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  • The Road Back

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    Nonsurgical stem cell therapy alleviates spinal pain, neuropathy.

    Ever since he was old enough to get behind the wheel, Joe Ocello has been a car guy. A master mechanic, he repairs cars, tinkers with them, even collected a few, including a 1951 Ford pickup he cherishes above all others. Joe has become a fan of stem cell therapy. “It’s only got 36,000 original miles on it, which is kind of neat,” Joe says of the classic pickup. “I also have a couple of motorcycles and some other stuff, so pretty much anything mechanical, I enjoy tinkering with. “I’ve always been that way. I’ve worked on cars and stuff like that all my life, and I love my field of work. I’ve always been on the repair side of the business, but I’ve also owned g...

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  • Loud and Clear

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    Hearing aid upgrade vastly improves quality of life.

    The war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia was just beginning to heat up when Jim Knowles graduated from dental school at the University of Michigan 50-some years ago, so to avoid being drafted into the Army, Jim joined the Air Force instead. New hearing aids have corrected Jim’s high-pitch hearing loss. What followed was a 30-year career of service to his country as a member of the Air Force Dental Corps for which he twice provided dental care to soldiers overseas – first in Turkey in the 1970s and again in England in the 1980s. “I practiced dentistry just like any civilian dentist would have,” Jim says. “My first year in the Air Force was actually spent doing a dental inte...

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  • Sight Savers

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    Eye injections halt progression of macular degeneration.

    Ann Hand considers herself lucky. The former homemaker and stay-at-home mom committed her life to her family, and it prospered with her assistance. Ann loved tending to her family’s needs over the years. Today, she feels fortunate to be tending to her own needs and living a more relaxed lifestyle. Ann Hand “My husband and I are retired now and living in New Smyrna full time,” Ann shares. “We moved here about 3½ years ago, and we absolutely love it. To us, it feels like paradise. We just love being outside, sitting by the pool and enjoying our retirement.” Before relocating to New Smyrna, Ann lived in the Orlando region for most of her life. It was there that she met he...

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  • Beaming with Pride

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    Simple fix delivers wonderful new smile.

    Vince Spano, 72, is a “lawn whisperer” of sorts. For more than 40 years, the Vietnam veteran has coaxed grass to grow by supplying it with the water essential for it to thrive. His roots in the business run deep. Vince Spano “I’m an irrigation contractor,” says Vince, the owner of Florida Irri-Gators in New Smyrna Beach. “I do commercial and residential irrigation system installations, remodels and maintenance. I install these systems for all types of landscaping purposes.” As a young man, before he entered the US Army, Vince worked for several golf courses. He credits tending to fairways and greens for much of his education on lawn irrigation. He learned the rest in college, where he ...

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  • Reserved for Relief

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, Published: Summer 2020

    Iraq War vet finally winning his battle against back pain.

    Steve Selman In March, Steve Selman marked his 30th year in the Army Reserve. Seventeen of those years were spent on active duty tours, including one with the 1st Armored Division during the Iraq War. In the years that followed, Steve lived with a painful reminder of his time in Iraq. “In 2003, right after the war started, I was a captain running a forward command post in southern Iraq,” Steve, 47, remembers. “One day, as it neared dusk and visibility was fading, a Category 4 sandstorm came up on us without warning, and the wind became fierce. “I yelled at the sergeants to grab the tent before it blew away. As I grabbed it, a huge gust of wind blew that swept up bot...

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  • A Growing Alternative

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, Published: Summer 2020

    Cannabis treatment helps writer regain health, eliminate medications.

    John* has forever wanted to be a writer, and he has consistently found jobs providing him that opportunity. While in college, John worked for a newspaper. After he graduated, he worked for another newspaper. After leaving that paper, John served as a speechwriter for a local government official. “When the speechwriting job was over, I thought, Okay, while I’m writing the great American novel, I have to pay the bills,” the Cleveland native remembers. “So I worked in public relations and advertising for 10 years. “That led to a job with a television production company in Boca Raton, which was great, because I always wanted to work in television. The product...

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  • Endless Love

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    Senior living community proves perfect fit for struggling loved one.

    Even after they divorced in 1974, James Small and his ex-wife, Helen Bennett, have always remained close. For the sake of their son, they regularly spend holidays together and continue to care for each other in times of poor health. James Small Such a time arose late last year. After doctors determined that James, who had previously been diagnosed with dementia, could no longer live on his own, Helen stepped up and offered to take care of him. Shortly before Christmas, she moved James into a small apartment connected to her home. There she hoped to help James continue his recovery from a recent urinary tract infection. She soon realized, however, that she...

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  • Drops Over Shots

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    Sublingual immunotherapy: another option in allergy treatments.

    When James Raynor moved from the Arizona desert to a place at the foot of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains 18 years ago, he had no reason to believe his general health would take a turn for the worse. It’s been almost a year since James needed a pill to ward off his allergies But shortly after adopting two cats from the humane society, James found that living among Colorado’s Ponderosa pines and blue columbine flowers wasn’t as idyllic as he hoped. “I noticed after being there for a little while that I was always getting bronchitis and sinus infections,” James remembers. “When I finally asked my primary care doctor about it, he told me I probably had alle...

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  • Now Hear This

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Summer 2020

    Family-owned provider offers customized solutions for patients.

    In 1963, Rudi Gresham entered the US Army, where he earned $73 a month serving his country. Later, he continued to serve his country, but in a different capacity. Rudi’s new hearing aids allow him to hear phone calls directly through his hearing devices. “I worked for the government and the military for 20 years,” says Rudi, 74. “For the government, I was a senior advisor to the Department of Veterans Affairs appointed by President George W. Bush.” As his career with the government and military wound down, Rudi began to suffer from hearing loss. He’s visited several hearing aid providers and worn a number of devices. Three years ago, while in need of a hearing a...

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  • Below Par No Longer

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Summer 2020

    Golfers escape trap of muscle pain through unique rehab treatment.

    Joe McCullough understands cold. He was born and raised in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, where winters can be frigid and long. But when he got older, he escaped by traveling to the balmy shores of the Sunshine State. Joe McCullough “We had been renting a place in Florida for a number of years,” Joe relates. “Then, we finally decided that rather than keep renting, we’d buy instead. So we purchased a home in Venice last spring.” Now retired, Joe enjoys the free time he never had during his demanding career as a vice president of marketing. “Essentially, my company operated appliance stores,” Joe describes. “We dealt primarily with builders. My j...

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