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  • Hot Shots

    Edition: The Villages, Published: Spring 2020

    Intravitreal injections halt vision loss from diabetic retinopathy.

    Roland Bavota, 72, dreamed of becoming a French chef. So, once he retired from his marine engineering job at Sun Oil Company, he headed directly to Tampa Bay Cooking Academy in St. Petersburg for four years of culinary training. Roland had big aspirations for that training. Roland Bavota “My plan was to open a restaurant,” he divulges. “But at the time, I was fifty-eight years old, and I realized that the restaurant business was more for younger men. It requires a great deal of time on your feet. So now, I just cook for family and friends. I make pretty good meals at home, which makes my wife happy.” It was a brief stint as an assistant chef that keyed Ro...

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  • Visual Trifecta

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Spring 2020

    New trifocal lens frees sheriff’s deputy from glasses.

    In July 1979, six weeks after graduating high school, Milo Millovitch entered the United States Air Force. At the time, Milo planned to stay in the service four years, then move on. But he wound up devoting nearly 24 years to the military. Milo Millovitch “While in the service, I worked as an Air Force firefighter,” Milo shares. “It’s the same as a civilian firefighter except we fight fires on the different aircraft in a base’s inventory, anything from fighter jets to bombers to cargo planes to helicopters. The aircraft involved depended on where I was stationed.” While still on active duty, Milo joined the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office as a reserve deputy. He enjo...

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  • Feel Like a New Person

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Spring 2020

    Nonsurgical TMS therapy clears dark cloud of depression.

    Decorative handmade journals are at the top of the list of creations that Anne Marie Murphy, a self-proclaimed “ultimate crafter,” loves to work on when she takes a break from her job as a stay-at-home mom and home-school teacher. TMS therapy has made an “amazing”difference in Anne Marie’s life. “I do everything from paper to art to sewing, but creating handmade journals is my favorite of them all,” Anne Marie confirms. “A lot of them end up as Christmas presents. In fact, I’m still working on a few that I didn’t quite finish in time for the holidays.” This past holiday season was one of the more joyful ones Anne Marie has had in recent years. Her eme...

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  • Double Play

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Published: Spring 2020

    Microstent for glaucoma treatment safe and effective.

    Until 2016, young men and women vying for entrance into the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando had to go through Ronald Portervint. The Missoula, Montana, native worked in the school’s admissions office, where he processed all relevant data on applicants for the admissions committee’s review. Ronald retired in August 2016. Ronald is seeing glasses-free followingcataract surgery. “My job was to gather all the information so that the committee, which includes medical doctors and PhDs, could get an idea of what the applicants were like,” Ronald explains. “The information also helped the committee determine what questions to ask the applicants in t...

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  • Easy Transition

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2020

    Loyal patient extols benefits of concierge medicine.

    David Harb, 52, is general manager for the entertainment company Live Nation North Florida. His main responsibility is to oversee the operation of the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. David Harb “It’s my job to make sure the facility functions smoothly during shows and events,” David describes. “I also ensure that the building is properly maintained.” David’s been seeing the same primary care provider for more than 25 years. His mother worked for the physician as a nurse and recommended him. David’s doctor is Michael A. Zimmer, MD, a board-certified internist at Zimmer Medical Services in St. Petersburg. Dr. Zimmer practices concierge medicine, a practice m...

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  • Reverse Osteoporosis

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2020

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

    From the beehive of the ’60s to the long waves that are popular with many women today, Linda Evans has fashioned dozens of hairstyles across her 55-year career as a hairdresser. If she has her way, she’ll fashion dozens more before she’s done. Linda’s bone density scans have improved markedly since she began OsteoStrong workouts. “I’m seventy-six years old, and I have a hard time thinking about quitting because I love my customers and absolutely love what I do,” says Linda, an Ohio native who got into hairdressing because she no longer wanted to work in a factory. “I worked in a Rubbermaid® plant making all the containers and decided I wanted something better,” she...

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  • All in a Day’s Work

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2020

    Full mouth reconstruction completed in a single visit.

    A weekend trip to New England is just about all that Phoebe Dometrius needs to complete her goal of visiting all 50 states, and thanks to a newfound passion, she will likely take that trip before the new year runs out. Phoebe Dometrius & Dr. Sherberg “My husband and I have done quite a bit of cruising the past couple years, not to Europe or anything like that, but to places here in North America,” says Phoebe, a 71-year-old retired nursing instructor. “That’s kind of our newfound thing. “We really enjoy it, and one of our favorite places to visit is Canada and New England. It’s really beautiful, and I’ve got just three more states – Vermont, New Hampshire and Connect...

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  • Three in One

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Spring 2020

    Revolutionary cataract replacement lens brings distance, intermediate and near vision into focus.

    As his career as a commercial airline pilot moved into its third decade, Kenneth Ernst began to get some of the most sought-after route assignments in the industry, including one that took him halfway around the world. An avid trap shooter, Kenneth is seeing clay birds and real birds better than ever. “It was the Los Angeles-to-Bangkok route,” Kenneth explains. “You go from LA to Honolulu and then to Tokyo, with overnight stays in each city. Then you fly from Tokyo to Seoul, South Korea, down to Manila and finally to Bangkok. “You come home through Tokyo and Honolulu, and it’s a ten-day trip, but you get the rest of the month o...

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  • Back in Action

    Edition: St. Augustine, Published: Spring 2020

    Pain-free spinal decompression therapy relieves lower back, neck pain.

    In his late 50s, Ted joined the Peace Corps and became the country director for Lesotho and Uganda Most people join the Peace Corps when they’re young, when their uncertainty regarding which path to follow in life meshes with their desire to see the world and make an impact on a small, needy community someplace far, far away. Not Ted Mooney. Ted, now 67, joined the Peace Corps when he was in his late 50s, long after he’d built and sold a scientific instrument sales company, retired for the first time and rejoined the workforce as a consultant for a group of small tech companies. “I tend to re-invent myself every six to eight years,” says Ted, a m...

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  • Advanced Technology in Cataract Surgery

    Edition: Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Published: Spring 2020

    Options to improve quality of life.

    Wilma Tucker Cataracts are a normal part of aging, but cataract surgery isn’t just for the elderly. A recent study published in the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery found that more middle-aged patients (age 65 and under) are having cataract surgery—and at younger ages. 62-year-old Wilma Tucker was one of the many middle-aged patients who assumed she was too young for cataract surgery, despite the challenges with her sight. “When I was watching TV, I couldn’t read the type on the screen from where I was sitting on my sofa,” Wilma says. She knew her vision was changing when she couldn’t spot her friends during a night out. “I had scanned the restaurant and I was like...

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