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  • Feel It In Your Bones

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Winter 2021

    Strengthen skeletal system through specialized, once-a-week workout program.

    Art and science are two completely different disciplines, but there’s at least one junction where they come together. Ryan Stenstrom has been making a living there for the past 20 years. Ryan says his strength, energy and sleeping have improved since going to OsteoStrong. “I’m a CT technologist,” Ryan says. “I have an associate degree in x-ray technology, and once you have that you can branch out into different areas. So I’ve done x-rays, CT scans and MRIs, but I’m mostly focusing on CT scans right now.” Ryan says his career choice came from a desire to combine an old hobby – photography – with his eagerness to enter the medical field. Since landing a...

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  • Is Your Back On Fire?

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Winter 2021

    Douse the pain with nonsurgical, drug-free treatment.

    It may be hereditary, something written deep into her genetic code. The science isn’t quite clear, but just like her father and grandfather, Kara Haun is often moved by a sudden desire to embrace danger and do the unthinkable. Kara Haun “I love to run into burning buildings,” Kara says flatly. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, countless lives, acres of land and yes, buildings, have been saved thanks to Kara’s whim, which is at the root of this third-generation firefighter’s 20-year career as a first responder. “My father was a fire chief, his father was a fire chief and right now I’m a battalion chief for the fire department,” explains Kara, 39. “What that m...

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  • Just What The Doctor Ordered

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2021

    An easy adjustment: no more glasses after surgery for glaucoma, cataracts.

    In 1978, Long Island native Michael Rodriguez, DC, was just graduating from New York Chiropractic College when his father-in-law made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. Dr. Rodriguez loves the freedom of not wearing glasses. “He put a down payment on a house for me and my family in Florida,” Dr. Rodriguez recounts. “Our second child was just 1 month old when we moved, and we’ve been very happy here. The entire Central Florida region, especially Volusia County and Ormond Beach, has been a wonderful place to live and grow up.” Dr. Rodriguez has always been interested in natural health, so chiropractic was a logical choice for him as a profession. He was a...

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  • Touch of Class

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2021

    Nonsurgical, pain-free laser therapy alleviates pain, restores mobility.

    When the school day ends in Florida, more than 65,000 children take advantage of afterschool programs to avoid the dangers associated with returning to an empty house or unsupervised environment. Karen Calestini, 54, is among those who makes afterschool programs work for the families that need them. “I was a school aide when I lived in New York, and it’s almost three years now that I’ve worked in afterschool programs in Florida,” Karen explains. “I’m currently working with kindergartners and first-graders, and I really enjoy it. “We always spend a little time outside with the kids if the weather’s nice, but we also help them with their homework and t...

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  • Good Night, Sleep Tight

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2021

    Hate your CPAP? Oral appliance relieves apnea, improves lung function

    Shortly after relocating to Florida, Richard Remer began searching for a source of income and found a position with a local grocer. Richard remained with that employer for 20 years and eventually became a manager over the dairy and frozen foods departments. Richard Remer “The job wasn’t just strong back work,” Richard, 50, asserts. “I filled orders and managed inventory, activities that kept me mentally engaged. There were also times when I zoned out and let my body go through the motions of doing the physical tasks. I enjoyed the job, and it worked out well for me because I was raised with a strong work ethic.” Today, Richard is semi-retired and self-empl...

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  • On The Ball

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2021

    Physical therapy helps injured soccer player return to pitch.

    Jordan Bowling has been a broker in the group benefits division of a Daytona Beach insurance company since his graduation from Stetson University 2½ years ago. Jordan’s job involves matching clients with health care and benefits packages for their employees. Jordan Bowling “It’s been very interesting learning about our health care system across the board,” Jordan shares. “I had an opportunity to experience that system firsthand after I was injured playing soccer in early March. “I was running back to defend my goal and stuck one leg behind the other. In the time it took to turn and shift my body weight to run in the other direction, my toe caught in the turf with...

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  • Auto Repair Shot

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2021

    Stem cell injections stimulate body’s own healing process.

    Over the course of the past 20 years, more people have moved out of California than in. As Lee Figliuolo will tell you, the high cost of living in the Golden State is one of the biggest reasons for the exodus. Lee Figliuolo “It’s ridiculously expensive to live in California, and it’s only getting worse,” says Lee, who left California for Florida in 2003. “I had a good position and a great income there, but it’s a lot easier living here.” Lee’s move to Florida came in the wake of his retirement from a career in telecommunications and data processing. That career began in New York and took him across the country, but a move to Florida had been in the works for years. “...

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  • Winner By A Nose

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2021

    Minimally invasive outpatient procedure opens blocked sinuses.

    As a farm boy growing up in Massachusetts, Henry Molinari loved horses so much that he would skip school and steal away to a nearby racetrack, where he received an education in how to care for and train thoroughbreds. Henry Molinari “I started out mucking stalls,” Henry reveals with a chuckle. “But I loved every minute of it and worked my way up to where I trained thoroughbreds for many years until I changed over and started training standardbred horses.” “Standardbreds are the kind that race with the rider in a sulky behind them. I not only trained those kinds of horses; I also drove them. But I wound up having a few wrecks that ended the driving part for me, so ...

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  • Step Into The Future

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Winter 2021

    High-tech, office-based system expedites crown creation.

    Elaine Blanchard is no novice when it comes to dentistry. She worked in her husband’s dental office for 30 years before the couple retired. While her husband was the dentist, Elaine was the heart and soul of the practice, running the day-to-day business operations. Elaine Blanchard “I worked in my husband’s office with one other woman for all those years,” Elaine, 87, shares. “Then, my husband retired and we built a house at Lake Waterford Estates. He died a couple of years later. I met Ted Blanchard and remarried a few years later. Ted died five years ago. Now, I live with my miniature dachshund, Cleo.” Over time, Elaine’s dental health began to deteriorate. Of particu...

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  • Lumbar’s Helper

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Winter 2021

    Spacing device opens compressed discs, alleviates back pain.

    When he was 16, there was something a bit wayward about Sammie Brooks that made the grandmother of the girl he wanted to date a bit nervous. To get a date, Sammie had to make a deal with the grandmother. Sammie gets in a round of golf after his back procedure. “The thing was, she spotted me right away as a pagan,” Sammie says with a chuckle. “But rather than refuse my presence in her granddaughter’s life, the grandmother said to me, How would you like to go to camp for a week with Connie? I’ll pay for it. “When she proposed that I thought, Well, how can I turn that down? So I went for it. I had no idea what kind of camp we were going to, but it turned out to be a Chr...

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