Summer Issue 2018

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...

Picture Perfect

Precise planning restores youthful smile. As a child growing up amid the majestic mountains and medieval castles of post-World War II Transylvania, Ilona Gal was the only girl among her six siblings. That, though, was not the only reason the native Romanian stood out from her five brothers. Ilona has regained the smile of her youth. At a time and in a place where dental care was nearly as archaic as much of the region’s architecture, Ilona was blessed to have grown up with what sh...

Family Feud

Advanced treatment option relieves longstanding leg pain. The color of your eyes, the shape of your nose and the depth of your hairline are not the only characteristics you can inherit from your parents. Certain ailments or medical conditions can be inherited as well, and Patricia Alatia is proof that varicose veins are one of them. Patricia Alatia “My grandmother had varicose veins, and I’m sure her mother and her grandmother had them as well,” Patricia relates. “Even my dau...

Home-Like Environment

Short-term rehab center provides high-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. Therapy has helped Clarence regain the use ofhis right arm and hand. “I love it there because they don’t treat you like you’re a patient,” the 59-year-old building mainte...

Nonsurgical Vaginal Rejuvenation

An exciting new treatment for vaginal rejuvenation promises to restore what aging and loss of collagen in vaginal tissue can take away. It also helps women experiencing vaginal laxity after childbirth or from the natural aging process. ThermiVa® procedures revitalize vulvovaginal tissue through the application of gentle radiofrequency energy. Treatments performed in the doctor’s office are painless, with no downtime. They can help resolve the aging process of menopause, including the vag...

Alternative to Surgery

New procedure eliminates pain from spinal stenosis. At 75, Michael* wasn’t ready to feel old. Yet, maddening back pain made it difficult for him to feel youthful and stay active. The pain from his back traveled all the way down his right leg, which affected his walking and put a stop to his morning exercise routine. Even standing was painful, and Michael found himself instead sitting in his chair doing nothing. When he tried to cook, he had to lean over his kitchen sink, which provi...

Private: In Good Hands

Sterling reputation draws community’s professionals. Even at the age of 70, Molly Snell still considers herself a workaholic. Lifeaholic may be the best way to describe her, though. Molly Snell A practicing psychologist for more than 30 years, Dr. Snell still sees patients regularly, and when she’s not seeing patients, she’s usually attacking life with the ebullience of someone half her age. “I still snow ski once in a while,” says Dr. Snell. “But I’m like a fish. I love swi...

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...

Private: Goodbye Girth!

Lose pounds and inches while relaxing on your back. Busy doesn’t begin to describe Gail Flesche’s life. Before retiring, she wore many hats, including those of a teacher and business owner. Now, she spends her time volunteering and fundraising for local charities. She even served as Commodore of the Pelican Yacht Club. She was the first woman to hold that position. “I have a well-rounded social life,” reports Gail. “I help plan fundraising events for several local nonprofit o...

Private: Double-Duty Therapy

Treatment effective on nerves and muscles. One afternoon in October 2016, Indiana native Randy Millikan was walking in the living room of his Port St. Lucie home when his knees suddenly gave out, and he collapsed to the floor. To him, the weakness in his knees seemed to radiate from the long-time low back problem he suffered that turned severe earlier that year. Today, Randy can stand in his garage without fear of falling. “I had pain in my lower back, and it spread down to my le...
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