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Restore Youth and Vitality

Feel younger, stronger and sexier with BHRT.

Lisa Tomarelli is a registered nurse who works as clinical support for the sales team of a biologics company. Even when she’s traveling, the 50ish nurse finds time to work out and keep her body in shape for the many bikini competitions she enters. When she began putting on weight despite working out, she suspected the problem, and the answer.

Photo by Fred Bellet.

Lisa Tomarelli

“As a registered nurse, I taught bio-natural hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, fifteen years ago for a local pharmacist in Sarasota,” relates the Scranton, Pennsylvania native. “When I was teaching and doing research on BHRT, I thought, I’ll probably benefit from this when the time comes.
“About five years ago, I started putting on weight. I was exercising, so that shouldn’t have been happening. I was also beginning to get a little moody and having some night sweats, and I could see other symptoms coming. I said, I know I’m perimenopausal. I should probably seek out treatment before I actually swing to the other side.
Initially, Lisa tried to influence her system by making changes to her diet and taking over-the-counter supplements to try to balance her estrogen levels. None of that worked, however, and she wasn’t convinced that the creams the doctors in Sarasota were offering her were the most effective method of BHRT delivery. So, she did more research, discovered pellet therapy, then looked further to find a pellet therapy provider nearby.
“I went back and forth to Tampa a lot, so I Googled who did pellet therapy in Tampa,” she states. “I found Infinity Medical Institute. The staff at Infinity Medical Institute is very good at explaining what they do, and so I decided to start going there.”

Matching Hormones

Infinity Medical Institute offers bio-natural L3 pellet hormone replacement therapy, the most natural and effective solution for hormone-related issues.
“Through Infinity Medical Institute’s bio-natural L3 pellet hormone replacement therapy, patients such as Lisa achieve consistent absorption of the proper, predictable levels of the hormones their bodies require for optimum health through the simple insertion of a pellet approximately every three to five months,” explains Moriah R. Moffitt, MD, staff physician at Infinity Medical Institute.

Bikini photo courtesy of Lisa Tomarelli.

Pellet therapy is helping Lisa stay toned
for her bikini competitions.

The pellets used in bio-natural L3 pellet hormone replacement therapy are derived from wild yam plants, a natural plant material that’s molecularly changed in structure and function for a 98 percent bio-identical match to the body’s own composition. Synthetic hormones, by contrast, can be as little as six to eight percent bio-identical.
“Hormones affect everything, including our growth through childhood, our sexual development, our moods, how we break down our food, sleep patterns, stress, how much weight we gain – just about every function in the body, big and small,” informs Dr. Moffitt. “They also play a role in many health conditions such as diabetes, an over- or underactive thyroid, osteoporosis, obesity, anxiety and depression.
“Our bio-natural L3 pellet hormone therapy helps to give us an edge as we provide patients with a product that’s all natural, and we stand behind it. It’s the most effective hormone treatment on the market because it’s naturally replenishing normal hormones with biologically identical hormones that the body is used to seeing rather than synthetic versions of the hormones.”
Comprehensive evaluations of overall health are performed prior to the pellets being administered. This ensures that the patient is receiving the proper amount of hormones.
“We want to be sure that the treatment we administer is going to be the overall best course of action for that patient,” Dr. Moffitt observes. “We’re very thorough with the labs at every visit in order to see what has changed, and what needs to be altered.
“We want to be sure every patient is feeling the best they possibly can. We not only look at their labs, but we look at their overall health because other issues, like diabetes or high blood pressure, can affect how the treatment is administered.”
“I was perimenopausal for the first two years I went to Infinity Medical Institute before actually becoming menopausal,” Lisa states. “I decided to start treatment there before I reached the point where I gained twenty pounds, was really moody, had hot flashes, night sweats and other symptoms.
“Now, I go back to Infinity Medical Institute every three months and based on where my hormone levels are, we adjust the pellets. They talk with me, and we’re in constant collaboration on whether a hormone needs to go up or come down, if I need more or less of something. They’ve been very good at working with me.”

From the Inside Out

Dr. Moffitt and the Infinity Medical Institute staff truly care about each patient and take the time to get to know the person they’re treating.
“Every patient is unique, and we understand that,” notes Dr. Moffitt. “We get to know each one and understand their lifestyle so we can treat them appropriately.”
“At Infinity Medical Institute, we’ve been offering bio-natural pellet hormone therapy for nine years,” comments Mike Montemurro, president of Infinity Medical Institute. “We take an extensive therapeutic approach. We customize the treatment for each patient, and we use a superior-quality product. We cater to our patients, and make sure they get the best possible care, as well as exceptional results.

“I tell the Infinity Medical Institute staff that I couldn’t compete if I didn’t have my hormones balanced in order to sustain the energy and the muscle I’ve built. I’m operating like I’m in my thirties.” – Lisa

“We work very closely with everyone to optimize and restore their hormone levels to what they were when they were in their prime – back in their twenties. That’s our goal, and that’s why we get such significant results for our patients.”
Mike notes that people often reach middle age and start experiencing symptoms such as lack of energy, difficulty sleeping and loss of sex drive and strength.
“When these symptoms start occurring, people need to visit us at Infinity Medical Institute and have their hormones checked,” he emphasizes. “Once we get their hormone levels optimized with the bio-natural L3 pellet hormone replacement therapy, their lives will change significantly for the better.”
“Many people come in saying they’re not feeling vibrant, energetic, and they have other symptoms,” adds Dr. Moffitt. “Our aim for those seeking hormone replacement is to make them feel good from the inside out.”

High Energy

Bio-natural L3 pellet hormone replacement therapy at Infinity Medical Institute was a good treatment choice for Lisa. It took away her uncomfortable menopausal symptoms and left her feeling energized.
“With pellet therapy, my energy level is very high,” she marvels. “After a full day’s work, I have enough energy to work out six days a week at a pretty high intensity level. It enables me to maintain my weight so I can compete in bikini competitions and win first place in my age category.
“I tell the Infinity Medical Institute staff that I couldn’t compete if I didn’t have my hormones balanced in order to sustain the energy and the muscle I’ve built. I’m operating like I’m in my thirties.”
With a careful diet, routine exercise and her hormones balanced, Lisa can easily keep the weight off. She feels good now, and she gives a lot of the credit to the bio-natural L3 pellet therapy.
“They always said in nursing school, When one hormone is off, they’re all off, and that can affect a lot of things in your life,” she states. “I don’t have any more night sweats. I haven’t had them since my first pellet therapy. I’m not moody. I don’t have any menopausal symptoms, and I feel bad for women who go through them and don’t seek out this therapy.”
Lisa doesn’t think any woman should have to go through the negative symptoms of menopause. She encourages them to seek out pellet therapy at Infinity Medical Institute.
“More and more people are finding out about BHRT and pellet therapy, and are seeing how much better they can feel,” she says. “Even better, disorders such as cardiac disease and orthopedic issues are preventable by having your hormones in check. I absolutely recommend pellet therapy at Infinity Medical Institute.”

Don’t Hide Those Toes!

With open-toed shoes and flip-flops as the footwear of choice in Florida, toenail fungus is very common.

The most common breeding grounds for toenail fungus are warm, moist environments, such as swimming pools and showers. These microscopic organisms can invade your toenail or skin through small separations in your nails or even tiny cuts you may not even know that you have.

Stock photo from istockphoto.com.

Florida’s warm and humid environment is the perfect breeding ground for toenail fungus, but the condition is treatable.

“Many people who have toenail fungus will try to cover up the fungal nails instead of having them treated,” explains board-certified podiatric surgeon Robert P. Dunne, DPM, FACFAS. “This can actually worsen the fungus, as painting the nail with nail polish will smother the nail and not allow it to breathe properly, and closed-toed shoes make for a dark, warm and moist environment where the fungi can grow and thrive.
“People don’t realize that even if they have had treatments fail in the past, there are new prescription medications on the market that are chemically different from anything we have tried in the past. These new products are showing results far exceeding
previous treatments.”
Dr. Dunne treats a wide variety of podiatric complaints such as fungal nails, tinea pedis (athlete’s foot), dermatitis; heel, foot and ankle pain; tendonitis and bone issues.
“For toenail fungus, our typical treatment is a debridement, or reduction, of the nail, followed by a medication regimen that can be either oral or topical,” explains the doctor.

Toenail Fungus Risk Factors

There are many risk factors for toenail fungus, especially in our Florida environment.
“Age tends to be the most common risk factor for nail fungus. The reason for this is that as we age, our circulation naturally becomes diminished, we have been exposed for a greater number of years to fungi and our nails grow more slowly and tend to thicken, making them more susceptible to fungal infection,” explains Dr. Dunne.
Other risk factors include heavy perspiration, exposure to a humid environment, minor nail injury or damage, and having medical conditions such as diabetes or a weakened immune system.
Lake Washington Foot & Ankle is a comprehensive podiatric medicine clinic offering treatment for everything from bunions to hammertoes. “We treat ingrown toenails, warts and neuromas,” assures Dr. Dunne. “We also do clinical trials for onychomycosis [fungal toenails] in an effort to find better and more effective treatment for this ailment.
“Our patients come first, and we recommend that they take action now if they have a problem. Many people are intimidated by treatment for fungal nails because of known side effects to the liver and other organs. These medications are no longer the only option, and alternate treatments are available.”

Article submitted by Lake Washington Foot & Ankle.

The iStent inject®

Compelling new treatment option for managing glaucoma available now at The Eye Institute.

The new iStent inject, designed to help glaucoma patients achieve and maintain lower eye pressures, is available now, according to ophthalmologist and cornea, cataract and glaucoma specialist, Jason K. Darlington, MD, of The Eye Institute for Medicine & Surgery.

Photo courtesy of The Eye Institute for Medicine & Surgery.

Dr. Darlington (left) and Dr. McManus

Dr. Darlington, who has performed extensive surgical research for Glaukos®, the company that developed the iStent, explains that this new device is designed to optimize the natural outflow of certain fluids inside the eye – known as aqueous humor – by creating two bypasses through the part of the eye largely responsible for fluid drainage.
“By enhancing fluid outflow, we are able to reduce a patient’s eye pressure on an ongoing basis, oftentimes without the need for eye medications or with a reduced number of eye medications,” says Dr. Darlington.
Achieving and maintaining reduced eye pressure is the key to maintaining the health of a patient’s optic nerve, thus maintaining their vision, explains James N. McManus, MD, cataract and glaucoma specialist at The Eye Institute.
“More than four hundred thousand generation one iStents have been implanted worldwide since 2012,” informs
Dr. Darlington. “The iStent has earned a reputation of demonstrated efficacy and safety.”
An interesting fact is that the iStent inject stent, at approximately 0.23 mm x 0.36 mm, is the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA, notes Dr. Darlington.
In the key trials leading to the FDA approval of the iStent inject, over 75 percent of patients achieved a 20 percent or greater reduction in unmedicated eye pressure. In terms of the units used to measure eye pressure, this translates into a seven point decrease in eye pressures for this same group.

Screening Is Critical

Diagnosing and appropriately managing glaucoma is of the greatest importance, emphasizes Dr. McManus, because if glaucoma is present and not treated, the result can be permanent loss of vision, up to and including blindness.
In the early through later stages of the disease, glaucoma is largely asymptomatic. There is no pain and no obvious loss of vision. There is nothing to directly tell a patient that he or she has glaucoma, adds Dr. McManus.
Because glaucoma is a progressive and irreversible disease that may lead to vision loss caused by optic nerve damage, it is critical for people to be screened for glaucoma and for them to receive the treatment they need without delay, says Dr. Darlington.
Those at greater risk for developing glaucoma include:

  • People over age 40
  • People who experience elevated eye pressures on a regular basis
  • Immediate family members of people diagnosed with glaucoma
  • People with diabetes and/or high blood pressure
  • African Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • People of Asian ancestry
  • People with a history of eye injuries or certain eye conditions, such as farsightedness or nearsightedness
  • Medical conditions that affect blood flow such as migraines and low blood pressure
  • Prolonged corticosteroid use, including pills, eye drops, inhalers and creams

“It is estimated that half of the people who have glaucoma are unaware of it, and because of this, they are not receiving any type of treatment,” states Dr. McManus.
“If you or a loved one have one or more of the risk factors above, receiving a comprehensive eye examination by an eye doctor may be one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family,” advises Dr. McManus.

Article courtesy of The Eye Institute for Medicine & Surgery.

No Reservations

Quality care, pleasing results help dentist earn inherited patient’s trust.

For regular business travelers and occasional vacationers alike, finding just the right hotel room for just the right price can sometimes be a difficult process. Michael Burrock is in the business of making that process a little easier.

Michael’s photo by Jordan Pysz.

Michael Burrock

Michael develops hotel reservation software programs, and over the years, the three start-up companies he’s either owned or been a partner in have been associated with some of the world’s best-known hotel chains.
“Right now, we’re working mostly with Motel 6 and Best Western®, but we’ve also worked with Sandals®, Wyndham® and Westin® hotels,” says Michael, who stands out from the majority of his fellow software developers for one very specific reason.
At 74, Michael is nearly 50 years older than the average software developer. He’s very active and health-conscious, and as a result, the Bokeelia resident says he neither feels like he’s 74 nor looks like he’s 74.
“I don’t mean to be boastful, but I don’t look my age,” says Michael, who willingly gives a lot of the credit for his more youthful appearance to the dentist who has spent the past couple years shaping his youthful-looking smile.
That dentist is Katrine A. Farag, DMD, who inherited Michael as a patient when she took over a previous practice and opened Advanced Dentistry of Fort Myers. Michael says Dr. Farag made the transition from his previous dentist a breeze.
“I have to admit, I had some concerns about having to transition to a new dentist because I was very happy with my old one,” Michael explains. “But I was immediately comfortable with Dr. Farag. She’s very personable, knowledgeable and thorough.”

Getting to Know You

Dr. Farag first began treating Michael in 2016, and over time, she eventually earned Michael’s trust, first by doing the follow-up work for a laser gum treatment that was performed by his previous dentist and then by doing some general maintenance work.
“We followed up on his gums to make sure they stay healthy so that he would not need the surgery again, and did a filling on one tooth, a filling on a smaller tooth and some minor things on a tooth that had cracked,” Dr. Farag recalls.
“All along, though, his lower front teeth were very misaligned and not really in great shape. It was something he had put off taking care of for a long time, even with the previous doctor, and it was affecting his smile.”
It wasn’t just Michael’s smile that was impacted by the problems he had with his lower front teeth. His ability to eat was eventually affected as well when one of those teeth became loose and the area around it very painful.
It was about that time that Michael was making a new commitment to proper oral health, so he decided once and for all to have his bottom teeth repaired. Having long since developed a great degree of trust in Dr. Farag, he turned to her to do the work.
“One of the things I really like about Dr. Farag is that before she does any work for you, she always does a great job of explaining all your options and what the pros and cons are of each choice,” Michael exudes. “She, of course, did that in this case as well.
“And what she told me was that because both of the lower front teeth were infected, it made the most sense to pull the front teeth and replace them with a bridge because the bridge would be more structurally sound and have a much better appearance.”

A Perfect Match

Confident that Dr. Farag’s recommendation would enhance both his oral health and his appearance, Michael agreed to have Dr. Farag pull his lower two front teeth and fit him for a permanently fixed bridge.
The time required for the gums to heal after two infected teeth are pulled is about eight weeks. Michael was given a temporary bridge to wear during that time and was fit for the permanent bridge in July.
“The bridge we gave him is completely fixed,” Dr. Farag says. “It’s firmly cemented and anchored to other, healthier teeth, and one of the great things about it is that it’s made of ceramic, which allows us to be in control in a way that lets us align everything perfectly.
“Now, he has perfectly straight lower teeth. To look at Michael, you would never know how crooked his real teeth were. What I’m happiest about, though, is that he’s happy to have that look, because I know he was unhappy with that crooked smile.”
Ecstatic might be a better way to describe how Michael feels about the new look of his lower front teeth. He says the new bridge fits perfectly, has alleviated any eating problems he was having and has greatly enhanced his confidence.
“Dr. Farag did an excellent job,” Michael enthuses. “The procedure wasn’t painful at all, and I’m no longer having any pain or discomfort when I’m chewing. A number of people have told me how great my teeth look now.”
Michael was so pleased with the work Dr. Farag did to improve the health and appearance of his lower teeth that he recently returned to have her do some aesthetic work on his two upper front teeth as well.
“I call those my bunny teeth, and they’re sound structurally; there was nothing wrong there,” Michael explains. “But one was a little discolored and the other one was a little worse than that, so I asked her what could be done about it.”
Dr. Farag determined that capping the two front teeth would be the best option for Michael, who agreed with her assessment. As part of that process, Dr. Farag also matches the color of the patient’s other teeth so they are aesthetically perfect.
“We have a variety of different shades to choose from, and it’s mostly a judgment call we make in making that match,” Dr. Farag informs. “Sometimes, we even step outside to see what the teeth look like in natural light to make sure we’re getting it right.
“Then, once I think I’m pretty close with the match, I let the patient try them, just to make sure they love the color before they’re married to them with permanent cement.”
Michael says he couldn’t be happier with the results of Dr. Farag’s work. Not only did she improve his oral health, but she gave him the aesthetically pleasing smile he’s always wanted. He adds that he would recommend her to anyone looking for a dentist.
“She’s a very happy, upbeat person, and the office is a comfortable place to go to where everyone is very positive,” Michael says. “And as far as her work goes, she’s very diligent and an absolute perfectionist. Everything has to be exactly right.
“She always does what’s necessary to make you feel comfortable and not experience any pain or discomfort. She’s very considerate, very much in tune with her patients that way, so I would suggest that anybody who has any anxiety about going to the dentist go see Dr. Farag. She has a way of taking all of your anxiety away and making everything very easy.”

Bridging the Gap

Growing up, Billie “B.J.” Bowser never liked losing a tooth and waiting for a new one to grow in the way most other kids her age did.
“I can remember losing teeth, and the adult teeth would never appear,” B.J. recalls. “I always had gaps in my smile. It was awful growing up with that. I have my two adult front teeth, but the ones on the sides of those never grew in.

 Billie’s photo by Fred Bellet.

B.J. has confidence in her smile.

“I always had gaps there as a young child and pre-teen. I hated having my picture taken, and it was really tough growing up with that. You really have no idea how your smile impacts your life.
“I’ve seen dental specialists since I was fifteen years old. I got my first bridge at that age. I had three others since then, and none of those were ever a natural, perfect fit.”
Working in the health care field, B.J.’s job requires public speaking engagements. In recent years, she had become embarrassed by how her teeth looked.
“I always had a great smile when I was a child, but once I lost my baby teeth, my smile was never the same. I was uncomfortable every time I opened my mouth,” she shares. “The teeth weren’t the right shape or color, and my bite was off. It never felt like me. I could never find a dentist who took the time and put forth the effort to do
the work the right way.”
B.J. and her husband are licensed foster parents. The couple recently adopted two children they were fostering and have become a family. Knowing that she will now be a part of a lot of family portraits, B.J. recently decided to correct her smile so that it matches the level of confidence she now has in her life.
“When I started out, I had no idea where to turn to find a skilled dentist who could permanently fix my issue once and for all,” B.J. relays. “But then I read an article about Dr. Farag in Florida Health Care News and thought, If she can help that person, I think she can help me, too.

Better Appearance and Function

“When I met with B.J. initially and examined her mouth, the first thing that struck me was that her bite was off,” Dr. Farag shares. “The reason her bite was off was because the existing bridgework was not made properly.
“The shapes of the teeth were too rounded and did not match her face cosmetically. The size and color of the teeth were also not flattering for her. B.J. is forty years old, and she’s been living with this for years.
“She is much too young not to be happy and to be self-conscious about her smile. I wanted to restore the confidence she’d lost. The bridge she had obviously needed to be replaced, not just for aesthetic reasons, but because it did not fit properly in her mouth.”
Dr. Farag recommended creating a new, six-unit bridge to attach to the adjoining teeth. She started that process by taking a full set of x-rays and made models of B.J.’s existing bridge to send to the lab for a mock-up of the improved look. Prior to the models being sent to the lab, Dr. Farag and B.J. also chose the shape and color of the teeth for the new bridge.
“B.J. did not want her smile to look fake or unnatural, so we chose the shade and size carefully,” Dr. Farag explains. “I always involve my patients with their dental health. I never make a decision for someone without them being part of the process. After all, it’s their smile.”
The entire process, from start to finish, was completed in three visits.
“I had the temporary bridge in before the permanent bridge was completed, and that temporary provided me the perfect outlook toward the final product,” B.J. enthuses. “I was so excited!”
Now that the final bridge has been placed, B.J. is ecstatic over the look and feel of her permanent bridge. She is grateful to Dr. Farag for her expertise and chairside manner.
“Dr. Farag was amazing from the moment I sat in the dental chair,” B.J. raves. “She listened to my concerns, and we worked together to come up with a solution. It’s a dental partnership because she involved me in the entire process.”
B.J. says her new smile has given her a newfound confidence she has never had before.
“Once I had the permanent fixture placed, I could not believe how it looked,” she adds. “It is amazing to me. I can go to a restaurant and order anything I want and not worry about my bite or about chewing anything. I feel one hundred percent confident again, thanks to Dr. Farag!”

Optical Options

Different replacement lenses bring the world into focus.

Though immersed in a world of science fiction and fantasy, about which he writes award-winning short stories, novels and novellas, Rick Wilbur also returns to Earth as a professor of journalism, mass media and creative writing. These pursuits necessitate long hours of intense research and reading, so Rick’s vision is precious to him.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Richard Wilber

“I’ve worn glasses since seventh grade,” he recalls. “I was a heavy reader as a kid, which probably made my eyes worse. Because I read so much, the bottom parts of my glasses were for reading, and the tops had these little half-moons that were more for distance vision, like reading the chalkboard at school.”
Always the storyteller, Rick shares the tale of how his family discovered his need for glasses. His father, a major league baseball player, frequently took his five children to his games. It was at one of those contests that Rick’s poor vision was discovered.
“We were at a game and I asked my father, Why do they even bother with the scoreboard since nobody can read it?” Rick relates. “My father looked at me and asked, Can’t you read the scoreboard? I said, No. It’s just a blur, so he took me to see an eye doctor to get glasses.
“Next time I went to a game with my glasses on, I looked through the top of my bifocals so I could see the scoreboard. It was a revelation.”
Years later, Rick was once again visiting an eye doctor, board-certified ophthalmologist David E. Hall, MD, at Pasadena Eye Center. Unaware of why, Rick had been experiencing several symptoms of cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s natural lens.
“Dr. Hall said, You know, you have some cataract issues,” Rick recounts. “I didn’t realize that. I had noticed I was cleaning my glasses all the time. I thought they were dirty. It was humbling that it didn’t occur to me that the problem was with my eyes, not my glasses.
“In retrospect, I had other symptoms as well, like trouble driving at night and seeing halos over lights, but the cataracts came upon me so slowly that I didn’t notice I wasn’t seeing colors and details as well as I used to. I forgot how bright colors are.”
Dr. Hall recommended cataract surgery on Rick’s left eye because the cataract was significantly worse in that eye. Rick’s right eye was not as severe and didn’t require surgery right away.
“Since I’m a writer, I work on my computer for hours every day and then read from my Kindle or print books,” discloses Rick. “I needed to see at about fifteen inches and then at ten to twelve inches. The replacement lens implant for my left eye improved my vision at those distances.
“The surgery didn’t take more than ten or fifteen minutes. The Pasadena Eye Center staff prepared then sedated me. When I came out of surgery, I went right home. From a patient’s perspective, cataract surgery is a very easy procedure to go through, and it offers a dramatic change. After surgery on my left eye, my vision was shockingly better.”
Rick was so impressed with the outcome of his first surgery that he decided to have the surgery done on his right eye as well. The second procedure was completed less than a year after the first.
“The idea with this surgery was to help me see better at a distance,” describes Rick. “This way, my eyes can work together, so I’ll be able to see both near and far. The results are amazing.”

Establishing Suitability

Before patients are scheduled for cataract surgery, a battery of tests are performed to evaluate the health of their eyes and their suitability for surgery. There are also tests to determine the most appropriate intraocular lens implant, or IOL, for each patient.
“Initially, we perform a routine eye exam during which we check the strength of the eyes and their general anatomy,” notes Dr. Hall. “We then dilate the pupils to examine the backs of the eyes, the retinas and optic nerves. If the patient’s eyes are healthy and they decide to have cataract surgery, they come back for a topography test.
“The topography test examines the shape of the cornea, the front part of the eye. The test results look similar to the maps in National Geographic that are color-coded to mark hills and valleys. During the topography test, we measure astigmatism, which is when the cornea is not perfectly round.
“I’d forgotten what really clear vision can be, and now, there it is. The surgery gave me back vision I haven’t had since my youth.” - Rick “We can correct astigmatism during the cataract surgery to give patients the clearest vision possible.”
Another test performed prior to cataract surgery is the OCT retinal scan. This scan is done to check for any problems that may be hidden under the surface of the retina and are unable to be seen under normal light. The OCT can expose conditions such as swelling and scar tissue, which if serious, can interfere with the success of some premium IOLs.
“We obtain the measurements for calculating the lens implant prescriptions two ways,” explains Dr. Hall. “One is with light energy, and the name of the instrument we use is the IOLMaster®. The IOLMaster measures the length of the eye from front to back, from the cornea to the retina.
“We also measure the length of the eye a second way, using ultrasound. The measurements from the IOLMaster and ultrasound tests are fed into a computer program. That takes the curvature of the cornea, which was measured with the topography test, and the length of the eye and tells us which lens implant would work best for an eye that shape and size.”

Root Cause

Lynda Lovell can attest to the fact that, unlike wine, whiskey and some allergies, eyesight does not get better with age. As Lynda drew closer and closer to retirement a few years back, she noticed her vision was growing progressively worse.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Lynda Lovell

“My vision just became very, very poor,” Lynda relates. “I could no longer see things as far off in the distance as I once did, and it was getting harder and harder for me to read numbers or any fine print. The words and numbers would just kind of blur together.”
Lynda first attacked the problem by doing the same thing anyone else with fading vision would do. She visited an optometrist. Later, after the new eyeglass prescription she was given failed to solve the problem, she visited another.
Finally, after the second optometrist prescribed yet another set of new prescription lenses that also failed to significantly improve her vision, Lynda decided to see if there was anything the doctors at Pasadena Eye Center could do for her.
“I pass by their office all the time when I’m driving, and I happened to have a good friend who had been to see them as well,” Lynda explains. “My friend said she really liked Dr. Hall, so I decided to make an appointment with him.”
Dr. Hall quickly found the root cause of Lynda’s ever-deteriorating vision. Unfortunately for Lynda, the problem was no longer one that could be solved by simply prescribing a stronger set of eyeglasses.
“She had cataracts,” Dr. Hall reveals. “And sometimes, in the early stages of cataract development, in addition to the lens getting cloudy, the way the lens focuses also changes. That’s why a simple change in eyeglass prescription can sometimes be helpful.
“But that change will only let you get by for a little while. There’s a limit to how far you can go making those changes because eventually, the vision just gets too cloudy. That’s where Lynda was when I first checked her vision.”
Dr. Hall’s initial examination of Lynda’s eyes included a test to determine whether she was suffering from macular degeneration, a retinal disease that can also cause blurred vision, particularly in people over 50. She was also tested for glaucoma.
The ophthalmologist found no evidence of either of those two issues, but while learning that Lynda’s distance vision was measuring at 20/100 on a scale in which 20/20 is clear and crisp and 20/400 is the worst, he discovered she also had a lot of astigmatism in her
right eye.
An astigmatism is a flaw in the curvature of the cornea or eye’s lens, both of which are normally smooth and evenly curved on all sides. The flaw can cause vision to be distorted because it prohibits light rays from being focused sharply onto the retina.
In the case of someone such as Lynda, who needed to have her cataracts removed and did not want to have to wear glasses for distance vision following the surgery, the astigmatism creates an added challenge for ophthalmologists such as Dr. Hall.

Selection Process

It is necessary, before the removal of a cataract, to select a new IOL to be implanted in the eye. For patients with an astigmatism, however, a special intraocular lens is needed if the patient is to avoid wearing glasses following the procedure.
“A patient like Lynda, who has a lot of astigmatism, could get the regular implant lens, but then she would still need to wear glasses to correct the astigmatism,” Dr. Hall educates. “For patients like that, we have the toric implant lens.
“The toric lens has a prescription ground into it that is just right for her amount of astigmatism. She got that lens for her right eye, and because she didn’t have any astigmatism in her left eye, she got the more routine, spherical implant lens for that eye.”
Lynda had the cataract removal and lens implant surgery done on her left eye first. She waited two weeks before having the same procedure done on her right eye. It was during her brief wait that she realized how beneficial the surgery would be for her.
“I was astonished at how well I was seeing, and that was after having just the left eye done,” Lynda recalls enthusiastically. “I was still wearing glasses for my distance vision, but they had replaced the corrective left lens with a regular lens.
“Even with that, I was already seeing things a lot clearer and crisper, including when I would read or look at something up close. Then I had the other eye done, and I just loved it. I remember walking around for a month or two just smiling all the time.”
Rick opted for routine replacement lenses in both eyes. He doesn’t mind wearing glasses to read, but he wanted both eyes working together for distance, so he could achieve the results he sought through a more standard lens.
“Rick was fortunate,” Dr. Hall says. “He had a little bit of astigmatism, but not enough to keep him from seeing 20/20 in each eye after surgery. He doesn’t use glasses at all for distance vision anymore, just for near vision.”

Seeing Is Believing

Rick and Lynda are thrilled with the results of their cataract surgeries. Rick is overwhelmed by the improvement in his vision.
“After my second cataract surgery, I had the same kind of revelation I did seeing that scoreboard at the baseball game,” he states. “I’d forgotten what really clear vision can be, and now, there it is. The surgery gave me back vision I haven’t had since my youth.
“Now, I see really well both up close and distance with my two eyes working together. That’s a very welcome change. I’m fine when I drive at night; I see very clearly. I do wear glasses for reading, but I’m not sure I even need them. I’m still getting used to my new vision. I know people often say this about cataract surgery, but I wish I’d had it done sooner.”
Like Rick, Lynda can hardly believe the results of her surgery. She now describes her distance vision as being “perfect” and adds that it’s all due to the care she received from Dr. Hall and the staff at Pasadena Eye Center.
“I’ve recommended them to several friends,” Lynda explains. “I even recommended them to my mother. The staff there is professional and very friendly. It’s a nice, well-run office, and I didn’t feel nervous at all.”
Rick agrees and says he owes his success to Dr. Hall and the staff at Pasadena Eye Center.
“Dr. Hall is terrific,” he shares. “He’s personable and expert at the same time, as everybody wants their doctors to be. He and his staff are fantastic.”

Backcourt Rebound

Better than ever after chiropractic treatments.

Basketball is in Courtni Demorest’s blood. Her mother, Diane, played the game and has been coaching it for 32 years. It was only natural that after toying with a couple other sports as a youngster, Courtni went all in on basketball a few years back.

High school basketball player Courtni Demorest found relief for her knee and wrist pain from Dr. Minafri at Riverview Chiropractic Center.

Courtni Demorest

A budding shooting guard, Courtni has forgone the traditional high school route to attend the Impact Basketball Academy in Sarasota. Courtni has already drawn the attention of a few colleges and therefore has realistic dreams of one day playing college ball.

If she makes it, some of the credit for her success will have to go to Steven J. Minafri, DC, of Riverview Chiropractic Center. Courtni, 15, might not be playing at the level she is right now were it not for the care Dr. Minafri recently provided.

“My mother was actually the first member of our family to be a patient of Dr. Minafri’s, and she suggested a while back that I go to see him, too, to help me with some back stiffness,” Courtni explains. “So, he was already treating me when I injured my right knee.”

The knee injury Courtni suffered was a torn meniscus. Largely the result of constant wear, the tear was discovered last November, just before the start of Courtni’s freshman season, which was all but wiped out by the surgery required to repair the tear.

Courtni returned to the court just in time to play in a couple of playoff games this past spring, but after a couple more months of recovery, her knee still wasn’t feeling right. That’s when her mother suggested she have Dr. Minafri look at it.

Manipulative Magic

“Much like the back, there is potential in the knees and other joints for misalignment,” Dr. Minafri educates. “And just as you would with someone’s back or neck, you can treat that with manipulation.

“That’s what I did with Courtni. I started by making sure her hips were even and that her spine wasn’t putting any undue stresses or weight on her knees. I then looked at the specific joint and made some typical chiropractic adjustments there.”

The results of the manipulation were remarkable, Courtni proclaims. She says that after a couple of therapeutic sessions with Dr. Minafri, her knee began to feel more comfortable and a lot more stable.

“On the basketball court, it was a lot easier for me to move in my defensive stance,” she states. “My movement side to side was a lot better, too, and I was a lot quicker than I had been before.”

Dr. Minafri didn’t stop at treating Courtni’s knee. When Courtni later complained of some soreness in her right wrist, which is her shooting wrist, he used similar techniques to correct that problem. Those techniques led to similar results.

“Ever since I started getting the wrist treatments, I’ve had some really good games,” Courtni says. “There was one game during the AAU season this past summer where I made seven three-point shots, so what he’s doing is definitely working.”

It’s working for Dr. Minafri, too. Since seeing the results his therapy has had on Courtni, Diane has recommended the doctor to several of the players she coaches. She also recommended him to her husband.

“I don’t think a lot of people realize all the things Dr. Minafri can do for you,” Diane says. “He doesn’t just adjust the spine and neck; he can adjust your knees, your wrists, even your ears. He does all kinds of things, and he does them well.”

Second Honeymoon

ED treatment returns spark to couple’s sex life.

Emory Allen, 74, worked construction all his life. For the last few years of his career, he owned his own business but also worked for a large contracting company, from which he retired. The North Carolina native, who spent his young-adult years in Southern France with the Army, always felt proud when clients turned to him for his construction expertise.

Dr. Robert Lupo of Physical Medicine Center in Tampa treated Emory Allen’s ED using GAINSWave® therapy. Sidebar: Dr. Lupo discusses regenerative medicine with stem cells and PRP.

Emory Allen

“I had a lot of fun doing construction, so I started my own company,” he recounts. “The name of it was Professional Industrial Contractors. Clients I did work for included Coors® Brewery, Gerber® Baby Food and Frito-Lay®. I also worked on several ethanol plants, a few bakeries and many other projects.”

As Emory got older, he faced a few common health issues that sometimes affect men as they age, including prostate disorders. In Emory’s case, treatment for those disorders contributed to a frustrating problem – erectile dysfunction (ED).

“I hadn’t been able to do anything in the bedroom since I had prostate surgery fifteen years ago,” Emory confirms. “My wife was very understanding. We have more than sex going on in our relationship. We are best friends.”

“That’s true,” confirms Emory’s wife. “The sex wasn’t as good as it was in the past, but there’s more to our relationship than that. That made it easier for me to be understanding about his problem.”

The couple lived with an incomplete sex life for years, then Emory learned about a treatment that offered significant improvement without pills or surgery. The treatment was provided by Robert C. Lupo, DC, of Physical Medicine Center in Tampa.

“I was already a patient of Dr. Lupo for chiropractic services,” relates Emory. “One day, I was in the waiting room and saw an article in Florida Health Care News about Dr. Lupo and his GAINSWave® therapy, so I asked him about it.”

Unique Treatments

“GAINSWave is based on the same technology as lithotripsy, the process used to break up kidney stones,” explains Dr. Lupo.

“It is a unique treatment that uses sound-wave technology to clear the tiny microvessels in the urogenital region.

“This increases circulation to the penis, which improves sensitivity and the quality of the erection, intensifying the entire sexual experience.

During his initial appointment with Dr. Lupo, Emory was given a sample GAINSWave treatment. Emory later returned for five subsequent treatments, during which he says, “Things started looking up.”

Because sexual health can affect overall well-being, the impact of untreated erectile dysfunction, as well as decreased sensitivity and performance, can extend beyond the bedroom.

“We all want to feel good, be healthy and have great sex,” reports Dr. Lupo. “In fact, studies have shown that good sexual energy does many things for health and well-being. These include decreasing stress, providing a stronger-functioning immune system, improving sleep, increasing self-esteem and happiness, and much more.”

Difficulties in the bedroom are not limited to men in their 70s, such as Emory. Even men in their 30s and 40s can begin to lose sensitivity or have trouble achieving and maintaining the strong erections necessary for great sex. It’s important that men experiencing these symptoms seek the advice of a medical professional.Dr. Robert Lupo of Physical Medicine Center in Tampa treated Emory Allen’s ED using GAINSWave® therapy. Sidebar: Dr. Lupo discusses regenerative medicine with stem cells and PRP.

“Trouble with erections is a sign that blood flow issues, hormonal changes or other serious conditions are beginning to develop,” notes Dr. Lupo. “We offer bio-identical hormone therapy as well as GAINSWave to get men suffering with treatable conditions back on track and working like they’re supposed to.”

Dr. Lupo stresses that while GAINSWave is an excellent treatment for men with ED, it is also very effective for achieving sensitivity and volume improvement in younger men.

“Some younger men come in to tune-up their sexual functioning and improve their experience,” he says. “They simply want to keep their bodies in good working order, which leads to better performance in the bedroom. These men report that GAINSWave provides a very dramatic result.”

GAINSWave also stimulates the growth of nerve tissue vital for increasing sensitivity and achieving and maintaining healthy erections.

Stronger, Longer, Better

Men have experienced a renewed ability for healthier erections after only a few GAINSWave treatments, points out Dr. Lupo. Just two painless treatments per week over a three-week period is all most men need to restore or improve erectile function.

“GAINSWave’s ability to improve blood flow, increase new vascularization and increase nerve sensitivity in the urogenital region has been pretty phenomenal,” asserts the doctor. “The erection ability is stronger, longer, better and more impressive. It’s taking men back to more youthful times in their lives without the necessity for medications.”

The noninvasive therapy is also used to successfully treat a painful syndrome that causes curvature of the penis, called Peyronie’s disease, that is the result of scar tissue.

Dr. Lupo says GAINSWave uses the same technology that has been effective for years in the US and Europe to treat plantar fasciitis; heel, knee and elbow pain; scar tissue, tendonitis and connective tissue injuries.

“GAINSWave emits concentrated blasts of sound waves akin to ultrasound or sonar technology. These sound waves travel faster than the speed of sound, and when applied through the correct number of pulses, frequency and energy, they can have a positive effect on tissue to restore blood flow and nerve sensitivity,” he explains.

“We’re very encouraged by how GAINSWave has been used to treat hundreds of patients without harmful side effects,” he adds. “Any man who wants to restore youthful performance should call us to explore this option.”

Complete Trust

GAINSWave was definitely the right option for Emory. He’s very pleased with the outcome of his treatment, as is his wife.

Dr. Robert Lupo of Physical Medicine Center in Tampa treated Emory Allen’s ED using GAINSWave® therapy. Sidebar: Dr. Lupo discusses regenerative medicine with stem cells and PRP.

Emory has renewed vim and vigor.

“The GAINSWave must have broken up all of those calcium plaque deposits in my penis,” Emory reports, “because everything is up now. My wife is happy.”

“It’s wonderful,” says his wife. “Our sex life is back to the way it was years ago.”

Emory credits his excellent results to Dr. Lupo. He thinks very highly of the doctor and trusts him completely. Thanks to Dr. Lupo, Emory always has a good experience at Physical Medicine Center.

“Dr. Lupo is a good, honest man,” states Emory. “He has high morals. His good character means a lot to me. He’s very good.”

Men gain the most benefit from GAINSWave when they finish the full course of treatment. Many men, however, experience positive effects after just a few treatments. Emory was one of those men who noticed benefits from GAINSWave early on.

“I started seeing a difference after two or three treatments,” he recalls. “I began having some sensation down there, the blood started flowing and things started getting better. I definitely recommend GAINSWave and Dr. Lupo.

“Now, I’m doing very well for an old man. I’m almost seventy-
five years old, and everything works!”

Say “No!” to Neuropathy!

Breakthrough protocol relieves pain, numbness and tingling.

Retired English teacher Barbara* was happy to give up drilling students on participles and infinitives and live a more relaxed lifestyle. A native Minnesotan, Jan now practices yoga every day and loves to ride her bicycle. That’s when she’s on land.
“My partner and I bought a boat in 2008,” she relates. “We live aboard and spend six months in the Bahamas and six months in the United States during hurricane season.”
For the most part, Barbara’s life was simple and peaceful, but when adversity struck, it became less than idyllic. Everyday activities became uncomfortable or even impossible to manage.
“A couple of months ago, I began having excruciating pain across my lower back,” describes Barbara. “I really couldn’t move around much without a lot of pain. I had to completely stop the type of yoga I was doing and do something restorative lying down.
“Basic living and bending over was painful. Living on a boat, things aren’t really accessible, so I definitely had to have something done.”
Barbara first went to a massage therapist to try to work out the discomfort. As the therapist kneaded Barbara’s back, she noticed something wasn’t right. She alerted Barbara and suggested she seek help from a specialist.
“She felt a lump in my lower back and recommended I see a chiropractor,” says Barbara. “Several of my yoga teachers go to Simpson Chiropractic, and they recommended Dr. Simpson.”
Barbara was hesitant at first, but she knew she needed a professional’s care, so she made an appointment with Charles A. Simpson, DC, founder of Simpson Advanced Chiropractic & Medical Center in Stuart.
Barbara says she began to feel better about her situation as soon as she met with Dr. Simpson, who evaluated her thoroughly and was very informative with his diagnosis.
“He was very knowledgeable and helpful,” Barbara remembers. “He examined me and took x-rays right there in the office. He showed me the x-rays and the reason why I should be going to a chiropractor.
“I have very bad scoliosis. In my lower back, my spine just goes off to the right. He determined that the little lump was some bone fragments that had come together because the spine was pushing on them.”
Barbara began to feel even more at ease when she learned that Dr. Simpson commonly treats this type of issue and that he has also developed a treatment regimen to address exactly what Barbara was experiencing.
A colleague of Dr. Simpson helped relieve some of her anxiety as well.
“One of the chiropractors there had something very similar, so he was able to explain to me what he had gone through,” comments Barbara.
“Dr. Simpson presented a plan to me that included decompression with the DRX9000™ machine and then adjustments. I started that day.”

A Common Condition

Many people with lower back conditions, including Barbara, also suffer with numbness, tingling and/or pain down one or both legs that can affect standing and walking. The cause most likely is a debilitating disorder called peripheral neuropathy, a common condition with devastating effects that is believed to be incurable.
“Approximately twenty million Americans suffer from some sort of neuropathy,” informs Dr. Simpson. “Symptoms can occur in patients with a wide variety of conditions, including restless legs syndrome and sciatica, and it has even been recently linked to statin drugs used to lower cholesterol.”
Neuropathy develops when there is damage somewhere along the peripheral nervous system, the vast network of nerves that transmit impulses from the central nervous system – the brain and spinal cord – to the rest of the body and back again. The result is that the messages from the brain to the body get distorted, and that leads to symptoms.
“The complications associated with neuropathy vary depending on the cause of the nerve damage,” explains Dr. Simpson. “Some neuropathies can be fatal. In fact, one of the most common causes of death in people over the age of sixty is a complication from a fall due to balance issues caused by numb feet.
“The good news is that Simpson Advanced Chiropractic and Medical Center of Stuart and Port St. Lucie has a breakthrough protocol to treat the pain, numbness and tingling of peripheral neuropathy. It’s called the Neuro Spinal Care Treatment Protocol™.”

Internationally Recognized

Many patients with neuropathy suffer from symptoms of painful cramping, burning and tingling, as well as numbness in the legs, with difficulty walking and even interruption of sleep. At Simpson Advanced Chiropractic & Medical Center, the specialized Neuro Spinal Care Treatment Protocol utilizes multiple treatment elements, including the most advanced treatment protocols available to date. This therapy is recognized internationally, and these recent advancements offer hope for many more patients to live a more pain-free and enjoyable life.
“For more than fifteen years, we have used these protocols to successfully treat severe and chronic neck and back pain conditions, as well as the symptoms of mechanical neuropathy,” notes Dr. Simpson.
“This is a state-of-the-art scientific approach with advanced technology that treats not only the symptoms of the neuropathy, but also the cause of the neuropathy, allowing the numbness to resolve and the arteries and nerves to heal.”
During his distinguished career, Dr. Simpson has treated many patients with peripheral neuropathy.
“Many of these patients have tried everything, including potentially harmful medications and painful testing and treatments,” he states. “This can leave patients still struggling and wandering down the long road of endless disappointment. Now, we are able to address the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy with a successful, noninvasive, drug-free approach that includes the use of light therapy to stimulate tissue repair.”

Back to Normal

The treatment protocol Dr. Simpson designed for Barbara put her back on her feet and returned her to her life and activities. Barbara notes how Dr. Simpson added a new treatment to her regimen at just the right time.
“Along the way, I started with a physical therapist to help me continue to strengthen my back,” she says. “I’m still in physical therapy, and she’s teaching me things like squatting rather than bending because I can exacerbate my back pain again if I pull something. I’m learning to be careful.”
Barbara adds that she continues to see the doctor on a regular basis to manage her scoliosis, but otherwise, she feels like her old self again.
“I’m back to my normal activities now,” she relates, “back to my full-time, ninety-minutes-a-day yoga classes, and I’m able to ride my bike and maneuver around. I will continue to go once a month and have either the decompression or a regular adjustment, just to keep my body feeling good.
“I had a really good experience at the center,” she adds. “The staff is very friendly. Everyone knows your name. You walk down the hall and people say hello to you by name. I would highly recommend Simpson Advanced Chiropractic and Medical Center.”

*Patient’s name withheld at their request.

Forever Young

Innovative technology improves complexion, erases signs of aging.

Every day is a beach day for Anna*. That’s how it is when you make your living coaching the fast-growing sport of beach volleyball.BroadBand Light therapy proves effective in erasing a variety of skin issues.

“I started playing beach volleyball in college and became a coach after that,” Anna says. “I like that I’m giving something back to the sport because I love everything about it.”

Well, almost everything. Anna, who is rather light skinned, has never cared for the constant exposure to the sun that her skin gets.

“It’s caused a lot of damage,” she says. “I had a lot of sun spots and my skin had a rough texture. I heard that there was a treatment for that, so I decided to look into it.”

Anna’s search led her to the Institute of Colorectal Health & Wellness in Stuart, where the practice’s founder and director, board-certified colorectal surgeon Deborah A. DeMarta, MD, FACS, FAARFM, specializes in integrative and anti-aging medicine.

Following an aesthetic consultation to determine her specific skin type, Anna began receiving BroadBand Light (BBL™) skin treatments, which are designed to treat a variety of skin conditions, including sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles and rosacea.

“The treatment is called Forever Young BBL™, and in addition to effectively removing solar damage, it is also one of the most cost-effective ways to complete the goal of anti-
aging for skin on any part of the body,” Dr. DeMarta explains.

“The way it works is simple. The broadband light heats the tissue, and part of the response, which has been proven through real science, is that collagen is actually rejuvenated and grows. So, it serves as a great, natural filler for your face.

“Clinical studies have been done proving that having two or three Forever Young BBL treatments in a year can remove as much as eleven years of aging from your face. It’s a really lovely and
versatile procedure.”

Quick, Easy, No Downtime

Forever Young BBL treatments can be completed in an hour or less and begin with the technician performing a skin cleansing to remove any residual oils. The technician then applies a colorless gel that keeps the skin cool.

The treatment itself is performed using a handpiece that has a crystal-chilled applicator attached to it. Depending on the skin type and treatment objective, adaptors and filters are used to ensure the treatment delivers the desired results safely and effectively.

“There’s a specific filter that targets brown spots such as freckles, age spots and hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage,” Dr. DeMarta educates.

“Another filter targets redness, as in rosacea and broken blood vessels, another filter treats acne and another filter is used for tightening of the skin.”

Upon completion of the procedure, patients can return to normal activities the same day. Forever Young BBL treatments require no downtime for recovery, and most patients begin to see the effects within a week or two.

That’s how it was with Anna, who says her sun spots began to flake off. That prompted her to get a second treatment, after which she began to notice a positive change in the texture and appearance of her skin.

“The Forever Young treatments took care of my sun spots and made my skin look and feel younger,” Anna relates. “It’s a great treatment that I recommend to anybody who has sun damage or just wants to look younger.”

*Patient’s name withheld at their request

Relief From Debilitating Headaches

Candi Walker’s debilitating headaches started when she was 12 after a fall from her horse resulted in her landing on her coccyx bone, nearly paralyzing herself.

Dr. Stephen R. Zabawa at Atlas Chiropractic of Sarasota treated Candi Walker by realigning her atlas vertebra.

Candi Walker

“Horrible headaches started around that time,” Candi explains. “I went to several neurologists over the years and was on many different pain medications, and none of them provided permanent relief. I was putting a BAND-AID® on the situation. That went on for years until a friend suggested I see a chiropractor.

“So, thirty-five years ago, I started to receive Atlas Orthogonal procedures – basically, an alignment of the atlas vertebra,” says Candi, referring to the uppermost vertebra in the neck. “It was the only thing that managed my pain.

“I started these treatments when I lived in Atlanta, and when I moved to Sarasota, I found Stephen R. Zabawa, DC, at Atlas Chiropractic of Sarasota.”

The Atlas Procedure

An upper cervical chiropractor, board certified in orthospinology, Dr. Zabawa uses gentle, precise adjustment protocols known as Orthospinology and Atlas Orthogonal procedures to treat misalignments of the spine. The atlas adjustment procedures seek to maintain the precise alignment of the atlas vertebra.

Since the balance of the head on the neck controls the body’s posture, this balance is essential to good health. Misalignment of the atlas vertebra causes the spine to twist in an attempt to maintain balance. This twist can pinch nerves and put pressure on the spinal cord or the brain stem itself. In turn, the pressure can cause a variety of symptoms and problems, many of which can appear to be unassociated with the cervical spine.

When a patient first arrives at Atlas Chiropractic of Sarasota, Dr. Zabawa conducts a complete examination to check for subluxation.

“Regular upper cervical adjustments have helped me through sports injuries and stressful events in my life. I am so happy to have found noninvasive, non-medication relief.”– Candi

“That’s just a big word meaning that two bones are out of position and you have nerve pressure,” explains Dr. Zabawa. “If there is subluxation and we’ve determined that a patient is a good candidate for the atlas procedure, then we take a series of extremely detailed, three-dimensional x-rays. Since the adjustment is highly precise, the measurements we take and the analysis we make are also meticulous. When I know the exact angle at which a patient is misaligned, I know how to adjust them.

“What makes upper cervical chiropractic unique is the gentleness of the adjustment,” says Dr. Zabawa. “Unlike other chiropractors, I don’t ‘snap-crackle-pop’ you. Here, you lie on your side and gently – it almost feels like a puff of air touching you – using one instrument, I realign your whole spine. An upper cervical correction is very controlled so there is no pulling or jerking of such a delicate area.

“When I adjust the upper cervicals, I’m actually adjusting the full spine, including the pelvis and sacrum. Once the spine, head and neck have returned to their proper positions, interference is removed thus taking pressure off the nervous system. By removing that pressure, balance is restored to the body. It’s an effective approach without any extreme manipulations.”

Body, Heal Thyself

“Because I have always led an active lifestyle, my body was injured from falls, both from showing horses and being a competitive ice skater. Now, as I have aged, in addition to headaches, my body sometimes hurts all over,” says Candi.

“Stress is another thing that my body does not handle well. Everyone has stress, which affects the body in many ways, including misalignment. Regular upper cervical adjustments have helped me through sports injuries and stressful events in my life. I am so happy to have found noninvasive, non-medication relief. I go regularly for adjustments to keep things aligned and balanced. It’s just that easy.”

Dr. Stephen R. Zabawa at Atlas Chiropractic of Sarasota treated Candi Walker by realigning her atlas vertebra.

Candi lives a much more active lifestyle, thanks to
the Atlas Orthogonal procedures

Dr. Zabawa emphasizes that the atlas adjustments can help relieve symptoms from many different ailments, including bed-wetting, digestive disorders, asthma and even high blood pressure.

“The human body has an amazing ability to heal itself,” reminds Dr. Zabawa. “Nerve interference, though, can cause many problems and hinders healing. By aligning the bones of the upper neck –adjusting the upper cervicals – pressure is taken off the spine and nerves. When you take pressure off the nervous system, the body begins to heal.”

Subluxations are often deceiving. Even though symptomatic pain may appear in the lower back, legs, shoulders, arms or other parts of the body, the cause is very often located in the cervical spine.

Dr. Zabawa chooses to utilize a light-force method of adjusting the cervical spine. This extremely gentle method delivers a precise and effective adjustment that takes pressure off the spinal cord.

“This very gentle touch makes a very powerful correction. A misalignment will or can affect the
sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.”

As for Candi, she has given up showing horses and hung up her ice skates, but still enjoys the quality of life she once struggled to gain.

“Dr. Zabawa is fantastic and so is the staff at Atlas Chiropractic of Sarasota. They are so professional and accommodating. Dr. Zabawa is very gentle, yet accurate and precise. They provide top-notch care.”

Dr. Zabawa reiterates, “Just because a person is not in pain does not mean they do not need an adjustment. When our bodies are misaligned, it can have profound effects on our health in many other ways, so be sure to see a chiropractor for a spinal examination.”

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