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  • Bundle of Joy

    Edition: North Tampa, Published: Fall 2020

    Combo treatment brings long-sought relief, reduces need for opioids.

    Wayne Bloomberg, 68, is a native of western New York. When he was a young man, he didn’t have enough money for college, so his uncle got him a job repairing farm machinery. Wayne’s career as a heavy equipment mechanic evolved from that humble beginning. When CBD was added to Wayne’s treatment regimen,it helped relieve his chronic headaches, back and neck pain. “New York didn’t pay very well for farm equipment repair back then, so I packed up and moved to Florida in 1972 when I was 20 years old,” Wayne recalls. “In Florida, I found a job with more pay and more benefits working as a mechanic for Caterpillar®. “For 34 years, I served as a field mechanic and wo...

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  • Designer Eyes

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

    Advanced technology eliminates need for glasses following cataract surgery.

    Stefanie*, 62, began her career as a teacher, but before long she gave birth to four children. Unfortunately, raising her own children interfered with instructing other children, so she left teaching to concentrate on motherhood. When her kids got older, Stefanie returned to school, but this time as a student to pursue a passion for interior design. She earned certification in the field and worked for a small design company for 12 years before retiring recently. “We did residential versus commercial design,” Stefanie describes. “I worked with a lead designer who was wonderful. I was doing something I liked, so it wasn’t laborious for me to get up in t...

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  • Back to Normal

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

    Rehab device develops customized therapy to alleviate pain.

    If you want a truly traditional Italian-style pizza, the kind you would get at a trattoria in Florence, Rome or Milan, you won’t get it by ordering from any brand-name pizza chains. You can, however, get one at Cafe Sapori in West Palm Beach. Erik Pruneti Since it opened in 2017, Cafe Sapori has been serving up a taste of Italy so genuine you’d think it came from a ristorante bordering Venice’s Grand Canal. Even its management staff and executive chefs are full-blooded Italian. “We were all born and raised in Italy,” says Erik Pruneti, an assistant manager who hails from Florence, where he worked in restaurants from age 14 until a few years ago, when he traveled to t...

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  • Zap That Blob

    Edition: South Palm Beach County, Published: Fall 2020

    Noninvasive laser procedure answers distress call for eye floaters.

    Jack Genova’s career was like a season of CSI: Miami. For 22 years, he was a chemist for the Miami-Dade Police Department in one of the largest crime labs in the world. But Jack stresses that a real-life crime lab bears little resemblance to the one on the TV series. Laser vitreolysis dissolved the vitreous floaters that moved in and out of Jack’s vision. “What you see on CSI is entertaining, but it isn’t accurate,” Jack, 75, confirms. “It shows a glorified version of the job that we did. On CSI, one scientist knows everything about everything, from DNA to fibers, and that’s just not the case in the real world. “In our crime lab, there were about 50 scientist...

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  • The Root of the Matter

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Fall 2020

    Implant-retained denture restores stability, confidence.

    He needed the better part of 10 years to complete the task, but after losing his right leg in an automobile accident at age 18, Frederick Pauloz eventually turned a personal tragedy into triumph. The Joy of EatingSince he was fit with an implant-secured denture, Frederick can eat anything he wants, including corn on the cob. “I lost my right leg in 1983,” Frederick remembers. “After the accident, the doctors took the lower part, right below the knee, and for the next 10 years, I needed a lot of skin graft surgeries to get to where I could function normally with a prosthetic leg. “I was in and out of a lot of prosthetics during that period, but once I settled down, the ...

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  • Happy Camper

    Edition: Charlotte County, Published: Fall 2020

    One-hour surgical procedure relieves neck, shoulder and arm pain.

    Given her choice, Gina Thomsen would rather spend a cool fall or winter evening warming herself by a campfire than cozying up near an indoor fireplace. She’s an outdoorsy type who appreciates all nature has to offer. Gina Thomsen “I love being outdoors and traveling to different places where you can go hiking, kayaking and things like that,” Gina says. “As far as camping goes, I never really did that until I was in my 30s, but I’ve been doing it ever since.” Gina, 57, first caught the camping bug while living in Massachusetts, near Cape Cod. She’s also camped in Rhode Island and now lists Fort De Soto Park and Oscar Scherer State Park as two of her favor...

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  • A Daughter’s Calling

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Working at mother’s senior care residence delights former ICU nurse.

    After 35 years of teaching dance and yoga, Kathy Primm answered what can best be described as a calling. At age 52 and at a time when many are starting to contemplate retirement, Kathy went back to school to become a nurse. Joan Smith & Kathy Primm Seven years later, Kathy came to understand why “her spirit” pulled her in that direction. “I needed to take care of my mother,” says Kathy, a registered nurse whose new position as resident care coordinator at Savannah Court of Orange City allows her to care for her mother in a way very few daughters or sons can. Kathy’s mother, Joan Smith, has been a resident at Savannah Court of Orange City for three ye...

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  • No Lie

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Innovative, once-a-week, 15-minute exercise sessions reverse bone loss.

    Susan Constantine can tell if someone is lying or not. In fact, that’s her job. She’s also a speaker, a leadership coach and an author, but those professions all stem from her status as one of the world’s leading authorities on body language and deception detection. Susan is one of the nation’s leading experts on body language anda big fan of OsteoStrong. “I started out as a trial consultant in the courtroom, profiling jurors,” Susan says. “It was something so intriguing that I became trained in investigative interrogative interviewing, statement analysis, voice stress analysis and how to read microexpressions.” Most of Susan’s work is now done “behind t...

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  • User Friendly

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Family-owned provider receives couple’s seal of approval.

    Charlotte Gauss met her husband, Richard, a field engineer for Florida Power & Light Co., when she went to sign up her daughter and son-in-law for service. The mother of four was immediately taken with the Michigan native, and the attraction was mutual. Charlotte and Richard are pleased with the treatment they receive from Alexis at Hearing Aid Lab. That was 36 years ago. Now in their 80s, retired and living in Lake Mary, Charlotte and Richard have battled hearing loss for more than 10 years. During that time, they visited multiple hearing aid providers, but were generally dissatisfied with the service they received. “The first person we met with spent hours t...

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  • An Honor and a Pleasure

    Edition: West Volusia County, Published: Fall 2020

    Practice’s accomplished founder tabs relative as eventual successor.

    For a dozen years, Jayraj J. Patel, DMD, has modeled his dental practice after that of his “uncle” and mentor, the highly accomplished founder of DeLand Implant Dentistry, Rajiv Patel, BDS, MDS. For years, Dr. Jayraj Patel (right) modeled his practice after that of his mentor, Dr. Rajiv Patel. Now they are partners in the same practice. Recently, the family members joined forces. Dr. Rajiv Patel entered into a partnership with his son-in-law’s brother, who sold his Palm Coast practice in February. Though his departure is not imminent, the elder Patel admits he has been contemplating retirement after more than 34 years in practice. In fact, the b...

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