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  • Trusted Care

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2020

    Comprehensive, personalized treatment earns patient’s devotion.

    For regular business travelers and occasional vacationers alike, finding just the right hotel room for the right price can sometimes be a difficult process. Michael Burrock is in the business of making that process a little easier. For Michael, the transition to a new dentist was easier than he expected Michael develops hotel reservation software programs, and over the years, the three start-up companies he’s either owned or been a partner in have been associated with some of the world’s best-known hotel chains. “Right now, we’re working mostly with Motel 6 and Best Western®, but we’ve also worked with Sandals®, Wyndham® and Westin® hotels,” says Michael, who st...

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  • Compression Device

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2020

    Chronic leg swelling relieved by compression pump.

    Terry Benz, 61, has suffered with severe swelling in his legs for more than half his life, and the problem grew progressively worse over time. Terry’s leg swelling began with a triggering event in his past, but then it became chronic. Compression therapy has alleviated the swelling in Terry’s legs. “Thirty-something years ago, I was struck by a car, and I suffered quite a bad break in the tibia and fibula of my lower right leg,” Terry describes. “That messed up the lymph system, so I’ve always had a swelling problem in that leg. But the lymphedema, the condition that causes the excessive swelling, ended up affecting both legs. “Over the years, I wore orthopedic socks and ele...

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  • Maintaining Independence

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2020

    Holocaust survivor gains function, mobility through a higher level of care.

    As a young girl ln Austria, Helen Lipsman lived in fear of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime that held power in Germany during World War II. Fortunately, Helen possessed a talent that could be exploited by Hitler’s army, so she escaped many of the horrors that occurred during that conflict. Helen (center) is surrounded by hergranddaughter Dawn (left) and daughter Ruth (right). “My mom is a Holocaust survivor,” confirms Ruth Morgan, Helen’s daughter. “Anyone who was capable of working was safe. The Germans took advantage of people’s skills, and my mother had some. She knew how to sew, so they used her to sew the German officers’ uniforms. She was luc...

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  • Handle with Care

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2020

    Physician-monitored IV, hormone therapies alleviate fatigue.

    With two in-laws in their declining years and a daughter in her formative years, Renee Northen decided a few years back to give up her career as a real-estate agent for a career as a caregiver and home-school teacher. “You could say that I went into retirement early, but I use that term loosely because what I did was give up a full-time job doing one thing for a full-time job doing something completely different,” says Renee, 58. “Believe me, taking care of two people in their 90s and home-schooling your youngest child, whom I had very late in life, is very rewarding, and I enjoy it. But it’s still a lot of work. It’s not like you’re sitting around looking for t...

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  • Downward Slope

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Spring 2020

    If your hearing is changing, you may be the last one to know.

    He can joke about it now, but in 1968, when he was the first of more than a dozen contenders to learn he would not be part of the US Ski Team at the upcoming Olympic Games in Grenoble, France, Thomas Sherman could not laugh at all. “Now, I look back and joke and say that I was No. 1 one on that team because I was the first one they sent home,” Thomas says. “But it took me until I was almost 50 to realize that was still a pretty good deal.” Now 73, Thomas still skies competitively in his native state of Minnesota, where he’s medaled regularly in regional and national tournaments. Unlike his skills on the slopes, Thomas’ hearing has faded significantly over the year...

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  • Sound Advice

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2020

    SoftWave® therapy relieves pain, regenerates injured tissue.

    Alita Gonsalves Sikora, MD, is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and practices integrative medicine. She treats many patients for pain and offers natural solutions for relief as well as traditional remedies such as pain medications and steroid injections. When Dr. Sikora wound up in pain herself, she knew which direction she wanted to follow. Alita Gonsalves Sikora, MD “While at the gym, I bent over to pick up something and immediately felt a sharp pulling in my back,” Dr. Sikora describes. “Then came a stabbing pain so bad that I couldn’t make it through my workout. I had to leave the gym. I could barely get in and out of the car because of t...

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  • Avoiding Joint Surgery

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2020

    Regenerative therapies optimize health, restore arthritic knees.

    Even at the age of 64, Elizabeth Liburdi still loves the nightlife. Put her in a club with a live band or DJ, and no matter the genre of music that’s playing, she’ll ride the energy like a surfer riding a wave and dance the night away. Elizabeth has resumed her active lifestyle. “I love dancing to all kinds of music, from disco to hip-hop or whatever it is the kids are dancing to these days,” Elizabeth says. “I love being out on the dance floor, so I usually get out to the clubs four, five or six times a month if I can.” A retired electrologist, Elizabeth also enjoys swimming, water aerobics and cooking, but there was a time not too long ago when aggravating k...

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  • Software Upgrades

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2020

    Advances in spinal cord stimulation provide superior pain relief.

    During her 28-year tenure with the United States Postal Service®, Deborah Boneta performed various functions that shifted as the company’s requirements and her own physical abilities changed. Deborah Boneta “I delivered mail for 14 years, then worked inside as a mail clerk after that,” Deborah shares. “I preferred delivering mail over being a mail clerk, but I was in a car accident while delivering mail, and that aggravated a longtime back injury. “All the years of heavy lifting that goes with mail delivery contributed to the back problem, which really started in 2003. I underwent back surgery in 2006, and that helped for a while, but then the pain came back ...

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  • Bridge to Nowhere

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2020

    Engineering a solution to a destructive tooth infection.

    At 80, Les Bromwell has been a professional engineer for 60 years. And he’s not finished yet. He continues to work most days of the week as a troubleshooter for his consulting company. Les works on engineering projects in Florida and other states as far away as California. With his infection cured, Les is livinga more normal life. “My company specializes in geotechnical engineering,” Les elaborates. “We work on projects involving structures placed on the ground, including those constructed in the ground such as tunnels. Our work also includes structures built above ground such as earth dams and reservoirs.” While Les has devoted 60 years to this work, he initially had ...

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  • Sight-Saving Discovery

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Spring 2020

    Cataract exam reveals dangerous eye disorder.

    Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner that you’re dropping by for, when you walk into Vero Beach’s legendary C.J. Cannon’s Restaurant and Lounge, you’re almost sure to be greeted by its effervescent matriarch, Patricia Cannon. Patricia Cannon Tucked away inside the tiny terminal of the Vero Beach Airport, C.J. Cannon’s claims to overlook only one thing – the airport runway. Since it opened 36 years ago, Patricia has made sure that motto stands up. “We think of our place as a restaurant in an airport, not an airport restaurant, and I’m there 15 hours a day doing a little bit of everything,” says Patricia, 79. “I’m the hostess and cashier, and sometimes I tend bar, wash dishes an...

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