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  • The Road To Perfection

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Winter 2021

    Multiple specialties lead to amazing smile makeover.

    Frank is “thrilled” with his new smile from Bayway Dental. When opportunity knocked some 30 years ago, Frank Bronko placed a sizeable bet on himself and opened up his own flooring business. He was 26 at the time, but with nearly a decade of experience in the business, his odds of succeeding were pretty good. And succeed he has. Dozens of Tampa Bay area hospitals, churches and businesses have turned to Frank for their flooring needs since he took his leap of faith. He’s done a few residential projects over the years as well, but commercial flooring is where Frank has made his mark. “We sell and replace floors for places like banks, government offices and hospitality sp...

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  • Eye Floater Laser

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Winter 2021

    We Are The Experts… 20,000 laser sessions and counting.

    Scott L. Geller, MD Scott Geller, MD, is the board-certified ophthalmologist who brought an advanced laser technique for the treatment of eye floaters from Switzerland to the US and refined it to the precise level it’s at now. He specializes in a field that few eye doctors can. “Patients often ask me, Why can’t my local doctor laser eye floaters,” Dr. Geller states. “The answer is because this is a niche area of interest, and most ophthalmologists will not take the time to really study and perfect it. “It’s a bit like plastic surgery. Any intern can make an incision and stitch skin, but it takes years of experience to size up a patient, know exactly how to modify a techni...

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  • State Of The Artist

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Winter 2021

    Drawing on magnetic brain stimulation to erase depression symptoms.

    If all goes as Andy Klumb hopes, he will soon be designing and drawing characters for video games like the one that this burgeoning artist can easily lose himself in for hours at a time. Andy Klumb “I’m a senior in college at the University of Central Florida, where I’m pursuing a degree in fine arts in digital media,” Andy reports. “I’m set to graduate next year, and I definitely want to get into character concept art for video games. “That’s the goal because I’d like to combine two of my greatest passions – art and video games. I’ve always been into art, and I’m all about video games. If I have nothing else on my plate, I can easily pull six hours playing a ...

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  • Retina Insight

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Winter 2021

    Understanding some common disorders of the eye’s principal part.

    Dr. Patel He admits he might be biased, but to Nandesh N. Patel, MD, the retina is the most important part of the eye. The retina is a thin layer of specialized tissue that lines the back of the eye. It senses light as it enters the eye and sends it to the brain to process as images. Dr. Patel is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained retina surgeon at Florida Eye Specialists & Cataract Institute. To him, the retina is unlike any other part of the body. He sees it as a rare, privileged site that merits special care. “Think of the eyeball as a camera,” he describes. “There are two crucial elements: the lens to focus the light and the film to...

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  • XEN® at Work

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Winter 2021

    Eye stent relieves high pressure of glaucoma.

    As an engineer with the Merchant Marine, Sean Grace bears responsibility for the operation of a self-contained city at sea. The merchant vessels transport goods and materials throughout the world and require an array of personnel to sail efficiently. Sean Grace “We have three departments: the deck department that navigates the vessel, the steward department that feeds the crew and the engineering department that provides the propulsion,” Sean relates. “Engineering also repairs any equipment and maintains the generators, which produce our electricity, and the evaporators, which make our water. “In addition, we do extensive training and drilling in anticipation of an emergency, su...

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  • The Skinny On Fat Transfer

    Edition: Martin County, Published: Winter 2021

    Advanced body-shaping procedure reinjects laser-harvested cells.

    When she was 11 years old, Annie* went on a field trip with her sixth-grade class to Washington, DC. Somewhere between the White House and the Capitol, the Maryland native realized what she wanted to be when she grew up. “I was so fascinated by everything I saw that I decided right then and there I wanted to do something involving history,” Annie remembers. “So, I majored in history in college and then spent 11 years working as a history teacher.” Annie’s teaching career came to an end shortly after she married and moved to Florida. Now a mother of two, she’s part of a team writing a history textbook for high schoolers. She’s also writing a new chapter in her o...

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  • Long-Distance Dentistry

    Edition: Sarasota, South Sarasota County, Published: Winter 2021

    New upper, lower dentures produce a smile that’s worth the drive.

    As a high schooler, Doris Atkins prepared herself for the workforce by taking a variety of general business courses. At every turn during her career, however, employers steered her in one direction. “When I got out of high school and went to work, I became a bookkeeper,” Doris, 83, remembers. “As I went into each job, they pushed me into bookkeeping and I just went along with it and stayed with it over the years. “Up north, I worked for St. Christopher Hospital in Philadelphia and in private industry. We didn’t have computers then. We worked with ledgers and everything was entered manually. Still, it was a good job.” Doris’ husband had a long career in law enf...

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  • Healing Power Of O2

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Winter 2021

    Pressure increases oxygen level in blood, accelerating wound healing.

    In the early 1970s, Joseph* graduated from a St. Johns County community college, which he attended on an art scholarship. In 1976, he joined the Army. There weren’t many jobs for an artist in the Army, so he took his career in a different direction. Dr. Milanick, left, and Mitch reveal the hyperbaric chambersthey use at Hyperbaric Health Services. “It was right after Vietnam,” Joseph, 64, remembers. “I didn’t want to sleep in a hole or get shot at, but I wanted to get the GI Bill so I could go back to school. There was nothing available with my art degree, so I became a corpsman and served in a hospital as an eye specialist. And I was good at it. “After th...

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