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  • 20,000 Documented Eye Floater Laser Sessions

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, Published: Winter 2020

    South Florida Eye Clinic staff are the experts with a worldwide patient base.

    Scott L. Geller, MD Patients often ask Scott Geller, MD, “why can’t my local doctor laser eye floaters.” “Because this is a niche area of interest, and most ophthalmologists will not take the time to really get into it,” Dr. Geller states. “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 technique, and get the absolute best result possible.” Dr. Geller has that experience. He has performed more than 20,000 eye floater laser procedures across his career. He also has given an impressive number of lectures all over the wor...

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  • Full Steam Ahead

    Edition: Hernando County, The Villages, Published: Winter 2020

    New twist on old therapy cleanses body, eliminates pain and swelling.

    Thirty minutes in the sauna pod detoxifies the lymphatic system, relaxes muscles and accelerates blood flow The red 1968 Chevrolet Corvette and the green 1965 Ford Mustang that are parked like museum pieces in her spotless, spacious and brightly lit garage are just two of the five classics that make up Jo’s* small fleet of collectable cars. “I also have a ’65 Buick Riviera and a ’69 Dodge Charger that have been completely restored and a ’56 Chevy Bel-Air that I’ve been working on,’’ Jo adds. “The Bel-Air needs a lot of work, but I’ll get it in shape. It’s what I love to do.” Collecting and restoring long-forgotten classic cars has been Jo’s ho...

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  • Spots and Strings and Shadows, Oh My!

    Edition: The Villages, Published: Winter 2020

    Solving the mystery of eye floaters.

    Jaya B. Kumar, MD Driving in busy city traffic is a task George* does not relish. Traveling the jammed freeways isn’t much fun for him, either. Both settings pose a challenge for George, who, even with his glasses on, has difficulty distinguishing the lines on the road. One sunny morning, as George, 59, was driving his customary route to work, he encountered a new challenge. Small, strange black spots appeared and hovered in his line of sight, distracting him as he drove. Concerned, George called his eye doctor, who told him the spots were eye floaters and probably nothing to worry about. “Most people describe eye floaters as little spots or cobwebs that appear in their field of...

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  • “Dream Physician”

    Edition: North/Central Pinellas County, South Pinellas County, Published: Winter 2020

    Email instantly connects patients to doctor in concierge practice.

    Dr. Zimmer’s concierge medicine added another chapter to Tom and Margo’s storybookmarriage. College professors Margo Mastropieri and her husband, Tom Scruggs, retired to Florida in 2014 after years of working at universities in cold climates. In Florida, they live active lifestyles in the warmer temperatures, where they can kayak, swim and boat year-round. Margo and Tom also spend time with friends in book clubs and playing shuffleboard. But late last year, a sudden health concern interrupted their storybook retirement. “It was Christmas Day, and Tom and I were entertaining about ten guests for dinner,” Margo recalls. “After dinner, we were sit...

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  • One and Done

    Edition: South Pinellas County, Published: Winter 2020

    Same Day Teeth® option restores smile in a single visit. Jane (right) trusts Dr. Sherberg implicitly Despite all that has transpired since its conclusion, the Persian Gulf War in which Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army was driven out of the oil fields of Kuwait is still considered one of the greatest US military successes of all time. Former nurse Jane Bigelow, 76, played a big part in that success. A US Air Force colonel stationed at the Rhein-Main Air Base in Frankfurt, Germany at the time, Jane was the commander of the 2nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, which was responsible for airlifting injured soldiers out of the war zone and back to safety. Her work there was a success all its own. “My folks met the challenge, because everyone wa...

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  • Lifting the Fog of Depression

    Edition: Brandon/Sun City Center, Charlotte County, North Tampa, South Tampa, Published: Winter 2020

    TMS has helped Mishelle enjoy life again

    Nonsurgical, drug-free therapy restores passion for life.

    To say that Mishelle Delfrate was once a fitness fanatic would be a bit of an understatement. For this 54-year-old native of El Paso, Texas, fitness was never just a pastime or even a passion. It was a way of life. “It pretty much encompassed my life,” Mishelle confirms. “I was a Zumba® instructor and a yoga instructor, and for years, that was where I drew most of my friends from and where a lot of the excitement in my life came from. It was my identity.” Mishelle’s passion for fitness instruction didn’t come without consequences. From simple wear and tear, she twice tore her left rotator cuff so badly that she ne...

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  • Miracle Medicine

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

    Medical marijuana relieves child’s cancer treatment side effects.

    Jake Settembrino Jessica Settembrino’s five-year-old son Jake likes to play golf, and he’s a natural at it. When he was three, he was given a set of plastic golf clubs, and he swung them perfectly. But on a perfect golf day in early October 2018, Jake began complaining of pain in his right side. When Jessica noticed a small bump there as well, she took Jake to visit his doctor. “Jake’s doctor said the bump was probably a bruise and told us to follow up in a week,” Jessica remembers. “But we were about to go to Disney for a week, and I just didn’t feel right. I was worried it was something more, so we left the doctor’s office and went directly to the...

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  • Wedding Bells Ring

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

    Chuck and Betty

    Couple finds forever love in retirement community.

    For the first three years that he lived there, Hawthorne Village of Brandon resident Chuck Ruby sat with friends in the back of the dining room at meal time and watched impassively as the rest of the residents came and went. Then, in May 2018, Betty Sims walked in and turned his world around. “I thought I recognized her,” Chuck remembers. “I thought she was someone I’d known before or was acquainted with. Then, later that day, a friend of hers introduced me to her. It turns out, we had no prior connection. But there was a connection.” Oh, was there ever. Like a schoolboy, 93-year-old Chuck was smitten. So much so that a couple days after first me...

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  • Let There Be Light

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

    Eye institute offers innovative treatment for dry eye, facial rejuvenation.

    Dr. Mathews uses the IPL machine to treat her patients dry eye disease. Everyone sheds tears, and not just when they’re sad. Healthy eyes produce tears at all times. When a person blinks, tears spread across the front surface of the eye, lubricating it. Tears also clear the eyes of debris and protect them from infection. There are factors, however, that can interfere with this natural process of tear development that can lead to a condition called dry eye disease. “Dry eye is a very common disease,” reports Priya M. Mathews, MD, a board-certified, fellowship-trained cornea specialist at Florida Eye Specialists & Cataract Institute ba...

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  • Freedom From Glasses

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

    New trifocal lens implant frees veteran from glasses.

    Joe enjoys working on his car more now that he doesn’t have to fight with his glasses. Long Island, New York native Joe Saladino’s working career was all about law and order, an area in which he eventually served the US military, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and the US Department of Defense. But it wasn’t all work for the Florida transplant. Joe, 69, met his future bride while on assignment in Japan. “I met my wife while working in the government office in Tokyo,” Joe shares. “After that, I was supposed to stay in Tokyo, but I said, No, I’m going to go home. When my wife and I returned to the States, I left the government and joined the Fort Lau...

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