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  • Single-Day Smiles

    Edition: East Citrus County, Published: Spring 2019

    Entire arches restored in one visit.

    When Ron Tyrie, 63, was a child living in his hometown of Lafayette, Indiana, he had several bad experiences with his family’s dentist. Those experiences left him reluctant to seek dental care as he got older, and the health of his teeth suffered as a result. Ron is one of many patients to take advantage of the All in a Day Teeth process. So did his smile. “I never had great teeth, and I really didn’t take good care of them like I should have, so they were in pretty bad shape,” Ron admits. “It got so bad I was uncomfortable with my smile. I didn’t show my teeth when I smiled or talked. “My parents moved our family to Florida when I was fourteen, and as an adult, I finally found a...

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  • Fountain of Youth

    Edition: New Tampa/Central Pasco County, Published: Spring 2019

    Senior not feeling his age after ED therapy.

    A construction worker all his life, Emory Allen, 74, spent the last few years of his career running his own business and working 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 construction company,” Emory 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 ...

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  • Pet Friendly

    Edition: New Tampa/Central Pasco County, Published: Spring 2019

    Senior living community opens doors to residents’ furry friends.

    It’s a fact supported by research: Having a pet has benefits, especially for seniors. Seniors with pets are never alone, so they don’t feel lonely. Pets inspire them to socialize more and make new friends. Walking a dog encourages a more active lifestyle. Pets can lower stress levels and help seniors feel safer. Sandra Laettner and Buffy These facts were not lost on the leadership of Concordia Village of Tampa. That’s why they opened the community to their residents’ furry friends. Being pet friendly was one reason Sandra Laettner chose to make Concordia Village of Tampa her new home last year. “It was very important to be able to have Buffy with me...

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  • Macular Degeneration?

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2019

    Wearable video magnifiers are changing lives for those with AMD and severe low vision conditions.

    In the United States, one in 28 citizens ages 40 and older has low vision. That’s the loss of sight not correctable with prescription lenses, medication or surgery. Low vision includes various degrees of visual impairment, from poor night vision to legal blindness. One of the functions of AceSight is to magnify printed materials or objects (as shown here with a can of soup), increasing its size 15 times. “Many eye conditions can lead to low vision. Among the most common are age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy,” notes Bob Schrepfer, president of The Magnification Company in St. Pet...

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  • A Far Sight Better

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2019

    Cataract surgery brings back clear, crisp vision.

    From teller to manager, Barbara Cherry held just about every job someone can across the nearly 30 years she spent working in the banking industry. Every job, that is, except the position of bank president or vice president. Arts and crafts are more enjoyable for Barbara following cataract surgery. “I did everything else but never quite reached that level,” confirms Barbara, who is now retired and living comfortably in St. Petersburg, where the bulk of her activities revolve around a church group performing charity work. “I like to crochet, and I’m part of a little organization at the church that does a lot of crocheting and knitting for the birthing clinics in the ...

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  • Reverse Osteoporosis

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2019

    Once-a-week, 15-minute workouts increase bone density.

    Since discovering her life’s purpose and moving to the United States some 35 years ago, Noa Spector-Flock has not only become a licensed massage therapist but written three books on body movement, wellness and injury prevention. Noa found the OsteoStrong workouts easy and effective. Her books and the videos that go with them explain how a specific set of exercises and the use of a large elastic band such as those used for resistance training allow certain muscles in the body to lengthen while they contract. Known clinically as eccentric contraction, the goal of Noa’s exercise regimen is to improve overall strength and decrease the chances of injury. Unfort...

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  • Like Father, Like Son

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Spring 2019

    Manipulation therapy relieves debilitating shoulder pain.

    It wasn’t all that long ago that popcorn ceilings were all the rage in homebuilding. They have fallen well out of favor over the course of the past 30 years, and Gary Cummings, 73, is among those who have good reason to despise them. Gary (right) and Gregg arenow pain free. A do-it-yourselfer, Gary was remodeling two homes – his and his daughter’s – a couple years ago when his attempt to scrape away the popcorn ceilings in both homes resulted in Gary severely injuring his right shoulder. “That’s all overhead work, and after about three weeks, my shoulder got so sore that I couldn’t even lift my arm up,” Gary explains. “I figured that all I needed to do was ...

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  • Nature’s Way

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Spring 2019

    Natural healing techniques relieve chronic pain, fatigue.

    The days of riding her own motorcycle alongside her husband, playing competitive volleyball and doing water aerobics to stay in shape are little more than faint memories for Lisa Lovelace. Fibromyalgia is the reason. For more than 20 years, the condition has caused Lisa so much pain, suffering and fatigue that she was forced to give up not only her active lifestyle but her job as a pharmaceutical sales rep. Lisa Lovelace “I reached a point where I couldn’t even get out of my car,” Lisa reveals. “There were days where it was all I could do just to take a shower and wash my hair.” Lisa, 52, spent years searching for a remedy, but it wasn’t until she visited t...

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  • Added Insight

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Spring 2019

    Eyes and face are at the heart of new specialist’s expertise.

    As the son of a cardiologist, Robert J. Applebaum, MD, became interested in medicine at a very young age. His father also had an influence on the specialty Dr. Applebaum would pursue after medical school at the University of Florida. Robert J. Applebaum, MD, MBA & Craig E. Munger, MD, PhD “My father had a good friend who was an ophthalmologist,” the Tampa native recalls. “I spoke with him and got a feel for ophthalmology and what I could expect from it. I found ophthalmology intriguing. I was definitely interested in doing something surgical, and I wanted to be very specialized.” With that in mind, Dr. Applebaum entered the ophthalmology resid...

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  • Three Cheers for TMS

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Spring 2019

    Alternative to antidepressants shows promise for eating disorders.

    Many kids grow up wanting to be doctors, teachers or professional athletes. Not Samantha Wynimko. For the longest time, she says, she has wanted to be an autopsy technician. A recent trip to the morgue only strengthened her conviction. Samantha Wynimko “I was able to observe six autopsies at the Pinellas County Morgue, and that really confirmed to me that this is what I want to do,” the 25-year-old Riverview resident says. “I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s something I’m excited about. “And I’m almost there. I already have my Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from the University of South Florida, and I have just one more class to complete before I can ...

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