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  • Back in Bloom

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Summer 2020

    Ablation relieves lumbar arthritis, allowing return to garden sanctuary.

    In early April, not long after the coronavirus began to spread wildly across the United States, the National Institutes of Health launched a study to determine how many people became infected with the virus before anyone really knew what it was. Robert Palmer For more than 12 years, guiding the NIH through its decision to launch such studies was a task that belonged to Robert Palmer, who once owned a consulting firm that specialized in organizational development in the Washington, DC, area. “My specialty was working with not-for-profit and large multinational organizations,” Robert says. “If they had a pain point, they’d contact me, and I’d go in, diagn...

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  • The Right Care, Right Now

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Summer 2020

    Emergency dentistry addresses the problem as well as the pain.

    Norman Jewett recommends services and facilities in his community to people temporarily living in the area. His work is part of a concierge service he owns and operates that caters to out-of-towners who are in Sarasota for the season or on vacation. With his abscess healed, Norman can eat without pain. Norman’s service finds hotels and restaurants for clients, locates area health care providers and makes arrangements for activities, including procuring tee times for golfers and boat rentals for those wishing to spend a day on the water. In early April 2016, Norman needed his own service. He found himself in a situation that required finding a local dentist who ha...

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  • Nailed It

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Summer 2020

    In-office laser therapy is “weapon of choice” against pesky toenail fungus.

    Somewhere on the list of most difficult things to do in life is growing orchids. As Tami* can tell you, growing an orchid or just keeping one alive until it blooms again requires a lot of care and a whole lot of patience. “You need to find just the right place for them, and even then, you might wait a year or more for the rewards,’’ Tami says. “A lot of times, you just cross your fingers and hope for the best. You just never really know.” Tami is no stranger to crossing her fingers and hoping for the best. A 59-year-old registered nurse, she spent the better part of the last seven years doing just that in her personal battle with toenail fungu...

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  • Winning Adjustments

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Summer 2020

    Technique to align atlas vertebra relieves headaches, other ailments.

    Candi Walker has always lived a very active lifestyle. As a youth, she rode and showed horses. She was also a competitive ice skater. Over the years, though, those activities took a toll on her body. In addition to general pain and soreness, she has suffered from debilitating headaches that started when she was 12 years old after a fall from her horse nearly left her paralyzed. “I have been to several neurologists over the years and on many different pain medications, but none of them provided permanent relief,” Candi laments. “Part of the problem, of course, was that I was only putting a Band-Aid on the situation. “That went on for years until a frien...

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  • Pulse of Life

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Summer 2020

    Bringing new life into old hip.

    For 35 years, Donna Lewis spent each working day in virtual arm’s reach of a cuneiform tablet dating from 2040 B.C., a Gutenberg Bible believed to have been printed in 1455 and the private papers of 23 U.S. presidents. Donna Lewis Such was her life inside the walls of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, where she literally worked her way up from a basement-level position to that of an executive in charge of procurement for special exhibits. “It was just amazing,” Donna says of working in the nation’s library. “We were located right next door to the Supreme Court, so every once in a while you’d see a Supreme Court justice come in. And I certainly saw my share of senators and congressmen a...

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  • A New Wave

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Summer 2020

    Unique treatment protocol relieves neuropathic pain, discomfort.

    With its walnut-colored ceiling beams, limestone arches and red brick walls, the private wine room inside Paul’s* North Tampa home looks like it was cut out of a centuries-old chateau somewhere in France. And well it should. “That was the idea behind the design,” Paul explains. “I wanted it to look just like a wine cellar I once visited in a place just north of Saint-Tropez that dates back to the 10th century, when wine was still considered a drink from the gods. The builder got it just right.” A private chef whose dinners are often sold as charity-auction items, Paul has filled his wine room with hundreds of bottles of wine from around the world. Some are for ...

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  • Tiny Cut, Huge Relief

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Summer 2020

    Removal of herniated disc alleviates stenosis, ends leg pain.

    David Davis, 53, has been a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for 33 years. David Davis “Most of what I do is administrative,” David says. “When people are released from jail, I process their paperwork and complete the physical process of releasing them from our custody. I love the work because I’m a people person, and I enjoy dealing with people. It’s my favorite part of law enforcement.” There was a point when David considered working in the field, but he realized how happy he was with his inside role and opted to stay put. “Fifteen years ago, when I was a little younger, I thought about changing jobs and going out on the road,” he recou...

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  • Blessing for the Eyes

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Summer 2020

    Astigmatic patient is glasses-free following cataract surgery.

    Influenced by her teachers at school, Dolores Wehle was only 7 years old when she discovered what she wanted to do with her life. Dolores sees colors more vividly following cataract surgery. “I knew I wanted to be a nun,” Dolores shares. “The sisters who taught me at school made an impression on me. I felt something calling me to be just like them, and as I grew, the call grew.” A Tampa native, Dolores was still a teen when she answered that calling, joining a convent out of high school. She went on to serve chiefly as a primary school teacher in Florida. Now retired at age 79, she will soon celebrate her 60th anniversary with the Sisters of the Holy Names of J...

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  • Taking Great Pains to Take Away Yours

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2020

    Staff develops custom back treatments to restore patients’ mobility.

    Talk about being mechanically inclined. Before he was 10 years old, Brian Hendrickson had already switched out his first automobile engine. Granted, he did so with the help of his brothers, but it was evident early on that Brian had a special talent. Brian Hendrickson So how in the world did he end up making his living building fences? “When I was in high school, I spent about half my day at a technical school, where I learned diesel mechanics and welding,” says Brian, 44. “After that, I went into the welding industry and got a job running a welding shop at a fence company in New York.” Through connections he made at the fence company, Brian eventually o...

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  • Standing Ovation

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2020

    Minimally invasive procedures eliminate retired teacher’s spider veins, leg cramps.

    For Catherine Chamblin, teaching is a family tradition. Catherine Chamblin “Teaching goes way back in my family,” Catherine, 63, confirms. “My great-grandfather was a teacher and principal as well as a superintendent in the Florida school system. My mom, aunt and grandmother were all teachers. “I kept the tradition going. I was a teacher in Citrus County for 33 years. I retired in 2016. I taught elementary school, mainly kindergarten. My favorite thing about teaching young children was the way they responded to new learning.” Yet, teaching wasn’t Catherine’s first career choice. “When I was in high school, I worked for a tennis pro and pla...

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