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  • Fast-Acting Relief

    Edition: South Tampa, Published: Winter 2021

    Procedure gets patients home hours after joint replacement surgery.

    Among the millions of Americans who have lost work because of the spread of COVID-19 is Sybil Johnson, a 69-year-old part-time stage actress and theater director whose career in the arts came to a virtual halt just after January. “I was up and at ’em the day after surgery,” Sybil raves. “One of the last things I did was at the Straz Center in Tampa,” Sybil says. “I did a portrayal of the woman who once owned the land that the Straz Center was built on. Her name was Fortune Taylor, and there’s a street and a bridge named after her there. “She was a former slave, so I dressed up in an 1800s-era costume, had my hair done up like it would have been back when she...

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  • Hearth and Home

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Fall 2020

    Settle into a community with an active retirement lifestyle.

    Living in Florida was something Carl Genrich hadn’t given much thought to when he packed up his family and drove from Chicago to Tampa for a week’s vacation 48 years ago. That week changed Carl’s life, though. Carl Genrich A computer programmer who had long since grown tired of the cold, windy winters along the western shores of Lake Michigan, Carl fell in love with Florida during his stay and vowed then and there to make it his permanent home. “I thought, Holy cow, this place is paradise,” remembers Carl, now 84. “So I went home, turned in my notice at work, found a new job and moved down. I’ve been happy here ever since.” Carl initially settled down in Brand...

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  • Flex and Balance

    Edition: South Sarasota County, Published: Fall 2020

    Stretching protocol alleviates pain from coexisting spinal conditions.

    Since she was a young girl, New York native Mary Macedonio, PsyD, aspired to become a psychologist. And while she initially followed a different career path, she ultimately fulfilled her childhood dream and became a psychologist in response to a national tragedy. Mary Macedonio, PsyD “By the time I was 10 years old, I knew I wanted to be a psychologist,” Dr. Macedonio shares. “My primary motivation was to understand what made people tick. But life took a different turn, and I became an IT professional. “Then 9/11 happened, and I decided at that point that it was time for me to return to my first love so I could provide support. So, I completed my e...

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  • It’s Wise To Optimize

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Fall 2020

    Natural therapies invigorate desire for fitness, restore health.

    Originally from the Northeast, Peter* and Nancy* lived and worked in New York before relocating to Vero Beach with their family. Both have stressful careers, and working out is a key component of their stress-management strategy. Recently, however, the couple ran into some obstacles with their workouts. “I’ve always liked going to the gym, but about two years ago, I suddenly lost the motivation to go,” Nancy admits. “I kept going anyway, but I wasn’t seeing the same results and wound up gaining five pounds. I was also feeling tired and lethargic, and I wasn’t sleeping well.” Likewise, gym workouts have long been a part of Peter’s weekly routine, but he also su...

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  • A Winning Audible

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Fall 2020

    Retired NFL star opts for regenerative therapy over knee surgery.

    Eddie George had aspirations of playing running back in the NFL for as long as he can remember. His father’s enthusiasm for the game and particularly that position was a major motivation for Eddie’s ambitions. Eddie George “My father loved football and loved following running backs such as Jim Brown, Franco Harris and O.J. Simpson,” Eddie, 47, recalls. “He talked about them with such admiration and passion, and I wanted my father to talk about me the same way. I had dreams of accomplishing great things within the game of football.” And so he did. In 1992, Eddie was recruited out of Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia to play football at The Ohio State Un...

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  • Lumbar Liberation

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Fall 2020

    Spacer implant ends agony triggered by spinal stenosis.

    Florida snowbird Scott* spent a career as a neuropsychologist, but in retirement became a certified flight instructor of amphibious floatplanes near his summer home of Bar Harbor, Maine. After one flight nine years ago, Scott experienced intense lower back pain. He learned later the cause was spinal stenosis. “As I got off the plane, I felt excruciating pain in my lower back, and I couldn’t walk across the ramp without bending over,” Scott describes. “I eventually had to get into a wheelchair and my wife took me to the emergency room, where they gave me an epidural injection. That provided minor relief, but my condition continued to deteriorate. “Over the years, I went t...

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  • From Ozone To Comfort Zone

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Fall 2020

    Injection therapy uses oxygen to relieve joint, back pain.

    A little more than 25 percent of all adults in the US donate an average of three hours per week to volunteer efforts each year. Joyce Harrigan, 76, has long been among those who gladly gives of herself to help others. “I’ve done volunteer work practically my whole life,” Joyce explains. “After I first moved to Florida, I volunteered at the Indian River Medical Center for nine years. Now I volunteer at Indian River Estates, the retirement community where I live. “I’m a member of several committees, including the hospitality committee, and I run singalongs for the independent living residents. I’m also a member of the Joy Singers, so I stay pretty busy. I’m a very a...

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  • Chew on This

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Fall 2020

    Implant-supported prostheses preferred over dentures to replace lost teeth.

    Helen says Dr. Bucaj did an “excellent job” of matching her prosthetic with her upper teeth. Helen Hall hails from Arizona but has lived in Florida since she was 7. As she’s resided in Florida for most of her life, she considers herself a native by default. Like many Floridians, Helen values the natural resources of the Sunshine State. “The things I like best about Florida are the weather and the water,” she elaborates. Unfortunately for Helen, 70, she doesn’t get a chance to enjoy the water very much. “I’ve been disabled for years, ever since someone fell on top of me in a freak accident and injured my back,” she clarifies. “I’m not very active, so I ...

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  • Double Feature

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Fall 2020

    Treat glaucoma and cataracts during same procedure.

    When absenteeism left General Motors without a fourth of the workers needed at one of its largest truck plants this past spring, the company filled the void by offering permanent transfers to employees laid off at other plants. Marianne had her glaucoma treated while undergoing cataract surgery. For nearly 20 years, ensuring the smooth transfer and relocation of employees was the job of Marianne Davies. “I was a relocation consultant up in Michigan, and one of my company’s biggest clients was General Motors,” says Marianne, now 73. “General Motors has always been very generous with their transfers.” A little more than two years ago, Marianne and her husband made a transfer o...

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  • Beyond Cosmetic

    Published: Fall Fall

    Unsightly varicose veins may indicate a medical problem.

    More than 40 million adults in the United States have varicose veins. Many people and even some doctors consider the ropey, bulging leg veins a cosmetic concern. In reality, varicose veins are a medical matter. They serve as indicators of a vascular health problem. “Arteries take the blood from the heart to the toes and all places in between whereas veins move blood from the legs up to the heart,” explains Nannette Wilson, APRN, registered nurse practitioner and vascular specialist at Vascular Vein Centers. “We have two venous systems, and both are connected: the deep vein system (within the muscle tissue) and the superficial vein system (outside the muscles). Norma...

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