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  • New Age Hearing

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Spring 2019

    Technological advances provide new dimension of sound.

    For as long as he can remember, Paul Putter has been curious about how things work. In particular, he has long had a passion for understanding how engines run and how they make planes, trains and automobiles go. It’s a passion that has served him well. Paul Putter After working for Chevrolet for a few years during his late teens and then for a while as a commercial pilot, Paul followed his passion, moved from Syracuse, New York to Florida and opened up his own diesel engine business. He has, however, paid a heavy price for that decision. “I’ve lost a lot of my hearing over the years,” the 73-year-old relates, “and I’m sure some of it has to do with age, but I think most o...

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  • Hit the Refresh Button

    Edition: East Volusia County, West Volusia County Published: Spring 2019

    Stem cell therapy rejuvenates damaged tissue, erases need for surgery.

    It was about 20 years ago, not long after she and her husband moved from Stamford, Connecticut to Florida, that Theresa Bongo learned that she was one of approximately 1.5 million Americans suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Theresa is walking and exercising regularlyfollowing stem cell therapy Different than the far more common osteoarthritis – a degenerative joint condition affecting some 27 million Americans – rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that causes aches, pain and swelling in the joints as the body mistakenly attacks itself. “I apparently had it when I was living in Connecticut, but it never showed up on any of the t...

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  • Skin Solutions

    Edition: East Volusia County, West Volusia County Published: Spring 2019

    Routine checks can detect skin cancers early.

    After his discharge from the United States Air Force, Larry Crawford became a pilot for a large Midwestern corporation and flew all over the globe. He retired in 2005, when he was diagnosed with liver cancer, and underwent a liver transplant in 2009. That surgery changed Larry’s life in many ways, including one way he never expected. Larry counts on Blue Ocean Dermatology to treathis ongoing skin cancer. “One of the drugs they put me on for my transplant causes skin cancers to develop,” Larry explains. “It’s an anti-rejection drug for my transplanted liver. The connection to the skin cancer was discovered up in Maryland, where I was living at the time. I knew I’d be on ...

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  • Arrested Development

    Edition: Charlotte County Published: Spring 2019

    Minimally invasive laser treatment stops periodontal disease.

    Syracuse, New York native John Eastman decided at a relatively early age that the cold, snowy Northeastern winters weren’t for him, so about eight years ago, he and his wife packed up their lives and moved to Florida. John Eastman Now an inventory specialist for Charlotte County Fire and EMS, John currently spends not only his winters but every other season making sure the fire trucks, ambulances and animal control trucks used across Charlotte County stay in tip-top shape. “Whenever one of those emergency vehicles needs a part, I order it, and I keep a stock count of everything we have and what we use the most so that we have everything we need to keep...

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  • Strike Force

    Edition: Charlotte County Published: Spring 2019

    Trauma is little-known cause of venous disease.

    As a police officer in his native New Jersey, Bob Stubbins was involved in a high-speed chase in 1997 that ended in a serious accident. He received severe injuries that required several surgeries and caused him to take a medical retirement in 2002, when he moved to Florida. “I ended up with lymphedema, or heavy swelling, in my legs after one of my surgeries,” Bob recalls. “The doctors had me using one of those compression pumps with the boots, which controlled the problem for quite a while. Then about a year ago, the pump stopped working, and my insurance company didn’t want to replace it. The procedures Dr. Joyce performed have Bob back on his feet. “My legs sta...

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  • Pain Free at Last

    Edition: Charlotte County Published: Spring 2019

    Minimally invasive procedure provides long-sought relief.

    Included in the 18 years Michael Herman spent serving his country in the US Army were several harrowing days during which the former buck sergeant had a front row seat for some of the largest tank battles of the First Gulf War in Iraq. “We were connected to a tank unit because we hauled ammunition,” Michael says of the 15-man squad he led. “We were no more than twenty yards from some of those tanks at times, and let me tell you, it was like the Fourth of July out there. Michael Herman “We were right there where everything was going on all the time because we had to move the ammunition, which made us a big target. If we had ever been hit, you can’t imagine t...

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  • A Deeper Dental Dive

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, South Palm Beach County Published: Spring 2019

    Comprehensive oral exam reveals need for more than routine cleaning.

    Though his 65th birthday is now in his rearview mirror, Steven Finkelstein has no plans to retire. Newly armed with a license to ply his craft here in Florida, the longtime painting contractor currently has his sights set on further beautifying Palm Beach County. Now entering his 45th year as a commercial painter, Steven’s plans to dress up the homes in and around West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton come in the wake of a decision he recently made to dress up something of his own. Steven Finkelstein “I made the decision this past spring while preparing for a summertime vacation to Honduras,” Steven says. “I thought it was a good time to i...

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  • Dodging Disaster

    Edition: East Volusia County, West Volusia County Published: Spring 2019

    Advanced techniques for unblocking arteries save leg.

    Early last year, Ines ripped a nail on the big toe of his right foot. With his diabetes not well controlled, that minor injury degraded, and as his daughter explains, caused a chain reaction that nearly cost Ines his leg. “My father never told me about his toenail, and because we live in St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, we keep socks on his feet to protect him from mosquitoes,” shares Georgeanna. “So I didn’t know anything was wrong until he told me his ankle was hurting him. When I checked his ankle, I saw his toe and it was a mess. I said, What’s going on here? Why is this smelling? His toe was very swollen and ugly.” Georgeanna immediately took her fat...

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  • Checking All the Boxes

    Edition: East Volusia County Published: Spring 2019

    Memory care community proves a perfect fit.

    Four years ago, Michael Manno’s father, Eugene, fought a battle with prostate cancer. As part of his treatment, Eugene underwent surgery to remove his prostate and some nearby lymph nodes. Unfortunately, Eugene emerged from that surgery with memory deficits that eventually became much worse. Michael (right) says Eugene has regained a lot of memory capability since arriving at Grace Manor. “Dad was living by himself in Palm Coast,” Michael recounts. “I lived in Port Orange, but I would call him every night to check on him. One day last January, I couldn’t reach my father. When I called him the next day, I couldn’t reach him again. “That was very unusual, so I went to Pal...

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  • Sister Act

    Edition: West Pasco County Published: Spring 2019

    Hearing clearly enriches women’s lives.

    Leila Dean and Merle Godbold are sisters, and like most sisters, they’re close and have many traits in common. One characteristic the Washington, DC natives share, unfortunately, is a deteriorating hearing loss. By late 2018, Leila’s and Merle’s hearing losses had just about reached their nadir. Leila Dean “I could hardly hear what anyone was saying,” shares Leila, a retired Avon® representative. “It sounded like everyone was mumbling, and I had to have the television volume up so high that everyone complained about it being so loud. “My hearing got progressively worse over time, and it got to the point when I was always asking people, I’m sorry, what did you say? My fami...

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