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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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  • An Eye-Deal Operation

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Winter 2021

    Former NBA coach finds ‘perfect place’ for cataract surgery.

    Brian Hill The Orlando Magic’s best season ever was the 57-win campaign they put together in 1994-95. It was a season that culminated in the franchise’s first trip to the NBA Finals, and while Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway were the stars of that team, the leader was head coach Brian Hill. During six seasons as their head coach, Hill guided the Magic to the NBA playoffs four times and twice took them as far as the Eastern Conference finals. But that 1994-95 season will always stand out to him as his greatest achievement. “I would say that coaching Shaquille O’Neil and Penny Hardaway and going to the NBA Finals that year was probably the high point of my c...

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  • I’m A Believer

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Winter 2021

    Advanced technology reforms confirmed cynic.

    If you were to scroll through the list of clients Karen Huebner accumulated during her 20-plus years working as an organizational developer in and around Washington, DC, you’d come across some very notable names and organizations. After years of broken promises from otherproviders, Karen finally has a pair of hearing aids that work for her. A number of state agencies and local police departments are on that list, but so too are the Smithsonian Institution, Secret Service and two presidents, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. “I helped people better organize and run meetings,” says Karen, who has a PhD in organizational development. “I also helped show people how to work toget...

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  • A Silent Killer

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Winter 2021

    Unexplained leg pain or swelling? It could be a DVT.

    A deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a clot that can obstruct blood flow in a deep vein. Wearing compression stockings helps reduce swelling. It’s also a “silent killer,” according to Samuel P. Martin, MD, founder and medical director at Vascular Vein Centers. “It is the single largest cause of death in hospitalized patients with another admitting diagnosis,” Dr. Martin reports. “That’s because a clot in the leg or pelvis, which typically occurs after an abdominal, pelvic or orthopedic operation, trauma or stroke, can break off, pass through the heart and block blood flow to the lungs. When that happens, it’s called a pulmonary embolus, or PE. A PE can cause shortness of brea...

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  • Think On Your Feet

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Winter 2021

    What diabetic patients need to know to maintain foot health.

    Diabetes is a disease that can affect a person’s heart, kidneys, eyes, nerves and feet. However, with adequate medical care, home management, exercise and proper diet, most people with diabetes can lead a normal and full life. Because the disease can result in a decrease in circulation and/or a decreasing sensation in the feet, foot issues are among the more common complications caused by diabetes. “Part of managing the disease should include routine foot screenings,” explains board-certified podiatric surgeon Robert P. Dunne, DPM, of Lake Washington Foot & Ankle Center. “Most patients watch what they eat, take their medications as prescribed and exercise, but...

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  • Feel Like Your Old Self

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Winter 2021

    Repaired smiles result in restored confidence.

    As a corpsman in the Navy, Andrew Blackburn attended not only to the members of his ship’s crew that needed medical care, but also to the sick and injured in clinics and hospitals onshore. Andrew is proud to show ff his new smile. In the mid-1980s, however, Andrew was injured himself aboard the USS Canisteo, which was based in Norfolk, Virginia. He hurt his back while on duty helping others and underwent multiple back surgeries following his discharge from the service. “After I got out of the Navy, I worked as a surgeon’s assistant for a few years, but then I developed paralysis in my legs from the surgeries and couldn’t stand,” Andrew recounts. “I also had to have surgery on my ...

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