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  • Relieve, Repair and Restore

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2020

    Regenerative therapies return former athlete to active lifestyle.

    Frank DeLauro was very active and athletic during his youth. A high school football player and wrestler, he earned a scholarship in those sports from Hofstra University in New York. Frank also participated in taekwondo at a competitive level, but later in life, those physically demanding activities caught up with him. Frank DeLauro “I developed debilitating arthritis,” shares Frank, now 72. “It’s actually in my family history. My grandmother was bedridden with arthritis back in the ’30s; my father inherited it, and my aunts and uncles all have it. With me, playing sports exacerbated the arthritis, which can be unbelievably limiting.” When Frank, a Hoboken, New...

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  • An Arterial Alternative

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2020

    Painless catheter procedure shrinks enlarged prostate, eliminates need for medication.

    Wayne Wyles spent more than 50 years of his life in real estate. During that time, he worked in several different phases of the business, including sales, management and franchising. Wayne’s roots are in construction, and from there his career in real estate evolved. Wayne Wyles “My father was a homebuilder, so I grew up with a hammer in my hand,” Wayne, 80, shares. “From the time I was old enough, I was on the job. I stayed on the job through college, but my dad said, I want you to go into real estate. They make all the money; the builders take all the risk. So he started gently pushing me out the door. “While in school, I worked on buildi...

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  • Have It Your Way

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2020

    All-inclusive assisted-living community provides customized care.

    The sound of a live New Orleans-style jazz band filled the air at Cedar Creek Life Center on Fat Tuesday this past February. Cedar Creek’s veterans memorialhonors the men and women who have served our country. Such is life at Cedar Creek, an assisted- living community, where every effort is made to create an invigorating lifestyle and residents have a say in everything from the daily schedule of events to the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. “Most of what we do here is customized 100 percent to the residents,” says Cedar Creek executive director Jason Rodriguez. “All of our activities and outings, even our meals, are based on resident preferences....

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  • The Do-It-All Dentist

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2020

    From fillings to implants, practice provides truly comprehensive array of services.

    Since leaving her home in the Bronx, New York, several years ago, Teresa Lopez has largely dedicated herself to improving her current home community of Melbourne and helping its businesses and citizens.  From 2014 to 2019, Teresa held a seat on the Melbourne City Council. Since leaving that post, she has continued her work in the community by becoming an active volunteer with two of its most important civic organizations. “One of them is the Florida Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the other is a civil rights organization called United Third Bridge,” Teresa says. “I organize events for them, help with networking and do some bu...

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  • Connecting Young and Old

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2020

    Creating joy through intergenerational programs in senior living.

    Betty Cox had been living with her daughter for about five years when she realized the challenges of living in an intergenerational household. Betty Cox “Living with my daughter was wonderful, but I never planned to live with my kids for the rest of my life,” Betty says. “They have a life of their own, and they need to be able to live that life, so it was time for me to move on.” With the most difficult decision out of the way, Betty’s daughter took on the task of finding a new home for her mother and discovered Hibiscus Court, an assisted-living and memory-care community. With its vast array of services and resident programs, Betty says she could not have f...

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  • Fact or Fiction

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2020

    Busting myths about cancer risk assessments.

    A cancer risk assessment explores an individual’s personal and family health history to determine the individual’s risk for developing cancer. In most cases, having a family history of cancer is what prompts people to seek a cancer risk assessment. Alice Spinelli, APRN, AOCN “We begin the assessment by drawing a genogram, called a pedigree, of the person’s first-, second- and third-degree relatives,” describes Alice Spinelli, APRN, AOCN, a board-certified oncology nurse practitioner at Cancer Care Centers of Brevard. “We plot out the relatives’ cause of death and when they passed. We look primarily for the incidence of cancer and the types of cancer. “If the person being asse...

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  • Smiling Ear to Ear

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2020

    Hearing aid programs adjust for fluctuation in symptoms.

    When Halloween rolled around each year, Omega Donisi seldom, if ever, took her kids to a nearby store for a manufactured costume that dozens of other children would be wearing while trick-or-treating. An app on her phone allows Omega to control fluctuations in her hearing. No, she went out, purchased the materials, sat down and made the costumes. She did the same whenever they needed costumes for school plays or other functions. She even made costumes for her kids’ friends, if they asked. “That was one of my hobbies,” Omega says. “They’d tell me what they wanted, and I’d throw the idea together and make it for them myself. My children are all grown now, so I don’t do it...

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  • Warding off Warts

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Spring 2020

    Plantar warts can be painful and embarrassing; don’t let them go untreated.

    The most common breeding grounds for verruca plantaris, or plantar warts, are communal showers, floors in public swimming pools and even your shower at home. Breakouts can also occur among people who share gym or athletic facilities or in settings where bare feet are the rule. “Warts can occur on any compromised skin surface, but they are most common on the bottoms of the feet and hands,” explains Robert P. Dunne, DPM, FACFAS, a board-certified podiatric surgeon at Lake Washington Foot & Ankle, which has offices in Melbourne and Palm Bay. “They tend to invade the skin through small abrasions or cuts – ones that you may not even realize you hav...

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  • Dancing in the Streets

    Edition: The Villages, Published: Spring 2020

    Tech-based therapies effective against tremors, psoriasis, osteoporosis.

    Back in 1992, while on the drive home from dropping her youngest daughter off at college, Lynn Holtmeyer turned to her husband, Tom, and while contemplating their new situation as empty nesters asked, “Well, what are we going to do for fun now?” Tom & Lynn Holtmeyer “Tom said to me, You know, I’ve always wanted to learn the two-step. To that, I said, Okay then, let’s do it. So I signed us up for classes, and we started dancing. Now, we dance everything from the country two-step to the foxtrot and waltzes. It’s our hobby.” More than just a hobby, Lynn and Tom also dance annually at various holiday functions and at a variety of events to help raise ...

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