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  • Choose Wisely

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2019

    Ask the right questions when seeking rehabilitation.

    Snowbird Beth*, 89, spent the entirety of her 35-year working career serving the federal court system as a stenographer, dutifully transcribing trial proceedings in shorthand. There were no stenotype machines back in her day, so the work made Beth tough, but that toughness was challenged late last year when she became ill during her annual visit to Florida. “In October, there was an incident with Mom’s health I didn’t understand and neither did her doctor,” describes Beth’s daughter Stella. “She was being observed in the hospital, but ended up just lying in bed too long. I thought she needed to have therapy, so I asked the hospital staff to transfer her to Encomp...

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  • Icing on the Cake

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2019

    Hormone replacement therapy renews spice for life.

    Those pastry chefs and cake designers competing on television shows such as Last Cake Standing on the Food Network have nothing on Jan Neubauer, a former bookkeeper who thought while watching one such show several years back, I can do that. And do it she does. Now 62, Jan has been baking since her mother started teaching her the tricks of the trade when she was eight years old, and she is now the proprietor of U Take the Cake, a specialty cake shop in Vero Beach. “We do birthday cakes, wedding cakes, anniversary cakes, just about anything anybody wants,’’ Jan says. “We even do cupcakes. I’ve been at it about seven years now, so it’s pretty much become a paying h...

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  • Need A Lift?

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2019

    Upper eyelid surgery improves vision, appearance.

    Back in the mid Sixties, when the United States was taking the lead in the space race against the Soviet Union and developing the technology that allowed man to walk on the moon, Alice Arcand literally had a hand in making that history happen. Alice Arcand “My sister and I came down to Florida and took jobs at Cape Canaveral for a while,” Alice explains. “I was a typist for testing procedures during the Gemini and Apollo missions. It was interesting work, to say the least, and a lot of fun. “One of the interesting things was, we typed on typewriters with ribbons back then, and at the end of the day, someone would always collect all the ribbons because the i...

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  • On Your Toes

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2019

    Those shoes may match the outfit, but are they good for your feet?

    “One of the most common foot ailments that I see walk though my door are bunions,” explains board-certified podiatric surgeon Robert P. Dunne, DPM. A bunion is an unnatural, bony hump that forms at the base of the big toe where it attaches to the foot. Often, the big toe deviates toward the other toes. “Sometimes, this particular foot deformity is genetic; other times, it can be related to an injury to the foot or a congenital issue [a deformity present at birth],” explains Dr. Dunne. “Arthritis can play a role, along with improperly fitting shoes and high heels.”  Bunion Symptoms There are several symptoms to look for when diagnosing bun...

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  • A Whole New Look

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2019

    Comprehensive treatment plan restores aesthetically pleasing, functional smile.

    New York City native Louis Rodriguez finished his career as a laundry manager in style. After serving two hospitals in that capacity, he spent his last 18 years in the industry running the laundry service at the famous Fontainebleau® Hotel on Miami Beach. The result of Louis’ dental restoration was a dream smile “It’s a special place,” the 75-year-old Palm Bay resident says of the Fontainebleau. “I especially like the beach there. It’s beautiful.” For years, Louis wished he could have said the same about his smile. Unfortunately, the loss of several back teeth and some extensive wear on many of his remaining teeth left Louis with a s...

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  • Ingenious Invisalign®

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2019

    As a medical aesthetician in a plastic surgeon’s office, Amy Burton watches her patients alter aspects of their appearance that bother them aesthetically and take a toll on their confidence. That made Amy more aware of her own appearance and prompted her to recently consider fixing a flaw she had since childhood. Amy Burton “I grew up with crooked teeth, and I decided to focus on fixing them,” shares the native Floridian. “Fixing my teeth was one of the first aesthetic procedures I invested in for myself. I did research looking for an all-inclusive dental practice where I could get everything from a tooth pulled to cosmetic work to my teeth cleaned. Implant Dentistry of Florida is very much that type of practice.” When Amy went to Imp...

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  • Bridging The Gap

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2019

    Advanced technology creates bridges in a single visit.

    A native of the Washington, DC area, Robert*, 84, was a civil and water resources engineer for the federal government for more than 30 years. As a youth, Robert was blessed with excellent oral health. He credits his mother, who made sure he drank four glasses of milk each day, with the condition of his teeth. Dr. Brown was able to create Robert’s bridge in one day by using a high-tech in-office system called CEREC which stands for chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics. When Robert got older, however, his dental situation changed.    “Growing up, I never had any real problems with my teeth, but when I was about thirty-five, I suffered a trauma on...

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  • The Time is Now

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2019

    Solutions for male sexual dysfunction.

    Sexual health is a hard topic to broach, but a third of all men could probably speak about it from experience. Before & After GAINSWave Far more common than many realize, erectile dysfunction (ED) will derail the sex lives of more than half of all men at some point in their lifetime and currently stands as the sexual problem most often reported by men to their doctors. It is a problem that occurs progressively as men age but is even more common in men suffering from hypertension and peripheral vascular and cardiovascular disease, in men who smoke or used to smoke and as a result of prescription or illicit drugs. Many different causes may underlie the diagnosis of ED. Am...

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  • Hearing is Believing

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2019

    New technology augments hearing, enriches lifestyle.

    A series of ear infections suffered during infancy left Robert Spivey totally deaf in his right ear and nearly deaf in his left ear, and for 47 years, Robert believed all the people who told him hearing aids would never restore his hearing. Robert Spivey Then came a day five years ago when a change in work assignments all but forced Robert to find out once and for all if those claims were true. “Up until then, I had always overcome the obstacles associated with my hearing loss mostly through improvisation and ingenuity,” Robert explains. “I learned to read lips extremely well and had conditioned people to always walk on my left side. “Then this change at work c...

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  • Living Cancer Free

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2019

    New center promises comprehensive cancer care.

    In 2010, sharp pain began ripping through Amie Lawton’s lower left abdomen. The pain shot through to her back, so her doctor blamed it on an existing back condition and prescribed pain medication. It didn’t help. Amie Lawton “My doctor ordered a CT scan and found a tumor,” recalls the mother of five. “The surgeon went in and removed it, and it was cancer. The surgeon also removed a big section of my colon. The cancer was a huge shock because I was only in my early thirties. That’s when my doctor brought in Dr. Hoang.” Gregory Hoang, MD, is a board-certified medical oncologist at the Palm Bay location of Cancer Care Centers of Brevard. He specializes in treating can...

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