I were traveling south, looking around at different places along I-95, and at one point, I said, I’m tired of looking; let’s just get off here. That was in Palm Coast.” Deborah made that decision in 2014, not long after she was forced to retire from her job as a certified nursing assistant – a p...

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  • Want a Better Sex Life?

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Summer 2019

    Noninvasive ED treatment improves sexual performance.

    The first thing Tom* did upon returning to the United States following his 14-month tour of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War was kiss his high school sweetheart. Later that same day, he went out and married her. “I actually proposed in a letter I sent from overseas about six months before I came home,” the former US Marine Corps sergeant reveals. “She said yes in her next letter back to me, and we later decided we’d get married as soon as I got back, first thing.” Natives of Central Florida, Tom and his wife have “been going strong,” as Tom puts it, ever since. They now have three grown children, a granddaughter, and a grandson on the way. There’s just one p...

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  • Closing Time

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Summer 2019

    Minimally invasive procedures repair damaged veins.

    Rachael Becker is proof you don’t have to be of an adult age to get varicose veins. Rachael’s first varicose vein appeared when she was still in high school. Rachael Becker “It was in my right calf, and I wouldn’t go so far as to say it sidelined me, but I played soccer in high school and when I played, I definitely noticed it,’’ Rachael says. “As time went on, the pain and swelling just got worse and worse.” Now 36 and a single mother of three, Rachael eventually developed several bulging veins that grew decidedly worse every time she gave birth. Eventually, the pain and swelling in her legs became debilitating. “They got so swollen and painful that it was hard to walk...

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