Summer Issue 2019

Sweet Dreams

End back pain with minimally invasive laser procedures. The nightmare began five years ago for Michigan native Laura Wall. That’s when the former Ford Motor Company employee first experienced a stabbing pain in her lower back. Her doctor diagnosed the problem as spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal and neuroforamen, in the areas where nerves exit the spinal cord though the vertebrae. Laura Wall “It was an excruciating, throbbing, sharp pain in my lower back, and it was...

Right on Time

Periodontist declares it’s never too late to treat gum disease. One out of three people in the United States has periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. That’s 65 million Americans, or the populations of Texas and California combined. Many don’t know they have it because it’s a silent disease process. Gum disease has many symptoms, but they are typically subtle, especially in the disease’s early stages. Dr. Rosati (left)educates on the importance of preventing and trea...

Dizziness Denied

Unique treatment alleviates vertigo. One morning this past December, Suzanne Keane woke up to an unusual, uncomfortable feeling as she arose from her bed. She felt intensely dizzy, and her room seemed to be spiraling around her. It was a bout of vertigo that continued to plague her in the ensuing days. Suzanne Keane “The entire room was spinning,” the 78-year-old Westchester County, New York native describes. “When I looked up, the whole ceiling was spinning as well. It was a horrib...

The Silent Thief of Sight

Clinical study investigates glaucoma treatment. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, but of the millions of people affected by it, many are unaware the condition is present. “Nearly four million people are estimated to have glaucoma, but half don’t know it,” confirms Lee Shettle, DO, a board-certified ophthalmologist at Shettle Eye Research who conducts clinical research in partnership with ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Shettle’s resea...

Back from the Brink

Immunotherapy provides healthy, new path for lung cancer victims. The promise of better weather, better schools for his sons and a better overall lifestyle in retirement prompted George Koehler to uproot his family and move from Long Island, New York to Florida 11 years ago. Immunotherapy has George not only living, but enjoying life. The relocation came as part of a complete lifestyle change for George, who had recently quit the smoking habit he’d started decades earlier. Geor...

Honor and Privilege

Doctors know where to go for cataract surgery. Glaucoma specialist Jeffrey Schwartz, MD, is now a year into his third decade as a member of the team of vision care experts at The Eye Institute of West Florida. It’s a decade that got off to a rather interesting beginning. Dr. Robert Weinstock (left) with Dr. Schwartz In early January 2018, Dr. Schwartz noticed he was no longer seeing as clearly as he was accustomed to out of his right eye, which had long been the eye that needed th...

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 ...