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  • Worth the Drive

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, Published: Summer 2020

    In need of a better bite, patient finds a distant dentist close to her heart.

    The unique ability to fluidly speak several languages, including English, French, Dutch and Hebrew, has served 74-year-old Elise quite well since she moved from her native Belgium to America 47 years ago. Elise is all smiles after her treatment by Regency Court Dentistry. “Since I moved to the United States in 1973, I have worked as an interpreter and a translator for the United States government, for the federal court system and at a number of national and international conferences,” Elise explains. “I mostly worked as a freelancer that whole time, and I’m fortunate that my job has taken me all over the world. I’m also fortunate to have in...

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  • In and Out Same Day

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Summer 2020

    Go home just hours after knee, hip replacement surgery.

    Since retiring early from his job as a telecommunications director nine years ago, Tom DiBenedetto has been steadily scratching off items from his bucket list. Most are trips he has long wanted to take to countries around the world. Tom DiBenedetto “We’ve been all over Europe, and last year we went to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, which were absolutely awesome,” Tom says of himself and his husband. “We’ve also done Australia, New Zealand and Russia, so we’ve been getting around.” Tom gets around a lot. When he’s not traveling the globe, he’s cycling along the riding trails throughout Pinellas County, where it was once typical for him to log 30 or more miles a day. “Th...

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  • Sight Adjustment

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Summer 2020

    Revolutionary replacement lens brings world into greater focus.

    An incredibly positive turn of events has occurred for patients with cataracts. For the first time, there is a cataract lens implant that can be adjusted after surgery to give patients the perfect vision they’ve always wanted. As Mary Arana-Anderson and Lee Stillwell learned, this revolutionary light-adjustable lens, or LAL, can easily give patients freedom from glasses for good. A raccoon that she’s nursing back to health is one the many critters running around Mary’s home. Mary has a little lamb. She also has a goat, two hedgehogs and a raccoon that she’s been nursing back to health ever since it wandered back onto her property in a wounded state a f...

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  • This Sounds Super

    Edition: West Pasco County, Published: Summer 2020

    Modern hearing aids come to rescue with clearer voices, less background noise.

    William Yovic is a real-life superhero. His cape is a lab coat, and his superpower is saving lives by tooling around the Tampa Bay area in a tricked-out motor coach equipped to offer advanced 3D mammography. “Superhero” William receivedthe “best hearing aids” from Trinity Hearing & Balance Center. A longtime member of the medical imaging field, in which he once focused on CT scanning and CT and MRI sales and service, William, 63, tapped into his superpowers five years ago, when he realized access to advanced 3D mammography was lacking in the region. Since then, he has made improving access his new mission. “We bought a coach, which is like a blo...

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  • Right on Target

    Edition: West Pasco County, Published: Summer 2020

    Avoid surgery with focused antibody treatments.

    While working in the reservations department of one of the world’s largest and best-known hotel chains, Denelda Berkley made sure to take full advantage of one of the great perks that come with such a job. “I was allowed to stay at any of the company’s hotels for about 20 dollars a night, so my husband and I traveled quite a bit while I worked that job,” Denelda confirms. “We went all over. We mostly liked Aruba, Saint Thomas and Hawaii, anywhere it’s warm.” A native of Wyandotte, MI, Denelda spent many of her working years hoping for a chance to move to a warm-weather climate. She finally got that chance when she and her husband moved from Connecticut several years ago to run a ...

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  • Secure Foundations

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Spring 2020

    Implant denture advantages over traditional lower dentures.

    Peter Benbow, 67, emigrated from his native England to the United States in 1991. He originally settled in Fort Lauderdale but later relocated to Port Charlotte. He moved after retiring from his construction and home remodeling business. There were good reasons Peter chose Florida as his new home. Peter Benbow “I decided to move to the States because I was ready for a life change,” he acknowledges. “The weather in Florida was a huge factor in my choice of place to live and, of course, there was no language barrier. “I spent most of my time in the Fort Lauderdale area, but then it became too overpopulated. My wife and I decided we wanted a more quiet and relaxin...

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  • Cause and Effect

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Spring 2020

    Stretching protocol halts back spasms, relieves pain.

    Twenty years ago, Dan Sullivan got fed up with the 9 to 5 routine of corporate America and set out on a new career path. Initially, he bought and sold income properties but later discovered his niche after purchasing four self-storage businesses in northeast Connecticut. Dan Sullivan “Before I left the corporate world, I worked in technology and business development for 15 years,” the 68-year-old Boston native shares. “I worked in engineering and manufacturing before that. But I got bored. That wasn’t what I wanted to be when I grew up. “After deciding to go off and do my own thing, I wound up with the storage facilities. I’m kind of semi-retired now. I still have my finge...

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  • Preventive Maintenance

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2020

    Simplified data collection system reduces chances of relapse.

    Like so many others, Pamela* moved to Florida a few years ago largely to escape the brutal winters she experienced during 28 years of living outside of Detroit. But it really wasn’t the cold and snow she sought relief from. “I actually like the cold weather,” Pamela, 32, reveals. “And as far as I’m concerned, there aren’t too many things more beautiful in this world than a bright sunny morning after a good snowfall the night before. There’s something very serene about that. “Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough of those days up there. For whatever reason, it always seemed to me like it was 42 degrees and drizzling back home, and that can make for a very gray an...

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  • This is Ideal

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2020

    Customized weight-loss program improves health, wellness.

    If Ernest Hemingway wrote it, Kimberly Hogan has read it. Along with Edith Wharton (Ethan Frome, The Age of Innocence), Hemingway is one of Kimberly’s favorite authors, and she spends a little bit of time with one of them each morning. Kimberly has lost more than 45 pounds on the Ideal Protein program “Other people may sit and watch TV or whatever, but the first thing I do each morning before I get ready for work is have a cup of hot tea and sit and read for just a little bit,” Kimberly notes. “It calms me and gets me ready for the day.” A nurse practitioner who works in primary care and sees close to 20 patients a day, Kimberly can have long and arduous days. Still, i...

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  • Head to Toe

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2020

    Unique care protocol alleviates disabling neck, shoulder and leg pain.

    Any day spent playing golf is a good day. That’s the philosophy of Mary Mrozek, a 59-year-old insurance agent who resides in a golf community in Bonita Springs and happily lists golf as one of her and her husband’s greatest passions. “When a friend tells me about some kind of pain they’re having, I hand them a card and say, Go see Dr. Hunte.”– Mary “I love playing golf,” Mary says. “I absolutely love it.” Mary’s love of golf is so great that, for a few years, she continued playing even while fighting through a great deal of neck, shoulder and leg pain. She finally had to give up that fight a couple years ago about midway through a round. “It was Oct...

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