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  • Lumbar Liberation

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Fall 2020

    Spacer implant ends agony triggered by spinal stenosis.

    Florida snowbird Scott* spent a career as a neuropsychologist, but in retirement became a certified flight instructor of amphibious floatplanes near his summer home of Bar Harbor, Maine. After one flight nine years ago, Scott experienced intense lower back pain. He learned later the cause was spinal stenosis. “As I got off the plane, I felt excruciating pain in my lower back, and I couldn’t walk across the ramp without bending over,” Scott describes. “I eventually had to get into a wheelchair and my wife took me to the emergency room, where they gave me an epidural injection. That provided minor relief, but my condition continued to deteriorate. “Over the years, I went t...

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  • From Ozone To Comfort Zone

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Fall 2020

    Injection therapy uses oxygen to relieve joint, back pain.

    A little more than 25 percent of all adults in the US donate an average of three hours per week to volunteer efforts each year. Joyce Harrigan, 76, has long been among those who gladly gives of herself to help others. “I’ve done volunteer work practically my whole life,” Joyce explains. “After I first moved to Florida, I volunteered at the Indian River Medical Center for nine years. Now I volunteer at Indian River Estates, the retirement community where I live. “I’m a member of several committees, including the hospitality committee, and I run singalongs for the independent living residents. I’m also a member of the Joy Singers, so I stay pretty busy. I’m a very a...

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  • Chew on This

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Fall 2020

    Implant-supported prostheses preferred over dentures to replace lost teeth.

    Helen says Dr. Bucaj did an “excellent job” of matching her prosthetic with her upper teeth. Helen Hall hails from Arizona but has lived in Florida since she was 7. As she’s resided in Florida for most of her life, she considers herself a native by default. Like many Floridians, Helen values the natural resources of the Sunshine State. “The things I like best about Florida are the weather and the water,” she elaborates. Unfortunately for Helen, 70, she doesn’t get a chance to enjoy the water very much. “I’ve been disabled for years, ever since someone fell on top of me in a freak accident and injured my back,” she clarifies. “I’m not very active, so I ...

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  • Double Feature

    Edition: Indian River County, Published: Fall 2020

    Treat glaucoma and cataracts during same procedure.

    When absenteeism left General Motors without a fourth of the workers needed at one of its largest truck plants this past spring, the company filled the void by offering permanent transfers to employees laid off at other plants. Marianne had her glaucoma treated while undergoing cataract surgery. For nearly 20 years, ensuring the smooth transfer and relocation of employees was the job of Marianne Davies. “I was a relocation consultant up in Michigan, and one of my company’s biggest clients was General Motors,” says Marianne, now 73. “General Motors has always been very generous with their transfers.” A little more than two years ago, Marianne and her husband made a transfer o...

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  • Beyond Cosmetic

    Published: Fall Fall

    Unsightly varicose veins may indicate a medical problem.

    More than 40 million adults in the United States have varicose veins. Many people and even some doctors consider the ropey, bulging leg veins a cosmetic concern. In reality, varicose veins are a medical matter. They serve as indicators of a vascular health problem. “Arteries take the blood from the heart to the toes and all places in between whereas veins move blood from the legs up to the heart,” explains Nannette Wilson, APRN, registered nurse practitioner and vascular specialist at Vascular Vein Centers. “We have two venous systems, and both are connected: the deep vein system (within the muscle tissue) and the superficial vein system (outside the muscles). Norma...

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  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Fall 2020

    You don’t have to live with the pain.

    According to Robert P. Dunne, DPM, a board-certified podiatric surgeon at Lake Washington Foot & Ankle Center, “Tarsal tunnel syndrome, or TTS, presents itself when nerves in the ankle, such as the tibial nerve, are compressed. “TTS can have several different catalysts or triggers,” he continues. “Symptoms can be of a sudden onset or can gradually get worse over time. TTS can be the result of trauma or a congenital disease.” Arthritis is a typical cause of TTS. It causes swelling, which in turn compresses the nerves. Like arthritis, diabetes also causes swelling that squeezes the nerves. The soft tissue swelling from sprains and strains will also create pressure on the ner...

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  • Protection Against Coronavirus

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Fall 2020

    Practice establishes measures to ensure patient safety amid pandemic.

    When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the temporary shutdown of his practice this year, Richard Leong Jr., DDS, P.A., gathered his staff together for a brief meeting at his Melbourne office. “I told my staff that I could quit right then and there and go on to live a good retired life,” Dr. Leong reveals. “But I made it clear to them that I did not want to quit, because I really enjoy what I do and that for me, dentistry is a ministry. “In my practice, I solve complex and difficult problems for people. I offer hope and solutions for patients who come in with 10 sets of dentures in their hands and aren’t satisfied because they have so many issues with their de...

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  • Treat Uterine Fibroids Without Surgery

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Fall 2020

    Minimally invasive, same-day outpatient procedure: an alternative to hysterectomy.

    When Rose* was in college, she became enamored with the characters of the Japanese alphabet and set out to learn the language. Today, her fluency is key to the success of her thriving business, which hosts guided tours of Japan.  Rose conceived the idea for her venture while living and teaching in the Land of the Rising Sun. “Tourism in Japan was very low until around 2010,” Rose discloses. “But the increase in tourism at that time brought a lot of cultural misunderstanding and problems with language, and many people vacationing in Japan needed assistance. I started my business to help with that. “Now, I live in Florida and travel to Japan ...

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  • Feel Confident With Your Smile

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Fall 2020

    Restore flawed teeth in a day using crowns designed with 3D technology.

    Early in her career, Billie Rae Harris was a popular hairstylist in her home state of West Virginia. To keep up with the latest trends, she took styling classes in large fashion centers such as New York City and Washington, DC. Her aim was to make everyone look good, including herself. That goal has remained important to her. Billie Rae Harris “I went to college for a year, but my parents had a beauty salon, and I decided I’d rather work there,” she remembers. “After I got married, we moved and ended up in Florida, where I’ve lived for about 30 years.” Billie, 77, occasionally returns to the Mountain State to visit and obtain pieces of unique, West Virg...

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  • Heed and React

    Edition: Brevard County, Published: Fall 2020

    Community’s pandemic response brings positive changes for residents.

    For the past 2½ years, an apartment overlooking the pond at Hibiscus Court Assisted Living and Memory Care in Melbourne has been Brenda Daugherty’s home. Brenda (left) visits with her daughter, Rhonda. A regular visitor to the senior living community’s adult day care program prior to moving there permanently, Brenda made a smooth transition to life at Hibiscus Court. Since then she has especially come to enjoy the community’s group activities. Like many living with dementia, Brenda benefits from the social interaction those gatherings afford, so when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension of group activities, Hibiscus Court began taking those events...

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