Fall Issue 2018

Single-Session Smiles

Unique protocol restores appearance and self-confidence in one visit Before retiring in October 2017, Jo Ann Forcino was supervisor of student services for the Hernando County School District. In that role, she interacted with many individuals, and she possessed the poise and confidence to do her job successfully. Jo Ann’s new smile gives her more self-confidence. Back in 2014, however, Jo Ann didn’t have that same level of confidence. At the time, the Bronx, New York native was e...

Skip the Surgery

Nonsurgical procedure regenerates aching, arthritic knee joint. Time was when Burnie Herring would while away most of her downtime hours working in her yard. The now 86-year-old retired school bus driver has long considered herself a “yard person.” The same goes for just about everyone else in her family as well. Burnie is walking comfortably again after having stem cell therapy on her right knee. “My two sons and I, we’re all yard people,” Burnie enthuses. “We love a beau...

A Matter of Trust

Glaucoma specialist turns to noted colleague to perform his cataract surgery. Glaucoma specialist Jeffrey Schwartz, MD, is currently celebrating his 30th year as a member of the team of vision care experts at The Eye Institute of West Florida. It’s a celebration that got off to a rather interesting beginning. When Dr. Schwartz (right) learned he needed cataract surgery,he trusted his friend and associate Dr. Weinstock (left) to do the job. In early January, Dr. Schwartz noticed he ...

Born to Run

Champion power lifter changes course. Jason Wetherington was once one of the most recognized and respected members of the power weightlifting community. A competitor in the sport since his days at Hernando High School, he became a champion when he set a state record with a bench press of 505 pounds at a federation tournament in Lakeland in 2006. “The guys there have been amazing. They know I’m a runner, and they’ve done an excellent job of helping me with that.” - Jason Jason has ...