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  • Infection Control

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2020

    Dental practice takes additional sterilization steps in coronavirus war.

    Practicing dentistry during the COVID-19 outbreak has brought unique challenges for providers. The staff at Advanced Dental Cosmetic Center is taking extra precautions to ensurepatient safety. Up until mid-May, dentists were advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Dental Association to refrain from treating patients except those with bona fide emergencies such as severe abscesses, gum swelling and fractured teeth, conditions that can create life-threatening infections. J. Terry Alford, DMD, practices general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and is the clinical director of Advanced Dental Cosmetic Center in B...

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  • No Better Place

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2020

    Highly accredited care center eases fight against breast cancer.

    What’s odd about the painting of a rustic canoe docked at a beach that hangs on the wall in Lisa Montanye’s office is that it’s one of the few that Lisa has painted and not given away to friends or admirers. Painting seascapes, sea life and wildlife is Lisa’s hobby. “I have a couple of others on the wall in my office, too, but if someone comes in and really likes a painting of mine, I’ll just turn around and give it to them,’’ Lisa says. “If it gives them a little bit of peace and happiness, I’m happy to do that.” A native of Albany, New York, who works for the Manatee County School District, Lisa paints mostly in acrylics on canvas, and seascapes like the one i...

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  • An Exercise in Relief

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2020

    Unique therapy alleviates PE coach’s unbearable back, neck pain.

    Patricia Bultema has worn a lot of hats during her 29-year career. An industrial engineer by trade, she began with traditional time studies and ergonomics. Over the years, she also worked as a quality engineer and process manufacturing engineer. She spent the final 10 years as a research and development engineer. Patricia Bultema But once Patricia retired from engineering, she discovered her true calling. “After about eight months at home, I realized that at 50 years old I was way too young to be retired,” says Patricia, now 58. “I transitioned into the education field and became a physical education coach at an elementary school in Polk County. And I ab...

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  • Couple’s Therapy

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2020

    Building strength through once-a-week, supervised, slow-cadence workouts.

    Outside of stealing away to play a couple of rounds of golf each week, the first few months of Mark Cohen’s long-anticipated retirement didn’t go anywhere near the way the former window and door salesman hoped. Mark says 20 Minutes to Fitness workouts have been “absolutely tremendous” for both him and his wife, Deborah. All the plans Mark had to travel with his wife, Deborah, and regularly visit with family and friends had to be scrapped because of the coronavirus, which began to spread across Florida shortly after Mark retired in January. “I retired thinking I was going to be able to do what I wanted to do and go wherever I wanted to go, but I was s...

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  • Let There Be Light

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2020

    Newcomer expands practice’s use of laser dentistry.

    Before COVID-19 crippled the world, H. Gene Steele, DDS, was preparing for an amateur ballroom dance competition. However, in the weeks that followed, his favorite hobby has taken a backseat to his new role at Advanced Dental Cosmetic Center, the practice of J. Terry Alford, DMD. H. Gene Steele, DDS with patient Dr. Steele joined the Bradenton practice in May, and he shares Dr. Alford’s philosophy of care. Both aim to provide patients with necessary dental services while preserving function, increasing comfort and improving satisfaction through results. The partners have a common interest in using lasers in dentistry as well. That’s how they met. “I’ve been using lasers in m...

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  • Last Resort, Lasting Relief

    Edition: East Citrus County, Published: Summer 2020

    Implantable pump eases pain resistant to treatments, surgery.

    Karen Loose’s love of horses began in childhood and extended well into adulthood, where she eventually turned her attention from riding to rescuing horses that had been neglected, abused or abandoned. It was Karen’s goal to get back in a kayak again, and Dr. Fallowsand her intrathecal pain pump got her there. “That was our thing,” Karen says of her and her husband, a retired Cincinnati police officer who shared her passion. “We did that while we were living up north near Cincinnati. Before that, I had ridden horses all my life and was very active.” Karen’s desire to ride and rescue horses has never waned, but the former purchasing manager’s ability to do both b...

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  • Feel Younger, Stronger, Sexier

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, South Tampa, Published: Summer 2020

    Clinic’s expanded cosmetic services reveal a more youthful you.

    Infinity Medical Institute recently welcomed Teresa “Tami” McGarry, PA-C, to its Tampa location. Tami was brought on board to perform bio-natural hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, and to expand the institute’s cosmetic services. She is excited about all the services added at this premier medical clinic that was voted No. 1 in the Tampa Bay area. (L to R) Vanessa, Kelly, Tami and Michael of Infinity Medical Institute. “I earned my physician assistant degree through a program at Kettering College in Kettering, Ohio, and I have 28 years of experience as a PA,” Tami relates. “I started working in facial reconstructive neurosurgery and did that at a Level 1 tr...

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  • Preferred Polymer

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    New material improves fit, feel and look of partial dentures.

    Ever since she was a young girl, Emma Girt wanted to serve in the military. So shortly after high school graduation, the Canton, Ohio, native joined the Air Force, where she spent six years serving her country as a clerk typist at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Emma Girt “I worked for the police squadron,” Emma, 65, shares. “I performed general office duties such as filing, typing and issuing meal cards, whatever was required. And this was the 1970s. We didn’t have computers.” Following her discharge, Emma applied for a job with the US Postal Service. After waiting for nearly 10 years, she finally got her foot in the door. Once she did, she stayed 23 years...

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  • Cultivating Hope

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    Medical marijuana: a blessing for Alzheimer’s patient.

    Since he retired from his position as a Lutheran pastor and moved from Missouri to Florida seven years ago, Steven* and his wife, Sharon*, have made the short drive from their home in Holly Hill to their daughter’s place in Ormond Beach hundreds of times. It’s a route they know by heart, which is why Sharon became concerned a few years ago when Steven suddenly became confused and wondered out loud if he needed to make a right turn or left turn to get onto their daughter’s street. “What concerned me most was that this was not the first sign of trouble I’d detected over the previous few months,” Sharon explains. “Before that, I also noticed that Steven had started losing h...

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  • Straight Ahead

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    City worker returns to duty after one-on-one physical therapy.

    In 1999, Wayne Delin, a motorcycle enthusiast, traveled to Daytona Beach for Bike Week. He liked it so much that he purchased a home in the area, resigned from his job in Framingham, Massachusetts, and moved south. With physical therapy assistant Andre Lacerda (right) at his side, Wayne works out at Barr PT. Following the move, Wayne found a job with the city of Daytona Beach Shores’ Public Works Division. It’s a job that involves construction primarily, and the physical nature of that work has taken quite a toll on his body. “About seven years ago, my right knee started acting up,” says Wayne, 60. “I didn’t think too much about it at the time. I figured I was j...

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