Spring Issue 2019

Open Range

Balloon technique clears blocked sinuses. Avid bowler Diane Kirby knew something wasn’t right when she started feeling funny while bowling a frame at her favorite alley. She got the feeling every time she moved speedily, but it didn’t keep her from finishing her game. The problem only got worse for the semi-retired REALTOR®, and other symptoms appeared as well. Without sinus headaches, Diane is enjoying all aspects of life. “I was having a lot of problems in my head,” Diane, an Ind...

Silent Night

Doctor tested appliance treats sleep apnea. More than a third of all men snore while sleeping, so it should not have come as much of a surprise to Stephen G. Blank, DDS, to learn that he was among the many window rattlers who snore so loud, they keep their spouses awake at night. Stephen G. Blank, DDS It did, though, and for one very simple reason: “I’ve never heard myself snore,” Dr. Blank says with a chuckle. “But my wife has been telling me for years that I snore, and those ...

Home Team Advantage

Short-term rehabilitation center provides quality, personalized care. Abbiejean Russell Care Center has been the last stop on the long road home for a great number of stroke survivors. Clarence Harvey is among those who developed a special affinity for the center’s warm, home-like environment during his stay. The Transitional Care Team from left to right includes:Sherry Apple, Cassietta Sanders, Karen McCarthy, Kit Trowell,Jeff Remsen, Nerlande Cadet, Jen Alfano, Carlene Clar...

Walk of Life

Leading-edge treatment relieves chronic leg pain. Howard and Betty Starr Even if they did have nine lives, cats would still have nothing on Howard Starr. This 71-year-old retired engine mechanic has survived nine heart attacks and three open heart surgeries, including triple and quintuple bypass procedures. A US Navy veteran who served aboard the destroyer USS Porterfield, Howard also survived a near four-year-long tour of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, which is wher...

Eye Floater Laser

Scott Geller, MD, teaches the technique worldwide. “Laser treatment of eye floaters is fascinating,” says Scott Geller, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist with a specialty clinic in Fort Myers. “I look forward to doing this every day. And our reputation has become worldwide with the advent of the internet. We’ve had a steady flow of patients from Europe, Canada, and even Russia, China, Arabia, and Israel.” Scott L. Geller, MD Dr. Geller can rightly claim to have started this n...

Private: In-Home Compression Pumps

Reduce limb swelling and improve circulation. Hannah Heit spent more than 40 years as a registered nurse, first in pediatrics and later in quality assurance, reviewing several departments. The Kentucky native lived most of her adult life in Michigan, and it was from there she relocated to Florida and retirement. All those years on her feet as a nurse, however, had a profound effect on her legs. Hannah enjoys doing puzzles after therapy. “A few years ago, my legs started swel...