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  • Show Your Smile

    Edition: Manatee County, Published: Summer 2019

    Dentist eases fears, restores confidence.

    In today’s society, having a beautiful smile can mean the difference between getting a second look or not. With so many ways to be seen in everyday events and through social media, many people still choose not to smile. So, what’s holding them back? No need to hide that smile anymore. “People don’t smile because of two major issues,” says J. Terry Alford, DMD, who practices general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry at Advanced Dental Cosmetic Center in Bradenton. “Either they are in pain or they are in denial, at least outward denial, of what their smile may or may not be.” Pain might be related to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which is the second most common joint disc...

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  • “My Go-To Program”

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2019

    Once-a-week workouts keep busy folks fit.

    When she walked away from her 38-year career as an educator several years ago, Marian Orlosky didn’t think she’d find another line of work more rewarding than the one she had teaching special education students and special education teachers. Then she became a provider of Interactive Metronome®. With the help of her trainer, Anna Fotopoulos (left), Marian is getting great results from her 20 Minutes to Fitness workouts. A therapeutic assessment and training program, Interactive Metronome (IM) has proven effective in helping children and adults alike, including many with autism, improve their cognitive and motor skills and their ability to perform daily tasks. “It’s a remarkabl...

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  • A Human Touch

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2019

    Expertise dispensed with courtesy and kindnes.

    Augusto Odio was 12 years old in 1968 when he, his parents and sister fled communist Cuba, seeking freedom in the United States. To young Augusto, the US was “paradise.” Part of living in paradise for Augusto was the opportunity to work a job of his choosing. When he became old enough, he began a career in pest control. After many years on the job, which included traveling from assignment to assignment in a company van, Augusto noticed changes in his body that concerned him. “I spent many hours sitting and driving, and eventually, my legs started swelling and varicose veins started showing,” Augusto relates. “My legs were getting heavy as well, and they looked bad. They were u...

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  • Never Diet Again

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2019

    Lose significant weight without surgery.

    For years, special education teacher Michele McVicker fought a losing battle with her weight. The Long Island, New York native tried all the popular weight-loss programs and even took medication, but nothing worked for her. Michele McVicker “My doctor was pushing bariatric surgery, but I’m a single mom, and my youngest son has autism,” Michele shares. “I just couldn’t be down for that long. I didn’t want to be forced into it, either. I absolutely didn’t want surgery. “Then, while I was out one Friday, I saw the Spring Hill Chiropractic and Wellness booth. I went to their Monday night class on their weight-loss program and decided it was something I needed to try. My goal was to lose ...

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  • Dynamic Duo

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2019

    Combination of therapies alleviates severe shoulder, back pain.

    When Lyn Quarantello retired from her job as a financial planner five years ago, she started devoting more time to her favorite hobbies. Those include cooking, gardening and volunteering as an usher at the local performing arts center. Lyn Quarantello Early last year, Lyn had to scale back on some of the gardening and even some of the cooking because of a debilitating left shoulder problem, the cause of which remains a mystery to Lyn even to this day. “I have no idea what brought it on,’’ Lyn relates. “All I know is that one day I was fine, and the next thing I know, I’m waking up in the middle of the night in incredible pain, unable to move my left arm. I was c...

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  • New Look, New Life

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2019

    Smile, self-confidence restored with Same Day Teeth®.

    For years, the smokestacks that dotted the small Pennsylvania town northeast of Pittsburgh that Gail Portervint called home poured noxious fumes into the air. Like too many of the area’s residents, Gail and her family were severely impacted by the toxic pollution. Gail is elated with the results of the Same Day Teeth process. “Seven of thirteen in my immediate family developed cancer,” the retired computer programmer discloses. “One family member is a leukemia survivor, and another is a melanoma survivor. Another was told he had a spot on his kidney and instructed the doctors to remove it. The kidney was full of cancer. “When I had my blood drawn, my white blood cell co...

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  • Smile of a Lifetime

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2019

    Comprehensive reconstruction project produces show-off smile.

    Retired certified nurse’s assistant Karen Francis is by no means lazy, but she freely admits she spent years neglecting her oral health – so much so that she required substantial dental care to put a smile back on her face. Karen Francis “My teeth were really quite embarrassing,” shares the Wisconsin native who moved to Florida in 1973. “I had a top front tooth missing, and everything else was pretty crooked. I wouldn’t show my smile to anyone. I actually hid my mouth behind my hand.” Knowing she needed extensive care, Karen eventually began looking for a qualified dentist in the Spring Hill area. She eventually narrowed her list to three providers and met with e...

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  • Circulation Booster

    Edition: Hernando County, Published: Summer 2019

    Natural, noninvasive bypass procedure improves blood flow.

    John Shepherd held many jobs over the course of his career. Among them, he served as a warehouse supervisor and a courier for a law firm. He also worked in a sheet metal shop. Mostly, John was an entertainer, singing and playing guitar for audiences in several states. Nothing stopped this showman, not even a serious heart condition. John Shepherd “I’ve had coronary artery disease for many years,” says the Brooklyn, New York native who lived much of his adult life in Oklahoma. “I had a heart attack in 1989 and bypass surgery in 1994. “Bypass surgery was done after I started feeling pain in my left arm while walking on a treadmill. I went to my cardiologist in Ok...

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  • Life Saver

    Edition: East Citrus County, Published: Summer 2019

    Medical weight-loss program brings healthy results.

    At 56 years of age, Jody Musto is not so far removed from his youth that he can’t remember that time in his life when he was a healthy, 250-pound shot-putter and discus thrower on an area track team. Jody Musto – AFTER “I was into physical fitness back then and was always outside doing something,” Jody reveals. “My family lived about two miles from town, but instead of driving or being driven there, whenever I went into town, I always walked. That’s how active I was.” Jody remained physically active well into his high-school years. It wasn’t until his late teens, after he took a job at a restaurant, that his activity level began to wane. It was also around that time ...

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  • Backfield in Motion

    Edition: East Citrus County, Published: Summer 2019

    Spinal cord stimulation relieves post-surgical back pain.

    James R. Tyner, Sr., 64, earned his bad back. His painful condition developed due to a slow build-up of damage from years of overuse and abuse, and – according to James – years of trying to act young. James R. Tyner, Sr. “I was a volunteer firefighter for thirty-seven years, and growing up, I worked with my dad selling and working on appliances,” James reveals. “Then, I had my own patient transport company, so I used my back to lift people, and sometimes, I couldn’t lift properly. I also refereed high school football for twenty-five years, so I deserved my bad back.” James doesn’t recall injuring his back, but he does remember that it would go out on him ev...

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