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  • Outside the Box

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Winter 2020

    Charles Knable

    Meticulous attention fosters healing from jawbone disorder.

    Charles and Cheryl Knable grew up in neighboring communities in the northeastern United States. While Cheryl and Charles actually hail from different states, their hometowns are so small and close geographically that most everybody living there knows one another. “Charles was born in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and I was born in Hagerstown, Maryland,” Cheryl elaborates. “He’s four years older than me, but we both came from farm families, and farmers up there stick together. “We’ve been married for thirty years, and we lived in a little town outside of Chambersburg called Needmore. It’s right near the Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsy...

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  • Less Is More

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Winter 2020

    “Treat-as-needed” protocol successfully corrects retinal condition.

    Helayne Sipes Most of the country’s state-run lottery systems use slogans such as “You can’t win if you don’t play” to entice people to buy lottery tickets. For 30 years, Helayne Sipes couldn’t win her state lottery because her job prohibited her from playing it. “I was restricted from playing because I worked for the lottery,” Helayne says. “I worked in the human resources department for the Michigan Lottery, and it was a lot of fun, but I couldn’t buy lottery tickets.” Helayne retired from the Michigan Lottery in 2002. A year later, she and her husband moved to Florida, where the couple dabbled in residential real estate for a while before mo...

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  • The Heart of the Matter

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Winter 2020

    Family-like atmosphere makes retirement community special.

    Kathy Kearcher (center) with residents Fred Stay (left) and Artis France Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family, but sometimes it is the family you choose that can mean the most on a holiday. Kathy Kearcher, the associate executive director and director of resident care at Hibiscus Court Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, chose to spend Thanksgiving with her “extended family” – the 78 residents who call Hibiscus Court home. “I have three sons scattered across the country. I was fortunate to spend the holiday working because I feel like this is my family,” Kathy says. “I love the people who live here, and I care for them with all my heart...

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  • Just for Dudes

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Winter 2020

    Aesthetics aren’t only for women.

    Like his father and grandfather before him, Michael* attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts, graduated with honors from college and went on to practice law for a firm in Satellite Beach. Unfortunately, those achievements are not the only things Michael, 33, has in common with his father and grandfather. Like both of them, his hairline began to recede when he was in his late 20s. Unlike both of them, he has since decided to do something about it. “I don’t want that same horseshoe hairline that they had so I started looking for a place that offered men’s aesthetic services,” he says. “The place I found is Physicians Body Sculpting in Melbourne.” At Physicians Body Sculp...

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  • Pain in the Toe?

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Winter 2020

    Calluses, corns caused by hammertoe can be corrected.

    Misalignment of the joint of the big toe can result in an unequal distribution of pressure on the foot when walking,” says board-certified podiatric surgeon Robert P. Dunne, DPM, FACFAS, of Lake Washington Foot & Ankle. “This condition can also lead to the formation of calluses and the development of the sometimes painful condition called hammertoe.” Hammertoe is a bending or curling of the toe that often results in the formation of corns or calluses as the toe deformity presses unnaturally against a person’s footwear. “Hammertoes are typically caused by a contracture,” notes Dr. Dunne. “This is an irregular and potentially permanent shortening of muscle or ...

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  • Solid Foundations

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Winter 2020

    Dr. Vaughn brought the smile backto Artis’ face.

    Creating healthy attractive smiles.

    For most of her career, Artis Sham, 72, worked in insurance. The Pennsylvania native relocated to Florida in 1972, and before long formed the first all-female management team at Combined Insurance®. Later, Artis administered the workers’ compensation program for 3,000 McDonnell Douglas employees at Kennedy Space Center®. “Before that, I was at SNS Enterprise as an insurance consultant for three hundred employees,” Artis relates. “I managed the casualty, liability and workers’ comp programs, as well as three pensions. “After working at Kennedy Space Center, I switched gears. I became the manager of Patchington Boutique in Cocoa B...

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  • Optimal Hearing

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Winter 2020

    Advanced technology amplifies quality of life.

    Gale Cossette When Gale Cossette earned her PhD from DePaul University in 2008, the then 58-year-old career educator was one of only a handful of college students to have earned a degree exclusively through an online curriculum. Now, more than a third of all college students are taking at least one class online, and half of those students are following Gale’s lead and earning their degrees exclusively through online classes. And Gale is helping them. “When I got my PhD, it really opened my eyes to what online education is and can be, so now I teach online through a number of universities,” Gale says. “I’m also an e-learning instructional designer, so I’m involved in cr...

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  • Pelvic and Leg Pain?

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Winter 2020

    It could be vein disease.

    Jill no longer has to worry about the bump behind her knee showing when she wears shorts. Colorado native Jill B.*, 39, relocated to Florida ten years ago to get away from the snow and cold, but prior to moving to the Sunshine State, Jill resided for a short time in the Bluegrass State. “I moved to Kentucky because I wanted to live somewhere other than Colorado,” Jill shares. “Nobody in my family ever left Colorado, but a few members of my partner’s family live in Kentucky, so that’s where I went. “I loved living in Kentucky. Everybody there is genuinely nice and goes out of their way to help you out. They practice real Southern hospitality. The only problem is, it snows there and I wa...

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  • In One Ear…

    Edition: Lee County, Published: Winter 2020

    High-tech transmitter restores clear bilateral hearing.

    Carol can hear clearly now From aquacise and art to woodcarving and yoga, there are nearly a hundred activities that residents of Indian Creek RV Resort and Mobile Home Community can partake in at any point during a given week. Carol Morgan has a hand in running several of them. “I run the ladies’ Bible study on Tuesday, a couples’ Bible study on Wednesday and a single ladies’ Bible study on Thursday,” Carol confirms. “I’m also in the choir we have here, and I help run summer darts with another lady from the community.” Throw in the volunteer work she does at the Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church, where she devotes her Monday nights to working in the Harry C...

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  • Positive Perceptions

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Winter 2020

    Unique therapy stops neuropathic pain, restores sensation.

    Tim* was a man on the move for most of his adult life. He served in the US Army for six years, during which he spent 13 months in Korea and two years in Alaska, both while working as a heavy equipment operator. Following his discharge, Tim earned a chauffeur’s license and began driving a semi. He liked the work, but it came with long hours and sleepless nights. Still, he made a good living driving the big rigs. Tim retired in 2018 after more than 35 years on the job. Upon retiring, the Iowa native packed up and relocated to Florida. “I moved for the weather,” Tim admits. “I was tired of the thirty-five-degrees-below-zero mornings in Iowa. Plus, I love to fish, and th...

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