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  • Creative Solutions

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Innovative approaches solve challenging dental problems.

    Robin Black’s 15 minutes of fame came when she was offered a staff position on then-Sen. John F. Kennedy’s team as he began his run for president. Robin is “delighted” with the implant-supported hybrid prosthesis created for her upper arch. “My uncle was a Capitol Hill photographer, and I often went with him to big dinners and luncheons to write down the order of the politicians and celebrities in the photos and to gather any other information he needed,” Robin recounts. “It was my uncle who found out that JFK was looking for a secretary, and he told me about it. “I went to the Senate office building and was interviewed on four occasions. They wanted me to be his p...

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  • Treatment Trifecta

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Clear vision follows surgery to lift brows, remove cataracts, ease glaucoma.

    Lawrence Podschelne During two military tours totaling 19 months and 21 days, Lawrence Podschelne roamed the dense jungles of Vietnam in search of enemy combatants. But his dedicated service during the Vietnam War left him combatting physical and emotional enemies. “I’m one of those veterans with Agent Orange problems,” Lawrence shares. “I developed Type 2 diabetes and extreme nerve damage in my feet, hands, knees, low back and neck. The troughs we drank water out of were contaminated, and it messed up my kidneys. While my kidney function isn’t dangerous, it’s lower than normal. I also suffer with PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder]. “But at 75 yea...

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  • Gold Medal Care

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Pain-free laser therapy alleviates pain, restores mobility.

    The phenomenal success that 12-year-old Jayla Hoeck has experienced as a gymnast can best be measured by taking stock of what adorns the walls of her bedroom. On one is a small shelf overcrowded with trophies and a curtain rod from which hang dozens of gold, silver and bronze medals tied to satin ribbons. On another is a small coat rack that, like the curtain rod it’s adjacent to, holds dozens of medals. “I counted them all, and I have more than 150 medals overall,” says Jayla, who dreams of competing in college or maybe even the Olympics. And well she could. As a Level 8 gymnast, she’s already on the brink of mastering the skills needed to compete in the Olympi...

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  • The Sooner THE BETTER

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Treating hearing loss early prevents cognitive decline.

    Retirement isn’t for everybody. Take Chuck Tarner. Sixteen years ago, Chuck sold his small promotional products business and “retired.” But at 78, he’s nearly as active today as he was before the sale. Chuck Tarner “I’m still putzing around selling pens, pencils and assorted business gifts,” the Michigan native says. “I get an order here and there, but I plan on getting more deeply involved in that again very soon.” Chuck might be more deeply involved in sales already had he not recently remarried. He and his wife will celebrate their first anniversary in April. When they do, they’ll have more than their new-found love to celebrate. Chuck’s health has taken a si...

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  • In Sight

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Prevent vision loss from macular degeneration.

    Gale Lemerand grew up poor in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during the Great Depression. But he possessed a keen sense for business that helped him succeed professionally. Dr. Dunn and Gale Lemerand “After serving in the Air Force, I held several sales and management positions,” recounts Gale, 86. “Then I became a fiberglass installation subcontractor in the Chicago suburbs. I was fortunate to be surrounded by great people and was able to diversify geographically. I ended up with 100 locations in 27 states.” In 1995, Gale sold his fiberglass company to Masco Corp., a Fortune 500 company. He took a five-year earn-out and worked for Masco until 2000. “Right now, I’m in the res...

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  • Recipe For Relief

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Stem cell therapy alleviates crippling knee pain.

    With her son graduating from high school and going on to college later this year, Kathy Candler is contemplating taking on some new challenges in the next year or two. Trying out for a spot on the Food Network could be one of them. Kathy Candler And why not? Kathy has become comfortable in front of the camera hosting online videos for Pampered Chef, which sells kitchen accessories and offers cooking tips. She’s also developed a unique flavor profile that’s rooted in her childhood and would make her a good fit with the network. “I’m known for cooking with pineapple,” Kathy explains. “I was born in Hawaii, and I collect just about anything to do with pineapples. I’ve deve...

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  • Glum About Gum Recession?

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Here’s a reason to smile: a novel procedure that repairs without cutting, grafting.

    Terri Wilkinson resolved to pursue a career in court reporting while in high school. Her choice of profession was inspired, in part, by a classmate’s wardrobe. Terri is “beyond ecstatic” with the results of her Pinhole procedure. “There was a person who was older than me, and when she graduated she became a court reporter,” details Terri, 59. “I used to see how she dressed for work and thought it was cool. I also thought the job would be intriguing because I’m nosy.” After 24 years as a court reporter, Terri switched careers and became an emergency room patient liaison for 10 years. After that, she joined a title company before working as a rea...

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  • Repeat Customer

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Spring 2021

    Individualized approach prompts return after second knee surgery.

    In August 2019, Lynn Gott underwent total joint replacement surgery on her left knee. She was living in South Florida at the time so that’s where she began her postsurgical physical therapy. But Lynn’s rehabilitation didn’t go well and she experienced complications associated with a buildup of scar tissue. Lynn has regained full range of motion in her right knee. “At the time, I was getting married and moving to Daytona Beach, but my doctor wanted me to continue with therapy,” relates Lynn, 65. “I went online and looked for providers close by. When I got to Barr & Associates Physical Therapy, I felt a connection. It felt like the right place for me. ...

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  • One For All

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Spring 2021

    Family practice takes care of all your dental needs.

    As a 7-year-old growing up in one of the hardscrabble neighborhoods of Troy, New York, Chris Williams became familiar with a service regularly provided by police that goes unnoticed far too often. Chris has “absolute confidence” in Dr. Farag (left). “I grew up in the projects, in one of the lower-income areas, and I always enjoyed it when members of the city police department or the housing authority peace officers would come through the neighborhood and interact with the kids,” Chris remembers. “Having that relationship and being a beneficiary of that community outreach effort made a real impression on me. Ever since I was 7 years old, I always wanted to be a public se...

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  • In the Right Direction

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Spring 2021

    Reverse shoulder replacement ends pain, restores range of motion.

    Steven Sawicki A survey conducted by the RAND Corp. showed that nearly 40 percent of retirees give up their life of leisure and return to work. Some rejoin the workforce because they have to, while others simply become bored. Steven Sawicki, 67, fell into the latter category. “I tried retirement,” Steven explains. “I really did. I tried it for a year and a half and came to the realization that it really stinks. I mean, I love to fish, but even with that I thought, How much of this can one guy do? Retirement just wasn’t for me.” Steven didn’t retire from a particular profession. He held dozens of job titles and maintained that approach during his unre...

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