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  • A Life-Saving Itch?

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Winter 2021

    Rash leads to skin screening that detects melanoma, a silent killer.

    For 30 years, Peter* combined his career in real estate with his favorite outdoor activities: bike riding – bicycle and Harley-Davidson – and taking photographs of Sarasota sunrises and sunsets. In time, though, all that sun exposure eventually caught up to the Wisconsin native. After a serious illness, Peter developed an uncomfortable skin condition. “Two years ago, I was diagnosed with throat cancer,” Peter shares. “After I got through the chemo and radiation and started to get healthy, I noticed what looked like a rash on my skin. There were spots that would come up on my skin and itch. It was annoying and would keep me up at night.” The spots and it...

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  • Your Best Shot For Joint Pain

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Winter 2021

    Injection protocol promotes self-healing and faster recovery without surgery.

    Regenerative medicine injections have given Steve more mobility in his arthritic shoulders. Going to school as a kid in Venice, Steve Ellis was one of only four or five students who were born in the seaside city along Florida’s white-sanded Gulf Coast. “Everybody else was from New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania – from all over,” recalls Steve, 52. “But while I was one of the only natives in the class, I was the same as anybody else. I just didn’t have an accent like some of the other kids from New York or Boston.” As an adult, Steve took over the family business after his uncle passed away 10 years ago. He’s now the owner and property manager f...

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  • Long-Distance Dentistry

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Winter 2021

    New upper, lower dentures produce a smile that’s worth the drive.

    As a high schooler, Doris Atkins prepared herself for the workforce by taking a variety of general business courses. At every turn during her career, however, employers steered her in one direction. “When I got out of high school and went to work, I became a bookkeeper,” Doris, 83, remembers. “As I went into each job, they pushed me into bookkeeping and I just went along with it and stayed with it over the years. “Up north, I worked for St. Christopher Hospital in Philadelphia and in private industry. We didn’t have computers then. We worked with ledgers and everything was entered manually. Still, it was a good job.” Doris’ husband had a long career in law enf...

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  • Pelvic Pain? It may be your VEINS!

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Winter 2021

    Kaila Simpson was 24 when she started her career as a sales associate for a tech company. Following that, she did sales for several startups and then, 3½ years ago, she landed at an IT research and advisory firm in Fort Myers. “My job involves working with tech CEOs on their strategic initiatives,” Kaila, 30, details. “We discuss their growth goals, and I align them with my company’s resources so they can apply our insights to their products, marketing and sales strategies. I typically work with five to eight clients a week.” A native of Bright, Indiana, 45 minutes outside of Cincinnati, Kaila is highly successful in her professional life. Conversely, she’s been struggling for some time in her personal life. She was dealing with end...

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  • Music To Her Ears

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Winter 2021

    High-tech hearing aids can bring back sounds you’ve been missing.

    Like a lot of teenagers in the 1960s, Marianne Donohue-Green didn’t always listen when her parents suggested she turn down the music a bit. By the time she was 30 years old, Marianne was wishing she’d heeded their advice. Marianne Donohue-Green “When I was in my 20s, I was clerking for a judge, and while I was in the courtroom arraigning people and asking them how they plead one day, I suddenly realized I couldn’t hear their answers,” remembers Marianne, 72. “I was thinking, What in the world is wrong here? So, I went to an ear, nose and throat doctor who gave me a hearing test. He said you’ve got cochlear damage, probably from listening to music too loud. I sai...

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  • Combo Platter

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Winter 2021

    Restaurateur relieves nerve pain with help from two nonsurgical devices.

    A salty yet slightly sweet pork stew called adobo is one of the signature dishes in Filipino cuisine, and some of the best adobo this side of Manilla can be found at a small restaurant called Eat Sarap on the grounds of the Flamingo Flea Market in Bonita Springs. Treatment at Advanced Spineworks has alleviated Tess’s debilitating neck, shoulder, hand and leg pain “Sarap is a Filipino word that means yummy or delicious,” says Tess Herbst, a 57-year-old native of the Philippines who opened Eat Sarap a decade after she moved to the United States in 2008. The restaurant has kept her on her toes ever since. “We had to close for three months because of the co...

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  • Making Progress

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Winter 2021

    Certified, comprehensive brain injury rehab paves way to recovery.

    Jesse Gath was having a typical day at school in 2018 when his entire world suddenly went awry. Jesse has come a long way since brain surgery with the help of rehabilitation at Encompass Health. “My nose started bleeding and I got a headache, so I went home,” recalls Jesse, 22. “I took some medicine, but it didn’t help at all. Then I tried to eat something, but I kept missing my mouth. That’s when I knew something was definitely wrong.” Alarmed, Jesse’s mother, Teresa, took him to the hospital in Gainesville, where Jesse underwent surgery to remove an arteriovenous malformation, or AVM, an abnormal tangle of blood vessels that interrupts blood flow in the bra...

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  • Judged A Success

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Winter 2021

    Noninvasive Soundwave therapy alleviates debilitating shoulder pain.

    Kay Hammond practiced law from 1977 to 2004, when she was appointed to the bench as magistrate for the 19th Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida. She served in that capacity for 16 years and retired May 1. Kay Hammond & Charlie “I loved practicing law,” the Tennessee native shares. “I handled all of the post-final judgement divorce cases; dependency cases for abused, abandoned and neglected children; and involuntary commitment for mental health and substance abuse. It was very rewarding work.” During most of her career, Kay suffered with pain in her left shoulder that she blamed on a car accident she was involved in when she was 30 years old. The co...

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  • Turn Back The Clock

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Winter 2021

    Natural anti-aging therapies rejuvenate the body, inside and out.

    On the night of her 14th birthday, Lisa* was surprised by her parents with a trip to the theater to see the musical “Cabaret.” To say that the show changed the young Chicago-area native’s life forever would be an understatement. “I’ll never forget that night,” Lisa remembers. “It was the first time I had ever seen a play or musical live, and it just blew me away. The music was great, of course, but the costumes and choreography were what captivated me the most. “I got hooked on the theater right then and there, and from that point on, I knew I wanted to be a dancer. I had been taking ballet and dance lessons for a number of years already, but my dream after t...

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  • Conclusive Evidence

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Winter 2021

    New approach to spinal cord stimulation provides superior relief.

    After her children began attending school, Deborah Boneta began looking for a way to get out of the house and do something productive with her time. She read that the United States Postal Service was hiring, so she applied and got the job. Deborah’s spinal cord stimulator gives her 95 percent relief from her back pain. “I took a test, passed and was hired,” Deborah remembers. “I stayed there for 28 years. I delivered mail for 14 years and then worked as a clerk in the post office. I enjoyed delivering mail because I was out there talking to people and getting the job done. But mostly I liked working by myself.” In the late 1990s, Deborah was in an accident w...

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