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  • Two-Way Treatment

    Edition: Manatee County Published: Fall 2018

    New therapy uses electricity to stop pain.

    Like millions of other Americans, Melinda* lived every day in pain. The agony she felt from the arthritis in her knees kept her from her regular exercise routine, as well as her morning strolls through the neighborhood. She relied on pain pills just to make it through her daily household chores. By 2018, she was nearly disabled. Then she found hope. “I wanted to avoid knee replacement surgery, but the pain made me miserable and depressed me,” Melinda relates. “Then, I heard about a new treatment for pain being offered at Back Pain Institute of West Florida, and I thought maybe this was the answer to my prayers.” Back Pain Institute of West Florida is where Dr. Craig S. Ade...

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  • Teach by Example

    Edition: East Volusia County, West Volusia County Published: Summer 2018

    Mothers must take care of themselves first.

    With the welfare of others in mind, Frances Porter founded Deltona United Methodist Preschool in 1979 as a nurturing place for young children to learn and grow. She remained there as a teacher and school director for 31 years before her retirement in 2010. Frances Porter “I taught children of children whom I also taught,” she notes. “It was wonderful.” As an educator, Frances understands the impact a teacher can have on his or her students. They see the teacher’s behavior, and it affects the way they behave in turn. As a mother, Frances knows this applies in families as well. Parents’ actions make an impression on the children’s choices later in life. That’s one reason Frances ta...

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  • Mission of Caring

    Edition: New Tampa/Central Pasco County Published: Fall 2018

    Senior living community allows lifelong security.

    Anne Connors spent 40 years teaching high school, then dedicated another eight years to tutoring students who needed extra help. She loved her work, but was happy to finally retire. To help manage her retirement well into the future, Anne decided to move into a continuing care retirement community. Ping-pong is one of the many activities that keep residents such as Anne active at Concordia Village of Tampa “I have no children,” shares the Upstate New York native. “I have family, but most of them are up North. I’m in excellent health now, thank God, but if anything were to happen to me, my family would have to come in from out-of-town and make decisions without ...

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  • Fatigue Fighter, Pain Reliever

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center Published: Fall 2018

    Re-energize with natural healing techniques.

    The long, hot Florida summers have a tendency to wear some people down, and Sylvia Jimenez, an endeavoring fitness instructor living in Wimauma, was among those whom the summer of 2017 took quite a toll on. Sylvia says she feels fantastic after receiving IV therapy. “By the time September rolled around that year, I was just exhausted,” the 47-year-old mother of one says. “I didn’t have any energy at all. I literally could not go a day without needing to take at least two naps, and I knew that wasn’t normal.” Sylvia’s battle with abnormal fatigue raged on all through the rest of that summer and fall. When she was still fighting it after the holidays passed, she decided to...

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  • Together Forever

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center Published: Fall 2018

    Couples separated by medical needs can enjoy life together.

    Hawthorne Village of Brandon residents John Brooke and Gary Manack have more than a few things in common. They both love baseball; they both remain married; and they both live independently at The Estates at Hawthorne Village of Brandon. Gary and Patricia Manack Because of their spouses’ specific medical needs, however, John and Gary both live separately from their wives. There’s a difference between living separately and being apart, though, because if you were to watch each of them go through their daily routines, you’d see that John and his wife, Eileen, and Gary and his wife, Patricia, spend most of their days and evenings together. “I go to see my w...

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  • A Bright, New World

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, South Tampa Published: Winter 2018

    TMS therapy erases dark shroud of depression.

    Chelsea Engel was still in middle school when depression wrapped itself around her like a heavy, wet blanket and turned her bed into a cocoon, one of the few places in her world where she felt comfortable, safe and secure. Chelsea Engel “There were a lot of days when I couldn’t even get out of bed and walk around the house, much less go to school,” Chelsea, now 21, reveals. “And it was pretty constant, especially when I was in high school, which created a lot of anxiety. “I was missing a great number of classes and because of that, I worried I was going to fail. That just made my anxiety worse. My heart would race, I’d get shaky and antsy and get this feeling like I couldn’t...

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  • One-Stop Shopping

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center Published: Fall 2018

    Eye clinic supplies multiple vision solutions in one center.

    Being part of a well-respected eye care group has important advantages for an eye clinic’s patients, asserts James X. Lawrence, OD. Dr. Lawrence practices at Florida Eye Specialists & Cataract Institute at Ruskin, part of the institute’s family of eye care centers. The Ruskin office, opened in 1995, is a unique member of that family. John Kelly “Our clinic provides a wide range of eye care services for the entire family, from school-age children through geriatric patients,” discloses Dr. Lawrence. “When patients consider eye care centers, I urge them to select one with skilled eye care professionals who can handle not only their general eye care n...

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  • Second Honeymoon

    Edition: New Tampa/Central Pasco County Published: Fall 2018

    ED treatment returns spark to couple’s sex life.

    Emory Allen, 74, worked construction all his life. For the last few years of his career, he owned his own business but also worked for a large contracting company, from which he retired. The North Carolina native, who spent his young-adult years in Southern France with the Army, always felt proud when clients turned to him for his construction expertise. Emory Allen “I had a lot of fun doing construction, so I started my own company,” he recounts. “The name of it was Professional Industrial Contractors. Clients I did work for included Coors® Brewery, Gerber® Baby Food and Frito-Lay®. I also worked on several ethanol plants, a few bakeries and many other pr...

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  • Negating Neuropathy

    Edition: St. Lucie County Published: Fall 2018

    Advanced therapy program relieves condition’s painful symptoms.

    Here’s something to think about. Sixty to 70 percent of people with diabetes experience burning, tingling and numbness in their feet that often keep them up at night. These are all symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, the most common type of a larger condition known as peripheral neuropathy. An estimated 20 million people in the United States suffer with some type of peripheral neuropathy, a condition caused by damage to the body’s peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system is the vast network of nerves that transmits information to and from the central nervous system – the brain and spinal cord – and the rest of the body. There are many sy...

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  • Silent Night

    Edition: St. Lucie County Published: Fall 2018

    Doctor-tested sleep appliance eliminates snoring.

    More than a third of all men snore while sleeping, so it should not have come as much of a surprise to Stephen G. Blank, DDS, to learn that he was among the many window rattlers who snore so loud, they keep their spouses awake at night. Dr. Blank took it upon himself to find a cure for his snoring. It did, though, and for one very simple reason: “I’ve never heard myself snore,” Dr. Blank says with a chuckle. “But my wife has been telling me for years that I snore, and those subtle nudges or that elbow in the ribs that she gives me in the middle of the night are there for a reason. But really, I had no clue.” Dr. Blank isn’t alone. Most people who snore – and that commun...

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