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  • The Best of Both Worlds

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Summer 2019

    Perfect home for an independent active lifestyle or those needing a little assistance.

    The Matanzas High School lacrosse team compiled a respectable 9-7 record before bowing out of the state playoffs after one game this past spring. The Pirates’ season might not have been as successful as it was were it not for Ron Coyle. Ron Coyle A former college lacrosse player at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ron has spent each of the last 25 years, including the past two at Matanzas, passing on his expertise in the sport of lacrosse as a volunteer assistant coach. It’s one of the many activities that keep this 88-year-old former computer systems manager from feeling his age. “Age has never bothered me,” Ron says. “A lot of that is be...

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  • One for All

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Summer 2019

    Complete dental care available in this patient-centered office.

    Tucked away deep inside its state’s southern pocket, Beckley, West Virginia sits just a tad north of the Virginia border in the heart of coal-mining country. For as long as Henry* can remember, his father worked that town’s coal mines. Dr. Patel seeks to build long-term relationships with all his patients based on trust, respect and friendship. “He was a mine superintendent there, and after I got out of high school, I worked there for five or six years, too,” Henry says. “I wasn’t actually in the mines, though. I would have to go in from time to time, but I mostly worked various jobs outside the mines.” Henry worked those various jobs until he got out of col...

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  • Precise Approach

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Summer 2019

    Epidural injections allay back pain from herniated discs.

    During her working career, Elaine Johnson, 76, managed the production of a major corporation’s proposals for projects up for bidding. Merging data from multiple sources, editing text and inserting graphics on tight deadlines was stressful work. Elaine Johnson A West Virginia native, Elaine is convinced that the stress of her job greatly contributed to a long-term issue with back pain, one that she long kept at bay through the use of a combination of therapies. Over time, the pain intensified and eventually threatened to interrupt her laid-back retirement lifestyle, where she was content to relax with her husband, volunteer in the community and work in her gar...

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  • Eerie Images

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Summer 2019

    Sudden eye floaters can indicate serious retinal disorders.

    The human eye is an amazing organ. Light enters through the pupils, is focused by the lens and is converted by the retina into nerve signals understood by the brain, which turns the signals into images. But sometimes, the brain sees irregular smudges hovering in the vision. These are eye floaters. Dr. Jeroudi treats a patient at the Florida Retina Institute office. “Eye floaters are due to an opacity that occurs in the center part of the eye, specifically in the area behind the lens and in front of the retina,” describes Abdallah M. Jeroudi, MD, a board-certified, fellowship-trained retina specialist at Florida Retina Institute. “This area is filled with a je...

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  • Recession Correction

    Edition: Palm Coast, Published: Summer 2019

    “Tunneling” technique improves smile, oral health.

    For as long as she can remember, Carolyn Landolfo has had problems with her teeth. As a child, she fought a constant battle with decay. During her teenage years, overcrowding became an issue. In time, so did gum recession. Dr. Carolyn Landolfo The latter two issues followed Carolyn into adulthood, where the 56-year-old cardiologist eventually began a new battle with decay, largely as a result of her gums receding to a point where they left the roots of her teeth exposed. “I had what I would describe as disfiguring gum recession because the color of the teeth above the normal gumline was darker than the rest of the teeth and so, in terms of my smile, I was always very self-c...

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  • Case in Pointe

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Summer 2019

    Painless, in-office laser treatment corrects toenail fungus.

    When a two-liter bottle of soda fell out of a grocery bag and onto her right big toe one summer day several years back, Sandy Oliver knew it would take a while for the resulting cracked toenail to heal and look normal again. She just didn’t expect the healing process to take more than 20 years. Sandy Oliver “This all started at a water park in Texas,” Sandy relates. “I had taken my kids there for the day, and when this bottle of soda fell out of the sack, I wasn’t wearing anything on my feet, so my toe wasn’t protected at all. Let me tell you, that really hurt. “What happened later is that a fungus got in there, so even after that big toe healed, it still wasn’t...

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  • Avoid Knee Replacement

    Edition: Sarasota, Published: Summer 2019

    Stem cell therapy provides long-sought relief from chronic knee pain.

    Whenever he hears the song “The Load-Out” by Jackson Browne, Taylor* gets a little nostalgic. Sometimes, he even gets a bit misty-eyed. That song, recorded live during a concert in 1977, describes the life of the members of the road crew for a rock and roll band. It’s a life Taylor was living at the time the song was released. “Man, that was a wild time,” Taylor reveals. “I didn’t work for a band as big as Jackson Brown’s band. I was one of three roadies for a band that was usually billed as the opening act for bigger bands, but it was a lot of fun. I got to meet a lot of rock stars, and I saw a lot of the country. It was hard work, though. “We’d get into a...

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  • Back to Life

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Summer 2019

    Nonsurgical spinal decompression alleviates debilitating pain.

    When Ernesto Galindo, 33, was a child, his father moved his family from Mexico to the United States in search of work. The family initially relocated to the West Coast, but as a migrant farmworker, Ernesto’s father took them across the country as he shadowed the crop harvests. Ernesto Galindo “We used to live in California when I was younger, but my Dad would follow the seasonal work,” Ernesto recalls. “We traveled to different states, and the last state we came to was Florida. We ended up staying here, and I’ve lived In Florida since 2001.” For several years, Ernesto followed in his father’s footsteps and worked on farms in the Sunshine State. His work required a ...

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  • Reaching New Heights

    Edition: St. Lucie County, Published: Summer 2019

    Dental reconstruction plan improves smile and function.

    The 300 block of 9th Avenue in New York City has long been one of the busiest blocks in the United States. For years, it was the site of the New York Station on the Hudson River Railroad Line, the spot from which Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train departed for Springfield, Illinois on April 25, 1861. Jaime Lugo – AFTER That station is long gone, but in its place stands the Morgan General Mailing Facility, which just happens to be the largest mail sorting facility in the country. For 37 years, Jaime Lugo worked at that facility, the last 23 as a senior manager. “I was in charge of all the mail processing there from four o’clock in the afternoon until midnight,” Jaim...

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  • Strong Connection

    Edition: Martin County, Published: Summer 2019

    Connective tissue graft lays groundwork for bright, new smile.

    The flip side of the devastating 2008 housing crisis is that it created a buying opportunity for real-estate investors everywhere. New Jersey-born Jann Rudd was among those who had the wherewithal to take advantage of that opportunity. Jann Rudd “I had already done a couple of projects back in New Jersey, where I would find a commercial building or residence, renovate it and then rent it out or flip it,” Jann says. “In 2010, I started buying down here in Florida, and I eventually moved here.” When Jann made that move, she brought with her a dental problem that she believes has its roots in her early teenage years, when her first set of braces didn’t provide the p...

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