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  • Crystal Clear

    Edition: East Volusia County, West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Surgical procedure eliminates distracting eye floaters.

    Wisconsin native Kathy Rommel spent 10 years as a travel agent in Green Bay. Of the various jobs she’s held, she says that was probably her favorite. Kathy Rommel “I loved being a travel agent,” Kathy relates. “It was awesome, fun and very interesting. I had to get a lot of information to the travelers. And I always did a follow-up to find out how their trip went, what they did and didn’t like. I asked what we could do to improve our service as well.” Eventually, the travel office closed. At the same time, Kathy was going through a divorce. She decided to get away from Wisconsin to a warmer environment. She relocated to Texas and got a job with a national engin...

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  • Smiles All Around

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    High-tech practice gives failing bridge, broken tooth careful attention.

    Despite holding down several jobs, John Alden never had much money while attending college. During his final semester, after his financial situation turned dire, John applied for and accepted a ground job with a major airline. John Alden “I worked ground jobs for the airline for several years,” the 80-year-old native of Medina, Ohio, remembers. “But eventually, I was promoted into their flight program. I became a pilot and ended up logging 21,000 flight hours. But back then, pilots had to retire at age 60, so that’s what I did.” John flew out of several major airports. Typically, larger airports can accommodate a greater variety of aircraft. The opportu...

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  • Healing Handiwork

    Edition: East Volusia County, West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Stem cell therapy relieves wreath-maker’s relentless neuropathy pain. A wreath hung on the front door of a home has long been one of the staples of Christmas decor. At Dorie Kent’s home in New Smyrna Beach, however, you’re likely to see a wreath on the door no matter what holiday is celebrated. Dorie Kent “I enjoy doing just about anything crafty, and I especially enjoy making wreaths,” Dorie says. “I mostly do Christmas wreaths, but I make wreaths for all holidays, all occasions, even some that you might not think of having a wreath for. “I suppose the oddest holiday I ever made a wreath for was maybe St. Patrick’s Day. That’s not really a holiday you think of as having a wreath, but I made one with shamrocks, leprechauns and all ki...

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  • Material Marvel

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    High-performance polymer improves strength, aesthetics of partial dentures.

    Prior to moving to Florida a few years ago, Roberta* spent a decade working for the Social Security Administration in her native Maine. Her job was to help people get disability claims that had previously been denied. “Once a person’s claim is denied, they go through a three-step process to get their claim reviewed and approved,” Roberta describes. “The first step is an initial review. The second is a review by professionals. The third is a face-to-face meeting with a judge. “My job was to prepare all the information for the judge before the court hearing. I loved my job but needed to get out of the cold weather in Maine, so after I retired I moved t...

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  • Disc Management

    Edition: East Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Spinal decompression is cornerstone of pain-relieving protocol.

    Jane Himel, 77, is a wife and mother. The Pennsylvania native briefly worked outside the home cleaning houses but spent most of her time as a caretaker for her elderly mother and father. Over the years, all her efforts took a toll on her body. Jane Himel “I developed issues with my back,” Jane elaborates. “A bone scan showed there was a lot of damage. There was some vertebral compression and some arthritis in my spine. I could only walk a little ways without pain, and it got pretty bad. When I was in pain, it rated a 12 on a scale of one to 10. “The pain was very sharp. I couldn’t turn over in bed and often had to get up. I was using CBD oil and other tr...

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  • An “Ideal” Approach To Weight Loss

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    The vast majority of Patricia Chism’s work days are spent sitting behind a desk, so when the day ends or the weekend comes, this 59-year-old billing specialist does her best to get outside and work in her garden. Patricia lost more than 80 pounds through the Ideal Proteinweight-loss program. “That’s my go-to,” Patricia says. “Gardening helps relieve a lot of stress for me, so I do my best to get out there as often as I can. I also have a couple of dogs that keep me busy. Those are my two biggest hobbies, gardening and my dogs.” Patricia tries to get outside as often as possible to combat the sedentary nature of her job as well as keep her weight in check. The latter is a battle she’s been fighting for years. “I’ve always been lar...

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  • Crisis Response

    Edition: North/West Palm Beach, South Palm Beach County, Published: Fall 2020

    Increased anxiety, depression mark COVID-19 blues, but there’s help.

    Henry*, a CPA tasked with auditing several large corporations in the area, is performing his job from home as a precaution during the COVID-19 outbreak. Whenever Henry leaves his house, he faithfully follows the recommended safety guidelines. He always wears a mask in public, washes his hands often and stands at least six feet away from others. Still, Henry fretted terribly about becoming ill from the coronavirus, enough that it affected his day-to-day activities. “It was constantly on my mind, and I worried night and day about getting infected,” says Henry, 53. “And everything that I heard on the news about the COVID-19 pandemic just made my anxiety w...

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  • Confidence Builder

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, Published: Fall 2020

    Life gets a lift with a second-chance smile.

    When he was in his mid-20s, Michael Kercher fell off a loading dock while operating a forklift at work. That fall left him partially disabled with nerve damage on his left side. “I’m thrilled with all that Dr. Fatmi has done to give me my smile back.”– Michael The next fall Michael suffered was almost as debilitating as the first. “I fell into a pretty deep depression after that accident,” says Michael, who herniated 11 discs in his neck and back. “With everything I was going through at the time, I pretty much gave up on life after that.” A native of South New Jersey, Michael eventually pulled himself out of his depression and moved to Florida. Now 47, he’s again working, as a...

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  • Works For Me

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Drug-free, nonsurgical therapy gets rid of back pain.

    You won’t find too many people who list their job as their favorite hobby, but Carolyn Finch does. Though she officially retired at the age of 62, Carolyn continues to work because she absolutely loves the work she does. Carolyn gives DeLand Chiropractic two thumbs up now that she can ride her bike again. “I’m fortunate that I don’t have to work for the money anymore,” says Carolyn, 77. “I do it more for the challenge now and because I really do love to work. I especially like administrative work. That’s what I’ve always seemed to gravitate to.” Carolyn first felt that gravitational pull when she was 21. With her husband in the Army, she took a job with the Department of t...

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  • Now Hear This!

    Edition: West Pasco County, Published: Summer 2020

    Hearing aid solutions meet couple’s individual goals.

    Before COVID-19 clipped their wings, retirees Edward and Geraldine Keller routinely traveled from their residence in Trinity to a home they have in New York, where both enjoyed successful working careers. Edward and Geraldine Keller “I’m from Long Island and was a certified public accountant,” says Edward, 81. “I graduated from Fordham University and received a master’s degree from Adelphi University. I taught accounting for 20 years as an adjunct at Pace University. I’ve always been interested in numbers, which is the main reason I went into accounting, but my greatest joy was teaching.” During the years surrounding her calling as a mother, Geraldine, 81, had a career as ...

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