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  • Happy Camper

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Fall 2020

    One-hour surgical procedure relieves neck, shoulder and arm pain.

    Given her choice, Gina Thomsen would rather spend a cool fall or winter evening warming herself by a campfire than cozying up near an indoor fireplace. She’s an outdoorsy type who appreciates all nature has to offer. Gina Thomsen “I love being outdoors and traveling to different places where you can go hiking, kayaking and things like that,” Gina says. “As far as camping goes, I never really did that until I was in my 30s, but I’ve been doing it ever since.” Gina, 57, first caught the camping bug while living in Massachusetts, near Cape Cod. She’s also camped in Rhode Island and now lists Fort De Soto Park and Oscar Scherer State Park as two of her favor...

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  • A Daughter’s Calling

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Working at mother’s senior care residence delights former ICU nurse.

    After 35 years of teaching dance and yoga, Kathy Primm answered what can best be described as a calling. At age 52 and at a time when many are starting to contemplate retirement, Kathy went back to school to become a nurse. Joan Smith & Kathy Primm Seven years later, Kathy came to understand why “her spirit” pulled her in that direction. “I needed to take care of my mother,” says Kathy, a registered nurse whose new position as resident care coordinator at Savannah Court of Orange City allows her to care for her mother in a way very few daughters or sons can. Kathy’s mother, Joan Smith, has been a resident at Savannah Court of Orange City for three ye...

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  • No Lie

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Innovative, once-a-week, 15-minute exercise sessions reverse bone loss.

    Susan Constantine can tell if someone is lying or not. In fact, that’s her job. She’s also a speaker, a leadership coach and an author, but those professions all stem from her status as one of the world’s leading authorities on body language and deception detection. Susan is one of the nation’s leading experts on body language anda big fan of OsteoStrong. “I started out as a trial consultant in the courtroom, profiling jurors,” Susan says. “It was something so intriguing that I became trained in investigative interrogative interviewing, statement analysis, voice stress analysis and how to read microexpressions.” Most of Susan’s work is now done “behind t...

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  • User Friendly

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Family-owned provider receives couple’s seal of approval.

    Charlotte Gauss met her husband, Richard, a field engineer for Florida Power & Light Co., when she went to sign up her daughter and son-in-law for service. The mother of four was immediately taken with the Michigan native, and the attraction was mutual. Charlotte and Richard are pleased with the treatment they receive from Alexis at Hearing Aid Lab. That was 36 years ago. Now in their 80s, retired and living in Lake Mary, Charlotte and Richard have battled hearing loss for more than 10 years. During that time, they visited multiple hearing aid providers, but were generally dissatisfied with the service they received. “The first person we met with spent hours t...

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  • An Honor and a Pleasure

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Practice’s accomplished founder tabs relative as eventual successor.

    For a dozen years, Jayraj J. Patel, DMD, has modeled his dental practice after that of his “uncle” and mentor, the highly accomplished founder of DeLand Implant Dentistry, Rajiv Patel, BDS, MDS. For years, Dr. Jayraj Patel (right) modeled his practice after that of his mentor, Dr. Rajiv Patel. Now they are partners in the same practice. Recently, the family members joined forces. Dr. Rajiv Patel entered into a partnership with his son-in-law’s brother, who sold his Palm Coast practice in February. Though his departure is not imminent, the elder Patel admits he has been contemplating retirement after more than 34 years in practice. In fact, the b...

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  • Peptide Positives

    Edition: East Volusia County, West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Unique treatment detoxifies and restores cells to full function.

    Jenny* is a hardworking mother of three active school-aged children. Caring for her kids keeps her busy, but that’s not all she does. “I work for my father’s optometry practice,” Jenny discloses. “I do all of the medical claims and billing for the practice. Thankfully, I’m able to work from home, so I can also take care of my children.” Jenny is originally from Maine and relocated to Florida two years ago, but it wasn’t just sunshine that prompted the move. “My health is what brought me to Florida,” Jenny shares. “Seven years ago, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Because of the disease’s effects, I could no longer tolerate the cold temperatures of the M...

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  • Listen Up!

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    That clogged feeling in your ears may not be a sinus infection.

    Rebecca Lloyd couldn’t believe her luck. Just as she was beginning her job as a business manager this year, she came down with a sinus infection that was as stubborn as a rusty old bolt. At least, a sinus infection is what she thought she had. Rebecca Lloyd “I was sure it was a sinus infection because I’ve had them before,” Rebecca says. “The thing about this one, though, was that it really clogged my ears. I was having a hard time hearing, and people were pointing out that I kept asking them to repeat themselves. “It was a real problem, especially at work. I’d go to a meeting, and I couldn’t always make out what people were saying because everyone was wearing a m...

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  • Crash Course

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Injury rehabilitation program restores injured back muscle. Maurice Smith’s life was changed dramatically in July 2014. Smith, a supervisor for a property management company, was hauling a trailer of trash to the dump when the vehicle he was driving was T-boned by a delivery truck traveling 60 mph. Maurice Smith “They ended up having to cut me and my passengers out of our vehicle,” Maurice, 52, remembers. “The impact caused a major tear in the muscle on the left side of my lower back. I was in pain. It hurt to stand. It hurt to sit. On a scale of one to 10, my pain level was probably a nine all the time, and for two weeks, my mobility was minimal. “I thought the only way to fix my problem was to have surgery to reattach the muscl...

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  • Glad To Hear It

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Modern devices can help manage effects of tinnitus. After working for 40 years as a legal secretary in the Big Apple, New York native Joyce Stark was just beginning to settle into retirement at her home near West Point when her daughter convinced her to move south. Joyce Stark “My daughter and son-in-law moved to Florida about five years ago,” Joyce explains. “After I retired, my daughter said, Mom, there’s no need to stay up there anymore. Sell the house, lighten the load and come on down.” Joyce arrived in Florida last year just in time to enjoy Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s with her family. It was during those holiday gatherings that Joyce’s daughter expressed some concern about her mother’s hearing. “I knew I had some h...

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  • Miraculous Sight

    Edition: East Volusia County, West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Lens implant surgery returns vision to eye injured 55 years ago.

    In 1965, New York City native Robert Bauries was making his living as a sheet metal worker, mostly installing air-conditioning and heating system ducts in new construction. Robert was quite content, then disaster struck while working at a jobsite in Connecticut. Robert was amazed to have vision restored in his left eye 55 years after losing it in a construction accident. “I was cutting a piece of steel, and it probably had a defect in it, because a piece of it flipped up into my left eye and cut it,” the 80-year-old recalls. “It wasn’t painful at the time, but I remember bending over and watching the fluid pour out of my eye. “I went to the doctor right then an...

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