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  • Improving Memory and Reversing Chronic Inflammation

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Spring 2019

    Innovative treatments alleviate arthritis pain, enhance memory.

    As a personal trainer, Pamela Kirscher taught others how to keep their bodies working optimally. But she became increasingly frustrated with her own body as it showed signs of escalating dysfunction. “I had arthritis in my left ankle, which I broke in 1980,” Pamela shares. “It caused a stabbing pain that made me actually buckle over. I also broke my right ankle twice. The original break happened when I stepped backward into an empty swimming pool that was under construction. “My orthopedic doctor told me he could inject my ankles with steroids, but I’d have to get injections every three months. When I first became a patient at Advanced Rejuvenation I s...

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  • Hearing Loss is Reversible

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Spring 2019

    Lumomed™ laser restores damaged ear cells.

    After working for 42 years as a florist in their small, family-owned shop in Albany, New York, Sandy* and her husband retired at the ages of 67 and 68 respectively, moved to Florida and began living what Sandy calls “the good life.’’ As the years rolled on, however, the good life became increasingly difficult, particularly for Sandy, who realized not long before her 80th birthday that she was experiencing the kind of hearing difficulties all too common among people her age. “I’d be talking to someone and I’d only catch half of what they were saying,” Sandy recalls. “I’d have to ask them over and over again, what did you say? Or if I answered them wrong, they’d giv...

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  • Open Range

    Edition: St. Lucie County, Published: Spring 2019

    Balloon technique clears blocked sinuses.

    Avid bowler Diane Kirby knew something wasn’t right when she started feeling funny while bowling a frame at her favorite alley. She got the feeling every time she moved speedily, but it didn’t keep her from finishing her game. The problem only got worse for the semi-retired REALTOR®, and other symptoms appeared as well. Without sinus headaches, Diane is enjoying all aspects of life. “I was having a lot of problems in my head,” Diane, an Indiana native, recalls. “My nose was always plugged, I was coughing up phlegm and I had severe headaches. “The headaches felt the worst in the sinus area between my eyes. They weren’t pounding, but they were aggravating. I knew when I had ...

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  • Silent Night

    Edition: St. Lucie County, Published: Spring 2019

    Doctor tested appliance treats sleep apnea.

    More than a third of all men snore while sleeping, so it should not have come as much of a surprise to Stephen G. Blank, DDS, to learn that he was among the many window rattlers who snore so loud, they keep their spouses awake at night. Stephen G. Blank, DDS It did, though, and for one very simple reason: “I’ve never heard myself snore,” Dr. Blank says with a chuckle. “But my wife has been telling me for years that I snore, and those subtle nudges or that elbow in the ribs that she gives me in the middle of the night are there for a reason. But really, I had no clue.” Dr. Blank isn’t alone. Most people who snore – and that community includes three out of every ten women – ...

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  • Home Team Advantage

    Edition: St. Lucie County, Published: Spring 2019

    Short-term rehabilitation center provides quality, personalized care.

    Abbiejean Russell Care Center has been the last stop on the long road home for a great number of stroke survivors. Clarence Harvey is among those who developed a special affinity for the center’s warm, home-like environment during his stay. The Transitional Care Team from left to right includes:Sherry Apple, Cassietta Sanders, Karen McCarthy, Kit Trowell,Jeff Remsen, Nerlande Cadet, Jen Alfano, Carlene Clark “I love it there because they don’t treat you like you’re a patient,” the 59-year-old building maintenance engineer says. “They treat you like family. When the time came for me to go home, I really didn’t want to leave because the people t...

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  • Bombard Belly Fat

    Edition: Martin County, Published: Spring 2019

    Drop stubborn pounds and inches while lying on your back.

    Gregory Gollhofer is a smart man. Not only did he work in information technology for 37 years, he also fled the brutal cold of the Brooklyn, New York winters and moved to balmy Florida, where he’s lived for the past 34 years. Gregory Gollhofer For most of his life, however, Gregory struggled to lose weight, especially the extra fat on his belly and chest. But he was smart enough to know when to look in a new direction when fancy diets didn’t work. “At one point, I weighed two hundred and twenty-nine pounds, was wearing size forty pants and extra-large shirts, and even they didn’t feel comfortable on me,” Gregory reveals. “So, I tried one of those big diet ...

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  • Stem Cell Solution

    Edition: Martin County, Published: Spring 2019

    Specialized therapy regenerates arthritic hips.

    Richard*, 64, has worked in construction since his teens. During his nearly 50-year career, he performed just about every task in the business, but these days, he’s highly specialized, focusing on building staircase railings. When pain in his hip joints began impacting Richard’s daily routines, he relied on a highly specialized treatment for relief. “My hips started bothering me when I was about fifty-nine, and they got worse over time,” shares the New Jersey native. “I was in a lot of pain. It was sharp pain at times, depending on how I got up and moved. Then it ached for a while until it subsided enough to where I could maintain.” When Richard’s pain began intens...

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  • KO Knee Pain

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Spring 2019

    Center eases surgical process for joint replacement patients.

    While preparing for Hurricane Irma in 2017, Dawn Lacey could barely climb the ladder to install her storm shutters due to nagging pain in her left knee. At the time, the retired UPS® driver shrugged off her knee problem, but it grew increasingly worse until last fall, when the pain became so intense, she could no longer bear it. Surgery alleviated Dawn’snagging left knee pain “My knee began swelling every day, and it became a nuisance,” recounts the New Jersey native. “I didn’t injure it. I think it got bad from a lifetime of athletics and working the way I did. It buckled and gave out on me once in a while. I couldn’t sleep at night because of the pa...

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  • Take It From The Top

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Spring 2019

    Upper cervical procedure relieves low back pain.

    It was while living amid Central Florida’s Chain of Lakes that 59-year-old Sarasota resident Bruce Conner’s tale of misery began. Bruce is living a pain-free lifestyle. “I started experiencing chronic backaches with muscle stiffness and, at times, sharp pain in my lower back,” Bruce remembers. “I can’t point to anything I did to initiate the problem except that while growing up, I had some kid-type accidents, like falling out of a tree and getting kicked in the head. “It’s possible that some of those incidents jarred some of my vertebrae because there were times when I got a very intense pain in my low back that felt like a razor-sharp object, like a knife, was be...

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  • Walk of Life

    Edition: St. Lucie County, Published: Spring 2019

    Leading-edge treatment relieves chronic leg pain.

    Howard and Betty Starr Even if they did have nine lives, cats would still have nothing on Howard Starr. This 71-year-old retired engine mechanic has survived nine heart attacks and three open heart surgeries, including triple and quintuple bypass procedures. A US Navy veteran who served aboard the destroyer USS Porterfield, Howard also survived a near four-year-long tour of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, which is where the root of his health issues can be found. “I was a mechanic on the Porterfield and was regularly loaned out to PT boats,” Howard reveals. “It’s hard to know how often it happened, but I was exposed to Agent Orange during the war, an...

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